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Tinsley

July 24, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Tinsley BHi, there. My name is Tinsley and I am a very handsome male red-tick coonhound. I am about 1-2 years old and am white with red spots and ticking. I recently had some surgery on my eyes but am doing fine and I also have already been neutered. The ladies say I would make an awesome addition to a family. I walk nicely on a leash and am very playful. I love to play with stuffed toys. I’m good with other dogs and just love it if you give me attention. I can even give you a gentle kiss. I am a typical hound, though, and need a home with a fenced in yard. Please come in and see me and make me part of your family. My docket number is 12112, at the St. Joseph County Animal Control Shelter located at 652 E. Main St., Centreville, MI. Animal Control is open Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The first Saturday of each month AC is open for adoptions from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Their phone number is 269-467-6475. Please visit the Animal Rescue Fund website at www.arfund.org to see more adoptable pets. NOTE: ARF will pay for the spay/neuter of ANY adopted pet from animal control. This is done at the Humane Society in Kalamazoo. If the owner wants to go to a local vet, the same amount will be given to that vet. This is for a limited number of adoptions, so come in and take advantage of this helping hand from ARF. Up-Cycled Pets needs reliable foster homes so some pets can learn more about living in a safe home before adoption. Go to www.upcycledpets.com for more information about how to help this group. Also, a rabies shot is available free of charge through the Kalamazoo Humane Society by contacting Animal Rescue Fund (269-718-3775). There are 10 shots available on a first come, first served basis. No substitutions are available. The Kalamazoo Humane Society is the only location for the offer.

Out and About – Week of July 21st

July 22, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

I thought that I was about as good as one can be when it comes to staying current on what’s happening around Three Rivers. I discovered on Friday, July 11, that this was Dan Tomlinson’s final day as Fire Chief. I had a tribute to him ready for this column to be published on Tuesday, July 29. I was under the assumption that Chief Dan would be leaving the fire department around the first of August. Luckily, I was able to stop by his office on July 11, offer a final salute, and wish him well in his new endeavors. Unfortunately, my column for July 15 was already in this paper’s managing editor’s inbox, so this is the first time I can state my departure feelings for a person I admire and respect.

I mentioned to Dan that I felt sad about his leaving the fire department, but I was happy to know that he was happy with his decision to move on. He agreed that the stress that goes with being Fire Chief will be left behind and that it will be nice knowing that he will no longer be getting phone calls at 2:30 AM, saying that he is needed at Station 2. He will no longer be obligated to stop and assist at an accident scene, but I have a feeling that he still might step in to see if he is needed. That’s just the kind of guy he is.

Until a new fire chief is named, Captain Jeff Bloomfield will serve as the Interim Fire Chief. I have all the confidence in the world that Captain Bloomfield will do a great job. He is a great firefighter and a leader who has the respect of everyone in the department. If you were to ask Jeff if he is capable of serving in this position, he would probably say that he can do it, because he has a great team to work with and there isn’t a single firefighter who works alone. There are two other candidates being considered for the fire chief position. I am unaware of their names, but as far as I’m concerned, Captain Bloomfield is the best person to fill some very big shoes.

Here’s a brief word to bicyclists. As you’re Out and About riding your bike, you are responsible for observing and adhering to all traffic signs or lights in the same manner as a driver of a motor vehicle. I’ve observed many bicyclists ignoring traffic signals, especially stop signs. You are subject to being ticketed for failure to observe a stop sign. Unfortunately, our law enforcement people are too busy to enforce these laws, so you get off easy. Think about this the next time you are almost struck by a motor vehicle, because you failed to yield the right of way. Also, there is no law stating that a safety helmet must be worn by all bicyclists. The same goes for people riding mopeds and motorcycles. My head is larger than most and is extremely fragile. The last thing I want is to end up in a wheelchair and wearing a diaper because I fell off my scooter and smashed my head on the pavement. I’m an organ donor, but I would prefer to die a natural death, rather than be careless and bleed out from my ears.

