The Animal Rescue Fund of St. Joseph County has announced the date of its annual Dinner Auction, the agency’s largest fundraiser of the year.
The event will be March 22 at Belle Époque in downtown Three Rivers. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. with a live auction starting at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased at Beam Sound and Video on West Michigan Avenue in Three Rivers or at the door. Dinner tickets, which are not required for guests wishing to participate in the auction, are $10 per adult and $6 for children.
Auction items are new and donated by local businesses and supporters, as well as many national organizations.
More information about the Animal Rescue Fund or this month’s fundraiser can be found online at arfund.org.
The village of Constantine was awarded a grant in excess of $240,000 Friday from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
During a ceremony at the village office, municipal leaders accepted the money awarded as part of a Downtown Infrastructure Grant. The $242,000 gift was contingent on an $80,000 match from the village.
Village Manager Mark Honeysett said the funds will help pay for a 34-space parking lot downtown, new lighting and a number of other amenities to enhance Constantine’s downtown area.
Constantine was one of 14 communities in the state to receive grants from the EDC. A total of $7 million was available from the Lansing agency.
Work is expected to start later in the spring and conclude in September.
State Sen. Bruce Caswell announced he will not seek re-election later this year.
The 64-year-old Caswell said his tenure will end Dec. 31. He took over the position from Cameron Brown starting in January 2011.
Caswell, a retired superintendent of Pittsford Area Schools, had turned in his petition to run again. However, Caswell said he will withdraw his petition and let someone new step in to the seat.
The 16th State Senate District will be redrawn in 2015 to exclude St. Joseph and Lenawee counties, but add Jackson County. It currently includes and will continue to take in Branch and Hillsdale counties.
Here’s a reminder that online voting for the People’s Choice continues through Wednesday for the upcoming Dancing With the St. Joseph County Stars event.
Event organizer Linda Kline said an award will be presented after Friday’s production to the couple that receives the most online votes for People’s Choice. Voting for the award will continue the day of the event at the Nora Hagen Theater.
Seven couples are scheduled to participate in the inaugural competition, which is a fundraiser for the St. Joseph County Child Abuse and Neglect agency.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. A limited supply remains and are available at any township library in the county, W.E. English Insurance in Sturgis or the Commission on Aging office in Three Rivers.
Officials from World Fare have announced the Rivers of Justice Film Festival will take place April 4 and 5 in downtown Three Rivers.
Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma said the festival includes three feature-length films at the Riviera Theatre. Banana Land, playing April 4, explores issues of worker and environmental justice in banana-growing regions.
On April 5, The House I Live In will invite viewers to consider the effectiveness of the war on drugs, while If You Build It will tell the story of an innovative building and design program at a rural high school.
World Fare will host a community potluck dinner April 4 to coincide with the start of the two-day event.
Tickets, available online and at the Riviera, are $5 per film or $10 for the three-movie package.
Concerns about the city’s recommendation to leave a trickle of water running as a precaution against frozen pipes were expressed during last week’s Three Rivers City Commission meeting.
Residents Jim Everett and Helen Dettmar asked Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners if residents who adhere to the request would be given a break on their water bills.
City manager Joe Bippus said the billing department would make average adjustments for people who do leave water running. Bippus said people who have either been following or plan to abide by the request should visit the city’s finance department.
Lowry suggested the city consider taking the average of the prior three, four or six billing cycles. He clarified that the city will consider the rate adjustment only if a homeowner has, in fact, left water running and their bill is greater than usual.