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Josh Turner to headline fair

A two-act evening of entertainment will be the musical highlight of the 2013 St. Joseph County Grange Fair in September. Fair manager Bill Johnson said Josh Turner will headline the Sept. 21 show. Meanwhile, Kix Brooks, who teamed with Ronnie Dunn to form Brooks and Dunn and reel off a string of hits starting in the early 1990s, will serve …

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Fair set to announce entertainment

Officials from the St. Joseph County Grange Fair are set to announce the entertainment lineup for the 2013 event. Fair manager Bill Johnson said the announcement will be made public Saturday, which is about two months later than usual. The fair drew a winner last year, as country/western artist Alan Jackson played to a sold-out crowd of more than 5,000 …

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Snowman-Making Contest cancelled

Saturday’s Snowman-Making Contest, an event in which the city of Three Rivers was a registered participant, has been cancelled for the second consecutive year. The five-city event was to see whose residents could build the most snowmen within their community. As was the case in 2012, quality snow conducive to snowman-making has prevented the event from taking place. The other …

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Book discussion at library

White Pigeon Township Library is promoting a guest speaker who will be on hand for a program next week. Perri Saunders, library director, said Jackson Kaguri  will appear at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 to discuss his book, “A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka.” Born in Uganda, Kaguri has been involved extensively in international community …

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Snowman Contest still on

Organizers behind the White Pigeon snowman-making contest have revised the deadline for entries to late next month, as poor snow conditions continue to hex the event. Key organizer Shireen Cline said the competition was given a green light when a wet snow fell shortly after Christmas. In the days since, however, a mixture of rain followed by below-freezing temperatures have …

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Chasing Ice at Riviera

A panel discussion on the effects of global warming will follow Sunday’s matinee presentation of the movie “Chasing Ice,” to be shown at 3 p.m. at the Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers. Organized by Mendon Township environmentalist Carol Higgins and Sturgis resident Rob Sisson, Sunday’s session will be moderated by local personality Bruce Snook. Sisson, president of ConservAmerica, a …

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Snowman contest is on

Wednesday’s snowfall was substantial enough to begin the 2013 White Pigeon Snowman-Building contest. Event organizers said if conditions don’t change too drastically, the competition will continue through next week. Judging will take place through photos emailed to box_art@hotmail.com. White Pigeon Village Trustee Shireen Cline, who has been a key organizer of the event, said a number of categories exist and …

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Stewart named director

A longtime employee of the Three Rivers Public Library has been named director of the Colon Township Library. Dave Stewart, a native of Peoria, Ill., started the job in late September following nine years of employment with the facility in Three Rivers. The 31-year-old Stewart, who remains a Three Rivers resident, replaces Patti Miller, who retired in the fall. Stewart, …

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Geek the Library a success

More than 75 people attended Saturday’s finale of the “Geek the Library” promotion at White Pigeon Township Library. The Geek the Library program started in June and was a campaign that allowed people to talk about subjects they like. The concept, according to library officials, was to remind people that information about their favorite subjects is available at the library. …

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Mendon Kiwanis Showboat tonight

The Mendon Kiwanis Showboat kicks off for the 56th time this evening, the first of a three-night run. “White Christmas” is the theme of this year’s presentation, which begins at 7:30 p.m., with additional shows staged at the same time Friday and Saturday at Mendon Elementary School’s gymnasium. Dale Eickhoff, head of this year’s Showboat, said rehearsals have been taking …

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