Welcome to the Podcasts section of the River Country Journal!

To access these “audio features,” simply click on the links below:

  • Interview with Paul Clements, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan’s 6th Congressional District – July 12, 2013 (54:17 – 49.7 MB)Paul Clements, a professor of political science at Western Michigan University (WMU) since 1996, is seeking election as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, a seat long held by Congressman Fred Upton, a St. Joseph Republican.  Clements directs the master’s program in international development administration at WMU and is one of the founding faculty members of the doctoral program in evaluation.  He teaches about national economic and social development strategies, program planning, and program evaluation.  During a recent interview with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal, Clements talked about his background, his candidacy, and a variety of issues that are of concern to him including climate change.  To hear their conversation, click on the link that’s part of the heading to this ‘Podcasts’ entry.

  • Ashes of Destruction, debut novel – Interview with author Susan Martin (Susan Grace) – July 5, 2013 (27:17 – 24.9 MB) – Three Rivers area resident Susan Martin, using the pen name Susan Grace, published her debut novel, Ashes of Destruction, in February 2013.  In this edition of ‘A River Country Conversation’, Martin talks with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal and discusses the book, her life experiences, and the story told in Ashes of Destruction, a novel about the impact of ‘generational secrets’.  To hear the interview, click on the link that’s incorporated in the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.

  • 20th Anniversary of Lowry’s Books – Interview with Tom Lowry, owner of Lowry’s Books and More – June 21, 2013 (24:11 – 22.1 MB)Lowry’s Books and More is celebrating its 20th anniversary in downtown Three Rivers.  During a wide-ranging interview, recorded at the store, owner Tom Lowry talked with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal.  They discussed a variety of topics:  the history, nature and growth of Lowry’s Books, changes in the book business including the coming of online sales of books, the transition to digital books, technology-related issues pertaining to books and the publishing industry, and revitalization efforts in downtown Three Rivers.  To hear the interview, click on the link that’s incorporated in the heading to this ‘Podcasts’ entry.

  • Silliman House Museum – Interview with Rebecca Shank, Regent of Abiel Fellows Chapter/DAR – June 7, 2013 (18:36 – 17 MB) – The Silliman House Museum, located on South Main Street on the north bank of the St. Joseph, is a landmark building in Three Rivers.  It was built in 1876 by Arthur Silliman and was home to longtime Three Rivers Librarian Sue Silliman who served in that role for more than 40 years and captured a good deal of Three Rivers area history in her writings including St. Joseph in Homespun .  Under the ownership and management of the Abiel Fellows Chapter/DAR, the structure now serves as a repository of numerous aspects of Three Rivers history.  Prior to the Three Rivers Water Festival in 2013, Rebecca Shank, Regent of the local DAR organization, talked with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal.  They discussed the history of the building, the contributions of Sue Silliman to the community, work to reorganize materials housed in the museum with an eye to the future, and plans for an open house scheduled for June 15, 2013 as part of the 57th annual Three Rivers Water Festival.  To hear their conversation, simply click on the link built into the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.

  • Dental sleep therapy for obstructive sleep apnea – Interview with Dr. James Souers and Loren Souers – June 3, 2013 – (31:10 – 28.5 MB)Dr. James Souers, longtime Three Rivers orthodontist, has added to the services he offers by opening a new practice for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  About six months ago – with assistance from his son, Loren Souers, he launched Dental Sleep Professionals which offers a different approach to treating OSA through ‘dental sleep therapy’ or ‘oral appliance therapy.’  Learn more about this important health issue and new venture through ‘A River Country Conversation’ with both Dr. Souers and his son, an interview recorded by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal.  To access the interview, simply click on the link that’s part of the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Interview with Nora Jane Struthers – February 8, 2013 – (14:56 – 13.6 MB)Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line will perform Friday evening, February 15, 2013 at the Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers.  The concert of their traveling Carnival of Appalachian-roots-rock will get underway at 8 p.m.  In advance of the show, Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal recorded an interview with Nora Jane Struthers in which she talked about her background, involvement in music, and the upcoming performance at the Riviera.  To hear their conversation, simply click on the link built into the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.  Enjoy!
  • Interview with St. Joseph County Administrator Judy West-Wing – January 23, 2013 – (44:54 – 41.1 MB) – Judy West-Wing concluded a 30-year career with St. Joseph County on January 23, 2013, including the last 20 years as County Administrator.  Among her activities during her final day on the job was a mid-morning interview with the River Country Journal, recorded in the History Room of the Historic Courthouse in Centreville, a building whose restoration she ranks as one of the major accomplishments by the county during her long tenure.  The wide-ranging interview – conducted by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal – includes the history of West-Wing’s involvement in St. Joseph County government over three decades, the rather unique nature of county government and the role of the County Administrator, changes that have occurred during her years with the county, and comments about the status of the process to address the vacancy resulting from her departure.  To hear the entire interview, click on the link built into the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Politics, economics and more – Interview with Jack Mann posted November 27, 2012 – (43:08 – 39.4 MB)Jack Mann, retired economics professor at Glen Oaks Community College, shared his thoughts on a variety of topics during ‘A River Country Conversation’ with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal.  The subjects they discussed included the November 6th election and the impact of changing demographics on the political process and the political parties; Mann’s views on the need for bringing manufacturing back to the United States; the ‘fiscal cliff’ – its seriousness and what we can expect from President Obama and Congress as they wrestle with the issue; and Mann’s thoughts about the need to change the way our elections are financed.  