A friend of mine submits a Letter to the Editor at least once a month. He isn’t upset about anything in particular and rarely complains. He is, however, a very committed and dedicated person to at least two things. One of these is the Lions Club and the other is the donation of blood. He submits his Letter to the Editor to remind everyone about the importance of donating blood. I think of him, at this time, as I remind you that tomorrow, August 27, there will be a blood drive at the JoCo Center in Three Rivers from 11:30 A.M. to 5:15 P.M. The JoCo Center is located on Wood Street, next to Kadant-Johnson. I’m sure my friend will be there, by George, and if you want to feel better about yourself, you should join him and give up a pint of that precious red stuff. Oh yes, this is just another one of those things that is absolutely FREE. In fact, they’ll probably give you a free cup of juice for all your trouble.
For you Civil War buffs, this coming Saturday, August 30, at 10 A.M., the March to the Sea Camp #135 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will conduct a rededication ceremony for the Grand Army of the Republic monument sited at the Prairie River Cemetery in Centreville. Events like this are a lot of fun for the participants and very educational for those observing.
I mentioned the Thunderbirds Youth Group of Three Rivers Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #2303 a week or so ago. They really know how to put on a fantastic breakfast as a fundraiser. Believe it or not, they also know how to wash cars, and they will be doing so Sunday, September 4, starting at 2 P.M. at the Three Rivers Fire Station. It’s not a free event, but it will only cost you a donation of your choice. All proceeds will go to the Domestic Assault Shelter for Abused Women and Kids. If you’ve never been a resident of a shelter, than you cannot fully appreciate how much any donation helps. Even if your car is immaculate, stop by and give generously.
You’ve already seen newspaper articles about the St. Joe County Grange Fair. It doesn’t start until September 14, but it’s not too early to start making plans for that week. I mentioned last year that we always enjoy stopping by the Community Tent. It’s not just because it’s free, but they really have some great entertainment lined up. If you enjoy bluegrass, clog dancers, gospel music or bingo, you’ll want to be a regular at the Community Tent. I’ve mentioned just several of the many attractions. There is sure to be something for everyone. Gates will open daily at 8 A.M.and the commercial buildings are open from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. Sunday through Friday. Saturday, the final day of the fair, the commercial buildings will remain open until 11 P.M. Please remember that there are no pets allowed on the grounds, except for guide dogs. Leave your alcohol, laser lights, off-road personal motorized vehicles or bikes at home, because these items are not permitted on the fairgrounds. Handicapped parking is available at the main entrance and the Nottawa Street gate. If you need a wheelchair or stroller, bring your own, because rentals will not be available. The most important thing to remember is to take your common sense with you. It’s amazing how many leave theirs at the entrance gate.
Remember, a day without sunshine is like night.
See you Out and About!