09-21-2017 Music in the Park success; Lakeland Health welcomes new medical director;

Music in the Park success

By Christina Gelder

Coloma’s first ever Music in the Park was held last Saturday, September 16 and from all accounts it was a success. Organizer Chana Kniebes says, “If you didn’t attend, you missed a great time.” Between the great, summerlike weather and the good music and food the park was a busy but relaxing place for Coloma’s residents and visitors to hang out.

AIMING THE PITCH… Ashley Hill of Coloma watches as her opponent throws a bean bag in the cornhole tournament at Music in the Park. This was the first year hosting the competition and five teams participated. (TCR photo by Christina Gelder)


 The Classic Car Show hosted 35 cars total. Jack Briggs won the Best Overall with his 1936 Chevy. Oldies but Goodies category was won by Jack Hess with his 1955 Chevy and the People’s Choice was awarded to Mark Pyne.

 Later in the day the crew from Freshwater Church hosted a cornhole tournament. Five teams competed with the prize of a regulation size lighted cornhole set in their sites. The winners were brothers Steve and Dave Stakley.

Kniebes would like to thank all of the great sponsors who helped make the event possible and free for the community. She also said that they are looking for and appreciate feedback for next year.

Lakeland Health welcomes new medical director

 Lakeland Health is pleased to welcome physiatrist B. Allyn Behling, DO, to the medical staff of Lakeland Health. Dr. Behling will serve as the system’s Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Medical Director. She will see patients at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet, while providing consults at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. She has also established a new practice within the Paw Paw Lake Medical Center in Coloma called Lakeland Physical Medicine.

Dr. Behling earned her medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. She completed her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency and fellowship training in Palliative medicine at Northwell Health on Long Island, New York. Dr. Behling practices preventative, restorative, supportive, and palliative physiatry.

ZACHARY STANLEY, 6, won 2nd place in showmanship at the 2017 Berrien County Youth Fair with his llama Cocoa. Zachary is in 1st grade at Coloma Elementary. His parents are Amy & Chris Stanley. He also showed a rooster and five rabbits in addition to still exhibits.


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