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Simply Hers July/August 2014

It’s a Woman Thing!

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Amish A Visit with our Neighbors

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Be Prepared for when

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Safety CheCkliSt • Check tire pressure monthly, including the spare. • Inspect tires for uneven wear patterns on the tread, cracks, foreign objects, or other signs of wear or trauma. Remove bits of glass and other foreign objects wedged in the tread. • Make sure your tire valves have valve caps. • Check tire pressure before going on a long trip. • Do not overload your vehicle. • If you are towing a trailer, remember that some of the weight of the loaded trailer is transferred to the towing vehicle. There’s safeTy In nuMbers You can find the numbers for recommended tire pressure and vehicle load limit on the tire information placard and in the vehicle owner’s manual. Tire placards are permanent labels attached to the vehicle door edge, doorpost, glove-box door, or inside of the trunk lid.

We have some stories that you are sure to enjoy, including a visit with some of our Amish neighbors, as well as tips for living green and staying safe during severe weather. On a personal note, I am sharing with you the story of the passing of my cousin Mike Lofton of Quincy and the journey of healing that his mother is on. Although this story was hard for her to share, I would like to personally thank her, I feel it is important to remind everyone traveling on the roads this summer to slow down and watch out for motorcyclists. Simply Hers remains a labor of love and I am definitely encouraged by your support and acceptance. I never tire of your compliments but hope you will also feel free to share your ideas on how we can improve. We have an active presence on Facebook so be sure you “like” us, to post your comments, be eligible for special drawings and keep up on our latest activities. We are preparing another edition of Everything Men which will be available this fall so be sure to watch for it. Until then kick back relax and enjoy the July/August issue of Simply Hers!

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Can you believe how quickly summer is flying by? I am not sure if it is the nightly baseball games or trying to squeeze in a weekend away with the kids but I am really feeling the summer rush. I am sure all of you are feeling the same with your busy schedules, I would like to thank you for taking time out to browse through this issue of Simply Hers.

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CONTENT Fashion 11 42 Business Spotlight

Sarong is So Right

Marilyn’s off Monroe

Beauty 14 46 Over the Edge

Foods to Fight Aging

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The Wine Went Flying...

Makeover Winner 16 48 Pet Tales

The Winner is... Mary Harlukowicz

Summer is Heating Up

Local Spotlight 18 50 Speaking from the Heart

A Mother’s Symbol of Love

10 Ways to End a Relationship

Prime Fitness 20 52 Turn the Page

Avoid Mid-summer Blues

Farewell to Barbara Walters

Ask The Doctor 24 56 Aging with Attitude

How to React to Febrile Siezures

Dos and Don’ts of Hearing Aids

Health 26 58 Simply Creative

Knowing the Signs of Heat Illnesses

Chalkpaint Projects

Gray Matters 28 60 Travel Michigan

Everyone Say Cheese... or Not

My Journey

Back to Square One!

Lighthouses of Michigan

32 62 Business Spotlight

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Jenni’s Coffee & Cream

Following Sara 34 64 Home

Beauty Doe Not Define Us

Porches & Patios

SOS 36 68 Severe Weather

Successful Summer

Staying Safe when Weather Strikes

Life is the Berries 38 70 Simple Living Gone A Muck

It can be Easy to be Green

Local Spotlight 39 77 RECIPES Simply Amish

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is g n o r a SR t h g i so

A Wrap for Every Occasion ...

When tying your sarong, the first thing you need to do is decide how you want to wear it. One of the simplest, most universal ways is as a skirt. Long skirts are elegant, slenderizing and sophisticated, and can be worn at formal occasions or on the beach as a cover-up to protect from the sun. Knee length skirts are perfect for swimsuit cover-ups, or as a casual feminine look for going out on the town. Mini-skirts work the same way, but show off your legs a little more. Sarongs can be wrapped on as a dress, tied over the breasts for a long, refined sheath, or tied up around the neck for a different dress style. Draping one around your body and over the shoulder makes for a breezy, beautiful toga look, and they can even be tied up into a loose pair of knee-length pants or shorts. Today, more and more, women are wearing a sarong for many different types of occasions – at work, for dinner at a posh restaurant, on travel, and on the beach of course, to name only a few. 11


Don’t worry!

You don’t have to be afraid your wrap will fall off as you’re walking down the street. Tying a sarong is really a very simple task. With the proper instruction it won’t take you long at all to master, and you’ll be wrapping your sarong on and looking fabulous in seconds flat. With a little patience and practice, you can learn a wide variety of wraps that are applicable for different occasions, such as short skirts, long skirts, and elegant dresses. Tying a sarong well will flatter your body, and makes you look and feel great.

Long Skirt:

Wrap the fabric around your hips, holding the corners out in front of your body. Pinch the corners together and tie them in a knot. Move the skirt around so that the knot is placed over one hip, and fluff out the ends of the knot so that the right side of the fabric is showing. This skirt will show off your leg as you walk.

Shorts:

If you want to highlight your tanned legs or to feel more comfortable, you can turn your pareo into a skirt-shorts. Tie the two ends behind the back and pass to back between the legs. Then tie the ends on the front..

Triangle Skirt:

Triangle skirt: Fold the sarong over to create a triangle. Take the longest side of the triangle and wind it around your waist, tying the corners off at one hip. This creates a sexy short skirt perfect for the beach.

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Halter Dress:

Wrap the fabric around your upper back and pull the ends forward, holding them evenly out in front of you. Wrap both sides over the front of your body so that they overlap, keeping a long length of the corners out of the sheath so you can still work with them. Swap the corners into the opposite hands, and tie the two corners in a knot just over your bust. You should still have two lengths of fabric to pull up behind your neck and tie in another knot. You’re finished!

Tube Dress:

Wrap the sarong around your upper back and pull the ends forward, with the top of the fabric close to your armpits. Wrap both sides over the front of your body so that they overlap, and swap the corners into your opposite hands. Wrap the fabric tightly around your body, bringing the two corners together and tying them off in a double knot.

Toga Dress:

Hold the fabric up horizontally, grasping both corners. Tuck one end underneath your arm, leaving a length to tie off, and wind the rest of it all the way around your body. Bring the other corner into alignment with the first, on the other side of your shoulder. Bring the two corner lengths up over your shoulder and tie in a double knot.

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14 foods To Fight Aging Oysters

Oysters are an excellent source of zinc, which aids in protein synthesis and collagen formation.

Low-Fat Cottage Cheese

Cheese isn’t always off limits! Lowfat cottage cheese is full of protein, and also promotes hair health (since hair is mostly protein). Just be wary of high sodium levels when incorporating this into your diet.

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Forget the elusive fountain of youth. Fruits and vegetables high in flavonoids and carotenoids – two powerful plant-based antioxidants – help remove free radicals from your skin and body that cause premature aging. A well-balanced diet can not only help you lose weight, live longer and feel fitter, it can also help you look younger. Turn back the clock with these 14 amazing foods!


Cucumbers

This salad favorite is great for skin. The silica in the peel helps reduce wrinkles and boost collagen. Buy them unwaxed if possible.

Mangos

Mango provides 96 percent of your daily vitamin C needs and helps prevent periodontal disease.

Red Wine

Heart-healthy red wine, made with the dark skin and seeds of grapes, is rich in polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that includes resveratrol.

Eggs

Your favorite breakfast food just got a little bit better! Eggs are rich in iron and biotin, which help keep your skin and hair healthy and full.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber, which reduces LDL cholesterol (the “bad� kind).

Avocados

Avocados are one of the richest sources of monounsaturated fats and contain biotin for healthy skin.

Tomatoes

Tomatos provide lycopene, which helps prevent heart disease, elevated cholesterol and cancer. Lycopene acts as natural sunblock, preventing the UV damage that causes sun spots, dryness and wrinkles.

Carrots

This vegetable is an excellent source of vitamin A. The nutrient is essential for a healthy scalp and youthful, shiny hair.

Cranberry Juice

This fruit juice disrupts the formation of plaque and thereby prevents yellowing of teeth and tooth decay.

Dark Chocolate

This decadent treat will help curb your sweet tooth and, will help you stop the aging process in its tracks.

Beans

They are high in protein, promote hair growth and help thicken hair cells by making the fibers stronger.

Cod

Fish can be great for your health, but cod is especially good for its anti-aging properties. It contains selenium, which safeguards your skin from sun damage and cancer.

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Simply Hers & Volume Salon present the

every woman is beautiful

Makeover Contest

June Winner - Mary Harlukowicz a makeover, mom, Mary Harlukowicz, for I would like to nominate my t while we grew up. always put her daughters firs has She ily. fam the of k roc the My mother has always been be around. or and is just a fun person to She has a quirky sense of hum see didn’t hesitate to get tested to ded a kidney transplant, she in nee ce er pla sist k too her t nt tha spla out tran nd When my mom fou her sister the gift of life. The e gav m mo the my ce 3, Sin 201 ... er to do. if she was a match. In Novemb would not have the courage e something that a lot of people n, and trying foods that wer dre chil two her h Georgia. Her selfless act was wit d olve inv vely acti is d, rrie ma ten transplant, my aunt has got never options for her before. that would be offered if she is ‘thrifty’ so the pampering She . self her for out e to change her tim es My mom never tak has been wanting for years has never done before. She she t had. I would tha ays ing alw s eth she som e is styl e this won comes out with the sam she , cut it gets she e tim ry hair style, yet eve that way too. only look amazing, but feel love for her to be able to not show the forget to make the time and as life gets busy, we tend to it would and w ys, kne I awa ok. far ebo live h Fac bot on er this My sist st to us. When I saw mo the tter ma t tha ll ple Wa peo h appreciation to the appreciate her. ~ Bet mom how much I love and be the perfect way to show my

The ladies at Volume Salon chose a dark brown a shade darker than Mary’s natural color with some natural looking highlights. They gave her a chin length bob with lots of layers to give her a fun easy style that looks great worn with her natural waves, or blow-dried straight! Her nails were polished with a coral shade from vinyl lux that is designed to last up to 7 days. Sorme mineral foundation was applied to even out the color in her cheeks, brown eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara complimented her eyes. Lastly, a coral cheek and lip color was applied to give her a pop of color, and to match her nails! Here is the final result...

Hair, Makeup, Manicure - Volume Salon Wardrobe, Accessories - Marilyn’s off Monroe Bouquet - Smith’s Flowers Dinner for Two - Johnny T’s Magazine Write Up - Simply Hers Magazine Letter from Beth: I want to thank you for everything you have done for my mom today. I think at first she was kind of reluctant to go outside her comfort zone, but the end results were amazing and it has been such a long time since I’ve seen her smile as big as she did today. I just can’t thank you enough for giving my mom the opportunity to feel as beautiful as she always has been!!

