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A Haunting Hemipteran

October 31st, 2014

There may be a masked killer lurking in your bedroom or in the deep recesses of the closet under the stairs. He is an ashen ghost who moves slowly and deliberately yet will strike with frightening speed at the appointed time. He is the dust bunny you will never see until it is too late. […]

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Crossbow Safety

October 31st, 2014

Back on September 28th. I shot a very nice Michigan black bear with my Barnett Predator crossbow. Problem is I also got my thumb sliced by the crossbow string, which ended up requiring a trip to the emergency room in Marquette. The E.R. Doctor told me he had treated several people who had suffered a […]

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Why is there such a wide range of pricing on wedding gowns?

October 30th, 2014

My daughter and I started shopping last week for her wedding gown, as she was recently engaged. We were amused to see that there really are wedding gowns on the retail racks that can cost thousands of dollars. But since the most expensive gowns were not the shape and style she had settled on after […]

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Project Homeless Connect expo Nov. 11 in Monroe

October 30th, 2014

The annual Project Homeless Connect information expo will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 11 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 201 S. Monroe St., Monroe, Mich. This event is free and open to all Monroe County residents who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. About 20 agencies and organziations […]

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Pointe Mouillee State Game Area Deer Check Station

October 29th, 2014

Aaron Morehead and Alyshia Uthoff collecting data at the deer check station. Late this afternoon I took my two deer out to the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area deer check point. It’s located in Rockwood at the mouth of the Huron River. I usually take my deer there so I can find out the age […]

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Mobile food pantry Nov. 22 in Erie MI

October 29th, 2014

The Monroe County Opportunity Program Mobile Food Pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Nov. 22 in the parking lot of Republic Services, 6749 S. Dixie Hwy., Erie, Mich. Free food packages will be available to the first 250 families who arrive at the mobile food pantry. To receive groceries, recipients must […]

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Monroe County MI Spirit of Christmas 2014 assistance signups announced

October 29th, 2014

The Salvation Army of Monroe County, Mich., has announced the signup times and locations for those seeking holiday season assistance through the Spirit of Christmas campaign. Monroe: Salvation Army, 815 E. First St.: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 4 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, Nov. 3-Nov. 24; and also from 1 to 4:30 p.m. or […]

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Crossroads Church hosting Thanksgiving Food giveaway Nov. 22

October 29th, 2014

Crossroads Community Church, 6960 Sylvania-Petersburg Rd., Ottawa Lake, Mich., will host a Thanksgiving Food Give Away starting at 10 a.m. Saturday Nov. 22. This will be a drive-through event, one complete Thanksgiving meal will be given at no charge to each car. For information, go to http://www.crossroadson23.com  

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The cookie math: is homemade or store-bought cheaper?

October 28th, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesday in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: Has anyone tried to tell you that make-it-yourself or cook from scratch is cheaper that store bought? Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t. To illustrate this, here is a cost analysis on chocolate chip cookies. I chose the […]

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Dentistry from the Heart clinic Nov. 1 in Monroe

October 28th, 2014

Kuras Dental, 132 Cole Rd., Monroe, Mich., will participate in the Dentistry from the Heart with a clinic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Nov. 1. This event is free, and designed for those age 18 and older who have no insurance and little access to care. The staff expects to see nearly 200 […]

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Veterans Day 2014 military discounts and deals for Monroe MI

October 28th, 2014

Note to readers: This list focuses on locations and businesses in southeast Michigan / northwest Ohio. The following special events, discounts or freebies are in honor of Veteran’s Day. Please note that the actual dates of these specials range from Nov. 9 to Nov. 17: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar will host its sixth annual […]

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Crazy Train 2014

October 28th, 2014

We are witnessing the inevitable consequences of making science optional. Exhibit 1 – Ebola Ebola is a virus that was originally identified in 1976. Fruit bats may be the carrier. They arent affected. Humans are. There have been approximately 10 outbreaks of the disease, all in Africa, over the last 40 years. The most recent […]

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New Baits From Big Eye Custom Lures

October 28th, 2014

…just in time for the fall bite! We busted out the gear Saturday and went walleye fishing out of Brest Bay here in Monroe. Both fish came on custom painted baits from Big Eye Custom Lures out of Green Bay, … Continue reading

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Shop Small Business Saturday is Nov. 29

October 27th, 2014

The Fifth Annual Shop Small Business Saturday will take place Nov. 29. This is a date that small businesses – including many Etsy vendors – have chosen as their holiday season promotion. American Express has been a corporate sponsor of this project, working with “Neighborhood Champions” across the country to promote the campaign. For more […]

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Saturday on Brest Bay

October 27th, 2014

Busted out theChurch Tackle TX-22boards and walleye cranks Saturday morning and headed down to Lake Erie. Grabbed some supplies at Jeff’s Bait and Tackle, Eric has a good supply of the needed crankbaits to get the job done, picked up … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving / Black Friday 2014 shopping hours for Monroe MI

October 27th, 2014

The following Thanksgiving / Black Friday weekend shopping hours have been confirmed for stores that are of interest to shoppers in the Monroe County, Mich., area: Carson‘s at Mall of Monroe and other stores in that chain: Doors open at 6 p.m. Thursday Nov. 27 for the After Thanksgiving Sale, more than 600 door busters, […]

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Giant Six (6) Pointer

October 26th, 2014

I just got in from the market where I took my buck and doe that I shot on the same day (this past Friday.) I have had some pretty memorable hunting experiences in my life, but this has to rank toward the top of the list. I left Monroe very early Friday morning to head […]

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Here Comes the Witching Sun

October 25th, 2014

Box elder bugs are year-round insects but we dont usually notice them until the “witching season” in late autumn. At that time they gather around the cracks and crevices that will eventually become their winter home. Until freezing temperatures force them to descend into the deepest recesses of their hibernaculum (thats scientific for winter hibernation […]

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11 Year Old Michigan Hunter Shoots Rare Albino Buck

October 23rd, 2014

Recently 11 year old hunter Gavin Dingman shot a trophy Michigan 12 point buck with his crossbow. That’s quite an accomplishment in itself, but this particular buck was pure white. It was a true albino, which is a pigment malfunction, that may happen in one (1) out of 20,000 thousand births! This particular buck was […]

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Driving south to Florida this month? Stop at Imaginary Worlds in Atlanta

October 23rd, 2014

If you are planning to drive south this month to escape the winter, you might want to think about adding a stop at the Atlanta, GA Botanical Gardensto experience theImaginary Worldsexhibition.   Thousands of annuals are growing on metal forms covered with netting and growing medium to bring to life fanciful sculptures. The gardeners/artists of […]

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