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A better name for the Elite Theatre may have been the “Petite.” Nearly All of its life, this lively little theater was dwarfed by it northern neighbor, the Browne/Peck building. George Rickman and Sons build the Elite in 1912 for Harry Waterman of Chicago and local real estate developer Charles Palmer. Its Moorish principal façade carried out a popular theater theme, using cream tera cotta and marble accents. Its most engaging element was it loggia, with arches whose keystones mimicked the ancient Greek Comedy character masks. Fanlights over the mahogany doors echoed the arches. The land and finished building cost $40,000. The Elite’s apparent size was deceiving. Inside, it accommodated between 700-900 people, who were kept comfortable in the summer with a system of automatic ventilation ports and fans. Originally devoted to “photo-
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plays,” or silent pictures accompanied by live music, the Elite was ahead of its time. Until then only large metropolitan areas had built theaters like it; smaller cities generally did not benefit until after World War I. When the elite changed hands in November 1912, the new owners added vaude-
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ville. In 1913, they began to use “Kinemacolors,” a process that added color to the film using filters. In 1925, Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan bought the Elite for a reported $67,000. They remodeled the interior and added a basement. In the early 1950’s, they remodeled again, giving the building a very different somber look. In 1975, the Browne/Peck building next door was demolished above ground, and a new building, now Standard Federal Bank, went up on its foundation. At the same time, the former Elite underwent an $800,000 transformation that sought to better match its exterior with the new building next door. “From the moment the moviegoers arrived to buy their tickets, there was a sense of something special, a feeling that to step inside was to enter another time and place.” Gene Kelly, movie star and dancer, from Great
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Lousy soil? Not to worry! Try growing in a raised bed. Popular in colonial times, this style of gardening is making a tremendous resurgence and is ideal for many types of gardening ambitions.
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There are many benefits to gardening above the grade, including… Better Soil Conditions Growing in raised beds is an excellent choice if you have poor soil. Once constructed, you may add the soil and amendments of your choice to provide the optimum conditions for root growth in exactly the space you will be planting. Because a raised bed is not stepped in and is carefully monitored, it is easy to maintain this peak condition. See the ideal recipe for raised garden soil at the end of this article.
Better soil equals better root growth which then leads higher yield of flowers, produce or herbs. Also, intensive planting in raised beds means more plants can be grown in a smaller area than with conventional
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If properly thought out, every area of the raised bed may be comfortably reached from the side allowing for less bending and reaching and easier maintenance for thinning, weeding and other garden tasks. A garden seat makes gardening in raised beds even easier by bringing the soil surface closer to your upper body. Intensive planting cuts down on weeds by shading the soil surface. Improved soil conditions (less compaction and controlled moisture) make weed removal easier.
Pests are less of a problem in raised beds. A simple frame may be erected with plant stakes or bamboo. Cover the frame with garden netting to prevent birds and other critters from destroying your plants. The bottom of the bed may be lined with hardware cloth to prevent burrowing rodents from getting in. The smaller area of a raised bed is also easier to protect from unwanted insects.
the oldest and most prestigious tennis championship in the world. This year the tournament begins on June 29th and ends on July 11th. The London-based event takes place on grass courts – the only Grand Slam event that does this. Wimbledon first began in 1877 with a men’s singles event. Seven years later, in 1884, a ladies’ singles tournament was added. Wimbledon now consists of 128 men and 128 women in the singles events, as well as 64 men’s and women’s doubles teams. A few Wimbledon traditions have stood the test of time: Strict fashion rules require all players to wear white, and players do not compete
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A raised bed is advantageous for water conservation. Use an appropriate watering system to ensure that water gets only to where it is needed. Soaker hoses and Rain Drip irrigation systems disperse water in patterns well suited to raised beds. They also reduce disease by directing water to the soil instead of wetting the leaf surface with overhead irrigation.
