09-27-2018 Letters and Commentary

Grand Opening for Paw Paw River County Park in Watervliet Dear Editor, North Berrien Community Development would like to invite, celebrate and thank everyone involved as we look forward to the opening of the new Paw Paw River County Park in Watervliet. This was truly a community, county and state success story. So mark your calendars – to see what was accomplished – for Thursday, October 4 from 4-5 p.m. for the official opening of the park as the dream becomes a reality. Chana Kniebes North Berrien Community Development Coloma Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce

Generous donation appreciated by St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Dear Editor, Thank you very much for the donation of running our ad regarding the start of our Sunday School for an additional week. I believe an additional “Thank you” also needs to be given for the reduction of the rate we were charged?! We are trying to get a little more exposure in the communities and thought the ad would be a good starting point. St. Paul’s UCC truly appreciates the generosity of your donation and thanks you! Blessings to you all, Dena Garland and St. Paul’s UCC congregation

Open letter concerning dispute with traffic ticket on Forest Beach Road To all parties, I am writing this open letter as a follow up to the original that I sent on 8-7-18 regarding the speed limit on Forest Beach Road and the ticket I received. It has now been one month since that letter was sent out and now I am frustrated and very disappointed that I have yet to receive a response from even one of the 13 people whom received my letter. It’s a shame that not one of the 13 people who received my letter had the decency or the common courtesy to even acknowledge my issue. I am most disappointed in Dave Brown, Dale Brewer, both editors and David Holgate publisher of the Herald-Palladium, also, Annette Christie of the Tri-City Record. All of you had some kind of input on this matter of the speed limit and the state law regarding it. You have either read about it, wrote about it or even published something about it. The only one who acknowledged me was John Matuszak of the Herald-Palladium whom I spoke with personally. He was honest enough to tell me that he did not know who to talk to or where to go regarding this matter and I appreciated that. I am informing everyone that I will not drop this matter nor will I just be pushed aside. I totally understand that you people are not lawyers, legal advisers or judges but you do have the ability to reach the people who can set this straight and I would greatly appreciate any help on this. Now with all that being said I may have no choice but to pursue filing a class action lawsuit with my lawyer against Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, Watervliet City Hall, and board of commissioners and any other parties that were involved mainly because of the fact that the 25 miles per hour speed signs that were put up were in fact illegal and unenforceable. I hope this matter can be resolved with me as stated in my original letter and if this is not settled I will have no choice but to pursue my lawsuit and open a can of worms that cannot and will not be closed. Finally, I am more than willing to meet with anyone regarding my issue. Sincerely, Scott Stanton, Watervliet

Local author has first book published, “The Magic Puppy” Dear Editor, My name is Chrissy Meek. Growing up, I had the privilege to live all across the U.S. from California to Florida presently settling in the delightful city of Watervliet, Michigan. In college I took up Communications and one way I chose to expand my knowledge was with writing, creative writing being my forte. I have always thought creative writing needed passion behind it. My huge passion is children. I have been blessed to take my love of children and writing and write for kids. I have two amazing grandkids and one super duper niece whom I wrote my first children’s book for. I continued my education and passion for children by becoming a Registered Behavior Therapist working with clients who have autism. This is one audience I can’t wait to read my book to. My first children’s book, and first book in general, was released September 18. The name of it is, “The Magic Puppy.” The moral take behind it is that everyone has something special about them. I have taken on the pen name of Caleigh Lee. My book will be sold on Amazon in paperback and digital. The hope is down the road it will also be available in bookstores such as Barnes and Noble, etc. I am honored to be scheduling book readings and signings already. Please check out “The Magic Puppy” and see the Magic for yourself. Chrissy Meek a.k.a. Caleigh Lee

The Therapeutic Equestrian Center needs volunteers The Therapeutic Equestrian Center (TEC) is seeking volunteers to assist with their programs. TEC has both weekly and occasional volunteer opportunities available. TEC has started their Fall Riding Session and are so excited to have new and current riders along for the ride. That is why TEC is in dire need for some volunteers to join their awesome team to help them continue to serve their riders. Anyone of the ages 14 and up can volunteer, no horse experience is required they offer trainings. For anyone who would like to join a great team of volunteers and help special need riders, please email Beth at beth.drollinger@gmail.com or call 269-932-5005. TEC session are held in an indoor heated TEC barn located at 615 N. M-140 in Watervliet. TEC’s services the special need communities of Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties. But riders are not the only ones who benefit. “If someone is interested in becoming involved with TEC, they just need to go watch a lesson to see how much it helps the riders and how rewarding it is for the volunteers” said, Chuck W. a fellow TEC volunteer. The Therapeutic Equestrian Center (TEC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 that was founded in 2005. TEC provides year-round therapeutic horseback riding as well as other equine assisted activities to individuals with special needs. TEC collaborates with Blossomland Learning Center, a local school, to provide Saddle STARS, a school based program using horses as a theme. These programs are possible because of TEC’s team of dedicated volunteers.

