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May-June 2015



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TRIP ON A TANK A visit to South Haven

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Spring Car Care tipS


By Rob Shewman It’s been a long, cold winter across most of the country, but spring is finally here. This is a good time to get your car back into shape after a tough season facing frigid temperatures, snow, ice, and now potholes. Below are some spring car tire tips to get your vehicle ready for the upcoming road travel season. • Some people delay or don’t bother removing their winter tires. While winter tires offer impressive traction on snow and ice, they often compromise stopping performance on dry and wet roads, don’t handle as well as all-season tires, and wear out quickly. If you have your winter tires on dedicated wheels, be sure to wash the tires and wheels thoroughly to remove winter salt spray that can cause wheel corrosion and store them in a cool, dry place. • Roads filled with pot holes can make winter driving tough on your car’s suspension. Whether you had winter or all-season tires on your car, check the evenness of the wear across the width of the tread. If you observe uneven tire wear, you might need a wheel alignment. • With spring time here and summer around the corner, you’ll want a tire that can resist hydroplaning in heavy rain and slide on slick, wet roads. If you have just about a 1/8-inch tread depth in any one tire groove, then start shopping for new tires. • Do I have to buy a complete set of new tires? I suggest buying four new ones at a time for the best balance of handling as well as dry and wet grip. Then rotate your tires routinely to promote even wear. But if you are like many drivers who don’t rotate tires regularly and need only two new ones, then be sure to have the new tires placed on the front of the car for secure handling. • Check your tire’s inflation pressure routinely. Under-inflated tires can cause heat build-up; you’ll want to keep your tires properly inflated to combat the impending summer heat. Consult the vehicle’s tire information placard (typically found in the driver’s door jamb) and/or owner’s manual for your tires’ proper inflation pressure.

Marlanea McGraw Owner/Publisher

This month we are introducing a clean, new look for the cover and two new columns. The first is “Trip on a Tank,” where we explore neighboring communities by traveling the waterways of Michigan. We hope you will get some inspiration for summer travel that doesn’t require a long drive. Second, we are opening a public forum for our readers to contribute to the magazine through our “Community Chat” page. Each month we will pose a question on Facebook and then share the thoughts and stories we receive from local readers. We would love to hear your opinion about the changes, so take a moment to visit us on Facebook and let us know what is on your mind. With summer heading our way, we thought it fitting to let you know about some great family things to do like a day at Sandy Beach, or—for the more adventurous among you—a day offroading at Bundy Hill. And, we have compiled a list of local festivals that are sure to make your summer weekends something special. So, get outside and enjoy this great Michigan weather! (This is me being positive . . . it HAS to get warm sometime, right?) On a final note, I have to tell you about some incredible local businesses that really know what they are doing when it comes to customer service. Sprunger Auctions has been such a blessing with helping my mother organize all her items to sell, and Absolute Advantage has been great with making sure the flooring in her new home was both high in quality and economical in cost. Finally, the people at Perfect Pools Plus went out of their way to help us find the perfect spa for our home. All of these people remind me of how wonderful it is to be part of such a great community. So, until we speak again, my friends . . . read quickly, and then get out there and enjoy the sunshine!


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Well, I may have spoken a little prematurely with my prediction of spring. Mother Nature is not quite ready to let go of the winter weather just yet: this week we had an uncommon April snow. Although it is not the record late snowfall for our neck of the woods, I have to say that it is way past time for spring!

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Dr. Desjarlais - 10

Marilyn’s Off Monroe - 19

Accelerated Rehab - 20

Dr Jon Herbener - 27

Mindy Shoemaker - 23

Advocacy Care Connection LLC -45

Dr. Karim - Medical Plaza -73

Miss Prints - 25

All God’s Gifts -63

Dr Michael Miller - 6

Nash Drugs - 67

AM/PM Builder - 45

Drew’s Place - 41

Olivia’s Chop House - 82

America’s Best Value Inn - 27

Farmers Insurance - 66

Omega Physical Therapy - 31

Artesian Wells - 84

Finish Line Restaurant -84

Perennial Park - 63, 69

Awesome Finds - 33

First Federal Bank - 23

Perfect Pools Plus - 5

Becker & Scrivens - 43

Gene’s Service - 47

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Belson Asphalt - 53

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Bi-County Herald - 61

Glory to God - 4

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Grounded in Grace - 81

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Boutique de Joie - 31

Helping Hands - 64

Promedica - 63, 69

BPU - 86

Hidden Lake Gardens - 69

Pub & Grub - 83

Bras that Fit -14

Hillsdale Beauty College - 21

Pure Romance -19

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Hillsdale Community

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Therapeutic Massage - 39

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Tilton Shoes - 45

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Time Again - 61

Croswell Opera House - 75

Kimball Camp - 9

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Crows Nest - 35

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David’s Dolcé Vita - 45

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Longstreet Living - 35

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Dixon, Law office - 47

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Community Chat

Here is a new segment of the magazine called Community Chat where we pose questions to the community and then put the responses in the next magazine how easy is that! This months question.......

What is the best piece of advice your mother ever gave you? Congratulations to winner : Martha Stuck (Jonesville) - Hold tight to people not things

This is what our readers had to say: Martha Stuck (Jonesville) - Hold tight to people not things. Sally Bildner Wood (Hillsdale) - If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all! Colleen Sauber Carpenter (Moscow) - Be still. Sharalyn Nichols Watters (Waldron ... born and raised in Osseo until a few months ago though)- If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say it at all. Amber Riley (Hillsdale) - Appreciate the things people do for you, even if they don’t complete the task your way. Pam Bognar (Osseo) - If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Linda K. Arno Stimer - If you cant say something nice, be quiet! Sharon Draper (Hillsdale) - If it is meant to be, it will be or where there’s a will there’s a way. Charyl Sanford (Reading) - Get your education; no one can ever take it from you. Natalie Fether (Camden) - Never go to bed mad. Darlayne Nead (Jonesville) - Don’t expect anything and you’ll never be disappointed. Mary K. O’Rourke (Phoenix)- Count your blessings. Barb Sanders Dennis (Reading)- To do what you believe in and stand by your convictions. Sharon Pym - Never trust a man unless he is on his knees! She was joking, but I thought it was funny (I must have been 11 at the time!) Bonnie Van Aken Jimenez (Allen) - You do what you have to do! Peggy Wilson (Hillsdale) - Treat others the way you want to be treated. Jennifer LaMothe (Jonesville) - Work hard and it will pay off in life but sometimes before it pays off it will knock u down but don’t be a quitter and keep working! April Riddle ( Litchfield) - What’s meant to be will be. Lori Price (North Adams) - Appreciate the small thing, for one day they will be the big things! Connie Gow (Allen) - There are a lot of fish in the sea. Jessica Macey (Litchfield) - If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all! Julie Games (Hillsdale) - The Golden Rule ... do onto others as you would have others do onto you! Vicki Mosley Phetteplace (Hillsdale) -Don’t sweat the small stuff. Robin Hanson-Thorne (Addison) - Always treat people the way would like to be treated. Cheryl D. Barrett White (Brooklyn) - Don’t believe everything you hear! Debbie Eckart (Pittsford) - Grow up and die right. Donna Roden English (Hillsdale) - Company is like fish-they both stink after 3 days. ie..don’t overstay your welcome. 07

44 Turn the Page Local Author

Matters Fashion 11 46 Legal Divorce

Bathing Suits for Every Body


Respect the Sun

Muscle Up - Live Fit 22 3 Steps to Success

One Year Later 24 A Mother’s Story

Ask The Doctor 26 More Advice for Dads

Raise the Roof

We Passed Annual Training


My Journey 30

All Day. Every Day One Love

Gray Matters 32

Parenthood, Hard but Worth It

Business Spotlight 34 Longstreet Living

48 Over the Edge My First Grandchild

50 Local Spotlight

Laura Loveberry the Author


52 Life is the Berries

Ups. Downs. And Thankful Rounds

54 Business Spotlight Bundy Hill Offroad

56 Pet Tales

Foods Dogs Shouldn’t Eat

58 Palm Sunday Tornados Of 1965

62 Local Spotlight Jonesville Riverfest


68 Local Spotlight Sandy Beach Progress

70 Local Festivals

Time to Have Some Fun

SummerFest 36 71 Travel Hillsdale’s 24th Annual

Michigan’s National Parks

Women’s Health 38 74 Croswell Opera House A Top Priority

Summer Schedule

Trip on a Tank 40 76 Home South Haven

Green Thumbs Up


78 Home

Companion Gardening



Kimball camp ymca

sell candy to earn your way to camp! Kimball Camp YMCA provides summer camp Summer Celebration I $349.00 Ages 10 – 17 experiences for all ages. No matter what camp you choose Date: June 21-26 to attend your day will be filled with activities including: Start your week enjoying all the activities here at camp then • Campfires and Smores head to Cedar Point for a day of fun and overnight camping. • Goliath, the 40ft climbing wall Summer Celebration I $349.00 Kimball Camp YMCA provides summer camp • Swimming Summer AgesCelebration 10 – 17 Date: JuneII 21-26$389.00 Ages 10 – 17 • Canoeingexperiences for all ages. No matter what camp you choose to Date: August 16 – 21 Start your week enjoying all the activities here at camp then attend your day will be filled with activities including: • Giant Swing headfun to activities Cedar Pointatfor a dayplus of fun andto overnight camping. Enjoy all the camp head Cedar Point and • Zip line  Campfires and Smores Soak City for a 2 day adventure. Return to camp to finish your week. Summer Celebration II $389.00 • Target Sports  Goliath, the 40ft climbing wall Ages 10 – 17 Date: August 16 – 21 • Arts and Crafts  Swimming Enjoy all the fun activities at camp plus head to Cedar Point New Adventures $279.00 Ages 12 – 17 • Nature Hikes  Canoeing and Soak City for a 2 day adventure. Return to camp to finish Dates: June 7-12, June 14-19, July 5 - 10 • Basketball  Giant Swing your week. ($30 discount for June 7-12) • Volleyball New Adventures $279.00 Ages 12 – 17  Zip line • Music and Drama New Adventure Camp is geared for the older campers! You will 

Dates: June 7-12, June 14-19, July 5 - 10

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 Arts and Crafts Adventure Camp is the highlight for campers ages

6-12. The cost is $249.00. ($30 Discount for June 7-12)  Nature Hikes June July Aug  Basketball 7-12 5-10 16-21  Volleyball 14-19  Music and Drama 21-26

enjoy the amenities here at camp then ride your bike to Pokagon ($30 discount for June 7-12) State Park or head to The Trading Post on the Pigeon River for a New Adventure Camp is geared for the older campers! You canoe trip.

will enjoy the amenities here at camp then ride your bike to Pokagon State Park or head to The Trading Post on the Pigeon Mini Camp $179.00 Ages 6 – 17 River for a canoe trip. June 28 – July 1 Mini Camp $179.00 Ages 6 – 17 We wanted to28 give campers the opportunity to enjoy camp June – July 1 Rocket Camp is an exciting without missing the Independence Day holiday with their Adventure Camp is the highlight for campers ages 6-12. We wanted to give campers the opportunity to enjoy camp addition to The Adventure families. Rocket Camp be offered during mini camp for an cost is $249.00. ($30 Discount for June 7-12) without missingwill the Independence Day holiday with their Camp. YourJune child willJuly additionalfa$25.00. Aug milies. Rocket Camp will be offered during mini camp for an learn the science 7-12 behind 5-10 16-21 additional $25.00. rocketry and14-19 build their Leaders in inTraining (LIT) Leaders Training own rocket 21-26 during their morning clinic time and launch it $469.00 Ages 13 – 17 July 5 - 15 (LIT)$469.00 the end of the week. They will bring the rocket home with Agesin13 – 17 program July 5 - is 15 Rocket Camp is an exciting addition The Leaders Training them too! The additional cost is $25.00. Leaders in Training program to Adventure Camp. Your child will learn the science behind designed The to teach teens leadership is designed to teachspiritual teens leaderrocketry and build their own rocket during their morning clinic skills. These skills include HORSE Camp $449.00 Ages 8 – 17 ship skills. These skills trust, include time and launch it the end of the week. They will bring the leadership, communication, Dates: June 7-12 & July 5 - 10 spiritual leadership, communication, trust, and encouragerocket home with them too! and encouragement. LIT’s will enjoy ment.our LIT’schallenge will enjoy courses, teambuilding, challenge courses, and teambuilding, and our evening devotional. The Campers will spend mornings The additional cost islearning $25.00. basic program will culminate withThe an exciting White Waterwith Rafting trip horsemanship skills including: evening devotional. program will culminate an exHorse Camp $449.00 Ages 8 – 17 to West Virginia. PickWater up is Rafting at 10:00 Wednesday, July citing White tripam to on West Virginia . Pick up 15. is Dates: • Daily trail ride June 7-12 & July 5 - 10

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Cheer & Dance Camp $279.00

CheerAges & Dance Camp $279.00 6 – 17 Date: June 14-19 Ages 6 – 17 Date: June 14-19 Come join the fun and learn from the

Hillsdale County. The the Hillsdale Come joinBest theinfun and learn from best in Hillsdale County. The Hillsdale Fillies Fillies Cheerleading Instructors will teach Cheerleading Instructors will teach you their award winning skills. you their award  winning Stunts skills.

