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Cataract formation is a disorder characterized by cloudy areas in the eye’s natural lens that usually develops gradually. Historically, untreated cataracts have been a leading cause of blindness. Fortunately, the Softec HD is delivering incredible results with many patients achieving spectacle-independent vision. It is great technology for less money and that makes it valuable in today’s economy. The Softec HD IOL offers a tolerance that is up to three times more precise than other cataract replacement lenses. More than one million Softec HD IOLs have been implanted worldwide since 2005. These lenses mimic the natural focusing ability of the human eye and in many

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As we struggle to put the finishing touches on this spring issue, without power, heat or internet, I have to remind myself of the silver lining in this ice storm! Those special moments with family when we were unplugged (forcefully but none the less!) Hoping Marlanea Chestney each of you had some special moments during the storm like Owner/Publisher we did where you sat around the candles with cards and board games and were reminded just how wonderful it is to have family time. In the midst of the storm surprisingly you find calm - a sense of peace and thankfulness for all of the beautiful people that bless your life. Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to thank all of hard working men and women who worked tirelessly to get all of us plugged back in. Not only the utility companies but the friends and neighbors who stepped forward to lend a helping hand where ever there was a need. It makes me thankful to be a part of such a wonderful community. Thank you all again for taking the time to walk through the pages of Simply Hers. May you find something that touches your heart, teaches your mind or talks to your soul. Enjoy and I’ll talk with you again in May.


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With so many new fashion trends every spring how do you know which ones can step off the runway and really work for you? Most runway models look amazing in nearly every trend regardless of how ridiculous it may look on the everyday woman - head to toe contrasting prints, fluorescent-wear, 6� platforms or (gasp!) all of them together. Based on the latest and greatest spring 2011 trends, the following four trends are not only wearable for all women they will update your look and put a fashionable spring in your step. by Tracy Donohue Simply Hers Magazine

TREND: Prints, prints, prints!

Bold prints continue to be popular through spring and summer this year. Especially trendy print patterns include florals, stripes, dots, head-to-toe prints and, yes, even mixed prints. If you tend to be a woman who prefers solid colors and shies away from prints of any kind know that you too can join in on this fun trend in a subtle way with a printed handbag or tote, scarf or maybe a blouse or tunic under a jacket or cardigan. Adding cheery prints to your wardrobe this spring in either a big head-to-toe way or a subtle smaller way will step up your look in an exciting way.

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TREND: Neutrals with Brights

This trend applies to clothing, accessories and footwear and is a great way to add excitement to your existing closet - or is simply a great excuse for adding a few new items to your wardrobe. In this case, a neutral is defined as colors from cream to nude to brown and every shade in between. Especially hot bright colors for spring are pink, coral, orange, citrine and electrified blues, but other vibrant hues are also welcome. Pairing a neutral outfit with a bright colored necklace, handbag, pair of shoes or even a cool cardigan will look fashionably fresh this spring. Layering a coral cami or citrine blouse under an otherwise ho-hum beige suit takes your outfit from boring to updated. The key to successfully wearing this trend is to use a neutral base with a flash of color and not vice versa.

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Longer length skirts and dresses is a trend every woman (and every body type) can embrace. From a fun and funky maxi dress to an ankle-grazing flowing skirt, longer lengths are (thankfully) hiding a multitude of winter sins this warm weather season. Worn with a loose cropped or asymmetrical sweater or a lightweight cardigan with a lace-trimmed cami, this casual and subtly sexy look is fantastic with a flat sandal or trendy wedge shoe. A complimentary trendy pant look this spring is the wide-legged pant and jean which allows fashionable women additional options to go with the flow this season.

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Wedges, espadrilles, and especially the hot new “flatform” will be on the tootsies of fashionistas everywhere this spring. These shoes are particularly fabulous to wear as they come in a wide range of heights so you can choose low comfort all the way to super high and still be on trend. Especially chic this spring is a natural heel base. From neutral colors to hot brights and patterns versatile variations of the wedge are this season’s “must have” addition to your shoe collection.

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Spring is finally on its way, but the lasting effects of a long, harsh winter is apparent in many ways including your skin. If you have the slightest tendency toward dry skin, you may find your skin especially thirsty right now and in serious need of some TLC to cure dry, flaky, itchy, irritated, dull winter skin which if left untreated can result in signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. According to Dawn Pedinelli, R.N. and Independent Consultant with Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, “The cause of these symptoms is the buildup of the uppermost layers of skin, which have difficulty shedding. In the winter months, we turn up the thermostat in our home’s heating system, which removes humidity from the air and causes dehydration of our skin.” Pedinelli adds, “Dry skin is thinner, more fragile, and has less of a protective barrier. Once the skin’s barrier is compromised, moisture loss continues, and your skin is vulnerable to ongoing dryness and itchiness.” The best way to combat dry skin is to commit to an at-home skin care regimen that nourishes and heals the skin keeping it moisturized while holding off dreaded signs of aging. There are many wonderful skincare programs on the market, but as a general guideline, an effective skin care regimen should be kept as simple as possible and include four facets: 16

Daily Cleansing: Depending on your individual skin type and the cleansing product you choose you will typically wash your face once or twice per day. Many beauty experts believe that you only need to cleanse your face at night and simply rinse it in the morning. For dry skin, a cleanser should have a creamy consistency and be rinsed off with lukewarm water rather than cold or hot water which can cause broken capillaries. Most experts agree that soap should never be used on the face. The use of a followup toner is a personal preference and can be used to remove traces of oil, dirt or makeup missed by the cleanser; however, if you are using a very effective cleanser, the toner step can be eliminated. Daily Moisturizing: Nearly all skin types can benefit from a daily moisturizer with the exception being skin with acne. Generally speaking, skin should be moisturized more than once a day as needed – if skin looks dry or feels tight then an extra slathering of moisturizer is needed. However, too much moisturizer should be avoided since it can cause clogged pores which create a whole new problem. It’s a good idea to buy separate day and night moisturizers since sun protection is only needed during the day; however, while a separate eye cream can be helpful depending on your skin situation it is ultimately a personal preference.

Daily Sun Protection: Since sun damage is the main cause of wrinkles, it is imperative to use year-round daily sun protection on any exposed skin - especially the face. The easiest way to provide protection is by using a daily moisturizer with a minimum SPF 15 rating.

Weekly Exfoliation: Exfoliation is an important step that many people miss in their skincare routine. Weekly exfoliation helps remove the top layer of dead skin cells and allows the healthy, glowing skin underneath to show. The most typical over-the-counter ways to exfoliate skin include microdermabrasion via a scrub, chemical peels and Retinoids. Retinoids (such as Retin-A) work by removing the top layer of dead skin and actually generating collagen in the skin. The best exfoliation method for your skin depends on many individual skin variables. For many skin types and situations, a weekly gentle facial scrub is a quick and easy way to exfoliate the skin. Look for a good quality scrub containing small versus large grains which are too harsh for the delicate skin of the face.

