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The casual Southwestern themed steakhouse, Cork ‘N Cleaver was a popular, local fine dining destination in this area for over 20 years – hosting many special events, such as first dates, birthdays and anniversaries, in addition to company parties, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. The Kalamazoo Cork ‘N Cleaver was the 28th link in the chain restaurant of 80 across the country, with a commitment to quality and excellence in service, people and food. The Kalamazoo location opened on September 11th, 1974 and was located at 3717 E. Cork St., just off of Sprinkle Road. I never realized the restaurant was part of a chain until I began doing research for this story. Cork ‘N Cleaver was known for their delicious hand-cut steaks ranging in size from a petite filet mignon to a 20-ounce super bull cut of slowroasted prime rib. They were also known for their seafood, including the mouth-watering King Crab Legs and the Black and Blue Salmon. The award-winning salad bar was touted as the best salad bar around – brimming with a huge assortment of interesting choices that paired nicely with a delicious complimentary loaf of sweet brown (squaw)

bread. For dessert, the signature mile-high mud pie couldn’t be beat. Former customers posted the following rave reviews on a the popular, Vanished Kalamazoo Facebook site: “One of my first dates with my wife was the Cork ‘N Cleaver and a K-Wings game, I recall hoping she ordered something cheap-ish!” “Best salad bar anywhere!!” “Best mud pie around.” “All-you-can-eat Crab legs – Omg they were wonderful!” “I wouldgo at lunch and have broccoli cheddar soup & mud pie.” “Great place before/after a Wings game.” “The stuffed mushrooms were awesome!!” “Loved the twice baked potatoes, and the waiter told me how to make them at home!” The Cork ‘N Cleaver was the originator of the limited steak menu concept in restaurants, that began during the 1970’s. In fact, the whole menu fit on two sides of an actual cleaver that was presented to you when you were seated – I remember the cleaver being quite heavy! The first Cork ‘N Cleaver opened in 1964 in Phoenix, Arizona, hence, the Southwest design elements of the building - rounded archways, wood beams and stucco, includ-

ing colorful wine bottles embedded into the stucco. The atmosphere was elegant, intimate and comfortable. The original owner and manager of the Kalamazoo Cork ‘N Cleaver was local realtor, Timothy J. Shank. General Manager, Vince Continenza, just 21 years old, was transferred in the 1970’s from the Dayton, Ohio Cork ‘N Cleaver to Kalamazoo to open his own location. After 10 years of running a region of the Cork ‘N Cleaver chains, Continenza partnered with a restaurant group and opened Oakley’s at the Haymarket and Bravo, acting as General Manager. In 1990, he opened the Gull Lake Café as a sole proprietor. In the mid 1970’s, the Chart House restaurant chain bought the Cork ‘N Cleaver brand. Changing food attitudes caused the demise of many steakhouse restaurants like Cork ‘N Cleaver. Chart House closed severallocations in the early 1980’s and by the early 1990’s there were only three left. Two in Indiana, in Fort Wayne and Evansville and one in Kalamazoo (the original Phoenix location was still open, but not partof the chain.) In 1994, a young executive for Chart House restaurants, Wally Seward bought the remaining three

Cork ‘N Cleaver locations from the corporation and moved his family from Daytona Beach to Fort Wayne. Seward believed in the Cork ‘N Cleaver concept and wanted to keep the name going. Sadly, one of Kalamazoo’s favorite steakhouses, the Cork ‘N Cleaver closed and the building was sold in 2014 to Bennucci’s Chicago Oven & Grill. The unique building design with its Southwestern charm, remained the same. The menu featured ribs, steaks, Chicago deep-dish pizza and live entertainment. Bennucci’s has since closed. The original Cork ‘N Cleaver building has recently been razed and the property is now home to Avid Hotel by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a British multinational hospitality company. Today, there are three Cork ‘N Cleaver independently owned restaurant locations still open - one in Fargo, North Dakota and two in Indiana - one in Evansville and another in Fort Wayne (only a 2-hour drive from Kalamazoo!) Jackie Merriam


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GARDENING Outdoor Decorating Made Easy

