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By the time this issue is distributed, it will be less than three weeks until my son Lucas graduates from Pittsford High School. He attended his last high school prom in April, looking—if I do say so myself—thoroughly handsome and dashing in his formalwear. Step by step, we’re getting to the end of the school year’s “lasts.” I won’t pretend it isn’t hard, but I know there are some amazing “firsts” in his near future. Now, if we can just get all the details pulled together for the graduation party . . . !

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wHat good are tHey, anyway? That annoying little symbol popped up on your dash again! “Why is this thing even necessary?” is the comment I hear from a lot of my customers.   Well, let’s discuss it.  The NHTSA estimates that 11,000 accidents occur each year due to under inflation of tires and worn treads.  Underinflated tires create premature wear on your tire treads, create slow/sluggish handling of steering and suspension, take longer to stop your vehicle, and increase fuel usage. The estimated amount of fuel wasted by under inflation of tires in the US is a whopping 3.5 million gallons a DAY.   In 2000, 6.5 million tires were recalled for tread separation issues. This prompted the Tread Act, and, in 2005, it became official that by 2008 all imported and manufactured vehicles in the US must be implemented with TPMS systems.  How to avoid these issues?  Have your tires examined for wear and pressure regularly. Make sure that your mechanic is re-learning your tires’ sensor system every time the tires are rotated. Make sure your tires pressures are maintained based on the Vehicle Recommended Tire Pressure, not the max inflation marked on the tire. Replace worn tires and sensors as necessary.

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We’re getting very close to another BIG “first” for our family: my son Gavin’s wedding in August. While part of me finds it just crazy that I have a child old enough to get married, I am also very blessed to see my son in a happy, long-term relationship with a woman I adore. I’m looking forward to a wonderful day—and praying for nice weather. The final first becomes a reality in June when Michigan Parent joins our line-up of regional magazines! This publication will be distributed twice each year and will focus on articles for everyone who’s raising children, whether newborns or high school seniors. We’re very excited about this new venture and hope that you will be, too!

In the midst of these firsts, there’s also a very exciting “second.” For the second year in a row, James Campbell has qualified for the U.S. Strongman nationals, and we will be traveling to Columbus in June for the event. There’s also quite a group from PRIME making the trip to cheer for him. I’m so proud of James for earning a spot in the competition and for the loyalty he inspires in his friends. This is a great time of year and we hope you’ll find lots of things in this issue to make your transition from spring to summer fun and interesting. We have travel tips for Michigan, recipes for your Memorial Day celebration, some important health advice, news about what’s happening in local communities, suggestions for your early-summer reading, and more. Please take time to read the ads as well as the articles, because, without our advertisers, we wouldn’t exist. We have a wide range of retailers, service providers, and professionals throughout our area, and encourage everyone to utilize local resources before looking farther afield. Small communities continue to thrive through mutual support and keeping your dollars local creates ripples of benefit that go much farther than the place of business where you spend them. Now, it’s been a long, gray winter followed by what I can only describe as a pretty erratic spring, so . . . GET OUT THERE AND HAVE SOME FUN!



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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 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 we’ll share which of these super suits solve it so you can swim (or sunbathe!) in confidence. 11

short legs Make your legs appear longer by buying a bathing suit or bikini that is cut higher on the leg. Do not wear boy shorts— they will cut across your legs and make them look even shorter!

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

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Large Bottom/Hips The 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.

Too much Tummy

Wearing a swimsuit with a pattern on it is a great way to hide a poochy 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) Another option is the tankini, which combines a tank top with a bikini bottom instead of a traditional bikini top. 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.

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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 creates the illusion of curves. You can also create a waist with a belted suit or bikini.

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 patterned 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.



makeup by Rachel Yoder

ou try to take a more natural approach to your health and make a smaller footprint, you eat fresh whole foods, drink lots of water, recycle, and try to get your friends to do the same. But, what about your makeup? Maybe you have sensitive skin and drugstore makeup makes you break out or perhaps you long for simplicity. Messing with a lady’s tried and true beauty regimen can be kind of daunting, and, in some cases, making the switch to all-natural cosmetics can really be a pain in the wallet. The good news is with a few basic ingredients you can make your own custom makeup at home for less than a dollar per batch with ingredients you can pronounce. When it comes to ingredients, make sure to purchase them from a reliable source—you’re gonna rub it on your face, after all. The All About Health Store in Wauseon, Ohio, has pretty much everything you need to make your own cosmetics. They carry all kinds of high quality essential oils, clays, and mica powder colors right down to mascara tubes and so much more. Seriously, it’s a one-stop shop and the helpful staff is chock full of information. If you can’t get out, Mountain Rose Herbs is a reputable online shop with quality ingredients as well. All you have to do now is decide what you need. The sky’s the limit and you can find tons of recipes online. Here are a few you can try!


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Vegetable glycerin Beeswax pastilles Activated charcoal Shea butter Rose mica powder Gold mica powder Hibiscus or beet root powder

Powder Foundation



(Recipe from mommypotomus.com) When making foundation, you can adjust the color by adding more cacao powder until it matches your skin tone; test a little on the inside of your wrist. For cool skin tones, add bentonite clay in ¼ teaspoon increments until desired result is reached. To cover reddish tones, add French green clay in the same way. To add a warmer tone, add ½ teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg. Be careful not to add too much as these can irritate skin. You can also add ½ tsp gold mica powder to give a bronzing, shimmery effect.

(Recipe from mommypotomus.com) Mica powders have a glorious shimmer to them! If you prefer a less shimmery look, use kaolin clay rather than arrowroot powder for the base OR use hibiscus or beet root powder for the color instead.

1 teaspoon activated charcoal (or cacao for brown) ¼ teaspoon bentonite clay 1½ teaspoons vegetable glycerin ½ teaspoon shea butter ¼ teaspoon beeswax pastilles ½ teaspoon jojoba oil

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1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder 1 Tablespoon cacao powder

Combine ingredients in a double boiler and allow to melt, incorporating well with no lumps and pour into desired container. You can find mascara tubes but they can be fiddly to fill. A small shallow tin works very well. Remove with warm water and a facecloth. Norwex makes a great makeup-removing cloth!

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What’s up, PRIMEates?! Hope everyone is excited for spring, I know I am! Ready for sunshine and all that seasonal fun! Usually people work harder in the gym just to look good for this season. But, why is it that some work hard in the gym and yet don’t manage to reach their goals for that summer bod? Let’s even say for a second that you’ve used a trainer for the last three months just to ensure your success, or so you thought. I have to be honest here, I’ve had clients in the past who have not reached the goals that were set and it’s just as frustrating for a trainer as it is for the client, I assure you. So, here are some keys to success when working with a trainer. Or, even if you’re working out on your own, these tips will set you up to head in the gainz direction. TAKE AN OFF DAY . . . Nobody can maintain the workout intensity needed for success every day. So, if your trainer says it’s an off day, listen. Your intensity will recover as will you. EAT ACCORDING TO GOAL . . . Most people, especially women, will simply stop eating for the sake of weight loss. This is so wrong I can’t even begin to get into all the science behind it, but you must eat to lose. Crazy, I know!

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maximize your effort. We are here for YOU! If you don’t understand, ASK! SLEEP . . . When you come in to work out, be ready for what’s ahead of you. Don’t stay up all night drinking energy drinks and playing video games and expect to have a killer session in the gym the next morning. If you’re paying a trainer to help you, they expect you to come in ready to go. The workout is going to be set to the intensity of the goals (in a manner you can handle, of course). Are you ready for it? EAT TO RECOVER . . . so here’s the eating thing again. Recovery can take 72 hours, so it’s not just about eating to prepare for your session. It’s also about healing after to maximize your work output and energy used. Don’t let the hard work go to waste; nobody involved wants that! I could list a few more items, but these are some basics. Ultimately, if you have a trainer you’re confident in, then listen to what they are telling you. If you don’t trust your trainer, find another one! In the end, we want you to succeed in your fitness journey. It’s why we do what we do—there’s a reward for us to see you accomplish feats that you felt were out of reach. Or, simply reaching your goals. It’s success for us, too. Until next time, MUSCLE UP... Live Fit!

