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In a month where there are multiple organizations – including ours – celebrating women and their amazing achievements, I think it’s a good time to take stock on all we’ve accomplished as a gender over the years and some things we have not. These are not local or statewide or regional issues. It’s not just a situation in the United States or North America. These are global issues – localized. In an effort to shine a light on some areas that still need work around the world, I’ve gathered this information from an article through Global Citizen that reflects multiple areas that have seen little advancement since the early 1900s. There are women in our community working toward the advancement of women’s issues. I applaud them and ask you to think about how you can help make our corner of the world a better place for the next generation of women. We need to work on: 1. Employment opportunities: Even in a country as wealthy and developed as the United States, women still experience major inequality in the workforce. By some estimates, women earn only 77 cents for every $1 earned by men. Globally, the gender gap is even wider. 2. Maternal health: The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 800 women die every day from preventable, pregnancy-related causes. Lack of access to health care around the world puts women and their children in mortal danger. 3. Gender-based violence: One in three women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes, according to WHO. Whether it’s domestic abuse, rape or sexual trafficking, gender-based violence denies far too many women the opportunity to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. 4. Gender equality: Equality (or the lack thereof) is a recurring issue when it comes to women and girls, whether it’s unequal access to schooling for girls in developing countries or unequal pay for women in the workplace, there is a long way to go before we have a truly equitable society. This month we reviewed 38 nominations for the good works women are doing in our community. While there are many worthwhile areas of focus, it makes me fulfilled and proud to know how committed the women in our community are. It will also be my pleasure to hear more about the amazing work of our keynote speaker, Laura Grannemann, at the Inspiration & Influence Awards. Join Lauren Aitch and I on Oct. 18 when we give four awards to deserving women at Lansing’s Crowne Plaza on behalf of our community and the CAWLM readers.
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FRASER TREBILCOCK ATTORNEYS HONORED AMONG MICHIGAN LAWYERS WEEKLY’S WOMEN IN THE LAW Fraser Trebilcock has announced that two of the firm's attorneys have been selected as 2019 "Lawyers of the Year" in Lansing by Best Lawyers. The 2019 honors are announced before the year of achievement.Honored attorneys include Elizabeth H. Latchana, whose practice area is Employee Benefits (ERISA) law, and Marlaine C. Teahan, whose area of practice is Trusts and Estates. There was a total of 20 attorneys named from Fraser Trebilcock for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019. Those selected include Michael S. Ashton, Douglas J. Austin, Stephen L. Burlingame, Mark A. Bush, Michael E. Cavanaugh, Graham K. Crabtree, Anita G. Fox, Jennifer Utter Heston, Max R. Hoffman, Jr, Peter D. Houk, Mark E. Kellogg, Elizabeth H. Latchana, Darrell A. Lindman, David E.S. Marvin, Thaddeus E. Morgan, Brian P. Morley, Michael H. Perry, Gary C. Rogers, Thomas L. Sparks and Marlain C. Teahan. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
NexTech High School of Lansing will start the new school year under the direction of a new innovative leader, Jamie DeWitt, as the new principal. DeWitt began her educational career 12 years ago and had a background in blended learning in schools throughout Michigan. She most recently comes from the position as Director of Blended Professional Learning at Michigan Virtual.
