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The P.L. Abbey Co.

Published by The Rotograph Company, New York. Private collection, c. 1907 In the early 1900’s, celery was thought to be a cure-all for just about everything. Local entrepreneur, Perley L. Abbey, began bottling the supposed healing powers of celery by producing patent medicines with celery as an ingredient. The business started out small as the Celery Medicine Company in 1887, and changed to the P.L. Abbey Company in 1897, taking the name of its founder. The P.L Abbey Company was successful from the start and had a high reputation in the medical world. It quickly became a large scale manufacturing business producing four major patent medicines, containing celery, that were sold all over the country. The patent medicines were:

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Kalamazoo Nerve and Blood Tonic, Celerine Compound, Celery Pepsin Bitters and Celery and Sarsaparilla compound, which was the most successful product. Celery was thought to have soothing and aphrodisiac properties that would increase strength. It was also claimed to purify the blood, quiet nerves, regulate the liver, renovate the kidneys, relieve stomach disorders and treat nervous disease. A testimonial from Mr. O.B. Joyful from Klondyke, Alaska, “Gentlemen: I wish to say in regards to your Kalamazoo Celery Pepsin Bitters that they have restored me and my wife to complete happiness. For five years my wife was so nervous that I could not sleep with her. She took three bottles of your Celery Pepsin Bitters and now anyone can sleep with her. She is as quiet as a kitten.” Abbey was born in 1865 in White Pigeon and moved to Kalamazoo in 1874 to be educated. He began working as a drug clerk for Brown & Berge and then in the same position for years with J.A. Hoedamaker, before beginning his business as a manufacturing pharmacist. Patent medicines only had to register their names with the U.S. Government Copyright Office, but not their ingredients. Effectiveness of these “medicines” didn’t need to be proven. However, patent

vendors were often highly respected community members and known manufacturers, such as the Upjohn Company. Here’s a brief history of Kalamazoo and the celery industry that created the celery craze at the turn of the century and encouraged entrepreneurs to manufacture celery soaked breakfast cereal, celery and pepsin chewing gum, celery tar soap, celery pickles, a product called celery tone and celery patent medicines: The fertile soil (black muck) in Kalamazoo was perfect for celery production, which attracted industrious and hard working Dutch immigrants to flood the area and develop their own plots celery. By the end of the nineteenth century, Kalamazoo had over 400 farms growing 4,000 acres of celery, which made Kalamazoo the world’s largest celery producer – known around the world as Celery City. Kalamazoo’s unique celery was “white” or “yellow” and much sweeter than the green Pascal celery that was grown in California. This whiteness was achieved by placing long bleaching boards on each side of the stalk for part of its growing period. The boards blocked out the sun, which, in turn, suppressed some of the plant’s naturally bitter taste. By the 1930’s celery in Kalamazoo was everywhere! Youngsters were peddling bunches of the crunchy white vegetable were on almost every street corner. You couldn’t get into or out of the city without being offered a bunch. Celery was also aggressively peddled on trains, along with peanuts – vendors figured travelers would surely want one or the other. The celery industry began its decline in 1939, there were still about 1,000 celery farms, but the number continued to shrink each year. A variety of contributing factors are cited. Some blame the deep wells of the paper mills for lowering the water table. Others credit the celery blight

(disease) that may have been caused by not rotating the crops, along with the increased growing competition from other regions. Kalamazoo farms quickly changed production to bedding and vegetable plants that are still going strong today. Now back to the P.L Abbey Company and the challenges the company faced once regulations were enacted on patent medicines, including: The Food and Drug Act (1906) that was enacted to prohibit interstate commerce in misbranded and adulterated foods, drinks and drugs, and the Sherley Amendment (1912), enacted to prohibit labeling medicines with false therapeutic claims intended to defraud the purchaser. A few of the patent medicines that P.L. Abbey produced were under scrutiny for misleading claims and for missing ingredients listed on the medicine bottle label. In spite of Abbey’s assurance that the compounds were useful and effective, the company entered a plea of guilty in 1915 with a $50 fine on each count. Quality Drug Stores was formed to take over the P.L. Company in 1911 and Abbey eventually reentered the armed forces. With the improvement of the enforcement of federal regulation along with public education about the usefulness of medicines, patent medicine producers experienced demise. The successful celery industry and celery patent medicines that were once synonymous with Kalamazoo have since become part of this areas rich history. Jackie Merriam Information was gathered from a variety of sources, including: WMU Local History Archives, Kalamazoo Public Library History Room, The Kalamazoo Gazette and an article titled: Kalamazoo Celery Patent Medicines, by Anthony Palmieri III.


