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The Senior Newspaper Serving Volusia & Flagler Counties For 18 Years—COMPLIMENTARY COPY

A Publication of Schillinger Enterprises, Inc. © 2009 Volume XVIII – Issue 26

December 25, 2009

Happy New Year! Page A-10


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Scans liver, kidneys, gall bladder, pancreas, & spleen to identify masses, renal failure, etc. 6 Heart Scan—Echocardiogram . . . . . . . . . . $95

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ometimes you feel that the world has come a very long way... new ideas, new rules, new leaders, new technology. Then suddenly you realize how many liberties have been taken by those in leadership positions and how many ways we have gone astray from the basic American format that carried with it dreams of democracy leading to becoming more perfect with time. But, as my friend Char always says, “Pobody’s Nerfect.” Small courtesies are considered unnecessary by many. Some do a doubletake, giggle, or think you’re strange if you say, “Yes ma’am” or No Sir.” These are the courtesies taught us as we grew up. You get to where you wonder how many people say, “Have a good day” and mean it. At least it is still said. We are all guilty of changes that would not have been tolerated in the ‘good ole days.’ We are just moving too fast for our own good. We look forward to the news, knowing that what we see and what we hear, in order to be considered news, is not good news but that of the latest battle, murder, theft—anything the media must latch onto to keep the ratings up. At different times, my brother and I have thought of writing and sharing a paper called Good News. Hmmm. The nearest anyone has ever come to that, we find in the great messages that travel around the computers these days. They are often very special... until you get to the last part of the message—which usually says something like ‘you will have good luck in the next two hours if you forward this to 10 people within the next 10 seconds.’

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…by Kitty Maiden

before I find the time to go and see him in person. I considered going in September but learned that the Casting Crowns would be busily moving around the country, sharing their music and ministry. I can’t imagine what the future will show to our great grandchildren but one thing is pretty certain—there’s really nothing new under the sun as far as what we are born with, our beliefs and what we are destined to do with our lives. So, we will always look forward to tomorrow... and the day after. Note: Having written this, I decided to make arrangements for a trip to Atlanta where I met the latest in the next generation of family. He is adorable. At that time, I also learned that granddaughter, Maggie, will be having a little girl in March. ST Happy New Year (And New Decade) To You And Yours!

Kitty Maiden is a staff writer for Seniors Today.

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Seniors Today 360 S. Yonge Street Ormond Beach, FL 32174 Phone: (386) 677-7060 Fax: (386) 677-0836 Website: seniorstoday.us Published by Schillinger Enterprises, Inc. Chairman Of The Board David Schillinger General Manager Bonnie Schillinger Editor Bonnie Gragg Staff Writer Kitty Maiden Seniors Today is published and distributed free every other Friday to inform, entertain, and serve those over the age of 50. Deadlines: The deadline for advertising is Friday, 5 P.M., one week prior to the Friday publication date. Advertisements and copy: All advertisements and copy is believed to be truthful and accurate. Seniors Today reserves the right to edit, revise, or reject any advertising and/or submitted articles for publication. Advertisements are the sole responsibility of the advertiser. Advertisements and copy in Seniors Today are not meant to be an endorsement of any product, service, or individual. All editorial copy and by lined articles are the opinion of the writer and are not necessarily the view, opinion, or policy of Seniors Today. Errors and Omissions: Neither the publisher nor the advertiser are liable for mistakes, errors, or omissions. The sole liability of Seniors Today to an advertiser is to reprint the corrected ad in the next issue. Copyright Warning: Pursuant to Federal Copyright Law, all material contained within this publication which was created, designed, composed, written, typeset, imageset, or prepared in any way by Seniors Today remains the sole property of the publisher and cannot be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of Seniors Today. This pertains to the duplication of either advertising or non-advertising material. Notice of copyright appears on page one of this and all issues.

What’s Happening Around Town… Health Screening

Estate Planning

Travel Expo

Prevention Plus, Inc., is conducting tests for stroke, arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, osteoporosis, heart scan, and more on Fri., Jan. 8 at Daytona Beach Shores Senior Center, 3048 S. Atlantic Ave. Early detection saves lives. These reasonably priced tests don’t require a doctor’s prescription. To register, call 1888-667-7587.

