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The McCarty Metro will be holding it's second annual pumpkin carving / pumpkin decorating contest. Just like last year, your job is to carve a Jack 'o Lantern, or decorate your pumpkin and submit a photo to the McCarty Metro. 

This contest will be open from October 15th - October 31st. During those two weeks, get a pumpkin or pumpkins and let your imagination run wild. You can carve and/or decorate your gourd. Once finished, take a photo of just the pumpkin (sorry... no humans are allowed in the picture to taint the voting process). On November 1, all the photos submitted will be presented on our Pumpkin Carving Contest page here in the McCarty Metro for our readers to vote on during November. Good luck to all!

Please go to our Pumpkin Carving Contest page for all the rules, and how to submit your photo.



In September, Steve and Kristen hosted a party as Gina and Larry was in town from Tennessee, and also Ben 'Around The Block' Toner was celebrating his birthday (I think he's like 120). It was well attended, and Steve and Kristen always put on great parties. I would just like to thank them both and it was great seeing all the families who were able to make it.

Happy 80th Birthday Ben | The McCartys and The Toners | Kayleigh, Mackenzie and Olivia help Ben blow out the candles
Families Are Great
More Party Photos | The Marions | Conversation In the Kitchen | Gina and Ben


Meet the Bend McCartys newly adopted friend Morty Moustache McCarty. Thanks Brightside Shelter in Redmond, Oregon and Aunt Cierra Buer for helping us pick our furry friend. He's a sweetie and is walking around his new home purring. Any tips for new cat owners?? He keeps sneezing, hope he's not allergic to humans.


Margaret & I had the pleasure of a nice dinner and conversation with Gene and Dolores Skadnowski who were vacationing in MI. Gene was featured in a few prior issues as he was given up for adoption at birth. Ancestry DNA records show he is a McCarty, related as a cousin to Kathy (McCarty) Unti and Jerry McCarty. He has more recently also been matched as a second cousin to Brian McCarty's son Patrick. It was an enjoyable evening, and we even Face Timed Jerry. Gene is also interested for other McCartys to take the Ancestry.com DNA test on his dime. If you would like to read more about Gene, check out our McCarty Memories page.


Al Kaline, Willie Horton and other members of the 1968 World Series champion Detroit Tigers sat on a makeshift stage Sept. 9 at Comerica Park for a Q&A with fans, including Mike and two friends from the Grand Rapids area. Some ex-players had canes, others had gray hair or no hair. They also included Denny McLain, Mickey Lolich, Wayne Comer, Tom Matchick, Tom Hiller, Jim Price, Dick Tracewski, Jon Warden, and bullpen coach Hal Naragon. Funniest lines came from Jon Warden, who said that Norm Cash sometimes came to games hung over, and that he, Willie and Al carried the team early in the season. Great time! 

IN THE PHOTOS: Willie Horton arrived early. Mickey Lolich answers a question while seated in a row with, from left, Jon Warden, John Hiller, and Jim Price. That's Denny McLain peaking out from behind Lolich, and Dick Tracewski at right in the back.



The Doctor Is In is going to be a new feature in the McCarty Metro brought to you by Amanda Westfall McCarty. In it, she will give advice and helpful tips on becoming healthier. In our December issue, she will host a Diet Bet challenge. Her first article is 'Habits and How to Stick to Them'

Do you ever start a new diet or exercise program and are gung ho for about 5 days and then fall off? Do you get super excited to try a new gym and go 5 times and then never go back and forget to cancel your membership? Do you feel like you are failing before you get into the habit of doing the new diet plan or exercise?

Here are some proven ways to stick to a habit. Start with setting a big goal. Write down the minimum work you need to do daily to get to the big goal. For example, if you want to lose 20 pounds, you need to plan to start with eating three healthy meals with one to two snacks a day. The next time you go grocery shopping, plan to purchase. Healthy food and not food that will tempt you. Then get home, and plan the times you are going to cook food for these meals. Use small steps daily to get you to the big goal and keep track of this steps in your phone or in a journal.

The next step is to create a behavior change. For example, if ___, then ____. If you go out to eat, you will order a salad. (Instead of “I will eat healthier”). Make a plan ahead for each circumstance that may trip up your plan. Then, eliminate excess choices. Limit the decisions you have to make. Pack a similar lunch every day. Create a routine around exercise and do the same thing for a while instead of running around trying a new class each week, go to the same one consistently. Get into the habit of doing the same healthy thing that will help you reach your goal before throwing in variety.

Start to plan the roadmap. Plan the roadmap needed to reach the goal. For example, I plan to work out three times a week and drink one protein shake a day. I will visualize myself doing the exercise on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I have committed to and see myself drinking my protein shakes and losing weight. I see myself shopping for healthy food and setting out my exercise clothes and shoes the night before so I will be ready when I get up to workout. I visualize the steps instead of just daydreaming about the goal.

Eliminate the "Screw it". Think about where your plan may fall through or where you may fall off the wagon. If you am going out to lunch with work friends, plan to order a salad that you looked at ahead of time and fits into your plan. Plan to have extra workout clothes and shoes in your car and extra headphones so you won't skip the gym because you forgot a sports bra, shorts, or headphones. Get rid of the excuses before they happen.

