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RESTAURANT: DAY Servers - Silver Fox currently accepting applications for part-time day servers. Please contact Bernard at 235-3000 for application.

DRIVERS: CDLTRAININGNOW. COM is now accepting applications for driver trainees! 16 Day Company sponsored CDL training now available! No experience or credit required. 1-800-991-7531 #3130 www. CDLTrainingnow.co JOB FOR YOU! $500 Sign-on Bonus! Travel USA with young minded, Enthusiastic Business Group. Cash/Bonuses Daily. Tim 888-554-6270 THE OCEAN CORP. 10840 Rockley Road, Houston, Texas 77099. Train for a New Career. *Underwater Welder. Commercial Diver. *NDT/Weld Inspector. Job Placement Assistance. Financial Aid available for those who qualify. 1-800-3210298.

FURNITURE AMISH LOG FURNITURE TRUCKLOAD SALE!I While supplies last. Call 797-1543

POWER LIFT CHAIR-FULL layout recliner. Brand New. Retails for $875, will sacrifice for $579. Call 797-1543

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SOLID CHERRYWOOD, BRAND NEW, bed, dresser/ mirror, armoire, nightstand, tall chest, all dovetail drawers, ball-bearing glides, beautiful. Cost $12,000 sacrifice $2,920. Call 797-1543

WASHER/DRYERS, electric ranges, refrigerators, built-in dishwashers, apartment size dryers. For more information please call 307-247-1716 or 307-265-5332, anytime, leave message.

BOOKCASE BED! Brand New, never used. Lots of storage. Retails for $1100. Will sacrifice for $634. Call 797-1543 LOG BED W/ PILLOWTOP MATTRESS SET-Brand new... Cost $990, will sacrifice for $625. Call 797-1543.

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HOMES FOR RENT 2 BDRM, 1 BATH, new paint and new flooring. VERY nice. $850 per month plus deposit. Call 307-258-7108 2 bdrm, 1 bath. Off street parking. Washer/Dryer hookups. Non-smokers & no pet. $775/month plus utilities. $675 deposit. Ready Immediately. 1634 South Jackson. Call 315-2195.

HOMES FOR SALE

RE/MAX THE GROUP, AMY LUND, Call 1-800-651-9004 & Enter ID#.

MATTRESS TRUCKLOAD SALE Queen Pillowtop Matt & Box $279, King Set $379, Full Set $225, Twin Set $159. While Supplies Lastll Call 797-1543

Lots of Potential! 3 bd, 1.5 ba, 1 car gar. Great Opportunity with new Price! Priced at $84,900. Enter ID# 2175 Slated for Auction, call for details! 4 Acres! 3 bd, 2 ba, 28x34 Shop, 10í door! Priced at $88,500. Enter ID#3555

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POOL TABLE W/1” SLATEBrand New with cues, cloth, cover, chalk, wall rack, balls, cue extension, brush etc... Will sacrifice for $1350. Call 797-1543

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LOTS/LAND/ ACREAGE CASPER MOUNTAIN LAND FOR SALE 2.5 acres off East End Road. Year Round Access. Entrance to property has been put in and trees have been cleared for you to build a house or cabin. Call Bob at 307-258-7108.

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USED TRUCKS 1999 DODGE 2500 V10 4x4 Quad Cab. Loaded-leather, trailer breaks, AM/FM/CD/ CASSETTE TAPE, wood grain. New breaks, new tires. VERY LOW MILES! $8,999. Truck in Casper. Call 307-3592190. 2008 TOYOTA TUNDRA SR5 CREWMAX 5.7L TRD 4x4 New April 2009. Warranty. Excellent. Over $5000 in Topper, BedRug, LT Tires, Rails, & more. $34,700. 307-763-480


