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.
A variety of Christmas-related celebrations are taking place over the next three days throughout St. Joseph County.
In Constantine, the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony takes place at 6 o’clock tonight.
The village is also staging its Fourth of July fireworks fundraiser dinner tonight at Meeks Mill. Dinner settings are at 5 o’clock, 6:30 and 7:30.
Also in Constantine Saturday, downtown stores will feature a Christmas scavenger hunt 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Santa and reindeer will be at Shelby Park from 11 a.m. until 2. Prospective participants are advised to bring their own cameras.
Christmas in Colon takes place Friday, when a downtown parade starts at 6 p.m. Santa and carolers will be at the Colon Community Park at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Centreville Downtown Development Authority has announced Santa will be coming to Centreville at 7 p.m. Saturday. The village’s Christmas tree lighting will occur at the same time in the courtyard gazebo.
The village of White Pigeon is seeking donations to help with the purchase of new Christmas decorations in 2014.
The fundraising effort is being spearheaded by village council Trustee Shireen Cline. She said the village decided to end a three-year tradition and not hire a company that installed and took down rented decorations. The rental and service was about $1,300 a year.
For 2013, Cline said, the village instead will decorate its downtown area with 20- to 25-year-old decorations it owns.
Cline said she would like to order new decorations in the first quarter of 2014 to qualify for a discounted, off-season rate.
Investigators with the Three Rivers Police Department are looking for a man who exposed himself to a woman in the downtown area Sunday.
According to a department media release, the man was on Joshua Drive near the city’s East Parking Lot around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, when he asked a woman for directions.
As the woman approached the man, he pulled her toward the vehicle. The woman told police she noticed the man was exposing himself.
She managed to break away from the man and he was last seen driving east on East Michigan Avenue.
The man was described as being a light-skinned black man around 30 years of age.
He was driving a maroon, four-door vehicle. Its make, model and registration information were not known.
Three people, including a Three Rivers resident, were arrested on drug-related charges following a traffic stop last week in Park Township.
According to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, a pickup truck driven by a 34-year-old man from Three Rivers was stopped around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Klines Resort Road and Silver Street.
A subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered methamphetamine and items associated with meth production.
The driver was charged with driving with a suspended license, providing a false name to officers, a sex-offender violation, possession of methamphetamine and multiple warrants.
A 27 year-old-male passenger from Plainwell was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant.
In addition, a 25-year-old female from Galesburg was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.
Names of the three were not included in a department media release.