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Increased drainage speeds up soil warming and allows it to dry quicker after a spring rain for earlier planting. The addition of a portable cold frame will extend the growing season even further by also keeping the soil warm later in the fall. Not only does this allow for later harvesting, but also it is possible to harvest crops from raised beds that simply wouldn’t have time to mature in a traditional garden. Here’s the soil “secret” to successful raised garden beds: George’s Recipe for Great Raised Gardens
on the “middle Sunday” of the event ( July 5 this year). I learned the game as a child and still LOVE to play a competitive game of tennis. I have even saved my original Chris Evert wooden racquet. If you don’t have a racquet or the desire to play tennis, you can still celebrate this long-standing summer event by enjoying the traditional championship treat, strawberries & cream. Attendees consume nearly 75,000 pounds of strawberries each year. Bon Appétit! Jackie Merriam
Mix thoroughly into a 4’ X 4’ X 6” deep raised bed, before setting plants. This recipe works equally well for vegetables and flowers. Two bags of Dairy Doo organic composted manure Two 40 lb. Composted Cow Manure Four 40 lb. Bags Garden Magic Top Soil 2 cu. ft. Sphagnum Peat Moss 2 cu. ft. Vermiculite One 4 cu. ft. bag of Perlite One 25 lb. bag of Healthy Garden Organic fertilizer One 1.4 qt. Myke’s Garden Mycorrhizae 5 lb. Azomite – natural trace minerals Your plants will perform best with feedings of Fertilome Water Soluble Plant Food or Fertilome organic fish emulsion in June & July. With so many benefits, why not get started with raised beds this year? Terrie Schwartz Wedel’s Nursery, Florist & Garden Center
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The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair is proud of the long-standing tradition of being one of the oldest, fine arts fairs’ in the country as we celebrate our 70th anniversary. We have always put our community first and with this focus, the 2021 Arts Fair will be celebrating this year with a virtual show from June 3-6. We anticipate bringing the full event back in 2022. The robust 2021 virtual Arts Fair will engage art enthusiasts with the artists in real-time, and offer a unique opportunity to purchase fine art while supporting regional artists. You will find works from the same categories that you have come to love and expect from past years. Access to the virtual arts fair will be available on our website, kiarts.org. Our beloved Michigan community is currently experiencing a surge in new Covid-19 cases and a record high of hospitalizations. The Arts Fair historically attracts nearly 40,000 attendees to Bronson Park and the Michigan Governor and national CDC advises citizens against
such exceptionally large gatherings. “As a community, let us stay safe together. The arts are a lifeline for many. For those seeking to connect with the inspiring beauty, transformational power, and respite of the arts, the KIA galleries and shop remain open to everyone.” Says KIA Executive Director Belinda Tate. For those who decide to venture downtown on June 4-5, appropriately scaled events will occur during Kalamazoo’s “JumpstART’’ summer kickoff, including the Doo-Dah Parade and Art on the Mall. On Saturday, consider a quiet visit to Bronson Park, where you can relax with music, enjoy food trucks, help color-in sidewalk chalk drawings and virtually shop the KIA Arts Fair using guided signage in the park. Free KIA gallery admission will be available during the weekend festivities for the opening of our annual West Michigan Area Show, our new permanent collection installation, Unveiling American Genius, and other lively exhibitions on view.
