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Welcome back! I know it doesn’t seem like it was very long since we last visited but boy have we been busy. We published our first ever Bridal magazine~ the perfect resource guide for the brideto-be with everything from a pull out planning guide and time table to local resources that will connect every local bride with a plethora of amazing products and services available to them right here in their own backyard!

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We also held our first event at Jilly Beans in the Secret Garden and it was a resounding success, with nearly 100 people in attendance who enjoyed great food and fantastic prizes in an amazing setting. A special thank you to all of the local businesses who donated items for the Chinese auction. All of the money raised at the event will go towards our Simply Hers scholarship fund. This issue we pay tribute to our service men and women who put their lives on the line daily for each of us. We Salute You. There is also a section to help all of our Moms out there make it through the next few weeks as the kids begin to get bored, full of great local ideas to keep the kids entertained! If I had a dollar for every time my boys said “Mom I’m Bored” I’d be a very rich woman! Well, time to say good-bye and wish you all a wonderful 4th of July - be safe.

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Flattering Basic, Flirty One-Piece Swimsuit This swim dress has a lovely scoop neck and shirring at the midriff which is great for camouflaging the middle while highlighting a lovely décolletage. The skirt is flirty and fun while providing extra coverage. Juicy Couture lacy layers swim dress, $197, Everything But Water, Michigan locations.

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Summertime is here and we’re finally getting the weather we’ve been waiting for – yes! Weeks and weeks of long days, sunshine, barbeques, beaches and pools mean (for better or worse) it’s time for the usually dreaded annual visit to the dressing room to find the perfect swimsuit. Fear not. Generally in fashion, the goal is to create harmony and balance of the body by accentuating all attributes while carefully camouflaging any faults and this guideline definitely applies when it comes to swimwear. While women’s bodies certainly vary greatly, there are some inspirational basic yet fashionable swimsuits and individual separates that look great on most body types while helping to camouflage imperfections in your body in a discreet yet stylish way. And, don’t forget - a lovely creative cover-up can be your best summertime friend since it always looks better than a big t-shirt for an extra trendy touch of coverage.


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Subhed: Flattering Tankini Top If you prefer the flexibility of a bikini yet your mid-section is not quite ready for exposure, try a trendy yet camouflaging tankini top. Becca Swimwear by Rebecca Virtue tankini top with removable halter cups, $48. Becca Swimwear available in Michigan at Everything But Water, Victoria’s Secret, Nordstrom, and Macy’

Flattering Basic Bikini Top Support is very important when it comes to a bikini top since breasts that are supported and lifted make the mid-section look leaner. Becca Swimwear by Rebecca Virtue halter top with removable halter cups, $48. Becca Swimwear available in Michigan at Everything But Water, Victoria’s Secret, Nordstrom, and Macy’s.

Flattering High Mid-Waist Bikini Bottom Here’s a great mid-waist bikini bottom for some extra coverage – it works well with a bikini or tankini top. Tommy Bahama high waist bottom, $48, Everything But Water, Michigan locations.

Flattering Basic Bikini Bottom A bikini bottom with some shirring is always a flattering and slimming choice. Becca Swimwear by Rebecca Virtue shirred hipster bottom, $58. Becca Swimwear available in Michigan at Everything But Water, Victoria’s Secret, Nordstrom, and Macy’s.

Flattering (and Flirty) Skirt Bottom A skirted bottom is fabulous – it can either add feminine shape to a woman with a straighter, more athletic hip and bottom area or stylishly help hide a more generous bottom half. Becca Swimwear by Rebecca Virture asymmetrical skirted bottom, $74. Becca Swimwear available in Michigan at Everything But Water, Victoria’s Secret, Nordstrom, and Macy’s.

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ost of us just love the feeling of the enveloping warmth of the summer sun’s rays on our skin, but not the possible negative aftermath such as sunburn, fine lines, wrinkles, freckles, brown spots, cell damage and skin cancer. A general search through the bathroom cabinet reveals partial containers of sunscreen that have been in there since…who knows when? No worries - there’s no need to give up your sun worshipping time especially after the not-so-great winter and spring seasons we have had here in Michigan if you use the right sun protection. It’s time to check your sunscreen collection for expiration dates tossing out old, ineffective sunscreens to make room for some great new protective sun products that will help keep your skin soft, dewy and youthful against both UVB burning rays (measured by SPF) and UVA aging rays (measured by PFA).

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your sunscreen should have at least a rating of SPF 30 in order to be effective against the sun’s burning rays. He particularly likes sunscreen product offerings from Neutrogena, Aveeno and BullFrog Sunblock – all available at local drugstores and retailers. There are a wide variety of sunscreen (or sunblock) products available and in addition to looking for products with broad spectrum protection (UVA/UVB) and a minimum of SPF 30 you should also check for products to meet your individual needs. Sun protection comes in many forms including lotions, creams, sprays, balms and more. There are also sun products specifically for your face, body or both as well as products that not only have sun protection but also offer extras such as moisturizing, oil-free, waterproof, or insect repellency. For continued fun in the sun, slather or spray on sunscreen daily (according to instructions) to keep your relationship with the sun – and your skin – a healthy one.


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How can anything so gentle and comfortable change my spine? The ProAdjuster utilizes a precise oscillating force with uninterrupted motion. Have you ever seen a woodpecker tapping in an oscillating fashion on a tree? It is hard to believe, but you can watch them bore right through the hardest wood! The ProAdjuster taps in much the same way but uses soft tips that are comfortable to the human body and do not create damage.

The nerves are our wiring system with hundreds of thousands of nerves running throughout the body. The nervous system can be assaulted through obvious ways like direct and severe trauma as was the case with Christopher Reeves or, less obviously, through poor posture, sports, minor falls or simply bumping your head.

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How does the ProAdjuster work? The ProAdjuster can determine whether the vertebra’s motion is too rigid or too fluid through palpatation. However, instead of utilizing the doctor’s judgment, the ProAdjuster measures precise levels of motion. Therefore, the ProAdjuster can isolate a problem area faster and more accurately than manual procedures. If you have ever “flinched” at something, you know exactly what is meant by this. The piezoelectric sensor in the ProAdjuster instrument responds and registers information faster than your body’s ability to react. Therefore, a precise and accurate picture of the extent of rigidity or fluidity of each vertebra is reflected. Chiropractors are now able to use this highly sophisticated technology applied to the human body in order to determine proper function.

Nerve Impingement Syndrome (NIS), or a Subluxation, occurs when a misalignment of one or more of the joints in the spine places pressure on a nerve. Your ProAdjuster Chiropractor’’s job is to relieve as much Nerve Impingement Syndrome as possible. By allowing the nervous system to freely transport the nerve impulses throughout your body, you will begin to feel like new again; free to enjoy life to the fullest! With the help of modern technology, the job of improving your health just got easier. Many people learned the importance of proper nervous system function as they watched the story of actor Christopher Reeves unfold. He played Superman in the movies. A horseback riding accident damaged his spinal cord in a very dramatic way and the consequences were profound.

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Obesity Proofing Our Children As a dietitian and parent, I am always shocked by some of the alarming health statistics related to poor nutrition reported across the nation. And the biggest shocker for me is that many of these statistics affect a younger age group every year some as young as 7 years old!! For instance, did you know that: • The American Institute for Cancer Research has determined that 35% of all cancers are related to our diet! • Heart attacks, strokes and triple bypasses have now found their way into the lives of 20-year olds. • “Adult-Onset Diabetes” had to be renamed “Type 2 Diabetes” due to the vast numbers of children developing this lifestyle-induced type of diabetes. • autopsies from young accident victims found 50% blockages in arteries of children as young as 7. • As a result of our high-fat, high-sugar, refinedflour diets and our rather sedentary lifestyle, this will be the first generation of children predicted to NOT outlive their parents. Creating Healthy Habits in Children I know it isn’t always easy getting kids to eat healthy, so I’d like to help. In addition to parents leading by example, here are a few tips parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers can use to foster healthy habits in children. Maybe together we can turn some of these alarming statistics around before it’s too late. Make vegetables FUN! Allow…no encourage them to eat broccoli like dinosaurs! (Stick the stalks in their pile of mashed potatoes and go “Grrrrrr” as they grab with their hands, eating like dinosaurs!) Try serving fresh leaves of baby spinach overhead, holding the leaves in your outstretched hand as if they are leaves dangling from trees. Suggest to your children that they are a giraffe and see how far they can stretch their necks out to eat the leaves from the tree. Get sneaky Turn pinto beans into dip by pureeing them with salsa in the blender. Use the food processor to whirl fresh or frozen spinach, broccoli, peppers or carrots into spaghetti sauce. Camouflaged into tiny little pieces means they

won’t suspect a thing! Or stir-fry veggies in sweet-and-sour sauce, dip in light dressing or top them with melted, reduced-fat cheese. Make “fruit and vegetable” desserts Carrot cake, pumpkin muffins, blueberry buckle, cakes and cookies are all great ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables. Simply use reduced-fat and lowsugar recipes with whole-grain flour. Slash the sugar A 12-ounce can of regular soda pop contains 40 grams of sugar which is the same as 10 teaspoons!!! Have your kids choose soda OR ice cream OR a cookie for their sweet treat of the day, but NOT all three. Also save their favorite high- sugar cereals to be used sparingly as special “toppers” on healthier whole-grain, high-fiber cereals. Snack on ready-to-eat vegetables Always keep a bowl or plate of ready-to-eat-vegetables in the fridge for snacking. When kids ask for a snack before dinner, place the bowl on the table and just say, “You can eat whatever is on the table.” They may refuse at first, but the chances of their eating vegetables are best when kids are the HUNGRIEST and veggies are AVAILABLE. Get them involved Include your kids in the shopping of this week’s fruits and vegetables. Ask them to pick one new vegetable or fruit that the family has never tried before. Have them help prepare healthy snacks and even a complete meal. (Don’t forget to take their photo holding the dish they’ve made!) Watch their self esteem skyrocket along with these invaluable new life skills. Let them name their creations and they’ll take ownership and pride as well as feeling like they’ve had choices.

