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This week, a new person started work with us in downtown Three Rivers through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Meritt Dickerson-Weed has a reputation for hard work, respectfulness, and dedication. She is a graduate of Three Rivers High School, has worked downtown at Lowry’s books, and has been an active volunteer in a number of community initiatives. She will be with …

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Downtown Dave – Main Street, the heart and soul

I have received encouragement for this column almost daily from readers like yourselves. Many people have been following what is happening in downtown Three Rivers, and want to believe in a positive change. The revitalization work we are doing is important, and I believe someday soon, its results will exceed expectations. But, it’s easy for me to say that, and …

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Nominations sought by TR Chamber

The Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for a variety of businesses to be recognized later this year at its annual dinner and awards banquet. Categories in need of nominations are: Brick Awards, for a significant investment in their business from physical improvements and other components; Community Service, for an outstanding job of serving the community over …

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Downtown Dave – Downtown TR is gaining momentum

Three Rivers is a great place to be right now. Maybe you have noticed it too, but we’ve got an honest-to-goodness, renewed sense of spirit right now. I overhear people talking about what’s happening, and they are excited. I am too. We aren’t out of the proverbial woods yet, but we have potential in spades—market opportunities, exceptional assets, and hard …

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Downtown Dave – My first year with DDA/Main Street

In my first year as Executive Director of Three Rivers DDA/Main Street, I have gotten to know our city in a way that I never knew as a kid. It’s been a challenge, a joy, and a blur of complex programs, learning as I go, and building relationships with people who don’t always get along. However, I expected challenges, and …

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Latest local unemployment report

April’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was one-tenth of a percent lower than the month previous. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed the county’s 3.4 percent April unemployment rate marked a decrease from March’s 3.5 percent. St. Joseph County remained below the state unemployment average, which was 3.7 percent in April. …

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Low unemployment leaves county struggling to find workers

Many businesses in Indiana’s Elkhart County are struggling to find workers as the area is experiencing the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years. The Elkhart Truth reports that the county’s unemployment rate in April was 2.8 percent. According to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor, this is the lowest since October 2000’s rate of 2.2 percent. The low unemployment …

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Grant approved for TR business

A Community Development Block grant application for a brew pub in downtown Three Rivers was approved Tuesday by the Three Rivers City Commission. The $365,788 CDBG was being sought by Landmark Tap House and Grille, which is slated to open in a three-storefront location North Main Street early next year. Specifically, it is targeted for an area that included Pub …

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An improvement in the local unemployment rate

February’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was two-tenths of a percent lower than one month previous. The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed the county’s 4.1 percent February unemployment rate marked a decrease from January’s 4.3 percent. St. Joseph County remained below the state unemployment average, which was 5.7 percent in February. …

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Speedier tax cut for car buyers OK’d by Michigan Senate

Michigan senators have voted to more quickly phase in a tax break for people who trade in their car for a new one. A 2013 law lets buyers subtract some of the value of their trade-in from the purchase price of a new vehicle for tax purposes. The change is being phased in until 2039. The Republican-controlled Senate unanimously approved …

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