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Jan 21

are Invited
                               Free Community Dinner

Rebekah Shafer
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Feb 14

Feb 24

Feb 25

Hali Burchfield

A benefit spaghetti dinner is scheduled for Friday, February 24th for Hali Burchfield who was in a serious car accident last weekend in Minneapolis. The car Hali was riding in was hit by a drunk driver causing severe head injuries to Hali. Hali was in Minneapolis to shop for her wedding dress. She is scheduled to graduate from Michigan Tech in April and be married in May. Continued prayers for Hali and also her parents who are at her bedside in Minneapolis.

The spaghetti dinner will be held at the Middle School cafeteria.

Rebecca Shafer

Swiss Steak Fundraiser

Hartford United Methodist Church
425 E. Main St
Hartford MI
(across from the fire department)

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Includes Swiss Steak, real mashed potatoes,
vegetable, roll, homemade dessert, and drink. 

Take-out orders available without drink.

ALL proceeds to benefit missions.

Delbert Troutman
Hartford United Methodist Church office
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Hartford United Methodist Church
 425 East Main St.

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Memorial Day Observance
Honoring Our Veterans

10:00 a.m. Hartford Parade through town to Ely Park.
▪ 10:30 a.m. Hartford
Ceremony in Ely Park immediately following parade.

▪ 12:00 p.m. Keeler Parade – starts at corner light and on to Keeler Cemetery.
    ▪ 12:30 p.m. Keeler Memorial observance at Keeler Cemetery immediately following parade. 

Revolutionary War 1773-1783   ·   Civil War 1861-1865   ·   Spanish-Amer War 1898-1902   
WW1 1914-1919     ·      WW11 1939-1945     ·      Korean War 1950-1953  
   Vietnam Era 1964-1974   ·   Desert Storm 1990-1991   ·   Afghanistan-Iraq 2001-        Other

War Memorials

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Letters From Our Military Sons and Daughters

The following letters were from local men and women serving in the armed forces to their family and community folks back home in Hartford.  The military rank shown was their status at the time the letter was written.

All Wars and Peacetime

Bisbee, Terry L.

US Army
Letter written to his mother, Lola Bisbee, regarding the Purple Heart he received with some other details of the war from Ton Son Nhut, Vietnam.

Boynton, John B.
Retired Bird Colonel

US Air Force
Tribute by lifetime friend, Stu Elder.  John was career military, including a POW during WW11.  Click here to view John’s military profile, which is very impressive.

Haight,  George S.

US Army

I’ve just received some packages and cards from the people of Hartford and would like to express my appreciation. I wish to thank the citizens of Hartford and the Mothers of World War II for the very nice gifts. It certainly makes a fella feel good to know that the folks back home are thinking of their boys overseas.
(From the Mariana Islands
. This letter appeared in the local newspaper)

Hubbard, Ralph

US Army

Letter was written in July, 1944 from Rome describes the entrance of American troops into Rome, the retreat of the German armies. Another Letter appeared in the Day Spring in March,1945 and was written from Anzio beachhead in Italy. 

Lewis, C.H.

Civil War

Letter written to his parents on Christmas Day, 1864.  Describes conditions of the Civil War at that time.

Lightner, Seward

WW 1
US Army

Letter was written to his mother in 1917. Interesting items to note are description of clothing issued, military food, and comment about a moving picture show.

Rhinehart, James


Vmail written to his mother, Mary Rhinehart for Mother’s Day 1944.  Click here for the military profile and photo of James Rhinehart.

Sanders, Harold H.


Postcard written to his mother, Mrs. W.W. Sanders on October 12, 1943.

Snodgrass, Clarence 

WW 11
US Navy
I want to thank you for all the things you have sent to me since I’ve been in the navy. Please accept my apologies for not writing sooner.
   It gives us fellows here a grand feeling to know that the folks at home are always thinking of us. I wish I could tell you about the things I’m doing here, but the navy says no.  Say hello to the people of Hartford for me.

    (Snodgrass was serving somewhere in the Pacific.
This letter appeared in the local newspaper)

  Willcox, E.B.

  Civil War
Oct 18, 1862
Mich. Cav.

