Out and About Blog by Norm Stutesman

Out and About – Week of February 26th

I’m in favor of saving as much energy as possible, in anyway I can. That’s probably why I enjoy naps so much. I also like to share ways on how to save energy with you readers. Here are four ways to save energy in the kitchen: Cook with smaller appliances. According to the Department of Energy, a toaster or convection …

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Out and About – Week of February 19th

There are at least five things that are or will be getting cheaper in 2024. They include: — Gas prices. The colder months and lower demand from drivers are largely why there’s been much relief at the pump. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last December gas prices declined 1.9% year-over-year. Lately, gas prices drop a few cents at …

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Out and About – Week of February 12th

This Saturday, February 17, the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce will host “Ice Breaker 2024”. This is the twenty-second annual ice breaker held by the Chamber. The Ice Breaker will be held at the Armstrong Recreation Hall, located at the corner of Armstrong Boulevard and Maple Street in Three Rivers, and is open to the public. The fun begins …

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Out and About – Week of February 5th

In past columns, I’ve mentioned a few household hints. I even listed other uses for coffee filters other than the normal use of filtering the coffee in your coffee maker. Dryer sheets also have other uses than making your clothes smell nice after removing them from your dryer. If you normally throw away those dryer sheets after each load, you …

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Out and About – Week of January 29th

As of this writing, we are experiencing sloppy roads and temperatures in the thirties. Looking out at the lake we can see one lone fisherman. We check on him every few minutes to make sure he hasn’t fallen through a crack in the ice. I’m not a fisherman, and if I was I wouldn’t be out on the ice today. …

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Out and About – Week of January 22nd

“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.” ~ Plato Soap has more uses than cleaning our bodies and removing bad words …

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Out and About – Week of January 15th

You don’t need to travel far to find a “Pot Shop”. It’s legal to use cannabis here in Michigan and several other states, although the Federal Government doesn’t agree. The state feels that it is another way of gathering taxes. As a result, our schools and roads will benefit. Smoking cannabis, like regular smoking is not good for us. How …

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Out and About – Week of January 8th

Living near a lake is a wonderful way to spend your golden years, although those golden years might at times seem more bronze than gold. Being physically fit is a big plus, because one is able to participate in more activities than someone with a few aches and pains. Back in the seventies, I took up the sport of SCUBA …

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Out and About – Week of January 1st

Welcome to 2024. May your worst day this year outshine your best day of 2023. May we all have more love for each other and care more about each others feelings than we ever have before. My doctor has told me many times that I should drink more water. By doing so, I would be a healthier person. It’s no …

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Out and About – Week of December 25th

This is the final column for 2023, so because this year has been filled with so much stress and worry, I’d like to have the column dedicated to items of a less serious note. We are all getting Out and About with family, so I won’t remind you of any special events that might be happening during this holiday season, …

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