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Laugh-A-Bit with Tidbits Resident of a small community: Our town is so small, a “night on the town” takes only 11 minutes.

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• It was famed cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead who made the following sage observation: “One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.” • If you’re like the average American, you will eat about 150 bananas this year -- 26 pounds’ worth. • Up until the 1500s, the accepted way of dealing with a patient who was hemorrhaging was to cauterize the wound, often with boiling oil or red-hot irons. It was in the latter part of the 16th century that a French surgeon named Ambroise Pare began tying off the broken blood vessels with cord. That’s pretty much what surgeons do today. • It’s been estimated that a million pigeons live in New York City. • When pop star Christina Aguilera is on tour, she insists on having a police escort. She hates to be stuck in traffic. • Next time you’re heading to Illinois, you can stop off in Metropolis and visit the self-declared birthplace of Superman. In honor of their hometown superhero, the citizens erected a 15-foot bronze statue of him on Main Street. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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At The Push Of A Button

By Ronda Addy Wouldn't it be nice to just push a button, and bingo, your car would start and be nice and toasty when you get into it in the winter and nice and cool in the summer? With a remote starter, you can have just that. Before undertaking such a project, be aware that you will be altering your vehicle's electrical system, and if you don't install the remote starter correctly, your vehicle may not start or even shut off during driving. Each electrical connection needs to be done correctly. If you are not mechanically inclined or are not comfortable installing the remote starter yourself, have it done by a professional. Let's say for the sake of argument that you are able to install the remote starter yourself... what do you need to know? First off, the more you pay, the more you get. With a basic model, you will get a starter that will only start your car from about 200 feet. The more expensive

models will work over a longer distance, some at over 1,000 feet. There are deluxe models that have built-in antitheft alarms and will pop open your trunk and unlock your doors. The keyless entry feature will only work if your vehicle already has automatic locks. A bonus with a remote starter is that the key must be inserted into the ignition before driving off, which makes it difficult for someone to steal your vehicle. The system will shut off the engine at the end of a preset time period. Remote starters should only be used in automatic transmission vehicles. In fact, in some states, it is illegal to install remote starters in manual transmission vehicles. A remote starter is interfaced with the wires at the ignition switch, which in turn, controls all the functions of a vehicle. The remote starter stimulates the key turning the ignition, which starts the vehicle and lets it stay running. The starter is placed

somewhere close to the ignition switch yet out of the way enough that it won't be damaged by moving parts. To install a remote starter, first set the internal switches in the model regarding the number of cylinders in the vehicle. All wiring plugs should be connected to the model. Identify the wires needed at the ignition switch (constant power, start, ignition, accessory, extra ignition and accessory wires). Do this by using a voltmeter. Because of the importance of these connections, it is recommended that you use either a "t" harness or soldering wires to the factory harness. To prevent the model or wiring from shorting out and disabling the car, fuse the main power wires. The most important wire hooked to the model is the tach wire. This sends a signal to the model to stop cranking once the vehicle is started. The wire is most often found at the ignition coil or at the instrument panel or

service plugs. After all the wires are hooked up, check the installation. You do not have the right tach wire if the model keeps cranking the vehicle after it has been started. There are a few vehicles with multiple coils that need diodes run to each coil so that the tach sensor runs correctly. Most remote starters have interrupt safe guards for backup protection. The brake sensor will turn the model off as soon as the brake is pressed. The wire for this can normally be found at the brake pedal switch and most of the time will be positive in its polarity. The hood switch is normally negative in its input. If the alarm already has a switch hooked up to it, a diode should be added to isolate it from the other switches. This will stop the vehicle from accidentally starting when it is being serviced. Manual disable switches will immediately disable the model in case of an emergency. These should be installed in a location that is easy to access.