Letter to E.B.’s sister, Mrs. E.M. Dyre (Dyer) during the War of the Rebellion.  Describes pay situation and seeing President Lincoln during a visit to the camp.

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1950 « Korean War » 1953

1964 « Vietnam Era » 1974

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             HHS Graduation

  High School Gymnasium
      Hartford Michigan

            7:00 p.m.

Hartford Strawberry Festival
                 Most events held in Ely Park.

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Hartford Strawberry Run

Start Times 8:30 am – 5K Walk – 5K Run – 10K Run 8:00 am – One Mile Fun Run

FREE T-Shirt for ALL Pre Registered walkers & runners

FREE Pancake Breakfast Sponsored by Hartford Indian Emerald Vanguard

Runner Awards
Trophies for 5K & 10K male & female 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in overal each event 5K Medals for top 3 male & female in 13 age groups. 10K Medals for 1st Place male & female in 13 age groups.

Walker Awards
Every finisher gets a participation ribbon

Location: Hartford, MI
Email: greg@everalracemgt.com
Contact: Kim Sinclair
Phone: 269.621.3651
Timing System: Chrono Track B-Tag
Registration Link: Registration Link
Registration Form: Download Form

Roast Pork Loin
Mission Benefit Dinner

Hartford United Methodist Church
425 East Main St
(across from the Hartford Fire Dept.)

Hartford MI

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Proceeds to benefit
Haiti Education Leadership Program (HELP)
a project of Hartford UMC

Dinner by Donation

Includes: Pork Tenderloin, Real Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Carrots, Roll, Dessert & Drink

Take-out & deliveries available without drink  

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Kalamazoo District United Methodist Women



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

  Hartford United Methodist Church
  425 E. Main St.
  Hartford, MI  49057

  Registration begins at 5 p.m.

  Visit Mission Displays, Book Sales, and Enjoy Appetizers
  from 5 to 6 p.m.

  Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

 Children are welcome to eat free and childcare will be provided

Keynote Speaker – Jane P. White, Director


                                                                                       Registration Fee $10 or Register at the door $12

                                                                  Please pre-register by June 15, 2017 even if you plan to pay at the door

                                                                                   Click here to download poster and registration form.

Delberta Troutman
Click here to send us an email
Church ph# 269-621-4103
Local residents may come to the church to register.


 Motor Speedway

Fireworks at dusk

301 Bowie St.
Hartford MI

PH: 269-621-4482

See website for details and gate prices at http://hartfordspeedway.net/


Apr 1


Apr 14

May 30


Jun 2

Jun 9-10
Friday & Saturday

Jun 10

June 21

July 7 – 12, 2017


The Hartford Council for Recreation proudly presents the Hartford All-Star Baseball Tournament of Champions, returning to the diamonds of Indian Pride Park July 7 – 12.

Come out and enjoy four divisions of baseball, as teams from all across southwest Michigan will battle it out in Hartford’s baseball version of the “Mid-Summer Classic”. This long time tournament has only gotten better and bigger over time. This tournament has been christened a delight to play in by players, coaches, parents and spectators over the tournaments storied history. Best of all, when you come into our community and join our extended family, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts. Every player and coach on every team will be presented with a medal or trophy, regardless if you are a championship winning team or not. By rewarding everyone that participates in our tournament, we send everyone home from Hartford looking like a true champion in every sense of the word!

We encourage everyone from around southwest Michigan to join us this July 7th through July 12th and see some tremendous postseason baseball games at Indian Pride Park. The ultimate goal of this tournament is for every player, coach, parent and spectator to enjoy a “Pure Michigan” baseball day — the atmosphere, summer sunshine, fantastic concession food and most importantly, spending time with family and friends watching their favorite team have fun playing the game of baseball!
Click here for the
Master Tournament Schedule.

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Van Buren County Youth Fair - Hartford Michigan
Van Buren County Youth Fair 

on Red Arrow Hwy & CR681, Hartford MI
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Summer Reading Round Up

12 p.m. – Picnic
with hotdogs, chips, and beverages

1 – 2 p.m. –
Family Day and flying drones
Summer Reading Grand Prize Winner’s Announced!!

  here to send email to the Hartford Public Library

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

returns to

Hartford Speedway in Hartford MI
301 Bowie St.
Hartford MI

for the

Battle of Michigan

The event will mark the series eighth overall visit to the track and first since the
surface was re-configured during this past off-season to a three-eighths-mil

It will be the series only visit of the year to the state of Michigan.