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Mom has been the center of the family since the beginning of time. She is the finder of lost socks, the kisser of boo-boos and the saver of all lost hopes. As a rule, the general public is willing to agree on all of these points. Yet, when it comes to life insurance that same populous is also willing to underestimate her value.

It has been a misguided notion that only the breadwinner should be insured. A stay at home spouse would appear, at first glance, not to need insurance since they are not bringing home an income. This is true but it misses the point of what life insurance is about. Life insurance is not meant to replace the income of someone, it is meant to replace the value of that person. Many times the value of the breadwinner is assumed to be equal to the income they provide to the family unit, hence the misconception. But, what about the stay at home spouse? Do

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What if you or your spouse has a heart attack tomorrow? How will you work and care for your kids? It is not possible. You will have to hire a caregiver and that is going to cost money. Life insurance will pay for this. Considering the amount of strain your family will already be under, this will be an unfathomable asset. It can be difficult for families to discuss the sensitive issue of life insurance and many women are uninsured or underinsured because families don’t want to talk about what would happen and how the family would pay its bills if the mother died.

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Catching it’s hot, hip and energetic vibe, novices and experts alike are filling Zumba classes across America. With roots in Latin dance, Zumba maximizes fat burning and body toning while minimizing workout procrastination and yes, social inhibitions. Much more than a fitness wave. Zumbas combinations of dance and fitness is guaranteed to make you shake,wiggle and smile. Dance

Zumba is a dance-fitness exercise program that uses motivating music and has a party like atmosphere. The dance moves are primarily Latin, such as salsa, merengue, cha-cha, regaeton and samba, but also includes hip-hop, calypso, soca, belly dance, African dance and swing. Zumba began in the mid ‘90’s when celebrity fitness trainer Beto Perez created a class

based on his knowledge and training in dance and fitness and love fro Latin music. Starting with warm-ups and basic moves, Zumba classes quickly progress to a cardio atmosphere filled with energy. The class provides cardiovascular training and toning of the muscles. It is based on interval training, meaning the music goes from fast to slow and fast again.


A person usually burns up to 800 calories or even more during a one hour session. The strength and toning it provides is very different because people are using muscles that are traditionally not used every day. It’s simple enough that anyone can do it, but once you learn the moves and terminology, you will really get into it. Zumba is appropriate for any age group and fitness level.

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Zumba is set to music with melodies and lyrics and characterized by a lot of hip shaking. There is no requirements to begin a class and

no specialized equipment, only loose comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Men, women and children all take part in Zumba It’s noncompetitive and provides a great way to step out of a busy day and into a fun and welcoming atmosphere while sneaking in a workout at the same time. In Zumba people interact with each other more than in typical aerobic classes. Because of it’s uplifting energy, it also helps people relieve stress.


Although Zumba moves are choreographed, the steps aren’t really important. It’s just important to keep moving and have fun. Most people don’t even feel like they’re exercising. Many teachers use visual cues rather than speaking in microphones and this allows individuals to focus on the music which motivates them to move. The music is very uplifting so it really does feel like you’re at a party.

Hydration and Replenishment Hydration and replenishment are two crucial components toward your health and fitness goals. Especially during the winter months when we don’t take in as many fluids because we’re not as thirsty as we are during the hot summer months. We seem to take in warm and caffeinated beverages which can lead to dehydration. The days you workout, you should make sure you are taking in fluids such as water or sports drinks (not coffee or soft drinks) throughout the day as well as while you are working out to assure that you don’t cramp up or underachieve. Now afterwards, you should start the replenishing process immediately. Not after you run a few errands. A sports drink is used to replace electrolytes that the body has lost through perspiration is needed within 30 minutes after an aerobic or weight-lifting workout. Then shortly after that, you should be ready to have a meal that has ample amount of carbs and protein to help those hard working muscles recover and be ready for the next workout. There are a variety of sports drinks that you can use before, during and after. Now they all don’t necessarily taste the greatest but you will develop a taste for them. If you are calorie conscious, there are a lot of losugar or no-sugar drinks out there as well. Fruit juice, soft drinks, iced tea or coffee will not help in the proper replenishment as they could have just the opposite effect. So please remember to pack that bottle of Gatorade or Powerade when packing that bag for your workout. Otherwise, you’ll waste all that hard effort to get to where you want be fitnesswise!!


Curves® in your area adds Zumba® to Shake up the Circuit! It’s NOT your Mother’s workout --BUT even your Mother can do it! Millions have lost weight and shaped up with Curves, the leader in women’s fitness, and Zumba, the dance-fitness experts. Now, your area Curves offers the only 30-minute class that mixes the moves of Zumba with the proven strength training of Curves for one wildly effective workout. “Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness is an amazing workout”, said the Curves area owners. “It combines Curves’ proven strength-training program -- where you can burn up to 500 calories in just 30 minutes -- with the Latin and international inspired music and exhilarating, simple dance moves that have made Zumba so popular.” Non-members are invited to try Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness classes free for one week through the end of April! The benefits of Curves Circuit with Zumba classes are numerous, according to Curves Director of Exercise and Research, Katie Mitchell. “This is definitely a boredom-busting workout,” said Mitchell. “There’s a lot going on to keep your attention and keep you motivated. You’re listening to high-energy music that just makes you want to move, watching to make sure you’re meeting your goals on the strength machines, and training your body and your brain by learning new dance moves. And research shows that the dynamics of group exercise like the Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness classes promotes attendance and lowers drop-out rates, so people are more likely to stick with it.” All ages, fitness levels and dance abilities can participate in and benefit from Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness classes. During the 30-minute class, participants work out on each Curves strength machine for one minute, alternating upper, lower and core muscles. After one minute, the music cues the participant to change stations on the circuit, and she moves to an area between machines to do Zumba moves for one minute, which tone and sculpt the body while burning fat. A licensed Zumba instructor from the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN) teaches simple, modified Zumba moves from the center of the circuit. At the end of 30 minutes, participants have completed one trip around the entire circuit, worked every major muscle group, and achieved a fun, energetic cardio workout ending with a group stretch led by the Zumba instructor. For more information about Curves in your area and Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness class schedules, please call the Curves club nearest you. Adrian @ 266-7100, Blissfield @ 486-2000, Brooklyn @ 592-2878, or Hillsdale 437-1100.   About Curves Curves works every major muscle group with a complete 30-minute workout that combines strength training and sustained cardiovascular activity through safe and effective hydraulic resistance. Curves also works to help women lose weight, gain muscle strength and aerobic capacity, and raise metabolism with its groundbreaking, scientifically proven method that ends the need for perpetual dieting. Founders Gary and Diane Heavin are considered the innovators of the express fitness phenomenon that has made exercise available to millions of women globally, many of whom are in the gym for the first time. With thousands of locations worldwide, Curves is the world’s largest fitness franchise. For more information, please visit: www.curves.com.


