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Welcome The New Year e have just experienced another ‘best Christmas ever’ and find ourselves remembering years of growth and change. Let’s wait and see what the new year brings. Will it be prosperity? Will 2014 bring back ‘middle class’ America as we see it? Everyone believes they are a middle class American—but all have stretch the definition. Wikipedia says the phrase is used to defend/attack/describe everything. College education is one of the main indicators of middle-class status. Largely attributed to the nature of middle-class occupations, middle class values tend to emphasize independence, adherence to intrinsic standards, valuing innovation, and respecting non-conformity. The middle classes are very influential, encompassing the majority of people—writers, management, teachers, journalists, and editors. Now, as our world goes through multiple changes, we (who once hit the middle-of-the-road class, then mid-life crisis) don’t know just what to expect. All in all, we of my generation are grateful to have been a part of the American dream and enjoyed freedom of speech and a lifetime of working on our talents as well as working out our own problems to reasonable solutions.


You Name It …by Kitty Maiden

We have spent years, welcoming in a new year with Auld Lang Syne. There are many renditions and interpretations of this once-a-year favorite. Our American version of this Scottish ballad went something like this: Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind; Should old acquaintance be forgot In days of old Lang Syne; For old lang syne my dear, for old lang syne; We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for old Lang Syne. The 2014 version could go something like this: We often wish we could go back to happy days of old; With the new technology is here and media broke the mold. Hang on as we go through next year, get ready for the flight; Let’s give our all and do our best, to make it come out right. Happy New Year! Kitty Maiden is a staff writer for Seniors Today.

Letters To The Editor EDITOR: On behalf of the staff at Home Instead Senior Care, I would like to thank everyone who helped with this year’s very successful Be a Santa to a Senior program. With support from generous shoppers and these partners and retailers, we were able to collect more than 815 gifts for local seniors who otherwise might have been overlooked this holiday season. • Belk of Daytona and Deland • Walgreens on SR-44 in Deland and on Beville and Clyde Morris • Cindy Ferrara State Farm • Southern Commerce Bank @ Wal-Mart • Curves, Port Orange • Aberdeen, Ormond Beach • Every, Stack, & Upchurch Law Firm • The Clubhouse Restaurant • Homewood Suites on Bill France Blvd

• Roundhouse Train Station • ST. PALS (Seniors Today Perfessional Advertisers League) East & West Volusia • Bellini’s, Deland We would also like to thank the many volunteers, who shared their time to collect, wrap, and delived the gifts to the 700 area seniors, many of whom struggle to make ends meet. Thanks to ALL those who helped us brighten the holidays for our local seniors and truly making a difference in our community.


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Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church, 105 Amsden Rd. offers new seminars this year: The Alpha Course beginning Wed., Jan. 22 from 10 A.M.–12 NOON; The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection with Dr. Lex Baer which offers a more holistic approach to well-being and health on Sat., Jan. 25 at 10 A.M.; and then a presentation and lunch, Community Agenda Snapshot on Thurs., Jan. 30 at 12 NOON which is a program committed to making Volusia and Flagler Counties a better place to live, work, and play. Come hear how you can have a roll in this outreach! For more information, call 386.441.0300 or visit

Christina Roebling of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County will share information about early screening and diagnosis for breast and cervical cancers at 4:30 P.M. on the following Jan. 16: Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.; Jan. 23: New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway; and Jan. 30: Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. RSVP is requested and may be made by calling the health department at 386.274.0500, ext. 0619.

Join the Marine Discover Center for the 9th annual Tailgate’n party on Sun., Jan. 11 from 4–8 P.M. at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach. You will enjoy fun, football, wine, and beer with widescreen TV’s door prizes, and food and beverage stations. Tickets are $30 and can be ordered today or reserve tables of 8 for just $200! Call 386.428.4828 or purchase online at

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Celebrate Vince Carter’s 4th Anniversary on Tues., Jan. 21, at 2150 LPGA Blvd. Daytona Beach. The restaurant will offer 1⁄2 off special menu items and enjoy Tom Jones playing Jazz guitar in the dining room from 5 to 10 P.M. Call 386-274-0015 for more information.

