Out and About – Week of May 20th

Backyard BBQ chefs will be happy to hear about a new attraction to this year’s Water Festival. It’s a Backyard BBQ Competition. All backyard chefs are invited to compete in this event on Friday, June 14, from 2 until 9 PM. Century Bank and Trust has agreed to sponsor this first-time ever competition. The entry fee is $55, which covers fees, awards, prize money, and three racks of ribs used for the competition. The entry deadline is 5 PM on June 1. The first twenty contestants to contact and secure their deposit will be accepted into the competition. To register, contact Jay Vazquez at 269-615-7781.

Next weekend is Memorial Day weekend. Many of you will be traveling, so please do so defensively and be safe. Those staying home in Three Rivers should make sure to take in the Memorial Day parade. The parade normally isn’t very long, but it is memorable and is great to watch. The fire trucks and ambulances will have their lights flashing, but they will not blast their sirens, because the parade is a silent and solemn tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Thanksgiving is a day when we pause to give thanks for the things we have. Memorial Day is a day when we pause to give thanks to the people who fought for the things we have.

If you stand along the parade route to watch the parade, please do two things: stand when the colors pass by and then follow the parade to the cemetery for the ceremony. You’ll still have time to feast on the hamburgers and hot dogs from your charcoal grill, and to enjoy the company of your family and friends. Too many have given their lives so that you can enjoy yours. They deserve an hour of your time to be remembered.

Congratulations again to Carol Boulette, who was chosen as this year’s Citizen of the Year by the Three Rivers Lions Club. A banquet was held in her honor last Tuesday evening at Belle Epoque in Three Rivers. About seventy guests were present to hear Lion George Cole and Mary Kay Todd pay tribute to Carol, who has served the community of Three Rivers. At age 96, she has no plans to retire, because there are still a lot of things that need to be done for those in need. Carol’s next task is to be a part of this year’s Water Festival Parade. When she was told about riding in a Corvette during the parade, she was curious to know if she would be able to keep the car. After all, she still does drive herself around town. Congratulations, Carol! The Three Rivers Lions thank you for all you have done.

Hopefully you will read this early enough so that you can participate in the blood drive being held today, Tuesday, May 21, at Three Rivers Health, 701 South Health Parkway, Three Rivers. The hours for donating blood are from 2 till 6:45 PM. The donation of much needed blood is an act that will definitely give you that warm, fuzzy feeling.

If you have a few minutes, stop by the Three Rivers Commission on Aging, 103 South Douglas Avenue. While there, take in the art exhibit created by the home-schooled students of St. Joseph County. It’s another example of the talent that abounds right here in your neighborhood.

If you mail items such as books, film, printed music, CDs and DVDs, you might want to check with the postal clerk before you send these items parcel post. Media mail is available for these items at a lower cost. An example would be sending a one-pound item from Maryland to New Mexico which would cost $5.60 via parcel post. Sending the same item via media mail would cost only $2.47. Pennies add up.

Here are a few more items that might be related to items from Murphy’s Law:

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.

The things that come to those who wait may be the things left by those who got there first.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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