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Hydrangeas – Choosing the Right Ones & Caring for Them is Easier than You Think! There are four different main families of hydrangeas but many varieties of each type. The most popular variety is the big leaf Hydrangea or Hydrangea macrophylla. Their big leaves and large flower heads of pink or blue characterize hydrangea macrophylla varieties. Hydrangeas prefer a moist, acidic well drained soil. They prefer partial sun. If they are planted in full sun, the leaves may develop sunburn. The other varieties are climbing hydrangea, ‘Annabelle’, PeeGee, and Oakleaf hydrangea. Here are some of their main characteristics and care tips. Climbing hydrangeas can climb up to 60-80 feet but can be maintained at lower heights if you prune regularly. It sends out holdfasts that allow it to cling to objects. Climbing hydrangeas need some time to establish its roots but will put out vigorous growth after the roots are established. Its glossy dark green foliage makes quite a statement. The large, white flowers appear around late June to early July. This is one of the best vines to climb trees, brick or stone walls, or arbors. Climbing hydrangeas need well-drained, moist soil. They can be planted in full sun or in moderate shade. ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas generally reach 4-5 feet. It generally will flower for you the first year your plant it. White flowers will appear in late June. The color of the flower will change during the summer from apple green to white to blush pink

I’m lucky to have the opportunity to see the world through children’s eyes once again through my grandsons, who hang out with me each week while their parents are at work. Recently, a home sold in my neighborhood and I heard that a family with 3 kids would be moving in. When I told my grandsons about this, they excitedly

to brown. If you cut off the faded flowers in July you will probably get a second round of blooms during August of September. It prefers partial shade but will tolerate full sun if the oil moisture is sufficient. It requires supplemental watering during the hot dry summer months. The leaves will appear dog-eared under drought conditions. ‘Annabelle’ should be pruned in the late fall or early spring since it flowers on new growth. ‘PeeGee’ hydrangeas have large inverted cone shaped flowers of white that turn purplish pink and finally brown. They will have a height and spread of 8-10 feet. They are very hardy and are a rapid grower. PeeGee hydrangeas have an upright, coarse spreading habit with branches that will assume a semi-arching look when the flowers are in heavy bloom. Plant in full sun to partial shade with moist, well-drained soil. They can be pruned in the late winter or early spring. Oakleaf hydrangeas, due to their large oak shaped leaves and exfoliating bark, will definitely add texture to an area. Older stems (3 years or more) will exfoliate to expose a rich brown inner bark. The green foliage changes to shades of red, orangebrown and purple in the fall. The leaves will often hold on into late November or early December. The white lace cap flowers, which turn purplish pink and finally brown, appear in late May or early June. Plant in sun to partial shade with moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Pruning

started asking questions about the family, especially the kids. A few weeks later, the boys noticed a few new chairs on the side deck and exclaimed, “The new people have moved in! We should go meet them.” I pointed out that there wasn’t any activity and that they must still be in the moving process. While out walking in the neighborhood a few days later, I met the new parents relaxing on their porch enjoying a few moments of relaxation after a day of unpacking – my boyfriend and I introduced ourselves from the street, welcomed them to the neighborhood and chatted with the friendly couple for a couple of minutes. I met the two younger boys, who were out riding bikes with the other neighborhood kids a couple days later. By my grandson’s next visit, the new kids were already firmly entrenched into

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should be done after flowering has occurred. They should be mulched heavily for winter protection in late fall. Hydrangea care is relatively easy. Planting it right will give it a great head start. How to plant hydrangeas: Dig planting hole twice the size of the root ball. Make a planting mix of 1/3 Dairy Doo composted cow manure, 1/3 sphagnum peat moss, and 1/3 top soil from the planting site, then add one cup Dairy Doo Healthy Garden and ¾ cup Myke Mycorrhizae. Place some of the mix in bottom of hole, set plant in hole, and fill the remaining space with the planting mix. Firm soil lightly, water in thoroughly, then mulch with three inches of cedar bark. The most frequently asked question about hydrangeas is, “When I planted my hydrangea it had blue flowers, but why is it flowering pink now?” The flower color is affected by the pH (or the concentration of aluminum ions) of the soil. To produce blue flowers you will need a soil pH of 5.0-5.5. To produce pink flowers you need a pH of 6.0-6.5 in your soil. Use Hi-Yield Soil Sulfur to lower soil pH. Fertilize blue flowering varieties every spring with Espoma Holly Tone and other colors with Espoma Rose Tone. The next most frequently asked question is “When do I prune my

our small neighborhood community. The boys couldn’t wait to meet the new kids, as we headed out on our bikes in search of them. We caught up with the new boys playing with some of the other neighborhood kids at their home and instantly my grandsons joined in. There were kids from four families playing together, running from one home to the other – their laughter and squeals could be heard throughout the neighborhood. While the group was playing at my house, the youngest boy said to me, “I’m liking my new neighborhood!” That warmed my heart! I can’t help but imagine how wonderful neighborhoods could be, if adults viewed new neighbors with the same excitement and acceptance as children do. Jackie Merriam

hydrangea?” Hydrangea macrophylla blooms on the last year’s growth. Hydrangea macrophylla should be mulched around the base of the plant to protect last year’s growth from damaging winter weather. In the spring, if you notice any branches that were damaged or died over the winter, cut those back. Bushels of blooms will be yours to enjoy if you follow these few tips. If you need more ideas or have any questions, be sure to stop in and visit the Nursery Specialists at Wedel’s. Terrie Schwartz Wedel’s Nursery, Florist & Garden Center

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Jane: It’s been eighteen months since Dean and I have gone on a trip and, after some debate, there is a clear destination choice: Over the Mighty Mac! Several factors influenced our decision: no air travel needed, uncrowded beaches, and pit-toilets with guaranteed social distancing. I am so ready to get out of town that I don’t argue about logistics--I’m too busy packing. As I dust off the suitcases Dean says to me, “It looks like the days will

be in the sixties and seventies, maybe two in the nineties, and the nights could go down to the forties.” “I’ll pack ALL my clothes!” I promise him happily. “Wait…” he says. “And my hiking boots, sandals, and tennis shoes. Plus, bathing suit, scarves, hats, and masks. I’ll need sunscreen, thermos, beach towels, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper. We have a cooler to bring home pasties, and zipper bags for the beach rocks.”