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The Kalamazoo Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Club will be returning to an in person show for their 42nd Annual Tractor Show Father’s Day Weekend, June 18-20, 2021. Admission is FREE donations are accepted. This year’s show will feature tractors and equipment from the 1950s. All makes and models of 1950s farm equipment are welcome. The show will be at Tillers International in Scotts. Make sure to catch
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Ellen: Fully vaccinated and ready to mingle (thanks Pfizer!), I have recently started the awkward process of relearning how to be social. I’m an extrovert from birth so the experience of lockdown has not been the easiest; I’ve missed going places and seeing people! However, now that I have a chance to do so safely, I find that I don’t quite remember how this works. Much as I regret it, it seems the era of all-day everyday sweatpants is over; I’ve only just begun wearing what my friends and I have termed
“hard pants” again--so many buttons and zippers! Putting together full outfits takes me longer than I remember. Did I used to be good at accessorizing? I wish I had left myself some notes to follow… I have fallen entirely out of practice when it comes to handshakes and friendly hugs. Sure, I am very happy to be able to hug my family and close friends again but, when it comes to acquaintances and coworkers, I seem to favor an odd little wave and a quick step back. I’m not convinced this is a bad thing. I think there is
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But all in all, it is well to remind myself that with all the adventures and predicaments of the past year, the superpower that has held me together has been my love for my family and friends, and their love for me. Ellen’s wedding will be the same. I love her to the moon and back and I love my new son-in-law Michael— what more is needed? It will be a lovely, memorable day. Happiness will overcome awkwardness. Love will win. Even as I am waving from my little table and blowing kisses across the lawn. Ellen Knuth and Jane Knuth
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Linda and Leroy pack a tub full of ice to chill the beers the fellas will drink while grilling and taking shots at the rival ball teams that they worship. Linda sets up the pretty patio and accents the aqua and olive glider rocker from Homecrest that was a big splurge on Leroy’s income. She is especially proud of the metal glider rocker that she knows she and her neighbor, Mary will gossip on long into the afternoon and evening. She sets her newest lawn art out, two pink flamingoes which will be the talk of the party in the summer of 1957. The $2.76 price tag was a bit steep, but Linda loves the pink birds with wire legs created by Don Featherstone. Featherstone, a 21 year old art student graduate, worked for Leominster
Union Products in Massachusets when he came up with the flamingo design based on photos from Natural Geographic magazines. He had never seen a real flamingo! A true Featherstone flamingo will have his signature embedded in the body of the flamingo and they are quite collectable. The Flamingo was, and is, the epitome of kitsch that was common in the 50’s and early sixties. They became derided in the early 60’s as tacky, and pranced back into favor decades later. Today the Featherstone flamingo pair would cost a buyer $35-$50+ in a resale market, depending on condition, box condition, etc It is no surprise that plastic pink flamingoes enjoyed a phase of popularity in the mid-1950s and early
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Not all of society loved the plastic pink bird. Featherstone flamingos, and soon after Featherstone flamingo knock-offs, affronted the residents of some wealthier and “more sophisticated” neighborhoods. In the 1950’s, these neighborhoods bore the stamp of manicured lawns, similar to one another in conformity and appearance. Some neighborhoods banned flamingos and similar yard ornamentation from the lawns in their area. Such neighborhoods considered the flamingo tacky and belonging to the working class section of town. Today, flamingos still decorate lawns. They flock to announce a birthday! They provide whimsy and nostalgia, and perhaps still allow us to dream of a tropical destination with a mango sunset. Teri Standiford Owner of Vintage Gardens Estate Services
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The most important relationship that you will ever have is with yourself. If you struggle with liking who you are, it is crucial that you build a relationship with yourself. You are the only person that goes wherever you go, and learning to love yourself is a key to happiness. Statistically, it has been proven that if you don’t love yourself, it is more difficult to cultivate other relationships. Loving yourself means learning not to worry about how others view you. It can become addictive to have validation from others; however, our own personal validation is the most important thing we can do for ourselves. Loving oneself comes from within. The question then becomes how can I love myself especially if my self-esteem may be low. There are
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Having higher self-esteem isn’t always easy, but it allows us to be aware of our values and mindful of living a balanced life. If I am outwardly not participating in my own personal beliefs and I practice unhealthy things like gossiping, then I may be lying to my peers which disappoints myself.
Become aware of and accept all parts of yourself.
Stop focusing on your weakness and be proud of your strengths. Celebrate
Send yourself flowers for a job well done. Use washable paint around your mirror telling yourself “I am beautiful, I am smart, I am enough, I can learn anything, I am….” When changing those negative self thoughts to positive it will allow you to increase your overall mood. The more that you believe that you are worthy of self love, the more meaningful your other relationships will be. Loving yourself means knowing boundaries that you will expect from yourself and from others.
