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Out and About: Cooking, Memorial Day, and love

Next Wednesday, May 29, Chef Brigitte Romanelli will offer a cooking class at the Immaculate Conception Church, 645 S. Douglas St., in Three Rivers. This “Cook for a Cause” will feature preparing Homemade Pasta and Meatballs. The cost is $55. per person and will begin promptly at 5 p.m.
It is advised to register early at, because the class size is limited and will fill up early.
Women voters age 50 and older are less than happy when it comes to the future of the United States and their own financial security. According to a recent survey of around 2000 older women voters, here are some key findings from the survey:

  • 70% of women age 50 plus, say the country is on the wrong track. 27% feel that America’s best days are ahead.
  • Concerning the biggest issues facing the country today, 38% say that it’s the Cost of Living; 32% say that it’s Immigration; and 20% feel it’s the threat to democracy.
    Memorial Day is Monday, May 27. Hice-Shutes American Legion Post #170, along with the Ben Shively VFW Post #3019, will host the annual Memorial Day parade here in Three Rivers. The parade will step off at 10 AM from the intersection of North Main and Kelsey Streets and will proceed south to Michigan Avenue, where it will turn east toward Riverside Cemetery. It will pause briefly at the Portage River Bridge for a brief ceremony before arriving at Riverside Cemetery. A reading of the names of those veterans who passed this past year will be read during the ceremony. Please remember that this is a quiet parade, so emergency equipment will not be sounding their sirens.
    More and more we hear that there needs to be more love in this world. I can’t disagree with that. What is love and what does love mean? This question was asked of a group of four- to eight-year-old children. The answers they received were broader, deeper, and more profound than anyone could have ever imagined. Here are some of the responses:
  • “Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your french fries without making them give you any of theirs.” -Chrissy, age 6.
  • “If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend you hate.” -Nikka, age 6.
  • “Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” -Noelle, age 7.
  • “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore, so my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” -Rebecca, age 8
  • “My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.” -Clare, age 6.
  • “You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” -Jessica, age 8.
    I’ll close the column this week with a thought of mine that I feel we should take seriously when it comes to election time for our friends in Congress. I think that Congressmen should wear uniforms similar to NASCAR drivers. That way we could identify their corporate sponsors.
    S H A L O M!
    Norm Stutesman lives in Three Rivers. He receives mail at P.O. Box 103 in Three Rivers.

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