Out and About – Week of Feb. 15th

Last week we received another dumping of that lovely white stuff we know as snow. In case you haven’t gathered from previous columns of mine, I am not a great lover of snow, but I do fully understand that we do need it for its nitrogen content. Once it’s on the ground and has ceased falling, it does look quite picturesque, I must admit. Here’s what I’m leading up to, or as my wife would say, “Land the plane.” We are very fortunate, here in Three Rivers, to have a great Department of Public Works. I’m pretty sure they are the ones responsible for clearing the streets of snow, hence, making it easier for all of us to get Out and About. For taking care of this task, I applaud them. However, I am a bit disappointed in those citizens who don’t bother to clear their sidewalks. I’m pretty sure there is an ordinance out there stating that those who don’t clear their sidewalks are subject to some sort of fine. Perhaps that ordinance should be more strictly enforced. Our mailman has reminded me several times, “No trail, no mail.” I also applaud those meter readers, postal employees, and anyone else that must trudge their way through inches of snow, or watch their step on the ice. Now, I’m not going to fire up my snow blower at 5:30 A.M., because one or more of my neighbors might still be sleeping, but I will do my best to clear my driveway and sidewalk as soon as I possibly can. Heck, sometimes I clear the sidewalk all the way to the corner. Once I fire up that snow blower and start clearing, the testosterone takes over. Once again, it’s time to climb down off that soapbox.

I’m not sure if dogs enjoy pizza, but the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) is planning a “Pizza for Paws” benefit. It’s actually an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, to be held Saturday, February 27, from 4 until 8P.M., at The Country Table, 714 West Chicago Road, in White Pigeon. The cost for adults is $10 and, if you want to take the children, it will only cost $8 for each of them. This fantastic offer does not include beverages. In case you didn’t know, ARF was founded in April 1998 for the purpose of providing funds for animal welfare in St. Joseph County. All proceeds from this benefit will be re-invested back into the county for this purpose. If you have questions about the Animal Rescue Fund, you are invited to visit their website at www.ARFund.org.

WHITE LIARS, BLACK COMEDY opens at the Three Rivers Community Players Theatre Friday evening, February 26, at 8. This production is made up of two one-act plays and runs February 26, 27, 28, and March 5, 6, and 7. Friday and Saturday curtain times are 8 P.M., and the two Sunday matinees begin at 2 P.M. Adult tickets are $13 and student/senior citizen tickets are available for $12. Tickets may be purchased at Beam Sound and Video, 1115 West Michigan Avenue in Three Rivers. Phone Rodney at 279-6251 for ticketing and more information. Tickets will also be available at the door, but advance purchase is always recommended. The Players Theatre is located on Millard Road, directly behind Dairy Queen in Three Rivers.

As promised last week, here are some more uses for peroxide, which is less expensive and safer than bleach:

Soak any infections or cuts in a 3% solution of peroxide for five to ten minutes, several times a day. It has even healed gangrene.

Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water. Keep in the bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system.

If you enjoy a nice bath, rather than a shower, put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath. It will help get rid of boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

Add a cup of peroxide, instead of bleach, to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. You may need to repeat this step, if necessary.

I’ll have a couple of final suggestions on the use of peroxide next week.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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