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Friend’s drama is toxic but so is her home life

Dear Annie: "Nicole" and I have been friends since the time she started at my school. She can be a good friend, but what she does outside of being a friend is questionable, and I think being around her is becoming toxic. Nicole's ex-boyfriend, "Matt," told me that Nicole's mom is constantly ...

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Immanuel to hold VBS ESCANABA — Immanuel Lutheran Church will be holding a vacation Bible school at the church Aug. 6 through Aug. 9 At the vacation Bible School, called “Shipwrecked VBS,” kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play ...

50 shades of gray squirrels

ESCANABA — There are a few nutty ones in every family… A few squirrelly ones in every backyard… And a few bushy-tailed gray, black or tawny ones on every block! I am talking about gray squirrels. No matter if you live downtown or down a country road, chances are there are dozens ...

Regional concerts

Green Bay, Wis. RESCH CENTER (www.reschcenter.com) Aug. 11, 2018 — Sugarland at 7 p.m. Sept. 19, 2018 — Modest Mouse at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 2018 — Lynyrd Skynyrd with The Marshall Tucker Band 7 p.m. MEYER THEATRE (www.meyertheatre.org) July 18, 2018 — An Evening With ...

Local students graduate from Grand Valley State

GRAND RAPIDS — Four Delta County students recently graduated from Grand Valley State University. More than 3,000 Grand Valley State University students participated in the commencement ceremonies, which took place on April 27 and April 28 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. Students who ...

Phillips graduates from College of St. Scholastica

DULUTH, Minn. — Kristy Phillips of Bark River recently graduated from The College of St. Scholastica with a master of science in teaching. The university held its spring 2018 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12 in the Amsoil Arena in Duluth. The College of St. Scholastica is ...

Tips for packing light and cleaning house

Dear Heloise: Everyone tells me to PACK LIGHT for a trip, and yet I don't really know how to do that because it seems I overpack every time I go somewhere. Got any hints on how to plan a wardrobe for a trip? — Stacy F., Owensboro, Ky. Stacy, it's really not hard to look good while ...

Alcoholic mother-in-law keeps hurting family

Dear Annie: My mother-in-law is a very good person deep down. She is a joy to be around — when she's sober. But more and more lately, she is not. And when she's not, she is hateful and vindictive and blames everyone else for her problems. She has gone so far recently as to tell me something ...

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Holy Name Class of 1958 60th reunion ESCANABA — The 60th reunion of the Holy Name High School Class of 1958 will be held on Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18. If you have any questions or to return reservations, please call Jean at (906) 786-2965. Country Express to play at Amvets ...

Ex moves to same town, wants introductions

Dear Annie: "Lindsay" and I dated for 2 1/2 years. Our breakup wasn't the worst, but it wasn't a walk in the park, either. I had just packed up my life and moved across the country with her to relocate for her job, and a week after we got there, she dumped me. I was blindsided. It took a while ...

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Lecture series at East Ludington Gallery ESCANABA — The East Ludington Gallery, 1007 Ludington St. Escanaba, will be having a lecture series the third Thursday of every month. This month will be Tracy Anderson - Scratchboard. The art of scratchboard involves using various tools on white ...

Operation Christmas Child volunteer workshop planned in Gladstone

GLADSTONE — For over 20 years, Upper Peninsula residents have been a part of Operation Christmas Child, a global project that shares the true meaning of Christmas with millions of boys and girls around the world. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, volunteers from around the U.P. will gather to kick off the ...

Bootlegger Beans and grilled vegetables

Dear Heloise: Just the thought of your recipe for BOOTLEGGER BEANS makes my mouth water. I lost that recipe in our last move to a new house. Would you please reprint it for me? — Nora Y., Troy, Mich. Nora, I've always loved this recipe, so here it is — Bootlegger Beans a la Heloise: 3 ...

Players de Noc presents Glengarry Glen Ross

ESCANABA — Players de Noc will present “Glengarry Glen Ross” later this month. The play tells the story of small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American ...

Neighbor thinks no good deed goes… unrepaid?

Dear Annie: We know an elderly couple who are on a very low income, and we have helped them a lot. Not long ago, their car needed to be fixed, and my husband paid the garage and gave the mechanic a tip. We did this not expecting repayment. Well, the woman has gotten angry at us for not letting ...

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Bay de Noc Peggers’ play paused for summer GLADSTONE — The Bay de Noc Peggers Club 218 has halted cribbage play for the summer. Regular play will resume the Monday after Labor Day, Sept. 10, and will run for 36 weeks. During the playing season, play takes place Monday at 7 p.m. at the ...

Plants in the office? Science says yes

Dear Readers: Summer is a great time to do projects around the house. HOME SHOWS are popular places to get fresh ideas from experts for this time of year. Here are some timesaving and money-saving hints for visiting these shows, courtesy of the Better Business Bureau. Check out the show's ...

Genna and Jesse to give benefit concert

BARK RIVER — It’s time for mid-summer music at Northern Sun Winery in Bark River as part of its annual “Funday Sunday” Benefit Concert Series. This Sunday’s concert on July 15 features Genna and Jesse, an eclectic internationally traveled duo who perform a range of musical styles ...