09-26-2019 School news & calendars


HARTFORD HIGH SCHOOL “Students of the Week” for Sept. 16 – 20, 2019 are: (from the left) 9th Grade – Rylee Ackerman, student of Gary & Tammy Ackerman; 10th Grade – Bryan Cardoso, student of Atilano & Erica Cardoso; 11th Grade – Luis Barcenas Perez, student of Luis Barcenas & Maria Perez Gonzalez; 12th Grade – Joe Beebe, student of Teresa Smith. To become a “Student of the Week”, students are nominated by teachers or staff for doing something positive. For example: getting a good grade on tests or homework, doing well in class participation or just doing a good deed. Selected students will receive a certificate, their picture taken & posted in the High School front lobby showcase for the week and in the Tri-City Record. At the end of the school year all Student of the Week names will be entered in a drawing for some cool prizes, treats or gift cards. Congratulations to these “Students of the Week” and keep up the great work!


Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 26 5th Grade Field Trip (Laws & Morse) to Tall Ships in South Haven; MS Maroon Volleyball, Home vs. Hartford, 5:00 p.m.; Varsity Boys Soccer SENIOR NIGHT, Home vs. Bangor, 5:30 p.m.; JV Football at Kalamazoo Christian vs. Kal. United, 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 27 North School Panther Dash (PTO Fundraiser); 5th Grade Field Trip (Bongiorno & Pline) to Tall Ships in South Haven; Varsity Football, Home vs. Kalamazoo United, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 28 MS & HS Cross Country at Lake Michigan College for Berrien County Meet (NOTE LOCATION CHANGE), 9:00 a.m.; Varsity Volleyball at River Valley Tournament, 9:00 a.m.; JV Volleyball at Constantine JV Tournament, 9:00 a.m. Monday, September 30 MS White Volleyball at Coloma, 5:00 p.m.; Varsity Volleyball Quad at Home, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 1 PTO Meeting at North School, 3:45 p.m.; MS Cross Country SAC Meet at Kalamazoo Christian, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 2 MS Football at Coloma, 5:00 p.m.; MS Maroon Volleyball at Lakeshore, 5:00 p.m.; MS Club Soccer Home, 5:00 p.m.; Varsity Boys Soccer, Home vs. Coloma, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 3 JV Volleyball, Home vs. Brandywine, 5:00 p.m.; Varsity Volleyball, Home vs. Brandywine, 6:00 p.m.; JV Football, Home vs. Delton-Kellogg, 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 4 Mid Marking Period Progress Reports; 5th grade Band Instrument Demonstration, 8:30 a.m.; Varsity Football at Delton Kellogg, 5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 5 MCBA Portage Northern Band Competition; 7th Grade Maroon Volleyball at Coloma Tournament; 8th Grade Maroon Volleyball Home Tournament; 7th Grade White Volleyball at Paw Paw Tournament; HS & MS Cross Country at Portage West MS, Portage Invitational, 9:00 a.m.

Coloma Community Schools Calendar of Events

Friday, September 27 Green and Gold Dress Up Day; District-wide Homecoming Assembly, 1:00 p.m.; Homecoming Parade, 5:30 p.m.; HOMECOMING Varsity Football vs. Constantine, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 28 JV Volleyball at Bloomingdale, 9:00 a.m.; Middle School/Varsity Cross Country at County Meet (Riverview Park), 9:00 a.m. Monday, September 30 Tennis vs. Otsego, 4:30 p.m. Middle School Volleyball vs. Watervliet, 5:00 p.m.; Boys Soccer at Kalamazoo Hackett, 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 1 JV/Varsity Volleyball vs. Fennville, 5:30 p.m.; Tennis at Three Rivers, 4:30 p.m.; Middle School Cross Country at Kalamazoo Christian, 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 2 Jr. High Football vs. Watervliet, 5:00 p.m.; Tennis at Edwardsburg, 4:00 p.m.; Middle School Volleyball at Schoolcraft, 5:00 p.m.; Soccer at Watervliet, 6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 3 JV Volleyball at Parchment, 5:30 p.m.; Soccer vs. Comstock, 6:00 p.m.; JV Football vs. Kalamazoo United, 6:00 p.m.

Honor Credit Union announces Lorie Owen as Regional Manager

Honor Credit Union is excited to announce the hire of Lorie Owen. Owen recently accepted the position of Regional Manager in Southwest Michigan. Owen’s region covers Honor’s member centers in Berrien Springs, Benton Harbor, Buchanan, Coloma, Decatur, Dowagiac, Niles, Paw Paw, South Haven, St. Joseph and Stevensville. Originally from Galien, Lorie Owen has lived in Buchanan since 1994 with her husband Jonathan, daughter Chelcie and son Cody. She is an active member and treasurer for the Niles Four Flags Snowmobile Club and the Berrien County Crime Stoppers. In her spare time, Owen enjoys fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and camping with her husband or spending time with her four grandchildren. Owen has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University and a master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She comes to Honor with 18 years’ experience working in the credit union industry as an Assistant Manager, Branch Manager, and Regional Market Development Manager. As Regional Manager, Owen will lead the overall member experience team in Southwest Michigan and closely work with Honor’s Marketing, Real Estate, Business Services, Lending, and Operations team. While driving consistent experiences and expectations between Honor’s locations and virtual channels, the Regional Manager will support team members in providing exceptional member experience, hospitality, and sense of urgency. “In my new role, I look forward to working closely with Honor’s team members to create the best member experience,” commented Lorie Owen. “Honor provides solutions for financial success to each individual member from Niles in Michigan’s lower peninsula to Gwinn in the upper peninsula. Honor Credit Union truly is your hometown credit union.” Honor Credit Union is proud to serve more than 85,000 members across the State of Michigan. Providing solutions for financial success and giving back to the communities it serves remains the driving forces behind Honor Credit Union.

