THIS “KUTE KID” is… Jayden Rae Charon, daughter of Erin and Chris Charon of Muskegon. Her grandparents are Sandy and Robert Herman of Coloma. Jayden is the great-granddaughter of Jackie and Merlin Hauch of Watervliet. Share a photo of your “Kute Kids” with your friends, neigh-bors, and relatives who read the Tri-City Record. Make sure you write your kids’ names on the back of the picture and include any other information about it you would like to see in the pa-per, including mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, and so on. Send the “original” photo to the Tri-City Record, P.O. Box 7, Watervliet, MI 49098 or email it with your information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pick up your photo after it ap-pears in the paper or include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and we will mail it back to you. Where are your “Kute Kids”?
W-A-Y Watervliet High School August Students of the Month
Kendall Christopher joined the program in the summer of 2017 as a freshman and has been working consistently since. Summer did not slow her down and she does a great job on her projects and is very thorough in her work. Kendall’s attendance is amazing and is driven to succeed in this program. Kendall has earned over 1.2 credits during the month of August alone! Great job Kendall!
Kendall’s parents/ guardians are Jamie Christopher (mom), and Donna Thomas (grandmother). Kendall is determined to finish the program and get ready for the next chapter in her life. She does an awesome job with the communication piece and her work is excellent.
In her spare time, Kendall enjoys hanging out with friends, going for a run and working at Harding’s.
After graduation, she wants to work with the Child Protection Services (CPS) unit and help kids that have a bad home life to have a better and safer home life. She does also have some interest in the FBI and investigative work.
W-A-Y is so proud of Kendall and how hard she has been pushing herself to finish.
The other Student of the Month for August is no stranger to Student of the Month honors, Erika Gunn. Erika was a sophomore at the beginning of the summer and has really quickened her pace. She has earned over 3 credits in the month of August to make her eligible to enroll in the Van Buren Technology Center for the fall semester.
She elected to enroll in Marketing and Entrepreneurship program to further utilize her artistic talents.
Erika does a very good job on her projects and is very self sufficient.
Her parents are Julie and James Gunn.
In her spare time she likes to immerse herself in photography, creative writing, and film making.
After she graduates she plans on attending Ithaca College in New York to further her studies in film and/or psychology.
Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events
Thursday, September 21
JV Football at Kalamazoo United (played at Kalamazoo Christian), 6:00 p.m.
Friday, September 22
HOMECOMING: Parade from Downtown to High School, 5:30 p.m.; Varsity Football Home vs. Kalamazoo United, 7:00 p.m.
4th – 8th Concert Choir at SWMVF Workshop at WMU
Saturday, September 23
HS & MS Cross Country at Bangor Invitational Meet, 9:00 a.m.; 8th Grade Volleyball at River Valley Tournament, 9:00 a.m.; Rocket Football at Panther Stadium, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, September 25
MS White Volleyball at South Haven Baseline MS, 4:00 p.m.; MS Maroon Volleyball at Fennville, 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 26
JV Volleyball at Saugatuck, 5:30 p.m.; Varsity Volleyball at Saugatuck, 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday, September 27
MS Maroon Volleyball Home vs. Coloma, 5:00 p.m.; MS Football at Constantine, 5:00 p.m.; HS & MS Cross Country SAC Meet at Watervliet, 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 28
JV & Varsity Volleyball Home vs. Constantine and Benton Harbor, 5:30 p.m.; JV Football Home vs. Delton-Kellogg, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, September 29
Varsity Football at Delton-Kellogg, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 30
JV Volleyball at Constantine Invitational, 9:00 a.m.; Varsity Volleyball at River Valley Invitational, 9:00 a.m.; Cross Country at Berrien County Invitational, 9:00 a.m.; Friends and Family Marching Band Presentation at Panther Stadium (all are welcome), 3:00 p.m.
2018 Miss Hartford, Miss Teen/ Jr. Teen Hartford, & Little Miss/ Mr. Hartford kickoff meeting Sep. 24
The Hartford Pageant Organization is excited and looking forward to another great year!
Their pageant dates this year are Miss & Mr. Hartford 2018 on Sunday, December 3, 2017; Miss Teen, Jr. Teen Hartford and Little Miss/Mr. Hartford 2018 on Sunday December 10, 2017.
The pageant organization is holding a kickoff meeting on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Hartford High School cafeteria. This will be a meeting for those interested in being a contestant for the 2018 Miss Hartford, Miss Teen Hartford, Miss Junior Teen Hartford, and also Little Miss & Mr. Hartford titles.
They ask that each contestant brings a parent or guardian with them, if possible. Attendance at the meeting is not required in order to be a contestant but is encouraged!
The last date to enter the Queen, Teen, Jr. Teen, or Littles contests will be at the first practice on October 8. ALL paperwork will be due at the first practice. Application packets will be available in the Hartford, Bangor, Watervliet, Covert, and Lawrence High School offices until that first practice.
They hope to see all interested at the kickoff and look forward to meeting the 2018 group!
If you are unable to make it to the kickoff meeting but are interested in participating, please contact the Hartford Pageants Chairperson, Taylor Prestidge. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask. Taylor may be reached through text or phone call to 269-944-7518, email at HartfordPageantOrganization@aol.com, or even Facebook.
Friday, Sep. 22, 7 p.m. “HOMECOMING” at Watervliet High School. Panthers vs. Kalamazoo United Titans
Saturday, Sep. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday, Sep. 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. “COLOR OUR WORLD WITH QUILTS” presented by The Niles Piecemakers Quilt Guild at Brandywine Elementary School, 2428 South 13th St., Niles. Quilts on display, door prizes, vendors, quilt raffle, silent auction and food. Admission/ $5.
