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On October 16, 2021, Austin Julian McCarty and Kristina Liesma Krautmanis became engaged.

They shared a lovely dinner at the Highlands restaurant atop the Renaissance Center overlooking Detroit, where they shared their first date.

It wasnít too long ago (ok maybe it was almost 4 years ago but whoís counting?) that they agreed to meet at Townhouse, a chic, fusion restaurant, for their first date. From there, they hit it off, toured the city, and the rest was history.

The night of the proposal, they dressed up and about halfway through the meal, Austin informed the waitress of what was about to happen. He asked her to take some photos at the end of the night, and when the time came, while photos being being captured, he got down on one knee and proposed. A full video of the proposal was captured to be a wonderful memory in a long marriage.

The waitress and staff brought over glasses of champagne to close out the night, and further photo shoots occurred on the Riverfront.

The happy couple is targeting the fall of 2022 in scenic Grand Rapids, Michigan for a wedding date.



Continuing their quest to see all the US National Parks in retirement, Kelly & Margaret had nice 3 day visit to Cuyahoga National Park in northeastern Ohio. It was a fun and scenic trip. The fall colors were ripe, and the weather cooperated. During the summer, the couple visited Olympic National Park and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. They are looking forward to next year and adding stamps to their book.

Enjoying the scenery inside the national park - autumn on the Cuyahoga River - lots of beautiful waterfalls - kissin' in the woods
View from the overlook - Margaret takes a quick break - Kelly & Margaret at the Ledges, large rock ledges overlooking the park

Recently, the McCartys (Kevin, Stephanie, Audri, & Braxton) from TikTok fame, took their videos and talents to start a YouTube channel. They only started their YouTube channel in September, and already, in a recent ranking of weekly YouTube stats from Tubefilter, the McCarty's channel was #9 for the week in views in the entire United States for the week of November 15 with over 170 million views for the week! That is more views than Taylor Swift, the WWE, and Fox News Channel. They have also been viewed will over 1 billion times over the short 2 months on YouTube. It is the second consecutive week in the Top 10 in the US, and Top 25 world wide which is an amazing accomplishment for a channel so new. 

Tubefilter Charts is a weekly rankings column from Tubefilter with data provided by†GospelStats. Itís exactly what it sounds like;†a top number ranking of YouTube channels based on statistics collected within a given time frame.†Check out all of our Tubefilter Charts†with new installments every week right†here.

ED NOTE: Congratulations to Kevin, Stephanie, Audri, and Braxton on this great accomplishment, and much continued success in the future.





Last year, the pandemic put a damper on the annual McCarty trip to Las Vegas. Only Larry and Bob were able to make the regular trip, then Kelly, Brad, and Austin went a few weeks later. It has been announced that the 2022 McCarty Metro Las Vegas trip is on and has been scheduled for January 13-16. We will be staying in the Harrah's, Flamingo area again this year. It is always fun and a lot of laughs, so come on out and have a great time with the McCarty brothers.


themccartys on Tik Tok has grown it's following to over 4.5 million people. That is an increase of over 200,000 in the past 60 days! In our October issue, we reported that they had 4.3 million followers. They also have over 100 million likes. Congratulations to Kevin, Stephanie, Audri and Braxton on this accomplishment. If you haven't seen their posts yet, download the TikTok app and search for themccartys and follow them. They also have an on-line store with exclusive McCarty swag. The link is below...


VERIFIED TikTok @ themccartys - 
Supporting: American Heart Association


Check Out themccartys and follow them on TikTok

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ED NOTE: Christmas is an amazing time of the year, but with all the fun, there can also be a whole lot of stress if you are the one who has to plan it all. Think about everything that needs to be done, shopping, cards, entertaining, guests, food, traditions, budgeting, outfits, etc. Thereís a whole lot to do before you can finally relax and enjoy yourself, and it pays to get started early so you can to avoid as much holiday stress as possible. Here are a few tips we've gathered to help you navigate the hustle and bustle of Christmas.

.1. Make sure that you have (and stick to) a budget for all cards & presents (and remember to include postage and packaging costs to your budget)
2. Consider making cards and presents for a more personal touch

3. When buying for lots of people, keep costs down by setting a limit on each present

4. Remember the weight of the presents because the cost of postage adds up!

5. Buy things as and when you see them to take the stress of buying everything last minute

6. Wrap as you buy. This makes things so much less overwhelming on you as the holidays get closer

7. Consider assembling toys before wrapping them so that kids can go straight ahead and play

8. Buy a few extra presents for unexpected guests or the accidentally forgotten

9. Get presents ready in plenty of time so you can give them out as you see people and save on postage

10. Write cards & wrap presents in the order that you will be giving them out

11. Get everyone to write or put online their wish lists. That way youíll know what they would love when asked for gift ideas from relatives or friends

12. Make a note of what you bought so you wonít get the same next year (you can add these to your gift list so that you wonít duplicate any idea)!

