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REDEEMER BASKETBALL LEAGUE WINTER 2015

October 22nd, 2014

REDEEMER BASKETBALL LEAGUE COMING THIS WINTER: We plan on having registration on Dec 13th. The league will start on Saturday, January 10th. We plan on playing 10 weeks with an 11th being playoffs, and taking a week off for Pinewood … Continue reading

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Did families budget during Bible times?

October 21st, 2014

For this week’s Monroe on a Budget column, which runs Tuesday in The Monroe News, I pulled out one of my favorites from the archives. The original online-only version of this piece was written in 2010: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News I was once asked if families who lived during Bible times kept a […]

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2014 Operation SERVE community and career expo will be Nov. 5

October 21st, 2014

Siena Heights University, 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr., Adrian, Mich., will host its fifth annual Operation: SERVE (Students, Employment, Resources, Veterans, Education)community and career expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the SHU Fieldhouse on the Adrian campus. The event is a partnership between SHU, South Central Michigan Works! and Monroe […]

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Monroe Countys College Night 2014 expo is Oct. 28

October 20th, 2014

A note from your blogger: this event will have very helpful information if someone in your family plans to attend college starting fall 2015, fall 2016 or fall 2017. The Monroe County Counselors in cooperation with Monroe County Community College will host College Night 2014 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 […]

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Monroe MI woman named GreenPath client of the year

October 20th, 2014

Tanya LaPrade of Monroe has been named GreenPath Debt Solutions Client of the Year. Read the story of how she paid off her debt earlier than planned – despite being off work for a time for illness and having a drop in income as ar result – at MonroeNews.com.

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Bedford Goodfellows announce 2014 Thanksgiving basket applications

October 19th, 2014

This post is for my readers in Temperance and Lambertville, Mich: The Bedford Goodfellows will take applications from Oct. 27-Nov. 14 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 […]

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One Pic Posting: Art Imitating Nature Imitating Art

October 18th, 2014

The natural world is ripe with imitation. It is the ultimate form of flattery (and self-preservation) to look like something else especially if that something else is inedible. Take a dry leaf, for example. Only a low life decomposer would even consider a dead leaf as food, so many insects wear a dead leaf […]

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Wings announces 2014 winter clothing giveaway

October 18th, 2014

The Wings project in Monroe, Mich., has announced its annual Winter Clothing Giveaway. Winter coats, jackets, scarves, hats and other clothing will be distributed at no cost between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 18 at Eagle’s Nest Church, 620 E. Fourth St., Monroe. “Get ready for winter once again!” the announcement said. Wings is […]

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Blanket giveaway to be held Nov. 11 in Monroe

October 16th, 2014

The Wings project, which operates out of Eagle’s Nest Church, 620 E. Fourth St., Monroe, has announced its 2014 Blanket Giveaway. Those who are in need in the Monroe area should stop by Eagle’s Nest Church between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 11 for the blankets. There is no cost. Wings is a volunteer […]

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Monroe County Job Fair Oct. 22 in Monroe

October 16th, 2014

The Monroe County Job Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 22 at Monroe Multi-Sports Complex, 333 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe. Seasonal, part-time and full-time work opportunities will be highlighted. This event is hosted by the sports complex and the sponsors include Michigan Works!, Monroe County Intermediate School District and […]

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11 Essentials for Your Winter Survival Kit

October 16th, 2014

Half of my local readers in Monroe County, Mich., have work commutes that are out of town: specifically, Toledo, Detroit, Ann Arbor. If you are among those people, you could easily get stranded on a closed freeway or away from home should winter weather conditions worsen suddenly. That happened twice in two years to my […]

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How to build a gift stockpile

October 16th, 2014

Are you at the stage in life in which a child’s birthday party, retirement party, wedding shower or baby shower invitations come at a frequent pace? The Budget Mama has some terrific ideas at 3 Tips to Help You Build a Gift Stockpile. She’s talking about pricebooking, having an idea of who you are likely […]

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What Auger Size Suits Your Fishing?

October 14th, 2014

When it comes down to finding an auger that suits your personal fishing needs, size really does matter. Every company out there offers a selection of sizes that will fill the needs of individual anglers, the question is, what … Continue reading

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And Sat Down Beside Her

October 13th, 2014

Much of the life of Funnel Weaver Spiders involves a waiting game. Instead of pursuing prey like wolf spiders or animated jumping spiders, they spin flat sheet webs and wait for insect prey to walk across the surface. The killer waits inside a special side chamber (the funnel) until signaled to emerge by the vibrations […]

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A MUST HAVE for your New Ice Fishing Shanty

October 13th, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I shared the idea of painting the interior of your shack to make it easier to find things in a dark house while fishing. Yesterday the subject of this article arrived, and it was time … Continue reading

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Breaking down the Gear for Eries 3rd Walleye Season: Cranks and Boards

October 08th, 2014

Like I mentioned the other day, it is just about time to put the perch gear away and get back to catching some walleye. Not just any walleye, but the big gals who are heading towards their winter feeding grounds … Continue reading

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Lake Eries 3rd Season is Almost Upon Us: Spooling time!

October 06th, 2014

This time of the year is what I like to refer to as Lake Erie’s 3rd walleye season. You have spring jigging and some early trolling during 1st season. Then you have the 2nd season with pulling crawler harnesses and … Continue reading

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Developing Drakes

October 04th, 2014

It was only after the mink disappeared under a tree root that I re-directed my attention to a trio of Mallards across the river. They were clear enough to see, but in the world of nature study Mallards are not normally on the top of the list. This is not a good thing, but it […]

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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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