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What Makes Ronnie Roll

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Publisher’s Point Publisher / Editor Ali Turner

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Contributing Writers Shelley Underhill Janet Hunt Lynne Hart Wanda Campbell Teresa Todd Jim Doyle Deb Kitchenmaster Will Anderson Seth Williams Holly Hollman Sarah Chadwell

Publisher’s Point . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 All Things Soldier . . . . . . . . 4 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . 6 Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Sarah’s Sagas . . . . . . . . . 10 What Makes Ronnie Roll . . 11

The Politics Of Protocol I just had the privilege of being invited to a media event at the recent National Religious Broadcaster’s conference held in Nashville, and while the term “life changing” gets bandied about way too much these days, indeed it was. The specific event to which I am referring was sponsored by an outfit based in Franklin, TN known as Proclaiming Justice To The Nations, a group of Christians who do all they can to get the true news out about what is going on in Israel. Their purpose is alerting Christians and everyone who will listen as to the fantastically difficult situation being faced by Israel and Israelis on a daily basis. Talk show host Dennis Prager was the keynote speaker, and his lecture on The Age Of Feelings was one of the most revelatory commentaries as to how we got to our current state of decline in Western society that I have ever heard, and will have to be addressed in another Publisher’s Point. His comments were timeless and philosophical, and the body of this piece will

be far more pragmatic. I had the chance to chat with Joseph Farah, an Arab-American Christian who spent years covering the Middle East, himself a man who went to Israel with a liberal journalistic bias and came away a changed, conservative

fellow, largely due to the compassion he continually observed on the part of Israelis in their dealings with Arabs in Israel. He currently publishes World Net Daily, and online news e-zine. CBN Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell was another with whom I got to fellowship, as well as others who range from being

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Orthodox Messianic Jews who work for the Israeli government, an American Jewess who emigrated to Israel, an Israeli surgeon who currently resides and lectures in Florida, and Laurie Cardoza Moore, who heads up PJTN and produces compelling documentaries on Israel as

well as the Holocaust. So, am I just name dropping, or do I have a point here? I have a point that is going to be illustrated by discussing protocol as it pertains to a Presidential visit. Not many would disagree that the Israelis, specifically Benjamin Neyanyahu, have been treated poorly by this administration on a number of occasions. And while I don’t know a great deal about protocol, I did learn some things while I was in Iraq, Jordan, and at the conference in Nashville. It can be summed up thusly: when you are a guest in another country, you do all that you can to accommodate your

host, and when you have guests, you do all that you can to accommodate your guests.

Itineraries are only changed when someone is bleeding or the house is on fire, so to speak. And our President, who should know better, decided it was not worth his time to get an in-depth tour of the Iron Dome, the Israeli defense system that has saved countless lives, as our ally continues to get attacked by its “neighbors.” So, Benjamin Netanyahu, who for the sake of protocol has continually bent over backwards to the point that he could double as a contortionist, brought a part of the Iron Dome to the President to be toured upon Mr. Obama’s arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Please remember that Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East, and has a vibrant democracy that is preserved largely by its extraordinary defense system. And, let it also be remembered that Israel uprooted some of its defense system because someone felt they needed to go visit the very people who want to destroy Israel, our ally.

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All Things Soldier

Women’s History Month Celebration At the Vets’ Museum: Airman Mattye Murray To Be Honored, Mary Scott Hunter To Speak by Ali Elizabeth Turner Residents of Athens are in for a real treat on Saturday, March 30th at 1pm. That is the day that Airman Mattye Murray will be honored as a Korean War era veteran, and Mary Scott Hunter of the Alabama State Board of Education will speak about the accomplishments of women in science, technology, engineering, and innovation, which is this year’s theme. Mattye Murray was born in Athens in 1929, the daughter of sharecroppers. She was a graduate of Trinity High School, served in the Air Force, attended Tuskegee Institute, graduated from Alabama A& M, taught at her high school alma mater

“I was blessed to complete high school,” she said, and she graduated from Trinity in 1948. A few years later she joined the Air Force, spending 4 years in service to our country, and received training in food service. She served amongst some of the Airmen of Tuskegee fame, and finished her military career in 1955.

as well as Tanner High, and that’s just the beginning of her accomplishments.

She was able to get her bachelor’s degree in business education, and began her teaching career at Trinity in 1962. She taught there until 1970, when Trinity was closed. “We lived through desegregation,” a wild time for everyone. I asked her what it was like to go to Tanner to teach, and her smile said it all. “Oh, they were sweet to

University of Alabama. She is a member of the USAF Reserves as well as the Alabama Air National Guard. She is an attorney with the Judge Advocate General, (JAG) and is an associate at the law firm of Siniard, Timberlake and League.

me.” She became everyone’s “Auntie,” and spent the rest of her teaching career there. Miss Mattye never married, and is the devoted Aunt of several nieces and nephews. She currently resides at Athens Rehab and Senior Care Center. Mary Scott Hunter is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, and is a resident of Huntsville. She holds a BA and JD, both from the

She is also the owner of Torel Technology, LLC, and in 2010 was elected to the Alabama State Board of Education. She is greatly looking forward to talking about the specific area of women’s accomplishments in science, education and technology, and said, “I am going to have fun with this.” Please come and join us at the Veterans’ Museum and enjoy the presence of these two remarkable women. For more information, you may contact Museum Director Sandy Thompson, at 256-771-7578. We hope to see you on the 30th!

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Calendar of Events Home and Garden Show Mar 16 & 17

It’s time to start planning that garden and this is the perfect place to get your plants and lots of ideas. The event is hosted by the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce at the Limestone County Event Center. Contact 256-232-2600.

Easter Egg Hunt on the Courthouse Lawn Mar 16 at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The hunt is for ages toddlers to 11 years. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be $5.00 and taken outside this year. They will have a jelly bean guessing contest and a coloring contest. Sponsored by Spirit of Athens partnering with First Baptist Church.

