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Urgent or Emergency?: Some Facts About Health Care THE NEW STANDARD OF HEALTH ARE WE UP TO IT?
Top Ten Foods to Watch in 2011
Pie, sausage, nutmeg and moonshine top the list PAGE 12
Most of us are not health professionals. It can be difficult sometimes to know where to go for care. PAGE 8
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BETTER FITNESS, BETTER HEALTH Eliminate Aches & Pains & Put the PEP Back in Your Step PAGE 8
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HOMEBREWS WE LIKE As a service to you our readers, NM3 will occasionally print homebrew recipes we like. PAGE 28
A FLAME DOWN BELOW
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common medical conditions in the US, affecting up to 20% of the population. PAGE 10
A WORD OR 3 What is there to say about 2010? We could say nothing and just politely tip our hat to 2010 as we slip into 2011. I wish we could, but 2010 will not go that quietly. Two thousand eleven - kind of sounds space age doesn’t it? Well we’re not flying around in personal spacecraft like on the Jetsons are we? Nope, still driving our good old-fashioned fossil fueled, internal combustion vehicles despite predictions in the ‘50s that we would be whisking around in flying vehicles. Locally, many events and projects continue to be studied and planned to death. Millions of dollars are spent investigating projects such as Grand Vision/Land Use & Transportation Study. In spring 2006, $3.3 million in federal transportation dollars were allocated to the Grand Traverse area for the creation and implementation of a comprehensive, multi-modal transportation plan. Going on five years now, we’re still gathering input (another word for studying) and no infrastructure has been built from this massive charrette.
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Beyond changes to the area, the new year brings to mind changes for ourselves. We hope your healthy living resolution lasts longer than the two or three weeks it takes most people to fall off the wagon and go back to their old ways. Our health articles will help keep you moving in that new direction for 2011.
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Other projects in the “study” phase for the past year include “Our Bay - Our Say,” the pedestrian bridge over the Boardman River from Front Street to the Warehouse District (supposed to be built in 2009/10), roundabouts, and affordable housing in Traverse City. It’s time to stop the studies and actually build some of these projects in 2011. Sadly we have a prediction for 2011: no action will be taken on these projects this year.
Speaking of directions, keep your eye out for new topics and columns in NM3 Magazine for 2011 as we strive to be the choice for the discriminating readers of Northern Michigan.
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among the 50 top-rated heart bypass surgical groups in the nation. To add to the high ranking Munson has recently received, two Traverse City-based cardiovascular physician groups will integrate with Munson Medical Center effective Jan. 1, 2011. Physicians, midlevel providers, and staff of Grand Traverse Heart Associates and Great Lakes Cardiology will combine to form Traverse Heart & Vascular, a service of Munson Medical Center. Leadership from the two cardiology groups met with Munson Medical Center earlier this year to discuss collaborating to enhance the delivery of cardiovascular care in the region. After exploring options, integrating the cardiologists into Munson Medical Center from private practice was mutually chosen as the best way to sustain care. The combination of an aging population and the epidemics of obesity and diabetes are projected to create an ever-increasing demand for cardiology services. A key goal of integration is improving the hospital’s ability to attract the best and brightest new cardiologists in an effort to maintain the superior quality of the program. The quality of peer medical practice is an important factor in physician recruitment. National statistics show that half of the 25,900 cardiologists practicing today are 55 years old and older. Access to cardiologists is critical as demand for services increases. Cardiologists from Grand Traverse Heart Associates and Great Lakes Cardiology, along with hospital administration, believe by acting now, any negative impacts from the changing health care environment will be blunted. The integration of cardiologists into the hospital is expected to create a multitude of benefits, including: opportunities for greater efficiency and flexibility in daily operations, and more effective strategic planning for the future. Cardiologists in both practices believe the change will build on past successes to create a new practice that improves their ability to serve patients and the physicians who refer them. As part of the move, the cardiology group will progress further toward an integrated electronic medical record. “Collaboration brings strength,” said Cardiologist Dino Recchia, M.D., Medical Director of the Munson Heart Center. “We believe the strengths of each group will be melded together to create the best practices for our new venture.”
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By Amy Shamroe Everyone should have a doctor they see for annual physicals, cold and flu season bugs, and chronic issues. That said, there is always the unexpected you can’t schedule. When unexpected health issues arise many people are unsure of where to go and what to do. The people of Traverse City are fortunate enough to have options beyond their regular doctor when the unexpected happens. In the area there are several Urgent Care Clinics and the Emergency Room at Munson.
Most of us are not health professionals. It can be difficult sometimes to know where to go for care. There are key differences and basic information about the emergency room and urgent care that everyone should know. The Emergency Room at Munson is a twenty-four hour facility. It can handle most any kind of medical situation- more than most realize. Munson has the only verified Level II Trauma Center north of Grand Rapids. In layman’s terms- that means there are doctors, nurses, and other personnel available to treat serious traumas- like a nasty car accident- at the ER 24/7. That status sets them apart from a large portion of the nation’s ERs. As well as major trauma, the ER is the first line of treatment once the patient arrives at Munson for heart attacks, strokes, broken bones, and every manner of personal injuries. The ER is the answer if you break your leg on the slope or are struck with a stomach ailment in the middle of the night that is most definitely not the flu.
