TR Health has counselors on-site

April 7, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Three Rivers Health now has two certified application counselors on site to assist residents in applying for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Its counselors can help people understand, apply online and enroll for health coverage through the Marketplace. They are available to answer questions and be a resource for the community.

CEO William Russell said the Certified Application Counselors are trained and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to assist individuals and families with enrollment in health insurance including health plans offered in the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and MIChild.

Under the new Health Insurance Marketplace, residents may choose from three levels of coverage – bronze, silver, and gold. Many residents who are applying have little to no out-of-pocket monthly premiums.

Appointments may be scheduled with Debra Kinney, at 278-1145 Ext. 504, or Cathy Zinsmaster, at 278-1145 Ext. 592.

Shooting in Kalamazoo

April 7, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Kalamazoo policed say a 13-year-old Kalamazoo boy was shot after leaving a party on the city’s south side. The shooting happened about 11:40 p.m. Saturday. The Department of Public Safety says the boy was shot in the back. It reports that the boy told investigators he was walking when he heard a gunshot and realized he’d been hit. The department says an acquaintance drove the teen to Bronson Methodist Hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and was in stable condition. Police say there were no immediate arrests.  (AP)

Rivers of Justice Film Festival

April 4, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Here’s a reminder that the Rivers of Justice Film Festival takes place this weekend in downtown Three Rivers.

Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma said the festival includes three feature-length films at the Riviera Theatre. Banana Land, playing at 8 o’clock tonight, explores issues of worker and environmental justice in banana-growing regions.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, 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. It will be shown at 8:30 p.m.

World Fare will host a community potluck dinner at 6:30 this evening 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.

Man missing in Kalamazoo County

April 4, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Kalamazoo police say they think a missing 56-year-old man broke through the ice after going cross country skiing on a lake. The Department of Public Safety says the Kalamazoo man’s wife called Thursday morning to say her husband went to ski at Asylum Lake and didn’t return. The department says in a statement that authorities found the man’s vehicle in a parking area near the lake. It says they also found prints going out onto the lake. Police say the Kalamazoo County Dive Team went to the scene and decided it was unsafe to dive in the lake because of rain and shifting ice. The man’s name wasn’t immediately released.  (AP)

15th Annual Triple Creek Color Dash

April 3, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Three Rivers Health has announced the 15th annual Triple Creek Dash will now be called the Triple Creek Color Dash.

Starting this year, the race will start and end just outside Memory Isle Park.

Megan Rimer, race coordinator, said Three Rivers Health has joined forces with the Three Rivers Water Festival to host a 5K run and 1-mile fun run June 14.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward equipment used by the Three Rivers Health Inpatient Rehab, which works with patients after acute illness and injury such as stroke, trauma, amputations, brain injuries and debility.

Registration is available online at or in person at Three Rivers HealthTRAC.

Two arrested for meth

April 2, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Two Constantine Township men, ages 26 and 24, were charged with drug-related offenses, as well as illegal possession of a deer, following arrests made Monday.

Based on observations made last week, the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit went to a residence in the 62000 block of Brick Chapel Road in Constantine Township to investigate suspected methamphetamine production.

SCAN unit members were in the area last week to investigate a meth dump site in Mill Creek. At that time, they observed in a neighboring property items used in the manufacturing process of methamphetamine.

A suspected conservation-law violation was also noticed. Investigators then executed a search warrant with the assistance of deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office, the Constantine Police Department, Constantine Fire Department and a conservation officer from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Charges include operating and maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth, felony firearms, maintaining a drug house and illegal possession of a deer.

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