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The financial and logistical challenges of life without a car

September 30th, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesday in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: Have you ever thought about how stressful your life would be without a car? Whether the situation is related to lack of a license, inability to pay for repairs, or a lifestyle decision, none of the alternatives come […]

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A Large Coffee with Two Earth Stars, Please Amendum

September 30th, 2014

Blogs, like fungi, pop up out of nowhere and grow old quickly they soon rot away into obscurity. Because of this I feel the need to add something to my most recent offering before it too dissolves. You will recall that I was addressing the bark bed outside the local Tim Hortons Coffee shop […]

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A Nice Modification to your Fish Trap!

September 29th, 2014

Last year Clam Outdoors introduced a great feature to their flip-over style Fish Trap ice shanties, a layer of grey inside their tubs. What this did was make anything that might fall into the sled while fishing easier to locate … Continue reading

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Food pantries are posting their fall inventory requests

September 28th, 2014

The busiest food pantry donation drive seasons are in November / December to coincide with the holiday season; and in May to coincide with the start of summer. But if you have items in your pantry or stockpile that can be shifted around and sent to a donation basket as you change over your family’s […]

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Monarch butterflies with wing tags

September 25th, 2014

Monarch butterflies are on the move heading south on their annual migration. Look closely next time you spot a Monarch and you might see a flash of white against the orange and black pattern of their wings, it very well could be a marked butterfly. We spotted one last week near Ann Arbor. It was […]

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Good Morning from Minnesota!

September 25th, 2014

Ice fishing is literally around the corner, from where I am sitting this morning that is. Here in Rogers, MN, you will find the new home of Clam Outdoors, which was actually built last year. Not familiar with the name, … Continue reading

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A Large Coffee with Two Earthstars, Please

September 24th, 2014

I am fascinated by the fungi selection at the local Timmy Hos (thats familiar-speak for the Tim Hortons/ Coldstone Creamery coffee shop). Im fairly sure this is not something the proprietors deliberately market, but in my mind it ranks right up there with their Cinnamon Rolls and Coffee. For some strange reason they are not […]

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Senior Expo to be held Oct. 4 in Monroe

September 24th, 2014

The Fourth Annual Senior Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Oct. 4 at Mall of Monroe, 2121 N. Monroe St., Monroe, Mich. This event includes a variety of exhibitors on services and resources of interest to older adults, along with raffles and prizes. There will also be free T-shirts. This […]

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Plan ahead for a spooky but frugal Halloween costume

September 23rd, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News Halloween costumes used to be worn just for trick-or-treat activities on Oct. 31, or perhaps to a party with friends, co-workers or classmates in the week leading up to that date. But […]

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United Way of Monroe County announces fall 2014 Health Check clinics

September 23rd, 2014

This post is for my readers in Monroe County, Mich.: The fall 2014 United Way of Monroe County Health Check clinics will be held at the following dates and times: Oct. 23: 8 a.m.-noon, Redeemer Fellowship Church, 5305 Evergreen Dr., Monroe. Nov. 6: 8 a.m.-noon. Carleton United Methodist Church, 11435 Grafton Rd., Carleton. There is […]

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Chronicling Life: Saturday morning

September 20th, 2014

Come birthdays, Christmas, dance recitals, weddings or any other special event, I am behind the camera capturing memories. But what about the ordinary days of our lives? The messy hair, dirt under the fingernails, ordinary kind of day? I’m trying toget better about capturing our everyday life. My youngest brother has always been awesome about […]

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Senior Health Fair Oct. 7 in Milan

September 18th, 2014

Milan Seniors for Healthy Living will host a Senior Health Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 7 at Milan Senior Community Activity Center, 45 Neckel Ct., Milan, Mich. There will be a variety of free and low-cost health services such as flu shots, memory screening, document shredding services, blood pressure checks and ID […]

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Mobile Food Pantry Sept. 27 in Carleton

September 18th, 2014

A Monroe County Mobile Food Pantry will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Sept. 27 behind Busch’s Fresh Food Market, 12599 Grafton Rd., Carleton, Mich. One free food package will be provided to the first 175 households. There is no need to register for this event, but those attending must provide an ID […]

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Mobile food pantry Sept. 20 in Lambertville

September 18th, 2014

A Monroe County mobile food pantry will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Sept. 20 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2843 W. Sterns Rd., Lambertville, Mich. One free food package will be given to the first 250 households. There is no need to register in advance, but those attending must show an […]

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About 20 percent Michigan food stamp families will have benefits cut, and heres why

September 18th, 2014

Have you heard about the budget cuts that will affect about 20 percent of Michigan families receiving food stamps? Here’s a snippet from the Associated Press story at MonroeNews.com: A farm bill signed by President Barack Obama in February attempted to save money by scaling back what lawmakers called a loophole in the food stamp […]

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Paula from Monroe on a Budget speaking Oct. 13 in Ypsilanti

September 17th, 2014

I’ve had some queries as to when my next grocery shopping class will take place. Here’s the information: 7 p.m. Monday Oct. 13 in Ypsilanti. Here’s the flier, and yes, this is a free event.

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10 Warning Signs That You Are Doing Well

September 16th, 2014

10. You are using the word “No” when pressured to say yes. 9. You are speaking soft words instead of harsh words that come to mind. 8. You are following Jesus into situations where there is personal risk. 7. You … Continue reading

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Second Nature: Un-caterpillars

September 15th, 2014

Second nature: something that should be natural and easy to do such as a short piece on a small subject based upon a few moments of nature observation. Get it? Second, as in part of a minute, andnever mind. You may recall my blog from a couple of installments ago in which I told the […]

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MY PRAYER COURSE SYLLABUS (FIRST CLASS THIS SUNDAY, 6 PM)

September 13th, 2014

COURSE NAME: PRAYER Fall 2014 Redeemer Fellowship Church 5305 Evergreen, Monroe, MI 734-242-5277 Instructor: John Piippo Contact information:johnpiippo@msn.com; Website: johnpiippo.com Course dates: Sunday nights Sept. 14 through Nov. 30. No class September 21. Course times: Sundays, 6-8 PM COURSE DESCRIPTION … Continue reading

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Fix the Roads

September 12th, 2014

The elder Mayor Daleys political credo was that as long as you picked up the garbage, plowed the snow, and fixed the roads, Chicago voters wouldnt care what other political shenanigans went on. He was a practical politician in a city that famously worked. The same cant be said for the current state of Michigan. […]

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