I pause. “What else? Phone cords, chargers, and a flashlight—what about snacks?” “We’re only taking one car. Just leave room so I can pack an extra pair of socks.” “We’ll make it work,” I assure him. “Where’s our first stop?” “Sault Ste. Marie.” “We need binoculars to see the big ships! What’s after that?” “Drummond Island,” his voice is getting softer. “A wildflower guidebook is absolutely necessary. And next?” Dean looks a tad pale. “Grand Marais, then Canyon Falls, and Copper Harbor.” I am bursting with joy. “Bird book and butterfly nets. This is going to be the best vacation ever!” Ellen: I am lazing on our couch enjoying the air conditioning when my phone starts dinging incessantly; my parents are sending through pictures of the day’s adventures up north. There are waterfalls and rivers, boats and bridges, and then a few solo shots of my mother, brightly dressed against the natural greens and blues. “Ma abandoned me and ran for the car,” my dad types. “What?! Why?” My sister chimes in from Atlanta. “Black flies!” is my mom’s response,

presumably from the Subaru. “There are swarms of them!” “Gotta protect the ankles,” I agree, though the gif my dad sends seems to indicate he wasn’t as scared of the pests. “Don’t worry, I have bug spray!” my mom responds. “I’m prepared!” “Psh,” my dad messages the group. “You just have to bite the buggers back.” We argue the feasibility of that. Ultimately it turns out his legs are safe thanks to the thick woolen socks he pulled all the way up to foil the thirsty flies. Preparation comes in different styles. Jane Knuth and Ellen Radke

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Providing a window into history, Depression glass evokes optimism in the face of hardship and the resilient spirit of 1930s America. Its cheerful sparkle and unabashed imperfections can enliven homes today as they did nearly 100 years ago during the Great Depression. Automated glass manufacturing predates the stock market crash of 1929. Production increased as the 1930s progressed. During one of the darkest eras in U.S. history, people sought to brighten dreary times with inexpensive treats, such as the mass produced glassware. As the Great Depression dragged on, more people lost employment, had their hours cut, or lived in fear job loss lurked around the corner. Learning to survive on next-to-nothing became a way of life for many families of the era. Many lost life savings when banks collapsed. Others lost businesses as a result of difficult financial circumstances. Seeking to stimulate sales, business remaining open looked for


ways to entice customers. Often this took the form of giveaways, such as items of cheap glassware. Movie theaters hosted “glass night” where a piece of glass came with the price of a ticket. Glass sets were included with the purchase of a large appliance. A piece might reside in a box of laundry soap or oatmeal. This later practice resulted in the contemporaneous term “oatmeal glass”. (The term “Depression glass” did not come into use until the 1970s when the glass became popular with collectors.) One could also buy pieces of the colorful glass at the local five-and-dime. Roughly twenty manufacturers produced lines of Depression glass. These included Federal Glass Co., Indiana Glass Co., Hazel-Atlas, and AnchorHocking. Most collectors consider the first Depression glass pattern to be “Sweet Pear” by Indiana Glass. It came in four colors: pink, clear, green, and white milk glass. Molded Depression glass was produced in over one hundred designs, from flowers to fruits to abstract pat-

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C terns. The key to its affordability lay in its low quality. Most pieces feature air bubbles, mold marks, and inconsistent coloring. Flaws are an inherent feature of Depression Glass. Items that look too perfect might be reproductions. When collecting, hold an item up to the light and run a finger around edges to check for cracks, scratches, and chips. Water rings and other hard water deposits are removable. If the glass has taken on a cloudy appearance due to washing in automatic dishwashers, it is “sick glass”, an irreversible condition. Depression glass ranges in value. Pink, cobalt blue and green are currently the most sought-after colors. In-demand patterns include “Royal Lace” by Hazel-Atlas, “Sweet Pear” by Indiana Glass and “Mayfair” by Anchor-Hocking. Depression glass prices saw their height in the 1980s when collecting it became popular with Baby Boomers. Prices have since declined as collections are liquidated in on-line mar-

ketplaces. Even so, while some pieces can be obtained for pennies, others command hundreds of dollars. Some recent sales include a set of five blue “Mayfair” sherbet bowls with plates for $518. An Indiana Glass “Sweet Pear” pitcher in green brought $99. A Federal blue “Madrid” pitcher sold for $175. While care should be taken with your Depression glass, remember it was designed for everyday use. No need to hide it away in a box or display it in a dusty case. Wash by hand and keep it out of the microwave. Enjoy the color and sparkle it continues to bring to your home as it did to homes across America a century ago. Bridget Klusman Owner, Retro Estate Sales A. Indiana Glass Co. “Sweet Pear” B. Federal Glass Co. “Blue Madrid” C. Pink Depression Glass

