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Out and About: Riding bikes, toothbrushes, and phone scammers

Success is a journey, not a destination.” –Arthur Ashe

A few rules to remember, when out riding bicycles:

  • Bikes are not permitted on the sidewalk in the downtown business district. If you must use the sidewalk, walk your bicycle.
  • Bicyclists are bound by the same rules as motor vehicles. This means that you must stop at all intersections where stop signs are installed. The same goes for traffic lights.

The St. Joseph County Conservation & Sportsman Club, located at 23640 Featherstone Road, Sturgis, has activities available for every member of the family. Here are some of the Educational Activities:

  • Hunter Safety Education: These classes are conducted FREE OF CHARGE. Classes are open to youth. Adults are also taking these classes. Call 269-625-3749 for information. Sign up at MI DNR website.
  • 4-H Shooting Sports: For youth ages 8-19. The club offers activities from Archery, BB Gun, Air Rifle, 22 Rifle and the Shotgun Sports. Call 269-279-2127 for information.
  • Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP): For youth in grades 5-12, the SCTP team offers shotgun competition in trap, skeet and sporting-clays. Call 269-483-6803.
  • Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP): For youth in middle and high school, the SASP team offers competition in pistol and rifle. Call 269-251-8126.
  • High School Clay Target Leagues: Sanctioned high school trap programs shoot at the club. For more information, contact your school.

The club totals 182 acres and offers a wide range of amenities. There are ten ranges for a variety of shooting opportunities. Check this column for more information. You may visit the club’s website at:

I visit my dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. At the end of my visit, I am presented with a new toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss. This is great, except now I’m stuck with the problem of what to do with my old toothbrush. If you are faced with the same problem, here are some uses for that used toothbrush:

  • Clean your computer keyboard. The toothbrush can reach into all the nooks and crannies, ensuring that the entire keyboard is clean. Also, the bristles will help to loosen any dirt or debris that is in between the keys. Make sure to use a gentle touch so that you don’t damage the keyboard. Also, don’t use toothpaste.
  • Clean your fingernails. Soak your toothbrush in soapy water, and then scrub your nails clean. The toothbrush can also be used to remove the polish from your nails. Make sure to use a non-toxic polish remover.

Are you tired of having scammers calling you? Here’s a good way to get rid of some of them. Open your iPhone’s contact list and add your family, friends, doctors and other important numbers. Then go into your phone settings and turn on the setting for “silence unknown callers.” This should send any caller who isn’t in your contacts list directly to voicemail.

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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