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from the publisher Because I am writing this in mid-February and because things are frequently changing on the
coronavirus front, I won’t even make a guess as to what the situation will be when this issue reaches you. Let’s just say I was happy to have in–house restaurant dining return and I’m hoping things will be even better very soon!
We have put together another themed issue for you, and this time we’re focusing on how this season motivates so many of us to update and improve our homes and yards. There’s something about the bright colors and warmer temperatures of spring that make people think about refreshing their personal space whether it’s new paint, new furniture, some new landscaping, or perhaps a major remodel. It’s also a good time to get your car in shape for summer driving—a thorough cleaning inside and out, check the tires, maybe an alignment or a tune-up. And, of course, we also have our usual features for you to enjoy!
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My staff and I continue to thank our wonderful advertisers who support us issue after issue and hope you will take a good look at the ads as well as the articles. Some new businesses have recently come on board, so make sure you look for them in our pages. The last few weeks of winter can be tough to get through, but at least we’ve enjoyed more sunshine this winter than we have in a long time and that’s been a good thing. Hang in there, friends ... spring is coming!
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Denton Luoma, Karim HealthCare
Blocking The Blue
Beauty 16 Curls
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What’s New With Your Favorite Businesses
Hillsdale Medical Associates
Repetitive Use Injuries
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Your Ultimate Spring Bucket List
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tant Phys ician Assis e Karim Healthcar
D WITH GET TING STARTE GETING BUD SIMPLE FAMILY
S APP WITH S TO HELP YOU DIY APP JECTS! YOUR SPRING PRO
IN MICHIGAN: THINGS TO DO SPRING E YOUR ULTIMAT BUCKET LIST
54 Stuff You Might Not Know About
g! it’s a woman thin NAWE E
BLOCKING THE BLUES
52 Keeping It In Stitches
Ask the Doctor 26
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Is That Anxiety In Your Voice? 22
Saying Goodbye to Dave Gonzales
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Starting a career in medicine at the beginning of a global pandemic is not something someone plans on doing, yet that is exactly where Denton Luoma found herself and she used this unprecedented experience and as a way to grow and learn as much as possible. “It has been an adventure every day,” she said. “Things changed daily. It has been quite an experience to start my career during a pandemic but I think it has made me a more agile provider. It has really set me up for the rest of my career.” For more on this story go to page 10.
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CARE AND EDUCATION Denton Luoma works
BY SARAH GRAY
to create relationships with her patients
tarting a career in medicine at the beginning of a global pandemic is not something someone plans on doing, yet that is exactly where Denton Luoma found herself and she used this unprecedented experience as a way to grow and learn as much as possible.
A physician assistant (PA-C) at Karim Healthcare, Denton says her first day of work was March 2, 2020, when COVID-19 was spreading in the United States and just two weeks before the pandemic hit Michigan. “It has been an adventure every day,” she said. “Things changed daily. It has been quite an experience to start my career during a pandemic, but I think it has made me a more agile provider. It has really set me up for the rest of my career.” Denton did not have a dream of becoming a physician assistant since she was a child, but she has always had an interest in biology. When she began at Alma College, she had a desire to become a biology teacher. An injury during her first season playing for the college’s basketball team piqued her interest in using her love of biology in a different way. Her injury led her to talk to a PA who “sat me down and explained everything to me [about my injury.]” She quickly realized this was something she wanted to pursue and looked into schools with PA programs, landing at Western Michigan University for her undergraduate degree. She then moved to Chicago and earned her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Dominican University in December 2019. She had a two-month rotation at Karim Healthcare with Brandon Douglass PA-C in 2019 before joining his team. Physician assistants differ from medical doctors (MD) and doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO), but all three medical
professionals diagnose illness, prescribe medication, and work with the patient to develop and manage a treatment plan. PAs are often a patient’s primary healthcare provider. Denton is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), licensed by the State of Michigan, and a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA). Denton said as a PA she has been able to learn about all facets of medicine instead of having to choose a specialty like an MD or a DO. This allows Denton to treat patients with all types of medical issues. “I am almost always switching specialties within my day,” she said, adding she is glad there are other physicians she can work with at Karim Healthcare. “I enjoy collaborating with other physicians. I know I can call Dr. Karim with questions or I can run a treatment plan by him.”
Denton enjoys working in a small community and appreciates that Karim Healthcare has offices in many small towns throughout Hillsdale, Branch, and Lenawee counties. The practice has offices in Hillsdale, Jonesville, Quincy, Litchfield, Coldwater, Reading, Sturgis, Bronson, Pittsford, and Cement City. Born and raised in Cement City, Denton enjoys being back in her community to practice medicine. She practices in Jonesville four days a week and Cement City once a week. “I grew up coming to the Udder Side,” she said. Karim Healthcare offers services in primary care/family medicine, hospital care, intensive care, urgent care, on-site x-ray, allergy testing, allergy shots, pulmonary care, EKG, ultrasounds, bone density tests, and sleep lab and sleep studies, among others. Denton is looking forward to building her practice and helping people in the community. “I want to be someone my patients know and are comfortable with,” she said. “I want to be there for them.” Newly married, Denton and her husband Keith live in Jackson and have a dog Athena and a “fat cat” named Kovu. The couple loves to do anything outdoors and enjoy snowmobiling, kayaking, canoeing, and taking Athena for walks.
What Denton loves most about her job, however, are the patients. “I love my job. I love caring for a small community,” she said. “I truly want to be an advocate for my patients, helping them get the care they need, when they need it.”
Karim Healthcare is open in Jonesville Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome and new patients are accepted. The Jonesville location also has counseling services available and lab services available on Fridays. The office can be reached at 517-849-9090. The Cement City location is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office can be reached at 517-547-4845. For more information or a list of all the Karim Healthcare locations and phone numbers, visit www.karimhealthcare.com.
Karim Healthcare provides services for both walk-in and acute patient needs. Denton said in her year with the practice she has created relationships with her patients which she feels is important in providing quality care. “I want [my patients] to walk away getting some sort of education so they know what is going on and understand why I am ordering lab tests or prescribing a medicine. I want them to be a part of their healthcare and a part of their treatment plan.” She said when able, she will give her patients choices on what they would like to do. The time and care she gives to each one of her patients have been especially appreciated during this time of pandemic. “I want them to ask questions,” she said of COVID-19 and the vaccines now available. “I try to educate my patients on the vaccine and I want them to educate themselves.” She added that she works hard to stay informed on the latest developments regarding COVID-19.
“I love my job. I love caring for a small community,” she said.
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Sorry to the ladies with the straight, well-behaved tresses - this one’s for the curls! If you have texture to your hair, this is a must read! We kept hearing about something called “The Curly Girl Method” and found out Simply Hers’ own Hannah Sayles has tried the process with great results! Here we’ll break down exactly what it is, share some basics, and show you what can happen when you learn to understand your specific hair care needs! what is The Curly Girl Method? The Curly Girl Method is the brainchild of Lorraine Massey who wrote the book “Curly Girl: The Handbook.” The method trades in hair care habits that damage waves and curls for a healthy regimen which relies mostly on conditioner and gel. You’re basically retraining yourself on what your hair really needs to help it fall into its natural curl pattern. Some women are finally discovering their curly hair in their twenties, thirties, and even forties thanks to this method! Got texture? Give it a try!
the Do Nots The first step in starting this new way of caring for your hair is learning what NOT to do. There are seven main things that curly girls should avoid. Now, you don’t have to quit these things cold-turkey. Weaning yourself off of these products and routines is the most popular way to go. It allows your hair to adjust over time although it does take longer to meet the ultimate goal of allowing your hair to be in its best form.
as a quick rule of thumb, avoid these.. SHAMPOO
COMBS & BRUSHES
NON-WATER SOLUABLE SILICONES
the Dos The goal is to give your hair all the nutrients and moisture it craves so it is strengthened and has elasticity to maintain your curl. You can do this by relying on products that nourish the hair. Say yes to products with the following:
to retain moisture
cocamidopropyl betaine decyl polyglucose
amino acids aloe vera
shea butter olive oil vegetable oils
pathenol vegetable glycerine sorbitol
wheat wheat germ soy
develop a Routine (all hair types start here)
cleanse with conditioner using your fingertips to stimulate your scalp.
add gel to wet hair using “praying hands” and the scrunch from nape to crown.
rinse. it’s okay if a little conditioner is left behind. your hair needs it.
tip your head over and plop your hair into a cotton t-shirt, tie it up, and let it sit for around 15 to 30 minutes to soak up excess moisture.
air dry or use a diffuser if you’re low on time.
after a month
now a few specifics..
