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Mechanical Banks Q: Several years ago I inherited four cast-iron mechanical banks from a distant relative. During a recent edition of the Antiques Roadshow on PBS, a collector had a small collection that included at least two banks that were similar to ones I have. I almost fell out of my chair when I heard what the appraiser said they were worth. Is there a guide so I can get a better idea of how much my banks are worth? — Will, St. Johnsbury, Vt.

A: The market for cast-iron mechanical banks has shown solid, sustained growth due to the interest of serious collectors who cherish these amazing artifacts of popular culture. Although banks that display some form of action while accepting a coin date back to ancient Greece and Rome, most collectors are interested in those manufactured between 1867 and 1928 in Germany, England and the United States. There were at least 2,000 types crafted during this period, and at least 80 percent of all cast-iron banks produced in America were made by a single company, the J.E. Stephens Company, based in Cromwell, Conn. Dan Morphy, an international expert, has compiled one of the better guides for collectors. The Official Price Guide to Mechanical Banks features more than 900 banks with up-to-date values for mechanical banks, trade cards and related items. This helpful guide is illustrated and user-friendly. The book is $24.95 and may be ordered from the publisher, House of Collectibles, Random House Information Group, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, or www.houseofcollectibles.com. One of the better organizations is the Mechanical Bank Collectors of America, P.O. Box 13323, Pittsburgh, PA 15242; info@MBCA.com. Check out the group’s impressive Web site at http://www.mechanicalbanks.org. ••• Q: I have a cane that was sold during the Chicago Century of Progress Fair in 1933. Whom can I contact about it? — Cletus, Palm Bay, Fla. A: Bindy Bitterman is the owner of Eureka! Antiques, Nostalgia and Collectibles shop in Evanston, Ill., and she specializes in Chicago World’s Fair items and other Windy City memorabilia. Contact her at 705 West Washington, Evanston, IL 60202; rbitt356@aol.com; and 847869-9090. ••• Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to antiquequestions@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. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Adopting a Cat DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I am planning to adopt a cat, and I have decided that the local shelter is the best place to do so — not classified ads or a cat breeder. Do you have any advice on things to look for? — Sally in Branson, Mo. DEAR SALLY: First, congratulations on your decision. I agree that the local shelter is often the best place to look for a new cat. Shelters always have many pets looking for a home, but besides that, many of them offer pet ownership classes and discounts or rebates for medical procedures such as spaying/neutering. You likely will be asked a few questions by the shelter personnel before you can even go and look at a pet. They need to make sure you are able to care for a cat throughout its life. Shelters do not allow college students or vacationers to adopt. They also will explain any fees or additional requirements for adoption. When it’s time to find your new cat, look over each prospect closely and ask plenty of questions. How old is the cat? Is it already sterilized? What is its general temperament (sometimes hard to tell in a stressed environment)? Does it have any known health issues? Shelter personnel will give you as much information as they can about each cat. Give prospects a visual once-over from nose to tail. Healthy cats have a clean nose with no wheezing, white teeth and pink gums, clear and lively eyes, and clean ears. Lift the tail and check for signs of diarrhea or distress such as swelling. The fur should be fluffy and clean with no bare patches, and not ratty- or spiky-looking. Watch how it moves, runs and plays. Once you’ve adopted a new companion, schedule a veterinary appointment as soon as possible for a physical checkup to make sure your cat is as healthy as possible. Send your tips, questions and comments to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or e-mail them to pawscorner@hotmail.com. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Thrift Store Finds Aren’t All Bargains While everyone is trying hard to save a dollar these days, there are some things you should not to buy at yard sales, church sales or thrift shops. Here are some examples: • Stained clothing, unless you can tell at a glance that it will be easy to get out. • Clothing without a laundry-care tag. • Bed linens and mattresses. Bedbugs are becoming an epidemic in some parts of the country, and it’s not worth taking a chance for a low-cost set of sheets. Watch the sales in discount stores and buy when the price is even lower. • Puzzles and toys with the parts tossed in a box. Unless you want to put it all together right there, you could get home and find that you don’t have all of it. • Shoes for children. Rule of thumb for kids is: Dress them in rags but put good shoes on their feet. The younger the child, the more important this is. By putting someone else’s shoes on a foot that’s still developing, you can set the child up for

potential foot problems down the road. • New shoes for adults: If someone has donated a new pair of shoes, chances are they weren’t comfortable. If you really want them, walk around the store in them to make sure they’ll feel OK over time. • Dishware with scratches. There could be bacteria embedded in the scratches that you’ll never get out. Skip metalware too, such as baking pans, especially if they have rust. • Any electronics you can’t try out completely in the store. A “works fine” note on the item doesn’t mean it actually works, or it could mean that only some of the components work. In some areas it costs money to take unwanted electronics to the dump, and some charity shops won’t take them if they don’t work. Test before you buy. More hints: • Look for name brands. The item will likely be of a better quality. It’s a bonus if you find new tags still on it, but even so, check carefully for tears or seam problems in clothing. • If you want to hunt for bargains, go to thrift stores or church sales in higher-end neighborhoods or towns. The merchandise that’s donated will be of a better quality. 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. ©2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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