To listen to the entire interview, click on the link built into the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Update regarding MarketPlace North revitalization project – Interview posted August 26, 2012 – (14:41 – 13.4 MB) – The finishing touches are being put on the project to revitalize the former Village Square Shopping Center on the north side of Three Rivers.  The property was acquired by Tom and Aaron Meyer in October 2010 and work to revitalize the area – renamed MarketPlace North – began in May 2011.  During “A River Country Conversation” interview with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal, Aaron Meyer, owner/manager, talked about the project to create a vibrant, active place as the home of The Shoppes at MarketPlace North.  To hear the interview, simply click on the link that’s part of the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • St. Joseph County Commission on Aging Millage Renewal – Interview posted July 9, 2012 – (35:09 – 32.1 MB) – The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging (COA) is seeking a six-year renewal of a ¾-of-a-mill operating levy in the Primary Election on August 7.  Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal learned about the COA and the millage renewal proposal during a conversation with Jean Skalski, Vice-Chair of the COA Board of Directors, and Lynn Coursey, Executive Director of the COA.  To hear the interview, click on the link that’s part of the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • 2012 Relay for Life of Three Rivers – Interview posted June 20, 2012 – (19:17 – 17.6 MB) –  Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talks with three folks involved in the 2012 Relay for Life of Three Rivers, a 24-hour event scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23 at Three Rivers High School’s Armstrong Field.  His guests are Danielle Rohrer, Kandi Hagenbuch and Jodi Rozycky.  To access the interview, simply click on the link that’s part of the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Safety Glasses USA and its “GSA schedule” for government sales – Interview posted May 28, 2012 – (9:58 – 9:13 MB)Safety Glasses USA, an Internet-based business located in Three Rivers, has grown steadily since it was launched in a basement in 2000.  The company, now situated in the Three Rivers Area Enterprise Park, continues to advance and has been awarded a “GSA schedule” for sales to the U.S. government.  During an interview with Mike Eldridge, president of Safety Glasses USA, Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal, got an update on the business and, in particular, learned about the awarding of the GSA schedule.  To listen to the conversation, click on the link that’s built into the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • George Washington Carver Community Center and upcoming ‘Community Open House & Informational Gathering’ – Interview recorded May 8, 2012 (25:06 – 22.9 MB) – Efforts to revitalize a longstanding facet of the Three Rivers community will be at the heart of a Community Open House and Informational Gathering at the George Washington Carver Community Center on Wednesday (May 23).  Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal learned more about this venerable part of Three Rivers, dating back to 1947, and the upcoming open house during an interview with Janell Hart, treasurer of the Carver Community Center, and two leaders of Your Turn – Melodie Holman and Rene Davis – an organization that is participating in the revitalization efforts.  To hear the interview, simply click on the link provided within the heading to this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Ralph Vogel honored for “outstanding service and dedication” to Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program – Interview with Ralph Vogel  – May 10, 2012 (19:24 – 17.7 MB)Ralph Vogel, a longtime resident of the Three Rivers area – specifically, Corey Lake – was honored recently by the Michigan Lake & Stream Associations (ML&SA) for his many years of involvement in the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program by the organization in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).  This interview – recorded by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal at the Vogel home on Corey Lake – provides insights about Ralph Vogel, the monitoring program, his many years of work with it, and the recognition that came during the ML&SA’s Annual Conference at Boyne Mountain Resort.  To access the interview, click on the link that’s part of heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Australian blues artist Michael Charles interview – May 11, 2012 – (8:52 – 8.12 MB) – Australian blues artist Michael Charles is slated to appear at the Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers Friday evening (May 18th).  In advance of the date, Charles – now a resident of Chicago – talked by telephone with the River Country Journal’s Bruce Snook.  To  hear the conversation, click on the link that’s incorporated into the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Spotlight on St. Joseph County Commission on Aging – Interview with Renee Welch – April 11, 2012 –(23:33 – 21.5 MB) – The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging (COA) and its many offerings for seniors in St. Joseph County are the focus of an interview with Renee Welch, Activities Coordinator with the COA.  The conversation with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal explores many facets of the organization and offers some specifics regarding activities and programs scheduled in May 2012.  To access the interview, simply click on the link that’s part of the heading to this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Three Rivers Area Mentoring (TRAM) – Interview with Stephanie Schoon – April 20, 2012 – (22:24 – 20.5 MB)Three Rivers Area Mentoring (TRAM) is in the spotlight during this interview with Stephanie Schoon, Executive Director of the organization that works toward “Keeping Kids on Track Through the Power of an Hour.”  In “A River Country Conversation” with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal, Stephanie talk about TRAM, its programs and activities, the important role of volunteers, and upcoming fundraising events.  To hear the interview, click on the link built into the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Save the Frogs! Day – 2012 – April 4, 2012 – (17:49 – 16.3 MB) – Frogs and plans for the local celebration of “Save the Frogs! Day – 2012” are at the heart of “A River Country Conversation” with Vic Eichler, a retired biology professor and naturalist and rural Three Rivers resident.  The observance is set for Saturday, April 28th at Scidmore Park in Three Rivers.  To hear the interview – conducted by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal – click on the link that’s part of the heading to this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Three Rivers business provides security training – March 15, 2012 – (10:49 – 9.91 MB) – Becher & Associates, a business based in downtown Three Rivers, is providing security training.  Ed Becher operates TWO enterprises from quarters at 7 North Main Street – MI Security Training and The Bodyguard Academy.  Learn more about them through ‘A River Country Conversation’ interview with Ed Becher, recorded by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal.  To access the interview, simply click on the link built into the heading to this ‘ Podcasts’ entry.