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Urgent Care Clinics are vital to quality health care treatment. Sometimes illness or injuries happen, but you are unsure that the ER is the answer. Urgent Care Clinics are often clutch in situations like these. Issues like lacerations, minor burns, flu, eye or ear infections, bronchitis, rashes, sore throats and even toothaches can all be treated by the medical professions at Urgent Care Clinics. These are not family care doctor’s offices, they do not take appointments. More routine medical services are also provided at Urgent Care Clinics. You can get most vaccinations and even some lab work samples taken at the facilities. Physicals for job screenings, DOT or FAA, or school sports can also be preformed. These exams are the exception to the rule in regards to appointments. You can call ahead to schedule an exam at most clinics. Urgent Care Clinics are not open twenty-four hours. If an urgent health issue arises after clinic hours, the ER is available to provide treatment. There are few misconceptions and misunderstandings regarding these facilities that apply to both and should be addressed. First, all medical treatment costs money. Emergency rooms and urgent cares are there to help you, but medical services are not free. No one can be denied treatment at an emergency room, but there will be a bill. If you have insurance locally (like Blue Cross/Blue Shield Michigan or Priority Health), most places in Traverse City probably accept it. How much is covered versus how much you have to pay depends on your plan. Neither Urgent Care nor the ER are a replacement for a regular doctor. They are there to help and to serve as they can, but they are not set up to take patients on a regular basis. Regular visits, especially when it comes to treatment of chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes, should be scheduled with your doctor. Sometimes you wait. It’s not always like the show ER, with people being rushed here and there. Patients are treated based on medical need and wait time. If you go to the emergency room with a sinus infection and there is a Level II Trauma car crash and a heart attack patient before you, the reality is you will not be treated anytime soon. Likewise, Urgent Care only has appointments for select services, so you might have to wait for treatment if there were others before you or other patients in need of immediate attention. The Traverse area is fortunate to be home to many top-notch doctors and health facilities. Knowing where to go for your care and what to expect should help you get the best care.
Urgent Care Clinics in the area: Munson Urgent Care Phone: (231) 935-8686 Munson Community Health Center 550 Munson Avenue Everyday: 7am-10pm Bayside Docs Urgent Care Clinic 401 Munson Avenue (231) 933-9150 Monday-9am-8pm Tuesday-Friday 9am-6pm Saturday 9am-5pm Sunday 11am-5pm The Walk-In Clinic 3074 N. US 31 South Phone: 231-929-1234 Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm Saturday: 9am-5pm Sunday: 12pm-5pm
“No one can be denied treatment at an emergency room, but there will be a bill.” NM3 MAGAZINE ■ JANUARY 2011
By Dr. Mark Galan
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common medical conditions in the US, affecting up to 20% of the population. For most people GERD is simply an occasional annoyance but for others serious complications can develop.
GERD is also called acid reflux or acid regurgitation and it is characterized by the abnormal reflux of stomach contents (including acid) up into the esophagus. Reflux is more likely to occur in individuals who have frequent relaxations of the lower esophageal sphincter-- a band of muscle at the junction between the esophagus and stomach. A hiatal hernia (the upward migration of the stomach into the chest), obesity and certain lifestyle factors such as smoking and excessive alcohol also increase the risk of GERD. The most classic symptom of GERD is heartburn, typically manifested as a burning sensation in the center of the chest. An acidic taste in the back of the throat and rarely laryngitis/hoarseness or respiratory symptoms such as a cough or asthma can occur. Complications of GERD include erosive esophagitis (which can lead to gastrointestinal bleeding), difficulty swallowing and Barrett's esophagus. Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the lining or the esophagus converts to a lining typically found in the intestines. This condition is of particular concern as it can lead to esophageal cancer in a small number of patients. Tight control of acid reflux and monitoring of the esophageal lining with a scope may decrease the risk of developing esophageal cancer in these individuals. Treatment of GERD involves a combination of medical therapy, lifestyle modifications and rarely, surgery. For patients with mild symptoms, over the counter antacids such as TUMs, Rolaids or Mylanta can be helpful. Stronger medications, which block acid production in the stomach, include H2 blockers (Pepcid, Zantac, etc) or proton pump inhibitors (PPI's) such as omeprazole, Prilosec or Nexium are used in patients with more troublesome symptoms. Most medications used for GERD are well tolerated and safe for long-term use but the chronic use of PPI's may increase the risk of osteoporosis and very rarely certain infections. For most individuals (particularly otherwise healthy men) these risks are probably exceedingly low. Lifestyle modifications include quitting smoking, losing weight if necessary and 10
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avoiding eating prior to lying down at night (typically waiting at least 3 hours) can be beneficial. Raising the head of the bed 6-8 inches can be helpful for some with persistent symptoms. Surgical therapy for GERD usually consists of a procedure called a fundoplication which involves the wrapping of the upper part of the stomach around the lower esophagus to tighten the junction between the stomach and esophagus. Concerns/ limitations of these procedures include the potential for surgical complications and a loss of benefit over time-- the majority of patients are back on acid blocking medications 5 years after the procedure. Similarly, endoscopic (scope based) surgical interventions aimed at tightening the lower esophageal sphincter (EsophyX, EndoCinch, Stretta) are being performed outside of Northern Michigan but the long term effectiveness has not been well established. Patients with infrequent or mild symptoms can often manage their symptoms on their own but medical attention should be sought if signs of a more serious problem arise. Difficulty swallowing with a feeling as though food is becoming "stuck", unexplained weight loss, vomiting or gastrointestinal bleeding (vomiting blood or dark bowel movements) are reasons to contact a healthcare provider immediately. Patients with persistent or difficult to treat symptoms should also seek medical attention. The workup for GERD often involves an upper endoscopy (also called an EGD) performed by a gastroenterologist wherein a lighted scope is passed into the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine. This test allows for the identifications of GERD complications including esophageal erosions/ulcers, strictures (blockages) and Barrettâ€™s esophagus. Other studies sometimes performed include a barium esophagus x-ray (esophagram) or esophageal pH testing (which evaluates the acid levels in the esophagus). Patients with chronic symptoms or evidence of complications should be considered for an EGD or other diagnostic studies. The bottom line is that GERD is common and in most people nothing more than an occasional nuisance. Fortunately, GERD can be controlled in most people and the risk of serious complications can be kept to a minimum. Contact your medical provider however if your symptoms persist or complications arise.
