Operation Christmas is in session

CASSOPOLIS — Local children are assembling operation Christmas child boxes to be filled at the Penn Friends Community Church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.  The youth make a game of who can assemble the most boxes as the runners pile them high in another room.

This is the fifth year that Penn Friends has been the collection agent for OCC in the Cass County area. In 2013, six area churches — Cass United Methodist,  Cass Presbyterian, Creekside Baptist of Dowagiac, Diamond Cove Missionary,  North Wayne Mennonite  and Penn Friends — collected 400 boxes, filling the shoe boxes with sanitation supplies, school supplies and a toy, which are then sent to the collection center in Minneapolis, where they are distributed to 104 of the neediest countries of the world.

By 2017, Cass Fellowship joined in the giving as the original churches bumped up their numbers and the totals rose to 997. Organizers’ goal for 2018 is 1,100 shoe boxes.

It is not the generosity of the churches alone, but of area businesses that extend their helping hands. Preferred Printing donates tablets annually, Huntington Bank of Niles is good about giving pens with logos, while Farm Bureau grifted mugs.

For more information, contact Deb Wiggins at (269) 462-9343.

Dowagiac

Retired Dowagiac resident returns to teaching at 80

Cass County

Report finds problem-solving courts help lower recidivism, unemployment rates

Business

Yarn on Front owner shares how she adapted, overcame pandemic squeeze

Dowagiac

DUS graduate raising money for independent film project

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Rotary Club excited to bring ‘welcome’ sign to community

Berrien County

MDHHS extends epidemic order, strengthens mask requirement for children

Buchanan

Buchanan District Library awarded American Library Association grant

Dowagiac

SMC Board of Trustees prepares for Higher Learning Commission reaffirmation visit

Cass County

Cass County votes to engage Kalamazoo studio for Cass County Historic Courthouse services

Berrien County

Buchanan graduate now Berrien County prosecuting attorney

Cass County

Cass County Veterans Affairs Office welcomes new leadership

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg Chamber of Commerce hosting monthly giveaways

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 770,822 cases, 16,731 deaths

Dowagiac

No danger found following lockdown at DUHS

News

Berrien County Public Defender’s Office to increase staff

Berrien County

Buchanan man named 911 Telecommunicator of the Year

Dowagiac

Dowagiac man arrested for possession of meth

Education

Niles teacher accused of assault pleads not guilty

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Log: April 7-13

Berrien County

LMC to host virtual career, program expo for prospective students

Dowagiac

Dowagiac woman to compete in ‘Jeopardy!’ 2021 Tournament of Champions

Business

Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce hosts ribbon-tying ceremonies for two new businesses

Dowagiac

Four arrested in Dowagiac drug search

Berrien County

Niles city, DART consider south county expansion