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Military Mom Reenie Easterling shares her thoughts this 4th of July.

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s most of us enjoy the parades, flag displays, cook-outs and fireworks that have become symbols of our 4th of July holiday, Carreen (Reenie) Easterling may be celebrating with a little different perspective this year. Before the year is over, Reenie will say good-bye to both of her sons- Michael age 23 and Nickolas age 18- as they are deployed into a combat zone. They are both in the same Army battalion, but different companies, as Armored Cavalry Scouts. This is nothing new for Reenie; the military has been a part of her life for a long time. Prior to her marriage, Reenie was in the Army herself, as was her father and a brother served in the Navy. When she met her husband Gary, he was serving in active duty in the Army. In fact, right after they married, they were separated for eight months before she was able to join him in Germany. Gary served about 16 years in active duty and then after a short break, he re-joined the Army National Guard and has served for another seven. In 2005 Gary’s National Guard unit was called up to serve in Iraq for about a year. Gary now works as an Army recruiter, which no doubt influenced Michael and Nick’s decisions to join the military. But Reenie will tell you that they believe everybody who is able should be willing to serve their country for at least two years of their life. And for those who disagree, she says, “that’s okay, because my family, and many others, have made it possible for them to voice that opinion!” Reenie admits her military background doesn’t make it any less stressful when they are away. In fact, having served in the Army post-Vietnam, Reenie said she got to know Vietnam veterans well enough to understand the trauma soldiers go through and the long term effects serving in these conflicts can have. During one two-week period Gary’s unit had a suicide bomber (car bomb) drive into their convoy, a roadside bomb and a RPG (rocket propelled grenade) thrown into their convoy. Although all of them have escaped serious injury, Michael injured his back in an ambush. Reenie knows there have been other incidents that are just not talked about, but she still feels these career choices have been very good for her family. Nick, who is just finishing his senior year in Hillsdale High School, will be heading into a new adventure. This deployment will be Michael’s second overseas tour, having just returned from Iraq about a year ago. Reenie says over the years, technology has really improved the opportunities for communication. With things such as facebook, email, skype and instant message chats, they don’t have to wait the agonizing days or weeks in between letters as in the past. But that doesn’t keep her from getting tears in her eyes as she admits it is not going to be easy to keep from worrying about her sons while they’re away.

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Not all families have this connection to the military or the desire to serve their country in this way. But we all enjoy the freedoms that are a direct result of the sacrifices families like the Easterlings are making. So on the 4th of July as you enjoy the red, white and blue sparkles falling from the sky, or listen to the national anthem being played, take a minute to truly reflect on what a great country we have. And while you’re at it, say an extra prayer for our military men and women who give so much to keep it that way!

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Patriotism alive and well By Nancy Hastings Simply Hers Magazine

The Hillsdale Kiwanis Club is painting its community red, white and blue with a successful flag project that has everyone beaming with patriotism. On Memorial Day, the club’s first holiday to install the flags, more than 300 of these American beauties graced residences and businesses along streets and cemeteries. Rows of the 3 by 5 feet flags adorned downtown and residential areas. The club’s desire is to add special aesthetic appeal to the area during five holidays throughout the year, including Flag Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day. The subscription service cost, originally $30 for the year, goes down $6 for each holiday missed. Project coordinator Jim Rowen said the new service project was inspired by the Jackson Kiwanis Club, whose members raved about its success. “We sold all 300 flags ordered and had to get an extra 50 from Jackson,” Rowen said. Filling out necessary forms and taking care of the organizational process, Kiwanian Deb Storer said everyone in the club worked together to make it happen. Prior to the first holiday, she worked evenings to enter information into a database. “It helps to automate the billing process and track the location of the flags at individual sites,” said Storer, manager of the mortgage operations department at County National Bank. “My computer was literally a lap top in the evenings.” Rowen lauded Storer by saying it was her expertise that contributed to the project’s success. “People have responded positively and it’s really become a big deal with everyone wanting to participate,” Rowen said. On Memorial Day weekend, those driving into the city from Hudson Road spotted more than a dozen flags placed along the Hillsdale County Fairgrounds. Fair Manager Scott Dow said anyone interested in displaying a flag at the fairgrounds can contact any Kiwanian, knowing this option exists in addition to a home or business display. “It’s a great tribute to those serving overseas as well as the men and women who have served in the past and will in the future,” Dow said. “It was nice to be approached by Kiwanis as a site and we appreciate all who selected the fairgrounds for their purchase.”

While preparing for it’s first holiday display, the club faced challenges of various forms making sure it could handle the demand. Canvassing door-to-door, staking locations for the digs and installing sleeves for the 10 foot poles was arduous for those involved. For downtown businesses where holes could not be dug, metal stands were created, along with concrete donuts to keep flags intact in the event of strong winds. The time put in has reaped rewards for the club whose main focus is raising money to benefit children as well as the community. The club helps local children’s organizations through service projects and financial donations. In addition to supporting area schools with a dictionary and thesaurus project, the club provides a bike give-away for “March is Reading Month” as well as student scholarships. Storer said she believes the flag project has only begun with great potential ahead. “I think we’ll get a lot more (interested parties) since they’ve had a chance to see the flags and how nice they look,” she said. “We already have additional interest and I’ll bet we get more.”

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Holly Woodard considers herself just a normal woman, wife, and mother. But most women’s idea of “normal” wouldn’t be traveling 300 feet down a mountain, and canoeing about five hours on the river to get to the closest town. Most mothers don’t routinely watch their children for signs of malaria or parasites. Very few wives have experience in trading items such as salt, soap, kerosene and fish hooks, for things like wild greens, tropical fruit, even crocodile or wild boar meat! And yet that is Holly Woodard’s day to day life as a missionary in Papua New Guinea. Holly is from California but grew up the daughter of missionaries and lived most of her life in a support base community in Papua New Guinea. As she was graduating from high school, she met Mark Woodard who was there on a short term mission trip. He had just graduated from Hillsdale College and was developing an interest in mission work. A friendship blossomed into a relationship as they both attended a Bible college in Wisconsin, and they eventually married. About two years into their marriage, and by then the parents of a baby daughter, they started receiving emails telling of the desperate need for teachers in Papua New Guinea. Since both of them had planned teaching careers, and had an interest in mission work, it seemed like the time to respond. Their original commitment was for one year. This choice opened their hearts and changed their lives as they subsequently took two years of additional mission training and committed to long term assignment. They have been serving in the small village of Mariama in the tropical rain forest of Papua New Guinea since December of 2000. This is not the same kind of community-type area where Holly grew up. It is a remote village of tribal families, about 1000 people total. There are no stores, no restaurants, no cell phone or internet service. Their power source is the sun. Their water source is the rain they catch in a 2000 gallon rain tank. There is no shortage of either since it is hot year around and rains an average of 200-300 inches per year! Their home is a simple cabin-type construction with bamboo siding that sits on eight foot stilts. Their means of transportation is a canoe and when they have to leave the area, a single engine plane. Their connection to the outside world is a short wave radio. They have had to learn an unwritten language and translate it to communicate and teach. To have adequate medical care for the birth of their children, they have traveled to Australia. Holly, Mark, and their four children- Allie (14), Brandt

