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Gone fi shing with the grandkids The Oden State Fish Hatchery near Alanson gives young and old alike the chance to watch and learn about the fish that live in our area. More than a mile of trail loops through the property, which incorporates a creek, historical train car, ponds, the hatchery and the Michigan Fisheries Visitors Center. Free guided tours of the hatchery are given daily at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., leaving from the gazebo next to the hatchery; call ahead to check this schedule. Hatchery manager Ed Eisch said the tours show the buildings and production area, as well as the outdoor grow-out raceways. Near the welcome center is a train car that features two displays — one on the roles of fish production in watershed management over time, and the other is an exact replica of a Wolverine fish-hauling car. The Wolverine cars were used to haul fingerling fish throughout the state during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Linking the welcome center and hatchery are trails. Eisch said the crown jewel is the stream section viewing chamber. Through two of the five walls it’s possible to see into a trout stream to watch the inner workings

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of the stream and the fish in their natural state. Shortly down the path is another kids’ favorite, Little A-Pond. A nearby food dispenser — which accepts dimes — allows for feeding the fish. The hatchery’s address is 8258 S. Ayr Road, Alanson. The welcome center is located on U.S. 31, about one mile north of the U.S. 31 and North Conway Road intersection. Hours for the visitors center are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sundays through Labor Day; after Labor Day they are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sundays through October. For more information, call (231) 348-0998.

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“Unforgettable” Born March 17, 1917, in Alabama, Cole grew up in Chicago where he sang and played the organ in church. He began to play Los Angeles jazz clubs in 1937, after traveling the country as part of a musical revue. He began to focus as a solo singer in the early 1940s, recording hits such as “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” and “Route 66.” Successes in the 1950s include “Too Young,” “A Blossom Fell” and, of course, “Unforgettable.”

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The setting is 1927, and Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) are a powerful on-screen romantic pair. As silent films fall aside in favor of talking pictures, Lamont’s voice become an issue. Kathy Selden, a chorus girl that Lockwood had met and is currently pursuing, has the voice that Lamont lacks. What’s so seamless on-screen is rough behind the scenes, as Lamont works to win over Lockwood and retain her fame and fortune. The film was nominated for two Oscars — Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Jean Hagen (Lamont) and Best Music and Scoring of a Musical Picture — and won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Musical/Comedy for Donald O’Connor.

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Cro’ Nest, Belvedere Club


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lear skies and pristine waters have made Northern Michigan a city-dwellers’ haven for years. Lake Charlevoix, Little Traverse Bay and Walloon Lake are three of the most cited backdrops for those who grew up coming up north. Memories, some clear as yesterday and others slightly fogged by time, link the present day to days gone by.

Frolic, was always busy cruising the waters of Lake Charlevoix, Round Belvedere memories Lake and Lake Michigan. Since before he can remember, When the moon was full, Ware’s Ralph C. “Mike” Ware has spent at father could often be coaxed by his least one month of every summer children and their friends to take a at the cottage his grandfather built moonlight sail, “up the path of the in The Belvedere Club. moon on Lake Charlevoix,” Ware “I take my nap in the same spot recalled. my father took his nap, and the “I learned to sail and polish brass same spot his father took his nap,” and mop decks, and all those things he said, pointing to a window seat that meant sailing,” he said. in the front room of the home. When the sailing was slow, they Photos of family members and would drop a line and troll. Fish historical postcards of the area dot they caught would be the next the wooden walls of the cottage, night’s dinner. built in 1885. Its name is Cro’ Nest, Ware also has fond memories of taken from the highest point of a watching trotters race a course on a ship. It stands on the highest point nearby farmer’s land. He’d lean over of the club, and before later devel- the fence to get a better look. opments, had an unobstructed view “I just was intrigued to stand of the water. there and watch the trotters come Ware’s first memory of the cot- by,” he said. tage was actually of a trip there It was around this time period aboard the steamer Manitou, when that an ice wagon would come by he was about 3 years old. The family bearing its 50-pound blocks for ice generally drove to Charlevoix from boxes. The ice was chipped from their home in Oak Park, Ill., but that Lake Charlevoix, and stored in an year they opted to travel via ship. old sugar beet plant under piles of Ware, 85, now lives in Texas. He sawdust. Ware recollected how it noted that sailing was among the was a treat to get a sliver of ice from favorite activities, and their boat, the block.

