09-27-2018 LaSata to participate in two candidate forums; Berrien County Youth Fair champions; MSU E

4-H STATE SHOOT TOURNAMENT… Maggie Avery (left) shot Trap with a score of 28, shooting six points higher than last year at state shoot. Maggie’s first round shot was three points higher than her average at the Watervliet Rod & Gun Club. She is 18 years old, vice president of Straight Shooters 4-H Club and a senior at Hartford. Her parents are Keith & Angel Avery. Darlene Mattson (right) shot target Archery (open) senior division, shooting 414; 106 points higher than 2017 and 215 points higher than 2016. Darlene is 19 years old and a 2018 graduate of Lakeshore High School. She is president of Straight Shooters 4-H Club and her parents are Herman and Lisa Mattson. Their leaders said these two are improving all the time and that they could not be more proud of the girls. Maggie and Darlene are members of the Straight Shooters 4-H Club and represented Berrien County with positive, polite attitudes at the 4-H State Shooting Sports Tournament held in August 2018.

LaSata to participate in two candidate forums Representative Kim LaSata, Republican candidate for the 21st State Senate District, announced Monday, Sept. 24 two candidate forums in Berrien County in which she plans to participate. The first will be the Berrien RESA Candidate Forum on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 8 a.m. at the Administrative Center at Berrien RESA located at 711 St. Joseph Avenue, Berrien Springs. This will be hosted by the Berrien/Cass School Boards Association, the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District, and the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency. The second will be the Niles New Tech Candidate Forum on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 5 p.m. at the Niles Library located at 620 E Main St, Niles. Niles New Tech is a project based learning school and their debate will feature student moderators. “I look forward to attending both events and sharing my vision for Southwest Michigan,” LaSata said, “I encourage anyone who may be undecided or looking to hear from the candidates themselves to try and attend.” Kim LaSata is running for the 21st State Senate seat currently held by Senator John Proos who cannot seek re-election due to term limits. Sen. Proos has endorsed Kim LaSata, as have Senators Ron Jelinek and Cameron Brown. More information on Kim LaSata can be found at www.LaSataForStateSenate.com.

MSU Extension in Benton Harbor offers ServSafe certification program Berrien County Michigan State University Extension is offering a 16-hour ServSafe food safety certification class 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 1 and 8, 2018 at 1737 Hillandale Rd. in Benton Harbor. Unlike the 8-hour course, this two-day training provides a more in-depth look at food safety standards and concepts covered on the certification exam. ServSafe food safety training is designed for food service staff working at restaurants, school cafeterias, nursing homes or public events where food is prepared and served. This includes kitchens operated by churches, non-profit organizations, and the like. ServSafe certification course is sponsored through the National Restaurant Association. The training is also open to those who want to improve their employability. The food safety class will be taught by Michigan State University Extension Food Safety Educators Leatta Byrd and Jennie Nichols. To register online and purchase a ServSafe Manager 7th edition book go to: https://events.anr.msu.edu/BerrienSS01082018/. Cost of the training is $145.00 plus the cost of a ServSafe Manager 7th edition book with an exam answer sheet that you must have to take the course. A score of 75% or above on the exam is required to receive a certificate. For more information on the ServSafe classes or to register, contact MSU Extension Joanne Davidhizar: davidhiz@msu.edu. 269-927-5647.

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 2 to 25 and be held at 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 5:00 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. 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.