Out and About – Week of August 23rd

Once again, the last Saturday of the month has slipped up on us, which means that the Spirit Rhythms Coffee House, inside St. John’s Lutheran Church on Buckhorn Road, north of Three Rivers, will be the place to be this Saturday, August 28. This month is a little different from others, in that the Coffee House will hold a fund raising dinner prior to the FREE evening’s entertainment. Uncle Rhemus’s Restaurant will cater this dinner consisting of delicious pulled pork and beans. The dinner starts at 6 P.M. Tickets may be purchased in advance at St. John’s Lutheran Church, on North Buckhorn Road. Phone the church at (269)278-7245. Dinner tickets are $10 and may also be purchased at the door Saturday evening. The evening’s entertainment begins at 7 P.M. and features Gratitude Steel Band. As always, fair trade coffees and teas will be available for purchase, along with some mouth-watering desserts, created by Chef Mark Kinney. As previously mentioned, the concert is FREE; however, donations are always graciously accepted.

Giving blood is a very loving act. I can’t recall a time when there was enough blood available in St. Joseph County and a blood drive just wasn’t needed. It’s unfortunate that there will always be a tremendous need for blood. Just about every month, the JOCO Center, here in Three Rivers, hosts a blood drive. To Kadant-Johnson, I offer my thanks for making the JOCO Center available for this much- needed event. Pioneer Hi-Bred, in Constantine, has decided to follow suit, and will host a blood drive Friday, August 27 from noon to 5:45 P.M. Pioneer Hi-Bred is located on US-131, south of Constantine on the east side of the highway. Make time to give of yourself and help someone you’ve never met. Who knows? Perhaps someday you might need a transfusion.

Saturday, August 28, from noon to 4 P.M., a back-to-school celebration will take place at Three Rivers Middle School. This provides another perfect opportunity to take the entire family out for free games, food, school supplies, plus much more. If you’re lucky, you might find enough school supplies so that there will not be a need to shop elsewhere.

I don’t think there’s a season for cleaning out the basement or garage. I’m pretty sure that it’s a continuing chore and, if you’re smart, you’ll stay on top of the situation. As you’re cleaning out that musty basement or over-crowded garage, you might want to seriously consider recycling some of those items rather than hauling everything to the landfill. Here are several facts that just might convince you to start recycling:

For every ton of aluminum we recycle, we save 1554 gallons of oil and 10 cubic yards of landfill space.

For every ton of glass we recycle, we save 5 gallons of oil and 2 cubic yards of landfill space.

For every ton of steel we recycle, we save 151 gallons of oil and 4 cubic yards of landfill space.

Those who did not attend Mendon’s Riverfest missed a chance to celebrate with a neighboring community. There was plenty of free entertainment, lots of great food, a parade, plus an abundance of other fun things to do for the entire family. The festival was capped off by a spectacular fireworks display, preceded by the announcement of the 2010 Riverfest Idol. Congratulations to Sean Morrison, a 2010 TRHS graduate, who sang his way to the honor. Mendon is just down the road from Three Rivers and is a warm and friendly community. Riverfest is an annual celebration and one that should not be missed. A great deal of work and a lot of volunteering go into making Mendon’s Riverfest a festival that provides some quality time for the entire family.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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