Out and About – Week of July 5th

     Before I forget, here are the answers to the trivia questions I posed to you last week: 

  1. In the 1940s, where were car headlight dimmer switches located?  Answer: On the floor board to the left of the clutch.
  2. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?  Answer: Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk would freeze expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top.
  3. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you couldn’t tell whether it was coming or going? Answer: 1946 Studebaker

       Last week I mentioned that gas prices would probably increase prior to July 4. I was correct, but I thought for sure they would be higher than it turned out to be. I long for the days when gasoline could be purchased for 26 cents per gallon. They even pumped it for you, checked under the hood and cleaned your windshield. It was more economical to get Out and About back then, but a dollar an hour was good money too. There are some days when I really miss the Fifties.

     Youth Bubble Fest happens tomorrow, July 8, at the Barrows School playground. From 2 to 3 in the afternoon, children of all ages can experience a summer of bubbles. The event is FREE, and everyone is invited to check it out. Barrows School is located on the corner of Washington and Fifth Avenue in Three Rivers.

     Volleyball Camps are being held July 27, 28 and 29 at Three Rivers High School. The Junior Spikers camp, for those in grades 3 through 6, will run from noon to 1 P.M. and the Middle School camp, for incoming 7th and 8th graders, will go from 1 to 3 P.M. Registration forms are in the Three Rivers 2009 Summer Rec flyer, or you can register on the 27th before camp at the door. If you have the form, fill it out and send it along with a check in the amount of $25,  payable to Three Rivers Volleyball. Send this to Coach Messenger, 56265 Buffalo Drive, Three Rivers, MI 49093.

     I’m afraid I must once again caution the pedestrians who enjoy strolling the downtown business district. The city was kind enough to paint “NO BIKE RIDING” at several locations in the downtown area. I’m sure they did this assuming that all bike riders could read. They assumed wrong.  By now, I’m sure you’ve guessed that this is a big pet peeve of mine and many other pedestrians, who walk in fear of being struck by some bike rider who chooses the sidewalk over the street. Please enjoy a nice stroll downtown, but don’t forget to carry a big stick.

     Parades and fireworks are two of my favorite activities to attend, so this past weekend I was in hog heaven. My wife and I  packed up the car and set out for Sturgis Friday evening. We attended the annual RIBS ON THE RUNWAY at the Sturgis airport. Parking was great, the ribs were tasty, the crowd orderly, and the fireworks were out of this world. Kudos to the city of Sturgis for a great start to the holiday weekend. The village of Constantine is the place to go for the Fourth of July, with breakfast at the Methodist church and then a very nice parade. I write mainly about activities in and around Three Rivers, but the entire county of St. Joseph has so much to offer and is a great place to get Out and About.

     See you there!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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  1. I’m sorry you missed the fireworks at the American Legion Post 170 on the 4th. We, the Sons of the American Legion, had a good barbeque then finished off the evening with fireworks. Maybe next year, you can check us out.
    I’d like to see us mentioned in your “Out and About” when we have an event. Our next event will be the Toy Run on Sept 12th when we will have another barbeque and watch the toy run as it goes by the Legion on South Main. I usually leave a flyer with the radio station and give some meal tickets to be sold for advertising.
    Hope to see something in your column about it and please feel free to come check us out!
    Our functions are usually open to the public, although you have to signed in as a guest, and have a member buy alcohol. Food prices are listed as donations for tax purposes.

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