Out and About – Week of March 19th

Congratulations go out to L.A.’s Coffee Cafe, 145 West Michigan Avenue, Three Rivers. Leslie Ann and the staff at L.A.’s are the proud recipients of five People’s Choice Awards for this year. They were recognized for having the “Best Waitress”, “Fastest Service”, “Best Cup of Coffee”, “Best Desserts”, and the “Friendliest Service” in the Three Rivers area. They would like to thank everyone for taking the time to cast their vote.

I’m a week late, but I was at a loss for words at the time. On Thursday, March 8, I lost another friend. Tom Lowry, Sr., passed away on that day at the age of 85. I was not here when he served as Director of the Carnegie Center for the Arts, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about his many accomplishments. I remember him mostly from the times I’d go downstairs from my office and see him having lunch with his wife Yvonne at L.A.’s. I’d pause for a few minutes and we’d chat. His sense of humor fascinated me. Tom loved Three Rivers, and he will be missed. I’d like to think that he’s currently serving as God’s Director of Desserts. The man loved a good pastry. I’m honored to have known him and I’ll continue tipping my hat to Yvonne.

Spring has definitely arrived here in Three Rivers. The temperatures have been above normal, everyone is spending more time outside, and Mike King, the “Weenie King”, is serving up a variety of hot dogs from his cart in the Hardings’ parking lot. His location has changed a bit, but his service has remained the same. The “Bounty Dog” is something new this year, and for $3, it’s a taste you must try the next time you’re in the area. A special thanks to Hardings’ manager Matt Bowen for inviting the Weenie King to the Hardings’ parking lot.

Gray’s Community Band, under the direction of Andrew Hagenbuch, will present their spring concert next Sunday, March 25, at 3 P.M., at the First Church of God, 17398 M-86, just east of the American Legion post in Three Rivers. The concert will contain a selection of various styles. Admission is FREE; however, donations are always graciously accepted. Refreshments will, as usual, be available after the concert. If you’re interested in becoming a member of Gray’s Community Band, or if you’d like more information, please phone (269)244-1014.

After a winter of probably not eating in a healthy, nutritious manner, it’s time to think more about salads than meat loaf and mashed potatoes. The Ninth Street United Methodist Church, 700 Ninth Street, Three Rivers, is offering a great way to begin your spring diet. This Saturday, March 24, from 5 until 7 P.M., everyone is invited to attend their “Spring Salad Supper and More”. It’s an all-you-can-eat salad and casserole feast. Don’t worry; there will also be hot dogs, dessert, and a selection of beverages to choose from. The cost for adults is $8 and only $4 for children.

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging wishes to announce the opening of the Three Rivers Area Watercolor Circle’s new art show. The show takes place this Sunday, March 25, from 2 until 4 P.M. at the Community Center, 103 South Douglas, Three Rivers. Take the family and check out the display of over 50 original watercolor paintings by local artists.

As we get into the mood of spring and being outdoors more of the time, it’s important to remember that we must all share the many venues that are available for all of us. Scidmore Park is a perfect example. If you use the picnic facilities, clean up after yourself and put your trash in the available containers. If you see litter that someone left behind, pick it up and dispose of it properly. Bending over to do so is good exercise. If you ride a bicycle, please be considerate of others and stay off the sidewalks, especially if you’re in the downtown business district. “NO BIKE RIDING” is painted on the sidewalk at both ends of the downtown area. Finally, if your daily schedule includes taking your dog for a walk, take along a plastic bag in case Fido decides to make a deposit. It’s your pet, and your responsibility to pick up after her/him.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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