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Out and About Blog by Norm Stutesman

Out and About – Week of December 4th

On November 18, we traveled to Owosso, Michigan, where we boarded the Polar Express. The Polar Express is a train that runs from Owosso to Ashley several times during the Christmas holiday season. Reservations were made last March, due to the popularity of this family experience. Our scheduled departure time was 5 PM. We were told that we could pick …

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Out and About – Week of November 27th

Whether we admit it or not, we all have a certain phrase that sets us apart from others. Those few words we say without being aware of it. Some teenagers use the word “Like” more than they might admit. “Like, that really happened”, or “Like, I saw her talking to him and like I didn’t think she was that bold.” …

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Out and About – Week of November 20th

Thanksgiving is this week. This means several things. There will be no mail delivery or garbage pick up. If your garbage is picked up on Thursday or Friday, it will be a day later this week. If you want to start your holiday shopping early, I’d advise you to do so before Thanksgiving Day. If you are one of those …

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Out and About – Week of November 13th

We are only into the third week of November, and Christmas is still more than a month away, but I couldn’t wait until next month to pay tribute to Ron Linton. Ron passed away at the beginning of this month, and those that knew him were more than deeply saddened. My condolences go out to Ron’s family. Ron’s favorite time …

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Out and About – Week of November 6th

Today (Tuesday, November 6) is Election Day, so every eligible citizen should exercise their right and get out and vote. I can’t think of a valid excuse not to do so. If you can’t drive or if you don’t know of anyone who can take you to the polling place, the St. Joe County Transportation Authority will take you there …

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Out and About – Week of October 30th

Happy Halloween to all you ghosts, goblins, and other creepy creatures out there. This is one of those days when most of us hide the bathroom scales and magically forget to count calories. It’s time to clog the arteries with cholesterol and anything else that “THEY” say is bad for us. After all, it’s been over a month since we …

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Out and About – Week of October 23rd

Autumn has arrived. I know this because I’ve already removed about ten five-gallon buckets of walnuts from our driveway and have made numerous trips to the DPS property to dispose of the fallen leaves that have graced our property. I’ve tried to make friends with the neighborhood squirrels, in hopes that they’ll help me get rid of the walnuts. No …

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Out and About – Week of October 16th

I never earned the privilege of wearing the Eagle/Globe/Anchor of the United States Marine Corps, but am honored to be an Associate Member of the St. Joseph County Marine Corps League. I’ve always had the highest regard to those men and women who survived a grueling boot camp and became for the rest of their lives a Marine. This year …

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Out and About – Week of October 9th

With winter just around the corner, I thought it appropriate to share a conversation I had some years ago with a dog we had adopted. With all the dogs and cats needing adoption, I’ve found it more rewarding to visit an animal shelter than a pet store. I’ve also come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter whether a dog …

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Out and About – Week of October 2nd

We are in the middle of another “Highway Cleanup” project. This community event involves various voluntary groups who pick up litter along mile-long stretches of major highways. The cleanup lasts for several weeks. This should be the last one of the year. The volunteers can be found walking the shoulders of the highways wearing bright colored vests. As you approach …

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