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Mom’s gambling has decimated family’s finances

Dear Annie: Since 2013, my mother has inherited $475,000, which she has cast into a bonfire of casino losses, church donations, failed business investments and undisclosed other ventures. My late father and I advised her to pay off the home mortgage, and we were strongly rebuffed. ...

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Forest Service retirees Christmas luncheon WELLS — The annual Forest Service retirees Christmas luncheon will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Buck Inn in Wells starting at 11:30 a.m. Members are asked to bring non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul ...

A chef’s advice for holiday cooking

FAMILY FEATURES — How many times have you heard someone say they’ve slaved away in the kitchen all day? Stress in the kitchen can easily arise for a variety of reasons, especially when you’re strapped for time and have a never-ending to-do list. As a survivor of Gordon Ramsay’s ...

Something to mend? Dad is your friend

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following column was written by former Daily Press staff writer Lori Rose, filling in for the recuperating Karen Rose Wils. ESCANABA — Toasters. Suspenders. Table legs. Kitchen utensils. Ice skates. Curtain rods. Blue jeans. Flower pots. Hinges. Window screens. ...

Taking action and helping after a holiday meal

Dear Annie: With the holidays coming up, and people going here and there for dinner at others’ houses, I would like to know why some people feel they can just sit on their butts after the big meal (or before), while the others, always the same ones, get up and clean up! Don’t the ones ...

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AAUW Homes for the Holidays event returns GLADSTONE — “AAUW Homes for the Holidays” 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 ...

A gift for the earth? How to cut holiday waste

While the holiday season is a time of giving and thoughtfulness, it can also be a time of excess and waste. Americans throw away 25 percent more trash than usual between Thanksgiving and New Year’s — about a million extra tons of garbage each week, according to the National Environmental ...

Wash your hands to limit the spread of disease

Dear Heloise: Please remind your readers, including school kids, how and how often to WASH THEIR HANDS. Thank you. — P.F., Costa Mesa, Calif. It’s such an important topic. Proper hand-washing can help lessen the spread of disease, and it can help to keep us healthier. Here are the ...

Not feeling the Christmas spirit when hosting the family

Dear Annie: Christmas is around the corner, and my mother has asked me to host Christmas at my house. (Roughly 30 people will be there.) I do not feel my house is big enough, and hosting an event at my house gives me extreme anxiety! I hosted last year, but only because I was guilted into doing ...

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Post to serve breakfast HERMANSVILLE — American Legion Post 340 in Hermansville will be holding a pancake and French toast breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 8 to 11 a.m. CST. Pie and bake sale in Powers Nov. 27 POWERS — The Grace Lutheran Ladies are having a pie and bake sale in place ...

History with a view: The Skellenger home

By Joe and Erica Skellenger 1000 Lakeshore Drive The Skellenger home, owned by Joe and Erica Skellenger, is located at 1000 Lakeshore Drive in Gladstone. The location — a large corner lot with a beautiful view of Little Bay De Noc and the Gladstone harbor — is hard to beat. The ...

Finding joy in seizing the day as an octogenarian

Dear Annie: My wife and I are both 86 years old and retired from meaningful careers. We have a very happy marriage, wonderful children and grandchildren and are blessed with good health and mobility. We live in our own home, subscribe to two theatres and the symphony, attend our ...

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Live music at Amvets ESCANABA — Amvets Post 123 will host the band “Angels & Outlaws” Friday, Nov. 22. The event starts at 7 p.m. Wells Lions raffle winner WELLS — The winner of the Wells Lions 52 Club Raffle for Nov. 18 is Rob Salmi of Gladstone, who won $100. This was week ...

Remember When?

Photo courtesy the Delta County Historical Society Two young girls and one brave dog take to the slopes of Ludington Park in this photo from Dec. 12, 1955. Shown from left are Carol Heminger, Spot, and Mary Robbin Heminger.

Speedier payment systems could curb your costs

Here’s an illustration of the many ways slow payment systems can inconvenience you and cost you money. Let’s say Homer is two days from payday. The family checking account at First Bank of Springfield is on fumes. There’s just enough in the account, Homer thinks, to gas up his Plymouth ...

Rebuilding after decades of betrayal from husband

Dear Annie: I read “Dear Annie” now, just as I read “Ask Ann Landers” and “Dear Abby” starting in the 1950s. I hope you can give me some advice. My husband, “Fred,” and I have been married for 58 years. We met when we were both working in Washington, D.C. We were 18 years old. ...

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Pie and bake sale in Powers Nov. 27 POWERS — The Grace Lutheran Ladies are having a pie and bake sale in place of the chili feed in the entrance and basement of the church on Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. All the pies and baked goods will be fresh and homemade. The Grace Lutheran ...

To Whom it May Concern? Advice on addressing holiday cards

It’s that holiday-card time of year again. But before you open up the address book or spreadsheet, read up on some modern etiquette for addressing those to whom you’re sending your jolly good tidings. Holiday cards, particularly Christmas cards, are big business. Leading greeting-card ...

Breaking the chain letter hasn’t been bad luck

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about chain letters. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: Why do people send out chain letters? I hate it when I go to my account on a social networking website and find a chain letter there with instructions to send it to 10 other people, including the person who ...

Career concerns overwhelming for this student

Dear Annie: I’m in my last year of a pre-university study program and need to choose a university program in a couple of months. The problem is that I haven’t the slightest idea of what I want to do. This decision is going to affect the rest of my life, and I feel incredibly unprepared. Of ...