11-20-18 School news & calendars

NORTH SCHOOL ROCK STARS! (from the left) Gilberto Villegas is a 3rd grade student in Mr. Babcock’s room. Gilberto does a great job in the classroom each and every day. His work is always completed with the utmost quality, paying careful attention to details. Additionally, he is always willing to help out in any way possible. Wyatt Wagner is a 4th grade student in Mrs. Williamson’s class. Wyatt is one of the last students to leave his classroom every day. During this time, he helps with extra jobs around the classroom and does this without reminders. Wyatt often reminds others to do the same. This positive behavior carries over into the daily lessons and because of this Wyatt can always be counted on to be a leader in the classroom. Audrie Avery is a 4th grade student in Mr. Soderborg’s class. Audrie is an enthusiastic student about school. She always completes quality work. She is always kind. Audrie is an excellent student. Addison Smith is a 5th grade student in Mrs. Pline’s room. Addison is a terrific student. She works hard, pays attention, and is always kind to others. Keep up the good work and congratulations to these Rock Stars!

Hundreds of “Rake A Difference” volunteers help area seniors with fall yard work

United Way of Southwest Michigan organized the 8th annual Day of Action for Seniors held November 8, 2018. Seven hundred twenty-three was the magic number. It represented the record-setting number of volunteers—working as teams—who raked yards, bagged leaves and cleaned gutters throughout Berrien and Cass counties through United Way’s annual event, Rake A Difference: A Day of Action for Seniors. United Way organizes the event every year, before winter hits, to ensure spring snow melt doesn’t damage the property of seniors who can’t perform the work themselves and are unable to pay for the services. United Way invited the community to pitch in so seniors don’t put themselves at risk for falls and serious injury. “It’s very tough for many people in our community to winterize their homes, and this gives us one day to make a big difference,” said Anna Murphy, President of United Way of Southwest Michigan. “For this event, we saw a record number of volunteers who stepped up to help. It’s wonderful to see.” Major sponsors for Rake A Difference are The Home Depot Foundation – Store #2768, AEP Cook Plant & Indiana Michigan Power, French Paper Co., Gast Manufacturing and the McLoughlin Family Foundation. Other sponsors are Andrews University, Chemical Bank, Competitive Edge, Hastings Mutual Insurance Co., Kemner Iott Benz, Kinexus, Lindberg/MPH, Niles Precision Company, Plante Moran, Silver Beach Pizza, United Federal Credit Union and Vail Rubber Works.

HARTFORD HIGH SCHOOL “Students of the Week” for November 12 – 16 are: (from the left) 9th Grade – Descenya Rodarte, student of Angel Rodarte & Ellen Zeiner; 10th Grade – Mario Martinez, student of Joel Martinez; 11th Grade – Luis Delarosa-Ramon, student of Urbano & Martina Delarosa; 12th Grade – Cecilia Perales Botello, student of Jose Perales-Ramon & Nereyda Botello-Villanueva. To become a “Student of the Week”, students are nominated by teachers or staff for doing something positive. For example: getting a good grade on tests or homework, doing well in class participation or just doing a good deed. Selected students will receive a certificate, their picture taken & posted in the High School front lobby showcase for the week and in the Tri-City Record. At the end of the school year all Student of the Week names will be entered in a drawing for some cool prizes, treats or gift cards. Congratulations to these “Students of the Week” and keep up the great work!

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events Wednesday, November 22 1/2 day for Students and Staff Thursday, November 22- Friday, November 23 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break Tuesday, November 27 Picture Re-takes at North School; Vision and Hearing Screening at North School; Boys 9th grade and JV Basketball at Berrien Springs, 4:15 p.m.; Boys Varsity Basketball at Berrien Springs, 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, November 28 Jostens at HS for class ring orders, 11 a.m.; MS White Basketball at Lakeshore, 5:00 p.m.; MS Maroon Basketball at Andrews, 5:00 p.m. Thursday, November 29 MS Honor Club Trip; MS Basketball, Home vs. New Buffalo, 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 30 Boys 9th Grade, JV & Varsity at Schoolcraft, TBA Saturday, December 1 Boys MS basketball at Comstock Tournament, 9:00 a.m.

“Kute Kids”… CHOO CHOO HE’S 2… William Harold Loshbough V turned 2 on November 19. William’s proud parents are Brook & Willy Loshbough and he has one baby brother Jaxon. William’s loving grandparents are Billy & Amy Loshbough, Leanne Rose, and Brad & Karen Rose. Great-grandparents to cherish him are Karl & Anne Bayer, Sonny & Barb Loshbough, Paris & Fran Rose, Dian Mahar and Karen & Brig Johnson. Share a photo of your “Kute Kids” with your friends, neighbors, and relatives who read the Tri-City Record. Make sure you write your kids’ names on the back of the picture and include any other information about it you would like to see in the paper, including mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, and so on. Send the “original” photo to the Tri-City Record, P.O. Box 7, Watervliet, MI 49098 or email it with your information to record@tricityrecord.com. Pick up your photo after it appears in the paper or include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and we will mail it back to you. Where are your “Kute Kids”?

Coloma Community Schools Calendar of Events November 22-23 K-12 NO SCHOOL Monday, November 26 Middle School Boys Basketball vs. Watervliet at Home, 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 27 Boys Basketball vs. Portage Northern at Home, 9th Grade 4:15 p.m., Junior Varsity 5:30 p.m., Varsity 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 28 2-Hour Late Start, Staff professional Development; Middle School Boys Basketball at Schoolcraft, 5:00 p.m.

Lakeland Gala raises over $104,000 in support of new Pavilion This year, 300 Southwest Michigan residents attended the annual Lakeland Health Foundations Gala, held at the Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College. Through sponsorships, ticket sales, a silent auction, and a raffle, the Gala raised more than $104,000 to benefit the 260,000 square foot Pavilion at Lakeland Medical Center which is slated for completion in 2020. During the evening guests enjoyed fine dining, live entertainment, an interactive virtual reality experience, and an on-site replica of the daVinci Xi robot. The theme of the event, “Through the Decades” highlighted the history of Lakeland and recognized the health system’s recent integration with Spectrum Health. “The evening’s theme was fitting because we’ve come so far through the decades with technology and clinical advancements in how we care for our community. One thing that hasn’t changed is the compassionate care we provide to our friends and neighbors,” said Brandi Smith-Gordon, Vice President, Philanthropy and President, Lakeland Health Foundations. “We are so grateful for the generosity of so many individuals and organizations. Through their commitment to healthcare philanthropy we have raised more than 5.2 million dollars in support of the Pavilion.”

Friday, Nov. 23, noon-5:45 p.m. “BLOOD DRIVE” at Hartford Federated Church, 65418 Red Arrow Hwy. Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Saturday, Nov. 24 “SMALL TOWN SATURDAY” in Downtown Watervliet: Holiday specials at select businesses, Holiday Bazaar 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 131 N. Main St. (old B&B Outlet location), food vendors and live music. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2 p.m. “RIBBON CUTTING” by Coloma Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce at B&B Grocery, 337 E. St. Joseph St. in Watervliet. Nov. 30-Dec. 2 “HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE” at North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave. Visit northberrienhistory.org and click on “Holiday Open House” tab for the schedule of events. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m. “GREENS WORKSHOP” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. Cost is $15; Nature Center supplies greens to make wreaths, swags, baskets or centerpieces. Call 927-4832 to register. Dec. 1-2 “HOME TOWN CHRISTMAS” in Watervliet Sunday, Dec. 2, 9-11 a.m. “BREAKFAST WITH SANTA” at Coloma Rod and Gun Club, 6145 Angling Rd. Children 12 and under eat free; free gifts and candy for children. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m. “GREENS WORKSHOP” at Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor. Cost is $15; Nature Center supplies greens to make wreaths, swags, baskets or centerpieces. Call 927-4832 to register. Sunday, Dec. 9 “MISS HARTFORD 2019 CONTEST” at Hartford High School Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, 6 p.m. “MISS & MR. COLOMA 2019 CONTESTS” at Coloma High School Mondays, 7 p.m. “PUB THEOLOGY” at Arclight Brewery. Public is invited to join in discussions hosted by St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Thursdays, 6 – 10 p.m. “TRAP SHOOTING” at the Coloma Rod & Gun Club. Second Thursday of each month, 3 – 5 p.m. “BERRIEN COUNTY PARKINSON SUPPORT GROUP” at Lakeland Healthcare Frederick S. Upton Education Center rooms 5 & 6, 1234 Napier Ave. For info, contact Michigan Parkinson Foundation at 800-852-9781 or bcpdsupport@aol.com.