Loving yourself means speaking the truth to yourself and to others. Use “I” statements when speaking to others. “I” feel, “I” think, “I” wish. If you are in the
habit of saying what others think in order to feel as though they like you, is that really the kind of relationship that you want for yourself ? Loving yourself means speaking how you feel and not worrying about what others think. Obviously, though, you need to speak your truth respectfully and actively listen to others, but it doesn’t mean that you need to agree with them. It means if you don’t agree that you are comfortable enough with yourself to agree to disagree. If you are currently a people pleaser, ask yourself, “Am I pleasing myself ?” Hmmm, that is profound because at the end of the day when you close your eyes the only person that matters how you feel about you, is you.
Learn how to understand your emotions, fears, body and your inner and outer voice. What characteristics make you the person that you are? Love all pieces of yourself. If you aren’t happy with one of your characteristics, learn how to change or evolve them to make you the person that you aspire to be.
Start your day with positive affirmations.
If this is hard for you then start putting sticky notes around your home or office.
your victories. As you close your eyes each night, get in the habit of practicing to celebrate your strengths and things that you may want to improve. Connect with people that support you and bring you up. Those people that feed your soul and don’t suck your energy are the people that will continue to support your personal growth. If you feel that you are wearing a mask or winning an Emmy for the best actor every time you are with your family or friends, is that how you truly want the world to see you? Be you and those that love you will celebrate you for you. Those are the relationships that people who love themselves look to cultivate so start being the person you want to be.
Being compassionate, not only for yourself, but for others as well is a huge step at loving you. Laugh at yourself. It’s okay to
make mistakes. Don’t strive for perfection. Just strive to be the best version of you. When you take time to help others it allows you to let yourself know that you have something to offer and you are enough. Don’t get in the habit of being a caretaker or rescuing others. Be there to share hope and support, but don’t burn yourself out. If you are having a difficult time learning to love yourself or strengthening your self-esteem, I encourage you to seek out therapy. Therapists are here to be your sounding board and walk alongside you while you find your own personal success. You matter. Start loving yourself for who you are. Julie Sorenson MA, LPC
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your summer by sitting down as a family creating goals and plans for your summer. Camps are opening up and there are things that you can do as a family to stay unplugged. Give them your expectations of screen time and help them eliminate unhealthy habits. It is important that you model being unplugged as well. Sit on the deck, porch, or lawn for some great conversations and family bonding. It is important to show our children that we can put down our phones and be in the moment. They are watching everything that you do
even if you don’t think that they are. Get back to nature. Michigan is surrounded by lakes, parks, and nature trails. Get out there and explore or find that favorite spot. Dust off the bikes, pack a picnic, watch the sunrise or sunset, find that swimming hole or grab a fishing pole. Set the backyard up for some good ol’ fashion wiffle ball. The great outdoors are where the best memories are made. When it’s a beautiful day, get outside and play. After the year we have had it would be impossible to say “no screen time” so set limits. Try setting a time of day before devices can be used. Share with them your expectations for limiting screen time each day. Two to three hours per day would be a good place to start, decreasing it from there. Maybe even have a competition to see who has the least amount of screen time per week. Possibly attach a prize for the winner such as
getting to pick dinner or which game to play as a family. Designate device-free zones. Examples would be when you are outside, during dinner, or in certain areas of the house. Have your child help you decide where the tech-free zones should be so that they have some ownership in unplugging. Technology has been an important part of our lives and is here to stay. It will only evolve. Take the steps now to teach them how to unplug so that they don’t become addicted to their devices. Your family may connect in new ways and discover new hobbies that will continue throughout their lives. Your child only has so many summers as a child. Create lasting summer memories and add in lots of laughter. Julie Sorenson MA, LPC
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After many successful seasons at local farmer’s markets under the name, “Say Cheese,” Natalie Fuller and her father, Terry St. Louis, opened the first Cheese Lady franchise in Texas Corners on March 17, 2011. They offer an impressive selection of over 100 artisan cheeses from around the world, including cheeses made from cow’s milk, goat’s milk, sheep’s milk and mixed milk. They also offer a selection of lactose free cheeses. With a passion for cheese and a commitment to superior customer service, The Cheese Lady provides a venue for you to discover, learn and purchase your favorite cheeses. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff of cheese mongers are ready to propel your cheese experience to the next level. They encourage you to come back often to learn about each and every cheese they carry. Enjoy the