Ralph C. ”Mike” Ware

No summer trip would be complete without heading to Fessenden’s Drug Store downtown for a Jeff. The treat combined three scoops of vanilla ice cream, three squirts of a special chocolate sauce and three spoonfuls of marshmallow sauce, all hand-stirred together with a wooden spoon. “It was very expensive. I think it cost 30 cents, whereas in those days a malted was 20, a shake was 15 and a chocolate soda was 10 ... The girls hated to see you order one because that meant they had to work,” Ware said with a laugh. On the shores of Walloon Hardly a vacation day went by when sisters Cindy Young and Martha Coscina weren’t playing in, on or around Walloon Lake. “No matter how long we stayed, I was never ready to go,” Young said. Added Coscina, “Every time we would leave I would cry ... Even as an adult, I would have tears in my eyes.” As sad as the departures were, the arrivals were many times more exciting for the family of six, who first traveled up north from Cleveland and later the Detroit area. 

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Cindy Young (left) and Martha Coscina at their childhood cottage, We-Neda-Rest.


The anticipation would rise from where the pine trees grew thick near West Branch to the turn onto U.S. 131 outside Elmira. When they would get to the cottage, named We-Neda-Rest, standing at the door would be their grandmother, Magdalena Beck Taylor. The family history on Walloon Lake stretches back to the late 1890s, when Coscina and Young’s great-grandparents vacationed here with their separate families across the lake; their great-grandparents met at Walloon. There were two sorts of days up north — sunny and rainy. Childhood sunny days were spent on the boat or putting on pageants, decorating the canoe as a stage and parading around, Coscina, now 66, recalled. Young, now 60, noted of the weekly sailing races of the 17 sailboats, “We loved to get in our wooden Criss-Craft and follow the race.” They would also walk the old trail to the foot, where the village now stands, and get an ice cream with homemade hot fudge sauce from Renwick’s General Store. Rainy days were marked by reading books, rearranging furniture to make forts and board games — Uncle Wiggily, Scrabble and Monopoly were favorites. When they were older, days were passed sunning on the roof of the boathouse — aided by baby oil and iodine — or traveling the lake in their grandmother’s Criss-Craft, Hoosier. As luck would have it, the boat was found for sale in Kalkaska a few years ago, and the sis-

McGee cottage, Bay View

ters pitched in to bring it back into McGee’s life since she was about 4 years old. Her family rented for the family. Both sisters now live full-time a couple years before her father in the area — Young for 22 years, found the spot just right for them. Coscina for five. Their cousin owns While her father would travel their childhood cottage, and their back and forth, she, her mother mom, Miriam Taylor Hyde, spends and four sisters — Georgia, Patriher summers a few homes down cia, Pauline and Marion — would spend eight weeks in the Northfrom it. “Something draws people back ern air. “My grades always went down here,” Young said. “It’s like coming home,” Coscina around summertime because I noted. “ ... I’ve never looked back, was so excited to get back here. never regretted the move. Can’t And we all felt that way,” noted imagine spending the rest of my life McGee, now 72. Morning and afternoon sesanyplace else.” sions with the Boys and Girls Club occupied most of their waking Bay View visions The trip to Bay View from Flint hours, learning to swim and sail, was close quarters in the Shambes playing tennis or hiking through family. the Bay View woods. “I remember feeling that I was “I think the first memory I have is getting into my father’s Buick growing up, even though I was 4 ... and coming north with a trunk years old, because I went to club that soon followed with all of our before I went to school,” McGee clothes,” recalled Sophie McGee, noted. “ ... All of us, when we got née Shambes. “ ... There were older, became counselors.” The family embraced the Chauseven of us — can you imagine? — getting into that car. Three in the tauqua tenants of education, culfront, four in the back.” ture, recreation and religion — Bay View was a constant in “We were Greek Orthodox, but in

