The Thrivent Financial for Lutherans one-hour workshop “Economic Update” will be presented at 10 a.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. Thursday May 1 at Francis Family YMCA, 2000 W. Dean Rd., Temperance, Mich.

The presenter is Mark H. Johnson, J.D., M.B.A., Financial Representative.

The program is free, but reservations are requested by Wednesday April 30 to Mr. Johnson at (734) 708-6568 or Mark.H.Johnson@thrivent.com or at Thrivent.com/FindAWorkshop

Day care will be provided by the Y.

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Monroe County Probate Court Judge Frank Arnold will give a presentation on Deeds, Joint Accounts, Pay on Death Accounts and Life Insurance at 11 a.m. Tuesday April 29 at Berlin Township Senior Center, 8000 Swan View Rd., Newport, Mich. He will discuss some of the estate disputes that have ended up in court, and how […]

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The following press release has been posted at the Michigan Secretary of State website: LANSING – Beginning May 1, Michigan veterans can display their proof of service right on their Michigan driver’s license. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes today celebrated the official kick-off of Michigan’s new driver’s […]

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Do you have a closet, dresser, or as I once heard from a neighbor, a room full of clothes? Are they actually things you wear? Read this: If you buy the majority of your clothes for a fantasy version of your life, instead of the reality, you’ll end up with a lot of clothes to […]

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The Monroe County Health Department is hosting a PrepareAthon from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday April 30 at the health department office, 2353 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, Mich., with the theme of how to prepare for tornado weather and what can be done to help others should a tornado hit in Monroe County. America’s PrepareAthon […]

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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 I admit it. When my daughter started college in fall, 2007, we had no savings to help pay for it. This didn’t happen because of a lack of planning. It happened because my husband and […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget Most of the holiday meals that I hostess are brunches rather than dinners, as that’s how our schedule tends to settle out for the day. This is what I served for Easter Sunday 2014: Betty Crocker Bread Machine Hot Cross Buns. Sausage patties. Hashbrown patties. Pineapple and […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget Every now and then a recipe gets my attention with the thought “I can do THAT!” Betty Crocker’s Bread Machine Hot Cross Buns was the one that sparked my interest last week. Follow the link to get the directions. I spent part of Friday figuring out and […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget One of the frugal hacks I’ve decided on for my kitchen is that I will keep only very basic cake, cookie and candy decorating supplies in the house. If there’s anything really fancy to be done in terms of cake or cupcakes, I can ask my sister […]

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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 Every time someone tries to talk me into buying a deep freezer to stockpile meat and other groceries, I shake my head. I don’t want the hassle of trying to […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget High winds on the morning of Monday April 14 resulted in the first “severe weather” power outages of the 2014 season for southeast Michigan. The outages weren’t as widespread in Monroe County as they were in metro Detroit, but they did affect a couple of thousand people […]

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated the link that I posted a couple of years ago about food safety at a power outage. Here’s the new link.  

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Are you looking for Tax Day freebies and promotions for Monroe County, Mich., and surrounding areas? I don’t forward second-hand information on my sales and deals roundups. I look for official announcements by the retailer or restaurant, and focus on businesses that actually are in the Monroe County area: Arby’s will host its fourth annual […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget I will start this post by saying there was a time when it was considered a horrible mistake to throw away photo negatives. You were supposed to save them in a box or file cabinet, marked with date and identifying details, so that you could make reprints […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget There are three times of year in which those who prefer pantry-style menu planning or cook from scratch at least on occasion can do very well at the supermarket. They are: just before Thanksgiving, just before Christmas and just before Easter. The timing is meant to get […]

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The Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair will take place April 23 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 14801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, Mich. More than 100 employers are expected to participate, with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. The employment workshop is from 8:30 to 10:30 […]

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Michigan State University Extension will present the workshop, “How to Start a Successful Cottage Food Business in Michigan,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday April 22 at the MSU Extension Monroe County office, 963 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, Mich. Cottage Food items are meant to be prepared in a home kitchen and then “face to […]

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Kroger’s shopper card has a Community Rewards program through which you can designate reward points you earn to the participating school, charity or organization of your choice. The procedure is that those accounts reset on April 1. You, as the customer, have to update your charity designation every year. I have heard from more than […]

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An Identity Theft presentation by the Office of Michigan Attorney General will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday April 12 at Milan Public Library, 151 Wabash St., Milan, Mich. The topics include recognizing and avoiding identity theft, how thieves steal such information and what to do if you are a victim. The program is sponsored by […]

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The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment. Did you realize you could spend as much as $30 on one pre-filled Easter gift basket this year? It’s true. Even though some retailers are selling filled baskets in the $5 to $10 range, those arrangements typically have […]

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