Boomers & Beyond February 2016 issue, January 18, 2016

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Sassy • Spirited • Successful

February 2016 INSIDE • Healthy Heart Month • Cupid Tantalizes the Taste Buds

Winter Driving Tips • Get Organized Exploring Detroit’s Eastern Market • Cherry Good Recipes

Sassy • Spirited • Successful “The heart is the canvas. One’s actions are the paint and brush.” —Camilla Di Giuseppe This issue has heart! Get to the heart of discovery with a visit to the Eastern Market in Detroit, Mich. (pg. 8). Help Cupid find the path to your loved one’s heart via the stomach with suggestions from local chefs (pg. 4). If you’re not feeling the love this month, discover if it’s possible to physically suffer from a broken heart (pg. 3). The Romans considered February the month of purification. Read how local Realtor Randi Damman pitched and purged to survive leaving behind a highly “loved in” family home to “right size” (pg. 10) and put into action our ideas to cleanse your house of unwanted clutter (pg. 15). May you embrace the love of others and spread love during this the shortest month of the year. We thank you for continually pulling our heartstrings with your continued support. Happy reading!




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adjective having the correct or desired result; ending in success having achieved wealth, respect, or fame

BOOMERS & Beyond Inside Editors Mary Helen Darah Jennifer Ruple Boomer Consultant Sharon Lange Sales Manager Connie Torrey Contributing Writers Mary Helen Darah, Sean Dreher, Randi Oberdorf Damman, Jennifer Ruple, Sue Schafer Digital Media Specialist Layne Torrey Layout and Design Elissa Cary Boom Your Business with Advertising 419/824-0100 On The Web Boomers Hangout 5655 N. Main St. #1, Sylvania, Ohio 43560


• Broken heart syndrome

• Cupid tantilizes the taste buds 4 • Signs of heart disease • Have a heart charity event


• Books for Boomers


• Detroit’s Eastern Market


• Selling the family nest


• Crossword fun


• February is cherry month

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• Winter driving tips • Get it together • Going beyond

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ON THE COVER • Melt your Valentine’s heart with Linzer Love Tarts from • Bill Rossiter, CEO of Interrupt, and Matt Paskiet, owner of Susan Allan Block, owner of Vendome Pastry (p. 4). Firenation, get to work creating unique glass-blown hearts to benefit the American Heart Association (p. 6).



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‘Heart broken’ or ‘broken heart?’

The real condition of having a broken heart By Mary Helen Darah There may be something to the image of Cupid piercing a heart with his pointed arrow. For those who have experienced heartbreak, be aware of a very real condition called Broken Heart Syndrome (BHS). The condition was first identified and described by Japanese physicians in the 1990s. The physicians called the syndrome “Takotsubo” or “fishing pot” for the unusual shape of the left ventricle of BHS patients that looked similar to a Japanese fishing pot. Although rare, Ronald Conner, M.D. believes the condition exists. “BHS occurs in people who have dealt with a tremendous loss, a large change in life, or spiritual incident,” states Dr. Conner. “Some physicians are skeptical of this syndrome. They believe that patients have had a heart attack and by the time tests are administered, the arteries have cleared. Many medical professionals, including myself, believe BHS actually exists.” Heart Broken or Broken Heart “You will know if you are experiencing BHS,” says Dr. Conner. “The presentation can be very profound and severe. The patient presents with symptoms of an acute heart attack. They may feel pressure and pain in the left side of the chest, fainting, profound breathlessness, low blood pressure and sweating. It is believed that BHS is


caused by increased amounts of hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenaline that are produced by the body to cope with intense stress. ‘Too much of a good thing’ applies here.” Physicians will determine if patients have experienced a heart attack or BHS through a heart catheterization. Usually patients must contend with congestive heart failure following a heart attack. The hearts of BHS patients, however, will quickly return to normal. “One of the most fascinating things about BHS is that a large part of the heart is involved in the incident, but the damage is not lasting,” says Dr. Conner. Treatment for a Broken Heart Treatment for BHS includes prescribed medications similar to those given to patients with weak hearts. The good news is that BHS comes on suddenly and leaves quickly without lasting physical damage. “BHS is normally a onetime thing,” states Dr. Conner. “Patients tend to have a complete and fast recovery.” Since there is no way to differentiate between BHS and a catastrophic heart attack, go immediately to a medical facility. Do not attempt to drive yourself and perhaps, if possible, do not give the keys to someone who broke your heart.