  • EDC Planet – March 7, 2012 – (6:56 – 6:34 MB)Mike Eldridge of Three Rivers has launched EDC Planet, an online forum for sharing, discussing and learning about EDC – ‘every day carry’ items and gear.  Learn more about the subject in this ‘River Country Conversation’ interview conducted by Bruce Snook of the River County Journal.  To access the interview, simply click on the link incorporated in the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • ‘Two Red Chairs Gallery’ opens in downtown Three Rivers – January 19, 2012 – (16:23 – 15 MB) – ‘Two Red Chairs Gallery’ is adding to Historic Downtown Three Rivers.  Two veteran artists – Steve Johnson and Terry Graber – are co-owners of the new gallery at 53 North Main Street and also “artists in residence.”  Learn more about this new enterprise through an interview with Steve Johnson, recorded by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal.  To hear their conversation, simply click on the link that is part of the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Mr. B’s Dairy Bar Restaurant renovation project – January 9, 2012 – (7:14 – 6.62 MB) – A longtime Three Rivers business – Mr. B’s Dairy Bar Restaurant – has a fresh, new look after a renovation project during the recent holiday period.  Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal learned about the improvements and the history of the eatery during an onsite interview with the owner, Dennis Burnham.  To hear their conversation, simply click on the link that’s built into the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Launch of The Kingdom Magazine ­– November 21, 2011 – (17:06 – 15.6 MB) – Moina D. Tucker, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Kingdom Magazine, talked with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal on the eve of the launch of her new publication, “a faith-based magazine” headquartered in Kalamazoo.  Tucker said, “We look for people that have stories of inspiration, that have made an impact on community, that are doing great things – and what I mean by ‘great things’ – it’s not that you have to have a big name or famous or anything like that.  Anything that you’re doing to impact somebody positive in my mindset and Kingdom mindset is great.  Kingdom building.”  To hear the interview, click on the link that’s part of the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Centennial of Armstrong ‘Inverted Bucket Steam Trap’ – October 24, 2011 – (17:11 – 15.7 MB) – Armstrong International, Inc. celebrated the 100th anniversary of the company’s Inverted Bucket Steam Trap in October.  David Casterline, Director of Corporate Communications for the family-owned, Three Rivers-based firm provided insights regarding the celebration and the company during an interview with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal.  To learn more, click on the link that’s part of the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • ‘A River Country Conversation’ with Deborrah Wyndham – October 3, 2011 – (9:56 – 9.1 MB) – Singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist Deborrah Wyndham will perform at the Riviera Theatre Bar in downtown Three Rivers on Friday (October 14) from 8 to 11 p.m.  Called “spellbinding” by the Portland Press Herald, Wyndham has performed for over 2,700 audiences and has appeared on Fox, NBC and ABC.  With many genres of influence from folk, pop, jazz, Latin, blues, dream pop and more, Wyndham sings originals and familiar covers.  Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal had an opportunity to talk with Wyndham about her musical background, the types of music she performs, and her career that now spans 11 years.  To listen to the interview, simply click on the link incorporated into the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • ‘Better Buildings for Michigan – Three Rivers’ offers opportunity for city residents save money and save energy – Interview with Marcia Saunders – August 31, 2011 (11:05 – 10.1 MB) – Residents of the City of Three Rivers will have an opportunity to boost the energy efficiency of their homes, lower their utility bills, and enjoy more comfortable living spaces through ‘Better Buildings for Michigan – Three Rivers.’  ‘Power Down in River Town – Saving Money – Saving Energy’ is the theme of the grant-funded program that provides incentives and improvements to enhance energy efficiency, utilizing money available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Learn more about the program through ‘A River Country Conversation’ interview with Marcia Saunders, Project Manager with Building Science Energy Services, who is serving as the grant administrator.  To hear the interview, conducted by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal, simply click on the link built into the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • ‘A River Country Conversation’ with state Senator Bruce Caswell – August 1, 2011 – (31:06 – 28.4 MB) – State Senator Bruce Caswell (R-Hillsdale) talked with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal during an August 1st interview.  Their conversation touched on a variety of topics including Caswell’s role as state senator from the 16th District, his evaluation of Governor Rick Snyder and his performance to date, the budget for the upcoming fiscal year and the budget-making process, concerns expressed by constituents, accomplishments during the last seven months, and an indication of items he’ll be focusing on in coming months.  To hear the conversation, simply click on the link built into the heading for this Podcasts entry.
  • “Huss Stories” – June 24, 2011 – (6:38 – 6.08 MB)Christina Binder, an intern from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, is in Three Rivers this summer for “Huss Stories,” a summer play project regarding the former Huss Elementary School in the Second District.  During an interview with the River Country Journal’s Bruce Snook, Binder said she’s collecting stories of Huss School through interviews with people in the community – students, teachers and others who have been involved at Huss – and hopes to turn the interviews into a play that will be presented at the school at the end of the summer.  To learn more, simply click on the link that’s incorporated in the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • ‘Relay for Life of Three Rivers’ – June 7, 2011 – (16:47 – 15.3 MB) – ‘Relay for Life of Three Rivers’ is slated for June 24th and 25th at Armstrong Field.  This interview with Danielle Rohrer, Janelle Nagy and Jessica Harrell provides information about what is described as the American Cancer Society’s ‘signature event’ for raising awareness and raising funds to fight cancer.  Rohrer is publicity chair for the event.  Nagy is a ‘community representative’ with the ACS.  Harrell is the captain of ‘Fergalicious,’ a family team that will be participating in the Relay.  Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talked with them in a conversation you can hear by clicking on the link built into the headline of this Podcasts entry.
  • Three Rivers Public Library’s new website – May 25, 2011 – (16:05 – 14.7 MB) – The Three Rivers Public Library has a new website!  It’s something you can learn more about via this interview with Brandi DeRuiter, Account Technician with the library, who worked with Geek Genius to develop the new site.  In the course of a conversation with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal, she talked about the project, the features of this new ‘online presence’ for the library, and services offered by the library including computer work stations and computer classes.  To hear the interview, simply click on the link built into the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • “Krista Kay Mackinac Island Adventures” by Julie Staffen – May 12, 2011 – (21:52 – 20 MB) – The second book by Julie Staffen, local children’s author, was released recently.  Krista Kay Mackinac Island Adventures is the latest in the Krista Kay’s Adventures series – books that help children learn about people in different careers through 10-year-old Krista Kay.  Bruce Snook met with Julie on May 12th at L.A.’s Coffee Café in Three Rivers and recorded “A River Country Conversation” about her, her writing career, the new book, and even a bit about what will be the third book in the series.  To check out their conversation, just click on the link that’s built into the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.  Enjoy!
