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Healthy fun in the sun

consumerreports 2014
Friendly reminder to apply sunscreen
Brooke Roberts
Guest writer

Summer is quickly approaching and many of us are worried about how we are going to look in our bathing suits. But how many of us are worried about protecting our skin during those long summer days? Being educated and proactive in your healthcare can result in optimal health.
According to the Mayo Clinic there are three simple steps we can all do to help us stay looking young and help decrease our chances of getting skin cancer; avoid the sun during the peak hours of 10am until 2pm, wear protective clothing, and use sunscreen. Picking the right sunscreen can seem daunting because there are so many different brands, SPF options, and different applications. explains the SPF factor by stating that “if it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer – about five hours.”
Here is some quick information when it comes to sunscreen provided by the Mayo Clinic. SPF 30 is not necessarily twice the protection of SPF 15. Sunscreen should be applied thick 30 minutes before being out in the sun. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming. Pay more attention to whether or not the sunscreen is broad spectrum (protects from UVA rays – wrinkle causing — and UVB rays – sunburn causing) instead of only paying attention to the SPF. Apply sunscreen even if it is cloudy out. Sunscreen can be used on children as young as 6 months.
Don’t risk the health of your skin because you want to have a nice tan for the summer. Protect your skin like it is the only skin that you have, because it is. Be active in the care of your skin and get out and enjoy the coming summer and many, many more.

James Freed


A profile of Port Huron’s city manager
Mel Buskirk
Copy Editor

“I couldn’t resist the idea of coming back to Port Huron,” James Freed said during an interview on Tuesday, Dec. 1. “I’ve always loved Port Huron. I love the people of Port Huron.” Freed returned to the Blue Water area when he became the city manager of Port Huron on June 9, 2014.
He had spent his childhood here, growing up just outside of Port Huron in Kimball Township. In middle school, his family moved near an Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio where they stayed for five years. His father, a pastor, then moved the family to the west side of the state for work. Freed graduated high school in Coldwater, Michigan.
After high school, Freed pursued political science at the University of Indiana. Minoring in social work and international relations, he realized that social work wasn’t right for him. “It was more addressing the problems after they happened. I prefer to prevent them from happening.”
He then pursued public policy, acting as a policy advisor for different senators and representatives and assisted them in their campaigns. “I didn’t really like the politics aspect of it. I didn’t really like the politics of it at all,” he said reflectively, “but I was really fascinated with the policy aspect.”
In order to achieve his degree, Freed had to complete a practicum in which he gained real world experience by serving as assistant city manager in the city of Walled Lake, Michigan in 2007. As assistant city manager he put together proposals, spoke before the city council, and worked with almost every department, including the downtown developmental authority, putting together their initiatives.
After finishing his degree in 2008, Freed was sworn in as the village manager of Lakeview, Michigan. This made him the youngest city manager in U.S. history at the age of 23. Freed proudly touted his achievements of cutting costs, reducing the size of government, and surviving the recession.
The neighboring town of Stanton, Michigan took notice of these achievements. Through a shared service agreement, Freed became the city manager of both Stanton and Lakeview before the age of 25. He continued to serve both cities for about six and a half years until the city of Port Huron became available.
“I had never anticipated on moving,” Freed said. “I was a known quantity. Everyone knew who I was; I knew who everyone else was. I had a good relationship with the council. I had a secure job and I was making good money, about the same as I am now actually. But I couldn’t resist the idea of coming back to Port Huron.”
Despite all of these achievements, Freed says his greatest achievements are the small ones in Stanton and Lakeview. He claims those achievements – brokering shared service agreements with cities and countywide organizations, bringing people together that have never worked together, the cost saving shared service agreements and collaborations between Lakeview and Stanton — highlight good government. He also gives credit to his staff during his time in those cities, “I really pride myself in finding the most brilliant people and convincing them to work for me. So, I found a bunch of people smarter than me and convinced them to come work for me, and they all did excellent work.”
Looking to his career so far in Port Huron, he’s proud of working with the city government to balance the budget for the first time in 15 years and cutting government by $1.7 million all without laying off anyone within his first year of service to the city.
Freed enjoys being the city manager of Port Huron. “One of the things I like about being city manager is that it’s a tough job, it’s really stressful, but I really feel like I’m having an impact on people’s lives. Sometimes you have to deliver tough news that people don’t want to hear – but that’s called leadership.” Freed also said, “People ask, ‘Are you burned out yet?’ and the truth of the matter is I’m more passionate today than I was a decade ago when I first started in government.”
With that passion, Freed is focused on the future. “Now, one of the biggest projects I’m working on is highlighting what the effects are on the next generation and proposing the question, ‘How do we build a stronger, more prosperous future for the next generation?’” Freed continued, “If you play politics, you’re worried about the here and now. But if you’re really in this for the people then you’re looking down the road. You are less worried about self-preservation and more focused on leaving the legacy for the next generation. That’s what I’m focused on.”
To improve the community for the next generation, Freed is focused on what he calls the “less sexy” aspects of public policy – infrastructure, the balance sheet, paying down debt and unfunded liabilities, making sure that the water and sewer system are financially viable, making sure our police and fire departments have what they need to be successful, and getting away from a culture of politics by moving towards a culture of servant-hood leadership.
He intends to lead the culture of servant-hood leadership by example. When asked about why he chose to pursue political science and government roles, Freed responded, “I was in high school during 9/11. That really had a profound impact on me. So I got involved in the political process and government. I really felt like it was one of those times where I was too young to join the armed forces, I was only a sophomore in high school, so I volunteered in local civic groups and started going to the council meetings, getting involved in the local political parties. I thought, ‘How could I build a stronger community? A stronger world?’ When you’re young and idealistic, you always chase those things. But, that’s why I started.”
With all the civil and political unrest in the world, from North Korea to France, the Middle East to here in the United States, it’s difficult to think of a solution to try to fix the world. Freed reflected, “Even when you’re young, you always want to go out and change the world. I thought, if I really want to change the world I need to go home and fix my home town. If you really want to change the world, you should focus on fixing the community you come from. I believe that all politics are local.”

Healthy and delicious can be nutritious

Frances Lograsso
Guest Writer

The holidays are around the corner, and many people are already planning their New Year’s resolution to lose the weight they will gain this season. Think about a different resolution and begin or continue healthy eating habits now. What a person eats or, more importantly, does not eat, is an important part of being healthy. Visit, the American Heart Association website.
Eating healthy during the holidays can be a challenge. Holiday traditions are all about family, festivities, fun, food, and… fat. Fat? Yes. Many family holiday celebrations center on foods that are full of fat; turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, or butter, and do not forget the stuffing; traditional fried-in-oil foods like latkes and doughnuts; lasagna, ham, sausages, and cheesy potatoes; and to finish it all off, pies loaded with whipped cream.
The picture is clear, and those are just a few examples of holiday food staples. So, how does one enjoy the food during holiday celebrations and family dinners and still manage to eat healthy?

Here are a few ideas:
– Substitute the butter in spreads, cooking and baking recipes with olive oil, avocadoes, Greek yogurt, applesauce, almond butter, and pumpkin puree
– Arrange a bowl of fresh fruits
– Drink water before and after the main meal
– Steam fresh vegetables (sweet potatoes are delicious in the skin, and are quick and easy in the microwave) instead of heating canned ones
– Use herbs, spices and vinaigrettes for flavoring instead of gravy and mayonnaise
– Take smaller portions
– Split dessert in half and share
– Leave the table after the meal

And for a few healthier recipes:

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix
2 cans (15 ounces each) garbanzos, rinsed, drained and patted dry
2 cups wheat squares cereal
1 cup dried pineapple chunks
1 cup raisins
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Heat the oven to 350 F. Lightly coat a 15 1/2-inch-by-10 1/2-inch baking sheet with butter-flavored cooking spray.
Generously spray a heavy skillet with butter-flavored cooking spray. Add garbanzos to the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until the beans begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer garbanzos to the prepared baking sheet. Spray the beans lightly with cooking spray. Bake, stirring frequently, until the beans are crisp, about 20 minutes.
Lightly coat a roasting pan with butter-flavored cooking spray. Measure the cereal, pineapple and raisins into the pan. Add roasted garbanzos. Stir to mix evenly.
In a large glass measuring cup combine honey, Worcestershire sauce and spices. Stir to mix evenly. Pour the mixture over the snack mix and toss gently. Spray mixture again with cooking spray. Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the mixture from burning.
Remove from oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container.

Main entrée
Herb-Rubbed Turkey with Au Jus
For the rub:
2 teaspoons dried sage
1 tablespoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 whole turkey (about 15 pounds), thawed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup water
For the au jus:
2 teaspoons dried sage
1 tablespoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup apple juice
1 cup defatted pan drippings
Preheat the oven to 325 F.
In a small bowl, combine the sage, thyme and parsley to make the rub. Mix well and set aside.
Remove the neck and giblets from the turkey and discard. Rinse the turkey inside and out with cool water. Pat dry with paper towels.
Starting at the neck area, insert fingers or a spoon between the layer of skin and meat to gently loosen the skin. Place the turkey breast-side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Add about 1 tablespoon of the herb mixture under the skin of each breast. Rub the outside of the turkey with the olive oil. Rub the remaining herb mixture over the outside of the bird.
Loosely tie the legs together. Place into the middle of the oven.
After about 1 1/2 hours, cover the turkey with a tent of foil to prevent overcooking. Check the doneness after the bird has roasted about 3 to 3 1/2 hours. The turkey is done when the thigh is pierced deeply and juices run clear (180 to 185 F) or when the breast muscle reaches 170 to 175 F.
Remove the turkey from the oven. Let it stand about 20 minutes to allow juices to settle in the meat. Deglaze the pan by adding 1/2 cup water. Stir to scrape up the browned bits. Pour pan drippings into a gravy separator. Reserve 1 cup of defatted pan drippings for the au jus.
To make the au jus, combine the sage, thyme, parsley, honey and apple juice in a saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until reduced by half. Add the defatted pan drippings and bring to a low boil, stirring often.
Carve the turkey and drizzle turkey slices with the herbed au jus. Serve immediately.

Vegetable side dish:
Brussels Sprouts with Shallot and Lemon
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 shallots, thinly sliced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut into quarters
1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable stock or broth
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In a large, nonstick frying pan, heat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté until soft and lightly golden, about 6 minutes. Stir in the 1/8 teaspoon salt. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
In the same frying pan, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the Brussels sprouts and sauté until they begin to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the vegetable stock and bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, until the Brussels sprouts are tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Return the shallots to the pan. Stir in the lemon zest and juice, and the pepper. Serve immediately.

Warm Chocolate Soufflé
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tablespoons hot water
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 tablespoons all-purpose (plain) flour
1 tablespoon ground hazelnuts (filberts) or almonds
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup 1 percent low-fat milk
4 egg whites
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon confectioners’ (powdered) sugar
1 cup raspberries
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly coat six 1-cup individual soufflé dishes or ramekins with cooking spray or coat a 6-cup soufflé dish with the spray.
In a small bowl, combine the cocoa and hot water, stirring until smooth. Set aside.
In a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the canola oil and stir to combine. Add the flour, ground hazelnuts and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in the brown sugar, honey and salt. Gradually add the milk and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir into the cocoa mixture. Let cool slightly.
In a large, thoroughly cleaned bowl, using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the granulated sugar 1 tablespoon at a time and beat until stiff peaks form. Then fold the remaining egg whites into the cocoa mixture. Mixing gently, only using a rubber spatula, gently fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the cocoa mixture to lighten until no white streaks remain.
Gently scoop the cocoa egg white mixture into the prepared dishes (or dish). Bake until the soufflé rises above the rim and is set in the center, 15 to 20 minutes for individual soufflés or 40 to 45 minutes for the large soufflé. Cool the soufflés on a wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes. Using a fine-mesh sieve, dust the top with the confectioners’ sugar. Garnish with raspberries and serve immediately.
Recipes courtesy of

Remember to exercise: take in the beautiful colors of nature during a walk after dinner, or if the weather does not cooperate, join the kids in a dance on the gaming system. Start a new tradition; not only does it set a good example for the family, but it will help ensure being around for more holidays to come.

The priceless gift

Preventing blood cancer
Brooke Roberts
Guest Writer

Did you know that according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society approximately every three minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer and approximately every nine minutes someone in the U.S. dies from a blood cancer? Leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and myelodysplastic syndromes are all types of blood cancers that can affect anyone and at any age.
During the holiday season many people think about how thankful they are for their friends and family. Imagine if one of your loved ones was facing a cancer diagnosis. Wouldn’t you do anything you could to help? According to, only 30% of patients are able to find a compatible bone marrow donor in their family. That means that it takes strangers like you and me to be willing to become a donor.
Registering as a donor is easy and can be done from your home for free. One, simply register online at Then, swab at home and return them. Finally, you will be put on a list of donors to be contacted when you are needed.
Keep in mind that there are some eligibility requirements:
– Be between ages 18 and 55
– Be in good general health
– Weigh more than 110 pounds but not exceed BMI 40
– Cannot have the following health conditions: Heart surgery, heart disease, or stroke; HIV positive or have AIDS; hepatitis B or C; kidney or liver disease; chronic or severe neck or back problems; epilepsy or have had a seizure within one year; history of blood clotting or bleeding disorders; history of cancer (some are acceptable).
If you are a match for a patient you will be contacted to donate in one of two ways, peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) or bone marrow donation.
The PBSC is used 75% of the time; it is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that collects blood stem cells via the bloodstream. This procedure takes about four to eight hours on one to two consecutive days. There is a series of daily injections for four days before the collection. Some side effects for the donor include headaches, or bone or muscle aches as a result of the injections. Side effects subside shortly after collection.
The other method is the bone marrow donation and is a one to two hour surgical procedure performed under anesthesia where marrow cells are collected from the back of your pelvic bone using a syringe. Some side effects for the donor include some discomfort in the lower back and some effects of the anesthesia, such as nausea, sore throat or light headedness.
Many people feel helpless when they know someone with a cancer diagnosis, but becoming a marrow donor can allow you to take part in extending someone’s life. Talk to your friends and family about becoming donors too. Being a donor could be a holiday gift for someone that does not cost the giver, but means life to the recipient.
Visit to become a donor and be a part of deleting blood cancer. For more information visit: or

Progressive muscle relaxation

Why it can be effective for you
Amanda Prigel
Guest Writer

Stressed with the daily demands in your life? Anxious from having to juggle all of your responsibilities? Having trouble sleeping at night? Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique that can help alleviate these problems.
A healthy and natural alternative to taking prescription medication, progressive muscle relaxation is helpful in decreasing levels of worry and stress. According to Sheila Videbeck’s 2014 book “Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing,” relaxation exercises, including progressive muscle relaxation, can be useful calming tools and are non-medical, albeit still therapeutic, ways to help ease anxiety symptoms.
According to data from the University of California at Irvine’s Health Education Center, progressive muscle relaxation techniques involve focusing on gradually tensing and then relaxing the different muscle groups in the body. This technique leads to an understanding of the difference between muscle tension and relaxation, and helps those practicing it to know of the physical sensations that both stress and relaxation can cause.
Progressive muscle relaxation helps people struggling with insomnia to relax enough to fall asleep. It also assists in decreasing symptoms, including headaches, cancer side-effects, high blood pressure, and digestive problems, according to the report.
Tamara Turney, a registered nurse and St. Clair County Community College professor of nursing, also notes that progressive muscle relaxation is often a more appealing alternative to anxiety medication which may not always be easy to obtain when needed and people often worry about negative reactions to medication.
“Progressive muscle relaxation has many benefits, is easy to learn and perform, is readily available and does not lead to addiction or financial stress,” Turney said. “Anyone of any culture, age, or socioeconomic level can be taught how to perform this technique.”
Gradually tensing, and then releasing, that nervous energy from each muscle group is a useful tool because it provides a peaceful refuge from the stresses of daily life. Often resulting in a deeply relaxed state, the process of progressive muscle relaxation is as revitalizing as it is easy to do, according to Turney.
“To have a sense of control over one’s body and the associated physiologic stress reactions can initiate a sense of peace and well-being,” Turney said. “This sense of peace and well-being can help a person see events in their world in a more positive versus negative way.”
According to Carrie Beck, a registered nurse and St. Clair County Community College professor of nursing, performing progressive muscle relaxation techniques can help lower anxiety, clear the mind and help one focus better and help those struggling with insomnia. “When practiced, this technique can help promote sleep for those who are having difficulty falling or staying asleep,” Beck said. “The immediate effects are an induced state of rest.”
According to Beck, this may help one build up emotional strength to be better able to take on life’s responsibilities and challenges.