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Thurs., Jan 20th .......“AGNES OF GOD” PERFORMED BY STAGE III, STAGE III AT 900 N. CENTER STREET, STAGE III Thurs., Jan 20th .......COMEDIAN JEFF DUNHAM, CASPER EVENTS CENTER AT 1 EVENTS DRIVE, CASPER EVENTS CENTER Thurs., Jan 20th ....... THE WYOMING RECERTIFICATION RENDEZVOUS FOR COMMERCIAL PESTICIDE APPLICATORS, BEST WESTERN RAMKOTA, WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Fri., Jan 21st ............MIDNIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, THE SCIENCE ZONE AT 111 W. MIDWEST, THE SCIENCE ZONE Fri., Jan 21st ............“AGNES OF GOD” PERFORMED BY STAGE III, STAGE III AT 900 N. CENTER STREET, STAGE III Fri., Jan 21st ............BUBBLES, BAUBLES, ‘N BEANS, Parkway Plaza Hotel, Meals On Wheels Sat., Jan 22nd ...........Concert: The Guitar Unplugged w/David Tannenbaum, Natrona County High School - John Walsh Auditorium, Wyoming Symphony Orchestra Sat., Jan 22nd ...........WYOMING CAVALRY HOLDS OPEN TRYOUTS, KELLY WALSH HIGH SCHOOL, WYOMING CALVARY Sat., Jan 22nd ...........BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA, CASPER EVENTS CENTER AT 1 EVENTS DRIVE, HARTS TUX & GOWNS Sat., Jan 22nd ........... “AGNES OF GOD” PERFORMED BY STAGE III, STAGE III AT 900 N. CENTER STREET, STAGE III Sat., Jan 22nd ...........SATURDAY EVENING PROGRAMS AT THE PLANETARIUM, CASPER PLANETARIUM AT 904 N. POPLAR, CASPER PLANETARIUM Sat., Jan 22nd ...........Lunch and Learn, Fort Casper Museum

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1 cup frozen whole kernel corn 8 ounces 97 percent fat-free frankfurters, diced 2 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Frankfurter Chili

Talk about man- and kid-pleasing healthy dishes. Check this one out. 1 3/4 cups (one 15-ounce can) clear beef broth 2/3 cup uncooked elbow macaroni 1/4 cup finely diced onion 1 3/4 cups (one 14 1/2-ounce can) stewed tomatoes, chopped and undrained 2 cups reduced-sodium tomato juice

In a large saucepan, combine beef broth, macaroni and onion. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Add undrained stewed tomatoes, tomato juice, corn, frankfurters, chili powder, parsley flakes and black pepper. Mix well to combine. Bring mixture to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serves 4 (1 1/2 cups each). Freezes well. • Each serving equals: 214 calories, 2g fat, 13g protein, 36g carb., 816mg sodium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 Vegetable, 2 Meat, 1 1/2 Starch. © 2011 King Features Synd. Inc.


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people buy on credit.

• On Feb. 6, 1820, the first organized immigration of freed slaves from the United States departs New York harbor on a journey to West Africa. The immigration was largely the work of the American Colonization Society. However, the expedition also was partially funded by the U.S. Congress, which appropriated $100,000 to be used in returning displaced Africans. • On Feb. 5, 1878, Andre Citroen, later referred to as the Henry Ford of France for developing his country's first mass-produced automobiles, is born in Paris. Citroen allowed potential customers to take his vehicles for a test drive - then a new concept -- and also let

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• On Feb. 4, 1938, Walt Disney releases "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," his first full-length animated color feature. Naysayers warned Disney that audiences wouldn't sit through a feature-length cartoon fantasy about dwarfs. In June 2008, the American Film Institute chose it as the No. 1 animated film of all time. • On Feb. 3, 1959, rising American rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed when their small plane crashes in an Iowa cornfield. Singer Don McLean memorialized the musicians in the 1972 hit "American Pie," which refers to "the day the music died." • On Feb. 1, 1974, Ted Bundy kills his second victim, marking Bundy as a serial killer. That summer Bundy attacked at least seven young women in Washington. He was caught in 1977 in Florida and eventually confessed to 36 murders. He was executed in 1989. • On Feb. 2, 1980, details of ABSCAM, an FBI operation to uncover political corruption in the government, are released to the public. Thirty-one public officials were targeted for investigation. In the operation, FBI agents posed as representatives of Abdul Enterprises, Ltd., a fictional business owned by an Arab sheik. © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.


