Politics

Fabius Township Citizens Coalition meets next week

The Fabius Township Citizens Coalition is staging its annual meeting next week. The event starts with a meet-and-greet session at 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Three Rivers Community Center, followed by a potluck supper. Then, a short business meeting for the election of officers takes place before the main program, which will feature 59th District candidates for state representative …

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Recreation trail receives funding boost

Funding for a proposed recreation trail between Three Rivers and Fabius Township has received a $10,000 boost from the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. The amount was requested during Tuesday’s county commission meeting by River Country Recreational Authority member Lindsay Oswald. Oswald, who also serves as the county’s grant writer, said a significant amount of money in matching funds …

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State Rep Lori will be honored this week

State Rep. Matt Lori will be given special recognition this week at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. Lori on Wednesday will receive the National Distinguished Advocacy Award, the most prestigious honor bestowed by the network. The annual award is given by the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, to select lawmakers who …

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River Trail Master Plan ideas voiced during public-input session

A need for a central source of information was the recurring theme expressed during a public-input session Monday in Sturgis to help with the establishment of a river trail master plan. About a dozen people attended and told officials from Edgewater Resources that a website, blog, link through the county’s homepage or some easy-to-track source be established to keep paddlers …

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Two Sturgis boards merge

Members of the Sturges-Young Auditorium board and Sturgis Council of the Arts board have voted to merge the two boards. The two boards approved the plan in July and the measure was solidified Wednesday, when the Sturgis City Commission approved the merger. The newly created Auditorium Board of Directors will consist of one city commissioner and a maximum of 22 …

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Constantine fire department to adopt employee handbook

  The Constantine Village Council has endorsed the concept of a proposed employee handbook for the community’s fire department. Fire Chief Mike Haydon said he learned its insurance company’s Risk Management Department required a handbook after several part-time employees were hired. Haydon said he would put an adopted date on the handbook once he got approval from the three municipalities …

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Courthouse building receiving attention

  The courts building of the St. Joseph County Courthouse will soon receive attention in hopes of a remedy from perpetual humidity. Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners Tuesday agreed to a $13,000 expense for the architect and engineer firm Tower Pinkster. A separate arrangement for $2,300 was reached with HVAC contractor C.L. Mahoney Co. of Kalamazoo …

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Cassopolis business awarded grant

  A $550,000 state grant has been awarded to Postle Operating in Cassopolis for an expansion project that will create 40 full-time jobs during the next two years. State Rep. Matt Lori said the Michigan Strategic Fund has awarded the Community Development Block Grant for job training to the company, which produces extruded aluminum products for recreational vehicles. Postle Operating …

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Sturgis traffic light to be replaced with stop signs

  Sturgis city commissioners last week approved removing a traffic light at the intersection of North Centerville Road and West West Street. The signal is to be replaced by stop signs. Beginning in late June, the traffic light was converted to flashing red and yellow signals at the intersection. After a six-week trial period, evaluations concluded that the traffic volume …

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Purchase of wayfinding signs

  The city of Three Rivers has agreed to the purchase of wayfinding signs to aid motorists with locating destinations and points of interest in the city. Mayor Tom Lowry said the matter, which was approved at last week’s city commission meeting, calls for the purchase of nine signs featuring a city logo and a direction to the destination. Valley …

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