An easier, cheaper trip

New app, “Carpooling,” seeks to simplify ride sharing
Lily Petit
Staff Writer

Music blaring, car packed with friends, luggage and junk food, headed to a concert, a coast, or maybe even the ever popular Cedar Point. These are just a few typical road trip examples that the new app, Carpooling, wants to improve upon.
Carpooling became available in the U.S. as of December 2014. According to UWire, a college press release website, Carpooling is the number one ridesharing app in Europe. Now they seek their U.S. title.
Here’s how it works. If you want to be the driver you put your start and end points for your road trip into the app, how many seats you have available in your vehicle and how much you’re charging per seat.
If you want to ride, you put your start and end location in the app and it will generate a list of people and their trips that match your criteria. Then both driver and passenger must confirm the ride to make it official.
Here’s the catch. Carpooling receives a 19 percent cut of what your passengers pay to ride. All users must have a Paypal account. Paypal ensures the driver gets their money and Carpooling gets their cut.
Additionally, common sense should be exercised. Carpooling does not check the validity of users’ licenses nor do they do background checks on users. All personal information, vehicle type, license plate, contact information etc., is provided by the user. Accounts are linked to users’ Facebook profiles which allow their profile picture to be seen in the app.
However, Carpooling does offer a rating system. Passengers can rate drivers with a one to five star rating and both the passenger and driver comments are available for users to peruse.
While the app is still not nearly as popular in the states as it is across the pond, an alternative, yet similar use for the app should be considered.
Some students travel over 35 miles every day to take classes at SC4. This app could open a new digitized carpooling system for commuting students. Carpooling is especially relevant now in the harsh winter months. Students could get connected with fellow SC4 attendees who drive a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Or by ride sharing, students could keep more vehicles off the road therefore hopefully lessening the chances of car accidents.
Freshmen students from Burtchville, Sydney Relken, 19, and Alex Perry, 18, have differing views on the app.
Relken says she would use the app. “If someone needed a ride I wouldn’t mind. I like helping people out,” said Relken. But Perry has her own qualms saying, “I’m reserved. I wouldn’t want to be with random people. It’s not that I don’t trust them. I would just feel weird.”
Carpooling users may be scarce now, but according to Uwire, Carpooling CEO Markus Barnikel, is confident the app will quickly reach it popularity potential.

It’s no secret that winter in Michigan can get overwheming, but are you prepared for it?

Tips, tricks, and supplies for the winter
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

After the winter-wonderland-turned-Polar Vortex winter of 2013, no one should be taking any chances. By “taking chances,” I’m talking about being unprepared. Underdressed people are always the coldest, unprepared cars run the worst, and sometimes you just end up shit’s creek. With taking the right steps, you minimize the chance of ending up there.

Winter Apparel
Yoga/sweat pants, skirts, open toed shoes, track jackets, and tennis shoes are all examples of how to not dress for winter. To prevent heat loss, all areas of the body should be covered, and covered well.
A hat (or a beanie), gloves, boots, jeans, and a winter coat should have a special place for everyone during winter. While you could wear a snow suit, we all know that looking trendy is all the rage. That being said, you can still look trendy and be warm.
If trendy isn’t warm enough for some reason, then the next step is layering up. Another pair of pants under jeans, or an extra t-shirt can make all the difference when outside amongst the icicles.
While all of the above is a must for being warm, having good snow boots will keep you upright better than those Gucci gloves will. Find something with good grip, but will be comfy walking in if you spend a lot of time on your feet. These boots are many and can be found online or in stores for varying prices, choose wisely.
Ugg boots are not suitable for winter conditions because they are not waterproof. The fur will absorb moisture and hold it in, and can make the Uggs smell bad. The same goes for Converse and other cloth, athletic shoes.

Vehicle Care Tips
The first step to driving in the winter is make sure your vehicle is ready for winter. Fluids (oil, antifreeze), battery, brakes, engine, and tires should all be checked by a mechanic. Fluids should be checked often to begin with, but you will want to make a habit of it during winter. I know, it’s cold. Dress appropriately.
Snow tires help out greatly in the winter, but cost more than regular summer tires. On average, a snow tire will run you average of $100 per tire at Discount Tire, not counting labor. Pricey, but peace of mind is rarely cheap.
Rain-X Original windshield treatment works well for most conditions and averages $8.00 at most auto stores, or about $6.00 at Walmart. Rain-X helps your windshield resist moisture, such as sleet, rain, and some snow. Don’t expect it to work when the snow is piling up outside though.
When it comes down to it, we live in Michigan and we have to clear our cars off. Any Michigander worth their Faygo knows that an ice scraper and snow brush is essential for winter. Most ice scraper/snow brush combinations retail for about $12.00.
A car covered in ice is never anyone’s idea of a good time, but it is an inevitability that we all have to deal with. Something that makes the de-icing process easier is De-Icer Spray.
De-Icer Spray helps cut through the ice without harming the paint job or the window itself. De-Icer can be found at auto stores and vary in price from a few dollars to about ten dollars.
Vinegar and water has been previously suggested around the internet, but according to, “we’ve found no consensus about how effective the use of vinegar-water mixture to remove or prevent windshield ice might be.” Basically, try it at your own risk.
If nothing else, cool water will help the de-icing process. Don’t use hot water, it can crack your windshield because of the rapid temperate change.
Most people would tell you to let your vehicle run for a few minutes when the temperate drops below freezing, but an article by said that letting your vehicle idle for more than a few minutes isn’t a good idea, and that you can damage parts on your vehicle.
Not all vehicles will fall into one category or another (to warm up or not warm up?). The best way that I’ve found is to let your vehicle run until the idle returns to a normal, steady pace. This generally only takes a minute or two.
If your car is covered in snow or ice, then the first thing you’ll want to do is start it up and begin the defrosting process. Don’t turn the vehicle on if the tail pipe or grill is blocked by snow, ice, or something similar.
After the defroster has started, you’ll want to take your ice scraper/snow brush and begin cleaning your vehicle off. Don’t make it a second rate job; driving with snow on your vehicle could mean your life.
Snow sitting on the hood can fly up when speed is increased, and can result in temporary loss of vision. Snow or ice on the headlights or tail lights means the light doesn’t get through, and no one can tell if you’re braking, turning, or (during night time) if you’re even there. Being lazy in the winter only makes you look like an idiot, and puts you close to danger.

