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Thumbs Up for Innovation An Interview with Barry J. Collins, D.O.

Medicine has come a long way and, at times, it is good to take a minute to marvel at advances that are well… marvelous. We recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Barry J. Collins of the Bone and Joint Center of Hillsdale County about one such marvel, a little known procedure to relieve chronic thumb pain known as a Modular Thumb Implant. Q. Dr. Collins, why is chronic thumb pain such an issue for your patients? A. Without a working thumb joint, we’d be hard pressed to do tasks as simple as writing our name, tying our shoes, or opening a jar. That’s why people with severe thumb arthritis contact us looking for pain relief. Q. What types of motions are limited when arthritis affects the thumb joint? A. To circle, grab, or pinch, the healthy thumb relies on a joint in the wrist that acts like a miniature hip. As people age, the bone in that joint can develop bone spurs or uneven wear, causing even simple tasks, like holding a pen or cup to be painful. 

Q. Is a modular thumb implant your first option when dealing with thumb arthritis? A. Modular Thumb Implants are considered when nonsurgical treatments like antiinflammatory pills or cortisone shots fail. Q. Is this the only surgical procedure available to patients? A. Actually no. Many hand surgeons use a procedure that involves the slicing of the tendon that controls the thumb in half the long way, leaving half in place, and using the other half to sew to the long bone in the thumb, effectively making it into a ligament. This procedure, called ligament reconstruction and tendon interposition (LRTI), eases pain and improves thumb movement. But, over time, some patients lose some of their ability to make essential pinching and grasping motions.

surgeons implant to replace arthritic hips. When surgeons implant the device, a thin, titaniumcoated pin is inserted into the long bone of the thumb. A rounded end snaps onto the pin. We are then able to grind out the bone spurs in the patient’s own trapezium bone to recreate a smooth, cup-like structure that holds the rounded end. Since the long bone of thumb now sits on something solid rather than a transplanted tendon, the joint resembles the native thumb joint. Q. Sounds impressive and maybe a little confusing. If someone were to have a question concerning this procedure, what should they do?

Q. Are you saying the Modular Thumb Implant decreases that limitation?

A. If someone is experiencing thumb pain, I urge them to give us a call. We can answer any questions they may have and, together, come up with a plan that will ultimately give them back their freedom. We have all heard the saying that humans are unique because we have opposable thumbs. Well, if you don’t have use of your thumb, it can be very debilitating.

A. Yes. To overcome these limitations, in the 1990s, a Michigan-based surgeon named Louis Habryl developed an artificial thumb joint akin to the ball-and-socket joints that orthopedic

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doesn’t always exhibit symptoms While people of any age can experience eye disease, there are some eye problems that are more common in an aging population. Some people maintain perfect vision throughout their lives, while others’ vision deteriorates and conditions begin to develop. Though not exclusive to the elderly, glaucoma is one such condition many seniors must deal with. But even though risk for glaucoma increases as a person ages, that doesn’t mean younger men and women should not familiarize themselves with this condition and learn its symptoms and characteristics. In fact, glaucoma can be present for years before it’s recognized. This only further highlights the importance of understanding this condition so, should it appear, it can be effectively treated as soon as possible.

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Glaucoma is a term used to refer to a group of conditions that can cause damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve is responsible for carrying visual information from the eye to the brain, and oftentimes optic nerve damage is a result of increased pressure in the eye. In the United States, glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness.

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The eyes are filled with fluids that help maintain pressure in the eye. That pressure is called intra-ocular pressure, or IOP. While controlling IOP is a focus of glaucoma therapy, there is more to diagnosing and treating glaucoma than just focusing on IOP.

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The eye produces a fluid called the aqueous humor. When the flow of the aqueous humor is blocked or slowed, the fluid gets trapped in the eye and then IOP builds, at which point damage to the optic nerve can occur. are all cases Of glaucOMa tHe saMe? Not all cases of glaucoma are the same. In fact, there are four major types of glaucoma. • Open-angle, or chronic, glaucoma - most people with open-angle glaucoma have no symptoms until they begin to lose vision, though gradual loss of peripheral vision may occur. • Angle-closure, or acute, glaucoma: Symptoms include decreased or cloudy vision, nausea and vomiting, seeing rainbow-like halos around lights, and reddening of the eye. • Congenital glaucoma: Present at birth, symptoms are typically noticed when the child is a few months old. • Secondary glaucoma: Results from other conditions, systemic diseases and drugs such as corticosteroids. The professionals at Gossage Eye Institute and Optical know the importance of maintaining healthy eyesight while dealing with Glaucoma. Call today to schedule an appointment.

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By Rob Shewman The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is to slow down or not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared, and that you know how to handle road conditions. Try to wait until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. It’s helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you’re familiar with how your car handles and what the Anti-Lock brakes feel like when activated. Consult your owner’s manual for tips specific to your vehicle.

DrIvIng sAfeLy on ICy roADs 1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. you should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you. 2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake. 3. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists. 4. Keep your lights and windshield clean. 5. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.

Marlanea Chestney Owner/Publisher

HAPPY NEW YEAR! What a whirlwind 2011 has been and I have no reason to believe 2012 will be any less interesting! Our list of ideas and goals for the publication continue to grow as we look ahead with great anticipation.

In this issue, we feature the story of a former teacher and long time friend of mine, Ron Boone. He was my 4th grade teacher (I wouldn’t want to make assumptions but I think I may have been the teachers pet!) It is my honor to be a part of sharing his story of incredible resilience and perseverance. I think you will be as inspired by him, as I have always been. With Tip Up schedules and a guide for great indoor activities, we’ve tried to highlight fun things to do, whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or a “houseplant”. Fight off that cabin fever with family outings! It was fun to watch all our Facebook activity in December. We decided to help the Salvation Army and encourage new friends, by pledging $1 for each new ‘like’ we received. I’m happy to report our donation will be over $100! At the same time, we did “12 Days of Christmas Giveaways”. With the generous cooperation of our advertisers, we presented wonderful gifts to 12 lucky winners of a random Facebook drawing. If you haven’t joined us yet, please do it now so you don’t miss out next time! As our Michigan winter settles in, I hope you will take a few minutes to curl up with your favorite hot beverage and enjoy this issue of Simply Hers. Keep warm and take heart- by the next time we meet, spring will be right around the corner!

