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ED NOTE: Sadly, on June 17, 2019, at the age of 89, Aunt Joann passed away. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 19th 2019 at 9:30 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church (440 E Washington St, Howell, MI). A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 19th 2019 at 11:00 AM at the same location. Below is the obituary.

Joann Helen Murray, age 89 of Howell, passed away peacefully late Monday evening, June 17, 2019 while surrounded by her loving family. Born in Detroit on June 10, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Arthur J. and the late Emma H. (Houtteman) Schmelzer. A Howell area resident since 1971, Joann's life centered on her family and the love she had for them. She enjoyed sewing, baking, reading and had a great love for all children. She was a dogs best friend. Beloved wife of 62 years to LeRoy J. Murray whom she married in Detroit on November 7, 1953. He preceded her in death on March 3, 2016. Loving mother of Jim (Carol) Murray of Howell, Susan (Terry) Connolly of Rochester, Tom (Donna) Murray of Holland, Nancy (Kevin) Miller of Ionia, Maryann (Bob) Barnes of Royal Oak, Kathleen (Anthony) Montesanti of Howell and Kristin (Steve) Yalacki of Ionia. Proud and adoring grandmother of 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Sister of Margaret Lipinski of Deland, Florida, Jean McCarty of Macomb, Richard (Lois) Schmelzer of St. Clair Shores, the late Jack Schmelzer, the late Tom Schmelzer and the late Larry Schmelzer. Joann was a proud and active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 440 E. Washington St. (at Fowler St.), Howell, where her funeral, Mass of Resurrection, celebrating her life will be held Friday, July 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. (visitation at church beginning 9:30 a.m.). Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Howell. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Livingston County Animal Shelter or Arbor Hospice. Please sign the family's online guest book at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com.


The eighth annual McCarty Metro Film Project has completed. The event took place from May 12 - May 19, 2019 and was open to all. We were looking for people get an idea of a film in accordance with the rules specified on May 12 which were the overall concept of time travel, and must have included our posted phrase "I'm not talking to you anymore", and must have included our posted object of a travel bag or suitcase, and must have met the 4th requirement of someone 'hitting the woah'! We put this out on May 12 to ensure that no films are written, shot, or edited before the beginning of our contest. Contestants then had the next 7 days, write, act, direct and produce a short 4 minute or less movie and submit it to the McCarty Metro by 11:59 pm Sunday May 19. We received 5 great film submissions. Although this year was not a contest to be judged, we did take it out to our readers to vote on. The popular vote went to MacDaddy's Why... When I Was A Kid. Thank you to all the subscribers who participated in our project. You can once again view the 5 submissions with the links below...

Sunshine In The 60's - Mac O Studios

Mac & Chase In Time Bomb - A Happy Hair Production

The Empire Strikes Back - Green Earth Productions

Why... When I Was A Kid... - Mac Daddy Productions

Time Shift - BAAM Productions


Margaret & Kelly McCarty took a 10 day trip out to Bend, Oregon to visit with Chris, Amanda, Alexa, and Cooper. It was a great trip! One of the first things was seeing Alexa's dance recital which was awesome. Alexa did great (as you can see by the videos below), and Chris even appeared in one of the numbers. Chris and Amanda were able to get away for a 10th Anniversary wedding trip down to Arizona for 4 days late in the trip. While the cats were away... Margaret and Kelly took the grandkids to the circus, the movie Toy Story 4, summer sports camps, the swimming pool, taking an art class, a great bbq,  nature hikes, and Margaret even got her 'Jack In The Box' fix. Something about those tacos she can't resist. The Michigan Mcs are looking forward to the Bend Mcs trip to Michigan in August.

Alexa (middle) at the dance recital - Chris (beige jacket) joins the fun on stage to Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' - We saw some of the great scenery on our hikes
Circus comes to Redmond, Oregon - Margaret found her Jack In The Box - Cooper, Alexa's, and Margaret's paintings drying
Smores at the BBQ at Papi Barry's and Grammy Sharons - Cooper loses his first tooth (tooth fairy did come) - Papi Kelly & Grammy Margaret are exhausted!


