Simply Hers May/June 2020

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I had really, REALLY hoped that, by the time this issue came around, I would be writing about how wonderful it was to have things pretty much back to normal. However, it was only a few days ago that our shut-down was extended to May 15. Some things have been loosened up a little bit . . . but only a little. And, others have gotten stricter. It seems that everyone is beginning to show the strain, even those who started out in good spirits. However, it’s heartening to see that acts of kindness and consideration continue in our community. So many people are still sewing masks, some are giving money to area restaurants to provide free meals for front-line workers and first-responders, food donations are arriving at local food pantries, and it seems that people are really making an effort to check in with one another to offer encouragement. Marlanea McGraw Owner/Publisher

We hope that this issue with its home theme will brighten your day a bit. When we planned it, we had NO idea how much time all of us would be spending at home! But, we wanted to focus on our homes as places to rest, rejuvenate, and relax. Enjoy the humor, try the recipes, check out the book suggestions, and share in the stories of our contributors about how they’ve made their homes truly “theirs.” And, drool a little over the two featured she sheds! I am especially grateful and blessed by our advertisers who are supporting us through this time. It was very gracious of them to continue advertising when so many of them are unable to do business as usual. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! I also appreciate my staff for keeping things going when they can’t visit clients or do article interviews in person and we haven’t been able to get together and discuss business in quite a while. I pray for all of you to be safe, to find peace, to stay strong, and to persevere!



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36 Turn The Page

Fashion 13

Closet Purge


Quarantine Beauty Routine

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Local Spotlight 20 One Mask At A Time

Book and Author Reviews

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What Matters Most 26 Embracing White

Battling Anxiety 28 Through The Pandemic

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On the Cover 10

Rachel Lott Hillsdale Hospital's Director of Marketing, Development and Community Outreach





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On the Cover: One important position within any hospital is the liaison between that institution and the community it serves. Medical services can be a complicated thing, and it’s important for people to understand what a hospital can do and how its services impact their lives. For Hillsdale Hospital, this role is filled by Rachel Lott, Director of Marketing, Development, and Community Outreach. Read about Rachel on page 10.






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Raising the LEVEL OF SERVICE to the Community — Written by Melissa McCance —


hen you think of hospital personnel, it’s the medical care team that probably first comes to mind. But, it takes many, many other individuals to keep a hospital going. There’s the food service staff, housekeeping, clerical, billing, auxiliary services, and administration. One important position within any hospital is the liaison between that institution and the community it serves. Medical services can be a complicated thing, and it’s important for people to understand what a hospital can do and how its services impact their lives. For Hillsdale Hospital, this role is filled by Rachel Lott, Director of Marketing, Development, and Community Outreach.

"Transparency is a constant goal, but, during the pandemic, it is urgent that we provide information directly to the public.” ~ Rachel Lott 10

Rachel joined the Hillsdale Hospital team on June 24, 2019, upon the retirement of Judy Gabriele who had held the post since July 1998. She came to the job not only with extensive training and experience in the field but also as it is applied in the context of smaller markets, making her a great match for Hillsdale. A Texas native born and raised, Rachel attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she pursued a journalism/public relations major with a concentration in marketing. She worked for Indiana University

Health at Bedford Hospital in Bedford, Indiana, where her responsibilities included marketing, patient experience management, and community outreach. Following her time in Bedford, Rachel took a position in Fort Wayne where she served as the director of marketing for Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. While there, she worked on fostering customer communication, event promotion, public relations, and marketing planning and execution. For a time after leaving the Fort Wayne job, Rachel did consulting work in the Fort Wayne area, joining boutique marketing and public relations agency Group Stellar as vice president and creative director. The startup firm specialized in working with small businesses, rural communities, and military and defense clients. It was during that time that Rachel learned of the position opening up at Hillsdale Hospital. She was excited by what she heard as she began investigating the job. She loved the passion of the hospital staff for the rural community they served and their commitment to the health of the local community. The fact that the current economic climate can be very challenging for independent, rural hospitals did not at all discourage her. “I like the underdog,” Rachel explains, adding, “I like the challenge.”

One thing that many people do not realize is that when an independent hospital like Hillsdale is purchased by a larger entity, whether that be a major hospital system or a for-profit hospital corporation, how that hospital is utilized can change radically. Sometimes, the smaller hospital is simply shut down. Other times, it may be converted into a single-service facility such as an outpatient surgical center. If either happens, the community loses its local, multi-service hospital, and area residents must travel much farther for care. In her community outreach capacity, Rachel says that she considers it a privilege to share with the community the great work of the hospital personnel. She looks at it as needing to show why what the hospital does matters. Rachel gives some examples by asking, “What does it mean for someone’s life to have a hip replacement, for example? What difference can it make for a person to have a sleep study here?” She adds, “My job is to translate what the services are into an understanding of the impact they have on individuals.” That impact can be profound, and sometimes it means offering services that may not be profitable but which are critical for the health of the community. Many rural hospitals have discontinued their obstetric services because birthing centers in rural areas often lose money, but the hospital added a beautiful, state-of-theart birthing center in 2013. The hospital administration is always pushing for services that contribute to the wellbeing of the area. Another area where Rachel is putting her communications and media expertise to work is raising the hospital’s social media presence. And, with the advent of COVID-19, that has been critically important. The hospital has utilized Facebook Live to engage directly with the community. Mondays and Wednesdays are dedicated to COVID-19 Q&A sessions and wrapping up the week is Fake News Friday, during which Rachel and the hospital’s chief operating officer JJ Hodshire cover the most recent rumors about the virus and answer questions—both those submitted in advance and those submitted during the live broadcast. Area residents have been very involved and are participating regularly in this feature. “We felt it was important to address the public directly and to be very transparent about what was happening and how we were handling the situation,” says Rachel. “That transparency is a constant goal, but, during the pandemic, it is urgent that we provide information directly to the public.” At times like these, there are waves of information. Because so much of it is rumors and half-truths, speculation, or even outright lies, there’s a real need for solid facts one can act on for the safety of self, family, and friends. The hospital’s goal has been to provide reliable information which helps each person have a little more control, thus reducing anxiety. Rachel has also been working to formulate a “rebranding” of the

hospital to provide consistency in the message shared with the community and in the hospital’s visual presence. The goal is a sense of brand identity that will be seen in billboards, print ads, flyers, and brochures, but, more importantly, will be felt in the experience people have with the hospital and its clinics. Part of that involves market research to understand how the hospital is perceived by the community and understand the role people believe it plays in their lives. This supports the ongoing effort to build a strong, direct relationship with the community. A short video was recently released featuring actual patients thanking Hillsdale Hospital’s team for the care they’ve provided, and there are more to come in which each of those patients shares their story of receiving care with Hillsdale Hospital. Rachel feels that allowing the patients to give their perspective is much more powerful and more meaningful than simply having the hospital personnel talk about the services available. JJ Hodshire gives his view of Rachel’s ongoing contribution to the hospital: “Rachel has brought a renewed focus of community outreach to Hillsdale Hospital. Her passion for marketing, development and engagement is second to none! Rachel spends countless hours ensuring that our message of caring, commitment, and community is heard throughout the communities we serve. Rachel arrived at Hillsdale Hospital with a background in healthcare marketing and patient experience, and I am excited to announce that she will be leading our patient experience program. We are thankful for her energy and positive attitude, and we look forward to what she will be able to do in building upon our relationship with patients to strengthen the mission, vision, and values of Hillsdale Hospital.” Although there is a lot on her plate, it’s clear that Rachel has both the background and the commitment to handle the job. Talking to her, you feel her energy and drive, and her past experience provides her with the perspective and skills needed to tackle the challenge.


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What is a Fashionista supposed to do during a global pandemic? When retail therapy is not on the agenda, we have the answer for what ails every fashion-conscious woman: THE CLOSET PURGE. As we wait for life to return to normal, we are here to give you step-by-step instructions for purging your closet and loving your wardrobe again. We all have an overabundance of odds and ends that are never worn, and it is time to say farewell. Here are four easy-to-follow steps that will keep you busy until the all-clear is given and the war on COVID-19 has been won. 13

Step 2: Sort the items LOVE IT: If it is appropriate for the current season and you absolutely love it and want to put it on right this second, hang it back in your closet. MAYBE: Is the fit a bit off? The color? Are you keeping it just because it has sentimental value, or because you paid a lot for it and feel guilty getting rid of it? Put it in a box and store it. If you find yourself wishing you had it, you can always go retrieve it. But if you don’t find yourself wanting it after the change of seasons, it’s time to donate it and let someone else enjoy it.

HATE IT: Self-explanatory. Donate or sell to fund new purchases.

SEASONAL: If it’s not in season, but you LOVE IT (and we mean LOVE IT), put it in a box and store it so you can add it to your wardrobe when the proper season rolls around.

Step 1: The Purge We don’t mean just removing a few things that haven’t been worn in a while. We are talking about taking it all out and starting over with only items that you truly love. If you haven’t done this in a few years, or ever, then this will be a big first step. Take everything out of your closet and drawers — Every. Last. Thing. Even that special occasion dress you’ve been saving for five years. Go through them one by one, trying them on if you haven’t worn them in a while, and ask yourself if each piece sparks joy. If not, it goes into the donation bin. There is a collection of pieces stuck in there that are being saved “just in case” you need them. It is time to face the truth: you are NOT going to wear them again. That’s how you end up with a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. It sounds hokey, but there’s a big difference between, “It’s okay. I might want it someday” and “I love this; I want to put it on and wear it right now.” Yes, it feels very wasteful to give away perfectly good clothing, and some people have a hard time with the purging process. But, look at it this way—it’s not a waste if it blesses someone who needs it instead of slowly fading away in the depths of your closet.


Step 3: Assess what’s left in your closet It is time to live with your clothes for a little while before shopping for new pieces. This will help to define your personal style. Since we are stuck at home anyhow, you are officially given permission to peruse Pinterest and keep track of what styles resonate with you. Your goal during this phase is to determine your personal style and what you need to round out your wardrobe. Keep a notebook or a document on your phone with a list of clothing items you need or want, and then, when you go shopping, you can shop strategically.

Step 4: Shop This last step is an ongoing process. Shop for any items you need to complete your wardrobe. Make a list and shop intentionally. Consider your lifestyle. Make sure you have a good ratio of casual clothes to workwear. This varies from person to person and, of course, is based on the weather as well which in our area can change monthly, weekly, or (as evidenced by our recent April snowstorm) daily. When it is time to shop, here are a few of our favorite local stores that offer all the latest styles and small town service every woman needs.

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From the Kitchen 1. Choose Your EXFOLIANT

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It comes down to sugar or salt, but there are several varieties of each. We recommend four different types: plain white sugar, brown sugar, iodized table salt, and black lava sea salt. Sugar is less abrasive than salt because it dissolves more easily. Brown sugar is the best for sensitive skin, because it’s the softest. Salt exfoliates well and can help remove impurities and dead skin. And, the black lava sea salt also removes dead skin along with helping increase cell activity.

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Choose your container, and measure your exfoliant so that the container is 3/4 full. 2. Measure out your oil. You’ll want a 2-to-1 ratio. So, twice as much salt or sugar as oil.


3. Combine oil and salt or sugar in a bowl, and stir until just combined.

4. Add in the fruit or vegetable chopped as finely as you can get it, and muddle the mixture together until just combined. You don’t want to mix it too much or the granules will start to dissolve. 5. Decant into your storage container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

2. Choose Your OIL The next ingredient you select is your oil. We chose five different oils that are great for your skin—olive oil, safflower oil, almond oil, avocado oil, and extra virgin coconut oil. To start off, all of these oils, except the avocado oil, are naturally antibacterial, which will help prevent any problems. Olive oil is good for dry skin, and it won’t clog your pores. Safflower oil is a fatty oil that can help calm irritated skin and prevent clogged pores. Almond oil is fantastic because it can reduce the effects of UVB rays, and it can help improve skin tone. Avocado oil is actually extracted from the pulp of the fruit—not the seed—so it’s incredibly rich and will help your skin retain moisture. Finally, extra virgin coconut oil is packed with antioxidants and free radicals which help prevent aging.



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2 teaspoons sugar Be forewarned that adding in a fresh fruit will reduce 1 teaspoon honey the shelf life of your scrub, and you’ll want to keep it in 1 teaspoon almond oil the refrigerator—not your shower. Keep that in mind before whipping up a big batch. This recipe is a classic! A little honey Kiwis can help brighten your complexion, and the combined with sugar and almond oil is seeds in the fruit pulp can act as mini exfoliants on all you need to moisturize and slough their own. off dead skin. Apply to lips with fingerStrawberries are best for evening and brightening tips and massage into your lips to gently your skin tone, and they are packed with vitamin C. slough off dry, dead skin cells. Rinse with Pineapple is best for acne-prone skin; it has an warm water and follow with lip balm. enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells. Keep any extra in a small container. Tomato contains lycopene which can help protect skin from UV rays. And, finally, cucumber can help reduce puffiness by reducing water retention. ­—Add a dash of cinnamon or cayenne if you want to naturally ‘plump’ your lips. ­—Open a vitamin E capsule and add it to the scrub. —Add a dash of cocoa powder for nourishing antioxidants and a bit of chocolate flavor. ­—Mash a strawberry in there and the natural citric acid will help polish lips along with sugar. Plus you’ll get a dose of vitamin C to help combat signs of aging around your mouth.

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By James Campbell NSCA Certified Personal Trainer PRIME Fitness

I’m sitting here at the dining room table thinking about the times we find ourselves living in. The unknown seems to haunt me and what was once structured and “normal” is no longer such. When it comes to working out, it’s hard to motivate at times with all the gyms closed. We find it easier to sit on the couch and watch Netflix and/or snack constantly without thought. Not to mention that we are much less active just because of the “stay at home” order from our governor. Now is a time that you are tested, where you have to refocus your goals and determine how much they mean. I can’t help you with motivation, that has to come from within. As a trainer, I can be there with my clients in session and keep them going, whereas at home if they get that bug they could simply stop. This is where your why will help you, will help motivate you to get through. If your why doesn’t hold weight then this time will very likely break you in the sense of reaching goals. Not to say it isn’t hard if you have a solid why, because I find it hard to keep on track through these questionable times as well. Let’s jump to the equipment problem. Not everyone can put together a home gym, whether it be lack of space, finances, or other obstacles. So, what do we do to keep our progress going towards the end game? Creativity! Trainers at PRIME are writing at home workouts for clients with minimal to NO EQUIPMENT! Yes, it’s possible! In these situations, a power lifter or strongman/ woman competitor will find it near impossible to reach competition shape; they will need some vital equipment, at the very least a barbell and plates. However, most aren’t competitors and will be fine with their own bodyweight. For these competitors, it isn’t a bad idea to utilize this downtime for some well-overdue flexibility and mobility exercises.


Back to the “normal” client. It’s all about movement, it’s about finding ways to make an

easier exercise harder. One of the best ways to do this is using a Tabata-style timer. It’s pretty basic, you pick four exercises and list them from hardest to easiest. Let’s use a leg focus for example: 1) jump squat 2) body squat 3) thrusts (aka bridges) 4) prone slides Now you take a timer and set it for 5 minutes doing 20 seconds of work and resting for 10 seconds repeating for the five minutes of exercise 1 (jump squats). Take a 1-2 minute break and repeat for exercises 2-4. Basic equipment like a weighted vest and bands can seriously turn up the intensity in this example, trust me! Another thing you can do is combine a bout of high intensity, a basic exercise, and a core movement: sprint - pushup - plank Now, you’ll determine a distance for your rest (walk) and sprint. I would say walk 20-30 yards then sprint at least 20 more. Then, without rest, drop and do a predetermined number of pushups in the format that you can manage. There’s more than just traditional and “girl” pushups; you can do an elevated pushup, too. For example, usually around a track, there’s a fence that would do. Are you doing this at home? Find a yard chair and strategically locate it for success. There’s most definitely a way! As soon as the pushups are complete go right into a plank. I suggest using a watch or something to time you. If not, you can count to yourself. If you do count, be sure to maintain a good count. Most of the time when it gets harder you count faster—don’t cheat yourself! In the end, just be active! There are a million different ways to do that and my staff and I would love to help you if you find yourself having a creative block! Hahahahaha! Also, stay positive and help one another. It’s not always going to be easy and you’re not always going to want to do it, but do right by the people around you and you’ll never be disappointed.

