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Out and About – Week of July 15th

Kudos to the members of the Club of Little Gardens here in Three Rivers, They do so much to beautify the common areas here in the Three Rivers area. One of their projects is Bowman Park on North Main Street. This park is sometimes referred to as “Statue Park”. The ladies are the ones who make sure all of the flower beds are kept well maintained.

The week after Fourth of July weekend, I helped out for an hour and carried water from the water tap to the area surrounding the statue in Bowman Park. During my treks, I couldn’t help but notice the many branches and twigs that were scattered throughout, because of the recent storm. The city crews will be picking these branches up for several days, or for as long as it takes to make the city as neat as we are all used to seeing it. I couldn’t help but think how nice it would be if the citizens would take a few minutes and gather the branches and twigs and move them closer to the street. This would help the city in a big way, because the job of picking up would be completed in a shorter amount of time.

Recently, we’ve seen, on the evening news, cities that have been hit by huge disasters. Homes were destroyed and many families were displaced. Some people even perished. In just about every instance, the citizens of these communities banned together and helped in the cleanup. I can’t think of a single reason why more people here couldn’t do the same as far as helping in the cleanup process. We had trees uprooted and homes lost power because of the storm. I guess our damage just wasn’t severe enough for everyone to pitch in and help with the cleanup. I’m sure more than one person is thinking, “That’s what we have the Department of Public Works for.” I expressed kudos to the ladies of the Club of Little Gardens, so I’d like to amend my expression and include all of you who have pitched in and done your part to make Three Rivers a beautiful place to visit and live.

On the first three days of July, members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3019 made themselves available at Wal-Mart and Harding’s, so everyone might have the opportunity to donate and receive a Poppy. On behalf of the local VFW, I would like to thank everyone for your generosity. By donating and receiving a Poppy, you helped the VFW assist many veterans in need and also made it possible for us to provide a scholarship to a college student in need. A special thank you to veterans Bill Thompson, Jeff Johnson, Larry Fitch and Kent Drake for giving of your time to stand in the heat making sure everyone had the opportunity to receive a Poppy.

Some true definitions that might really be true:

MOSQUITO: An insect that makes you like flies better.
INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS: A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority.
SECRET: A story you tell one person at a time.
A few thoughts from Randy Pausch:

“Have something to bring to the table, because that will make you more welcome.”
“Your critics are often the ones telling you they still love you and care about you, and want to make you better.”
“You’ve got to get the fundamentals down, because otherwise the fancy stuff is not going to work.”
See you Out and About!

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