Tickets – purchase online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com, or by
calling SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023, and at the track on race day.


From Detroit, MI  (2 Hours)    Kalamazoo, MI  (1/2 Hour)

Take I-94 West to Exit 46, Turn Right, go into Hartford and straight thru light and
take 1st left after railroad crossing onto Prospect St, track is 1/5 mile on right

From Chicago, IL  (2 Hours)    Michigan City, IN  (1 Hour)

Take I-94 East to Exit 46, Turn Right, go into Hartford and straight thru light and
take 1st left after railroad crossing onto Prospect St, track is 1/5 mile on right

From South Bend, IN  (45 Minutes)

Take US31 North, Turn left at light (where highway ends), go 2 miles and turn right on 
I-94 East, follow I-94 to Exit 46, Turn Right, go into Hartford and straight thru light,
take 1st left after railroad crossing onto Prospect St, track is 1/5 mile on right

From Grand Rapids, MI  (1 Hour)
Take US31 / I-96 South to I-94 East to Exit 46, Turn Right, go into Hartford and straight
thru light, take 1st left after railroad crossing onto Prospect St, track is 1/5 mile on right

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Raceday Track Phone: (269) 621-4482

Hartford United Methodist Church
425 E. Main
Hartford MI

(269) 621-4103
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Hartford Township

Hartford Township Hall
 61310 CR687
  Hartford MI

5:30 p.m.

NOTE:  Short Auction…be on time. 
Viewing Thursday August 3 at 1:00 p.m. until sale time.

Click here to download brochure.

All Sales are Final … sold AS IS.

Ages K-6


Aunt Becky will teach the Bible Lessons.
Come join the fun …. PRIZES for all!

1 to 3 P.M.
Hartford Federated Church
65418 Red Arrow Hwy
Hartford, MI 49057

You will be glad you came ~:?)

Jul 15-22

Jul 26

Jul 28


July 30 &
Aug 6

Aug 3

Aug 19

Aug 21 – 24
Monday –
PH (269) 621-4521
Aug 27

Heritage Day

Van Buren C. Historical Museum
58471 Red Arrow Hwy
Hartford MI

$5.00 – Ages 13 & up
$2.00 – 6-12 years old
FREE – 5 and under

Parking is FREE

Vendors available:
Weaving, spinning, hand dipped candles, Log Cabin Society,
Regional Genealogy Society, Potter at work, jewelry, many wares for sale.

Gift shop open with variety of items.

Featured Attractions:
* Questions answered about World Wars
* Yard Sale with many treasures
* Food Truck
* Baked Goods
* Quilting
* Blacksmith Shop
* Antique tractors on display
* VB County 1954 police car

90% of the 44-room museum is handicapped accessible with barrier-free west side entrance.
PH# (269) 569-1639

Sept 16

  BBQ Chicken Benefit Dinner
  for Missionary support

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Hartford United Methodist Church
425 E. Main St.
Hartford MI

(across from the fire station)

Minimum Donation Please


Quarter of BBQ Chicken, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Roll,
Dessert & Drink

Take-out & deliveries available without drink

 Call 621-4103 to order or ready for pick-up.

Benefit supports Rev. Robert Amundsen of Red Bird Missionary Conference  

    Blood Drive

     12:00 noon – 5:45 p.m.


   Hartford Federated Church
  65418 Red Arrow Highway
Hartford MI

Turkey Dinner

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Hartford United Methodist Church
425 E. Main St.
(across from the fire station)
Hartford MI

By Donation

Includes:  Turkey, Dressing, Real Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Rolls, Dessert & Drink

Take-out & deliveries available without drink.

Call 621-4103 to order or ready for pick-up.

Benefit supports HELP providing ongoing education opportunities for 20 young Haitian children.

Delberta, Church Office

Sep 22


Nov 18

Events are subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.
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