They will return for  Walking lunch and have rest •  the Trotting of the afternoon and evening to enjoy the many exciting •  Leading adventures They herewill at camp. return for lunch and have the rest of the afternoon • • and evening to enjoy the many exciting adventures here at camp.

Stunts Tosses Tosses Pyramids Pyramids  Tumbling and Dance Tumbling and Dance

General Information Registration Fee and Refund Policy A $100.00 non-refundable deposit must accompany your child’s registration for resident camp. This deposit is part of your total camp fees not in addition to your camp fees. Balance fee is due no later than 2 weeks prior to camp. GeneralofInformation Registration Fee and Refund Make Check or money orderPolicy payable to: A $100.00 non-refundable Kimball Camp YMCA and deposit mail to:must accompany your child’s registration for resident This deposit is part of 4502 Berlin Drive, Reading MIcamp. 49274. your total camp fees not in addition to your camp fees.

Kimball Camp YMCA also accepts Master Card, Visa, Balance of fee is due no later than 2 weeks prior to camp. Discover, and American Express by phone or in Make Check or money order payable to person. You may also register and pay online.

Kimball Camp YMCA and mail to: 4502 Berlin Drive Reading

MI 49274. Kimball Camp YMCA also accepts Master Card, Day Camp $99 per week Ages 4-11 Visa, Discover, and American Express by phone or in person. You may also register and pay online.

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Let’s get real—it’s pretty rare to feel completely prepared for bathing suit season, no matter how many downward dogs you did or spin classes you endured. Thankfully, you don’t have to do all the work: this summer’s crop of body-shaping suits elongate legs, fake a flatter tummy, keep full chests in check, and much more. Just pick your problem area and and we’ll share which of these super suits solve it so you can swim (or sunbathe!) in confidence. We’ve even partnered with Bras that Fit to give one lucky lady a FREE BATHING SUIT cup-sized for the perfect fit! Check out the details on page 14.

Time to

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Problem: Boyish Figure

If you have a straight body with few curves, you need to fake them. If you are thin, a bikini is a great option. It will break up the long, straight lines of your body to make it look more feminine. If you are not thin or prefer not to wear a bikini, shirring on the sides of a suit create the illusion of curves. You can also create a waist with a belted suit or bikini.

Problem: Large Bottom/ Hips

The newest, mini-skirted bikinis are too cute and made just for you! These skirts fit at the waist and then skim the bottom and hips to create a very flattering silhouette. Draw the eye away from the bottom or hips by wearing a solid color bottom and a patterned top. Another option is to wear a suit with a higher leg opening. the line of a higher cut makes the hips and bottom look smaller.

Problem: Short Legs

If you have short legs, you can make them look longer by buying a bathing suit or bikini that is cut higher on the leg. Do not wear boy shorts! They will cut your legs across and make them look even shorter!

Problem: Flat Chest

Pattern will hide and draw the eye away from a small chest. Shirring or ruffles or another three dimensional fabric technique will add volume to your chest. Or, you can always go the padded cup route.


Problem: Too much Tummy

Wearing a swimsuit with a pattern on it is a great way to hide a pouchy tummy. The other way is to get a bathing suit with shirring around the tummy areas (shirring is when the fabric is gathered in a specific area) Also the tankini, a two piece suit but rather than a bikini top the tankini uses a tank top paired with a bikini bottom. The tankini is very forgiving. Do not wear a bikini that cuts you right in the tummy or you will get the infamous muffin top look. Bikini bottoms should be high waisted unless wearing a tankini.

Problem: Large Chest

Look for coverage and support if you are a large breasted woman. There are some great bikini tops out there with very good coverage and support. make sure the straps are thick enough to hold the girls up and the cups are large enough so they don’t runneth over. Whereas most bikini/bathing suit tops pull from above, halter top styles are good because they pull everything up from the side, adding support. You can also wear a pattern bikini bottom and a solid bikini top to draw attention away from the chest. Make sure the neck isn’t too high or too low or your breasts will look droopy.

Problem: Broad Shoulders

Diagonal lines work to break up broad shoulders so a swimsuit or bikini with a halter top is perfect. Normal straps can also make the shoulder look less broad but make sure they are not too thick or come too far out towards the shoulder or you can end up exacerbating the problem.


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SUN For most of us, long gone are the days of oiling up our skin with suntan oil and lying out in the sun for hours with the goal of achieving a “healthy” suntanned look. Of course, the path to becoming a bronzed goddess was littered with sunburns of varying degrees with no thought of the long term effects of the suns damaging rays. Now we know better- or at lease we should. While the sun’s warm rays may feel amazing on our skin, the reality is that these same rays are also very damaging. With the incidence of skin cancer on the rise, they can even prove to be fatal. The good news is that with the right precautions, it is possible to worship the sun while protecting the body’s largest and most exposed organ - the skin.

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Mixing Chiropractic Care & Physical Therapy Together

Dr. Matt Gordon

Chiropractic and Physical Therapy are effective services available to assist in the healing and recovery from back injuries as well as helping to prevent injuries. Each offers a unique treatment approach that can independently be effective in reducing pain and regaining function, but together they can compliment each other quite effectively.

As a chiropractor, the training focuses primarily on mobilization of joints, soft tissues, and adjustments of the spine. Physical therapy used to be based on exercise and rehabilitation for orthopedic type injuries. But it has now evolved to include many manual therapies that are a part of the curriculum at all chiropractic schools. And conversely, in chiropractic school students are beginning to gain experience and knowledge on exercise and rehabilitation. The goal of the Chiropractor is to restore joint function and motion. The joints that make up the spine are no different then knee or elbow joints. They all need motion to stay healthy. At times, the surrounding muscles need to be strengthened and rehabilitated. This can be done with the assistance of physical therapy. Physical therapy offers many services to assist in the recovery from a back injury. Treatments can consist of specific positional exercises to help someone independently reduce or eliminate back and leg pain. Modalities such as electric stimulation and ultrasound can potentially be used

to reduce acute symptoms. Instruction and education is typically provided to improve posture and body mechanics to reduce the stress on the back. Progression is then made into back stabilizer strengthening exercises to help strengthen the back and muscles that support the back to reach maximum recovery and help prevent re-injury. Different conditions have different indications for treatment. At Hillsdale Chiropractic care a conservative approach is taken, meaning we are first line of defense before surgery and with chiropractic care combined with physical therapy it is possible to prevent some surgeries. For patients who ultimately need surgical intervention, the combined therapies are used to reduce recovery time and increase patient mobility as quickly as possible. Chiropractic training and education is evolving as the importance of exercise associated with some form or manual therapy is recognized. Research shows that manual therapy combined with some form of exercise is very, very effective treatment for the spine, neck and low back pain. This is the future of chiropractic care. Bringing different service lines together to provide the most effective care to our patients. You no longer have to choose, Dr. Matt Gordon is the specialist to treat your aches and pains. Contact Hillsdale Chiropractic care with any questions you might have.

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There are plenty of gardening activities that may cause injury and soreness. Digging, mulching, raking, weeding, and planting can result in a sore back, neck, and/or shoulders. Not only can gardening be therapeutic for the mind, but it can also be great exercise and a great workout for your body! To help minimize and prevent injury during your spring gardening, follow these tips: • Warm up with some light exercise, such as a walk. Perform stretches to your lower back, neck, arms, and legs to loosen up and prevent possible injuries. • Frequently change body position and gardening activities in order to avoid stiffness, muscle cramping, fatigue, and overuse. Stretch and rehydrate on your breaks.

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Hello again, friends! The more I work with my clients, the more reality comes to play. What I mean is that my clients come in and work their butts off every session. Then, when results don’t just come and body fat doesn’t just melt, we begin to get a little pickier about other processes. Of these processes, there are three that play a major role in success, and they are consistency, caloric intake (not the amount of calories, but the quality of them) and sleep/stress. By James Campbell Simply Hers Magazine

I’ll first look at consistency. With this, the biggest thing is maintaining a workout regimen each week. I know that it gets hard, especially in a family atmosphere, but getting away from this is one surefire way to lose track of where you’re going and how to get there. For example, let’s say Jen works out with a trainer twice a week and gets some results over the first couple of months. Then, the trainer decides that it is definitely time to add a third workout on her own somewhere in the week. It’s spring time, so the park with the kids would be a great idea! Not just for the wee ones, either. It’s great for the kids to be active, but that is also a great place for mom to get a short workout, too! You have to think a little outside the box here, but a couple examples would be to do inverted rows on some low bars or maybe some assisted pullups on the monkey bars. Then, utilize the swings to do some hammy curls with your heels buried in the seat. Or, if you are near the Jonesville area, you can go behind the school and, while the kids throw a ball around and run in the wide open area where the football team practices, you could do some hill sprints and play some ball yourself! There are tools all around us; sometimes we have to be a bit creative in order to achieve our success! Nonetheless, success is out there to be had. Don’t make excuses, make results . . . make it happen! The next one is sleep and stress. I lump these two together because, usually, they’re one and the same.

Look, this one is simple—if you don’t allow your body time to recover from daily activities and then pile the next day on top of that, you end the week with barely enough energy to get through, let alone build a better body or achieve goals that require your body to perform at its peak performance. Each person is different and their need for sleep is, too. I can’t give you a magic number that will equate to your body’s max performance, wish I could, but you know when you feel good and when you don’t. This isn’t a sleep number, lol! Oh, wait . . . yeah, I guess it kinda is! All right, my peeps! I preach and preach to people about the importance of nutrition; you need to fuel your body for what you want out of it. My best advice is to maintain a food log and OWN IT! Write down what you eat/drink and when. Keep this log from now until eternity and track your habits. You can also look at your workouts that you should be logging and compare the good days in the gym to the caloric intake for the day in your food log. There IS a correlation, I promise. Protein is your best friend, people, not that frozen Snickers bar! If you need help with this get with a nutritionist, or, if you want some simple suggestions on some alternatives, take your food log to your personal trainer. I know, these are simple things that are so easy to overlook. You think your nutrition is on point? I challenge you to keep a food log and then prove it! Get your sleep, friends, and watch your days get a little easier to manage lowering that stress level, and, in turn, reducing cortisol in your body (which makes you hold body fat). And . . . for the love of fitness, keep your consistency on point with your goals. Working out twice a week may be perfect for one person, while another needs six. Find what works for you and run with it; after all, that’s half the game in this business! Until we talk again, MUSCLE UP . . . live fit!