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TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Dust Mites Can Stir Up Allergies

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January 30 -February 5, 2014 or their waste material. The mite skeleton and waste products can provoke asthma, skin itching, eye itching, sneezing and dripping nose. Most people, however, live in blissful ignorance of the mites. They have no symptoms. Dust mites don’t bite. They feed on dead skin cells, mostly cells that have fallen off the body. They don’t enter the mouth. You really can’t tell they’re around. They like living in bedrooms -- in mattresses and bedding, including blankets -- upholstered furniture and carpets. They can take up life in stuffed animals. Allow only washable stuffed toys into a bedroom. They prefer a warm, humid environment, a preference that can be used to evict them. Keep the bedroom cool and dry with a dehumidifier, an air conditioner or both. The humidity should be less than 50 percent. Mites dehydrate at that humidity. Wash all bedding weekly. Vacuum mattresses and pillows. Encase them in coverings specially made from cotton, polyester or plastic. Mites don’t disappear overnight. The battle against them has to go on for months and months. A victory isn’t total elimination, but a reduction in their population. If after all these measures a person still suffers allergic symptoms, visit an allergist for desensitization therapy. ••• DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I read that more heart

Tidbits of Casper - For Advertising call 307-473-8661 • 161 South Fenway, Casper, WY attacks occur in winter than in summer. Why? If you dress warmly, does that protect you? -- N.C. ANSWER: Cold weather is a stress on the body and the heart. The heart has to work harder to keep the body warm by pumping more blood than it ordinarily does. That extra effort is too much for hearts not in the best of shape. Dressing warmly lessens the risk. ••• DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Both my sister and I take Synthroid. My doctor insists that I take it first thing in the morning, before I have had anything to eat. He also has told me not to eat for 30 to 60 minutes after taking the tablet. My sister didn’t get any similar instructions. She takes hers at noon with lunch. Who’s right? -- L.C. ANSWER: It’s best to take Synthroid, the most-oftenprescribed thyroid hormone preparation, on an empty stomach and to wait at least 30 minutes before taking any food. I have to assume that your sister’s doctor is checking her thyroid hormone levels from time to time. If they’re OK, she’s OK and her medicine-taking is OK. If she has to increase her dose of the medicine because of low blood levels, then she should adopt your method of taking Synthroid. *** 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. (c) 2014 North America Synd., Inc.

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Know the Signs of Senior Abuse

Sometimes it takes watchful eyes to keep seniors safe. Whether it’s physical, emotional or financial abuse, or any other kind, those who come in contact with seniors can look for signs that all is not well. In banking, if you spot a senior who seems distressed and who repeatedly takes large sums of money out of an account (or changes his or her routine), that senior might be a victim of abuse or a scam. (Seniors, don’t use the drive-up teller window. Go inside so staff can get to know you. Sign a new signature card every six months so your handwriting sample is current.) If you spot personality changes in a senior, the cause might be physical -or it might be a result of abuse. Ask what’s going on. If a senior who used to dress immaculately is now wearing the same clothes for days in a row, ask. If a senior is no longer as sociable or doesn’t participate in previous activities, ask. If you spot bruises or injury, ask. In a caregiver or hospital situation, you might see lack of care or physical abuse. A neighbor who’s had relatives move in might suddenly change his or her routines. At home, the senior might be denied food or medicine or mail. If you want more information to help seniors, go online to the National Center on Elder Abuse ( or call 1-855-500-3537. Learn about the signs of abuse and what you can do when you suspect it’s taking place. Check eldercare. gov, or call 1-800-677-1116. You’ll find information on getting help for housing, in-home services, long-term care, nutrition ... and abuse. Seniors, if you think you’re being abused in any way, call the police. You don’t have to put up with abusive treatment. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

• This tip will change your life when peeling eggs: After you have hardboiled your eggs, drain them and leave them in the pot. Put the lid on the pot and shake. Shake in all directions for up to a minute. The eggs practically slip right out of their shells. Just rinse and prep. -- JoAnn • “I feed my kitty cat outside on the back porch, but she eats a little at a time and whenever she took a break, the ants would be all over her food. Now I serve my little princess in a teacup and saucer I found at the thrift store. I put the food in the cup, and then put a little water in the saucer. The teacup sits in the water on the saucer. The ants won’t get the food ever, because they can’t cross the water to get at it. Kitty is very happy now that she can take her time.” -- O.W. in Arkansas • “To distinguish your keys, especially house keys that have similar stamps, simply paint the key head with different colors of nail polish. You could even add a very subtle dot of the matching polish on the key answers on page 18

