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January 17, 2014

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Changing Times… rarely open ‘forwards’ anymore but sometimes find the most interesting things in them. The first ten items are rather humorous but the next ten will be sorely missed by our generation. Here are definitions that should be added to the 2014 dictionary. • Inflation: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper • Raisin: A grape with a sunburn • Yawn: An open opinion that is honestly expressed • Handkerchief: Cold storage • Wrinkles: Something other people have that are similar to my character lines. • Egoist: A person that is me-deep in conversation • Mud: Dust with the juice squeezed out of it • Adult: A person who stopped growing at both ends and is growing in the middle • Beauty Parlor: A place where women curl up and dye • Committee: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours Now the things we face that we have grown up with and will surely miss. The latest items from a friend of mine, with most of the explanations omitted. Things that are scheduled to disappear in our lifetime • Post Office: E-mail, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office in business. • The Cheque: Britain is laying the groundwork to do away with the cheque by 2018. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the cheque. • The Book: You say you will never give up the book you hold in your hand… but you can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy—and the price is less than half of a real book. • Land Line Telephone: Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it. • Music: It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to people who would like to hear it. Over 40 percent of the music purchased today is catalogue items.


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You Name It …by Kitty Maiden • Television: People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. They're playing games and doing lots of other things to take up the time usually spent watching TV. • Things You Own: They may simply reside in the cloud. Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. All of this is changing. Cloud services are on the way. When you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. • Joined Handwriting: Already gone in some schools who no longer teach joined handwriting. (I assume that means cursive) because nearly everything is done now on computers or keyboards. • Privacy: If there ever was a concept we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. It's gone. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and things will change to reflect those habits. So what? I’ve been accumulating and living with memories for a long, long time. I have saved enough paper from my newspaper days… I’ve read many good books… I’ve been around since the telephone had a dial… I learned cursive writing in first grade... I own too many things, time to downsize… music is in my soul and I remember the words to many ‘oldies but goodies.’ Privacy? Hmmm, got a big, wonderful family and good friends. The one thing that’s hard for me to take is the absolute freedom of subject matter and the language now allowed on television and in the movies. Only one thing can never be changed — our memories. So stack‘em up and enjoy the new years as they come. Go with the numerous changes that are made in our lives—and, keep the faith.

Kitty Maiden is a staff writer for Seniors Today.

The Amsden Academy for Life-Long Learning of Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church Announces its January Schedule of Seminars The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection with Dr. Lex Baer Saturday, January 25th at 12 noon One Voice For Volusia—Community Agenda Snapshot with Lynn Kennedy Thursday, January 30th at 12 noon 105 Amsden Road (corner of N. Halifax and Amsden)

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Seniors Today 360 S. Yonge, Street Ormond Beach, FL 32174 Phone: 386.677.7060 Fax: 386.677.0836 Website: Published by Schillinger Enterprises, Inc. General Manager Bonnie Schillinger Editor Bonnie Gragg Staff Writers Kitty Maiden Peggy & George Goldtrap

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What’s Happening Around Town… Healthy Options 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

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 Thurs., Feb. 13; Thurs., March 20; and Thurs., April 17. For details, call Sherry at 386.677.3581, ext. 311. This is a wonderful opportunity for caregivers to take a break and know their loved ones are being cared for.

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.

Women’s Health 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 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.

Palette & Brush Club The Palette & Brush Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 1:30 P.M. at the Art League of Daytona Beach, 422 S. Palmetto Dr., Daytona Beach. Open studio is the third Thursday. New members are always welcome, come see what our club is all about. For more information, call 386.676.9821.

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Learn the answers to import questions about cataracts and nutrition at a seminar presented by Internal Eye Associates on Wed., Jan. 29 at 11 A.M. at Grand Villa, 535 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach. Refreshments will be served. RSVP by Jan. 27 to 386-868-0723.

