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Students win Character Counts essay, art contest

RAPID RIVER — The Town & Country Study Group of Rapid River NVON National Volunteer Outreach Network (formerly MAFCE) has announced the winners for its Character Counts art and essay contest. The participants are fourth-graders from the Rapid River School District, which includes ...

Marsicek to lead 2nd Weather Group

BELLEVUE, Neb. — On June 24, 2020, Colonel Michael A. Marsicek, of the United States Air Force, assumed command of the 2nd Weather Group, 557th Weather Wing, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Marsicek, a native and former resident of Wilson, Mich., is the son of Charles and Lucille ...

Making perfect, fluffy scrambled eggs

Dear Heloise: When I see the advertisements for scrambled eggs, they always look so fluffy and light. I can’t seem to get mine like that. Do I have to put in some water? Help me! — Amy R., Anaheim, Calif. Amy, first and foremost, whisk the eggs vigorously for at least 30 seconds to be ...

Cooking with kids is fun and educational

Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, about creativity. — Guy Fieri No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing. — Julia Child What other activity can we do together as a family that provides ...

Could you please stop giving us all your old stuff?

Dear Annie: My parents and my in-laws have a habit of cleaning out their houses by bringing their unwanted things to my house. When we first moved in together, my husband and I thought they were trying to help by giving us things so we wouldn’t need to buy them, but it’s been over a decade, ...

Briefs

Wells Lions Club 52 week raffle winner GLADSTONE — The winner of the Wells Lions Club 52 week raffle for June 22 is Lori Branstrom of Gladstone, who won $100. This was week 47 of the raffle. Escanaba High Class of ‘75 reunion still on ESCANABA — The Escanaba High School Class of ...

Remember When?

Photo courtesy of Brian Flath Pictured is the Bittner family, in the front row, left, Hedwig (Bittner) Getzloff, Grandma and Grandpa Bittner (Herman), and Freida (Bittner) Cholger. Back row, left, Emma (Bittner) Flath, Julie (Bittner) Scheenaman, Martha (Bittner) Cholger, Anna (Bittner) ...

How ‘maximizers’ can cut decision-making angst

No one wants to waste money, but some of us go overboard trying to get the best possible deal. I have spent nearly as much time researching which hiking socks to buy as I have choosing a new car. Others of my species — we’re called “maximizers” — might miss locking in a good ...

What is PPE, really?

Dear Readers: You’ve probably heard the acronym PPE a lot lately. Let’s take a closer look. PPE, or personal protective equipment, helps keep cleaning crews, medical professionals and food service workers, among many others, safe from getting hurt or coming in contact with dangerous fluids, ...

Removing expectations may be the key to true happiness

Dear Annie: I so enjoy your column, and, as usual, you are on target in your advice concerning the woman who was hurt by not being notified about her cousin’s death. Two things have caused me to be a happier person. One is dropping my expectations of others, and the other is choosing not to ...

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Gladstone Class of ‘75 reunion canceled GLADSTONE — Gladstone Class of ‘75 is canceling its 45th class reunion for this year and plans to celebrate the 46th reunion on July 17, 2021. AMVETS post meeting planned for Thursday ESCANABA — AMVETS Post 123 in Escanaba will have its ...

Make a commitment to more family meals

(Family Features) — Spending moments together with loved ones carries obvious benefits like time to catch up and opportunities to bond, but sharing meals actually provides definitive value for families. With restricted social interactions and confinement at home due to COVID-19, many families ...

Misinformation about COVID-19

Today’s Sound Off is about mixed messages: Dear Heloise: During this pandemic, we all heard about various ways to avoid becoming ill, such as washing our hands, not touching our faces, wearing a mask, etc. However, I find it disturbing that there is so much misinformation out there. The ...

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover or a person by their car

Dear Annie: It’s horrible to be judged. Here is my story: I am fortunate to have a nice car. This vehicle is my first new vehicle after 15 years of saving. From my additional savings, I am able to provide to others and deliver the items they need. I also have friends who do not have ...

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AMVETS to meet ESCANABA — AMVETS Post 123 in Escanaba will have its quarterly post-wide meeting on June 25 at 5 p.m. All members in AMVETS, the Auxiliary, and the Sons are strongly encouraged to attend. The meeting will start at 5 p.m. and members are ask to help spread the word. Holy Name ...

Retiring the flag with honor and respect

Courtesy photo AMVETS Post 123 conducted a flag retirement ceremony on June 14, which was Flag Day. The post retired over 300 flags. In the photo at left, lowering the first flag to be retired were, from left, First Vice Anthony Caron, Commander Mark List, and Second Vice John Izzy. In the ...

Better picnics with bootleg beans

Dear Heloise: I’ve heard about your “Bootleg Beans,” and it seemed like a recipe my family would enjoy. Would you please reprint this recipe? — Shirley in Oregon Shirley, I’d love to! You’ll need: 3 strips of bacon 1 small onion, chopped 1 can of pork and beans in tomato ...

NMU announces ­winter 2020 dean’s list

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University has announced the students recognized on the winter 2020 dean’s list for their academic achievement. The local students who qualified with a grade point average of 4.00 are: Bark River - Jace Briggs Escanaba - Michaela Bougie, Hannah Moberg, ...

Avoiding COVID-19 student loan scams

Student loan borrowers were targets for scams before the coronavirus pandemic hit. The longer people struggle, the more desperate they become, and that’s when scammers and fraudsters thrive. “They’re using the same playbook, but more aggressively,” says Seth Frotman, executive ...

Setting boundaries and not burying any more relatives

Dear Annie: I was given up for adoption at four months old and was adopted by my maternal grandparents. I was raised as an only child, even though I knew who my siblings were and saw them regularly. My biological mother sowed seeds of hatred and division between my siblings and myself at every ...