Out and About – Week of January 22nd

For as long as I can remember, there has always been a shortage of available blood at local blood banks. An appeal for blood donors is usually publicized during a local or national emergency. We have blood drives here in the Three Rivers area on a regular basis to ensure that a shortage of blood is never an issue.

This week there are three times and three places where donors may go to donate. Today (Tuesday, January 22nd), the venue is the UAW Local 2093, located at 15802 Hoffman Road, just west of US-131. Donations will be accepted from noon until 4:45 PM.

Thursday, January 25, Grace Healthcare, 55378 Wilbur Road, Three Rivers, will host a drive from noon until 5:45 PM.

The last chance to donate this week will be Friday, January 26, from noon to 5:45 PM, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 601 South Douglas, Three Rivers. All three locations will offer light refreshments in appreciation of your giving of your time and blood.

It was around Christmas when I mentioned the passing of three citizens of Three Rivers. Jim Bippus, Roger Rathburn, and Bill Newman will all be missed by everyone that had the opportunity to know and respect them. A final tribute to Bill Newman will be offered this Thursday, January 25, at the American Legion Post #170, beginning promptly at 6:30 PM. A Post Everlasting ceremony is a special memorial service given to a Past Commander of the American Legion. The public is cordially invited to attend this special service for a very special person. The American Legion is located at 59990 South Main Street, at the intersection of South Main and M-86.

Last week I wrote about getting your files in order. By doing this, your meeting with your tax preparer will go much more smoothly. Part of getting everything in order would be to get rid of those papers that you no longer need. Tax returns from 1988 could probably be destroyed. I usually burn papers and documents with personal information on them. I have a paper shredder, but whenever I use the thing, I usually end up with a mess on the floor. There are companies who will come in and shred your documents for you, but I’m sure the cost is higher than you, as an individual, might want to spend. Anyway, here are a few hints about shredding things you don’t really need to keep around.

Documents you should be shredding:

Pet medical papers. Keep records of major events, and shred the rest. Papers from a vet visit show a pet’s name, which a Google Apps survey of 2000 people found is the most common password choice.
Return labels. Shred free return labels you receive in the mail, along with any envelopes with your name and address. Thieves often pair this with what you post on social media to piece together your identity. When writing your return address on an envelope, omit your name.
Being trustworthy is a trait of which to be proud. It goes hand-in-hand with being dependable and responsible. An example of trust might be when a father tosses a one-year-old baby into the air. The baby laughs because he knows that his father will catch him. That’s trust! A mother probably wouldn’t do such a thing, because she knows that by doing so, the baby could easily spit up. Experience is usually the best teacher.

TV evangelist Joyce Meyer, most of the time, makes a lot of sense. She’s a very good speaker and we share a belief on negativity. She has been quoted as saying, “Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it.” Get the point?

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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