Simply Hers July/August 2021

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from the publisher WE CAN SEE FACES AGAIN! That’s what I’m going to assume is true by the time this issue comes out after the announcement that all broad epidemic restrictions will lift as of July 1. Get ready for a summer full of gatherings, vacations, day trips, group outings to restaurants, and more. I’m always excited about summer, but I’m even MORE excited this year!

For Family Summer Fun

And, I’m excited about this issue. We’ve focused on two amazing local entrepreneurs and spotlighted three great businesses. We are very happy to welcome Susan Betz to our contributors. Susan will be sharing her extensive gardening knowledge in a regular column. There are some hot-weather tips to keep your pets safe, beauty and fashion updates, and all of our entertaining columnists.

Marlanea McGraw Owner/Publisher Plants vs. Zombies (Electronic Arts) Fans of this classic strategy game can rejoice that the original version is available for phone and tablet! Collect sun power, plant various plants and tools, and stop those zombies from reaching your house! (It’s a little ad-heavy, but it’s free with no in-app purchases needed to play to the end.) Available for Android and iOS, free, rated 4.3-4.8 out of 5.

You may have noticed some new businesses among our advertisers, and we are delighted to have them on board. Because our publications are distributed free of charge, we rely entirely on advertising revenue to keep us going. This is why we are so appreciative of the businesses that support us and why we encourage our readers to read the ads as well as the articles! Please patronize these businesses whenever you can. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for a chance to win one of the latest in handbags all donated by our amazing marketing partners! Wishing everyone a safe, happy, fun-filled summer full of reconnecting with those you’ve been missing!


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EDITOR Melissa McCance GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Angela Blake Sara Galloway PHOTOGRAPHY Synergy In Motion Studios CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Sarah Gray James Campbell Melissa McCance Rachel Gier Laura Loveberry Nichole Ellis Diane Clow Nancy Ryan Willie Smith Hännah Sayles Alexis Hiles Michele Hinkley Susan Betz Kim Van Camp



On the Cover 12

Christie Plemmons Commonwealth Developements Complete Real Estate Service

56 Pet Talk

Summer Pet Care

Fashion 14

Bag Giveaway!

Beauty 18

Say Hello to My Little Friend

Business Feature 20

Tammy’s Affordable Furniture

HCCF 2021 Scholarship Winners

Keep it Going!


Tinea Versicolor 26 Ask the Doctor 30 Vaping and Kids

Plants 32

To Attract Bees

Keeping It In Stitches 34 Bragging Rights

Gray Matters 36

Scared but Excited, but Also Terrified

Turn The Page 38

Book and Author Reviews

Life Is The Berries 40 Impact Your World

Over The Edge 42 Shapers

Litchfield - 44 Jackson - 48 Adrian - 50 Hillsdale - 52 Manitou Beach - 54



60 Business Spotlights

60 - Ramshackle Brewing Co. 62 - Windy Hill Creations Market 64 - Vintage 720

66 The Twilight Zone 68 The Local Beat

What’s New With Your Favorite Businesses

Hillsdale Medical Associates

City Pages

For Saving

Crepuscular Animals

Local Spotlight 22 PRIME Fitness

58 Using Cash Envelopes


70 Local Spotlight

Fostering Through Their Fears

72 Travel

Trek Our Trails

78 The Mouse Traveler Beer Trail

80 Home

80 - Trampoline Bed Swings 82 - Water Works

86 Stuff You Might Not Know Rivers in Southern Michigan

88 Considering

an Investment Property

90 Pinterest Picks Summer Fun

92 Simply Speaking


94 Recipes

94 - Perfect Pork Burgers 96 - Best-Ever Turkey Burger 98 - Black Bean Burgers 100 - Halibut Veracruz

102 PSA

Hillsdale’s CASA




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A small fixer-upper in the city or an oasis in the country with lots of land - no matter what type of home you are looking to buy or sell, Christie Plemmons treats all her clients with the same level of attention and care. No home is too big or too small because it is yours and Christie knows how personal buying or selling a home can be.“I try my hardest to do what is best for my people,” said Christie, owner of Christie Plemmons Realty. “People know when you are looking out for them. That’s how you build trust.” Photo by Synergy In Motion Studios


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small fixer-upper in the city or an oasis in the country with lots of land - no matter what type of home you are looking to buy or sell, Christie Plemmons treats all her clients with the same level of attention and care. No home is too big or too small because it is yours and Christie knows how personal buying or selling a home can be. She takes the time to make you feel comfortable and are well informed about the process. “I try my hardest to do what is best for my people,” said Christie, owner of Christie Plemmons Realty. “People know when you are looking out for them. That’s how you build trust.” Christie has been building trust with her clients throughout Hillsdale County for the past 19 years. “It’s so much fun,” she said of selling real estate. “So many of my clients have become friends and I have been able to watch their families grow.” A self-proclaimed people person, Christie was bitten by the real estate bug early and learned from one the best – her dad, Jerry Slade. “Real estate is a good match for my personality,” she said. Jerry started selling real estate while Christie was in high school. Back then, the home phone was the business phone (no cell phones quite yet) and Jerry taught his daughters how to answer the phone professionally in case a client


called. Local real estate legend Don Helton praised Christie for her professionalism and told Jerry, “Your daughter is going to be a realtor some day.” It was not just her father, however, who gave Christie the skills to succeed. Christie grew up in mom Lisa Slade’s restaurant The Finish Line. Working as a waitress, she learned the value of a hard day’s work and how to treat customers. “My mom taught me how to work hard and treat people right,” she said. But she still had to make her own way. After earning an associate’s degree in accounting after high school, Christie knew she wanted to get out in the world and start making a name for herself. The market was pretty good in 2002 when she partnered with her dad and began selling on her own. “It wasn’t easy,” she recalled. She worked hard and gave her all to every sale – which she continues to do today. “I try to give the same effort, time, and treatment to everybody, whether it’s a $20,000 or a $200,000 sale.”

Her hard work has paid off. She earned her broker’s license at 21 and quickly went out on her own. “I remember when my goal was to sell one million dollars for the year.” In 2020, Christie sold over $10 million and was named Hillsdale County People’s Choice Best of the Best for Favorite Realtor/Real Estate Agency. Christie quickly grew in her early years as a real estate agent and gained the experience needed to succeed. By 2008, she was named President of the Hillsdale County Board of Realtors, an honor she again held in 2017. Her father’s advice, her mother’s teachings, and her own desire to help the people of her community find the home of their dreams has made her a well-known name in Hillsdale County real estate. But it has not all been smooth sailing. The housing market crash of 2008 was a challenging time for all real estate agents. Hillsdale County lost around 30 percent of their agents during the recession and the remaining agents had their share of struggles. Education was a big part of finding success during that trying time and Christie worked hard to stay abreast of the latest information and trends, something she prides herself on doing throughout her career. Thankfully the market began bouncing back in about 2015 and has been getting better every year. A new area Christie is excited to be learning more about and promoting for the community is Hillsdale Commons. She is working with Steve and Rene Stoll of Stoll Construction and Commonwealth Developments on a 36-unit condominium development just east of downtown Hillsdale. The fourphase development is currently completing phase one with six of the eight units either pending or sold. “I was honored to be chosen,” Christie said when she was asked by Steve and Rene to sell the units, adding that the business partnership has been a really good fit and the units are selling quickly. Anyone who may be interested in a condo unit should contact Christie for more information and to look at a unit. Along with Hillsdale Commons, Christie has been busy with properties all over the county. The market is demanding right now, with more buyers out there than sellers. “If you are thinking about selling, take advantage while the market is good. Real estate is an up and down market.” She says while the market is looking hot right now for sellers, there is no telling how long it will last.

“My mom taught me how to wo rk hard and treat people rig ht.” An active real estate market keeps Christie bustling around the county, but when she is not out in the community showing properties, she can most likely be found the bleachers supporting her son Mikey and daughter Zoe in their sporting events. “Typically, if I am not working, I am at a sporting event,” she said. “I love to watch them compete.” Her husband Michael is also a realtor, but the two are not in competition. He works with Christie’s dad as part of the Michigan Whitetail Propeties team which specializes in the sale of hunting land, farms, ranches, and country estates throughout the state. Christie handles all types of real estate from residential to commercial. For more information or to talk with Christie, call 517-437-3333 or visit her website She also has a monthly radio show on 92.1 WCSR – At Home with Christie Plemmons – which airs the fourth Friday of the month at 8:45 a.m.



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Sweet Treat Trina purse with Jelly Belly truffles Small Town Sweet Boutique 4 S. Howell St., Hillsdale, MI 517-610-5403

Celtic Cravings Beautiful over-sized bag perfect for a weekend getaway. Valued at $50 Sweet Caroline’s Clothing Boutique 109 Monroe St., Brooklyn, MI 517-938-5232

Sea Me Coming Nature is calling with this seainspired bag. Valued at $42

Stunningly Simple

Hillsdale Hospital Gift Shop 168 S Howell St., Hillsdale, MI 517-437-1713

A cute, versatile crossbody bag Daphne’s Custom Framing & Gifts 103 W Main St. Homer, MI 517-568-5555

Local Loot Snacks, Sack, and comfy backs! This package has it all! Valued at $97 Longstreet Living 720 E Chicago Rd., Coldwater, MI 517-278-4487 16

Jeweled Gem Perfect for work, play or a getaway Valued at $54 Windy Hill Creations Market 217 N. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 517-812-6851

Sail into Summer

This beauty was handmade by our friends at MoseArt.. Valued at $30 MoseArt 41 N. Broad St., Hillsdale, MI 419-438-3751

"Tote"ally Cool

Work it Girl

Pink tool set complete with 106 tools. Valued at $60 Point Rental & Sales 4130 Beck Rd. Jonesville, MI 517-849-9770

1 Hillsdale Craft Supply Canvas Tote Bag with Logo $9.99 20 Siser Easyweed Heat Transfer Vinyl Colors Three Sheets Each $195.00 ($3.25ea) 6 Heat Transfer Vinyl Prints with 2 Heat Transfer Sheets $24.00 ($3.00ea) Total Value $228.99 Hillsdale Craft Supply 164 Lewis St Hillsdale, MI 49242 517-610-5193

Sunny Style

Swimmingly Sweet Straw mini convertiible backpack Valued at $65

The beach is calling with the small hand clutch purse, complete with The Naked Bee hand and body lotion. Valued at $60 Ten East Treasures 10 E Chicago St. Quincy, MI 517-639-2456

Village Peddler Gift Shoppe 118 N Main St., Brooklyn, MI 517-592-8027

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Say hello to the invention that changed my life! Anyone who has a uterus needs to hear about these! There are so many period products on the market today, but it’s my personal opinion that none are better than the menstrual cup. The menstrual cup or disc is a reusable hygiene product made of flexible rubber, silicone, or TPE. It is inserted into the vagina where it collects period fluid (which, if you didn’t know, is more than blood.) While a period at its best is nothing more than a minor inconvenience, most bleeders don’t experience it that way. A menstrual cup or disc can change all that. Interested? Read on or chat with your physician about how a menstrual cup can help you have better periods.

