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Out and About – Week of January 7th

January 8, 2013 by WLKM 

2013 is now one week old, and I’m wondering how many people are holding fast to the resolutions that they made last week. Do people still make them? Usually, resolutions deal with losing weight, or being more mindful as far as taking care of things around the house. I normally don’t make resolutions, but I’ve decided to do so this year. I need to drop some poundage, so I’m determined to exercise more. Oh yeah, I have to pay more attention to my diet. Why is it that all the great tasting food is bad for you? One of my new favorite words is “moderation”. Wish me luck.

This Thursday, January 10, the St. Joseph County MSU Extension Office will begin offering a five session course for diabetics. The course will be held at their office, located at 612 East Main Street in Centreville. For more information, phone their office at 269-467-5522.

In the past, I’ve provided some helpful hints that hopefully save us all some time and money. I’d like to continue this practice this year. Those who have plenty of money and time may disregard. Here are some samples on how you can make your life easier and less expensive:

If you place rubber bands around the ends of your plain hangers, your clothes are less likely to fall off the hangers.

Use a slice of white bread to gently rub scuffs, fingerprints and other marks off non-washable wallpapers and non-glossy paint surfaces. You’ll want to cut off the crusts first, so no color transfers.

To deal with static in your clothes dryer, a rolled-up ball of aluminum foil will reduce static cling effectively. If you prefer the scent of antistatic dryer sheets, cut them in half and use for two loads.

You don’t hear too much about “Sock Hops” anymore. That is until now. The Three Rivers Eagles #2303 will host a sock hop this Saturday, January 12, from 5 to 7:30PM, at their lodge, located at 715 East Hoffman, Three Rivers. Along with the sock hop, you may enjoy a meat loaf dinner. All of this costs only $9. Profits from this fun-filled evening will go to Eagle charities. The public is welcome.

There’s nothing like a nice hot bowl of soup to take the chill off during this cold weather we’ve been experiencing. The Trinity Episcopal Church, 321 North Main Street, in Three Rivers, offers their Free Soup Pot every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 4 to 5:30PM at the church’s recreation hall. The soup is FREE, but donations are always graciously accepted.

Here’s a reminder about the NRA Home Firearm Safety Class, hosted by the St. Joseph County Conservation Club, this Saturday, January 12. The four-hour class will run from 10AM to 2PM and will be held at the club, located on Featherstone Road, about one-half mile east of Shimmel Road, east of Centreville. The class is targeted for those who have firearms in their home but may not be familiar with them, perhaps spouses and other family members of firearm owners. There will be NO live firing of firearms in the class. There is no charge for the class, and you will not need to take any items with you. All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks and refreshments. For more information and to register, please contact President Jeff Brazo. Home phone: 269-651-9076. Cell phone: 269-689-0200.

It is my hope that there will be a day when there is no longer a need for blood drives, because the blood banks would have plenty of inventory. Until that time, we are fortunate to have venues where the American Red Cross can host these drives. Trinity Missionary Church, located on US-131 in Constantine, is such a venue. There will be a blood drive there next Monday, January 14, from 11AM until 4:45PM. The church is located on the west side of US-131, across the highway from the park.

It has been rumored that twenty per cent of those people making New Year’s resolutions will have given them up by now. Sixty per cent will have dropped them by the fourth of July. I’m all for proving the forecasters wrong.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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