STUDENTS HONORED… Hartford High School recently inducted 17 new members into their National Honor Society. The inductees were honored at a ceremony on November 8, 2017. New inductees are back row (from the left): Blake Snyder, Riley Traver, AJ Lehnert, Makiah Tripp, Alexis Griffith, Nayeli Roman, Mariela Gutierrez-Quintana, Abigail Garcia, Mikenzie Chambers, Evan Delarosa, Brynn Duffy, Trey Ackerman, Brandon Galvan, Robert Ledesma, Abby Drane, Faith Sumners and Alondra Ponce. Current NHS members include front row (from the left): Olivia Ziemer, Bobby Johnson, Kendall Ziemer, Adam Wheeler, Esmeralda Garcia, Giselle Garcia, Jessica Cortes, Elly Valdes, Alyssa Castillo, Helen Guillaron, and David Dimas.
Hometown Holiday Happenings
Co-ed Snowball Softball Benefit for Haiden Edelberg Dec. 2 at Watervliet’s Hays Park
On Saturday, Dec. 2, as part of Watervliet’s Home Town Christmas celebration, the City of Watervliet is holding a Co-ed Snowball Softball tournament. All proceeds from this event are going to benefit Haiden Edelberg Striking out Leukemia.
The tournament starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 for 10-person teams. Sign-up is taking place Tuesday, Nov. 28 at City Hall from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Entry fee of $50 per team for ages 5-18.
Age categories are 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18. Adults can enter for a fee of $100 per team. Make checks payable to Cory Edelberg.
Anyone interested in participating but does not have a team, organizers will assemble one.
It’s a Home Town Christmas in Watervliet on Dec. 3
Please join us Sunday, December 3, 2017 to celebrate the holiday magic! There are some great events planned.
The celebration begins at 4:00 p.m. with the crowning ceremony for the Snow Prince & Snow Princess. The ceremony takes place this year at the Watervliet Fire Station for contestants in 6th through 8th grades. Voting is taking place now until 6:00 p.m. Friday, December 1 at B&B Outlet, Arclight Brewery, Cool Tan/ Watervliet Laundry and Watervliet Wesco. Votes are $1 with proceeds going to the Home Town Christmas Celebration. A donation of half the proceeds for this year will be made to Haiden Edelberg Striking out Leukemia.
Events taking place at Arclight Brewery, 544 N. Main St. on December 3 include a chili cook-off from 4-8 p.m. All entries must be set up by 4:00 p.m.; entry forms and information are available at the brewery. The winner will be announced at 7:30 p.m.
There will be a parade downtown starting at 5:30 p.m. from the Watervliet Fire Department and ending at Arclight Brewery. Mr. Mattson and his Watervliet Elementary Choir will lead the parade and joining them will be Miss Watervliet and court along with Mr. & Miss Firecracker. Santa will end the parade arriving in a fire truck.
Registration for the parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the fire station with line-up on Pleasant Street. Pre-registration is taking place by contacting parade chairperson Rose Smith at 269-325-8230. Parade organizers are still accepting entries and encourage community members to participate in the 2017 Lighted Parade.
Live reindeer will be at the brewery from 4-8 p.m. for anyone wanting to take photos. Photographer Shawn Mead will be there to take pictures with Santa for purchase. The cost is $5 for digital download, $6 for printed 5×7 or $8 for both. The line to see Santa and get pictures with him will enter through the back of the brewery.
Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Anyone that wishes to donate cookies please drop them off at Arclight on Sunday between noon and 3:30 p.m. Panthers Grill food services will be available for celebration attendees to purchase food during the event.
Colored hair pieces and colored hair spray will be available at Arclight during the celebration.
Other celebration events include: citywide house lighting/ decorating contest; business window decorating contest; and Toys for Tots drop box at Arclight Brewery.
Watervliet’s Best Lighted House Contest Dec. 3-16
Watervliet’s Best Lighted House contest is sponsored by the City of Watervliet for residents in the city and township of Watervliet. It runs December 3-16.
To enter, participants must post a photo of their Christmas display on the Watervliet’s Best Lighted House Facebook event page. Then send the street address via Facebook Messenger to Katie Ann Muth so authenticity can be verified. Please do NOT post the address with the photo.
Entries can be made anytime between Dec. 3 and Dec. 16. No posts before Dec. 3 will be accepted.
Once the entry has been posted, then share the event and photo with all your Facebook friends and ask them to vote for your house on the event page. Photos with the most “likes” and “shares” total will be eligible to win. Prizes for this contest are 1st place: $100 cash; 2nd place: $50 B&B Outlet gift card; and 3rd place: $20 Mill Creek Charlies gift card.
At midnight on Dec. 16 “likes” and “shares” will be counted on the event page only. Winners will be contacted.
RSVP on the event page as “going” to see more information and view other contestants’ entries.
Celebrate Christmas the old-fashion way at the Flywheelers Museum
Bundle up the kids, pull on your boots and head out to the Michigan Flywheelers Museum as it kicks off the holiday season the old-fashion way with “Christmas at the Flywheelers.” The event will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15.
Lighted outdoor displays throughout the property will greet visitors as they take a ride on a tractor-pulled “Holly Trolley” through Old Towne. There will be several stops along the way where guests can get off and watch the blacksmith at Over The Hill Forge pound iron, go inside the holiday decorated Farm History Building for a game of checkers or visit the log cabin decorated pioneer style.