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our ob-gyn will deal with some of the most important health issues in your life, including birth control, childbirth, and menopause. An ob-gyn can also screen for cancer, treat infections, and perform surgery for pelvic organ or urinary tract problems. Because ob-gyns deal with such personal and sensitive health issues, the thought of seeing one, especially for the first time, may be troubling to some women. You might be nervous or embarrassed at having a doctor see the most private parts of your body. Or you may be reluctant to discuss your most intimate issues with an ob-gyn. To take the dread out of your annual appointments, it is imperative that you find an ob-gyn you feel comfortable with. You wouldn’t want to trust just anyone with the most sensitive parts of your body. That’s why you need to think carefully about your choice of an ob-gyn. Don’t just randomly pull a doctor’s name off your health insurance list. Get a referral from a friend, family member, or your primary care provider. WhAT TO ExpEcT DurinG OB-GYn VisiTs When should you start seeing an ob-gyn? The American congress of Obstetricians and

Gynecologists (AcOG) recommends that girls have their first ob-gyn visit when they’re 21 years old or they become sexually active, whichever comes first. The first visit for teens may just include a talk with the doctor and no exam. Your appointment will usually start with a general health check. The nurse will weigh you and take your blood pressure. You may have blood and urine tests done, too. Your ob-gyn will probably start by asking you some general questions about your personal and family health history. A nurse or other health professional might stay in the room with you and the ob-gyn for the pelvic exam. The doctor will first examine the outside of your vagina for abnormalities. The doctor will then examine your reproductive organs from the inside. Your ob-gyn will also examine the walls of the vagina and cervix. A pap test is often done during the pelvic exam. Your ob-gyn will remove a sample of cells from your cervix using a small brush. Those cells will be sent to a lab and checked for cervical cancer and other abnormalities.

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if you are sexually active, the doctor might also test you for sexually transmitted diseases (sTDs) like gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and hiV. To test for sTDs, the ob-gyn will take a swab of tissue during the pelvic exam and/or check blood tests. Your ob-gyn should also do a breast exam to check for any lumps or other abnormalities. TAlkinG TO YOur OB-GYn use your annual ob-gyn appointment as an opportunity to ask questions. Even if your questions seem intimate or embarrassing, you can be sure that your doctor has heard them before. it’s Ok to ask about your periods, sex, or whatever you want to know about your reproductive health. Your ob-gyn should also ask you a lot of questions. These questions might get very personal, but your doctor needs to know the answers to care for you properly. remember that your ob-gyn is your partner in reproductive health. carry on that partnership by making and keeping your annual appointments. in between visits, let your doctor know if you have any new problems.


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Key Opportunities and In The Key Consignment & Vintage Center By Joyce E. McLain Key Opportunities is a vocational rehabilitation center for people sixteen and older with disabilities and has been serving Hillsdale County for over 35 years. Located on the north edge of town, Key employees have always been known for doing sorting jobs for area manufacturers. Recently, a slow-down in the economy has encouraged the group into another area—a consignment and vintage store, featuring Ten Thousand Villages products. “Our bookkeeper discovered the idea,” Director Jane Munson says. “We thought it was a fun one. Because industrial work is quite limited, we needed some other training areas as working directly with the public just isn’t feasible. So, we developed a business plan in conjunction with the Intermediate School District and took it to our board. We have been open for a year offering consignment or donation. On the consignment end we get fifty percent which is typical of any consignment store.” Even at first glance th 3500 square foot showroom offers a variety of treasures. There are chandeliers, lamps, and furniture. A set of four dining chairs cry out for new needlepoint. An old victrola case would make a fine desk. Glasses, dishware, pictures, and bedding are displayed throughout. For those who like old books, antiques and collectables, a trip down the isle might result in a new treasure. In an additional room there is seasonal holiday décor. Several treadmills are ready to roll out the door. “We also have vintage record players, DVD players and Televisions,” Jane says. “And of course, we test all of our electronics.” “Our marketing representative, Mike Miller, comes up with a lot of the good ideas for the store,” Jane adds. “Ten Thousand Villages purchases hand crafted items from artisans from 38 developing countries, and pays them a fair trade price for their goods. They are one of-a-kind items. For example, Ritha soap nuts are used for laundry. They are

organic and hypo allergenic. I take the shop rags home and wash them, and they are as clean as when I used store laundry soap. You can reuse the same shells for up to three loads.” Definitely a one-of-a-kind find! In the display cases are a wide variety of handmade items such as whistle birds, which herders use in the Andes Mountains. There are scented candles and soaps, candle holders, and little May baskets. There are also colorful serving bowls, tea sets, and unusual jewelry, scarves, and purses. Mike Reitz has been associated with Key Opportunities since 1980, the longest of any of their participants. Before coming to Key, he worked at Cliff ’s Hi-Flash with his father. He helps decide where items will be displayed. “I do everything they ask me to do in the store,” Mike says. “I put price tags on the items, clean up glasses and furniture for display, and polish silver. I like everything about my work. I greet customers, and apply the discount tags. I do everything, right down to the mopping.” Area manufacturers might like to peek in the back of the building, where Key workers provide more services, sorting and re-bagging items. Several people are putting together kits. Each is weighed at the end for quality control. Another worker sits at a set of grinding wheels, grinding “flash” off damper strips. For more information regarding Key Opportunies call 517-437-4490. Email marketing@keyopportunities.org for an informational flyer. Key Opportunities is located at 400 N. Hillsdale Street, Hillsdale, Michigan. The consignment store is open Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sat 10:00 a.m.-2 p.m. Please note our sidebar for more services.

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ave you ever put your hair stylist over the edge? I have. As a matter of fact, I’ve put Sally over the edge so many times with my hair issues, that I had to find a backup stylist. Amy is there for me when Sally has had enough and hides out hoping I can’t find her. Poor Sally! She’s changed her telephone number so many times trying to avoid me that the phone company has a whole list of numbers set aside specifically for her to choose from.

