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very summer I make my way up to Mackinac Island to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of what we all know as Pure Michigan. And when I’m there, I venture over to the Pink Pony to have a beer. And not just any beer—I’m there to enjoy a Pink Pony Ale, brewed by my good friend Jim Holton and the crew at Mountain Town Brewing Company. That’s right! The best beer on Mackinac Island comes from the heart of the Great Lakes Bay Region—from Mount Pleasant and Alma! Over the course of the past 20-plus years, Holton has established several restaurants/breweries throughout Isabella and Gratiot counties, providing the absolute best in fine dining and craft beer. Camille’s on the River (506 W Broadway St, Mt. Pleasant) brings highend dining to the Great Lakes Bay Region and features locally sourced ingredients wrapped up in a warm, intimate atmosphere, which is provided by two fireplaces, 400 bottles of wine, and handcrafted beers. www.

Mountain Town Station (506 W Broadway St, Mt. Pleasant) is housed in a renovated 1890s train depot that overlooks the Chippewa River. Hear the trains go by, and enjoy unique dishes such as Scotch eggs, brisket melt, or a Mountain Town Salad that was featured in Bon Appétit. Choice hand-cut steaks, award-winning ribs (Bay City’s Pig Gig), and much more awaits you on the menu. Plus, there’s a full bar and the hand-crafted beers. Alma Brewing Company (208 E Superior St, Alma) is in the process of finishing its expansion to serve Gratiot County residents hand-crafted wines and beers along with a full-service pub-style menu to knock your socks off. Located in downtown Alma in a classic location full of warm brick, spiral ductwork, and hardwoods floors, it’s worth the trip to find this hidden gem. Mountain Town Brewing Co (614 W Pickard St, Mt. Pleasant) is a production microbrewery with a tap room that serves panini-grilled sandwiches, soups, and appetizers. Watch the production facility work its magic through the glass while sipping on one of 18 specialty brews or homemade wines. Grab a six-pack to go on your way out to share with your friends. Brewery tours are available and great for groups. www. Matt Felan President & CEO Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

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GREEN FUEL Any time of year is right for enjoying fresh, crunchy, healthful salads. BY PATI LaLONDE



RETURN TO A QUICK AND NIMBLE LIFESTYLE Four joint replacement or repair recipients revived their activity by tending to their orthopedic health. BY LISA BRIGGS

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Trust CMU Health to Care for Your Family Even though 1 in 1,000 children develop juvenile arthritis, Michigan has fewer than 10 board-certified pediatric rheumatologists. One of them is close to home at CMU Health. Dr. Mary Moore, board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric rheumatology, leads the newly opened Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic at CMU Health in Saginaw. The clinic offers expert, compassionate care for musculoskeletal conditions including juvenile arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, spondyloarthropathy, and other rheumatic disorders. Schedule an Appointment. Clinicians may call the Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic at CMU Health at 989-583-6800 to refer patients, or to speak to Dr. Moore directly about possible referrals and patient management issues.

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Healthy for Life


hile the mornings are still dark and the outside temps frosty, believe it or not, it will soon be time for spring cleaning in Michigan. The days are already getting longer, and the sun is shining brighter. That means we’ll be saying goodbye to hibernating and revving up our activity level. But getting moving is difficult or even impossible if our knees or shoulders have been injured, are affected by arthritis, or, sigh, are simply showing the unwelcome signs of aging. In “Return to a Quick and Nimble Lifestyle” (page 27), we read inspiring stories from four regional neighbors who tended to their orthopedic health—with encouraging results. They’re back to work, back to traveling, and back to their hobbies. Toward putting hibernation behind us and focusing on healthy activities, we’ve got a good-for-you checklist (that you’ve heard before): Get more exercise (including walking breaks or chair exercises at work to decrease sedentary lifestyles that lead to heart disease), use sunscreen—yep, even when you haven’t retired the parka yet—to reduce your chances of skin cancer, keep learning by borrowing a good book to expand your horizons, and eat a more healthful diet. To that we say: Explore a culinary world beyond iceberg. In “Green Fuel” (page 34), you’ll find gorgeous salads served by restaurants within our region. There are green salads (with kale, asparagus, and fresh herbs) and those packed with power proteins (quinoa, edamame, and beans). There are salads sprinkled with omega 3-rich nuts and salads loaded with fruits and antioxidant berries. They’re good for you and filling—and tasty any time of year.

LISA BRIGGS writes human interest and construction industry articles for three Michigan-based magazines.

PATI LaLONDE is a freelance writer living in Bay City. She enjoys gardening, cooking, walking, and her four grandsons.

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MIKE THOMPSON is retired from The Saginaw News, where he reported for 33 years on local topics and issues.

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At a Saginaw Card Shop, a Dollar Still Matters It’s your choice whether you tell that the birthday card didn’t cost $4.95. BY MIKE THOMPSON | PHOTOS BY DOUG JULIAN Christina Sieggreen and Kim Sinicki

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aty’s Kards in Saginaw disproves the adage that a dollar doesn’t buy what it used to. Proprietor Kim Sinicki charged an even $1 each for greeting and sympathy cards when she opened her friendly, cozy shop 23 years ago along the same historic block as Saginaw’s Court Street Theater. And she vows to keep it that way, even if she remains in business for another 23 years, until 2041 and beyond. “It’s important to give people a good deal for their money,” she insists. Based on the U.S. inflation rate, $1 in 1995 would equate to $1.62 today, according to For that matter, a postage stamp to mail a card nowadays goes for 50 cents, compared to 32 cents during Bill Clinton’s first term as president. Even more amazing, many of those dollar-priced cards on display at Katy’s bear brand names such as Hallmark. Small-print prices on the backs often range from $3.50 to $4.95, sometimes even higher. Sinicki says she accomplishes what’s seemingly impossible by purchasing in bulk. She’s a 1977 graduate of the former Saginaw St. Stephen Catholic High School who gained wholesaling skills and knowledge under the guidance of her father, Bud Clarke. “He distributed throughout Michigan, mainly as a grocery food broker but also with other products, including greeting cards,” she explains. “The role was similar to that of a middleman, but times have changed. I instead decided to go into retailing.”

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Store proprietor Kim Sinicki stocks the racks with greeting cards of every sentiment

Some chain retailers and dollar stores also ask customers for only single copies of George Washington’s image, “but their cards don’t look as nice as ours,” Sinicki notes. In fact, if a random bulk batch contains a few skimpy cards, she places them in a rear rack at the store priced at three for a buck. Sinicki, who named her enterprise “Katy’s” instead of “Kim’s” because she modestly did not want to use her own first name, gradually has expanded into party decorations and supplies, often featuring creative balloon assemblies and stuffed animals. For those, prices have taken an inevitable rise. “Our cards may remain at one dollar, but we cannot be a dollar store for everything,” she explains, with a tinge of regret. “It’s not so much the price of the latex for the balloons, but the cost of helium (a scarce element on Planet Earth) constantly goes up,” Sinicki says.

