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Nesbitt bill names portion of I-94 for State Police trooper

Posted  July 29, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

Bill honors trooper killed in the line of duty State Rep. Aric Nesbitt has introduced legislation to name a portion of Interstate 94 in Van Buren County in honor of Michigan State Trooper Rick Johnson, who was killed in the line of duty in 2000. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, introduced House Bill 4923, which would authorize naming a […]

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MBA Board says no toll increase for at least a year; commuter tolls go back to 2012 rates

Posted  July 29, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

At its regular board meeting last week, the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) voted to keep 2014 toll rates at the 2012 level. The decision also rolls back commuter costs to 2012 rates. MBA Board Chair William H. Gnodtke stated, “As promised in 2007, we reviewed our financial data and have postponed any toll increase for […]

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‘The Shop at Sheffield’ celebrated during CMS open house

Posted  July 28, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

‘The Shop at Sheffield’, the new maintenance facility for Central Manufacturing Services, Inc. (CMS), was celebrated during a 6-hour open house on Friday (July 26th) at the building at 705 Fourth Street, across the street from the company headquarters. The 11,000-square-foot Butler steel building, erected by James Ware Construction, takes the place of its previous […]

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Bridge Magazine article examines problem of ‘scrap-metal theft’ in Michigan

Posted  July 28, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

The problem of ‘scrap-metal theft’ in Michigan is the focus of an article by Nancy Derringer in Bridge Magazine. The article reports that legislation has been proposed to toughen rules for scrap-metal dealers, but the package of bills “stalled in the House Regulatory Reform Committee earlier this summer over strong objections from the industry.” For […]

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Volunteers can help protect southwest Michigan state parks and recreation areas

Posted  July 28, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

The Department of Natural Resources invites Michigan residents to get out and enjoy state parks and recreation areas in southwest Michigan and help protect habitat. DNR recreation officials have announced the schedule of volunteer stewardship activities for the month of August at southwest Michigan state parks and recreation areas. Volunteering for these workdays is a […]

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Courtney Hansen and Christopher Stoddard
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Riverview Park serves as setting for wedding and reception

Posted  July 27, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

Riverview Park in Constantine – along the St. Joseph River – is used in a variety of ways including as the location for weddings.  Such was the case on Saturday (July 27th) as Rev. Dennis Smith performed a marriage service for Courtney Hansen and Christopher Stoddard.  A reception followed, also at the park. The marriage […]

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Michigan Gov. Snyder makes campus stop for WMUK taping

Posted  July 27, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder visited Western Michigan University July 25th to record an interview for WMUK-FM’s recently launched news and public affairs show “WestSouthwest.” The interview will air at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, July 31. For more on the interview from Cheryl Roland of WMU News, click here.

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Cass County administrator Louis Csokasy tenders resignation, county commissioners accept it on split vote

Posted  July 27, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

Cass County Administrator Louis Csokasy has tendered his resignation and the Cass County Board of Commissioners has accepted it, but on a split vote. For more on the story, click on the links below to access three items from Leader Publications, including one by ‘Leader Staff’ saying “Cass Board should step,” plus an abbreviated online […]

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American Red Cross blood drive in Mendon Friday, August 2nd

Posted  July 27, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

An American Red Cross blood drive, sponsored by the Mendon Women’s Club, will be held on Friday, August 2nd, at the Mendon United Methodist Church, 320 West Main Street in Mendon. The blood drive will take place from 12 noon to 5:45 p.m. For more information, click here.

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Silent Auction items needed

Posted  July 27, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

Planning has already begun for the 2013 St. Joseph County United Way Silent Auction and your help is needed! The United Way is preparing for another successful silent auction to be held during fair week at the Centreville fairgrounds. Approximately 150,000-170,000 people attend the annual event to be held this year from September 15th through […]

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Open house celebrates new CMS maintenance facility on Fourth Street in Three Rivers

Posted  July 27, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

A ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted by the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce and its Ambassador Committee was but one aspect of an open house Friday (July 26) held by Central Manufacturing Services, Inc.  (CMS) to celebrate ‘The Shop at Sheffield’, the company’s new maintenance facility on Fourth Street in Three Rivers. There’s more to come […]

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Burr Oak Heritage Festival underway through Sunday

Posted  July 27, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

The Burr Oak Heritage Festival is well underway in Burr Oak! The celebration in the smallest of St. Joseph County’s six villages began with two new events Thursday evening (July 25) – a Lighted Parade and a Sky Lantern Launch.  During a Friday evening interview with the River Country Journal, Festival Coordinator Patty Seeba indicated […]

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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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Cass County Fair begins Sunday

Posted  July 26, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

The 162nd  annual Cass County Fair is slated to get underway Sunday (July 28th) in Cassopolis. The fair will run through Saturday, August 3rd. To view the fair schedule, click on the following link:  Cass County Fair Schedule – 2013. To visit the Cass County Fair website, go to www.casscountymifair.com. For additional insights regarding the […]

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Becky & Larry-Michael Hackenberg
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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
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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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Three Rivers Eagles Club assists children with ‘Stepping into School with New Shoes’ program

Posted  July 25, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

The start of a new school year is approaching and Three Rivers Eagles Club #2303 is working to assure that it’s a good experience for youngsters in St. Joseph County. The local Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) organization is in the ninth year of its ‘Stepping into School with New Shoes’ program to outfit needy […]

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Anglers beware: invasive crayfish being used as bait in Michigan

Posted  July 25, 2013  by  Bruce Snook

The Department of Natural Resources has recently discovered that anglers are purchasing red swamp crayfish from food markets and using them as live bait. It is illegal to import any live species of crayfish into Michigan for commercial bait purposes. Red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) are native to the southeastern United States and are considered […]

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