Wait! Don’t put away all your outdoor planters! I know the vibrancy of your flowerbeds and the rich, lush colors of your landscape are gone, but that doesn’t mean the outside of your home has to look bland for the winter season. With warm weather pots, window boxes and hanging baskets already in place, decorating the outside of your house this winter will be a cinch! 1. Use only containers that are winter safe. Porous pots, like terra cotta, are not a good choice as they tend to crack when they freeze. Better choices include cast iron or aluminum urns, fiberglass or foam containers and cocoa-lined wire hanging baskets and troughs. For a truly holiday look, consider containers that may have red-andgreen coloration or other holiday hues, or look for whimsical holiday-themed designs. 2. Use the soil that is already in your containers. Remove just the tops from your previous plantings, allowing their roots to remain in the soil as an anchor for your winter arrangement. OASIS Floral foam is another good choice that works well for smaller outdoor arrangements like those in hanging baskets. You may also need some plant or gardening pins to help keep your arrangement in place and secure. 3. Begin by adding greens to your container (note: your greens will last longer if sprayed with or soaked in Wilt-Stop for 24 hours before using). Cut branches to the desired length and remove all green needles from the portion that will be inserted into the soil. Create a dense base for your arrangement using either white pine or Fraser fir. Consider allowing some boughs to trail over the edge of the arrangement for more visual interest or mix up different types

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of greens for interesting texture. 4. Create a focal point for your arrangement with the addition of a few tall branches of curly willow, Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick, red twig dogwood or white painted birch. Position these taller elements near the back of the arrangement to allow more room for additional plants and decorative items. To add more magic to the arrangement, consider painting taller branches gold or silver. 5. To include additional color and texture, incorporate more winter-themed plants into the arrangement. Magnolia leaves, holly, incense cedar, winterberry, China berry, pepper berry, protea, eucalyptus or other decorative branches and berries are all top choices. Go for a lush, tiered look for the best effect. 6. To bring your arrangement to life add mini white or colored lights, desired ornaments and weatherproof ribbon. For a more whimsical look, consider garlands, candy canes, cranberry strings or even a fairy gingerbread house. Remove these when the holiday season ends and leave the arrangement intact until time for spring planting. 7. You might spruce up around the pot to bring even more notice to your arrangement. Consider a ribbon around the pot or add light-up gift boxes or wrapped boxes around the pot to create a larger focus. With just a few steps, the outdoor containers you enjoy in spring, summer and fall can continue to be lovely accents for holiday and winter decoration. Terrie Schwartz Wedel’s Nursery, Florist & Garden Center

The History of Aprons I don’t think most kids today know what an apron is. The principle use of Mom or Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, she wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into

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the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, she walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes. REMEMBER: Moms and Grandma’s used to set hot baked apple pies on the windowsill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the windowsill to thaw. They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love - Author Unknown-

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In Search of our Super-Powers A Mother and Daughter Adventure Series Jane: My friend Theo says to me, “2020 is the first year of my life that I have vacation days left at the end of the year. Twelve days off and nowhere to go!” Twelve days? It’s nearly perfect. On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… A Book. This year—a book is the perfect Christmas gift: lots of time to read, no place to go, and all those goodies to eat all by yourself. For all you “true loves” out there, here’s the twelve days of Christmas book list: A Partridge in a Pear Tree. Let’s begin in the spirit of the season, a fast read, and exciting: Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, by Eben Alexander, MD. If you haven’t read any near-death accounts from people who died and were revived, 2020 is a good year to get educated. Two Turtle Doves are soft and peaceful and so are the best nighttime books for children. Alma and How She Got Her Name, by Juana Martinez-Neal is a 2019 Caldecott winner. Ask for it at Book Bug in Portage. Three French Hens conjures up a delicious meal, doesn’t it? This year perhaps a small meal is in order. Perhaps, something that doesn’t require a trip to the store, as well. Look up

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years ago, consider finding a copy on Abebooks.com, a site that lets you search independent sellers all around the world! Ten Lords a Leaping. You don’t need to be a lord to leap! Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper tells the story of the first African American woman to win a gold medal at the Olympics, a great reminder to never give up on your dreams. Eleven Pipers Piping. Do you like history? How about archaeology? If so, consider reading up about the most famous piper of them all, the trickster god Kokopelli. Dennis Slifer guides us around the Southwest in Kokopelli: The Magic, Mirth, and Mischief of an Ancient Symbol. Twelve Drummers Drumming. Looking for new music? Let Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty by Ren Ratliff help you find your new beat. This book is a great present for the music critic on your shopping list, giving them history, critique, and plenty of reflection on what it means to be a music lover in a world where music has never been more accessible. Someday we will all tell stories of our experiences in 2020 to wide eyed children and grandchildren. Who knows, some of us might even write books about it! For now, grab a story, curl up in front of the fire, and have some cocoa. We wish you and yours peaceful happy holidays. Jane & Elllen Knuth

