Lifestyles Archive

Steer-ed in the right direction

Steer-ed in the right direction

Putney and Nordbeck families celebrate landmark The four Hs that the youth-development organization 4-H stand for are: head, heart, hands and health. It is clear that those are the values held stead fast by the Putney and Nordbeck families. “We’re a 4-H family,” said Lorraine (Putney) Nordbeck, with an undeniable gleam of pride in her […]

AMISH COOK: Wedding prep and washer breakdown

AMISH COOK: Wedding prep and washer breakdown

By Lovina Eicher The Amish Cook All is quiet here at the Eicher household. Everyone has retired for the evening. I will be glad to join them, but I can’t neglect the duty of getting this column ready for the mail tomorrow. I will leave early to go help bake pies at brother Albert’s house. […]

Ready, aim, fire: Kid pics on the run!

Ready, aim, fire: Kid pics on the run!

By Chris Bickes Guest Columnist I teach photography at Camp Arcadia, in Arcadia and at Crystal Mountain. These photo walks offer an excellent opportunity to learn photo composition and camera management at minimal cost in spectacular surroundings. For me, it’s a great opportunity to understand the interests of all and tell the story I’m about […]

DRAFT PICKS: Stouts in the summer? It’s up to you!

DRAFT PICKS: Stouts in the summer? It’s up to you!

While out shopping the other day, a reader stopped me and pointed out he didn’t quite understand my differentiating winter and summer beers. “Beer is beer,” he pointed out. “You drink what you like.” Indeed. I agree 100 percent. Still, I think some beers are more suited to hot muggy weather, and others are best […]

MARK FEDDER: The art of economy

MARK FEDDER: The art of economy

Brother and sister recall parents’ grocery store on River Street By MARK FEDDER Manistee County Historical Museum MANISTEE — Whether we believe it or not, comic strips play an important role in our lives. Often times that passing glance of a comic in a newspaper or magazine provides us with a momentary distraction away from […]

DRAFT PICKS: A summertime favorite — Kolsch!

DRAFT PICKS: A summertime favorite — Kolsch!

In our continuing discussion of good summer-style beers, let’s take a few minutes to review Kolsch. Kolsch beers are really nice summertime beers. They are just what a beer lover should be looking for on a hot, humid summer’s day – crisp, clear, refreshing. For those searching for something dark, creamy and a bit hefty, […]

Popping the question

Popping the question

Three very different settings for proposing marriage end the same way – on one knee One talked turkey – literally. Another moved the kitchen table so he and his girlfriend could slow dance, in their pajamas, as the temperature outside dipped to a wind-chilled minus 40 degrees. And a third young man prayed for patriarchal […]