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Finding Who We Are After a Loss

There are many ways in which we grieve and many reasons for our grieving. Sometimes we lose a person because they passed on. Our loss could be because of divorce or our children moving out of our home. Grief could hit us because that special person that we thought would be a part of our lives

forever, ghosted us. We may have lost a friend or moved away and had to start a new life. There are many forms of grief and reasons why we need to grieve a part or parts of our old life so we can transition to our next chapter. The question isn’t about types of grief, but what we do to help us through the grieving process. There are seven stages of grief that we go through. We may go through these

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grief lasts, and each person is different, there is a time where the loss will feel less. There could be times when a memory pops up that makes you feel like your heart skips a beat. Eventually, you will work through the pain of the loss and come to a place where you can accept the loss and look forward to the future. What you do while you are in the midst of the loss is key to your overall well-being. Sometimes you just need to cry it out. Crying can be good if it doesn’t go on too long and you can release some toxins from your body. Creating an activity list to use when your pain is deep and you need to get your mind off of it is also helpful. Taking time for yourself is also key. Look for the little things in your day and create a journal or gratitude journal to help when the days are tough. You may want to look for places in your area that offer new types of socializing. Try to see if there are groups that interest you. In the Kalamazoo area, you can check out us/mi/kalamazoo/. You don’t need to go through the loss alone. Find ways to interact with others who can help pull you through your loss. As always if you are struggling and need further assistance please don’t hesitate to contact a local mental health professional, or look for grief groups in your area. Therapists are willing to walk alongside you and provide you with tools to help with your great loss. Julie Sorenson MA, LPC


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parenting A Swing And A Miss Time for some baseball metaphors! Life is a series of choices. You can swing with all our strength and take a chance that you could miss the ball completely, lose your balance and fall to the ground in the most dramatic fashion. Or you can hit it out of the park with a home run. There’s always somewhere in between too! That’s life, especially as a parent. The day you become a parent you are given the precious gift of another life. No matter how this child came into your life, the role of parent comes with enormous responsibility. It also means there are endless opportunities for hitting the ball out of the park or striking out and wondering what just happened. There

are no YouTube or TikTok videos on how to make the most appropriate decision for every situation parenting throws at us. Sure, you can read all the books and feel fully prepared, but the curve balls come out of nowhere. They come fast and hard and often back-to-back. You have one of the most important jobs in the world and it can feel crushing when you swing and miss. However, I am here to tell you that if you did not try and let the opportunities go by, you miss out on more. Making mistakes as a parent is as natural as breathing. Did you intentionally choose the option that could harm your child? If the answer is no, then your strike was just a practice swing. Get back to the plate and




go for it again. Your child needs you. An age old saying “Kids don’t come with instruction manuals” could not be more true! And as they get older, your role changes. There is no tutorial for how to deal with really tough subjects like gender identity, who they love, dropping out of school, moving away, etc. As parents, your job is use the knowledge you possess to support them to figure out the answers. Now would be the time to take off the “I’m the parent; You need to listen to me” hat and put on the “I love and support you; How can I help?” hat. You won’t have all the answers. It is your job to guide them, help shape them, and give them the tools to get up to the plate and make

a play for their own futures. Will you swing and miss a lot? Absolutely. Will you fall, dust yourself and our children off many times? Absolutely. Is it worth it? Without a doubt! Your job as a parent is never done. But if you give your best effort, you can sit in the stands watching the next generation of humans take their own chances like you did. Don’t strive to be the perfect parent with the best record. Be the one who isn’t afraid to swing and miss. Best of luck to you. You’re doing your best. Arlene Giacona, LMSW Brightside Counseling

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As we head into the hottest days of the year, consider rounding out your summer with camping trip only miles north of downtown Kalamazoo. Travel north towards Alamo and discover everything that Outdoor Adventures, a local Campsite, has to offer. The resort is sure to offer an awesome camping getaway. Just minutes from The D Avenue exit on 131, Outdoor Adventures inhabits a unique property on C avenue that is sure to satisfy the hearts of campers. Outdoor Adventures has been serving the Michigan Campers for over 30 years. Since 1995 the King family business and has been striving to provide families with affordable and fun entertainment in the great outdoors that Michigan has to offer. The Kalamazoo Resort was added to the Outdoor Adventures family in 2016, which now totals 9 different locations across the Great Lakes State. All of the resorts are located close to communities that have a variety of things to do. The site offers camp sites for all camp-goers including primitive and electrically capable sites. Outdoor Adventures has cabins available for rent as well, for those more interested in a less rugged camping weekend. At the heart of the site there is a convenience store to provide snacks, gear, and other camping essentials. It also serves as the hub for all planned

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Announces Community Drum & Dance Events Always one of Rootead’s most popular programs, Community Drum and Dance is a multigenerational, traditional West African Dance celebration, which will be held at numerous locations throughout the Greater Kalamazoo area this summer. All ages and all levels are encouraged to attend these classes, which are accompanied with live drumming,