Easter Egg Hunt Mar 23 at 10:00 AM

Join the fun at Chick-fil-A on Hwy 72 hosted by AthensLimestone Hospital in partnership with chick-fil-A.

Easter Bunny Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt Mar 30 at 10:00 AM (kids 5 and under) 10:15 AM (kids 6+)

Breakfast 7:45 AM - 11:00 AM - $6.95 adults, $4.50 kids 5-10 and kids under 5 free. RSVP by Mar 26 to rsvp@ canebrakeclub.com or 256-232-2412, X 7. Meet the Easter Bunny at Canebrake Club. “Members only - Not a Canebrake Club member? Visit http://www.canebrakeclub.com/belong/ membership/membership.html?menu_id=52 for membership information!”

March is Women’s History Month March 30 at 12PM

The Alabama Veterans’ Museum invites you to the Women’s History program. The theme selected for this year’s programs is: “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” Honoree is Miss Mattye Murray, with Mary Scott Hunter Representative to the Alabama Board of Education as the guest speaker. www.athensplus.com/ AlabamaVeteransMuseumWomensHistoryMonth2013.htm

Flashlight Egg Hunt Mar 30 5:30PM

Friendship Church invites you to attend their flashlight egg hunt at their church located at 16479 Lucas Ferry Road in Athens.

Easter Sunday Buffet Mar 31 at 11:00 AM & 12:45 PM

Canebrake members are invited to enjoy a delicious meal of Prime Rib and all the trimmings. RSVP by Mar 26 to rsvp@ canebrakeclub.com or 256-232-2412, X7.

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Chick-fil-A Connect Race Series April 6 at 8:00 AM

All ages are welcome to register for the Chick-fil-A® Connect Race Series. 1-Mile Family Fun Run/5K/10K Run and Free Family Fun Zone on Saturday, April 6 at 8 a.m. at Athens Limestone Hospital Wellness Center. The race will offer Chip Timing, USATF Certified course, Dri-fit shirt for participants, and a chance to win Chick-fil-A® for a YEAR! Runners can also earn points in SPEED AND SPIRIT for the Athens race and for the national Chick-fil-A® Connect Race Series. The Free Family Fun Zone will be located by the finish line with several inflatables for a family-friendly activity area. The Fun Zone is open to children ages 12 and under. Proceeds from the Chick-fil-A® Connect Race of Athens will benefit the Bridge of Hope Adoption Ministry. Pre-registration prices are $25 for 1-Mile/5K and $30 for the 10K. Registrations on April 6 are $30 for 1-Mile/5K and $35 for 10K. Group registrations of four or more runners will receive a 10% discount. For more information about the Chick-fil-A® Connect Race Series or Family Fun Zone, visit www.cfaraceseries.com. Runners will receive a Chick-fil-A Race Series dri-fit shirt! Sign up at : http://connectrace.net/event/chick-fil-a-connect-race-seriesathens-al/media

Earth Day Celebration April 20th

Big Spring Memorial Park. Free Event. Fun, games, entertainment, free food and treats, and lots of environmental education and exhibits. This event will share the date and location with the Tourism Outdoor Expo. (Jeannette Jones or Teresa Todd can give you details about their expo.)

ONGOING EVENTS The Friends of the Athens-Limestone Public Library hold used book sales on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The sale is held at the library, 405 E. South St. For further information, please call (256) 232-1233. The Alabama Veterans’ Museum needs volunteers! If you have a few hours per week and would like to help out, please call the museum at 256.771.7578. Pick the days and hours you would like to volunteer. The Shirts-n-Skirts square dance club would like to invite anyone who would like to stop by. The 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month we meet at The Dance Factory on Freeman Ave then on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays we meet at the Athens Recreation Center on Hwy 31. Call Kay 256-423-4141 www. shirts-n-skirts.com for more information.

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Tourism

Spring is Springing By Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association It’s March and the fun begins! You can find several things to do each weekend during March. One of the favorite is the annual Athens Home and Garden Show, hosted by the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. The show will be Saturday March 16th from 9AM – 4PM and Sunday, March 17th from 12PM – 4PM at the Limestone County Event Center located at 100 West Pryor Street, Athens. There is no admission fee. The show will be filled with many demonstrations, an area for kid’s activities and door prizes also. Over 50 booths will have all types of home and garden items for review and sale, as well as great ideas for your home and garden projects. It’s a great time to purchase those spring plants too. Contact: 256232-2600, www.tourathens.com. Another special event this month is the Easter Egg

Baptist Church for a huge egg hunt for ages under 11. Photos will be made outside for $5. A jelly bean guessing contest and a color contest will be held by First Baptist Church.

Hunt March 16th on the Courthouse Square. The event is sponsored by Spirit of Athens with First Baptist Church partnering this year. The Egg Hunt will begin at 10AM and is limited to ages 11 and under. You can also have your child’s photo made for $5. There will be a jelly bean guessing contest and a color contest conducted by First Baptist Church. Other events this month include: Mar 16 The Athens/Limestone County Learn-toRead 10:00 AM Council announces the 18th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee at Athens High School. Free admission to spectators. Refreshments served. To make a donation to help sponsor the spelling bee, or to obtain more information about the Learn-to-Read Programs, call 256-230-3050

Mar 16 & 17 Home and Garden Show - It’s time to start planning that garden and this is the perfect place to get your plants and lots of ideas. The event is hosted by the Greater Limestone County Chamber.

Mar 16 - Mooresville Rocket Run 10-Miler at 8:00 AM

Mar 23 Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 AM. Join the fun at Chick-fil-A on Hwy 72 hosted by AthensLimestone Hospital in partnership with Chick-fil-A.

This is a 10 mile run in Mooresville, AL. Hunts-

org/MemberApp2012.pdf w w w. a c t i v e . c o m / r u n ning/mooresville-al/rocket-run-ten-miler-2013 ville Track Club membership required to participate in race. Member Forms www.huntsvilletrackclub.