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One Year Later: It’s Motherly Love By Stephanie Gordon Simply Hers Magazine

When this article is published, I will have been a mother for almost a year. At this very moment, I’m at a loss for words. There’s so much I want to say and share, but I only have tears. As cliché as it sounds, I’m not sure where Eloise’s first year of life went. I truly don’t. But, I do know that it has been the best, most challenging, most exhausting, love-filled 365 days of my life. May 21, 2014. 9:49 PM. Eloise Davinia was laid on my chest after 27 hours of labor. She was perfect: healthy, pink skinned, had 10 fingers and 10 toes and a head full of hair. I saw her tiny, new, wrinkly hands reach for me, and I felt her fingers touch my skin. Her squinty eyes peeked at me, her mother. I held her tight in my arms and we practiced skin-to-skin contact. She instantly breastfed. I was feeding a human. My baby. It was all happening so fast. I was literally pregnant 10 minutes ago . . . . Life didn’t stop there. In fact, it sped up. I learned a lot about myself as a person over these past 365 days. Being a Mom is Hard: I cannot express how hard being a mom is. I remember my mom coming to help me during those first few weeks after Matt returned to work. I remember crying when I saw my mom. “I’m so tired,” I would say. “No one ever told me how hard this would be until you actually do it.” She let me cry while my hands ran through my unwashed hair. She let me have a moment I think all moms have. Along with exhaustion, there are endless


choices. Am I making the right choices? And the messes. My inner neat-freak is gone and probably won’t be back in a few years. Even though I work 10 hours a week from home, it’s sometimes hard to juggle professional and mom life. It’s hard, but I’ve learned to adapt. Being a Mom is Fulfilling: Sometimes I sit and think about what Matt and I did before Eloise. I really couldn’t tell you. I thought I was “so busy.” I didn’t have a clue. But, going nonstop with Eloise is the best. Watching her say words we’ve taught her, watching her telling me she wants more to eat with her little hands, giving me endless kisses, laughs, and smiles—there really isn’t anything like it. To think that Matt and I created something out of love is special and amazing. Watching her grow and develop has been the best gift. Being a Mom is Love: What I’ve learned this past year is that I have so much more room in my heart for love. I will lay my life on the line for her. I will continue to raise her to be strong, smart, independent, giving, kind and loving. I will be the best I can be for her. She is all of me. She is the result of love. This love is indescribable. It’s a selfless, scary, overwhelming, beautiful love. It’s motherly love. Thank you, Eloise, for being my greatest accomplishment. You’ve made me a better person. You’ve taught me what’s important in life. I love you forever and always. Here’s to many more 365s.

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Last time I talked about dad and his opportunities to participate in the experience of having a new baby. I also indicated that there are things dads can do to help his partner to deal with all the changes in family life. The following are a few that I think are important. Don’t wait for requests or orders. Look for household and baby-care tasks you can help with without your partner having to tell you. Let your partner sleep. Arrange for a block of time for her to sleep. Let her take a nap during the day or cover the night feedings. Give her time to herself. This is especially important if she is home all day with the baby. Allow and encourage her to take quiet breaks by herself, get out with a friend, exercise or just run errands by herself. Give her time to exercise. Support your partner in getting some form of exercise most days and in getting out of the house. Expect times when she’s moody. It can be upsetting or frustrating to deal with your partner’s emotional swings but remember that the baby blues are temporary. Try not to take it personally. At the same time, you can set limits – it’s not fair for her to use you as an emotional punching bag.

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Hello Again from the icy North! Okay not really, in reality it is early April as I write this and the weather has actually been quite wonderful. However, when I left you last time, dear readers, the holidays had ended and I was readying myself to enter a terrifically hectic winter. Unexpectedly, the big inspection that I had at the beginning of February (you know—the one my unit hadn’t passed in almost a decade) was passed, and with a score of 98%! All the hard work, extra duty, weekends and sleepless hours of so many of my dedicated soldiers paid off, and I couldn’t be prouder or more pleased. I spent much of the time leading up to and during the inspection living on an air mattress out of my armory, trying to direct things from there while also trying to keep up with my full time project officer job, and prepare the unit for the next big thing once the inspection was completed: Winter Annual Training. Ahhhh yes, Winter Annual Training (or as I took to calling it: Operation RedRum). Back in August of 2014, we decided that in 6 months time we were going to plan and execute a winter AT, which hadn’t been done by any of our MP units since the early-mid 90s. Needless to say, it was not something I was enthusiastic about back in August, much less once it was upon me in February. But, like a good soldier I sucked it up, about faced and executed. And, despite the -40° weather almost every day for two weeks (welcome to Grayling), despite the snow and ice, the winds and the roaming packs of feral hungry soldiers, I did survive.

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Actually, we did more than just survive. We did some great training. The first two days were spent traveling up there and getting everything set up. The following two days we did excellent non-standard Rifle and Pistol ranges. Often I find that soldiers struggle to qualify with their weapons not because they are poor shooters, but because they are uncomfortable or even frightened of their weapons. Many of them have never been around weapons in their lives. These ranges were an excellent chance to get them comfortable firing their weapons, familiar with them, and experienced with doing it in the cold and in multiple layers of gear. We did it by blowing up balloons, attaching them to the targets and then having them fire at specific groupings of balloons. A great way to get them relaxed and comfortable with engaging a specific target with their weapons. We finished each of these days with a three-mile ruck march back into cantonment. For the following two days we lived out in the field, including sleeping. Those were a pretty miserable couple of days. We quickly discovered that even with all of our gear and sleep sacks, the tents just weren’t able to get us comfortable enough to sleep. Not to say that given

enough time we wouldn’t have become exhausted enough to do so, just not in two days. Instead, we all grabbed as much sleep as we were able to in our trucks in between missions, and staggered back in after our two days out in the field. Following that, we had a few days spent in cantonment. We got in some more weapons training, military police specific training and mandatory briefings. One afternoon, we were able to execute a joint training mission with Blackhawks that I had planned on the spur of the moment about a month prior, and had just gotten lucky that they apparently needed air time. We included as part of this training scenarios where we had to all up medical evacuations (MEDEVAC). When my lieutenants asked me if they should preface their radio traffic with the helos with “training,” I vetoed it, telling them the pilots already knew this was just training and who else would be monitoring our air traffic. Well, I was wrong, and it was shortly after the training completed that representatives from my battalion came to find me and have a discussion about why agencies from all over the state were frantically calling them about the apparent life-threatening situation on Camp Grayling. Oops! We finished out the 15 days with a four-day exercise led by the brigade in which we exercised the quick reaction force, then packed back up and headed home. Overall, it was soul-suckingly freezing, icy, unpleasant and still an absolutely awesome experience. So goes the life of the Army, in which experiences that would break other people are relished by the soldier as truly what makes life exciting. And it’s true, I will never tell my children about all the weekends I spent on the couch before they arrived, but I will tell them about the February that I survived -40° weather in Camp Grayling with the amazing soldiers that I have been given the honor to lead. Things are warming up, but they aren’t slowing down. I’m writing this and preparing to spend most of next week at Fort Custer for individual weapons qualification. The summer will be kept busy by more statewide exercises, drills and command responsibilities. I continue to work on my Captains Career Course online, and will spend much of the fall in Fort Leonard Wood finishing up the residence part of that. Next summer, I’ll be eligible for promotion to Major. Sometimes I think that if my life slowed down I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. But, that’s not true. If it slowed down I’d sit on the couch, drink beer, get fat(ter) and dream about the things I once did. Until I talk to you again, go out and do something worth bragging about to your grandchildren.

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Every day. All day. One love. I’m sitting here in the Minneapolis airport, and I get a message that the local news in North Dakota had a press release about Dustin, a friend of my mine who died in an oilfield accident last October. He was only 28.

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Six months to the day he passed away, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) issued a press release that determined the accident could have been completely avoided all together. Dustin’s death could have been avoided and should not have happened. It was a waste of a wonderful human life! OSHA has charged Nabors Completion and Production Services, one of the major players in the Bakken Oilfield and Dustin’s employer, with one willful and four other serious safety citations. According to OSHA’s website, “willful citation is described as a violation in which the employer either knowingly failed to comply with a legal requirement (purposeful disregard) or acted with plain indifference to employee safety.” Can you believe that?! They are charged with just under $100,000 in fines, but what does that really do to a billion dollar oil empire? A 2014 Houston Chronicle investigative series on oilfield accidents found that Nabors Drilling USA had reported more deaths than nearly all other oil and gas employers involved in drilling, well service or petroleum extraction businesses. And they are still in business. Cash really is king. I mean, there is no retribution, and it’s apparent that human lives don’t matter to these people. They should be charged with murder instead. And we all know they are just going to pay the fine and keep operating as usual and someone else’s life will be uselessly expended for the almighty dollar. So Dustin’s finance, my dear friend Jessica, was


left planning his funeral arrangements instead of a wedding ceremony, and had to deal with the aftermath of reporters and an OSHA investigation, and had to experience the grieving that will inevitably follow losing the love of your life instead of the joy of beginning their lives together. She was left widowed before she even had a chance to be a wife. And for no good reason. We shouldn’t have to pay the ultimate price for a paycheck. But then again, money makes the world go ‘round and you can’t live without it, so what choice are we left with? I know there are businesses out there that care about the safety and advancement of their employees but whatever that number, it’s not enough. And I suppose it’s unreasonable to think we could all be successful entrepreneurs. This just reinforces my innate need to work for myself and stay the course that I have laid for for myself. We all know life is short, and, when we’re plucked from this Earth, wouldn’t it be great if we were able to go with the feeling that we’d done all we could to take this precious gift and make the most of it? And, also to help love and care for our fellow human beings along the way? Reader challenge: This month, do something above and beyond to enhance someone else’s life. Do something nice for a stranger. Give someone a compliment. Do something nice for someone you care about. Adopt an orphaned puppy. Anything! Let’s restore some faith in humanity. Help this newly-cynical and bitter writer gain some love back for the world around her. Help bring some light back into this dark, dark world. Imagine a world where we all built each other up instead of tearing each other down. What a world that would be. But it starts with us. Every day. All day. One love.

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I thought when my kids were through the waking-up-six-times-in-the-night-for-food-ora-diaper-change-or-the-room-is-one-degreetoo-warm stage, I wouldn’t be so tired. But I am. So. Tired. Maybe it is because instead of having a crying baby who can’t quite articulate his or her needs and I have three very loud children who very clearly can. “I want!” “I need!” “No fair!” “I’m hungry!” “Why?” “You’re mean!” (That’s a new one.) And lots of stomping of feet, yelling and door slamming. And I’m trying so hard not to yell. I really am. Both my husband and I are trying SO hard. But it’s difficult. It’s tiring. It’s taking so many deep breaths I thinking I’m going to pass out sometimes.


We also have the can’t-make-up-my-mind-soI’m-going-to-throw-a-fit phase, and we have the eye-rolling, exasperated sighing of the almost pre-teen stage. Needless to say, there are a lot of feelings and a lot of tears in our little house. Oh, and the kids are on an emotional roller coaster, too. Most days it is pretty difficult to keep a level head through the whining, complaining, fibbing and eye-rolling. Some days I fail. OK, most days I fail, because moms have tough days, too, gosh darn it! But some days, when the stars align just right and my third cup of coffee has given me an energy boost at just the right moment, I say the right thing and I don’t get an eye-roll! Or, some words of wisdom actually come from MY mouth and miraculously seem to connect with the tiny person! I am able to find humor in the situation instead of frustration! The toys get cleaned up without me having to ask them!

But here’s the other thing – it’s working. Yes it’s hard – parenting is supposed to be hard. Yes, it’s frustrating – it’s supposed to be. They are tiny people who don’t quite know what they want or how they should act, so they try out all kinds of personalities or “phases” on you before they morph into the adult you truly hope they can be.

Ok, that last one never happens, but maybe someday, right? And that is what makes the frustration, the tiredness, the not yelling when you just want to jump out of your skin worth it. Those moments when you feel like you are not totally messing them up for the rest of their lives but actually doing something right. They may be fleeting but they are so worth it.

We are going through a few phases in our house at the moment. With three kids ages 8, 5 and 4, it’s easy to hit a few. We have the fibbing phase (I don’t want to say lying because I can’t bring myself to call my cute little five-year-old a liar).

Yes, parenting is hard, but nothing that was worth doing and worth doing right ever came easy. Somebody famous probably said that, but I’m too tired right now to try and figure it out. And a cute four-year-old needs some juice . . . .

