Hello. My name is Dogee and I am a female, black & tan Heeler/Rott mix. I am about 5 years old and am moderately active. I really like people and love to cuddle and have my belly rubbed. I am sweet and friendly and even good with cats! I’m housebroken but I do like to have a little time to sniff around for a bit. Please come and see me. I’d be a very good addition to your family. My docket # is 11869, 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. The kittens from last week are still available and waiting to play with you. 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.
The Three Rivers area Snowman Making Contest is back. If I remember correctly, this contest was cancelled last year due to lack of snow. It seems that we won’t have that problem this year.
The contest will be held this Saturday, January 25, from noon until 2 PM. The site is the west side parking lot, located on the west side of Main Street, on Railroad Drive. Check-in time is 11:30 AM, with the competition beginning at high noon. They are looking for teams of at least five members to compete against teams from Douglas, Zeeland, Saline, and St. Clair. There is a $10 team fee. Applications and contest rules are available at various merchants in downtown Three Rivers, and are also available at the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce office, 57 North Main Street. Immediately following the competition, a fashion show decorating contest will be held for the “Snow People”. Entrants are reminded to take home all non-biodegradable items after the show. Carrots, berries, etc., are welcome to stay. For warmth, campfires will be available from noon until 3 PM, hosted by local Boy Scouts. A final note: the judges are looking for quantity, not quality. The last winning town made 400 snowpeople. Kudos to the Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority for hosting this family event.
As I look out my office window, and see the snow building up on the already accumulated drifts, I remind myself that spring is just around the corner. Evidence of this is the notice that Little League sign-ups are happening tomorrow, Wednesday, January 22, and Saturday, January 25, at The Cage, located on North Main Street, just off Enterprise Drive. The sign-up hours for tomorrow, are from 6 to 8 PM, and the hours for signing-up on Saturday, are from 8 to 11 AM. These are for both softball and baseball. The cost for tee-ball is $50, and for all other divisions, the cost is $60. It would be a great idea for all parents to accompany their future Hall of Famers, in case there are any questions. It’s time to get ready to “PLAY BALL”.
If there is such a thing as reincarnation, I would really like to return as an indoor cat. Our cat has it made. Dixie sleeps most of the day, has plenty to eat and drink, and has no responsibility whatsoever. One of her favorite places to relax is my chair. When I come home, she reluctantly gives up her spot and seeks out my wife for sympathy. Seems to work every time.
Cats are extremely independent. Dogs not independent at all. There are pros and cons as far as having a dog or cat, but that’s a column in itself.
There’s a lot we can learn from dogs. A dog-friend of mine, named Mr. Canine, is a teacher, and he gave me a list of things we, as humans, should learn and remember, if we want to get along better with other humans, and enjoy life in a better way. There are sixteen things altogether, so for the next four weeks, I’ll share four of them with you each week. Here are the first four:
Always run to greet loved ones when they come home.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Recognize the ecstasy of fresh air and wind in your face.
Four more next week.
All of you bargain hunters might want to check out the “dollar” stores that are abundant in just about every community. They can make shopping fun, especially if you like bargains that really help you save a buck or two. They sell very basic items like toiletries, greeting cards, household goods, and even clothes at very low prices. I don’t know of anyone who wouldn’t rather have more money in their pocket rather than in the larger stores.
See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman
Last week was sort of a flashback to 1978. I was working at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, and was living in Schaumburg at the time. The airport was closed, and I couldn’t get out of my subdivision anyway. It was a memorable experience, and one I didn’t care to experience anytime in the future. Last week was another one of those experiences. Like most of you, we didn’t venture out, because we were informed that if caught, we would be fined $100. There were people Out and About, because they didn’t catch the warning on the radio or on television. Oh yes, Facebook notified everyone, but as we all know, you must be selective as to what you read on Facebook. The city and the county have Facebook pages, so these would be the most reliable. I wouldn’t advise that you pay too much attention as to what Lucy Lu, down the street, advises you to do. I doubt seriously that the authorities are going to impound your vehicle, strip you naked, shoot your dog, and sell your children into slavery. My suggestion, and I suggest it strongly, is to keep your radio tuned into WLKM-FM, 95.9,or WRCI, 97.1. They will keep you advised as to school and business closings, plus much more. Their advice is reliable and FREE.
A big “Thank You” goes out to all the Department of Public Services employees. You people did a fantastic job of clearing the streets of the white stuff. I was smart enough to wait until you plowed our street before I attempted to clear my driveway.
I mentioned a week or so ago, that it’s a very good idea to keep your vehicle’s gas tank at least half full during the winter. I’ve discussed this topic with the “guys” at our daily coffee klatch, and the general consensus is to keep an extra container of gasoline on hand for the snow blower. I came very close to running out, and was not able to get to the gas station for a refill. That won’t happen again. It was also suggested to use premium gasoline for those small engines. I guess you might compare it to having prime rib over a hot dog. Now, that makes sense to me. Enough about our winter conditions.