Some enthusiastic customers aim to go for the max, especially for children’s parties, but Sinicki encourages them not to go overboard, even if this means a lower cash register ring up. “You don’t want so many decorations that the people can’t see one another, [or] where ‘more’ is ‘too much,’” advises Sinicki. Still, various card displays occupy more than half of the shop’s 2,500 square feet. A patron, Selma “Sam” Garcia, approaches Sinicki and asks, “Are these cards really only a dollar apiece?” Garcia says she is assembling gift cards for a quintet of friends whose birthdays are close together. “Instead of spending $25, I’ll only be spending $5,” she says, with a beaming smile. “This is the best bargain store in town.” Footnote: Should those giving cards reveal that they shopped at Katy’s, or allow the celebrants to perceive that the source is a higher-priced specialty shop? Sinicki says the question indeed arises on occasion.That’s a buyer’s choice, she feels.

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Great Lakes Bay Region tidbits, trivia, and conversation starters


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The saying “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” is attributed to Fanny Fern (born Sara Payson Willis, 1811 – 1872), who was the highest paid 19th-century American newspaper writer. In 1885, she commanded $100 per week for her New York Ledger column.

Appearing in centuries-old Druid legends, four-leaf clovers were seen as magical Celtic charms, said to ward off bad luck. Not unique, but certainly rare, only one in every 10,000 clovers has four leaves. Find rarities and one-of-a-kinds inside Half Mile Handmade (904 N Water St, Bay City; 989-778-2228), a shop offering a curated selection of artisan, unique goods.

The way to both a male heart and female heart? Make a selection from inside the pastry cases at Patisserie (2715 Bay Rd, Saginaw; 989-781-7747).


According to, because perception of taste is affected by how food and drink is served, hot cocoa tastes better in orange cups. Also, it takes approximately 400 cacao beans to make one pound of chocolate. This Valentine’s Day, indulge in chocolate-inspired “Mocha Latte” highlights, “Dark Chocolate” lowlights, and “Rich Cocoa Sparkle” nails at Creative Designs Styling and Tanning Salon (6197 Dixie Hwy, Bridgeport; 989-777-9471).


Sweet facts: It takes 30 - 50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup; a gallon of maple syrup weighs 11 pounds; and December 17 is National Maple Syrup Day (although sap runs in spring). Pure opinion: It takes one March “Afternoon at the Sugarhouse” at Chippewa Nature Center (400 S Badour Rd, Midland; 989-631-0830) to experience the sweetest of smells.

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Each third Monday of February is Presidents Day. However, according to and section 6103(a) of title 5 of the U.S. Code, that Monday date commemorates “Washington’s Birthday” and not “Presidents Day.” It’s a long story…. Celebrate “Presidents Day” and the retail sales that accompany it at locally owned Old Town Furniture (418 Hancock St, Saginaw; 989-791-3909). 16 Great Lakes Bay | Feb/Mar 2018

The reference to NCAA men’s basketball tournament as “March Madness” actually traces back to 1939, when an official with the Illinois High School Association, Henry V. Porter, wrote an article called “March Madness” for the organization’s in-house magazine. Today, “March Madness” commonly means basketball, gatherings, and good food—like Smokehouse Wings from Bone Daddy’s BBQ (3216 Bay City Rd, Midland; 989-496-2266).






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Young raccoons born in late spring follow their mother on foraging trips for several months

Opossums and Raccoons JEANNE HENDERSON, INTERPRETIVE NATURALIST 400 S Badour Rd, Midland, 989-631-0830

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ou may encounter opossums and raccoons throughout the year because they do not hibernate or migrate. Their remarkable adaptations enable them to survive in many urban and rural environments. Opossums amble slowly, not running like fox or bounding like deer. Their short legs carry their 16- to 22-inch long body a few inches off the ground. Adult opossums can weigh up to 12 pounds. Following their keen sense of smell in search of food, they forage nightly, 30 to 2,000 feet away from their previous daytime sleeping den. During most of the year, opossums wander about alone, switching dens every few days, rather than defending a territory. They find resting spots such as a brush pile, a

Raccoons, the Masked Bandits Walk this way: Like opossums, raccoons have five toes on both front and back feet. Their front feet are smaller than the back feet, and each back foot resembles an infant’s foot—with all toes the same size. They usually pace or walk diagonally, but they can bound or gallop if the situation warrants. Their front track falls next to a rear track as they waddle from side to side.

Opossums tend to hide in brush rather than confront strangers along a trail

hollow log, an abandoned woodchuck burrow, or a large tree hole. When they live near humans, opossums might hide inside a culvert, shed, barn, or under a porch. Of all Michigan mammals, the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) shows many unique characteristics. It has more teeth (50) than any other mammal. The five toes on the front paws spread out like a child’s hand, and their larger hind paws spread the opposable thumb like the hand of an adult. They can easily grasp objects, such as fruit from trees. They use their long prehensile tail to hang onto branches or hang upside down, much like a monkey. Claws on each toe also aid in holding fast on tree bark or vertical surfaces. When confronted by predators or humans, an opossum’s first instinct is to stop, hiss, and show its sharp teeth. If that doesn’t deter the intruder, it pretends to die, which we term as “playing possum.” The opossum falls on its side with eyes open, teeth barred, and drooling from its open mouth. It does not flinch when touched, and it remains in this position for a few minutes to an hour or more, until the enemy departs. Considered an omnivore, opossums eat a variety of fruits, nuts, seeds, and mushrooms along with bird eggs, earthworms, insects, small mammals, snakes, and amphibians.You may find them scavenging in trash containers, eating from outside pet food bowls, or frequenting your bird feeders. If you do not want them around, remove these food sources for at least a week until they move on.

New to the neighborhood: Raccoons live in forests along streams or lakes. They can successfully adapt to human environments, making dens in hollow logs, trees, rock piles, barns, and abandoned vehicles. Dinner is served: Raccoons feed on crayfish, fish, clams, frogs, turtles, small muskrats, birds, berries, grapes, seeds, and nuts. They occupy a feeding range of 10 acres to one square mile, and they fight against other raccoons hunting in their area. On the sick list: Because raccoons are notorious for having rabies and spreading other diseases through their scat, veterinarians recommend keeping your pets away from these wild animals.Discourage racoons from nesting near your home. Never misses a trick: Raccoons can turn door handles with their dexterous paws, and they have been seen entering homes or going through pet door flaps. They can even unscrew jar lids. Their sensitive pads on the front paws enable them to feel for underwater food, rather than washing it, which people mistakenly believe. Feb/Mar 2018 | Great Lakes Bay 19









Calendar Girls A warm-hearted play by Bay City Players takes away the chill of winter. Through February 4.