From June 7-9, Austin and girlfriend Kristina and their teammate rode their bikes 150 miles across Minnesota to raise money and aid research in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Bike MS is the largest fundraising bike series in the world. Each year, nearly 75,000 cyclists and more than 6,000 teams ride together to change the world for people with MS. Their 2 day, 150 bike ride from Duluth to Minneapolis was amazing. Austin said "We met a lot of great people and also raised money to fight the disease my father has." Austin and Kristina dedicated their performance to Austin's Dad Kelly, who was diagnosed with MS in 1995. Their 3 person team raised $1265 from donors in the event. If you would still like to donate, here is a link to Austin's page on the MS website.

ED NOTE: I am so proud of these 2 doing this in my name. I love you both!

Here are some of the recent travel destinations from our other readers.
 Kelly & Margaret traveled to Bend, Oregon
 Austin & Kristina went to Minnesota for a bike ride for MS
 Ryan, Missy & the kids went to California
 Steve, Kristen & the kids went to Ireland
 Chris & Amanda traveled to Sedona, Arizona, and the Grand Canyon

 Austin & friends went to Bonnaroo in Tennessee. They also got to spend a day with Larry & Gina in Nashville.

Did you travel for work or vacation? Send us your destination and pictures to mccartymetro@gmail.com


Dear Editor: You and the other McCartys have been known to shoot off a few fireworks for the Fourth of July. Based on your experience, what are the biggest safety tips that can give Metro readers? -Oooh-aaaah, Hudsonville, Mich.

ED NOTE: This is a great question as almost 10,000 Americans are injured by fireworks each year. Of these injuries, 64 percent take place between June 22-July 22. But... The biggest safety tip I can offer to our readers... Remember. 90% of all people are caused by accidents.

Dear Editor: Fifty years ago (July 1969) Apollo 11 landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong walked on the surface. But this only was possible thanks to the many rocket pioneering efforts, including Mike McCarty's 1960 launch of a bumblebee into space from the alley behind 9323 Sussex in Detroit. Except for the 2015 documentary "Killer Bee-hemoth vs. the Mysterious Stone Thrower," why was Mr. McCarty's pioneering accomplishment overlooked? -Spaced Out in Hudsonville, Mich.

ED NOTE: Sorry Mike... You are just down the list a bit. Our Estes Rockets (successfully launching a toad into space... or Smylnycky's backyard), sending kids through the rickets on Sussex (astronaut training), and Bob's famous liverwurst and onion mini-sandwiches the night of the moon walk are much higher in the consideration for noted accomplishment in the field of space and exploration.

Dear Editor: In reading last month’s edition, I learned about the first editor of The McCarty Metro. He published the Metro from under the basement steps at his home. In that same edition, I was reading a section called “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” and found it interesting that you listed the origination of each person who attended A Toast to Jerry...except for him. Is he still residing under his parent’s basement steps and was too embarrassed to come forth with this information? -Looking for the original Editor

ED NOTE: Things just haven't been the same since his attempt at a hostile takeover of the Metro failed. No... he is not on Sussex. I believe if he were a wrestler, they would just announce him being "From Parts Unknown", and leave it at that.

Dear Editor: My oldest brother has been doing medical role play to help train upcoming doctors and nurses. My brother must be an awesome actor to portray these crucial diseases, so I decided to view his movie entry on the McCarty Metro Film Challenge. Based on this film entry, should I be concerned for the future of medicine in America? -Turn Your Head and Cough

ED NOTE: No, you shouldn't. I would just be more concerned for your oldest brother as he keeps insisting to be the patient every week for the prostate exam. Karen has also expressed her concerns as well as he likes to practice his role at home.

Dear Editor: I don't know how you do it, but your "Final Thoughts" continue to pull at my heart strings and make tears swell up in my eyes. -Gina

ED NOTE: Thanks Gina. And if anyone asks you about the tears... Just tell them one word... "allergies"!

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.

