09-20-2018 Coloma BP changes ownership; New teachers introduced to Watervliet Board of Education; Al

NEW SCHOOL YEAR, NEW TEACHERS… New additions to the Watervliet teaching staff were introduced to board members at their September meeting. Joining the ranks as Panthers is (from the left): Josh Soderborg, Becky Williamson, Krystal Pratt, Sara Heil, and Jason Rietdk. Soderborg and Williamson are 4th grade teachers at North Elementary. Pratt is teaching kindergarten at South Elementary, while the high school welcomes Heil as the new Spanish instructor and Rietdk as the new math teacher. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


Coloma BP changes ownership

By Maryann Worl Roy Patel and VJ Patel are the proud new owners of the BP gas station located at 121 S. Church Street in Coloma. They are very excited to start this new adventure and look forward to meeting everyone and getting to know the members of the community. With the new ownership comes a new name for the business, Roy’s BP Food Mart. The station’s phone number remains the same, (269)468-4664. Roy and his wife Parul live in Munster, Indiana. He is at the station most weekends and enjoys interacting with everyone who stops in. VJ and his wife Beena live in Coloma along with their two children. They operate the station on a regular basis. VJ and Beena are very happy being part of the community of Coloma. They enjoy the small town atmosphere and are very pleased to have their children attend Coloma Public Schools. Roy and VJ are not looking to make many changes to the services currently offered at the station. They were happy to be able to retain some of the staff that worked for the previous owners. As with any change in business ownership, there are still some things that are being worked on. Some processes take time. An example of this is the beer and wine license for the new owner. Roy is working with Lansing on this matter and hopes to have it resolved soon.

NEW OWNERS WELCOME PATRONS… The new owners of the BP gas station in Coloma would like to invite everyone to stop in and say “hello”! Roy Patel (left) and VJ Patel (right) are happy to join the community of Coloma and look forward to meeting everyone. (TCR photo by Maryann Worl)


Roy states, “A week doesn’t go by that we are not asked, ‘Where are Bonnie and Randy?’” It is his hope that community members will feel as comfortable with him and VJ as they did the previous owners and they would like to invite all to stop in and meet them. As to where are Bonnie and Randy: A call to Bonnie revealed that she is spending time caring for her elderly mother and wouldn’t trade a minute of this! Does she get away without working? Bonnie states, “No way!” Bonnie and Randy still own Randy’s Service Center in Watervliet and while Randy works full time at the business he is always trying to find jobs for Bonnie. This summer she could be found riding around on the lawn mower taking care of the yard at the service center located at 7870 Elm St. in Watervliet. They would welcome all who would like to stop in and say hello or give a call to Randy’s Service Center at (269)468-4662.

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