Do you have missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures? Find out if dental implants are right for you at a free patient information day. Learn how dental implants can help you eat the foods you enjoy, and lead a more active and confident life. Questions about the cost and how the implant surgery is done will be answered, plus much more. The seminars are scheduled at the offices of Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates at 4 P.M.: Wed., Jan. 22 at 429 N. Causeway, New Smyrna Beach; Tues., Jan 28 at 21 Hospital Dr., Ste. 180, Palm Coast; and Tues., Feb. 25 at 549 Health Blvd., Daytona Beach. Seating is limited and light refreshments served. Make your reservation today by calling 386.239.3600.

WISE Programs The 2014 Spring WISE programs presented by Daytona State College Foundation’s begins Jan. 21 and will be held on the DSC campus, Hosseini Center (Bldg. 1200), 1200 W. International Speedway, Daytona Beach, on Tuesdays from 2 to 3:30 P.M. Lectures for January are: Jan. 21—Vision For The Future; Jan. 28—Solar Flares And The Mission Aboard The Solar Orbiter; and Feb. 4 History Of Manatees At Blue Springs Park. Lectures are open to age 50 or older. Yearly membership is $25 for individual and $45 for couple. Refreshments provided by students of the Daytona State Culinary Program. Early registration is appreciated. For information, call Lois Shannon at 386.788. 6494 or e-mail:

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. This Pet Vet Cruiser’s spay and neuter program is based on income and has a sliding-fee scale. Residents must provide proof of income to qualify. Walk-ins are not accepted. For more information about the ordinance and/or cost, qualifications, or to schedule an appointment for, please call 386.323.3575.

Roosevelt Presentation Impersonator Joe Wiegand will provide a humorous and informative presentation as President Theodore Roosevelt at 2 P.M., Friday, Jan. 31, at the Anderson-Price Memorial Building, 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach. Wiegand bears a strong resemblance to America’s 26th president, down to his stocky build and shaggy mustache. The show will focus on Roosevelt’s adventures as a rancher, rough rider, and serving as our president. The admission fee is $5. For more information about this or other upcoming programs, call the Ormond Beach Regional Library at 386.676. 4191, ext. 100.

Parkinson’s Meeting The Parkinson Association of Daytona Beach is pleased to announce that Dr. Harry Moulis, M.D. a Gastroenterologist with the Borland Groover Clinic whose specialty is in Digestive Health will address its association members. Dr. Moulis’ topic will be Dysphagia & Constipation Associated With Parkinson’s Disease on Wednesday January 22 from 2–3:30 P.M. at Bethune Cookman Universities’ Michael & Libby Johnson Center for Civic Engagement located at 740 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. Seating is limited. RSVP to 386.676.6375 by no later than Monday January 20, 2014.

Vince Carter’s 4th Anniversary 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 details.

Support Group 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.

