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Coloma-Watervliet AREA CHAMBER GUIDE

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Cover photos by: Kristy Noack, Chana Kniebes, Tri-City Record and Vanessa Pentridge

Welcome Page...................................................3 About Coloma.....................................................5 About Watervliet...............................................5 Destinations for Summer Fun...................7 Events & Festivals.............................................9 Chocolate, Wine & Beer............................. 10 Farm Fresh & Garden....................................12 Harvest Schedule...........................................12 Public Libraries.................................................14 Map......................................................................... 16 Shop Local...........................................................19 Historical Facts................................................20 Member Benefits............................................ 22 Membership Application........................... 22 Dining..................................................................... 23 Member Directory.......................................... 24 Worship Directory.......................................... 29

Municipal Contact Information

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Coloma City Jim Polashak, Mayor Coloma City Hall 119 N. Paw Paw St. P.O. Box 329 Coloma, MI 49038 (269) 468-6606

Watervliet Township Dan Hutchins, Supervisor Watervliet Township Hall 4959 M-140 P.O. Box 384 Watervliet, MI 49098 (269) 463-5113

Coloma Township Ken Parrigin, Supervisor Coloma Township Hall 4919 Paw Paw Lake Rd. Coloma, MI 49038 (269) 468-7212

Bainbridge Township Jerry Jollay, Supervisor Bainbridge Township Hall 7315 Territorial Rd. Watervliet, MI 49098 (269) 463-8040

Watervliet City Dave Brinker, Mayor Watervliet City Hall 158 W. Pleasant St. P.O. Box 86 Watervliet, MI 49098 (269) 463-6769

Hagar Township Izzy DiMaggio, Supervisor Hagar Township Hall 3900 Riverside Rd. P.O. Box 87 Riverside, MI 49084 (269) 849-0455

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Welcome

to Coloma & Watervliet

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e live in a wonderful area of Southwest Michigan and are located in one of the most beautiful agricultural regions. We have a vibrant Agri-tourism industry that draws thousands of visitors here each year to sample homegrown fruits and vegetables, locally produced wines, handmade chocolates, ciders and much more. There is a lot to do in our communities. The beautiful Paw Paw Lakes is one of our treasures. Enjoy a day of golf, visit one of our many parks, bike or hike on a trail, visit the area’s only indoor waterpark, antique or catch a movie. No matter what the weather or what your interests are, we are a community for all seasons. We have many festivals and events that happen all year long. The Coloma Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce is 141 members strong and growing. We are excited to present our new Chamber Guide and hope you will visit our office at 142 Badt Drive. In 2016 we unveiled our new and improved website. We now have more information, historical photos from the area, an updated calendar of events page and much more. We publish a quarterly newsletter and coordinate many Business After Hours and Ribbon Cuttings to new and existing businesses. We love to refer our members to anyone requesting information on a specific service. We partner with North Berrien Community Development on festivals and holiday events in Coloma and Watervliet. If you would like more information on becoming a member of the Coloma Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce contact us by email at info@coloma-watervliet.org or give Chana Kniebes a call in our office at 269-468-4430. We would love to meet or talk with you about any aspect of your business or if you are a visitor to the area, give you guidance for things to do and places to visit while you are in the area. We encourage you to visit anytime for a memorable and relaxing vacation, weekend getaway and you may even realize this is a place you want to call home.

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Wheelchair Express Community Emergency Service, Inc came into existence May 5, 1975; the cooperation was made up of both local and municipal leaders within Berrien County. Community Emergency Services, Inc at that time helped to provide local tax support dollars to Action Ambulance for two years and then later provided that same tax support to Rampart Ambulance, as Action Ambulance went out of business. Both of these services were in business at the time and were both private agencies struggling to make payroll and ends meet. Community Emergency Service, Inc had a plan; instead of helping these struggling private services to provide service and still barely getting by, they decided to start a publicly municipally owned service. Medic 1 Ambulance was born out of this frustration of these local leaders with the then current ambulance services. Community Emergency Services, Inc established its DBA Medic 1 Ambulance. Medic 1 Ambulance ran its first call on February 24, 1977 with a small handful of employees and two new ambulances covering ten cities and townships; Medic 1 ran a total of 3,797 calls that first year. In September of 1979, Medic 1 Ambulance rolled out its and the Counties very first ALS unit. During 1980 the very first full year of ALS Medic 1 Ambulance had received 5,550 calls for service and 370 of those calls received ALS intervention. By the mid 80’s Medic 1 Ambulance had gone to an all ALS system.

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In March of 1994, Medic 1 Ambulance began providing wheelchair transportation service to the community. That first month of operation ninety transports were provided. Our commitment to patient care is so strong we had set our goals to make Medic 1 Ambulance the very best. That goal was achieved on September 20, 2000, having earned National Accreditation, becoming only the 77th agency to receive CAAS accreditation in the nation. Having earned CAAS accreditation gives Medic 1 Ambulance the “Gold Standard” in ambulance service. Medic 1 Ambulance is still the only ambulance service within Berrien and Van Buren County’s to have achieved and maintained this “Gold Standard”. Medic 1 Ambulance over its brief history has gone from only one station for ambulances covering a small handful of municipalities providing only basic life support, to what are now five stations with a fleet of vehicles covering twenty cities and townships within Berrien and Van Buren Counties. More than eighty employees provide Advanced Life Support with state of the art equipment, a wheelchair transport service, a full time Dispatch center and a full time Education Department. Medic 1 Ambulance in its humble beginnings ran only those 3,797 and has grown to date responding to more than an 29,000 requests for service each year.