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By Amber Yoder, Simply Hers Magazine After a 2013 fire, a family’s roots in the Branch and Hillsdale County areas are deeper than ever. Located on US-12 between Quincy and Coldwater, Longstreet Furniture had been a fixture on the Heritage Trail since 1969. As time progressed, a small, hometown furniture business grew into a large-scale retailer with 25,000 square feet of space. On March 5, 2013, the unthinkable happened to the Longstreet family. An electrical fire started in the attic of the original building, resulting in the total loss of all inventory and five buildings, and leaving two with smoke damage. During the emotional aftermath of the fire, the Longstreets were faced with daunting choices: Is rebuilding an option? If so, do you stay where you are, or do you move out of state? Do you want to remain in the same line of business? Confronted with these questions, the family ultimately decided to remain in Branch County, and to rebuild the business that was so traditionally a part of the Branch and Hillsdale County business communities. The family determined that they were not willing to walk away, and began to plan the reconstruction and rebuilding of the family business. Longstreet Living has 20 full time employees, the majority being long-term. The family ownership encourages a personable working environment, and allows for positive relationships with customers and other employees. Longstreet Living is the definition of a family business. Richard and Carol Longstreet opened the business in 1969, and their youngest son Wade took over operations in 1980 with his wife Cindy. Wade and Cindy’s three children grew up in the busi34

ness and have all come back to work at the company, allowing for the expansion of retail selection and services offered. After the fire, expansion continued. The new and improved (and renamed) Longstreet Living boasts 50,000 square feet, located at 720 E. Chicago Road in Coldwater, and all construction was completed by Branch and Hillsdale County companies. The family chose to incorporate their Longstreet Floors & More division into the new space, hoping to provide one-stop shopping convenience for customers. The new facility is up to date in terms of decorating and inventory selection, and special orders are welcome. A design center can help customers create a lifestyle, and interior design services are available. Products offered include: furniture, bedding, flooring, area rugs, solid surface countertops, granite, cabinets, windows, window blinds, patio furniture and pottery. In addition to product and design services, the new store also offers design accessories, boutique items and specialty children’s items. A man cave is part of the new building as well, featuring a relaxation space for times when couples or families are shopping together and someone needs a break. Customers looking for updates for their own homes or gifts for someone special will not be disappointed in the selection. Modern convenience is packaged nicely with a traditional family atmosphere at Longstreet Living, where the public is bid farewell by a sign that says. “Enter as a customer, leave as a friend.” More information can be found online at www.longstreetliving.com or on Facebook.

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By Stephanie Gordon, Simply Hers Magazine

Summer is fast approaching and preparations for the Hillsdale County Chamber of Commerce’s 24th Annual Summerfest are well underway! Now a one-day event, Summerfest is Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 8 AM – 4 PM, Downtown Hillsdale. Explained Executive Director Christine Bowman, “Two years ago, the Chamber began to consider how to rebrand our longtime fundraiser, Car and Motorcycle Show and Summerfest, and started researching ways to make the event have a more festival-type atmosphere.” After careful consideration, research and discussions with past sponsors, Car and Motorcycle show committee members, the City of Hillsdale and the Hillsdale Business Association, the Chamber decided to make it a one-day event and relocate it from the Hillsdale County Fairgrounds to Downtown Hillsdale. The research showed downtown festivals featuring a car/ motorcycle show and a wide array of activities, designed to attract attendees of all ages, are gaining in popularity. Typically these shows charge cars and motorcycles a small entry fee (usually $10), and the public attends free of charge. The Car and Motorcycle show features trophies in 40 categories, and the winning cars and motorcycles will parade down N. Howell Street towards the end of the event.


Summerfest will have a little something for everyone! Just a few of the planned activities are a Youth and Adult Corn Hole Tournament; Artisan Market; all day, multiple 50/50 drawings and a live remote from 11 AM – 4 PM with WCSR Radio. The Hillsdale County Farmers Market will extend their hours until 2 PM. Downtown restaurants will feature special menu items centered on an “All American Classics” theme. Part of the Chamber’s mission is to promote Hillsdale County through programs, services and activities that stimulate economic growth and foster commerce. “Moving Summerfest to Downtown Hillsdale directly supports this mission and creates direct and indirect opportunities for the local business community to take advantage of the captive audience the Chamber is bringing to their front doors,” commented Ms. Bowman. Visit the Chamber’s website hillsdalecountychamber.com or like us on Facebook—facebook.com/hdchamber—to stay current as more event details become available.

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Staying healthy is a big concern for women and is at the top of the list of worries in our lives. But, are we as involved in our own health as we are the health of our children, our spouse, or our parents? May is Women’s Health month and, as such, is a good time to make our own health a priority. Among the top health concerns for women are heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis and depression.

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Heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that heart disease accounts for 29 percent of deaths in women. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women and osteoporosis is found in at least 16 percent of American women over age 50. While all those numbers are upsetting, it does not mean women are powerless to do anything about it. “Women should give attention to prevention,” says Dr. Molly Parker, a Family Medicine Physician with Hillsdale Community Health Center. Catching issues early may allow greater, and possibly less invasive, treatment options. Dr. Parker has found that many times women only see a doctor if they are sick and emphasized the importance of a yearly physical. Some preventative tests commonly recommended for women include mammograms, pap smears, colonoscopy and bone density testing. These can detect early signs of disease and actually prevent some problems. Your doctor may likewise recommend basic blood work to look for diabetes or high cholesterol, both of which are risk factors for heart disease. Dr. Parker says, “Family history is also important to consider, especially when evaluating risk for heart disease, colon cancer and breast cancer.” Dr. Parker points out that women may present differently when it comes to heart attacks. Many times female patients can miss symptoms of a heart attack by attributing them to other causes. Traditional signs of a heart attack can include crushing chest pain, left arm pain and jaw pain. However,


Dr. Molly Parker Hillsdale Community Health Center a woman may experience more subtle signs like fatigue, heartburn, sweating or shortness of breath that is out of the ordinary. Dr. Parker advises women get looked at right away if they are having any unusual symptoms. One of the most important steps women can take for their wellness is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. “Eat a well-balanced diet, be active – even if it is just for a few minutes every day, and have something that provides stress relief,” Dr. Parker says. “We all think exercise has to be a daily, hour-long taxing activity - it doesn’t. Take a leisurely walk with your dog or with your kids. It is all about instilling good habits. Small changes can create big gains and positive changes in your overall health.” Dr. Parker also recommends adults stay up-to-date on vaccinations including those for pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia and shingles. Get your significant other to the doctor as well by using Men’s Health month, June, as a reminder to make an appointment. Many of the same health concerns affect both men and women. Among the top concerns for men are heart disease, stroke, depression, lung cancer and prostate cancer. Regular check-ups and open and consistent dialogue with your physician can help reduce risk. Dr. Parker says one of the biggest ways to improve the health in both men and women is to quit smoking. “Quitting isn’t easy,” she says, but adds there are numerous smoking cessation medications available, many that are now covered by health insurance. There is also a Michigan tobacco quit line (1-800-QUIT-NOW) to help kick the habit. The quit line is a free service with counselors available to help at any time. Man or woman, maintaining a good lifestyle low in fast food and with regular exercise can go a long way in helping us all live a long and healthy life. Interested in making an appointment with Dr. Parker or another local primary care physician? Visit Hillsdale Community Health Center’s website at www.hchc.com.

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Are you ready to explore? Simply Hers newest column takes our readers to the waterways visiting neighboring Michigan locations.

trip on a tank — Sarah Gray South haven BySimply Hers Magazine Wanting to get away this summer, if just for the day? The ocean may be too far to drive, but luckily for us Michiganders we have miles and miles of freshwater coastland just a short drive away. One stop on the shore that will not disappoint is South Haven, located in the southwest corner of the state along Lake Michigan. Just 116 miles from Hillsdale and 144 miles from Adrian, South Haven offers beaches, shopping, dining, wineries, golfing, museums, races and festivals sure to please everyone. “Visitors have a century-old tradition of coming to South Haven because of its rich resort history and the beautiful scenic locations along the water; due to our popularity visitors from all over the Midwest and even internationally are starting to flock here,” says Lisa Shanley, Executive Director of the South Haven Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Among the many events the town celebrates each year is Harborfest. With its rich maritime history, South Haven is pleased to offer a weekend of music and entertainment that is fun for the whole family. This year Harborfest will take place June 18-21 and feature live music all weekend as well as crafts, pancake breakfasts, Dragon Boat Races and a classic boat show. Other summer events include the Michigan Flywheelers Swap Meet and Flea Market June 12-13, The Festival of Cars June 6, the Waterfront Film Festival June 11-14, the Classic Wooden Boat Show Festival June 20, Summer Art Fair July 4-5 and the National Blueberry Festival August 6-9. Making a spur of the moment trip, South Haven has beaches, museums and a stunning lighthouse all waiting to be explored. “South Haven has seven public beaches, scenic bike paths, heritage water trails, and fresh farm markets,” says Shanley. “The beaches are second to none, and there’s nothing as relaxing as listening to seagulls caw overhead and taking a relaxing stroll along the beach out to the lighthouse.” Anglers can test their skill during the Steelheaders Pro-Am Fishing Tournament May16-17 and Steelheaders Ladies Fishing Tournament June 13. Join a fleet for the 77th Challenge for the Queen’s Cup yacht race. The overnight sprint across Lake Michigan leaves from the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee June 26 and ends in South Haven at dawn. Staying inland? South Haven has many galleries, restaurants, shops and wineries to explore including the Michigan Maritime Museum. “Take a scenic ride down memory lane on the West Michigan Pike,” says Shanley. “This historic route, also known as Blue Star Highway, meanders through Michigan’s Beachtowns. Take your time and discover South Haven’s resort history! Choose from cozy B&B’s, waterfront resorts, modern hotels, nostalgic motels, or luxury vacation rentals.”

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From family friendly activities to a weekend getaway for two, South Haven is a great place to enjoy the sun sand and beaches of Lake Michigan. For more information about South Haven or to plan your trip visit the South Haven Visitor’s Bureau at www.southhaven.org, or call 1-800-764-2836.

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How to recognize “the one”? Let’s start with one of the most important parts of being in a solid relationship. No, it is not how great you look in selfies, it is how comfortable you feel when you are around him. Do you let yourself be you or do you hide your less attractive side when you are with him for fear he wouldn’t approve? Some of the most successful relationships have one thing in common, you can be you. You don’t have to suck in your stomach. You can be your most unkempt, crazy, neurotic, imperfect self. Would you choose him as your couch partner? There is so much time on the couch. Who do you want to be next to when you’re sick or feeling down or just want to watch bad reality TV? If you can find that person, then you’ve found something worth hanging on to. Also, you need to ask yourself what type of couch partner you are willing to be. I have spent 25 years with my husband and let me tell you, a great deal of it has been distractedly watching whatever sporting event is on just because I know it makes him happy. I just tell myself it can’t always be Amazing Race or NCIS. Is he kind? When you are out there looking the most important piece of advice I can give is for you to choose someone kind. Choosing someone who is fundamentally kind — to children and waiters and the elderly and, of course, animals — means at the end of the day they will be kind to you. I love to watch my husband go out of his way for a stranger without even thinking about it. Even more rewarding is watching my grown sons do the same thing. Unrealistic expectations People think the trick to a great relationship is “finding the one”; And yes, finding someone can be so hard you want to bang your 42

head against the wall, but the game isn’t over after you tie the knot. I think it is important to have serious discussions about what will happen after the big day. We spend a great deal of time prepping for the wedding but not for the marriage. Do you expect him to read your mind? It is important to proactively articulate your needs. Often we expect our partner to intuitively know what we need. Now I am not saying this doesn’t happen over time, like knowing when he needs the pepper at dinner without him asking, all I am saying is give the poor guy a little heads up as to what you expect him to do. Facing tough times together. Many couples have trouble at transitional points in a relationship. Like when they first get married, when the kids become teenagers or when the kids leave the nest. But, instead of reacting with the thought of trying to deal with the change, many are quick to jump to the thought that they must have chosen the wrong partner. Understanding that we all go through ups and downs makes it easier and less lonely. That way, when you hit a bump in your relationship you don’t feel like there is something wrong with your partner, you understand the fault lies in the situation which will ultimately change over time. Knowing when to cut your losses: Studies show that women who feel doubt before their weddings wind up significantly less happy. My plea to anyone feeling doubt would be to think about the future you want, not the past. Some people think, “I’ve invested so much already, how could I turn back?” But if you look at the future with this person and feel a significant kernel of doubt, you have to listen to that.