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CAT’s –A-TONIC by Peggy Goldtrap have owned several cats (if one ever actually ‘owns’ a cat), throughout my life. On the other hand maybe I’ve only had one. Since cats have ‘nine lives,’ maybe the same cat has been around for 76 years. She does look familiar and wails like other Siamese. Of course, she’s a lunatic which is Siamese nature and a trait we share. That makes us compatible. Cat’s life is very simple. Eat, sleep, poop: three important functions which, when nonfunctional in humans, send us screaming to doctors for relief. On the rare occasions I’ve taken Cat to the vet it’s been a terrorizing experience—for the office staff. No tranquilizer can calm a yowling feline with daggers on her feet. Cat eats well. She’s not picky as long as I buy the brand she prefers. She eats 7/8 of a bag. The last giblets will never touch her tongue. I’ve tried mixing fresh and bottom of the bag. I’ve sifted the last morsels removing all of the dusty fragments. No way! She sits, looking forlornly at the food bowl, then saucer-sized blue eyes penetrate my soul: ‘I’m not eating that? Open a new bag and be quick about it.’ She is a very tidy cat who throws out all sand that displeases her. Where it lands is not her concern. She’s not in charge of sanitary conditions. I am. There’s something humbling or humiliating about a college educated, professional woman maintaining a septic system for a four-legged fur ball. At least I can close the door to my humiliation unlike the tiny dogs followed by large people carrying plastic bags in hand. The dog thinks he’s doing folks a favor by taking them for their morning walk. Cat naps in the morning and the afternoon so she won’t be so tired when we go to bed. A GPS couldn’t locate her after she compresses into a tiny, indiscernible dot on the landscape and disappears until another yawn. Cat has one bad habit that gets her in trouble. She never met a drawer she didn’t love. An open drawer is an invitation for occupancy… like my lingerie drawer. Curiosity aroused, she immediately jumped in. GAG and cat are equal harassment partners so GAG closed the drawer. Cat didn’t complain. GAG laughed, and left the room. Later, as we were leaving the house, I asked: ‘Did you let cat out of the drawer?’ ‘No, I thought you did.’ I rushed back to the room and opened the drawer to a very angry, squashed animal. It took her a minute to unwind, express her disgust. She pouted the rest of the day. If she had luggage I think she would have left us. Cats can focus on the tiniest objects and image them to be monsters. To cat, my finger can detach from my body and become a creature she must conquer. A piece of paper becomes a wild thing that must be shredded. A plastic bag is a realm to be explored. I can hold a piece of string above her head and she only sees the tip looming large. I


Happy Talk …by George & Peggy Goldtrap can walk across the floor and she blocks my path. She doesn’t see the body attached to the feet; the body that can flatten her when it falls. She sees toes and wants them to play. Cat sleeps as our bed partner at night, but it’s a secret. She waits until we’re asleep, then jumps on the bed kneading a warm place among legs where she cannot be moved. Amazingly, Cat gains at least twenty pounds from the time she lands on the bed until morning. Do not disturb me until morning. That’s difficult for aging bladders. Mornings are always the same. I raise the shutters and say. ‘Good morning Cat, look, another great day.’ She runs to the slider and stares. Body shakes; teeth chatter; quasigrowl arises…my sweet kitty is a lion. If lizards lurk, she’s primed for attack. The fact that glass separates her and the quarry is insignificant. Instinct trumps reason. Cat is computer literate. When I’m on the computer, she is too. If it crashes, cat hair, not a virus, will be the cause. The screen is scratched from ‘mouse’ hunts and screen bubbles. When especially needy, she puts her paw on my hand and won’t let go until I stroke her. I invited Cat into the house (we’re her third home) and she took it over. She owns the owners and doesn’t pay taxes. She has Medi-Cat and Catastrophic insurance. She sleeps whenever, wherever, and however it pleases her. She’s even had a pedicure (claws clipping). Cat has a neighbor who loves her like family; the neighbor sits with her when we travel; even reads to Cat so she won’t be lonely. I haven’t Skyped with Cat yet, but it’s coming. If you get the impression that I love Cat, you’re right. It’s a nurturing thing. I don’t mind a bit taking care of her, fussing with her, playing with her, tending to her needs. She rewards me just by being. Cat is a feel-good tonic for ‘purr’ fect health. Cat trusts that I care and will do the best for her well-being (or she will scratch me). That’s a responsibility I accept. Cat keeps me on my toes, competitive in the game of being human. If you’re fortunate to enjoy the company of a beloved pet, you understand my ramblings. Pets bubble our gentleness to the surface. They deepen our need to guard and protect. They reinforce our belief in innocence. Pets keep us competitive in the game of being human.

