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Special Feature VOAD: Volunteer Organizations Active In Disaster... This August marks the 45th anniversary of the devastation caused by Hurricane Camille. She was a “Cat 5,” (Category 5) storm, the strongest... Page 7
Spotlight On Judith Diane Groce... In 1978, Judith Diane Groce was in a horrible auto accident, and she had to learn to walk all over again. “Some days all I could take was one step,” she told me, and that is... Page 21
Sunset Swim Club 2014: All Set For The Season... We have just come through a significant weather event, and probably no one is more thankful that their business was spared... Page 11
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By Ali Elizabeth Turner
Brad Pullum, as a lifelong resident of Limestone County, is an easily recognizable figure; 6 ft 7 inches tall, trademark cowboy hat, well known for his country music, as a D.A.R.E. officer, and a successful real estate agent and appraiser.
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Limestone County Commission Chairman Stanley Menefee: Gearing Up For Growth By Ali Elizabeth Turner Stanley Menefee is no stranger to the workings of the Limestone County Commission, either as a member, Continued on page 17
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Publisher’s Point . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 All Things Soldier . . . . . . . . 4 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . 6 Special Feature . . . . . . . . . . 7 What Makes Ronnie Roll . . . 8 Special Feature . . . . . . . . . . 11 Clean and Green . . . . . . . . 12 Cooking with Shelley . . . . . . 13 Learning As A Lifestyle . . . . . . 14 Cover Stories. . . . . . . . . . 15, 17 Health and Fitness . . . . . . 18 View From The Bridge . . . . 19 Horse Whispering . . . . . . . . 20 Athens Rehab Spotlight . . 21 Medical Update . . . . . . . . 22 Security Savvy . . . . . . . . . 23
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It has been nearly ten years to the day since I left for Iraq, which I have often said was one of the most transformational experiences of my life, second only to becoming a Christian. Lately, though, I had been prayerfully wondering if I had lost some of my edge, if I had settled into complacency and had
frittered away some the gratitude that had been so abundant. I had been aware that “the Wall” was coming to Athens, the one that on one side gave a historical timeline of the Global War On Terror, and on the other side had the names of all the fallen: soldiers, people who perished in the Twin Towers, and those who died on the various flights that were hijacked on 9/11. It also includes Benghazi, the subject of the last Publisher’s Point. I am so sad to say that I hadn’t really planned to go see it. I was “busy,” don’t you know, “with the
paper,” and trying to be a big girl by being pro-active and not waiting ‘til the last minute to get articles written. I think, though, that God heard the cry of my heart to be reminded, and through a set of unplanned circumstances, I ended up at the Vets’ Museum, experienced the Wall, and it all came
rushing back. By “it,” I mean the 30 years we have been contending with those who think it’s appropriate to blow themselves and others up so they can secure their place in Paradise, the bravery of soldiers and civilians alike who united to stop them, and the three years I spent among them. On the side of the wall that has the names listed, I knew I would find the name of the first Navy SEAL who died in Iraq, Marc Lee. He died while I was on one of the bases where the SEALS lived, but I have not been able to determine for sure if
we ever met. I have, however, met his mom, Debbie, and she has gone on not only to do a wonderful job of honoring her son, but of supporting our troops. A few Christmases ago, she traveled to Iraq, the land where her son laid down his life for the Iraqis and for us, and distributed Christmas gifts. U.S. Marine Derek Hendershot helped with finding Marc’s name, and the next day I bought tracing paper so we could do a rubbing and send it to Debbie. As of now, there is no other memorial like it, and the Mall in DC is closed. There will be no more monuments built there. Derek and JR Nichols, of Vision2Victory, the sponsors of the Wall of Remembrance, help people through this experience on a full time basis. Over and over, as visitors came, they would ask, “Do you have someone you need to find?” It was almost as if the Wall were alive, in a way, a link to the fallen. I wept as I went through, I wept as I told them my stories, and I wept as I was reminded of the number of soldiers who are taking their lives in the aftermath of their tours of duty. Currently it’s about 22 a day. We also were able to laugh as we told mutual stories of
things that are so funny in the crazy context of a combat zone, and don’t make sense anywhere else, or to anywhere else.
Whenever the Wall of Remembrance comes to a town, the local veterans, Boy Scouts or other first responders take turns guarding it 24/7. Members of Amvets and Vietnam Veterans of America were on duty to protect the Wall and the memories it holds. A Gold Star family, (one who lost a family member in combat,) came to pay their respects, and showed us the pictures of Ricky Lee Turner, their fallen hero.
I was turned upside down, again, got behind in my writing/production schedule, again, and I am renewed again in my determination to do more on Memorial Day than barbeque. How about you?
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All Things Soldier
What Exactly Is Memorial Day? by Sandra Thompson, Director - Alabama Veterans’ Museum I recently had a conversation with an individual who said to me “Memorial Day, Veterans Day, what’s the difference; they are both the same thing.” I was quite surprised by this so I started wondering just how many people out there didn’t really know that they are two different observances. While they both celebrate veterans, Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country. Veteran’s Day is observed to thank and honor all veterans who served their country honorably, whether they served in war or peacetime. Memorial Day was started in 1868 when the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) started “Decoration Day” as the time for
the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. After WWI it was expanded to honor all who died in American wars. It wasn’t until 1971 that it was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress. Veteran’s Day actually started out as “Armistice Day,” a day to celebrate the end of WWI. It remained so until 1954 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veteran’s Day Proclamation, which stated “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.” On Monday, May 26th at 10:30 AM at the Limestone County Event Center, the Alabama Veterans’ Mu-
seum and Archives will be hosting our annual Memorial Day Program. This program will honor and remember our fallen veterans since last Memorial Day. I am pleased to announce that Brig. Gen Theodore “Ted” Harrison, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Contracting Command will be our special guest speaker. We will also be honored with music provided by the Army Material Commands Yellahammer Brass Quintet. Meet Brig. Gen Theodore Harrison: General Harrison was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Air Defense Artillery after graduating as a distinguished military graduate from Virginia Tech in 1980. He has served at various levels of command and staff positions throughout his career. He is a graduate of the Senior Service College Fellowship Program at the University of Texas, Austin. He holds a master’s in Business Administration from Frostburg State University, Md., and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management
Brig. Gen. Theodore Harrison from Virginia Tech. He is a graduate of the Air Defense Artillery Basic Course, Aviation Officer Advanced Course (with honors), Defense Program Managers Course, and Command and General Staff College. General Harrison is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III
certified in both contracting and program management. General Harrison’s military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (one oak leaf cluster), Bronze Star Medal (one oak leaf cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (one oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Services Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Aviator Wings, the Ranger Tab, and the Parachutist Badge.
