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Nila

April 17, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

NilaHi. My name is Nila and I am a 4 year old, female yellow lab. My owner had surgery and cannot take care of me anymore so I am looking for a new home. I’m housetrained and know how to sit and take my treats very gently. I am a little timid at first but I do like people. I do want to be in a home where I am the only dog and I’m not too good for a family with younger children. Please come and see me. I’d like to be part of your family. My docket number is 11967, 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 April 14th

April 15, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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

Calico

April 10, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Calico AGood Afternoon. I was a Pet of the Week with some of my friends a few weeks ago but the ladies think I would make such a nice pet they want me to be Pet of the Week again. I am about 10 months old and am a female dilute calico. I’m good with other cats, and I am very interested in being with people. Please come in and see me and give me a loving home. My 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 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 April 7th

April 8, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

It’s getting down to “Crunch Time”. A week from today is April 15, and the tax man is saddling up and getting ready to ride. Hopefully, most of you have already filed your returns and can sleep easy, knowing that the big refund check will soon be in your savings or checking account. As my accounting professor used to say, “Prepare for a rendezvous with destiny.” This is what the rest of you must do, and you only have a week to do so.

Time sure does pass quickly. It seems as if it were only a month or two ago, that we were concentrating on the preservation of frogs, but it has been almost a year since we last heard the proclamation to “Save the Frogs!”

Last year, the “Save the Frogs!” day event brought an estimated 350 people to Scidmore Park, here in Three Rivers, for games and education about what needs to be done to aid the situation. This year the events will be spread over several months. Another opportunity and more time to become educated on a very important topic, and we can all help with this worthy cause.

Beginning early this month, the popular “Find the Frog” contest will again be hosted by some of the Three Rivers merchants. These merchants will hide a small foam board picture of a frog among their merchandise. Customers who find the frog picture, may then register in that store for a later drawing for a prize offered by that store. The great thing about this is that visitors of all ages may register for a prize at all participating stores. Next week, I’ll let you know the plans for May, June and July.

The Three Rivers Lions Club will solicit donations for their annual White Cane Days on Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3. Plans for this campaign are still not firm, but they are likely to be at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, and Hardings Market. Lions will be onsite from 9 AM until 5 PM on both days. Donations received from this fundraiser go toward providing eyeglasses for those local individuals in need.

About a year ago, my wife had neck surgery. It was during her time of recovery that I started accompanying her to the grocery store. We really enjoyed this weekly event, and I became aware of her skills as a shopper. She carries a clipboard with a list of needed items and where they are located at each store She is very organized, and I have the highest respect for her shopping skills.

On these trips, she allows me to be in charge of the shopping cart, and she allows me to reach for those items on the higher shelves. I am also the one who places the items on the conveyor belt at the checkout lane. We rarely use the self-checkout, because by doing so, we feel that we are taking the work away from a human who needs the job. Anyway, I always place the items on the belt, so that the cashier can place the items in our canvas shopping bags as s/he scans each item. This way, all the heavy items don’t end up in the same bag. Lately, I’ve had to monitor this more closely, because the cashier has been bagging the items differently than the order placed on the belt. I thought that I was helping out, but evidently I was wrong. I’m wondering if anyone else has experienced this same problem. It is my task to carry our groceries into the house and, since my block and tackle is out of service, I prefer to have the bags of groceries weigh less than thirty pounds each. I won’t even mention the cost of groceries these days. My mom used to buy for a family of four for around $50.

Keeping in time with this religious holiday season, the Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene invites everyone to their “Living Last Supper”. This event takes place Palm Sunday evening, April 13, at 6 PM. The church is located at 1221 Coon Hollow Road, on the west side of Three Rivers, just off US-131. The presentation is FREE.