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oloma is proud of their vibrant downtown with a variety of great restaurants and places to shop. We are fortunate to have two parks, Laura Baker Park and Baker Park located right in the downtown. They are used in a variety of ways during the many festivals and events that Coloma hosts. Whether volunteers are handing out hot dogs during Halloween in the Park, lighting the beautiful trees during Santa in the Park or setting up a stage for music and fun during Medley in the Park and the Glad Peach Festival, it all takes place in the downtown. The Mayor and Township Supervisor are very supportive of the events and festivals that go on for every season. With the support of the Coloma Township Police Department we keep this a safe and fun environment no matter

what is happening in the community. Sitting in an agricultural fruit belt is an advantage as many visitors and second home residents appreciate the abundance of fresh produce they can enjoy all summer long. When the blossoms are in full bloom in the

orchards that surround Coloma it is a spectacular site. The Coloma DDA is proud of the downtown and works diligently to make sure it stays clean and well maintained. The Public Works department is known for making sure whatever needs to be done for any festival is done quickly. In bad weather, you can be sure our streets are cleared and that downtown merchants ready for business. If you are visiting the Paw Paw Lakes in the summer, riding the bike trails or snowmobiling in the winter we are a destination for every season. If you would like to learn more about doing business in Coloma you can contact North Berrien Community Development at 269-468-4430 for more information.

Our Community watervliet W atervliet is a safe and friendly community that provides a good quality of life for families and guests. The downtown features a scenic old fashioned Main Street. The Paw Paw Lakes area has been a long time tourist destination along with the beautiful farmland, rolling hills, quaint shops and wineries. Residents and visitors alike look forward to the lazy days of summer spent on Paw Paw Lake boating, swimming and water skiing. There are plenty of other activities to take part in right downtown, like the yearly Independence Day weekend celebration that includes a parade, chili cook-off, vintage baseball game, fireworks and a duck race in Flaherty Park. Local residents enjoy activities at beautiful Hays Park with baseball fields, the canoe launch and fishing pier. Winter offers several area snowmobile trails, ice fishing during the coldest of the winter months and there’s always sledding at Hays Park for kids of all ages. Coloma-Watervliet Area Guide 2016-2018

Visit Flaherty Park for its 3-par, nine hole disc golf course that winds through woods and crosses Mill Creek. Be sure to drop a line in the creek and enjoy a lazy afternoon fishing. The Watervliet Area is a wonderful place to live, work and play. Come visit and see for yourself why we really are a tourist destination for all seasons in our beautiful corner of Michigan’s Great Southwest. Watervliet DDA is Pro Business The Watervliet Downtown Development Authority exists to promote a vibrant downtown and to support and

enhance a strong business environment. The past few years have seen an increase in new businesses and we are excited to continue our growth. Unwind on the outdoor patio with a craft beer at the Arclight Brewery, which continues to delight residents and visitors. We are continually moving in the right direction with a new bank and several new and expanded retail shops. Be sure to stop by the Watervliet District Library as they create a new park in front of their building with seating from which you can read a good book or watch the world go by. Contact us for more information on programs that the Watervliet DDA offers to help start-up businesses in the downtown. Ideally located just off Interstate 94 and along M-140 and Red Arrow Highways in northern Berrien County, Watervliet has the resources available to help your business grow. For more information you can contact City Hall at 269-463-6769, visit our website www.watervliet.org or follow us on Facebook. 5


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Coloma and Watervliet Destinations for Summer Fun

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aw Paw Lake and Lake Michigan are one of the many reasons to visit our area for water recreation and summer fun. Take a walk or bike ride down the Regional Multipurpose Trail that goes through Coloma and Watervliet. Local residents take advantage of Hays Park for recreational activities. Flaherty Park, also in Watervliet, is located on Mill Creek and is the perfect place for a family picnic. Younger children will enjoy Coloma’s Randall Park featuring hand-built wooden play structures, playground equipment and a picnic shelter. Paw Paw Lake has some public access and beach areas you can take advantage of. Sunset Beach is located off North Watervliet Rd behind the Paw Paw Lake Board of Trade with parking on Lake Ave. Forest Park Beach is at the foot of Pier Street off of Forest Beach also in Watervliet. Coloma Coloma-Watervliet Area Guide 2016-2018

Township has Helen Street Park with a small sandy beach and picnic area and public boat access to Little Paw Paw. There are two public boat access sites on Big Paw Paw Lake. The East Paw Paw Lake Access is on North Watervliet Rd just off M-140. The West Paw Paw Lake Access is on Island Court, just off Wil O Paw Dr. in Coloma. If you want to plan a day relaxing on Lake Michigan visit Road Side Park with picnic area or Hagar Park with plenty of parking, playground and picnic facilities. They are both located near Coloma off M-63. If it’s camping that suits your fancy, spend time at Dune Lake Campground featuring a small lake and seasonal activities for campers. Visit the Paw Paw River Campground & Canoeing for an afternoon of canoeing, tubing or kayaking. Camp Ronora is a rental facility for retreats, groups and more, nestled on 350 lovely, quiet

acres in Watervliet for you to explore and enjoy. This nature preserve has a secluded private lake, acres of woods, wildlife, pristine pastures and miles of nature trails. If you can’t get enough peace and quiet in your hectic life, visit Sarett Nature Center. This unique nature center has five miles of trails meandering through its 800 acres. Their trail system includes boardwalks, observation platforms, and an easily accessible barrier-free walkway. Trails running along the Paw Paw River bluffs provide great views of the river valley below. Boardwalks and observation platforms in the flood plain give you an up-close look at wetland wildlife and habitats including wet forests, cattail marshes, shrub carrs, and even a unique alkaline wetland called a fen. There are lots of outdoor possibilities in Coloma and Watervliet. So plan a visit you won’t be disappointed. Photo/Kristy Noack 7


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2015 Baker Park Project

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(Above) 2015 Chamber Awards event with awards given to Midway Baptist Church, M & M Polishing, and Robert Michael Salon and Spa and Rick Rasmussen for Community Service. (Left) Car Show visitors.

Coloma’s own Rum Boogie entertains the crowds

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Flint Water Drive, March 2016

St. Patrick’s 5K Run/Walk

Edgewater Bank’s chamber event

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EVENTS AND FESTIV ALS www.coloma-watervliet.org ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• JUNE 2016 Medley in the Park and Cruise In 2016 FREE CONCERT

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• September 2016 Annual Golf Outing Friday September 23rd

The City of Coloma will play host to a fun day of different genres of music in downtown Coloma. Citizens are invited to bring their family, friends, lawn chairs, and appetites to this non-alcoholic, free event sponsored by the area merchants. Vendors will provide good food and enjoy live music from noon until 9:30 p.m.

