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Week of May 26th

May 27, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

“Save The Frogs!” No, this isn’t some Sci-Fi movie coming to a theater near you. It’s an event that started last year, and because of its cause and popularity, it’s happening again this year.

I mentioned this event a couple of months ago and gave you a preview of what will happen this year. I mentioned at the time that I would give you more news later. It is now later, so I will keep my promise to you, while at the same time putting a smile on my buddy Vic’s face. Now Vic is so much into this project that he is thinking seriously about selling his country home and moving to a very comfortable “pad” in a nearby pond. Enough digressing!

During the month of June, the “Save The Frogs!” committee is planning events to coincide with the Three Rivers Water Festival. That 80-foot-long mural, which was created by the young people at TRAM (Three Rivers Area Mentoring), will once again hang on the fence by the Scidmore Park Petting Zoo.

On July 19, more information and activities planned by the committee will be available at the Huss School Festival. This festival attracts hundreds of visitors for fun, good food, great music, plus information that is very important for our health and the health of our planet.

We recently spent a weekend in Battle Creek attending the Lions Club State Convention. It is held in a different location every year so that the same Lions don’t have to travel a long distance each year. Last year, the convention was held in Shipshewana, Indiana, so everyone had a distance to travel, except for those Lions living here in St. Joe, Cass, and Branch Counties.

The convention was held at McCamly Plaza, which is an older hotel located right downtown Battle Creek. With the recent press coverage of what’s been happening in Battle Creek, we weren’t that excited about being any part of the eleven o’clock news. This didn’t stop us from attending, however, because we were looking forward to spending time with our Lion friends.

The weekend was fun. We started off with a Thursday evening picnic at Cornwell’s in Turkeyville. It was a picnic atmosphere, but, because of the chilly weather, we dined inside. We learned that they have a campground on the property, so perhaps we’ll spend another weekend there this summer.

Altogether, the weekend was a success. We were able to spend plenty of time visiting, because this is one time when we weren’t obligated to attend meetings like we had in previous years. The only real disadvantage to where we stayed was the parking. There just wasn’t any real FREE place to park without having to walk some distance. Otherwise, it’s always great getting together with friends and talking about what’s going on in each other’s lives, and of course, it’s great to get Out and About.

I try not to use this column that much for providing FREE advertising, but every so often, something comes along that is for a good cause and I’m pretty sure that you folks would really like to hear about. Such is the case with the spring “Indoor Yard and Bake Sale” hosted by Light and Life Wesleyan Church, 15765 Hoffman Road, directly across the road from the UAW Hall, on the west side of Three Rivers. It happens this Saturday, May 31, from 9 AM until 3 PM. This fundraiser will help support their community outreach programs. As I’m sure you’ve read in this paper, this promises to be a sale you won’t want to miss. A lawn mower, refrigerator, and stove/oven are a couple of the big items you’ll find there, and, of course, you’ll find an abundance of home-made baked goods. Leave the credit cards at home, because the sales are CASH ONLY and ALL SALES ARE FINAL. We’ll see you there.

A couple of things to remember:

Friendship is like a book. It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.

Old friends are GOLD! New friends are like a DIAMOND! If you get a diamond, don’t forget the gold, because to hold a diamond, you always need a base of gold.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

Gusto

May 21, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Gusto bigEveryone calls me Gusto because I definitely have a gusto for life. I am a male, brown terrier mix with a black muzzle. I’m about one year old and weigh 30 lbs. I’d be good with a family who has time to play with me and give me lots of exercise – and tire me out. I love to be with people and play fetch. Sometimes when I look at you I look like I am smiling. Please come and see me. I’d like to be part of your family. My docket number is 12020, 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. NOTE: ARF will pay for the spay/neuter of ANY adopted pet from animal control. This is done 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. This is for a limited number of adoptions, so come in and take advantage of this helping hand from ARF. 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 Humane Society is the only location for the offer.

Out and About – Week of May 19th

May 20, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Whenever someone I admire passes away, I try to mention them in this column. I take their passing with considerable difficulty, and I’m not embarrassed to share my feelings. I know and admire quite a few people. I respect what they do for the betterment of us all and enjoy making my admiration for them known. I’ve learned a valuable lesson. If you admire someone and appreciate what they have done or are doing, let them know. Don’t wait until it’s too late. I wish that I had been able to spend more time with Bruce Snook. He passed much too early, and I never was able to let him know how much I appreciated what he had done for the community. I’d like to continue my lesson learned by saying, “Congratulations to Police Chief Tom Bringman.” A couple of weeks ago, Chief Bringman celebrated forty years in the field of law enforcement. This means that, for more than half his life, he has served the community in which he lives and has done so with pride and dedication to the job.

I stopped by his office a couple of weeks ago and asked if I might speak to him for just a few minutes. About an hour or so later, I left the police department with an even higher respect for the man who works with the police officers who put their lives at risk every day. Please notice that I said Chief Bringman works “with” the officers. He is, in fact, their boss and their leader. The buck stops at his desk. If a mistake happens within the department, he accepts the blame, because he feels that perhaps he had overlooked something, so, as a result, the mistake was made.

For as much as the local firefighters like Chief Tomlinson, I feel confident in saying that the local police officers like Chief Bringman. They like him, because the officers know that he would not ask them to do anything, or perform in such a manner, that he would not do himself.

We are fortunate to have Chief Bringman working for us. He is a people person who believes in the fact that we all have two ears and one mouth, so perhaps we should do more listening than talking. Tom Bringman loves Three Rivers as much as anyone and wants us all to feel confident in knowing that our police officers are doing everything in their power to keep us safe. Whenever I see a police officer or firefighter, I always thank them for their service and ask them to be safe out there. It would be nice if more citizens did that.

