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Lansing's City Rescue Mission

 Where Food, Shelter, Faith Offer Hope

“Homelessness is rarely a choice,” says Mark Criss, Executive Director of Lansing's City Rescue Mission. Unforeseen circumstances account for 80-85% of the homeless in the greater Lansing area.  The other 15% of homeless individuals may mistrust those trying to help them. There are many reasons for refusing help, and we do not judge these individuals.

“We welcome everyone, and we tell them our mission of providing evidence of Christ's love for all comes first, before food and shelter. We require chapel attendance for those that come to us for food and shelter, and do not charge for those services.”

Founded in 1911, The City Rescue Mission is a 501 (c) (3) organization that is the oldest local homeless shelter. The City Rescue Mission has made many long-term community connections to assist with its services. The greater Lansing community and a few grants fund all shelter services.

2015: 104,118 Meals and 55,299 Shelter Nights

The City Rescue Mission, in both locations last year served 104,118 meals, with food donated from citizens, community and corporate allies. Shelter nights at both locations were 55,299 nights. The men's shelter can house 100 individuals; the women's shelter, 100, including children.

For those that need a variety of services to become independent and self-sustaining, the City Rescue Mission offers extended-stay programs. Those guests are assigned a case manager to help them with their path to self-sufficiency.  Extended-stay guests are asked to volunteer at the shelter – a means to boost self-confidence.

“About 80% of guests who are homeless are able to transition to independence 'on their own' with food and shelter needs met, while they look for work and housing,” says Criss.

Both shelters have computer stations for completing on-line job applications, and the women's shelter works with Advent House to offer GED classes to guests. The federal government provides trac phones, so interview requests come directly to guests.

Volunteers Make The Difference

Trained volunteers donate time and talents for Mission operations – from serving food to guests, collecting non-perishable and personal needs items, and assisting with child care at the women's shelter. The Mission itself has only 70 employees – 30 full-time and 40 part-time. Only 5% of their budget goes to administration. Volunteers also help at the thrift store at 3700 W. Saginaw.  Mission needs are listed at www.BEaRESCUER.com and here.

Guest Transformations:

“Ann” was highly-educated and had worked in education when poor health and other circumstances led to her homelessness. Estranged from her family, she had nowhere to go…except the Mission. At first, she was sad and bitter, but the love of staff and the message of Hope began to affect her heart. She saw herself, her situation, and her circumstances in a different light.

Her homelessness became merely a step in a journey that led her toward reconciliation with her Redeemer. She found work and eventually re-established relationships with her family. Today, she is a proud and happy grandmother, who is involved in a local church, has a community of friends, and helps care for her grandchildren. She continues to serve at the Mission and encourages other women that there is Hope even through homelessness.

Your donations provide food, shelter, and hope to hundreds of men, women, and children in Michigan's capital area!

Fresh food items: Produce (fruit and veg) salad Mix shredded Cheese Ground beef

Non-Perishable food items: Canned vegetables (#10 Can) Canned fruit (#10 Can) Creamer and sugar

Sauces and Condiments Mayo

BBQ

Hot Sauce Salad dressing (Gallons) Cereal
Please note: we cannot utilize dented cans, expired or opened items. If donating “Fresh Items” please bring directly to the Mission and do not allow “cold” items to get to room temperature.

Colored Sheets, Size Twin X Long

Colored Towels

New Pillows

Liquid Laundry Detergent

Paper Towel

Toilet Paper

Plastic Cutlery

Styrofoam Bowls

12 oz Styrofoam Plates, 9” and 6”

Shaving Cream

Twin Blade Razors

Deodorant and Lotion

Shampoo and Conditioner (full size bottles)

Combs and Brushes

Diapers, Baby Wipes

Socks Underwear

Men's Undershirts Slippers Flip-Flops

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Relive the Amusement Park Days of Lake Lansing

Relive the Amusement Park Days of Lake Lansing


Meridian Township, MI - Meridian Township is bringing back the amusement park days as the carousel returns to Lake Lansing South during the free Fun in the Sun Day event on Friday, June 16th from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Returning after 30 years, Playmakers of Okemos presents the classic carousel available for unlimited rides all weekend long (June 16th through June 18th). Admission is free and open to the public. Celebrate the history of Lake Lansing with family friendly activities including:

CarouselPetting ZooCarnival GamesDunk TankInflatable Moonwalk and Giant Inflatable SlideCADL Summer Reading Kick-offOutdoor Barbecue fundraiserLake Lansing History TentMusical Performances at the Bandshell

Attendees can kick off the Capital Area District Libraries (CADL) summer reading program with LINC and friends, get a picture with Bubbles from Goldfish Swim School and fill up with the Okemos Masonic Center outdoor barbecue fundraiser. Then dance the night away with LIVE music at the band shell featuring The New Rule. and Gemini starting at 7:00 pm.

Parking is free at Lake Lansing South and free overflow parking will be available at Haslett Village Square. Free shuttle services will be provided. Fun in the Sun Day at Lake Lansing South is part of Meridian Township's 175th Anniversary Celebration.