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Free Caregiver’s Days Out First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach is providing free Caregiver’s Days Out at their location that includes food, fun, and special attention for care receivers. The days are from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Sat., Jan. 11; Thurs., Feb. 13; and Thurs., March 20. For details, call Sherry at 386.677.3581, ext. 311. This is a wonderful opportunity for caregivers to take a break.

Outreach Dinner Open Arms is an outreach ministry for the blind and visually impaired in the Daytona Beach area. You are invited to a free dinner, great fellowship, and a program being offered at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 724 Big Tree Road, South Daytona, on the second Saturday of every month from 4–6 P.M. Reservations are required. Please call Holy Cross at 386.767.6542 one week prior to reserve your place.

Lunch Bunch Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 724 Big Tree Road, South Daytona host Lunch Bunch every Thurs. at 12 NOON. Just $5 gets you lunch and bingo with non-monetary prizes. Reservations are required by noon the Tuesday prior. Call the church at 386.767.6542.

Port Orange invites the community to a lecture on the history of the Dunlawton Sugar Mill. The lecture starts at 1 P.M. on Jan. 10 at the Adult Center Annex, 3738 Halifax Drive. The early beginnings of Port Orange date back to the construction of the Dunlawton Sugar Mill in 1830. The sugar mill’s coquina walls stand today and still show the burn marks from an attack during Second Seminole War. Did you ever wonder why there are concrete dinosaurs on the property?Attend the lecture to get the answer. For details, call 386.506.5522.

Pet Vet Cruiser Volusia County’s Pet Vet Cruiser offers free and low-cost spaying and neutering for pets. Residents in unincorporated Volusia County can catch the Pet Vet Cruiser, by appointment, around the county in January. This Pet Vet Cruiser’s spay and neuter program is based on income and has a slidingfee scale. Residents seeking free or lowcost pet spaying and neutering must provide proof of income to qualify. Appointments for service are required and can be made from 10 A.M.–3 P.M., Monday through Friday. Walk-ins are not accepted. For more information about the ordinance and/or cost, qualifications or to schedule an appointment for the Pet Vet Cruiser, please call 386.323.3575.

Ballroom Dancing Enjoy ballroom, swing, smooth, and Latin dancing with a local DJ on Sat., Jan. 11 & 25 at the Gold Star Ballroom, 3100 Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona from 7–10 P.M. Cost is $15 for nonmembers, $10 for members, and $5 for students under age 25 with ID and includes a free 50 minute group lesson. Attire is dressy casual. For more details call Ellie at 386.756.8433 or Polly at 904.238.1254 or visit the website: gre

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NYSUT Retirees NYSUT retirees living in Florida we need you! The Daytona Unit Serving Volusia and Flagler of NYSUT RC 43 meets the second Wednesday of each month at City Island Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach at 9:30 A.M. For more information, or to register, please call Gordon at 386.310.4188.

Support Groups Look Good/Feel Better Trained cosmetologists are available to help women undergoing cancer treatments with makeup and accessories. Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this group meets at Florida Hospital in DeLand. The cost is free, but seating is limited and registration is required. Call The American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345 for reservations, meeting times, and more details. Neuropathy Support Group The 2014 Neuropathy Support Group meets at 2 P.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 485 Turnbull Bay Road, New Smyrna Beach and at GrandVilla of Ormond Beach, 535 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach. The goal of the meeting is to provide support, education, and comfort to those with Neuropathy; and their caregivers. For upcoming dates and more information, please call 855.966.3600. Parkinson’s Support There is a Parkinson’s Support Group in Flagler County. They will meet the first Sunday of everyother month at 3 P.M. at Florida Hospital—Flagler. For more information, call 386-445-3371.

