It is sometimes difficult to realize that it is now spring. Whether you realize it or not, spring actually arrived a week ago last Sunday, March 20. A lot of you fishermen, or should I say “fisherpeople”, who didn’t do any ice fishing this past season, are probably arranging your tackle boxes and double-checking you reels and lines so as to be ready for nice enough weather, when you can go out and drown some worms. If you haven’t already guessed it, I’m getting your taste buds set up for some fresh fish. You don’t need to venture out on one of the many waterways of Michigan to fish and eventually enjoy a fish dinner. The Three Rivers Moose Lodge, located on Day Drive in Three Rivers will host a walleye dinner this Saturday, April 2, from 5 to 9 P.M. The cost for the dinner is $11 and includes a 10-12-ounce filet, french fries, coleslaw, and a dinner roll. From 9 P.M. until 1 A.M. Sunday morning, a DJ will provide music that you are welcome to dance or just listen to. The evening event is open to the public, with proceeds going to Three Rivers Area Mentoring (TRAM).
If you are a regular blood donor, I applaud you for providing something which enables another person to live. Most of the time, local blood drives are held at Kadant-Johnson, right here in Three Rivers. The good news is that there will be a blood drive held at the Firm Foundation Church in Centreville a week from today, Tuesday, April 5, from noon until 5:45 P.M. The church is located on East Main on the north side of the highway as you leave Centreville.
While I’m mentioning Centreville, you’ll be happy to know that the Centreville United Methodist Church will host a “Round Dance”, Wednesday, April 6 at 7 P.M. Experienced dancers are welcome. The church is on the north side of Main Street, directly across the street from Southern Michigan Bank and Trust. If you need more information, please call (269)244-1291.
Meanwhile, back in Three Rivers, on Sunday, April 10, there will be a FREE organ concert beginning at 3 P.M., at the First Presbyterian Church, on North Main Street, just south of Lafayette Park. Mr. James Hicks, from New Jersey, will be the featured organist.
In the past, I’ve mentioned things you might want to consider before you adopt a pet. I’m not going to list any more things to consider, but I would like to pass on to you a few facts from the American Heart Association. New research has found that spending time with a dog helps heart and lung function by lowering blood pressure, diminishing release of harmful hormones, and decreasing anxiety. According to a recent study, nurse Kathie Cole, the study’s lead author states, “Dogs are a great comfort. They make people happier, calmer, and feel more loved. That is huge when you are scared and not feeling well.” I’ve visited several nursing homes over the past few years. I’ve seen both dogs and cats in these facilities. The residents seem to enjoy them, and the pets enjoy the company of the residents. It seems to be a “win-win” situation.
Speaking of nursing homes, if you happen to have a friend or relative living in one of these facilities, think about the last time you paid them a visit. How long has it been? If you know someone who is a resident in a nursing home, take the time and take the family and pay them a much-needed visit. So many times these citizens are forgotten, and this is not right, in my mind. The same might be said about an elderly neighbor just down the street. Perhaps you shoveled their sidewalk, or shared a meal with them this last winter. Give them a call, or pay them a visit. Perhaps they’d like to take a short walk, or go for a ride in the country. You don’t know loneliness until you’ve been alone.
See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman