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  • Celebrating St Patrick's Day at the Tibbits

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Ken, along with Mark Kays of Trine University, and Mary Smith after the Trine University Four-Thirty Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble concert Sunday, March 17 at the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater.

  • We're proud to support the annual Care for Life Walk coming up May 4th

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Pictured is the 2013 Care for Life Walk Committee including: Courtney Dirschell, Susan LaFountain, executive director Jane Ford, event chair Kathleen Farrand, Kim Lane, Trisha Brokus, Vandria Bowers, Holly Blue.  Committee members not pictured includes: Michelle Marvin, Elizabeth Ferry, Jen Moore, Kristi Long, Karen Looper, and Kristen Niedzwiecki.

    March 12, 2013 - Coldwater, MI  --  The Care for Life Walk/Run Committee is gearing up for the fundraising walk and 5K run being held on Saturday, May 4.  The Committee is raising needed funds for the pregnancy center located in Coldwater.  New this year to encourage fundraising, the Committee will have incentive gifts for those that raise funds at various levels.

    “Participants will love the incentives we’re providing.  I think it will help get more donations as well as give participants some goals to reach for,” said Jane Ford, executive director of Beginnings Care for Life Center.  Incentive levels include: $50 or more of donations – Life Walk/Run T-Shirt; $100 - $10 Gift Card to Northwoods or Tasty Twist;  $250 - $25 Gift Card to Northwoods or Tasty Twist, $500 - iPod Nano or $50 Gift Card of Choice; $1000 - Kindle Fire 100 Gift Card of Cho ice;  $200 - Apple Mini or $200 Gift Card of Choice.  Collected donations must be presented at registration and incentive gifts will be presented within 45 days of the event.

    Also new this year is 3.1 mile race, which will wind through the streets of Coldwater, beginning at 9:15 a.m.  Medals will be awarded for the top three runners in selected age groups.  Fees for the run are:  $20 before May 2nd and $25 after.  To pre-register, go to active.com or BeginnningsCare.com. 

    The traditional walk is free and will be held on the track at Heritage Park in Coldwater, beginning at 9 a.m.

    The Care for Life Walk/Run date has also been changed.  In previous years it was held on Mother’s Day weekend.  “We moved it to the weekend before Mother’s Day this year,” said Ford.  “We think it will be a better week to get involvement from the community.”  Refreshments, children’s activities, and drawing for prizes will also be available the day of the event.  Sponsorship forms and information are available at www.BeginningsCare.com.

    Since 1996, Beginnings Care for Life Center has offered free, confidential services to community members of all age, race, marital status or religious beliefs.  The mission of the Center is to reach out in the love of Jesus Christ to our community in a spirit of help, truth, and hope. We offer education, material assistance, and spiritual counsel in order to foster healing and positive choices for women, men, and their families. 

    Beginnings Care for Life  Center is a non-profit agency, run by dedicated volunteers and funded by donations.  The Center is located at 213 Marshall St. in Coldwater.

    Volunteers and event sponsors are still needed to help with the event.  For more information about Beginnings Care for Life Walk, call 517.278.3355 or email beginningscare@hotmail.com.


  • The perfect business attire for St Patrick's Day

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    With St Patrick's Day on Sunday, Friday I broke out one of the two ties I bought at the famous Kevin and Howlin tweed shop on Nassau Street in Dublin, Ireland



    About Kevin & Howlin

    In 1936 Jim Kevin along with his partner Michael Howlin founded the Tailors and Outfitters known as, Kevin & Howlin Ltd, at 39 Nassau Street in Dublin, providing top quality clothing and tailoring while specializing in handwoven tweeds. The tweeds are Handwoven in Donegal especially for Kevin & Howlin

    In 1973 due to the redevelopment of the premises – Jim’s son, Noel, who had taken over the family firm, o. 31 Nassau Street and decided to
    concentrate exclusively on Tweed becoming one of the premier purveyors of tweeds in Ireland.