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appy 2012! I’m excited to have this opportunity to share a few personal comments and WELCOME you to our first issue of the New Year! It’s almost impossible to look ahead to a new year, without reflecting back on the one that has just passed. I feel so privledged to have interviewed and shared the stories of some amazing local individuals. One of my fondest memories will be watching how Simply Hers grew in its first year, gaining acceptance and support throughout our communities. Just a few months ago, we were at Jilly Bean’s Secret Garden celebrating reaching 500 fans on Facebook. At this writing, we are well over 900! Having just survived one of those big ‘zero’ birthdays, maybe I’m a little more reflective than usual. Will Rogers once said, “Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.” So, I think I will try to get comfortable with this whole getting old thing by throwing out all my usual resolutions. I’ve had the same list for at least the last ten years and I rarely make it even through the first week of January anyway! My new list is simple: Laugh more (although at my age, even that can be dangerous), Move more (that sounds more do-able than ‘exercise more’), and Count my blessings every day (the good, the bad, and even the ugly)! Hope your New Year is off to a good start! I’ll let you know in a couple of months how my new simplified list is working ~


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LOVE What Does

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their love for each other by giving cards and gifts such as flowers, candy and jewelry. Love can be shown in many ways, but I think these simple examples highlight it at its best!



A group of professional people posed this question to children, between the ages of 4 and 8. Their answers are deeper than anyone could have imagined ~

“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.”

“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy – age 6

Rebecca – age 8

“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth. “ Billy – age 4

“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Kari – age 5

“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” Terri – age 4

“Love is when you tell a boy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.”

“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.”

Noelle – age 7

Mary Ann – age 4

“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”

“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.”

Elaina – age 5

Lauren – age 4

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”

“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.”

Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

Chris – age 7

“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” Karen – age 7

“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.” Nikka – age 6

Happy Valentines Day!

And we’ll end with some advice that we should all remember, from 8 year old Jessica“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.”

*Writer’s note: The body of this article has been circulating for some time. I do not claim authorship, nor do I know the original source.*


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Moisturize your lips on a daily basis, especially in the winter. Find a lip balm that also protects the lips from the sunrays. Lip balms usually have an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) value of 15. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water throughout the day.


Exfoliate your lips gently using a scrubby towel soaked in warm water. Gently rub the lips to remove any excess skin.


Apply a thin coat of lip primer before applying the lip color. This is especially important if you have dry lips during winter because, the primer will ensure that you have a smooth canvas to put on colors. Find a suitable primer which has moisturizing qualities, can act as a sunscreen (SPF 15+) and is enriched with vitamins.

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Get mentally fit for the new year. By Deb Wuetrich Simply Hers Magazine


nother jump on the holiday trampoline may be over now, but has the hustle and bustle left you feeling blue? Let down? Depressed? As we enter a new year, it’s important to take stock of where we stand emotionally in order to get on the right track physically, because the two can be interrelated. What are some of the components that can make the holidays stressful and, therefore, something to be dealt with prior-to, during and following all the hubbub? For some, it’s wanting to be in control of something that really isn’t controllable. For instance, other people don’t always behave the way we want them to, and circumstances that have to be attended to such as giving relatives their “fair share” of a family’s time can be stressful. When everything turns out not to be as perfect as planned, holiday let-down can follow a woman (or man, or even children) into a new year. “Sometimes the expectations can be so high that no one can achieve them,” said Craig Miller, MSW, ACSW, a speaker, author and therapist at Masterpeace Center for Counseling and Development in Tecumseh. “Is it really about how many presents you bought for everybody? Or is it about relationships?” Miller said remembering the reason for the season — and relationship with God and others — can go a long way in helping to avoid that holiday let-down. “If parents are stressed out, the kids will be stressed out, too. But if parents will take the time to have some family fun with the kids, like playing a game together, the kids will have fun, too, and remember that long after they’ve forgotten what was underneath the wrapping paper.” Going overboard with finances can leave a lingering stress as well. Families may need to take stock of their finances and work out a repayment plan, making some sacrifices to pay down debt more quickly — and then make a realistic budget early for next year so financial stress doesn’t become a vicious cycle.


“Food greatly influences your mood,” says Miller. He said many people recognize how good they feel when they first eat sweets — almost like getting an instant “high” as sugar causes a chemical reaction in the body — but aren’t always aware of the “crash” that comes later when the blood sugar drops below normal levels and can actually trigger symptoms such as feelings of tiredness, headaches and depressive reactions.

“Another thing people need to be mindful of is to be honest with their feelings, including frustration,” Miller said. “Feelings held inside can create difficulty later. If you hold a habit of suppressing your emotions, they will come out in other ways.” A trusted friend or family member may be able to help. For some, this simply means acknowledging feelings, accepting “how things are,” even if your family didn’t have a perfect holiday. Eating right, exercising — even a walk — taking time for yourself or to be with friends, and volunteering to help someone else can boost a mood that might feel like it wants to misbehave. Be aware, however, that for some people, feeling depressed can be beyond self-remediation. There really is a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which can include such symptoms as depression, increased irritability, concentration difficulties, fatigue and increased appetite. Women are twice as likely to suffer from it as men. Miller says it’s believed that approximately 20 percent of the people in our society have the issue in some form. “The biggest thing is persistent sadness and you just can’t get out of it,” he said. “It stems from a lack of sunlight, and special lights seem to work for many.” The lights may be obtained online by searching on SAD websites. How do you know when it’s more than a temporary feeling, letdown or just the winter blues? “If the sadness is persistent and it starts affecting your general daily functioning, a counselor or other professional may need to be consulted,” said Miller. “Maybe it’s a difficulty in dealing with people, or your moods get in the way of doing your job. When the persistent sadness starts interfering with other areas of your life, and you can’t enjoy things you used to enjoy, that may be when professional help is needed.” A physician may prescribe herbal supplements or medications such as antidepressants or suggest time with a therapist. Miller said the important thing is to be mindful of your moods so you can detect if something serious might be going on. “You need to control your mood,” he said. “Don’t let your mood control you.”

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Makng a committment to performing a monthly self Gynecologists recommends that girls examination can be a life changing(AcOG) New Year’s Resolution.

