10-31-2019 Letters and Commentary

FROM POPE FRANCIS… I was “surfing” the web Sunday evening and came across an article titled, “A gentle reminder from Pope Francis”. When I read it, I said to Anne, I just read the most amazing thing. Its written by Pope Francis and he’s not preaching for us to be good Christians, he’s not telling us not to sin, he’s not saying gay marriage is wrong; he says for us to relax, don’t worry, enjoy life, be good to others, and enjoy our blessings. The Pope wrote we should enjoy our blessings now. Why not. Why wait until bedtime to say our prayers, why not say them now. Why wait till Christmas to celebrate, celebrate now, why wait. Here’s what I read as printed on the web… nothing is deleted or changed. If you don’t read all of it, or any of it, please read the final paragraph, written by me.

A Gentle Reminder from Pope Francis This life will go by fast. Don’t fight with people, don’t criticize your body so much, don’t complain so much. Don’t lose sleep over your bills. Look for the person that makes you happy. If you make a mistake, let it go and keep seeking your happiness. Never stop being a good parent. Don’t worry so much about buying luxuries and comforts for your home, and don’t kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for your family. Those benefits should be earned by each person, so don’t dedicate yourself to accumulating money. Enjoy, travel, enjoy your journeys, see new places, give yourself the pleasures you deserve. Allow dogs to get closer. Don’t put away the fine glassware. Utilize the new dinnerware; don’t save your favorite perfume, use it to go out with yourself; wear out your favorite sport shoes; repeat your favorite clothes. So what? That’s not bad. Why not now? Why not pray now instead of waiting until before you sleep? Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so long for Christmas; for Friday; for Reunions; for another year; for when I have money; for love to come; when everything is perfect… look… Everything perfect doesn’t exist. Human beings can’t accomplish this because it simply was not intended to be completed here. Here is an opportunity to learn. So take this challenge that is life and do it now… love more, forgive more, embrace more, love more intensely and leave the rest in God’s hands. Amen.

Sadly, how many times have we said, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I did a search of the web and found a discussion of the veracity of the claim that the letter (epistle) “The Popes Gentle Reminder”, was not written by him this year, not last year, not the year before and probably not at all. There is evidence the “Gentle Reminder” was circulated in English on the web in 2016 without authorship. Prior to that publishing, it was printed in Portuguese the year before that in a South American magazine, authored by a female singer. As the author wrote, “so what”. Does it matter that this thoughtful and insightful letter was not written by the Pope? I don’t think so. SNOPES a fact checking web site observed often times writings placed on the web by unknown contributors languish there unread. When such writings are resubmitted with a well-known personage, the readership grows exponentially. So I chose to print the letter here because of the great message it contains. I never came across it before because it was unnoticed. What prompted me to read it was the name of the author, a truly great leader, gentle and kind. So what does it matter, nothing or everything, that the Pope didn’t write it. Maybe he did.

Correction Hagar Twp. Board meeting is November 11 In the October 24, 2019 issue of Tri-City Record, an error occurred on Page 6 in the report of the Hagar Township October business meeting. It was incorrectly reported that the November business meeting would be rescheduled to November 12 due to a conflict with Veterans Day. That meeting will in fact be held as usual on Monday, Nov. 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Hagar Twp. Hall. Tri-City Record is sorry for any inconvenience or confusion this error may have caused.

Halloween in the Park Trunk or Treat sponsors for 2019 Dear Editor, Thank you to local businesses, organizations and volunteers for helping with the 2019 Halloween in the Park, Trunk or Treat in downtown Coloma. The North Berrien Community Development, Coloma Township Police Department and the Coloma Lions Club coordinated a fun, safe Halloween gathering with delicious grilled hot dogs, popcorn, juice, apples and candy given to the costumed children. Numerous business owners, Lions Club members, and City and Township officials volunteered their time to help bag the popcorn, pour juice and run the food line. Fun games were organized by Freshwater Community Church in Laura Baker Park and the Coloma Lion’s Club did a fabulous job of grilling hot dogs even in the rain for adults and children. Delicious apples were donated by Fruit Acres and Tom Gear was on hand playing upbeat music and announcing sponsors during the event. The Coloma Lions Club coordinated their Annual Pumpkin Derby that morning as a kickoff for the day with some beautiful and cleverly decorated pumpkins and Coloma Community Schools decorated a spooky “Haunted School Bus” behind City Hall! Without the sponsorships and volunteers, Halloween in the Park would not have been possible so we want to thank the following: ABC Truck Repair, Alpha Baking Company, American Home Real Estate – Mikki Swisher, Apryl Watson, Bertuca Bonding, Best Way Disposal, Big C Lumber, Boss Services Heating and Air, Certified Auto Repair (C.A.R.), Centsible Heating and Air, Chemical Bank, Coloma City, Coloma DDA, Coloma Choirs and National Honor Society members, Coloma Charter Township, Coloma Community Schools, Coloma Lioness Club, Coloma/ St. Joseph KOA, Chief Smigielski, Dan Stuglik and the Coloma Township Police Department and reservists, Coloma City Public Works Department, Coloma Subway, Coloma United Methodist Church, Coloma UMC Fellowship, Coloma Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce, Cutting Corners, Downtown Digits, Easy Street, Edgewater Bank, Edward Jones – Brian W. Smith, El Asadero, Four Season’s Spa and Pool Services, Commissioner Fred Reeves, Friendly Tavern, Full Moon Advertising, Fruit Acres, Fusion Center for Dance, Grapevine Nursery, Hair Innovations and Day Spa, Hillview Estates, H&R Block, Honor Credit Union, Hub Central 185, If the Show Fits, J.S. Fulton Construction, John’s Glass, Justin VanFerrari and the volunteers from Freshwater Church, Keep Me in Mind Repurposed Treasures, Commissioner Kent Churchill, LADD, Linda’s Antiques, LOMA Theatre, Commissioner Marsha Hammond, Midway Baptist Church, Mike’s Pit Stop, North Berrien Fire & Rescue and Chief Mattix, North Berrien Community Development (NBCD), Orchard Hill Landfill, R & B Stelter Farm, Reflections Hair Studio, Rory Bell, Roseann Clements, Sandy Kraemer, Soulards, Tom Gear, Tracy Tavolacci, Waterfront Restaurant, Wil-O-Paw Animal Hospital, WTP and Youth Development Company. A special thank you to the wonderful group of Coloma students that volunteered and helped wherever we needed them we certainly appreciated their community spirit! If we have forgotten anyone we thank you for your help and support. Continue to patronize these area businesses that contributed toward the success of a wonderful community event. If you would like to volunteer, contribute or participate in the event next year it will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Thank you again to everyone! Chana Kniebes Community Development Coordinator North Berrien Community Development/ Coloma Watervliet Chamber of Commerce

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