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Reverse Mortgages reverse mortgage is a special type of home loan that lets you convert equity in your home into cash. Equity is the value of your property minus the debt on your home. For example, a home worth $100,000, with no mortgage, has equity of $100,000. A home worth $100,000, with a $75,000 mortgage, has equity of $25,000. When you obtain a conventional mortgage or Home Equity Line of Credit, you have to make payments to pay it back within a period of time. With a “Reverse Mortgage,” you do not make payments for as long as you continue to live in the home. When the last borrower moves out of the home or dies, the loan becomes due in full. A reverse mortgage can benefit somebody over age 62 who needs cash and does not have sufficient cash assets or income. A reverse mortgage is not the best choice: if you have cash or enough income to pay your expenses and anticipated expenses, if you are trying to build up a savings account without need, or want to use money for unnecessary matters, if you intend to leave your home to family or others on death, if you believe you will be not


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be able to remain in the home, or if you have a spouse or co-owner who does not qualify. Costs tend to be high, but are built into the loan. Because of the costs, the unpaid principal and interest, and ongoing costs, the equity diminishes. Unless the value increases, there is often no value left to refinance the property again, or to pay off the mortgage before or after the homeowner dies. That is why one should not consider a reverse mortgage if they have money available and want the home to pass to their heirs when they die. But if one really needs the money, has the equity, and recognizes the drawbacks, a reverse mortgage can help. Attorney Michael A. Pyle, of Pyle & Dellinger, PL, 1655 North Clyde Morris Blvd., Suite 1, Daytona Beach, Florida, 32117 Telephone: 386.615.9007. E-mail: or www.

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T-Shirt Design Winner Special to Seniors Today pen and ink drawing with red and gold highlights, a conductor and the exterior of Peabody Auditorium has won the concert venue’s 65th Anniversary TShirt Design Contest. The artwork, created by Cynthia Schomer of Venetian Bay near New Smyrna Beach, features an Art Deco theme and represents the Peabody Auditorium’s rich cultural and community history as a part of its 65th Anniversary Season. The design will be reproduced on a basic black t-shirt which will be worn by staff and sold at the Peabody. After reviewing numerous submissions, the Peabody board unanimously selected Ms. Schomer’s design as the winning entry. Mary Martin, Peabody Advisory Board Chairperson, said Ms. Schomer’s design contained many elements important in Peabody’s legacy while capturing this season’s 65th Anniversary spirit. “The colors and design really speak to the continuing role of the Peabody in the cultural arts and the effect is lively and commemorative,” Ms. Martin said. The Peabody Board is awarding Ms. Schomer $200 and tickets to any show she selects. Cynthia Schomer is owner of Syndi Smilez Studios in Port Orange.


“This is the first time I’ve won a design contest since grade school,” said the artist, who was excited to be the winner. She attended Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where she studied graphic design. She said she also has worked as an architectural project manager. She moved to the Daytona Beach area in 1998 and enjoys creating pen and ink drawings, drawing animals and pets, and taking photographs. She also paints murals in oil or acrylic. Ms. Schomer said her son, Daniel Whitfield, 18, is looking forward to joining the U.S. Air Force. Her husband, Joe Schomer, buys and sells aircraft through Schomer Aircraft Center in Spruce Creek Fly-In. The contest runner-up is Ms. Anne Lee Assante of Daytona Beach. She will receive two tickets to any show she chooses at Peabody Auditorium. Tickets for the Peabody’s 2013-2014 season shows are available at the Peabody Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, Wal-Mart Supercenters, charge by phone at 1-800-982-ARTS (2787) and online at The complete schedule is on the website: www. For more information, contact Helen Riger at 386.671.8252.

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What’s In The Stars For The Week Of January 20 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Although you're getting kudos and other positive reactions to your suggestions, don't let the cheers drown out some valid criticisms. Deal with them. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Following your keen Bovine intuition pays off, as you assess the suggestions some people are putting in front of you, and their agendas for doing so. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You continue on a high-enthusiasm cycle as that new project takes shape. You're also buoyed by receiving some good news about a personal matter. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Your eagerness to immerse yourself in your new assignment is understandable. Be careful that you don't forget to take care of that personal situation as well. LEO (July 23 to August 22) This is a good time to learn a new skill that could give a clever Cat an edge in the upcoming competition for workplace opportunities you’ve been wanting. VIRGO (August 23 to Sept. 22) You could risk creating an impasse if you insist on expecting more from others than they're prepared to give. Showing flexibility is helpful.