(12), Bryce (6) and Brock (5) – have just ended a yearlong stay back in the Hillsdale area. Although this year’s visit had a little more urgency with Mark’s father, Tom Woodard, in a battle with cancer, and Holly needing some neck and back therapy, they make a point of coming home for regular visits. They feel strongly about having balance in their children’s lives, with exposure to both worlds. When in Papua New Guinea, Holly home schools all four children. For this past year, they have been attending Reading school, where Mark spent his school years. They have been glad to have time with family, especially since they can now leave knowing Tom’s cancer is in remission. The children have enjoyed making new friends, participating in sports, and catching up on the latest computer toys, but they also look forward to returning “home.” There are two moments that stand out in Holly’s memory; one that reminds her why she is there and another that reminds her that God is taking care of them. The first one happened when they were on their first short term mission. A local woman was giving birth in the jungle and had complications. Holly went with some other women to help her and as she saw the newborn lying on a banana leaf and the fear in the mother’s eyes, she could tell the mother was paralyzed by her superstitions and belief in “spirits.” Holly said it was a life-changing moment to realize how desperately these people needed to know about the strength, hope and peace that comes from knowing the Lord. The second was when her son Brandt had to be rushed to surgery for a golf ball-sized brain tumor when he was only 3 years old. With Brandt having seizures, people held bamboo torches to light the air strip so they could get out of the jungle that night. It became clear to her that God was taking care of her children and they were all very much in His hands. The Woodard’s goal, which Holly compares to raising a child, is to plant a church and leave it with a solid foundation of believers and leaders to pass on to future generations. Holly laughs when it’s suggested that she is an amazing woman. She says she is very much your average wife and mother; having her bouts of fear, frustration, and homesickness. In fact, she says she wants people to understand they are “just normal people doing what God wants them to do.” But when that involves changing people’s lives for eternity, while at the same time successfully raising a family in a remote jungle, I for one find that pretty amazing!

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miniature golf Clor’s Outpost 3435 Pioneer Road Osseo, MI 517-523-2622 HOURS: M-F 9 am – 6 pm, Sat 9 am – 5 pm, Sun Noon-5 pm COST: $3 WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Children under 3 play free!

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5520 W. Card Rd. Reading, MI 517-283-3982 www.crossroadsfarm.org Taking reservations for Camp Hiawatha in Eckerman, MI July 9-16, For grades 6-12. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Bible studies offered throughout the summer.

KIMBALL YMCA CENTER

116 W Main St. Hudson, MI 800-944-2293 HOURS: F 5 pm- 9 pm, Sat 2 pm – 9 pm ADUltS ONly WEDNESDAyS Sun 2 pm – 5 pm COST:- $3.50 per game/per person 7-9 pm WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Birthday party come cHaSe your careS away! packages available!

free fun! Toasted Mud

HILLSDALE COMMUNITY LIBRARY 4444 Long Lake Rd. Reading, MI 11 E Bacon St. • 517-437-6470 HOURS: 517-283-2168 M – W 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Th & Fri 10:00 am – WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: NEW SUMMER HOURS: Sun:, 5:00Mon, pmTue Sat12-6pm 10:00Wed:12-9pm am – 2:00Thurs, pm Fri, Sat: 10-9pm Day camps & resident camps offered WHATSt.YOU SHOULD KNOW: Summer 517-439-1677 • 74 N. Howell • HillSdale • www.toaStedmud.com all summer long! reading programs are in full swing!

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NEW SUMMER HOURS: Sun:, Mon, Tue 12-6pm Wed:12-9pm Thurs, Fri, Sat: 10-9pm

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OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT Hillsdale BPU Stock’s Park or Sandy Beach 517-437-6435 for latest movie info. HOURS: Start at dusk WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Bring your own chairs, blankets & snacks.Co-sponsored by Simply Hers Magazine!

SUGAR BUSH FARMS 9991 US-12 Allen, MI 517-869-2265 HOURS: M-Th 10am – 8pm, Fri & Sat 10am – 9pm, Sun Noon – 7pm WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Free petting zoo! Ice cream & food available for purchase.

OTHER FREE IDEAS: Rotary Club Nature Trail-walking/ biking- Sandy Beach to Jonesville, Disc golf (9 hole) Owens Memorial Park off Waterworks Dr., Hillsdale Vacation Bible School call local churches for dates

something new BLAST OFF BOUNCE ZONE

44 Monroe St Hillsdale, MI 517-425-1179 HOURS: Sat 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Sun 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm COST: $6/1st hour, $1.50 each add. hour WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Other times may be available. Check their Facebook page for updated information.

TOASTED MUD 74 N. Howell St. Hillsdale, MI 517-439-1677 HOURS: S, M, T Noon – 6 pm, W Noon – 9 pm Th, F, Sat 10 am – 9 pm COST: Prices start at $5 WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Summer camps available for all ages.

WHISPERING SANDS JEWELRY 33 N. Broad St. Hillsdale, MI 517-398-5825 HOURS: M-Th 10am5pm, Fri 10am- 6 pm, Sat 10am- 1pm COST: Start at $5 WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: jewelry and craft projects for all ages. Check Facebook for weekly class schedules and giveaways

9991 U.S. 12 Allen, MI. 517-869-2265 Petting Zoo / Horse & Carriage Rides

BATTLE GROUNDS 14 N. Howell St. Hillsdale, MI 517-610-5369 HOURS: T – Th 2 pm – 10 pm Fri 2 pm – midnight, Sat noon – 10 pm

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FAMILY RESTAURANT

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1220 Sword Hwy. Adrian, MI 517-263-6618 HOURS: Every other Sat. 7:30 pm • 7/9, 7/23, 8/6 & 8/20 COST: Gate donation

DZ Laser Tag 116 W. Main St. Hudson, MI 800-944-2293• www.dzlasertag.com HOURS: F 5 pm – 9 pm, Sat 2 pm – 9 pm, Sun 2 pm – 5 pm • COST: $5 pp/per game WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Other times by appt.

THE STADIUM ROLLER RINK 3240 Carleton Rd. Hillsdale, MI 517-437-3541 • HOURS: Th 6 -8 pm, F 6 -10 pm , Sat 2 – 5 pm & 7 – 10 pm COST: Fri is Dollar Night! Call for special summer prices. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Other days and times available by reservation.

movies

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FAMILY VIDEO 103 E .Carleton Rd. Hillsdale, MI 517-437-5940 HOURS: 10am – midnight, 7 days COST: Rentals start at $2.60, FREE kid’s movies, Family Fun Specials $1 WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Report card A’s = FREE rentals thru July 12th.

• In-ground InstallatIon • above ground InstallatIon • openIngs • ClosIngs • repaIr • lIner replaCement

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2011 GOlF Only MeMbeRsHips still aVailable $1200 up FROnt includes: Husband, wife kids up to 22 yrs. old unlimited Golf • Golf leagues no assessments cart Rental not included no dining Minimum

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2950 W. Carleton Rd. Hillsdale 517-437-7092 or Movie Hotline: 517-437-7103 HOURS: 11:30 am - 10 pm COST: Children $3.75 all day/ every day WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Lots of great kid-friendly movies coming in July & August!

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HUDSON CINEMA 116 W. Main St. Hudson, MI 800-944-2293 SHOW TIMES: Fri 7 pm, Sat 3 pm & 7 pm Sun 3 pm COST: $5 Adults/ $3.75 under 12 WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: 3:00 Matinees only $3 all seats!

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Mom I’m Bored Activity Jar

Here is a great idea that will be fun to create and to use all summer long.

1. Take a plain cookie jar- you could even recycle something from a spaghetti sauce jar or something you already have. 2. Create a list of activities that kids can do each time they are bored. 3. Have the kids decorate the list and cut them into pieces and fold them so that as they are being pulled out of the jar it will be a surprise. 4. Fill the jar with the strips of paper with printed “activities” on each of them. 5. Tie some ribbon around the neck of the jar for some added color. Some of the ideas are fun, some of the ideas are not, so before your kids decide to have you entertain them, they’ll really need to decide if its worth it or not! They might get “Make cookies with Mom”, or they might get “Pull weeds.” They could get “Play in the sprinklers”, or they could get “Do a chore of Mom’s choice!”

resources RESOURCES FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND IDEAS: City of Hillsdale Recreation Dept. 517-437-6457 www.cityofhillsdale.org Office hours: M-F 8 am – 5 pm Still opportunities for tennis camp, T-ball, and coach-pitch baseball! City of Adrian Parks and Recreation Dept. 517-264-4872 www.ci.adrian.mi.us

2011 Hillsdale Board of Public Utilities

Outdoor Movie Schedule n chairs, Bring your ow ks & blankets, snac ks in dr lic ho non-alco

Where: Stock’s Park & At the Beach When: All Movies Start At Dusk Cost: Open to All Ages and Free of Charge Call 517-437-6435 for the latest movie info or go to www.hillsdalebpu.com and click on “MOVIES”

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Trevathans Sweep & Sew Shoppe is pleased to introduce Elna Sewing machines to their inventory of quality machines. Elna celebrates 70 years of excellence and has always symbolized quality, innovation and service. With a firm belief that sewing should be fun, they have manufactured their machines to be easy to use, versatile and modern. We invite you to stop in and see the difference for yourself!