Driving In Snow
Most people that live in Michigan are attuned to driving in the snow, but it never hurts to try and pick up some more ideas.
Let me start by saying that driving conditions can change rapidly with the weather, but one thing holds true over everything; don’t drive like you own the road and expect everyone else to move just for you. What I mean by this is: driving way too fast for what the conditions permit, driving recklessly, tailgating, braking suddenly for no reason, and aggressiveness on the road in general.
Drive at a speed that you feel comfortable at. Too often have I almost lost control by going faster than I should have.
When snow has found its way onto the road, that’s when you should be cautious. Drive gently and steer easily. Imagine you have a cup of hot coffee and if you turn too sharp or too suddenly, you’ll spill it on yourself.
You also need to acquaint yourself with your vehicle. Learn what advantages and disadvantages it carries. Some brake better than others, where a few can gain acceleration better. As suggested by, “it’s not a bad idea to do a little driving in an empty parking lot on a snowy day just so you know what to expect from your car when you drive on snowy roads.” While trying this, stay vigilant. Learning how to steer, recover from spin outs, brake efficiently, and the speed that you feel comfortable at is essential for winter driving, but not if you slide sideways into a parking block.
If you find yourself sliding in any way, do not slam on the brakes or the gas; it will only make the situation worse. Let off either pedal and gently push the brakes and steer your vehicle where it needs to go. Sometimes you will not be able to recover from a slide, but driving alert will help reduce that chance.
Avoid steep hills and slopes as best as you can. These, when iced over or covered in snow, can be unsafe and risky. If driving up a hill is necessary, then you will want a lot of momentum behind the vehicle while traveling up the terrain. Expect hazards just above the slope and be on guard.
Braking can be different with vehicles and how you should brake depends on if you have an Anti-Locking Braking System (ABS). If this is equipped on your vehicle, then you should always brake easy and slowly went needed. Pumping the brakes work better for vehicles without ABS versus ones that run ABS, and are good for stopping in tall snow.
Keeping your gas tank at above a quarter of a tank is essential for this time of year. Running your car with low gas can overheat your fuel pump and cause costly repair issues. The best solution to this is to make sure that your tank is at least half full at all times.
Remember that having All-Wheel Drive, 4X4, or anything else does not disqualify you from sliding or losing control. Drive carefully and don’t rush it. Leave early if you need to be somewhere at a certain time.

Making a Winter Bag
A winter bag is simply a bag made for winter preparedness. It’s something you make, toss in your truck or backseat and hope you don’t have to use it. We as a race did not make it this far without some preparation and if you find yourself stranded in the winter, then you may not make it far at all.
At the tippy top of the list resides hand warmers, blankets, flashlights, flares, and small bottles of water. Should the worst happen and your vehicle is stuck, these will all assist you in getting help.
A flashlight and flares are crucial for signaling help. Smaller bottles of water are better than a large jug because they will take less time to de-thaw. The human body needs water more than anything else, and being stuck in snow is no joke. Always have water.
Next on the list is back–up winter gear, rope, non-perishable food, matches, a lighter, candles, and jumper cables.
The back-up winter gear is purely for layering purposes and old clothes work just as well as new ones. Have all articles of clothing backed up; underwear, socks, pants, shirts, a coat, and boots.
Rope and jumper cables can prove essential to getting your car up and running on the road again, should you come across a good Samaritan willing to help out a human in need.
Non-perishable foods range from canned food, to beef jerky, to dried fruit. In this instance of building a winter bag, dried fruit would be the number one choice. When frozen, many dried fruits will have an “indefinite” expiration date. According to, Raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, and dried mangos are among the many fruits that reach “indefinite” expiration date on the chart.
Matches, lighters, and candles are best combined with a blanket or extra winter clothes. Burning a candle or two inside a car will not only make the car smell good, but provide a good source of heat in a small area. Shoot for the bigger ones that last longer for contentious heat.
Two other items worth having are a shovel and a few bags of salt. Both can be useful whether you face trouble in a snow bank, or just in the driveway.
What size of shovel you need will depend on the size of the vehicle.
A child’s snow shovel can work well for small cars because of the compact size. Most blades on a kids shovel are still wide enough to help when you need it. Bags of salt also double as weight for SUVs and trucks.
Keeping a back-up of fluids (namely oil and anti-freeze) is a smart thing to do during winter. Fluids can get used up quicker in the winter than in the summer.