Fun in the Sun sponsors include: Ingham County Parks, Friends of Ingham County Parks, The Meridian Company, Playmakers of Okemos, Capital Area District Libraries, Goldfish Swim School, Haslett Kiwanis, Old Chicago, Whole Foods, Granger, Okemos Masonic Center and CBRE/ Martin.

Event date and time are subject to change. Learn more about this and other events by visiting the Meridian Celebrates 175 website at www.meridiancelebrates175.com or follow Meridian Celebrates 175 on Facebook at www.facebook/MeridianCelebrates175Years.

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Remodeling & Finances

The vast majority of building and remodeling contractors are honest, hardworking, contentious people who take a great deal of pride in their work. Unfortunately, like any profession, it can only take a few bad apples to give everyone a bad name.  At least a few times a month, especially during the summer when many homeowners decide to go ahead with remodeling projects, there is something on the local news about the latest contractor scams and how families get taken for a lot of money. Many of the con-artists in this field stick with one of these tried and true methods for separating homeowners from their hard-earned cash. The following tips should help keep your project from being the featured story on the local news:

Up-front Payments

It's not unusual for a contractor to ask for up-front payment before beginning a job.  However, it should only be a small percentage of the total cost, 10% at the very most. If a contractor asks for a larger percentage before the job starts it might be a sign that they are not financially stable.

Read the Contract

When a contractor works on your home there should be a written contract.  It should also have an attached scope of work.  This provides the exact detail included in their quote.  Did you expect three light fixtures in a certain price range?  If not, you may have purchased a lesser quality.

Project Changes

Rarely a project goes from start to finish without at least a few changes.  Some changes cause more work or material costs known as extras.  This should be spelled out in the contract so there aren't any unpleasant surprises.  However, it's more important that the customer be told the cost before the actual work is done when the final bill is presented.

Proper Credentials

Insist that your contractor have a license and insurance.  You could be liable should anyone get hurt on the job.  Your homeowner's insurance may not cover damages to your home.  The price-break is just not worth it.  If your contractor says they can do the job for less due to not having a license or insurance, the conversation should stop right there.

Avoid Rip-off Artists

Beware of a contractor who refuses to give you a copy of his license and insurance.  By following a few simple tips, you can avoid the chances of getting taken.  Rip off artists will try to sway you with these tactics.  They can't verify any provided references; tempt you with a low price that's only good if you sign today; asks you to pay for materials that haven't arrived; offers to cut you a deal if you pay with cash; will give you a rebate if we use your house as a model; you have to pay for the work permits.

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English Inn Celebrations on Special Occasions

The English Inn known as premiere locale to celebrate special occasions

Whether it is a romantic getaway, a gourmet celebratory dinner, an intimate or elaborate wedding, or a business gathering, The English Inn owners and staff are known for their hospitality and attention to detail, so guests leave with an experience to treasure.

In 2017, The English Inn will celebrate 90 years as a Michigan landmark listed in the State Register of Historic Sites. Construction began in 1927 on the Tudor Revival manor designed for Oldsmobile executive Irving Jacob Reuter and his wife, Janet. The 10,000 square-foot country estate sits on 15 acres just outside Eaton Rapids. The Reuters named their home, Medovue, which remains as the name of the Inn's banquet facility, with patio and dance hall.

The original pergola, gazebo, artesian well, annual and perennial gardens, and nature trails add to the Inn's capture of an era marked by fine antiques, massive fireplaces and handcrafted woods.

Gary and Donna Nelson purchased the Inn in 1996, and is now under the daily supervision of their son, Erik. All staff are trained to be attentive to each guest's needs to ensure that special memories are being made.

One instance Erik recalls where the Inn's staff rallied to not allow a tornado in April 2011 to ruin a post-wedding celebration – “A tornado had just come through Eaton Rapids, and it took out two of our oldest trees. We lost power, but thankfully the wedding dinner was just ready to be served. We ushered the wedding party and guests into the lower level ballroom. We executed the event with candlelight, and all the guests enjoyed an amazing evening. Some took photos outside by the downed trees. Fortunately, it was a spring wedding and we were well-prepared. Since then, we purchased two natural gas generators so we can operate, even without power.”

The English Inn is a member of Distinguished Restaurants of North America – one of fewer than 800 restaurants able to pass the organization's strict certification standards for fine dining. The Inn has earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the past 20 years, and is a member of BedAndBreakfast.com's Diamond Collection. The Inn has also been named as one of the 100 romantic restaurants by Open Table in 2016.

Reservations are required for lodging, weddings and group meetings, and highly recommended for dining. The Inn caters to all tastes, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free requests. Choose from six era-appointed rooms, or the Ivy Cottage, and guest suites in the Honeysuckle and Croquet cottages. Gift certificates for lodging and dining are always available.

The English Inn
677 S. Michigan Rd.
Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
(517) 663-2500 or 1-800-858-0598
http://englishinn.com

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Lansing's City Rescue Mission

 Where Food, Shelter, Faith Offer Hope

“Homelessness is rarely a choice,” says Mark Criss, Executive Director of Lansing's City Rescue Mission. Unforeseen circumstances account for 80-85% of the homeless in the greater Lansing area.  The other 15% of homeless individuals may mistrust those trying to help them. There are many reasons for refusing help, and we do not judge these individuals.

