you know by now, my
brother and Metro writer
Jerry McCarty passed away
on December 17. A moving funeral
mass was said in
California in January. We
wanted to give all of
Jerry's Michigan family
and friends a chance to
toast Jerry in a relaxed
atmosphere. With that
said, we have scheduled a
get-together on March 2 in
the upstairs at Danny J's
Brick Tavern at 6pm - 10pm. It will be a cash
bar, but we will have some
light fair to nibble on.
If you can make it to
celebrate Jerry's life and
friendship, please RSVP on
the form below or email me
so we can get an
accurate count. A link to
Danny J's is below.
The 12th annual Dan McCarty Memorial Texas Hold’em
held on February 7th was a huuuuuuuge success!! The charity
UHY Cares raked in over $41,000 in donations with nearly 180 players and some great corporate sponsors!! The new location was excellent…and it had two open bars. The proceeds go to the Michigan Lupus Alliance, The American Cancer Society, The Michigan Humane Society, and many other great organizations. We received two large donations one from Joe DeVito (Howard & Howard) and another from Rob Bosart (RBS) that really
sweetened the pot.
In February, Larry, Gina, and Amanda took an unforgettable trip to Alaska. Their first stop was in Anchorage where they took a tram to the top of Alyeska Resort and watched skiers go downhill into the clouds. The view above the clouds was amazing. Afterwards, they took a helicopter tour over the beautiful snow-covered mountains and landed on a glacier where they got out and walked around. The beauty of the blue ice is indescribable. That night, Amanda was given an opportunity to take a lesson in curling and took part in a rookie curling game. She did an amazing job landing the stone on the target as well as sweeping her little heart out. The team was ready to sign her up!
The next day the trio traveled north by train for 12 hours until they reached Fairbanks. During the ride they saw beautiful winter landscape and spotted several moose in the wild. The first night they stayed up late to witness the Aurora Borealis. Although it was low activity, Amanda was able to take some great shots of the Northern Lights with her camera.
While in Fairbanks, they went dog sledding, soaked in a natural hot spring, had an appletini in a glass made of ice, toured an ice museum, toured a geothermal facility, and ate some amazing food. They also went to Hoarfrost Distillery for a vodka tasting and savored the delicious food of Moldova at Soba Restaurant.
Their final day took them to a reindeer ranch where they walked around with the reindeer while getting lots of information from the ranch owners. Before heading to the airport they stopped at the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, which was amazing. Not only were there vintage cars, there was vintage clothing and lots of old photos and films. Amanda got a private tour of the clothing collection in a back storage area. This place was well worth the stop.
Alaska in the winter is a must-do vacation. I hear it’s equally amazing in the summer. Hmmmm….recon anyone?
GONE FROM THE METRO FAMILY
E. Seeling Jr. passed away on February 2, 2019 at
the age of 50
husband of Karen. Dear father of Trevor and Colin.
Loving son of James, Sr. and Gail. Jim is also
remembered by his sister Katie Gray as well as 5
nieces and nephews. Visitation and funeral were
held at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. (Shelby
Twp.) 54880 Van Dyke at 25 Mile Rd. Memorial
Donations to Gift Of Life are welcome. Jim was a
dedicated football coach for Shelby Lions for 11
years. He also had a life-long management career
in the auto industry. Share memories with the
family at their "On-Line Guest Book" at WujekCalcaterra.com.
NOTE: Jim was a good friend of Steve McCarty as
well as the entire McCarty family. He was an
wonderful man with love and a great sense of pride
for his family. He will be missed by all. Rest in
DATELINE: PIGSKIN PICKEM
though Super Bowl 53 was a bit of a yawner as far as excitement,
the 2019 McCarty Metro Pigskin Pickem was nail biting and
came down to a single pick. Congratulations to the New England Patriots on their 6th Championship in 18
years, and also congratulations to Mike Wiacek who did just enough to hold off the field and win this years McCarty Metro Pigskin Pickem
Championship for the third time. I would like to thank
everyone who played this year. You can see how everyone
did on the Pigskin
Pickem page. I hope to see you back again next season.
DATELINE: SIENNA COLLEGE, NEW YORK
McCarty is remembering his starting point guard days. The
Metro writer and UHY CEO was asked to do the honorary jump
ball at a Siena College basketball game as the Siena
Saints took on the Iona Gaels in a February 13 contest on
campus in Loudonville, New York.
