The Three Oaks Flag Day Committee has released the following information:

The World’s Largest Flag Day Parade 2020 has been cancelled but we hope you will tune in for a 2020 Three Oaks Flag Day Virtual Tribute Parade on June 14 on Facebook. We are asking our community members and Flag Day watchers to send us photos of you, your family, military members, and any essential workers to be part of a tribute video to show support of our flag, country, and community.

COVID-19 may keep us from hosting the largest Flag Day Parade in downtown Three Oaks, but it cannot keep us from hosting a fun virtual tribute parade on Facebook. To have your photos included in the presentation please private message us on Facebook or send them to: threeoaksflagdaycommittee@gmail.com. To be included in the presentation photos must be received by June 1, 2020, and be family-friendly.

RVHS graduation

River Valley Middle/High School Principal Patrick Breen released the following on May 11:

Dear Middle High School Families, Due to the current uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the restrictions against large gatherings, the June 5th graduation commencement ceremony for the class of 2020 has been postponed.

We have set a date for Sat, July 18th, 2020 at 1:00 pm to hold an outdoor commencement ceremony at the football field with social distancing measure in place. We are also planning accommodation to project the ceremony on a screen in an overflow lot for those not able to attend in the football stadium due to limited capacity for social distancing purposes. In the event we have rain on July 18th, we will hold the ceremony the next day on Sun, July 19th.

Stay tuned for more details as we continue to plan for this exciting event! We will also have a rehearsal planned for the previous day onJuly 17th.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate through these difficult times.

Community Cares bag part of May 13 NBAS meals

A Community Cares bag will be distributed to families receiving New Buffalo Area Schools emergency meals on Wednesday, May 13.

The Community Cares food bag was made possible through donations from Neighbor by Neighbor, and two anonymous benefactors. While supplies last, families will receive red potatoes, bread, onions, margarine, oatmeal, yogurt, cucumbers, elbow macaroni and tortilla chips.

The NBAS Food Service Department is honored to coordinate and facilitate the distribution of this community outreach. Our Elementary and High School sites are open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Poet Laureate sought

The Poetry Board of the Village of Three Oaks is seeking submissions of original poetry for selection to appoint the official position of Poet Laureate for the Village of Three Oaks.

The Poet Laureate of Three Oaks, upon selection and appointment, will be awarded a $500 Honorarium and will hold the position for the calendar year 2020-2021.  Submissions of (3-5) original poems should be made to: Harbor Arts c/o Janet Blake,12136 Tower Hill Road, Sawyer, MI  49125 (or email to info@harborarts.com).

The submission deadline is May 15, and must include: Name, Address, e-mail address, & Telephone Number.

The poetry board will reserve the right to publish the submitted works.

Mobile Food Pantry visits

According to the www.feedwm.org/findfood/ website, upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits include: 4 p.m. May 14 at the New Troy Community Center (sponsored by Epsicopal Church of the Mediator); 11 a.m. May 15 at New Buffalo American Legion Post 169, 19139 U.S. Hwy. 12, New Buffalo; 4 p.m. May 20 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville; 3 p.m. May 29 at  the  Galien Township Hall & Fire Department, 305 Kiley Dr., Galien (sponsored by Galien Olive Branch UMC); 3:30 p.m. June 2 at Chikaming Township Hall, 13535 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert; and 4 p.m. June 3 at Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Road, Bridgman.

‘Almost live' WRHC shows

Three Oaks-based Radio Harbor County (WRHC) has been closed since mid-March adhering to the stay at home order. 

While the DJs at WRHC are not in the studio doing a live show, they have been running the station from their computers. Some of the volunteer DJs are doing remote broadcasts from home and keeping WRHC on the air with new “almost live” programming (thus named since they are fresh and crafted just hours before air time).

The complete schedule of programs and music scrambles can be found at radioharborcountry.org/schedule. Radio Harbor Country programs can be heard at 93.5 fm (Sawyer) and 106.7 fm (Three Oaks); streaming at radioharborcountry.org.

The station’s Our Bike-N-Brunch fundraiser, originally scheduled for June 7, has been postponed to the late summer or fall.

Region of Three Oaks Museum seeks input, donations

The Region of Three Oaks Museum (TROTOM) has purchased the oldest building in Three Oaks, the Town Hall on Linden Street, built in 1866.

The museum acted to ensure the building’s historic integrity will be maintained and restored, and is seeking public input as to what to do with the building. Ideas include hosting after-school programs, a performing arts venue, a visitors welcome center, and an event/party space, but TROTOM directors are asking the public to suggest potential uses for this historic building.

The museum also hopes the public will come forward with donations to help with the purchase, renovation, and upkeep of the Town Hall. TROTOM’s coffers were nearly emptied in order to save this historic building. Suggestions and donations can be sent to the museum at P.O. Box 121, Three Oaks, MI  49116.