“We welcome everyone, and we tell them our mission of providing evidence of Christ's love for all comes first, before food and shelter. We require chapel attendance for those that come to us for food and shelter, and do not charge for those services.”

Founded in 1911, The City Rescue Mission is a 501 (c) (3) organization that is the oldest local homeless shelter. The City Rescue Mission has made many long-term community connections to assist with its services. The greater Lansing community and a few grants fund all shelter services.

2015: 104,118 Meals and 55,299 Shelter Nights

The City Rescue Mission, in both locations last year served 104,118 meals, with food donated from citizens, community and corporate allies. Shelter nights at both locations were 55,299 nights. The men's shelter can house 100 individuals; the women's shelter, 100, including children.

For those that need a variety of services to become independent and self-sustaining, the City Rescue Mission offers extended-stay programs. Those guests are assigned a case manager to help them with their path to self-sufficiency.  Extended-stay guests are asked to volunteer at the shelter – a means to boost self-confidence.

“About 80% of guests who are homeless are able to transition to independence 'on their own' with food and shelter needs met, while they look for work and housing,” says Criss.

Both shelters have computer stations for completing on-line job applications, and the women's shelter works with Advent House to offer GED classes to guests. The federal government provides trac phones, so interview requests come directly to guests.

Volunteers Make The Difference

Trained volunteers donate time and talents for Mission operations – from serving food to guests, collecting non-perishable and personal needs items, and assisting with child care at the women's shelter. The Mission itself has only 70 employees – 30 full-time and 40 part-time. Only 5% of their budget goes to administration. Volunteers also help at the thrift store at 3700 W. Saginaw.  Mission needs are listed at www.BEaRESCUER.com and here.

Guest Transformations:

“Ann” was highly-educated and had worked in education when poor health and other circumstances led to her homelessness. Estranged from her family, she had nowhere to go…except the Mission. At first, she was sad and bitter, but the love of staff and the message of Hope began to affect her heart. She saw herself, her situation, and her circumstances in a different light.

Her homelessness became merely a step in a journey that led her toward reconciliation with her Redeemer. She found work and eventually re-established relationships with her family. Today, she is a proud and happy grandmother, who is involved in a local church, has a community of friends, and helps care for her grandchildren. She continues to serve at the Mission and encourages other women that there is Hope even through homelessness.

Your donations provide food, shelter, and hope to hundreds of men, women, and children in Michigan's capital area!

Fresh food items: Produce (fruit and veg) salad Mix shredded Cheese Ground beef

Non-Perishable food items: Canned vegetables (#10 Can) Canned fruit (#10 Can) Creamer and sugar

Sauces and Condiments Mayo

BBQ

Hot Sauce Salad dressing (Gallons) Cereal
Please note: we cannot utilize dented cans, expired or opened items. If donating “Fresh Items” please bring directly to the Mission and do not allow “cold” items to get to room temperature.

Colored Sheets, Size Twin X Long

Colored Towels

New Pillows

Liquid Laundry Detergent

Paper Towel

Toilet Paper

Plastic Cutlery

Styrofoam Bowls

12 oz Styrofoam Plates, 9” and 6”

Shaving Cream

Twin Blade Razors

Deodorant and Lotion

Shampoo and Conditioner (full size bottles)

Combs and Brushes

Diapers, Baby Wipes

Socks Underwear

Men's Undershirts Slippers Flip-Flops

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Get your scares and apple fixes right in mid-Michigan!

Why wait until Hallowe'en Eve to get turned around in corn mazes, conquer your terror fears, and then catch your breath with apple cider and donuts? Starting in mid-September through the end of October, check out these four October haunts:

Best Maze
3803 Noble Rd.
Williamston, MI 48895
517-528-2378
www.bestmaze.com

Owner Mark Benjamin has hosted thousands of visitors, often year-after-year repeats from
many states, for the last 16 years. Seventy-five percent of the three-mile corn maze and “Trail of Terror” are changed every year. The maze is wheelchair-accessible, and “spotters” are high above the maze, to help guide the truly bewildered, and find the lost child that strayed away from the family. Trails and drainage systems are designed to keep trails as dry as possible. There are signed optional exits and shortcuts, in case Susie has to go to the bathroom.

Get ready to scream in the “Trail of Terror.” This is separate from the corn maze. Enter a vortex tunnel that spins around you. All 'haunted beings' are built by hand, with devious laughs and animated to intimidate even the most courageous soul.

After your heart returns to normal, enjoy homemade donuts and cider. Private security is on duty in the free parking area, maze and “Trail of Terror.” A few rules – no pets, no children carried in arms, and cash only. The cost is $15 per person for the maze or the “Trail of Terror.” Want to do both? It's $20 per person. Children under five are free. Open Sept. 11-Nov. 1. Hours are – Fridays, 6-10 p.m.; Saturdays, 1-10 p.m.; Sundays, 1-8 p.m. “The Trail of Terror” is open Friday and Saturday nights from 7-10 p.m.

A perfect outing for a first date to see how each reacts to decision-making. Those inquiring about group rates or special occasions are asked to call in advance. If you leave delighted, spread the word and tell others about BestMaze.