For the past couple of months, I’ve been doing what I’ve had to do in preparation for surgery, which would relieve pressure on the nerves in my back and left knee. I experienced an EMG, five MRIs, several x-rays, and my share of blood draws. Last Tuesday, July 15, my wife and I arrived at Borgess Hospital at 6 AM. My surgery was scheduled for 7:30 AM. At 6:45 AM, I was on a gurney with an IV in my arm and ready to go to the operating room. Then, after talking with a couple of doctors, including my surgeon, it was decided to cancel the surgery. My pain level was zero, I hadn’t fallen in two months, and the strength in my leg was improving on its own. My surgeon recommended and gave me a prescription for Water Therapy. I am scheduled to meet with her next month to see if the therapy has worked for me. I want to thank the staff at Borgess Hospital for their excellent care. The hospital and staff could have gained monetarily, but my well-being and health were more important.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

Brindle Boxer

July 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Brindle BoxerHi, there. I’m a female brindle boxer mix with a white chest. I’m about 2-3 years old and almost look like I could be pure boxer but I still have a tail, which I use constantly for wagging. I am a very happy girl who loves attention. Other dogs aren’t a problem for me. I do have a lot of energy and love to give to you. Please come in and see me and make me part of your family. My docket number is 12147, at the St. Joseph County Animal Control Shelter located at 652 E. Main St., Centreville, MI. Animal Control is open Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The first Saturday of each month AC is open for adoptions from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Their phone number is 269-467-6475. Please visit the Animal Rescue Fund website at www.arfund.org to see more adoptable pets. NOTE: ARF will pay for the spay/neuter of ANY adopted pet from animal control. This is done at the Humane Society in Kalamazoo. If the owner wants to go to a local vet, the same amount will be given to that vet. This is for a limited number of adoptions, so come in and take advantage of this helping hand from ARF. Up-Cycled Pets needs reliable foster homes so some pets can learn more about living in a safe home before adoption. Go to www.upcycledpets.com for more information about how to help this group. Also, a rabies shot is available free of charge through the Kalamazoo Humane Society by contacting Animal Rescue Fund (269-718-3775). There are 10 shots available on a first come, first served basis. No substitutions are available. The Kalamazoo Humane Society is the only location for the offer.

Out and About – Week of July 14th

July 15, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

When I think of getting Out and About, my ideas usually center on St. Joe County, Portage, Kalamazoo, and parts of northern Indiana. Traveling out of country is taking it a bit far, but every so often it’s a good idea to go someplace where a passport is needed. In doing this, your appreciation of the good old USA is strengthened.

We just returned from a seven-day visit to our neighbors to the north. Traveling to Canada is a great experience. The Canadians are quite hospitable and a good percentage of them know all the words to our “Star Spangled Banner”. It’s sad to think that you’d have to look really hard to find someone who knows the name of the Canadian national anthem, let alone the words. My wife practiced singing “O Canada” on the train between Windsor and Toronto. The melody is easier to hum than ours, and listening to either one can be an emotional experience.

The reason for our visit to Toronto was the Lions International Convention, which ran from July 4 through July 8. The highlights for me included seeing Neil Sedaka, Olivia Newton-John, and song writer David Foster. During Neil Sedaka’s concert, he mentioned that back in his early days of song writing, one could easily understand the lyrics. When lyrics were difficult to come by, he’d throw in a couple of “Doo Lang-a-Langs”. Makes sense to me.

Another highlight was the parade; this four-hour spectacle took place on Saturday. Approximately one hundred and twenty countries were represented. Watching a parade of this caliber makes one realize just how many different cultures make up this world of ours. I noticed that the highest level of spirit came from those countries whose economy was much poorer than ours. In other words, those with less have more positive attitudes and are more appreciative of what they do have.

The Fourth of July passed without any fireworks. We did watch “The Fourth of July Celebration From Washington, D.C.” on TV Friday evening. It wasn’t quite the same without live fireworks and a hot dog or two.

I’m sure many of you have traveled throughout Canada, but for those who have never ventured north of the border, it is an experience you’ll not want to miss. A passport is something you’ll need to have with you. You may be asked to show it, whether you’re entering Canada or returning to the United States. The customs people seem to be quite relaxed. They are interested in knowing where you are going, where you’ll be staying, and why are you going there. I strongly advise that you don’t try to rush them along. They have a job to do and they do it quite well.

We crossed the border at Detroit and took the Ambassador Bridge into Windsor. From Windsor, we traveled by train to Toronto. Staying in any major city can be quite expensive, and Toronto is Canada’s largest city, so you can do the math.

Toronto is a city under construction, so making use of a taxi is the best way to get from point A to point B. Like any other major city, pedestrians and bicyclists are everywhere. It made me wonder why there were so many pedestrians visible at 10 AM. Don’t they have jobs? Why aren’t they already at work?

A few final words of advice that I feel I should share. If you’re planning to travel outside of your home area, and this would include traveling out of state for any length of time, you should contact your credit card company. They know where your card is, and they want to make sure you are with your card. Finally, please don’t announce your travel plans on Facebook. Burglars have Facebook accounts, too, and they’re always looking for people who love to announce their travel plans.

