Out and About – Week of July 2nd

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t appreciate ‘FREE stuff. It’s difficult to find anything these days that doesn’t come with a price. This year’s Water Festival had quite a few activities that didn’t cost one cent. It hasn’t been a month and yet here’s another event that is absolutely FREE.

Core Community member Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma would like everyone to know about the 2018 Huss Future Festival, a FREE event scheduled for Saturday, July 21 from 9 AM until 4 PM. The festivities take place at 1008 Eighth Street in Three Rivers. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy live music, a bake sale with coffee, a farmers’ market, handmade art, plenty of food vendors, along with a huge rummage sale. Local organizations have agreed to sponsor a community carnival with games and an assortment of crafts. The carnival takes place from 9 AM until 3 PM. It’s not too early to look for back-to-school supplies, so there will also be a celebration where all school-aged children will receive a backpack full of school supplies, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Along with a full backpack, the children will receive a FREE slice of pizza. As mentioned, this event is FREE, but donations will be graciously accepted. All proceeds received will benefit the renovation of the historic Huss School for a cultural center, farm, plus some residential space. Last year over 1000 people gathered for this festival and it was proven to be an event that celebrates neighborliness and creativity.

I had difficulty falling to sleep the other night, because I had read that a sweet potato has twice the fiber, twice the calcium and over 1300 times more vitamin A than a white potato. Sweet potatoes are also anti-inflammatory. Just another thing my father would be happy to know.

I can’t remember a time when bugs were such a big topic of conversation. Flies seem to be quite thick this year and no one has been able to explain to me why they exist. Stink bugs are another nuisance. I don’t know where they come from and I can’t remember them ever being around before this year. They say it’s better to capture them alive and flush them down the toilet, rather than step on them. I have stepped on more of them than I’ve flushed down the toilet. Someone is right. They do stink. Another reason to keep your mouth closed when riding a motorcycle. Ticks are another nuisance. It’s not a good idea to go hiking in the woods wearing shorts. There is a tiny bacterium called Borrelia Burgdorferi that is transmitted by the bite of a tick and has been known to cause Lyme disease. Lyme disease has nothing to do with citrus fruit, but takes its name from the community of Old Lyme, Connecticut, where the disease was first noted in 1975.

Tomorrow is a day to celebrate our independence. There will be parades, picnics and fireworks. As you venture out to celebrate, please be considerate of others. Be safe on both the waterways and highways.

If at first you don’t succeed, shouldn’t you try doing it like your wife told you to?

One sign of aging is having to get up in the middle of the night and make that trip to the bathroom. I asked my doctor why this happens. She was able to provide me with some interesting facts that I’d like to share with those who are plagued with this on a nightly basis. It seems gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright. When you lie down and the lower body seeks to be level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water to help flush the toxins out of your body. I guess getting out of bed and visiting the bathroom is a little better than wearing a diaper.

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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