12-07-2017 Hometown Holiday Happenings; Banasik & Mead Wedding

Banasik and Mead wedding Vanessa Marie Banasik and Daniel Stephen Mead were united in marriage on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at the Christian Reformed Church in St. Joseph. The bride and groom met at Up-ton Middle School when they were 14 years old. The bride is the daughter of Sheila and Bob Banasik of Co-loma. Parents of the groom are Debra and Aaron Mead of St. Joseph. Grandparents of the bride are Linda and Carl Frazee of Watervliet, and former long-time Watervliet resident Gordon Banasik, St. Johns, MI, and the late Joan Banasik. The groom’s maternal grandparents are Carol and Phil Ligienza, and the pa-ternal grandparents are Carol and Randall Mead. Grace Cravens was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Ash-ley Campbell (cousin of the bride), Shiloh Johnson, Sydney Johnson, and Grace Johnson. The flower girl was Jemma Johnson. Joseph Mead (brother of the groom) was best man. Groomsmen were Mark Wolf, Grant Banasik (brother of the bride), Judd Emery, and Joel Bodine. Christian Ligienza was the ring bearer. A reception was held at Lake Michigan Golf Hills in Benton Harbor. After a wedding trip to the Up-per Peninsula, the couple is liv-ing in Holland. The bride is a 2013 graduate of St. Joseph High School. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in human biolo-gy. The bride is pursuing a Master of Science degree in nursing at Grand Valley State University. The groom is a 2013 graduate of St. Joseph High School. He graduated from Lansing Community College with an associate degree in electrical technology. The groom is employed as an auto CAD designer at HME Fire Trucks (Fire-trucks.com).

Christmas in Hartford this Saturday

By Jon Bisnett

Whether you’re naughty or nice you’d better watch out for Santa Claus’ pre-Christmas visit to the community of Hartford. Kris Kringle lands this 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 Middle School and step off promptly at 6:00 p.m., running west down Edwin St. onto Main.

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 as 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.

HARTFORD COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION… Saturday, Dec. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hartford Public Library. Festivities will start with a lighted Christmas parade at 6 p.m. ending at the Hartford Public Library, 15 Franklin Street, across from Ely Park. There will be free photos with Santa, music, festival of trees and lots of refreshments. Every year the Hartford Public Library selects a theme for the Library Christ-mas display. This year the theme is the “Grinch,” “Who-Ville” and Dr. Seuss. The event is a cooperative effort sponsored by the Hartford Lion’s Club, Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce, the Hartford Public Library and the City and Township of Hartford.

Grab some free refreshments and sing along with the Children’s Choir performing all your holiday favorites. Don’t forget to sign up for the gift card drawing!

Festive holiday lighting is now on display at both the Library and Ely Park thanks to joint funding from the city, township and Downtown Development Association, coordinated by the Hartford Lions.

Please take note that although the Library will be closed December 23, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day; from Tuesday, December 26 through Friday, January 5 there will be free movies and popcorn at the Library each day at 2:00 p.m. Children’s Story Time continues throughout the holidays on each Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m.

Tri-City Angel Tree, a way to help those in need this Christmas

What is the Angel Tree? It is a Christmas tree in the Tri-City Record office at 138 N. Main Street in Watervliet that is loaded with hanging tags. Each of those tags has a gift request written on it for a person in need. We are asking readers to stop by and select a tag or two off of the tree, then go out and buy the item listed on the tag. Return the new item, unwrapped with the tag by Friday, December 15. Tri-City Angel helpers will then wrap the gifts and deliver them to the families prior to Christmas.

Please join in giving a local resident a little hope this Christmas. Please join in giving a hand up to a family that is struggling. Please join in showing that love and kindness do still exist, especially in the Tri-City Area.

A challenge this Christmas season is to take a moment to do something nice for someone else. It can be as small as holding a door for someone while out shopping, smiling at someone passed on the street, or taking cookies to a neighbor. Whatever the case may be spread some kindness. Be surprised at how it will not only make someone else’s day, but will also put a smile on your face too!

Feel free to write in to the Tri-City Record Angel at PO Box 7, Watervliet, MI 49098 or e-mail at record@tricityrecord.com with any ideas, suggestions, talents you would like to share, etc. Make sure to put it to the attention of Tri-City Angel. We look forward to hearing from you.

Watervliet’s Best Lighted House Contest ends Dec. 16

 Watervliet’s Best Lighted House contest is sponsored by the City of Watervliet for residents in the city and township of Watervliet. 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 through Dec. 16. 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 at the Flywheelers Museum in South Haven next two Fridays

 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-theme 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 michiganflywheelers@yahoo.com, visit www.michiganflywheelers.org or Facebook.

Breakfast with Santa this Saturday

 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.

Sarett Nature Center hosts holiday events this weekend

 Sarett is hosting a greens wreath-making workshop on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes greens and instructions. Call 269-927-4832 to register.

Santa will be visiting Sarett on Sunday from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Bring your camera to take photos with Santa, and cash for naturalist provided crafts for $1-$2. Crafts will be available from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The center is located at 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor.