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Look 10 years younger with expert anti-aging tips


(BPT) – Do you have friends or family members who seem to never age? No matter how old they get, their appearance is youthful and glowing. While genes play a role in how the body ages, they are not the only factor in aging gracefully. In fact, erasing years from your appearance is actually simpler than most people think.

“When a person is young, it’s easy to have clear, translucent skin. Keeping it that way is a lifelong commitment,” says Veronica Barton-Schwartz, a leading expert in skin care with more than 30 years of experience and owner of Veronica Malibu Skin and Body Care Center in Malibu, California. “Age is just a number when it comes to good skin care. My skin at 66 is better than it was at 30. I believe that all of us can age with grace and help delay the onset of age-related disease with a healthy lifestyle.”

Barton-Schwartz’s clientele includes everyone from surfers who have sun-damaged skin to aging Hollywood actresses who are trying to maintain an edge in their career. She notes that repairing skin must happen from the inside out. Here are her top recommendations for maintaining that coveted youthful glow:

Steer clear of skin saboteurs

“Smoking and sun damage accelerate aging and put you at risk for certain cancers,” says Barton-Schwartz. “Apply sunscreen faithfully. Opt for broad-spectrum formulas with antioxidants, such as vitamin C, to offset ultraviolet light. Be sure to wear a 4-inch brim hat, UV sunglasses and UV clothing when in the mid-day sun.”

Stay hydrated

“I can always tell when someone isn’t drinking enough water from the condition of their skin,” says Barton-Schwartz. “Water protects cardiovascular health, keeps the brain in top working condition, facilitates weight loss and promotes detoxification. Water also transports oxygen to our cells, removes waste and protects our joints and organs.”

Eat smart

“What benefits the skin the most is eliminating sugar and white flour from your diet. You should also increase your consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein, “ Barton-Schwartz says. “Then, add in an omega-3 supplement every day. Most associate omega-3s with cardiovascular health, but the benefits go far beyond the heart. Omega-3s benefit brain and cognitive function, joint mobility, eye health and healthy skin and hair, too. My skin looks better and I feel better when I take my omega-3 supplements.”

Exfoliate regularly

“A weekly buffing of the skin gets rid of dead skin and stimulates cell turnover,” says Barton-Schwartz. “This helps your skin produce new collagen, leaving your face and body feeling smooth and refreshed. I recommend nonabrasive peels.”

Break a sweat

“Exercise improves circulation, increasing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells and tissues, and it also reduces wrinkle-causing inflammation,” Barton-Schwartz says.

Apply food-based nutrients

“Research has shown that many food-based nutrients provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity when applied topically,” says Barton-Schwartz. “Topical antioxidants work synergistically to enhance the natural health of the skin alongside a healthy diet and supplements. Our most popular antioxidant moisturizer contains ingredients like grape seed oil, orange flower, neroli, chamomile, sage, bergamot tea, avocado oil and soy.”

Sleep well

Barton-Schwartz notes the term “beauty sleep” actually has some science behind it. “Certain hormones are released during specific stages of sleep. A lack of consistent sleep disrupts the normal release of those hormones, impacting every single biological process,” she says. “This leads to an increase in inflammatory substances in your blood stream that damage your skin on a cellular lever, as well as accelerate aging.”

Prioritize oral health

“Poor oral health is linked to everything from heart disease to rheumatoid arthritis,” Barton-Schwartz says. “I work with a dentist in Malibu and when someone thinks they need a facelift, what they really need is to get their teeth fixed. Nothing is more youthful than a healthy, beautiful smile.”





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Snoring solutions to improve relationships, health

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

(Family Features) For many people, snoring makes a night of restful sleep a far-off dream. The noisy interruptions may even have a detrimental effect on relationships and health.

More than a quarter of Americans say that a snoring bed partner makes them annoyed or angry, according to a recent survey from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). Forty percent of women also claim snoring in the opposite sex is a turnoff, and nearly one in 10 Americans went so far as to admit that snoring has hurt at least one of their romantic relationships. One in five says that a snoring partner could even drive them out of bed.

Beyond the bedroom

In addition to pushing couples to sleep apart, snoring can cause health worries. Snoring is a tell-tale sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition that causes sufferers to stop breathing repeatedly during sleep for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk for serious health problems from congestive heart failure to diabetes and depression.

“Because it can be embarrassing, snoring can often be the elephant in the room when it comes to addressing relationship frustrations and health concerns,” said Kathleen Bennett, D.D.S., president of the AADSM. “But it’s important that your significant other is made aware of their snoring and the effects it has on you, your relationship and their personal health, so they can begin taking steps to remedy it.”

Seeking treatment

There are several treatment options for sleep apnea, according to AADSM experts. It is important to speak with a physician to determine which option is best for you.

The first line of treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. But according to the AADSM, up to 50 percent of sleep apnea patients do not comply with or tolerate this form of treatment.

“Sleep apnea is traditionally treated with a CPAP machine, which includes a constantly running motor, tubing and a face mask. It’s a great treatment, but it’s not the only option,” said Dr. Bennett. “Many people are surprised to learn that dentists can help treat sleep apnea with an oral appliance, a device similar to an orthodontic retainer, that’s effective, less cumbersome and more discreet.”

Oral appliance therapy uses a small mouth guard-like device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway, making it a sleeker, more attractive treatment option for many sleep apnea sufferers. An oral appliance prevents the airway from collapsing by supporting the jaw in a forward position. The devices, which are a proven and effective sleep apnea treatment, also come with the perks of being silent, portable and simple to care for. A patient must first be diagnosed with snoring or sleep apnea by a physician. Then a dentist can examine the diagnosed patient and provide a custom-made oral appliance, which is covered by many medical insurance plans.

Additionally, upper airway surgery is a potential treatment for some patients. A detailed examination of the entire upper airway is necessary before your doctor can decide if you are a candidate for surgery.

If you or your significant other suffers from sleep apnea or loud and frequent snoring, visit www.LocalSleepDentist.com to learn more and find a dentist in your area who can help.

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Sen. MacGregor to hold office hours


April 27

Senator Peter MacGregor will be holding office hours on Monday, April 27, from 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m., at Mr. Burger, 5181 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids 49525 off E. Beltline near Plainfield.

MacGregor will be available to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of his district may have.

This is an opportunity for local residents to meet with MacGregor to address issues related to state government. No appointment is necessary.

For more information or to contact MacGregor, please visit www.senatorpetermacgregor.com or call 1-855-347-8028.

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A little girl asked her mother, “How did the human race appear?”

The mother answered, “God made Adam and Eve and they had children, and from them came the whole human race.”

Two days later the girl asked her father the same question. The father answered,  “Many years ago there were monkeys, from which the human race evolved.”

The confused girl returned to her mother and said, “Mom, why is it that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?”

The mother smiled and answered, “Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.”


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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Dodgeball Night at CSHS

Apr. 24: The Class of 2015 All Night Party Committee will be hosting a dodgeball night on Friday, April 24th. The event will take place at the Cedar Springs High School gym from 7 to 11 pm. Teams will consist of 8 players. Register your team at the main office at Cedar Springs High School. The admission cost is $5 at the door. No passes will be accepted. Call 616-696-1204 fro more information. #15,16p

HCNC Interpretive Center Grand Re-Opening

Apr. 25: Join the staff at Howard Christensen Nature Center in the grand re-opening of our new Interpretive Center! The dedication and recognition pot luck dinner will be on Saturday, April 25 from 4 to 9 pm. Please bring a dish to pass. Kieft Hospitality will donate and prepare the meat. A donation of $10 per person or $30 per family of four will be greatly appreciated. A wine and cheese social will precede the dinner. 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #16

Donations for Here We Grow Again

Apr. 25: Here We Grow Again – The Solon Center Wesleyan Church Women’s Ministry is accepting donations for a “Like New” sales event (much Like a “Mom to Mom” sale) to be held on Saturday, May 2nd at the church. All proceeds will benefit the work of Alpha Family Center. Donations of gently used clothing, toys and furniture for children aged birth to 5 years as well as women’s clothing(& maternity), purses, shoes and accessories can be dropped off at the church @ 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Rd. Remaining donation dates are as follows: Saturday April 25th from 10-Noon. The last collection date will be Monday, April 27th from 3-7 PM. For more information, please call Kathy at (616) 696-3229, or email at scwc1@juno.com. For detailed information go to www.scwchurch.org. #15,16p

