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CREEPY CRAWLIES by Kathy Wolfe

They creep, they crawl, they scuttle. This week, Tidbits studies up on the good, the bad, and the ugly of creepy crawlies of the world. • What makes a creature an insect? In order to be classified as an insect, it must have three body parts (the head, thorax, and abdomen), six jointed legs, two antennae, and an outside skeleton. That counts out spiders and centipedes! There are 1,017,018 known species of insects in the world, but experts feel there might be another nine million that haven’t yet been discovered. Ninety-five percent of all the animal species on Earth are insects. • Insects are divided into 32 orders, with beetles as the largest order. There are 125 different families of beetles, and half a million different species. Did you know that one out of every four animals on Earth is a beetle? In fact the world’s largest insect is a beetle found in South America, the longhorn beetle measuring 9.85 inches (25 cm). The world’s heaviest insect is also a beetle, the African Goliath beetle, which can weigh up to 3.4 oz. (96 grams). • There’s a difference between an insect and a bug. A bug is actually an insect with characteristics other insects don’t have, such as a stylet mouth (one that is shaped like a straw) that is used to suck plant juices. True bugs have thickened front wings, which are colored close to the body, but clearer and thinner at the wing’s hind end. Cicadas, aphids, and stink bugs are truly bugs, but ticks, beetles, and flies are not. • Perhaps one of the most unpopular crawlies is Continued on Page 7


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History

The first 50 years of the NIRA

At a meeting on November 6th, 1948, in Alpine, Texas, twelve schools came together to discuss the creation of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Decided at that meeting was the need for a constitution, which was then established at a second meeting held in February 1949. Hank Finger, then Sul Ross State Universities Rodeo Club President and chairman of the constitutional committee, worked with that committee on developing eligibility guidelines, scholastic standards, and rodeo structure. The committee created a format for intercollegiate rodeo that would remain Continued on the next page


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consistent throughout the country and provide national recognition for their constituents. At the first NIRA National Convention on April 14-15, 1949, in Denver, Colorado, final approval of the constitution was granted, fees were accepted, and rules and regulations were finalized. T h r e e regions

were formed; Southern, Northwest, and Rocky Mountain. Protem president Charles Rankin was elected NIRA president. There were thirteen member schools at this time, representing Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, and Texas. August 1949 marked the official, legal birth of NIRA when they filed for non-profit status. The first College National Finals Rodeo was held the same year in San Francisco, California. The first NIRA All Around Champion crowned that year was Harley May of Sul Ross State University. Entering into the 60s, the Sikes family led college rodeo into consistent membership growth and the television boom. The 1962 College National Finals Rodeo appeared on ABC’s Wide World of

Sports. N B C aired the 1965 finals, and A B C , a g a i n aired the event in 1967. Rodeo at this time was experiencing a huge growth in several arenas, professional and college, the televiContinued on the next page


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sion airtime was a welcomed partner in the growth. Member schools totaled 97 in 1966. Over the years, NIRA’s history has read like a Who’s Who in the sport of rodeo. Roy Cooper, Chris LeDoux, Ty Murray, Tuff Hedeman, Dan Mortensen, and many more, are all champions in college rodeo, as well as professional rodeo. They have added to the success of college rodeo, and created some of it’s rich western history. Preserving Western heritage through collegiate rodeo”, has been a theme repeated over the course of fifty years. Today these efforts Continued on the next page

