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House of Restoration to host free Thanksgiving Dinner

November 23rd, 2014

The House of Restoration, 832 S. Roessler St., Monroe, Mich., will host a free Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 5 p.m. Thursday Nov. 27. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome. For information, call Pastor Mike at (734) 625-1993.

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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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Little Brother Does It Again!

November 22nd, 2014

A couple evenings ago I got a call from my little brother Darryl. He’s the one that so far has spent 55 days in the field chasing whitetails. He’s passed on several bucks, as he shoots nothing but big mature deer. When I get a phone call from him I know he’s put one down! […]

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Michigans Backwater Perch Season

November 21st, 2014

As temperatures drop, ice fisherman across the country are gearing up to get on the ice. They know some of the best fishing takes place during the first part of the season. Here on the Southeast side of Michigan’s lower … Continue reading

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Big Buck Great Story

November 20th, 2014

The next few paragraphs are written by my Nephew Brock Ansel. He shot a beautiful 9 pointer on opening day and has quite a story to tell. Here it is in his own words. I’m posting a picture of Brock with his buck, and one with him and his son Owen at the Jerome game […]

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Vexilar Flashers and the Transducer of Your Choice

November 19th, 2014

Vexilar has so many great products to choose from, and there is some exciting new news this year when it comes to the camera systems, but for today it is all about the flashers. Since my first days of fishing … Continue reading

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Cozy Corners free Thanksgiving Dinner is Nov. 25

November 18th, 2014

Cozy Corner, 2020 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, Mich., will host a Thanksgiving dinner for homeless and needy starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 25. This is the 36th annual dinner, and is organized by the Steve, Sue and Peter Stylianou family in memory of Sue’s son, Michael Asley. More than 600 people attend every year, […]

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Can you make Christmas cookies without busting the grocery budget?

November 18th, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News If your grocery budget is tight, you might be about to panic over the cost of ingredients needed to make Christmas cookies, candies and cakes. Some of the ingredients I noticed when […]

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Successful Deer Reports Slowly Coming In!

November 18th, 2014

Well so much for the forecast of a warmer and, less snowy Winter! My brother came back from the Upper Peninsula and said it was the worst year they had ever had. Deep snow prevented the 4-wheelers from getting around. and the deer were either “hunkered” down, or just weren’t there! Their group of 4 […]

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Free Thanksgiving Eve Dinner Nov. 26 in Monroe MI

November 17th, 2014

The Monroe International Association of Fire Fighters Local 326 will serve its Annual Thanksgiving Eve Dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 26 at St. Joseph Catholic Church hall, 937 E. Third St., Monroe, Mich. Last year, more than 750 meals were served and organizers expect the need has increased this year. Santa will […]

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10 Budget-friendly Recipes for Christmas Cookies and Treats

November 16th, 2014

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget If your family’s grocery budget is tight, the holiday season adds even more stress. There are certain to be bake sale donation requests, classroom or office party invitations, or just a desire to make Christmas treats with the kids like many families do this time of year. […]

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Doe Permits And Winter Die Off Drastically Effect Northern Deer Numbers

November 16th, 2014

It seems that the price hike in Michigan hunting licenses has severely effected license sales. Many Michigan hunters have balked at spending the extra money and it shows in total licenses sold. So far sales are around 1.2 million which is down from the last several years. Also “out of state” sales is lagging behind […]

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One Pic Post: Stiff Upper Lip

November 15th, 2014

A few weeks ago I spotted a minor buck a meager example of a four pointer (actually a three and a half pointer) approach a small herd of does in a field south of West Branch, MI. The sun was setting and the fellow obviously had high hopes for a wild party night. […]

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Kitchen economics: Converting grocery packages to recipe quantities

November 14th, 2014

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget Are you perplexed on calculating the quantities of pantry ingredients you need to purchase for recipes you plan to make during the holiday dinner and baking season? Here’s a handy chart that I created after wondering just that detail myself. This chart was calculated with the package […]

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Is homemade applesauce worth the effort?

November 14th, 2014

I’ve been doing a lot of baking and home cooking this week, mostly because I had the time to do that with a couple of personal days off work. One of the dishes I made was homemade applesauce. I wasn’t planning to make applesauce, but I realized that a 5 pound bag of apples was […]

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Organizing Your Ice Fishing Walleye Baits

November 13th, 2014

  I had a high number of clicks this morning on this article and thought it would be good to bring it back up for reading. Lots of new readers, lots of fresh perspectives out there. The interest probably resulted … Continue reading

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Michigans Deer Season 2014

November 12th, 2014

It’s just 2-1/2 days away and I can’t wait. I’m heading north in just about an hour, as I’m trying to miss the mess at the Zilwaukee bridge. Northbound traffic is down to one lane and diverted through Saginaw. There will be all kinds of problems in that area Friday. Sounds like we will have […]

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Did baby boomers ruin parenting for budget-strapped families?

November 12th, 2014

This article is a heck of a read, not just for the parenting angles, but also for those who interested in issues affecting middle class / poverty / financially strapped families. How baby boomers ruined parenting forever at Quartz. A snippet: In America, todays parents have inherited expectations they can no longer afford.The vigilant standards […]

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Greg Baldwins Lamprey Study

November 11th, 2014

I have always had an aversion forlamprey’s, ever since I saw one clinging to a steelhead’s side! They are a slimy blood sucking parasite as far as I’m concerned. They kill trout and salmon and any other fish that they can attach their round prehistoric looking mouth to. I happen to have a friend […]

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Bedford Goodfellows announce Christmas food basket 2014 project

November 11th, 2014

This post is for residents of Temperance and Lambertville, Mich.: The Bedford Goodfellows will take applications from Nov. 24-Dec. 12 for its Thanksgiving Food Basket program. This assistance is limited to Bedford Township residents. Applications must be filled out Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m.; or Fridays from […]

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