Productions and The McCarty Metro are announcing the
10th annual McCarty Metro Film Project, which will will
take place this year from May 20 - May 31, 2021. The
reason for the extended project is so participants will
have a full week, plus an extra weekend to complete
their submission. The event is open to all. We are
looking for people get an idea of a film in accordance
with the rules posted on the McCarty Metro website on
May 20, then
over the next 11 days, write, act, direct and produce a
short 4 minute or less movie and submit it to the
McCarty Metro by 11:59 pm Monday,
out our Film
Project page for information and to see the
specific rules when they come out on May 20.
BOYS INVADE FLORIDA
invited brothers Kelly, Larry, Rick, and Mike down to
Florida for a little fun in the sun. All had a great time
on the trip. Steve made a vat of mom's famous hamburger and
noodles, along with Tuna Mac, which the boys enjoyed. Larry
especially took a liking to the Tuna Mac. It was just like
mom used to make. Steve also picked up a key lime pie,
which only Rick got to enjoy.
Florida, the gang had a lot to do. They went gambling at
the Indian Casino, and also stopped a few times at a Poker
Room nearby. The brothers also spent a morning on a boat, fishing,
which started in the river and went out to the Gulf. A Red
Sox preseason game was also on the agenda where the boys got
to see Boston play Atlanta at a stadium designed just like
Fenway in Boston. A theme while down there was visiting
several Roadside America attractions, including a huge
bust of Beethoven, a large statue of Thomas Edison, a
giant Buddha, the largest mosquito in the world, and of course the Man on a Hoop. They went
to a lot of nice restaurants in the area checking out all
the fresh fish dishes. The guys also entertained themselves in the
evening with Karaoke at Sneaky Pete's, an afternoon of
golf (ask Mike what the name of the course was), barbecuing, soaking in the hot tub, and playing some pickle ball,
rounded out the activities.
It was a
great getaway after a long winter. Thank you Steve and Kristen for sharing your
beautiful place, and thank you Steve for planning,
hosting, and chauffeuring us around. It was a blast!
Steve catches one
- The Boys on the fishing boat - Kelly snags his
first fish... EVER!
The largest bust
of Beethoven in the world - Larry with Thomas
Edison - Buddha - Mike balances with The Man on
the Hoop - Karaoke
A nice lunch, then
off the see the Boston Red Sox play the Atlanta
Braves at Jet Blue Stadium in Fort Myers
A round of golf
at Pelican Sound Golf Club,
followed later in the day by pickle ball
Kelly, and a group of good friends went out in style on
St. Patrick's Day. After missing it last year because of
COVID, they were
all glad to go again. Joe arranged the limo, and the 8
friends were off. First stop was the meeting place at the
Capital Grill in Troy. After a couple cocktails, the limo
took them down to Nancy Whiskey's in Detroit. After spending some
time, the group then went to Detroit's Corktown, where they had
corned beef sandwiches and beer at the Old Shillelagh bar.
After knocking around the area, they were off back to the
start. But, not without a quick stop at Rosie O'Grady's in
Ferndale. The afternoon was a blast. Thanks Steve and
The boys in the limo - First
stop, Nancy Whiskey - Steve & Kelly at the Old
Shillelagh - The gang poses for one last pic
Andy, Ann, and family, traveled from Maryland by car to visit Mike and Karen from March 30 to April 2. It was still cold here, but we had a good time indoors. Mike even got along with the Marylanders’ two dogs. Ryan and Missy’s family came
over, and so did Chris. Unfortunately, Jon and Jill
couldn't make it because of illness, so one day Andy and Ann
went there and visited them. Natalie and Henry even got to
walk the dogs. Other highlights of the trip were Seven-way solitaire,
Lego's, lots of laughs, and Chris took Andy and Max to work out at Title Boxing. Good times!
NOTE: This is a new column where our grandmas and
grandpas can share a short story for inclusion to
the Metro. If you have a story, please email it to email@example.com.
month's story is submitted by Kitty.
I sent this little story to Readers Digest in their 100 words or less column.
When my grandson was in kindergarten, they performed what
they called “Grocery Shopping”. Fake food, a little grocery cart, a check out with plastic money, and a plastic register. The works…
When I went to pick him up, the teacher told me that my grandson had done a great job. But, the funny thing was
after he paid with fake money, he kept going with the grocery cart
saying “Where did I park my car??? Where did I park my car???”
It was truly funny. I am sure other grandmothers have lots of stories.
