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from the publisher WHOOSH! That’s the sound of 2021 whipping past at record speed. I swear, this year was about 4 months long! Despite the amount there is to do, I still welcome this holiday season. Family— whether by blood or by choice—is so important to me, and I love how this time of year offers the chance to gather together and make memories. Marlanea McGraw Owner/Publisher

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Buying a new vehicle can be intimidating! How do you know for sure if you can trust your salesman to hear your concerns and care about your interests? After all, car salesmen have quite a reputation!

Our double issue is filled with our regular features plus lots of holiday fun. Our covers highlight two outstanding local women entrepreneurs, and we have recipes, city pages, humor, book ideas, and more. AND … it’s time for our annual holiday giveaways! Starting December 1, you can enter our daily drawings for prizes donated by our wonderful advertisers.

Speaking of our advertisers, we’re all aware of the supply issues due to the shipping bottleneck. But, if you shop locally, there’s no delay! Now is a better time than ever to patronize the retailers in Hillsdale, Lenawee, Branch, and Jackson counties. There are many interesting and unique shops across our area filled with gifts for every interest and style. If you enjoy our publications, please support the advertisers who support us! We are looking to grow our staff and have several opportunities available. Our publications list is growing, and that means we need additional sales help in Lenawee County. This is a perfect job for an at-home mom or retiree. We are also looking for someone to proofread our new seniors magazine which will be coming out four times per year. Contact me by calling or texting 517-320-9235 if you’re interested in finding out more. Above all, however you celebrate in this season, count your blessings, hug those you love, and stay safe!

Rest assured though that not all car salesmen have the same motivations. Some truly want what’s best for you and they’ll be there for you long after the sale is over. Rob Sayles at Stillwell Ford Lincoln is one of those guys. He refuses to mislead to sell a car, and he works hard to get you what you want. He’s established quite the clientele base over the past twelve and a half years he’s been with Stillwell Ford Lincoln and many of his clients have become repeat customers, often referring friends and family to him. Check out Rob’s reviews at www.dealerrater.com.

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C O N T E N T

On the Cover 10 The Sweet Boutique

Fashion 13

Fringe Benefits

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Beauty 16

5 Pre-Holiday Beauty Tips

Local Beat 18

What’s Happening in Town

Muscle Up. LIVE FIT 20 Fitness for the Holidays

Obstructive Sleep Apnea 22 Is It Really Just Snoring?

Business Spotlight 24 Hillsdale Community Thrift

Ask the Doctor 26

Tips for Preventing Winter Injuries

The Skinny 28 On Fats

Turn The Page 30

Book and Author Reviews

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Over The Edge 34

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Danielle Brock has opened a second location of candy heaven! Danielle owns the popular Small Town Sweet Boutique in Hillsdale and added The Sweet Boutique in Adrian in August 2021. The new location is managed by daughter Alexandra. Check out the article on page 10 to learn more about the expanded inventory and upcoming community events at the new location.

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Cover Feature The opening was hugely successful and the new store’s Facebook page was flooded with positive comments. That was followed up with a special event on the last weekend of September: The Paw Patrol Paw-Looza. Children could meet and mingle with the Paw Patrol characters for no charge, and a portion of the proceeds from the weekend went to the Lenawee County Humane Society. “It was just crazy how many people turned out for that,” said Danielle. “We raised $1000 in two days! I couldn’t believe it, but it was wonderful.”

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Too sweet to stop at one location. — By Melissa McCance— Making a substantial business expansion in the midst of a pandemic isn’t an idea most people would jump at, but Danielle Brock isn’t most people! To be accurate, plans to open a sister location to Hillsdale’s popular Small Town Sweet Boutique started before anyone here knew of the coronavirus. “About two years ago, Alexandra [Danielle’s daughter who partners in running the stores] and I went on a drive through downtown Adrian looking for somewhere to expand, and nothing really seemed to fit us,” explains Danielle. “We wanted to see the new hospital, too,” Danielle continued, “so we’re driving out that way and we went by this building and slammed on our brakes!” The building in question was a barnstyle, freestanding building that had housed a farmers market. Danielle wanted something with a considerable amount of space to allow for more community events. “We have a giant party room there. It can comfortably fit 50 people seated and probably 100 standing. The building is perfect; we couldn’t have built a better one.” The process of purchasing and renovating began, and they announced the new location would open in January 2020. Well, we all know what was right around the corner, and it was actually August 2021 before The Sweet Boutique was able to have its Grand Opening.

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Free community events that also benefit area nonprofits are favorite projects for Danielle and Alexandra. In October, they hosted “A Night at Hogwarts” which showcased a Harry Potter theme. Money raised at that event was donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee County. Future events include connecting with Toys for Tots, and area law enforcement departments will bring squad cars to fill with toys and the theme will be Zootopia. In December, the Grinch will make an appearance. “The kids just LOVE the Grinch,” laughed Danielle. “Our Grinch is not scary—he’s a fun Grinch, very lighthearted!” The recipient organization that month will be the Visiting Angels who raise funds for Alzheimer’s patients with an emphasis on veterans. The extra space at the Adrian location not only allows for bigger special events but also provides more floor space for inventory. Items unique to the new store include specialty chocolates and truffles which have been a huge draw. They carry over 100 varieties of soda in glass bottles, a bulk section that


is three times what they can have in Hillsdale, and space for 48 different flavors of taffy. If you’re looking for somewhere to hold a private event, consider renting The Sweet Boutique’s party room. This space is available in four-hour increments and is perfect for birthday parties, wedding or baby showers, team banquets, etc. People are welcome to bring in their own food and beverages including a cake. (They do ask that you not bring in outside candy.) The store will provide the room, table linens, and the atmosphere. Customers can also choose from a variety of add-ons including party favors, popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, a soda bar, candy bouquets, personalized coloring sheets, and character meet and greets (available for one hour during the party). Danielle says that community support has been good, including acceptance by the Chamber of Commerce which staged a wonderful ribbon-cutting ceremony. “Word of mouth is helping and we’re working to get it out there that we’re here,” she adds. Fortunately, one thing they haven’t had trouble with is finding employees. High school students from Adrian and Tecumseh are there, as well as some from Siena Heights College. What has been challenging for Danielle is working out how to split her time between the two stores. Alexandra has relocated to Adrian and is managing that store, but Danielle still needs to be there some of the time and Alexandra sometimes needs to be in Hillsdale, so balancing the schedule can be tricky. And, as is true for so many businesses, supply can be a real issue. “Some things just aren’t coming in, or they’re coming in long after the original order. We’re also learning the best way to divide product between the locations when it does come in.”

The Sweet Boutique offers fundraising opportunities for local organizations, clubs, and sports teams. Danielle described some options: “Next spring, if a Little League team wants to come sell snow cones, come sell snow cones! We’ll give you the money, just you do the work. They can make hundreds of dollars. Girl Scouts can sell their cookies here. Anybody who needs an ‘up’ for their community event, come talk to us. We’ll try to help.” Take time to visit The Sweet Boutique where you’ll find childhood favorites and discover some new treats as well. The store is located at 4497 N. Adrian Highway, and store hours are Tuesday–Thursday, 10 to 6; Friday and Saturday, 10 to 8; Sunday, 10 to 4; closed Mondays. You can reach them by phone at 517-920-4037, by email at sweetboutiqueadrian@gmail.com, or through their Facebook page. The website address is www.sweetboutiqueadrian.com.

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From Simply Hers Magazine


FASHION

Fringe

Benefits

Trends can be incredible or incredibly hard to pull off. And FRINGE is certainly one of them. It may look stunning on a runway but how do you make this fun, flirty style look stunning in hometown, USA? Fringe can go very right or very wrong. So we thought we’d give you some insider advice to prevent you from becoming a fashion victim.

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Do NOT go head-to-toe Fringe It is too overwhelming to be dripping in fringe. Even if you are wearing one fringed item, keep the fringe short in length. A little fringe will go a long way to making you look fabulous.

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Opt for neutral colors Bright colors will not work for most women but a soft camel fringed sweater or a stately black fringed skirt will empower any fashionista. A fringed piece in neutral colors can be brought out again and again as the trend comes back into fashion.

Try fringe accessories Perhaps a fringed item of clothing is too bold for you. Try a fringed shoe, purse, or scarf instead! This will pull a look together that is eye-catching and a confidence booster.

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Pre-Holiday Beauty Tips 1. Get A Facial

Having glowing skin is the most important pre-holiday beauty tip! A facial is a firming, anti-aging, line-reducing and age-preventing masque that will ensure you can face the holidays with skin that’s glowing and fresh!

2. Get Your Rest

Nothing gives your skin a glow like a solid night’s sleep! Skin makes new collagen when you sleep which prevents sagging. More collagen means skin is plumper and less likely to wrinkle. Only getting five hours a night can lead to twice as many fine lines as sleeping seven would.

3. Hydrate & Brighten

Your body needs hydration to look and feel its best, and, not matter your skin type, so does your skin. so does your skin. Quality moisturizers can help soothe and repair dry, itchy, and irritated skin. Moisturizer is an essential piece of any skin care routine as it helps maintain your skin’s moisture barrier and protects your skin from environmental damage.

4. Protect Your Hands

It’s going to be cold and winter can be brutal on exposed skin! Cold, brutal, wet weather can strip the skin’s protective barrier and further aggravate sensitive skin and skin conditions. Apply moisturizers after washing while the skin is still damp. Thinner hand creams or lotions are more practical and feel more comfortable and don’t forget to wear gloves while you are outside.

5. Refresh Your Make Up Basics

We get it, you have one mascara and one lipgloss and one brow pencil that you love and that just “work!” But, those guys are magnets for bacteria! Use this as a reminder to ditch your 2021 daily use cosmetics and try new products and new colors!

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Local Beat

By Melissa McCance

Playford Real Estate

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Wine Down for Dogs

I’ve Been Framed! is hosting a fundraiser for local dog rescue on December 2 called “Wine Down for Dogs.” The event for adults ages 21+, and advanced tickets are $40 while tickets at the door cost $45. It will run from 5:30 – 8 pm. This will be a special evening for saving dogs. Guests will enjoy wine pairings, a pop-up art gallery, silent auction items, and, most importantly, raising money for an amazing dog rescue. Don’t miss this wonderful evening of fun and friendship. Tickets are available for purchase online through Eventbrite or in person at I’ve Been Framed! – Jackson.

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Holiday Fun The City of Hillsdale’s popular Light Up Parade will be held Saturday, December 1. Midtown lot line up begins at 5:00, and the parade will begin at 6:15 and travels through downtown Hillsdale. If you would like more information or want to register to be in the parade, contact the organizers at lightupparade@gmail.com.

Sip. Spa. Ahhh. Martini Spa & Lounge is a trendy, unique place to host upcoming holiday parties. Located at 100 S. Cooper Street in Jackson, this special venue combines a full-service spa and upscale lounge. Spa offerings include hair, nail, lash, massage, and esthetician services. The lounge has a great selection of cocktails, martinis, and mimosas along with beer, wine, seltzers, and non-alcoholic drinks. Food is available as well. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to stay up on their special events, and call 517-435-3713 to find out how to book a party.

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Playford Real Estate is again holding a Fill the Truck event in support of Toys for Tots as part of their Community Open House. The Playford Real Estate moving truck will be parked at 255 E. Chicago Road in Jonesville from 8:30 to 5:00 on Wednesday, November 10, ready to be filled with new, unwrapped toys. Guests can enjoy cookies from Jonesville Bakery and a coffee bar from Jilly Beans Too. There will be a decorated Christmas tree from which community members can pick a bulb. If it has an “X,” they win a gift card to a Hillsdale County business. All donated toys will be distributed to children in Hillsdale County.


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Fitness For The Holidays

Christmas?! It’s Christmas?!?! Where did all the time go? It’s been quite the ride this year as far as the weather is concerned. I mean, when you read this, it could be 70! Hahaha, probably not!

By James Campbell NSCA Certified Personal Trainer Owner, PRIME Fitness

So, with holidays coming it’s time to have the talk. You know about how hard it is to keep your workout regimen going in general, let alone falling off the wagon! What I’d like to say here is what do your goals mean to you? I mean, are they so easily put to the back burner? But, it isn’t that simple is it? Who doesn’t like to get together with family and friends throughout the season? However, your goals are YOUR GOALS so it does mean something to you. Just because you’re going to several parties where there’s alcohol doesn’t mean you need to drink at all of them. Same for food, you don’t need to overindulge just because it’s there for you to take. There’s no reason you can’t drink water at the parties, it isn’t going to prevent you from having a good time. As for the food, eat something shortly before going to help control those cravings. Also, eat a small portion and maybe take a small plate to go to enjoy later. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you absolutely can’t drink or your goals will vanish. I’m just saying you don’t need to do it repeatedly. And, I love holiday food!! But, portion control will allow you to enjoy it many more times and could even fit into plan! Now let’s look at workouts. People say, “I’m too busy to get to the gym.” Well, I say that’s just not possible. However, a couple tricks to maintain throughout the holiday season will help you

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immensely! For example, work out early in the day, before work if possible or even on lunch (not replacing nutrition, of course). That way, as things come up, you’re levelheaded to handle them for one, but also you can manipulate your schedule and not miss a workout because of it. Another way is to reduce volume a bit. Not volume per workout, but the number of sessions per week. If you’re currently on a 4-day split, consider a 3-day. Personally, with my clients I’d mash chest and shoulders together into one session. Something else to consider along these lines is to hit some days at the gym and hit one or two at home if possible. I don’t like that idea as much, because for me it’s too easy to get distracted with real world stuff and this time of year …. But, some are good about it and something is better than nothing in this scenario. In the end it’s about balance, not a lot different than any other time of the year. It’s just a bit more demand on your time. Balance is good and finding it for your family and friends isn’t a bad thing. But, taking care of yourself is a priority to you as well, and your family and friends understand that. That’s why it’s balance. Have an amazing holiday season my friends! I wish all the best for all of you this season as I do all the other seasons as well. Talk to you again next year. My year ahead looks pretty incredible—I can only hope you feel the same about yours. As is with the content of this entire article, it’s about MINDSET! Get it in line with your amazing life and keep winning!


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IS IT REALLY JUST SNORING?

By Kara Wilson, PA-C Hillsdale Medical Associates

Have you ever woken up abruptly from sleep, gasping for air or feeling like you were choking on something? Or, have you snored so loudly it woke you up? You may be doing more than just snoring. These are signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. OSA occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax too much. The roof of the mouth and tongue relax and cause the airway to close. This results in a decreased oxygen level in the blood and increased carbon dioxide and causes frequent arousal or interruptions in the sleep pattern. Many times, you do not even remember these interruptions. OSA can cause many serious health problems including high blood pressure, weight gain, and memory lapses. More seriously, it puts you at risk for coronary artery disease and stroke. This condition can even cause an abnormal heart rhythm to develop that may lead to sudden death. Other, less serious effects may be morning headaches, chronic fatigue, or mood changes.

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A few more warning signs of OSA to pay attention to may be waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat frequently. Another sign is feeling sleepier during the day which may often cause you to fall asleep while reading or watching TV. Take note if you easily fall asleep while riding in the car or find yourself dozing off even while driving. There are many things that put you at increased risk for developing OSA. Male gender and increasing age are two of them. Having a physiologically narrower airway or chronic nasal congestion can be as well. Being overweight, having elevated blood pressure, smoking or having a history of asthma also increase risk of developing OSA. If you have some of the symptoms mentioned here or are concerned with your risk of having or developing OSA, you should see your primary care provider to discuss further evaluation. Testing is typically easy and may even be able to be done at home.


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business spotlight

Hillsdale Community Thrift By Hännah Sayles

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n autumn of 2018, our community gained an asset. Brian and Melissa DesJardin felt God leading them into a new direction. They prayed and Missy recalls that she “…felt that with God’s help, I could do better for this community.” Missy got in touch with the owner of the vacant building on the corner of Mechanic Street and Carleton Road and worked out a plan for free occupancy through the first six months with affordable rent after that. Within two years, Hillsdale Community Thrift signed a land contract to own the building. “I’ve always had a deep desire to help people,” said Missy. “If you are able to help, then you are morally obligated to do so.” November 14 marked the three-year anniversary of helping people for Hillsdale Community Thrift. Their slogan— “nonprofit helping nonprofits”—is one of their greatest accomplishments. Keeping everything local is their goal while taking financial burden off local businesses who are trying to help the community also. By partnering with nonprofits such as DHS, CAA , Love INC, Do’Chas II, and Integro (to name a few), they are helping provide items for those in need. These local agen-

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cies refer clients with needs to Hillsdale Community Thrift where they receive essential household items for free. “If the local nonprofit shares a need, HCT will be there to provide it. All of this is possible because the community has stepped up and donated items or come in to shop, thus supporting this mission.” HCT sells items donated by the community and their profits are given to the nonprofits of Hillsdale County, keeping everything local and right here in our community. They strive to keep their prices reasonable. On a normal day, they sell between 400 and 600 items and their average price range sits at about $2.21. Missy says with a look of amazement, “The amount of donations that come through is unbelievable. The community support has been so wonderful. That’s why we like to honor keeping the prices reasonable.” When asked what items can be donated, Missy said, “Pretty much anything. Really the only items we cannot take are mattresses, old box TVs and weapons.” She wants the community to know that if there is clothing you are wanting to donate but you don’t think it’s up to par, they still want it. They will recycle them. “Anything we can’t sell, we recycle so it

doesn’t end up in a landfill,” she says. As for goals, the HCT store is now launching “Love Bucks” to help people to feel their worth, become part of the team, and to earn things they want. If people meet certain income criteria, they will be eligible to earn Love Bucks for the things they would like. They are now offering “The Loyalty Program” as well, where you sign in with your phone number and it keeps track of purchases. Every 100 points = $5 off your next purchase. There is also a future goal to open a food pantry, and as of now, there is a second thrift location available next to the railroad tracks at 90 W Fayette St. that will be open every Saturday through November and December. Currently, over $17,000 in items has been provided to those in need. Veterans receive 10% off every day, seniors (60+) receive 10% off on Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesdays offer 10 free books and students receive 10% off purchases! Open Monday – Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, closed on Sundays. Go to www.hillsdalecommunitythrift.org for a list of acceptable donation items and further information. Be sure to follow their Facebook and Instagram pages for sales and deals.


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Ask the Doctor:

Tips for preventing

Winter Injuries With winter comes the obvious: cold, snow, traffic, shoveling, etc. But, did you know that winter is also synonymous with injuries? The good news is that nearly all of these injuries are preventable! Get ready to enjoy the season by following our guide to preventing winter injuries.

Slipping on Ice/Snow Whether it’s day or night, ice can be difficult to see and what looks like water pooled on the pavement can actually be a sheet of ice. You could step off the curb and right onto a slippery ice patch. When this happens, severe injury can occur if you fall to the ground. You may be able to recover and only skid briefly, but even if you don’t end up falling, you can wrench your back or experience another kind of injury in your attempt to recover. Anyone is in danger of injuring themselves by falling or slipping on ice or snow, but seniors are especially at risk. In fact, according to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of injury among older Americans, and winter weather conditions only exacerbate that concern. How to Prevent Slip and Fall Injuries • Wear proper footwear made for icy and snowy conditions. • Keep your stride shorter and avoid long steps. • Slow things down — try not to rush or run outdoors. 26

• Keep de-icer or sand on hand for slippery walkways. • In case of injury, always have your cell phone handy. • If you need to do outdoor chores, take your time. Muscle Strain from Shoveling Snow One of the most injury-inducing winter activities is shoveling snow. Combine the fact that it’s a physically demanding activity with bitter cold temperatures and it’s a recipe for injury. How to Prevent Shoveling Injuries Shoveling doesn’t need to end in injury; make sure to follow our simple tips for a safe winter: • Warm-Up Stretch – Focus on the legs, back, shoulders, and biceps as they are the most common muscle strains. • Understand Your Limits – In order to get the job done quicker, we sometimes overfill the shovel and it causes trouble. Start small and work your way up slowly. Once you’ve reached your limit, understand it and don’t overfill. • Take Your Time – When we rush shoveling, we risk injury in a few different ways. First of all, cracks in the pavement can cause the shovel to stop suddenly, causing injury to the hands/wrist. Slower shoveling scoops will minimize this impact. When we shovel quickly we tend to “throw” the snow. This can cause excess stress on your shoulder/back/ legs causing a muscle strain. Remember, lift with your legs! • Proper Attire – Dress warmly and make sure your body is covered (especially your lower back). Check the tread of your boots to make sure they have sufficient grip. Wear a winter hat and gloves. If you suffer a winter injury, it’s important to first assess the severity level. Sometimes muscle injuries can be treated with ibuprofen and by applying ice or a heating pad or taking a warm bath. However, more severe injuries will need to be treated immediately by a professional.


