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Everyday Cheapskate: Travel tips, tricks and hacks

I love to travel, which has become one the best unintended consequences of my life as a writer, speaker and blogger. Travel always involves challenges. That’s why I have adopted an attitude that no matter how well I’ve planned, if something can go wrong, it probably will. And if it ...

Car club plans ice cream trip

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Just Cruizin’ car club has planned an ice cream ride for Thursday. They will depart from the Midtown Mall parking lot at 6 p.m. and travel to Neu Cup for ice cream and socializing.  If attending, please remember to bring a lawn chair. All area car enthusiasts ...

The Chancellors perform Sunday

IRON RIVER — The Chancellors Quartet will provide the first Summer Concert Series performance for 2017 at 7 p.m. Sunday at Grace Covenant Church, 316 Jasper St. in Iron River. The concert series has been an annual event for the past 19 years at Grace Covenant Church. In 1970, four men ...

Stamp club to meet Saturday in Escanaba

ESCANABA — The Bay De Noc Stamp and Coin Club will have its 17th annual stamp and coin course from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time Saturday on the Bay College campus. This year the event will be in Bay College’s Heirman Building on Danforth Road in Escanaba. Stamp and coin dealers from ...

Dear Annie – Sitter woes

Dear Annie: I recently called a friend to see whether her college-age daughter, “Tiffany,” could baby-sit for my 1 1/2-year-old granddaughter from 6 to 8 p.m. on a Saturday so I could attend a reception at a local club. I didn’t hear back at first, but three days before the event, I ...

You can have your smashed avocado and a house, too

I love a good story, especially one that goes viral for some unknown reason, setting off a media firestorm. On a recent episode of the Australian “60 Minutes,” real estate mogul and self-avowed millionaire Tim Gurner casually suggested that the reason some millennials cannot afford to buy ...

Channing 60th

Members of the Channing High School Class of 1957 met for their 60-year reunion July 7 at the Randville Bar, then the Sagola Clubhouse for photos. Shown from left, in the front row, are Ella Chartier, Helen Bjorkman, Chickey LaPointe and Jerry McCole; in the back row are Ken Pollock and Gary ...

Can’t eat just one

By Annie Lane Dear Annie: I love chocolates, especially when they are in a box from a candy store or pharmacy. The problem is that once I start eating them, I can’t stop! Most people seem to be able to eat one or two and then stop. Very often, if a box of chocolates is brought out in the ...

Jamerson to perform at the IXL Historical Museum

HERMANSVILLE — The IXL Historical Museum is excited to have Bill Jamerson return with a new program. The Michigan based musician/author will perform songs and stories about the history of the Upper Peninsula at 2 p.m. Sunday at the IXL Historical Museum in Hermansville. The presentation is ...

Car show Friday

Randy Hallman’s 1962 Buick LeSabre will be among the many vehicles on display during the Covenant Classic Car & Bike Show from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of First Covenant Church, 125 E. H St. in Iron Mountain. The event is free and also will feature a cookout, complete with ...

Make your own tub, tile and shower cleaners — cheaper, better and faster

By Mary Hunt The only thing better than making things myself is when things I make turn out to be cheaper, better and faster than something I can buy in the store to accomplish the same goal. That makes me so happy! Dear Mary: I love, love, love the homemade tub and shower soap scum ...

DCCT sets auditions for next production

KINGSFORD — Dickinson County Community Theatre announces auditions for “Dracula Retold,” a new presentation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula story. Auditions will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 28, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at 641 Brookfield St. in Kingsford. Interested actors ...

Back off, friends

By Annie Lane Dear Annie: I have many close friends from different groups. My time with each of them is very important, and I don’t want to be tied down to one friend. My partner has many wonderful friends he enjoys spending time with, too. Recently, we got acquainted with another couple ...

Iron Daisy plays Thursday in Norway

NORWAY — An acoustic trio of outstanding Upper Peninsula musicians will appear for the fifth installment of Music In The Park 2017 at 7 p.m. Thursday. Iron Daisy Acoustic will play at the free summertime music series at the band shell in downtown Norway. Iron Daisy Acoustic is an ...

Readers ask anything

By Mary Hunt As you may know, and just because I mention it so often, I get a lot of mail. And up until just recently, it’s gone into one big out-of-control pile I call The Mailbag. Having reached the tipping point, where I was ready to pull every last hair out of my head, I’ve come up ...

LifeFit graduates

Jackson Fox, left, and Kolbe Husing recently graduated from LifeFit BrainFit Interactive Metronome. The Interactive Metronome integrates sight, sound and physical movement to improve the brain’s processing speed and performance. They both improved their scores by more than 250 points. This ...

Bay College announces winter graduates, dean’s list

ESCANABA — Bay de Noc Community College announces the names of students who completed all of the requirements for an associate degree orcertificate during the winter semester. Associate in arts degree Carney — Lauren Murray; Daggett— Tristan Kuntze, Alexis Wery; Iron Mountain — ...

Soundz of Time at library

The Soundz of Time featuring Jan and Gino will present “We’re Havin’ A Party” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Dickinson County Library — Solomonson Branch in Norway. High-energy entertainment duo Jan and Gino will feature songs of Sam Cooke, Brenda Lee, Chubby Checkers, Fats Domino and more ...

Ray to perform at VA on Tuesday

IRON MOUNTAIN — Local country music artist Alexis Ray will perform at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center. She grew up in Marinette and discovered her musical ability at an early age. She had a knack for singing and shortly picked up the guitar. She has been ...

When ‘sorry’ isn’t enough

Dear Annie: I am 75 years old. My wife of more than 50 years died suddenly and without warning a year and a half ago, and I began drinking excessively almost immediately. I have since regained control. Here’s the problem: During one of my drinking episodes, my daughter-in-law claims I ...