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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.

Out and About – Week of February 10th

February 11, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “You can’t go home again.” If you were to take this literally, you would find it to be absolutely wrong. After all, we can pretty much go anywhere we want to these days. I’m pretty sure that it meant you can never go home and find it the way you left it. I left Three Rivers in 1963 and returned in 1996. Boy, it had really changed while I was away.

John Ed Pearce probably said it best when he said, “Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to go back to.” Since I’ve returned, I’ve come to realize that things have changed, and there’s nothing I can do about that. There still remains the “Hometown Spirit” that I grew up with. This spirit exists only in a town the size of Three Rivers. Here, when you’re Out and About, you are constantly meeting up with people you know, and you always exchange a friendly greeting. Making a normal trip to the post office can sometimes take the better part of an hour. This small town spirit doesn’t happen in the bigger urban areas. That’s just one of many reasons I’ve decided to live out the rest of my life here in Wildcat country. Three Rivers isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but we can all work hard to make it a community where everyone has that “Hometown Spirit”.

It’s very difficult to be Out and About without hearing someone comment on the amount of snow we’ve had lately. I’m sure the owners of the local ski resorts are elated, as are their customers. If you own a snowmobile, you couldn’t be happier, and if you are in the snow plowing business, you’re doing quite well financially, but are probably tired of working through the night. The weather is usually the first topic on the five o’clock news, and the weather portion of the broadcast has been getting more attention than the sports segment. I find it fascinating that we are all drawn to news about the weather, knowing that there is absolutely nothing we can do about it, except to complain. Yes, we have had our share of snow this year, but those living in the eastern states have had more than their share. St. Joe County is fortunate most of the time. We’re in sort of a bubble. Bad weather normally stops at the Cass and Kalamazoo County lines. If you’re a Liberal, our Congress is at fault for the weather. If you’re Conservative, President Obama has done something to upset Mother Nature. I wish I had some control over the weather. If I could control it, I’d be very popular and very rich. Then I’d really have problems. I’m sure the only solution is to just deal with it. After all, in five months we’ll be complaining about the heat and lack of rain.

I’m pretty sure that savings bonds are a thing of the past, and are no longer available. If, by chance, you do still have some in your safe deposit box, and want to know their value, just go to treasurydirect.gov/BC/SBCPrice. Enter the series, denomination, serial number, and issue date for the value. You may then cash out at your bank, with proper ID, of course.

As ppromised, here are the final four suggestions from, my pet friend, Mr. Canine:

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want is buried, dig deep until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these suggestions and will put them to good use. Whether you’re a dog lover, or a cat lover, it has been said that owning such a pet will add years to your life. They give love unconditionally, and ask nothing in return, except for a little food and water, and a warm place to rest.

I’ll close this week with four more of “Life’s Little Instructions”:

Strive for excellence, not perfection.

Plant a tree on your birthday.

Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full.

Leave everything a little better than you found it.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

Miss Kitty

February 5, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Miss KittyMy name is Miss Kitty and I am a black and white female cat. I’m about 1-1/2 years old and am very friendly. I have this cute little black spot on the end of my nose. I’m not super active and would love to be a part of your family. Come in and see how good I am with people. My Docket # 11890, 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, Daytona, 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 4th

February 4, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Probably the most popular topic of conversation these days is the weather. If you are a regular reader of this column, then you are aware of my dislike of the winter season. I vent regularly about the frequency of snowfalls, but I do realize that Mother Nature couldn’t care less about how I feel about the cards that I’m dealt in the game of weather. I also realize that no one is forcing me to live here in “Pure Michigan”. I choose to live here, because this is where I was raised, and it is where I’ll spend the rest of my life. I keep telling myself, “It’s winter, and this is Michigan. Pull your big-boy pants up and deal with it.” This winter is like the winters we used to have back in the day. We could be living in Buffalo, New York, where this is considered rather mild, as far as weather is concerned. Keep in mind that, in five months, we’ll be complaining about the heat and humidity.

This happens way too often, and there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it. As humans, we are mortal, and because of this, we will all pass on into eternity. Eternity can be what your faith says it will be, and I truly believe that. On Friday, January 24, another person I admired and respected passed away. Charles “Chuck” Daugherty lived a happy life filled with family and friends, and I consider myself fortunate to have known him for over 55 years. I admired him, because he was truly a family man, who enjoyed the same things as his children. He was a musician, engineer, and a lover of aviation. I sort of envied Pat, Penny, Jim, and Larry, because he always took the time to share in their interests, The last time I saw him was at the last concert put on by the Glenn Miller Orchestra at the historic Riviera Theater, here in Three Rivers. He loved the “Big Band” sound, and he shared this event with three of his four kids.

One special fact about Chuck, was that, during World War II, he was a Naval Flight Instructor, and he trained pilots in the T-6 Texan, a vintage aircraft of the day. That, in my mind, made him “cool”. I’ll miss Mr. Daugherty, as will many others. I salute you, Chuck, for your service to our country, and I commend you for being a good father, husband, and friend.

A week from Friday is Valentine’s Day. February 14 is the date, so you gentlemen have just ten days to select that perfect card, or make special plans for that love of your life. Might I suggest an evening at the theatre? The Three Rivers Community Players have scheduled Valentine’s Day for the opening of another hit by local playwright, director, and actor, Shannon Michelle Piper. The title of her latest play is “RSVP: The Most Interesting Dinner Party That Never Really Happened”. If you know Ms. Piper, you know that she loves to laugh, and more than that, she loves to make others laugh. From the title of the play, I think she has succeeded once again.

“RSVP…..” will run February 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 PM, and the two Sunday matinees start at 2 PM. The Players Theatre is located at 15526 Millard Road, directly behind Dairy Queen, in Three Rivers. For ticket purchase information, you may visit the Players’ website at trcommunityplayers.org. Tickets will also be available at the door prior to each performance. As always, advance ticket purchase is advised.

Here are the next four suggestions from my friend, Mr. Canine. If you recall, he’s the dog, who is also a teacher. For a dog, he’s pretty smart, and he has some great ideas on how we, as humans, can get more out of life, and get along better with each other. Here are this week’s four ideas:

On warm days, lie on your back in the grass. On hot days, drink lots of water and find the shade.

Keep your private area clean as much as you can.

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Enjoy long walks.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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