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Historic district guidelines

An update on the formation of historic district guidelines, applicable to downtown Three Rivers businesses, was provided this week to the Three Rivers City Commission. The report was presented by Rob Vander Giessen-Reitsma, chairman of the city’s Historic District Commission. He provided Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners detailed examples of conformity guidelines to which downtown building owners will be subject …

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Hazardous waste collection Oct. 5th

The Solid Waste Management Planning Committee of St. Joseph County wishes to advise that its twice-a-year collection of hazardous waste, computers, televisions, tires, latex paint and paperboard will take place Oct. 5 at the St. Joseph County fairgrounds. Word about the collection is being made now so people who have items to drop off can start to gather and accumulate …

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Coyote hazard

Officials at a northern Indiana airport have turned to shooting coyotes that wander onto the property after unsuccessfully trying to trap the animals. Elkhart Municipal Airport manager Andy Jones says at least two landings have had to be aborted because of coyotes near or on the runway and one plane taking off missed a coyote by about 20 feet. Jones …

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Harmony Fest successful

Organizers behind Sunday’s Three Rivers HarmonyFest said they couldn’t have been happier with the turnout for the 20th annual event. Staged on North Main Street, the 10-band, day-long festival had the benefit of good weather and an event-ending fireworks display to lure more than 3,000 people throughout the course of the day and night. The fireworks show was supposed to …

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City grants tax abatement

Members of the Sturgis City Commission have granted a 12-year tax abatement to Johnson Precision Mold and Engineering. Located in the North Centerville Road business park, the company is investing more than $100,000 in new equipment – primarily a high-speed machining center. Cathy Knapp, manufacturing specialist for the city, said the investment allows the company to increase its sales. In …

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Governor leads Mackinac walk

Labor union supporters and the governor who made this the first right-to-work Labor Day in Michigan have been on the march on opposite ends of the state as America observed the holiday honoring working people. Gov. Rick Snyder set a fast pace as he led thousands of walkers across the 5-mile Mackinac Bridge that links Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. …

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Credit for excess power

More wind and solar energy users in Michigan are getting billing credit for excess power they generate. State regulators issued a report last week showing utility customers with their own windmills and solar panels onsite increased the net metering program’s production size by 55 percent from 2011 to 2012. There also were more than 300 additional residential or business customers …

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Pipeline discharging sewage

The Three Rivers Waste Water Treatment Plant received notice Wednesday evening that the pipeline servicing the village of Constantine was discharging raw sewage into a ditch. The incident occurred at the intersection of southbound U.S. 131 and the newly constructed U.S. 131 bypass. City staff arrived shortly before 8 o’clock and found the discharge was from a newly installed air-release …

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New location for clinic

The Sturgis Women Infants and Children Satellite Clinic would like to advise the public of its new location. Beginning today, the new location of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Sturgis WIC Satellite Clinic will be the Grobhiser Building. The site is in Suite 104 at 600 S. Lakeview Ave. The location will continue to offer scheduled appointments for WIC …

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Burgoyne gets 30 days

White Pigeon Police Sgt. Bill Burgoyne was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail for charges related to a driving-while-impaired incident in April. Burgoyne was sentenced Monday by Branch County Judge Brent Weigle, who ordered Burgoyne to serve the time in Branch County Jail. Despite a request for work release and community service, Burgoyne was sentenced to the 30 days, …

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