Out and About – Week of October 18th

As of this writing, the peak of fall colors has not appeared yet in St. Joseph County. I know a few folks who have traveled north to check out the fall colors and have returned with some fantastic photos and memories of what was available in the Traverse City area. Our time will come soon enough.

Meanwhile, beginning Monday, October 18, city-wide leaf pick up has started and will continue through Monday, December 6. Here are the FINAL pick up dates by district:

District 3 – the morning of November 22.
District 1 – the morning of November 29.
District 4 – the morning of December 1.
District 2 – the morning of December 6.
Please place your leaves in the street, slightly away from the curb, so as to allow storm water drainage and ease in leaf collection. Do not place any brush with the leaves, because brush, sod, bricks, rocks, trash, or other foreign materials will damage machinery and will hamper the ability to perform this service in a timely manner. Doing this could lead to a visit from the Code Enforcement Officer with a possible citation. Do not place leaves on the terrace. The leaves will remain there if you do.

The Department of Public Services ( DPS) offers a compost drop off area for all city residents. It is located at 1015 South Lincoln Avenue, in Three Rivers. It is open Monday through Saturday from 7AM until 4 PM. You may drop off brush, leaves, grass clippings and garden waste at this location. For more information, please phone (269)273-1845.

If you are a lover of music, and have attended a performance by the Kalamazoo Concert Band, you’ll want to get out that kitchen calendar and mark down this schedule of their upcoming season.

October 23, 2021 at 7:30 PM: “Joy from Awakening”. A tribute to our essential workers. Venue is the Chenery Auditorium.
December 3, 2021 at 8 PM: “All Wrapped Up”, with the Terry Lever Trio and Edye Evans Hyde. Venue – Miller Auditorium
February 26, 2022 at 7:30 PM: “Fascinating Rhythm with Megan Dooly at Chenery Auditorium
April 23, 2022 at 7:30 PM: “Sun, Sea and Sand” with the winner of the Kalamazoo Concert Band 2022 Youth Soloist Competition. The venue will be Chenery Auditorium.
You may visit their website for more information: www.kalamazooconcertband.org.

A movie came out years ago titled “Hoosiers”. It starred Gene Hackman as a basketball coach for a small-town high school. After watching this movie, I was reminded of the fact that our neighbors south of us are referred to as “Hoosiers” I didn’t lose any sleep over this, but I wondered where that name came from, so I did a little research. I found several explanations, and found this to be the best:

It seems that the early Indiana settlers were enthusiastic and vicious fighters who gouged, scratched, and even bit off noses and ears. This occurred so often that a settler who came into a tavern the morning after a fight and saw an ear on the floor would touch it with his toe and casually ask, “Whose ear?” This eventually was translated into “Hoosier”.
In case any Hoosiers might be reading this, I’ll add several more explanations next week.

“Avoid the store which claims you should buy something else that’s just as good.” ~ BURMA SHAVE

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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