The Best Way to Treat Sunburn DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What’s the best way to treat sunburn? I get one every year. I know it will happen this year too, and I want to be prepared. — D.J. ANSWER: The best way to treat sunburn is not to get one. What makes you think you’ll get one this year? You’re doing something wrong. I have to repeat things that should be common knowledge, so bear with me. Don’t go out into the sun during the hours of its greatest intensity — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. I

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have a feeling this is a rule observed more in its breach. Always wear sunscreen with an SPF — sun protection factor — of 15. If you are very sensitive to sunlight, use one with an SPF of 30. Apply it 15 to 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply it at least every two hours. Each application requires about 1 ounce. If you go into the water or are sweating heavily, apply the sunscreen more frequently. With a sunburn, in about three hours after exposure, the skin reddens and becomes painful and hot. Taking aspirin relieves pain and can lessen the damage done to the skin. Don’t give aspirin to young children — they can take Tylenol. Cool baths or cool compresses make a person more comfortable. Apply a skin moisturizer, but don’t use butter or petrolatum. If blisters form, don’t break them. If they’re extensive, see a doctor. ••• DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For the past six months, I have had no energy. I teach third grade. My doctor checked my thyroid gland, and it turns out it’s not working well. I am now taking replacement thyroid hormone. How long does it take for me to recover my former energy? Also, my cholesterol was high. Is that part of this deal? — M.O. ANSWER: It can take three to six months for your hormone level to reach a normal plateau. That’s when you’ll feel like your old self again. A person with low thyroid hormone often has a rise in blood cholesterol. The level will fall as soon as the replacement hormone is working. The booklet on thyroid problems discusses both under- and overactive thyroid glands. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue — No. 401W, Box 536475, Orlando,

May 7 - 13, 2009 FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Can. with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. ••• DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 83, and following hip surgery I developed a dropped foot. All I hear is that it is something I have to live with. Is there another answer? — D.K. ANSWER: It takes a long time for an injured nerve to heal. Sometimes it never does. However, that doesn’t mean something can’t be done for a dropped foot. Any number of braces can make walking much easier for a person with a dropped foot. I’d see about that now and bide my time, hoping the nerve will regenerate. ••• 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. © 2009 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved


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Burton Stays Cool Under Pressure No driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series understands the obligations of his job more than Richard Childress

Racing’s Jeff Burton. Burton, 41, is cool under pressure. He is analytical and articulate. He doesn’t often speak without gauging the effect and significance of his words. This isn’t just handy in the media center. It’s beneficial to the team. Burton isn’t just a team player by nature. It’s something he considers important. He’s right. Just as canny on the track, Burton was asked at Phoenix about the knack of formulating competent strategy for the final laps of races. “It depends on the kind of race,” he said. “Talladega has the potential of being a 20-car pack, with 23 others in the garage, or a 35-car pack. The bigger the pack, the more the danger. “If something happens with three laps to go, and the first four break away, then being in the front is not as dangerous. Being in the front is dangerous when the guys behind you can get momentum and come get you. ... I do believe, in the old car, you were more protected up front than you are in the new car. With the new car (once known by the acronym COT), you seem to be a little more of a sitting duck than you were in the old car.” In 2008, all three RCR entries made the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but the team won only three races, two of them courtesy of Burton. “I would stack our team up against anybody,” said Burton, a native of South Boston, Va. “I feel really, really good about the way our cars go down the straights. I think we make a lot of power. What we have struggled


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with is ‘deep speed.’ If you go back and look at most of the races that we’ve won, they’ve been long-run races, they’ve been races that had adverse conditions, slick tracks and those kind of things. “For us to achieve all the goals that we want to achieve, we’ve got to find a way to win races no matter what the conditions are.” ••• aMonte Dutton has covered motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette since 1993. He was named writer of the year by the National Motorsports Press Association in 2008. His blog NASCAR This Week (http://nascar.rbma.com) features all of his reporting on racing, roots music and life on the road. E-mail Monte at nascar_thisweek@yahoo.com. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

Jeff Burton (left) has the skills to compete with the Sprint Cup pack. He currently sits 11th in the standings. (John Clark/NASCAR This Week photo)

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Suffer From Hay Fever? No Problem. By Tresa Erickson