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By Brandon Johnson When I told them I’d be writing a behind-the-scenes article the guys in the vocal-based pop group Three Men and a Tenor had one oddly specific request: Could I write it in three longer paragraphs and one really short paragraph? The reason for this request is symmetry. The three ‘men’ in the group Paul Felch, Chuck Colby and Mark Stiles each stand at about 6’4”, while the ‘tenor,’ Glen Williams, tops off at no more than 5 feet. This difference in height, though apparent backstage, seems amplified onstage and adds to the group’s zaniness. Kitsch aside, the most infectious thing about Three Men Photo by Alan Newton, Newton Photography and a Tenor is their enthusiasm. They are obviously having a damn good time, which makes it hard for the audience not to have a damn good time too! I showed up to see their lively sound check, then was able to chat with them backstage. Mark wondered if I was writing for a magazine about vulgar acapella groups. “We are the poster boys for violent, vulgar acapella groups,” he joked. Tenor Glen was glad I was writing a short article because, as he explained, “I fit very well into short articles.” During dinner they put the final touches on their set list, debating whether to include a bit where their voices warp like a record slowing down. It was a good thing they included it- that bit got the best audience laughter of the night. The freezing cold didn’t stop the show from selling out. Three Men and a Tenor performed for a packed house, tearing through pop, rock ‘n’ roll, Motown and Christmas classics with gusto, big laughs and applause. All in all it was the perfect Christmas season performance: full of joy, warmth and whimsy.
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In the food business as well as in everyday life, everyone’s looking for the next big thing or trend. Here are the foods and flavors we see making the list in the New Year. 1. Small Pies. Pie, of course, has been around forever, but 2011 could be the Year of the Pie. Some are already calling it the “next cupcake.” We say, yes, pies will be hot in the coming year, but look for smaller pies to make it big—in both sweet and savory varieties. 2. Sausage. Look for a leaner, better quality sausage, sourced locally at farmers markets, to take on the role as the “new bacon.” Home butchery and the charcuterie trend that has led to renewed interest in cured meats are additional factors here as well. 3. Nutmeg.
Researchers have discovered that nutmeg’s reputation as an aphrodisiac—especially for women—has some merit. Need we say more?
4. Moonshine. Moonshine has gone legit. Tennessee’s first legal moonshine distillery opened this summer, and the clear corn whiskey hootch can now be found in many liquor stores and even purchased online. It still packs a wallop so be careful. 5. Gourmet Ice Pops. Ice pops in exotic flavors like bacon, mango chile, and peanut butter are the latest to get the artisanal treatment. They’re known as paletas in Mexico. Watch for them to go mainstream north of the border in 2011. 6. Grits. Could this old southern favorite become the “new grain”? We see it moving beyond the breakfast menu and above the Mason-Dixon Line. 7. Sweet Potatoes. These super-nutritious tubers will be orange-hot in 2011. They’ll be especially molten as the alternative, better-for-you french fry.
8. Fin fish. We are still discovering so much about the benefits of fish. After all, it wasn't that long ago that we found out about Omega 3's, and we know that obtaining these nutrients directly from food is the best way to get them into our system. We're banking on more acceptance of farmed fish as it becomes more important to have a good supply of this lean protein.
9. Cupuaçu fruit. This is quite possibly the next super fruit, following in the footsteps of the acai fruit. Both are from the Brazilian rainforest. Cupuaçu has a number of antioxidants and minerals, and is considered a natural source of energy. We tasted it in a Brazilian candy that had us craving more. Speaking of candy, you might also watch for Brigadeiro. This sweet Brazilian candy is made by mixing sweetened condensed milk, butter and cocoa powder. It's usually rolled into ball and coated in granulated sugar, but it can also take on other flavors. It's the national truffle of Brazil. Look for it to come to our shores in 2011. 10. Beans. The lowly legume will step up to the spotlight in 2011, as a great source of protein and a versatile ingredient in appetizers like white bean & rosemary bruschetta. And, yes, it’s still awesome in chili.
