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It's that time of year again to prepare for Christmas. Buying gifts, decorating your house, and setting up the perfect Christmas tree to celebrate the holidays. We are having our 3rd annual Christmas Tree decorating contest. Once you have your tree decorated, take a picture, and send it to me via email by Christmas day. As in the past, voting will be done by our readers after the submissions are received.

Decorate your tree as you wish. Do not submit multiple pictures, just the one you want to be voted on by our readers. The only stipulation about your photo is that it cannot have any people in it, to keep each house anonymous. All photos must be submitted on or before Christmas to mccartymetro@gmail.com.

On December 26, the houses will be shown on our contest page so you and others can vote.



Story From Crain's Business News - Photo From The Metro Archives

Steve McCarty set his sights more than 10 years ago, and this week the metro Detroiter was named CEO of national tax and advisory company UHY Advisors.

McCarty, a managing director of the Chicago-based firm, will succeed Tony Frabotta effective Jan. 1, UHY announced Monday. Frabotta will assume the role of chairman. The 50-year-old is based in Detroit and is a member of the firm's Michigan Region Executive Committee and board of directors. He most recently oversaw UHY's corporate finance practice and was an active member of the national manufacturing practice, according to a news release and the company's website. He began his career with UHY as a staff accountant in 1992, eventually moving his way up to a partner role in 2004. In his 2007 Crain's 40 under 40 honoree profile, he declared his goal to become CEO. "Our firm is growing while the accounting profession as a whole is consolidating," McCarty said in the release. "I look forward to focusing on the development of our associates and expanding our UHY footprint." Before joining UHY, McCarty was director of finance at Beaumont Services Co., which manages hospital construction and facility projects for Beaumont Health. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Walsh College. "Steve has been with UHY nearly 27 years and has proven himself as an exceptional colleague, industry professional and leader within the firm," Frabotta said in news release. "Steve has been a trusted confidant to clients and an active participant in the local communities which UHY serves." UHY employs 380 in Michigan, making it the seventh-largest accounting firm in Southeast Michigan on Crain's largest Michigan accounting firms list.

ED NOTE: Congratulations Steve on your new role at UHY Advisors. You can see the full article here.


Dr. Amanda Westfall McCarty is hosting a DietBet to kick those extra pounds to the curb, and I want you to do it with me! Let's have fun, lose weight, and win some money together. Here's how it works. You bet $35 that you can lose 4% of your body weight in 28 days. Two days before the game starts, you weigh in with two photos, one includes a "weigh-in word" that helps Dietbet keep track of actual weigh ins so they can't be false. You have support on the Dietbet site as you go to cheer you on. After the end date, you have 48 hours to submit final weight. The pot is split between the winners! If you decide it's not for you, you can cancel within 7 days and get a full refund. Want to join me? Here's the link: http://dbet.me/yMK7Yh. Join me if you want to keep the holiday weight off and lose a few pounds. Amanda Westfall McCarty, foot doctor and health coach, drstrongmom.com

ED NOTE: Amanda will be running one in December, and another for our Metro readers in January. If any of our readers who want to lose some weight, AND, to keep things interesting, make some money in the process, then why not join Amanda's DietBet site before January 1. 

Also, Amanda wrote a wonderful article below on how to avoid some of the holiday eating temptations.


Are you putting off taking care of your health until January 1? Why not make this year different? Taking small steps each day will results in bigger changes. Working on avoiding the holiday weight gain instead of planning to take it off once the New Year comes around is a better strategy.

Small changes can make a big difference during this season of eating and drinking. First, try to get in enough water each day. Try to drink at least 70 ounces of water a day. Work towards a goal of 100 ounces a day. Your body will feel better. Plus, you will get in more steps by going to the bathroom more often!

The second tip is to snack before you go out to eat or to a party. Fix a high protein snack such as a protein shake, some cheese or nuts, or a cheese stick. This will help you to feel full and prevent you from overeating when you get to the restaurant or party. 

The third tip is to find a low calorie beverage that you enjoy. Instead of having four beers at a party, pick a lower calorie option and have two. One choice is vodka and soda water, or two light beers, or two glasses of wine. Aim for less sugar in your beverage. When ordering holiday coffee drinks, have one delicious peppermint mocha or pumpkin spice latte and enjoy it. Try not to order one every day and overdo it. Itís easy to drink a lot of extra calories and not notice it until your pants donít fit.

The fourth tip is add in a healthy smoothie every day. This way, you know you are getting at least one nutritious meal a day. A basic recipe is a scoop of good quality protein, whey or vegan collagen, a scoop of frozen greens, a tablespoon of healthy fat, a few ice cubes, water and a tablespoon of healthy fiber. For variety, you can add ľ cup of frozen fruit. Easy ways to add healthy fats- coconut oil or ľ of an avocado. Easy way to add fiber- chic seeds, hemp hearts, or flax seed. I buy a big bag of power greens mix at Costco and throw it in the freezer, you donít taste the greens and itís a great way to get extra veggies in. This smoothie recipe is from the book Body Love by Kelly LeVeque. Itís a great way to start your day. 

The last tip to avoid holiday weight gain is to get some exercise every day. If you donít have time to go to the gym on a busy day, try to walk at lunch or do extra household chores to get extra steps in. Adding strength training is a great way to add muscle to help with calorie burning throughout the day.

Cheers to a healthy holiday! - Amanda Westfall McCarty, foot doctor and health coach, www.drstrongmom.com.


Our October contest was a pumpkin carving/decorating contest. Your job was to create a Jack 'o Lantern, or decorate your pumpkin and submit a photo to the McCarty Metro. In all, we had 18 great submissions. After the photos were received, they were put up on the website and voted on by our readers. We had a total of 133 votes cast. Congratulations to the winner... Barfing JackO' by The Mysterious Stone & Pumpkin Thrower in Grand Rapids.


