Simply Hers September/October 2021

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SEPT/OCT 2021

SH S I M P L Y

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After being in the automotive repair business for 30 years and with help from artist David Youngman, we have come up with a second logo to accompany the first. These logos summarize and symbolize everything about Glory to God.

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Thank you for continuing to read the magazine and for the feedback you give. You’re why we do this! I know I say a lot about reading the ads and patronizing our advertisers, but that’s because we quite literally couldn’t continue to publish without their financial support. Small communities like ours only thrive when everyone pulls together and utilizing local resources is a big part of that.

First of all, we have Glory to God— the name is our purpose in life, our command to live by. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “… do all to the glory of God.” That is how we started in 1981, and although we may fall short as humans, that is still our goal and desire each and every time we service your vehicle. SECOND IS CAR SENSE — This is how we work together: YOUR car, YOUR sense, YOUR cents. You know your car better than anyone, and your senses will alert you to any change that may need to be addressed. When your senses pick up on something, we are here to diagnose and evaluate for you and to give you options to save you the most cents. Until next time, this has been Robert from Glory to God and Car Sense.

With this issue we swing back to fall! We’ve profiled the extensive new medical campus at the ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian and have a close look at local favorite Shea’Nanigans Food & Spirits in Hudson. There are book reviews to help you plan your reading, recipes, a funny look at how discipline can drive you crazy, and more. We hope that you will find lots in these pages to entertain, enlighten, and inspire.

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On the Cover 12

Julie Yaroch, DO President of ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital

Two Men From Adrian

Fashion 15

The Right Pair of Shoes

Natural Looks for Fall

Cold Weather Workout Motivation

62 Simple Steps To Saving Energy At Home

64 The Local Beat

Beauty 18

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68 Simply Speaking

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70 Pinterest Picks Fall Decor to Adore!

Business Feature 22

Shea’Nanigans Food & Spirits

72 Travel

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78 Home

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Gray Matters 28

Ladies, Be Better Than Me

Ask the Doctor 30 COVID Safety in Schools

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86 Pet Talk

Autumn Is Tick, Tick, Ticking Closer

88 Sip Pure Michigan

Wine Tours Throughout The State

94 Recipes

Business Feature 32 Craft Out Loud!

Keeping It In Stitches 34 Life’s Pinnacles

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Creating a campus that treats patients and community members with all needs, from preventative to acute care, is the goal of Julie Yaroch, DO, president of Promedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Lenawee County. “We want to take care of the whole patient,” she said, adding that this effort is not just the responsibility of the hospital, but also everyone in the community. Promedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital opened its doors September 24, 2020 – a challenging time for every hospital. For more on this story turn to page 12. Photo by Synergy In Motion Studios


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Cover Feature

from escaping the room) increased greatly with the virus and ProMedica took extra time to increase the number of negative pressure rooms in the hospital. More than 50 percent of the beds in the hospital are negative pressure rooms. Since ProMedica was used as an overflow hospital for the Detroit area hospitals, those rooms were utilized right away. Dr. Yaroch takes pride in having a state-of-the-art hospital available to the residents of Lenawee County. Born and raised outside of Chicago, she came the area to practice internal medicine in 1999. In August 2015, she became the president of the hospital but admits the provider side never goes away. She says she will see patients when she is out in the community who thank her for saving their lives and she said she always says the same line: “I was just doing my job.”

CARING FOR THE WHOLE PATIENT ProMedica’s new Adrian campus offers wide range of services — By Sarah Gray — Creating a campus that treats patients and community members with all needs from preventative to acute care is the goal of Julie Yaroch, DO, president of ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Lenawee County. “We want to take care of the whole patient,” she said, adding that this effort is not just the responsibility of the hospital, but also of everyone in the community. ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital opened its doors September 24, 2020 – a challenging time for every hospital. Plans to merge Bixby Hospital in Adrian and Herrick Hospital in Tecumseh had been in the works for several years before the pandemic hit. Construction only slowed the opening date of the building by one month and that time was used to create a hospital that was equipped to handle the current needs of patients. Dr. Yaroch stated that since the building was under construction when the pandemic hit, contractors were able put other safety measures in place while other hospitals were trying to modify their hospitals to accommodate. At ProMedica, it was there from the day the doors opened. The need for negative pressure rooms (which prevent airborne diseases such as COVID-19

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ProMedica offers a wide range of services to Lenawee County, and Dr. Yaroch is committed to making sure every patient receives the care they need. “I have a passion to address the needs of rural health,” she said. “I want to help work for change. To help those who can’t help themselves.” Having access to the network of doctors in ProMedica’s 12 hospitals allows patients to have a wide variety of specialties available, all within the same network. Patients can be referred to doctors outside the area but still in the ProMedica network, allowing their full medical history to travel with them easily, thus avoiding any confusion or explaining. “It is greater access to multiple resources,” she said. At ProMedica Hickman, a high level of care is expected in all areas of the hospital. “What we do, we do well,” Dr. Yaroch said. This includes emergency room care, general surgery, labor and


delivery, robotic surgery, an infusion center, and rehabilitation services among many others. The hospital also plans to add bariatric surgery soon. Rooms in the hospital are designed for the patients’ and staff safety with lift services at each bed. Security was an essential piece to the new hospital. Not only are additional security measures built into the building, but more security staff has been hired as well. Cardio and Pulmonary Rehabilitation are located on the first floor with a view that looks out onto the campus. Total Rehab is located outside the hospital but right next door. ProMedica formed a partnership with the YMCA and they build a new facility on the hospital’s campus. Rehabilitation takes place in the building with the hope that once complete, they will continue their health journey by staying physically active with a membership at the Y. Preventative health measures do not take place only in the YMCA, however. ProMedica’s campus is located on an old golf course with an abundance of green space and trails. Dr. Yaroch said she sees lots of families with strollers walking the paths, as well as community members coming expressly to the campus to walk the trails during their lunch hours. ProMedica looks at all areas of preventative medicine. Throughout the hospital are many beautiful sculptures and artwork to bring a sense of calm and serenity to not only the patients but the staff as well. The building has no basement and large windows let light shine into every corner. Rooftops are utilized for flower gardens and outside the infusion room is a row of birdfeeders so patients can watch the birds or gaze out into the beautiful green space. Promoting good physical health is more than just exercise. It also comes with eating well. The campus has a large greenhouse which grows a variety of fresh vegetables to be distributed throughout the county. The Veggie Mobile travels to 32 sites around Lenawee County to give the fresh produce to anyone in the community. Dr. Yaroch said it is important to make sure

people who may not have access get the fresh food they need. Schools also visit the greenhouse to see how food is grown and the space is utilized as an alternative form of rehabilitation. Patients can work in the raised bed to improve coordination and walk on several different types of ground – dirt, grass or pavement – to simulate the surfaces they will be walking on when they return home. “It’s a prescription for health,” Dr. Yaroch said. “It closes a gap of issues patients struggle with.” Later this fall, the campus plans to build a boundless playground. The playground will be for children of all abilities and barrier-free to allow everyone to play side by side. There are also plans to build a medical building on campus, but the hospital wants to maintain the large green space areas for patients and community members. When Dr. Yaroch is not running a new hospital, she likes to spend time on her family hobby farm/ranch with her husband Dan and son Brady. “I like to get my hands dirty,” she said. She also enjoys riding horses and being in the kitchen cooking with her family. Although regulations have loosened a bit since the hard lockdown, Dr. Yaroch states the pandemic is not over yet. Masks are still required inside the hospital and there are still visitor restrictions. She also reminds everyone in the community of the stress and toll this pandemic has taken on all hospital and emergency staff and encourages everyone to say thank you to all medical workers for their tireless efforts during this unprecedented time. “Everyone please keep saying thank you.”

Promedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital is located at 5640 N. Adrian Highway, five miles north of Adrian. For more information, call 517-577-0000 or visit their website at promedica.org.

