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World of Outlaws tickets on sale for event July 28 at Hartford Speedway

 Tickets are now on sale for the “Battle of Michigan,” featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Hartford Speedway in Hartford Friday, July 28 and can be purchased online at or by calling SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023.

Shane Stewart was victorious at Hartford Speedway last year, when the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returned to the track for the first time since 2011. Stewart started second and held off eight-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz for the win. That race was held on the former half-mile, which has since been re-configured to a 3/8-mile. Hartford is one of the few tracks on the circuit where Schatz has never won.

Battling Schatz and Stewart in 2017 is a talented group of full-time competitors, including Daryn Pittman, the 2013 series champion; his teammate at Kasey Kahne Racing, Brad Sweet; Joey Saldana, who is a past winner at Hartford Speedway and David Gravel, who is one to beat this season. Jason Johnson, the defending winner of the Knoxville Nationals has some wins thus far in 2017, while veteran drivers Jason Sides, Paul McMahan Kraig Kinser and Greg Wilson are all on the road again this year.

Logan Schuchart represents the next generation of World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series drivers along with his Shark Racing teammate Jacob Allen and teenager Clyde Knipp. Sheldon Haudenschild, who won at Hartford last year with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and Brent Marks from Pennsylvania, are contending for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season.

For more information on tickets, visit; Twitter: @SLS_Promotions; or Facebook: SLS Promotions.

OFFICIALLY COLORED!… The 3rd annual color run organized by Maurissa LaGrow, 14-year-old from Coloma raised over $7,500 to help aid the cure of arthritis, support Timmy Dibble’s family and the Coloma soft-ball team. Color Me Cured Family Fun 5K Run/Walk was held May 27, 2017 at Coloma High School. This year was the largest yet with over 150 runners/walkers. Maurissa hopes that one day there is a cure for such ail-ments as arthritis and cancer. She wants people to know that kids can get arthritis too. Just because someone looks fine on the outside, you never know what they struggle with on a daily basis – so love everyone and treat each other as you would want to be treated.

Berrien County looking to fill vacancy

 The Mental Health Authority has one vacancy and oversees the Riverwood Center.  Their mission is to deliver personalized mental health services to create a positive environment for their consumers to improve their quality of life.

The Authority provides information, care and services ranging from occasional counseling sessions to full intervention for severe disabilities or mental illness; providing the choices, the means, the interventions and supports for optimal mental health and recovery.

The composition of the Mental Health Authority shall be representative of providers of mental health services, recipients or primary consumers of mental health services, agencies, and occupations having a working involvement with mental health services and the general public. The terms for the Mental Health Authority are three years and the meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. at the Riverwood Center, 1485 S. M-139, Benton Harbor.

Anyone interested in serving in this position may contact the Berrien County Administration office for an application at 269-983-7111, ext. 8095 or email  The application is also available on the Berrien County website at (under the Board of Commissioners page and board appointments).  Applications will be accepted until Monday, June 19, 2017.

VOLUNTEER SINCE 1988… Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet volunteer Darlene Adams was honored at a recent luncheon held by the hospital.

Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan moving forward with new animal shelter

 The Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan announced at its annual “Bid For Barks” fund-raising event at Pier 1000 Marina that it is moving forward with construction of its new shelter for cats and dogs.  Although the Capital Campaign goal of $2 million has not yet been met and they continue to raise funds for the new shelter, it has decided to break ground for the facility in early June.  The announcement set the tone for the best “Bid For Barks” event on record.

The Humane Society has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for its new shelter on June 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the project site, located at 5400 M-139 just south of Dickinson Road in Royalton Township.  The board of directors selected Pearson Construction Company of Benton Harbor as its Design Builder and TERA Architects, Pearson’s in-house architectural firm, to deliver the shelter.

The Humane Society has outgrown its 1950s era facility located at 641 S. Crystal Avenue in Benton Township and purchased five acres in Royalton Township a few years ago for the new shelter.  It is expanding its mission of providing food, shelter, medical care, and adoption services to the ever-growing population of homeless cats and dogs in Southwestern Michigan.

“Our top priority has always been to provide a safe and healthy environment for the cats and dogs under our care, and the need for the new shelter has become critical,” stated Executive Director Jill Svoboda.  “Our facility is simply outdated and we just can’t provide the level of care for our animals that we feel is necessary at our current shelter.”

The new facility will be a vast improvement over the current shelter.  The main focus will be on providing comfortable and adequate space for the animals, with separate quarters and meet and greet areas for dogs and cats.  There will be a designated animal intake entrance and room, veterinarian exam room, medical and isolation areas, offices, restrooms, and a multipurpose room for volunteer training and special events.

The Humane Society receives no financial support from taxes, dog license revenue, government agencies, or national humane organizations.  It relies solely on fund-raising efforts, donations, memorials, fees, grants, and planned giving gifts to keep its facility operational.  This requires ongoing and continuous fund-raising efforts.

“We decided that we could not wait any longer to start construction of the new shelter,” stated Don Blackmond, president of the board of directors.  “We are getting closer to our $2 million fund-raising goal and still need help in reaching the final amount.  With gap financing in place, we are able to start construction in early June and hopefully be open in early 2018.”

The Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan, located at 641 S. Crystal Ave in Benton Harbor is a unique shelter in many ways. It does not euthanize animals and became a no kill facility in 2008.  Unlike most shelters, it provides each and every animal with a comfortable environment and daily exercise.  It starts each animal on its way to a healthy “new life” by providing medical exams, standard vaccinations, and routine blood tests.  The dedicated and compassionate staff and volunteers pride themselves in finding “forever homes” for all of the adoptable pets.  When selecting “forever homes,” the staff is diligent in searching for the best suitable home for each animal through the adoption application process.  Please visit their website at or stop by the shelter and OPT TO ADOPT!!


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