Anyone suffering from hay fever knows how difficult it can be to spend a few hours outdoors when everything is in full bloom, much less a few hours gardening. All of that pollen whirling around can give hay fever sufferers a hard way to go. If you suffer from hay fever and would like to work in your lawn and garden but don't in fear of the pollen, don't despair. You may still be able to do so and keep your symptoms under control. The first step is to deal with all of the major producers of pollen in your landscape. You may ask your allergist for a list of common culprits or do a search online. When possible,

you should replace male plants with female plants. It is the male plants, not the female ones, that are responsible for the production of pollen. You should also consider removing any non-native species from your landscape. Non-native plants will experience more stress and produce more pollen than native plants. If you have ornamental grasses in your landscape, you may want to cut off the flowers to stop the production of pollen. As for the remaining plants in your landscape, you will want to do some research and find out how they are pollinated, whether by bee or by wind. Plants pollinated by bees have male and female parts in the flowers, and again, you may want to cut off the flowers to reduce pollen production. Plants pollinated by wind release pollen into the air, and if possible, you may want to move them to the downwind side of your landscape where the pollen will float away from your yard rather than into it. These are just some steps you can take to reduce the pollen in your landscape. You will not be able to get rid of it entirely, of course, so you must take some precautions when working outdoors. Check the pollen index and go outside when the pollen count is reasonable and at its lowest level in the day. In the spring, pollen counts are lower in the afternoon and evening, while in the

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summer, they are lower in the morning and evening. If you take antihistamines or use nasal spray, do so before you go outdoors and drink plenty of water while outside to keep your respiratory and immunity systems in good condition. Creating a pollen-free landscape is virtually impossible. You can, however, reduce the amount of pollen floating around in your landscape considerably. You can also be aware of the best times to go outside and work in your lawn and garden. With some effort, you can be a pollen-smart gardener.


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Underlayment Supports Room’s Floor Covering Q: I’m planning to redo our second bedroom, which is where our son kept his two cats. The cats did a lot of damage to the carpet, including urinating on it — so much that it soaked through the carpet and padding. I plan to replace everything, including the plywood underlayment, and I’m wondering: Is there a better material than plywood for this job? Thanks. — Carl in Wichita, Kan. A: Underlayment is, as its name implies, a layer of support underneath a room’s floor covering (whether it be carpet, tile, vinyl or what have you). It sits between the subfloor and the floor covering and padding, if any. There are four general choices for underlayment materials: plywood — the layer in your son’s old bedroom — fiber board, cement board and isolation membrane. Which material to use depends on the type of floor-covering you plan to put in. • Fiber board — a thin-but-sturdy underlayment for areas where a thicker material might affect floor height. It’s usually placed underneath ceramic tile or vinyl flooring. • Cement board — a stable material that deals well with moisture and is therefore best used in areas that are likely to get wet, such as bathrooms or kitchens. It is usually only used for ceramic tile or stone installations. • Isolation membrane — For tile installations over a concrete floor (particularly one that is cracked), isolation membrane protects the tile from movement occurring in such floors. Isolation membrane can be installed over an entire floor, but is commonly used in strips to cover individual cracks. • Plywood — What I’d recommend for your redo — if you plan to just lay down new carpet and padding — is a sturdy plywood. Exterior-grade, 1/4-inch AC (one side entirely smooth) is ideal, but if you are just installing new carpet it doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth — just level and free of defects. Send questions or home-repair tips to homeguru2000@hotmail.com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. ˙ 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.


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PICK OF THE WEEK “Taken” — Written and produced by Luc Besson (“The Professional,” “La Femme Nikita,” “The Transporter”), “Taken” is a fast-paced adventure thriller. Liam Neeson stars as Bryan Mills, an ex-CIA operative who has given up a life of danger and intrigue in order to spend more time with his family. Things go higgledypiggledy, however, when his teenage daughter is kidnapped by white slavers, and Mills is thrust into the mission of his life — finding and rescuing his little girl. If “Taken” were made 20 years ago, it probably would have starred Harrison Ford (“Gimmie Back My Daughter!”). The action scenes are well-done, and thanks to Neeson’s superb acting chops, what could have been a series of laughable plot holes and situations are made believable. Although the film isn’t at the same level of quality as, say, “Casino Royale” or the “Bourne” movies, “Taken” is well worth a look.