Sally is the best. I like her a lot, but I don’t think she feels the same about me and I’ll give you a classic example of why she doesn’t. Remember that Bozo hair I had recently? (I’m still trying to figure out how that happened) Not only was my hair BBR (Blazin’ Bozo Red), but the cheap dye I’d used dried it out so bad I looked like I’d stuck my finger in a light socket. My hair needed a good conditioner. It needed a new color. It needed Sally. Did I call her? Nope. I thought I could fix it myself. I mean, really, it’s only hair for goodness sakes. How hard can it be? Oh, to be right just once when it comes to my hair. So back to the night in question. Once my husband recovered from his near faint after seeing my BBR hair, I sent him back to the Wal Mart store for a dark color thinking that would solve my problem. Dark brown, that should cover red, right? Wrong. Do you know what you get when you mix BBR with DCB (Dark Chocolate Brown)? Trust me, it ain’t good. I now had dark brown hair with a bright red tint and . . . could it be? NO!!!!!!!! Yellow hi-lites? What in the world? How did that happen? Where did that yellow come from? Back when I was in school (several hair colors ago), red and brown did not make yellow. All right, I tell myself, calm down. I cannot call Sally yet. I have to get this mess under control before I call her, beg for forgiveness, and then ask for her help. Oh sweetheart, I say to my husband, would you make another trip to you-know-where for me, please? I need something to take all this color out of my hair. I need some color stripper stuff. Spare no cost I tell him. I’m not going cheap this time. Get the good stuff! Remain calm I tell myself. He’ll be back any minute with the stripper stuff. That’ll take all these colors out and put me back to my natural color, right? Nope, didn’t happen. My husband gets back, I open the package and follow the directions to a “T” and guess what? Am I back to my natural color? NOT EVEN CLOSE! Now my hair is PSW (Pale Snow White) with DCB and BBR spots through it. And guess what? That yellow tint is still there too. That’s it – I’ve got to call Sally and beg for an emergency appointment, but first I need to at least condition my hair. It’s really dried out now and about to break off at my “colorful roots.” Oh Snookums? Yes, sweetness; you, my wonderful husband. Think you could make one more trip for me? Yeah, I know, I owe you big time. Make this one last trip for me and I’ll love you forever. You’re the best. I’m not kidding. Yeah, yeah, tonight. You got it, okay? Just go! He gets back with the conditioner and I follow those directions like a pro I tell you, but did it help? Nope, it made my hair worse. I know it’s hard to believe it could get any worse, but my hair must have been so damaged from all the chemicals I’d used in the last few hours that it now hung flat against my head, SSL (Stringy Straight & Limp). Can you picture that? SSL + PSW + DCB + BBR = CSN. (CALL SALLY NOW!!) Hello, Nicole’s. Is Sally there? Really, she moved and changed her number? But this is an emergency! Left the country, huh? Come on Sally, I know it’s you, I’ve got a real problem here. Good ol’ Sally, she got me right in. Five hours and $317 later, she had me back to “normal”. It’s amazing how a $3.94 box of hair color could do so much damage, cost so much money, and cause Sally so much mental anguish, isn’t it? Yep, I did it again. I put Sally over the edge. How do I know? I heard her calling the phone company as I walked out the door. Now what did I do with Amy’s number?


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inter is finally over and everyone is ready to enjoy Michigan’s beautiful spring weather. This time of year, everyone likes to spend plenty of time in their backyards. Living rooms move outdoors onto our decks and patios where we enjoy grilling, entertaining and relaxing with family and friends. Or just decompress after a long day. Rather than taking a vacation away from home many of us are looking to stay right in our own backyards. Simple projects, like planting containers to decorate the deck or carving out a shady area for a chaise lounge chair can do wonders to make your outdoor space more enjoyable. If you’re looking to save money this year (and who isn’t?) consider planting a vegetable garden in your backyard. You don’t need much room, in fact, many vegetables can be grown in containers right on your deck. Summer meals taste even better with fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. Nothing is more delicious than eating a home-grown tomato fresh from the vine; or grabbing a handful of fragrant herbs to enhance a fish or chicken dish. Plus, you’ll save money at the grocery store and eat healthier. When planning a vegetable or herb garden: 1. Determine how much time you want to devote to this hobby. Vegetable gardens will require on-going care: regular watering and fertilizing, weeding and monitoring plants for pests and diseases.


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S.O.S. Sort, Organize, and Simplify Your Life! By Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine

Those of you who know me, realize gardening and yard work are certainly not my areas of expertise. The only time the word ‘plant’ is used in the same sentence as my name, is when someone is referring to me as a houseplant! But whether you’re a master gardener or just like a pretty pot or two of flowers, we can all enjoy our own little organized space for garden and yard supplies. Shed the winter blues by trying some of these ideas to create one or spruce up the one you have: • Designate a storage zone in the garage, shed, or basement for lawn and garden tools using wall space, a potting bench, and shelves.

flower print.) Office binder clips nailed on the shelf edge, give you a place to hang garden gloves, seed packets, or a to-do list. • Add a bright colored skirt (best if made from mildew-resistant, outdoor fabric) to cover bottom shelves. String a small wire across, then put hooks on the curtain (or use a shower curtain cut down to size), so it slides easily out of the way. • Use unexpected containers for storage of plant markers or small tools, such as brightly colored children’s metal pails (check out Easter pails) or locker-type bins. • Store potting soil and seed in wheeled trash cans-label them to quickly identify. • Sort your tools and supplies using the K-D-P method (keep-donate or sell-pitch), keeping only the things you know you need and will use. Edit out duplicates keeping just one or two of your best and favorite items for each purpose.

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• Inspect and clean the tools you keep, then put them in your new area, organizing them by function and frequency of use.

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Side by Side Barbara’s Story By Peggie Clark Bildner

A song that my sisters and I (aka The Clark Sisters) have sung for many years keeps going through my head“Oh, we ain’t got a barrel of money, maybe we’re ragged and funny. But we’ll travel along, singing our song- Side by Side. Well, we don’t know what’s comin’ tomorrow, maybe it’s trouble and sorrow. But we’ll travel the road, sharing our load- Side by Side.” This isn’t a story I had planned on writing. On November 14th, 2010 my sister Barbara suffered a massive stroke. Her ensuing struggle for survival and challenge to recover has been life-changing not only to her, but to our entire family. It’s one of those events that brings out many thoughts, fears, memories, and even some regrets. My emails during this time to update family and friends became a journal of those emotions: 32

Monday, Nov. 15th- Dear family and friends, As some of you know, we were singing at Barbara’s church yesterday when she had a stroke. She was taken by ambulance to Hillsdale hospital where they did a CT scan and found a “major brain bleed”.  They life flighted her to Bronson in Kalamazoo where she had a drainage tube inserted in her brain and was put on life support.  They were able to take her off life support today but she is not out of the woods yet.  She seems to be able to understand but hard to tell since she cannot talk and does not really seem to be able to focus her eyes.  Her left side is paralyzed and they have indicated it may be permanent.  Right now it is a matter of keeping her blood pressure down and letting her brain heal.   Obviously, she cannot have visitors or take phone calls so the best thing you can do for her now is PRAY!  I will try to update you as things improve.  Love to all ~ Today is my birthday, celebrating was the farthest thing from my mind. I didn’t sleep at all last night, expecting the phone to ring with bad news. Spent the day at the hospital, just watching Barbara sleep and praying……. When I got home, there was a birthday card in my mail from her. It has two silly chickens in sunglasses. She had written in it, a funny note about which chicken is her and which one is me. I collapsed in tears wondering if this will be the last joke we ever share. My sister is still alive and I am so thankful. So why do I cry like she is gone? Why do I feel a grief equal to mourning her death? Why do I feel like my life will never be right again? You see once I got past the years of playing the bratty baby sister role, I have always felt very blessed to have both of my sisters. They are my best friends and more. It’s a connection so tight that I can’t imagine how three sisters can ever become two. It’s about closeness so deep in my heart that I find it almost physically unbearable to comprehend that something has happened to one of them.