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One Mask At A Time By Deb Petticrew and Jackie Giroux

“When life gives you lemons, just make lemonade.” This old saying is the perfect concept behind Sand Creek, Michigan native Shar Ann Packard’s decision to make face masks during the Covid-19 quarantine. When she first heard about the shortage of N95 masks used by health care workers and professionals, Shar Ann learned that people were stepping up to help by sewing cloth masks. After doing research, she found patterns and directions on how to make the masks. She has been using leftover material that she had on hand from previous sewing projects. Her daughter Sarah Holtz, also of Sand Creek, is an RN and needed a material mask for her job. She asked Shar Ann to make five masks. With a lot of Sarah’s friends being in the medical field, Shar Ann started getting a lot of requests. “All of a sudden, everyone was calling “Mama Shar” and asking for masks!” she said. “It just went crazy after that.” She has put boxes of them at the post office and the convenience store in nearby Jasper. They are by donation only. “If you need one, take one. If you would like to donate, you can donate,” Shar Ann added. She also puts them in totes on her front porch so people can stop by at their convenience and pick up their orders. Please note that masks must be ordered so they can be placed in the tote with the receiver’s name on them. Her granddaughters Lexi (17) and Dana Holtz (14) soon volunteered their time and effort. They cut elastic, folded


Lenawee Family Helping Locals Remain Healthy material, and organized everything that needed to be shipped. To date, the masks have been shipped to 12 different states. Shar Ann’s husband John is cutting 90 percent of the masks now, as her granddaughters are doing online schooling. “He said he would help until planting season . . . then I am on my own!” Shar Ann said. “Our grandson, ‘Little John,’ eight years old, helps when he can. He holds the elastic while Papa cuts it,” she added. “The masks are machine washable, just lay flat to dry,” Shar Ann advised. “I don’t do ‘special orders’ because I use the material I have purchased. However, if you let me know male or female, I will make sure that your guys are not wearing hearts and unicorns . . . unless they want to!” She has recently started making larger masks and masks for children. On a good day, they can make 130 masks and, at the time this article was written, they had made over 3000 masks. They have used over 4,384 yards of thread, 833 yards of elastic, 250 yards of material, and have spent roughly 470 hours sewing. Shar Ann expressed her heartfelt appreciation to the caring people who have dropped off needed materials, including an Amish friend who was able to get her several hundred yards of elastic, as elastic has been in short supply. “This is something I never thought I would see!” Shar Ann said. “When there is not a need for these masks is a day I will celebrate.” For more information, Shar Ann can be contacted on Facebook under Shar Ann Smith-Packard.

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After listening to a John Mark Comer podcast called “Fight Hustle, End Hurry,” I came up with a plan for our home. I am thrilled to share this with our Simply Hers readers, because I believe it could be a game changer in your home, too. Our time is a precious commodity, and this fresh idea may help us to be more intentional with our priorities.

bucket (date night, family meal, bible study…). Then we add into the pail the extra stones that are worthy to do, but not a must (girls’ night out, euchre night, travel…). When the container is full, it is done. We may have rocks left in our pile that do not fit in the bucket. Fine. We intentionally plan our schedule and prioritize the must-do items. This plan rocks!

The premeditated plan I have to prioritize our home life is to schedule a spouse date night AND a separate spouse “business” night each week. Sunday night would be ideal for the short business meeting to chat about issues, talk about budget spending, set the agenda for the week, and discuss spiritual challenges. For example, my hubster and I used to do weekly date night, and I would feel the need to address the trouble spots in our marriage. It ended up feeling like the date was deep work, and we certainly deflated the fun out of the evening. This new, two-different-night focus would be to keep date night fun, light, connective, and joyful. Then, on a separate day, we discuss the deeper issues, the logistics, and weekly schedule at home during the Sunday night “business” meeting. This keeps date night bonding and playful, while the business meeting will organize our calendar, balance our finances, prioritize events, and address any topics needing attention.

By planning our lives intentionally, we make margins to breathe. We desire to keep the main thing the main thing. We want to live purposefully. The Bible talks about this. “Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.” Haggai 1:5 NIV. We need to steward our time wisely. We need to keep the best “yes” and let the “no” go. Not all rocks from the pile go in the bucket. “Give thought to your ways” is a quote worthy of living.

God, family, and ministry need to be a top priority. One way to think of this is the “bucket of rocks” visual. Imagine a huge pile of rocks and an empty bucket. Let’s say our priorities are like big rocks we put in an empty bucket. First, we load the important crucial rocks in the


You may be like me and desire to live a more contemplative life with less rushing. The ironic thing is I am currently in panicmode proofreading this article while busily bouncing and burping my grandchild on my lap and sweating about all the things I need to accomplish before I fly out the door for a 3-day speaking tour starting today. And, I just now excitedly answered YES to a phone call to speak at the Cambria Baptist Church Ladies Day Away. Ha. Ha. Ha. My hustle hurry home needs to take this article to heart!

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By: Stephanie Ray, PT, DPT, CAFS – Hillsdale Facility Manager and Physical Therapist

Telehealth, or Virtual Care, is now an option at many of our Athletico clinics for those who want to take additional safety precautions with Michigan’s recent shelter in place orders. We are offering virtual visits either to initiate physical or occupational therapy or to continue therapy that was started in the clinic and would like to be resumed at home. WHAT IS TELEHEALTH? Telehealth is a way to have your condition assessed by a licensed physical or occupational therapist from the comfort of your own home over a secure connection. DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION FOR THERAPY? Current patients at Athletico can be transitioned to home Telehealth appointments. Patients seeking an initial evaluation will need a physical or occupational therapy prescription or can access us via Direct Access. Direct Access allows us to initiate physical therapy without a referral or prescription from your physician; Athletico will verify your insurance benefits to ensure whether a prescription is required for your specific insurance plan.

exceptions for their patients. Medicare, BCBS, Priority Health, Molina, and Meridian Medicaid are the more common insurances approving Telehealth, but Athletico will verify benefits upon scheduling your evaluation. ARE ATHLETICO CLINICS STILL OPEN? Yes. As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, our clinics will remain open to see patients. Physical and occupational therapy are considered essential health care services, and clinic hours may vary based on clinic location. We are following the guidelines set by the CDC and other health authorities in regards to cleaning, sanitation, spacing, and hand washing. We have also equipped each clinic with an infrared thermometer for no-touch temperature checks prior to initiating treatment. We are also making accommodations for elderly patients and those with serious chronic medical conditions. PATIENT TESTIMONY

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED AT HOME? Telehealth visits are conducted through audio-video chat on a desktop or laptop computer, cell phone, or tablet utilizing Apple FaceTime or the Zoom application. As far as equipment for therapy sessions, your therapist will be able to provide exercises based on the equipment and items you have at home, and/or be able to make recommendations on equipment to purchase.

“During the Covid19 crisis, the clinic remained open, however, I chose to take advantage of the Telehealth program that was offered to me so I could complete my therapy. What an excellent option! Appointments were scheduled and carried out promptly in the safety of my home. Trevor went through each exercise, watching to be sure they were done correctly to benefit my recovery. Through this program, I felt safe and reassured that I was receiving the best care possible. I would highly recommend this clinic to anyone in need of therapy.” -Pat DeKeyser, Adrian Telehealth Patient.

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What Matters Most Embracing White

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When I first learned that this issue would focus on home and decor, I was so excited because decorating the home brings me so much joy. Home is a space that reflects you and your family. Over the years, I’ve learned that making a space your own takes time,patience, sufficient funds, and an understanding of what makes you feel comfortable and cozy. I’ve especially learned that ditching gray for white has made for brighter, happier spaces in our home. Four years ago, my husband and I bought a home that we fell in love with. Every single space needed cosmetic work and renovating. We ripped down walls, re-wired the house, added another bathroom, removed popcorn ceilings, and painted window frames. The list was endless and hasn’t stopped. When we moved into our home, we had a 20-month-old and a two-month-old. We were on a mission to get in fast. When it came to picking wall colors, I remember feeling overwhelmed in the paint aisle, and picked swatches on a whim. I painted the entire house “dusky gray”.

rubbing off on me. Many had suggested the famous white Benjamin Moore color. So, I headed to my local hardware store, Gelzer’s, which carries Benjamin Moore paint (you won’t find anything better). I brought home many white paint swatches, and decided to take the plunge with White Dove in an eggshell finish. You can see before and after pictures above. The love for White Dove became enormous, so I painted our master bedroom. Then, I painted the hallway, and next is the nursery, and my living/ kitchen area. Every dusky gray wall will be covered by the time summer arrives. Our most recent project was our hallway. The hallway was gray and felt dark with the lack of natural light. We wanted to brighten it up with White Dove and add some texture by creating our own board and batten. We wanted the space to reflect the rest of our house, so we framed the walls and closet doors to match the shaker style cabinets we have in our kitchen. You can see the before and after of the hallway below.

Gray has been a popular interior paint option for years because of its ability to go with anything. I still love certain shades of gray, but I have recently fallen in love with whites. They are bright and airy. They are versatile and anything can go decor wise! I’vecovered all of my dusky gray walls with Benjamin Moore’s “White Dove”. I love White Dove because it’s a soft, warm white with hints of gray undertones. Benjamin Moore calls White Dove “classic, luminous, and light.” It is all of these things and it is theperfect white for any home.


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HOMESCHOOLING Teaching when you aren't a teacher God bless teachers! God bless home school parents who teach! These words have crossed my mind so many times in the past few weeks. And my take away? I am not a teacher!

GRAY MATTERS By Sarah Gray Simply Hers Magazine

I have been a substitute teacher before, and I know basically what a school day looks like and some fundamentals on how a classroom works. So, when the kids were initially sent home for three weeks due to COVID – 19 loaded with a couple weeks’ worth of work to do, I thought I was going to be OK—thought being the operative word. Sunday, before the first day of homeschooling, I sat down and looked at the work that was sent home. To the teacher’s credit, it was a lot—enough to keep them working in all subjects for two weeks. I was impressed. So I took some time and divided everything up for each day for the next two weeks. It seemed straightforward enough. I also set up a sort of schedule for the day, what time we would tackle each subject. My plan was to get them up at the same time each morning start “school” at the same time each day and end by 3 p.m. Day one went ok. Some push back from one “student,” but, for the most part, it went well. Day two had a little more struggle and I quickly learned that along with teaching (in the loosest sense of the word) three different grade levels I also was “teaching” students with three very different learning styles. (This probably is quite the “duh” moment for most of you but let me reiterate I AM NOT a teacher). Moms know each of their kids is unique and special. Yet we love them all the same, right? Well, after one of my unique little snowflakes became a stubborn puddle on the floor (something I KNOW doesn’t happen in the


classroom), this mom was about to quarantine herself in her bedroom for the rest of the day! Soon after (and following a parent/teacher conference with my husband) I finally figured out how each of my “learners” learn and what motivates them. I have learned through this process that I have one very independent learner, one learner who needs constant validation and a thumb on them to make sure they stay on task and one who misses the social aspect of school so much they need the promise of social interaction (video chats) to motivate them through the day. Any teachers who have had any of my kids in class probably know who is who on this list. I’d like to say once I figured out each of my kiddos’ learning styles everything was smooth sailing. It wasn’t. We had our good days and days we barely got through anything. We had frustration and tears. We also laughed and snuggled. This has been an eye-opening adventure for me for sure. I have always appreciated the hard work and dedication of teachers. Now I do even more. Trying to work from home through this has been virtually impossible. I have had to set up “office hours” so I can actually think for five minutes straight without hearing “MOOOOM!” (Office hours are often violated.) During this interesting time in our lives, I appreciate teachers helping to create some normalcy to my kids’ days. This peppered with virtual tours, online classes and tutorials, art projects, outdoor adventures, and loads of imagination have kept my children busy and happily distracted from harsh reality. I think if we are able to do nothing more than that, I think homeschooling parents everywhere have earned themselves an “A.”

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Missing teeth can impact a person’s appearance, are the leading cause of jaw bone loss, and can lead to shifting teeth, bite irregularities, difficulty chewing, and speech issues. Dentures and bridges are two options but don’t work in all situations. Many people now choose dental implants where a metal, screwlike post replaces the tooth’s root and a natural-looking artificial tooth is attached to the post. The metal of the post bonds with the jawbone providing excellent stability. A newer refinement of the dental implant is the mini dental implant, and Hillsdale dentist Dr. Todd Ryan is an expert in this technology. The posts used for mini implants are much smaller than traditional implants—half the size or less. While minis have the same success rate as traditional implants, there is less discomfort from the surgery, shorter times for placement and healing, less overall treatment time, and less cost (usually half). As Dr. Ryan explains, “Implants help save tooth structure by not having to do bridges and this reduces the number of crowns needed. Implants are also used to stabilize loose dentures and to replace partial dentures or even replace full dentures.” Dr. Ryan learned the process of doing mini implants from Dr. Todd Shatkin who, along with his father, invented new implant techniques. After watching Dr. Shatkin place implants at a dental conference, Dr. Ryan was hooked. He has been to Dr. Shatkin’s training facility in Buffalo, New York, 14 times and returns at least twice a year to learn the latest techniques. His initial training involved four, three-day weekend courses in Buffalo. Dr. Ryan has also traveled around the country to visit other dentists and see how they are using mini implants in their practices.


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beginning in 2014, and his office became a Mini Dental Implant Center of America in 2016. That year he added a 3-D x-ray machine to his office which enhanced the process of performing mini implant placements. Because of his advanced training and sophisticated equipment, mini dental implants have become a focus of his practice. The process begins with a free consultation (including a free panoramic x-ray) to see if someone is a candidate for mini implants, after which Dr. Ryan formulates a treatment plan. If the patient accepts the plan, a 3-D x-ray is taken and sometimes impressions are done. Treatment is scheduled and can take from as little as one day up to two to three months. A typical case takes two months to complete versus traditional implants which generally require six to nine months. While insurance does help with the cost, Dr. Ryan says that most implant treatments exceed the maximum of insurance plans. But, he offers many finance plans and some have zero interest. He and his staff work with patients to help them afford their treatment. Dr. Ryan also wants to assure everyone that his practice is committed to seeing emergency patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have changed some office protocols to be even cleaner than their normal high standards and to provide exceptional protection for patients and staff. Temperatures are checked and all touched surfaces are disinfected every hour or even more frequently. They want everyone to be safe. For more information on mini dental implants, to schedule a consultation, or to make any dental appointment, call 517-437-1000. You can also follow the practice on Facebook.

