11-02-2017 Local Cub Scouts hosting food drive; Community Soup & Salad Supper; American Legion

COLOMA COMET MARCHING BAND… placed first in Class C at the Lakeshore Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 14. All bands performed indoors due to the weather and they were judged in the areas of music performance & music effect. There were five other bands in Class C. The band also earned a first division rating at Marching Band Festival for the 13th consecutive year. Congratulations to the members of the Coloma High School Comet Marching Band!


Local Cub Scouts hosting food drive

 The Webelos Den along with their fellow scout’s from Coloma/ Watervliet Cub Scout Pack 610 is hosting a “Scouting for Food” drive beginning November 4.  They are asking our community to help support their drive by donating any non-perishable food items as well as any personal care items.

Please be on the lookout for scouts in your neighborhood beginning this Saturday, November 4, as they will be handing out plastic bags and “Scouting for Food” flyers to homes.

The scouts will be picking up the bags as well as any other donations on Sunday, November 26, 2017 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.  The Webelos Den and their fellow scouts will also be set-up at the Coloma United Methodist Church on

Wednesday, November 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to collect any donations that the community would like to drop off.

All donations will benefit North Berrien Food Pantry as well as local shelters to help those in needs during this holiday season.  Last season they collected, sorted and donated over 600 pounds of food and personal care items to the North Berrien Food Pantry thanks to the many, many wonderful people in the community that helped support their food drive.

This season, the scouts’ goal is to collect and donate 1,000 pounds of food… please help support your local Cub Scout Pack and Webelos Den!

To donate or schedule a donation for pick-up, please contact Caitlin Baltazar at 269-369-1153 or Tasha Baumeister at 269-259-2492.

The Webelos Den and Pack 610 thank you for your support!

4-H says “Thank You for Your Service” Honor veterans with dinner on Nov. 9 The Young Explorers and Van Buren Voyagers 4-H Clubs are honored to invite military veterans in the local area to have dinner to say “Thank You for Your Service” on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at a potluck to be held at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Paw Paw. These 4-H Clubs are dedicated to remembering the sacrifices that current and former military members make for their country. In the past, the Young Explorers 4-H Club has sent over 200 pounds of Drummond Island fudge directly to troops down range in Afghanistan. They have collected pantyhose for female troops and presented documentaries on military war dogs. The clubs will make holiday cards for troops overseas and send them after the November dinner. They are asking that veterans take a minute during dinner to share with the youth what it means to serve; it will help them understand service member’s sacrifices as they prepare holiday cards after dinner


Community Soup & Salad Supper

Friday, Nov. 3

A Community Soup & Salad Supper will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, November 3, at the North Berrien Senior Center, 6648 Ryno Road in Coloma.

The menu includes soup, salad, bread, dessert and beverage.

The public is invited. Cost for adults is $5; $3 for children up to 12 years of age; and free for children under three.

Proceeds go to the Hope Resources Food Pantry, formerly North Berrien Food Pantry, located at Coloma United Methodist Church. This month’s supper is hosted by the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club.

American Legion BBQ Rib Dinner Nov. 4

 The Coloma Sons of American Legion (SAL) are holding a BBQ Rib Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 4. This event is from 5-7 p.m. at Coloma American Legion Post 362, 351 E. St. Joseph Street in Coloma.

The dinner includes ribs, baked beans, coleslaw and bread. Tickets are available in advance for $10 at the post or from SAL members. To purchase a ticket at the door, the cost is $11.

Coloma Lioness Annual Holiday Fashion Show & Luncheon Nov. 11

 The annual holiday fashion show hosted by the Coloma Lioness is Saturday, Nov. 11 at West Street Station Event Hall. The title for this year’s show is “A Candy Cane Kind of Christmas.”

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with a light luncheon served at noon and fashions begin at 1:00 p.m. Mimosas and wine will be available for $5 a glass.

There will be fashions from stores all around Southwest Michigan, lots of wonderful raffles and door prizes galore!

Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased in advance by calling Beth (269-252-1843) or Rochelle (269-876-8592), or see any Coloma Lioness member.

Proceeds go back to the community in a wide variety of ways.

West Street Station Event Hall is located at 210 N. West Street in Coloma.

Food For Fines program at Watervliet District Library

 Feeling chagrined about your library fines? Visit the Watervliet District Library the second and third weeks of November for an opportunity to clear your conscience and clean up your account.

The library invites anyone with fines for overdue materials to pay-it-forward during the library’s Food For Fines program, November 6-18. Here’s how it works: Bring in any non-perishable food item and receive $1 of fine forgiveness. This opportunity to clear the family’s library bill will serve to benefit folks in southwest Michigan during the time of year when the need is especially great. All food items will be distributed by Feeding America West Michigan, with a local chapter right in Berrien County.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate for the county is 17.1%, 3% higher than the national average. The rate of food insecurity for children is even higher.

Donations of non-perishables will help to ease those burdens while clearing the way to utilizing your library’s resources, for fun, engagement, curiosity and research.

Please contact the library at 269-463-6382 or info@wdlib.org for more information.

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