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! s r a o S A Mother’s Love By Nancy Hastings Simply Hers Magazine

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The chainsaw artwork made from a tree on Sharon Draper’s lawn may be open for interpretation, but its beauty is helping her cope with her son’s death. It was Saturday, April 26, 2014, when Mike Lofton, 43, of Quincy lost his life while driving his motorcycle along a country road in Indiana. That day is forever engrained in Draper’s memory, and her journal she’s kept to record instances since then brings her comfort. The artwork was a Mother’s Day present from her daughter, Vicki Hinshaw and son-in-law, Chad, who live in Angola, Indiana. They contacted chainsaw artist Von Nicholson to transform the large tree into a memorial of Lofton’s life. Though the artwork took a few more weeks to complete beyond Mother’s Day, Nicholson was successful in creating the image requested: a Presidential eagle for passers-by and an angel on the back side for their mother to find comfort in when looking outside her window. “We’ve had many drive by slowly and stop to inquire about the artwork,” Draper said, noting that its beauty, along with other happenings since her son’s passing, have taken her on a journey of acceptance. “It’s a process and though I think I may never complete it, it is good,” she said. Describing herself as someone who doesn’t like a lot of attention, the artwork has given her a celebrity status and introduced her to people who’ve shared their own stories and views of what the artwork means to them. “On a daily basis, some stopped to say they thought it was going to be a butterfly, praying hands or angel wings,” she said. “One man thought it was going to be a hawk, not an eagle, so I guess it’s open for interpretation.” “My son was always patriotic, so the eagle with the freedom banner is a good depiction of Mike,” Draper said. “He always wanted to serve, but because he had asthma when he was 12, they wouldn’t take him. He was a great believer in freedom and very supportive of veterans.” Her son was also an avid motorcyclist and his mechanical abilities of working on vehicles was his life’s work. “Since he was 16 or 17, he always had a vehicle,” Draper said. “His black Chevy Blazer had neon stripes and was lifted with color. So when he complained about being followed by the police, I told him if he had a gray Ford Escort he wouldn’t have that problem.” Draper said the same holds true for her chainsaw artwork. “You can’t transform something with beauty and not expect that it will draw attention,” she said. Despite the shock and sadness from her son’s accident, Draper said she has much to be thankful about. “He wasn’t hit by a car and I’m thankful it didn’t happen on a busy highway,” she said. And though she’s a big proponent of wearing helmets, she feels it wouldn’t have mattered in her son’s case, had he been wearing one. He died from

blunt force trauma along a peaceful wildlife refuge in Indiana, and though several others were riding with him, no one saw the accident. Wildlife could have distracted him, but she feels the peaceful surroundings are comforting when going there to visit the site. “It’s so beautiful there – full of ducks, geese and deer – that it gives me a different feeling than if it had happened somewhere busy that I couldn’t visit,” she said. A bench will soon be erected at the site bearing her son’s name, so that others can also enjoy the peace she finds during a confusing time. “He always wanted a motorcycle when he was young, but he was never allowed,” Draper said, noting that she was an over-protective mom, who when working in the X-ray department at the hospital, saw many broken bones on Saturday mornings after Friday night football games. “He wasn’t allowed to play football either.” Once he was old enough to make his own choices, he enjoyed building bikes, she said. “He always wanted a Harley and it was his Harley that went on his final ride with him,” she said. Finding ways to heal has been part of her journey. Because he belonged to ABATE, an American bikers’ brotherhood advocating training and education, Draper was invited to go on a remembrance ride during Riverfest in Jonesville. It started in Somerset Center, went to the Irish Hills for a service and then back to McCourtie Park. “I had no intention of riding, but I’m glad I did,” she said. “I felt like Mike was riding with me that day.” She was encouraged to go on the ride after seeing a newspaper headline reading: “I just get brave and do it.” The story was of a 15 year-old blind boy that inspired her. She clipped the headline and it’s in her journal to remind her of the people and events surrounding the journey she’s on. “Mike’s been with us to talk to us in many ways,” she said. “We just have to receive what’s there.”

Safety matters Though Draper said a helmet wouldn’t have mattered in her son’s motorcycle accident, she is a big supporter of them, along with seatbelts in automobiles. Other things leaving motorcyclists vulnerable include distractions like cell phones, GPS, satellite radio or sudden movement from wildlife. Even though another vehicle wasn’t involved, Draper said that when riding a motorcycle out on the road, you might as well be transparent, because car drivers often look right past you. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation says to pretend you’re invisible when riding, by taking extra responsibility for your safety and ride defensively. Their advice is to vary your speed and lane position to place yourself in the best spot on the road to avoid collisions, plan escape paths in case a driver violates your right-of-way, cover your brake controls to quicken your reactions, use your horn to alert a driver who doesn’t notice you and always ride within your limits. To learn more, riders can visit the Safety Tips section of msf-usa.org.

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Muscle up - live fit.

Avoid Mid-Summer Blues

It’s mid-summer and it seems that there is SO much going on! I’ve got the garden to tend to, yard work to catch up on, kid’s baseball game this evening and soon soccer will start back up.

By James Campbell Simply Hers Magazine

The list could go on and on of what we HAVE to do while the weather is warm. But be careful, this list of “to-do’s” will take over your time if you let it and leave no time to exercise if you let it. So, how can you to combat this? First be sure to set aside time for yourself that is unscathed by your list. This time doesn’t have to be spent in the confines of a commercial gym, it can be spent at home with tools you have right in front of you. You simply have to get a little creative. For example, use the counter for elevated pushups or set that timer on your stove and see how many body squats you can do in 4 minutes. Speaking of time, don’t feel you have to spend an hour or more in a gym everyday. Sometimes, a 30 minute burner will suffice. However, keep in mind that a gym is an important tool and you benefit from using it. Second, find a partner! Some people will do so much better about maintaining their physiques simply because there is someone else waiting and counting on them to be at the gym.

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It’s harder to let someone else down than it is to let yourself down. Having a partner also does wonders for motivation too! Lastly, remember that it is OKAY to have some time to yourself. It’s great to do things for others (friends, family, kids…), but if you don’t take care of yourself it will catch up with you. Dedicating an hour every other day to “do for you” will make you much more valuable to everything else going on in your life regardless of what it is. From full time Mom to that single woman trying to get through school and working full time, everything benefits from you feeling healthier. Everyone has a life and a list that needs to be tended to, keep exercise in focus and life will run smoother…not to mention longer and with WAY more vigor! Now, I’ll leave you speaking in my best commercial voice, “Stay fit my friends!” You know the commercial! Hahahaha!!! Remember, if you ever have questions or need some ideas, we’d love to see you here at PRIME! As always… MUSCLE UP…live fit


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Sports Injuries & Chiropractic Care

Sports Injuries

Participation in sports or exercise is an important step in maintaining your health. Exercise strengthens your heart, bones, and joints and reduces stress, among many other benefits. Unfortunately, injuries during participation in sports are all too common. Often, these injuries occur in someone who is just taking up sports as a form of activity, doesn’t use proper safety equipment, or becomes overzealous about the exercise regimen.

Ankle sprains most often involve tears of one or more of the ligaments along the outside of the ankle. Knee ligaments, including the larger external supportive ligaments and the smaller internal stabilizing ligaments, can also be torn. The cartilage on the back of the patella (knee-cap) can also become eroded from overuse, leading to a condition termed chondromalacia patella.

The more commonly injured areas of the body are the ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows, and spine. Remember that you should discuss any exercise program with your doctor of chiropractic before undertaking such activities.

Recent research has shown us that, in some cases, joint manipulation can be helpful with pain reduction and more rapid recovery.

Strains and Sprains

Although bones can sometimes be fractured with acute sports injuries, the most commonly injured structures are the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Tendons attach muscles to bones, and ligaments attach one bone to another. An acute twisting or overextension of a joint can lead to tears of muscles and tendons, called “strains,” and tears of ligaments result in “sprains.” These tears range from mild to severe. In mild injuries, just a few fibers are torn or stretched. Severe injuries, where there is a tear through the full thickness of the structure, are most often considered unstable injuries and frequently require surgical intervention. The intervertebral disc, a ligament between the vertebrae of the spine that works as a shock absorber, can also be torn, resulting in a disc bulge and/or herniation.

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Dr. Matt Gordon has a master’s degree in sports injury and rehabilitation which fits perfectly into chiropractic treatment. He specializes in the spine, but also in many common injuries to the hips, knees, shoulders, wrists, and ankles. Many injuries that occur to the musculoskeletal system are considered sports injuries even though you might night participate in sports, or have participated in sports before. Dr. Gordon also specializes in migraine/headache treatment using soft tissue, acupressure, and trigger point techniques for a non-invasive alternative treatment. At Hillsdale Chiropractic, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic wellness care to our patients. Call the office today to schedule an appointment at 517-439-9800.


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Dr. Jon Herbener Board Certified Pediatrician Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrician Practicing in Hillsdale for 37 years Chief of Pediatricians at Hillsdale Community Health Center

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Some infants and children experience convulsions as a result of a rapid rise or fall in body temperature often from an infection. Watching your child have a febrile seizure is extremely frightening, but the good news is that it is usually harmless and typically doesn’t indicate a long term or ongoing problem. These “febrile seizures” occur primarily in children from age 6 months to 6 years. Studies suggest that there isn’t much that can be done to prevent a febrile seizure. You can tell your child is having a febrile seizure if he or she has repeated rhythmic jerking’s of both arms and legs and is not responsive to you or aware of his or her surroundings. Occasional odd twitching or jerky movements are common especially in sleepy infants – these are not seizures. Most of the time, a febrile seizure occurs the first day of an illness, sometimes even before parents realize that their child is ill. If your child has a febrile seizure, try to stay calm and follow these tips to help your child during the seizure: • Place your child on his or her side somewhere where he or she won’t fall. • Stay close and watch and comfort your

child. • Remove any hard or sharp objects near your child. • Loosen any tight or restrictive clothing. • Don’t restrain your child or interfere with your child’s movements. • Don’t attempt to put anything in your child’s mouth. Have a first time febrile seizure evaluated by your child’s physician as soon as reasonably possible even if the seizure lasts only a few seconds. If the seizure ends quickly, call your doctor as soon as it is over and ask when and where your child can be examined. If the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes or is accompanied by vomiting, a stiff neck, problems with breathing or extreme sleepiness call for an ambulance to take your child to the emergency department of the nearest hospital.