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DOMINO AFFECT By Hannah Barnard As the New Year is upon us, we’re faced once again with those pesky New Year’s Resolutions. Some of you have a whole list going, and some of you gave up New Year’s Resolutions a long time ago. We all know that drastic changes don’t accomplish anything. We make a crazy goal and are quite zealous to achieve it, for a little while, but unfortunately that motivation dies out before we finish putting the holiday decorations away. When it comes to accomplishing something life-changing, it’s about the small steps. Each small step we make affects our other choices, and our choices often effect others. My mother is a perfect example of this domino affect. She had been unhappy and overweight for quite a few years, and it only got worse as her life got a bit more crazy. Things started to change during this past summer. It started when a friend of mine, “Alex,” moved in with my family. Alex has always been quite health conscious. She loves to work out, she’s a healthy weight, and wants others to look and feel as healthy as she does. Alex was just the motivation that my mom needed to take those steps to make a change. This was peer pressure at its finest. My mom started with one small step: walking around the block during evenings. It gave her a chance to clear her head, and it made her feel better about herself. Alex was by her side some nights, but it was just enough to bolster my mom’s determination and to help her feel encouraged. Those semi-nightly walks turned into semi-nightly runs. When the snow hit, my mom finally made use of the old workout equipment we’ve been storing in the basement. As my mom began feeling better about herself from her workouts, she began to carry herself differently, and that affected her daily choices. Her diet began to change. She was truly taking pride in her body and what she put into it. As you’ve already guessed, she began to lose weight. It wasn’t drastic, but she began to notice it. I was away most of this past year, and when I arrived home for the holidays, I had the privilege of seeing my new-and-improved mom. In her I immediately saw a happier and more content person; she is glowing from the inside out. She’s still working on losing weight, but she’s satisfied where she is at and with what she’s accomplished. And her lifestyle change having a domino effect boosted because she’s more
confident and more secure in herself and her inner beauty. So what’s this story really about? It’s not about losing a few inches around the hips, or fitting into a smaller size of pants. It’s not about losing weight. My mom’s simple choices led to other simple choices, and those choices led to a new beginning for her. What do you want to accomplish in the long run, and what’s your first step? Do you want to be more financially stable? Take an accounting class and you’ll learn to get your finances in order. Do you want to land that promotion? Try something simple like getting coffee for your boss in the mornings to show that you have initiative and don’t mind doing the dirty work. Think about your long-term goal, take the first step, and be patient. Let it run its course.
When it comes to accomplishing something life-changing, it’s about the small steps. But this story it’s just about my mom: let’s not forget Alex. While you’re busy taking those first steps, remember that other people are trying to take their first steps too. I know there’s someone in your life that just needs a little encouragement to take the first step. One word of encouragement to them could have a domino effect on their life. Maybe you’re an expert in that area and can lend some advice. Either way, you’ll feel better about yourself by helping a friend. It’s about taking small steps, even baby steps, in a new direction. With small steps, you’re less likely to trip over your feet or get lost in the shuffle, no matter how big your obstacles are.
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BETTER FITNESS BETTER HEALTH Eliminate Aches & Pains & Put the PEP Back in Your Step By Vern Gauthier Without a regular exercise routine, the hard working, physical laborer may be doing more damage than he is aware of. “But how can this be? I work 50 hours a week laying block; I don’t need an exercise routine!” Theoretically, this statement sounds great but, what they don’t realize is, muscle imbalances can cause injuries that are sometimes severe. Let’s use the mason for example. Most of their day is in a bent position, causing the low back to be under tension all day. The opposite muscle group in this case would be the rectus abdominis. It is under no tension, which is undoubtedly a sleeping dog waiting to be awakened. Every movement that you make during the day has an opposite movement. When you perform one movement under resistance and the opposite is not under resistance, injury is inevitable. A simple fitness routine performed 3 times a week will correct and prevent further injury. Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about the real sleeping dogOBESITY! Did you know that, by reducing your body weight by 10%, you’d decrease your chance of a heart attack by 50%? Another large problem today is Type II Diabetes. Rest assured, these problems (along with many others) have a definite solution. Professional fitness trainers teach people to lose weight and keep it off by increasing lean muscle tissue to accelerate metabolism. Most, if not all, traditional diets and weight loss plans do just the opposite. By restricting calories, the body eats lean muscle and forces the metabolism into snail’s pace. Restrictive diets also leave the dieter cranky, tired and craving food. Only those with a will of steel can sustain the traditional diet. That’s why there’s a 98% failure rate. Not only will harsh diets slow your metabolism, they will also bring about a rebound effect. This rebound will make you even fatter than you were before you started dieting. When you rebound, not only do you put on more weight than you lost with the diet, your percentage of body fat will increase because your body cannibalized your muscles tissue as an energy source. Let’s use money for example. When you have a job with a weekly paycheck, you put away a little money each week for savings. The more savings that you acquire, the more you want. So you work harder to put money in savings. Your body will do the same thing, except it will do it each meal for survival.
Now, if you get laid off from work, your money is restricted. You have 2 choices: 1) Dive into your savings and keep living the same as when you were employed or 2) Cut out the non-essentials from your routine so you can live on your income without decreasing the savings you worked so hard for. Any intelligent person will opt for the latter option. So will your body. The body’s non-essentials are muscles. We have already learned that your metabolic rate is determined by the amount of muscle you carry. Every pound of muscle will burn approximately 75 calories per day. Now, imagine increasing the muscle by just 4 pounds. That’s an extra 9,000 calories per month. I am not sharing this information with you to “sell” a weight loss and fitness system, but to impress upon you that, with the right health and fitness program and a coach to hold you accountable, you can become a goalachieving machine. The weight will melt off and your firm, toned, healthy body will emerge.
About the Author: Vern Gauthier is co-owner of Fit For You Health Club in Traverse City, MI. Vern has over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry.
