12-3-2020 Coloma Author releases 73rd Novel; Hartford Public Library dedicates Pokagon Children’s

THIS KUTE KID IS… Kenzie Soo-Youn Bannen, who will celebrate her 4th birthday on Sunday, December 6. She is the daughter of Dr. Todd and Theresa (“Tree”) Bannen of Chicago, IL; and the granddaughter of Ken and Bonnie Bannen of Watervliet and Dr. Hi and Soo Song of St. Claire Shores, MI. Kenzie loves playing with her dolls and attending her preschool and doing lots of art projects. Happy Birthday Kenzie!!


Coloma author Rosanne Bittner releases 73rd published novel

Coloma author Rosanne Bittner has added the third book to her “Men of the Outlaw Trail” trilogy. The story is titled Journey to High Lonesome and will be released by Amazon December 5, just in time for Christmas presents. The first two titles, Ride the High Lonesome and Lawman in the High Lonesome, are available on Amazon.com, and locally at Back on the Rack in Watervliet and Linda’s Antiques and Harding’s Friendly Market in Coloma. The new book will also be available at the same outlets after December 5.

All three books of the Outlaw Trail trilogy are individual stories that can be read in any order. Rosanne plans more “High Lonesome” stories in the future. Journey to High Lonesome is her 73rd published novel. She is a USA-TODAY best-selling author and has won numerous writing awards.

Rosanne writes primarily about American history, especially America’s Old West, using well-researched events and locations for her fictitious stories, with characters so believable that some readers have asked if they really existed. Rosanne’s stories are also known for their high emotion and realistic adventure and romance.

Rosanne is a member of several historical societies and has traveled the West extensively with her husband, Larry. She and Larry are graduates of Coloma High School, as are their sons and grandsons. Because of COVID-19, Rosanne has no book signings planned for Journey to High Lonesome. She wishes everyone good health and Happy Holidays. She plans to get back to personal signings sometime next year.

THE YEAR WAS 1965… Local couple, Charlie and Sharon Watts celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary COVID-19 style complete with masks. They say, “Mask up Michigan and God Bless America!”


Hartford Public Library dedicates Pokagon Children’s Learning Center

Space greatly enhances resources for children’s learning

Earlier this year, the Hartford community celebrated the grand opening of the new Vanderlyn Community Center and Hartford Public Library facility located at 12 Church Street in Hartford. On Sunday, Nov. 20, 2020 the Pokagon Children’s Learning Center within the Library was dedicated to recognize the strong relationship between the community and the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. While the in-person dedication event was canceled due to