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As the schedules get busier with the kids going back to school and fall sports starting up, there is still time to squeeze in some day trips, making the most of our beautiful weather. Fall in the Irish Hills is full of things to do, places to shop, beautiful fall colors and great food to try.

The Irish Hills has great farmers markets that are still going strong with fall crops and baked goods. The Walker Tavern Sunday Farmers Market will be open until October on Sundays from 10 to 2. Hearthstone of Brooklyn will be holding their Outdoor Saturday Market through October 29 from noon to 5 pm. SiBurke’s Orchard in Manitou Beach has fresh apples, cider and more. Stop in and see what’s new this year.

By Cindy Hubbell, Executive Director Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce

As far as Fall events, the Irish Hills will be hosting 5K Run/Walks, a Ladies Night Out, Fall Foliage Festival, a Pumpkin Quest Festival, Tough Mudder and the Spirit of America Blood Drive at MIS, Fall Trail Walks, the October Spirit Trail Beer Fest, a Career and College Expo, Halloween Fest, craft shows, car shows and so much more. Check out IrishHills.com for more details. Of course, there are many attractions and eateries where you can visit and spend some time. We have many restaurants with beautiful views of the water, a winery that showcases our rolling Irish Hills and some of the best food around, matched with incredible hospitality. Many of the restaurants hold classes like “Paint-n-Pour” or have live entertainment, so check out IrishHills.com or their Facebook page for more information.

The Hills is known for its beautiful ByIrish Cindy Hubbell, Executive Directorscenic hills, and what could be prettier than landscape Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber ofthe Commerce painted in fall colors? There are many self-guided routes around the lakes to view the fall colors, historic churches, national registry landmarks and more. Go to irishhillsrecreation.com for more information. A drive through Hidden Lake Gardens is a “must see” in the fall, as well as around the chain of lakes like Allen, Wolf and Killarney. Let’s not forget about the incredible shopping opportunities in the Irish Hills! There are shopping districts in Downtown Brooklyn, Manitou Beach Village and downtown Onsted. In addition, there are many specialty stores scattered throughout the Irish Hills and around the lakes. You can find so many unique and one-of-a-kind items plus exceptional customer service that will be worth the trip. Many of our retail shops have classes or special events, like Brooklyn’s Ladies Nights Out. Again, go to IrishHills.com for more information.

September 17--Run for the Hills! by Oh These Irish Hills! at Hidden Lake Gardens September 24--All Sports Spectacular at Michigan International Speedway, Champions Club October 8—Pumpkin Quest in Downtown Brooklyn October 15—Fall Foliage Festival at Hidden Lake Gardens

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Providing for a Special Needs Individual

By Timothy Dixon Simply Hers Magazine

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


Do you have a loved one with special needs? Does he receive SSI or Medicaid? Would you like to leave him an inheritance so he can continue to live a decent life? Are you concerned about how he will be taken care of after your death? The answers to these questions are important because an individual receiving government needs-based benefits, such as SSI or Medicaid, could lose these benefits if an inheritance is provided without proper planning. SSI provides a person with a minimal amount of monthly income. Medicaid provides a person with a baseline level of medical care. Parents and other family members will often use their own resources to provide vacations, household furnishings, recreational activities and out-of-pocket expenses for medical and dental care for a family member with special needs who receives government needs-based benefits. Although these types of expenditures do not affect benefit eligibility, giving money or providing food and housing directly to a person does. SSI and Medicaid programs are need-based. Accordingly, an individual’s countable assets provide a baseline for eligibility. Countable assets include cash and cash equivalents, such as stocks, bonds, CDs, investment accounts, retirement assets, etc. An individual that receives an inheritance comprised of countable assets could lose eligibility for the government programs. With programs being need-based, how can a person provide for a loved one receiving government needsbased benefits without affecting his or her eligibility? Quite simply, by establishing a special type of trust known as a Supplemental Needs Trust. This type

of trust is also known as a Special Needs Trust. This type of trust holds property for an individual receiving government needs-based benefits, and provides resources for allowable expenditures above and beyond the governmental programs. Thus, it is possible to provide resources to a loved one to maintain a higher standard of life and not affect his eligibility. There are two basic types of Supplemental Needs Trusts. The first type of trust is known as a firstparty special needs trust and usually arises when a person receiving government needs-based benefits receives a large sum of money from a personal injury settlement, lawsuit judgment or an inheritance. This trust is established in order to maintain the person’s governmental benefits. A parent, grandparent, guardian or a court must establish this trust. The government needs individual benefits from the trusts assets during his lifetime, but upon his death the remaining assets must reimburse any state that provided Medicaid benefits to the individual during his lifetime. The second type of trust is known as a third-party special needs trust. Any person can establish the third-party trust to hold money for the benefit of a person on government needs-based benefits. The main difference between these two types of trusts is that the first-party trust is established at the time money legally belongs to the government needsbased individual, whereas the third-party trust is established with another person’s money. Another difference is that upon the government needs-based individual’s death, the remaining balance of a thirdparty trust can go to named beneficiaries rather than any state that provided Medicaid.

