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Backyard Bucks

July 21st, 2014

It’s hard to believe that we are entering the last few days of July. It seems that summer just started, but August is just around the corner. September is just around the corner which brings Michigan’s bear season and the special deer hunts for youth and the disabled/veterans! Wow October bow season is right behind. […]

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Walleye are still Banging the Boards Back

July 21st, 2014

While the perch anglers are starting to congregate between Stoney Pointe and the River Raisin channel buoys, there are still lots of walleye in Michigan waters. Saturday marked the second weeks where it took three passes to get our two-man limit of walleye. Would have been just two passes, but for the first time all […]

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Watch for the Good and Cheap cookbook in September

July 20th, 2014

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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Big Walleye Spinner Blades require a big CLEVIS

July 18th, 2014

So far this year I am shooting a solid 50% on new things to try for putting more walleye in the boat. Although my idea for using a keel weight to get my cranks down deeper with less line behind the planer boards wasn’t a big hit, I haven’t given up on the idea, it […]

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GODS NOT DEAD AT REDEEMER, SEPT. 6

July 18th, 2014

We’re showing the movie God’s Not Dead” at Redeemer Fellowship Church. 5305 Evergreen Monroe, MI 734-242-5277 When: Sat., Sept. 6, 6 PM. Cost: Free. I will lead a Q&A following the movie. We’ll serve refreshments afterwards. I’ve reviewed ithere. If … Continue reading

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Can you afford taking five years to earn a bachelor degree?

July 18th, 2014

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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Le Petit Le Pew

July 17th, 2014

First the facts. Striped Skunks have an average litter of 6 young. The maximum number in this department is around ten but some have enough nipples to accommodate up to 14 in case of a fertility crisis. Even though the little ones skunklets we shall call them can spray some musk at 8 […]

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Bald Eagle Encounter

July 16th, 2014

Back when I was a kid there was a report of a pair of nesting eagles in Monroe County Michigan. Reporters found the huge nest high in the top of a tree not far from the Lake Erie shoreline, and took pictures to go along with the local newspaper story about our national symbol. Cars […]

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Sweet Summertime

July 16th, 2014

Oh Summer! I wasnt sure you would ever get here! My oldest didnt get out of school until June 24th. You read that right, the twenty-fourth! I was out only a few days before her. Needless to say, summer feels like it has just begun! I really hope getting out of school this late is […]

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What were grocery prices like in the 1940s?

July 16th, 2014

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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Take a peek at cooking history at Clabber Girl Museum

July 16th, 2014

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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Dont go crazy with back-to-school shopping

July 16th, 2014

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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IF YOU HAVE SIN IN YOUR LIFE DOES GOD STILL HEAR YOUR PRAYERS?

July 16th, 2014

Recently a friend called me because they are having trouble praying. Someone told them that if a person has sin in their life God does not hear you and therefore will not help you. Here is my response. First, let’s … Continue reading

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The New BigMouth CatchCounter: counting perch, bluegills, crappie and more

July 14th, 2014

  Like many walleye anglers around the Great Lakes when late July and August roll around my attention turns towards those tasty yellow bellied treats known as Perch! Even fisherman who do not put their boats in for chasing walleye come out in droves when it comes to the annual perch season. Often the bite […]

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3 Passes=12 Lake Erie Walleye

July 12th, 2014

Had a really nice morning yesterday on the Michigan side of Lake Erie, we made three passes on a Northeast track and collected our 12 walleye, going 12 for 13. We had several doubles with two eyes on at the same time, which made netting the fish seem like a royal mess with clearing the […]

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Monroe Birthplace of the Michigan Wine Industry

July 11th, 2014

By Kevin and Sarah Nash The 2nd annual Monroe Wine Crawl is next Friday, July 18. Although the event is already sold out I thought it would be a good excuse to do a post on Monroe’s wine history. Have you ever wondered why a town founded by the French on the River Raisin seems […]

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Traverse City Cherry Festival & The Blue Angels

July 11th, 2014

While up north this past week we took a ride over to Traverse City for the National Cherry Festival and the air show and fireworks put on the 4th. of July. We arrived early enough to secure a prime spot on the beach at Grand Traverse Bay, and were treated to quite a spectacular day. […]

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Southgate Kmart to close fall 2014

July 10th, 2014

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

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Scrapbooking dilemma: when the paper collections dont match your photos

July 09th, 2014

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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Why dont those who are suddenly poor act like it?

July 09th, 2014

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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