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Calendar of Events “Athens Jobs” Up And Ready For Postings
A Facebook page has been created to help others find jobs in Athens. We all hear of jobs and can now share that info with those looking. I hope you will go LIKE the page and help local people find local jobs. If you know of a job, just post it in the page. Our first 100 “Likes”, or friends will have a chance to win a gift card to ChickFil-A or Lawler’s BBQ. Just go to www.AthensJobs.US
Meet and Eat with Eric Smith May 16th
Yesterday’s Storm Relief Concert Fundraiser May 31st
Yesterday’s Event Center 15631 Brownsferry Road, Athens, AL Join Yesterday’s for night of music with The Flashbacks plus live and silent auctions. No admission but donations by cash or check will be accepted at the box office. Optional Dinner available for $9.95, include dinner request in reservation to Info@yesterdaysevents. com Proceeds go to Clements Baptist Chruch Relief Fund. If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation by mail Yestedays Storm Relief Fund 14951 Blackburn Road, Athens, AL 35611
Meet and Eat with Eric Smith, your Republican candidate for Sheriff of Limestone County. 11am to 2pm at Lil Dottie’s Lunch Affair & Deli located at the intersection of Lucas Ferry & Nuclear Plant Rd.
Live Music on the Patio May 24th
Joe Wheeler State Park 4403 McLean Drive, Rogersville, AL Join Joe Wheeler State Park for an evening of music iwth local talent Will Lamar from 6:00PM-7:00PM. Children’s games, smores ingredients. For more information or to make a room reservation 256-247-5461.
Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic May 24th - 25th
Point Mallard Park 2901 Point Mallard Drive SE, Decatur, AL This two-day Memorial Day celebrations starts bright and early May 24th at 6:30AM with the Hare and Hound Balloon Race. Saturday Activities include: antique car show, arts and craft show and the Southland Flywheelers how a tractor show with a parade of antique tractors and engines, pedal tractor pull and tractor games. May 25th is the Lynn Layton Chevrolet Hot-Air Balloon Key Grab Race starting at 6:30AM. Sunday Activities include: arts and crafts show and a military tribute for fallen soldiers. Free tethered ridges from 6:30PM-8:00PM followed by a firework show at 9:30PM. Live music both days. Free parking at Wolverine Park (Point Mallard Drive and 8th Street SE) and GE with shuttle service (nominal fee each way) to Point Mallard Park from 4:00PM-10:00PM. Picnic blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. For more information www.alabamajubilee.net.
Pickwick Belle Alabama Jubilee Fireworks Dinner Cruise May 25th
Pickwick Belle Ingalls’ Harbor. Come aboard and experience the beautiful Tennessee River for this 3 hour cruise starting at 8:00PM. Celebrate Memorial Day under the fireworks with a BBQ including classic pulled BBQ, potato salad, baked beans, and peanut butter fudge pie with unlimited coffee/tea/soft drinks/water. Live music by Steve Hopper. Reservations are required. Prices is $54.99 per person + tax & gratuity. Cash bar available. Patriotic party favors. Pickwick Belle reserves the right to cancel a cruise if minimum number of passengers is not met - please call for reservations. Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-936-2355
Calhoun Community College Lady Warhawk Softball Camp Jun 2nd-4th
For girls age 6-12 Softball Stadium Calhoun Community College 6250 U.S. Highway 31, Tanner, AL This daily Softball Camp will be led by Calhoun softball coaches and current/former members of the Lady Warhawks. Softball fundaments such as hitting, fielding, position play, baserunning will be covered. Registration will be Jun 2 from 8:30-8:45AM. Cost is $75.00. Parents/guardian waiver and liability signature required. Participants should bring a bat, batting gloves, helmet, tennis shoes, cleats, glove, and catching equipment. For more information call Nancy Keenum at 256-306-2850 or email@example.com
Discovering Violin with Kristi Coughlin Jun 5th
Chasteen Hall Room 105, Athens State University 300 North Beaty Street, Athens, AL This course is designed for beginner violin players with less than three months of experience. The course covers basics of playing, position, bow hand, proper handling of the instrument, beginning tone production, consecutive fingering, and separate bowing. This is a group lesson limited to 5 students and meets Thusdays for two months (except July 3rd) from 2:00PM3:00PM. Fee is $90.00. Pre-registration is required. To register please visit Center for Lifelong Learning page or by calling 256233- 8620.
Spring tour of “Timeless Gardens - Traditional to Modern” June 7th
10am until 2pm. The tour includes traditional gardens in downtown Athens, including three church prayer gardens, a country garden, and four modern-day landscaped gardens in the Canebrake Subdivision. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Athens Limestone County Public Library. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at Athens Limestone Public Library, Pablo’s, Pimento’s, Trinity’s and Crawford’s on the square. They may also be purchased from members of the Friends of the Library.