Local chefs show us how

Cupid tantalizes the taste buds By Mary Helen Darah

They say that the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Hey! Let’s not be gender biased. In love as well as in culinary delights–Cupid, we beg you to hit both sexes. Boomers and Beyond asked some local glorious gastronomic enthusiasts what they would prepare to melt their loved one’s heart. Vendome Pastry Nothing says amore like a Linzer Love Tart for your sweetheart. The scent of this delectable treat, made with cinnamon almond short crust, filled with a thin layer of almond cream and seedless raspberry preserves and topped with heart-shaped symbols of love, will melt anyone’s heart. If you find yourself solo this Valentine’s Day, pamper someone special– YOU! Visit to order. Photo by Grand Lubell

Susan Allan Block, owner and pastry chef at Vendome Pastry, has an array of goodies to please any palate.

5th Street Pub Chef Bruce Rahe of 5th Street Pub, with locations on 105 W. 5th Street in Perrysburg and 5577 Monroe St. in Sylvania, offers a mouth-watering Pizza Napoletana, proving that even though the atmosphere is relaxed, the food is high-octane and will prove the old proverb–regarding getting to the heart via the stomach– accurate.

Chef Bruce Rahe, of the 5th Street Pub, wonders how could anyone could resist a straight-out-of the oven gourmet ‘Pizza Napoletana.’

KotoBuki Dennis Chung, owner of KotoBuki, located at 5577 Monroe St., holds a plate of beautifully prepared sushi. What better way to bond than sharing a dish while mastering the fine art of using chopsticks?

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Chef Rob’s Revolution Grille Chef Rob Campbell of Chef Rob’s Revolution Grille, located at 5333 Monroe St. in Toledo, presents a dish of ceviche monkfish with grits, sautéed mushrooms, cabbage, pickled pumpkin and greens with a saffron crème sauce to warm the heart of a loved one. Add a signature cocktail or a fine after-dining liqueur for a meal to remember.

How can fish be romantic? In Chef Rob’s capable hands it is an impressive, passionate plate to please the palate.

Ciao! Ristorante Nothing says love like a steaming bowl of pasta. Chef Jason Peelor of Ciao! Ristorante, located at 6064 Monroe St. in Sylvania, believes a dish of ‘Linguine Pescatore’ will help Cupid’s arrow take aim at your special someone. The dish features linguine tossed with calamari, shrimp, mussels and clams with a light, spicy, tomato and white wine sauce. Ahhhh amore! Chef Jason Peelor serves a dish of warm, slightly spicy ‘Linguine Pescatore’ to warm diners’ hearts.

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Liz Donaldson, House Chef for Maumee Bay Kitchen and Bath Center, offers her recipe for Pear Crisp with Mascarpone Cream

3 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup spiced rum 4 medium pears, peeled and sliced 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup brown sugar Dash of heavy cream In a skillet, sauté the pears in the butter, rum, cinnamon, and sugar until tender. Add the cream. Crisp 2 packages of single serving instant 1/2 stick of butter, softened oatmeal (I used Maple Nut flavor) 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine the small packets of oatmeal with sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter (mix together with pastry blender tool or large fork). Before placing the pears in a baking dish, you may place a readymade pie crust down first. The dish may be made with or without crust. Place the pears in a baking dish and top with oatmeal and bake until crust is golden. 1- 8 oz container Mascarpone Whisk the mascarpone with a dash of vanilla and some grated nutmeg. Serve on top warm crisp.

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Coping with Heart Disease By Sean Dreher, American Heart Association Nicole Hollingsworth is a survivor. A lifelong anniversary. Wearing red and joining the Go Red athlete, the University of Toledo’s Head For Women movement will help raise awareness Women’s Golf Coach was doing the for the cause. right things; eating healthy, exercising Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of more and losing weight. At 43, heart women, yet only one in five disease was nowhere near her radar. American women believes heart That changed July 15, 2015. disease is her greatest health threat. A heart episode sent her to the Fortunately, 80 percent of cardiac hospital, and after a series of tests, events may be prevented with doctors discovered Hollingsworth’s education and lifestyle changes. The arterial wall had dissected itself and American Heart Association had a 60% blockage. A stent and recommends scheduling a Wellcardiac rehab has her back doing what Woman Visit, a prevention check-up she loves and encouraging others to to review a woman’s overall health. Nicole Hollingsworth Doctors can look for signs of heart focus on their heart health. disease, stroke and other illnesses. Following Hollingsworth shared her story publicly for the Life’s Simple 7™ is the key: (1) Manage blood first time in November at the American Heart pressure, (2) Control cholesterol, (3) Reduce Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon. February is Heart Month and National Wear Red blood sugar, (4) Get active, (5) Eat better, (6) Day is Feb. 5, 2016, marking the event’s 13-year Lose weight and (7) Stop smoking. Today, in the U.S., about 285 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day. Cardiovascular disease deaths in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years. To join Hollingsworth and others in support of the American Heart Association and Go Red For Women, visit