THE TAYLOR AGENCY - SERVICE AND INTEGRITY

WE LIVE IN A WORLD OF CHANGING TIMES. The traditional roles and lifestyles of today’s woman are not that of yesterday. At The Taylor Agency, we invite you to take charge of your financial future, to afford yourself the retirement you deserve. We have been serving the community for the past 22 years and pride ourselves in service and integrity. Our agents specialize in life and long term care insurance as well as all of your investment needs. Shelly VanZandt is one such agent waiting to help you. Call her for your personal meeting today! 800-833-1992

or 1-800-BEACHES *10% year-round savings added to any existing promotional rate for all U.S. and Canada Military personnel to include Active Military and/or spouse, Retired, Reserves, Veterans, National Guard, Department of Defense, and Department of National Defense (Canada). Proof of Military identification or discharge certificate required upon check-in at the resort. Payment of rate difference will be charged if not provided. **A total of 15% savings will be applied for Beaches Resorts bookings made by 10/25/11 for travel between 8/23/11 and 10/31/11. Discount offer applicable to only one room per military personnel and must be applied prior to final payment. For all promotions, offers may be changed or withdrawn without notice. Certain conditions apply.

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Times have changed, and so have the ways we plan for our financial futures. Start today to plan for the retirement YOU want. Shelly Van Zandt 517-265-2323/800-833-1992 www.tayloragency.us


KITCHEN & BATH BY ROWEN DESIGN

Could you use a little inspiration to get your creative juices flowing? Are the of color choices at the paint store more that you can handle? Are you a do-it-yourselfer, but need a little help with a good plan. We have the perfect solution – a two hour visit with a designer! Prepare an organized list of questions and challenges to make the most of your design appointment. It’s the perfect gift for a birthday, anniversary, wedding, thank you, or housewarming. Call Pat to schedule your personal “design time” appointment. Rowen Design – 1488 Vera Drive – Hillsdale – 517.439.2416

HILLSDALE BEAUTY COLLEGE

You’ll be happy to know that Hillsdale Beauty College offers a full line of salon services at economical rates. All of our services are performed by supervised senior students. Your visit and services will be professional and tailored to your needs. You can sit back, relax and enjoy a pleasant experience. The regular clinic hours are 9 AM to 4 PM, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday. The clinic is open 8 AM to Noon on Wednesdays. During the month of July the clinic will be closed on all Wednesdays and the week of July 4th through July 8th. You can call for an appointment or simply walk in. Walk ins are always welcome.

MOORE INSURANCE SERVICES

In today’s fast-paced world everyone is promising to save you money on insurance. Do you really want to compromise losing your most valuable possessions to someone whose only promise is to save you money with your insurance coverage? While price is always important, isn’t having the right coverage and having an agent work with you during a claim even more important? No one expects to have claims, but this is where Moore Insurance shines. As an Independent Insurance Agency we do not work for an insurance company, we work for you. We represent many of the highest rated companies and will design an auto, home, business, or life insurance policy just for you. Moore Insurance Services has its roots dating back to 1894 in Hillsdale. We have a legacy of longstanding clients and a commitment to customer service that has proven successful for over 100 years. There is a difference between insurance agencies…….. expect more with Moore Insurance Services. Find out for yourself and call or stop by our office today.

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Aging With Attitude

By Jean Carr Simply Hers Magazine

An ongoing series with useful tips and information for our readers in their golden years.

AARP OFFERS FREE SAFE DRIVING COURSE TO DRIVERS OVER 50. The AARP Safe Driving Course is one of the greatest enrichment classes you can take as a person over 50 (the longer it’s been since drivers training classes the more important it is). The class can be 8 hours in 1 day or 2, 4 hour days depending on the needs of the class participants. The class is a purely self help class , the material is presented in such a way you can access the changes you need to make in your driving habits so you can continue driving as long as possible. The objectives of the class are to help you understand the effect that ageing has on your driving ability such as hearing & sight problems, learning new ways to compensate for the changes in our bodies, not being as flexible & slower reaction time, learning what the most dangerous driving situation is for older drivers, left turns, avoid them at all costs, like grandchildren asking for money! Updating your knowledge of new road signs, we have lived with Angola, Marshall, Homer, & Jackson for years but have you tried to do Brighten lately, signals, red, green, yellow & added colored arrows go every which way & traffic is different than it used to be (we are the Sunday drivers now! • Do you know how to minimize the blind spots on your car? • Do you know how to maintain the proper distance from the car ahead? • Do you have your headrest in the proper spot in case of a crash? • Do you drive with your hands at 10 & 2 or 8 & 4?

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• Do you read the information sheets that the pharmacist gives you about the effect medicine can have on your driving? • Do you eat while driving ... do you remember when there were no drive thru so you stopped at the A&W for something to eat , the tray was attached to your car so you had to stay? So many things have changed since 1965 when I took drivers training from Mr. Donnelly in Hillsdale. The roads are different now( bumps down 127 keep you aware where the middle is), cars safety features have improved I love the beep beep when I’m backing up but what will happen if the beeper stops working?, anti-lock brakes, do I pump or push with all my might until I smell rubber. There is no test that you take, nothing is reported to your insurance company unless you choose to share with them you have taken the course so can ask if they offer the discount , some but not all company’s offer a discount. The next class will be held in Hillsdale at the Hillsdale County Fairgrounds and is sponsored by Perennial Park .

All Care made all the difference for me. After my accident Jean was my advocate, getting me to physical therapy 3 times a week, helping me get my drivers license back and getting my car. Having my independence is very cool! Bill elston light housekeeping - laundry - meal prep - appointments - home care cosmetology - skilled nursing services - general and grocery shopping diabetic monitoring - diet - nutrition - transportation - ostomy care Providing a full range of home health care services serving the tri-state area • Michigan • Ohio • Indiana Care can be provided for a few hours a week or around the clock depending on your needs.

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My Life Touch nurse visits twice a week. Without Life Touch I would not have been able to maintain my independence at home.. ~Karen B.

• Wound Care • Catheter care • Diabetic Teaching • Supervision of Meds • Physical Therapy evaluations • Gait Training • Muscle Re-education • Pain Control • Activities of daily living skills • The use of adaptive equipment • Development of perceptual motor skills • Re-training in oral motor skills • Expressive and receptive language skills • Swallowing Issues • Everyday living needs: bathing, grooming, and household tasks • Healthy living information provided If there are needs required by you, your loved one or patient not listed, please ask us. Our goal is to be a helping hand in our quest in meeting all of our patients’ home care needs.

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Over The

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By Willie Smith Simply Hers Magazine

Have you ever wanted your dining room table to look like one you’ve seen in a magazine? Did you try it and succeed? I tried; I failed. I failed MISERABLY I might add, and it just about put me over the edge. A few magazine covers ago, I saw a table setting that looked so elegant; I just had to have it. I could do that I told myself. Really now, how hard could it be? Plates, bowls, glasses, napkins. Oh yeah, let’s shop! Now we all know I’m cheap, right? So where could I get some good stuff, really cheap? Silly me, the dollar store of course. I’m so brilliant, sometimes I scare myself. (I know I scare my husband.)

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You’re probably asking yourself the same question I asked myself initially. Why not go to a few yard sales and see what I can find? I think we all remember my last experience at a yard sale, don’t we? My husband’s bruises still haven’t healed completely so I’ve decided I’ll steer clear of yard sales for a while. So the dollar store it is. I tear the cover off the magazine and take it with me to the store so I know what I’m looking for. I check the picture at the store then look at the shelves and think this could be a problem, but I tell myself I can handle this challenge. I’ll find something that will work if it kills me. I finally find a couple of nice plates that aren’t exactly like the plates in the picture, but they’re close; at least they’re the same shape. There’s only two of that style, but I find two more that are similar. The colors and designs don’t match, but hey, diversity is the big thing now, right? I’m a modern kind of girl, right? Diversity at my house will start with my dining room table. Now we’re cookin’! Next I look for some smaller coordinating plates. Shoot! Wouldn’t ya know it, I can’t find four that match, but I find some that kind of, sort of match. Okay, they don’t match at all, but they’re cheap and that is so important. Now I try to find four soup bowls but they only have three in the whole darn store. I do find one salad bowl though and I think to myself, not everyone likes soup, so why not buy the one salad bowl? I’ve still got that diversity thing goin’ on ya know. This is gonna be good! Okay, we’re ready for the goblets. I find four that aren’t as tall or as elegant as the ones in the picture. As a matter of fact, they’re not even glass, but plastic is good, right? They’re all the same shape, size and color. Granted, they’re short, square and Pepto Bismal pink, but we’re on a budget here okay? I put ‘em in my basket. Now if I can just find the napkins, I’ll be ready to go home and set my table. I can only find paper napkins. Must be the fabric ones are too expensive to carry in the dollar store. Oh well, what if somebody spilled something on one of them and I couldn’t get the stain out? I’d really be mad, so paper napkins it is. Do you think I can find any paper napkins that look classy? I find paper ones, but they don’t look classy. The only ones I can find that don’t have some crazy design that clashes with my plates are white ones. How good is that going to look? Oh well, if everything else looks good maybe no one will notice the napkins. I mean they’re gonna be folded down into the plastic “goblets” anyhow, right? I’ll just shove ‘em down a little further and no one will know the difference.

