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A Letter From Bruce’s Family

Posted September 3, 2013 by Admin

Dear River Country Journal friends, Bruce passed away on Thursday, August 29. He had sudden onset of symptoms on August 3, and was diagnosed with severe pancreatitis caused by a gallstone lodged in the common bile duct. We were with him throughout 23 days in ICU as he developed one complication after another. Our family, […]

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Returning Soon

Posted August 6, 2013 by Admin

Bruce is currently ill will not be posting for a few weeks – please check back for updates as they come. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers!

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COA Activity Calendar for August 2013

Posted August 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

What’s planned in the way of activities and programs by the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging (COA) in August? You can get answers to that question through the COA August Activity Calendar.  To access it, simply click on the following link:  COA August Activity Calendar.

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Glenn Miller Orchestra to perform at Riviera Theatre Tuesday evening

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Glenn Miller Orchestra Tuesday, August 6: 7 p.m. Riviera Theatre – Downtown Three Rivers $23 advance, $28 at the door The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance bandleaders back in the Swing Era of the 1930s and 40s. A matchless string of hit records, the constant impact of radio […]

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‘Art in the Park’ to be part of Constantine Farmers Market Wednesday afternoon

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Wednesday’s (July 31st) Farmers Market in Constantine will have an added feature with ‘Art in the Park’ from 4 to 6 p.m. The Farmers Market – held in Rotary Park in Constantine – runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Regarding Art in the Park, the invitation is to “Paint your way into the FUN […]

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Bridge Magazine article reports on resort community of Idlewild, part of Michigan’s cultural heritage

Posted July 30, 2013 by Bruce Snook

“This is a vital, vital part of the Michigan cultural heritage.” These are the words of Ben Wilson, emeritus professor of Africana studies at Western Michigan University, in talking about Idlewild, a resort community in Lake County that “once attracted some of the nation’s top entertainment acts when it served as a mecca for African-American […]

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This week at the Riviera

Posted July 30, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Shadow Dancer, As Cool As I Am, live music by Andy Johnson – these are among the offerings this week at the Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers. To learn more about the lineup, click here!

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Some August events at the Constantine Township Library

Posted July 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Here’s a review of August events at the Constantine Township Library: DONUTS WITH DAD— Dads, bring your children to the library to decorate—and then eat—donuts on Saturday, August 3 from 10:00-11:30. BEAT THE HEAT MOVIE DAYS— The library will continue to show a family-friendly movie with popcorn on Tuesdays in August at 1:00. Call or […]

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Follow-up report on Burr Oak Heritage Festival

Posted July 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The River Country Journal reported on this year’s Burr Oak Heritage Festival in a story posted early Saturday morning (July 27th). Jef Rietsma has written a follow-up story published Monday morning (July 29th) in the Sturgis Journal.  To access Jef’s report, click on the following link:  Burr Oak puts on largest community parade this season. […]

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Burr Oak Heritage Festival underway through Sunday

Posted July 27, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Burr Oak Heritage Festival is well underway in Burr Oak! The celebration in the smallest of St. Joseph County’s six villages began with two new events Thursday evening (July 25) – a Lighted Parade and a Sky Lantern Launch.  During a Friday evening interview with the River Country Journal, Festival Coordinator Patty Seeba indicated […]

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Cass County Fair begins Sunday

Posted July 26, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The 162nd  annual Cass County Fair is slated to get underway Sunday (July 28th) in Cassopolis. The fair will run through Saturday, August 3rd. To view the fair schedule, click on the following link:  Cass County Fair Schedule – 2013. To visit the Cass County Fair website, go to www.casscountymifair.com. For additional insights regarding the […]

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Meek’s Mill Garden Club hosts well-attended ‘small standard flower show’ in Constantine

Posted July 25, 2013 by Bruce Snook

“My Grandma’s Garden”, a small standard flower show held by Meek’s Mill Garden Club on Wednesday (July 24) at the Rotary Park in Constantine, was well attended. The show was held under a large tent. Entries were judged by Michigan Garden Club (MGC) judges Lyn Dinvald, Pam Dewey, Norma Stancati, Phyllis Straw, Bobbie Quick and […]

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August & September public programs at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

Posted July 24, 2013 by Bruce Snook

If you’re curious about upcoming public programs at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, click on the following link to find out what’s planned:  August & September 2013 Public Programs. Source:  News release from Kalamazoo Nature Center

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This week at the Riviera

Posted July 23, 2013 by Bruce Snook

This week at the Riviera… David Pitt Benefit Concert, Opera in Cinema, and more! For details, click here.

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Meek’s Mill Garden Club to host Small Standard Flower Show Wednesday afternoon in Constantine

Posted July 23, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Meek’s Mill Garden Club is hosting a Small Standard Flower Show on Wednesday (July 24) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Rotary Park on Washington Street in Constantine. The show is FREE to the public and will be in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market, but under a large white tent. For additional information, click […]

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Burr Oak Heritage Festival begins Thursday evening with Light Parade and Sky Lantern Launch

Posted July 23, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The focus of summer celebrations in ‘River Country’ turns this week to the Village of Burr Oak for its Heritage Festival. As noted in the schedule of events, the festival will begin with a Light Parade at 9:30 Thursday evening (July 25) followed by a Lantern Launch at 10 p.m.: Friday’s activities will kick off […]

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Good times abound at Fourth Annual Huss Future Festival!

Posted July 22, 2013 by Bruce Snook

“Let the Good Times Roll” was the opening number as The Blues Shed began its set early Saturday afternoon (July 20) at the Fourth Annual Huss Future Festival in Three Rivers.  (The Blues Shed audio clip – :39) It was a song appropriate for the occasion since the event provided a wide variety of ‘good […]

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Upcoming events at Klines Resort

Posted July 20, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Phil Kline of Klines Resort has asked that we help “spread the word about some upcoming events at the resort.”  Here’s what’s on the calendar: Everyone’s invited to the Friends of Portage Lake Pancake Breakfast at the Klines Resort clubhouse on Saturday, August 3, from 8 to 10 a.m.  Suggested donation is $5 adults, $2.50 age 12 […]

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Saturday is the day for Huss Future Festival 2013!

Posted July 19, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Come to the fourth annual Huss Future Festival to enjoy family-friendly activities, workshops, an installation art exhibit, free coffee and live music, a bake sale and farmer’s market, local food vendors, handmade art and great rummage sale items. The celebration will take place Saturday (July 20) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1008 8th Street […]

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