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The name Vintage Modern may sound like an oxymoron, but it simply means vintage items that reflect the style of Modernism, a style and art movement popularized post WWI. The Vintage Modern Shop specializes in quality vintage and antique collectibles, housewares, furniture and works of art. Owner and curator, Heather Hilgart is a stickler for offering items that are in excellent to mint condition, making an exception only for rare or unique items. I stumbled on the adorable shop while out for a bike ride around Gull Lake. I couldn’t help notice all of the unique items strategically placed in front of the store that drew me inside to see more. Seeing a train case to hold toiletries for travel, like the one my mom owns, was a blast from the past. As were many other household items. I also noticed that she had many complete sets and matching companion pieces (ex. matching table & floor lamp set.) Heather takes pride in offering something for everyone at The Vintage Modern Shop. She loves making people happy by finding treasured items. She keeps a customer wish list and then finds these items for her customers either in her own stock or actively purchases especially for them. Because of her stellar location on the Bay of Gull Lake; she has gotten several requests for Gull Lake postcards & Gull Lake water skis. Helping customers add some flair to their décor is Heather’s specialty. Although she graduated with a psychology degree

and went on to get her master’s degree in Organizational Development, she briefly studied art history. This passion carried forward to her love of design and curation. The alignment of items, paired with using accent colors is key to creating an interesting and welcoming space. The pyramidal composition approach is leading the eye from the bottom with items placed down low to the center and up to the pinnacle, a friend and decorator referred to this concept as the sun, moon and stars approach, which has stuck with her over the years. She recently had a few customers bring in pictures of her home interior, Heather suggests items in the shop to enhance their décor, which were purchased and lovingly placed in their homes. Heather said that what most vintage dealers come to know is there seem to be two types of individuals – those that collect and others that think this stuff is just old junk. However, she has noticed since the recent pandemic being a low point for many, more people are interested in vintage as a way to enjoy nostalgia, reminisce about simpler times and enjoy the high-quality and design that vintage offers. Mid-century modern is Heather’s vintage of choice, a design style that was popular from the 1930’s through the 1970’s. Clean lines and organic shapes characterize this style. Both of her grandmother’s homes and decorating styles have influenced her love of this period; from atomic era to Danish modern. Her home

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First and foremost, caring for yourself is a top priority. Your child depends on their caregivers both to meet their physical needs and help managing big emotions. When a parent is depleted, spread too thin, or overwhelmed, your child’s level of stress will increase as well. When an adult’s stress increases, they have words to express it. When a child’s stress increases, they use behaviors to communicate it.

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An Island City Holiday This year’s holiday plans may look a little different due to the pandemic, but one thing we can still look forward to is the warm-fuzzy, welcoming sensation an impeccably festive small town can invoke. There may be no better spot to achieve that holiday-happy feeling this year than downtown Plainwell. Downtown Plainwell, located along US-131 between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, is a charming Southwest Michigan spot that is home to boutiques, specialty shops, cafes and restaurants, parks, and more. Downtown business owners and city staff work hard all year to make the city feel like home for their community and those who visit, but the holiday season is where they pull out all the stops. “My business has called The Island City home for over 14 years, and it is the coziest place to be during the holiday season,” said Pam Porritt, owner of Plainwell Flowers. “Our business owners get so excited to make this a special spot for everyone to shop, dine, and enjoy.” Plainwell will host their annual Tree Lighting on December 4th from 4-7 p.m. among several downtown locations to keep eventgoers socially distanced. “We have many community orga-

nizations and downtown merchants participating in this special night to make it festive, flowing, and safe,” said Denise Siegel, City of Plainwell Community Development Manager. Live music provided by Perfect Image Salon can be enjoyed while strolling through the park aglow with décor and oversized wooden Christmas cards. Kids can participate in a candy cane hunt, enjoy pre-packaged cookies (at Plainwell United Methodist Church), visit with Santa (at Ace Hardware), and drop their letters and wish-lists in a box destined for the North Pole (at Bridge Street

