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RACHEL STUMP Nurse Practioner at Hillsdale Hospital’s Litchfield Health Clinic

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from the publisher

Ask The Expert By Rob Shewman

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We want to thank everyone who completed our survey. The information helps us understand what you, our readers, already love about Simply Hers and what you would like to see more of or have added. Know that we are going over the survey results thoroughly and hope to make the magazine even better in the coming months and years.

With the cost of parts being what they are—especially since the tariff act was enacted—consumers are considering the pros and cons of supplying their own parts for auto repairs. Let’s review some of these together.

Among the articles that bring us into 2020 are a spotlight on Ann’s by Design in Adrian where you can get your crafting mojo going, tips on how to stop smoking, a profile of a Hudson woman whose resilience and positive outlook will amaze you, how one of our columnists keeps getting her comeuppance from her tiny granddaughter, and the peace that comes from NOT trying to control everything! We hope you’ll find this issue to be an informative and enjoyable browse.

Warranty: when you have your repair facility furnish the parts for your vehicle, the parts and labor would have a warranty (usually nationwide).

Please take the time to look over the ads as well as the articles. It’s our faithful advertisers whose support allows us to bring this magazine to you, and we hope that you will utilize local resources as much as possible for your service, professional, and retail needs.

Time: when you have your repair facility furnish the parts, typically they will have them same day or within a couple of days. This reduces the amount of time that you are without a vehicle. Expertise: your mechanic knows what parts your car really needs and what the proper size and fitment is of those parts. Although it is tempting to scour the internet for the best deal to save a few dollars, it may not pay off for you in the long run. The old adage of “buyer beware” holds especially true in this situation. Buying your own parts carries potential for inferior parts, damaged or mis-packaged parts, improper fitments, etc. All of these issues can lead to premature failure of parts, loss of time, loss of money and pure frustration. Finally, your mechanic is typically purchasing parts from local suppliers which goes to another old adage: “you work here, we work here, buy local.”

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Even though it happens annually, there really is something exciting and special about New Year’s Day. When you look at your new calendar, you see the days and weeks still to come, the empty squares waiting to be filled with appointments, social events, birthdays, meetings, and all the other moments that make up our days. Even though we all know that some of those days will be challenging, a new year always seems so full of promise and potential!

So . . . here we go! Let’s make 2020 the most amazing year yet! Wishing all of you a safe and happy start to the next twelve months.

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C O N T E N T

46 Stuff You May Not Know About

Women’s Suffrage in Southern Michigan

Fashion 11

Our Favorite Underachievers

BEAUTY 14 Eye Drama

48 Simply Speaking

It’s Straight Up Interesting

50 Keeping It In Stitches A Childhood Memory

PRIME Fitness 16 The Triad of Fitness

Business Spotlight 18

Family Practice Orthopedic Care Center, PC

52 Turn The Page

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Helpful Hints 22

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Gray Matters 24

58 3 Boys and a Transplant

To Stop Smoking

Let Kids Struggle to Help Them Grow

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Not All Wheezes are Asthma

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City Pages 30 Hillsdale - 30 Jonesville - 32 Coldwater - 34 Adrian - 36 Manitou Beach - 38 Tecumseh - 40 Litchfield - 42

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Rachel Stump Nurse Practitioner— Hillsdale Hospital’s Litchfield Health Clinic

Gramma, We Don’t Say That Word! Close to Home

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62 Valentine’s Day

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HELPFUL HINTS ING TO STOP SMOK

Rachel Stump considers herself fortunate that she never had trouble deciding what she wanted to pursue as a profession. “I’m lucky,” she says. Her luck in knowing her career path early has been Hillsdale County’s gain. As a family nurse practitioner, Rachel has been treating patients at Hillsdale Health & Wellness for the last year. She is now shifting her focus solely to primary care, moving to Hillsdale Hospital’s Litchfield Health Clinic as its primary provider. For more on this story turn to page 44.

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The Snow is Flying! But that doesn’t mean you have to put off your cement-based project.

Pouring concrete in the cold months can be done, but the proper steps need to be taken to ensure it cures well and is strong.

Make sure the ground is not frozen. Concrete poured when the ground is hard or covered with snow or ice will shift when it thaws causing cracks and uneven surfaces. Use a heater to thaw the ground and make sure the ground is well compacted before pouring. The temperature for curing concrete also cannot dip below 40 degrees for the first 48 hours. This warmer temperature allows the concrete to cure and strengthen properly. Frost blankets and other temporary covers help to keep the concrete at the desired temperature for those first two crucial days. Anytime you are pouring concrete it is also important to slope the grade for proper drainage, install concrete joints by sawing, forming or tooling a groove and not overwork the concrete surface.

Concrete Queries

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What is a concrete contractor? A concrete contractor is a trained and experienced individual or team that can manage concrete from fluid state to the hard finished product that is produced. Usually the contractor takes care of preparing for, ordering, placing, and finishing the concrete. A ready mix supplier partners with reputable contractors to supply a quality mix that will last a lifetime.

What type of concrete is used for sidewalks? We recommend a 4000 psi concrete with limestone aggregate. For concrete driveways, slabs and sidewalks, a pour of at least four inches is typical.

Can you pour concrete over old concrete? A well-poured concrete slab with a deep, sturdy foundation can last for 30 to 40 years. Pouring concrete over old concrete instead of directly over a new gravel foundation limits the ability to maximize the slab’s lifespan. The condition of the existing slab is the primary factor that determines how long the new concrete will last.

Can I pour concrete over dirt? You can fill over the dirt as long as it is compacted very well and has no organic matter that will be in contact with the concrete. You should also leave enough room to have a full four inches of concrete throughout the area of the pour.

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The winter months are here and if you were like us, the holidays added a couple pounds. Looking and feeling beautiful on the outside starts with a good foundation. A girl can use all the support she can get to make her feel both comfortable and put together. From leggings to lingerie, we have collected some of our favorite underachievers to help you make it through the winter months.

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EYE DRAMA Alluring eyes are definitely a wintertime essential. From smoky palettes to big, bold liners, here are some eye-catching products that will give your look some serious style.

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THE TRIAD

OF FITNESS

By James Campbell ACE Certified Personal Trainer - PRIME Fitness

I talk all the time about how working out is the easy part of being fit. That’s not to say that it’s, in itself, easy. Its hard damn work if you do it right and are driven by your goals. There will be days, especially in the beginning, that you’re highly motivated and anxious to go. I wish it worked in reverse because that eagerness gets former athletes in trouble and sometimes hurt. They remember what they used to do and try to pick up there. Well, the body isn’t ready for it. In the beginning, less is more! Starting with mobility work and small bits of weighted movements equals soreness for days and that internal conversation of “what am I doing?” Hahaha! In the long run, that mobility work will really extend your workout life, not to mention increase the gains (aka, leaner body, stronger muscle). Be patient and you’ll be thankful. Use the eagerness to work on the other aspects of your lifestyle that will increase your success. SLEEP! Rest is probably the single most overlooked aspect of maximum performance in life, let alone fitness. There’s never enough time in a day, I get that, but if you want the most out of your new path then you need to help with recovery and awareness by getting proper amounts of rest. A rested body is a ready one. Everyone is different, so some peeps may be lucky and get enough quality sleep in six hours while others may need eight. Just like everything else, you’ll have to experiment a bit to find your spot which may change depending on activity levels and stress.

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CALORIC INTAKE! This aspect is the most abused! To start, avoid fad diets!! They may give you the shock and awe start everyone’s looking for, but they’re not built for the long haul. Find a balance, keeping your carbs and fats in check. One of the biggest things I’ve found throughout the years I’ve trained is that people think they’re getting ample amounts of protein until I have them actually track it. Not only do they realize how low they are at this point, but I can usually directly correlate the lowest points in the timeline to how their recovery—or lack thereof—felt in that timeline. Not only recovery, though, but also how they felt before beginning each day’s regimen. As a general rule, I tell people to start by ingesting 1 gram of protein per body pound. Then we can alter that number accordingly, but 90% of the time that number goes up

from there. Of course, there are a lot of factors like how often you train, intensity, and duration. Now let’s scan the carbs and fats a bit. I’m not a nutritionist so what I’m telling you are things I’ve personally done or used with clients. I like carbs as an energy source, so I like the carbs to be 50-55% of the caloric intake, protein 35-40% and fat the rest of that equation. All proteins, fats, and carbs are NOT created equal. Do a little research here with that eager energy I mentioned. The last piece of caloric intake I’ll mention is pretty basic, and this is a direct correlation to what your goals are. If you want to lose body fat, you must run at a caloric deficit which means burn more calories than you take in. Obviously then, if your goal is to gain some size and muscle then your caloric intake must EXCEED what you burn. Again, these are general guidelines to get you going in the right direction. There are tools in abundance to help you succeed out there. For example, fitness apps to help track caloric intake like MyFitnessPal or watches and bands to help track heart rate and calorie burn so you know how much to take in for nutrition. SUCCESS! It’s in the eye of the beholder; you are your only judge and jury. The hard part comes when the newness wears off and maybe you find that it’s harder than you thought. That’s why I wish the energy levels rose with time instead of with the newness. Start each week with a plan, food prep, write your workouts down before going to the gym, set out your gym clothes for the week or at least the next day. Plans can always change, but if there’s a plan to begin with, it’s easier to alter than raise from scratch. Also, try to find a partner who’s as eager as you are to make this change. They’ll help with accountability and knowledge! So, there’s your triad: Work Out, Sleep, and Caloric Intake! There are mega amounts of info on this stuff, but this is enough to get you going! Good luck, my friends!! PRIMEstrong! MUSCLE UP…live fit


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The Family Practice & Orthopedic Care Center, PC BY MELISSA MCCANCE

CoolSculpting— What is it, and what can it do for me?

