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Low cost family photos available March 7 in LaSalle

February 25th, 2015

Has the potential expense kept you away from sitting for a family photo? The Monroe Camera Club will host a Spring Photo Session from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday March 7 at First Presbyterian Church of LaSalle, 13007 S. Dixie Hwy., LaSalle, Mich. Professional-quality family and individual photos can be scheduled at “low cost.” There […]

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Child poverty rates are rising in Monroe County MI

February 25th, 2015

The recession is technically over, but poverty and working poor conditions continue to linger in Monroe County, Mich. The Monroe News looked into the data compiled annually by the Kids Count project and has this report: Child poverty rates rise in Monroe County.

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Applications available for Bedford Goodfellows Easter baskets

February 24th, 2015

The Bedford Goodfellows will distribute Easter Food Baskets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday April 4 at Lambertville United Methodist Church, 8165 Douglas Rd., Lambertville, Mich. Those picking up the baskets must bring proof of living in Bedford Township (Lambertville or Temperance), have a current utility bill, photo ID and proof of income. Applications will […]

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The complicated personal finance details of child support

February 24th, 2015

This is the Monroe on a Budget column for the Feb. 24, 2015, edition of The Monroe News: By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget How reliable are your family finances if part of the household income depends on someone who doesn’t live with you and the kids? This is a dilemma that many […]

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Speedwells Moxie

February 21st, 2015

It wasnt a miracle but given the context it kinda seemed like one. There growing out of a chink in the stone wall at Audubon State Park was a Persian Speedwell (aka Birds Eye Speedwell) in bloom. They were tiny blooms near microscopic, in fact – but flowers none-the-less. I should mention that it […]

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MCOP announces March 2015 emergency food locations

February 19th, 2015

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a quarterly food distribution program administered in Monroe County, Mich., by the Monroe County Opportunity Program. The first 1,000 eligible recipients each quarter will get a package of groceries that is expected to include applesauce, beef stew, peanut butter and canned salmon. To qualify, you must be able […]

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2014 poverty statistics for Monroe County MI

February 18th, 2015

The Michigan League for Public Policy has a county-by-county database and infographic of poverty-related statistics. Here’s the Monroe County MI chart: — Paula Wethington  

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A pretty prom doesnt have to cost a pretty price

February 17th, 2015

This is the Monroe on a Budget column for the Feb. 17, 2015, edition of The Monroe News: By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget If you or someone in your family wishes to dress like a princess on a pauper’s budget for this year’s proms, weddings or pageants, now is the time to […]

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Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit presentation Feb. 25 in Bedford

February 16th, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs will give a presentation about the Aid and Attendance Benefit from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday Feb. 25 at Vibrant Life Senior Living, 667 Sterns Rd., Temperance, Mich. This is a tax-free benefit that can help veterans with the cost of assisted living, homebound care or nursing care. There is […]

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Walmart revises Savings Catcher rules

February 14th, 2015

Did you sign up for the Walmart Savings Catcher program? It’s a smartphone app where you can scan in your receipt, and Walmart will check its database for lower prices at competitors. This is the notice I received in my email about some changes: Thank you for using Savings Catcher. We wanted to share with […]

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A Carolina Chickadee in Kentucky

February 14th, 2015

There were very few in fact, no human visitors to the museum at John James Audubon State Park in Henderson Kentucky the other day. This wasnt surprising given that the particular day we chose was bitter cold, snowy, and windy. There were plenty of avian visitors flocking to the feeders outside the observation […]

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Lutheran High School South prom dress resale is Feb. 21 and 28

February 13th, 2015

Lutheran High School South, 8210 N. Telegraph Rd., Newport, Mich., will host its Prom Dress Resale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Feb. 21 and Saturday Feb. 28. This is a cash only sale; featuring all formal styles and sizings. Sellers can drop off their dresses is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Feb. […]

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Lake Erie Metropark and Beer History

February 12th, 2015

Take it from someone who has been married for over ten years. Nothing will make your wife happier this Valentine’s Day than to take her to a beer event on love’s biggest day. It sounds like I’m joking but I have taken Sarah to this event before and we loved it. What is it? Actually, […]

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Republican Economic Predictions

February 08th, 2015

Two strange things happened on the way to the 2016 Presidential election. The economy got better President Obamas popularity rebounded Both of these things proved yet again that Republican predictions leading up to 2014 were wrong. Lets review them just to make sure that we have a good list, then we can discuss how Republicans […]

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The Remains of a Brewery?

February 06th, 2015

Wahl Brewery stood on the banks of the River Raisin in Monroe, MI for about 50 years. Most of the pictures I have found in the public record are drawings. Two of these drawings contradict the location and layout of the brewery. I’ve walked around the site where the brewery stood and it hit me […]

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Going through garden seeds

February 06th, 2015

We’ve managed to save up a pretty large collection of seeds over the past several years. There are two large, covered containers in ourgarage that contain over twenty pounds of assorted vegetable and flower seeds. Most of them are long expired. The oldest are between five and ten years old. That doesn’t necessarily mean that […]

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Garden seed catalogs

February 03rd, 2015

A lot of gardeners I know get pretty antsy this time of year. Seed catalogs are arriving in our mailboxes almost every other day and making us even more fidgety. I suppose that’s the whole point of the catalogs, to make us excited about the up coming gardening season so we buy something we may […]

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B.O.P s in the E.C.T. s

January 31st, 2015

Monroe County is located on ancient lake bed. The flat land is the product of a time when Lake Erie had aspirations of grandeur. Flush with the melt waters of the great glaciers, the lake once lapped against the moraine hills around Ann Arbor (before the University was there, of course). Eastern Cottonwoods are the […]

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Wind Ghosts and Frozen Caterpillars

January 26th, 2015

  A walk out on the dikes at the Pointe Mouillee State Game area in the middle of winter can be a bit like walking the Arctic Tundra. Its little wonder that wintering Snowy Owls choose this place because it feels like home. Only broken cattail skeletons and clumped grasses serve as cover and because […]

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Fact checking Obama and Republicans

January 24th, 2015

Heres a little exercise to demonstrate that I hold facts above party affiliations. Lets look at that State of the Union address as a starting point to see how truthful President Obama was. Then lets look at Republican responses. Those responses reflect a battle in the Republican party that is likely to continue for at […]

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