GORDON BANASIK’S 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION… Former longtime Watervliet resident Gordon Banasik celebrated his 90th birthday, Oct. 13, 2019, with his five children, Barry, Ben, Barbara, Bob, Brad, and their families at Hazel Findlay Country Manor in St. Johns, MI. Gordon and family enjoyed dinner, cake, visiting, and even a Happy Birthday strings trio serenade by the grandchildren. Pictured are: (from the left) First row – Barry Banasik, Gordon Banasik, and Karen Banasik; Second row – Rachel Banasik, Anthony Occhiuto (great-grandchild), Grant Banasik, Katie Banasik, Vanessa (Banasik) Mead, and MaryJo Banasik; Third row – Brendan Smith, Rebekah Banasik, Sheila Banasik, Bob Banasik, Betsy Banasik, Ben Banasik, Daniel Mead, Rick Stock, Barbara Stock, and Brad Banasik. Gordon and his wife, Joan, adopted Watervliet as their hometown (after living in Germany for four years) when they purchased The Watervliet Record in 1959. After 25 years with The Watervliet Record, Gordon and Joan sold the paper to Karl and Anne Bayer. Gordon and Joan were married 62 years when Joan passed away in 2016. Gordon enjoys reading hometown news in The Tri-City Record every week. If you would like to drop Gordon a line, his address is, Hazel Findlay Country Manor, 1101 S. Scott Rd., St. Johns, MI 48879.
Sinking Fund improvements proceeding at Coloma District; roofing, lighting, and
parking lot projects set for summer 2020
By Annette Christie Coloma School District officials are moving forward with facility improvements due to the sinking fund available to them. At their Monday, November 11, 2019 meeting the school board authorized Owens-Ames-Kimball to issue letters of intent to bidding contractors for roofing, lighting, and parking lot projects scheduled for the summer of 2020. Both the high school and the gymnasium roof are on the list, something the district has needed updates on for some time. The Building & Grounds Committee just last month met and had reported the selected projects to be completed with the sinking funds. Parking lot upgrades and lighting, consolidated parking for the buses as well as the installation of electrical plugs for buses that require that, new steps to the junior high, curbs on the north end to help direct traffic in the flowing loop that is intended, improved signage, and roof work at various buildings all made the discussion list. Voters in the district approved a sinking fund millage in May of 2018, at 1.25 mills for up to 10 years. The district’s website provides the details for the public to show how the funding is being spent. School Administrator Reports Many of the schools held Veterans Day events to honor those who are or who have served. High School Principal Mike Churchill commented, “That breakfast is one of the nicest things we do all year.” Churchill also reported that the High School Art Club Haunted House held at the school for the first time this year, was a hit. Principal Churchill asked for permission for a Choir Field Trip to Chicago. This is something Mrs. Selvidge has done in the past allowing students to see a National Tour. The high school students in the choir will be taking the trip in February of 2020 to see Once on this Island. The Junior High had its annual Halloween dance. Students earned their opportunity to go by not receiving any referrals. Principal Wendy Tremblay told the board that the dance went well with no problems. The Junior High parent/ teacher conferences were recently held with 146 attending, or 49%. The Intermediate School also held conferences, with a 91% parent involvement rate. The staff continues to work on behavior issues. They have developed a Student of the Month program where 16 students will be selected each month. The teachers will nominate the students due to their excellent character, positive attitude, good behavior, etc. A celebration event will be held and parents will receive positive letters at home from the school inviting them to the feel-good event. In addition, teachers are able to give students CARE coupons when they display any of the CARE expectations. The students will get a raffle ticket and every Friday the students will have a chance to receive a prize. Principal Karra Hafer said they are really working at increasing positive behaviors in their building. Elementary School Principal John Klein said that they had 96% participation in parent/ teacher conferences. He said Halloween festivities were very well attended with high participation. The staff has recently taken part in Crisis Prevention Training emphasizing on de-escalation strategies. They will be sharing what they learned with the rest of the staff. Superintendent Dave Ehlers reported that the final count of students is in and is up from what was expected. He told the board there were 1,311.94 students attending the school on count day. This is up 48.94 from what was budgeted. “This is a good problem to have,” Ehlers told the board. Student Representative Tyler Streu said that the National Honor Society was very involved in the Veterans Day program held on Monday and the recent community Halloween in the Park event. Board member Apryl Watson commended the student volunteers, “Halloween in the Park would not be possible without our high school volunteers.” School Board President Heidi Ishmael also commended them, “The students do an awesome job with the Veterans Day program. They help set up, they are there to greet and serve, they drive the golf carts to pick them up – it is a very important event and it means a lot to the veterans,” Ishmael said. Other business The board approved a 2020 food service program truck in the amount of $28,905 and for the demolition and retiling of the Coloma Intermediate School Cafeteria Floor at a cost of $19,405.10.
THIS KUTE KID IS… Annabella Williams and her pumpkin racer “Mustachio”. She took 1st place in the Pumpkin Derby at Coloma, Oct. 26. Her sister Cecilla is next to Annabella and Great-Grandpa Jerry Teeter is behind her. Annabella’s proud parents/ grandparents are Larry & Pam McNew of Coloma. Very proud great-grandma Sharon Teeters of Lawrence shared this photo. Congratulations Annabella!
Comet Holiday Bazaar on Sunday
The Coloma Athletic Boosters will hold their 6th Annual Comet’s Holiday Bazaar this Sunday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Coloma Intermediate Gym, 274 S. West Street.
Hospital Auxiliary Linen Sale next Thursday
Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary will host their annual Linen Sale Thursday, Nov. 21 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the first floor of the Hospital just off the lobby. Quality sheets, blankets, throws, quilts and much more will be available at a reasonable cost. All profits will be used for auxiliary projects at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet.
Tree of Love Lighting Ceremony at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet next Thursday
Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary will host the Annual Tree of Love Lighting Ceremony Thursday, Nov. 21 at 12:00 p.m. in the Hospital Lobby. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided. Angels and ornaments are available for purchase at the Hospital Information desk and the hospital Park Bench Gift Shop.
Social work intern at Watervliet District Library on Tuesdays
Isabel Detwiler is a BSW social work intern at the Watervliet District Library on Tuesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Her service to the community is to provide assistance with educational opportunities, employment assistance, emergency services, family matters and any other issues that people may need help with. She does not give legal advice or counsel people, but can refer them to agencies that provide these services.
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