Mar 16th Easter Egg Hunt on the Courthouse Lawn from 10AM-12PM sponsored by Spirit of Athens has partnered with First

Mar 30 Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful is having a Free Dump Day for Limestone County Resident. Visit www.keepathenslimestonebeautiful. com for more information. Mar 30 - March is Women’s History Month at the Alabama Veterans Museum. The theme selected for this year’s programs is: “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” Honoree is Miss Mattye Murray with Mary Scott Hunter Representative to the Alabama Board of Education as the guest speaker. For more information on the above events or other events and attractions in Athens-Limestone, visit the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 North Beaty Street or call 256232-5411. Information is also posted on our website - www.visitathensal.com.

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Sarah’s Sagas

This Spring’s Planting Includes A New Garden Of Hope! by Sarah Chadwell, Family Resource Center

There is always refreshment to be found in the season of spring! What a welcome change of season to see the tiny budding of trees or the first of many yellow daffodils scattered throughout the area. During the month of March a new planting of sorts has taken place…. a wonderful scattering of the seeds of education, love and hope for our children’s future. You may have noticed the renovation work underway at a small home on 5th avenue. The outside has been beautifully updated and landscaped, but it is the inside of the home that is bright with hope and great ideas for the Athens community. Called The Haven, the home is the hub of

borhood beautification.”

Penny and Leonard Nicholson

of The Haven

an after school tutoring pro-

gram for students grade 1 –

5. It’s located within easy walking distance of the tutors, teachers, and visionaries who design programs to support our community. The team behind the idea is Mission Athens, local residents representing the Central Church of Christ, who saw a great need to partner with families in our area. The partnership was created when they first responded to the call for help after the April 2011 Tornados. “For almost a week we were out working side by side with our community, clearing trees and replenishing household goods,” said Mission Athens board president Leonard Nicholson. “It just seemed a natural fit to continue that relationship by purchasing the house and providing a home base for future efforts including a feeding program, a women’s bible study and neigh-

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Costs for such a program can be expensive, but Central Church of Christ and other churches participate in what they call the Dollar Club. It is an extra offering each week by each attendee providing a dollar to support programs above and beyond the church’s financial obligations. Now with the home paid for and refurbished with the help of volunteer time and effort, the real work is underway. On Tuesdays and Thursdays community members not only support the children with tutoring, homework, and special areas of educational help as indicated by their teacher, but they are providing a mentoring partnership they expect to last a lifetime. The Mission Athens team has spent some time in Huntsville studying the Lincoln Village model, a model which has created a new spirit of neighborhood revitalization in our neighboring city. Families are supported and encouraged to make changes economically, educationally, emotionally and spiritually. Huntsville community members partner closely with residents on an ongoing basis, and have seen a dramatic improvement in economic stability which has been noted on a national level. “We have a successful program to model our Mission Athens after,” says Nicholson. “We, like Huntsville, know that great things are in store for us and our future, as long as we focus on the love of Christ in all that we do.”

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What Makes Ronnie Roll

The Power Of Words And Waiters

by Holly Hollman and Ali Elizabeth Turner

Ali writes:

Whereas; no specific risk factors or causes of MSA have been identified and;

took the Athens exit touched our hearts tonight at Celebrity Waiter’s Night.

Often in our times together, we joke about proclamations. The Mayor will talk about a Whereas; there is currently The couple had been stayproblem in the town, and I’ll no cure for MSA; and ing in Florida for the winter. say, “Well, why don’t you just Whereas; the lack of aware- They received a call that the make a proclamation? That ness about MSA has hindered man’s brother had died, so oughta fix it!” He they started driving will glare at me back to Wisconsin. good naturedly, They decided to stop and we both say, and eat and took the “If only it were Athens exit and chose that easy.” Have Applebee’s. Limeyou ever really stone County Prothought about the bate Judge Charles power of a procWoodroof waited on lamation, or read, them and explained word for word, any of the proclaLocal actor Frank Travis talks to a customer mations that come at Applebee’s during the City of Athens out of City Hall? Relay for Life Celebrity Waiter’s Night Truly, they are moving and underscore the giving nature research and the ability of rethat makes Athens such a searchers to Obtain funding marvelous place to live. Be- for their work; and low is a copy of a proclamation made recently in regard Whereas; public support and to MSA, which stands for greater awareness of the need Multiple System Atrophy, and for research funding can aid March is the month set aside in the discovery of the cause to raise awareness regarding of and a cure for MSA. this wasting affliction. NOW, THEREFORE, I, William R. Marks, Mayor of Multiple System Atrophy the City of Athens do hereby Awareness Month proclaim March of each Whereas; Multiple System year is designated as MulAtrophy is a fatal neurologi- tiple System Atrophy Awarecal disease diagnosed in apness Month to increase proximately 15,000 patients public awareness of this in the United States; and Sheriff Mike Blakely raised $141 in tips progressive neurodegeneraduring the City of Athens Relay for Life Whereas; as many as 35,000 tive disorder that affects the Celebrity Waiter’s Night at Applebee’s more patients in the United autonomic functions of the States with Multiple System body. any exit and any restaurant, Atrophy are misdiagnosed Marena Tuberville has had the City of Athens Relay for and he ended up here where with other more recognizable to retire from her teaching Life Team was hosting Ce- we are fundraising to find a neurodegenerative disorders; job at Tanner High due to her lebrity Waiter’s Night to raise cure.” and battle with MSA. Her husband money for the American Can- Tonight’s efforts raised Whereas; patients with MSA Keith is a pastor, Mayor Ron- cer Society. $1,735.25. That is $425 more lose the ability to walk, talk, nie wanted to make us aware The man told Charles his than we did in 2012. chew, swallow and even of what they are facing. brother had died from can- Here is the breakdown of how breathe over the course of a cer, and he gave a $50 tip in our Celebrity Waiters did: few years; and Holly writes: A Touching memory of his brother. Whereas; the incidence of Story From Celebrity Wait- “No matter how much we Jimmy Gill brought in an additional $100 and surpassed MSA in the United States has er’s Night raised, I had the best story the Mayor for a total of increased in recent years; “A Wisconsin couple who of the night,” Charles said. $313. and “He could have stopped at

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Mayor Ronnie Marks almost made the most in tips despite sitting down on the job at times

Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks: $284

Retired Circuit Court Clerk Charles Page: $224

Athens City Councilman Jimmy Gill: $213

Athens attorney Shane Black: $211

Circuit Court Clerk Brad Curnutt: $200

Local actor Frank Travis: $173 Probate Judge Charles Woodroof: $150.25 Sheriff Mike Blakely: $141 Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson: $139

That brought our overall total to $1,835.25.