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David Slifka, Executive Director for Reading Emergency unit emphasizes the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, as they can lead to death if not appropriately treated. Heat cramp symptoms can include: • Severe, sometimes disabling, cramps that typically begin suddenly in the hands, calves, or feet • Hard, tense muscles Heat exhaustion symptoms can include: • Fatigue • Nausea • Headaches • Excessive thirst • Muscle aches and cramps • Weakness • Confusion or anxiety • Drenching sweats, often accompanied by cold, clammy skin • Slowed or weakened heartbeat • Dizziness • Fainting • Agitation Heat exhaustion requires immediate attention but is not usually life-threatening.

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on a child’s face as they accomplish something for the first time; yet in the same day I can glean wisdom from my elders. When the white coat comes off and I head home for the day, I’m greeted by my ever enthusiastic Shih-Tzu, Mr. China. My husband and I relish taking Mr. China for a walk, as we listen to birds chirp, feel a wind’s breeze and watch flowers bloom or leaves fall.

sabrina PanicH, nP Hillsdale Health and Wellness is pleased to announce our newest addition, Sabrina Panich Family Nurse Practitioner. Sabrina is accepting new patients and will be working Monday-Friday 8am-3pm. Hello! I’m Sabrina, a family nurse practitioner (FNP) at Hillsdale Health and Wellness. As an FNP, I love that each day I get to encourage individuals and families to be the best promoters of their own health. I enjoy that caring for people of all ages provides me the privilege of seeing the joy

On my own I enjoy running, I’ve completed two half-marathons and hope to complete a marathon this fall. On my more relaxed days, I put to use one of the most important lessons I learned in school: nothing nourishes the mind like reading. I brew a cup of coffee, turn on the hymns and cuddle up with a good book. That all being said, I really enjoy what I do so, at least once a week I try to put my nursing training to work in a volunteer capacity. In our fast paced, jam packed schedule, society, it can be difficult to find balance. It’s easy to get bogged down by everything

we have to do! I’ve learned to judge the success of my day by what I’ve accomplished, and not by what I still have to do. When finding balance it’s important to make time for the one’s you love and not just the things you have to do. My husband and I make time for each other by spending time together that we could easily spend apart. Before Hillsdale was my home, I lived in Livonia. The thing cherished most about Livonia, was that I was never more than 10 minutes from Hines Park. Hines Park is a county park stretching 15 miles along the middle rouge river, rich with trails and lakes. The thing I disliked about Livonia is that it had no downtown; there was no central place to support local commerce or meet friends. When I first came to Hillsdale I fell in love with lakes, trails and the downtown. I knew my husband would have a place to fish, I’d have a place to run, and on Saturday mornings we could walk together downtown while supporting the moms and pops.

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Gray Matters

Everyone say cheese... or not …

I have beautiful children. I really do. I also have photogenic children. I know I am probably a bit biased on both of these statements, but most mothers are and most mothers are absolutely right that their children are both beautiful and extremely photogenic.

By Sarah Gray Simply Hers Magazine

Well, I will admit my kids are photogenic, until, of course, you point a camera at them – more specifically when that lens is one of a professional photographer. Then they just look like they are in pain. For the first time this year, my son had his picture taken at school. On “picture day” we talked about how he would smile (happy, relaxed), I had him practice how he was going to smile and as we waited in line for the photographer I had him practice a couple more times. He wasn’t sad or nervous when he went up on the little platform, he jumped right up there. Then the photographer had him say cheese and this half smile/ half grimace came over his face. Click. So yeah, he has a beautiful smile, one that can light up a room, but for the remainder of this year the 8x10 that is hanging in our living room will show him looking like he’s in distress. That’s how it goes I guess. I am sure many parents out there have similar stories of smiles gone bad. They do grow out of it as I have recently found out from my oldest. They then however, start into a new phase. The I-want-to-make-a-goofy-face-in-every-pictureI’m-in phase. That or put bunny ears on their brother or sister. While the oldest is making faces and the boy is looking like he is smiling through pain, the youngest doesn’t want to be photographed at all. I have several pictures of her literally escaping the picture and others where

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she won’t even look at the person taking the picture. When I do get her look at the camera I end up getting one of those super cheesy grins, with all the teeth showing and eyes squeezed shut. Better than nothing I guess. It’s still cute. Pictures of all of my children looking at the camera and smiling nicely are few and far between these days. I would like to get some three year pictures taken of my youngest (since she turned three over a month ago), but I must admit I’m hesitant. I have taken her to one of those places where they take a million pictures of your kid and then try to sell you 15 different poses in various sizes, plus a calendar, cards and of course the CD with every one of the million pictures they took of your adorable tot. All for the low, low price of … well let’s just say lots more money than I want to pay. I don’t need 200 pictures of my child. I love her, but come on that’s just getting obnoxious. The only upside of those places for me, is that when it comes around to the viewing the million and half pictures they took of my little darling, only about two are really any good. The photographers don’t even pressure me into the CD – they know the number of duds that are in there. So we’ll give it a go with the new three-year-old. After all, I had three year pictures taken of the other two so I know I should. Who knows, she may just surprise me. If you are interested in more of my musings check out my blog at www.graymatters03.blogspot.com


Simply Hilar ious A sweet grandmother Telephoned St. Joseph’s Hospital. She timidly asked, “Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?” The operator said, “I’ll be glad to help, dear. What’s the name and room number of the patient?”

The grandmother in her weak, tremulous voice said, Norma Findlay, Room 302.”

Physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged tomorrow.”

The operator replied, “Let me put you on hold while I check with the nurse’s station for that room.”

The grandmother said, “Thank you. That’s wonderful. I was so worried. God bless you for the good News.”

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The operator replied, “You’re more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?” The grandmother said, “No, I’m Norma Findlay in Room 302. No one tells me a darn thing!”

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nati who were instrumental in his recovery. While Wyatt is still young and unsure of his future career goals, he has certainly not let this set him back as he continues to attend school and actively participates in the Youth Engaged in Drug Prevention Program. His mother Michelle stated; “Without all of you, Wyatt may not have gotten this second chance”. His father Bruce agreed and said; “never underestimate our community hospital, police, fire or ambulance services.” We are proud of the dedicated Emergency Department Staff and the entire team of local health care professionals that helped Wyatt and his family during the most critical hours of his life.

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back to square one.

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By Ashley Price Simply Hers Magazine ~Special thank you to the readers of Simply Hers magazine and those who follow my column. I’m grateful for your readership and the continued support!~

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I was scared to write about starting my own business last issue but I just went for it for a couple of reasons; first of all, accountability. I’m a big believer in doing what I say I’m going to do and when I decided to tell all of you readers my plans, now I have more personal pressure to perform and to stay motivated. I also wrote about it because I was 99% sure I had funding to get going. If my time in Williston has taught me anything, it’s that you have to watch out for that 1%. That nothing is for sure until it happens. Even then, you can’t really bank on it 100%. Well sure enough, my investor backed out. Not to sound too dramatic but I was devastated. This is a personal and professional relationship I had cultivated over the past 5 years of my life and it’s a person I trusted whole heartedly. When I had first approached this person about the opportunity he said, “with Ashley Price as collateral, count me in”. So I thought I was a shoe-in. I understand everyone needs to do what is best for them but I’m just frustrated and upset that for six weeks I was more or less strung along while we tried to find a solution that worked for both of us. For instance, should we do an investment structure where I give equity in my business or should we structure some sort of business loan. We had both agreed that a business loan would probably be the best option. So I did all the leg work. I did research on what the interest rates on small business loans currently were in the market and I created an amortization schedule as well as got the proper documents for an unsecured promissory note. Everything. So all that was needed to be done was sign the paperwork and write the check, right? Well, turns out this person decided it would be in my best interest to start a relationship with a bank here in Williston and that he wasn’t really interested in becoming that kind of lender. The only issue is that

my debt to income ratio is obscene and I rely solely on tip income. So I’m just not feeling to overly optimistic about my chances here. Also, I haphazardly quit my second job with the assumption that after my trip back to Michigan this month I’d have a check in my hand and be going full boar at the business. I really thought this was a for sure thing. Silly me. As I said, to each their own. And he’s probably not wrong and he’s just doing what felt right to him ultimately. It’s just that after six weeks, his encouragement and a huge emotional investment on my part, I’m back to square one. And I’m heart broken. Sometimes I feel like I’m riding high. Flying higher than eagles and that I’m unstoppable. Like I can’t fail. Then all of the sudden, within an instant I’m plummeting to the Earth again and fighting like hell not to crash and burn. I’m just trying to survive let alone win. See? I’m a bit dramatic about it. But in all seriousness it’s just a setback and I know this. I’m still determined to succeed. I’ll just have to do it a different way than I originally thought. And if that means begging for my bartending job back, working every day of my life away and saving the money to do it myself, then so be it. I’ve waited two years to get going, what another year? I have meetings this week with the small development center at Williston State College and a meeting with my bank here in Williston, so hopefully with all the research I’ve done, my thoroughness and my passion and dedication to succeed, they’ll take a chance on me. Wish me luck, guys. I guess anything worthwhile was never easy to get right?

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Hello again readers! Honestly, doing this article every two months has started to showcase how quickly time moves. One of those inevitable casualties of growing older is that summers are no longer the timeless era between school years, framed by the Michigan heat and humidity, horse size mosquitoes, dirt and popsicles. No, now it seems that if I blink just once or twice, the summer is already gone and we’re all back to pretending like we actually enjoy snow, ice, and spending our vacation days with family (always need a vacation after those vacation days). This article I really wanted to try and focus on something light and cheery, as befitting the beautiful summer months that we have now entered. But then I walked outside my door, saw the bikini’s by the pool, and decided to forget it was summer. But seriously, let us discuss something that I am just sick and tired to death about. Sick….and…tired. And that thing is, Beauty. Yes, we are now fully into the summer months. Those months when it seems like you cant go anywhere without maximum skin exposure. Heck, even I am currently working on a nice golden tan, farmers tan that is. Now let me very clear up front, it is not bare skin that bothers me, it’s not even the opinion that some people should rethink their outfits before they leave the house. No it is the near constant barrage that is all over the place about Beauty. Every day I see hundreds of Facebook Meme’s about Beauty, how everyone’s beautiful, we’re all beautiful inside, blah blah. Not that I don’t agree with some of those statements, of course the people that we love are beautiful to us and absolutely nothing can change that. What irks me is the fact that it sometimes seems, in our society, that we as women can only be fitted into one box: the beautiful box. What those Meme’s and quotes are really trying to tell us is that we are all worthwhile; however, if you are a female in America, apparently

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that can only be described by calling you beautiful. Well here’s a newsflash for you America, I have value, and it has NOTHING to do with my looks. I am relatively intelligent, hard working almost to a fault, have a cutting sense of humor, my greatest passion is literature. I can be aggressive, I have a mouth like a sailor, I am demanding, a perfectionist, and I have a bad habit of playing favorites. The number on a scale doesn’t define me, neither does the number in my jeans or tops. The color of my hair, or eyes, or skin, in no way define. And if those things changed, I might also change, but I would still be me. I am valuable, as a human being, and I won’t be punted into either corner. The corner that says that I am only beautiful and worthy if I look a certain way; OR the corner that says that I am beautiful no matter what, but still conveys the message that I am only valuable because I am beautiful. So, all you awesome readers. This article is a little shorter, a tasty little treat to take you into the summer. I hope that you can take it to heart, and realize that it doesn’t matter whether you’re beautiful or not, that unless you model, that beauty doesn’t make you who you are. At the end of the day I hope you feel your worth, in the things which really last. Like the kindness you show to animals, or the ability to make somebody smile when they’re having a bad day. It is the things which you have in your heart, that time or misfortune cannot take away, that truly make you wonderful. So throw off the shackles of giving a crap what anybody else thinks about your haircut, or weight, or the makeup you spackle on. Don’t let society force you into a box. YOU get to define yourself to the world, not the other way around. And know, that although I am sure that you are beautiful, it’s the wonderful things that I cannot see on the outside that makes me love you.