“I am excited to set the vision and drive the school forward to motivate the students,” DeWitt said. “I look forward to working with an awesome group of teachers on the cutting edge, along with working together to reach each student when they walk through the physical, and virtual, doors at NexTech High School.” DeWitt is a strong believer in NexTech’s small class sizes and blended learning model allowing teachers to provide more personalized support to students. Her goal is to help students understand and advance in core subjects, while also assisting them to develop and expand their own unique interests. “Something didn’t work for our students in the traditional school setting, and we are here to help them,” DeWitt said. “We can drive the bus, and if there isn’t a road, we can make our own.” ■
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There are a lot of options to explore. First, you must consider your dog’s temperament and activity level – make sure that you choose what makes the most sense for your dog. There are some doggy daycares that go beyond just watching, feeding and walking your dog. What do you want for your dog? Every daycare is different, but when you are researching, watch for some of these amenities: pools/swim training, birthday parties, massages, pedicures … the list goes on! There are places that can groom your dog too. This is a great option for those superbusy pet parents – get everything done in one place! Also, many offer overnight stays. This is great if your dog already goes there regularly because it will be more comfortable in that environment when it has to spend the night. Most importantly, you want to choose a place that takes into account your dog’s temperament, activity level and size to be sure you are getting a good match for your dog. If you aren’t comfortable or aren’t sure if it is the best option for your dog, there are other avenues to explore, such as a dog walker or perhaps a relative or friend can check in on your pooch and take them for a walk or play with them for a while during the day. Good luck in your search for the perfect pooch play place! Have you ever wondered what dog is perfect for you and your family? You see a sweet puppy face and you just melt, right? Well, please make sure you are asking yourself all the tough questions before making that big decision. Be sure to research the breed you are interested in before choosing – do they shed
too much, bark a lot, have a high energy level? Maybe you just want to relax with your pup on the couch. If so, you may want to consider adopting a senior pet from your local shelter. Don’t have time for training? Don’t get a puppy! Ask friends or relatives who have a breed you are interested in about their experiences, or you could speak with a trainer in advance to help you better understand the breed before you make your final choice.
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PAINTING THROUGH THE PAIN
BY ADAM LANSDELL Embracing a creative venture can essentially be the same as escaping to a new land. A world where anything is possible so long as you conjure it. These periodic trips aren’t just temporary shifts in mindset where innovation blossoms, but extended escapes from the realities of the real world. At its core, indulging in one’s inner creativity is a form of therapy for artists. In their darkest moments it can be an escape from pain, both physically and mentally. One artist who knows the benefits of such therapy better than most is Williamston-based watercolor painter Cindy Evans. During an annual physical in January 2017, Evans received unsettling news. Doctors informed Evans that her mammography showed suspicious spots. After further testing, including three biopsies, it became clear that she had developed breast cancer. Suddenly, her life had changed. Luckily, her prognosis was good, but things weren’t going to be easy. Preparing to enter the hardest 8 OCTOBER 2018
phase of her life, she channeled what she knew best as a source of comfort.
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“During chemo, when I felt so lousy, being able to get up and having enough energy to work for an hour in my studio allowed for part of my brain to take over,” explained Evans. “It allowed me to bring calm to the other part of my brain that was focused on the pain, anxiety and worry. My craft became a powerful coping tool, and the outcome wasn’t as important as the act of doing it.”
The first painting, titled “The Storm,” focuses on the fear and anxiety of the unknown prospect of death. The second, titled “Shine,” is an interactive, mixed-media piece that incorporates messages of encouragement she received from her support unit of friends and family, while the third, titled “Standing Strong,” represents a victorious battle cry – celebrating the strength of all survivors and the warriors they have become.
Evans’ work typically represents her most joyous life experiences, but during her battle she channeled her emotions, both the good and the bad, into a new series of paintings. In a three-piece watercolor set, Evans chronicles her progression from vulnerability to resiliency. Within each, Evans meticulously uses symbology and metaphor to share her emotions and outlook during each phase of her journey. The beauty of each impressively displays the tone of every moment along her journey, while masterfully
“In my creative process, my feelings, experience and emotions move from my hands to the canvas,” said Evans. “So, I knew that when entering this that I would be painting through it. I hope that others see this and maybe it will enable them to tap into their creative energy as a way to help them as well. Their gifts are an advantage if they so choose to use them.” The great philosopher Aristotle once famously suggested that “the aim of art is to represent not the
