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Out and About – Week of December 14th

It’s difficult to be Out and About without someone commenting on the weather. This is especially true at this time of the year. Here are a few helpful hints on how to survive when getting out during the next several months:

1.When driving during snowy conditions, make sure your headlights are on.

2.Top off your gas tank when it reaches half-full.

3.Give your car a few minutes to warm up if it hasn’t been driven for several hours.

4.If driving on ice, don’t over-correct your steering. Tap your brakes to slow down. Take your time starting from a stop. Don’t spin your tires.

5.Allow extra time to arrive at your destination during inclement weather.

6.HANG UP YOUR CELL PHONE AND PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR DRIVING!

Last week’s vocal music concert at Three Rivers High School was postponed due to the winter weather. If you haven’t already heard, it has been rescheduled for this evening at 7 at the Performing Arts Center.

Another Holiday tradition on this week’s schedule is the annual free Three Rivers High School Bands concert Thursday evening at 7, also at the Performing Arts Center. Prior to the concert, the bands will host a Fazoli’s/TR Bands Spaghetti Dinner from 5 to 6:30 in the high school cafeteria, right next to the PAC. For the modest cost of $7, you can dine on salad, bread sticks, one plate of spaghetti, and a beverage. You can purchase a ticket in advance from any band student or at the TRHS Box Office on the night of the concert.

This season is probably the most musical season of all; it is truly a joyous time of the year. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a concert featuring Gray’s Community Band. Under the direction of Andrew Hagenbuch, the band will present a Christmas concert Sunday, December 20, at 3 P.M. at the First Church of God, 17398 M-86, Three Rivers. Musical selections will include “Sleigh Ride” and “Christmas Festival” both by Leroy Anderson. Special guests include Jerry Pustelnik, Michael Northrop, the Hagenbuch Sisters, and Miss Joy, from the Kalamazoo School of Music and Dance. As always, the concert is FREE; however, donations are welcome. Oh yes, refreshments will be served after the concert. For more information on the concert or on becoming a member of Gray’s Community Band, please phone (269)244-1014.

This column is a bit shorter this week, because I still have a lot of shopping to do, but I’d like to leave you with a few things to ponder:

1.Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the tube or bottle?

2.Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?

3.How is it that one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

Enjoy your holiday shopping, and I’ll see you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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