11-15-18 Letters and Commentary

Dear Editor,

Rita Lynch and family would like to extend a most emphatic Thank You to all who attended her birthday celebration and all who extended birthday wishes.

Rita Lynch and family

Watervliet’s Hometown Christmas Parade

Dear Community Members,

The community of Watervliet would like to extend this invitation to you and/or your organization to join us for Watervliet’s Hometown Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec 2, 2018.

Registration will be at the Watervliet Fire Dept. at 4:30 p.m. Line-up will be on Pleasant Street as directed. The parade will kick off promptly at 5:30 from City Hall and will end at Arclight Brewing Co.

We encourage the community to participate in this event. Equestrian groups are to have clean-up personnel (shovels and garden tractors). The parade application and information card need to be completed and returned by Monday, November 26.

For an application and any questions, please call Rose at 269-325-8230 or email to: rose8233@yahoo.com.

Rose Smith / Erica Kinzler

Parade Chairpersons

Kindness & Compassion Drive at Coloma schools

Dear Editor,

Coloma Elementary and Intermediate Schools continue to encourage and embrace a message of kindness and compassion throughout our campus, and among our student body and staff.  As part of our ongoing efforts to teach and model empathy, we are consciously focusing on the message of kindness and compassion which equips students and adults to create and sustain safe, caring and supportive learning environments essential for academic achievement.

In order to promote kindness and compassion within the school and community, specifically this holiday season, we are encouraging participation in a collaborative Kindness and Compassion Drive from Monday, November 19 through Friday, November 30.  Items we will be collecting include:

New unwrapped toys to benefit the Mosaic Wonderland Toy Store, providing parents in financial crisis a way to shop for their children for Christmas.

Canned goods that will be donated to HOPE Resources (formerly known as the North Berrien Food Pantry) which is currently located at Coloma United Methodist Church.

Waterproof winter gear that will benefit our students who are without weather appropriate snow gear (i.e., waterproof snow gloves and waterproof snow boots).

We hope that you will join us and support our goal of 100% participation in any way that you are able.  We hope that this will provide students with an opportunity to experience extending kindness and compassion through giving.  Thank you so much!

Coloma Community Schools

United Way of Southwest Michigan and Meijer join forces for Operation Thanksgiving

Residents of Berrien and Cass counties are stepping up to join United Way in a national day of service on November 17 that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities. Volunteers will help unload turk