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outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” The stories and emotions immortalized in Evans’ compelling work accomplish just that by peeling away what appears on the surface to shine a light on the fighting spirit within her. In showcasing a struggle that’s all too familiar for most, and the perseverance it takes to reach triumph, Evans bring solace to the fact that even when all seems lost, you always have something unique and one-of-akind to share with the world. Today, Evans stands proud of her work and stronger than ever, ready to continue her 20-plus-year legacy as an artist and instructor. As a survivor, she acts as a testament to the power of creative support and perseverance in the face of detriment. “It worked, I made it and I have three paintings to visually tell the story. I am a survivor,” said Evans. In her return to the larger painting community, Evans is scheduled to present during a weeklong artist workshop at the Kanuga Watermedia Workshops in Hendersonville, NC from March 30 to April 5, 2019. Her presentation will focus on how painting helped her document, cope, endure and overcome cancer. To learn more about Evans and her work as a visual artists and instructor, visit caevansart.com. ■ CAWLM.COM
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It’s been 23 years since Crystal Bliese took ownership of Front Room Underfashions. A boutique that specializes in providing women with the necessary products needed before and after surgery. Previously owned by Lenore Shebuski, a breast cancer patient who opened this boutique after her post-mastectomy struggles following a breast cancer diagnosis in 1980. Bliese worked under Shebuski for 10 years before taking ownership from her in 1995. Bliese now runs the boutique alongside her daughter and office manager, Heather Tynes. “We offered a lot to the women who came to the store, and I felt that it was important to continue to have a place for women in our area to receive the services that we are able to provide,” Bliese explained. One thing that sets Front Room Underfashions apart from others is their ability to offer such a wide variety of products and services right in their
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stores. The boutique, located at 727 Lincoln Court, Lansing, recently expanded with a new location in the Herbert-Herman Cancer Center at Sparrow Hospital. The new store offers a little more convenience to post-surgery patients. It is a little smaller but provides the same products and professional services as the other location. “We're here and we are going to walk you through the process. We will help you to move on to your next chapter, whatever that may be,” Bliese said. Whether looking for a post-surgical camisole, mastectomy bra, prosthetic, bathing suit, wig or a custom fitting, Front Room Underfashions offers it all when it comes to pre- and post-surgery women’s necessities. With sewing machines on site, the staff can modify bras for customers to produce the perfect fit. The boutique offers bras ranging in band sizes from 32-56 and cup sizes from AA-O. These sizes and personalized, onsite fittings are what make Front Room Underfashions so unique. Although narrowly known for breast cancer, the boutique carries post-surgical camisoles, custom and silicone breast prostheses, mastectomy bras, compression garments, hard-to-fit bras, nursing bras and baby items, wigs and caps, swimwear and clothing, jewelry and gift items.
“We do not take appointments for fittings and feel that it's important for ladies to come in when they feel ready. While going through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, so many appointments are made, and we don't want to add to that burden,” Bliese said. “Our fitters are always here and ready to assist when you are ready to come in." The Lansing-based business is proud to be a woman-owned, dedicated to helping women. They offer their services to both national and international customers. They currently have customers all around the U.S., Africa, China and more. To learn more about their products and services, visit frontroomunderfashions.com.■ Alicia Finch is a journalism graduate of The University of Akron and is now residing in Mason, MI. When not playing with her yorkie poo, she enjoys her coral reef tank and all things fitness related.
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BY TEECE ARONIN
THE BRIGHT SIDE
When I write for CAWLM, it’s usually about things I can present in a humorous light. But this month, I’ve been asked to write about breast cancer, and that’s not funny in any light. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 31 days in which information is shared at a heightened rate and extra fundraising takes place so that this bully, which is what breast cancer is, can be brought down once and for all. Breast cancer invades the bodies of women, and sometimes men, to threaten and steal thousands of lives each year. It barges in, unwelcomed and uninvited. It wreaks havoc not only with the people it endangers, but with their loved ones who must cope with unimaginable stress and grief. Most of us have known someone who fought breast cancer. I lost someone dear to me almost 20 years ago, someone I had known since I was 8 years old. When we learned that the cancer had spread and that the prognosis was so very bad, she asked me to come and be with her. But while staying with her provided comfort, it could offer no defense.