Wavy hair can tolerate regular shampoo, but only cleanse once per week. In addition to cleansing, use conditioner both before and after you shampoo by smoothing it over hair in sections until your hair is coated. Rinse for just a few seconds. You can encourage more curls with extra scrunching or by doing pin curls. For curly hair, cowashing is recommended using water and conditioner every seven to ten days. You can either rinse or leave the conditioner in depending on how much moisture your hair needs. When hair has been scrunched and dried, you can bend over and fluff underneath for volume, but don’t touch the top layer. Cowashing is also recommended for coily hair. In between cowash days, you can condition or do a conditioning mask of sorts by wrapping your conditioned hair and applying heat for about 10-15 minutes for an intense boost of moisture. After, rinse completely to avoid dulling the hair. While coily girls can style pretty much however they like, it’s recommended to avoid using heat styling methods.
after 18 months
how about the Results? Unfortunately, because everyone’s hair is different, the timing of results runs the gamut. Multiple sources recommend giving yourself a solid three months on the method in order to see a true difference. Before, during, and after photos are highly recommended. You’ll get better results if you take the time to investigate products thoroughly and get to know your hair type. We recommend searching for The Curly Girl Method on Pinterest - there are tons of before and afters and many suggestions for products and routines to try. As for Hannah, she’s gone from dry and wavy to full on curls! She’s been working on perfecting the method for her hair type for about two years. See her photos at right!
GYM FAMILY Have you ever wondered why the “gym” is so important to some people? Have you sat there and pondered why people were freaking out over a “gym” being closed down during the pandemic? You keep racking your brain and you just don’t get what all the commotion is about? By Jess Piper PRIME Fitness Studio
It is totally understandable to have that outside perspective. To look in through the window and wonder what is so great about treadmills, barbells, and dumbbells. I mean, if you look up the legal definition of a gym, it will give you a bleak and cold description. The definition simply states that a gym is an establishment or use where physical exercise or training is conducted. But, to the members of a gym … it’s so much more, it’s a family! A good gym will have all the necessary equipment you need: treadmills, ellipticals, weight machines, and so on. A good gym will have a clean, safe environment for you to go and get your workout in, but a great gym will offer all these same things and so much more. Do you remember the show “Cheers?” You know, the famous bar where
“everybody knows your name?” Well, a great gym has that same atmosphere. Everyone knows your name, they know your story, your goals, and your ambitions. Trainers and members are there to cheer you on through the good and bad days. A great gym will become a home away from home, an oasis where you can go to challenge yourself and push your mind and body beyond your wildest expectations, all while bettering yourself physically and mentally. A great gym is a place where you build camaraderie, friendships, accountability, and, most importantly, a family atmosphere where you can be your true, authentic self. So, the next time you drive by a gym and wonder what’s the big deal about a cinder block building with stuff in it … remember that to some people, that building is a home away from home, a “happy place” where they can melt the stress of the world away and where the members aren’t just clients, they’re family!
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NOT SO SHABBY, OH! SO CHIC If you haven’t yet discovered this wonderful boutique on the southwest side of Jackson, well … what are you waiting for? Here you will find a varied array of clothing, jewelry and accessories; home décor; and several lines of chalk paint. The store offers wonderful classes where you can learn to paint furniture and signs, make farmhouse clocks, craft fused glass projects, and more. Class fee includes all supplies, a light meal from Kibby Cobb Market, and beverages. Check their website at www.notsoshabbyohsochic.com and click on the “Events” link to see the upcoming classes. (Please keep in mind that weather and changing COVID restrictions may affect scheduling.) Not So Shabby, Oh! So Chic is located at 2624 Kibby Rd., Jackson, Michigan. The phone number is 517-962-5246, and you can follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
LADIES NIGHT IN DOWNTOWN ADRIAN Can a city born in 1825 reinvent itself? Just look at us! Beautiful historic buildings, brand new businesses, fantastic events, and just plain fun! Come on down! Join us in downtown Adrian on March 18 for Ladies Night! Come downtown for an evening of shopping, art, food, and fun! Start your evening dining at one of our great downtown restaurants. Then head out and stop in any of the participating businesses. Look for balloons/signs. The night is set from 5 pm – 8 pm.
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IN YOUR VOICE? Anxiety can cause voice changes and anxiety symptoms. Stress can cause changes in the body, some of which can affect the voice.
By Hannah Burkhart, FNP Hillsdale Medical Associates
Stress can affect the quality of your voice. Stress causes muscles in the body to tighten which can include those in the chest, throat, neck, jaw, and vocal cords. This can affect our vocal quality and performance. An active stress response can cause immediate changes in the voice due to the many changes the stress response brings about. These changes are sustained as long as the body is experiencing an active stress response, which means voice changes can persist as well. Chronic stress can have an even more profound change on phonation. For example, many anxious personalities experience voice changes and problems such as the ones mentioned above. A common voice change anxiety symptom is when a person’s voice breaks or cracks when they are nervous. Others experience shaky voices and hoarseness.
Stress can also impair the body’s immune system, making the body more susceptible to bacteria and viruses which can cause issues with our vocal quality. A suppressed immune system can make a person more vulnerable to viruses and bacterias which can affect the throat and vocal cords.
Hyperstimulation can cause the mind and body to become fatigued. Fatigue can cause energy problems, thinking and concentration problems, as well as performance problems which can affect phonation. Tiredness can impair our ability to function similar to that of being impaired by alcohol. Just as we can slur and mispronounce words when under the influence of alcohol, we can have similar vocalization problems when tired. Various studies have found that being tired can impair our motor skills causing coordination, reaction time, and judgment problems. These voice symptoms are harmless and fully disappear when the body returns to normal health. Many of those who struggle with anxiety worry that a neurological condition may be the cause of their symptoms, including phonation problems. There are many different medical conditions that may cause anxiety-like symptoms such as voice changes, and you should discuss all new, changing, persistent, and returning symptoms with your healthcare provider. Most healthcare providers can easily spot the difference between stress- and anxiety-caused sensations and symptoms and those caused by a medical condition. Medical conditions have unique symptoms unlike that of stress and anxiety.