Death by Design Witty who-dunnit? See how it’s done at Saginaw Valley State University. Through February 24.



Dino Light Puppetry and dance delight the audience in a tale of discovery in darkness at Midland Center for the Arts.

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Winter Festival Cast a line at Bay City Recreation Area’s free fishing day.

Stepping Out Ireland takes over Saginaw as Irish dancers take the Temple Theatre stage.


Jake Slater: Elvis Impersonator It’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and go, go, go to Golden Glow Ballroom for a tribute to the king of rock ’n roll.

11th Annual Arts from the Heart Grown-ups take over Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum for an evening of art and play.














SATURDAY 7513 Books for Breakfast The joy of reading spreads at a pancake breakfast to support READ Association of Saginaw County.







Toughest Monster Truck Tour Engines rev and wheels smash at Dow Event Center. Through March 10.








Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy State Theatre’s rafters ring with laughter for all things improv.


Easter Celebration Tour Frankenmuth and hunt for colorful egg displays around town. Through April 15.





St. Patrick’s Day Parade Celebrate shamrocks, spring, and all things Irish in Bay City.




The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Travel on a magical journey to Narnia at Midland Center for the Arts.






Cheer Max Ultimate Spirit squads shout and dance at Birch Run Expo Center.



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very February, Heart Health Month serves as a reminder of the importance of cardiovascular care. McLaren Bay Heart & Vascular, a practice of McLaren Bay Region founded in 2009, can help you in your quest for a healthy heart. McLaren Bay Heart & Vascular, with 22 practitioners who specialize in cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and vascular surgery, is the second largest provider of cardiology care statewide. Some of the many cardiology services offered are patent foramen ovale (PFO) closures, CardioMEMS™ Heart Failure System, left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) monitoring, angioplasty, cardiac bypass and valve surgery,

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cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology studies, pacemaker and implantable defibrillator placement, various vascular surgeries, and the recently added transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). A less invasive alternative to open heart surgery, TAVR is a procedure used to replace the aortic valve in patients with severe aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the arteries that restricts blood flow. TAVR is primarily used to treat older adults who aren’t healthy enough for open heart valve surgery. With TAVR, the surgeon uses a catheter to replace the heart valve rather than opening up the chest. The procedure can be performed in multiple ways; the most common is called transfemoral TAVR, which is completed via an artery in the patient’s leg. An interventional cardiologist and cardiothoracic

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surgeon work together during TAVR to make an incision (near the groin, between the ribs, or in the upper chest) to guide a new valve into the diseased aortic valve in the heart. Because of McLaren Bay Heart & Vascular’s introduction of TAVR, patients with cardiology issues can conveniently remain local and do not need to drive farther afield to undergo treatment for specific health concerns. From pre-op to post-op, McLaren’s skilled professionals and their attentive support staff strive to provide the highest quality of patient care. McLaren Bay Heart & Vascular patients receive comprehensive information about their health status and care options, while being treated with the utmost respect and dignity—no matter which clinic location they visit.



ore and more, “clean teeth” come secondary in the list of benefits of regular dental checkups. While that smooth, fresh feel of a thorough dental cleaning might be the main appeal, one of the most important components of an oral heath checkup is oral cancer screening. A comprehensive oral health screening can also detect enlarged lymph nodes, cysts, lymphomas, skin cancers, and thyroid cancers, as well as undiagnosed hypertension, diabetes, eating disorders, sleep apnea, and vitamin deficiencies. The dental office is no longer about solely teeth. In a recent interview, dental health expert Dr. Jennifer Schau explained some of today’s important issues. Q: Who is most at risk for oral cancer? Dr. Schau: Everyone who may have been exposed to viruses is at risk. With dramatic evidence pointing to a rise in virus-driven cancers, in addition to more standard risks like smoking, chewing, or heavy drinking, there’s no cancer profiling that can be done. Viruses often lie dormant for years before recurring as oral/pharyngeal cancer. The signs patients experience can be lumps in the neck, sores in the mouth, sore throats, unexplained bleeding, a feeling that something is caught or stuck as they swallow, or no outward signs or symptoms at all. Q: What are the signs and screening options for oral cancers? Dr. Schau: There’s no standard appearance to oral cancer. It could be raised red sores, white, red, and ulcerated spots, a red and inflamed area, or a spot that consistently bleeds. It can even look like not much at all. In the office, we first examine for visual cues of a lesion. Secondly, our office offers the Velscope exam that can detect cellular changes earlier than the naked eye can detect. It only takes about two minutes, is painless, and is very inexpensive as far as medical testing goes. Velscope has saved some of my patients’ lives because we caught an oral cancer lesion early.

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Q: What advice can you provide readers who don’t attend regular dental visits? Dr. Schau: Even if it’s been years since you’ve been to a dentist, just the new-patient examination and treatmentplanning phase is a step toward better overall health. Our empathetic and supportive team members are here to help get you back on the path toward becoming a regular dental patient. Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your career? Dr. Schau: The most rewarding part of my career is the effect I can have on a person’s health and self-esteem. There’s no better feeling than having a patient come back to thank you for impacting their health (or looks) in a positive fashion.


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hoenix Medicine, a Midland medical practice since 2015, has an interesting history. Phoenix Medicine founder Dr. Gaye Gorman, after obtaining her medical degree from Michigan State University, completed a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in trauma anesthesia and critical care. During her 20th year in practice, she found herself in the midst of perimenopause, combined with 30 years of hypothyroidism. She struggled with extreme fatigue, weight gain, depression, emotional lability, and brain fog. A solutionsfocused individual, she made a commitment to healthy eating and daily exercise, yet, surprisingly, these fundamental changes had much less impact than expected. She then changed her thyroid medication to a desiccated, natural form, and started taking bio-identical hormones. She had found the missing piece of the puzzle. Her symptoms

slowly abated, and six months later, she realized that she felt genuinely happy. Dr. Gorman dedicated herself to professional reeducation, and she soon opened her Midland practice, which focuses on the functional, preventive practice of medicine. Do we lose our hormones because we age, or do we age because we lose our hormones? It’s a good question. The evidence shows that maintaining optimal hormone levels reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and cancer. A healthy immune system is developed through hormones, supplements, quality sleep, and a healthy diet.   In addition to bio-identical hormone replacement, Dr. Gorman treats perimenopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome, low testosterone, genetic mutations (such as MTHFR), and leaky gut, and she works toward reversing both type 2 diabetes and autoimmune disease. She offers nutritional counseling, and works with patients who want to lose weight.  

