Steve Proefrock, head men’s basketball coach at Glen Oaks Community College, has been awarded the Men’s Junior College Coach of the Year award from the statewide Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
In his 16th season at Glen Oaks, Proefrock led his team to the Western Conference Championship with a conference season record of 15-and-1, and an overall record of 27-and-4.
The school’s only conference loss was a 105-103 overtime setback to Grand Rapids.
Organizers of the 2013 Three Rivers Water Festival are promoting a new addition to the annual event.
A backyard barbecue competition, sponsored by Kackies Que and Century Bank and Trust, will take place 2 to 9 p.m. June 14 in the Community Tent area at the back of Scidmore Park.
An entry fee of $55 will include fees, awards, prize money and three racks of ribs to be used for the competition. Participants must attend a meeting with the Health Department prior to the day of the competition; they will review rules and regulations for the event. The entry fee is due by 5 p.m. June 1.
Interested potential participants may call 615-7781. The event is limited to 20 participants.
Police say a pickup truck driver ran down several Canada Goose babies that were attempting to cross a suburban Detroit roadway. The police department in Oakland County’s Waterford Township says about six adult geese and five goslings were seen trying to cross the roadway Sunday night. Police say two goslings are believed to have died. The witness told police the pickup sped up as it approached the geese, hitting several of the goslings. The witness followed the truck to get a license plate number. Police say others also reported the goslings being run down. Police say they found a 19-year-old man from nearby White Lake Township who told them he didn’t mean to strike the geese and fled because he was scared. The county prosecutor’s is to review the case. (AP)
About 100 people took part in Saturday’s Three Rivers Community Pride Day.
City clerk Melissa Bliss, who spearheaded the event, said painting, litter pickup, community-wide gardening and cleanup of a pond at Scidmore Park were among the duties handled by the group of volunteers.
Team Depot from the Three Rivers Home Depot, parishioners from Riverside Church, Norton Elementary Girls on the Run members and volunteers from the Three Rivers-based Club of Little Gardens were among the groups lending a hand.
The House Tourism Committee last week approved a bill allowing limited use of rifles for deer hunting in an area now limited to shotguns, muzzleloaders and pistols.
Introduced by State Rep. Matt Lori, the bill would allow the use of a straight-walled pistol cartridge in rifles that can accommodate such ammunition. The pistol cartridges do not travel as far as conventional rifle rounds and pose less of a safety risk, Lori said. The use of rifles in the southern part of Michigan is currently restricted because of the safety risk posed in more heavily populated areas of the state.
Lori said the measure will bring Michigan in line with Indiana, which has approved use of such ammunition for rifle hunting
A Constantine-area resident, Lori said the cartridges also cause less recoil than shotguns, which could appeal to youth, female and senior citizen deer hunters.
State Rep. Matt Lori played a role in a package of bills approved this week by the House Criminal Justice Committee.
Three of the bills lower the blood-alcohol content level from the current 0.10 to 0.08 percent for operators of boats, off-road vehicles and snowmobiles. Lori’s portion of the bills is specific to watercraft.
Meanwhile, Lori’s Crime Stoppers bill establishes funding for the nonprofit Crime Stoppers organization, paid for by criminals convicted of misdemeanor and felony offenses.
Under the legislation, counties would designate a Crime Stoppers organization for the region. Those convicted of felonies would be assessed an additional $10 fee and misdemeanor fees would be increased by $5. Counties would use the money – minus 10 percent that counties could use for administration costs – to fund the Crime Stoppers unit.
The bills now go to the full House for consideration.