The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation into Brittany Shank’s disappearance remains open, as they continue to follow up on tips and leads. Meanwhile, the community is doing its part to raise awareness with a “Light Up the Night” event this evening at 6 p.m. (Free Church Park, 203 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis).
Watershed Voice’s resident movie critic Matt Erspamer provides films to stream this week including a thrilling Richard Gere double feature, Clint Eastwood stumbling on political intrigue, & more.
In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the need to make outdoor recreation more accessible, said Mike Passo, executive director of American Trails, which supports the development of trails and greenways. Passo said other states including California, Michigan, Vermont and Wisconsin also have made significant strides.
We believe in the generosity and kindness of this community, and we’re hoping you’ll join in with a contribution this #GivingTuesday or what we prefer to call #GivingNewsDay.
“This calamitous ruling is a devastating blow to voters’ rights,” Jamie Lyons-Eddy, executive director of Voters Not Politicians, said. “The decision fundamentally inhibits the ability of voters in this country to advocate for their own constitutional rights. In our country, political power belongs to the people, and it is not the place for ideological judges to decide that the people have no right to advocate for their right to vote and freely elect their preferred representatives. If you are not alarmed by the pattern of extremist judges tearing down voter protections in America, you’re not paying attention.”
Downtown Three Rivers was full of holiday spirit this weekend with its annual Christmas Around Town event. If you missed out on the festivities or simply want to relieve some Three Rivers holiday magic, check out our photo gallery.
Glen Oaks Community College is inviting members of the community to participate in one of three open forums on Tuesday, December 12, to assist in the development of a presidential profile as part the process to select the college’s ninth president
Keep Your Voice Down Presents: This interview with Matt Erspamer, a journalist, copy writer, and film and television critic, who also happens to have went to Central Michigan University with hosts Alek Haak-Frost and Doug Sears, Jr. The three CMU journalism school alums discuss a new partnership between Matt and Watershed Voice, the pros and cons of streaming services acting as movie studios, the origin of Matt’s passion for cinema, and why only one of them is currently practicing journalism.
At a standing-room only meeting on Tuesday night, the Three Rivers City Commission heard comments from numerous citizens on the quality and cost of the city’s water supply. Deputy Police Chief Sam Smallcombe was also acknowledged for a recent promotion and 21 years of service to Three Rivers.
The Three Rivers City Commission will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at Three Rivers City Hall (333 W. Michigan Ave.) with a full agenda on tap, and a citizen rally concerning the cost and quality of the city’s water expected.
In this editorial, Michigan Advance’s Julie Cassidy argues, “Homelessness isn’t a natural phenomenon; it’s a policy choice. And that means we can choose to end it.”
Glen Oaks President David Devier laments about the loss of “shop” classes in Michigan middle and high schools. He argues the only way to “undo these detrimental decisions in local school districts is to enact new curricula that bring back hands-on experiences.”
More ticks. More mosquitos. Less snowmobiling and ice fishing.
Those are just a few of the climate impacts facing Midwestern states in the coming decades, according to the just-released Fifth National Climate Assessment.
As we end this year, and embark upon a new one, we’re asking for your help to ensure that Watershed Voice has the funding it needs to not only exist another year but for years to come.
In this week’s column, Watershed Voice’s Charles Thomas writes, “[…] the benefits of asking better questions are immense. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that changing the questions you ask yourself in times of struggle can alter the trajectory of your life, and over the long term be life changing. Better questions can also lead you away from narrow-mindedly blaming yourself whenever something bad happens in your life.”
Idris Espada, a tenet advocate from Holyoke, Massachusetts, said she lives in a low income housing complex.
“Every month I make decisions between paying for groceries, my phone, my light bills,” Espada said. “I am struggling. It is very painful.”
In a 6-3 vote at a special meeting Monday, the commission appointed Frank Perez as mayor for the next year. Incumbent mayor Jeff Mullins, who served for two years, received three votes after nominations closed.
The Sturgis Downtown Development Authority is putting on an event sure to please local chocolate lovers with “Chocolate in the city” on Friday, November 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m