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most important health issues in your life, including birth control, childbirth, and menopause. An ob-gyn can also screen for cancer, Breast is theand most common cancer treatcancer infections, perform surgery forin pelvic organtoday. or urinary tract problems. Because ob-gyns women For women of all ages, the breast deal with personal andissensitive health self-exam is such a useful tool that easy to do. It is issues, the for thought of seeing used to look unusual lumps,one, skinespecially changes,for the first time, bewomen, troubling to some women. or discharge. Formay most once-a-month You are might or embarrassed at time having exams easybetonervous remember, with the best a doctor most private partsof ofayour body. being aboutsee onethe week after the start period.. Or you may be reluctant to discuss your most intimate issues with an ob-gyn. Feel the breast tissue for any areas that feel differentTo from of the a takethe therest dread out breast. of yourSometimes annual difference will be a ball or lump. Yet other times appointments, it is imperative that you find an it will be a you thickened band or a with. deep,You hardwouldn’t area ob-gyn feel comfortable thatwant doestonot move the with rest of breast. trust just like anyone thethe most sensitive parts of your body. That’s why you need to think carefully about your choice of anSELF-ExAM ob-gyn. Don’t THE FIvE STEpS OF A BREAST just randomly pull a doctor’s name off your health insurance list. Get a referral from a friend, family STEp 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in member, or your primary care provider. the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms WhAT on yourTO hips. ExpEcT DurinG OB-GYn VisiTs When should start seeing ob-gyn? Here’s what youyou should look an for:

The American congress Obstetricians • Breasts that are their usualofsize, shape, andand color • Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling

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TAlkinG YOur OB-GYn approach seems to workTO best for most women. Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the use your annualfor ob-gyn appointment back of your breasts: the skin and tissueasjust an opportunity to ask questions. Even ifpressure your beneath, use light pressure; use medium questions seem intimate or embarrassing, you can for tissue in the middle of your breasts; use firm be sure that your doctor has heard them before. pressure for the deep tissue in the back. When it’s Ok to ask about your periods, sex, or whatever you’ve the deep tissue, should be health. you reached want to know about youryou reproductive The doctor will first examine the outside of STEp Next,for feel your breasts The while lyingwill able to feel down to your ribcage. your 4: vagina abnormalities. doctor down, youryour rightreproductive hand to feelorgans your left Your ob-gyn should also ask you a lot of thenusing examine from the breast andYour thenob-gyn your left hand feel your questions. These questions might get very inside. will alsoto examine theright walls of breast. personal, but your needs to know theare the vagina and cervix. STEp 5: Finally, feeldoctor your breasts while you answers care for you properly. remember standing orto sitting. papsmooth test is often done during thefew pelvic exam. that your ob-gyn is your partner in reproductive Use aAfirm, touch with the first finger health. carry that Your ob-gyn willkeeping remove the a sample offlat cellsand from Many pads of your hand, fingers women findonthat thepartnership easiest wayby to making feel theirand keeping your annual appointments. in between your cervix a small brush. Those together. Use ausing circular motion, about thecells sizewill be breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so let your doctor know if you have any new to a lab and the checked cervical cancer of asent quarter. Cover entirefor breast from top toand theyvisits, like to do this step in the shower. Cover your problems. other abnormalities. bottom, side to side — from your collarbone to entire breast, using the same hand movements the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit described in Step 4. to your cleavage. Your ob-gyn will probably start by asking you STEp Whilequestions you’re at the mirror, look for and some3:general about your personal nurse or other health anyfamily signs health of fluidhistory. comingAout of one or both professional might in themilky, room with you and nipples (this could be stay a watery, or yellow theorob-gyn fluid blood).for the pelvic exam.

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Breast self-exam is not a substitute for mammography or for regular exams by a healthcare professional. Be sure to keep regular appointments as recommended by your healthcare provider. If you do not currently have a trusted provider Dr. Bediako welcomes the opportunity to get to know you. Call the office today to schedule an appointment.

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“stress-busting” exercise quickies Today’s busy lifestyle spells S-T-R-E-S-S.


egardless of where we live, the season we’re in, how old we are; whether we have a houseful of kids or kid-free, single, married, divorced or widowed — today’s busy lifestyle spells S.T.R.E.S.S. And the constant low-grade tension brought on by everything from mismatched socks to burnt toast to unpaid bills and traffic jams spells a constant drip of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. And does this ever spell trouble! Adrenaline and cortisol can be hero hormones if you’re competing in sports, exerting high physical energy or in an emergency situation. But if you’re just driving your car, sitting at your desk or exerting normal energy, these hormones aren’t properly utilized and become corrosive to your arteries by raising your blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation markers. I’m not talking about your typical muscle tightening and stress headaches here. I’m talking about increased risk of heart disease, compromised immune system, weight gain and even depression! To help you manage these menacing stress hormones—without medication— here are a few surefire solutions for “stress-busting” your life. And as the Lickety-Split queen, you know they’re going to be quick and easy! Burning off the excess “stress hormones”; i.e. cortisol and epinephrine, through regular exercise adds to the multitude of health benefits exercise already provides.

Upon Rising in the Morning… • Sit at the edge of the bed and do gentle trunk twists. • Standing with your arms stretched above your head, bend to the right and then to the left. • While brushing your teeth, stretch your hamstrings, calves and quads. Then strengthen with “calf raises,” “kick-backs,” and for the more advanced: “lunges.” Don’t think 2 minutes of exercise everyday can change the way you look? The secret is in the “everyday” part.) Do lunges everyday and you’ll be amazed!

While at the Office… • At your desk, refreshed and immediately able to focus; sit up straight, take a deep breath, reach with your arms straight up, hold…release. Repeat. Follow with forward then backward shoulder rolls. • While talking on the phone, stand up, put a leg on the desk and stretch for 2 minutes. Change legs and repeat. Then change to a calf stretch and finish with a quad stretch. The person on the other end of the phone will have no idea!

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• While working at your computer, do “sitting calf raises.” Set a heavy book on your knees for added resistance. • Offer to run an errand to the other side of the building. Breathe deeply the entire time and enjoy your body moving. Arrive back to your desk refreshed and immediately able to focus. • Enjoy an invigorating walk out to your car. (You did opt for parking in the “fitness spots” didn’t you?)

While Watching TV… • While sitting on the couch, place your hands at your shoulders and the lift your arms up, down, up, down and repeat for one entire commercial break. Did your arms get tired? Do this every night for two weeks and notice how much easier it gets. Then advance to holding dumbbells or two soup cans. • Do one commercial break worth of sit ups, push ups and leg lifts. Stay on the floor stretching until the next commercial break…then repeat. Do this every night for just one week and you’ll see a difference. Make it a habit and you’ll be amazed at the transformation! • If you insist on watching a second show, then pull out those dumbbells from underneath the couch. Stand up straight and do bicep curls, triceps curls, overhead presses, etc. Doesn’t it feel good to move your muscles, instead of just sit?



