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TIRE TIPS

I’m hoping that by the time this issue reaches you, it will really, TRULY be spring. As I’m writing these notes, we’ve had a serious dip in temperatures along with some snow flurries and I can’t even tell you how over it I am! But, surely by May the weather will have turned to spring. Right? Please???

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Warmer weather is here. This is a good time to get your car back into shape after a tough season facing frigid temperatures, snow, ice, and of course, potholes. Below are some spring tire tips to get your vehicle ready for the upcoming road travel season. Whether you are going to the store or on a long trip, the right tires will help get you there safely. CHANGE THE WINTER TIRES Some people delay or don’t bother removing their winter tires. While winter tires offer impressive traction on snow and ice, they often compromise stopping performance on dry and wet roads, don’t handle as well as allseason tires, and wear out quickly. If you have your winter tires on dedicated wheels, be sure to wash the tires and wheels thoroughly to remove winter salt spray that can cause wheel corrosion and store them in a cool, dry place. CHECK THE TREAD WEAR Roads filled with pot holes can make winter driving tough on your car’s suspension. Whether you had winter or all-season tires on your car, check the evenness of the wear across the width of the tread. If you observe uneven tire wear, you might need a wheel alignment. CHECK THE TREAD DEPTH With springtime here and summer around the corner, you’ll want a tire that can resist hydroplaning in heavy rain and sliding on slick, wet roads. If you have just about a 1/8inch tread depth in any one tire groove, then start shopping for new tires. CHECK THE TIRE PRESSURE ROUTINELY. Under-inflated tires can cause heat build-up; you’ll want to keep your tires properly inflated to combat the impending summer heat. Consult the vehicle’s tire information placard (typically found in the driver’s door jamb) and/or owner’s manual for your tires’ proper inflation pressure.

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Unfortunately, the whole coronavirus thing is still with us. Variants of the virus have turned up, cases spiked again, we’re still in masks and limited indoor dining, working and going to school remotely, and on and on it goes. Do you think we’ll even recognize “normal life” when it returns?

OK, enough whining. We’ve put together a pretty cheerful, upbeat issue for you which suits this lovely time of late spring transitioning into summer. Don’t miss the fabulous breakfast recipes, plan some hammock/ chaise reading with our book reviews, and meet some amazing women who are meeting health care needs, helping families be their best, and making living spaces more healthful and comfortable. Also, be sure to read about Rio Doyle, a local teen who’s competing on the national television show “The Voice.” Rio was kind enough to make time for a phone interview, and we’re delighted to spotlight this exciting young woman. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are both coming up, and we hope that you will be able to spend some time with yours if you’re fortunate enough to have them still. Hey, maybe you could make one of our breakfast recipes for a special celebration brunch! I know I say this every issue, but please do take the time to browse our ads! We have some new advertisers who’ve joined our faithful and much-appreciated ongoing supporters, so you might find a business that offers just what you’ve been trying to find. Without them, none of our magazines would exist, and we are beyond grateful for them. Wishing you all some lovely days ahead!

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FELTZ FOSTERING HARMONY IN HEALTHCARE Running a hospital requires the harmonious integration of many moving parts. In addition to the doctors and nurses on the floor, it takes hundreds of trained personnel to manage and operate the intricacies of healthcare. From the laboratory to the cafeteria, each person has a unique and important part to play. The same is true at Hillsdale Hospital, where Chief Administrative Officer Stacy Feltz handles the daily operations. Stacy has solid roots in Lenawee County having lived in Morenci all her life which is where she raised her three boys and now resides with her husband. She also has two “bonus children” through her husband and together they have five grandchildren. After graduating from Morenci High School, Stacy attended Jackson Community College and then transferred to Spring Arbor University where she received a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational development. She went on to postgraduate study at Spring Arbor and earned a master’s degree in management and organizational leadership. 10


Stacy started her career in the human resource field at M&S Manufacturing Company in Hudson, Michigan, in 1993. Shortly after the business closed, she returned to Jackson Community College to work in the human resources department where she served as director. This history gave Stacy a diverse background in handling workforce management, and, most importantly, it influenced her approach to servant leadership. “I place great value in being a compassionate leader,” Stacy explained. “If someone comes to me with a problem, I want to understand where that person is coming from. To me, that’s critical - to put myself in their place so that I can best serve them.” Although Stacy was not actively looking for a new position at the time, a nurse from Hillsdale Hospital who knew her and was aware that the hospital’s Director of Human Resource position was available contacted Stacy and encouraged her to apply. She decided to do so and was very favorably impressed by her first visit and tour. “I had so many people smile and greet me while I was here—not just the people I was there to meet but all the employees and volunteers I encountered during the day. Their welcoming attitude told me the hospital was definitely doing something right for its people.” Inspired by the genuine individuals that she encountered, Stacy joined the Hillsdale Hospital team in 2013. As Chief Administrative Officer, a position she’s held for a year now, Stacy oversees a number of important aspects of the hospital’s work. She is responsible for corporate compliance which includes ethics, standards, and practices—in other words, how the hospital chooses to work, what values it embraces as a business, how it adheres to those principles, and the means by which it helps everyone within the hospital family understand and uphold them. She also handles human resources, nutritional services, pastoral care, and volunteers. At the core of each of those things is education. Every person who wears the Hillsdale Hospital badge must be properly trained and educated to serve in their role, and in healthcare, that training is constant. Stacy and her team work diligently to adapt to the rapidly-changing nature of healthcare by offering relevant trainings that keep the entire staff trained and up to date. Clearly, Stacy’s job touches many areas and has a significant impact on how

the hospital functions, but she wants to be clear that she doesn’t do it alone. When asked what she likes best about being part of Hillsdale Hospital, Stacy keyed in on the heart and character of her employees: “A number of us here are simply motivated by the ability to make a difference in someone’s life. We work long, hard hours knowing that we are doing everything we can to care for our community, and I am surrounded by people who demonstrate that commitment every day.” At Hillsdale Hospital, every strategic initiative is geared to making employees’ lives better, which in turn helps to achieve two things: “First, it improves the delivery of care for our patients,” she said, “and second, it creates a meaningful work environment for our staff. Both are of equal value.” These strategic initiatives help to create a culture of involvement between the management and staff. “A strong organization begins with strong leadership,” Stacy emphasized. “Our staff have a natural desire to want to grow in their jobs, and they are more inspired to do that when they are interacting with those who lead strongly by example – those who carry themselves with an integrity, competence, and sense of mission that is impossible to ignore.” Her own goals line up with what she already values in the hospital’s approach. “I would say that I want to keep everyone focused on trying to be our best every day. We can achieve more by adding value through the people we hire, train, and keep as part of our team. If we give our

employees a chance to create a better life for themselves and foster an environment where people can unite together to serve, that is where the harmony in healthcare happens. That harmony is what we strive for.” It is evident from talking to Stacy that she is truly committed to the patients, the employees, the hospital, and the community it serves. Although hers is a job that carries a great deal of responsibility and, one must assume, times of considerable pressure, her personable and relaxed manner show no sign of it. Indeed, anyone encountering her on the hospital campus would surely receive the same kind of smiling welcome that first drew her to become part of Hillsdale Hospital!

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Florals are always in season, but something about wearing florals as spring rolls into summer adds an extra spark to how you feel! Whether it’s a demure ditsy print shirt or a bold patterned skirt, flowers mean warmer weather and gorgeous colors popping up all over the landscape. You can find a floral pattern on almost anything because of this. Whether you’re looking for a sneaker, a formal dress, or a pair of summery shades, there’s something floral for everyone!

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These OWL retro-shaped shades with a pink floral pattern are a stylish and classic way to wear florals all year round. With smokecolored lenses, they’ll keep the glare at bay. Get a pair now for $10 at www.walmart.com

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Feminine and practical, this crepe blouse sits off the shoulder making it a cool and airy choice for those hot summer days. In a navy and red floral, it’s a great choice for those patriotic summer celebrations. $ 33 at www.oldnavy.com.

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Sonja Howell created parenting solutions that work in the real world. STORY BY MELISSA MCCANCE PHOTOS BY HOLLIE SMITH

Being a parent brings special joy and wonder to our lives, but it can also present us with some of the most frightening, frustrating, and painful moments we’ll ever know. The coronavirus pandemic has created a whole new set of stressors for parents and children as they navigate new ways of life, work, and learning. Sonja Howell first developed her unique approach to reducing conflict and increasing stability and calm when she needed it herself. Learning from personal experiences as well as the countless clients she has served, Sonja has created parenting solutions that work for the real world in a variety of ways. Tranquil Parenting was born from what she learned. The goal is to find co-parenting solutions and lessen the negative impact of things like divorce or other extreme situations on children. Sonja emphasizes that she is not a therapist, counselor, or life coach. She has a master’s degree in education and considers herself a creative instructor. 18


COVID has brought considerable changes to how Sonja is running Tranquil Parenting. She closed her Adrian studio and is now conducting the courses completely online, although sometimes special circumstances require in-person meetings. And, in response to the issues families are facing due to the pandemic, she has added a new course to her offerings. The previous programs—Acclimation and Enrichment—are still available. Sonja is probably best known for the Acclimation Course through referrals from Domestic Court. This program “provides the opportunity to transition into a new family balance that works best for your family through conflict management, blended family parenting skills utilizing the Separated Parenting Technique Scale, domestic mediation and coping techniques created specifically for your family with the goal to prevent cruelty throughout parental separation.” Sonja is now a certified mediator through SeDRS which enhances her effectiveness for this course.

The Enrichment Course addresses different issues and parents usually enter it through referral from Probate Court. The course “explores creative solutions to finding your family’s unique ways of overcoming disagreements by sidestepping a fight, mentoring obligations and gaining respect simultaneously, lessening challenges, avoiding strained relationships, instilling obedience, and adolescent dilemma mastering.” Unlike the original programs, the Transformative Course is designed for parents who are reaching out for help on their own initiative. The past year has strained family dynamics and relationships in many ways. Families who were accustomed to being apart during the day for school and work and coming together at the end of the day to share their experiences, enjoy a meal, and prepare for the next day suddenly found themselves confined to their houses 24 hours a day. On top of the constant togetherness, the children and parents alike struggled to adjust to remote learning and work situations with parents having to take on the role of educator.

Sonja wants this course to give support to parents who see that their home situations aren’t what they could be and are motivated to make positive changes to bring things back to a better place. Because cookie-cutter parenting programs simply do not work for everyone, Sonja customizes her courses for the learners. By teaching parents how to evaluate their unique situations, she can help them find solutions to change the negative, disruptive patterns in their homes. One of the first things you see on her website is this quote: “Past behaviors are not the best predictor of future behavior when relevant interventions are differentiated.” It is that differentiation—having the parents participate in what the course content will be so it addresses their specific issues—that makes these courses truly useful. She also emphasizes that the earlier intervention takes place, the more effective it will be. Getting started is easy. Sonja has included extensive information about the courses and the enrollment process on her website [URL provided at the end of this article]. Click on the “Register” tab and enroll in the free, interactive webinar that personalizes it with creating your parenting solutions. Then, you can review the three courses, choose the one that meets your family’s needs, and get enrolled. The time needed for completion depends on the learner’s pace, but most people can finish in four to seven weeks. Sonja feels strongly that the more resources parents have, the more likely it is they will find the help they need. To that end, she would love to see the community put together a list of options. Organizations or individuals that offer support to parents can contact her about including their information on her website under the “Referral Program” tab. “I want it to be bigger than just me. Parents and families are up against tough challenges; they need all the help they can get.” If you would like more information about Tranquil Parenting courses, please visit the website at www.tranquilparenting.com or email Sonja at Sonja@TranquilStudio.org.

Sonja describes the Transformative Course as being “customized to the needs of each family. It follows a similar approach including reflecting on prior and current events, parenting styles, applying new techniques, adjustment, and future planning.” The programs can also incorporate a religious focus if this is of interest. She says our current situation is such that “many parents feel they’ve just lost a year with their children. It’s very hard, and it’s a common feeling for so many people. This course was created for this time—right now. There’s a lot of anger and frustration, a lot of blaming, and this course is designed to bring people back to being the parents they want to be.”

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By Jess Piper ACE CPT Senior Fitness Specialist Nutrition Specialist PRIME Fitness

The world seems to revolve around social media these days. Anyone with a keyboard can be an expert on any given topic, on any given day. Products that sound too good to be true with photoshopped before and after pictures can be tempting for all of us. They promise you quick and easy results and flood our social media accounts. With all the information swirling around on the web, it can be hard to decipher what is fact and what is fiction. Being in the fitness industry for over 12 years, I’ve learned that it is an industry that is consistently evolving! New research and new studies are changing the way we eat, train, and maintain our bodies. But, how do you know what and who you should listen to? Let me give you some helpful information so you don’t fall prey to the gimmicks. Number 1: If it sounds too good to be true … it probably is! The fitness industry has a lot of gimmick fat loss drugs, supplements, and tempting gadgets to help you lose weight and get in shape fast! Social media has become an easy way for friends, celebrities, and athletes to push certain products on people by promising quick and easy results. BEWARE! A spoonful of magic will not make the fat melt away! Don’t get me wrong, there are some safe supplements that can be used to aid you in your journey. However, it is important to do your research to determine what is safe and effective for YOU and YOUR body!

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Xanthelasma is a skin condition that can develop flat yellow growths on the eyelids. These are often seen in people with high cholesterol or other fat levels in the blood, and the lesions contain deposits that are high in fat. Xanthelasma can occur in people of any race and either sex. Females seem to be more frequently affected than males. In addition, it is unusual for a child or teenager to develop xanthelasma; most individuals develop the condition in middle age. Approximately one half of patients with xanthelasma have high amounts of fats in their blood such as high cholesterol or high triglycerides. The most common locations for xanthelasma include one or both upper eyelids, especially near the nose. It can also include one or both lower eyelids. Xanthelasma appears as yellow to orange patches or bumps. The size can vary from two to 30 mm, and xanthelasma is flat with a well-defined border. Once present, xanthelasma does not generally go away on its own. Most lesions frequently grow larger and more numerous with time. Xanthelasma is usually not itchy or tender. Individuals with xanthelasma are usually most concerned with their cosmetic appearance. Since xanthelasma are associated with hyperlipidemia, there is also an association with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

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By: Stephanie Ray, PT, DPT, CAFS – Hillsdale Facility Manager and Physical Therapist Spring is here and many of us are spring cleaning, planting and maintaining gardens, and cleaning up the yard. An increase in bending, twisting, reaching, pulling, and kneeling usually results in some stiffness, soreness, and sometimes difficulty even standing up straight. Common injuries such as muscle strains and joint pain typically result from poor body mechanics, poor lifting mechanics, prolonged positioning, and repetitive activities.

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Take breaks and change positions frequently to let your joints rest and to avoid stiffness and cramping. Plan your tasks and divide them up to vary your body positioning. Take breaks between repetitive activities or during prolonged positions before you start feeling aches, stiffness, and/or pain; hydrate and stretch between activities.

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If a muscle or joint is cramping or aches, try stretching it in the opposite direction. Reverse posture exercises, such as rolling your shoulders backwards and gentle backwards spine bending are also beneficial. Stretch prior, during, and after activity; your body will thank you! Cool down when you are done, which may include a brief walk, light stretching, icing a sore muscle or joint, or taking a warm shower.

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If you are experiencing pain, stop the activity; your body is giving you a warning! Ice is often best for any new injury or soreness. Soreness typically gets better with movement, and an injury tends to get more painful with use. Don’t put off consulting with your physical therapist or another medical professional; quite often the earlier an injury is addressed, the better the outcome. For more information or to schedule an evaluation or free assessment, call your local Athletico clinic or request an appointment online through our website www.Athletico.com. Michigan is a Direct Access state, which means we can initiate physical therapy without a referral or prescription from your physician for most insurances which provides you with an immediate physical therapy option so you can get back to the activities you love!

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Prepare Your Garden in Spring for a Great Summer By New Media Retailer

As daylight lengthens and temperatures warm, gardeners are always eager to get into spring planting. If you look past the first flush of spring, however, you can take easy steps early in the season to give your garden a great summer. It doesn’t matter how large your garden may be, whether you plant in containers, raised beds, small plots, or longer rows, or whether you grow vegetables, fruits, flowers, or herbs. These simple steps can help you prepare your garden in spring so the summer growing season will be easier, healthier, and more bountiful for all your crops. PREPARE TOOLS Even before spring has sprung, gardeners can prepare their tools for spring and summer work. Check for rust or damage and clean and repair tools as needed. Tighten handles, oil hinges, and sharpen edges so tools are ready for use. If desired, investigate updating tools with new equipment, such as ergonomic options or new designs that can make summer work easier. INSPECT STRUCTURES As winter retreats from the garden, it is time to inspect raised beds, arbors, trellises, and plant supports. Note any wear or damage and make repairs so each structure is ready to hold and support plants as soon as the growing season begins. A bit later in spring, do the same for sprinklers, drip systems, and other irrigation so there is no interruption in water supplies. TEST SOIL Every few years, it can be helpful to test the garden soil to gauge its pH, nutrient levels, porousness, and other properties. This can help gardeners decide on the best amendments to improve the soil or which plants will thrive best in the soil’s condition. Testing in early spring can help gardeners be ready with the best soil for spring and summer planting.

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PRESSURE WASHING Spring is the best time to pressure wash outdoor hardscaping such as walkways, patios, and decks before adjacent plants put out delicate growth that might be damaged by cleaning equipment or an errant, highpowered spray. This is also a great time to wash patio furniture so it’s ready to be enjoyed in spring and summer. PRUNE WOODY PERENNIAL Woody shrubs and perennials, such as roses, hydrangea, and boxwoods, should be pruned in very early spring to help keep their shape and encourage better flowering. Use clean, sharp tools to keep the plants healthy, and make cuts above dormant buds. By pruning at this time, none of the plant’s spring energy will be wasted for growth that will only be cut away. Use caution when pruning springflowering shrubs and trees like lilacs and magnolias. Prune only dead and damaged wood or you risk pruning buds and there will be no flowers. START SEEDS In northern regions with shorter growing seasons, it can be beneficial to start seeds indoors before the ground has warmed enough for spring planting. Using seeds can also give a gardener more plant and cultivar varieties to experiment with, and seeds are cheaper than already sprouted seedlings to populate flowerbeds, containers, and gardens. FERTILIZE BEDS AND TREES Applying a slow-release fertilizer in spring will help nourish flowerbeds for the entire season. This is also the ideal time to apply fertilizer to young trees and other plantings that haven’t yet reached their full growth, so they have the proper nutrition to reach their potential. Choose a fertilizer blend that best suits individual plants, and apply it appropriately for each plant’s needs.

AERATE Aerating your landscape, from turf grass to tilling garden beds, can revitalize the soil after winter dormancy and compaction. This is a great time to work in a light layer of snow to bring air and nitrogen into the soil, or to till in compost, manure, and other organic material to nourish the soil. Aerating early in spring will ensure this nutrition is ready for spring growth. ATTRACT BIRDS Birds can be great garden helpers, and putting out feeders, bird baths, and birdhouses in spring can bring these helpers right to the yard. While some birds may eat seeds or garden produce, they will eat far more bugs and damaging insects, protecting the garden without the need for excessive chemicals or harsher treatments. WEEDING Weeds are a never-ending threat to a prosperous garden, but fortunately they can be easy to control in spring. Pulling weeds by hand is easier in spring’s wet soil, when the roots are loose. Applying a pre-emergent herbicide can also help control spring weeds and be sure they aren’t outrageous through the summer. No matter what garden tasks you begin in spring, be sure not to overstretch yourself. After the inactivity of winter, it can be easy to strain muscles or cause sprains, injuries that could severely impair your gardening abilities long after spring. Take each task slowly and both you and your garden will benefit from the deliberate care and warmups of spring before the real workout of summer gardening begins!


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It’s May. It’s Spring. So, what is your best gardening tip? Mine? Easy. Marry a gardener.     Oh, I love the idea of flowers and plants, I just don’t care about the work of making it all happen.  Sure, I’ll plop some flowers in pots and remember to water them—most of the time—but that’s it.  Geraniums are my specialty.  They are quite hardy and forgiving if you leave them in the sun and forget to water them.  An occasional deadheading and they’re good.  I’ve also had some luck with marigolds.  Last year we were overrun with deer.  Deer that ravaged our vegetable garden and hostas.  They ate the tomato plants.  They ate the strawberry plants.  They ate all the green beans and bit the tops off of all the pepper plants.  The only thing they left alone were the marigolds.  I can understand this, as whenever you dead-head marigolds your hands stink for days after. Oh, they didn’t touch the rhubarb, either.  Even deer have their standards.   I certainly admire those gardeners who have all the necessary knowledge concerning the proper types of soil, sunlight positioning, wind velocity and rain predictions, fertilizer mix, and all that, but it’s just not my thing.  However, every May when the bulb flowers like tulips, hyacinths, and crocuses come up, I whine and

lament to myself, “Oh, how I wish I’d planted some bulbs late last fall!” (I whine to myself because no one else will listen.)   Well, guess what? Last year, I ordered 100 tulip bulbs from a company that thoughtfully sends the bulbs you order based on the correct time to plant them in your “zone” area, so it takes the “when” aspect out of the process.  “What” is the decision of what colors and varieties to order.  And there are sooooo many choices.  I just ordered a bunch of each.  “Where” is determined by where you can dig down the recommended depth of the hole for the bulb and not ruin your husband’s grass. So, around the house in the flower beds they went.   “How” is based on the use of a tool called a “trowel” or mini shovel.  The “who” involved as in, “who will plant them” was ME. So, I did. On a freezing cold late fall day, I shoveled out 100 holes and buried 100 tulip bulbs.  Now that it is May, I am envisioning a yard that rivals the Holland Tulip Festival.  What is more likely is a vision of a Mother’s Day elementary student gift of one tulip bulb planted in a single-serve milk carton. But, I am hopeful.  And if all else fails, there are always the geraniums.  Keeping the gardener in you, in Stitches.


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EVERYDAY REMINDERS

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GRAY MATTERS By Sarah Gray Simply Hers Magazine

Does anyone else ever forget how old their kids are? I seem to do this on an almost daily basis. I find myself automatically starting to do something for them that they can obviously do themselves or begin to explain something to them they already know. I often get confused and “are you crazy” looks from my kids. So far, they have been keeping their opinions about my mental state to themselves. But they grow up so fast! Yes, yes, this is the tired old saying parents have been saying for years. I used to roll my eyes at it. When I had three kids four and under, I used to get told that little phrase on almost a weekly basis as I hauled a newborn, toddler, and preschooler through the grocery store. I would flash that pained smile that was mostly numb politeness with a smidge of annoyance as I did yet another head count and made sure the baby wasn’t covered with a loaf of bread. During that stretch, I really couldn’t imagine a time when they would all be big. Big enough to get themselves ready for school, fold their own laundry, or even play together without adult supervision.

Then I blinked again. Now the middle one is headed off to middle school and my youngest will be entering fifth grade in the fall. (Not to mention the oldest who will be a HIGH SCHOOLER!) To quote another tired old phrase, “Where did the time go?” It’s not that I am not ready for this phase of life, I am (really, I am), it’s just that I keep forgetting. Don’t worry though, my kids keep reminding me. Like the fact that my oldest will be able to start driver’s training at the end of the year. Plus, my youngest recently gave me two very cute reminders that she is getting big although she has no clue that is what she did. She usually wakes up before me on Saturdays and will go out to the living room and watch TV. When I went out to say good morning I noticed the board we have to measure the kids every year on their birthdays (my husband painted it to look like a measuring tape) was off the wall. She said she took it down because she thought she grew in the night and wanted to check and see how tall she was. Oh, my, the cuteness! Of course she did grow – she is already taller at 10 than both her siblings were at 11.

Yet, here we are. I blinked and they all got big. My oldest has always been independent and fairly mature for her age. So, as she got big and didn’t need things from me, it wasn’t too jarring. She had been that way since birth. “I can do it myself” was probably the first phrase she uttered. (Since then, she has more likely yelled it, but I digress.) So, as she got big, I didn’t mourn the loss too much. Plus, I still had two more little ones who were never going to get big. 32

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TURN THE PAGE Book and Author Reviews Well, finally spring is springing! It’s good to realize the cold weather is behind us (hopefully). Two new authors are introduced in this issue, and I am happy to let you in on them.

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Lots of chatter in the book groups on Facebook about William Kent Krueger’s writings, so I read Ordinary Grace to give him a try. Now I understand his popularity! He sure has a way with words and knows how to tell a story! Ordinary Grace revolves around thirteen-year-old Frank Drum as we follow him through the summer of 1961 in the small town of New Bemen, Minnesota. He is a boy standing at the door of young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him as he discovers the relationship between grace and wisdom. It is told from Frank’s perspective forty years later. This is the best book I’ve ever read. I was renewed and hopeful about grief and life after death when I finished it. The novel is one of his three stand-alone books. He has also written a 18book mystery/crime series featuring retired sheriff Cork O’Connor. I’m gonna be busy! My friend Jeannie found author Margaret Truman’s Murder in The White House in a used bookstore and really enjoyed it. Truman was the daughter of President Harry Truman, and Wikipedia describes her as an American soprano, actress, journalist, radio and television personality, writer, and New York socialite. I had no idea! I do know that based on my friend’s recommendation, I’ll be diving into this 24-book mystery/crime series. Truman also wrote 10 non-fiction books, plus biographies of her parents, Harry and Bess Truman. I am anxious to try Margaret Truman out! My friend Ellie loved The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.

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This book has also been getting lots of attention on the Facebook readers’ groups. It is fictionalized account of two subjects in the history of eastern Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains during the Great Depression from 1935-1943. Cussy Mary delivers library books to those remote areas, but Cussy Mary is a “Blue,” the last line of blue-skinned people whose skin appears the unusual shade due to a rare genetic disorder. As a Book Woman, Cussy Mary is highly regarded, but as a Blue she is feared and reviled and experiences racism, discrimination, and violence. I previously recommended a similar book about the packhorse librarians in The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes. I preferred Moyes’ book as it was a lighter read for me. I recently read Ruth Ware’s In A Dark, Dark Wood. To me, it was an okay book. The story started out interesting, but then I just couldn’t get into it and skipped to the ending to see the conclusion. I also read her novel The Woman in Cabin 10, but couldn’t get into that one, either. I should note though that three of her books have been optioned for the big screen, so it’s probably just me …. Some must-read books suggested by Parade Magazine include the following: Klara and the Sun follows a teenager’s artificial friend who watches the world and reflects profoundly on human nature. Of Women and Salt looks at the way immigration shaped five generations of Latina women. Northern Spy finds a Belfast BBC producer and her sister caught in the middle of the IRA conflicts. People We Meet on Vacation narrates a classic friends-to-lovers tale about a travel writer planning a weeklong trip to win over Joe, her best friend she might be in love with. What are you reading? Email me at nancyryan47@ gmail.com See you at the library!


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IMPACT YOUR WORLD

By Laura Loveberry Elementary School Assembly Author/Speaker, Inspirational Speaker Women’s Retreats/Conferences, Caricature Artist

Can a mom influence future generations? What if your mom is a former prostitute? Whoa! Did I just go there? I did. Not all moms are perfect. I am about to share a story of a famous mom born 1400 years before Christ. She was a harlot, a prostitute, and a Canaanite liar who lived in an idol-worshipping society.   

Rahab grasped faith in the One True God.

Her name … Rahab.

This once-immoral woman changed the course of the world by her faith in the God of the Bible. Listed with the hall-of-fame faithers, the Bible reads, “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she received the spies with peace.” Hebrews 11:31 KJV. Rahab clinched the honor of one of two women mentioned in the great cloud of witnesses of the bible. This one-time prostitute ranks with Moses, Joseph, and King David!

Rahab heard rumors the Israelites were coming to invade Jericho where she lived in a Canaanite home attached to the walled city. Jericho melted in fear because the Israelites were coming for their promised land. When Rahab met the two Israelite spies, she hid them, lied to keep them from harm, and hatched a plan to allow their escape. She asked for favor for herself and her family. She said to those spies, “I know that the LORD has given you this land … For the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. …. swear to me by the LORD that you will spare the lives of all {my family}.” Joshua 2: 9-11 NIV.   She believed the stories about God parting the sea for the Israelites to escape from the powerful Egyptians. Her faith clung to the Israelite God of the heavens and earth, and not in the false Canaanite gods. Despite the first part of her name starting with “Ra” for an Egyptian god, she rejected those idolatrous gods.

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The Israelites conquered Jericho but honored Rahab’s faith by protecting her household with the scarlet rope tied at Rahab’s window. The blood-red rope signaled to pass over Rahab’s house in battle. They spared Rahab.

Get this. Apparently, she married Salmon, one of the Jewish spies, and births Boaz. We know Boaz as a righteous man of moral standing. By faith, this former prostitute pivots her life into raising a fine man of faith. But there is more. Rahab is one of five women recognized in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. This Bible honor rocks the establishment. A harlot grabs mention in the genealogy of Jesus, the Savior of the world! Wait. It’s not scandalous. Let’s refer to her as a former-harlot.


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I had all the grocery store ads in front of me and found some real bargains. Because I had to work, I asked my husband to run to the store and get a roast that was on sale. He loves roasts so he went to the store with the sale flyer in his hand. He couldn’t find the sale roasts so he asked the manager where they were being hidden. The manager obviously took offense and got a little huffy. He said they didn’t hide their sale items, especially roasts from another store. My husband looked at him with a puzzled expression. The manager said you’re at Publix and that ad is for Aldi. Oops! That might have been my fault. I do remember telling my husband the sale was at Aldi so he must have had that in his mind and didn’t bother to look at the ad itself. Mistake number one. He drove to the Aldi store and the parking lot was packed. He stole the last parking spot from some little old lady that had some choice words and gestures for him. Inside the store was crowded with more little old ladies trying to buy the roasts along with veggies. My husband was already fed up with this adventure so he grabbed the first roast he could find and made his way to the veggies.

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Apparently, there was a huge sale on those, too, and the old girls were hunkered down and around the veggie bins for the long haul if that’s what it would take to get just the right carrots and potatoes for their roast. That was the last straw. All he wanted was a couple of potatoes and carrots so he could get out of that place. He made a bad move when he decided to bull his way through the ladies and grab the first potatoes he could get his hands on. Mistake number two. I think all of us seasoned shoppers know that’s just NOT the way things are done. My husband found that out when he pulled his hand back and found several scratch marks on his hand but no potatoes in his hand. Several of the ladies closed ranks after telling my husband what he could do with himself. (He didn’t know some of those things were even possible!) Now he was mad. How dare those seemingly sweet little old ladies talk to him like that. He charged the veggie bins again determined to get his potatoes and get out, but it was not to be. Mistake number three. I got a call at work that my husband had been injured in a grocery store incident and was now at the hospital getting patched up. The ER nurse asked if I could come get him before the vicious crowd that had followed the ambulance to the hospital found out which room he was in. I pulled up to the ER door and barely slowed down as he ran to jump in the van before the crowd spotted him and off we went. Now he won’t even go out of the house unless it’s dark and he’s disguised. I’m telling you, it’s enough to put me over the edge.


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A SMALL-TOWN GIRL WITH

BIG DREAMS By Melissa McCance

Rio Doyle, a 17-year-old from Adrian, is competing on NBC’s popular “The Voice.” Following in her mother Monique’s footsteps, Rio formed her own band in high school, although she is now focusing on solo singing and songwriting. When Rio was in seventh grade, her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor that surgery did not completely remove, leaving an ongoing possibility of seizures. Despite this, Monique has continued performing with her band, sometimes inviting Rio to join them onstage. Her strength and perseverance have inspired Rio who is facing the challenges of the competition with maturity and determination. Rio approached auditioning for “The Voice” both as something fun to try and a way to test herself. “An audition is a great space for learning,” explains Rio. “I wanted to challenge myself, to see what I was capable of.” This was her fourth try to get on the show, and the fact that she kept at it shows she has the healthy toughness that’s essential for people who aspire to show business. “I learned a lot by not letting ‘no’ stop me,” says Rio. “It can be great thing to get a ‘no’—it builds character. You can either let it crush you or you can use it to motivate you.” Auditioning began with Rio responding to a virtual open call which was followed by call-backs, interviews, submitting many videos of her performing cover songs, and a virtual interview. Then came the phone call. “It was a random number, and I normally don’t answer those,” laughed Rio. “But, having been through the process before, I knew it could be them. I answered and was told it was ‘The Voice’ calling and they wanted me to come out for a blind audition.” She ran to share the news with her mother and remembers that through the adrenaline rush she was thinking, “You finally did it!” Her faith has helped her deal with times she tried and wasn’t accepted: “As a believer, I know God has a plan, and this was His timing for me, and I’m really thankful for that.”

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Rio is very passionate about music which she calls a form of support and her language. “I think for many people, music is a coping mechanism. If I can’t

get the words out, I will just sing it; it’s how I connect to myself.” She believes that even if she doesn’t make a career of music, it is something she will always do. “I grew up surrounded by music my whole life. It’s become part of who I am.” During her blind audition, Rio was chosen for the team coached by John Legend who hit the buzzer almost instantly after she began singing. Once Legend’s chair spun around, Rio said she felt that he had been able to tell that she was the kind of artist who pulls people in with her tone, emotion, and connection to the song, and she wanted to acknowledge that by singing the song to him. “I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is really happening, this is unbelievable,” but, at the same time, I had a real sense of peace.” Rio chose Adele’s “When We Were Young” for her blind audition song. She loves and sings Adele’s work, but that song was one she hadn’t often performed. “There’s not a lot to that song, and I wanted to see how my voice could carry it.” Rio says Adele’s music, lyrics, and style come across as the kind of artist she wants to be, and she felt that song was the best way for the coaches to see who she is as a singer. Next came the battle round where contestants are matched with a teammate and they sing the same song. There’s some intensive coaching to prepare for this, and Rio says she wanted to show the coaches that she could take criticism, work, and improve. Having survived the blind audition, she was ready to show the coaches her confident side. “I wanted them to see what I can really do. I’m a versatile artist and that needed to come out.” We’re happy to report that Rio won her battle! Rio says the whole experience has been unreal, but that she is very thankful for the abundance of love and support she is receiving. “In my hometown, they’re making signs, I’ve even had drinks named after me! I’m just happy to be able to share this experience with everyone.” We wish this talented and dynamic young woman luck as she pursues her dream!


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PROTEIN You Probably Need More! By Melissa McCance

Protein is a food buzzword right now. It seems that everything you buy at the grocery store except for maybe beer and potato chips has something on the package trumpeting the protein content. As more evidence emerges on the importance of exercise and solid nutrition, people are learning they need to pay attention to protein intake. But, many adults—if not most—aren’t getting enough. Protein deficiency in the diet can cause growth failure in children along with loss of muscle mass, decreased immunity, and weakening of the heart and respiratory system at any age. There are over 10,000 types of protein in your body, and it is essential to the processes that provide energy and carry oxygen, and it helps keep cells healthy and to make new ones. After exercise, protein aids in recovery including reducing post-exercise soreness and building muscle. If you’re trying to cut weight, getting enough protein aids in curbing your appetite, satisfying hunger longer, reducing cravings, and maintaining weight loss. There are 20 basic building blocks for protein which are the amino acids. Our bodies don’t store these components; they make them or modify others. Of these amino acids, there are nine which are classified as essential amino acids (EAAs) because the body cannot make them. These must be obtained from food or supplements, but food is the preferred primary source. The EAAs are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. When you start talking about how much protein should you consume, it can get confusing because many things affect a person’s protein requirement. A general daily baseline for adults is a minimum of 42

7g of protein per 20 pounds of body weight. So, a 180-pound adult should eat at least 63g per day. However, the amount of energy used per day, age, gender, body weight, activity levels, health conditions and other factors all make a difference in how much protein an individual needs. If you engage in intense physical activity like weightlifting or distance running, an accepted rule of thumb is to consume 1g-1.5g of protein per pound of body weight on workout days or more frequently. This level of protein intake will significantly reduce delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS—that “everything hurts and I’m dying” that hits one or two days AFTER the workout) and aids the body in repairing muscle tissue that was broken down during the workout and in building new muscle. If you’ve heard that high protein consumption damages kidneys, don’t worry. Subsequent research has shown that healthy kidneys can handle it just fine. Both plants and animals are good protein sources, but most plants do not provide all the EAAs, so if you eat a primarily or completely plant-based diet, be sure you’re getting what you need. The complete EAA profile is found in meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, quinoa, and soybeans. Protein supplements like whey or plant-based protein powder is another good way to increase your intake. Be picky about things like protein bars, as some of them are basically candy bars that have added sugars and fat in amounts way out of proportion to the protein content. SO, if you’re serious about staying healthy and especially if you’re trying to build lean body mass, check your protein intake! It very likely needs a boost.


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Protein

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Protein powders can provide high-quality protein in a concentrated, convenient form. But which powder is best for the results you are hoping to achieve?

What are protein powders?

Protein powders are concentrated sources of protein from animal or plant foods such as dairy, eggs, rice, or peas.

There are three common forms:

1. PROTEIN CONCENTRATES: Produced by extracting protein from whole food using heat and acid or enzymes. These typically supply 60–80% protein, with the remaining 20–40% composed of fat and carbs. 2. PROTEIN ISOLATES: An additional filtering process removes more fat and carbs, further concentrating the protein. Protein isolate powders contain about 90–95% protein. 3. PROTEIN HYDROLYSATES: Produced by further heating with acid or enzymes — which breaks the bonds between amino acids — hydrolysates are absorbed more quickly by your body and muscles.

WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU? 1. WHEY PROTEIN

Whey protein comes from milk. It is the liquid that separates from the curds during the cheesemaking process. It’s high in protein but also harbors lactose, a milk sugar that many people have difficulty digesting.

2. CASEIN PROTEIN

Like whey, casein is a protein found in milk. However, casein is digested and absorbed much more slowly. This results in a gradual, steadier exposure of your muscles to amino acids, reducing the rate of muscle protein breakdown.

3. EGG PROTEIN

Egg protein powders are typically made from egg whites rather than whole eggs. Although the protein quality remains excellent, you may experience less fullness because the high-fat yolks have been removed. Eggs are a complete protein source. That means they provide all nine essential amino acids that your body can’t make itself.

4. PEA PROTEIN

Pea protein powder is especially popular among vegetarians, vegans, and people with allergies or sensitivities to dairy or eggs. It’s made from the yellow split pea, a highfiber legume that boasts all but one of the essential amino acids.

5. HEMP PROTEIN

Hemp is rich in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and several essential amino acids. However, it is not considered a complete protein because it has very low levels of the amino acids lysine and leucine. While very little research exists on hemp protein, it appears to be a well-digested plant protein source.

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Protein powders made from brown rice have been around for some time, but they are generally considered inferior to whey protein for building muscle. Although rice protein contains all of the essential amino acids, it is too low in lysine to be a complete protein.


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PET TALK By Melissa McCance

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At Erin’s Angels Rescue, hundreds of homeless pets have found kindness, food, shelter, and veterinary care. We asked rescue owner Erin Gilbert for some insight on what it means to do this kind of work. HOW AND WHEN DID YOUR RESCUE START? I started Erin’s Angels in August 2015 and incorporated it as a registered nonprofit at the beginning of 2017. Before then, I volunteered and fostered for the Humane Society of Branch County for two years. ON AVERAGE, HOW MANY HOURS PER DAY GO TO RESCUE WORK? I would say about 16 hours per day. There’s feeding, rotating dogs, cleaning up, vet runs, getting supplies, picking up donations, checking vet references, answering texts/calls/ messages/emails, transporting animals, trapping/catching, helping with animal control dogs, meet and greets for adoptions, writing vouchers, and meeting for vouchers for the spay/neuter program. WHAT KIND OF ANIMALS ARE AT YOUR RESCUE? We take in dogs and cats, but I’ve helped place ducks, chickens, hamsters, donkeys, mice, horses, raccoons, squirrels, and opossums. I also help keep pets in people’s homes by assisting with vet and food costs. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY ANIMALS YOU’VE PLACED IN NEW HOMES? I don’t have exact figures but on average I’d say 150-200 per year, so well over a thousand. DO YOU WORK WITH OTHER RESCUES/HUMANE ORGANIZATIONS? Because mine is at our home, space is limited. So, I reach out to fellow rescues like See Me Home Senior Dog Sanctuary, Lenawee Humane Society, Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan, The Humane Society of Branch County, Four Paws 2 Rescue, Animal Aide of Branch County, and The Humane Society of South Central Michigan. When we get a dog or cat into a rescue, it has the best chance of being fixed, vetted, and finding a good home. WHAT ARE YOUR ONGOING NEEDS? HOW CAN PEOPLE HELP? Our biggest need is monetary donations for vet bills and food. We get dog food and kitty litter from Tractor Supply; cat food and cleaning supplies come from Meijer. Top needs: 4Health Chicken and Veggie dog food, Purina Cat Chow Gentle, Pine Pellet Horse Bedding (TSC), paper towels, disinfecting wipes, bleach, laundry detergent, Milk Bones, hard kitty treats, and TSC and Meijer gift cards. Donations can be mailed directly, made on our account at Fieldstone Veterinary in Jonesville, or through the PayPal link on our Facebook page.

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WHAT ARE SOME THE HARDEST THINGS ABOUT DOING THIS? THE BEST? It’s made me stronger … but harder. I see people at their worst. Harming and neglecting animals is bad enough, but seeing how some can give up a family member without batting an eye is absolutely heartbreaking to me. This life also takes a toll in loss. Not just the deaths that happen but each adoption is a loss. I know the animals are off to a better life, but I also worry that, at first, they’ll feel I abandoned them, too. Some days are harder than others. I remember how it was before all this, but then the next call comes in and I’m alerted to the reality of what our lives are now.


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Hillsdale County Farmers Market runs through the end of October in downtown Hillsdale. This market is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, please visit facebook.com/eatfreshhillsdale/. The Historic Hillsdale Auction and Flea Market runs 50 weeks straight every Saturday (rain or shine). For more information, please contact the Hillsdale Auction by phone at 517-437-2424 or visit hillsdalecountyfair.org/saturdayauction/. The Hillsdale Open Air Market is open every Saturday through October. Hours until the end of September are 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., changing to 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in October. The vendor fee to join Open Air Market and to promote wares and goods is $20 which is valid until the end of this season, October 2021. To be eligible to promote your items at the HBA’s Open Air Market, vendors only need to be running home-based businesses. All homemade, handmade, and homegrown vendors are still welcome!

Enjoy time with your family and make memories by going bowling, playing putt-putt, riding go carts, or enjoy some arcade or play a round of golf!

To join, simply take your table and goods to the Hillsdale Community Library parking lot located at 11 East Bacon Street and look for Karla Schaerer. Karla is with Sand Lake Naturals and usually has her booth on the corner of Manning Street and the concrete wall by the library. Karla will have forms there to fill out; please bring your fee in cash or check. If you pay by check, please make all checks out to Hillsdale Business Association. Please note that being an Open Air Market Vendor is separate from being an

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City Pages Manitou Beach

Spring is in full bloom, our Manitou Beach Village activities are well underway and we have a full calendar of events for the year.

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Beginning Saturday, May 29th, we open up for Manitou Beach Village Farmers Market, where you can find a variety of goodies. The area has also become a spot to catch up with friends over a cup of coffee.

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On June 12th, Devils Lake will also be one of the stops on this year’s Irish Hills Lake & Home Tour, brought to us by the Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce. This is a great way to tour some of the fabulous lakes in the Irish Hills by boat. We have a strong art vibe in our village so be sure to check out some of art related events. Local artists will display and demonstrate their pieces at village businesses during our 2nd Saturday Art Walks which takes place in June, July and August from 10 a-1 p. 2nd-6th grade kids can also enjoy 4 different week-long art camps where they work on four to five art projects. Students will get their favorite project framed and they will be hung on display for three months at the Manitou‘s Young Artist Gallery located in the Sandbar Café Coffee & Creamery. You won’t want to miss our Devils Lake Festival of the Arts on July 31st. Thousands of people turn out to enjoy over 60 juried artist and over 50 crafters in Manitou Beach Village. A day of family fun near the shores of Devils Lake, Michigan. Artists, vendors, music, activities, & more! Devils Lake is known for our outstanding fireworks. This year, we will not disappoint, they will take place on July 3rd, followed by the Men’s Club Firecracker Run held on July 4th. These are two great local festive occasions that celebrate America’s Independence. We have a full line up for the July 17th Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show & Parade located in Manitou Beach Village and on Devils Lake. For more details about all of our events, visit our website at: https://www.manitoubeachmichigan.com/ . You can also visit our Village Facebook page and the individual businesses websites and Facebook pages throughout the area for additional details. We look forward to seeing you!

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Budgeting for

Summer Fun By Alexis Hiles

I am so excited to finally be enjoying some nice, warmer weather here in Michigan. This time of year comes, and it brings about a whole new sense of happiness ... the fresh breeze in the windows, not needing five layers to stay warm outside, daylight lasting until 9:00 p.m., windows down while driving, and so much more! While all of these nice changes come about, so does the struggle of budgeting during summer time. It can be even more stressful than other times of the year, because there seems to be so many more activities and events out there tempting us to spend money. If you have kids at home, this can seem even more so. They are off school all summer and wanting their time filled with fun activities. Our summers are often filled with endless trips to the ice cream shop, weekends spent at campgrounds, zoo trips, outdoor projects, and the list goes on and on. It can feel like I need to save for summer fun well before summer ever arrives, and that is exactly what we do! We know summer in our house can get expensive, but we also are pretty vigilant about sticking to the biweekly budget we create. In order to combat higher summertime spending, we put aside money all year to help pay for summer projects, camping trips, and any other additional expenses summer might bring. I encourage everyone to look at their finances and see where you can pull some money from to save for what I like to call “fun money.” That amount will vary greatly from person to person, but everyone deserves to have some amount of “fun money” set aside.

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And, when the fun money fund runs low, remember how lucky we are to live in an area where there are many free opportunities to get out and enjoy the nice weather while we have it. Below is a list of my top four favorite FREE outdoor activities: Scavenger Hunts -- The internet is full of free scavenger hunt print outs that you can use right in your backyard. These range from being great for kids to ones specifically made for adults. Local Playgrounds and Parks -- We spend SO much time at playgrounds and parks during the spring and summer. It is the perfect free activity that keeps us busy for hours. Picnics -- Eating out is expensive! Picnics are a perfect way to change up your typical meal-time routine and get out of the house without spending money at a restaurant. You can do picnics in your backyard, at the park, or anywhere, really. Local Swim Spots -- If this summer is anything like last summer, you will be dying to cool off with some swimming. Thank goodness for local swim spots where we can go and cool off in on hot days. I hope you enjoy your summer and all the great outdoor activities Michigan has to offer, and remember -- fun does not always mean breaking the budget.


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Beyond The Tent There are a number of gadgets available today that make camping a little more comfortable and give you the ability to stay connected throughout your journey. Here are a few of our favorites.

Bio Camping Stove The Bio camping stove is a new modern camping gadget that performs two functions. It provides heat for cooking meals and boiling water. The heat produced also generates power that you can use to charge your devices.

Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit The Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit will not replace a full first aid kit, but it does come with a few bandaids and cleaning pads along with other items you may not have even have thought of. This survival kit weighs 11 ounces and comes with a Survival Pocket Chainsaw, Emergency Whistle, Flint Rod And Scraper, Knife/Bottle Opener/ Wrench, 11-in-1 Multitool Survival Knife, 11-in-1 Survival Card, Compass, LED Keychain Light, Flashlight, Pen/Emergency Window Breaker, Sets Of Earplugs, Fishing Line, Fishing Hooks, Fishing Bait, 1 X Pencil, Razor Blade, Alcohol Prep Pads, Band-Aids and Safety Pins.

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Thermacell MR1150 A scent-free device that will give you a mosquito protection zone of 15 feet. This unit is portable and lightweight and weighs 11 oz. It works with a butane cartridge that produces a small flame which heats up the mosquito repellent pad. This produces a smell that mosquitoes don’t like.

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Muddy day? Please don’t play! Written by Michigan DNR With warmer weather in the forecast, we wanted to remind everyone to help protect Michigan trails by not using them when muddy. Riding or walking on a muddy trail destroys the surface. It leaves ruts/deep holes, uneven tire and footprints, contributes to erosion and creates a hard-to-fix trail surface. Hint: If you are leaving visible bicycle ruts, deep footprints or hoof tracks the trail is too muddy. Spring is an especially sensitive time because frost layers often linger below the trail surface (even when air temperatures have warmed up). As a result, spring rains have trouble permeating the soil, creating muddy topsoil. Trail use and muddy conditions can erode trails very quickly. Although you should avoid muddy trails altogether, please keep these tips in mind if you encounter a muddy section: MOUNTAIN BIKING - If you encounter a muddy section, dismount and tiptoe down the center, not to the sides because it widens the trail. HIKING - If you must traverse a muddy section of trail, go right through the center of the trail, rather than travelling around the mud and widening the trail. HORSEBACK RIDING - Although most horses don’t mind getting their feet wet, you and your horse are encouraged to travel through the center of the trail so inadvertent trail widening doesn’t occur. For up-to-date information visit michigan.gov 58


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ichigan is best known for its bountiful offering of lakes, with four Great Lakes and more than 11,000 inland lakes accessible in the state. Along with lakes come islands. Michigan’s islands offer great beauty and a rich history from functioning as a lush habitat for endangered wildlife to serving as the former stomping grounds of an American king. There is no better time to plan your own islandhopping adventure in Pure Michigan. LES CHENEAUX ISLANDS – Located in the Eastern Upper Peninsula along the northern shores of Lake Huron, the Les Cheneaux Islands are a perfect destination for kayaking and boating. This 36-island archipelago is anchored by two villages – Cedarville and Hessel – with lodging and taverns within walking distance from the docks. BEAVER ISLAND – Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan. Visitors can bring their vehicles over on the ferry or tour the island by bike. The island is home to two lighthouses: St. James Harbor Light and the fully-restored Beaver Head Light Station, where visitors can climb the tower and view a Fresnel lens. DRUMMOND ISLAND – The largest freshwater island in the United States, the island is home to the DeTour Reef Light, an 83-foot-tall lighthouse that marks a dangerous reef off the island. The island is an ideal destination for bird watching and includes six types of forests, five types of swamp marsh, inland lakes and rivers, and sand dunes. More than two-thirds of the island is state land, making it a natural paradise. The island also includes several golf courses and fishing charters.

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MANITOU ISLANDS – Rich in history, the Manitou Islands are a part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with almost their entire area available for hiking, camping and exploration. Other Michigan islands worth checking out include Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, Belle Isle State Park in Detroit and Mackinac Island. Your island trip begins at michigan.org.


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As we’ve become aware of how things in our environment can affect our health, there is an increased concern over our indoor environments. Whether it’s our cleaning products, the materials in our furniture and floor coverings, or chemicals in paint, we want to know that our homes are as safe as possible. Air quality can have a huge impact, and Marty Schoonover of Adrian can make a big difference in the air quality in your home, business, or vehicle. Marty is an independent contractor for Vollara, a company that produces air-cleaning units which are leaps and bounds beyond anything else on the market. That is why she can say with confidence, “I can help you with that” when consulted about air quality issues. Marty says her association with Vollara started out as a “hobby with benefits.” Introduced to the company by a family member, she began in 1999 and turned it into an actual business in 2001.

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wouldn’t it be great to have cooking or smoking odors greatly reduced if not totally gone within an hour? With ActivePure technology in your home, that can happen! Surprisingly, the unit that covers up to 3,000 square feet is just 11.75” high x 9.5” wide x 10” deep. Of course, units for 500 or 1500 square feet are even smaller. These units are available with or without an ozone option. There are mobile units ideal for travelers, truckers, or anyone who’s on the road a lot. A smaller device can take care of specific trouble spots in your home like pet areas. The wearable unit is only 2.2” wide x 3.8” high x 1” deep and is worn comfortably on a neck cord. They are perfect when traveling in confined spaces or whenever you are concerned that you’ll be where the air quality is questionable. If you’d like to learn more about Vollara products and ActivePure technology, you can contact Marty at 734-604-5169 or by emailing her at marty@lenairllc.com. You can also visit the website at www.vollara.com/ MartySchoonover and follow her on Facebook at LEN AIR LLC.


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Playford Real Estate Opening Doors for You

written by Sarah Gray Real estate in southern Michigan is booming. No sooner does a house go on the market than an offer is made. Helping their clients through the process from “for sale” to “sold” is the expert team at Playford Real Estate. Located in downtown Jonesville, the Playford name is one that has been serving the area for decades from auto parts and musical instruments, and now to real estate. For owner and broker Mary Playford, this name is a source of pride. “It is nice to continue on the tradition of the Playford name.” Mary is not only carrying on the tradition in Hillsdale County, she is spreading the Playford name throughout southern Michigan and beyond. Mary began her real estate career in 2002 and in 2012 opened Playford Real Estate. Over the 10 years in business, PRE has grown into exactly what Mary had envisioned when she opened the doors. Her staff has grown to its current status of eight full-time professional agents and office staff. In 2020, she began renovations on the second suite of the building she owns at 255 E. Chicago Street. Edward Jones, the previous tenant, had just relocated and now Mary could create what she had planned for the space when she first opened. The large conference room facing US 12 with its beautiful floor to ceiling windows could now be where clients sign on the dotted line for their dream home. “A closing is a huge event,” Mary said. “It’s an exciting time. Our goal is to make each closing an experience that will not be forgotten.” Mary and her team want their clients to feel at home and have done just that with this renovation. Whether they are in the office to meet their agent for the first time, stopping by for a quick question, or signing the papers on their purchase, the comfortable lounge area, coffee bar, and formal yet inviting conference room show Playford Real Estate is both personable and professional. “We want to make it special,” Mary said of the newly-renovated space.

Title and Ervans Insurance Agency have both rented space within the Playford building. Mary is currently working to fill remaining space with various lenders that can be available to assist clients. With the market as good as it is right now, the agents have been able to schedule closing dates easily and allow their clients to come to one location for everything. The industry is in the midst of a seller’s market, meaning that as soon as a house goes on the market it is viewed multiple times and can have an offer in days, sometimes hours. Whether selling or buying, it is vital to have the right real estate agent for guidance through the process. “It is important to have an agent who meets the client’s needs, knows the market and has the experience to facilitate a smooth transaction for their clients. Our agents take pride in the many positive reviews and acknowledgements we receive from the buyers and sellers we work with.” Experience is important, but so is communication. How easily and quickly a client can get with their agent can make or break a sale. “We let our clients know we are available and accessible,” Mary said. Whether email, text, or call, Playford agents know the best way and the best time to contact their clients which makes sure they see every property for sale and every offer made. A big supporter of the Jonesville and surrounding communities, Playford gives back to the area it serves. While COVID postponed the most recent community event, the PRE team was planning—Cleats for Kids—they were still able to safely hold a “Fill the Truck” event to support Toys for Tots in December. In addition, they are often seen taking part in the county-wide events and supporting local clubs and organizations through volunteer work or sponsorships. “We love being visible in the communities we serve and supporting the different organizations and clubs in our area.”

Estate serves Hillsdale, Branch, Lenawee, and After a cold and snowy winter,Playford all ofRealMichigan celebrates Jackson counties. They work with both commercial and resiMary’s vision is being realized in bringing convenience to dential properties as well as vacant land. For more informathe arrival of spring. Consider adding these things to do in PRE’s clients. With the renovations and new closing space, tion, call 517-849-7622 or visit www.playfordrealestate.com other new additions have come to PRE. Diversified National Pure Michigan to your spring travel bucket list.

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help process the events of the past year and the feelings that surround them while also building up skills and supports that extend beyond COVID-19.

overnight. Instead, by focusing on small changes, you can move through the stressors of the past year and develop long-term strategies to support yourself on an ongoing basis.

We know that the past year forced many to accept tough situations that they had little to no control over. If you found that it impacted your mental health, you aren’t alone. In fact, of the almost half-million individuals who took the anxiety screening at MHAscreening.org, 79% showed symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety. However, there are practical tools that can help improve your mental health.

A great starting point for anyone who is ready to start prioritizing their mental health is to take a mental health screening at MHAscreening.org. It’s a quick, free, and confidential way for someone to assess their mental health and begin finding hope and healing. Ultimately, during this month of May, Resilient Hillsdale County wants to remind everyone that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is possible. By developing your own #Tools2Thrive, it is possible to find balance between life’s ups and downs and continue to cope with the challenges brought on by the pandemic. For more information, visit www.mhanational. org/may.

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basement, the next best thing is a precast concrete storm shelter. Storm shelters can be buried in the ground close to the home for quick access. Place the storm shelter near a door to your home so it can be gotten to easily. Many people build a deck or porch over their storm shelter so it is close to the house but not visible.

The strength of concrete can also withstand impacts from flying debris and the sealed door will keep out any dust or dirt that is blowing above ground.

A concrete shelter can be installed in as little as an afternoon and will last as long as 40 years, if not indefinitely. After installation, a precast concrete storm shelter requires little to no maintenance. The strength and longevity of concrete allow for peace of mind when the shelter is not in use and secure safety when needed. A precast concrete shelter protects against water, soil and insects.

A tornado can pop up with little to no warning. Be sure you and your family have a plan of what to do in a weather emergency. Stay safe from severe weather when Mother Nature strikes with a precast concrete storm shelter from Becker & Scrivens. Becker & Scrivens of Hillsdale and Montpelier Ohio, is the leading ready mix supplier servicing Hillsdale, Branch, Lenawee, Calhoun, Jackson, Steuben and Williams counties. Tell your contractor you want Becker & Scrivens concrete for your next project, call 800-641-3808.