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GOOD NEWS Step 2. Pick colors of construction paper that you will want to use for the sun and water in a variety of complimentary shades. Tear the paper into pieces. The sizes of torn paper will depend on the intended space you are working on in your art collage. Step 3. Taking a paint brush dipped in glue, adhere the torn paper to the card stock. Fill in one of your outlined areas at a time using a single color. Overlap the papers until that section is completely covered. Be mindful to not get glue on the top layer unless you would like to add a sealer at the end, such as Mod Podge over all of the completed art. I have not tried that yet, but I am sure it would give it a nice finish. Also, because this is a modern and minimalistic art collage, I chose just a few shades of colors and repeated some of them on different layouts. Each person involved could do one section of the project or you could do variations of the sun and water and display them together. That would be pretty cool - I mean pretty hot! Summer, please don’t leave us just yet; however, I will leave you this month with a great reminder that I recently came across: “Sunrises and sunsets are daily proof that the day can start and end beautifully, the rest in-between is up to you.” xo ~Bridget Email: Social: bridgetfoxkzoo


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GOOD NEWS it’s guaranteed to be fresh. The Kokx’s also offer other farm fresh produce, including: watermelon, muskmelon, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, cucumbers and string beans. In addition, they offer other products produced locally, including: honey from Hickory Corners, Maple Syrup from Comstock and jams, jellies, breads and cookies from an Amish family. Their daughter-in-law grows fresh flowers to sell at the roadside stand on their property just a mile down the road. As the season changes from summer to fall, you will find a large selection of pumpkins, including ornamental white ones, squash and other seasonal vegetables at very reasonable prices. The Kokx’s were both born and raised in Michigan. Sharon grew up in Hesperia and Mick (Myron) in Fremont. The couple met at a basketball game in high school and has been married for 52 years. Myron’s love for agriculture took his family from Freemont to the East Coast and then to Chatham, a small town in the Upper Peninsula to work for Michigan State University as an agricultural specialist for 20 years. In 1990 he accepted a transfer to the Kellogg Farm in Hickory Corners. Shortly after they moved, they noticed a home with a barn and acreage nearby, and heard it may be going up for sale. They knocked on the door and expressed their interest and within a few days were offered the opportunity to purchased the property. They never intended to start their own farm, but that’s what happened once their first 6 rows of corn were

ready for harvesting and their son took a wheelbarrow full of corn to the road to sell to passersby. Each year they increased their plantings, which required more space to display their produce. The wheelbarrow expanded to a table, then to a larger stand with a temporary canopy and finally to their present day large permanent produce stand. Originally all farming was done with draft horses, which continued until 10 years ago. They also hang laundry on a clothesline to dry, which Sharon said gave locals the impression that they were Amish. She said that their place was referred to as the Amish farm on the Corner. The Kokx’s have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, all who have worked on the farm at one time or another. “The farm is a lot of work, but also a lot of enjoyment. My favorite part is the family time at the farm, said Sharon. “The farm has taught my family about hard work. We’re lucky the grandkids get to be here and gain experience and we get to watch them grow,” said Myron. Even if you’re not family, you’re treated like family, when you’re on the farm. Sharon cooks breakfast for those working in the field each morning once harvesting is complete. Kokx’s Produce stand is located at 14566 S. M-43, at the corner of Hickory Road in Hickory Corners, across from the Gilmore Car Museum. They can be reached by phone at 998-6585. Follow them on Facebook at kokxs-produce. Jackie Merriam

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Hot Enough For You? 2020 Los Angeles County recorded its highest temperature on record, 121 degrees, a few weeks after California’s Death Valley reached what may have been the highest temperature on Earth, 130 degrees. Cities in the Pacific Northwest, typically moderate in temperature, have recorded temperatures over 110 degrees. In such conditions, going outside for minutes instead of hours, is treacherous for anyone, but especially for older people. With ageing, our physiological responses to hot temperatures such as sweating, releasing heat through dilated blood vessels near our skin, and feeling thirsty, diminish. This results in heat related illnesses, often requiring hospitalization. Kidney failure, urinary tract infections, and heat stroke have increased for older adults during heat waves. Rising Ozone Levels: Even with the dramatic decrease in tobacco consumption, there has been no decline in emphysema. The American Lung Association says this breath-stealing ailment has generally remained steady. One culprit is rising levels of ground ozone, an invisible gas associated with car exhaust and factory emissions. The climate relationship to emphysema is heat and sunlight convert pollutants into ozone, (not to be confused with the Earth’s ozone layer

Whether or not you accept man’s role in climate change, it’s hard to deny that things are different. We hear news about an increasing number of more severe tropical storms; more areas around the world are experiencing drought conditions, and an alarming rate of polar ice melting. Covid 19 took over the top news stories of the last 15 months, but it’s likely that news of climate change will be back, front and center. In the June 2021 issue of the AARP Bulletin, the cover story was how climate change currently affects various elements of our lifestyle. Several of them affect our health. I’d like to share some of those with you. Seasonal Changes: For those of us with allergies, this past spring was perceived as “the worst ever!” Here may be the reason why. A warming

which protects us from the sun’s rays). A 2019 study of 7,000 people living in urban areas found ozone was significantly associated with the progression of emphysema-like changes on lung scans. Similarly, 25 percent of Americans with COPD today are nonsmokers. I admit to feeling overwhelmed and helpless at the same time when considering what to do about combating the health effects of a warmer climate. But there are some things that make sense. Be aware of new hay fever symptoms. Respiratory allergies are on the rise among adults and pollen surges can turn minor hay fever into more severe allergies. Seek medical attention if necessary. Monitor air quality and ozone levels in our weather reports. If the ozone level is high, stay indoors. Pay attention to the heat index, the combination of heat plus humidity. If it’s high, stay inside. In other words, take care of yourself ! MAKE it a good day and remember to be kind. Till next time, Ken Dettloff ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