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Okay, I’ve got everything I need. I can go home and make my table look just like that magazine cover. I may even take a picture of my table and send it into the magazine. I could win a prize! I could have my table featured in next month’s issue!! I could become famous and have my own TV show!!! I’ll call it WOW! Willie’s Ornate World! Oh the excitement!! I pay the $18.02 for all my goodies and head home to get busy. I cannot describe to you the disaster on my table. I looked at the picture, I rearranged. I looked at the picture again. My table looked awful! It looked cheap!! It did not look a thing like the picture in the magazine. I just don’t get it. What happened? It could have been those pink plastic glasses. Do you think it was the paper napkins? I mean I tried to fold them right, but after the 5th time I got frustrated and just shoved ‘em down into the glasses. Maybe it was the plates and bowls that didn’t match. As I stood there starring at the table my husband walked in and asked what in the blue blazes I’d done to the table. I heard him mutter something as he walked away shaking his head. I found out later he canceled all my home magazine subscriptions. It’s just as well, I guess. It saved me the humiliation of having my TV show canceled. I’m telling you, it’s enough to put me over the edge!

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Who We Are The Greater Hillsdale Humane Society operates the only animal shelter in a small, rural community in southern Michigan. We are a nonprofit organization and receive our financing from donations, fundraising and adoption fees.

Adopting a Friend All potential adopters are required to fill out a screening application. Vet and personal references may be checked and a home visit may be required prior to adoption. Animals adopted from the shelter will be up to date with their vaccinations. Dogs will be heartworm tested and are on preventative medicine. Under state law all animals are required to be neutered or spayed. We make sure ALL pets adopted are spayed & neutered prior to going home.

girls. If you can send us even a small donation, it could mean the difference of life & death for one of these sad cases. You can make checks out to G.H.H.S. ( Greater Hillsdale Humane Society) and send it to the address listed below. Even if you are not able to do an entire treatment, every little bit helps..

Volunteer Opportunities When weather permits we take the shelter stars on the road to where the people are in order to find them homes. We can always use volunteers at these events. There is nothing quite as heartwarming as watching these dogs and cats go to forever homes. Volunteers are also needed to help at the shelter. Volunteers must be at least 18 or accompanied by an adult. If interested, please contact Renee at ghhs@frontier.com.

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After a rough winter, it’s time to celebrate all that summer has to offer. What better way to honor the season than by getting your home in gear? All you need to do is combine some of the latest trends with some good old-fashioned favorites.

Indoor/outdoor rugs are all the rage. Their reasonable price points, vibrant designs and high durability put them at the top of everyone’s list. While they make perfect sense on your patio or deck, these gems also work wonders in high traffic areas of the home, like kitchens and hallways. This is the time of year when less is definitely more. The easiest way to scale back on your home’s contents is by editing your possessions. Trade a wool throw for a colorful cotton blanket and replace a dark rug with some sisal. Think of your favorite summer destination, whether it’s a cottage in the woods, a sandy beach or your local swimming pool, and take inspiration from all of the above. Pay attention to the elements that catch your eye, such as seashells and sand, boats and oars or the beauty of nature that can be incorporated into any décor.

Look out the window to see what’s blooming in your own backyard. Bring the outdoors in by adding tall branches to a large vase for a dramatic focal point. Garden statues and urns become unexpected accent pieces in the home.

You can never have too many pillows, especially when they are comfy enough to provide extra seating on the floor. Rearrange your rooms as needed to suit your summer entertaining and be sure to carve out some space for traffic flow between your indoor and outdoor spaces.

Wicker and rattan are reminiscent of all that summer has to offer. Whether you choose a few baskets to hang on the wall or use them to stash your magazines and children’s toys, these staples add so much to your surroundings with their texture and simplicity.

Stock a mini fridge with beverages for a family room that sees more than its share of normal activity at this time of year. Keep a basket of snacks nearby for last minute visitors. Large plastic tubs can hold ice for outdoor gatherings. They add a burst of color to your existing décor.

Add a splash of the hottest bright colors to your rooms to celebrate the season. Create the illusion of a lakefront home by hanging a life preserver as a piece of art. Or prop some painted oars against the wall. Any outdoor references will be appreciated at this time of year.

Remember that summer is all about relaxing and having fun. Do a quick sweep of your rooms to change anything that might be too formal for the season like your bed linens. Soak up your surroundings while you still can. You know how it goes. Summer will be over in no time.

Rustic touches help to yield a more casual feel. Twig furniture and vegetable crates can be added to your rooms. The unpretentious style of these items creates instant charm in any setting.

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Create an Outdoor Living Space That Will Get Good Use

Many homeowners think an outdoor living space is one that can only be used during the warm-weather months. However, if done right, individuals can enjoy outdoor rooms for much of the year. Creating a comfortable, intimate and private outdoor space offers a spot to which a person can retire after a long day -- especially a person who enjoys the delights of Mother Nature. Outdoor rooms can be customized depending on the space one has, meaning homeowners or renters with any size yard or patio area can enjoy an outdoor room. Starting the project first requires determining where the outdoor space will be situated. Most people prefer to keep it close to the house for easy access. It’s also important to consider how many seasons will be enjoyed outdoors. This will determine the accessories needed. For example, those who want to stretch outdoor living into the late autumn may want to invest in a chiminea or outdoor fireplace to provide a focal point and warm place to converge when the weather is brisk. Those who only desire a summer area may want an arbor or pergola to keep the area cooler when the sun is scorching. Keep in mind that this area of the outdoors should be private; otherwise it probably won’t be used much. Plants, trellis, garden structures, and other elements can help to keep the area blocked off from prying eyes. Bamboo is a fast-growing grass that will make an effective privacy screen. Next, consider plants that provide aesthetic appeal. If the outdoor room will be used for three seasons, use a variety of plants that will ensure blooms all year long. Consider plants that will feed wildlife and attract butterflies and birds. Greenery tends to create a relaxing space. Don’t forget a few evergreen shrubs or trees if the space will be enjoyed past the summer. Think about comfortable furniture to add to the space. Stores sell so many different varieties of outdoor furniture, from traditional patio sets to chaises and sofas that rival ones that would normally be found indoors. Accessorize as one would inside, adding side tables, throw pillows (in weatherresistant fabrics) and ottomans. The goal is comfort and convenience. Don’t forget lighting. While there’s bound to be plenty of sunlight during the day, individuals who want to sit outdoors at night should think about wired or solar lighting. Candles or a fire in a fire pit also can provide ample illumination. Homeowners going above and beyond can shield the outdoor room from the elements even further by building a screened-in outdoor space. This will help keep bugs at bay and provide shelter if it rains. Use curtains or shutters to give the area a cozy appeal.

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S.O.S. Sort, Organize, and Simplify Your Life! By Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine

put the brakes on the car clutter I used to have a refrigerator magnet that said, “If A Woman’s Place Is In The Home, Why Am I Always In The Car?” Do you sometimes feel like you live in your vehicle? Does your vehicle look like you live in it? This time of year brings summer sports, vacations, reunions, and more outside recreation, so the clutter of life is sure to spill over into our vehicles! As in our homes, clutter in the car can cause stress, disorganization, and even be a safety hazard. Fortunately, unlike some house de-cluttering projects, just a few minutes spent on your car will give you a sense of accomplishment and pride. You’ll be amazed what a difference an organized vehicle will make in your life, just follow these easy S.O.S. steps: Get a box and a trash bag. Throw out all trash, such as old receipts you don’t need, used drink cups, food wrappers, toys, and junk mail.

In your glove box: Keep your vehicle instruction and maintenance manual, a flashlight, and emergency trouble service numbers (such as a tow service and your insurance agent.) Find a niche (or use a small caddy): For sunglasses, wet wipes, a pen, maps, and a few CDs (limit them to 5 and change them out every few weeks or as needed.) In your trunk: For everything else your family needs in the car, use a special box (like a tote or a plastic crate-type bin.) That will keep the extra items contained for your sanity and safety. These might include a first aid kit, blanket, jumper cables, window cleaner, paper towels, and re-useable shopping bags. If you must carry sporting equipment, leave it in the trunk to prevent injury or distraction from it moving around as you drive. It’s handy to keep a small rug down to protect the floor. Then it can also be used if you have to get on the ground to change a tire or look under the vehicle.

