Out and About – Week of August 15th

Ahh, summer. Summer is swimming in a refreshing pool, hot dogs or burgers on a grill, chilled watermelon, and a glass of lemonade so cold that it’s difficult to hold on to the glass. Summer is also a nice meal consisting of a fresh garden salad. My doctor would opt for the latter. If a fresh salad tickles your taste buds, then you’ll want to wander on over to the Ninth Street United Methodist Church in Three Rivers this Saturday, August 20, sometime between the hours of 5 and 7 P.M. They will offer an all-you-can-eat salad supper featuring ham or turkey salad. With every supper, one must also have a dessert, a dinner roll, and something to drink. These are included for a cost of $7 for adults and $3 for the children. The Ninth Street United Methodist Church is located at 700 Ninth Street, just south of Madison Street, in Three Rivers.

Many of you are taking advantage of this summer weather to take your pet dog for an extended walk around town. Fido loves taking walks, because he loves the fresh air, and it gives him a chance to relieve himself. Half the time this poses no problem, but sometimes Fido needs help when it comes to cleaning up after himself. Please be considerate of your neighbors and take along the necessary things needed to clean up after your best friend leaves a deposit.

It’s hard to believe that Labor Day is less than a month away. HarmonyFest takes place in historic downtown Three Rivers on Sunday, September 4. This is the annual event that brings everyone together to celebrate the many styles of music. It’s a perfect reason to stay in Three Rivers and spend the holiday weekend with family and friends. Labor Day itself is usually a day to kick back and celebrate the working class. Some of you might travel north to the Mackinac Bridge and participate in the annual “Bridge Walk”. If you’d rather stay closer to home, the Three Rivers Woman’s Club is sponsoring a “Bridge Walk” of their own. You and your family could be a part of history and enjoy the Historic Three Rivers Bridge Walk. It takes place from 9 A.M. until noon. There is no registration fee, and you can register the day of the walk at the Farmer’s Market in Scidmore Park. Or you may register online at: http://trbridges.wordpress.com. Take your family and friends and walk the many bridges of Three Rivers. Maps of several different routes will be provided. You can pick up your passport and have it stamped at each of the bridges you cross. There will even be a bake sale on site, with proceeds going to the local trails fund. Don’t worry about parking, because it will be available at the Farmer’s Market or any one of the city lots near Scidmore Park.

With school starting the day after Labor Day, this might be a good time to see if your child needs to visit your doctor for a checkup and shots. Get this done early and avoid the rush. You might also want to consider checking the stores for back-to-school needs. You might be in for some disappointments if you wait until the last minute and find the pickings rather slim.

If you have a child leaving for college, make sure s/he has everything that is needed for that time away from home. Don’t forget to set aside a couple of days when you can spend some quality time together. It might seem like a silly idea now, but if you don’t do something together as a family, you might regret it later. A nice family dinner out to someplace special sounds memorable to me.

A friendly reminder to bicyclists. If you are riding your bicycle in the street, where you should be anyway, you must obey all traffic signs in the same way a motorist does. A “Stop” sign means stop, no matter whether you are steering your vehicle with a steering wheel or handlebars. At crosswalks, the pedestrian has the right of way, so you must always be alert to your surroundings.

A.N. Whitehead offers this quote: “If a dog jumps into your lap it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.”

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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