Jackson Underworld

1318 Wildwood Ave. 
Jackson, MI 48902
517-420-3662
www.jxunderworld.com

The reviews are in for Jackson Underworld:

“A scare around every corner”
“Best haunted house ever!”
“I've never had so much fun being scared!”

“Real, imaginative scenes and effects, convincing actors, lots of attention to detail.”

Four stories and 115,000 square feet of spooky, creepy, crawling monsters to taunt you to scream until you're hoarse.  Add strobe lights, fog, 3-D animation, and you're bound to bump into a devilish vixen of the underworld. Glow sticks and monster repellent sticks at $2 each won't repel your screams. New this year, Psycho 3D haunt. If you love 3D you will love this new addition. There is no nudity, profanity or sexual content. Actors will not touch you unless you touch them.

This is Jackson Underworld's seventh year, and visitors know no year is the same with Lance and Susan Cuffle at the design helm. Visitors can go six per group, starting Sept. 9 until Oct. 31. Doors open at 7 p.m. and stay open until the last person is scared out. Check the website calendar – some nights begin at 6 p.m. There is a large waiting area inside, so no weather excuses. Pregnant women and those with heart conditions are excused from being scared.

Family packs are available Mondays-Wednesdays in October. It's $25 per person, $20 just for Psycho 3D or $40 for a combo ticket.  $3 coupons are available for opening night, $3 off on Friday and Saturday nights in September, and Monday-Friday and Sunday evenings in October. Coupons are on the website. Buy online or at the door. Cash or credit cards (American Express, VISA, MasterCard and Discover) are accepted. The first 100 in the door each night get a free T-shirt.

Haunted Cider Mill

Country Mill Farms, LLC
4648 Oto Rd.
Charlotte, MI 48813
517-543-1019
www.hauntedcidermill.com

Find the ghost of Johnny Appleseed, who has been roaming Michigan orchards for the last 171 years. He has a special ghostly presence at the Haunted Cider Mill. Rumor has it Johnny feels apples should be picked and eaten from the tree, not ground up into juice at these new-fangled cider mills. To him, it feels like his life juice is being squeezed right out.  The owner, Steve Tennes, reports a tall, slender man roams through the orchard with an ax in hand and a cooking pot on his head. Others feel Johnny is following them, ever so closely. He believes the haunting is Johnny's revenge for all apples who have suffered at the cider mill.

Those who dare can see if they feel the presence of Frank-n-Seed. For the more timid, take a twist of turns through the corn maze, or pick apples, berries or peaches.

Tickets are $7 for the haunted mill and $3 each for either the hayride or corn maze; or $13 for all three attractions. The haunted cider mill is open Saturdays and Sundays in October, 1-5 p.m.

Shawhaven Haunted Farm

1826 Rolfe Rd.
Mason, MI 48844
517-674-1649
www.shawhavenhauntedfarm.com

Shawhaven's Haunted Farm begins its 11th season with 140 acres of fear, starting Sept. 30 and every Friday and Saturday (up to Oct. 27), from dusk until the last living spirits leave.

This year's special for kids and kids-at-heart is a 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27 matinee showing of “It's A Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of Peanuts™ Great Pumpkin movie. Before or after, young people can go through a non-scary adventure through “Samara's Boarding House.” The cost is $5 per person.

Back with more Zombies, dark boardinghouse scares, fear wagons, burial simulator, corn maze, and escape rooms, there are plenty of chills to make your spine shiver. Samara's Boarding House was for short-term boarders who seem to have stayed for years and years. Their spirits wander and call out for help. Will you be able to check out?

Get on a wagon of fear and venture through the dark field and woods, where those who went mad trying to find their way out are heard at nearly every turn. This attraction is weather-dependent.

Attempt The Dead Maze, where the corn, turned red by a special chemical applied to save the crops failed, and Zombies began seeking humans as prey. Will you escape their clutches?

Climb in a casket, the door closes, the casket moves, and in darkness, music plays, and you try out your final resting place. Say the magic word, and the casket opens just as you pray this is not really happening.

Choose from three different escape rooms, with three minutes to figure out how to open the door. If you make it out, you win a prize.

Come on the first two Fridays and muster courage for all three attractions and one escape room is free.

For the older crowd, there's a twisting-turning corn maze trail. Be careful who you bring with you, and grab a flashlight so you don't get lost…or we'll find you when we combine the corn.

Check out the website coupons which must be brought with you to get $3 off specials. Shawhaven accepts cash or major credit cards. Tickets can be purchased online or at the farm. A $30 combo ticket covers Samara's Boarding House, Wagons of Fear and Dead Maze, or bought separately for $12 each. The Last Ride is $4 per person or $6 for two. Family rates for the Corn Maze (three children and two adults) are $25 per family, or $6 for individual tickets. Discounts for groups of 15 or more are eligible for $1 off per person, as long as one person pays the group admission.

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Justin Caine advocates for empowering the disabled with BOOM Awards

There is a reason Justin Caine talks a mile a minute and with such enthusiasm for the “Be Our Own Motivation” (BOOM) awards, held in November at re:con, The Convention of New Beginnings. Justin had a cancerous brain tumor hemorrhage at age 10. He had to re-learn everything since his toddler days. He was Sparrow Hospital's 1994 “Miracle Child”.