Try to start with one habit at a time and get that one down before you add a new one. This will lead to success much quicker for more people than if you go cold turkey and try to do five new healthy habits at once.

Dr. Amanda Westfall McCarty - Podiatrist and Health Coach


Here are some of the recent travel destinations from our other readers.
Larry & Gina traveled to Michigan for a visit with the northern family
Brad & Valerie traveled to NYC to see what all the hype is about the Big Apple
Austin and Kristina took a trip to Pictured Rocks in the UP of Michigan
Gene and Dolores came out to Michigan for 2 weeks to visit family and friends
Brian and Sandy visited their kids and grandkids in Seattle, Washington

Jerry, Kathlene, and daughter Dana spent a week working and playing in the Windy City, Chicago, Illinois

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


Dear Editor: A giant net was erected near my house to stop golf balls. But look what got caught in the net in September -- the MOON! Can you explain this scientific phenomenon? If I start feeling lightheaded, would that be the gravitational pull? -Lunar Dilemma in Hudsonville

ED NOTE: I wish I had some profound thoughts or wisdom I share on the this scientific phenomenon. Unfortunately, truth be told, the net is not to stop golf balls. No, rather Karen had it put in to stop you from heading toward the light. Thank you very much Karen!

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.



Vegetable oil cooking spray
6 small apples, washed and dried, stems removed
2 (9.5-ounce) bags soft caramel candies, unwrapped
1/4 cup pulp-free orange juice
1 (4-ounce) bar 53 percent cocoa dark chocolate, cut into 1/2" pieces
Assorted small candies, chopped nuts and sprinkles


Special equipment: 6 craft or thick wooden sticks

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with veg oil cooking spray. Insert the craft sticks halfway into the stem-ends of the apples. 

In a medium, heavy saucepan, over low heat, combine the caramel candies and orange juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the candies have melted and the mixture is smooth, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool for 2 minutes. Dip the apples in the caramel until coated and put them on the parchment paper until firm, about 2 hours. Put the chocolate in a medium bowl and set it over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is smooth and melted. Using a fork, drizzle the melted chocolate over the caramel. Put the apples back on the parchment paper for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with small candies, chopped nuts or sprinkles and allow the chocolate to harden, at room temperature for 3 to 4 hours.



1/2 pound elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon powdered mustard
3 cups milk
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 large egg
12 oz shredded sharp cheddar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh black pepper

3 tablespoons butter
1 cup panko bread crumbs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente. While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it's free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf. 

Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese. Melt the butter in a sauté pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.




Pink Himalayan crystal salt is something that has popped up in the mainstream over the past few years, so there's a good chance you've heard of it and know what I'm talking about. If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm here to tell you all about pink Himalayan salt and why it's so great for you, especially when compared to sea salt and regular table salt.

Pink Himalayan salt is unique in that it's only found in Asia. It is believed that about 200 million years ago, beds of crystallized sea salt were buried under a layer of lava. Over time, the salts were preserved from the elements by their protective layer of lava now turned rock. These salts have been kept in almost pristine condition, untouched by the pollutions of modern man.


Pink Himalayan salt is chock-full of trace minerals. In fact, the same 84 trace minerals can be found in both the human body and this rare pink salt. Some minerals worth mentioning are sodium chloride, sulphate, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Also, it should be noted that by eating pink Himalayan salt, you're ingesting less sodium per serving due to it being less refined and in bigger pieces. 

So, if you start eating pink Himalayan salt, what type of health benefits can you expect?

•Improved vascular health
•Improved respiratory and lung function
•A stable pH balance of your cells
•Combats aging effects
•Improved sleep habits
•Improved sex drive
•Reduced levels of muscle cramps
•Improved hydration
•Strengthening of the bones
•A lowered blood pressure
•Improved blood circulation
•Detoxification of heavy metals


Sea salt is the obvious second best choice here. However, even sea salt is becoming more processed every year. Not to mention our oceans are seeing levels of pollution previously unseen before.

Due to the simple fact that pink Himalayan salt has been kept in near perfect condition since its formation, it's simply the best you can get.

Table salt is definitely the worst choice of the three. This type of salt is drained of its mineral composition, leaving behind only sodium and chloride.

Then, it is bleached and "cleaned" with chemicals before being baked at a high temperature. Furthermore, the iodine that is added to the salt is often synthetic, making it hard for the human body to properly absorb.

Frankenmuth Car Show

Kelly and Margaret do a Facebook Live on their
34th Anniversary from Frankenmuth, Michigan.



Austin and Kristina explore Pictured Rocks
on a kayak in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


Bill Daily, 91, actor (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show) and game show panelist (Match Game). Burt Reynolds, 82, actor (Smokey and the Bandit, Boogie Nights, Deliverance), Emmy winner (1991), heart attack. Richard DeVos, 92, businessman (Amway) and sports team owner (Orlando Magic), complications from infection. David DiChiera, 83, composer and founding general director of Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit. Marty Balin, 76, Hall of Fame rock singer and musician (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship). Otis Rush, 84, Hall of Fame blues guitarist and singer, complications from a stroke.



My doctor says because of my MS and my age, I need to install a bar in my shower. AND... I always follow doctors orders...



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