Simply Hers July/August 2024

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Welcome to the wonderful days of summer! No coats, no shoveling, no hazardous roads, no frozen ears or fingers—yay!

While you’re enjoying the summer days, we hope you’ll also like what we’ve packed into this issue. Our cover article introduces you to Classic Cabinets & Interiors, an amazing interior design firm with locations in Tecumseh and Jackson. The bonus cover details the history of The Sauk—both the building and the community theater that stages its productions there.

We have some great tips from Barrett’s Showplace Gardens about how to help your plants survive and thrive during the hottest part of the year. Nancy Ryan gives a detailed review of a book that portrays a largely unknown woman who helped pioneer the polio vaccine. Meanwhile, Willie Smith shares her battle with something that intimidates a lot of us: upgrading and updating her home wi-fi!

Summer often means more salads, and the recipes this time are four delicious, easy dressings you can make yourself—no additives, no preservatives, no unpronounceable ingredients.

And, please read the ads to see what our area businesses have to offer. Please shop locally and use local service providers whenever you can. They support the magazine and we are immensely grateful to them.

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Classic Cabinets & Interiors:

Not Your Average Design Firm!

Planning a kitchen or bath remodel can be both exciting and paralyzing. It’s wonderful to think about having a fresh, new space, but what’s involved in a project like that can be overwhelming. Utilizing a skilled interior designer may seem like a luxury, but the fact is it can save you time, money, and frustration, not to mention preventing costly mistakes. Amie Pelham and Brian Renald, co-owners of Classic Cabinets & Interiors, head a team of experienced designers and expert installers who can guide customers through the planning and remodel to a beautiful finish.

Twenty years ago, Amie started by working out of a small home studio doing interior design and custom window treatments. She quickly discovered that people in the area wanted help with the whole process. She partnered with Brian as her sole installer and loved working with him because he never said no—he always found a way to do what the customer wanted. Amie says the critical factor in a successful project and a happy customer is simply listening.

“You need to listen to what people need, and everybody’s needs are different. Everyone uses their space differently, and what I have talked about to my other designers is that a home consultation is required for kitchen or bath remodels. We want to come into your home, meet with you, listen to you, see what your needs are, and truly help you take an existing space and create a new space but have them be cohesive. It needs to flow, to make sense, and to be beautiful. For example, I might be working on a big kitchen remodel, but there’s a piece that belonged to a greatgrandmother and the homeowner wants that incorporated. That’s our job—listen and figure it out.”

Taking that time to listen, ask questions, and visit the home to see the space helps the designers to establish trust with the customer. Once that’s

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in place, the customer is more willing to listen to suggestions and consider “thinking outside the box.” Kitchen and bath design encompasses a staggering number of options and new products come on the market all the time. Homeowners might think they know what they want but the designer knows there’s a new product or feature that fits their vision far better than what they have in mind. Or, the designer may know a way to do things that the customer didn’t realize was possible.

“We’re doing a lot of bath remodels to update bathrooms but there are also many people choosing to ‘age in place.’ So, they’re having tubs removed and changing to a walk-in shower with no threshold and a bench. They know they’ll eventually need grab bars, but they don’t want them right now. I explain that we can plan for where those will go, do the additional blocking that’s necessary, and then the grab bars can go in when they’re ready for them. They didn’t realize that was possible.”

Classic Cabinets & Interiors utilizes advanced technology that helps customers feel more confident about the remodeling plan before the actual work begins. The software lets the designers do 3-D renderings of the space including the styles, colors, and textures that are selected. When it’s time for the presentation, it’s run on gaming computers that give a sharp, clear presentation of the design.

Amie understands that people want to see the parts that will become the whole rather than just looking at pictures in a catalog. To that end, she has created wonderful showrooms that allow people to touch and examine the products. The business sells cabinets, countertops, hardware, plumbing fixtures, window blinds, flooring, lighting, tile, and wallpaper as well as windows, siding, decking, and exterior doors.

Her goal is to offer beautiful items at a wonderful price point that have great warranties. Even if someone is just thinking about doing a kitchen or bath remodel, anyone is welcome to stop in and browse. There’s always someone knowledgeable available to help and offer suggestions with no commitment necessary. They also offer builder sales, and builders can send customers in for assistance. The designers will do drawings and help with the selection process.

“When I decided I wanted to open a storefront, I wanted to offer everything in one spot,” Amie explains.

Amie is absolutely committed to the team concept and believes that team building is essential for a successful business. The designers create the vision by working with the customers, but they need craftsman to make that vision a reality. There are seven full-time installers on the crew and they are as committed to quality work as the designers are to making sure the customers are happy and satisfied with the design.

If you’re considering remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, contact Classic Cabinets & Interiors and discover the truth of their slogan— “Experience the difference.” The corporate headquarters are located at 7688 N. Adrian Highway, Tecumseh, and the phone number is 517-423-2600. The Jackson showroom is at 807 S. Brown St., and that phone number is 517-817-5650. You can also visit their website ( for more information.

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The Sauk:

The Sauk: a TRUE Community Theater!

Live theater is a special experience and our area is fortunate to have The Sauk. Located in Jonesville, this community theater has received popular and critical recognition for the quality of its productions.

The building on U.S. 12 in Jonesville was originally the site of a two-story, 900-seat opera house. Touring shows traveling between Detroit and Chicago could perform in Jonesville for some extra revenue. It was also used for community events, concerts, and school shows.

In 1932, the building burned to the ground. But community support was strong, and a smaller structure was built which opened in the mid-1930s as a performing arts venue. It then became a popular movie theater—the first in Michigan with air conditioning. The building found new identities in the 1950s and 1960s, first as a dance hall, then the location for the village offices and police station, and even as an archery range with the targets on the stage.

In 1971 the village (now city) put the building up for sale, and the theater company entered the picture. Organized in 1961 as the Broad Street Players, shows were originally held in the Woman’s Congress Building at the fairgrounds. This continued for eight years after which there was a two-year period of reorganization with no shows. Two bids were offered for the property, the Broad Street Players’ bid was accepted, the group incorporated as the Hillsdale Community Theater, and the sale closed in 1972. The building name was changed to The Sauk Theatre in 1975.

