10-12-2017 Watervliet graduate Tyler E. Loomis Lawyer completes basic training; Watervliet hosts Har

Watervliet graduate Tyler E. Loomis Lawyer completes basic training

 U.S. Air Force Airman Tyler E. Loomis Lawyer graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Loomis Lawyer is the son of Tina Wilson and Jerry Loomis, and brother of Alyssa Tanner and Jacob Loomis, all of Watervliet.

He is a 2016 graduate of Watervliet High School.

Watervliet hosts Hartford High School for unique “Dig Pink” game

By Jon Bisnett

On Thursday, October 12 at 1:00 p.m. the Panther Varsity volleyball squad will host the Hartford Indians, but they are not coming alone. The entire Hartford High School student body will be making the trip to cheer their team in a first-ever daytime game matching the Indians vs. Panthers to “Dig Pink” for October Breast Cancer Awareness. The game comes as a collaborative effort between the Hartford and Watervliet athletic departments. Both teams will be sporting special edition pink jerseys for the contest. Public is invited. Donations for Breast Cancer Support will be accepted at the door.

Trey Hancock to speak at Central Assembly of God Oct. 15

 Who are the Muslim people and what do you know about them? We hear many things, but how much of that is true? Here is an opportunity to listen, learn, and ask questions with a man who has lived in the community of Dearborn, which has the highest concentration of Arabic speaking people outside the Middle East, for the last 30 years.

The public is invited to welcome Mr. Trey Hancock at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 15 at Central Assembly of God, 6801 Ryno Rd. Coloma. All are welcome.

For more information or to ask questions, please contact PastorEd.Central@outlook.com, or call 269-468-8422.

Support the Troops Christmas Open House

 Blue Star Mothers of America Inc. #177 is sponsoring the 15th annual Support the Troops Christmas Open House on Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Stevensville American Legion Post 568, 3093 Johnson Rd., Stevensville. There will be a patriotic program at 11 a.m. They encourage everyone to join them.

Help make Christmas special and the holidays a little less lonely by packing boxes to send to our troops. Suggested items are Christmas stockings, white cotton socks, small cans of fruit, tuna or chicken pouches, beef jerky, instant drink mixes, foot and body powders, non-alcohol body wipes, gum, mints, nuts of all kinds, granola and cereal bars, Slim Jims, crackers and cookies.

Donations may be sent to Blue Star Mothers, P.O. Box 76, Stevensville, MI 49127.

For more information, please call 269-266-2130 or 269-925-4123; or email CharlesBaldwinBSM@yahoo.com.

Coloma still works on finding an ordinance officer

By Christina Gelder

The Coloma City Commissioners went into closed session during a break in their regular commission meeting on Monday, October 9. They were in the chambers about 15 minutes to look over the applications submitted for the ordinance officer position. The motion to go into closed session was made by Commissioner Julia Smith even though Mayor Jim Polashak said he was not ready to act on the position without doing some further research.

Upon coming out of the closed session and reinstating the open meeting Commissioner Marsha Hammond made a motion to set up a meeting between the committee and the top candidate for the job. At this time, they are not releasing any other details but intend to be prepared to vote at the next city commission meeting in two weeks.

Earlier in the meeting City resident Harold Bragg presented an argument for why he felt it necessary to get an ordinance officer in place as soon as possible. “We are a small community and we should have pride in our community,” he said. “I see no reason why we shouldn’t enforce the ordinances.”

Chief Roe reports on school lockdown

Coloma Township Police Chief Jason Roe was on hand at the meeting to give his monthly report. He said that September was a little busier than usual and his officers responded to 61 complaints within the City.

He also spoke briefly on the lockdown at Coloma Jr. High and High Schools earlier that day. The lockdown was due to reports of a weapon being seen on campus. Chief Roe said the weapon had not been located yet but that the lockdown went well. By the time his team was on site the school staff had perfectly followed trained protocol to keep everyone safe. He expressed gratitude for the Berrien County Sherriff’s Department who assisted with deputies and K-9 units. The investigation is ongoing.

Boy Scouts take over the canoe launch

Boy Scout Troop #696 of Coloma and Watervliet attended the meeting to get permission to take over the Coloma launch along the Paw Paw River Trail. The launch is located along the river, near Wesco and it has recently begun being used for kayaks and canoes.

The troop would like to clean it up, maintain it and also use it as a place to camp. The commission was happy to grant that permission and told them they had a big job ahead of them. The troop intends on beginning immediately. They were directed to consult Public Works Supervisor Rod Burkholder with any questions or concerns as they go.

Property split approval

Doug Geisler, a property owner in Coloma, came before the commission to seek approval on a property split. He owns an odd shaped lot with his brother, and the two of them would like to split the property so that it can be sold to adjoining neighbors.

The lot does not have a residence and is along Center Street and Walnut. Part of it will be sold to the homeowner on Walnut and the rest to the resident along Center. The approval for the split was granted.

Request for variance

Bruce Vandervort attended the meeting as representative for the Estate of Victor and Mary Vandervort. He requested a variance be granted for a shed that protrudes approximately 12 feet onto City property. The property is getting ready to be sold and this matter needed to be addressed.

Located on N. West St. near Wilson Ave. the residence adjoins the City property with a well. The shed was constructed in the mid-1990s and has been there ever since.

The variance was granted with the understanding that chemicals will not be permitted to be stored in the shed. The well is surrounded by 400 feet of fencing and there is plenty of room around it.

Miss Watervliet 2018 Information Tea

 The Watervliet Pageant Organization along with Miss Watervliet 2017 and her court will host a Miss Watervliet informational tea on Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m. The tea will be held at the Watervliet Township Hall for any interested candidates. The Hall is located at 4959 M-140.

The 2018 Miss Watervliet Pageant will be held on Saturday, January 13. Watervliet is “Rolling out the Red Carpet for Hays Park” and will be “Ready to Play!” as Kaylee Chapin, Miss Watervliet and Miss Blossomtime 2017 crowns the new Miss Watervliet.

There are Miss and Mr. Watervliet sign-ups at Watervliet High School in the main office and application packets will be sent to interested candidates upon signing up.

For more information or to ask questions, please contact Angela Widdis at (269) 449-0790 or watervlietpo@gmail.com.

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