The Region of Three Oaks Museum will continue to bring local history to Michiana residents even though public health directives will preclude opening as originally scheduled on May 1.

The museum is providing links to three short documentaries about local history on its website. The films are “E. K. Warren: Father of Featherbone,” “The Pokagon Band: More than Just a Casino,” and “Gridder, Grappler, Hustler, Spy: The Amazing Life of Joe Savoldi.” The films range from 13 to 24 minutes, and are suitable and educational for schoolchildren, as well as adults.

To access those programs, or for up-to-date information on the museum re-opening going forward, check the museum website, www.regionofthreeoaksmuseum.com.

Fair registration deadline extended

The opening of registration has been delayed to June 1 (it was previously slated for May 1). Exhibitors can view the exhibitor handbook online at www.bcyf.org.  

For those without internet access, the printed exhibitor handbooks are not yet available as many of the book locations are still closed. Printed exhibitor handbooks will be delivered to Berrien County libraries and several Berrien County businesses by June 1.

Help with benefits offered

Do you or your friends need help with filing for unemployment, a Michigan Bridge Card, or food stamps? If you have not filed income taxes for a couple years, it is likely you won’t receive a stimulus check that you deserve. Neighbor by Neighbor is here to help you with these filings so you receive the benefits you need. Please call or text (269) 231-0648.

Thursday Night Acorn Presents

The Acorn Theater’s live streaming series Thursday Night Acorn Presents continues at 8 p.m. each Thursday on The Acorn Facebook page

The featured artist for May 14 is Chad Clifford (Clifford and his band The Crawpuppies have played nearly 2000 shows together and released two albums).

Upcoming Thursday Night Acorn Presents shows are: May 21 - Bryan Lubeck; May 28 - Ken Yates; (Thursday Night Acorn Presents shows can be replayed in the theater’s YouTube channel). You can also check out the growing library of videos on the Acorn’s YouTube channel.

A Friday Night Watch Party to honor and celebrate John Prine featuring 10 regional artists performing one of their favorite John Prine songs is planned for 8 p.m. May 15 as a Facebook Watch event. For more, go to www.acornlive.org.

To enter The Acorn’s 8th annual Singer Songwriter Competition for cash prizes and performing opportunity call (269) 756-3879 or log on to acornlive.org. Judges will select finalists from Singer Songwriter Competition entries received by the May 30 deadline. The top 8 will perform in the Finals at The Acorn on Aug. 13.

New Buffalo Preschool/Kindergarten registration

The New Buffalo School District is closed for the remainder of the 2019 -2020 school due to Covid19.

This being said, we still need to plan for the upcoming school year.  If you believe that your child meets the age and residency requirement to attend New Buffalo Elementary, please contact the school by phone or email no later than May 15th to reserve your spot. Phone messages and emails are checked daily. Contact information is below.

Programs are looking for students that would like to attend in September 2020.  

Children that will be four years old by September 1, 2020, and are residents of the New Buffalo School District are able to enroll for Preschool.  This year, our Preschool program, The BISON Beginners, will offer a full day or half day program, whichever you choose.  Children that are five years old by September 1, 2020 and are residents of the New Buffalo School District will be able to enroll for full day Kindergarten.  All new enrollments will have to verify their residency.

Please help us prepare for the upcoming school year by letting us know that you would like your child to attend. When contacting us please provide us with the following: Child’s name; Date of Birth; Parent names; Address - Residential and mailing; Phone number; and Email address.

Please contact one of the following: Barbara Woerdehoff, Administrative Assistant (269) 469-6060; or Renee Bowen, Student Services (269) 469-6060 or rbowen@nbas.org.

Once we have your contact and student information, we will provide you with additional registration information.

Parade canceled

The Bridgman Memorial Day Parade scheduled for May 24 has been canceled. Services will be rescheduled for a later date.

Vickers screenings

The doors might be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Vickers Theatre is still committed to bringing movies to Southwest Michigan residents via virtual mov­ie screenings on its website, vickerstheatre.com.

Through the streaming platform Virtual Cinema, people can watch movies on their smartphones, tab­lets and computers at home.

The current rentals range from 3-5 days, and cost $10-$12.

“Approximately 50 percent of all proceeds will go to support the Vickers and other art house theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic,” owner Judy Scully said.

Currently screening through Vick­ers’ website are:

• “Balloon” - Following the crossing of the Inner German border by the families Strelzyk and Wetzel from the GDR to West Germany in the summer of 1979.

• “The Etruscan Smile” - A rugged old Scotsman reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment.

• “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band.”

• “Saint Frances.” -

• “The Dog Doc.”

• “Bacurau.”

• “Corpus Christi.”

For more information, call (269) 756-3522.

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