12-27-2018 Watervliet resident Janet King receives communicator award from Toastmasters club;

Watervliet resident Janet King receives communicator award from Toastmasters club

Janet King of Watervliet received her Competent Communicator Award from the Whirlpool Toastmasters Club in November, an honor recognizing her for completing her Competent Communicator manual. The manual provides a series of varied speeches that focus on different aspects of speechmaking, including organizing a speech effectively, using vocal variety, and inspiring an audience.

Admave residence wins Watervliet’s Best Lighted House Contest for 2018

By Kristy Noack Although there’s a distinct absence of snow for the Christmas holiday, spirits remain bright throughout Watervliet, courtesy of the 2018 Watervliet’s Best Lighted House Contest. Organized by Katie Muth, the contest opened December 2 and ran through December 15. Residents of the city and township of Watervliet were encouraged to decorate the exterior of their

home for the holiday season, as the contest ran in conjunction with the Home Town Christmas celebration held earlier this month. Muth organized the activity through Facebook. Residents were able to post photos or videos of the exterior of their decorated home. Each “like” and “share” of the post garnered the participant a vote. People who entered were encouraged to utilize social media to increase the number of votes their submission received.

Tina Kibler Admave’s residence at 716 Richard Avenue won first place with 252 votes. She received $100 cash from State Farm Insurance agent Karla Smothers. The home, trees, light post, and fence featured lights, while a Santa stood guard in the yard. Second place went to Sarah Elizabeth’s “Grinch” entry; she collected 176 votes and a $50 gift certificate to B&B Grocery. Jenny Duncan-Arend was the third place winner with 81 votes. Her home included an inflatable Santa, trees and a star of lights, as well as a Christmas countdown. She won $20 cash from Moo’s Place. Renell Rogalski Watkins won a $20 gift certificate to Some Thing Different; she received 80 votes. Her yard included Santa, a snowman, lighted trees of all shapes and sizes, and reind

Bones in Balance classes helps  individuals with osteoporosis Lakeland Orthopedic Physical Therapy is now enrolling participants for Bones in Balance, a four week program designed to teach those diagnosed with osteoporosis and osteopenia how to successfully live with these conditions through self-management. Bones in Balance incorporates education and exercise and is led by specially trained physical therapists. The program includes valuable self-management tips from a pharmacist, registered dietitian, and nurse educator. Classes meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a four-week period at the Center for Outpatient Services, located at 3900 Hollywood Road in St. Joseph. Registration is now open for the next set of classes which will run from January 8 to 31 and be held at 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. A physician’s order is required to participate. There is a $25 registration fee to cover the cost of materials; the remaining amount is billable to your insurance. For more information or to register, call (269) 556-7150.

Good Grief: Bereavement sharing & education program Good Grief is a free program that covers topics such as how to cope with loss, guilt, and regret; why you feel the way you do; and finding a sense of peace. Each seven-week session meets for one and a half hours of meaningful information and sharing. The sessions take place Tuesdays, January 8 to February 19 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Caring Circle, 4025 Health Park Lane in St. Joseph. For more information, and to find out about other ongoing bereavement programs, call Lory’s Place at (269) 983-2707 or (800) 717-3812.