Brian invited his mother over for dinner. During the course of the meal, Brian’s mother couldn’t help but notice how beautiful his roommate Jennifer, was. Brian’s mom had long been suspicious of a relationship between Brian and Jennifer, and this had only made her more curious. Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between them than met the eye. Reading his mom’s thoughts, Brian volunteered, “I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Jennifer and I are just roommates.”

About a week later, Jennifer came to Brian saying, “Ever since your mother came to dinner, I’ve been unable to find the silver gravy ladle. You don’t suppose she took it, do you?” Brian said, “Well, I doubt it, but I’ll send her an e-mail just to be sure.” So he sat down and wrote:

Dear Mom,

I’m not saying you “did” take the gravy ladle from the house. I’m not saying you “did not” take the gravy ladle. But the fact remains that it’s been missing ever since you were here for dinner. Love, Brian

A couple of days later, Brian received an email back from his mother that read: Dear Brian, I’m not saying that you “do” sleep with Jennifer. I’m not saying that you “do not” sleep with Jennifer. But the fact remains that if Jennifer was sleeping in her own bed, she would have found the gravy ladle by now. Love, Mom

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Fitness Trainer Motivates by Nancy Hastings Simply Hers Magazine


itness trainer Tyson Carpenter helps people achieve their potential when it comes to fitness. His advice is to get a plan and stick with it.

The 29-year-old is the last of five children in his family. He was born in Coldwater, but grew up in Camden, becoming a 2001 Camden-Frontier High School graduate. From there, he attended Central Michigan University. “My original intention had been to go in to chiropractic, then I took organic chemistry and decided on a different career path” Carpenter said. He concentrated on Fitness and Health Prevention Rehab since his original passion was to help people feel better. He had always lived a healthy lifestyle and participated in football and other sports in high school. But before he could graduate college, plans he made to enter the health field were put on hold when his parents’ home burned. “I came back to help rebuild and picked up a construction job,” Carpenter said. Consequently, he began working in government rehabilitation of subsidized housing in Friendship Village in Litchfield and complexes in Coldwater and Kalamazoo. “After I was laid off, I took the time to get my certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine,” he said. He chose this organization for the great reputation and the additional specialty certifications he could get to further his knowledge. He currently works as a fitness trainer at Anytime Fitness in Hillsdale.


Tyson Carpenter is a personal fitness trainer at Anytime Fitness in Hillsdale. He works out frequently, showing he practices what he preaches.

“My next goal is certification in becoming a corrective exercise specialist,” Carpenter said. “this will allow me to work in more areas and help people with existing orthopedic issues, for example, arthritic knees” the broader scope will widen his knowledge

base to continue to help everyone he works with. The broader scope will widen his knowledge base to continue to help all ages. “I currently see all ages from elderly to kids,” he said. “They all strive to learn the correct movement for better strength.” Carpenter says strength is the byproduct of flexibility, so as strength increases, so does flexibility. “Teaching simple things like correct body position and where you should feel the movement can make all the difference” he said. His advice ranges from proper nutrition to using the equipment correctly and his expertise is becoming more sought after lately. Having a personal fitness trainer is not looked on as a luxury anymore, he said. Where it once was perceived that trainers were exclusively for the rich, that’s no longer the case. As fitness centers have spread throughout the country, getting a trainer has become a real possibility for the average person. He keeps his prices more affordable compared to other trainers, but he likes it that way because he grew up in this area and knows the economic struggles. “I want to try to help as many people as possible” Carpenter said. His fee range around $30 for an individual training session and lower if additional training is purchased. For some, having a person to answer to can really provide motivation. If making healthy living choices is on your list for the New Year Tyson welcomes you to call and set up a time to meet. When you have someone like Tyson in your corner the sky’s the limit. Tyson Carpenter Anytime Fitness

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Cyndi Armstrong Age 48

Cyndi Armstrong has recently enrolled in a fitness plan she hopes will change her lifestyle. Her first step was to contact Tyson Carpenter and discuss with him her options, goals and concerns. She wanted help figuring out what exercises she needed to do and how the equipment would best suit her needs. “I’m looking forward to feeling and looking better,” Armstrong

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In the short run, it would be great to get out of pain. Chiropractic care can help most people achieve this short-term goal of spinal health. In the long run, it would be great to retain as much lung capacity, visual acuity, reaction time, balance, and cardiovascular health as possible. Emerging research strongly suggests spinal health has a role to play in these longterm goals as well. Consider this when your doctor of chiropractic recommends regular follow-up visits.

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hen I lived in Florida, I watched the tourists flock to the beaches in the dead of winter and wondered if they were crazy. If someone had told me I would someday move north and look forward to snow I would have vehemently denied that any such occurrence could ever take place. Yet here I am. I welcome the snow with all the adventures it brings. Whenever someone hears that I moved to Michigan from Florida of my own free will, they look at me likeI’m the crazy one. But, I have found that I love winter in Michigan with its snow and all the fun activities winter brings. Even though my children are all grown up, I still test every fresh snowfall for its “packing” quality. I’ll make a few tiny snowball men and women to stand on my deck railing where I can see them from the living room window. My kids would spend hours building snowmen, using sticks for arms and rocks from the driveway for eyes and buttons. I look forward to the days when I can show my grandchildren how to build snow fort walls where they can stash a cache of snowballs for an all-out snowball fight. For now my dog indulges my snowball throwing urges by catching them and then trying to bring them back to me. Another family favorite is sledding. Hours of fun can be found on a snowy weekend afternoon coasting downhill with friends on assorted sleds and toboggans. What a rush it is to slide down that slope holding on for dear life as you take to the air over


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The Ron Boone Story By Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine

As children we think about what we want to be when we grow up. Most dream about a rewarding career. Many of us dream about a happy home filled with love and laughter, where our family will thrive. Growing up on a farm in the Pittsford area during the 1940’s and 50’s, Ron Boone had those dreams. He remembers the farm as being a lot of hard work, but quickly adds, “but good for me.” Also like a lot of other young men in that era, he married his high school sweetheart right after they graduated. Soon after that, he volunteered for the Army, spending his third and last year in Korea. While he was stationed there, his wife Faye gave birth to their son, Ronnie. It was also during that time that Ron felt called by God to go into the ministry. So when he returned from Korea, he attended Marion College (now called Indiana Wesleyan University) to get a degree in Theology. He also worked part time and served as pastor for a small church in Atlanta, Indiana.