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When By Melissa McCance we decide to drop some Some of the best weight and/or sources of healthful get in shape, one fat are: of the first things a lot of us do is go low-fat or nonfat. The • Naturally fatty fish like salmon, common saying of “fat makes you fat” sounds herring, mackerel, lake trout, and albacore tuna reasonable, and we are bombarded by advertising • Avocado celebrating packaged foods that are now lower in fat • Seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame and calories. The truth is, though, that fat as a nutrient • Nuts (Be careful here as this is a food that’s very easy is not the total dietary bad guy people make it out to to overdo! A serving of nuts is one ounce which is be. What’s more, a certain amount of the right kinds about 14 walnut halves, 23 almonds, 28 peanuts, or of fat is essential for good health! 18 cashews. If you start chowing down on handfuls of nuts, you’re going to be consuming a lot of calories.) Fat provides energy, and, by slowing digestion • Olive oil (Again—don’t go overboard.) somewhat, it can keep your hunger satisfied longer. • Eggs (You can boost the benefit by looking for eggs Other benefits to adequate fat in the diet are that are enriched with extra omega-3 acids.) promoting cell growth, aiding in the production • Ground flaxseed (Bonus benefit from extra fiber!) of important hormones, helping to regulate blood • Beans (kidney, navy, Great Northern, or navy) sugar, and maintaining body temperature. Also, the fat-soluble vitamins—A, D, E, and K—require fat to be Eating better doesn’t mean you have to banish absorbed by the body. All fats regardless of type have saturated fat from your diet completely. After all, a lot nine calories per gram. But, trans fats and saturated of us don’t want to contemplate life without burgers, fats contribute more to raising your LDL (the bad steaks, or ribs! But, try choosing leaner cuts when cholesterol) in your blood while monounsaturated you can and don’t make those foods the majority of and polyunsaturated fats provide the needed your diet. The same goes for butter. And, trans fats benefits of dietary fat without that risk. In fact, they definitely need to go, as they have the worst effect can lower the level of LDL in the blood. on LDL levels in the blood. As easy way to dodge these fats is to look for partially-hydrogenated oils (or There are many foods that will help you get PHO) in the ingredient lists on foods. If you spot that appropriate levels of fat into your diet. Just remember term, take a hard pass. that healthful fat is still fat and calorie-dense with over twice as many calories per gram than protein or So, add some delicious richness to your diet with carbohydrates. So, while you do need fat in your diet, healthful fats! Your body will thank you. shifting to better fats doesn’t mean you can go crazy and eat huge amounts of them. Moderation is the key here!


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Kabul Beauty School, An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil author Deborah Rodriguez (from Holland, Michigan) brings us an incredible true story of her experiences in Afghanistan. When the United States went into Afghanistan in 2002 after the fall of the Taliban, author Deborah took emergency and disaster relief training with a nonprofit organization and traveled there. When word spread that there was a westernstyle hairdresser in town, she quickly discovered her popularity among the Afghan women. Her observations of their needs led her to start the Kabul Beauty School. Through the charitable donations of Paul Mitchell Products, Vogue, Clairol, and monetary donations from people in the United States, she was able to locate a building for her beauty school. She interviewed hundreds of women and was able to train 25 women for each of her three classes. We are introduced to Roshanna, Nahrda, Shaz. Their lives revolve around arranged marriages when they were age twelve to older men they’d never met, living with first wives and mothersin-law who dominated and beat them. Their husbands show no affection and administer daily beatings, and some are sequestered in their compounds for years! There’s no divorce for a woman without losing custody of her children. This is a complicated culture, and now, with the current take-over of the Taliban once again, you can only imagine what is to become of our brave sisters. Pray for them. On a happier note, author Linda Greenlaw writes her true story The Lobster Chronicles. She is also the author of The Hungry Ocean in which she worked as a swordfish fisherman for seventeen years. Wanting to settle down

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and start a family of her own, she returned home to her island off the Maine coast, Isle au Haut in Penobscot Bay (regarded as the lobster capital of the world). The year-round population is 47 (half of whom she is related to). It consists of a post office, general store, one-room schoolhouse, town hall that seconds as the school gym, one church, and a fish co-op. That’s it! Her boat, the Mattie Belle, is a 35-foot lobster boat and her retired 71-year-old father is her “sternman.” I was amazed at the amount of physical labor required in this profession and by her endurance, both mental and physical. Income is, of course, dependent upon a good season’s catch. You will learn lots about a woman’s role in this very interesting profession. Words of Our Father is a true story written by a local Adrian author, Debi Dickson Wagner. I was invited to attend her book club meeting where her new publication was discussed. I was treated to a lively, interesting discussion! The book is the love story of her parents, Ken and Noreen. As a child, Ken lived through an awful decade in the dust bowl of South Dakota. Noreen’s folks ended up in Assumption, Ohio, owning and running The Irwin Restaurant. After meeting at a roller rink, they were married, had six children, and settled in the farming community of Waldron, Michigan. The title of the book takes on its own meaning (which “Father” she refers to). We read that fourteen years after his death, their father speaks to author Debi and her sister with a message for his beloved wife, now 86. Simultaneously … twice! This is a very thoughtprovoking story he delivers about our after-life. I urge you to read about their life and the words of Ken from heaven. What are you reading? Email me at nancyryan47@gmail.com. See you at the library!


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What Is Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday is an annual holiday that celebrates small business and encourages consumers to shop locally at the start of the holiday shopping season. The holiday aids small businesses by drawing attention to their importance in our economy. It also helps customers who want access to unique products and experiences in their communities, and boosts local economies because they benefit from successful small businesses.

When Is Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday is NOVEMBER 27, 2021.

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Why Small Business Saturday Matters

This holiday is a clear win for small businesses, but consumers benefit as well by finding great new local products and services and supporting their local economies. When shopping locally, $68 of every $100 stays in the community. Shopping locally also offers a more unique product selection which is the primary reason that shoppers state they prefer small and local retailers.

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Small Business Saturday was trademarked by the American Express Corporation in 2010. The day was intended to celebrate small businesses and draw shoppers to these businesses in time for the start of the holiday shopping season.

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Got me a Big Joe bean bag chair the other day. It was a bargain on Marketplace, but it needed a bean fill-up. Because the chair was so cheap, buying more beans still made it a good deal. Have you ever had a good deal that went bad? I did, and it was enough to put me over the edge.

you get near it. Those beans scooched to the baseboards, up the walls, onto the furniture, and absolutely anywhere and everywhere else. Our problems may have been intensified by the fact that we forgot to shut off the overhead fan before starting. Won’t forget that again!

I love to read and wanted a comfortable chair I could throw myself into and not have to worry about getting it dirty or sliding cushions or any of that stuff. It was gonna be my “happy place.” My favorite son-in-law (he’s my only son-inlaw, but I’m not sure he’s put those two facts together yet!) has a Big Joe that I love to sit in when I go to his house; thus, my decision to go with a Big Joe. I texted Samantha to ask how they re-filled Joseph’s Big Joe. She didn’t give a lot of details, but said it was definitely a two-man job. Unfortunately, she did not say a word about spilling the beans.

We left the beans where they were knowing there would be more to follow. We started pouring the beans from the plastic bag into the chair. They came out a little faster than anticipated and once again flew to all corners of the room. My husband decided to put his hand in the bag and try to force the beans into the bowels of the bag. He pulled his hand out and half the beans were stuck to his arm. He tried to wipe them down his arm back into the bag, but they either stuck to his hand or joined the beans already on the floor. I decided to just go for it and kept pouring; I’d deal with the aftermath once my husband had calmed down and de-beaned himself. I poured as my husband shoved. It was obvious this plan of action was not working well at all.

My beans arrived and I wrangled my husband into helping me. Asking for his help was probably my first mistake. It might have been better to have flagged down a passing motorist, but I had already asked my husband so I was stuck with the results, which, by the way, were disastrous. First, we unzipped the bag and tried to shake down the beans that were already in there. Ya know when you’re shaking something down how you lift up to shake down? Yeah, don’t do that. We had beans bouncin’ out and around and because they’re actually styrofoam pieces, they flew everywhere. If you’ve ever chased styrofoam, you know it’s not easy to gather up. It either sticks to you or it scoots away when 34

We used the whole bag of beans. All of ‘em. E-v-e-r-y one of them, but very few actually ended up in the chair itself. That baby is as flat or flatter now than it was when we started. It’s been five weeks now and we still find beans on the furniture, in our food, attached to the dog. Even found some in my underwear yesterday. My husband? He’s not talking to me and my “happy place”? It’s no longer happy. This was an utter and complete disaster and it was enough to put me right over the edge.


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It is that time of year again and Adrian has a variety of events planned to celebrate! Mark your calendars and come spend time in The Maple City. Christmas Craft Show — November 13, 2021. Small and home-based businesses, crafts, and baked goods, are all welcome here! Vendor booths are $25 - please contact Brenda Hill at (517) 920-2804 or brenda_ hill@comcast.net. Shoppers, please come support your small, local businesses! We’ll be doing a Diaper Drive at the door. Join us at the Croswell Opera House for an old Christmas favorite. November, 26, 2021. You’ll shoot your eye out! Ralphie and friends come to life on stage in this musical adaptation of the beloved 1983 film of the same name. From triple dog dares to the Bumpus Hounds, from Dad’s “major award” to the famous Red Ryder Carbine Action BB gun, this lighthearted family musical captures all the moments that fans of A Christmas Story know and love!

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The Fair Fantasy Lights Drive-Thru will allow you to enjoy the festive lights from the comfort of your car. There will be four opportunities to view the lights at 6 pm on December 10, 11, 17 and 18. Comstock Christmas Riverwalk trees are now available for purchase! Trees may be purchased at Adrian City Hall. This year marks the 8th annual Comstock Christmas Riverwalk. Civitan of Lenawee, Adrian Rotary and the City of Adrian are selling Christmas trees to local businesses, organizations, families and individuals to decorate and display in Comstock Park throughout the holiday season. A Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 7:30pm. Trees will be on display for all to enjoy from the first week of December until early January.


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2021 has proven to be a great year so far filled with many well-attended events, and we look forward to more to come to finish out the year. Devils and Round Lakes in the Irish Hills have been a great getaway for so many people escaping reality and looking for outdoor fun and also some solace. Friends and family come together year round to enjoy the simple things in life that have become much more important and treasured. The businesses of Devils and Round Lakes welcome you with open arms and continue to offer shopping, food and drink, a place to stay and a variety of events. Our September Sip and Shop has always been a favorite event so we have added two more to the calendar, one on Nov 11th and the other December 9th from 4-8 pm. Bring your friends and enjoy a night out visiting the businesses in Manitou Beach

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Holiday Events SIP AND SHOP Nov. 11 • 4 - 8 pm Dec. 9 • 4 - 8 pm SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Nov. 27 HOLIDAY IN THE HILLS Dec. 3 - 5

Village. This is also a great time to pick up some unique holiday gifts. Support your local community by coming out on November 27th for Small Business Saturday. When you shop small, you’re investing in your neighborhood favorites! The Holiday Season is quickly approaching, so this year we will again be participating in the Irish Hills Holiday in the Hills which takes place December 3-5th.

