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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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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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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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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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Business

Upton discusses health care law challenges with local small businesses

Posted July 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Upton joins Kalamazoo small business owners for health care roundtable KALAMAZOO, MI – Following a tour of local employer ServiceMaster of Kalamazoo, Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, sat down Monday morning (July 29th) with area small business owners to discuss how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is affecting their operations and employees, specifically […]

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Schuette fights for Michigan pensions, Michigan’s Constitution

Posted July 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING – Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Saturday (July 27th) that he is joining the City of Detroit federal bankruptcy case on behalf of Southeast Michigan pensioners who may be at risk of losing their hard-earned benefits in accordance with his responsibility as Attorney General to defend the constitution of the State of Michigan.  “The […]

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Strategic Growth Initiative Grant Program to boost Michigan’s growing food and agriculture industry

Posted July 26, 2013 by Bruce Snook

$3 million available to solve industry barriers LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams has announced a $3 million grant program designed to break down barriers inhibiting the growth of Michigan’s food and agriculture industry.  The grant program is a joint venture between MDARD and the Michigan […]

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Improved handling of development and growth on city’s edge at heart of latest Community Development Meeting

Posted July 26, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The quest to find a better way to handle development and growth on the edge of the City of Three Rivers was at the heart of the July ‘Community Development Meeting’ (CDM) Thursday evening (July 25) at Three Rivers City Hall. Representatives from the city and the townships of Fabius, Lockport and Park were on […]

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Community

‘Parenting’ in spotlight during Constantine Rotary Club meeting

Posted July 23, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Amy Brauer, coordinator of the Great Start Collaborative of the St. Joseph County ISD, showed a PowerPoint – “Parents as Teachers” – on Tuesday (July 23) to members of the Constantine Rotary Club. “Our focus at Great Start is on family and parents, a child’s first teachers.  Every word and action gives a child a […]

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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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Business

Interesting reading about the RV industry and a Michigan manufacturer

Posted July 19, 2013 by Bruce Snook

For some interesting reading about the recreational vehicle industry and a small Michigan manufacturer, in particular, check out a story by Nick Manes in the Grand Rapids Business Journal.  The article reports on Eggcamper Inc. and its owner, Jim Palmer, who, according to an introductory paragraph about the story, “would rather build his products in […]

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Renovated ‘Mural Mall’ dedicated and celebrated

Posted July 19, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The new ‘Mural Mall’ in downtown Three Rivers was dedicated and celebrated during a ‘Meet Me at the Mall’ event early Thursday evening (July 18) in the gathering spot that also serves as a pedestrian connection between North Main Street and Railroad Drive. Despite heat and humidity, there was a large turnout of people to […]

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Community

Governor authorizes Detroit bankruptcy filing, describes it as only viable option to help residents and restore city

Posted July 18, 2013 by Bruce Snook

DETROIT – Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday (July 18) authorized Detroit’s emergency manager to seek federal bankruptcy protection for the city, saying it was the only viable option to provide the 700,000 people of Detroit with the public services they need and to restore the city. “The fiscal realities confronting Detroit have been ignored for too […]

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Michigan’s June jobless rate increases as workforce expands

Posted July 18, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Lansing – Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June increased over the month by three-tenths of a percentage point to 8.7 percent, according to data released today by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB). The state’s labor force rose by 21,000 in June as total employment advanced by 9,000 and the number […]

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Governor Rick Snyder helps launch MSU’s Ag Expo

Posted July 16, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Governor Rick Snyder helped kick off Michigan State University’s annual Ag Expo Tuesday morning (July 16) in East Lansing. For more on the story from MLive, click on the following link:  Gov. Rick Snyder kicks off MSU expo:  Agriculture was ‘shining star’ in Michigan’s lost decade. To learn more about Ag Expo, click here.

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Community

Michigan’s student debt problem

Posted July 14, 2013 by Bruce Snook

A River Country Journal reader recently wrote to express concern about student debt and to share a link to a Bridge Magazine article on the topic.  The article, written by Ron French, provides an overview on the subject and says, “Michigan’s student debt problem is getting worse, with college kids borrowing almost $1.9 billion.  In just […]

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Business

Local tax reform explored in article from International City/County Management Association

Posted July 14, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The subject of initiatives to reform the local tax structure is explored in a recent article from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).  The article suggests that such initiatives “always begin with the highest aspirations and noblest intentions but frequently end in disappointment.”  The piece provides some interesting reading on the topic.  To access it, […]

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Business

Proos tastes his cottage kitchen legislation

Posted July 13, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Senator leads judging team for local pie baking and eating contest LANSING — Sen. John Proos helped judge locally made pies on Friday (July 12) at the Harbor Market’s first pie eating and pie baking contest in Benton Harbor. “It was an honor to be a part of celebrating Pure Michigan agriculture, our wonderful farmer’s […]

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Business

Current Business Trends: continuing to improve

Posted July 10, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The greater Grand Rapids industrial economy is gaining strength, according to the results of a monthly survey compiled by Brian G. Long. For more on the story from Grand Valley State University, click here.

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