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NATURAL Looks for Fall


A simple sun-kissed face with glistening lips is the hottest look for the cool weather. With school and sports, life is busy, so here are some suggestions to achieve an easy, healthy look this fall:

Don’t forget the color if you aren’t naturally sun-kissed. Apply a bronzer with a light shimmer over the apples of your cheeks, across the bridge of your nose, and on your temples to mimic where the sun naturally hits your face.

Want to achieve a more dramatic smoky eye but still keep a lighter look? Pick a long-wearing cream-to-powder eye shadow in a glimmering shade to brighten and define your eyes.

Not comfortable with a makeupfree face? Try tinted moisturizer that evens the skin tone and adds radiance but doesn’t feel heavy.

Avoid dreaded raccoon eyes on those warmer fall days by using water-resistant mascara as a base coat and then seal with clear mascara. Skip mascara on the bottom lid altogether or just use clear to help your eyes stand out while retaining a fresh-faced look.

Apply a moisturizing lip gloss to keep your pucker protected and soft. Use alone for subtle glamor or as an overlay to your favorite shade of lipstick for extra drama.

Finish your look with your favorite jacket and sunglasses and you’re ready to dress up or down for any autumn occasion.

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MUSCLE UP —

Cold Weather Workout Motivation

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Let’s face it, it’s easy to stay motivated with your workouts in the warmer months. There are pool parties, family reunions, beach vacations, weddings, and a million other reasons to stay on track with your workout regimen. When the snow starts to fall, resist the temptation to sit back and settle into hibernation mode.

3. Create a new music playlist! Sometimes all we need is a few of our favorite jams to get us pumped up about a tough workout.

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5. Embrace the cold! Bundle up, get outside, and move! Raking leaves, cleaning gutters, clearing out gardens in preparation for winter, or going for a run when the leaves are ablaze are all great ways to burn some calorie.Remember to layer up and choose dry fit material as opposed to cotton.

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ew things are as enjoyable and relaxing as sitting down to a delicious, satisfying meal where you can come as you are and know you’ll be welcomed. Whether you’re having a little time to yourself or getting together with a big group of your favorite people, a meal out can be a special time. At Shea’Nanigans Food & Spirits in Hudson, owner Audra Shea doesn’t care if you’re dressed up or down … she just wants you to come in, get comfortable, and have a great meal. Although this is the first time Audra has owned a restaurant, it’s not her first time being involved in food service. Her family owned a restaurant in the Upper Peninsula and she grew up living above the business and helping out. How she came to own Shea’Nanigans, though, is quite a story. Audra had been working as a supervisor for Hillsdale County’s 911 dispatch service for 18 years when she purchased the business in October 2016. One evening, she explains, “I just didn’t feel right. I knew something was wrong. I woke up that night and my husband Brian woke suddenly, too. I told him that I thought I’d better go to the hospital.” Sure enough, Audra was having a heart attack.

Not surprisingly, Brian questioned whether this was the time for her to take on running her own restaurant, but Audra saw it differently. “I told him it was the perfect time. I was working a stressful job, he was working a stressful job, and, while I knew from growing up that this would have its own kind of stress, it would be stress under our control. We’d be making our own decisions and running things the way we thought they should be. That makes a huge difference!” Shea’Nanigans opened under its new name in December 2016 and has been popular with area diners ever since. When asked about customer favorites, Audra says that all their menu items are popular across the board, adding, “We are pretty famous for our Bloody Marys.” These impressive drinks are available in regular or “fully-loaded” versions. The fully-loaded drink is essentially an appetizer meal and a beverage, featuring multiple skewers of different “food bites.” You can add special zip to your Bloody Mary with flavored vodkas like horseradish, dill pickle, cucumber, or pepper. Audra takes pride in the fact that almost everything the restaurant serves is house-made. “Some of my vendors comment on how much more work we put in by doing that rather than buying pre-made salads and sides, but it’s important to me. I like being able to add special flavor touches to what we serve here instead of having our food taste like what you can get at a lot of other places.” Besides the Bloody Marys, the authentic U.P. pasties are another big draw. These meat pies feature beef, potatoes, onions, and carrots in a flaky crust and are served with ketchup or

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The unfussy, gravy. Many customers are also fans of the two steak options: an eight-ounce sirloin or a 12-ounce ribeye. Tuesday is, of course, the night for taco specials, and Fridays spotlight a fish fry and Shea’Nanigans take on surf and turf—a steak and shrimp. Prime rib is available on Saturdays, and Sundays, in addition to special prices on the Bloody Marys, the menu includes shaved prime rib sandwiches.

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Audra likes being involved in her community and recently sponsored her first poker run. She had nearly 80 bikers participate and donated the proceeds. As the response to the first one was so positive, she is planning to make it a regular event with the funds being donated to different local recipients each time. Even though the restaurant business can be a challenging one, Audra’s generous, friendly nature make her a natural for owning the kind of unfussy, “everyone welcome” place that is Shea’Nanigans. “I love talking to people, and I love making them happy. I just like feeding people. I also enjoy giving back to the community. I get to know my customers and they become friends. I’ve had people tell me, ‘If you ever sell this place, I’m going to come to your house!’” One thing you notice as soon as you walk in are the dollar bills fastened to the beams. (Some are higher denominations.) All of them have writing on them, some only a signature while others have more. Audra said it started spontaneously one night, and now a lot of people add a bill to the everexpanding display. “Just one of those crazy things,” she laughs. Family is very important to Audra and Brian. “We have seven kids between the two of us and over 20 grandkids. Most live in the area and help out here regularly. It’s really a family business! I love having them be part of it.” You can find Shea’Nanigans at 521 S. Meridian Road in Hudson, not far south of Hudson Road. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 to 9; and Friday from 11 to 10. Saturday and Sunday the restaurant has extended hours that include breakfast. Saturdays are 8 to 10 and Sundays are 8 to 9. They are closed on Monday. You can contact them by calling 517-448-1070 and they’re also on Facebook. 23


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Autumn Flowerbox Ideas

The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of beautiful flower boxes. Even as the days shorten and summer wanes, these autumn flower box ideas can add gorgeous seasonal flair to your home, garden, and landscape. Cleaning Out Flower Boxes for Autumn Before you jazz up your flower boxes for a new season, old plants and spent blooms should be removed. Check that the flower box is adequately secured to the windowsill, fence, wall, railing, or shed and make any necessary repairs to the box structure. If you use liners in the box, check their integrity and replace them if needed before refreshing soil for new plantings. Top Autumn Flower Box Ideas There are many stunning looks you can create in fall flower boxes, depending on the box size, home style, sunlight levels, and overall fall climate. Top creative and lovely ideas include: Pretty Pumpkins and Gourds – It’s easy to add an autumn touch to any still-blooming flower box with a few small pumpkins or gourds. Pie-size or miniature pumpkins will work best without adding excess weight to the box, and you can mix colors, sizes, and shapes for more interest. Harvest Beauty – If pumpkins and gourds don’t appeal to you, you can create a harvest-themed flower box with other plant choices. Apples are a favorite fall fruit, while grape vines add texture and structure to the box. Accent the arrangement with grain sprigs or sheaves for more fall flair. Mums and Marigolds – Chrysanthemums and marigolds are favorite fall flowers, not only for their autumn hues but also for their mounding, compact shapes. Oranges, reds, and yellows are popular shades, or you can create more autumn elegance with purple or wine-colored blooms. Late Season Sunflowers – In milder climates, sunflowers can continue blooming even into fall. Planting shorter sunflowers in a window box can be an unexpected choice for seasonal beauty, or trim mature sunflower heads from larger plants to decorate a box. Go With Grasses – Instead of flowers, consider planting ornamental grasses in a fall flower box. Fountain grasses with red, orange, or yellow veins can be especially lovely and add height and movement to a box for more eye-catching drama. Creative Crotons – The autumn-colored foliage of crotons with their bright red, yellow, and orange edges add fall flair to flower boxes while giving them a tropical touch. Choose smaller plants to fill in the box, and add flowers for even more beauty. 26

