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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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Upton votes to provide relief for Michigan small business, ensure government accountability

Posted August 2, 2013 by Bruce Snook

WASHINGTON, DC –  Nearly 75 percent of all small businesses report that government regulations are hurting their bottom line operations, according to a January 2013 Wells Fargo/Gallup survey.  Last year, federal rulemaking imposed a financial burden of $1.75 trillion on the U.S. economy – a figure that equaled almost 14 percent of national income.  The […]

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I&M to perform aerial saw tree trimming

Posted August 2, 2013 by Bruce Snook

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating unit of American Electric Power, will begin trimming trees around transmission power lines in St. Joseph, Cass, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, and Berrien counties on August 5 in Michigan.  This work is part of the company’s ongoing vegetation management program aimed at improving the safety and reliability of […]

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Bakery opens at Corey Lake Orchards

Posted August 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

“Our bakery is now open!” That’s the headline for a news item posted Thursday (August 1st) on the Corey Lake Orchards website. Corey Lake Orchards, located on Corey Lake Road west of Three Rivers, was founded in 1962. To learn more about the new addition to this venerable local business, click here.

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Questions regarding Right to Farm Act in conjunction with rural hobby farm near Mattawan

Posted August 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

There are questions about Michigan’s Right to Farm Act related to a rural hobby farm near Mattawan. For more on the story from MLive, click on the following link:  Mattawan family’s rural hobby farm under fire, raising questions about Right to Farm Act.

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I&M to conduct routine aerial transmission work beginning August 5

Posted August 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

FORT WAYNE, Ind., – Beginning August 5, Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating unit of American Electric Power, will conduct helicopter aerial inspections and routine maintenance on its high-voltage lines and towers throughout Indiana and Michigan. The work will begin in Madison, Indiana which is located near I&M’s Rockport Power Plant and will run up […]

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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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Westbound I-94 closed in Ann Arbor weekend of Aug. 2

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Westbound I-94 in the Ann Arbor area will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, until 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5 because of highway improvement work.  In addition, the following ramps will be closed at the I-94/US-23 interchange: Westbound I-94 to southbound US-23 Eastbound I-94 to northbound US-23 Northbound US-23 to westbound I-94 This […]

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City of Sturgis announces ‘scheduled power outage’ early Friday morning

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

STURGIS – The City of Sturgis has announced that on Friday, August 2, 2013 at approximately 12:30 a.m., a power outage is scheduled for an area between Sturgis and Centreville.  The outage is due to the unexpected failing of a transformer at the Diesel Plant.  This outage is expected to last about four hours.  A […]

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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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OUT AND ABOUT by Norm Stutesman

Posted July 30, 2013 by Bruce Snook

I’m a little slow when it comes to accepting change. I still go Scidmore Park on Saturdays and wonder why the Farmers’ Market isn’t open. Then I remember that the Farmers’ Market is now open on Tuesdays from 2 until 6 PM. Saturdays just aren’t the same, but I’m sure there’s a good reason for […]

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South Nottawa at South Street in Sturgis to be closed Wednesday for repair work

Posted July 30, 2013 by Bruce Snook

STURGIS – The intersection of S. Nottawa and South Street will be closed Wednesday (July 31st) as part of the street and utility work taking place on South Street.  The intersection is expected to remain closed only on Wednesday until work is completed.  As part of the closure a detour route will be set up […]

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Another ‘Tasty Tuesday’!

Posted July 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Another ‘Tasty Tuesday’ is upon us with the Farmers’ Market in Scidmore Park from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday (July 30th)! Products available include fresh eggs, fruits, vegetables, flowers, and baked goods.  You’ll also find a wide variety of soaps, all things lavender and lavender lemonade, gluten free products, wood carvings, hand painted cards […]

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‘Sass in the City’ gift bag winner is Jamie Rydman

Posted July 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Jamie Rydman is the winner of the gift bag from the ‘Sass in the City’ promotion in downtown Three Rivers.  The ‘spectacular girls’ night out’ event was staged Friday evening, July 12th. Contributors to the gift bag – with a value of over $150 – were Love Your Mother, World Fare, Riviera Theatre, UniQ Jewelry, […]

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Upton discusses health care law challenges with local small businesses

Posted July 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Upton joins Kalamazoo small business owners for health care roundtable KALAMAZOO, MI – Following a tour of local employer ServiceMaster of Kalamazoo, Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, sat down Monday morning (July 29th) with area small business owners to discuss how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is affecting their operations and employees, specifically […]

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Allegan-based Perrigo to acquire Irish drug maker Elan Corp., move headquarters to Ireland

Posted July 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Generic drug maker Perrigo, based in Allegan, will acquire Irish drug maker Elan Corp. and move its headquarters from Michigan to Ireland. For more on the story, click on the following links for reports from USA Today, MLive and the Grand Rapids Business Journal: Elan agrees to Perrigo’s $8.6B buyout deal Gov. Snyder’s office disappointed Perrigo […]

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Railroad tracks on North Nottawa Street in Sturgis closed on Monday, July 29th

Posted July 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The City of Sturgis reports that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is working on the railroad tracks on North Nottawa Street in Sturgis today (Monday, July 29th) and, a result, the tracks are closed. Motorists are asked to follow the detour routes in the area. Crews plan to have the road back open late […]

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