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Summertime is just around the corner. After the winter we went through, Michiganders deserve a few nice, long, sunshine-filled months perfect for relaxing and vacationing. Rob and Paula Saganek can enhance summer fun if a long weekend or vacation is taking place anywhere near the water. Rob’s Rentals on Devils Lake has been the go-to rental business for everything water-related for the past eight years. Last year the business moved to 762 Manitou Road, and this year it’s expanding to include a new business – Paula’s Poop Deck.

Rob’s Rentals offers a wide variety of watercraft for every need. Pontoons, speed boats, fishing boats, jet skis, paddle boards, wakeboards, and kayaks can be rented for a weekend or week and even a day or half day for those staying on Devils Lake or Round Lake. Rob says he serves all of Southern Michigan and his rentals include delivery. Fun packs can also be purchased with rentals which can include skis and tubes. “If someone rents from us, we take care of everything they need,” Rob says. All watercraft at Rob’s Rentals are well-maintained and he offers basic to luxury boats to fit every budget. Although he says he does have a lot of rentals already scheduled for the summer, he has plenty of dates and boats still available. He does recommend reserving a boat now for upcoming vacations. Customers do not have to put any money down for a reservation. Paula wants to make sure the community is outfitted for the water as well by bringing back a much-loved and missed staple to the Devils Lake community. The Poop Deck was a landmark in the area and after it closed, many were left struggling with where in the area to find high-quality bathing suits. Paula is reopening a business much like it, but adding her own twist. “I think people in the area need this,” she says, adding that the “pop-ups” she has had in the last several months were very well received, including one during the Tip-Up Festival . “It has generated a lot of interest.”


Paula’s Poop Deck will offer a full line of highquality swimwear for both men and women along with a large selection of cover-ups, hats, totes, t-shirts, sweatshirts, sunglasses, sunscreen, and Ipanema footwear which is made out of recycled material. The store will carry a wide range of sizes from 2 to 26 and Paula and her sales team can help make sure everyone finds the perfect fit. “We all have great shapes,” she says. “I can help them pick out what they need and make them feel good about themselves.” She can also order sizes to make sure each customer is comfortable and gets the perfect fit. “I want to give that extra touch of customer service.” Along with watercraft and swimming needs, Rob’s Rentals and Paula’s Poop Deck also rents bicycles and sells bait for fishing. “We offer something for everyone who wants to have fun on or around the lake,” Rob says. “If they need something, we take care of them.” Customers can call to reserve boats anytime. Rob’s Rental and Paula’s Poop Deck will begin store hours May 11 and will be open Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. the following weekend. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the businesses will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. For more information about Rob’s Rentals or Paula’s Poop Deck, call 517-673-3620. Each business also have its own Facebook page at Rob’s Rentals and Paula’s Poop Deck.

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MARRIAGE, MeNOpaUsE and MUTTS - OH MY! By Peggie Bildner

Summer, or at least the promise of one, is finally arriving! At the end of June, my husband and I will celebrate 39 years of marriage. What a wild ride it has been, and there’s no sign of “normalcy” any time soon. My life has been, and continues to be, dominated by marriage, menopause (aging) and mutts! WELCOME TO MY WORLD…. MARRIAGE – Back in the 1980s when we were first married, there was no such thing as Caller ID on telephones. We answered with a “Hello??” because you had no idea who was on the other end. This situation lent itself to one of Buzz’s favorite activities. My usually quiet, not much of a conversationalist husband would suddenly turn into an impromptu comedian by spewing anything that came into his mind to the unsuspecting caller. By the time he handed the phone to the person they were calling, you never knew what he had said! One of my most embarrassing moments came when a woman called and asked to speak to me. I heard Buzz say to her, “Peggie? Well, I’m not sure if she’s here or not. The last time I saw her she went running out the door naked, yelling, ‘Look at me! Look at me!’” When he handed the phone to me, I whispered with dread, “WHO IS IT?” At that, he shrugged his shoulders—he had no idea! As I took the phone and said hello, the woman said, “Hello, Peggie? This is the new pastor’s wife.”

And MUTTS – In May, we will celebrate Katie the Cavachon’s fourth “Gotcha Day.” With very little discussion or rational thought, we drove five hours to Kentucky one Sunday to meet her previous owners and take her into our family. She was already 7 ½ years old. All we knew is that she was considered to be a special needs dog due to her severe separation anxiety, and they were threatening to send her to be euthanized. The only complaint they shared was that “she drooled.” I said, “Well so do I, so we should be just fine!” As we put her in our car, we were warned that she was very attached to her ‘mom’ and might have a problem going with us. I got in the driver’s seat, she settled next to me on Buzz’s lap, and this is the look she gave me as I snapped her photo and drove her to her Michigan forever home ~

Another time he told one of my insurance clients (he had no idea who they were) that he didn’t know if I could come to the phone because the FBI had our house surrounded! When I took the phone she asked, “Are you OK?” When I assured her I was fine, she said, “Is your husband a drinker?” It might have been easier to explain if I would have just said yes. It was even more embarrassing for my boys, especially as they got to the ages where girls would call. He once told a girl my son couldn’t come to the phone because he was outside picking fleas off the camels. (The funny thing was as my son took the phone, she asked, “Do you have camels?”) When one of them was dating a cheerleader, Buzz would make her say a cheer before he’d give our son the phone. A call from the church youth group just to pass on meeting information had Buzz asking for a quick rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” before the poor girl could give her message.


MENOPAUSE – I continue to be puzzled by the many changes age imposes on me. For example, my memory has gotten so bad that sometimes I cannot even retain a thought long enough to complete a task or repeat something. However, the song-of-the-day that Buzz chooses to sing (?) in his morning shower remains in my head and is repeated over and over all day! Sometimes that’s okay if he’s chosen an uplifting song that I like, but most days I feel like I’m going crazy when my head goes around and around with something like “Why must I be a teenager in love?” or “Take me out to the ballgame!”


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One in five women in the United States will have a stroke in her lifetime. Nearly 60% of stroke deaths are in women, and stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer. Stroke is the third leading cause of death for women, yet most women do not know their risk of having a stroke. These facts are alarming, but up to 80% of strokes can be prevented. This means it is important to know your risk of having a stroke and to take action to reduce that risk. A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When brain cells are starved of oxygen, they die. Stroke is a medical emergency, and it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible. A delay in treatment increases the risk of permanent brain damage or death. What Puts Women at Risk of Stroke? High blood pressure is a main risk factor for stroke, yet nearly one in three women with high blood pressure does not know she has it. Stroke risk increases with age, and women live longer than men. This is why 6 in 10 people who die from stroke are women. Also, the percentage of strokes in women aged 45 or younger is increasing. Younger women may have different symptoms of stroke, such as dizziness or headache, than women age 46 and older do. Women have some unique risk factors for stroke. Having high blood


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Advancements in technology allow you the ability to do just about anything you could want or need to right at your fingertips. It’s incredibly convenient. Online banking, online shopping, making hotel reservations, all at our fingertips – literally at our fingertips with smartphones and tablet technology. And, I am all for it. I love it, I use it and I rely on it – probably too much. My kids have grown up with this technology, and, as many parents out there know too well, can oftentimes use it better and more quickly than we can. They zip around sites, swipe and click with ease, and change settings I didn’t even know existed. This is their world – an evershrinking, technology-based world. For the most part, I think it’s good. Their school has a one-to-one technology-based curriculum, giving each student a tablet or computer to use in class. School-based apps are programmed in and each student can learn at his or her individual level. But, when they come home and spend the rest of the evening staring at screens, that’s where I begin to have a problem. So, a couple of years ago my husband and I implemented a new rule at our house – no screens on Sundays. No video games, no tablets, no handheld gaming systems. (Our kids don’t have phones so we don’t have that screen to take away – yet.) In the beginning, it was a bit a struggle. We got a few complaints and a few times of “accidentally