  • Friends of Riverside Cemetery, Inc. & Founders Memorial – February 17, 2011 – (25:28 – 23.3 MB) – Friends of Riverside Cemetery, Inc. was established in June of 2010 with the goal of helping to preserve historic Riverside Cemetery in Three Rivers.  One of the initial projects by the newly-formed non-profit, tax exempt group is creation of a “Founders Memorial” in the cemetery.  Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talked with Ken Baker, president of the organization, and Carlene Brunner, a member of the group’s board of directors with eight years of service on the Cemetery Board.  To hear their conversation and learn more about the organization, simply click on the link in the heading to this “Podcasts” entry.
  • Relay for Life of Three Rivers – February 7, 2011 – (15:17 – 13.9 MB) – This year’s Relay for Life of Three Rivers is scheduled for June 24th and 25th.  A “kick-off celebration” for the event is scheduled for Tuesday, February 15th, at the JOCO Center in Three Rivers.  You can learn more about the Relay for Life, described as the American Cancer Society’s “signature event,” and the kick-off celebration through “A River Country Conversation” with Danielle Rohrer, Publicity Chair for Relay for Life of Three Rivers, and Janelle Nagy, Community Representative with the American Cancer Society.  To hear their conversation with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal, recorded on February 7th, click here.
  • Interview with Jamie Clark and Eddie Beard regarding CMS and ‘i trailer’ – January 14, 2011 – (22:33 – 20.6 MB) – Jamie Clark, president of Central Manufacturing Services (CMS), and Eddie Beard, vice-president of sales & marketing, talk with Bruce Snook about CMS and a new venture called ‘i trailer’ that brings five aspects of the business under one umbrella.  Their conversation also provides insights about the history of CMS and the Sheffield Car Company which once was housed in the 1892 building that is now the CMS Office Complex.  To hear the interview, simply click on the link in the heading to this ‘Podcasts” entry.
  • ‘Dead tree limbs’ transformed into things of beauty and utilityJeff Wheat , owner of Against the Grain Wood Products & Refinishing, is using ‘dead tree limbs’ to create picture frames and other pieces of wood to produce rustic furniture.  Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal learned more about this growing enterprise during a January 5, 2011 interview with Wheat.  To hear their conversation, click on the following link:  Jeff Wheat interview (10:05 – 9.24 MB)
  • “A River Country Conversation with state Rep. Matt Lori – December 22, 2010 – (34:39 – 31.7 MB) –  State Rep. Matt Lori shared his views on a variety of topics during a year-end interview with the River Country Journal interview recorded on Wednesday, December 22nd.  In “A River Country Conversation” with Bruce Snook, the Republican lawmaker from Constantine reflected on his experience as a legislator following a long career in law enforcement including 20 years as St. Joseph County sheriff, the budget challenges ahead, his impression of Governor-elect Rick Snyder, the altered political landscape in Lansing with a Republican governor and GOP control of both the House and Senate, plus other subjects.  To hear the interview, click here or on the heading to this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Make We Merry – Interview with Diane Foghino – December 1, 2010 (5:23 – 4.93 MB)Diane Foghino, producer/director of the 27th annual ‘Make We Merry,’ talks with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal about the Christmas variety show that will be staged Friday and Saturday, December 3rd and 4th, in the Performing Arts Center at Three Rivers High School.  To hear their conversation, click on the link that’s incorporated in the headline for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Interview with Judy Gilchrist of Relax & Renew Massage Therapy – October 29, 2010 – (12:58 – 11.8 MB)Judy Gilchrist, a longtime Three Rivers resident, is embarking on a new career – her THIRD.  At age 68, after a year of schooling, she is now a Certified Massage Therapist – something quite different than her previous careers in sales and marketing at The Johnson Corporation and as administrator of Immaculate Conception School in Three Rivers.  In “A River Country Conversation,” Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talks with Judy about her new venture and an October 24th open house at the Riviera Theatre to celebrate her accomplishment.  To hear the interview, just click on the link that’s built into the headline of this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • “A River Country Conversation” regarding ‘Lights of Love’ 20th anniversary – November 4, 2010 – (9:37 – 8.65 MB) – A Three Rivers tradition, ‘Lights of Love,’ the annual fundraising campaign conducted by the Three Rivers Health Auxiliary and its ‘Lights of Love’ Committee, will mark its 20th anniversary with a special program in conjunction with the tree lighting ceremony scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2010.  This conversation, recorded by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal, explores the topic with Diane Reece, chairperson of the ‘Lights of Love’ Committee, and Pat Dane, a member of the group.  To hear the interview, simply click on the link incorporated in the heading to this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Interview with Pat Morgan regarding 4th annual Michigan Hummingbird Festival – July 28, 2010 – (14:19 – 13.1) – The 4th annual Michigan Hummingbird Festival will be staged at Rivers Lake Inn and Trails near Colon, Michigan on Saturday, July 31st.  Learn more about this delightful and educational event through an interview with Pat Morgan, a member of the committee that has planned this and previous festivals – an interview conducted by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal.  To listen to the interview, just click on the link embedded in the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Interview regarding the M & M Grill in Colon – July 23, 2010 – (13:36 – 12.4 MB) – The M & M Grill, a business and meeting place that’s been a part of Colon, Michigan since 1945 has new owners who are looking to the eatery’s past as they look to its future.  Learn more about this veteran dining location in “The Magic Capital of the World” through an interview with Samantha ‘Samm’ Wyant and Daryn Yoder – an ‘onsite interview’ recorded by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal.  To hear it, simply click on the link that’s incorporated into the heading for this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • ‘Candidates Forum” with Allen Balog and Jim Bippus – July 22, 2010 – (44:19 – 40.5 MB)Allen Balog and Jim Bippus, in the running for the Republican nomination for the 3rd District seat on the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners in the August 3rd Primary Election – participated in a ‘Meet the Candidates Forum’ at the Three Rivers City Hall Thursday evening (July 22nd), an event sponsored by the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce.  Balog, age 54, is now in his second term as mayor of Three Rivers.  Bippus, age 77, is a retired businessman and longtime owner of Bippus Shell in Three Rivers – now Bogey’s Shell.  In the course of the nearly 45-minute forum, the candidates shared information about themselves and their views relative to county government through opening statements, their responses to 16 questions posed by moderator Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal, and closing statements.  To hear the forum, click on the link at the beginning of this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • ‘Huss Future Festival’ part of efforts to bring Huss School back to life – July 13, 2010 – (15:31 – 14.2 MB) – The first annual ‘Huss Future Festival’ is set for Saturday, July 24th, at the historic Huss School in Three Rivers, now owned by *culture is not optional (*cino), an organization that purchased the building in 2009.  The festival is part of the process to breathe new life into the old building and make it the focal point for a variety of activities and programs to serve the local community and beyond.  In “A River Country Conversation” recorded at World Fare in downtown Three Rivers, Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talks with Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma, co-director  of *cino, and Julie Keefer, chairperson of the Huss Future Festival.  To hear their conversation, click on the link at the beginning of this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Three Rivers Health continues with ‘Lean Six Sigma’ improvement efforts – June 24, 2010 – (14:03 – 12.8 MB) – Utilizing ‘Lean Six Sigma,’ Three Rivers Health continues to move forward with efforts to improve its operations and customer satisfaction – to “listen to the ‘voice of the customer’” and be “customer friendly.”  Alice Mayer, Vice President of Quality & Risk Management, is leading the charge and offered an update during the June meeting of the Three Rivers Health Authority Board.  During a post-meeting interview with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal, she talked about a four-week ‘pilot’ project involving the Emergency Department, including a ‘tracking board’ to keep family members informed about their loved one in the emergency room.  To hear the interview, simply click on the link incorporated in the heading to this ‘Podcasts’ entry.
