11-01-2018 Veterans Day service in Watervliet Saturday, Nov. 10, followed by an open house at VFW Po

HALLOWEEN IN THE PARK SUCCESS… Thank you to local businesses, organizations and volunteers for helping with the our 2018 Halloween in the Park, Trunk or Treat in downtown Coloma last Saturday. The North Berrien Community Development and the Coloma Lions Club coordinated a fun, safe Halloween gathering with delicious grilled hot dogs, popcorn, Gatorade, juice, apples and tremendous amounts of candy given to the costumed children. See the Letter to the Editor on Page 12 for more details.

Veterans Day service in Watervliet Saturday, Nov. 10, followed by an open house at VFW Post

Watervliet VFW Post 1137 will be conducting a Veterans Day service at their post home located at 8777 Red Arrow Highway on Saturday, November 10 beginning at 11 a.m. Retired Air Force Master Sergeant Pete Petruk will serve as the speaker with the closing ceremony conducted by the North Berrien Military Rites team. Following the service, there will be an open house for the public lasting until 2 p.m. Representatives from both the VFW and the American Legion will be on hand to possibly answer questions regarding joining either organization or benefits that a veteran may have coming.

They hope everyone will join them for this Veterans Day service..

STATE FARM AGENT KARLA D. SMOTHERS PAYS IT FORWARD… Karla Smothers states, “Becoming an agent took a lot of work and many hours on the internet completing training modules. I was very fortunate to have the support of the Watervliet Library to assist me. I am donating these ear buds for the library to use as a fund raiser for any needed supplies”. Shown here is Karla D. Smothers of State Farm Insurance and Watervliet librarian Sharon Crotser-Toy.

Fuller Birth announcement A baby boy was born on Monday, October 22, 2018 at Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo to Kayla and Tyler Fuller, formerly of Hartford. He weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces, measured 20 inches long and has been named Malcolm Tyler Fuller.

Holiday Blues program offered in Southwest Michigan Join Caring Circle, a Lakeland Health Affiliate, for Holiday Blues, an annual program that provides an opportunity for individuals, family, and friends to participate in meaningful sharing and gain renewed strength to walk through grief during the holiday season. The program is free and open to the community. To register, or for more information, call Caring Circle at (269) 429-7100. Sessions will be offered at the following dates and locations: Monday, November 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Lory’s Place, 445 Upton Drive in St. Joseph. Thursday, November 13 at 12:00 p.m. at Caring Circle, 4025 Health Park Lane in St. Joseph. Thursday, November 15 at 4:00 p.m. at Caring Circle, 05055 Blue Star Highway in South Haven.

90th Birthday Open House for Rita Lynch on Saturday Happy Birthday, Rita Lynch! This beautiful lady is turning 90! Her family will host an open house on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 7454 Paw Paw Avenue in Watervliet. Please join them for coffee and dessert as they celebrate together.

Watervliet library offers social work intern; Meet and Greet on Nov. 12

Social workers have become a frequently utilized resource in public libraries, and Watervliet is now a part of that movement. Social Workers in Small and Rural Libraries (SWiRLS) is a grant funded partnership between Niles District Library and six other regional libraries, which includes Watervliet. The program’s goals are to connect patrons with information about services available in their community and to develop collaborative relationships with local service agencies. Licensed social workers or social work interns from area universities will be available on a regular schedule or by appointment at each library to provide face to face assistance and referrals. To better inform the public of this service, the Watervliet District Library will hold a Meet-And-Greet event featuring WMU Social Work interns and their licensed program manager, Monday, November 12, from 1-3 p.m. Area residents are encouraged to stop by to share questions or concerns, or simply to say hello. Light refreshments will be served. Tracy Rudi, a graduate student enrolled in Western Michigan University’s School of Social Work, has been assigned regular hours in the library, Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. People needing help are welcome to stop in during that time to speak with her. In addition, patrons are encouraged to fill out a “Book-a-Social Work Intern” request form any time the library is open, to arrange a meeting with Miss Rudi. For more information please contact the library at 269-463-6382 or info@wdlib.org, or visit the library’s Facebook page.

Tomlin Birth Announcement A baby boy was born on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 to Stephen and Sarah Tomlin of Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and has been named Isaac Knox Tomlin. His big sister is Sarah Kate Tomlin. The proud grandparents are Jeff and Marcia (Adams) Tomlin; great-grandparents Richard and Emma Adams and uncle Alex Tomlin, all of Muldrow, Oklahoma. His great uncle, Bill Adams and his family are all in the Hartford and Bangor area.