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Grow Where You Are Planted. By Rachel Yoder

A Reflection of You. Back in the day, my house was always decorated and felt cozy and homey. Then we had the kids. Away went all of the wrought iron end tables, the Longaberger, the heavy pointy stuff, the cake candles, and anything breakable, all stuffed upstairs waiting to see the light of day again. I even joked that by the time I could have nice things out again everything I had would be so dated I would have to start over. Now that we've made the big move and the boys are old enough that we can finally have some of our furniture back, we've decided that since this is our home it should be a reflection of us and our unique interests and not look like Magnolia exploded all over the house. Now to be perfectly clear, I absolutely love Chip and Joanna's style, however I'm a tad salty that you can't find an old used (read: “was once pooped in regularly”) galvanized metal nest box for less than brand new prices as a direct result of the farmhouse style trend. So, this means that things that are important to us are now on full display; after all, what is the point of having interesting collections if no one can see them? While some of these things might not be “on trend,” the only people I feel the need to impress are my own family and myself . . . so, up goes my awesome taxidermy Jackalope! We have a shadow box that we have filled with our collection of fossils and special stones the boys and I have found. Jake seems to have a knack for finding good-sized Grewinkia. (A great resource for fossil identification is “Identification Guide for Common Fossils of the Cincinnatian” from if you and your family enjoy fossil hunting as we do.) My

arrowhead collection will be going in a shadowbox with the crown jewel being an arrowhead found by my great grandmother on the original family homestead in North Adams. My husband has some metal vintage hunting signs that need to go up as soon as we put a coat of fresh paint on the walls. I'm even displaying some of my own artwork. Something else I've been working on is incorporating more use of bright colors in our home. The boys love bright colors and, honestly, I am finding them uplifting as well especially in light of recent events. At a craft fair I was able to find some handwoven rag rugs in just about every color imaginable and I absolutely love them! Another great way I'm doing this is displaying the boys’ artwork in frames especially made for kid art. They're easy to change out frequently (daily in some cases) and they can even store a number of pieces in the back of the frame. The hard part is figuring out where each thing should go. As soon as you put holes in the wall it's a done deal . . . . The finality of it all gives me pause—what if I hate it? What if it would “go” better in a different room? If I ask my husband to move this one more time, will I end up buried in the garden? This feeling seems to be at the root of the fact that we've have been here for 10 months and the walls remain mostly bare. Right now things are still fluid and our home is changing along with us as we settle in. I hope you're inspired to show off the things that make you truly happy in your home!

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Sticking with our magazine’s “home theme” this issue, I have two such books to contribute! The Dutch House by Ann Patchett is currently on the bestseller list, and The Year of Pleasures by one of my favorites, author Elizabeth Berg, is an oldie but a goodie.

By Nancy Ryan Simply Hers Magazine

The Dutch House begins after World War II and revolves around the Conroy family: Cyril, Elna, Maeve, and Danny. Father Cyril buys a house called The Dutch House as a surprise for his wife Elna, erroneously thinking she will be thrilled. It has been uninhabited for years as the family had died off, leaving all of their possessions inside. This includes their dishes, clothing, furniture, and portraits hanging on the walls looking down at them. Throughout their lives there, the house remains as-is. Not a piece of furniture or dish changed! The story is told through the eyes of Danny, as his mother deserts the family when he is a small child and is raised by sister Maeve. Enter the evil stepmother, Andrea. The story evolves throughout Danny’s life and follows into his children’s lives. Patchett is a very talented author. A good read with a good conclusion. The Year of Pleasures introduces us to Betta Nolan, who moves from Boston to a small town near Chicago after the death of her beloved husband. As she’s driving through one town she discovers a beautiful Victorian home for sale. It is love at first sight! With its wrap-around porch and beautiful gardens, Betta can visualize how she will decorate it with lovely feminine pieces. She becomes instant friends with her lady realtor and the boy living next door. As Betta strives to make her new life alone, she reunites with three college roommates and makes new friends along the way. It is an uplifting story.


Fellow reader Lisa recommends A Gentleman In Moscow written by Amor Towles. It is set in early 20th-century Russia and follows the story of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov and his life in the Hotel Metropol where he has been under house arrest for 34 years. It seems the communists blame the nobles for society’s misfortunes and he happens to be a noble. It kind of sounds familiar with what’s going on today . . . . Lisa said it is an interesting story filled with historical segments and is a story of survival and uncertainty in dire times. Fellow reader Kathleen tells me one of the best books she has ever read is Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan. She said it is beautifully written and makes you savor every page. One review states, “At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into writer C.S. Lewis’ life, it is a love story of literature and ideas, and a love between a husband and wife.” Another book Kathleen really loved, and I concur, is Where the Crawdads Sing by naturalist Delia Owens. This is the story of Kya, a feral girl who grows up alone in the swamps of North Carolina, deserted by her family and left to an abusive father. She survives by coexisting with nature and becomes self-sufficient. The author uses Kya’s observations of the natural world as metaphors to understand her fellow humans, using analogies like asking why a mother animal might leave her cubs or why males compete for female attention. The title refers to places where wild creatures, including humans, do what comes naturally. It includes romance, murder, retribution, and reprisal. Without giving the plot away, it is difficult to give this story justice. Just read it! See you at the library!

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You Might Not Know About . . . — By Sarah Gray —

McCourtie Park One of the most picturesque locations for prom, engagement, and wedding photos in Hillsdale and Lenawee counties has to be McCourtie Park. Located on US 12 in Somerset Center, this beautiful 42-acre park is home to some unique and creatively constructed structures. The large parcel was once known as “Aidan Lair” and was the estate of William Herbert Lee McCourtie. He lived in Texas making a fortune in oil but eventually decided he wanted to be back home and returned to Somerset Center in the 1920s. Since there is little oil to be found in southern Michigan, McCourtie looked for new opportunities for wealth. According to the Hillsdale Historical

Society, a chance conversation about the lucrative cement industry led him down the path to his next fortune. After learning about the components used in the making of cement, he speculated that one of the main components – marl – could very well be what he had been seeing on his uncle’s farm. After he had the soil tested, it was confirmed. He founded three cement companies during his time in Michigan. Although his family stayed in their Jackson home, McCourtie transformed the family property into an elaborate summer home which included a ballroom and a swimming pool. He used the commodities at his companies to his advantage and constructed most of the structures out of the cement. The most

well known, of course, are the 17 bridges around the property. These bridges, however, do not look like ordinary cement bridges. McCourtie hired two craftsmen to create the bridges in the style of Mexican folk art known as trabajo rustico, which means “rough work.” This style uses cement to create the look of wood for the bridges. He brought in Mexican artisans George Cardosa and Ralph Corona to create the more than a dozen bridges scattered throughout the property. In addition, McCourtie wanted to attract purple martins to the property so he had the artists construct two intricate birdhouses in the same trabajo rustico style. There are many stories and speculations about events that transpired at “Aidan Lair” during the Prohibition Era. The underground “rathskeller” was rumored to have hosted some famous guests including Henry Ford for an all-night poker party and the infamous gangster Al Capone. Following McCourtie’s death at age 61, several owners attempted to keep the property going. In 1987, Somerset Township bought the property. The house had to be torn down due to major fire damage. After much work from volunteers, the park was brought back to its former glory. McCourtie Park was listed in the State of Michigan Register of Historic Places in 1991. It is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


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By Timothy Dixon Simply Hers Magazine

