We departed Mackinaw City across the great Mackinac Bridge and stopped in St. Ignace for breakfast. We discovered Bentley’s, a shack across from a ferry dock that looks more like a brothel. It was once a hotel/restaurant for bridge workers and retains its throwback ‘50s diner image. The short bar stools line a bar area that angles through the room. Then, there’s also the authentic juke box that’s loaded with your favorite oldies — all vinyl records. It’s a Yooper’s (the name affectionately attached to Upper Peninsula residents) paradise, and many were there for pasties and other favorites.

My columns are about food, nutrition and all that happens in the kitchen. Over the years I have written about personal experiences and ideas readers have shared with me. I know about safety, as I teach home safety as part of my family resource management curriculum with Purdue Extension. This week’s column is quite humbling to write because I know a disaster can really happen to anyone.

INDIANAPOLIS — Patented by British potter Charles James Mason in 1813 and currently heralded by HGTV as one of the top decorating ideas of 2019, ironstone is back in the spotlight as one of today’s most sought after collectibles.

In my columns I often write about seasonal foods or foods that go with the holidays. This week is different, as I have been receiving many calls about confusion over food package labeling, especially “sell-by,” “use-by” and “best-by” dates. The confusion over date labeling leads to billions of pounds of food waste every year. Most of food dating has to do with quality, not safety. More times than not, you are throwing away food that is still of good quality and safe.

Because of the infrequency in time and location of total solar eclipses, scientists historically have had difficulty studying broad, controlled data collections on eclipse-related animal behavior. But with the advent of smartphone technology, researchers are looping in citizen scientists to help record the effects of solar eclipses. 

This Week's Circulars


Harold Wayne Bilskie, 61, of Washington, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at Prairie Village Living Center. Harold was born Dec. 29, 1957, in Vincennes, to Cyril and Billie Sue (Lucas) Bilskie. He had lived the last seven years at Prairie Village, where he was happy and truly loved by eve…

Mrs. Sally Mae Young, 78, of Washington, went to her heavenly home Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Sally was born Feb. 6, 1941, in Fairmont, West Virginia, to the late Arnold David Wilson and Anna Faye (Newell) Wilson. She graduated from Midland High School in Pennsylvania and was wed to her loving h…