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Antiques China Pattern by Larry Cox

Q: In 1991, I bought a set of dishes in the Triumph pattern by American Limoges. In addition to place settings, I have platters, covered bowls, and salt and pepper shakers. I would like to know the worth of these dishes. —Charisse, Fenton, Michigan A: In our present economy, the sale of sets of china has been extremely difficult. I visit antiques shops and malls on a regular basis, and most china sets sit and collect dust. Typical shop prices for this pattern seem to be 5-piece setting, about $45; salt and pepper set, $15; large bowl, $35; and large platter, $50. I checked eBay and discovered a set of 36 pieces in your pattern being offered for sale, but alas, no bidders. *** Q: I have either a copy or an original engraving by Thure de Thulstrup, a leading illustrator during the 1800s. I would like to find out more information about it. —Zita, Sun City West, Arizona A: With artwork, it is always best to hire the services of a certified appraiser

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Lesser Known Deaths In 2013 by Jason Goldtrap s December ebbs we say a fond farewell to those whose have passed in 2013. Let’s begin with crediting those most re-sponsible for our free, safe and comfortable way of life: 225 soldiers in Afghanistan and 95 policemen who died in the line of duty. Tom Griffin, 96, flew in the Doolittle Raid. Leslie Broderick, 91, survived The Great Escape. As a Japanese translator, Teruto Tsubota, 90, saved hundreds of Americans sailors in the Battle of Okinawa. Rubby Sharr, 99, helped invent the triggering method for the first atomic bomb. John Spence, 95, was America’s first combat diver and coined the term ‘Frogman.’ Mavis Batey, 92, was an English code breaker whose efforts helped the D-Day Invasion. In 1980, Gen. James B. Vaught, 86, led the infamous failed rescue attempt of American hostages in Tehran. Conrad Bain, 89, was the adopted father of Gary Coleman on Diff’rent Strokes. Frank Bank, 71, was Lumpy on Leave It To Beaver. In the classic Twilight Zone episode ‘Nightmare at 20,000 feet’, poor Bob Wilson could not convince his wife, played by Christine Wife, 86, that there was a gremlin on the wing of the plane. Allan Arbus, 95, was the erasable Dr. Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H. Steve Forrest, 87, was the steely eyed commander in SWAT. Joe Conley, 85, kept the general store on The Waltons. The eerie voice of The Keeper in the Star Trek pilot belonged to Malachi Throne, 92, which featured actor Peter Duryea, 73. Michael Asara, 71, was Klingon commander Kang. Victor Lundin, 83, was the first Klingon to appear in the show and played Friday in Robinson Crusoe On Mars which starred Paul Mantee, 82. Margaret Pellegrini, 89, was a sleepy head Munchkin in The Wizard Of Oz. Eleanor Parker, 91, was the jilted baroness in The Sound of Music. In Airport ’75, Karen Black, 74, played a stewardess forced to fly a plane. Joan Fontaine, 96, was a naive wife in Rebecca. Esther Williams, 91, was a Million Dollar Mermaid. Marcia Wallace, 70, was the voice of Bart’s teacher Mrs. Krabapple. Many comedic actors got their start with Second City, founded by Bernhard Sahlins, 90. Scott Kennedy, 47, brought comedy to 50 USO tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Patty Page, 85, sang Tennessee Waltz. Patty Andrews, 94, was the last of the singing sisters. Cleotha Staples, 78, sang I’ll Take You There with the Staples Singers. Fran Warren, 87, longed for A Sunday Kind of Love. Paul Tanner, 95, was the last surviving member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The trumpeting of Ollie Mitchell, 86, is heard in hundreds of sound tracks from The Wrecking Crew. Drummer Ed Shaughnessy, 84, rolled in Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. Alan Myers, 58, banged the drums for Devo. Richard Waters, 77, invented the mysterious sounding musical instrument the Waterphone. Marshall Lyte, 79, slapped his standup bass and rode it like a horse for Bill Haley & His Comets. Jazz