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If you are like most people, when you hear “asset protection planning,” you think of people like President Trump, Warren Buffett, or Bill Gates. A common misconception is that only wealthy families and people in high-risk professions need asset protection planning. In reality, everyone is at risk of being sued and possibly losing everything they have worked hard to obtain. A car accident, foreclosure, medical crisis, or business failure could result in a huge monetary judgment, decimating your finances. Asset protection planning is a widely accepted and frequently used form of estate planning. It is the process of positioning property that could be vulnerable to seizure by future creditors, predators, and lawsuits in a way that discourages lawsuits, provides a valuable bargaining chip if a lawsuit arises, and minimizes loss. Asset protection planning is not about avoiding taxes, keeping secrets, hiding assets, or defrauding creditors; it is about protecting property from unexpected loss. It might surprise you to discover that you may already be taking advantage of basic asset protection strategies without knowing it. The first line of defense for asset protection is insurance, including homeowner’s, renter’s, automobile, business, malpractice, long-term care, and umbrella insurance policies. You should regularly check your insurance policies to determine if the policies cover your current assets, to confirm that the coverage amounts are still adequate, and to check that the amount of coverage has not been reduced to avoid increased premium payments. Another type of basic asset protection is achieved through investments in retirement

accounts, such as 401(k)s, traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs. Under federal law, 401(k)s and IRAs (excluding inherited IRAs) are protected from creditors in bankruptcy with certain limitations. Maximizing contributions to your retirement accounts if you are still working will not only increase your retirement savings, but will also keep investments outside of the reach of future creditors, predators, and lawsuits. If you are a landlord, real estate investor, business owner, work in a high-risk profession, or have accumulated or inherited a significant amount of unprotected property, it is highly recommended that you consider more sophisticated asset protection planning. One common trust used in more sophisticated asset protection planning is the domestic asset protection trust. Property transferred into this type of trust is no longer yours; however, you can still maintain an interest in and use of the transferred property. This type of trust provides a high level of protection for property transferred into it and protects the property from creditors, predators, and lawsuits. This type of trust can be a powerful asset protection strategy for the right person. Everyone needs some form of asset protection, but to protect your assets you must plan ahead. Asset protection planning is not a quick fix for existing legal or financial problems. In fact, if you transfer assets to shield them from existing creditors, it could be considered a fraudulent transfer with criminal law implications. An asset protection plan must be in place before a lawsuit arises or financial hardship occurs. And in some situations, a significant period of time must pass before the plan effectively protects your assets.

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During the recent self-quarantine and socialdistancing directives, there was a lot more time for TV viewing than usual. Sure, I caught up on all my customer quilting projects, baked my cutout bunny cookies early for Easter, cleaned and decluttered everything I could think of, but the TV was typically on. A lot. I tend to watch cooking shows and DIY shows for the most part. Occasionally, I watch the shows that document hoarding, and they put me in the mood to scan my house for things to “keep, donate, or trash”. Watching the home improvement shows makes me evaluate my house to see what it needs to make it more our home. Over time, I have come up with a basic list of things that make our house a home: The first item on my list is cookies. Lots and lots of homemade cookies. The house should smell of baking cookies. The freezer should be full of individual containers of cookies to give away. Even my favorite wax melts smell like baking cookies. Color and comfort. Color is a must. No neutral palette for me. We’ve had a bright red tropical pattern sectional couch for years. I love it so much that I had it recovered in similar upholstery fabric a few years ago. We recovered it instead of replacing it because it is so comfortable. It’s held up during sleepovers when our kids were younger, family holidays, and evenings of downtime.


Clean and fresh. I am a stickler for clean. Clean floors, countertops, refrigerator door handles and bathrooms. Between quilting debris and a

housecat, I beat the heck out of a vacuum cleaner and replace mine at least every other year. I am also a junkie for the smell of bleach. My kitchen sinks are filled with hot water and bleach weekly to soak. The one problem with this is if you happen to splash yourself, you end up with bleached out spots on your clothes. So much for color on my clothes. Meaningful art and decor. We have the most incredible painting my granddaughter did when she was here last summer. I was working on barn quilts, so I gave her a 2’ x 2’ plywood board and she painted her 9-year-old version of a dancing cat. The cat is surrounded by multi-color polka dots and hangs in my kitchen. There are also various quilts and wall hangings that I have made and displayed throughout the house on permanent hanging hardware, so I can change them out seasonally. Holiday theme decor. Without going crazy, you can decorate for holidays using everyday items and just adding hints of the holiday. A large wooden bowl on your dining room table can have pinecones and candles for Christmas and plastic Easter eggs with an oversize vintage metal scoop for Easter. Sometimes I also throw in holiday cookie cutters appropriate to the season. Home should be the place you want to be, whether due to a recommended quarantine or not. It should be the place you feel most safe, happiest and most comfortable, regardless of personal style. However, there should always be cookies. Lots and lots of homemade cookies. Keeping it in Stitches!

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Ah, Home! What a delightful word. For most of us, it conjures up wonderful memories of past homes or makes us think of our present home. We close our eyes and smile no matter which home we’re thinking of. However, for some of us, the word home can also cause us to scream! Scream? Oh yeah, my home is about to put me right over the edge. Don’t get me wrong, I love my home. I am finally getting it just the way I want it. A few more purchases from local rummage sales and it will be perfect. So, what’s the problem, you ask? I’ll tell you what the problem is: dust; dust due to Coronavirus, that’s what! You’re probably wondering what Coronavirus has to do with dust in my home and how that’s making me crazier than usual. You see, ordinarily, I come home from work, walk in the door, close my eyes and smile because I’m HOME. But now with Coronavirus, I don’t come home from work because I’m here 24/7. Do you have any idea what that means!? Of course, you do, we’re all going stir-crazy, but I may have gone a step further. For the most part, my only hobby is reading, and, as much as I love to read, I do get tired of it. After the first 17 hours straight of sitting on the couch with book in hand, my butt starts going flat; I need to move. I start looking around the house trying to find something to do that doesn’t involve manual labor and what does my little eye spy? Dust . . . everywhere, especially on the dining room table. I absolutely hate to dust, but I might be desperate enough right now to give it a whirl. I have


nothing better to do with my time, and, now since I ran my finger over the length of the table, all I see is that one clean streak. Why didn’t I just leave it alone? It was perfectly fine sitting there gathering layer upon layer of dust until I swiped my finger through it and now, look! Actually I can’t stop looking and that’s the problem. It’s driving me crazy. I have to do something about it, but what? Dust the table? I hope not as that does require manual labor. There has got to be something else I can do. Put a tablecloth over it? Nope, don’t own one. I could turn the fan on it, but that would only get the surface dust. No, the only thing I can do is get the Pledge out. Wait, Pledge? Where did that thought come from? I haven’t thought of Pledge in a million years. Do I still have any? Is it still sold in stores? Can I get it delivered to my home? No, yes, and yes. No, I don’t have any, but yes, it is still sold in stores, and yes, I can have it delivered— in 4½ weeks. What!? Darn Coronavirus has everyone ordering their stuff online to be delivered to their homes. What am I going to do? There’s only one thing to do. Buy a new house. It’ll be fresh and clean and hopefully dust-free. Ah, Home! What a delightful word! For me, it conjures up a wonderful thought of a house with no dust. I close my eyes and smile until I picture my new home in a couple of months when the dust has settled and I scream. Noooooo! Oh yeah, even my new home is going to put me right over the edge.

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We asked our readers to submit photos of their she sheds, and we selected two especially wonderful examples to share with you. Our featured sheds were each created for a different purpose and both of them are beautiful. We have one that serves as a creative workspace for an area jewelry artist and one that is a peaceful retreat for the owner and, not infrequently, her friends. Enjoy!

Alyssa Macchia

I'm a happily married mother of two. In my spare time, I make handmade jewelry and sell it worldwide on Etsy. With the love and support of my husband, we have built a nice little studio on our property. This is where I can get lost in my creativity. I call this my "Dream Job" (AKA - cheap therapy), where I can turn the day off and branch my passion into art. I've been making jewelry for years - I started with stringing and wire wrapping. I then took many classes working with other mediums and fell in love with metalwork. I recently trademarked a very unique jewelry line: making gems out of recycled beer, liquor, and wine bottles. I bezel set them in sterling silver creating a “one of a kind wearable drink.” This collection is called “booze bottle jewelry” and will be introduced to the public soon. Thoughts of teaching metalsmith classes have crossed my mind. I would love to share my experiences and techniques with others that have a true passion for the art of jewelry.

Lynn Bailey

The building was purchased in 2003 and was originally used as a garden shed. I emptied and decorated it last summer. I’m hoping to finish the loft and add some shutters this summer. It is a cozy, quiet space I use as a reading nook. I also have girlfriends over for what I call, “Whine and Wine after Nine.”