Justin decided he was going to be independent, earn a living as an entrepreneur, advocate for the disabled to be recognized for excellence in sports, employment, education and creating entrepreneurial opportunities. He was also intent upon competing in the Paralympics, starting a flag football fundraiser, getting married and having a family.

He's exceeded those goals and more. He co-owns Good Fruit Video, which assists companies, organizations and individuals in telling their stories through video. The client comes with an idea and a message. Good Fruit deploys trained video journalists to record the story and conduct interviews. The footage is edited and a professional video is ready for the client to use.

Justin has also created a website – Beyond Our Barriers (BOB) – that invites employers to post jobs, and individuals with disabilities to post their video resumes. This includes those born or with acquired disabilities and veterans.

Among BOB's supporters are the Autism Alliance of Michigan, Dean Transportation, Good Fruit Video, MARO, Michigan Rehabilitation Organization and MSU Federal Credit Union. Employers join for free to list jobs, and search through video resumes to find the right job candidate. A video resume costs $600, which can be paid in installments. Contact http://bob4mi.com

What really gets him pumped are the BOOM awards, which he designed to recognize role models that have not allowed their disabilities to keep them from achieving excellence. Three awards are given at re:con, The Convention of New Beginnings, in Traverse City, Nov. 2-4 -

? Employee of the Year – Individual has made significant contributions at their place of employment, displaying initiative and drive.

? Entrepreneur of the Year – Individual has started and run a successful business for at least one year, showing inventiveness, tenacity and determination.

? Athlete of the Year – Individual who competes and excels in a team or individual sport, with a high skill level, continuous improvement and exceptional performance in a series of competitions.

To nominate a candidate for any of these awards, go to: BOOM Awards (Be Our Own Motivation) Facebook Page or call (517) 484-5588. Award sponsors are MARO and the Michigan Rehabilitation Organization.

Along with the awards, a Micro Enterprise Mall is an opportunity for small business exhibitors, owned and operated by those with disabilities, to sell products and market services. A scholarship fund supports these entrepreneurs, and contributions help create opportunities for those experiencing barriers to employment. MARO had a relay team run in the Capital City River Run marathon in September. The team raises scholarship funds, which covers re:con, The Convention of New Beginnings exhibit fees and overnight accommodations at the Grand Traverse Resort for micro business owners.

Justin is always in motion. He started Battlefield Brawl, an all-day flag football fundraiser that benefits several charities. This event pits amateurs with professionals, with teams of 8-10 raising $500 or more for the chance to play. Check out the 2017 event scheduled for late April.

He serves on the Small Business Association of Michigan's Leadership Council. He's also a Paralympic athlete, ranked #1 in the U.S. for shot put, discus and long jump. He attributes much of his success to his wife, Meaghan, and his inspiration to his daughter, Felicity.

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David Zoglio

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Lansing Michigan Lawyer Tom Doyle

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Doyle Law PC is an experienced Michigan law firm specializing in: Estate Planning Probate and Estate Administration Trust Administration Special Needs Planning Medicaid Pre-Planning The firms owner, Tom Doyle, is a life-long Michigan resident, husband, father, marathon runner, Spartan fan, and has been assisting clients with their estate plans for over 30 years. Tom teaches Estate Planning as an adjunct faculty member at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, is a continuing legal education instructor for Farm Bureau Insurance Company, and is the author of the video “How to Avoid the Six Most Common Estate Planning Mistakes”, and the publication Giving The Client What They Want, part of the Trusts and Estates Legal Strategies published by Aspatore Books in 2008. - See more at: http://shoplocallansing.com/listing/doyle-law-pc/
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Web Design East Lansing

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East Lansing Web Design services by Mid Michigan Interactive can give your business the look that you want. Along with web design, Mid Michigan Interactive can help your business get found online and create a 5 star reputation for business. Visit us at http://www.midmichiganinteractive.com/ for more information. Don't take our word for it, here is what one of our happy clients have said: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dxhqi3xH8k My Brother and I own a small roofing co. here in Lansing and entrusted Ken with all of our internet needs roughly a year and a half ago. In that time he has improved our internet awareness in leaps and bounds. Our website that he designed is wonderful and is constantly being updated due to his efforts. We don't have time or the background to operate the complexities of the whole internet scene. It gives me a real sense of relief that Ken truly has our back and is our internet watchdog. I strongly encourage anyone considering hiring Ken to do so without hesitation. He is worth the Money !!!! Thanks for everything Ken! Let us take care of the confusing online stuff so you can concentrate on your business. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Web Deisgn Lansing Mi

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Web design services by Mid Michigan Interactive can give your business the look that you want. Along with web design, Mid Michigan Interactive can help your business get found online and create a 5 star reputation for business. Visit us at http://www.midmichiganinteractive.com/ for more information. Don't take our word for it, here is what one of our happy clients have said: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dxhqi3xH8k My Brother and I own a small roofing co. here in Lansing and entrusted Ken with all of our internet needs roughly a year and a half ago. In that time he has improved our internet awareness in leaps and bounds. Our website that he designed is wonderful and is constantly being updated due to his efforts. We don't have time or the background to operate the complexities of the whole internet scene. It gives me a real sense of relief that Ken truly has our back and is our internet watchdog. I strongly encourage anyone considering hiring Ken to do so without hesitation. He is worth the Money !!!! Thanks for everything Ken! Let us take care of the confusing online stuff so you can concentrate on your business. We look forward to hearing from you.
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The Difference Between a Credit Union and a Bank

When you enter a credit union or a bank they look the same however, there are major differences in how they operate.  Banks operate for profit and have a Board of Directors that are paid while credit unions are not for profit and have a Board of Directors that are volunteers.