January 30 -February 5, 2014 lock. Reapply as needed.” -- S.L. in Oregon • Use a flat iron to iron your collar if it’s rumpled. This also works to straighten out button holes that have crimped. • “To mark the end on a roll of tape, save your bread tabs. Stick one on the tape end and it will be ready and easy to start the next time. If it’s a thick tape, you can use two clips -- one at either side of the tape. This way, it won’t split on you.” -- M.E. in Maryland Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475 or e-mail JoAnn at © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• On Feb. 11, 1858, Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, a 14-year-old French peasant girl, claims to have seen the Virgin Mary. The apparitions occurred in a grotto of a rock promontory near Lourdes, France. Today millions of people travel to Lourdes every year to visit the grotto, whose waters supposedly have curative powers. • On Feb. 12, 1912, Hsian-T’ung, the last emperor of China, is forced to abdicate. A provisional government was established in his place, ending 267 years of Manchu rule in China and 2,000 years of imperial rule. The former emperor was only 6 years old. • On Feb. 16, 1923 in Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter enters the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen. The chamber was virtually intact, with its treasures and the perfectly preserved mummy of King Tut untouched after more than 3,000 years. • On Feb. 13, 1945, the most controversial episode in the Allied air war against Germany begins as hundreds of British bombers descend on Dresden, Germany. With two days, the city was a smoldering ruin. Dresden had been regarded as one the world’s most beautiful cities for its architecture and museums. • On Feb. 15, 1950, Walt Disney’s animated feature “Cinderella” opens in theaters. Disney’s full-length animated feature films began in 1937 with “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Disney had risked $1.5 million of his own money on the venture. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Do Pets Really Need Vitamins? DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My neighbor insists that giving vitamin supplements and “homeopathic” treatments to her dog “Gracie” is key to her health. I disagree that a pet needs so much extra help. Doesn’t pet food provide enough nutrients? -- Les in San Diego DEAR LES: That answer really depends on the pet and the type of food it’s eating, and partly on the disposition of the owner. Dogs are living beings just like

us, and need regular feeding, exercise and medications when they’re sick. Owners naturally want their pet to be as healthy as possible, which is why the pet supplement market continues to grow. Want your dog to have a shiny coat? There’s a vitamin for that. Vitamin and mineral supplements for pets are as varied as similar supplements for adults, and should be given after an owner has done his or her homework on the best vitamins for their pet. Veterinarians often recommend specific supplements to help pets stay healthy or recover after an illness or injury. Senior pets also frequently are given certain supplements to help with sore joints and other health problems that

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Cookie Jar

Q: I have a “Mammy” cookie jar marked McCoy. I paid $300 for it at a yard sale, and I was told it is from the 1940s. It is 10 inches high and in almost perfect condition. -- Laura, St. Charles, Mo. A: You purchased a reproduction. An authentic Mammy Cookie Jar from McCoy is a full 11 inches high. Even if it had been an old one, you nevertheless overpaid. Authentic Mammy jars generally sell in the $150 to $250 range depending on condition. ••• Q I have several dozen View-Master reels that I acquired during the 1950s. Are they worth keeping? -Barbara, Watts, OK A: There is an excellent reference that should be helpful for you to determine values: “Stereo Views: An Illustrated History and Price Guide” by John Waldsmith and published by Krause Books. Most of the View-Master reels I’ve spotted in area shops and antique malls have been priced in the $2 to $5 range. As I often mention in this column, there are exceptions to every rule. For example, a package of 15 reels featuring views of the 1939 New York World’s Fair recently sold at auction for $175. ••• Q: I began collecting glass insulators about 40 years ago, and I have managed to gather about 200 different ones. Is there a reference so I can begin determining values? -- Stan, Longmont, Colo. A: One of the better references is “Insulators: North American Glass Insulators Price Guide” by Donald R. Briel. Briel has more than 600 in his personal collection and is considered an expert in this field of collecting. You can purchase his book at A group for collectors is the National Insulators Association. Contact is W-mail to © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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H O L LY W O O D - - R o b e r t Redford opened the Sundance Film Festival the day the Academy Award nominations were announced. When asked how he felt about not being nominated for “All Is Lost,” Redford said, “I did the film to get back to my roots as an actor. I’m not disturbed by it. There’s a lot of campaigning going on; it can be very political. In our case, we suffered from little to no distribution. I don’t know what they (Roadside Productions and Lionsgate) were afraid of; they didn’t want to spend money (promoting it). We had no campaigning to cross over into the mainstream. Hollywood is what it is ... it’s a business!” ••• Tom Hanks, whose film “Captain Phillips” received a best picture nod, was passed over as well, while “Saving Mr. Banks” was completely overlooked. Hanks currently is working on producer/ director Ron Howard’s third Dan Brown “Da Vinci Code” film, “Inferno,” once again playing Robert Langdon. It will be released Dec. 15. Ron Howard’s next film is “In the Heart of the Sea,” with Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Tom Holland, hitting screens March 15.