Patients frequently come to Dr. Gorman frustrated—but highly motivated. Mary, a newly diagnosed diabetic, had a Hemoglobin A1C of 11.5% and an average blood sugar of 397. She had been started on both oral and injectable diabetes medication. In a mere 14 weeks, she was able to lose 36 pounds and, no longer on medication, lower her HbA1C to 5.8%. Patients Joyce, Paula, Claire, and Rob all have autoimmune diseases: scleroderma, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Sjogren’s, and sarcoidosis, respectively. They’ve all significantly reduced their symptoms in less than a year of therapy. Dr. Gorman advises that many people can make unimagined progress toward health and well-being, if educated on their role in improving their own health—and treated with natural hormones and supplements. Her patients confirm that, during the aging process, they’re not only maintaining, but improving, their quality of life.

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Quick and Nimble Lifestyle Four joint replacement or repair recipients revived their activity by tending to their orthopedic health.



hether it is osteoarthritis, injury, or simply the aging of bones and joints, knee, hip, and shoulder surgeries are reaching in to the millions across the country. According to a recent nationwide study by Mayo Clinic, 4.7 million Americans have undergone total knee arthroplasty and total hip arthroplasty. The numbers and kinds of surgery performed—full, partial, robotic, or traditional— grow as baby boomers age and athletes of all ages suffer injuries.  

Joints that become painful and crippling to use do not have to remain that way thanks to skilled orthopedic surgeons in the Great Lakes Bay Region. These experts use a variety of surgical techniques and options to repair damaged joints. Their surgical training and abilities help active adults return to energetic lifestyles in record time. Four different scenarios shared by four individuals follow. Their stories offer hope and encouragement to someone considering a joint replacement procedure.

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The chrysanthemum grower Sheila Arnold, 60, an avid gardener who enjoys adding bird baths and waterfalls to create peaceful areas on her property, couldn’t believe that she came home just hours after her partial knee replacement surgery, performed by David T. Bortel, MD, at Great Lakes Surgical Center. “[Prior to my surgery], I tried knee injections and nonsurgical treatments for several months without much success. Dr. Bortel then told me I was a candidate for minimally invasive, partial knee replacement surgery,” says Arnold. “I liked how he told me I’d be keeping some of my original knee parts, so I thought it was best not to delay the surgery. I had minimal pain following my surgery, and I was given an ice machine, which helped my knee recover faster.”

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LIFE AFTER GETTING A NEW KNEE Arnold hadn’t played sports in her younger years, but X-rays revealed mild arthritis had set in over time. “I am mostly a sedentary person. I have a desk job,” she laughs. “When I’m traveling and being a tourist, then I do a lot of walking.” She was delighted to return to picking up sticks in her yard, building a bonfire, and working on an outdoor fairy garden with her grandchildren. After her surgery, she visited the Netherlands where she could walk and bike without resting or stopping—something she had to do when she traveled to Ireland before receiving her new artificial knee hardware. “I can bend and stoop to do my gardening, and I can walk without pain. I have so much more longevity and endurance now.”


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Ronald Dawen, 69, a retired General Motors employee, admits he’s a procrastinator. Even after learning he was a double-knee replacement candidate, he delayed making an appointment with Waheed Akbar, MD, from St. Mary’s of Michigan. “I was apprehensive about surgery,” he says. “But the pain kept getting worse, and I couldn’t climb stairs.” Ironically, it was his current employer at Northwoods Outlet in Pinconning who noticed his dilemma and prompted Dawen to face reality. “Walking and standing on the concrete floor became unbearable. It was to the point where I could not do my job,” Dawen says. “I knew it was time.” Akbar, who had told him “both knees were bone on bone,” successfully performed knee replacement surgery on Dawen last August. “It is not good to wait until the cartilage is completely gone,” explains Akbar. “The bone deteriorates so much, and it changes the anatomy to where it can make surgery more difficult.” Fortunately, Dawen’s surgery was productive. “The morning after my surgery, the

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hospital staff had me up, walking and stretching it. I couldn’t believe it,” says Dawen.

SCARCELY A SCAR Pain after surgery was minimal for Dawen, and he’s impressed with his barely visible scar. “I prefer not to use external sutures,” says Akbar. “I use a plastic surgery closing technique that avoids any outside stitches. It makes the scar less prominent, heals better, and looks better.” Following surgery, Dawen obeyed his in-home, two-week therapy regimen. Later, he continued therapy at St. Mary’s Physical Therapy Center three miles from his home in Chesaning. “My therapists definitely pushed me to do more than I thought I was capable of,” he recalls. “But it worked. I’m pain free and able to walk, stand, and climb stairs without any issues.” Dawen says he plans to put on his camouflage and trek through woods and field to his favorite deer-hunting spot. “I feel like a new man,” he says. “I can chase Snickers and Cookie, my beagle dogs, around again!”  

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The travel enthusiast Walking up and down the grocery store aisle, or shopping and sightseeing with friends is once again a joy for Beverly Doege, 67. She underwent Mako robotic arm-assisted knee replacement surgery, performed by orthopedic surgeon Terrence Cherwin, DO, from McLaren Bay Region last May. “It’s like a new lease on life,” says Doege, who retired three years ago from a 39-year career as a CT technologist at the same hospital. “Everyday chores are easier since my surgery. The level of pain I was in kept me from doing things as simple as walking. Now I’m walking without pain. It’s the best feeling; it’s awesome.” The robotic arm-assisted technology and its accuracy allows patients like Doege to get back to life with reduced pain and faster recovery time than traditional joint replacement surgery, which Doege had five years ago on her other knee. “I have had 11 patients who had a previous [traditional] knee surgery and now have had the robotic system on their second knee. To a tee, all 11 of them say it’s (the robotic system) so much easier,” says Cherwin. “In fact, Beverly told me one day post-op that she felt

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Beverly Doege

like she was at the six-week mark. The robotic system speeds up the convalescence period.”

ADVANTAGES OF ROBOTIC ARM-ASSISTED SURGERY “The difference between Mako robotic surgery and traditional surgery is huge,” Doege says. “I was walking without pain the same day as my surgery.” The advanced technology uses a patient-specific and precision-based robotic arm to shave the bone and prepare the soft tissue to receive the artificial hardware. “I knew it was important to stay on top of my therapy and keep the muscles stretched and pliable. I did everything (the therapy) religiously, and I still do exercises at night to keep it healthy.” Doege is back to bike riding and swimming at Dow Bay Area Family YMCA. “Dr. Cherwin’s surgical skill and use of modern technology gave me my active life back,” Doege says. “I’m traveling to different states again and taking shopping trips with my friends. I’m enjoying retirement to the fullest.”