By the spring of 1967, Ron had settled in to a full time pastor position at a larger church in Argos, Indiana. His career and personal life seemed on track for that ‘happily ever after’ dream. Ronnie was a happy, full of life, four year old, the spitting image of his Daddy. Ron describes Faye as “sweet, full of musical ability” and “a good pastor’s wife.” She was also pregnant with their second child and although she had been quite ill during the early months, they were very excited to welcome another baby. It was at this time when Ron was contacted by a young lady from his former church, asking him to officiate her wedding ceremony back in Atlanta. So, on a pleasant June 1st day, Ron, Faye and Ronnie climbed into their little VW to make the trip. Ron still has a very clear memory of that day; traveling down a straight stretch of road on Highway 31, near Rochester, Indiana. Suddenly, a Ford Thunderbird came across the center line towards them. He slammed on his brakes and tried to avoid contact but they came together, the t-bird pushing right under the passenger’s side.

Ron was taken to a hospital and then later transferred to a larger hospital, where he was treated for multiple cuts to his face, requiring over 300 stitches. His mother, dad and mother-in-law, came to be with him as the doctors sorted out his medical issues. At some point, his mother gave him the news that his wife, unborn baby and little Ronnie (who had been lying down in the back seat) had all died immediately in the crash. While still dealing with that overwhelming blow, he learned that a spinal cord injury had left him paralyzed from mid-chest down. A week before his 27th birthday, in the blink of an eye, a drunk driver had taken his two children, made him a widower, and left him a paraplegic for the rest of his life. Ron was in the hospital for 61 days. When he was discharged, he still was not able to travel, so he went to stay with a couple that attended his church, Stanley and Mildred Baker. They took care of him and also took him to therapy, until he was well enough to move back to his parents’ in Michigan. He remembers being determined to recover enough to get back into the ministry. When asked what kept him from getting bitter or giving up during that time, he says, “My faith. And up to that point, I had never failed at anything in my life. I just didn’t see giving up as an option.” But in reality, churches at that time were not handicap accessible. In fact, most of them had imposing entry steps and stairways. Ron felt that his resolve to go back to work would be better focused on a new career, so he decided to pursue a teaching certification. Ron stayed in touch with the Baker’s daughter, Dorothy, who had used her secretarial skills to help him with letter writing, etc., while he was staying at their home. Their friendship developed into a relationship and they were eventually married. After completing additional rehab at the University of Michigan, Ron continued his college studies to become certified in elementary education. In 1969, Dorothy and Ron adopted a two-day-old baby daughter they named Rhonda. The family then moved back to Osseo and Ron was hired as a teacher at North Adams Elementary School. Ron refers to that opportunity as one of the highlights of his life. Although it was an occupation that often pushed him to the limits of his stamina, he taught for 18 years and then spent another seven as the elementary school principal. During those years, he also obtained his Master’s degree.

Ron, Faye and Ronnie right before the accident.

Unfortunately, Dorothy and Ron eventually divorced, but continued to coparent their daughter and remain friends to this day. In 1980, Ron married Loretta, the woman who would become his best friend and companion for the next 24 ½ years. She was also a teacher so they shared a common interest. She brought four (adult) children into their relationship. For several years, they spent their summer breaks taking grandchildren to Colorado Springs. When they retired, they enjoyed spending their winters in Florida. Between the two of them, they had five children, ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. In the winter of 2003, Loretta was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Although she put up a valiant fight, the cancer eventually spread to her liver and she passed away in July of 2006. Once again, Ron endured the devastation of losing a partner. He was also faced with having to adapt to living entirely on his own. In May of 2010, Ron had a minor stroke. Even with much assistance and care from his daughter Rhonda, it became obvious that he needed more medical attention than he could receive in his home, so he moved into the Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility. Still working to keep his mind sharp, he spends his day sharing emails and managing his finances on the computer. To stay as physically healthy as possible, he attends exercise classes and therapy. Ron sums up his current situation much like he has dealt with many aspects of his life, “I could give up, but I just don’t.” To say Ron hasn’t let his physical limitations dictate a limited life is an understatement! Whether it was getting his Master’s degree, teaching, mentoring as a school principal, traveling, woodworking, teaching Sunday school classes, or being an involved father and grandfather, Ron has persevered past his losses and his physical problems. So did Ron get his ‘happily ever after’? That seems to be a matter of perspective. Because although his life certainly didn’t go as planned, Ron has shown that even when your dreams change to nightmares, you still have the choice when you wake up, to make the most of every new day!

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life is the berries Recalculating Your Change of Route Life By Laura Loveberry Simply Hers Magazine


ave you ever had a plan for your life and it got abruptly turned around? Not just an unexpected detour, but, WHAM, a total “recalculating” change of route? I have an unforeseen detour, yet remarkable gift from God. When we first carried our precious adopted daughter Madison home from the hospital 13 years ago, little did we know the journey ahead. We even created a CD, called Madison’s Avenue Home highlighting how God blessed our home with a bundle of joy. Her story was aired on radio stations worldwide. Madison’s true adoption saga even opened the doors for my ministry speaking events across the nation. Sounds like a fairy tale of a barren wife with a perfect dainty happily-everafter ending. Right?

Wrong. The story grows messy, raw, and gritty. Madison’s name means “gift of God” and that she is. But this is not exactly the perfectly wrapped package I was originally thinking. As our second child Madison grew and reached school age, we discovered she was stronger willed than our first child, Markus. With Madison, things just did not quite neurologically connect, she rarely stopped moving, and she struggled in social skills. As challenges became more apparent, we realized our parenting was in need of support to bring out the best in Madison. Yes, she is covered in prayer, brought up to love Jesus, and in a caring home. Yet, we realized her issues are more extensive than we can effectively handle alone even after educating ourselves in dozens of parenting books and classes. We are thankful for the prayerful wisdom to seek professional help from physiologists and counselors. Currently, Madison’s diagnosis is Fetal Alcohol Effects, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, and Aspergers (form of Autism). Meds and counseling have been crucial to parenting our special-needs child, and the road at times is indescribably exhausting.