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Army would fuel his coming traitorous genwerk. After defection. World War II • On May 31, 1889, the South Fork Dam ended, with the collapses, causing a flood in Johnstown, factory in ruPennsylvania, that kills more than 2,200 ins, the Allies people. At 900 feet by 72 feet, it was the would make largest earth dam Vo l k s w a g e n (made of dirt and the focus of rock) in the Unittheir attempts to • On May 30, 1593, playwright Christopher ed States, and it resuscitate the German auto industry. Marlowe, 29, is killed in a brawl over a created the larg• On May 27, 1941, the British navy sinks bar tab. Marlowe was nearly denied his est manmade lake Germany’s largest battleship, Bismarck, in master’s degree in 1587 until advisers to of the time, Lake the North Atlantic near France. Three days Queen Elizabeth intervened, recommendConemaugh. earlier, Bismarck had destroyed HMS ing he receive the degree. Marlowe’s ac- • On May 29, 1922, Hood, the pride of the British fleet. The tivities as a spy for Queen Elizabeth were the United States German death toll was more than 2,000. later documented by historians. Supreme Court rules that organized base- • On May 26, 1959, Harvey Haddix of the • On June 1, 1779, the ball did not violate antitrust laws as alPittsburgh Pirates pitches 12 perfect incourt-martial of Benedict leged by the Baltimore franchise of the nings against the Milwaukee Braves, only Arnold convenes in Philadeldefunct Federal League in 1915. The Suto lose the game on a two-run double by phia. After a clean record in preme Court held that organized baseball Braves’ first baseman Joe Adcock in the the early days of the Ameriis not a business, but a sport. 13th inning. can Revolution, Arnold was • On May 28, 1937, the government of Ger© 2014 King Features Synd., Inc. charged with 13 counts of many — then under the control of Adolf misbehavior. Arnold’s resentHitler — forms a new stateowned automent and his perceived mismobile company, later named Volkswatreatment by the American

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are being made through over 100 college rodeos a year, over 3,500 student members annually and 137 member schools and universities. College rodeo has yet to its peak. What will the next fifty years offer?


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Preparing Your Home For Sale With Pets

“How do you sell a home with pets?” This is a question that gets asked a lot in real estate sales. If you have a dog or cat, chances are you love your pet. While some home owners have strict outside pet rules, most allow their animals inside their homes as part of the family. But, while pets are great for your emotional health, it does not help you sell your home. When you decide to put the house on the market you need to do some serious housecleaning and repair work before you can command a competitive price. You want buyers to be able to picture themselves in your home. This means giving them the space to envision living there, space that is free from too many of your personal things – including pets and all they bring with them. So how do you go about selling your property when you have pets? Without further ado here are some of the best tips to prepare for selling your home with pets. These tips are general, and may or may not apply to your particular situation. 1. Talk to Your Pet’s Veterinarian First. One important thing to keep in mind is that your animal has its own needs, needs that are best discussed with your veterinarian. Talk to him or her about what you plan on doing, and how it will work with your specific pet or pets. This is especially important when your pet is older and may not adjust well to change. Selling a home can be just as stressful for the pet as it is for the home owner. 2. Temporarily Relocate. This may or may not be something you are willing to do, but it is easier to show-and-sell your home (and keep it clean), if your pets are not present when buyers arrive. If you have a friend or family member that you are comfortable leaving your animal with, it will give you the chance to eliminate all of the signs of having a pet in the house (which can significantly reduce a home’s value) and avoid the pet causing further issues. While I happen to be a pet lover myself there are many home buyers who are not. In fact some folks consider it a huge turn-off when looking at potential homes they may want to own. 3. Remove Pets During Showings. 36 When selling a home with pets, at the very least, you should remove your them from your home when you are showing the property for sale. All the cute things your dog does will not help you sell your home, and will only remind the potential buyer that the house has contained pets previously. Ideally you should have your real estate agent showing the home, preferably while you are away. Having a pet in the house or yard can create complications for your agent while trying to show the house, and puts your pet at risk of accidentally getting out during the process. There are also liability issues to deal with as well. While your dog or cat may be ultra friendly, it is certainly possible they can have a bad day just like you and I. When you leave your pet home during showings you are asking for trouble especially if a buyer brings a young child and they are curious. The last thing you want is Fido taking a chunk out of a buyers child’s arm. Remember we live is a lawsuit happy society! You are taking a big risk when your pet is allowed to roam freely during showings. There are times where it may not be possible to remove a pet from a home. Maybe due to your job you just can’t come back and remove them or you can’t find anyone who will help take care of them. If this is the case your

next best option is to either put them in a contained space and let a buyer and their Real Estate agent know about it ahead of time or buyer a pet friendly cage to keep them in. While your pet may not be accustomed to this and you love treating your animals like one of the family sometimes this is what is necessary when you are making selling your home a priority. 4. Repair Any Damage. As much as we love our pets, they are still animals, and pet damage is never attractive when selling your home. Dogs and cats will inevitably destroy something, including carpets, furniture, hardwood flooring, walls, doors, turf in your yard and your fence. All of this damage should be repaired prior to showing the home. This may require some investment on your part, especially if the animal has damaged expensive items like your hardwood flooring or walls in your house. Regardless of the cost of repair, though, the value you will get for your house will be well worth paying for the repairs. 5. Remove Pet Odors and Stains. Cat Litter Box Odors 36 Pets have accidents; and while it is possible to get used to the pet smell over time, new visitors to your home will be sure to notice the smells. This is not something you want to happen. In fact, above all else, this may be important tip for selling a home when you have pets. Our sense of smell has a powerful effect on our emotions, our memory and on our perception of things. An initial urine odor on entering a house is sure to stick in the buyer’s mind, and he or she will likely deduct the cost of carpet replacement immediately from an offer as a result. A strong odor is in fact one of the top reasons a buyer will pass on a home. Avoid this by having your carpet and flooring professionally cleaned, with a focus on removing pet odors. If the staining or odors are too bad, you may need to replace the carpet in the problem areas. 6. Clean Your Yard. Pick up any messes in the backyard, and have any sod replaced and other damage repaired as necessary. You may be the kind of person who picks up after your pet regularly, or you may have a cat that causes very little impact to your yard. However, a large number of dog owners give their pets free reign of the backyard. This is a great life for dogs and cats, but it can be hard on the look of your lawn. One of the best tips, when selling a home with

pets, is to make sure you don’t neglect the yard as this is just important to some buyers as the inside of the home. 7. Erase Signs of Your Pet for Potential Buyers. 36 You want to buyers to be as unaware of your pet ownership as possible. If they ask the question, you will have to answer honestly. However, you can often avoid this by taking necessary steps like those listed above. In addition, put away all pet toys, bedding, litter boxes and food – preferably at another location besides your home. Some realtors recommend removing all photos where your pet is present as well, and to look and make certain the animal does not show up in any marketing materials you create for your home. Like other forms of home staging, removing extra pet clutter is an important consideration when you are selling your property. Continued on Page 7


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Preparing Your Home— (continued): 8. Prepare Properly. Selling a home with pets takes work, but it’s worth it in the long run! You may do all of these things and yet still have buyers ask about whether you have pets. Sometimes it is impossible to hide all evidence, and sometimes they just ask anyway. Even if this happens, though, you have still done

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everything necessary to return your house to its prior pet-free status. Buyers will have little to complain about, because your house now looks as good as it did before you had your pet.

TODAY’S REAL ESTATE TIP

Sellers: Tailor your local game.