McCarty Metro editor will once again go under the knife!
In March, Kelly McCarty will be getting a second knee replacement,
this time to his left knee. He had a full right knee
replacement last year.
DATELINE: GRAND RAPIDS AREA WEATHER & TECH It was cold, snowy and icy in February, so Mike used the time to hole up in his Hudsonville condo without shaving. Mike also tried to learn more about his iPhone, and he successfully used the camera function to take a
close-up of his unshaven face. This was not easy, because he had to angle the camera just right to take a pic of his image in the bathroom mirror, without getting the camera phone in the photo. When Mike proudly showed the photo to Karen, she told him that there was an icon on the phone that allows you to take a pic without using a bathroom mirror! Tech tip: If you have not discovered this icon, it is in the lower right corner of your
Here are some of the recent travel destinations from our
Larry & Gina had a wonderful trip to Alaska
Steve, fulfilling his new role of CEO of UHY, has
traveled to Texas and New York
Austin traveled to San Diego as part of his Masters
Studies at U of M
The Skladnowskis and the Spositos went to the Magical
World of Disney
Austin is also currently snowboarding in Colorado, then will
be flying (on the same trip) to the beaches in Mexico.
Dear Editor: I heard that Daylight Saving Time begins March 10. Does that mean we have to move our clocks ahead one hour or back one? Who started this idea anyhow?
-Confused in West Michigan
NOTE: I am not sure who actually started DST,
however, I know the saying goes 'spring forward and
fall back'. But if not entirely sure, just throw the
clock out the window... YOU'RE RETIRED MIKE, SO IT
DOESN'T MATTER WHAT TIME THE CLOCK SAYS!
Dear Editor: What
a wonderful tribute to a more-than-wonderful man in
your February edition. Reading the stories and
seeing the pictures of Jerry has made me want to be
a better person. The love he showed to others is
impressionable and unforgettable. His legacy will
surely live on through all of us as these stories
will be shared through generations to come. I'm
grateful I knew Jerry, albeit a short time. He
touched my life with his kindness and generosity as
he did to everyone. -Gina
NOTE: I couldn't agree more. Jerry was an person who
showed love, respect, and generosity to everyone. He will
always be a part of me.
Editor: I got back in late from meetings and dinner in CO
and had received the email that the McCarty Metro was
online. I got in and immediately read the Metro. I sat here
smiling, crying, laughing, and crying some more. You did a
great job on the Metro... a nice tribute to Jerry. -Lar
NOTE: I think I set the record for laughs and tears
preparing the February issue. He was a great brother and
friend, and will be missed.
you for all your good work this season on the Pigskin
Pickem. We'll certainly be missing Jerry - a winner in every
way! -Phil Ventura
NOTE: Thanks Phil. I know you and Jerry go back to the Cross
days. He always had a special place in his heart for all his
old friends there.
appreciate our McCarty Metro readers and always want to hear your questions, comments, rants,
Just submit them anytime during the month to to firstname.lastname@example.org
for inclusion in the next issue.
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 email@example.com
for inclusion in upcoming issues. This month we have a
great treat for your holiday gatherings.
There’s nothing like a snow storm… always makes me
crave pasta salad
lb ruffles pasta, cooked al dente, drained
1 bottle Wish Bone Robusto Italian Dressing
1 bottle McCormicks Salad Supreme
½ cup chopped banana peppers
1 package sliced cherry tomatoes
together, refrigerate overnight or for several hours,
A look at a
job interview from different generations
can we pick her up?
Biden knows what he is talking about.
BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY
SINCE THE LAST ISSUE
Bob Friend, 88, baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets, New York Yankees).
Frank Robinson, 83, Hall of Fame baseball player
(Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles) and manager (Cleveland Indians), bone cancer.
John Dingell, 92, politician, member of the U.S. House
of Representatives (1955–2015) from Dearborn, Michigan, prostate cancer.
Pedro Morales, 76, Hall of Fame professional wrestler (WWA,
WWF) and commentator (WWF Superstars), complications from Parkinson's disease.
Gene Littler, 88, Hall of Fame professional golfer,
U.S. Open winner (1961). Don Newcombe, 92, baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians).
Peter Tork, 77, musician and actor (The Monkees), complications of adenoid cystic carcinoma. Terry
Pepper, 70, Executive Director at Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association.
DATELINE: DON'T GET CHINESE
FOOD ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY...