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On September 22, there was a baby shower for Valerie McCarty in Ohio. The shower was well attended, and Brad & Valerie would like to thank all for their incredible  gifts for a baby girl and for all the well wishes and practical advice. The first baby for the couple is due in November.



Hail to the chief second-grader! Max McCarty has been elected president of his class at Fifth District Elementary School. McCarty and the school's other student government representatives had their first planning meeting last month to select spirit days and "funraising" events, according to the school's newsletter. At Fifth District Elementary, every Friday is Purple Friday to celebrate the Baltimore Ravens.


Stop the e-presses! Metro reporter Mike McCarty grew a 7-pound butternut squash in his and Karen's garden. Karen harvested the big gourd Sept. 25. "This is a big day," Mike gushed, cradling the squash. "I don't know what our plans are for this monster." Mike then asked Karen a twofold question: "What do you do with a squash?" and "What's a squash." Still waiting to ripen in Mike's garden: 3 greenish-yellow things that resemble cucumbers. 


Austin McCarty just released his first mobile game. The game is called 'High Noon'. Brother Chris McCarty currently has the high score. Chris reports, "No surprise, given my cat like reflexes." ED NOTE: This is truly a fun game and worth the download.



Fresh is the air in the Michigan orchards. Fresh are the fruits and vegetables we pick ourselves when visiting a Michigan Farm. Fresh is the fun we have with our families on a visit to a Michigan farm, orchard, or cider mill. This is the refreshing way to answer questions like “Mom, where do apples come from?” This is where open-air Michigan farmers markets and u-pick farms enliven our recipes. This is the true meaning of the phrase: farm fresh. So let’s visit Michigan farms, orchards and cider mills. Because nothing refreshes our lives like Pure Michigan.

Ashton Orchard & Cider Mill
3825 Seymour Lake Road
248-627-6671 - Ortonville
Asplin Farms Cider Mill
12190 Miller
248-821-4780 - Lennon
Blakes Orchard & Cider Mill
17985 Center Road
586-784-5343 - Armada
Coon Creek Orchard & Mill
78777 Coon Creek Road
586-784-5062 - Armada
Dexter Cider Mill
58 Cavanaugh Lake Road
734-426-8531 - Dexter
Diehl's Orchard & Cider Mill
1478 Ranch
248-634-8981 - Holly
Foreman's Orchards & Mill
50050 7 Mile Road
248-349-1256 - Northville
Franklin Cider Mill
7450 Franklin
248-626-2968 - Franklin
Goodson Cider Mill
4295 Orion
248-652-8450 - Rochester
Johnny Appleseed Cider Mill
6001 26 Mile Road
810-781-4288 - Washington
Middleton Cider Mill
46462 Dequindre
810-731-6699 - Utica
Paint Creek Cider Mill
4480 Orion
248-651-8381 - Rochester
Parmenter's Cider Mill
714 Baseline
248-349-3181 - Northville
Parshallville Cider Mill
8507 Parshallville Road
810-629-9079 - Fenton
Plymouth Orchards & Mill
10685 Warren
734-455-2290 - Plymouth
Porter's Orchard & Cider Mill
12180 Hegel
810-838-7156 - Goodrich
Rochester Cider Mill
5125 Rochester
248-651-4224 - Rochester
Stony River at King's Mill
622 S Main
810-798-8214 - Almont
Weier's Cider Mill
803 W 13th Street
734-242-7386 - Monroe
Westview Orchards & Mill
65075 Van Dyke at 30 Mile
586-752-3123 - Romeo
Wiard's Orchards
5565 Merritt
734-482-7744 - Ypsilanti
Yates Cider Mill
1990 E Avon
248-651-8300 - Rochester

We want to hear your questions, comments, rants, or editorials. Just submit them to soundoff@mccartymetro.com.

Dear Editor. Have you ever carved a white pumpkin? I saw them recently at the local farmers' market. It seems wrong on so many levels not have an orange pumpkin at Halloween. What's this world coming to? -Gina

ED NOTE: Don't know... Margaret and I never carved a white pumpkin before. I prefer the traditional orange pumpkin. Once you get good with the carving, you can get a little creative. I started out by drawing the face on the back of one of my older brothers heads (pictured) then through the magic of TV, Margaret helped me get more creative.


Dear Editor. What's your favorite treat to get on Halloween? And, what's your favorite trick to play? -Curious

ED NOTE: There is nothing like a good Charleston Chew. Love the Butterfingers, but if someone was giving out Cracker Jack, put the mask on backwards and go back again. No real tricks, other than as an adult, hiding in a dark room, and jumping out and scaring my kids, then watching them hate me for a week.

Dear Editor. Just wanted to add another submission to the Rod & Mario page. After hearing this, his confidence convinced me.........  LOL, classic. -Jerome 
Tigs vs. Twinkies - 9/25/2013. Rod: : We might see J-honny in the infield, we might see J-honny in the outfield, this much I do believe the Tigers understand; 25 man roster, J-honny Peralta is one of the best 25 men that they can go into the post season with, so rest assured he MIGHT be on that post season roster as well".

ED NOTE: Mike (Rod & Mario author) can't write fast enough some games to write down ALL the knowledge these two 'thespians of word' can spew.

Dear Editor. I went into the Metro chat room Sunday night (Sept. 29), but none of my brothers showed up. It is lonely when you're in a big chat room all by yourself. Was it something I said? -Lonely in G.R.

ED NOTE: Michael, Michael, Michael. Sorry, I was in Albuquerque in a Crystal Meth lab protecting Jesse at 9pm on Sunday. Also, if you go into the the chat room, and you hear a knock... Just remember.... I am the one who knocks! Thank you Mike, and have an A1 day.




The Obama administration has found $100 million to send to struggling Detroit, despite recurring claims that the government cannot afford to make any more spending cuts.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed just last weekend that "there's no more cuts to make." Pelosi made the comments in response to Republicans demanding additional cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. "The cupboard is bare," she told CNN. Apparently not completely bare. Gene Sperling, chief economic adviser to President Obama, told the Associated Press the administration scrounged through the federal budget and found untapped money that "either had not flowed or had not gotten out or not directed to the top priorities." That money is now being sent to Detroit.

Considering the Motor City is at least $18 billion in debt, it will take a far larger infusion of cash or historic deals with bond holders, insurance companies and other creditors to correct the problem. But the $100 million infusion is a step toward greater federal involvement. Sperling and three other top Obama aides -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan -- were meeting Friday with state and local officials. The meeting was to include Gov. Rick Snyder, state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr, Mayor Dave Bing and community and business leaders.


David Frost, 74, British broadcaster (That Was the Week That Was, The Frost Report, The Nixon Interviews), heart attack. Tommy Morrison, 44, heavyweight champion boxer (WBO) and actor (Rocky V), multiple organ failure. Ray Dolby, 80, inventor of Dolby NR and surround sound, leukemia. Ken Norton, 70, heavyweight boxer and actor (Mandingo, Drum), heart failure. Gates Brown, 74, baseball player (Detroit Tigers). L. C. Greenwood, 67, football player (Pittsburgh Steelers). 


Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.

If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.


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