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• Make a rule for yourself that if you buy something, you must get rid of something else. This will avoid a build-up of clutter. • Learn to file immediately. Paper clutter can overwhelm you quickly. • Dump everything out of the junk drawer. Quickly sort it by category (it’s helpful to name the categories on a piece of paper to help with sorting), discard duplicates, remove items that belong elsewhere, add dividers or plastic trays and return everything to the drawer, keeping like items together. • Sort through your medicine cabinet and dispose of all expired items. • Write out menus for the next 2 weeks that will use up food being stored in your pantry. • Throw away or recycle catalogs. You can find what you need online, when you need it.

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The big day finally arrives. I am honored to represent the State as Mrs. Michigan 2007, and will be meeting the governor with my family at the state capital. Our 9-yearold special-needs daughter Madison is swinging her feet back and forth in her chair and content to be playing her promised two electronic games as we wait our meeting. We practiced over and over our handshake, good eyecontact manners, and “Pleased to meet you, Governor” for weeks and weeks with Madison prior to this moment. Since Madison is known to have struggles and overreactions to new situations, we are so pleased she is contained and not hyper-actively running around the grand hall ways knocking over precious historical statues. All is good…so far. “Next!” the uniformed guard bellows out. It is our turn. I shoot a quick prayer this goes well, grab up our belongings, and turn on my camera. OH NO! The camera battery dies. Quickly I snatch the other electronic toy Madison is not using and start taking out the batteries for the camera because we need to walk in right now, and my director requires photos of all events. Did I mention Madison does not adjust to change of plans well? Yea, well, suddenly Madison insists in a loud echoingdown-the-corridor voice. “Mommmm, you said I could bring these 2 toys!” Madison starts to get into the meltdownzone phase. I attempt to sooth her growing irrationalness with logic while I frantically switch out the batteries, hand my husband the now battery-powered camera, and we scurry into the prestigious office with our family. The governor greets and shakes hands with me as I introduce my husband Mark, my son Markus, and then I get to my daughter, who by this time is totally unreasonable because she does not have the promised electronic toy. Our weeks of practice greeting are worthless. I say this is my daughter Madison. Madison stomps her feet, sticks out her bottom lip, and turns her back to the highest official in the state. I start to sweat profusely, as she is standing with her back defiantly turned away. My husband grimaces and firmly whispers out of the side of his mouth, “Madison, say HELLO to the governor, NOW.”

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Keeping her feet planted and back defiantly turned, Madison swiftly cocks her head around, frowns her face, and snorts out with much sassiness, “ Hi Gov.” She proceeds to dramatically whip her head back around to the I–am-sonot-wanting-to-cooperate position with arms crossed and back rebelliously remaining to us. “NOOOOOO!” my mind is clouded inside realizing, “our daughter did not just royally and with much overdo, totally dish the esteemed position of governor in the historic oval office?!!.” I bead up with sweat as the cameras flash. This is not quite how I envisioned our oh-so-sophisticated Mrs. Michigan monumental moment. It has been 7 years since this fiasco in the capital. Now, with Madison’s autism diagnosis, we have insight into this slightly hysterical historical highlight of my queen experience. Have your best-made plans ever gone a muck? When I read my favorite book, the BIBLE, I learn how ordinary people like you and I, experience unexpected setbacks in their human plans, but God works extraordinarily in his divine plans. Jonah plans a side trip and spends a horrid reeking dark few days in the slimy stomach of a whale, and is spewed back out to obey God and learn obedience. Joseph plans to live a dream and is wrongly abruptly sold to slavery, falsely accused of rape, unjustly imprisoned, and then God lifts him to the 2nd most powerful man in the land to save his family alive. Daniel plans to keep praying to God, but is thrown into a den of ravenous lions for doing so, and God miraculously delivers Daniel unscathed from his unexpected life event to bring God glory! Our human plans often detour, but God can turn our alternative routes into a laugh-about-it-later illustration story, reason-to-obey-God memory, training-youfor-leadership-life experience, and give-glory-to-God opportunity! God is good all the time…even in our unforeseen, unanticipated, and often unpredictable life. Find God’s purpose in the muck. It’s better than staying stuck.


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The Amish in Hillsdale County have been maintaining a way of life going back 300 years. Just like their forefathers, they believe in a plain and simple life. In a rare occasion, a local Amish family welcomed a writer from Simply Hers Magazine inside their doors for a peak at how this life has continued to bring them peace in a rushed and confused world. 39


A smattering of outbuildings serve various purposes. Photo by Nancy Hastings The Amish in Hillsdale County have been maintaining a way of life going back 300 years. Just like their forefathers, they believe in a plain and simple life. In a rare occasion, a local Amish family welcomed a writer from Simply Hers Magazine inside their doors for a peek at how this life has continued to bring them peace in a rushed and confused world. The rare opportunity came since this family had grown to know and respect two “English” friends who insisted they share some of the ways of life that many from the “outside world” find intriguing. But, before we share their story, we need to honor some unique requests. The story must be told without actual names or photos as the family is living by a set of rules of the “Old Order,” the family coexists alongside it’s American counterparts known as the English, in a life with no distractions and where photography isn’t allowed. With this in mind please meet our Amish neighbors. Choyce and Jack Quigley, who own Quigley’s Bed and Breakfast near Hudson, have spent more than a decade getting to know the Amish family whose friendship they cherish, acting as pseudo grandparents for their eight children. They note the family is like one of their own, having five grown children themselves, though scattered about. The friendship began 16 years ago when Jack Quigley needed some help with the roof of his log cabin home on Acker Road. He met his soon to be Amish friend, whose expert craftsmanship mended a roofing situation and bonded a friendship where both now help each other with farm and family tasks. A truck load of manure for Choyce’s flower garden can mean a meal at the Quigley home or the purchase of wood from the Amish family’s workshop, or even the exchange of information for a contact who may be looking for goods. The exchange is never measured, for as in a true friendship, they merely look out for each other’s benefit. It was through this mutual respect that on a cool spring evening, a visit was made to a quiet dirt road near Prattville. Upon driving into a circular driveway where cars aren’t normally visible, a yard free of clutter, a smattering of outbuildings and a handful of chickens pecking at the ground were all that could be seen at first glance. Soon, a small girl wearing in a blue dress and bonnet appeared from across the road where her grandparents live to welcome us with a broad grin. She approached quietly and slowly without speaking until asked her name and introduced herself before nodding and shyly walking back across the road after Choyce told her to alert her parents we had arrived.

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“They don’t understand English well at their young age, since they speak Pennsylvania Dutch before they learn English in school,” Choyce explained. Soon, another child, arrived to tell us her parents would soon be there. The Quigleys assumed it was milking time, when in reality, what was later disclosed was that a pig slaughtering had taken place – a practice normally done in the coolness of January or February, though the pigs were too small at that time. The short lull allowed for observation of a clothesline, strung across the porch where dark shirts and trousers of all sizes, along with a few handmade rugs, hung from wooden pins, telling a story of a life where machines aren’t allowed to accomplish homemaking duties. Soon, a friendly and tall bearded man, dressed in dark clothing and wearing a hat, crossed the road to greet us, first showing the inside of his workshop before inviting us inside his home. The workshop was filled with wooden planks for flooring, ready for a project the two friends discussed briefly before pointing out the belt-driven machinery and duct work overhead to remove sawdust. Once inside the home, warm air from the woodstove beckoned us into a large empty room with beautiful wood flooring where church is held in their homes with other Amish families on a rotation basis. Worship is every other Sunday, but “sings” are held for the young adults between the ages of 17 and 30 each Sunday. Before bed and at breakfast, devotions are also a regular part of their day. Walking through to the kitchen (another large room), the light was dim before a lantern was lit and hung from the ceiling. Soon, more children arrived and a commotion ensued with constant, but cheerful movement, until most were seated or leaning around the long wooden table, some on benches and the youngest on his father’s lap. Small toy animals and a barn appeared on the table to appease the youngest, who smiled constantly and without complaint, as was notable with all. Easing into a conversation of family life, the father said family was indeed the best part of being Amish. Extended family members live nearby and were the reason for settling in the area. The oldest boy, wants to be a farmer, so lifestyle is something cherished and not questioned. “The best part is family togetherness,” he said. “That’s the way it’s always been and what my grandpa talked about. Things were done alongside German neighbors and the Amish and English did things together since ways of doing things were similar back then.”


Topics of conversation included the advantages of farming Amish, since they can get to their fields quicker and the fact that tractors compact the soil. “With horses there is less weight,” he said. There still remains challenges with few cash crops like soybeans and wheat, along with the challenge that everything is done by hand, taking longer when handling. Families hold thrashing rings and the work is shared so everyone’s silo’s bins are filled. On such occasions, including barn raisings, large meals are enjoyed where food like mashed potatoes, noodles, chicken and homemade breads are devoured by hungry workers. Tomato cheese was a food that the father said was his favorite. Soon joining the conversation, his smiling wife, arrived to speak of canning tomatoes and applesauce. Filling orders for baked goods is common and using duck eggs was disclosed as a secret to making cookies and cakes softer. “Mostly I cook for family,” the mother said. “I put up more than 100 quarts of applesauce and that much, too, in peaches.” The practice of preparing a large pot of vegetable soup at the end of the growing season was described as a delicious large family-gathering tradition. “We ladies have a hen party, while for the men, it’s called a frolic,” she said. A large jar of honey, slowly liquefying while sitting on the black wood stove, led to a conversation of bee keeping and the loss of a hive due to either extreme cold temperatures or mites.