One of the most frustrating things we encounter in the process of shedding weight and getting in shape are those deposits of fat that Just. Won’t. Budge. Even when you’re at a healthy weight, there may be areas of subcutaneous fat which spoil the look you’re trying to achieve. The Family Practice & Orthopedic Care Center, PC, in Coldwater now offers a way to eliminate those stubborn deposits. CoolSculpting technology destroys fat cells and, unlike liposuction, is noninvasive and non-surgical with no downtime. CoolSculpting can be used on multiple areas of the body including under the chin, “bra fat” (below the armpit), upper arm, back, flanks, abdomen, below the buttocks, and the thighs. When you lose weight, you do not lose fat cells—you just shrink them. CoolSculpting destroys fat cells by freezing them. The freezing process kills the cells which are then expunged from the body through the lymphatic system. But, realize that this approach is intended to get rid of specific fat deposits and not for overall fat reduction. “This is not a weight loss method,” says Kristy Rissman, administrative assistant for the practice. “It will take care of those stubborn areas of fat, but it’s not a way to lose weight.”

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Patients usually see results in four to six weeks although some see changes in as

little as three weeks. The most dramatic results usually come about two months after treatment. It may take two to three cycles of treatment to take care of the problem area completely. One treatment session lasts anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes and the procedure is performed in the office. There is a separate room in the practice dedicated to the CoolSculpting treatments and two specially-trained technicians administer the treatments. When asked if patients are seeing good results, Kristy is quick to answer in the affirmative. “They get excited about what they see. Going down a pant size or seeing that those rolls of back fat are gone really makes them feel good. It gives people a lift and encourages them to continue to do things to take good care of themselves.” CoolSculpting has been cleared by the FDA as safe and effective for fat removal and is currently the leading non-invasive fat reduction procedure. If you are interested in finding out if CoolSculpting is right for you, schedule your free initial consultation by calling The Family Practice & Orthopedic Care Center, PC, at 517-279-9599. The practice is located at 410 N. Willowbrook Road in Coldwater​. Their web address is www.hartmansjoint.com.


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By: Valerie Rubley, MS, OTR/L Staff OT at Hillsdale and Jackson NW. A frequent question most occupational therapists receive is “What is occupational therapy?” The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) simply describes occupational therapy as a professional that assists “people of all ages to participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).” Additionally, AOTA continues to explain that “occupational therapy is an evidence-based, science-driven profession that applies the most up-to-date research to service delivery.” As occupational therapists, our role includes identifying the patient’s goals and individualizing treatment programs to improve daily activities for each patient. We also recommend and educate patients on the use of adaptive equipment and necessary modifications to make tasks easier. Occupational therapists not only work with the patient but provide information and guidance to the patient’s family members and caregivers. The profession of occupational therapy emerged in 1917 and has been evolving since. Occupational therapists can work in several different settings and with several different populations. For instance, occupational therapists can work with pediatrics all the way up to older adults. Additionally, occupational therapists can work with patients who have experienced upper extremity trauma, stroke, fine motor coordination deficits, work-comp injuries, etc. At Athletico Physical Therapy, we offer hand therapy in which the occupational therapist or physical therapist typically treats patients with elbow to hand disorders,

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trauma, and/or injuries. A few examples include carpal tunnel syndrome and release, fractures, DeQuervains, nerve entrapments, arthritis, upper extremity pain, scar remodeling, and edema management, just to name a few. We also treat patients who have had a stroke and who want to improve their overall function with their daily activities. In conclusion, occupational therapy is a holistic approach in treating individuals who have an injury or are experiencing pain throughout their upper extremity and want to improve their current level of function through the use of occupations. Therefore, if you or someone you may know is looking to enhance your overall function or decrease pain throughout your upper extremity, contact Athletico to find the location nearest you. For more information and to find your closest Athletico location, visit Athletico.com or call the Hillsdale office at 517-439-2376. We also offer free injury screens to determine if you are a physical or occupational therapy candidate and/or to help guide you in your medical options.

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HELPFUL HINTS

to stop smoking.

Interested in trying to quit the terrible habit of smoking cigarettes? Whether it is your first attempt at quitting or your 21st attempt, it doesn’t matter. There are tools that can help. There are many benefits of stopping smoking and some start in just days after quitting. You are never too old to quit! Even the thought of quitting smoking is a step in the right direction. By Kara Wilson, PA-C Hillsdale Medical Associates

It generally takes multiple attempts to succeed in quitting for good. Those who are most successful have a plan. It is important to choose a quit date when you will completely stop the use of cigarettes. Some like to wean down to this, while others will quit cold turkey. Telling family and friends about your plan will help you to be more accountable for your actions. Also, identifying triggers is helpful. This way you can avoid certain things or situations that will make you crave a cigarette. Sometimes it is also helpful to pick up a new hobby. This can help keep you distracted from craving a cigarette by keeping your hands and mind busy. There are many tools available to help quit. Behavioral therapy is available through counseling. This may help to identify triggers for smoking and teach other ways to handle stressful situations instead of reaching for a cigarette. Some people find help in hypnosis or acupuncture as well. The quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW is available and offers free counseling to smokers. There are nicotine replacement drugs that are helpful and some insurances may even cover part of the cost. They come in different forms: patches, gum,

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lozenges, and inhalers. Or, there are prescription medications approved by the FDA to help quit smoking such as Chantix or Zyban that do not contain any nicotine. Nicotine is a very addictive drug. The CDC reports that more people in the United States are addicted to nicotine than any other drug. Quitting smoking can be very hard as it does cause withdrawal symptoms from nicotine. Being aware of what these symptoms are can be helpful so you know what to expect. Nicotine withdrawal may make a person feel irritable or agitated, they may develop difficulty thinking clearly and may feel more hungry which can lead to weight gain. Peak time for withdrawal symptoms is usually two to three days after quitting, but it can take up to three months until symptoms are completely gone. One of the most successful factors in quitting smoking is your readiness to quit. The more prepared you are with your plan and the stronger your desire to quit, the more successful you will be! To help keep you motivated in quitting, think of the benefits there are. You will decrease the risk for lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. You will breathe more easily, decrease blood pressure and heart rate along with developing fewer wrinkles and saving money. So, if you are thinking about quitting, schedule an appointment with your primary care provider to help you establish a quit plan that will work best for you!


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Let kids struggle TO HELP THEM GROW Have you ever watched a preschooler tie their shoes? When you are running late? And you have asked them to tie them five times over the course of 15 minutes and now you want to leave and smoke is about to come out your ears as you watch your little one painstakingly make those little bunny ears? Yup. Me, too. GRAY MATTERS By Sarah Gray Simply Hers Magazine

Don’t you just want to bend down with a heavy sigh, hastily tie their shoes (with the impossibly short laces) and get on with your day? Me, too. And I’ve done it. More times than I’d like to admit, actually. I have swooped in and done the small little task that takes my kids three times as long as it takes me just to save time and frustration. But what are we really teaching them when we do that? This past fall most of my family members and I were outside raking leaves. It is a thoroughly unenjoyable task for me—and I would say most of my family would agree. We have a pretty big yard, and we have lots of leaves. It takes a long time and the most frustrating part is that we usually have to do it all over again a few weeks later.

