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Out and About – Week of May 14th

Next Saturday is Armed Forces Day, a day we recognize those members currently serving in the Armed Forces. These men and women sacrifice a lot. Not only are their lives sometimes put in danger, but most of them spend months and years separated from their families. If you’ve never been separated from your loved ones, you have no idea the kind of stress this can put on a person. If you know of someone currently serving in the Armed Forces, drop them a note and let them know how much they are appreciated.

Monday, May 28 is Memorial Day. Thanks to the efforts of Hice-Shutes American Legion Post 170, the annual Memorial Day parade will take place in downtown Three Rivers. The parade steps off at 9 AM from the corner of Kelsey and North Main Street and proceeds south to Michigan Avenue. It will then turn east and continue to Riverside Cemetery. A short ceremony will be held honoring those veterans who have sacrificed their lives for their country. Any veteran interested in being in the parade should show up at the Kelsey and North Main intersection at 8:30 AM.

The Memorial Day parade is usually referred to as a “Silent Parade”, because there will not be any sirens sounded in respect of those veterans who have perished.

Here are five more facts that you might want to remember in case you’re ever chosen to become a contestant on Jeopardy:

If a part of your body falls asleep, you can almost always wake it up by shaking your head.
There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing: food, attractive people, and danger.
Right-handed people tend to chew their food on the right side of their mouths.
Putting dry tea bags in gym shoes will absorb the unpleasant odor.
According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from earth, humans would be dead within four years.
The final four fun-facts will be shared next week.

Unless you’re reading this after 4:45 PM today, you have the opportunity to donate some of your precious blood. The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at the UAW Hall, 15802 Hoffman Road, just west of US-131, in Three Rivers. The hours for donating are from noon until 4:45 PM. If you have a good sense of humor, come on out and let a Red Cross volunteer poke a little fun at you.

One of my favorite quotes is, “Volunteer…the world is run by those who show up.” This quote was proven true on Thursday, May 3. The Three Rivers American Legion Post 170 recently applied for a grant with Home Depot. The grant was for materials to refurbish the interior of the Post. The request was finally granted, so on May 3, three employees of Home Depot arrived at the Legion to work with volunteers from the Legion. The Legion was closed for the day, so the walls of the bar and dining room were painted, new light fixtures were installed, and new blinds graced many of the windows of the facility. The teamwork was fantastic, and the results were outstanding. We later learned that the three employees from Home Depot had volunteered their time. One of them had even taken a vacation day so that she could be a part of this endeavor. American Legion Hice-Shutes Post 170 is indebted to Home Depot for the grant and is especially thankful for the three dedicated employees who gave up their time to assist the volunteers from the Post. Because of these volunteers, Armed Forces veterans now have a nicer place to spend their social time.

In winter, why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when we complained about the heat?

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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