Though courtships can start at age 17, this couple had a long one lasting three and a half years. Letter writing is part of the courtship and around 100 were received each. They saw each other every few months because of the distance. The longest journey by buggy averages 12 miles and during the winter time, hot water inside an old vinegar bottle wrapped in a buggy blanket for feet can make a cold trip more bearable. “Some still use the soap stones heated in the oven, which works well and stays warm a long time,” the father said. During the hot summers, ice is taken from the ice house lined in Styrofoam, a new style of icehouse. Where once sawdust was used for insulation, Styrofoam was noted to be an advancement. Six wagon loads of ice, eight inches thick, fill the small building and can last through the summer. Blocks are transported to the house and placed in a smaller ice box. Additionally, homemade strawberry ice cream was mentioned as a summer’s day delight to ward off the heat. Holidays like Easter and Christmas tie in with their faith and include the day after as well. Noting the many differences among the Amish, the father said the Old Order is the way it started, but like many traditions the English have, some are changing. One thing stays constant and that’s their love of family – that, along with a special gentleness that’s hospitable and comes with genuine caring and heartfelt well wishes that extend beyond any barriers as shouts of “good-bye” echo through the night air upon departure.

Gathering sap for maple syrup is also a tradition, though this year the yield was lower. “We have friends in Indiana whose income can do well if it’s a good year,” she said. A typical day for the family begins at 5 a.m. with a trip to the barn to milk cows for an hour and a half. Afterwards, the family gathers for breakfast before the children go to school. Since the one-room schoolhouse for grades one through eight is across the road, the children often come home for lunch so the proximity is enjoyed by all. Snow days are non-existent. Games like Dare Base, similar to Red Rover, are played by the children. “We can watch them play and can check on them easily,” the mother said. Hiding hard-boiled eggs (and some with candy inside) at school was something done for Easter time and the children carry wood for their grandparents, who also provide treats. Chores are shared among all and homework is something done after supper and before bedtime. A small thick book of math problems, nearly completed, showed one daughter’s hopes of summer vacation, just days away.

A clothesline on the porch tells the lifestyle of the Amish, as family friends Jack and Choyce Quigley enjoy a visit. Photo by Nancy Hastings

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Spice up your look at Marilyn’s Off Monroe By Sarah Gray, Simply Hers Magazine

Looking to glam up your wardrobe without empting your wallet? Look no further than Marilyn’s Off Monroe, a women’s resale boutique located at 35 East Bacon Street in downtown Hillsdale. “Women in this community needed this store,” says owners Marilyn Gary who opened the store in early December 2013. She said she hadn’t planned on opening until closer to Christmas, but with so many eager customers she opened early. Marilyn, who has a master’s degree in counseling and had her own private practice in Fenton, decided to make a career change after dabbling in consignment buying on the side. “I thought “I can do that,’” she said. She really liked the atmosphere of the Hillsdale area and when she saw the store front on Bacon, she decided to set up shop. “Retail therapy is a different kind of therapy,” she says adding that this can be especially true with consignment shopping because women can “buy things they normally couldn’t. It makes them feel good, and happy is the best therapy of all.” Shopping at Marilyn’s Off Monroe isn’t like shopping at other clothing stores either. It is an experience. From the moment you walk in the door you are taken back to the age of old Hollywood glam. Brightly colored walls, hot pink accents and pictures of Marilyn Monroe – which Marilyn says she has always had an affinity - give the store a classic look, along with vintage music and the sweet smell of candles burning. Along with a wide variety of clothing – from casual to prom, the boutique also has a large assortment of accessories including scarves, jewelry, purses and all types of footwear. She carries a range of sizes as well, from extra small to three X.

Marilyn currently has 58 consignors and says she receives new items on almost a daily basis. “It is a community project,” she says. “People bring what they don’t want or need that other women would love. It is great way for women to be more adventurous with their wardrobe without spending a lot of money.” The store has two dressing rooms and Marilyn admits she loves helping women put together outfits and accessorize. The clothing at Marilyn’s Off Monroe is either new or barely worn, and Marilyn is a bit particular about what she accepts. Clothes must be “hanger happy” she says, meaning no stains, no spots, no loose threads, or missing gems. Consigners agree on a price to sell their items and once they have sold, Marilyn issues them a check with their portion of the sale. Items that have not been sold in six months are donated to Dress for Success – a non-profit organization which provides professional clothing and helps find employment for disadvantaged women. Marilyn has also donates clothing to the Community Action Agency in Hillsdale County. Stop into the store the last week of the month and take advantage of the buy one get one 50 percent off sale (excluding Coach purses and designer jewelry). Marilynn’s Off Monroe is open Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on consignment opportunities contact Marilyn at 517-610-0973 or e-mail MarilynsOffMonroe13@yahoo.com. You can also find the store on Facebook.


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Have you ever lived through an incident that started innocently enough then turned semi-deadly? I did recently and I’m still trying to figure out how it all went downhill so quickly. To top it all off, I’m also now constantly looking over my shoulder to be sure “she” isn’t after me. It’s enough to put me over the edge.

By Willie Smith Simply Hers Magazine

My husband and I were at a fund raiser recently when I saw Michelle, a woman I occasionally work with. She was chatting with another woman in front of the silent auction tables. Things were a little slow at first, so I got this idea to liven things up by giving Michelle a shove and starting a fake fight. In the back of my mind (my very small, nonfunctioning mind according to my husband) I thought it would be funny. I guess I should have clued Michelle in on the ruse, eh? Have you ever heard of impulse control? Yeah, well apparently I have none. Even though my shortterm impulse control involving the shove corresponded with my long term goal of living a long, healthy life my brain obviously did not register this pertinent information. The next thing I know I shoved her, apparently a little harder than I meant to. Actually I didn’t think I shoved her THAT hard, but clearly I was wrong. What was I thinking?!?!?! Michelle is a former state trooper! She retired as a Sergeant after 25 years. What did she do in those 25 years you ask? She caught bad guys. She tracked ‘em down, cuffed ‘em, stuffed ‘em, then went out for a beer with the girls and acted as though this was normal behavior for a woman. Evidently it was normal for her. She taught self-defense classes so she knows how to hurt people really bad and make it look like an accident! She was a firearms instructor so she’s obviously a very good shot! Let’s review, shall we? 1) A retired Sergeant from the state police so she’s one tough cookie. 2) A self defense instructor so she’s able to kick my tail, make it look like it was my own fault and not break a sweat doing it. 3) A firearms instructor so she can shoot to maim and/ or kill, depending on her mood. Even though Michelle is normally a very nice person, her mood after this incident did not bode well for me.

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You’re probably wondering how one little shove could end so badly; me too! Michelle hadn’t been expecting the shove so I obviously caught her off guard. That was good for me because otherwise she would have jumped up from the floor and kicked my tail on the spot. As it was she stumbled and bumped into the friend she had been talking with. That friend then fell backwards into a table that held silent auction baskets. Now granted this was bad, but it wasn’t like it was the end of the world, right? Wrong! It was potentially the end of my world because that lady fell into a table that held several bottles of wine and they went flying. I have never in my life seen so many people concerned about wine! Not only did the wine go flying, about 20 people went running after the wine. As people were trying to catch the bottles before they hit something and broke, they bumped into each other and then into the other tables. What a mess! I’m telling you there were bottles flyin’, people runnin’ and tables turnin’. It was awful, just awful. Lucky for me there was so much confusion. Michelle was more worried about the people, tables and wine than she was about catchin’ me and kickin’ my behind. That could come later. As it was I had just enough time to find my husband and tell him we had to leave now - RIGHT NOW!! He didn’t know why, but he’s used to seeing me in a panic and wanting to leave a place quickly so he didn’t ask any questions. Right now I’m hiding in the basement of my house. I explained to my husband what happened, but he knows me well enough to know he didn’t get the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. To be honest, I’m not sure I would know the truth if it bit me in the butt. Right now though I’m only worried about Michelle finding me and beating me to a pulp. I don’t know how long I can stay holed up in this basement or how long my husband will keep my whereabouts a secret. He keeps threatening to call Michelle unless I give him some money. I’m in a basement for cryin’ out loud, where am I going to get any money? I’m telling you this could really put me over the edge.


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pet taLEs From Kacie’s Korner By Kacie Keeshond Simply Hers Magazine

I hope your summer is off to a grrrreat start! Mine has mostly been spent trying to find a cool spot! With this double fur coat I am one hot dog, so I prefer to stay in the air conditioning and eat ice cubes. I’ve learned that the bathroom tile is pretty cool and the shower doubles as a good hiding place. ‘Dad’ says he’s never known a dog that doesn’t like to take walks, but I prefer to find a shady spot to just sit and watch people. I wish I could make him put on two big fur coats and then tell me how he feels about it!!

Don’t forget to make sure your pets have fresh, cool water this summer. And pawleeze don’t leave them in a hot vehicle! Even loving, responsible pet owners don’t realize what happens when you leave us. My ‘Mom’ found this information so I wanted her to share it to remind everybody…….

Speaking of summer, August will bring my second birthday. Last year ‘Mom’ gave me a big birthday pawty and invited a bunch of my dog and people friends. We had dog cake, lots of treats and toys, a kiddy pool and even gifts. This year, I will have to settle for a good scratch of the ears, some treats and maybe a car ride (with the air conditioning on, of course!)

It takes no time for a car to heat up, even when the outside temperature is mild. According to the SPCA, ten minutes is all that’s needed for the inside of a car to reach 102 degrees on an 85 degree day. In thirty minutes, the car will be around 120 degrees. Even if it’s a pretty spring day, your ride can still get pretty hot. According to a 2005 Stanford University study, a car parked in 70 degree weather took only 60 minutes to reach 116 degrees. At 74 degrees, it takes only 30 minutes for the car’s interior temperature to climb above 110. Contrary to popular belief, a cracked window won’t help. The same study found when opening the windows a bit for extra air, the cars heated up at a similar rate. If you sat in a 100 degree car, you’d likely work up a good sweat fairly quickly. When you sweat, it dries and takes away excess heat. Dogs don’t sweat like you; they perspire around their paws, which isn’t enough to cool their body. They pant to get rid of excess heat, which is helpful when they’re outdoors or in a ventilated area. However, in close quarters or high humidity, panting doesn’t help. You should also know that it is illegal to leave a dog unattended in a vehicle in 14 states (Arizona, California, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Vermont and W. Virginia.) And of course, any action that could be considered animal cruelty is illegal everywhere!

‘Mom’ gives me a lot of praise for how I’m maturing but I heard her whisper to ‘Dad’ that she sometimes kind of misses my puppy antics! So I thought in honor of my birthday, I’d share some of my best puppy moments.

