09-27-2018 School news & calendars

“Kute Kids”… THIS “KUTE KID” is… Maverick Hauch born in December 2017 to Ashley and Christopher Hauch of Dallas, Texas. Little Maverick’s grandparents are Tina & Tom Lentz and Christine & Mark Parker. He is one of 16 great-grandchildren for Merlin & Jackie Hauch of Watervliet. Maverick is also a great-grandson of Mary Jo McClanahan. Share a photo of your “Kute Kids” with your friends, neighbors, 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 paper, 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 record@tricityrecord.com. Pick up your photo after it appears in the paper or include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and we will mail it back to you. Where are your “Kute Kids”?

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events Thursday, September 27 JV & Varsity Volleyball at Constantine, 5:30 p.m.; JV Football at Delton-Kellogg High School, 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 28 SWM Vocal Festival Workshop at Western Michigan University, 8:00 a.m.; Panther Dash-Run-Walk at North School; HOMECOMING (Holidays with the Panthers) activities, all buildings; Varsity Football home vs. Delton-Kellogg, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 29 Berrien County Invitational Cross Country MS/HS Meet, hosted by Watervliet at Riverview Park, St. Joseph, 9:00 a.m.; Marching Band Friends and Family performance, TBA Monday, October 1 7th & 8th Grade Maroon volleyball at Coloma, 5:00 p.m.; Freshman Volleyball at Hartford, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 2 Freshman Volleyball, Home vs. New Buffalo, 5:00 p.m.; JV & Varsity Volleyball at Gobles, 5:30 p.m.; MS Cross Country Jamboree at Kalamazoo Christian, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 3 Elementary PTO Meeting at North, 5:30 p.m.; MS Football, Home vs. Schoolcraft, 5:00 p.m.; 7th & 8th Grade White Volleyball at South Haven, 5:00 p.m.; 7th & 8th Grade Maroon Volleyball, Home vs. Niles, 5:00 p.m. Thursday, October 4 7th & 8th Grade White Volleyball at St. Joseph, 4:30 p.m.; JV Football, Home vs. Constantine, 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 5 Mid Marking Period Progress Reports; South School Spirit Day; North School Instrument Demo; Varsity Football at Constantine, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 6 Band at Portage Northern MCBA Competition; All 8th Grade Volleyball Tournament at Home, 9:00 a.m.; All 7th Grade Volleyball at Coloma Tournament, 9:00 a.m.; HS & MS Cross Country at Portage Invitational, 9:00 a.m.

HARTFORD HIGH SCHOOL… “Students of the Week” for the week of September 17 – 21 are (from the left) 9th Grade – Lyra Sisk, student of Virgil & Alice Cook; 10th Grade – Mercedes Requenes, student of Angelica Requenes; 11th Grade – Kyle Manning, student of Kevin & Pamela Manning; 12th Grade – Tyler Spalding, student of Curt & Wendy Spalding. 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 newspaper. At the end of the school year, all Students 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!

Lakeland certified by Joint Commission for Hip and Knee Replacements

The Joint Commission recently awarded Lakeland Health with Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacements. Certification, awarded for a two-year period, helps organizations develop consistent communication and collaboration among all health care providers involved in the care of the patient – including pre-surgical consultation with the orthopedic surgeon, intraoperative care, hospitalization or admission, rehabilitation activities, and follow-up visits.

“We are pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission as it is a symbol of quality that reflects our commitment to providing safe and effective patient care,” added Kenneth Edwards, MD, orthopedic surgeon and Medical Director of Surgical Services. “The orthopedic quality and safety metrics at Lakeland compare well with some of the most highly regarded hospitals in the nation. Patients can be confident they are receiving the highest quality of care without ever having to travel outside of southwest Michigan.” In order to achieve certification, Lakeland Health underwent a rigorous, onsite survey during which a team of Joint Commission surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas of orthopedic care including surgical site infection rates, fall rates, enhanced patient education, length of stay, early ambulation, and pain management.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend Lakeland Health for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.” The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.

Masons contribute additional $40,000 to playground at Bert Goens Learning Center in Lawrence

Thanks in part to a $40,000 boost from the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation (MMCF) a playground at the Van Buren Intermediate School District’s Bert Goens Learning Center, 705 S. Paw Paw St. in Lawrence, will see an expansion. On Wednesday, September 5, Deb Kollar, Van Buren Intermediate School District social worker, made the announcement during an assembly held in the learning center’s gymnasium.

