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Combating Fundamentalism

August 30th, 2014

Islamic Fundamentalism has reared its ugly head again in the Middle East. This latest version is so radical and violent that the established radical and violent fundamentalist movements have disavowed it. So that checks the first box of the well-worn conservative criticism of Islam. Other Muslims ARE speaking out against this latest perversion of their […]

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REDEEMER MINISTRY SCHOOL FALL CLASSES 2014

August 30th, 2014

REDEEMER MINISTRY SCHOOL FALL CLASSES 2014 Classes begin September 14, 2014 (date TBA) PRAYER Instructor: John Piippo Meets: Sunday nights, 6-8 PM. First Class – September 14 Last Class – November 30 This course will teach students a biblical theology … Continue reading

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Root Cause Ferguson Riots

August 28th, 2014

The death in Ferguson of an unarmed teenager and subsequent unrest raise a couple of basic questions. The first is obvious. There is no question that a police officer shot an unarmed citizen multiple times. The teenager died from his wounds. What happened in the moments leading up to gunshots being fired are still in […]

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Heirloom fruit tree 14 year odyssey

August 28th, 2014

Fourteen years ago I planted a ‘Lord’s Seedling’ apple tree, an heirloom variety. It transplanted well and made really great growth the first three years. Then during the winter of the fourth year, disaster struck. Under the snow, near the base of the tree,mice chewed the bark all of the way around the trunk, girdling […]

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MCOP announces September emergency grocery distributions

August 28th, 2014

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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PRAYER & WORSHIP NIGHT FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

August 28th, 2014

PRAYER & WORSHIP NIGHT FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH Thursday, Aug. 28 7 PM Redeemer Church – Monroe, MI 5305 Evergreen Led by our church’s youth Anyone is invited to come  

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Government food distribution Sept. 17 in Temperance

August 27th, 2014

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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Tangled and Gnarly Perch Hooks, No Problem.

August 27th, 2014

….here is the solution. You have been fishing for a few hours, and your perch snells are starting to look a little rough. I have the solution for when employing spreaders, and that third bottom hook on a standard perch … Continue reading

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Read this one sneaky trick for school spirit attire on a budget

August 26th, 2014

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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Second Nature: Waspy Moths

August 25th, 2014

Second nature: natural observations made with little effort and requiring little explanation. While nature appreciation should be second nature in the true definition of the term, it can also consist of observations made within a short period time. Ideally nature study should not be constrained by time but the real world demands otherwise (assuming you […]

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Where does your food come from? Discussion for 2015 Community Read

August 24th, 2014

The 2015 Community Read selection for Monroe County MI will be The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebees, 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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Many Miles=Many Memories

August 23rd, 2014

In the past month we traveled over 1,700 miles.From Michigan to Vermontand back. In a truck. With three kids. Let that sink in for awhile. My pre-vacation worries of crying and whining were unfounded as our kids are turning out to be pretty great travelers. We visited Joe’s grandma and his aunts, uncles, cousins and […]

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PRAYER IS THE GLUE THAT ENABLES OUR FREEDOM

August 23rd, 2014

I hear of so much violence through the media that my heart easily becomes desensitized to it. But not this week. I can barely hear of what happened to James Foley. My heart aches and longs as I see his … Continue reading

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Meijer shopping cart review Aug. 22

August 22nd, 2014

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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Mobile Food Pantry Aug. 23 in Petersburg

August 22nd, 2014

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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Free Medical Screening Camp Aug. 23 in Monroe

August 21st, 2014

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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Monroe County Preparedness Expo Sept. 13 at Mall of Monroe

August 20th, 2014

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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Original Perch CatchCounter For Sale

August 20th, 2014

This is the original model of the CatchCounter “Perch Counter”. Perfect size for catching, counting and storing your perch while on the boat. Throw in a bag of ice or a gallon jug of ice and it will remain cold … Continue reading

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Seniors ROCK! resource fair Sept. 13 in Trenton

August 20th, 2014

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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How to keep high school senior portraits from blowing your budget

August 19th, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News When I sat for my high school senior picture nearly 30 years ago, I had one image in mind: A formal picture taken in a studio. I wore my dressiest blouse and […]

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