As you can imagine, it took a lot of work to transform the building back into a theater. The restrooms weren’t functional, there was no dressing room space, no seating, and other issues. All the group’s funds were spent purchasing the building. Executive Director Trinity Bird explained how it was accomplished:

“The overall thing that I hope you get out of this story is that any time this organization has wanted or needed something, the community has made it happen. I think sometimes community theaters get a bad reputation as being ‘less.’ But to us, we’re proud of being the community theater. We are ‘the community.’ Every time something has happened, whether it’s the ceiling falling or Covid or whatever, we’ve made it through because of community support.”

In 1979, an electrical fire above the stage took out almost half of the back of the building and caused significant roof damage. This necessitated being out of the building for two years during which time they returned to the Woman’s Congress Building. Some needed changes were made during the rebuild which included adding a lighting booth, relocating the restrooms, and digging the orchestra pit.

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Bird joined the group in the late ‘90s and was hired on parttime in 2015. His initial focus involved looking at what the group did, what it could do, and how best to organize so that everything—funds, other material resources, and personnel (all volunteers)—fit together in the most useful and efficient way.

There was another serious building issue at the end of December 2015. Undetected water damage from dealing with the 1979 fire proved too much for the 80-year-old plaster ceiling, and it fell. Everything inside was covered with plaster dust and debris. Insurance covered just 15% of the damage, but community support came through again. The group took out a ten-year loan that they were able to pay off in a year, and the work was completed in six months following that. As before, some problems were dealt with during the repairs, such as adding more house lights, moving the overhead light bar farther back from the stage, and updating sections of the HVAC system.

The Sauk also rallied through the Covid era as Bird was determined not to suspend all production. They continued to provide programming by utilizing online content, outdoor performances, and limiting audience size once indoor shows were allowed. For two years, everything they did followed the Michigan Health Department guidelines.

Except for Bird, The Sauk is an all-volunteer organization, and everyone is greatly appreciated—there’s a family feel to the group. The Sauk does two seasons. The Main Stage season is the big shows which run two weekends with full sets and costumes and are traditionally three plays (one is a Christmas show) and two musicals. Then there’s the Sauk Second Season: three, one-weekend shows that have more challenging content and lighter technical needs which provide some opportunities to stretch. Every summer features a show for families.

A 24-hour theater fundraiser is held every spring for which the group creates, rehearses, and performs six, 10-minute plays in 24 hours. Each year they also do Plays-in-Development; this year marks the 10th anniversary of this event. Unproduced scripts are submitted for a workshop and the selected plays are presented as staged readings. This year, The Sauk received 442 submissions, and the program has received national recognition.

The next big production is “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” scheduled for July 25-28 and August 1-4. The Sauk is the first community theater in Michigan to have the rights to produce the latest Broadway version of this musical. It features four songs from the Gene Wilder movie plus a new score. As a promotion, The Sauk will be hiding five golden tickets around the county—finders will get two tickets to the show! Other than the first night preview performance, all tickets for shows are reserved seating and can be purchased online, by phone, or in person.

If you think you’d like to get involved in community theater, visit their website at The audition schedule is posted there, and there’s a contact form if you have questions or want to volunteer in another capacity. You can also call (517-849-9100), email ( or stop by (240 E. Chicago Rd, Jonesville). Bird says they especially need backstage crew members.

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Swimwear for Every Sunseeker

Ahhh, sweet summer, it’s finally here. Three precious months that seem to take forever to get here but fly by so quickly! As many citizens of this Great Lakes state, we try to jam as much as we can into these oh so short months. Camping, boating, swimming, or maybe some backyard sunbathing. This article is going to be all about BS……Yes, of course, I mean the

I will be talking all things swimsuits, addressing specific body shapes but also some helpful tips for specific areas of challenge so you know what type of swimsuit to look for that is comfortable and looks great on you.

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The 3rd shape we will discuss is the Apple or O shape. You usually will gain weight in your upper stomach and chest area so longer length tankinis or flowy tops that don’t hug your midsection are ideal shapes. Crossover, shirred, and patterns across the stomach area fool

The last shape we are going to talk about is the Rectangle or b body shape. You typically will gain weight in the stomach so busy prints and ruffles on your top half bring the eye up and away from your challenge area. A loose fitting tankini that goes past the largest part of your stomach, diagonal stripes and slimming panels will keep your tummy area looking trim. Bikinis are also a great option for this body type as these can create the illusion of a waist.


Sometimes you just want to focus on a specific challenge area. I will give you a few tips and tricks for dealing with those next.

*Small bust - Patterns can distract but also maximize this area and you can also use details such as ruffles, clips,

focus on is good support! Wider straps and underwire will help hold your bust up and in place. Well worth the price for a well-made suit.

PRO TIP: Avoid halter straps as they do not give enough support and you will just end up with odd sunburn lines

- If you want to create the illusion of a shorter torso or legs, wear low-cut not high-cut

: A low cut or V-neck top will also help give the

- To elongate your shape, wearing vertical stripes and high-cut bottoms will add

lengthen your torso and a sweetheart or V-shaped neckline will draw attention to your

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pattern or horizontal stripes on top will help create a more balanced shape if you are narrower on top.

PRO TIP: Choose a darker, solid bottom. A halter style top will just make your bottom half appear larger so steer away from those.

*Heavy arms - Short or long sleeve swim tops or rash guards are a great option. You can also distract the eye with a center design on your suit which will bring attention down to that area. A halter style will draw attention to the center of your body and away from your arms.

PRO TIP: A darker top and a pattern on your lower suit will help draw the eyes away from your arms.

*No waist, straight or narrow body shape - Center designs, crisscross details or even ruching across the middle of your swimsuit can give the illusion of curves. Swim shorts, skirts, and high-cut bottoms will also create the same.

PRO TIP: ‘50s style suits are great for a straighter body shape as they visually create curves.

If all else fails who cares, get in the pool and enjoy life!

We are all beautiful in our own special ways.

Life is just too short, go and buy yourself that bikini!!

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Tips for Healthy Hair

Although summer is a wonderful time to spend outside, it can also be very damaging to your hair. Hair can become dry, brittle, and prone to breakage as a result of sun, sea, and chlorine damage. But, if you take a little additional care, you can have gorgeous, healthy hair all summer long. Here are a few summertime hair care suggestions.

1.Protect your hair from the sun

Your skin needs moisturizer. Much as a plant needs water, yourskin needs to be hydrated daily. Tinted moisturizer hydrates your skin while enhancing your complexion by evening out your skin tone. There are no chemical agents (bleaching creams, for example) in tinted moisturizers. Moisturizers are simply a lesspigmented version of foundation combined with hydrating agents.

