Out and About – Week of August 9th

If you are a member of the Three Rivers High School graduating class of 1962, then please let this serve as a reminder that the Class of ’62 will hold their annual “Birthday Bash” this coming Saturday evening, August 14, at 7. Mary Sue and Harry Pollitt have graciously offered their home for this annual event. The “Birthday Bash” has been held every year since 2004, when just about everyone in the class turned sixty years young. As usual, the festivities will be over by around 8:30 P.M. This way, no one has to find their way home in the dark.

I’m pretty sure this is the final cancer walk of the year. This one is a little different from most, in that it involves the family dog. “Bark for Life”, the American Cancer Society’s dog relay, will take place Saturday, August 14. It was originally scheduled for sometime in June, but had to be postponed due to weather. I faintly remember having some unpleasant weather this past June. Anyway, “Bark for Life” was created because some of the participants in the “Relay for Life” complained because they couldn’t take their dogs to the regular relay. Meyer-Broadway Park is the setting for this relay. Registration will begin at 9:30 A.M., and the walk will run from 10 A.M. until noon. The main difference between this relay and the regular one is that this one is done with individuals rather than teams. Oh yes, awards will be given for best dressed dogs, and a “Bark for Life” t-shirt will be given to anyone who brings in $100 or more. It’s amazing that cancer affects not only humans, but dogs as well.

You might not be aware of this, but the Commission on Aging (COA) has a medical equipment loan closet. The closet contains items such as walkers, commodes, canes, and hospital beds to name a few, and they are all available on a loan basis to individuals in need. The COA is in need of some equipment to fill the loan closet. If you happen to have a hospital bed, bath seats, or a wheelchair sitting around in good condition and clean, give Mildred a call at the COA. Mildred’s phone number is (269)279-8083 or 1-800-641-9899; she is the go-to person if you are one in need or if you have something to give them for someone else to borrow.

We are in the prime watermelon season here in the Three Rivers area. Nothing tastes better than a slice of ice cold watermelon on a warm August evening. I prefer mine with a touch of salt. It tastes even better knowing that it’s good for you. Watermelon is loaded with lycopene. As a matter of fact, watermelon juice actually gave tomato juice a run for the money in a recent study of lycopene levels. As I’m sure you know, lycopene may be a cancer crusher. I am particularly fond of watermelon, because I’ve learned that it can make your skin pretty, because it is loaded with a key compound credited with helping skin’s healing and regenerative processes. Watermelon is practically calorie-free, with as few as 50 calories in every cup. Finally, as long as you haven’t sliced it, you’ll want to leave the watermelon out. However, after it’s cut, it should be stored in the refrigerator for food-safety reasons.

Once again, we have a busy Saturday ahead of us. The First United Methodist Women will conduct a rummage sale this Saturday, August 14, from 10 A.M. until 5 P.M. in the church’s parking lot at the corner of North Main Street and Kelsey in Three Rivers. Remember the old saying, “One person’s castaways are another’s treasure.”

I am always looking for items of interest, or things to do here in the Three Rivers area. I can mention your newsy stuff in this column as long as you are a non-profit group. There are some exceptions, so your best bet is to send me your information, and I’ll do what I can do to get it published in “Out and About”. Thank you also for your kind words. They are very much appreciated.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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