By New Media Retailer Ornamental Peppers – The bright red, yellow, and orange shades of ornamental peppers add a brilliant pop of autumn color to any flower box or container garden. The sleek shape is also unexpected and adds textural interest to any arrangement. Hardy Herbs – Your flower box can be a tasty fall arrangement by using cool-weather herbs to fill in the foliage. Lavender, sage, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, and chives are all delicious choices, and clippings can add savory tastes to autumn roasts and sauces. Edible Greens – For even more flavorful options in a fall flower box, add late season edibles to the space. Greens such as kale, collards, and cabbages can perform well in fall containers and add beautiful foliage and lush color to the arrangement. Stick It – Add bare sticks, twigs, and branches to a flower box for a rustic arrangement that mimics how trees shed their leaves in autumn. For more glamour, spray paint the branches silver, bronze, or gold for a glittery accent. Super Succulents – In mild climates without harsh freezes, a lush succulent arrangement can be an amazing fall choice for any flower box. Choose succulents that have hints of red, purple, or yellow and group different shapes together for tantalizing texture. Terrifically Trailing – Add drama to fall flower boxes with trailing plants such as ivy, sweet potato vine, coleus, and creeping Jenny. Mixing one or two varieties of trailers will add extra color and texture to the overall box design. Decorative Accents – Fall-themed decorative accents can add autumn highlights to a flower box. A burlap or plaid bow in fall colors is a great choice or seasonal plant picks can easily be poked into the soil. Pine cones, cattails, or faux leaf sprigs are other great choices. No matter what plants, colors, or accents represent autumn to you, you can add the beauty of fall to each flower box for stunning seasonal decorations. By extending the life of your flower boxes well into fall, you can enjoy and celebrate the season.


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be better than me I think I hit the snooze about three extra times that morning. (I say extra because I would normally hit the snooze at least one – ok, twice.) I kept hitting the snooze because I didn’t want the day to begin. I was trying to avoid what I had to do that morning. I really didn’t want to do it. But I’m really not sure why.

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Maybe it was because it was a smack in the face way of telling me I am getting older. I don’t mind aging, but when you get those no denying it moments – like no longer getting carded when you buy booze – it is a little hit to the ole ego. Maybe it was because I knew it was going to be a bit uncomfortable. I mean I was told it was going to be uncomfortable so my mind was preparing for the worst. So I was not looking forward to that. No one likes going into something knowing it’s going to be painful. Plus one person’s pain is another person’s “no big deal.” So, which was it going to be? Truth be told I was probably just a little scared. Ladies, don’t be like me. As we get older, there are certain procedures we need to have done regularly to stay healthy. This was one of those procedures. I had already been bad and delayed this procedure once. I was supposed have it done a year and a half ago, but there was a little scheduling miscommunication. Then COVID hit and it was the perfect excuse not to have it done. Ladies, don’t be like me.

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But, then I went to the doctor for a check-up and there was no escaping it. I had to get it done. (I

mean, I could of course choose not to get it done, but that didn’t seem like the right choice or the best example for my kids.) So I scheduled. Then I dreaded. Then I hit snooze three times. I wasn’t late, but I definitely wasn’t early and if the machine had broken down just before the procedure I wouldn’t have been heartbroken. But alas, everything was running smoothly and all systems were go. So I did it. Now it’s done – for now anyway. I wouldn’t get it done tomorrow, but it wasn’t terrible. All things considered. And truthfully I am thankful I had it done (even if it was uncomfortable). I’ll tell you why. I’m thankful that I am able to have this procedure done. Not all women can. I am thankful I have access to having this procedure done. Not all women do. I am thankful I live in a community where services such as these are encouraged and there are multiple places I can go to get this procedure. Some women have to travel a long way or fight to have this type of procedure done. I am thankful that if there is something wrong or even the slightest thought that something could be wrong I will know and can have the procedure done again. I am very thankful that I have health insurance to help cover the cost of this procedure so I can get it done without worrying about to pay for it. I know not every woman has that luxury. I know that I will most likely have to have this procedure on a regular basis for the rest of my life – but that’s ok. Next time I’m sure I won’t whine about it as much. And will probably only hit snooze twice. No promises, though.


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more fabric. Then it hit her: that meant driving all the way to Angola! Having just moved from Battle Creek, Shelly wasn’t yet used to living where there were no dedicated craft stores.

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This event moved her to put out feelers on Facebook asking if people thought Coldwater needed a craft store. Over the next three to four months, the comments poured in and overwhelmingly supported the idea. Unfortunately, when the VanDongens began investigating possible locations, they discovered that it wasn’t financially feasible for them to move forward at that time. Shelly took a job with the Coldwater Chamber of Commerce and witnessed how the business and economic development staff along with Coldwater Downtown Development were working with local building owners to find ways for new businesses to fill vacant buildings. This helped the VanDongens develop a plan for their own business. With a lease signing in December 2019, Craft Out Loud! began to take shape. They planned to open in April 2020, but, as happened to so many, the pandemic required a major shift in their agenda. Refusing to be discouraged, they opened the shop with curbside and online service in May and extended to limited capacity in-store shopping in June.

Anyone who crafts with fibers knows that nothing compares to selecting those supplies in person. Not only is there the problem of “iffy” color representation on a computer monitor or smart device, but crafters want to feel the goods. Only by handling the fabric or yarn can you really tell its weight and texture, how it drapes, or how it feels against the skin. And, now that Shelly and Charley VanDongen have opened Craft Out Loud!, crafters in and around Coldwater can do just that! The story begins Article content by with Halloween of 2016. Shelly was working on a costume for one of her daughters when she realized she needed New Media Retailer

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The VanDongens are committed to offering crafters the best quality supplies. Crafting involves a significant commitment of time, and you’ll be happier with the finished project if you start with good materials. Among the product lines you’ll find at Craft Out Loud! are Moda, Henry Glass, Kimberbell, and Benartex fabrics along with Quilter’s Dream batting. Yarn brands include Berroco, Urth, Cascade, King Cole, and Blue Sky Fibers. In addition to fabrics and yarns, Shelly carries Liquitex paints, brushes, Cricut supplies, thread, quilling supplies, interfacing, adhesives, drawing and art supplies, and vinyl to name just some of the goodies you’ll find at this charming shop. Shelly strives to make every customer’s shopping experience a good one, offering the personalized, friendly


attention that all good, independent craft stores feature. As a lifelong crafter herself, she loves to talk about projects and looks forward to getting to know the people who visit her store. Shelly is ready to offer project suggestions if you’re not sure what to try next and welcomes the opportunity to help if you have questions about a current project. The beautiful “peacock room” that adjoins the retail area is a comfortable spot where crafters are welcome to gather and socialize. Craft Out Loud! is located at 67 West Chicago Street in Coldwater. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 to 4:00 and Saturdays from 10:00 to 3:00. You can reach them by phone at 517-279-7027 or by email at info@craftoutloudcoldwater.com. The website is craftoutloudcoldwater.com and you can follow them on Facebook for the latest news.

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Do you ever think about the pinnacle moments in your life? (Sound of crickets . . . .) Okay, maybe only I do. Aside from the obvious: first steps, potty training, puberty, high school graduation, first kiss, marriage, birth of children, first family home, grandbabies, etc., there are those moments that stand out in your life. For me, these include the ferry boat trip under the Mighty Mac Bridge, a hot air balloon ride my hubs surprised me with for my birthday, and job advancements I experienced in my career. Recently, I would include in those “moments” an auction we attended that had a collection of Singer Featherweight sewing machines. Now, most of you wouldn’t see this as a highlight in your lives, but for me, this was like striking oil, winning the lottery, and dropping 15 pounds all at one time! The collection was made up of twenty-four beautiful Featherweights that included two white machines and two of the more elusive 222 free-arm machines. (Only slightly over 100,000 of the 222s were manufactured, making them more of a “unicorn.”) I was calm and focused. I never lost eye contact with the auctioneer. Suffice it to say that thirteen of these little beauties, including the white ones and the 222s, came home to Mama. Pinnacle. Moment.

