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Weekend of activities for Covered Bridge Days

Four days of activities begin today in Centreville, as the annual Covered Bridge Days community festival begins this evening. Organizers said the event for the first time will feature a kick-off parade, which takes place at 7 o’clock tonight on Main Street. The procession, which previously was a festival-ending event, will feature the village’s citizens of the year: John and …

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Prep begins for annual US 12 garage sales

Preparations are underway in many homes, organizations and businesses across U.S. 12 for Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale, an annual event taking place August 12, 13 and 14. Kristopher Martin, project coordinator for the event, said prospective participants interested in hosting a garage sale are encouraged to register their sale for free on the new U.S. 12 Heritage Trail website: us12heritagetrail.org. …

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Sturgis dog park proposal moves forward

Discussion regarding the concept of a dog park in the city of Sturgis continued this week, as the city’s parks and cemetery board reviewed pros and cons of a committee’s findings. After municipal leaders agreed to the idea, the conclusions of the committee charged with establishing the location highlighted Tuesday’s agenda. The committee has already suggested Old Depot Park as …

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Volunteers clean highway roadsides

The Michigan Department of Transportation is advising motorists to use extra caution beginning this weekend, as thousands of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers will head back to state roadways to pick up litter. Participants in the MDOT program will clean highway roadsides at various times between Saturday and July 24 during the second of three scheduled pickups this year. MDOT officials said Adopt-A-Highway …

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Conservation district plans next river cleanup

The recent drawdown of the St. Joseph River to allow for maintenance work at the Sturgis Dam near Centreville forced the St. Joseph County Conservation District to cancel its scheduled river cleanup event last weekend. With water levels more than three feet lower than usual, the St. Joseph River cleanup between River Run and Angevine roads will not take place. …

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Many events planned for Health Fair

Three Rivers Health is sponsoring its fifth annual Health Fair this weekend inside its Health TRAC facility. Organizers said the event, a benefit for the St. Joseph County United Way, runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and will include food and giveaways. Health screenings will be offered for $15, with one-third of the cost benefitting the United Way. Screenings …

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