12-13-2018 Local libraries expand borrowing privileges; Good things happening in Coloma Schools

PEOPLE’S CHOICE… winning the People’s Choice Christmas tree decorating contest competition at the North Berrien Historical Museum Open House was the HOPE Resources entry. Visitors viewed the 32 trees and voted on their favorites. Here are the results from the weekend – 1st Place: HOPE Resources with 49 votes; 2nd Place: Cutting Corners with 38 votes; 3rd Place: Coloma Lioness with 36 votes; 4th Place/Honorable Mention: Honor Credit Union with 35 votes. For more on the Museum Open House celebration see the thank you letter on Page 5.

Local libraries expand borrowing privileges

Van Buren District Library and Watervliet District Library are expanding borrowing privileges for their members through a recently signed reciprocal agreement. The agreement gives residents in each district’s legal service area greater access to a variety of services, including books, DVDs, and ebooks for all ages. “A reciprocal borrowing agreement with Watervliet makes good sense,” Library Director Dan Hutchins says. “It’s just a few minutes’ drive from our branches in Covert and Lawrence. We’re pleased to extend borrowing privileges to communities with whom we share a border.” Sharon Crotser-Toy, Watervliet District Library Director agrees. “We are excited to offer the community this connection to our neighboring library system. Sharing services goes to the heart of what libraries are about. Everyone benefits.”

MARRIED 250 YEARS… These five couples joined each other at the Waterfront-Club Rocadero on December 2, 2018 to celebrate the fact each of them have been married for fifty years. Couples pictured (from the left): Jerri (Hurt) and Bill Williams, married September 14, 1968; Sharon (Warsko) and Ed Koshar, married September 28, 1968; Margie (Claus) and Steve Chappel, married May 25, 1968; Diane (Smith) and Terry Tibbs, married December 14, 1968; Vicki (Smith) and Dave Brinker, married November 9, 1968. Terry Tibbs and the Williams are graduates from Hartford. Diane Tibbs, the Koshars, Chappels and Brinkers are all classmates together, and graduated from Watervliet High School in 1966.

Good things happening in Coloma Schools

By Annette Christie Plenty of good things are happening at Coloma Public Schools and their School Board meeting on December 10 overflowed with it. Most of the administrators recapped that holiday band and choir concerts either had or were going to occur in the coming week. The High School After Prom Committee is looking at possibly adding an elephant ear food truck to their event. The Mr. and Miss Coloma Pageant is being held January 5 in the auditorium and CHS Senior Savannah Perez approached the board about a fun event for the seniors to attend. Senior trip Perez told the board that she has attended Coloma Public Schools all of her school life and that she was proud to be a Comet. She noted that the time with other classmates has been a long journey as they have grown and learned together. With their senior year coming to a close most of the kids talk about different ideas for how they could celebrate the end of their school years in a memorable way. With the permission of Principal Mike Churchill, Perez began working with nearby amusement parks and came across a program that is done at Six Flags Great America in northern Illinois. Six Flags is hosting Grad Night, on May 11 and May 18. Grad Night is an overnight lock in 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. The cost is $63 and would allow early entry, all night rides, a free meal, and free bus parking. In addition the bus driver would receive a free ticket. Also, for every 20 tickets purchased, they would get one free ticket which Perez suggested could be used for the chaperone. Through her efforts, Perez has already secured the transportation through the school (at cost) and has raised $450 in donations toward the transportation or for students who may want to go but can’t afford it. She said she has already had 70 names sign up from the senior class. The School Board thanked Perez for her efforts, congratula