Michigan is giving school districts more flexibility in making up for snow days this academic year. Districts that had scheduled more than the required 174 days of school can now hold just that number if they still meet the required 1,098 hours per school year. Schools that exceeded the six cancelled days allowed under state law may not need makeup days. Schools that need to add more days to the end of the school year can receive state funding as long as they have 60 percent of students in attendance on those days. That’s down from the regular 75 percent attendance requirement. Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed legislation allowing for the changes after record snowfall and harsh temperatures this past winter. (AP)
Brenda Renee Miller, 46, of Three Rivers, passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Fairview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a lengthy illness. Brenda was born in Three Rivers on Nov. 9, 1967 the daughter of George Bradford and Juanita (Davis) Ely.
Brenda was a graduate of Three Rivers High School class of 1986. She then completed her college education by earning two Associate Degrees from Glen Oaks Community College. Brenda was employed at Andrews Elementary School, Building Blocks, and Little People’s Place. She was also a former director at On Track Day Care Learning Center.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Bradford.
Brenda leaves to cherish her loving memory, mother, Juanita J. (Don) Ely of Three Rivers; daughter, Megan Renee Breaux of Franklin, La.; brothers, David George Bradford of Battle Creek and Gary Allen Bradford of Three Rivers; sister, Rebecca Ann Nash of Oregon City, Ore.; granddaughter, Kylee Ann Breaux and nine nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of funeral services beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Anderson officiating.
Interment will be held at Poe Cemetery.
Memorials in memory of Brenda may be directed to Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hohnerfh.com.
Sturgis resident Jerry Rial, 24, was charged with a drug-related offense following his arrest last week.
Sturgis police said Rial was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Thursday after a search warrant was executed in the 200 block of North Fourth Street, according to investigators.
Rial was charged with delivery of methamphetamine. In addition, 19-year-old Andrew Kidd was arrested after officers discovered a warrant for his arrest as a fugitive from justice.
The St. Joseph County Road Commission has announced seasonal road restrictions have been lifted.
The so-called frost law imposed speed and weight restrictions during the freeze-thaw cycle to help preserve the integrity of non-primary roadways.
The frost law was put into effect last month.
Mendon Village Manager John Hyden said the Mendon Downtown Development Authority is offering a $10,000 façade-improvement matching grant.
Any business willing to dress up the front and/or rear of its exterior, make improvements such as new windows or doors, or refresh or upgrade landscaping, is eligible for the matching funds.
He said three business owners have already hired contractors to make upgrades. One plans to paint, and add overhead doors and awnings; the second intends to improve their front entrance and add a small deck; the third is looking at making a new entryway, reinsulating inside the business and undertaking general improvements to the front and rear of their business.
The Mendon DDA, a 10-member board with one seat currently available, supports 26 businesses from Nottawa Road west to the village’s industrial park.
Gordon Junior Sindt, age 83 of Three Rivers departed this life April 19, 2014. He was a gentle soul with an infectious smile. Junior was born April 5, 1931 in Dowagiac, MI to Gordon J. and Iris (Weidman) Sindt. He graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1949. After working at area businesses Junior joined and served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954. A medaled veteran of the Korean War, he returned from the military and worked for Three Rivers Builders until beginning his service with the U.S. Postal Service in 1960. Junior was best known in Three Rivers as the friendly mail carrier in Three Rivers’ third ward. Later in life Junior assisted at the Halverson Chapel for many years.
After retiring in 1993 Junior enjoyed daily pontoon rides on Pleasant Lake with his friends and family. He was an avid reader looking for any Western novel he could find. He never wavered in his passion for the Chicago Cubs despite many seasons of wanting more. Over his lifetime Junior enjoyed great times with “The Gang” and you know who you are! But most of all Junior enjoyed the time spent with his extended family.
Since May of 1975 Junior has been loved by Mary Ann (Doane) Sindt and there was no doubt he shared the same love for her. Between the two of them, they shared many nieces and nephews which is where Junior’s love and pride has shown the most. Our Uncle Junior was adored by all of us. The bottom line with Junior was, if you met him, you loved him. We were all blessed to have him in our lives.
Junior will be dearly missed by niece, Jackie (Gary) Schneider of Marquette; nephew, Steve (Terry) Krull of Constantine; great-nephews & great-niece Jeremy (Sara) Schneider, Rachel (Jody Alger) Krull, Tim Krull and great-great-nephews & nieces Gaven, Troy, Morgan, and Mira along with his sister Betty Krull of Portage; and many cousins. Junior was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Sindt.
Junior will also be missed by sister in law, Helen Jeanne (Ted-deceased) Doane of Chelsea, MI; brother in law, Dick (Mary) Doane of Pine Top, AZ; brother in law, Robert (Shirley) Doane of Fishers, IN; nephews and nieces Mark (Linda) Doane, Anine (Jon) Bessolo, Kathy (Paul) Milske, Michael (Laurie) Doane, David (Tanya) Doane, Christine Deems, Carrie (Mike) Kriech, Elizabeth (Ted) Byrer; great nephews and nieces Jennifer, Karen, Ted, Alexis, Mary Jeanne, Julia, Maria, Matthew, Taryn, Garrett, Scott, Shawn, Braden, Owen, Noelle, Zachary, Ben, Max, and their families.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation will 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday April 22, 2014 at the Eickhoff Farrand Halverson Chapel, 305 Rock River Avenue in Three Rivers. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday April 23, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, 320 N. Main Street in Three Rivers with Pastor Brenda Deily officiating. Military rites will be presented by Hice-Shutes American Legion Post #170. Interment of ashes will take place at Mission Hills Memorial Garden near Pokagon.
Memorial contributions can be made to either the Three Rivers Elks Lodge #1248 Education Fund, or to Three Rivers Health Hospice. An online register is available and condolences may be left for the family at www.efhchapel.com