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Bullets and Bagworms

December 20th, 2014

The Christmas season has gotten me in the mood to talk about things hanging on trees. Un-natural tree ornaments abound in the form of Christmas tree decorations inside and gaudy light creations draped on yard trees outside. We dont do the yard light thing at our place, but we do tend to put quite a […]

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December Golf Weather?

December 19th, 2014

So far this fall we have been given a huge break concerning the weather. Last December was disastrous with cold, snow, and wind being the norm for the month. I had to have the driveway plowed three times in December last year, but so far this year, the little snow that fell is all melted […]

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Shorts Brewing Tasting at Jakes Liquor

December 19th, 2014

I know it’s “short” notice but there is a Short’s tasting tonight December 19 that runs from 7pm to 9pm at Jake’s Liquor. Jake’s is located off of I-75’s Exit 15 on North Dixie Hwy.

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Barage County Moose Shot

December 18th, 2014

A moose was shot in Barage County in the Upper Peninsula and the DNR is looking for help in finding who may have shot it! Read the followingbulletinfor more information. Upper Peninsula DNR News For Immediate Release Dec. 17, 2014 Contact: Lt. Peter Wright, 906-228-6561 or Debbie Munson Badini, 906-226-1352 DNR conservation officers seek information […]

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Paw paw tree from seed

December 17th, 2014

I’ve heard experts, farmers and others say for decades that paw paw is on the verge of becoming the next “in vogue” fruit. They may be finallyright. Since current paw paw varieties are so difficult to handle and are impossible to ship because of the soft fruit, only local paw paws are ever available.That makes […]

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Cozy Corner announces free Christmas dinner schedule

December 17th, 2014

For the second year in a row, Cozy Corner restaurant in Monroe, Mich., will serve free hot meals to the homeless and needy persons, starting at 11 a.m., Saturday Dec. 20 through Tuesday Dec. 23, at the eatery, 2020 S. Custer Rd. The dinners are a new Christmas tradition prepared by the Steve, Sue and […]

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Christmas toy giveaway at House of Restoration

December 16th, 2014

The House of Restoration, 832 S. Roessler St., Monroe, Mich., will host a Christmas toy giveaway from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 21. All those who wish to receive toys must be registered by 5:30 p.m. This free event is for anyone in the Monroe area who is in need of Christmas gifts for […]

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How to get replacement ID papers

December 16th, 2014

This is the Monroe on a Budget column for the Monroe News for today Dec. 16. Related article from my archives: Get your documents ready for holiday assistance. By Paula Wethington / Monroe News and Monroe on a Budget Shortly after signups began for Christmas charity assistance in Monroe County, I started noticing panicky messages […]

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How to boost your Twitter followers in 10 minutes a day

December 15th, 2014

By Paula Wethington / Monroe News and Monroe on a Budget Would you like to double the number of followers on your Twitter account? I did nearly that during 2014 on one of the accounts I manage, and did so without paying for followers. While the focus of this blog is personal finance, Twitter expertise […]

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Early Ice is Not Lice

December 14th, 2014

The best time to write about ice is early in the winter season when it is still a novelty. It loses much of its magic fairydust quality by mid-season and becomes downright evil by the time January is laid to rest. In short, ice rhymes with nice in December and with lice in February. Ice […]

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Marines Praising God!

December 14th, 2014

I could not pass up posting this video that shows a large group of Marines praising God exuberantly to say the least! With all the negative news coming at us from all sides this is most refreshing indeed. Service Chaplains cannot mention the name of Jesus, and there are many restrictions concerning the sharing of […]

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Inaugural Walleye Winter Brewfest January 2

December 13th, 2014

This should be a great event and I am really looking forward to it. I love it when beer Fest are that close to my house. Below are the details from the event’s website… Tap into a beer lovers wintertime paradise at the inaugural Toledo Walleye Winter Brewfest on Friday, January 2. Tickets are on […]

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REDEEMER BASKETBALL LEAGUE COMING THIS WINTER Registration Information

December 12th, 2014

REDEEMER BASKETBALL LEAGUE COMING THIS WINTER: Registration is TOMORROW, Dec 13th, NOON – 5 PM. The league will start on Saturday, January 10th. The league will be open to children from 5th through 12th grades. We will play 10 weeks, … Continue reading

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Democrats Wont Back Off On Gun Control Debate

December 12th, 2014

The gun control debate is heating up again with background checks seeming to win over several Senators that voted against them last time they came before the Senate. Below is one of the latest reports on guns, and gun violence in America. It seems to be a “mixed bag” concerning the direction guns and gun […]

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DECONSTRUCTING THE HOLIDAYS TO UNCOVER THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS

December 12th, 2014

“Black Friday” and “Cyber-Monday” are over. the Thanksgiving days of feasting are now days of healthy, moderate eating. I’m about to sit down for a bowl of cereal with bananas. I turn on the TV. “Holiday” stuff is on. So … Continue reading

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Michigan Insurance Marketplace taking open enrollment until Feb. 15

December 11th, 2014

The following article is on page 3A of today’s edition of The Monroe News: Michigan residents who want to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act still have time. Michigans Insurance Marketplace opened Nov. 15 and continues to Feb. 15 under the open enrollment period. The marketplace offers eligible residents the ability […]

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Can you pay off the holiday bills by March?

December 11th, 2014

One of the most realistic Q&A lists I’ve seen about holiday spending and bills has been posted by National Foundation for Credit Counseling. It doesn’t assume you’re going to spend nothing at Christmas, but it also does not give you permission to spend carelessly. Take a look at this snippet: If I charge purchases, I […]

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WICs potato purchase rules expected to change soon

December 11th, 2014

Congress is expected to approve a proposed change in the Women Infant Children produce list that allows white potatoes as an eligible purchase. The context is that sweet potatoes and red potatoes have been acceptable purchases on the WIC program for about five years, but there’s been some debate as to whether white potatoes should […]

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Jill Cataldo says she saves more money with coupons than warehouse clubs

December 10th, 2014

Have you heard of coupon expert Jill Cataldo? She reports on the couponing industry from a consumer’s perspective, but also teaches a specific coupon method that works in many major metro areas. Her Super Couponing column runs in some newspapers across the country, and you can learn about her and her couponing style at jillcataldo.com. […]

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How can you set up a homestead lifestyle when you are broke?

December 10th, 2014

One of the best posts I’ve read in a long time about frugal living is on New Life on a Homestead is this: How can you homestead when you are flat broke? Even if you are not inclined to a “live off the land” / self-sufficient lifestyle, you need to read that commentary. Kendra is […]

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