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January 30 -February 5, 2014 THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta

Stuck Indoors? Don’t Just Sit There

Q: I’ve heard plenty of my neighbors complain about being stuck inside this winter and unable to do much outdoor maintenance work. Well, I’ve been around long enough to know there’s plenty of work to do inside, too. Think you can remind folks about some important stuff they could be doing while waiting for the weather to break? -- Oldster Stan, Buffalo, N.Y. A: Stan, that’s very true. While being stuck indoors can be maddening, there are plenty of smaller home-maintenance tasks to take care of -- even if it’s too cold or snowy to get out to the home-improvement store. Here are a few: • Descale your coffeemaker or electric kettle: Check the manufacturer’s cleaning

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instructions online, but in most drip brewers you can flush several ounces of white vinegar through the system, rinsing thoroughly with clear water. • Clean your dishwasher: Remove any parts that can be lifted out easily, such as racks, utensil holders, wash arms and filter. Soak smaller parts in a sinkful of vinegar-water solution and wipe down the racks, dishwasher interior and the door seal. Rinse and replace all the items, then run the empty dishwasher through a cycle to finish. • Clean the garbage disposal by adding a few ice cubes and lemon peels and cycling it. Rinse with running water. • Clean the wash tub of your clothes washer by filling it with hot water and one quart of white vinegar. Let it agitate for a minute and then pause the cycle so that the water sits for an hour; then resume the wash cycle to rinse. • Vacuum the space your clothes dryer where the lint filter sits. Inspect the dryer vent for lint buildup and remove any lint you find. • Tighten the hardware on cabinets and drawers -- knobs, handles and hinges. • Check child- and pet-proof latches and outlet covers, and replace any that are broken. • Vacuum out the heat registers in each room, being sure to replace the floor vent covers immediately afterward so pets don’t accidentally crawl in. • Change the air filter on your heating system (you knew I’d get that one in here). • Rotate houseplants, shifting them to new locations to vary the air and light they receive.

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By Tresa Erickson

It took a while, but you managed to redo your front porch. You fixed the broken step, replaced the handrail, gave the floor a fresh coat of paint and put in a brand-new door, complete with shiny brass knobs and locks. Now if only you could hear guests arriving on your new front porch. Yep, you've got one finishing touch left-replacing your old doorbell-and doing it is a snap. Most doorbells work in much the same way. Each consists of a chime or bell unit, a button switch and a transformer. The chime or bell unit and the button switch are wired to the transformer, which is attached to the house circuit. When the button is pushed, the current is cut off and the bell unit is set off. You don't have to be a professional to replace your old doorbell. All you need is a couple of hours and a few supplies-the doorbell unit, a screwdriver and some masking tape. Once you've gathered the necessary supplies, you can replace your doorbell. Here's how: 1. Turn off the power to your existing doorbell at the main service box. Test it to make sure the power is off. 2. Remove the mounting screws from the button cover and pull the switch from the wall. 3. Disconnect the wires from the switch and tape them to the wall so they don't slip back into the wall cavity. 4. Hook the wires to the terminals on the new switch. 5. Take the cover off the old chime unit, remove the screws and pull the unit away from the wall. 6. Disconnect the wires from the unit. 7. Mark the wires with their terminal location and tape them to the wall so they don't slip back into the wall cavity. 8. Pull the wires through the base of the new chime unit and mount the unit onto the wall using the screws provided. 9. Connect the wires to the correct terminals and put on the new cover. 10. Turn the electricity back on and press the button to enjoy the sound of your new doorbell. If you don't have an existing doorbell, don't despair. You can always buy a wireless doorbell and install it in less than 10 minutes. Prices for wireless doorbells generally range from $20 to $70 and most operate by battery or by electricity (the chime is plugged into an electrical outlet). In just 10 easy steps, you can have a new doorbell. The next time visitors arrive, you'll hear them with ease, and after exchanging a greeting, you can marvel with them over all the improvements you have made to your front porch.

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