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After the cancellation of the main McCarty Metro trip to Las Vegas in 2020, most of the crew was back in sin city for their annual trip. In all, 11 people made the trek, including McCartys Steve, Kelly, Larry, Rick, Dennis, Austin, Brad, Chris, and friends Joe, Robert and John. There are a few photos on the site, but all other records of the trip have been locked in the vault under the legal precedent 'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!'


Retirement!  Everyone thinks that magical day will arrive, but never really feels it will. I set Friday, January 7, 2022 as that date when I would retire. I had been working in the car wash industry for 22 years and managing the US Direct Sales Team, the US Distributor Network, and our Export Business. Blessed with a great sales team, I exceeded sales forecasts each year and retired knowing that my teams grew their sales year after year. Heading into retirement is like stepping out into the unknown. One thing for certain, I have a special lady by my side who I am looking forward to spending more time with and enjoying life.


When "Your Favorite Sister" is turning 70 and holding a week-long party on the shores of Lake Michigan, you've got to be there.

So at the end of September, Margaret - along with cousin Nancy Chapa - drove 250 miles north to Cross Village to celebrate her sister Marianne's first seven decades on earth. Also at the celebration were a number of Marianne's friends, one of whom insisted on planning and cooking all the meals, including a salmon and wild rice dinner on the actual birthday. 

Besides eating and drinking, activities over the next several days included walking on the beach at Wilderness State Park and going sailing on a windy day on Lake Michigan. There also was the pleasure of waiting more than two hours for a table at Cross Village's legendary Legs Inn, which is said to serve the best pierogi north of Flint. Legs takes no reservations and offers no takeout, but they will let prospective diners sit at picnic tables out back and drink while waiting to be called.

Several of the celebrators - you know that included Margaret - ended the trip with a visit to the Little Traverse Lighthouse, a regular fundraiser for the Harbor Springs Historical Society. The Coast Guard decommissioned the lighthouse in 1963 and sold the land and the building to the Harbor Point Association, which actually keeps it in pretty good shape. However, Harbor Point doesn't let anyone but residents or servants into the neighborhood, so if there isn't a formal tour, normal people can only see the lighthouse from a boat.



themccartys on Tik Tok has grown it's following to over 4.7 million people. That is an increase of over 200,000 in the past 60 days! In our December issue, we reported that they had 4.5 million followers. They also have over 106 million likes. On YouTube, they are constantly in the top 25 every week.

Congratulations to Kevin, Stephanie, Audri and Braxton on this great 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 and YouTube


To Mend Cracks in Wooden Floors - These may be filled neatly and permanently by thoroughly soaking newspapers in paste made of half a pound of flour, three quarts of water, and half a pound of alum. The mixture will be about as thick as putty. It can be forced into the cracks with a case-knife and smoothed on top. It will harden like paper-maché.

To Mend Cracks in Plaster - A good filling is plaster of Paris mixed with vinegar, which will not set for twenty or thirty minutes, while water will set very quickly, often before you can use it. The putty-like mass must be pushed into the cracks, and can be smoothed off evenly with a table-knife.

To Remove Window Putty or Caulk - A red-hot iron will soften old putty so that it can be easily removed.

To Hang Pictures - The cheapest and best material with which to hang pictures is copper wire, of a size proportioned to the weight of the pictures. When hung the wire is scarcely visible, and its strength and durability is wonderful.

To Remove a Rusty Screw - Apply a red hot iron to the head for a short time, the screwdriver being applied immediately while the screw is hot.

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


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

Austin and Kristina took a trip to Florida to attend a wedding
Ryan, Missy and family went to Florida for some R&R

Steve, Kelly, Larry, Rick, Dennis, Austin, Brad, Chris, Joe, Robert, and John traveled to sin city, Las Vegas

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

Dear Editor: I have already failed on my New Year's resolution. How are yours coming along? -John

ED NOTE: Mine was to be a better person and perform good deeds whenever possible. So far, so good... For example, yesterday at Meijer's checkout, I was behind an older lady at the register. Her total came to $23.59, but when she tried to pay, her card was repeatedly declined. I've had a pretty good 2021 financially and also thought about my own parents and hoped that someone would help them out in a similar situation. The old lady didn’t want me to help her but I insisted, and in no time at all, we had all her shopping back on the shelves. Let's try and help each other out more in 2022.

Dear Editor: Merry Christmas to you and Margaret and the rest of the McCartys. And thank you for all the work you do on the McCarty Metro. It truly is fun looking at all the pictures and try to guess who is a McCarty, You know... You all have a certain look! LOL Take care and have a happy 2022, and I pray this COVID goes away. Love, Hugs, and Kisses. -Kitty

ED NOTE: Thank you God Mother, and thanks for the submissions throughout this past year. I'm sure there was a McCarty nose joke in there somewhere! All the best to you and your family in 2022.

