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Out and About Blog by Norm Stutesman

Out and About – Week of August 17th

Public restrooms are everywhere, except when you really need one. The best example that I can think of are those rest areas that appear on the major highways. The sign says, “Rest Area ahead one mile.” If you are traveling with your family, this is when you ask if there’s anyone who needs to use the bathroom. The answer, of …

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Out and About – Week of August 10th

I have no way of knowing how many people subscribe to or buy the Three Rivers Commercial-News on a daily basis. If you’re reading this column, either you purchase a hard copy of the paper, or you’re reading it via the internet. No matter which, format you prefer, I thank you for taking the time to make this a part of …

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Out and About – Week of August 3rd

Here we are already into the month of August. If you think July had some warm weather, just wait until you see what August has to offer. August has a reputation for being about the hottest month of the year. Lake Michigan is now comfortable for swimming. A few things to remember during this warm season would include keeping your …

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Out and About – Week of July 27th

Norweigian Cruise Lines operates The Pride of America out of Honolulu, Hawaii, and if you’re planning a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands, this, in my mind, is the way to go. With a crew of around 950, their only purpose is to see that you are properly fed and pampered. Their cruise departs Honolulu every Saturday evening, arriving at the …

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Out and About – Week of July 20th

The last time I checked, the price of 89-octane gasoline in Chicago was $3.69 a gallon. The same gallon of gasoline in Honolulu sells for $3.39 per gallon. It goes without saying that you’re better off driving a Toyota Prius than a Corvette in both places. You see a lot of motor scooters in Honolulu, and quite a few tourists …

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Out and About – Week of July 13th

I was hired by United Airlines in June of 1969 and worked for them until 1985. Back then, the one-way coach fare from Chicago to the west coast was $129.00. You could check two bags, plus carry on a couple of bags, as long as they could fit in the overhead bin and underneath the seat in front of you. …

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Out and About – Week of July 6th

If you are considering opening a business here in Three Rivers, you really might want to give this some serious thought. This is strictly my opinion based on what I’ve seen and heard from local business owners. Growing up here in Three Rivers, I am fully aware that things are different now than they were fifty years ago. We can …

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Out and About – Week of June 29th

A couple of weeks ago, I accompanied my wife to a brief reunion of her classmates from grade school and high school. The purpose of the get together was to take a tour of her grade school in Kalamazoo, which is scheduled for demolition. The school was built in the 1920s, so many children have passed through the doors of …

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Out and About – Week of June 22nd

Lately, I’ve been giving some serious thought to manhole covers. They are round so that they won’t fall into the hole they cover, but that’s just about all I know about them. What’s under those cast iron objects that appear at least once on every city block? If I were to open one up and crawl inside, would I discover …

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Out and About – Week of June 15th

Peanut butter and bologna? What a combination! I really like peanut butter sandwiches, but not made with just peanut butter. I have never tried a peanut butter and banana combination, although I’ve been told that it’s really pretty tasty, so I’ll add that to my bucket list of sandwiches. I have had peanut butter with slices of dill pickle, and …

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