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VOAD: Volunteer Organizations Active In Disaster by Ali Elizabeth Turner
This August marks the 45th anniversary of the devastation caused by Hurricane Camille. She was a “Cat 5,” (Category 5) storm, the strongest there is, and when it was all over, she stole 259 lives. Loss in terms of dollars by 2014 standards was in the neighborhood of 9.13 billion dollars, and what is little talked about in regard to Camille is what came to be known as “the second disaster.” Americans are famous for rolling up their sleeves, opening their wallets, or filling up their trucks with goods and heading out to help in the wake of a disaster. While we can thank God for people who both live in and will quickly mobilize to express that level of generosity, donations must be specific to the actual needs of the disaster area. Unsolicited donations and unmanaged volunteers create the “second disaster.” This is what happened with Camille. People who came to help ended up needing help themselves, because there was absolutely no infrastructure to support their presence. Mrs. Stormy McLemore Ripley, who chairs the local chapter of VOAD, told me, “We’ve learned a lot since Camille,” and it was dealing with the far reaching effects of Camille that brought together 7 groups to form VOAD in 1970. They were: the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Southern Baptist Convention, Mennonite Disaster Service, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Christian Reformed World Relief
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their skill set. The core principles of VOAD are what the organization refers to as the 4Cs. They are: cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration. These principles are the modus operandi of VOAD, and are embraced prior to an event, during what is known as the “disaster cycle,” and in preparation for the next disaster. The “disaster cycle” has four parts, preparation, Committee, the National Disaster Relief Office of the Roman Catholic Church, and the American Red Cross. VOAD’s reason for being is to coordinate information for those volunteering with many relief agencies, church groups, private non-profits and individuals. They are also involved in giving extensive training to volunteers in preparation for a disaster. Their mission is to see to
it that efforts aren’t duplicated, and resources are distributed prudently. Since the nationalization of the Federal Emergency
Management Agency, (FEMA,) and the formation of Homeland Security after 9/11, VOAD’s role has become even more important. They see to it that the groups are “immediately included in the information loop,” said Stormy. It is not that running communications between groups, as important as that is in a time like that, is all that they do. If things are “covered,” they go out and will run a chain saw, too, if that is in
response, recovery and mitigation. The first three are fairly s e l f - e x p l a n a t o r y. Mitigation has to do with the long term “lessening of the pain,” a huge need that is easy to miss after the trucks have gone home and the radios are finally silenced. So, what are some practical examples of what VOAD just did in our April 28th storm? “Letting chainsaw crews know when the downed power lines on the street were no longer live,” said Stormy. She added, “Telling people that there were plenty of clothes for people 16-50, but not enough baby clothes.” As indelicate as this may sound, one of the things Stormy taught me is that while you can never have too many dis-
posable baby diapers after a disaster, senior hygienic products are rarely thought of, and are greatly needed. Drinking water may be in abundance in one area, and it needs to be determined if the effort made to go get it and take it somewhere else is the best way to handle a problem, or if water can come from another source. “We want to make sure that there is no waste of money or time,” she said, in reference to other resources greatly expended during a disaster. Our local VOAD is housed in the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) office at 1011 West Market Street in Athens, and although things are just starting to slow down from the April 28th tornados, VOAD is actively seeking new organizations to volunteer, and be a part of a working group that truly makes a difference. The cost to join the Limestone County VOAD is $25 annually. Some of the Limestone County VOAD members are the local chapters of the Red Cross and United Way, multiple churches, DHR and EMA, so why not yours?
1011 W. Market Athens, AL 25611 256-216-3894 For the Limestone County Chapter, go to www.facebook.com/ LimestoneCounty. VOAD www.alvoad. communityos.org or www.nvoad.org Page 7
What Makes Ronnie Roll
The Challenge Of Clean Up by Ali Elizabeth Turner The last time Mayor Ronnie and I met was the morning of the storm, and I subsequently took the liberty of “pre-thanking” everyone in our area on his behalf. For this interview, as I knew he would, he went quickly to describing the remarkable job done by all of our first responders, and that includes the Utilities crews. We talked about how disasters are very much like combat zones, and he told me, “Agencies came in to work, and convoyed out, working nearly around the clock. In 8 days, we went from 16,000 people being out of power to, [as of Monday, May 12th,] less than 50.” He also added that the outpouring of love and appreciation for all that had been done in the aftermath of the storm had been “unbelievable.” Counties from all over pitched in and helped. I know for my part,
getting the Nixle updates on the progress was so encouraging. The last text that said they were down to only 50 customers caused me to cheer!
He continued with the observation that “If you take a breath, you can see where you are, and you can see what God does,” and there is much to be thankful for, even while facing the chal-
lenges of digging out. “We actually have more debris to deal within the city limits of Athens than we had in 2011.” By “more,” we are talking about 75,000 cubic yards of debris! He estimated that it is going to take 60 to 90 days to complete the cleanup project. Clean up comes out of the General Fund, and is estimated to be around 1 million dollars. He summed up his own thankfulness for how hard people had worked, and how much we had been spared. “Whenever there is a disaster, there are several sides to the recovery process,” he said. There is the emotional side, where we serve, clean up, and move things
out of the way so people can rebuild their lives,” he said. “Then there is the documentation side, which is HUGE.” All of the movements, work, hours, resources and equipment used to get things back online have to be accounted for, down to the penny. The last part is the funding side, and the administrative responsibilities are great as well. “People don’t realize that clean up is so much more than getting trees out of the road.”
One of the things that helps a community regain its balance after a disaster is doing things that are part of “normal” life. This weekend we have the Sheriff’s Rodeo, and, added Mayor Ronnie, “We still have proms and graduations.” Then he showed me something that had made his day. One of the kids from the Mayor’s Youth Commission sent him an invitation to a 16th birthday party. “A 16 year old kid inviting a 69 year old man to their birthday party, it just don’t get better than that,” he said with his characteristic joy and resilience. And that, dear citizens of Athens, is some of what makes Ronnie roll.
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Sunset Swim Club 2014: All Set For The Season
by Ali Elizabeth Turner
We have just come through a significant weather event, and probably no one is more thankful that their business was spared this time than Angelo and Vincent Azzarello, owners of Sunset Swim Club. One of the more memorable local stories from the historic 2011 tornadoes was the utter destruction of the Club, which is located just off Hwy 72, heading south on Mooresville Road. The only thing left was the pump and filter, and there was even a car teetering on the edge of the pool, ready to fall in. The twister completely mowed down the buildings, and transformed the ladders to get in and out of the pool into pretzels. It took a year to rebuild. They reopened in 2013, had a great season, and as I went in for this year’s interview, I was reminded of the fact that unless the aftermath of “the big one” had been caught on camera, no one would ever know what this place and its owners had been through. The club, which boasts a million gallon pool, will be ready Memorial Day Weekend. That is the traditional time of the first “big splash,” which lasts through Labor Day. The Azzarellos are anticipating a successful 2014 season, and want you to know why they are the best swimming value in the Valley. Sunset Swim Club boasts a pool that is 200 feet long and 80 feet wide, and is the largest outdoor rectangular pool in the state of Alabama. That is just the beginning of a long list of amenities. There are two one-meter boards off of which to dive, a baby pool, a
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basketball court, and you can play volleyball, water basketball, horseshoes, and ping pong. There are first come, first serve grills for cookouts. You just need to bring your charcoal, lighter fluid and meat. For an extra fee, you can have a birthday party for your kids. Something I also especially liked when visiting was the secure area that is set aside for members to bring and store their pool toys, air mat-
er to supervise because you don’t know the people, and through having a Club membership there’s a better chance for you and your family to meet new people and make new friends.” Since they are open until 8pm, you can come after work for a relaxing swim and spend quality time with your family. The lifeguards are excellent, and very vigilant. “Families can come and
taking care of the chemicals,” Angelo stated. “A mother who has a family membership told me that one of the things she especially likes is the cleanliness of the water, which we pride ourselves in,” he added. Sunset Swim Club routinely scores a 100 or 99 on their health inspections. tresses, etc, so they wouldn’t need to haul them back and forth all summer. They offer free swimming lessons to club members, and classes are for everyone from little ones who need to get comfortable with blowing bubbles, to beginners learning kicks and strokes, to intermediate swimmers. Offering free swimming lessons is a smart move all the way around, because it makes to the Club a safer place for families to enjoy swimming. So, what are the benefits of a family membership? Angelo told me it’s the easiest way “to provide a family friendly atmosphere.” He also added, “When you open it up to just one time users, it’s much hard-
fer to bring in their own coolers with snacks and drinks for the day, and are on a tight budget. So, from the baby pool to the high dive, Sunset Swim Club is just the place for you and family to enjoy swimming, playing, picnicking, lounging and building wonderful memories for the summer and beyond. There is a reason that families come back year after year, and you need to come and experience it for yourself. Call or stop by to find out about a season membership. Then, jump on in, the water for you and your family will be just fine!
