Out and About – Week of April 26th

This weekend is special. Saturday is the first of May. To me, it’s a sign that we probably will not be blessed with any significant accumulation of snow until next winter. However, this is Michigan, and I’ve learned to never say never. If May 1 doesn’t excite you, perhaps you should know that the Three Rivers Lions Club will conduct their annual White Cane Days April 30 and May 1. This means that, on Friday and Saturday, Lions will greet you at Wal-Mart, Harding’s, and Save-A-Lot, here in Three Rivers, seeking donations from 9 A.M. until 5 P.M. both days. The donations received will be used to help provide eyeglasses to those in need in the Three Rivers area. The need is great, and any donation is greatly appreciated. If you’re not able to get Out and About that much, please consider writing a check and sending it to the Three Rivers Lions Club, P.O. Box 134, right here in Three Rivers. The zip code is still 49093.

Jo Moyer will be roasted, toasted, and honored this evening at the Three Rivers Lions Club’s annual Citizen of the Year banquet. The celebration begins at 6 at A Place in Time in historic downtown Three Rivers. Jo has volunteered for many years at TR Health, and this evening is in her honor. If you do not have a ticket for this event, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until next year, because tickets will not be available at the door. Congratulations Jo!

As you’ve traveled the state highways in St. Joseph County, you’ve probably noticed some white trash bags placed along the shoulders of these roads. The last week or so, volunteers have picked up the litter along these highways, and M-DOT has then picked these bags up and disposed of them. These groups of volunteers deserve a great deal of gratitude for picking up everyone’s trash. It’s too bad this has to be done. Think about this the next time you throw an empty coffee cup out your car window.

It seems as though the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) never takes a break. A week or so ago, they held their annual dinner and auction, which, rumor has it, was very successful. This Saturday, May 1, from 10 A.M. until 3 P.M., they will conduct an Adopt-A-Thon for shelter pets searching for “forever homes”. The event takes place at the TSC store located on US-131, just north of the Westland Shopping Plaza, in Three Rivers. The dogs and cats available for adoption will be provided by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA) of Southwest Michigan, located in Kalamazoo. This is another one of those events that the entire family should plan to attend. I guarantee that you’ll be shocked as to how many animals there are out there in need of a loving family to care for them. They will return the love many times over.

I enjoy receiving feedback from you readers. Most of the feedback comes when I meet folks on the street, and they offer comments on previous columns. The feedback works both ways. What I have gathered from these chance meetings is that most of you enjoy the trivia or helpful hints that I include from time to time. So much of what you read in the newspapers these days can be a bit depressing. Don’t get me wrong. I want and need to hear about the unpleasant things, but I also enjoy reading articles or bits of news that make me feel happy. I’ve mentioned things from the many uses of coffee filters to some unknown facts about the world we live in. I’ll close this week’s column with a few items that might make you chuckle or perhaps say, “Hmmmm. I didn’t know that.”

The cost of raising and caring for a medium-size dog to the age of eleven is about $16,400.

Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil.

People who want to share either their religious or political views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

Junk is something you’ve kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.

If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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