Happy Talk flutist Sam Most, 82, influenced modern music. Jazz guitarist Johnny Smith, 90, urged us to Walk, Don’t Run. Playing both keyboards and bass simultaneously, Ray Manzarek, 74, defined the musical style of The Doors. Richie Havens, 72, thrashed his acoustic guitar as he opened Woodstock. Reg Presley, 71, sang Wild Thing. Jerry Stokes, 92, animated the Beatles in Yellow Submarine. Jewel Akens, 79, sang about The Birds And The Bees And The Flowers And The Trees. Claude King, 90, warned us to not go on Wolverton Mountain. Jack Greene, 83, bemoaned, There Goes My Everything. Alan O’Day, 72, sang about Angie Baby. We thank Ray Price, 87, For The Good Times. As lead vocalist for The Spinners, Bobby Smith, 76, asked Could It Be I’m Falling In Love? In 1960, Larry Verne, 77, pleaded in a comical novelty song, Please, Mr. Custer (I don’t wanna go). Noel Harrison, 79, opined for The Windmills In Your Mind. The innovative make-up techniques of Stuart Freeborn, 98, brought Star Wars characters to life. In Star Wars, Darth Vader used the Force to choke Richard LaParmetier, 66. The blue screen techniques of Peter Vlahos, 96, made movies more exciting. In 1964, Del Tenny, 82, directed The Horror Of Party Beach, one of the worst movies ever made. Mel Smith, 60, was the Albino in The Princess Bride. Tom Laughlin, 82, was Billy Jack. Charles Foley, 82, co-invented the game Twister. Pepper Paire, 88, was the real life inspiration for A League Of Their Own. Frank DiPaolo, 106, was a chauffeur to New York governor Al Smith, who lost a presidential bid against Herbert Hover in 1928. The amusement piers of George A. Hamid, 94, transformed the New Jersey boardwalk. Singularly named hairdresser Kenneth, 86, created Jacqueline Kennedy’s bouffant. In 1965, Walt Arfons, 95, drove a rocket car at 605 miles per hour. In 2012, Bill Warner, 44, drove a motorcycle 311 miles per hour. Ozzie Smith, 94, created dynamic, action oriented sports photographs. Pep Simek, 86, founded Tombstone Pizza. Dave Gold, 80, brought us 99 Cents Only Stores. Stanley Dashew, 96, was a founder of the modern plastic credit card. Leonard Marsh, 80, co-founded Snapple. Irwin Held, 87, brewed Barney’s Beanery. This article was written using the computer mouse invented by Douglas Engelbart, 88. If you’re reading it on a computer screen thank inventor William E. Glenn, 87, for his imaging techniques. At IBM, William C. Lowe, 72, led the development of the personal computer.

Editor’s note: Jason Goldtrap is the son of Peggy & George Goldtrap. He is an author and historian.

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Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions Special to Seniors Today he New Year has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It's a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Did your New Year resolutions make our top ten list? 1. Spend More Time With Family & Friends Recent polls shows that more than 50 percent of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year. Make plans to meet up with family or friends for an evening of comaraderie at a favorite restaurant or take in a show. 2. Fit In Fitness The evidence is in for fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. Exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and so much feel better. 3. Tame The Bulge Over 66 percent of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key being to success in reaching your goal. 4. Quit Smoking If you have resolved to make this the year that you stamp out your smoking habit, over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement therapy now provides easier access to proven quitsmoking aids. Even if you've tried to quit before and failed, don't let it get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life! 5. Enjoy Life More Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it is no wonder that enjoying life more has become a popular resolution in recent years. It's an important step to a happier and healthier you! Just get out and try something new... take up a new hobby. Go to a theater performance, or head to the spa. 6. Quit Drinking While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better


when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking. If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available. Alcoholics Anonymous offers meetings throughout the area. 7. Get Out Of Debt Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of Americans who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It's a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead. If you are on a fixed income, re-evaluate where you are spending and make changes to bring your budget in line. 8. Learn Something New Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a new job in volunteering, want to learn a new language, or just how to use a computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you'll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year's resolutions to keep. Many of the local senior centers offer classes and our local college offers adult education programs. 9. Help Others A popular, non-selfish New Year's resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help. Or if you are not able to volunteer, maybe you can at least find it in you to donate the furniture, clothing and other household items that you no longer need, rather than leaving them out by the curb to fill up our landfills. 10. Get Organized On just about every New Year resolution top ten list, organization can be a very reasonable goal. Whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or you need to organzine your ‘important papers’ it is comforting to reduce the clutter in your life and find peace in your home. So whether your resolution made the top ten or you have different ones doesn’t really matter. What’s important is that you focus on what changes you need to make in your own life to keep you healthy, happy, and stress free in the new year. Make sure you write your resolutions down so you can refer to them often and continue to work to make every effort to forge ahead with making changes for the better in the new year!

