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Elks Sunday brunch ESCANABA — The Elks Sunday brunch will be held on Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Delta County Historical Society bake sale set ESCANABA — The Delta County Historical Society will conduct its annual Christmas Bake Sale on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the multipurpose room of ...

Christmas wreaths are a tradition worth keeping this holiday season

ESCANABA — A simple green wreath hangs on the weathered, old boards on a barn. A red bow flaps wildly in the north wind. The wreath’s pine cones are glazed over with ice and snow. How can such a basic Christmas decoration cause so much beauty to a rural country lane? Probably because ...

Now is the time to let go of your debt shame

By Liz Weston NerdWallet Many of us feel bad about our debt. Most of us probably shouldn’t. Three-quarters of U.S. households owe money, but the vast majority pay their bills on time and have debt loads that are reasonable given their incomes. But many people still report being ...

Are rules passive aggressive or perfectly appropriate?

Dear Annie: My wife and I are approaching our 70th birthdays this year. As we have aged, hosting company and taking care of visiting children and grandchildren has become more stressful. Both of us have age-related health issues. One of our daughters (my stepdaughter), “Janet,” visits with ...

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Elks Sunday brunch ESCANABA — The Elks Sunday brunch will be held on Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sons of Union Veterans to meet Saturday MARQUETTE — Camp 266 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will hold their bi-monthly meeting on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. in the old ...

Students reenact first Thanksgiving

Courtesy photo Mrs. Servant’s first grade class at Cameron Elementary School in Gladstone performed a Thanksgiving reenactment for family members on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Students spent time learning about Thanksgiving, learning their lines, and practicing the play in the weeks prior to their ...

Laurel Premo Trio to perform at folk dance series

AMASA, Mich. — On Sunday, Dec. 8, the Crystal Theatre and Second Sunday Folk Dance series collectively present the Laurel Premo Trio in concert at the Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls, Mich. The event starts at 4 p.m. CT and will begin with an opening set by White Water — including ...

No holiday from loneliness for many Americans

Dear Readers: This time of year is busy and bustling for many — parties, plans, packages and performances. But for others, there’s immense LONELINESS: no hugs, hand-holding or happiness. A study from Harvard University states that loneliness affects 25% to 60% of senior citizens and puts ...

Teachers deserve parents’ patience and respect

Dear Annie: I am a teacher in a small town in New England. When I began my job, I thought it was the best job in the world. I spent a lot of time, money and effort to learn the skills to become an effective teacher, and I couldn’t think of a better way to give back to my ...

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New DAR board member L’ANSE — Ivy Netzel of Wilson has been elected to the position of corresponding secretary in the Onagomingkway Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). Regent Sarah Smart and historian Jane John conducted the swearing in at the ...

The AAUW Homes for the Holidays

GLADSTONE — The annual “AAUW Homes for the Holidays” event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1 until 4 p.m. The five Gladstone homes featured this year are: The Arko Home, 1900 Lake Shore Drive; The Smith Home, 1204 Lake Shore Drive; The Bialik Home, 1024 Lake Shore Drive; The ...

Students raise money for diabetes research

Courtesy photo James T. Jones Elementary students and staff wore blue and brought in donations for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Thursday, Nov. 14. The students raised $149 for the JDRF. Shown with the check for the fund are, from left, fifth-graders Miles Vitito and Michael ...

Leave the drama at the door or don’t come to the party

Dear Annie: My husband and I are planning a big party to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Sadly, two sisters are all but ruining the event. They are both close friends of mine, but they are feuding with each other. I did not send out online invites but rather traditional paper ...

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Sons of Union Veterans schedule meeting MARQUETTE — Camp 266 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will hold their bi-monthly meeting on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. in the old board room at the Jacobetti Veterans Home in Marquette. The room is on the lower level of the Home and ...

Remember When?

Photo courtesy the Delta County Historical Society Delta County is no stranger to winter weather. In this photo from the middle of the last century, piles of snow prevent access to a drive-up, rotary pay phone.

Tips for packing your holiday packages

Dear Readers: Now’s the time to get packages sent off. Here are some PACKING HINTS from the U.S. Postal Service (www.usps.com): * Cushion items. Newspaper, packing peanuts and shredded paper all can work. Insert shredded paper into fragile items to make sure they are protected. Shake the ...

Stories link generations and create successful readers

Children who are successful readers have many stories read and told to them. They have family conversations about a wide variety of subjects including their culture and ancestors. Young children may not understand every nuance of the stories now, but they will later. Family gatherings provide ...

Cousin’s mental health and living arrangements in question

Dear Annie: One of my cousins lives about two hours away. Her parents are deceased, and she is estranged from her siblings. She has been in the hospital several times for mental health care. I believe she is bipolar but don’t know that for sure. Because she lives alone now, we invite her to ...

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Memorial United Methodist cookie sale GLADSTONE — The Annual Christmas Cookie and Bake Sale will be held on Dec. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Smith Hall at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 1920 Lake Shore Dr., Gladstone. The cookies are sold by the pound along with homemade ...

Girl Scouts, students collect food for Escanaba school pantry

Courtesy photo Girl Scout members who attend Escanaba Junior High School recently held a food drive at the junior and senior high school to benefit the school food pantry. The Girl Scout’s collected 556 food items. Mr. Berlinski’s advisory class took first place in the drive by collecting ...