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Alabama Smart Landscapes & Gardens by Lynne Hart
Knowing your hardiness zone helps in the selection of plants that will tolerate the heat and drought in our area. Selection of native plants will reduce the amount of care and attention your garden will require once the plants are established, and the right habitat and nutrition will be provided for native wildlife. Invite wildlife to your yard by adding native flowering and fruiting plants, seeds, and nuts to your landscape. Alabama is a stopping place for migrating butterflies and birds so think about adding flowers to your yard that will attract and feed them. Know which plants are invasive and avoid them! Invasive plants are never native and will crowd out the plants that keep the area’s ecosystem healthy.
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Don’t forget to add trees to your landscape as well. Learn which trees are tolerant of drought and which trees need to be planted near a water source. Choose a tree that is the right size for your yard, and plant it carefully, taking into consideration that shading your home on the sunny side will help reduce air conditioning costs in the summer. Don’t forget to call before you dig! If you are not absolutely sure where underground utilities are located, you do not want to start digging before calling 811 and having your utilities marked. Be sure to call at least 48 hours before you plan to dig. If you are a visual learner, it helps to visit nurseries with garden displays, the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, or other private gardens in your area for ideas. Remember to look for native plants!
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Having just returned from a trip to Ohio, it reminded me how differently we must think about our gardens. Most of Ohio is in hardiness
zone 6 and North Alabama is zone 7. There are some beautiful plants that will grow in Northeast Ohio that would only last a short time in an Alabama yard.
Spring Garden Tour June 7th Friends of the Athens-Limestone Library will host a tour of gardens from traditional to modern on Saturday, June 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eleven gardens will be open for viewing including residential and church prayer gardens. Some of the gardens included are the Davis Garden, 202 Washington St., Kuykendal Garden, 309 South Clinton St., the Bolton Garden, 222717 Winged Foot Lane, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church Prayer Garden, and several more. Tickets for this tour are available until June 6th at Crawford’s, Pablo’s on Market, Pimento’s, Trinity’s, AthensLimestone Public Library, and from members of the Friends of the Athens-Limestone Library. Tickets are $20 each with proceeds supporting the library.
Online Information A publication titled Alabama Smart Yards, introducing environmental consciousness and practical management options to our yards and neighborhoods, is available online at http://www.aces. edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR1359/ANR-1359.pdf This publication is provided by ACES, ADEM, ALNLA, Alabama Master Gardeners, and the Auburn University Department of Horticulture. It is a wonderful resource for information on creating landscaping that will support the biodiversity of this area, proper mowing, pruning, mulching, composting, water conservation, and more. Happy gardening!
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Cooking with Shelley
Chick...Chick... Chicken Pot Pie by Shelley Underhill
I have to give credit for this recipe to He Cooks, She Cooks. They are based out of Huntsville and have an awesome cookbook that is sold around town. Well, mom got ahold of one! You guessed it.... She made the chicken pot pie first. What a
treat! Let me know what ya think after you try it. You can email me at shelleysdesk@ gmail.com Enjoy.
What you will need: 2 nine-inch deep dish pie crusts 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and chopped 1 can of cream of chicken soup 1 can of Veg-all 4 oz sour cream 2 Tablespoons of mayo 1 cup of Velveeta cheese- cubed Salt and pepper Mix together all ingredients. Place in unbaked pie shell. Put second crust on top of shell and mixture. Pinch the ends to seal. Cut slits all over top shell. Bake on a cookie sheet in case some of the mixture leaks out. Bake for one hour. I find itâ€™s best if you let it rest about 20 minutes before serving.
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Learning As A Lifestyle
Here’s A Tip by Wanda Campbell
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Recently my son went to a fast food place where they bring the food to your car. The price was $7.15 and he gave the waiter $7.25. When the waiter did not come back with change, he thought it was bad service but began to wonder if the waiter thought the ten cents was a tip. After talking with the manager, he found out they were supposed to be tipped. He was horrified that he had never tipped at this place before and that the poor waitress thought some jerk gave her a ten cent tip.
When I was in my 20s, I waited tables at a Chinese restaurant. It was pretty
an hour, plus tips. Tips were only good on Friday and Saturday nights when husbands and boyfriends were trying to impress their spouses and girlfriends. All in all, I probably made about $55 each week. I thought I was earning
hard work – certainly harder than I thought it would be. It was definitely the best customer service training I ever got. After all, my income depended on my being help-
ful, knowledgeable, and pleasant each time I worked. It also required me to be attentive and pleasant when other people were not. My salary was $1.30
a lot of money in those days. Recently, I read Congress is thinking about raising the minimum wage again. Some unions are protesting the new wage level. With my son’s experience and all the controversy, I started reading about the debate. While I cannot image how someone lives on a minimum wage salary, I did not realize that minimum wages are not the same everywhere. The Federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. However, states can make their own minimum wage higher but cannot go lower. Vermont just passed legislation that will raise the state minimum wage to $10.25 over the next four years. There is an exception to
this rule. Servers are not required to get minimum wages because their tips can make up the difference between minimum wage and what they earn – which is $2.13/hour. This wage has gone up $1.01 since 1960 when minimum wage applied to everyone. I could not imagine living on $2.13 an hour plus tips.