the summer, we were Methodists,” McGee said. The arts and education also were important to her father, and she noted that each of the sisters took one music class. Her study was voice, and she was one of a group of teens that planned and performed the first variety “barn show” and the next year, the play “Arsenic and Old Lace.” As she grew older, she and friends would head to Petoskey. Their transport was Clemmie, a woman who would drive an old Woodie station wagon to and from the resort and town. “(We would) go to a movie, and there was a place in town called The Popcorn King to get our goodies,” McGee said. Her history in Bay View is set to the backdrop of the Victorian front porches where she would spend much of her time. But when it comes to the childhood cottage itself, she noted the attic was one of her favorite spots. “It was quiet up there, and there was a collection that was left there (by the previous owners) of old St. Nicholas magazines, and I loved looking at them. They were almost old art deco. There was a porch I could go out on, and it was a place almost no one (else) would go. I could practice my singing,” she said. McGee and her husband, Patrick, spend winters in Key West, Fla., and summers in their own cottage. The childhood respite is now owned by her sister. “I think the happiest years of my life were growing up here,” she said. “ ... I would come back (from the car) and hug the cottage. I would run up, put my arms around it, and come back and say ‘I was the last person to touch the cottage.’” GL GOODlife 15



Luckily, I had a friend who suggested I get involved with volunteering.


ife could be lonely and depressing, especially if you live alone. When I first moved to the area in 1992, it was my first time living alone. After my children helped me move into my new apartment, I sat there and thought, “Here I am with the four walls.” Luckily, I had a friend who suggested I get involved with volunteering. That was my life saver. hearing screening, and social work I’d be lost without it. assistance. Homemaker services are Volunteering is the thing that reoffered as well. ally makes me feel happy and useful. When I walk in the door, be it for I work through RSVP, Retired and one of the activities or to lend my Senior Volunteer Programs. I’ve services for foot care, I’m greeted been the foot care receptionist for with smiles and often hugs — some15 years at the Friendship Center in monthly Bible study group. Our se- times, even a “We love you, Maggie!” Petoskey. nior group, the Elderberries, meet Mealtime is another favorite way I also work at other stations, such monthly in each other’s homes for for me to connect with people. as the Little Traverse Conservancy potluck dinners and take trips, such A large group comes every week to work on mailing, blood drives as our next one to Meijer Gardens for the noon meal. Not only is the and where I’m called. As a retired in Grand Rapids. I also enjoy my food good and nourishing, but eatschool teacher, I’ve also enjoyed book club, Michigan Association of ing with a group of friends is upliftparticipating in the Junior Achieve- Retired School Personnel and Bay ing. It’s the being with people that ment program, assisting in some View Panhellenic meetings. means so much. (Besides that, the kindergartens, reading stories to I’ve heard many people say how view from the dining room is specchildren and tutoring. they wish their mother would get tacular.) Lending my hands on projects out instead of sitting at home, alone In other words, my message is, has given me a social outlet. Foot and depressed. In addition to vol- get out into the world rather than care clients have become friends to unteering, I’ve found a social outlet sit at home alone. Try volunteering, me because I’ve known then for so through the Friendship Center and or join others in using the services long. It feels good being useful and I its many services and activities. and activities of our Friendship enjoy the camaraderie. For fitness programs, there’s yoga, Center. Since I first moved here perma- stretching and strengthening classI have no family here, but I have nently in 1992, I have come to live a es, arthritis exercise programs, out- so many friends. This is where I bebusy and fulfilled life because of the door hiking, water fitness, bowling long. fact that I participate in many activi- and golf. Health services are offered, ties in addition to volunteering, such too — from foot care to massage Maggie Frederick is a Petoskey resident. She has lived as church-related functions like our therapy, blood pressure monitoring, in the area since 1992.