North Berrien Community Development Annual Golf Outing is at the Paw Paw Lake Golf Club in Watervliet. Prize money and a hole in one contest offered in a beautiful setting. Golf cart, continental breakfast, lunch and green fees are $60.00 per person. Call Chana for more information at 269-468-4430, preregistration is required, sponsorship opportunities are available.

Saturday June 11th at Baker Park Downtown Coloma

The car show starts the fun with classic and muscle cars lining the street from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. with recorded music from the 50’s and 60’s. The live music will begin at 12:00 with this year’s entertainment to include Zap!, Blues Guitarist Keith Scott, Coloma’s own Rum Boogie, Slim Gypsy Baggage and the Brian Randall Band. Individuals and corporate sponsors interested in vending or participating in this event are encouraged to contact Chana Kniebes at 269-468-4430 or chana@coloma-watervliet. org. This event is organized by North Berrien Community Development. Rain date is Sunday June 12th.

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• JULY 2016 Watervliet Independence Weekend Celebration July 2nd & 3rd

Come to Watervliet and enjoy a great time. Music, delicious food, parade, kid’s games, ping pong ball drop, car show, and much more during this fun filled weekend. There is also a very popular Duck Race, Airport Fly-In, pancake breakfast and Fun Walk and Run. This is a wonderful family friendly weekend of fun with activities for all ages and of course a spectacular fireworks display you don’t want to miss. Call Watervliet City Hall for more information at 269-463-6769.

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• AUGUST 2016 Coloma Glad Peach Festival Aug 5th-7th

The Coloma Glad-Peach Festival is an annual celebration of the gladiolus flowers and peaches, which are both grown locally. The festival is held the first full weekend in August, and provides three days of family friendly fun for all ages. Events include live music on two stages, a classic car show, two parades, a beautiful aerial fireworks display, craft vendor and activities for all ages. This is one of southwest Michigan’s most popular festivals for 49 years! Check out the Coloma Glad Peach website for more information at www.colomapeachfest.com

Looking Ahead to 2017 March 11th, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Evening Lighted Parade in downtown Coloma is a very popular event to kick off the parade season. Enjoy the beautiful lighted entries. The town paints a green stripe in the downtown, there is a window display contest and some great Irish menu items in the downtown restaurants. An Irish Stew Dinner is usually planned at the Coloma United Methodist Church. The Coloma Public Library will also have a book sale from 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. and have Irish folk tales and craft for young children at 1:00 p.m. The Lions Club will have their popular 5K Run/Walk beginning at the Coloma Township Hall. Pre-registration is available and runners gather at 8:00 a.m. with Run at 9:00 a.m. All events subject to change. Please contact the Chamber for updated information as the event gets closer by calling 269-468-4430 or email info@coloma-watervliet.org. The Coloma Watervliet area has many other activities all through the year such as Santa Comes to Town and Halloween in the Park. Our communities pride themselves on the events and festivals that make us unique and give a feeling of pride to live in a place where local community events are still a wonderful part of our hometowns.

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Chocolate, Wine, Craft Beers Something for Everyone

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he lake effect climate, rolling terrain and fertile soil create a perfect foundation for Michigan to grow wine grapes. The Coloma Watervliet Area is home to two outstanding wineries, Contessa Wine Cellars and Karma Vista Vineyards and Winery. Both wineries can boast award winning wines and beautiful hilltop locations for relaxing and looking over the rolling hills and farm land of the area. Each year more wineries open in Southwest Michigan. Information about all this area’s offerings for wines and tours can be found at www.lakemichiganshorewinetrail.com Since our last Chamber Guide we are excited to have Arclight Brewing Company open in Watervliet. Brew pubs have become very popular in Southwest Michigan and this is a wonderful addition to the downtown. Arclight is located in the remodeled historic building at 544 N. Main Street. You can relax on their outdoor front patio and watch the activity of Main Street. Arclight has been very involved in hosting community events and other special activities happening all year long. If there is one thing Coloma has, it is decadent chocolate. Vineyards Chocolates, DW Hammond Chocolates and the Chocolate Garden can all fill the cravings you have for delicious handmade chocolate creations. All in all, Coloma and Watervliet would be a great place for any special event in your life. We have the area’s largest indoor waterpark (Surfari Joe’s), wonderful wineries, chocolate shops, great florists, restaurants, parks and beautiful venues and locations for your special occasions (West Street Station Event Hall). Come enjoy the hometown charm and great festivals that happen all year long in this beautiful agricultural community. We are truly a community for all seasons, as well as part of Michigan’s Great Southwest, where you will want to live work and do business. Give the Coloma Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce a call if you need more information on any of the businesses we have mentioned at 269-468-4430.

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oloma and Watervliet have many places to get farm for your landscape projects or advice to do it yourself. fresh fruits and vegetables. Not only are we in a beautiful There are many places to visit in Coloma and Watervliet agricultural region with an abundance of homegrown this spring, summer or fall. You will want to keep coming produce, many businesses in our area have put their own back season after season. unique spin on these fresh choices. If you are looking for delicious pies, jams, jellies or salsas, check out Bob’s Barn Farm Market and Bakery. & Vegetables april May June July aug. sept. Oct. Nov. Ready to try some fresh made cider? Stop in at Grandpa’s Fruits apples n n n n Cider Mill this fall, or Jollay Market, who is open all year long. asparagus n n n beets n n n n n n Enjoy some fresh made donuts as well. blackberries n n n If you want to pick your own fresh fruits then visit Fruit broccoli n n n n n n n n n Acres or Jollay Orchards with their wide variety of seasonal brussel sprouts Cabbage n n n n n n fruit and vegetables. Fall brings fun hayrides for the kids and Cantaloupe n n n Carrots n n n n beautiful pumpkins for that perfect jack-o-lantern. Cauliflower n n n n J. W. Morlock and Girls is a convenient place to get over Cherries n n n n n n n n 40 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables in Watervliet. New Collards eggplant n n n n this year is Mo’e Pies, LLC inside their farm market located 2 grapes n n n n miles north off I-94 Exit 41 on M-140. green Peas n n n n n Maybe you want to start your own garden. Make a trip to Hot Peppers lettuce n n n n n n the Watervliet Fruit Exchange for all your supplies for home, lima beans n n n n n n n n n n farm and garden. The Watervliet Fruit Exchange has cele- Mushrooms Onions (dry) n n n n brated 75 years of serving the farm and garden industries. Peaches n n n n n n They are not just a fruit exchange. As a garden center they Plums Potatoes n n n n offer the latest in equipment and gardening techniques as Pumpkins n n n n n n well as year round gardening ideas, plants, bulbs, fruit trees, radishes n n n n strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry plants, land- raspberries snap beans n n n n scape material, shade trees, bushes and shrubs, fertilizers, spinach n n strawberries n n n lawn and garden chemicals, and a whole lot more. summer squash n n n n n If you would like to improve your landscaping then stop in sweet Corn n n n n n n n at Grapevine Nursery in Coloma. Choose from a large variety sweet Peppers tomatoes n n n of container grown plants, trees, shrubs and groundcovers turnips & turnip greens n n n n n n n n n n to keep your yard looking like you have a green thumb. With Watermelon Winter squash n n n n over 25 years in business, you can count on their experience

