Mexican Restaurant The name Chi-Chi’s is synonymous with salsa, nachos, chimichangas, fried ice cream and many other Tex Mex favorites. Former Green Bay Packers player Max McGee, who loved Mexican food and restaurateur Marno McDermott (his wife’s nickname was Chi Chi), opened the first Chi-Chi’s restaurant in downtown Minneapolis in 1975. The restaurant was a huge success, bringing in two million dollars during the first year. The Chi-Chi’s restaurant had little
to 1986. Chi-Chi’s in Kalamazoo opened in 1982 and was located at 5609 W. Main Street, adjacent to US-131. While in college, my roommate and
competition in the Midwest and quickly became a popular restaurant chain expanding to 237 locations by 1986, 42 of which opened in 1985 alone. Former KFC Executive, Shelly Frank ran the chain from 1977
I loved to go to Chi-Chi’s during happy hour, where they offered an awesome free appetizer buffet with a drink purchase. I’m sure we were every waiters/waitresses worst nightmare, purchasing one margarita
and making a meal out of the free appetizers. Former Chi-Chi’s fans on the Vanished Kalamazoo website shared these memories: “The chimichangas were the best. I haven’t found anything close since they closed.” “So much fun and good food.” “Loved the margaritas.” “The Diablo sauce was amazing,” “Loved the free chips and salsa.” “Mmmm Fried Ice Cream.” Loved the “Cancun” seafood enchiladas with white sauce - miss that place!” “ Worked at Chi-Chi’s for 15 years. I still miss the wonderful people I worked with.” Many birthdays were celebrated at Chi-Chi’s, where they made a spectacle of the birthday guest by placing a huge sombrero on their head, while the wait staff sang a special Happy Birthday song at the top of their lungs. Kids were special at Chi-Chi’s with the kid’s menu even doubling as a paper sombrero. A full meal was only $1.50 - $1.95 and came with a small logo Frisbee. Increased competition and unfortunate events are cited for the eventual demise of the restaurant chain that decreased to 144 locations by 2002. Chi-Chi’s filed for bankruptcy in 2003; and a month after that filing, tainted green onions imported from Mexico and served at a Chi-Chi’s
near Pittsburgh caused the largest hepatitis A outbreak in American history that sickened 636 people and killed four. The remaining 65 restaurants closed the following year. Oddly enough, there are 11 Chi-Chi’s restaurants still open in Europe, eight of those in Belgium. Hormel Foods acquired the rights to produce and market Chi-Chi’s branded products in 1987. By 1996 they were making $60-million annually from this product line. In 2009, Hormel formed a 50/50 venture with Mexico-based Herdez Del Fuerte, forming a new company named MegaMex Foods, LLC, where the Chi-Chi’s brand was placed. Today, the famous Chi-Chi’s restaurants are gone in the United States and Canada, but the flavor and festive feeling lives on with Chi-Chi’s delicious dips, tortillas, tortilla chips and legendary salsas that you can purchase at major supermarkets and discount stores. The former Chi-Chi’s building in Kalamazoo has since housed the Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chain (2005-2009) and presently is home to Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan. Jackie Merriam
It’s Tomato Time!
Only two things that money can’t buy, and that’s true love and homegrown tomatoes - Guy Clark From small cherry tomatoes to softball-sized slicers and pretty much all colors of the rainbow, there is a tomato out there sure to tickle your fancy, and your taste buds, this summer. And, to go along with that abundance of riches, there are probably as many methods for improving your tomato-growing season as there are varieties of tomatoes! There’s an incredible array of stakes and cages, seeds and soil mixes, and how-to articles and videos on pruning, propagation, and production. Container gardening levels the playing field, and using Smart Pots provide the means to create an ideal growing environment even if your Garden of Eatin’ is confined to a porch, patio, balcony, or parking place. Here are a few of our top tips for great tomato gardening this season: When: timing is crucial in getting a great start. Plant your
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tomato seedlings when soil temperatures reach a minimum of 60 degrees Fahrenheit; planting too early in cool soil will not give you a head start and may lead to disease and crop failure. A soil temperature probe can guide your planting. What: baffled by the dizzying varieties of tomatoes? Wedel’s, your local garden center, is a great resource for tomato plants. Small seedlings less than a foot tall will usually be the most successful growers when transplanted into your container or raised bed. Where: all tomatoes need at least 6 hours of sun daily, so choose your site accordingly. Smart Pot container growing can allow you to “chase the sun” by moving your plant during the day, but it may take a bit of ingenuity if you are growing one of the larger, indeterminate* varieties of tomatoes. In those cases, consider placing your Smart Pot on a platform with wheels to ease the process if your sunny spots are sparse. Smaller tomato varieties are easier to move, includ-
why President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month, ( July 18th this year) is National Ice Cream Day. Ice cream is big business. It’s an $11 billion dollar industry that supports 26,000 jobs. I love that the majority of the U.S. ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturers have been in business for more than 50 years and many are still family-owned! Michigan, along with the rest of the Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin) is the most successful ice cream market according to both ice cream makers and retailers. The top five flavors include the basics: Vanilla and Chocolate, as well as Cookies N’ Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip
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GOOD NEWS ing most determinate* types—dwarfs, patio varieties, some cherry and current tomatoes—can thrive in smaller Smart Pots sizes, but will need more frequent watering and feeding. Keep a close eye on these, as the smaller soil volumes will provide less water and nutrient storage than larger containers. How: bigger tomatoes need bigger containers for the abundant roots necessary to produce abundant fruits! 20-gallon containers are the best size for optimum plant health and growth. Smart Pots fabric planters provide an aerated growing environment with superior drainage, evaporative cooling, and root pruning for hearty and healthy plants, and will help protect your tomato plant roots from becoming waterlogged and overheated in the prime producing periods of your summer season. Also, tomatoes can produce adventitious or primordial roots all along their stems as well as at the base of the plant, so removing lower leaves and planting deeply will allow your tomato to develop a more extensive root system to support your crop. Choose high-quality container growing soil mix, such as Dairy Doo Veggie Doo mix or Fertilome All-Purpose mix, and provide ample water, allowing your soil to dry very slightly between deep watering. Tomatoes are heavy feeders, so choose an organic fertilizer such as Espoma Tomato Tone or one where the middle number (potassium) is higher than the others to help your plants produce more flowers and resulting fruits. Problem Prevention: To control Blossom End Rot, spray