According to the American Heart Association, there are 700,000 strokes in the U.S. every year, one every 45 seconds. It is the third most common cause of death. Those are just statistics until it happens in your family. We have learned the type of stroke Barbara had is called hemorrhagic, the bursting of a blood vessel inside the brain. It is the rarest, accounting for only about 10-13% of all strokes. Fortunately we didn’t realize at the time, it is also the most fatal and more than half of hemorrhagic stroke victims die within a few days. Tuesday, Nov. 16th - They did another ct scan of her brain this morning, it continues to swell.  They say this is not unusual.  They are still draining fluid.  They have her off oxygen.  Although it appears she has limited sight and still can’t really talk, she is finding ways to respond so we know her mind is intact.  As I was leaving, her son came out of her room and said she had

clearly asked for a Diet Pepsi! We take all of this as encouragement but the doctors continue to be cautious and say it is still a “wait and see” situation with the next 2 days telling a lot.   In my awkward way, I try to joke with her. Even though we know she can comprehend what is being said, I don’t want her to realize the cold, scary reality of her situation. I say stupid things like, “Boy, some people will do anything to get out of singing a solo!” I say tender things like, “I love you” knowing she may realize that is not something our family throws out often or casually. I challenge her, “You’ve been telling me for years how tough you are. Now is your chance to show me!” I pray as much as I can but find myself at a loss for words, even to a Father that understands it all. People share their stories about how somebody they know had this happen and came through with full recovery. I try to soak up their encouragement and optimism but the vision of my sister’s blank stare pushes its way into my thoughts and the fear wins out. Monday, Nov. 22nd - After a good day last Thursday, Barbara has been unresponsive since. They do not feel she is going to be able to eat or drink on her own any time in the near future, so the plan is to put a more long term feeding tube in tomorrow. It’s hard to not get discouraged. My other sister Janice and I draw closer and yet there is uneasiness between us, as we both work through our own thoughts and worries. On the way home from the hospital, I feel almost guilty when we stop at one of our favorite places for our usual cup of chai tea, very much aware of the empty chair. Like a tricycle missing the 3rd wheel, this whole thing has left us feeling off balance and not fully functional. When the three of us are together we eat too much, spend too much, laugh too much, and it is wonderful! We even have a thing we call “Sister Luck” because it seems like everything just falls into place when we are all together. Friday, Nov. 26th - They have capped off the drainage tube in her head to see how/if her body will start absorbing more of the fluid. A CT scan today shows things to be about the same. She is not talking much but when we were leaving, she did say, “I love you” - sweet music to our ears! Saturday, Dec. 4th - Barbara was moved from the hospital to a skilled nursing facility today to start rehab. I just can’t imagine my lively, young-acting sister in a nursing home. It makes me realize that each patient here probably has a family that feels this way. Wednesday, Dec. 8th – Happy Birthday Barbara! I’m sure this isn’t how you planned to spend your 67th birthday but we are just thankful we can celebrate! She is much more alert and talkative, even making us laugh.

Her mind is sharp and her sense of humor is alive and well! Even when she talks about the ordeal of being put in a hoist- type piece of equipment to be moved into the bathroom, she describes it as “flying through the air like Mary Poppins”, making a joke out of what I’m sure, is a very frustrating and humiliating situation. Tuesday, Dec. 28th - –Barbara continues to progress with her physical therapy.  She is getting a little movement in her left leg but her left arm is still not showing any signs of recovery.  While we were there, the physical therapist had her standing (with his help) by the bed.  She is able to eat pureed food but anticipating some “real” pizza on New Year’s Day if the family can get the okay.  She is talking conversationally and cracking jokes.  She is in excellent spirits and is very pleased with her care and treatment.  She is enjoying the daily visits from her family, especially the grandkids.  Wednesday, Jan. 5th - Just got off the phone with Barbara- she called me!  Oh it is so wonderful to say those words!!  She is asking for me to bring her some shoes because she is taking steps! Saturday, Jan 9th - Janice and I went to visit Barbara yesterday.  We had the rare treat of spending the afternoon with her, just the three of us.  As you can imagine, we had several good laughs and a few tears- it was wonderful!  She walked about 80 ft. on Friday.  Her left arm was hurting and she was optimistically thinking that meant it was ready to “kick in any minute”!   She was sent to a neurologist last Thurs. and got a good report except that the doctor told her she would never sing again.  Barbara’s reaction- “I can’t wait for my follow-up appointment ‘cause I’m going to walk into her office SINGING!!”  (You can’t keep a Clark Sister quiet!) There is no end to this story, and that is a good thing. Barbara continues to work hard with daily progress. She has already beaten the odds, and has proven herself to be a fighter. For now, our trio is intact. I can say with some certainty we will have more fun times and sister adventures together, but this experience has changed us all forever. Thousands of families face crisis like this every day. My hope is that you will find inspiration in Barbara’s story and appreciate the strength that can be found within your own family. I have never been prouder of my sister. I am filled with respect and love for how her children and their families have handled this crisis. Only God knows if ‘The Clark Sisters’ will sing again, but just in case I’m going to keep the next lines of that song in my head and my heart- “Through all kinds of weather, what if the sky should fall? Just as long as we’re together, it really doesn’t matter at all!”




Fine-tune your kitchen with a few quick fixes By Jeanine Matlow Simply Hers Magazine

A kitchen renovation can be rather costly. But, there are plenty of other ways to revive the hub of the home. Organize this popular spot with some clever storage solutions and it will feel like new. Begin with whatever it is that bothers you. If your cabinets are filled to the brim, tackle one at a time and donate or sell anything you haven’t used in a year. Clutter free cabinets are the next best thing to replacement. Maximize the inside with cup hooks and other space savers that make finding what you need a more manageable task. Today’s storage solutions are not only welldesigned; they allow you to stash your stuff in style. While there is no shortage of items intended for kitchen use, such as cookie jars and canisters, you can make your space more creative with some unexpected finds. Search flea markets and antiques shops for baskets made from wicker or metal. Even an old drawer can double as a tray that adds character to your countertop. Craft a hanging pot rack from an old window with some hooks and chains. Just make sure it can support the weight of the pots and pans. Not only is this the perfect focal point above a kitchen island, it also frees up more cabinet space. Clocks, chalkboards and corkboards add personality to your surroundings while providing practical solutions for your everyday needs. Add some wall-mounted file holders to store everything from your favorite recipes to magazines and mail.