If you have any household tips or tricks, send them to me at mccartymetro@gmail.com


Since Chris, Amanda, Alexa, and Cooper were coming in for Thanksgiving. I thought I was doing the right thing about putting up the Christmas tree early and getting a couple gifts. The living room now has the look of Christmas, and the aroma of fresh pine screams happy holidays. Unfortunately, Margaret was not at all pleased with my choice of trees.

I hate the time change! I had to go
and fix all the clocks at the Metro HQ.
My Oh My!
The Dixie Chicks have really let themselves go during COVID19


The McCarty Metro has learned because of panic buying and the upcoming holidays, Wal-Mart has now added a second cashier.


The McCarty Metro has also learned that the piano man Billy Joel has lost 50 pounds In preparation for his upcoming tour US tour. Mr. Joel told the Metro he feels much healthier, he can move around a lot better, and is no longer worried that he will have a heart attack-ack-ack-ack-ack.


A truck loaded with Vicks Vapor Rub overturned on the I-94 expressway. Police reported that there was no congestion for eight hours.

Deer Season Is Now Open For Toddlers 100 bucks says there's a coyote under it If I had a nickel for every one sold!

Here are some of the recent travel destinations from our faithful readers

Austin traveled to Bonn, Germany for a week in October
Kelly & Margaret spent a couple days in Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio
Chris, Amanda, Alexa, and Cooper went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
The following week, they then traveled to Michigan for Thanksgiving
Ryan and Missy spent her birthday down in St. Petersburg, Florida
Steve went to New York to help dedicate the sports complex at Sienna College 
Larry got in a little recon in Vegas. Says the tables will be hot in January!

Austin spent a weekend in Miami, Florida to celebrate graduation with other graduates of his program

Did you travel recently? Send us your destination and pictures to mccartymetro@gmail.com

Dear Editor: We're tired of the high costs of New Year's Eve parties. Anything you can do to help? -Brad & Austin

ED NOTE: Hey Brad and Austin. I'm tired of people complaining about $7 beers, $10 parking, and a $20 cover charge. If you don't like the prices, then stop coming to my house for New Year's Eve.

Dear Editor: I have a question that I think will STUMP THE EDITOR. Here is my question: Which of these has NOT been found in the bushes next to the front porch of 9323 Sussex: -Quiz Master, Hudsonville, Mich

A) Somebody's Easter basket       B) Old tires       C) Ballard Maggard       D) Dad's cigarette ashes

Did I stump you? ALL of the answers have been found in those bushes. Granted, the old tires are more recent, but I threw that in to throw you off. -QM, Hudsonville, Mich.

ED NOTE: Wow! A question that I was not allowed to answer? Anyway, besides the tires trying to throw me off, it was little bit tricky because Ballard was actually in our bushes on Sussex, North York AND Goldridge. You know you also could have added a lot more choices of things in the bushes on Sussex like Cokie pee (marking her territory), a player card from Big League Manager, Dad DNA (spit), a dead 9-volt battery from the transistor radio we used to listen to Tiger baseball in the summer, Reba pee (marking her territory), and shrapnel from the M-80 incident with Jose Karalis.

Dear Editor: A couple of my brothers have already retired. I have been working all my life, and really don't feel I have enough saved for my golden years. How do you do it? -Your Brother

ED NOTE: Well, I will tell you now that Margaret and I are now both retired, thanks to Joe Biden's new tax policies, we are very close to fulfilling our dreams of living on a small island somewhere.

Dear Editor: Iíve been a loyal reader of the McCarty Metro for decades and I must say, Iím outraged at the photo I saw at the top of the Metro last month. The photo was a nice family photo but also included what appeared to be a topless young lady. What kind of publication is this? Will you think of the children? Whatís next for the McCarty Metro? Where is this publication going? Iím afraid to let my kids visit the McCarty Metro without parental supervision. I remember back to the days of computer clip art, maybe we should go back to those days. When I was a kid, these sort of things would NEVER happen. If this happens again, Iíll have to report you to the local Internet police. -Disappointed Metro Reader

ED NOTE: I really think you need to get your eyes checked or just get your mind out of the gutter. However, not to worry... I think you can continue to let your kids read the Metro without  supervision because with winter here, we don't have to really worry about your 'complaint' again for several months. The picture below is a preview of what the normally scantily clad showgirls in Vegas will be donning this winter. And yes... they won't be able to put their arms down either.


ED NOTE: I appreciate you stopping by and would like to hear your questions, comments, or editorials.
Just submit them anytime during the month to
mccartymetro@gmail.com for inclusion in our next issue.


For those that do not speak the language, Le' Food is French for "The Food"! Here you can find some of our Metro family favorite recipe and tips.

Readers, email me at mccartymetro@gmail.com to submit your favorite recipe for inclusion in an upcoming issue.
This month we have a recipe submitted by Kristen.


