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Culture Is Not Optional awarded grant

The Three Rivers-based Culture Is Not Optional was awarded a $1,000 grant as the recipient of a promotion by the Three Rivers Area Community Foundation. Officials from the foundation said the Facebook Grant-off promotion was designed to promote its mission of supporting effective programs and projects that improve the quality of life, while spreading word to local non-profit organizations that …

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Fourth Annual 5K

The White Pigeon Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring the fourth annual 5K to provide a healthful community activity for adults and children while raising funds for the 1Lt. Jonathan W. Edds  Memorial Fund. Organizers of the event said prospective participants who wish to receive a T-shirt must register by July 19 to receive a t-shirt the day of the …

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Update on bypass

Officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation have issued an update on progress of the U.S. 131 Constantine bypass project. MDOT’s Nick Schirripa said the $18 million undertaking remains within budget and on target for completion in late November. Work on the 4.9-mile bypass started in February. Schirripa said crews are currently setting bridge beams and building piers for the …

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Theft of playground equipment

The Sturgis Police Department is reporting the theft of playground equipment from Langrick Park. According to a department media release, the animal-shaped attraction is for small children and is supported by a metal spring. The toy and its spring base were taken from the park, police said.

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Public invited to picnic

The St. Joseph County Area Marine Corps League, Detachment 1401, is inviting the public to a picnic this weekend. The event takes place 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Reed Riverside Park in Mendon. Sloppy Joes will be served, but participants are asked to bring a dish to pass and a drink of their choice. No alcohol is allowed in …

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Items stolen from residence

A number of items were stolen last week from a residence in Sherman Township. Michigan State Police investigators said the break-in occurred between 6 and 11 a.m. July 3 in the 22000 block of Featherstone Road. A department media release did not indicate the manner in which access was gained.

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Highway clean-up underway

Motorists are advised to be on the lookout for Adopt-A-Highway volunteers who will begin the second of three sessions picking up litter along state highways beginning this weekend. Participants in the Michigan Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway program will be clearing highway roadsides any day between Saturday and the end of next week. In 2012, Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups reported collecting about …

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Trailers stolen

The St Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of two trailers from an outside storage lot in the 24000 block of Findley Road in Nottawa Township. It was reported that the gate to the lot was observed open Friday last week and the lock had been removed from the gate. Two days later, it was noticed that the …

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Road closure for M-86

The Michigan Department of Transportation has issued a press release, noting East Main Street lane closures in the village of Centreville. The agency said lane closures for resurfacing will be in place through late August on eastbound and westbound M-86 in Centreville, from Nottawa Street to Shimmel Road. The closure is expected to be in place through the end of …

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New lab service opening

Three Rivers Health announced it has opened a laboratory service station inside the JM Wellness Building. Anne Pearcy will be providing phlebotomy and other sample-collection services at the location, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, every Monday through Thursday. She formerly handled the services inside the Three Rivers Pro-Med Physicians offices.

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