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Venus Foundation wants to build shelter

April 16, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The mother of a Colon-area murder victim is looking to open a domestic-violence shelter in Sturgis.

Therese McComb, mother of Venus Stewart and founder of the Venus Foundation, is seeking property on which to locate the shelter. McComb said she is in search of a donation of land or funds to construct the shelter.

McComb said the 50 percent of women seeking a place to stay are turned away because there are not enough shelters. As a result, they have to return to their abuser or go homeless, McComb said.

The Venus Foundation was inspired by the 2010 murder of Stewart, who was murdered by her estranged husband.

To find out more about The Venus Foundation or to donate, its website can be found at: thevenusfoundation.com.

County officials request new units

April 11, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

St. Joseph County officials acknowledged a grant-application request from the sheriff’s department for preliminary-breath-test units.

During Thursday’s executive committee meeting, county administrator Pat Yoder said law enforcement agencies in the county use the PBT units to assist deputies with drivers suspected of being intoxicated or impaired.

Time and usage has resulted in a need for new units.

Committee members agreed to add the matter to Tuesday’s agenda for action by the commission.

The grant would cover the purchase of 42 devices, which are used by the sheriff’s department and distributed to police departments in each of the county’s eight municipalities.

Included in the grant are 28 bags of disposable mouth pieces; each bag contains 250 mouth pieces. Total amount of the purchase is $13,100.

Hydrant flushing starts Sunday

April 11, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Here’s a reminder from the Three Rivers Department of Public Services will begin its twice-a-year hydrant flushing Sunday night.

Amy Roth, DPS director, said the flushing will start at 11 p.m. Sunday. She said crews expect flushing to continue Sunday through Thursday nights through the end of May.

Each flushing will take place between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The work will begin in the city’s 4th District, then proceed to the 1st, 2nd and conclude in the 3rd district.

Roth said the department is not able to determine the exact dates it will be in each district.

She advises that some rusty water may be experienced during the process and encourages residents to call the DPS office if rust in water continues over a prolonged period.

Two retire from TR Health Board of Directors

April 8, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Two longtime members of the Three Rivers Health Board of Directors were recognized during their final meeting.

With over 25 years of combined service, Sue Potts and Pat Henderson were given an official sendoff and gifts during the board’s March meeting.

Both said they would enjoy retirement with family, friends and hobbies.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 8, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

More than 150 blue pinwheels were set up at Free Church Park in Sturgis Sunday afternoon in recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention month.

The pinwheels were planted to recognize the confirmed cases of child abuse or neglect in St. Joseph County last year. The Child Abuse and Neglect Council of St. Joseph County uses the pinwheels to help raise awareness of the problem.

The council placed more than 1,000 pinwheels throughout the county in nine gardens in Three Rivers, Mendon, Colon, Burr Oak, Sturgis, White Pigeon and Constantine, and outside the courthouse gazebo in Centreville.

A community prayer vigil is set for 7 p.m., April 24, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis to recognize those who help neglected or abused children.

TR Health has counselors on-site

April 7, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Three Rivers Health now has two certified application counselors on site to assist residents in applying for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Its counselors can help people understand, apply online and enroll for health coverage through the Marketplace. They are available to answer questions and be a resource for the community.

CEO William Russell said the Certified Application Counselors are trained and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to assist individuals and families with enrollment in health insurance including health plans offered in the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and MIChild.

Under the new Health Insurance Marketplace, residents may choose from three levels of coverage – bronze, silver, and gold. Many residents who are applying have little to no out-of-pocket monthly premiums.

Appointments may be scheduled with Debra Kinney, at 278-1145 Ext. 504, or Cathy Zinsmaster, at 278-1145 Ext. 592.

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