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One of my children was fairly cheerful while working on this task. One was not. There were tears, there was yelling—it was quite a scene. And, while I watched my frustrated child struggle with creating any kind of useful pile of leaves, crying and carrying on through the tears, I realized I had two choices. I could just say forget it (since they weren’t helping much anyway) and send them inside and do it myself. (That certainly would have been the quieter

and less frustrating option.) OR I could try to help them by letting them struggle. I know that may sound counterintuitive but hear me out. By encouraging them and giving them a few tips, but still making them finish the task I was helping them more for their future than letting them quit. Because life is hard. Tasks are difficult. You have to work for things. YOU HAVE TO. While it may be easier to jump in and finish the task for them—LET THEM DO IT. So, the cake may have a few lumps in the batter. So the bed’s sheets are wrinkled and uneven. Let them try. Let them struggle. Yes, help them by pointing out you have to pull the sheet up on the bed BEFORE pulling up the comforter but don’t take over. As a parent, it is really difficult sometimes. I know I have taken over many more times than I care to admit. But take a deep breath and know that making them clean their rooms—even though it will take them two hours (with lots of complaining and tears) when it would take you 15 minutes—is helping build their characters and setting them up to be successful in the long run. I can tell you that my cheerful raker was so very proud when all the leaves were raked and piled neatly by the curb. That day was talked about for many days after. They knew they had done a hard day’s work and how it felt to accomplish that seemingly endless task. And they were the better for it.


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Not all wheezes are asthma. Not all wheezes are asthma. Wheezing is a term used to describe a sound during breathing, initially and most frequently heard when someone is exhaling or breathing out. The most common reason someone wheezes is due to asthma. In the smallest airways that are surrounded by muscles, the airways contract making the airways smaller. This results in a high-pitched whistle sound when they exhale. During this disease course, Albuterol is used. This medication works on the muscles if they are contracted to force them to release and relax opening the airways. Another reason why an infant or a child may wheeze is bronchiolitis. This is caused by a virus. Some of the common viruses causing bronchiolitis are RSV, coronavirus, and rhinovirus. These viruses cause mucus in those small airways. This mucus accumulates in those airways causing a narrowing, and the narrowing causes the wheezing. That wheezing is unlikely to respond to Albuterol because Albuterol works on the muscles and not mucus. Some parents will report that wheezing improves with Albuterol If you have any topic ideas that you would like the doctor to discuss,


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Grow Where You Are Planted. By Rachel Yoder

Meal Planning The holidays are over and now that all of the fudge is out of the house, it’s time to get back on track. No more Christmas cookies and popcorn for dinner, either . . . not that I would ever do that. Okay, maybe I have. I’ve been meal planning sporadically for a few years treating it as a very loose guide for dinner. But, for the last few months, I’ve been taking it much more seriously, and I’ve gotta say I really enjoy it for a few reasons. First off, we waste way less food than we used to before meal planning. Leftovers get sent to work with my husband, or the boys and I heat them up for lunch. I have also learned how to scale down my armysized recipes (except for my lentil soup—I can feed the whole neighborhood with one batch + seconds) to manageable portions. Of course, the excess can easily be frozen as well in most cases. Sometimes for fun, I plan meals that I can use to make other meals. For instance, we can’t possibly eat a whole pork roast so I use the leftover meat to make crockpot taco soup the next day. I realize this isn’t a new concept by any means, but it certainly does encourage you to employ your creativity to think this way.

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I’ve also learned to pump the brakes at the grocery store. I don’t feel the need to restock the pantry totally every single time I go to market because I know exactly what I’ll need and when I’ll need it. Planning cut our grocery bill almost in half just because I wasn’t buying things I didn’t need nearly as much as I used to. It also helps that the last two gardening seasons have been wonderful and we are stocked with an overabundance of our staples. This overabundance has made

me become more deeply acquainted with my Ball Blue Book. If you can or want to learn how I definitely recommend getting yourself a copy. You’ll never go back to store-bought. Prepping takes an hour on Sunday, if that. By “prepping” I don’t mean pre-chopping vegetables or measuring out your spices beforehand. I’ve tried that and all it does is make more dishes for me to wash, I lose interest, then the meal planning dies. What I do is this: I sit at the table and write out the dinner menu on a chalkboard. Then I walk out to the garage with my big basket and my mental menu notes and I grab meat, veggies, or frozen stock out of the deep freeze. Back in the kitchen I put whatever needs to thaw for the next day in the fridge so it’s ready; the rest waits in the freezer for its turn to thaw. You may have noticed I don’t plan for breakfast, and that’s because breakfast around here is always the same: scrambled eggs, buttered toast, fruit, and maybe sausage or bacon. On the rare occasion that the boys want cereal and we happen to actually have it in the house, they have that. All in all, meal planning makes my life easier. It’s one less thing I have to think about during the week and I don’t have to change my dinner plans because I didn’t have the burger thawed. Rachel is a gardener, beekeeper, wife, mother of three wild and crazy boys, and lover of all things homesteading. Come grow with her at greenpromisegrows.com. Or follow Green Promise Grows on facebook or green. promise.grows on Instagram.


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Hillsdale is loaded with recreational parks. The city offers an abundance of outdoor entertainment; there is something to suit everyone’s taste and interests. Hillsdale has a wealth of stunning scenery and provides a variety of recreational opportunities. From hiking to sledding to cross-country skiing, Hillsdale has it! With all this in mind, it makes for an exciting place to get together. When you need a break from the gray days of winter, visit our local shops and restaurants! Hillsdale is blessed with many interesting independent retailers where you can find clothing jewelry, home decor and more that differs from what you see in the big chain stores. And, let’s not forget the personalized, hometown service that these stores offer! You’re soon a recognized customer whose tastes and preferences are remembered and noted. That makes shopping a lot easier and more enjoyable.

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City Pages Jonesville

World Premiere JONESVILLE COMING TO

Written by Sarah Gray

From idea to script to stage, The Sauk, located in down-

Cleveland, dramaturgy by Kathy Pingel, scenic design

town Jonesville, will produce the world premiere of the

by Bruce Crews, costume design by Roene Trevisan,

award-winning play “On Pine Knoll Street” by Mark

lighting design by Tracy McCullough, sound design by

Cornell on February 7 through February 16.

Joella Hendrickson, properties design by Travis Blatchley, and set dressing by Cyndi Baldermann.

The Sauk was one of six theaters chosen throughout the country to perform an American Association of

Playwright Mark Cornell lives in Chapel Hill, North Caro-

Community Theatre (ACCT) NewPlayFest winning play.

lina, and has had more than 75 of his plays produced in

This is both a unique honor for the playwright and the

theatres around the world. Set in a small town in North

theatre. The AACT playwriting competition guarantees

Carolina, “On Pine Knoll Street” is an intimate look at

that an established theatre will produce the play and

the joy and fragility of life, the meaning of home, and

that local actors will have the honor of having their

the things we do for love.

names associated with it when it is published with the Dramatic Publishing Company catalog – one the major

Tickets for the show are available at thesauk.org or by

licensers of plays and musicals in the United States.

calling the box office at 517-849-9100. A Pay What You Can Preview Night will be February 6.

Trinity Bird, executive director at The Sauk, will direct

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and the cast features Anne Conners, MJ Dulmage,

Following the February 7 performance, an opening

Trinity Bird, Andrea Ortell, and Keegan Oxley. The pro-

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City Pages Adrian

Winter has

ADRIAN

In

The New Year isn’t wasting any time as the calendar is already filled with events that have something for almost everyone. Live theater will be on the Croswell stage as the annual all-area high school production will be performing “Disney’s Frozen JR.” Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, the production brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life on stage. The show runs from January 24 through February 2. Log on to Croswell.org or phone 517-264SHOW for details and tickets. The hilarious comedy “It’s Only A Play” takes center stage February 21 through March 1 at the Croswell. Written by Tony Award-winning playwright Terence McNally, the show takes place entirely in the bedroom of a New York City apartment as a wealthy Broadway producer and her friends eagerly await the reviews of her new play. Additional details and ticket information can be obtained by calling 517-264-SHOW. Your Big Day Wedding Expo will enable brides-to-be to learn firsthand from planners and vendors about the unique items and services needed to create the wedding of their dreams. Scheduled for Saturday, January 11 at the Adrian Armory Events Center, the expo will showcase products including wedding gowns, photographers, venues, caterers, transportation, florists, travel, make-up, and much more. Brides are promised an interactive, Informative, and fun time. The first 50 brides receive a special gift and there will be opportunities to win additional prizes too. The show runs from noon until 3 pm and admission is $5 per person. Call 517-902-9945 with questions. Join your friends for the inaugural Taste of Lenawee Food Festival. Featuring delicious flavors from the Governor Croswell Tea Room, 36

