Here’s a reminder that online voting for the People’s Choice continues through Wednesday for the upcoming Dancing With the St. Joseph County Stars event.
Event organizer Linda Kline said an award will be presented after Friday’s production to the couple that receives the most online votes for People’s Choice. Voting for the award will continue the day of the event at the Nora Hagen Theater.
Seven couples are scheduled to participate in the inaugural competition, which is a fundraiser for the St. Joseph County Child Abuse and Neglect agency.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. A limited supply remains and are available at any township library in the county, W.E. English Insurance in Sturgis or the Commission on Aging office in Three Rivers.
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.
Concerns about the city’s recommendation to leave a trickle of water running as a precaution against frozen pipes were expressed during last week’s Three Rivers City Commission meeting.
Residents Jim Everett and Helen Dettmar asked Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners if residents who adhere to the request would be given a break on their water bills.
City manager Joe Bippus said the billing department would make average adjustments for people who do leave water running. Bippus said people who have either been following or plan to abide by the request should visit the city’s finance department.
Lowry suggested the city consider taking the average of the prior three, four or six billing cycles. He clarified that the city will consider the rate adjustment only if a homeowner has, in fact, left water running and their bill is greater than usual.
Three Rivers Fire Department Captain Jeff Bloomfield was recognized last week for his efforts in heading the annual Firefighters for Santa program.
Chief Dan Tomlinson and members of the city commission saluted Bloomfield, as he was presented with a specially designed fire hat that read “Chief Santa.” The presentation was a surprise to Bloomfield, whose wife, Holley, also surprised him by attending the brief ceremony.
Firefighters for Santa allows members of the Three Rivers force to collect and deliver food and clothes to Three Rivers families who have fallen on hard times.
The cause benefitted 91 families during the 2013 Christmas season.
The Mendon School Foundation said 35 of the 38 requests submitted for the 2013 program were filled.
Bonnie Outman, treasurer of the 10-member foundation board, said the community and its donors deserve thanks and recognition for supporting more than 90 percent of the requests.
Funded requests included a variety of gymnasium equipment, field trips, teacher workshops, technology-related items, books and a variety of classroom-needed tools and items.
Through its 26-year history, the Mendon School Foundation has had strong support from donors who include the Mendon Women’s Club, TH Plastics, Monsanto, Parkville Prairie Farms and Mendon Auto Supply.
Outman said several of the mini-grant requests are filled via “in memory of” or “in honor of” bequeaths.
Requests by district staff members for the 2014 campaign will be collected in October.
Glen Oaks Community College has announced details of Expo ’14, an inaugural event where the community is invited to visit the campus, meet and talk with faculty members, and experience the college through hands-on activities.
The free, three-hour event starts at 10 a.m. March 8.
Tonya Howden, GOCC director of admissions, said officials with the Centreville-area school hope to raise an awareness of the programs, services and opportunities that it provides.
Guided tours of campus will take place every half hour. Students will be performing demonstrations in many of the labs—these include Automotive, Welding, Electrical Technologies and the Science labs.
In addition, support staff will be on hand to answer questions about associate and certificate degree programs, admissions, registration, financial aid, dual enrollment and student-support services.
Guests will also be able to explore career options through the Focus 2 Online Career and Educational Planning system.