Now let me tell you about a recent trip to an area mall. This was my first real shopping trip (groceries excluded) in over eighteen months. As I stood in line at the flagship store, a customer came running through the front door exclaiming, “There’s a guy out there with a gun!” The manager quickly locked the front doors and the doors leading to the mall were secured. We all moved to the windowless rear of the store. One role I had in my working career at the bank was as a security officer. I never thought my “Active Shooter Training” would be of use when out shopping for new bras. Happily, everyone was safe without incident. Pinnacle. Moment. On a happier note, I was given a lead to purchase a collection of Sunflower Yellow Fiestaware dishes. Over 150 pieces of it. This gracious lady had each piece carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and packed in extra strong plastic totes which was great, because Fiesta weighs a ton! So, kind of a Pinnacle. Moment. So now that I may have inspired you, perhaps it’s time that you made a list of your Pinnacle Moments. And let me know if you’re interested in a Singer Featherweight or love the color of Sunflower Yellow. Keeping it in Stitches!


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What’s wrong with people? Where is their discipline? Take a typical day in my life. I go into the bedroom after my shower to make the bed. I see a glass on the nightstand and decide to take it into the kitchen where it belongs before coming back to finish making the bed. Discipline. I go to the kitchen to put the glass in the sink. Dang! What a mess. Who left all this stuff here? It’ll only take a moment to clean it up and then I’ll get right back to that bed. I clean the sink, get everything in the dishwasher and head back to the bedroom to finish what I started. Discipline. Wait, what is that? Who put the dog’s leash on the desk? I’ll just run that back to the laundry room where it belongs. It’ll only take a moment and then I’ll get right back to that bed. Discipline.

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I put the dog leash away then head back to the bedroom to finish making the bed. Discipline. I see a pile of sheets as I leave the laundry room and figure I may as well take them with me and put them in the linen closet on my way to the bedroom. No harm in that. Discipline. As I put the sheets away, I see someone left a pile of mail on a shelf. Guess I’ll take it to the office. It’ll only take a moment and then I can get right back to that bed. Discipline.

As I head into the office, I see a puzzle I wanted to put together so I decide I’ll take it to the table in the dining room so it’s ready to put together when I’m done with the bed. Discipline. I get to the dining room with the puzzle in hand and remember the puzzle board is in the living room under the couch so I head to the living room to get it. I’ll just take it all to the dining room now before I finish what I started. Discipline. When I get to the dining room, I realize I need a break from all this discipline business. I take a moment to get the puzzle ready so I can start it when I’m done with the bed. I get the puzzle all set up and ready to put together, but before I head to the bedroom, I think I’d better go to the “potty” so I don’t have to stop in the middle of making the bed. Discipline. When I’m in the bathroom, I find the magazine article I started yesterday so I decide to finish it before I head off to make the bed. My husband comes home as I finish the article and he’s ready to eat. I might as well eat with him before I make the bed. After dinner he offers to help me put the puzzle together. Three hours later when we’re done with the puzzle he disappears. I finally find him asleep in the unmade bed. How dare he? I was right in the middle of making that bed. It appears I may have somehow lost my discipline between the dining room and the bedroom. I’m telling you, discipline is not all it’s cracked up to be. It’s enough to put me over the edge.


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TURN THE PAGE Book and Author Reviews

I have just learned that August 9 was National Book Lovers Day! I should have celebrated with all of my book-loving friends! We could have met and each brought a favorite book and swapped! (I think that might be called a “book club” though....)

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In the midst of a beautiful summertime, it is more difficult to stay indoors and read. However, somehow I manage to do just that! (Although it’s usually evenings while “watching” a Tiger game with my hubby.) Lately, when I go to the library, I seem to be looking up my favorite authors’ newest releases. I have also been reading a slew of Margaret Truman’s murder mysteries, recommended to me in the last issue by a fellow reader and friend, Jeannie. I did pick up one author new to me, Elisabeth Hyde, as the cover and title attracted me. It is entitled Go Ask Fannie, with a picture of a lovely old Cape Cod-style house in a field surrounded by sunflowers. The “Fannie” in the title refers to The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. In the story, when the kids would ask their mom what’s for dinner, she would respond “go ask Fannie.” That’s cute, but to me this book was kind of an unsettling story about three siblings returning home to their 81-year-old dad for a weekend visit. The father grows sunflowers and has a small dairy farm, and his kids are getting concerned that he is doing too much for his age. As the story unfolds with a flashback sequence, they are all affected by the tragic, sudden deaths of their mom and brother in a car accident several years earlier. Their personalities and life choices have been shaped from that day forward and not in the best ways. They are good people but have lost direction and

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closeness through failure to communicate. When their dad has a mini-stroke and is hospitalized, truths start to appear about the night their mother and brother perished. A lot of self-reflections, and that made me wistful. One of my favorite authors, whom I recommended in this magazine a few years ago, is Catherine Alliott. She is a British author and over time I have ordered several of her stories through Amazon. Her books bring me lots of chuckles and laughs, and her most recent, Behind Closed Doors, does that, too. However, it also tackles the most serious subject of spousal abuse, and that is not funny. This story takes a lot of twists and turns but ends on a very positive note as we watch our heroine grow in confidence and love from her family. That’s the way I like it! I have a couple of books recommended to me by my other Jeannie friend arriving soon, which I will write about in the next issue. They are entitled The Kabul Beauty School and The Lobster Chronicles, Life on A Very Small Island. I am looking forward to meeting a couple of new authors! Book Bub has an app you can sign up for, and it emails you a daily list of suggestions for audio books, ebooks and regular old books. With a push of the button, you’ve ordered! Believe me, your book wish-list will grow by leaps and bounds if you sign up. On Facebook, I also belong to Sixties Plus Reading Room. It is full of women who enjoy lots of different genres if you don’t find yours in this little venue. What are you reading? Email me at nancyryan47@gmail.com. See you at the library! (Or, maybe on Book Bub or Sixties Plus Reading Room!)


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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a nonprofit organization of volunteers who work with kids in foster care and advocate for their best interests in court. Through no fault of their own, CASA will be losing a federal grant that has been their main source of funding for the past 4 years. On Thursday, September 23, 2021 WCSR will be hosting a radiothon to raise funds for Hillsdale CASA. The Hillsdale County Community Foundation will be matching donations up to $10,000! Tune in from 6 AM to 6 PM.

