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 card services.

Appointments will be needed for the hearing testing service.

For information, stop by the activity center.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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By Paula Wethington / Monroe News What would you do today to prepare your home, workplace, school or community group to stay safe, ease up on the hassle, and limit potential out-of-pocket expenses if you knew that severe weather was likely tomorrow? This is not a theoretical question for my local readers in southeast Michigan, […]

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Monroe County Opportunity Program will host a Mobile Food Pantry from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday Sept. 9 at Redeemer Fellowship Church, 5305 Evergreen Dr., Monroe, Mich. One free food package will be available to the first 250 households to attend. There is no need to register in advance. Those picking up a food package […]

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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 detail I most dreaded about the first day of school when my daughter was in her K-12 years was the stack of paperwork that would be found in her bookbag. One […]

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One of the grocery items I really hate buying in bulk / bundle promotions involves cases of pop. My husband is starting to cut back on his pop consumption, but the facts are this: pop in a can is what he will pack in his lunch box. He has only a half-hour for break and […]

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September is National Preparedness Month, which means there will be quite a bit of public service announcements and tips circulating as government agencies and first responders promote their respective campaigns about disaster planning. We have traditionally focused our preparedness efforts at Monroe on a Budget and The Monroe News at the start of tornado season, […]

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Did you see this Associated Press article at MonroeNews.com or perhaps other Michigan news outlets today? Audit: Michigan doing good job on child support. Read beyond the headline. We have the actual state report linked up at the bottom of the AP article. The audit was for “To assess the effectiveness of OCS’s (Office of […]

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An increase in Michigan’s minimum wage is launches today, and with it comes a test of whether the gradual rise will help workers, harm businesses or neither. The first bump comes today (Monday), when the wage moves up 10 percent, from $7.40 an hour to $8.15. This is from The Monroe News. Read more at: […]

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This wasn’t extreme couponing, it was just matching a coupon to a sale at Kroger. $1.25 each was sale price on these packages; I had a coupon for $1 off two that were at least 3 ounces. These were actually 4.6 ounces as “bonus product” packages. Is bundling up annoying when you need only one […]

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Monroe County (MI) low-income residents can take advantage of the Emergency Food Assistance Program quarterly food distribution, starting Monday. This program is run by Monroe County Opportunity Program, and food packages are available to the first 1,000 eligible households. The foods that will be available include apple juice, applesauce, cherry-apple juice, canned chicken, corn, diced […]

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The Bedford Goodfellows will host a government food distribution site for Bedford Township residents from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Sept. 17 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 8330 Lewis Ave., Temperance, Mich. Those picking up food at this distribution must be a resident of Bedford, have a current utility bill, photo ID and […]

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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 on a Budget What’s the fastest way to build a collection of football team or school spirit attire? It’s with solid color shirts that fit the color scheme you want to portray. I’ve […]

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The 2015 Community Read selection for Monroe County MI will be “The American Way of Eating: Under­cover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table” by New York Times journalist Tracie McMillan. Read more at Monroe News.com and watch The Monroe News and Monroe on a Budget for followup pieces leading up to, and […]

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