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Books Inside Mad Reviewed by Larry Cox ithout a doubt, for more than 60 years, one of the most irreverent, laughout-loud humor publications in America was Mad magazine. If you were a kid during the 1950s and 60s, it was one of the publications that your parents scolded you for reading. Two new books illustrate why Mad has been such must reading for more than half a century. Inside Mad highlights many of the classic spoofs by such legendary writers and artists as Jack Davis, Drew Friedman, Dick DeBartolo, and others. Its 17 celebrity essays include contributions by Roseanne Barr, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ken Burns, who reveal what it was like to be lampooned in its page. As a bonus, Inside Mad also serves up an all-new, specially commissioned gatefold poster by Sergio Aragones, and a neverbefore-reprinted Alfred E. Neuman pop art poster. Some favorite features include Will Success Spoil Charley Brown, a classic by Jack Rickard and Larry Siegel; the outrageous Baseball At The Bat; A Mad Look At Other Uses for Live Lobsters; and Clodumbo, lampooning the TV detective. This is great stuff. The second book, Dave Berg, highlights the work of one of Mad's most pop-


ular artists. Berg spent 50 years at Mad and was responsible for one of the magazine's most popular features, The Lighter Side Of... In addition to presenting his best work chronologically, there is a rare 1970 interview with the artist. These two volumes illustrate zany American humor at its wackiest. Anyone who grew up with Mad should rejoice. For those who aren't familiar with it, my advice is to grab the books, settle back, and be prepared for a delightful shock. Books reviewed in this column are available at your local bookstore.

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This Is A Hammer Get Outdoor Plants Ready by Samantha Mazzotta

Q: What outdoor plants should I protect during the winter? Which can be left alone? —Seth in New Jersey A: For exact information on which plants to protect and how, you'll want to ask at your local garden center. Each plant is different, but most are classified in the U.S. based on the growing zone in which they do best. If a plant is classed as hardy for your zone, it should do all right in the cold weather, with a few precautions. If not, or if it is a potted plant, consider bringing it inside, or wrap the plant or shrub in burlap tied with string to protect it from frosts and freezes. Many perennials need just a fresh layer of mulch, applied before the first hard frost. Again, check with your garden center or research your type of plant on the Internet to determine which mulch is best to use—bark, hay, straw or leaves—and how deep to mulch. Other ways to prepare your yard for winter include clearing away any loose

debris, such as leaves and fallen branches, to prevent them from blowing around in the winter. If your garden has been harvested, now's the time to turn the soil and remove any stalks and dead vines before the ground freezes. It's also a good time to start a compost heap, if you haven't got one already. By spring, you should have some good compost to start the next garden. Home Tip: Trouble with squirrels invading a bird feeder? Set the feeder at least 6 feet from tree branches or roof eaves and mount it on a metal pole, which is harder to climb.

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Eddie remembered, he said later, a Western on TV where the Indians set fire to the fort and thought it was a pretty good idea. During the heat of the battle I saw smoke coming from the back of the fort. We cowboys looked at each other and gave up the fight and hightailed it out of the fort. Needless to say, it became a nice-sized fire in just a few minutes. Thankfully, we had cleaned out around the fort. One of the mothers saw the bonfire, and since we were not supposed to be building such a thing, she came running. In a few minutes all the mothers and a few of the fathers were there and it was decided to call the fire department. No one was hurt. Eddie got a pretty good spanking for that one, especially after I explained in detail how he had nearly burned me up. The woods around that fort were still charred when I graduated from high school and I wish I could say that the fort was Eddie’s last fire, but that is for another story.

