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This is the 8th season for the McCarty Metro Pigskin Pickem Challenge. The challenge is open to all, and is a friendly competition to see who can pick the most NFL winners throughout the entire NFL schedule, culminating with the Super Bowl. The game is very easy... Every Tuesday during the regular season, I will select 10 games for the following weekend. Your job is to just pick and submit the 10 teams you think will win that weekend before the first game listed kicks off.

To be eligible for the playoffs, you must participated in at least 66% of the games during the season. As the playoffs begins, each of our contestants will enter the playoffs with their winning percentage adjusted to points. Any weeks not played during the regular season will count as a 5-5 record toward your playoff points for each week missed, adjusting your initial playoff starting point accordingly. 

At the end of the 2019 Super Bowl, our winner will be announced and declared the 2019 McCarty Metro NFL Pigskin Pickem Champion! Start playing today by clicking here!



Eugene Skladnowski and his wife Dolores are coming to Michigan for a two week visit. Eugene (Gene) has been feature in previous issues as he was given up at birth for adoption. Now, 60+ years later, he was identified as a first cousin on Ancestry.com to Kathy Unti (Uncle Bill and Aunt Francis' daughter) as well as a first cousin to Jerry McCarty (Robert and Jean McCarty's son). So... There is definitely some McCarty blood in him, and he is interested in meeting us and finding out more about his beginnings. Kelly & Margaret are going to dinner with them on Tuesday, September 11. I have also extended an invitation to my brothers, however, if anyone from the extended family and cousins wants to meet up with us to meet our newest relative, email me at mccartymetro@gmail.com for more info. -Kelly


Karen McCarty found some pics stowed away with other old photos. Pics 1, 2 and 3 are unmarked. And I question the authenticity of No. 2 -- isn't she holding an iPhone? Pic 4, however, has handwriting on the back: "David Charles McCarty this picture was taken at 3 1/2 months" How did I wind up with David's baby pic? Any guesses as to the first three? Submit your answers below to help solve the mystery.

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Bradric Productions and The McCarty Metro, are pleased to announce the winner of our seventh annual McCarty Metro Film Project. The winning film was "Who Stole The Chocolate" which was submitted by Austin McCarty. This is Austin's first win in the previous seven years. 

The event took place from July 2 thru July 8, 2018. The event was open to all. We were looking for people get an idea of a film in accordance with the rules posted on this website on July 1, then over the next 7 days, write, act, direct and produce a short 4 minute or less movie and submit it to the McCarty Metro by 11:59 pm Sunday July 8. Once again, Congratulations to Austin and his team. Hope to see lots of entries next year....



Neighborhood Justice
- Mac-O Studios

Yanni the Yeti - Joe Hornsby

Who Stole The Chocolate? - Austin McCarty

Risk It All - Happy Hair Productions

Water Cop - Mac Daddy Productions

The Joy Of Perp Identifying: Bob Ross - Bradric

Inyourendo - Jim Matczak

Graffiti Artists - Sharon & Barry



In August, Kelly & Margaret took a road trip to visit Margaret's brother Chris, and his wife Beverly in Maryland. The trip was wonderful. On the first full day there, Chris took the couple to the Great Falls on the Potomac, and to Gettysburg, where they got to tour the Civil War battlefields. It was a very educational day learning about all the history. They capped the evening off with some nice fillet mignons on the grill.


Visiting The Great Falls
Gettysburg - At the site of The Gettyburg Address - In A Tower overlooking the battlefields - Eternal Light Peace Memorial
Gettysburg Visitors Center and the Pennsylvania Memorial

On the second day, they went to Virginia, visiting Arlington National Cemetery and taking in a lot of sites in Washington DC, including a Marine Sunset Parade in front of the Lincoln Memorial, the World War 2 monument, the FDR Monument, and went to the Pentagon 9-11 Memorial.

Visiting Ronald Bain's Gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery - Also The Lincoln Memorial With A Marine Parade 
The World War 2 Monument In Washington DC

The next day, Margaret and Bev took the Metro to the Washington DC Zoo, where they saw Pandas, Elephants, and other exhibits at the national zoo. Kelly & Chris picked them up and traveled to Annapolis, MD, where they lunched at Cantlers, famous for their hard shell crabs. After a great meal with a great view, they visited the Naval Academy at Annapolis.