  • Zen Computing grows with new location in Texas Corners – Interview with Knute Judsen – June 16, 2010 – (15.34 – 14.2 MB) – A computer-related business that began in Three Rivers eight years ago continues to grow and now has a new headquarters location at Texas Corners near Kalamazoo.  Also known as Zen Computing, the firm continues to have a Three Rivers presence with its computer repair shop above L.A.’s Coffee Café at 145 West Michigan Avenue.  Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talked with Knute Judsen, president of the company, during a June 16th interview at the new location.  To hear their conversation, click on the link at the beginning of this ‘Podcasts” entry.
  • ‘Candidates Forum’ for Michigan’s 16th State Senate District – June 22, 2010 – (1:39:53 – 91.4 MB) – Two former state representatives – Republican Bruce Caswell and Democrat Doug Spade – are running for the seat currently held by state Senator Cameron Brown who is term-limited and is a candidate for Secretary for State.  Caswell and Spade participated in a ‘Candidates Forum’ at Glen Oaks Community College the evening of June 22, 2010, an event sponsored by the St. Joseph County Great Start Collaborative Parent Coalition and the River Country Journal (RCJ) with a focus on families and early childhood development.   To hear the entire forum exchange, which was moderated by the RCJ’s Bruce Snook, click on the link included in the heading for this Podcasts entry.  And, to access a news story regarding the forum, click on the following link:  Caswell & Spade featured in ‘Candidate Forum’ at Glen Oaks Community College.
  • Interview with Merritt Brown regarding infrastructure projects in Three Rivers – June 10, 2010 – (21:08 – 19.3 MB) – It will be a busy summer in Three Rivers in terms of various infrastructure projects around the city.  The projects include:  reconstruction of South Andrews Street, additional ‘white topping’ on Fourth Street, reconstruction of Spring Street from West Michigan Avenue to Millard Street, sanitary sewer replacement from Wood Street at Eighth Avenue to John Glenn Court, sidewalk construction, and micro-surfacing of several miles of streets.  Merritt Brown, special projects director with the Three Rivers Department of Public Services (DPS), reviewed the projects during an interview with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal.  Their conversation also included a look ahead to work on a portion of South Constantine Street next spring, the role played by ‘stimulus money’ from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and the importance of the city’s ‘dedicated millage’ for streets and sidewalks.  To hear the interview, click on the link included in the heading for this Podcasts entry.
  • Interview with Julie Staffen regarding her new book, “Krista Kay’s Summer Adventures” – May 28, 2010 – (19:49) – 18.16 MB)Julie Staffen, who hails from Three Rivers and now lives near Schoolcraft, has published her first book, Krista Kay’s Summer Adventures.  It’s the first in what will be a series of books that will help children learn about people in different careers through the eyes of 10-year-old Krista Kay.  This interview, recorded by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal at L.A.’s Coffee Café in Three Rivers, provides an opportunity to meet the author, learn about the book, and gain insights into the process involved in developing and publishing the book.  To access the interview, simply click on the link that’s part of the heading for this Podcasts entry.
  • Interview with Vic Eichler regarding Morel Mushrooms in Michigan and Other Great Lakes States – April 9, 2010 – (18:43 – 17.14 MB) – Vic Eichler, a retired biology professor and naturalist, has written a delightful and informative book titled Morel Mushrooms in Michigan and Other Great Lakes.  As indicated in the subtitle, the 40-page book discusses where, when and how to find morels; how to pick preserve, cook and enjoy morels; and detailed nutritional information.  It features drawings by Marianne Ruth Beard, a former resident of Constantine who now resides in Colorado.  And, as a ‘bonus,’ it also includes morel recipes from award winning chef Joseph Krumholz of the Jordan Inn in East Jordan, Michigan.  Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talked with Eichler about the book on April 9, 2010, several weeks after its publication and prior to the 50th Annual National Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City, Michigan – May 13-16.  To hear their conversation, just click on the link contained in the heading above.  Enjoy!
  • Interview with William Wieringa, attorney from Portage, Michigan – February 11, 2010 – (47:40 – 43.6 MB) – Estate Planning, Probate Avoidance and Elder Law are at the heart of the rather unique law practice by William Wieringa, an attorney from Portage, Michigan.  He says, “I work with mature adults to help them achieve peace of mind in their later years by making sure that their wishes are carried out, their assets are preserved, and their loved ones are protected.  I do this through estate planning, probate avoidance, and elder law initiatives.  I see my clients in their own homes.”  Wieringa talked about his practice and shared insights on a variety of related topics – including commonly-held myths, wills, trusts and durable power of attorney documents – during an interview with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal.  To hear their conversation, click on the link in the heading for this “Podcasts” entry.