Folks who base their selling decisions on trends on cable news are often left wondering, “Why can’t I sell at this price?” The truth is, all markets are different and all real estate is local, and prices can vary greatly even in adjacent subdivisions. Home prices are dictated largely by demand, land availability, foreclosures and employment. Most local real estate offices will provide market stats and at least a few recent comp sales in hopes of earning your business. Additional trend data can be found online or in local newspapers and business journals. A polite call or email to a local real estate appraiser might net more info or links to local statistics. CREEPY CRAWLIES— (continued): new soil. middle. The number of spots has nothing to do with this beetle’s age. The number • Another 10% of the world’s animals are the cockroach. It is one of the most adaptants, with at least 1.5 million ants for eveand placement of spots are determined by able creatures on Earth, which makes getry human being on the planet. There are its species and are fixed well before the lating rid of them very difficult. There are more than 12,000 species of ants, and they dybug is born. more than 4,000 species of this pest worldcan be found on every continent except wide. They are coldblooded and can live • Many countries, including Russia, Turkey, Antarctica. One acre of Amazon rainforest and Italy consider the ladybug a sign of without food for a month. They can even is home to up to 3.5 million ants. Ants are good luck and those folks will make a wish survive for a week without a head. Because hardy creatures, able to survive 24 hours when one is sighted. Ladybugs are very they breathe through little holes in each underwater, with many varieties able to useful creatures, as they feed on aphids body segment, they don’t need a mouth swim. They are the longest living of all and other garden pests. or head to breathe. After a week of being insects, with a life span of up to 30 years. unable to drink water, they die of thirst. A • Termites cause nearly $5 billion in damWhen seeking food, the colony sends out age every year. These wood-destroying incockroach is able to hold its breath for 40 a scout ant, who wanders about until it sects can destroy a home from the inside minutes, and can survive being under wafinds a food source. After eating some of out before a homeowner even notices. Add ter for 30 minutes. No wonder they are so the food, the ant heads back to the nest in up the weight of all the humans on Earth, hard to get rid of! It doesn’t take long for a a straight line, leaving a trail of secreted and it will be less than the total weight of cockroach to spread bacteria throughout a pheromones, a scent that the other ants all the world’s termites! About 10% of the home – they can run 3 miles per hour (4.8 will be able to follow back to the food. world’s animals are termites. Damp wood kg/hr). Although the average cockroach is an ideal nesting place for termites. So • Massive communities of ants called superis _” to 2” long (1.3 to 5 cm), one South colonies have been discovered stretching avoid infestation by dealing with leakAmerican species is 6” long (15.2 cm) and for thousands of miles, with the largest ing plumbing issues immediately. Be sure has a 12” (30.5 cm) wingspan. ever found over 3,750 miles (6,000 km) water drains away from the house, don’t • In the British Isles, the ladybug is called wide. Ants are capable of carrying 5 times stack any wood next to your home, and the ladybird. The ladybug is a type of beetheir body weight with their mandibles. keep an 18” (45 cm) gap between soil and tle that can be red, yellow, black, grey, or your foundation. Although termites can • The 40,000 different species of spiders are brown, depending on the species, and arachnids, not insects, since they have be extremely destructive, they can be ecomight have spots, stripes, or no markings eight legs and only two body segments and logically beneficial. They break down dead at all. Red and orange ladybugs have seven and decaying trees in the forest into rich spots, three on each side and one in the Continued on Page 8