When you open a membership with a credit union you are more than just a member.  You become a part owner of that institution.  Credit Unions are owned and controlled by the people who use their services.  Your voice matters and your input is always welcome.

Most institutions offer the same array of products.  You'll find credit union profits are returned back to members in the form of reduced fees, higher savings rates and lower loan rates.  Take some time to educate yourself about the products and services that best meet your needs and lifestyle.  You can compare product and service information on any credit unions' website.

Some credit unions are designated as a Community Development Credit Union (CDCU).  A CDCU has a mission of developing products to serve the low and moderate income community.  We work in our community to enhance services to those in need when other institutions have turned them away due to past history.  CASE provides products to allow the member to move past challenges and work toward a more stable financial future.  Our team works closely with members to assist them to enhance their financial well-being.

CASE Credit Union specializes in:

Fairly priced loans, including to members with imperfect, limited or no credit historyA safe place to save and build assetsA place to conduct transactions at reasonable costFinancial education and counseling for its membersProducts, services and support that can help members to free themselves from high-cost and predatory debt, gain control over their personal finances, and achieve economic well-being.

Stop by today and check out the difference between a credit union and a bank.  You will be glad you did.

www.casecu.org

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Case Credit Union

Case Credit Union

Become a member of an award willing credit union that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Youth Club accounts for ages all the way up to 18.Debit and VISA cards are printed in branchFree financial counseling for members and non-membersMortgage and Auto loan options availableFree Checking accountsSmall business loan options

Visit us at www.casecu.org or stop in to one of our 7 branch locations for more information!

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Business Spotlight: State of Fitness

State of Fitness “phenomenal place to meet conditioning goals in community”

Those words come from a Facebook post that also cites the “care” factor of every State of Fitness trainer. Justin Grinnell, co-owner with his spouse, Katie, of State of Fitness in East Lansing, says: “Forget what you've heard about traditional gyms, where you're shown how to use the equipment and left on your own. We really care about each client's fitness needs and a trainer is with every group.”

Just ask Dan Smeak – “My days growing up were spent outside exploring, building and climbing outdoors. Before I knew it, I had a career in the construction industry, an amazing life partner and four spectacular children. Every minute of the day was allocated. I got promoted to a desk job, managing construction crews. My endless spring of energy appeared to be drying up. My pants shrank, my motivation to exercise waned. I realized I was getting older and less fit.

“In March 2016, I discovered State of Fitness. The moment I walked through the door, I was greeted with a friendly face and a tour. I'd never been to a gym. I always figured I could keep fit on my own. I signed up for the 30-day trial for $79. They took a through health inventory and asked me to define my fitness goals. Brandon Crabill was assigned to the group I trained with. I did kettleball swings, squats, planks, bear crawls, weights – you name it. The first two weeks I spent in 'I'm doing something good' pain.

Six months later, my pants suddenly fit, my energy level has soared, and I feel stronger and look more fit than ever. I've made new friends, and a trainer is always with the group, leading each person toward their goals. State of Fitness is not something I ever want to quit. It's the first time I can say I enjoy working out.”

Justin adds: “Most of our clients are like Dan. For various reasons, they find it challenging to do a consistent workout routine at home. We encourage our clients to join a small or large group that provides a sense of community and accountability. Every group has a trainer for their  50-minute session. The trainer knows what each group member's goals are. Workouts include resistance training, conditioning to prevent injury, building core strength, and appropriate cardiovascular exercise. We talk about nutritional needs, rather than dieting. As with an exercise program, eating habits need to support your fitness goals.

“Once a client completes their 30-day trial period, they usually know if our facility is a 'fit” for their exercise goals. We are a membership-based facility, and clients can choose semi-private training sessions, conditioning memberships, private training or all-access (usually for clients who are following an exercise program, but wants access to a trainer for questions). All our trainers have backgrounds in sports medicine or kinesiology.

“Our emphasis is on commitment, because achieving physical well-being is a lifetime journey. We work with all age groups, and can accommodate training those with physical disabilities. Our trainers are expected to add to their skills through specialty exercise certifications, and in training together as a coaching team.  If you are looking for results and you appreciate quality, then we're for you. If price is your deciding factor, you won't be happy with us.

For Brooke Pederson Cummings, a physical therapist, she came to State of Fitness on the recommendation of her clients. After four knee surgeries, and a love/hate relationship with running, she knew consistent workouts were critical to strengthening her knees and lower extremities.