Put everything else in the box. Empty the entire car of everything, even the glove box. (Of course you can leave in the spare tire, tire changing tools, and car seats.)

The key is to not let unnecessary items creep back into the vehicle. If you need to take extra things for a vacation or special outing, just use another crate or bin, but make sure it is temporary. The entire family should get in the habit of exiting the vehicle with anything that does not belong in there. In other words- don’t leave the car empty-handed!

This would be a good time to sweep it out, while it’s clear of all items. You may also want to wipe down children’s car seats, arm rests, and the steering wheel. Now it’s time to put back just the few special items you really need in there-

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To all of you savvy shoppers out there, if you’re looking for local resale, second-hand, thrift, or consignment shops in your area, you’ve found the right place! Resale Shopping is one of the fastest growing retail categories today and we wanted to introduce you to some of our favorites! Be sure to check the listings in each issue for new updates and special offers exclusively for Simply Hers readers. Happy Trails!

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146 N Main St | Brooklyn MI (517) 592-8686 Hours: Monday thru Friday 10:30 till 5:00 Sat 10:00 till 4:00 pm Brooklyn’s Leading Fashionable Consignment Shop Closet Overload is a quality Consignment Boutique with high standards. We offer up-to-date new and used fashion and accessories. In order to do this we must be very selective. Closet Overload has 2000 square feet of space and has grown each and every year since opening in 1993. Check us out on the web at http://www.closetoverload.net/ for downloadable coupons

Helping Hands Thrift Store, Inc. A Lenawee county non-profit organization 795 Division Street | Adrian, MI 49221 (517)266-7002 Hours: M-SA 10:00am-6:00pm

FEATURED ITEMS: Gently used and some new, quality furniture, appliances and other larger and small household items as well art, tools, antiques and clothing. Donations always accepted Free pick-up of your quality used furniture and large working appliances

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“What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit”. - John Updike Friends begin to gather together for a night of festivity. There’s a bit of excitement in the air, lots of chatter going on and people milling around enjoying the artwork and each others company. Comments are heard on a particular painting or sculpture that has struck their fancy. They have to share their favorites with those around them. The time draws near and the lights are dimmed when you hear “Welcome to Friday Night Live!” A hush falls over the crowd as the featured musician begins to play. The lovely old building, with its near perfect acoustics, resonates as the music fluently reaches the audience. Gallery 49 invites you to spend an evening in the arts. Music…Art…Festivity…Gallery 49.

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Summer is in Full Bloom. Now is the time to get some amazing items for your home. From handcrafted planters, baskets, jewelry and other gifts in the Ten Thousand Villages section to bright and fresh table coverings, table settings, gardening tools and equipment. We also have decorative items for your yard in many styles and descriptions, outdoor furniture and so much more. Stop in and see us today and remember new items arrive daily so shop early and shop often!

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From the time of its inception in 2001, It Works Global, a Michigan based company has dedicated itself to providing professional quality beauty and wellness products that both reflect high standards of integrity and reach consumers at affordable prices. Estro-Rhythm is the world’s first naturally based, singleuse daily system for menopausal symptoms. The two-part system, a supplement and balancing cream, provides benefits inside and out- benefits you feel and see. All natural, plant-based active ingredients with scientifically proven benefits. No worries of synthetic solutions to provide balance and harmony that women over 40 need. If you are facing menopause call Mindy Shoemaker at (517) 398-2108, email at igotcharms@yahoo.com or visit www.mindys.itworks.net

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With over 800 public golf courses, 11,000 inland lakes, 36,000 – it’s time to get out and enjoy the season. Try some

Go Fore It! Michigan, America’s summer golf capital, offers golf for every level of play and packages and specials that help make it affordable. And with Michigan’s long summer daylight stretching into the late evening hours there’s plenty of time to get in extra rounds at twilight prices. There are many opportunities for learning the game or improving your swing at golf schools and lessons across the state, including women only schools at Michigan resorts. Choose from a two- or three-day golf school for women only at Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa in Thompsonville. From full swing to the short game, this golf school covers all facets of the game. On-course instruction, video analysis and playing strategy make this a perfect fit for all women looking to elevate their game. As an added bonus, Crystal Mountain’s golf school includes complimentary spa access. Sign up for the ladies-only classes at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa new Golf Academy. Opened this year, the Golf Academy features 2008 PGA Professional National Champion and six-time Michigan Open Champion Scott Hebert as Director of Instruction. Play the championship courses for less with one of the Grand Traverse lodging/golf packages. The 2011 Northern Michigan PGA Teacher of the Year brings his expertise to guests at Otsego Club & Resort in Gaylord with the opening of the new Jason Guss Golf Academy. The Academy offers one, two, and three-day sessions, on-course instruction, programs for women golfers. The new Golf Academy Lodge is adjacent to the resort’s 25-acre practice facility, and features an indoor hitting bay with computer analysis and indoor putting and chipping areas.


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What is it about the glow of a campfire that appeals to the romance in us? Perhaps it’s the soothing warmth holding at bay the coolness that creeps across the earth as the sun pulls its warming rays beyond the horizon at the end of a summer day. Maybe it’s the camaraderie of friends and family. Whatever the reason, gathering around a campfire provides an idyllic close to the day. As soon as the weather becomes favorable for outdoor activities our children begin to clamor for a campfire. As the sun sets in all it’s red and gold glory the assigned fire-builder of the day lays the fire. By the time the last edge of the sun’s light has faded, the embers have reached that perfect, gentle orange glow necessary for marshmallow toasting. Our children collect birch bark and dry pine needles to be used as fire-starter. We also save dryer lint for a no-fail starter fuel. Throughout the summer each child takes a turn at building the evening fire. As each grew to the age where they could be trusted to use their new skill responsibly, Dad taught them what to do. The eldest prefers to build his fire with sticks propped against a main log in the lean-to style. Sister likes to arrange her sticks in a tee-pee fashion. While the youngest prefers the slow burning style of a log cabin stack. Whichever style is chosen, the fire builder must place the logs around the tinder and kindling in a way that allows air to circulate evenly for a steady flame. They enjoy experimenting with different methods to see which makes the best fire. Some make a fast burning, hot fire that shoots sparks into the sky, as though aiming to reach the stars. Others provide a slower fire, good for

roasting potatoes wrapped in tin foil. Our oldest child dug the fire-pit in our backyard as a summer project several years ago. Over the years we all have gathered rocks to line the pit. If you don’t want to dig a hole in the yard for a permanent fire-pit you can use a metal outer tub from an old washing machine placed on top of a discarded tire rim or a couple of concrete blocks so that air can circulate all around. Seating around our fire is a conglomeration of wooden, plastic, and folding chairs. Whatever seating you choose should be inviting and comfortable. Seats can be as simple as chunks of log, or as fancy as wrought iron lawn furniture, or anything in between. If you are tempted to use large, flat boulders for seating remember that although it looks very rustic and natural to have those smooth-topped boulders encircling the fire, they can be difficult to place properly to be both close enough for keeping warm on a cool spring or autumn evening, while also being far enough away to prevent getting overheated in the summer-time. Moveable seating is much better for adjusting to temperature fluctuations. As night falls and your family looks for ways to lengthen an enjoyable weekend, gather everyone ‘round the fire for the telling of tall tales while roasting marshmallows on long sticks. In the time it takes to achieve that crisp, golden brown outside with its gooey white inside all the cares and worries of the day melt away as the embers’ glow works its timeless, soothing magic.

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Berries You have tearfully walked with me through my dad’s cancer road, so I want to share the end of his journey with you. It will be hard for you to read, but even more challenging for me to write. Dad’s cancer overtook his lung capacity to the point where only shallow amounts of air were sustaining him. If he moved his arm even slightly, he would be gasping for breath. I longed to be back again in Florida to be with my closer-than-ever family and dying dad, but I developed a contagious head cold and cough. I wasn’t about to expose my dad’s lungs to my illness, so my mission was to stay here in Michigan and pray. Blessed with so much priceless time previously, I agreed with everyone’s adamant advice to keep the germs away.

My heart remained. My desperate prayers cried out in the dark of night and as I went through the motions of my days. Constantly thinking about Dad, I earnestly prayed he would NOT die gasping for air in a disturbing panic. From what I read, trauma overwhelms the lung cancer patient as he struggles for oxygen in the last breaths. We so did not want fearful panic for Dad. We were all praying he would simply pass in his sleep.

This was not to be. In the wee early hours of the morning, Dad’s hospice bed was surrounded by my faithful mom and supporting siblings. Dad was going through what I so earnestly prayed he would NOT go through. Gasping and grasping for more oxygen to come through those tubes in his nose, Dad’s airwaves were overwhelmed by the progressing cancer.