Youth Group Car Wash and Bake Sale

Apr. 25: A Youth Group Car Wash and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, April 25th from 10 am to 2 pm at Courtland- Oakfield UMC, 10295 Meyers Lake NE. Proceeds will benefit the Morley Park Pavilion Eagle Scout Project. $15,16p

“Antique Roadshow” Style Appraisals

Apr. 25: An “Antique Roadshow” style appraisals will be held at the Sand Lake United Methodist Education Building on Saturday, April 25th from 10 am to 3 pm. Featuring certified appraiser Joan Bunn. $10 donation for each item verbally appraised. Vintage and Antique items for sale. There will be a bake sale and a light lunch is available. Come and spend the day! For more information call 616-636-5930. #15,16p

Totally Terrific Trucks

Apr. 28: Enjoy books, crafts and activities, all focusing on Trucks! For ages 6 and younger. Tuesday, April 28th at 10:30 am at the Nelson Township/ Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake. #16

Senior Lunch

Apr. 29: Springs has sprung, the grass is riz; Pine Grove Senior Cafe 2015 is open for biz. Of the snow and ice tis certain we are rid; the wonder is where all our Senior Friends hid. Does a bowl of Cheese Soup, a Salad of Chicken and hear tell Cherries play a part; Make you decide from your warm place of hiding depart? The calls go out for those of age 60 or perhaps even more, with hot coffee at the ready we throw open our doors. When and where our friends do we meet? That’d be Noon the 29th of April at the corner of M-82 and Beech. #16

Annual Arbor Day Celebration

May 2: Ensley Nature Preserve will host their annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, May 2nd at 10:30 am. Come see the new improvements enjoy the woods, bogs, birds and animals as they wake up from winter. Refreshments. Enjoy the peaceful area and rest on one of the many benches placed by ponds and bogs. Located on 136th St. – ¼ mile off Cypress Ave. #16

Help Promote Literacy!

May 4: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled an information session on Monday, May 4th, for prospective volunteer tutors. The information session will be held at the Center, located at 1120 Monroe Ave., Suite 240, Grand Rapids, MI. The session will be held at 6:30 pm and lasts one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to find out more about the Center and its literacy programs. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to sign up for tutor training. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) to register.  #16

Artists Wanted!

June 30: Artists Wanted! The Red Flannel Festival Art Review is entering its 3rd year and is once again seeking artists to compete for $900 in total cash prizes! Visit www.redflannelfestival.org for details and registration form. Deadline to register is June 30th! #16-18p

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Police discover meth lab

Cutline: Police swarmed the area of First and Cherry Street, after a meth lab was discovered in a home there.

Police swarmed the area of First and Cherry Street, after a meth lab was discovered in a home there.

On Wednesday evening, April 15, Kent County Sheriff Department Deputies and Detectives located methamphetamine and a meth clandestine laboratory in the City of Cedar Springs.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Cedar Springs Unit, Deputies and Detectives arrested a Cedar Springs man on outstanding warrants near the intersection of 1st and Cherry in the City of Cedar Springs. A subsequent investigation led to the discovery of methamphetamine and a meth lab in the suspect’s home.

The Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (KANET) led the investigation. Michigan State Police Meth Clandestine Lab Response Team responded to secure and remove the lab. Also assisting with the investigation was Child Protective Services, due to the close proximity of children to the lab. Two minor children were removed from the home pursuant to a court order.

Jason Butler

Jason Butler

The male suspect was lodged at Kent County Correctional Facility on his outstanding warrant and charges will be sought relating to the Meth and Clandestine Lab.

The suspect, not yet officially identified by police, looks to be Jason Butler, 36, of Cedar Springs. He was previously arrested earlier this year on January 15, on four warrants out of Ionia County, and wanted for credit card fraud in Kent County. The Post will update the story next week after his arraignment.