HEAVY FLOW Forget running to the bathroom every one or two hours to change your pad or tampon (or both). A menstrual cup, depending on flow, usually only needs to be emptied 2 to 4 times per 24 hours. INTIMACY ISSUES Unlike tampons, a menstrual cup doesn’t absorb, so it doesn’t remove the natural lubricant from your vaginal canal. A tampon is made to absorb and it absorbs it all, leaving the vaginal tissues dry.

UNCOMFORTABLE Guess what - when inserted properly you can’t even feel a menstrual cup or disc. There are no sweat issues in warmer months and no strings hanging out of your body causing discomfort. ECO-CONSCIOUS It’s reusable for an average of ten years depending on how it’s cared for.

CHEMICAL SENSITIVE A menstrual cup is hypoallergenic, toxin-free, durable, and won’t contain the added chemicals we find in pads or tampons. A hot or cold water rinse when emptying is all you need and the preferred between cycles cleaning method is to boil or steam sanitize your cup, so you’re not using chemicals their, either.

SICK OF MULTIPLE PRODUCTS A menstrual cup is a one stop shop. Because it doesn’t absorb healthy vaginal fluids, you can wear it from your lightest days to your heaviest days (where for some it can be hard to leave the house) without worry or creating dryness. 18

ERRATIC BLEEDING Lots of people experience erratic bleeding due to peri=menopause and menopause. You can wear the cup daily if needed to deal with these surprises. PINCHING PENNIES While the up-front cost is definitely more, according to USA Today, the average cost for menstrual products per year is anywhere between $150 to $3001. With the onset of puberty occurring earlier and earlier, it can be estimated that a menstruation will occur approximately 500 times, an equivalent of about 40 years of needing products. While each company makes their own recommendation on how often to replace a menstrual cup or disc, ten years seems to be a common answer. So, $40 every ten years for 40 years puts things in the neighborhood of $160 to manage a period. When you compare that to spending the $150 to $300 per year USA Today averaged, the savings are huge!

ON A PERSON A NOTE My issue was heavy bleeding. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I started investigating this issue. What I was experiencing was not normal, and a menstrual cup helped me to recognize that by allowing me to truly understand the quantity of my flow, which was extreme. I had problems with anemia and fatigue, and the menstrual cup was a catalyst in me seeking out a second opinion about my health and working to resolve the issue. I am now going on my third year of using a cup and I couldn’t be happier with my decision! If you’re curious about using a cup, talk to your doctor. Ready to take a leap and try one? An amazing place to start is at There is a huge wealth of knowledge for the taking and they have a Cup Quiz which can help you to determine the best cup to start with. 1.

HELLO CUP Four sizes, One firmness $33 for one, $47 for a double pack

SAALT Three sizes, Two firmnesses $29 for a single, $49 for the duo

THE DOT CUP One-size, One firmness $34 for a single cup

THE PIXIE CUP Two sizes, Two firmnesses $20 for a single, $35 for a combo

YUUKI RAINBOW JOLLYCUP Two sizes, Two Firmnesses $30 for a single cup

THE LENA CUP Two sizes, Two Firmnesses $27 for one, $42 for two

MERULA Two sizes, One firmness $36 for the original, $41 of the XL

THE SUPER JENNIE Two sizes, One firmness $40 for a single

THE ZIGGY CUP/DISC One-size, One firmness $40 for a single

THE NIXIT One-size, One firmness $42 for a single

LUNETTE Two sizes, One firmness $40 for one

MY PICKS I started with a Lunette Size 2 and it fit great however, my flow was just too heavy. I switched to a Merula XL and it bought me almost double the time between emptying.


Business Feature

TAMMY’S AFFORDABLE FURNITURE Story by Melissa McCance | Photos by Synergy in Motion Studios

Quality furniture and friendly service

Buying furniture is fun for some people, while others dread it. Whether it fills you with excitement or intimidates you, there’s no denying that new furnishings are a significant purchase and no one wants to make a mistake. Tammy Kies, owner of Tammy’s Affordable Furniture in North Adams, is ready to offer friendly, nopressure guidance whether you’re looking for one piece or an entire roomful. A lifelong resident of North Adams, Tammy sold furniture in her father’s store for 15 years. When her father retired, Tammy worked at a bank for a time but wanted to open her own store. Space became available in North Adams and she opened Tammy’s Affordable Furniture in April 2017. She loves that not only is she in her home town but that her building has been part of the North Adams “four corners” for decades. Tammy is always happy when people come in who remember her father and many of them also remember when she worked with him. “They share stories about my dad and his store, and those are always fun to hear.” She has reconnected with some people in the furniture business who know her from those days and she feels that things have, in a sense, come full circle.


“My motto is, ‘Let me make your house a home,’” says Tammy. “I love helping people find just what they want, and that can include helping them figure out what it is they want.” Furniture isn’t usually something people buy frequently which means a great deal could have changed since the last purchase. New styles, new materials, and new features can add up to a bewildering assortment of choices. Also, if a customer hasn’t purchased a new piece in quite a while, it’s possible that they don’t even

LET ME MAKE YOUR HOUSE A HOME! realize that what would fit their needs perfectly even exists. One example would be the addition of reclining seating and built-in storage areas that are now available on sofas. Tammy is proud of the lines of furniture she carries and emphasizes that people don’t need to drive far to shop for good quality. She carries Ashley, Lane, and Catnapper furniture along with Beautyrest and Sierra bedding. Not seeing what you like on the floor? No problem—Tammy will get out the books and show you everything that’s available. Concerned that you’ll order something and then not be crazy about it once it arrives? Again, no problem! Customer satisfaction is her main goal, and if you order a piece and decide it isn’t what you want, that’s okay. “The way I look at it, a maybe is better than a no. Let’s try it and see how it goes!” She will work with you and do her best to make you happy, and she can offer competitive pricing on her merchandise. And, she will negotiate a deal if someone buys more than one piece in a single purchase. This drive to do everything she can for her customers also means that Tammy will accommodate them outside of normal store hours either by making appointments to open the store or staying late, if necessary. “My regular closing time is 5:30, but I’ve been here as late as 7:00 if that’s what the customer needed.”

Tammy offers delivery, financing, gift certificates, and consultation services. “I’m happy to visit the customer’s home and help them figure out what combination of pieces and what arrangement will work best for them. I also take measurements so they know for sure that everything will fit.” Having accurate measurements is essential. Pieces often look smaller in a large showroom and it’s easy to buy things that are too large for the space in the home, not to mention making the awful discovery that your beautiful new recliner will not fit through any outside door in your house! Besides the commercial furniture lines, Tammy is now carrying Amish-made cabinets which can be purchased off the floor or custom-ordered. She carries some antiques and visits estate sales and auctions to find interesting pieces to add to the store. There are wall clocks that can be personalized with college team logos and a variety of other themes—perfect for man caves, dens, and such. If you need furniture and want to shop in a friendly, no-pressure atmosphere with help from a knowledgeable salesperson, visit Tammy’s Affordable Furniture in North Adams! Located at 105 E. Main Street, the store is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5:30 and Saturdays from 10 to 3. Call 517-287-0110 for more information or visit her page on Facebook.


Congratulations to 2021 Scholarship Winners! Total Scholarships Awarded: $227,655

Scholarship Winners in Alphabetical order by last name: Kayleigh Adams

Samantha Brown

Benjamin Affholter

Jakob Burger

Jonesville Community Fire Department Auxiliary Scholarship Hillsdale County Scholarship

Nicholas Affholter

Hillsdale County Scholarship

Yasmeen Azookari

L. Dean and Joan Hurst Scholarship

Kyler Bautista

Gery Claybaugh Memorial Scholarship Hillsdale Exchange Club Hillsdale Word Scholarship University of Michigan Alumni Club of HC Walter and Annamarie Martinen Memorial Scholarship

Brenden Bayer

William Fitzgerald Palmer Memorial Scholarship

Corryn Berlin

Doug Spears Memorial Scholarship Emily B. Williams Memorial Scholarship Jonesville Rotary Scholarship

Aaron Bignell

David Joseph Alexandrowski Memorial Scholarship

MaCayla Bisher

Hillsdale County Scholarship

Colton Black

Clare E. Monroe Agriculture Scholarship George and Harriett Cleveland Scholarship Sandra Caskey Memorial Scholarship

Morgan Blonde

Mark and Martha Pitts Memorial Scholarship Pauline Ridley Kropschot Scholarship Sauk Theatre’s Bud Vear Scholarship

Kaitlin Bowersox

Litchfield High School Class of 1953 Scholarship

Lauren Bowles

Lyndell Patrick Scholarship

Brylee Boyd

Alice M. Britton Scholarship

Litchfield Oddfellow and Rebekah Scholarship Mary Catherine Siebert Memorial Scholarship

Suzanne Cooney Memorial Scholarship

Jason Cole Memorial Scholarship

Hillsdale Exchange Club University of Michigan Alumni Club of HC

Marvin and Helen Patrick Memorial Scholarship

Nathen Byrd

Pauline Cabera

Taryn Friskney

Katherine Caldwell

Rebecca Galloway

Malyah Cannon

Kay Hobby Memorial Scholarship Lyle, Sandra, Robbin and Martin Stratton Scholarship

Savanna Gamble

Kay Hobby Memorial Scholarship

Robert G. Chase Memorial Scholarship William and Kathleen Adams Family Scholarship

