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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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SCAN unit execution of search warrant yields meth-related arrest in Colon Township

Posted  July 30, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

Sheriff Brad Balk reports that Narcotics Investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics (SCAN) unit executed a search warrant for methamphetamine production on Tuesday (July 30th). Earlier in the day, deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office were called to some suspicious trash on the side of Decker Road in Colon Township. The […]

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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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Scientists concerned about plastic particles found in the Great Lakes

Posted  July 30, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

Scientists are expressing concern about plastic particles found in the Great Lakes. An MLive article by Zane McMillin reports that, “Having already found the ‘microplastics’ in Lakes Erie, Huron and Superior, a team will set sail on Lake Michigan this week to search for the tiny bits.” For more on the story, click on the […]

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This week at the Riviera

Posted  July 30, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

Shadow Dancer, As Cool As I Am, live music by Andy Johnson – these are among the offerings this week at the Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers. To learn more about the lineup, click here!

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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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South Nottawa at South Street in Sturgis to be closed Wednesday for repair work

Posted  July 30, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

STURGIS – The intersection of S. Nottawa and South Street will be closed Wednesday (July 31st) as part of the street and utility work taking place on South Street.  The intersection is expected to remain closed only on Wednesday until work is completed.  As part of the closure a detour route will be set up […]

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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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Blueberries at the Soup Pot

Posted  July 30, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

Fresh-picked, organically-grown blueberries – donated by Burgener’s Blueberry Patch – were a part of the Soup Pot Monday (July 29th) at the Constantine United Methodist Church. The Soup Pot is held every Monday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the church which is located at 285 White Pigeon Street in Constantine. The Soup Pot is […]

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Another ‘Tasty Tuesday’!

Posted  July 29, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

Another ‘Tasty Tuesday’ is upon us with the Farmers’ Market in Scidmore Park from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday (July 30th)! Products available include fresh eggs, fruits, vegetables, flowers, and baked goods.  You’ll also find a wide variety of soaps, all things lavender and lavender lemonade, gluten free products, wood carvings, hand painted cards […]

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‘Sass in the City’ gift bag winner is Jamie Rydman

Posted  July 29, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

Jamie Rydman is the winner of the gift bag from the ‘Sass in the City’ promotion in downtown Three Rivers.  The ‘spectacular girls’ night out’ event was staged Friday evening, July 12th. Contributors to the gift bag – with a value of over $150 – were Love Your Mother, World Fare, Riviera Theatre, UniQ Jewelry, […]

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2013 collector-edition duck stamp and prints available for purchase; proceeds contribute to wetlands conservation

Posted  July 29, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

The Michigan Duck Hunters Association (MDHA), in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has introduced the 2013 collector-edition Michigan duck stamp and prints. The 2013 Michigan duck stamp, by wildlife artist Richard Clifton, features a beautiful black duck displayed in a swimming pose. For information about pricing and how to order duck […]

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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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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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Allegan-based Perrigo to acquire Irish drug maker Elan Corp., move headquarters to Ireland

Posted  July 29, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

Generic drug maker Perrigo, based in Allegan, will acquire Irish drug maker Elan Corp. and move its headquarters from Michigan to Ireland. For more on the story, click on the following links for reports from USA Today, MLive and the Grand Rapids Business Journal: Elan agrees to Perrigo’s $8.6B buyout deal Gov. Snyder’s office disappointed Perrigo […]

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Follow-up report on Burr Oak Heritage Festival

Posted  July 29, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

The River Country Journal reported on this year’s Burr Oak Heritage Festival in a story posted early Saturday morning (July 27th). Jef Rietsma has written a follow-up story published Monday morning (July 29th) in the Sturgis Journal.  To access Jef’s report, click on the following link:  Burr Oak puts on largest community parade this season. […]

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New Tobacco Use Ordinance in Sturgis goes into effect August 1st

Posted  July 29, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

The Tobacco Use Ordinance adopted recently by the Sturgis City Commission goes into effect on Thursday (August 1st). The City of Sturgis has issued a reminder that the use of tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, etc., will be prohibited on City of Sturgis property and recreational areas.  Persons are […]

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Annual rummage sale set for Friday and Saturday at Center Park United Methodist Church

Posted  July 29, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

Center Park United Methodist Church will hold its Annual Rummage Sale Friday and Saturday (August 2nd and 3rd). Sale hours are Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located at 18662 Moorepark Road north of Three Rivers. Source:  Announcement from Center Park United Methodist […]

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Railroad tracks on North Nottawa Street in Sturgis closed on Monday, July 29th

Posted  July 29, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

The City of Sturgis reports that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is working on the railroad tracks on North Nottawa Street in Sturgis today (Monday, July 29th) and, a result, the tracks are closed. Motorists are asked to follow the detour routes in the area. Crews plan to have the road back open late […]

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