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Root Cause Ferguson Riots

August 28th, 2014

The death in Ferguson of an unarmed teenager and subsequent unrest raise a couple of basic questions. The first is obvious. There is no question that a police officer shot an unarmed citizen multiple times. The teenager died from his wounds. What happened in the moments leading up to gunshots being fired are still in […]

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Heirloom fruit tree 14 year odyssey

August 28th, 2014

Fourteen years ago I planted a ‘Lord’s Seedling’ apple tree, an heirloom variety. It transplanted well and made really great growth the first three years. Then during the winter of the fourth year, disaster struck. Under the snow, near the base of the tree,mice chewed the bark all of the way around the trunk, girdling […]

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MCOP announces September emergency grocery distributions

August 28th, 2014

Monroe County (MI) low-income residents can take advantage of the Emergency Food Assistance Program quarterly food distribution, starting Monday. This program is run by Monroe County Opportunity Program, and food packages are available to the first 1,000 eligible households. The foods that will be available include apple juice, applesauce, cherry-apple juice, canned chicken, corn, diced […]

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PRAYER & WORSHIP NIGHT FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

August 28th, 2014

PRAYER & WORSHIP NIGHT FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH Thursday, Aug. 28 7 PM Redeemer Church – Monroe, MI 5305 Evergreen Led by our church’s youth Anyone is invited to come  

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Government food distribution Sept. 17 in Temperance

August 27th, 2014

The Bedford Goodfellows will host a government food distribution site for Bedford Township residents from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Sept. 17 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 8330 Lewis Ave., Temperance, Mich. Those picking up food at this distribution must be a resident of Bedford, have a current utility bill, photo ID and […]

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Read this one sneaky trick for school spirit attire on a budget

August 26th, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget What’s the fastest way to build a collection of football team or school spirit attire? It’s with solid color shirts that fit the color scheme you want to portray. I’ve […]

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Second Nature: Waspy Moths

August 25th, 2014

Second nature: natural observations made with little effort and requiring little explanation. While nature appreciation should be second nature in the true definition of the term, it can also consist of observations made within a short period time. Ideally nature study should not be constrained by time but the real world demands otherwise (assuming you […]

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Where does your food come from? Discussion for 2015 Community Read

August 24th, 2014

The 2015 Community Read selection for Monroe County MI will be The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebees, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by New York Times journalist Tracie McMillan. Read more at Monroe News.com and watch The Monroe News and Monroe on a Budget for followup pieces leading up to, and […]

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Many Miles=Many Memories

August 23rd, 2014

In the past month we traveled over 1,700 miles.From Michigan to Vermontand back. In a truck. With three kids. Let that sink in for awhile. My pre-vacation worries of crying and whining were unfounded as our kids are turning out to be pretty great travelers. We visited Joe’s grandma and his aunts, uncles, cousins and […]

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PRAYER IS THE GLUE THAT ENABLES OUR FREEDOM

August 23rd, 2014

I hear of so much violence through the media that my heart easily becomes desensitized to it. But not this week. I can barely hear of what happened to James Foley. My heart aches and longs as I see his … Continue reading

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Meijer shopping cart review Aug. 22

August 22nd, 2014

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget I don’t pay much attention to what other shoppers put in their grocery carts, but I admit that I did a double take today at Meijer, and for a reason you might not expect. I heard the clerk ask the shopper ahead of me if she had […]

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Mobile Food Pantry Aug. 23 in Petersburg

August 22nd, 2014

Monroe County Opportunity Program will host a Mobile Food Pantry from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Aug. 23 at New Life Church, 6023 Summerfield Rd., Petersburg, Mich. One free food package will be given to the first 250 households attending. There is no need to register in advance. A photo ID that proves Monroe County […]

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Free Medical Screening Camp Aug. 23 in Monroe

August 21st, 2014

The 5th Annual Free Medical Screening Camp will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday Aug. 23 at Salvation Army, 815 E. First St., Monroe MI. More than 20 local physicians will offer free services to non-insured and under-insured residents of Monroe County. Some of the free services will include: Glucose and cholesterol […]

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Monroe County Preparedness Expo Sept. 13 at Mall of Monroe

August 20th, 2014

An Emergency Preparedness Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 13 at Mall of Monroe, 2121 N. Monroe St., Monroe, Mich. This is a free, family-friendly event. The exhibits and displays both inside the mall and outside include fire trucks, police vehicles and emergency medical vehicles; learning how to prepare […]

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Seniors ROCK! resource fair Sept. 13 in Trenton

August 20th, 2014

The second annual Seniors ROCK! community resource fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 13 at Southpoint Community Christian Church, 5699 Fort St., Trenton, Mich. This event is hosted by the congregation for those age 50 and older in the Downriver area. Resources include free flu shots, free medical testing, […]

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How to keep high school senior portraits from blowing your budget

August 19th, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News When I sat for my high school senior picture nearly 30 years ago, I had one image in mind: A formal picture taken in a studio. I wore my dressiest blouse and […]

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Honeydew List

August 17th, 2014

Im pretty sure that women dont like the phrase honey-do list. It universally implies a litany of bothersome husband oriented tasks, assigned by an overbearing wife, nearly always involving tools, sweat, and easy weekend projects such as replacing a patio and building a new one. I am not here to argue the merits of this […]

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We believe in Science

August 16th, 2014

“We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.” Elizabeth Warren This was part of a longer list of progressive values that Elizabeth Warren listed in a July speech to Netroots Nation. I agree with her list, but I thought it interesting to dig into why progressives believe […]

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Time to let heirloom beans mature into seeds

August 14th, 2014

Earlier in the season I mentioned that we were growing a few heirloom bean varieties. The results are in. It turns out that the differences between varieties were pretty dramatic. ‘Chabarowsky’ beans out-performed all the rest of the varieties by a wide margin. The seeds germinated and grew vigorously in the dry sandy soil in […]

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Fuzzy-headed Youth

August 09th, 2014

Epidomax flycatchers, fall warblers, and immature birds are the bane of any birders existence. Lack of distinctive markings or Jekyll and Hyde seasonal plumage traits are enough to drive one into madness. Yet, because birders already live on the fringe of madness they accept, and even thrive upon, such challenges. Splitting feathers is both an […]

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