These days we have better weapons against the bully than ever before. Increased awareness is helping lead the way to earlier detection, and research is bringing more effective treatments. Awareness, early detection, funding and research are the weapons slowing the bully down. We need to keep wielding those weapons, all of us, as consistently as we can. With the exception of skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among American women, and of all forms of cancer, only lung cancer kills more women in this country. The average risk of a woman in the U.S. developing breast cancer in her lifetime is about 12 percent. If we work the numbers differently, the chances are one in eight that a woman will develop breast cancer but seven in eight that she will not. Imagine a world with no breast cancer. We’re heading in that direction. Between 1989 and 2015 the death rate from breast cancer dropped 39 percent. Part of that drop is thanks to researchers’ new understanding of the human genome, because with the mapping of that genome came waves of new research. Since
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2017, breast cancer deaths have held steady in women under 50 and continued to decrease in older women. Still, the sobering likelihood remains that roughly 266,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer were projected for 2018, and a total of almost 41,000 women are expected to die from it - again, in total this year. So, let’s look at the bright side again. What are the reasons for the decrease in deaths? Most likely, early detection and more effective treatment, which brings us back to the importance of funds for research and heightened awareness in all of us. And they, in turn, bring us back to where we started: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The statistics in this article come from the American Cancer Society. ■ Teece Aronin is an artist, blogger and columnist who writes for the Oakland Press and is the Featured Writer for October at TrueHumor.com. Her artwork is available at the Redbubble.com store and you can read her blog at ChippedDemitasse.BlogSpot.com
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MY BIG GREEK ADVENTURE BY LISA KOST
Until I traveled to Paros, that is. Paros is a small island near Athens, which is less popular than Mykonos or Santorini, but just as beautiful. I ended up there with my sister in the summer of ‘77, after a long trip from Stuttgart, Germany, followed by a hot, noisy Youth Hostel in Athens, and a quick boat ride ‘outta town. We slept on the beach, ate canned food from our backpacks (not kidding) and tried our best to fit into the culture, but it did not work. My never-ending freckles, and my sister’s height, made us stand out like corn in a turnip field. We made friends and enemies instantly. We camped on the beach, near an older couple from Rutgers, as I recall, for safety purposes, but I do not remember them.
Diogenes, though, was unforgettable. He was a very old and leathery man, with a long greying beard and never-been-cut-before white hair who walked with the help of piece of driftwood, a daily bottle of Ouzo and whatever he could steal. He lived on the beach, dressed, well… in a loin cloth, in a bush, which he decorated with small pieces of self-made photos, ripped from the pages of celebrity magazines discarded by the daily tourists; each stars’ photo stuck on a branch, as if to emphasize their importance. We met him the very first evening, and he invited us in, to try some old beer he likely found on the beach, get warm by his raging fire and share stories, some which he clearly made up, and others which he vaguely remembered. During his flights of fancy, he sang songs, which were borne from a far-off place, possibly a beautiful island, which he himself had once visited, or from his childhood long ago, which he recalled in on-and-off moments like a light bulb. He was translucent. Mixing old classic songs with drunk poetry, he told us through beer breath how much he loved his island and how happy he was to
I am going to back to Greece this fall, for the first time since high school, and I will try to find Diogenes, even though I know he is long gone. Maybe I will see him sparkling in the stars from Santorini, or find him in the flames of a fire on a Mykonos beach. It does not matter. He is forever with me, just like all of the friends who live on in my heart. Like Homer, Diogenes’ story is not about the beach he ended up on, but the never-ending story he wrote along the way. ■
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I never understood Homer’s “The Odyssey.” It was one of the first books I ever studied in high school, and despite my attempts to find it interesting, I never enjoyed it, lost interest, and received a big fat “C” on my paper. It was “all Greek to me,” my Humanities teacher say by rolling his eyes as he handed me the paper.
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I wanted to create a Halloween decoration that I could display outdoors alongside my current decorations. When I saw these concrete pumpkins, I knew they would be perfect!
What you'll need ● One plastic pumpkin-shaped candy bucket, this is your mold ● Quick-setting concrete ● One bucket for mixing concrete ● Water ● One plastic container (an empty cottage cheese container or a large plastic cup) ● Cooking spray ● Plastic wrap ● A brick or any other heavy object ● A utility knife ● Outdoor paint ● Paint brushes ● Flowers
What to do 1.
Cut the handles off your pumpkin bucket.
Spray the inside of pumpkin with cooking spray. That way you can easily remove the concrete from the plastic pumpkin when it dries.