  • Interview with Jerry Jerome Wright regarding Three Rivers Historical Scrapbook, Volume 2 – February 19, 2010 – (26:51 – 24.5 MB) – Jerry Jerome Wright has completed work on Three Rivers Historical Scrapbook, Volume 2.  The book highlights Three Rivers history from 1957 through 1969 in 260-plus pages with over 4,500 photographs.  During an interview with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal, Wright shared background information about himself, discussed the book and the process involved in creating it, and also reported on plans for a February 26th ‘book signing’ event at A Place in Time in downtown Three Rivers.  To hear the interview, simply ‘click’ on the link contained in the heading for this Podcasts entry.
  • Interview with Bill Russell, president & CEO of Three Rivers Health – January 28, 2010 – (8:16 – 7.56 MB) – The January meeting of the Three Rivers Health (TRH) Authority Board – held on January 28th – was a busy one.  The River Country Journal’s Bruce Snook interviewed President & CEO Bill Russell following the meeting.  Their conversation touched on three topics covered in the course of the meeting:  Action to move forward with a RAC (Recovery Audit Contractor) readiness review, addition of Alice Mayer as ‘Vice President of Quality & Risk Management’ to lead implementation of ‘Lean Six Sigma,’ and the year-end financial report that showed a significant improvement in the hospital’s financial performance in 2009.  To hear the interview, click on the link in the heading above.
  • Address by Pastor Elbert Foster of Ambassadors for Christ Church – January 17, 2010 – (17:50 – 16.34 MB) – In his presentation as the featured speaker for the “Community Celebration” honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Pastor Foster shared some insights into Dr. King’s life, including his use of non-violence in promoting civil rights and said, “We can all be peacemakers, if we choose to.”  He also said, “Black and white look good together.”  To hear his remarks during the program in the Performing Arts Center at Three Rivers High School, click on the link in the heading above.
  • Interview with Allen Balog, Mayor of the City of Three Rivers – December 31, 2009 – (31:27 – 28.7MB) – This half-hour  interview, recorded New Year’s Eve, touches on a number of subjects as Three Rivers Mayor Allen Balog talks with the River Country Journal’s Bruce Snook in a conversation that looks back on 2009 and ahead to 2010.  Topics include the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) order for improvements to the city’s water supply and DEQ issues with the wastewater treatment plant, a proposed City Charter amendment to reduce the number of petition signatures required to run for a seat on the City Commission, the idea of having all members of the City Commission serve on an ‘at large’ basis, the move to a single polling location for elections in the city, relations between the City and surrounding townships, and Balog’s experience serving as mayor during the last two years.  To hear the interview in its entirety, simply click on the link built into the heading above.
  • Interview with William “Bill” Russell of Three Rivers Health – October 29, 2009 – (8:53 – 8.13MB) – The October meeting of the Three Rivers Health (TRH) Authority Board on October 29th included unanimous action to select William “Bill” Russell for the permanent position as CEO of Three Rivers Health.  Russell has been serving as “interim CEO” since the departure of Matt Chambers at the end of July.  During a post-meeting interview with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal, Russell commented on the board’s action to choose him for the permanent CEO position.  He also discussed another board action to engage Lancaster Pollard, a consulting company, to assist the hospital with financing and refinancing matters, and provided information about the hospital’s experience with and handling of the increased volume of seasonal and H1N1 flu.  To hear the entire conversation, click on the link above.
  • Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour interview with Carol Boulette – October 22, 2009 – (14:57 – 13.6 MB) – The history of the Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour was the primary topic as Carol Boulette talked with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal.  The Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce has long been associated with the fall color tour and Boulette served as Executive Secretary of the Chamber from 1950 to 1985.  In the course of the interview, she explained how the tour, which has been a Three Rivers tradition for nearly 60 years, began and shared other memories from her many years with the Chamber.
  • Keynote address by Rev. Neil Davis at Three Rivers NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet – October 10, 2009 – (25:14 – 23.1 MB) – “Bold Dreams, Big Victories” was the theme as the Three Rivers Branch of the NAACP staged its annual Freedom Fund Banquet Saturday evening , October 10, 2009 at Three Rivers High School .  Rev. Neil Davis, District Superintendent of the Kalamazoo District of the United Methodist Church, was the featured speaker for the event.  Rev. Davis noted the challenges of racism as he utilized the “Bold Dreams, Big Victories” theme in his address and said, “We should all be about the common good – the common good for anybody – because when the least of us hurt, all of us hurt in the long run.”  To hear the address by Rev. Neil Davis, click on the link above.
  • Nurturing Communities Initiative Interview – September 18, 2009 – (25:48 – 23.6 MB) – The Nurturing Communities Initiative (NCI) is a community-based, family-centered resource support model that can enhance protective factors, decrease risk factors, increase education success, prevent juvenile delinquency, and provide an early intervention program to support families.  NCI offers programs and services for the whole family.  Brenda McGowan of Family Education & Development Services, LLC and Three Rivers Police Chief Tom Bringman have worked together to develop the Nurturing Communities Initiative.  During “A River Country Conversation” recorded at L.A.’s Coffee Café, they talked about NCI with Bruce Snook.  To hear the interview, click on the link above.
  • Silliman House “walking tour” with Katherine Langworthy – June 26, 2009 (48:03 – 44 MB) –Two “gems” of Three Rivers are the Silliman House Museum and Katherine Langworthy – both associated with the Abiel Fellows Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).  The Silliman House, built in 1876 and located at 116 South Main Street, is an important local landmark and serves as a repository for information and artifacts regarding the history of Three Rivers and St. Joseph County.  Katherine heads the committee responsible for maintenance and operation of the Silliman House, which is owned by the local DAR organization.  Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal went on a “walking tour” of the building with Katherine on June 26, 2009, beginning near the historical marker on the front lawn and continuing throughout the house.  You can “listen in” on the tour by “clicking” on the link at the outset of this description.
