Out and About for week of Feb. 23

     In December 1944, Glenn Miller was killed in a plane crash. It has been rumored that,  had Glenn Miller not died at that time, rock and roll might have been delayed by about twenty years. We’ll never know if this would have turned out to be true, but we do know that his music is still alive and well. Performing around 300 days a year, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is definitely doing quite well, as far as popularity is concerned. We here in Three Rivers will have the opportunity to listen to “the sound” this Saturday, February 28, at the Riviera Theatre in historic downtown Three Rivers, starting at 5 P.M. You may purchase advance tickets at the theatre for $22 or at the door for $25. Tickets are going fast, so I wouldn’t wait until Saturday for tickets. I’m already “In the Mood”, and I’d like to find “A String of Pearls” for my wife to wear for this memorable event.

     Live performances continue to interest the community of Three Rivers. Terrance Simien will perform Saturday, March 7, at 8 P.M. at the Riviera Theatre. About Terrance, Rolling Stone Magazine says, “A zydeco master: his voice yearning like Sam Cooke, he delivers soul worthy of Stax greats and shows crossover class.” Tickets for this one performance are $15. Visit the theatre’s website at www.trriviera.com or phone the Riviera at (269)278-8068. The Riviera is located at 50 North Main Street.

     Attention, senior citizens! There’s a new game in town at the Three Rivers Senior Center, 103 South Douglas in Three Rivers. It’s not really a new game, because cribbage has been around for many years. Anyway, the Senior Center has started a cribbage group that meets every Wednesday at 1 P.M. If you don’t know how to play, that’s okay. Someone will teach you all the fundamentals. It won’t be long before you’ll become a regular, and you’ll even want your own cribbage board. Call the Senior Center to sign up for the group. The number is 279-8083.

     If you’re still in shock after receiving your latest utility bill, you might be interested in a few ways to cut your energy costs. Here are several:

1.   Set the water heater to 120 degrees and insulate the tank and pipes.

2.   Lower heat at night and when no one is home. Get a programmable thermostat.

3.   Have your furnace cleaned and inspected annually, and replace air filters regularly.

 I’ll have more hints next week. With winter still here, we can use all the hints available.  

     No, I haven’t forgotten about the coffee filters. I’ve heard from more than just a few of you who really appreciate these ideas. Paper towels can be expensive, so why not place a coffee filter or filters on a plate to absorb the grease from fried bacon, French fries, and  chicken fingers? Please don’t mention these ideas to the manufacturers of the coffee filters, because if they find out the many uses, they’ll increase the price. I’ll have more uses for you next week.

     With the recent snowfall of last weekend, some potholes might be hidden. When getting Out and About, please be on the alert for these demons of wheel alignment. They have a habit of showing up when you least expect them. Sometimes it’s too late.

     As you’re dodging those potholes or recovering from a spinout on the highway, remember that spring will soon be here and so will the mosquitoes and flies.

     See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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