12-27-2018 Gov. Rick Snyder signs legislation expanding eligibility for substitute teachers;

“Kute Kids”… THESE “KUTE KIDS” Harrison Coffin (four years old) and sister Gemma (one year old) are enjoying a wonderful Christmas season! Proud parents are Peter and Ashleigh Coffin and grandparents are Joe and Carol Coffin of Watervliet. Harrison and Gemma’s great-grandma is Sally Dombroski of Stevensville. Share a photo of your “Kute Kids” with your friends, neighbors, and relatives who read the Tri-City Record. Make sure you write your kids’ names on the back of the picture and include any other information about it you would like to see in the paper, including mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, and so on. Send the “original” photo to the Tri-City Record, P.O. Box 7, Watervliet, MI 49098 or email it with your information to record@tricityrecord.com. Pick up your photo after it appears in the paper or include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and we will mail it back to you. Where are your “Kute Kids”?

Gov. Rick Snyder signs legislation

expanding eligibility for substitute teachers

Under legislation signed December 20, 2018 by Gov. Rick Snyder, individuals with professional career expertise can substitute teach in grades 9-12 without a teaching certificate. “This legislation will help schools fill teacher shortages in programs that offer high-demand career skills so that our students can be prepared for a 21st century economy,” Snyder said. HB 4421, sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes, allows individuals, to substitute teach in grades 9 to 12 without a teaching certificate in an industrial technology program or a career and technical education program if the individual satisfies prescribed requirements and has achieved expertise, as determined by the local school board. It also allows individuals that are under 22 years of age, who don’t have a teaching certificate, to substitute teach in grades 9-12. The bill is now PA 418 of 2018. Snyder also signed 16 additional measures: SB 965, sponsored by state Sen. Joe Hune, changes the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to allow municipalities to act jointly in administration and enforcement of provisions related to soil and erosion. The bill is now PA 419 of 2018. SB 1023, sponsored by state Sen. Peter MacGregor, provides for dealer training for dealers and repair facilities. The bill is now PA 420 of 2018. SB 1029, sponsored by state Sen. Joe Hune, provides for regulation of domestic stock insurer divisions in the state insurance code. The bill is now PA 421 of 2018. HB 6028, sponsored by state Rep. Gary Howell, makes general revisions to the pupil transportation act. The bill is now PA 422 of 2018. HB 6064, sponsored by state Rep. Jason Wentworth, creates the rural development fund program within the Michigan Strategic Fund. The bill is now PA 423 of 2018. SB 981, sponsored by state Sen. Joe Hune, revises a law relating to carnival-amusement ride inspector qualifications. The bill is now PA 424 of 2018. SB 1013, sponsored by state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, modifies provisions related to the eligibility for fleet registration taxes. The bill is now PA 425 of 2018. SB 1181, sponsored by state Sen. Peter MacGregor, prohibits cooperative advertising in specific industries. The bill is now PA 426 of 2018. HB 5254, sponsored by state Rep. Hank Vaupel, provides background checks for public employees who have access to certain information. The bill is now PA 427 of 2018. HB 5834, sponsored by state Rep. Beau LaFave, excludes disability motor vehicles from driver’s license requirements. The bill is now PA 428 of 2018. HB 6431, sponsored by state Rep. Hank Vaupel, modifies Medigap plans. The bill is now PA 429 of 2018. HB 6432, sponsored by state Rep. Michael Webber, eliminates persons authorized to sell health benefits and eliminates restriction for an employee of a health benefit corporation from being licensed as an agent. The bill is now PA 430 of 2018. SB 489, 490, 797-798, sponsored by state Sens. Margaret O’Brien, Arlan Meekhof, Vincent Gregory, and Peter MacGregor, respectively, establishes a Safe Families for Children Program. The program would allow for the temporary designation of a parent’s or guardian’s powers regarding the care, custody, or property of a inor child. The bills are now PAs 431-434.

Recognition banquet held, Berrien County 4-H celebrates leader service & members

The Berrien County 4-H youth program proudly presented the 2018 Berrien County 4-H Member & Leader Recognition banquet on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the Pebblewood Banquet Hall in Bridgman. The program and awards were sponsored by the Berrien County 4-H Leaders Association, Inc. and the Berrien County 4-H Foundation, Inc.

4-H Clover Awards Awards were presented to 4-H leaders for achieving milestones for years of service. Recipients are as follows: Silver (5 years of service) – Brian Haynes, Jina McIIvenny, Amanda Pullins, David Reck, Kim Schmidt, Lori VanArkel Gold (10 years of service) – Tracie Baker, Bruce Bodtke, James Lenhardt, Wilma Scharnowske, John Schmidt Pearl (15 years of service) – Rhonda Barchett, Stephanie Kirk, Roberta Lawson Diamond (20 years of service) – Clare Cholewa and Richard Widdis Emerald (25 years of service) – Kathleen Barton, Keith Krieger, Elaine McKee, Gwendolyn Monroe Ruby (30 years of service) – Christine Woods Sapphire (35 years of service) – Donna Janke Gold (50 years of service) – Karen Kietzer