2. Hydrate your hair

Your hair may get dry and dehydrated in the summer heat. Drink a lot of water and use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair hydrated. If you want to assist your hair regain moisture, you can also use a deep conditioning treatment once per week.

3. Wash your hair less frequently

You might be tempted to wash your hair every day in the summer to remove sweat and oil buildup. However, over-washing can deplete your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle. Try to wash your hair no more frequently than every two or three days.

4. Use a wide-toothed comb

Use a wide-toothed comb to gently untangle your hair after washing it. Your hair will be less likely to break and be damaged as a result.

5. Avoid heat styling tools

Blowers, flat irons, and curling irons are examples of heat styling products that can harm your hair, especially if you use them frequently. Try to let your hair air dry as much as you can in the summer and stay away from all heat styling products. Use a heat protectant spray to reduce damage if you must use them.

6. Trim your hair regularly

Split ends and breakage, which may make your hair look lifeless and drab, can be avoided with regular cuts. Consider getting a trim every 6 to 8 weeks in the summer to keep your hair looking gorgeous and healthy.

In conclusion, you may maintain healthy, attractive hair all summer long by heeding this straightforward advice. Always remember to use a wide-toothed comb, avoid using heat styling products, moisturize your hair, wash it less frequently, and cut it periodically. You can have gorgeous, healthy hair that looks wonderful all summer long with a little more maintenance. 27

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Exercise “Snacking’ The

Best Way to Work Out if You Have 10 Minutes or Less

Someday you’re going to start a running routine, you really are— but right now you currently can’t find the time, or the motivation, or the will to put on spandex. So why not have a snack instead? A workout snack, that is. Here’s why exercise “snacking” can be just as effective and health-boosting, if not more so, than that typical hour-plus trip to the gym, plus the best ways to squeeze in a good workout if you only have 10 minutes, five minutes, or even just one brief minute to move.

What is exercise snacking?

This term refers to a brief bout of exercise, as short as one minute, that, if done consistently, can yield surprising health perks.

“The number one barrier to working out is lack of time,” says Martin Gibala, PhD, professor of kinesiology at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Exercise “snacks” help you grab movement opportunities whenever you can. Many can be done in a small space in your home, don’t require equipment, and may not even make you sweat.

Emerging research shows that exercise snacks target two important components of fitness: cardiovascular health and metabolic health, both of which are linked to lower risks of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, Gibala says.

Official physical activity guidelines still recommend moderate exercise, but—good news—experts now say every minute counts and really adds up: three 10-minute spurts of exercise are as good as one 30-minute session. And since the first minute can be the hardest, once you get started, you might just find you’re ready for a full “meal.”

So, whether you have one minute or 10, here’s how to sneak in your daily activity.

Exercise Snacks if You Have Only 1 to 5 Minutes

1 Minute of Stair Climbing

Only have one minute to spare? Take 20 seconds to go up and down a flight of stairs, and repeat three times. “Doing this regimen three times a week improves cardiorespiratory fitness by 5 to 10 percent over six weeks—the same improvement you’d see if you walked for 30 minutes

three times a week,” says Jonathan Little, PhD, professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Climb as quickly as is safe for you: if you feel like bounding right up, great, but if a determined plod is what you can manage, that’s great, too.

Hourly Mini Metabolism Boosters

This will get your blood pumping without a long, drawn-out elliptical session. Set a reminder for every hour of the workday to do squats, lunges, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, or step-ups (step up and down one stair) for 20 seconds. Repeat up to eight times throughout the day.

Little’s research has shown that these brief spurts improve insulin response (and, as a result, blood sugar control) and blood flow in the legs, especially compared with sitting on your duff all day. Make your effort a 7 on a 1-to-10 scale. Meaning, go for as many squats as your tush can take without exhausting yourself.

Spaced-Out Beginner Intervals

While watching TV, get up every 10 minutes and walk in place (or march, or run) at a moderate to vigorous pace for one minute, Gibala suggests. Or do a series of modified squats onto a chair—put a pillow on the chair if dropping down into the squat is really challenging. You can also do beginner burpees: place your hands on the floor, step back with one foot, then the other, and then step in toward your hands and stand up. Repeat for a total of four intervals.

Gentle Walking

Walk around your office, your home, or outside for five minutes. Do this as many times as you can throughout the day. Sedentary adults who took walk breaks six times during the workday boosted their mood, decreased fatigue, and had fewer food cravings than those who walked on a treadmill for 30 minutes in the morning or sat for six hours straight, a small study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity found. Movement like walking enhances circulation and can increase hormones and chemicals that stimulate your brain, helping you feel more alert and energetic.

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Ask the Doctor:

Do Electrolyte Drinks Even Work?

We always glaze over whenever scanning a grocery or vitamin store’s aisles of hydration drinks. These soft drinks, powders and watersoluble tablets are supposed to contain special nutrients to make you feel better, but they always seem to be named things like Trounce or Dominate, and since we’re not running an Ironman Marathon any time soon, they aren’t for us, right?

Wrong, according to health professionals and new products in this growing category of electrolyte drinks. These water additives are meant for all of us, everyday people who are potentially among the estimated  percent of Americans suffering from dehydration, a condition which contributes to problems in energy levels, cognition and more. We learned more from  Dana Cohen, a Manhattan-based integrative medical doctor and co-author of Quench: Beat Fatigue, Drop Weight, and Heal Your Body Through the New Science of Optimum Hydration.

What Are Electrolytes?

Basically, they are minerals that carry an electrical charge, explains Dr. Cohen. Electrolytes are any of various mineral ions—such as sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), chloride (Cl-) or magnesium (Mg+)—required by cells to regulate the electric charge and flow of water molecules across the cell membrane. These minerals are responsible for directing water to those areas of the body that need it, down to the level of keeping cells themselves hydrated.

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Life is the Berries

Fake versus Real

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Have you ever scrolled on your phone, glanced at the clock, and realized two hours rolled away? Two hours flipped in a blink. Wasted.

You and I can pilfer away our days on a screen. It’s not real life. It’s fake. Where is the balance? Do you and I wrestle with wanting to be productive, living a life of purpose, yet our screen time overloads? Often, I slip back into time-blowing, mindless scrolling. Smacking my forehead, I shake my head. Ugh.

Living wisely matters.

