Out and About – Week of July 26th

We have passed the half-way point of summer vacation for the school students. It won’t be long before the school bell will ring and the children’s dreams of spending days in the classroom will be fulfilled. Mothers will be in a state of depression, because their little ones are away from home for most of the day. They will be beside themselves, because they are left with nothing to do. School teachers will be elated to be back in the classroom, where they will, once again, be able to pass on their wealth of knowledge to eager-to-learn students. Oh, to be young again and have that chance to live life over. Perhaps I might consider that, if I could go back, knowing what I know now. Otherwise, NO THANKS!

While on the subject of school, here’s a heads-up for you teachers. Ninth Street United Methodist Church will host a “Teacher to Teacher Sale” on Saturday, August 7, from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. The church is located at 700 Ninth Street, in Three Rivers. You’re invited to come and shop for needed teacher-tested educational items at bargain prices. There is a $1 per person entrance fee, and a Sloppy Joe lunch will be available for $5. The lunch includes a sandwich, chips, beverage, and dessert. If you are interested in being a seller, reservations for tables are still being taken. The cost for a table is $15. Everything that you make at the sale is 100% your profit. If you have anyquestions or are interested in reserving a table for selling your items, phone Connie at (269)506-0469 or e-mail her at cdlteach2@yahoo.com.

A week from today is the day to vote. There are some candidates out there that could really use your support. The St. Joseph County Transportation Authority (CTA) has a millage that they would like to have renewed. This really is a very important voting day. For some it’s a primary election and for others it’s the final vote. By the way, the CTA provides FREE transportation to each polling place in St. Joe County, whether they are on the ballot or not. Personally, I won’t tell you how to vote, but I do strongly recommend visiting the polls and doing your patriotic duty. I’ve said it before, and will repeat it again. Far too many have made the ultimate sacrifice so that you are free to cast your ballot.

A big “Thank You” goes out to those volunteers who took the time to get Out and About and pick up the litter along some of our highways. Over the past couple of weeks, volunteers have given of their spare time and worked together to pick up trash that inconsiderate morons throw out of their vehicles. About three times a year, various organizations walk along the highway shoulders and pick up everything from pop cans to soiled diapers. I’ve done this chore, and it’s hard work, but it needs to be done. To those who volunteer their time to pick up the litter, I say thank you. To those ignorant others who cast their litter by the roadside, I wish you to wake every morning with the breath of a camel.

The annual Ron Reece Memorial Golf Outing takes place August 6 at high noon. Sauganash Golf Club is the venue for this worthwhile event that raises money for the Ron Reece Educational Scholarships Fund. Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1 P.M. Cost is $70 per player or $280 per team and includes 18 holes of golf, with cart, snacks, and dinner at 5:30 P.M.

Are you interested in a pulled pork dinner? Three Rivers Eagles #2303 will host a pulled pork dinner, which will benefit “Stepping into School with New Shoes”. The date to remember is this Saturday, July 31, and the dinner will run from 1 to 7 P.M. The cost is $7 per meal and includes pork, of course, baked beans, salad, and dessert. You’ll even have a chance to win some cash, because there will be raffles and 50/50 drawings. Three Rivers Eagles is located at 715 East Hoffman, Three Rivers, across from the Middle School.

The German Band, one of the area’s favorite musical groups, is the featured entertainment at the Spirit Rhythms Coffee House this Saturday, July 31, at 7 P.M. Admission at Spirit Rhythms is always free, but donations are graciously accepted. Fair trade coffees and teas will be available for purchase, along with delicious desserts prepared by Mark Kinney. Spirit Rhythms is located inside St. John’s Lutheran Church, just north of Three Rivers on Buckhorn Road.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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