  • Meet the Candidates Forum – July 22, 2009 (1:04:17 – 58.9 MB) – Three candidates for First District commissioner in Three Rivers shared their views on a variety of issues and talked about their candidacies during a “Meet the Candidates Forum” at City Hall on the evening of July 22nd.  The event – featuring Kevin Bushouse, Judy Gilchrist and George Ramsey – was sponsored by the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce.  Bruce Snook, editor/publisher of the River Country Journal,served as the moderator.  To hear the entire forum, click on the link above.
  • Interview with Lynn Coursey – July 15, 2009 (9:10) – Multiple subjects were addressed by the Board of Directors of the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging (COA) during the group’s July meeting last week (Wednesday, July 15th).  COA Executive Director Lynn Coursey highlighted four of the topics during a post-meeting interview with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal.  Their conversation touched on a training day for all COA staff that’s set for August 21st, changes noted in requests for services as a result of the current recession, the COA’s recently-completed application for grant funding through the Area Agency on Aging, and progress toward implementation of a time-keeping system called “ADP.”  To hear the interview, click here or on the link at the beginning of this paragraph.
  • White Pigeon Depot rededication – July 10, 2009 (12:26) – The 2009 White Pigeon Days celebration included a special “rededication” of the historic White Pigeon Depot, built in 1896 and restored in a process completed in 1998.  Village President Dan Czajkowski served as master of ceremonies for the rededication program in which those who contributed to the restoration effort were recognized.  Click on the link above to hear a recording of the entire program.
  • Interview with Grover and Lorenzo Thornton – June 24, 2009 (16:46) – Grover and Lorenzo Thornton have a new restaurant in Three Rivers.  “Uncle Rhemus’ Place” is located at 618 S. Main Street, the former home of R. Stanley’s Diner.  Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal learned more about the Thornton brothers and the new dining spot during an on-location interview on June 24th.  To hear the interview, click on the link.
  • Interview with Scott Grace – June 30, 2009 (9:01) – Scott Grace, Technology Director with the Three Rivers Community Schools, talked with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal following a special meeting of the Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education in which the board accepted the bid submitted by Dell for two new servers and a storage area network (SAN) and okayed the purchase of a third server and associated software.  The interview included conversation about that technology project and a related one involving installation of fiber optic cable to connect all of the school district’s buildings.
  • Interview with Matt Chambers – June 25, 2009 (7:38) – Matt Chambers, president and CEO of Three Rivers Health, talked with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal following the June meeting of the Three Rivers Health Authority Board.  The interview included conversation about various topics related to the board meeting – a report from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association that 15 hospitals around the state are in “technical default” on their bonds, conversation about Three Rivers Health finances and efforts to deal with the challenging economic environment, attention from the Wall Street Journal, and exploration of the possibility of the City of Three Rivers taking over South Health Parkway, the road that runs through the hospital campus from Broadway to Millard.  Simply click on the link to hear the interview.
  • Scidmore Park Petting Zoo Improvements Project – June 2, 2009 (8:16) – During an interview with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal, Merritt Brown, special projects engineer for the City of Three Rivers, shared information about the Scidmore Park Petting Zoo Improvements project that is reshaping the northwest part of Scidmore Park  to protect the adjacent Rocky River and enhance the park.  Click on the link to hear the interview, recorded “onsite” in the park.
  • Safety Glasses USA interview – May 21, 2009 (32:09) – Safety Glasses USA, Inc. is a growing, Internet-based business in Three Rivers.  To accommodate its growth, the business moved recently to much larger quarters in the Three Rivers Area Enterprise Park.  Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talked with the owners, Mike and Kendra Eldridge, and learned about the company, its history, the new location, plans for the future, and “e-commerce.”
  • Interview with Matt Chambers – May 28, 2009 (13:55) – Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talked with Matt Chambers, president and CEO of Three Rivers Health, following the May meeting of the Three Rivers Health Authority Board.  Their conversation focused on board action toward moving the Family Care clinic in Centreville to the new Community Mental Health building, authorization for an “operating lease” for the new information system at the hospital, and conversation about the hospital’s financial situation.
  • Three Rivers Health Millage:  Two Perspectives – Voters in the Three Rivers Health Authority, which consists of the City of Three Rivers and the townships of Constantine, Fabius, Lockport and Park, will decide the fate of a proposed two-mill tax levy during the May 5th election.  If approved, the millage will generate additional funding for Three Rivers Health, which operates the local hospital and related facilities and programs.  With the goal of providing voters with information about the millage request – both pro and con – Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal conducted interviews with Matt Chambers, President and CEO of Three Rivers Health, and Blaine Edgell, a leader of Citizens for the Health of Three Rivers, which opposes the millage.  To hear the interviews, “click” on the links below.
  • PRO:  Interview with Matt Chambers (53:01) (48.5 MB)
  • CON:  Interview with Blaine Edgell (13:35) (12.4 MB)
  • Paul Booko interview – April 14, 2009 (15:37) – In anticipation of a “grand opening” celebration at Riverside Church, Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talked with Senior Pastor Paul Booko during a “walking tour interview” around the old Three Rivers High School, transformed into a new church campus during a one-and-a-half year construction project.
  • Interview with Michelle McNamara – April 9, 2009 (7:35) – Michelle McNamara, business instructor and event coordinator at Glen Oaks Community College, talks with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal regarding the 2009 Job Fair scheduled for Thursday, April 16th, on the College Concourse.  The FREE event will provide an opportunity for job seekers to connect with job providers.
  • Interview with Matt Chambers – March 26, 2009 (13:17) – Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal explored three topics during an interview with Matt Chambers, President & CEO of Three Rivers Health, following the March meeting of the Three Rivers Health Authority Board.  The interview included conversation on the April 1st transition to a new physicians group for emergency room operations at the hospital, implementation of a new Information System, and the May 5th election in which a two-mill levy will be on the ballot in the governmental jurisdictions involved in the Three Rivers Health Authority – the City of Three Rivers and Fabius, Lockport, Park and Constantine townships.