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NASCAR in Wonderland

This is the time of year when everything is going to be better. In part, this is because the NASCAR season hasn't started. The same driver who fretted and commiserated over the notion that Daytona International Speedway was going to be repaved is now describing that occurrence as the greatest thing since the first NASCAR track (Darlington Raceway) was paved in 1950. "It's so smooth. I think we might race four-wide. On every lap. Five wide on the last lap. Guaranteed photo finish." The same guy who said brand loyalty was something of an obsolete concept is now exulting because changes in design are going to "promote brand loyalty again." The same guy who once declared that the Chase should only be open to legitimate contenders is now poised to jump up and down and use party favors while chanting, "The more the merrier! The more the merrier! ..." Pep rallies come to mind, and they actually might be just as interesting, and more festive, than the current press conferences in which all the drivers do their best Robert Gibbs and recite talking points. With six you get egg roll, and with pep rallies, you get a band, cheerleaders and pompons. Guys such as I might balk a little at having to clap along with the fight songs, but there would be enough radio and TV networks to throw together a decent card section. "The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful." It doesn't just apply to the weather. The fire will get even more delightful in a couple weeks when NASCAR media attend a tour (and despite it being a "tour," much of it will be in the same place). More than the season might be brand-new. There could be a new Chase, a new Nationwide format, a new fuel, a new engine, new front ends ... NASCAR might even take credit for

The track at Daytona International Speedway is now as smooth as a baby's rear end. Or so the story goes with NASCAR'S pre-season yay-sayers. (John Clark/NASCAR This Week photo)

the Panthers' new coach, the START Treaty and a vital new breakthrough in video gaming. It's a shame, really, that Lawrence Welk died before he could raise a baton in NASCAR. It's what the off-season is: "Wunnerful. Wunnerful."

••• Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at nascarthisweek@yahoo.com. © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.


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By Samantha Weaver • It was American astronomer, astrophysicist and author Carl Sagan who made the following sage observation: "The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."

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• If you're like the average American woman, you will eat 4 to 6 pounds of lipstick during your lifetime. • You probably won't be surprised to learn that Alaska is the most northern and western state in the Union, but would you believe that it's also the easternmost state? Yep. Because the state crosses over into the Eastern Hemisphere, it's technically farther east than Maine. • In Alabama, lawmakers once thought it necessary to pass a law forbidding the operation of a vehicle while wearing a blindfold. • Traffic is so bad in Tokyo that for most trips shorter than 50 minutes, it's faster to ride a bicycle than it is to drive a car. • You're almost certainly familiar with the grouping of stars known in the U.S. as the Big Dipper, made up of the seven brightest stars in the constellation Ursa Major. You might not know, though, that other cultures call it by different names. In India, for example, the stars are known as the Seven Sages, and Mongolians call them the Seven Gods. Many in Northern England see a Butcher's Cleaver rather than a dipper. Scandinavians think it looks like King Charles' Wagon, those in Finland call it the Salmon Net, and the Dutch have named it the Saucepan.

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Train Set

Q: I have a Lionel Electronic Train set 4110WS. It was made in 1948, and I am wondering what it might be worth. Although the original boxes are fairly beat up, the set is intact and everything works. -- Jim, Rochester, N.Y. A: One of the better references is the Standard Catalogue of Lionel Train Sets 1945-1969 by David Doyle (Krause, $29.99). According to Doyle, in mint condition, your set is valued at $3,700, and in excellent, $2,000. To a collector, it might be worth even more. Condition and scarcity are two factors that are extremely important when it comes to any collectible, whether it is a train sets or a first-edition book. ••• Q: During the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, N.Y., I was part of the security force assigned to the U.S. hockey team. As the result of my relationship with some of the players, I was able to obtain the signatures of team members and coach Herb Brooks on a schematic picture. I am missing signatures of two of the players. I have two questions. Does it have any value, and would it be more valuable if I obtained the signatures of the two that are missing? -- Al, East Pembroke, N.Y. A: Even though acquiring the two missing signatures might not add all that much to its value, something complete is always worth more than an item that is incomplete. Craig R. Perlow is a dealer of Olympic memorabilia and is a member of the International Society of Olympic Historians. He might be able to advise you about your signed picture. His address is P.O. Box 923311, Norcross, GA 30010-3311. Check out his Web site at www.olympianartifacts.com. ••• Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to questionsforcox@aol.com. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Bad Breath

