Out and About – Week of July 5th

The Fourth of July holiday is now in the history books. It was a full weekend to say the least, with pancake breakfasts, parades, fireworks, picnics, and time spent with family and friends. These are just some of the things I enjoy about living in a community like Three Rivers. There’s a lot that can be said about living in small-town America. Wouldn’t it be great to have a general store in the area? I’m thinking of a place where you could go for some of your necessities, grab a pickle out of the pickle barrel and perhaps have a game of checkers with a friend. A free cup of coffee would be available, with perhaps a donation can nearby in case you’d like to contribute. I’m afraid those days are gone forever. I’m happy having the local barbershop. Every couple of weeks I stop in for a haircut. I usually have to wait a few minutes, because there are always a couple of guys ahead of me. I don’t mind, however, because this gives me time to get caught up on local current events. Doug, my barber, is more than someone who cuts my hair. He always seems to know what’s happening or what is going to happen in the community. I knew about Wal-Mart coming to town before a lot of others knew. I’m still waiting for the Menards store to open. I must be careful what I say about Doug, because he has scissors, and he knows how to cut hair. Three Rivers might not have a general store, a place to gather and gossip, but we do have a local barbershop. Doug says that he’s never planning to retire. I’ll never question that.

Thanks go out to Danielle, Bruce, and anyone else who was responsible for bringing the Artie Shaw Orchestra to the Riviera Theatre. It was the perfect summer evening. “Stardust” and “Dancing in the Dark” are still going through my mind. The highlight for me was the drum solo in the first set. I thought for sure there would be a standing ovation. I felt that it was definitely deserved.

Still a few weeks away, but worthy of advance notice, is word that the Three Rivers High School class of 1965 invites everyone in classes of 1960 through 1969 to spend an evening getting re-acquainted in historic downtown Three Rivers. The date to remember is Friday, July 23, starting at 6 P.M. Everyone is invited to visit the Riviera Theatre and other downtown merchants, plus enjoy some of Three Rivers’s own classic cars. This gathering happens annually the fourth Friday of July.

This Saturday, July 10, the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) will host their third Annual “ARF” Golf Outing at Pine View Golf Club. The shotgun start will be at 9:30 A.M. Registration fee is $50 per person and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, hole events with prizes, and food after the game. Proceeds from this event will benefit the St. Joseph County Animal Rescue Fund. Registration forms can be downloaded from ARF’s website at www.ARFund.org; they are also available at Pine View Golf Club, located at 52065 Pulver Road in Three Rivers. Return the completed forms to ARF, P.O. Box 593, Centreville, MI 49032. Space is limited, so it is advisable to register as soon as possible.

Recycling is very much a part of our daily lives. Those of you who recycle are to be commended. Here are some recycling facts that you might find interesting. For every TON of paper we recycle, we save: 17 trees; 4100 kilowatts of energy; 7000 gallons of water; 3 cubic yards of landfill space; 84 gallons of oil; and 60 pounds of air pollution.

Some more “Laws of Ultimate Reality”:

LAW OF THE RESULT – When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will.

MURPHY’S LAW OF LOCKERS – If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

WILSON’S LAW OF COMMERCIAL MARKETING STRATEGY – As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it. 

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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