Sauce Italian Grill, Hathaway House/Main Street Stables, Evans Street Station, Lena’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant, Sunnyside Cafe, 3 Dudes Catering, Culinary Gangsters, Liliana’s, Greenleaf Bed & Breakfast and more! Live music by Brad Skinner and a cash bar. This event will also feature the Grand Opening of the Makerspace Community Kitchen. As a part of the Launch Lenawee program, this kitchen will expand the capabilities of food businesses in the county. All are welcome to tour the new kitchen space The Taste is scheduled for Friday, February 21, from 6:30 - 9:30 pm at the Adrian Armory. Tickets are $55 per person plus Eventbrite fee or pay by check to the Adrian Armory. Each ticket allows the ticket holder to sample one “taste” from each restaurant and caterer. For additional information or sponsorship opportunities please contact Jill Milani Adams at aacc.jill@gmail.com or 517-902-8474. “Silent Sky” is the entertaining true story of a brilliant, history-making woman known to few until now. Author Laura Gunderson brings astronomer Henrietta to life. Working in the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, Helen is not allowed to touch the telescope or express an original idea. “Silent” Sky brings out the essence of being a woman and a scientist. The production takes place on Robinson Planetarium on the campus of Adrian College and is directed by Dr. Annissa Morgensen-Lindsay. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for students, seniors, and Adrian College staff. First Fridays promise fun, entertainment, special sales events, and a chance to visit the shops, restaurants, and sights of downtown Adrian. Mark your calendars for January 3 and February 7 and plan to join your friends in downtown Adrian!


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City Pages Manitou Beach

Winter ROCKS

AT Devils Lake 68th A n n

ual

It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by, but we are excited for 2020 and all the scheduled Manitou Beach Village events. It’s going to be a fun-filled year! 2019 welcomed several more businesses to the village and around Devils Lake. If you are interested in weight loss, healthy shakes, and fitness, stop into “Nutrition Beach” located at 140 N Lakeview Blvd. and talk to the owner Christal Underwood. She can get you on track. Deb Williams opened “The Manitou Beach Glass Factory” at 251 Devils Lake Hwy., where she creates beautiful fused glass art. (Open during our special events only.) Ray and Janet Galecki opened The “Manitou Beach Inn” at 175 Walnut St. and are offering three fun themed suites for shorts stays. They are working on a new website and Facebook page but you can contact Janet at 419-252-0833 for information and reservations.

FEBRUARY 7-9

Misty and Chuck Robertson also joined our village when they purchased the village restaurant which is now “Two Lakes Tavern” located at 110 Walnut Street. They are known for their smoked foods but they offer a full menu during lunch and dinner hours. Rob’s Rental added even more lake-oriented retail to their space with Paula’s Poop Deck located at 762 Manitou Beach Rd.

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Lakeside Hardware was a staple for 30 years, but with the passing of the longtime owner, Bruce Walker, the new owners Lynn Buell and Alison and Mike Kirkendall came in and are expanding the business, now called “Lakeside Home.” The Devils Lake Yacht Club went through a $2 million renovation including a brand new dining and bar space along with a fabulous outside deck with the best views of the lake. The renovation brought in so many new members looking for a great place to enjoy the lake, the activities DLYC offers and to meet new friends. Looking for some local art? Enjoy strolling through our village for our 2nd Saturday Art Walks which are scheduled during the spring, summer & fall months. You can also purchase local art at our Annual Devils Lake Festival of the Arts, the ByWays Art Tour, at our Boat House Art Gallery/Michigan Gypsy, Devils Lake View Living, and The Buoy at the Lake. Kids greatly enjoy our Summer Art Camp. Need a place to stay? In addition to the new “Manitou Beach Inn,” you can also enjoy the “Devils Lake Inn” with 3 Michigan themed rooms or the “Trillium House” which is a historic Victorian overnight rental located in the village. For the latest beauty secrets, visit “Trends Salon and Spa”.

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City Pages Litchfield

written By: Scott & Alissa ferry

Welcome to

Litchfield It has been such a fun and quaint time to be a part of our little town. Litchfield came alive as it always does during the holidays. The park was festive with Christmas decorations and both the Litchfield Fire Department and the Litchfield District Library hosted Santa for all of the little ones to share their Christmas wishes. We look forward to the coming year and the exciting things to come. Our local library has been hard at work raising funds to go toward the renovation of their new building, and there is exciting progress happening on that front. Hawthorn Heights, our subdivision, is ever-changing as we welcome housing transitions and new families to our community. The kids already look forward to warmer temperatures where they have a chance to enjoy one of our wonderful playgrounds and parks. We wait in eager anticipation to see what’s to come of our local restaurant as it comes under new ownership. I am grateful to be a part of this thriving community. Though we are small, we are mighty. Our industrial park and agricultural businesses, among many others, keep our town flourishing and we are ever grateful to call Litchfield home.

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Rachel Stump considers herself fortunate that she never had trouble deciding what she wanted to pursue as a profession.

“I’m lucky,” she says. Her luck in knowing her career path early has been Hillsdale County’s gain. As a family nurse practitioner, Rachel has been treating patients at Hillsdale Health & Wellness for the last year. She is now shifting her focus solely to primary care, moving to Hillsdale Hospital’s Litchfield Health Clinic as its primary provider. A veteran of the medical profession for many years, Rachel has continued her education while working, starting as a medical assistant. She then went to Jackson College to become a registered nurse. She followed that with a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) from the University of Michigan and then earned her nurse practitioner degree from the University of Toledo in 2007.

“It’s a calling,” she says. Rachel likes the versatility of her position. Being a nurse practitioner gives her the opportunity to practice in almost any area of medicine and she likes being able to see her patients throughout their lives– not just when they are sick.

“I can do anything with it,” she says. “It’s cradle to grave medicine.” Rachel chose to focus on family medicine, working as a family nurse practitioner since 2007. She recently came back to the Hillsdale area to work at Hillsdale Health & Wellness, Hillsdale Hospital’s walk-in clinic, where she sees both primary care and walk-in patients. She often has to switch her mind back and forth between the two different types of care. “If I am seeing one of my regular patients, they are going to want me to spend some time with them—especially if they have been waiting several weeks for an appointment,” she says. “Walk-in patients want to be treated and get on their way as quickly as possible. They want a quick appointment.” A mom herself, Rachel knows how difficult it can be to juggle everything and goes out of her way to help her patients. She makes lists of over the counter medicines to get and directs them to the fastest pharmacies so they can get themselves or their children home and recovering. She also knows that her profession requires trust and that she is usually seeing people at their most vulnerable. An honest and straight-forward medical professional, she is upfront with her patients about what is happening medically and how it is going to be treated. And her patients love her. She often gets hugs from her patients when she runs into them out in the community. Rachel is happy to be working for a hospital like Hillsdale Hospital because it offers its community so much, allowing residents to stay in the county for a wide range of medical needs. “There are so many services available,” she says. And it’s not just the variety of services provided that makes Hillsdale Hospital standout, but the quality of those services as well. “We do a bang-up job on customer service.” Staff at Hillsdale Hospital also work to stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends in medicine. Rachel attends conferences and listens to lectures and speeches to help her stay current. But she does

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not do it alone. Every staff member at Hillsdale Health & Wellness has his or her own specialization and they work together as a team to educate each other and their patients.

“I don’t mind working hard,” Rachel says. Now that Michigan is in its coldest winter months—the prime time of cold and flu season—Rachel has some advice to keep germs from spreading. “If you are sick, stay home, don’t go out places,” she says. “A fever is a fever. It means you are contagious.” She also recommends frequent hand washing. Rachel is looking forward to moving to Litchfield Health Clinic for Hillsdale Hospital, where she will continue to see many of her current patients, as well as new patients of all ages. Hillsdale Hospital has primary care locations throughout Hillsdale County, providing walk-in care and same-day appointments. Hillsdale Health & Wellness, located on Carleton Road in the Kroger Plaza, is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In Reading and Litchfield, same-day appointments are available. The clinics are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and each provides late hours one day a week. Litchfield Health Clinic stays open until 6 p.m. on Mondays, and Reading Health Clinic is open until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. To schedule an appointment with Rachel Stump, FNP, call Litchfield Health Clinic at 517-330-3000. Litchfield Health Clinic is located at 535 Marshall Street. For more information about Litchfield Health Clinic, Hillsdale Health & Wellness or any other services provides by Hillsdale Hospital, visit www.hillsdalehospital.com.

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You May Not Know About . . . — By Sarah Gray —

WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE In southern Michigan

This year marks a historic anniversary for women in the United States. The year 2020 will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution giving women the right to vote. Two historic women who fought for women’s suffrage both nationally and state-wide passed through southern Michigan gaining education that would help in their cause for equality for women.