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Vanessa says that to begin beekeeping requires an initial investment of somewhere between $300 to $500 which covers a small hive, protective gear, and bees. Bees are usually purchased as a nucleus or “nuke” consisting of a mated queen that’s already laying with some worker bees ($140 to $180) or, as a queen and bees that are not already connected as a colony. Three pounds of bees (approximately 3,000 insects) with a queen runs about $120. Vanessa cautions that if you go with the second option, you will need to do a “slow release” because the bees haven’t yet accepted the queen and may kill her. Bees are more dormant from October until about February and will begin flying on warm days in early spring. The queen usually starts laying in early March. Most bees only live a couple of weeks, but many of those born in the fall live through the winter months with the task of keeping the queen alive. Unfortunately, Vanessa reports that it’s not unusual to lose half of one’s hives over the winter. Considering how nervous bees make many people, it’s easy to assume that beekeepers are always at ease with their buzzing friends. However, Vanessa’s description of bringing home their first bees paints a very different picture! “There we were, putting a container with thousands of bees in the car. I kept asking my husband, ‘What if they get out? What do we do?’ But, he assured

me that there was nothing to worry about, and we did get home without any of them escaping!” Vanessa also admits that she was quite nervous about stings when they got started. And, while she certainly doesn’t enjoy them, she’s learned to accept the occasional sting as inevitable. We put on some protective gear and visited the Brixes’ three active hives. Vanessa opened each one and pulled a frame to reveal the comb and point out various features. At the last hive, we could clearly hear the overall tone of the hum become higher in pitch and volume when Vanessa removed the lid. She said that something was wrong—the bees were definitely agitated and angry. And, yes, one of them stung her. She covered the hive and indicated she’d revisit it later after the bees had calmed down, expressing a concern that perhaps the upset was due to their queen dying.

“Once you get into it, it’s tempting to keep adding more and more hives,” says Vanessa. “But, I think we’ll stop when we reach ten. It’s a considerable amount of work, and we have the dairy farm to run and our daughter to raise. We don’t sell the honey via retail—only to friends. And, we’re starting to experiment with making mead. I’ve tried candles, but I find that harder than I’d thought it would be. I’m going to keep trying, though.” With her enthusiasm for all things beekeeping-related, there’s no doubt she will! If you’d like to learn more about beekeeping, Vanessa strongly recommends contacting the Lost Nations Beekeepers Association. Their website is www.lostnationsbees.com. She has found the people at Napoleon Bee Supply (6800 Brooklyn Road, Napoleon) to be very helpful as well. Another good resource is J & D’s Honeybees in Concord; check their Facebook Page for more information.


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As I write this, spring is on the way. One can only hope . . . . I recently returned from a month in Florida, and my reading has been distracted by my participation in the great outdoors! I have had the pleasure of hearing from several fellow readers, however, so I’ll share some of their reads.

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Diane enjoys author William Kent Krueger’s books. He has written eighteen Cork O’Connor mystery novels. His newest is a stand-alone story Ordinary Grace, and it is the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel of 2018. Now, that is quite a recommendation! In it, the narrator Frank Drum writes as a middle-aged man looking back on the summer of 1961 in Minnesota when he was 13. One reviewer wrote, “Though the tone is quiet, Krueger artfully layered the story with suspenseful examinations of family life, death, fury, spiritual fiber and redemption.” I plan to read this author soon, as I love a good mystery and he has written 18! Sandi is in a book club that read Martha Hall Kelly’s The Lilac Girls. It takes place during WWII and revolves around three women. Caroline is rich and lives in Manhattan doing her patriotic duty organizing charities dedicated to supporting French orphanages. Kasia lives in Poland and is daily surviving the horrors of Hitler’s invasion. Herta lives in Germany and believes in the Third Reich. She applies for work at a woman’s reeducation camp and quickly discovers the monstrosities it holds through her medical experiments on prisoners. Personally, this novel was out of my comfort zone, and I was not entertained or uplifted when I read it.


Jeannie recommends The Yada Yada Prayer Book series by Neta Jackson. A mismatched group of women (realtor, student, mother, ex-con, and former drug addict) are thrown together at a Chicago Women’s Conference, and, as diverse as they all were, they clicked. Something happened that weekend to make them realize they needed to hang together (sometimes that happens) and

their prayer group was founded. As one reviewer stated, “It made me laugh and cry, but most important it has caused me to examine my prayer life and relationship with God.” I’m in! Gary is quite a fan of Stuart Woods’s books, particularly the Stone Barrington Series. He has written 75 novels, 49 of which are devoted to detective Stone Barrington. The most recent is entitled Wild Card and in it, Stone and his lady friend are taking some R&R when an enemy is sent to silence Stone. One review said, “With a thirst for vengeance this foe will not be deterred, and the latest plot is more subtle than they’ve tried before and the consequences could remake the nation.” Gary has read this entire series, so that is quite a testimonial! Husband Marty wrote this review on a book he found fascinating. Recently-maligned Fox News personality and author Bill O’Reilly and his co-author Martin Dugard have written another in their riveting series of the “killing books.” This one, “Killing the SS,” follows Israeli Nazi hunters from the final days of World War II to their most recent (incredibly) chapter in 2016. Like their novel “Killing the Rising Sun,” O’Reilly and Dugard capture the brutality, chaos, and heroism of the greatest generation. From Heinrich Himmler and his cyanide capsule through the kidnapping of the infamous Adolph Eichmann in Argentina, and up to the heroism of contemporary Mossad agents—well, it’s a page turner. It seems that WWII ended in Europe with the fall of the Third Reich. All of the Germans just hung up their weapons and resumed their lives. Right? Killing the SS details the fact that nothing could be further from the truth. A world-wide underground network of pro-Nazi groups continues to protect and support the perpetrators of fascist war crimes to this day! What are you reading? Email me at nancyryan47@gmail. com. See you at the library!


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Keeping It in Stitches I Love Dogs

This is an ode to dogs. If you are not a dog person, you may want to turn the page. Otherwise, continue your reading as the rest of us share our love for dogs.

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I love dogs. For people who know me, this may be surprising. For most of my life I’ve Iived primarily in a cat household, with an intermittent sprinkling of dogs. Now cats are cool. They are independent and lord over the house. You are definitely more likely to be owned by cats than the incorrect belief that you own them. In their furry minds, you exist to serve them. If there are multiple cats in the household, they position for the alpha cat spot. Ging is our last remaining cat, and he lords it over Riley, our female mix granddog. Riley came to us about seven years ago when my daughter couldn’t keep a dog in her apartment. She’s yet to come get her, but claims it will be soon . . . . Over the years, I have had running conversations with our pets. It made our kids nuts. They’d say, “It’s all right to talk to the pets, mom; it’s not all right to talk for them.” I was having an informational conversation with our Riley-dog this morning as we were anticipating a visit from our daughter, sonin-law and my brand-new, perfect granddaughter, Beatrice, a.k.a. Betty. (Did I mention that her middle name is “Diane”?) Anyway, I told Riley that we were having visitors and that this included a “sweet little monkey” to which Riley replied (in her worried human voice), “But I am afraid of monkeys.” So I corrected my statement and said, “No, a visit from a little squirt.” Riley’s response, “I don’t like to get squirted.” So I just told her it’s a surprise visitor. She asked, “Is it the quilt lady who brings dog treats?” And so the conversation goes.

In the past, I also conversed with the cats. When there were five of them, and each had their own distinct personality, it could become a busy conversation to maintain. Not to mention that they all interrupted each other. Constantly. Back to dogs. Dogs love you. It’s that simple. They love you when you get up in the morning, even before you brush your teeth. They love you every single time you walk back in the door. They love you when you call them for their doggy-dinners. They love you when you rub their bellies and pat their butts. They love you when you take them on car rides. They love you when you walk them to the local ice cream shop and order them a vanilla puppy-cup. They celebrate you like every day is Christmas and you are the best gift ever. They are sincere listeners. You have their full attention. (Of course, it helps that they don’t own cell phones.) And those eyes. Those. Big. Brown. Expressive. Eyes. Other than the occasional doggy smell and yard dog-bombs, what’s not to love? Our Riley is a master couch potato. She sleeps like a pro. I think she acquired the “22 sleep hours in a 24hour day pattern” from living with so many cats. She also snores. She knows the words toy, peanut butter, go, and cheese. (She loves us, but she really loves cheese.) The good news is, my daughter and her family are moving to a new home, and they don’t allow dogs. This means more conversational time with Riley - Keeping It in Stitches.