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in 1959. An additional building was erected in 1985. Young’s eccentric and whimsieathervane Terrace Inn cal vision is evidenced outside and and Suites sits at the cusp of down- in, with detailed stonework and a town Charlevoix, and at the cusp natural influence. of what the city has to offer. In the lobby, salvaged wooden Just north of downtown, the ceiling beams point to the large hotel provides easy access to shop- stone fireplace that is actually a ping, entertainment and the water. map of the area. The majority of the “You have Round Lake and Pine wall is covered in vertical shards of River out the front door, and Lake black slate from Wisconsin, which Michigan sunsets out the back symbolizes water. The slate above door,” said general manager Tom the fireplace opening is Lake MichPfeifle. igan, and that which directly surThe hotel is the largest com- rounds the opening is Round Lake. mercial structure built by the late Two white extensions jut into famed Charlevoix architect Earl Lake Michigan, symbolizing the Young. The lobby was constructed two piers of the Pine River Chanin 1956, with the remainder built nel. A large white rock to the right



of the channel is Beaver Island, while to the left white rock clusters form Fisherman’s Island, North and South Fox islands, and across the lobby at a computer desk, the Manitous by Traverse City. Various other stones, including red ones gathered by Young on a trip to Canada, form downtown Charlevoix. The breakfast room features another signature Young fireplace, framed by a fragmented Onaway stone he stored in Lake Michigan before placing it at the hotel. Another touch of Young’s are the towers that house spiral staircases, allowing for an alternate upper level access to the elevators. The buildings form a perimeter

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around the parking lot, which Pfeifle said gives the property a feeling of privacy. Its 67 rooms are accessible by exterior corridors off the parking lot. Each room features a speciallydesigned mattress by Sealy, dubbed the “Weathervane Wonder Bed.” “We wanted something that was not too hard but supplied support for the back,” Pfeifle explained. Accessible to guests is the pool, with depths from 3 to 10 feet, and the Spa Tower. Housed on the third level of one of the towers. Windows give a two-thirds panoramic view that can be seen from the hot tub. More than half the rooms afford a view of the water, and the just off the back building is a staircase with

access to a secluded beach on Lake Michigan. “If you want to walk for miles and feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, this is the place,” Pfeifle said. Out the front entrance and across the bridge is the downtown area. Pfeifle added that its proximity means many people park their car and don’t use it again until they leave. “People love the ambiance and the shopping and dining options, all within three blocks,” he noted. Weathervane Terrace Inn and Suites is located at 111 Pine River Lane in Charlevoix. For more information, call (231) 547-9955 or (800) 552-0025, or visit www. GL

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Collect & enjoy Man shows you’re never too old to play

By Maggie Peterson. Photos by G. Randall Goss


hose who want to see Doug Handwerk’s collection are given a warning first. Allow yourself at least an hour. And he’s not joking. Lining the walls, filling tables and bookshelves, and hanging from display racks in his Walloon Lake basement are just a portion of his die cast toy vehicles. He’s never counted them, but odds are he would have lost track long ago — his best estimate is around 15,000 pieces. “These are collector toys — 99 percent of this collection is made for collectors like me,” he noted. Handwerk, 57, began collecting at age 6. His first die cast pieces can still be found in his collection — three original Matchbox Euclid quarry trucks in a bright greenyellow. His interests vary from choppers to heavy equipment, modern farm tractors to hot rods. And four-wheel drive cabs to airplanes. And then there’s railroads, sprint cars and dirt late models, dirt modified and dirt sprint cars, and East Coast modifieds. “(Die casts are) really super detailed, realistic looking. Everything you see in the collection is what I would have in real life,” Handwerk 28 YOUR LIFE UP NORTH

Doug Handwerk , by a small portion of his die cast collection.

said, later adding, “People have no ing a good fifth of the space is a idea what (the vehicles are) used model railroad — actually, the for unless you tell them ... I do a basement was designed around lot of research on that stuff. I have the railroad and collection. all kinds of books in my library.” For every Christmas of He in part credits growing Handwerk’s childhood, he would up in Nazareth, Penn., for his receive three or four pieces from interests. It’s the hometown of his dad to add to the Lionel train car racing’s Andretti family, and set. Since then, he grew into fullthere were four cement plants scale and H.O. scale models. and two Mack truck assembly “I model present time, withplants within miles of his child- in the past 15 years. Most of hood home. these will fit in that time period,” “If you grew up in Pennsylvania, Handwerk noted. you loved dirt racing,” he said. He prides himself in miniHandwerk spent about 15 years scenes, such as a group of friends running sprint cars. Trophies are four-wheeling in the mountains lined up on the floor, mixing with and wildlife roaming among the the collection. trees. He even spent up to 20 On the other side of the base- hours building one of the model ment from the trophies, consum- trains on the tracks.


