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3 Passes=12 Lake Erie Walleye

July 12th, 2014

Had a really nice morning yesterday on the Michigan side of Lake Erie, we made three passes on a Northeast track and collected our 12 walleye, going 12 for 13. We had several doubles with two eyes on at the same time, which made netting the fish seem like a royal mess with clearing the […]

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Monroe Birthplace of the Michigan Wine Industry

July 11th, 2014

By Kevin and Sarah Nash The 2nd annual Monroe Wine Crawl is next Friday, July 18. Although the event is already sold out I thought it would be a good excuse to do a post on Monroe’s wine history. Have you ever wondered why a town founded by the French on the River Raisin seems […]

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Traverse City Cherry Festival & The Blue Angels

July 11th, 2014

While up north this past week we took a ride over to Traverse City for the National Cherry Festival and the air show and fireworks put on the 4th. of July. We arrived early enough to secure a prime spot on the beach at Grand Traverse Bay, and were treated to quite a spectacular day. […]

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Southgate Kmart to close fall 2014

July 10th, 2014

The Downriver News-Herald is reporting that Southgate’s Kmart will close this fall.

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Scrapbooking dilemma: when the paper collections dont match your photos

July 09th, 2014

By Paula Wethington I haven’t told a scrapbooking story in awhile, but I ran into a dilemma for someone who prefers her paper crafting arrangements to be budget-friendly. What can you do when the available paper and embellishment collections don’t match your photo collection? Themes that could work well for photos of my husband and […]

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Why dont those who are suddenly poor act like it?

July 09th, 2014

By Paula Wethington Today’s talker on social media in terms of poverty deals with a subject that I heard referred to a year ago as “Suburban Poverty.” That demographic are those families who at one time were middle class or at least financially self-sufficient … but were hit in multiple directions because of the spiraling […]

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A Beaverless Beaver Romp

July 09th, 2014

Although I should have learned my lesson last year, I decided on an early morning visit to the Beaver Lodge at Conners Creek. The lodge is on the property of the Edison Boat Club and sits along the bank of the old canal that once serviced the power plant and feeds into the Detroit River. […]

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Yellow leaves on sweet corn plants

July 08th, 2014

We just got back from a relaxing week-long vacation at Bear Lake in northern Michigan. The first thing I did, even before unloading the car, was to take a look at the garden. It’s amazing how much a garden changes in a week at this time of year. Everything looked great except for the sweet […]

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20 great songs about money or lack of

July 08th, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs weekly in The Monroe News. Here is today’s piece or find it on monroenews.com – be sure to share this one with your friends! By Paula Wethington Do you want to hear a good song about money, or the lack of it? Get out your mp3 player, dust […]

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Danger On The Ausable!

July 08th, 2014

Every year for the past 4 years the Ansel clan has taken a 4th. of July flotilla down the Au sable River near Luzerne. There were 15 of us this year, but we have had as many as 23 “float” the pristine cold waters of this holiday destination. This is one of the highest traffic […]

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Grocery shopping on a budget tour July 30 in Lambertville

July 08th, 2014

Registered dietitian Emily Bien will lead a Grocery Store Tour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday July 30 at Kroger, 3462 W. Sterns Rd., Lambertville, Mich. The theme of this tour will be grocery shopping on a budget. Space is limited. To register for this event or others sponsored by the Live Well, Be Well […]

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Matching Harnesses Blades to the Shiner Bite

July 07th, 2014

Now that the bug hatch has just about wrapped up, though its true you might see a few more mayflies rise to the lake’s surface, the Lake Erie walleye bite is shifting towards an shiner bite. And if you like dragging meat like I do, its time to switch up your spinner blades to […]

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Thrivents Women and Money workshop July 15 in Monroe

July 07th, 2014

The Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Workshop “Women and Money” will be presented at noon July 15 at Thrivent Financial, 19 Washington St., Monroe, Mich. This is a free workshop, and a light dinner will be provided. For information or registration, contact Griffith Crammond at griff.crammond@thrivent.com or (734) 384-8951.

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Medicare Educational Series starting July 22 in Bedford

July 05th, 2014

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) and its Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program will host a free monthly educational series on Medicare at the Bedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman Rd., Temperance, Mich. The first program is Medicare 101, on July 22. The session will cover Medicare basics and answer questions for Medicare beneficiaries and their […]

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Michigan Veterans Trust Fund can help with emergency needs

July 03rd, 2014

The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund is available to assist veterans and their dependent family members with emergency grants for a short-term financial crisis. There is a review process, and the fund cannot provide assistance for long-term problems or chronic financial difficulties. Those eligible for a grant must be a legal resident of the State of […]

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Gearing up for the 2014 Perch Season on Lake Erie

July 03rd, 2014

This is going to be one of many perch articles for this year’s season. To start with, or to kick-off the season, I am going to create a checklist of items that can help you get ready for a successful season. 1) Check your rods; remember I like and use ultra lights and light action […]

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Tuition assistance restored for Michigan National Guard members

July 03rd, 2014

Tuition assistance has been restored for Michigan National Guard members. A previous program had ended in 2009 because of budget cuts. Details are at michigan.gov.

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Meijer shopping cart brag July 2

July 02nd, 2014

Today’s shopping cart brag at Meijer might not be the best one can do with this week’s sale. But it is the the best mix of groceries I could get for $50 that fit my immediate needs. That’s what shopping tricks such as couponing, pricebooking and deal bundles are supposed to do – right? Here’s […]

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Walking Thorns

July 01st, 2014

When the small Redbud tree/bush in my backyard sprouted thorns, I was delighted. Redbuds, known for their lavender spring flowers and symmetrical heart-shaped leaves, are not known for their thorns at all. In fact, these plants never possess real thorns their branches and leaves are as smooth as a babys bottom. Some individuals do […]

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Ansel Turkey Success

June 29th, 2014

Even though I never bagged a turkey this year my brother and his family made up for it. Darryl downed a nice mature Tom over in Bronson Michigan that weighed in at 21 pounds with a 10 inch beard. His boy Derek also shot a 24.7 pound bird with a 10-1/2 inch beard in the […]

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