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Antiques Pedal Cars Q: I began searching for older pedal cars about 10 years ago, and so far have managed to find three that I purchased. I had a pedal car as a child and am wondering if you can suggest a collector I can contact, since I have some restoration work I need done? —Sam, Broken Arrow, OK A: Ron Hughes is owner of Soda Pops in Miami, Arizona, a shop that specializes in gas pumps, signage, and jukeboxes. He has more than 50 pedal cars in his inventory, and he can help you. His addresses are 505 Sullivan St., Miami, AZ 85539; and oldrestorer *** Q: While cleaning out my grandmother's home, my sister and I found a kitchen gadget that has us stumped. I am enclosing a picture and hope you can identify it for us. —Kathy, Los Ranchos, NM A: I, too, was stumped by your gadget. After searching through several reference books, I can now identify it as a pie lifter. It was used to lift pies out of a hot oven. These are fairly rare

and generally sell in the $50 to $150 price range, depending on manufacturer and rarity. *** Q: I have several dozen Hummel figurines, and I need you to recommend a good price guide that you trust. —Betty, Pueblo, CO A: There are at least a dozen price guides. Some good, some not so good. One of the better ones, I think, is The Official M.J. Hummel Price Guide: Figurines & Plates by Heidi Ann Von Recklinghausen. Published by Krause Books and in its second edition, this guide is comprehensive and reflects current values. With more than 2,000 images in full color, and updated listings, this one is highly recommended. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or e-mail to Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail.

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Tails From The Front by Tyler Stover he recent brief cold snap served as a reminder that winter even visits Florida occasionally. While temperatures are quickly returning to normal, it is good to keep a few cold weather tips in mind for our pets on these chilly days. In our area, it is rare that the cold becomes truly dangerous for healthy pets, but we should still be prepared for that occasional cold spell or a winter trip up north. While there is not a specific temperature that guarantees that your pet will be safe or unsafe, research from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine suggests that pets typically kept indoors will start to become uncomfortable when temperatures are below 45 degrees. Just like their human counterparts, pets are more suscep-

tible to issues when they are older, sick, or very young. Even for pets acclimated to living outdoors, extra precautions must be taken when temperatures drop below the freezing point of 32 degrees. At this point, frostbite is a concern, along with hypothermia. There are several ways to help pets stay warm in the winter. For cats, it is most important to provide adequate shelter. Living indoors is ideal for cats in the winter, but if this is not possible, there are alternative options. Cat houses or condos can be constructed to offer protection from the elements, and can be lined with rugs or blankets to help the cats stay warm. A simple bale of straw or a Styrofoam cooler can also be used to provide the cat with insulation and shelter from the cold. Make sure the cats have access to unfrozen water.

When it is cold, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hood of a car for warmth and protection. If your car is parked outdoors and there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood, make sure to bang on your hood before starting the engine to avoid injuring a cat. For dogs, there are many options. For indoor dogs, you may just be looking for extra protection on walks. Dog sweaters or coats can be helpful, especially for short-haired dogs. Long-haired dogs typically do not need the extra layer of protection except in extreme cold temperatures, but regular grooming is still important to allow the dog’s coat to insulate properly. For dogs that sleep outside in a dog house or in a cold area, many of the same tips from the cats apply. Protection from the elements is important, and having a

blanket, rug, or heated pad will keep your dog far more comfortable than a cold, hard surface. Again, make sure your dogs have access to water. If you visit an area where the ground is mostly covered by snow and/or ice, avoid letting your dog off its leash. The elements tend to cover the scents on the ground, making it more difficult for dogs to find their way. They can become confused and lost very easily. Now that you are prepared for the next cold day, enjoy the typically great weather! Tyler Stover is the Community Outreach Director of Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach. He can be reached at 386.274.4703, ext. 320, or at tstover@

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Favorite Foods Chicken Club Soup t seems just about everything nowadays has its own celebration day or month. Well, if soup is to have just such an event, I can't think of a better month than January, can you? It's just the thing to chase away the winter blues—even if it's only for a few minutes!