By Laura Loveberry Simply Hers Magazine

In these dark crisis hours, the light of ministry filled the living room surrounding Dad’s bed. Mom began worshipping their faithful God in accapella song in hopes of peace to replace Dad’s feelings of panic. Mom was drained emotionally, exhausted from sleep deprivation, and aching from a hip needing surgery, but was put on hold to get Dad through his time of need. When mom sang songs of their faith and read scripture, Dad’s anxious heart would be calmed. What a ministry this was to Dad, but also to my oldest brother, Dennis, who claims to be an atheist. My brother caringly supported Mom with setting up hospice, dealing with vast paperwork, and taking time off work to manage the details. Even my logical thinking, Mensa-genius brother understood the impact of simple faith in a time like this. When Mom was too exhausted to sing, her voice would fade off, then Dad would start to groan uneasy again. My brother, Dennis, would gently rub my fatigued mom’s back, and she would muster the strength to keep singing and quoting scriptures from the Word of God.

earlier, now peacefully journeyed into the arms of Jesus. After the tearful call from Mom, I just knew I had to be in church with fellow believers that morning. We solemnly walked in without the congregation knowing what transpired just a few hours earlier, but God knew I would be so comforted by the service. My pastor quoted the Bible confirming to me God is in control and can use all things for His glory: “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:19 NIV Bible I choose to give thanks for everything. Even the raw excruciating journey Dad took painful step by painful step. God is glorified, His purposes go on, and Dad reached his journey destination.

Dad is home.

Mom’s songs in the night, Dennis’s massaging her back to keep her singing every time she faded off, and Dad’s peace at death’s door went on for hours. Mom’s throat was raw, her body ached, but she was blessed to support her husband through thick and thin these long last moments. She cherished being used by God to share God’s truths to a captive audience in her first born son. Dennis had come to a church service of sorts, and Mom was given the honor of sharing her strong faith in God through Dad’s weakening health. Mom quoted the Bible, and sang sacred songs for hours. Accompanied by psalms, hymns and spiritual songs; Dad, who put faith in Christ a couple years

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The Hillsdale Natural Grocery Member founded. Member owned,

My hair is braided, my crazy wool patchwork pants pulled over my gym tights, and the old red down jacketkeeps me warm on my way to the Hillsdale Natural Grocery(HNG) on a frigid February morning. I’m going there to deliver East of Edon eggs for sale. These beautiful, multicolored,living eggs are the fruits of many years of codling my hens to raise chicks the old fashioned way, and tenaciously tending to my ubiquitous, roaming flock. As usual, there is easy parking in the center of the block, right in front of 31 North Broad Street, across from our courthouse. A green awning shelters the entry between two shop windows. Behind the left glass, red geraniums invite the shopper in, even now in midwinter. Through the right window, at the register I spot Pauline Salyer’s full, dark head of hair. WCSR is playing in the background as I enter. Pauline, store manager for the last 12 years, is checking prices to print up labels for employee, Michelle Nauta, who is cutting and vacuum sealing a variety of cheeses in the back. Parmesan is the one on the table at the moment, and I will be offered a taste in a little while. A man in Carharts enters, holding the door for his elderly mother, or aunt, or neighbor. They are happy, laughing, and chatting as they stomp their feet at the door. “What can I help you with?” asks Pauline. The woman stops to explain something about ginseng, and they all walk past the cheese and egg cooler to aback shelfwhere that green bottle was when she purchased it last. Pauline makes another suggestion for what else might help give her some energy. Have you ever had a chunk of parmesan cheese and grated it fresh, instead of using the powdery kind in the canister which is mixed with cellulose? Michelle now hands me a small piece of the fragrant, amber, solid wheel of cheese. Mmmm, that pungent, salty flavor invokes dreams of pesto and alfredo. As I chewcontentedly, I study binswith ten different Free Trade coffees. There is a good Krups grinder for sale right next to them, one just like ours. I never noticed this, or the stainless steel garlic press, or the cloth tea and coffee filters. But I came for raw sunflower seeds today, and they are in the clear plastic bulk food bins opposite the coffee, in the spice and herb room. This is my favorite part of the store, where 171 half gallon jars,filled with herbs and spices, sit on shelves, neatly labeled, and in alphabetical order. The ceiling is higher herewith the ornate metal tiles visible, and adds to the feeling of being in an old general store. Here members of our family regularly refill our own containers with chili powder, mint tea, whole nutmeg, or peppercorns. My first visit to Hillsdale, when I moved to this area 22 years ago, was to the Co –op. This is what my children and I always called the store. It is still a true co-op because it is owned by whoever the current membership is. A group of residents started it in 1971 to buy healthier food at better prices,

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and for many years it was run by dedicated volunteers. By the time I served on the board it had become difficult to find members willing to devote time. Today a staff of seven paid employees keeps the place open from 9 to 6 during the week and from 9 to 5 on Saturdays. Half of the current grocery sales are comprised of gluten free items for a growing number of residents who avoid wheat and other glutinous grains. A substantial amount of shelf space is holding vitamins and supplements. One can also find a good selection of teas, nondairy milks, juices, and high fructose corn syrup free sodas. In the freezers are chemical free chicken pieces, packaged meals, ice crèmes and rice dreams. Even though the aisle signs no longer hang in the right places, items are organized well and staff is always happy to help patrons find anything: from natural personal care items, earth friendly cleaning products, salts and sweeteners, granola bars and chocolates, to Red Star nutritional yeast, and Braggs Liquid Amino Acids. These last two items are vital for our favorite salad dressing. (See recipe below). I send people to the co-op for those all the time. Other persons bringing people to HNG are Dr. Gott and Dr. Oz., who suggest supplements through their advice columns. Staff can also assist in looking up symptoms in one of their reference books to help find a tea, remedy or supplement. Naturopathic doctor, Beth Mapes, conducts monthly trainings for employees and interested members and patrons of HNG. Last month’s topic was homeopathic remedies. Garden of Life, a supplement distributor represented at HNG, also provides training, but far away in Novi, Michigan. Staff members, Liese Szarafinski and Michelle went last time. Now there is internet training available for staff when business is slow. My oldest daughter, Liese, has worked in the store for a number of years and learned a lot about alternative health care. She has enjoyed serving people in that way. Now her younger sister, Charlotte Szarafinski, started working Saturday shifts. In this way the Hillsdale Natural Grocery continues to be indispensible for my family. For Hillsdale residents this place is not just an inexpensive source of fresh cheese, better eggs, and herbs and spices, but a resource of nutritional information, and a way to focus on healthy eating while building community. Now bright Michelle brusquely walks up to meet me at checkout; we chat a few more minutes as she rings up my seeds (and a few of those irresistible German chocolate balls), and I reluctantly leave this familiar place, bracing myself against more Michigan winter. This store is unique: none of the small towns around us have anything like it. It has enormous potential; if only some of us locals were to start volunteering again, who knows what could become of it. We could have our own “Whole Foods”, but it could be better: “Whole Local Foods” perhaps. We are so lucky to have this place!

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Caffé Azzuri

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If you are looking for a relaxing, waterfront dining experience in Hillsdale, Caffé Azzurri is the destination for you. Located on the scenic shores of Baw Beese Lake, the recently opened restaurant offers beautiful panoramic views of the lake and refreshing menu choices. Caffé Azzurri opened with quiet fanfare in March, and has already established a following, with many repeat customers. Understated

and unassuming on the outside, the restaurant is becoming a popular location for business lunches and social excursions between friends. The eatery is owned and operated by Rick Tropiano, who is also the proprietor of Johnny T’s Bistro in Hillsdale.

Although under the same ownership as Johnny T’s, Caffé Azzurri offers a menu that is unique to the waterfront venue. Diners are encouraged to check out the pasta and seafood dishes. Other popular entrees include ribs, beef and noodles, and a pot roast sandwich. Lynn Tropiano, a general manager for Caffé Azzurri, says that business has been picking up as of late, both during lunch and dinner hours. Most of the restaurant’s clientele frequent the establishment on Friday and Saturday evenings, but Tropiano is hoping that the weekday hours will continue to grow more popular as the public becomes more aware of the presence of Caffé Azzurri. Lynn Tropiano is proud of the changes that have taken place at the site of the former Hillsdale Golf and Country Club restaurant, and also of the progress made since the business opened its doors. Window replacements, wall repairs, fresh paint, and new tables and chairs have been included in the renovation, all enhancing the experience of dining at the beautiful location on Lake Baw Beese. The outside deck is open for parties and special events, as well as everyday use. At this point, the main seating areas of the facility are

available for rental for groups looking for tasty menu options and a picturesque view. Along with hearty portions of all featured entrees, the restaurant provides several small touches that enhance the culinary experience. Each dinner is served with a table salad, and the fresh bread is served with delicious honey butter. Despite the substantial portion size for the main dishes, the tasty desserts are popular as well. The serving staff are quick to outline the daily specials and can give detailed descriptions of each dish. Tropiano is also quick to acknowledge the hard work of her staff. When the restaurant initially opened, some staff were splitting time between Johnny T’s and Caffé Azzurri. However, the staff is now entirely dedicated to the business, and she believes that it shows in their loyalty, patience, and commitment to excellent customer service and great food, all integral to the success of the café. As a sign of the progress of the culinary venture thus far, Caffé Azzurri has recently begun offering a brunch on Sundays from 10am-2pm. The brunch is open to the public, as is the restaurant during all normal business hours. Open Tuesday through Friday from 11am until 9pm, and Friday and Saturday until 11pm, Caffé Azzurri is located at 1990 Ash-TeWette Drive in Hillsdale.