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Recipes Who would have thought that something this sweet, delectable and delicious could also be deemed good for our brains and so much more! Recipes and photos courtesy of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. With New research published this year in the European Journal of Nutrition, reporting that daily consumption of the equivalent of one cup of fresh blueberries, given as 24 g of freeze dried powder, showed positive changes in cognitive function over a placebo, it has me thrilled to learn that blueberries have big powers packed into their little berries! The research titled, “Dietary blueberry improves cognition among older adults in a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled trial,” was


Go BLUE! conducted at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. Conducted over a 90-day period, 13 healthy men and 24 healthy women between the ages of 60 and 75 were randomly assigned to receive either freeze-dried Highbush blueberry powder daily (the equivalent to one cup of fresh blueberries) or a placebo powder. The subjects were tested for balance, gait, and cognition at baseline and again at 45 and 90 days, respectively. The results concluded that the blueberry-supplemented group showed significantly fewer repetition errors compared to those in the placebo group when given the California Verbal Learning Test (CLVT), which is a neuropsychological test used to assess verbal memory abilities.

The blueberry group also had fewer errors on trials when they switched to a new task as part of a task-switching test, when compared to the placebo group. Task switching is an important component of executive function, a collection of brain processes that are responsible for guiding thought and behavior.  There was no improvement in mobility, however, in either the blueberry or the placebo group being studied. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Americans over the age of 65 is projected to grow rapidly, reaching 88.5 million by 2050, making it more important than ever to assess cognitive health in older adults and uncover interventions that may promote healthy aging, especially diet and exercise. “While more evidence is needed,

results of this study add to the body of research on blueberry-supplemented diets and positive outcomes in cell and animal research on agerelated cognitive decline,” said Barbara Shukitt-Hale, Ph.D., a USDA Staff Scientist in the Laboratory of Neuroscience and Aging, USDAARS, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University and one of the study’s lead investigators. “The addition of an easily attainable amount of blueberries to the diet may be an overall positive diet and lifestyle strategy for older adults.”    Here now is a beautiful way to go “BLUE” this summer, too – ENJOY!  Laura Kurella

Blueberry, Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Flatbread Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes 2 tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme 1/2 pound whole wheat pizza dough 1/2 cup fresh blueberries 4 thin slices Prosciutto di Parma 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese 1 tbsp honey Preheat oven to 425?F. Place rack in lowest position. In a small bowl, stir

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Magic City Egg Fest Returns! The Magic City Egg Fest has returned! Event organizer, Tim Taylor, is thrilled to announce that this much-loved barbecue festival is returning on Saturday, August 21, 2021 in downtown Colon! “The Magic City Egg Fest is a culinary festival and competition for enthusiasts of the Big Green Egg,” Taylor said, “which happens to be the world’s best-selling Kamado-style grill, smoker and outdoor oven!” According to Taylor, the plan will be to have thirty (30) teams compete in three rounds of cooking ribs, chicken, and pizza. “The $100.00 team fees includes six slabs of ribs, six whole cut-up chickens, and proofed dough for the pizza round,” he said. “Teams will bring their own secret spices and marinades, pizza toppings, family recipes and barbecue attitude.” Winners will get treated to some

special perks, too! “There will be prizes, trophies and bragging rights for the best teams in each category, and a special taster’s choice award, which will be chosen by the those attending our event.” Taylor noted that there will also be a special raffle for a Large Big Green Egg, and other giveaways, celebrity chef demonstrations, a beer garden, and the opportunity to purchase one of the grills used during this festival at “event-only” discount pricing. “If you prefer eating barbecue over preparing it,” Taylor said, “there will also be ‘Tasting Tickets’ are available for $10.00 in advance or $15.00 the door.” Taylor said that this year’s event has a new added attraction to it as well. “We’re adding a single elimination corn hole tournament. Winners will win cash prizes, trophies, and bragging rights, of course! There are a

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August 2021

Long ago, when I was a new teacher, a colleague gave me advice that stayed with me. Paraphrasing, she said that seeing flowering Queen Anne’s Lace (QAL) and chicory on the roadside is a signal to move any plans on your summer bucket list to the top of your priorities. Teachers will soon be going back to school. I was surprised last Sunday, the fourth of July, to see an abundance of these weedy harbingers of school days to come in bloom at the side of the road. It caused me to think. Is it my imagination, or am I seeing these roadside bloomers earlier than in the past? School start dates are well over a month away (just a few weeks, as you read this.) Is this an unusual year, or an example of climate change in action? The answer lies in the life cycles of the plants. Phenology is the study of an organism’s life events. Plant scientists are interested in tracking milestones like germination time of seeds, dates of flowering, and appearance of fruits. I thought it would be easy to find data for first bloom dates of chicory and QAL because it seems that data exists for almost any question anyone would ever ask. In this case, not so much. I did, however, track down information through the ever-helpful MSU Extension Service. Christopher Imler, a horticulture educator, explained that agronomists, crop scientists, are especially interested in bloom dates because they relate directly to future harvest times. He introduced me to a helpful site for looking at local weather and climate documentation, According to my friend, Todd Smith of the Kalamazoo Bee Club, although we think about calendar dates, plant scientists (and plants) rely heavily on the weather to define a growing season. Instead of measuring time in 24 hours, scientists combine time and temperature into a growing degree day (GDD). This unit is calculated by averaging a given day’s high and low temperatures and adjusting for a 50°F baseline. GDD under that baseline are thwarting growth and development, and those above are promoting it. GDDs are critical to farmers planning