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Central Assembly of God When you come to Central Assembly of God, you will find a warm and caring atmosphere where people are family and you are accepted just as you are. Before our Sunday service we have coffee & cinnamon rolls in the kitchen, just as if you were home. The service will consist of a time of sharing what God is doing in people’s lives, a time of lifting our needs to God in prayer, a time of worshipping God with music & song, and a time of listening to God’s Word that’s presented in a clear way to help us apply it to our lives. Children are a priority to us and we offer a nursery for children under the age of 3, and for our children, ages 3-9, their own children’s church that takes place during our sermon time. The only dress code is to please come

dressed. We hope you find this a safe place where you can feel accepted and meet Jesus wherever you are in life. At Central you will find real people that love Jesus. Our desire is to help all people grow closer to God, through the love of Jesus. Following Jesus shouldn’t be boring and shouldn’t only consist of sitting in a chair every Sunday morning. Central is a great place to serve God and people both in & out of the church. Do you want to join us in impacting our community with the love of Jesus? I invite you to come, ask questions, and check us out; you may find that you like what you see. You may also want to check out our website at www.CentralAssemblyColoma.com

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Happy Reading! Coloma Public Library 151 West Center Street • P.O Box 430 Coloma, MI 49038-0430 269-468-3431 • fax: 269-468-8077 Hours Mon and Fri: 10am-5:30pm Tues-Thurs 10am-8pm Sat: 10am-2pm • Sun: Closed Book Club The Coloma Library Book Club regularly meets every other Thursday and is always looking for new members. If you are interested in more information please stop in at the library or visit our website. www.colomapubliclibrary.net Story Hour Springs Story Hour resumes on Wednesday, April 2 at 10:30 am and will continue to meet on Wednesdays. Join Ms. Amy for a craft, story and song time! Story Hour is for children ages 3 and up. It is asked that all children be accompanied and supervised by an adult. There is no sign-up or fee required. Newspaper Archive Now Available Past issues of the Coloma Courier (November 1899-1969), Watervliet Record (1890-October 1984) and Tri-City Record (1984-2010) are now available for searching and browsing on this website. The library plans to update the archive periodically; should you need access to papers after 2010, visit either the Coloma Public Library or the Watervliet District library to browse hardcopies or visit the Tri-City Record’s Website to browse through their archive. A special thank you to Karl Bayer at the Tri-City Record for allowing the library to make these papers available to the public. Also a special thank you to the Watervliet District Library for their support with this project. Card Catalog & Checking Out E-Books The library’s catalog is available for you to search from home! Simply click “Catalog” from the menu bar on any page to visit the library’s website. When you arrive at that site click “Coloma Public Library” and begin your search. There you will find further instructions on how to search for books, renew items you

have checked out and place holds. If you have any questions, please call the library at (269) 468-3431. The library is glad to offer ebooks to patrons living within the library’s service area.

Watervliet Public Library 333 N. Main Street • Watervliet, MI 269-463-6382 • fax: 269-463-3117 Hours Mon and Wed: 10am-8pm Tues, Thur, and Fri: 10am-5pm Sat: 10am-2pm • Sun: Closed Watervliet District Library provides free services to all residents living within the library district, which includes the City of Watervliet and Watervliet Township. The library holds more than 25,000 materials including books, movies, magazines, and audio books. The library is a member of MelCat, the shared library of the state of Michigan in which items from libraries across the state are available for interloan. We are also members of the Southwest Michigan Overdrive collection for e-book borrowing. In addition to all of that we make copies, provide tax forms, provide a fax service and have an archive of our local paper on microfilm from 1890s to the present. We also have a handy community room available for rental and provide a story hour and other programs for children and adults. Our library and staff is here to serve you, our community. Our staff promises to always be friendly, helpful and courteous. Although we are small in size, we strive always to provide for our patrons’ needs. We have recently joined the Overdrive community of sharing e-books and we hope that our patrons enjoy this service along with the latest in hardcopy bestsellers, nonfiction and reference. Please feel free to ask for whatever you may need. If we don’t have it for you, we will do our best to get it. This website is designed to keep you informed of our activities and services. Feel free to browse it and let us know how you like it. On behalf of the staff and board, I hope you come and visit us on site very soon. For other information check out the Watervliet District Library’s website at www. watervlietlibrary.org Lois Hartman, Director

North Berrien Community Development Coloma Watervliet AREA Chamber of Commerce 142 Badt Drive • PO Box 1028 Coloma, MI 49038

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COLOMA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS “Building a culture for excellence”

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Coloma Community Schools will be implementing a new strategic plan in the 2016-17 school year!! With a focus on continuous improvement in Teaching & Learning, Communication & Community Involvement, Campus Life & Student Services, and Financial/Facility Management, we are committed to building relationships with students, parents, and our community that establish trust and help to ensure that everyone has a vested interest in the education of our children. We will create more opportunities for our students at every level, for parents to become involved and be an active participant in our schools, and to build partnerships in and around our community for the benefit of our kids. To become a great school district it will require a collective effort!! We invite anyone with an interest or questions about our schools to contact us and set up an opportunity to talk/visit. Please give us a call at 269-468-2424 during normal business hours or visit our website at ccs.coloma.org .