Drink Delicious Coffee, Brewed Just For You By Cara Nada Foodie culture, whether it is wine, micro-brews, or delicious local cuisine is something northern Michigan is becoming increasingly known for. The New York Times and other national publications have even caught on, writing some great articles about our local fare. While making your New Years resolutions to eat better and live healthier in 2011, you should consider some growing trends in the world of coffee culture. Specialty coffee is a huge market in larger cities- obviously Seattle, Chicago, New York City, Portland and San Francisco not far behind. These roasters and cafes have been producing such quality coffee they are scheduling tastings similar to wine tastings called cuppings. Coffee as part of foodie culture is something that is quickly growing in Traverse City too. One of the keys, not just with coffee, but also in all well made food, wine and beer is that smaller is better. A smaller quantity of something well made is much more satisfying than a trough of something mediocre. A smaller batch also makes consistency of quality easier to maintain. Smaller is better, and that’s the trend happening currently in foodie culture around the country and in our small northern Michigan town. So how can coffee be part of this culture, and how can smaller be better when chains keep telling us, bigger is better, and hey don’t forget your extra flavor, and whipped cream? Well, first off, if you’re trying to live healthier in 2011 and eat better, cut out the milk beverages. A perfectly made cappuccino is heaven, don’t get me wrong, but a perfectly crafted cup of coffee is much healthier if you’re counting calories. What is a perfectly crafted cup of coffee anyway? Well, just like a well made local wine or a micro-brew one of the key ingredients is that it needs to be made with knowledge, care and love. Well-sourced and roasted coffee is important too. Single origin coffees are from one place- for example not just Colombia, but a specific farm in Colombia. They’re lightly roasted to bring out the flavor of the origin instead of those smoky, chocolate flavors associated with darker roasts. Brewing method is another key factor. Ten years ago everyone was brewing massive quantities of coffee at a time and leaving it to sit on burners to stay warm. Diner coffee has its place, but if it is quality you’re after look for places that craft their coffee with love and brew it individually by the cup. These shops are doing quality coffee that can be compared to the wine or micro-brew you’ve had. They’re grinding your coffee to order, and brewing it right in front of your eyes. No coffee out of a giant brewer that has been sitting for countless hours! The best part- it shouldn’t take any longer than that mocha or cappuccino you’re used to waiting a few minutes for. The benefits of these single cup-brewing methods are that you’re getting some of the most delicious coffee available. Also, if brewed correctly, it will be so delicious you will not need to add cream or sugar, which is perfect for that New Years resolution!
Don’t expect these coffees to come in massive sizes though. Because it’s being ground and brewed for you, most places stick to sizes under 16 ounces. Some local Traverse City coffee shops featuring brewed to order coffees are Morsels, Cuppa Joe and Higher Grounds Trading Co. All feature more than one method of brewing. Check it out, and remember to try it without the cream and sugar. If done well, it’ll blow your mind!
A smaller quantity of something well made is much more satisfying than a trough of something mediocre.
Back in the 1970s, Tim Brick’s father planned to open a restaurant. He wanted to start his own business, and he had a passion for cooking. But Tim and his brother talked him out of it: they hated the idea of their father getting burnt out on his passion by turning it into a business. By Brandon Johnson This all happened during the 1973 oil crisis. The brothers saw an opportunity for their father and suggested he open a bike shop. “The price of gasoline went from twenty-five cents a gallon to a dollar a gallon pretty much overnight,” Tim explains. “There were all these hippies buying $100 ten-speeds.” Tim worked at Brick Wheels as a young man before leaving to play football and eventually coach at University of Montana. Later, when his father wanted a less active role at Brick Wheels, Tim came back to Traverse City to help out. Eventually, he bought the business from his father. What is really interesting is that the recent downturn of the economy means many of the same things that made Brick Wheels successful in the beginning are helping business today. “Commuting’s become more prevalent,” says Tim. “People have been moving in to town, buying bikes.” Also, with less money for travel, people are spending more locally for recreation. Before Tim took over, Brick Wheels would close every winter. By offering winter sports equipment- including skis, snowshoes and clothing- they are able to stay open year round. It was Tim’s expertise on winter sports equipment that prompted Timber Ridge Resort to invite him to open a trailside ski shop. This new location, called Brickenridge, opened December 7th and focuses on renting snowshoes and cross-country ski equipment. “Nordic skiing is an inexpensive thing for the whole family,” Tim says. “Northern Michigan is more suited for cross-country than downhill and there are less fees associated with it.” By offering a place to hang out and food, including soup and pizza, he hopes to make Nordic skiing more social. “Nordic can be a lonely, out there on a trail in the cold. We want to have a warm place where friends and family can get together afterward.” Opening a shop on location makes a lot of sense. Before, customers had to drive to the Brick Wheels, rent the equipment, load everything into the car, drive to the trail, gear up, ski, and then load back into the car. Oh yeah- don’t forget about driving back to return the equipment! Now, customers drive to the new ski shop, gear up and go. Brick Wheels has also started offering ski lessons. Tim is quite excited Nordic ski racer Eli Brown is on staff as an instructor. Eli was head ski coach at 18
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University of Utah, where he trained Nordic and downhill skiers, including eleven athletes who earned All-American honors . “He has such a contagious manner about him,” Tim says. “He’s a ski wax guru and knows just about everything about the sport.” One of Eli’s first duties was to give a training session to the coaches of Great Lakes Area Nordic ski teams, helping give them a competitive edge. Community involvement like this is typical of Brick Wheels. Go to their website and you’ll see– along with a live weather feed– a calendar full of public events. Tim personally advocates for the TART trail and has been integral to its success. This strong sense of community involvement and contribution is important to Tim- a way of saying “thank you” to the community that has supported Brick Wheels so faithfully over the years.