Building models went hand-in-hand with collecting. Handwerk estimated he started building models at the age of 7 or 8. But his specialty is building trailers and special-use heavy trucks, including mini-trailers, log-hauling trailers, live bottom asphalt trailers and Michigan tank trains for trucks. He crafts the pieces using sheet styrene and mini-scale plastic structures. He also handcrafts custom slot cars with his brothers

and friends. Amid the thousands of models in the collection, Handwerk said it was hard to pick a favorite. “I like the little ones as much as the big ones. That’s why they’re here,” he noted. For those interested in starting their own collection, he had a couple points of advice. “One rare piece adds to the entire collection,” he said. “Buy what you like. Don’t buy the cheap stuff. Buy top of the line, and it’s worth it.”

Resources Doug Handwerk generally doesn’t use a computer in his ongoing quest for collection pieces, even though eBay is a popular site. Instead, he uses his connections and a variety of catalogs, as well as hobby shops. Some of the catalogs he most often uses are: — Ertl Company — DCP (Die Cast Promotions) — Chuck Sword Models — Georgia Marketing Company

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Little Traverse Conservancy needs your help By Maggie Peterson. Photos by G. Randall Goss


ittle Traverse Conservancy larly, Mom said. protects acres of land spanning At minimum, the person is asked five counties, and relies heavily to visit the preserve twice a year and on the hands of volunteers to keep submit reports to the conservancy. them in tip-top order. The monitor is watching for the Stewardship specialist Cindy condition of the parking area along Mom said there are three main vol- with signs, markers and structures, unteer positions used by the orga- and anything unusual. It’s also ennization’s stewardship department couraged to do minor maintenance, — preserve monitor, trail steward such as pick up garbage or litter, and project volunteer. and twigs. “(It’s) ideal if they can walk the preserve boundaries to make sure Preserve monitor Preserve monitors ideally live nothing’s damaging the preserve near their preserve and visit regu- from neighboring land,” Mom said. 32 YOUR LIFE UP NORTH

The only minimum requirements is that the monitor be able to get to the preserve and walk around; this is not a drive-by volunteer position. Trail steward Of the three volunteer positions, trail steward is probably the most physical, Mom noted. The role of the steward is to help with trail maintenance, which includes monitoring the trail, picking up large twigs and branches that are in the path, cutting back vegetation and clearing trees if they fall on the trail. They also serve to notify the conservancy about other maintenance issues. She added it’s most important after big storms, which tend to cause broken limbs and trees. Ideally, Mom said the steward will hike the trails regularly, be skilled at using a chain saw and willing to do trail maintenance. This is often convenient for people who live near a trail and can access the preserve once a week.

An annual report about the work done and the steward’s findings is requested once a year. Project volunteer Project volunteers lend their hands on special work days scheduled through the conservancy. The work could include cleanup of preserves, picking up trash, and building boardwalks and trail systems. Mom noted that work is generally very physical. While some opportunities are broadcast to the general public, other times she sends out a call for volunteers that are only in her database, based on interest, resources or geographic area. She added that special work days are a way to volunteer without making the

time commitment of trail steward or preserve monitor, as the special work days are generally three to six hours. Those interested in volunteering will fill out a questionnaire about their interests, skills and resources, such as a chain saw, boat or pickup truck. The form is available via downloadable PDF on the conservancy’s website, The information will go into the database. Communication is generally done via e-mail, and ideally volunteers will have Internet access and be comfortable communicating in that way, Mom noted. For more information and current openings, email or call (231) 344-1011. GL

Little Traverse Conservancy is hosting these stewardship work days in the coming months. They are open to the public.

Thursday, July 8 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Adolph & Margaret Gauthier Preserve This preserve features 38 acres on the western outskirts of Cheboygan, near Lake Huron, the Cheboygan marsh and the Little Black River. The work will feature a fair bit of junk cleanup to make it a better home for wildlife.