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THROWING ATHLETE By: Erica Handy, PT, DPT – Hillsdale Physical Therapist The throwing motion is known to be the fastest recorded human movement and these forces place the body at an increased risk of injury. Many athletes are impacted by injuries throughout their careers, and these injuries can go beyond the shoulder and elbow in an overhead athlete. It’s also important to keep in mind the total body motion when it comes to the overhead throwing athlete. How can Athletico Physical Therapy help? Athletico has therapists who specialize in treating overhead athletes. They have the training, tools, and ability to break down mechanics and work to improve in areas that may be lacking. Evaluating an athlete’s range of motion, strength, flexibility, and mechanics are all part of our evaluation skill set. We work to strengthen and stabilize the shoulder and surrounding musculature, all while focusing on the functional movement patterns utilized in the throwing motion. We break down an athlete’s throwing form with video analysis which allows us to give pointers on how to make small adjustments that will make a big impact on an athlete’s future career. What can I expect at an appointment? During the evaluation, there will be an in-depth discussion on your pain and areas of concern. The therapist will measure your overall range of motion, strength, and use special testing during the evaluation to help determine the cause of pain. A comprehensive evaluation will allow us to design a specific treatment program specific to your sport. What are some common baseball and softball injuries? The constant, repetitive, overhead throwing motion can lead to injury. Some of the common shoulder injuries include labral tears, bicep tendon injuries, capsular restrictions, scapular dyskinesis, and rotator cuff tears. Some of the common elbow injuries include ulnar collateral ligament tears, flexor-pronator muscle strain/
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Repetitive Use Injuries Anticipating the upcoming spring sports, I thought I would review articles on sports injuries. Contemporary Pediatrics and the NIH website were helpful with this information. Repetitive use injuries typically occur with overuse and seen are children aged 10-14. At this time, sports activity increases but growth plates are still open. The growth plate is two to five times weaker than bone and the surrounding connective tissue (ligaments and tendons) and is prone to injuries. I have outlined some common overuse injuries seen in children. LITTLE LEAGUE SHOULDER Cause: overhead throwing typically in softball or baseball but also seen in swimming, volleyball, tennis, and gymnastics. Pain is of the top part of the upper arm near where the arm meets the shoulder. It is slow in developing. Athletes will complain of low strength or speed and then pain. They will have pain when the growth plate is touched. Treatment: Rest and physical therapy. This course typically takes three months. Prevention: Monitor posture and discourage pitching through pain, keeping pitch counts or the equivalent in sports. High risk children are those that are tall and those that excel in their sport who are frequently encouraged to push through for the sake of the team.
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OSTEITIS PUBIS This can occur as a result of the excessive kicking, turning, twisting, and cutting movements seen in soccer, rugby, football, and hockey. Pain is of the pubic bone. This is the bone that is where your legs meet your torso or the middle of your groin. This is just below your bladder.
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Prevention: Looking for muscle imbalance and weak pelvic and core muscles. It is important to take time to focus on balance and core strength as well as flexibility during training. OSGOOD SCHLATTER AND SEVERS DISEASE I threw these in because I see them with athletes during periods of high level of training. This is seen with overuse but some children, especially those growing fast or my especially tall patients, get this with normal level of play. This is pain below the kneecap in Osgood Schlatter and of the heel in Severs. This is seen in running and jumping and is common in basketball and track athletes.
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Treatment: Rest. I will typically have patients ice or use Ibuprofen after heavy runs or training. This will improve with rest and return with training so we try to manage symptoms as best as we can until they stop growing. Prevention: Stretching the upper part of the legs may help but I haven’t seen anything with incredible results. Hope this helps. Athletes, have a safe and fun season. Sources: Ingrid K ICHESCO MD, Jessica R LESCHEID MD, GARY L FREED MPH “How to diagnose shoulder injuries in young athletes” Contemporary Pediatrics April 2020 vol37
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Starting SeedLings Indoors to Kick Start Your Garden Starting seedlings indoors has many benefits for gardeners and can increase the productivity and variety of your garden. It’s not difficult but does take some special considerations to be sure the seedlings can thrive both indoors and when they are transplanted.
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Starting seeds indoors is a great idea for gardeners to… • Satisfy winter gardening urges when outdoor gardens are not available. • Extend the growing season in northern areas. • Add garden variety by enjoying produce that needs more growing time. • Enjoy an earlier harvest with staggered seedling plantings. • Save money by buying seeds rather than plants. • Choose different plants than a local nursery may provide by buying seeds online. With so many benefits, there’s no reason not to try starting seeds indoors and giving your garden a great kick start when the ground thaws in the spring.
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Our first house (and all our subsequent houses) was a fixer-upper. The bones were good, but it was very dated and lacked some of the lovely perks you find in most homes today. Since it was just the two of us, we settled in nicely and spent weekends doing little improvements like repainting rooms. We spent a year or so saving, then tackled our first major renovation (well at least my first major renovation) — our kitchen. We took it right down to bare walls. It was exciting at first, ripping and tearing out cabinets and countertops. Literally throwing out the kitchen sink and the same vinyl floor my parents had in their kitchen when I was a kid. After we painted the walls a very bright and very brave shade of yellow, it was time to put the kitchen back together. Just throw the cabinets up on the wall right? Wrong! Those HGTV shows make it look so easy, just place the cabinet on the wall, screwing it in place and voila! All done! I quickly learned there is so much more to it than that. It takes a long time and several tries and I really don’t know diddly squat about cabinet installation, kitchen remodels, or home improvement projects in general. Thankfully, I am married to a very patient man who is also skilled in general contracting work –
not to mention plumbing and electrical. So when it was all said and done, he did 98.9% of the work and I did the rest (which mainly involved handing him tools, painting, and cleaning). When it was finished, it was beautiful and although I did little, it was an amazing feeling of accomplishment. When we moved, I was saddest to leave the kitchen we had worked so hard to renovate. I soon learned there would be other kitchens … and there have been. I learned a lot during that first major reno. Every project usually takes longer than anticipated and almost always costs more. Prep work takes almost as long as the job itself but is essential and sometimes you are going to have to visit the ER (so far only minor injuries). In the years that followed, my husband and I have tackled many more home improvement projects. He is always the lead contractor, I am always the assistant. I now know the difference between a Philips head and flat head screwdriver. I have used several power tools but mostly stick to just handing him things as he needs them and complimenting him on a job well done. Our son has started taking an interest in helping dad as well, so soon I may be out of a job when it comes to house projects. Hopefully, he will pick up all the skills and knowledge my husband has for renovation. I have learned it is a wonderful skill to have at your disposal. As my hubby always like to quote from the famous Red Green Show, “If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.” I find him to be both!
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My friend, Sandi, just obtained All the Devils Are Here, the latest book (16) in the series of Louise Penny’s books. Boy, is she in for a treat! This author absolutely tops any other for me. As I wrote previously, start with book one, Still Life, and go from there. The mysteries are fun, but the real treasure is the development of the personal lives of the characters you learn to know and love. Most especially, I refer to the two detectives, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his sidekick Detective Jean-Guy Beauvoir. I just wrapped up one by a favorite author of mine, Patrick Taylor’s An Irish Country Family. Taylor’s book is one of his latest in the 18-book series. It revolves around Dr. Fingal O’Reilly, a 1960s family practice doctor Ireland in the fictional town of Ballybucklebo. If you’ve been watching PBS and the recent series All Creatures Great and Small, you will get the picture. That tv series is about an English vet who also hires a young assistant to help him tending farm animals. The books are full of wholesomeness, goodness, and are highly entertaining! My friend, Janet, recommended a couple of light reads to brighten this grim period we are currently experiencing. For dog lovers, author David Rosenfelt has written 33 mystery novels mostly featuring snarky attorney Andy Carpenter and his dog. He is a novelist who owns 27 dogs. Yikes! Looking him up online, I find very positive reviews for his books. The first one is entitled Open and Shut. A good series to put on my list.
