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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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Business

I&M to conduct routine aerial transmission work beginning August 5

Posted  August 1, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

FORT WAYNE, Ind., – Beginning August 5, Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating unit of American Electric Power, will conduct helicopter aerial inspections and routine maintenance on its high-voltage lines and towers throughout Indiana and Michigan. The work will begin in Madison, Indiana which is located near I&M’s Rockport Power Plant and will run up […]

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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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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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Glenn Miller Orchestra to perform at Riviera Theatre Tuesday evening

Posted  July 31, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

Glenn Miller Orchestra Tuesday, August 6: 7 p.m. Riviera Theatre – Downtown Three Rivers $23 advance, $28 at the door The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance bandleaders back in the Swing Era of the 1930s and 40s. A matchless string of hit records, the constant impact of radio […]

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And now, for a change of pace…

Posted  July 31, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

For something a bit different in the way of a River Country Journal ‘story’, click on the following link to hear:  Backyard sounds on a drizzly summer evening in Three Rivers, Michigan (1:26)

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Memorial service for Tom Quake set for Saturday morning

Posted  July 31, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

A memorial service for Tom Quake, Sr. of Three Rivers is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday (August 3rd) at the Hohner Funeral Home in Three Rivers. Quake, 71, was killed in a one-car accident near Kankakee, Illinois last Thursday (July 25th).  He was the immediate past president of the Three Rivers Lions Club. Memorials may […]

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Community

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fourth river cleanup of the summer held July 27th

Posted  July 30, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

On Saturday (July 27th) the St. Joseph County Conservation District held its fourth river cleanup of the summer, cleaning the section of the Fawn River beginning at Sevison Road Bridge to the Water Street Park in Constantine. This stretch was 5.2 miles long and took three hours to float while hauling in approximately 400 pounds […]

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