Kylee Cardinale

Jacqueline Chavarria

Marvin and Helen Patrick Memorial Scholarship Tom Wilmer Memorial Scholarship

Laney Clark

Cheryl Yearling Memorial Nursing Scholarship Leah Ward Memorial Scholarship Taylor Hatfield Memorial Scholarship Virginia Cascarelli Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Lindsey Clarke

George and Harriett Cleveland Scholarship Marvin and Helen Patrick Memorial Scholarship

Jordyn Cole

Jason Cole Memorial Scholarship

Emily Crews

Sauk Theatre’s Bud Vear Scholarship

Leslee DeRossett

Eleanor and Garrett Lee McGuire Scholarship

Lauren Dewey

Jack Barker Memorial Scholarship Sarah “Sally” Dimmers Fallon Memorial Scholarship

Karis Dice

Hillsdale High School Class of 1950 Scholarship Hillsdale County Community Foundation Trustee Scholarship Margaret Allen Clay Memorial Scholarship

Nathan Briner

Jason Cole Memorial Scholarship

Colin Brown

Reading Area Scholarship

Owen Brown

Brian Gendron Memorial Scholarship Jennifer Beach Memorial Scholarship Kiwanis Scholarship Myrna B. Slovacek Memorial Scholarship University of Michigan Alumni Club of HC Roger Boyd Memorial Scholarship

Parker Brown


Julie Wolfe Memorial Scholarship Lloyd Morningstar Memorial Scholarship Richard Wade Construction Memorial Scholarship Tyler “T.C.” Clendening Memorial Scholarship William “Bill” VanArsdalen Memorial Scholarship

Blake Frank

Cale Peter Scharp Memorial Scholarship Donald F. and Donna J. Playford Scholarship Kay Hobby Memorial Scholarship Richard Wade Construction Memorial Scholarship Sara and Paul McFarland Scholarship

Kelly Dihle

Katherine Zakrzewski RN Nursing Scholarship

David Downing

Rob Nagle Memorial Scholarship

Garett Eggleston

Pittsford Area Scholarship

Kenna Gilbert

Hailey Granata

Alice MacNeil Memorial Track Scholarship Hillsdale Word Scholarship William P. Shannon Humanitarian Prize

Alexis Hamrick

Dorothy J. Towne Memorial Scholarship Herb Bordner Memorial Scholarship

Mary Harman

Jason Cole Memorial Scholarship

Shelby Henshaw

Herbert Jennings MRPA Hall of Fame Memorial Scholarship

Roger Hill

Virginia Cascarelli Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Jaidyn Hinkley

Clare E. and Evelyn Monroe Scholarship Dorothy Morine Pittsford Area Schools Scholarship Pittsford Area Scholarship

Matisyn Howell

Harold S. and Lester E. Gardner Memorial Scholarship

Kimball Hughes

Ione “Ma” Gordon Scholarship

Kathryn Hull

Beth Ann Blanchard Memorial Scholarship

Baleigh Irelan

Reading Area Scholarship Virginia Cascarelli Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Donald Johnson

Jacob Elder

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KEEP IT GOING! By the time you guys read this, summer will be in full swing! Grilling on the deck, swimming in pools or at our local lakes, late sunsets, and sipping our favorite summer beverage as we watch the littles burn sparklers and chase fireflies. About this time, many people’s fitness goals give way to the higher amount of yard work, the hustle of youth sports, and simply enjoying the warmth of a Michigan summer. By James Campbell NSCA Certified Personal Trainer Owner, PRIME Fitness

I feel like when it gets to this point in the year a lot of “adults”—especially parents—get a little overwhelmed by their to-do lists and feel like the only way they can get all of it done is if they sacrifice time spent doing something else, like going to the gym. Then, they take it a step further and justify it by saying it’s active stuff like mowing or weeding the garden. But, sweating in the sun on that zero-turn is not activity, especially activity comparable to hitting the gym. Throw on those couple of Coronas while doing yard work and that takes you further away from the comparison. I ride a zero-turn and I’ve been known to enjoy a couple Coronas on a hot summer afternoon, especially when I then turn on the Traeger and fix some dinner for the fam! The point isn’t that you do that, the point is that we can’t replace the work done in the gym with what we do in the yard. I want everyone to know that it’s okay to keep your priorities to the gym in the summer months, it’s okay you’re busy. Maybe instead of going four times a week, alter your workout and get at least two solid days in through the season. This way, with proper programming you can maintain your current fitness level until you’re able to redirect the proper attention to the gym again.

I feel this next point goes without saying, but I’m gonna say it anyway. Another benefit of doing this is that you don’t feel like you’re starting all over again come September and those goals you’ve been trying to reach won’t get further away. Look, it’s Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center • Corner Oaka and College Streets called life and we all of have different idea of what that looks like day to day and month to month. 24

That’s okay, too! Despite the recent actions of the world around us, it is still okay to see things differently than others and still be friends! Me, for example, my goals will not allow me to miss the gym in any season. As I sit here and write this little article for your enjoyment/education, I find myself struggling to keep doing what’s needed. There are days that I simply don’t want to do it, but my goals will not happen if I give in to that feeling. So, every day I go to work! Now, I miss a day here or a day there for whatever reason, but when it’s all said and done, I get it all in. That’s what it looks like when you set goals that actually mean something to you. Regardless of whether or not the road is smooth or rough, uphill or down, you trudge ahead consistently giving your goals your proper attention. My road is probably much different than most of yours, but so are my goals. Know what your goals are, know what they mean to you, know that you CAN do it. Then … get your ass out there and make them happen! People will respect that; people will understand that! If they don’t and when you look around you see others that don’t, ask yourself if you’re traveling your road with the right people. Ask yourself if your circle is motivating, empowering, and supportive. One thing I’ve found to be true is that your start to adopt the mentality of those around you and vice versa. You wanna win, well, you get it …. In the end, there is no magic formula, there’s no easy answer. If there were, would you still want it? I’d say not. For those of you out there on the grind, making things happen for yourself and your loved ones, I respect you. It isn’t an easy path sometimes, feels down right impossible some days, but you keep at it. Keep giving the consistent attention to what it is that makes a difference and NEVER give up, NEVER back down! Until next time my friends, MUSCLE UP ... live fit!

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Tinea versicolor is a fungal skin infection that sometimes may be more noticeable in the summer months. This is because the patches are more easily detected since the affected skin does not darken in the sun. The condition is most common in teenagers and young adults. Tinea versicolor is not a contagious rash and is typically treated easily. Fungi grow more rapidly in warm humid weather. When this fungus grows, it causes a change in the skin color. Typically, when an individual has this fungus, the skin will have small, flat spots that create a patchlike appearance. The skin around those areas is darker. The most common areas for the rash to occur are the upper chest, back, and upper arms. Diagnosing tinea versicolor can be done a few different ways. The least invasive way is just a visual exam. There are also simple skin tests done by performing a skin scraping and looking under a microscope or examining the skin with special UV lamp (Wood lamp).


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Do you remember when it was appropriate to shake someone’s hand, give a high five, hug loved ones, sit within six feet from others, or be able see individuals’ smiling faces? Well, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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It is hard to believe we have passed the one-year mark since COVID-19 was first announced to be a global pandemic. Many changes have occurred over the last year to accommodate this new virus in order to attempt living out daily activities. All aspects of health care and scientists from all parts of study have been working around the clock to help provide care and new innovations for battling COVID-19.

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Bees are critical pollinators essential in the garden and flowerbeds. A yard with a healthy bee population will have larger crops of healthier fruits, vegetables, and flowers, and it is important to offer plenty of different plants that will entice bees to lend a helping buzz in the garden. Best Plants for Bees

While bees will visit nearly any blooms to do their pollinating, certain types of plants with the right shapes and colors will be more attractive. Adding these plants to your yard will ensure a strong bee population nearby.

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Recently my best friend Jill shared a video of her grandson hollering out “NANA!” in reference to her. I had to share (brag) that my two-year-old granddaughter, who is three months younger, has been using this term for weeks now. (Unfortunately, when Betty says it, it sounds more like “banana” and she expects to receive a banana after saying it.) My 11-year-old granddaughter, Presley, is learning to bake. For her birthday this year, I gave her a recipe box and I attempt to mail her a handwritten recipe card with a new recipe regularly. I know, I know. She’s super computer-literate and can look up any recipe she wants. But there’s something about a handprinted recipe card, with stains of slopped-on ingredients following multiple uses that just has that certain, well, charm. One of the favorites is a recipe for Oatmeal Bars. Now oatmeal creates a certain bodily reaction (at least in our family), so we’ve re-named the cookies, well, let’s say, “Emitting Gas Bars.”


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I’ve done dumb things – for sure. I’ve done plenty of dumb things. But I think there is a difference between scary stuff and stupid stuff. I’ve done lots of stupid stuff. Like the time that I …. Well, let’s just say it’s too stupid to mention here. Of course, stuff that seems scary to me does not seem scary to others. That’s cool. You do you. But it’s true that sometimes we have to do something that scares us to help us grow, to show ourselves we can do things we thought we couldn’t, or that we can try and fail and still survive it. One week from now (and several weeks before this is published), I will be part of a 24-hour theater project at The Sauk. This is how it is going to work: Writers (that’s my part) will meet with directors at 7 p.m. on a Friday. At 8 p.m., people from across the county will come and audition. At 9 p.m., casts will be set. At that point I will know how many people will be in the play I HAVE NOT WRITTEN YET. I then have from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. to write a play for said cast. Throughout Saturday, they will rehearse, get props for, makes sets for, and learn all the lines for the play I have written and then perform this brand-new piece of work at 8 p.m. Saturday night.