“I care about form and technique with all activities. As I started going to more classes at State of Fitness,  and working with different trainers, it was evident they all cared about form and technique just as much as we do in the clinic. State of Fitness is my number one recommendation to patients when asked about personal trainers.

“A lot of gyms advertise themselves as a community/family, but I never felt that until I joined State of Fitness. Everyone is friendly, positive, supporting and cheering each other. I don't dread going to the gym. This is the first gym that I have consistently attended morning classes for over a year, and I'm not I'm not a morning person.

State of Fitness
2655 East Grand River, East Lansing (turn right just before Park Lake Road)
517-708-8828
www.mystateoffitness.com

Open M-Th. , 5 a.m.-9 p.m.;
Friday, 5 a.m.-7 p.m.;
Sat., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.;
Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

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Financial Literacy

The definition of Financial Literacy from *Wikipedia is the ability to understand how money works in the world: how someone manages to earn or make it, how that person manages it, how he/she invests it (turn it into more) and how that person donates it to help others.  More specifically, it refers to the set of skills and knowledge that allows an individual to make informed and effective decisions with all of their financial resources.

Sometimes, we reflect back and wonder where all of our money disappeared to.  We had great plans to save extra money from the raise or bonus we received.  Yet, when it comes time to do so our priorities have changed.   It is difficult to think about the future and our goals; whether short term (vacations) or long term (retirement).   The hustle and bustle of everyday life makes us forget what we have learned about how much we should save.

To help make financial literacy more of a continuous education program, CASE Credit Union offers many FREE seminars and workshops.

These workshops along with our one on one budget counseling or credit repair programs can help you get back on track.

2017 is just around the corner, many times our resolutions for the New Year focus on our physical health….this time, think about adding financial health to your list.

Listed below are the seminars that will be offered for FREE at a CASE Credit Union location near you in 2017.

Credit Care:

Learn what your credit report consists of, and what factors can help improve your score.

ID Protection:

Learn the warning signs of identity theft and how you can reduce your risk, as well as what to do if your identity is stolen.

How to Design a Spending Plan:

Learn how to develop a spending plan in order to understand the importance of cash flow, saving, and spending.

Women and Investing:

Find out unique financial facts about how women can differentiate their wealth management.

Resumes and Revenue:

Learn how to create a professional resume. We teach you what to expect when interviewing and provide you with answers employers are looking for.

Kids Count, Too:

Learn how to talk to your children about finances. Understand the tools, research, and techniques needed to discuss good money management skills.

Getting Ready for College:

Helping your children pay for college is one of the biggest challenges that you will face; however, many parents fail to develop an effective plan, leading to burdensome debt affecting both parents and students.

Building Your Financial Wealth:

Explore ways to grow wealth over time by understanding how various asset classes' work, and relate to each other.

Simple Ways to Manage Debt:

In the current economic environment, many people feel that there is little they can do to help themselves financially. While we cannot control the economy or the financial market, there are things we can control. We will help you to understand how to manage the most important aspects of your financial life.

Small Business 101:

Learn everything there is to know about starting a small business. Find techniques that will make your first time adventure easier.

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Wigs, Hair Extensions 'All the Rave' at 88 Mane Street

Wigs, Hair Extensions 'All the Rave' at 88 Mane Street

Pat W. is undergoing cancer treatment, and sure enough, one of the side effects is the loss of her hair. Her auburn tresses bolstered her self-esteem. She confided to a friend, Jan: “I should just wear a sign that says 'CANCER PATIENT!” Jan knew Cheryl Bosworth had opened a salon - 88 Mane Street - specializing in wigs, hair extensions, and custom synthetic hairpieces for women with alopecia areta – an autoimmune disorder that attacks hair follicles as one ages.

Jan urges Pat: “I know this hairstylist who specializes in synthetic and human hair wigs and hairpieces. Her name is Cheryl, and she has over 35 years' experience. I'll even go with you to the appointment.”

A week later Pat is in Cheryl's chair, having her head and scalp measured. The breadth of wig colors and styles is almost overwhelming. Cheryl explains to Pat and Jan: “A client can come in and select a wig that fits, decide on the hair color and style, and I cut around the hair lines so few would know the person is wearing a wig. An alternative is a custom synthetic, hand-tied wig that allows a person's natural skin color to show through the wig. We can match your natural hair color, and give you a new look, or closely duplicate your hairstyle.

“We have human hair wigs which are also hand-tied and offer the most natural appearance. They're also the highest in price. We show clients how to care for their wig or hairpiece, or they can come in about every six weeks to get their wig washed, cleaned and restyled.”

Pat has spied a wig that resembles her own hairstyle so closely, she can't quite believe her eyes. It's just snug enough against her scalp that it fits almost perfectly. Tears form in Pat's eyes. Handing a tissue to Pat, Cheryl says: “It's normal to feel emotional and understand how much your hair defines a sense of self. Let's take some measurements and make a few small adjustments to its fit. Decide if you want to keep your own hairstyle or try a different look. Let's make an appointment for next week, and I can fit and style your wig.” Pat was still wiping away tears as she and Jan left the shop.

Cheryl's next appointment is with a 31-year-old with significant hair loss on the crown of her head. Like hair extensions, a partial synthetic hairpiece can be matched and cut to fill the area where hair follicles are no longer cooperating. Cheryl adds: “We have different methods to attach hairpieces by beads, surgical adhesives or braiding.”

