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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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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thanks for action on mute swans

Posted August 2, 2013 by Bruce Snook

To the Editor: THANK YOU Barry County and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for finally taking action on the invasive and dangerous mute swans.  Hopefully, other counties will soon follow suit. Not “wildlife”, the mute swans are but another imported species on the loose in our environment, like feral swine.  A threat to native […]

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Business

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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Government & Politics

SUSTAINABLY SPEAKING – Commentary by Jay Newman

Posted August 2, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Time to Really Take Care of Our Vets! Did you know that there are nearly 1 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?  Did you know that squabbles over accounting practices has halted the construction of 27 veterans clinics that are needed to treat the wounded warriors from those wars?  What’s the squabble […]

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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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Community

Upton, Levin, Stabenow strongly urge EPA to pursue “complete removal” option for Allied Site

Posted August 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) today (August 1st) sent a letter to the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling for the permanent removal of all PCB-contaminated materials from the Allied Disposal Site in Kalamazoo. “Cleaning up the Allied […]

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Government & Politics

Senate committee moves on Medicaid expansion in Michigan

Posted August 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

There’s been movement on Medicaid expansion in Michigan with action Wednesday (July 31st) by the Senate Government Operations Committee. For three reports on the subject, click on the links below to access stories from Michigan Radio, the Associated Press via MLive, and Michigan Capitol Confidential: Medicaid expansion bill clears state Senate committee Michigan Senate panel […]

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Cass County Parks awarded Pokagon Fund grant

Posted August 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

CASSOPOLIS – In what is expected to eventually lead to an increase in tourism for Cass County, the county’s Parks and Recreation Department has been awarded $9,800 from the Pokagon Fund to develop a master plan for Arthur Dodd Memorial Park in Pokagon Township. The plan, which is expected to take up to one year […]

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Community

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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Revision in organization of Community Mental Health agencies taking shape in Southwest Michigan

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The reorganization of Community Mental Health agencies is taking shape in Southwest Michigan. You can learn more about the changes through an article by Rick Cordes in Wednesday’s (July 31st) edition of the Three Rivers Commercial-News and the newspaper’s e-edition. For a brief, online version of the story, click on the following link:  Fast track […]

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Education

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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Business

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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Community

City of Three Rivers seeks input regarding proposed designs for ‘way-finding’ signs

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The City of Three Rivers is seeking input regarding three proposed designs for ‘way-finding’ signs. You can weigh in with your preference via the city’s Facebook page.  Instructions on the page say: To visit the Facebook page and cast your vote, click here.          

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Business

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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Community

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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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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Arts & Entertainment

‘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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Environment

Sale of wolf hunting licenses postponed until September 28

Posted July 30, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Department of Natural Resources has announced that it has postponed the sale of wolf hunting licenses – originally scheduled to begin Aug. 3 – until Sept. 28 to ensure that license-sales technology is able to handle the expected high demand. “We anticipate that there will be a lot of people trying to buy a […]

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