Have a heart charity event

The staff of Interrupt, a strategic and brand marketing agency located in Sylvania, collaborated with Firenation Glass Studio on Jan. 8 to create unique glass-blown hearts that will be available for auction. Funds raised will benefit the American Heart Association. Visit to view the auction site that will go live on Jan. 22. Items won are guaranteed to be delivered by Valentine’s Day.



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Books for Boomers Did you know that February is Library Lovers Month? Why not check out some great picture books that feature libraries to share with the grandkids or special children in your life? Here are some books to get you started! Books for Me, Two Lions, 2015 By Sue Filess Hippo visits the library and finds stories about knights, pirates, bears, superheroes, and everything she could imagine, but she does not know how she will only choose one book to take home with her.

By Sue Schafer

Manager, Sylvania Branch, Toledo Lucas County Public Library

No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou, Sleeping Bear Press, 2015 By Rhonda Gowler Greene Big Pirate Pete’s treasure map has led him to Seabreezy Library, where Library Lou must convince him that the true treasure is the books.

Library Mouse: Home Sweet Home, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013 By Daniel Kirk While the library that Sam and his adventurous friend Sarah live in is being renovated, the two mice try to make new homes for themselves in the attic, constructing everything from a yurt to a geodesic dome.

Return of the Library Dragon, Peachtree Publishers, 2012 By Carmen Agra Deedy Miss Lotta Scales, a dragon also known as Miss Lotty the librarian, wants to retire from taking care of the school’s library but will not willingly stand by and see her beloved books replaced by computers. The Library Gingerbread Man, UpStart Books, 2010 By Dotti Enderle The Gingerbread Man, who lives at 398.2 on the library shelves, decides to escape and leads the librarian on a chase throughout the library. Construction, Candlewick Press, 2014 By Sally Sutton Big machines and their drivers work together to build a library.



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Exploring Detroit’s Eastern Market and West Village

convenient to visit the market By Jennifer Ruple as well as its 100 surrounding Experience the hustle shops, restaurants, cafes, and and bustle of a big-city meat and seafood markets. market neighborhood Check out the floor to ceiling when you take a daydisplay of wine at Cost Plus trip to Detroit’s Wine Warehouse, and lose Jennifer Ruple Eastern Market–just a yourself while perusing the little over an hour’s thousands of specialty foods at drive north on I-75. DeVries & Co. 1887. If you’re searching for an endless array For a late lunch or early of produce and locally made products, supper, stop in for a slice or this is certainly the place. The largest two at Supino Pizzeria. No historic market in the country, Eastern Market consists of five sheds or large Detroit’s Eastern Market is open utensils are needed as patrons simply fold their slices in half. Saturdays year round. buildings that The line is usually out the door are heated by noon, and during the seating is winter sparse, but months. In don’t let that addition to the discourage fresh produce you because vendors, the the fourmarket offers cheese pizza art, jewelry is worth the and The wall of wine at Cost Plus Wine Warehouse. shoulder-toMichiganshoulder crowd. made products. During peak months, especially While in the during the Michigan harvest, more than 150 vicinity, head to vendors fill the corridors. The market is open Sister Pie, a every Saturday year round from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grab a slice for lunch at Supino Free parking exists all around the area making it charming and Pizzeria. eclectic bakery Sylvania’s Own Community Credit Union Join now. All members are part owners! If you live, work, go to school or volunteer in the Sylvania area, you can become a member. Visit our web site for complete banking services or stop SYLVANIA AREA by and see us. F C U EDERAL




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located at the corner of Kercheval and Parker streets in Detroit’s West Village neighborhood. In business since Thanksgiving 2012 and in its current location for only eight months, the bakery has a Entrepreneur Lisa Ludwinski created huge clientele Sister Pie in 2012. and fan base through its Facebook and Instagram accounts. In fact, it was Instagram that led me to discover the business. Lisa Ludwinski, the bakery’s owner attributes her success to “Lots and lots of work. You have to be willing to do it every day of your life.”


