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Paw paw tree from seed

December 17th, 2014

I’ve heard experts, farmers and others say for decades that paw paw is on the verge of becoming the next “in vogue” fruit. They may be finallyright. Since current paw paw varieties are so difficult to handle and are impossible to ship because of the soft fruit, only local paw paws are ever available.That makes […]

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Cozy Corner announces free Christmas dinner schedule

December 17th, 2014

For the second year in a row, Cozy Corner restaurant in Monroe, Mich., will serve free hot meals to the homeless and needy persons, starting at 11 a.m., Saturday Dec. 20 through Tuesday Dec. 23, at the eatery, 2020 S. Custer Rd. The dinners are a new Christmas tradition prepared by the Steve, Sue and […]

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Christmas toy giveaway at House of Restoration

December 16th, 2014

The House of Restoration, 832 S. Roessler St., Monroe, Mich., will host a Christmas toy giveaway from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 21. All those who wish to receive toys must be registered by 5:30 p.m. This free event is for anyone in the Monroe area who is in need of Christmas gifts for […]

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How to get replacement ID papers

December 16th, 2014

This is the Monroe on a Budget column for the Monroe News for today Dec. 16. Related article from my archives: Get your documents ready for holiday assistance. By Paula Wethington / Monroe News and Monroe on a Budget Shortly after signups began for Christmas charity assistance in Monroe County, I started noticing panicky messages […]

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How to boost your Twitter followers in 10 minutes a day

December 15th, 2014

By Paula Wethington / Monroe News and Monroe on a Budget Would you like to double the number of followers on your Twitter account? I did nearly that during 2014 on one of the accounts I manage, and did so without paying for followers. While the focus of this blog is personal finance, Twitter expertise […]

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Early Ice is Not Lice

December 14th, 2014

The best time to write about ice is early in the winter season when it is still a novelty. It loses much of its magic fairydust quality by mid-season and becomes downright evil by the time January is laid to rest. In short, ice rhymes with nice in December and with lice in February. Ice […]

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REDEEMER BASKETBALL LEAGUE COMING THIS WINTER Registration Information

December 12th, 2014

REDEEMER BASKETBALL LEAGUE COMING THIS WINTER: Registration is TOMORROW, Dec 13th, NOON – 5 PM. The league will start on Saturday, January 10th. The league will be open to children from 5th through 12th grades. We will play 10 weeks, … Continue reading

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DECONSTRUCTING THE HOLIDAYS TO UNCOVER THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS

December 12th, 2014

“Black Friday” and “Cyber-Monday” are over. the Thanksgiving days of feasting are now days of healthy, moderate eating. I’m about to sit down for a bowl of cereal with bananas. I turn on the TV. “Holiday” stuff is on. So … Continue reading

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Michigan Insurance Marketplace taking open enrollment until Feb. 15

December 11th, 2014

The following article is on page 3A of today’s edition of The Monroe News: Michigan residents who want to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act still have time. Michigans Insurance Marketplace opened Nov. 15 and continues to Feb. 15 under the open enrollment period. The marketplace offers eligible residents the ability […]

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Can you pay off the holiday bills by March?

December 11th, 2014

One of the most realistic Q&A lists I’ve seen about holiday spending and bills has been posted by National Foundation for Credit Counseling. It doesn’t assume you’re going to spend nothing at Christmas, but it also does not give you permission to spend carelessly. Take a look at this snippet: If I charge purchases, I […]

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WICs potato purchase rules expected to change soon

December 11th, 2014

Congress is expected to approve a proposed change in the Women Infant Children produce list that allows white potatoes as an eligible purchase. The context is that sweet potatoes and red potatoes have been acceptable purchases on the WIC program for about five years, but there’s been some debate as to whether white potatoes should […]

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Jill Cataldo says she saves more money with coupons than warehouse clubs

December 10th, 2014

Have you heard of coupon expert Jill Cataldo? She reports on the couponing industry from a consumer’s perspective, but also teaches a specific coupon method that works in many major metro areas. Her Super Couponing column runs in some newspapers across the country, and you can learn about her and her couponing style at jillcataldo.com. […]

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How can you set up a homestead lifestyle when you are broke?

December 10th, 2014

One of the best posts I’ve read in a long time about frugal living is on New Life on a Homestead is this: How can you homestead when you are flat broke? Even if you are not inclined to a “live off the land” / self-sufficient lifestyle, you need to read that commentary. Kendra is […]

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Monroe County Mobile Food Pantry to take place Dec. 19 in Monroe

December 10th, 2014

Volunteers from UAW-Ford National Program Center will distribute holiday meal boxes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday Dec. 19 in Monroe, Mich. This is both part of the Monroe County Mobile Food Pantry campaign, and a national effort by UAW-Ford to ditribute 17,000 boxes of food in 27 communities across the country. The first […]

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Home Sweet Maple

December 07th, 2014

Ive addressed the personal life of my backyard maple tree several times over the years. The Red Maple stands within clear view from the house and is situated directly opposite the back door. Sadly, the tree is slowly dying from within. It is riddled with cavities and rains down dead branches with every passing wind […]

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The New Party of NO

December 02nd, 2014

“We need to quit, you know, kind of rattling the economy with things that are perceived by the voters as disturbing,” Mitch McConnell A funny thing just happened. After six years of obstruction, the Republican Party is finally in the position where they can be blamed for their own misconduct. The result is that they […]

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Redeemer Basketball League Winter 2015

December 01st, 2014

REDEEMER BASKETBALL LEAGUE COMING THIS WINTER: Registration on Dec 13th. The league will start on Saturday, January 10th. The league will be open to children from 5th through 12th grades. Redeemer Fellowship Church 5305 Evergreen, Monroe, MI 48161 For information … Continue reading

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Out of the Ends of Turkeys

November 30th, 2014

I spotted a group of Wild Turkeys sneaking about the back woods of a Grand Rapids condo complex on Thanksgiving Day. Although they are totally unaware of the significance of the day and its deadly consequences, they somehow looked more worried than usual. That, of course, is purely a figment of human imagination. As a […]

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Riding the Ted Cruz Crazy Train

November 28th, 2014

I heard Ted Cruz on NPR the other evening talking about Net Neutrality. He had a wonderland approach to the issue that made my head spin. I thought it would be fun to review his positions on a number of other issues. First, we should state for the record that Ted Cruz is running for […]

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Belly-buttoned Snappers

November 23rd, 2014

One of the un-expected sights of late fall, framed within the background of burnt umber oak leaves and the lemon yellow Tamaracks of Northern Michigan, are baby snapping turtles. Such a thing really shouldnt be unexpected, however. It is true that most baby snappers emerge in late summer and early fall, but a substantial number […]

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