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Michigan’s Most UNUSUAL PLACES By Sarah Gray, Simply Hers Magazine

Looking for a place a little out of the ordinary to take a trip? Michigan is full of weird and kooky places to go for a day or weekend. Some are spooky, most are strange and some are just plain odd. Located throughout the state, travelers can crisscross the mitten in search of the unusual or pick and choose their bizarre favorites. Either way, a trip to one of these places is one for the memory books.

St. Ignace Mystery Spot

Dinosaur Gardens

Voted Michigan’s number one unusual attraction by readers of Michigan Living Magazine, the St. Ignace Mystery Spot has been intriguing sightseers for more than 50 years. More than two million travelers have witnessed the bizarre happenings inside this 300 foot area located just over the Mackinac Bridge in the Upper Peninsula. Pictures capture the optical contradictions, but it really something tourists have to see (and feel) to believe. Guided tours are available as well two ziplines, a human maze and a custom designed 18-hole golf course. For more information, visit www.mysteryspotstignace.com or find them on Facebook.

Celebrating 80 years, the Dinosaur Gardens in Ossineke, Michigan, is a trip sure to be fun for the whole family. Located on 40 acres 12 miles south of Alpena, Dinosaur Gardens offers sightseers a beautiful setting while taking them back in time. The exhibits at the museum were all hand-built by Paul Nathan Domke without the use of power or power tools. Domke took great pride in the research he did preparing and constructing each animal and claimed that every dinosaur in the park is the size it was when it walked on Earth. Exhibits even feature a bird’s-eye view with steps and entrances into the replicas. The outdoor museum has no barriers and encourages its patrons to get up close and personal with the dinosaur sculptures. For more information visit www.dinosaurgardensllc.com, call 989-350-1076 or find them on Facebook.


There are many other strange and unusual places throughout our great state, but these are just a few to visit the next you’re looking for a quirky adventure.

Speaking Out

To Save A


By Sarah Gray, Simply Hers Magazine


Sheri Bloomer wakes up every morning to a “new normal.” She goes to work, takes care of her son Jordon and spends time with friends. But it is not the same. It will never be the same again, because she can’t share it with her son Jake. Jake took his own life two years ago on July 21, 2014. “I’m not afraid to talk about it,” she says of his suicide. “Living every day without him is a hard subject.” Sheri wants to help break down the stigma of guilt and shame that can be associated with suicide. “No one wants to talk about it,” she says. “But it happens a lot more than people think and it’s not anybody’s fault.” September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States according the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) with more than 42,000 Americans dying annually. Rates are highest among the middle-aged and men are three and a half times more likely to commit suicide than women. But Jake is not a statistic. He was a wonderful son and caring friend who spread happiness wherever he went. “He was a very loud, likable guy,” Sheri says of her oldest son Jacob Keegan Bloomer born on Christmas Day, 1991. “He was a jokester. He liked to make people happy.” She says that anyone one who met Jake would fall in love in just ten minutes. Born and raised in North Adams, Jake was

an avid hunter and fisherman, especially ice fishing. “Anything that was outdoors,” she says. “He was so talented, so hard-working. Anything he did, he gave 110 percent.” Always willing to help others, Jake was also a firefighter for the Pittsford/Jefferson Fire Department, and, after graduating, he went to work for a local farm. When he was 21, he was involved in an accident at work that caused him to lose some of his fingers. He was let go from his job that he loved and began to have some trouble with the prescription drugs he was given for pain from the accident. Those are a couple of the reasons Sheri believes may have been part of his decision to end his life. But, of course, it was never anything she or her husband John expected him to do at just 22-years-old. Sheri recalls the night and the events leading up to Jake’s death. The two had been at the Faster Horses Festival at MIS that night, and he left early to go home to get some sleep because he had recently started a new job. Sheri says that when he left she gave him a big hug and told him she loved him. She said he saw his dad and gave him a big hug, too, and even tracked down his grandma in the grocery store.

presence of entirely new behavior. This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss or change. Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do. Other signs may include talking about being a burden to others, withdrawing from activities, isolating themselves from family and friends or being depressed. Risk factors for suicide, or characteristics or conditions that increase the chance that a person may take their life include health factors such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, environmental factors such as divorce or bullying and historical factors such as previous attempts or a family history of suicide. After the death of her son, Sheri started looking for ways to cope. She found help in the Out of the Darkness Walk in Branch County. Out the Darkness is an event to