McCARTYS ON TIKTOK
on Tik Tok has grown it's following over half
a million people in the past 30 days. In our March/April issue, we reported that they had
3.1 million followers. Currently, they are now
over 3.6 million. Congratulations to Kevin,
Stephanie, Audri and Braxton on this
accomplishment. If you haven't seen their
posts yet, download the Tik Tok app and search
for themccartys and follow them. They also
have an on-line store with McCarty merchandise
The link is below.
TikTok @ themccartys - @accisionagency Influencer
OVER 3.6 MILLION FOLLOWERS
February 22, Kelly & Margaret took a day trip up to
Mackinaw City to see the blue ice which formed in Lake
Huron. The couple walked on the lake and marveled at the
phenomenon. Blue ice occurs when snow falls on a frozen surface like a glacier, ocean, or lake, is compressed, and becomes part of the glacier or ice covering. During compression, air bubbles are squeezed out, so ice crystals enlarge. This enlargement is responsible for the ice's blue color. Small amounts of regular ice appear to be white because of air bubbles inside them and also because small quantities of water appear to be
colorless. In glaciers, the pressure causes the air bubbles to be squeezed out, increasing the density of the created ice. Large quantities of water are blue, as it absorbs other
colors more efficiently than blue. A large piece of compressed ice similarly appears blue.
The blue ice at Mackinaw City was really cool to look at
and climb on.
one year layoff because of COVID, the 37th annual Gull
Lake Invitational is once again scheduled to be played.
Back in the field of twelve will be 2 McCartys. Kelly
McCarty will make the trip after a significant absence
as he missed the last 3 years because of 2 knee surgeries,
and the COVID year. Steve McCarty is scheduled to play as
well, and should be one of the favorites. Ben (around
the block) Toner will be the first alternate.
of the increasing age of the competitors, and several
ailments, the actual amount of single play golf has been
drastically reduced. In the original years, the guys
played 72 holes of singles competition. but co-commissioner
Mike Wiacek reports that Wednesday
they're only playing 18 holes with a later tee time,
and there will be more scrambles vs. singles golf over
the three day event. Here's to good weather, good
scores, good times, and keeping your heads down.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Bedford Valley 10:30 am --- 10:48 am
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Stonehedge South 9:36 am --- 9:54 am
Stonehedge North 2:33 pm --- 2:51 pm
Friday, May 28, 2021
Gull Lake View East 9:09 am --- 9:27 am
GARDENING 101 IN TENNESSEE
What do you do during a pandemic when everything is shut down and you can't go anywhere? You start a garden of course!
In 2020 we got the brilliant idea to put up a greenhouse and start a garden. Not knowing what to do and starting late, we simply tilled up the garden area and because we couldn't go anywhere, we just kept making it bigger. At the end of 2020, we tossed in fertilizer, manure, (as George Costanza would say, "that's a funny word"), and waited for spring planting.
The last weekend in March, we got ambitious and started planting. Corn, carrots, radishes, lettuce, cabbage, peppers,
cucumbers, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, garlic, and horseradish (not to be mistaken for Horsey Sauce).
We spaced the corn seeds out so we will have four rows of corn and already have 50+ plants coming up. Perhaps in the fall, I may make a little corn maze, which will require heavy drinking before you go in, since there are only four rows.
We planted marigolds, put up
pinwheels & motion detectors to scare away deer and rabbits. This is our first attempt at a garden, so we're open for suggestions.
DATELINE: VIRGINIA BEACH,
Opposes Taxing Rich Because He Knows One
Day He Could Find $20 Bill On Ground
Arguing that the nation’s top earners shouldn’t be punished simply for being successful and making a lot of money, local car wash attendant Christopher Jacobson told reporters Monday he opposed taxing the rich because he knew one day he might find a $20 bill on the ground. “You never know, I could be walking along the road and spot a cool, crisp Jackson, and the last thing I’d want is the government trying to take it,” said Jacobson, adding that while he knew the odds of ever coming into that type of wealth were slim to none, he had to be prepared just in case it were to happen. “Opportunities like that don’t come around every day. How fair is it for the IRS to swoop in the second I hit it big and grab a piece of my $20 jackpot? Plus, it’s a matter of principle: If I find any amount of money lying on the ground, whether it’s a $1 bill, a quarter, you name it—that should be mine and only mine. Uncle Sam sure as hell ain’t the one bending over to pick it up. The more you tax those earnings, the more you’re going to disincentivize people like me from pocketing those dollars when they come across them. At a certain point, why even bother?” Jacobson added that should he ever be lucky enough to stumble across a $20 bill, the first thing he’d do is shelter his gains by depositing the cash in a shadow account in the Cayman Islands.
NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
Idaho Lawmakers Heard Pitch About Taking Over 3/4 of Neighbor Oregon, Potentially Parts of California and Washington
You've heard of Idaho, the state famed for its penchant for potatoes, the home of Napoleon Dynamite, and its weird status as an enclave for white supremacist groups, however seems the state may soon strive to become greater than its bizarre and sometimes alarming reputation – literally. Earlier this week, representatives from a group named “Move Oregon’s Border For a Greater Idaho” stood before the state's lawmakers with a modest proposal – take over ¾ of neighboring state, Oregon, and eventually, southeast counties in Washington and northern counties in California, in what the movement's leader calls a “peaceful revolution,” expanding Idaho's state lines to the Pacific Ocean.
According to supporters of the movement, doing so would appeal to residents of rural Oregon, who “are dominated by liberal urban areas such as Portland, and would rather join conservative Idaho,” wrote local publication Oregon Live, noting that Portland would remain a part of the beaver state.
“There’s a longtime cultural divide as big as the Grand Canyon between northwest Oregon and rural Oregon, and it’s getting larger,” the group's president, Mike McCarter told the state's house and senate on Monday.
“Values of faith, family, independence. That’s what we’re about,” Mark Simmons, an Oregon rancher and former speaker of the state's House of Representatives added. “We don’t need the state breathing down our necks all the time, micromanaging our lives and trying to push us into a foreign way of living.”
Despite these assertions, the group has had an uphill battle in attempting to conjure support from Oregonians. Last November, Oregon's Union and Jefferson counties voted to join Idaho, with two other counties nixing the idea, although making for a tight race. “I want to thank all those who voted and those who got signatures [to put the measure on the ballot],” Mike McCarter told the publication at the time. “We’re a grass-roots movement. This is a beginning.”
Although five additional Oregon counties are set to vote on the measure next month, even if the idea “passes” among residents, it may not change much. “The county votes carry no weight, but are intended to potentially sway lawmakers to ultimately approve the plan,” the outlet noted.
However, lawmakers still had questions, including Rep. Ben Adams, a Republican who said he was interested but was concerned about how Oregon would react to an Idahoan invasion. “How is it being received right now by the state of Oregon?” the lawmaker inquired. “How hard would they be fighting to make it not happen? Most states don’t like to lose their resources to their neighbors.”
Although McCarter said he hadn't spoken to any of the neighboring state's lawmakers, he believes those in favor of the measure will eventually speak out. “I believe that there are a lot of people standing on the sidelines watching this particular issue," he explained. “Is there any traction to it? Is there anything behind it?”
Even so, several specifics must be ironed out in creating such a measure. “There are a lot of details, a lot of details,” Simmons noted, as lawmakers broached the states' respective policy differences, including marijuana legalization and minimum wage requirements. “And before we can even begin to discuss the details, we have got to see a significant majority of counties in Oregon stepping up to support it.”
Here are some of the recent travel destinations from our
Mike, Rick, Larry, Kelly, and Steve traveled to
Florida for a fun break
Chris and Beverly went down to Florida to have
some fun in the sun
Austin and Kristina went down to Cabo in Mexico with
Chris, Amanda, Alexa and Cooper went to Arizona and the Grand
Dear Editor: Thanks
for another beautiful issue. You made me cry. I'm
glad that you and Margaret beat the COVID! Keep up
the good work! -Gene
NOTE: I am assuming the tears came from my final
thought and not the fact I beat COVID? Either way, hoping
all is well with you and yours, and thanks for the
compliment (I think?).
Dear Editor: Nice job on
the Metro. I enjoyed the stroll down memory lane as
you recalled the history of the Cockroaches. It was
good to see some of those pictures I hadn't seen for
quite a while. Nice job! -I
will get you for kicking me out of the band!
NOTE: Thanks Lake! Just for the record, the
Brad Savage & The Cockroaches would have never been a reality without
you. We sure had some great times down in the
basement writing and playing in the early days. And I'm
sure one day, "Captain Video" will be hit song, or at
the very least, a vague reference to an overrated
Dear Editor: I love Meijer for grocery shopping.
They also have tons of other stuff so I can get just
about anything I need. I just picked up an
outdoor grill which was regularly $129
for only 80 bucks. Do you have a
favorite place to shop for groceries and other
NOTE: I usually go to Aldi for the food. If you
haven't shopped there before, they save you money because they carry non-brand names,
but you can still get the popular
brands. Another way they save you money is
that they don't bag your groceries. You
bring your own bags. And you pay a quarter
to use their shopping carts, which leads me
to the best deal... Aldi's has these
grills (right) for 25 cents each!
