10-1117-2019 Schools news & calendars

PRINCIPAL’S AWARD RECIPIENT… Wanda Ward, student at Coloma Intermediate School, received the Principal’s Office Award on Oct. 4, 2019 for being a kind and helpful friend. Wanda is congratulated for being a shining example of how a respectful, responsible, and safe Comet acts! #cometpride



W-A-Y Watervliet High School September Students of the Month

Kami Reeves The W-A-Y program at Watervliet High School is proud to announce their first student of the month for September 2019 is Kami Reeves. Kami has been with W-A-Y for a little under a year and in the process has been steadily making progress. She comes to the lab almost every day which is a key component to her success. She also participates in choir and jazz choir at the high school. Over the past month, she has earned 1.6 credits! Kami is the daughter of Jenny Vincent and Robert Vincent. She also works at Easy Street as a cook and dishwasher. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, drawing, painting and fishing. After she graduates, she would like to go to college to be a cartoon artist. Kami has already been offered a scholarship to one college!

Marissa Roberts Marissa Roberts is their second student of the month for September. Marissa joined the program at the end of August and in that short amount of time, she has been earning credit at record paces. In September alone, she earned over three credits! She has done this by coming to the lab almost every day and submitting projects every day. She has been plugging away at Algebra even!

Cristeena Derrick Cristeena Derrick is their third student of the month for September. She also joined W-A-Y at the end of August. Since then, she has been earning weekly credit at a rapid pace! During September alone she earned over 1.5 credits. She comes to the lab often and works super hard while there. She always submits something when she comes in, and often more than one project. Cristeena is the daughter of Lisa and Paul Derrick. She is very involved in her church. In her free time, she loves to read. After high school, she wants to go to college. She plans to get a degree in some medical field. This has always been a passion of hers.

Russell Oldebekking It was a good month so W-A-Y Watervliet High School has a fourth student of the month. Russell Oldebekking joined at the beginning of September and promptly earned 1.5 credits! He has been great at coming to the lab and focusing on his work.



Hartford Pageant Organization looking for future royals

The Hartford Pageant Organization is looking for all youth interested in becoming a member of their 2020 Royal Court of Honor. This includes those ladies and gentlemen looking to compete for the title of Miss Hartford or Mr. Hartford 2020. Miss Hartford and Mr. Hartford contestants must reside within the City of Hartford or Hartford Township, and be between the ages of 17 and 19 as of March 16, 2020 to be eligible to compete. In terms of all other royalty, the date of eligibility to compete is the contestant’s as of January 1, 2020. They must also reside in the City of Hartford or Hartford Township, or attend Hartford Public Schools. To compete for the crown of Miss Teen Hartford, contestants must be between the ages of 13 and 15. Contestants in the Miss Jr. Teen Hartford contest must be between the ages of 10 and 12, while Little Miss Hartford contestants must be between the ages of 6 and 9. On the boy’s side, Little Mr. Hartford contestants must be between the ages of 6 and 10. The last day to register is at the first practice on Sunday, Oct. 27 in the Hartford High School Auditorium. Little Miss, Little Mister and Junior Teen practice is from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Miss Teen practice is from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. and Miss Hartford practice is scheduled from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. The 2020 Miss Hartford Pageant is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 in the high school auditorium. For more information, or to register as a contestant, please contact Amanda Williamson via email at hartfordpageantorg@gmail.com. The Hartford Pageant Organization can also be contacted on their Facebook page.

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 17 1/2 day for Elementary Only; All Buildings – Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences; Senior and Parent Financial Aid Workshop, HS Media Center, 5:00-8:00 p.m.; MS White Volleyball at Harford, 5:00 p.m.; JV Volleyball at Lawton, 5:30 p.m.; Varsity Volleyball at Lawton, 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 18 1/2 day for All Buildings; Fan bus leaves for Schoolcraft, 3:30 p.m.; Varsity Football at Schoolcraft, 5:00 p.m. (NOTE: time change) Saturday, October 19 Jenison MCBA Marching Band Competition; 8th Grade Maroon Volleyball at Coloma Tournament, 8:30 a.m.; JV Volleyball at Martin Tournament, 9:00 a.m.; Varsity Volleyball at Constantine Tournament, 9:00 a.m.; HS Cross Country at Kalamazoo Christian Invitational, 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 21 MS Maroon Volleyball, Home vs. Coloma, 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 22 JV Volleyball at Martin, 5:30 p.m.; Varsity Volleyball at Martin, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 23 eSports Competition vs. St. Joseph, 3:15 p.m.; MS Maroon Volleyball, Home vs. St. Joseph, 5:00 p.m.; MS Football, Home vs. Coloma, 5:00 p.m. Thursday, October 24 HS/MS Picture Re-takes; JV Football at Coloma, 6:00 p.m.; HS/MS Fall Choir Concert, WHS Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 25 “PINK OUT” Volleyball game, Home vs. Hartford, 1:00 p.m.; Middle School Dance, MS Gym, 3:00-5:00 p.m.; Port-a-Pit Chicken Dinner (Jr. Class Fundraiser), HS Cafeteria, 4:00-6:30 p.m.; Varsity Football SENIOR NIGHT, Home vs. Coloma, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 26 Varsity Cross Country Regional Meet at Centreville, 9:30 a.m.; Sparta MCBA Marching Band Competition, 4:00 p.m.; North School Halloween Dance, Middle School Gym