Dear Editor: Is there going to be a prize for the recent McCarty Metro Film Project Special Super-Duper Holiday Edition Extravaganza? Is it true that a cruise is planned for all the entrants? If so, where? And will the winner get to go ashore? The hard-working staffs at Mac-O Studios and Salad Bowl Cinema were just wondering. -Curious in Hudsonville

ED NOTE: This was a project and not a contest, however, maybe you should get something for naming it "The McCarty Metro Film Project Special Super-Duper Holiday Edition Extravaganza". Maybe we can arrange a cruise for you down Gratiot Avenue or Woodward Avenue, where you can get out and do an excursion to White Castle.

Dear Editor: Let me just say your site is amazing! You must attract a lot of visitors. I just wanted to give you a heads up because your site inspired me to build my own and I have used your layout. I hope everything is going great and much success in your future. Thank and have the best of day! -Jaclyn

ED NOTE: Thanks Jaclyn. Much appreciated, and I hope you have as much fun with your site as I do with The McCarty Metro.

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 Gina.

A very simple and quick dinner idea.


Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 6-7 oz breast / serving)
Grated Swiss cheese (approx 2 Tbsp / breast)
Crumbled bacon or Real Bacon Bits (approx 1 Tbsp / breast)
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper (to taste)


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with foil and cooking spray. Pat chicken dry, and season both sides with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Place a non-stick pan over medium heat and add 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil. Add chicken to hot pan and cook until browned (5-7 minutes on one side). Remove from burner. Transfer chicken to the prepared baking sheet with the seared side up. Top with Swiss cheese and crumbled bacon bits. Roast in hot oven until the chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees (approximately 6-8 minutes) 

Serve with a side salad or vegetable to make it a great meal! 


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


Water Polo

Luke plays water polo for his school, and.
he scores a goal at the end of the video

Cucumber Soapbox

It's Mike, telling a story titled "Cucumber on a Soap Box." It was at a Tella-bration event in GR.

 Bike Saves The Day

The McCartys are back, and Rick's cameo as the T-Rex should win him an Oscar!



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



Lisa Brown, 67, actress (As the World Turns, Guiding Light). Stephen Sondheim, 91, composer and lyricist (West Side Story, Company, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), nine-time Tony winner. Mark Roth, 70, PBA bowler, pneumonia. Curley Culp, 75, Hall of Fame football player (Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Oilers, Detroit Lions), Super Bowl IV champion, pancreatic cancer. Lee Elder, 87, golfer. Don Demeter, 86, baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers). Bob Dole, 98, politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1961–1969) and Senate (1969–1996), lung cancer. Blackjack Lanza, 86, Hall of Fame professional wrestler (WWE, AWA). Al Unser, 82, Hall of Fame racing driver, four-time Indy 500 winner, Indy Car champion (1983, 1985), liver cancer. Demaryius Thomas, 33, football player (Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Houston Texans), Super Bowl champion (2016). Michael Nesmith, 78, musician (The Monkees) and songwriter ("Different Drum", "Joanne"), Grammy winner (1982), heart failure. Desmond Tutu, 90, Anglican prelate and civil rights activist, bishop of Johannesburg, South Africa (1985–1986) and archbishop of Cape Town (1986–1996), Nobel Prize laureate (1984). John Madden, 85, Hall of Fame football coach (Oakland Raiders) and sportscaster (NFL on CBS, NFL on Fox), Super Bowl champion (1977). Harry Reid, 82, politician, member of the U.S. Senate (1987–2017) and House of Representatives (1983–1987), pancreatic cancer. Sam Jones, 88, Hall of Fame basketball player (Boston Celtics), ten-time NBA champion. Betty White, 99, actress (The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland), five-time Emmy winner. Dan Reeves, 77, football player (Dallas Cowboys) and coach (Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons), Super Bowl champion (1972), complications from dementia. Tom Matchick, 78, baseball player (Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers), World Series champion (1968). Sidney Poitier, 94, actor (Lilies of the Field, In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), film director, and activist, Oscar winner (1963). Dwayne Hickman, 87, actor (The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Bob Cummings Show, Cat Ballou) and television director, complications from Parkinson's disease. Bob Saget, 65, comedian, television presenter (America's Funniest Home Videos) and actor (Full House, How I Met Your Mother). Ronnie Spector, 78, Hall of Fame singer (The Ronettes), cancer. Fred Parris, 85, musician (The Five Satins) and songwriter ("In the Still of the Night"). Meat Loaf, 74, singer ("Bat Out of Hell", "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)") and actor (The Rocky Horror Picture Show). Louie Anderson, 68, comedian, actor (Baskets, Coming to America), and game show host (Family Feud), Emmy winner (2015), non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Clark Gillies, 67, Hall of Fame ice hockey player (New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres), four-time Stanley Cup champion.



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