The Michigan wedding shower for Amanda Westfall & Chris McCarty took place on Saturday, May 16 at Kristen & Steve's home. The shower was attended by 14 people. It was a "beach" theme. The food was great, and everyone had a great time. The wedding is scheduled in June.

Sandal Cookies

Butterfly Cake

Goodie Bags
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Amanda Opening Presents

Chris Joins Amanda To Open Gifts
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Amanda & Aunt Tish

The McCartys came...

...and so did the Rzepkas
    After 29 years, Mike McCarty retired from the Grand Rapids Press. His next career as a Wal-Mart greeter, a good find for many retirees, lasted less than a day. About two hours into his first day on the job a very loud, unattractive, mean-acting woman walked into the store with her two kids, Yelling obscenities at them all the way through the entrance. As Mike had been instructed by his 17 year old boss, he said pleasantly, 'Good morning and welcome to Wal-Mart. Nice children you have there. Are they twins?' The ugly woman stopped yelling long enough to say, 'Heck no, they ain't twins. The oldest one's 9, and the other one's 7. Why the heck would you think they're twins? Are you blind, or just stupid?'  Mike replied, 'I'm neither blind nor stupid, Ma'am, I just couldn't believe someone slept with you twice. Have a good day and thank you for shopping at Wal-Mart.' Mike's supervisor Timmy said that he probably wasn't cut out for this line of work.

    Gull Lake XXV is now in the history books. The plaid jacket this year was won for the third consecutive time by Glen Lucas. After being tied for the lead going into the final day, Metro subscriber Chris McCarty (below) finished in second.

    Metro subscriber, Larry McCarty, picked up an extraordinary deal on a brand new, flat screen television at a local Lebanon flea market. Lucky for Larry, it came with a free installation package.

    Drug cartels, swine flu, earthquakes, and even 73 year old drivers who run red lights cannot stop the ceremony from taking place. Chris McCarty and Amanda Westfall will say their "I Do's" in June at the Iberostar resort outside of Cancun, Mexico.

Amanda's bridal party get fitted for their authentic Mexican outfits


July 18, 2009
Oregon Reception For Chris & Amanda
September 5, 2009
Michigan Reception For Chris & Amanda



On the first day, God created the dog and said: "Sit all day at the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I'll give you a life span of twenty years."  The dog said: "That's along time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?" so God agreed.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said, " Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty year life span." The monkey said: "Monkey tricks for twenty years? that's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?" And God agreed. 

On the third day, God created the cow and said: "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmers family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years." The cow said: "That's kind of tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give you back the other forty?" And God agreed again.

On the fourth day, God created humans and said: "Eat, sleep, play, and be merry enjoy your life. For this I'll give you twenty years." But the human said: "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?" "Okay', said God, You asked for it."

The moral of this story is to show for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the the last ten years we sit on the porch and bark at everyone. 

Life has now been explained to you. There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I'm doing it as a public service.

Two thieves, who stole corn from the LeRoy and Joan Murray garden could be charged with stalking.

A man who stole cash from the Dollar General store fleeing the scene, fell and broke his leg in wet cement. Lebanon police are now considering this man "a hardened criminal".

A Fraser student, who was working with the new band saw in woodshop class, accidently cut his whole left side off. His teacher commented to the Metro that "he's all right now".

At a Mike McCarty, bluegrass jam at a local tavern in Northwest Grand Rapids, a fight broke out between a dentist and a manicurist. McCarty reported that they fought tooth and nail.

Recently Michelle Obama went to serve food to the homeless at a government funded soup kitchen.

Cost of a bowl of soup at homeless shelter $0.00
Having Michelle Obama serve you your soup $0.00 
Snapping a picture of a homeless person who is receiving government funded meal while taking a picture of the first lady using his $500 Black Berry cell phone $$$$ Priceless 



I never realized that a wet dishcloth can be a one size fits all lid to cover a fire in a pan! This is a dramatic video (30-second, very short) about how to deal with a common kitchen fire... oil in a frying pan. At the Fire Fighting Training school they would demonstrate this with a deep fat fryer set on the fire field. An instructor would don a fire suit and using an 8 oz cup at the end of a 10 foot pole toss water onto the grease fire. The results got the attention of the students. The water, being heavier than oil, sinks to the bottom where it instantly becomes superheated. The explosive force of the steam blows the burning oil up and out. On the open field, it became a thirty foot high fireball that resembled a nuclear blast. Inside the confines of a kitchen, the fire ball hits the ceiling and fills the entire room. Also, do not throw sugar or flour on a grease fire. One cup of either creates the explosive force of two sticks of dynamite. This is a powerful message. Watch the video and don't forget what you see. Tell your family about this video. Or better yet, send this to them.


Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Bam' (very effective) medicine of all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases. Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada , in its issue dated 17 January,1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists: 

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada , various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily, morning, and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon of honey and half teaspoon of cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan , it is revealed that if Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of
honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases. 

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ' ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to Four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increases and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old. 

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections. 

WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet. 

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia, has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible .. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. When the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America , first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day. 

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restore hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it! 

Gone But Not Forgotten


Danny Gans, 52, Las Vegas entertainer. Jack Kemp, 73, politician and football player, candidate for U.S. President (1988) and Vice President (1996), cancer. Dom DeLuise, 75, actor (The Cannonball Run, The Secret of NIMH), writer, chef and cookbook author, kidney failure. Dom DiMaggio, 92, baseball player (Boston Red Sox). Chuck Daly, 78, former Detroit Pistons basketball coach, pancreatic cancer. Wayman Tisdale, 44, NBA basketball player and jazz bassist, cancer.


Buddy and his wife Edna went to the state fair every year, And every year Buddy would say, 'Edna, I'd like to ride in that helicopter.' Edna always replied, 'I know Buddy, but that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, And fifty bucks is fifty bucks'

One year Buddy and Edna went to the fair, and Buddy said, 'Edna, I'm 85 years old If I don't ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance.' To this, Edna replied, "Buddy that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks'

The pilot overheard the couple and said, "Folks I'll make you a deal. I'll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don't say a word I won’t charge you a penny! But if you say one word its fifty dollars.' Buddy and Edna
agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard. He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, But still not a word. When they landed, the pilot turned to Buddy and said, 'By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't. I'm impressed!' Buddy replied, 'Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Edna fell out,  But... you know, "Fifty bucks is fifty bucks!' 


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