Janet also recommends author Kate Carlisle’s 14book series, The Bibliophile Mysteries. It features rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery, and murder. Her other series, The Fixer Upper Mysteries, is an eightbook series featuring Shannon Hammer, a home renovation and repair contractor in a northern California seaside town. Fellow reader Gail emailed me her recent find at the Hillsdale Library, The Corps by W.E.B. Griffin. This is a seven-book series of war novels about the US Marine Corps before and during the years of WWII and The Korean War. The stories feature a tightly-knit cast of fictional and historical characters in various positions within the Marine Corps, Navy, and the upper echelon of the U.S. government. Book one is entitled Semper Fi. Gail writes they are novels with historical facts and characters incorporated within the stories. This series reminds me of the great series by author John Jakes about the founding of America, starting at the Revolutionary War with The Bastard and running up to the recent past. This series might catch the eye of any husbands out there who enjoy a good series! Speaking of husbands, mine has one he recently reread and again enjoyed. He wrote the following: Deep Enough for Ivorybills is one of ten books written by University of Georgia English professor James Kilgo. It is an exquisitely written collection of essays about an academic’s journey into the life of an outdoorsman. He writes like Ruark or Faulkner and his prose and imagery is ... well, I find myself underlining passages so that I can return to them later. Might be my favorite book. What are you reading? Email me at nancyran47@ gmail.com. See you at the library!
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I woke up at 3:44 a.m. and started praying earnestly for a couple in our church who ended up catching COVID-19. Jim was transferred to a large hospital to be hooked to a ventilator. The thought of a vent quivers me into claustrophobic fear. Jim’s wife Barb remains home with a milder bout of COVID-19. Earlier, I tried to help. While masked up, I dropped off a bag of fruit at their doorstep. Spotting Barb outside getting some fresh air, my eyes popped open. Fear gripped. I did not want airborne COVID-19 transferring to me and my family. I felt sad as I scurried off like she had leprosy. Ugh. At the hospital, the nurse wanted to call Jim’s wife so the couple could speak before hooking Jim up to the ventilator. She asked Jim what name his wife goes by, Barb or Barbara. Jim answered, “Well, I call her Sweetheart.” This answer snapshots their marriage. They are a couple in every sense of the word for the last 60 years. They restored Victorian homes together for guests to enjoy. At church, they support the “Adopt a College Student” program. They entertain game nights as an outreach to others, and they love their kids and grandkids well.
When I posted a prayer for this beloved pair on FB, the responses clicked in from morning to nightfall. It rolled out to be a beautiful thread of hearts woven together in prayer for patients on vents, hospital staff, and families. A dear widow friend wrote a gripping statement, giving me pause. She wrote, “I recently heard someone remind me when I’m afraid, ‘remember His scarred hand is holding my scared hand.’” His scarred hand holds my scared hand. The visual of this quote grabbed my heart. I had to share it with our Simply Hers readers. When fear creeps in, we can grasp Jesus’ hand in the wee hours and darkest of nights. The nurse held the phone up for Jim to speak to his wife before hooking up the ventilator. Jim ended the call with, “This isn’t goodbye. It’s I’ll see you later.” Those last three words bring everlasting hope. Jim may see his beloved wife later when he improves and joins her back at home. Or Jim may see his beloved wife much later when she reunites with Jim … and Jesus … in heaven’s home. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Heb.10:23 NIV
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HOME IMPROVEMENT. Those two words strike fear in the heart of many men and my husband is one of those men. Most of our home improvement projects haven’t gone as planned. There’s always something that goes wrong. Recently we (when I say “we” I mean me) decided to “improve” our spare bedroom by creating a small office space in there for me. The room rarely gets used so even if things didn’t go well it’s not a big deal, right? The kids could always sleep on the living room floor when they visit, couldn’t they? Apparently, I was wrong. According to my husband, the answers to those questions are: 1) It is a big deal, and 2) No, the kids could not sleep on the floor. This home improvement project could put one of us right over the edge.
but it was in my price range which is cheap and it was readily available so I bought it. This was not an improvement, but I thought I could work with it. I got the desk all set up with my computer and other necessary items. I wish I could say it didn’t look bad, but I’d be lying. It looked real bad. The desk was too big so there was no room for a chair. I had to use the bed as my desk chair. That was not gonna work for me! I arranged and rearranged everything in that room about a million times and nothing worked. I tried to pare down, but I have too much stuff and I’m very attached to said stuff. What in the world was I going to do? I thought about tearing out a wall to make the room bigger, but then the desk would be in the bathroom. My husband said absolutely no to that idea.
I love having even a small space to call my own. In our old house we made one of the closets into an office for me and I loved it. I used it all the time. In our Florida home there was no space for an office even in one of the closets. I thought I could live with that by buying a small Chromebook and just sitting on the couch to check emails and such, but it was not to be. I wanted a space of my own. A place where I could hide away, do my thinking and reading all by myself. Thus, my idea to make part of the spare bedroom into an office space.
Then it hit me! I needed a She Shed! My friend Mary C. has one and she loves it. All I had to do was talk my husband into it. This could be my toughest home improvement challenge yet, not because of the work involved with the building, but the work involved in getting my husband to say yes to the idea. Begging and crying won’t work with him. I would have to make some promises I didn’t really want to have to keep. Would it be worth it? If I had had my own space to think about this, I would have known right away that the answer was NO, not that! It would not be worth it. Well, I’m back to sitting on the couch with my Chromebook on my lap. Home improvement is not for the weak. It’s enough to put some of us right over the edge.
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There’s a reason April is National Car Care Month. After a season of cold temperatures, harsh weather, and maybe some road salt, your car needs a little extra care. Wave goodbye to winter and prepare for safe, warm weather driving with this easy spring car maintenance checklist! 1. SCHEDULE AN OIL AND OIL FILTER CHANGE. Why are oil changes important? Regularly scheduled oil changes help maintain a healthy engine. As motor oil lubricates and cools the engine, it naturally picks up impurities. This is good! What’s not so good, however, is that oil becomes less effective as it ages. That’s why regular oil and filter changes are so important. If it’s too old, your motor oil can’t do its job and protect your engine. Schedule an oil change at the start of spring to help your engine purr all season long. 2. HAVE YOUR CAR BATTERY TESTED AND REPLACED, IF NECESSARY. After winter, your car battery might be on its deathbed. Low temperatures forced your battery to work harder by slowing down its chemical reactions. Now, high temperatures are right around the corner, ready to evaporate essential battery fluids and speed up corrosion. There’s a chance that one hot day could leave your battery DOA. Avoid the inconvenience of a car that won’t start by getting your car battery tested and, if necessary, replaced before it’s too late. 3. CHECK TIRE PRESSURE AND TREAD. Check your tire pressure in the morning before hitting the road for the day and adjust your tires based on that reading. Your tire pressure should match the recommended tire pressure in your vehicle manual. 40
Why bother checking tire pressure between winter and spring? Because fluctuations in temperature can also cause fluctuations in tire pressure. In general, tires lose or gain 1 PSI (pound per square inch) for every 10 degree change in temperature, and both under-inflated and overinflated tires can cause problems on the road. This is the perfect moment to check tire tread depth, too. Without sufficient tread, your tires can’t grip the road as they were designed to do. This could compromise your car’s handling in wet weather and your ability to come to a quick stop. 4. REPLACE YOUR WIPER BLADES AND REFILL WIPER FLUID. Your wipers are probably looking the worse for wear, especially after they have spent months clearing away snow and ice. Perhaps they’re smearing water across the windshield, chattering, or just not doing their job. If a simple wiper cleaning doesn’t do the trick, then it’s time to replace your wiper blades to prepare for spring and summer rainstorms. Get ahead of the changing seasons (and the bugs that come with them) by topping off your wiper fluid, too. 5. DEEP CLEAN YOUR LIGHTS AND REPLACE THE BULBS, IF NECESSARY. If you’ve found yourself squinting while driving in the dark, your lights might need a good scrubbing! Just like cars get dirty, so do the headlights and tail lights. Polish hazy headlights with a soft toothbrush, baking soda, and water to help them shine brightly. If that doesn’t work, a quick bulb replacement should do the trick. Whether you’ll be driving across the country or across town this spring, it’s important to make sure your car gets the right maintenance at the right time.
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Periodontitis, also generally called gum disease or periodontal disease, begins with bacterial growth in your mouth. Periodontal disease is broken up into four different stages.
