The grand reopening of Curly’s in downtown Colon was met with an enthusiastic and steady crowd throughout the course of the day Thursday.
A line of patrons had formed by the time the newly rebuilt restaurant and bar opened at 11 a.m. Co-owner Kathy Earl said business was steady all day. Many guests, she said, expressed their best wishes for success and appreciation for rebuilding.
The original Curly’s and an adjacent business were destroyed by a fire March 8 last year. The new Curly’s now extends all the way west to the corner of State and Blackstone.
A fundraiser for the St. Joseph County United way takes place Saturday.
“The Duster … a Three Rivers Health Variety Show,” begins at 7 p.m. at Three Rivers Middle School.
Produced and presented as a United Way fundraiser by Three Rivers Health employees, The Duster is $20 per person and $10 for children. A pancake supper starting at 6 o’clock is included in the price of admission.
State Rep. Matt Lori has commended the Michigan House of Representatives for approving a package of bills to remove the word “retarded” and various iterations from Michigan state law.
The eight-bill package, including Lori’s House Bill 5345, puts Michigan in line with all but six other states that have removed the word from their law books.
Lori, who serves on the Michigan Mental Health and Wellness Commission, spearheaded the legislative move to remove the offending words and replace them with people-first language that is more respectful of their developmental or intellectual disabilities.
The bills passed with unanimous support. They now go to the Senate for consideration.
An institution in downtown Colon will open its doors Thursday following a one-year absence.
Dan and Kathy Earl, owners of Curly’s, have staged soft-openings Monday and Tuesday in advance of Thursday’s public grand opening at 11 a.m.
The Earls will continue Curly’s grand-opening celebration through the weekend.
The eatery features an interior siding adorned with the wood of a fallen barn. Meanwhile, bricks salvaged from the original Curly’s have become a part of the foundation for its successor.
The new Curly’s also includes a patio area outlined with a wrought-iron fence around its 10-by-52-foot perimeter along State Street at its north side.
Kathy Earl said she was reminded all over again Monday and Tuesday how much Curly’s means to the community.
The original Curly’s was destroyed by a faulty kitchen appliance March 8 last year.
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.
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.