Out and About – Week of October 25th

Three Rivers Department of Public Services has been busy for almost two weeks now sucking up the leaves that the citizens of Three Rivers have raked or blown to the street. I learned the hard way, and I thought I’d better pass on the fact that the leaves must be in the street next to the curb and not on the lawn next to the curb. I suppose the easiest way to remember this is to keep in mind that the vacuum hose will not pick up any leaves that have grass below them. Happy raking!

The Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) has another fundraiser in the works. The fundraiser takes place this Saturday, October 30 at the TSC store, on US-131, north of West Michigan Avenue, from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. It’s a Bake and Book Sale where you may purchase baked goods along with gently used books. If you would like to donate baked goods, they may be dropped off, just prior to the sale, at the TSC store, or the day before at Beam Sound and Video on West Michigan Avenue in Three Rivers. If more information is needed, please contact Rodney at Beam Sound and Video in Three Rivers. The phone number is (269)279-6251.

A week from today is Election Day. On Tuesday, November 2, you have the chance to exercise your right as an American citizen to select those individuals who will, hopefully, lead our local, state and federal government. All registered voters should get out and make their vote count. As with every election, the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority will provide FREE transportation to and from the polling places here in St. Joseph County. Phone early to secure a pickup time. You have two phone numbers to choose from: (269)273-7808 or toll-free at (800)964-5700. As I always say, too many men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice to insure you have the right to vote.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 27, Trinity Episcopal Church, 321 North Main, Three Rivers, will host a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 P.M. The cost for adults is $5.50, and children 12 and under can dine for $2.

Next weekend is Halloween. The children will be out Trick-or-Treating either Saturday or Sunday evening, depending on where you live in St. Joseph County. Children in Three Rivers will be out Saturday evening. If you happen to live in the Sturgis area, you’ll definitely want to check out the Huge Haunted House at the former Dave Smith dealership in Sturgis. On Friday and Saturday, October 29 and 30, from 6 to 9 P.M., the former dealership will have something for children of all ages. For the younger ones, there will be a pumpkin and story time area. I’m sure there will be plenty of ghouls and goblins making an appearance to satisfy anyone’s haunting appetite. The cost for those over 12 is $5, children age 7 to 11 will pay $3, if you’re under 6, you’ll only need $1 to enter, and if you’re a family, with up to 6 members, your cost is only $20. Proceeds from this event go toward much needed repairs at the historic depot in Sturgis.

As I continue my travels around St. Joseph County, I want to make sure you know about another event that is happening in Constantine on Tuesday, November 2. Did I mention that this is Election Day and you must not forget to vote? Anyway, my friends at the Constantine Fire Department will host their annual Dan’s Fish Fry at the fire department from 4:30 to 7:30 P.M. If you know any firefighter, you know they are pros when it comes to cooking and putting on a great meal. This will be an all-you-can-eat fish and pork tenderloin dinner, with carry-out available. Adult prices are $7 in advance, or $8 at the door. Prices for children age 5 to 12 are $4 in advance and $5 at the door. Advance ticket purchase is more cost effective, so advance tickets may be purchased from any Constantine firefighter, at Meeks Mill Restaurant, Constantine Village Hall, or Constantine Auto Parts and Hardware. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go for new rescue equipment for the Constantine Fire Department.

A final word of caution. When you are Out and About this next weekend, please keep a watchful eye out for the trick-or-treaters. More than likely, they’ll be wearing masks and watching for vehicle traffic is not uppermost on their minds. I thank those parents who accompany their youngsters on this fun-filled holiday.

See you Out and About! BOO!!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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