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Out and About Blog by Norm Stutesman

Out and About – Week of April 15th

Just think, we have only 364 more days until our taxes are once again due. I can remember having a fear of anyone from the Internal Revenue Service. I’ve had to deal with them a couple of times and have always been happy with the results. They are basically very easy to deal with and are willing to work with …

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Out and About – Week of April 8th

“It’s not my job.” This phrase is heard too much lately. I worked with a person who constantly said this. He was lazy and did exactly what was in his job description. Unfortunately, he was promoted, which didn’t say much about my employer. How many times do you walk past a piece of litter and fail to reach down, pick …

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Out and About – Week of April 1st

Thirteen can be an unlucky number for some folks, but for me it’s quite lucky. I’ve been pecking away at this column for thirteen years this month. It doesn’t seem that long. With any luck at all, I’ll keep plugging away for several more years. I want to thank everyone for the kind comments that I’ve received. I’ll do my …

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Out and About – Week of March 25th

I think most of us find ourselves depressed at one time or another. Maybe it stems from financial problems, or the loss of a friend or family member. If we’re lucky, the depression is short-lived. I’d like to share some words of encouragement from Barry Palmer, a Past International President of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service organization. Lion …

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Out and About – Week of March 18th

The name of this column is “Out and About”. Its main purpose is to let you know what’s going on in and around the Three Rivers area. I also try to inject a bit of humor, so that by the time you’ve finished reading the column, you’ll feel more positive about what’s going on in this world and won’t feel …

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Out and About – Week of March 11th

Is it the law, or is it just simple consideration? What I’m talking about is taking your own food or drink into a public restaurant. I’m pretty sure that the local health department frowns on this practice. As a matter of fact, the owner of the restaurant is subject to a rather hefty fine if they are caught permitting this …

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Out and About – Week of March 4th

Last week I shared suggestions concerning what not to store in your basement. I’d like to now suggest how to store certain things in that area below ground-level. So please read on and share these suggestions: If your basement gets damp, it would be smart to invest in a few mold-proof containers to store anything that might attract moisture. These …

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Out and About – Week of February 25th

Like a good neighbor, my insurance company has given me a few suggestions about what not to store in my basement. I don’t have a basement, but for those who do, I’m passing these ideas on to you, and I don’t even sell insurance. Jot these down, then pass them on to your neighbors: If your basement is unfinished and …

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Out and About – Week of February 18th

When I returned from Vietnam in 1966, I weighed 130 pounds. Since that time, I’ve put on a few pounds. About ten years ago, a doctor at the University of Michigan Medical Center told me that I was obese. At that time I weighed about 247 pounds. Being diabetic, this is not good. The last several years I’ve tried my …

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Out and About – Week of February 11th

This is the time of the year where it’s imperative that our utilities are in working order. There are too many out there who have furnaces in working order, but aren’t working because their utilities have been shut off for one reason or another. To assist these individuals, there will be a Walk for Warmth on Saturday, February 23, beginning …

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