Stabenow, Peters urge the Administration to take action to improve coverage of oral and dental health for seniors in Michigan U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters as well as 26 of their colleagues called on the Department of Health and Human Services to take action to improve Medicare coverage of medically necessary oral and dental treatment. Providing seniors in Michigan traditional Medicare coverage for medically necessary oral and dental care will improve oral health and overall wellness as well as potentially reduce costs to the Medicare program. “We urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to use existing regulatory authority, consistent with past precedent, to make available traditional Medicare coverage for those beneficiaries requiring medically necessary oral and dental care,” wrote the senators. “We look forward to working with you to save lives, improve health outcomes, and reduce Medicare costs by avoiding medical complications through delivery of medically necessary oral and dental treatment.”

Always remember Psalms is a popular section of the Bible. David wrote many of them, as did some of the Temple musicians, and Moses too. Psalm 23, the Shepherd Psalm, may be the best known passage in the whole Bible. It’s the one that starts out, “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want…” In Psalms David spoke from experience. Maybe that’s why Psalms is so popular. He made major errors in his life, yet he seemed to keep in contact with God in spite of difficult times. That in itself is an encouragement to us. In Psalm 37 David observes, “I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, or his descendants begging bread.” David looks back remembering that God has been faithful, not only to him, but to many others. And now he is encouraged in the remembering. I agree. I remember years ago, when I was early in my nuclear career, I knew a missionary family that needed $600 for something. I wanted to help, but I didn’t have it to give. I had a plaque hanging in my apartment with the words, “…God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed…” 2 Corinthians 9:8 NASB Disappointed, I complained to God that this must be for others and not for me, because I did not have enough to give. To my surprise, a mobile radiation detection system in Georgia suddenly broke down and needed repair. I was sent to take care of it. The overtime earned on that project was almost exactly $600! Wow! God hears. God can intervene. God supplies what is needed. I was young then, and I’m older now, but God has always been faithful. Good to remember.

Don’t be misled by false Medicare or Social Security ads Online and otherwise, there’s a lot of information out there, and sometimes it’s difficult to tell what sources are credible. With millions of people relying on Social Security, scammers target audiences who are looking for program and benefit information. The law that addresses misleading Social Security and Medicare advertising prohibits people or non-government businesses from using words or emblems that mislead others. Their advertising can’t lead people to believe that they represent, are somehow affiliated with, or endorsed or approved by Social Security or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Medicare). People are often misled by advertisers who use the terms “Social Security” or “Medicare”. Often, these companies offer Social Security services for a fee, even though the same services are available directly from Social Security free of charge. These services include getting: A corrected Social Security card showing a person’s married name; a Social Security card to replace a lost card; a Social Security Statement; and a Social Security number for a child. If you receive misleading information about Social Security, send the complete ad, including the envelope, to: Office of the Inspector General Fraud Hotline Social Security Administration, P.O. Box 17768, Baltimore, MD 21235. You can learn more about how we combat fraudulent advertisers by reading our publication “What You Need to Know About Misleading Advertising” at www.socialsecur- ity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10005.pdf. You can also report Social Security fraud to the Office of the Inspector General at oig.ssa.gov/report. Vonda VanTil is the Public Affairs Specialist for West Michigan. You can write her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525 or via email at vonda.vantil@ssa.gov.

THOSE PESKY MOSQUITOES… my, oh, my, where did all those tiny, ravenous mosquitoes come from last week? I’ve always heard they seek stagnant water to breed and by removing the water to biting bugs, would not. Here we had one of the nicest weeks of the year, sunny, dry, cool at night and warm by day and the worst outbreak of mosquitoes I can recall. Our last chance to overcome the pesky critters is for a hard freeze to drive them south as bat food.

WONDERFUL, LOVELY, NICE were but a few of the complimentary adjectives I heard on my many visits to the new Paw Paw River County Park in Watervliet this past week. Construction on the park is finished, and according to Parks Director Brian Bailey, will soon be officially opened to the public. Brian better hurry with the opening, as soon as the construction barricades came down last week, there wasn’t a daylight hour there weren’t cars parked there and folks were out strolling. From my own experience most folks were strolling the island, enjoying the wooded path along the perimeter of the park and the wonderful views of the Paw Paw River. All were pleased with the experience except for the swarms of mosquitoes waiting to ambush them from shady hiding places. One couple asked if the wonderful park was new. Yes, it is I replied. Another expressed enthusiasm for the handicap-accessible canoe/kayak launch which will enable her special needs child to access the river. It wasn’t all kudos; a fellow claimed all the good fishing spots were blocked by the lookouts. Not so I said. Where there might be a park bench, there is room to go around and also a place to sit and relax. Sadly, the mental midgets were also evident. I was told someone had already carved “his” name on a lookout railing, and claimed to be the first to do so. (I wonder how “he” explains the honor to his proud parents).


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