The Sturgis City Commission will hold a second reading for the Extreme Weather Center (EWC) on Wednesday evening during a regularly scheduled meeting. For eight months a local Sturgis group has worked to organize and assemble a location for individuals in need during extreme temperatures, and have faced challenges with zoning, building, and fire codes. 

Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network (BHN) in Cassopolis will be hosting a Recovery Celebration and Suicide Prevention Awareness family day on Saturday, September 9. The event will recognize and honor those who have overcome personal challenges by celebrating with family-friendly activities such as face painting, food trucks, raffle prizes, and a petting zoo.

Much like a bar is an alcohol-consumption lounge where alcoholic drinks are consumed in a public space, marijuana consumption lounges are now popping up across the country with two establishments now open in Michigan. These lounges are designed to be a licensed and safe space for a group of people to consume marijuana, but aren’t without complications and challenges for the communities in which these establishments exist. We take a closer look as Three Rivers considers amending its marijuana ordinance to include such an establishment.

The 12th annual Walk a Mile in Their Shoes event hosted by Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services (DASAS) will take place this Saturday, August 19, at 11 a.m. in Lafayette Park (400 N. Main St.) in Three Rivers. The event strives to raise awareness and funds for survivors of abuse in Southwest Michigan and will feature a one-mile walk, food trucks, and a DJ. 

Michigan-based organization Disruptive Disciples Blacksmithing has traveled the state — including multiple stops in Three Rivers — to conduct demonstrations of how to transform disabled gun barrels into fully functional gardening tools. Blacksmith and Pastor Corey Simon, who also happens to be a gun owner and hunter, leads these demonstrations not to support efforts to take people’s guns or rights away, but rather to offer a space to imagine a world with less violence, and to mourn with those who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

The Huss Project (1008 8th St.) will be hosting their annual Back-to-School Celebration and community carnival on Saturday, August 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include vendors from local community organizations, a musical storybook from The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (KSO), as well as free backpacks filled with school supplies for any school-aged child in need. 

Discussions continued Tuesday about the Constantine Street sewer force main break which dumped 500,000 gallons of untreated wastewater near the St. Joseph River on July 7. Three Rivers City Commissioners heard comments from a citizen directly affected by the break, City Manager Joe Bippus, and Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Taylor Davis during its regularly scheduled meeting.