Mix your concrete according to directions on the bag. This is where the water comes in. I used a large bucket to mix mine.
Pour the concrete mix into your pumpkin bucket, but don’t fill it up all the way because your container also goes in it.
Insert your container into the opening of your pumpkin bucket. This will create an area for your flowers to go in. I used a large cottage cheese container because I wanted a larger hole. I have also seen other people use a large plastic cup. You will want to spray the outside of your container with cooking spray before putting it in, so that it is easier to remove later.
Find something heavy to make sure your container stays in place while the concrete sets. Bricks work great if you have them. I used hand weights. I also opted to cover the inside of the container with plastic wrap, so that concrete wouldn’t get on it.
Let your pumpkin dry for 24 hours and then, using the utility knife, carefully cut the plastic pumpkin and the inside container away from the concrete.
You can leave your pumpkin unpainted or add outdoor paint to it.
Add flowers and display your work. You may also use your concrete pumpkin as a large candleholder. ■
Jeanette Wummel is a graphic design specialist at M3 Group. She loves all things whimsical, vintage and geeky. She enjoys creating art; with a passion for drawing and painting. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her rescue dog, Peaches.
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I love to make muffins, but sometimes I just feel like making scones. A scone is a fancy word for a "rich, quick bread cut into a triangle shape" according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary. Pumpkin is very versatile, and I have been testing it in different baked goods lately. Scones are yummy any time of the day, not just for breakfast!
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2 cups white flour 1 ⁄3 cup light brown sugar 1 ⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 ⁄4 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 ⁄4 cup milk 3 ⁄4 cup packed pumpkin 1 ⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ⁄2 cup old fashioned oats 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and
enjoy! salt together in a large bowl with a large spoon. Using two knives, "cut" the butter into the mixture until it resembles large crumbs. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. On a floured surface (I used about 2 teaspoons flour) take the mixture and knead about 15-20 times. Put flour on the palms of your hands, if necessary - the mixture may be a little sticky! Press into a 9-inch circle to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in thickness. Using a serrated knife, cut into eight equal sized triangles and place on to the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the scones comes out clean. Remove
from oven and immediately transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store covered at room temperature. *These scones are fabulous on their own, but I recommend making a really EASY chocolate glaze to compliment them! When the scones are completely cool, just melt one ounce of a "Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Premium Baking Bar" in a small bowl in the microwave and drizzle with a spoon! ■ Cathy Blatnik grew up in Maryland, but has lived in Michigan for almost 17 years with her family, which includes her husband, adult stepson, adult daughter and a son in high school. She has been baking and cooking for as long as she can remember in Cathy's Kitchen.
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Pamela Withrow: A Partner in Change MICHIGAN’S FIRST FEMALE WARDEN OF A MALE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY BY ALICIA FINCH
First female warden of a male correctional institution in Michigan is only one of Pamela Withrow’s incredible accomplishments. Awarded some of the highest honors for her achievements as a woman and a professional, Withrow has paved the way for women in the field of law and enforcement and corrections. “The claim to fame is always if you get to be the first woman to do something and I was the first woman to be a warden of a male prison in Michigan,” Withrow said. Withrow started her career as a prison counselor at a corrections camp in Grass Lake, Michigan. Over the course of the next seven years, she spent time in a couple of different roles before being appointed warden of the Michigan Dunes Correctional Facility in Holland, Michigan. There, she spent three years before taking her chances as warden at a bigger correctional facility in Ionia, at the Michigan Reformatory. During her time as warden, Withrow decided she wanted to implement change in these prisons. She spent three years as the warden of the Michigan Dunes Correctional Facility, which landed her as the first female to be named warden of correctional facility housing all adult male felons. After leaving the dunes facility in 1986, Withrow went on to spend the next 15 years as warden of the Michigan Reformatory. The prison was known as the ‘Gladiator School’ because it housed felons ages 17 through 21 who didn’t exactly know how to do hard time and according to Withrow, only wanted to rock-n-roll. The Michigan Reformatory was a prison notorious for having blood on the floor every day when Withrow first arrived. It had only been a handful of years since the 1981 riots, and Withrow knew she had her work cut out for her when she took her role as warden of the oldest prison in Michigan. As a woman stepping into a male-dominated role, Withrow knew the responsibilities and what was expected of her as warden of a 2,800-person prison with seven cell blocks. Although sometimes it seemed like her male colleagues would set her up for failure, Withrow succeeded and excelled in all that she set out to do. As the oldest of four girls who grew up on a farm in Indiana, Withrow was used to doing things a male would normally do. She always took her mother’s advice, “Whatever you want to do, you can do.” During her time as warden, Withrow and three other colleagues would meet once a month for dinner to