How do we pivot off of screens, release peering into fake lives, and set our minds on worthy endeavors? Can we set parameters and not be tempted? If I take something away, it helps to replace it with something better. I need to refill the dopamine fix my brain craves. Time with God fulfils. It’s the real satisfaction.

How about trading the fake for the real deal?

Sitting in a beautiful setting, pen in hand, Bible on my lap, leads me to a joyful place within my soul. I breathe a deep sigh. It’s where I hear from God. Reading the Word of God raises my serotonin levels. How remarkable. God enlightens HIS words for me to apply to my everyday life. He lifts my spirit, inspiring me to focus on HIS plan for my life. My head raises. I sit up tall. Ahh!

HIS words embed deeply. I smile.

God uplifts. Smoothing the pages, rolling my hand across an actual book, settles me. I delight to grip a pen, underlining sentences in the Bible like, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as the unwise, but as wise, making the best use of the time . . .” (Eph. 5:15-16a ESV).

God inspires me to live intentionally with HIS purpose driving my days.

It’s better than the distracting and unproductive screen time. God plants creative motivation in my head. We can act on HIS inspiration and joyfully serve others, guided by God’s encouragement. Purpose, passion, and peace call out from each paragraph. It’s God’s breath we inhale when studying the Scriptures.

I hold the book close, eyes dancing over each word with heart beating, knowing the God of the universe talks to me. God speaks to us through this book. Within the sixty-six books of the Bible, the mystery of why we’re here unfolds.

It’s not a fake, forged, or phony. Let’s study the Bible. It’s a worthy use of our time, profitable, equipping us for every good work.

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Purses. Not My Bag

And, hopefully,

I am already hearing the booing and hissing (name calling, cursing, and signatures being acquired for my recall by my gender) when I prepare to make this statement. Here goes. I do not get the thing about having a collection of purses. You can only carry one at a time. If I stay with a neutral navy, black or brown purse it pretty much goes with anything. Once I find a purse I can live with, we form an understanding that there is a place for everything and everything stays in that place. I want to blindly go into my purse and know exactly where my money, credit cards, car keys, cell phone and checkbook are (Yes, I said checkbook. Some estate sale companies actually accept personal checks.)

I have a spring/summer purse and a fall/winter purse. It takes me a while to get used to the switchover, but it is not too bad, as the purses are set up similarly. I like to carry a cross-body purse that stays securely on my body as I battle through yard sales, estate sales, and auctions. I like to carry a small purse that I can comfortably carry for hours and not lose the feeling in my shoulder.

For others, this is just not acceptable. Some friends (Cindy) have a “collection” of purses. Purses to coordinate with different outfits, or that fit the event attended, or are seasonal. They switch these babies out like underwear. They may even utilize a “purse insert” only having to take out the insert and pop it into the next purse selection to make the switch seamless. Some friends carry only high-end labeled designer

bags. They consider these bags an investment. I would rather have the money in my bag, rather than well, “in my bag.”

Purses come in all different sizes, shapes, and colors. They are made from a variety of materials from plastic to leather to canvas. Some are even quilted! I will admit, I do own a small navy satiny clutch purse with little beads on it for those special occasions that call for such a thing. Like a wedding. Until then, my wedding-clutch stays in my closet waiting to be let out. I also have a cute tiny leather bag that is only big enough to hold my cell phone, driver’s license and a twenty-dollar bill. This purse comes out for the “lunch with the girls” event. Otherwise, she keeps my weddingclutch company.

So, we can all admit that I am hopeless when it comes to having any style, taste, or sense when it comes to purses. I am not going to apologize for this. I am content with my limited purse options and find it simplifies my life. It is not like we are talking about shoes for crying out loud. Shoes are important. You need to have a selection of heel heights, colors, casual and dressy. You need this variety in boots and sandals too. Now we are talking my language!

Keeping it in stitches and me in trouble with those who pursue purses.

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Book and

Author Reviews

Summer reads are on the horizon!

My friend, Carolyn, recently recommended The Woman with the Cure by Lynn Cullen. I picked it up at the library and concur! In the first half of the 20th century, summer was a dreaded time for children. It was known as “polio season.” This is a fictional account of the real life of Dr. Dorothy Horstmann and her success in contributing to the ultimate cure for polio. In her early years, her research application to Vanderbilt University as an epidemiologist and virologist was rejected, but then, having used the initial “D” instead of “Dorothy,” she was accidentally admitted, believing she was a man! I looked up “polio vaccine” online, and could find nothing crediting her very real contribution to ending the dreaded disease. Only Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin.

Jonas Salk and his mentor, Thomas Francis, Jr., spent six years researching flu and in 1943 ultimately developed a flu vaccine, saving thousands of lives. However, his polio vaccine using “killed” polio virus did not stand the test of time.

Dr. Horstmann’s theory (introduced ten years earlier) proposed that the virus reached the central nervous system by entering the body through the bloodstream and not the nasal passage. Basically, because she was a woman, her theory was overlooked, and years passed before she was able to obtain the funding to continue the necessary research at Yale University. She then teamed up with Dr. Albert Sabin, who recognized her theory. After several years of trials and tribulations, in 1960 the polio vaccine was finally administered worldwide in the form of sugar cubes and not a dreaded shot. (The concern that many third-world countries did not have access to the many hypodermic needles required for their populations was the reason for considering an oral vaccine!).

And so, the story unfolds and introduces the reader to Dorothy and her family, living in San Francisco. She was the daughter of immigrant parents from Germany and was very cautious about keeping that part of her life private because of the times in which she lived. She is described as a very tall woman, over six feet, big-boned, and blonde. And very caring.

We meet actual people who featured in her real life, like the kindly Eugene Oakley, her laboratory animal handler who is black. His caring treatment of the monkeys being used in experiments reassured her. She always gave him the recognition that was his due in her presentations. We meet Viola, his wife, cautious of the times in which she is bringing her children into the world. Then there is Dr. Sabin’s wife, Sylvia, who aspires to being a photographer, as she is set aside by her ambitious husband/doctor/researcher.

Dr. Isabella Morgan is another fellow researcher we meet in this story. She contributes as much as she is allowed before being trivialized and ultimately leaves her profession in favor of becoming wife and mother. We meet Beryl Beasley, who is researcher Dr. Paul’s secretary. She has a PhD in mathematics and is assigned the mundane task of typing his statistics instead of putting her education to better use. (We’ve come a long way since those days!) We also meet her true love, Arne Holm, although he is not documented as fact.