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We love Madison more than words can express, but let me say clearly, “I must trust in God for every minute of every moment of every second of my life with Madison.” One moment can turn upside down without a warning. Going to work at times weary and teary because of Madison’s meltdowns is not easy. Many sleepless nights, I prayed through how to handle parenting her special-needs. Well-intentioned people have said uninformed remarks like, “Asperger’s is just an excuse. I’d give her a good whoop’in.” Asperger’s can not be punished out of a child. Mark and I need to parent uniquely for her special needs. At times, brokenness overwhelmed me as a mom. Out of frustration I have cried out, “I just can’t handle this anymore!!!” Do I make mistakes, lose my patience, and worry about what others think when Maddie has a public episode? Yes. But we are making progress and seeking God for direction. My prayer life has become more real, raw, and remarkably honest. Never have I felt closer to God, but sometimes feel isolated from people not grasping the impact of raising a special child. God seems to wrap his encouraging arms around me when I need Him so desperately as I read Bible verses like James 1: 2-4 NIV “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” So is God giving YOU character-building moments to develop perseverance in an unexpected detour? I am with you on this. Our all-knowing God is giving us a gift of growth, and it does not come from lukewarm, namby pamby, easy breezy Christian living. Let’s resolve to faithfully, daringly approach our down-and-out trials with inside joy unspeakable lifting our hearts to the remarkable gift to persevere, recalculate, and upward go with God!

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Have you had a really embarrassing moment? One you’d rather no one else knew about? I had that moment recently, in a department store dressing room. Unfortunately for me, lots of people now know about it thanks to my husband. This incident just about put me over the edge. I’d lost some weight last year and promptly put it back on, plus some. I realized I’d never be slim again without help. I went looking for “black beauty” aka a body shaper. Have you seen those babies? They’re God’s gift to women I tell you. They reign up all the extra fat between your chest and knees and squeeze it so tight, nobody knows you’ve got those extra pounds. You know my usual thought – how hard can it be? Well, I’ll tell you. I started in the small section just to humor myself and ended up in XLs. That baby still looked small, but they always look too small right? That’s the beauty part, I’m big, they’re small – I shove my big into that small and voila!! I’m in the changing room trying to decide how to get this baby on. Do I pull it up or do I pull it down? I tried pulling it up over my voluptuous (okay, volumous) hips but that was a no-go. I barely got it over my knee caps before I was sweating so bad I knew I’d be headed to the deodorant section next. So then I try pulling it down over my head. I’m thinking this is really gonna squish my “boobs” (technical term) big time, but hey, I’ve had mammograms before, right? What’s the difference I ask? I now have the “beauty” stuck between my neck and chest. It does NOT want to go over my boobage as my friend Mary likes to call “the girls”. I don’t know why she can’t use technical terms like the rest of us. So anyhow, the sweat is pouring through every pore I own, but I’m determined this thing will not defeat me. I should have just cried “Uncle” and been done with it. But no, I keep pulling and tugging and tugging and pulling until now I have this thing stretched paper thin from my neck past those voluptuous (I don’t care what the mirror says) hips nearly to my knees. The problem is now I’m bent over


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Heroes come in all sizes, shapes, ages and genders. We want to introduce you to a young woman that Simply Hers has “adopted” as our hero. Her name is Sara (Armstrong) So. She grew up in the Hillsdale area, graduating from Reading High School in 2004. Her proud parents are Cyndi and Pat Armstrong. Sara joined the Army right out of high school, formally enlisting in the National Guard in 2006. She attended college through the ROTC program, graduating and being commissioned as an officer in 2008. She is a member of the Army Military Police Corp with the current rank of First Lieutenant. Sara is also a newlywed. But as is often the case in military life, she has spent very little time with her husband. In the few months they have been married, he has been residing in Canton, MI and she has been sent to all different parts of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas and is currently in Massachusetts. Some time in early 2012, Sara will be deployed to the Middle East on a security mission. As the date approaches, she admits to having a variety of emotions, but is mostly excited for the experience. Sara explains that as a leader, she is a firm believer that you can’t ask people to do what you haven’t done or are not willing to do. She feels this assignment is a necessary


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Powder rooms allow you to go a little overboard. While you may want to continue with a neutral palette in the master bath, the powder room can be a place to go a little crazy with color. Use high gloss white on moldings and trim to add another layer of drama. Because your family room tends to be more casual, it’s okay to introduce the unexpected. Add a pop of color with chartreuse or orange accents. Happy hues can make you forget a stressful day. Remember that color should always cause a reaction and the response should be a positive one for you and your family.

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Hang On! Let go! by Katja Szarafinski Simply Hers Magazine

“Ian is an accomplished musician and his thumb works perfectly fine.”

“Hang on!” my friend Larry called to me almost cheerfully as I was clinging to the ridge in our hip roof 25 feet up over the deck. The chimney clean, I had been on my way down when the extension ladder just slipped away. There I was with the grit of roof shingles digging into my palms, attempting to hoist the lower half of my body back up onto the flat part. What did the man think I was trying to do? How much time does a carpenter need to push up an extension ladder and lock it in properly? It seemed like an eternity. My whole upper body was sore for days, and I only realized later how hard I had worked at not falling and how lucky I am to have kept those muscles strong. Hanging on was the thing to do. It is not always so clear what to hang on to and what to let go of. Only after years do I see how my choices have turned into favored traditions, or questionable habits. It has been ten years since I made the conscious choice to let go of celebrating Christmas and acknowledge the longest night of the year instead. As I write this we are preparing for our 10th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration. This year Facebook has been employed by my youngest child to invite folks to the event. The bonfire has been built up for some time; and the candle wick came in a big roll ordered online last week. Staying up through another fifteen hours of dark, long night never stops to be a challenge, but it is definitely a tradition in our family, and we do it a little better each year. Letting go of Christmas still feels like the right choice for us. But I want to share another story with you about the last time I took a child to McDonalds and what happened to help me not make a habit of fast food. My boys were two and four years old. We lived in booming Austin, Texas, and life was very busy with both parents working. TV was still present in our home, and the children knew McDonalds to be a treat.


Tired after work, on the way home from daycare I consented to stop and let the boys play in the ball pool while I picked up food. As we walked in Ian toddled behind Hans and me and in another moment of motherly distraction, (why do I keep writing about these for you?) that heavy glass door was closing smoothly and precisely onto his tender, little thumb joint. This child of mine was always reserved, but not at that moment. When I succeeded in wrestling his little hand from him to have a look, the tip of his thumb was barely attached by a tiny bit of skin. We raced down the interstate to the ER. He never stopped screaming, and I don’t think we had to wait to be tended to. The big surprise was that they did nothing for him. I was assured that x-rays would show little in a child this young with bones and cartilage still so soft. We took the sobbing child away with a little paper cup of ice water which he refused to put his thumb into. Just after arriving home he managed to collect himself long enough to squeeze out the words, “I want my McDonald,” and with chagrin I realized the power of this place. His dad was called to bring home the treasured bag with treats. Now none of my children remember ever going to a fast food place. Ian is an accomplished musician and his thumb works perfectly fine. Letting go of fast food was not hard after that experience. So, as we start a new year and assess what is worth saving and what should be chucked, I count all the good choices we have made and pick a few new ones to cultivate. That way there is gratitude and good will and perhaps little time left for excessive texting, or cyber gaming, or other potentially bad habits. I will hang on to that.