“He was making amends with everyone,” she says. But she firmly believes that when he left the concert he was happy and that something transpired in between that caused Jake to take his own life. “A temporary solution ended everything for him,” she says with tears in her eyes. “We ended a wonderful weekend with tragedy.” The AFSP states some things to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal include a change in behavior or the 75

Sheri has had her share of tragedy since Jake’s death. After Jake’s suicide, her uncle took his life and a few months later a friend ended his life. Then last summer her husband John was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Unfortunately, by the time it was discovered the doctors said there was nothing they could do. Sheri said she and John spent the past year “making the best memories they could.” Sadly, he passed away over the summer. She says her son Jordan has the best answer when he is constantly asked how he is doing. “He says ‘Pretty good, for what I’ve been through.’” Sheri doesn’t want to hide Jake’s suicide. “I am not ashamed my son took his life,” she says. “I used to think it was a selfish act. Now I know it is a mental health issue and a chemical imbalance.” She says she gets asked how she could go back to the Faster Horses Festival after Jake’s suicide and she replies, “How could I not? It was a great memory with my son.” Sheri wants people to know Jake’s story in the hope that if they are contemplating suicide they will get the help they need. “I want to reach out to people. There is a way out. The sun will always come up tomorrow. My mom always says, ‘If only love could have saved him.’” “He should be here. Life is too damn hard without him.” In Hillsdale County, the Suicide Prevention Coalition works to bring hope and help to the community through education, training and intervention. They meet the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the House of Refuge Church at 123 E. Carleton in Hillsdale. For more information, call Lorie Nichols at 517-437-1138 or Ruth Brown at 517-398-0116.

raise money and awareness for suicide and suicide prevention. The three-mile walk is lined with pictures of those who have died and family and friends create teams to show support and remembrance of those whom they have lost. In 2014 there was a Team Jake. There was a bigger team in 2015 and Team Jake will be there again October 8 at the Coldwater Fields to remember his life and help bring education and awareness to suicide and suicide prevention. The walk is organized by Jennifer Nagel and in its three years has raised more than $78,000 to help the fight against suicide. For more information about the Out of the Darkness Walk in Coldwater, look for their page on Facebook. Sheri remembers the first year of the walk. She says at the signin table there were many different colored beaded necklaces and participants could wear the color that represented their connection to suicide. “There was a color for a relative, spouse, child, parent, friend and one color if you had ever considered suicide.” She later revealed that she picked up that color necklace and wore it during the walk. “Life is so precious,” she says. “It can disappear so quickly. I want to stick around and see how it turns out.” 76

Sheri and Jordon are moving forward with their lives adjusting to their “new normal.” Sheri works for the Michigan Department of Transportation as a transportation technician inspecting roads and bridge construction. Jordon is getting his degree in electrical systems management at Jackson College and works at Stillwell Ford in Hillsdale. And Jake will always be with Sheri. She reads a passage from Mitch Albom’s book “For One More Day”: “What causes an echo?” she once quizzed me. The persistence of sound after the source has stopped. “When can you hear an echo?” When it’s quiet and other sounds are absorbed. When it’s quiet I can hear my mother still. And so it is for Sheri. When it’s quiet she listens for her son’s echo. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Making our house

OUR HOME By Stephanie Gordon, Simply Hers Magazine

Our home isn’t finished, but the end of major renovations is in sight. The beginning and the end of this process would not have been possible without the many devoted businessmen and women in our county. From realtors to countertops, our county is full of businesses that have helped make our house a home. REALTORS We worked with Tjay Fitton of Playford Real Estate in Jonesville. We knew we wanted to work with Tjay and Mary Playford, especially with their “get it done” attitude. We accepted an offer on our old home just six days after listing! Every step was made easy with them. CONSTRUCTION We did a lot of the dirty work ourselves, but we hired a contractor to do the big stuff like laying hardwoods – the list goes on. We used Milt Winters with Winters Construction of Hillsdale. His work, especially woodworking, is precise and to perfection. We are lucky to look at his work every day. We had a strict budget, so reusing and refinishing the cabinets that came with our house was essential. A local Amish family beautifully handcrafted 11 new cabinets to complete the kitchen. We finished them with a few coats of primer and Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. For countertops, we consulted with Aaron Scrivens of Becker and Scrivens in Hillsdale. We had looked at countertop options with the big box stores, but the price of quartz or granite wasn’t going to work for us. We loved the look of


