Out and About – Week of April 8th

I’m hoping that electric cars aren’t the main form of transportation in my lifetime. I find the cons of having one outweigh the pros. Rental car companies now offer fully electric vehicles in their fleets. If you are considering owning an EV, you might want to rent one first. Here are some things you’ll want to know before driving one:

You’ll want to learn to drive all over again. You will not need to use the brakes that much, because the car slows down quickly when you take your food off the accelerator. It might even come to a full stop.
You’ll want to give yourself some extra time to study and figure out the dashboard controls. Even on the new gasoline powered cars and trucks, it’s advisable to thoroughly read the owner’s manual.
On a full charge an electric vehicle can go approximately 200 or 300 miles before recharging. AAA advises that during extreme temperatures, EVs use more power.
Recharging. You can use the car’s or your phone’s navigation system to find charging stations. I’m wondering what the cost might be to recharge the vehicle.

The Kalamazoo Ringers will be in Three Rivers Saturday, April 27, for a concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Three Rivers/Centreville. The church is located at 320 North Main Street in Three Rivers. The bells will start ringing at 7 PM.

The concert will feature the seventeen-ringer Kalamazoo Ringers performing on seven octaves of hand-bells and six octaves of hand-chimes.

After the concert, everyone is welcome to meet the ringers and get an up-close look at the bells and chimes.

A free-well offering will be taken.

Here are seven rules of life that we should all adhere to:

Make peace with your past, so it won’t disturb your present.
What other people think of you is none of your business.
Time heals almost everything. Give it time.
No one is in charge of your happiness, except you.
Don’t compare your life to others and don’t judge them, you have no idea what their journey is all about.
Stop thinking too much. It’s alright not to know the answers.
Smile. You don’t own all the problems in the world.

A week or so ago, I listed several animals that are close to becoming extinct. Here are a few more:

The Siamese Crocodile is critically endangered due to hunting and habitat loss. This crocodile is found in freshwater habitats in Southeast Asia. This species has seen a massive population decline, with fewer than 1000 individuals estimated to remain in the wild.
The Cross River Gorilla, a subspecies of the western gorilla, is found in a small region between Nigeria and Cameroon. This primate is critically endangered, with an estimated population of around 200-300 individuals. The primary threats are habitat loss due to expanding agriculture, illegal hunting, and the potential risk of disease transmission from humans.
I’ll have a few more endangered species in a future column. A trip to a local zoo sounds good.

S H A L O M!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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