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Out and About – Week of May 22nd

I admit that I do my share of procrastinating, especially when it comes to having to tackle a task I don’t want to do. It’s so easy to say, “I’ll take care of it tomorrow.” Tomorrow is one of my favorite days.
People usually procrastinate the most when it comes to that “Honey-Do” list. This is that list that never ends. It just seems to get longer and longer. I’ve found the best thing to do is take on that one chore that you dread the most. Get that one done, then do one that is not as taxing. Eventually, your list gets shorter. The best thing to do is to hide the list. Don’t make it so accessible. On second thought, that’s not a good idea, because you’ll end up paying for it later.
My final example of procrastinating involves paying those monthly bills. Most bills have a “due date”. I used to wait until about four days prior to the due date before I would send a check. Of course, I was taking a chance that the mail truck would have a mechanical problem and the check would arrive late. I have changed for the better. As soon as I receive a bill, I pay it. I try to pay my bills electronically; that way I won’t run out of checks as fast, and like my ex-wife used to say, “As long as I have checks, there’s money in the bank.”
Memorial Day is next Monday, May 29. This is the day when we honor those military men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Three Rivers Hice-Shutes American Legion Post 170 will host the annual Memorial Day parade. Lineup for the parade begins at 9 AM, with step-off at 10 AM. The parade will run from Fifth Third Bank on North Main Street south to Michigan Avenue, where it will turn east, stopping at the Portage River bridge for a brief ceremony. The parade will then continue to Riverside Cemetery for a brief program at the Veteran’s section. There will not be any sirens during the parade in respect for the memories of those who have passed.
The public is strongly urged to come out and support this parade. It will be shorter than a normal parade, but equally, if not more, meaningful.
Because of the holiday, the banks and post office will be closed. Also, all refuse pickup will be a day late for everyone.
Spring and early summer are the seasons when you’ll find many service organization members out seeking donations. In Three Rivers, you’ll find these volunteers in front of Wal-Mart and Harding’s. Kudos to these merchants for making their businesses available. It’s a true sign of community support.
This Friday, May 26, is National Poppy Day. On this day, the American Legion Auxiliary will distribute poppies at several locations in St. Joseph County. National Poppy Day broadens a tradition that began in 1920, when the poppy became an official flower of the American Legion family. The way the poppy became the symbol started during the aftermath of World War I, the Great War. The flower flourished in Europe and came to represent the sacrifices made by U.S. Troops and millions of others who struck a blow to tyranny.
Since that time, the American Legion Auxiliary has become known for its work distributing poppies, to remember our nation’s fallen, while at the same time helping to raise funds to help veterans and active-duty military personnel with medical and financial needs.
Everyone can do their part by donating and wearing a poppy on May 26. By doing this, it will honor every U.S. servicemember who has given his or her life in the name of liberty, freedom and democracy. At the same time, we will be showing our support for veterans of generations to come.
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Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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