Watch the Village Facebook page at: facebook. com/ManitouBeachMichigan/ or website at: manitoubeachmichigan.com/ as well as the individual businesses’ websites and Facebook pages for more details about individual offerings, activities and special events.


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Shakespeare in Jazz at Tecumseh Center for the Arts The first show of Tecumseh Center for the Arts’ 41st National Touring Season features Daniel Kelly’s “Shakespeare in Jazz: All the World’s a Song” on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at 4 PM. Called “stunningly original” with “a visionary imagination,” composer and pianist Daniel Kelly explores the meeting place of music with literature, visual art and journalism, captivating audiences across the country. A prolific composer and tireless musical explorer, Kelly continually seeks out new avenues for his creativity. “Shakespeare in Jazz: All the World’s a Song” is Kelly’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s works into fresh and dynamic jazz songs that have audiences singing along in sheer delight. Audience members will join Daniel’s jazz duo, featuring an amazing jazz vocalist,

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Shakespeare in Jazz ALL THE WORLD’S A SONG Nov. 7 • 4 pm Tickets available online at TheTCA.org

as they sing along to catchy, original songs based on Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Hamlet and more! Individual tickets are on sale now—$30 for adults and $25 for seniors, youth, and military veterans. You can also purchase Shakespeare in Jazz as part of your season tickets at a discount rate through November 6. This year’s season is thanks in part to the TCA’s 41st Season sponsor, Vision Performance Group, National Touring Season Sponsor Robert Fox of Howard Hanna, and Show Sponsor Tuckey’s Big Boy. Come out and experience the excitement of a live performance at your local theater! To order your season subscription, call us at 517-423-6617 or visit the TCA online at www.TheTCA.org.


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The City of Jonesville knows small city cheer, from Christmas in the Park to a production at the Sauk Theatre. The City of Jonesville has a small town feel with a walkable downtown of quaint shops and restaurants. Friends and family gather together here to keep the hometown, historic feeling alive. Light Up The Night Thanks to the help of local organizations like the Lions Club of Jonesville, you can stroll among the "Lights of Love" decorated trees to honor loved ones. Enjoy a walk through town to view the storefront Christmas display contestants and vote for your favorite through the month of December. Victorian Christmas View the Grosvenor House Museum decorated for the holidays on weekends through December. Keep an eye

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out for their historic event of a Victorian Christmas Open House in mid-December. There will be period Christmas music, guest musical appearances, and a visit from Santa. From history to entertainment, this event is sure to please the whole family. Entertaining Night Out Enjoy dinner and drinks out in downtown Jonesville. From fine dining at Olivia’s Chophouse to more casual fare at Saucy Dog's BBQ or Rosalie's Roadhouse ,the options are plentiful. Have a night cap at Ramshackle Brewing Company, and enjoy live entertainment (see website for details). Sauk theatre provides a night of entertainment on November 6 with Shakespeare 101 or enjoy an evening of Anne of Green Gables in December. Go to Sauk.org for more information.


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Hillsdale City is a place that brings the hometown feeling. Enjoy a light up parade, and a city-wide New Year's Eve event Shop Small Saturday Local businesses will be open November 27th for Shop Small Saturday. Find great deals at shops such as Maggie Anne's, The Gifted Garden, and H.J. Gelzers Furniture for all your holiday needs. Parade of Lights The county comes together for a night of parade vehicles dressed up and decked out for the halls covered in lights. Enjoy an evening with Christmas music and fellowship while watching the creative lighted vehicles parading through town. Follow us on Facebook for date and time.

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City Pages Coldwater

Diverse Holiday Cheer Y

You know the holidays are here when the Christmas Express returns! This popular treat sells out quickly, so make your reservations early. These trips have been changed to a smaller train and a shorter run which we think will make things more enjoyable. The Christmas Express will be running on December 4, 5, 11, and 12. Departure is from the Coldwater Depot and there will be three each day: 11 am, 12:30 pm, and 2 pm. Our steam-powered train takes you back to days gone by. Children can visit with Santa Claus while aboard the train. Although the train is heated, our equipment is older so we recommend you make sure to dress for the weather. (You can always take off a layer if you’re too warm, but we don’t want our passengers to freeze!) Ticket prices are $20 for ages 12 and up, $13 for ages 3 to 11, and children 2 and under ride free. Souvenirs and concessions will be available.

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Holiday Events Chrismas Express December 4, 5, 11, & 12 11:00 am 12:30 pm 2:00 pm Siberian Solstice December 18 7:00 PM For more local events visit the City of Coldwater’s website at www.coldwater.org.

For those that want some sound entertainment, Tibbits Entertainment Series presents Siberian Solstice, a Trans Siberian Orchestra Tribute December 18th. Last seen on the Tibbits stage in December of 2019, Siberian Solstice provides an exciting and inspirational Christmas show with music performed in the style of the nationally acclaimed Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO). Enhanced by lighting and video, Siberian Solstice will feature traditional Christmas music and classical pieces presented with a rock feel using electronic keyboards, drums, and guitars. Siberian Solstice has 8 members on stage to accurately reproduce the TSO style. Safety notice: Restrooms are available only before and after the ride inside the station. There will be sanitizing stations at the platform and on board. The trains will be sold to half-capacity and face masks are optional.


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Come spend a day in Jackson where you’ll feel welcomed and enjoy the unique atmosphere of our historic downtown that’s inviting you to visit the beautiful boutiques and try the amazing food in the local restaurants. There is so much to offer in this town. You’re sure to walk away discovering a brand-new favorite place to shop. Keep tabs on the local events we’ll provide you with each issue and tell them Simply Hers sent you. Nov 5: Jackson Stand Up Comedy Show at Gene Davis & Sons, 6 pm Nov 5 – 7: “Little Shop of Horrors” by Center Stage Jackson, 7:30 pm Fri-Sat, 3:00 pm Sun at East Jackson Secondary School Nov 5 – 6: Sandstone Church Bazaar at Sandstone Congregational Church, 9 am – 4 pm

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Nov 7: LOCASH at Michigan Theatre of Jackson, 6:30 pm

Nov 21: “A Very Electric Christmas,” Potter Center, 3 pm

Nov 12 – 14: “All Together Now” a global event celebrating theatre at Michigan Theatre of Jackson, call 517783-0811 for showtimes

Nov 24: The Downtown Sound – Thanksgiving eve live music extravaganza at Michigan Theatre, 6 pm

Nov 13 – 14: USA National Miss Michigan state pageant

Nov 25: Turkey Trot, 8 am

Nov 13: Daughters of the American Revolution – Genealogy Workshop, Meijer Branch Library, 10 am

Nov 25 – Dec 31: Nite Lites Show – a drive thru Christmas light display, Michigan International Speedway, begins at 5:30 pm nightly

Nov 14: Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of Magi’s Gold, Potter Center, 2 pm

Dec 16: Jingle Jam Live! Featuring Phil Vassar and Sister Hazel, Michigan Theatre of Jackson, 7 pm

Nov 18: “Heaven,” Michigan Theatre of Jackson, 7 pm Nov 19 – 30: Annual Downtown Jackson Christmas Parade, 6 pm


This Holiday Season Gift Them Peace of Mind A lot goes in to planning a funeral and making those arrangements beforehand gives your loved ones room to grieve without the stress of planning. It also allows you to create your own unique celebration of life with your family by your side and can help them feel connected to you in life and death, knowing that your arrangements reflect your desires.

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READING 49 Enterprise Drive, Reading 1 Block North of Dollar General Fri & Sat • 9-5 517.283.1888 Clothes, household items, holiday decor, small appliances, books, movies, toys, games, and occasional vintage. All items are clean & cheap! Taking garage sale leftovers & estates.

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DocMartins

Foot & Ankle Clinics WHERE FEET STOP HURTING! By Melissa McCance

post op surgical care we feels creating and maintaining a patient doctor relationship is crucial in patient positive outcome. Custom orthotics, braces, diabetic shoes, wound care supplies, and other related items are available at the clinics and with most insurance covered. Most people are very busy these days and not having to make multiple stops after the appointment to purchase necessary or recommended supplies saves time, energy, and patience! Feet might be the most underappreciated part of our bodies. These intricate, complicated structures are designed to bear our weight for a lifetime, endlessly adjusting to changes in pace and gait, pivoting and bracing as needed. We can plant them firmly on the ground or move them lightly across the dance floor. Because of all they do, when something goes wrong with our feet, it can affect our lives significantly. Whether the problem is the result of injury, infection, congenital anomaly, diabetes, or other cause, Dr. Darryl Martins and his staff at DocMartins Foot & Ankle Clinics have been ready for the past 11 years to correct the issue and restore your best possible level of functioning. Dr. Martins and his associate Dr. Danniyal Shahid are board certified/ qualified foot and ankle surgeons. The two provide care at the three clinics which are located in Jackson, Adrian, and Ann Arbor. All three clinics are open six days a week. The practice is a designated Patient-Centered Medical Home Neighbor (PCMH-n), Tier I provider, and participates with numerous insurances. Both providers

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have full admission and surgical privileges at Henry Ford Allegiance Health (Jackson), ProMedica Hickman (Adrian), and St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea hospitals which allows patients to go where they are most comfortable. The primary focus of the practice is to get patients taken care of as soon as possible. Referrals from a primary care provider are not needed but are accepted, and same or next day appointments mean that people with urgent conditions can be seen promptly. Evening appointments are also available. “One thing that stands out about our practice is our availability. We help people avoid having to visit the ER or urgent care. Not only does it mean patients don’t have to wait, but this helps lower the cost of care and eases some of the burden for the primary care provider, ERs, and urgent care clinics. Plus, with some conditions, waiting can increase the possibility of infection setting in,” explains Dr. Martins. Another convenience provided by the clinics is that they are “one-stop shops.” First, you will see the doctor every time, from wound care, pre and

They are also one of the few clinics in Michigan that offer Medical Pedicures which are customized for your needs using medical grade instruments. This pedicure includes shaping, filing, and buffing the nails along with callus maintenance and a moisturizing treatment by a licensed nail nurse. This treatment is ideal for individuals looking for a sterile, professional, and hygienic treatment and are concerned about infections at the typical nail place. DocMartins Foot & Ankle Clinics treat a wide range of common podiatric conditions including but not limited to bunion and hammertoe deformities, ankle instability, plantar fasciitis and chronic heel pain, diabetic foot issues, ingrown nails, pediatric conditions, sports injuries, flatfoot and high arch foot deformities. Basically, if you have any kind of problem with your feet and/or ankles, there is an excellent chance that Dr. Martins and Dr Shahid can help you. To learn more about the office and see how they can help, go to www. DocMartinsFAC.com or call 517-879-4241.


