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Out and About – Week of March 3rd

March 4, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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

Snoop Dog

February 27, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Snoop Dog AHi. 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.

Out and About – Week of February 24th

February 25, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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

Calico

February 19, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Calico AIf 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.

Out and About – Week of February 17th

February 18, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

There is a very well-known support group that holds regular meetings for those individuals in need. I’m not sure if there is a special group for individuals who have my disease, but if there is, I’d be interested in hearing about it. I think that if I were to attend such a meeting, I’d stand and say, “Hello, my name is Norm, and I’m a “Foodaholic”. Like I said, I’m not sure if there is such a thing, but the fact is that I love to eat, and if not handled properly, this can really be a problem.

I was recently told by a highly respected doctor that I must lose some weight. To successfully do this, I should cut back on my carb intake, and stay completely away from sweets. This didn’t sound too difficult, but then he said that I MUST also cut back on the amount of food I consume at one sitting. This really hurt, because I’m not used to doing this. What hurt the worst was when he referred to me as being obese.

Since my visit with Dr. Respected, I’ve done my best to heed his advice. It has been a rough road, and I haven’t been the most pleasant person to be with, but I have a very caring wife, who was told by Dr. Respected that she has his permission to slam me with her cast iron skillet, should I reach for a cookie or candy bar. I’ve also heeded the advice of my other doctor, who said that one should eat in moderation. Watch your carbs and sugars, and the amount of food you consume at one sitting. I feel proud of my accomplishments so far. I’m losing weight gradually and have not taken my anger out on the cat. If anyone needs a cast iron skillet, I have one that I’ll gladly give away, but you mustn’t tell my wife where you got it. I will soon be a lean, mean hungry machine.

Speaking of eating, it’s that time again for the Annual Swiss Steak Dinner, hosted by the Ninth Street United Methodist Church. Located at 700 Ninth Street, in Three Rivers, the church will host this delicious dinner next Saturday, February 22, from 5 to 7 PM. The cost for adults is $8; children ages twelve and under may eat for $5. Oh yes, take-outs will be available. For more information, you may call 269-273-2065.

Blood donors have at least two more opportunities to donate their blood before the end of February. The next opportunity is tomorrow, Wednesday, February 19, from 11:30 AM until 5:15 PM. The American Red Cross will be set up at JOCO Hall, 805 Wood Street, here in Three Rivers, for your donation. Another blood donation opportunity will be a week from today, Tuesday, February 25, from noon to 5:45 PM, at the UAW Local 2093 Union Hall, 15802 Hoffman Road, on the northwest side of Three Rivers. This blood drive is also hosted by the American Red Cross.

If you missed last weekend’s performance, at the Players’ Theatre in Three Rivers, you have one more weekend to catch The Most Interesting Dinner Party…..That Never Really Happened. Playwright Shannon Michelle Piper has the uncanny ability to bring out the laughter in everybody, and her latest production will prove it. The final run of this play is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 21, 22, and 23. The lights come up at 7:30 PM for the Friday and Saturday performances, and the Sunday matinee begins promptly at 2 PM. Adult tickets are $15. and tickets for students and senior citizens may be purchased for $13. Tickets are available at Beam Sound and Video, located on West Michigan Avenue, Three Rivers, and will also be available at the door. As always, advance ticket purchase is advised.

If doggie boots for your pet dog aren’t in your budget, you may protect those precious paws by coating them with nonstick cooking spray before those winter walks. Doing this also helps prevent snow from packing between pads.

Your car would really appreciate it if, after a snowfall, and if your car sits outside, you might consider letting your engine warm up a bit before starting out. This would also give you the opportunity to make sure ALL your car windows are cleared of snow. Other drivers would also appreciate it.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

Sweet Pea

February 13, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Sweet PeaGood Afternoon. My name is Sweet Pea and that is a very good name for me because I am very sweet. I am a female, brown and white shepherd mix, about 2 years old. If you offer me a treat I will shake your hand, sit and sometimes even lie down. I am pretty calm and not a real high energy friend. Sometimes I seem kind of timid but I quickly warm up to you and love your attention. Please come and see me. I’d be a very good addition to your family. My docket number is 11887, 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.

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