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Whew- you’ve survived another holiday season! After all the extra baking, potlucks and family dinners, your pantry may look as disheveled as you feel! Whether you’re fortunate enough to have a large walk-in pantry or just a small cupboard, getting your storage area organized can save time, money and stress. Follow these SOS steps to pantry perfection:

TIP: Dividing your area into zones will help you stay organized as you use or add items. By making it obvious where things belong, the whole family is more likely to cooperate. Some zone examples would be- Canned Goods, Baking Supplies, Bulk Dry Goods, Beverages, Spices, Cereals, and Snacks. Separate food and non-food items such as paper goods and cleaning products. Labeling the zones will help even more. Empty the area. Take the time to give the shelves a wipe down and line them, if desired. • Now do the 3 pile K-D-P sort (keep, donate, pitch), dividing your ‘keeps’ by zone. As you put things back, check the expiration date on food items. If something will expire soon, make sure it is in the front so you will use it first. Of course, anything that has expired goes in your ‘pitch’ pile. If you have things your family won’t eat, or a lot of duplicates, make a ‘donate’ pile for a local food pantry. • Move items back into the area, arranging them in a way that you can see what you have. For example, arrange cans of soup or vegetables with the same kind lined up behind one another so you can put each different kind side by side. • As you reorganize the contents, consider taking things out of the package. Putting them in stackable, labeled containers (squares take up less space) keeps things fresh longer and gives your pantry a neat overall appearance.


• As soon as you get home from the store, separate large bags of snacks into individual zip top bags and put them in a basket. This will avoid ending up with half-eaten bags of stale chips or pretzels that take up space but never get eaten. Makes them handy for packing lunches too! • Add to the pantry space by using tiered shelves. Experiment with putting things in a different way (i.e. laying boxes on their sides), adding hooks or little pockets to the back of the door. • Find new homes for (or put in your ‘donate’ pile) any items that don’t fit into your designated zones. • If your space is very limited, put only the things you will use in the near future and find another place for your overflow. Consider putting shelves in the basement or garage to store the overflow of extra groceries and supplies. To keep track of what’s down there, hang a small dry eraser board on the back of your food cupboard listing the items and the amount that are in the overflow. As you move them into your regular food area, wipe off a mark so you can quickly tell what’s still on the overflow shelves and what you need to replenish. • Another space saver is to put small items such as gelatin, pudding mixes or packets of gravy mix, in small baskets or in acrylic “pockets” attached on the back of the door. • If you have children that are allowed to help themselves to snacks, fill a basket and designate an area just for that purpose (see previous tip on making individual snack bags.) This will avoid them moving things around to find what they want. This is also a way of having a little more control over their choices and portion sizes. Make a commitment to keep the order by taking a few minutes every week to straighten things up. An organized pantry will reward you with a sense of accomplishment every time you open the door. And that’s a PERFECT way to start the New Year!

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There are three factors to consider. First, men and women are wired for different tasks: Men provide and protect; women nurture and nest. While women value connection and want their home looking nice, men value competence and focus on getting the job done. Men don’t “see the house falling down around them” because in their world it isn’t. If the roof doesn’t leak and the walls aren’t crumbling, things are fine. True, there’s dirty laundry piled high and the vacuum needs running, but the house is warm and dry. So, what’s the problem? Second, most men and women see the house as the wife’s domain. The home is, in many respects, an extension of her personality, her beauty, her ability to nurture. When guests visit, it’s the wife who wants things “looking their best,” with the good silverware and the finest linen table cloth. Men are typically satisfied if the plastic ware is in a relatively neat pile. Most wives think nothing of rearranging the furniture or changing where pictures are hung without consulting their husband. But these same wives would be offended if their husband did the same thing without consulting them. Third, since men value competence, in the male world offering unsolicited help shows disrespect of the other person’s ability to do the job. Therefore, even if your guy sees that cleaning or the laundry needs doing, he’s probably reluctant to offer help. He doesn’t want to show disrespect. Indeed, most men are wired to want to please their wives. So what to do? Simple: Ask for help. Specifically define the job and the time frame you have in mind. Don’t say, “Why are you sitting on the couch, when I need help around here?” This is blatant criticism disguised as a question. It gives no information about what you want or when you want it done.


Instead, say, “Honey, I need some help. Please fold the laundry before you go to bed.” This defines a specific task and a specific time frame. When the task is done, thank him, even if you thought the job was obvious and shouldn’t need a request. He’s entered your domain to make you happy. He needs positive feedback to know he’s succeeded. And do NOT criticize the details. You may want the towels folded in thirds the long way and he’s just done it in halves. Thank him anyway. And do NOT refold them. Refolding them tells him you think he’s incompetent and he’s wasted his time trying to help. Instead, the next time tell him, “You did a wonderful job last time, but if you fold them in thirds, they’ll fit in the cupboard better.” Then show him. And thank him again. Men and women see the world differently. Understanding what your guy sees makes it easier to help him see what you need in your world. Do you have a question you’d like to ask a guy? We’re looking for your input and reactions to the column and questions you’d like answered. Email your thoughts and questions to: jsheridan@marriagedoneright.com James E. Sheridan attended the University of Michigan where he received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He earned his Juris Doctorate in Law at U of M, where he graduated cum laude in 1969. Mr. Sheridan served as law clerk to the Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals before moving to Adrian in 1970, when he entered private practice and became Assistant City Attorney. In 1978 he was elected District Court Judge and has served in that capacity since January, 1979. Judge Sheridan and his wife, Sharron, have been married for 45 years and have two adult children. ©2011, All Rights Reserved

