Letters and Commentary

GET YOUR DUCK RACE TICKETS HERE… There’s a tradition here of sorts that Anne and I sell a big batch of Duck Race tickets for the great race Sunday, July 3.  So stop by the Record office for your tickets and keep the tradition alive… or flag down Annie or me as you see us around the Tri-Cities. The WBA has a giant schedule of events on tap for the Independence weekend. Most of them requiring a sign up or registration of sorts are here at the Record office as well. See this week’s Record for further information on the three-day celebration and then check back with the June 30 issue for all the last minute news of all t he festivities.

Bass fishing opening day

 Wisps of fog hovering in the morning light rise over the calm lake. Silhouetted against the reflected brightening sky, expectant fishermen in their boats are up early on this first day of bass season. Southern New York is hilly and green, with an abundance of small lakes


Greatest dad ever

 I want to vote my daddy, Matt Prestidge, for Top Pop because he is the greatest daddy ever!  He always does everything he can for me and my momma. My dad works 6 days a week to make sure that we are taken care of but he still never misses any of my events and is always there for me when I need him.  He has been at every single one of my school events with me, makes it to my gymnastics classes, and he even coached both my softball and soccer teams.  He also helps other kids too because sometimes he volunteers with the Hartford community float by building stuff and making sure there is someone to pull it in parades, or even helping set up the stage for their pageants!  After a long day of work (his day starts at 4 a.m.!), he will come home and spend hours playing with me. Sometimes he even gives me manicures and pedicures, but don’t tell him I told that secret!  He teaches me lots of cool things including fishing, golfing, and gardening. We always go on adventures together and it is so much fun. He also builds the best pillow forts ever!  My daddy is there every night to help mom tuck me in bed and reads me a bedtime story. He never asks for anything for himself and puts his family first. He chooses to be the best dad in the world to me and makes sure I know how much he loves his “baby-love”. …He is the best and I love him!

           Raeghan Prestidge

 (5 ½ years old)

My dad is amazing

 I would like to nominate my dad, John Yetzke, as Top Pop.  He has not only been a wonderful father to my brother and me, he is an amazing Papa to my two boys.  Growing up, my dad was my softball coach, my brother’s baseball coach, he helped build sets in high school productions and  even into college he built us lofts for our dorm room.  He has also helped me re-do three different homes I have owned as an adult and my brother’s house. I still swear my dad can build/fix anything.   He is not only Mr. Fix-It, he is just plain generous and caring. I always remember one Easter from when I was a kid. We had done something different and gone out to eat instead of a meal at home. There was lamb on the menu and I insisted I wanted to get that because I had read somewhere that it was traditional Easter dinner. Well, it was gross. It tasted like old dust. My sweet dad saw how gross I thought it was and traded plates with me and pretended to like it.  Years later, I learned that was not the case. This same wonderful man still takes care of his very grown daughter and son.   The last two years my dad has driven me to chemotherapy treatments and sat with me and many times just watched me sleep.  On days when my mom drives me up, dad stays home and plays with my boys. He has taught them to pick raspberries, taken them morel mushroom hunting, and for rides on his four wheeler.  I could not ask for a better dad for my brother and I. I am so happy is able to be a part of my sons’ lives as well.  Please consider John Yetzke as the top Pop for 2016!

Heather Metz

Coloma Medley in the Park and Cruise In

Dear Editor,

Thank you to everyone that attended the Medley in the Park & Cruise In held on Saturday June11 in Baker Park downtown Coloma.  The weather was sunny and hot as we began the day with the beautiful car show coordinated by Braden Bertuca for his senior class project. There were 30 cars that entered the show and lined the streets with their beautiful vehicles.  Tom Gear was on hand to play some great classic music from the 50’s and 60’s.  After the car show, the music began on the Spotlight Stage with Blues Guitarist Keith Scott and continued until evening on the Main Stage with some really wonderful groups starting with ZAP!, who rocked some 70’s and 80’s music and then on to popular local band, Rum Boogie that had spectators singing along and dancing to a variety of familiar tunes that people know and love.   We continued with the fantastic music of Slim Gypsy Baggage and finished the evening with the talented Brian Randall Band playing country music to a good crowd.   Thank you to COSY 103.7 and Spencer Rivers that broadcast from the downtown in the early afternoon we were happy to be on the Cosy Summer Tour, and a big thank you to Stacey Davis who was our emcee for the day.   We were fortunate to have food offerings from Big Al’s Chicago Hot Dogs, Charlie’s Piggin N Grinnin, Panthers Grill and fresh popcorn from Freshwater Church. Keith from D.W. Hammond satisfied our sweet tooth with delicious pies, shortcakes and chocolates.  Any event takes a group effort of sponsorship, coordination and in-kind donations by generous local businesses, clubs and anonymous contributions.   We could not have had Medley in the Park  without the support of the following: AEP American Electric Power, American Homes Real Estate Mikki Swisher, Bestway Disposal/Orchard Hill Landfill, Centsible Heating and Air Conditioning, Chemical Bank, Coloma City DDA, Coloma Lioness Club, Coloma Charter Township, Easy Street, Edgewater Bank, Four Season’s Spa and Pool, Friendly Tavern, Honor Credit Union, Jim and Sherry Polashak, John Corbin from JC Signs, Justin VanFerrari, J.S. Fulton Construction, Keep Me in Mind repurposed treasures, Marsha Hammond, Midwest Civil Engineers, North Berrien Community Development, Paw Paw Lake Motel, R.B. Stelter Farms, Robin Kniebes, Rory Bell, Tony Bertuca and Tracy Tavolacci.  A big thank you to Chief Jason Roe, the Coloma Township Police Department and reservists for keeping this a safe event and helping wherever needed.  We appreciated the Pupedis Family from the Coloma Glad Peach Festival for their time and effort putting up the stage canopy and shade canopies in the park.   Thank you Andy Kendall who did our sound for the day we appreciate your willingness to be flexible with our set up.  As usual our Coloma City Publics Work Department worked tirelessly many days before the event getting the City ready and all during the festival, you make our day run smoother and we really appreciate your efforts.  Thanks to Apryl Watson our wonderful photographer who took hundreds of pictures of the Car Show, bands and spectators all day long.  We hope to continue to do exciting community events and appreciate the support from the people who live, visit and work in our community.  As you can tell, if you missed this event you missed a great time!

Chana Kniebes  Community Development Coordinator

North Berrien Community  Development


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