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Gladstone Middle School students win essay contest

GLADSTONE — Three students from Gladstone Middle School have been named local winners in the 50th annual America and Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. The three students, who earned the first, second, and third place awards for their school are Monica Thibault, first; ...

Are crust-less sandwiches bad for growing bodies?

Dear Heloise: My granddaughter insists I CUT THE CRUSTS OFF all her sandwiches. This bothers me — is she missing out on something by not eating the crusts? — Sandy G., Holland, Mich. Sandy, it’s probably safe to say that your granddaughter doesn’t like the texture of bread crust. Lots ...

Are gift cards a subtle hint mom needs new clothes?

Dear Annie: I read your response to “Loving Mother,” whose children bought her gift cards to clothing stores rather than generic, credit card-type gift cards. Though I agree that honesty is the best policy, perhaps her children were actually trying to give her a subtle hint that she needs ...

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New women’s veterans group to meet Monday MANISTIQUE — A women’s veterans group will meet at The 40 Bar and Grill, 100 S. 2nd Street, Manistique, Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. The only requirement to attend is having served in the military. No era, no duration, no rank or rating is ...

First graders try their hand at snowshoeing

Courtesy photo At left, students from Mrs. Iverson’s first-grade class try their hand at snowshoeing. First graders from Cameron Elementary School in Gladstone wrote persuasive essays to Mr. Bike and Ski in hopes of receiving a class set of snowshoes. Mr. Bike and Ski was generous enough to ...

Flavorful poppy seed muffins with less sugar

We wanted to make poppy seed muffins with rich, full flavor; fluffy, tender interiors; and golden crusts. We were amazed to find that our go-to recipe had a whopping 22 grams of sugar per muffin, so we hoped that our new recipe would work with a sugar content of only 11 grams. We turned to ...

The best present may be a home-cooked meal

Dear Heloise: Being 79 years old, I don’t need much and don’t really want “things” for special occasions. The VERY BEST GIFT anyone could give me is to invite me for a home-cooked meal. Nothing fancy, just dinner or lunch and someone to share it with me. Like so many people in my age ...

Cash gifts for weddings: Tacky or acceptable?

Dear Annie: I just received an invitation to a wedding that I’ve been told will be lavish. The woman is in her 50s, and the man is in his 60s, and they have been together for over a decade, so they have requested no gifts other than monetary contributions to their honeymoon. They have ...

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Slingers at Amvets Friday ESCANABA — Amvets Post 123, located at 1315 North Lincoln Road in Escanaba, is featuring country band Slingers from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday March 22. The public is welcome. Gladstone Lions Club to hold spring social GLADSTONE — The Gladstone Lions Club will hold ...

Remember when?

Gene Watson Gallery photo This photograph, taken circa 1914, was once part of a collection of railroad photos from the Chicago Northwestern line owned by John McGeary of Danforth. The photo shows a steam engine pulling cars under a sign at Stephenson Avenue in Escanaba that reads, ...

Volunteers in need of help struggle to find willing hands

Dear Annie: I am an officer in an old but still active community cemetery with graves dating back to at least the 1800s and with plenty of available space. We have the usual slate of officers and board of directors. We advertise our public meetings, as directed in our bylaws, but they are ...

Is this ad following me?

Dear Heloise: After I searched for a particular handbag ONLINE, I then started noticing advertisements for that handbag on my social media pages and my email homepage. Kinda creepy! What gives? — Sarah T., Bozeman, Mont. Sarah, no, there’s not a little man inside your computer, but there ...

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Ukrainian egg dying workshop at library STEPHENSON — Rosie May, a northern Michigan artist, will be offering a hands-on traditional egg decorating workshop at the Menominee County Library on April 8. This workshop is free but pre-registration is requested to ensure adequate supplies. There ...

Elias Jeffrey

QUINN — Escanaba residents Ian Quinn and Rachael Bergeon welcomed a son, born at OSF Hospital on March 9 at 3:14 a.m. Elias Jeffrey weighed in at 6 pounds, 10.1 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long at birth. The baby joins sisters Ella and Evelyn in the family. Pat and Jody Bergeon of ...

Students win ski safety poster contest

Courtesy photo Art students from James T. Jones Elementary recently participated in the Know the Code skiing safely poster contest. The contest was sponsored by the Gladstone Ski Hill Safety Patrol. The winners, shown above from left, were Aubrey Gereau, 4th grade; Brant Veeser, 5th grade; ...

Can your employer cure your money woes?

Millions of Americans get their health insurance and retirement accounts through their employers. Now some are getting help with their debt. Companies including insurer Aetna and accounting firm PwC help employees pay down student loans. Others partner with startups to offer debt solutions as ...

Relationship with sister is a roller coaster ride

Dear Annie: My sister “Katy” is 10 years older than I and has never married or had children. She was a devoted and loving auntie to my kids when they were young, but they have grown up and don’t hang with her much anymore. She and I have grown apart, as well, in part because of my own ...

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Amvets to have Spring Fling weekend ESCANABA — Amvets Post 123, located at 1315 N. Lincoln Road in Escanaba, is having a Spring Fling weekend Friday and Saturday March 29 and 30. Both days will feature classic rock, country, and variety music by the Bearwalkers band. The event will ...

Boston Brass coming to Menominee

MENOMINEE — River Cities Concerts Association presents the world-famous Boston Brass quintet on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. CST at Blesch Auditorium in Menominee. This concert is sponsored by Aurie and Sara Jane Feifarek. For over thirty years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a ...