Out and About – Week of November 6th

Today (Tuesday, November 6) is Election Day, so every eligible citizen should exercise their right and get out and vote. I can’t think of a valid excuse not to do so. If you can’t drive or if you don’t know of anyone who can take you to the polling place, the St. Joe County Transportation Authority will take you there and take you back home for FREE. Perhaps you’re out of town today. You could’ve voted absentee. You might not want to go to the polling place because of its location. Another reason to vote absentee. Maybe you don’t care enough to vote and would rather just complain about the election results. I’m afraid that’s your problem. There are some citizens who are unhappy with the local city government, yet everyone on the ballot is running unopposed. The percentage of eligible voters who actually cast a ballot here in St. Joseph County is way too low, and that’s a shame.

This Saturday, November 11, is Veterans Day. There will be a brief ceremony at 11 AM on Saturday, in honor of this day. The public, especially all veterans, are cordially invited to attend this ceremony at the American Legion Post, 59990 South Main Street, in Three Rivers. The Legion would like to remind all veterans that they are encouraged to join the American Legion. You can ask any member for information on how to become a member.

If you are planning to send Christmas gifts to family and friends living out of state, it’s not too early to visit your local post office and get those gifts on the way. Every year there are postal customers who wait until a week before Christmas to send their gifts, then get upset when they are told that their package might not make to its destination as quickly as they thought.

As you start your holiday shopping, please don’t forget to pick up some tokens of appreciation for those people who serve you on a regular basis. Perhaps you have a favorite server at your local coffee shop, or how about your hairdresser or barber? Don’t forget that person who delivers your mail or picks up your garbage every week. You don’t need to spend a lot of money, because it’s usually the thought that counts.

It’s rumored that more people will be shopping over the internet this holiday season than ever before. This is not hard to believe. More and more big-name stores are closing because consumers prefer to shop from home, rather than deal with the crowds at the stores and malls. There are some items that will still be purchased at the “Big Box” stores. I’d rather buy a pair of shoes at a shoe store, where you can try them on, instead of sending them back if they don’t fit properly.

When shopping electronically, there are some safeguards you’ll want to adhere to. Never give your credit card number over the phone unless you’re familiar with the company you’re dealing with. One that you know well and above all, trust. If you have an account number with the company you’re working with, use your account number instead of a credit card number.

The one job I’d never want to have is that of a telemarketer. It seems no one that I know enjoys dealing with them when they call. I have a couple of suggestions as to how one might deal with one if they should call, but I won’t go into details at this time. There is, however, one suggestion that I might make, and that is to ask for his/her name and phone number, or have the telemarketer mail you more information. If they refuse, don’t do business with them. Jerry Seinfeld had a suggestion also. That would be to ask the telemarketer if you could call them back later at their home.

What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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