According to the CDC, more than 12 million people worldwide were affected by polio. At its peak in the 1940s and 1950s, polio paralyzed or killed more than half a million people each year. In 1988, the global incidence of polio was reduced by more than 99%.

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Nowadays most people have computers, although it seems the younger generation uses their phones more than computers. But, phone or computer, you still need wi-fi, right? Oh yeah you do and when it’s slow, it’s a slow burn pain in the tushy! Our wi-fi was updated recently to a supposedly faster version and it was enough to put me over the edge.

Our wi-fi box thingy was upgraded last month and the company promised better and faster wi-fi, a cheaper price and, according to the representative, everything else we could want including an amazing new life! I knew it couldn’t be true, but you believe these representatives because they’ve been trained to make you believe what they say. There’s a school for that. It’s called Deceptive Salesmanship 101.

The person I talked to must have had a master’s degree in deception! It was like listening to a fairy tale and I wanted that “happily ever after” life and I wanted it right now so in that fairy tale moment I said yes, upgrade me. All I had to do was wait for the new modem thingamajig to be delivered and hook it up. It’s a piece of cake the representative said and if I did have any problems there was a helpline I could call seven days a week.

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too long, and my call was next in the queue. Finally, a gentleman answered. He was very nice, but he already sounded whipped and ready to quit his job. I would probably be his last call ever once he realized how very little I knew about technical issues. I’ve been a secretary practically my whole life and if I needed something technical done, there was a department for that. Oh, how I long for the old days and the IT department!!

Well, I was on my own now, so I decided to bite the bullet and dive right in. I explained I knew nothing about nothing and needed a lot of help. The representative gave a long sigh and asked me what my issue was. I explained that I needed help hooking up the whatsit thing that was going to make my life amazing. He seemed to think I was kidding, but I could hear him take a deep breath before he started his spiel. An hour later we were in the home stretch.

“Take the male end and place it into the female end …” Now wait just a minute! Had I accidentally dialed a 900 number? What were these male-female objects he was talking about? If I wanted to have a discussion about sex I could go to the “Sex R Us” store and have a good long chat. I’m sure I could learn a lot, however, I just wanted faster wi-fi and that amazing life I’d been promised. By the time he was done helping me install that new thingamajiggy, not only was my wi-fi not any faster, my quality of life had not changed either. I didn’t even get to experience the A in amazing! Fairy tales and wi-fi updates will definitely put me over the edge.

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Ethan Wickham

Quentin Westfall Memorial Scholarship

Sage Wickham

Kiwanis Scholarship

Nash Memorial Scholarship

Walter & Annamarie Martinen Memorial Scholarship

Winston Wilcox

Frontier United Methodist Church

Bryce Williams

Ayres Family Scholarship

Donald E. Caswell Memorial Scholarship

Ione "Ma" Gordon Scholarship

Samuel Williams

Cindy Hubbell Memorial - Hillsdale American Legion Women's Auxiliary

Waldron FFA Harry J. Moore Memorial Scholarship

Caleb Willoughby

Kay Hobby Memorial Scholarship

Shannon Rowe Memorial Industrial Scholarship

Colton Wolf

Frank & Angel Beck Family Wrestling Scholarship

Chloe Word

Charlotte A. (Webster) Wasnich Memorial Scholarship

Logan Word

George & Harriett Cleveland Scholarship

Hillsdale County Scholarship

Owen Wortz

Kay Hobby Memorial Scholarship

Phoenix Wright

Alice M. Britton Scholarship

Don Leader Scholarship

Donald E. Caswell Memorial Scholarship

Harold "Holly" Shigley Humanitarian Scholarship

Katherine Zakrzewski RN Nursing Scholarship

L. Dean & Joan Hurst Scholarship

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Camping Party

August is the last full month of summer, so have a camping party to make the most of it! To create the setting:

• Make a big “Welcome to Camp [insert your last name or make up a funny one] sign.

• Create a signpost that points the way to classic camp spots like: Lake, Picnic Area, Store, etc.

• Decorate with lanterns, logs, pinecones, plaid tablecloths, camping equipment— anything you think will add to the camp feel of your space.

• If possible, have a bonfire or use a portable fire pit. If you don’t have the portable type and can’t do a fire in your yard, check with friends about borrowing a portable one.

• Set up some tents to serve as the snack center, drinks tent, etc.

Choose camping-type food. Roast hot dogs and have a variety of condiments, make a big dish of baked beans, prepare raw veggies and fruit, have a pot of chili, set up a “make your own trail mix” station, etc. And dessert must be s’mores! If you have some kind of fire (logs or fire pit), the marshmallows can be roasted there. Otherwise,

Party Tips

have a grill with a nice bed of glowing coals ready when dessert time rolls around. There’s the classic combination of marshmallow, graham crackers, and milk chocolate, or try some delicious variations: blog/camping-recipes-top-smores-recipes. Beverages will depend on who’s invited, but be sure to have plenty of water and, if you have pop, provide at least one without caffeine.

You can play classic outdoor games like tag, hide and seek, sardines, relay races—whatever you think will suit your group. There are also inexpensive camp bingo games available online that work for all ages. And, how about a singalong around the campfire to finish the fun?

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Football Party

For many people, fall means football! If you’re watching the game anyway, make it a party! Pick a game you know your friends will be watching and invite them over to share the fun.

Decorating is optional with this party, but it does add to the fun! You can put up team banners, make signs, and add balloons and streamers in team colors. If you set up a food table, get a tablecloth and napkins in team colors.

Your main focus will be food! Whether you purchase readymade items or do it yourself, offer easy-to-eat, snack-type foods that—in sufficient amounts—can make a meal for guests who want that. Sliders, wings, barbecue meatballs, mini-subs, pigs in a blanket, sloppy joes on slider buns . . . whatever your crowd will love. Make sure you have a variety of things like potato, tortilla, and corn chips; popcorn; pretzels; etc. And, along with those, provide at least a couple of dips. One cold and one hot make a nice choice.

As a nod to a semi-balanced diet, have veggies and fruit as well. Some won’t go near those, but anyone trying not to overindulge will be very grateful! Beverages should cover all the bases. If your guests are drinkers, there has to be beer and perhaps some hard seltzer and/or hard cider which are very popular. Plenty of bottled water and an assortment of soft drinks should be included and remember to have at least one without caffeine and you might want one that’s sugar-free, too. If you’re having dessert items, keep them simple and easy to eat, too. A variety of cookies and perhaps some brownies should do it.

