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Bruce
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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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Brochure Cover - Mute Swans
Community

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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Becky & Larry-Michael Hackenberg
Ideas & Expressions

The Cycles of Earth – August 3, 2013

Posted August 2, 2013 by Bruce Snook

A Weekly Almanac Guide Plan, Do, Finish, Rest. Living in Harmony With Earth Weekend of August 3-4, 2013 Click on the link to access this feature from Larry-Michael and Becky Lynn Hackenberg – The Cycles of Earth – August 3, 2013

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Jay Newman
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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St. Joseph County Commission on Aging - logo
Arts & Entertainment

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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Margaret Shultz, Volunteer Services Specialist
Community

The Volunteer Connection by Margaret Shultz

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

If you have been listening to or reading the news out of Kalamazoo County lately you may have noticed a disturbing set of circumstances.  In the past six weeks there have been six people, including a 17-month old child, killed as a result of domestic violence.  In one case, a woman was shot by her […]

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Arts & Entertainment

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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Norm Stutesman
Business

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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Constantine Township Library
Arts & Entertainment

Some August events at the Constantine Township Library

Posted July 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Here’s a review of August events at the Constantine Township Library: DONUTS WITH DAD— Dads, bring your children to the library to decorate—and then eat—donuts on Saturday, August 3 from 10:00-11:30. BEAT THE HEAT MOVIE DAYS— The library will continue to show a family-friendly movie with popcorn on Tuesdays in August at 1:00. Call or […]

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Becky & Larry-Michael Hackenberg
Ideas & Expressions

The Cycles of Earth – July 27, 2013

Posted July 26, 2013 by Bruce Snook

A Weekly Almanac Guide Plan, Do, Finish, Rest. Living in Harmony With Earth Weekend of July 27-28, 2013 Click on the link to access this feature from Larry-Michael and Becky Lynn Hackenberg – The Cycles of Earth – July 27, 2013

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Jay Newman
Ideas & Expressions

SUSTAINABLY SPEAKING – Commentary by Jay Newman

Posted July 26, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Conservative Yet Pragmatic: We live in a fairly conservative region of the US.  Heck, I’m a fairly conservative guy.  A basic tenet of conservatism is to hang on tightly to our “way of life.”  But what if several aspects of this “way of life” just turn out to be unsustainable?  What do we do then? […]

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Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal
Community

SNOOK’S NOOK BLOG: Dealing with race and racism

Posted July 24, 2013 by Bruce Snook

This is a challenging, emotional time in the wake of the jury verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida.  That being the case, an article by William Saletan in the online publication Slate, may be helpful to our efforts “to think and talk constructively about race and […]

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Norm Stutesman
Community

OUT AND ABOUT by Norm Stutesman

Posted July 23, 2013 by Bruce Snook

When there’s a lag in a conversation, we usually end up talking about the weather. We haven’t had to wait for a lag in any chats lately, because the weather has been the opening comment in most recent  exchanges. When you turn on the Six O’Clock News, the first thing they talk about is either […]

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Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal
Economics

SNOOK’S NOOK BLOG: Some thought-provoking observations from David Korten

Posted July 21, 2013 by Bruce Snook

“The old story economics asks, ‘What will generate the greatest financial return?’ The new story economics will ask, “What would nature do?” “Creating a ‘new story economics’ may be one of the defining intellectual challenges of our time.” These are but two of the thought-provoking paragraphs in what I found to be a very interesting […]

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Historical Society of Michigan Seal
Community

Kalamazoo to host State History Conference in September

Posted July 20, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Historical Society of Michigan’s 139th Annual Meeting and State History Conference will be held September 27-29, 2013 in Kalamazoo. Keynote presentations will include Celebrating the Automobile—Kalamazoo Style with David O. Lyon of the Gilmore Care Museum; John E. Fetzer: Broadcast Pioneer, Detroit Tigers Owner & Spiritual Seeker with Bruce Fetzer of the Fetzer Institute; […]

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Election News
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Paul Clements, political science professor at WMU, seeking Democratic nomination for U.S. House from 6th Congressional District

Posted July 19, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Paul Clements, a professor of political science at Western Michigan University (WMU) since 1996, is seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan’s 6th Congressional District in 2014.  The position is currently held by Congressman Fred Upton, a veteran Republican lawmaker from St. Joseph who was first elected in 1986. Clements directs the […]

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Jay Newman
Business

SUSTAINABLY SPEAKING – Commentary by Jay Newman

Posted July 19, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Turn the Ship Around: As you are probably aware, I really like books on leadership.  Some I agree with and others I find to be less useful.  Every once in awhile I find a leadership book that really hits the nail squarely on the head.  The number 1 best selling business book of 2012 is […]

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Becky & Larry-Michael Hackenberg
Ideas & Expressions

The Cycles of Earth – July 20, 2013

Posted July 19, 2013 by Bruce Snook

A Weekly Almanac Guide Plan, Do, Finish, Rest. Living in Harmony With Earth Weekend of July 20-21, 2013 Click on the link to access this feature from Larry-Michael and Becky Lynn Hackenberg – The Cycles of Earth – July 20, 2013

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Three Rivers Artists Guild logo by Judith Brook
Arts & Entertainment

Three Rivers Artists Guild member seeking votes for entry in National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest

Posted July 17, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Three Rivers Artists Guild reports that Guild member Barb Kroggel has her beautiful photograph of swans and cygnets entered in the National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest and says “please vote for her!” Barb writes, “I am asking for your vote for my entry in the National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest. My ‘swan family’ shot […]

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