William James McGlothlen, age 55, of Three Rivers, passed away suddenly on April 4, 2014 at his home. He was born on Dec. 20th, 1958 in Three Rivers, the son of the late William and Mary (Griffin) McGlothlen.
Bill has been a long time resident of this area. He was employed at N.G. Gilbert Trucking Company for over 22 years before retiring in 2004. He was a member of the Three Rivers Elks B.P.O.E. #1248 where he was an active member. Bill loved riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory, two sons, William “Billy” McGlothlen, and Robbie Guthrie; one daughter, Melanie (Brad) Morrill; three sisters, Debbie McGlothlen, Cindy (Gale) Spence, and Kathie (Chuck) Rohrer; four grandchildren, Kaleb, Savanah, Summyr, and Dakata; Step-mother, Tamra McGlothlen. As well as numerous nieces and nephews and close friends.
Graveside services will be held 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at Moorepark Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Hohner Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com
Today, April 15th, is tax day. You have until midnight tonight to get your tax return to the post office. Congratulations to those who filed early, and have already deposited their returns in the bank.
For Christians, this is a very special week. Next Friday is Good Friday, and next Sunday we celebrate Easter. In celebration of this special season, the First United Methodist Church of Three Rivers will once again host their Annual Lenten Breakfast this Thursday, April 17, at 10 AM. Special music will be provided by Ms. Carolyn Cook, and the speaker will be Ken Nelson. To make your reservations, please phone 269-244-0755 or 269-279-5515.
In last week’s column, I gave a hint about the upcoming “Save The Frogs!” activities that are coming up starting this month. Last year was the first year we were made aware of the importance of preserving these cute little creatures. Because of the way this activity and cause was received, it looks as though this will continue to be an annual event.
I’m all for the preservation of all living things. Well, maybe not mosquitoes or flies, as they can really live up to their reputation of being pests. Frogs help to curtail the population of these little annoyances, so I’m all for frogs, toads, and bats. Maybe not so much the bats.
Anyway, “Two hundred species of frogs have become extinct in the wild in the past thirty years,”my buddy Vic reports, “and this is a very unnatural occurrence that demands our attention.”
Coming up in May, the “Save The Frogs!” committee will have a booth at Lawless Park, over in Cass County. The park is located on Monkey Run Street, in Vandalia. The event, which takes place on Mother’s Day, is a concert and tribute to Mother Earth. Everyone is invited to stop by for information and activities for the kids. This all begins at 2 PM. For more information, visit their website at www.earthdaypark.webs.com.
This month, I am happy to celebrate eight years of doing this column. It doesn’t seem that long at all. The column has changed a little over the years, but my love of doing it hasn’t changed. It seems that there is always something happening and worth writing about right here in Three Rivers.
I’d like to thank Elena and her staff at the Commercial-News for publishing my thoughts and happenings, my editing wife, who makes sure that the commas are in the proper places, and most of all, I’d like to thank you readers. Your words of encouragement help keep my imagination and love of writing active. I appreciate each and every one of you.
The summer travel season will soon be upon us. If you’re planning to leave “Pure Michigan” for destinations unknown, and are thinking of flying, you should be aware of the fact that Consolidators buy tickets from airlines in bulk and resell them at prices generally way below published fares. These tickets are for regular flights on major airlines. It might be advisable to check a Sunday newspaper’s travel section. You might be surprised as to what you’ll find.
Another thing worth thinking about would be group airfares. If you put together at least ten travelers, you may save on the bigger airlines. You’d want to check with tour operators and various cruise lines about group deals. If you have too much money, just forget about this idea.
I’d like to end this week’s column on a lighter note. Here are three things you might not know:
It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but, not downstairs.
Pearls dissolve in vinegar. (I wonder if Glenn Miller knew this)
Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman
A handgun belonging to a Battle Creek man was stolen over the weekend from a Branch County restaurant.
State police in Coldwater said the man left a .380-caliber pistol in a bathroom stall around 7 p.m. Saturday at Bill’s Steak House in Bronson. Within the hour, he realized the oversight and called the restaurant to report the situation. Employees did not find the weapon and the man also failed to locate it when he returned to the business.
The incident was reported to state police around 8 p.m.
Deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an arson last week in Colon Township.
Authorities said a barn in the 33200 Block of East Palmer Lake Road was intentionally set on fire. The structure sustained significant damage, investigators said.
The St. Joseph County Marine Corps League Detachment 1401 has announced it will be involved in two Memorial Day events next month and is looking for anyone who wishes to be a part of either or both.
Lineup for the Three Rivers parade will be at 8 a.m., as the event is starting at 9 a.m., one hour earlier than usual. Guest speakers will be Becky Shank and Rick Schafer at the Riverside Cemetery.
Later in the day, participants in the Mendon parade will line up at 11 a.m., ahead of the noon start at the Mendon Library. Its guest speaker will be Pastor Bob Barton, who will make his comments before the parade begins.
For more information or to participate, Detachment 1401 chaplain Bill Stevens may be reached at 496-3695.
Robert C. Wells, Jr, age 61, of Constantine, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, at his home. Robert was born in South Bend, IN on April 23, 1952, a son of and Robert and Erma (Ryggs) Wells, Sr. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1971 to 1975. On March 21, 1981 he married Jane Clark in Cassopolis. She preceded him in death January 23, 1995. Robert worked as a welder at B & B Wrecker in Elkhart and previously at E.L. Nickell Co. in Constantine. Robert was an avid outdoorsman, especially enjoying fishing.
Robert is survived by a daughter Sarah Wells, of Constantine, MI; son Robert (Angela Drake) Wells, of Grand Rapids, MI; grandson Calvin Wells, Grand Rapids, MI, sister Donna Gillam, of Sturgis, MI, and brother John (Tina) Wells, of Wabash, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Per his wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will host a gathering of friends at a later date. The family requests donations to Reverence Home Health and Hospice 348 N. Burdick St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 or West Michigan Cancer Center 200 N. Park St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Online messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.