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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

Johanna

March 28, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Johanna AHi, I am “Johanna”. I am a female short-hair silver grey tiger and white cat. I know how to use a litter box and I am current on my vaccinations. I am about six months old. I have short hair and a nice, long tail. The ladies here say I have a “sweet personality”. My docket # is 11915, 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 Kalamazoo Humane Society. If the owner wants to go to a local veterinarian, the same amount will be given to that veterinarian. Animal Rescue Fund (269 718-3775) has 10 rabies vaccinations available free of charge given at Kalamazoo Humane Society on a first come first serve basis. No substitutions are available. 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.

Out and About – Week of March 24th

March 25, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

I spent about twenty-five years working and living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. I was very familiar with the area near O’Hare Airport, and, at that time, had no plans of ever returning to Three Rivers to live. A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I spent a weekend in the O’Hare area. She was attending a Lions Leadership Seminar, and I spent the weekend relaxing at the hotel. The reason I mention this, is because I had some difficulty recognizing the landmarks around O’Hare Airport. There had been considerable construction over the past twenty or thirty years, so finding our way around was a bit difficult. The same thing happened when I used to return to Three Rivers, while still living in the Chicago area. Things were constantly changing here, yet those living here wouldn’t notice the change that much. There isn’t much we can do about change, except to try our best to adapt to it. Hopefully, the changes are for the better. It would be difficult parking downtown, if we had to worry about the hitching posts for the horses and buggies being in the way. We just need to make sure we’ve made the right decisions, when it comes to making changes.

There’s a new barber in town. Actually, this barber has been here for more than several months, and she has been made to feel quite welcome. That’s correct, I said “she” has been made to feel quite welcome. She is not a beautician or hair stylist. She is a barber and proud of it. At one time, Three Rivers had more than its share of barbers. Now there are only about two or three including Carrie.

A year or two ago, I was concerned about what I was going to do when my barber, Doug, retired. I hope that Doug sticks around for a long time, but when he finally does hang up his clippers, I’ll feel confident knowing that Carrie will still be there. I strongly suggest that the “Good Old Boys”, who at one time proclaimed that they’d never let a woman cut their hair, give Carrie a chance to make them look presentable. They might be surprised. Welcome, Carrie, to the Three Rivers business world.

During the winter months, it’s difficult to find a garage or yard sale in the Three Rivers area. Now that the weather is warming up, there will be plenty of outdoor sales every weekend. Truly a “Sale Shoppers” dream. This Saturday, March 29, from 9 AM until 1 PM, you’ll be able to find some terrific deals at a “Mom to Mom” sale. Located on Water Street, in Three Rivers, the Corey Lake Christian Children Center will host the event. I’m not sure if there will be any items of interest for the guys, but it might not be a bad idea to stop in and check it out. If you have items that you think others might be interested in, the doors will open at 7:30 AM for those moms wishing to sell their goods. There is a $10 table charge, plus a $1 entrance fee. Remember, “One person’s junk, is another person’s treasure.”

Next month is when we must deal with the tax person. If we’ve watched our debits and credits, we shouldn’t have any problems. Here is a tax trap that you might want to be made aware of. IRS-required annual distributions from a 401-K plan usually start the year you turn 70 ½. You can defer that first payout until April 1 of the next year, but watch out. The next distribution is due by December 31, and the double payout could put you in a higher tax bracket.

One final word about 401-Ks. If you take money out of your 401-K, IRA, or other tax-deferred retirement account before you’re 59 ½, you may be hit with a triple whammy: income tax, a 10 percent penalty, and reduced growth in your account. I received the information mentioned in these last two paragraphs from an AARP publication. I’m in no way a tax consultant, but I do not enjoy wasting my hard-earned money.

To end this week’s column on a happy note, here are several more of Life’s Little Instructions:

Over tip your breakfast waitress.

Buy whatever kids are selling on card tables in their front yards.

Wear polished shoes often.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

Tiger

March 20, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

TigerHi, I’m a male short-hair tiger cat and I need a new home. I am about two years old and very friendly. I’m good with other cats, I came in with 2 other cats and we are friends. I have short hair and a nice, long tail. Please come in and see me and the rest of us. We know you will fall in love with at least one of us. My docket # is 11915, 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. 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 17th

March 18, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A classmate of mine recently sent me a quote that really set me to thinking. It’s really sad that the quote has come to be a reality, and we should all give it some serious thought. Albert Einstein said, “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” It seems that, wherever you go, there are people who just can’t put down their cell phones, or whatever other high-tech device they might have. They can’t even walk down the street without having their phones up to their ears. Children don’t participate in family conversations while dining out, because they are preoccupied with video games or texting their BFFs. It’s against the law to text while you drive, but there are drivers who still do it. Unfortunately, sometimes people die because a driver was too busy texting to pay attention to their driving. I wish I were smart enough to come up with a cure for rudeness and stupidity.

I wonder how many of you are aware that schools no longer are required to teach “Cursive”. Knowing how to sign your name, or the use of penmanship, apparently is no longer important. We have computers to do that for us. Most of our younger generation has no idea on how to make change. They usually have a computer to do that for them, and they forget about counting your change back to you. As a matter of fact, this column is prepared using a computer. I have a very nice electric typewriter, but the computer is faster and it is easier to correct my mistakes. I guess I really don’t have a right to complain, but I can think of several of my teachers who would be quite upset with the education system, if they were still living.

The Carnegie Center for the Arts hosted a reception this past Sunday, March 16, for the art students attending high schools in St. Joseph County. Sponsored by Bippus USA.com National Auctions and Real Estate, the reception was held from 2 until 4 PM. The students’ art exhibits will be on display at the Carnegie through Saturday, April 12. If you have the opportunity, stop by the Carnegie, located at 107 North Main Street, in Three Rivers, and witness just how much talent exists here in your own community. You’ll be amazed at how good these young artists are. For information on hours of operation at the Carnegie, you may visit their website at www.trcarnegie.com, or give them a call at 269-273-8882.

I am still on a weight-loss campaign. I think I’m doing a good job watching my carb intake, and my consumption of sweets. Fortunately, I really enjoy salads, and that is usually my evening meal at least once a week. This leads me up to mentioning the “Spring Salad Supper….and More!” fundraiser put on by the Ninth Street United Methodist Church. If you missed their Swiss Steak Dinner fundraiser several weeks ago, you have another opportunity to experience some great down-home dining. This must-attend fundraiser is scheduled for this next Saturday, March 22, from 5 to 6:30PM. The menu consists of salad, of course, casseroles, dessert, and a beverage. All of this can be had for the low price of $8. for adults and $4. for children. Oh yes, this is one of those “All-You-Can-Eat” events, so please go with a hearty appetite and plan to eat healthy. The church is located at 700 Ninth Street, right here in Three Rivers.

Water is still the best thing to drink, whether you’re thirsty or not. Here are four helpful hints:

Two glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs.

One glass of water thirty minutes before a meal helps digestion.

One glass of water before taking a bath/shower helps lower blood pressure.

One glass of water before going to bed helps avoid a stroke or heart attack.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

Doberman

March 13, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Brown & TanHi. I’m a male Doberman mix but I am red and rust, instead of black and tan. I’m about 2 years old and I have already been neutered. I love attention and know how to sit and shake. I walk nicely on a leash and love to play fetch with a tennis ball. I can even catch it! I am fine with other dogs and am pretty curious about those critters they call cats. Please come and see me. I’d like to be part of your family. My docket number is 11926, 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, the two beautiful calicoes are still waiting for a loving 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.

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