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atervliet Public Schools will prepare all students with the academic and personal skills necessary to become life long learners and productive members of society. Our staff takes great pride in providing all of our students an environment to grow, learn, and enjoy their school experience. This focus on the student dramatically increases the likelihood of success, evident in being named an Academic State Champ by Bridge Magazine, placing Watervliet High School in the top 5% of high schools in Michigan. Athletically, winning is a byproduct of hard work and dedication to ones craft. We do not aim for undefeated seasons, we focus on preparing young people to compete every time they put on a uniform. The focus on core areas of our curriculum take place daily with kids ranging from kindergarten to seniors in high school. In addition, we infuse the arts into our offerings. This well balanced approach gives all students the opportunity to flourish.

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oloma and Watervliet have a fun and diverse selection of places to shop. Great Lakes Antiques Mall is right off Exit 39. It is an antique hunter’s paradise with more than 20,000 feet of shopping. Check out Church Street Art and Antiques in the DW Hammond Chocolate Shop in downtown Coloma, as well as many others. Walk next door to Linda’s Antiques and Keep Me In Mind Repurposed Treasures. These stores are filled with antiques, as well as vintage and repurposed items that will fit beautifully in any home. For truly unique one of a kind handmade items, visit Handmade Treasures in downtown Coloma. They have merchandise you won’t find anywhere else created by local crafters who make custom pieces. The shop is beautiful inside and out so you will want to browse and enjoy the creativity of the artists. Tea Cup Peddler in downtown Coloma is one of the newest shops to look for beautiful vintage pieces plus much more for your home. This shop is always attractively stocked with jewelry, furniture and glassware. Classes are offered as well. Mattson’s House of Décor has not only vintage items but fun shabby chic, lake gifts and antique items for both home and garden. It is so much fun to shop there, especially in the warmer months, as you wander around on the porches and shed to see what treasures you will find. Cottage of the Four Seasons, between Watervliet and Coloma, is exactly what the name implies. Lovely items for your home, for every season, can be found in a beautifully decorated cottage. Let the seasons inspire you. Head downtown Watervliet to visit Bob’s Hobby Shop, which has been an institution for over 48 years. Bob has grown his shop over the years to include hobbies from remote conColoma-Watervliet Area Guide 2016-2018

trol airplanes, model kits of every size and type, to model trains of all sizes. You will find everything you need to build layouts, pinewood derby and more. The Flower Basket, in Watervliet, is not only a beautiful florist shop but a great place to pick up some unique decorative gift items. Who can resist the wonderful aroma of fresh cut flowers and selecting the perfect container and items to make it a really special gift? Coloma Hometown Florist has been beautifully remodeled, so stop in and take a peek to see what you may find for that special occasion. If you love board games of all kinds visit Gemini Fun & Games in downtown Coloma. You will be surprised at the variety of games you can play and purchase. Is fashion your weakness? Then visit Back on the Rack, in downtown Watervliet, to put together a beautiful outfit for a fraction of the cost of retail. Need a gorgeous gown for a prom or pageant? They have a variety of styles and colors to choose from as well as tuxedo rental. Head on over to Downtown Digits for a manicure or pedicure in Coloma, or visit Rochelle and her staff at Robert Michael Salon and Spa in Watervliet as they pamper you with hair, makeup and spa treatments for that special event, or anytime. If you want your food dollars to stretch, look no further then B & B Outlet in downtown Watervliet. They stock great deals on many food and paper products as well as delicious fruits and vegetables in their expanded freezer section. Watch for their weekly specials on tasty items for your pantry. We encourage you to visit these shops and others in Coloma and Watervliet. You never know what you might find in your own hometown. We are proud of our local businesses and their dedication to customer service and support of their community. 19


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few miles from the Lake Michigan shore, the Paw Paw River and Paw Paw Lake are nestled together and this confluence of special waters shaped the area’s past. The Potawatomi inhabited the forest for hundreds of years before American lumbermen arrived in the 1830s, and the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi still remain today. Their birch bark canoes traveled the Paw Paw alongside floating lumber from the camp known as “Shingle Diggins,” and pioneers rafting in to carve settlements out of the woods. These bodies of water were named for the native fruit-bearing paw paw tree, ironically, because this was to become one of the oldest areas of commercial fruit farming in Michigan. The first railroad through the area in 1871 is the same route that Amtrak trains take today between Chicago and Grand Rapids. A major spur in Watervliet carried away lumber and later the specialty products of the Watervliet Paper Company. The paper mill employed hundreds of workers for a century, making national-brand magazine covers, can labels, playing cards, stamps, and more. In 1896 another 20

train began summer service along today’s Paw Paw Lake Road especially to carry tourists from downtown Coloma to the lake. As a result, tens of thousands of annual visitors were drawn here mainly from nearby cities and a resort district of hotels, cottages, and seasonal attractions thrived for over fifty years. World-famous musicians performed live at Crystal Palace, a beloved dance hall on the northwest shore of Paw Paw Lake. An electric interurban railway ran hourly trolleys from Benton Harbor to Millburg, Coloma, and Watervliet in the 1910s and 20s. (The old Coloma Interurban Station was recently recognized with a Michigan Historical Marker.) As the lakeshore road towards South Haven was built, Lake Michigan Beach was created in the 1920s by subdividing lands near the Hagar Shore into tiny vacation plots. Red Arrow Highway and Territorial Road were the earliest land routes, and remained the main way to begin to appreciate the truly highways until I-94 and I-196 opened amazing natural and cultural heritage of around 1960. the area. A drive through the waterfronts and Katie Richcreek, country vistas around Coloma-WatervExecutive Director/Curator liet is not only enjoyable, it’s a great North Berrien Historical Museum Coloma-Watervliet Area Guide 2016-2018