Once you’ve got your preparations done, this party runs itself. Enjoy the game, keep the food and drinks stocked, and you’re good!


Jake’s Concrete Jake’s Concrete

Finding Success Through Quality Work

Jake’s Concrete, owned and managed by Jake Caldwell, has been growing in popularity throughout the community since it was first started in 2017.

“I’ve always been told, if you do good work, people are going to find out about it,” Jake explains. “I live by that in my business and truthfully, I believe that it has paid off.”

Jake’s Concrete primarily specializes in flat concrete work, which includes driveways, sidewalks, patios, basement floors, garage floors, etc.

“We try to aim for the smaller jobs and definitely try to stay away from the commercial work,” Jake says.

This is partly so he can focus on quality work, but also because he works with a small crew to get each project done in a timely manner.

Marcia and Tony Gensterblum got to experience the quality of Jake’s Concrete after hiring it for a driveway project at their home.

“When we contacted Jake, he was happy to give us an estimate which he scheduled and completed promptly,” they say. “Once we accepted the estimate, our job was scheduled and completed within 2 weeks or less. The work was excellent and we immediately recommended Jake’s Concrete to a friend who hired them for his project.”

Jake grew up in Reading, MI, where he still lives today.

“I grew up as a small-town farm kid,” he says.

It was a few years after his graduation from high school in Reading before Jake started working in concrete.

“When I first graduated high school, I was actually hired as a maintenance apprentice. I did maintenance work at a foundry for about four years, but I really just didn’t like walking into a shop and hitting a time clock,” Jake explains.

He then decided to use his experience from taking trade classes in high school and doing construction jobs on the side to start a career in concrete.

“The economy was booming and I really just wanted to be outdoors,” Jake says, laughing. “I really liked being outside and sweating a lot in the summertime and freezing in the wintertime.”

Jake worked in concrete for almost 17 years before starting his own business.

“We’ve definitely faced challenges, especially when COVID hit,” Jake explains. “They kept trying to say that concrete work was nonessential, but I couldn’t tolerate that, so I just pushed through it.”

Jake’s Concrete is based in Hillsdale County, but he says they often end up doing jobs in Jackson, Battle Creek, Marshall, and other surrounding areas.

“I have no problem traveling,” Jake says. “I am a firm believer that in this line of work if you want to be successful, you can’t just stick within a 20-mile radius. I have no problem traveling within a 100mile radius for work.”

In his free time, Jake says he enjoys spending time with his wife, Jamie, and their two kids.

“My personal life is about just as busy as my work life,” he says.

To contact Jake’s Concrete, call Jake at (517) 398-2858.

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It can rock our world when someone we love passes away before we’re ready to comprehend what’s happening. We’ve all experienced moments like that. We take for granted how fragile life really is, but a sudden loss brings it home. That is why it can be so beneficial for your loved ones when funeral plans are arranged ahead of time. This gives those closest to you the room to grieve without the stress of planning and preparing. It also allows you the opportunity 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. No matter what life throws your way, pre-planning will be a blessing to your dear ones.

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Butler Motor Speedway

Over 70 Years of Racing

Butler Motor Speedway has been a staple in the racing community since 1952. Located in Quincy, the Speedway’s dirt track features a wide variety of races, including a weekly 410 sprint car race, UMP modifieds, street stocks, front wheel drive racing and more.

In 2022, the Wilber family bought the Speedway. Tim Wilber had been a key part of the competition at the Speedway for years before buying it, racking up hundreds of wins and multiple track championships. When the Wilber family took over ownership, they committed to making it a “top priority” to work to better the facilities at the Speedway through repairs and improvements.

“It is simply amazing how the racing community can come together to make improvements,” the Wilber Family says, in a statement. “We can not wait to see what else is in store for the track.”

Audrey Brenneman, of Brenneman Racing, has recently joined her family’s tradition of racing at Butler Speedway.

“My son started racing last year and I couldn’t let him have all the fun,” Brenneman explains. “We had another car together and I started racing this year.”

Audrey, a 49-year-old mother of two and grandmother, says that she is part of a small group of women who race at the Speedway.

“It’s a scarce group, but there are more and more joining all the time and it is just a lot of fun,” she says.

The Speedway has races almost every Saturday night, with some races also happening during the week. This means racing is an all-weekend affair for the drivers.

“On Saturdays, we are tied up all day Saturday until midnight or sometimes even one in the morning,” Audrey explains. “Then, we are up again on Sunday, getting the cars washed and ready for the next week.”

In July and August, the races include Dirtcar Summer Nationals on July 11, Fireworks Night on July 13, Kids Night on August 3, and a 4-in-1 Show on August 10. Every show starts with gates opening at 4 p.m., fast tracks at 6 p.m., and racing at 7:30 p.m. The races run through the evening.

“It is a great feeling to be out there on the track,” Audrey says. “It’s like a family—racers help each other. If you are missing a part, somebody usually has a spare. We all come together on Saturdays and it’s fun, adrenaline, and a lot of work.”

Audrey’s car, which is number 18 and races in the four cylinder class, is sponsored by Simply Hers.

“When I decided to drive, I knew I wanted to have an all-female sponsored car. Me being a female driver, I wanted to support female-owned businesses,” Audrey says. “All the business owners thought it was an amazing idea, especially since they never really knew there were so many female drivers. It’s been really nice to hear from them how excited they are about sponsoring a female driver.”

For Brenneman Racing, racing is a “family affair.”

“My husband has raced since he was a teenager,” Audrey explains. Now her husband helps keep their cars running, even fabricating them on his own. Audrey now joins her son on the racetrack.

“Until this year, I just loved watching, but when my son started racing last year, it just sparked something in me. It’s a thrill to be able to be involved in something like this myself,” she says. “My son and I occasionally get caught in the same race, which is always an exciting time. Often, I am nervous until I get out there, but there’s just something about being on the track with everybody else and just doing your best to get as far ahead as you can.”

The Butler Motor Speedway is located at 1031 Clarendon Rd, Quincy, MI 49082. For more information about the races and buying tickets, visit It can also be contacted at (517) 542-3627.