Anna Howard Shaw is one of the most well-known names in the women’s suffrage movement. Anna was born in 1847 in England but moved to Michigan with her family in 1859. The family settled in wilderness that is now Big

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Rapids. She became a school teacher at the age of 15 to support her family during the Civil War. Her desire to further her education led her to Albion College in 1873 to study theology. Following her time at Albion College, she became the only woman in a class of 42 men at the Boston University School of Theology in 1876. Her work in women’s suffrage began in 1886 as chair of the Franchise Department of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). Shortly after, her work shifted from the temperance movement and she became heavily involved in the suffrage movement. Shaw met Susan B Anthony, a crusader in the women’s suffrage movement, in 1887. She was encouraged by Anthony to join the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) and Shaw played an important role in merging the NWSA and American Woman Suffrage Association to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association of which she was president from 19041915. She died on July 2, 1919. The Anna Howard Shaw Women’s Center at Albion College “leads, advocates, and collaborates to continuously improve the overall campus climate in regards to women’s and gender issues and to promote women’s empowerment and equity.” Every year the center hosts the Anna Howard Shaw Women’s History Month Program, designated each year to “honor Dr. Shaw’s memory and highlight an important aspect of women’s lives.”

Dora Hall Stockman is another important woman in Michigan history. She was born in Manistee County in 1872 and became a teacher at the young age of 16. Later she attended Benzonia College (now known as Traverse City College) for her undergraduate degree and received her master’s degree in education from Hillsdale College. Her part in the women’s suffrage movement came in 1919, a year after women’s suffrage was passed in Michigan. She became the first to hold a statewide office when she was elected to the Board of Agriculture, now the Board of Trustees of Michigan State University. She was also the first woman in the United States to serve on the board of a Land Grant College. During her tenure, she championed the expansion of liberal arts programs and pushed for an increase in higher education for women at Michigan State and elsewhere. She was recognized with an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Michigan State in 1934, the first woman to receive this honor. Dora ran for state Legislature in 1938 and served four terms. She died in 1948.

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Keeping It in Stitches A childhood memory. My husband and I were picking (estate sale, auction, and so forth) in an area town and decided to walk through the downtown block. There were the typical downtown storefronts – insurance agency, local diner, yoga studio and so on. My husband headed into one of the businesses looking for a public restroom, and there the memory took over. The smell of detergent, softener, and warm clean laundry, and I was back, in an instant, to my childhood. Do you remember those narrow downtown laundromats with coinoperated washers on one side and dryers on the other? They would have a line of colorful plastic folding tables running down the center. On one end there would be a pop machine serving up cola, orange and grape soda in 10 oz. glass bottles. You would also find a candy machine, a laundry soap machine, and a bill-changing machine to provide you with change. There were laundry baskets on wheels so you could push your wet laundry from the washer to the dryer. Once dry, you would retrieve your laundry from the dryer and wheel it over to the folding tables. Once folding was completed and placed in your own baskets, you would carefully cover it with a clean towel and lug it out to your car. When I was little, my grandfather Maurice owned and ran the laundromat in Concord. My grandma Mable owned her own beauty salon. We often spent weekends with my grandparents and would go to the laundry and help with the evening cleaning. Grandpa would dampen some clean rag towels and let my sister and me wipe down the washers and 50

dryers, cleaning the little glass doors and removing any stray lint. Then we would sweep and mop the floors. Our reward was a couple of coveted dimes to put in the machines for a pop and a candy bar. We also helped fill these machines, and how intriguing it was to see the mechanics in the inner workings of a pop machine! The bottles of pop didn’t appear magically – someone had to put the bottles in it! We were inexpensive labor but the experience was priceless! It wasn’t until recently that it came to me what extraordinary people my grandparents were. Not only did my grandfather operate his own business, but my grandmother did too. Having worked in a factory during the war years, in mid-life my grandma, along with her best friend Thelma, went to beauty school. Having recently inherited a house belonging to an aunt, grandma opened her beauty parlor on a residential street in Albion. The beauticians, or “operators,’’ as they were called, wore white uniforms and white shoes. My sister and I would sweep up hair and get sent to the neighboring ice cream shop to fill customer’s food orders while they were getting their hair “done.” Following this task, we got to sit in the dryer chairs and read movie gossip magazines. This combined our gaining customer service skills while becoming quite educated in what was going on in “Tinsel Town.” Thinking of these memories conjures up the scent of warm laundry, the heft of a 10 oz. bottle of pop and simpler times. I hope it brings a smile to you too. Keeping It In Stitches.


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TURN THE PAGE Book and Author Reviews

By Nancy Ryan Simply Hers Magazine

Well, winter is here and as I write this, although it hasn’t snowed much yet, you can bet more’s on the way! That said, I just finished Nancy Thayer’s Let It Snow. It’s a warm and cuddly read, but that’s kinda nice at the holidays. Nantucket shop owner Christina befriends a little girl named Wink while the child is trying to shoplift in her store. She then discovers Wink is the rich grandchild of her grumpy landlord who wants to raise her rent, thereby putting her out of business. Of course, the rich and handsome landlord’s son appears on the scene and nature takes its course! Author Lisa Jewell does not disappoint in her latest Watching You. The story is fast-paced and well-written. I read it in one day! It’s a whodunit and kept me guessing until the very last page. All of the characters have a story connecting them to the corpse. You just keep on reading and reading, trying to pick out the culprit! Jewell’s written several books I’ve reviewed, and this one is at the top of the list. My sister, Joanne, has a recommendation, which is the biography Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service by author Gary Sinise. Actor Gary Sinise starred in the classic Forrest Gump as “Captain Dan.” Through his experience in this movie, he found his calling: to see that those who defend our country and its freedoms are never forgotten. My sister was moved by this book and hopes our readers have an opportunity to get it into their hands! My friend, Dave, recommends Upheaval by Jared Diamond. The United States shares with Chile a strong democratic tradition. The yielding of that tradition to dictatorship seemed utterly inconceivable to Chileans in 1967, just as it seems so here to many

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Americans today. But it did happen there, and the warning signs were visible in retrospect. Could it also happen in our United States? Amazing reading! Colleague Melissa enjoyed Hannah Rothschild’s The Improbability of Love. She called it an entertaining read wherein one of the main characters is a painting! It is the story of a painting that ends up in a junk shop, how it ended up there, and of the woman, Annie, who ends up purchasing it. The story focuses on both love and art, and it talks about the extremes people are willing to go to for each. I discovered it was the winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. Fellow reader, Sue, enjoys the Harlequin spiritual/inspirational romance/suspense books of Carol Post. She is currently reading the third book in the series, entitled Bodyguard for Christmas. Post has written 16 books beginning in 2013 with Midnight Shadows, and her latest book is entitled Dangerous Relations. Sue is a big fan of this genre which contains inspirational messages of faith and hope in the Lord. Another fellow reader, Jan, recommends The Guernsey Novels, a seven-book series by Anne Allen. It begins in 2012 with Dangerous Waters and, so far, culminates with An Inheritance. All of the stories occur on a small, beautiful island in England where the author resided. They are a mix of mystery, family drama, and love stories. What are you reading? Email me at nancyryan47@gmail.com. See you at the library!


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Recently, I was reminded of an astonishing true story that happened back in historical days. A man is traveling around preaching. He stops and teaches in homes and is drawing huge crowds. These four friends hear about how this man is healing the sick. The man is speaking at a house, so they carry their friend, who is paralyzed, to hear this famous healer.

I got thinking about these four friends. I call them the four “figureouters.” They figure out a way to get their hurting friend to Jesus. Nothing will stop them. They are obstacle overcomers to get their friend to Jesus. Even if they need to break through a roof, they are determined—no matter what—to have their friend in need meet Jesus.

The four stretcher-bearer friends transport their friend by grabbing onto a corner of the mat supporting their paralyzed pal and they walk as a team. They face disappointment at the doorway. The home is packed with onlookers, and there is no way to carry their friend close to meet the speaker. The guys are desperate to help their lame friend, so they plot to hoist him down through the roof, break through the ceiling, and lower him to Jesus.

Are you a “figureouter” friend?

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I am thinking a true comrade is a take-action, barrier-breaking friend who is willing to do whatever it takes to get their lost friends to find Jesus. Let’s creatively figure out how to introduce our friends to Jesus. Let’s ask “the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matt. 9: 38b NIV). Will 2020 and beyond be our decade to increase God’s renown and be part of God’s revival squad? Let’s be like these historical fab four teammates. Let’s get off the sidelines and be an unstoppable “figureouter” on a mission for Jesus.