Rethink those nooks and crannies that might have hidden potential. That rarely used countertop could come in handy as a home office or bar area. A jewelry stand that fits inside a narrow niche might provide extra storage for linens, placemats and napkin rings. Organizing your kitchen shouldn’t stop with your cabinets and countertops. Clear out your pantry and make it a clutter free zone. When you give your items some breathing room, you’re more likely to use them. Empty your drawers and invest in some sorters so you can say goodbye to your junk drawer for good. Remove the endless papers that cover your refrigerator. Frame a series of children’s artwork or family photos to create a welcome focal point along a wall. Or rest a clipboard on an easel for a rotating art gallery. Important papers can go inside a decorative folder. Say goodbye to dust collectors like the knickknacks above your kitchen cabinets. Maybe your old objects have seen better days or you’ve come to realize that you might have one too many dishes on display. Remove everything that is no longer meaningful to you. Then take away a few of your favorite pieces and give them pride of place in the dining room. So, what are you waiting for? Take a good look around to determine what should stay and what can go. All you need is a few new storage solutions for your kitchen to become everyone’s favorite place to be.



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By contacting Rowen Design before you start any remodeling project, she can provide you with invaluable information, resources, and support to make it a rewarding experience. Don’t assume you have to go out of town to find what you want. You’ll be amazed at their choices- from fine silk botanicals to backsplash tile handmade from recycled toilets! Focusing on the health, safety and welfare of her clients and their families, Pat has also studied aging-in-place concepts since 1991. Aging-in-place refers to the industry dedicated to adapting homes to allow elderly and disabled individuals to remain safely in the home rather than having to leave. Pat is certified by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as an aging-in-place specialist and continues to stay current through continuing education in the home building/ remodeling field. Rowen Design offers solutions and products that allow you to stay in your home as your physical needs change. Specializing in aging-in-place home modifications, they have resources for a variety of products such as


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Have you ever wished you had just “one more day” with someone who has died? Unspoken words or unexpressed feelings can be life’s big regret. Recently I was blessed by “one more day” with my dying Dad. By the end of my Florida visit, Dad has oxygen tubes pumping into his cancer-filled lungs 24 hours a day, meds to take the edge off his pain and his faculties are failing. He is bedridden and requires our caring assistance. He has clarity of mind, but falls asleep and awakes at all hours. Dad’s dignity is my goal as I step up to help my exhausted Mom and fading Dad. Together Mom and I figure out a system that best helps Dad be comfortable and take care of his needs without totally draining Mom. I am so honored to have this precious crucial time. It is incredibly hard for me to leave when the time comes. I wake up Dad by pressing my forehead to his and whispering sobs of how much I love him. I share how he has the LORD, is such a patriarch of the family, a supportive Dad, and sacrificed so all 5 kids attained college degrees. I hate leaving and my bawling makes this evident. Our hands slide apart as I wisp off to the airport. My flight is cancelled due to fog. I am blessed with one more day! Whoopie! Tada!!! Mom and I dance back in the living room with the delight of “one more day.” I get to see my sister come in and see Dad. She sobs

and sobs, “I am not ready for you to go!” and crawls right into the hospital bed with my Dad who is consoling her. My brothers come, and we share memories. I am blessed to care for Dad’s needs one more day. My professed atheist brother has the opportunity to look over my shoulder and read over 30 Facebook posts of Christian friends sharing prayers and spiritual support. Mom loves having me read these comments out loud. Dad grasps the crucifixion necklace he discovered while diving years ago. Dad said he used to view the pennant as “gaudy, gold, and god awful;” but since he now knows Jesus died for HIS sins on the cross, it has become the “most beautiful” image to him. He holds it in his hand and is comforted facing eternity with Jesus. This gives a picture of the Bible verse, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Dad is forgiven, washed clean, and ready for heaven. My 2nd goodbye is a soft forehead kiss and a gently whispered “I love you forever.” I check the flight schedule by phone. Cancelled. Yes, I have yet another day! The airport never had such an ecstatic stranded passenger. Later that day in the midst of commotion around the room, I ask Dad to forgive me for anything I may have done to offend him. I tell him I forgive him for anything he may have done to offend me. We talk of how he is going to be with Jesus. On a previous late night he was anxious about falling asleep. I assured him

in the dark night because of his faith in Jesus “whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus, the Light of the world, is so comforting when the relationship is authentic. Dad is strengthened by illuminating scriptural truths in the darkness. My last goodbye is my sister Mary’s style. I crawl right in bed alongside Dad. We snuggle and joyfully share farewell. We are bonded forever together during his transition time from walking to bedridden. Dad’s body is weak, but he is finishing his life spiritually strong. My two “one more days” are a cherished blessing. I leave with my heart closer than ever to Dad, even though we are miles apart. Will you take the time today to share your hearts in the land of the living? You’ll have no regrets…

Dear readers, just before going to press with this issue Laura’s father passed away. Although he is in a better place our prayers go out to Laura and her family as they cope with saying goodbye.

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Established in 1962, the LISD is one of 57 intermediate school districts that were formed in the State of Michigan to offer support services to public schools. An autonomous public school district, in its early days the LISD provided two major services to Lenawee County public education--vocational-technical training and special education services. Since then, it has expanded exponentially with dozens of LISD sanctioned programs as well as numerous services provided to the 12 Lenawee County public schools and seven independent schools with which it partners. “We now offer programs for young children ages 0-5,” said LISD Community Relations Coordinator Ann Hinsdale-Knisel,

career prep training in a wide range of areas that fall within the arts and communications; business management, marketing and technology; engineering, manufacturing and industrial technology; health sciences; human services; and natural resources and agriscience career pathways. Students can take classes in video and audio production, computer information services, culinary arts and nursing preparation among others, with the TECH Center allowing the smaller rural district students a wide range of options. Also, the TECH Center works extensively to provide Lenawee County students with cutting edge training that will make them competitive in today’s workforce.

For parents of special needs children, the early days of navigating the public school system can be confusing, not to mention overwhelming. That’s where the Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD) comes in with its many support services for special needs children and their families. Still, special education services are only a fraction of what the LISD offers Lenawee County residents. “a Center for Educational Materials and Technology—a loan library of these materials and resources, professional development courses, workshops, seminars; the Hillsdale-Lenawee-Monroe Mathematics and Science Center; programming for special needs students at the HOPE Center; the Laura Haviland program for emotionally impaired students; the LISD Center for a Sustainable Future on Tipton Highway—horticulture and agri-tech courses are offered there now, but this center is in the development stage; LISD PREP Academy—program for teen parents and their children; programming at Maurice Spear campus; and environmental education programs at the Stubnitz Environmental Education Center.” In addition, the LISD has sponsored student exchange trips to Japan and has fostered virtual exchanges through their Technology and Staff Development Department, giving students the opportunity to experience life in other parts of the world. In all, more than 16,000 Lenawee County students benefit from LISD services as do 119 Lenawee County school administrators, and more than 2,000 teachers and school support staff. “[LISD] District staff work to provide services that are difficult or impossible for individual districts to provide on their own,” said Ann HinsdaleKnisel, adding that the mission of agencies like the LISD is to “provide visionary leadership and quality services to strengthen teaching and learning for all citizens.” Perhaps one of the most celebrated components of the LISD is the TECH Center, which itself has grown since the early days of the LISD, adding programs to keep up with current career trends. Through the TECH Center students have the opportunity to receive 46

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Martha Hart, Hillsdale stand in front Martha of painting by Martha Hart, Hillsdale residentthat and grandmother of three, focuses on the Tri-State area with her artistic hangs in the Michigan Governor's endeavors. From the minute you enter her home, her art mansion in Lansing, MI. (Oct. 10)

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“I was encouraged by my grade school teachers each year, and when I entered high school I took mechanical drawing, drafting, architectural design and art. After graduating from Hillsdale High School it was no longer a hobby, but became my career,” she said. Martha’s husband, Jeff, is the owner of Hart Stained Glass studio, and Martha sometimes works with Jeff on the artistic designs. But she is an artist in her own right, having studied at the Toledo Museum of Art and the University of Toledo. She has designed a number of stained glass gift items, but painting is her prime interest. A joint effort, using their combined artistic talents, was the purchase of their current home.

