ARRA First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credits Made Easy

With recent talks of the economy’s recovery, there has never been a better time to purchase a home, and first-time homebuyers are reaping the rewards. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 is offering a tax credit of up to $8,000 …

No Time, No Problem: Fast & Easy At-Home Workout

You worked hard in the spring to get in shape for summer, so don’t let it slip away just because the weather is getting cool. Fall is an especially busy time of the year. School is back in session, and our other obligations just keep piling up. That …

Martha Spaniolo: Green and Growing

A long-time Mason resident, Martha Spaniolo comes from an MSU family, and she followed in her siblings’ footsteps to the university. A favorite place to bring out-of-town visitors is the MSU Gardens, where she took creative senior photos for her two …

Sophia Kinne: Finding Hidden Beauty

“Some of the most beautiful days are when it rains,” Sophia Kinne said. While most people wouldn’t think so, a rainy day is not a bad day for Kinne. She embraces and appreciates the beauty of every little thing in life amidst constant challenges. When …

Marsha Stevens: Giving of Herself

As busy as Marsha Stevens is, she still finds ways to give freely of her time, talent and care. Her compassion and dedication in all aspects of her life shine through, and she makes a positive impact on whoever she encounters. She’s always wanted …

Preparing for the Holidays Season Parties

I don’t want to alarm any of you, but the holidays are right around the corner. It doesn’t seem possible, but I have my first holiday party at the end of this month. I’ll admit that the season is kicking off a couple of weeks earlier than usual, …

Business Profile: Burgdorf’s Winery

A smile and a friendly voice welcome guests to Burgdorf’s Winery, a cozy and comfortable establishment in, of all places, Haslett, MI. But the surprise of it being there in the first place is part of its charm, swiftly followed by the sight of wine …

Haunting Stories for You and Your Kids

Halloween is fast approaching. Carving pumpkins and making costumes are part of the fun. Another way to enjoy this spooky season is through books. My daughters and I have picked a few books to help set the Halloween mood. Her Fearful Symmetry By …

Sue Taylor: Taking Her Own Road

Ever wonder how much work goes into placing a single sign on the side of the road? Ever think about how deep into the ground it needs to be placed or how much support it should be given so that it won’t blow over? How large the lettering needs to be …