Out and About – Week of December 24th

Congratulations on finding this column. It’s a day earlier than usual, but I did mention this a couple of times. If your garbage is normally picked up on Tuesday, it will be picked up on Wednesday this week and next. This affects those living in the Second District of Three Rivers. Everyone else will have their garbage picked up a day later. Tuesday is Christmas and next Tuesday is New Year’s Day. The banks and post office will be closed, as should everything else in town. Back in the day, the only people who had to be at work on a holiday were the firefighters, police officers, and the hospital staffs. Those were the days! If I’ve missed anyone, I apologize.

Monday, December 24, the Schoolcraft United Methodist Church will host two Christmas services. A 5PM service is available for families with small children. A candlelight service will be provided at 11PM, a special way to celebrate Christmas Eve.

Next Sunday, December 30, the United Methodist Church, in Schoolcraft, will host a “Friends and Family” potluck dinner, following the 10AM worship service. All are welcome to take a dish to pass and provide their own tableware. The church is located on US-131, on the east side of the highway. It’s the church with the big red doors.

After Black Friday, prices in a lot of the stores jumped, because of the upcoming holidays. After Christmas, you can usually find good deals again. The week between Christmas and New Year might be a good time to check out prices at local grocery stores. Here are several examples that might be worth investigating:

Poultry and Pork – Turkeys usually go on sale for Thanksgiving, but so do chicken and ham. It might be a good idea to buy extra of all three and put them in your freezer. After the holiday, prices might drop even further, as the grocers empty their freezers in preparation for the arrival of new products.

Bacon – Usually bacon sells for $2.50, and may even go as high as $6. During this time of the year, it has been known to drop to around $1.50 a package. Bacon freezes quite well, so why not buy in bulk?

Frozen vegetables – throughout the year, prices rise and fall, but during this time of the year, if you look hard, you’ll see prices probably at their lowest.

If you do find grocery prices to be a real bargain, it would be a random act of kindness to buy a few extra groceries and share them with someone less fortunate. Just a thought.

Those who enjoy visiting the Commission on Aging on a regular basis should note that the COA will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. In January it will be closed January 21, for Martin Luther King Day. The Commission on Aging is located at 103 South Douglas Avenue, Three Rivers.

The new year will be here in just about a week. If you are “computer-ignorant” like I am, perhaps you should consider attending a computer class. Beginning in February, Knute Judsen will hold classes at the Three Rivers Community Center, 103 South Douglas, Three Rivers. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:15PM and again from 8 to 9:15PM. You’ll need to take your own laptop computer, because they have limited computers available. Session 1 is scheduled for February 12 and will run through Tuesday, March 12. For more information, please contact the Community Center at 269-279-8083, or 1-800-641-9899.

This year seems to be ending in an unsettled sort of way. We must all work to bring more peace and tranquility into our lives. I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas. May your holiday be filled with family, love and a lot of caring. May there be peace on earth, and may it begin with each and every one of us.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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