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2004, before opening The Cheese Lady flagship store there. She never planned on franchising her business, but reconsidered shortly after Natalie approached her about the Texas Corners franchise option, which has since expanded to include a second central location on S. Westnedge Ave. that is called the Cheese Lady at Salut Market. At this time there are eight Cheese Lady franchises, all located in the great state of Michigan, where it all began. The Cheese Lady offers cheese catering, as a simple, yet classy way to bring people together. Cheese is a conversation starter because no two palates are alike. “My favorite cheeses might not be yours. Your favorite cheeses may not be mine. But in the thousands of cheeses out there, we both can find one that makes us smile,” says Riegler. Let them help you entertain by providing cheeses, appropriate accompaniments and the
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The Kalamazoo County Land Bank is excited to announce that a former print shop at 10 Mills will become the official home of the Urban Folk Art Exploratory, a grassroots organization that supports arts-based social justice. Founded in 2005 by executive director Remi Harrington, the Urban Folk Art Exploratory uses hip hop, agriculture, and various arts and design media to address issues of inequity in the community. With experience in advocacy, nonprofit and human services, and as the former Community Farms Coordinator at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Food Innovation Center and veteran dance teaching artist, Harrington is also organizer, administrator and cofounder of Zoo City Farm and Food Network, a network of minority-run cottage food businesses, urban farmers, and folk artists that sells at the Bank Street Farmers’ Market, among other sites. Harrington also founded the Edison community garden, Tegan’s Storybook Garden, about which she wrote a children’s book. Set to open its doors in summer, 2021, the Urban Folk Art Exploratory’s mission is to provide a voice to the Hip Hop community to activate
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collection of formerly vacant commercial buildings and parcels in the Eastside’s River’s Edge District. Just a five-minute walk from downtown and situated along the Kalamazoo River, the site was originally home to the Merchants Publishing Business and has housed numerous other businesses over the years. “It is so good to see so many positive developments happening on the Eastside! And not just for our Eastsiders, but for our entire community,” said Taylor. Excited about this long-held dream coming to fruition, Harrington said the new facility will allow the organization to expand local opportunities to “practice the premise and walk the walk.” On June 5, 2021 from 1 to 7 p.m., Zoo City Farm and Food Network will be holding a membership drive at the Urban Folk Art Exploratory at 10 Mills. The public is invited to attend the event to learn more about both organizations. In addition to guidance and support from the Land Bank, Harrington said she is also grateful to Intersect Studio, the Miller-Davis Company, the County Brownfield Board and Rachel Grover, Envirologic Technologies, Inc., O’Boyle, Cowell, Blalock & Associates, Inc, and the organizations’ funding partners, which include the Kalamazoo Community Foundation and the Stryker Johnston Foundation. For More information visit the Urban Folk Art Exploratory website: http://www.exploreurbanfolkart.org/
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I recently came across a little blurb online that resonated with me and it read; sometimes we need fantasy to survive the reality. We have been living in this pandemic for longer than any of us could have imagined. And although it has been challenging, we have been given several gifts that I believe are good for the soul including patience, kindness, vulnerability, generosity, compassion, knowledge, tolerance and love. However, we all cope differently and have our own unique circumstances in how we survive in our current reality. It is with great aspiration that we will come out of this with a better understanding
and appreciation of one another. Did you know I have a thing for books? New, used, loaned or gifted, books sure have helped me get through some days where I need a diversion or an escape. Learn new skills, relieve stress, expand vocabulary, build self confidence, find inspiration, improve critical thinking, boost creativity and so on and so on. Books are a great resource for anything you are interested in. I also have a thing about supporting locally owned and independent sellers (oh so important) and I hope you do too. Let’s talk about bookmarks now. By admission, I have occasionally used napkins, receipts, ribbons…whatever was available and close by if I needed to reserve my page, but I think my
books deserve better. A few years ago a lovely donor gave me a box of beautiful leather pieces and from that leather I taught you in a past article how to create a heart ring. This month I will teach you how to make these simple yet exceptional bookmarks from that same leather. Supplies Needed: leather . chalk pencil . scissors . hot glue . ruler . hole punch Using a ruler as a template, outline it with a chalk pencil somewhere between 5 and 7 inches onto the leather. Cut out the rectangle shape. Folding the leather lengthwise, snip the top corners off and cut an inverted V on the bottom. Hole punch the top end. Next, we will make a tassel from the leather. With a steady hand, cut a very thin strip about 6 inches in length. Loop through the hole of the bookmark and adhere the end pieces together with a dab of hot glue. Then, outline the ruler about 2 inches long and cut out another leather piece. Snip roughly 20 thin horizontal strips and leave a 1/4 inch space along the top of the leather. Lay the glued ends of the thin leather strip along the bottom corner of the uncut tassel portion.