confide in one another with the struggles of their jobs. They all worked in the same field, and this soon led to their efforts in visiting prisons around Michigan to encourage women to be there for one another during hard days. They raised awareness of women in the workplace for such a male-dominated field to work in. This was essentially an outlet for females who worked in the corrections facilities to go to for support to make corrections a better and kinder place. “If you take a partnership role, and try to be a partner in change, so when they do go home the less likely they are to be dangerous,” Withrow explained. “Then you’re doing your real job of protecting the public.” Withrow has worked toward and succeeded in bringing the Michigan Reformatory staff through the American Correctional Association (ACA), and educational accreditation, the conclusion of a Federal Consent Decree related to conditions of confinement and was the first prison in the state to get involved in cognitive programming for offenders. Withrow also took a leadership role in building the Emergency Response Team for the five-prison Ionia complex. “My goal, which was not the goal of everybody, was always to send offenders home better people than whom they came to us,” Withrow said. Withrow received her first award in 1984 when she was named Michigan’s Outstanding Young Woman. Little did she know this was just the beginning of a lifetime of achievements to be recognized. In 2000, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Grand Valley State University and in 2001 was named an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Ferris State University. Because of all the work she dedicated herself to during her professional career, Withrow was awarded Warden of the Year in 2001 by the North American Association of Wardens & Superintendents (NAAWS). An honor awarded by selection of
your peers, this award recognizes a warden who has gone above and beyond to solve problems in their organization, involvement in community efforts and local organizations, as well as mentoring in the development of others. To honor her remarkable achievements even more, in 2002 Withrow was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. Taking her career even further, Withrow continued with her education throughout her career, continuously publishing articles that enriched the prison system. These works of writing include her articles published on Cognitive Restructuring and more in publications like Corrections Today. She has spent time editing publications that include "A View from the Trenches, a Manual for Wardens by Wardens" for books sold through the ACA and NAAWS. Withrow contributed a chapter for a corrections textbook authored by former Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), Director Perry Johnson. She has spent time as a panelist on various panels, including the Women in Corrections and Juvenile Justice, probation staff training, the American Correctional Association Congress and many other important associations and organizations. She also has had a deep involvement with training videos and sessions through the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). Withrow has also taken part in panels and discussions at the Michigan State University (MSU) master’s level classes on Leadership Strategies and Organizational Development.
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In between receiving awards and recognition and working a full-time career, Withrow still found time to get involved on both local and national levels. She has served as a member of the Ionia Chamber of Commerce, Ionia Rotary Club and the American and Michigan Correctional Associations. She has served as a board of directors at Independent Bank of Ionia, the Ionia County Memorial Hospital and of the Michigan Women’s Studies Association. Currently, she serves as a docent at the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame, board member of the Ionia Business and Professional Women’s Club and the board of directors of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections. Withrow decided in 2001 that she would retire. To her surprise, the very first day of her official retirement, she received the news that she would be a grandmother. Now with five grandchildren and three children, Withrow enjoys spending quality time with her family. She has spent time traveling across seas with her husband, William Kime, who also made a prominent career in law and enforcement and corrections. ■ Alicia Finch is a journalism graduate of The University of Akron and is now residing in Mason, MI. When not playing with her yorkie poo, she enjoys her coral reef tank and all things fitness related.
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In today’s fast-paced world, people have become accustomed to highly personalized, engaging experiences, such as one-click shopping, voice-activated searches and home assistants. People have also come to expect these technological advances as part of their everyday banking experiences with real-time data and customized views. Adding recommendations relating to savings options and financial purchases puts consumers in the driver’s seat when it comes to their financial decisions.
