The history of two of the area’s major thoroughfares (the Iron Brigade and Red Arrow highways) will be the topic of The Friends of New Buffalo Library Public Forum Zoom presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12.

This custom-made presentation uncovers the local ties to The Iron Brigade (U.S. Hwy. 12) and Red Arrow Highway.

The Iron Brigade’s bravery and tenacity during the Civil War earned it its nickname. The Red Arrow Division distinguished itself in World War I and took its nickname from its ability to pierce German lines.

In this video presentation, military historian John Urschel (author of “Michigan Boys in Blue”) tells the story of these two units through biographical portraits of their leaders. Urschel will be on hand during this program to answer live questions.

The Friends of New Buffalo Library also plan a fun presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 16, featuring Historical Society of Michgan’s Bob Myers quizzing the audience about history myths.

For further information, call New Buffalo Township Library at (269) 469-2933, follow the Facebook link at, or send an email to

Three Oaks Library open Saturdays

Beginning Jan. 9, 2021, the Three Oaks Library will resume Saturday hours (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). The library also is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 6 p.m.; Closed on Sunday.

The building remains open. Those entering are required to wear a mask and maintain social distance from others that do not live in their household. Please do not come to the library if you feel sick or have recently been sick.

Curbside pickup also is offered. To place requests call (269) 756-5621 or log in online at threeoaks. and reserve items yourself. Please do not come to the library if you feel sick or have recently been sick.

January Take and Make Craft Bags for children features a cute penguin and a tissue paper winter mitten. Quantities are limited so come on in and pick yours up today.

The Winter Reading Program for adults is underway and will end on March 26, 2021. The first 30 people to register will receive a cute mug, then for each book you read you receive an entry into the drawing to win a prize on Monday, March 29, 2021. For more information, call 756-5621.

The following Three Oaks Township Library Board members were sworn in on Dec. 8, 2020: Debi Kearney, Tom Pauly, Patience Petro, Tom Rosenbluth, Connie Slavens, and Chris Zebell.

Stimulus help sought

“The pandemic has hit people so unevenly. As retirees, we’re relatively unaffected, with pension and Social Security income undiminished, while others are in jeopardy of ‘going under’ financially or medically or educationally. It feels like time to help a neighbor.” That is what Nick and Sally Bogert told Neighbor by Neighbor about why they were donating a $600 stimulus check to the program.

Many people are going under because of COVID-19 and the resulting business shut-downs, layoffs, low unemployment payment amounts and the usual challenges of keeping roofs over heads and food on tables.

If you find that you are one of the lucky ones who doesn’t really need your $600 stimulus check and wish to donate it, Neighbor by Neighbor would love to be the recipient. We started 2020 with 150 clients and are now up to 752.

Neighbor by Neighbor helped 38 people with rent or mortgage and 122 people with utilities in 2020, and linked many more to the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency for help with rent/mortgage, utilities, car payments and car repairs.

Neighbor by Neighbor is launching a new program called Sponsor a Neighbor: Restoring Dignity and Hope. It is designed to pay one bill for a household on a fixed income (like seniors depending on Social Security or disabled people) who cannot pay all their bills. We are looking for generous supporters to either give one time payments like their $600 stimulus check, or pledge an ongoing monthly amount. If you are interested in sponsoring a neighbor or have questions, call (269) 231-0648.

Mobile foo

d pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 4 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Pipestone Berrien Township Fire Department, 6265 W. Main St., Eau Claire; 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville; 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at Three Oaks American Legion Post, 204 W. Linden Street, Three Oaks.

For more, log on to:

Food for Fines

A Food for Fines program will be offered by the Bridgman Public Library through Jan. 9.

If you owe overdue fines or have items that are due back to the library, now is the time to take care of them. This holiday season the Bridgman Public Library will accept donations of unopened, unexpired, non-perishable food items, paper products, laundry detergent, dish soap and disposable diapers as payment for any amount of overdue fines (donations will only cover overdue fines, not lost/damaged fees).

Donations will be given to two local food pantries, Our Lady Queen of Peace and Woodland Shores Baptist Church, who in turn will distribute to our local Bridgman/Lake Township community.

No fines? No worries. Your kindness and canned goods are welcome here.

Upcoming programs at the library include:

Potawotami Zoo presents “Animals Around the World”” at 11 a.m. January 9 via Zoom. Meet animals from different continents and learn about their habitats in this live presentation. The Zoom link will be posted on one day before the event.

A book presentation on “The Snow Killings” by author Marney Rich Keenan is scheduled for 6 p.m. January 19 via Zoom. Join the author as she takes you inside her investigation and the comprehensive examination of one of the oldest unsolved serial murder cases in the country. Zoom link will be available on

A “Winter Reading Challenge” (ages 2 and up) to Feb. 6. Can you complete five challenges before the snow melts? Sign into Wandoo Reader on (You can use your login from the summer reading program.)

“Stay Safe and Read” Adult Winter Reading to Feb. 6. Read a combined total of 5 books (printed and/or audio) that were checked out from the library and claim your theatre sized box of candy. Your name will also be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to the Full Circle Cafe. Sign up on www.bridgman

Conservation presentation

Harbor Country Hikers (HCH) will be introduced some of the leaders in nature preservation and related areas during a Zoom presentation on Thursday, Jan. 14, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern.

“The Greats: Leaders in Conservation, Botany and Exploration” was created by Fernwood Botanical Garden’s Sims Education Center. The program memorializes 55 environmentalists, preservationists, botanists, nature illustrators and more. Carol Line, executive director of Fernwood, leads the discussion of a selection of their lives and work.

Some of the “Greats” are well-known, like Rachel Carson, whose “Silent Spring” is credited with starting the modern environmental movement. Others are lesser-known, like John and William Bartram, father-and-son botanists who explored the American colonies in pre-revolutionary times. The program also includes a few surprises such as Beatrix Potter, best known for her Peter Rabbit children’s books, who also contributed to the study of mushrooms and was an important figure in land conservation in Britain.

For a link to join the presentation, visit the HCH website at or email questions to

NB Library services

Curbside service is still available at the New Buffalo Township Library (call 269-469-2933 or reserve online & arrange your pick up by phone).

Youth Services is offering bi-weekly story times for both little ones and bigger ones as well as crafting projects available via curbside service.

The Friends of the Library are keeping our calendar full of Zoom presentations, check our website, Facebook, and Instagram for a full roster of events and updates.

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