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Out and About – Week of December 30th

This is my final column for the year. It’s been a great year so far, so I really don’t have anything to complain about. Tomorrow is a new day and a new year, and like many of you, I’ve made a few resolutions that, hopefully, I’ll follow through on. Time will tell. One thing I will attempt to do is make this column something that you readers will look forward to reading every week. Writing this column is something I really enjoy doing, so I guess you might consider it a labor of love. I thank you all for the kind words of appreciation.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday. We traveled up to Cedar Springs on Christmas Day and celebrated with family. I was dreading the drive up there, because of the forecasted weather. I was really worried that we’d end up in a ditch somewhere, and not be found until the spring thaw. The roads were pretty much clear, and everyone drove with some common sense, so my worry was for naught. My wife is an excellent driver, but I still stayed awake, watching for Bambi to cross the highway. This past weekend, we gathered with family out at Fisher Lake. This time, the gathering consisted of descendants from my mom and dad. This group totaled around twenty people, so a few members of the family ended up sitting out on the deck. Oh, the benefits of being a senior citizen. Just joking, of course, everyone stayed warm, as we consumed way too much food. Talk about getting Out and About.

The big shopping days are over for a while, but I’d like to offer four more hints about what you might seriously consider doing, should your wallet come up missing:

File a report with your local police department, as well as the department where you think your wallet, or purse, went missing. Make sure to get several copies of these reports and send them to your bank and credit-reporting bureaus.

Alert your bank to change any PINs, cancel your missing ATM card, and send you a new one. If your checkbook is missing, get a new checking account number.

Contact your DMV about a replacement driver’s license, and ask that a stolen/lost warning be placed in your file.

Please don’t forget to replace that library card.

These are but a few ideas worth remembering. The main thing is to always know where your wallet, or purse is at all times. Even at home, don’t keep them out in the open. Thank you, Anna, for your positive contribution this week.

The Kellogg Community Federal Credit Union, located on West Michigan Avenue, in Three Rivers is hosting a fundraiser for DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. All you need to do to be a part of this very worthwhile event is to purchase a paper ornament for one dollar. That’s less than what you might pay for a cup of coffee. This fundraiser will continue through Thursday, January 2.

Even though Christmas is over, you may still continue to give. You do this by donating blood, and the American Red Cross will help by hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, January 8, at Three Rivers Health, 701 South Health Parkway, in Three Rivers. The drive will run from 1:30 to 7:15 PM. This donation is FREE, and they’ll even offer you a FREE cup of juice for your donation.

To close out this week’s column, here are four of “Life’s Little Instructions”:

Sing in the shower.

Watch a sunrise at least once a year.

Leave the toilet seat in the down position.

Never refuse homemade brownies.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman