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For Starters By Tresa Erickson

For years, you worked alongside your grandfather in his garden and enjoyed the fruits of his la-

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day. Any less than that, and your vegetables may suffer. Prep the site accordingly. Till up all of the grass and mix in some fertilizer and compost to enrich the soil. Slow-release, general-purpose fertilizer and a couple inches of compost are ideal. These will add nutrients to the soil and improve drainage. If you need to adjust the pH, you may add the amendments now. Water the soil thoroughly to help the fertilizer dissolve into the soil. Choose the right plants. Some vegetables are easier to grow than others. Some are hardier than others. Some are more suited to areas than others. Find out what will work best for your situation and select disease-resistant varieties. Some of the easier options may include carrots, cucumbers, green beans, herbs, lettuce, peas, peppers, spinach, squash and tomatoes. You could plant seed, but since you are just beginning, you might have better results if you buy seedlings. Start off small with a few plants and add to your garden over time as you gain more experience and become more confident. Plant at the appropriate time. While some plants can be put out in the early spring, others must be put out after the first frost. Find out when the best time is to plant and do so carefully, following the directions on the labels, spacing out the plants properly and watering them well. If you are planting seeds, you should keep the soil moist until they sprout. You may then let the soil dry out some. Tend to your garden with care. Water and weed it regularly. The soil should remain somewhat damp; if it is continually dry, you should water it more often. To retain moisture, consider adding some mulch around plants. Provide ample support. Use trellises for cucumbers or peas and cages for tomatoes. These will provide support, and in some cases, may even protect the plants from rabbits and other nibblers. Starting a vegetable garden takes time. Don’t rush it. Speak to experienced gardeners and follow their advice. Before you know it, you will have a garden you’re proud of.


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Just wanted to bring up these possibilities, for what it’s worth. — Jonathan N., Mayer, Ariz.

By Sam Mazzotta

Help Kitty Think Inside the Box DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Regarding the letter from a reader (Frustrated in Philadelphia) whose cat was soiling on top of her bed: I didn’t get the impression that the person was keeping the cat in a cage as a matter of course, but rather was doing that, or considering doing it, as a result of the kitty relieving herself on the bed. Therefore, I wonder if the kitty wasn’t doing that because of a urinary tract infection or other health problem, or didn’t like the type of cat litter used, the location of the litter box or something else in the home that was probably stressing her.

DEAR JONATHAN: My thanks — advice and suggestions from my readers is always welcome and worthwhile! Frustrated in Philadelphia should certainly discuss the possibility of a health issue, like a urinary tract infection, with her cat’s veterinarian, and bring her in for a complete checkup. Litter-box location can be an issue with some cats, as can multiple cats sharing a litter box. An owner dealing with a cat “going” in areas other than the litter box could try placing a clean litter box over the area of the latest mess (after cleaning it up of course) and then gradually move it away and back to a more desirable location. Cats also react to stresses we humans

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might not notice or see as a stressful situation. Pay close attention to a cat’s behavior, particularly when it’s exhibiting problem behaviors like soiling outside the litter box, and see if it is reacting to a person, a new item in the home or something else. Send your pet questions to Sam Mazzotta at ask@pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. Find more pet resources at www.PawsCorner.com. © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

his 714th home run, a record for career home runs that would stand for almost 40 years.

• On May 28, 1754, George Washington, a young lieutenant colonel in the British Army and future president of the United States, leads an attack on French forces at Jumonville Glen in western Pennsylvania. The battle is later credited with being the opening salvo in the French and Indian War (1754 to 1763). It was Washington’s first time in combat. • On May 26, 1897, the first copies of the classic vampire novel “Dracula,” by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops. In 1890, Stoker published his first novel, “The Snake’s Pass.” Stoker would go on to publish 17 novels in all, but it was “Dracula” that eventually earned him literary fame. • On May 29, 1922, the United States Supreme Court rules that organized baseball did not violate antitrust laws as alleged by the Baltimore franchise of the defunct Federal League in 1915. The Supreme Court held that organized baseball is not a business, but a sport, in spite of the fact that its clubs and players crossed state lines in order to play. • On May 25, 1935, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Babe Ruth hits

• On May 30, 1963, a New Jersey teenager named Lesley Gore makes her first appearance on “American Bandstand,” singing her hit-to-be “It’s My Party”. Lesley Gore (née Lesley Sue Goldstein) was just a few weeks past her own 17th birthday when she performed one of the greatest teen-drama songs of all time. • On May 27, 1972, Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and U.S. President Richard Nixon, meeting in Moscow, sign the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreements. At the time, these agreements were the most far-reaching attempts ever to control nuclear weapons. • On May 24, 1991, the critically acclaimed road movie “Thelma and Louise” debuts in theaters, stunning audiences with a climactic scene in which its two heroines drive off a cliff into the Grand Canyon in a vintage 1966 green Ford Thunderbird convertible. © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Bowyer Is Long Overdue RICHMOND, Va. — The prevailing view is that the Aaron’s 499, run at Talladega Superspeedway and won by Kevin Harvick, was a NASCAR classic. It all depends on the perspective, or so said Harvick’s Richard Childress Racing teammate Clint Bowyer, who finished seventh in that race. “It was boring as far as my situation went,” said Bowyer. “I rode around in the back and snuck in and got a decent finish out of it. That’s the only way I can get a good finish there. “I hate doing it. It’s boring and no good for your sponsor and everything else. But ... I needed to get a good finish.” Now, one week later, Harvick is the Sprint Cup point leader, Jeff Burton is ninth and Bowyer 12th, meaning that all three are in position to make the Chase. That, of course, is still 16 races away. Only a Cup regular since 2006, Bowyer has already Clint Bowyer, seen at right with motorcross legend and current Truck Series competitor Ricky made the Chase Carmichael, is looking to snap his winless streak aftwice, finishing third ter 72 races. (John Clark/NASCAR This Week photo) in 2007 and fifth in 2008. All three RCR drivers made the Chase in 2008. None did so in 2009. Bowyer, who will turn 31 this month, has collected three top-10 finishes in the past five races, finishing 12th in the most recent at Richmond International Raceway. He drives the No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet. Twice a Sprint Cup winner, Bowyer has gone 72 races — exactly two seasons — since his Richmond victory on May 3, 2008. “Not winning ... you never get over it,” he said. “We are racers and grew up racing and winning races. I hate losing. It has been a long time since we won a Cup race, and we’re long overdue. I feel like it’s our turn, and we need to get it done.” Bowyer’s two victories occurred at Richmond and New Hampshire. Monte 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. © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

“I think the RCR short-track program has always been good,” he said. “This track (Richmond), I don’t know why, it just kind of fell into my driving style. I love this place. You have got to get up on the wheel and make it happen at a track like this. “I think this is a perfect size race track. It’s just fast enough that you get that sensation of speed that we all like, and it’s just short enough that we can beat and bang on each other, and root and gouge for a win. That’s what puts on a good show at tracks like Richmond.”

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weeks preceding the wedding — during activities where they would not stain or otherwise damage the dress. They were more comfortable in their clothes after having ‘practiced,’ and they didn’t pull at their clothes and fidget much.” — T.F., via e-mail

• “Our 4-year-old twins were recently in my sister’s wedding as flower girls. To get them used to their outfits, the dress-shop owner suggested they wear the dresses in 10-, 20- and 30-minute sessions in the two

• “When we’re playing card games with the kids, they use a large chip clip to hold their ‘hand’ together. It works pretty well.” — W.R. in Ohio • Pizza cutters make great sandwich trimmers. You easily can trim the crust and cut the sandwich. They’re also great for cutting up hot dogs. • To attack cobwebs or dust high walls, cover a broom head with a pillowcase. You’ll get better coverage, and the pillowcase can easily be tossed in the wash. • “We don’t have a mudroom in our house, so to catch water and mud on days of heavy rain, I have a clean plastic shower curtain that I place on the floor of the entranceway. We leave wet, muddy shoes on it, and it even can catch drips from umbrellas and such. The whole thing can be dragged to the garage if necessary.” — I.S. in Alabama © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Thurs., May 13th .. UW AT CASPER COLLEGE GRADUATION, Casper Events Center-1 Events Drive, University of Wyoming at Casper College Thurs., May 13th, . READING WYOMING BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES, Fort Caspar Museum Fri., May 14th ....... CASPER COLLEGE GRADUATION, Casper Events Center-1 Events Drive, Casper College Fri., May 14th ....... Rock to Remember, Gigz, Relay for Life - Art Saves Fri., May 14th ....... STATE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, PARKWAY PLAZA HOTEL, NATRONA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE Sat., May 15th ....... 10TH ANNUAL WYOMING CARES ROCKY MOUNTAIN ART SHOW & AUCTION, PARKWAY PLAZA HOTEL, WYOMING CARES Sat., May 15th ....... DOCUMENT DESTRUCTION, WALMART ON CY AVENUE, D.A.R.E OF CASPER Sat., May 15th ....... Hell Bent for Victory Movie Premier, Old Town at Parkway Plaza, Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps Sat., May 15th ....... 4TH ANNUAL CLIMB WYOMING MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEA, PARADISE VALLEY GOLF CLUB, CLIMB WYOMING Sat., May 15th ....... CELEBRATE THE WYOMING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY BALL WITH “TOP HAT”, CASPER PETROLEUM CLUB, WYOMING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Sat., May 15th ....... THE WYOMING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presents “TOP HAT”, The Casper Petroleum Club, The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra Sat., May 15th ....... , PITCH, HIT AND RUN COMPETITION, Mike Lansing Field, Casper Recreational Division and the Casper Ghosts Sat., May 15th ....... GALILEO: THE POWER OF THE TELESCOPE & IBEX: SEARCH FOR THE EDGE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM, CAPER PLANETARIUM AT 904 N. POPLAR STREET, CASPER PLANETARIUM Sat., May 15th ....... SHOOT TRAP FOR C.A.P., 6100 N. COLE CREEK RD @ ROCKY MTN. GUN CLUB, Rocky Mountain Gun Club Sat., May 15th ....... WEBKINZ AT TOY TOWN, Toy Town - 147 S. Center, Toy Town Sat., May 15th ....... American Red Cross Community Lay Responder, Full Course, 318 West “B”, American Red Cross Sat., May 15th ....... OPEN HORSE SHOW, 15001 BESSEMER BEND RD AT THE HISER FARMS ARENA, HISER FARMS Sat., May 15th ....... STATE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, PARKWAY PLAZA HOTEL, NATRONA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE Sat., May 15th ....... CASPER CAVALRY VS YAKIMA VALLEY WARRIORS, CASPER EVENTS CENTER, CASPER CAVALRY Sat., May 15th ....... THE SWINGSOUNDS DANCE BAND, Casper Senior Center - 1831 East 4th St., Casper Senior Center Sun., May 16th ..... WORLD MUSIC & JAZZ CONCERT, Kelly Walsh High School Auditorium, Casper Youth Orchestra Mon., May 17th .... TECH N9NE TO PERFORM, CASPER EVENTS CENTER Tues., May 18th .... CHANGE4CHANGE PROJECT, 1627 East 2nd Street, Pottery By You Tues., May 18th .... American Red Cross Community First Aid Class, 318 West “B”, American Red Cross

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

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Treatments Abound for Migraines DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please say something about migraine headaches. I think that’s what I have. They come on fast, and the pain feels like something is pulsating in my head. I throw up with every headache. Bright lights make things worse. Does all this sound like a migraine to you? Someone told me there’s always a warning before a migraine starts. I have no warning. I’ve used Tylenol, but it doesn’t do much for me. What is the treatment? Can they be prevented? — L.G. ANSWER: Your headaches have many of the characteristics of a migraine headache. The warning mentioned to you is an aura. The aura usually precedes a migraine. It can be flashing zigzag lines, peculiar sensations — often in the hands — trouble finding the right words to speak or weakness of a group of muscles. Only 20 percent of migraine patients have an aura, so it’s not an indispensable migraine sign. Nausea and vomiting are common migraine symptoms. Seventy percent of migraine patients have a one-sided headache that they describe as throbbing or a dull ache. It lasts from four hours to three days. People with migraines are very sensitive to light and sound, so they seek a dark, quiet room to lie down. Stress, overexertion, sleep deprivation and hunger can provoke a migraine. Some foods and drinks can do the same. Alcohol (especially red wine); caffeine; pickles; bananas; yogurt; avocados; aged cheeses; pickled or marinated chicken, beef or fish; salami; pastrami; bacon; pepperoni; hot dogs; and the taste enhancer monosodium glutamate are on the list of possible migraine inducers. Medicines for treating a migraine abound. Tylenol, aspirin and drugs like ibuprofen take care of mild migraines. For more severe ones, triptans are the standard treatment. They include Imitrex, Axert, Frova, Zomig, Amerge and Maxalt. An older medicine, ergotamine, still has a place in treatment For migraine prevention, propranolol, verapamil and amitriptyline are prescribed if the headaches occur often and disrupt life. The headache booklet discusses the causes and treatment of the more common kinds of headaches. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue — No. 901W, 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. ••• 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. © 2010 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved


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Strawberry Lovers Pie It’s May! And that means strawberry pie time! I’ve waited a year for the most magnificent fruit of all to be in season again. And what better way to celebrate than with this scrumptious pie!

4 cups sliced fresh strawberries 1 (6-ounce) graham cracker pie crust 1 (4-serving) package sugar-free vanilla cook-and-serve pudding mix 1 (4-serving) package sugar-free strawberry gelatin 1 1/2 cups water 1 cup reduced-calorie whipped topping 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 to 4 drops red food coloring

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1. Evenly arrange strawberries in pie crust. In a large saucepan, combine dry pudding mix, dry gelatin and water. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and starts to boil, stirring often. Spoon hot sauce evenly over strawberries. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into 8 servings. 2. In a small bowl, combine whipped topping, vanilla extract and red food coloring. Top each piece with a full tablespoon of topping mixture. Serves 8. • Each serving equals: 157 calories, 5g fat, 2g protein, 26g carb., 225mg sodium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 Fat, 1/2 Fruit. © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Q: I am thrilled that so many of my favorite shows from the 1970s and ’80s are beginning to show up on DVD. Can you tell me when “Falcon Crest” will be out on DVD. I can’t wait! — Janet U. in Florida A: Wait no longer. “Falcon Crest: Season 1” is now out on DVD, and can be found wherever DVDs are sold and rented. I also can’t wait to re-live those Tuscany Valley memories, with Angela’s scheming, Lance’s lady-killing and Maggie’s voice of reason. It is especially fun to see Susan Sullivan’s portrayal of Maggie back then compared with her hilarious Martha Rodgers (Castle’s mom) on “Castle.” ••• Q: I love the addition of Rob Lowe to NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” What else does he have coming up? — Irene T., Brunswick, Ga. A: Along with his “Parks and Rec” duties, Rob Lowe will guest star in the fourth season of the Showtime s e r i e s “Californication.” Rob will play Eddie Nero, a neurotic yet talented movie star who is in the running to play Hank Moody (David Duchovny) in the film version of Hank’s hit novel. Rob will appear in at least one episode, but could become a r e c u r r i n g character. ••• Q: My mother and I are loyal viewers of the daytime soap opera “As the World Turns.” We were so sad to hear that Helen Wagner, who had been on the show since it premiered back in 1956, had passed away. How are the other cast members taking the news? — Shelli F., via e-mail A: Helen Wagner, 91, who passed away May 1, was a soap opera icon. She even held the Guinness world record for playing the same character on TV for the longest period of time. I spoke with longtime friend and cast mate Eileen Fulton (who has played Lisa since 1960) about Helen’s passing, and she told me she felt a little shellshocked. “My one regret is that she didn’t hang on a little longer to wrap the show up (which ends its run in September). That’s the thing that keeps haunting

Tidbits of Casper - For Advertising call 307-473-8661 • 161 South Fenway, Casper, WY me. She spoke the first words on the show; we all were hoping she’d have the last words too.” *** READERS: A few months back, I held a contest for five lucky readers to win a DVD of Taylor Hicks’ “Whomp at the Warfield” concert DVD. Scores of loyal Taylor Hicks fans (and Celebrity Extra readers) correctly answered this question: What songs did Taylor sing in the “American Idol” finale, which ultimately crowned him the winner? (The songs were “Living for the City,” “Levon” and “Do I Make You Proud?”) Winners in the drawing were: Tammy Krebs of Groton, Conn.; Amy Hicks (no relation to Taylor!) of Theresa, N.Y.; Dorothy Mayes of Roanoke, Va.; Nicholas Russo of Norwell, Mass.; and Nancy McConnell of Stansbury Park, Utah. Keep an eye on your mailboxes, folks. Taylor Hicks is on his way! Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at letters@cindyelavsky.com. For more news and extended interviews, visit www.celebrityextraonline.com and twitter.com/Celebrity_Extra. ©) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Gaining Weight For many people, seniors included, weight control is a very important health issue. For most, this means keeping weight down and not gaining excess pounds. But there’s a certain senior group that has a hard time keeping weight on. They eat a few bites and they’re full. Or maybe they eat the wrong foods and then have no energy. Or they have little appetite. For those who have trouble gaining or keeping on weight, there are two keys to adding pounds. • Eat calorie- and nutrient-dense foods. These are foods that have more calories and nutrition per bite. Think of it this way: Which has the most calories and nutritional value, a cup of shredded lettuce or a cup of sliced bananas? The lettuce is mostly water. The banana has more calories and nutrients. Now compare a cup of cucumbers to a cup of raisins. Again, the cucumbers are mostly water, while the raisins have more of what the body needs. Also, if

you fill up on a soft drink, you can take in hundreds of calories, but there’s no nutritional value. Other calorie-dense foods that will give more nutrition per bite include peanut or almond butter, beans and rice together and fruit. • Exercise. Muscles weigh more than fat, and building muscle requires exercise. That doesn’t necessarily mean signing up for a gym membership. Gaining muscle (healthy weight) can

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sometimes be as easy as daily walking and using small hand weights or resistance bands. Exercise also raises the metabolism, which can increase your appetite so you’ll want to eat a little more. If your weight is low, ask your doctor if you should talk to a nutritionist to work out a calorieand nutrient-dense diet that will help you gain a few pounds, but in a healthy way. © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Make an Artwork Carryall Tote When your kids start cleaning out their classroom desks and bins as the school year draws to a close, ensure that their original art and creative keepsakes arrive home in good condition with a nifty waterproof carryall made from two plastic soda bottles and cording. Your young kids can make it at home and carry it to school over their shoulders along with their regular backpacks. The good news for any doting

Tidbits of Casper - For Advertising call 307-473-8661 • 161 South Fenway, Casper, WY parents is that their special papers and masterpieces won’t get stuck in backpack zippers or get crumpled in side pockets when carefully tucked into this see-through torpedoshaped cylinder. Here’s how: Wash and remove the labels from two 2-liter plastic soda bottles. Leave lids screwed on at both ends. Cut off the base of each bottle with scissors. Trim any rough edges. On one bottle, make a 2-inch slit at the cut end, perpendicular to the bottom edge. Ease the open end of the bottle with the slit into the open end of the other bottle so that the two bottles fit snugly together to form a torpedolike container for rolled-up artwork.

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Keep lids screwed on permanently at opposite ends. Tie a colorful shoelace or cording around the neck of the one bottle, then tie the opposite end around the neck of the other bottle to make a strap. Sling over your child’s shoulder and adjust to fit comfortably. Decorate the carryall with stickers, if you wish. To use, separate the two bottles, loosely roll up drawings, set inside and put bottle back together again. Extra idea: Empty gift-wrap, paper-towel or mailing tubes are also good totes for rolled-up art. Use them for sending art to grandparents, or label each tube with your child’s name, year and grade for art you store. ••• Donna Erickson’s award-winning television series “Donna’s Day” airs on public television nationwide. Visit www.donnasday.com to find out when it airs on your local PBS station and to sign up for Donna’s e-newsletter. © 2010 Donna Erickson. . Distributed by King Features Synd.


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