Dust is falling and the distressed paralyzed man is lowered right down amidst the falling ceiling debris. The speaker is in the middle of preaching when the interruption comes down from the ceiling. The presenter is not just a typical speaker. He is the God-man, Jesus. He forgives the lame man’s sins because he sees right into his heart and mind. Then Jesus proves to the doubters and haters he has the authority to forgive sins by having the lame man roll up his mat and walk home healed. The restored man is part of the family of God by faith in Jesus and is called “son.” BOOM! He is made new by Jesus. People have never seen anything like this before!

Can you overcome objections, walk around haters, figure out creative ways to introduce your tribe to Jesus? Your seeker friends need to meet Jesus. Can you introduce them to Jesus at a coffee house, by inviting them to hear a Christian speaker, by giving them tickets to a Christian singing event, by helping them out of a jam and/ or sharing with them your faith in Jesus?


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Have you ever heard certain words that have greatly impacted your life? I’m not talking life-changing, but I am talking life-impacting. I heard five words recently that have greatly impacted my life and it’s enough to put me right over the edge.

around. I wish I could think clearly before my mouth engages, but obviously, I’ve made some language errors because now every time I even start to say “Oh, my . . . .” Fenley says “We don’t say that, Gramma.” We don’t say what? And who’s “we,” anyhow?

“We don’t say that, Gramma.” Who knew those five words could change the way I’ve talked for countless years? Now, I’ve never used what I consider filthy language, but there have been some colorful words that have come out of my mouth. I tried to clean it up a bit when my kids were young, but once they got into high school and I realized their language was worse than mine, I let ‘er rip, so to speak.

Sh “We don’t say that, Gramma.” I meant shoot, Fenley. I think it may be the hesitation when my brain is trying to catch up with my mouth that gets me in trouble here. Of course, it could also be my bad attitude that oozes out at times like this. I mean really, who’s the boss of me, anyhow? I am, that’s who! Well, dang! “GRAMMA! We don’t say that.” Oops, that’s another one. It could easily be confused with damn, which obviously is not what a child should be saying, especially around parents, pastors, and teachers. I don’t want to get Fenley in trouble with her parents, her pastor grandfather on the other side, or the pastors and teachers at her church pre-K class. I try to be careful, but it’s hard when you don’t really feel a burning desire to.

So what happened? I’m glad you asked. I now have a granddaughter and her parents are trying to teach her that not all words are created equal in the offensive category. I’ve had to rethink some of my words because we all know kids say the darndest things, especially when they repeat what they’ve heard from an unsuspecting Gramma. I know Fenley likes to rat me out as the teacher of all bad words. A few years ago, I volunteered at a Christian child care center. The first time I started to say, “What in the . . . ,” I saw eyebrows raise in sudden concern and thus I learned there were certain phrases that were to be avoided in certain types of situations. I’ve never cared for “Oh, my God,” but I find nothing wrong with “Oh, my gosh” because I’m not using God’s name inappropriately. My son and daughter-in-law, however, prefer I say “Oh, my goodness,” so there’s no mix-up about what I’m going to say when Fenley is 56

Well, sh— “Gramma!” I mean, dang it. “Gramma!!” Oops, I meant, “What the . . . .”“GRAMMA!!!” Oh my go—.”“GRAMMA. WE. DON’T. SAY. THAT.” I think this may be a hopeless situation. I might have to quit talking altogether. Maybe I could use some sort of sign language for all the really bad words. I could stop visiting the girl until she’s old enough to understand she shouldn’t be ratting her Gramma out, but she’s just too darn cute and I love her too much. I don’t know what to do. What I do know is, I don’t want to hear those five words ever again. I’m telling you, it’s enough to put me right over the edge.


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3 boys and a TRANSPLANT By Alicia Curtis, Simply Hers Magazine

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I challenge you to look for joy, pray, and work to seek out the good in everyone It took me four years to gain enough strength to write about the night of Oscar’s transplant. I wasn’t sure if I would ever be strong enough to do that. To relive that night is something that is tucked away so preciously in my heart. This article seems equally as surreal. This month I experienced a situation that hit too close to home. I was raised going to Jackson Free Methodist Church. The values and beliefs I have stem from many lessons, adventures, and people I had the honor of coming across during my time there. There are times I don’t feel good enough to be a part of such a special place. I don’t attend church as much as I should, and I don’t always feel as if I am deserving of the gifts I have, including the miracle that is my third son. The week before Thanksgiving, a church family lost their precious daughter Emily in a car accident. I didn’t know Emily personally, but I grew up knowing and seeing her family worship God and lead others in faith. While Emily was clinging to life and her story started to be told, the decision of organ donation was made. Needless to say, organ donation hits close to home, yet I haven’t had an experience that touched so close since Oscar’s transplant. While reading updates on Emily’s declining health, I wept. For the first time in a long time I was taken back to Oscar’s hospital room where I sat curled up in a ball in the

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bathroom sobbing. Another family lost their daughter, yet this time it happened to a family that I knew, a family that worshipped God far more than I ever have. I have found myself in a not good place. I felt so much guilt and hurt for what this family was going through. I wanted and want to take away every single ounce of their pain. I kept waiting for this family to falter with hurt and anger, yet they continue praising God for the blessings that they have and the beautiful life their daughter led. I went to the visitation for this beautiful girl’s life. I was crying before I even walked through the door. I decided to take Oscar so they could see first-hand the significance of the choice they made even though I knew they already knew. Oscar made Emily’s mom a card that said, “Thank you for giving the gift of life.” My guy at a mere 7 years old gets it far beyond me or anyone else does. As we approach a new year, I challenge you to look for joy, pray, and work to seek out the good in everyone. Life is so precious and so very short. I pray you and yours are granted a wonderful 2020!


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Letting Go Of Control

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Reflecting on this past year, I learned something truly important. I learned that I’m not in control of everyday life. Some of you might be thinking that’s a pretty obvious statement. I can’t tell you how many times plans, events, or everyday happenings completely failed last year. I can tell you that I was able to control my emotions (most of the time) with what the days and months brought, but making big plans and having them fail was a real “ah-ha” moment for me. It might seem like something so small to actually realize that I’m not in control, but really, how many of you think you’re in control of your life? Control is time-consuming. It’s emotionally draining. It’s pointless. It brings worry, stress, and anxiety. It creates a lack of trust. I was forgetting to trust the one I need most. I challenge you to look at your life right now. Do you think you’re in control? If so, you might be feeling this way . . . . Control brings disappointment: While having a plan in place seems like a good idea most of the time, there’s usually little room to accept what may or may not happen. If a plan doesn’t go to plan, it can really hurt! With the pain comes disappointment and frustration. It’s usually unnecessary disappointment because it doesn’t mean much in the end. Control doesn’t make others happy: Whether it’s in the workplace or at home, disappointment that comes with control is easily passed to those around you, especially loved ones. It’s easy. They’re there, and they usually see the best and worst in you. It’s

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ok to be disappointed but handling the situation emotionally can be very taxing and can take some time to adjust. Control isn’t healthy: Control is an obsession. The amount of time, pain, or anxiety that comes with a failed plan can almost feel unbearable at times. It’s mentally, emotionally, and physically draining. Doing your part in a plan takes strength, but letting go to see the outcome takes great courage. Getting to this point takes time. Remember the main goal of the plan and focus on that versus failure. So, what could be a solution for control? For me, it was taking a step back and evaluating. I was forgetting to look at the big picture, and I forgot to focus on what was realistic. I neglected the fact that there might be emotional hurdles, and I never thought about the next step or “plan B.” I didn’t stop to think about who’s really in control of my life. It was as though these failures I was experiencing were happening for a reason. As a believer, I was able to give my worries away. It took me a while to get to this point, but it’s so freeing. If you feel like you’re in control of what’s going on in your life and things aren’t going to plan, take a step back. Take a breath. Evaluate. You’re not alone. I hope that you can find peace and strength going into this New Year. Do your part, and cast your worries away. Life is too short.


