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Out and About – Week of September 2nd

Summer vacation is over for the school children. Where did the summer go? With students back in the classroom, we all must be aware of the activity in and around the many school zones. One never knows when a child is going to dart out into the street from between parked cars. School buses are now busy picking up or dropping off their precious cargo. Be aware of the flashing yellow and red lights on the buses. Try and have patience if you’re caught behind a bus while on its route.

If you didn’t know already, it’s not safe to use your cellphone while driving. Doing so is a distraction and has caused far too many accidents. With school buses and school children now being more active, it’s even more important to concentrate on your driving.

Kudos to all school bus drivers. You not only have the responsibility of being extra careful while driving, but you must be aware of the activity on your bus. Not all children stay in their seats and keep their voice volume under control. If you’re a parent, have a talk with your children about proper behavior on the bus. Talk to them as if you were the bus driver.

With school underway, one’s thoughts usually are centered around football. Every weekend for the next four months will be filled with football. On a typical Friday night, the Three Rivers Wildcats will be on a field somewhere. Check the schedule and the next time they have a home game, take the family to Armstrong Field and help cheer the Wildcats on to victory. You’ll be entertained at half-time by the award-winning Three Rivers High School Marching Band.

If you’re not a football fan, there’s always something happening downtown. Stop by the Riviera Theatre and pick up a schedule of coming events. You’d be surprised at how many things there are to do downtown. There are several establishments where you can gather with friends, enjoy a tasty sandwich or a splendid dinner.

I’d like to put the “Kabosh” on a rumor that might be going around. I’ve heard that the FREE store located behind the First Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Kelsey and West Street, is now accepting pet food for those in need. This is NOT true. The FREE store doesn’t have the space to accommodate pet food. I suggest that pet food be taken to the Three Rivers Food Site on Railroad Drive near Lowry’s.

A few thoughts from Randy Pausch:

“When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you.”
“Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”
“Not everything needs to be fixed.”
“You can always change your plan, but only if you have one.”
“It’s better to stand when you’re on the phone. You’re more apt to speed things along.”
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is now making some jokes about Michigan. Here’s a sample or two:

You might be from Michigan if your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.
You might be from Michigan if you drink pop and bake with soda.
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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