Visiting the Washington DC Zoo
Eating Crab and Visiting The US Naval Academy In Annapolis, Maryland

On the final day, we rested a bit. We did go to Fort Stevens and in the evening had a great time visiting with Margaret's cousin Carolyn, her husband Craig and son Cory along with Chris & Bev's daughter Christina. 

Visiting Fort Stevens then a nice evening dinner with relatives from Virginia


To mark the summer’s end, intrepid sisters Margaret McCarty and Marianne Rzepka headed north to spend four days at the sixth annual Grand Garden Show at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

The two reached the hotel late on the last Saturday of August, just in time to throw their bags in the room and head for dinner at the Grand Hotel dining room.
It’s very relaxing at the Grand Hotel, where liveried waiters serve breakfast and dinner everyday to guests who must follow a dress code – no denim after 6 p.m.! (And no tipping. How crass!) But the day after the sisters’ arrival started out with an early Sunday morning trip to the island’s medical center when Margaret found her blood pressure was spiking high. Mackinac has a motorized ambulance, but a two-horsepower carriage turned out to be the faster trip for the half-mile, downhill-all-the-way trip to the medical center. The sisters shared a ride down the hill in a carriage filled with sleepy hotel guests eager to get to the ferry for early morning trips to Mackinaw City. They were all so grumpy – and spoke not a word – that it was hard to say what they thought of stopping at the medical center.
Since no other patients were seeking medical help at this hour, there was no-waiting service. Margaret was checked in by the nurse, treated by the doctor and was back at the hotel in time for breakfast. (To answer the reader’s unspoken question: It’s unclear whether her health insurance will cover the $10 ambulance charge.)

After breakfast on Sunday, all the sisters had to do was register for their three seminars, and each took away a goody bag with a trowel, gardening gloves and other things gardeners like. Then they had time to relax on the Grand Hotel’s huge porch, check out the island and eat some fudge.

The seminars really started Monday morning with garden-related talks on garden design (remember movement, various colors and textures, vertical lines and a focal point), as well as large-scale landscaping. (Hint: Use broad swaths of color if you ever need to landscape around a casino.) The afternoon was time for touring gardens on the island, and it must be said that despite the problems with local building codes and restrictions – most of the island is a state park and special permits are required for mechanized equipment – anyone can get a great looking garden if they’re rich.

The Grand Hotel On Mackinac Island - Our Room (a little busy) - Marianne Enjoying Dinner At The Grand
The Owner Of The Grand, Mr. Musser's Residence - A Horse & Buggy Is The Best Way Around The Island - Learning At One Of Many Educational Opportunities

On Tuesday, there was a seminar on container gardening, which followed a fascinating (really!) talk on the Flower House put together in Detroit two years ago by designer Lisa Waud. Waud came up with the idea of buying a dilapidated house and decorating the rooms with flowers. She ended up with two dilapidated homes, using one to preview her idea. The larger project, which included decorating 15 rooms with flower designs, ran for three days in October 2016. You can see some of the rooms at: https://www.theflower.house.

The final talk was by Amy Stewart who wrote the book “Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities”, which is about people killed and maimed by plants – strychnine, anyone?. (Fun trivia: Which plant has killed the most people? Tobacco!) As the event was ending, seminar organizers gave garden-appropriate gifts to attendees whose names were drawn. Marianne, who says she never wins anything, actually went home with a spray bottle good for fertilizer or bug killer! (This is a good gift for gardeners.) On the way out, everyone got a goodbye goody bag with two plants from show sponsor Proven Winners: a small variegated hosta (Autumn Frost) and a Mini Mauvette hydrangea. The Mini Mauvette cultivar was developed by Tom Ranney, a professor in horticultural science NC State University, whose brother-in-law Chuck Rzepka is Margaret and Marianne’s brother! It’s a small horticultural world after all.