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Taking care of patients still remains Val Boyd’s favorite part of her job at Hillsdale Hospital. Her role has changed over the years, most recently to manager of the Cardiopulmonary Department and Sleep Lab, but whatever the title, working and talking with patients continues to be what she loves the most. “It is very gratifying to help people improve their quality of life,” she says. Val has been working for Hillsdale Hospital for 36 years but actually got her first taste of the medical field and the career she would pursue more than 40 years ago when she applied for an on-the-job training position in the respiratory department. At that time, the department consisted of only one credentialed therapist and two to three technicians. The department has grown to 14 staff members, all of whom are licensed respiratory therapists. She credits the respiratory program offered at Jackson College with providing the hospital with excellent options for well educated and trained candidates who become dedicated and motivated staff. “I love it – still do,” she says of respiratory care. “I am proud to have spent most of my career at Hillsdale Hospital and enjoy being part of the many positive changes and growth our hospital has experienced in recent years. Our technology and our staff are top notch, as is our service!”


Hillsdale Hospital has a “very active” cardiopulmonary rehabilitation facility. “We provide education specific to their health issue and stress the importance of exercise with a goal of helping to improve their quality of life.” Val says her team creates an individualized plan for each patient that includes exercise and education specific to each patient’s needs. She says patients will utilize cardiac rehab services after heart attacks, open heart surgery, stents, or valve replacement surgery. Patients referred for pulmonary rehab typically have a diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Val says that COPD is the third leading cause of death in our country. “We are fortunate to have pulmonologists Gregg Patten, M.D., and Anish Wadhwa, M.D., affiliated with our hospital and providing care for patients who suffer from lung disease as well as those with sleep disorders in our community.” The cardiopulmonary center is named after long-time patient Randell D. Wigent who credited his time in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation for keeping him alive so long. After he passed away, his family donated funds to refurbish the department. “It is a way to keep his memory alive,” Val says. Randall’s wife Esther and daughter-in-law Lori also volunteer at the hospital. Hillsdale Hospital offers additional support to those suffering from COPD and other breathing issues. The Breathers’ Club is a monthly support group which meets the third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Hillsdale Hospital

at-home sleep studies helping patients who suffer from sleep apnea and other sleep disorders and can accommodate patients as young as six years of age. “Untreated sleep disorders can lead to hypertension, heart failure and an increased risk for sudden death.” Gregg Patten, M.D., is the medical director of the sleep lab and board certified in sleep medicine. He is actively involved in the lab and the interpretation of sleep studies. Once a patient has been diagnosed with a sleep disorder and the primary physician orders treatment, any equipment needed can easily be acquired through Hillsdale Home Oxygen and Medical Equipment located at 49 E. Carleton where a full array of products and services are offered. When Val is not working with patients or managing staff at the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending her grandsons’ sporting events, reading, and golfing. What she loves most of all, however, is being with her family. Her husband Dan is a retired attorney and Juvenile Court Administrator for Hillsdale County. Daughter Christina Tucker, mother of grandsons Weston (10) and Wyatt (4), is an ultrasound technician at Hillsdale Hospital; her son Brian Boyd is an attorney in Royal Oak; and her son Andrew Horrighs is an application engineer in Detroit. “My favorite time is when our family is all together which doesn’t happen as often as I would like these days!” She recently returned to school to complete her bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights University, a goal she set many years ago.

Board Room in the Administration Building. The May meeting will take place on May 15 with speaker Anish Wadhwa, M.D., discussing updates in lung cancer screening. The event is free and open to public. Val says not only community members who live with chronic breathing issues can benefit from these discussions but also family members and friends of sufferers. “We want to increase awareness in the community and offer support.” For more information about the Breathers’ Club, call 517-437-5184.

For more information about cardiopulmonary services or any of the services provided at Hillsdale Hospital, visit their website at www.hillsdalehospital.com.

Education and rehabilitation are important aspects of the cardiopulmonary team at Hillsdale Hospital. However, it is not their sole responsibility. Val’s team of licensed respiratory therapists staff the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing respiratory care. They are part of the CODE Team and respond to emergencies in the emergency room and throughout the hospital as well as providing respiratory care in every location within the hospital. Their responsibilities also include an active role in the critical care setting and managing patients requiring ventilator assistance. “We are all dedicated to providing the very best care to our patients,” Val says of her staff. She commends her team on working hard and staying up-to-date on the latest technological advances in respiratory care and maintaining certifications in advanced care. “The healthcare environment is ever-changing and it is important to stay current in the latest healthcare trends. We have a great team!” One of the accomplishments of her department includes the development of protocols for use in the treatment of patients with various respiratory diseases. In addition to cardiopulmonary services, Val is also the manager of Hillsdale Hospital’s sleep lab. The lab has achieved accreditation through the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and she boasts having the only accredited sleep lab in Hillsdale County. The sleep lab performs in-lab and 49

Life is the Berries When you can’t ... God Can

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57 pairs of sunglasses, 27 cans of mushrooms, 13-yearDo you ever think you just cannot do this anymore? Are you desperate? Perhaps my “when-I can’t-thenGod-can” prayer plan will help. My acronym to simplify the steps for praying it through in the hard season may be helpful. C.A.N.’T. is my acronym representing talking to God when I feel I “CAN’T” go on. C is for CONFESS. I just lay all my sins out before God in confession. God knows everything already, but I acknowledge every sin coming into my mind I have done this week. For me, it sometimes takes a while. We should just be real with God and come clean. I confess and ask for His forgiveness. A is for ADORE. We can just give God all the glory. He is worthy. Repeating the names of God back to God esteems Him. We can worship God with titles from the Bible describing His greatness. Wonderful Counselor, Ever-Present Help in Trouble, God our Savior, Prince of Peace, God of Compassion, The Great “I AM,” and Awesome God; these are just a few of the names of God. Simply adoring God for who He is keeps us balanced and life in perspective. N is for NEEDS. Life is hard. We have so many needs from day to day. We can ask God to provide for all our needs. God has the answers. We just need to ask. God answers in His plans and not always our ways. God is in control and can do immeasurably more than we


ask or even imagine. Often, we need to let go and let God deal with the depths of our seemingly impossible needs. T is for THANKSGIVING and for TRUST. We can thank God for our blessings, starting with the breath we take. We can thank God for the gift of language, for human touch, the ability to move and have our being. We can be grateful to God for friends, family, and faith in Him. Counting our blessings, even when bruising comes, helps us to appreciate all God does for us . . . even in the turmoil. Trusting God to handle what we can not handle is key. God is in control. There are times when God allows us more than we can handle so we can grow in the hardest of seasons. My mind sometimes does battle between trusting Him and fretting with worry. I just simply need to pray it through by giving the circumstances and situation to God fully. When you just can’t take it anymore . . . then take it to God with confession, adoration, asking for your needs to be met, giving thanks to God for all His blessings, and, finally, trusting God with the conditions beyond your abilities to solve. When you CAN’T, God CAN. “He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and reveals His thoughts to mankind . . . -the Lord God Almighty is His name,” Amos 4:13 NIV.

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illiams Elementary third grade teacher Rachel Mandrelle wants her students to learn and grow in her classroom, but, above all, she wants then to be mentally healthy. “Mental health is number one,” she says.