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The Grinch learned that he couldn’t stop Christmas from coming, and Jerry and Ella Green aren’t letting the pandemic stop them, either. 2021 marks the twentieth year that this couple have worked to provide a joyous Christmas for families in need. And, YOU can help make it happen when you visit the Cars for Kids car show on Saturday, June 19, at the Hudson Market House. This is the main fundraiser for this program, and there will be fun for everyone. Entry fee is by donation only. Besides viewing the cars, visitors can enjoy games and music by DJ Dancers.

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Clean keyboard with canned air Clean keyboard with canned air

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Remove everything from your garage and reorganize

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Pressure wash your deck and Thoroughly clean lint trap in outdoor furniture washer and dryer Hose-out your garbage can and recycling bins

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Remove furniture cushions and windows before replacing vacuum your crevices window screens

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

How MICHIGAN Got Its SHAPE The state of Michigan is iconic and not just because we are home to the Ford Motor Company, Tony the Tiger or Faygo pop. Michigan has lots of things that make it unique and special, but what makes our state stand out from all the rest is our shape. No one can miss the mitten. Michigan, with its unique mitten shape, can easily be found on any map. Even from outer space, the beautiful state of Michigan can quickly be found. Ask any Michigander where they are from in Michigan and they quickly point to a spot on their hand. We can even use both our hands to create the upper and lower peninsulas. But how did the Great Lakes State get its shape? Surrounded by four Great Lakes (Michigan, Superior, Huron, and Erie), it may come as no surprise to know that glaciers crafted the landscape we know as the Wolverine State. The word Michigan comes from an old Ojibwe word that means “large water” or “large lake.” But the glaciers that formed the state were here long before any person inhabited the land. Continental glacier drifts from Canada moved south and found paths that eventually became the Great Lakes. Drifts could be up to a mile thick. The bottom part of the drift turned to ice and moved and shifted. Hundreds and thousands of years of travel shaped the lakes width and depth. Reports on glaciers vary. Some reports say all of the Midwest and North America were covered by a glacier, other reports say this was unique to Michigan. Regardless, the drifts came south from Canada, shaped our state, and created our Great Lakes and many thousands of lakes within the state’s borders. As 86

the glaciers melted (which took hundreds of years), the glaciers settled creating the landscape we now see. Inland lakes such as Higgins Lake and Walled Lake are also known as kettle lakes. These were formed when great pieces of ice would fall of the glacier and stick in to the ground. When the ice melted it left a hole that was filled with water from natural sources. When the water retreated into the basins we call lakes, it left behind sand creating the state’s beautiful freshwater beaches. The glaciers also helped create the luscious sand dunes that mainly dot Lake Michigan’s shoreline. This is due to westerly winds that blow the sand. Glaciers from thousands of years ago created the great mitten that is the state of Michigan today. We have slowmoving ice and melting snow to thank for our beautiful peninsulas, freshwater lakes, and the largest freshwater coast in the world. Geologists today are still discovering what our state looked like hundreds of years ago and how our landscape was shaped by these large moving snow drifts. It is also worth pointing out that Michigan’s state lines do not end at our coasts. Borders for our state run through Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron and Lake Erie. However, these lines take away from the iconic mitten shape we all know and love. Cold glaciers and freezing snow are what made Michigan the state it is today. Good thing it’s shaped like a mitten!

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• 1 box of cornmeal muffin mix

Combine the muffin mix with the remaining ingredients. Whisk together well. Melt some butter in a skillet and pour the mixture into your favorite pancake-sized circles to brown, flipping as needed. They are so unusual and deliciously different with that crunchy cornmeal as the base. Douse them in maple syrup and give them a try. See what you think!

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Huevos Rancheros Ingredients

Directions:

• Corn tortilla shells

To begin, take out two medium-sized sauté pans. Open the can of black beans, rinse, and drain. Open the can of diced tomatoes, drain most of the liquid. Dice up some onion, jalapeño, and the garlic (enough for the salsa you will make with the tomatoes and a little for the black beans, too).

• 1 can black beans • 1 can petite diced tomatoes • Onion • Jalapeños • Fresh garlic (a whole bulb) • Lime • Avocado • Cilantro • Feta • Salt/Pepper/Cumin/ Mexican Oregano • Eggs

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Pour some olive oil in both pans and heat to medium. Sauté the onion, jalapeño, and garlic briefly, then add the can of tomatoes to the pan with the most onion, and add the can of black beans to the other pan. Let them cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. The black beans will dry out some, so add about a ¼ cup of water to them and use a potato masher to break them open slightly and then take them off the heat. Season both pans with salt, pepper, cumin, and Mexican oregano. Continue to cook down the salsa for a bit longer until it reaches the consistency you want. Heat up a bit of canola oil in a small pan and fry several corn tortilla shells. Place them on paper towel to blot off most of the oil. I cook the eggs in the same pan with the hot oil. Once the eggs are finished, begin to layer your plates: 2 fried corn tortilla shells, black beans, salsa, egg, feta, and cilantro on top with a slice of lime and avocado on the side. Top with your favorite hot sauce and serve with an early morning margarita. It’s the weekend, and it’s 5 o’clock somewhere! Enjoy!


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Brioche French Toast There’s nothing quite as amazing as a decadent French toast recipe! This one is made with thick cut apple cinnamon brioche bread from the bakery. Ingredients

Directions:

• 1 loaf brioche bread in variety of your choice, cut into thick slices like Texas toast (will yield about 10 pieces)

Toast the slices slightly in the oven to dry them out a bit. While they’re toasting, combine the eggs, cream, and vanilla and mix well. Dunk each slice in the custard, coating both sides thoroughly. Melt some butter in a skillet or on a griddle and cook the slices until golden brown on each side. Dust with salt and pepper or cinnamon and serve with slivered almonds and the f ruit of your choice. For real indulgence, top with whipped cream! This is sure to be a favorite with your family.

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INGREDIENTS Cedar plank salmon — savor the flavor INGREDIENTS 1 salmon fillet (about 2 pounds) 6 tbsp brown sugar 2 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 2 tsp paprika

DIRECTIONS DIRECTIONS Soak cedar planks for at least 2 hours. Cut the salmon fillet into 6 equal-sized portions. Pat the salmon fillets dry with a paper towel. Mix the brown sugar and spices together in a bowl. Rub the top and sides of the salmon generously with the brown sugar rub and place the salmon, skin side down, on the wet cedar planks. Preheat the grill to medium so that the temperature is around 350F-400F. Place the planks, with the salmon on them, on the grill and close the lid. Cook the salmon for about 15 minutes. The time may vary depending on the thickness of the salmon. The internal temperature should be 135F.

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BACKYARD BURGER an easy recipe that makes you feel like a GRILL MASTER! INGREDIENTS 1 large egg 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef 1/2 onion finely chopped 1/2 cup shredded cheese 1 clove garlic minced 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon basil and oregano

DIRECTIONS Preheat a grill for high heat. In a bowl, mix together the ground beef, onion, cheese, egg, garlic, garlic powder, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Form into 4 patties. Grill patties for 5 minutes per side on the hot grill, or until well done. Serve on bun with your favorite condiments.

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Right to Life of Hillsdale County was founded to give a voice to the voiceless. In 1977, a small group of local people felt called to action by the radical Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion through all 9 months of pregnancy. They hoped to restore the unalienable right to life to those in the womb, to support mothers and fathers who were in need because of an unplanned pregnancy, to educate their neighbors about the realities of abortion, to promote pro-life legislation and candidates, and to protect all life, from conception to natural death. RTL Hillsdale County has continued these efforts faithfully, for 44 years, and is committed to working diligently, until the sanctity of life is restored to all God’s children.

OUR WORK IN THE COUNTY INCLUDES: JANUARY

• Red Rose distribution • March for Life D.C., sponsor college and high school students to attend • Local March for Life, this year sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and HC Students for Life

APRIL • RTL Banquet with inspiring speakers • Pauline Libengood Scholarship to high school senior

MAY

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SUMMER

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SEPTEMBER

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OCTOBER

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We also publish a newsletter three times a year with articles and information on pro-life issues. We have nearly 300 members -- over 100 who have been members for 20 or more years! We are so grateful for the loyal support and great talents you contribute to the fight for life. We would love for you to join us. Please visit us on our Facebook page: right to life of hillsdale county or email us at info@rtl-hillsdale.org

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