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ATHLETICO’S

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By: Chas S. Frey PT, DPT, Biomedical Dry Needling Cert. Hudson, MI

ENDURANCE PROGRAM:

Athletico offers an Endurance Program that encompasses evaluation, treatment, injury prevention, and education geared towards walkers, joggers, and runners. We teach individuals about the importance By: Chas S. Frey PT, DPT, Biomedical Needling MI flexibility and strengthening in order to improve of balancing Individuals throughout the world take partDry in daily exerciseCert. Hudson, performance and minimize injuries. Clinicians in the Endurance routines that include some form of walking, jogging, or running. Manual Do you remember appropriate to shake hand, give Program haveTherapy: taken extra training to enhance skill level and provide Some may do when theseit was activities to train forsomeone’s competition in 1) Torso and chest wall mobilizations avolleyball, high five, hug loved ones, sit within six feet from others, or be able see elite services towards football, basketball, softball, baseball, track and field, 2) Torso manipulationsthis population. individuals’ smiling faces? Well, there is light at the end of the tunnel. 5K, marathon, or a triathlon. Some may favor the financial side 3) Trigger point release to taught muscle fibers GAIT ANALYSIS (VGA): jogging, and running it is a relatively Itofiswalking, hard to believe we have passed theasone-year mark sinceinexpensive COVID-19 was VIDEO Vestibular Training first announced to be not a global pandemic. Many changes have occurred VGA is the process of using a specialized camera and computer activity that does require any specialized equipment. The Breathing over the last accommodate newinvirus in order to attempt living programming to control/retraining enhance overall clinician analysis of the individual’s reasons for year whytoindividuals takethispart these activities can be out daily activities. All aspects of health care and scientists from all parts Body positioning training running form and/or gait pattern. The individual runs and/or walks endless, but been one working of the major gainprovide endurance. Thenew of study have aroundreasons the clockis totohelp care and onScreening a treadmill while videoed by the clinician.that Oncecould the clinician major physiological innovations for battling similarities COVID-19. among walking, jogging, and of being psychosocial factors be hascontributing the recording, hetoorincreased she will conduct a thorough analysis and running are that they all stress the cardiovascular system to help fatigue Today, we endurance have gainedlevels. a lot ofUnfortunately, knowledge about this virus have in establish a report that can be reviewed with the individual. The build-up injuries areand common obtained insight on common signs and symptoms. Some of the symptoms through Video Gait Analysis can be a crucial part You Aregained Important: this type of population andcough, can lead to negative impacts on overall may include running a fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or information is our sole purpose toreturn help you gain back functionactivity following an injury, individuals to their endurance sooner. healthaches, as well as emotional well-being. body headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, of Ithelping running nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. However, as with any new virus, it takes INJURIES: time to understand fully the degree to which it impacts COMMON individuals. Until that time, physical therapy can offer assistance to those Knee: who have been affected by COVID-19 by managing muscle strength, 1) Patellar tendinopathy heart and lung capacity, pain, balance, endurance, and overall functional abilities. 2) Iliotibial band syndrome

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2) Achilles tendinopathy 3) Plantar fasciitis 1) Energy conservation Education:

2) Activity modifications 3) Relaxation techniques Shin:

1) Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints) 2) Tibial stress fracture

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disease, or a virus. Our team of clinicians takes great pride in establishing personal treatment programs for individuals and communicate with the WE ARE HERE entire medical team. TO If youHELP: or someone you know has been trying to If you or someone youepisode knowofhas been and dealing with pain during recover following an COVID-19 is struggling carrying outor dailywalking, tasks, please keep physical therapy services in mind as we are here to after jogging, or running, please keep Athletico Physical help you back Therapy in get mind as towefunction. can help you. Our team of clinicians takes great

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For more information on we can better serve you, or to schedule an evaluation or free youAthletico to be placed yourathletico.com. path for getting backMichigan to function. assessment, call your local clinicon or visit In 2015, officially became a Direct Access State which means one can obtain physical therapy services without a referral or prescription.References: Depending on one’s insurance coverage, this Injuries: benefitEvaluation establishes a quicker 1)Arnold MJ, Moody AL. Common Running and Management. way for you to be placed path for getting back to function. AmonFamyour Physician. 2018;97(8):510-516. References: www.athletico.com/services/covid-19-recovery-and-rehabilitation/; 2) www.athletico.com/services/specialized-services/endurance-outreachwww.cdc.gov/

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Stephanie Ray, PT, DPT HILLSDALE FACILITY MANAGER Stephanie Ray, PT, DPT HILLSDALE FACILITY MANAGER

Marilyn Rendel, MSPT HUDSON FACILITY MANAGER Marilyn Rendel, MSPT HUDSON FACILITY MANAGER

Trevor Myers, PT, DPT ADRIAN FACILITY MANAGER Trevor Myers, PT, DPT

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Additional locations in Dundee, Eaton Rapids, Jackson, Marshall, Clinton, Temperance, and Coldwater. Visit www.Athletico.com for more info.


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Decor that feels completely unpretentious or stuffy. It’s a type of design that is incredibly approachable and relaxed. It should feel welcoming and easy, with a color palette that’s calming and traditional. Natural, neutral colors such as beiges, whites, browns, and grays are all key, but opt for the warmer tints

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Fanning The Flames There’s nothing more cozy than curling up with a blanket next to a toasty fire on a crisp evening. Whether it’s in your family room or your outdoor space, a fireplace will bring you all the warmth and comfort you’re looking for.

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A dedicated work space in your home helps you set aside household distractions and focus on work. Your workspace can be full of style, but your style doesn’t have to be full of work. Get inspired by these design trends from industrial details to outdoor scenery for a functional, chic, and totally refreshed home office.

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Lots of homes are fortunate to have pantry closets, but sometimes a pantry closet needs a bit of tweaking to work smarter & harder for you! (And, maybe to be a little bit easier on the eyes, too.) Vintage and historic homes don’t always have designated pantry spaces but a little creativity can really pay off! Some have amazing hallways that become the perfect pantries.

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Wishing You a Holiday Season Filled with Joy!

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Your only locally-based non-profit hospice since 1983 Shoshanna Finegan, Executive Director

Hospice of Hillsdale County provides compassionate, quality end-of-life care and support for patients and families. The care and support we offer brings life and love to situations that can be very difficult and challenging. Our staff and volunteers have hearts that are full of hope and kindness, always ready to assist in helping people to live life as fully as possible when a cure is no longer an option or desired. Thank you for your most generous support of Hospice of Hillsdale County over the past 38 years. We appreciate your confidence in the care we provide each day. It is a great privilege and honor to work in and for this community. Please consider a donation to Hospice of Hillsdale County, your local independent non-profit hospice. In keeping with our mission, we provide hospice care regardless of the possibility of reimbursement. It is through the generosity of our donors that Hospice of Hillsdale County is able to continue to serve Hillsdale for generations to come. Donations can be mailed directly to Hospice of Hillsdale County at any time.

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Board of Directors who reside locally. Licensed and certified to bill insurance for reimbursement. Patients accepted regardless of insurance coverage, no billing to patients/families. Focus on quality of life. Patient choices respected, independence encouraged. Physical, emotional, spiritual comfort Hospice team that specializes in symptom management. 24/7 RN response in ONE hour or less. Same staff visits for continuity of care, no visit time quotas. RN attends all death calls to provide emotional support. Grief support to family and community for 12 months at no charge.

A Special Giving Opportunity

We have been accepted to participate in the Hillsdale Community Foundation’s Great Give on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Donations th made online at www.abouthccf.org or by mail within two weeks of November 30 will give us additional opportunities to receive funds from the Foundation. Make your check out to Hospice of Hillsdale County. It can be dated between November 16-30th and mailed to the Hillsdale Community Foundation at 2 S. Howell St., Hillsdale, MI 49242. For additional information, please call Hospice of Hillsdale County at 517-437-5252

Hospice of Hillsdale County’s Bereavement Program is open to anyone in our community who has suffered a loss. BEREAVEMENT COUNSELING We care about anyone in our community who has suffered a loss. Grief is a valuable part of life and losing a loved one can be very challenging. Our bereavement counseling program can help those who are grieving by giving them the tools to adjust, heal and regain the ability to cope with daily living without their loved one. ADULT GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS Our free support groups are held weekly and are open to the public, as well as our patients’ families. It is held in a relaxed, comfortable setting where participants are educated about grief while helping and supporting each other.

CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL LUNCHEON Each December, Hospice of Hillsdale County offers a free luncheon for hospice families and community members. This holiday-themed event is a way for those who are grieving to honor their loved ones and manage their grief through the holidays. We Are Here When You Need Us! 124 S. Howell Street, Hillsdale, MI 49242 517-437-5252 www.hospiceofhillsdalecounty.org

CAMP COURAGE Hospice of Hillsdale County offers a one-day grief camp for children in the community who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The day camp is offered each year in June on the Saturday after Father’s Day (rain or shine). The campers are offered structured and free-time activities designed to give them tools to cope with their grief. Activities include: swimming, crafts, snacks and meals, waterslide and much more! Camp Courage is staffed by trained adult volunteers, hospice staff, a registered nurse and our bereavement counselor. This is a special day that the children love and is offered at no cost.

CONTACT US AT 517-437-5252 FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ANY OF THESE RESOURCES, OR WITH ANY QUESTIONS/CONCERNS.

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Hospice of Hillsdale County provides compassionate, quality end-of-life care and support for patients and families.


Join us in the Upper Room — book your Christmas parties soon!

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Why a good credit score is important when buying a home Homebuyers today have more than just a competitive market keeping them from the home of their dreams. A low credit score can hurt their chances of securing a mortgage and take them out of the running for making a competitive offer.

Mary Playford

Following the first six months, a person’s credit score is very low. Time is needed to generate a good credit score. Credit scores range from 300-850. The lower the number, the worse the credit score. Credit scores are based on a person’s payment history and their ability to make payments on time. Having a series of late payments will negatively affect a person’s credit score. Scores also depend on the amount of debt a person owes including credit card debt, car loans, and school loans. There are ways to improve a credit score slowly and steadily. Unfortunately, the key word there is slowly. Credit scores do not increase quickly. As unfair as it may be, it doesn’t take much to lower a credit score, but it takes a lot of time and effort to raise one back up.