The construction manager Former high school athlete Scott Keyes, 46, is a busy construction manager who supervises 150 employees. A year ago January, he slipped on ice and fell on his arm and shoulder. Keyes, who doesn’t like sitting around watching television, soon found himself immobile. The father of two high-schoolers couldn’t bend his elbow away from his body. “I know my own body, and I knew something wasn’t right,” Keyes says. The inability to move or extend his arm prompted him to get an MRI, which revealed two complete tears in his left shoulder muscle—and required immediate surgery. A family member recommended orthopedic surgeon Colleen Linehan, MD, at Advanced Orthopedics at Covenant HealthCare to Keyes, so he scheduled an appointment. “Dr. Linehan was very direct and to the point in a compassionate and professional way that I appreciated,” says Keyes, who underwent a successful twohour, out-patient surgical procedure that involved an incision and mechanical reattachment of the severed shoulder muscles. “The hard

Scott Keyes

part was remaining in a sling and not moving it for the first two weeks,” recalls Keyes. “I obeyed Dr. Linehan’s strict orders because she cautioned me [that] if it tears again, there’s nothing left to reattach it to. I was determined not to jeopardize the future use of my arm.”

RETURNING TO NORMAL After learning he faced a nine-month recovery, Keyes committed himself to an intense rehabilitation plan and even joined the Saginaw YMCA—once he received clearance to do so. His efforts advanced his mobility and allowed him to regain full range of motion in his arm and shoulder. “I’m completely back to normal,” he says. “I was worried about my mobility or living with clicking noises, but I have none of that. In fact, my arm is in better shape now than before the surgery. I’m grateful that Dr. Linehan’s timeliness and surgical skills gave me my independence back.”

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Using ingredients such as organic greens, roasted almonds, colorful and fresh vegetables and fruit, blackened shrimp, organic chicken, and flavorful homemade dressings, area chefs are shining a spotlight on their own salad creations. With the focus on healthy eating, diners are ordering these freshly made entrées for lunch and dinner all throughout the year.

Crab Cake Salad Ordered as a salad or an appetizer off of the Brass Café’s dinner menu, everything about the Crab Cake Salad is good, says Josh Stover, bartender. The combination of Maryland crab cakes with roasted peppers, Granny Smith apples, field greens topped with a creamy tomato vinaigrette, and chopped bacon comes with a multigrain roll. $12.75. Brass Café, 128 S Main, Mount Pleasant, 989-772-0864.

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Jenny Salad For the past 13 years, the Jenny Salad, named after Jenny Bolt, who co-owns the restaurant with husband Adam, has been a hit with customers. This dinner-size salad offers up a colorful mix of organic greens, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, chick peas, red beets, green beans, pepperoncini, hardboiled egg, feta cheese, and red peppers, all topped with a house vinaigrette. $9.75. Fralia’s, 422 Hancock St, Saginaw, 989-799-0111.

Kale Salad This combination of fresh kale, quinoa, dried apricots, golden beats, fried red potatoes, red onion, edamame, basil, sour cream, and a sweet onion-poppy seed vinaigrette has it all, says Maru’s manager Lorenzo Castillo. But he adds that what really makes it special is the optional organic fried egg on top. $13, and add $2 for the egg. Maru Sushi & Grill, 715 E Main St, Midland, 989-633-0101.

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“ A good salad with good ingredients doesn’t leave a diner feeling tired. Salads are just as filling as soup or sandwich, but they’re still a lighter fare. ” ~ Chad Wohlford, owner, Souper CafÉ

Mandarin Salad “Anyone can throw a salad together,” says Chad Wohlford, Souper Café owner. “But it’s the dressing that makes it special.” For the popular Mandarin Salad, Wohlford tops mixed greens, romaine lettuce, roasted almonds, craisins, Mandarin oranges, and red onions with his homemade raspberry vinaigrette. $7.99 full, $4.99 half, and add chicken for $2.99. Souper Café, two locations: 4093 N Euclid Ave, Bay City, 989671-1900; and 5789 State St, Saginaw Township, 989791-6600.

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Cajun Shrimp Caesar Cajun restaurants serve Cajun food, and that’s exactly what diners will find in the Blue Gator Sports Pub & Grill’s Cajun Shrimp Caesar, says assistant manager Matt Besemer. Blackened shrimp teams up with fresh romaine lettuce, shaved Parmesan, and house-made cornbread croutons. The salad is finished with a creamy Caesar dressing. $10.95. Blue Gator Sports Pub & Grill, 106 Court St, Mount Pleasant, 989-772-5486.

Southwest BBQ Chicken Salad Barbecue ranch dressing gives the Southwest BBQ Chicken Salad at Harvey’s a twist when it’s paired with all natural grilled chicken that’s atop romaine lettuce, green onions, tomatoes, tortilla strips, roasted corn and black bean salsa, and shredded Cheddar. “It’s all about the presentation,” says owner Brent Skaggs. $10.99. Harvey’s Grill and Bar, two locations: 4000 E Wilder Rd, Bay City, 989-686-3304; and 3055 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw Township, 989-4014424.

Michigan Beet Salad Hearty ingredients make Cafe Zinc’s Michigan Beet Salad a hit with staff and customers. It features ginger-braised Michigan beets, roasted sunchokes, and oven-baked butternut squash atop mixed greens. It’s drizzled with walnutbalsamic vinaigrette and sprinkled with crumbles of fresh feta cheese. $12. Café Zinc, H Hotel, 111 Main St, Midland, 989-837-6030.