The law firm of Pyle & Dellinger, PL along with José H. Silva from Edward Jones Investments is offering a complimentary, informational seminar in order to educate the public about estate planning. Reservations are absolutely required, seating is limited. Join us at the office of José H. Silva, 555 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach on Wednesday, January 20 at 11:30 A.M. Lunch will be served. Call Nora to reserve your seat at 386-671-9488.

Are you planning the trip of your dreams for 2010? High Performance Travel welcomes you to their 10th travel expo on Saturday, January 9 from 11 A.M.–3 P.M. at the Daytona Beach Airport. Come meet representatives from a variety of cruise lines, airlines, and resorts. Receive tips on making your travel more enjoyable. The expo is free to the public and parking is free. Come take advantage of specials offered during the show. For more information, call 386-252-4423.

Bridge Lessons Free bridge lessons, a stimulating mind game, every Wednesday at 9 A.M. starting January 13 until January 27 at the Palm Coast Duplicate Bridge Club located at St. Marks Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pwy., Palm Coast. Call Pat Heading at 386-237-7530 or 386-673-2191 for information or to enroll. Daily bridge games start at 1 P.M., Mondays through Fridays and 10 A.M. on Saturdays.

Lunch Bunch Lunch Bunch is held every Thurs. (except 12/31) at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 724 Big Tree Rd. in South Daytona beginning at 12 NOON. Just $3 gets you lunch and bingo with non-monetary prizes. Reservations are required by noon the Tuesday prior. Call 386-767-6542, Tue. thru Fri. for reservations.

Medicare Seminar Make the Medicare health plan choice that’s right for you. The choices available can be confusing so get the facts at free seminars where a Humana representative will help you. The seminars are scheduled in Ormond Beach at DB Pickles, 400 S. Nova Rd. on Dec. 29 at 2 P.M.; in Daytona Beach at the Clubhouse Restaurant, 600 Wilder Blvd. on Dec. 29 at 9:30 A.M.; in New Smyrna Beach at the Main Street Grill, 1610 S. Dixie Freeway, Dec. 29 at 9:30 A.M.; in Palm Coast at the Flagler Chamber, 20 Airport Rd., Ste. C on Dec. 28 at 2 P.M.; and in DeLand at Main Street Grill, 100 E. New York Ave. on Dec. 28 at 2 P.M. For reservations, call 1-800-219-7543 or TTY 1-877833-4486.

Bird Watching Halifax River Audubon sponsors the following free bird watching field trips. Check with trip leader before attending to ensure no change in details: Sunday, January 10–Dunlawton Bridge in Port Orange. Meet under bridge at 3 P.M. No walking required. Contact Elizabeth Abrams, 386-299-4727. Friday, January 15–Viera Ponds in Brevard County. Meet at 7 A.M. Lowes lot, Dunlawton Avenue in Port Orange (east of I-95) to form carpools. Bring lunch and beverage. Easy, no walking required. Call John Roessler, 386-212-6957. Mon., January 18–Halifax River Audubon general membership meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1205 Ridgewood Avenue, Holly Hill. The speaker begins at 7 P.M. The Flora & Fauna Of Wild Florida In Photos will be presented by Paul Rebmann. Call Paula Wehr, 386-673-5332. Guests are welcome to attend and the meeting is free.

Walk With Me It can be difficult to know what to say or do when someone you love is grieving. Don’t let discomfort prevent you from reaching out to someone grieving. Learn how to help at Walk With Me, a special presentation by Patricia Acker, LCSW, Florida Hospital HospiceCare Bereavement Social Worker on Friday, January 22 at 10:30 A.M. at Bishop's Glen Retirement Community, 900 LPGA Blvd., Holly Hill. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to 386-2269110 or e-mail Diane.Trask@rhf.org

Garden Club

Outreach Dinner

The Ormond Beach Garden Club Monthly Meeting will be held Wed., Jan. 6 at The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive (location may change pending completion of renovations). Refreshments served at 9:30 A.M.; business meeting begins at 10 A.M. with speaker Sandy Doggett from Big Value Garden Center and she will talk about cactus at 11 A.M. Visitors & guests welcome. You may contact Zetta Gillespie at 386-673-2940 for meeting details.

Open Arms is an outreach ministry for the blind and visually impaired in the Daytona Beach area. You are invited to a free dinner, 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. Please call the church at 386-767-6542 one week prior to reserve your place.