  • Interview with Larry Hermen – March 26, 2009 (4:49) – Larry Hermen, a veteran member of the Three Rivers Health Authority Board and currently board secretary, talked with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal following the board’s regular monthly meeting on March 26th.  Their conversation focused on “strategic planning” and topics the board will be exploring during upcoming meetings.
  • Interview with Anita Trayling – March 2, 2009 (12:03) – Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal chats with Anita Trayling, a trustee on the Centreville Village Council and a member of the Centreville Downtown Development Authority, about the new Village of Centreville website.  You’ll hear about the history of the project, the thinking behind it, website content, plans for further development, and more!
  • Interview with Lori Lichti – March 6, 2009 (9:05) – Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal engages in “A River Country Conversation” with Lori Lichti, Program Director at Amigo Centre, a retreat and recreation center on Banker Road near Sturgis.  They discuss “Growing and Eating Faithfully:  Celebrating Michiana’s Local Food,” a day-long event scheduled for Saturday, March 21st, at Amigo Centre.
  • Interview with Inge Bonfoey – January 27, 2009 (13:29) – Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal conducts “A River Country Conversation” with Inge Bonfoey, a Fisher Lake resident who has invented Towel Togs ™, “wearable dog towels.”  They talk about the inspiration for the new product, the four-year process of developing the product and bringing it to market, and Inge’s participation in the American Pet Products Association’s Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida.  The interview was recorded at her home on January 27, 2009.
  • Interview with Matt Chambers – January 29, 2009 (11:29) – Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talks with Matt Chambers, President & CEO of Three Rivers Health, about the 2009 operating and capital budgets adopted by the losses recorded by Three Rivers Health in December and for 2008 as a whole — and some encouraging signs for the hospital’s financial performance in 2009.  The interview was recorded following the regular monthly meeting of the Three Rivers Health Authority Board on January 29th.
  • Interview with George Clay IV and Diane Clay – January 26, 2009 (25:24) – Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talks with George Clay IV, “Minister of Mime” and “God’s Creative Mime,” and his mother and manager, Diane Clay, in this “River Country Conversation.”   They discuss George’s interest and training in mime, his use of mime in ministry, and “A Night with George in Mime” which will be presented by George Clay IV and Company at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 13th, in the Performing Arts Center at Three Rivers High School.  The interview was recorded in the River Country Journal studio on January 26, 2009.
  • Interview with Matt Chambers – January 21, 2009 (10:45) – Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talks with Matt Chambers, President & CEO of Three Rivers Health, about the 2009 operating and capital budgets adopted by the Three Rivers Health Authority Board.   Their conversation touches on the budgets, the new group secured to provide physicians for the hospital’s emergency room, the signing of a new surgeon, and renegotiation with a major insurance carrier that will add revenue to the hospital’s bottom line.   The interview was recorded following a special Three Rivers Health Authority Board meeting on January 21st.
  • Interview with Roger Rathburn – January 12, 2009 (9:17) – Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talks with Roger Rathburn, superintendent of the Three Rivers Community Schools, regarding school board action on a resolution concerning insurance for teachers and a report on “single bus runs.”  The interview was recorded following the January meeting of the Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education.
  • Interview with Randy Huyck – December 30, 2008 (9:07) – Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talks with Randy Huyck regarding Pub 21, the bar/restaurant he his wife, Jennifer, own and operate at 21 N. Main Street in downtown Three Rivers.  The Three Rivers natives opened the establishment on August 18, 2008 after purchasing the former Tap Room in December of 2007.  As you’ll learn in the course of the conversation, the Huycks have renovated the facility and are intent on providing the community a place to gather and have fun.
  • Interview with Matt Chambers – January 5, 2009 (8:53) – Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talks with Matt Chambers, President & CEO of Three Rivers Health, about work to finalize the 2009 budget.  The interview includes conversation about two millage levies that may be pursued as a way to generate additional revenue for Three Rivers Health.  The interview was recorded following a special Three Rivers Health Authority Board meeting.
  • Interview with Matt Chambers – December 22, 2008 (8:25) – Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talks with Matt Chambers, President & CEO of Three Rivers Health, regarding efforts to secure a new group to provide emergency room coverage at the Three Rivers Health Medical Center, a delay in implementation of the new Information System, and the challenging financial situation at Three Rivers Health.  The interview was recorded following the December meeting of the Three Rivers Health Authority Board.
  • Interview with Roger Rathburn – December 17, 2008 (7:28) – Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal talks with Roger Rathburn, superintendent of the Three Rivers Community Schools, regarding teacher contract negotiations on December 16th and the upcoming “fact finding” process aimed at reaching a settlement.
  • “A River Country Conversation” – December 15, 2008 (9:14) – Margaret Shultz, Community Resources Coordinator with the St. Joseph County Department of Human Services, talks with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal about efforts to brighten the holidays for area residents in need.  They also discuss the increased demand for food provided through eight food pantries in St. Joseph County.
  • Interview with Matt Chambers interview – November 20, 2008 (2:22) – Matt Chambers, President & CEO of Three Rivers Health, discusses insurance changes made to trim operating expenses at Three Rivers Health during an interview with Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal following the November meeting of the Three Rivers Health Authority Board.
  • Interview with Matt Chambers – October 30, 2008 (13:46) – Matt Chambers, President & CEO of Three Rivers Health, discusses “operational audit,” “budget assumptions” and other matters regarding Three Rivers Health during a River Country Journal interview with Bruce Snook following the October meeting of Three Rivers Health Authority Board.
  • A CANDIDates Conversation – October 18, 2008 (1:07:45) – Democrat Carol Higgins and Republican Matt Lori shared their views in a “meet the candidates forum” event sponsored by the River Country Journal at the Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers.  Bruce Snook, President of River Country Journal LLC, served as the moderator.