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AUGUST 6TH, 2024

ü Over 23 years of law enforcement experience

ü The onl cer fied and c rrent police officer r nning for Hillsdale Co nt Sheriff

ü Wri en & received o er , in grant f nding for m ch needed eq ipment

ü Reinstated the comm nit service program to address jail overcrowding

ü La nched first ever accredited high school diploma program within the jail

ü Added a School Reso rce Officer for Pi sford and Camden- Fron er School districts

ü Upgraded police comm nica ons ith MHZ radios thro gh grant f nding

ü Established new training programs and standards for Sheriff Office staff

ü P rchased and mandated bod cameras for transparenc and acco ntability

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New job, new retirement account options

Changing jobs? Consider these 401(k) options:

• Leave the money in your previous employer’s plan

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• Roll it over to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)

• Cash out the account subject to early withdrawal penalties

We can talk through your financial goals and find the option that works best for you.

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Summers at the lake

Aw, summers at the lake—fun in the sun, boat rides, bike rides, campfires with marshmallows, the smell of burgers on the grill and corn on the cob, hanging out with family and friends, playing games, telling stories, sunrises, sunsets…. If you are so fortunate to have been able to spend time at the lake growing up, you know that those memories never leave you and you will always wish to keep them alive. Michigan summers are the best!

In more recent years, many empty nesters have sold their city homes to move to the lake, so it goes without saying that these same people are doing what they can to create new memories for the younger generations.

In Manitou Beach at Devils Lake, there is an entire community of folks who work all year round to create fun events for those who are looking for new lake memories. Located right here in Manitou Beach Village, you will not only find a number of festivities in July and August, but you can also visit our great boutiques, eateries, and services. We offer of a list of events throughout the entire year so be sure to keep checking our Manitou Beach Village website for the latest.

Manitou Beach Farmers Market — Memorial through Labor Day, Saturdays from 8:30 am-12 n on Devils Lake Hwy in the village.

Saturday, June 29 — Devils Lake Antique Boat Show. Over 20 classic antique boats. Starts at 8:30 am at the Manitou Beach Marina.

July 1-5, July 8-12, July 22-24, July 25-26 & July 29-August 2 — Summer Art Camp at the Devils Lake Inn. They get booked up fast, so if you miss this summer be sure to sign up early for next summer.

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Local Beat

Did you know there’s a meat store in Hudson offerin g food that’s locally grown and locally made? Harts Local at 215 W. Main St. is your answer to where to find beef, butter, cheese, sausage, and jerky that come from a dedicated, smal l-scale producer in your area. They raise their cattle with care, meeting the highest standar ds for livestock farming, and the meat is also processed locally. Their operation is USDA inspecte d and cuts are vacuum-packaged and frozen for your convenience. Get all the details of what they offer and how they work at the website: You can reach them by phon e at 517-448-9001.

Hillsdale Towing is under new ownership, and Hillsdale natives Bryan and Lisa Ford are happy and proud to be serving the community where they grew up. They provide 24-hour roadside assistance for things like lockouts, no gas, flats, and jump starts as well as towing services. The Fords give credit to Jeff Valentine —who’s still part of the team—for his hard work to build the business and they plan to continue the same great service that Jeff made a hallmark of Hillsdale Towing. Keep the number 517-439-5393 handy so you’ll be ready if the need arises!

If you want to improve the quality of your meals but don’t have the time or knowledge to meal prep, there’s a local solution on the horizon: PRIME Eats . James Campbell, owner of PRIME Fitness, is working on creating meals for purchase that have a solid balance of macros and great taste. Meals will be available in regular or super (50% more protein and higher carbs). James has found local sources for his ingredients, and each meal includes a protein, starch, and vegetable. He’s also developing a variety of snacks and breakfast items. Contact James at 517-817-6475 for more information.

Helping Your Plants Thrive During the Summer Heat

As the heat of the summer rolls in, it gets more and more challenging to keep your containers, gardens, and other plants looking great and producing at their best. Below are some tips to help your plants thrive during the summer heat:

Water, water, water: the most important factor when caring for your plants is giving them the proper amount of water. Watering needs change throughout the season and look different for each plant species. In the heat of the summer, you should be checking your plants and soil daily to assess the moisture content. It is important to water deeply and thoroughly to maintain good plant health.

Fertilize: most annual plants will do best with an application of water-soluble fertilizer about once a week. If you tend to forget about fertilizing, you can opt for applying a granular slow-release fertilizer that will feed your plants continuously for 30-90 days. You should avoid fertilizing when plants are under extreme stress.

Monitor for pests and diseases: certain weather conditions can cause rapid spread of diseases and pests. Look for discoloration on leaves, holes from insect feedings, and other signs that your plants might be fighting a disease or pest. Consider your options for control methods if your plants are struggling.

By following these simple guidelines, you can help your plants beat the heat and thrive throughout the summer months. With a little care and attention, your garden will continue to delight and inspire, even in the hottest weather!

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Parasite Prevention in the Summer Months

Summer is a time when parasites are more active in pets. According to the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists, you should be more active in preventing parasites during the hot months. Outdoor activities make your pet susceptible to taking home internal and external parasites.

If you want to find out more about parasite prevention in the summer months, here’s what you should know:

For Ticks

Ticks are more numerous and active during the hot summer months. They are patient and strategic parasites. They wait in grassy and woody areas. There, ticks ambush any warmblooded animal passing by. Depriving ticks of any opportunity to feed on your pet is the best way to keep your pet healthy during the coming summer months.

Checking your pet for ticks is an effective way to make sure these parasites do not stay long enough to cause harm. Daily inspection will keep ticks off. Monthly topical tick prevention also discourages ticks from latching on. There are tick powders, sprays, shampoos, and collars you can try as well.

Keeping your living area clean helps remove the favorite hiding places of ticks—old pots, unused wooden planks, or worn tires. Staying away from woody or grassy areas during your walks can prevent ticks from reaching you or your pet. Spraying your clothes and your pet’s protective gear with DEET-based tick repellent is effective in keeping ticks away.

For Fleas

Fleas are irritating and challenging to remove from your living space. Hair loss, scabbing, and itchiness are the usual symptoms of flea infestation. You can try to remove fleas with special tweezers. Shampoos, sprays, collars, and fine-toothed

combs are available in many pet stores. You can search online or ask your vet about flea preventatives. Consider flea medications or collars as well.

For Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are everywhere during the summer months. Heat activates odor. The smell of warm blood attracts mosquitoes more. Making sure your home is safe from mosquitoes is an effective way to protect your pets and yourself from these flying parasites. Removing stagnant water and surrounding your property with mosquito-repelling plants can keep mosquitoes away. Before stepping outside, be sure to spray pet-safe mosquito repellents on your pet.

For Parasitic Worms

Roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and hookworms are the usual intestinal worms you should watch out for. Keeping your home clean and not allowing your pet to rummage through the garden can ward off intestinal parasites. It also helps if you do not allow your pet to eat or lick anything on the ground during your walks.

Heartworms are parasites that live in your pet’s blood and then cause chaos in the heart and lungs. One bite from an infected mosquito can deliver the parasite into your pet’s body. You can ask your vet about a heartworm preventative for your pet. This can protect your pet from the inside. Keeping your living space mosquito-free can protect your pet from the outside.

Parasites can deteriorate your pet’s health. Preventing them from invading your pet’s body is the most effective way to protect your pet during the summer months.

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Scandinavian Minimalism

What do you think of when you think of Scandinavian Minimalism? Bright and fresh designs complemented by warm textures….

Scandinavian minimalism is a global trend influencing homes and corporate lifestyles. It is a design aesthetic and a way of life promoting sustainability and stress-free living. This minimalist approach offers a life with fewer distractions and more time—things people are searching for in this busy world today. Scandinavian design of minimalism surfaced in the 20th century. It primarily gained popularity through the influence of the Nordic region’s cold and short winter days.

Let’s dive into what minimalism is and why Scandinavian Minimalism brings a fresh perspective to the widely known modern industrial minimalist aesthetic.

What is Scandinavian Minimalism?

Scandinavian minimalism is all about simple, neutral, and calming designs. Unlike traditional minimalist design, Scandinavian design strives for bright and nature-inspired feels. Minimalism is all about buying less and gravitating to long-lasting buys….

Scandinavian minimalist design began as a movement that emerged in the early 20th century characterized by simplicity and functionality. Minimalism emerged in hopes to promote sustainability and a happier, materialistic-free

life. Surrounding homes with more purposeful decor than with useless objects.

Scandinavian minimalism surfaced in the ‘50s throughout the Nordic countries. This style took flight as a fresh twist to what is typically known as minimalism in western culture.

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All of these styles, however, are particularly focused on two things which are clean lines and an open flow of movement throughout the home. Most spaces in this aesthetic are finished with touches of industrial materials and geometric forms.

Minimalism emphasizes finding simplicity in life with owning less. As the trend of minimalism has gained traction in media and more, the ideals of minimalistic design have become less strict over time.

Now it is more common to have a wide range of textures and other cozier aspects.

Scandinavian Minimalism Decor and Design

Scandinavian design is timeless because it is simple and clean to the eye because it is made with natural materials that are functional for everyday life.

So, what is the difference between industrial and Scandinavian minimalism, you may ask? Industrial minimalism decor in modern homes focuses on materials like stainless steel and chrome.

Scandinavian design takes direct inspiration from nature to bring life into a space. For example, the style focuses on organic materials such as hemp rugs, wooden chairs, and natural textures. Both styles are devoted to reducing clutter while promoting stress free living.

Scandinavian modern style has influenced new contemporary interiors trends in the 21st century

across the globe. However, Scandinavian minimalism design is just as much of an aesthetic as it is a lifestyle.

Most minimalist homes are mildly furnished and fill multiple spaces with earth tones of white, blue, etc., To achieve this, natural elements, such as wood and natural fibers, are mixed with textured carpets and blankets.

This aesthetic is not afraid of mixing old and new furnishings. Instead of grand decor, the focus is craftsmanship and using light to bring life to the space.

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I'm ri ng today to offer you some encouraging news! First, I wish to thank you for being a voter -- someone who truly cares about the future of our county, state, and our country

My name is Sco Hodshire, and I have served the past four years as the elected Hillsdale County Sheriff. It is hard to believe that it's been four years since you elected me as your Sheriff During that period, I have worked every day to ensure the safety and security of our community, schools, businesses, church gatherings and your homes. My last le er to you stated that when you voted for me, I would fight to establish a community that is safe; where families and individuals can thrive at work, at home, at school, and at play We want a county where people look out for each other, where everyone pitches in to improve home, and where we hear far more good news than bad. That's what I have been able to achieve as your Sheriff and would ask that you re-elect me to con n e as your Sheriff!

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Community policing: A small police force cannot outperform a county of concerned, empowered ci ens. Together, I knew we could do much be er and we did! Through grant funding, I launched several new programs including placing police officers in schools to safeguard our children and staff.

Inmate Work Program: I started this within m first year as yo r Sheriff and it has been an e ffec e way to receive a return from those we are paying to incarcerate and the exercise, and hopefully, skills they have learned has been beneficial to all involved.

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This list is just a few of the do ens of campaign promises made and promises kept! It has been a lot of work but we have done it to create a safe community to work, play and live!

I have 24 years of law enforcement experience and my Undersheriff, Nathan Lambright, has over 18 years. Together, we will con n e to use our law enforcement knowledge, skills, business background and proven leadership to work right beside the men and women of law enforcement in our community We both have the passion, desire and work ethic to con n e safeguarding the kind of Hillsdale County we all desire. As the only cer fied police officer in this elec on, experience ma ers when protec ng your lives and property.

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Homeownership - Is it still the American Dream?

Homeownership can seem daunting with the ever-increasing purchase price of homes and as of late, the increasing interest rate. Is it still the American dream to own a home or has everyone given up and succumbed to renting?

The current ownership rate in the United States is currently at 65% and continues to climb over time. Despite an increase in both interest rates and the purchase prices of homes, people still see the value of investing in their own home. Rents have also continued to increase. It appears that one way or the other you are going to spend a signi cant amount of money on your housing so you may as well invest in the equity of your own home as opposed to lining the pockets of your landlord.

There are many loan programs available to buyers today that make the dream of homeownership achievable. These programs o er anywhere from down payment assistance to reduced interest rates and costs. You just need a knowledgeable team of professionals guiding you through the process.

The fact that the American Dream of homeownership is still very much alive is excellent news for sellers. This allows sellers to capitalize on the equity they have been able to build in their home over the years. According to Bankrate, approximately 46% of homeowners with mortgages have over 50% equity in their home. That means with an average sale price of $250,000, a homeowner would have equity of $125,000. For Baby Boomers looking to downsize, that number can be signi cantly higher.

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