I honestly don’t know who has the scariest part – me writing a play in 10 hours, directors who have 10 hours to put a show together, or the actors who have 10 hours to learn their lines and blocking before performing it on stage in front of an audience. So I’m pretty scared, but also excited, but kind of terrified. I have written under pressure before. My background in journalism has prepped me for this. Play writing is still pretty new to me, however. So while this will be fun, I think it will be the kind of fun that is fun when you think about it, fun to think about when it’s over and terrifying in between. Don’t get me wrong, I still want to do it. I really want to do it. Doesn’t mean I’m not still scared. While this doesn’t come close to jumping out of a plane or swimming with sharks, maybe for some people it does. Maybe they would rather jump out of a plane than have to write a play in a matter of few hours. Maybe a short deadline to one person is riding a roller coaster to another person. My husband has told me that he couldn’t do what I do to which I say, “Right back atcha, bub!” I could never do what he does. When it comes down to it, I’m really making it a bigger deal in my head than it is. (Unless it bombs – oh gosh, please don’t let it bomb!) I just hope that if I try to write a funny play, it doesn’t get crickets, and if I try to write serious play, it doesn’t get laughs. To me, that would be success. Until the big day (which now of course has passed) I’ll just watch lots of SNL skits in preparation. I’m not distracting myself from thinking about it – its research!



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TURN THE PAGE Book and Author Reviews Summertime is upon us! While looking for an appropriate beach read, I came across Reunion Beach and thought it sounded timely.

By Nancy Ryan Simply Hers Magazine

I was surprised to discover it is a compilation of short stories and tributes to the dearly departed author Dorothea Benton Frank who recently passed away suddenly at age 67. I have reviewed novels of Frank’s in the past and have always enjoyed them. They take place in her beloved South Carolina Lowcountry where she lived. She certainly had a knack for storytelling! The most recent I have read, By Invitation Only, is a wonderful example of her writings. Very entertaining reading, and I’m all for that. Her last book, Queen Bee, was published a couple of months before her untimely death. It’s on my list! Reunion Beach features short stories from her well-known author friends Elin Hilderbrand, Adriana Trigiani, Patti Callahan, and Mary Alice Monroe. After the short stories come essays, poetry, and recipes from her other southern author friends, namely Cassandra King Conroy (author Pat Conroy’s wife), Mary Norris, and others. The preface to the book, A Letter from the Editor, features some reflections on Dottie’s (her nickname) vivacious personality and life. We then read husband Peter’s eulogy from her funeral, and finally an introduction to stories to follow from her beloved daughter, Victoria Benton Frank. All in all, it is quite a tribute and I finished the book wishing I had known her. Pick up one of her books. They are light reading and enjoyable. My friend, Kristin, told me about a series of 24 books she has read (on and off) throughout these last few years by author Donna Leon. They are crime novels set in Venice, Italy, featuring Commissioner Guido Brunetti. The reviews on this series indicate the books are highly acclaimed international bestselling novels. Sounds like another author to add to my list!


Bud, a friend and fellow Simply Hers reader, suggests author Ruta Sepetys. She has written several books, but his recommendations are Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea. Both books delve into the horrors of war and strength through struggle. Through her novels, the author (the daughter of Lithuanian immigrant parents who experienced such tribulations) hopes to give voice to those who weren’t able to tell their stories of survival during wartime. The reviews on her books are extremely positive. Interestingly, author Sepetys is a Hillsdale College alum! Husband Marty reviews - Have you ever heard of novelist, Louis L’Amour? Sure, me too. Turns out that he wrote 101 books between 1953 and 1988. His claim to fame is the “western” novel, and several have been made into movies. I just finished The Lonesome Gods written in 1983 and found it fascinating. It is a combination of action/ adventure and romance. The story begins as told by main character Johannes Verne. A small boy at the time, he is going West with his father. Their wagon train is attacked by Indians and they narrowly escape a massacre. From there, he migrates to frontier Southern California populated by a mix of aristocratic Californios (descendants of Spanish immigrants), Anglos from the United States, Mexican ex-patriots, and various desperadoes. After his father’s death, he is raised by a woman from the wagon train who has a mysterious past. Soon he meets schoolmate Meghan Laurel and their mutual tale has lots of dramatic twists and turns before the inevitable happily-ever-after ending. This author surprised me ... I bet he will you, too. What are you reading? Email me at See you at the library!

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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. Her name … Rahab. 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. Rahab grasped faith in the One True God. 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. 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! 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. Faith changes everything. It does not matter how wretched our past is. We can transform from whore to worshipper. We all can impact the future. We can seize hope for a new day. We’re not stuck in a bad reputation. Faith in the God of the Bible can guide us to a life of positive impact. By faith in God, we can change the trajectory of our lives … and our children’s lives … and our children’s children’s lives. Faith it!


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So, have you tried one of those shaper thingys that smooth out your fat rolls? I tried one a few years ago and the fire department had to be called to get me out of the darn thing, but that was long ago. Surely shapers had gotten easier to get on and off, right? Not really, and that was enough to put me over the edge. By Willie Smith Simply Hers Magazine

I saw a shaper video online that showed women bigger than me sliding those babies up like a pair of underwear. And, best of all, they were cheap, so I thought why not give ‘em a try. Unfortunately, it was not any better the second time around. Let me clarify. It was easier to pull up over my rolls and it did smooth me out until it got to that roll just under my bra. It was high-waisted, so even though it covered that roll in the beginning, it soon started to slip down in back. I decided to turn it around to see if that would help. It worked like a charm for about 12 seconds, then it started to slip again. I finally figured out that it wasn’t the shaper, it was my butt. My butt is bigger than my belly so it pulled the shaper down in the back. Also, when the back was in the front, I could clearly see the size tag. It was a much larger size than I’ve ever worn before, but I used their size chart and lo and behold, it fit! Dang, I knew I’d put on weight, but I did not need that daily reminder. The biggest problem of all, though, was at work when I went to the bathroom the first time I wore that contraption. I thought I was gonna have to call the fire department again. My blouse somehow got caught up in the


shaper and started rolling down into it in the front and the back! Oh boy, I was trapped. How was I going to get out of this thing without embarrassing myself? While I was stuck in the bathroom trying to get myself loose, I heard people calling my name. I was afraid someone would come looking for me and find me rolled into a grotesque knot on the bathroom floor, so I decided to stand on the toilet so I wouldn’t be seen unless they peeked through the door crack. Getting on the toilet might not have been the best idea at that moment because when I tried to step up, I heard my blouse rip as the shaper pulled tighter. Holy mother! If I didn’t want “the girls” exposed I had to do something right now! I wasn’t worried about the shaper itself; that baby was made like a steel-belted tire. I finally got up on the toilet just before one of the older, bolder ladies came into the bathroom calling my name. I had two choices. I could pretend standing on the toilet in a pretzel position was normal, or I could drop to the floor, clutch my belly and pretend I was in some sort of terrible pain. If I did that, the EMTs would immediately cut the shaper to check my belly area and no one would be the wiser. I went with option two which ended up costing me a small fortune after I reimbursed the EMTs for their time. I was not, however, going to spend any money on a new shaper. Just the memory of the one shredded on the bathroom floor was enough to put me over the edge.



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There’s something so sweet about small town America! Litchfield is a little oasis of quiet streets where everyone knows each other and we all appreciate our little hometown. We may be small, but we have some fun things going on this summer. The Litchfield District Library has been raising funds and seeking to move it’s location for nearly 10 years now! This summer, that move has taken place, thanks to the generous donations of so many wonderful people. The new location will be just around the corner at 119 West St. Joe Street. The Litchfield Greens, our 9 hole golf course, is now open for the summer with reasonable rates for those who enjoy getting out and loving that summer sunshine for a quick game on the golf course. The Litchfield Fire Department is proud to announce the purchase of a brand new tanker truck! This tanker is state-of-the-art and will be very useful due to it’s unique features. We are thankful for our dedicated firefighters and for the very reliable public safety equipment we have here in Litchfield. We may be small….but we’re mighty!

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Welcome to Jackson, Michigan, a city with spirit, heart, life, great people, and unique businesses. This is an exciting time for Jackson, Michigan. Summer is coming and things are happening! Spend the day in Jackson and check out all the new stores, the farmer markets on Saturdays, Food Truck Tuesdays in Horace Blackman Park, Friday Film Nights in Horace Blackman Park and CP Federal Square, Merchant Sidewalk Sales on the weekends and much more! With so many beautiful new restaurants, boutiques, beautiful parks, and bike trails, get ready for a full day of exploration. Jackson is a revival city, a destination—not just a city!! Visit the quaint shops with something for everyone.

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! o g s ’ t Trail le The Kiwanis Trail continues to develop with an eye toward connecting communities. The current plan is to connect the Kiwanis Trail from the trailhead at Green Hwy and Ives Rd into Cal Zorn Park with the route running along Ives Road and S. Raisin Center Highway. Along with the roadway, a separate eight-foot-wide asphalt shareduse path will be created. Once the Tecumseh Connection is completed, there will be a continuous, non-motorized trail running from Adrian to Tecumseh. This trail will connect four communities: the cities of Adrian and Tecumseh, and Adrian and Raisin townships. Estimated cost for the project is $800,000 and there are grant funds in the amount of $300,000 available from the State of Michigan. The involved communities are working to raise the additional half-million needed to complete the funding. Completion of the Tecumseh Connection will not only enhance recreational opportunities for the area’s citizens, but repeated studies have shown that greenways and trails not only have a positive impact on property values, but that they increase them significantly. Nonmotorized trails such as these attract hikers, walkers, riders, and others who enjoy outdoor recreation. This, in turn, increases economic activity. And, quality of life also gets a boost. Two-thirds of people who live near a non-motorized trail project report an improvement in life quality once the trail is completed.

In the know: parking Parking for the Kiwanis Trail can be found just south of Tecumseh at a small trailhead at the intersection of Ives Road and Green Highway. In Adrian, parking is available at Trestle Park on Hunt Street and at Riverside Park on McKenzie Street. Trestle Park also offers restrooms.