We also made $120 in T-shirt sales.

Thanks to everyone who helped support our efforts tonight. I hope the story about the couple from Wisconsin helps put into perspective what we are fighting for.”

Words and waiters have power, my fellow Athenians, and Ronnie and the rest of the crew roll with the best of ‘em.

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Clean and Green

Elk River Canoe & Kayak Trail Cleanup by Lynne Hart

Two years ago, a group of volunteers worked to clean up two put-in spots and the section of the Elk River Canoe and Kayak Trail stretching between them. We cleaned up litter, dragged tires and a television set from the water, dug up roofing materials, painted over graffiti, and removed invasive brush (with TVA permission). TVA was able to remove a refrigerator from the river thanks to one of our volunteers in a canoe who spotted and marked its location. When we returned to these areas two years later, they had NOT returned to the state in which we had originally found them! Our volunteers truly have made a long-term difference. Now that we’ve had some experience, we are expanding our cleanup

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to cover as many places along the river in need of work that we can.

eas of the river to scan for litter and large debris.

Damien Simbeck, TVA Water Resource Representative, is working with KALB to organize this cleanup. TVA staff will recommend areas along the river that are in need of attention such as camp sites, sloughs, and areas that cannot be reached

Our Biggest Need VOLUNTEERS! The amount of work we can accomplish is only limited by the number of volunteers who sign

create a work schedule. Let us know if you have a preference as to the type of work you do. We will try to accommodate those requests as we can.

lunch will be provided when our work is completed. To be successful, we need YOU. Please call today!

Once volunteers are scheduled, each will be given a list of tools that will be helpful to bring along. Bottled water and by land. TVA boats will be available to transport volunteers to these spots, while others will remain at put-in spots to do whatever work is needed. Volunteers with canoes will be given designated ar-

up to help. If you or your group have an interest in this project, we need to hear from you. Please call 256-233-8728. All volunteers must register in advance so we can arrange for supplies and

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Cooking with Shelley

Yummy Dip...Hidden Valley Ranch by Shelley Underhill

Several weeks back I had the honor of attending my daughter’s bridal shower hosted by her wonderful in-laws to be.

the dip and sharing with us how to prepare it. When I shared it with my family, there were no complaints and nothing left! They ate it all!

Not only was the company great, but so was the food! The dish that stood out the most was the bacon and cheddar dip. It was so delicious that I swung by “the Pig” on my way back from Elkmont to grab the ingredients I needed to prepare some dip of my own.

Let me know if you try it. You can email me at shelleysdesk@gmail. com.

You talk about easy to prepare...all you do is open the packages and mix it up! I did, however, change up the recipe just a little, as you will see when you read the recipe on the back of the packet. A big thank you goes out to Mrs.Kerry Willard for bringing

What you will need: 24 oz. 1 oz. 1/4 cup 1 cup

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Open all packets and mix together well. Refrigerate for several hours and serve with “Scoops” corn chips.

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Learning As A Lifestyle

Procrastination by Wanda Campbell

It’s been said that if it weren’t for deadlines nothing would get done. I’m supposed to write these articles every other week, but it seems like life finds a way for me to do other things. The sad thing is, it’s not always worthwhile things I end up doing instead of writing my article.

Sometimes, I put together a couple of online jigsaw puzzles before I get started. I’ll play some spider solitaire. I might watch an episode of Bones or (heavens!) do the dishes or fold laundry. It’s amazing what things can get in the way of doing what I should be doing first.

There have been scores of books written on the subject of Procrastination. As I look it up, there seem to be countless magazine articles and essays too. This is going to take a while to get through, and I’m going to need a glass of tea before I hunker down to write. Wouldn’t you know it, there’s no tea made.

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talented individuals in the form of a slightly abstract video. It wasn’t long, about five minutes.

The film was a study into the art of putting things off (graduation film from the Royal College of Art, 2007). In the video, they said procrastination was a cup of tea (I swear I did not even plan that!) or smoking a cigarette. Procrastination was doing eight things at once and not getting any of them done. It was starting something and not finishing it. It is not knowing when to finish something or not knowing HOW to finish something. I don’t do the instant tea thing. As far as I’m concerned, any self respecting Southerner will steep it, mix in some sugar (probably too much), and drink it cold, and this process takes time to do properly. After going through the rigmarole of making tea, I poured a tall glass ready to tackle this article. I recently purchased a new set of glasses and they look won-

derful. When you think about a photo of a glass of iced tea in a magazine, these would be the glasses. They are simple, with just a slight flair in their shape, but not overly elaborate. Best of all they are easy to clean. Speaking of which, did anyone do the dishes after dinner? No time for that, I have an article to write!

Google for relevant information about procrastination. Of course, I got the standard wiki articles, but I want to write something unique. Maybe a new and artistic take on the subject. The idea of procrastination has been around for ages. It has inspired artists and poets. I managed to find the work of one of these

That reminded me I was in the middle (really the beginning) of writing my article. As I stared at the wall contemplating my mental thesaurus to find the most perfect prose, I couldn’t keep a thought from creeping into my head. Can I finish this later?