Dear Editor: After ten years of having a flip phone
I finally bought a smart phone. Could you send me
the McCarty Metro? Nancy
NOTE: Welcome Nancy to the Metro... My big
brother Mike was the last one in, so I'm
hold the door for you as you enter the 21st
Dear Editor: My
brothers and I enjoyed a brief vacation in Florida. I had such a good time that I can't wait to go back, however my
brothers have other things going on and can't drop everything to go back
now. Is it wrong if I fly down by myself to relive the excitement
without my brothers? -80 Bucks on a Players Card
NOTE: You have 2 retired brothers and a
water cop. I don't think you have an issue
finding people. I'm warming up the
car right now!
Dear Editor: I laugh at that
TV commercial making fun of people who act like their parents. No one acts that way, do they?
-Laughing in West Michigan
NOTE: You are right. No one does. It's just a
total coincidence that I carry a snot rag
in my back pocket, shim up my pants before I
sit down, ask Margaret "How do I
look" when I get dressed, wonder what the poor people are eating, and
constantly wheeze, gag and laugh hysterically
while trying to get to the punch line of a
joke I am telling. P.S. You should have
seen the monkey trying to stick the cork
Editor: The McCarty Metro seems to be
working blue. I
thought you had a screener? Cover
Page: Peanut and Jocko wiping their
butt with leaves, turn the page and a naked
guy on roller blades, turn the page and
Jerry's World using the word Poppycock. What
has happened to this rag you call a
newspaper? -In the Buckle of
the Bible Belt
NOTE: You're right! I DON'T have to work
blue... I WANT to work blue. However, I
think a lot of that is in your own mind. For
example, here's a joke. Why do mice have such small balls?
Because so few of them know how to dance.
Let's see if Margaret the screener deletes
ED NOTE: I appreciate
you stopping by and would like to hear your questions, comments, or editorials.
that do not speak the language, Le' Food is French for
"The Food"! Here you can find some of our Metro
family favorite recipe and tips.
Readers, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
to submit your
favorite recipe for inclusion in an upcoming issue.
This month we have a quick
delicious breakfast, and a yummy bread submitted by
Margaret. Bon Appétit!
CREAM CHEESE PANCAKES
4 ounces cream cheese
Optional: vanilla or cinnamon I rarely add anything but eggs and cream cheese, but these are fun to try.
Put the eggs and cream cheese into the blender. If you want any additional flavors, add them now. Blend until smooth.
(just a few moments) Let the batter rest a moment while the griddle heats. Butter the hot skillet or griddle and start by pouring just an
2 tablespoons of the mixture onto the hot surface. Remember that it will spread out a lot; these are very thin pancakes. Cook them for just a couple minutes on the first side, just until golden, and then
flip and cook another minute or so on the other. Once you have a feel for the way these cook, proceed to make them as big or small as you like. Plate them and then sprinkle, drizzle, or dust with the topping of your
CHIP BANANA BREAD
2 cups flour
¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt 3 very ripe bananas (mashed)
¾ cup sugar
6 tbsp unsalted butter melted and cooled
2 eggs room temp, lightly whisked
¼ cup plain yogurt room temperature (sour cream also works)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 5 loaf pan well with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the bananas, cooled butter, eggs, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Be careful not to over mix. Stir in the chocolate chips until just combined. Pour the bread batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted slightly off center in the bread comes out with just a few crumbs. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then remove and allow to cool on a cooling rack for 35 minutes before slicing and enjoying.
On May 21, 1921, the Taggart Baking Co. of Indianapolis unveiled the popular, soft bread that would grace the McCarty boys’ kitchen table for decades. Many McCarty boys and grandkids named “Wonder Bread toast” as Mom/Grandma Jean’s best dish.
The McCarty boys also made a Wonder Bread dish. Here is their recipe:
Ingredient: One slice of Wonder Bread
Eat off the crust
Wad up and press the bread with your hand
Shape it into a doughy ball and enjoy
THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER...
A fun thing to do
when the weather is warm is showing off your
artwork on your sidewalk by using sidewalk chalk!
Olivia and Gray have a blast, and love to show off
Do you ever wonder who first thought of Sidewalk Chalk?