I am sure employers are out there saying that servers augment their salaries with tips which make it more than $7.25 in a lot of cases. They may be right. There are some server jobs in high-end restaurants that will get you big tips. Most people will tip 15-20% in most cases, but there are lots of people who think tipping should only be a dollar or two, even for great service. I have met those guys and had lunch with them.
Some servers don’t get tips when they should. Did it ever occur to you to tip a server at a fast food restaurant? While most fast food restaurant do pay minimum wage or better, some themed fast food restaurants have servers who are paid at the $2.13/hour salary. At some pizza delivery places, the drivers are paid like servers at the $2.13/ hour rate as well. So here is my tip for today: if you did not get the food yourself, tip the person who brought it to you.
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Brad Pullum For Limestone County Sheriff by Ali Elizabeth Turner continued from page 1
He is also running for Limestone County Sheriff as a Republican. What is far less known about him is that he has been trained by the FBI as a hostage negotiator, and was the first law enforcement officer in Limestone County to be certified in the Voice Stress Analysis system, which can determine if a subject is telling the truth. He has felt a life-long calling to be in law enforcement, and has served as a patrol deputy, jailer, dispatcher, crime scene photographer and evidence collector. He has degrees in Criminal Justice as well as Real Estate, is trained in homicide investigations, forensic techniques, and
is a graduate of the Reid School of Interview and Interrogation, whose method is widely used by law enforcement agencies in America. He has experience as a liaison contact person with the U.S. Marshalls, ATF, DEA, and the FBI. He has also been a criminal investigator as well as a patrol supervisor. He sees functioning as a Sheriff as “as an honor, and not because I seek to make a career of politics.” He believes that “the Sheriff, as an elected official, takes an oath to serve in that capacity. You have to serve equally and fairly, and protect people fairly, regardless of their race or ethnicity.” He is a strong proponent of the
2nd Amendment, and wants to be known as a sheriff that “empowers people to protect themselves.” He is also very clear that in these uncertain times the Sheriff has to be the “line in the sand regarding our defense and protection.” I learned from talking with him that the office of Sheriff is a Constitutional office, and as such is the only law enforcement agency position that is elected. In addition, the Sheriff has the right to deputize a citizen as he sees fit. Years before the active shooter tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Brad called for the implementation of school guards, even at the elementary school level. He also would like to see a substation for the Sheriff’s
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department located in the East Limestone area. His concern is that with the level of population in that part of the county, having to dispatch a responding officer from the Elm Street headquarters can cost precious minutes in an emergency. I always ask candidates why, when there are several choices, should the people should vote for them, and Brad had the following to say regarding his qualifications to occupy the office: “I am a candidate for Sheriff because I know with certainty that I’m most qualified and best prepared to serve the people of Limestone County. I have a well thought out, thoroughly proven, viable plan for making improvements throughout our Sheriff’s office. Most efficient utilization of available resources, including equipment, technology, skills, and manpower is essential to this position of leadership. My law enforcement experience, training, community involvement, and professionalism speak for itself. I’ve enjoyed wonderful blessings of success
as a business professional, law enforcement officer, family man, and have contributed positively to our community throughout my adult life. I want to correct our current problems with our department being ‘top heavy,’ along with providing better services without increased budget requirements.” He also promised, “Know this—I’ll be there to serve you with a common sense, fair and practical approach to law enforcement.” He talked about the people of Limestone County as being the “salt of the earth,” and is confident when it comes to protecting their Constitutional rights, “they won’t go down without a fight.” We finished our chat with Brad quoting Benjamin Franklin, “When you are finished changing, you are finished.” He is determined to avoid getting stuck and not able to make important changes, and if his resolve to let his “experience, honesty, transparency and integrity” be his signature as Sheriff resonates with you, then vote for Brad Pullum on June 3rd.
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Limestone County Commission Chairman Stanley Menefee: Gearing Up For Growth by Ali Elizabeth Turner continued from page 1
or as Chairman. He has served on the Commission for almost 18 years, nearly 12 of which he has been at the helm. He is running for re-election in the upcoming June 3rd election, and he wants your vote. Born and raised in East Limestone, Stanley first learned the principals of business and management by working on the family farm where they raised cotton, soy and corn. During the Vietnam era, he served with the National Guard 1343rd Engineering Battalion from 1966-1972, and retired as a Staff Sergeant. Stanley went to the Commissioner’s College through Auburn University to get his bachelor’s degree in County Government, and was one of its first graduates. He enjoyed his schooling, and felt it is one more thing that has helped him “to do his job well.” He learned budgeting, media relations, building and project codes, information and resource procurement, project management and planning. He has served on several boards, including Federal Intermediate Bank of Jackson, MS, the Farm Credit Bank, United Way, and the Association of County Commissions of Alabama, upon which he served as President. In 2010 he ran for the position of Limestone County Commission Chair and won.”I was not supposed to win,” he said, “and I did.” He went on to tell me that he takes his job very seriously, and his oath even more so. “I do my best to be truthful. It’s important to me,” he said.
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While in my view he was careful to not inappropriately leverage his personal faith, he did not shy away from the concept of feeling called to this job “for as long as I am supposed to do it.” He also did not mince words in regard to the knowledge that he must give an account for how he did that job, both to the citizens of Limestone County, as well as his Creator. He In addition, he mentioned that he has been criticized for his honesty. We went straight to the issue of the County procurement of the L &S property, something that has been controversial and was a hot button topic at
the recent debate. He made it clear that evening, (as well as to me during our interview,) that he was never for it, and strongly recommended that the County not purchase it. I then learned something very interesting about how the County Commission is run. It is legal for District Commissioners to get together 2 at a time and discuss various issues in their respective or collective purviews, but the Chairman can only talk to one Commissioner at a time. “Anything else would be considered a quorum, and that’s illegal,” he said. Chairman Menefee is proud
to have been a part of the recent effort which brought Carpenter Technology as well as Remington to Limestone County. Because 5-7 new “spin-off” jobs are generated out of each new job created by the location of new major
corporations in our county, he knows that we need to “gear up for growth,” and that’s his vision. He also pointed out that the remodeled Better Living building was going to give the Limestone County Courts four new courtrooms, which will help break up the log jam of cases that needs to be tried. He pointed out that at some point there is going to have to be an expanded facility for the License office. “It’s jammed,” he said. He also mentioned that the current renovation of the Court House should make it usable for the next 20-30 years. Roadwork is one of the main responsibilities of the Commission, and he is grateful we have been able to qualify for A.T.R.I.P.P. grants to repair our roads. “There is much that has been done, and much we still have to do,” he said. When asking him why I should vote for him, he said, “Many of the district positions are soon going to be filled by younger men, and I believe with my experience I can help them learn quickly how to be good at their job.” If his leadership and the things he has accomplished are what you are looking for in a County Commission Chairman, then vote for Stanley Menefee on June 3rd.
