Out and About – Week of April 29th

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been fortunate to travel throughout our state of Michigan. On many of the major highways, we’ve noticed full trash bags placed along the shoulders. They are full because there are still too many travelers who feel that the highways are their own private dumping grounds for litter. There are laws against littering, and the fines can be quite stiff if you’re caught throwing your garbage out of your vehicle’s window. Unfortunately, our law enforcement personnel are too busy ticketing those drivers who insist on driving 90 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone. Kudos to those volunteers who give up their time to keep our highways clean. If you happen to see these volunteers out there, please slow down and give them some space.

Congratulations go out to Carol Boulette for being selected as this year’s Citizen of the Year by the Three Rivers Lions Club. A banquet honoring Carol will be held Tuesday, May 14, at Belle Epoque, located on Railroad Drive in Three Rivers. The celebration begins at 6 PM with a social time, followed by the dinner/banquet. Tickets for the gala event may be purchased for $20 at the downtown office of Southern Michigan Bank and Trust. Please see Sharon Bachinski for tickets.

Lately I’ve had several people ask me if the Lions Club still takes used eyeglasses. Sight and hearing have always been the main concern of Lions worldwide, so the answer is a definite “yes”. There are many drop-off points here in Three Rivers, for those wishing to donate their old or worn-out eyeglasses. They are:

City Hall lobby

Fred’s Pharmacy

Lowry’s Books and More

Three Rivers High School principal’s office

Three Rivers Community Center or Commission on Aging

LA’s Coffee Cafe stairway

Three Rivers Health Specialty Clinic (at the west end of the hallway)

Sussex Vision

Three Rivers Lions Club

I don’t know too many people who don’t like yard sales and flea markets. It’s just part of being a true American, I guess. If you’re a fan of antique tractors and steam engines, you’ll want to set aside some time this next weekend to attend the 29th Annual Michiana Antique Engine and Tractor Swap Meet on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4. As always, the venue is Boot Hill Ranch, one and one-half miles east of Jones on Bair Lake Street. Admission is still only $1 per person. If you’re a vendor, set-up fee is $15. For more information, please contact Steve Ammer at 269-651-8478, Bert Shirk at 269-244-5669, or Dawn Everett at 269-816-2264.

There are many things we must do that are difficult. Here are three things that are pretty much impossible to do:

You cannot count your hair.

You cannot wash your eyes with soap.

You cannot say the letter “P” without separating your lips.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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