The Thursday and Friday prior to Mother’s Day, I spent a total of seven hours volunteering for the St. Joseph County Marine Corps League. I was stationed in front of Walgreens for the purpose of accepting donations for the League. For any donation given, I presented the donor with a small red rose in appreciation for their generosity. The donations received are to be used for scholarships and for aid in assisting wounded veterans, a very worthy cause.

The week prior, I served as co-chair for the Three Rivers Lions Club White Cane Days. The donations received from this fundraiser are used to provide eyeglasses for those in need right here in the Three Rivers area, another very important cause.

Both of these volunteer opportunities are very important to me. I joined Lions and the Marine Corps League because I want to give back in some way. By sitting or standing out there accepting donations, I am not only helping someone, but I also am able to see firsthand how generous people can be when it comes to helping one another. Oh, I’ve seen people pass me by avoiding eye contact and pretending that I’m not there, but most people give freely and thank me for what I’ve done or what I am doing. I’ve found that the people with the least to give give the most. This restores my faith in humanity. These generous people will never make the five o’clock news, but, in a small way, they’ve made this column, and for that I feel very fortunate.

My motto has always been, “Volunteer…..the world is run by those who show up.”

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

Casey

May 15, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Casey AHello. My name is Casey and I am a 1 year old, female beagle/husky mix. My eyes are ice blue (Paul Newman would have been jealous) and I am black and tan with a white chest and little white feet. I am a perfect choice for you – I am already house-trained, walk nicely on a leash and am already spayed. I am current with my shots and very sweet. Being part beagle, I do love to run. If you have a fenced in yard, that would be perfect. I am very loving and would make a great addition to your family. Please come and see me. I’d like to be part of your family. My docket number is 12036, 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. NOTE: ARF will pay for the spay/neuter of ANY adopted pet from animal control. This is done 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. This is for a limited number of adoptions, so come in and take advantage of this helping hand from ARF. 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 Humane Society is the only location for the offer.

Out and About – Week of May 12th

May 13, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The “Snowbirds” have returned to “Pure Michigan”. A week or so ago, we decided to visit one of our favorite hometown restaurants. Located a stone’s throw away from the Wood Street Dam, it’s been a gathering place for many of the locals for over fifty years. On this particular Friday evening, we thought we’d go and join many other fish fans for their all-you-can-eat fish dinners. As we entered through the back door, we found the place packed with Snowbirds. It was evident that they had not spent the last several months here, because they had very nice tans and were having a great time visiting with each other. I’m sure many of them thought that they had returned too early.

I’m a people watcher, so I was in my glory just observing everyone. It was great to see everyone becoming reacquainted because, even though they had spent the winter months in Florida, they had probably been spread out throughout the state. It was like a fifty-year class reunion. The patrons would eat, then visit other tables filled with senior citizens.

A friend of mine came in alone and sat down at one of the larger tables, because there just wasn’t another table available. The waitress approached him and asked if it would be okay for others to sit with him and share the space. “Of course,” he said, “there just wasn’t any place else to sit, and I don’t bite, so bring them on.” It wasn’t long before that larger table was filled with other patrons. My friend, who is normally quite shy, was soon enjoying some great conversation. He was wearing his Marine Corps cap, which showed that he served in the Corps during the Vietnam era, so that opened a new line of conversation. We didn’t wait around too long after eating our meal, because there were people waiting for a place to sit. I’m sure the Snowbirds were made to feel welcome and were glad to be back. I’m waiting for a shuffleboard court to open near the restaurant.

The first weekend of this month, the Three Rivers Lions were out seeking donations for their White Cane Days. The weather could have been better May 2 and 3, but the spirit of giving was top notch. The donations received will go a long way in assisting those in need of eyeglasses. The Lions thank you for your generosity. If you have used eyeglasses, and would like to properly dispose of them, you may drop them off at Lowry’s Books, the lobby at City Hall, the Specialty Clinic at TR Health, Fred’s Pharmacy, the TR Community Center, Sussex Vision, or at the Lions office upstairs at LA’s Coffee Cafe. The eyeglasses will be cleaned and checked and dispensed to those in need.

I’m changing my format just a little bit again. I am very fortunate in being able to get Out and About and visit many of the activities around St. Joe County and beyond. Being retired now, I have more time to do things that I really enjoy, so I’ve decided to share some of these experiences with you. I’m a very big supporter of volunteering, and I spend most of my time doing just that. The pay isn’t the greatest, but the satisfaction that comes from helping those in need cannot be beat. If you’re planning a fundraising dinner, or another activity that you’d like others to know about, I’m afraid I can’t help you out like I used to. Please keep me advised of these activities, and I’ll do my best to attend them and then let everyone know how much fun I had. I would suggest that you use this newspaper, the local radio station, and community bulletin boards to advertise your event. This newspaper is always looking for an exciting event. They might even provide someone to cover your story, complete with photos. Channel 3 News knows the way to Three Rivers, but it has to be something quite spectacular for them to travel twenty miles south.

Three Rivers is a very nice community, but it does have its problems like every community in this great country of ours. It’s up to all of us to work together and get rid of the problems. Together we can do more.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

Sam

May 8, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Sam CHi. My name is Sam and I am a BIG, 19 pound hunk-a-hunk of burning love. If you want a calm, loving friend, I am it. I am a black male, short-hair, 13 year-old with a lot of love and life to give you. I have all the extras, too. I am already litter-trained, neutered and declawed. My family couldn’t keep me because of allergies but I surely would love to come and be part of your home. Please visit me and see how sweet I am. My docket number is 12004, 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. NOTE: ARF will pay for the spay/neuter of ANY adopted pet from animal control. This is done 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. This is for a limited number of adoptions, so come in and take advantage of this helping hand from ARF. 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 Humane Society is the only location for the offer.

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