Health and Fitness
Menopause Does Not Cause Weight Gain by Janet Hunt
Janet Hunt is a Certified Personal Trainer and can be reached at 256-614-3530 to schedule an appointment. As you age, maintaining your usual weight becomes more difficult. Many women gain weight around the time of menopause. But, weight gain isn’t inevitable. You can change this trend by paying attention to healthy eating habits and leading an active lifestyle. What causes menopausal weight gain?
Hormonal changes during menopause might make you more likely to gain weight around your middle than around your hips and thighs. However, hormonal changes alone don’t necessarily produce menopausal weight gain. Instead, the weight gain is usually related to aging in general, as well as lifestyle and genetic factors.
For example, muscle mass typically diminishes with age, while fat increases. Loss of muscle mass decreases the rate at which your body uses calories, which can make it more
challenging to maintain a healthy weight. Therefore, if you continue to eat as you always have and don’t increase your physical activity, you’re likely to gain weight.
•Eat less. To maintain your current weight, you probably need about 200 fewer calories a day during your 50s than you did during your 30s and 40s. To reduce calories without skimping on nutrition, pay attention to what you’re eating and drinking. Choose fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Opt for lean sources of protein. Visit www.myplate.gov or talk to a registered dietician. Keep a food diary for several weeks. This is a great tool to help you eat healthier.
Genetic factors might also play a role in menopausal weight gain. If your parents or other close relatives carry extra weight around the abdomen, you might as well. Sometimes factors such as the stress of children leaving or returning to the home, divorce, the death of a spouse, job loss or change, or other life changes might change your diet or exercise habits and contribute to menopausal weight gain. How risky is weight gain after menopause? Menopausal weight gain can have serious consequences for your health. Excess weight increases the risk of heart disease, type 2
diabetes and various types of cancer, including colorectal cancer and breast cancer. Increased weight can affect your joints and your ability to move, your quality of sleep, and so much more. What’s the best way to prevent weight gain after menopause? There’s no magic recipe for preventing or even reversing menopausal weight gain. Simply stick to tried and true weight-control basics:
as jogging, for at least 75 minutes a week. In addition, strength training exercises are recommended at least twice a week. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you might need to exercise more. If you need assistance with a good exercise program, talk to a certified personal trainer.
•Surround yourself with friends and family who will support your efforts to eat a healthy diet and increase your physical activity. Better yet, team up and make the lifestyle changes together.
Remember, successful weight loss at any stage of life requires permanent changes in diet and exercise habits.
•Move more. Aerobic activity can help you shed excess pounds and maintain a healthy weight. Strength training is important, too. As you gain muscle, your body burns calories more efficiently, which makes it easier to control your weight. For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends moderate aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, for at least 150 minutes a week or vigorous aerobic activity, such
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The View From The Bridge
Unplugging, The Real Recharge! by Jackie Warner
it later; the messages will still be there.
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4.Smart phones actually boost your stress levels- You are constantly holding in one hand a device that will do everything for you; real smart right? The problem: you actually let it!
Just imagine- no email, cell phone, social media, not even the TV for an hour a day. This would truly be the recharge all of us need to find a quick moment of peace and really see and hear more clearly the woes and pleasures of life. Before mobile devices and endless sources of technology, we actually had better focus and transparency about our surroundings, families, hobbies and priorities. It’s a new day and a different world. Everywhere we go, there is a cell/iPhone, iPad, laptop, iPod, digital camera or some sort of wireless device very near (and did I say dear?) and of course it has to be the latest and greatest on the market. We tell ourselves that this really keeps us connected with whats going on, but does it? I sometimes find myself saying if I text my daughter in her bedroom I will probably get a faster response than just yelling for her to come to dinner. Incredible! This really makes me feel connected to my family. We must stop kidding ourselves! I am definitely not condemning the benefits of technology but I am also certainly convinced of the benefits of unplugging to reap the real benefits of what’s truly becoming a lost art- effective face-to-face communication.
5.Ban technology at the dinner table.
6.Instead of allowing children to take technology to their bedrooms to recharge overnight, take it in your room.
7.Live, laugh, and love the old fashioned way- for real and out loud! No “LOLs” allowed!
In what some would call our “yester years,” you would not even think of sending an email to ask such personal questions as we do today and then expect a response, nor dare deliver terrible news. But now what do we say? “Just text it,” or “Send them an email.” Change has arrived and prompted a new mode of communicating, or should I say not communicating. True focus and clarity have gone out the window, and been replaced with short abbreviated letter messages someone made up and called a plausible language that everyone had to learn and follow. Oh, did I forget to say that you could even add your own letters too, not tell anyone what they meant, and take it for granted that everyone understood? Move over Webster’s, you have been replaced!
As I finish typing this article and decide to unplug from our tech world and fix dinner for my family, I leave you with a few parting tips: 1.De-tech and you will destress- YOLO (You Only Live Once)
2.Ditch the touch screens and spend less money online- The more you touch the screen the more you will want to purchase the items when shopping online. 3.Leave your phone while out with family & friends- Check
8.Practice mindfulness- the act of being present! Until Next Time, Be Sincere, Kind and Intentional Jackie Warner, Career Development Facilitator The Bridge “Where Community Matters”
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Dances With Horses
by Deb Kitchenmaster
Remember the movie, “Dances With Wolves”? The dedicated soldier mounted a horse that caught his eye, changed the deadlock between two opposing parties, his wounded leg received the medical attention it needed, and one step at a time he walked into a destiny. Most likely, that wasn’t in his mind when he mounted that beautiful horse on that most challenging day!
to be! So come to ME, My child, every day. You need to take heed and continue to pray, for the day is coming ‘LO’ it’s at hand, when the trumpet will sound and come the SON OF MAN.”
