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Glenrock, Douglas and Wheatland Issue #454

February 7 - 13, 2013

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Don’t Catch the Flu! This season’s flu just isn’t going away. It’s getting worse. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those requiring the most hospitalizations from the flu are seniors age 65 and older. The most common underlying medical conditions include cardiovascular disease, obesity, lung disease and metabolic disorders. Right on the heels of this bad news, however, a national network of caregivers has published a list of suggestions for avoiding the flu. If anyone knows about the flu, it’s the Visiting Angels (www.visitingangels.com)! They’ve created a “Fight the Flu Kit,” and their list makes sense: -- Paper towels: Use these in the bathroom or at the kitchen sink instead of hand towels, which can harbor germs.

-- A forehead thermometer: No need to put anything in your mouth. Ask your pharmacist for brand recommendations. --Hand sanitizers with aloe: sanitize hands without drying skin --Pens: Carry your own in public when you have to sign something. Don’t touch something used by hundreds of others. --Lysol spray: Use at home on doorknobs, handles and light switches (spray on a paper towel first). Visiting Angels recommends doing this once a week. I vote for once a day. The virus can live up to 48 hours on plastic and stainless steel. --Hand soap: not necessarily antibacterial. Hand sanitizer wipes: Use on everything you touch out in public, like shopping-cart handles and seats, door knobs, sinks, telephones and library books. If you can’t sanitize it, wash your hands as soon as you can. (I hate to say it, but this might be the time to avoid libraries.) With a little luck and a lot of common sense, we can get through this season without getting the flu! © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Q: I am so excited that "Dallas" is back on TNT for its second season. I am, however, sad about Larry Hagman's death; watching his last episodes of "Dallas" are bittersweet, to say the least. How is the cast holding up? -- Mary Anne M., via e-mail A: I spoke with series veteran Linda Gray recently, and while she is, of course, in mourning for her best friend, she shared some fond memories she had with Larry. "From day one, it was magic to work with him, and it never stopped being magic. He was a joy to watch, and looking into those baby-blue eyes and go, 'You little rat, what are you doing now?' "When Larry and I worked together, it was really like a ping-pong game. It wasn't a tennis game; it was faster, like ping-pong. It was like, I'm going to throw you something, and I don't know what you are going to do, but you're going to give it back to me, and it's going to be fast and it's going to be intense, but I'm going to hit it right back to you, so be careful. "It was just extraordinary to work with him. And he was a great, generous actor. I remember in 1978, I was coming at him (in a scene between Linda Gray Sue Ellen and J.R.) and just yelling at him or something, and he gently took my shoulders and moved me; I didn't realize it, but I had gotten out of my light. Now another actor would have thought, 'Let her bury herself. She'll be in the dark; I'll be in the light. Perfect.' But he wasn't like that. He was gentle like that. He was gentle with me. It was absolutely an unspoken chemistry that happens so rarely in life, and I was blessed." ••• Q: When will "Army Wives" be back? -- Bea W., Fort Worth, Texas A: It's almost time! The seventh season of Lifetime's hit drama will return with 13 all-new episodes, beginning Sunday, March 10, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. This season brings new challenges, including a heartfelt and final goodbye to one of the wives in what is being billed as "one of the series' most dramatic and pivotal moments." ••• Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475; or e-mail her at letters@cindyelavsky.com.

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• On Feb. 21, 1828, the first printing press designed to use the newly invented Cherokee alphabet arrives at New Echota, Ga. A young Cherokee, Sequoyah, had invented the written language, consisting of 86 characters. Within months, the first Indian language newspaper in history was printed. It was called the Cherokee Phoenix. • On Feb. 24, 1836, in San Antonio, Texas, Colonel William Travis issues a call for help on behalf of Texan troops defending the Alamo, an old Spanish mission and fortress under attack by the Mexican army. Only 32 men from the nearby town of Gonzales responded to Travis' call for help.