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Thurs., May 7th ....... Stage III presents “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress”, 900 N Center St, Stage III Community Theatre Thurs., May 7th ....... DAVID COPPERFIELD, Casper Events Center-1 Events Dr, Casper Events Center Thurs., May 7th ....... SEAGULLS IN A CHERRY TREE, BLACK BOX THEATRE - 125 COLLEGE DR, CASPER COLLEGE THEATRE AND DANCE Fri., May 8th ........... SEAGULLS IN A CHERRY TREE, BLACK BOX THEATRE - 125 COLLEGE DR, CASPER COLLEGE THEATRE AND DANCE Fri., May 8th ........... Mother Son Dinner and Dance, VFW Post 9439 1800 Brian Stock Trail, Shriners Fri., May 8th ........... WY CAVALRY vs UTAH VALLEY THUNDER, CASPER EVENTS CENTER-1 EVENTS DR, WYOMING CAVALRY Fri., May 8th ........... Stage III presents “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress”, 900 N Center St, Stage III Community Theatre Sat., May 9th ........... Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, Casper Senior Center, Casper Five Trails Rotary Sat., May 9th ........... GUIDED TOURS OF DOWNTOWN CASPER, Downtown Casper, The Casper Historic Perservation Commission Sat., May 9th ........... CHALLENGE SERIES, North Casper Soccer Fields, Windy City Striders Sat., May 9th ........... Postcards from the Wild Wild West Auction, Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery Center, Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery Center Sat., May 9th ........... SEAGULLS IN A CHERRY TREE, BLACK BOX THEATRE - 125 COLLEGE DR, CASPER COLLEGE THEATRE AND DANCE Sat., May 9th ........... Stage III presents “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress”, 900 N Center St, Stage III Community Theatre Sun., May 10th ........ MOTHER’S DAY BUFFET AT POOR BOY’S STEAKHOUSE, Poor Boys Steakhouse, Poor Boys Steakhouse Sun., May 10th ........ MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH AT PARKWAY PLAZA, Parkway Plaza Hotel, Parkway Plaza Sun., May 10th......THREE CROWNS GOLF COURSE- MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH, Three Crowns Golf Course, Three Crowns Golf Course Sun., May 10th.......RUN FOR AFRICA, Ramada Plaza Riverside, Windy City Striders Sun., May 10th CORVETTE CLUB EVENT, Events Center - parking lots 5,7 and 9 Tues., May 12th.......ARTCORE PRESENTS NATRONA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR CONCERT, NATRONA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL, ARTCORE


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• It was award-winning author Robert A. Heinlein, widely known as one of the Grand Masters of science fiction, who made the following sage observation: “Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.” • Have you ever heard of a claque? Probably not, since their effectiveness depends largely upon others not knowing they exist. A claque is a group of people who have been hired to make a show seem more successful by applauding the performers.

• Widely reported in the media this year have been the 200th anniversary of the births of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, but there’s another birthday that’s gotten somewhat less press: This year Guinness turns 250. In was in 1759 that Arthur Guinness started brewing his celebrated beer — and got a remarkably good real-estate deal, too. He signed a 9,000-year lease on the now-famous St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, paying 45 British pounds per year for the privilege.

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• On May 16, 1849, the New York City Board of Health is finally able to establish a hospital to deal with a cholera epidemic that, before it ends, kills more than 5,000 people. The epidemic began in Dec. 1, 1848, when a shipload of passengers arrived from France. On board were the bodies of seven passengers who had died from cholera on the journey. • On May 14, 1913, pitcher Walter “The Big Train” Johnson throws his record 56th consecutive scoreless inning, leading his Washington Senators to victory over the St. Louis Browns, 10-5, at Sportsman’s Park • On May 12, 1925, a Philadelphia radio station broadcasts the first all-star radio program featuring film actors and actresses. Sound films had not yet debuted, and the broadcast marked the first time that most listeners had heard the voices of film stars like Lillian Gish and Marion Davies. • On May 17, 1930, the radio quiz show “Information Please” is first broadcast. Previously, radio quiz shows generally posed difficult questions to ordinary people. “Information Please” assembled a panel of experts and intellectuals and asked them tricky questions. The show ran until 1948.

Tidbits of Casper - For Advertising call 307-473-8661 • 161 South Fenway, Casper, WY • On May 15, 1941, the jet-propelled Gloster-Whittle E 28/39 aircraft flies successfully over Cranwell, England, in the first test of an Allied aircraft using jet propulsion. Its turbojet engine, which produced a powerful thrust of hot air, was devised by Frank Whittle, an English aviation engineer and pilot generally regarded as the father of the jet engine. • On May 11, 1976, the long-running TV medical drama “Marcus Welby, M.D.” ends. The show, which premiered in 1969, was ABC’s first No. 1 rated series. • On May 13, 1985, in Philadelphia, police begin evacuating people from their Osage Avenue homes in order to prepare for an operation against MOVE, a radical cult group that had assembled a large arsenal. By the end of the confrontation, 11 people were dead and 61 homes had burned down. In 1986, a jury awarded $1.5 million to three survivors of the MOVE raid. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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