It seems to me that, as we get older, our stress level becomes more evident. Perhaps I’m getting this confused with the lack of patience. I remember that, as my father aged, his patience decreased. At times he had a very short fuse, which caused me to move more quietly while in his presence. I’d hate to think that I’m taking after my dad, as I age.
One of the things that causes my blood pressure to surge and my patience to dwindle is seeing that the price of gasoline has jumped twenty cents per gallon. Getting Out and About via a vehicle is difficult without gasoline. There was a time when I would fill my vehicle’s gas tank on Thursday, because the price of gas always jumped on Friday. This is not the case anymore. It can be $3.37 on a Monday afternoon, and when you drive by the station Tuesday morning, the price has jumped to $3.57. I worked part-time as a cashier back in the day, but that was when gasoline sold for a dollar per gallon. People complained back then, also, but I never feared for my life because of that.
Please be aware of the fact that the gas station cashier does not control the price of the product. She or he merely changes the price on the pump and on the sign. The price of the product is determined by someone who doesn’t have to face the customer, so please be gentle the next time you speak with the person behind the counter. That job used to be fun. I don’t think it is anymore. I can’t think of anyone who enjoys being verbally abused for something they have no control over.
One of my favorite causes is the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF). These volunteers do so much for the cats and dogs that have been abandoned and/or mistreated here in St. Joe County. I commend them for their efforts, because this is another group that does what they do for the love of the cause. Every year about this time, they hold their annual dinner/auction. The proceeds from this fundraiser go to help those animals whose owners just don’t care enough to properly care for them anymore.
This year’s fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, March 22, beginning with the mostaccioli dinner at 5:30 PM, followed by the auction soon after. Once again, the venue is Belle Epoque, located on Railroad Drive, here in Three Rivers. Advance tickets are now available at Beam Sound and Video, West Michigan Avenue, in Three Rivers. Tickets not sold in advance, will be available at the door. Please be aware that tickets are limited in number, so advance purchase is highly recommended.
The reason I’m mentioning this event so early, is because, in order to have an auction, ARF needs donated items to auction. This is where everyone can help make this dinner/auction a huge success. If you can donate items, please contact Rodney at Beam Sound and Video. Rodney’s number is 269-279-6251; for more information, contact the event chair, Marty Davenport at 269-718-3331. Auction items need to be turned in at Beam Sound and Video by Saturday, March 15.
I have difficulty with some of the advertising we see on television. An example is seeing a lady distraught about how she is going to make it financially. In the past, she has borrowed money from her children, and now she has no idea how she will be able to continue living without any money. Her dilemma stems from the fact that her husband has a gambling addiction and has wasted away their funds. A few minutes later, there is an ad for one of the many casinos located right here in Pure Michigan. It depicts people who have won “Big Money” at gambling. Perhaps the money winners should talk with the money losers. If you don’t have money to lose, you shouldn’t take a chance on losing it. Las Vegas didn’t become the city it is today by giving away money. The same could be said about the Michigan casinos. They might let you win sometimes, but they’ll never go broke. The odds are too much in their favor. You can bet on it. If you have some extra money, get Out and About and take the family out for dinner and a movie. In my mind, that’s quality time.
See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman
Hi, we are the “champagne” of calico kitties. We are called dilute calico because our colors are very muted – tans, greys, creams. We are sweet, long-haired females and are very beautiful, or that’s what the ladies say. We are about 8 months old, litter-trained and are polydactyls – cats with more than five toes. Our calico friend from a couple of weeks ago was adopted but we are still here and our black kitty friend with white whiskers and white toes. Please come in and see us all. We know you will fall in love with at least one of us. Our docket # is 11899, 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. ARF will pay for the spay/neuter of an adopted Pet of the Week, 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. 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. Last week’s Pet of the Week, Snoop Dog, is still waiting for a new home, too. Come in and see us. 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 Human Society is the only location for the offer.