I went online and searched

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Cover Story

Weight Loss: A Simple Solution by Seth Williams continued from page 1

about twice as much as they need. We are a wealthy nation and getting food is no problem for most people. It is everywhere. You can even put money in a machine and food will drop out. The result is a nation where almost 60% of the population is overweight and over 30 percent of them are considered obese. This situation is putting tremendous pressure on the medical establishment. It has been estimated that the health issues associated with being overweight could cost over 3 billion dollars per year. If something is not done about the obesity epidemic, this one problem could be the nail in the coffin that drives America into bankruptcy. Someone who is only 15% over their ideal weight is 86% more likely to become diabetic. At this time there are over 25 million diabetics, and 79 million pre-diabetics in America. Diabetes already costs Americans 132 billion dollars a year, and that is at the present level of only 25 million confirmed cases. If the pre-diabetes patients become full-blown diabetics in the next five years, health care costs will increase to almost half a trillion dollars per year. We must remember that we are only talking about diabetes when in reality being overweight also increases the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory problems, arthritis and many other disorders. Now you are

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beginning to understand just how profound the obesity epidemic is in our society. The Solution Believe it or not, there is a simple solution. You don’t have to count calories, go hungry or even diet. It is a system our family has used for years and we have successfully maintained a healthy weight. Let me repeat myself. We never diet, eat foods we don’t like, or starve. Americans have a mindset that drives us to overeat. We believe that we should always clean our plates. We should not be wasteful, after all there are starving children in the world. This was good advice back during the Depression, but it is not such good advice today. We pile enough food on our plates to feed two or more people and then feel compelled to eat it all. Restaurants put two times as much on the average plate than is actually necessary to sustain health. Being overweight or obese is nothing more than overeating. Some people want us to believe it is a lack of exercise, but in reality we all know the computer geek that sits behind a computer all day, never getting any real exercise and is as slender as a pencil. Taking in more calories than we burn is the problem, yet most people find it hard to cut back. Dieter’s DeLite A little over two-years ago, NEWtritional Health Care LLC formulated an all-natural weight loss supplement that will

change the way people lose weight forever. This one product is built around a study done in France. Success Magazine of February 2011 talked about some of the reasons for this in an article written by Brittany Glenn. One part of her article is titled Portion Distortion. She uses the “French Paradox” to explain how the French eat more saturated fat than Americans, yet they are slimmer and have a noticeably lower mortality rate from heart disease. She says, “The French eat four times more butter, 60 percent more cheese, and nearly three times more pork as Americans.” Brittany goes on to explain that the secret is in how the French eat. For them, maintaining a slender silhouette is portion control. They eat smaller portions than Americans. From her article, and I quote, “The typical portion served in a French restaurant is approximately half the size of a portion served in an American restaurant.” Another advantage is that the French take more time to eat and make a habit of enjoying the taste by eating slowly. In other words, the French eat three times more pork, four times more fat, yet they have about half the heart disease, very low numbers of type II diabetes and practically no obesity. Even though they eat basically the same type foods as Americans, they are healthier, mainly because they eat about half as much. Dieter’s DeLite was designed to help people form the habit of eating less.

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How Dieter’s DeLite Works Dieter’s DeLite was formulated to do six things: (#1) Increase energy, (#2) Reduce the appetite, (#3) Improve metabolism, (#4) Promote healthier blood sugar levels, (#5) Aid in thyroid function and (#6) Improve memory and concentration. Remember the article about the French! We all have sense enough to know that the only way to lose weight and keep it off is to make the habit of eating less, and according to our customers, Dieter’s DeLite makes it so easy to do just that. Many customers have come in to ask the question, “I have lost all the weight I want to lose, can I keep taking Dieter’s DeLite?” Of course you can, but why do you want to keep taking it? The response is almost always the same, “I haven’t felt this good in years, plus I can focus, concentrate and remember things again.” We could go on and on about Dieter’s DeLite, but let our customers tell you about the results. Drew Simpson “Before I started DD I had tried several different diet pills and weight loss programs, the general cut down on food and working out. Nothing helped. I have been on Dieter’s DeLite for about two and a half months now, and have currently lost 20 pounds and dropped almost 2 pants sizes. It has been the only thing in three years to help me lose weight, and now I’m finally motivated to stick

with a diet plan! I absolutely love it, and have pretty much become the poster boy for DD in Orlando Florida!” Ryan Browning “I started taking Dieter’s Delite in December 2011. I was 6’3” and weighed 220lbs. I did strength training, played some basketball, but knew I wasn’t in very good shape. After seeing the posts on Facebook and seeing people’s results, I decided to try it. Within the first two days I could tell a major difference in my appetite and energy level. Within a week I started losing weight. I changed my workout routine, and by February I had lost 20lbs. After that I started taking one Dieter’s Delite in the morning. I am now down to 191 lbs and combined with my strength and endurance training, I’m in the best shape of my life. All of my power lifts and Olympic lifts are going up in weight, even with less caloric intake than ever before. I highly recommend Dieter’s Delite. I’ve been in the Health/ Wellness field for 7 years, and tried all kinds of diets and routines to drop body fat % and increase muscle mass. This is by far the easiest and most efficient way to do it. Also, my dealings with Herbs N More and Seth have been great. He’s answered all my questions via email or phone whenever I have had them. He’s been very helpful and I hope to continue to do business with him in the future.”

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Haley McDaniel “Dieter’s Delite is amazing!! I have lost 25 lbs in 5 and 1/2 weeks!! I am 1/3 of the way to reaching my goal weight in an amazingly short period of time! DD gives me more energy and helps me to stay focused. It keeps me from being hungry and from overeating! Also the staff at Herbs and More was very helpful with information to help lose weight! I have already got friends and family started on DD! I lost all of my baby weight and even more with the help of DD! It feels amazing to be 25 pounds lighter!” Denise Bazzell Lanier “I started taking Dieter’s DeLite February 7, 2011. I have lost 29 lbs. and over 18 inches in 2 months. Went from a size 12 to a size 4! YAY!! I was a little skeptical about DD, since I’m unable to do much exercise. I have started walking my 73 lb. dog several times a week. I had 3 back surgeries over the last 10 yrs, and had gained 25+ lbs. DD has truly changed my Life! I have more energy than I know what to do with, and I don’t go hungry! I just cut in half what I used to eat. It has helped my overall health in general! My doctor was amazed when I went in for a checkup, and all my labs were GREAT!!! I know longer need my blood pressure meds, which I have been on for 13 yrs. I should be off all my meds (except my pain medicine) next month. I got my daughter, son-nlaw and 2 friends on DD. THEY R ALSO HAVING GREAT RESULTS!! I recommend DD to anyone wanting to lose weight

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and get healthy! We have one body that God gave us, so this lady is taking care of hers from now on! Thank you so much, Seth Williams.”

