April 1. Besides being “All Fools Day”, it’s also the day that the Three Rivers High School Band and Vocal Music DepartmentS leave on their trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. They have held many fundraisers in order to fund this trip and have been successful in doing so. For that, they thank all of you who supported them in their endeavors. They plan to enjoy the many adventures that this trip holds in store for them, but they will also participate in various competitions. I have all the confidence in the world that they will bring home some well-earned awards. Speaking for the community of Three Rivers, I wish each and every one of you the best. Have fun, and it goes without saying that you’ll make us proud. GO CATS!
Just about every week, I mention something about the upcoming Water Festival. I’ll probably continue to do so until it actually happens June 18, 19, and 20. As you know, volunteers are always needed, but these are desperate times, and volunteer time is hard to find. Donation containers have been placed at several eating establishments in the Three Rivers area. When visiting Matt & Mikes, Main Street Cafe, LA’s Coffee Cafe, or Mr. B’s Dairy Bar, please put your spare change into containers located at these sites. The Water Festival committee wishes to thank these local eateries for permitting us to place these donation cans near their cash registers. If you don’t have time to volunteer, give generously when you dine out. If you’d like to volunteer some of your spare time, give Deb a call at the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce. She’ll welcome your call at 278-8193. Remember to volunteer; the world is run by those who show up.
Spring, as you know, is officially here. It won’t be long before we’ll grill outside. That means the smell of hot dogs, burgers and steaks will fill the outside air. Lemonade will also be on the menu and, if you have the pioneer spirit, you’ll squeeze the lemons yourself. Don’t throw away lemon halves after squeezing out the juice. Dip them in salt and rub them on the bottom of a copper-bottom pan for a few minutes. The pan will shine like new. If you then scour the bottom of the pot lightly with a soap-filled pad, this will help prevent further accumulation of dullness.
As I previously mentioned, tomorrow is the beginning of April. This means that you have about fifteen days to file your income tax return. I don’t mean to scare any of you, but filing a return is a fact of life. It just needs to be done. There’s some good news for taxpayers with middle and low incomes, especially those aged 55 and older. You can receive free income tax preparation for the next two Thursdays, from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M., at the Three Rivers Community Center, 103 S. Douglas, in Three Rivers. These are walk-in clinics, so advance appointments aren’t necessary. Only the first 20 seniors signed in for each clinic will be guaranteed to meet with a tax consultant. Remember, if you’d like to have lunch at the center, you need to order 24 hours in advance. Phone 279-8083.
As the weather continues to improve, the pedestrian traffic will increase. Everyone will want to get Out and About by walking. Walking is very economical and very good for a healthier you. Pedestrians watch out for motorized vehicles. Motorized vehicles, please watch for pedestrians crossing the street, especially in the downtown area. In addition, bike or skateboard riding on the downtown sidewalks is NOT allowed.
You can tell that the conclusion of this column, for this week, is near, because here’s another use for coffee filters: Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.
See you Out and About!!