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Pay bills on time. This is a surefire way to see a credit score go up. To help ensure on-time payments, consider enrolling in an auto payment program through a credit card or bank account. Reduce debt. This one can be difficult, but lowering the amount of money carried on a credit card (or credit cards), student loans, or auto loans can eventually bring up a bad credit score.

Know your score. Many people may think they have good credit (or bad credit) when the opposite is actually true. Be sure to check through all three credit agencies— BRONSON Equifax, Experian and TransUnion—to 517-858-140 make sure there are no outlying problems. A person’s credit score will affect any type of loan they want to secure from mortgages and auto loans to cell phone plans.

So, what should home buyers know about their credit score? In a word, everything. A person first starts getting a credit score six months after they have opened their first line of credit. This usually occurs when a credit card is opened, but it can also take place when securing an auto loan or mortgage.

So, what can someone do?

What should you know about your credit score? Everything.

A credit score of 620 or higher should allow a person to qualify for a home loan. There are several types of loansPITTSFORD out there Previously Dr. Wolf’s Offi for people with all credit scores, but a 517-523-212 conventional loan is the most common. While a conventional loan can be secured with a score as low as 620, a higher score is preferable. Those with higher scores will also get a break on the cost of private mortgage insurance (PMI) which is required if a down payment is less than 20 percent of the loan.

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There are other types of loans 517-849-909 available for people with lower credit scores including a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan, a VA loan, and a USDA loan. There is quite a bit more involved in each of these loans. Those looking to buy a home should first check their credit score and look into what kind of loan they can secure before placing an offer. That way, when the perfect home comes along, they can make an offer and, hopefully, soon be moving into the home of their dreams!

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


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Rejection Can Spur Redirection

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“The Right Agent – Every Step of the Way” Written by Melissa McCance

For the vast majority of people, buying a home is the biggest financial commitment they will make in their lives. A great deal of stress can be relieved if you have an experienced, knowledgeable and committed Realtor to help you through it – someone who listens to what you need and want in a property, knows the area where you want to buy, and is accessible to answer questions and keep you updated. Cathy Galloway, Broker/Owner and her team at RE/ MAX Preferred Realty are ready and eager not only to help you find just the right home, farm, vacant land or commercial property, but also to provide you with the information and guidance you need to move the process along as smoothly as possible. When life nudged Cathy to make a career shift/change 30 years ago, a friend who worked in real estate encouraged her to obtain her real estate license. She has been a top-producing agent in Hillsdale County every year since. In 1995 she opened RE/MAX Preferred Realty, initially operating out of her home. She chose the RE/MAX Franchise because of their commitment to provide hands-on support to their brokerages and Realtors, and it is also the most tech-savvy franchise, educating and improving their agents’ individual businesses. Daughter Alicia is an Associate Broker herself with 23 years of experience in real estate. And, continuing the family tradition, Alicia’s daughter Abby is also studying to be a licensed real estate agent.

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While working out of Cathy’s home for a few months, they were building-out their office space at Trillium Plaza, located in the Jonesville Industrial Park. The office moved from there to its current location, a welcoming ranch home at 4140 Beck Road, Jonesville. Cathy attributes the success of their office in part to the personal and professional compatibility of their team, which includes Pat Rising and Ron Aemisegger. Both have been with RE/MAX Preferred Realty from its beginning, which means they have worked together for over 25 years along with Tami Morris who

joined the team in 2017. Working as a team for this long has assisted each of them to help one another provide the best service. This high level of service has resulted in many, many repeat customers and customer referrals, and that has helped keep this agency on solid ground for decades. Cathy and Alicia have earned high honors for their real estate work, having both been inducted into the “RE/MAX Hall of Fame.” Cathy has also received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Hillsdale County Board of Realtors, RE/MAX of Michigan, and RE/MAX International. Both women been selected as “Realtor of the Year” from the Hillsdale County Board of Realtors and their RE/MAX team has been recognized in the county level “Hillsdale County People’s Choice Award” for several years. One annual adventure that was interrupted by the pandemic is the yearly RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon launch over the City of Hillsdale, a community favorite that they are planning to resume in 2022. “We have committed balloon chasers, they are so excited to participate,” says Alicia. “They join us at our


office for the test balloon, which indicates the wind direction, then with map in hand, we plan our course to fly over the City of Hillsdale. This large group of on-lookers joins us at our designated starting point, participating in the balloon inflating process and launch. Then, a caravan of cars follows the balloon flight while listening to a play-by-play on WCSR radio, featuring Bob Flynn.” Initially, the agents took turns riding in the balloon; in the past few years there have been drawings for community members to enjoy the ride, which has been very well-received. Family is important to Cathy and Alicia. Cathy’s husband Bob is co-owner of D-P Equipment in Camden, and the couple celebrated their 45th anniversary in October. Bob lends a hand when needed, which is often. Alicia and her partner Matt have, besides daughter Abby, a son Graham. She and Matt also own and operate CrossFit Timoro in Hillsdale.

“Every single day is a different challenge, we enjoy solving the challenge, helping families find the ‘perfect house’ is always satisfying”

When asked what’s best and what’s hardest about real estate, “It’s not about success, it’s about what we learn”, says Cathy, “every single day is a different challenge, we enjoy solving the challenge, helping families find the ‘perfect house’ is always satisfying.” “We also enjoy seeing other people’s vision for what can be done with older houses or fixer-uppers,” says Alicia. As for the hardest, the women agreed that never really being “off the clock” can be tough. “You never shut off your phone, even on vacation,” explained Cathy, “You are always connected.” But both were quick to say that it is something they are more than willing to do because, whether you’re buying or selling, a real estate agent you can’t reach is not an agent you want. If you are looking for property in Hillsdale County or are considering selling you home, farm, vacant land, or business, contact RE/MAX Preferred Realty by calling 517-849-0043 or 517-398-3400.

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Plants are popular holiday gifts that recipients can enjoy long after festive feasts are eaten, glittery decorations are packed away and joyous carols are silent. In fact, many holiday plants can flourish for years, reminding that someone special of your caring and thoughtfulness no matter what the season. But which plants are the best to give as holiday gifts? There are many beautiful plants that make exceptional holiday gifts, including…

Poinsettia

These classic and familiar plants make a stunning holiday gift. The broad, colorful petals are actually the plant’s leaves, and can be red, pink, white, magenta, orange, salmon, purple or variegated shades. Poinsettia sizes vary, and their bushy, mounding shape is ideal for centerpieces and bold arrangements.

Paperwhites

Also called white narcissus or paperwhite narcissus, these small, upright blooms grow from bulbs and can be several inches tall. They are often arranged in groups to create a snowfall effect when they flower, and binding the stems with ribbon adds an extra festive accent to the plant.

Christmas Cactus

Not really a cactus but actually a succulent with flattened, lobe-like trailing foliage, these plants bloom in the winter in bright red, pink, orange or purple shades. Properly cared for they can live for many years, reliably reblooming to celebrate each holiday season.

Norfolk Island Pine

These pines can be beautiful house plants with the soft, pliable needles and spreading branches. They can be decorated as living Christmas trees or even grown to plant outdoors in the landscaping.

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Rosemary

A fragrant and delicious herb, rosemary is often trimmed into a tree-shaped bush to be a fun holiday gift. Not only are these beautiful plants, but they can be used to deliciously season a wide variety of savory holiday meals, making them just as practical as they are attractive.

Cyclamen

A low mounding perennial with broad green foliage, the red, pink or white blooms of cyclamen are stunning decorations for the holidays. These plants will bloom prodigiously for weeks, and need very little care to stay beautiful all season long.

Kalanchoe

A winter-blooming succulent, kalanchoe brings a beautiful touch of the tropics to winter homes. The flowers sprout in tiny clusters that may be yellow, peach, pink or other shades. New plants can easily be grown from the cuttings of healthy, vibrant plants.

Lucky Bamboo

The ultimate in easy-care, hard-to-kill plants, Lucky Bamboo arrangements are available with different numbers of stalks as well as elaborate twists, turns and curls. A more exotic option for a holiday gift, these plants will always be welcomed and appreciated.

Amaryllis

This bold bulb grows thick, upright stems with large, stunning blooms in red, white, pink, peach, orange or variegated hues. These plants are easy to care for and are stunning accents around a holiday home

Any House Plant

A plant doesn’t have to be a traditional holiday option to be a good gift choice. Select the gift recipient’s favorite plant types, or choose any plant they might enjoy. Succulents, air plants or even heirloom seeds are all fun choices that can be thoughtful gifts.


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Keeping It in Stitches It’s the thought that counts.

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During this upcoming season of holiday celebration, many are starting to plan the whirlwind activity of baking, decorating, crafting, and careful thoughtful selection of gift giving. Gifts don’t necessarily need to be expensive or elaborate. The best gift exchanges are the ones that have taken some thoughtful insight and meaning to the recipient. This hit home when my best friend Jill stopped over, gift in hand. Now Jill knows of my fondness for a ceramic holiday tree and my fall craving for candy corn. (Yes, I know I’m in the minority here when it comes to candy corn.) Thoughtful girl that she is, she gave me the combined gift of a ceramic Halloween candy corn tree! Years ago when I was a teenager (okay, years and years ago), on Christmas Day my grandfather Maurice gifted my grandmother Mable a special and memorable gift. In the 1960s, my grandma Mable was an established beauty salon owner, now described as “stylist.” Grandma opened her gift with excited anticipation, only to find a new pair of electric hair clippers. Her disappointment was obvious. Just what every woman wanted. Not! Grandpa encouraged her to look closer in the box for the instructions. There, in the molded styrofoam shell, she found a beautiful opal ring. I’ll never forget the look on her face, and her restored belief in Grandpa’s thoughtfulness. As an only child, my mom is now the keeper of that ring which means my sister and I will have to “rock, scissors and paper” for it some day! The first year my husband and I were engaged we bought a house. My friend Michelle and I lived in the house, while Hubs lived with his folks. (I know. Olden days. Respect for parents.

Didn’t live together until married. Yada, yada, yada.) I wanted to surprise my then fiancé with a Craftsman table saw. But how to hide it from him? It was in a big, heavy box. I rolled it end to end to wrap it in Christmas paper to cover the contents label, and shoved it in the laundry room. Then I came up with a story that it was a surprise from Michelle’s dad to her mom—a new microwave oven and that her dad would pick it up on Christmas Eve. Hubs was surprised when he was offered to open the microwave gift, only to find a table saw. When I was in high school, we had a wonderful math teacher who wanted to share his love of downhill skiing with us small-town Jonesville kids. He arranged for a school bus to take us once a week to the Irish Hills for this experience. The cost was $5 a week for ski rental. That doesn’t sound like much now, but you have to remember in the early 1970s, minimum wage was $1.65 an hour. I loved the skiing trips, but didn’t know if I would be able to go regularly. My parents saw how much I enjoyed this experience and for Christmas that year I received $25 - enough to go skiing for five more trips!! Last year I tried to surprise Hubs with a gift certificate for an automatic starter for his truck. His truck is parked outside year-round, and I thought this would be the perfect gift! Well, imagine my surprise when he opened the gift certificate to announce that his truck already had this feature - he just never used it. So, sometimes a “thoughtful” surprise can backfire - Keeping Me in Stitches. Happiest of Holidays and Thoughtful Gifts to You All.