Christmas is in the history books, which means that our pocketbooks can take a break for a while. There always seems to be something we need, and I’m very much an impulse shopper. If I see something I want, I want it now. I try very hard to wait until the appropriate time to make certain purchases. If you are the same way, here’s something you might want to make note of for future shopping. Winter is the best time to buy homes, exercise equipment, and TVs; spring is best for computers, digital cameras, and carpeting; summer for indoor furniture, camcorders, and snow blowers; and fall for lawn mowers, gas grills, and GPS navigators. I’m cutting this part of the column out and sticking to our refrigerator door. On second thought, the refrigerator door already has too much stuff on it already. I wonder when it might be a good time to purchase a refrigerator.
It seems that I’ve made quite a few suggestions, this week, on what you might do to make life more enjoyable. I might as well wrap this up by offering a few more suggestions:
Take a vacation from your cell phone, internet, and TV, once a year.
Never get your hair cut on the day of a special event.
Never eat lunch at your desk, if you can avoid it.
When you marry someone, remember you marry her/his entire family.
Invest in good luggage.
If you have to fight, punch first and punch hard.
Remember, this is Michigan, so we’re going to get more snow. The days are getting longer, which is a very good thing. If you are warm and not hungry, please think about your outside pets. Are they as comfortable and as happy as you are? If you love your outside dog, spend the night with her/him out in the doghouse.
See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman
My name is Shadow and I was a Pet of the Week back in September. I was a little kitten at that time. Now, I am a beautiful, silky black cat, still waiting for a good home. I am a male with short, black fur, about 9 months old now. I love to be with people and play with toys. I could be a very nice addition to your family. Come in and see how good I am with people. My Docket # 11597, 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, Jewel, was adopted.
Hello. I am called Jewel because when I was found I had a jeweled collar on. I am a pretty cream colored shepherd mix with big brown eyes. I am very playful and love attention. Someone needs to teach me manners but I take instructions well. I may be happier with no other dogs around. Please come and see me. My docket # is 11845, 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. The kittens from last week are still available and waiting to play with you. 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.
Welcome to the first Out and About column for 2014. If this is your first time reading this column, thank you for taking the time to do so. I’ll try my best to provide you with some useful information, and, of course, a bit of humor along the way. There’s so much depressing news out there these days, so I’d like to do what I can to remind you that everything out there is not all that bad, and that the community of Three Rivers is a pretty neat place to live.
My motto for over eight years has been, “Volunteer….the world is run by those who show up.” My wife is a constant source of quotes and memorable thoughts. Here’s one that is appropriate for this, the first of my columns for 2014: “Dare to live out loud in 2014! Life is waiting for you to show up.” In my mind, this quote is a keeper and one that should be read on a regular basis. I’ll try to remember to add a quote to this column from time to time.
My family gets together once a year at Christmas time. We keep in touch through e-mails, but physically seeing each other is really special. I always feel a bit out of place during these gatherings, because I’m the only one who doesn’t have a college degree, and I’m not as up-to-date as I should be when it comes to current events. I guess I’ve never really grown up. I was a bit nervous about our latest get together, which happened the weekend between Christmas and New Year. Everything turned out just fine, and as I mentioned in last week’s column, a good time was had by all. My brother thinks that I have a pretty good sense of humor and, along with my wife, feels that not having a college degree is nothing worth worrying about. I love spreading a little humor and making people laugh, so I guess that’s okay. There are a lot of college graduates out of work like me, but I’m retired, so I guess they should be the ones worrying.
I’ve been told by several people in the know that, during the winter months, it’s a good idea to not let your fuel tank drop below the halfway mark. It’s getting more and more difficult to know when to fill your tank or top it off. I like to do it when the gas prices are at a low, but even that is difficult to predict. I’ve heard that a bad time to get gasoline is when a tanker truck is delivering that precious commodity. The reason being is that the tanker drops the fuel into the tank, which stirs up the fuel already there. This also stirs up the dirty residue at the bottom of the storage tank. This residue finds its way into your car’s fuel system, and even though it is supposedly filtered, it is still not a good thing.
Periodically, I will slip in a couple of items that just seem to be the right thing to do. This is one of those times. Please keep these in mind as you travel along life’s highway:
If a street performer makes you stop while walking, you owe her/him a buck.
Never park in front of a bar.
All guns are loaded.
Now that 2013 is in the history books, it’s time to prepare yourself for the annual meeting with the tax man. It might be too late for this year, but it’s never too late to plan ahead for next year. Think about this and give it some serious thought. When you charge charitable donations to your credit card, the bank “swipe fee” may be three percent. Debit cards and PayPal take a smaller cut. You might be better off to just send a check.
You’ve heard it many times, but very few of us follow through on the suggestion. With the weather being a bit unpredictable, you never know when you might become stranded when you’re Out and About. Take a backpack and fill it with a container of water, clean socks, gloves, warning flares, and any other items that you think might come in handy should you become stranded. A blanket and a first aid kit are also recommended. Having a fully-charged cell phone is a given. Make sure your car’s “blue liquid” container is topped off. Most importantly, never leave your common sense at home.
See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman