Out and About – Week of September 3rd

In 1985, I was trained and finally certified as a Rescue Diver. I haven’t done any diving since then because I had relocated and didn’t have anyone to share my SCUBA diving interests. Several weeks ago, I got the bug to possibly get back into the sport. I made arrangements to get checked out by an instructor to see if I still had what it takes to explore the underwater world.

The checkout time lasted about an hour and was as much fun as I had expected. I was asked to perform several skills that are just part of any diving experience. Clearing a flooded mask and buddy-breathing were just a couple of the skills. I felt comfortable doing all of the tasks, and it brought back memories of some of the great experiences I had over thirty years ago.

With the approval of the instructor, I’ve decided to get back into the sport. Acquiring the necessary equipment is part of the fun. I’m amazed at how high-tech everything has become. There is no need to calculate your bottom time anymore because it’s all handled by computer. I guess the reason I’m mentioning this is because it’s proof that it’s never too late to get back into something you once enjoyed but stopped for one reason or another. I have no desire to take up sky diving or mountain climbing.

Hydrant flushing in Three Rivers starts today and will continue through Friday, October 5. The hydrants will be flushed Monday through Friday from 7 AM until 3 PM. The flushing will start in the first district, then the fourth district, second district and will finish up in the third district. Don’t be surprised to experience some rusty water during this time. If the rusty water problem is prolonged, you may contact the Department of Public Service office at 269-273-1845.

If you enjoy music of the Three Rivers German Band, you are cordially invited to join them this Saturday, September 8, at 7:30 PM. They will celebrate Oktoberfest at Light and Life Wesleyan Church, 15765 Hoffman Road, just off US-131 in Three Rivers. Special guests of this celebration is the Silver Triad Flute Club. By the way, this celebration is FREE.

I only know a few people who don’t care for fresh pineapple. Here’s an interesting fact for those of you who do enjoy that tasty fruit from Hawaii. Knives used for peeling pineapples should not be used for slicing the fruit, as the rind contains an acid that is apt to cause swollen lips and sore gums. If you happen to make the mistake of using the same knife and this ailment comes your way, you’ll want to know that salt can be used as an antidote for these sores. Most of you might not have known this if you hadn’t read it here. I can’t back this up with a reliable source, so you’ll just have to take your chances.

I haven’t heard how many farmers read this column, so if you know a farmer, please pass this on to him. Farmers are used to having mice somewhere on their farm, especially if they have corn or wheat on the premises. They might even have a rat or two. If you’re not a “Rat Rancher”and would like to see them dead, all you need to do is pound up some glass and mix it with corn meal. If the rats enjoy this mixture, you might consider moving.

I have tried and found this to be true. No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

Here are a few riddles you might want to share with the younger ones:

How do you measure grass? With a yardstick.
That circle is pretty smart. Did it go to college? Are you kidding? It has 360 degrees.
This riddle might be better understood by someone a little older:

What costs millions of dollars but is worthless? Second place in the election.
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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