The Harts purchased an old building from the Knights of Pythias. It had previously been the Salvation Army Church, and was originally built as the Bacon Street School. Jeff and Martha turned the building into their home. Martha’s art studio is on the top floor, while Jeff holds forth on the main floor in what was one of the old classrooms. With a lot of floor space, Martha usually decorates a minimum of 12 Christmas trees for her home at holiday time with some remaining up, filling her home with the Christmas spirit year-round. Christmas is a Jennifer Granholm and special timeGovernor of year for her. Martha Hart, Hillsdale stand in front of painting by Martha that 46 hangs in the Michigan Governor's mansion in Lansing, MI. (Oct. 10)

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Martha Hart puts the finishing touches on painting commissioned for the new Jonesville Olivia's Chopas she Floral design isrestaurant, more than a hobby for Martha, worked for 36 years as a floral designer for several local House.

floral shops. She uses her artistic skills in a variety of ways. In October 2010, Martha had a painting selected to be shown in the Governor’s residence in Lansing. Governor Jennifer Granholm posed with Martha for a photo in front of her painting.

These two pictures are to go with story on Martha Hart, Hillsdale written by Janet A. Lee A lifelong Hillsdale resident, Martha Russell Hart’s teachers knew she was an artist before she did. Her Story will follow bywas Sunday, 2011. kindergarten teacher the first toJan. begin30, encouraging her with her art, and it continued from there.

The following shows are ones in which she participates on a yearly basis, and has done so for the past 15 years.

Her most recent work is a painting for Olivia’s Chop House in Jonesville, commissioned by Wayne and Kristin Babcock, owners. A member of the First United Methodist Church of Hillsdale, she has often used her talents beautifying various settings within the church. She is a longtime member of the Hillsdale County Art Guild. At the January meeting of Hillsdale County ArtWorks, the board unanimously chose Martha and Jeff as Hillsdale County’s Artists of the Year 2011. There will be a reception in their honor at a later date, yet to be determined. Martha has done International and Regional Shows as well as Art Fairs, Museum and Gallery Shows.

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As families await the arrival of warmer weather, there are things they can do to prepare for a season of fun in the sun. Engaging in some craft projects are ways to beat cabin fever while dreaming of warm, springtime weather to come. There are many craft projects families and children can tackle, but ideas that involve projects that can be put to use outdoors may be the most fitting. Fortunately, there are a number of ideas for crafty projects to involve everyone in the household. • Birdhouse: Head to the hardware store and pick up a few supplies. Otherwise, chances are items that can be made into a birdhouse probably can be found from scraps of materials already around the house or in the garage. Scraps of wood, metal, tiles, plastic, and the like can be used to craft a bird house or feeder. Even an empty plastic bottle can be used. Some nesting material, such as pieces of yarn or cotton, can be placed inside the house to entice birds to take up residence once the weather warms. • Stepping stones: Stepping stones can be a whimsical way to dress up the outdoor garden or yard. A trip to the craft store for some plaster or even a quick-set cement can be the medium to use for the stones. Experiment with shapes that can be used as molds, and gather different materials that can be embedded into the stepping stone, such as pebbles, marbles, beads, etc. Use a pencil or another pointed tool to engrave a message or name on the stepping stones before allowing them to dry and harden.

• Kite: The beginning of the spring season often arrives behind a burst of wind. Make the most of blustery conditions by crafting a kite from a kitchen trash bag, some sticks and string. • Garden gnomes: Craft stores often sell unfinished pottery that can be painted and sealed. See if garden gnomes or other whimsical creatures can be found. Use acrylic paint to decorate the figurines in your favorite colors. • Outdoor games: A large piece of plywood or fiberboard can serve as the game board for a number of different activities. Use spray paint to stencil on alternating squares of red and black for a larger than life checkerboard or chess board. For those with more time and creative stamina, use large stones to pain on letters and make an outdoor Scrabble(R) board for fun times with family and friends. • Painted flower pots: If the colors and designs at the local garden center don’t fit with a particular design scheme, buy unfinished terra-cotta or plastic pots and paint them with the designs and colors that coordinate better.

Getting crafty doesn’t have to mean knitting sweaters or decoupage hat boxes. By making items that can be put to use outdoors, families can usher in the spring season a little early and reap the rewards for months to come.

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Have you Heard About St. Peter’s Free Clinic? St. Peter’s Free Clinic provides quality health care services for those in need, serving the people of Hillsdale County who are uninsured or underinsured and providing health care services, prescription drug assistance, and health education. St. Peter’s Free Clinic opened on September 10, 2002, in the basement of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. That first night, they waited anxiously to see if anyone would walk through their doors. They did; 19 individuals came seeking services and fifteen of them qualified. That first evening they had a handful of people and dispensed medications with a retail value of $2630. Now, 8 1/2 years later, they continue to come through the door. On an average week there are 62 people coming to the clinic to see a doctor; for medication refills; for assistance finding the resources they need. St. Peter’s Free Clinic provides not only urgent care for things like bronchitis and rashes, but for many, is the only source for primary medical care. On a weekly basis, the Clinic dispenses medications with a retail value of $20,300.

One of the objectives of the Clinic is to offer a welcoming, safe environment for all individuals who come through their doors. Recognizing that most people needing medical care also have other needs, personnel at the Clinic strive to be aware of community resources available and to have that information readily available. There is no charge for any services rendered at the Clinic. They are financed solely by the generous donations from individuals, churches, community organizations and area businesses. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities please call (517)437-4041 or to make a financial contribution send to:

St. Peter’s Free Clinic 3 North Broad St. Hillsdale, MI 49242

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services include: • Medical Care • Health Education • Prescription Assistance • Lab Testing • Referral Services • Dressings & Basic • Home Health Care • Supplies Hours of Operation: Every Tuesday Evening

The clinic has grown over the years, and now in addition to the weekly walk-in clinic on Tuesday evening, there is a monthly Diabetic Clinic.

Registration • 5 - 6pm Clinic • 6 - 8 pm

St. Peter’s Free Clinic employs three staff members - a full-time clinic director; a parttime patient care coordinator and a part-time volunteer coordinator. The volunteers remain the heart and soul of St. Peter’s Free Clinic, providing over 6000 hours of volunteer time last year. The volunteers include both medical staff and non-medical staff. They currently have 111 active volunteers.