plants with Fertilome Yield Booster calcium spray twice a month from June through August. To control insects, spray with Organic Fertilome Triple Action. Always spray when temperatures are below 72° F. *All tomatoes are either determinate or indeterminate varieties. The size of the plant is pre-determined by genetics. Determinate tomato varieties reach a certain height and then stop growing. Tomatoes will bear on the ends of the branches, and most of their fruits will mature within a month or two producing a big harvest for canning, freezing, making sauces, and sharing. Indeterminate tomatoes will grow and produce fruits all along their stems throughout the entire growing season, limited only by weather and available resources such as water and nutrients. Indeterminate varieties will produce tomatoes for a longer period for salads, sandwiches, and other fresh uses. Planting some of each will provide the best of both worlds! Picture and most of information courtesy of SmartPots.com Terrie Schwartz Wedel’s Nursery, Florist & Garden Center
and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Waffle cones and sugar cones are tied for the most popular container. Here’s the scoop on Americans’ favorite ice cream mix- in’s: Pecans are the most popular nut flavoring, strawberry is the most popular fruit in ice cream and candy & chocolate pieces are the most popular confections in ice cream Don’t miss the perfect opportunity to celebrate summer and National Ice Cream Month this July! Grab a scoop or two or three of your favorite flavor(s). Jackie Merriam Information courtesy of the International Dairy Foods Association
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Pandemic Wedding Jane: We began with canopies. In my opinion, every party planner should consider canopies. I dialed the number for Canopeum, a local rental company, and spoke with a nice young woman who thought I was eccentric. “You want eight tents for a wedding of 36 people? Ma’am, Are you sure? We have a tent big enough to hold the entire crowd.” “Yes, eight small tents,” I repeated. “We want each family group to have their own canopy because of the pandemic and social distancing.” The Canopeum owners must work hard
to train their staff to deliver what the customer prefers. Without hesitation she scheduled the tents to be delivered and set up the day before the wedding, then she offered tables, chairs, linens, and a myriad of supplies I had not thought of—details that filled every need. Canopeum was a confidence building start to our festivities. The second thing on my list was the food. Which caterer to hire? My friend Peggy recommended The Millennium Restaurant Group who run Fieldstone Grill, Cove, and Martell’s, among others. “I like those restau-
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me, “Ranunculus, tulips, sweet peas, snapdragons, anemones…” and true to her word, when the arrangements arrived, I gasped. There is just something about lovingly tended flowers that can’t be matched. We first met our photographer, Ryan Inman, for a winter engagement shoot on the shores of Lake Michigan. His ability to create magical images from cold, windswept dunes was astonishing and I had every confidence that he’d understand the charm of the flower-filled yard and cute canopy village we had created. Sure enough, within moments of arriving on the day of the wedding, multiple cameras in hand, Ryan was framing shots and looking for the best light. “You’re going to have so many detail shots!” He enthused, as I showed him around the tents and place settings, all china, crystal, and silver donated by friends and family. “This is so fun!” It really was a lot of fun. After a year of stress, planning, and a ton of pandemic produced uncertainty the day couldn’t have gone better. Standing on our flower hill, surrounded by friends and family, Michael and I very happily married each other. It’s the start of the next part of our story.
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Shop 2nd Saturday’s in Downtown Kzoo! Summer is here Good News Paper readers! So wonderful to see the world begin to open up- kids starting to play in the neighborhood, getting together with the family, and events! As mentioned in our last article, we are so happy to say Vintage in the Zoo Market is back. This year we have also created a new brand/ market event to be held in tandem with our flagship vintage events “Zoo Flea Handmade Market.” We started Zoo Flea in response to a common ask from potential market vendors “I don’t sell vintage, but create these items and see similar things at your
event.” Zoo Flea is here to welcome innovative and independent creators, designers, and dreamers that hold a modern, handmade, DIY spirit. Vintage in the Zoo and Zoo Flea also have a new home for 2021DOWNTOWN KALAMAZOO! Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Downtown Kalamazoo Merchants, and Vintage in the Zoo LLC have joined forces to present a monthly local shopping event “Shop 2nd Saturday’s” these events will happen across the Downtown Kalamazoo walking mall every second
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Require Work in Our Instant Gratification World It seems that we as a society have become accustomed to having it all right now. With social media, a million things on tv, a store or restaurant at every corner, it’s hard to recognize the good things in life don’t happen overnight. Relationships are work, they are hard work. There is no magic pill to create happily ever after. Sometimes, it may seem easier to throw in the towel, and sometimes it may be the right choice. However, there are ways to make many relationships work if you are willing to put in the hard work. Learning and understanding your partner is key to a successful happy life together. What are their triggers? What makes them feel good about themselves? What continues to drive the two of you to the future together? When you first met you were learning each other. After the initial stages of infatuation, the real work emerges. It takes active listening, learning to let go of control, vulner-
ability, embracing change, and complete and total honesty. You can’t change each other so stop trying to go down that path. Look in the mirror and see what you can change within yourself to strengthen both you and your relationship. Making temporary efforts to work at creating the relationship that you both want can seem overwhelming and difficult at times, but it won’t last forever. It is usually unavoidable to not have to put some work into your relationship, however, the hard part won’t last forever. You may have bumps along the road, but learning how to put in the blood, sweat, and tears will strengthen your relationship. When you look at your relationship as a gift that has the opportunity to grow and prosper, the work doesn’t seem so daunting. Being unrealistic
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The Gull Prairie Preserve The Gull Prairie Preserve, which is nestled in the heart of the Village of Richland, is now open to the surrounding community. The preserve opened in the fall of 2020 and was open this past winter to cross country skiers and those who dared to trek out into the snowy Michigan weather. Now that summer is heating up, the trail is ready to be populated with more folks ready to enjoy the nature that the Richland/Gull Lake area has to offer. The entrance to the preserve, parking, and the beginning of the trail can be found across the street from Richland Hardware on 32nd street, only minutes north from the library. Stretching over 160 acres the preserve contains a two-mile trail that offers scenic views to runners, and hikers alike. The land has faced pressure from surrounding developments, but has been established as a preserve to maintain and enhance the integrity of the area’s natural state.
The trail, even in its early stages, offers patrons an immersive trek through nature. The path includes winding hills through tall prairie grasses, stretches of forest, and even views of two different ponds. After only minutes of being on the trail, the hustle and bustle of 32nd Street seems to completely melt into the distance, and you become immersed in the tall prairie grasses and the nature surrounding you. The noise of car engines is quickly replaced with the sound of birds within minutes. The terrain is manageable, and have enjoyed my walks every time that I have visited. As someone who lives on a busy street, I can testify that the trail providesmore enjoyable views than my roadside walks, as it offers an upclose experience with nature. Those who wish to share the experience with their dog(s) are welcome, but must remain on a leash. The future of the trail is promising, as the planting of 3,300 evergreen
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“Pizza and ice cream make people happy,” said owner, Derek Miller, when I asked him why he and his wife Katie decided on their new business venture, Big Tommy’s Pizza & ice cream. When I walked through the door on a recent visit, the wonderful aroma of waffles was wafting in the air. Big Tommy’s serves fresh made waffle cones and bowls, along with 40+ flavors of MOO-ville Quality Creamery premium ice cream! A few favorites with kids, and kids at heart, include: Cookie Monster (Blue Moon ice cream with Oreo and cookie dough pieces) and Stars and Stripes Birthday Cake (White cake batter ice cream with blue frosting and red pieces of cake. They also offer sundaes, banana splits, shakes/ malts, quarts, soft-serve ice cream,
non-dairy vanilla and chocolate and a no sugar added black cherry option. Big Tommy’s provides five specialty pizza’s: Vice President, The Carnivore, Zesty Italiano, The Island and their signature pizza, The Big Tommy (“dream supreme”) that starts with their fresh house recipe red sauce and is topped with pepperoni, sausage, onion, green pepper, mushroom, mozzarella and ends with more red sauce – yum! Their pizzas are prepared on a thin crust, however, they offer a thick crust (10” only) and even a gluten free option for a $3 extra charge. Sauces include their original red sauce, BBQ and Alfredo. Don’t forget to add a delicious order of breadsticks or their notable cheese bread! The Miller’s continue to work as managers at the FireKeepers Casino,
where they met and have worked since its opening 12 years ago. Owning a small business has always been the couple’s dream and they couldn’t be happier with the warm welcome and community support they’ve received since opening May 14th. “We especially appreciate the patience the community has shown, while we fine tune our restaurant,” says Derek. They are grateful for family members who have volunteered their time towards their dream, especially Derek’s Dad, Jim Miller, who has recently retired and is in the restaurant most days. Katie’s Dad, Tom Reid, was surprised when the couple unveiled the restaurant sign, depicting his picture and a play on his name The Miller’s also feel fortunate to have found such talented and friendly staff members to join the Big Tom-
my’s team, including manager, Sam Hunley, along with several local high school students. “We enjoy interacting with guests. Seeing them satisfied and happy is the reason we’re in business,” commented Derek. Stop into Big Tommy’s Pizza & Ice Cream Wednesday, Thursday from Noon9pm or Saturday & Sunday Noon10pm. They are closed Monday & Tuesday. Pizza orders must be in an hour before closing. Big Tommy’s is located at 8885 32nd St. in Richland, near M-43. To place a take-out order call (269) 203-7545. Follow them on Facebook at BigTommysPizzaIceCream. Jackie Merriam
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There are many good reasons we all need to shop local. If we don’t, those cool local shops and businesses we like could disappear. If local businesses disappear, we may be left with only one or two choices to buy the things we need, and that will be at one of the retail giants. Shopping local is convenient, fast, and helps keep you and your neighbors employed. One of the many local businesses I like is a great medium sized grocery store in downtown Schoolcraft, Harding’s Friendly Market and pharmacy. It has a homey atmosphere, friendly people, and I can be in and out in 15-20 minutes with everything I need to make really good meals for the week. Harding’s buys some produce from local people when they can and when it’s in season. They’ve established long-standing relationships with several local farms. One of the growers is a local woman who grows her own sweet corn, picks it, calls the stores for orders, loads it into her truck, and delivers it all before noon. And everyone knows
that Schoolcraft grows the best sweet corn in the world. Just ask me, I’m a fan. But there’s a secret reason I like shopping at Harding’s. If I tell you, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore, would it? Ok, I’ll tell you. Near the speed checkout they sell individual chocolate truffles. I can run in and buy two or three (ok, five or six), then run out before my guilt catches up with me. I pretend I’m not cheating on my low sugar diet because eating just a few truffles doesn’t count, does it? I didn’t buy the whole bag! If after over a year of Covid shutdowns you are in the mood to get out into the world again, it only takes ten minutes from the intersections of I-94 and 131 to get to Schoolcraft. First stop is Nana D’s Attic Resale Shop. Nana sells vintage and new items and also has an online FB auction. Check out her FB page to get notified of when auctions are held. Next-door is Dollar General, which is loaded with needful things. Stop at MarJo’s restaurant for a home cooked lunch. Continue down the highway and just south of Schoolcraft is B&G Warehouse where they sell, well, just about everything in the world. A little further down 131 on the west side of the highway is Your Estate Outlet that frequently gets in estate items. Head back into Schoolcraft and stop at Harding’s to quickly pick up groceries for the week. (And don’t forget the truffles).
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that big trees pump out. We are lucky to live in this state and village. When it pertains to food related businesses, Michigan grows some of the best produce on the planet. The local sweet corn, tomatoes, apples, and other produce come straight from local farms to your table, and you just can’t beat that! Ann Murray is an award-winning commercial illustrator who has illustrated eight children’s books for local authors. Her stories, one of which was collaboration with her husband, have been in three anthologies. Photo courtesy of Dale Miller, owner of Harding’s in Schoolcraft
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“For it is in giving that we receive.” -St. Francis of Assisi When handwriting a note, the art of the written word should be composed in such a way that the recipient will cherish your thoughts, penmanship and notecard artistry. After all, what you are creating is an art-form that is meant to be en-
joyed by someone else. What a sweet surprise for the receiver to be gifted a moment of your time, which you intended exclusively for them. Your artsy skills will definitely be admired and appreciated. “The most precious gift you can give someone is the gift of your time and attention.” -Nicky Gumbel
GOOD NEWS Let’s get started first with an imaginative way in which you could create your one-of-a-kind notecard. You’ll need white folded blank cards, acrylic paint, brushes, water, coloring template, tape, ruler, paper cutter or scissors, adhesive spray and transparency film. Find free graphic pattern templates with stripes or fun geometric shapes online and print to use. Lay one piece of the transparency film on top of the template and tape in place to secure. Using acrylic paints and a watery brush, paint on top of the transparency film between the lines of the template. Create your own color pattern. Let air dry. One piece of transparency film can be cut into equal sized sections for six separate notecards. I used a paper cutter, but a ruler and scissors will work almost as well. Once cut, determine the position on your notecard. In a wellventilated area, coat the painted side with an adhesive spray and quickly place on the front of the notecard and smooth out. These stunningly beautiful and unique hand painted cards are protected on the underside of the trans-
parency film. The top surface has a smooth and glossy quality that looks professionally finished. They really are quite unique and impressive. You will have a great time experimenting with colors, patterns, templates and paint application. You never know how the paint will react and flow on the transparency film. The watery look just happened to be a mistake and now I have become absolutely smitten with this happy accident. My color combinations mostly chosen, of course, are shades of blues and oranges that remind me of warm summer sunsets on the fresh coast of Lake Michigan. “Do small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa Once your cards are made you can also be original on the inside with your written words. Something from the heart is always a smart idea. Letting people know they are thought of with a good old-fashioned letter in the mail is still a classy and caring way to express your feelings towards someone. Taking the time to create your own artistic card with a hand written note will definitely make your intended receiver feel extra special. Have a great July writing and painting! xo -Bridget “No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.” - Aesop Email: email@example.com Social: https://www.instagram.com/ bridgetfoxkzoo
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Take a trip back in time to The Barrel concession stand, in Douglas, near Oval Beach about an hours’ drive from Kalamazoo. The Barrel is no or-
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On a recent visit to The Barrel, I enjoyed a creamy root beer float, delicious cheesy homemade mac & cheese (a big hit with my grandson) and a chilidog that was a meal in itself - a thick and tasty hot dog smothered in chili and loaded with all of your favorite condiments. Other favorites include: BBQ pork sandwich, Chicago dogs and homemade sides of baked potato salad and baked beans, in addition to their fresh squeezed lemonade. Veggie brats are also available. Cash and checks are the only forms of payment accepted. Families love the relaxed atmosphere; picnic tables with umbrellas for shade are spread around the ample property surrounding the barrel. Easy summertime music fills the air and kids can enjoy a game of corn hole, badminton or give a hula-hoop a whirl, while waiting for their meal
or snack to be prepared. Everything is made to order and the preparation area inside the barrel is compact, so be prepared to be patient. A sign on site depicting the history of the Barrel provided the story of the Barrel that began in Flint, MI, when two friends, Joe Decker and Harold Kelly, decided they could make their fortunes on the other side of the state by selling frosty mugs of root beer and foot long hot dogs to people after a day at Oval Beach. They had the perfect spot on Center St. Just east of Ferry. But they knew that an eye-catching gimmick would help lure people out of their cars. And so, hour by hour, stave by stave – 125 in all – this superb example of American roadside architecture came into being and opened for business in 1952. The fare began as foot long hot dogs (60¢,), hot dog (25¢) root beer (10¢), floats (20¢), which has expanded over the years. But the basic value of the Barrel always stayed the same; affordable, appealing meals to beachgoers, served in a novelty setting. During its two-decade heyday, the Barrel was a thriving hub of local happenings and was part of the ritual of going to the beach. They even had carhops that could bring your food to you if you didn’t want to get out of your car. They also added a putt-putt golf
course and store back in the day. By 1974, after over two decades in business, the Barrel was only open for a few holiday weekends. In the years following it was acquired by several new owners but never reopened. The Barrel sat unused and slowly deteriorated for 25 years and the property owner was ready to demolish it. In 2010, The Saugatuck Douglas Historical Society rescued the Barrel, purchasing it for $1 and guided a Save the Barrel campaign. More than $11,500 was raised, including stave savers, who each gave $150 to fund the restoration of a single wooden stave. 125 staves were repaired or replaced, sanded and sealed with 6 coats of marine varnish and students in the Saugatuck School Industrial Arts Program fabricated the steel support structure.
In 2015 ownership of the Barrel transferred to the City of the Village of Douglas. The Barrel was moved from its original location on Center St. to the corner of Center and Ferry Streets. The community-driven refurbishing project took nearly 7 years and was finally opened in the summer of 2018 under the leadership of leaseholder Michael (Mick) White, a well-known resident in the community. Visit The Barrel, one of the many pieces of Americana created after World War II, almost 70 years ago, and enjoy a trip back in time. It’s open daily from noon until sunset seasonally from early May through the end of October. Jackie Merriam
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Maintaining balance in your life is always a noble goal. Some people live by the “Goldilocks Rule”, not too hot, not too cold. Others may call it “the Golden Mean”, which stresses moderation in all things. However, this is about physical balance or staying vertical. I had really no idea how serious falling is until my mother struggled with several bone fractures resulting from falling. Because I am a personal trainer, I found that more and more people were coming to me suffering from the effects of falling. As I got older, I began to feel my balance being compromised. My goal was and continues to be helping people (and myself ) with understanding the seriousness of falling, factors that contribute to falling, and teaching simple movements which help staying vertical. I was happy to see the June 2021 issue of Consumer Reports on Health featured an article of preventing falling. It listed five ways that falling can be mitigated. Some ways related to the home environment, including wearing slippers instead of shoes in the house, having throw rugs, living with poor lighting, and even having pets. Others related to potential effects of medications, dehydration, poor vision, and poor hearing. I was glad to see that movement
and exercise were also prominently featured in the article. The insidious thing about having a fall is that, once recovered, people are understandably afraid of falling again. This leads to a lack of movement, mainly sitting, thus contributing to a loss of muscle strength and tone. If people do move after falling, they typically use a
walker, which may create dependency and contribute to poor posture. The area I primarily deal with is muscle conditioning. Conditioning of key muscle groups will help one maintain balance. For example, the leg, hip, and calf muscles are some of the more important muscles to strengthen. Typical falls occur by either falling to the side or forward. If one’s leg and hip muscles are weak, there is not sufficient muscle strength to resist the gravitational pull of falling forward or sideways. In other words, one does not have the ability to “catch oneself ”. So, what are some exercises to help strengthen these key muscle groups? There is ample documentation that one of the most effective forms of balance exercise is Tai Chi. When I mention this to my classes, I get a lot eye rolls because people think that it’s too complicated to learn. While it’s true that there are Tai Chi routines that consist of over 100 forms, there are much simplified routines tapered for older populations that consist of 4 to 8 forms. These are easy to learn and can be fun. What makes Tai Chi effective? It’s the slow, deliberate movements, which transfer your weight from one side to
the other. The transfer of weight typically includes a lunge, either forward to the side, sometimes with the hand extended over the knee to increase the contraction of the leg muscles. The slow movement ensures the muscle contraction is sufficient throughout the movement. Repetition of these movements gradually builds strength. Another advantage is that you need no equipment. You can also improve your balance with non-Tai Chi moves. Walking backwards (no more than 10 steps at a time for starters), walking in a serpentine (think grapevine) pattern, or line dancing are a few examples. The latter would be great for a cardio workout too. The Covid-19 pandemic has been a disaster on so many fronts. One is that people stopped moving. It looks like we can start getting back in shape by moving. Remember, movement is medicine. MAKE it a good day and remember to be kind. Till next time, Ken Dettloff ACE Certified Personal Trainer
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Watermelon Wonderful! Known to aid certain conditions like asthma, due to its nutrition and hydrating effect, a study published by the American Journal of Hypertension also found that watermelon extract supplementation improved the health of the circulatory system in obese middle-aged adults with pre-hypertension and stage 1 hypertension. Possessing choline, watermelon can help us to sleep, aid in muscle movement and help us with learning and memory. Choline also aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat, and helps reduce chronic inflammation. Offering the amino acid L-citrulline, watermelon can also reduce muscle soreness and improve recov-
ery time following exercise, which is especially helpful for those who workout. A source of antioxidants, including vitamin C and lycopene, watermelon can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer cell growth. Lycopene is especially important for our cardiovascular health and an increasing number of scientists now believe that lycopene is important for bone health as well. Additional studies have shown that watermelon can improve our complexion and hair, increase our energy, and help lower our weight, too. Just about every single inch of a watermelon offers our body benefits, even its seeds, which are wonderfully nutritious, especially when sprouted
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Let your American flag fly with pride with these fruity kebobs. Easy fun the whole family can help create! Varying amount seedless watermelon, cut into 1” cubes 1 package fresh, washed blackberries 1 angel food cake, cut into 1” cubes (white part only) 12 wooden skewers varying dips of your choice To create an American flag, thread
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Kurella Ranks “Top Ten” in National Recipe Contest!
Local food columnist, Laura Kurella, recently earned a Top Ten spot in the nationwide “Taste of America” (TOA) recipe challenge. This win gains her a coveted spot to compete at the 2021 World Food Championships (WFC), a nationally recognized ‘food sport’ event occurring Nov 5-9 in Dallas, Texas. “I am so honored to place in this hugely competitive national contest,” Kurella said, smiling, “and being awarded a ‘Golden Ticket’ to compete in the 2021 WFC Sandwich Competition puts icing on the cake!” “Taste of America is our largest qualifying event,” said Mike McCloud, president, and CEO of the WFC. “It challenged contestants to create a unique recipe that showcased their talent and skills. Kurella’s winning recipe, a ‘Tempting Teres Tenderloin Tower’ was impressive enough to grab 10th place, ranking her among the top ten winners.” The WFC is the highest stakes food competition in the world, drawing top
recipes from some of the world’s best cooks to compete for a $350,000 prize purse. “In 2019, (2020 event cancelled due to covid) more than 450 culinary teams from 11 countries and 42 American states competed in WFC’s main event,” McCloud said. “This year’s competition will mark the second time that Kurella has won a WFC contest, and earned a chance to compete at the main event.” Earning her first WFC “Golden Ticket” in 2015 with her “Bodacious Lobster Bisque” (Seafood category), Kurella said she likes to occasionally enter recipe competitions because they help keep recipe developing skills sharp. “There is no greater way to challenge your cooking skills than by entering one of these competitions,” she said, adding with a chuckle, “They not only push you out of your comfort zone, but also hit you with blunt, unbiased feedback on how well your recipes fare!” While incredibly honored by this win, Kurella said a previous commitment prevents her from competing at the WFC championships this fall. “Unfortunately, our 4th Annual Happy Holidays Community Bazaar and Cooking Show in Constantine, Michigan is being held on November 7. It’s a free community event that provides holiday fun, food sampling, and many amazing giveaways to the public. The World Food Championships is the most awesome cooking event I’ve
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The Kindleberger Arts is excited to announce that plans for a safe return of Festival fun and live music performances are underway! The 39th Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts, July 7-12, will offer traditional favorite events, as well as exciting changes and new activities. Thanks to our generous donors and sponsors, all events are FREE!
As the family musical choice for 2021, we present “MAMMA MIA”, July 7-11, the ultimate feel-good show enjoyed by over 60 million people worldwide. And this year the young and young-at-heart fans will enjoy “Back to Broadway” concerts, July
7-11, a fun musical revue presented by Farmers Alley Theatre. There will be a vibrant hum of excitement in and around Kindleberger Park on Festival Day, Sat, July 10. The day begins with the Don Banner Memorial 5K Race/Walk, an event to honor Don’s dedicated contributions to community and Festival, with proceeds going to The Shepherds Center of Greater Kalamazoo. Attractions to complete Festival Day include the Arts & Crafts Show, Nonprofit Vendor Booths, Children’s Activities, Festival Parade, Garden Club Plant Sale, Friends of the Library Booksale, Boy Scout French Toast Breakfast, and Outdoor Community Theater, including a special matinee performance at 12pm! Our local nonprofit food vendors and food trucks will be located throughout the park to satisfy your taste for good eats! On Sun, July 11, 11am-6pm, the popular Corn Hole Tournament will happen on the lower ball fields, bigger and better than its first run in 2019. Both professional and backyard players will have the chance to toss their way to cash prizes! Kalamazoo’s American Idol, Matt Giraud, will close out the 39th Festival and get us ready for more summer
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The Styrofoam Blues Styrofoam – ugh!! It occurs to me that only a true nerd would have such a severe aversion to an innocuous material. But yes, dear readers, the mere sight of it makes me shake my head. A phrase – “Just say no” comes to mind. Although I date myself by remembering it was a Reagan-era response to teen drug use, for me, it is a reminder to ask for another packaging option when offered a box to take home my leftover burger and fries. Why such a reaction to a substance so seemingly harmless? It’s cheap. It is generally unreactive with materials it contacts. It has a clean appearance. It’s almost weightless. It is moldable into virtually any shape desired. It’s an excellent insulator. What’s not to like?
Some of the very attributes making expanded polystyrene (EPS), tradename Styrofoam, so convenient and versatile are the reasons it is becoming a scourge upon our Earth. In preparation to write (okay, rant….) about this topic, I came across some interesting statistics. According to a recycling website, it is so unreactive to air, water, and sunlight that the estimated time it would take to decompose/biodegrade Styrofoam in a
landfill is estimated from 500 years to never. Yes, never! To put it into context for my thinking, I recall Europeans set up New World colonies in the 1600s. That was about 500 years ago. If they’d brought their victuals packed in Styrofoam instead of pork barrels, we’d be gazing at those containers, pretty much intact, at the Field Museum in Chicago or the Smithsonian. Kalamazoo and Portage curbside recycling programs will take hard, non-foam #6 plastic (polystyrene) for processing, but we are lucky. Many recycling centers reject it in any form.
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The reason isn’t because the plastic isn’t able to be broken down and reused. It is scorned because of the economics of the recycling industry. Our recyclables are resold, after sorting and processing, based on weight. Since EPS is so light and voluminous, it takes a lot to make a pound. There is not enough value in the secondary recycling market to make an effort to collect, transport, and store the material. Because of this, many folks shove it into their trash containers, where it is transported to the landfill to live on virtually forever. A recent statistic stated some landfills are over a third full of just Styrofoam packaging. However, it may not even stay in the dump since broken-off bits are carried by wind and water to other places, not subject to solid waste management practices. It wounds my heart to see waste containers full of packaging from new televisions, computers, furniture, and appliances. Would that I had a bigger vehicle, I’d probably be the weird lady rooting through trash to rescue Styrofoam. The good news, and this is the Good News Paper, is that there are programs specializing in recycling EPS. Cooper Township has offered residents the opportunity to drop off clean Styrofoam material (packing peanuts kept separately) four times a year on Saturday mornings. Hooray to Supervisor Jeff Sorensen and his crew
for their efforts. The City of Kalamazoo’s Environmental Concerns Committee recently began a pilot to offer Styrofoam collection at Mayors’ Riverfront Park. Once collected, it is returned to a manufacturer to be broken down and formed into hard plastic materials usable for more permanent purposes, like construction. I spoke to Sharon Dever, a committee member, and she is hopeful that response to the pilot will be successful and the city will make the recycling a permanent effort. It is also possible to take Styrofoam directly to the Dart Container Corporation facility in Mason, Michigan. Finally, various commercial biotech companies have formed a program to include a mailing label in their Styrofoam coolers allowing customers to ship back packaging to be reused. I personally always have a clean bag of Styrofoam castoffs for recycling. It isn’t a hard habit to form; it’s just a practice helping me feel that I’m leaving the world a tiny bit cleaner for my grandchildren and their grandchildren. Perhaps more important is the need to support efforts to reduce use of foam altogether. When I drive through a fast-food restaurant, I don’t need a Styrofoam cup. When I’m at a picnic, I surely don’t need a Styrofoam plate. When I take home a “doggy box,” I ask the server for a piece of foil wrap. Totally recyclable. When foam is the only option, I rinse, dry, and save it for my recycling bag. But I long for the day when better materials are commonplace, and those last remnants of Styrofoam packaging are where they belong – nowhere! Please use the following links to learn more about EPS recycling: http://www.coopertwp.org/curbside-pick-up-and-recycling/ https://www.facebook.com/ events/280994156801233/ https://www.dartcontainer.com/sustainability/foam-recycling-centers/ 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 Thursdays, July 1,8,15,22,29 Allegan Farmers Market 8am-2pm, County Parking Lot Thursdays, July 1,8,15,22,29 Animal Tails virtual video, 10am RichlandLibrary.org Thursdays, July 1,8,15,22,29 Family Storytime @ Merrill Park 10:30am, Comstock Library Thursdays, July 1,8,15,22,29 Kalamazoo Farmers Market At Mayors Riverfront Park Noon-5pm, 342-5686 Thursdays, July 1,8,15,22,29 Plainwell Farmers’ Market 3:30-6:30pm, 554 Allegan St. Thursdays, July 1, 8 Walk & Talk with Paw Paw Library staff, meet at Paw Paw Middle School track, 5:30pm Thursday, July 1 Going Zero Waste At Home Richland Library, 7-8pm Friday, July 2 Memory Café on Zoom for those with Mild dementia & caregivers, 10:30-Noon pawpaw.lib.mi.us, 657-3800 Friday, July 2 Art Hop – Dwtn. Kalamazoo & Vine Neighborhood, 5-8pm Saturdays, July 3,10,17,24,31 Kalamazoo Farmers Market 7am – 2pm, New Location: Mayors Riverfront Park Saturdays, July 3,10,17,24,31 Texas Corners Farmers Market 8am-Noon, 375-1591 Saturdays, July 3,10,17,24,31 Otsego Farmer’s Market 9am-2pm, 112 Kalamazoo St. Saturday, July 3 Concerts in Bronson Park Kal. Symphony Orchestra 7:30-9:30pm, (Rain location First Baptist Church) Mondays, July 5,12,19,26 Parchment Update Interview Series posted online each Mon. Parchmentlibrary.org Mondays, July 5,12,19,26 Cruise-In at Dean’s Ice Cream In Plainwell, 4:30pm – Dusk Tuesday, July 6 Preschool Activity Bag, ages 3-5 (while supplies last!) Paw Paw District Library Tuesday, July 6 Adult Pick-up Craft: Star on Pallet, register 345-0136, Craft pick up week of 7/12 Comstock Library Tuesdays, July 6,13,20,27 Kalamazoo Farmers Market At Mayors’ Riverfront Park 8am-1pm, 342-5686 Tuesdays, July 6,13,20,27 Kids Craft Kits, pick up craft/ online tutorial, Register 629-9085 10am, Richland Library Tuesdays, July 6, 20 Teen Craft-To-Go, pick-up craft/ online tutorial, register 629-9085 10am, Richland Library Tuesdays, July 6,13,20,27 Baby Storytime, 10:30am Comstock Library’s side lawn
Tuesdays, July 6,13,20,27 Author & Illustrator Class, 3pm 3rd-5th grade, Richland Library Call to register, 629-9085
Tuesday, July 13 Heartbreak Book Club on Zoom Wrong Number, Right Guy 10:30am, Paw Paw Library
Wednesdays, July 7,14,21,28 Family Story Time, ages 3-5 Richland Library, 10am Register ahead 629-9085
Tuesday, July 13 ArtBreak: West Michigan Area Show, Noon Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Wednesdays, July 7,14,21,28 Richland Farmers’ Market 3-6pm, Richland Comm. Ctr.
Wednesday, July 14 Animal Cupcake Challenge (ages 11-17), 3pm, Register: 629-9085, Richland Library
Wednesdays, July 7,14,21,28 Cruise-In’s, 5-8pm Gilmore Car Museum Wednesday, July 7 Beats on Bates Feat: BlueBack Bates Alley, Kal., 5:30-8:30pm Wednesday, July 7 Workout Wednesdays Feat: Intentional Yoga, 5:30-6:30pm Bronson Park, Kalamazoo Wed., July 7 – Fri., July 9 The Best of Broadway, 5:30 Mamma Mia! 7pm Kindleberger Park Stage Thursday, July 8 Tie Dye Outdoors (teens) Register 657-3800 1-2pm, Paw Paw Library Thursdays, July 8, 22 Summer Trivia, 7-8pm Richland Library, 629-9085 Friday, July 9 Kindleberger Fest Fun Night Kindleberger Park, 6-9pm Saturday, July 10 Kindleberger Summer Festival 7am French Toast Breakfast 9am-3pm Arts & Crafts Show, Friends of Library Book Sale, Garden Club Plant Sale 10am Parade, 10-2 Kids Fun 12pm & 5pm Mamma Mia! 3:3pm The Best of Broadway Kindleberger Park, Parchment Saturday, July 10 Friends of Parchment Library Book Sale, 9am-3pm Saturday, July 10 Internet Users Group on Zoom, 10am-Noon,Paw Paw Library Saturday, July 10 Art Detectives: Cats. 11am For children ages 4-8 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Saturday, July 10 Zoo Flea Handmade Market on the Kzoo walking mall, 12-7pm Saturday, July 10 Vintage in the Zoo “Mallmart” 12-7pm, KVCC Anna Whitten Hall Plaza Saturday, July 10 Music on the Mall, 3-6pm South Kalamazoo Mall
Wednesday, July 21 Beats on Bates: Grupo Latin Soul Bates Alley, Kal., 5:30-8:30pm Wednesday, July 21 Workout Wednesdays: Down Dog Yoga Center, 5:30-6:30pm Bronson Park, Kalamazoo Thursday, July 22 Animal Classes: Bee Tales 1st-5th grade,3pm, Register 629-9085, Richland Library
Wednesday, July 14 Beats on Bates: Yolanda Lavander Bates Alley, Kal., 5:30-8:30pm
Thursday, July 22 Kalamazoo’s Night Farmers Market, 5-10pm At Mayors Riverfront Park
Wednesday, July 14 Workout Wednesdays:Guess Who’s Dancing, 5:30-6:30pm Bronson Park, Kalamazoo
Friday, July 23 Kalamazoo Summer Restaurant Week, 8am-11:30pm
Wednesday, July 14 Observing the Moon, 8pm Behind Parchment Library
Saturday, July 24 ZOORIFIC Children’s Festival Paramount Charter Academy, 3624 S. Westnedge, 11am-3pm
Thursday, July 15 Reptile Roundup, 1-2pm Register 657-3800 Paw Paw Library
Saturday, July 24 Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary (ages 2+, masks required), 10:30am & Noon, Comstock Library
Thursday, July 15 Zero Waste Cooking Richland Library, 7-8pm
Saturday, July 24 STEAM Days at Air Zoo: Space Theme, 11am-3pm
Thursday, July 15 Parchment Action Team On Zoom: A community Forum, 7pm, parchmentlibrary.org
Saturday, July 24 Music on the Mall: Lisa Can’t Sind, 3-6pm, S. Kalamazoo Mall
Friday, July 16 Kids & Canvas, Ages 6-12, Register ahead 629-9085 10:30am, Richland Library Friday, July 16 State on the Street Live Music: Lisa Can’t Sing State Theatre, 5pm
Sunday, July 25 Summer Concert Series, 6:30pm SHOUT! – A Beatles Tribute Kindleberger Park, Parchment Sunday, July 25 Concerts in Bronson Park: Farmers Alley Theatre & Kal. Symphony Orchestra, 7:30pm
Friday, July 16 Meditation & Mindfulness Register 345-0136 6:30pm, Comstock Library
Monday, July 26 Adult Pop-up Craft: Butterfly Paper Lantern, register: 345-0136, Comstock Library
Saturday, July 17 Richland Art Fair (Village Square) 9am-4pm
Monday, July 26 Interactive Movie Week PU your kit 7/26-7/30 Paw Paw Library
Saturday, July 17 Music on the Mall: Cool Lemon 3-6pm, South Kalamazoo Mall Sunday, July 18 Concerts in Bronson Park: Kanola Band, 4pm, Rain location First Baptist Church Sunday, July 18 Summer Concert Series: The Bronk Bros, 6:30pm Kindleberger Park Stage Monday, July 19 Animal Bean Art Mosaics Kit for kids, Paw Paw Library Monday, July 19 DIY Bubble Tea kit (teens) Paw Paw Library
Tuesday, July 27 ArtBreak: Life and art of Beverly Pepper, Noon Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Wednesday, July 28 Animal Trivia (teens), 3pm Register 629-9085 Richland Library Wednesday, July 28 Cruise-In @ Great Lakes Pondscapes, Paw Paw, 5-7pm Wednesday, July 28 Beats on Bates Feat: Jenuine Bates Alley, Kal., 5:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, July 20 Captain Wallace on FB LIve (kids),1pm, Paw Paw Library
Wednesday, July 28 Workout Wednesdays Feat: Rose Wellbeing, 5:30-6:30pm Bronson Park, Kalamazoo
Monday, July 12 Telling Tales w/String (teens) PU kit, Paw Paw Library
Tuesday, July 20 Kindleberger Park Tree Tour, 6:30pm
Thurs., July 29-Sat., July 31 Summer Sidewalk Sales Downtown Kalamazoo
Monday, July 12 Bird Beak Game YouTube Video, Pick up kit 7/12 9am, Paw Paw Library
Wednesday, July 21 Puppet Show, K-3rd grade Register 629-9085 3pm, Richland Library
Thursday, July 29 Starting a Sustainable Garden & Compost (Live & on Zoom) 7-8pm, Richland Library
Monday, July 12 Summer Concert Series: Matt Giraud, 6:30pm, Kindleberger Park, Parchment
Wednesday, July 21 Squirt Gun Canvas Painting (teens), Register 629-9085 3pm, Richland Library
Saturday, July 31 Music on the Mall: Kanola Band, 3-6pm, S. Kalamazoo Mall
Sunday, July 11 The Best of Broadway, 3:30pm Mamma Mia! 5pm Kindleberger Park Stage