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.