Out and About – Week of February 7th

Last Wednesday was a day we won’t soon forget. The Three Rivers area, or should I say southwestern lower Michigan, was slammed by Mother Nature. I don’t know who offended her, but the old saying, “Don’t fool with Mother Nature”, made that quote very realistic. When the forecast for the storm first came out, many of us skeptics thought the “weather gurus” had taken the wrong meds. We all became believers Wednesday morning. Most of us, however, remember the storms of 1967 and 1978, so we regard this latest one as just another winter day in Michigan.

I’d like to take a short paragraph and commend those workers from the Three Rivers Department of Public Works. You folks did a remarkable job of clearing the streets here in town. The last time I checked, you were still removing some of the snow from the areas that had been plowed, and there wasn’t any place available to put the plowed stuff. Might I suggest sending it to Buffalo, New York? They are quite experienced in handling it. I’d also like to thank the firefighters, police personnel, mail carriers, and anyone else who makes their living working outdoors and keeping us safe, secure, and warm.

Can’t think of a special way to show your valentine that s/he truly is special? Valentine’s Day is next Monday, February 14. The Three Rivers Community Players might just have the perfect solution to your dilemma. Opening this Friday evening at the Players Theatre, located on Millard Road, just behind Dairy Queen, is A MUSICAL REVUE & AYE DO. A MUSICAL REVUE is the first part of the show and features love songs performed by groups and single performers. Some of the selections are from Broadway shows, and some are just songs that might stir up memories of long-lost loves. AYE DO is an original one-act comedy that serves as the second part of this production. The comedy, penned by Players member Shannon Piper, centers around a Scottish/Indian wedding reception, where all the action takes place in the bathroom areas of the reception hall. If you enjoy love songs, and don’t mind laughing until your sides hurt, then the Players Theatre is where you’ll want to be. Opening night is Friday, February 11, at 8.P.M., followed by a Saturday matinee at 2 P.M. and an evening performance at 8. On Sunday, February 13, the final performance will be a 2 P.M. matinee. Tickets are available at Beam Sound & Video in Three Rivers, and are selling for $13 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens. Phone Rodney at (269)279-6251. Tickets will also be available at the door, but because this production is running just one weekend, advance ticket purchase is advised.

If you’re looking for an affordable way to enjoy a nice dinner before going to the theatre, you’ll definitely want to consider the Swiss Steak Dinner being offered by the Ninth Street United Methodist Church in Three Rivers. Located at 700 Ninth Street, the church is offering this dinner Saturday, February 12 from 5 to 7 P.M. The cost for adults is $8, and children under 12 can eat for $5. If you’d rather eat at home, take-outs will be available.

Last week, while watching the local news, I noticed many terms during the weather portion of the news that may have caused some confusion. I know that, at times, they confused me. Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), perhaps these explanations might help to “unconfuse” some of you:

Winter Storm Watch: Hazardous winter weather is expected in the form of heavy snow, heavy freezing rain, or heavy sleet. It is usually issued 12 to 24 hours prior to the event.

Blizzard Warning: Issued for sustained or gusty winds of 35 mph or more and falling or blowing snow creating visibilities at or below ¼ of a mile.

Winter Weather Advisories: Issued for accumulations of snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and sleet, which will cause significant inconvenience and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.

In some cases, the weather people will explain in more detail how these terms will affect us.

Spring is coming soon. See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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