concrete, so Aaron was able to give us a clean, quality top for thousands less. FLOORING We had yellow carpeting and linoleum flooring throughout the house when we bought it. The carpeting looked as though it hadn’t been touched since the 70s so that was one of the first things to go. We worked with Tom Henson at M.T. Hardwoods in Osseo. His store has a variety of hardwoods with a variety of prices to fit any budget. We were able to purchase a floor that was able to finish our entire house, minus bathrooms and laundry room, at a reasonable price. BATHROOMS We gutted both bathrooms in the house. Our master shower has yet to be replaced, but we plan to work with G&G Glass in Hillsdale. They came to measure the space and offered many different color/hardware options. LANDSCAPING We’ve done most of the landscaping work ourselves, but Hoop Lawn & Snow in Hillsdale transplanted our crab apple tree that was at our old house. It was necessary to have that tree at our new house and it was done in a timely manner and it’s currently growing beautifully in front of our home. Becker and Scrivens extended our front patio and we’re now able to utilize a space we will use often. I of course can’t forget to give my husband a lot of credit. From demoing, tiling floors, backsplashes, painting walls, finishing cabinets, etc., etc., he did so much all while working full time to provide for us . . . . He is a man of many talents, and this home wouldn’t be possible without him and all the businesses who help make our new home and community great.



Marriage Matters

Presents: “The Vow” on Big Screen with Special Presentation From The Real-Life Couple Marriage Matters Jackson Presents “The Vow” on Big Screen with Special Presentation From The Real-Life Couple Event Set for Sat., Oct. 22nd at Michigan Theatre; Tickets on Sale Now! JACKSON, Mich. –Tickets are now on sale for Marriage Matters Jackson’s (MMJ) fall event -a special viewing of the film The Vow, followed by a powerful presentation from the real-life couple Kim & Krickitt Carpenter, who were the inspiration for the movie. The MMJ Date-YourMate Event is set for Saturday, Oct. 22nd at the Michigan Theatre in downtown Jackson. The Vow, first released in 2012, became America’s #1 movie that year and stars Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. The film tells the story of how the Carpenters overcame a terrible car accident, which caused Krickitt Carpenter to lose her memory. Her husband, Kim, had to persevere in


winning the heart of his wife all over again. Following the movie, The Carpenters will share details beyond what was featured in the film. Their powerful message will explain the incredible resilience required to continually rebuild and strengthen their marriage. The cost, $20 a person or $40 a couple, includes the film, the presentation, delicious Biggby Coffee and dessert. VIP Tickets are $30 per person/$60 per couple and guarantee seating in the first four rows. The Michigan Theatre will have concessions available during the movie. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 6 p.m. Please note this movie is rated PG-13. Registration is required and VIP seating is limited; people are encouraged to order tickets early. Call (517) 796-5116 or visit www. MarriageMattersJackson.com for more details

and to order tickets. “There is so much we can learn from the wisdom of a couple who have overcome and thrived during such a life-changing tragedy,” explains MMJ’s Executive Director Shelby Raines. “The Carpenters’ riveting story will inspire and encourage couples to fight for their marriage even in the hardest of times.” Marriage Matters Jackson was started in 2007, and has served thousands of people from Jackson County and beyond with healthy relationship education workshops and events. Supported by grants, businesses, churches and individual donors, MMJ’s vision is to promote, prepare, and preserve healthy marriages. MMJ seeks to strengthen marriage for the benefit of adults and children, decrease unnecessary divorce, and measurably impact our community today and for future generations.


Repurposed file cabinet

Everyone has an old metal cabinet sitting in the corner. This project is simple to do and the end result will leave you with the perfect accent piece to any room.

Repurposed File Cabinet Materials 2 furniture legs file cabinet wrapping paper mod podge wood for desktop spray paint gorilla glue

The first step is to mod podge the decorative wrapping paper onto the front of the cabinet. Remove the handles and apply a thin layer of mod podge directly to the file cabinet fronts and smoothly apply the cut-to-size paper to the front of the cabinets.

Spray paint the legs and piece of wood for the top of the desk white to match, then cut the legs down to size. Draw a line across the edge of the furniture leg from the top of the file cabinet. This way it will match perfectly with the height of the file cabinet.

Drill through the top of the wood to attach the legs. Apply wood filler on top of each screw. After the filler dries, sand it and paint over it with white paint.

The next step was to spray paint the file cabinet white. Do not spray paint the top of the cabinet so you have a clean service to adhere it to the wood. You may also spray paint the original black handles to your desired color.

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The final step is to apply a thin coat of gorilla glue to the top of the file cabinet. Sand down the area a little to give it a rough area to adhere to. Lay the table on the top where you want it to stay exactly, clamp it down or just put some heavy books on top!

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Women's lifestyle magazine serving Hillsdale and Lenawee counties in Michigan.

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Women's lifestyle magazine serving Hillsdale and Lenawee counties in Michigan.