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First Presbyterian hosts Sunday breakfast ESCANABA — The youth of the First Presbyterian Church will serve “Breakfast for a Buck” every Sunday morning from 8:30 to 9:30. The menu includes pancakes, bacon and hot coffee. The church, which is ADA-accessible, is located at 9th Street and ...

Christmas keepsakes are different for all

ESCANABA — Some people spend many hours and dollars looking for the perfect Christmas gifts for loved ones. Christmas morning can be like a frenzy of bouncing ribbons, bows, and shredded wrappings. The popular gadgets and gifts are “Oh-ed” and “ahh-ed” over.  Everything from blue ...

Neighbor’s leaves are causing hazards on roads

Dear Annie: My mother has been dealing with her jerk of a neighbor for too long, and I’m fed up. Every year, the leaves fall from his trees, and rather than mulch them like the rest of the homeowners in the neighborhood, he gets out his leaf blower and blows them into the road and beyond, to ...

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Lighthouse and Museum hold open house ESCANABA — The Sand Point Lighthouse and the Delta County Historical Museum will hold a Christmas Open House on Monday, Dec. 26 and Tuesday, Dec. 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy old fashioned holiday cheer, music, decorations, and ...

Happy “Owl”idays story hour fun

GLADSTONE — Santa Claus surprised the 57 children who attended the Happy “Owl”idays story hour that was held on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Gladstone Public Libray. Children enjoyed stories read by volunteers and holiday songs and activities were provided by ...

It happened again – furniture broken by friend

Dear Annie: I wrote to you earlier this year about my lovely, charming neighbor and friend named “Tara,” who is quite overweight and broke my living room chair. I was so embarrassed for her that I did not say anything, and neither did she. I’ve never mentioned it since. That repair was ...

Alone on the holidays

Dear Readers: The end of the year brings holiday cheer, but not for everyone. Some people are alone, whether widowed, homebound by illness or injury, or for any number of other reasons. Many like to be alone, but some may not. What can you do? Check on your neighbors. Reach out and make sure ...

Adding fresh tarragon to red wine vinegar

Dear Heloise: Is there a recipe to make tarragon red-wine vinegar?  I cannot find it anymore, and I find it adds a great touch to my Caesar salad. — Fran P., via email Fran, I have a recipe that starts with a bottle of your favorite red vinegar. For every pint of vinegar, you will want ...

Close relationship with ex-wife causes stress

Dear Annie: I have a brainteaser for you. My husband and I have been married for nearly 11 years. He was divorced from his first wife about 15 years ago; they had no children. His family has welcomed me with open arms. However, his ex-wife continues to stay in touch with family members. They ...

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Elks Auxillary holds monthly meeting ESCANABA — The Escanaba Elks Auxiliary will hold its monthly dinner/meeting on Thursday, Jan. 5 at the Elks Lodge. Social time will be at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. with the meeting to follow. The”Automatic Reservations” list is in effect and ...

Gratitude is an endangered trait for some

Dear Annie: I am writing about common courtesy. Does it exist anymore? I have a large family, with grown grandchildren, and I still work part time, although I am close to 80. I would like to complain about the lack of respect that the younger generation has. I am a constant reader — ...

Take a pass on premium gas?

Dear Heloise: I am so confused! I have been buying premium gas for my car, but I just watched a news report that stated many of us are using premium gas when we could be using regular. I really don’t want to waste money, so what do I do? — Lisa O., via email Yes, regular gas is fine for ...

Coloring a popular adult hobby

METRO — Coloring books are no longer just child's play. In recent years, adult coloring books have flown off of the shelves at craft retailers and bookstores, turning what was once a niche hobby into a popular and lucrative trend. Studies show that coloring can have calming and therapeutic ...

Honor thy hostess when requests are made

Dear Readers: Today’s sound off is about offering to help at parties. A reader wrote: “Now that Christmas parties or dinners are starting, I would appreciate you touching on this subject in your column. “If you ask the hostess if you can bring something to her dinner or party and she ...

A here-and-there father when time permits

Dear Annie: My now-ex-husband and I got married and had a baby right after high school. We had a beautiful baby girl, “Sophia.” Caring for a newborn while all my friends were going off to college was challenging, but I would not trade the experience for the world. Sophia is my light and ...