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Guard Your Financial Information hen scammers try to con you out of your hard-earned cash, they are relying on a combination of only two things: their own ability to tell convincing stories and the victim’s tendency to trust anyone claiming to be in a position of authority. Even when scammers use the Internet to ply their trade, they are still using nothing more than a cover story and your trust. Two Central Florida scams illustrate this point. A scam in Orlando resulted in two arrests, but not before thousands of dollars were conned out of several trusting victims. A suspect claiming to be a representative of the victim’s bank called one of the victims, a 75year-old woman, on the telephone. The suspect told her that her bank debit card was invalid. During the conversation, the victim was persuaded to reveal her PIN. Finally, she was told to mail her card to a fake address. The suspects were waiting a short distance from the victim’s home, and right after they saw the card put in the mailbox, they snatched it. The suspects’ story varied at times to match the victim’s situation or simply to naturally go with the flow of the conversation. Sometimes the excuse they gave was that the bank was having computer problems, or maybe the card had expired. Other times they had the victim tape the card to the front door or the mailbox and said that a bank employee would be by to pick it up. If the victim followed instructions, it didn’t take long for the suspect to drain the victim’s bank account. The 75-year-old victim was just one of many who were conned as the suspects swept the area. It can sometimes be hard to separate the cons from the genuine calls. The suspects can sound very professional, friendly, and convincing. The


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same can be said of some illicit emails and websites. An e-mail claiming to be from the FBI had lured many recipients to an official-looking website, complete with the same logo and design that is on the real FBI website. The cover story was about a mass theft of debit cards. Visitors to the site were prompted to provide their account information and told that the FBI could then check to see if the visitor was in any way victimized by the supposed theft. However, by entering the information, the visitor became a victim. Tracking down the owners of fake sites such as this one is difficult. The real FBI investigated the website and determined it was registered to an operator in Switzerland. However, the site was hosted by an Internet service provider here in Florida, and the information victims entered into the site’s forms was sent to a Russian-based email address. Legitimate businesses, such as banks and credit card companies, will not call you to ask for your personal information, especially your PINs and passwords. Furthermore, no legitimate business or organization will ever ask for such information through e-mail or the Internet. Unfortunately, scammers with convincing stories are still able to con unsuspecting victims out of this information. Don’t fall for it! If you get a suspicious call, hang up and dial *69 to get the number of the call you just received. Then report the incident to local law enforcement and your bank. ST

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Tails From The Front by Tyler Stover he holidays have passed, and many of us are now shifting our focus to the annual tradition of New Year's resolutions. Most resolutions tend to be dropped rather quickly, but this year, perhaps your pet can help you stick to your plan and achieve results. Losing weight or getting in better shape is always one of the most common New Year's resolutions, but it can be difficult to stick to a new plan. Involving your pet will help keep your commitment strong, allowing both you and your pet to reap the benefits. Instead of dreading a daily workout, you can view it as additional time to bond with your best friend. A daily walk with

your dog helps her learn proper manners, and helps both of you get in better shape. Keeping pets at the proper body weight reduces the risk of heart and joint problems, diabetes and a host of other poor health conditions. Regular exercise also tends to lead to better behavior in pets. Many people also work on improving their nutrition and health. Why not do the same for your pet? A quality diet leads to better skin, a shiny coat, and better muscle tone. Halifax Humane Society carries Blackwood Pet Foods, one of the healthiest options on the market. Blackwood is made in the U.S. using quality ingredients that are slow cooked in small batches. This approach maximizes the essential nutrients your pet receives. The lack of filler ingre-

dients also means that your dog requires less food when feeding with Blackwood. Just as many people make a regular trip to the doctor for a checkup, a trip to the veterinarian is a great idea as well, allowing owners to stay ahead of potential health issues for their pet. Regular examinations will avoid unnecessary suffering due to problems that may be easily resolvable. This is also a good time to check on your pet’s vaccination schedule and see if they are due for a renewal. If your resolution is to volunteer more often or give to charities, please consider an animal shelter such as Halifax Humane Society. There are 350+ animals in need of care each day at HHS and thousands more at shelters around the country. Any contribu-

tion you can make, no matter how large or small, makes a big difference at animal shelters. Financial donations and donations of food and supplies to a local shelter or rescue group are always needed and greatly appreciated. Volunteering your time at an animal shelter is another great way to help, and the animals will bring happiness to your day. The animals love the attention provided by volunteers, and the experience is very rewarding. Have fun taking on your resolutions, and we wish you a Happy New Year! Tyler Stover is the Community Outreach Director of Halifax Humane Society—386-274-4703, ext. 320.