GINGIVITIS In the early stage of gingivitis, bacteria in plaque build-up,
causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed during tooth brushing. However, most symptoms of gingivitis are painless, which is what makes periodontal disease so common. Good oral hygiene and routine dental cleanings can help treat and reverse gingivitis successfully.
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second stage of gum disease. Once you reach stage two, the infection has spread to the bone and has begun to destroy bones. The bacteria have become more aggressive, which is what leads to bone loss. The bone change is not reversible but can be managed. Scaling and root planing can be used to deep clean the teeth. It removes deposits of bacteria that are deeply rooted in your gums.
MODERATE PERIODONTAL DISEASE The third stage of periodontal disease has deeper probing depths, which allows for even more bacteria to attack the bones and the blood stream, too. Much like slight periodontal disease, Scaling and root planing can be used to deep clean the teeth gums and use of localized antibiotics may be recommended.
ADVANCED PERIODONTAL DISEASE The final stage of periodontal
disease is when the infection has evolved into disease-causing bacteria. It can cause redness, swollen gums that ooze pus, sensitivity, loosening of teeth, painful chewing, severe bad breath, bone loss and even tooth loss. This stage requires periodontal surgery or extraction. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
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Information on ‘what causes gum disease’ and ‘how gum disease is linked to your overall health’ will follow in the next publication.
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Rinse Before Washing Professional detailers always start with a clear water rinse to remove as much dust and dirt as possible.
Use Synthetic Wax Apply synthetic wax in small sections using a wax applicator sponge.
Use the Right Soap Dishwashing liquid is the go-to choice for most DIYers. But, it shouldn’t be. Dishwashing detergent is too harsh. A car detailer will use car wash soap for professional car detailing, like Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash.
Remove Wax Haze Wipe off the wax haze with a microfiber towel using circular motions. As the towel loads with wax, refold it to a cleaner section. Use a second towel when the first one is fully loaded.
Use a Microfiber Mitt A car detailer will use a microfiber car wash mitt because the grit falls out when you rinse. Use Two Buckets One for clean soapy water and one for rinse water. After each wipe, dunk your dirty wash mitt in the rinse water bucket and swirl it around to dislodge the dirt and grit. Then dunk it in the soapy water and pick up where you left off. Dump the dirty rinse water and refill with clean water before you move to the other side of the car. That’ll keep the soapy water clean. Dry With a Microfiber Towel A microfiber towel collects any leftover particles. Rinse the towel in clean water to remove the grit. Then wring and keep drying. Remove Minor Scratches Before Polishing This step is what separates the DIYers from professional car detailing. Polishing increases the shine, but it doesn’t remove scratches. However, if you remove the scratches first with a scratch removal kit and then polish, you’ll get even more shine. Find scratch removal kits at any auto parts store. Buy a Dual-Action Polisher A car detailer wouldn’t be caught dead without a dual-action polisher. They run at low speeds and oscillate as they rotate. Any DIYer can get the hang of polishing in just a few minutes. Polishing before waxing makes a huge difference. Apply the polish to the machine’s pad. Then wipe the pad across your paint. That’ll prevent all the polish from flinging off the pad as soon as you hit the trigger.
Start at the Top Professional detailers start at the top and work their way down to the carpet. Suck Up Dirt and Dust As You Go Use a small detailer’s brush and shop vacuum to remove dust and dirt from all the nooks and crannies on your dash and console. Brush and Vacuum Your Carpet If you just vacuum, you’ll leave plenty behind. To remove more dirt, detailers use a stiff brush and scrub the carpet as they vacuum. You’ll see the dirt particles bounce to the surface; suck them up with your shop vacuum. Use a Non-Silicone Matte Finish Dash and Vinyl Protectant Silicone dashboard protectant sprays leave a slick film on your dash that actually attracts more dust, so you’ll have to clean it more often. Plus, a shiny dash reflects into your windshield. That reflection and glare can reduce your vision, especially at night. That’s why professional detailers use non-silicone matte finish protectants. They still look great and they reduce glare. Lubricate Door Seals You probably wiped off any door seal lubricants when you cleaned the door. Detailers make it a point to re-treat the seals with silicone spray. Spray some on a rag and wipe it around the entire door seal. The silicone prevents the seal from sticking in summer and winter months. Finish With the Glass Detailers save glass cleaning until the very end. Cleaning the windows at this point removes all cleaning and vinyl treatment overspray and leaves you with sparkling clean windows.
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Greg’s uncle, Mike Bennett, works alongside him but plans to retire in May. Then Greg plans to bring another family member, his son-in-law, to the business. The shop is always busy so appointments are needed for any work. With COVID-19 and delays in shipping, some parts have been more difficult to get quickly. It has been a challenge, but Greg said his customers have been understanding and patient and he is hopeful parts will be more readily available soon. Gene’s also carries a selection of batteries, tires, wipers, and a small assortment of items for cars. Gene’s Service is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 517-429-1221.
Here are a few tips to extend the life of your vehicle and keep it running safely. • Keep a small tool box in the car including an air gauge. • Make sure the spare tire has air and know where the spare tire is located. • Make sure you know how to open the hood, use emergency flashers, and what all the safety lights mean. • Get regular oil changes and tire rotations. • Don’t ignore the check engine light when it comes on. • Replace worn out wipers. Streaks and blockages can impair driving. • Wash regularly. Dirt and salt buildup can corrode the paint on the car and parts under the car.
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Getting Started with Simple Family Budgeting By Alexis Hiles How do you feel when you hear the word budget? Many people think of budgeting as a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. I love budgeting. It’s so worth the organization it brings to my life. I am all about simple and effective processes, and I hope you can use the same process I did to get started with your budget. • Determine your monthly income. Write down/type how much money you have coming in each month. • List all of your expenses by including the name of the expense and how much it is. This includes regularly scheduled bills, as well as other necessary purchases (groceries, gas). Monthly expenses might include mortgage, electricity, phone, insurance, vehicles, internet, TV, student loans, extracurricular activities, etc. • Document due dates. We pay most of our bills online; therefore, for this step I look on each of my accounts to find due dates. If you pay bills online, I also recommend documenting whether it is set up for auto-pay or if you need to remember to login and pay it. • Set goals! This is perhaps one of the most important parts of creating a budget, and I love this part because meeting 48
goals is so rewarding! Having financial goals in mind can help guide you in making decisions about your budget. How much do you want to put in your savings each month? How much can you put in a miscellaneous category and still feel comfortable? • Figure out your monthly gain/loss. After adding up all of the expenses you listed above subtract that number from your total monthly income. If you are in the negatives or the gain is too small for your liking, look back at your expenses and see what you could cut out. • Determine budget for miscellaneous expenses. This varies greatly for everyone. I include anything that is not a monthly bill in the miscellaneous category. This may include pet supplies, eating out, fun activities, gifts, home expenses, personal shopping. Determining the amount you are willing to put in the miscellaneous category depends on how much you want to have in your account after the month is over. • Document EVERY expense. You can use any form of documentation that you like. When I first started on this budgeting journey, I wrote everything down. Now, I have a spreadsheet set up into which I enter every expense. It automatically does the math for me, which is really helpful. The regular bills won’t change, but that miscellaneous category is where you really need to pay attention. This is where you are likely to do the overspending without even realizing. Your bank account also shows you this information, but a budget sheet is a much more organized way to see where your money is going. I hope you will find this simple budget system helpful for you and your family. Start slow, make goals, and you will be on your way to successful family budgeting. And remember ... always leave room in your budget for a little fun!