I’d like to speak to anyone who thinks there is nothing to do here in Three Rivers. Beginning April 15, 2006, I started informing the fine citizens of this community of things to do right here in St. Joseph County. I have never run out of things to write about. Since that time, I’ve modified the column to include some personal experiences, a few helpful hints, and a bit of humor to lighten things up. Nothing depresses me more than bad news. If you want that, watch the evening news on television.
Speaking of things to do around here, how many of you attended any of the local high school sporting events this year? We had the opportunity, and made the time, to attend one of the Varsity Girls’ games a couple of weeks ago. They played with their hearts, and they trounced their opponent. The sad thing about that evening, was that there were plenty of empty seats available in the gym. They didn’t have a lucky night; they are just a good team. They even went on to advance to the District Playoffs. My point is this: for a few bucks, you can get out and support our high school students. They need our support, and the support is appreciated. I’ll try to attend more games next year.
The month of March is special. Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 9, which means we set our clocks ahead one hour. So we lose an hour’s worth of sleep. We’ve had the cold, dark winter to sleep, so we should all be ready to rise and shine. As March moves along, the chance of hearing about the wind chill is less and less. We can’t forget about St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. Too bad it doesn’t fall on a Friday or Saturday; that way the revelers would have a day to regain their composure.
A pessimist might complain about the amount of rain we will be blessed with, plus the chance of an occasional snowfall. The optimist, on the other hand, would be thinking about the buds and blossoms that are starting to appear on the foilage, a sure sign that spring will soon be here. We’ve had a tough winter, but we are survivors, and we did just that.
If you read this column early enough, you’ll know that the Trinity Episcopal Church, 321 North Main Street, here in Three Rivers, is hosting their annual Shrove Pancake Supper, this evening, March the fourth, from 5 until 7 PM. It’s a great opportunity to take the family out to breakfast at dinner time. Tickets are available at the door for $6 for adults and $2 for children. If you happen to have three or more children dining with you, the cost is only $5 for the kids.
My friend, Mary Ann, is directing the next production out at the Players’ Theatre here in Three Rivers. Cheaper by the Dozen is the play, and auditions are being held at the theatre this evening, Tuesday, March 4, and tomorrow evening, Wednesday, March 5. Both evenings’ auditions will begin promptly at 7 PM. Mary Ann is looking for actors of all ages, so here’s your chance to act on stage, or help in one of the many other ways with the production. The theatre is located at 15526 Millard Road, directly behind Dairy Queen.
We’re approaching that time of the year when the maple trees are tapped for that ingredient that makes delicious maple syrup possible. In celebration of the season, the Maple Row Sugarhouse will host Maple Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16. Maple Row Sugarhouse is located at 12684 Born Street, near Jones. You won’t want to miss the homemade pancake breakfast at 7 AM on Saturday, the fifteenth, followed by tours of the sugarhouse. The cost for breakfast is $7 for adults; children under three years old, eat for FREE. The hours on Saturday are from 7 AM until 4 PM, and if you decide to come out on Sunday just for the tours, they will run from 10 AM until 4 PM.
Making sure that I end this week’s column on a happy note, here are several more of “Life’s Little Instructions”:
Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.
Floss your teeth.
Ask for a raise, when you feel you’ve earned it.
See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman
Hi. My name is Snoop Dog and this picture is just so “Me”. I am a very happy, energetic little beagle, about 3 years old. I am tri-colored, but my coloring is unusual. My black spots are more gray and my brown spots are tan. It’s really quite pretty. I love to play with squeaky toys and like to play fetch. I’m very good with people and know how to sit. I really like treats and even dance for them. Please come and see me. I’d like to be part of a family again. My docket number is 11911, 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. 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. Last week’s Pet of the Week, Miss Kitty, is still available at A.C. and waiting to play with you. There are also some new, beautiful cats waiting for a home. NOTE: Animal Rescue Fund will pay for the spay or neuter of ANY animal adopted at Animal Control for the months of January and February, not just the Pet of the Week. This is through the Kalamazoo Humane Society only, no substitutions during these two months. 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 Human Society is the only location for the offer.