“ Salads are served throughout the year. They’re popular because the general population is more health conscience these days. ” ~ Matt Besemer, assistant manager, Blue Gator Sports Pub & Grill

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e decided to open a second location of our [West Branch] authentic Mexican restaurant, Rancheros Mexican Grill, in Midland because it’s a very nice community that supports businesses and allows them to grow,” says owner Carmen Lucia Ayala. “We’ve been open for a little over two and a half years, and we are happy to have developed some wonderful

customer relationships.” Rancheros Mexican Grill offers authentic Mexican cuisine for lunch and dinner, all cooked using the freshest ingredients. The restaurant’s extensive menu features a wide array of Mexican favorites, including quesadillas, burritos, and enchiladas—with meat, seafood, and vegetarian options available. “One of our most popular menu items is our chimichangas,” says Ayala. “They are made with either beef or chicken, wrapped in a flour tortilla, and fried to a golden brown. We then top it with our special white cheese sauce and serve it with refried beans, Mexican rice, and a guacamole salad that consists of lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, and sour cream.” Another highly popular option is the fajitas.Varieties include steak, chicken, vegetarian, and shrimp. All fajitas are cooked with tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers, and are served with Mexican rice, refried beans, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, and flour or corn tortillas. For vegetarians, a fan favorite is the vegetarian taco salad: a golden, fried tortilla bowl filled with lettuce, beans, and rice, and then topped with pico de gallo, guacamole, and sour cream. Other menu offerings are bean burritos, cheese enchiladas, and potato flautas. The restaurant itself is a cozy, small space that features traditional Mexican décor. There’s inside and covered seasonal outside seating, so guests can make the most of the warmer months. Menu prices run $7.75 - $9.50 for lunch, and top out at around $15 for dinner. For larger, private parties, the restaurant offers catering. And all in-restaurant guests enjoy complimentary chips and salsa. “Our goal is to prepare authentic Mexican cuisine at reasonable prices, and to share our culture with the community,” says Ayala. “We try our best to make every customer happy. That’s one of the reasons we serve chips and salsa before every meal.” Rancheros Mexican Grill, 405 E Main St, Midland, 989-486-8265, www. Hours: Sunday (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and Monday – Saturday (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.).

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Go Red for Women captures the energy and passion of women who work to wipe out heart disease. The luncheon features educational wellness sessions, health screenings, vendors, a silent auction, a heart-healthy luncheon, and a keynote speaker. Learn ways to take action to reduce your risk of heart disease, and leave empowered to take charge of your heart health. Tickets are $100. The event raises money for research and education of heart disease in women. When: Friday, February 2, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Where: Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township For information and tickets: Call 800-968-1040, or visit glbrgored

Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum: 11th Annual Arts from the Heart

Why let kids have all the fun? Enjoy an auction of artwork from regional and aspiring young artists, along with delicious food, fun, and raffles. This event is everything you love about the museum, plus adult beverages. Tickets are $50. Proceeds are used to support programs and services to create handson learning opportunities for youths of the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond. When: Thursday, February 8, 6 – 9 p.m. Where: Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, Saginaw For information and tickets: Call 989-399-6826, or visit www.

The Legacy Center for Community Success: World’s Greatest Mardi Gras Feast

The World’s Greatest Mardi Gras Feast invites you to sample a selection of Mardi Gras-inspired entrées and desserts from the area’s finest chefs, as the smooth sounds of jazz soothe your soul. Tickets are $25 per individual or $45 per couple. Proceeds benefit the Legacy Center for Community Success.

Arts and Museums Exhibit: The Ese’Eja People of the Amazon: Connected by a Thread. February 1 – 10. The exhibition features photographs by Andy Bale and Jon Cox and artifacts of the Ese’Eja people of the Amazon. Central Michigan University Art Gallery, Mt Pleasant; 989-774-1885, CCFAArtGallery

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Exhibit: Chinese Folk Pottery, The Art of the Everyday. February 1 – May 19, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 12 – 5 p.m. Free. The exhibition explores contemporary folk pottery produced within the diversity of ethnic minorities and Han people across China. Pottery from three perspectives: production values, functions, and aesthetics. Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum,

Get out of the cold, and enjoy cheeseburgers, margaritas, tunes, Jimmy Buffet cover songs, and more. Ticket prices are TBD. Proceeds provide funding for Saginaw Art Museum programs. When: Friday, March 2, 6 – 10 p.m. Where: Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township For information and tickets: Call 989-754-2491, or visit www.

READ Association of Saginaw County: 13th Annual Books for Breakfast

Celebrate national reading month with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Enjoy literacy activities, including character visits and storytelling, to promote family reading time. Proceeds benefit the READ Association of Saginaw County, an organization that helps students improve reading skills. When: Saturday, March 3, 9 – 11:30 a.m. Where: Hunger Solution Center, Saginaw For information and tickets: Call 989-755-8402, or visit www.

Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan: 6th Annual Hockey for the Homeless with the Saginaw Spirit

Enjoy an exciting Saginaw Spirit hockey game. Bring the whole family or send a team of employees to enjoy an evening of hockey while supporting a great cause. Tickets are $13 when purchased individually, or $10 per person for groups of 10 or more. Proceeds help to provide much needed operating funds for City Rescue Mission of Saginaw and Good Samaritan Rescue Mission of Bay City. When: Saturday, March 3, 7:05 p.m. Where: Dow Event Center, Saginaw For information and tickets: Call 989-752-6051, or visit www.

Saginaw Valley State University, Kochville Township; 989-964-7125, Exhibit: Minglings: A Journey across Time. February 1 – May 19, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 12 – 5 p.m. Free. The new work by Gerhardt Knodel collides the time and circumstances separating a 17th-century Chinese silk tapestry with 21st-century sensibilities.

A three-dimensional presentation invites the viewer to inhabit the spirit, fantasy, and inspiration of the original textile. Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw Valley State University, Kochville Township; 989-964-7125, www. Exhibit: Stylized Nature: A Reverie of Tone, Value, and Hue. February 9 – May 19, Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 5


p.m. $3 – $5. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw; 989-754-2491, www. Exhibit: Graphic Design 2018 Bachelor of Fine Arts. March 30. As part of the bachelor of fine arts in graphic design capstone class, CMU students feature their work. Central Michigan University Art Gallery, Mt Pleasant; 989-774-1885, www.cmich. edu/coleges/CCFA/CCFAArtGallery

Attractions Daily Pretzel Rolling. Every day, 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. (not available on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day). $4.99. Learn proper pretzel-rolling methods, and eat your fresh-out-of-theoven finished product. Two-hour advance notice and prepayment required. Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth; 989-652-9941, www. Coffee and Crafts. Second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. Price varies according to craft; cost includes coffee, sweet treat, and craft supplies. Dawn of a New Day Coffee House and Café, Saginaw; 989-780-0113 Mid-Michigan Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting. Meets the third Tuesday of each month. Held inside the Area Agency on Aging, 1615 S Euclid, Bay City; 800-852-9781, www. Toddler Time. Every Wednesday, 11 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 1:30 p.m. Admission. Sing, dance, create, explore, and enjoy developmentally targeted projects. Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, Saginaw; 989-399-6626, www. Uncorked Series. Every first and third Thursday, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Free. New kind of happy hour in the Saints & Sinners Lounge. Complimentary snack, cash bar, and a variety of themes to think and drink creatively about. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930, Music in the Café Second Thursdays. Every second Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m. $5. Café night brings fabulous performance, casual