Sister Pie’s menu changes seasonally offering unique combinations of ingredients in their pies and baked goods such as Salted Maple Pie, Chocolate Peppermint Meringue Pie, Cheesy Kale Scones and Roasted Potato, Caramelized Onion and White Bean hand pies. “Pie speaks to everyone. We took traditional mixtures and added our own personality,” said Ludwinski. Jennifer Ruple is the author of the blog

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Selling the family nest

Keep calm and move on

made some more minor improvements, and the By Randi Oberdorf Damman, Re/Max house sold again within a week. Now it was time Preferred Associates for the inspection. I braced myself. After three years of living in a four-bedroom, two After much discussion and negotiation, the buyer and a half bath house, mostly solo, it hit me. I wanted a new furnace. I hadn’t planned on buying a needed to move. This big home didn’t make sense new furnace, but after weighing the pros and cons anymore. As a Realtor, my mind raced with of the deal, I did. My advice is to be prepared for thoughts of what I needed to inspection results and do to make this happen. costs. Rarely does a home From experience, I knew that escape an inspection issue buyers like clean, neat and free. Also, make sure you neutral homes. I needed to have the funds for all declutter. Thus, began a sixclosing costs for both the week purge of every room, buying and selling closet and drawer and transaction. Lenders and making countless trips to title staff will provide a area donation centers. Randi with her ‘goods’ at the storage unit. close estimate of costs. Next, I needed to make all of Next it was time to evaluate my new home choice. the rooms feel as spacious as possible. The extra Where did I want to live? How much did I want to furniture had to go, and I left just enough for pay? Did I want move-in condition or a project? staging. Then I invited friends over to act as Where was I in my life? Would my children need a potential buyers. They suggested a few things I full-time bedroom, or would they only be visiting a hadn’t thought of. I arrived at my sale price by creating a Comparative few times a year? I started the hunt seeking an inexpensive choice that Market Analysis of my home. When making had room for a family of three and expenses, but improvements, I paid close attention to my area's also allowed me to still add money to my travel value, asking myself if I will get enough return on my investment if I add new countertops, or should I bucket. I didn’t find anything right away, and my closing and possession transfer was looming. It was just jazz up the backsplash? After a coat of fresh time for plan B, so I started contacting storage units paint, professional cleaning, driveway resurfacing, and movers. Please take this advice–move the small candles and fresh flowers, I was ready to put my stuff, but allocate funds for a mover for the big home on the market. stuff. It was worth every penny! All my possessions At this point, I knew I needed to be prepared for were relocated to a storage unit. It's very humbling anything. What would I do if my house sold quickly, sold slowly, or the deal fell through? What to see everything you own in a 15’ x 25’ rectangle. Luckily, I have family in town that provided if I couldn’t find a new house? Would I need a temporary shelter for me. storage unit? What if I end up temporarily I finally found my diamond-in-the-rough, a bankhomeless? Flexibility is the key to a stress-free owned home 1.5 miles from my current home. It move and purchase. met most of my requirements, so I buckled down to My house sold in just a few days, but then the deal fell through. I was disappointed, but I trudged on. I work on its purchase. And I let my sister know that I would be staying with her for a bit, as bankowned homes generally take longer to close. By WE ARE ONLINE! early November, I had the keys. I gathered a knowledgeable, entertaining and hard-working LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! rehab team and we went to work creating the home of my dreams.



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Crossword fun: Finish the lyrics

ACROSS 1. Southern cuisine pie 6. French lake 9. H or O in H2O, e.g. 13. *“Tell ____ I love her” 14. *“A long, long time ____ I can still remember how that music...” 15. Cast somebody there 16. Misbehave 17. St. Louis player 18. First American-born saint, Elizabeth Ann ____ 19. *“Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for ____ ____” 21. *“On a dark desert highway, cool wind in ____ ____” 23. Draft pick 24. $10,000, to a judge, e.g. 25. *“You ___ again” 28. *“You ____ me what I am today” 30. Inventor’s right 35. Burden 37. Color of a bruise 39. *“____ is a sound salvation... cleaning up the nation” 40. Bumpkin 41. “Get ____” (19651970) 43. *“Isn’t it a ____. Isn’t it a shame” 44. What a taster does 46. 41st or 43rd president 47. 1970s hairdo 48. Fireplace 50. One-pot meal 52. *“I wanna be loved by you, just ____” 53. *“May the road ____ with you” 55. Use a Singer 57. *“Get this party started on a Saturday night, everybody’s

