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Life

Caretaking from the heart

Dear Annie: I have never written to an advice columnist but feel the need to share my experience of having been the caregiver for my parents. It was so hard for me emotionally to visit as they slowly lost their memory and physical abilities. I frequently broke into tears when I left. About ...

First Presbyterian Church gives drive-through meals

KINGSFORD — The First Presbyterian Church of Kingsford will continue to provide free meals to the community as they have done every Monday for the past 17 years. Meals will be prepared, packaged and delivered on a “drive-through” basis from 5 to 5:30 p.m. each Monday, until indoor ...

Hands of friendship

One of life’s basic needs is friendship. We all need and want someone who will listen to us, cry with us, rejoice with us and be there whatever the occasion. We seek someone who is trustworthy kind gentle yet fun loving and patient. Friendships are formed at a very young age and many continue ...

Husband doesn’t want to see family

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 42 years, with no children. We are both born and bred New Yorkers. After we retired from very high-pressured careers, we decided it was time to settle in a nice, quiet community. This was more my husband’s idea than mine, but I agreed to make ...

Working hands

Work is a noble activity, inspired by God himself. Our hands are the most visible working parts as we engage in a multifaceted world of work. Jesus worked as a carpenter in his early years and taught that man needs to work as well. In fact, the Bible says the man who doesn’t work ...

Extension webinar series will answer questions on food safety

LANSING — Michigan State University Extension is a resource for answering consumers questions regarding food safety. Food safety educators will host a live webinar series focusing on various food safety topics from 10 to 10:30 a.m. starting Monday. The first webinar will provide ...

Caregiving in a time of coronavirus

By MARIA BOURNOVILLE Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County FLORENCE, Wis. — We are addressing this to all the family members and friends who provide care for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and similar illnesses. The care you provide is always vital to the ...

A cool treat

Siblings Morgan, 7, and Maverick Kelly, 3, of Norway enjoy popsicles outside their home.

This is giving me a headache

Dear Heloise: I have a pet peeve when shopping that maybe you can answer. When I’m looking for a specific spice or can of soup, the choices are endless. My eyes go from right to left, top to bottom. By the time I find what I’m looking for, I’ve got a headache. Why don’t stores ...

Bay de Noc Gardening Conference cancelled

ESCANABA — The Bay de Noc Gardening Conference scheduled for April 18 at Bay College has been cancelled. This is because Bay College is closed to public meetings due to the coronavirus pandemic. Anticipating there might be an issue, all registration payments have not been deposited. If a ...

Social distancing with a smile

Dear Annie: My husband of almost 22 years died of cancer a few months ago. Overall, I’ve done well coping with his loss. I’m involved in our new small-town community, where we built a beautiful custom home just 3 1/2 years ago, and I have many wonderful new friends and neighbors who include ...

The God of Crosses

By THE REV. MATTHEW D. RUESCH Pastor, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Kingsford This past Sunday was Palm Sunday, the church’s start to Holy Week, when we customarily hear of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey amid cries of “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the ...

Free virtual library cards are available

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain helps the community find its story and right now you can sign-up for a free virtual card. These temporary cards will grant access to the library’s collection of digital audiobooks, eBooks and magazines available through the ...

Holy hands

It has been said that God has no hands but our hands to do His work on earth. 1 Timothy 2; 8 speaks about lifting up holy hands in prayer. How do hands become holy and who can have holy hands? The first part of that verse says, “. …that the men pray everywhere.” So we know that it is ...

And the people stayed home

Dear Readers: We are living in unprecedented times. With many states imposing mandatory lockdowns and so many of our health care workers on the front lines, I wanted to offer a few thoughts. First is a huge thank-you to those doctors, nurses and health care workers who are dealing with this ...

Summer jobs for kids

Today’s sound off is about kids and summer jobs: Dear Heloise: When I was in high school, I worked all summer and weekends to pay for my college. At the age of 9, I started raking leaves in the fall, shoveling snow in the winter and mowing lawns in the summer. My father made me put every ...

Crystal Falls Lions Club accepting Citizen of the Year nominations

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Crystal Falls Lions Club is accepting nominations for the 2020 Citizen of the Year. To nominate someone, mail a submission letter detailing why that person deserves to be Citizen of the Year to Crystal Falls Lions Club, P.O. Box 177, Crystal Falls, MI 49920. Deadline is ...

Scouts offer at-home activities

IRON MOUNTAIN — As a service to the community, the Bay-Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America invites the public to take advantage of at-home character-building program ideas and resources for children and their families. The objective is to offer activities and programs while so many are at ...

Cabin fever and signs of spring

Every year as the telltale signs of “cabin fever” begin to show themselves I am relieved to also witness the signs of spring. And, thankfully, those little glimpses of the change of season manage to save me from spiraling downward into winter’s white abyss. This year, even with the ...