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Author: Travis Silvas

Let Taylor’d Fitness and Nutrition find the right fit for your health

Taylor Dreps has been somewhat of a fitness fanatic most of her life. However, it wasn’t until a friend dragged her to a Zumba class that she realized she wanted to share her passion for exercise with others. An instructor for the past three years at various facilities, Dreps opened Taylor’d Fitness and Nutrition in the Charlotte Plaza in November and has spent the past month helping people find their own passion for fitness. Taylor’d Fitness offers a variety of fitness classes for all ages (as young as 4 years old through senior citizens) six nights a week. Cardio Dance class blends hip hop with cardiovascular moves to blast away calories. Gut Be Gone melts away fat while strengthening core muscles. Tabata features an interval training cycle that yields maximum results in a short period of time. Total Body Toning does just that, works on the entire body and is good for people of all fitness levels. Turbo Kick features cardio kickboxing and body-sculpting dance moves. Z-Box blends hot dance moves with exciting boxing moves, followed by a moment of relaxation. Zumba features exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin music. “A lot of people come in because it’s fun and they make friends,” Dreps said. In addition to the classes, Dreps offers guidance when it comes to nutrition as well, specializing in Herbalife products. People can receive a full...

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Keehne’s Collision continues tradition of quality workmanship, service

Deer season may be in the rearview mirror, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to be on the lookout when traversing down country roads. This is a busy time of year for body shops like Keehne’s Collision, which has built a reputation over the past several decades of providing quality automotive work. That tradition continues with Tyler Dane at the helm. Dane’s family has been involved at Keehne’s since the 1980s, where his dad, Mark served as manager before purchasing the business six years ago. Tyler took the reigns following Mark’s passing this past October and has kept...

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Bellevue community helps fulfill Christmas wishes

Presents slowly began to accumulate under three very special Christmas Trees in Bellevue the past few weeks. Three Wish Star Trees collected Christmas wishes from local children, which were fulfilled by the generosity of many in the community. The gifts were collected Thursday by members of Bellevue Good Samaritan this past Thursday and will be distributed along with Holiday Food Baskets before Christmas. “It’s a really good project,” said Mark Jordan, owner of Bellevue Hardware, which serves as one of three Wish Star Tree locations. “The kids really need the support.” The Wish Star Tree allows families to fill out an application for gifts for their children (18 and under). Children can request any gift $20 or less and place their wish in the tree. Community members can then take those requests and help fulfill those wishes. In addition to Bellevue Hardware, trees were located this year at Independent Bank and Hastings City Bank. “We can’t say thank you enough to the community for their support,” said Max Troutner, Good Samaritan...

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Family and friends gather show support for local soldiers deploying to Kuwait

Hundreds of family and friends gathered at the Michigan Army National Guard base in Grand Ledge Monday, Dec. 2 to say goodbye to 90 members of the 3-238th General Support Aviation Battalion D-Company, who are being deployed to Kuwait in early 2014. Members of the Battalion will spend 60 days training in Ft. Hood, Texas before heading to Camp Buerhing in Kuwait. “I want to thank all of the family members that are here today and all the community members that have come out in great numbers to support our soldiers, this is a great community and we are...

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Volunteers are lifeblood of Eaton County Humane Society

As winter approaches, several Eaton County seniors have begun preparations for their annual migration to the warm climate of the south. This includes several volunteers at the Eaton County Humane Society (ECHS). ECHS animal welfare director, Connie Friedly took one look at the calendar in her office and realized what was coming — a volunteer shortage, at least until many of her volunteers returned home to Eaton County in March. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, ECHS relies heavily on its volunteers to help run the office as well as the shelter. Friedly is the only official staff member and is...

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