waiting for me to ____” 60. *“Just a city boy born and raised in South ____” 64. Killed, as in dragon 65. Go a-courting 67. Dome-shaped dessert 68. *“I’m sitting here, doing nothing but _____” 69. Another word for Tokyo 70. Did not go out to eat 71. Radio genre 72. “Losing My Religion” band 73. Tears violently DOWN 1. Surveyor’s creation 2. Apiece 3. Pleasingly pretty 4. Dutch island in the Caribbean 5. “I love the smell of ____ in the morning” 6. Porcine fat 7. American Gas Association 8. Found in written series 9. Between ports 10. South American monkey 11. Carbon monoxide doesn’t have this 12. *“It’s raining ____, Hallelujah” 15. Finely cut masonry block 20. Certain tides 22. Chihuahua’s cry 24. *“Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth, ____ I’m happy” 25. *“‘Cause,


baby, you’re a firework, come on, show’em what you’re ____” 26. Accustom 27. Historic region in northeastern Africa 29. *“Your lips are movin’, tell me do you think I’m ____” 31. Spanish snack 32. Enlighten 33. TV’s “____ Circus” 34. *“‘Cause uptown funk gon’ give it ____ ____” 36. Tiresias in “Oedipus Rex,” e.g. 38. Formerly, formerly 42. *“So take ____ broken wings” 45. *“I’ve got the world

on a ____” 49. Charlie Sheen’s diagnosis 51. Man cave’s necessity 54. Waste water pipe 56. What did Jessica Fletcher do? 57. Aquarium organism 58. “Iron horse” track 59. Yamaguchi’s court 60. Accompanied by “gloom?” 61. Bad sign 62. Used when citing a reference 63. Two equal a twenty 64. Scholastic aptitude test 66. “____ to Joy”


I cannot tell a lie By Jennifer Ruple February is National Cherry Month

It may or may not be true that George Washington actually chopped down his father’s favorite cherry tree; however, it is true that February is National Cherry Month–no fooling! I’m as surprised as you are to learn this, especially since cherries aren’t in season until summer. We won’t let that discourage us though as cherries are available in many forms – dried; in chutneys, salsas and preserves; canned; and in wines, which makes them versatile and enjoyable year round. With their sweet and tart qualities, cherries can be enjoyed in desserts and in savory dishes. Here’s a trio of recipes to help you enjoy cherries this month.

Cherry Chicken Enchiladas The combination of cherry salsa and green chiles gives these enchiladas a tangy and mildly spicy kick. 16 ounces sour cream 7 ounce can diced green chiles 1 green onion, thinly sliced ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1 ½ teaspoons cumin

2 cups cooked chicken breast, diced 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded Eight 8-inch flour tortillas 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into 8 slices 24 ounces cherry salsa

Heat the oven to 350 F. Butter a 9 x 13 baking pan. In a large bowl, combine sour cream, chiles, green onion, cilantro and cumin. Add in chicken and 1 cup of cheddar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon approximately ½ cup of chicken mixture in center of each tortilla. Top each with a slice of cream cheese. Roll up and place in pan. Pour cherry salsa over rolled tortillas. Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining cheddar, and bake until cheese melts. (Recipe adapted from

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Baked Brie with Balsamic Cherries The beauty of this recipe is that it only takes four ingredients to create this easy, cheesy appetizer. 1 wheel of Brie cheese ½ cup cherry preserves 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar Baguette slices or crackers for serving

Heat the oven to 400 F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Slice off the top of the Brie. Place bottom of Brie on baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine preserves and balsamic vinegar. Spoon mixture over the center of the Brie. Place top of Brie loosely over mixture. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until cheese has melted. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve immediately with crackers, baguette slices, etc. (Recipe from Jennifer Ruple)

Cherry Crumble Bars For the big cherry finale, buttery oats plus yellow cake mix create the crust and crumbles on top. These bars would also be great with apple or blueberry pie filling–and again, you only need four ingredients! 1 package yellow cake mix 2 ½ cups quick-cooking oats ¾ cup butter, melted 1 can cherry pie filling

Heat oven to 375 F. Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and oats. Add melted butter, and stir until crumbly. Press down 2/3rds of the crumbs onto the bottom of the pan. Carefully spread cherry pie filling over the crumb crust. Sprinkle remaining crumbs over pie filling, and press down gently. Bake for 18-23 minutes or until light golden brown. (Recipe adapted from