Cheryl's salon vision is this: “It's long been my dream to help women claim their inner beauty with custom wigs and hairpieces that put an exclamation point on their outward elegance.”

88 Mane Street, 6358 W. Saginaw, Lansing, MI 48917, 517-574-4910, Cheryl Bosworth, Owner/Stylist

 

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Justin Caine advocates for empowering the disabled with BOOM Awards

There is a reason Justin Caine talks a mile a minute and with such enthusiasm for the “Be Our Own Motivation” (BOOM) awards, held in November at re:con, The Convention of New Beginnings. Justin had a cancerous brain tumor hemorrhage at age 10. He had to re-learn everything since his toddler days. He was Sparrow Hospital's 1994 “Miracle Child”.

Justin decided he was going to be independent, earn a living as an entrepreneur, advocate for the disabled to be recognized for excellence in sports, employment, education and creating entrepreneurial opportunities. He was also intent upon competing in the Paralympics, starting a flag football fundraiser, getting married and having a family.

He's exceeded those goals and more. He co-owns Good Fruit Video, which assists companies, organizations and individuals in telling their stories through video. The client comes with an idea and a message. Good Fruit deploys trained video journalists to record the story and conduct interviews. The footage is edited and a professional video is ready for the client to use.

Justin has also created a website – Beyond Our Barriers (BOB) – that invites employers to post jobs, and individuals with disabilities to post their video resumes. This includes those born or with acquired disabilities and veterans.

Among BOB's supporters are the Autism Alliance of Michigan, Dean Transportation, Good Fruit Video, MARO, Michigan Rehabilitation Organization and MSU Federal Credit Union. Employers join for free to list jobs, and search through video resumes to find the right job candidate. A video resume costs $600, which can be paid in installments. Contact http://bob4mi.com

What really gets him pumped are the BOOM awards, which he designed to recognize role models that have not allowed their disabilities to keep them from achieving excellence. Three awards are given at re:con, The Convention of New Beginnings, in Traverse City, Nov. 2-4 -

? Employee of the Year – Individual has made significant contributions at their place of employment, displaying initiative and drive.

? Entrepreneur of the Year – Individual has started and run a successful business for at least one year, showing inventiveness, tenacity and determination.

? Athlete of the Year – Individual who competes and excels in a team or individual sport, with a high skill level, continuous improvement and exceptional performance in a series of competitions.

To nominate a candidate for any of these awards, go to: BOOM Awards (Be Our Own Motivation) Facebook Page or call (517) 484-5588. Award sponsors are MARO and the Michigan Rehabilitation Organization.

Along with the awards, a Micro Enterprise Mall is an opportunity for small business exhibitors, owned and operated by those with disabilities, to sell products and market services. A scholarship fund supports these entrepreneurs, and contributions help create opportunities for those experiencing barriers to employment. MARO had a relay team run in the Capital City River Run marathon in September. The team raises scholarship funds, which covers re:con, The Convention of New Beginnings exhibit fees and overnight accommodations at the Grand Traverse Resort for micro business owners.

Justin is always in motion. He started Battlefield Brawl, an all-day flag football fundraiser that benefits several charities. This event pits amateurs with professionals, with teams of 8-10 raising $500 or more for the chance to play. Check out the 2017 event scheduled for late April.

He serves on the Small Business Association of Michigan's Leadership Council. He's also a Paralympic athlete, ranked #1 in the U.S. for shot put, discus and long jump. He attributes much of his success to his wife, Meaghan, and his inspiration to his daughter, Felicity.

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David Zoglio

  We provide aggressive and effective legal representation on a wide range of legal issues, [...] Read More

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Lansing Auto Repair

Since 1982, Westside Car Care has provided motorists with comprehensive auto repair services that include Car Care Services, Brakes, General Services, Under-Car Services, Heating and Cooling Services, Electrical Services, Transmission Services, Electronic Services, Internal Engine Services, Heavy-Duty Services, Towing and Miscellaneous Services. Our goal is to offer the best services available at affordable prices to get you back on the road in no time.
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Web Design Lansing

Web Design Lansing | Mid Michigan Interactive | Scoop.it
Web design services by Mid Michigan Interactive can give your business the look that you want. Along with web design, Mid Michigan Interactive can help your business get found online and create a 5 star reputation for business. Visit us at http://www.midmichiganinteractive.com/ for more information. Don't take our word for it, here is what one of our happy clients have said: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dxhqi3xH8k My Brother and I own a small roofing co. here in Lansing and entrusted Ken with all of our internet needs roughly a year and a half ago. In that time he has improved our internet awareness in leaps and bounds. Our website that he designed is wonderful and is constantly being updated due to his efforts. We don't have time or the background to operate the complexities of the whole internet scene. It gives me a real sense of relief that Ken truly has our back and is our internet watchdog. I strongly encourage anyone considering hiring Ken to do so without hesitation. He is worth the Money !!!! Thanks for everything Ken! Let us take care of the confusing online stuff so you can concentrate on your business. We look forward to hearing from you.
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