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THE CROSWELL OPERA HOUSE is Michigan’s oldest historic theater, located within the city’s downtown district. The theater is one of the United States’ oldest continually-operating theaters, originally constructed in 1866 as Adrian Union Hall. It has hosted major concerts, theatrical performances, and lectures by regional and international performers. 129 E Maumee St, Adrian, 517-263-6868 THE LENAWEE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM showcases collections of important artifacts related to the social and cultural history of Lenawee County. The museum is housed within three floors of the library which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can explore the museum for free Tuesdays - Saturdays throughout the morning and afternoon hours. 110 E Church St, Adrian, 517-265-6071 ADRIAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS is one of Adrian’s premier arts complexes. The Adrian Center for the Arts will be a stop for the Michigan Watercolor Society 2021 traveling show. This is the first year that the traveling show is coming to Lenawee County. It will be at the ACA Gallery from July 12 – August 20. This is the 73rd exhibition for the traveling show for the Michigan Watercolor Society. 1375 N Main St BLDG 46, Adrian, 517-662-9333

CHALONER AND CO. is a unique old-fashioned candy and cigar store in Adrian’s downtown district, originally opened as a newsstand in 1874 by the Chaloner family. The store is known for its famed fresh popcorn, which is produced on a 1947 C. Cretors and Co. popcorn popper just inside the store’s doors. The store still sells candies, cigars, popcorn, and newspapers and is known as one of the city’s iconic landmarks. 108 W Maumee St, Adrian, 517-263-9803 THE GOVERNOR CROSWELL TEA ROOM is an historic restaurant in Adrian’s downtown district, located adjacent to the Croswell Opera. Highquality china and linen experiences are offered daily at lunch and after theater, showcasing Britishinspired menu selections. Formal tea is served all day, featuring an assortment of finger sandwiches, scones, quiches, and miniature tarts paired with a personal pot of tea of the diners’ choice. 125 E Maumee St, Adrian, 517-759-4249 AUBREE’S PIZZERIA AND GRILL is a full-service restaurant is known for its legendary pizza menu which offers hand-tossed, thin-crust, deep-dish, and gluten-free pizza variants. Flavors range from classics like margherita and barbecue chicken to clever varieties like the Louisiana Cajun. Build-yourown pizzas, calzones, and pizza rolls are also served up throughout the day, along with hand-pattied burgers and artisanal sandwiches. 1329 S Main St, Adrian, 517-438-8367 WOW CAFÉ AND WINGERY offers New Orleansinfluenced flavors and dishes, including awardwinning signature wing sauces and scratch-made spice rubs. Excellent fast-casual fare including craft burgers are served up throughout the day, along with handheld sandwiches and wraps, quesadillas, and shareable appetizer selections such as Wisconsin cheese curds. 110 S Madison St, Adrian, 517-264-3985

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Hillsdale’s Summer in the City will be Friday, August 6, in downtown Hillsdale with a car show and vendors in front of the courthouse from 4 to 8 pm. Sidewalk sales with local merchants are planned, and the Hillsdale Elks lodge will be hosting a pig roast. Don’t miss the fun!

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Music fans will be happy to know that the Tuesdays in the Park concert series is also a go for 2021. Also a free event, the concerts begin at 7:30 pm in Mrs. Stock’s Park.

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…. If you are so fortunate as to have been able to spend time at the lake growing up, you know that those memories never leave you and you will always wish to keep them alive. Michigan summers are the best! In more recent years, so many empty nesters have sold their city homes to move to the lake that it goes without saying these same people are doing what they can to create new memories for the younger generations. In Manitou Beach at Devils Lake, there is an entire community of folks who work all year round to create fun events for those who are looking for new lake memories. Located right here in Manitou Beach Village you will not only find a number of festivities in July and August but you can also visit our great boutiques, eateries, and services. We offer of a list of events throughout the entire year, so be sure to keep checking our Manitou Beach Village website for the latest. Manitou Beach Farmers Market---from Memorial through Labor Day, Saturdays from 8:30 am-12 noon in the village. July 5-9, July 26-29 and August 9-13 - Summer Art Camp at the Devils Lake Inn. They get booked up fast so if you miss this summer be sure to sign up early for next summer. July 3 - Devils & Round Lake Fireworks July 4 - Devils Lake Men’s Club Firecracker Run July 10 and Aug 14 - Second Saturday Art Walks July 17 - Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show and Parade July 31 - Devils Lake Festival of the Arts Aug 4 - DLYC Shopping event Aug 14 - Manitou Beach Vintage Car Show For more information about our businesses and year-round events, visit facebook@ManitouBeachMichigan or our website at Manitou Beach


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PROVIDE PLENTY OF WATER AND SHADE Dehydration in dogs and cats is a real possibility during the summer. Signs of dehydration include dry gums and excessive drooling. Your pet needs access to fresh, clean water inside the house. Bring a bottle for them when going outside, just as for yourself. Keep your pet in the shade as often as possible. While dogs and cats like to sunbathe, direct sunlight can overheat them (especially dogs) and lead to heat stroke.

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KNOW THE DANGER SIGNS Dogs and cats don’t sweat like we do. They drink water and pant to bring down their body temperature.

temperatures also mean higher risks for them: more injuries, more skin and ear infections, and a possibility of a heat stroke.

Watch for these possible symptoms of overheating: Heavy panting | Dry or bright red gums | Thick drool Vomiting | Diarrhea | Wobbly legs If your pet shows signs of heat exhaustion, move them to a cool place, give them a drink of water, cover with a damp towel, and get the animal to the vet ASAP. Don’t place your pet in cold water because it can cause shock. NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN THE CAR Many pets love riding in cars but they shouldn’t be stuck in one somewhere while the interior heats to over 100°. It can take less than 10 minutes for dogs and cats to develop heat stroke inside a hot vehicle. If you see a pet left alone in a car under dangerous conditions, take action immediately - try searching for the owner or even call the police. KEEP YOUR DOG’S PAWS COOL Pets heat and cool from the bottom up. If you’re out in the sun together, try to keep your pet off of hot surfaces like cement and asphalt. Not only can it burn paws, but it can also increase body temperature and lead to overheating. It’s also not a good idea to drive around with your dog in the back of a truck – the hot metal can burn paws quickly. PROTECT FROM PARASITES In summer, fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other parasites are practically everywhere. They carry tapeworms, heartworms, and diseases such as Lyme or Bartonella that can put your pet at risk. KEEP YOUR PETS AWAY FROM FIREWORKS Summer is the perfect time for barbecues, picnics and outdoor celebrations, the biggest being July 4th which usually means fireworks. If you put on your own fireworks display, keep your pet indoors and clear your yard of the debris before letting your pup or kitty back outside. When heading to a 4th of July celebration, leave your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet area of your home.

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Using Cash Envelopes for Saving By Alexis Hiles

Are you more of a cash or debit/credit card spender? I love my debit card, but I have found having and saving cash to be very beneficial for our finances too! There are many benefits of using cash as your main source of payment. With cash, you have a tangible item that will run out. It is easier to know if you are overspending when cash is your main source of payment. Using cash also encourages you to stay on budget. A cash-envelope system is the perfect way to start using cash more often. Starting a cashenvelope system can be as simple as you’d like it to be, or it can be elaborate. Personally, I use cashenvelopes only for very specific categories of spending, but they really can be used for most expenses. You might be wondering “What is a cash-envelope system?” It is exactly what it sounds like and super simple to get started! Grab some envelopes and some markers and you are on your way to using this simple money management system. BUDGETING Believe it or not, cash envelopes can even be used for your monthly budgeting plans. While many bills are easier to pay using a debit or credit card online, and some companies even require those payment methods, there are still opportunities to use cash envelopes to budget regular needs such as groceries, gas, medical expenses, home needs, pet needs, and


miscellaneous expenses. You may even find that some of your monthly bills are cash-payment friendly. FUN MONEY This is, of course, the most fun way to spend your saved cash. The amount available to be set aside for fun money greatly differs from person to person, but everyone deserves a little fun money from time to time. Personally, I can’t bring myself to use cash for my monthly bills and essentials. I find the convenience of automatic withdrawal and debit card purchases work best for my lifestyle. The area of life I love using the cashenvelopes for is fun money. Because vacations, eating out, and random family activities are the areas where we tend to overspend the most, I feel more secure saving for those activities with cash. This limits overspending with the debit or credit card when we are away having family fun. Fun Money Cash Saving Tip -- If paying with a debit card, get cash back every time you go to the store (amount can vary). When you get home, add it to your fun money envelope. You likely won’t notice that amount missing from your bank account, but small amounts of cash can add up really quickly! Whether you’re like me and you want to use cash to budget your fun money better, or you want to start using cash more for your regular expenses, I hope you find the cash-envelope method helpful when planning and organizing your budget.

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THE COMMUNITY BREWERY WHERE EVERYONE IS WELCOME WRITTEN BY SARAH GRAY Ramshackle Brewing Company in downtown Jonesville had a vision to create a place for people in the community to come and feel welcome. They have done just that.

Newcomers should not be intimated by the selection. Staff at Ramshackle and many of the patrons love to talk about the beers and will help guide patrons to the perfect selection for them. All the brews are created by Zack and are made with no filtration or pasteurization. “It’s beer how it should be,” said Zack.

“People come in as a stranger and leave feeling like family,” said Jessy Bigelow who owns the brewery with her husband Zack. “All while drinking some really good beer.”

To complement their brews and to enhance the brewery experience, Ramshackle has begun offering light fare. They collaborated with local businesses and farms from the area including Ferry Farms in Litchfield for cheese and cured meats, Jonesville Bakery for soft pretzels, and Cascarelli’s in Homer for nuts. Zack says it is a great way to showcase other local businesses and artists in the community.

The community brewery has been in the making for several years, beginning in 2014 when Jessy and Zack first met with the Brewers Professional Alliance. It took some time to find the space and the funds, but on July 17, 2019, they opened their doors. Located between Olivia’s Chop House and Jonesville Hardware on US 12, Ramshackle is not a large brewery, but that is just how Jessy and Zack want it. “We want people to interact,” Jessy said, adding that oftentimes someone will go to a brewery and sit alone. At Ramshackle, if there is a seat at the bar, patrons are going to be invited up to talk, draw on the glass countertop, and share a story or two. “New friendships are made here and old friendships are rekindled.” Like all businesses, COVID hit Ramshackle hard, but take-out orders and a caring community helped get them through. Now they are looking forward to getting back to seeing old friends and bringing more people to downtown. Ramshackle offers a range of craft beers including the crowd pleasing English Drizzle IPA and Pushmower. But don’t expect the same menu every visit. Zack alternates his brews and every third brew is something different. “The fun part is we get to change it up,” he said. “It keeps people trying something new.” He also uses fresh produce to create some seasonal favorites including Granny’s Jam during strawberry season and a harvest ale in the fall.