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By Nancy Ryan Simply Hers Magazine

Do you like a good laugh? I recently discovered a new author with that limey humor, which even out-entertains Bridget Jones Diary. I haven’t had a conversation with my husband since! When I get all of my chores and errands done each day, I settle in to my cozy reading corner in our family room, turn on the fireplace, and dig in. I found the first book, A Crowded Marriage, by accident one day when I was perusing the new arrivals at our local library. It was laugh-out-loud (lol) with tearsin-my-eyes funny. My husband would keep looking over at me like I was nuts. Then I read a certain passage to him while I was cracking up, and had him laughing, too! Author Catherine Alliott has “it”, that undefinable talent of being a “can’t put it down” author. Well, of course, I then had to get my hands on as many of her books as I could. I was wearing out the inter-library loan lady at my local library. (A little alliteration, here) I found seven books written by Catherine Alliott. They range from 4.5 to 5 stars, five being the highest in my rating system. The three funniest “ laugh-out-loud” books are Crowded Marriage, The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton, and The Wedding Day. In the first of these, Imogene, her husband Alex, and son Rufus have moved from London, England to a country cottage. Things have changed and they can no longer afford living the urban high-life. Imogene must learn to feed the chickens and cows. It is hilarious as the hungry chickens fly at her and she runs screaming, or they gather closely around watching her with their beady eyes as she sneaks out of her house trying to avoid them on her way to her car. She suffers a hypochondriac brotherin-law whose imagined ailments are so comical they had me snickering. Her inexperience with farm animals nudges her to the local vet, who always seems to be around to observe all of her crazy antics while learning about farm life and farm animals. It may lose something in my translation, but trust me on this, you will really enjoy it! The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton revolves around scatterbrained Evie and her author husband, Ant (short for Anthony) and their 14 year-old daughter Ana. They are a successful, happy family living in a London suburb. Ant receives a letter that will change their happy family dynamic. He discovers he is father to a 16 year-old girl and she wants to get to know him. It is tender and also funny, with laugh-out-loud moments. A humorous scene is when Evie is trying to buy a pony for her daughter without any experience with horses. She is being


scammed by an old sot and his drugged horse. Again, it may lose something in the telling, but I guarantee it will make you laugh. The Wedding Day is another comedic novel. The scene when Annie gets out of her car at the car wash, only to be thrashed around by the machinery with her daughter and a crowd of gaping customers watching, is priceless. She is happily engaged to be married, but her philandering ex-husband wants her back, and then there’s this new handsome veterinarian, Matt. What to do?! A cute story. Alliott’s four other books were just as entertaining, but not as lol funny. A Rural Affair is about Poppy, who is married to a controlling man. She has imagined his accidental death several times and when he is hit and killed by a urinal falling from an overpass (she never imagined THAT), she is shocked. She adapts gradually to the death of a man she realizes she never really loved, but when she finds out he had been unfaithful to her for years, she loses her fragile self-esteem. After all, he was the jerk, not her. Why did he find her lacking? It is an entertaining read, as you watch Poppy rediscover herself. Not That Kind of Girl examines marriage and how its ordinariness can lead to temptation and remembered passion. Henrietta thinks she’s happily married to Marcus, but then is caught in a compromising situation with her boss. Her marriage comes to a halt. This story, along with several of the author’s other novels, carries themes of personal responsibility for our actions, and the moral discipline to make selfless choices. Samples of these themes are “It seems to me that if people behave well, it encourages others to do the same.” “I came to understand, with a dawning sense, that something bigger than my personal happiness and well-being was going on here.” The other two novels of Alliott’s I was able to read were A Married Man, and One Day In May. Again, they did not disappoint! She has written eight additional books while in the UK, but I have not been able to access them from my library or Amazon. I guess my next option is calling used book stores in my quest for the remaining eight. Wish me luck… Please email me with your current favorites at nancyryan47@ gmail.com See you at the library!

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Many of us have heard horror stories concerning divorce where one party loses everything, has to pay so much for child support that he or she cannot afford to live, or is not being able to see his or her children. The issues raised in divorce proceedings include the breakdown of the marital relationship, which party will have custody of the children, and how real estate, personal property, and debt will be divided. This article will address what constitutes marital property and debt, and how these assets and liabilities are distributed upon divorce. When a couple divorces, the court, or the parties by agreement, determine what constitutes marital property and what is separate property. Marital property is property accumulated through the joint efforts of the parties during their marriage. Separate property often consists of property obtained before the marriage, property inherited or received as a gift during the marriage but not comingled with marital property, and pain and suffering awards. The court orders a division of marital property. The court may also order the inclusion of an individual’s separate property if the other party contributed to the acquisition, improvement or accumulation of the property, or if the division of marital property is insufficient to maintain either party. In Michigan, the division of property in a divorce case must be fair and equitable under the circumstances. The court has discretion to determine what is fair and equitable based on the facts of the case, and is not required to divide the marital property according to any particular formula. The court considers many factors when

making its decision. These factors include the length of the marriage, the parties’ contributions to the marriage, and the parties’ ages, health, life status, necessities and circumstances, past relationship and conduct, earning abilities, fault, and general principles of equity. While there is little case law on the subject of how debts are divided in a divorce case, equitable principles apply to this issue as well. Ordinarily, the court will subtract debt from assets when dividing property. Courts usually characterize ordinary household debts as marital debts subject to division. On occasion, a debt may be characterized as one party’s sole responsibility. Examples of debts which could be characterized in this way include criminal restitution and gambling debts to which the other party did not consent. The divorce judgment must also address the parties’ rights to pension, annuity and retirement benefits. Vested retirement benefits or accumulated benefits must be included in the marital estate, while contingent or unvested benefits may be included if it would be just and equitable to do so. The court can order a defined contribution plan to be divided by splitting it or by offsetting it against the value of other property. The value of a defined benefit plan can also be offset by other assets, or the court can grant the other spouse an interest in the plan. Most retirement plans are divided by means of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders that are carefully crafted to comply with the law.

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Have you ever had an absolutely wonderful thing happen to you? Something you thought might never happen no matter how much you hoped, wished and prayed for it? I did! I had my first grandchild born recently, and who in the world would ever think that could be enough to put someone, especially a gramma, over the edge.

By Willie Smith Simply Hers Magazine

Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshimagramma!! Please, let me slow down and restate. Oh my gosh! I’m a gramma!! My beautiful granddaughter, Fenley Faith, was born March 10, 2015, at 9:30 p.m. She wasn’t due until the end of March so I thought I had plenty of time to plan my strategy for a confrontation I knew was going to be bad—really, really bad. Due to an unplanned C-section, though, I didn’t have as much time as I thought. My son called at 4:25 p.m. on March 10th to tell me Fenley would be born at 8:00 p.m. that night!! What? I live five hours away. A quick calculation told me I could do it; I could be there. Of course my calculation was laid to rest when I told my husband to grab his bag and meet me in the car. He informed me there was no way we were going to get there in time. Au contraire, mon frère! I love talking bi-lingually. (Is that a word?) Never, ever underestimate the power of prayer! I reminded God that this might be my one and only chance at being present for a grandchild’s birth. I have three other kids, but none of them seem to be in any hurry to have kids. I could be dead by the time one of them figures out what causes pregnancy. My prayer was answered when Dean called to say an emergency had come up and Kayla’s surgery was delayed for two hours. Yippee!! We could do this! Now to figure the strategy for that confrontation I mentioned earlier. You’re probably wondering who in the world I would be having a confrontation with at a time like this. Think about it . . . yep, the other grandma. Kayla’s mom is nice and everything, but she has other grandchildren. This was going to be my first grandchild. Plus Beth only lives onehalf hour from Dean, Kayla and now Fenley, so she could visit any time she wanted to. Okay, I admit she has six other kids at home to care for and her husband, Duane, is the


pastor of a church, so they may have other obligations that might prohibit them from just stopping by. Don’t mean to be nasty here, but I didn’t give a rip! Did I mention this was MY VERY FIRST GRANDCHILD? I didn’t want to think about the various scenarios going through my mind. The slapping. The scratching. The hair pulling. It could get real ugly if that woman thought for one moment she was gonna hold my Fenley before I did. I didn’t care that it was her daughter carrying the child. I’m the mother of the father that helped create that baby! I deserved this moment with my granddaughter. (I did mention this is my first grandchild, didn’t I?) I hoped everybody was standing back, ‘cause I was ready for the catfight about to erupt. My strategy was to storm the door, grab my Fenley and hold her. If need be, I would shove, push and elbow my way to that baby. When we got to the hospital, I discovered another problem. Not only was the other grandma there, but the other grandpa AND an aunt. Well dang! I could take one of ‘em, but I couldn’t take ‘em all. What was I gonna do now? I knew my husband wouldn’t help me. He didn’t understand. He figured as long as I got to hold the baby at some point I should be happy. I want to know who gave him his grandpa card without checking his credentials first! I’m happy to report there was no need for slapping, pushing and/or shoving. All that planning for nothin’! Beth was nice enough to let me hold my Fenley first. Wasn’t that sweet of her? (You don’t think she was just trying to make me look bad, do you?) I was in the middle of some deep jabbering with my Fenley when I heard a ruckus behind the curtain. What in the world? It was the Grandpas! What were they doing? Apparently once Cletus saw HIS very first grandchild, he decided she was worth a push and a shove to hold her first so he threw Duane to the floor and stepped right on top of him to get to Fenley first. How barbaric! Really now, what was that man thinking? This was a hospital after all. He needed to lose that lousy attitude and just calm down. He was about to put me and my Fenley right over the edge.

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Laura Loveberry: Multi-Talented Local Artist and Author By Amber Yoder, Simply Hers Magazine To say that Laura Loveberry is a busy woman is an understatement. In addition to be being a wife and mother, Loveberry’s job titles also include author, inspirational speaker, sign language dramatist, magazine columnist, illustrator, aerobics instructor and public school teacher. Laura’s most recent venture involves the publication of a children’s book, “Splatter Paint Hero.” According to her website, “Kids will love rhyming through this artsy adventure while laughing and learning color theory at the same paint splattering silly willy time.” The full-color book was both written and illustrated by Loveberry. In “Splatter Paint Hero,” Arty the puppet runs out of paper to mix his paint colors, so he uses his body, head, and shoes to do so. Laura calls it a messy, artsy adventure that teaches color theory. Readers will learn about the color wheel, primary and secondary colors and analogous and complementary colors. The book features rhyming and a chart to test color knowledge, and Arty the puppet turns out to be very educational as well as messy, sloppy and fun. Laura credits her early teaching career with forming the inspiration for the book. From the beginning of her experiences educating students about art, Loveberry realized that students would retain everything she taught while utilizing a puppet. She has used several puppets throughout her years in the classroom, and says that Arty is the perfect helper to get kids to love learning about art. The book has been in the works for a long time, because she has aspired to write a children’s book for 30 years. The book features a tribute to a former artist and student of Loveberry’s. Kyle Bowerman, who was tragically killed at a young age, was a kind and helpful student, often assisting Laura in art classes for younger students. The journey toward completion of the book has been emotional and therapeutic for Loveberry, occurring mostly during a time of personal struggle. Within the pages of “Splatter Paint Hero,” Loveberry has hidden three words. Her trademark as an artist is to hide a meaningful word within every caricature drawing. In the illustrations for the book, Laura has hidden three words that completely changed her life.

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With the help of colleague Becky McRae, a music teacher who assisted with the rhythm of the rhymes, and her husband Mark, Laura finally put the words and illustrations to paper in a manner that was perfect for publication. Laura’s husband listened to the story repeatedly and viewed each illustration throughout

her creative process. Her parents have also been an encouraging force throughout her life, allowing her to paint a mural on a kitchen wall when she was in elementary school. Laura’s advice to anyone contemplating writing a book is to just do it. Time was sometimes in short supply, but the reward of seeing her work in print and the joy of seeing the reactions of children experiencing the fun of learning about color made the journey worthwhile. Laura excels at time management, which is essential for her hectic and eventful life. Also known as Mrs. Michigan America 2007, Laura has written the lyrics for a contemporary Christian music CD, and can also claim credit for a workout DVD, a healthy living guidebook and a video focusing on working out with weights. It’s clear that Laura Loveberry has amazing energy and a profound passion for living life to the fullest extent possible. “Splatter Paint Hero” is available online at www.lauraloveberry.com, and Laura is working to set up book signing events, with caricature sketches available at each event for only $5. Dates and events as of press time include: May 10, 10:30 am – 12 pm Hillsdale Community Library May 16, 10:30 am Coldwater Public Library May 21, 5 – 8 pm Blue Hat Coffee House (Coldwater) May 23, 10:30 am – 12 pm Hillsdale Community Library June 12, evening Coldwater ART WALK, in front of Tibbits June 27, 10:30-11:30 am Toasted Mud (Hillsdale)

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Ups, Downs, and Thankful Rounds.