My DFF (Dog Friend Furever): Lily To tell you about this issue’s DFF, we are going clear to Florida to meet a beautiful Pit Bill named Lily. When Lily’s ‘Mom’, Deena, first met her, she had been found wandering in the streets and begging for food. She was injured, malnourished and flea infested. They suspected she had recently had puppies, was possibly still nursing and appeared to have mastitis. It was not Deena’s intention to keep her, but to just watch over her until the humane society could pick her up. Lily was leery of people, cowering and backing away when approached. A gray, pitiful mess turned “Lily” white and relaxed once she had a flea bath. She jumped on Deena’s lap and put her head on her shoulder, refusing to move (she still thinks she’s a 60 lb. lap dog) and the furever bond was sealed! About a week later, Deena took her to the Vet for a checkup. She didn’t have mastitis; she was pregnant with 9 puppies and due to have them in the next couple of weeks! She herself was only a puppy, not more than 18 months- 2 years old. Sadly, the vet speculated she had probably been used as a breeder and this was at least her second or third pregnancy. Deena shared the story on Facebook and the outpouring of love was incredible. People donated dog food, treats, toys and their time during the three months that the puppies were weaning. All of her puppies found furever homes with friends or people

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who followed her on Facebook. Lily proved to be a fun-loving mother. She especially loved playing the game of hiding her puppies all over the house when Deena was out! She would sit in the middle of the living room and watch Deena look for them when she came home. Puppies were found in the laundry basket, in the closet, behind the couch…just about anywhere. One of Lily’s pups, the runt of the litter, was born with a beautiful mustache. Named Salvador Dali, AKA Sal D., she stayed with Lily’s ‘family’ and they became inseparable. Even now at 17 months and 75 pounds, she still allows her mom, Lily, to clean her ears and face every night. Sali is on her way to becoming a therapy dog. She passed the test and will soon be volunteering at hospitals, assisted living homes, and schools. Lily has a Facebook page (Lily’s Place) so she and her ‘Mom’, Deena can keep track of her puppies. They all celebrated together on the puppies’ 1st Birthday. Contrary to the bad rap their breed gets, both Lily and Sali D. are very gentle with other dogs and children. So that is the story of how a gray, unhealthy stray turned into a white, happy, healthy, beloved family pet. DON’T YOU LOVE A PET TALE WITH A HAPPY ENDING?


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10 ways to End A Relationship Before It Begins

Relationships are hard. So hard, that sometimes we destroy them before they even come to be. We’re just so excited about this new person, this new prospect, that we just want to jump to the end where everyone is happy and in love. And in doing that, we ruin the whole thing. If this hasn’t happened to you yet, keep doing what you’re doing and avoid doing these things. 10. Being available all the time If you’re available a lot, that’s fine. But don’t let anyone know that. You want people to think that you’ve got a life full of important and fabulous things to do. 9. Texting or calling too frequently If you’re the sort of person who communicates via text, take a moment and think, “Do I really need to text this?” Is it to confirm plans? Go for it. Are you sharing an inside joke? Go for it. But do not go for it every day. And do not text things like, “Hey! What’s up?” “Oh, nothing, you?” “Just chilling.” “Cool.” 8. Getting caught Facebook stalking them We all do it, just don’t get caught. If you do, it’s nearly impossible to get over. They have to have a really good sense of humor, and you have to be breezy about it. But for some people, this can end it immediately. To them, it suggests that you’re insecure. 7. Asking them almost every day if they’d like to hang out/go out Make some plans, if they don’t work then offer suggestions, and try to figure something out. If it doesn’t, then it’s a cowardly way of saying you’re not that into each other. 6. Making or planning big events or trips too far ahead It’s like you’re challenging the universe to break you up. Oh, your cousin’s getting married in about a year? Better let them know that even though you just met this dude last week and he seems cool, you’re gonna need a plus one.

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5. Being too familiar and too intimate Don’t pretend to know everything about his family because you saw them on his Instagram feed. That throws people off. And by being too intimate, I mean, doing boyfriend-y things when you’ve only gone on one date. On your second date, if you jump into his arms and call him pet names you just made up and grab his hand it can make the other person feel really, really awkward. 4. Having “the relationship talk” WAY too soon Nothing kills the relationship like talking about the relationship. It makes sense if you’ve been together for a few months and you want to know if you’re going to be exclusive, and how do you feel about what we have going on here, and so forth. But if you’ve been on 2 dates and you’re having this talk, it’s going to end badly. 3. Over analyzing everything Texting has ruined a lot about dating. We’re so careful now about what we text and when we want to describe to our friends how our interactions, we simply copy/paste the text to every friend. And usually, each friend comes back with an entirely different interpretation. And it’s a mess. 2. Worrying about the future “Are we going to last? Is this the person I’m going to marry? Will my parents like them? Will they like my parents? To quote Doris Day... Que Sera, Sera, Whatever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see. 1. Falling too hard, too fast — and telling them At the end of a perfect first date come the words... “I think I’m falling in love with you.” And sometime you later realize that you weren’t actually in love — you just really wanted to be. It’s okay to fall in love, but don’t say anything until you’re sure that’s what you’re really feeling, and wait a little bit. Don’t rush these great times, these beginning stages where you get to know someone and sometimes you can’t even look at them directly because they’re so darn cute.Stop, take a deep breath, and enjoy it.


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I tuned in to watch “The View” the day Barbara Walters retired from the program. There was considerable buildup to this final show and the 20/20 production later that evening. I was curious, and watched both.

By Nancy Ryan Simply Hers Magazine

Her last day on “The View” honored her with appearances from top female journalists such as Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Pauley, Connie Chung, Savannah Guthrie and others. All of these women attribute her with paving the way for women in journalism. It was quite impressive, and quite an honor to be deemed such. It made me curious about Barbara Walters and her groundbreaking life. I remembered she wrote a memoir in 2008, entitled Audition, A Memoir. I decided I would like to know more about this woman whom I had pretty much taken for granted for all of these years. So, I made a trip to the library. Barbara Walters was born in 1929 to a showman who owned the nightclub The Latin Quarter in New York City. She had a younger sister, Jackie, who was mentally challenged and her mother was pretty much tied down to daughter Jackie’s care. Throughout Barbara Walters’ life, she had guilt at her resentment of this dependent sister. (Luckily, she was later able to financially care for her entire family as they aged.) In 1952, she began as a writer on the “Today Show” and within one year, she was developing, writing, and editing her own interviews. In 1978, she was also assigned to appear on the news show “20/20”. 1993 saw her begin her specials “The Ten Most Fascinating People”. In 1997 she created her talkshow “The View”. This woman sure let no grass grow under her feet! She was married a few times and after three miscarriages, adopted her daughter, Jackie, named after her sister. In her book, she delves into the details of her personal life thoroughly. Wow! She had a surprisingly active love life throughout her career.

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Working in a man’s world, Barbara had challenges. Her book did not indicate that all men held her back, just a chosen few. Anchorman Harry Reasoner was one. He did not like, one bit, her coming on to anchor the evening news with him and, boy, did you know it. Every picture of them on the air shows him frowning, never looking at her or engaging with her.

She describes her trip to China and visiting the Great Wall with President Nixon. She explains how she arranged and interviewed a joint meeting with Eqyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israel Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Unheard of! She did a primetime special with Cuban President Fidel Castro after the Bay of Pigs Invasion. (She spent almost a week in Cuba with him and they traveled the country together, him driving her through the Sierra Maestra in his jeep!) She became close friends with the wives of several prominent leaders throughout her life, and interviewed every standing president since Richard Nixon. Later, she devotes a chapter to her worst interviews-- actors Warren Beatty and Mel Gibson, and surprisingly, politician Al Gore. While yachting with her then husband, Merv Adelson, she became embroiled in a global diplomacy scandal with President Reagan and Adnan Khashoggi, who happened to be the owner of the yacht. She discovered Khashoggi was the middleman in the famous Iran-Contra arms deal, one of the most infamous alliances of the decade. She passed along information to Mrs. Reagan to convey to the President from the middleman, and nearly lost her job over breaking the news policy of ABC News. Fascinating reading. She says her interviews with Margaret Thatcher before, during, and after she was prime minister were “the most meaningful interviews”. Barbara was deeply affected by her interview with actor/ paraplegic, Christopher Reeve, and his wife, Dana (who sadly died of lung cancer two years after his death). And one more interview to whet your appetite-- she interviewed and has much sympathy for the notorious Monica Lewinsky, of President Clinton fame. Her memoir is such interesting reading. She has interviewed more statesmen and stars than any other journalist in history (almost 600), and she has earned more accolades and acclaim than virtually anyone appearing on her specials! All chapters go into great detail with some of her most noteworthy interviews, especially world leaders. There are also lots of tasty personal tidbits about each person. As a woman, I think you will really find this writing fun and informative, and also fill you in on a lot of behind the scenes gossip from her experiences! ... See you at the library.


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Summer Dos and Don’ts for Hearing Aid Wearers.

Summer is finally here. Many people look forward to this season because it gives them the opportunity to indulge in activities requiring warm, sunny days, like boating, swimming, hiking, and traveling. Wearing hearing aids shouldn’t keep you from enjoying yourself, but it is important to remember exposure to high heat can damage their outer casings and interior components. Therefore, whether you plan to spend your days basking in the sun by the beach or pool, or visiting exotic destinations, you should prepare to keep your hearing aids safe and functioning. Avoid extreme temperature changes The plastic outer shells of hearing aids can melt if exposed directly to intense sunlight for long periods or in extreme heat, such as inside a car parked in a sweltering outdoor lot. Conversely, your hearing aids’ inner workings are more at risk from significant changes in temperature rather than heat or sun exposure specifically. This is because moisture condenses within the hearing aid as you go from a cool, air-conditioned environment into the hot outdoors, especially if you go back and forth repeatedly. As for hearing aid batteries, they are likely to fail if exposed to high heat for more than a short amount of time.

• Do make sure you take care when applying sunscreen to your face, neck and ears • Do put on sunscreen before you put in your hearing aids The difference between “waterproof” and “waterresistance” matters You may have water-resistant hearing aids but understand this does not mean they can be submerged in the ocean or a pool. Waterresistant hearing aids help if you’re perspiring in the summer sun. However, if you jump into a lake wearing them, water will get inside through the microphone or other vents and they will be ruined. Truly waterproof hearing aids are IP68 certified, meaning there will be no seepage or damage even after being completely submerged in liquid. So, make sure you know whether your hearing aids are waterproof or water-resistant

Here are three “don’ts” and one “do” for protecting your hearing aids from excessive heat:

Hitting the road with hearing aids Whether you’re going on a day trip or cross-country adventure, save yourself time and worry by assembling a kit for your hearing aids well in advance. Just remember:

• Don’t leave hearing aids lying out in direct sunlight

• Do bring extra batteries or a charger

• Don’t leave hearing aids locked in a glove box or sitting on the dashboard

• Do include a dryer and cleaning equipment

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could inadvertently damage your hearing aids by doing so. Sunscreen lotions and sprays can clog vents and damage other components. So:

• Do bring spare tubes, filters and a storage case • Do include a card with the name/number of a local hearing aid provider, in case of emergency This summer enjoy listening to crickets chirping while you sit by a campfire, the laughter of kids playing at the beach, or the sound of that mai tai sliding up through your straw as you lounge poolside. Just follow these simple do’s and don’ts to make sure your hearing aids keep up with your summertime lifestyle.


