09-19-2019 Watervliet Township Medical Marijuana Special Land Use Permits in the works; City of Hart

North Berrien Photography Contest winners announced

Each year, the North Berrien Photography Contest invites Michigan photographers to submit images taken in the Bainbridge, Coloma, Hagar, and Watervliet areas of Berrien County. For the 2019 contest, a total of 28 beautiful prints were submitted for consideration. From these entries, two winners and two honorable mentions have been selected. These four photographs, along with 14 others selected by the Twin City Camera Club judges, will be displayed in the main gallery of the North Berrien Historical Museum, September 13–October 18.

“Bainbridge Township Hall” by Lora Heinz of Benton Harbor


“Peach Festival Ready” by Barry Nelson of Hartford


The winning photographs of the 2019 Photo Contest are: “Peach Festival Ready” by Barry Nelson of Hartford in the senior division and “Bainbridge Township Hall” by Lora Heinz of Benton Harbor in the adult division. These two photographs were determined by the judges of the contest to best represent and celebrate features of North Berrien’s distinctive character. Nelson’s photograph is a resplendent portrayal of the first commercially successful fruit to be grown in Michigan. “The [Glad] Peach Festival is celebrated in Coloma each year. This festival attracts many people into the downtown area as well as nearby communities. The mixture of colorful fruit and foliage make a beautiful photograph. Agriculture is one of the largest employers in North Berrien County,” Nelson said of his winning entry. The photo was taken on Friday Road in the early afternoon using a Canon 7d mark II camera with a Canon 100×400 lens. Heinz’s photograph depicts a preserved piece of North Berrien history: “[Bainbridge Township Hall] caught my eye and I thought it was a country style building. North Berrien County has maintained the country feel and this building still has that. No neighborhood subdivisions near it or other businesses as many township halls have,” Heinz explained of her winning photograph. The shot was taken on the corner of N. Bainbridge Center Road in mid-August during the late afternoon using a Nikon D3200. Honorable mentions were awarded to Charlene Durfee of Coloma and Donnalee Forraht of Berrien Springs.

The winning photographers were awarded a local restaurant gift certificate and two movie passes to the Loma Theatre courtesy of the Coloma-Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce, a large geranium from Grapevine Nursery, a $25 gift card courtesy of the Twin City Camera Club, and a free one-year membership to the North Berrien Historical Society.

Watervliet Township Medical Marijuana Special Land Use Permits in the works

By: Annette Christie

The Watervliet Township Board was informed of some upcoming special land use permit applications that may be coming their way in the next month or so.

Zoning Administrator Bob Lohr told the board at their Monday, September 16 meeting that the township has received five applications, each of them for a Medical Marijuana provisioning centers. Lohr said there are four available spots. Two of the applicants have received conditional approval this month, thus resulting in the public hearings being scheduled for October 1st.

The first public hearing is at 2:05 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 for the request at 3801 M-140, at the southeast corner of M-140 and Verlynda Dr. It is currently the site of Mill Creek Charlies. The special land use permit is being requested by Brian Toma on behalf of BRT C