Mobile App Benefits Mobile apps offered by financial institutions allow consumers to perform just about any function — gone are the days of filling out paper forms and waiting in line. Mobile apps allow members to: • View real-time account balances and transaction history
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Best Features The best mobile apps are easy to use, secure, and can be customized to meet the user’s needs. Features such as a branch or ATM finder, the ability to enter travel information and scheduling your bill payments make a financial institution app convenient when you are on the go or away from home. Security is key; does the mobile app offer features to keep your account safe? These may include mobile location confirmation (compares the location of your phone with where your credit or debit card is being used), card lock (allows you to lock or unlock your credit or debit card using the app and without having to call or visit a branch) and eAlerts (showing daily account balance, transactions, check clearings and more).
The number of services available via mobile apps will continue to expand, providing more choice and convenience for users. Features available in the future may include account opening, instant replacement requests for lost or stolen credit or debit cards, and individual analytics-based financial insights. Although the face-to-face experience in a branch or the ability to call the financial institution is still important to many consumers, the convenience and real-time information the mobile app offers is likely to become even more important in the future. With a mobile app, wherever you are, you have secure access and control of your financial accounts via a smartphone. MSU Federal Credit Union offers a mobile app free to members. For more information, visit msufcu.org. ■
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EVENTS OCTOBER 2-4, 9-11, 13, 17 Michigan Princess Lunch Cruise, Lansing Passengers are invited to our plentiful buffet of roasted turkey, vegetarian lasagna, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, hot vegetables, chilled salads, rolls, dessert, coffee and iced tea. Visit michiganprincess.com for more information.
OCTOBER 5 Free Lunch Friday at Kellie’s Consignments, Okemos
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Free Lunch Friday is the first Friday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pass out your business cards, shop our sales and enjoy lunch. RSVP is necessary as it lets them know how much food to prepare. The event is on Eventbrite. Visit kelliesconsignments.com for more information.
OCTOBER 5-7 Mitten Kitten Mash-Up 2018, Dimondale Greater Lansing is hosting this year’s Mitten Kitten Mash-Up, an annual event that draws adult rollerderby teams from across Michigan for three days of game play on two tracks running simultaneously. Visit lansingsports.org/mittenkitten2018/ for more information.
OCTOBER 12 Board of Water & Light Chili Cook off, Lansing Local businesses compete to win the hearts, palates and votes of attendees. Competitors showcase culinary skills at a downtown party with chili, cold beer, margaritas and live bands. Visit lbwl.com for more information.
OCTOBER 13-15 Color Cruise and Island Festival, Grand Ledge The event is a three-day fall pioneer festival at Island Park. Riverboat rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, fur traders, candle making, pumpkin painting, food, music and more will be featured. Visit grandledgechamber. com for more information.
OCTOBER 13-14 Apple Butter Festival, Lansing
Embrace our ties to the land at Fenner Nature Center’s 45th annual Apple Butter Festival. The beauty of nature in autumn, coupled with heritage artisans, local musicians and savory food is sure to be a memorable event. Visit mynaturecenter.org for more information.
OCTOBER 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 Boo at the Zoo, Lansing Little ghouls and boys will enjoy three weekends of spooktacular fun with a straw maze, hayrides, the Boo Tunnel and more from noon to 5 p.m. Visit potterparkzoo.org for more information.
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OCTOBER 20 Yoga at the Brewery, Lansing All skill levels can enjoy an hour-long vinyasa flow in the Stockhouse, then cool down with a cold pint of Lansing Brewing Co.’s local craft beer after class. Only $12 for class and a pint. Visit the Lansing Brewing Co. Facebook page for more information.
OCTOBER 21 Abrams Planetarium: Sensory Friendly Shows, East Lansing The Abrams Planetarium offers sensory-friendly shows on the third Sunday of every month at 1 p.m. All shows include a live star talk about what is up in the sky that night. Please visit abramsplanetarium. org/Programs/Sensory.html for more information.
