09-13-2018 Boy Scouts propose 2020 Jamboree in Coloma; Public Works Report; Book signing and dip ta

90th birthday celebration for Norine Arnt The children of Norine Arnt, Sandy Wilson of Perrinton, Joe Arnt of Watervliet, and TJ Arnt of Bark River, would like to invite her family and friends to a 90th birthday celebration in her honor. The celebration will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 7454 Paw Paw Ave., Watervliet on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. They request no presents, only your presence.


Ken & Ardith Russell celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Ken and Ardith Russell were high school sweethearts at Hartford High. Ardith (Kraiger), a Bundy School transplant, met Ken during the “sock hop” era; Ken played baseball, football and basketball with his “best buds” and Ardith cheered him on with her “best friends”.

Their four sons, Kip (Carmi, IL), Kyle (Columbus, OH), Keith (Wakarusa, IN) and Kennon (who passed in 2000) all attended the Coloma schools until 1977. Three daughters-in-law, Kendra and Cindy, and Deb Phillips, round out their happy family along with eight terrific grandchildren and eight fantastic great-grandchildren.

Boy Scouts propose  2020 Jamboree in Coloma

By Maryann Worl Just imagine – an invasion of 2,000 Boy Scouts in Coloma for a jamboree in 2020! Bob Chaput, local Boy Scout leader, presented the Coloma City Commission meeting with the possibility of the Boy Scout Jamboree coming to Coloma. Mayor Jim Polashak feels the City of Coloma would be able to assist with this. When asked by Commissioner Julie Smith what expenses the City of Coloma should expect, Chaput stated they would need to assist with police and first aid. The local Boy Scouts have been busy this summer and have another day planned to work on cleaning up the property along the river. With the help of a group organized by Al Hartline, Louis Rudell, Jack Hess and others they have removed trees and debris. A special “thank you” goes to the Benton Harbor Airport for donating and delivering gravel to assist in the cleanup project.

Rick Rasmussen, representing Friends of the Paw Paw River, addressed the Commission and presented them with pictures of signs that have been created for the area parks. He wanted to thank the Coloma DDA for