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CREEPY CRAWLIES— (continued): have no antennae. While birds and bats eat a significant amount of insects, spiders eat more than those combined. • The largest species of tarantulas have a leg span of nearly 10 inches (25.4 cm) and have been known to kill mice, lizards, and birds. When tarantulas feel threatened, they defend themselves by throwing needly, barbed hairs at their attackers. Being hit by one of these causes an irritating rash and sometimes an allergic reaction, but very rarely does it result in death. Tarantulas molt continually, replacing their exoskeletons as they grow. This gives them the ability to even regenerate legs that have been lost. They are very fragile creatures, and a fall from a short height can easily kill them. The female tarantula can live 20 years in captivity and 30 years or longer in the wild. However, males have an average lifespan of between five and ten years. FAMOUS CANADIANS: DAN AYKROYD Did you know that famous funny-man Dan Aykroyd hails from Canada? Here’s the scoop on this Ontario-born actor, comedian, and screenwriter. • Aykroyd was born in Ottawa on Canada Day, July 1, 1952. His father, a civil engineer, was a policy advisor to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, while his mother worked as a secretary. Dan was born with two unusual physical characteristics, syndactyly, meaning he has webbed toes, and heterchromia – his right eye is green and his left eye is brown. • It was Aykroyd’s original ambition to become a priest, and he attended Catholic academies until age 17. He switched gears and decided, as the grandson of a Canadian Mountie, to study criminology and sociology at Carleton University, although he dropped out before finishing. For a time, he worked as a mail sorter for the Canadian postal service, as a train brakeman, and as a surveyor. • Aykroyd started out in comedy in assorted Canadian nightclubs. He met John Belushi in Toronto where Belushi was scouting out talent for the National Lampoon series. In 1975, the pair were hired for the new late-night show Saturday Night Live. Aykroyd, hired as a writer and doubling as a cast member, was just 23, the youngest on staff. For the program’s first four seasons he established himself as a talented impersonator, famously mimicking Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Julie Child, and Rod Serling. He was the well-known father of SNL’s Conehead family and one of the “wild and crazy guys” alongside Steve Martin. Aykroyd received an Emmy Award for his writing in 1977, and four other nominations during his tenure. He and Belushi created the black-suited, sunglass-wearing Blues Brothers duo for the show and took it to the big screen in 1980 with a highly

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successful movie. • The idea of Ghostbusters came to Aykroyd from his fascination with the paranormal after reading an article about quantum physics. He and fellow actor Harold Ramis wrote the script in a Martha’s Vineyard bomb shelter, tailoring the roles to fit John Belushi, Eddie Murphy, and John Candy. When Belushi died of a drug overdose in 1982 and Murphy and Candy were unavailable, the script was tweaked and Bill Murray, Ramis, and Aykroyd starred in the 1984 smash hit and its 1989 sequel. • In 1989, Aykroyd switched to a dramatic role in the classic Driving Miss Daisy and received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his efforts. • Over the years, he has continued writing and acting, and occasionally appearing on Saturday Night Live. He last appeared as guest host of SNL in 2003. • In keeping with his love of the blues, in 1992, Aykroyd co-founded a nightclub in Cambridge, Massachusetts called The House of Blues, an operation that has grown into 13 locations. He also owns several wineries in Canada’s Niagara region. • Aykroyd’s wife Donna Dixon, whom he married in 1983, was a former Miss Virginia in 1976 and Miss District of Columbia in 1977. The couple has three children. Although a permanent resident of the United States, he retains his Canadian citizenship and maintains an estate on Ontario’s Loughborough Lake. Every year, he spends his Canada Day birthday performing civil service in Kingston, Ontario, including swearing in new Canadian citizens. SNAILS Since May 24 is National Escargot Day, let’s take a look at another creepy crawly, the snail. • Snails aren’t insects, but rather are gastropods, a member of the Mollusks phylum along with slugs and conches. Their one-piece shell is coiled or spiraled. Gastropods rank second behind insects in the number of named species. Snails are triploblastic protostomes, which is a fancy way of saying they are made up of three parts – one foot, a head, and an unsegmented body. • The thousands of snail species include land snails, sea snails, and freshwater snails. The French delicacy escargot is simply cooked garden snails. (The name escargot is the French word for snail.) They are prepared by removing the snails from their