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DEAR PAW'S CORNER: My dog has such terrible bad breath. How can I improve this? -- Beth in Rhode Island DEAR BETH: Take your dog to the veterinarian to be checked out, especially if the bad breath just started or just got worse in recent days or weeks. Sometimes bad breath is just a hygiene issue, but it also can signal an underlying illness that might not have any other symptoms. If your dog is diagnosed with an illness, follow your vet's instructions on care. Give it prescribed medication if needed and feed any diet that's recommended. Provided your dog checks out health-wise, your vet may recommend that it get a professional cleaning to remove plaque and improve overall dental health. In between cleanings, you

should brush your dog's teeth regularly using a brush and toothpaste specifically designed for dogs. You can purchase these from the vet or at any pet supply store. Diet also may play a role in your dog's breath. Try different types of dog food or add variety to its diet with fresh foods and homemade treats a few times a week. Keep in mind that dogs can't eat all the same foods that we humans do -- like chocolate and onions, which are poison to them -- so look for dog recipe books at your local bookstore or online for pet-safe ingredients. Finally, chewing is important to a dog's oral health. Make sure that plenty of chew toys are available, which strengthen the jaw and teeth and also, in some cases, help to keep teeth clean. Send your pet questions and tips to ask@pawscorner.com, or write to Paw's Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Find more pet advice and resources at www.pawscorner.com. © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Tips to Ease Winter’s Chill

Now that we’re halfway through winter, how are the drafts in your house? For all the winterizing we do in the fall, it sometimes can take a good blast of frigid air to see where the leaks really are. Use a stick of lighted incense to check for leaks around windows and doors. Although you can’t caulk outside while the temperatures are so low, windows can be caulked on the inside. Then install clear plastic insulating film. If your sill is deep enough, two layers 2 inches apart will give even better coverage against drafts.

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Invest in thick thermal drapes. Open them on the sunny side of the house during the day and close them once the sun goes down. They’ll help keep out heat in the summer, too. Uncarpeted floors can be chilly, especially if you have small children who run around in bare feet or who play on the floor. If you have wood, laminate or ceramic floors, consider getting a few inexpensive 5-by-8-foot carpets from a big-box store. A dark carpet that collects heat from the sun all day will add warmth to the house and also provide insulation. They can be rolled up and put under a bed during warm weather. If you have an attic with insulation, measure how much is there. Get a free energy audit or take a sample to the hardware store and get advice on how much of what kind to put down. (If you get the roll type, remember to ask about whether the foil side goes up or down, depending on what you already have in place.) If you need the blown-in kind of insulation, you’re better off not doing it yourself. Get references from whomever you decide to hire to do the job. Is cold air coming through your bedroom walls? It’s possible, especially on the north side of your house that never gets the sun. One way to block the cold is to hang a tapestry on the wall behind the head of your bed. Check unused electrical plugs on exterior walls: Do you feel a cold draft on windy days? Invest in those plastic plug covers. A final note: Change your air filter, even if you did that in the fall. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• "Stir eggs while boiling to keep the yolks centered, such as when you are making deviled eggs or soft-boiled eggs for breakfast." -- T.D. in Mississippi • Kitchen substitution: Make your own "sour milk" to stand in for buttermilk. Just add 1 tablespoon of either white vinegar or lemon juice to a measuring cup, then add enough milk to make a cup. Stir and let stand a minute or two before using. • To prevent hangnails, give yourself a hand massage and use a little olive oil while you're at it. Rub a few drops of the oil into your nail beds for healthier cuticles. answers on page 18

• Your bar of soap will last longer if you let it dry out for a few days before using it. • "If you have leftover paint in your can, get a balloon and blow it up to fit in the empty space of the can. Press it into the paint can and close the lid. It keeps a scummy glob from forming on the paint's surface." -- A.C. in Washington © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Serving Seniors With a Smile “Love and Scandal are the best sweeteners of tea,” according to 18th-century playwright Henry Fielding in “Love in Several Masques,” but he might have added “Smiles and Friendship” if he had joined the 20 senior residents who gathered recently for a traditional English afternoon tea at Woodbury Villa, a senior-living community. Dressed in their finest and sitting around elegantly set tables, the residents in their 80s and 90s were served tea and sweets by 15-year-old Alexis, an active volunteer who comes by frequently to help out. “I like to get involved with parties, but I also like to do everyday one-on-one activities because I learn so much from them,” she says. “Each person has interesting and funny stories to tell as I paint their fingernails, do craft projects, play checkers and exercise.” “Faces light up and people with aches and pains perk up when volunteers and kids come to visit at retirement communities,” says housing manager Kathy Ryan. “Visits can bring vibrancy to a place often overdosed with routine.” There are volunteer opportunities year-round, especially in January and February when the busy holiday season is over. Consider contacting the activity department of a senior community near you and discover how you and your kids can serve. Along the way your kids will learn lessons in compassion and citizenship while they boost their self-confidence. And there’s another bonus: It feels good! Here are some ideas for sharing your personalities, talents and time with the needs of seniors: --Read books, greeting cards and magazine articles aloud to individuals or groups. --Play an instrument such as the piano or guitar at mealtime. --Assist in crafts and woodworking projects. --Assist in social, theatrical and musical performance events. --Write-up a family history as a resident relates it to you and write descriptions of treasured objects or family heirlooms. --Tech-savvy teens can help seniors with their computer or help a small organization update its website. ••• Donna Erickson’s awardwinning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.”