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Flashback Do You Remember by Mick Harper

1. Supertramp, Europe and Livin' Joy all released songs with the same name, 10 years apart. What were the years they were released, and what was the name of the songs?

2. Who had a hit with Still in 1979?

3. Who joined Jennifer Warnes on (I've Had) The Time of My Life from the soundtrack for Dirty Dancing?

4. What was Johnny Rivers' selfpenned No. 1 hit of 1966?

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Answers 1. Dreamer, in 1974, 1984, and 1994. Not to be left out, others also released songs by the same name: Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Brown, and Hilary Duff.

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What’s In The Stars For The Week Of January 6 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your Arian penchant for impatience shows, as you consider passing a problemprone project on to someone else. Stay with it and work out those snarls. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Even patient Bovines can be frustrated when carefully made plans go awry. Crank up that stick-to-it-ivity and you'll soon find that your schedule is back in sync. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your aspect favors using more resourceful means in dealing with a workplace situation. Some discreet checking around could help shed light on the problem. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You show a strong streak of stubbornness in rejecting suggestions from family members early in the week. Your more receptive by the week's end. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The Big Cat might find a gentler approach more effective when dealing with those who resist needed changes. The word persuasion starts with the sound purr. VIRGO (August 23 to Sept. 22) A experience with someone you felt you could trust can be painful. There might be more to this situation than you're aware of. Press for an explanation.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Changing your views about something you believe in isn't easy. Reconsider as the facts come in even if you're uneasy about what you might learn. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You might have to do some serious shifting of gears to get your project back on track. Your hard work starts to produce some positive results by the week's end. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) An unsettling mood at the start of the week soon lifts and gives way to a more positive attitude as you find fun beginning to dominate your aspect. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) A delay in firming up plans could work to your advantage. Use this time to scout out possibilities that might be more in line with what you would prefer. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Some people might question some of the new friends in your life.Your ability to see beyond the obvious helps you recognize how special they are. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Financial matters can be especially tricky this week. It's best to follow a conservative investment path for now, and wait for a more fortuitous time.

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Pet Care No Time For Training by Sam Mazzotta

Dear Paw’s Corner: I have a new puppy that I've managed to housebreak, but she needs more obedience training. However, I don't have the time to train her. Can I hire a private trainer? —Nora L., New Haven, CT

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Research the different training programs available in your area. Some trainers may keep your pet at their facility for one to three weeks; others encourage you to drop it off in the morning and pick it up at night during the training period. Others meet with your dog for only a few hours each day. Decide which method is best for your schedule, and check out the trainer thoroughly, including a reference check and a tour of the facility. Compare his or her fees with those of other trainers, and ask for an explanation of different prices. The trainer should be friendly and should readily answer your questions, but also should be firm about your commitment to continuing the dog's training at home. Don't expect the trainer to create a perfect dog. This will be a team effort. Listen to the trainer's instructions and follow them, and you'll have a wellbehaved pet.

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the curtains at my windows, I closed my eyes. I'd rest a few minutes and then go see Mom. As I drifted between sleep and wakefulness, a strange sound startled me. I sat up. Was I dreaming? No, I heard it again: music. My eyes drawn to the music, I looked up. Happy, tinkling music wrapped around me, like protective arms. Like Mom's arms. Though no words were spoken, I knew. Leona (Lorena) Adele Chapter Young Stowe had gone home to her Heavenly Father. As the music slowly faded, a soft voice whispered, “I love you, Beverly Jean.” Brilliant light sparkled from the cloud for a second then vanished. Two or three minutes later, the nursing home called. I knew before the nurse gave me the news. “Your mother went peacefully, a smile on her face,” the nurse told me. “She said she loved you.” “Yes, I know.” Mom's physical body no longer is with me, but she left her music in my heart. Visit

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Here’s An Idea by JoAnn Derson

“On Internet memes, they call them “life hacks,” simple tricks to save you time, money or simply frustration. Here's mine: “Place a bowl near your entryway. Place your keys in the bowl when you come home. They stay there until you leave. No more lost keys. Now, more life hacks for your tip file.” —JoAnn “Put a dryer fabric-softener sheet on the back of a fan. It sticks and will distribute a fresh scent throughout your room.” —T.I., via e-mail “Put an apple in the potato bag to keep them from growing buds. Check often.” —E.W. in Oregon Sharpen your scissors by cutting through aluminum foil. All you have to do is fold a piece over on itself and use your dull scissors to cut strips.