for the growing and harvesting season. Current GDD can be compared with past data, collected between 19812010, considered the “old” normal. These comparisons allow scientists to evaluate agronomic climate trends. Sure enough, current conditions reflect a boom in GDD relative to the past. According to the enviroweather site, Kalamazoo County is about two weeks ahead of the “old normal” growing season for agricultural crops. My friend Robby tells me that sellers at her farmers’ market know this; vegetable crops are a week or so ahead of schedule. USDA hardiness zones support indications of changing growing seasons. These geographic areas, based on temperature, are listed on seed packets to indicate where a particular plant is likely to be successful. Most of Michigan was solidly in Zone 5 (extreme low-temperature average of -20°F) until 2000. Updated maps in 2010 showed most of Michigan, including Kalamazoo County, reclassified as Zone 6, with an extreme low temperature of -10°F. The bottom line is that our coldest temperatures are warmer and will continue to rise. These data do not, however, tell the whole story. It is essential to recognize the difference between the terms weather and climate. Weather refers to short-term conditions. Climate describes temperature and rainfall patterns over many years. We had an unusually warm spring this year. Taken as a single season, that is not useful in determining climate trends. When data from many seasons are studied, however, we begin to see changes in long-term patterns. Using data from all over the world, climate scientists have determined the current average global temperature, about 58°F, has risen close to 2 degrees since the 1880s. Also, the rate of change is increasing, so temperatures will continue to change faster than in the past. Furthermore, some parts of the Earth, closer to the poles, are changing faster than areas closer to the equator. But this doesn’t tell the most interesting and vital part of the story. Two degrees sounds so minor. Averages can


be deceiving. They tell nothing about the range of the data being studied. Temperature extremes, both hot and cold, are being noted more frequently than in the past. Likewise, precipitation extremes are occurring, leaving many facing debilitating droughts while other areas of the world are awash in floodwaters. These extremes put our energy, water, and food supplies in potential peril as all these systems function best when our needs can be estimated consistently. To quote Imler, “By tracking growing degree days, farmers and scientists can more reliably predict important crop events like flowering and harvest windows. However, the story that you can’t see in GDD tracking is the effect of extreme cold or heat.

These types of weather events have significant implications on plant health and productivity.” So, friends, by the time you are reading this, summer vacation will be almost over, and hopefully, your family has had enough beach days, sleepingin mornings, and barbecues to last for the months to come. If not, take advantage of these last weeks. It will be wonderful to start a more typical school year, and my best wishes to all the students and teachers as they return to face-to-face instruction. Cheryl Hach Retired Science Teacher  Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center

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Due to Corona virus be sure to call or look online for possible event changes or cancellations. Through Sunday, Sept. 12 Exhibit: Giants, Dragons & Unicorns, 373-7990, Kalamazoo Valley Museum Through August 1 Summer Restaurant Week Downtown Kalamazoo Through August 7 Summer Reading Bingo Parchment Library Through August 31 Summer Reading Program Comstock Library Through Sunday, Sept. 12 Exhibit: Giants, Dragons & Unicorns, 373-7990 Kalamazoo Valley Museum Sunday, August 1 Summer Concert Series: Kyle Jennings, 6:30pm Kindleberger Park, Parchment Monday, August 2 Teen Pick-up Kit: Watercolor Art, Paw Paw District Library Mondays, Aug. 2,9,16,23,30 Parchment Update Interview Series, Monday, August 2 Children’s Kit Pick-up: Animal Adaptations on YouTube Paw Paw District Library Mondays, Aug. 2,9,16,23,30 Cruise-In at Dean’s Ice Cream In Plainwell, 4:30pm – Dusk Tuesdays, Aug. 3,10,17,24,31 Kalamazoo Farmers Market At Mayors’ Riverfront Park 8am-1pm, 342-5686 Tuesdays, Aug. 3,10 Baby Storytime, 10:30am Comstock Library’s side lawn Wednesdays, Aug. 4,11,18,25 Richland Farmers’ Market 3-6pm, Richland Comm. Ctr. Wednesdays, Aug. 4,11,18,25 Cruise-In’s, 5-8pm Gilmore Car Museum Wednesday, August 4 Workout Wednesdays: Counterpoint Pilates, 5:30-6:30pm, Bronson Park Wednesday, August 4 Music: Coffee With Friends, 5:30-8:30pm,Bates Alley, Kalamazoo Wednesdays, Aug. 4,11,18,25 Bike Night, 6-8pm, Big Tommy’s Pizza & Ice Cream in Richland

