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Program on how to pick a health insurance plan offered Oct. 6 in Monroe

October 01st, 2014

Michigan State University Extension and AARP Michigan have teamed up to provide a two-part program across the state titled “Smart Choice for Health Insurance” and “The Health Care Law: Things You Need to Know.” The Monroe session will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday Oct. 6 at the Monroe County MSU Extension Service office, […]

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Friends of Companion Animals running a special on dog and cat costume pieces

October 01st, 2014

This Halloween deal is of interest to pet parents in the Monroe, Mich., area: The Friends of Companion Animals Resale Shop, 14500 LaPlaisance Rd., Monroe, has announced its Spooktacular October Sale includes half off all dog and cat costumes. The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; noon to 5 […]

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Are the buy one, get one free sales really worth it?

October 01st, 2014

I’ve written multiple times about how buy one, get one free sales can save you money. The deciding factor is whether you can use all of the items you purchase during a reasonable amount of time or would have a purpose for that purchase. One good example: buy one, get one free shoe sales. The […]

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Christian PF presents: How to make $200 fast

October 01st, 2014

One of the most well known blogs on personal finance is Christian PF. The collection of money-making ideas on Christian PF’s Pinterest board is pretty extensive. One of those links leads back to this archived post on the main blog: 15 Quick Ways to Make $200 Quick. It’s a compilation of ideas from other financial […]

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The financial and logistical challenges of life without a car

September 30th, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesday in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: Have you ever thought about how stressful your life would be without a car? Whether the situation is related to lack of a license, inability to pay for repairs, or a lifestyle decision, none of the alternatives come […]

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The Birthday Bear!

September 30th, 2014

This will be my 1000 post for the Monroe Evening News and “Hunting With Mike!” Sorry about the week long lapse between post, but I’ve been chasing bear around in the Upper Peninsula and haven’t had time. I could make this post a three part series, but I’m super excited as to how my bear […]

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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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Food pantries are posting their fall inventory requests

September 28th, 2014

The busiest food pantry donation drive seasons are in November / December to coincide with the holiday season; and in May to coincide with the start of summer. But if you have items in your pantry or stockpile that can be shifted around and sent to a donation basket as you change over your family’s […]

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Monarch butterflies with wing tags

September 25th, 2014

Monarch butterflies are on the move heading south on their annual migration. Look closely next time you spot a Monarch and you might see a flash of white against the orange and black pattern of their wings, it very well could be a marked butterfly. We spotted one last week near Ann Arbor. It was […]

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A Large Coffee with Two Earthstars, Please

September 24th, 2014

I am fascinated by the fungi selection at the local Timmy Hos (thats familiar-speak for the Tim Hortons/ Coldstone Creamery coffee shop). Im fairly sure this is not something the proprietors deliberately market, but in my mind it ranks right up there with their Cinnamon Rolls and Coffee. For some strange reason they are not […]

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Senior Expo to be held Oct. 4 in Monroe

September 24th, 2014

The Fourth Annual Senior Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Oct. 4 at Mall of Monroe, 2121 N. Monroe St., Monroe, Mich. This event includes a variety of exhibitors on services and resources of interest to older adults, along with raffles and prizes. There will also be free T-shirts. This […]

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Plan ahead for a spooky but frugal Halloween costume

September 23rd, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News Halloween costumes used to be worn just for trick-or-treat activities on Oct. 31, or perhaps to a party with friends, co-workers or classmates in the week leading up to that date. But […]

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United Way of Monroe County announces fall 2014 Health Check clinics

September 23rd, 2014

This post is for my readers in Monroe County, Mich.: The fall 2014 United Way of Monroe County Health Check clinics will be held at the following dates and times: Oct. 23: 8 a.m.-noon, Redeemer Fellowship Church, 5305 Evergreen Dr., Monroe. Nov. 6: 8 a.m.-noon. Carleton United Methodist Church, 11435 Grafton Rd., Carleton. There is […]

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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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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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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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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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