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Veteran’s Post VA Hiring Vets For Mental-Health Jobs by Freddie Groves

he Department of Veterans Affairs set a goal, and has met it. In 2012, an executive order was handed down to improve VA mental-health services for veterans, service personnel, and their families by hiring more than 800 peer specialists and peer apprentices. The specialists and apprentices are themselves veterans who have been successful in dealing with their own mentalhealth issues for at least a year. Specialists are trained and certified, and the apprentices are in the process of getting training on the way to becoming specialists. Part of the executive order was that training for all of them would be finished by the end of the year. The VA says it will meet that goal. Both the specialists and apprentices have been sent to all VA Medical Centers that have more than 10,000 enrollees, as well as the outpatient clinics. They increased staffing at the veterans crisis hotline by 50 percent If you need to talk to someone, or know a veteran who does, call the vet-


erans crisis hotline at 1-800-273-8255. There's a good chance that the person on the other end also will be a veteran. If you want to learn about the VA's mental-health services in general, go online to Do you think you'd make a good specialist or apprentice? Go online to www. and click on Search Peer Support Positions. As of this writing, there are positions in Alaska, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and many more. Remember that one of the main requirements is that you be a “veteran who has recovered or is recovering from a mental-health condition.” Veterans with physical disabilities also are encouraged to apply. Look closely at the open and closing dates of the position listings. They're not all the same.

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To Your Good Health Plantar Fasciitis Causes Heel Pain Dear Dr. Donohue: This is the second time I have had plantar fasciitis. The first time was more than five years ago. A doctor outlined a program for me, but I have forgotten the details. Will you give me a refresher course? —L.O. Answer: Plantar is the sole of the feet. The plantar fascia is a band of sturdy tissue that runs from the heels to the toes. It supports the feet and the foot arches. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Professional baseball, football, and basketball players get it. People with flat feet or very high arches, overweight people, those who stand on hard surfaces for long periods and runners who suddenly increase their mileage or running time are the ones most likely to develop this injury. It happens to nonathletes, too. It causes intense pain when an affected person gets out of bed in the morning and takes a few steps. During the day, the pain lessens, but it returns toward the end of the working day. The pain can be so severe that people are forced to take time off from work. Other causes of heel pain include entrapment of a heel nerve in scar tissue, a loss of the fat pad that cushions the heel, and tiny fractures of the heel. Weight loss is the answer to this problem if a person is overweight. Limit your

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walking, and don't do any running. You can bike and swim to stay in shape. At night, splint the foot so the toes point to the ceiling when you lie on your back. If the foot falls downward toward the bed, it aggravates heel pain. Ice the heel four times a day for 15 minutes. A silicone heel insert often proves helpful. Make sure your shoes are well-cushioned. Loop a towel around the front of the foot and, while seated, pull the towel so the foot is drawn to the body. This stretches the fascia. If this program fails, then see a doctor. A cortisone shot can bring rapid relief. The booklet on aerobics, fitness and abdominal exercises can give newcomers a start in their exercise program. To obtain a copy, write: Dr. Donohue—No. 1301W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient's printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery.

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Strange But True A President For 32 Days? by Samantha Weaver

• It was British playwright Tom Stoppard who made the following observation: “Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.” • You’ve probably had some experience with hail at some point in your life, but probably not with hail like this: The heaviest recorded hailstone in the world fell in Bangladesh in 1986; it weighed a whopping 2.25 pounds. The largest hailstone, which fell earlier this year in South Dakota, measured 8 inches in diameter. Be glad your car— or your head—wasn’t in the way. • William Henry Harrison, the country’s sixth commander-in-chief, had the shortest tenure of any United States president. He died of pneumonia just 32 days after taking office. • In 1666, the Great Fire of London destroyed 13,200 homes, 87 parish

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