Out and About – Week of August 26th

Cell phones kill. They kill much like guns kill, but in a somewhat different manner. The cell phone and a gun are inanimate objects, so they do not kill on their own, but serve as a tool for killing. Please allow me to explain. A gun is used for killing and is also used in the sport of target shooting, much like a bow and arrow. A cell phone is used as a form of communication, which is good. However, a cell phone also provides a form of distraction, such as using it while you are driving a vehicle or walking down the street. By using a cell phone at a time when you should be concentrating on something much more important, someone might get hurt. Drivers and their passengers have been seriously injured or killed because someone was busy on their phone and not paying attention. You read or hear about these occurrences everyday.

The thing that cell phones kill the most is the art of conversation. This doesn’t pertain to just the younger generation. Yes, you do see them working their thumbs on the keypad texting their BFFs or checking those very important e-mails, but adults are just as guilty. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen adults in a restaurant using their cell phones, when they could be conversing with each other. As a result, the art of conversation is becoming a “Lost Art”. Even our government leaders spend more time on their cell phones, when they should be spending time talking face-to-face with each other. Their lack of speaking intelligently is proof of this.

I have a cell phone and can’t imagine being without it. It’s a fantastic tool if used properly. My cell phone can do things that I can’t even imagine. One thing that it does, it permits someone to know exactly where I am twenty-four hours a day. It’s reassuring to think I’m that important.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive this Friday, August 30, from noon until 5:45 PM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 16603 US-12, in White Pigeon. There is always a need for blood in St. Joe County, so come out and help the need. Your reward for donating is a cup of juice and a good night’s sleep for doing what you do.

In early September, the Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers, will feature the film “The Farewell”. The film features a Chinese family during a very memorable time. The film opens Saturday, September 7 at 3:30 PM and 8:30PM. This family movie will be shown, September 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 19. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for children, students and seniors. You’ll want to check with the theatre for specific show times. It would be a good idea to stop by the theatre and pick up a current schedule of coming attractions.

I’m not sure if there’s a bridge walk up north at the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day, but I do know there’s a bridge walk right here in Three Rivers that day, and it’s FREE. The ladies of the Three Rivers Women’s Club invite everyone to join them for this memorable and educational event. Because of the St. Joe, Rocky and Portage Rivers, there are many bridges to cross. Registration begins at 9 AM on Monday, September 2, and the walk goes until noon. Another opportunity to join your neighbors and friends for a hot dog and other refreshments and cross the bridges together. There are many who make this an annual event. Come out and join the fun!

The annual HarmonFest happens downtown Three Rivers next Sunday, September 1. Starting at 1 PM and continuing well into the evening, the business district will be alive with the sound of music.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun had gone, and then it dawned on me.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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