Please contact Heather Upton for more info. 517-425-4145 or casaofhillsdale@gmail.com Find us on Facebook Hillsdale CASA, Inc - Child Advocates #changeachildsstory 39


LOVE DOES “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions,” 1 John 3:18 NLT

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

A retired man quietly delivers a large flowerpot planted with lettuce, radishes, and chives to the recent widow’s backdoor step. The plants flourish in the sunlight and watering. The widow steps out the back door at lunchtime, cuts a few leaves for her sandwich. Her mini-vegetable garden feels like a hug with each tasting. She smiles. Love does. A niece visits her aunt diagnosed with fourth-stage cancer. Eyes open wide as she grasps the depth of the situation. The niece stays. She halts her life back home for months. She holds her aunt as she dry heaves, wipes the beaded sweat off her brow, and sings her soothing gospel songs at three in the morning. Her aunt writhes in pain as she bonds to her caretaker niece. She’s wrapped in love on her journey to Jesus. Love does. A widow scribbles “elevator fund” on the front of the envelope. She folds a one-dollar bill and slides it inside. She wobbles down the path through the woods to the church. She grasps the railing with both hands as she struggles up the eight steps to

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the church sanctuary. Stopping to pant twice, she reaches the top finally. During the service, she claps off beat, sings praises with exuberance, and hollers “Amens.” She drops the sacrificial $1 in the offering plate each week … for years. Love does. A mother once ran marathons. Now she shuffles with her walker. Frailty kicks in. Her short-term memory gapes with holes. Her family moves her close, prepares her meals, plays countless games of Scrabble, drives her for outings, sends letters, and calls often. They laugh out loud at the funny story she tells them … for the seventh time today. Every repeated story deserves a kind response from her listeners. The family adores and wraps around their momma every staggering step of her Alzheimer’s. Love does. The neighbor knocks on the door at 8 pm as he does every … single … night. With a grunt, he hoists the husband from his wheelchair. Blowing a puff of air, he lowers him gently to the bathtub. After drying and dressing him painstakingly in pajamas, he staggers as he lifts him to his bed. This walk across the street repeats each evening. The grateful wife’s watery eyes and hand on her heart etch in his mind. Love does. Do I? Do you? Let’s do!


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Why You Should Buy a Fixer Upper (or Why Not) We’re just going to level with you right from the start - not every home on the market is a dream home. Not every house is fully updated, or has even been updated once since it was built in 1975. Every house has its flaws and certainly will not fit everybody’s taste. There is a big difference, however, between repainting a few rooms and pulling up carpet to a full on gut job.

Mary Playford Before diving headfirst into a fixer upper, talk with your real estate agent and make sure that your potential dream home fits your budget and your skill set, because every home may not be a dream home, but also not every home buyer is meant for a fixer upper. The number one pro for just about everyone when it comes to buying a house that needs some work is price. Fixer upper homes typically cost less than turnkey homes. On average, a home that needs some repairs can cost about eight percent less than a move-in ready home. That may not sound like much, but for a home that sells for $150,000, eight percent can equal $12,000. A lower list price also means a lower down payment which can help with the renovation budget. Location is another big motivator for potential buyers. Highly desirable neighborhoods and school districts are reasons people look for homes in one area over another. Others like the idea of making the house their own and specially choose a house that needs work. Customizing a home to fit your taste allows buyers to get exactly what they want without building a home from the ground up.

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Money is one of the most popular reasons to buy a fixer upper, but it is also one of the top reasons not to buy one. Confused? Yes, buyers may be saving money on the front end with a lower purchase price and down payment, but don’t forget to factor in the cost of renovations. Before buying a fixer upper sit down and decide what improvements need to be made and how much those improvements are going to cost. Budgeting for a project or projects can be difficult, however. Hiring a professional can help, however, it is almost always more expensive than doing the work yourself. Plus, there are always the unexpected costs that can blow up any renovation budget. Renovations, big or small, will require living in a construction zone, unless the work will be done prior to moving in. Typical home improvement projects take four to eight months. Factor in your sanity when it comes to looking at fixer-upper homes to buy. It is also important to prepare a renovation budget before buying a fixer upper because you don’t want to over improve. Have your real estate agent pull comps for similar homes to make sure you are only adding value to the home and not spending more money than the home is worth. Before deciding definitively on buying a fixer upper, be sure to have all your finances lined up. Funds will be needed not only for the down payment and mortgage payments but for renovations as well. To the competent DIYer who is not afraid to put in the time and elbow grease, a fixer upper can be a great way to get a customized home at a lower price. A fixer upper is not a purchase to be made lightly, but if done right, will be 100 percent worth it.

Contact an agent at Playford Real Estate to learn more about investment properties in the area - www.maryplayfordsoldit.com or call 517-849-7622.


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Your Eye on the Weather! By Melissa McCance Michigan can get all four seasons in a week and temperature shifts of 40° or more in a day. Dependable forecasts are a huge help, and one of the best sources available for lower Michigan is SnowFreaks! SnowFreaks is a man with a passion for weather and a high rate of accuracy. Read on to learn more including how to subscribe. How and when did you become so fascinated with weather? I was five years old, maybe six! I just LOVED snow, probably due to always wanting a snow day to play with my friends from morning to night. I remember watching the weather channel 24/7. How do you create forecasts? There are several weather models that update every 12 hours up to every hour. There are a few well-known ones, and I also have a couple experimental and in-house models that use history, low pressure placement, and pressure. History almost always repeats itself in every aspect of life; weather is no different. With that said, it’s impossible to be 100% correct, but I am 85% correct. In weather, that’s a pretty big accomplishment. I truly just have a gift from God. I believe it is due to the fact I LOVE weather, especially snow! Nothing is more amazing to me than when I see it coming down at 1”-3” per hour. (Unless, of course, you’re driving in it.)

SnowFreaks is creating accurate winter weather predictions with a bit of humor and fun on Patreon.

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How much time do you typically invest per week in tracking, forecasting, and sharing? Some weeks, a couple of hours. Some weeks, up to 100 hours. Truly, it all depends on Mother Nature! What do you enjoy most about doing this? Being right as much as possible, of course! A few things: Since I have started, I’ve had so many parents reach out and tell me how their kids are the same way—just fascinated with weather and especially snow! Makes me smile and think back … I love it. Helping out the people who plow snow for a liv-


ing. They message me often thanking me and can’t believe how accurate I was. Makes me feel good knowing I helped someone. Giving all the glory to GOD and ALWAYS donating every single month to the organization my followers vote for! Why and when did you start the SE Michigan SnowFreaks Facebook page? I’ve done it for years, but a couple years before I did FB, I started really getting into it again. I just noticed how good I was at it. The Super Bowl storm we had several years ago was my “big break,” if you want to call it that. I had around 5,000 followers. I said the entire time that many areas would see 12”-20+” when many others were calling for two to four inches, seven at the most. So many were laughing at me, saying to delete the page and what a joke it was. Well, as they say, after that the rest is history, as I was spot on! When did you decide to go on a subscription basis? When it started taking time away from my family. One week I literally didn’t sleep for three days! I put in around 90 hours watching all the different models and trends. Also, I do have another full-time career. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would become as big as it has. This is still my passion which is why I always run weather-related contests and give back the way I do! How many people subscribe across all levels? It ranges from 7,000 to 13,000. Highest totals are always November through March (snow). I have a lot of positive feedback on it.

How can someone subscribe? Go to Patreon.com or download the Patreon app, then search for SnowFreaks. [Note: Subscriptions provide access full access to all posts, maps, forecasts, and updates as well as all comments with text alerts if you download the app. Rates start as low as $1.99 per month.] Anything you’d like to add? Yes … SnowFreaks and God Bless!

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PLANNING A SURGERY

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Sue Gruber, PT BROOKLYN FACILITY MANAGER

Why Physical Therapy is Important.

By: Stephanie Ray, PT, DPT, CAFS

Hillsdale Facility Manager andHudson, MI By: Chas S. Frey PT, DPT, Biomedical Dry Needling Cert. Physical Therapist

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received has helped me by gaining a higher level of function throughout my day. I am forever grateful for the care/compassion shown by the staff.” For more -Dawn; patientinformation in Hudson, MI or to schedule an evaluation, call your

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September 3rd • 5 PM – 8 PM DOWNTOWN JACKSON ART WALK September 16th-18th BRIGHT WALLS / mural festival September 24TH • 5 PM – 9:30 PM CRUISE IN & CONCERT (Horace Blackman Park / Downtown Streets)

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October 17th AREA DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES WILL BE HOSTING A SURPRISE FUN EVENT October 28th SIP ‘N SHOP / WITCH’S WALK FARMERS MARKET — Through October

Frames for the Future

There is such a unique feeling in this beautiful old downtown that just draws you in. There are so many great places to shop and eat in Jackson. Whether you’re going for a specific reason or just to browse, the old downtown area will not disappoint. Please be sure to stop in and tell them you are happy to support their businesses, and that you’ve heard about these events through our magazine.