A lot of things got listed off, so I compiled a price of all supplies for a basic winter bag, as well as where to find them:

8 pack of 8 oz. Ice Mountain bottled water – $2.99 at Meijer
Generic hand warmers – $4.99 at Meijer
LED pocket flashlight – $10.00-$15.00 at Meijer
Road Flare – $6.29 at Auto Zone
10 foot Jumper Cables – $11.99 at Auto Zone
100 pack of strike anywhere matches – $2.99 at Meijer
4 pack of Bic lighters – $5.99 Meijer
Dried assorted fruits – $2.27 at Walmart
Jack Links beef jerky – $4.99 at Meijer
Yankee candle – $9.99 at Meijer
12 inch (blade width) Kids shovel – $4.46 at Walmart
18 inch adult shovel – $9.96 at Walmart
Salt – $4.99 at Meijer

Try to bundle most of these things into one bag so that you have access to them all at the same time. Convenience helps when you’re stuck and need to dig into the supplies. Even if someone only purchases a few of these things, it can still tip the scales in your favor during a wintery situation. Be smart, drive safe, dress warm, and plan accordingly.

“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air… But only for one second without hope.” –Hal Lindsey

Cajun Gator? Forgettaboutit!

Photo Credit: Nick "Chico" Hernandez
Photo Credit: Nick “Chico” Hernandez

Goodfella’s Grill now open in downtown Port Huron
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

If a mobster were to ever sit down and dine in Port Huron, Goodfella’s would be the first place you’d see him. When the Cajun Gator closed its doors, Goodfella’s owner Pete Norager, who also owns the Angry Bull in Kimball Township, saw this as an opportunity to bring Goodfella’s to Port Huron.
“The deal came across the table and it was a perfect fit,” Norager said.
The inside of the restaurant harkens back to the gangster days with a brick wall dividing the dining floor and soft lighting. Hung upon the walls are signed movie posters from Goodfella’s, Scarface, The Godfather, and many others. All of the posters are from Norager’s private collection. “Gangsters are kind of a hobby of mine,” he said.
Norager described the menu as having “something for everyone.” The menu ranges from soups and salads, chicken and burgers, to stuffed peppers, fish, ribs, and steaks. Goodfella’s also has a full bar for the person that enjoys a drink.
St. Clair Community College Collage students will be able to receive a free non-alcoholic beverage when they present their Skippers One card at Goodfella’s.
A Grand Opening is scheduled for the middle of Nov. once the staff is fully trained, and the proper rhythm is set.
Goodfella’s hours are 11 a.m. to Midnight on weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends. Norager said he wants to “create a nightlife in Port Huron.”
Most restaurants offer a discount when someone has a birthday, but Goodfella’s has taken the idea and put a unique twist on it. When patrons come in on their birthday, the discount is their age; 25 years old is 25% off, and 100 years old is 100% off. Goodfella’s also offers party accommodations as well.
“The key to success is getting people to come in all the time, not once in a blue moon,” said Norager, “from the feedback we’ve gotten, I think it’s going to be a success.”