“I have never done this before,” comments my teenage daughter’s dinner guest. “Oh, you have never shared each other’s highs and lows at the dinner table like we just did and do every meal?” I inquire. By Laura Loveberry Inspirational Speaker and Author

Her answer silences me. Our first time guest replies she never sat at a table and eaten dinner as a family before. Ever. I sit stunned for a minute. “You mean you do not ever eat together at a table for dinner?” I ask. “Nope. Never. Grandma eats in the kitchen. My brother eats while playing his Xbox, and I eat in front of the TV always.” I digest this newly discovered information during our meal. Some families never eat together, let alone have engaging conversation about their day. How sad. The conversation evolves, leading to life-changing discussions for both our guest and our family. Our guest ends up learning about Jesus who is always there for her. We, as a family, learn our tradition of sharing each others’ high for the day and low for the day is actually a unique custom helping families to support and care for each other. One year later, I am in a school professional development meeting, and all our staff members are encouraged to get to know our students better. Since I have 500+ students, I realize I better have a systematic way to give students an opportunity to share with me. First, I set up my plan by explaining to my classes how my family shares highs and lows at the dinner table. Then I encourage them to do the same in their family. I ask them to turn off their televisions and phones and talk as a family, even if they are a family of two. You can do this.


Oh my goodness! You would have thought I am asking them to pull out their teeth! I hear: “My mom would NEVER get off her phone,” “My dad would NEVER want to turn off the TV,” and “I would get in big trouble if I asked my parent to do this. NO WAY!” In spite of the adamant excuses, I still encourage my class just to try my concept of talking to each other over dinner with all technology off, and sharing their highlights and lowlights for the day. Then I explain I want to get to know them better here at school as well, and I have a plan. I start keeping data of a list with 500+ student names and am on schedule to ask each and every student their high for the week. I ask 2 students per class each week and am on track to hear from all 500+ at least once before the year’s end. Kids so look forward to sharing, and I am privileged to get to know my students better. I believe students don’t care what you know until they know you care. Communication and caring is going delightfully well at school. One of my art students calls this the “ups and downs” of the week. So we adopt his wordage and continue sharing our “ups” every week. My thinking is Simply Hers readers would love having compassionate deep discussion at their supper tables as well. Yea, will you join me in starting a new tradition in your home of sharing the ups and downs? One of my students mentioned her family shares one thing they are thankful for to God. Love it! Let’s add telling one thing for which we are grateful to God, too. So let’s turn off the technology and turn on an attitude of gratitude and a spirit of celebrating and caring for others as we listen to the ups and downs and thankful rounds at our own dinner table.

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Kortas says she sees men and women and children of all ages out at Bundy Hill. Since opening in 2009, her business grew 200 percent in the first two years and 30 percent every year after. Bundy Hill sees an average of 14,000 people utilizing its trails, hills and mud each season.

And, this high-adrenaline sport is not just for the guys. Bundy Hill owner Debbie Kortas says about ten percent of the clients that visit her park are women, and the numbers just keep growing.

No DNR state sticker is required to ride at Bundy Hill, but all the proper documents and legal forms must be signed. Flag whips must be on all vehicles which include ATVs, ORVS, UTVs, anything 4x4, dirt bikes, buggies and anything else that is trail-capable.

“Women can enjoy this sport,” Kortas says. “It’s growing hugely.” One woman who has dived head first into the world of off-roading is Stephanie Ambabo, aka Super Steph. Her history with sport may not be long, but her love for it runs deep.

Rustic camping is available at Bundy Hill, and full service camping is available nearby. Food vendors are on site almost every weekend, and there is a restaurant located next to the office. Bundy Hill has park rangers patrolling the property at all times, and no alcohol is permitted on the property.

“I totally fell in love with it, and I did not expect to. It’s pretty much an obsession.” She adds if she could figure out a way to off-road in her Jeep for a living she would.

“We get a lot of families,” Kortas says, adding they also have a volleyball court and are putting in an RV track. “It’s good outdoor family fun.”

“It is my little escape! When I get to go off-roading or work on my jeep, that’s all I focus on. I don’t have to worry about laundry or homework or bills – just wrenching and making my Jeep functional and pretty.” With two boys Jayson, 16 and Alex, 10 at home, Stephanie declared that anything that was pink she was claiming for her own. So when she bought her 2013 white Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, she immediately started decking out her “baby girl,” or “BG” as she calls it, in pink. A self-proclaimed outdoor enthusiast, Stephanie took BG out for her first off-road ride at Bundy Hill last July. “The first time I took the top off I thought ‘This is fun!’ It’s like a great, big, remote-controlled car.” Stephanie has done all the work improving her Jeep by herself and enjoys the challenge of working on her Jeep and taking it out to see what BG can do. “I like the challenging stuff,” she says of off-roading. “I like using your brain to try and figure it out. It’s like a game.” She will get her Jeep dirty if she has to, but once she is done for the day, BG goes straight to the car wash. “It’s not just a dirty boys’ sport” she says of off-roading. “My Jeep is a poster child for that. I have a girlie Jeep, but it is very well respected.”

Starting June 12, Bundy Hill will once again host their bi-weekly UTV Terra Cross Points Series which Kortas says is fun to participate in or just to watch. Several clubs use Bundy Hill including Wicked Jeeps, which Stephanie has recently joined. “It’s probably the most welcoming community I have ever been a part of. We support each other, give back to the community and wheel—it’s a win in all directions!” Stephanie says she is always encouraging new people to try off-roading, because it can be different for each person. “It’s all about what you are willing to do. There is a huge sense of accomplishment when you figure out an obstacle.” She especially loves taking out young girls and getting them exposed to the off-road lifestyle she loves. “It definitely helps to show them pink can still look pretty covered in mud.” Bundy Hill is open Wednesday through Friday, 9 AM to 8 PM, Saturday 8 AM to 8 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 8 PM. For more information and pricing, call 517-917-0493 or visit their website at bundyhilloffroad.com. They are also on Facebook.

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By Kacie Keeshond, Simply Hers Magazine

It’s been well documented that I am one HOT DOG! No, I’m not a dachshund, but I’m doublecoated and long-haired so I get very hot, very easily! Being hot makes me very thirsty and I have even been known to eat snow and get in my ‘Mom’s’ shower to wet my barker. My ‘parents’ keep my water bowl full of water, but that doesn’t keep me from sticking my tongue where it doesn’t belong sometimes. One day my ‘Mom’ left her cup within reach so I helped myself to the rest of her coffee. There was a lot of yelling that went on after that…..something about me NOT needing caffeine! Anyway, after that little incident, she was curious if it was actually dangerous for dogs to drink coffee. We did some research and thought we’d share what we found ~

EIGHT THINGS A DOG SHOULD NEVER DRINK- POISON ALERT!! 1. BEER- fermentation of yeast can cause alcohol poisoning 2. HEALTH SHAKES WITH AVOCADOcan damage the heart muscle

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8. GRAPE JUICE- damages kidneys

4. CHOCOLATE MILK (OR ANY DRINK WITH CHOCOLATE)- stimulates the nervous system and heart

Of course there are variables like the size of Hunter Douglas window fashion your dog and how much they ingest. But soften orchance darken your why take the now that youspaces. know of Cr the potential danger? Please remember to retreat. Design with light and se keep your pets supplied with plenty of good water and keep everything else out of reach. We have a tendency to eat or drink whatever we can find to get into, so we depend on our ‘parents’ to keep trouble out of paws reach!

5. ALCOHOL- depresses the nervous system


3. DRINKS WITH XYLITOL- (found in sugarless products), increases the insulin secretion causing low blood sugar

6. COFFEE (OR ANY DRINK WITH CAFFEINE)- can cause muscle tremors, fits, possible bleeding

My DFF (Dog Friend Furever): Conley I’m so excited to introduce you to sweet little Conley! She is a keeshond, like me. In fact, she is my dog-sister (same parents, different litter). Conley joined my litter dog-sister, Delta, and her ‘mom’, Kathy, in New York last December. Delta is learning to be a good big sister and Conley is taking over as the crazy cute one. I am hoping to meet her this summer and will share pictures if we get to have another furball reunion! Delta (in back) & Conley (in front).


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PALM SUNDAY TORNADOeS Sunday, April 11, 1965. By Melissa McCance, Simply Hers Magazine

This dramatic excerpt is taken from “Night of the Wind,” an account of the Palm Sunday tornadoes that smashed through southern central Michigan on April 11, 1965. Written by area native Dan Cherry, the book includes information drawn from 125 interviews with people who lived through that terrifying run of storms, along with more than 200 black and white images and graphics. He has also authored “Fifty Years Later,” which features comparisons of photos from 1965 with modern-day views of the same spots. In the second book, Cherry examines the “what-if ” scenario on how the tornado would be predicted and broadcast—as well as how the aftermath would be handled—if it had struck in 2015.

To this generation, the date is just another day on a yellowed calendar. To those across the Upper Midwest old enough to remember that particular Palm Sunday, it will never be forgotten. Palm Sunday morning was forebodingly warm and muggy. A cold front, which stretched from Wisconsin to Texas, mixed with warmer, moist air over Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio. Before the night was over, 47 tornadoes would kill 271, injure thousands and forever change the lives of tens of A pile of painted blue concrete blocks and twisted metal girders was all that remained of the Devils Lake dance pavilion, which was open and filled with over 2,000 people the night before for a pre-season dance. Owner O.E. “Pokey” Green rebuilt the facility in time for the end of the summer season.


thousands more.

Born in Adrian and raised near Addison, Dan attended Addison Community Schools, graduating in 1991 as part of the top ten in his class. During the last two years of that period, he also attended Lenawee Vo-Tech, earning a two-year certificate in graphic design and printing. He continued his education at Washtenaw Community College, where he received his associate’s degree in graphic design in 1993. Dan worked at the Brooklyn Exponent as a graphic designer until 2007, and became a staff writer with the Daily Telegram in 2008. He still works as a freelance project and story contributor with the Exponent on an as-needed basis. In addition, he provides photography services for area clients as a hobby, and his photography skills were called into play when he recently worked with Eric Sauder on a photograph-restoration project for “The Unseen Lusitania.” This book has international distribution, and was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking in May, 2015. When asked how he first became interested in learning more about the historic storm, Dan said: I am by nature a person who, once I become curious about a topic, wants to learn as much as I can, and then share what I’ve learned with others. That has been the driving force behind both “Night of the Wind” and “Fifty Years Later,” as well as my other four books on local history. I became curious about the tornado 20 years ago, simply because it was something people didn’t talk about freely. If it were mentioned, it was in somber, hushed tones and was almost considered a taboo topic. It seemed as if the topic trounced upon emotions that did not need to be stirred, and to acknowledge the tornado was to somehow invite a recurrence of the event. It was in 1995 that Cherry’s interest in the tornadoes was truly piqued. At the time, he was working on a history of the village of Addison. There was only limited media coverage of the thirtieth anniversary of the storms, and all of it seemed to center on the recollections of the same few people. The topic kept circulating in his mind, and, at the end of 1999 when he decided to begin looking into it, he found there was little information aside from the 1965 newspaper coverage. Dan asked one eyewitness he knew personally if he thought an in-depth research project on the Palm Sunday tornado would be appropriate and well-received by the community. After being told that “it was time,” Dan began two years of interviews by telephone, email, letters and face-to-face contacts, carefully gathering the information he would need to write “Night of the Wind.”



Countless trees were stripped of their bark during the Palm Sunday tornado.