Playing with sidewalk chalk is a staple activity for children everywhere and is sometimes even used as a medium by professional artists. But did you know that historians believe even the earliest peoples played with chalk? Early chalk was made from gypsum, a natural substance that could be pulverized, colored, and compressed into sticks. The art of using chalk for street painting began in Europe in the 16th century when
traveling folk artists began using chalk along with broken tiles and charcoal to decorate public spaces in various towns. The tradition was so popular that it didn't end until World War II broke out! Street painting was revived in the mid-20th century, and the trend gave rise to sidewalk chalking as a popular pastime. It became an especially popular activity for kids and continues to be enjoyed by people of all ages to this day!
What's the king of classroom supplies? The ruler.
I told my doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me, "Don't go to those places anymore."
Why was the math book so sad? It had many problems.
Why do chicken coops only have 2 doors? If they had
4 doors they would be chicken sedans.
Where did the Terminator find toilet paper? Aisle B, Back.
NOTE: If you have a young writer who
wants to see their work on the McCarty
Metro, send it in an email to me
for inclusion in an upcoming issue.
You can submit videos by sending it to
me, send me a link, or uploading to YouTube and sending me the
info to email@example.com
Gray gets the
McCarty Happy Birthday song.
(PS... She didn't cry!)
Rick put together a video to
commemorate the brothers visit to Florida
BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY
SINCE THE LAST EDITION
Irv Cross, 81, football player (Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles
Rams) and sportscaster (The NFL Today). Joe
Altobelli, 88, baseball player (Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins), manager (Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants), and coach. Frank J.
Kelley, 96, attorney general of Michigan (1961–1999).
Roger Mudd, 93, broadcast journalist (Meet the Press, NBC Nightly News), complications from kidney failure. Marvelous Marvin
Hagler, 66, Hall of Fame boxer, undisputed middleweight champion (1980–1987). Dick Hoyt, 80 (no photo), marathon and triathlon runner (Team Hoyt).
Elgin Baylor, 86, Hall of Fame basketball player (Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers), coach (New Orleans Jazz) and executive (Los Angeles Clippers).
George Segal, 87, actor (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Goldbergs, A Touch of Class), complications from bypass surgery.
Jessica Walter, 80, actress (Arrested Development, Archer, Play Misty for Me), Emmy winner (1975).
Bob Plager, 78, (no photo) ice hockey player (St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers), traffic collision. G. Gordon
Liddy, 90, FBI agent, convicted criminal (Watergate scandal) and radio host. James
Hampton, 84, actor (F Troop, The Longest Yard, Teen Wolf) and director, complications from Parkinson's disease. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 99, British royal consort and husband of Queen Elizabeth.
DMX, 50, rapper ("Party Up (Up in Here)", "X Gon' Give It to Ya") and actor (Cradle 2 the Grave), complications from a heart
attack. Bernie Madoff, 82, investment advisor, financier and convicted fraudster (Madoff investment scandal).
Truman Edward Wendt Jr., age 88, passed away February 18, 2021. He was born November 12, 1932, the son of Truman and Elsie
(Kopitzke) Wendt, Sr., in Detroit. He graduated from Annunciation High School in 1950. He entered the United State Army in 1952 and was honorably discharged in 1954. Truman married his beloved wife Mary “Kitty” Kathleen Russo on November 18, 1954 in Colorado Springs. Together they raised 6 boys. He worked as an Insurance Representative for many years at Blue Cross Blue Shield, where he later retired. He was a member of St. Kieran Catholic Church. Truman was known for his wonderful sense of humor, enjoyed playing golf and attending his children’s and later grandchildren’s sporting events.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Kitty of Washington; loving sons David (Felycia) Wendt of Leonard; Timothy (Kathy) Wendt of Troy; Thomas (Jennifer) Wendt of Grand Haven; Lawrence (Kerry) Wendt of Romeo.; beloved grandchildren Jaclyn (T.J.) Delamielleure of Shelby Twp., Christopher Wendt of Cincinnati, Ohio, Hannah Wendt of Lake Orion; Haley Wendt of Rochester, Hunter Wendt of Troy; Blake, Dylan and Samuel Wendt of Grand Haven, Jack, Callan and Lauren Wendt of Romeo.; great grandchildren Sloan, Leo and Will. Also, surviving sister Joan Budinger. Truman was preceded in death by his sons Gregory and Christopher.
A Memorial Mass
was held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:00AM at St. Kieran Catholic
Church at 53600 Mound Road, Shelby Twp., MI 48316. Burial
was made at Romeo Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Muir Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center (296 South Main, Romeo, MI 48065.) Be sure to sign the virtual
guest book at www.muirfh.com