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Perch Fishing Basics, and a Few Tips for 2014

July 24th, 2014

  The perch fishing on Lake Erie has started, but not into full swing just yet. If you haven’t organized your gear yet, or even if you are just starting out, here are some basics you will need, and a few tips to get more perch in your cooler. Maybe an idea or two for […]

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Flat Rock Farmers Market opens for 2014 season

July 23rd, 2014

This notice is in today’s edition of The Monroe News: FLAT ROCK, Mich. – An expanded list of specialty items will be offered when the Flat Rock Farmers Market returns Aug. 2 after a one-year lapse. The market will reopen in a parking lot at the corner of Arsenal and Gibraltar Rds. one block west […]

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Immigration Hysteria

July 23rd, 2014

Over the past two years, large numbers of unaccompanied mostly teenage boys from Central America entered the US illegally and immediately turned themselves over to authorities. The trip cost their families up to $10,000. Why? Poverty, violence, persecution, and exploitation in their native countries. 85% have family in the United States. A 2008 Bush child […]

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Calculating housing costs not that easy

July 22nd, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News The most critical piece of a family budget involves how affordable the housing expenses are to income. In addition to taking up a large slice of the budget pie, housing is a […]

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Matthaei Botanical Gardens blooming agave

July 22nd, 2014

A few days ago, I had a chance tosee the blooming agave plant atUniversity of Michigan’sMatthaei Botanical GardensDesert House — the one you’ve been hearing everyone talking about. When I first saw this plant over 30 years ago, it was already 50 years old. Through the years it didn’t appear to change much but of […]

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Justice for Nevaeh announces 2014 Back to School Bash

July 22nd, 2014

This post is for my readers in and near Monroe, Mich.: Justice for Nevaeh will host its Annual Back to School Bash from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 20 at Monroe Moose Family Center 884, 1320 N. Macomb St., Monroe, Mich. There will be free back-to-school supplies for the children; in addition to food, […]

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Hopes Closet announces Walk in My Shoes Back to School giveaway

July 22nd, 2014

This announcement is for my readers in and near Monroe, Mich.: Hope’s Closet, 6370 Jay Dr., Monroe, Mich., will host its Walk in My Shoes: Back-To-School clothing and school supply giveaway for families in need from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday Aug. 15 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Aug. 16. Hope’s […]

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Backyard Bucks

July 21st, 2014

It’s hard to believe that we are entering the last few days of July. It seems that summer just started, but August is just around the corner. September is just around the corner which brings Michigan’s bear season and the special deer hunts for youth and the disabled/veterans! Wow October bow season is right behind. […]

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Walleye are still Banging the Boards Back

July 21st, 2014

While the perch anglers are starting to congregate between Stoney Pointe and the River Raisin channel buoys, there are still lots of walleye in Michigan waters. Saturday marked the second weeks where it took three passes to get our two-man limit of walleye. Would have been just two passes, but for the first time all […]

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Watch for the Good and Cheap cookbook in September

July 20th, 2014

The Monroe News has an Associated Press feature about the “Good and Cheap” cookbook that is due out in hardback in September. After reading the story, I’ve decided to get a copy of the cookbook when it is issued. The goal is to use the food stamp budgets and create recipes that are delicious even […]

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Big Walleye Spinner Blades require a big CLEVIS

July 18th, 2014

So far this year I am shooting a solid 50% on new things to try for putting more walleye in the boat. Although my idea for using a keel weight to get my cranks down deeper with less line behind the planer boards wasn’t a big hit, I haven’t given up on the idea, it […]

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GODS NOT DEAD AT REDEEMER, SEPT. 6

July 18th, 2014

We’re showing the movie God’s Not Dead” at Redeemer Fellowship Church. 5305 Evergreen Monroe, MI 734-242-5277 When: Sat., Sept. 6, 6 PM. Cost: Free. I will lead a Q&A following the movie. We’ll serve refreshments afterwards. I’ve reviewed ithere. If … Continue reading

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Can you afford taking five years to earn a bachelor degree?

July 18th, 2014

By Paula Wethington Did it occur to you that a four-year college degree might take five or more years to complete? I’ve done the math to explain why a minimum class schedule that is considered full time for financial aid and scholarship status won’t be enough to graduate on time. It basically works like this: […]

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Le Petit Le Pew

July 17th, 2014

First the facts. Striped Skunks have an average litter of 6 young. The maximum number in this department is around ten but some have enough nipples to accommodate up to 14 in case of a fertility crisis. Even though the little ones skunklets we shall call them can spray some musk at 8 […]

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Bald Eagle Encounter

July 16th, 2014

Back when I was a kid there was a report of a pair of nesting eagles in Monroe County Michigan. Reporters found the huge nest high in the top of a tree not far from the Lake Erie shoreline, and took pictures to go along with the local newspaper story about our national symbol. Cars […]

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Sweet Summertime

July 16th, 2014

Oh Summer! I wasnt sure you would ever get here! My oldest didnt get out of school until June 24th. You read that right, the twenty-fourth! I was out only a few days before her. Needless to say, summer feels like it has just begun! I really hope getting out of school this late is […]

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What were grocery prices like in the 1940s?

July 16th, 2014

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget My grandmother got married during what was an incredibly difficult time to settle into a new household and start a family. Rationing of food in response to the wartime efforts started with sugar in early 1942. At the time, my grandmother was a senior in high school […]

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Take a peek at cooking history at Clabber Girl Museum

July 16th, 2014

By Paula Wethington My daughter currently lives near Indianapolis, and I recently spent a couple of days visiting her. A tourist stop I made on my own when I needed to fill time around my daughter’s schedule was to the Clabber Girl bake shop and museum in Terre Haute, Ind. The museum itself is free […]

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Dont go crazy with back-to-school shopping

July 16th, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment. One thing I never understood about back-to-school shopping involves the custom some parents follow of replacing a child’s entire wardrobe every summer. A new outfit for the “first day of school” pictures, school IDs or yearbook poses certainly […]

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IF YOU HAVE SIN IN YOUR LIFE DOES GOD STILL HEAR YOUR PRAYERS?

July 16th, 2014

Recently a friend called me because they are having trouble praying. Someone told them that if a person has sin in their life God does not hear you and therefore will not help you. Here is my response. First, let’s … Continue reading

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