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Tips for Giving Plants as Holiday Gifts No matter what plant you give as a holiday gift, you can add special touches to make it a more meaningful present. When giving a plant as a gift… • Choose only a lush, healthy plant and carefully trim off any wilting or discolored foliage or blooms as needed to help the plant look its very best. • Consider adding a top dressing to cover the soil and create a neat appearance. Gravel, moss, marbles, and crushed shells are lovely options. • Water the plant 2-3 days before giving it away so it will be lush and vibrant but will not be leaking any excess water or wet soil. • Include the plant’s care instructions with the gift so the recipient will know how to keep the plant healthy and thriving long after the holidays. • Decorate the pot with a foil cover, ribbons, or other accents to give it a festive presentation suitable for a gift. A plant can be a great gift for a friend, neighbor, coworker, family member, or anyone else during the holidays. With proper selection, presentation, and care, it will be a living reminder of friendship, love, and thoughtfulness long after the holidays have passed. 16


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Rejection can spur redirection

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I held my breath as my eyes darted over each word in the email. Rejection. The literary agent wanted to like my first chapter, but it did not grab her. It stings like a shot, but one from a kindhearted nurse. I appreciate the agent’s honesty. It pushes me to do better. Her rejection is my redirection. I shall launch into a vigorous rewrite of my first chapter. I want to seize the reader so they don’t put my book down. My novel wraps up with an unexpected but surprisingly possible twist. It leaves readers celebrating with smiles. But I need to rebuild the beginning to entice them to discover the joyous ending. The ending resolves each character and makes the reader break out in dance.

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on improving. I can do this. I am rewriting my first Christian novel to give readers a group hug. We need a story with interconnecting hearts, encouragement to overcome, and sisterhood. This reminds me of John Mark in the Bible. Mark quit on his first missionary journey with Paul and Barnabas. Paul and Barnabas disputed over taking John Mark again. Two separate groups were sent out instead of one. Paul did not want to go with John Mark. Barnabas did. Years later, John Mark earned Paul’s respect. Near the end of Paul’s life, Paul asks for John Mark and said, “…he is helpful to me in my ministry,” (2 Timothy 4:11 NIV). John Mark heard criticism, but did not quit. He determined to improve and obviously matured.

But if the reader doesn’t thrill with the first chapter, they won’t read to the epic ending.

I read valid criticism. I choose not to give up. I hope to mature as an author and improve my storyline.

I choose to handle this rejection letter as my redirection letter. I won’t quit. I will rise up and write stronger and with grit. My initial wince while reading her criticism turned to set my mind

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HILLSDALE CASA Tips for Coping with Holiday Stress During A Pandemic IS6 LOSING ITS PRIMARY FUNDING

Due to State budget cuts, we are losing our primary source of Stress is a part of life. Many can feel stressed during the holidays and now with the added stress of the pandemic, it can be easy to funding, but there are many ways that you can help keep our feel overwhelmed. Stress isn’t always a bad thing; stress can motivate an individual to accomplish their goals. Stress can help people program in the community! focus on what’s important. However, too much stress can cause headaches, backaches, anxiety, and depression. Here are some tips to help navigate stress during this unique holiday season.

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• Acknowledge Your Feelings You may feel sad, angry, or frustrated that you can’t celebrate the holidays the way you want to and that’s ok. One way to work through those feelings is with a journal. You could also go for a wintery walk. Try not to mask or escape those feelings with too much food, alcohol, or other unhealthy habits.

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How to Use Concrete during the cold winter months

Construction projects big and small, both indoor and outside, are being completed when the weather dips into the 40s and 30s. Using concrete during this time may not seem like an option. It can be if you have the right information and procedures in place to ensure the concrete sets properly. Cold weather for concrete is when temperatures are below 40°F for more than three days in a row and the air temperature is not higher than 50° for no more than 12 hours during those three days. It is also imperative that concrete never be poured on frozen ground or if freezing temperatures will occur in the next 48 hours. Concrete poured when the ground is hard or covered with snow or ice will shift when it thaws, causing cracks and uneven surfaces.

If concrete sets at a lower temperature, it slows down the hydration process which will result in delayed set times and will also reduce the compressive strength of the concrete at the earliest stages. When the temperature drops below 40°, the set time more than doubles from when the concrete is first poured until its final set.

There are steps you can take to make sure your concrete pour is done correctly.

For other concrete pours, protect the surface of the concrete with several types of insulating materials. These could include insulating blankets or tarps, rigid board insulation or plastic covered in straw. To keep in heat, be sure to have at least 12 inches of straw and then cover the straw with another layer of plastic.

One step to take is to pour a drier mix, which is exactly as it sounds. This will reduce the water to cement ratio. A lower ratio will result in a shorter set time which will lead to stronger concrete.

When covering concrete for insulation purposes, it is important to weigh down whatever material you are using. This will not only keep excess water out but also keep the material from blowing off the concrete.

A very easy way to increase the temperature of your concrete is to increase the temperature of your water. However, do not use boiling water. This can often cause a flash set. This is a rapid beginning of the hydration process that cannot be stopped and will result in a loss of workability in the mortar.

Once concrete is fully cured, it is important not to remove all insulating material at once. Insulation should be removed slowly to avoid thermal shock. This will cause the surface to cool down much more rapidly than the interior of the concrete leading to stress and cracks.

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Budget Friendly Holiday Fun Ideas By: Alexis Hiles

The end of the year brings a lot of holiday fun, and I look forward to it every year. With that excitement also comes concern for the amount of extra money we typically spend as the holidays approach. Because of the added expenses the holidays bring, I’m always looking for ways to create holiday family fun while also staying within a budget.

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Here are some ideas for free or low-cost holiday fun:

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1. Hop in the car and check out the lights.

Some towns even offer pretty low-cost light displays that you drive and/or walk through.

2. Create a craft. There are endless holiday craft ideas out there. Some include: Christmas tree ornaments, holiday countdown, coloring pages, homemade Christmas cards, and so much more! 3. Have a baking day. Baking can be a great way to spend time together and really feel the holiday spirit. There are lots of fun

4. Turn your living room into a theater!

Pick a favorite Christmas movie, pop some popcorn, make some hot cocoa, and snuggle in for a fun movie night. Make it a movie day and have a Christmas movie marathon.

6. Have a holiday-themed game night. Invite family or friends over and host a gamenight inspired by the holidays. There are adult- and kid-friendly ideas for holiday games online. You can also put a twist on traditional games to turn them into holiday fun. 7. Create a holiday-themed scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts are perhaps one of our favorite activities. There are a lot of holiday-themed scavenger hunts online, but you could also have fun making one up to use around your home or outside.

8. Find a sledding spot. 9. Have a holiday books read-a-thon. Pick some of your favorite holiday stories, find a comfy spot around the house, grab a warm drink and snack, and enjoy reading by yourself or with your family. 10. Decorate your home and/or yard. While holiday decorations can be expensive, they definitely don’t have to be. You can make your own decorations with basic craft materials. Make an event of it and have the whole family join the decorat-ing fun. 11. Have a Christmas music dance party. There are a range of holiday songs out there that bring so much joy and holiday cheer. Crank up the music, turn down the lights, and have a fun family dance party. 12. Have a Christmas tree picnic. While my family and I have done most of the things on this list, we have not had a Christmas tree picnic, but I absolutely love the idea. I stumbled upon this idea on the internet and knew I had to add it to my list. Make a simple picnic meal, find a spot around the Christmas tree, and enjoy with your family. Doesn’t this list just make you want to start having some holiday fun right away? I know it does for me! I hope you are able to enjoy a few of these low-budget holiday ideas with those you love.

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PET TALK Cold Weather Safety Tips

Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet, and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, please heed the following advice from our experts: • Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as you come inside, paying special attention to the feet and in between the toes. Remove any snow balls from between the foot pads. • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim him to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt crystals, and de-icing chemicals that can dry the skin, and don’t neglect the hair between the toes. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear. • Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes. • Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. If your pooch must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse.

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• Massaging petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents. Booties provide even more coverage and can also prevent sand and salt from getting lodged between bare toes and causing irritation. Use pet-friendly ice melts whenever possible. • Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to clean up any spills from your vehicle thoroughly and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. • Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories and making sure you provide plenty of water to drink will help keep your pet well-hydrated and lessen the dry skin problem. • Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect. • Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, and get lost, stolen, injured, or killed. In addition, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.


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MANAGING THE HOLIDAYS

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Know that this year is not going to look like years past, and that is perfectly fine.

Follow these “three C’s” recommended by Hospice Foundation of America grief expert Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, to help navigate your way through this difficult time. CHOOSE During the holidays, it’s easy to drift into activities that have the potential to increase your pain. You have choices. Decide what you want to be part of, who you want to be with, and what you want to do. You may also want to consider how to mark your loss during the holidays. During the holidays you may feel the presence of that person’s absence. Finding ways to recognize and acknowledge that individual can bring a positive focus to your grief. This may be done in a number of ways. Lighting a candle, creating a ritual, placing a memento on a tree, holding a moment of silence or a holiday toast are simple ways to acknowledge the losses felt so keenly this time of year. COMMUNICATE Discussing your choices with others, especially those affected by them, is important. They have

needs as well. Their ways of dealing with grief may be different. Traditions may come into play because they involve choices. Communication about them is important. The Smith family, for example, had a long discussion about how to handle the Christmas tree following the death of one of their children. COMPROMISE Each person deals with loss in his or her own particular way and therefore has different needs. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Leaving space for compromise is important. For example, some people in the Smith family saw the Christmas tree as an important tribute to their late son and brother. Other family members felt it was disrespectful. They talked through each point of view, and decided to have a small tree—not in the central living room, but in the family room. Those who wanted to help decorate could, but those who chose not to would also be respected. Nothing changes the fact that the holidays can be especially difficult while grieving. But if you choose your actions, communicate your choices to others, and find suitable compromises, you may find that they become bearable and that you have renewed strength and hope. Developed from Journeys with Grief: A Collection of Articles about Love, Life and Loss, edited by Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D., MDiv., copyright Hospice Foundation of America,

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I personally love the Christmas season. I start planning my decorations in about November and am chomping at the bit to get the lights strung on my house and the Christmas trees decorated. Yes, I said trees—I am one of those people. Besides the lights and the decorations, an important part of the holiday season are the times we get to visit our loved ones and be with those who care about us. We get to exchange gifts, attend church services, eat delicious meals, and create wonderful memories. The holidays are usually a time of hope and love; however, there are children that will not get to experience those same feelings. Millions of children are placed in foster care or experience homes that are filled with abuse or neglect. In Michigan alone there are 13,000 children in the foster care system. These children will not get to experience the feelings of love and hopefulness that come along with the Christmas season because of the situations they are placed in. They are the children you see every day, but don’t really notice. They try to hide their hurt and disappointment, but it is there. All throughout the country, there are limited homes for placement of children who need care and comfort. Fostering children is not for the faint at heart, but it is one of the most rewarding and selfless acts one can undertake. Hillsdale, Branch, and Lenawee counties need loving foster care homes for children in need.