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AGING WITH ATTITUDE As I start the New Year, I’ve been thinking about our attitudes as we age, in relationship to accessibility for seniors in their daily lives. Webster’s New World Dictionary defines attitude as 1) a bodily posture showing mood, action 2) manner showing one’s feeling or thoughts 3) one’s disposition, opinion, 4) a quarrelsome or haughty temperament. We can’t control the aging part, but we can certainly work on the right manner and disposition! Over the holidays, I had the occasion to take several different people on an outing with me. We took along wheelchairs, canes, walkers and oxygen tanks, as well as extra warm coats, hats, gloves and purses. We ended up shopping, so before we were done, we also had bags to carry. Getting out in Michigan in the wintertime with people that need assistance is not an easy task! But there are several local businesses that go above and beyond to accommodate, so I would like to make others aware of them: Pittsford Gas & Tire will actually come out and pump your gas for you! Karen’s Restaurant in Hudson has space between the tables for you to move around in a wheelchair or with extra equipment. The staff knows how to treat seniors with respect; looking at you when they speak and getting down to a lower level if needed, to take


your order. Karen’s has adequate room for multiple wheelchairs. Add to this their homemade millionaire pie (that you can even order for 8 a.m. breakfast), and it is a very pleasant dining experience! Hillsdale Tire has an entrance door that opens easily with one hand. The handicap ramp makes it easily accessible. The restroom is big enough for two people, plus a wheelchair. There is an employee positioned by the front entrance so if you do need assistance, they can help! Vandevender Law Office moved to a building in Hudson that is sloped at the front door making it easily accessible for wheelchairs. The door is wide and lightweight enough to open easily! If you are fortunate enough to not have any physical limitations or have not spent a day with someone who does, you may think that these are small, insignificant issues. But when you just can’t get out of the car one more time, having somebody else pump the gas can be a godsend. When you want to lunch with a friend who is self conscious about their speech and the way they look because of having a stroke, a restaurant like Karen’s can make all the difference in the quality of that experience. We are all aging every day. It is pretty safe to assume these issues will affect you or a loved one at some point in your lifetime. So I encourage you to go into the New Year aging with the attitude of appreciation. Let businesses like these know you appreciate the things they are doing right!

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A new twist on an old favorite By Amber Yoder Simply Hers Magazine

Known throughout the area for great Mexican food, cold beer and tasty margaritas, a Hudson restaurant is now under new ownership. Margarita’s CC & Co., now known simply as Margarita’s, was recently purchased by Ed and Mary Chestney. Located at 521 South Meridian Road, better known as US 127, in Hudson, Margarita’s boasts an unassuming and casual atmosphere. While the new owners are gradually making some changes to the establishment, much of what makes Margarita’s a local favorite will remain the same. The Chestneys have so far repainted the bar area of the restaurant, and installed new carpeting and booths. Some aesthetic updates to the main dining area are also planned for the future. Mary Chestney has adjusted well to becoming the owner of a restaurant. While the transition from a 9am-5pm work schedule was intimidating, she was ready for a change. After years of previous experience working in bars and restaurants, she felt that the time was right when the business was offered for sale.

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One highlight of Margarita’s that has not changed is the cheerful and knowledgeable staff. Most staff stayed on through the transfer of ownership, and has welcomed the changes taking place. With subtle changes in décor and menu offerings, the staff remains positive and seems to be excited about the transformations that have already occurred and those planned for the future. The rustic and welcoming surroundings boast seating for 160, offering plenty of space for customers

who are looking for a down-to-earth dining experience. Most menu items will remain unchanged, but there are some notable additions to the culinary choices that were available in the past. A newly refreshed specialty is an updated sizzling fajita platter, which is among the most-ordered items at Margarita’s. Another popular amenity for diners is free homemade chips and salsa for each table. While being known for its Mexican food is a point of pride for the owners and staff of Margarita’s, an expansion of “North of the Border” fare is currently underway. Margarita’s has long offered hamburgers, onion rings, and several other favorite American food choices. However, two notable menu additions are steak hoagies and fish tacos. Mary Chestney insists that the fish tacos are worth the venture of trying what is mostly an unknown entrée choice for this area. Open Sunday through Thursday from 11am until 9pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am until 11pm, Margarita’s also offers a number of daily specials, along with a soup of the day and chili available every day. Karaoke is offered on Friday nights, and more entertainment options are being explored. In the spring, a renovated outdoor patio area will be available to diners. Previous customers and those who have yet to experience the charm of Margarita’s are invited to stop in and see the changes and also appreciate the elements that remain true to the original owners and ambiance.


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Gems of Wisdom Have You Read Your Horoscope Today?

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20

Others have trouble reading you right now, Capricorn. That’s because you are sending out mixed signals. It’s better if you stay consistent with your beliefs.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18

Feeling restless, Aquarius? Spend some time with a hobby that you enjoy, perhaps whipping up culinary delights or completing a collection you’ve been working on.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 There’s more to you than meets the eye, Pisces. You enjoy letting others get little glimpses of your true self over time.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, it isn’t in your nature to be meek. When something is bothering you, be sure to speak up loudly. It may initially catch some people off guard.

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you need a rest to avoid burning out. Friends are urging you to slow down and take a breather, and it is best if you heed their advice.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, your patience is at a minimum, but you have to keep your cool or you could end up in trouble. It’s easy to get frustrated, but best to remain calm.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 A big adventure is on the horizon, Taurus. Even though you haven’t been in an adventurous mood, don’t pass up this opportunity for a little fun.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, now is the time to solve some financial problems. It could be time to sit down with a financial planner and work out a better budget and savings plan.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 You have been doing a lot of waiting around, Gemini. Just remember that the calm often comes before the storm. You may wish you were waiting around down the road.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, the easiest way to get something done is to do it yourself. You’ve grown tired of waiting around for others to tackle projects.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, a lucky streak leads you somewhere you can test your good fortune. Just don’t push your luck too much or things could backfire.

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SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, it’s time to introduce a special friend to your family. While not everyone will be excited about the prospect, this person will be received graciously.

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“emphasizing education for over 150 years.” Pittsford Area Schools believes that student success is a shared responsibility between students, teachers, parents, and the community. Our staff is highly qualified, dedicated, and committed; parents are involved and our community is extremely supportive.

In order to be considered for admission to the Pittsford School District for the remainder of the 2011 – 2012 school year, interested students must enroll during the open school of choice window which begins Monday, January 9th through 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23rd. Chloe Hepker - 2010 Graduate Member of Marching Band at U of M.



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• All computers are less than 1.5 years old with the latest operating system • Technology Infused Curriculum • Well-developed RTI Programs (Response to Intervention) • 6 – 12 Virtual Classes • Interactive White Boards in all but five classrooms in the District • Over 200 School of Choice students

Questions should be directed to the Superintendent of Schools, Andrew Shaw — 517-523-3481


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Simply Hers Jan/Feb 2012  

Local women's magazine for Hillsdale, Lenawee and Branch counties in Michigan

Simply Hers Jan/Feb 2012  

Local women's magazine for Hillsdale, Lenawee and Branch counties in Michigan

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