Here are some of the recent travel destinations from our other readers.
Kelly & Margaret traveled to Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and DC
Larry and Gina traveled to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands
Chris, Amanda, and kids traveled from Oregon to Michigan for the 4th of July
Steve, Kristen, Megan, and Jenna spent the 4th at their place in Florida
Amanda traveled to wonderful Cancun, Mexico with friends
Steve won big in his recon trip to Las Vegas, Nevada

Margaret and her sister Marianne stayed at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island for a long weekend convention

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


Dear Editor: When it was back-to-school time, my parents purchased school supplies for me. I never recall owning a "trapper keeper," just notebooks. When did they change the name? -Puzzled in Hudsonville

ED NOTE: Trapper Keeper was just the updated version of what you might remember as a folder. It is carried to help organize your papers. I guess it would be kinda like when you went to school, you carried an abacus. They now have something called calculators. Or carrying a sack lunch or your Daniel Boone lunchbox in your day... Now students carry what is called money or a credit card. Or when you went to swim class, Mr. Johnson and the boyz were hanging out... Now, kids have something called 'trunks' to keep their dignity. Or even when you brought to school a pack of Camels... Kids today bring e-Cigs. So, in answer to your question... A LONG time ago.

Dear Editor: I noticed in last month's issue of the McCarty Metro, there was a political bent, in a comedic way. The long list of things the Democratic Party did wrong in the 2017 presidential election was funny because, as we all know, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. If the political items continue when the Metro takes up again in September, I would like to contribute. How about this dumb quote from Trump - like the one you had from Pelosi: "[The New York Times] don’t write good. They have people over there, like Maggie Haberman and others, they don’t – they don’t write good. They don’t know how to write good." -Marianne

ED NOTE: We at the Metro may get bent, but we don't break. And your take on Trump hits home, cuz, I don't write so good either.

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"! I would like to encourage our readers to submit their favorite recipes to the McCarty Metro at mccartymetro@gmail.com for inclusion in upcoming issues. This month we have some great dishes for to feed your family.


This is a quick snack recipe made with rolled oats, peanut butter, chocolate morsels, coconut, macademia nuts and dried pineapple.
Use it for your students on the go to get them some tasty energy


1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup Peter Pan® Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup wheat germ or ground flax seed
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup chopped dried pineapple
3 tablespoons macadamia nuts
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Additional shredded coconut, optional


Stir together oats, peanut butter, chocolate morsels, wheat germ, honey, coconut, pineapple, nuts, and vanilla until well combined. With wet hands, form a tablespoon portion of the mixture into a ball. If mixture is not holding together as desired, add additional honey until balls hold shape. Roll in shredded coconut if desired. Repeat with remaining mixture to make 36 balls.





Kelly continues a McCarty tradition of
crying on his birthday


Tab Hunter, 86, actor (Damn Yankees, Grease 2) and singer ("Young Love"), blood clot. Darryl Rogers, 83, football coach (Michigan State Spartans, Arizona State Sun Devils, Detroit Lions). Sergio Marchionne, 66, automotive executive (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ferrari, Maserati), heart attack. Bruce Lietzke, 67, pro golfer, glioblastoma. Nikolai Volkoff, 70, Hall of Fame professional wrestler (WWF). Charlotte Rae, 92, actress (The Facts of Life, Diff'rent Strokes). Stan Mikita, 78, Hall of Fame hockey player (Chicago Blackhawks), NHL champion (1961). Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, 63, professional wrestler (WWF, WCW, Stampede), head injury from fall. Aretha Franklin, 76, Hall of Fame soul singer ("Respect", "Chain of Fools", "A Natural Woman"), pianist and songwriter, pancreatic cancer. Paul Naumoff, 73, football player (Detroit Lions). Robin Leach, 76, writer and television host (Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous), complications from a stroke. John McCain, 81, politician and Navy officer, member of the U.S. Senate (since 1987) and House of Representatives (1983–1987), glioblastoma. Neil Simon, 91, playwright (Biloxi Blues, The Odd Couple) and screenwriter (The Goodbye Girl), Tony winner (1965, 1985, 1991), complications from pneumonia. , 91, playwright (Biloxi Blues, The Odd Couple) and screenwriter (The Goodbye Girl), Tony winner (1965, 1985, 1991), complications from pneumonia. 



After years of independent research, McCarty Metro reporter Eli has confirmed that drinking can give you the same benefits yoga.

 Savasana : Position of total relaxation  Balasana : Position that brings the sensation of peace and calm
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Setu Bandha Sarvangasana : This position calms the brain and heals tired legs Marjayasana : Position stimulates the midriff area and the spinal column
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Dolphin : Excellent for the shoulder area, thorax, legs, and arms Salambhasana : Great exercise to stimulate the lumbar area, legs, and arms
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Ananda Balasana : This position is great for massaging the hip area Malasana : This position, for ankles and back muscles.



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