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MEMBEr bEnEFITS Convenient Office Location The CWACC office is located at 142 Badt Drive in Coloma. We have a visible presence in the community at this location and better access for visitors and residents to pick up brochures, fliers, maps, and guides. Chana can be reached by cell at 757-2457 if she is not in the office. Resource Centers The chamber maintains a brochure rack at the chamber office with information provided by chamber members for members and the general public. The Chamber also partners with the NBCD to have Visitor Information Racks in the BP Amoco Station in downtown Coloma.

at Municipal Halls and downtown locations in each community. There are 10,000 of these that last 2 years. Chamber/Business Guide On the year the Chamber does not do a map we put out our Chamber Business Guide. This is a full color Guide highlighting community events and local attractions. Our new Guide is will come out in May of 2016. Newsletter Chamber members are listed in each newsletter. Chamber businesses are also eligible for spotlighting in the newsletter and are welcome to submit articles for inclusion in the newsletter.

Relocation and Vacation Packets The chamber sends out relocation packets composed of brochures or business cards of our members. The CWACC periodically runs their members names and contact information in the Tri-City Record.

Website Each member is listed on the website with their contact information and links to member websites when available. The Chamber unveiled their brand new and updated website in April 2016.

Chamber Map Every two years the Chamber does a full color map of the area and this is distributed to the Tourist Council and Welcome Center as well as to advertisers. These maps are also

After Hours, Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings These events provide a showcase to a chamber business, a forum for member networking, and an opportunity to recruit new members. Businesses provide location and refreshments; chamber office provides advertising, invitations, public relations, and a welcome table if one is needed.

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Chamber Meetings The chamber meets at noon the second Tuesday of each month. We rotate meetings between the the Paw Paw Lake Board of Trade in Watervliet, Mill Creek Charlie’s in Watervliet and the Friendly Tavern in Coloma. Holiday Events and Downtown Partnerships The Chamber has a presence at holiday festivities and local festivals in downtown Coloma and Watervliet in order to increase community awareness of the chamber and solicit new members. They also partner with NBCD on events throughout the year. Business Referrals The Chamber receives inquiries on what products or services are available in the Coloma and Watervliet Area. Each year the chamber makes dozens of referrals that help to promote a Chamber member’s business Insurance Member Savings Check with your current insurance carrier as many members receive a discount on their business insurance just for being a member of the chamber.

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Member directory Able Electric 269-757-4293 Paget Adair 57320 46 1/2 Street Lawrence, MI 49064

B & B Outlet 269-463-5293 Beth & Ben Wagner 131 N. Main St. Watervliet, MI 49098

Alfred Metals Inc. 269-325-1191 Bob Becker 1007 Western Ave. Watervliet, MI 49098

Berrien County Community Development 269-983-7111 Ext. 8788 Jennifer Arent 701 Main St. St. Joseph, MI 49085

Chalet Du Paw Paw Condominiums 312-608-5947 Mike Sabo 2235 Palmer Circle Naperville, IL 60564 Chemical Bank Coloma 269-468-3170 Karla Smothers PO Box 459 Coloma, MI 49038

Best Way Disposal 269-463-3232 Steve Graffenius 7901 Dan Smith Rd. Watervliet, MI 49098

City of Coloma 269-468-6606 Roseann Clements PO Box 329 Coloma, MI 49038

Big Al’s Chicago Hot Dogs 269-431-0007 Al Storino 330 E. Center St. Coloma, MI 49038 Boelcke Heating and Air Conditioning 269-429-9261 David Boelcke 1119 W. John Beers Rd. Stevensville, MI 49127 Central Assembly of God 269-468-8422 Edward Richcreek P.O. Box 789 Coloma, MI 49038 Centsible Heating & Air 269-468-6001 Dan Crist P.O. Box 277 Coloma, MI 49038

Coloma Charter Township 269-468-7212 Sandy Kraemer 4919 Paw Paw Lake Road Coloma, MI 49038

American Homes Real Estate 269-468-4663 Mikki Swisher 142 Badt Drive. Coloma, MI 49038 AmHawk LLC American Hawk Industrial Products 269-621-1055 Regi Kurien 200 Dunbar Hartford, MI 49057 Arclight Brewing Company 269-447-4555 David Coyle 544 N. Main St. Watervliet, MI 49098 Arrow Pet Clinic 269-468-6017 Duane Lerdal 6875 Red Arrow Hwy. Coloma, MI 49038 Back on the Rack 269-463-7225 Jennifer Moore 361 N. Main St. Watervliet, MI 49098

Coloma Public Library 269-468-3431 Charles Dickinson PO Box 430 Coloma, MI 49038 Coloma Township Police Dept. 269-468-7212 Rory Bell 4919 Paw Paw Lake Road Coloma, MI 49038 Coloma United Methodist Church 269-468-6062 144 S. Church Street Coloma, MI 49038 Contessa Wine Cellars 269-468-5534 Tony Peterson 3235 Friday Rd. Coloma, MI 49038

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Farm Bureau Insurance 269-463-8910 Mark Epple P.O. Box 796 Watervliet, MI 49098

Grandpa’s Orchard LLC 269-468-7050 Matt Moser P.O. Box 773 Coloma, MI 49038

Hi-Tech Automotive 269-468-7707 Ivon Hays 6965 Red Arrow Hwy. Coloma, MI 49038

Flower Basket 269-463-3903 Krista Krogel 336 N. Main St. Watervliet, MI 49098

Grapevine Nursery 269-468-6150 Robin Kniebes 6999 Clymer Rd. Coloma, MI 49038

Honor Credit Union 269-468-7705 Dave Scheuer P. O. Box 786 Coloma, MI 49038

Four Seasons Spa & Pool 269-468-3118 Paul Cayo PO Box 990 Coloma, MI 49038

Greater South Haven Chamber of Commerce 269-637-5171 Kathy Wagaman 606 Phillips St. South Haven, MI 49090

