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Behind the Headlines
« on: July 13, 2009, 02:00:18 PM »

The Nevaeh Buchanan memorial fund
11 June 2009, 2:30 pm

I have a post at Monroe on a Budget about the Nevaeh Buchanan Memorial fund for children’s funerals.

– Paula Wethington



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Swine flu level 6
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2009, 02:00:18 PM »

Swine flu level 6
11 June 2009, 6:59 pm

The World Health Organization has raised the flu alert level to 6, which means pandemic.

Twitter chatter on swine flu has really picked up in the past few hours.

On a local level, the flu outbreak has forced the cancellation for 2009 of a long-standing sister city student exchange between Monroe, Mich., and Hofu, Japan.

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Balloons for Nevaeh
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2009, 02:00:18 PM »

Balloons for Nevaeh
12 June 2009, 8:10 am

A very interesting thing happened on the MonroeTalks forums Thursday night.

The MT members started putting their ideas together for a balloon release in memory of Nevaeh Buchanan, and via the Internet came to a consensus on the details.

The summary can be found here: Balloons for Nevaeh Saturday.

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Balloons on standby at Munson Park
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2009, 03:00:19 PM »

Balloons on standby at Munson Park
13 June 2009, 3:42 pm



I was at Munson Park today for the balloon release in memory of Nevaeh Buchanan.

The Monroe Evening News had a photographer on scene, as did most of the Toledo and Detroit news media outlets. You’ll see those news reports in the Sunday papers and on the local newscasts this weekend.

In the meantime, these are some of the pictures I took as the people balloons were on standby, waiting for the procession.

As the vehicle approached, the crowd of people lined N. Custer Rd. and released their balloons as the hearse passed by. After the balloons were sent up to the sky, everyone stood at the road in silence.

This was a very family-oriented gathering with lots of young children in the crowd. The park was a great place for the kids to play or have a picnic while the families waited for the balloon release.

This event evolved on the MonroeTalks forums Thursday night so this was arranged on short notice, but word got out out pretty well. I talked with a few people who said they learned about it from reading the newspaper articles Friday and today. It also was listed on various facebook pages and twitter feeds.

I didn’t have any balloons of my own, but one of the MonroeTalkers gave me a bag of balloons to open at the appropriate time. That’s why I don’t have any pictures of balloons flying — I was busy trying to get my balloons to fly to cue.



That’s OK, there were lots of other cameras at the park. You’ll see better photos in the area newspapers tomorrow. There’s also been discussion about the MonroeTalkers who had cameras posting their photos on the web.

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Mayflies are back in town
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Mayflies are back in town
15 June 2009, 8:28 am

The Lake Erie mayflies are making their annual visit.

I saw several mayflies this morning in downtown Monroe.

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Stormy weather today
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2009, 03:00:19 PM »

Stormy weather today
19 June 2009, 5:52 am

A severe thunderstorm watch is currently in effect for Monroe County, Mich.

National Weather Service in Detroit

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June 25: severe thunderstorm warning
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2009, 02:26:23 PM »

June 25: severe thunderstorm warning
25 June 2009, 4:10 pm

A severe thunderstorm warning has been posted for Monroe County, Mich.

Detroit Weather Service.

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Tornado warning now posted
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Tornado warning now posted
25 June 2009, 4:44 pm

Tornado warning now in effect for Monroe County MI

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South County Water
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2009, 02:26:23 PM »

South County Water
30 June 2009, 12:50 pm

By Danielle Portteus

Just read the report from 2008 on water quality from the South County Water System. Everything checks out. Some small traces of lead were found, but at 0.4 parts per billion, it was far smaller than the maximum of 15 parts per billion that would be declared unsafe to drink.

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Behind the Headlines: Bloggers Meet and Greet 6 p.m. Wednesday at the fair
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Bloggers Meet and Greet 6 p.m. Wednesday at the fair
3 August 2009, 1:13 pm

The Monroe Evening News will host a Meet the Bloggers event at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the MEN booth at the Monroe Bank & Trust Expo Center.

The following bloggers have confirmed their appearances:

Fishing Michigan.

Erie Hiker.

All Things Green.

Faith Reflections.

A Glimpse at History.

Childbirth...

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Behind the Headlines: Bloggers at the fair
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2009, 11:00:13 AM »

Bloggers at the fair
6 August 2009, 8:20 am

The Monroe Evening News annual Monroe County Fair Meet the Bloggers event was held Wednesday night at the Evening News booth.

By the time this photo was taken, we were all seeing lots of camera flash spots. But someone who was passing by also was trying really hard to make us laugh!

This photo was...

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Behind the Headlines: 50 Emergency Uses for a Camera Phone
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50 Emergency Uses for a Camera Phone
10 August 2009, 4:11 pm

I saw a link to this blog post at The Survival Mom on Twitter and thought it was a great post: 50 emergency uses for a camera phone.

This would be a good article to print off and put in your disaster kit for situations such as tornadoes, blizzards and power outages.

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Behind the Headlines: Survey says: brides should take married name
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Survey says: brides should take married name
11 August 2009, 4:22 pm

USA Today has this report: 70 percent say brides should take husband’s name.

A snippet:

About 70% of Americans agree, either somewhat or strongly, that it’s beneficial for women to take her husband’s last name when they marry, while 29% say it’s better for women to keep the...

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Behind the Headlines: Blue Light Special’s afterglow
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2009, 07:05:34 AM »

Blue Light Special’s afterglow
17 September 2009, 6:52 am

By Charles Slat

Frenchtown Township Supervisor Jim McDevitt had an awkward, but perhaps understandable, moment during the grand opening of the new Walmart supercenter Wednesday.

Called to speak before a large crowd of store employees and eager customers, Mr. McDevitt stepped up to the microphone a...

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Behind the Headlines: What nationality are you?
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2009, 10:10:32 AM »

What nationality are you?
22 September 2009, 8:58 am

By Charles Slat

Parle vous Francais? Sprechen zie Deutsch?

What nationality are you?

That’s a common question when people hear a surname and wonder about its origins.

But what nationality is Monroe County?

It’s tempting to assume that French is the dominant ancestry, considering tha...

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