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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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Pond Plus Water Equals Deer Or Maybe A Frog!

September 02nd, 2014

All the critters in the North woods need a sip of water on a regular basis. I don’t have a pond or available watering hole close to my place, so I came up with the brilliant idea to make my own little “watering hole” by my food plot. Everyone know that water attracts all kinds […]

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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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Michigans minimum wage now $8.15 an hour

September 01st, 2014

An increase in Michigan’s minimum wage is launches today, and with it comes a test of whether the gradual rise will help workers, harm businesses or neither. The first bump comes today (Monday), when the wage moves up 10 percent, from $7.40 an hour to $8.15. This is from The Monroe News. Read more at: […]

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A New Face in Town

August 31st, 2014

Even from behind the steering wheel I could see that the caterpillar crossing the road ahead of me was a whopper. We were on 131 heading north through Mancelona, MI and the pre-labor day traffic was fairly light. I hastily pulled off to the shoulder to get out and snatch the critter from the blacktop […]

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Heres how I paid 75 cents for a package of toothpaste

August 31st, 2014

This wasn’t extreme couponing, it was just matching a coupon to a sale at Kroger. $1.25 each was sale price on these packages; I had a coupon for $1 off two that were at least 3 ounces. These were actually 4.6 ounces as “bonus product” packages. Is bundling up annoying when you need only one […]

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Combating Fundamentalism

August 30th, 2014

Islamic Fundamentalism has reared its ugly head again in the Middle East. This latest version is so radical and violent that the established radical and violent fundamentalist movements have disavowed it. So that checks the first box of the well-worn conservative criticism of Islam. Other Muslims ARE speaking out against this latest perversion of their […]

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REDEEMER MINISTRY SCHOOL FALL CLASSES 2014

August 30th, 2014

REDEEMER MINISTRY SCHOOL FALL CLASSES 2014 Classes begin September 14, 2014 (date TBA) PRAYER Instructor: John Piippo Meets: Sunday nights, 6-8 PM. First Class – September 14 Last Class – November 30 This course will teach students a biblical theology … Continue reading

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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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Tangled and Gnarly Perch Hooks, No Problem.

August 27th, 2014

….here is the solution. You have been fishing for a few hours, and your perch snells are starting to look a little rough. I have the solution for when employing spreaders, and that third bottom hook on a standard perch … Continue reading

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Golfing With The Champ!

August 26th, 2014

Golf is big here in Michigan. I have belonged to the Links of Lake Erie for 4 years now and was a member of Demme Acres for 4 years prior to that. Up around camp we have Garland, Sidewinder, Cedar Valley, and Fairview. Monroe has a ton more from nine to 36 holes of enjoyment […]

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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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