To say that Cherry is the local expert on the Palm Sunday tornadoes almost defines the word “understatement.” He has put in hundreds of hours researching the event that permanently changed both the physical landscape of the affected area and the psychological and emotional outlook of many of its survivors. After gathering staggering amounts of information in the form of interviews, newspaper stories, photographs, etc., Dan had to organize the personal memories of a day marked by chaos and panic into a coherent narrative. In doing so, he discovered an interesting characteristic about how people remembered the day: I found that in order to present the tornado as it happened, everything had to be accurate and without exaggeration. Peoples’ memories were largely untainted by time, and photo evidence backed up most of what they remembered. The one factor that gave me pause is that although memories of what happened remained intact, the concept of time was out of kilter. Almost all of the eyewitnesses and survivors felt the two tornadoes were 15 minutes apart, and I built my entire book, “Night of the Wind,” on that timeline. More than halfway through the compilation, I received information from the National Weather Service that proved the two tornadoes that passed through lower Michigan were 44 minutes apart. Instead of keeping to my timeline and disregarding this one piece of information to suit my research up to then, I tore the entire book apart and re-calibrated the survivors’ testimonies along the new timeline. I also consulted with several of them regarding the information from the weather service, and nearly all agreed that the longer time between the storms was realistically more believable than what their minds accepted. Initially, Dan thought he would talk to 20 or 30 people, gather a handful of photographs and put together a small, 32-page booklet. But, it seemed that it was, indeed, time to tell the story of April 11,1965. Each person he spoke to referred him to another source, and each of them did the same. At the end of two years, he had interviewed 125 people and had hundreds of images to illustrate the memories of those who had shared their personal histories with him. Although most people he contacted were quite open, Cherry said there were a few who politely declined to be interviewed. Some who purchased the book for interested family members or friends kept the books wrapped so as not to see the images on the covers—the memories are still too painful. Dan’s own family was not unaffected by the tornadoes. Their home at Devils Lake was on the northern edge of the damage path, and a cousin in Hillsdale County was directly in the tornado’s route. The cousin survived, but lost a substantial


amount of property. Dan’s family was friends or acquaintances with a number of those who were killed or injured in the Manitou Beach area. This nearness to the event undoubtedly contributed to people being willing to open up to Cherry during his research: they knew he understood how much people had suffered, and that he would treat their stories with respect, keeping the book accurate and avoiding sensationalism. The second book, “Fifty Years Later,” was prompted in part by the high quality of many of the photographic images that were shared with him while researching the first book. “I was surprised not only by the number of photographs from 1965 that were color images, but that nearly all of them looked as if they were taken yesterday. The colors were so vibrant, with no fading or the orange hue that we associate with early color photographs. People took the photos, then packed them away in closets and photo albums, away from light and air.” Because of the high cost of color reproduction when the first book was published, all the pictures used had been reproduced in black and white. In 2013, Cherry was speaking with the Lenawee County Historical Museum board vice-president Ray Lennard about another fundraiser for the museum. Dan showed him a “then-and-now” color photograph comparison of the 1965 tornado damage with the same scene as it appears today. Color printing had become more affordable since the first book’s creation, and the two men though that a color pictorial of the storm’s aftermath might be wellreceived by the public. The second book went to the printers in November, 2014. When asked if a third book might be in the offing, Dan said that, while he can’t say it won’t happen, he feels that he has adequately presented all of the material in the existing books. The two books complement each other, and he is satisfied with that. The Palm Sunday tornado is not the only historical event that has caught Cherry’s interest and prompted research and writing. He has delved into the sinking of Titanic over the last thirty-plus years, and has looked into the last months of Abraham Lincoln’s life. He has not (yet) written about Lincoln, but has penned several literary pieces about the Titanic. His interest has opened doors for him to communicate, as well as establish friendships and associations, with some of the top researchers in the field. Dan has given a number of talks and presentations about the Palm Sunday tornadoes, and is available to speak to area groups and organizations as his time allows. Anyone interested in arranging to have Dan speak can contact him at dancherry@ hotmail.com or by calling 517-437-4362.

Approximately 50 people were at the Manitou Beach Bible Church at Devils Lake when the tornado struck. Only half made it to the safety of the basement in time. Four people from the church died as a result of their injuries in the days following the storm.

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Sandy Beach continues Sarah Gray, to improve By Simply Hers Magazine Sandy Beach is a go-to spot for fun in the sun in Hillsdale. The beautiful beach, clean facilities and convenient concessions stand make for a day of relaxation and enjoyment on Baw Beese Lake. The Hillsdale Rotary has been a big part of making that enjoyment possible, and they are working to continue to improve the area to ensure Sandy Beach will be a fun family destination for years to come. “We are so fortunate to have this in our area,” Richard Moore says of Sandy Beach. Moore is the chairman of the Sandy Beach project for the Hillsdale Rotary. “It’s a beautiful beach on a pristine piece of property.” The Hillsdale Rotary Club has been working to improve the area for more than 15 years. They started with the seven-mile Baw Beese Trail bike path that the Rotary Club had installed from Sandy Beach to Wendy’s on M-99. When the bike path was completed, the club decided to work to improve the beach area and have been completing that mission in phases over the last four years. The first phase of the project was refurbishing the beach area. Phase two was restoration of the building on site which includes restroom facilities and a concessions stand. Phase three saw the addition of a new playground. Now the club turns its sights to phase four – improvements to parking, revamping the volleyball courts and adding a basketball court. Moore says the club has raised more than $300,000 for restoring Sandy Beach, and this project would not be where it is today without the help and support of the community. “We are dependent on individual donations and some very generous donations have been given our way,” Moore says. The club is looking to raise $60,000-$70,000 to complete the final phase of the project and hopes to have it finished in the next couple of years. Moore says the club has a raffle in the fall which generates some funds, but they are hoping the community will continue to step forward and help with donations. “Every little bit helps,” he says, adding that donations can be a one-time pledge or spread over several years, “whatever they can give.” Those interested in donation to the Sandy Beach Park and Restoration Project can do so through the Hillsdale County Community Foundation. All donations are tax deductible. The HCCF is located at 2 South Howell St. in downtown Hillsdale, or contributions can be made online at www.abouthccf.org. Sandy Beach is part of a more than 40-acre park system on Waterworks Drive in Hillsdale. There is a small fee to use the beach and season passes are available.


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time for some festival fun! By Melissa McCance, Simply Hers Magazine PLEASE NOTE: the following information was correct to the best of our knowledge at the time we went to press. It’s recommended that you confirm dates and times before making your final plans! The websites hillsdalecounty.info and visitlenawee.com are good places to check. Calling the town or city government offices will also provide more specifics.


9—Tenneco of Litchfield Relay for Life Expo and Craft Show: sign up for the Relay for Life, or just enjoy cheering for the participants while you browse craft vendors. There is a Facebook page for this event which you can join for more information. 9—Osseo Heritage Day & Great Mushroom Hunt: celebrate the morel mushroom! There’s a free pancake and sausage breakfast, craft vendors, local historical artifacts to view, a parade and other fun activities in addition to the main event . . . the great morel hunt! Search Facebook for Osseo Heritage Day & Great Mushroom Hunt 9—Michigan Beer & Wine Fest: 12 - 9PM at Michigan International Speedway. Details at www.mispeedway.com 15-17—Jonesville Riverfest: three days of riverside fun! Canoe races, craft vendors, a car show, 3-on-3 basketball and lots of food! Details at jonesvilleriverfest.org 25—Memorial Day will be observed with parades and other activities in a number of communities including Tecumseh, Pittsford, Waldron and Jonesville. We recommend contacting local government offices to see if there will be a parade in any given town.


5 & 6—Relay for Life of Hillsdale County: 5 PM Friday through 5 PM Saturday, June 6. Go to http://relay.acsevents.org/ to search for details about the Hillsdale County event. 6—Clinton Summerfest & Tractor Show: 9 AM – 3 PM 17—Kids’ Fest: 10 AM – 3 PM, Hillsdale County Fairgrounds. American 1 Credit Union, sponsor of the event, explains: “We bring in local businesses and organizations that teach children topics such as health, nutrition, art, safety, community and so much more! Each booth offers a hands-on activity, game or 72 for children to help them learn.” craft

18, 19 & 20—Morenci Town & Country Festival: three days of fun and food! Some of the attractions are a carnival, fireworks, men’s softball tournament, Little League tournament, mud drags, chicken BBQ, parade and vendors’ booths.

26 – 8/1—Lenawee County Fair: all the wonderful things that make up a county fair will be on hand. Fair food, animals, rides, games, fireworks, a parade and motorsports events. Check out lenfair.com for details.

20—24th Annual Hillsdale Co. Summerfest: 8 AM – 4 PM, downtown Hillsdale. Car and motorcycle show, artisan market , classic car raffle, corn hole tournament, farmers market, 50/50 raffle and more!

30 – 8/2—Reading Summer Festival Days: 7:30 PM opening night to 8:30 PM closing night. Four nights and three days with something for everyone! Browse the city-wide garage sales, watch truck pulls, heavyweight horse pulls, play in a softball tournament or enter the 5K run/walk, shop the craft sale and bake sale, listen to the music and sample the food. More information at readingmichigan.com

20—2nd Annual Devils Lake Festival of the Arts: 10 AM – 10 PM. The fun will include 40+ artists’ booths, children’s activities, silent auction, beer and beverage tent, live artist demonstrations, give-aways and live entertainment throughout the day. Visit devilslakefestivalofthearts.com for more information.


3—The Great American Parade: Hillsdale’s annual Independence Day parade! Check www.facebook.com/ TheGreatAmericanParade as the day nears for current information. 17, 18 & 19—Montgomery Frogeye Days: a LOT is packed into this festival! Past events have included a pageant, scavenger hunt, pool tournament, kids’ 5K run, soap box derby, chicken BBQ, tractor pulls, church service, horseshoe tournament, street dance, and corn hole tournament. Search Facebook for “Frogeye Days” to find the event page. 17, 18 & 19—Faster Horses Festival: three days of country music at Michigan International Speedway. Camping sites available. This year’s line-up features Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Lonestar, Dustin Lynch, Florida Georgia Line and many more. Full information available at fasterhorsesfestival.com 25—Addison Days: spend some time here enjoying a parade, food, music, inflatables, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, “Addison idol” competition and vendors. Call 517-547-4087 for more information.


2nd weekend—North Adams Heritage Days: besides the famous outhouse races, this celebration includes a parade, tractor and pedal pulls, and arts and crafts show and a classic car show. 14, 15 & 16—Litchfield Sweet Corn Days (dates tentative). FREE sweet corn on Friday and Saturday, plus a parade, car show, fireworks, horse pulls, games and many food vendors. Other events are likely to be added. Visit cityoflitchfield.org as the festival gets closer for updated information. 29—Blissfield Bluegrass on the River Festival: 11 AM – 8 PM at Bachmayer Park. Pass a hot summer day enjoying a variety of bluegrass groups in a beautiful setting. More details are available at blissfieldmainstreet.com

Summer is fast approaching, and with sunshine comes breath-taking views all across the Mitten. National sites throughout the state offer Michigan-exclusive wonders. Step away from the ordinary and into the extraordinary at one of these Michigan National Parks. Isle Royale National Park Find yourself far from the sights and sounds of civilization on the beautiful island of Isle Royale. Explore the rugged, isolated island where nature runs free – offering unparalleled adventures for backpacking, hiking, boating, kayaking, canoeing and scuba diving. Surrounded by Lake Superior, the Isle Royal National Park is a Michigan destination you don’t want to miss. River Raisin National Battlefield Park January of 1813 Michigan was faced with war on its soil. The River Raisin National Battlefield Park preserves, commemorates and interprets these battles during the War of 1812 and their lasting effects in Monroe and Wayne Counties. Of the 934 Americans who fought here, only 33 escaped death or capture. The battle cry, “Remember the Raisin!” inspired a massive U.S. victory at the Battle, which sealed the War of 1812 in the western theater for the U.S. The displays include dioramas and full-size British, Native American and American soldiers, as well as a fiber-optic map presentation on the Battles of the River Raisin.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Multicolored sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, inland lakes, streams, forests and wildlife comprise this scenic area on Lake Superior. In the spring, a new world appears along trails carpeted with the soft beauty of wildflowers. Unlike any other place on Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks offers the opportunity to explore miles of pristine beaches, hike over 100 miles of trails, and experience the serenity of the northern hardwood forest. Take time to experience and learn about the different worlds of Pictured Rocks – mosaic of colors, textures, and sights. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Spanning 65 miles of Lake Michigan shore, on the tip of the “little finger” of Michigan’s mitt, is Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The park’s inland lakes and streams, along with Lake Michigan coastline, offer countless opportunities for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving, swimming, or wildlife viewing. The park’s name and much its popularity is due to the high sandy white dunes within that offer spectacular views. These dunes are perched atop the already towering headlands, giving guests the opportunity to be 450’ above Lake Michigan. After completing the adventure through the dunes, guests can capture the beauty of the South Manitou Island lighthouse, the picturesque farmsteads, coastal villages, or unique flora and fauna of the park. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s prominent features and subtle moments of breathtaking allure will leave guests with memories they’ll cherish forever.

