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Results in from 40th annual International Cherry Pit Spit in Eau Claire

Posted July 8, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The just-concluded Independence Day holiday weekend included the latest edition of a Southwest Michigan tradition. For the  results of the 40th annual International Cherry Pit Spit in Eau Claire, click on the following link to access the report from John Eby of Leader Publications:  A new Krause wins windy 40th Pit Spit.

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This week at the Riviera

Posted July 8, 2013 by Bruce Snook

This week at the Riviera… La Vie en Rose starring Martha Cares, Ethan Hawke in ‘Before Midnight’, Sass in the City, the DJM3 and more! For details, click here.

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‘Generational secrets’ at heart of debut novel by Three Rivers area resident

Posted July 7, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Three Rivers area resident Susan Martin – using ‘Susan Grace’ as her pen name – has published her debut novel entitled Ashes of Destruction. The book is set in a rural town in Alberta, Canada.  As noted in a news story at EdsonLeader.com, the novel “examines the impact of generational secrets and history repeating itself, […]

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7th Annual Palmer Lake Flotilla a success once again

Posted July 7, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The 7th Annual Palmer Lake Flotilla capped off a weekend of Independence Day festivities in Colon, including the Ring of Fire, Downtown parade, and 4th of July fireworks.  This year’s movie-themed event was deemed a great success by Flotilla organizer, Tim Taylor.  “We had nearly 15 entries to this year’s event, three times what we […]

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Village of Constantine seeking cars for 2013 Annual Car Show on Wednesday, July 10th

Posted July 6, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Village of Constantine is seeking cars for the 2013 Annual Car Show scheduled for Wednesday, July 10th. The event will take place 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on East Water Street. Cars can come around 1 p.m. The Farmers Market will also be displaying on East Water Street on Wednesday for your shopping convenience. […]

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‘Sass in the City’ set for Friday, July 12th in historic downtown Three Rivers!

Posted July 6, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The time for ‘Sass in the City’ is rapidly approaching! Billed as “a spectacular girls’ night out in historic downtown Three Rivers featuring live music, special deals, goodies and giveaways,” Sass in the City is slated for Friday (July 12th) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Organizers say, “Bring your pals to share a memorable, […]

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Independence Day 2013 brings ‘Citizen of the Year’ honors for Angie Birdsall, drawing for Constantine Cares Quilt

Posted July 5, 2013 by Bruce Snook

In addition to a parade and fireworks, Thursday’s (July 4) Independence Day celebration in Constantine brought formal recognition of Angie Birdsall – known as ‘the bicycling reporter’ – as the community’s ‘2013 Citizen of the Year’. Birdsall set aside her bicycle to ride in a convertible in the parade and – during a brief and […]

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Independence Day photos welcome!

Posted July 5, 2013 by Bruce Snook

If you have a favorite photo from Thursday’s celebration of Independence Day 2013 that you’d like to share with River Country Journal readers, feel free to send it my way.  Just e-mail it to info@rivercountryjournal.com.  I’ll be happy to post and share with RCJ readers!  Please include a brief description for a caption to accompany […]

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Parade highlights from Constantine

Posted July 4, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Parades highlighted Independence Day 2013 celebrations throughout America on Thursday – the Fourth of July – and the Village of Constantine was among the communities that included this element in its observance of the holiday. The well-attended event – on a beautiful summer day – stepped off at 11 a.m. and included participation by Angie […]

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Pancake & French toast breakfast begins Independence Day celebration in Constantine

Posted July 4, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Constantine’s celebration of Independence Day 2013 was launched early with a well-attended pancake and French toast breakfast – served from 7 to 10 a.m. – at the Constantine United Methodist Church. The Methodist Men’s group has had the breakfast for many years and uses the same pancake recipe. Proceeds from the breakfast will go toward […]

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NPR feature reports on ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’

Posted July 4, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Independence Day 2013 seems like an appropriate time to learn about ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ our country’s national anthem.  A feature report on National Public Radio’s ‘All Things Considered’ show provides an excellent means for doing so.  To access the story, click on the following link:  For ‘Star-Spangled Banner,’ A Long Road From Song To Anthem.

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Parade and fireworks to be part of Independence Day celebration in Colon

Posted July 3, 2013 by Bruce Snook

A parade and fireworks are key ingredients of the Independence Day celebration planned for Thursday (July 4th) in Colon. The parade is slated to begin at 11 a.m. and the fireworks display will take place at dusk, shot off from the Colon Elementary School area in downtown Colon.

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Parade, fireworks among events for Independence Day celebration in Constantine

Posted July 3, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Village of Constantine is among the communities of ‘River Country’ set to celebrate Independence Day on Thursday (July 4th). The schedule of events in Constantine begins with a Pancake & French Toast Breakfast at the Constantine United Methodist Church from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.  (Click here for details) The parade will step off […]

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SNOOK’S NOOK BLOG: The golden anniversary of ‘Sukiyaki’

Posted July 2, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Can it really be that June of this year marked the 50th anniversary of ‘Sukiyaki’, that hit recording by Kyu Sakamoto? According to a feature report on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, this, indeed, is true. For readers who are members of “the younger set,” these references may not make any sense.  But for […]

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Schoolcraft set to celebrate Independence Day on Thursday

Posted July 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Village of Schoolcraft is gearing up for its 88th annual Independence Day Celebration on Thursday (July 4th)! There’s a full day of activities planned beginning with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Schoolcraft Upper Elementary School, sponsored by the Schoolcraft Lions Club.  The event calendar includes the 18th annual Car […]

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This week at the Riviera

Posted July 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

This week at the Riviera… Luke Winslow-King, Robert Redford in ‘The Company You Keep’, Ethan Hawke in ‘Before Midnight’ and more! For a detailed look at what’s showing and coming up, click here.

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Fireworks at Sturgis canceled for Saturday night

Posted June 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The fireworks show scheduled for Saturday night (June 29th) at Kirsch Municipal Airport has been canceled due to rain.  The fireworks are rescheduled for Sunday, June 30th at dark (around 10:15 p.m.) if weather allows. Source:  The Sturgis eWire

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‘Treasure Hunt Rally Day’ held at Constantine Township Library as part of summer reading program

Posted June 28, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Games of various sorts were part of ‘Treasure Hunt Rally Day’ Thursday (June 27) at the Constantine Township Library. Hannah and Alex Mikowski put “pom poms” into cups (see accompanying photo).  In addition to the pom pom game, children did a ring toss, smiley face bowling, clothes relay, and a treasure dig with prizes. Martie […]

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7th Annual Flotilla Boat Parade on Palmer Lake at Colon set for Saturday, July 6th

Posted June 27, 2013 by Bruce Snook

When Colon resident, Tim Taylor, read in the lake board report that there were no plans this year to have the flotilla – the parade of boats on Palmer Lake – he contacted the previous organizers of the activity to let them know he would chair this year’s event. Taylor said, “This will be the […]

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Fourth annual Huss Future Festival to feature art, food, family activities and more

Posted June 27, 2013 by Bruce Snook

THREE RIVERS — The Huss Future Festival is back this year, and should prove to be bigger and better than ever! The fourth annual event will take place on July 20 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. with a variety of activities for adults and kids alike at the historic Huss School property at 1008 8th Street […]

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