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Squeamish is not a typical reaction from me, but when a customer brought up a dead deer head mount to the counter and they asked me to help carry it to their car, there was a moment of “ewwwww”. Before you respond with how hunting is an honorable sport, and that the entire animal is used, or how the herd sometimes needs to be culled, it’s not that I’m opposed to it. Having not grown up in a hunting household, I’ve just not been exposed to it. Anyway, deer head handling is just one of the magical experiences I have had working on occasion in an antique store. There is also the handling of valuable and fragile glassware and china. A bowl worth more than my washing machine comes up to the counter and I’m sweating bullets. After carefully wrapping in paper and gently placing in a box, it’s always a relief to hand these items and their liability over to their new owners. We have an amazing number of collectors who frequent the store. Collectors of anything you can imagine: Hot Wheels toy cars, vintage lighters, pocket watches, vintage Christmas ornaments, oil cans, cast iron pans, tea cups, and signs. You name it, it’s collected. Then there are the collectors of fine and not so fine dishes and kitchenware. Bone china, Fenton, Fiesta, Pyrex, Corningware, Fire King and Melmac. Yes,
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Jane Murfin was a playwright and screenwriter during the advent of film and her contributions to both the stage and screen have given her a place in history. Born October 27, 1884, in Quincy, Michigan, little is known about Jane’s early life. In 1907 she married James Murfin. Even though her marriage only lasted about five years, she kept the name throughout her life and used it for almost all of her writing. She moved east to New York in the early 1910s. According to the Women Film Pioneers Project, in 1915 she met Jane Cowl. The two quickly became friends and writing partners working together on many scripts through the late teens. The pair’s most popular works were the World War I drama “Lilac Time” which was produced in 1917 and “Smilin’ Through,” produced in 1919. The latter would go on to be made into films which were released in 1922, 1932, and 1941. During their stage writing days, Jane and Cowl wrote under the pseudonym Alan Langston Martin. They felt their work would be taken more seriously if people thought it was written by a man. The Women’s Film Pioneer Projects states “they later regretted their scheme as the play continued to be credited to the nonexistent ‘Martin’ long after Cowl and Murfin had gained fame as dramatists.” Jane saw her first success writing for motion pictures in 1919 with the film Marie, Ltd. She then moved to California
and transitioned from playwriting to screenwriting. During her time as a writer, Jane wrote or cowrote over 60 films – many with her lifelong friend Cowl. She also produced and directed many films including an adaptation of a play she wrote entitled Flapper Wives in 1924. Her highest writing achievement came in 1932 when she and Adela Rogers St. Johns were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story for the film What Price is Hollywood? Jane has many credits to her name, but is well known for bringing the first canine film star to the screen. In the early 1920s she purchased Strongheart, a German attack dog from a trainer and film director named Laurence Trimble. Jane wrote four screenplays for the dog, which Trimble directed including an adaptation of the novel White Fang. Strongheart’s films were incredibly popular and he even received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He also had a line of dog food named after him. According to the Women’s Film Pioneer Project, most of Strongheart’s films have unfortunately been lost. In addition to bringing the first canine star to the screen (predating Rin Tin Tin by two years), Jane also worked to ensure that she and others received proper credit for their work. She became one of the founding members of the Screenwriter’s Guild in 1921 (later called the Writer’s Guild of America). She also was a member of the Board of Directors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Jane died August 10, 1955, in California and is buried near her writing partner Cowl in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Have an idea for Stuff You Might Not Know About? Email your suggestion to Sarah Gray at email@example.com.
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REVISIT A FARMERS MARKET Michigan is famous for its locallygrown produce and farmers markets. Buy spring’s fresh rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries, and cut flowers at Detroit’s Eastern Market, the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids and the Flint Farmers Market, among many others.
VISIT A BOTANICAL GARDEN Flowers bloom in great, colorful swaths at Michigan’s finest botanical gardens. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park pairs worldclass artworks with Instagram-worthy flower plantings. In Midland, the Dow Gardens feature spring blossoms, towering hardwood and pine forests, delicate Japanese bridges, and the nation’s longest Canopy Walk on its 110 acres.
EXPLORE HISTORY OUTDOORS Spring marks the opening of The Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village in Dearborn with over 80 acres of historic homes and buildings collected by automotive giant Henry Ford. Tour the property for a glimpse of Thomas Edison’s laboratory, the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop, and a Cotswold cottage.
DUST OFF YOUR BICYCLE More than 1,300 miles of bike path crisscross Michigan, ranging from smooth asphalt and urban routes to hilly cycle paths and exciting mountain bike trails. The whole family can manage the 8-mile flat, paved, bicycle route around Mackinac Island, while 35 miles of rugged single track attract mountain bikers to the challenging Copper Harbor Trails on Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.
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SET OUT ON A BOAT Boating season arrives with spring, and with some 3,200 miles of shoreline—more than any state except for Alaska— Michigan ranks as a boater’s paradise. Sail the Great Lakes, paddle the Les Cheneaux Islands, or go waterskiing on inland lakes like Silver Lake and Lake St. Clair.
HUNT FOR PETOSKEY STONES As temperatures rise, Lake Michigan reveals a trove of Petoskey stones, Michigan’s state stone. Tossed onto the beach by winter storms and then hidden by thick ice and snow, the stones become visible with the spring thaw, the perfect Michigan souvenir.
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Fishing season opens in spring for Michigan’s native species. Charter a fishing trip off the shore of Grand Haven, power your own boat out of Bay City, or try your hand fly fishing the Au Sable or Manistee Rivers to fish large- and smallmouth bass, pike, walleye, and trout, among others.
EAT AN ICE CREAM CONE There’s nothing quite so satisfying on a warm day as homemade ice cream. Indulge in a scoop or two at the MSU Dairy Store in East Lansing, Uncle Ray’s Dairyland in Fenton, House of Flavors in Ludington, or Moomers Homemade Ice Cream in Traverse City.
HIKE A WILDFLOWER TRAIL Lady’s slippers and violets, trilliums and Dutchman’s breeches add welcome color to Michigan’s wooded hiking trails in the spring. Experience wildflower hikes at the Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary near Baldwin, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore near Traverse City, and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula.
SCOUT MIGRATING BIRDS Join in the annual counts as Michigan’s resident birds return north for the season. In northern Michigan, visit the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory and the birding trails near Mackinaw City. Belle Isle Park is a hotspot for migrating birds near downtown Detroit.
For more ideas to help you plan your spring adventure, visit michigan.org.
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Commonwealth Developments Brings Condos To The Area written by Sarah Gray Affordable, move-inready homes in Hillsdale are now available with more on the way as part of a new condominium development just east of downtown. Hillsdale Commons Condominiums are currently finishing phase one of construction of the 36-unit project. “There is a great market for condos,” says Christie Plemmons, owner of Christie Plemmons Realty and exclusive realtor for Hillsdale Commons. “Condos are a great way to get into new construction for a price that is very competitive.” The idea for the condominium project came from Renee and Steve Stoll, owners of Commonwealth Development Company which opened in 2019. They saw a need for affordable, low-maintenance housing in Hillsdale. After several years of searching for the right property, they were able to purchase a large piece of land on Bacon Street. “We had a vision,” said Renee. She and Steve also own Stoll Construction, which will be building the units. The couple has been in the construction business for more than 20 years and moved their company to its current location on M-99 in Jonesville in 2016. When the time came to market and sell the condos, Commonwealth knew they needed a knowledgeable and experienced realtor to find potential buyers and facilitate the sales. After meeting with Christie, they found she met the company’s core values of Faith/Knowledge/Integrity/Innovative/Response, and together they shared the same goal: to help fill a need for move-in-ready housing in Hillsdale. “There is interest (for condos) in the community in a big way,” said Christie.