94 HOURS in peru
By Christine Krzyszton It was Sunday, the day I marked on the calendar as “Cancel Peru”. I needed to cancel my travel plans due to a series of recent events including selling my house, a two-week deadline to vacate, and numerous work obligations. Rather than “Cancel Peru”, I made a critical move- I booked my flight from Lima to Cusco, a key leg of my trip. Then, like a crazed fool, I booked my hotel rooms. I was now scheduled to leave in 36 hours on a trip I had planned on canceling. I scrambled to gather the most minimal belongings that would get me to Machu Picchu and back comfortably. I arrive in Peru and have one day in Lima so I take a city tour. Here is what I learned:
Peru is the fourth largest exporter of olive oil. No heavy rains in Lima only drizzle. There are over 2000 casinos in Lima. They have been battling with the Spanish forever. There are 30 meters of bones beneath the St. Francis Assisi church.
It’s dinner time. I was told that Guinea Pig is what they eat around here but I decide to go for the second most desired meat of the locals- alpaca. It arrived with sliced avocados, tomatoes, onions, small fried cheese cubes and some sort of sauce. It was delicious, tender, lean, lighter than beef, darker than pork, and much more juicy that either. I had a great day in the city and the next morning I flew off to Cusco, gateway to Machu Picchu. I secured a train ticket then spent the night at a guest house. The next morning I boarded the train and a few hours later I arrived at the sacred site. The first sight of Machu Picchu was very emotional. The enormity of the site set in for me but also a fear that I won’t be able to experience it fully in the short time I had (five hours).I listened politely to the guide but my mind was down at the base of the site with the llamas. I found it fascinating that each block was made from the granite of the mountain and how Hiram Bingham discovered the site in 1912 but after an hour of listening I had to excuse myself as I was torn between learning and experiencing. I knew I had to do the latter as I could not bear the thought of leaving without having moments of solace to take it all in. The rest of my time was spent climbing hundreds of granite steps, stopping occasionally to talk to a llama or just sit and gaze at the site. It was a perfect day, sun and then overcast, but still perfect. How lucky that I had one day and it was flawless. Time flew by but I was thankful I spent more time than most people do there. My flights back to the U.S. were non-eventful and all of the demands that nearly caused me to cancel my trip had been forgotten. I returned ready to face those challenges.
“Plan Another Trip.”
Next Sunday, I have marked on my calendar,
If you’d like to read the blog and see pictures of my whirlwind trip to Peru, go to: flyertalk.com/forum/trip-reports/760860-94-hours-peru.html
our guide to what’s happening in northern MI. Jaleel Shaw – Interlochen January 15th - 7:30pm If you have not been to a performance from Interlochen’s Jazz series, you are missing out on the North’s best kept secret for live jazz music.The next installment features Jallel Shaw playing an intimate show with the Student Jazz Ensemble. Shaw’s debut CD Perspective was released in June 2005 to rave reviews from Jazzwise Magazine and The New York Times. It was named one of the Top Five Debut CD's of 2005 by All About Jazz Magazine, Jazzwise Magazine, and the Jazz Journalist Association. In fall of 2005, Jaleel joined world renowned Roy Haynes' Quartet and recorded the Grammy Nominated CD Whereas with the group for the Dreyfus Label.
In the beginning of 2008, Jaleel launched his own record label - Changu Records. Under the label he released his second album, Optimism. It was also in 2008 that Jaleel was nominated as one of the Up and Coming Jazz Musicians of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association. Today, Jaleel continues to perform primarily with three groups - The Roy Haynes Quartet, Mingus Big Band, and his own quartet (sometimes quintet). For this special performance, he will be joined by the talented students of Interlochen for a show you will not want to miss.
Butch Thompson’s New Orleans Jazz Originals City Opera House January 22nd – 8pm In a career spanning over 40 years, Grammy Awardwinning pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson has a well earned reputation as a master of classic jazz and ragtime. He is widely known for his twelve years as pianist for National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and continues to appear on the show as a frequent guest. The New Orleans Jazz Originals is a carefully assembled all-star lineup chosen from today’s top players steeped in the language of jazz. They perform a variety of marches, blues, stomps, rags and gospel music - a cross section that reflects its leader’s lifelong dedication to the New Orleans Jazz tradition. You’ll be dancing in the aisles to this toe-tapping, foot-stomping band! 20
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our guide to what’s happening in northern MI. Ruthie Foster InsideOut Gallery January 23rd – 7pm Ruthie Foster has Southern blues in her groove. She has rock in her rhythm. Her voice is a blend of gospel redemption, country poetry and jazz elegance. Not until The Truth According to Ruthie Foster have all they come together so powerfully. For this album, the heat of soul music burns at its core. That’s what drew her to Memphis, where she set up shop in the legendary Ardent Studios with a stunning assemblage of musicians. Symbolically, Ruthie began working on this album the very day of Isaac Hayes’ funeral with many of the same musicians that Isaac Hayes often used. Once there, they began working to convey the energy of Ruthie’s performances, cutting almost everything live, going for feeling above all else and making their own kind of history. “Ruthie’s drawn comparisons to Ella and Aretha, but musically neither is really close,” observed the Philadelphia City Paper in one rave review. “What she does have in common with Fitzgerald and Franklin is the irresistible blaze. It’s impossible to look away, even close the eyes, for one second.” InsideOut Gallery has a Blues and BBQ special for Ruthie Foster’s January 23rd show and the incomparable Eric Bibb on January 25th. You get a reserved ticket for Foster and Bibb, a $10 gift certificate to a future show, and $10 worth of BBQ to be served at both the Foster and Bibb shows all for $50 – a $100 value. Call InsideOut Gallery at 929.3254 for this amazing package.
