Lifestyle

Jason Hall of Belding 
displays his 2012 Danish Festival Best of Show award he received from his modified 1978 International Harvester Scout. It took him four years to modify his dream vehicle into an off-road weekend thrill ride.

REVVED UP: Work on Belding man’s 1978 International Scout is as impressive as its ride

Jason Hall’s 1978 International Harvester Scout II is simply impressive in performance.
It cuts through the sand like a hot scooper to ice cream. It climbs steep hills so effortlessly that it makes the ridiculously steep Test Hill at Silver Lake seem like a bunny hill. And, oh my, how cool it looks — with its sleek, bright siam yellow body, its removable soft top and its muscle-bound, 33-inch by 12.50-inch Wrangler mud terrain tires.
But behind its hardcore performance, neck-snapping power and its pristine look lies an even more impressive story.

Vestaburg’s Luverne Dickinson Adamson with her 160-pound Great Pyrenees, Zeus, on one of their many walks.

Vestaburg woman gets new lease on life, control of diabetes with CHIP program

Not long ago, Luverne Dickinson Adamson, 59, of Vestaburg, began her day with a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, fried potatoes, toast with butter and coffee with creamer and artificial sweetener. She enjoyed traditional American foods — cheeseburgers, fries, coney dogs with all the fixings, and onion rings — and frequently ate out on weekends. Dinner often included salad soaked in creamy ranch dressing, steak or a chicken fillet, a hot vegetable and a baked potato smothered in butter and sour cream.

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Video: 4-for-20: Chicken stir-fry

4-20 Season 2 episode 1 from Michael Bee on Vimeo. Nothing is easier than making a chicken stir-fry my way. First, gather the money from the roomies and run to the store and buy your chicken, stir-fry vegetable mix, green onion, rice and stir-fry sauce. I got all my stuff for under $20. Read the [...]

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YOUNG AT HEART: Indoor opportunities abound for staying fit during winter months

When temperatures dip, it’s only natural that seniors who take most of their exercise out of doors during the summer months begin seeking indoor alternative venues. Fortunately, many options exist in the Montcalm County area.

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HEALTH and WELLNESS: Taking preventative measures one bite at a time

There are a multitude of cancer diagnoses everyday. Various forms can be linked genetically, others are caused by environmental factors and some are due to certain behaviors and habits. United Lifestyles registered dietitian Renee DeFrang uses her expertise to both work with cancer patients and others who are looking to improve their quality of life and prevent certain illnesses.

Emma Fowler, 12, of Greenville, holds up necklaces of beads, which each bead represented a feat in her recovery of Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

HEALTH and WELLNESS: Cancer — Stories of survival

The sound of glass breaking somewhere downstairs when you’re tucked safely into a 3 a.m. bed; the low growl of an unseen dog on a dark summer’s night; unexpected knocking from beneath your car’s hood when you’re miles from home. All these qualify as scary noises. But the scariest noise of all, the one most people fear above all else, may be summed up in three words: “You have cancer.”

Owen Newland, left, and Dayton Reeves have been collecting chapsticks and toy tractors to donate to the  DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids for young patient, in honor of Bree and Madison Town of Greenville. Bree Town is battling leukemia. The two Belding five-year-old boys will be collecting donations until June 16. Drop donations off at The Daily News office at 109 N. Lafayette St. in Greenville or call (616) 550-0668 for more information.

Lil tykes, big heart: Belding 5-year-old boys collect donations for young patients

Five-year-old Belding buddies Owen Newland and Dayton Reeves have been collecting chapsticks and toy tractors to donate to the DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids for young patient, in honor of Bree and Madison Town of Greenville. Bree Town is battling leukemia.

Organizers of the Mom Prom and owners of Tiny Toes Boutique in Stanton are Jesica Scott, at left, and Milessa Scott.

S.H.E.: April 28 Mom Prom raises money to help juvenile diabetes

Ladies from the area are getting together and donning their prom, bridesmaid and wedding duds to raise money for a great cause.
The inaugural Mom Prom is from 8 p.m. to midnight at The Brickyard Bar & Grill in Stanton Saturday, April 28. The event benefits juvenile diabetes.

Book Review, Adult Bringing-up-Bebe

S.H.E.: Do American parents ‘care’ too much?

I recently read the book, “Bringing up Bèbè,” by Pamela Druckerman. The book is the latest in the genre of multicultural parenting. This seems to be the answer to everyone’s parenting problems: Find a culture, glean the good and move on to the next part of the world.

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Depression: A cry for help that you should answer

By Sue Ellen Pabst Transitions Counseling Services “Snap out of it.” “Get busy.” “Quit feeling sorry for yourself.” “A lot of people are worse off than you.”  Depression sufferers often hear such messages and occasionally even apply them to themselves. When they can’t get motivated, their depression thickens. All of us will experience depression at [...]