Patience are serviced on a walk in basis A diabetic clinic is also offered once a month.

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When an unexplained fire destroyed his restaurant in November of 2009, Wayne Babcock faced a formidable decision. The owner of Saucy Dog’s BBQ and the former Chicago Water Grill could accept the challenge of rebuilding his beloved restaurant or walk away with a considerable cash settlement. For him, the answer proved simple. “I just couldn’t leave the place,” Babcock explains. He would rebuild, but the new establishment would possess a new identity. “The Chicago Water Grill was what it was,” he says, “It was old and rustic, and it’s sort of like having a pet that passes away— you don’t get another pet and name it the same thing.” Opting for feedback from the community, Babcock announced an online contest to determine the name of the new restaurant. He and his team presented the top three picks from hundreds of submissions, inviting the public to vote for a winner. Babcock revealed the final choice of Olivia’s Chop House on the restaurant’s Facebook page. Olivia is the name of Babcock’s infant daughter. He met and married his wife after moving back to Jonesville. Several years spent in Phoenix had convinced Babcock that the impersonal hustle and bustle of the city was not for him. Appreciation of his small-town community encouraged Babcock’s decision to work with local contractors in constructing Olivia’s. “They’re the ones who are going to support me,” he explains, “and I’ve always been a big fan of supporting people who support you.” Olivia’s Chop House is scheduled to open in March 2011, and will offer a steak-andseafood menu which should prove popular among former patrons of the Chicago Water Grill. Babcock is intent upon providing fine dining at an affordable range of prices. He emphasizes quality but also affordability. “If you compare the prices on my menu to those in Jackson or Ann Arbor, they will look like pennies,” Babcock says. Olivia’s will serve dinner Tuesday through Saturday, beginning at four o’clock. Future offerings will include Sunday brunch and Friday dance nights.

Though the menu may be similar to its predecessor’s, Olivia’s is very much its own restaurant. Modern, clean lines and vibrant blues, reds and yellows contrast to the exposed brick and earth tones of the former establishment. The comfortable privacy booths, polished wet bar and full dance floor combine to present a refined yet energetic atmosphere. To allow private parties to rent the building, Babcock plans to close the restaurant to the public at 10 p.m. on Saturday evenings. Groups of all sizes will benefit from an additional large-capacity banquet room and smaller private room, complete with a projector screen or large flatscreen television for media presentations. Throughout the process of rebuilding, Babcock says he has met with “nothing but encouragement, support, and excitement” from the community. He has enjoyed creating a space that will serve clientele in a number of ways. Olivia’s Chop House offers an inviting atmosphere for meeting coworkers, dates, friends, family, and perhaps even Olivia herself. 517-849-3663 | 205 East Chicago Street | Jonesville, MI 49250 http://www.facebook.com/oliviaschophouse

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In a Dutch oven, cook cabbage in boiling water for 10 minutes or until outer leaves are tender; drain. Rinse in cold water; drain. Remove eight large outer leaves (refrigerate remaining cabbage for another use); set aside. In a saucepan, saute 1 cup onion in butter until tender. Add tomatoes, garlic, brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine rice, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, pepper and remaining onion and salt. Add beef and sausage; mix well. Remove thick vein from cabbage leaves for easier rolling. Place about 1/2 cup meat mixture on each leaf; fold in sides. Starting at an unfolded edge, roll up leaf to completely enclose filling. Place seam side down in a skillet. Top with the sauce. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 1 hour. Add V8 juice if desired. Reduce heat to low; cook 20 minutes longer or until rolls are heated through and meat is no longer pink. Yield: 4 servings.

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Dilly Corned Beef and Cabbage 1 corned beef brisket (2-1/2 to 3-1/2 pounds) 1/4 cup honey 3 tsp Dijon mustard, divided

1 med cabbage (3 lb) 2 tablespoons butter 1 tbl minced fresh dill or 1 tsp dill weed

Place brisket with its seasoning packet in a Dutch oven; add enough water to cover. Cover and simmer 2-1/2 hours or until tender. Remove the brisket and place on a broiling pan; reserve cooking liquid in Dutch oven. Combine the honey and 1 teaspoon mustard; brush half over meat. Broil 4 in. from the heat for 3 minutes. Brush with the remaining honey mixture; broil 2 minutes more or until glazed. Meanwhile, cut cabbage into eight wedges; simmer in cooking liquid for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Combine butter, dill and remaining mustard; serve over the cabbage wedges and sliced corned beef. Yield: 6-8 servings. 6-8 ServingsPrep: 2-1/2 hours Broil: 5 min.

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In a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in 3/4 cup whipped topping. Fold in 3/4 cup candies. Spoon into crust. In another bowl, combine extract and remaining whipped topping; ANDWICHES add food coloring if desired. Spread over pudding layer; sprinkle with SOUPScandies. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until set. remaining


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Place popcorn in a large roasting pan; keep warm in a 250° oven. Meanwhile, in a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugars, water, corn syrup, vinegar and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 260° (hard-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in butter until melted. Stir in food coloring. Drizzle over warm popcorn and toss to coat. Cool. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 6 quarts.

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ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, expect to be the shoulder to cry on when a friend needs some urgent advice. It’s a role you do well.

Aries, a night out on the town with friends is just what you need right now. After a series of days where it has been work, work, work, some recreation is necessary.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, take a breather because you will need to rest up for the weeks ahead. A supervisor is watching you like a hawk so there will be no chance for goofing off.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 A special moment that you were counting on hasn’t arrived just yet. Libra. You may be wondering if it’s ever going to happen. Don’t worry, soon you will get the answer.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, a momentary lapse of judgment could cause a ripple effect. Think through all of your choices quite thoroughly to avoid a potential problem down the line.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, instead of focusing on all the things you have to get done, figure out a way to help others. Tasks won’t seem so monotonous if they’re for the greater good.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, nobody can guess what you’re thinking so you have to give some clues as to what you want. Indecision will leave others confused, and you don’t want that now.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, be the bigger person and end an argument. Where is this confrontation getting you anyway? Once this occurs many other things will fall into place.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, if only you could snap your fingers and everything would be taken care of. Unfortunately, things don’t work like that and you have to put forth some effort to solve a problem.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Matters of money are your utmost concern, Capricorn. With the tax filing deadline looming, you may realize some good news is coming your way that will fatten your wallet.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, ease up on your social schedule because others cannot keep up with the mania. It’s time for some quiet reflection and moments to yourself.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Make the most of a situation at work, Aquarius. Networking with the right people can open up opportunities in the future that may be just what you’re looking for.

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Simply Hers Magazine March 2011  

Local woman's magazine for Hillsdale and surrounding areas

Simply Hers Magazine March 2011  

Local woman's magazine for Hillsdale and surrounding areas