Out and About – Week of September 13th

Last Friday, September 10, in my mind, was a flawless day. The weather was fantastic, the Three Rivers Wildcats beat Plainwell 21-0 at Armstrong Field, and the local firefighters took in boots full of money in their annual “Fill the Boot” campaign for MDA. From 4 to 7 P.M. local firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics stood at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Main Street in historic downtown Three Rivers extending their boot to any driver willing to spare some hard-earned cash. The generosity of the citizens of this great community never ceases to amaze me, especially during these difficult economic times. Thanks to all who donated and thanks to all you firefighters who came in on your day off to stand for the cause. I’m sure that Jerry’s Kids are very proud of what you do.

A sure sign that fall is just around the corner, is the arrival of the St. Joseph County Grange Fair. From Sunday, September 19 through Saturday, September 25, the streets of Centreville will be a little busier. I won’t go into details as far as what the fair has to offer. I’ll only say that this annual event has something for everyone, and it’s worth at least two trips to the fairgrounds to take it all in. I’m always seeking a bargain, so, as far as I’m concerned, the Community Tent is one place you’ll want to check out. Plenty of FREE entertainment, and most of the time, it’s easy to find a place to sit.

. I feel very fortunate to have some great friends. One of them even sent me some information that I’d like to pass on to you readers. I mentioned a month or so ago that what I’d like to see is an old fashioned general store. A place you could go and find a bargain or two, or just stop in and visit with a friend that you might not have seen in a long time. This friend mentioned that such a place does exist. Without giving out too much publicity, I’ll just mention that this place is called the Long Lake Food Shop, and is located on Long Lake, just west of Three Rivers. It sounds as though this might be a definite place to go to get Out and About. Thank you, Nancy, for the heads up.

If you think that it’s impossible to take in an opera in Three Rivers, you might want to check out the Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers. “Love’s Labour’s Lost” will be presented in High Definition Wednesday, September 15 at 7 P.M. and again next Sunday, September 19 at 3 P.M. Then you have “Tosca”, in Italian with English subtitles, hitting the big screen Wednesday, September 22 at 7 P.M. and again on Sunday, September 26 at 3 P.M. These are just a few examples of what the Riviera Theatre has to offer. For more information or to purchase tickets to any of the events at the Riviera, please call (269)278-8068 Monday through Friday from 4 until 10 P.M. You may also visit the Riviera online anytime at www.trriviera.com.

It’s about time for the final Highway Cleanup for 2010. As you’re traveling the major highways here in St. Joseph County, please be on the alert for those volunteers picking up litter along the shoulders of these busy highways. It’s too bad that this has to be done, and it’s even sadder that there are those drivers and passengers who think our highways are their private wastebasket. Perhaps they should be placed on a deserted island with those who text or use cellphones while driving.

The Three Rivers Lions Club is once again holding their Rose Day fundraiser. Sweetest Day is Saturday, October 16, and the Lions are taking orders for roses to be delivered on Sweetest Day. The cost is $20 delivered. Contact any Lion for more information, or call (269)506-2620 to place your order.

Some advise you might want to consider, if you love bananas and usually buy them in the normal bunch. It’s a good idea to separate them from each other after you get them home. They will ripen a little slower if separated.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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