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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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Out and About – Week of September 25th

The 2017 St. Joe County Grange Fair is now in the history books.. The next stop for the attractions is Hillsdale, Michigan. As far as I know, the fair has always happened in September. As a kid, I remember getting half-day off from school to attend this annual event. I think the students get the whole day off now. It …

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Out and About – Week of September 18th

If you you’ve traveled all over the state of Michigan and have never visited the upper peninsula, then you’ve never experienced the “Real Michigan”. The upper peninsula, or better known as the UP, is quite unique and a lot different than the lower peninsula. Both peninsulas are extremely picturesque, especially north of Cadillac in the lower peninsula. The upper peninsula …

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Out and About – Week of September 11th

This is the best time of the year to live in Michigan. The days of heat and humidity are behind us and the days of icy roads and freezing temperatures are still a month or two away. This is the season of multiple colors in the foliage and pleasant scents of fall in the air. I long for the days …

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