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Staying strong in a pandemic — like Mom would

ESCANABA — Strong, like a shot of vodka. Filled with faith and eager to love and laugh, that pretty much describes my mother. She was a determined woman. Although many obstacles came her way during her lifetime, she did not let them slow her down. With a worldwide pandemic going on, we ...

She sees seashells — and wants to bring them home

Dear Heloise: I love to collect seashells when I’m on vacation. I was wondering if I’m allowed to bring home seashells from foreign beaches. Are there any laws preventing this? — Susan in Florida Susan, yes you can, but there are some guidelines. According to U.S. Customs and Border ...

Sibling’s religious obsession straining relationships

Dear Annie: I am concerned about several of my six siblings. We were brought up very strictly, and we experienced shame if we missed church or sinned. We’re all adults with kids of our own now. Over the years, several siblings and their spouses have become obsessively religious. It’s their ...

Erickson reaches pinnacle rank in Air Force

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Jamie Erickson, son of Jerry and Rita Erickson of Rapid River, and brother of Audree Erickson Orna of Castle Rock, Colo. and Kaylee Erickson Reynolds of Hillsdale, Mich., has been promoted to Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force. Erickson is a 1998 ...

What’s for dinner? Depends what’s in the fridge

Just about now, you might be tired of cooking and eating what’s in your refrigerator. We are all used to asking what’s for dinner? What are we in the mood for — pizza, sushi, Mexican? And then going to a restaurant to get it. Now, with the coronavirus forcing many of us to stay home ...

Spring is the time for cleaning and fresh-looking sneakers

Dear Readers: Spring is here! Are you ready to up your cleaning game? Let’s stock up with cleaning essentials. Take inventory of what you already have, clip this list and take it with you to the store to grab what you need: * Wet mop * Sponges * Chlorine bleach * Dry mop * ...

Cousin’s cheating wife threatening friendship with silence

Dear Annie: I have a cousin who is married, and he and his wife are very close to my wife and me. We started spending time together, not because of my cousin and me but because our wives hit it off and developed a close friendship. We spend the holidays together, visit one another at least once ...

Bay de Noc Lions Club seeks charter members

ESCANABA — The Bay de Noc Lions Club has issued an open invitation to anyone interested in becoming a charter member. The group is active in projects and programs that help the local community, and utilizes a number of technology-based, future-forward communication methods to gather. These ...

Powell works on coronavirus fight

Courtesy photo Gladstone High School graduate Quinn Powell is helping to lead ongoing efforts in the Detroit Area to test patients for the COVID-19 coronavirus. She volunteered to be on the frontline team to screen and test possible infected patients for the virus. The work is dangerous, but ...

Social distancing? Try banking online

If the coronavirus has you self-isolating, you’re likely more concerned about staying in touch with loved ones and carefully planning your grocery excursions than about changing your money routine. But if you’re concerned about how to do your everyday financial tasks from home, consider ...

Too much cooked oatmeal doesn’t always mean waste

Dear Heloise: Do you have any suggestions or recipes for an overabundance of cooked oatmeal cereal? Our church group makes breakfast every other month (pancakes, eggs, biscuits and gravy, fruit and oatmeal), and there is usually a pot of oatmeal left over. I hate to see this thrown out but have ...

Watching out for mother-in-law’s dangerous cons

Dear Annie: Shortly after I met my mother-in-law, she sat me down, showed me her wallet and told me that she always kept a “hundred dollar bill” in the little outside pocket, as well as a blank check folded up inside one of the credit card slots. She said she did this just in case she got ...

Briefs

Wells Lions Club raffle winner announced WELLS — The winner of the Wells Lions Club 52 week raffle for March 23 is Beth Gauthier of Bark River, who won $100. This was week 34 of the raffle. St. Anthony calendar raffle winners named WELLS — St. Anthony Church has announced the calendar ...

Remember When?

Photo courtesy of Brenda Tibbetts Shown at left is the 1935 Cooks Clippers basketball team. Pictured are, back row from left, Coach Bill Collins, Harold Knuth, Jim Tebo, Harold Bouschor, and Roy Mortensen. In the front row, from left, are Harold Carley, Stan Brew, Matthew Lakosky, Frank ...

Creating a retirement ­paycheck that lasts

Saving and investing for retirement may actually be easier than deciding how to safely spend what you’ve accumulated. Withdraw too much and you could run out of money. Withdraw too little and you might stint on some retirement pleasures you could actually afford. Taxes and Medicare premiums ...

Read the fine print when signing that business contract

Dear Readers: Whenever you enter into a business agreement with a company, read the fine print. Why should we take time to read it? A lot can be contained in that very small print. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov) is rife with warnings about fake sweepstakes and prize ...

Aurora Jo

ROBERTS — An infant girl, Aurora Jo, was born to Kaylee Roberts of Escanaba on March 13 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital. Aurora was 6 pounds, 12 ounces at birth. The baby’s grandparents are Tammy Roberts and Steve Schultz of Powers. Aurora’s great-grandma is Sharree Roberts of ...

Unsolicited compliments are always the best kind

Dear Annie: I’m an older gent who has been doing weight training for years. I was walking down the beach one day, wearing my swimsuit, and a young lady approached on a bicycle from the opposite direction. She pointed toward me, and I turned to look at the water thinking the dolphins that had ...

Christopher Alan Jr.

LYNCH — Gladstone residents Christopher and Madeline (Soper) Lynch welcomed a son, born at OSF St. Francis Hospital on March 12 at 2:12 p.m. Christopher Alan Jr. weighed in at 8 pounds, 7.7 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long at birth. Robert and Kristal Soper and Keith and Susie Lynch of ...

3 ways to use screen time while kids are at home

THE CONVERSATION — As families everywhere adjust to social distancing measures like closed schools and childcare centers, workplaces and more, parents are grappling with questions regarding their kids’ use of technology. Rebecca Dore, an expert on children and media, offers some tips for ...