Little did I know on that “ordinary” day when I saddled up my horse, coins jingling in a blue jean pocket (with the purpose of buying a Crème Soda and a Zero candy bar), descending from Hocking Hill, wading through a creek, smelling the curing of freshly mowed alfalfa, I would encounter intimacy with my Creator! “Upon A Horse’s Back!” That’s what I titled this particular writing when I asked three questions in my new, living relationship with perfect, unfailing love. (1) What is love? (2) Freedom! Can it be seen? (3) Do my questions bother You? “I like to get upon a horse’s back; running free in an open
field. I feel security that I’ve lacked while riding upon that horse’s back. The wind blowing through my hair, my mind without a single care; loving to live and living to love, searching for answers from God above.” “Love, O Lord, what does it really mean?” “Freedom,
Lord. Can it be seen?” “Questions I have, answers I need, won’t you help me, LORD, please?” “My love, My child, is a perfect thing. It makes hearts rejoice and voices sing. To prove to you My love is not a lie, I sent Jesus to earth and for you He did die; freeing you from all your sin, to let you live again. To live a life that’s worth the living, to live a life that’s full of giving. Love, My child, is giving all you have, even yourself, and don’t keep you on a shelf. Open your heart, let ME do what I want to do through you. “ “Freedom, My child, is be-
coming someone. Someone you thought you could never become. To live a life that’s free from fear. To live a life that’s very clear; having peace within your mind, joy all the time, having the control that you need, as you go about, planting My seed. Freedom, My child, is for you to RECEIVE! Open your heart, YES! In ME BELIEVE! The fruit will come, as I look at you, I’ll say, ‘Well done!’” “Questions, My child, don’t bother me, for the answers I give will set you free! I just love it when you come and talk to ME, for I know you will be, who I created you
After writing this, I heard a “new” song. It was a simple song, “I’ve got a feeling everything’s gonna be alright. Alright! Alright! Alright!” While outside one “ordinary” day with a couple of horses and my golden lab, Jubilee, this song came to my mind. I began singing this from my core; you know, that place where you find balance while riding. In the presence of only 4-legged friends, I began twirling around as I sang. One horse, Annie, walked away. She wanted no part of this song or dance. HOWEVER, a beautiful chestnut mare, (whose name means ‘great grace’) along with the dog, Jubilee, began twirling around! Seriously! Here I am in the midst of a horse and a dog and we are dancing! Please don’t share my ordinary day with anyone, okay? I just wanted to share this with you. What an amazing moment of worshipping our Creator, along with HIS creation! One horse chose not to participate, but another horse and a dog chose to!
Happy, happy May days, dear reader, and if you get the chance, “I HOPE you dance!” Your NEIGHbor, Deb Kitchenmaster Corral Connections: Connecting with LIFE through a horse Animal B.E.S.T practitioner email@example.com
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Athens Rehabilitation And Senior Care Center Spotlight On Judith Diane Groce by Ali Elizabeth Turner In 1978, Judith Diane Groce was in a horrible auto accident, and she had to learn to walk all over again. “Some days all I could take was one step,” she told me, and that is a fitting analogy for her life. She was born in 1947in Giles County, TN, and her dad, a WWII vet, was both a farrier and had a tack shop. His expert blacksmithing was confined to the custom formation of horseshoes. Her mom was a homemaker, and as was customary for the day, there was a big garden, lots of canning, and thankfully in Judith’s
case, lots of love. Tragedy struck Judith’s family twice: both her older sister and her younger brother were still born, and she ended up being an only child. They were people of faith, and Judith fellowshipped as a young person at the Methodist Church. “I remember I used to walk to church with a [what was called in those days] retarded man. I wanted to make sure he got to church alright,” she said. Later in life she worshipped at the non-denominational Church of the Living God in Ardmore. Though
raised on the TN side, Judith graduated from Ardmore High School in 1965, and was married soon after. She went on to get both her LPN and cosmetology degrees, and she greatly enjoyed the years from 19681972, when she worked in a beauty shop in Pensacola, FL. She is the mother of two sons, and has a granddaughter. I found out that Ms. Judith had worked in Labor and Delivery, a passion of mine, and I asked her to tell me quickly, without thinking too hard about it, about a memorable birth. She replied, “A woman was crowning, and one of the nurses fainted. She was out cold. So, we slid her under the bed and went on delivering the baby.” That was not exactly what I had in mind, but it was a great story, and we both laughed. By the way, one of her favorite TV programs is “Call the Midwife,” and it’s one of mine as well. Like me, she also experienced a divorce, and she said, “It was devastating.” I replied, “I wouldn’t wish divorce on anyone.” However, she went on to remarry, was happy, and even in spite of the accident, has lived a full life. In April of 2013 it became apparent that she was going to need long term care, and she came to Athens Rehab and Senior Care. I asked her if she had a tough time making the adjustment, and she speedily said, “Oh, no! I had known for a long time that I was going to need to be in a facility, and I love it here!” She has some favorite nurses, Tasha, Carrie and Sandra, and the Activities staff. She loves to play UNO, Chicken Foot dominoes, Mexican Train dominoes, the lemonade socials and going out on the porch. Some of the residents are able to go out on field trips, and, in addition to an occasional visit to the movies, she enjoys going by bus to the sites of some of the old homes that were formerly lived in by current Athens Rehab residents. Incidentally, Judith is the
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Vice-President of the Resident Council, and in the recent Miss Athens Rehab And Senior Care Pageant, she came in as 2nd Runner-up. So here’s the list of her “faves.” •Fave book? “Little Red Riding Hood” Don’t ask her why, she just loves it •Color? Blue •Food? Thanksgiving dressing •Song? “How Great Thou Art” •Presidents? George Washington and Ike •Movie/TV Series? “Little House On The Prairie” •Actress? Marilyn Monroe •Actors? John Wayne and Elvis Presley What is the biggest change you have seen in your life time? “Computers.” Advice for living well—“Being happy and having a lot of love in your heart.” Advice to young people? “Get a good education.” Favorite scripture? Who could argue with John 3:16, “For God so loved the world….” We recited it together, prayed, and resolved that we would let God use us, no matter what location or circumstances in which we found ourselves. I left, as I always do, thankful for my own health, and thankful that Athens Rehab and Senior Care is such a safe place for the vulnerable.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month By Rachel Clark, RN, BSN May became National Stroke Awareness Month by Presidential Proclamation 5975 on May 11, 1989, by President George H. W. Bush at the urging of the National Stroke Association. Ever since, the National Stroke Association has been extremely vigilant during the month of May to increase the awareness of the public in regard to strokes. The goal is to conquer this debilitating condition that is linked to other chronic conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure. There are educational events going on across the country this month. Locally, the Limestone Council on Aging also did an article on Stroke Awareness. According to the National Stroke Association, the goals of this month are as follows: •Elevating stroke in the mindset of everyone in the U.S., so more people care about supporting stroke research and education. •Ensuring that everyone understands the emotional, physical and financial impacts that strokes have on our country. •Influencing others to improve their health by sharing personal stories of how stroke has already affected the lives of so many.
