Out and About – Week of October 16th

I never earned the privilege of wearing the Eagle/Globe/Anchor of the United States Marine Corps, but am honored to be an Associate Member of the St. Joseph County Marine Corps League. I’ve always had the highest regard to those men and women who survived a grueling boot camp and became for the rest of their lives a Marine.

This year the Corps will celebrate their 242nd birthday. To commemorate this milestone, the St. Joseph County Area Marine Corps League Detachment #1401 will host a birthday party on Friday, November 10, beginning at 5:30 PM. The venue is the Sturges-Young Civic Center, 201 North Notttawa Street, in Sturgis. The Detachment would like all veterans to attend this celebration.

The festivities include a buffet dinner of baked steak chasseur or pecan encrusted catfish with all the trimmings. The cost is only $25 per person for the entire evening. There will be a raffle plus plenty of door prizes. This event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Marines’ annual Toys-for-Tots drive, which benefits youngsters 12 to 16 years of age. The fundraiser will also help support other veterans’ services.

Veterans and their families interested in attending, may contact Steven Gary at 269-496-3295, or Dave McCune at 269-503-5938.

Identity theft is a growing problem in our society today. Social media has not helped rid us of this menace, but there are several things you can still do to protect yourselfand your family.

If, in your travels, you are issued any type of boarding pass, shred it as soon as you arrive at your destination. That boarding pass might have on it, among other things, your name, travel plans, and a bar code that free websites can decipher. This code often reveals your frequent-flier number, and crooks can use this to log in to airline accounts and see upcoming travel plans, check in to flights, and could even cancel future trips.

Just about every senior citizen is on some type of medication. It’s just one of the benefits of getting older. Labels on your medication containers contain your name, date of initial dispensing, name and strength of the drug, and the dispensing pharmacist’s name. Thieves love to use this information to refill your prescriptions for you, while they steal your identity. When finished with a bottle of medicine, remove the label and put it in the shredder.

Finally, it would be a great idea to shred all receipts you don’t need to save. Credit card purchases reveal the last digits of your card number and possibly your signature. A crook would love to use your receipts for fraudulent returns, while benefiting from your store credit. For those receipts you feel you must keep, store them in a secure place. Crooks are not as stupid as you might think. They enjoy taking away those things you’ve worked so hard to obtain. A paper shredder is not that costly, and it might save you financially in the future.

A friend asked me to share several “Household Don’ts” that she abides by. Enjoy!

I don’t do windows because I love birds and don’t want one to run into a clean window and get hurt.
I don’t wax floors because I am terrified a guest will slip and hurt themselves. I’d then feel terrible and they might sue me.
I don’t mind the dust bunnies because they are very good company. I have even named some of them.
If you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.

The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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