This winter has been brutal for all of us. We’ve received plenty of snow, which pleases more than just a few of us. I’m not to be included in the group I just referred to. This is, after all, Michigan, the land of four seasons. Sometimes we can experience several of those seasons in a matter of hours, rather than weeks. A week ago, we had temperatures near or below zero, and several days later, we experienced a balmy forty degrees. Go figure.
What I’m leading up to is that we have more of a chance of injuring ourselves during the winter, than in most other seasons. I’m referring to falling the wrong way, or lifting too much at the wrong time, or in the wrong way. I did just that. While shoveling snow, I lifted a shovel full and turned in such a way that my back said, “What the heck are you doing to me? For being stupid, I’ll cause you some discomfort.” A similar situation occurred a couple of years ago, when I decided to drive to Seattle and back while sitting on my wallet. Since then, my back pockets have remained empty. In both cases, I’ve spent time visiting the physical therapists at HealthTRAC. It’s pretty sad when you walk in and most of them remember your name. What’s worse is knowing that you have your very own reserved parking space in the parking lot. Anyway, these “Angels of Mercy” have worked miracles with my pain. I thank them, and my insurance provider thanks them. I have a whole new feeling, whenever someone refers to me as being a pain in the neck. I guess the moral of all this might be, whenever you get Out and About, be careful where and how you go.
I love getting something for FREE. When I hear about a FREE thing, I try my best to share it with everyone. A great example would be the upcoming Hunter Safety Classes being presented by the St. Joe County Conservation and Sportsman Club. Classes are scheduled for March 13, 14, and 15, and will be held on the club grounds, located at 23640 Featherstone Road, which is east of Shimmel Road and west of Fair Road, east of Centreville. The classes and study material are FREE, and students who register MUST attend all three classes. The classes are led by Certified Hunter Safety Instructors. By attending and completing these classes, students will be able to acquire the needed licenses with which to hunt this hunting season. Registration for this class will be held Thursday, March 6, from 7 to 8 PM. Students under eighteen years old, must have a parent accompany them for registration. These classes fill quickly, so be on time for registration. Classes normally run from 5 to 9 PM.
I gather several times a week with buddies of mine for coffee. We’ve come close to being asked to leave the establishment, because we, at times, get a bit rowdy. Part of our reason for gathering, is to discuss the world situation, and also to share how we feel about life in general. I feel brave enough to share with you readers some of our ideas:
We all agree that we never know when it will happen, but there comes a moment at work, when we know that we just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
Most of us keep people’s phone numbers in our phone, just so we know not to answer, should they call. Voice mail is one of the greatest things to come down the pike in years.
We have wondered why the freezer doesn’t have a light like the refrigerator. It deserves one.
I’m not sure if I’m the only one that does this, but I find myself looking at my watch at least three consecutive times, and I still do not know what time it is.
Super Books are now available locally. The Three Rivers Lions Club has Super Books available at Lowry’s Books and More, People’s Federal Savings, 123 Portage Avenue, and at Southern Michigan Bank and Trust, at the Westland Branch. All locations are in Three Rivers. Super Books sell for $40 and consist of coupons for “buy one, get one free”. Coupons are for dining establishments, and recreational activities in St. Joe County, as well as the Kalamazoo and Portage areas, and are valid until March of 2015. Commissions received from the sale of Super Books go towards various projects of the Three Rivers Lions Club.
See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman
If you think I am pretty you should also come and see my three friends who recently came into animal control. There are two more calicoes like me and a black little miss with white whiskers and white feet. We are all females and some of us are polydactyls, which means we have more than 5 toes. Legend says polydactyls are extra lucky. We are all very pretty, most of us have long hair and we calicoes are the faded kind – soft greys, tans and white. Please come in and see us all. We know you will fall in love with at least one of us. Our docket #’s are 11899 and 11900, 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. ARF will pay for the spay/neuter of an adopted Pet of the Week, 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. 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. Last week’s Pet of the Week, Sweet Pea, is still waiting for a new home, too. Come in and see us. 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 Human Society is the only location for the offer.