Ramshackle likes to promote artists of all mediums and currently is selling limited edition pint glasses designed by local residents. They plan to highlight seven artists and so far have sold two designs. All proceeds from the glasses go back to the artist. Popular from the day they opened is Ramshackle’s “Beer it Forward” board. Patrons can buy a beer and then gift it to a specific person, someone in a certain profession or anyone who fits some qualification. It is placed on the “Beer it Forward” board and when someone fits the note they can claim their pre-bought beer. The board has been tremendously successful – more than Zack or Jessy imagined. Ramshackle beers are also available in other parts of the southern Michigan including The Hunt Club in Hillsdale, Jonesville Eagles, Shorty’s in Horton, Cascarelli’s in Homer, and Johnny T’s and 55 Below in Hillsdale. They are also part of Hops Passport Michigan, the Tagabrew Michigan Trail, and a member of the Michigan Brewers Guild. To learn more about Ramshackle’s beers, visit their website, or find them on Facebook and Instagram. Ramshackle is open Wednesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.




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For those who want to make their living spaces a unique reflection of their personal style, finding those special items— furniture, art, and accessories—can sometimes be a challenge. Savvy decorators know that vintage and repurposed or repainted items can be a great way to avoid the “cookie cutter” look in their homes. Vintage 720 in Jonesville is an ideal destination for anyone seeking stylish, curated pieces to enhance a room. Owner Ronda Tulloch opened the shop in April 2021, and how it happened is a great story. “We were living part time in Michigan and part time in Florida,” Ronda related. “While driving through Tennessee on our way to Florida, we hit a pothole that damaged our tire. We couldn’t get it fixed until later the next day, so we were stuck in a hotel and, while there, we binge-watched ‘Fixer Upper.’” Ronda thought, “I can do that!” She bought the building which was in desperate need of renovation. “It was very 70s,” says Ronda. “I had a lot to do.” After countless hours of work which included chipping seven layers off the walls to expose the brick, Ronda had a beautiful, light, airy space for the new business. Ronda’s explanation for how they chose its name is also entertain-ing. “I knew I wanted ‘Vintage’ in the name,” she says. “I’ve always had trouble remembering our anniversary, which is July 20. So … Vintage 720!” Ronda says that she thinks of the store as being more about providing inspiration than just selling things. Because much of the merchandise is one of a kind, every visit means customers will see something new. She does the work to pre-


pare the furniture for the floor. “I had to learn how to work with the wood,” says Ronda. “How to treat it, how the different woods react with different stains, and so forth.” Ronda feels there’s come to be too much emphasis on things being slick, new, and perfect over having character. She believes that many people want things which will add a distinctive personality to their homes rather than having everything look as though it just came from the factory. This is where her curated approach really enhances what she carries. Each item, whether it’s furniture, artwork, or an accent piece, is selected with care and thought. Along with the home décor, Vintage 720 offers candles, jewelry, and some consumables such as teas, jams, and creamed honey. Ronda has been making soap for 25 years and loves the endless possibilities of soapmaking. Besides her soap, you can select from her bath bombs, lip balms, wax melts, and single-use soap nibs that are ideal for travel. Customer service is as personalized as the store items. “I do customized gift bundles,” says Ronda, “and if people want a private shopping session outside of our regular store hours, all they need to do is contact me.” Anyone interested in this should email her at: Vintage 720 is located at 257 E. Chicago Street in Jonesville. Store hours are 10 to 5 on Thursday and Friday, and 10 to 2 on Saturday. Follow the shop on Facebook to keep on top of the latest news! You’ll find them at Vintage 720 @loveyourhomev720.

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Warm summer evenings are an awesome time of day to head outdoors and ramble around your neighborhood and gardens. No matter how familiar you think you are with the natural world outside your backdoor, it becomes a totally different place as day shifts into night.

females. When watching fireflies, look for the signal patterns of different species. Fireflies are the only insects that flash off and on in distinct signals. They tend to start their lightshow around dusk and signal for several hours. Observe, identify, and set free.

Many of us are very familiar with diurnal animals that are active during the day and nocturnal animals that are active at night. The twilight zone is a magical time of day that frequently passes unnoticed in the hustle and bustle of everyday living. Twilight is the time preceding sunrise and again following the sunset. Crepuscular animals are active at dawn and dusk. Flickering fireflies, chirping crickets, hooting owls, racy raccoons, and swooping bats are all part of the night shift during the summer season. Bats emerge at twilight in search of night-flying insects. Did you know? A single little brown bat can catch more than 600 mosquitoes in an hour.

Moths are attracted to the fragrant night-blooming flowers in the garden, but you can encourage even more visitors to stop by for an evening visit with moth bait. Mash a rotten banana and blend it with some sugar and fruit juice. Let it sit for a couple of hours, and, just before dusk, brush the mixture on several trees throughout your yard. Watch to see what visits the trees.

Many of our night-blooming flowers are light in color and generate a stronger fragrance at dusk. Moths are generally active at dusk; they’re not as brightly colored as butterflies and have feathery antennae without a club. Their job on nature’s night shift is to pollinate the light-colored flowers. Sun-loving butterflies prefer red, green, and yellow flowers which do not show up well in the dark. The moth’s featherlike antennae act like a nose, reacting to scent molecules in the air. Our sense of sight becomes diminished in the dark, but our sense of smell, awareness of sound, and touch become more acute as the temperature drops and the air becomes more humid as day changes to night.

NOCTURNAL ADVENTURES Grab a flashlight and take a nighttime hike through the garden and yard. Shine your flashlight in the trees and shrubs and take an up-close look at some of the night flowers. Look at different insects and what plants they prefer. Frogs, toads, and salamanders prefer the humid, cool night air and like to move about after dark. Silent Sparks: fireflies or lightning bugs are fun to catch and observe. Fireflies are beetles, and they grow up glowing from the start. Glowworms are immature fireflies or wingless adult


Create a bug trap; it’s hard to see what’s crawling around on the ground at night. Find a jar with a large mouth. Put a bit of fruit and dry cereal mixed with some dirt and chopped leaves in the bottom of the jar. Dig a hole in the ground deep enough that the jar rim is level with the ground. Cover the top of the jar with a piece of bark or large leaf propped up with a stick to keep out water. Leave it overnight, and in the morning, check to see what is in the jar. Always practice catch and release.



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LOLA LOU’S COFFEE CUP DINER Fans of the Coffee Cup Diner—one of Hillsdale’s iconic spots for breakfast and lunch—are delighted that it’s still going strong! New owner Kevin Conant has retained the well-known name but updated it to reflect him taking the reins. Kevin brings extensive restaurant experience to owning the diner as he is also the owner of the popular Here’s to You Pub & Grub and was instrumental in getting The Hillsdale Brewing Company going. So, stop in soon and enjoy one of your favorite Coffee Cup dishes, including their popular Thai specialities.

ROSALIE’S ROADHOUSE Warm weather means outdoor dining, and that means the patio area at Rosalie’s Roadhouse is open again! From open to close, the patio is filled with people enjoying outstanding food and beverages in a lovely setting. For everyone who loves Rosalie’s patio, we’re happy to let you know that the patio area has been expanded, so customers have a better chance of securing one of those sought-after outdoor tables. Another new development: Rosalie’s famous Long Island Iced Teas are available to go!

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Fostering Through Their Fears, Finding Support & Love Small, but mighty, Jamie and Andrew’s family is growing in both size and strength through foster care. After enduring the loss of a miscarriage and the heartache of infertility, Jamie and Andrew weren’t ready to give up on their dream of growing their family and turned to adoption. Deeply moved by stories they heard at a foster care and adoption panel, the couple took one look at each other, and “knew we had to do this.” When asked about some of their biggest fears and reservations about becoming foster parents, Jamie shared that she worried about how friends and family would react. Would they be accepting and supportive of their decision and of the children that would enter their home? Would they love them like any other child? Meanwhile, Andrew was concerned with “trying to care for a child with needs beyond what I could meet.” Since completing the licensure process, the family has faced their fears (with great results). Jamie shared that the family has “been overwhelmed by the support we have been given and still receive today.” She also shared that while some are not as supportive as she had hoped, “Those who are, outweigh the sadness of those who aren’t.” Andrew, who has also found strength in that support said, “It is a lot less scary when you know you don’t have to do this alone.” In addition to the support they have received from their family and their agency, the family notes, “One of the biggest supports for us is having another married couple who


also has infertility issues and are fostering with intent to adopt, as they completely understand what we are going through and feeling.” Finding this personal connection so beneficial, support groups were the first thing that they mentioned when asked what would be most helpful for current foster parents. Jamie shared that while they “have family that is supportive and helpful, there can never be too many – someone to help babysit, make sure you can get your self-care in, and so on.” As a result, she encourages families considering foster care to “surround yourself with people who are supportive and committed to helping children.” Like many other new foster parents, Jamie and Andrew “were afraid that the emotional toll of getting attached and reunification with birth families would be too much for us.” When asked how they feel now, Andrew stated, “I now know that it is an absolute blessing to become attached to a child that needs you, even if it is only temporary. I would not trade anything for my (child).” Jamie added that when they accepted their first placement, they “were surprised to be attached to the child by just having the name and age.” Across the state of Michigan, there are more the 11,500 children in the foster care system and they are need of a temporary safe, stable, loving home. In Michigan there are experienced Foster Parent Navigators to help answer any questions you and your family may have about the foster care system. Give us a call at 855-MICHKIDS (642-4543) or visit our website today!

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The Iron Belle Trail links a network of pathways to create hundreds of miles of hiking and biking. Consider it an invitation to enjoy Michigan’s diverse beauty from the slow and scenic lane.

