Recent Blog Posts

2014 Giving Tuesday campaign takes place Dec. 2

November 26th, 2014

#GivingTuesday is a grassroots effort meant to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday is meant to inspire people to give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help […]

in Monroe on a Budget

Small Business Saturday is catching on in Monroe

November 26th, 2014

I just got a copy of today’s Monroe News. This is the one with the Black Friday ads. We don’t publish a newspaper on Thanksgiving Day, so the Wednesday before is our “big paper” of the year that is stuffed with the holiday weekend sales fliers. But! Don’t just flip through the inserts, be sure […]

in Monroe on a Budget

Ash Carleton Goodfellows Christmas applications due Dec. 2

November 26th, 2014

The Ash Carleton Goodfellows are accepting applications until Tuesday for their Christmas assistance program. Those who apply must reside in Ash Township, which includes Village of Carleton, Mich. Distribution date will be Dec. 16 at Sherrys Academy of Dance, 12610 Harris St., Carleton, Mich. For information or to request an application, call Glenna at (734) […]

in Monroe on a Budget

Christmas tree give-away taking place in Petersburg

November 26th, 2014

Grace Bible Fellowship, 16010 Railroad St., Petersburg, Mich., has a limited number of freshly cut, live, Canaan Fir trees the church will give away free “to those struggling to provide a tree for their family.” Operators will be on duty from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday Dec. 6 to take phone orders at (734) 279-2451. […]

in Monroe on a Budget

Another Elk Poached in Montmorency County

November 25th, 2014

How in the world does any (so called) hunter shoot a 650 pound bull elk, and mistake it for a 150 pound deer? I don’t know either, but it happens every year! When I was a young man in my twenty’s we used to go into Atlanta to see the big bucks hanging on their […]

in Hunting with Mike

Find the Black Friday-style deals all weekend long

November 25th, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this weeks installment: My part-time job when I was a teen involved delivering newspapers. As a result, long before I began my career as a reporter, I had experience with the biggest newspaper of the year. That last edition before Black […]

in Monroe on a Budget

Survey says: Youre going to spend money on Black Friday or Cyber Monday

November 25th, 2014

How’s your shopping strategy shaping up for the holiday shopping weekend? A Nielsen survey shows that more than half (56%) of shoppers are planning to spend between $100 and $500 dollars on Black Friday and / or Cyber Monday. And that doesn’t include Small Business Saturday, which falls in between. Check out the Nielsen data […]

in Monroe on a Budget

House of Restoration to host free Thanksgiving Dinner

November 23rd, 2014

The House of Restoration, 832 S. Roessler St., Monroe, Mich., will host a free Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 5 p.m. Thursday Nov. 27. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome. For information, call Pastor Mike at (734) 625-1993.

in Monroe on a Budget

Belly-buttoned Snappers

November 23rd, 2014

One of the un-expected sights of late fall, framed within the background of burnt umber oak leaves and the lemon yellow Tamaracks of Northern Michigan, are baby snapping turtles. Such a thing really shouldnt be unexpected, however. It is true that most baby snappers emerge in late summer and early fall, but a substantial number […]

in Naturespeak

Little Brother Does It Again!

November 22nd, 2014

A couple evenings ago I got a call from my little brother Darryl. He’s the one that so far has spent 55 days in the field chasing whitetails. He’s passed on several bucks, as he shoots nothing but big mature deer. When I get a phone call from him I know he’s put one down! […]

in Hunting with Mike

Big Buck Great Story

November 20th, 2014

The next few paragraphs are written by my Nephew Brock Ansel. He shot a beautiful 9 pointer on opening day and has quite a story to tell. Here it is in his own words. I’m posting a picture of Brock with his buck, and one with him and his son Owen at the Jerome game […]

in Hunting with Mike

Cozy Corners free Thanksgiving Dinner is Nov. 25

November 18th, 2014

Cozy Corner, 2020 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, Mich., will host a Thanksgiving dinner for homeless and needy starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 25. This is the 36th annual dinner, and is organized by the Steve, Sue and Peter Stylianou family in memory of Sue’s son, Michael Asley. More than 600 people attend every year, […]

in Monroe on a Budget

Can you make Christmas cookies without busting the grocery budget?

November 18th, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News If your grocery budget is tight, you might be about to panic over the cost of ingredients needed to make Christmas cookies, candies and cakes. Some of the ingredients I noticed when […]

in Monroe on a Budget

Successful Deer Reports Slowly Coming In!

November 18th, 2014

Well so much for the forecast of a warmer and, less snowy Winter! My brother came back from the Upper Peninsula and said it was the worst year they had ever had. Deep snow prevented the 4-wheelers from getting around. and the deer were either “hunkered” down, or just weren’t there! Their group of 4 […]

in Hunting with Mike

Free Thanksgiving Eve Dinner Nov. 26 in Monroe MI

November 17th, 2014

The Monroe International Association of Fire Fighters Local 326 will serve its Annual Thanksgiving Eve Dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 26 at St. Joseph Catholic Church hall, 937 E. Third St., Monroe, Mich. Last year, more than 750 meals were served and organizers expect the need has increased this year. Santa will […]

in Monroe on a Budget

Doe Permits And Winter Die Off Drastically Effect Northern Deer Numbers

November 16th, 2014

It seems that the price hike in Michigan hunting licenses has severely effected license sales. Many Michigan hunters have balked at spending the extra money and it shows in total licenses sold. So far sales are around 1.2 million which is down from the last several years. Also “out of state” sales is lagging behind […]

in Hunting with Mike

One Pic Post: Stiff Upper Lip

November 15th, 2014

A few weeks ago I spotted a minor buck a meager example of a four pointer (actually a three and a half pointer) approach a small herd of does in a field south of West Branch, MI. The sun was setting and the fellow obviously had high hopes for a wild party night. […]

in Naturespeak

Michigans Deer Season 2014

November 12th, 2014

It’s just 2-1/2 days away and I can’t wait. I’m heading north in just about an hour, as I’m trying to miss the mess at the Zilwaukee bridge. Northbound traffic is down to one lane and diverted through Saginaw. There will be all kinds of problems in that area Friday. Sounds like we will have […]

in Hunting with Mike

Greg Baldwins Lamprey Study

November 11th, 2014

I have always had an aversion forlamprey’s, ever since I saw one clinging to a steelhead’s side! They are a slimy blood sucking parasite as far as I’m concerned. They kill trout and salmon and any other fish that they can attach their round prehistoric looking mouth to. I happen to have a friend […]

in Hunting with Mike

Down in the Mouth

November 09th, 2014

It was early morning on Dollar Lake and the dawn light highlighted the converging lines of a wake trail out in the icy water. I assumed it was the mark of a muskrat swimming across our end of the lake. The little rodent had been especially busy over the last few days and his antics […]

in Naturespeak