We are in Spring Break this week. It’s a great time to celebrate family and do things together. Students, enjoy the time off and get your batteries recharged. Parents, relax; Spring Break only lasts a week, so make time to give your children a hug or two and let them know that they are loved.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

Yellow lab

April 3, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Lab AHi. I am a male yellow lab, but I’m almost a cream color. I’m about 3 years old and am a very sweet guy. I may be a little shy at first but not for very long because I love attention. My fur is so soft it feels like a bunny’s. The ladies say I am a leaner and a hugger. I take treats very gently and walk nicely on a leash. I even know how to sit and shake already. Please come and see me. I’d like to be part of your family. My docket number is 11956, 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. NOTE: 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. 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.

Out and About – Week of March 31st

April 2, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

If you haven’t already heard, the Three Rivers Lions Club has selected Jerry Wright as this year’s recipient of their annual Citizen of the Year. In honor of long-time Three Rivers advocate and Lions Club member Bruce Snook, the name of the award has been changed to “The Three Rivers Lions Club Bruce C. Snook Award”. The banquet to honor Jerry Wright will be held Tuesday, April 22, at Belle Epoque, located on Railroad Drive, in Three Rivers. The festivities will begin at 6 PM with a social time and dinner will be served at 6:30. Tickets are now on sale for $20. per person, and may be purchased at Ridgeway Floral, on West Michigan Avenue, in Three Rivers. There are a limited amount of tickets available, so you’ll want to purchase your tickets as soon as you can. They will be available through April 15. Tickets will NOT be available at the door.

I was sad to hear of the upcoming resignation of Three Rivers Fire Chief Dan Tomlinson. I first met the Chief over five years ago. I asked him if there were any way that I could volunteer with the fire department without actually being a firefighter. The result turned out to be a two-or three-year period when I worked as an auxiliary, non-emergency, van driver for Station Two. On occasion, I would transport wheelchair-bound patients to doctor’s appointments, etc. I was issued a uniform and was made to feel a real part of the TR Fire Department. I participated in parades, helped out at their annual pancake breakfast, and was accepted as one of the guys. The wheelchair van is gone now, as is the need for me to help out that much. I stop by the station from time to time to see the firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics, and the Chief. I have always been made to feel welcome. Everyone at the station is always glad to see me. I’m sure the spirit that exists there is partially due to Chief Dan’s spirit. He is not only liked by the firefighters, but he is loved and respected by every one of them.

I’m not sure what brought him to make this decision to resign, but, along with everyone else, I will respect that decision. Three Rivers will be losing a dedicated and loyal employee, and that is too bad. I thank him for everything he did for me and for everything that he did for the Three Rivers Fire Department. Above all, I thank him for his friendship. I feel confident that this will never end.

This past Friday evening, we attended the Three Rivers High School production of Avenue Q, the High School Edition. We were totally impressed with the performance. The puppeteering was out of this world, and the energy displayed by the students could not be contained. Kudos to the cast, crew, band, and everyone else that had anything to do with this production. A special hug goes out to director Marcy Bennett. Once again your talents as a director became evident. Hopefully, this will not be the last production that TRHS allows to be displayed. There’s too much talent out there, and it would be a shame if it weren’t allowed to be displayed. Not just my opinion.

Being retired and on a fixed income, I’m always looking for a way to save as much money as possible. I can’t remember when I haven’t been paying for some form of insurance. Life insurance is something that I’ll never benefit from, because my family will get those benefits. I have enough to probably pay for my cremation. Car insurance is mandatory, except for those people who don’t want to have it. These are the same individuals who drive on a suspended license, or no driver’s license at all. Insurance is pretty much like taxes, in that we will pay for it. In order to stay insured, while at the same time save some money, here are a couple of things you might consider doing:

Raise your deductible.

Buy all of your insurance from the same company.

For your home, install an alarm system, dead bolt locks, or other security devices.

Remind your agent that you haven’t had a claim in quite a few years.

I am happy with my insurance program, but I still check in with my agent to see if they might provide me with a better rate. If you have a great agent, they will never forget that you are the one providing them with a living.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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