Along with being recognized as the June teacher on Honored.org, Rachel also received a $5,000 cash prize and $1,000 from DonorsChoose.org, a fundraising site dedicated to raising funds for classrooms. She is dividing those funds between the Angel Tree program which gives Christmas gifts to students in need at Jonesville Community Schools and Comet Cruisers, a running program at Williams Elementary. She is planning on using funds from her $5,000 award for brain training in her classroom. She is working with Neurocore Braining Training and Performance in Grand Rapids on a program she can implement in her classroom with a select group of students. The program will help students retrain their brains to calmer states. These types of programs are very costly and difficult for families to afford. Rachel says that studies have shown that this type of retraining of the brain has helped reduce PTSD in soldiers to a level where they no longer have clinical PTSD symptoms. This type of program for students can not only improve their mental health but can also allow them to get off medication. Rachel says she is very humbled to be recognized nationally for her teaching. “I don’t do what I do to be recognized. I do it to help my students grow as people.”

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Living History Event Going to Jonesville’s Riverfest? Venture off the main drag to the living history event at the Grosvenor Museum, 211 Maumee Street. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, you can view an authentic military camp with dog tents, a display of soldiers’ personal items, drill and bugle calls, and demonstrations of campfire cooking courtesy of the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company B and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Austin Blair Camp #7. You can also enjoy free coffee from the Stuttler Chuck Wagon and listen to the 5th Kentucky Bourbon Country Minstrels playing Civil War music. There will be a tent with herbs and lotions for sale, an historical book signing with local author Ward Rearick, and displays of lumberjack and WW I items. The museum will be open for tours on Saturday and Sunday.

everyday hero celebration Small Town Sweet Boutique is hosting their inaugural Everyday Heroes Celebration in downtown Hillsdale on Howell Street between Bacon and Waldron. It will be Saturday, June 15, from 2-5 pm. This street fair-style event gives children a chance to interact with policemen, firemen, teachers, EMS workers, doctors, nurses, and members of the armed forces past and present in a fun and safe environment. Each group will have its own tent with a game or activity available. Although the event is a fundraiser for CAPA of Hillsdale (Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness), it’s structured so all children can participate. Children will receive punch cards that let them play each game once. Extra activity cards can be purchased if children want to play additional times. Playing the games earns tickets which can be redeemed at the prize tent. There will be other fun, paid-for options like a dunk tank, face painting, a bounce house, and more. Bring your children and have fun for a great cause!

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What about the “Stretch” IRAs as Protection? Even the best-laid plans and expectations of a future beneficiary “never to touch” the inherited retirement account can go astray. Even though the required minimum distribution of an inherited IRA or retirement plan actually begins as a very small percentage, taking a little bit extra from time to time will destroy the accumulation and tax deferral power. Even though your son and or daughter has been married for a long time to a wonderful person, circumstances do change. Therefore, even the bestintentioned beneficiary can benefit from the use of a standalone retirement trust. What Can be Done to Protect Inherited IRAs from Creditors? By far the best option for protecting retirement accounts upon your death is to create a Standalone Retirement Trust for the benefit of all of your intended beneficiaries. If properly drafted, this type of trust offers the following advantages: • Protects the inherited retirement account from beneficiaries’ creditors as well as predators and lawsuits; • Ensures the inherited retirement account remains in the family and out of the hands of a beneficiary’s spouse or soon-to-be ex-spouse; • Allows for experienced investment management and oversight of the retirement account assets by a professional trustee; • Prevents the beneficiary from gambling away the inherited

retirement account or blowing it all on exotic vacations, expensive jewelry, designer shoes, and fast cars; • Enables proper planning for a special needs beneficiary; • Permits minor beneficiaries such as grandchildren to be immediate beneficiaries of the inherited IRA without the need for a court-supervised guardianship; and • Facilitates generation-skipping transfer tax planning to ensure estate taxes are minimized or even eliminated at each generation. Does my Spouse Need to be Protected? Additional value is created when standalone retirement trust provisions are made for the benefit of a spouse. This may be important for many reasons aside from creditor protection including a second marriage with a blended family. A Standalone Retirement Trust can offer a great deal of flexibility for clients who want to ensure that their hard-saved retirement funds stay in their family’s hands and out of the hands of creditors and predators. What Could Happen after My Children Inherit my IRA? Many parents are concerned that their son-in-law or daughterin-law may someday become the outlaw. This fear could be realized if your child gets divorced, thereby enabling inherited assets to be seized by the son-in-law or daughter-in-law. A Standalone Retirement Trust can ensure that your hard-saved retirement funds stay in your child’s hands. The Bottom Line: Protecting Inherited Retirement Assets Given the amount of wealth held inside retirement accounts, proper planning can protect your beneficiaries’ inherited wealth from loss owing to unexpected circumstances. Standalone retirement trusts are certainly not one-size-fits-all planning tools and can only be done on an individual, case-by-case basis.


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Anyone who plays online games knows there’s free . . . and there’s free. There are thousands of games you can download without having to pay for them. BUT (cue dramatic, ominous music), with many of those free games, you discover pretty quickly that it’s extremely difficult—if not impossible—to progress past a certain point without making an IAP or in-app purchase. These purchases are necessary to have the resources, equipment, time, power, etc., to beat the level you’re on and move ahead. However, there are some great games that are free to download AND can be played for a long time without you having to make an IAP. We’ve highlighted just a few. Give them a try and enjoy some truly free gameplay! Some of these games do offer IAPs, but you don’t need them to play. Game content is suitable for everyone, although Boggle and Wordscapes require basic to advanced spelling skills.

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A long-time favorite, Bejeweled follows the popular “match 3 or more” puzzle format. It has beautiful graphics, fun sound effects, and offers multiple types of games within one app. (This is not the same as Bejeweled Blitz which can easily run into the IAP issue.) Available for Android and iOS, free, rated 4.4 to 4.6 out of 5.

Equip hero Barry with great costumes and cool jetpacks, and then guide him through a lab containing zappers, missiles, power-ups, and other fun features. Acquire coins to purchase new outfits, jet packs, and special gear. The game gives you optional missions you can do during play (like “high five 50 scientists”) to increase your rank. Available for Android and iOS, free, rated 4.4 to 4.5 out of 5.

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Based on the popular home game, Boggle lets you play against other people in three-round games to see who can find the most words in a 4x4 array of letter cubes. You can connect letters across, down, and diagonally, and there are power-ups to help you. The power-ups can be obtained by IAP, but they are also awarded for playing, so you don’t have to buy them. Available for Android and iOS, free, rated 4.0 to 4.2 out of 5.

Chuzzle 2

Another “match 3” format puzzle game, Chuzzle 2 is populated by fuzzy, spherical critters called Chuzzles in various colors. Each color is a variant on the puzzle, and you work your way down a stepped path to the goal by solving them. Some steps hold prizes like power-ups or jigsaw puzzle pieces (which you can assemble to earn Chuzzles to keep in your “Chuzzarium.” Available for Android and iOS, free, rated 4.3 to 4.7 out of 5.


Bright colorful graphics, one-touch control, and cute sea creatures make this a fun game for everyone. Guide the different characters as they swim, leap, and dive through the course, creating rainbows, recruiting buddies to help them, and acquiring pets to swim alongside you. Available for Android and iOS, free, rated 4.7 to 4.8 out of 5.


Given a set of letters (not more than eight), can you make all the words needed to fill the crossword-style grid? Finding words not on the grid and completing levels earns coins that you can spend on hints to help with the hard words. (Hints are also awarded during play.) There are thousands of levels, so you can play this one for a LONG time! Available for Android and iOS, free, rated 4.8 to 4.9 out of 5.

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In third-world countries where certain medical services are limited or nonexistent, issues routinely dealt with in the U.S. may go untouched for years, if not decades. One such condition is clubfoot, a deformity where the foot is twisted and the sole cannot be placed flat on the ground. Causes include substandard care before, during, and after pregnancy; neuromuscular diseases; toxic environmental factors; and congenital factors like spina bifida. Fortunately, the condition can be corrected. If caught early enough, non-surgical treatment may be sufficient, although there are surgical options if necessary.


Each year, Dr. David Levitsky travels to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as part of the Operation Footprint medical outreach (formerly the Baja Project), providing corrective surgical and non-surgical treatment for those suffering from clubfoot. A board certified foot and and ankle surgeon with offices in Jonesville and Clinton, Dr. Levitsky has participated in this project since 1989. He connected with the group through an old mentor who told him his surgical expertise with pediatric trauma would be valuable to the team.