“We’re trying to make this as old-fashioned as possible,” explains museum president Patrick Ingalls. “While we know that it is not entirely historically correct, we wanted to make this unique. And, we wanted to do this at no charge so that everyone can come. This is our gift to the community for all the great support we have received.”
It’s been five years since the museum last held the holiday event and museum members have been busy since September decorating the grounds, expanding displays and adding more lighted exhibits. “We’ve added more outdoor lights and some new features,” Ingalls added. “You’ll see things like lighted tractors and other farm implements lit up plus we have some new buildings that will be decorated.”
Ingalls advises visitors to dress warmly as most of this is an outside event. In the restored Stephenson Barn, holiday music, refreshments and craft workshops for kids will be going on. Rumor has it that Santa will be riding his tractor to the museum and will stay and visit with kids.
Holiday shoppers may want to stop at The Wooden Nickel which will be open. The old-fashion general store serves as a gift shop for the museum, and will be filled with tractor-themed items, museum souvenirs and old-fashion toys.
The Michigan Flywheelers Museum is located at 06285 68th Street, South Haven. A non-profit organization, the museum is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of antique farm machinery. For more information, call 269-639-2010, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.michiganflywheelers.org or Facebook.
Santa Claus is comin’ to Hartford Saturday, Dec 9
By Jon Bisnett
Whether naughty or nice everyone better watch out for Santa Claus’ pre-Christmas visit to the community of Hartford. The jolly ol’ elf will land on Saturday December 9 thanks to a joint effort of the Hartford Lions, Chamber of Commerce and Public Library plus some help from the City, Township DDA and Hartford Fire Department.
Festivities begin with a lighted Christmas Parade coordinated by the Lions Club. Units will line up at Hartford High School and step off promptly at 6:00 p.m.
The parade will make its way down Main Street culminating with the official arrival of Santa high aboard the Hartford Fire Department ladder truck. Immediately following the parade, Santa will hold court at the Library where the Lions will provide free photos while the jolly visitor meets each and every child to double-check their Christmas list.
On display at the Library will be the Lego Christmas Village and the colorful Festival of Trees from around the world.
Grab some free refreshments and sing along with the Children’s Choir performing all your Holiday favorites.
Special holiday lighting is on display at the Library and Ely Park thanks to joint funding from the City, Township and Downtown Development Association, working with the Lions Club.
And it is also important to remember there are a few townsfolk that need a little help around the holidays. For the 71st consecutive year, the Lions will be distributing over 100 of their signature holiday baskets to brighten the season of needy families and senior citizens with referrals coming from local churches and schools.
Breakfast with Santa
Coloma FOP Lodge #147 is hosting breakfast with Santa for area families on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 9-11 a.m. The cost to attend is $6 per person; kids age 10 and under are free.
The lodge is located at 3470 Angling Road, Coloma.
& Salad Supper
Friday, Dec. 1
A Community Soup & Salad Supper will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 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 North Berrien Senior Center.
COLOMA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL participated in their annual Turkey Trot. It was a huge success! Over 175 students ran the trot. Pictured are the top three students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The first place student in each grade level took a frozen turkey home. The second place student in each grade level took home a frozen chicken and the third place student in each grade level took home a Cornish hen. The winners are (from the left): Front row – McKinleigh Kraemer, Miryssa Nelson, Ingrid Kublick, Hannah Grenon, Camryn Brown, Kayla Pratl, Ava Genovese, Taylor Brown, Cali Grenon; Back row – Boden Ge-novese, Matthew Case, Alex Gilson, Brodie McQuillan, Kaleb Smith, Skyler Wolfe, Ethan Vandermolen, Jake Ickes and Riley Davis.
Tri-City Record Thanksgiving Turkey winners for 2017 announced
There were 17 winners in the annual Tri-City Record Thanksgiving free turkey drawing sponsored by area businesses.
The drawing sponsors notified the winners on Monday, November 20, to come by the business and pick up their turkey.
Sponsors and winners are (please note the names are spelled as given on the coupons): Mike’s Pit Stop – Jacey, Coloma; Some Things Different – Becky Bishop, Watervliet; Cynthia Garrone DC – Kate Oyster, Watervliet; Watervliet Hardware – Dale Kaucher, Coloma; Schilkes’ Farm Market – Clara E. Latislaw, Benton Harbor; Calvin Funeral Home – Linda Crowder, Coloma; B&B Outlet – Mrs. Jean Fannin, Benton Harbor; Brenda of Shear Magic – Marlene Wolter, Watervliet; Lifestyle Chiropractic – Kim Smith, Coloma; Don Young Insurance – Kathy Sales, Watervliet; Four Seasons Spa & Pool – Karen Schaus, Coloma; Coloma Motor Sports – Donna Nunley, Coloma; Centsible Heating & Air Conditioning – Ernest Crowdler, Coloma; Hartford Harding’s – Penny Marten, Hartford; Tri-City Record – Mary James, Watervliet; Richter Insurance – Cathy Moore, Hartford; Tri-County Computer Services – Richard Smith, Watervliet; and Hair Innovations – Robert Nunley, Coloma.