Library Volunteers Friends of Deltona Library are recruiting book store volunteers to staff their used book store particularly on the weekends. Stop by the library and pick up an application from The Book Nest. Volunteers will be trained. If you have questions, come by and talk to any volunteer on duty to get acquainted. Please contact Christy Jefferson for more information at 386-574-9376.

Free Concert Florida Hospital Foundation and Daytona State College presents a free community concert of Broadway music starring Tim Rippey on Sunday, Feb. 28 from 2–4 P.M. at the Daytona State College Amphitheater Palm Coast Campus. Tickets for reserved seating are available. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 386-586-4216.

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Ballroom Dance Come join the fun at City Island Recreation Center, 108 E. Orange Ave., Daytona Beach every Saturday from 7–10:30 P.M. Enjoy the sounds of swing, smooth and Latin music by a local DJ. Just $6 includes the dance and one hour group lesson from 7–8 P.M. For more information call 386-427-4591.

Auditions Do you have a talented grandchild? The Daytona State College School of Music, Entertainment and Art announces upcoming auditions for Godspell, a musical. Males and females ages 16-30 are welcome. Auditions will be held on the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. Int'l Speedway Blvd., bldg. 230, room 123 on Jan. 19 at 3 P.M., Jan. 20 at 6:30 P.M. and Jan. 21 at 3 P.M. Come prepared to sing, dance, improvise, and do cold readings. A prepared musical audition piece is optional. For information, call 386-506-3524.

Free Caregiver’s Day Need a break from caregiving? First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach is providing a free Caregiver’s Day Out that includes food, fun, and special attention for care receivers. The day begins at 9 A.M. on Sat., Jan. 16 at First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach. For information, call Sherry at 386-677-3581, ext. 311. This is an opportunity for caregivers to have a break and know that their loved ones are being taken care of in a loving, safe environment.

Flagler Avenue Art Walk, New Smyrna Art Walk on historic Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach is held from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. the fourth Saturday of each month. Upcoming themes are: Jan. 23, Black And White and Feb. 27 is Fabrics And Textiles. The popular event along the quaint five-blocks from the river to the ocean, features works by resident and visiting artists, free children’s activities, entertainment, and street musicians. For additional information or to receive an artist’s application, call 386428-1770 or visit online at: www.flaglergallery group.com

Shores Senior Center Looking for some fun activities and a way to meet new friends? Then come to the Daytona Beach Shores Community Center at 3048 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores. There are activities for all ages: Bingo, contract bridge, computer classes, line dancing, painting classes, card games, and much more. For more information, on these or other events or classes offered, call 386-763-7597.

Support Groups New Alcoholics Anonymous You don’t have to struggle alone. A new Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) support group called 1, 2, 3, Miracle will meet at Covenant United Methodist Church, 3701 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Port Orange. The group meets every Thursday at 8 P.M. at the church in room 204. For more information, call Bill at 386-383-9470 or the church office at 386-767-8544.

Grief Support Group Do you need help after the holidays? A grief support group for New Smyrna Beach and the surrounding areas meets at the NSB Library at 1001 S. Dixie Hwy. the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 1:30–3 P.M. Anyone who has lost a loved one is welcome to join this group. For more information, call 386-426-2633 or 386-428-6458 and leave a message.

Parkinson’s Support Have you been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease? There is a Parkinson’s Support Group in Flagler County. They will meet the first Sunday of every other month at 3 P.M. at Florida Hospital—Flagler. For more information and meeting dates, call 386-445-3371.


Managing Stress

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any people are feeling stressed out these days. The reasons may vary from person to person but taking some action to relieve stress is important and necessary to survive. First, identify the reason for your stress. Some examples might be rising prices but your income stays the same, or job cut-backs and layoffs, restructuring that creates instability at work or additional work for fewer workers. In addition, you may feel frustration at home when family members tend to over spend and add to debt. Taking care of you is the first step in overcoming stressful situations. Don’t neglect your diet. Try to eat a healthful, balanced diet each day. Take some time out for enjoyable physical activity. Exercise can be a terrific tension reliever and also helps keep your muscles toned and in shape. Be sure to get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation itself is a source of stress so keep to a regular sleep routine. Try to maintain a positive attitude and look for the benefits of every situation. Remember that economic cycles are down but history shows that they come back up again. Take some time out just for you. What you do doesn’t matter; it doesn’t even have to cost money. For example, lock the bathroom door, turn off the phone, and take a long bubble bath. A little pampering goes a long way towards positive mental health. Make sure you have a trusted person you

can talk to when times get tough. Sometimes just talking to your spouse or partner, or good friend helps to work out the kinks in the situation. A fresh view or approach can help you see things more clearly.

