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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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Hiking fun for the family

Posted August 2, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Summer is a good time to explore the great outdoors.  Michigan State University Extension has some tips for family fun while hiking.  To learn more, click on the following link:  Hiking fun for the family.

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Three Rivers Eagles to host benefit dinner Saturday in support of ‘Stepping into School with New Shoes’ project

Posted August 2, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Three Rivers Eagles Club #2303 will host a benefit dinner Saturday (August 3rd) to raise funds for the organization’s ‘Stepping into School with New Shoes’ project. The event will get underway at 1 p.m. and feature a pulled pork dinner, sandwiches, raffles, auctions and entertainment. All proceeds will go to the club’s program for […]

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President Wheeler receives MCCA Distinguished Service Award

Posted August 2, 2013 by Bruce Snook

CENTREVILLE –The Michigan Community College Association presented Dr. Gary Wheeler, president of Glen Oaks Community College, with the MCCA Distinguished Service Award last week in Traverse City, Mich., as part of the MCCA 2013 Awards Luncheon. The award is in recognition and appreciation of outstanding service and for his leadership as chair of the Board […]

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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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Upton votes to send House-led student loan bill to President’s desk

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

WASHINGTON, DC – Relief is now in sight for countless Michigan student loan borrowers and their families thanks to Wednesday’s (July 31st) passage of the House-led Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act (H.R. 1911). Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, was among the 392 voting in the House to fix the problem caused when interest rates on […]

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Michigan Iron Industry Museum to host Civil War encampment Aug. 3-4

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

“Iron Ore and the Civil War,” the Civil War encampment at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township, returns to the museum the weekend of Aug. 3-4. Museum visitors will be treated to the sights and sounds of the Civil War during the two-day event, which features living history re-enactors and artillery demonstrations, along […]

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Superintendent search consultant determination on agenda for upcoming special meeting of Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education is expected to consider a recommendation regarding a superintendent search consultant during a special meeting set for Monday morning (August 5th). The special meeting is a follow-up to the board’s regular meeting on July 15th when it was revealed that Dick Dunham, the MASB (Michigan Association of […]

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Downtown Kalamazoo site selected for new health-focused campus

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

(Kalamazoo, MI) – In May, Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Kalamazoo Valley) announced a partnership with Bronson Healthcare (Bronson), and Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (KCMHSAS) to develop a campus focused on wellness and food sustainability. The project advanced this week with the selection of a downtown location where Kalamazoo Valley will expand […]

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Tuesday, August 6 is Election Day in 56 counties including St. Joseph County

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Special education millage on ballot countywide, At-Large commissioner voting in City of Three Rivers School districts and communities in 56 counties will hold elections on Tuesday, August 6. Check your registration status at the Michigan Voter Information Center at www.Michigan.gov/vote. You also can view your sample ballot if your community is holding an election as […]

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Education

Upton: Bipartisan allergy bill helps save children’s lives

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

WASHINGTON, DC – Nearly 6 million children in the United States have food allergies – that’s roughly two students in every classroom.  Anaphylaxis, a serious form of allergic reaction, can be fatal in a matter of minutes.  In the event of an allergic reaction, epinephrine can be used to stop deadly swelling of the throat […]

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Goals for 2013-2014 reviewed during Constantine Board of Education meeting

Posted July 30, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Members of the Constantine Board of Education went over goals for 2013-2014 during a meeting held Monday (July 29). A top priority was safety in the schools. Superintendent Chuck Frisbie said that in August, principals of the four schools will meet to redo safety plans.  “The board is looking into involving  the local police more […]

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Income guidelines announced for National Free and Reduced Priced Meals for Schools and Child and Adult Care Food Program

Posted July 30, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Michigan Department of Education has announced the household income guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture for free and reduced price meals and free milk through the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Special Milk, and Child and Adult Care Food Programs.  The income guidelines are effective from July 1, 2013, through June […]

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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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Three Rivers Eagles Club assists children with ‘Stepping into School with New Shoes’ program

Posted July 25, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The start of a new school year is approaching and Three Rivers Eagles Club #2303 is working to assure that it’s a good experience for youngsters in St. Joseph County. The local Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) organization is in the ninth year of its ‘Stepping into School with New Shoes’ program to outfit needy […]

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Identify and learn to manage invasive plants on your property

Posted July 24, 2013 by Bruce Snook

SOUTH HAVEN and BENTON HARBOR — Invasive plant species are changing the ecology of our beloved, globally unique freshwater dunes and bluffs along Lake Michigan. The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC) will hold two workshops on August 3 to help property owners identify and strategically manage the latest plant invaders in southwest Michigan. As part […]

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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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Education

Inkster and Buena Vista Schools fail to submit requested documentation

Posted July 23, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Neither Inkster Public Schools nor the Buena Vista School District submitted documentation necessary to avoid disorganization and dissolution under Public Act (PA) 96 of 2013 by Monday’s (July 22)  5:00 p.m. (EST) deadline. Therefore, the dissolution process, pursuant to PA 96 will move forward. Last week, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan and State Treasurer Andy Dillon […]

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New housing and dining vision focuses on campus neighborhoods

Posted July 23, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Over the next two years, Western Michigan University’s campus campus will be transformed into a series of neighborhoods featuring new and renovated residence halls, enhanced dining facilities, and amenities to support academic success. For more on the story from WMU News, click here.

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