Tuesday, July 20 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Kalman Preserve The work on this Harbor Springs preserve will focus on ridding the property of undesirable, invasive, exotic plants such as yellow flag iris, purple loosestrife, spotted knapweed and shrub honeysuckles. This will help allow the high quality and diverse native plants to thrive.

Wednesday, Aug. 18 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Birge Preserve A two-mile loop of trail was built in 2008 on this Les Cheneaux-area preserve. The work on this day will be centered around building several sections of boardwalk for installation over wet spots of trail.

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Deter. Detect. Defend. Learn to protect yourself from identity theft By Maggie Peterson


dentity theft can be devastating. of the contents of the garbage. Expanding awareness and in“The first thing I tell people is to creased vigilance can make the buy a shredder,” he noted. “ ... Once difference. your trash goes out to the street, it’s Lt. Randy Weston with the available to everybody.” Petoskey Department of Public The same goes for the mailbox. Safety is a digital evidence techni- There is a vast amount of personal cian who investigates fraud and information that’s delivered, from gives presentations about identity bills to bank statements or pre-aptheft in the area. proved credit card mailings. He said there are three steps to “It’s very lucrative. Somebody avoiding identity theft — deter, de- with a home computer or a laptect and defend. top computer and a whole bunch of credit card numbers can make DETER a whole lot of money in a short In this first step, Weston said it’s amount of time,” Weston said. all about protecting personal inforWallet contents also need attenmation — such as name, address, tion, he noted. For example, Social phone number, driver’s license Security cards are not necessary to number, Social Security number carry along all the time, and the and tax records. same goes for putting a PIN numFor example, when public safety ber alongside or even scratched on is called about a littering complaint, a debit card. Weston said nine times out 10 he’s Weston added that phishing is able to identify the source because one area where he finds seniors 34 YOUR LIFE UP NORTH

are especially susceptible. Generally done via computer, the Federal Trade Commission defines phishing as “a scam where Internet fraudsters send spam or pop-up messages to lure personal and financial information from unsuspecting victims.” “They are targets by people that will pose as legitimate businesses, and it’s phishing. They’ll use phones, e-mails, direct mailings, to get information,” Weston noted. He said to never share personal information over the phone, through the mail or via the Internet; rather, go in person to the bank or business to handle account matters. DETECT Routinely watching financial and billing statements is one way to be vigilant for identity theft, Weston noted. Signs of theft could be mail or

Weston said when it comes to

bills not arriving when expected, unexpected statements, or denials of credit for no apparent reason. Another signal is communication about purchases you didn’t make. He added, “Any accounts that you have that may be inactive, you may want to think about closing them to limit your exposure.” Weston suggested adding theft protection to credit cards so if a suspicious purchase is made, the company will call you about it. He said this method of monitoring is more immediate than waiting for a statement. “They are going to have your credit card maxed out way before those 30 days are up,” he noted. Requesting an annual credit report is another way to keep an eye on accounts and history of bill payments. DEFEND “If you are the victim of identity theft or fraud, the first thing you need to do is go to your local public safety department and file a complaint,” Weston said. The next step is to close the accounts affected and notify the security departments and/or fraud divisions of the accounts. Then, report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission via or by calling (877) ID-THEFT; an identity theft affidavit may be required. Paperwork filed with local law enforcement will be important for the affidavit and filing these complaints. Weston said it’s crucial to keep copies and documentation of individual accounts, especially when it comes to defending your credit. “The hard part isn’t getting your accounts straightened up. The hard part is getting your credit report repaired,” he noted. With documents, it’s possible to say “I was the victim of identity theft and here is the documentation.”

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Credit reports There are three nationwide consumer reporting companies for credit reports — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Ordering a copy of your report every year allows you to monitor your credit. For a free annual report, visit, call (877) 322-8228 or download a form from and mail it to Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, Ga. 30348-5281.