Sunday, Sep. 24, 1:30 p.m. “CROP WALK” at Jollay Orchards, 1850 Friday Rd, Coloma. Benefits HOPE Resources and Cooperating Ministries Food Pantry. To pre-register contact Ronda Kaucher at 468-3806.
Sunday, Sep. 24, 2 p.m. “HARTFORD PAGEANTS KICKOFF MEETING” for Miss, Miss Teen, Miss Jr. Teen, Little Miss & Mr. contestants at the Hartford High School cafeteria. For more info contact Taylor Prestidge at 269-944-7518, HartfordPageantOrganization@aol.com or on Facebook.
Friday, Sep. 29, 4:30-7:00 p.m. “SOUP SUPPER” fundraiser at Van Buren County Museum, 58471 Red Arrow Hwy, Hartford. Free-will donation to benefit repairs at the museum. Menu includes soup, Sloppy Joes, salad, dessert, and drinks.
Saturday, Sep. 30, 10 a.m. “TIMMY LOUDER MEMORIAL 5K” at New Life Christian Center, 6674 Paw Paw Ave., Coloma followed by FREE carnival open to the community. Registration fee for 5K is $20 thru Sep. 23 and $25 day of the fun run. Call Tiffany Hughes at 269-277-4155 for more info.
Saturday, Oct. 7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. “CHAPEL HILL ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW” sponsored by Chapel Hill United Methodist Church at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds. $2 admission charge; NO pets, service dogs only. Visit www.chapelhillcraftshow.org
Thursday, Oct. 5, 6-7 p.m. “CUB SCOUT SIGN-UP” for boys, kindergarten through 5th grade at Watervliet North & South schools, Coloma Elementary School and Redwood Elementary in Hartford.
Saturday, Oct. 21 “ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW” fund-raiser by Lakeland Hospital Watervliet Auxiliary at Watervliet Middle School.
Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-noon “WINTER COAT DISTRIBUTION” at Coloma United Methodist Church, 144 S. Church St., Coloma. Winter outerwear at no charge. Call 468-6062 for more info.
Mondays, 7 p.m. “PUB THEOLOGY” at Arclight Brewery. Public is invited to join in discussions. Hosted by St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. “TODDLER TIME” at Watervliet District Library. Half hour class Sept. thru Nov.
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. “STORY HOUR” at Coloma Public Library. A free weekly program for toddlers and preschool-aged children, it does not require sign-up. Call 269-468-3431 for information.
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. & Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. “STORY HOUR” at Watervliet District Library. Program for preschool-aged children Oct. thru Apr.
Thursdays, 6 – 10 p.m. “Trap shooting” at the Coloma Rod & Gun Club.
Second Thursday of each month, 3 – 5 p.m. “BERRIEN COUNTY PARKINSON SUPPORT GROUP” at Lakeland Healthcare Frederick S. Upton Education Center rooms 5 & 6, 1234 Napier Ave. For info, contact Michigan Parkinson Foundation at 800-852-9781 or email@example.com.
Third Monday of each month, 3 – 6 p.m. “FOOD BANK” at Central Assembly of God, 6801 Ryno Rd., Coloma.
Red Cross encourages blood and platelet donations during National Preparedness Month
As the American Red Cross responds to wildfires and historic hurricanes, eligible donors are reminded that giving blood or platelet donations during National Preparedness Month in September is one way to help ensure the Red Cross is prepared to respond to patient emergencies across the country every day.
Hurricane Irma has forced the cancellation of dozens of Red Cross blood drives in the Southeast, resulting in more than 2,100 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions. Volunteer blood and platelet donors are the only source for blood products needed by hospital patients.
Individuals in parts of the country unaffected by Hurricane Irma are encouraged to give blood or platelets to help ensure a sufficient blood supply. All blood types are currently needed. Appointments can be made by using the Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and use RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questions online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass.
As a thank-you, those who come to donate blood or platelets through Sep. 30, 2017, will receive a coupon for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations. More information is available at redcrossblood.org/sport-clips.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Berrien County include Coloma United Methodist Church, 144 S. Church Street on Friday, Sep. 22, 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.; and American Red Cross, 3838 Niles Road, St. Joseph on Thursday, Sep. 28, 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.; in Van Buren County on Friday, Sep. 22 from noon to 5:45 p.m. at Hartford Federated Church, 65418 Red Arrow Hwy.
More information about how the Red Cross is responding to hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the western wildfires and other disasters is available at redcross.org.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission offering free workshop on wetlands to landowners
Wetlands Do the Dirty Work is the title of an upcoming workshop. The event will take place on Monday, September 25, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. at the Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road in Sawyer.
This workshop is free with light refreshments. Reservations are encouraged but not required. To RSVP please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 269-925-1137 x1521.
Wetlands have long been one of Nature’s most misunderstood natural resources. The true value of wetlands was not realized until most of them were drained or filled. Remaining wetlands offer many benefits such as controlling floods, filtering water, and providing fish and wildlife habitat. The health of Lake Michigan and all the streams flowing to the lake is dependent upon all the wetlands near you. Marshes, swamps, fens, bogs and other mucky places keep our water clean!
The program will include information on financial incentives for landowners to protect and/or restore wetlands, a presentation on the state of wetlands in the area and an opportunity to talk with representatives from agencies that can assist with wetland protection and restoration on your property.
The following organizations will be at the event: Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, Berrien Conservation District, Chikaming Open Lands, The Conservation Fund, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.