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Judy Gilchrist embarks on THIRD career: massage therapist

Posted November 15, 2010 by Bruce Snook

A veteran Three Rivers resident – at age 68 – is embarking on a new career as a massage therapist. During a recent interview with the River Country Journal, Judy Gilchrist said, “It’s hard to believe at my age I’m starting my third career and this is the best place for me right now.” Gilchrist […]

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Colon marks 4th of July with “A Day of Remembrance”

Posted July 5, 2012 by Bruce Snook

Independence Day 2012 took on added significance in one ‘River Country’ community as Colon paid tribute to military veterans past, present and future with an early afternoon program billed as “A Day of Remembrance”. Despite temperatures near the century mark, a large and attentive crowd gathered in the Colon Community Park for an almost hour-long […]

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Lori votes to protect effective teachers

Posted June 9, 2011 by Bruce Snook

The Michigan House Thursday (June 9th) approved sweeping legislation reforming teacher tenure laws, which Rep. Matt Lori, R-Constantine, said will strengthen education for all Michigan children. The Teacher Quality Package, which encourages accountability at all levels of education, was approved by the Michigan House of Representatives following a number of committee hearings on reforming the […]

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Class reunions, Art & Music Hop staged in Downtown TR

Posted July 25, 2010 by Bruce Snook

Despite a period of wind-driven heavy rain, Historic Downtown Three Rivers was a busy spot Friday evening (July 23rd) with the synergy of two simultaneous events – Three Rivers High School class reunion activity and an ‘Art & Music Hop.’ The ‘Class of 1965’ – hitting the 45-year mark since graduation – extended an “invitation […]

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Carol Boulette chosen as “Citizen of the Year”

Posted March 28, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Three Rivers Lions Club has selected Carol Boulette of Three Rivers as its latest “Citizen of the Year.” Since 1965, the Lions Club has recognized persons who, through a commitment to service, have given unselfishly of themselves for the betterment of the community. In keeping with this tradition, Carol Boulette will receive her honor […]

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Lion drinking fountain returns to Scidmore Park

Posted June 14, 2012 by Bruce Snook

An old friend – looking better than ever – has returned to Scidmore Park. Thanks to “a lot of labor intensive revamping” by K & D Body Shop over the winter months, the lion drinking fountain is back in place, adjacent to the playground, and looking sharp. During an interview with the River Country Journal, […]

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Bald Eagles at Colon

Posted July 10, 2011 by Bruce Snook

Editor’s Note: The following personal account of Bald Eagles at Colon – and the accompanying photos – were submitted Millie Johnson, reporter/photographer and Colon resident. Colon, Michigan – Your eyes are not deceiving you. Yes, there are Bald Eagles nesting in St. Joseph County. The Bald Eagle, our National Symbol is a protected bird of […]

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Candlelight vigil marks fifth anniversary of Jodi Parrack’s death

Posted November 8, 2012 by Bruce Snook

CONSTANTINE – Thursday (November 8) marked the fifth anniversary of the death of 11-year-old Jodi Parrack, whose body was discovered at 10 p.m. alongside her bicycle at Constantine Township Cemetery. Jodi’s death was ruled a homicide. More than 60 friends and family of Jodi held a candlelight vigil for her at 7 p.m. at the […]

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‘Velocipede’ hand car manufactured by Sheffield Car Company donated to City of Three Rivers

Posted May 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

A significant part of Three Rivers history is now available for viewing in the lobby at City Hall thanks to a Ralph Vogel, a Three Rivers area resident who has donated a ‘velocipede’, a hand-operated rail car manufactured more than a hundred years ago by the Sheffield Car Company. According to an article in Three […]

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Open Arms program to offer weekend homeless shelter in Three Rivers

Posted October 19, 2009 by Bruce Snook

With the economic downturn continuing and winter approaching, efforts are underway to address the growing problem of homelessness in St. Joseph County through a weekend homeless shelter in Three Rivers.