Hear what the “Gals” at Drews Place are saying “I’m very happy here. The girls always are very willing to help me if I need it. The staff is very kind and helpful. It is very secure. It is like home away from home.” ~ Jane The girls are very nice. They are so good to me I feel they look after me like I’m special, but I know they treat everyone the same.” ~ Iola “It’s not just a place its home to me. They offer a variety of activities. I was able to bring all my treasures from home to make my apartment feel like mine. It’s the next best place to being home.” ~ Marcelyn

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hen you hear the names Bill & Janet Lee, you immediately think of many things; bell choir, organist, researcher, sailboat designer, and definitely community leaders. When speaking with them, you don’t think of “health challenges”. In fact, they appear to be the model couple for longevity which they contribute to living together as close companions. However, Bill experienced a health related setback which they both credit Hillsdale Community Health Center for quickly accessing, diagnosing, treating, and ultimately leading to his successful recovery. The story of Bill and Janet dates back nearly 68 years ago when they first met at a dance hall in Manitou Beach, Michigan. Their life has been an adventure since that night at the dance hall now with five children, a few moves, several church ministries and two professional careers for Bill.

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Retirement was never really in their vocabulary and even giving consideration to it caused them to shudder so they were now ready to enjoy the opportunity to volunteer. However a massive stroke suffered by Bill caused their way of life to change. Once stabilized by HCHC ER staff and assessed by hospital physicians, a decision was made to move Bill to a specialized care facility. Bill was soon brought back to HCHC’s Skilled Nursing Facility where he described the care as “Excellent”. After watching on the sidelines of her husband’s patient room for four months in the Skilled Nursing Facility, Janet described it best when she said; “What they do goes above what they are required to do.” As a result of regimented therapy and rehabilitation services, Bill returned home after receiving what he calls “Absolutely fantastic service”. The quick action of hospital staff the day Bill was brought into the ER is credited with his favorable outcome and recovery. The Lee’s continue to serve our community in many different volunteer capacities and continue to utilize the services of our local hospital.

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Simply

We all have those projects that just seem too overwhelming to start. That special piece of furniture that you just love but it just needs a fresh coat of paint. The thought of the prep work always keeps me from tackling the job. Do we have good news for you! Suzanne Spiteri of The Crow’s Nest in downtown Hillsdale will show us step by step instructions on just how easy it can be - virtually no prep work! When you are ready to give it a try, remember the chalkpaint is available locally at the Crow’s Nest.

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Chalk paint is a very popular paint used for furniture….it doesn’t stop there though you can use it on almost anything! Why do I love it? It doesn’t stink because it is water based. NO sanding. NO stripping. NO priming. NO JOKE!

Step- by-step Instructions

Step 1: Find a piece of furniture to repurpose. You can paint directly onto your piece of furniture, no sanding, priming, or preparation needed.

Step 2: turn upside down and paint so you don’t miss any spots on legs. You can move the brush in different directions as you paint, rather than just up and down. This creates a little texture in your piece. Turn right side up and finish painting. Allow to dry to the touch (Approx 20 minutes).

PROJECT: DIY CHALKPAINT SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

Step 3: Distressing : If your going to wet distress you may start as soon as your project is dry to the touch. Take a wet terry cloth rag and rub where you desire the paint to be removed.

TIME: 1- 2 Hours WHAT YOU’LL NEED Piece of furniture Chalk paint (any color you prefer) Soft Clear Wax Paint Brush Clean rag

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Step 4: Waxing: Using a brush apply a thin coat of wax going with the grain of the wood (less wax is better) Take a clean rag and remove excess wax. Apply a second coat if desired. Step 5: When you are done take a clean rag and buff your project. Give your project 24 hours for your paint to cure before using.


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Summer is here, and the weather is perfect for venturing out to the Great Lakes along the coast of Michigan. Dotted across the coastline are more than 115 beautiful lighthouses each with their own distinct history and style. Whether it’s the classic look of the lighthouse itself, or the view of the endless blue waters from their observation deck, lighthouses are a timeless destination point for photographers and beach lovers alike. Plan a visit at a Great Lakes lighthouse wherever your travels may take you.

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Whitefish Point Lighthouse Station – Paradise Built in 1861, this lighthouse – located at the extreme southeastern end of Lake Superior – is one of the most history-packed structures found in the Upper Peninsula. Whitefish Point is the final resting place of hundreds of lost ships, including the infamous Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The Lighthouse also features the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, as well as lodging accommodations in the Crews Quarters Building. Ascending the lighthouse is permitted to visitors (with proper footwear) offering a breathtaking view from the 75 foot peak. Whitefish Point Lighthouse is a short drive from Tahquamenon Falls, as well as The Brown Fisheries Fish House on W M123 where you can enjoy some of the best home-style fish and chips in the state. Big Bay Point Lighthouse – Big Bay Located less than an hour northwest of Marquette on along Lake Superior, Big Bay is a beautiful summer getaway from the busy life. The lighthouse is 118 years old and has been converted to a beautiful bed and breakfast. The location sits on a half mile of private lake shore and 47 acres of woods and meadows and features breathtaking views and spa treatments, as well as opportunities to hike, bike, or even cross country ski along their many trails. Manitou Island Lighthouses – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Just a short boat trip off of the coast of The Sleeping Bear Dunes on Lake Michigan, visitors will find both the North and South Manitou Islands. North Manitou Island boasts a natural landscape and a monumental shoal light off of the coast, along the path to the South Manitou Island ferry. The South Manitou Island features activities including a coast guard station and an underwater preserve of more than 50 shipwrecks. The lighthouse on South Manitou Island offers tours and has an incredible view from the 100 foot peak. The Sleeping Bear Dunes are a momentous location themselves, offering a challenging yet rewarding climb up the sandy peaks to reach a beautiful view of the Lake Michigan.

Left: South Manitou Lighthouse Photo by Harry Minniear

Old and New Presque Isle Lighthouses Within 30 miles of Alpena, Presque Isle is home to two distinct lighthouses. at Old Presque Isle Lighthouse, the original keeper’s house has been renovated into an informative museum depicting Presque Isle’s history and visitors can ring the bell below the 38 foot tall tower on North Bay. Just down the road is New Presque Isle Lighthouse which was built 30 years after the old tower was constructed. This lighthouse stands at 113 feet, and is the tallest lighthouse on the Great Lakes that allows access to the public. The view from the New Presque Isle Lighthouse draws a stunning image of Lake Huron and the Presque Isle Harbor. The surrounding area has numerous trails and miles of coastline for biking, hiking, and fishing, as well as a local wineries and bed and breakfasts. Grand Haven Lighthouse – Grand Haven Grand Haven is a favorite destination to travel for locals and out of state visitors alike. The 51 foot beacon that is the Grand Haven Lighthouse is a main attraction, with its bright red color a vibrant contrast to the blue waters surrounding it. The perfect time to visit is during the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival from July 25 to August 3 with events including parades, carnivals, ship tours, concerts, and at the end of the day an incredible fireworks display lights up the coast.

Above: Grand HavenLighthouse

Photo by Terry Marecki

For More Information on these lighthouses or local festivals: www.shipwreckmuseum.com www.bigbaylighthouse.com/ www.presqueislelighthouses.org/ www.manitoutransit.com/manitou-islands www.visitgrandhaven.com

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Warm up or cool down at Jenni’s Coffee & Cream Whether you’re starting your day with a cup of joe or ending with a scoop of mint chocolate chip, Jenni’s Coffee & Cream in Manitou Beach has you covered. Having opened just in time for the summer crowd at Devil’s Lake, coowner Jenni Glecker says the business is the only one of its kind at the lake. “It’s going really well,” she says of her first business venture. Jenni also owns the business with her mother Elizabeth. “It’s getting better every day.” Aside from the great coffee, sandwiches, ice cream and many other items served at the restaurant, what also makes this new business unique is Jenni herself. The 2013 Addison High School graduate is just 19-years-old and is well up to the challenge of being a small business owner. “I wanted to be an entrepreneur,” she says, adding she got the idea to open her own business in Manitou Beach after working for another business owner downtown last summer. Having taking entrepreneur courses at LISD Tech Center and Baker College, Jenni found her location and opened the doors May 19. Jenni’s Coffee & Cream sells Zingerman’s Coffee and Mackinac Island Creamery Ice Cream. They also sell a selection of muffins, coffee cake and other baked treats along with a full lunch menu of salads and Panini’s. All salads and sandwiches are made to order and Jenni’s mentioned their bacon crab melt being a particular favorite with her customers. She added she and her mom are hoping expand their menu this fall slowing adding a few more items like soups to their offerings. To help serve their busy customers the business now offers a new text feature. Simply text your name, order and time of pick up to 517-252-1733 and your order will be ready when you arrive. Jenni’s Coffee & Cream is located at 135 Devil’s Lake Hwy. in Manitou Beach. They are open Sunday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can also like them on Facebook. 62


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Porches & Patios


The Hammock Before installing a hammock, make certain that the wall and the post you want to hang it between are sturdy enough to handle the weight. Consult the hammock manufacturer for specific guidelines and hardware suggestions for your home.

Build a Fire Pit Gather around the fire with the kids late at night. Perfect for toasting marshmallows in summer or warming your outdoor space in spring or fall, fire pits are a gathering place on the patio. Make your fire pit from anything from flagstone slabs to small boulders. Tip: Research your local fire code and ordinances before beginning this project.

Curtain Shades If you use your porch to entertain or simply to read and relax, creating the proper ambience is a key concern. Be sure to install the right lighting for evening hours, and put up curtains or blinds to help filter the daytime sun.

Make it Soothing with Water There’s something about water that’s serene and peaceful. Be sure to add it to your patio. Enhance those relaxing moments with a patio-size water garden. Find one with a small recirculating pump so you can enjoy the sound of water trickling over stones or through a bamboo spout.

Create a Patio with Curving Edges Don’t be square! Create a patio with curving edges to add character and a sense of informality to your outdoor living area. Curves are more relaxing and visually appealing than straight lines.

Using Light on the Patio Give your patio personality at night. Whether to illuminate a dark space or add ambiance to your favorite seating area, outdoor lighting can be just the touch of nighttime pizzazz your patio needs. Choose solar products or low-voltage, energy-efficient bulbs to conserve resources and protect the environment.