With the additional funding, the project’s second phase will include two more zip lines to go with the two initial zip lines, and six additional swings, that will bring the total number of swings to 18. Also, five pieces of exercise equipment will be added near an outdoor walking track located east of the playground. Last year, the project’s first phase was completed, following a $200,000 fundraising effort that was started by the late Principal Janice DiGiovanni. The new equipment was designed and built by Sinclair Recreation, a Holland, Michigan company that works with Carter’s Kids, a foundation started by HGTV’s Carter Oosterhouse.

Also on Wednesday, Kollar received additional great news by way of a $3,000 contribution that was made by one of the MMCF trustees in attendance. Masons in Coloma, Mattawan, Three Oaks, Detroit, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor helped with the playground project through either helping during its building or through financial support. Kollar said the Masons have donated just shy of $61,000 toward the project. With the final touch to the second phase funding secured, Kollar said the second phase project is expected to be added to the playground next month.

Friday, Sept. 28, 4:30-7:00 p.m. “SOUP SUPPER” at Van Buren County Museum, 58471 Red Arrow Hwy., Hartford. Cost: free will offering; includes tour of museum. Saturday, Sept. 29, 3 p.m. “LEARN ABOUT BATS” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Township. Presentation by Dr. Alan Kurta from WMU. $8/nonmembers Saturday, Sept. 29, 5 p.m. “SILLY SUPPER” at Twelve Corners Community Church, 3902 Hicks Ave., Benton Township. Goodwill donations accepted. RSVP to 208-6638 but not required. Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m. “BHUTAN” presentation by Susan & Michael Wood at Sarett Nature Center. $5/nonmembers Sunday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. “WATERVLIET REC COUNCIL MEETING” to receive new members and elect officers for the 2109 season. Held at VFW Post 1137, 8777 Red Arrow Hwy, Watervliet. For more info call Nikki Priebe at 208-6875. Monday, Oct. 1, 9-10 a.m. “VETERANS ROUNDTABLE” hosted by Rep. Beth Griffin in Paw Paw American Legion Hall, 115 N. Niles St., Paw Paw. Open to all veterans; RSVP to BethGriffin@house.mi.gov or 1-800-577-6212 Thursday, Oct. 4, 4-5 p.m. “GRAND OPENING” of the Paw Paw River County Park on M-140 in Watervliet. Public invited. Sunday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. “MARY ANN LORD” at Plymouth Congregational Church to speak on Bible translation mission work. Potluck to follow morning worship service. Public invited Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m. “WHEN MARK TWAIN CAME TO MICHIGAN” free program by Al & Dave Eicher at the Coloma Public Library. Call 468-3431 with questions. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 4-6 p.m. “MOBILE FOOD PANTRY” sponsored by Berrien Community Foundation at 7181 Red Arrow Hwy, Watervliet. Open to anyone needing food assistance. Call 983-3304 for more information. Saturday, Oct. 13, 5 p.m. “PASTOR COWELL RETIREMENT PARTY” at Midway Baptist Church, 7517 Red Arrow Hwy, Watervliet. RSVP for dinner at midwayministries.org/rsvp or call 463-3195 by Oct. 5 Sunday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. “CHILI HOP FLY-IN & 5K” at Watervliet Airport, 8560 Airport Dr. Free admission & hay rides; chili & chili-dog lunch beginning at 11 a.m. Visit SWMI RACERS on Facebook for race information & registration Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. “BOOK READING & SIGNING” by Chrissy Meek for ‘The Magic Puppy’ by Caleigh Lee (Chrissy’s pen name) at the Coloma Public Library. Thursday, Nov. 8 “RAKE A DIFFERENCE” United Way’s Day of Action for Seniors, volunteer event to help senior citizens with yard work. Seniors and volunteers can sign up at uwsm.org/rakeadifference by Oct. 12 Saturday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m. “MISS TEEN COLOMA 2019 CONTEST” at Coloma High School Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, 6 p.m. “MISS & MR. COLOMA 2019 CONTESTS” at Coloma High School 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. 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 bcpdsupport@aol.com.