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Aunt Kristen has sent gingerbread house kits to all the nieces and nephews. Your job is to build your gingerbread house and decorate it. When finished, take a photo of your finished house and email it to mccartymetro@gmail.com by Christmas Day. We will then post the photos on the McCarty Metro, and allow all of our readers to vote for the best one. After reading the FAQs below, if you still have questions, click the email link above to ask.


The Metro is having a Mannequin Challenge open to everyone. At a Christmas or New Years party (or whenever), everyone freezes and becomes a 'mannequin' while the camera pans around. Upload your video to YouTube and submit the link to mccartymetro@gmail.com. We will post those entries after the first of the year. Still not sure what the challenge is? See the video below. If you still have questions, send me an email to the email address above.




Looking for that first get-away after the holiday season? The 15th annual 2017 Vegas Baby Vegas trip is schedule for January 12-15. Join several staff, and subscribers of the McCarty Metro for a fun time in Sin City. We'll have a yard of Slurpee waiting for any newcomers.

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Evan McCarty set a new McCarty record by graduating from high school at 16 years and 4 months. The previous record was held by Jerry McCarty who graduated at 17 years and 2 months in 1978. Evan's sister, Dana McCarty, came close to breaking her dad's record when she graduated at 17 years and 5 months and started the Pacific Northwest College of Arts in January of 2015. 

Evan took the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) which is a test in California usually given to spoiled actor kids that allows them to graduate and begin working as adults. Passing the test gives Evan McCarty full graduation from high school and allows him to start college, if he wants to.

Evan is glad to be out of high school but says he won't be rushing things. He plans to take some courses at nearby College of the Canyons and get a job. He has interest in Special Effects Fabrication, Jewelry Design, and Virtual Reality but plans to take it slow and see where life leads him. Congratulations to Evan!


Former Grand Rapids Press newspaperman, and current Metro writer Mike McCarty received a heart pacemaker on Nov. 8 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Mike says that he has more energy, now that his heart rate is 60 instead of 30. He was surprised that the operation required shaving his chest. Also surprising was his cardiologist saying the heart irregularity was due to aging. Mike thought it was brought on by peeing in the alley. In addition, Mike as a musician, penned the song to the right about his procedure. 




Steve and daughter Jenna attended Detroit's annual Hob Nobble Gobble, a charity event that raises funds for the Thanksgiving Parade. Joining Jenna was her friend Grace, and yours' truly as Steve's significant other. It was a great time. There were arcade games, rides, and great food and drink. Three highlights included riding in a limo to and from the event, Jenna and Grace got to meet musician Flo-Rida in person, and News 4 anchor Devin Scillian commenting to me that I had a fine hat. Thanks Steve and Joe D for the invite and for a wonderful time.


Congratulations to Megan who captained her Stoney Creek High School Swim team to a league championship this year, and being recognized in the Oakland Press newspaper.


Here are some of the travel destinations this past month from our readers.
 Austin completed his trip to China
Jerry did a quick recon stop in Vegas, before traveling to Mexico
Mike and Karen took the train to Chicago for Thanksgiving Day.

 Steve traveled to Sacramento, California, and on the way back, make a quick recon visit to Las Vegas

Did you go on a trip or vacation? Send us your destination and any pictures you have to mccartymetro@gmail.com


Subscriber Gwenda sent me several rare photos from the 1800's. I wanted to share two of these look-backs into our American history.

1888 - Snow Tunnel On the Ouray and Silverton Toll Rd - Colorado
grandparents rode through this snow tunnel
1887 - West Center Street, Anaheim, California.
Now we have Disneyland here!



Dear Editor: Hi Kelly. I really enjoy the McCarty Metro and read the whole thing. I don't know who most of the people are or who they belong to but it is still fun because i know they are "McCartys". How did your mom and dad raise eight boys in a one bathroom probably two bedroom home. Wow and holy cow!  And all you boys/guys/men turned out very very good. I was wondering since you wanted idea's for a column if a recipe corner of easy and very good recipe's that someone loves. Just one a month? Just a thought. I know I don't keep in touch and I am sorry about that but life is so crazy. Everyone is fine here we just are busy busy. Love you Kelly and Margaret and family. Keep up the good work! -Kitty

ED NOTE: Thanks for the email Kitty. As per your suggestion, Le' Food Recipe Corner will appear starting this month. I hope to see many great dishes.

Dear Editor: I'm enjoying your stories from the McCarty Metro and how wonderful to take on this family project. Quick question: do you ever highlight stories of friends of the McCarty's? Thanks for letting me know and have a fabulous November yourself! -Rochelle

ED NOTE: Of course. We like to highlight stories of McCartys as well as all of our Metro family and friends. The more, the merrier...

