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Losing a family member and special friend is hard

Losing a family member and special friend is hard

Last week we lost a special person in our lives. My friend and sister-in-law Ginger lost a courageous battle with Cancer October 8. Our family lost a beloved wife, mother,…

The surprise party that wasn’t a surprise…

The surprise party that wasn’t a surprise…

Last weekend (Sunday) we celebrated a milestone – Jack’s 70th birthday. I have been planning a little surprise party for him for the past month or so and carefully sidestepping…

It was a perfect day for a trip down the Au Sable

It was a perfect day for a trip down the Au Sable

We wound up our camping season this year with a special trip, by canoe, down the South Branch of the Au Sable River last Saturday. Growing up just north of…

Telemarketers and phone scams

Telemarketers and phone scams

Well fall is officially here and so are the telemarketers and phone scam artists. Matter of fact I don’t think they ever went away. Seems like just about every day,…

More and more fall activities – and chores

More and more fall  activities – and chores

Well the weatherman is making noises like cooler temperatures may be coming soon. At least this weekend. We can’t complain though. We have had a solid week of warm sunny…

One more fun weekend up north at the camper

One more fun weekend up north at the camper

A long Labor Day weekend spent at the camper marked the end of the summer season, but not our camping trips for the year. We are planning to make at…

Signs of Fall begin again

Signs of Fall begin again

Signs of Fall. I know that sounds a little strange this year because this week the thermometer has been hovering in the 80s and the humidity is intense, but the…

Here’s to the Good Old Days!

Here’s to the Good Old Days!

This week we have something special for all of the “oldsters” out there – our annual 50 Plus section with loads of news and ads full of great bargains for…

Don’t be fooled by IRS phone scams

Don’t be fooled by IRS phone scams

We got a phone message last Friday that was aimed at scaring us into revealing personal information and/or sending money to pay a bogus IRS claim that we owe taxes.…

The party (summer) is almost over – again

The party (summer)  is almost over – again

Summer, according to the Maurer calendar, is almost over for another year. I know I’ve said that before in recent columns, but now there’s just two weeks left until Labor…