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Is It Absolutely Necessary To Have A Well Camouflaged Deer Blind?

July 31st, 2014

A few years ago when I built my huge and comfortable ground blind I made sure it fit in with the surroundings. I spray painted it in various shades of green, grey, and browns! I even laid some ferns along side and then sprayed paint through them to make it look like ferns were growing […]

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Healthy on a Budget grocery store tour Aug. 27 in Monroe

July 31st, 2014

Monroe County Health Department Registered Dietitian Emily Bien will lead a Grocery Store Tour at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at Meijer, 1700 N. Telegraph Rd., Monroe, Mich. The theme for this tour will be Healthy on a Budget. “Learn how to eat healthy without breaking the bank,” the announcement said. Space is limited. To register, […]

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Dont Ignore Insect/Spider Bites! They Can Cause Problems!

July 29th, 2014

For more than a week I have had cramps, muscle spasms, fatigue, loss of appetite, low grade fever, and no energy! I went to a clinic last Friday and to see my family doctor today. Blood work was done, an EKG given, oxygen levels checked along with lung function and various other test. Nothing conclusive, […]

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When Twitter discusses #TightBudgetMovies

July 29th, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment. By Paula Wethington What happens if you rewrite a well-known movie name as if it portrayed a tight budget? That was the concept that went viral late last week on Twitter, a social network where clever parodies and […]

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Bringing Up Baby

July 25th, 2014

As summer grows long in the tooth and the fresh green leaves of spring begin to display ragged edges, single brooded birds are in their final stages of parenting. For them, the proof of the season is a successful crop of young. There is little or no time for a do over at this point. […]

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When it comes to Perch Fishing, you have to try GLOW BEADS

July 25th, 2014

  “Shhhh…..its a secret”…..is perhaps the one sure-fire way to spread the word, and when it comes to perch fishing, you have to try glow beads. Of all the panfish out there, perch, at least in my experience seem to be most attracted to glow beads. Whether it be one bead on top of my […]

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Planning your budget for a day at 2014 Monroe County Fair

July 24th, 2014

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget You will certainly spend some money if you take the family to the Monroe County Fair for a day, and more so if you make multiple visits during the week. But a bit of strategic planning, with the help of details that can be found in the […]

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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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