Hi, I am a very sweet female yellow lab/chow mix. I am a little shy at first but I warm up quickly when I am given some loving. I am about 4 years old and really like people. I’m not a highly active dog but I am good on a leash. My docket # is 11677, 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.
For the first time in I don’t know how many years, we missed the annual St. Joseph County Grange Fair. We always manage to make it over to the fair at least one or two times every fall. We were attending a Lions Leadership Forum, along with about 2500 of our best friends, in Overland Park, Kansas. We missed walking through the exhibit barns and partaking of funnel cakes and elephant ears, but, like the Chicago Cubs always say, “Wait until next year.”
From what I’ve heard, attendance at the fair surpassed 140,000. I also heard that the weather cooperated, which was a big plus. It seems that you can always count on having rain during fair week.
Our Kansas experience was quite memorable. The USA/Canada Leadership Forum is an annual event and takes place at a different location every year. Last year it was held in Tampa, and next year it will be in Puerto Rico. We’ll stay home next year and attend the fair. We traveled through Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri prior to entering Kansas. The scenery was great, but was pretty much the same in each state. We stayed overnight in Springfield, Illinois, on the way over, and, on our return trip, we stayed over near Bloomington, Illinois. The nice thing about taking time away from your hometown is that it’s always great to get back home and sleep in your own bed again.
The Friday evening, prior to leaving for home, we had dinner at a popular restaurant in Overland Park, called Oklahoma Joe’s. It’s an unusual name for a restaurant located in Kansas, but it must work, because there are three of them in Overland Park. The restaurant is sort of like a cafeteria. You stand in a rather fast moving line, place your order at one window, pay for your order at another window, pick up your tray and help yourself to a fountain drink, then finally, find a place to sit. My wife and I both ordered “The Cowboy Dinner”, which consisted of three ribs, cut up sausage links, beef brisket, potato salad, cole slaw, Texas toast, and something to drink, which was re-fillable. All of this cost $13.99. Neither one of us could finish our meal, so we ended up taking the rest of it home with us. Given the chance, we’ll go back. I’m not sure if this place has ever been featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”, but it should definitely is a great place to dine.
I enjoy Gospel music, especially when it comes from a good old-fashioned pipe organ. So much music these days comes from electronic devices. The sound is there, but I feel that it’s not quite the same. The last time I attended a concert featuring a pipe organ, it took the organist about three or four minutes to set the buttons before he could start playing. Fear not, pipe organ fans, because the First Presbyterian Church, 320 North Main Street, here in Three Rivers, will host an organ recital, featuring Lucky Middaugh, this Sunday, October 6, at 4 PM. Mr. Middaugh is the music director at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Kalamazoo, and is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in organ performance at Western Michigan University. Becoming a concert musician and continuing his work in the Episcopal Church, are his long-term goals. If you’re a fan of pipe organ music, you won’t want to miss this concert. Admission is FREE, but a free-will offering will be available.
It’s that time again, when volunteers are out on the shoulders of our major highways picking up the litter. As you’re out traveling, slow down and give them room to do their thing. If you’ve never volunteered to pick up litter, you don’t know what you’re missing. Volunteers are always needed.
Some helpful ideas from my friend, Mr. Manners:
Don’t stare at people.
If you don’t understand, ask before it’s too late.
Never call someone before 9 AM, or after 9 PM.
Smile at strangers.
Know the words to your national anthem.
See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman
Last week, among others, I made the following comment: “We can live our lives with regrets, I suppose, but I prefer not to. It can drive you crazy worrying about the ’what ifs‘ in life. Every single thing we do can be analyzed and debated, so why bother? So while I may wonder, I do not regret.”
When I wrote that comment, I believed it. I told myself that, sure, I wonder how this or that may have gone had I handled things differently. Both good and bad. But to say I do not regret, I guess, was a bit of a fallacy.
We all regret things in life; who was I kidding? Heck, sometimes I regret what I had for dinner. But I mean it when I say I NEVER and I mean NEVER, EVER regret….dessert!
Yes, my sad attempt at humor. Nice, huh?
But in all seriousness, I really believe that regret is a not only a fact of life, but also a very large part of it, as well. It is how we handle that regret that is what is important.
Do I regret waiting so long to get my degree? No. And yes, I do mean that. I have enjoyed my life up to this point, and I am really enjoying it now as I travel on this new career path.
However, I do have many regrets in my life. I think of them now and then and wonder how things may be different today in my life, relationships with others, or in any number of things, if I had made a different choice. I would like to think that those regrets are just in the back of my mind waiting to be triggered from time to time.
Some are, but others pop up more frequently.
I regret not being more outgoing in high school. I wonder how different my experience would have been had I been the person I am now. What if I had made the decision to stick with Cross Country instead of quitting? That is not a huge regret, but I wonder if I would have found success if I had kept on running, rather than running away.
I guess you can call me a quitter because I also quit band during my sophomore year. I do not regret that, however, as that didn’t last and I was back making music a week later. That is a story that Marge Caid (band director) and I still laugh about all these years later.
The ones that stick with me the most are probably the most common amongst us all: the loss of a loved one.
I regret not going to visit my grandma more when she was in the hospital. I wish I had spent more time with my grandpa when I lived just a few blocks away from him. I wish I had asked my dad more questions and had more in-depth talks with him about life before he succumbed to cancer. I regret the times I do not get to spend with my children, knowing that they will be grown before I know it. I can change that, however.
Those are the ones that hang over my head like a storm cloud.
I also regret the lack of communication I have with some of my family members, especially those that I used to be close with. Life is a flowing stream, we change, our families grow, but the ties that bind a family should not fray. And sadly, in my own family and in families of those that I care about, the bond has broken. In some instances, especially for some in my family, the distance between them seems way too deep and divided to even attempt reconciliation. To me, that is sad, and I hope for the best.