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just up the hill from their present site. Jacobus followed the tradition of other Dutch settlers in the area, planting celery and pansy seedlings. Planting them in hothouses attached to his house before moving them to the fertile land. As business grew, Jacobus constructed the first greenhouse on his property. In 1910, the business was passed onto his son, Jacob, prior to Jacobus’ death in 1913. In the early 1920’s Jacob expanded the business, adding two more large greenhouses. He also converted a Model T into a delivery truck and went mobile. Many fondly remember Jacob’s sister Adriana (Aunt Jennie), who was a fixture at the VanderSalm’s retail outlet until 1975 when she retired at age 92. The family opened a second shop at 248 S. Burdick St. in 1936, which today would be near the south end of the Kalamazoo Mall. Jacob’s son Jim worked in the family business while growing up before going off to Hope College, majoring in business and accounting. Jacob encouraged Jim to join the family business for record keeping, which he did begrudgingly. In the early 1940’s Jacob bought 3
parcels of property in the 1100 block of South Burdick Street, (where the business is today), consolidating his operations into a single location, which opened in July 1941. When Jacob died in 1944, Jim and his brother, Bill, took over the business operations. Jim’s son’s, John, studied horticulture and worked alongside his father for years. After Jim and Bill’s passing, John took over operations. His wife Cathy helped with customer’s orders, accounts receivables and window displays. John’s son, Ned, became the 5th generation to join the family business when he was just 25 years old. Ned, like his father, studied horticulture. He has worked alongside his father learning the business as the generations before him. Ned primarily manages the daily operations, however, the father son duo continue to share the duties when John is in town. I’ve seen Ned’s personable sons and daughter in the store on a few occasions and can envision the next generation of this family tradition. Jackie Merriam
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Along with “What’s the size of the Universe? What’s the meaning of life? And what’s for dinner?” there is another big question that looms: “Why do we eat so much?” A couple of years back, I asked the same question in this column. It appeared that our consumption of ultra-processed foods appeared to be a likely contributor. Here’s the latest research on this issue. According to research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 74 percent of U.S. adults and 35 percent of children are overweight or obese! Even more alarming is our expanding national (and now global) waistlines show no signs of shrinking. The consumption of ultra-processed foods vs unprocessed foods appears to be at the bottom of this trend. This was determined by a simple experiment. Researchers offered 20 people largely unprocessed food for two weeks and ultra-processed food for two weeks. The result was that people consumed an average of 500 more calories A DAY on the ultra-
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Recipes The best summer recipes are those that are straightforward, hassle-free, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful weather - at the beach! Photos and recipes courtesy of leishishak.com With dinner being the most cooked meal of our day, one aspect that we all appreciate, especially in summer, is having a recipe source that serves up great flavor without stealing too much time away from the water we love. Calling good food at the beach her “first love,” chef Lei Shishak is someone who is so captivated by the dazzling beauty of the beaches near her home that she has written a string of cookbooks inspired by them: Beach House Baking (Skyhorse 2014), Beach House Brunch (Skyhorse 2016), and her latest cookbook, Beach House Dinners (Skyhorse 2020). Featuring simple, summer-inspired meals, her latest book is brimming with 80 delectable selections designed to help you enjoy both dining and digging those toes into the sand on the beach! Creating a collection of flavors that were inspired from around the world, this book offers recipes that appear to be familiar, as well as appealing others that are quite new. Clearly keeping time in mind,
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8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons dill, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon onion salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Pinch of ground pepper Sticky sweet sauce: 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup sriracha 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons Major Grey’s mango chutney 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 teaspoons garlic powder
4 large carrots, peeled 4 large celery stalks, trimmed 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 pounds chicken party wings (and/or drumettes), rinsed and dried completely Salt 1 cup picked cilantro leaves
Make the creamy ranch: Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and mix on medium speed until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover, and keep in refrigerator until ready to serve. Make the sticky sweet sauce: Stir together all ingredients in a small pot and place over medium heat. Bring to a low boil and continue to cook until sauce thickens to the consistency of molasses, about 10 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent scorching. Remove from heat and set aside while you prepare wings. Prepare wings: Cut the carrots and celery into sticks, and set aside. Heat oil in large sauté pan over medium heat. Add one layer of wings to pan. Lightly season with salt. Cover with lid and cook 3 minutes. Using tongs, flip chicken pieces over and lightly season with salt. Cover with lid and cook an additional 3 minutes. Set aside lid, flip wings over, and set a timer to 16 minutes. Continue to cook the chicken uncovered, flipping them over every 2 minutes. After timer ends, transfer the wings to a large bowl along with 1 cup of picked cilantro leaves. Pour the warm, sticky sweet sauce over the wings and toss until all the wings are evenly coated. Arrange the wings on a platter along with the carrot and celery sticks. Serve the ranch dressing on the side for dipping
CEDAR PLANK SALMON
Makes 4 servings Long before European settlers arrived, Indian tribes throughout America were roasting fish on aromatic planks of wood. This method of cooking is simple, fast, and delicious. When warmed, the plank imparts a deep, wood-smoked flavor to the fish as it cooks. In this recipe, I’ve added some brown sugar for sweetness and paprika for fruitiness. Helpful hint: After removing the cooked fish from the cedar plank, place the plank in a container of water to cool. Planks can generally be reused twice. Potato salad: 3 pounds (about 3 large) russet potatoes, washed and scrubbed 1 teaspoon salt 2 large celery stalks, diced 1 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup yellow mustard 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish 1/4 cup red onion, diced 2 tablespoons dill, chopped 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 2 large eggs, hard boiled and sliced Peas: 1 pound sugar snap peas 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion salt Salt and pepper 1 cup cherry tomatoes Salmon: 1 cedar plank, soaked in warm water for at least 1 hour before using 1 pound salmon fillet, skin re moved 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon paprika
Make potato salad: Cut each potato into thirds. Place in a large pot and submerge with water by 1 inch. Add the salt, cover, and bring water to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes pierce easily with a sharp paring knife. You want some of the potato to be mash able—that’s one characteristic of southern style potato salad. Drain water and cool potatoes in a large bowl of ice water. When cool enough to handle, peel the skins from the potatoes and place in large mixing bowl. Use a paring knife to dice up the cooked potatoes. Add the remaining ingredients to the potatoes. Mix well with a rubber spatula. Cover and keep in the refrigerator until serving time. Sauté the sugar snap peas: Remove and discard the stem end and string from each sugar snap pod. Warm the oil in a cast-iron pan over medium heat. Add the sugar snap peas, garlic powder, and onion salt. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until peas are crisp yet tender. Season with salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are warmed through, about 2 minutes. Keep warm. Grill salmon: Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Place soaked cedar plank on grate and close lid. When the plank crackles and smokes, it’s ready for the salmon. (This usually takes about 5 minutes.) Rub the salmon with olive oil and salt, and place it on the plank. Mix the brown sugar and paprika and sprinkle the mixture on top. Close grill lid and cook for 18 to 20 minutes or until salmon easily flakes. Garnish the salmon with the peas and tomatoes. Serve with the potato salad.
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“Kate Strong” is a heartwarming example of a community banding together to help one of their own. When Katelyn (Kate) Leckie, a 21-year-old from Parchment, was critically injured in a car accident on Friday, March 19th, the community immediately rolled up their sleeves and got to work to help Kate and her family. If you drive through Parchment and the surrounding communities, it’s almost impossible to miss the Kate Strong yard signs. The signs, along with, t-shirts, bracelets, cookies, local restaurants (Twisters & Geno’s) donating a portion of sales, and a Go-
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The yearly “trash” pickup was held several weeks ago in my neighborhood. Tree lawns were decorated with castoffs of every type – furniture, toys, lawn equipment, and almost anything else one could imagine. I delighted in the parade that followed. Vehicles, primarily trucks, some with attached trailers for serious collectors, cruised slowly down the street, stopping to peruse the merchandise, and sometimes loading it into the bed or trailer – carried off to some new purpose. I’ll admit to disappointment when my pile got down to just two torn, navy blue living room chairs. Examined by many; taken by no one – until the very last day. Hooray! It occurs to me that this is the best “freecycling” ever. I am delighted to see one person’s trash converted for someone else’s purpose. Any bit of detritus staying out of a landfill is a big win for us all! It got me thinking and doing a little internet research. According to the website theworldcounts.com, every bag of household waste is the result of many more waste-producing processes that go into the manufacture of the goods we purchase. The website estimates that for each bag of trash we discard, 70 “bags” of unwanted materials are produced and require disposal – from the oil production for plastics goods are made from to papermaking processes for the packaging. And, of course, there are transportation and storage costs associated with
our purchases as well. This estimate is a powerful reason to source our purchases locally, if possible. It is a reminder that one of the very best ways to help the Earth is to follow the lessons we teach children: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Single stream residential recycling is great. We need to know what is recyclable, rinse it thoroughly, and put it into the dumpster at the roadside. It seems so simple, but I find myself with lots of questions. Bottle caps on or off ? Foil cooking trays are okay, but not aluminum foil sheets? Milk jugs but not cartons? What about plastics without the triangular recycling symbol?
We’re in luck! Kalamazoo City’s recycling page contains a wealth of information about what is and is not recyclable, and even better, refers residents to a downloadable app. It is a treasure trove of information called Recycle Coach. Although I don’t live in the city, I used a friend’s address to access the app and answered many of my questions. Best of all, Recycle Coach hosts a search function providing directions for the recyclability of many everyday and not-so-common items. Kudos to Kzoo for that reference. I spoke to Chris Phillips, the liaison for Portage’s curbside recycling program contractor, Best Way Disposal. I wondered whether the Recycling Coach app recommendations applied to their single-stream application. After perusing the site, he said yes, with some possible exceptions, the app was a good guide for Portage residents. Another hooray! Now - to go back to some of the items that confuse me. Bottle caps should be removed and discarded in the trash. It is, however, permissible to allow the little ring of plastic separating from the cap when the bottle is first opened to remain. These tops are a different kind of plastic, and it would be cumbersome to remove
them from every discarded bottle. The small caps are hazardous to the sorting equipment. According to the app and Mr. Phillips, aluminum trays and foil sheets are 100% recyclable. Still, they should be rinsed, so food debris is not present to attract pests and microbial contamination at the recycling center. Plastic milk jugs (minus the caps) are, of course, fine, but there is a plastic coating on the paper cartons making them un-recyclable. Also, the plastic spout disqualifies them as well. Finally, it pains me to report that plastics not bearing the triangular recycling symbol are not welcome at the processing center. I am now aware that I have been guilty of tossing in those fast-food drink lids willy-nilly, just because I thought they must be recyclable. I confess to being guilty of all the infractions I listed above. I want to recycle virtually all my household waste and just assumed that including these materials would be the right thing to do. I’m told there’s a name for this behavior – wishcycling! That, my friends, will be another article for another month! Cheryl Hach Retired Science Teacher Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center
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