The St. Joseph County Conservation District has announced a forestry workshop it is sponsoring this week.
The event is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and features two keynote speakers: Ben Schram, forestry assistance program coordinator with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Jeff Steinkraus, consulting forester.
The focus of the workshop will center on qualified forestry, conservation forestry planning and a new component on what is called the reLEAF program.
Prospective participants are asked to RSVP by phoning 467-6336, ext. 6
The program takes place at the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District.
Troopers from the Michigan State Police detachment in White Pigeon were called Friday to A-1 Storage Unit in Sturgis Township regarding break-ins to several units.
The incidents occurred between 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday in the 68000 block of White School Road.
Nearly 200 people took part in Friday’s Christmas in Colon holiday gathering in downtown Colon.
Despite cold weather, a crowd gathered along State Street well ahead of the annual parade. The procession started at Colon Elementary and concluded at Colon Community Park, where hot chocolate, cookies and a visit with Santa were available.
Sponsored by the Colon Area Chamber of Commerce, the event also featured extended hours at downtown Colon businesses, where finger foods and treats were offered.
Village president Tom Tenney declared the 2013 event a success based on the number of people who participated and spent the evening in its downtown district.
Kennedy’s Kitchen and the Celtic Fire Irish Stepdancers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers.
All proceeds from the show will benefit the Huss Project, an effort to build community in Three Rivers through food, art, play and friendship. The evening will feature Irish music, dancing, sing-along Christmas carols, complimentary appetizers and a cash bar with drink specials and a range of microbrews.
Tickets range from $10-$100, with a suggested ticket price of $15. Moe information is available online at: hussproject.com.
The Lockport Township Water System, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, has determined it is no longer necessary to use bottled water, or to boil water before drinking or cooking. Appropriate corrective measures have been taken and follow-up sampling has confirmed no coliform bacteria is present in the water supply. The advisory had been in place since Nov. 29, when a pump failure occurred due to an electrical malfunction, resulting in the loss of system pressure. The township’s water system was flushed and bacteria samples were taken to monitor the water quality. The latest series of tests came back negative.
Michigan authorities say this year’s deer harvest appears to be down significantly from 2012 because of weather, disease and rule changes. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that early checks show the number of deer shot during the 2013 firearms hunting season fell in all regions of the state. The season ended Saturday. The DNR says the drop was about 15 to 20 percent in the Upper Peninsula and about 10 percent in the southern Lower Peninsula, with a slight decline in the northern Lower Peninsula. It says deer were hit by heavy, late snow in the Upper Peninsula and an epizootic hemorrhagic disease outbreak two summers ago in the South. It says new antler point restrictions on young bucks also played a role. (AP)