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COA hosting fiddlers jamboree Saturday


The Michigan Fiddlers Association will return to the Barry County Commission on Aging Saturday, Oct. 12, for a day of music, food and dancing.

“We’ve got a great program lined up,” Ken Moore, MFA president and Middleville resident, said. “It’s as much fun for the audience as it is for the musicians. Folks can join us for an hour or two, or for the whole day.”

Musicians come from all over Barry County and Southwest Michigan, he said.

Fiddlers will be playing from 1 to 4 p.m. Open mic will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. A dinner break is planned from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by square dancing from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

There will be plenty of music and dancing, including fiddles, guitars, mandolins, dulcimers, bass fiddles, piano and more, he added.

The Commission on Aging will offer a fundraising dinner for $7 per adults and $4 for children age 7 and under. The menu will include homemade hot beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes, cooked carrots, cake and drink. All dinner proceeds will go toward COA services for homebound seniors. Guests are asked not to bring snacks and beverages into the facility.

Admission to the jamboree is free, but donations will be appreciated. Proceeds at the door are split 50/50 by the MFA and the COA.

The Commission on Aging is at 320 W. Woodlawn Ave. in Hastings. For more information, call Judy Moore at 269-795-3143.



Pleasant Valley church marks 120 years


The Pleasant Valley United Brethren Church near Clarksville will celebrate 120 years of ministry with homecoming events Oct. 13.

Pastor Phil Whipple and his wife, Sandy, will return as special guests. During the Whipples’ ministry from 1990 to 1998, a new sanctuary was built. He currently is pastor for a church in Yale in Michigan's Thumb.

The day’s events will include Pastor Whipple speaking during the worship service at 10 a.m. The Whipples also will tell about their recent trip to biblical sites in Greece.

A carry-in lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Eldon Grubb, pastor at the church since 2011, extends an invitation to anyone who has attended the church in the past to join in the events of the day.

The church is on the corner of M-50 and Bell Road, southwest of Clarksville, between Paragon and Michigan Dutch Barns.



Rep. Calley in Lake Odessa Monday


State Rep. Julie Calley, R-Portland, invites residents to office hours in three communities in October.

Calley will meet with constituents on Monday, Oct. 14, in the Village of Lake Odessa at Page Memorial Building, 839 4th Ave. She will host individual meetings from 10 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a legislative update from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

“I am exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to connect with engaged community members,” Calley said. “Listening to them helps me represent our communities more accurately and effectively.”

No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend scheduled office hours may send their questions and ideas to Calley via email at or by calling her at 517-373-0842.


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