Dear Editor: I see you are having one of my former Parkman Elementary students, Jerry McCarty, playing guitar and singing on your website. I would like to suggest that maybe he just move his lips. -Mrs. Collins

ED NOTE: Way ahead of you Mrs. C... Not only is Jerry just moving his lips, but his fingers never touch the strings. I think for the musical abilities of the McCarty boys, we will be having a 'Playing The Sticks 101' column going forward.

We appreciate our McCarty Metro readers and always want to hear your questions, comments, rants, or editorials.
Just submit them anytime during the month to to mccartymetro@gmail.com for inclusion in the next issue.

For those that do not speak the language, Le' Food is French for "The Food"! This is a new feature to the McCarty Metro. I would like our readers to submit their favorite recipes to mccartymetro@gmail.com for inclusion in upcoming issues. This month we have some great dishes for your holiday parties.


Submitted by Margaret

1 lb spicy sausage
2 cups shredded share cheddar cheese
½ tsp crushed rosemary leaves
1 can crescent dinner rolls
1 tblsp flour

Heat oven to 375°. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil; spray with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix sausage, cheese and rosemary; mix well using hands or spoon. Unroll crescent dough and coat each side of dough with 1 tablespoon flour. Using a knife, cut dough into about1/4-inch square pieces. Mix crescent dough pieces into bowl of sausage mixture in small amounts until well blended. Shape mixture into 42 small balls. Place in pan. Bake 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.


Submitted by Gina

2 pkgs Beef-flavored Ramen Noodle Soup Mix
1 (16 oz) package Slaw mix
1 cup Sliced Almonds
1 cup Sunflower Kernels
1 bunch Green Onions, chopped
½ cup Sugar
¾ cup Vegetable Oil
1/3 cup White Distilled Vinegar

Remove flavor packets from soup mix and set aside; crush the noodles. Place noodles in bottom of a large bowl. Top with slaw mix; Sprinkle with Almonds, Sunflower kernels, and Green Onions. Whisk together contents from flavor packets, sugar, oil, and vinegar. Pour over slaw. Do Not Mix. Cover and chill 24 hours. Toss before serving. (I invert container to let marinade run through the slaw mix after about 12-14 hours & every 2-3 hours thereafter. Then toss before serving). This will make enough for 12-16 servings.


Submitted by Kristen

1 stick of butter
2 cups sugar
½ cups flour
1 tblsp baking powder
1 tsp salk
½ cups mile
2 cans sliced peaches in juice

Preheat oven to 350. Get a 13 x 9 glass dish. This is layered, so don't mix layers together. Layer 1: 1 stick of butter, melted. Layer 2: Mix together 2 cups sugar, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt. Add in 1 1/2 cups milk and pour over melted butter; but do not mix together. Layer 3: 2 regular size cans of sliced peaches in juice, Drained. Just spoon on top of batter layer (aka layer 2) Bake for 1 hour. NOTE: you can use fresh fruit too. Blueberries & raspberries work well. And fresh peaches too.

We all have seen articles in newspapers which we find humorous. If you see any, please send them to me via email at mccartymetro@gmail.com, and we will feature them in an upcoming issue of the McCarty Metro.



Don Marshall, 80, American actor (Land of the Giants). Janet Reno, 78, lawyer and politician, U.S. Attorney General (1993–2001), Parkinson's disease. Leonard Cohen, 82, singer-songwriter ("Suzanne", "Hallelujah", "First We Take Manhattan"), poet and novelist (Let Us Compare Mythologies, Beautiful Losers). Robert Vaughn, 83, actor (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Magnificent Seven, Hustle), acute leukemia. Leon Russell, 74, Hall of Fame musician (The Wrecking Crew) and songwriter ("Tight Rope"). Joe Esposito, 78, author and publisher, road manager for Elvis Presley. Florence Henderson, 82, actress (The Brady Bunch), heart failure. Ron Glass, 71, American actor (Barney Miller, Firefly, Lakeview Terrace), respiratory failure. Fidel Castro, 90, Cuban politician, Prime Minister (1959–1976), President (1976–2008). 


One Christmas, a long time ago, Santa Claus was getting ready for his annual trip; but there were problems... EVERYWHERE! Four of his elves were away sick and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones. So, Santa was beginning to feel the pressure of being behind schedule. Then, Mrs. Claus popped in to tell Santa that her mother was coming to stay for Christmas; which stressed him even more. After a while, he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two had jumped the fence and run away, heaven knows where to. Then, when he began to load the sleigh, one of the boards broke and several large toy- bags fell to the ground, scattering their contents all over the place. Needless to say, Santa was not in the best of moods. 

Suddenly, the doorbell rang and he went to the door expecting another problem. But when he opened it, there was a little angel with a great big Christmas tree that she had brought especially to cheer him up. The angel greeted him very cheerfully, “Merry Christmas Santa Claus. Isn’t it just a wonderful day? I have a beautiful tree for you. See, isn’t it just the loveliest Christmas tree you’ve ever seen? Where would you like me to put it?”

Thus Santa's reply began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.




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