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C O N T E N T

Fashion 11

Love Your Layers

The Blue Star Mothers of America

BEAUTY 16

Winter Swaps

Muscle Up - Live Fit 18 James Campbell

It’s A New Year! 20 Stephanie Gordon

Your sleeve is not a napkin!

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Childhood Poisonings

46 3 Boys and a Transplant The definition of hope.

48 Legal Matters

Prenuptial Agreements

50 Over the Edge

The blue-haired ladies.

52 Turn the Page

Gray Matters 22

Ask the Doctor

44 Local Spotlight

Book and author reviews

54 Life is the Berries

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Butt Wiper

56 Local Spotlight 48 Flying High - Karey Stevens

City Pages 26

60 Trip on a Tank

Drive with a date down to the D.

66 Travel 48

Salvation Army volunteers

On the Cover 40

Nicole Poston of Hillsdale Hospital

58 Ways to Keep Healthy 48 Dr. Molly Parker

Hillsdale - 26 Coldwater - 28 Tecumseh - 30 Adrian - 34 Devils Lake / Manitou Beach - 36 Brooklyn / Irish Hills - 38 Blissfield - 42

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Decorating with Lights Bold and Blended

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76 Recipes

Baked Spaghetti Ham & Gouda Quesadilla Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese

JAN/ FEB 2017

SH S I M P L Y

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thing! it’s a woman ALE/LENAWEE HILLSD

On the Cover:

H E R S

THE LONG JOURNEY BACK TO HOME.

Nicole Poston knows what it’s like to work under pressure. As a former Army medic, she was a member of the medical staff for her unit traveling around Iraq for a year. As an emergency room nurse at Hillsdale Hospital she’s been part of a team that navigated three transfers via helicopter in just 45 minutes. And, as a mother of three children six and under, she knows how to walk the delicate balance of work and family on very little sleep. “I’ve been on teams my whole life,” she says. “The emergency room is like being on a team.” To read more about Nicole story and the emergency room at Hillsdale Hospital turn to page 40.

HILLSDALE HOSPITAL’S ON NICOLE POST SHARES HER STORY.

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L O V Your E LAYERS

Brrr! Winter has arrived and with it, sweater weather. Looking put-together in the bone-chilling cold can be tricky. While not properly layering will leave you in the cold, excessive layering will have you wondering where your shape went. Don’t worry, ladies! Your figure doesn’t have to hibernate under a tent of clothes this winter. There is a way to stay warm while looking stylish. Balance and proportion are the keys to successfully layering an outfit. Follow these inspirations and tips to help heat up your look during these cold winter months. Continued on next page...

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city pages • adrian

Adrian

RESOLVED: Story by Ann Hughes

To discover and experience new skills, activities and community resources

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New Year always brings with it opportunities that have previously gone untapped. These opportunities enable one to learn, see new things, discover hidden treasures in the community and hone new skills or perfect a craft or hobby. Consider resolving to take advantage of one or more of the many opportunities offered in the Adrian area. The Adrian Center for the Arts strives to showcase the visual arts in our region by providing studio space for serious artists as well as classes for the public. The ACA houses an arts community designed to reach and serve all of Lenawee County. It provides an environment in which all levels of arts education, from novice to master,

are nurtured. Many types of artists are supported – students, hobbyists and professionals. The ACA offers after-school activities and facilitates community functions, including: The Empty Bowls fundraiser, the Christmas Art Walk and Spring Fling. Upcoming events include: The Deer Antler Mount on January 14, Woodworking Basics on January 18, Rustic Wood Tool Caddy class for young adults on February 4, and Forging a Handmade Knife class on February 19. The ACA Campus is located at 2300 N. Adrian Hwy (M52), just on the northern edge of the city limits. Learn more at AdrianCenterForTheArts.org. The Lenawee County Historical Museum is a living treasure trove of historical artifacts and items that tell the story of the history of Adrian and Lenawee County. Housed in Adrian’s historic Carnegie Library at 110 E. Church Street, the Lenawee County Historical Museum depicts this area’s place in Michigan’s history. Find hours and more at LenaweeMuseum.org. The Adrian Symphony Orchestra’s February 3 concert Covert Confidential – Movie Night tells the stories of spies, double identities and espionage through the various music styles of Hollywood composers. Enjoy a night of some of the best-loved music from spy movies, crime dramas and intellectual thrillers. Tickets are available at AdrianSymphony.org. Adrian’s Downtown affords numerous opportunities for discovery and enjoyment. Resolve to avail yourself of some of the following: The Croswell renovation is moving full-steam ahead, and passers-by can easily see many of the changes being wrought by this nearly year-long renovation project. Watch for the May re-opening of this historic Adrian landmark!

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Considerations Regarding A Prenuptial Agreement

By Laura Rahe Simply Hers Magazine

Laura Rahe Licensed Michigan Attorney Law Office of Timothy E. Dixon 27 N. Broad St. Hillsdale, MI 49242 Ph: (517) 437-4070 Fx: (517) 437-4062

As you prepare for your special day, you may want to consider whether a prenuptial agreement is desirable in your circumstances. People enter into prenuptial agreements for many reasons, such as to protect the inheritance of children born from a prior relationship, to ensure that a person either receives or is prohibited from receiving spousal support in the event of a divorce, or to preserve assets accumulated prior to the marriage by one or both parties. When a spouse passes away, the surviving spouse is entitled to certain property regardless of the deceased spouse’s will. With limited exceptions, the surviving spouse receives this property before any other person receives any property. By obtaining a prenuptial agreement, however, one or both parties can waive legal rights to this property. This result might be desirable to preserve an inheritance for children born from a prior relationship. In addition to addressing legal rights in probate estates, prenuptial agreements can also address spousal support issues. A party may want to eliminate the possibility that he or she could be liable for spousal support. On the other hand, if one of the parties anticipates sacrificing professional opportunities to stay home with the couple’s children, that party may want the protection of guaranteed spousal support. Prenuptial agreements can also address assets acquired prior to the marriage. If one or both parties bring significant property into the marriage, a prenuptial agreement may be desirable to make sure that the property is not lost in the event of divorce. An agreement can also take up the issue of how property acquired during the marriage would be divided.

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Because prenuptial agreements address the possibility of divorce, contemplating and discussing a prenuptial agreement may raise concerns about the permanency of the marriage. These questions are beyond the scope of this article, but they are, of course, ones that the bride and groom will want to consider and discuss with each other. Michigan statutes permit prenuptial agreements, but require that they be in writing and executed before the marriage. According to established case law, if the validity of the prenuptial agreement is ever questioned in court, a number of factors will be considered. One such factor is whether the agreement was obtained through fraud, duress, mistake, misrepresentation, or nondisclosure of material fact. A second factor considers whether the agreement was unconscionable when executed. A third factor addresses how facts and circumstances may have changed since the agreement was executed to determine if enforcement is unfair and unreasonable. Engaged persons may be uncomfortable disclosing their personal information and financial assets to each other prior to getting married, but due to the risk that a court could later declare the prenuptial agreement invalid from lack of disclosure, it is wise and necessary to provide all personal and financial information to each other before a prenuptial agreement is signed. Because a prenuptial agreement is a complex legal document and can declared invalid by the court if it is prepared incorrectly, it is wise to retain a knowledgeable attorney to assist with the process of drafting and executing one.


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