For more information, call 800-442-2800 or visit honorcu.com.

Bones in Balance classes helps individuals with osteoporosis

Lakeland Orthopedic Physical Therapy is now enrolling participants for Bones in Balance, a four-week program designed to teach those diagnosed with osteoporosis and osteopenia how to successfully live with these conditions through self-management. Bones in Balance incorporates education and exercise and is led by specially trained physical therapists. The program includes valuable self-management tips from a pharmacist, registered dietitian, and nurse educator. Classes meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a four-week period at the Center for Outpatient Services, located at 3900 Hollywood Road in St. Joseph. Registration is now open for the next set of classes which will run from October 1 to 24 and be held at 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease that affects over 44 million Americans, and although both men and women can develop the disease, over 80 percent of sufferers are women over the age of 45. Osteoporosis is commonly referred to as “the silent disease,” because bone loss occurs without any visible symptoms at first. Many people don’t realize they have osteoporosis until their bones are so weak that the smallest strain or fall causes a bone to fracture. A physician’s order is required to participate. There is a $25 registration fee to cover the cost of materials; the remaining amount is billable to your insurance. For more information or to register, call 269-556-7150.

Community Calendar


Thursday, Sept. 26, 2:30 p.m. “HUMAN TRAFFICKING EVENT” at Southwest Michigan College, Dowagiac, featuring Theresa Flores. Thursday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. “QUARTER AUCTION” to benefit WHS Student Council & Class of 2022. Tickets are $5 available in advance and at the door; snack bar and raffle. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact: Julie Carter (269) 876-0910. Friday, Sept. 27, 9a.m.-3p.m. “BAG SALE” at Coloma United Methodist Church, 144 S. Church St. for women’s clothing only. $1/bag 9a.m.-1p.m. & $1 for 2 bags 1p.m.-3p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, noon-5:45 p.m. “RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE” at Hartford Federated Church, 65418 Red Arrow Hwy. Make an appointment to donate by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Friday, Sept. 27, 4:30-7p.m. “SOUP SUPPER” at Van Buren County Museum, 58471 Red Arrow Hwy, Hartford. Menu is soup, sloppy joes, breads, salads, drinks and desserts for a free will offering. Tours available to preview 2020 exhibits. Sunday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m. “WATERVLIET REC COUNCIL MEETING” to select officers for 2020 season. Meeting held at VFW Post 1137, 8777 Red Arrow Hwy., Watervliet. For more information, please call Arica Angelo at 269-449-5868. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 12-5 p.m. “VAN BUREN COUNTY MUSEUM” 58471 Red Arrow Hwy, Hartford open for last day of 2019 season. Admission costs $5 for adults, $2 for children 5-12; veterans and current military plus their immediate families get in free, have ID available. Thursday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. “RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE” at Lane Automotive, 8300 Lane Drive, Watervliet. Make an appointment to donate by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Saturday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m. “SOAPMAKING CLASS” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor by Kiss My Grass Soapmaking. Make and take class includes soap mold, 10 bars of soap and recipe; $65 per person. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Class is limited to the first 20 pre-paid registered guests; no walk-ins. Call 269-927-4832 to register. Sunday, Oct. 6, 1-4 p.m. “SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER” for Maci Rae Rosen family at Hartford High School Cafeteria. Includes 50/50 Raffle, Bake Sale and Silent Auction. Tickets available at the door; Adults $6.00, Kids $3.00. Tuesday, Oct. 15 “MEMBERS ONLY MEETING” for North Berrien Historical Society with keynote speaker Bob Myers; RSVP by Oct. 4 Saturday, Oct. 26, 3-5 p.m. “HALLOWEEN IN THE PARK” Community Halloween celebration in Baker Park downtown Coloma. Includes Trunk-or-Treat, music, games, hotdogs, popcorn, juice, apples. Also included is a Pumpkin Derby at noon, with pumpkin weigh-in at 11:00 a.m., and a costume parade beginning at the fire station at 3:00 p.m. Call Lion Brian Smith at (269) 468-4153 for derby registration and kit purchase. Thursday, Oct. 31 “WATERVLIET TRICK OR TREAT” Downtown 3-5 p.m.; City-wide residential 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. “COLOMA TRICK OR TREAT” City and Township residential November 7 & 8 “RAKE A DIFFERENCE: DAY OF ACTION FOR SENIORS” United Way of Southwest Michigan organized event for assisting senior residents of Berrien, Cass & Van Buren counties with fall yard work. Volunteers sign up at uwsm.org/rakeadifference by October 11. Seniors sign up by calling 211 or 844-875-9211 by October 17.

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