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Whether you want to sell your home this season or spend more time in your outdoor space this summer, a concrete patio is a huge positive. It can add such a ‘wow’ factor giving your family a beautiful outdoor living space to spill over into.

How the exterior of your home looks is the way you welcome others to your home. Concrete can be poured in a variety of patterns. Stamping tools allow concrete to have the look of stone, cobblestone brick, basketweave, hardwood floor and reclaimed timber. Curved or straight patterns allow for the personality of the homeowner to come through. Create even more of a unique look with the addition of color with dozens to choose from ranging from terra cotta light to mocha deep creating an almost infinite combination of styles and hues.

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3 boys and a TRANSPLANT By Alicia Curtis, Simply Hers Magazine


Please contact your local Red Cross to see how you can help continue the fight against heart disease. Wow is an understatement. I, like many others, am finding myself in a very different time right now. Our world is filled with uncertainty, anxiety, and stress. As COVID-19 rapidly goes through our country, our cities, the places that feel safe to us, we can’t help but sit back and ask ourselves why. I had a huge reality check as I was trying to process the new norm for my family. I have three little boys who would be enjoying the start of a long baseball season that is now canceled indefinitely. Their father, who is battling on the front lines of this illness, has not been around them for over a month now. Friends who took worries away and gave us breaks from reality are now seen from a computer. News is filled with political disagreements and COVID-19 horror stories. This disease is starting to hit closer and closer to home as we know people who are being diagnosed. Quite frankly, I feel as if I’m living in my very own sci-fi movie, and I know many others feel the same. The reality check hit me when I was having a day of feeling super sorry for myself. I couldn’t take the loneliness and emptiness another second. That’s when I realized that feeling felt all too normal. I have lived this nightmare before. My kids have had their lives turned upside down, and everyday things we took for granted were swiped from beneath us. We spent almost two straight years in a form of quarantine. Our life revolved around hand sanitizer and hospital masks. Every time we stepped out of the house, we feared for what it could bring. Holidays


were spent in a hospital with hundreds of other sick kids fighting for their lives. I missed my bed, I missed my family, and I missed my whole family being together. More importantly, I wanted Oscar alive and healthy. Cue reality check . . . . When I thought things were bad, I could still get away to my favorite restaurants for a quick break. I could walk around the mall for a minute to take my mind off of the horror that we were facing. My family brought the holidays to the hospital and we celebrated Christmas and Thanksgiving together. Friends visited and brought gifts and laughter to make time go a little faster. Oscar’s brothers could come and visit him whenever they wanted too. Right now, these families are facing a true horror. Not only are their loved ones in the hospital, but they are alone. Kids who are sitting in a cold hospital room can only have one parent with them. Families who are struggling have no way of getting away, going out, counting on friends and laughter to help them get by. Friends, I encourage you to love. To simply love. Take politics out of this, take away negative feelings, and just love. The world is a really tough place for a lot of people right now, but it could be worse, so much worse. Do something kind for others, kind for your family, but, most important, kind for yourself. We will get through this because love always wins. Sending prayers to the many families battling this illness today and every day.






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138 E. Chicago Blvd. • Tecumseh Open 7 Days • M-Sat 10-6 • Sun 12-5 517.301.4747 Primitives, Shabby Chic, Industrial, Home Décor, Painted & Finished Furniture, Architectural Salvage

HILLSDALE Hillsdale Community

THRIFT 390 W. Carleton • Hillsdale Mon-Sat 9-6 • Sun 10 - 3 517.513.1729 New/gently used clothing for the family. Housewares, furniture, books, electronics, jewelry Donations are tax-deductible and accepted during business hours. Non-profit helping the non-profits of Hillsdale County.

Family Store & Donation center 2940 W. Carleton, Hillsdale Mon -Sat 10 - 7 517.439.1202 New and gently-used items including clothing, housewares, home decor, furniture, books, collectibles. Donations are tax-deductible & always accepted.

You do not have to be a member—

Quality Monuments from people who care.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME! RAW • MEDITERRANEAN • NO SUGAR • VEGAN VEGETARIAN • LOW CARB • KETO • PALEO Mon-Fri • 9 - 6 | Sat • 9 - 5 | Closed Sun 517.439.1397 | 31 N Broad St | Hillsdale |

Donate or consign your items with us today!


JONESVILLE Eagle Funeral Home

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40 S. Manning St. 517.437.3160

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Our family serving your family since 1933

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HUDSON Eagle Funeral Home 415 W. Main Street 517.448.3481

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Key opportunities Consignment & Vintage Center

517.437.4469 | 400 N Hillsdale St., Hillsdale MI | M-F 10 -5 • Sat. 10 – 2

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John Barrett

Brian Barrett

Shea Dow

Rick Gordon

Funeral Director

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Advanced Funeral Planner

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WITH THE BEST! Stop by today to see the latest fashions!

Serving the area for more than 40 years.


MON, WED, THURS 9-5 | TUE & FRI 9-6 | SAT 9-2 — 394 W. CHICAGO • JONESVILLE • 517-995-5070



JACKSON'S HOT AIR BALLOON JUBILEE Spread out a picnic blanket and prepare for some quality neck-craning on July 18, 19, 20 and 21 this year at Ella Sharp Park. Weather permitting, you’ll get the chance to see as many as five launches over the three-day weekend. Morning and evening launches are scheduled for Friday and Saturday in addition to a final morning launch on Sunday. Throughout the event, come out the park and enjoy carnival rides, live entertainment, food vendors, Ella Sharp Museum, craft booths, the Kids Kingdom, a pilot meet and greet, and a car show. Be sure to stick around Friday and Saturday evening for the Night Glow. For a full list of activities, see our website:

PITTSFORD GAS & TIRE There is a place in Pittsford built on customer service. Pittsford Gas & Tire is the area's only full-service gas station. With the concern over COVID-19, it is a welcome service from years gone by. Not having to pump your own gas can be an added bonus on an otherwise difficult day. Stop by today and take advantage of this amazing service. On a side note, if you need new tires, Pittsford Gas & Tire offers a large selection at an affordable price.

CARS FOR KIDS JUNE 20 • 9-3 Each year for the last 20 years, Jerry and Ella Green have dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus, and, along with friends and family members dressed as elves, delivered a bounty of gifts and the makings for a fine Christmas dinner to area families in need. Their main fundraiser to help offset the cost of their efforts is the annual Cars for Kids car show. This is the nineteenth year for the car show which will be held at the Hudson Market House on Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fee is by donation only, and there will be dash plaques and goodie bags for the first 50 cars to enter. Besides viewing the cars, visitors young and old can enjoy some games as well as music by DJ Dancers. For more information, contact Jerry at 517-448-8047. 58

You Can Count On Us... Laura R. Nevins, E.A.

Lockouts Roadside Service Tow Service

Laura R. Nevins is a graduate of Baker College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree emphasizing accounting. She earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Spring Arbor University. Laura joined CHBW & Co., P.C. in June of 2015 and during her tenure she has earned certification as an Enrolled Agent. Laura has extensive experience with payroll services and business advisory services in a multitude of industries, specializing in agriculture and farming. Laura provides services for individual, corporate, and partnership tax returns. Laura is a QuickBooks Pro Advisor and specializes in assisting businesses with all types of accounting software-related issues. Laura maintains a minimum of forty hours annually of State and National CPA Society sponsored seminars in accounting, tax and others relating to the various types of industries and services provided.


517-439-5393 24-Hour Emergency Service Owners: Jeff Valentine and Phil Palmer

Laura currently serves as the Treasurer for the Grosvenor House Museum and Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness-Hillsdale County (“CAPA”), and is on the board of the Hillsdale County Community Foundation. She is a 4-H leader and volunteers her accounting expertise annually at the Hillsdale County Fair Small Animal Auction.

Offering tax, accounting, consulting and fiduciary services. 184 W. C arleton Road, Hillsdale, Michigan 517-439-9331 | w w

Care Close to Home

On-Site Adult Respite Care at Perennial Park The Legacy Club: Day Respite Program

COVID ALERT This business's hours and/or services may be affected by COVID-19 please call or visit online for current info.