Residential and Commercial Framing

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Adrian

Celebrate Autumn in

ADRIAN Taste of Lenawee

Adrian Center for the Arts

Oct. 2 • 9 - 3 & Oct. 3 • 10 - 4 The Adrian Center for the Arts is hosting a Ceramics Workshop featuring well-known Ann Arbor artist Jeri Hollister. The workshop will be held in the ACA Clay Studio, Bldg. 47. Students may register at adriancenterforthearts.org. Hollister has both a Master’s and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. She has been an instructor at the Ann Arbor Potters Guild, Eastern Michigan University, the Ann Arbor Art Center and the University of Michigan School of Art.

October 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Sample a variety of mouth-watering specialties that Lenawee County restaurants and caterers have to offer! Network with others in the community who also support and help grow these non-profit missions: Adrian Armory Community Center – dedicated to the growth and development of Lenawee County through educational programs and small business development services. The Armory connects us, strengthens our community, and promotes collaboratio, creating a more vibrant Lenawee County. Launch Lenawee – support and develop entrepreneurs and small businesses in Lenawee County, Michigan, by providing access to business development services, mentorship, business loans, and networking opportunities. Makerspace Community Kitchen – support the culinary industry of chefs, bakers, retail, wholesale specialty food producers, caterers etc., to start their businesses and successfully create and market specialty food products, thereby creating a positive impact on the economic development of Lenawee County and the surrounding area.

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NOW OPEN IN HILLSDALE & ADRIAN Sept 12 - Grandparents Day | Oct. 15 - Bosses Day | Oct. 16 - Sweetest Day | Oct 31 - Halloween

Unique Treats, Nostalgic Classics and Custom Gifts Custom Made: Candy Bouquets Party Favors Goody Bags Wedding Favors

Bulk Candy: Chocolate Gummies Wrapped Candy Name Brands: M&M Color Works Jelly Belly Sanders Candy Albanese Gummies Taffy Town and More!

smalltownsweetboutique.com HILLSDALE — 4 S. Howell St • 517.610.5403 Tue - Sat • 10 - 6 | Closed Sun & Mon

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City Pages

Hillsdale

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Come stroll through the city’s unique clothing boutiques and enjoy warm personalized service. Visit and relax at one of our coffee houses and enjoy a cup of coffee made with irresistible brews and flavors. Hillsdale Farmers Market Every Saturday in September 8 - 12, and in October 9 - 12 Stop by the Hillsdale Courthouse on Saturdays and see the freshest food and most creative artisan items located in Hillsdale County! 170th Annual Hillsdale County Fair September 26 thru October 2 Come one, come all! Rain or shine, the show goes on! Candy apples, cotton candy, corn dogs, carnival rides, exhibitions, monster trucks, grand stand events, we got it! Hope to see you! Shop Small Business Saturday Downtown Historic Hillsdale November 27 — All Day For more information on the City of Hillsdale, go to cityofhillsdale.org or FB@HillsdaleBusinessAssociation

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Our downtown offers much more with our very own candy boutique, pottery studio, and comic book store. Enjoy a scoop or two or a sweet, cold treat from our ice cream parlors. Love jewelry? You will find one-of-­a-kind pieces you can’t resist. Our furniture stores aim to please with a wide selection to satisfy your daily comfort needs. Blooms are always in abundance in Hillsdale with our local floral shops using the freshest flowers. Family-owned restaurants offer food venues to please any appetite while dining. Whether you are looking for a great shopping experience, relaxation, or that sports bar ambiance, we have it! All these factors combined with the genuinely welcoming nature of the city to all who visit create a wonderful experience.


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Michigan THERE’S ONE RULE... Craft-Brew on Tap

COME HUNGRY!

Welcome to Manitou Beach at Devils Lake!

Thursday 6 pm -10 pm Sat 8:30 pm - 11:30 p

A quiet place in the Irish Hills to shop, eat, and relax. Summer is coming to a close but in Manitou Beach at Devils Lake, things are still hoppin’. The folks in this community work all year round to create fun events for those who are looking for something to do with their families.

OUR MISSION: • To create a year-round resort and artist community which includes galleries, restaurants, shopping, lodging, services & recreation. • New England-style building aesthetics that create a unique & identifiable community.

Sun-Thurs 11 am - 10 pm Fri & Sat 11 am- Midnigh 517-252-5475 | www.bootjacktavern.com 735 Manitou Rd. | Manitou Beach | South Side of Devils Lake

BIKE NIGHT

Thursdays 6pm (weather permitting)

live music on the patio drink specials campfires horseshoes and bikes!

• Provide a closer proximity alternative to up north or west side Michigan artist/resort communities of Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Saugatuck, etc.

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September 16 — TCA Big Band & the Vocalaires Adams Park, located next to City Hall, is a great place to spend an evening. Light refreshments are usually available for purchase, or you can start a third Thursday tradition and pack a picnic. Everything tastes better with live music! Relax with your friends and neighbors as you enjoy wonderful entertainment at this lovely park setting. Music in the Park is another reason why Tecumseh is a great place to live, work and play.

Movies in the Park is coordinated by the City of Tecumseh and the Tecumseh Parks & Recreation Department. Follow us on facebook for any change in plans regarding cancellation of Movies in the Park 56due to weather or Covid 19 guideline changes.

An essential component of theater and the arts in general has always been adaptability. Tecumseh Center for the Arts is committed to the safety of our patrons while promoting creativity in our county. Until the building is able to open safely and accommodate guests, we will continue to make renovations, make plans for future programs, develop and expand upon art displays. In order to stay flexible, the theater will now be planning events further than one month in advance. Please visit www.TheTCA.org for updates!

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Get your motor running! The final 2020 Tecumseh Classic Car & Bike Show Series on September 16. Old National Bank, ididit, Avery Oil, Whitcher Plumbing and Heating and Doll-n’-Burgers will be sponsoring Tecumseh’s Classic Car & Bike Show. Cars & bikes will be displayed in the Old National Bank parking lot located at 205 E. Chicago Blvd. and the adjacent downtown parking lot from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for all to enjoy. Special recognition awards will be given.

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Coldwater

If you haven’t been to Coldwater in a while, there’s so much more to love. From its classic downtown area reinventing itself with new establishments and visual improvements to more traditional “big box” retailers and restaurants closer to I-69, Coldwater has a small-town family feel with many amenities

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Focusing on the downtown area which is set on US-12 around two miles west of I-69 (exit 16), there is much to see! Check out Craft Out Loud!, the crafter’s happy place. This trendy little sh�p has amazing fabric and yarn as well as all kinds of other crafting supplies, gifts, and greeting cards. Down the street is Short’s Front Porch, a new gift shop with fresh baked goods from Yoder’s and other local vendors. The Cykel Shop will keep you rolling with new bikes, cycling accessories, and expert bike repair. If you like diamonds, Kiess Jewelry is your place! The Tilted Tulip is an incredible local florist and gift shop worth visiting. There are other gems downtown, so come check it out! Local dining is excellent! JT’s Billiards Bar & Grill has fantastic smoked barbeque, extensive outdoor seating, several pool tables, and live bands. Broadway Grille’s burgers and pizza are to die for. Both JT’s and Broadway have full-service bars. Jeannie’s Diner is a classic 50s style family-owned breakfast and lunch hotspot. If you’re feeling like something south of the border, El Cerrito Mexican Restaurant is fantastic. MichArepas is a new downtown lunch restaurant with sandwiches, soups, wraps, and more.


