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 of Telegraph Rd. The site is next to the Flat Rock senior citizens’ high rise across from Huroc Park.

Vegetables and fruits from Marks Greenhouse, Milan ¾ bread from Vi­tale Brothers Bakery in Flat Rock and tea from Teatroiter in Dearborn are some of the items that will be sold by vendors at the first market sale. The mar­ket will operate from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Satur­day through Oct. 25, said Joe Pagano, chairman of the Flat Rock Downtown Development Authority, one of the partners in the market that last operated in 2012.

Mr. Pagano said resi­dents are encouraged to support the market that sells food grown by lo­cal farmers and products from local businesses and the community.

“You also support your­self by providing healthy and fresh food for you and your family,” he said.

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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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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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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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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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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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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget My grandmother got married during what was an incredibly difficult time to settle into a new household and start a family. Rationing of food in response to the wartime efforts started with sugar in early 1942. At the time, my grandmother was a senior in high school […]

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By Paula Wethington My daughter currently lives near Indianapolis, and I recently spent a couple of days visiting her. A tourist stop I made on my own when I needed to fill time around my daughter’s schedule was to the Clabber Girl bake shop and museum in Terre Haute, Ind. The museum itself is free […]

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The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment. One thing I never understood about back-to-school shopping involves the custom some parents follow of replacing a child’s entire wardrobe every summer. A new outfit for the “first day of school” pictures, school IDs or yearbook poses certainly […]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington Why is it so difficult to determine whether your family’s expenses are realistic as compared to income? One reasons is that the cost of many household budget line items have nothing to do with your […]

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