When thinking about the holiday season and all that you have and are grateful for, think about those children that do not have homes, that are being bounced around from home to home, or have parents that cannot properly care for them. There are a multitude of programs that can aid in purchasing gifts for children, agencies that you can donate to. As an example, Foster Closet in Branch County offers clothing, toys, and furniture such as cribs to foster care families; this non-profit is run completely on donations. Other agencies include Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) which is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who give support to children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect and many of these children are in the foster care system. CASA volunteers help these children be seen and heard. However, the most important way you can give to these children is to open up your home to them. Contact the Jackson, Lenawee, Hillsdale Community Action Agency at 517-437-3346 (Hillsdale) or 517-263-7861 (Lenawee); Catholic Charities of Jackson, Hillsdale, and Lenawee at 517-263-2191; or other social work agencies and let them know you would be interested in fostering a child. Not only would you be helping a child have some stability in their life, but you would also be providing them with the love and joy they are desperately seeking.

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MENORAH IN THE D On the first day of Hanukkah, gather in Detroit for Menorah in the D to roast marshmallows, enjoy entertainment, and experience the lighting ceremony of the 26-foot Menorah. In Holland, explore the Dutch celebration of Sinterklass and walk through the Kerstmarkt, a European-style market filled with holiday items. In Hamtramck, celebrate the Polish tradition of Wigilia and enjoy the Szopka competition where competitors showcase stunning Polish nativity scenes.

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In & Out of The Garden A Bit of Christmas Legend and Lore By Susan Betz As the year comes to a close and the holidays begin, it is traditional to bring greenery into the home. The ancient custom of decorating our homes with evergreens during the winter holidays dates to antiquity. Since the beginning of history, every culture has held some type of celebration in midwinter. While specific customs and legends vary, the underlying meanings continue to be true. Evergreen boughs, wreaths, garlands, and trees symbolized eternal life, prosperity, and rebirth when the world outdoors was cold and asleep during the dark winter months. European settlers brought the custom of using holly at Christmas to the United States. Due to our American holly’s (I. Opaca) similarity to English or European holly (Ilex aquifolium), English settlers used it for holiday decorating. Today, the availability of hundreds of named cultivars, including one called “Merry Christmas,” attests to the American holly’s enduring popularity in and out of the garden. In Great Britain, people would place a holly sprig in each of their beehives during the holidays in honor of an old legend that when Baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the bees sang a song in his honor, a song they have been humming ever since. Holly and ivy have long been used together in holiday decorations. Tradition holds holly to be a man’s plant, with its thorny leaves and hard edges, and ivy a woman’s, given that it appears gentler and more feminine with its softly-edged leaves and clinging growth habit. In the language of flowers, holly represents “foresight,” and ivy stands for “friendship.” Ivy was used as a decoration for churches and homes at Christmas, but only for the outer passages and doorways, where it was put up on Christmas Eve and taken down on Candlemas Eve.

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Rosemary is believed to be one of the plants to give shelter to the Holy Family as Herod’s soldiers were pursuing them. When they stopped to rest for the night, Mary threw her blue cloak over a bush of rosemary covered with white blossoms, and when she removed her cloak the next morning, the white flowers had turned blue. This legend prompted mothers in the Middle Ages to slip a sprig of rosemary into their baby’s cradle so that the child would have a sweet and peaceful sleep. It is said to bring happiness to families who use it to perfume the house on Christmas night. Another legend says that a sprig of rosemary, particularly in the bath, made one “lusty, lively, joyful and youngly.” Many charming legends exist about the Christmas tree. One story relates that, as Christianity spread across northern Europe, Faith, Hope and Charity were sent down from heaven to locate and light a tree that was as high as hope, as great as love, as sweet as charity, and with the sign of the cross on every bough. Their search ended when they found the “fir,” lit by the radiance of the stars, and it became the first Christmas tree. The evergreen tree is usually called a fir in plant legends because “fir” was once a layman’s term for all evergreens and few of those who translated legends knew botany. Pine, fir, and spruce make up a group of similar trees and shrubs within a larger group of conifers (cone-bearing) trees, all categorized as evergreen plants and classed together under Pinaceae. There are approximately 33 million real Christmas trees sold in North America each year. Spruce, fir and pine are the most popular choices for Christmas trees. December is the perfect time of year to explore the differences and similarities among these trees because you can find them all in one location—your local Christmas tree farm or nursery!


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These easy bird seed ornaments are a great kids activity for any age. We made them as a homeschool project, but they would make great gifts for bird lovers or bird watchers too. We made them to feed our feathered friends in the cold winter months, and they are a great alternative to a regular bird feeder.

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Truffle Recipe These homemade chocolate truffles are extra creamy with the addition of butter. After mixing the ingredients together, let the mixture set in the refrigerator, then roll into balls. You can coat in your favorite toppings and add lots of fun flavors, too! Ingredients • Two 4-ounce quality chocolate bars (226g), very finely chopped • 2/3 cup (160ml) heavy cream optional: 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened to room temperature • optional: ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract • toppings: unsweetened cocoa powder, sprinkles, crushed nuts, melted or tempered chocolate

Instructions Place the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Set aside. Heat the heavy cream until it is simmering. You can heat it on the stove or in the microwave. Add the butter, if using, to the chocolate and pour the heavy cream evenly on top. Let the warm cream and chocolate sit for 5 minutes. Add the vanilla extract, then stir until the chocolate has completely melted. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface to avoid condensation and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Tip: Pour into a flat shallow dish, such as an 8×8 inch baking pan, so the mixture set evenly and quickly. Scoop the set truffle mixture into 2 teaspoon-sized mounds. A cookie scoop is the perfect size. For larger truffles, 1 Tablespoon size mounds. Roll each into balls. This gets a little sticky, so see the tips above. Roll each into toppings, if desired. Cover tightly and store truffles at room temperature for 3-4 days or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Remove before serving, as truffles taste best at room temperature! Notes: Flavors: Instead of vanilla extract, use ½ teaspoon raspberry, coconut, orange, peppermint, or strawberry extract. Or, leave out the extract and add 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite liqueur. Topping Ideas: Roll your truffles in ingredients that complement the flavors of the chocolate. Add orange zest to dark chocolate, coconut makes a great coating, or try chopped hazelnuts for nice crunch! The possibilities are endless! Topping Ideas: Roll your truffles in ingredients that complement the flavors of the chocolate, add orange zest to dark chocolate, coco-nut makes a great coating, or try chopped hazelnuts for nice crunch! The possibilities are endless!

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HOW TO BUILD A CROWD-STOPPING CHARCUTERIE BOARD Fruits play a big part on a proper char-cuterie board. They provide pops of colors while adding sweet or tart notes to the flavors being offered.

The serving vessel. The foundation of any charcuterie board. Use something sturdy that will hold all your delicious selections.

Get saucy! No one likes a dry cracker. Try adding a spicy honey or tapenade to your charcuterie board for another flavor layer

This salami rose provides a focal centerpoint and some flair to this charcuterie board. Transform your meats, cheese and veggies in to an eye catching display. To see how to make a salami rose, check out Pinterest or Youtube!

Pecans, almonds, macadamia nuts all provide a nice crunchy detail. Select your favorite roasted nuts for a surprising flavor.

Meats play an important roll on any charcuterie board from Proscuitto to fine salamis, any cured meat will work.

CHEESE! Sharp, creamy, bleu, fruited— choose a variety to meet the needs and theme of your board!

To add some zip to your board, try adding a variety of olives and pickles!

Crackers are a traditional addition to any charcuterie board. Find unique crackers that provide something pleasing to the eye and the taste buds.

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Homemade candy adds a fun touch to the holidays, but candy cookery can be pretty involved. We’ve gathered some easy recipes to help you be a treat star!

Two Ingredient Easy Fudge INGREDIENTS 3 cups chocolate chips 1 can sweetened condensed milk DIRECTIONS Pour both ingredients into a microwave safe bowl. Melt in 30-second increments. Stir after each 30 seconds. When melted, pour into a greased 8”×8” inch pan. Let cool in the fridge and then cut into pieces. VARIATIONS Cherry Mash: Use cherry chips to make to the fudge. Then pour melted chocolate chips on top with peanuts. Peanut Butter: Use peanut butter chips to make to the fudge. You can top it with chocolate for a Reese’s cup taste! Dark Chocolate: Use dark chocolate chips Mint: Use mint chips, mint pieces, or 1 tsp. mint flavoring 70

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Pretzel Peppermint Bark INGREDIENTS 1 (11.5-oz.) bag Hershey’s milk chocolate chips 2½ c. pretzels, broken into fairly big pieces ½ c. crushed candy canes DIRECTIONS Line a medium sheet tray with parchment paper. Melt the chocolate chips in microwave in 30-second intervals, then pour chocolate on sheet tray and spread into an even layer. Top with pretzels and candy canes then refrigerate until hardened, 30 minutes. Break into pieces to serve. www.delish.com

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Aunt Rose’s Fantastic Butter Toffee INGREDIENTS 2 cups unblanched whole almonds 11 ounces milk chocolate, chopped 1 cup butter, cubed 1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons cold water DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350°. In a shallow baking pan, toast almonds until golden brown, 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool.

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Pulse chocolate in a food processor until finely ground (do not overprocess); transfer to a bowl. Pulse almonds in food processor until coarsely chopped. Sprinkle 1 cup of almonds over bottom of a greased 15x10x1-in. pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup of chocolate. In a heavy saucepan, combine butter, sugar and water. Cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 290° (softcrack stage), stirring occasionally. Immediately pour mixture over almonds and chocolate in pan. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate and almonds. Refrigerate until set; break into pieces. www.tasteofhome.com


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