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Everything is made with fresh ingredients and served with a friendly smile. Two Bandits brew pub is brand new, with an inventive menu and beers brewed on-site! Tibbits Opera House is the Center for the Arts and Entertainment in Coldwater. Enjoy year-round entertainment in this intimate 500seat theatre offering professional theatre, concerts, community events, and and children’s theatre. The Capri Drive-In theater is just outside of downtown, but with its classic movie experience running April through midOctober, we can’t help mentioning it! Coldwater is always looking for a reason to get together. Every Thursday evening from early July through early September, food, fun, and live music take over Monroe Street for Hops on Monroe. Finally, AppleFest is the third Saturday in September. Whether you like apples or not, AppleFest is a town favorite with baked goods, apples, cider, and craft vendors lining the streets. Coldwater has a lot to offer—come see for yourself!

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Two Men From You Might Not Know About . . — By Sarah Gray —

ADRIAN

These stories often feature women from Southern Michigan who have made their mark on the world, but there are also a number of men from the area who went on to do remarkable things. Here are two men from Adrian who did just that.

Norman Bel Geddes Frank Navin

Frank Navin was born in Adrian in 1871, one of nine children of Irish immigrants. Frank is best known for being owner of the Detroit Tigers from 1919-1935, during which time the Tigers won their first World Series. An accountant and lawyer by trade, Navin was brought on as the Tigers bookkeeper in 1902 as well as having the additional titles of secretary, treasurer, business manager, farm director, chief ticket seller and advertising manager among others. He was also a scout and was known for a having a good eye for talent. His notable recruits included Ty Cobb and Hughie Jennings. He was instrumental in the building of the new stadium for the Tigers in 1912 which was named “Navin’s Field” (later changed to Tiger Stadium in 1961). The stadium has since been torn down and the Tigers now play at Comerica Park. In 1919, Navin became half-owner of the Tigers following the death of then owner Bill Yawkey. Baseball was Navin’s passion having said, “No game is cleaner, healthier, or more scientific. [Baseball brings] thousands of devotees out into the open air and the sunshine and distracts them from every contaminating influence.” The Depression led to hard times for the Tigers, but Navin’s business sense and love of the game kept him persevering. He signed player-manager Mickey Cochrane who led the Tigers to two pennant wins in 1934 and 1935 as well as a world championship in 1935. Unfortunately, Navin’s World Series victory happiness was short lived. On November 13, 1935, just six weeks after the Tigers’ victory, Navin died of an apparent heart attack while horseback riding at the Detroit Riding and Hunt Club. He was 65.

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Norman Bel Geddes is a famous designer for the early 20th century who left a lasting impression on the design world. He was born Norman Melancton Geddes in Adrian in 1893. The Bel comes from his wife Helen Belle Schneider whom he married in 1916. The two combined their names to produce Bel Geddes. Bel Geddes began his career as a set designer for a theater in Los Angeles and as a scene designer for an opera house in New York. He also directed, produced, and was a costume designer for many shows during his early career. He name became more commercially known when he opened an industrial-design studio in 1927. There he created a range of everyday products including cocktail shakers, radio cabinets, and inkwells. Bel Geddes was futuristic in his designs creating such oddities as a teardrop-shaped car, a “House of Tomorrow,” and, in 1929, designing “Airliner Number 4,” a nine-deck amphibian airliner that had many unusual features including a gymnasium and an orchestra. He may be best known for the General Motors Futurama building and exhibit at the 19391940 World’s Fair in New York. Designs created by Bel Geddes became iconic. He was known for his sleek design, and his forward thinking made the design styles that became popular in the thirties possible. He wrote two books, “Horizons” and “Magic Motorways.” The latter spoke of advancements in highway design which helped lead to the interstate highway system. Bel Geddes died in 1958. He was named to the American Theater Hall of Fame.

Ideas for Stuff You Might Not Know About… can be emailed to Sarah Gray at sarah@simplyhers.net.


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The LocalBeat W HAT’S N E W W ITH YOU R FAVOR ITE B U S INES S ES By Melissa McCance

STILLWELL FORD LINCOLN Stillwell Ford Lincoln will host their annual car show on Saturday, September 11, from 9 to 2. Entry is free, and the show features awards and door prizes, dash plaques, doughnuts and cider, a 50/50 drawing, and food vendors on site. You can register at stillwellford. com or pick up a form. We hope everyone will come out to enjoy the fun, have some food, and admire the cars! Also, this will be the kickoff for Stillwell’s Coats for the Community drive. Bring a coat or make a donation and get a FREE ticket to the giveaways!

WBZV 102.5 FM WBZV 102.5 FM is excited to announce that you can now listen to the station via live stream! If you’re a BUZZ fan, you can catch it all at home, at the office, or on vacation. Access the only area station streaming live from the link on their webpage: www.buzz1025.com. If you haven’t discovered this station, they feature a classic rock format and serve Hudson, Hillsdale, Adrian, and the surrounding area. Tune in every Saturday morning from 9 to noon for Talk Back with Doug Spade and Mike Clement, a live, listener-participation show that lets callers pick the topics. The phone number is 517-201-1025.

BIGGBY COFFEE Biggby Coffee in the Hudson Market House is OPEN! They thank you for your patience through the delays, and now anyone in or coming through Hudson can stop by for all the amazing beverages Biggby offers. Your delicious, made-to-order favorites are waiting for you, so come in soon! Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. You never have to start your day without a Biggby treat!

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month If you are in an abusive relationship, remember: YOU ARE NOT ALONE, IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT AND HELP IS AVAILABLE

Treat yourself to a night of food, wine, and craft beer tasting. Complete with over 15 local restaurants and a blind wine raffle, you are sure to enjoy the evening. Tickets are $50. OCTOBER 16, 2021 at 7PM HILLSDALE ELKS LODGE To reserve your ticket, email directors@stpetersfreeclinic.org or call 517-437-4041 Thank You to the Sponsors Who Made This Ad Possible T & A Auto Repair - Quincy Rob Sayles, Salesman at Stillwell Ford Lincoln - Hillsdale Burt Buelow Construction LLC - Litchfield Dr. Matthew S. McEachran D.D.S., P.C. - Hillsdale

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Autumn in the Mitten

It’s no secret that beautiful Michigan comes alive in the fall, when the dramatic color change of the foliage lights up the state.

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rom the upper peninsula to the lower peninsula; from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron and Lake Superior to Lake Erie, the changing colors of the leaves throughout the state are truly magnificent.

The 2021 Michigan Fall Color Report is in, and its clear that the fall foliage viewing is going to be spectacular this year. We’re sharing some of our favorite spots to view Michigan fall colors with an interactive map to help you find the best spots for your autumn color tour. Fall in Michigan is simply stunning. It’s one reason why travelers from across the country put Michigan right at the top of their MUST-See’s every autumn…for some, it just wouldn’t be fall without a Michigan Fall Color Tour during peak fall color time. Michigan’s vibrant peak colors demand an audience, and our fall foliage map will help you plan your scenic drive, outdoor adventures and autumn weekend getaways for a pure Michigan fall of fun.

And fall is FUN in Michigan. Cider mills, apple orchards, corn mazes and pumpkin patches all seem to spring up out of nowhere during autumn in Michigan and the colorful foliage seems even brighter against the backdrop of a clear, blue Michigan sky.

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CREATE THE BEST DRIVEWAY NO MATTER HOW LONG! A concrete driveway is attractive to many homeowners, but unfortunately, it can also be a bit impractical. Many people live far back on their property and have long winding driveways. Paving all that driveway would be challenging and often homeowners with long driveways such as these opt for a dirt driveway. At Becker and Scrivens, we can update your driveway in multiple ways! Dirt driveways can be dirty (hence the name) especially during the dry summer months and muddy during the spring months. All that dirt can cause coercion to the paint on your vehicle causing it to rust prematurely or cost you time and money at the car wash. There is a solution that will save your vehicle, save you money and improve the exterior of your home. It’s time to think concrete! But not just poured concrete – crushed concrete as well. Concrete is the perfect choice for a driveway. Once installed, a concrete driveway requires very little maintenance. Using the right forms, as well as a high quality mix that is designed to withstand the ever-changing weather conditions of the Midwest, makes concrete the ideal product for a driveway. Concrete is strong and durable, lasting up to 50 years.