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GROUNDBREAKING EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS THE CULTURAL IMPACT OF ASIAN IMMIGRATION TO LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is pleased to announce Cultural Encounters: Art of Asian Diasporas in Latin America & The Caribbean, 1945–Present, an exhibition that explores Asian migration to Latin America and the Caribbean and its influence on modern and contemporary art. Cultural Encounters is on view through January 17, 2021 taking over the entire main floor galleries. This long awaited exhibition was inspired by the permanent collection of the AMA | Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States. Cultural Encounters features approximately 70 important works by Latin American and Caribbean artists of Asian heritage. It demonstrates how these works emerged from cross-directional global dialogues between the artists,

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Due to COVID-19, and ensuring all necessary CDC guidelines are followed, the 2020 New Year’s Fest will be hybrid. This will allow New Year’s Fest to be able to use both outdoor space in Bronson Park & the Kalamazoo Mall, and offer virtual performances through the sites live streaming with show times also available through Public Media Network.  At this time, local rulings prevent inperson performances.  Should this be

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What’s a Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey dinner without cranberries? The grocery stores featuring plenty of fresh cranberries and there’s always an ample supply of canned cranberry sauce all year long. In addition, cranberry juice has gained a reputation as being instrumental in either treating or preventing urinary tract infections. Let’s examine the science relating to those claims. Half of American women will experience the pain, burning, and urgency of a urinary tract infection at least once in her lifetime. Do cranberry drinks or supplements prevent UTI’s? The cranberry industry wants you to believe that but here’s the real story. According to the December 2020 issue of The Nutrition Action Health Letter, in 2017 the FDA concluded that the science wasn’t strong enough to support the claim that cranberry drinks, foods, or supplements can help prevent recurrent UTI’s in healthy women. But the agency since said that it will allow cranberry products to make a “qualified” health claim, which requires weaker evidence.

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Why do cranberries and our urinary tract have a “relationship” in the first place? It’s because UTI’s typically occur when bacteria make their way up the urethra and colonize in the bladder. In test tubes, cranberry extract can prevent some bacteria from binding to the cells that line the urinary tract. But if you’ve heard that drinking loads of cranberry juice cocktail at the first sign of UTI can nip in the bud, forget it. Even the cranberry industry doesn’t claim that cranberries can treat a UTI. Instead it says that drinking

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Recipes There’s no easier way to add a little extra warmth to your holiday than by warming up the wines you serve! The practice of warming up wine is far from new. In fact, according to online sources, the practice of heating up wines originated way, way back in century #2! Created by the Romans, who would heat wine to help keep them warm in during the cold winter, it appears that wherever the Romans went – and conquered –the love for mulled wines came and conquered, too! Because of this, during the Middle Ages, Europeans started adding spices in for medicinal purposes- to

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mulled wine is not as difficult as you might think. Although expensive wines can be used to impress, inexpensive dry red table wines actually make a good mulled wine, as well. In fact, an inexpensive Cabernet Sauvignon or Burgundy make good choices and stronger flavored wines like Merlot will not.  When choosing spices, consider the possible flavor combinations that may come as a result.  Experiment with combinations that include the following spices: pepper, ginger, cloves, thyme, lavender, star anise, basil, and cardamom. Do so by putting several different combinations on a plate. Keep notes about what spices are in each mixture, and then pour yourself a glass of the

type of wine you intend to use for your mulled wine. Alternate dipping your finger into each of the spice combinations, placing them on your tongue, and then sipping the wine until you find the winner. Be sure to eat a cracker to cleanse your palate in between! If you are not into experimenting and just want something neat, here is a trio of simmering recipes specifically designed to help make your holidays a little sweeter – Happy Holidays! Laura Kurella

Simmering Seasonal-spiced Wine Prep time: 1.25 hours; Yield: 12 servings.

INGREDIENTS 2 oranges 2 (750 milliliter) bottles red wine 1 (750 milliliter) bottle white wine 1 (3 inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced 3 cinnamon sticks 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, or to taste 1/4-cup brandy (optional) DIRECTIONS Using a sharp knife or a vegetable peeler, remove zest from oranges, being careful to remove only the zest, not the pith. Juice the oranges into a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Add the red wine and white wine then add the orange zest, ginger, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and brown sugar. Stir to dissolve sugar. Cover and heat over medium-high until heated through, but not boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let mellow for an hour, or longer, to bring the flavors out. Adjust sweetness by adding, more or less, brown sugar. Strain before serving hot with a splash of brandy, if desired.