Garlic Mushroom Chicken Thighs
submitted by Gina


For the Chicken:

1-1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs (around 6-8 filets)
1 teaspoon each onion powder and garlic powder
½ teaspoon each of dried thyme and rosemary
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper

2 Tablespoons olive oil

For the Sauce:

1 Tablespoon butter
8 ounces sliced brown mushrooms
4 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 Tbls minced garlic)
1 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
½ - 1 teaspoon each of dried thyme and dried rosemary (adjust to taste)


Pat chicken thighs dry with paper towel and trim off excess fat.  Combine onion powder, garlic powder, herbs, salt and pepper. Coat the chicken evenly with the combined seasoning. Heat 1 Tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and sear chicken thighs in batches until browned on each side and no longer pink in center (about 8 minutes each side, depending on thickness).  Add remaining oil if needed for second batch.  Transfer to a plate; set aside and keep warm. To the same skillet, melt the butter and add the mushrooms.  Season with salt and pepper and cook until soft (about 3 minutes).  Add the garlic, parsley, thyme and rosemary; sauté until fragrant (about 1 minute). Return chicken to the pan.  Taste test and season with salt and pepper to your taste.  Garnish with fresh parsley. Serve immediately. Recipes serves 6.



Mr. Sandman

Alexa performs Mr. Sandman. She starts on the right side of the bed at the beginning. Great song!

Beat It

Chris joins Alexa and the other dancers and their dad's for this great song. Chris starts on the front far left with the beige jacket.

We Go Together

Alexa's finale. Great Cartwheel. This leads into the entire cast coming in. It was an awesome show


Peter Mayhew, 74, actor (Chewbacca in Star Wars), heart attack. Red Kelly, 91, Hall of Fame ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs) and politician, MP (1962–1965). Jim Fowler, 89, zoologist and television host (Wild Kingdom). Peggy Lipton, 72, actress (The Mod Squad, Twin Peaks, The Postman) and model, Golden Globe winner (1970), colon cancer. Doris Day, 97, actress (Pillow Talk, Calamity Jane), singer ("Que Sera, Sera") and animal welfare activist, Golden Globe winner (1958, 1960, 1963, 1989), pneumonia. Tim Conway, 85, actor and comedian (McHale's Navy, The Carol Burnett Show, SpongeBob SquarePants), complications from normal pressure hydrocephalus. Niki Lauda, 70, racing driver and airline owner, Formula One world champion (1975, 1977, 1984). Bart Starr, 85, Hall of Fame football player (Green Bay Packers) and coach, Super Bowl MVP (1967, 1968), complications from a stroke. Bill Buckner, 69, baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox), Lewy body dementia. Dr. John, 77, Hall of Fame singer-songwriter ("I Walk on Guilded Splinters", "Right Place, Wrong Time"), heart attack. Dave Bartholomew, 100, Hall of Fame musician, bandleader and songwriter ("Ain't That a Shame", "I Hear You Knocking", "I'm Walkin'"), heart failure. Max Wright, 75, actor (ALF, Reds, All That Jazz), lymphoma. Beth Chapman, 51, bounty hunter and reality television personality (Dog the Bounty Hunter, Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, Dog's Most Wanted), throat cancer. 



Utica Michigan residents Morris Johnson and his wife Esther went to the Michigan State Fair every year, and every year Morris would say, "Esther, I'd like to ride in that helicopter." Esther always replied, "I know Morris, but that helicopter ride is fifty dollars, and fifty dollars is fifty dollars." 

One year Esther and Morris went to the fair and Morris said, "Esther, I'm 85 years old. If I don't ride that helicopter now, I might never get another chance." To this, Esther replied, "Morris that helicopter ride is fifty dollars and fifty dollars is fifty dollars." It was a slow day so the pilot overhearing the couple said "Folks... I'll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say a word, I won't charge you! But if you say one word, it's fifty dollars." Morris and Esther agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard. He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, but still not a word.

When they landed, the pilot turned to Morris and said, "By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't. I'm impressed!" Morris replied, "Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Esther fell out, but you know, fifty dollars is fifty dollars!"




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