    Saturday night I'll be in my kilt for the annual United Way St Patrick's Day Drawdown.

    I love this holiday!

    Hudson Valley Drum and Pipe Corp

  • Congratulations to the newest member of the Coldwater Kiwanis

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    COLDWATER – John Wellet (on left above) was recently inducted as the newest member of the Kiwanis Club of Coldwater. John is the Assistant Branch Manager at Flagstar Bank. He was sponsored by member Ray Sebastian.

    Denny Brieske, club membership chair, performed the induction and gave an overview of John’s qualities. John graduated from Tri-State University with a degree in civil engineering. He spent 2 years in Thailand with the US Peace Corps as a water resource engineer and over 2 years in Algeria as an oilfield engineer. He has been in the banking and investment industry for the past 11 years.

    John and his 3 girls, Mina, Jasmine and Jamie reside in Coldwater. He is a current member of the Elks and past Advisory President and board member of St. Charles School. He spends his free time coaching and volunteering at his girls’ athletic games and he also enjoys running.

    John joins a group of nearly 30 which is comprised of clergymen, attorneys, bankers, retirees and other professionals who donate their time to help the lives of children. Individuals interested in becoming a member should call Denny Brieske at 517-462-8194 or visit www.coldwaterkiwanis.com.



  • How will the cardinals select a new Pope? Here's a primer

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    (RNN) - Steeped in thousands of years of tradition, the Catholic Church finds itself in transition, temporarily without a leader. Around 115 Catholic cardinals will soon conclave at the Sistine Chapel - sequestered from the eyes of the world - to begin the process of choosing a successor to Pope Benedict XVI and the new leader of the world's more than 1 billion Catholics.

    So what exactly is a conclave? In short, it is a meeting held to elect a new pope.

    A date for the conclave has not been set. It's expected to be announced Monday.

    A new pope is elected after cardinals from all corners of the globe fly to Vatican City and meet in secret, voting four times a day - twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon.

    They continue the process until they reach a two-thirds plus one majority vote.

    While cardinals can technically vote for any baptized Catholic male, historically they choose one of their own, the man they feel God would have them elevate to the position of pontiff.

    Cardinals must be under the age of 80 to vote, which means the new pope will  certainly be under the age of 80.

    Only a handful of popes throughout history have been non-cardinals. The last non-cardinal pope was Urban VI, elected in 1379.

    Ballots are burned after each vote.

    The only signal the waiting world has about how things are going is the burning of the ballots. If black smoke appears from the chimney of the chapel, it's a sign the cardinals have not reached a consensus. If white smoke appears, a new pope has been elected.

    Conclaves are usually held under much more somber circumstances - the death and burial of a pope. Since Benedict is the first pope in 598 years to resign, there isn't a mourning period. And thanks to some last-hour tweaks to the rules by Benedict saying the cardinals don't have to wait the customary 15 days after the last pope's official last day to gather, the conclave could begin much sooner than usual.

    The rules change could help the Church have a new pope in place ahead of the Holy Week, which begins on March 24, Palm Sunday.

    The Holy Week marks the final days of Christ's life, leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection.

    The week officially ends Saturday ahead of Easter Sunday, one of the two most important dates on the Christian calendar, along with Christmas.

    Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.


  • Frosty the Doughman is found for the final time!

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Jon Flint of Coldwater is our final winner of Frosty the Doughman cash ($100) after finding Frosty Thursday hiding behind the Batavia Township Hall on M-86. Thanks to Southern Michigan Bank and Trust for being a great sponsor again this year.

    We hope everyone had fun in their search for Frosty!

  • Here's your next Frosty the Doughman clue

    Posted by Ken Delaney


    We're on to our 4th clue to help you find Frosty the Doughman on Excursion #4:

    Frosty’s made of snow, so he doesn’t need a coat.

    Where he’s hiding now is where politicians vote.

    Put together all the clues and see if you can find Frosty.  If you do, you'll win $100 from Southern Michigan Bank and Trust and WTVB.