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Constantine Village President Pat Weiss provides US-131 bypass update

Posted December 18, 2012 by Bruce Snook

President Pat Weiss updated the Constantine village council Monday evening (December 17) on the status of the proposed bypass along U.S. 131. Weiss said she attended a December 11 meeting of 35 Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) representatives, and contractors at the MDOT office in Kalamazoo. “All properties necessary for […]

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Upton praises passage of Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act

Posted December 14, 2011 by Bruce Snook

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) praised Tuesday evening’s (December 13th) House passage of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act (H.R. 3630).  Among other things, this legislation extends payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits while preventing scheduled cuts to Medicare payments for physicians. H.R. 3630 also seeks to spur job […]

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Latest ‘Community Development Meeting’ explores ‘district library’

Posted January 25, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Libraries – specifically, district libraries – were in the spotlight Thursday evening (January 24th) during the first ‘Community Development Meeting’  (CDM) of the New Year, a session hosted by Three Rivers City Manager Joe Bippus and held in the Commission Room at City Hall. The gathering was the latest in a series of such meetings […]

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House-approved legislation would move school board and ISD elections to November in even-numbered years

Posted August 26, 2011 by Bruce Snook

Legislation was approved this week by the Michigan House that would move school board and intermediate school district elections to November general elections in even-numbered years. “This switch is a common sense reform that is long overdue,” said state Rep. Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford. “We have had too many instances of low voter turnout and elections […]

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‘Tea Party’ highlighted during TR City Commission meeting

Posted April 6, 2011 by Bruce Snook

Tuesday evening’s (April 5th) Three Rivers City Commission meeting provided the forum for a brief introduction to the ‘Tea Party,’ one of the players on the national political scene including the budget debate now raging in Washington, D.C. Jeff Brown of Sturgis spoke during the ‘General Comments’ portion of the meeting and said, “I’m helping […]

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Clean Water Plant in Three Rivers experiences biosolids discharge

Posted April 4, 2012 by Bruce Snook

The Clean Water Plant (CWP) in Three Rivers experienced a discharge of biosolids from the treated storage tank via a “foam over” in the early morning hours of Wednesday (April 4). According to a news release from CWP Director James Baker, the discharge volume was estimated at 600 gallons. The discharge entered the St. Joseph […]

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No appointment for County Treasurer at this time, Chief Deputy to assume duties February 1st

Posted January 4, 2012 by Bruce Snook

There will be no appointment for County Treasurer at this time. That’s the word in a news release from County Clerk Pattie Bender reporting that the St. Joseph County Appointment Committee met Wednesday (January 4th) and made a determination that an appointment for County Treasurer will not be made at this time. According to the […]

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Sewer Ad Hoc Committee update part of Constantine Village Council meeting

Posted February 7, 2012 by Bruce Snook

Trustee Gary Mathers, Chairman of the Sewer Ad Hoc Committee, commented at the Constantine Village Council meeting Monday evening (February 6th) that his committee had more questions than answers following a review of a problem with money being drained from the sewer fund. A rise in Village water-sewer rates was projected at an earlier council meeting, to […]

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Senator Brown works to reduce impact of Driver Responsibility Fees

Posted January 28, 2009 by Bruce Snook

LANSING — Legislation that would eliminate the Driver Responsibility Fee for minor offenses and create an amnesty program allowing Michigan motorists to pay their fees at a reduced rate was introduced in the state Senate Wednesday (January 28th), said sponsor Senator Cameron Brown. “My bill will give Michigan drivers who owe Driver Responsibility Fees a […]

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Constantine Village Council appoints former Trustee Scott Chiddister to Sewer Ad Hoc Committee

Posted January 17, 2012 by Bruce Snook

The Constantine Village Council has decided to draw upon the experience and expertise of a former trustee and past chairman of its Sewer Ad Hoc Committee as it deals with sewer-related issues. In a unanimous action Monday evening (January 16th), the council approved the appointment of Scott Chiddister to serve on the committee. Trustee Gary […]

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