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Bear Baiting Secrets Revealed!

September 21st, 2014

Just about packed and ready to leave for Marquette on a bear hunt. The Ansel clan and a few of their friends have taken over 40 bears since their first hunt in 1973. Due to Michigan’s lottery system (drawing for bear licenses) we don’t get the opportunity to hunt them like we used to. In […]

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Chronicling Life: Saturday morning

September 20th, 2014

Come birthdays, Christmas, dance recitals, weddings or any other special event, I am behind the camera capturing memories. But what about the ordinary days of our lives? The messy hair, dirt under the fingernails, ordinary kind of day? I’m trying toget better about capturing our everyday life. My youngest brother has always been awesome about […]

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Senior Health Fair Oct. 7 in Milan

September 18th, 2014

Milan Seniors for Healthy Living will host a Senior Health Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 7 at Milan Senior Community Activity Center, 45 Neckel Ct., Milan, Mich. There will be a variety of free and low-cost health services such as flu shots, memory screening, document shredding services, blood pressure checks and ID […]

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Mobile Food Pantry Sept. 27 in Carleton

September 18th, 2014

A Monroe County Mobile Food Pantry will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Sept. 27 behind Busch’s Fresh Food Market, 12599 Grafton Rd., Carleton, Mich. One free food package will be provided to the first 175 households. There is no need to register for this event, but those attending must provide an ID […]

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Mobile food pantry Sept. 20 in Lambertville

September 18th, 2014

A Monroe County mobile food pantry will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Sept. 20 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2843 W. Sterns Rd., Lambertville, Mich. One free food package will be given to the first 250 households. There is no need to register in advance, but those attending must show an […]

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About 20 percent Michigan food stamp families will have benefits cut, and heres why

September 18th, 2014

Have you heard about the budget cuts that will affect about 20 percent of Michigan families receiving food stamps? Here’s a snippet from the Associated Press story at MonroeNews.com: A farm bill signed by President Barack Obama in February attempted to save money by scaling back what lawmakers called a loophole in the food stamp […]

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Paula from Monroe on a Budget speaking Oct. 13 in Ypsilanti

September 17th, 2014

I’ve had some queries as to when my next grocery shopping class will take place. Here’s the information: 7 p.m. Monday Oct. 13 in Ypsilanti. Here’s the flier, and yes, this is a free event.

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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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Bear 1 Hunters 0 So Far!

September 15th, 2014

My brother Randy and his son Justin just returned from the Upper Peninsula where they were bear hunting. Justine lives around Lansing and made the long drive to the Marquette area twice to set and check baits. Anyone who has done that knows it’s a butt kicker to say the least! Justine ran three baits […]

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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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Michigans Wolf Hunt Cancelled!

September 12th, 2014

Recently I wrote a blog about wolves in the Upper Peninsula preying on dogs and cattle. In fact over the last several years one farmer has lost over a hundred head of cattle to wolf depredation! Many hunters say the deer numbers are down, and they all say the growing population of wolves is to […]

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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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