Chandler quits Baroda-Lake policeBARODA — David Chandler has resigned from his part-time patrolman position with the Baroda-Lake Township Police Department, according to Gary Ruhl, chief of police. Chandler had been demoted from captain to lieutenant in the Berrien County Sheriff's Department as the result of an internal investigation of a domestic violence incident. Chandler will no longer head the detective bureau but will continue to work as a detective.Chandler earlier this month was sentenced in Berrien County Trial Court to serve nine months on probation and pay a fine and costs of $625. He pleaded guilty on Wednesday to domestic violence, a misdemeanor.The charge stemmed from a Dec. 7 fight between Chandler and his 18-year-old daughter, Jacqueline Chandler, at the family's home in Pipestone Township.No school Monday in DowagiacDOWAGIAC — There will be no school Monday for Dowagiac Union students, the district announced. The day is teacher records day.Columbia Township honors firefightersGRAND JUNCTION — Dave Johnson has been named Columbia Township's Firefighter of 2006.Johnson and firefighter Carl Leadingham, who won the department's annual distinguished service award, were recognized because of their roles during the transition last year between fire chiefs.In addition, township resident Ann Willett won the "Keeper of the Flame Award," given each year to someone who is not a firefighter. Willett was given the honor because of her volunteer efforts at fire department events and fund-raisers, Leadingham said.Leadingham reported that in 2006, the fire department handled 77 calls for service, down from about 95 calls the previous year. The average response time per call last year was 6.4 minutes, he said.SJ High open house set for eighth-gradersST. JOSEPH — Eighth-graders in the St. Joseph Public Schools district and their parents may attend a high school informational meeting Wednesday.Parents and students can tour the high school at 2521 Stadium Drive and meet various department representatives. Students will receive scheduling material for the 2007-08 school year and learn about the high school's scheduling process.The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the high school auditorium. All eighth-graders living in the St. Joseph district attending either public or parochial schools can attend. For more information, contact the school's guidance office at 926-3210.Baroda adopts Board of Review policiesBARODA — The Baroda Township Board has adopted two required policies for the township's Board of Review.Township Supervisor Jim Brow said the Township Board adopted federal poverty guidelines, and a policy stating the Board of Review will accept letters of protest from property owners who can't make board meetings.Property owners may appear before the Board of Review if they think their assessments are incorrect. Brow said the board meets in March.Foundation seeks scholarship applicantsST. JOSEPH — The Berrien Community Foundation has announced that applications for various 2007 scholarship programs it handles will be available starting Monday.According to the foundation, Berrien County graduating high school seniors should visit www.berriencommunity.org (Scholarship Page) for a list of available scholarships and to determine which programs may be applicable to them.The Web site reported it has 24 scholarship funds and will award $69,000 in new scholarships and $37,000 in renewable ones in this school year.Applications will be available for downloading from the Web page starting Mondayand from high school counseling offices by Feb. 1. College-level students should also visit the Web site for information affecting them. Applications are due March 8, and decisions will be announced in early May.For more information contact Anne McCausland, program director, at 983-3304, ext. 2, or at AnneMcCausland@BerrienCommunity.org.