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Christmas Chianti

INGREDIENTS 2 clementine oranges 1 lemon 1 lime 1 cup granulated sugar 6 whole cloves 1 cinnamon stick 3 fresh bay leaves 1 whole nutmeg, for grating 1 vanilla bean pod 2 bottles Chianti or other Italian red wine 2 whole star anise DIRECTIONS Cut fruit in half, then juice into a measuring cup. Using a knife or tool, cut large sections of the colorful zest rind away from the pith of all the fruit, reserving only the colored zest and discarding white pith. In a large saucepan over a medium heat, place sugar and pieces of zest peel from all the fruit. Pour juice from all the fruits over the sugar then add cloves, cin-

namon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Halve the vanilla pod, lengthways, and add, then stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar. Bring to a rolling boil, and

let boil, stirring occasionally, for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until it renders into a thick syrup. Once syrup stage has achieved, reduce heat to low. Add the star anise and the

rest of the wine. Over low heat, gently heat wine, about five minutes, then hold warm until serving.

Mulled Wine Cocktail

Hot, spicy and delicious, serve your guests a mulled wine cocktail and they’ll be coming back for more! Prep: 10 mins; Cook: 5 mins; Serves: 6-8

INGREDIENTS 1 bottle of red wine Generous splash of brandy 2-3 tablespoons light brown sugar 2 oranges, sliced Handful of sliced dried cranberries 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely sliced 2 cinnamon sticks, broken, plus extra to serve Garnish: Handful of fresh cranberries, cinnamon sticks (optional) DIRECTIONS In a large pan, combine wine and brandy. Stir in sugar, orange slices, dried cranberries, ginger and cinnamon sticks. Heat gently (do not boil) for 3-4 minutes, until sugar dissolves. Ladle into cocktail glasses. Serve hot with fresh cranberries and a cinnamon stick.

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New for 2020, The Signature Artists, LLC Gallery is offering a combination of virtual and studio hosted shopping experiences for their patrons. Out of concern for the health and safety of the community, the gallery is open online running through December 27th. This annual event has become the highlight for the artistic community and for their customers. Many Signature artists that you know and love are back again this year, plus a few new ones. Visit their website www.signature-artist.com and click “Signature 2020 Gallery” to

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gallery opened in the Haymarket Building in downtown Kalamazoo and remained in the downtown area for three years. The gallery moved inside the Crossroads Mall and around that area for ten plus years before heading to the west side of Kalamazoo, inside the former Maple Hill Mall. The gallery has been in various spaces in the West Main and Drake area, including a variety of storefronts in the Westwood Plaza, for more

than 20 years. For more information or to support local artists and find unique holiday gifts visit their website at signatureartist.com or call (269) 323-3633. Be sure to sign up for the Signature newsletter for timely updates and to let you know where to find them each year. They look forward to returning to their regular brick and mortar holiday gallery in 2021. Jackie Merriam


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Winter’s Coming!

It occurs to me that Midwesterners are a very congenial bunch! When I travel to other parts of the country, I’m struck by my tendency to strike up small talk - in elevators, waiting for luggage at airports, at the grocery store. Visiting my daughter on the East Coast, it seems to me that passers-by are “eyes straight ahead, no talking” sorts. Maybe our Midwestern, friendly, good-naturedness is because we’ve learned to just enjoy the moment. I suspect we get that from our weather patterns. Now, stay with me for a moment while I explain my thinking… I am an entirely Midwestern “girl.” I grew up in Cleveland, attended Midwest colleges, and have lived in Kalamazoo since 1983. I realize that, as much as I enjoy a sunny spring break trip, I would not want to live anywhere without seasonal changes. I pity folks who don’t know the beauty of watching leaves turn gorgeous colors as September melts into October. Trees usually change from the top and color drifts down the foliage, much like strawberry topping on a sundae. Yum! Maybe it’s being a teacher for so long, but I still thrill at those first season snows, with fluffy, enormous flakes falling straight down - accumulating on the grass, but only wetting the sidewalk. And the first hint of green as snowdrops peek out of brown, dormant grass. What a harbinger of spring rebirth! Yes- of course, there is also raking, shoveling, and treacherous roads, but I look

past them with the surety of change, just around the corner, in Michigan weather. How boring it would be to have sunny skies all the time! Whenever people describe our weather, someone is sure to quote the adage, “If you don’t like the weather in Michigan, just wait 15 minutes. It’ll change.” Most times it takes longer than fifteen minutes, but, to quote an old song, “nothing’s quite as sure as change.” Our geographic location and prevailing winds are responsible for the wide variability of weather within seasons and the difficulty meteorologists have making accurate predictions over extended (or even daily) periods. Giving credit where it’s due, our region isn’t subject to the widest swings in temperature. Canadian

