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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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Create your grocery list by the month, not the week

September 16th, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News Does your grocery shopping strategy revolve around an “as needed” weekly grocery list, purchasing only the items and quantity that are needed immediately? It may have been a habit you fell into […]

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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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Medicare and You series starts in Monroe

September 15th, 2014

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B and Dorsch Memorial Branch Library have teamed up to provide a Medicare and You informational series at the library, 18 E. First St., Monroe, Mich. “Are you new to Medicare or care giving for someone on Medicare? Do you have Medicare questions? Is your retiree health benefit changing or […]

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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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Perch Fishing Seminar: Topics of DiscussionPart 3

September 11th, 2014

To use spreaders or not, that is the question!   In most cases, my answer is a resounding no! But, there is always a “but” to every fishing philosophy. And, in some cases there is a place for spreaders in … Continue reading

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Perch Fishing Seminar: Topics of DiscussionPart Deux

September 10th, 2014

Yesterday I started discussing potential topics for a perch fishing seminar I am going to be doing for the Huron River Sportfishing Club. The first discussion was on minnow care, a key to any successful perch fishing trip. Next up … Continue reading

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How to build a disaster kit on a budget

September 09th, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News Have you postponed the recommendation of building a disaster kit because you think you can’t afford it? That’s no reason to put off this task. Most of what is recommended for a […]

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Perch Fishing Seminar: Topics of Discussion

September 09th, 2014

Here it is September, and I have been asked to do a perch fishing seminar for the Huron Valley Sportfishing Club in a couple of weeks. So I started thinking on the topics for the presentation for the members. Its … Continue reading

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Cool weather crops for winter harvest

September 09th, 2014

My seeds are plantedfor my winter vegetable crop. Wehave a small, unheated greenhouse — sometimes called a high tunnel — that I built last year out of salvaged parts. That’s where I sowed my seeds. In our climate, most winters are too harsh for plants to survive without some kind of protection. In years past […]

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Whats your to-do list today, on the assumption of bad weather tomorrow?

September 09th, 2014

By Paula Wethington / Monroe News What would you do today to prepare your home, workplace, school or community group to stay safe, ease up on the hassle, and limit potential out-of-pocket expenses if you knew that severe weather was likely tomorrow? This is not a theoretical question for my local readers in southeast Michigan, […]

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Second Nature: I Spy Flies

September 08th, 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. A large golden fly landed on my arm as I was standing on my Dollar Lake […]

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This is Life

September 06th, 2014

We survived our first week of school. We have a second grader and one girl who started kindergarten. I’m in year thirteen of teaching. How did that happen? A new school year is an adjustment for everyone. An earlier bedtime and actually having to set my alarm is a change from our summer routine. This […]

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Mobile Food Pantry Sept. 9 in Monroe

September 04th, 2014

Monroe County Opportunity Program will host a Mobile Food Pantry from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday Sept. 9 at Redeemer Fellowship Church, 5305 Evergreen Dr., Monroe, Mich. One free food package will be available to the first 250 households to attend. There is no need to register in advance. Those picking up a food package […]

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Vexilars New DVR-100You can take movies on your Fish Scout Camera

September 03rd, 2014

  The last few years I have seen Vexilar roll out one hit after another. The FL-20 flasher, the Fish Scout camera systems, and then the revolutionary FLX-28 flasher with so many new features. The company has been popping out … Continue reading

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Dont make these expensive back to school mistakes

September 02nd, 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 detail I most dreaded about the first day of school when my daughter was in her K-12 years was the stack of paperwork that would be found in her bookbag. One […]

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You cant afford to ignore some prices, even if you have to buy in bulk

September 01st, 2014

One of the grocery items I really hate buying in bulk / bundle promotions involves cases of pop. My husband is starting to cut back on his pop consumption, but the facts are this: pop in a can is what he will pack in his lunch box. He has only a half-hour for break and […]

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Preparedness month: CDC safety coloring books for kids

September 01st, 2014

September is National Preparedness Month, which means there will be quite a bit of public service announcements and tips circulating as government agencies and first responders promote their respective campaigns about disaster planning. We have traditionally focused our preparedness efforts at Monroe on a Budget and The Monroe News at the start of tornado season, […]

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Heres why that child support payment statistic doesnt tell the whole story

September 01st, 2014

Did you see this Associated Press article at MonroeNews.com or perhaps other Michigan news outlets today? Audit: Michigan doing good job on child support. Read beyond the headline. We have the actual state report linked up at the bottom of the AP article. The audit was for “To assess the effectiveness of OCS’s (Office of […]

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