10-17-2019 WHS Grad gives Coloma Subway new life; Preliminary parks wish list discussed at Coloma Ch

THIS KUTE KID IS… Malia Leolani Morris, daughter of Kameron and Kristy Morris of St. Joseph. Her grandparents are Ann & Andy DeHaven and Rick & Tari Howard, all of Watervliet.

WHS grad gives Coloma Subway new life

By Teresa Smithers Too often, we are not aware at how much our life experiences are teaching us. At just 26, Jordan Hurst, son of Laurie Roggow and the late Michael Hurst, is the new owner of the Coloma Subway sandwich shop, and he never would have guessed that was in his future six years ago.

NEW OWNER… Jordan Hurst welcomes all to his Subway sandwich shop in downtown Coloma, Michigan. (TCR photo by Teresa Smithers)

Actually, Jordan never liked Subway sandwiches growing up; his mother insisted on them as an alternative to fast foods. But it was a good place to work while he pursued a degree at Southwestern Michigan College to become a band teacher. When he saw that the courses were more academics than music, his disillusionment led him to Kalamazoo Valley Community College to study graphic design, then, still unsure, he moved to other opportunities across the state. Along the way, he worked at various Subway shops, never realizing that they were the education he had been pursuing. At each shop, he gained experience and skills in running a Subway business that were valuable to employers. As he added skills to his repertoire – not just sandwich artistry, but fixing equipment, ordering, problem-solving and more – his business education grew. “I could walk in and say, ‘I can do this and this, and have it all done by this time,’ and employers loved it,” he said. He became the Business Development agent for Subways in the Detroit market. By the time he was 23, he was made Business Development Manager. He wasn’t aware of it at the time, but all of his hard work behind the counter was providing the business education he needed to fulfill his destiny. When his grandfather grew ill, Hurst returned home. He worked as a manager and talked to his former boss about the possibility of actually purchasing a Subway shop; Coloma was available. It wasn’t easy. Despite appearances, Hurst is not wealthy, except in terms of family support, hard work, and determination. In those qualities, he is rich, indeed. Despite naysayers – “I know, I’m young,” he says, “I get it!” – he purchased Coloma Subway on September 25, 2019. As a new business owner, the first thing this Watervliet graduate did was to become a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Being raised in this area, he loves it and wants his business to be a vital part of the communities he loves. This is home. In less than a month, people are already talking about the changes Hurst has made at the Coloma Subway. Under his management, four employees, plus two on call keep service great. Heather Shackelford is the evening manager, so there is always a manager available. The floor plan is now open and welcoming with room for wheelchairs and strollers. The food selection is abundant, with generous truck orders keeping it fresh. And all of the equipment has been repaired and is running efficiently. Better, brighter lighting is next. As soon as that is accomplished, Hurst will hold a grand opening to which everyone is invited! Located in downtown Coloma, Subway is open seven days a week: Mon. – Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Preliminary parks wish list

discussed at Coloma Charter Township meeting

By Annette Christie With over 160 responses to the parks and recreation survey, the Coloma Charter Township Board received a preview at their meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 9, of the wish list that is developing out of those surveys. Cindy LaGrow provided an update of the 5-Year Parks and Recreation Plan revisions, as it expires at the end of this year.

LaGrow, with LaGrow Consulting, said the survey is referencing Helen Street Park, the AEP Paw Paw River launch and the Coloma Sports Park (on the grounds of the old Washington School). Some of the comments so far include the following: More picnic tables and shade at the Helen Street Park; eliminating the boat launch to keep it more a neighborhood park; improvements to lighting dugouts, and the additions of bathrooms at Coloma Sports Park; sidewalks and trails at Coloma Sports Park and throughout the township; areas for bicycles to ride safely; pickleball; benches and grills at Coloma Sports Park; and requests for parks that are appropriate for older people to use as well. LaGrow said there is some mention of an active trail similar to the Par Course behind Lakeland in Watervliet, as well as landscaping improvements.

Officials held their first public hearing at their September meeting as they began to spread the word about the surveys. About a dozen people attended that hearing. They are pleased with the results thus far and expect a few more surveys to straggle in prior to the next township board meeting on November 13. February is the deadline for submission of the revised and updated Parks and Recreation Plan. Other business The board received their audit findings and their rating of an unmodified opinion. They authorized the annual donation to the Halloween in the Park event which is scheduled for October 26 from 3-5 p.m. They also discussed and approved the Paw Paw Lake Sewer Plant Articles of Incorporation which will make that Board, and Authority. In doing so, the Authority can borrow funds on its own. Each of the municipalities in Watervliet and Coloma are expected to approve the Articles of Incorporation.

Lest We Forget presents Patriotic Veterans Day Concert

Join in this community celebration honoring veterans and their families as the Southshore Concert Band joins Lest We Forget in their annual Veterans Day Patriotic Concert on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Lake Michigan College Mendel Center in Benton Harbor. This will be the thirteenth veterans’ concert put on by Lest We Forget and the Southshore Concert Band led by Dale Reuss. The 90 members of the Southshore Band will be featuring traditional patriotic songs and salutes for the branches of the service. The theme for the concert, America: Land of the Free; Home of the Brave, is designed to musically assert our American ideals through the performance by the Southshore Concert Band, including instrumental, vocal and visual selections. The men and women who have sacrificed to protect and defend those American ideals as members of the United States military forces will be remembered and honored throughout the program. Prior to the start of the concert Lest We Forget will honor all veterans by taking their photo. The picture taking will start at 1 p.m. and continue until 1:45 p.m. Photos will be mailed to the veterans. Additionally, a tribute will be paid to the Lest We Forget members who have passed on. We will be showing their photographs during the singing of “The Mansions of the Lord.” Veterans of all conflicts will be recognized, along with a “Tribute to Missing Comrades.” There will also be a salute to each branch of the armed services. Tickets are available at Stevensville and St. Joseph Martin’s Supermarkets or from LWF members at $10.00. Tickets from Lake Michigan College Mendel Box Office (269-927-8700) are $12.00. Children 17 and under are free. There will be a large map of Vietnam and veterans who served there will be able to sign their signature in the place they served. There will be an opportunity at the concert to purchase Lest We Forget shirts, books and DVDs. For questions call Lest We Forget at 269-429-2098 or go to www.lestweforgetusa.org.

Glad-Peach Fest planning begins

By Teresa Smithers For over 50 years, the Coloma Glad-Peach Festival has been an annual community celebration in August, featuring two popular local harvests, the gladiolus and peaches. Not wishing to see this celebratory unity end, the committee has chosen instead, to improve the festival by making it more relevant. With that in mind, the festival committee met with interested citizens on Wednesday, October 9, to brainstorm ideas for the 2020 festival. Some of the ideas that will be looked into include shortening the festival length, including more contemporary events (i.e., wine-tasting) and entertainment, having the fireworks earlier in the night, adding more music and more variety, and carnival changes. These ideas and others may or may not be included after investigating their applicability. The committee invites more people to become involved in the planning. One consensus was made by all: more volunteers are needed to serve on the Glad-Peach committee prior to the festival. The committee meets the third Wednesday of every month except December. For anyone interested in the future of the Glad-Peach Festival, the committee encourages attendance at the next meeting on Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 p.m., at Coloma City Hall.


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