Yummo - itís no mostakelly, but itís pretty good.


1 lb Italian sausage cooked
2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp red pepper flakes 
1 32oz carton chicken broth
1 jar marinara sauce
4 Tbsp. tomato paste
1/2 lb Lasagna noodles
ricotta cheese 
mozzarella cheese 


Add first six ingredients above to a pot and simmer for 30 minutes. Add in 1/2 lb al dente pasta - broken pieces of lasagna noodles and heat through. Serve with a dollop of ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and parmigiana.

ED NOTE: Sorry... There were no submissions this month.

If you have a young writer who wants to see their work
on the Metro, send it in an email to me at mccartymetro@gmail.com for inclusion in an upcoming issue.


Tired of boiling water every time you make pasta? 

Boil a few gallons at the beginning of the week and freeze it to use later.


You can submit videos by sending it to me, send me a link, or uploading to YouTube and sending me the info to mccartymetro@gmail.com


 Taking The Remote

Gray takes the TV remote control and
leaves a little message to the family

50th Anniversary Dance

Gene & Dolores Skladnowski celebrate
their 50 years as husband & wife with
a special dance together

 themccartys on Tik Tok

Check out one of the newer submissions
from The McCartys on Tik Tok

Achmed Christmas Song

Achmed's "Up On A Housetop"
An Ode To 2020

Sports Talk

Here is an in-depth analysis after the Michigan vs. Michigan State football game on October 30

Art Of A Maine Luthier

Maine news did a feature on Margaret's nephew
Toby Rzepka who builds guitars



.If you know someone who could use our prayers, please email me at mccartymetro@gmail.com.



Alan Kalter, 78, American television announcer (Late Show with David Letterman). Ray Fosse, 74, baseball player (Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners) and broadcaster, World Series champion (1973, 1974), cancer. Betty Lynn, 95, actress (Thelma Lou from The Andy Griffith Show). Colin Powell, 84, American general and politician, secretary of state (2001Ė2005) and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989Ė1993). Peter Scolari, 66, actor (Newhart, Bosom Buddies, Girls), Emmy winner (2016), leukemia. Jay Black, 82, singer (Jay and the Americans), pneumonia. James Michael Tyler, 59, actor (Friends, Motel Blue), prostate cancer. Mort Sahl, 94, comedian. Mike Lucci, 81, football player (Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions). Jerry Remy, 68, baseball player (California Angels, Boston Red Sox) and broadcaster (NESN), cancer. Dean Stockwell, 85, actor (Quantum Leap, Married to the Mob, Paris, Texas). Gavan O'Herlihy, 70, actor (Chuck from Happy Days, Willow, Twin Peaks). Lou Cutell, 91, actor (Seinfeld, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Betty White's Off Their Rockers). 

Jordan Pantelides age 78, of Harrison Township, MI passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 3, 2021, surrounded by his family after a long-fought battle with Parkinson's Disease. Jordan was born on March 14, 1943 and is preceded in death by his parents Katherine and Anastas Pantelides, and his two older sisters, Sophie and Diana.

Jordan was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, and uncle. He was an avid hunter and loved doing anything which involved speed. He loved to cook and enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

Jordan is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Carlene, and children Cathy (Frank), Diana (Jim), and Jordan (Amy). He also leaves behind his sister, Markel DeWolf (Michael) and brother-in-law, Richard Cox (Diana). He was a loving grandfather to Matthew, Maggie, Michael, Grace, and Mia. He was loved by many nieces and nephews.

The visitation and funeral were held at St. John Orthodox Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan on Saturday, November 6, 2021. His final resting place is at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations in his name to: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. You can share memories and sign the online guest book at www.vickfuneralhome.com

ED NOTE: I will remember Jordan's smile and laughter the most. I always enjoyed seeing him at family gatherings. I wish peace to Carlene and their kids. May eternal rest grant unto Jordan, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all of the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.



Elmer and Gertrude Jones went for their annual doctor's appointment. Each went into separate rooms for their exams. After his exam the doctor said to Elmer, "You appear to be in good health. Do you have any medical concerns you would like to ask me about?

"In fact, I do," said the old man. "After I have sex I am usually cold and chilly, and then, after I have sex with her the second time, I am usually hot and sweaty."

After examining his elderly wife, the doctor said: "Everything appears to be fine Gertrude. Do you have any medical concerns that you would like to discuss with me?"

The lady replied that she had no questions or concerns. The doctor then said to her: "Your husband had an unusual concern. He claims that he is usually cold and chilly after having sex with you the first time, and then hot and sweaty after the second time. Do you know why?"

"Oh that crazy old fart," she replied. " The reason for that is because the first time is usually in January and the second time is in August"!


Please send your news articles and photos to me at mccartymetro@gmail.com for inclusion in that issue


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