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Decoding your credit card terms like a pro

Sifting through a credit card’s terms and conditions can be daunting. The language isn’t always straightforward, and it’s not uncommon to feel lost. Two-thirds of consumers report fully understanding credit cards’ rewards offerings, according to J.D. Power’s 2019 Credit Card ...

Sister-in-law pushing the limits of hospitable host

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married 34 years. He’s a wonderful man. His sister, “Debbie,” is awful. My husband remodeled our old house, and as soon as Debbie saw it she started hounding him to come do hers. She lives three states away. She wants him to remodel her kitchen ...

Traveling to Europe and around America safely

Dear Heloise: My husband and I are traveling to France this year, but we’ve never been to Europe before. We’d like to do a little RESEARCH before we get there, and we’d like to know who to turn to if we encounter a serious problem. Any hints for us? — Raymond and Kelly N., Inglewood, ...

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Gladstone Smear League begins season GLADSTONE — The Gladstone Smear League, formerly the All Saints Smear League, will begin a new season Thursday, Sept. 19. The Smear League will play all of its games at the Knights of Columbus Hall on the 700 block of Delta Avenue in Gladstone. Anyone ...

Lions support End the Silence Walk

Courtesy photo The Wells Lions Club presented a $500 check to the suicide prevention program “End the Silence” Saturday. The Lions Club also cooks the food for the annual walk. Pictured from left to right are Lion Jim Thomma, Lion Mike Way, Lion Jack Kidd, and founders of “End the ...

Moist cake, firm gelatin and fresh veggies

Dear Heloise: My “from scratch” YELLOW CAKE tends to be on the dry side. What can I do so it’s more moist? I try not to overbeat or overbake. — L.R., Harrisonburg, Va. There are several things you might like to try: 1. Add an extra 1/3 cup vegetable oil to your batter. 2. Add one ...

Tasty peanut butter and maple bread pudding

Recipes that are both nutritious and flavorful can help bring your loved ones together at the family table. Power up your family meals with protein-packed dishes like Peanut Butter Breakfast Bread Pudding with Maple Peanut Sauce. Peanut Butter Breakfast Bread Pudding with Maple Peanut ...

Family drama ruining special family heirloom

Dear Annie: My mother very sadly passed away in January from cancer. She had a ring of my grandfather’s that was very special to her, and I wanted to have it because I knew how much it meant to her. My stepfather gave it to me. Now, last week, my grandmother (her mother) who has pretty much ...

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Highland Golf Club ­rummage sale donations ESCANABA — The Highland Golf Club is looking for donations for its annual club fundraiser rummage sale on Saturday, Oct. 5. The club is seeking golf items, golf clothing, small appliances, tools, small furniture, decorations, and household ...

Remember when?

Photo courtesy the Delta County Historical Society Workers from Meiers Signs adjust the lettering on the sign leading to downtown Escanaba for a special event. While a sign over Ludington Street still exists, the sign itself has taken many forms over the years and no longer features lettering ...

Teaching kids about money with simple activities

Change jars, heavy change purses and coins discarded around the house can be a source of easy and fun economics activities for young children. One resourceful grandson reported finding five dollars in change just laying around the house. Econ Activities For this activity you’ll need a ...

Healthcare, hospice workers volunteer in Escanaba

Courtesy photo Employees of UP Health Systems Home Health and Hospice changed out of scrubs and into aprons to prepare and serve at the Friendship Kitchen located at the Salvation Army in Escanaba recently. Gayle DeShambo, Hospice Account Executive for UP Health System Home Care and Hospice ...

Honeymoon stage has become anything but sweet

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 1 1/2 years, though we started going out more than three years ago. We should still be at the honeymoon stage in our relationship, but I am writing because he has changed recently in really bad ways. He calls me names, puts me down, belittles ...

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Taco Tuesday returns GLADSTONE — Taco Tuesday is returning at the Gladstone American Legion Post 71 starting Sept. 10, serving from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome. The events are held at Gladstone American Legion Auxiliary Unit 71, 802 Delta Ave, in Gladstone. Cribbage season now ...

Couple goals start with a money summit

Spreadsheets and savings goals aren’t sexy. That’s probably why great love stories, when retold, don’t delve into household finances. But money is a central part of any relationship. And how you deal with it (or don’t) can determine whether your own tale is a short story or a ...

Barking dogs have neighbors barking mad

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about insensitive neighbors: “Dear Heloise: Our neighbor recently acquired a dog. Our houses are close together. This large dog is left outside in a pen to bark and bark and bark all day. It’s awful. Why do dog owners think that this is OK? All our ...

Partner’s mother driving a wedge in relationship

Dear Annie: I finally realized that I cannot change people or their behaviors. I can only change mine. Now, how I react? I am working on that. The situation: My 52-year-old life partner, “Ed,” assists his 80-year-old mother, “Laurie,” with everything. Ed is not in the greatest shape; ...

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Wheelin’ Sportsmen demos today at market GLADSTONE — Ken Buckholtz of the Wheelin’ Sportsmen will be at the Gladstone Farmers Market Monday, Sept. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m. Buckholtz will be demonstrating the equipment he uses to help hunters and anglers with disabilities enjoy the ...

Holy Name students kick off new school year

Courtesy photos Holy Name Catholic School students got a sneak peek of their classrooms on Aug. 27 during the school’s annual open house event. In addition to seeing classrooms, meeting teachers, and catching up with classmates, students also enjoyed an ice cream social. The first day of ...

Family meals help young minds and bodies

FAMILY FEATURES — For busy families, finding time to eat together isn’t always easy, but coming together around the dinner table regularly isn’t just about keeping hungry bellies full. Family meals nourish the spirit, brain and overall health. Children who grow up sharing family meals ...