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Valentine’s Day Every February 14th, people around the world exchange gifts, chocolates, and romantic greetings for a day set aside for lovers. Many traditions are followed, all in the name of St. Valentine. Still, people may not understand why such customs are upheld. Much of the history of Valentine’s Day and St. Valentine himself is shrouded in mystery and much of what’s widely accepted is inaccurate. To set the record straight, here are some facts about the holiday. • Valentine’s Day is believed to have originated from a celebration in Rome during the fifth century. This celebration paid tribute to St. Valentine, a Catholic priest. Other historians surmise it was a way to “Christianize” the pagan holiday of Lupercalia, which was a fertility festival. Included in the traditions were boys and girls drawing names from a box and exchanging gifts. • The Catholic Church acknowledges at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus. • All of the stories surrounding St. Valentine—whether they are disputed or not—paint him as a sympathetic and heroic individual. • The oldest known written valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. • Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. 62

• Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are the most popular holidays to give flowers. • According to Hallmark, women purchase 85% of all valentines. • According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. • Candy was among the earliest Valentine’s Day gifts and remains a popular gift today. • Some tales suggest that the type of bird a girl watches on Valentine’s Day predicts her future husband. A bluebird indicates a happy man, while a sparrow indicates a poor man. • In Medieval times, girls consumed unusual foods on Valentine’s Day in the belief it would make them dream of their future husbands. • Valentine’s Day greetings have been popular from the Middle Ages onward, though they have been usually verbal in nature.


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ESTATE PLANNING IS MORE THAN JUST PLANNING FOR DEATH Just like other important life tasks, your estate plan should be reviewed periodically to make sure it is still accomplishing your purposes. In addition to periodic reviews, the occurrence of any of the following life events may mean changes to your estate plan are necessary.

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Marriage A new marriage is an important time to revisit your estate plan. You will likely need to make changes to your beneficiary designations, update your will/trust, and update your powers of attorney. This is especially important if this is a second marriage and/or there are children from a previous relationship involved. New Job With a new job, you may be receiving new benefits that require new beneficiary designations on the benefit forms. When you are filling out these new forms, it is important that the beneficiaries are named appropriately so your estate plan will work as designed. Loss of a Job Similarly, leaving employment may bring big changes to your financial situation and to your estate plan. It’s important to update your plan to reflect the loss of employer-provided benefits such as life insurance as well as changes in your financial status that need to be addressed. Retirement Retirement brings new-found freedom. Accordingly, you may find yourself traveling more thereby making documents such as a Financial Power of Attorney and Health Care Power of Attorney more crucial. Moving If you have moved across state lines, you will need

to make sure that the provisions in your estate planning documents are still applicable in your new state. If you purchased a new home, it is important that it is titled appropriately to carry out your overall estate plan. Divorce When you or a loved one is divorced, you should make any needed updates to the beneficiaries on your estate plan and ensure your beneficiary designations on any life insurance or retirement accounts are changed as needed. Death Take some time to grieve, but don’t forget that your estate plan may need to be updated. You may need to remove the deceased loved one as a beneficiary from any will, trust, life insurance policy, or retirement account and determine what will now happen to that share. It is also important to verify that your deceased loved one was not appointed as a fiduciary for you, and if so, to make the necessary adjustments to your documents. Received an Inheritance The death of a loved one not only brings a loss but may result in an inheritance. An inheritance can include property, money, real estate, and more. An increase in assets may necessitate a change in your estate planning strategy. Also, depending on the form of the inheritance you have received, there may be additional asset management or asset protection concerns that should be addressed. Birth or Adoption Welcoming a new child to the family is an unforgettable time. It is important to consider how you would like to provide for the child if something happens to you and who is going to be in charge of raising the child and handling his or her inheritance while a minor.


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In our era of online ordering and next-day delivery, it seems that there’s almost nothing we can’t have on our doorsteps in short order. But, despite the wide range of goods available to us, there is something particularly satisfying and meaningful in creating things ourselves. Ann’s by Design in downtown Adrian offers supplies for many types of needle arts along with a warm and welcoming place for people to gather, create, and share their love of making things by hand. Owners Ann and Phil Hughes had a group of quilters meeting at their home for over 20 years and originally thought the shop would be solely a quilt store. But, as they discussed their plans with others, they were convinced to make it a variety needle arts shop. On April 15, 2015, Ann’s by Design opened at 118 W. Maumee. There is a nice assortment of quality quilting cottons including 108” backing fabric. The shop stocks a lovely range of yarn, and there will be even more in the coming months. Ann says they are looking into buying from small, independent dyers because those suppliers have smaller purchasing requirements. That will allow Ann and Phil to have more types of yarn for their customers to try.

is a $10 fee for those sessions. Common interests help develop a sense of community, and the passion that many feel for their creative crafts can forge strong bonds. On December 3, Ann’s by Design was filled with 24 women who brought cookies to share while they enjoyed each other’s company. “Some women come to the store and spend time when they need a bit of comfort,” explains Ann. “Whatever changes we make, gatherings of women who form their own sense of community will be at the forefront.” Watching that community develop is one of the things that Ann likes most about having the shop. That, and, as she admits with a laugh, “I just love being around this stuff!” Stay on top of what’s happening at Ann’s by Design via the website (www.annsbydesign.com) and the Facebook page (Ann’s by Design). Shopping online is also available. Store hours are Monday, 12-5; Tuesday through Friday, 10-5; and Saturday, 10-3. You can contact the store by phone (517-4388459) or email (support@annsbydesign.com).

As the shop approaches its fifth anniversary, the Hugheses are thinking about how to take Ann’s by Design forward. They’ve realized that using space for merchandise which customers can purchase for substantially less at the big chain stores doesn’t make sense. So, some items will be cleared out and replaced with unique things that aren’t available elsewhere in the area. Also, Ann and Phil are looking to expand the scope of the store. They already offer items for wool applique and embroidery and will be adding rug hooking with yarn, beginning weaving, and punch needle. Once a month there will be a “Playing with Wool” group for wool applique crafters, giving them a chance to share ideas, perfect their craft, and learn new skills. A number of groups meet regularly at the shop in addition to the classes that are offered. At least twice a week, social knitting groups gather to chat and work on projects. There’s a monthly “Sip ‘N Stitch” when customers bring any type of project and enjoy wine, coffee, or tea for a modest persession fee. The Crochet Studio meets twice a week and offers expert advice if a customer is struggling with a project. There

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at a Time There is no denying that life sometimes deals us staggering blows, and the challenge then is to find a way to rebuild and forge ahead. Kathy Ladenberger faced two major upheavals in her life at the same time, but she has created a new life for herself and is looking forward with optimism and a commitment to a very special goal. Kathy had worked in the maintenance department for PlymouthCanton Schools for 25 years when the district opted to privatize its maintenance services, throwing Kathy and a total of 85 employees out of work. And, before that happened, she was already under heartbreaking stress. Her daughter Amy—her only child—had cystic fibrosis. Late in September 2013, Amy underwent a double lung transplant and her family hoped it would be the start of a new life for her. Sadly, the transplant did not go well, and Amy enjoyed just one month of healthy life before passing away in early May of 2014. Having lost her principal job and grieving the loss of her daughter, Kathy was at a crossroads. She had family in Hillsdale County, and her niece told Kathy, “I’ve found a house for you.” It was a charming farmhouse that won Kathy’s heart as soon as she saw it. When she met the owners and discovered the wife’s name was Amy, it seemed as though it was meant to be. Kathy moved in on Christmas Day, 2015. She named her new home Open Sky Farm and set about transforming it into a special place that reflects her unique style. In response to the warm welcome and help that she received after her move, Kathy wanted to find a way to contribute to the community, to give back. She wanted to create a beautiful respite center for people providing care to loved ones with cystic fibrosis. “I learned so much from Amy,” says Kathy. “She had a hard time her whole life. She was bullied a lot. But, she always reached out to help others. She was the ‘midnight counselor.’ Amy would stay up all night on her computer, talking with someone who needed support. It was amazing.” Besides the house, the property already had a large barn. Kathy has since added a garage and small, barn-style storage shed that she furnished and decorated as a cozy cabin. The main floor of the barn will serve as a dance floor and the loft in the barn has 70

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been transformed into a welcoming dining area. Her eye for detail and atmosphere are evident—the loft is a magical place, one that encourages you to relax, socialize, and rest. A small room on the lower level is being shaped into a casual bar space. “I want to offer cystic fibrosis caregivers a chance to have a break, a change of scenery, and some fun. Then, they can go back refreshed and ready to help again,” Kathy explains. Her plan is to start with lunch and take the group out afterward for some “country fun:” visiting a cider mill or touring a farm, for example. Then, back for dinner and a hoedown in the barn, followed by a bonfire, spiritual readings, and a quiet rest. The guests would be provided with a packed lunch before they leave the following day. Of course, there’s more work to be done, all of which requires funds. The outer barn walls, for example, have some gaps and it needs to be sided before it will truly be a comfortable gathering place. Kathy has a five-year plan, though. In addition to her maintenance job at Hudson Area Schools, she does housecleaning and declares, “I’ll make this happen, one house cleaning at a time!” Her cleaning income goes towards whatever is needed to create the restorative haven she wants to create for people who are facing the same challenges she had caring for Amy. Looking at this small, energetic, and inspired woman, you have to believe her—Kathy Ladenberger will have her respite center one day!


