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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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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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Finishing touches being put on MarketPlace North revitalization project

Posted August 26, 2012 by Bruce Snook

Revitalization of the former Village Square Shopping Center and its transformation into The Shoppes at MarketPlace North is nearing the finish line. This rather substantial economic development project was set in motion in October of 2010 when Tom Meyer and his son, Aaron Meyer, joined forces to purchase the bulk of the property in the […]

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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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Trine “Development Agreement” available now

Posted July 7, 2011 by Bruce Snook

The Trine “Development Agreement” that will be the focal point of a public forum and hearing next week is now available via St. Joseph County’s website at www.stjosephcountymi.org. In action Tuesday evening (July 5th), the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners scheduled the combination forum/hearing for Wednesday, July 13th, at 6 p.m. in the Commission […]

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St. Joseph County Apportionment Commission adopts plan for five commissioner districts, rather than seven

Posted May 3, 2011 by Bruce Snook

The St. Joseph County Apportionment Commission has adopted a ‘redistricting’ plan that calls for five commission districts, rather than the seven currently in place. The action came during a half-hour meeting Monday afternoon (May 2nd), the third meeting by the five-member group that consists of County Clerk Pattie Bender, County Treasurer Phyllis Bainbridge, County Prosecutor […]

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Upton highlights cutting-edge vehicle technologies and jobs at Eaton

Posted June 7, 2011 by Bruce Snook

GALESBURG, MI – Monday afternoon (June 6th), Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) visited Eaton Corp’s Vehicle Group in Galesburg for an update on the division’s developments in revolutionary vehicle technologies as well as to discuss the impact of federal policies on local job growth and innovation.  Upton has been a strong supporter of Eaton, having […]

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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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POSITIVELY EDUCATION – Have you ever really thought what schools are asked to do?

Posted November 17, 2012 by Bruce Snook

Schools date back to the time of the early settlers. The Puritans in Massachusetts started schools to teach basic reading and math skills.  Some geography and civics were added but the curriculum was limited and focused for 250 plus years.  At the beginning of the 20th century society began to assign additional responsibilities to the […]

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Constantine Village Council meeting on Monday evening calendar

Posted October 16, 2011 by Bruce Snook

The Constantine Village Council will meet in regular session Monday evening (October 17th). Functioning as the Zoning Board of Appeals, the council is slated to consider a public hearing request. The council is also scheduled to conduct a public hearing on a façade grant application. Items of Unfinished Business include: 340 White Pigeon Street – […]

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Ways to cooperate discussed during ‘Community Development Meeting’ of Three Rivers area officials

Posted April 24, 2011 by Bruce Snook

Representatives of the City of Three Rivers, the Townships of Fabius, Lockport and Park, and the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners gathered at City Hall in Three Rivers late Saturday morning (April 23rd) for a ‘Community Development Meeting’ to consider ways to cooperate in providing services – and the conversation that took place during […]

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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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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 remembering Jodi Parrack
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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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Three Rivers orthodontist expands offerings with new practice for treating obstructive sleep apnea

Posted June 7, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Longtime Three Rivers orthodontist James Souers has expanded his offerings with a new practice dedicated to treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Souers provides orthodontic services through Michigan Orthodontic Specialists at offices in Three Rivers and Kalamazoo, something he has done since 1980.  About six months ago – with assistance from his son, Loren Souers – […]

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Underground Railroad station found in Constantine

Posted October 19, 2011 by Bruce Snook

Investigation of the location of an Underground Railroad site in Constantine was one topic discussed at the Tuesday (October 18th) meeting of the Governor John S. Barry Society (GJSBS) held at the museum. Brent Stevens, owner of the home at 200 Locust Street, spoke to the group on his surprise at discovering evidence his home was at […]

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Jaspare’s Pizza and Fine Italian Food opens in Three Rivers

Posted May 2, 2011 by Bruce Snook

There’s a ‘new kid on the block’ in terms of restaurants in Three Rivers with the opening of Jaspare’s Pizza and Fine Italian Food. The new eatery is located in the strip mall on Enterprise Drive – not far from the former Village Market grocery store – in what has been known as Village Square.  […]

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