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 being taken away? Are you concerned about the cost of Healthcare? The Dorsch branch of the library along with the Area Agency on Aging 1-B is presenting a series of programs to help you navigate through Medicare,” the announcement said.

All programs begin at 1 p.m., and the schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday Sept. 17: Medicare 101.
  • Wednesday Oct. 1: Long Term Care: Who Pays.
  • Wednesday Oct. 15: 2015 Changes to Medicare.
  • Wednesday Nov. 5: Medicare and the Affordable Care Act.
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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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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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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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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget I don’t pay much attention to what other shoppers put in their grocery carts, but I admit that I did a double take today at Meijer, and for a reason you might not expect. I heard the clerk ask the shopper ahead of me if she had […]

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Monroe County Opportunity Program will host a Mobile Food Pantry from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Aug. 23 at New Life Church, 6023 Summerfield Rd., Petersburg, Mich. One free food package will be given to the first 250 households attending. There is no need to register in advance. A photo ID that proves Monroe County […]

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The 5th Annual Free Medical Screening Camp will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday Aug. 23 at Salvation Army, 815 E. First St., Monroe MI. More than 20 local physicians will offer free services to non-insured and under-insured residents of Monroe County. Some of the free services will include: Glucose and cholesterol […]

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An Emergency Preparedness Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 13 at Mall of Monroe, 2121 N. Monroe St. This is a free, family-friendly event. The exhibits and displays both inside the mall and outside include fire trucks, police vehicles and emergency medical vehicles; learning how to prepare for disasters; […]

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The second annual Seniors ROCK! community resource fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 13 at Southpoint Community Christian Church, 5699 Fort St., Trenton, Mich. This event is hosted by the congregation for those age 50 and older in the Downriver area. Resources include free flu shots, free medical testing, […]

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