•Talking to legislators and thought leaders about how their decisions can positively affect survivors throughout their recovery.
•Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding •Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
•Providing a platform for more than 7 million survivors and their families to discuss their experiences and live with dignity. Stroke survivors possess the most influential and inspiring knowledge needed to make an impact on society. Their voices are so important.
•Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination •Sudden severe headache with no known cause
So, what is a stroke? As defined by the National Stroke AsVeteran actor and stroke survivor, Kirk Douglas sociation, a stroke “occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery area is damaged and how -High Cholesterol (a blood vessel that -Diabetes carries blood away from the much it is damaged. There are also different heart) or blood vessel (a tube -Atherosclerosis (hardening through which blood moves types of strokes, ischemic of arteries) through the body) breaks, and hemorrhagic. Ischemic interrupting blood flow to strokes are broken down into -Circulation issues an area of the brain.” When two categories called embo- -Tobacco Use/Smoking either of those two things lic (a blood clot from some- -Physical Inactivity happens, the surrounding where else in the body travels brain tissue dies and damage to the brain and blocks blood -Obesity occurs. Wherever brain cell flow), thrombotic (direct death occurs, those abilities blockage of an artery leading Incontrollable Risk Faccontrolled by the area af- to the brain). Hemorrhagic tors: fected are lost. This could strokes occur when blood include speech, movement, vessels break or “blow out,” -Age memory, and even basic life causing excessive bleeding -Gender function such as breathing to an area of the brain. There -Race and your heart beating. Af- are two types of hemorfects are determined by what rhagic strokes, subarachnoid -Family History (an aneurysm that bursts in -Previous Stroke a large area on or near the thin, delicate membrane lin- -Fibromuscular Dysplasia ing the brain allowing blood (underdeveloped arteries) to spill into the protective -Patent Foramen Ovale (hole fluid and contaminating it) in heart that failed to close in and intracerebral (bleed- childhood) ing occurring from a vessel Signs and Symptoms within the brain itself). of a Stroke: Controllable Risk Factors: •Sudden numbness or weak-High blood pressure ness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the -Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib)
There is also an acronym, FAST, that helps you remember how to identify signs and act on them accordingly: Face - ask the person to smile; does one side of the face droop? Arms - ask the person to raise both arms; does one drift downward? Speech - ask the person to repeat a simple phrase; is speech slurred or strange? Time - if any of the above signs are observed, call 9-1-1 immediately as time is key! If caught in time, healthcare professionals can intervene and give a clot-busting drug called TPA if diagnosis of the most common type of stroke occurs within the first 3 hours of onset of symptoms. Educate yourself and your loved ones on this very debilitating and deadly disease. It is preventable and treatable. Know your risk factors and discuss them with your healthcare professional today. Come up with a plan to modify those you can and be aware of those you can’t. For more information, visit www.stroke.org.
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Hidden Dangers At Home by Jim Doyle, owner of Madison Security Group 203 Us Highway 31 S, Athens, AL 35611
You get home and you believe that all is safe but be aware there are hidden dangers that we all need to pay attention to. The following are some of the day to day dangers that we all seem to become complacent about.
Bathroom: Slips and Falls
If one is up in age or even has an injury that may hinder the way you get around, beware of the bathroom. More slips have happened in the shower/ tub area and those of us who may be a bit older could really get injured. I would install some sort of handrail in the shower area to help prevent such an occurrence. If you
have an elderly parent living with you, have some sort of panic button in the bathroom so if there is a problem you can be notified.
bell, something on the stove, or answering a phone call. When you have a child in a tub, always stay with them.
Children in the bathroom should never be left alone when bathing. It would take no time at all for a child to drown or hit their head while in a tub of water. There are close to 43,000 injuries each year in the bathroom and children make up approximately half of them. Most of these could have been prevented if there had been an adult in the bathroom with the child. Common excuses for not being present include the door-
Hot stove tops (especially the glass ones) are hazards for anyone in the kitchen. A child or even an adult could touch the top of the stove and not realize that it’s extremely hot. How do you avoid that? Good question. I have done that myself; all it takes is one
moment of distraction. I would suggest informing people, especially children, that you are cooking and that the surface is HOT. When you are cooking, make sure you have the handles of the pots and pans facing inward as much as possible. A child can try to grab a handle and could end up burned. You could also catch a handle yourself and knock it off the stove, burning yourself or others. Don’t leave potholders or kitchen towels near a hot stove. You should also keep an ABC fire extinguisher close to the kitchen area to put out small fires if necessary.
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Den or Living Room The hub of most homes is the TV room. It is where most of us go to have snacks, eat dinner and so on. When you have children or even pets there is a hidden danger: TOYS. Most of us are not looking down to try and avoid these items, and then it happens: you trip on a toy or a piece of a dog chew and the plate goes flying along with you. That cup of tea, coffee or a soft drink
warrior. Whether it is he who straddles his riding mower or starts up the push mower, both can become a source of danger for children and adults alike. How? Well, let’s look at the area that needs to be mowed. Do a walk through to make sure you haven’t left any projectiles that could be sent toward a child, adult, pets, or even a window. I have seen animals get hit by a rock
lands on grandma’s head. You end up with a sprained ankle or worse. You can’t avoid all the dangers but being vigilant in picking up such items can result in avoiding the above scenarios.
or other projectile that have caused severe injury to the recipients. So when we are mowing these areas it would be helpful to keep a good eye out so not to cause injury or even window damage at your neighbors house, or even your own.
Mowing the Lawn This job is for the weekend
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