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Two jay birds that call the U.P. home

ESCANABA — The blue and the gray are pretty popular around here in the wintertime. The blue is the icy, cold, clear sky when temperatures are frigid. The gray is the horizon of endless arms of trees reaching up to the snow clouds. There is another pair of blues and grays out there, too, ...

Tips for staying healthy on that long flight

Dear Heloise: As a flight attendant, I’ve learned how to “FLY HEALTHY,” and here are a few hints to keep you safe while traveling: * Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. * Take along a surgical mask. This is especially important for elderly people or those with any health ...

Compassionate Friends plan meeting for Jan. 23

ESCANABA — Anyone who has had a child die in their family is invited to attend the meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23 of the Southern Upper Peninsula Chapter of the Compassionate Friends. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in the front conference room at Escanaba High School. Use Third Ave. South ...

‘Close friend’ can’t seem to keep fights to herself

Dear Annie: I have a problem with my friend “Julie” that I’m not sure how to handle. She’s a really good friend in many ways. She’s always there when I’m going through hard stuff. She’s generous with food and gifts and other thoughtful gestures. For instance, last year, when she ...

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Spaghetti dinner Saturday in Gladstone GLADSTONE — The Gladstone American Legion Riders is holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Gladstone American Legion, 802 Delta Ave. Call 906-428-1050 for more information. Indian Education Parent Committee ...

Wells Lions Club donates to Salvation Army

Courtesy photo Wells Lions Club Treasurer Ernie Gustafson recently presented the Salvation Army of Escanaba with a check for $500. Above, Major Alex Norton, right, accepts the check from Gustafson.

Keeping skin from drying out in winter weather

Dear Readers: Winter’s dry air, low humidity and freezing temperatures can do a number on the skin. Do you adjust how you shower? You should. Frequent long, hot showers can DRY OUT THE SKIN, leaving it red, irritated and inflamed. A five-to-seven-minute shower with warm (not hot) water is ...

Lark gets 29 hand in cribbage game at Eagles Club

ESCANABA — While playing singles cribbage at the Eagles in Escanaba on Friday, Jan. 3, Sharon “Sherry” Lark of Escanaba was dealt a 29 hand. Holding three fives and a jack of hearts, the five of hearts was cut by Cathy Anderson, making it a 29 hand. The odds of getting a 29 in a ...

Trying to handle the denied traumas of childhood

Dear Annie: I am a 32-year-old married man with two children. I am trying to come to terms with my childhood. I grew up in a dysfunctional family, with an alcoholic father and a mother who had numerous affairs. My elder brother, “Michael,” was my world. He is only three years older than I ...

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Winter photography ­lecture tonight in Esky ESCANABA — The East Ludington Gallery Lecture Series kicks off 2020 with a lecture by Michael Hall called “Winter Photography” Thursday, Jan. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. The gallery is located at 1007 Ludington St., in Escanaba. The lecture is ...

How to have a ‘no regrets’ retirement

Most retirees regret not saving more. A 2018 study by Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies found 73% wish they’d put aside more money on a consistent basis, and half felt they waited too long to get serious about retirement saving. But retirement is about more than the balance in ...

Hardy makes academic list in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — The University of Minnesota Duluth has announced its dean’s list for fall semester 2019. Students on the dean’s list have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Jordyn E. Hardy, of Escanaba, was named to the list. Hardy is a senior in the UMD College of Liberal ...

Students recognized at Bob Jones

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Two local students are among over 900 Bob Jones University students named to the dean’s list for the fall 2019 semester. The dean’s list recognizes students who earn a 3.00-3.74 grade point average during the semester. Mary Chambers, a freshman educational studies ...

Bruce named to UW-Superior dean’s list

SUPERIOR, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Superior has named Adam Bruce of Gladstone to the dean’s list for academic achievement during the fall 2019 semester. To be named to the dean’s list, students must have completed 12 degree-seeking semester credits and achieved at least a 3.50 ...

No thank-you for unthoughtful gifts from brother

Dear Annie: I am in my 60s, as are my brothers and sisters, and we’re all retired. We have always exchanged nice, thoughtful (though not expensive) gifts for birthdays, Christmas and maybe some other special occasions. Over the past several years, my brother “Rod” and his wife, ...

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Wells Lions 52 Club Raffle winners named WELLS — The winners of the Wells Lions 52 Club Raffle for the week of Jan. 13 are Rob Salmi of Gladstone and Kathy Strasler of Escanaba. The winners received $250 each. This was week 24 of the raffle. Eagles breakfast Sunday ESCANABA — The ...

The perfect baked potato begins with Russets

A fluffy baked potato is a glorious thing, but too often you slice into the potato and it is shiny and waxy, not light and creamy in texture. Baking a potato is the easiest thing in the world, right? Then why are so many potatoes lacking in texture and flavor? First, for the traditional ...

Is a reverse mortgage really good for seniors?

Dear Readers: For seniors, a REVERSE MORTGAGE may seem like a great way to get extra cash to pay bills and expenses, but make sure you thoroughly understand what it is before you dive in. A reverse mortgage allows you to access the equity of your home, in monthly payments to you, without ...

The dangers and drama of comparing family gifts

Dear Annie: I read your column daily and always like your tough love and sensible advice. I’m interested in what your advice would be in the following situation. It involves gift giving at Christmas for nieces and nephews. My daughter does not feel that her brother gave as much to her sons as ...

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Photography lecture at East Ludington Gallery ESCANABA — The East Ludington Gallery Lecture Series kicks off 2020 with a lecture by Michael Hall called “Winter Photography” Thursday, Jan. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. The gallery is located at 1007 Ludington St., in Escanaba. The lecture is ...