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Lesser Known Voices Of 2009 by Jason Goldtrap (Guest Writer)

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s 2009 exits amid parades and parties, it’s worth noting the passing of unheralded heroes of American culture. Tay Nance, 94, was the last of the Bedford Boys who stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day. Robert Prince, 89, planned the raid which liberated 512 allied prisoners from a Japanese prison camp in Cabanatuan, Philippines. John Brown, Jr., was a WWII Navajo Code Talker. Herbert York 87, helped develop the A-bomb. Medal of Honor winner James Elms Swett, 88, became an ace on his first WWII mission over the Russell Islands. Henry T. King, 89, was a Nuremburg prosecutor. Medal of Honor recipient George Wahlen, 84, didn’t let a serious wound prevent his attending to comrades on Iwo Jima. Ralph Gibson, 84, was a fighter ace in Korea and Vietnam. Thanks to Col. Robert Tredway, 73, helicopters play combat roles. Hugh Van Es, 67, photographed people struggling to climb a ladder to a helicopter in 1975 Saigon evacuation. Rear Admiral Wayne E. Miller, 83, was the father of the Aegis Combat System. POWs and MIAs were remembered via a flag designed by Newt Heisley, 88. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynard Skynard featured distinctive piano styling of Billy Powell, 56. Bob Bogles, 75, played guitar on The Theme To Hawaii-Five 0. Larry Knechtel, 69, played stirring piano background for Bridge Over Troubled Water. Vern Gosdin, 74, sang bar-room ballads. Kenny Rankin, 69, crooned smooth jazz. Blossom Dearie, 82, said “Unpack Your Adjectives.” Jimmy Boyd, 70, Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. “Please help me I'm Falling” was the plea of Hank Locklin, 90. Harve Presnell’s stirring baritone, 75, declared, They Call The Wind Maria in Paint Your Wagon. Gordon Waller, 64, didn’t want to stay in A World Without Love. As The Flamingoes serene tenor, Johnny Carter, sang I Only Have Eyes For You. Al Martino, 82, starred in The Godfather and sang its theme Speak Softly Love. Lawrence Of Arabia and Ghost included compositions by Maurice Jarre, 84. Art Ferrante, 88, was a dual-treat pianist. Ellie Greenwich, 68, co-wrote Do Wah Diddy Diddy. Otha Young, 66, penned The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known) Is Loving You. Jack Lawrence, 96, added English lyrics for the French song La Mer giving us Beyond The Sea. Robert Degen, 104, put his ‘right hand out’ and co-wrote The Hokey Pokey in 1944. Several Americans splashed color on our landscape. Andrew Wyeth, 91, painted enigmatic Christina’s World. Alfred Shaheen, 86, invented the Hawaiian shirt. Steel surrealist sculptures of Ernest Tova, 82, defy gravity. Julius Shulman, 98, photographed Los Angeles architecture. Tom Wilkes, 69, designed rock album covers. Heinz Edelmann, 75, created the vivid world of Yellow Submarine. Don Ivan Punchatz, 73, designed the first Star Wars poster. Socks, 19, was President Bill Clinton’s cat. Gidget, 15, earned mucho dinero with "Yo quero Taco Bell."

Millvenia Dean, 97, was the last Titanic survivor. Beekeeper Waldo McBurney, 106, was America’s oldest worker. Dr. David C. Sabiston, Jr., 84, pioneered the coronary bypass. Dr. William T. Close, 84, helped stop Ebola in the Congo. Dr. Willem Kolff, 97, helped develop the artificial kidney and artificial heart. Thomas Dao, 88, advocated minimalist alternatives to standard radical mastectomy. Barnett Rosenberg, 82, discovered the anti-cancer drug Cisplatin. Dr. A. Stone Freedberg, 101, identified the bacteria which causes ulcers. Leslie Geddes, 88, mapped optimum body sites for defibrillation.