Born and raised in Hillsdale, Christie knows and loves the area. “I have always loved people and hearing their stories,” she said, adding that she knows that buying a home is the biggest purchase someone makes. “My clients are sharing a little of their lives with me. Buying a home is a huge moment in people’s lives and they are trusting me.” With 19 years of experience as a realtor and broker, she is well versed in the market and the Hillsdale community. In 2019, Christie was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hillsdale County Board of Realtors and was named Realtor of the Year in 2016 and 2018. Hillsdale Commons will consist of 36 condominiums built in duplex-style. Two and three bedrooms units are planned with the potential of an added basement bedroom. Upgrades are available for all units including countertops, flooring, lighting, and fireplace. The four-phase development is slated to take five years to complete. With the first half of phase one having been completed in the fall of 2020, 2 condos are already sold, 2 more are finished and available for sale, and 4 more are being constructed as speak, which are also available already to secure for purchase. The available units are a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom main floor floor plans. New units qualify for the NEZ tax advantage program, which can result in significant property tax savings. “All units are handicap friendly and set up for main floor living,” Christie said. The homes are one story with a full basement which can be upgraded to a finished basement. Renee adds that these units are an attractive option for retirees who may be looking to downsize. A Home Owners Association (HOA) will manage all exterior maintenance including lawn care and snow removal. The condos are also located near stores, restaurants, and the hospital. “It has a neighborhood feel which people like,” said Renee. Hillsdale Commons is located at 266 E. Bacon St. For more information, to schedule a showing, view site plans, or obtain pricing, contact Christie at 517-437-3333. Listings can be found on her website www.christieplemmonsrealty.com.
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By Christine Derengowski, Writer
I’ve lost a year with my kids battling over school and I’m done.
watching their teacher on a computer. You and your friends are making history.”
My seven year old and I were in the midst of our usual asynchronous day battle. I had his writing homework in my hand from school. He’d written several full, well-thought-out sentences. But he won’t do the same for me, at least not without a fight.
A visible weight lifted from his seven-year-old shoulders, “What does that mean?”
I told him he didn’t have to write about his best day like his teacher asked, he could write about his worst. He could write about whatever he wanted as long as he wrote a few sentences. He said he’d get in trouble. He said he was doing a bad job in first grade. He was on the brink of tears but didn’t know why.
I told him it means I haven’t given him nearly enough credit for rolling with the punches. I told him how proud I am of him and his friends. That kids this year are doing the impossible and they’re doing a really great job. I apologized for not saying it sooner and more often. A little tear fell down his cheek. We’ve thanked everyone from healthcare workers to grocery store employees but we haven’t thanked the kids enough for bearing the burden of what we’ve put on their shoulders this year.
And it hit me. Instead of getting frustrated and pushing the assignment, I sat down with him at his desk in his superhero bedroom. I said, “You won’t get in trouble and you can’t fail first grade. In fact, you’re kind of a superhero yourself.” He sat up in his chair just a little and looked at me with disbelief. I said, “Do you know that no kids in the history of kids have ever had to do what you’re doing right now? No kids in the history of kids have ever had to do school at home, sitting in their bedroom,
We’ve said kids are resilient, and they are. But they are the real superheroes in this whole scenario for having ZERO say in their lives but doing their best to adjust every day. We closed his school-issued laptop and spent the rest of the day playing. This was supposed to be temporary and here we are a year later still trying to hold our heads above water. This is our home and I won’t turn it into a battle ground anymore over something we can’t control. Something that no longer makes sense. Hug your little superheroes today and don’t forget to cut them the slack we’ve given everyone else.
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You can too! There are so many creative crafts out there using concrete, you just may think - what can’t you make with concrete? The best concrete to use for DIY projects is a ready mix concrete. Note that concrete projects can be messy and the tools (and clothing) you use may not fully clean. Mix concrete in a wheelbarrow or large bucket and always wear safety glasses as concrete is a corrosive material.
Stepping stones Let’s start simple. Make a decorative planter or stepping stones for your flower bed or path, with just a few simple steps. These are great projects to make with kids of any size and make wonderful gifts. You can make your planters any size or shape you like using plastic containers or sturdy shallow paper boxes. Mix concrete to a
Planters Planters for inside or outside the home are easy to make with concrete.
Mix concrete and pour into a large container or bowl that has a small container fitted inside. Weigh down the interior container so the concrete does not push it up. If you want a drainage hole, be sure to insert a small straw at the bottom. Once dry remove the smaller container, fill with stones, dirt, plants and enjoy! It’s not only what you make with concrete that is endless it is the types of materials as well! Dip towels in concrete and lay them over half a watermelon rind for a unique bowl or planter. Fill plastic gloves or boots to create candle holders, planters or simple works of art for both inside and outside your home. The possibilities really are endless! Many DIY concrete projects can be found on websites like Pinterest or simply google the phrase “diy craft projects with concrete.” Becker & Scrivens of Hillsdale and Montpelier Ohio is the leading ready mix supplier in the area servicing Hillsdale, Branch, Lenawee, Calhoun, Jackson, Steuben and Williams counties. Tell your contractor you want Becker & Scrivens concrete for your next project, call 800-641-3808.
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Energy efficiency means you are using less energy to do the same jobs, reducing your home’s energy waste and saving money. To increase your energy efficiency effectively involves more than just using less energy - it requires you becoming aware of how energy is used, where it’s wasted, and how it can be used more effectively and efficiently in everyday life. Here are some top tips to help your home or business save energy and be more efficient.
How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient • Change your light bulbs to LEDs. • Wash your clothes in cold water if possible.
• Don’t peek in the oven while baking! Every time you peek, the temperature can drop 25°, making your oven use more energy to bring the temperature back up.
possible (using water bottles if nothing else). Be careful about overfilling them as this will reduce airflow and cause the appliance to work harder.
• Use natural light when possible.
• Using dishwashers and clothes washers/ dryers at night will keep the house cooler, reduce strain on the power grid during the peak usage hours of 4 PM and 6 PM and reduce the chance of an emergency!
• Air seal your home. Sealing cracks, gaps, and leaks and adding insulation can save up to 10% on home heating and cooling costs.
• Control your fixtures with a photocell or a timer to assure dusk-to-dawn only operation of your outdoor lights.
• Clean or replace all filters in your home regularly. Dirty filters make your system work harder and run longer than necessary.
• Don’t leave your electronics on all day long. Only turn on your computer, monitor, printer and fax machine when you need them.
• Use your microwave instead of your stove when cooking.
• Set your thermostat to 78° in the summer and 68° in the winter. Every degree of extra heating or cooling will increase energy usage 6% to 8%. Setting your thermostat to a lower temperature than normal will not cool your home faster.
• Defrost your refrigerator and freezer before ice buildup becomes ¼” thick to ensure your appliances are running efficiently. • During warmer months, close blinds, shades and drapes on the sunny side of your home to help keep your home’s temperature cooler and reduce the work for your AC. Open shades during cooler months to let the sun warm your home. 80
• Turn off heated dry on your dishwasher and air dry instead. • Set your refrigerator temperature to the manufacturer’s recommendation to avoid excessive cooling and wasting energy. • Don’t leave bathroom or kitchen ventilation fans running longer than necessary. They replace inside air with outside.
• Using your ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.
• Replace your windows. If your home has single-pane windows, consider replacing them with more energy-efficient windows or adding solar shades or tinting film.
• Refrigerators and freezers actually operate most efficiently when full, so keep your refrigerator and freezer as full as
• Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature according to your schedule.
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Share the Warmth of Hillsdale County, located at 7 South Manning Street in Hillsdale, is a lifesaver for area men and women guests.
donations are welcome and can be sent to Share the Warmth of Hillsdale County, P.O. Box 875, Hillsdale, MI 49242.
