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TR Library moves forward with bank building purchase

The Three Rivers Public Library Board has agreed to follow through on the purchase of the Southern Michigan Bank and Trust building. Board members said the building purchase price is $350,000. Additional funds will have to be allocated from its $1.2 million budget for first-floor renovations and improvements elsewhere in the building. The board has authorized Arkos Design of Mishawaka …

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Kalamazoo Concert Band will perform as part of Water Festival

Hohner Funeral Home in Three Rivers has announced a concert it is helping sponsor at the end of the week. The Kalamazoo Concert Band will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday behind the old hospital. The event is a part of the Three Rivers Water Festival, a three-day event that begins Thursday. The concert is free and prospective guests are invited to …

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Library seeks reading program supporters

Three Rivers Public Library is appealing to individuals and business for support of its annual summer reading program. Young adult librarian Elizabeth Rasberry and children’s librarian Caryn Wilson said this year’s theme is “On your mark, get set, read!” Donations made to the program allow Rasberry and Wilson to purchase materials needed toward its success. Items they wish to secure …

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German band begins rehearsals

The Three Rivers German Band will start rehearsals April 4 for the coming summer season. Rehearsals take place 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Light and Life Wesleyan Church, 15765 Hoffman Road, Three Rivers. The band plays up to nine concerts each summer and several new songs have been added to its repertoire for this year, including “The Happy Trombone …

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Library offering literacy packages to newborns

The Three Rivers Public Library Earlier this month launched a program called “Born to Read in Three Rivers.” Babies born at Three Rivers Health will receive a sturdy board book, growth chart and informative materials on the importance of talking, singing, reading, writing and playing for the development of a child’s early literacy skills. Caryn Wilson, the library’s children’s librarian, said …

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Library garden cleanup volunteers needed

Three Rivers Public Library is looking for volunteers to participate in Saturday’s Garden Cleanup Day. Work will take place 2 to 4 p.m., and prospective participants are encouraged to bring their own gloves and garden tools. Event organizers said there are number of small jobs to tackle and the experience of a “green thumb” is not necessary to participate.

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Book discussion at Riviera Theatre

St. Joseph County’s public libraries are staging their annual “One Book, One County” event tonight in Three Rivers. Author “Jackson” Kaguri will be present as he discusses his book, “A School For My Village,” starting at 7 o’clock at the Riviera Theatre. Kaguri’s book discusses his role in helping build schools for AIDS orphans in his home country of Uganda. …

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Summertime Tunes coming to White Pigeon

White Pigeon’s citizens of the year will be announced Saturday during the White Pigeon Township Library’s kick off of its Summertime Tunes series. The band Sugar Shot will perform 2 to 4 p.m. at Wade Park. Library director Perri Saunders said the citizens of the year will be revealed during intermission. There is no charge to attend the concert, which …

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Two Sturgis boards merge

Members of the Sturges-Young Auditorium board and Sturgis Council of the Arts board have voted to merge the two boards. The two boards approved the plan in July and the measure was solidified Wednesday, when the Sturgis City Commission approved the merger. The newly created Auditorium Board of Directors will consist of one city commissioner and a maximum of 22 …

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Great start for MagiCelebration

The second annual MagiCelebration got off to a good start Wednesday, as out-of-town visitors and area residents descended on the village of Colon for some magic and fun during the four-day event. The afternoon highlight centered on FAB Magic Co., where owner Rick Fisher drew a standing-room-only crowd for a free magic show. Fisher said registration for magicians is up …

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