spontaneity, and an evening of music. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw; 989-790-2118, www.whitecrowconservatory. Midland County Historical Society: Hands-on History Days. Friday and Saturday of the third weekend each month, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Family-focused, interactive, and informational drop-in programs for the community to discover and preserve local heritage. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930, Tai Chi with Jim Bush. Every Saturday, 10 a.m. $5. The White Crow Conservatory of Music, Saginaw; 989-790-2118, www. Kids Fly Free. Second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ages 8 – 17 fly free and learn about aviation. Jack Barstow Airport, Midland; 989-835-3231, www. Authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony. Second Saturday of each month, 2 p.m. $8. Authentic formal Japanese Tea Ceremony in the Saginaw-Tokushima Friendship Garden, hosted by persons in kimono. Reservations encouraged. Japanese Cultural Center & Tea House, Saginaw; 989-759-1648, Humane Society of Bay County Feline Adoption Events. Last Saturday of each month. 989-8930451, Science Sundays. Every other Sunday, 1 p.m. $7. Themed science experiments led by a play facilitator. Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-317-3221, www. Marketplace Bay City. Indoor, year-round market. Produce, fresh fish, artisan cheeses, and flowers. 401 Center Ave, Bay City; www. Contra Dance. February 1 – May 12, every second Saturday, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. $7. A fun, active, social dance that is popular, lots of fun, and easy to learn. No partner required, and no experience necessary. Practice session before the dance. Breaks taken as needed. Some bring treats

to share. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Midland Community Center, Midland; 989-631-7153, www. Constructing Our Community Featuring Block Shop Blocks. February 1 – March 2, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday 12 – 4 p.m. Free. Children and adults alike will experience the challenge of using the larger-thanlife-size blocks to create structures that represent our community (such as bridges, ships, and maybe even recreate the City Hall). Bay County Historical Society, Bay City; 989-8935733, Saginaw Spirit Home Hockey Game. February 3, 10, 14, 16, and 28, 7:05 p.m., and February 25, 5:30 p.m. $15 and up. Join the Saginaw Spirit for a fun night for the whole family. See high level talent before they make it to the big leagues. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-497-7747, Let’s Do Lunch - Art Reach of Mid Michigan. February 7, 12 – 1 p.m. Spend your lunch hour with Central Michigan University voice students, directed by Dr. Eric Tucker. Art Reach of Mid Michigan, Mt Pleasant; www. Soccer Youth Skills Clinic. February 10, 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free. Saginaw Valley State University varsity athletes and coaches lead a basic skills clinic for boys and girls entering grades K-8. SVSU Field House and O’Neill Arena, University Center; 989-964-2565, Let’s Do Lunch - Art Reach of Mid Michigan. February 28, 12 – 1 p.m. Spend your lunch hour with Central Michigan University music theater students, directed by Dr. Annette Thornton. Art Reach of Mid Michigan, Mt Pleasant; let-s-do-lunch Saginaw Spirit Home Hockey Game. March 3, 17, 7:05 p.m., and March 4, 5:30 p.m. $15 and up. Join the Saginaw Spirit for a fun night for the whole family. See high level talent before they make it to the big leagues. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-497-7747, www. Toughest Monster Truck Tour. March 9 – 10, times vary. $14.50 –

$37.50. The Toughest Monster Truck Tour returns to Dow Event Center with some of the nation’s toughest monster trucks. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-7591320, Clare Irish Festival Road Race. March 17, 7:15 a.m. A pancake breakfast and free T-shirt accompany registration for this part of the Clare Irish Festival. Clare High School, Clare; www. St. Patrick’s Day Parade. March 18, 2 p.m. A queen’s float, marching bands, pipe bands, floats, and more kick off the celebration of all things Irish. Bay City; Cheer Max Ultimate - Cheer & Dance Challenge. March 24, 8 a.m. $5 – $10. A fun day of friendly cheerleading competition also includes vendors and concessions. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665,

Charitable Events Great Lakes Bay Region Go Red for Women Luncheon. February 2, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $100. Luncheon benefits the research and education of heart disease in women. Educational wellness sessions, auctions, a hearty-healthy lunch, and more. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 800-968-1040, Winterlaufe 8K Race. February 3, 10 a.m. Winterlaufe is a winter race sponsored by the Frankenmuth Jaycees to benefit various local charitable causes. Frankenmuth; 989-860-3388, 11th Annual Arts from the Heart. February 8, 6 – 9 p.m. $50. Enjoy artwork, food, fun, and raffles. Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, Saginaw; 989-399-6826, www. 10th Annual Breast Cancer Survivor and Recognition Event. February 10, 12 – 5 p.m. Free for survivors/$10 other attendees. At halftime of the Saginaw Valley State University

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women’s basketball game, join the 10th Annual Breast Cancer Survivor Event in the Hamilton Gym. SVSU, University Center; 989-964-2562, World’s Greatest Mardi Gras Feast. February 13, 6 – 8:30 p.m. $25 per person/$45 per couple. Help raise money to benefit the Legacy Center for Community Success while enjoying great food, jazz, and more. Great Hall Banquet and Convention Center, Midland; 989-496-1425, Cheeseburgers in Margaritaville. March 2, 6 – 10 p.m. Tickets TBD. Support the programs of the Saginaw Art Museum with cheeseburgers, margaritas, and Jimmy Buffet tunes. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-754-2491, www.

Annual Juried Central Michigan University Student Art Exhibition. February 23 – March 24. Juried by an independent art professional, this exhibition is open for submission to all CMU students. Central Michigan University Art Gallery, Mt Pleasant; 989-774-1885, coleges/CCFA/CCFAArtGallery Shipshewana on the Road. March 3 – 4, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. $4. Find thousands of items you might not find anywhere else. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, Mid-Michigan Outdoor & Boat Show. March 9 – 11, Friday, 2 – 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $7. Shop for boats and more. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665,

25th Annual Mardi Gras Auction. February 25, 5:30 – 10 p.m. $75. The CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region’s annual fundraiser features a strolling dinner, live auction, Mardi Gras festivities, and more. Proceeds benefit programs to end violence and neglect against children. Horizons Conference Center, Saginaw Township; 989-752-7226,


13th Annual Books for Breakfast. March 3, 9 – 11:30 a.m. READ Association of Saginaw County hosts the annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to spread the joy of reading and raise money to support local reading programs. Hunger Solution Center, Saginaw; 989-755-8402, www.