shells and cooking in garlic butter, chicken stock, wine, and thyme or parsley. The snails are then placed back into their shells and served with the sauce. That little garden snail has 14,000 teeth, all of which are on its tongue. It hibernates during the winter while living on its stored fat. Although most ground snails are passive little vegetarians, sea snails are predators with a sharp tongue resembling a harpoon that injects a deadly venom into their victims. The poison of certain cone snails can kill a human. Since a snail could never hope to escape a predator, if danger is nearby, snails can withdraw completely into their shells. A flat plate on the back of their foot called the operculum seals up the opening. How can you tell a male snail from a female snail? The answer is…you can’t! A snail is actually both, as they are hermaphrodites, which means their reproductive organs enable them to both lay eggs like a female and fertilize them like a male. Snails produce a thick slime as they move which protects them as they travel across any kind of terrain. They can even crawl across the edge of a razor and come out uninjured, due to this shielding lubricant. The slime also creates a suction that enables them to crawl upside down. Everybody knows that snails are slow movers, but just how slow are they? The average adult moves along at about 0.04 inches (1 mm) per second. Some travel at 0.0004 miles per hour. If those snails could circumnavigate the Earth, it would take upwards of 7,000 years. The speckled garden snail is the fastest, able to navigate at speeds up to 55 yards per hour (50.3 m), compared to just 23 inches per hour (54.4 cm) for most land snails. • Snails have very poor eyesight and cannot hear, so their senses of touch and smell are very important in the task of finding food. • The world’s largest snail is the Australian trumpet, a sea snail found on that continent’s northern and western shores. Its shell is as large as 30 inches (77.2 cm) in length, and the flesh can weigh as much as 40 lbs. (18 kg). The length of most species of snails ranges in size from a fraction of an inch to 12 inches (30.5 cm).


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Heartworm In Dogs Is Often Fatal

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My veterinarian says I have to give both my dog and my cat heartworm medication every month. Why do I have to do this? It sounds like a moneymaking scheme for the vet and the pharmaceutical

industry.— Gary in Cincinnati DEAR GARY: It’s not a moneymaking scheme. Trust me, you do not want your pets to suffer from the complications that heartworm infestation can cause. Heartworm in dogs is often fatal, and while cats are less likely to die from it, they too suffer problems due to the damage caused by the worms as they travel through blood vessels and organs. Hundreds of worms can live in a dog’s blood vessels — ultimately traveling to the chambers of the heart — for as long as seven years. It’s also somewhat easy for untreated dogs and cats to become infested with heartworm. The parasite is carried by mosquitoes and can be passed along when the mosquito bites your pet. Pets are at highest risk in the summer,

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when it’s hot and humid — prime time for mosquitoes. Give your pets their heartworm medication at the recommended dose for their breed and size, or as specified by the vet. Most heartworm medicines must be given once a month. For pet owners whose dog has never been tested for heartworm, get this test at the vet’s office before starting treatment for heartworm. If the dog already has heartworm, the vet will need to treat it in a different way to prevent problems. Send your questions or comments to ask@ pawscorner.com. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Drink water – you need to stay hydrated. Not only is it good for your internal organs, it also keeps your skin healthy and lessens acne. To determine your water requirement, divide your weight (in pounds) by two. This gives the daily ouncerecommendation.

FDA wants to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco May 2, 2014—TheU.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing a new rule that would extend its regulation of tobacco products to include cigars, pipe and hookah (water pipe) tobacco, nicotine gels, dissolvable tobacco, and the increasingly controversial e-cigarettes. FDA currently has regulatory jurisdiction over traditional cigarettes, cigarette tobacco and smokeless tobacco. The proposal would expand that to items that meet the statutory definition of a tobacco product. “This proposed rule is the latest step in our efforts to make the next generation tobacco-free,” said Kathleen Sebelius, outgoing secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

It was Spanish philosopher George Santayana who made the following observation: “Sanity is a madness put to good uses.” • On a per-pound basis, your brain sees 10 times the calories as any other part of your body. • You might be surprised to learn that the U.S. state that is closest to Africa is Maine. • Those who purport to predict the future usually have pretty poor track records. You might be surprised to learn, then, that in 1900, a journalist named John Watkins successfully predicted a number of significant developments that came to pass in the 20th century. In an article in the Ladies’ Home Journal, Watkins wrote that within the following 100 years, “Man will see around the world. Persons and things of all kinds will be brought within focus of cameras connected electrically with screens at opposite ends of circuits, thousands of miles at a span.” Also, “Hot or cold air will be turned on from spigots to regulate the temperature of a house”; “ready-cooked meals will be bought from establishments similar to our bakeries of today, … equipped with electric stoves, coffee-grinders, eggbeaters, stirrers, meat-saws, dishwashers and the like”; and “wireless telephone and telegraph circuits will span the world.” • If you listen to the radio for one hour, you will hear approximately 11,000 words spoken (or sung). • It was beloved British author (and, of course, creator of Sherlock Holmes) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who introduced the sport of skiing to Switzerland, thereby transforming that snowy country into a premier tourist destination. • Those who decide to go into goat farming should know that the group of goats they’re raising could be called a flock, a herd, a tribe or a trip. *** Thought for the Day: “An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.” — Spanish proverb © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