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Pop (or Beer) Quiz By Amy Shamroe It’s January. The holidays are over and so is the whirlwind of activities that accompany them. Finally some quiet time. That notion doesn’t last too long before cabin fever and boredom set in. Unless you are a hardcore enthusiast, winter sports only offer so much entertainment. If your idea of a good time in winter leans more towards the indoor heated variety (perhaps with an adult beverage), you should check out one of the many trivia nights in the area. I have to confess that I am a trivia junkie. My brother and I have an over decade long rivalry with old school Trivial Pursuit. Currently, I am ahead by one game, but who’s counting. When Trivia Nights started springing up all over town, I had to check them out. First, let me say you don’t have to be a quiz show genius to play and have a good time at any of these Trivia Nights. Depending on the night and the style of play, the cast of characters ranges from competitive regulars to curious newbie’s. The trivia community is an entertaining group of people. There are so many great groups who come out to these nightsthe group everyone loves to hate at Dillinger’s on Thursdays, the one man “team” who quietly sneaks up on larger teams around town, or the winningest Losers you will ever meet. That’s the thing though- you really have to meet these people and experience it for yourself. Regardless of style and presentation of the trivia, the friendliness of the crowds and enthusiasm of the hosts has been pretty consistent where ever I go. So, here is a run down of the different offerings and locations for you to find one that suits your taste and schedule.
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This trivia is divided into two halves, three rounds per half. Each round has three categories and three point values you can wager, only using each point value once. The categories can range from Sports to World Leaders. You can register your team to be in the Team Trivia League. Every couple months point leaders play teams from all over the state for cash prizes. Just because you play, it does not mean you have to register your team. You’re always welcome to stop in and you’ll still be eligible for the weekly prizes. Prizes of gift certificates to the host bar are award weekly to the top three teams. Mondays: 8pm, Kilkenney’s, Traverse City Tuesdays: 6:30pm, Village Inn Tavern, Suttons Bay Wednesdays: 7pm, Leelanau Sands Casino- Elements Lounge, Peshawbestown Thursdays: 7pm, Turtle Creek Casino- Level 3 Club, Williamsburg 8pm, Stubb’s Sweetwater Grill, Northport
Right Brain Trivia
Right Brain Brewery takes a different approach to trivia. Instead of one question at a time type challenges, the format here is a paper round per group. Players are given a 15-20 minute window to work through a sheet of seven to ten questions on average. This season Right Brain has had regular teams and people from the community take turns hosting the weekly event. One round might be general trivia, another book or movies quotes, once - when owners Russ and Bronwyn hosted- there was an entire round devoted to Queen. Most weeks there are three to four paper rounds and a music round. Right Brain awards one weekly prize of a $25 gift certificate to Right Brain... and, of course, bragging rights, which have a currency all their own there. Tuesdays: 8pm, Right Brain Brewery (Word of warning- teams are limited to six people)
My Trivia Live
My Trivia Live is a similar format to Team Trivia, but is statewide. Each game is also divided in to two halves with three rounds. With My Trivia Live there are fun games for teams to catch up with points and prizes awarded throughout the game as well. Teams can register to be part of the My Trivia Live League, which has the top points earners play other teams from the Northern Michigan Region for cash and tons of prizes. Registering your team is not a requirement to play or win here either. Prizes of gift certificates to the host bar are award weekly to the top three teams. Wednesday: 7pm, Sail Inn, Traverse City 8pm, Bayview Inn, Acme Thursday: 7pm, Dillinger’s, Traverse City
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The Essential Wear
By Hannah Burdek
The New Year is upon us and so is the season of self-improvement. Time to look into your closet and rid yourself of clothes you never wore in 2010. Invest in these key wardrobe pieces now and your closet will have style that lasts longer than your New Years resolutions.
Now a few tips for him, her, and all: For All:
Classic dark jeans: You’ll need a pair of good classic dark jeans in your closet because it’s too cold to go sans pants at least eight months out of the year here in northern Michigan. Dark wash jeans without any distressed details, embellishments, or fading can be worn almost anywhere, anytime. They can be dressed up or down, and provide a more polished look than other types of jeans.
DON’T: Lie to yourself about your size. Jeans that are too
tight make the skinniest of people look bad. Going up a size might make you feel fat, but it is only you that will think it. Proper fitting, great jeans will make you look amazing. Avoid the opposite end of the spectrum though. Wearing jeans that are too large and give you the illusion of a saggy bottom. Jeans should skim your body.
DON’T: Buy the cheapest pair of jeans you can find. Quality matters when buying clothes you will wear constantly.
DO: Find the right cut for your body type. Skinny jeans do not look fantastic on everyone.
DO: Use the “cost to wear” rule. If a pair of jeans costs $100,
and you plan to wear them twice a week for one year, the cost per a wear would be around a dollar. If the cost per a wear is a reasonable amount, then you know that it’s worth the investment. Classic white button shirt: Go ahead and play with details that stray from the classic white button down, but this shirt will never go out of style- period. Experiment with different ways to wear this staple piece. It’s an almost foolproof way to get creative with your wardrobe.
DON’T: Buy the cheapest pair of jeans you can find. Quality matters when buying clothes you will wear constantly.
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for 2011 For Her:
Pencil skirt: This iconic piece of clothing accentuates the female figure no matter what. Bottom line: it’s classy and hot.
DO: Choose a fabric that you can wear in all seasons. DO: Wear it out on the town with a tank and statement jewelry.
Black, leather, closed- toed pumps: Every woman needs a pair of these. You can wear them to work; you can wear them to play. They are timeless, sexy and sophisticated. Do yourself a favor and invest in a high quality pair. They will save your feet from a lot of pain and will last much longer than cheap shoes.
