12-24-2020 Hometown Holiday Happenings; Berrien County Reserve Deputies spread Christmas Cheer; Colo

THIS KUTE KID IS… is Hannah Hart and her pig, Waylon, at a Holi-day jackpot show. Hannah, 16, is a junior at Watervliet High School; the daughter of Grant and Wendy Hart, and granddaughter of Phil and Barb Ameling and Penny Hart.

Hometown Holiday Happenings

Pokagon Band provides Christmas food boxes

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and its Four Winds Casinos has donated 1,000 Christmas food boxes to those in need during this holiday season. Each Christmas box includes a frozen ham, corn, potatoes, cranberry jelly, and an apple pie.  The Pokagon Band and its Four Winds Casinos also donated 1,000 food boxes in November for Thanksgiving.

Food Boxes are available at the Cooperating Ministries Food Pantry at the Hartford United Methodist Church.

N.B. Historical Museum to host virtual holiday programs in December

The North Berrien Historical Museum is not hosting an in-person holiday event this year. Instead, the event has been renamed I’ll Be Home For Holiday Open House and is hosted virtually throughout December.

The online open house includes the North Berrien Holiday Tree Contest. Local businesses, community members, and NBHM society members are encouraged to decorate a holiday tree and enter the contest! Details on how to participate and an entry form can be found on the Museum’s website at: northberrienhistory.org/homeforhoh.

Also included in the event is Storytime With Mr. & Mrs. Claus. A short pre-recorded video of the jolly couple is available on the Museum’s Facebook page on December 24 at 1:00 p.m. In addition, there are many posts containing local stories of the holiday season. Since the Museum cannot host field trips from area schools, staff has put together an activity booklet for students that can be downloaded at the previously mentioned link.

Those interested in donating to the I’ll Be Home For Holiday Open House virtual event can do so by becoming a Star Tree donor. With a donation, staff will add your family’s name on a golden star and hang it from the center tree in the Main Gallery. To donate, simply go to: northberrienhistory.org/donor/become-a-star.

Feel free to call the Museum with any questions during regular business hours: Tuesday–Friday from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Outdoor Christmas Eve candlelight service

Thursday evening, Dec. 24 at 6:00 p.m., the Watervliet Free Methodist Church will be holding CHRISTmas Eve candlelight communion outside around the bonfire, in the lot west of the church (weather permitting). In the event of rain or temperature too cold the service will be moved inside to the sanctuary.

Now more than ever, this CHRISTmas we need to gather and worship the new body KING.

Watervliet Free Methodist Church is located at 7734 Paw Paw Avenue.