City by City Report for Jan. 10, 2014

Here's a recap of our City by City report for January 10, 2014:

Benton Township
The first of three Benton Township police officers who were offered early retirement has accepted, and according to The Herald Palladium, the other two are likely to follow. Officers with 18 of more years’ experience were offered early retirement as a cost-saving measure. It has not been decided if they'll be replaced with full or part-time officers.

Coloma Township
Coloma township residents, especially on the lakefront, will have to be more careful about where they place boats with permanent covers. The Herald Palladium reports that the township is strengthening language that prohibits residents from having structures in their yards that don't meet zoning requirements. Permanent boat covers are similar to boat houses.

The Beaman Home Emergency Shelter for victims of domestic violence is coming out of the shadows. There is now a large sign out front of the new building on N Parker Street. The location of the previous building was always kept under wraps, partly because of security concerns. A shelter spokesman tells The Stacey Page Online times have changed, and now they want to make sure victims know how to find them.

Berrien County
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is holding a free fishing weekend Feburary 15th and 16th. That means you can fish without a license, but all other rules apply. This will mark the 20th year for the event, which is meant to promote the sport and awareness of the state's water resources.

Looking for something to do for Valentine's Day? Tickets are on sale now for My Furry Valentine,” benefiting Pet Refuge. It will be at Riverside Terrace in Mishawaka on Saturday, February 8th. Tickets cost $40 per person.

How about a little help filling your gas tank? In Lakeville, you can get a ten dollar gas card by donating blood on Tuesday. The drive will be from 3 to 7p.m. at the Newton Center. You can sign up now by calling 784-2749 or going to the website. The sponsor code is "Lakeville."

St. Joseph County
Cocoa and Candlelight is going on at St. Patrick's County Park Friday night from 6 to 9. The $5 per person fee includes one beverage. Ski rental is available for $10. Glowing luminaries will line the ski trails en route to the historic Manion Cabin, where a fireplace and hot cocoa await.

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