Our Canada trip was wonderful. It was great to get Out and About to some place new, and, of course, it’s always great to get back home and sleep in your own bed.

See you Out and About!

Shih Tzu

July 10, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Shih tzuHi. I’m a very patriotic little male shih tzu, about 2-3 years old. I am grayish-white and have just been groomed. I like people but need to be in a quiet home without children. I’m good with cats and dogs, though. I am a little shy and hesitant. If you are looking for a calm, low activity level dog, I am your man. Please come in and see me and make me part of your family. My docket number is 12135, at the St. Joseph County Animal Control Shelter located at 652 E. Main St., Centreville, MI. Animal Control is open Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The first Saturday of each month AC is open for adoptions from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Their phone number is 269-467-6475. Please visit the Animal Rescue Fund website at www.arfund.org to see more adoptable pets. NOTE: ARF will pay for the spay/neuter of ANY adopted pet from animal control. This is done at the Humane Society in Kalamazoo. If the owner wants to go to a local vet, the same amount will be given to that vet. This is for a limited number of adoptions, so come in and take advantage of this helping hand from ARF. Up-Cycled Pets needs reliable foster homes so some pets can learn more about living in a safe home before adoption. Go to www.upcycledpets.com for more information about how to help this group. Also, a rabies shot is available free of charge through the Kalamazoo Humane Society by contacting Animal Rescue Fund (269-718-3775). There are 10 shots available on a first come, first served basis. No substitutions are available. The Kalamazoo Humane Society is the only location for the offer.

Out and About – Week of July 7th

July 8, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

This is the season, and this is probably the month, when high school class reunions take place. The first reunion that normally happens is the “Ten-Year Reunion”. This is probably the one when the classmates try to impress each other with the accomplishments they’ve made in the ten years since graduation. College is in the history books, and those that went on to earn their Masters and Doctorate degrees have completed them but will be paying off their loans for a few more years. This reunion might better be titled the “Bragging Reunion”. Those who didn’t go on to college went on to other feats worth bragging about.

The “Twenty-Year Reunion” is the one when classmates show off baby pictures or divorce documents. They have realized that high school romances don’t always work out, though I know more than several high school romances, from my class, that are still blooming.

The “Thirty-Year Reunion” was the first one that I attended. Everyone has changed a bit over the past thirty years. The guys have lost some of their hair, and the girls show evidence of bearing two or three children. To my female classmates, you are still looking very good, and I kick myself for not ever asking you out for a date. I was very shy, and to this day, I have difficulty handling rejection. Anyway, at our thirty year reunion, I received the “Who the Heck Are You?” award. I had grown a beard and had put on a few pounds.

I have suspicions that class reunions are a thing of the past. I don’t think classmates bond like they used to back in the day. This is really too bad, because a person’s high school years should be the years when you made best friends forever. You and your classmates experienced puberty together, and most of you fell in love for the first time. There’s a lot of individuality out there today. It has become a “Me” world, and this is unfortunate.

My classmates gather once a year for, what we call, a “Birthday Bash”. This celebration was started when we all turned sixty years old. We celebrated our fiftieth class reunion two years ago. I’m not sure when our next class reunion will take place, but I’m looking forward to this year’s “Birthday Bash”. It will be held at a classmate’s home, and we’ll call it a night around 9 PM, because that’s when the bus picks us up and takes us back to the “Home”.

We should all be aware of the fact that, if you’re thirsty, drinking plain water is the best way to quench that thirst. We should all drink more water. I prefer flavored water, and my doctor agrees that flavored water is just fine. Drinking water at the right time is very important, because keeping yourself properly hydrated is the healthy thing to do. Here are some suggested times when water will be most beneficial to you:

Drinking two glasses of water after waking up will help activate your internal organs.

One glass of water thirty minutes before a meal will help in your digestion.

If you drink a glass of water before taking a bath/shower, it will help lower your blood pressure.

By drinking a glass of water before you go to bed, you have less of a chance of suffering a stroke or heart attack. Of course, you will probably have the need to get up sometime during the night and make use of your bathroom facilities.

Throughout our busy lives, we have the opportunity to make choices. Some are good and, of course, some are liable to be not so good. Multiple choices are my favorite. Here are several:

Busy can be a productive choice.

Stress is definitely not a good choice.

Joy is a very good choice, if it is available.

Take time to make your choice wisely.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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