Hotspot Café 269-468-7670 Violet Jewell 361 E. St. Joseph St. Coloma, MI 49038

Freshwater Community Church 269-873-2191 Jason Hitchcock P. O. Box 637 Coloma, MI 49038 Friendly Tavern 269-468-3037 John Forney P.O. Box 757 Coloma, MI 49038 Future Construction 269-468-3804 Bob Eberhard 585 N. Bainbridge Ctr. Watervliet, MI 49098 Gemini Fun & Games 269-202-6080 Mark Matthias 262 N. Paw Paw Street Coloma, MI 49038 Getz Dentistry 269-468-5741 Darlene Getz PO Box 568 Coloma, MI 49038

GW Jones Exchange Bank 269-463-3281 Sheila Hickmott 332 N. Main Street Watervliet, MI 49098 H & R Block 269-463-4334 Thelma Evett 4265 Greenwood Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Hutchins Funeral Home 269-463-3811 Roland Hutchins PO Box 103 Watervliet, MI 49098 Indiana Michigan Power 269-279-1543 Mark Robinson 2929 Lathrop St. South Bend, IN 46628

Hair Innovations 269-468-8662 Fran Ambler 5061 Paw Paw Lake Road Coloma, MI 49038

Insurance Management Service 269-983-7101 Richard Brandt P.O. Box 88 St. Joseph, MI 49085

Handmade Treasures 269-252-3518 Penny Serna 75017 38th Ave. Covert, MI 49043

James Fulton Construction 269-468-4031 Jim & Sue Fulton 6005 Paw Paw Lake Road Coloma, MI 49038

Hillview Estates Robert Howell P.O. Box 332 Coloma, MI 49038

JB & J Investment 269-369-1122 Jerry Jones P.O. Box 254 St. Joseph, MI 49085

Postelli & Postelli Attorneys at Law

Real Estate Law Business & Corporate Law Wills, Trusts & Estates

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JC Signs 269-876-2853 John Corbin 352 Timber Drive Coloma, MI 49038

Lake Michigan College 800-252-1562 Candice Elders 2755 East Napier Ave. Benton Harbor, MI 49022

JW Morlock & Girls LLC 269-463-5500 Debra Morlock 8410 N. Branch Road Watervliet, MI 49098

Lakepointe Condominiums Assoc. 269-323-7774 Trisha Tate-Gardner P.O. Box 567 South Haven, MI 49090

John’s Glass 269-468-4227 Art Moore P.O. Box 762 Coloma, MI 49038

Lane Automotive 269-463-3538 Karey Watson 8300 Lane Drive Watervliet, MI 49098

Keep Me In Mind Repurposed Treasures 312-616-8210 Denise Donough Coloma, MI 49038 Krenek RV Super Center 269-468-7900 Scott Krenek PO Box 615 Coloma, MI 49038 L.A.D.D., Inc. 269-782-0654 Leanne Welch 300 Whitney Street Dowagiac, MI 49047 LaGrow Consulting 269-757-4433 Cindy LaGrow 4981 Fikes Rd. Coloma, MI 49038 Lakeland Hospital Watervliet 269-463-3111 Tammy Yeager 400 Medical Park Watervliet, MI 49098

Leader Publications 269-687-7722 Sherina Gonzalez 217 N. Fourth St. Niles, MI 49107 Lifestyle Chiropractic 269-463-4100 Ann & Andrew DeHaven PO Box 245 Watervliet, MI 49098 Lighthouse ColorPrint 269-428-7062 Chris McCrosky PO Box 465 St. Joseph, MI 49085 Loma Theatre 269-468-5662 Carol Moore 221 N. Paw Paw Street Coloma, MI 49038 Marsha Hammond P.O. Box 269 Coloma, MI 49038

Mattson’s House of Décor 269-468-7953 Kimberly Mattson 6472 Paw Paw Avenue Coloma, MI 49038

Mill Creek Charlie’s 269-463-4212 Rebecca Traughber 3801 N. M-140 Watervliet, MI 49098

McDonald’s 269-468-3241 150 Ryno Road Coloma, MI 49038

Modern Woodmen 269-385-2700 Matt Clauser 2700 Sprinkle Road Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Medic 1 Ambulance 269-925-2141 Jack Fisher Jr. PO Box 1563 Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Moser Fruit Tree Sales, Inc. 269-468-4356 Matt Moser 5329 Defield Rd. Coloma, MI 49038

Menasha Corporation 269-468-3153 Luke Arendash PO Box 490 Coloma, MI 49038

Moss Chiropractic 269-468-5775 David Moss PO Box 224 Coloma, MI 49038

M & M Polishing 269-468-3346 Brian Bittner P.O. Box 705 Coloma, MI 49038

Nelson’s Property Management 630-930-9543 Nelson Paniagua 10445 Rangeline Rd. Berrien Springs, MI 49103

Midway Baptist Church 269-463-3195 Mark Cowell 7517 Red Arrow Highway Watervliet, MI 49098 MidWest Civil Engineers 269-637-9205 Rob Piersen 13560 76th Street South Haven, MI 49090 Mid-West Family Broadcasting 269-925-1111 Stacey Davis P.O. Box 107 St. Joseph, MI 49085

New Day Church 269-463-5008 Scott Saylor 416 W. Pleasant Street Watervliet, MI 49098 New Life Christian Center 269-468-3337 George Nail 6674 Paw Paw Avenue Coloma, MI 49038 Noack Construction 269-849-1482 Mike Noack P.O. Box 636 Coloma, MI 49038

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North Berrien Community Development 269-468-4430 Chana Kniebes P.O. Box 1028 Coloma, MI 49038 North Berrien Historical Museum 269-468-3330 Katie Richcreek PO Box 207 Coloma, MI 49038 North Berrien Senior Center 269-468-3366 Sue Dahlquist PO Box 730 Coloma, MI 49038 Orchard Hill Landfill 269-463-5588 Chris Phillips 3290 Hennessey Road Watervliet, MI 49098 Panther Grill 269-463-3217 Edna Bittner 8657 Red Arrow Hwy. Watervliet, MI 49098 Paw Paw Lake Association Joe Stepich P.O. Box 206 Watervliet, MI 49098 Paw Paw Lake Board of Trade 269-463-3100 8690 Lake St. Watervliet, MI 49098 Paw Paw Lake Foundation 269-468-4088 Carl Spessard PO Box 341 Watervliet, MI 49098