Dr. Levitsky describes the schedule as beginning with a Wednesday arrival in Honduras. Then the team screens 200 to 300 people, from infants to adults. From Friday through Monday, anywhere from 30 to 50 cases are treated by the surgeons. The entire group enjoys a closing get-together on Tuesday night, and then the team returns to the U.S. on Wednesday. On a recent visit, Dr. Levitsky was asked to select two members of the team to accompany him to speak to the National Congress of Honduras. Although the team is not in Honduras for very long, they leave behind lives profoundly changed for the better. Children with clubfeet are ostracized and kept from becoming functional members of society. Girls with clubfeet grow into women who are considered unsuitable for marriage. In addition to being excluded from their communities, there are also the burdens of pain and lack of mobility. But, in a week’s time, the work of Operation Footprint restores normalcy and opens the door to fuller, richer lives.

The Baja Project began in 1976 and worked in Mexicali. Later, it expanded to Tijuana and on into El Salvador. In 2002, the Tegucigalpa Rotarians and the San Felipe Hospital asked the group to bring its services to

Honduras. Dr. Levitsky states that the Rotarians’ involvement has been an enormous help with running the project. The support of local hospitals has been crucially important, and he says the Operation Footprint group is very appreciative. Hillsdale Hospital and Herrick Hospital in Tecumseh have provided surgical equipment and supplies. This is not “parachute medicine” where the team arrives, works for a short time, and then departs without provision for follow-up care. Local health care personnel are instructed in post-operative care and are furnished with the necessary supplies. Operation Footprint also provides training to Honduran physicians, medical residents, and nurses to help them recognize clubfoot and treat it with manipulation and serial casting before it reaches the stage of requiring surgery. Operation Footprint is very selective when adding new team members. Interested individuals must go through a sequenced process during which their surgical expertise is carefully evaluated. Participating surgeons must not only have the needed skills but be willing to take time away from their practices and travel to an area that is not the safest. “Sometimes we can’t go. While Central America always has dangers, if the consulate says, ‘Don’t go,’ we don’t,” Dr. Levitsky explains. The current team consists of six senior surgeons, six junior surgeons, and residents in training drawn from California, Massachusetts, and Michigan.





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Order of the Eastern Star By Sarah Gray

One of the oldest buildings in Coldwater houses the oldest chapter of a world-wide organization. The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 1 is located at 45 E. Chicago Street on the eastern edge of downtown Coldwater. The chapter was established in 1867. The organization began more than 150 years ago as a Masonic body open to both men and women. Founder Rob Morris, a noted Freemason and lawyer, created the order while he was teaching at the Eureka Masonic College in Richland, Mississippi. He thought it would be nice for female relatives of Master Masons to share the benefits and self-knowledge available to their husbands, fathers, and brothers. While the order is based on teachings from the Bible, it is open to people of all religious beliefs. There are about 10,000 chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star with a half-million members in 20 countries throughout the world. The Order of the Eastern Star’s principal symbol is the inverted five-pointed star. Each star point represents a different heroine of the Bible and degree of the Order, and each one represents a different virtue. The Order of the Eastern Star states that its members are “dedicated women and men who sincerely reflect the spirit of fraternal love and the desire to work together for good.” This mission “gives them the opportunity to give a part of their time to many projects that benefit mankind. Our lessons are scriptural, our purposes are beneficent, and our teachings are moral.” The organization gives back to the community by donating funds to worthy causes such as Shriners Charities, Knights Templar Eye Foundation, orphanages, cancer research, and local charities in each chapter’s community. The Masonic Temple in Coldwater was originally built by Henry Clay Lewis in 1868 as an art gallery. The YMCA purchased the building in 1889 and later by the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 1 and Tyre Lodge No. 18 in 1913 for Masonic activities. Currently, the building houses the Tyre Lodge No. 18 Free & Associated Masonics, the Order of the Eastern Star No. 1.


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Have you ever thought about a DIY home improvement project that seemed so simple at that time but then things didn’t go exactly as you had planned? We tried a DIY recently and the results were absolutely disastrous. Disastrous in that a $25 laundry tub ended up costing us $991.84. That failed project was enough to put me right over the edge. Yowser, how did that happen, you ask? I’ll tell you how. We did a lot of updates on our home last year, but we didn’t spend any money in the laundry room. I mean really, who cares about a laundry room? You throw a load of dirty clothes in the washer, you dry them, you fold them, and you walk out of that room never to return until the next time you have dirty clothes, right? Right, except when you have a horribly yucky laundry tub that you pass by each time you go in and out of that room. The previous owners had used the sink to clean paint brushes and other disgusting stuff so there were several colors of paint layered in the sink along with who knows what else. Add that to the fact that it was beige and everything else in the room was white and you have a bad case of awful.


Luckily, I found a brand new white laundry tub online for $25. Wow! Can you believe that price? I convinced my husband to buy it and mentioned that if he put it in it would save us some money. He reluctantly agreed. He was down to the very last pull of the wrench when the water line broke. Dang! We were so-o-o-o close, then, whoosh, water was everywhere. My husband had turned the water off to the sink, but the break was to the main water line. So, there I was on my belly under the stinkin’ laundry tub bailing water from

a cup into a bucket, trying to keep the water from soaking the floor worse than it already was while Cletus ran across the street to get help. Our neighbor Mark ran over, saw the mess and knew immediately what had happened and how to fix it. He told us the broken line was plastic and due to the weather in Florida, plastic lines eventually get brittle and break easily. That very moment was not the optimum time to know this little tidbit. Thank goodness Mark had lots of plumbing experience and he said he’d be glad to help us out. He had that line repaired in no time. He also tore out the flooring which, even with my valiant effort to keep it dry, was now soaked, warped and would soon start molding. He gave us the friends and family discount which we really appreciated so his bill was only $275. We were thinking we’d gotten out of this pretty darn cheap. So, now all we had to do was find some cheap flooring and all would be good, right? Wrong! There is no such thing as cheap flooring. It’s a small room, but the flooring was going to cost a fortune. Cletus decided there would be no more DIY projects for him and called a friend who had previously done some work at the house. Greg came over and gave us an estimate which was far less than the first one we had gotten from a so-called discount flooring company. Greg’s bill was $716.84. And that, my friends, is how a $25 sink can cost $991.84. Much as I love the new laundry tub and flooring, that DIY project sure put a crimp in our yearly house repair fund. Dang! Now I have to go the whole rest of the year without any upgrades. I’m tellin’ ya, that DIY project was enough to put me right over the edge.


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Brenda Aungst has lifelong love for horses. She was the only grandchild who was interested in her grandfather’s horses which she’d bridle, saddle and ride across fields also occupied by other horses or cattle . . . including bulls! She always had a horse while growing up and likely cannot imagine life without one. Early in her marriage to husband Dave they lived in a town and were “horseless.” Once they moved to the country, they began filling the barn. One horse they owned led the couple to a whole new world of four-legged friends: minis. “I knew about minis, of course, but I’d never had any interest in them,” explains Brenda. “But then I got this one horse . . . !” That horse was a four-year-old Brenda got for free aside from the hauling fee. Unfortunately, it was very aggressive with her other horses and difficult to control, even for an experienced horsewoman. Brenda decided to rehome the horse and found someone who had two minis to trade. The deal was made, and the Aungsts were mini owners. 76

“I fell in love,” says Brenda. “They were wonderful. It was like having really big dogs that you could hug and pat. It was also physically easier, and I was at the stage when that was a good thing. The babies are small enough that you can lift and move them if you need to.” That was in 2006, and the number of minis has increased and now includes mini donkeys. Maria and Hershey were the first donkeys and joined the group in 2011. The Aungsts still have a donkey that was Hershey’s baby. The current count is 14 mini horses (11 mares and three studs) and 10 mini donkeys (nine jennys and one jack). Every spring brings a crowd of adorable babies to Aungst Acres in Addison, Michigan, most of which are sold to other mini fanciers. Brenda says they sell very quickly through word of mouth, running ads, and referrals from vets. One of their babies went all the way to California! Before anyone jumps into acquiring one, there are things to consider. Although miniature, they’re still horses or donkeys and require some specialized care. Brenda provided a list of things to keep in mind.

