10-18-2018 William A. Furlan, WWII Veteran turns 100 years old; open house Friday; Time marches on;

William A. Furlan, WWII Veteran turns 100 years old; open house Friday

William (Bill) Alphonso Furlan was born in Chicago, IL on October 19, 1918 to Guiseppe (Joe) Furlan and Emma (nee Voltarel) Furlan. At 100 years old on October 19, 2018 he still remembers the address where he grew up: 2952 No. McVicker Avenue. He was the fifth of six children, the eldest being Charles (Chuck), then Marcella, Ida, Oliver (Ollie or Nin) and the youngest, Arthur (Tootie).

Coloma United Methodist Church rummage sale to benefit hungry children This Saturday, Oct. 20, Coloma United Methodist Church is holding a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items included in the sale are holiday decorations, household items, clothing, and costume jewelry. All proceeds go to the Back Pack Program – a local mission to feed hungry children. Coloma UMC is located at 144 S. Church Street.

Swiss Steak Dinner fund raiser Oct. 27 for Watervliet Hospital Auxiliary Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary will host their Semi-Annual Swiss Steak Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the North Berrien Senior, 6648 Ryno Road in Coloma. Ticket cost is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under age 7. Tickets may be purchased at Park Bench Gift Shop, located in the Hospital Lobby, the Senior Center or from any of auxiliary volunteers.

WATERVLIET ON TIME AGAIN… Attending the dedication ceremony last Friday in Watervliet are DDA Chair Bob Becker, DDA Secretary Tim Freeburn, NBCD Coordinator Chana Kniebes, City Manager Tyler Dotson, Mikki Swisher of Coloma American Homes R.E., Kim O’Donoghue and Stephanie Martinek of St. Joseph Honor Credit Union, Jennifer Helms, Patti Badner from Kemner Iott Agency of Cass County in Cassopolis, Carol Wight-Barrett and Louis Price from New Buffalo Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Mary Watkins of Stevensville First American Title, Mark VanDusen of Edwardsburg Cressy & Everett Real Estate, Anne Gain of St. Joseph @properties Michigan and George Lucas of Union Pier RE/MAX Harbor Country.

Time marches on; new Downtown Watervliet clock dedicated

By Bob Becker – DDA Chairman Date Line Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. in downtown Watervliet, time began again. On a wet, cold and soggy Friday afternoon a new Lumichron clock was dedicated adjacent to Library Park, a clock that had many ‘hands’ to bring to fruition. The list is long and was begun by Chana Kniebes and the North Berrien Community Development (NBDC) applying for a $3,500 grant offered by the Michigan Realtors Association (MRA). The grant application began a time line of searching for a clock supplier, Lumichron Clock Company, petitioning the U.S. Postal Service in Watervliet to allow moving downtown mail boxes and working with C and H Concrete to lay the slab for the mail boxes and the pedestal for the new clock. The many hands were coordinated by City Manager Tyler Dotson and Watervliet Public Works Director Jeff Allen working with the support of the city’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA). Attending the dedication were local members of the Michigan Realtors Association, Kim and Rob Bryant from C and H Concrete, City Manager Tyler Dotson, NBCD Coordinator Chana Kniebes, Jennifer Helms, a candidate for Watervliet City Commission and members of the DDA Board. Also present were Robin Kniebes of Grapevine Nursery who prepared the ground for planting native grasses and decorative mums.