Pictured: Old Glory Flagpole and cannon with the beautiful blue waters of Lake Fanny Hoe, as a backdrop Fort Wilkins State Park Copper Harbor, Michigan Memorial Falls Michigan waterfall with small wooden footbridge across the ravine at the base. Munising, Michigan. Pictured Rocks Bridalveil Falls Michigan Bridalveil Falls flows downt a steep rocky shoreline into Lake Superior at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Michigan. 71


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Two classic musicals and two brand-new shows will make up the 2015 Summer Broadway Season at the Croswell Opera House in downtown Adrian. “I’m excited to say that 2015 is going to be one of the biggest, most ambitious seasons we’ve done in a long time,” said Jere Righter, artistic director of the 149-year-old theater. Into the Woods: May 8-10, May 15-17 The season opens May 8 with a two-weekend run of “Into the Woods,” Stephen Sondheim’s classic take on the Brothers Grimm. “Stephen Sondheim is one of the most revered composers in musical theater,” Righter said. “His songs are very complex, but also so memorable. ‘Into the Woods’ is probably his most comic work and it’s a fun show that also has the same type of lessons that Grimm’s fairy tales have.” Mary Poppins: June 12-14, June 19-21, June 26-28 The second show of the summer, running three weekends from June 12-28, will be “Mary Poppins.” It’s been 80 years since this classic character first appeared in print, and 50 years since the release of the movie that made her an icon. The long-running Broadway production of the stage musical opened in 2006 and closed just last year. Righter said the show is a technically ambitious one, and the Croswell’s production will be “every bit as big as you hoped.” “Mary really will fly, and it will be a magical experience,” she said. Big Fish: July 17-19, July 24-26 July’s production will be “Big Fish,” a new musical based on a novel by Daniel Wallace that was also made into a 2003 movie starring Ewan McGregor and Helena Bonham Carter. “Big Fish,” which will run from July 17-26, follows a series of wild adventures told by a traveling-salesman father to his son, who never understood why his father couldn’t be at home. 74

Righter said it’s a touching story, but also one with a lot of rousing song and dance numbers that will give the Croswell’s performers and technical teams a chance to show what they can do. Because the story revolves around a series of “tall tales,” the characters include a giant, a mermaid, dancing elephants, and witches who turn into trees. “The costuming is going to be a tremendous challenge, and one that I know our costume folks will be excited to take on,” Righter said. But “Big Fish” isn’t just about spectacle, Righter said. At its heart, it’s a story about a troubled relationship between a father and son. “The challenging relationship where a son doesn’t understand his father, and feels that he’s been hurt by his father when all the father was trying to do was give his son the best life he could, is so common and so important,” she said. Memphis: Aug. 14-16, Aug. 21-23 In August, the Croswell will stage another new musical, “Memphis.” The show, which played on Broadway from 2009 to 2012 and won four Tony awards, tells the story of Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ in the segregated 1950s, who falls in love with a talented black singer named Felicia Farrell. “I’m thrilled that we are going to be able to produce ‘Memphis,’” Righter said. “I had the pleasure of seeing the national tour when it came to Toledo, and I think this is a show that everyone will love. It has some of the most energizing music, and it’s just a fabulous show.” The Croswell Opera House is located at 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian, MI 49221. Tickets range from $15 to $35 for adults, and are $15 for youth 15 and under. For more info. about any Croswell production, go to croswell.org or call 517-264-7469.


“green� thumbs up The gloomy days of winter are over. The flowers and trees are starting to show life. The gardener in us is getting the itch to get into the yard and feel the warmth of the soil. The challenge is here again to get our flower beds and lawns in shape. May is the time to treat the lawn with weed and feed. Weed and feed will get those nasty weeds under control and jumpstart your grass. You will have the prettiest yard in your neighborhood. Ask your local nursery expert which weed and feed is best for your lawn. If you apply it correctly your yard will reap the reward throughout the spring. Flower beds will also need a pre-emergant put in them that will save you time on your knees pulling weeds. It is also time to replace any dead plants or just add to your existing landscape. Fertilize everything except Azaleas, wait until after they bloom to fertilize. Annuals and perennials are the fastest way to add color and curb appeal to your home and flower beds. Be sure to consult with your local nursery expert to see which ones will work best for your needs and conditions. At the begining of May plant periwinkles and caladium bulbs. Add mixed pots and baskets to your beds and patio area for excellent conversation pieces. Spring time should be a fun and relaxing time in your yard. Remember to fertilize and water as needed and you will have a beautiful place to call home. Our local nurseries such as Gleis and Hidden Lake Gardens are staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks there to serve you. Ask plenty of questions about any concerns you may have. When these simple steps are complete you will have a beautiful yard. 76



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You want a gorgeous, no-hassle garden studded with bug-resistant plants that grow in perfect Friendly Flora harmony with each other. mixing compatible plants can help a garden flourish Sound impossible? Actually, with a technique known as “companion planting,” your dream garden can easily become a reality. Simply by pairing plant species that benefit each other, you can enjoy a garden that is naturally pest-free. Companion planting can also help provide the right amount of shade while enriching the soil.

Watch your garden flourish with these simple strategies: Couple tall and short plants. Lofty plants offers shade to low-growing plants and also protect them from the wind. Spinach and peppers make good buddies. Mix herbs and flowers. By combining these two plants, you can invite benecial birds and bugs into your garden that prey on leaf-munching pests. Add pest-repellent plants. Guard your veggie crop with protective flowers. The marigold, for example, contains a compound that is toxic to plant-eating worms called nematodes. Above ground, its scent repels leaf-eaters. Keep bugs in check. Attract pest-eating predators with flowers

that attract beneficial insects and arthropods. Sweet alyssum, for instance, invites hoverflies, which eat aphids. Other flowers and herbs that invite good insects include zinnias, sunflower, lavender, marigolds, parsley, fennel and mint. Enrich your soil. Beans and peas add nitrogen to the soil, an important part of a plant’s diet. Save space. Mingle shallow-rooted plants with deep-rooted neighbors, such as lettuce and carrots. Grow pungent plants. Bugs don’t like strong-smelling plants like onions and garlic and they’ll probably ignore that part of your garden.



Roses and garlic: Gardeners have been planting garlic with roses for eons, because garlic is said to repel rose pests. Garlic chives probably are just as repellent, and their small purple or white flowers in late spring looks great with rose flowers and foliage.

Tomatoes and cabbage: Tomatoes are repellent to diamondback moth larvae, which are caterpillars that chew large holes in cabbage leaves.


Cabbage and dill: Dill is a great companion for cabbage family plants, such as broccoli and brussels sprouts.The cabbages support the floppy dill, while the dill attracts the tiny beneficial wasps that control imported cabbageworms and other cabbage pests.

Corn and beans: The beans attract beneficial insects that prey on corn pests such as leafhoppers, fall armyworms and leaf beetles. And bean vines climb up the corn stalks.



Radishes and spinach: Planting radishes among your spinach will draw leafminers away from the spinach. The damage the leafminers do to radish leaves doesn’t prevent the radishes from growing nicely underground.

Potatoes and horseradish: The Horseradish helps potatoes grow better and improve the flavor of your potatoes when grown together. Tansy, nasturtium, coriander, and catnip planted nearby repel Colorado potato beetle.




Marigolds and melons. Certain marigold varieties control nematodes in the roots of melon as effectively as chemical treatments.


Welcome to our craft/DIY project column. You suggested- we listened! In each issue, we will feature a person who will share a step by step project. Our area is bursting with talent and creative ideas and we can’t wait to share them with you! Our creative contributor for this issue is Kelly from Wakefield, MA. She runs a blog at EclecticallyVintage.com Here is what Kelly had to say: I love second hand stores and thrift shops, tarnished silver, cool collections, margaritas and vintage anything. My mantra ... simple projects equals more time for cocktails!

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PROJECT: Stamped key Chain SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

Scrub excess marker off with a scrubbie sponge

TIME: 1 Hour WHAT YOU’LL NEED Silver stamping alphabet set Silver stamping block Dish towel Hammer Key rings (Michael’s) Channel lock pliers Sharpie marker – black Scrubbie sponge Vintage silver spoon (stainless won’t work – it’s to hard)

Bend spoon with your mind – if you can’t do that, just use your hands (it’s easy).

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Summer Cantaloupe Cocktail Makes about 1 quart 1 fifth (31/4 cups) 80-100 proof vodka 4 cups cantaloupe chunks 1 cup Simple Syrup (see below) Finely grated zest of 2 lemons

1. Muddle the vodka, cantaloupe and lemon zest with a wooden spoon in a half-gallon jar. Stir to moisten everything.

Simple Syrup Makes 3 cups

2. Seal the jar and put it in a cool, dark cabinet until the liquid smells and tastes strongly of melon, four to seven days.

21/4 cups granulated cane sugar

3. Strain the mixture with a mesh strainer into a clean quart jar. Do not push on the solids to extract more. 4. Stir in the Simple Syrup.

21/4 cups water

Mix the water and sugar in a small saucepan until the sugar is all moistened. Bring to a boil over mediumhigh heat. Stir to make sure the sugar is completely dissolved, then remove from the heat and let cool. Refrigerate for up to three months.

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Aioli Makes about 1 cup 1 small clove garlic 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 2 egg yolks 1 cup olive oil

Place the steak in a small, nonreactive baking dish. Combine the olive oil, rosemary and black pepper in a small bowl and stir well. Rub the mixture evenly over the tri tip. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Remove 1.5 hours before cooking and pat dry. Add the olives to the aioli and season with cayenne. When the grill is at its hottest (when the coals are red and glowing and it’s too hot to hold your hand over the grill for more than a couple of seconds), season Tri Tip on both sides with sea salt. Place the steak on the cooking grate directly over the coals, cover the grill, and cook, turning once, for about 20 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 130 F for medium rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Cut the tri tip into thin slices across the grain and arrange on a platter. Serve with aioli.

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11/3 cups cake flour, sifted 1/3 cup plus 2T cocoa powder, sifted 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 6 T unsalted butter 6 large eggs 1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted 1 pint fresh raspberries Vegetable cooking spray Pinch of sea salt

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Spray a standard muffin tin with nonstick spray or fill 8 of the cups with paper or foil liners. Sift the flour, 1/3 cup of cocoa, salt, and baking soda into a bowl and set aside. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and set aside. Combine the eggs and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Set the bowl over a pan partially filled with simmering water. The water should not touch the bowl. Using a whisk, beat the egg-sugar mixture until it feels very warm to the touch and all of the sugar has dissolved. Immediately remove the bowl from the heat and transfer it to the electic mixer. Whip the egg-sugar mixture on medium speed for 3 to 4 minutes until it triples in volume and is very thick and light colored. Add the vanilla and whip 2 to 3 seconds longer to blend. Remove the

bowl from the mixer and gently fold in the flourcocoa mixture. Place about 11/2 cups of the batter in a separate bowl and fold in the melted butter. Do this gently, as you do not want to overwork the batter. Fold this into the remaining batter. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins. Bake in the center of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center of one cupcake comes out clean. Remove and cool completely on a rack. While the cupcakes are cooling, combine the heavy cream with the confectioners’ sugar and the remaining 2 tablespoons of cocoa, beat into soft peaks, and set aside. Remove the cupcakes from the tin and place them on dessert plates. Spoon the whipped cream on top, divide the raspberries among the plates and serve.

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