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Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

Step back in time to midsummer in Paris, 1945. After five years of German occupation, the war in Europe had ended. Paris had been liberated the previous August.At first the city was full of joy again. Despite the Bavarian corporal’s orders,…

Four inducted into TRHS Athletics Hall of Fame

Four inducted into TRHS Athletics Hall of Fame

Robert TomlinsonFeb 17, 202411 min read

(From left to right) Kirk Mason, Michael Peterson, Amy Newell and Drew Shutes were inducted into the Three Rivers High School Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony held Friday, Feb. 9 at the high school gym. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT…

TR wrestling wins team regional championship for first time since 2001

TR wrestling wins team regional championship for first time since 2001

Robert TomlinsonFeb 17, 20242 min read

The Three Rivers wrestling team celebrates their first regional title since 2001 following their 59-13 win over Jackson Northwest in the Division 2 Regional Finals Wednesday. (Photo provided by TR Athletics) By Robert TomlinsonNews Director JACKSON — Three Rivers’ wrestling…

Injunction decision in Lowry lawsuit expected soon

Injunction decision in Lowry lawsuit expected soon

Robert TomlinsonFeb 17, 202411 min read

Vince Duckworth, the attorney for Tom Lowry, makes his case to Judge Paul Stutesman during a hearing on Lowry’s lawsuit in St. Joseph County 45th Circuit Court Thursday, Feb. 8.(COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON) Lockport Township lawyer Thomas Meagher states his…

Habitat for Humanity, CTE celebrate completion of new house

Habitat for Humanity, CTE celebrate completion of new house

Robert TomlinsonFeb 17, 20245 min read

(From left to right) Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County Director Nick Metzger, Amber Ellis, Three Rivers High School Principal Carrie Balk, and St. Joseph County CTE Director Jim Berry celebrate the completion of a new Habitat house on…

Three Rivers still testing above Action Level for lead in water

Three Rivers still testing above Action Level for lead in water

Robert TomlinsonFeb 17, 20245 min read

A file photo of the Three Rivers water tower. The City of Three Rivers announced Friday that they have exceeded the action level for lead in tap water for a second time in the last six months. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT…

NOTICE OF ELECTION – NEWBURG TOWNSHIP

Jordan WilcoxFeb 16, 20241 min read

NOTICE OF ELECTION  NEWBERG TOWNSHIP, CASS COUNTY, MICHIGAN February 27th, 2024   To the qualified electors of Newberg Township: Notice is hereby given that a Presidential Primary will be held in Newberg Township on Tuesday, February 27th 2024. The polls…

Mike’s Musings: Stop Electing Representative Who Have Spent Their Lives as Politicians

Mike’s Musings: Stop Electing Representative Who Have Spent Their Lives as Politicians

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20243 min read

I’ve written about this many times, but as we prepare to vote this year, I would ask you to be mindful of this- we keep electing leaders that have long past the age where we receive social security checks. Age…

Marcellus’ Jones-McNally reflects on national championship journey with Michigan football

Marcellus’ Jones-McNally reflects on national championship journey with Michigan football

Robert TomlinsonFeb 9, 20245 min read

Marcellus native and Michigan Wolverines walk-on kicker/punter Cordell Jones-McNally takes in the atmosphere following the Wolverines’ College Football Playoff National Championship game against the University of Washington Huskies at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX on January 8, 2024. (Photo by…

TR wrestling wins first team district championship since 2014

TR wrestling wins first team district championship since 2014

Robert TomlinsonFeb 9, 20244 min read

Three Rivers’ wrestling team celebrates its first Division 2 team district championship since 2014 Thursday, defeating Niles in the semifinals 78-3 and Sturgis in the finals 82-0. (COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON) By Robert TomlinsonNews Director THREE RIVERS — It’s been…

Boys’ Basketball Roundup TR loses two, but gets first conference win of year

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20249 min read

THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers’ boys’ basketball team finally got off the schnide in Wolverine Conference play, winning their first conference game of the year Monday against Plainwell 35-34.The win, however, was sandwiched between a couple of losses: a 44-26…

Obituary: Paula Marie Coomer

Obituary: Paula Marie Coomer

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20242 min read

Paula Marie Coomer, age 75 of Mendon died unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 28, 1949 the daughter of Gerald R. and Ellamaree (Maxim) Meyer. She attended Centreville Schols, where she…

Obituary: Christina Lynn Ruple

Obituary: Christina Lynn Ruple

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20241 min read

Christina Lynn Ruple, 47, of Sturgis, passed away on Feb. 2, at Borgess Hospital.Christing was born at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo MI on Nov. 19, 1976, to Debra (Staffer) and Martin Ruple. She had 1 brother, Corey Ruple. She…

Obituary: Oscar Dean Luther

Obituary: Oscar Dean Luther

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20243 min read

Oscar Dean Luther, age 100, of Newburgh, IN, passed away Monday, February 5, 2024, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital.Oscar was born October 10, 1923, in Johnstown, PA, to John D. and Nellie A. (Mader) Luther. He graduated from Three Rivers High…

“Out and About” Household hints, Ice Breaker, and some quotes

“Out and About” Household hints, Ice Breaker, and some quotes

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20243 min read

“I believe in America because we have great dreams and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” -Wendell L. WilkieIn past columns, I’ve mentioned a few household hints. I even listed other uses for coffee filters…

The Cycles of Earth

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20244 min read

by Larry-Michael and Becky Lynn Hackenberg A Weekly Almanac GuidePlan, Do, Finish, Rest.Living in HarmonyWith EarthWeekend ofFebruary 10-11, 2024 Earth-Sun-Moon NotesIn A Nutshell…The New/Resting Moon on Friday, February 9 at 5:59 p.m. EST, gives us cosmic permission to rest. The…

Homeless encampment near Walmart forced to clear out

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20246 min read

By Robert TomlinsonNews Director [UPDATED 9:40 A.M. SATURDAY, FEB. 10] THREE RIVERS — A homeless encampment that has been in place near the Walmart store in Three Rivers were forced to begin the process of clearing out Tuesday. According to…

Constantine man killed in crash on U.S. 131

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20241 min read

THREE RIVERS — A 66-year-old man from Constantine was killed Friday in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 131 near M-60.According to Michigan State Police, the incident occurred late Friday morning when the southbound Ford Escape driven by the man reportedly…

Sturgis Township to install solar panels at hall

Sturgis Township to install solar panels at hall

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20243 min read

At left: Rob Stahl, right, a trustee for Sturgis Township Board, presents points in support of installing solar panels at the hall, as supervisor Von Metzger and clerk Mark Bowen listen. Above: Photo of township hall. Photos By Dennis Volkert By…

Down Memory Lane to theLaura Lewis Hat Shop

Down Memory Lane to theLaura Lewis Hat Shop

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20244 min read

By Rosalie Currier History is more fun for some of us when it’s tied to nostalgia.That seems to be true for those who remember Laura Lewis Hat Shop. From 1924-1974, it was a significant retailer in downtown Sturgis. Fifty years is a…