(Monday - Saturday)

24-hr. Respite: From 1 - 13 nights

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Our compassionate and well-trained staff provide supervision, companionship, activities and meals in a warm and welcoming “homeaway-from-home” environment. LOOKING FOR A SIGN? WE’VE GOT THAT AND SO MUCH MORE!

320 W. Bacon St. l Hillsdale, MI 49242

(517) 437-2422 or (800) 479-3348



Top 5 TRAVEL TIPS For Planning the Perfect Pure Michigan Vacation

Whether you are seeking an action-packed adventure or a relaxing weekend on the beach, there is a vacation waiting for you in Michigan. But, in order to get there, the real planning needs to begin—and sometimes that can be the hardest part. Here are our top five trip-planning tips to ensure your perfect Pure Michigan vacation becomes a reality.



Discover Unique Destinations It is important to select the perfect destination for the activities you want to try. Whether you are looking to spend long days on one of the Great Lakes or wandering quaint downtowns shopping for local treats, there are perfect destinations across Michigan just right for you. Choose a location that meets your checklist for the perfect vacation while also leaving room to try something new. Find the perfect destination for you at

To start planning your getaway, visit


Explore Travel Deals And Packages Another thing you will want to consider is looking for travel deals and packages in the area you’re visiting. Many hotels, wineries, attractions, and more offer deals and discounts throughout the year for travelers, whether it’s a romantic weekend away, a family-fun getaway, or an outdoor adventure with your friends. Discover upcoming deals and packages in Michigan at



Plan Your Trip Itinerary Once you have the basics planned, researching the main attractions to experience on your vacation is a great way to ensure you make the most of your trip. Michigan has scenic routes along coastlines and through forests that make for picture-perfect road trips throughout both peninsulas. If you’re bringing your pet along for the ride, check out Michigan’s variety of pet-friendly destinations, attractions, and outdoor spaces. Michigan is also a top destination for accessible travel, so everyone has the opportunity to experience outdoor recreation and sensory-friendly attractions.

Find Your Perfect Place To Stay One of the most important things to plan is booking the perfect place to stay. If you want to spend evenings strolling charming downtowns, choose a central location within walking distance. For a camping trip with the whole family, make sure you review the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. No matter what you’re looking for, Michigan has everything from resorts to campsites and bed and breakfasts to boutique hotels.


Don't PlanEverything

While planning your itinerary and must-sees and -dos on your trip will feel like you’re setting yourself up for the perfect vacation, make sure you leave room to explore. If you have your days packed from breakfast to bedtime, you might end up passing by some of the most memorable hidden travel gems. So take your time, live like a local, and let yourself truly unwind on your vacation.


1/2 t. salt 15 oz. of any pasta of choice 4 c. cherry tomatoes, halved 8 slices of bacon 1 small onion, chopped 3 eggs ½ c. grated Parmesan cheese Zest of 1 lemon 1 c. chopped fresh basil In a large pot, boil salt-seasoned water and add in pasta and cook until al dente. Keep about 1½ c. pasta water, drain the pasta, then set aside. In a non-stick skillet, cook bacon for 5 minutes or until crisp. Remove all except 2 tbsp. of bacon grease and discard, then mix in tomatoes and onion and continue cooking until tomatoes and onions soften. While waiting for tomatoes to get soft, whisk egg, lemon zest, & Parmesan cheese in large bowl. Slowly add in pasta water while whisking then set aside. Decrease the heat of the skillet then toss in the cooked pasta. Slowly pour in the egg mixture and combine the ingredients together to make it creamy. Season it with salt and pepper as needed. Stir in basil and serve with Parmesan cheese.

4 salmon filets Lemon pepper to taste Garlic powder to taste Salt to taste Marinade 1/3 cup soy sauce 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup water 1/4 cup vegetable oil Season salmon fillets with lemon pepper, garlic powder, and salt. In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, and vegetable oil until sugar is dissolved. Place fish in a large resealable plastic bag with the soy sauce mixture, seal, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Preheat grill for medium heat. Lightly oil grill grate. Place salmon on the preheated grill, and discard marinade. Cook salmon for 6 to 8 minutes per side or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Recipe from All 62

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COVID ALERT This business's hours and/or services may be affected by COVID-19 please call or visit online for current info.



Moms, Dads, & Grads!

HILLSDALE 3500 Milnes Rd. (517)437-4495

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Visit our facebook page for current information on our social distancing guidelines and senior hours

Unique Treats, Nostalgic Classics and Custom Gifts Custom Made: Candy Bouquets Party Favors Goody Bags Wedding Favors Candy Cases Bulk Candy: Chocolate Gummies Wrapped Candy

4 S. Howell Street • Hillsdale Tuesday to Saturday 10-6 Closed Sunday & Monday Visit our website for more custom gifts! Follow us on Facebook

COVID ALERT This business's hours and/or services may be affected by COVID-19 please call or visit online for current info.

Name Brands: M&M Color Works Jelly Belly Sanders Candy Hammond’s Lollipops Albanese Gummies Taffy Town and More!


1 tsp. lemon juice 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 egg yolks Salt & pepper to taste ½ clove garlic ½ cup Parmesan cheese 1 cup croutons 10 cups romaine lettuce, chopped 6 tomato slices 2 chicken breasts Put egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, and Worcestershire sauce in the blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth. Grill chicken breasts until tender and slice. Prepare the salad. Add the tomato slices. Peel and mince the garlic and place over lettuce. Pour egg mixture on the lettuce. Add the croutons and cheese, salt and pepper to taste.

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast 1 cup warm water ¼ cup white sugar 3 tablespoons milk 1 egg, beaten 2 teaspoons salt 4 ½ cups bread flour 2 teaspoons minced garlic (optional) ¼ cup butter, melted In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in a well-oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside to rise. Let it rise 1 hour until the dough has doubled in volume. Punch down dough, and knead in garlic. Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes. During the second rising, preheat grill to high heat. At grill side, roll one ball of dough out into a thin circle. Lightly oil grill. Place dough on grill, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned. Brush uncooked side with butter, and turn over. Brush cooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from grill, and continue the process until all the naan has been prepared. 64

FLAVOR DONE RIGHT! COVID ALERT This business's hours and/or services may be affected by COVID-19 please call or visit online for current info.

439-1100 • • 173 E. South St., Hillsdale

D&S Lounge


4458 S Pittsford Rd, Pittsford • (517) 523-3146

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DOWNTOWN HILLSDALE 517.437.3338 Mon - Fri • 6:30-6 Sat 7:30-5 • Sun 8-3

DOWNTOWN JONESVILLE 517.437.3338 Mon - Fri • 5:30-5 Sat 7:30-5 • Sun 8-3

Owners: Frank & Carolyn Mancino



Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am, Sun Noon-Midnight

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Here’s To You



45 North St., Hillsdale

Mon.-Thurs. 11 am - 10 pm Fri. & Sat. 11 am - 11 pm Sunday 12 pm - 8 pm

(517) 437-4002


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Community Support Group

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The COVID-19 pandemic has many people facing challenges never experienced before. LifeWays is offering a community support group to help cope with those feelings of isolation, stress, and anxiety. Groups are hosted by master’s level clinicians.


LifeWays Community Mental Health is here for you 24/7 with our access and crisis phone line at 1 (800) 284-8288. This message brought to you by these community-minded businesses

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NOW HIRING! FRANK BECK CHEVROLET 3750 W. Carleton Rd Hillsdale (517) 849-2886

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DREWS COUNTRY LIVING 517-437-0239 | 1127 N. Lake Pleasant Road Hillsdale

From fender benders to deer accidents, we work with all insurance companies to give you the best service possible.



“We Use Strictly OEM Parts” Hours M-F 9-5 BRYAN DUNLAP, OWNER 3391 Hudson Road, Hillsdale, MI 49242 • 517-437-4551 • 67