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• It was noted American poet Ogden Nash, best known as by Samantha Weaver a composer of droll verse, who made the following sage observation: "Some tortures are physical / And some are mental, / But the one that is both / Is dental." • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, if you're like the average American, you consume 132 pounds of sugar every year. Compare that to folks in the year 1700, who consumed only about 4 pounds of sugar per year. • If you cook a single ostrich egg, you can feed 24 people. • When you studied history in school, you probably didn't learn about Edward Hyde. He was a cousin to Queen Anne and was appointed to the post of colonial governor of New York, in which position he served from 1702 to 1708. Though he's not well known now, he was quite the talk of the

colonies in his day. It seems that when a delegation of colonists went to his mansion to welcome the new governor, they found him sitting on the front porch, crocheting a doily and wearing one of his wife's dresses. At his first formal ball as governor, he wore a gown. His eccentricities continued until he was caught embezzling public money and was returned to England. • The next time you see a shampoo commercial and note how creamy and frothy the lather seems to be, keep this in mind: The model in the advertisement probably has either laundry detergent or frothed egg whites on her hair. • Those who study such things say that 10 years after a hot dog has been dumped in a landfill, the wiener could still be intact. ••• Thought for the Day "When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead." -- Ernest Hemingway

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Housetraining 101

DEAR PAW'S CORNER: How do you housetrain a dog? Does it take a long time? -- Soon-To-Be Dog Mom in Illinois DEAR EXPECTING: Housetraining a dog -- basically, getting a dog to eliminate outside rather than whatever spot is convenient in the house -- can take anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks. The length of time depends on several factors, including a dog's age, intelligence and your commitment to its training time. Consistency is the key, so place that word at the top

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of your to-do list before bringing home your new dog. It will make life easier for you and your dog in so many areas down the road. Housetraining itself is pretty basic. Twice a day, morning and evening (more often for puppies), take your dog outside, on a leash, to a spot well away from the house (or the neighbor's house). If you're in a city environment, scout out trees and sidewalk areas. Let your dog explore the spot while you gently encourage it to go. There are a number of command words you can use to signal that it's to eliminate. I use the truly original statement, "Go poop." Your dog will not understand you immediately, nor will it go on command. But most dogs will pee during the walk and may defecate. (Please pick up the poop using a scooper bag.) Accidents will occur during housetraining, particularly with puppies. Do not scold or rub the dog's nose in it. Try and catch it as soon as possible after it eliminates in the house, say "No," and immediately put it on the leash and head outside to the selected "go spot." Then bring the dog back in, clean up and try again at the next scheduled time. Again, I've had dogs figure out the routine in a single day. Others have taken longer. Be patient and consistent, and stick to the schedule even after your dog has mastered the art of the go. Š 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Texan troops defending the Alamo, an old Spanish mission and fortress under attack by the Mexican army. Only 32 men from the nearby town of Gonzales responded to Travis’ call for help.

• On Feb. 21, 1828, the first printing press designed to use the newly invented Cherokee alphabet arrives at New Echota, Ga. A young Cherokee, Sequoyah, had invented the written language, consisting of 86 characters. Within months, the first Indian language newspaper in history was printed. It was called the Cherokee Phoenix. • On Feb. 24, 1836, in San Antonio, Texas, Colonel William Travis issues a call for help on behalf of

• On Feb. 23, 1885, a 19-year-old man named John Lee is sent to the gallows in Exeter, England, for the murder of a rich older woman. After the noose was put around his neck the lever malfunctioned three times. The authorities, mystified at the gallows’ inexplicable malfunction, decided to ascribe it to an act of God. Lee was sent to prison instead. • On Feb. 18, 1930, Pluto is discovered at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz., by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh. In 2006, however, the International

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Astronomical Union announced that Pluto would no longer be considered a planet due its relatively small mass, just one-sixth that of Earth’s moon. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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