It is human to regret. I think that is part of what gives us character and helps us make better decisions in our lives.
But if we do not learn a lesson from the regrets that may haunt us now, we are doing a huge disservice to ourselves and those around us.
Last Friday was a pretty monumental day in my life.
What started out as a day full of excitement, anticipation and yes, nerves, ended on a very somber note when I got home.
To backtrack, last Thursday afternoon I received the phone call that I had been waiting for. A JOB OFFER! Of course I accepted, without hesitation, mind you. I mean, this is what I have been dreaming of doing my entire life. Yes, I am now (and proudly) able to proclaim that I am a TEACHER!
The road to becoming a teacher was not easy, as I have covered in this column a couple of times. But, regardless of the bumps in the road and the fact that I am nearly 40 years old and FINALLY working in the career that I have always dreamed of, I would not change a thing.
I do not regret where I have been in my past careers. I have met many wonderful people that I would never have had the chance to meet otherwise. Many of those past co-workers are now close friends of mine.
However, there is a part of me that, from time to time, says, “Imagine if you would have spent the past 16 years in the classroom instead of with the bank”. We can live our lives with regrets I suppose, but I prefer not to. It can drive you crazy worrying about the “what ifs” in life. Every single thing we do can be analyzed and debated, so why bother. So while I may wonder, I do not regret.
What I do know is that I am VERY happy with where I am at this moment in my life. I feel such a sense of accomplishment every time I walk into my classroom, I enjoy the students and I will continue to strive to be the greatest teacher I can be for them.
It will take time to get into the full swing of teaching. It is certainly not something that you can just walk through the doors and expect to do or know it all. I was blessed to have so many excellent teachers in my life and it is because of them that I am where I am today.
After an exciting first day at school, we came home to a sad, but not totally unexpected surprise. For the past few months the health of our 16-year old cat, Dreyfus, had slowly been declining. After several visits with the veterinarian, the decision was made to end his suffering.
I guess the old boy had other plans. After coming through the door, our other cat was meowing and acting different. I feared the worst and my suspicions were true. After telling my wife, we sat the girls down to tell them about Dreyfus.
I have lost pets before, but Dreyfus had been with me longer than any other.
Dreyfus had a rough and gruff exterior, but was a gentle soul deep down inside. He had attitude, swagger and was a fighter. He was the only cat I ever had that liked to eat Pringles and French fries, but most of all, he was my buddy.
We will miss him, but very glad he is no longer suffering.
It was an emotional day for us all with the beginning of one exciting chapter and the sad ending to another.
My name is Joker and Poker is my game. I am the Pet of the Week. I am a male, Chihuahua/ Rat terrier Mix and I am about 3 years old. I use my poker face because this place makes me scared. I would like a quiet home, I like the resident shelter cat. I have lived with other dogs and kids. The ladies say I am questionable with some men. My Docket # 11679, 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. 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. 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.
Here is a reminder to Commission on Aging (COA) riders that, effective Tuesday, October 1, the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority (CTA) will handle your van rides. The only noticeable change is in phone numbers. Instead of calling the COA for a ride, you’ll need to call the County Transportation Authority (CTA). The CTA’s number is 269-273-7808, or you may call the toll-free number, 1-800-964-5700. The days of service for COA passengers will remain Monday through Friday. The cost will remain a suggested monetary donation.
This Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, the First Presbyterian Church of Three Rivers/Centreville, 320 North Main Street, Three Rivers, invites everyone to join them in their 175th Anniversary Celebration. The celebrating begins on Saturday with a church open house and a party in the park, from 11 AM until 2 PM. Tours of the church and displays of historic documents and artifacts will be available for viewing. Plenty of games and activities will also be available, and the Gratitude Steel Band will provide the music. For refreshments, you may have some tasty ice cream, and the Weenie King will be on site for you hot dog lovers. On Sunday, September 29, everyone is welcome to attend the 10 AM worship service. Reverend Brenda Deily, Reverend John Best, and Reverend Raafat L. Zaki will lead the worship service. Also in attendance will be former pastors of the church. There will be a Celebratory Lunch immediately following the worship service.
My wife and I spend a lot of time together, mostly in the evening. We each have our own daytime errands, so we aren’t together 24/7. I’ve never understood how couples could do that without getting on each other’s nerves. Giving each other space is very important. We attend a lot of meetings together, so the ride home gives us time to process the meeting’s topics. Anyway, there are times when one of us is out, while the other remains at home. I’m not sure what she does while I’m away. I do know that she enjoys the solitude, and when I do arrive home, she is always interested as to how things went at the meeting, or whatever the occasion.
When she spends an evening out, I usually take advantage of the opportunity to watch Seinfeld, M*A*S*H, or some movie, of which I know the entire dialogue. I usually end up doing this until I fall asleep in my recliner. This upsets me, because I’ve wasted valuable time that could have been used channel-surfing.
About every other month, my wife gathers with several of her high school friends for fun and conversation. She always takes a special treat to pass and says that she will try to bring back whatever is left over. I never realized the appetites women have when they get together. My biggest concern is that she has a good time. I do miss her while she’s out and I try to have my snacking done before I hear the sound of the garage door going up, signaling her return.
It’s great that classes get together for reunions. My class gathers about once a year for a birthday party. Oh, we still do reunions; as a matter of fact, we celebrated our fiftieth in 2012. This year we’ll gather for a fish fry, which will serve as a time to reflect on the good old days, when if you got in trouble in school, the punishment there was nothing compared to what you’d receive, upon returning home. I’d like to think that the graduates of today would look forward to gathering as a class every so often after graduation.
Did you know?
If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t cause smoke unless it’s heated above 450F.
See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman