12-19-2019 School news & calendars

HARTFORD HIGH SCHOOL… “Students of the Week” for December 9 – 13, 2019 are: (from the left) 9th Grade – Brenda Hernandez-Mendoza, student of Elia Mendoza; 10th Grade – Owen Pitcher, student of David & Jennifer Pitcher; 11th Grade – Lainey Goodson, student of David & Lisa Goodson; 12th Grade – Sergio Canseco Jr., student of Sergio & Citlali Canseco. Congratulations to these “Students of the Week” and keep up the great work!

Watervliet Library accepts Upton Foundation matching grant

The Watervliet District Library has accepted a matching grant of $7,000 offered through the Frederick S. Upton Foundation, towards replacement of the library’s public computer fleet. The project, entitled “Supporting Community Access to Fundamental Technology,” seeks to purchase new computers for public use. Director Sharon Crotser-Toy says, “Most of our computers were purchased out of necessity years ago, and just didn’t have the capabilities that are required today. These older models are no longer able to accept updates. Maintenance is incredibly difficult. Most repairs are out of the question.” The library’s public computers are in constant use. Homework, job applications, correspondence, research and gaming are daily uses. While more and more companies and institutions require online interactions, broadband access has not kept pace. Libraries seek to fill the gap, providing people with the tools to do what needs to be done for employment, education, and program assistance, among others. In the past year the library’s computers have been put to use for over 5,500 one-hour sessions, used by community members of all ages – something library staff is happy to see. “Providing information access is exactly what we’re about,” states Crotser-Toy. “Being able to offer the public reliable computers is fundamental to our mission, and we’re committed to making that happen.” The matching grant has a one-year deadline, ending in September of 2020. The $7,000 match must be in new donations specifically for this project. To meet that goal, library staff has planned a series of fundraisers for the months to come. The first, an online game-a-thon, will be held January 24, from 4-9 p.m. Details will be released in the coming weeks. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the project can do so online through the library’s website PayPal account or by mail. Please include “Computer Upgrade” in the subject line. The library welcomes questions or comments at any time. Anyone needing further information is encouraged to call 269-463-6382 or via email at info@wdlib.org.

2020 Little Miss Blossom and Miss Pre-Teen Blossom Pageants

Applications are still being accepted for the 2020 Little Miss Blossom and Miss Pre-Teen Blossomtime pageants being held January 11, 2020 at 1:00 at St. Joseph High School. Deadline is December 20, 2019. The Little Miss Blossom pageant is open to girls who reside in Southwest Michigan between the ages of 5-8 by January 11, 2020 with talent required. Miss Pre-Teen Blossomtime is for young women between the ages of 9 and 12 by January 11, 2020 with talent required. Contestants will participate in the categories of private interview, onstage question and formal presentation. All participants will receive a tiara and an opportunity to ride in the 2020 Blossomtime Festival Grand Floral Parade. Please contact the Blossomtime Festival office at office@blossomtimefestival.org or by calling the Blossomtime Festival office at 269-982-8016. For additional information about each pageant and other pageants offered, please visit their website at www.blossomtimefestival.org.

B.C. Youth Fair announces grandstand line-up

Youth Fair officials have announced one of the 2020 Berrien County Youth Fair grandstand entertainment acts for Berrien County’s premier summer youth showcase! The BCYF entertainment committee along with welcoming station B100 and presenting sponsor Indiana Michigan Power – Cook Nuclear plant is excited to bring the legendary country group, The Oak Ridge Boys. That’s right, the whole gang, Duane, Joe, Richard and William Lee, will perform on Wednesday, August 19! Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been. “When I go on stage, I get the same feeling I had the first time I sang with The Oak Ridge Boys,” says lead singer Duane Allen. “This is the only job I’ve ever wanted to have.” “Like everyone else in the group,” adds bass singer extraordinaire, Richard Sterban, “I was a fan of the Oaks before I became a member. I’m still a fan of the group today. Being in The Oak Ridge Boys is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.” The two, along with tenor Joe Bonsall and baritone William Lee Golden, comprise one of Country’s truly legendary acts. Their string of hits includes the Country-Pop chart-topper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God For Kids, American Made, I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes, Fancy Free, Gonna Take A Lot of River and many others. The group has scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album – plus one double platinum single – and had more than a dozen national Number One singles and over 30 Top Ten hits. Their career has spanned not only decades, but al