12-29-2016 2017 MISS AND MR. COLOMA CONTESTANTS; Good Grief: Bereavement sharing and education progr

2017 MISS AND MR. COLOMA CONTESTANTS… pictured (from the left) are: Dustin Irerd, Brett Tutton, Zack Heater, Jenna Walter, Allison Beck, Harleigh Unger, Nikki Bryant, Camalin Normandin, Cassidy Fickett, Bailey Evans, Harrison Spaulding, Grant Kroshcel, and Jacob Sharpe. Not pictured is Hannah Strunk. The Coloma Community Or-ganization invites the public to the 2017 Miss and Mr. Coloma pageant on Saturday, January 7 at 6 p.m. at the Coloma High School. The theme is Bedazzle. Tickets purchased in advance are $20.00 each; please call Barb Stroder at 269-468-3731 or Doreen Hess at 269-468-4020. Tickets purchased at the door will be $25.00 each.

Good Grief: Bereavement sharing and 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 next session meets on Mondays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. beginning January 9 and ending February 20 at Caring Circle, 4025 Health Park Lane in St. Joseph.

For more information, and to find out about other ongoing bereavement programs, call Caring Circle at (269) 429-7100.

Senior Services

Hartford United Methodist Church

425 E. Main St., Hartford

 Monday, January 2, CLOSED

Tuesday, January 3, lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.; Cardio Drumming, computer help, Euchre/cards, 1:00 p.m.; and knitting, 1:30 p.m.

Friday, January 6, lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.; Euchre/cards, 1:00 p.m.; and knitting, crocheting & needlework, 1:30 p.m.

All seniors, age 60 and older, residing in Van Buren County are eligible to participate in these programs and activities.

Any questions or comments, please, contact Senior Services Paw Paw office at 269-655-8000. Rides are available through Van Buren Public Transit with no less than 24-hour advance notice at (269) 427-7921.

Hagar residents fed up with AEP outages

By Jon Bisnett

As the final order of business in an otherwise unremarkable meeting, public commentary must have made someone at Indiana & Michigan Power’s ears burn!

The issue stems from what amounts to chronic outages along a specific stretch of M-63 knocking out service to both homes and businesses.

Supervisor Izzy DiMaggio was quite familiar with the issue as his personal residence and place of business are in the “zone.” DiMaggio described the area just up the road from his family restaurant where due to open land on the lake side of M-63, the wind funnels off Lake Michigan with unusual velocity only to affect dead trees near the AEP line running on the e