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Safety on the road

What you need to know about winter driving

be alert in cold weather when approaching a bridge. Winter can be an especially perilous time to be on the roads. Snow, ice, fog and longer nights present While a careful and skillful driver is always a challenges to drivers that can lead to crashes. vehicle’s best safety feature, many safety technologies can help prevent or reduce the severity People do less driving in winter, yet we have more of winter-related crashes. crashes per mile driven. Some 10,780 people were killed in car crashes between December and March They include: in 2013–fully one-third of the total for each year. • Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) help drivers Non-fatal collisions also occur with greater maintain control by preventing wheels from locking frequency in winter up. Your ABS works months. differently than You may be an ace behind traditional brakes, and the wheel when the sun is requires you to drive shining and roads are dry, differently too. It delivers but driving in winter and releases precise weather can be a different braking pressure to each story. Drivers need to wheel as needed, so you recalibrate and adjust their shouldn’t pump the driving for winter road brakes when you have conditions. ABS. Just hold them (c) Mario Beauregard - down firmly and look and “Travel can be treacherous steer in the direction you want to go. They may when roadway surfaces are compromised during buzz and vibrate when the ABS has activated. winter storms,” says Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. • Traction control helps you accelerate without “The good news is that in-vehicle technologies can spinning out on slippery surfaces. help drivers by providing advance warnings and • With electronic stability control, your car’s preventing loss of control.” computer helps sense when you may be losing NSC and the University of Iowa recently partnered control around a corner or curve and can stabilize to launch a campaign called MyCarDoesWhat, to your car if it begins to veer off your intended path. educate drivers about vehicle safety technologies • Adaptive headlights adjust to changing roadway designed to prevent crashes. The MyCarDoesWhat conditions, such as curves, to provide optimum campaign offers three major pieces of advice for illumination along the roadway during the long driving in wintry conditions: winter nights and periods of low daytime visibility. • Slow down. This is the golden rule of winter “Driving in snow and ice requires much more focus driving. Drivers frequently underestimate how long on the conditions and an ability to adapt to an everit takes to brake and how difficult it can be to steer changing, slippery environment,” says Daniel on slippery roads. McGehee, director of the Transportation and • Do not use cruise control when driving on slippery Vehicle Safety Program at the University of Iowa. surfaces. It will diminish your control over the car Research shows that most consumers are unsure and reduce your reaction time in the event of a skid. about how some potentially life-saving vehicle • Bridges and overpasses freeze before roadways, so safety technologies work. To get better acquainted with your car’s features and learn important winter driving skills, visit on Twitter and Facebook for videos and tools. With the right knowledge and skills, you can make your winter journeys safer. (StatePoint)



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Get it together

Tips for organizing your life By Jennifer Ruple

The tree is down, the ornaments have been packed, tempted to buy more boxes of macaroni and cheese and the holiday décor has been stowed for the next that you don’t need or extra supplies that you 11 months. But somehow those tree trimmings have already have. In an organized office, you’ll know multiplied and no longer seem to which bills you’ve paid and which fit in their storage boxes. Perhaps you haven’t, avoiding overdraft you’ve accumulated more holiday fees and penalties.” ornamentation that you’ve used If organizing your life sounds lately or are holding on to those overwhelming, Weid suggests to not-so-fitting gifts that you’ve start small. “You don’t have to received over the years. Are you at organize the whole house in one the point that you just don’t know day. Work on one area at a time what to do with it all? It’s time to like a tabletop, drawer or a shelf. declutter and get organized. Ten to 15 minutes per day is really “People tend to get overwhelmed all you need.” when their home is unorganized,” If you’re not sure where to start, said Angie Weid, a professional Weid recommends to begin by home, office, and life organizer doing a general evaluation of your and owner of Organized Solutions, home. “Take a glance around then which has been serving families in Professional organizer, Angie Weid, write down what you like about Northwest Ohio and Southeast tackles a client’s basement. the space and the things that you Michigan for the past 12 years. want to change. Making a list “Organization reduces the stress and strain of life helps to create some goals to work toward. Just like and just makes things easier by giving you more losing weight or quitting smoking, organization time to spend with loved ones and more time to do doesn’t happen overnight. Take it slow.” the things you want to do,” she adds. And what about all of that clutter? “Make sure the Weid explains that when your spaces are organized, things you have are your brightest and shiniest. If you are able to find things faster, and you know something doesn’t make you happy, why do you what you have. “You’ll actually save money because have it?” you know what’s in your pantry. You won’t be


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