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Near the Iron Belle’s northern trailhead in Ironwood, the wild Montreal River scribbles the state border with Wisconsin through grand forests and historic iron-mining towns. At its southern trailhead on Detroit’s Belle Isle, freighters churn down the Detroit River past a steely urban skyline. In between unfurls a bucket-list opportunity: the option to hike or cycle from the western edge of the Upper Peninsula all the way to Detroit.The Iron Belle Trail stitches together new and NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL, NORTH existing trails into two designated routes—one for hiking, another OF MARQUET TE for bicycling—that meander through 48 counties like a montage of Michigan highlights. What might have seemed like a slightly outlandish idea is now 71 percent complete, as new trail segments get added to fill the gaps. The Iron Belle is the longest state-designated trail in the nation. Hundreds miles of completed trail already beckon. The Iron of Belle Trail stitches together new and ear the Iron Belle’s northern trailhead

existing trails into two designated routes— in Ironwood, the wild Montreal The Ironone Belle’s hikingforroute utilizes more than 1,000 miles for 1,259-mile hiking, another bicycling—that River scribbles the state border with of the well-established North Country National Scenic Trail. It largely meander through 48 counties like a montage of Wisconsin through grand forests and historic follows the Lake Superior shoreline as it traverses the Upper PeninMichigan highlights. What might have seemed iron-mining towns. At its southern trailhead sula, passing through the Porcupine Mountains, the Huron Mounlike a slightly outlandish idea is now 71 percent on Detroit’s Belle Isle, freighters churn down tains, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Tahquamenon Falls complete, as new trail segments get added to the Detroit River past a steely urban skyline. In State Park before dropping south across Mackinac Bridge. The trail fill the gaps. The Iron Belle is the longest statebetween unfurls a bucket-list opportunity: the continues down the west side of the Lower Peninsula through Hurondesignated trail in the nation. Hundreds of miles option to hike or cycle from the western edgeManistee of National Forests, then swings east near Battle Creek, headed of completed trailthat already beckon. the Upper Peninsula all the way to Detroit. toward Detroit on a route includes the Border-to-Border and Fall-

ing Waters trails.The 774-mile cycling route follows US-2 (a designated national bicycling route) across the Upper Peninsula, then wanders down the eastern half of the Lower Peninsula on scenic drives and multiuse trails that include the North Central State Trail, 7River Road National Scenic Byway, Flint River Trail and Paint Creek Trail before reaching metro Detroit. Whether you explore it for an hour, for a day (like National Trails Day, June 6) or for an entire season, the Iron Belle Trail promises endless possibilities.


SINGLETRACK TRAILS In the Huron-Manistee National Forests, 25 miles of singletrack mountain biking trails roll through the wooded Udell Hills at Big M Recreation Area. Whatever kind of riding you want, Marquette’s vast Noquemanon Trail Network has it, including gravity lines peppered with jumps, swooping bermed flow trails and loops designed specifically for kids. More than 40 miles of trails are mapped and rated for difficulty. Get trail beta and rentals at Quick Stop Bike Shop and Lakeshore Bike.Five miles of mountain bike trails snake through hardwoods of Ludington School Forest, gentle enough for beginners and groomed for fat bikes in winter. For more of a challenge, hit the twisty 31/2-mile loop wooded mountain biking singletrack in nearby Cartier Park. Spindrift Cyclesports has rentals and group rides.

CITY ROUTES Trails abound in bike-crazy Grand Rapids. Grand River Edges Trail leads to downtown attractions, like the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, and connects to the Kent Trails and Millennium Park, where wooded routes roll along the Grand River. Rent bikes from Grand Rapids Bike Rentals. A faded former rail line, Detroit’s Dequindre Cut now shines as a lively bike and pedestrian corridor that links two of the city’s top downtown attractions: the RiverWalk and Eastern Market. Rent from Wheelhouse Detroit on the RiverWalk. From its origins along the Grand River downtown, Lansing River Trail has grown into a 25-mile network of nonmotorized paths along rivers and creeks throughout the city, including the newest 5.8-mile South Lansing Pathway extension. Rent bikes from River Town Adventures at the Lansing Market


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COUNTRY PATHWAYS With a trail map like an inverted T, the 22-mile Kalamazoo River Valley Trailmakes it easy to pedal from Kalamazoo into the countryside. The northern segment follows the river and passes through Kalamazoo Nature Center; the western segment connects with Kal-Haven Trail, a 34-mile route to South Haven. Pedal Bicycle has rentals.Blue bay waters are rarely out of sight on Little Traverse Wheelway, a 26-mile paved path that arcs like a horseshoe around Little Traverse Bay from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs. Rent bikes at Latitude 45 in Petoskey or Revolution Bike in Charlevoix, both near the trail. Beginning at a sandy Lake Michigan beach, the 12-mile Muskegon Lakeshore Trail skims among the dunes and wetlands as it wraps around Muskegon Lake. Continue north on Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail 11 miles to Hart-Montague Trail through orchards, farm fields and country towns. City Hub Cyclery rents bikes. 73

THINK CONCRETE THIS CONSTRUCTION SEASON Summer is a busy time in the construction business. While projects can be done year round, the warm summer months are peak time to complete outdoor projects with longer hours of daylight and less chance for freezing temperature or snow.

Material costs have gone up significantly in the past year and builders have no choice but to pass the cost onto their customers. One area in particular has taken a surprising leap. Lumber prices have risen sharply in the last six months tripling in the past year (April 2020 - April 2021). But what has this got to do with concrete? Well, a lot, actually.

Think Concrete

Houses still need to be built and homeowners are looking for the most cost-effective solutions. With the cost of lumber at an all-time high, it’s time to think concrete. While lumber is used in many facets of the home, concrete is a costeffective alternative. Lumber prices may be soaring, but concrete has leveled out in terms of cost and in most communities is either the same price or lower than lumber. It can also oftentimes be more readily available than lumber is currently.

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are made from high-density foam and are filled with concrete. The forms are easy to put together, stay in place, and are reinforced with steel. The use of insulated concrete forms also consolidates several building steps into one. ICFs can be used both in foundations and above grade walls of a structure. Concrete built homes look exactly like stick built homes as ICFs come with nailing strips allowing for interior finishes like drywall and exterior finishes like siding and stucco. Along with time saved in building a home, homeowners will also save money. Concrete forms are solid structures that are super insulated, keeping your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer - ideal for Midwest climates.

Stronger & Safer Movement is greatly reduced in an ICF-built home. Concrete walls are stronger than wood built walls in many ways and homeowners will not feel flex in walls or floors and virtually no vibration when slamming doors. In the event of a tornado, “ICF walls protected the owners and their pets from the fierce wind and debris even when the roof was gone,” states a report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. An ICF built home can be life saving during a fire. Insulated concrete forms are treated with flame retardants to prevent them from burning.

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For those looking to build a “greener” home, the higher quality insulation of ICFs and smaller HVAC units equals lower fossil fuel consumption. A concrete house will therefore generate fewer greenhouse emissions over the life of the home than a wood built home. An ICF built home will be less popular - with pests, that is. A home with walls of concrete is less desirable than a wood built home for pests like termites, ants, and rodents. Untreated lumber will rot and deteriorate, but concrete will not crumble and the steel used inside the ICFs will not rust. Becker & Scrivens of Hillsdale and Montpelier Ohio is the leading redi mix concrete supplier in the area. They recommend the Fox Blocks ICF system when considering insulated concrete forms for your structure. Let your contractor know that you want Becker & Scrivens concrete for your next construction project, have them

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Beer Trail By Kim Van Camp

With distilleries, breweries, microbreweries and the like becoming ever so popular, I decided to visit some local places and see if I could develop my taste for anything brewed. I didn’t realize just how many amazing places are so close to home! Until I visited the following establishments, the extent of my brew tasting was limited. Beer or cider isn’t usually my first choice in beverages, so I approached this beer trail not knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety each of these brew houses offered. I think that everyone can find something they can enjoy drinking at any of the following businesses.

Hillsdale Brewing

25 Hillsdale St., Hillsdale, MI 49242 All of the craft beers at Hillsdale Brewing Company are made on site and change seasonally. Flights, Howlers, and Growlers are available. There are a mix of varieties from full-bodied stouts like ColdSpell Coffee Stout to a fruity flavored brew like the Unholy Hazy IPA. They also offer a selection of wines and a Plum Apple Hard Cider. Pair any of their beers with a wide selection of soups, salads, apps, sammies or mac and cheese!

Ramshackle Brewing Company 209 E. Chicago St., Jonesville, MI 49250

Out of the nice selection of brews at Ramshackle Brewing, the most fun to me is the P. O. S. Plain Old Seltzer! You add the flavor of your choice to this for a nice, refreshing drink. The artwork on the walls makes the atmosphere fun and exciting. They seem to be always adding and changing their beverage choices which entices patrons to visit often to see what they have up their sleeve next. I love the fact that they also offer some locally-sourced snacks and appetizers.

Kim Van Camp is a Disney World enthusiast from a small town in Michigan. She loves traveling and vacationing with her family. She has been visiting Disney World once or twice per year since 2005 and enjoys sharing the knowledge she has acquired over those years. She truly hopes her blogs will help people understand the vast amazing-ness of Disney and perhaps other places in Michigan, United States, and the world! Thank you for reading! Website:; also on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and soon YouTube 78

Blue Skies Brewery

12000 Pentecost Hwy., Onsted The thing that stands out the most at this location is their outdoor area and the massive fermentation tanks and collection of barrels. They offer live music—mostly tribute bands—every weekend! It is definitely a fun, party-type atmosphere. They have a nice selection of food and offer some pretty good pizza. Their beer and cider selection is very extensive from about a dozen each of light beers, dark beers, hard ciders, and hard seltzers. I would be very surprised if you didn’t find something you like here.

Cotton Brewing Company

Tecumseh Brewing Company

Cotton offers craft beer, craft spirits, and craft soda! Something new is their Adult Slushies. A perfect treat for a hot summer day! They also offer curbside/to go items including their drinks! The food menu is extensive and includes a pretty delicious pizza called the Trash Panda Pizza! If you like pizza, mac and cheese, and bacon, this pizza is for you and you must try it.

Located in a historical downtown building, TBC features original brick walls and a very nice outdoor seating area both behind the building and out on the boulevard. The brew’s concoctions are always changing and will always have a fun name. They have a nice variety of drinks for every palate. My current favorite is the Mika Laka Hiki, mostly because of the name, but its nice sweet and sour flavor is a winner in my book. Grab some of their famous loaded nachos or mac and cheese while you are there.

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This DIY trend blew up on Pinterest and is now going viral. So, like I said, if you’re stuck as to what to do with an old trampoline, you can always get creative and give it a new life. if you don’t have a full-sized trampoline to turn into a bed, you can still use one of those small exercise ones in order to create a swinging chair. Here are some instructions on how to get it done: 1. Remove the trampoline’s legs so all that is left is the circular metal frame, black mat, and springs. 2. Cover the metal frame with pool noodles. Do this by slicing down one side of the foam noodle then popping it around the frame.