provinces and states like Wyoming, South Dakota, and Montana have those records. The Great Lakes moderate our temperatures because those large bodies of freshwater absorb some of the warmth (or chill) of the air as it passes from west to east. It takes a lot of heat energy to warm water. Just ask anyone who still uses a tea kettle for their morning jolt of caffeine! It’s bad if you’re in a hurry for your cup of Joe, but nice if you want a cool, lake breeze on a hot day in July. Soil holds the heat, but the air temperature, as it moves onshore, is usually cooler. That brings us to a common complaint – humidity! Warm air holds more water vapor than cooler air. In summer, it means warmer air, high in

the upper atmosphere, can hold more water vapor than air below and, as it cools while passing over the water – rain! This also relates to another dreaded, winter event…. lake effect snow! In this case, cold upper air (thanks, Montana!) meets warmer air that has picked up moisture as it passes over Lake Michigan. As this more humid air comes onshore, the cold ground cools the air quickly, which forces water out of the air and down to the ground as - snow! Inches of it! By the time this air gets to Kalamazoo, if it’s not out of moisture entirely, depending on airspeed and the amount of water vapor it contains, we may get just a dusting or a foot or more. Hard to predict! We Great Lakes Midwesterners have had to develop the agility to “bob and weave” with respect to changing weather. I, for one, love the variability of our outdoor environment. Sometimes it’s hard to feel joy on a freezing cold morning, especially when scraping ice off the windshield, but it’s the price we pay for the warm summer mornings, the beauty of fall foliage, and the pleasure of hot cocoa on a “snow day”….if we ever have them again, in these COVID times! Cheryl Hach Retired Science Teacher Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center

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Due to Caronavirus be sure to call or look online for possible event changes or cancellations. Through Sunday, January 3 Exhibit: Ocean Bound! Kalamazoo Valley Museum Tues., Dec. 1 – Thurs. Dec. 31 Stop in and create a link for their paper chain project Parchment Library, 343-7747 Tues. Dec. 1 – Mon. Dec. 7 Adult Craft: Fabric Gift Bows Register Now 345-0136 Youtube.com: comstocklibrary.org Events, Craft Pick up 12/7-12/11 Thursday, December 3 Hoopla Book Club: The Gown By Jennifer Robson, 1pm. Zoom: Parchmentlibrary.org/hooplabook-club Thurs. - Sun. Dec. 3,4,5,6,10,11 12,13,17,18,19,20,24,25,26,27 River Lights along the St. Joe River in Three Rivers, 207 E. Michigan, 5:30-10pm Riverlightsofwonder.com Thursday, December 3 Book (ish) Literary Trivia Live on Facebook 7-8:30pm Richland Community Library

Friday, December 4 Memory Café on Zoom for those with Mild dementia & caregivers, 10:30-11:30am Paw Paw Library, call (269) 657-3800 for info. Saturdays, Dec. 5,12,19 Kalamazoo Farmers Market 9am-1pm, 342-5686 Sat., Dec. 5 – Sun., Dec. 6 31st Annual Christmas Craft Show, Sat. 9-4, Sun. 10-4 Wings Event Center 349-1185 Sunday, December 6 The Gilmore Piano Masters Series: Yefim Bronfman Live stream: thegilmore.org 2-3pm, 342-1166 Tuesday, December 8 The Heartbreak Book Club: One Day in December By Josie Silver Zoom Meeting 10:30am Find meeting number & code on Paw Paw Library Facebook page

Tues., Dec. 8 – Sun., Dec. 13 Naughty or Nice Virtual Family Mystery Game Richlandlibrary.org, 629-9085 Wednesday, December 9 Birds & Coffee chats on Zoom Favorite Feeder Bird Species Register ahead: birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu, 671-2510, 10am Saturday, December 12 Internet Users Group, 10am Learn how to turn an old CD Into an eye-catching ornament Kits avail. For PU starting 12/7 Facebook Live Program Paw Paw Library Saturday, December 12 Kzoo Candy Cane Fest Mayors Riverfront Park 251 Mills St., Kalamazoo 4-8pm, 337-8191 kzooparks.org/programs Tuesday, December 15 Take & Make Craft: Tea Light Snowmen, Register: Richlandlibrary.org, (269) 629-9085

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