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Groundbreaking scheduled for pavilion in Morley Park


Friday, April 24, at 5 p.m.

By Judy Reed

A Cedar Springs teen, who is trying to earn his Eagle Scout badge, is seeing his dream come true as the community rallied around him to help fund his project of a new community pavilion in Morley Park.

Kevin Galloway, a sophomore at Cedar Springs High School, introduced his idea for the project to the Cedar Springs City Council in April of 2014. He originally wanted to repair the gazebo in Morley Park, but when that one was deemed structurally unsafe, he came up with the idea to build a new one.

“My goal is to build a 20 x 36 pavilion,” explained Galloway. “This pavilion will be maintenance free and fit 8-10 picnic tables. The pavilion will be placed behind the Cedar Springs Museum, off of the parking lot for easy handicap access.” His estimated cost was over $17,000.

In December, the Post ran an article about the project, and since then, the community has stepped forward to donate money and materials for the project. In March, the Community Building Development Team gave him the last bit he needed for the project. In fact, according to Kevin’s mother, Brenda Galloway, they raised $18,500. And with the concrete and flat work donated, it means the pavilion can have a metal roof, which will last longer.

A groundbreaking is scheduled for April 24 at 5 p.m. in Morley Park. The public is invited to attend and show support for Kevin and his Eagle Scout project. He hopes to have the pavilion finished by the end of the June. He can then finalize his paperwork and get it approved by the Boy Scouts of America. He hopes to have his Eagle Scout ceremony in the pavilion next fall.

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Three charged in robbery of  elderly woman


Kireonta Devonne Hale

Kireonta Devonne Hale

Keenan James Gosselin

Keenan James Gosselin

Keenan James Gosselin

Keenan James Gosselin

Three teens were arraigned Wednesday, April 15, in 63rd District Court for robbing an elderly woman in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates last month.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Cedar Springs Unit of the Kent County Sheriff Department, deputies and detectives responded to the 300 block of Allan St, located in the Cedar Springs Mobile Estates, on a report of an Unarmed Robbery. A 70 year old Greenville woman was assaulted and items stolen from her person. The suspect fled the area and an investigation ensued.

Through the investigation, detectives were able to identify three suspects believed to be involved in the planning and execution of the robbery. On April 14, 2015, Kent County Sheriff Department Deputies and Detectives arrested Kevin Charles Decanter, 18; Keenan James Gosselin, 18; and Kireonta Devonne Hale, 17, all of Cedar Springs.  They were arraigned Wednesday on charges of unarmed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and using a computer to commit a crime. Bond was set at $25,000 for each of them.

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Post travels to Florida

Pictured from left to right are Victor Hansen, President; Dave Korhorn, Vice President; Andy Blackmore, Dir. of Business Dev.

Pictured from left to right are Victor Hansen, President; Dave Korhorn, Vice President; Andy Blackmore, Dir. of Business Dev.

Vic Hansen, president of Display Pack, the company that will be moving into the Wolverine World Wide building on West Street, was recently at the 2015 NPE show in Orlando, Florida with his team to inspect their new KMD 90L thermoforming machine, and they took the Post with them. “The final destination of this machine will be at the facility on West St.,” explained Hansen. “Its initial purpose will be to produce the bulk cookie containers for Meijer. The machine was made by Kiefel Technologies in Freilassing, Germany.”

Thanks, Vic, for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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Snowmobile museum moves to Sand Lake


N-Snowmobiles1West Michigan Snowmobile Museum and Library would like to invite everyone to visit their new location at 29 East Lake Street in Sand Lake. They purchased the building located on the main drag and also by the White Pine Trail number 5.

The museum’s opening date is Friday, April 17, 2015. The museum’s summer hours will be Fridays 12 to 6, Saturdays 11 to 5, and Sundays 12 to 4.  They’re also open by appointment by calling Ron Knapp at 616-636-7232.

Entrance fee by a requested donation of $5.00 each, children 12 and under are free, $20.00 per family, senior citizens $3.00, and veterans are free.

Please join them as they celebrate their new location in the great friendly town of Sand Lake.

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