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Out and About – Week of June 17th

Water Festival 2019 is now in the books. It’s always a fun time, and it draws people from all over southwestern Michigan. Every year it seems to get better and better. It’s fun from the start of the parade on Thursday at 7 PM, until the final firework hits the sky later Saturday evening. I had the honor of being the Gunner’s Mate onboard the SS Richmond, the entry representing the Forty and Eight. I manned the bow-cannon on the ship and had a real “Blast”. Actually, I had several. It was a rough job, but someone had to do it.

The summer season is just beginning and there are many more events to look forward to for the entire family. You’ll want to check the paper for events like Covered Bridge Days in Centreville, White Pigeon Sidewalk Days, and of course, the Mendon Riverfest. All of these family activities are right here in St. Joe County and most of them are totally FREE, except for a few refreshments.

This year’s Relay For Life takes place at the Centreville Fairgrounds on Friday, June 21, from 3 PM until midnight. This event used to take place here in Three Rivers at Armstrong Field and ran for 24 hours. This memorable event honors cancer survivors and provides an opportunity to remember those who lost their battle with Cancer. It’s the perfect opportunity to donate to a cause that will someday defeat this horrible disease.

On Saturday, June 22, you’ll want to take the family to Scidmore Park and visit the Petting Zoo. At 1PM, Patty Kloosterman, a licensed animal rehabilitation expert, will enlighten everyone on ways that we can help injured and orphaned wildlife. Patty will bring with her a raptor, a flying squirrel, and a box turtle. The petting zoo is located at 112 Spring Street, directly across the street from the Three Rivers Fire Department.

A great way to keep money here in our local community is to shop at the Three Rivers Farmers’ Market. Beginning Thursday, June 20, and running through Thursday, September 19, the Farmers’ Market will be open each Thursday from 2 PM until 7 PM. If you love fresh vegetables, this is the place to shop. There are many other items on sale at the market. The best thing to do is come down and check things out for yourself. Once you stop by, you’ll want to make it the thing to do every Thursday during the season.

Crushing pop cans is soda pressing.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive tomorrow, Wednesday, June 19, at the JOCO Hall, 805 Wood Street, in Three Rivers. They’ll be taking donations from 11:30 AM until 5:15 PM.

We are searching for fresh vegetable puns. Lettuce know.

Helen Keller once said, “I am only one, but still, I am one. I cannot do everything, but still, I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” Think about this for a moment, then put her words to good use.

Every so often, I run across some very interesting notices that might have appeared in a church bulletin. In keeping with my promise to make you chuckle whenever possible, I close the column this week with these notices:

“For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.”
“Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.”
“At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice.”
“Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use the large double door at the side entrance.”
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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