Coloma Community Schools Calendar of Events

Friday, October 18 Varsity Football vs. Delton Kellogg, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 19 8th grade Volleyball Tournament, 8:30 a.m.; Varsity Volleyball at Constantine, TBA; Varsity Cross Country at Gobles, TBA; Walk-A-Thon Bash, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Coloma Elementary Monday, October 21 JV/Varsity Volleyball at Bridgman w/ South Haven, 5:00 p.m.; Middle School Volleyball at Watervliet, 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 22 Health Hero Flu Clinic; JV/Varsity Volleyball at Gobles, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 23 2-Hour Late Start; Jollay Orchards Field Trip – Young 5’s; Middle School Volleyball vs. Schoolcraft, 5:00 p.m.; Jr. High Football at Watervliet, 5:00 p.m. Thursday, October 24 JV Football vs. Watervliet, 6:00 p.m.

Octoberfest at Coloma FOP Saturday

Saturday, Oct. 19 is the annual Octoberfest at FOP Lodge #147, 3470 Angling Rd. in Coloma from 5 – 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and will include a German meal of German potato salad and brats plus other food and drink. The event will also have a cash bar, silent auction and a raffle. Salem Lutheran Church is sponsoring the Octoberfest with proceeds going to HOPE Resources of Coloma.

Harvest Dinner in Sodus Oct. 26

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 4071 Naomi Rd, Sodus is having a Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Public is invited. Cost for the dinner is $12. The menu includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, squash, green beans, dessert and beverages. To purchase tickets, call 269-927-3454.

Community Calendar


Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-12 noon “COAT DISTRIBUTION” Riverside United Methodist Church, 4401 Fikes Rd. Call 468-6062 with questions. Saturday, Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. “CRAFT SHOW” sponsored by Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary at Watervliet Middle School, 450 E. St. Joseph St. (Red Arrow Hwy); free admission Saturday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m. “NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM” informational meeting for the public at Watervliet City Hall. For any questions or concerns, please contact the Watervliet Police Department at 269-463-5112. Saturday, Oct. 19, 1-4 p.m. “OPEN HOUSE/ HOMECOMING” 150-year celebration at Riverside Hagar #6 school, 3422 Riverside Rd., Benton Harbor. Public invited; silent auction, T-shirts, lunch Saturday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m. “APPLE FALL FESTIVAL” at Twelve Corners Community Church, 3902 Hicks Ave., Benton Harbor. Program by Dennis Rehder. Family fun to include hay rides, finger foods, games for all ages Saturday, Oct. 19, 5-8 p.m. “OCTOBERFEST” at Coloma FOP, 3470 Angling Rd. sponsored by Salem Lutheran Church. Event includes German meal, cash bar, silent auction and a raffle. Tickets are $10 at the door. Proceeds benefit HOPE Resources. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 5:30-7 p.m. “AUTHOR VISIT & BOOK SIGNING” Donna Gauntlett discusses her book “Unexpected Joys in Life’s Detours” at the Coloma Public Library. Friday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m. “DIG PINK VOLLEYBALL GAME” at Watervliet High School gymnasium. Breast Cancer Awareness Month fundraiser game with Lady Panthers against Hartford Indian volleyball. Free admission; donations being collected Saturday, Oct. 26, 1-3 p.m. “FALL HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL” hosted by the Hartford Library at the Hartford Bible Church gym, 65418 Red Arrow Hwy. The event is from 1 to 3 p.m. with free games, candy, prizes and face painting. Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. “FALL BOOK SALE” at Coloma Public Library. Purchases support literacy programs in the library. 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. Saturday, Oct. 26, 5-6:30 p.m. “HARVEST DINNER” at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 4071 Naomi Rd., Sodus. $12/dinner; menu includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, squash, green beans, dessert and beverages. Call 269-927-3454 for tickets. Saturday, Oct. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. “HALLOWEEN AT SARETT” spooky trails to explore, hayrides, treats and crafts for families. Cost is $5 per person; no reservations necessary Monday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. “VB REGIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING” at Van Buren Conference Center, 400 S. Paw Paw St., Lawrence featuring Adam Oster from Library of Michigan. Free event open to the public. 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 neighborhoods

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