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of wood such as a two by four, tamp the existing sand down into place. Put the brick back into the tampeddown section, tapping with a mallet if it doesn't go in. Measure the different in height between the sunken brick and the surrounding bricks. Remove the sunken brink and fill the section with sand (that has rocks and larger particles screened out of it) up to the height of the measurement you took. Tamp down the new sand and remeasure the height, adding sand if necessary to bring the brick level. Once the brick is in place and flush with the surrounding bricks, pour sand over and around the repaired brick so that it fills the crevices. Use a broom to sweep sand from the top of the bricks and into the crevices. Home Tip: Pull or treat weeds that spring up between paving bricks as soon as possible, before their roots have time to spread. This helps keep a brick walkway even over time.

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Moments In Time Moments In Time On Jan. 26, 1788, the first of 50,000 convicts banished from England to Australia land in Botany Bay. These were not hardened criminals; only a small minority were transported for violent offenses. Among the first group was a 70-year-old woman who had stolen cheese to eat. On Jan. 20, 1841, China cedes the island of Hong Kong to the British. In 1898, Britain was granted an additional 99 years of rule. In September 1984, the British and the Chinese signed a formal agreement approving a 1997 turnover of the island.

throw empty Frisbie Pie Company tins to each other, yelling Frisbie! as they let go. On Jan. 21, 1976, from London's Heathrow Airport and Orly Airport outside Paris, the first Concordes with commercial passengers simultaneously take flight to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf and Rio de Janeiro, respectively. The Concordes flew well past the sound barrier at 1,350 mph.

On Jan. 25, 1924, the first Winter Olympics begin at Chamonix in the French Alps. Spectators were thrilled by the ski jump and bobsled, and 12 other events involving a total of six sports.

On Jan. 24, 1980, U.S. officials announce that America is ready to sell military equipment (excluding weapons) to communist China as a reaction to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. An additional agreement was signed for the construction of a station in China that would be able to receive information from an American satellite.

On Jan. 23, 1957, the Wham-O toy company rolls out the first batch of aerodynamic plastic discs, now known as Frisbees. The story of the Frisbee began in Bridgeport, Conneticut, where students from nearby universities would

On Jan. 22, 1998 Theodore J. Kaczynski pleads guilty in the courtroom to all federal charges against him, acknowledging his responsibility for organizing a 17-year campaign of package bombings attributed to the Unabomber.

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infection can spread all over the body. It's usually seen in people who have been in hospitals or health-care settings, or who have had invasive procedures. In other words, both of these illnesses are serious and can be potentially lifethreatening. If you have your choice of hospitals for a procedure, don't you want the one that's more likely to keep you safe from the risk of infections? Go to the Hospital Compare site ( are) and enter your ZIP code. You can click up to three hospitals to compare. Click Compare Now and then click on the tab: Readmissions, Complications, and Death. Click Healthcare Associated Infections. The information that's posted now only covers the first three months of 2013, but check back in April 2014 for updates on the next six months. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to

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Veteran’s Post More Illness Linked To TBI he Department of Veterans Affairs has added five illnesses to service-connected Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). What this means is that veterans who have those illnesses as well as TBI will have an easier time getting additional disability benefits. The VA based its decision on a report by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine that found sufficient evidence to link moderate to severe TBI with the five conditions: Parkinson's disease, certain types of dementia, depression, unprovoked seizures, or certain diseases of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. Those secondary illnesses will be considered service-connected and won't require medical opinions to establish whether there is correlation. There's a time period for three of the five illnesses, however. Parkinson's disease or unprovoked seizures don't have a time frame. • Dementia, if it manifests within 15 years with moderate or severe TBI. • Depression, if it manifests within three years with moderate or severe TBI or within 12 months with mild TBI.


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