Mindy Raney “I heard about Dieter’s Delight on Facebook. When I started seeing everyone’s post about their results and how well it had worked for them, I decided it was time for me to do something about my weight after having two babies and could not get the weight off. I went to Herbs and More in Athens on Feb 24, 2012, to get my first bottle of Dieter’s Delight, and on that day I weighed 195 lbs. After about a week of taking Dieter’s Delight I had lost 5lbs. Now it has almost been two months and all together I have lost 22 lbs, and now I am down to 171 lbs and still seeing results. Thank you so much Seth Williams for putting Dieter’s Delight out. It has already made a difference in my life, and I’m not stopping now!!”

Heather Vickers “I started Dieter’s Delite on December 22 2011, and

as soon as I took my first dose I could feel a major difference. I had a ton of energy and I just felt better. It was wild. I even was having trouble concentrating at work and it helped me with that, and now I’m even performing better at the work place. I started taking two a day, then about 2 months after starting I upped it to four pills. I totally stopped drinking soft drinks, I try not to intake any sugar at all if possible, and I count calories. I’ve tried several diets throughout my life, and nothing has seemed to work and be able to keep the weight off like this method. Seth gave me all the advice that I needed to be where I wanna be. I’ve lost 35 pounds and went from a size 13 to a 7.”

Tina Parker “Okay, so I am going to post my before and after a little early. This is me at 203.4lbs” “This is me at 182lbs!! After Dieter’s Delite!! Can’t wait to post my 30lb picture!!” “Thanks so much! I couldn’t have done it without Dieter’s DeLite and all of the help and support of you guys at the store and everyone on our wonderful page Dieter’s DeLite weight loss made easy!”

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Laura Hopkins Farmer “I started taking Dieter’s DeLite on Jan 15th with the goal of losing 18 lbs. Within one month, I reached my goal weight & have now lost a total of 20 lbs on DD! The energy DD provided me was motivation for me to start running/jogging some days on my lunch breaks at work. My healthy way of eating & exercise has turned into my everyday lifestyle. Now I feel much better about myself & I feel much healthier! DD is definitely the way to go!” Jason Morris lost 65lbs in 6 months taking Dieter’s DeLite. Jason says it gave him “tons of energy, not jittery or shaky energy, good clean energy,” made him feel like he wanted to “get out and do more stuff,” suppressed his appetite, a better sense of well being, “and way more self confidence… All this from taking Dieter’s DeLite love yall,” Jason Morris.

Dieter’s DeLite and Isofire, simply the best fat destroying combination I have ever taken in my life. If you want to cut your body fat down while retaining all your muscle, have plenty of good natural energy to get through the day, increase focus and concentration, increase stamina and just feel great. These are the products for you! Alex lost 164lbs in 9 months taking Dieter’s DeLite

Sherie Harbin lost 62lbs taking Dieter’s DeLite, and says she has a great energy that lasts all day and now looks forward to workouts instead of dreading them! “Thanks, Dieter’s DeLite and all the folks at Herbs and More for helping me to reach my goal!”

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Health and Fitness

Causes Of Obesity by Janet Hunt

Janet Hunt is a Certified Personal Trainer and can be reached at 256-614-3530 to schedule an appointment.

Television watching is a strong obesity risk factor, partly because exposure to food advertising can influence what people eat. Exercise and physical activity can protect against weight gain. And w e are also finding lack of sleep is a risk factor for obesity.

Basically, obesity results when someone regularly eats or drinks more calories than needed. The body stores these extra calories as body fat, and as a result the extra pounds add up. Eat fewer calories than the body burns, weight goes down. This equation is overly simple, because it does not account for the many factors that affect what we eat, how much we exercise, and how our bodies process all these calories. A complicated web surrounds a basic problem. Genes play a role in obesity but not as much as many people believe. Genes seem to increase the risk of weight gain and interact with other risk factors in the environment, such as unhealthy diets and inactive lifestyles. A healthy lifestyle can counteract these genetic effects.

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Early life is important. Pregnant mothers who smoke or who are overweight may have children who are more likely to grow up to be obese

adults. Excessive weight gain during infancy and early childhood also raises the risk of adult obesity. The typical “Western diet”

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(frequent, large meals with high amounts of refined grains, red meat, fats, and sugary drinks) plays one of the largest roles in obesity today. Foods that are lacking in the “Western diet” (whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and nuts) help with weight control, and help prevent chronic disease.

The environment in which people live plays a huge role in the food and activity choices they make. In this country, the environment is becoming toxic to healthy living: constant advertising of unhealthy foods & drinks, the lack of safe areas for exercising, and the availability of junk food at school and work. It’s tough for individuals to make healthy choices for good quality of life and a healthy weight.

For more information regarding healthy lifestyles, call Janet Hunt (ACE Certified Health Coach). I offer one-on-one consultations as well as small group Lifestyle and Weight Management classes.