Having even a partial poured concrete driveway - say the area closest to your home, has many benefits. Grading for one. The prep work that happens before the concrete is poured ensures that water will drain away from the home, making sure water stays out of the walls and out of the basement. Aesthetics is another reason to consider concrete for part (or all) of your driveway. Concrete drives give a cleaner look when approaching the home. That look is not only pleasing to the eye, it is also pleasing to the wallet. Adding concrete to the exterior of your home - whether it be a patio, sidewalk or driveway, increases your home’s value. And concrete is customizable! You may not think so, but concrete can be stamped in a wide range of patterns including basketweave brick, cobblestone and stone tile. It also can be colored to match the exterior of your home or create an accent to your outdoor landscaping. Make that smooth clean surface for your kids to shoot hoops on or express their artistic ability through chalk with concrete, then finish off the remainder of your long driveway to the street with crushed concrete.

Homeowners with large pieces of property often like to set their homes far off the road to keep down noise and then enjoy the solitude of their property. A crushed concrete driveway up to a poured concrete finish is a win-win. Crushed concrete is a cost effective option when driveways are long. It does require more maintenance, at least yearly, if not more depending on rain and snow, but holes and areas that wash away during downpours can easily be raked or shoveled into place. Snow removal can be a bit tricker, but having the poured concrete near the home will ensure that the area stays snow free and the melting snow stays away from the foundation of your home. Crushed concrete driveways also drain well which can be especially important if you live in a lower lying area of the property. Becker & Scrivens of Hillsdale, Michigan and Montpelier, Ohio is the leading ready mix supplier in the area – now offering crushed concrete. Tell your contractor you want Becker & Scrivens concrete for your next driveway, have them call 800-641-3808.

Crushed concrete is a great alternative to concrete when you have a driveway that is 200 yards (or more) away from the street.

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want to plan ahead and take some safety precautions. Chocolate, which is found so plentifully at Halloween, can be extremely toxic for both your dogs and your cats. Also, candies containing xylitol are among the harmful foods you should keep away from your pet. Pet Halloween costumes can be cute, but you’ll want to be certain that they don’t have small parts which pose a choking hazard or impair your pets’ breathing or hearing. If you have a black cat, plan to keep it indoors around Halloween time. People have been known to play some nasty tricks on “witch’s cats” around the holiday, and you’ll want to keep your kitty safe. Grooming: Finally, fall is a good time to remember that keeping your pet’s coat in good shape isn’t just a matter of vanity; it’s also a matter of health. Some good dog grooming tips include regularly brushing your pet to avoid matting and always making certain your pet is completely dry after a bath. These and other tips can help your pet avoid “hot spots” and other skin irritations that can contribute to poor health.

Temperature: Fall is a tough time for pet care because the temperature is so variable. Depending on where you live, you may need to worry about anything from heatstroke to frostbite. In particular, you’ll always want to make certain that your dog or cat has enough water. Just because the weather has gotten cooler doesn’t mean that your pet doesn’t still need a lot to drink. Halloween: Halloween time can be fun time for both you and your pets, but you’ll also

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Thumb Coast Beer, Wine & Spirts Tour A self-guided, wet your whistle kind of tour for all things beer, wine, and spirits. Taste your way through charming small towns, beach village,s and even take a car ferry ride to Harsens Island. Sixteen Thumb Coast breweries, wineries, distilleries, farms, taps rooms and more are ready for you to explore and enjoy!

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Mulled Cider INGREDIENT 1 gallon fresh apple cider 2 tablespoons mulling spices or 1 teaspoon allspice, 2 anise stars, 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns, and 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks 1 orange, sliced thin with seeds removed DIRECTIONS

Pour the fresh apple cider into the slow cooker. Place the mulling spices in a spice ball. If making your own mixture, you can break the cinnamon sticks to add to the ball or place them in the cider separately. Place the orange slices in the cider. Cook on low for 4 hours. Remove the spice ball and cinnamon sticks. You can leave the orange slices for decoration if desired.

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This issue our recipes focus on fall produce. Sometimes it’s the star of the recipe and sometimes it’s an accent. Enjoy these ideas for preparing some in-season fruits and vegetables!

Butternut Squash Steaks with Brown Butter–Sage Sauce

This dish can be a hearty vegetarian main course or, cut into smaller pieces, served as a side. INGREDIENTS 1 large butternut squash (about 3 lb.), preferably one with a long thick neck 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces 6 sage leaves or ½ teaspoon dried sage 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Kosher salt and freshly-ground pepper DIRECTIONS Cut the neck off of squash; reserve base for another use. Trim the stem off the neck then peel. Resting neck on cut base, cut in half lengthwise, creating two lobes. Trim off outer rounded side of each piece to create two 3/4”-thick steaks (about 6 oz. per steak); you can reserve the trimmed-off sides for another use. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium. Cook squash steaks, turning every 3 minutes, until deeply browned on both sides and fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Add butter, sage, and garlic to skillet, tilt pan toward you so that butter pools on one side and use a large spoon to baste steaks continually with butter. Cook, basting, until butter is no longer bubbling, smells nutty, and is beginning to brown, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. Transfer squash steaks to plates and spoon the sauce over them. www.epicurious.com 94


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Chicken Waldorf Salad SALAD INGREDIENTS 1 bunch red kale, stems removed and torn into small pieces 1 pound chicken breast, grilled with salt and pepper 1 cup candied walnuts (use plain walnuts if you prefer) 2-3 celery ribs, roughly chopped 1 cup grapes, cut in half 1 apple, cut into cubes DRESSING INGREDIENTS ¾ cup mayonnaise ¼ cup olive oil 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (best substitute for this is apple cider vinegar) 2 tablespoons lemon juice Zest of 1 lemon ¼ teaspoon freshly-ground pepper 2 tablespoons honey DIRECTIONS In a small bowl, mix together dressing ingredients until smooth. In a large bowl, toss torn kale with salad dressing. Top with sliced chicken breast, candied walnuts, celery, grapes and apples. If making ahead, store prepared salad without dressing the kale. Dress salad right before serving. www.themodernproper.com

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Cinnamon Baked Pears INGREDIENTS 4 ripe pears ½ cup melted butter 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats ½ cup finely-chopped almonds ⅓ cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon kosher salt DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400°. Halve pears and scoop out some of the center to fit the oatmeal crumble. Brush insides of pears with 2 tablespoons of the melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. In a medium bowl, combine oats, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Pour remaining melted butter into bowl and combine until fully coated. Spoon into pear halves. Bake until pears are soft, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm. Can be topped with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired. www.delish.com

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Pumpkin Bread with Nutella Swirl INGREDIENTS ½ cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 large eggs, room temperature 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin 1½ cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon ground cloves ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup Nutella, warmed DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350°. Grease four 5¾x3x2 inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and pumpkin. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cloves and salt; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture until blended. Transfer ½ cup of batter to each prepared pan. Drizzle 1 tablespoon Nutella over batter. Repeat layers; cut through batter with a knife to swirl. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely. www.tasteofhome.com 100


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HILLSDALE CASA IS LOSING ITS PRIMARY FUNDING Due to State budget cuts, we are losing our primary source of funding, but there are many ways that you can help keep our program in the community! HILLSDALE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION is offering a donor match program! The foundation will match donations made through them, up to $10,000! Donations can be dropped off at the Foundation or mailed to them at P.O. Box 276 Hillsdale, MI 49242. Online gifts can be made at their website https://abouthccf.org/ KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS Visit the Kroger website to link your plus card with Hillsdale CASA and a percentage of quarterly sales are donated directly back to us. Helping Hands Pregnancy Resource Center (HHPRC), formerly

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