Downtown Delights

Photo Credit: Shelby Castillo
Photo Credit: Shelby Castillo

5 local restaurants your taste buds should explore
Lily Petit
Staff Writer

Like many SC4 students, I grew up in the Port Huron area and have watched the downtown area spark itself into a fine area for food. However, many students are not from around good ole’ PoHo and may not know where to go for a bite or a caffeine pick me up between classes. While there are other restaurants and cafes downtown that are notable, here are my five favorites and why.
1. Kate’s Downtown
Kate is not just part of the name, she is the epicenter of the welcoming feeling you receive when you walk in the door. Owner Kate Voss opened her doors within the past few years and has found much success in the area.
The exposed brick, fresh flowers on every table, and monthly changing cycle of art displayed from local artists, provides the backdrop for the locally provided produce and organic food; sandwiches, soups, and salads. Kate’s got it all with a smile to boot.
My favorites: The Huron Ave and honey soy milk.
Located at: 231 Huron Ave
2. The Raven Café
The longest standing restaurant I will mention in this list. As my brother Anthony Petit, 19, once put it, “the Raven is the master of atmosphere.” Book lined shelves and cozy couches allow a perfect space for studying and a snack.
Live music is performed Thurs. through Sat. night starting at 7:30p.m., while classic films are shown Wednesdays at 7:30p.m. Recently under new management, Sadaat Hossain added an extra kick of spice and a few new items to the revamped menu.
My favorites: Spinach artichoke dip and mint tea.
Located at: 932 Military St
3. Chef Shell’s
Without a main street entrance, Shell’s is truly a hidden pleasure. Chef Shell’s is a catering company run by a husband and wife team, Mark and Michelle Wrubel. The restaurant opened in 2013.
They manufacture their crowd pleasing “Roadkill Roy’s BBQ Sauce” and were voted Best in the Blue for their donuts. Chef Shell’s is visible from half of the buildings on campus when standing outside, if you know where to look for the donut in the rough that is.
My favorite: Apple Fritter
Located at: 324 Superior Mall
4. Fuel Woodfire Grill
Continuing the barbeque trend, Fuel Woodfire Grill offers excellent barbeque and beer for a relaxed evening and a full stomach. If you’re looking for a hearty, meaty meal look no further than Fuel. Ribs and cornbread to die for. It’s as simple as that.
My favorite: Bacon wrapped shrimp
Located at: 213 Huron Ave
5. Freighters
Replacing the old Thomas Edison Inn is the Freighters restaurant, attached to the Double Tree Hotel.
If your night class stretches past dinner, and if by the end of class your stomach is talking as much as your professor lectured, why not invite some classmates out to Freighters with you for half off appetizers?
Half off appetizers start at 9 p.m. on Weekdays and 10 p.m. on Weekends. Be sure to get a seat near the window to see the Blue Water Bridge lit up at night. After gazing out the window while enjoying the locally sourced menu, you may even be tempted out onto the boardwalk for an after appetizer stroll. Who knows, maybe that’s just what you need to clear your mind of the stress of school.
My favorite: Fried pickles
Located at: 800 Harker St
Sometimes all I need is a change of scenery, a quick snack, and some friendly service to change my outlook on the stack of homework I’ve acquired during the week. These five restaurants have kept me sane as I creep closer to graduation.
Maybe I just romanticize food, but if anyone’s interested in joining me for infatuating food, I’ll give you five guesses where you’ll find me.

Everyone is welcome at the GSA

Photo Credit: Nick "Chico" Hernandez
Photo Credit: Nick “Chico” Hernandez

Gay Straight Alliance, a community for all
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community, as well as straight allies, have found a home at the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club at St. Clair Community College (SC4). The GSA has been at SC4 since fall semester 2009 and has helped many students find a sense of community.
Amber Oile, current President of the GSA, said, “We want people to feel okay in their own skin and have a place that will harbor their individuality. GSA gives you that chance.”
Sean Lathrop, former GSA president and SC4 Alumni, said “It was an organization that school and community needed for LBGT rights and issues.”
“We want to create a bond with the straight community and the alley community and educate the people that would shy away from us,” said Oile.
The GSA also holds charity events for different causes, the biggest event being the Drag Show, which has been annual since April 2011. Last year, the Drag Show raised $900 for Port of Hopes, a mental illness center, as originally written in the article “Lip-Syncing for charity” in the Erie Square Gazette.
Another event the GSA has hosted over the years is Gayme Night, a collection of games from which people can play. This year’s Gayme Night will have a different appearance than past ones.
“It’s gonna be a Gayme Night that’s Halloween themed/a costume party,” Oile said.
In addition to wearing the costumes for fun, any student that comes can pay a dollar in order to enter in a contest to see who has the best costume. A one dollar cover is required to participate in Gayme Night which includes pizza, pop, games, and the chance to socially mingle.
Gayme Night is set to arrive in SC4’s cafeteria on Oct. 28, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Any student interested in joining the GSA should report to room 201 in the North Building. Meetings are held every Monday from Noon to 1 p.m.