Music, Theater & Film

6th Annual Hockey for the Homeless with the Saginaw Spirit. March 3, 7:05 p.m. $10 - $13. A fun night of hockey raises operating funds for City Rescue Mission of Saginaw and Good Samaritan Rescue Mission of Bay City. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-7526051,

Expos Birch Run Hunting & Fishing Expo. February 9 – 11, Friday, 3 – 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $10. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-6244665,

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Easter Celebration. March 16 – April 15. Free. Frankenmuth celebrates Easter with unique and colorful egg displays throughout town. Frankenmuth; 989-652-6106, www.

The Diary of Anne Frank. February 2 – 3, 7:30 p.m. $18. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence: their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Pit & Balcony Community Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-6587, www. Midland Symphony Orchestra: Tales of Hemingway. February 3, 7:30 p.m. $15 – $43. World-renowned cellist Zuill Bailey performs Michael Daugherty’s Grammy-award winning concerto that brings four of Ernest Hemingway’s classic novels and stories to life through music. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-6315930, Calendar Girls. February 2 – 4, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.,

and Sunday, 3 p.m. $10 – $20. The cheerful feel-good play is perfect for the heart of a Michigan winter. Bay City Players, Bay City; 989-893-5555, Gigi. February 4, 1:30 p.m. $5. Love adds a surprise twist in a film presentation of a delightful turn-ofthe-20th- century Cinderella story. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-7547569, Jake Slater - Elvis Impersonator. February 10, 7 p.m. $30. Enjoy a buffet dinner before singing along to a through-the-decades tribute to Elvis Presley. Golden Glow Ballroom, Thomas Township; 989-781-2120, Stepping Out. February 12, 7:30 p.m. $25 – $55. Dublin Irish Dance’s production of “Stepping Out” tells a story of the Irish immigration to America after the Great Famine of the mid-1800s through song, dance, and instrumental music. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www. Oedipus. February 16 – 25, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 3 p.m. $12 – $16. The Greek drama follows King Oedipus’s fall from power as he discovers that no man, not even a king, can avoid his fate. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-5930, The Wizard of Oz. February 18, 1:30 p.m. $5. Take pictures with the characters of this beloved film after the movie. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989754-7569, Death by Design. February 21 – 24, 7:30 p.m. $10 – $13. Rob Urbinati’s play combines the wit of Noel Coward and plot intricacies of Agatha Christie. SVSU, University Center; 989-964-4261, Lightwire Theatre: Dino Light. February 25, 3 p.m. $10 – $20. The glow-in-the-dark adventure blends puppetry and dance to tell the story of a dinosaur that discovers a world full of creatures that light up the darkness. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, Cirque Eloize: Saloon. March 2, 7:30 p.m., and March 3, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $32 – $69. A cast of individuals with a tale to tell in a time

as America expands. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, Micah Young. March 3, 7:30 p.m. $19. Midland native Micah Young is a versatile musician who returns home for a charged performance. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, On Golden Pond. March 9 – 18, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 3:00 p.m. Ages 10 and older. One of America’s most beloved plays still speaks to the audience’s minds and hearts. Bay City Players, Bay City; 989-893-5555, www. Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy. March 10, 8 p.m. $5 – $67. An improvised comedy sketch show. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-8922660, Che Malambo. March 11, 7:30 p.m. $15 – $25. An Argentine-based company, Che Malambo, performs with precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos, and singing and whirling boleadoras. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, Moon over Buffalo. March 16 – March 17, 7:30 p.m. $19. The play centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stage stars of the 1950s. Pit & Balcony Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-6587, www. The Friends of Celtic Culture Presents: Heron Valley. March 16, 7:30 p.m. $20. Heron Valley, an energetic, young traditional band from Scotland, play Scottish and Irish traditional music, with influence from folk, country, and bluegrass styles. State Theatre, Bay City; 989-8922660, Brigadoon. March 18, 1:30 p.m. $5. Two Americans discover Brigadoon— an enchanted place—while on a hunting trip to Scotland. Enjoy Scottish dancers and bagpipes after the film presentation. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7569, www. The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. March 22 – 25, times vary. $8 – $12. The new stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s classic tales of the land of Narnia faithfully recreates


the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who wander into the land of Narnia. Midland Center or the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, www.mcfta. org One Night of Queen. March 23, 7:30 p.m. $29 – $49. The show captures the lights, sound, pomp, and showmanship, paying tribute to Queen, one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930,

Nature Johnny Panther Quests Ecotours. Year-round, guided, customized boat tours through various bodies of water with photography, birding, adventure, and relaxation. Groups of one to 10. Johnny Panther Quest Ecotours; 8106653-3859,

Free Fishing Day and Winter Festival. February 17. Get outdoors and explore Michigan’s winter wonderland in a family ice fishing derby, ice fishing clinic, and snow snake tournament. Bay City Recreation Area, Bay City; 989-667-0717, www.

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Maple Syrup Day. March TBD. Admission fee varies. Play games, make crafts, participate in demonstrations and activities, and take a hay wagon ride to the Sugarhouse to see how sap is boiled into pure maple syrup. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-6310830, Want your event featured here in Great Lakes Bay? Email arts, entertainment, and community events to Send date, time, cost, and contact information for your event by the first day of the month, three months prior to the event date.


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Regional Progress through Increased Teacher Training BY NANCY SAJDAK MANNING


n September 13, 1892, just six days before this photo, Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute’s (1892-1893) first class of 31 students met in rented space in downtown Mount Pleasant. Subsequently about 100 people attended a groundbreaking ceremony (pictured) for the “Old Main Building,” which fire destroyed in 1925. Replacement Warriner Hall endures on this site at today’s 125-year-old Central Michigan University (CMU) campus. The school initially offered Third Grade (rural school teaching) and Second Grade certificates (high school teaching) through two- or four-year programs. Renamed Central Michigan Normal School (1893-95), then state controlled (1895), it continued as Central State Normal School (1895-1927), Central State Teachers College (1927-1941), Central Michigan College of Education (1941-1955), Central Michigan College (1955-1959), and CMU (1959-present). The original school was founded three years after Mount Pleasant became a city, when travel and communication between rural areas and developing cities were still challenging. High schools had been developing rapidly across Michigan, as an 1887 law required teacher exam questions to be prepared by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Mid-Michigan rural areas needed more teachers—and more accessible/advanced teaching. An 1890 Enterprise news article records 4,500 students in Isabella County, with only three of the 136 teachers having teaching certificates from Michigan State Normal. Many times over half of the applicants failed to meet the new minimum standard for a Third Grade certificate. Today, CMU offers over 200 academic programs at undergraduate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. More than 20,000 students attend the Mount Pleasant campus, plus 7,000 are enrolled online and at more than 40 locations. In 2013, CMU established a College of Medicine to assist with Michigan’s growing shortage of primary care physicians. Photo and historical assistance courtesy of Clarke Historical Library, CMU.

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