OCTOBER 21 Mid-Michigan Bluegrass & Folk Jam Concert, Lansing Bring your instrument to participate in informal jam sessions throughout the nature center or simply enjoy the concert in the upstairs of the barn (elevator service is available). Requested donation is $2 for students and seniors, and $4 for adults. Kids get in free. Contact Henry Casillas with questions about the event: email@example.com.
OCTOBER 26 The Aimcriers at Lansing Brewing Company, Lansing Come see the Aimcriers at the Lansing Brewing Co. The show starts at 7 p.m. Visit the Lansing Brewing Co. Facebook page for more information about the event.
OCTOBER 27 Doggie Trick or Treat 2018, Mason Bring your dog and trick or treat around downtown Mason. There is a $8 pre-registration fee. Cost is $10 at the event. Net proceeds will benefit the Ingham County Animal Shelter in Mason. You must register ahead of time at the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center. Deadline for preregistration is 3 p.m. Oct. 25. To register online, go to business.masonchamber.org/events/details/doggietrick-or-treat-2018-3321.
OCTOBER 29 11th Annual Trick or Treat on the Square, Lansing Trick or Treat on the Square is a free family friendly event that celebrates the best of the fall season in the heart of the Greater Lansing region – downtown Lansing. Historic Washington Square transforms into a gathering place for spooktacular fall fun on the Monday before Halloween from 5-7:30 p.m., offering little ghouls and goblins a safe place to haunt this Halloween. Visit trickortreatonthesquare.org for more information.
OCTOBER 30 2018 Great Pumpkin Walk, East Lansing Families are encouraged to bring their children to downtown East Lansing in full costume to receive free door-to-door treats from more than 50 downtown merchants. Parking is available in all downtown parking ramps and surface lots. Visit lansing.org/event/2018-great-pumpkin-walk/18638/ for more information.■
MY COMMUNITY CAPITAL AREA WOMEN’S LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE LADY CLASSIC GOLF OUTING The Lady Classic annual golf outing with Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine, sponsored by Independent Bank was held at Hawk Hollow Sept. 19. The ‘80s-themed event included golf, door prizes and raffles with proceeds going to the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing. ■ PHOTOS BY MARY GAJDA If there was an award for best socks this team would win
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Robinwood Landing, a new Alzheimer's special care center in Lansing, held an event at Lansing Brewing Company Aug. 22, called Ales for Alzheimer's. The over $2,500 in proceeds will be donated toward the Lansing Area Walk to End Alzheimer's. ■
The Casting for Recovery- Michigan retreat took place Aug. 24-26 at the Pere Marquette River near Walhalla. Participants included 14 breast cancer survivors from across the state of Michigan who were paired with a personal river helper. CFR provides this two-and-a-half day retreat at no charge to breast cancer survivors. ■
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MY COMMUNITY BLUE AND GREY
Attendees of the Blue and Grey Event were transported to the Civil War era Sept. 8-9 at the Meridian Historical Village in Okemos. Visitors enjoyed early American demonstrations and exhibits as well as children’s activities and games.■ PHOTOS PROVIDED Members of the 7th and the 102nd attracting young followers at the end of the line
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Steve Klepinger is a career master jeweler, having been in the profession for almost 40 years. A second-generation jeweler, he does any and all types of jewelry design, fabrication and repair at Kellie’s Consignments. Steve enjoys working in collaboration with customers to redesign older pieces, handsmithing jewelry with unique stones from all over the world, and repairing all types of jewelry, including antiques and specialty work that other jewelers turn away. You can see several of Steve’s original, one-of-a-kind jewelry designs on display in Kellie’s brand-new fine jewelry department! He and his wife, Carol, have two grown children and live in the country, enjoying birding, gardening and unexpected visits from wild animals.
Jodi Williamsen is originally from the Detroit area and currently resides in Jackson after spending 22 years in Brighton. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Loyola University of Chicago and her master’s degree in midwifery from the University of Michigan. Williamsen believes strongly that all women should be involved in decisions about their own health and care. She enjoys teaching her patients about their care options for every stage of their lives, the OB side of women’s health care and getting to know her patients and their families. Williamsen is joining our CenteringPregnancy team as a centering facilitator.
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