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The World According To Will

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Does Governor Bentley Share Obama’s Distaste For Legislators? by Will Anderson The Governor was speaking at a school safety summit in Montgomery recently, and he indicated that he would veto a bill passed by the Legislature last month which would allow teachers and other volunteers in Franklin County, after being trained by local law enforcement, to carry guns in schools. “You don’t get somebody just off the street to treat your congestive heart failure when you’re sick,” Bentley said at the summit. “So why do you get somebody off the street to protect you with active shooters?” His analogy is flawed and condescending. Just as laymen can be trained in CPR to save lives before first responders arrive, teachers can be trained to stop a classroom killer while the police are on their way. Governor Bentley’s insulting tone continued, “You know the Legislature sometimes gets excited. And sometimes they try to be relevant. And sometimes they will come up with some crazy bills. We don’t need to be crazy about this.” President Obama couldn’t have topped it. In Washington, he’s been trying to marginalize the Constitutional relevance of Congress a lot lately, starting with Boehner (who he successfully rolled on tax increases), moving on to Senate Republicans, twelve of whom he had dinner with recently, (presumably to discuss tax hikes over a glass of merlot) and then to Senate Democrats, who met with him Tuesday.

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For the moment, he’s softened his tone and reached out his hand. And an unidentified aide has called it a waste of time. Rand Paul’s filibuster was welltimed, because Obama was overdue to be taken down a notch or two. Beyond drone policy, Paul was lodging a general complaint about accountability from the Executive Branch—something that hasn’t been forthcoming until Paul’s 13hour demand that he get an answer to his simple question about the use of drones on innocent American citizens absent an imminent threat. The question had been in play for about a month with no response; the morning following the filibuster, Senator Paul got his answer. Here at home, someone needs to bring the governor down a notch or two. His opinion that teachers shouldn’t be armed is debatable, but his characterization of the legislature as childlike, looking for something to live for implies a man who hasn’t the time to be bothered with something as arduous as deliberation. The facts

are that Franklin County now has the opportunity to train teachers and volunteers how to use a firearm, and then permit them to be

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armed. They aren’t obligated to be armed, but there’s a good chance many of them will want to, knowing that it can take the police more than a few minutes to respond to some Franklin County schools. And then, perhaps, other schools around the state will realize that all heck isn’t going to break loose with armed teachers, and they, too, will allow teachers to carry. Or they might not. That’s the beauty of subsidiarity. It ought to be up to school districts to make up their own minds on the subject, even if they go against Governor Bentley’s ideas about what works. Memo to the Governor: That’s not crazy. That’s pragmatic.

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Horse Whispering

Relaxing The Rein To Reign by Deb Kitchenmaster Have you ever had someone tell you to “relax” while placing a firm hand on your shoulder saying, “Relax, will you?” Or a mentor put their hand on your knee as you sit upon the back of a horse and say, “Take a deep breath.” What’s up with that? I believe that to enjoy and be successful in riding, the rider must be taught to relax and release tension. In this relaxation the rider puts himself in a position to bring leadership to the horse while teaching the horse how to relax and release tension.

to contact me and I will give you this information.

Remember, RELAX. Be balanced. Don’t expect the horse to stay in balance if you are an unbalanced rider. When the horse has the strength to balance himself, the rider has no need to hold tension in the rein. The balance lies within the horse.

ner in which the rider interacts and communicates with the horse brings a response of relaxation to obtain flexibility and strength, or a restriction to balance and movement.

A simple reminder in the role of “teacher” is that one cannot teach long without going back to learning. Let’s look at the word REIGN. This word means “a period of influence or to be in power.” The word REIN refers to a bridle with straps that

connect to a bit and is held in the rider’s hands. It can mean to lead or to restrict. How interesting. A rider’s hands are powerful tools. A saying I heard at the HORSE & SOUL Tour in January was, “We are either an ambassador of yes or a minister of no to our horse.” The man-

A respected Native American horseman reminds us in sundry ways the importance of laying a foundation in our relationship with our horse, to keep it simple and to stick to the basics. If we will be committed to understand how the horse thinks and moves, we will build bridges that invite the horse to have a boldness to place their feet on those bridges, yet have the courage and trust to stand aside as they attempt to cross over in the relaxation of “respond” rather than “react”. Relaxation of the horse starts at the front. The jaw is the key that unlocks the body and opens the mind to accept relaxation.

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Since my last writing, I invited an equine dentist to come out and look at my stallion’s mouth. The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and the teeth interact OR interfere with jaw movement and when this union is “off,” it can affect the horse’s willingness to relax, flex and come forward through his back and through the bit. Seek out an equine dentist who understands how to achieve proper release to the TMJ and the tension that comes from hooks and ramps. I just met one I highly recommend. You can use my email address

Do you pull on the reins when you ride? Be conscious of this the next time you ride. Count how many times you pull back on the rein for any reason. This is what mastery looks like. Awareness! Being aware of your weaknesses allows you to focus on improvement. A pulling hand positions the horse to resist. It is a fixed hand that teaches the horse to look for a way out. Use the fixed rein instead of pulling and your ride will improve.

Relax. Relax the shoulders, relax the elbows close to the body and relax the knee.

Reign on! Rein with the thumb. If your fingers are tight around the rein, the whole arm tightens, creating tension. Use your thumb. Enjoy!

Your NEIGHbor, Deb Kitchenmaster Corral Connections: Connecting with LIFE through a horse Animal B.E.S.T practitioner dkitchenmaster@mchsi.com

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Medical Update

Diet Rich In Nutrients Promotes A Lifetime Of Healthy Vision By BPT content

(BPT) - From dry eye to age-related eye diseases, research shows that nutrition plays a critical role in maintaining the health of our eyes. Caring for eyes includes looking carefully at what you eat.

beta-carotene, which is essential for night vision, spinach and other dark, leafy greens are the healthiest foods for eyes because they naturally contain large amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin.-

Thirty million (or one out of four) Americans age 40 and older suffer from some level of vision loss. Yet only 30 percent of Americans indicate they incorporate specific foods or supplements into their diet to help improve eye health and vision, according to the American Optometric Association’s American Eye-Q survey, which assesses public knowledge and understanding of a wide range of issues related to eye and visual health.

The AOA encourages consumers to make small dietary changes in order to experience a big impact with vision. Another good way to monitor eye health and maintain good vision is by scheduling yearly, comprehensive eye exams with an eye doctor. For a list of quick and simple recipes that promote healthy eye sight and vision or to find an optometrist in your area, visit www.AOA.org.

