Three Rivers Fire Department Captain Jeff Bloomfield was recognized last week for his efforts in heading the annual Firefighters for Santa program.
Chief Dan Tomlinson and members of the city commission saluted Bloomfield, as he was presented with a specially designed fire hat that read “Chief Santa.” The presentation was a surprise to Bloomfield, whose wife, Holley, also surprised him by attending the brief ceremony.
Firefighters for Santa allows members of the Three Rivers force to collect and deliver food and clothes to Three Rivers families who have fallen on hard times.
The cause benefitted 91 families during the 2013 Christmas season.
The Mendon School Foundation said 35 of the 38 requests submitted for the 2013 program were filled.
Bonnie Outman, treasurer of the 10-member foundation board, said the community and its donors deserve thanks and recognition for supporting more than 90 percent of the requests.
Funded requests included a variety of gymnasium equipment, field trips, teacher workshops, technology-related items, books and a variety of classroom-needed tools and items.
Through its 26-year history, the Mendon School Foundation has had strong support from donors who include the Mendon Women’s Club, TH Plastics, Monsanto, Parkville Prairie Farms and Mendon Auto Supply.
Outman said several of the mini-grant requests are filled via “in memory of” or “in honor of” bequeaths.
Requests by district staff members for the 2014 campaign will be collected in October.
Glen Oaks Community College has announced details of Expo ’14, an inaugural event where the community is invited to visit the campus, meet and talk with faculty members, and experience the college through hands-on activities.
The free, three-hour event starts at 10 a.m. March 8.
Tonya Howden, GOCC director of admissions, said officials with the Centreville-area school hope to raise an awareness of the programs, services and opportunities that it provides.
Guided tours of campus will take place every half hour. Students will be performing demonstrations in many of the labs—these include Automotive, Welding, Electrical Technologies and the Science labs.
In addition, support staff will be on hand to answer questions about associate and certificate degree programs, admissions, registration, financial aid, dual enrollment and student-support services.
Guests will also be able to explore career options through the Focus 2 Online Career and Educational Planning system.
Two vehicles in Mendon Township were burglarized earlier this week.
According to a St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department media release, the breaking-and-entering incidents occurred Sunday or Monday in the 23000 block of South Shore Drive.
A small amount of loose change was taken from a vehicle; a backpack was stolen from the other.
A detour was set up on Pulver Road last week, as crews prepare to replace the Rocky River bridge.
Located between Burlew Road and M-216 in Flowerfield Township, the bridge will be replaced this spring by Allegan County-based Milbocker and Sons. The same company will also be charged with replacing the Floating Bridge Road bridge, also spanning the Rocky River in Flowerfield Township.
The projects’ combined cost is $1.2 million. St. Joseph County Road Commission officials said the Michigan Department of Transportation’s local bridge fund will cover 95 percent of the expense.
Three Rivers city officials have approved the sale of a house that is part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
During last week’s city commission meeting, final approval was given for the sale of the residence at 516 Eighth St. for $86,000.
Mayor Tom Lowry said the sale marks the third residence constructed by the city and sold through the NSP program.
City Manager Joe Bippus indicated the NSP grants have been exhausted, though he was encouraged to stay abreast of any potential grants in the future.