Under the proposed regulation, manufacturers of any items deemed as tobacco products would be required to: • Register with FDA. • Report product and ingredient listings. • Submit to FDA review before marketing new tobacco products. • Refrain from claims that a product reduces risk or will benefit the public health as a whole unless FDA confirms that scientific evidence supports such claims. • E-cigarette manufacturers have come under scrutiny for making claims that their product can help people quit smoking traditional cigarettes. Recent studies have found that young people, in particular, tend to use both products. There also is some evidence that using e-cigarettes may lead to smoking traditional cigarettes. • The proposed regulation also would ban

manufacturers from giving out free samples of their products. Additional provisions include: • Minimum age and ID restrictions to prevent sale to minors. • Requirements about including health warnings. • Prohibition against selling products in vending machines, unless the machine is located inside a “no minors allowed” facility. “Tobacco-related disease and death is one of the most critical public health challenges before the FDA,” said Mitch Zeller, director of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. “The proposed rule would give the FDA additional tools to protect the public health in today’s rapidly evolving tobacco marketplace, including the review of new tobacco products and their health-related claims.” FDA is taking public comments on the proposed regulation until July 9. Memorial Hospital of Converse County


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Great ways to remove stuck labels: nail polish remover (NOT for use on plastics), WD40 oil, soaking in hot water, rubbing alcohol. “Do you love burgers? Here’s a great thing our family does that saves money and is very handy: When ground beef goes on sale, we buy a large quantity and premake many burger patties, seasoned and shaped just as we like them. Then we separate them with butcher’s paper cut into squares. We put them in stacks, and then into empty bread bags to store in the freezer. When we are getting ready to cook out, the patties don’t have to be all the way defrosted, just put on the grill and cooked up!” — A.J. in Florida “It’s easy to make custom art for your walls. If you find an image you like or have a great dig-

ital photo, simply take it to a copy shop and have it printed in a large format. Then you can frame it and hang it on your wall. Now I can enjoy all my grandbabies’ pictures.” — A.F. in Mississippi • “When shopping for printers these days, make sure you take a peek at the cost of replacement ink cartridges. Some are more expensive than others, and your use could make a print-

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er that looks like a great deal, a not-so-great deal. Be sure to do your homework!” — W.L. in Washington • It’s worth a reminder now that picnic and barbecue season is in full force: The best tablecloths, especially on a windy day, are fitted single sheets. Simply fit the sheet over a standard picnic table, and it’s in place and ready. The elastic at the corners keeps it from flying away. You can look at thrift and discount stores for fun patterns or just plain colors! Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at heresatip@yahoo.com. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

Glenrock & Douglas Senior Center Menu Thursday - May 15th Oven Fried Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes, Peas, Salad, Roll, Fruit Cup Friday- May 16th Sloppy Joe’s, Potato Wedges, Steamed Cabbage, Salad, Roll, Peaches Monday -May 19th Chicken Fried, Steak, Mashed Potatoes & Country Gravy, Corn, Salad, Roll, Peaches Tuesday - May 20th Ribs & Sauerkraut, Parsley Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Salad, Roll, Apricots Wednesday - May 21st Roast Turkey & Dressing, Green Beans, Salad, Roll, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie

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