Six nutrients - antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin; essential fatty acids; vitamins C and E; and the mineral zinc - have been identified as helping to protect eyesight and promote eye health. Since the body doesn’t make these nutrients naturally, it’s important to incorporate them into a daily diet and, in some cases, supplement with vitamins.-Consuming a variety of the following foods can help protect your eyes for the future: 1. Lutein and zeaxanthin: To help reduce your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), eat one cup of colorful fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, kale, corn, green beans, peas, oranges and tangerines four times a week.

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2. Essential fatty acids: Studies suggest omega-3 fatty acids such as flax or fleshy fish like tuna, salmon, or herring, whole grain foods, lean meats and eggs may help protect against AMD and dry eye.

member that all foods are not created equal in their nutritional value. The Eye-Q survey also showed that nearly half of all Amer-

icans (49 percent) still believe carrots are the best food for eye health. While carrots do contain nutritional value by supplying

March is Save Your Vision Month

3. Vitamin C: Fruits and vegetables, including oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, papaya, green peppers and tomatoes, can help minimize the risk of cataracts and AMD. 4. Vitamin E: Vegetable oils, such as safflower or corn oil, almonds, pecans, sweet potatoes, and sunflower seeds are powerful antioxidants that can slow the progression of AMD and cataract formation. 5. Zinc: A deficiency of zinc can result in poor night vision and lead to cataracts; therefore, consuming red meat, poultry, liver, shellfish, milk, baked beans, and whole grains on a daily basis is important. It’s also important to re-

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Athens Rehabilitation and Senior Care Center Spotlight on Ruth Truett by Ali Elizabeth Turner Ruth Truett was born on December 11, 1924, and at 88 years young has a favorite saying: “We go on, and we do the best we can.” She grew up in Cullman County, and her dad was in sales. She married as a young teenager, and had one child from that marriage. He went on to become a Colonel in the United States Army, and his name is Howard Hicks. She remarried, and after her husband Howard returned

from serving in the Philippines during WWII, they ran a general mercantile and gas station near Heflin, AL for “many years.” That took up most of her time. She says she “didn’t enjoy cooking, but her husband didn’t complain.” She also added, “I like chicken, if someone else cooks it. You can’t beat fried chicken.” Miss Ruth is a lifelong Baptist, and attended Union Hill Baptist church in Cleburn County. She

pokes fun at her own denomination and says, with a chuckle, “Baptists are the most stubborn people in the world; we’re set in our ways.” Her son Harold and his wife Pat had two boys, Keith and Jay Hicks, and she has several great grands. She describes Harold as “a fine son, couldn’t ask for no better, even if I picked him out myself.” Without a moment’s hesitation she told me her fa-

vorite color is red and her favorite movie is “Gone With The Wind.” She loved Gregory Peck’s performance in “To Kill A Mockingbird.” I told her I wholeheartedly agreed with her, and that it is one of my favorites, too. Her favorite President? “Bill Clinton, because he seemed so down to earth.” Her least favorite President? “Harry Truman, because I never felt like I knew very much about him.” Her favorite Bible verses? John 3:16 and Psalms 23. She was told by her mother, “Date no soldiers.” Apparently that was not advice she chose to follow, but she does have advice for young people: “Make it count, and do your best.” She continued on, “I try to be patriotic and to support soldiers.” The biggest

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change she has seen in her lifetime? “I think that things have smoothed over and got better.” In regards to her life at Athens Rehab she says, “Couldn’t ask for nothin’ no better.” She went on to tell me that she “likes to play Rook, and they say I am a champion.” She also said of the staff, “They are nice people.” Indeed, while we were chatting, two attendants came in to take Miss Ruth for her walk, and were so polite about coming back after we were finished with the interview. After they left, she waxed philosophical again and said, “You know, you be good to people, most of the time they’ll be good to you.” I couldn’t agree more, Miss Ruth, and I am glad you are happy in your new digs.

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Security Savvy

Credit Card Scam: They’re Getting More Sophisticated by Jim Doyle, owner of Madison Security Group

I just received an update on the latest credit card fraud; I want to share it with the Athens Now readers.

Here we go-- this is a good one.

Visa/MC, which was issued by (Bank). Did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing devise for $497.99 from a marketing company in Arizona?” When you reply

to just under $500. A $500 purchase would flag most cards. A credit will be sent to you before your next statement to (they give the correct address), is that correct?” You reply, “YES.”

“NO,” the caller continues with, “Then we will issue a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and the charges range anywhere from $300

The caller continues-“I’ll be starting a Fraud Investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 1-800 number listed on the back of your card and

This fraud is happening in the Midwest area, but working its way across all states.

This is slick, since you provide the information needed and do not realize it. You do not give them your credit card number. They already have it.

A person calling says, “This is (some name,) and I’m calling from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA/ MC. My badge number is XXXXXX. Your card has been flagged for an unn usual purchase pattern and tI am calling to verify. This rpurchase would be on your

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ask for Security. You will to refer to this control number.” The caller will give you a 6 digit number and asks if you need him/ her to read it again. Here is when the fraud really starts. The caller will ask you to verify that you are in possession of the credit card; they will ask you to turn the card over and read the last three numbers of the card. They will not ask for the seven numbers on the card, just the security code, which is the set of numbers you need to make most Internet purchases. After you give them those numbers, they would say, “That is correct.” They wanted to “verify” you actually have the card, and that it had not been stolen. You will be asked if there are any questions. You will most likely

respond, “No.” The caller will thank you and tell you to call if you have questions. He/she will hang up. You really said very little, and you never gave out your CARD NUMBER. We called Visa about 20 minutes later, and were told by the real Visa security department it was a SCAM, and a purchase of $497.99 was charged to the card. You need to make a real fraud report and close the card. Visa will issue a new card and number. Don’t ever give out any card numbers to anyone asking for it from your credit card company. They already have them if they are legit.

Please, if any one calls saying they are from your credit card company, do not answer any questions. Call back to your credit card company using the phone number listed on your card, and ask for security.

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