Plant a Fragrant Path Don’t forget the power of fragrance. When you’re relaxing on the patio at the end of the day, enjoy a rich aroma or subtle perfume. Consider planting a fragrant path that leads up to the patio from the garden. Tall, arching stalks of flowering tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris) or licorice-scented sprays of hyssop (Agastache rupestris) could greet you alongside a small trellis with moonflowers (Ipomoea alba). This combination will create a “scentsational” experience for you and your guests.

Add Cover with a Pergola Summer is the perfect time to be outdoors. Fire up the grill and invite friends or neighbors over for a backyard barbecue amidst your collection of containers in your lush backyard. Choose durable furniture that withstands the elements. Create a table piece that highlights blooming flowers from your garden, bringing it right onto your patio.

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when severe weather strikes Now is the time of year for barbeques, trips to the lake and campouts. Sunshine, blue skies and even a mosquito or two are what we come to except when we make plans to enjoy the great outdoors in the summer. Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate however, and sometimes she even packs a wallop with a storm or two. The summer months can be a prime time for severe weather in Michigan and while we may not always know where or when it will strike, we can be prepared. According to the National Weather Service, there were two deaths and two injuries in Michigan from severe weather in 2013. The injuries resulted from severe thunderstorm winds. Michigan did experience several tornados last year; however none were in Hillsdale, Branch or Lenawee counties. The Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (MCSWA) stated in a recent report there were 12 tornadoes across the state in 2013 which is just below the state average of 15. Most tornados in Michigan occur from May to August so it is important to take precautions and be prepared.

Here are a few tips from the MCSWA on how to prepare for a severe thunderstorm or tornado:

• Plan ahead. Be sure everyone in your household knows where to go and what to do in case of a tornado or thunderstorm warning. • Know the safest location for shelter in your home, workplace, and school. Load-bearing walls near the center of the basement or lowest level generally provide the greatest protection. • Know the location of designated shelter areas in local public facilities, such as schools, shopping centers, and other public buildings. • Have emergency supplies on hand, including a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio, flashlight, and a supply of fresh batteries, first-aid kit, water, and cell phone. • Keep a three-day supply of food on hand. Keep some food in your supply kit that doesn’t require refrigeration. • Make an inventory of household furnishings and other possessions. Supplement it with photographs of each room and keep it in a safe place. • Sign up to receive text or e-mail alerts from your local media or download the American Red Cross

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Tornado App. Hillsdale, Branch and Lenawee counties all have emergency alert systems in place to notify residents of severe weather activity, along with other county-wide emergencies. Doug Sanford is the Director of Emergency Management for Hillsdale County which uses the emergency notification system Code Red to inform its residents. “It comes down to personal safety,” he says. “You are able to call 9-1-1 when you have an emergency, but when the there is an emergency in the county, who calls you?” While in Hillsdale County Code Red is mainly used for weather related information, Sanford says it can also be helpful in locating a missing child or an adult with memory issues. Code Red is easy to attain and costs nothing as it is paid for through a federal grant and by the Hillsdale County 9-1-1 board. Simply go to www.alerts.hillsdale.us , click on the red button and fill in the blanks. For those who have questions, or who do not have access to the internet, call Hillsdale County Emergency Management at (517) 437-7384 for assistance. “It’s free and it takes very little time,” says Sanford. He added that houses with multiple phones can all sign up for the alerts. Code Red does not contact in the event of a watch, but when a thunderstorm, tornado or flood warning occurs the system is able to pin point the area of the county affected and call all the homes in the radius of the warning. “It is important to plan now for the event of severe weather,” Sanford says. “During the storm is not the time to think of a plan.” Becker & Scrivens Concrete of Hillsdale is also helping residents prepare for severe weather season. A staple in the community for concrete and septic since 1940, the business may not seem like the obvious choice to help in severe weather; however they have been in the storm shelter business for about 20 years. Owner Aaron Scrivens says the company has been retro fitting septic tanks to be used as storm shelters for the last couple of decades, but only a couple every few years as they are not the ideal space for a shelter. Last winter the business bought a form for a precast concrete storm shelter.


“It is good for anyone without a basement,” he says. The seven-foot tall structure is buried in the ground with only the roof and the slanted side with an aluminum door exposed. Scrivens says the structure can be buried right next to your house and he has seen several used as small landings right outside a home’s back door.

• Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. Broken glass and wind-blown projectiles cause more injuries and deaths than collapsed buildings. Protect your head with a pillow, blanket, or mattress. • If you are caught outdoors, a sturdy shelter is the only safe location in a tornado.

Scrivens says since acquiring the form he has had some interest from the public but has not installed one yet. Those interested in a precast storm shelter can call Becker & Scrivens at 517-437-4250. The business is also begun advertising products to build storm resistant homes which can withstand winds of 150 miles per hour or more and wind-blown debris traveling and over 100 miles per hour. These homes only cost a small percentage more than a wood-built house.

When severe weather does threaten the area the MCSWA has some tips to help you and your family stay safe.

• If you are boating or swimming, get to land and seek shelter immediately. After a tornado or thunderstorm, MCSWA recommends inspecting your property and motor vehicles for damage. Write down the date and list the damages for insurance purposes. Check for electrical problems and gas leaks, and report them to the utility company at once. Hillsdale Board of Public Utilities can be reached at 517-437-3387 or at their website www.hillsdalebpu.com. Consumer’s Energy can be reached at 1-800-477-5050 or their website www.consumersenergy.com. Be sure to watch out for fallen power lines, stay away if you do see any, and contact your utility company right away. Stay out of damaged buildings until you are sure they are safe and will not collapse. Finally, check on your food supply, food stored in a refrigerator or freezer can spoil when the power goes out.

In the event of a thunder storm: • Stay tuned to your weather radio or local news station for the latest updates from the National Weather Service or go to the National Weather Service Web site, www.weather.gov. • Seek safe shelter when you first hear thunder or when you see dark threatening clouds developing overhead or see lightning. To determine the proximity of the severe weather, count the seconds between the time you see lightning and hear thunder. If the time between is less than 30 seconds, ensure you are in a safe location and stay inside until 30 minutes after you last hear thunder or see lightning. Remember, lightning can strike more than 10 miles away from any rainfall. • When you hear thunder, run to the nearest large building or a fully enclosed vehicle (softtopped convertibles are not safe). It is not safe anywhere outside. • If you are boating or swimming, get to land and seek shelter immediately. • Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Any item plugged into an electrical outlet may cause a hazard during a tornado or thunderstorm. Do not use corded (plug-in) telephones except in an emergency.

In the event of a tornado warning:

• Quickly move to shelter in the basement or lowest floor of a permanent structure. • In homes and small buildings, go to the basement and get under something sturdy, like a workbench or stairwell. If a basement is not available, go to an interior part of the home on the lowest level. A good rule of thumb is to put as many walls between you and the tornado as possible. • In schools, hospitals, and public places, move to the designated shelter areas. Interior hallways on the lowest floors are generally best.

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By Sarah Gray Simply Hers Magazine

It can be quite easy to be green Summer is a great time to take on those jobs you always seem to put off, like cleaning out the closets and tackling that furry stuff in the back of the refrigerator. It is also a good time to start thinking about being more environmentally conscious. Taking just a few steps to be more “green” at home or at work can go a long way and it’s not as difficult as you might think.

• Add insulation to your walls and ceilings to keep your cool or warm air from escaping.

According to dosomething.org the average person generates over four pounds of trash every day and 1.5 tons of solid waste every year. As much as 75 percent of that waste is recyclable; however, only about 30 percent actually gets recycled.

• Buy in bulk – it saves money and packaging.

In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency reported 70 percent of Americans recycle. While there is no national law to mandate recycling, Michigan is one of several states that have passed laws establishing deposits or refunds on beverage containers as an effort to increase recycling on aluminum and glass bottles. Of those states, Michigan is both the highest with its refund value and recycling rate. In addition, recycling aluminum cans saves 95 percent of the energy to make aluminum cans from new material.

• Hit up your local Farmer’s Market for locally grown fruits and vegetables, and locally raised meat, eggs and honey. Check your county’s website to find the location and hours of one in your community.

Along with taking in cans and bottles to be recycled, many trash services offer either curbside recycling or a facility to take recyclable materials. Many large items such as appliances and furniture can also be recycled. Republic Services, which collects in Hillsdale and Lenawee counties, offers curbside recycling pick up for a small cost. According to its website, the company partners with more than 100 mills and manufacturers worldwide turning recyclables into new products like newspaper, cardboard boxes, glass and plastic bottles, tissue, paper towels and metal cans.

• Stop buying bottled water – use a water filtration system instead. • Borrow books and movies from libraries instead of buying them.

• Make a compost bin. Small ones can be made simply and inexpensively (see below).

• Fix leaky faucets to cut down on water waste and lower your water bill. • When replacing electronics, look for appliances with an Energy Star label. Energy Star products are sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy. Some appliances are even eligible for a tax credit. Biking or walking to work or school, carpooling, turning off lights, the television and other electronics when you leave the room are other small ways to help the environment. There are many websites and organizations dedicated to living green. For more tips or further information search for one such as worldwatch.org.

Here is a quick, easy and inexpensive idea for a compost bin found on Pintrest.

Recycling is a great way to help the environment, but there are other small steps we can take to improve the planet: • When out at the grocery or department store, use reusable shopping bags and recycle the paper or plastic bags you have at home. • Donate items like clothing, furniture and toys rather than throwing them away. • Use compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs to save energy and cut down on waste.

Materials needed:

• Wash clothes as much as possible in cold water. As much as 85 percent of a washing machine’s power is used to heat the water according to the World Watch Organization.

1 plastic storage bin with locking lid

• Set thermostat a few degrees warmer in winter or cooler in summer in your house to save energy.

4 bricks or small pieces of 4x4

• When planning out family meals, try going meatless one meal a week. It may not seem like much, but actually going meatless just one time a week, for a family of four, has the same impact as driving a hybrid car, due to the large amount of greenhouse gases produced from raising livestock. • Shop for sustainably raised meat – either free range or organic.

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Electric drill with large drill bit (I used 1 inch because it was the largest we had – 1 ½ inch would work well too) On slow speed, drill many holes on the top, bottom and sides of the storage bin. Once all the holes have been drilled set bin up off the ground on bricks or 4x4s to help with air circulation and drainage. Fill the bin with 60 percent brown material (leaves, grass clippings, paper or wood shavings) and 40 percent green materials (kitchen scraps such as fruit and vegetable skins, egg shells, and tea bags). Occasionally rake or mix. Do not compost bread, meat or milk products, animal waste or weeds.


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