Below our the pumpkin submissions with the creators...

. . . . . .
Dana Dana Mary Rock Mike Scarlett
Bob Steve Steve Tricia Rob Ally
Chris, Amanda, Alexa, Cooper Brad, Valerie, Olivia, Gray Gene Olivia & Gray Tony
. . . . .

Submitted by Sara

Iím guessing you probably saw this article featuring Jack Schmelzer and his pigeons (and mentioning Arthur Schmelzer) back when it originally ran. However, itís new to me, and Iím passing it along in case itís new to you too.


ED NOTE: Uncle Jack passed away in January. This is a wonderful article about a sport which was popular in the Belgian community years ago. As a child, I remember going up into the pigeon coop behind their house on Parker with Uncle Jack. Uncle Rich (who also raced the birds) is still known to stop by Mom's place and show off a pigeon or 2. Thanks for the submission Sara. I miss my Godfather, and you brought a smile to my face.


Subscriber Gene sends this 'GREAT' deal that basically doesn't charge you for your own labor.

Here are some of the recent travel destinations from our other readers.
Larry & Gina traveled to Arizona and California
Mike & Karen went to Hawaii for Thanksgiving
Ryan & Missy traveled down to Florida
Jerry, Kathlene, and Dana did a little recon in Las Vegas
Amanda took a vacation to Greece

Steve had some business and traveled to the city so nice that they named it twice. New York, New York.

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

Dear Editor: I read the story in the October Metro about the health benefits of Pink Himalayan crystal salt. Building bone strength is fine, but will it melt ice if I spread it on my sidewalks and driveway in winter? And will it combat aging effects on my driveway? -Mr. Kahn Krete, Hudsonville, Mich.

ED NOTE: Yes. But instead of spreading it by hand, you can do it much faster. Go to your local gun dealer and tell them you want 'a salt rifle'. Once you pass the background check, you're gold. You'll be spreading your pink salt all around. Note.. Don't take it to a school as they have a ban on anyone carrying a salt rifle.


Dear Editor: Congratulations on 26 years as editor of the McCarty Metro! You do a great job! On behalf of the Metro reporting staff, we would like to forego this month's pay so that you may use the money to take Margaret to a nice restaurant. -Mike McCarty, Hudsonville

ED NOTE: Thanks Mike. I wouldn't be able to do this without you and Jerry, as well as all of our readers and submitters. I did take you up on your offer and used your monthly pay to take m'lady for appetizers at the exclusive Capuchin Soup Kitchen, and on to a nice dinner at a popular and crowded eatery in Detroit called Gleaners Food Kitchen. Yum Yum!

Dear Editor: Enjoyed the "Hollywood movie remakes" episode of Rick's Martini Bar. I would like to add a vote for best remake: 1994's "The Mask" vs. the 1961 horror movie of the same name. Different stories, but same deal: Guy puts on a mask and we see strange things via 3D glasses in 1961 vs. Jim Carrey and computer graphics, baby! -Yore Sinema, Hollywood, Calif.

ED NOTE: Well, I can honestly say that I was 2 years old in 1961, but I do remember back in the 1960's when we went out Trick or Treating in a mask. It was very hot and I got so sweaty wearing it. No wonder it took over 40 years for a remake. No one wanted to wear the mask.


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 a great treat for your holiday gatherings.


These are delicious sandwiches for your Christmas or New Years parties.


Cooking spray
2 (8-oz.) tubes crescent dough
1/2 lb. deli ham
1/4 lb. pepperoni
1/2 lb. sliced provolone
1/4 lb. sliced mozzarella
1 c. (16-oz.) jar sliced pepperoncini
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
1 tsp. dried oregano


Preheat oven to 350į and grease a 9"-x-13" baking sheet with cooking spray. Place one unrolled can of crescents on prepared baking sheet and pinch together seams. Layer ham, pepperoni, provolone, mozzarella, & pepperoncini. Unroll remaining tube of crescent dough and place on top of pepperoncini. Pinch together seams to seal. Brush oil all over top of crescent dough, then sprinkle with Parmesan and oregano. Bake until dough is golden and cooked through, about 35 minutes. (If dough is browning too quickly, cover with foil.) Let cool at least 15 minutes before slicing into squares.



Grandpa Larry Gets Scared by Scarlett & Iris


Audriana acts out 15 songs
over a two minute period


Kevin auditions for a spot
on the Ellen show.


Here is just one of the many options
President Trump is looking for in a border wall


Joe Glover, 79, former Detroit TV news anchor. Jim Taylor, 83, American Hall of Fame football player (Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints). Earl Bakken, 94, American pacemaker inventor (Medtronic) and museum founder (Bakken Museum). John Ziegler Jr., 84, American ice hockey executive, NHL commissioner (1977Ė1992). Willie McCovey, 80, American Hall of Fame baseball player (San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres). Stan Lee, 95, comic book writer (Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four) and publisher (Marvel Comics). Katherine MacGregor, 93, actress (Little House on the Prairie). Roy Clark, 85, Hall of Fame country singer and television host (Hee Haw), complications from pneumonia. William Goldman, 87, author (The Princess Bride) and screenwriter (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men), Oscar winner (1970, 1977). Stephen Hillenburg, 57, animator and director (SpongeBob SquarePants, Rocko's Modern Life), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. George H. W. Bush, 94, President of the United States (1989-1993), Vice President of the United States (1981-1989).



Everyone knows the 4 presidents on the face of Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. Well, we recently took a look at the other side which very few have seen before.



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