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Stay at Home With PACE Many of us fear being forced to move to a nursing home or elsewhere when our health starts to deteriorate. With the help of the Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), many of us will be able to stay home and get the assistance we need. In fact, PACE has only one goal: to allow seniors to get care and still live at home. With many seniors having several health issues, dealing with multiple physicians and hospitals can be a burdensome task -- never mind sorting out a pill schedule. PACE coordinates all health needs, including with family and other caregivers, and even has its own doctors. PACE programs are paid for by the state and federal government and work in conjunction with local programs that provide ... well, nearly everything. There’s no co-pay or deductible. Participants get care above and beyond what’s covered by Medicare. (Even with all the care and services, it costs Medicare much less to pay for a person to be in PACE than to receive separate services or go into a nursing home.) Those who are age 55 and over, need nursing-home care and have Medicaid or Medicare are eligible. Here is a short list of the services PACE provides: Breakfast and lunch in the health center, physical therapy, dentures and dentistry, glasses and hearing aids, daily daycare, primary physician and nursing care, X-rays, respite for caregivers, personal care, transportation, rehab, social services and more. PACE has 166 sites in 31 states, with more coming all the time. For more information, go to www.medicare.gov and put PACE in the search box, and see the PACE National Association at www.pace4you.org. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. ©) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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January 20 -26, 2011

Leg Pain Often Due to Clogged Arteries DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What can you tell me about peripheral artery disease in my legs? How about the ballooning of those clogged arteries? Where is a good place to go for that procedure? -- E.K. ANSWER: Activity causes chest pain in people with clogged heart arteries. It causes leg pain for people with clogged leg arteries -- peripheral artery disease. Angina is the chest pain of heart artery clogging; intermittent claudication is the leg pain that comes from clogged leg arteries. The obstructed arteries can't deliver enough blood to leg muscles when a person walks. The leg muscles signal they're being shortchanged in their blood supply by rebelling with pain. The pain can occur anywhere in the legs. If the blockage is high up, then thigh pain is the result. If a bit lower down, it's calf pain. Lower down even more produces foot pain. "Intermittent" indicates that the pain leaves when the person rests. Diabetes, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol are some of the things that lead to artery clogging. Aging is, perhaps, the biggest contributor to it. About 17 percent of men and women older than 65 have this problem. A doctor confirms the diagnosis by measuring blood pressure at the ankle and comparing it with blood pressure in the arm. The two readings should be about equal. If the ankle blood pressure is much lower, it indicates that there's an obstruction in the leg arteries. Treatment involves a diet that reduces the amount of fat and cholesterol; it's essentially a diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, with less red meat and more fish. Although walking brings on pain, walking is a treatment, too. The person walks to the point of pain, rests and then resumes walking. Medicines like aspirin, Plavix and Pletal can be beneficial. You ask about the balloon treatment. It's the same kind of procedure used to open clogged heart arteries. A slender tube with a deflated balloon at its tip is inched through the artery to the point of obstruction. When that's reached, the doctor inflates the balloon to squash the obstruction. The population of your city is 50,000. I am sure many competent doctors there are versed in this procedure and can treat PAD as well as it can be treated anywhere. Ask your family doctor for a name. The booklet on PAD explains the ins and outs of this common problem in detail. To obtain a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -- No. 109W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient's printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. ••• DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I expect sore muscles the day after I exercise hard. They tell me I had a real workout. When my muscles are sore, I take the day off. I've been told to exercise regardless of sore muscles. Do you agree? -- M.O.

ANSWER: A low level of exercise circulates blood to aching muscles and quickens healing. All-out exercise doesn't give the muscles a chance to fully recover. You shouldn't do resistance exercises (weightlifting) with the same muscles on consecutive days.

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Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. © 2011 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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January 20 - 26, 2011

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