3. Use spray glue in order to tack pretty fabric around the pool noodle, or alternatively, use white noodles. 4. Use ropes with a high-tensile strength to wrap around the entire newly padded metal frame. 5. Loop rope string everywhere there was a leg on your trampoline to hang the swing. Make sure to leave an opening in order for you to get in and out of the swing. 6. Hang it somewhere sturdy like a tree or a pergola. If you are qualified to or know someone who is, you can even build yourself a frame for the swing. 7. On the smaller trampolines, you can always add a Papasan cushion or cover a bigger trampoline with memory foam or cushions and a sheet. After that, all that is left is to decorate with pillows and enjoy!


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Southern Michigan Paddling in a canoe or kayak, casting with a rod and reel, or simply watching and listening to the sounds of nature, there are many activities that bring nature lovers to the banks of rivers. Southern Michigan has many ponds, lakes and creeks – numbering in the hundreds. Rivers however, are a different kind of waterway, one that shaped the land and which were the reason many of our cities were founded.


The St. Joseph River is the longest river in southern Michigan at 210 miles. The river winds through the lower part of the peninsula and down into northern Indiana. The mouth of the St. Joseph River is Lake Michigan in the city of Benton Harbor. The river begins in Baw Beese Lake in Hillsdale. The St. Joseph River is the third largest tributary into Lake Michigan and has 190 dams along its path. Waters from the river feed several lakes including some larger ones such as Union Lake, Sturgeon Lake, and Baw Beese Lake. Waterways were essential for pioneers forging Michigan during its settlement days. The movement of the river allowed for quicker passage and to move goods from one place to the next. Water helped to run mills and was a place to gather drinking water and bathe. The life-giving functions of the St. Joseph River created the settlement of 16 Michigan cities including Litchfield, Jonesville, Union City, and Tekonsha as well has five cities in Indiana including Bristol, Elkhart, and South Bend. The river is popular for fishing and is a habitat for trout and salmon.



The River Raisin is a 139-mile-long river that flows east in southeastern Michigan with its mouth in Lake Erie. Its name comes from the French settlers who, when forging the land, found wild grapes along its bank and named it for the French word for grape – raisin. The Battle of Frenchtown during the War of 1812 took place near the river which later became known as the Massacre of the River Raisin as the British killed many U.S. troops during the battle. “Remember the Raisin” later became a rallying cry for the war. The River Raisin National Battlefield Park is the only National Battlefield Park designated to the War of 1812. The river has been utilized for both industrial and harbor use by businesses like Ford Motor Company and the Detroit Edison Monroe powerplant.


There is another St. Joseph River in southern Michigan that runs from Hillsdale County south in Ohio and is a tributary of the Maumee River that runs east to Lake Erie. This St. Joseph tributary is 86 miles long and at its northernmost point comes within three miles of the other St Joseph River that runs to Lake Michigan. There are several other small rivers in southern Michigan including the Coldwater River (19 miles) and the Fawn River (55 miles). Rivers are a great way to explore the habitats of so much wildlife that live in and near the river. See where you live in a different way by taking a trip down a river in southern Michigan.

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Considering an investment property... A piece of investment property, whether residential commercial, can be a strong investment for the future. But it is also a risky investment that requires investors to do their homework, have money in the bank and have the right property available for success. Here are a few tips to think about when considering whether or not to buy an investment property:

Can you afford to buy a property to rent? Buying a piece of rental property is not the same as buying a home. The process of getting a loan is different and more expensive. Typically buyers have to put down a bigger down payment - as much as 20 percent - because mortgage insurance is not available for rental properties. It is important that you talk with a mortgage lender to find out what your options are.


Purchasing the property is not your only expense, of course. When budgeting for a rental property you also need to consider the ongoing costs of homeowners insurance, property taxes and regular maintenance of the property.

Is there good rental property in my area?

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Are you cut out to be a landlord? Owning a piece of property that you lease or rent out requires you to be a landlord. Do you have what it takes? It’s not just collecting a check at the beginning of every month. On the residential side, you should at the very least know your way around a toolbox. Can you repair drywall, unclog a drain, replace railings or deck boards and/or repair/replace shingles on a roof? It’s not just your skills that you need to think about either. Do you have the time to be available for these types of potential emergency situations? If not, it doesn’t have to be a deal breaker when it comes to investing in property. You can always hire a property manager and work with a local contractor or handyman to handle these issues. Keep in mind, however, this will affect your bottom line and how much potential income you can make. Learn your legal obligations. Know your rights as the property owner and what you are required to provide as a landlord. Lease requirements, security deposits, eviction rules and fair housing laws should be researched prior to signing your first renter.

Just because you want to own rental property does not mean there is good property out there to purchase for that purpose. According to the National Association of Realtors, detached single family homes are the most popular rental properties. You want to look at a piece of real estate property with the eyes of someone who wants to generate income from the property. Which means to look for different things than if you were planning to live there. For the novice income property buyer, it is best to avoid fixer-uppers. Try instead to find a property that needs only minor repairs. Even if you are a contractor, think about the time it takes to remodel a house and factor that into your decision. Every day you are remodeling is a day you are spending money and not making money on the property.

Take some time, but not too much time It may not be the right choice for everyone, but if buying a piece of rental property feels right to you, do your homework, work with an experienced agent and be ready to strike when the deal is right.

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While a beef burger just off the grill is wonderful, we put together some beef-alternative options for those times you want a change.

Perfect Pork Burgers MAKES 4 BURGERS INGREDIENTS 5 slices bacon 1 clove garlic, minced 1 pound ground pork 1 teaspoon salt (kosher preferred) ¼ teaspoon finely ground pepper ¼ teaspoon dried rubbed sage

Pulse the bacon and garlic in a food processor until coarsely ground or chop together thoroughly with a sharp knife. Combine the pork, salt, pepper, and sage in a bowl. Add the bacon mixture and gently mix together with your hands. Divide mixture into four portion and shape into balls, then flatten into 1” thick patties. Handle the mixture gently to avoid toughening the meat. Make a 2” wide indentation in the center of eat to prevent the burgers from bulging in the middle when grilled. Preheat the grill to medium-high. Season patties with additional pepper and grill, undisturbed, until marked on the bottom, 5 to 6 minutes. Turn and grill until the other side is marked and patties feel firm, 4 to 6 more minutes. Serve topped with cole slaw for an extra kick of texture and flavor.




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Line a baking sheet or large plate with parchment paper, wax paper, or aluminum foil. Set aside. Add the ground turkey, grated onion, garlic, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, kosher salt, and ground black pepper to a large bowl. Using your hands, mix until just combined. Overworking the mixture will mean tough burgers.


Divide into 4 even portions, about ⅓ pound each. Lightly coat your hands in oil or pan spray and form each portion into a 1” thick patty. The mixture will be very wet at this point, so there’s no need to fuss over making your burgers look perfect – just get the rough size and shape you want. Set them on the prepared baking sheet.


Put the baking sheet with the turkey burger patties in the freezer to chill for at least 20 minutes.

1⅓ pounds 90% or 93% lean ground turkey ½ medium yellow onion, finely grated & squeezed of excess moisture—this is important 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1½ teaspoons kosher salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper oil for the grill grates

While they chill, preheat the grill for medium-high direct heat grilling, about 450°. Before grilling, use grilling tongs to run a wad of generously-oiled paper towel over the grill grates. Take the chilled patties and finish shaping them, keeping the 1” thickness and using your thumb to create an indent in the center of each. Firmly press each turkey burger patty onto the prepared grill grates. Grill the turkey burgers for 6 minutes per side, or until a thermometer inserted in the center of the turkey burgers registers 160°. (Cooking longer will dry them out!) If you’d like to add cheese to your turkey burgers, do so when there are 2 minutes left of grilling time. Allow the turkey burgers to rest for a few minutes (residual heat will increase the internal temperature to 165°) before serving as desired.



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Black Bean Burgers MAKES 6-7 BURGERS INGREDIENTS 2 (14 oz.) can black beans, drained, rinsed, and patted dry 1 tablespoon olive oil ¾ cup finely-chopped bell pepper 1 cup finely-chopped yellow onion 3 garlic cloves, minced 1½ teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika (use regular if preferred) ½ cup bread crumbs ½ cup feta cheese 2 large eggs 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 325°. Spread beans evenly onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until slightly dried out. (This keeps the burgers from being mushy.) While they’re baking, sauté the chopped pepper, onion, and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until peppers and onions are soft, about 5-6 minutes. Gently blot out some of the moisture. Place in a large bowl or food processor with the remaining ingredients. Stir or pulse everything together, then add the black beans. Mash with a fork or pulse the mixture, leaving some larger chunks of beans. Form into patties using about ⅓ cup of mixture for each. Grease a piece of foil large enough to hold all the patties and put on a preheated grill. (Heat preference is personal, but medium-high heat—350° to 400°—works well for black bean burgers. Grill patties 8 minutes on each side.

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Halibut Veracruz INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon avocado oil 1/2 cup thinly sliced yellow onion 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 cup diced tomato 1/2 medium jalapeno, diced 1/2 cup dry white wine 1 large halibut fillet (or 2 smaller) kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper 1/4 cup Spanish olives, cut into thin rounds, plus 2 tablespoons olive juice from bottle 1 medium avocado, peeled and sliced 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro leaves


Fire up the charcoal on a charcoal grill, get it up to about 300 degrees. Make sure when you dump the coals from the chimney that you place them on one side of the grill only. While the grill is heating, heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. As onion, sauté until lightly colored, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, tomato, jalapeño and white wine. Cool until wine is reduced by 2/3, about 5 minutes. Rinse the halibut under cold water, pat dry. Season with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper, according to taste. Oil the hot grill grates with avocado oil on a paper towel. Place halibut on grate, opposite of the heat. (For a hint of smoke flavor - add some wood chips to the coals). Cook fish until it reaches about 140 degrees in the center - you’ll notice the white fats of the fish appear as it gets close to being finished. Once up to temp, remove from grill and place on serving platter topped with the wine sauce. Garnish with slices of fresh avocado, a squeeze of lime juice and cilantro leaves.

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