DO: Learn how to walk in heels if you don’t know how
already. Clunking around like you have two bricks on your feet will instantly kill any style credit you gained when you slipped the shoes on. A good structured handbag: Every woman needs a go-to purse that matches everything. A bag with structure will easily go from day to night.
DO: Choose a neutral color for all occasions. For Him:
Classic cotton dress pants: Dress them up for work with a button down and a tie or dress them down with a casual sweater. Always a good choice.
Pay attention to quality. You want to look respectable, not cheap. Black, leather casual dress shoes: Men, it’s so important that you own a pair of these. Wearing running shoes on your day off will not earn you points with the ladies or help you earn style credit. High school boys wear sneakers; men wear casual dress shoes.
Wear your casual dress shoes with your dark jeans and a button down shirt. Women like it. Timepiece: Men, you instantly look classier when you put on a nice watch. Invest in a good one and you’ll thank us in the long run.
Choose a watch that reflects your personality. Women will read into the details.
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Homebrews we LIKE Centennial Blonde
As a service to you our readers, NM3 will occasionally print homebrew recipes we like. This months recipe provided by Kevin Mattie, also known as BierMuncher, first shared at homebrewtalk.com. Kevin Mattie describes his popular Centennial Blonde as, "what a local craft brewery might come out of the gates with to win over a new market. Very drinkable with wide appeal. I've yet to have anyone, even the regular Bud/Miller/Coors drinkers not say it's one of the best beers they've tastedâ€Śperiod." All Grain Version Beer Style: Blonde Ale Batch Size: 5.5 gallons Original Gravity: 1.040 Final Gravity: 1.008 Bitterness: 21.5 IBU Boiling Time: 60 Minutes Color: 3.9 SRM Alcohol: 4.2% ABV Ingredients 7.00 lbs. Pale Malt (2 Row) US 0.75 lb. Cara-Pils/Dextrine 0.50 lb. Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L 0.50 lb. Vienna Malt 0.25 oz. Centennial (9.50%) boil for 55 min 0.25 oz. Centennial (9.50%) boil for 35 min 0.25 oz. Cascade (7.80%) boil for 20 min 0.25 oz. Cascade (7.80%) boil for 5 min Danstar Nottingham Ale Yeast Directions Mash at 150 degrees for 60 minutes. Sparge with 175F water to create enough wort to reach 5.5 gallons after the boil. Boil and add hops according to the schedule above. Chill to 68 degrees and pitch the yeast. Fermentation Ferment at 68 Degrees for 10 days before bottling. If you have a favorite homebrew recipe worth sharing, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Magazine readership has grown over the past five years. (Source: MRI)
Magazines and magazine ads garner the most attention: BIGresearch studies show that when consumers read magazines they are much less likely to engage with other media or to take part in non-media activities compared to the users of TV, radio or the Internet. (Source:
BIGresearch Simultaneous Media Usage Study)
Magazine readership in the 18 to 34 segment is growing. (Source: MRI)
4 out of 5 adults read magazines.
Magazines deliver more or Web in half-hour
ad impressions than TV period.
(Source: McPheters & Company)
Since Facebook was
STILL doubting the power of print?
founded, magazines gained more than one million young adult readers. (Source: MRI) Average paid subscriptions reached nearly 300 million in 2009.
(Source: MPA estimates based on ABC first and second half 2009 data)
Magazines are the No. 1 medium of engagement â€“ across all dimensions measured. Simmons' Multi-Media Engagement Study find magazines continue to score significantly higher than TV or the Internet in ad receptivity and all of the other engagement dimensions, including "trustworthy" and "inspirational." (Source: Simmons
Multi-Media Engagement Study)
Magazines outperform other media in driving positive shifts in purchase consideration/ intent. (Source: Dynamic
Cars We Like
Daily Driver: 1930 Ford Model A Sedan
“The Model A
was and is a workhorse of a car.”
By Brett Gourdie Now that the snow is a few feet deep and the wind is whipping, picture driving a car around northern Michigan that was the latest and greatest at the start of the Great Depression. Think of those early “everyday” motorists- no heat, let alone radio. No all wheel drive with the modern comforts back then. Jonathan Klinger, PR Coordinator for Hagerty Insurance here in Traverse City is reliving those days by driving a 1930 Ford Model A Sedan as his daily driver for a year. Klingler is no novice to the world of antique autos having grown up in a Ford family. With the combination of a mechanical mind and an interest in automotive history, he recently finished restoring a 1919 Model T Ford pick-up. The idea is to drive the Model A as his only vehicle- and drive it he does. Klingler recently drove almost 1000 miles to visit his family for Thanksgiving. As we sat to discuss his adventure, he was planning his second 1000 mile ride home for Christmas. “Just goes to show you, these cars can be used as an every day driver,” says Klingler. We forget with over five million Model A’s manufactured, they were meant to be driven. The Model A was, and is, a workhorse of a car. Of course, they take a bit more maintenance and tinkering than a modern car, but they are also much easier to work on, no fancy computer analysis equipment needed here. We took a quick spin around town just after a big storm in mid December. It’s an interesting mix of looks and gawks from the other motorist and passers by on the streets. “As I drove by some modern all wheel drive cars in the ditch on Peninsula Drive during the big storm, I realized sometimes we tend to drive too fast, especially in bad weather,” Klingler adds. “The Model A just purrs down the road at a nice constant speed.” We’ll be checking in with Jonathon and his trusty Model A a few times over the next year. When you see him on the road, wave hello and be reminded of how it was done about 80 years ago.
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