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Pasture and fencing: minis don’t require as much space as their full-sized relatives, but they still need room to move for adequate exercise and enough pasture to graze. Proper feeding and watering: minis are especially susceptible to founder, a painful disease that affects a horse’s feet, is difficult to correct, and can be severe enough to cause permanent lameness or require euthanasia. One known cause is an excess of carbohydrates in the diet, which means that when the pasture area is lush and green, the mini’s owner must ensure that the animal is not consuming too much grass. Veterinary care: a large animal vet must be secured to treat minis. Farrier: mini’s hooves require the service of a farrier every eight to 12 weeks. Dental care: along with the large animal vet and farrier, be prepared to find an equine dentist. Vaccinations: as with any animal, routine shots are necessary. Brenda and Dave love their mini herd and look forward to the busy foaling season each spring. Brenda explains that she primarily oversees the horses while Dave handles the donkeys. And, Dave freely admits that Brenda is much better about selling the young horses than he is about the donkeys. “That’s for sure,” laughs Brenda. “I almost have to pry them out of his arms!”


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Loki is such a wonderful boy. He is one of the shelter managers’ favorites. Loki is one of the most loving dogs we have ever met. He is so trusting of everyone and he listens so well. He is a good-sized boy weighing in at 62 lbs but we think he could stand to gain a few more. He knows sit, stay, speak, and shake. He is very smart. Loki also does really well on walks with a leash. We just can’t say anything bad about this boy. Loki is 6 yrs old, up-to-date on vaccinations, and neutered.

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Experience a Starry Night to Remember Thanks to the surrounding Great Lakes shrouding the state in near-total darkness, Michigan is the perfect place for spectacular views of the night sky. Six Michigan state parks are home to protected Dark Sky Preserves, and nestled on the shore of Lake Michigan is Headlands International Dark Sky Park – the only internationally-designated preserve in Michigan. The Upper Peninsula, which includes parks like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, is a particularly good spot for some incredible night sky photography. These sites will give you unrivaled starry views as nights in Michigan continue to warm throughout spring, and you might even be lucky enough to see the aurora borealis light up the sky with vivid colors. Take a Break or Break a Sweat State parks offer breathtaking views as spring brings the trees back to life, and there’s no better way to experience them than by relaxing in a hammock. Overlook the beautiful Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine 78

Mountains Wilderness State Park or listen to the roar of Tahquamenon Falls in Tahquamenon State Park. Just make sure you are hanging up your hammock properly so as not to damage the surrounding wildlife. Whether you spend the day swinging in a hammock or lying on a towel on the sandy shores of the Great Lakes, there are endless ways to enjoy the sound of crashing waves and Michigan’s unrivaled sunsets. For those looking to break a sweat, check out some of the unique sports offered at Michigan’s state parks. Give archery a shot by enrolling in an archery program or test your aim in a game of disc golf. Those new to disc golf should head to Clear Lake or Sleepy Hollow State Park to get some practice on a beginner course. For a challenge, take on the tight fairways of the pro-quality 18 holes of Newaygo State Park’s rigorous course. Explore the Trails and Ride the Waves The shores of the Great Lakes offer incredible beach walks, and Michigan’s dense forests are home to picturesque hiking trails. Lace up your boots and

Celebrating Spring in Michigan State Parks Warming temperatures and melting snow can mean only one thing – spring is officially here. While the spectacular sunny days and vibrant wildlife are enough to get anyone excited for the new season, Michigan has even more reason to celebrate. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Michigan State Parks, and there is no better time to reconnect with nature than by getting outdoors to celebrate the centennial. Discover the beauty of Michigan’s state parks and fill each day of your springtime vacation with these exciting activities.

head out to see everything from hidden waterfalls to colorful, springtime wildflowers. You can also bring your off-road vehicle to an ORV trail. Michigan features beautiful sand dunes, and Silver Lake State Park offers the only dune riding ORV area in Michigan.

Cheboygan is the perfect destination for anyone interested in Michigan’s nautical history. Explore the many lighthouses around the city, or, after the last of the ice on the Great Lakes has melted, take a boat ride to view some of Michigan’s historic and iconic shipwrecks.

A trip to Pure Michigan isn’t complete without spending a day on the water. Bring your boat to one of the many access points located on Michigan’s rivers and lakes or find rental canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards that are offered at many state parks. Once you’re on the water, float on the crystal waters of Clear Lake, search for wildlife along the shores of Lake Michigamme, or paddle the waves of the Great Lakes.

Hold history in the palm of your hand by finding Michigan’s state stone – the Petoskey Stone – along the shores of Lake Michigan, especially in the Petoskey and Charlevoix regions. Additionally, follow in the footsteps of many rock hunters and head to Muskallonge State Park to search for agates in the waters of Lake Superior.

Enrich your Michigan Knowledge Hiking along the trails of state parks will give you ample opportunity to spot Michigan animals in their natural habitats like white-tailed deer and a variety of bird species that return to the state in the spring. Many state parks also offer educational nature programs to learn more about Michigan’s wildlife, landscape, and history. Located on the shores of the Straits of Mackinaw,

Know before you go: Entrance to Michigan State Parks requires a recreation passport for both Michigan and non-Michigan residents. Find out which recreation passport you will need at michigan.gov/dnr. Explore more activities and start planning your trip at michigan.org

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WELL RUN! By Melissa McCance

Life can take funny turns, and what might seem to be a short detour sometimes proves to be a major change of direction. This was the case for Debra Price when she agreed to coach middle school girls track for Reading. “I really had no idea what I was doing. I’d run track when I was in school, but I didn’t know how to coach!” she says, laughing. Considering the record the high school girls track team has built under guidance from Debra and her husband Roger, it’s clear that she definitely figured it out! Debra grew up in Montgomery and graduated from high school in Reading. The first year after earning her bachelor’s degree at Eastern Michigan University, she worked for the Camden school district as a permanent substitute. The following fall (1982), she accepted a teaching position in her field of consumer sciences at Reading. Her coaching career began in the spring of 1985 with the middle school girls, and she moved into the varsity coaching slot the next year. “I had seven girls that first year,” Debra recalls. “I did the best I could, but it was definitely a learning experience for me.” Coaching clinics helped her as did advice from the boys track coach. She feels that a big turning point for the program was winning a relay event at 80

state in 1988. After that, the team got better and better. Her husband began to help with the team responsibilities, and things started to fall into place. In 1996, her team won the first Big 8 conference title in school history. When asked what it was that made the difference, Debra jokes that “I think it’s just something in the water! We started to get more and more talent and depth.” That answer shows the modesty of a woman whose coaching career has been nothing short of spectacular. From 1996 to 2017, the Reading girls were conference champions 15 times and runners-up five times. They took regional championships 14 times during

that same span of years while coming in as runners-up six times. State runners-up honors were earned in 1994 (Class C) and 2004, 2008, and 2013 (all Division IV). In 2001 and 2014, the team proudly brought home state championships. In addition to their MHSAA event wins, the Ranger girls have won numerous prestigious invitational meets. Debra’s skill and success as a coach has also been recognized. She received Coach of the Year honors for Division IV in 2001, 2005, and 2014. Between 1996 and 2017, she was a Coach of the Year top four finalist 11 times. In 2014, Debra was inducted into the Michigan Track Coaches Hall of Fame, and 2015 saw her induction into the Michigan High School Hall of Fame. She was also Michigan High School Coach of the Year and nominated for National Coach of the Year in 2015. And, Reading Community Schools named the track after Debra and Roger in 2016. What Debra has found most rewarding about her time as coach, however, are not the titles and awards. As she makes plans to retire, Debra says that she especially values the relationships she developed with her student athletes—relationships that continue after the girls graduate and go out into the world. She is also quick to express her appreciation for her husband’s help throughout the years: “We found we just worked really well together. Roger has been a huge help . . . I can’t say enough about that. We shared responsibilities, learned together, and it made everything easier.” Our congratulations and best wishes to this outstanding woman!


