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A screaming child in the store is no fun for anyone

Dear Annie: I was recently shopping in a department store, when I heard the very loud screams of a child. Because the screaming was so abnormal, I wanted to seek the child out to see what was causing it. When I found the screamer, she was being pushed in a stroller by her mother, with a man ...

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Delta County MARSP to meet Sept. 11 in Harris HARRIS — The Delta County chapter of MARSP will hold its September meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at noon (eastern time) at the Island Resort and Casino. Shannon Taylor, executive director of Hope at the Inn, will present the program. There ...

For a veggie-packed frittata, swap the potatoes for broccoli

A frittata is a hearty brunch option but is often loaded with potatoes, cheese, and sausage or bacon. For a more nutritious version, we nixed the meat and swapped out potatoes for broccoli. To make a substantial, veggie-packed frittata, we used a dozen eggs and a full 4 cups of broccoli, ...

What’s wrong with the education system

Dear Readers: Today's SOUND OFF is about declining educational standards. — Heloise "Dear Heloise: This will be my last year of teaching because I'm entering another profession. In the 12 years I taught school, I noticed that education begins in the home with parents demanding good grades ...

Neighbor is pushing the line with ‘composting’

Dear Annie: I read your column daily, but this is my first time writing to you. My issue is with our adjacent neighbors. They have two small dogs. The man picks up the dog waste and puts it in a pile at the edge of our property. When they moved in a year and a half ago, I observed that he was ...

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71st Fall Festival at St. Rita Parish in Trenary TRENARY — St. Rita Parish in Trenary will hold its annual Fall Festival on the parish grounds on Sunday, Sept. 9. A harvest dinner featuring turkey with all the trimmings will be served from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the parish hall. There is a ...

The Esky Pops are back for fall semester

ESCANABA — The Esky Pops is an all-volunteer singing and instrumental group that performs contemporary music in Escanaba. The group is always looking for new members ages 16 and up to join the fun. There are no auditions needed to join the group, and although a musical background is helpful, ...

How to plan a debt-free vacation this summer

Whether you're planning a trip to a country across the globe or packing the car for a weekend road trip to a local campground, you can have a debt-free vacation with some careful planning. It's easy to see how a vacation can blow up even the most carefully planned budget: In NerdWallet's 2018 ...

What can be done about the nightmare nanny?

Dear Annie: I need advice regarding a recent nanny experience. I hired someone out of sheer desperation. I moved to a new town and have no friends or family around and am a single mother, and I had been with my 4-year-old son since March, one-on-one with no real breaks. I hired her from a ...

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Delta Coin Club to meet GLADSTONE — The next meeting of the Delta Coin Club is set for Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. The club meets every second Tuesday at 817 Delta Ave. Gladstone. New members or anyone interested in coins are always welcome. For further information, please call Richard ...

Words of wisdom have many forms

ESCANABA — Did your mother ever tell you not to let the cat out of the bag? Did Grandpa ever ask you to put a little elbow grease on it? Words are wonderful! Words of wisdom are a treasure. And words are very powerful things. String a few words together and you can make people laugh, ...

Kibuuka to speak on Operation Christmas Child

GLADSTONE — Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to millions of children in need each year. For 20 years, Delta County families have packed shoebox gifts for boys and girls around the world. One ...

Travel tips for the trip and your final destination

Dear Heloise: Working in an airport for more than 18 years has given me a view of how people behave while traveling, and sometimes they simply forget their MANNERS. Travel would be far more pleasant if folks would just use common courtesy when away from home. * Don't place your luggage or ...

Still worried about the troubled ‘child’ in his 50s

Dear Annie: I'm writing about my 53-year-old stepson, "Sam." I helped to raise Sam starting when he was 11. His first mom was murdered with a handgun a year before. He was already difficult as a younger child and already into drugs, including alcohol. Things got worse. My husband and I made ...

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Legion Auxiliary Unit 71 to hold special meeting GLADSTONE — The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 71 of Gladstone will be holding a special meeting on Monday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, located at 802 Delta Ave. in Gladstone. DAV to hold meeting ESCANABA — The next ...

Operation Christmas Child volunteers craft gifts for children overseas

ESCANABA — Delta County volunteers are gearing up for the shoebox-packing season for Operation Christmas Child. They know that crafting is an economical and fun way to help fill up shoeboxes that will be sent to children living in poverty overseas. Knitted hats, crochet washcloths, cloth ...

Boyfriend’s drug use is becoming problematic

Dear Annie: I'm worried that my boyfriend is abusing his prescription drugs. He goes for days without taking them and then takes several times the recommended doses all at once. He says he likes the intense rush he feels when he takes them this way. (They're stimulants.) I've expressed concern ...

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Genealogical society meeting on Sept. 26 ESCANABA — The Delta County Genealogical Society’s next meeting is, Wednesday, Sept. 26. The meeting will be held at the Family History Center in Escanaba at 7 p.m. All past and current members and the public are invited. For more ...

Fine cotton and neatly-wrinkled skirts

Dear Readers: It's a Pima primer! PIMA COTTON comes from a variety of cotton plant whose fibers are longer, softer and stronger than ordinary cotton (which is known as "upland cotton"). Pima cotton is made of ELS fibers (extra-long staple, in the trade) and makes for a higher-quality ...