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Hometown Holiday Happenings

VFW Post 1137 annual Needy Family program Watervliet VFW Post 1137 located at 8777 Red Arrow Hwy in Watervliet is accepting donations to their annual Needy Family program to assist six families in the Coloma, Hartford and Watervliet area for the Christmas season. Anyone wishing to make a donation of canned goods, non-perishable food items or a monetary gift please call Corky Openneer at 463-7544 to arrange for pick-up or delivery. Collections are needed in time for a December 22 delivery. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

Christmas Eve candlelight service Plymouth Congregational Church at First and Elm in Watervliet (across from the Laundromat) will celebrate Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. on December 24 with a Candlelight Service. All are welcome to take a few moments to join together in singing Christmas carols and to celebrate God’s great gift to us. Go, and bring a friend.

Christmas services at Coloma United Methodist Church Children’s Christmas Pageant Dec. 23 at 10:00 a.m. A wonderful opportunity for kids of all ages to participate in the story of the birth of Jesus! (No lines to learn-assemble at 9:30 am to prepare.) Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Dec. 24 at 8:00 p.m. Love Feast Dec. 30 at 10:00 a.m. (Hymn Sing) All are welcome to join in celebrating the birth of Jesus! Coloma United Methodist Church is located at 144 S. Church Street. Call 269-468-6062 for more information. Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service Watervliet Free Methodist Church is the place to be Christmas Eve for Candlelight Communion. They will share in music, an Advent reading, a Christmas message from Pastor Brian Hall and communion by candlelight. It’s a perfect night for the whole family to celebrate the birth of Jesus our Savior. Christmas Eve is Monday, December 24 with the service at 6:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend. Watervliet Free Methodist Church is located at 7734 Paw Paw Avenue. Call 269-463-8280 for more information.

Hartford Library to offer movies during Christmas break The Hartford Public Library would like to wish everyone a very, merry Christmas and Happy New Year. During the Christmas holiday break, the library will be showing the following movies each day at 2 p.m.: Dec. 26 “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”; Dec. 27 “The Santa Clause”; Dec. 28 “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”; Jan. 2 “Incredibles 2”; Jan. 3 “Christopher Robin”; and Jan. 4 “Small Foot”. All movies come with free popcorn and drink. Any donation to help build their new library building would be graciously accepted. They need to raise $500,000 to complete the project. The new library will be the Art & Bonna Vanderlyn Community Center complete with community rooms and meeting areas, computer/ media room, tutoring areas, large children’s room, separate teen area, local history room and quiet reading areas complete with fireplace. Exterior and interior designs will be available in mid to late January. For information, call Stephanie Daniels, (269) 621-3408.

LOCAL BUSINESSES HONORED… The North Berrien Community Development (NBCD) and Coloma Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce (CWACC) recognized five local businesses Thursday during the groups’ annual community appreciation tribute. In the photo, (from the left) are: Cindy Graffenius, representing Orchard Hill Sanitary Land Fill; Steve Graffenius with Best Way Disposal; Beth and Ben Wagner from B&B Grocery; Chana Kniebes, NBDC and CWACC Community Development Coordinator; Karla Smothers, CWACC Chamber president; Karla and Mark Lemoine of Coloma/ St. Joseph KOA; Linda Freitag, City of Coloma commissioner; Ryan, Scott, and Ina Krenek with Krenek RV Super Center. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)

Five local companies honored at business recognition event

By Kristy Noack The North Berrien Community Development (NBCD) and Coloma Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce (CWACC) honored five local businesses Thursday during the groups’ annual community appreciation tribute and business recognition event, held at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Watervliet.

CHAMBER HAS 145 MEMBERS AND HOSTED 7 RIBBON CUTTINGS THIS YEAR Chana Kniebes, Community Development Director, was the emcee of the event. She advised the crowd of over 70 people that the chamber now has 145 members, there were seven ribbon cuttings during the year, including the new Casey’s in Watervliet and the Paw Paw Lake County Park. She also shared that NBCD worked with the Southwest Michigan Realtors Association to secure a $3,500 grant for the new clock in downtown Watervliet. Kniebes explained the businesses being celebrated should all be congratulated for their achievement and impact on their respective communities. B&B GROCERY WINS COMMUNITY COMMITMENT AWARD B&B Grocery was recognized with the Community Commitment award. B&B Grocery opened on Main Street in downtown Watervliet three years ago and recently moved to a larger facili