Out and About – Week of September 10th

Seventeen years ago today, the United States was attacked in New York City, Washington, DC. and Pennsylvania. The nation was drawn closer together that day than it had been in years. American flags were displayed everywhere. Things have changed over the years. There seems to be less respect for our flag. Those displaying this lack of respect are the ones making the front pages of the newspapers. It seems to me that if you want to make the front page, you must do something that upsets the majority of the readers. Bad news sells.

If you want to make money producing movies, make them as graphic as possible. Show an over- abundance of blood and gore. The same can be said of what you see on television. You need to look long and hard to find anything that you can watch as a family. I don’t have any answers as to what can be done about any of the things I’ve mentioned in these two paragraphs, but I must say that being a parent these days has to be the most difficult job in existence. Being a teacher is a very close second.

The St. Joseph County Grange Fair opens next Sunday, September 16. This fair has a reputation of being one of the finest in Southwestern Michigan. There is a Midway for those who enjoy the adventure of being flipped upside down and experiencing extreme gravity force. There are many exhibit barns where one can see proof that 4-H still exists. Of course, there’s plenty of healthy and not- so-healthy food to satisfy everyone’s cravings. Thank goodness they’ll never run out of elephant ears or chocolate covered Twinkies. The fair has plenty of things to do for the entire family, so help increase the daily population of Centreville by taking the family to the fair. Oh yes, don’t forget to take an umbrella, because it wouldn’t be the fair without at least some rain.

We are fortunate to have a petting zoo here in Three Rivers. Located in Scidmore Park at the corner of West Michigan Avenue and Spring Street, this venue is far from perfect, but it is still a place to visit as a family. Because of school being back in session and the usual change of seasons, the hours of the petting zoo have changed. From now until Saturday, October 27, the zoo will only be open on Saturdays from noon until 5 PM.

I would like to remind everyone of the Burning Ordinance for residents of Three Rivers. You’ll want to make note, because you could be cited if you disobey it:

Burning is permitted in approved household outdoor burning containers only.
Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 AM until 7 PM and Saturdays from 9 AM to 5 PM.
Containers are to be 15 feet away from any building, structure, fence, or other flammable materials.
Only paper, wood, and/or brush that will not result in a smoldering fire, may be burned.
No substance or waste matter shall be burned which discharges a dangerous or poisonous gas, ash, or smoke.
Burning must be supervised at ALL times.
A few words of wisdom:

Why don’t I have any tattoos? For the same reason you don’t put a bumper sticker on a Ferrari.

You are not finished when you lose. You are finished when you quit.

People can call you many different things, but you are not what people call you. You are what you answer to.

The King of Hearts is the only king without a moustache.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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