Paw Paw Lake Golf Club 269-463-3831 Nancy Cibula P.O. Box 68 Watervliet, MI 49098

River of Life Church 269-463-3224 Linda Jackson P.O. Box 765 Watervliet, MI 49098

SWMI Regional Airport 269-927-3194 x10 Vince DesJardins 1123 Territorial Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Paw Paw Lake Motel 269-468-6080 Manni Walgram 4881 Wil-O-Paw Drive Coloma, MI 49038

Robert Michael Salon & Spa 269-463-3200 Rochelle Ulleg 324 N. Main St. Watervliet, MI 49098

Teed Heating & Cooling 269-468-9640 Michael Teed P.O. Box 390 Coloma, MI 49038

Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club 269-468-6300 Linda Rizzo PO Box 44 Coloma, MI 49038

Ronora Lodge and Retreat Center 269-463-6315 Deej Leggitt P.O. Box 111 Watervliet, MI 49098

Tennis Courts Unlimited Joe Heinisch P.O. Box 156 Watervliet, MI 49098

Postelli & Postelli PLC 269-468-3070 Ron Postelli PO Box 295 Coloma, MI 49038

Skidmore’s H & T Asphalt & Sealing 269-468-6174 Hurley Skidmore 720 S. Bainbridge Center Rd. Benton Harbor, MI 49022

R & B Stelter Farms LLC 269-427-7167 Ralph & Barbara Stelter 32018 CR 687 Bangor, MI 49013 Randy’s BP 269-468-4664 Bonnie Schultz P.O. Box 608 Coloma, MI 49038 Ravine View Estates 269-468-7736 5100 Little Paw Paw Lake #6a Coloma, MI 49038 Rite Aid 269-468-3858 Trisha Grant 6535 Paw Paw Ave. Coloma, MI 49038

Spectrum Community Services 269-927-3472 Dave Schnoor 185 E. Main Street Benton Harbor, MI 49022 State Farm Insurance 269-463-5249 Sharon Yoder P.O. Box 278 Watervliet, MI 49098 Stuart Boekeloo, DDS.,PC 269-201-7179 Stuart Boekeloo 2525 S. Cleveland Ave. St. Joseph, MI 49085 Subway 269-468-6700 Sherri Christensen 152 N. Paw Paw Street Coloma, MI 49038

Terrace Properties (Courtyards By the Lake) 619-405-0397 Dale McBride 2910 Verde View Rd. Alpine, CA 91901-3905 The Tea Cup Peddler 269-281-3744 Laurie Lewis P.O. Box 713 Coloma, MI 49038 Tri-City Record 269-463-6397 Karl Bayer PO Box 7 Watervliet, MI 49098 Tri-County Computer 269-463-4963 Tom Gear 104 N. Main St. Watervliet, MI 49098 Trident Dock & Dredge 269-463-4072 Edward Schmitt P.O. Box 899 Watervliet, MI 49098

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United Way of SWMI 269-982-1700 Retta Curneal 2015 Lakeview Ave. St. Joseph, MI 49085 Van Buren Reminder 269-427-7474 Tyna Smith P. O. Box 218 Bangor, MI 49013 V-Force Auto Sales 269-468-8293 Jeanne Thornton P. O. Box 624 Coloma, MI 49038

Watervliet Charter Township 269-463-5113 Dan Hutchins 4959 M-140 Watervliet, MI 49098 Watervliet Fruit Exchange 269-463-3187 Tami Watkins P.O Box 146 Watervliet, MI 49098 Watervliet Public Schools 269-463-4221 Kevin Schooley 450 E. St. Joseph St. Watervliet, MI 49098

Vincent J. Jewelers 269-468-4400 Gloria & Jim Frazier P. O. Box 646 Coloma, MI 49038

West Street Station 269-468-3120 Chris Leach 210 N. West Street P.O. Box 1027 Coloma, MI 49038

Vondran Construction 269-468-7101 Prudy Vondran 5404 Paw Paw Lake Rd. Coloma, MI 49038

Wil-O-Paw Animal Hospital 269-468-7297 Alan Stockdale 4809 Paw Paw Lake Road Coloma, MI 49038

Watervliet Business Association 269-463-6769 P.O. Box 234 Watervliet, MI 49098

Woodland Terrace of Paw Paw Lake 269-468-5800 Mary and Todd Dockerty 6786 Red Arrow Hwy. Coloma, MI 49038

Watervliet Ace Hardware 269-463-5461 Bryan Conrad 343 N. Main St. Watervliet, MI 49098

WTP 269-468-3399 Bill Klitchman P.O. Box 937, Coloma, MI 49038

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Call to Worship Coloma

Coloma Seventh-Day Adventist Church 320 W. Center St. (269) 468-3400 Coloma United Methodist Church 144 S. Church St. (269) 468-9592 First Congregational United Church of Christ 182 S. Church St. (269) 468-6261 www.colomaucc.org Salem Lutheran Church 275 Marvin Street (269) 468-6567 www.salemlems.org Central Assembly of God 6801 Ryno Rd. (269) 468-8422 Freshwater Community Church Meets at Coloma Middle School (269) 202-4120 coloma.freshwatercc.org

Watervliet

Midway Baptist Church 7517 Red Arrow Hwy. (269) 463-3195 www.midwayministries.org New Day Church 416 W. Pleasant Street 269-463-5008 New Hope Community Church of Watervliet 206 Church St. (269) 208-6616

Watervliet Free Methodist Church 7734 Paw Paw Ave. (269) 463-8280 watervlietfmc@juno.com

St. Joseph Catholic Church 157 Lucinda Lane (269) 463 – 5470 church@sjcatholic.com St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 1650 N. Bainbridge Center Rd. (269) 468-5379 www.stplucc@isew.net

Plymouth Congregational Church 123 1st St (269) 463-5581 River of Life Church 8712 Red Arrow Hwy 269-463-3224 www.riveroflifemi.com

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