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If a fun day in the snow sounds like the perfect way to spend the weekend, hit the slopes with your family for some thrilling sledding, snow tubing, and more. If you’re in the Upper Peninsula, visit Gladstone Sports Park where you can tube, ice skate, and more with return lifts to get you back to the top for another run. In Traverse City, Timberlee Hills offers a tow system to take you up the hill with ease and claims to be the biggest sledding and tubing hill in Michigan. In mid-Michigan, Snow Snake in Harrison offers fantastic snow tubing as well as warm meals at the on-site restaurant.

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Glide along with the whole family on a perfect winter day at a Michigan ice skating rink. In the heart of Detroit, winter’s cold transforms Campus Martius into a popular downtown gathering place that offers an outdoor skating rink set against a stunning urban setting. In Grand Rapids, skate around the outdoor skating rink in Rosa Parks Circle and grab a warm meal to follow at a cozy downtown restaurant. If you seek a skating experience on natural ice, head to Moran Bay in the Upper Peninsula right by downtown St. Ignace. This part of Lake Huron is maintained as the perfect place to skate on a cool winter day with spectacular Michigan scenery.

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ESCAPE THE COLD AT INDOOR WATER PARKS Michigan’s indoor water parks promise family fun, no matter what the weather. Set against a northern Michigan winter wonderland, Traverse City’s Great Wolf Lodge offers water slides, wave pools, and hotel rooms decorated in a log cabin theme. Avalanche Bay at Boyne Mountain Resort is Michigan’s largest indoor water park with 88,000 square feet of water playground. In west Michigan, The Gold Rush Water Park at Double JJ Resort is home to the region’s tallest indoor water slide. Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark in Frankenmuth includes a thrilling six-story raft ride, Super Loop speed slide, zero-entry pool with water geysers, and a giant dumping bucket. There is plenty more adventure to discover with your family this winter in Michigan, from dog sledding to children’s museums and stargazing to festive events and entertainment. Plan your winter wonderland experience at michigan.org.

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LEARN HOW TO SKI Michigan’s famous lake effect snow arrives in abundance and provides great skiing conditions for Michigan’s almost 50 ski resorts and areas. As skiing is a way of life throughout the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, many ski resorts and areas offer lessons to help both children and parents alike take the first steps in learning this iconic winter activity. Downhill ski resorts with lessons include Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Highlands Resort, Crystal Mountain and the Cannonsburg Ski Area among many others. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park not only offers Alpine and Nordic skiing in the Upper Peninsula but ski-in winter cabins as well.

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Handcrafted wall signs are a wonderful way to add a dash of rustic charm to your farmhouse decor. You can start with an old piece of wood that has been laying around forever and end up making a piece of art that looks stunning! With the craft options available on the market today, you don’t even have to have good penmenship. The only downside is the amount of time you’ll spend on pinterest trying to find your favorite inspirational piece.

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Festive decor isn’t only for holidays—the entire season is worth celebrating! Incorporate winter decor as temperatures outside drop to bring some warmth back into your home. Use our

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This Valentine’s Day, consider doing the reverse of getting a sitter and going out to dinner. Instead, have a relative or friend take the children for a couple of hours and fix a special but easy meal together at home. We’ve put together some recipes for a cocktail, main dish, and dessert you might want to try. Add a purchased salad and some crusty bread to soak up the pasta sauce and you’re done!

The Love Martini ½ shot (0.75 oz. or 22ml) Malibu Rum ½ shot (0.75 oz. or 22ml) peach schnapps ½ shot (0.75 oz. or 22ml) Citron or plain vodka 3 shots (4.5 oz. or 132 ml) chilled cranberry juice Strawberry for garnish Lime wedge (optional) Sugar to rim the glass (optional) If using, run the lime wedge around the rim of the glass and dip it in sugar. Gently mix the three liquors and the cranberry juice in a shaker and pour into the prepared glass. Slice the strawberry about half-way from the bottom up and slide over the edge of the glass. Makes one cocktail. From picturetherecipe.com

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You Won’t Be Single for Long Vodka Cream Pasta ½ T olive oil, once around the pan in a slow stream ½ T butter 1 glove garlic, minced 1 shallot, minced ½ c. vodka ½ c. chicken stock 16 oz. crushed tomatoes Coarse salt and pepper 8 oz. pasta such as penne ¼ c. heavy cream 10 leaves fresh basil, shredded or torn Grated Parmesan cheese (optional) Heat a large skillet over moderate heat. Add the oil, butter, garlic, and shallots. Gently sauté shallots for 3 to 5 minutes. Add vodka to the pan. Let cook until reduced by half. Add chicken stock and tomatoes. Bring sauce to a bubble and reduce heat to simmer. Season with salt and pepper. While the sauce simmers, cook the pasta in salted boiling water to al dente. Stir the cream into the sauce. When it returns to a bubble, remove from heat. Drain pasta. Toss the hot pasta with sauce and basil leaves. Top with a little freshly-grated Parmesan, if desired Rachael Ray from foodnetwork.com

Salted Caramel Strawberries You’ve already bought strawberries for the drinks, so use some for dessert! 20 large fresh strawberries 40 caramels 3 T whipping cream ¼ t salt 1¼ coarsely-chopped mixed nuts Waxed paper Wash the strawberries and pat completely dry with paper towels. (The caramel will not stick to wet berries.) Microwave the caramels, whipping cream, and salt in a 1-quart bowl at MEDIUM (50%) power for 3½ minutes or until smooth, stirring at 1-minute intervals. Dip each strawberry halfway into caramel mixture. Roll in nuts and place on lightly greased waxed paper. Let stand 15 minutes. Serve immediately or cover and chill up to 8 hours.

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It’s a good idea for all parents and for anyone who provides childcare to take a certified course in infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation. You can contact your local American Red Cross, The American heart Association Chapter or the Reading Emergency Unit to sign up for a course. You may need to give a baby CPR if he or she experiences the following: 1. Has no heartbeat or pulse. 2. Has blue lips and skin. 3. Has difficulty breathing or stops breathing entirely. 4. Is unresponsive. Chances for saving your baby’s life or avoiding permanent injury increase dramatically the sooner you start CPR. There are many ways to perform CPR but the following is one I find easy to remember. The procedure for giving CPR to an infant is similar to the one used for adults. Loudly call out the child’s name and stroke or gently tap the child’s shoulder. Don’t shake the child. If you are the only rescuer and CPR is needed, do CPR for two minutes - about five cycles - before calling 911 or your local emergency number. If another person is available, have that person call for help immediately while you attend to the baby. RESTORING BLOOD CIRCULATION: 1. Place baby on his or her back on a firm flat surface such as a table. The floor or ground will also do. 2. Imagine a horizontal line drawn between the baby’s nipples. Place two fingers of one hand just below this line in the center of the chest over the “breast bone.” 3. Gently compress the chest about 1 ½ inches. 4. Count aloud as you pump at a rate of about 100 compressions per minute.

AIRWAY: CLEAR THE AIRWAY 1. After 30 chest compressions, gently tip the baby’s head back by lifting the chin with one hand and pushing down on the forehead with the other hand. 2. In no more than 10 seconds, put your ear near the baby’s mouth and check for breathing. Look for chest motion, listen for breath sounds and feel for breath on your cheek and ear. BREATHING FOR THE INFANT 1. Cover the baby’s mouth and nose with your mouth. 2. Prepare to give the baby two rescue breaths. Use the strength of your cheeks to deliver gentle puffs of air instead of deep breaths from your lungs to slowly breath into the baby’s mouth one time taking one second for the breath. Give a deep enough breath to cause baby’s chest to rise gently. If it does, give a second rescue breath. If the chest does not rise, repeat the head tilt and chin lift maneuver and then give the second breath. 3. If the baby’s chest still does not rise, examine the mouth to make sure no foreign material is inside. If an object is seen, sweep it out with your finger. If the airway seems blocked perform the first aid for a choking baby. 4. Give two breaths after every 30 chest compressions. 5. Perform CPR for about two minutes before calling for help unless someone else can make the call while you attend to the baby. 6. Continue CPR until you see signs of life or until medical personnel arrive. To some this process seems quite complicated but with review and practice the steps are quite simple. You can periodically practice with a child’s doll to keep the steps fresh in your memory. No one wants to be faced with a situation that requires CPR but with this knowledge and with practice you will be ready should the need arise.

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