11-29-18 A Community Mourns; It’s a Hometown Christmas in Watervliet this weekend  

A COMMUNITY MOURNS as luminaries of love encircled Hartford’s Ely Park Wednesday, Nov. 21 during a candlelight vigil honoring the life of Zoe Phillips, who lost her valiant battle with cancer at just 10 years of age. Hundreds gathered to share a smile, a hug and a tear for the unflappable little girl whose story stole the heart of so many throughout Southwest Michigan. The Hartford Fire Department saluted the courageous young lady on Main Street with an honor usually reserved for fallen firefighters during the following day’s memorial services. Speaking at the vigil, Hartford Police Chief Tressa Beltran perhaps said it best as she shared her thoughts as to use Zoe’s example as a life lesson to “Fight; fight as hard as you can and never give up…” when faced with life’s adversities. Her obituary is on Page 6. (TCR photos by Jon Bisnett)

Hometown Holiday Happenings

It’s a Hometown Christmas in Watervliet this weekend

There are some great events planned this Saturday and Sunday in Watervliet for the Hometown Christmas Celebration. Plan on attending to enjoy the holiday magic! The event’s main location is Arclight Brewing Company at 544 N. Main Street.

Business Window contest

Judging for the best business window decorations will take place Friday, Nov. 30 with the winners announced at Arclight on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. First place prize is $100. Second place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to DiMaggio’s Pizza & Burgers. A $25 gift certificate to Panthers Grill goes to the third place winner.

Saturday contests and entertainment

The weekend fun starts at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday for a Cookie Decorating Contest until 5 p.m. with prizes for the winners.

A Chili Cook Off is being held at Arclight Saturday evening; tasting begins at 6:30 p.m. And for entertainment, the band Big Ben & The Burly Boys will play starting at 8 p.m.

Panthers Grill will be on site at the brewery both Saturday and Sunday with food selections for purchase.

Snow Prince & Princess Contest

Voting boxes will be at Watervliet Wesco, Cool Tan, B&B Grocery, and Arclight Brewery leading up to the crowning ceremony for the Snow Prince & Snow Princess. Voting ends Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. A 4 p.m. crowning ceremony takes place this year on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Arclight Brewery for contestants in 6th through 8th grades with Hair by Elizabeth Eggert.

Traditions continue at North Berrien Historical Museum this weekend

On Friday, Nov. 30 thru Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, the North Berrien Historical Museum will hold their 14th annual Holiday Open House, an event well-known for its kid-friendly fun and the uniquely decorated trees sponsored by local businesses and organizations. Returning activities include: the Holiday Kids Carnival, Gingerbread House Decorating (suggested $5 donation), visits from Santa, Mrs. Claus and their live reindeer, live entertainment, and the Cookie Walk (suggested $8/box donation). New to the schedule are Holiday Family Portraits. For a suggested $20 donation you will receive three digital photos of your family that you can use for your holiday cards, family memories, or even just for the fun!

The event has been growing over the last few years due to an increase in community-based sponsors. The North Berrien Historical Society would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting this annual Holiday tradition: Mike’s Pit Stop,