Turkey Fajitas with Guacamole Vinaigrette 3 limes 1 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons chili powder 2 large cloves garlic, minced 13/4 teaspoons kosher salt 3/4 teaspoon black pepper 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro pounds turkey tenderloins 2 2 avocados, peeled and pitted 2 onions, peeled 1 small tomato, seeded and finely chopped 1 jalapeno or 2 serrano chiles, seeded and chopped 2 bell peppers, 1 red and 1 yellow 8 large flour tortillas (8 to 10 inches in diameter) 1/2 cup sour cream Oil for coating grate 1. Grate the zest from 2 of the limes into a large zipper-lock bag. Cut these limes in half and squeeze the juice into the bag. Reserve the remaining lime. Stir into the bag 1/4 cup of the olive oil, 1 tablespoon of the chili powder, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/2 teaspoon of the sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper, and 2 tablespoons of the cilantro. Pour a few tablespoons of this marinade into a small zipper-lock bag or bowl, seal, and refrigerate. Add the turkey to the large bag, seal, and turn to coat completely. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours. 2. Heat the grill as directed. 3. For the vinaigrette, mash the avocadoes in a medium bowl with a whisk. Squeeze the juice from the reserved lime into the bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup of the remaining olive oil, 3/4 teaspoon of the remaining salt, 1/4 teaspoon of the remaining black pepper, the remaining minced garlic clove, and the remaining 2 tablespoons cilantro. Cut the onions lengthwise into quarters, leaving the root end intact to hold the quarters together as they grill. Finely chop 3 tablespoons of onion and stir into vinaigrette along with the tomato and chile. Cover and set aside.

4. Mix the 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a cup. Core, seed and quarter the bell peppers. Brush the pepper slices and onion wedges with the seasoned oil and set aside. 5. Brush the grill grate and coat it with oil. Put the turkey on the grill and cover. Cook, turning and basting with the reserved marinade a few times, until nicely grill-marked and just slightly pink in the center, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Let rest for a few minutes, then slice the meat into thin strips and arrange on a platter. 6. While the turkey grills, grill the vegetables until almost tender and nicely grill-marked, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from the grill, cut into thin strips, and arrange on the platter with the turkey. 7. Wrap the stack of tortillas in foil and warm over a very low-heat area of the grill, 3 to 4 minutes per side. 8. Allow guests to build their own fajitas by filling each tortilla with the turkey, vegetables, guacamole vinaigrette, and sour cream.


Beef Bulgur Bean Burger 1cup dried black beans, cooked 1 clove garlic, mashed to a paste with 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt 3 scallions, white and green parts, minced 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard 1 cup chicken stock, or water 1⁄2 cup coarse- or medium-grind bulgur wheat 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 egg, lightly beaten 8 ounces ground beef Fixings of your choice, such as lettuce, sliced tomato and sliced onion

Preheat the grill to medium-high and lightly oil the grates. Pulse the beans, garlic paste, scallions, and mustard several times in a food processor until a chunky paste forms. (Alternatively, mash the beans and other ingredients well with a fork or potato masher.) Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and set aside. Bring the stock to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in the bulgur wheat, cover, and reduce the heat. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, fluff with a fork. Season with the salt and pepper, or to taste, and let cool slightly.

Add the egg, bulgur wheat, and beef to the bean mixture and stir to combine the ingredients evenly. Form into six equal patties, about four ounces and 1⁄2-inch thick each. You can make four jumbo burgers (six ounces each) or 10 sliders (21⁄2 ounces each). Grill the burgers over a medium-high flame for about 5 to 7 minutes per side. Transfer from the grill to hamburger buns and top with your favorite fixings. Alternatively, the burgers can be panfried over medium-high heat in a lightly oiled nonstick pan.

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Aunt Stelle’s Twice Baked Potatoes 4 to 6 medium-size, creamy-fleshed baking potatoes (5 to 6 inches long, 6 ounces each) 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 6 to 8 tablespoons creme fraiche 6 to 7 green onions, thinly sliced 6 to 8 ounces Double Gloucester or mature cheddar, shredded Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Paprika, for sprinkling on top

1. Before baking, make a hole or two in each potato so they don’t explode. To bake the potatoes, place them in a hot oven preheated to 425 F. If the potatoes are larger, try an hour and a half; if the potatoes are smaller, less time. The potatoes are ready when you can pierce them with a fork or sharp skewer. For a thick, crunchy skin, let the potatoes cool in the oven after you have turned off the heat. 2. When cool enough to handle, use a teaspoon to scoop out their insides, leaving a perimeter of potato flesh next to the skin all the way around.

4. Coarsely mash all the potato flesh in a bowl, then add the butter, creme fraiche and green onions and mix together. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 5. Spoon the mixture evenly into the potatoes, then arrange in a single layer in a baking pan and sprinkle with the cheese. Top with a pinch of paprika on each, then bake for about 10 minutes, or long enough to melt and sizzle the cheese on top of the potatoes and warm the potatoes all the way through.

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Place a testo, baking stone, or large, heavy baking sheet on the lower shelf of the oven. Preheat the oven to 425 F for at least 30 minutes. Heat the olive oil in a skillet, add the onion and fry for 5 minutes until golden. Let cool. Steam the spinach until just wilted, refresh in cold water, then squeeze out as much moisture as possible and roughly chop. Beat the spinach and onions into the ricotta with the Parmesan, arugula and tarragon. Season well with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Uncover the dough, punch out the air, then tip out onto a floured surface. Roll or pull to a thin disk. Cut out 8 circles roughly 6 inches in

diameter. Use these to line each muffin cup. Fill each pie with some of ricotta mixture. Make a small indent in each filling. Break the eggs one at a time, separating the yolks from the whites. Slip a yolk into the indent of each pie. Season. Roll the dough scraps into long, thin ropes and cut into 16 lengths. Use these to make a cross on top of each pie, sealing the edges with a little water. Brush lightly with olive oil. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until the egg is just set and the dough cooked. Eat hot.

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Preheat the oven to 325 F. Have ready a 91/2- or 10-inch tube pan. If the pan does not have a removable bottom, line the bottom with a ring of parchment or wax paper. Sift the flour and 3/4 cup of the sugar into a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt until the whites are foamy and the cream of tartar dissolves. On medium speed, beat until the egg whites look shiny and smooth and the movement of the beaters forms lines in the beaten whites. Slowly beat in the remaining 1 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, then beat to firm, glossy peaks, about 1 minute. Mix in the vanilla and almond extract. On low speed, mix in the flour mixture, sprinkling 1/3 cup of the mixture at a time over the egg whites and incorporating each addition before adding more. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the chocolate chips. Scrape the batter into the

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Gems of Wisdom Have You Read Your Horoscope Today?

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, expect a few boring days ahead, which can actually be a good thing for a person who has been run ragged lately. Take some time to unwind.

You have to pinch a few pennies for the time being, Leo. Too many lavish expenses have left you a bit short. Buckle down to replenish the piggy bank.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, relationship woes are nonexistent for a change. You and your partner are seeing eye-to-eye on just about everything, meaning smooth sailing for romance.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Someone you love will need a little extra support in the days to come, Aquarius. See if you can spare some com passion and time for listening. It will be greatly appreciated.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, a situtation that seems too good to be true presents itself. Have no fear, take advantage of the situation and enjoy your latest batch of good luck.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, stop and smell the roses and revel in the little things. Moving too fast through life is no way to live. Enjoy yourself.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, the coming weeks figure to be stressful. You simply have to hold yourself together until things can quiet down. Ask a friend for some support.

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, making an important decision might prove difficult because your mind is racing. Until you can focus, there will be unanswered questions.

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TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, steer clear of the path that seems the easiest. It won’t provide any satisfaction nor any of the answers you seek. Libra can help lead the way.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, people may view you one way while beneath the surface lies someone they would never expect. Keep others guessing; it’s the key to your persona.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 There’s a clash of personalities, Gemini, and you are caught right in the middle of the battle. It could be tricky to come out unscathed. But if anyone can do it, you can.

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