Thursdays, August 5,12 Family Storytime @ Merrill Park 10:30am, Comstock Library Thursdays, August 5,12,19,26 Kalamazoo Farmers Market At Mayors Riverfront Park Noon-5pm, 342-5686 Thursdays, August 5,12,19,26 Plainwell Farmers’ Market 3:30-6:30pm, 554 Allegan St. Thursday, August 5 Summer Trivia, 7-8pm Richland Library, 629-9085 Friday, August 6 Art Market, 11:30am-8pm Free gallery admission 5-8pm Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Friday, August 6 Art Hop – Dwtn. Kalamazoo & Vine Neighborhood, 5-8pm Friday, August 5 State on the Street: Kanola Band Kalamazoo State Theatre 5:30-8:30pm, patio opens 5pm Saturdays, August 7,14,21,28 Kalamazoo Farmers Market 7am – 2pm, New Location: Mayors Riverfront Park Saturdays, August 7,14,21,28 Texas Corners Farmers Market 8am-Noon, 375-1591 Saturdays, August 7,14,21,28 Otsego Farmer’s Market 9am-2pm, 112 Kalamazoo St. Saturday, August 7 Internet Users Group on Zoom, 10am-Noon. Paw Paw District Library Saturday, August 7 The Animal Guy, 10:30am & 2pm, Comstock Library Saturday, August 7 Music: James Reeser & The Backseat Drivers, 3-6pm Kalamazoo Mall Sunday, August 8 Summer Concert Series: GullLake Jazz Orchestra, 6:30pm Kindleberger Park, Parchment Monday, August 9 Teen Kit Available: Shark Bites, Paw Paw Library Monday, August 9 Children’s Kit: Shark Attack Finger Puppet on YouTube Paw Paw District Library

Tuesday, August 10 ArtBreak: Printmaking & Pandemic, Part II, 12-1pm Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Thursday, August 19 Parchment Action Team - In Person, 7pm, check for location at

Tuesday, August 10 Adult program on Zoom: Growing a Self-Care Toolbox 6:30-7:30pm, Paw Paw Library

Friday, August 20 State on the Street: DJ Mel V Kalamazoo State Theatre 5:30-8:30pm, patio opens 5pm

Wednesday, August 11 Adult kit pick-up: Stress Relief, Paw Paw Library Wednesday, August 11 Music: Lana and the Tonics Bates Alley, Kal. 5:30-8:30pm Wednesday, August 11 Workout Wednesdays: YMCA Of Greater Kalamazoo, 5:30-6:30, Bronson Park Thursday, August 12 Heartbreak Book Club: The Simple Wild on Zoom & In Person, 6:30pm Paw Paw District Library Saturday, August 14 Classic K-9 Dog Show, 11-Noon, Richland Library Saturday, August 14 Art Detectives: Boats. 11-11:45am, for children ages 4-8 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Saturday, August 14 Vintage in the Zoo & Zoo Flea Handmade Market on the Kzoo walking mall 12-7pm, Saturday, August 14 Music: Hurricane, 3-6pm South Kalamazoo Mall Sunday, August 15 Concert in Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, 4pm Sunday, August 15 Summer Concert Series Feel Good Band, 6:30pm Kindleberger Park, Parchment Monday, August 16 Adult program: Origami on Zoom, 6pm, Comstock Library Wednesday, August 18 Music: Tony Fields & Doug Decker, 5:30-8:30pm, Bates Alley Wednesday, August 18 Artful Evenings: Conservation of Paintings: Historical & Technical Discoveries, 6-7pm Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Saturday, August 21 Music: Rozlyn Heart, 3-6pm, South Kalamazoo Mall Sunday, August 22 Concerts in Bronson Park: Shayna Steele, 7:30pm Sunday, August 22 Summer Concert Series An Evening of Celtic Music, Dance & Culture, 6:30pm Kindleberger Park, Parchment Tuesday, August 24 ArtBreak: Evolution of an Artist Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 12-1pm Wednesday, August 25 Cruise-In @ Great Lakes Pondscapes, Paw Paw, 5-7pm Wednesday, August 25 Music: Big Trouble, 5:30-8:30pm, Bates Alley, Kal. Wednesday, August 25 Workout Wednesdays: Kalamazoo Barre, 5:30-6:30pm, Bronson Park Thursday, August 26 Kalamazoo’s Night Farmers Market, 5-10pm At Mayors Riverfront Park Thursday, August 26 Artist Reception: Ron Holder: Art Inspired by Michigan Richland Library, 5-7pm Fri., Aug. 27- Sat., Aug. 28 Once in a Blue Moon Garage Sale 8/27-4-8pm, 8/28-8am-2pm St. Augustine Cathedral School Saturday, August 28 Music on the Mall: Mainstays 3-6pm, South Kalamazoo Mall Sunday, August 29 Concert in Bronson Park, 4pm Together We Are Stronger: The Music of Sam Cooke Rain location: First Baptist Sunday, August 29 Summer Concert Series Megan Dooley, 6:30pm Kindleberger Park, Parchment Tuesday, August 31 The Revisionistas (Poetry Reading) 6:30pm Parchment Library

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