It is a nighttime warming center that opens November 1 and will close this year on April 2. Closing times do vary from year to year. Guests are able to come in (using the alley entrance) at 7:30 pm seven days a week. From Monday through Saturday, they need to be out by 9 am and by 8:30 on Sundays. Guests are given a warm meal each night and also a warm breakfast. Street clothes are laundered every night and a shower is available. The organization is hoping to make laundry facilities and showers available during the summer. This project is in the works.
Specific needs at this time are: white and chocolate milk, orange juice, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit punch, snack cakes, bottled water, microwave frozen snacks, heavy-duty paper plates, and regular and decaf coffee. Non-food items that are needed include large bottles of shampoo for the dispensers in the showers (store brands are fine), conditioner, body wash, and bleach. For those who want to donate but do not want to schedule a drop-off time, there is an account at the Hillsdale Market House. You can purchase items you want to donate there and they will be given to the center.
The center is run solely by volunteers and more volunteers are always needed! Monetary
Needs do change, so if you need more information, contact Executive Director Penny Myers at 517-499-8186.
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COUNTY OF HILLSDALE VETERANS SERVICES LOCAL SERVICES FOR VETERANS: We can assist veteran’s in filing for all Federal, State and County Veteran’s benefits. TRANSPORTATION: Hillsdale County offers transportation to Ann Arbor Monday through Thursday by appointment only and for VA Clinic or hospital only.
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If you’re in the middle of spring cleaning and DIY projects for home and garden, you don’t want to be spending forever getting dinner on the table. Here are some “double-duty” recipes— use some of what you prepared one night to make a different dish a day or two later!
Roast Pork Loin
Slow Cooker Chili II Ingredients
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Place the beef in a skillet over medium heat and cook until evenly brown. Drain grease. Place the beef in a slow cooker and mix in onion, celery, green bell pepper, garlic, tomato puree, kidney beans, and cannellini beans. Season with chili powder, parsley, salt, basil, oregano, black pepper, and hot pepper sauce. Cover and cook 8 hours on low.
1 pound ground beef ¾ cup diced onion ¾ cup diced celery ¾ cup diced green bell pepper 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 (10.75 ounce) cans tomato puree 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans with liquid 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans with liquid ½ tablespoon chili powder ½ teaspoon dried parsley 1 teaspoon salt ¾ teaspoon dried basil ¾ teaspoon dried oregano ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper ⅛ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Crockpot Chili and Potato Bar Make extra chili and get a second meal by using it to top baked potatoes. Add whatever additional goodies you want: Shredded cheese, diced onion, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, blanched broccoli, crushed corn chips, etc. Here’s a chili recipe to get you started! Adjust as needed to suit your taste. Also, you might want to drain some or all of the beans instead of using all the liquid. It will make a thick chili, but that will work better for topping the potatoes.
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Fried Rice COOK SOME EXTRA PIECES WHEN YOU’RE FIXING CHICKEN OR ROAST A LARGER PIECE OF PORK LOIN AND YOU’RE ON YOUR WAY TO ANOTHER MAIN DISH!
• 2 c. chopped cooked meat or poultry
Heat the oil in a deep frying pan or wok over mediumhigh heat and fry the meat or poultry for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add eggs, salt, and pepper and fry for 5 minutes, then stir and chop to break up the egg. (You might need to reduce the heat to medium when you add the eggs to prevent burning. It will depend on the pan and your stove or cooktop.) Add the rice and soy sauce and fry for an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Garnish with chopped scallions.
• 4 c. cold cooked rice (see note at end) • 2-3 tablespoons oil • 2 eggs, lightly beaten • 2 tablespoons soy sauce • ½ teaspoon salt or more to taste • Pepper • 3-4 chopped scallions
If you want, you can add things like chopped carrot, minced onion, bean sprouts, diced water chestnuts, peas, etc., when you add the eggs. Note: It’s important to use cold rice—cook it the day before and refrigerate. Hot rice will clump and stick together, but cold, day-old rice will break apart into individual grains and fry up much better.
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• 1 pkg. pork tenderloin (about 3 lbs. total)
Preheat oven to 425°. Cover a sheet pan or shallow roasting pan with heavy duty foil. Rinse and dry tenderloins and place on sheet pan. Whisk the remaining ingredients together in a bowl and spoon the mixture over the pork and then rub it into the meat. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes until instant read thermometer placed in center of thickest part reaches 145°. Remove from oven and let rest 5-10 minutes. Slice into ½” thick slices.
• 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar • 2–3 tablespoons olive oil • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
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Asian Salad Ingredients SALAD • 1 head Romaine heart, sliced; 1 Belgian Endive, sliced; 1 bunch arugula OR 6 cups salad greens of your choice • 1 cup red cabbage, sliced • ½ English cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced into half moons • 1 ripe mango, peeled and cubed or 1 Granny Smith apple, diced • 3–4 scallions, sliced • 1 avocado, peeled and diced • Leftover Balsamic Glazed Pork Roast, chilled & cut into bite sized chunks GARNISH • Wide Chinese noodles • Wasabi peas (optional—might be too hot for some people) DRESSING • Zest and juice of 1½ limes • 2 tablespoons honey • ½ cup olive oil • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions: For the dressing: Place all ingredients except the olive oil in bowl. While slowly drizzling in the olive oil, whisk the dressing until thickened slightly and well blended. Place all of the salad ingredients in a large salad bowl. Drizzle dressing on top and garnish with Chinese noodles and wasabi peas tossing to combine. Serves 2-4 depending on appetites. Sandy Axelrod www.thetravelinglocavores.com
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Prepared taco meat
1 (15 ½ ounce) can pinto or kidney beans
1 (14 ½ ounce) can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
1 (15 ½ ounce) can chicken broth
1 cup frozen sweet corn
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Michigan residents over 25 without degrees can now apply for tuition-free community college, skills training Gov. Gretchen Whitmer along with Republican and Democratic legislators announce the launch of the $30 million Michigan Reconnect program, the largest effort in state history to ensure that more than 4.1 million Michiganders who are 25 or older and do not have a college degree will have an opportunity to earn a tuition-free associate degree or skills certificate. Michigan Reconnect will pay the cost of tuition for eligible adults who want to pursue an associate degree or skills certificate at their in-district community college. The program also offers skills scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition through more than 70 private training schools with 120 programs that offer certificates in high-demand careers in industries such as manufacturing, construction, information technology, healthcare, or business management. Reconnect scholarships are accepted by all Michigan community colleges and are even available to eligible adults who are already enrolled in a local community college. The program pays the remaining balance of tuition and mandatory fees after other state and federal financial aid have been applied. For those who choose to attend an out-of-district community college, Reconnect will pay the in-district portion of tuition.
Michiganders without a college degree or training credential often face economic challenges. A 2020 analysis by the American Association of Community Colleges reports the median earnings of full-time employees with a high school degree is $40,510 annually, while those with an associate degree make $50,079 per year based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Individuals looking to take advantage of Reconnect who are unsure of what they’d like to study are encouraged to consider some of Michigan’s high-demand careers. A list of those careers and wages by occupation and region is available on the Michigan Reconnect website. A virtual news conference tour through March will also introduce Michigan Reconnect benefits to audiences across the state. The events will feature state legislators and local leaders representing community colleges and business and workforce development organizations as well as testimonials from prospective Michigan Reconnect applicants from every region of the state. The program builds on the success of the Futures for Frontliners initiative Gov. Whitmer launched last September to which more than 120,000 Michiganders submitted applications by the Dec. 31 deadline. The nation’s first program of its kind, Futures for Frontliners offered tuition-free college or high school completion to Michiganders who provided essential front-line services during COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Safe orders between April and June 2020.
The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is administering Reconnect in partnership with the Michigan Department of Treasury. To be eligible for Michigan Reconnect, you must: — Be at least 25 years old when you apply — Have lived in Michigan for a year or more — Have a high school diploma — Have not yet completed a college degree (associate or bachelor’s)
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