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In addition to phishing, there are a host of scams designed to take your money. There are the Nigerian scams (i.e. the king of Nigeria wants to share his inheritance with you, or you have won money through a sweepstakes), and a similar ones coming out of Canada, Weston noted. There’s also one circulating that comes from an e-mail in your contact list, saying that the person is stuck overseas and needs a certain amount of money to get home. Weston said he’s been told by someone who received this that the person called the friend and found out they were sitting at home. Weston said when it comes to forwarded messages, your best friend is the delete button. This is because sometimes, the forwards are tracked and e-mail addresses are garnered from them. “If you forward e-mails, not only are you forwarding your e-mail, you’re forwarding everyone’s e-mail,” he noted. Password protection is another key to avoiding identity theft online. Weston said avoid obvious passwords, such as date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security number.

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Version 2: Favorite foods made healthier These recipes are loaded with good stuff ost of us have common sense about what’s good for us and what’s not, but it’s easy to fall into the trap of preparing the same old meals the same old ways. Time to make some new traditions, starting with eating healthier. This way, you’ll be around to pass on these recipes to the next generation.


Serve broiled spicy saffron chicken with fragrant basmati rice and a side of cauliflower stir-fried with onion, cumin seed, ground coriander and chopped fresh ginger. BROILED SPICY SAFFRON CHICKEN Start to finish: 1 hour (10 minutes active) Servings: 4 1 pinch saffron threads (1/4 teaspoon) 2 tablespoons hot water 1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt 1/2 small onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 tablespoon honey 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 pound)

Spicy marinade saves bare chicken breasts Boneless, skinless chicken breasts can almost always benefit from a marinade, which imparts both moisAdd the chicken breasts and turn ture and flavor. to coat well. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minMost marinades are made from a combination of oil and an acidic utes or up to 12 hours. ingredient, such as citrus juice, vinWhen ready to cook, heat the egar or wine. The marinade for this broiler. Coat a broiler pan rack with broiled spicy saffron chicken has cooking spray. nonfat plain yogurt (which is acidic) Place the chicken on the rack over as its base and only a tablespoon of the broiler pan. Broil the chicken 3 extra-virgin olive oil. to 5 inches from the heat source, This marinade gets its spiciness turning once, until it is cooked through and no longer pink at the from a blend of cayenne pepper, cumin and cinnamon, but also an exotic center, 4 to 6 minutes per side. floral bouquet and golden color from In a small bowl, crumble the Nutrition information per serva few pinches of saffron, a prized in- saffron threads. Add the hot water, ing (values are rounded to the nearthen steep for 5 minutes. est whole number): 168 calories; 29 gredient in Indian cooking. Saffron is expensive, but a little In a shallow dish, combine the calories from fat; 3 g fat (1 g satugoes a long way. Always purchase yogurt, onion, garlic, cayenne, lem- rated; 0 g trans fats); 66 mg cholessaffron as threads rather than on juice, honey, oil, salt, cumin and terol; 6 g carbohydrate; 27 g protein; ground, which can have poor flavor. cinnamon. Stir in the saffron water. 1 g fiber; 229 mg sodium. 36 YOUR LIFE UP NORTH

Blueberry-pomegranate: Get more from your sports drink Sports drinks can be so much more — and so much healthier — than those brightly colored, sugar drinks sold alongside the sodas. Those drinks are fine for hydration, which is essential for a healthy workout. But when you’ve just finished exerting yourself, what your body really craves is a good jolt of carbohydrates and protein, and a protein shake is a delicious and satisfying way to get it. While there are many protein powders and canned products on the market that can be used as the base of a protein shake, there is another ingredient that can give you surprisingly creamy results — tofu. Any frozen fruits can be swapped for the blueberries. If you want to boost the protein in this shake even more, substitute soy milk for some or all of the juice, but you may need to adjust the sweetness level to suit your tastes.

BLUEBERRY-POMEGRANATE PROTEIN SMOOTHIE Start to finish: 10 minutes, Servings: 2 8 ounces extra-soft silken tofu 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 cup pomegranate juice 1 medium ripe banana, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 to 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste 1 tablespoon toasted wheat germ (optional)

In a blender, combine the tofu, blueberries, pomegranate juice, banana, honey and wheat germ (if using). Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 6 hours. Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 241 calories; 29 calories from fat; 3 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 49 g carbohydrate; 7 g protein; 4 g fiber; 16 mg sodium.

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