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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.

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oday’s shoppers are getting back to basics. They want to know what is in their food and where it comes from. They want fewer chemicals and more organic, natural products to feed their families, clean their homes, wash their clothes, and care for their pets. Organic sales in 2017 reached $49.4 billion, up 6.4 percent according to the Organic Trade Associations 2018 Organic Industry Survey. People want to know what they are eating, and Hillsdale County has the perfect place for them to get just about anything they need.

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Customer service Hillsdale Natural Grocery has been in business in downtown Hillsdale for 40 years, but manager Michelle Nauta says, “We get people who come in all the time and say they didn’t know we are here.” Michelle has been manager of the grocery co-op for two years and worked at the business for 15 years. Located at 31 N. Broad Street in Hillsdale, the grocery co-op keeps steady with business, but Michelle says they are continually seeing more and more customers. “For a little store there is a lot here,” she says. The store offers a range of natural and organic products from breads and wraps to cereals, cookies and other boxed items. They sell wild caught salmon and tuna as well as locally, naturally-raised chicken and beef. Unique items such as locally-grown wheatgrass juice and

soup bones, chicken feet and turkey feet for making bone broth are also available. “We try to stay organic as much as possible,” Michelle says. Hillsdale Natural Grocery also offers a wide selection of bulk items including nuts, grains, flours, spices, and herbs.

In addition to the wide selection of food items, the co-op also has a full line of natural vitamin and mineral supplements. They can help customers find exactly what they are looking for and what will best fit their needs. “If we can get it, we will,” Michelle says, adding that this level of customer service is “what we can give over the big box stores.” Assistant manager Joan Krauss says they also carry a line of essential oils and homeopathic products that have been very popular. As a co-op, Hillsdale Natural Grocery allows its customers to become members. For


Along with a wide selection of products for just about every need, Hillsdale Natural Grocery also provides educational classes to the community. The topics of the classes vary, but they are all based on the principle of staying healthy in a natural way. Michelle says the talks are usually very well attended. To find out about their next talk, visit their Facebook page. For more information about Hillsdale Natural Grocery, stop by at 31 N. Broad Street or give them a call at 517-4391397. Information can also be found on their website (www. hillsdalenaturalgrocery.com) or on their Facebook page. Hillsdale Natural Grocery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Let’s Day—the get some first SPRINGbig in celebration our meals! as the weather turns Memorial Even though Michigan doesn’t normally truly become springlike until May, that doesn’t mean we t brighten our menus some dishes that bring adifferent spring vibe to the table. warm.can’Looking forwithsomething from basic burgers and brats with slaw on the side? Try one of these recipes to change things up at this year’s get-together.

FIZZY PINEAPPLE PUNCH 1 - 12 oz can frozen pineapple juice concentrate, thawed 1 - 6 oz can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed 4½ cups cold water 1 liter club soda chilled Assorted fruits such as strawberries, oranges raspberries, blueberries, limes, and pineapple Garnishes such as fresh mint

Pour thawed pineapple juice concentrate and thawed limeade concentrate in a large pitcher. Add cold water and most of the club soda, reserving about 1/3 cup. Stir to combine and chill until cold. Add ice cubes and assorted fruits to serving glasses and pour in chilled punch. Garnish as desired and top off glasses with a splash of the reserved club soda for extra “fizz.” www.thechunkychef.com


SWEET AND TANGY THAI CUCUMBER SALAD 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup hot water 1/4 cup white vinegar 1 teaspoon salt 1 large cucumber, thinly sliced 1 red onion, thinly sliced

Whisk sugar, hot water, white vinegar, and salt in a bowl until sugar has dissolved. Stir cucumber and onion into the sauce. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to soften the texture of the vegetables and reduce the pungency of the onion. If desired, garnish with chopped cilantro. www.allrecipes.com

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AMERICAN-ITALIAN PASTA SALAD 1 (16 oz.) package fusilli pasta 1 cup mayonnaise 1 cup buttermilk 1 (1 oz.) package dry ranch salad dressing mix 1 1/2 cup frozen petite peas, thawed 2 (2 oz.) cans sliced black olives 1 cup grape tomatoes 1 cup cubed Genoa salami 1/2 cup chopped green onions 3/4 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, rinse under cold water, and drain. In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, buttermilk, and ranch dressing mix. Whisk together until smooth, set aside. In a large salad bowl combine cooked and cooled pasta, peas, olives, tomatoes, salami, green onions, celery and parsley. Mix in dressing last, reserving 1/2 cup. Let sit overnight in fridge. Stir before serving. Add extra dressing if pasta appears dry. www.allrecipes.com

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In a large shallow baking dish, mix the yogurt, feta cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Place the chicken in the dish, and turn to coat. Cover and marinate 3 hours in the refrigerator. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. Thread the chicken, onion wedges, and green bell pepper pieces alternately onto skewers. Discard remaining yogurt mixture. Grill skewers on the prepared grill until the chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. www.allrecipes.com

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Hillsdale High School’s Interact Club By Melissa McCance

One of Rotary International’s youth programs is the Interact Club which offers young people the opportunity to develop leadership skills while learning to live out Rotary’s motto of “service above self.” The Hillsdale High School chapter has committed to an ongoing weekend backpack project that provides supplemental food for low-income families in the district. The goal of the program as stated in the group’s project materials is to “become the buffer between Friday school lunch and Monday morning school breakfast.” Considering that 70% of the students in Hillsdale’s grade schools qualify for the free or reduced-cost breakfast and lunch program, the need is clearly there. Chapter advisor Cyndi Young says that the Interact students were free to choose whatever program they wanted to implement, and the group felt strongly about assuming responsibility for the weekend backpacks. The club also wanted to secure additional funding for the program which would allow them to expand it to help more students. “The food packs are delivered on Thursdays from the food bank,” explains chapter board president Gavin LaFollette. “About 15 to 20 students help with unloading the packs which we store in the old office for the superintendent. Then they’re put into privacy bags [inexpensive, plain backpacks]. We distribute them bi-weekly.” The program is currently serving 100 students from pre-school through sixth grade. When asked how the students are selected, board member Sarah Shreffler replies, “Though more students qualify, the teachers help by letting us know which students could really use the help.”The backpack program was in place before Interact took it over, but the number helped almost tripled after the group’s involvement, and the members have hopes of aiding even more students in the future. That expansion is a focus for the Interact members. “We received a $5,000 grant from the Hillsdale County Community Foundation,” says board vice-president Maddie Moore, “and we’ve done some other fundraising.” The group also received a $2,000 grant from the Rotary district and

Reaching Out to HELP staffed a booth at Hillsdale College football and basketball games to publicize the program and raise funds. In addition to the booth, chapter members went through the stands to contact spectators directly. Besides the backpack program, Interact members participate in raising funds to purchase hats and mittens for Stillwell Ford’s annual Coats 4 the Community drive, ring bells for the Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign at Christmas, and other service events. Gavin proudly related that although the $500 they raised at Hillsdale College’s volleyball games could have been retained by the chapter for its personal use, the members unanimously voted to donate it to the Coats 4 the Community program. Students in the Interact chapter are all active, involved young people with busy schedules that include sports, other clubs and service groups, and heavy academic loads. But, they desire to help make their community a better place and fit the time commitments of the chapter into already-crowded calendars. They truly demonstrate “service above self.” You can follow the chapter’s activities on the Hillsdale Rotary Facebook page. A new fundraising effort for the backpack program is a golf scramble scheduled for Saturday, June 15, at White Oaks Golf Club. Cost is $200 per foursome and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, and door prizes. There are a number of contests and special play holes to increase the fun. If you are interested in entering a foursome, wish to be an event sponsor, or would just like more information, contact Cyndi Young at 517-398-0862.

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