Happy Talk …by George & Peggy Goldtrap Christopher Hipp, 47, made computers run faster while reducing size. Alan G. Davenport, 76, invented shock absorbers for skyscrapers. Deaf citizens thank James Marsters, 85, for TTY. George W. Adams, 64, restored and enhanced art in Washington DC. Venetia Phair, 90, named the planet Pluto. The legislation of Eilene Galloway, 102, got NASA off the ground. Konrad Dannenberg, 96, reworked German rockets into American spaceships. Thomas O’Malley, 94, pressed a button to launch John Glenn on his first space mission. John Hope Franklin, 94 penned From Slavery To Freedom. J.G. Ballard, 78, wrote Empire Of The Sun. Cheryl Holdridge, 64, was an original Mouseketeer. Clarence Swenson, 91, was one of the last Munchkins. Wayne Allwine, 62, was the voice of Mickey Mouse. Joan Alexander, 94, was radio’s Lois Lane in the 40s. Ken Roberts, 99, introduced radio soap operas. Harry Endo, 87, was Che Fong on Hawaii-Five O. James Whitmore, 87, actor, sold MiracleGro plant food. Budd Schulberg, 95, wrote the screenplay On The Waterfront. Cornelia Wallace, 69, was George’s second wife. Betty Jameson, 89, founded the LPGA. T-Ball is part of growing up thanks to Jerome Sacharski, 93. Glenn Sundby, 87, co-founded USA Gymnastics. Jacques Littlefield, 59, had America’s largest collection of privately owned tanks. Harry Hillaker, 89, designed the F-16 fighter jet. Ruth Parklander, 85, produced Gumby but she was most proud of Davy And Goliath. Dallas McKennon, 89, was Gumby’s voice. Alan W. Livingston, 91, created Bozo the Clown. Millard Kaufman, 86, wrote The Ragtime Bear, the first Mr. Magoo cartoon. Most of these people, while lacking name recognition, greatly impacted our daily lives. Why not create your own list of culture changers? It should be fun. Wishing you Peace, Prosperity, Health, and Happiness! ST

George and Peggy Goldtrap are both actors, speakers, and writers living in Ormond By The Sea. Contact them at 800-594-7554. George’s books and tapes are available at www.Goldtrap.com


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on’t misss the Aberdeen Revue! This is a lip sync variety show. The cast are all senior citizens and live in the 55 gated community of Aberdeen at Ormond Beach. This will be their 6th fun, entertaining annual show. There is music, dance, and fun that will be sure to please everyone’s taste. Each of the past five shows have been sold out. Songs of yesteryear and from Broadway shows such as The King & I, and Mamma Mia will be performed as well as music to take you down memory lane that was made popular by Kenny Rogers, Neil Diamond, Connie Francis, Rosemary Clooney, and many more. Proceeds from these performances will be donated to the Performing Arts Center.

For more information on the shows, please call 386-676-3375. Tickets for the shows are $15 and there are two matinee performances: Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21. Both perfor-

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eautiful weather helped more than 200 people from community get into the joyful Christmas spirit and gather for the annual Light of Love ceremony on Tuesday, December 1 at Florida Hospital Flagler. The Light of Love program, sponsored by the Volunteer Auxiliary of Florida Hospital Flagler, began in 1989 and has become a holiday tradition. Recognizing that the holiday season is a special time— a time to remember and honor our friends and loved ones—the Volunteer Auxiliary of Florida Hospital Flagler offers the community this event to share love and friendship. For a small donation, a light is placed on the Auxiliary’s “Light Of Love” tree in honor or memory of the individual of your choice. The tree is

located at Florida Hospital Flagler, where all may enjoy its beauty and significance. A menorah is also on display for those of the Jewish faith. The Buddy Taylor Middle School chorus sang under the direction of Ann Paris. In their bright red shirts, the students sang several exuberant Christmas songs. The entire crowd followed the young carolers with a rendition of Let There

Be Peace On Earth and the large Christmas tree was lighted outdoors under the stars. ST

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virus that in nature infects only rabbits could become a cancerfighting tool for humans. The Myxoma virus kills cancerous, blood-precursor cells in human bone marrow while sparing normal blood stem cells, a multidisciplinary team at the University of Florida College of Medicine has found. The findings are now online and will appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Leukemia. The discovery could help make more cancer patients eligible for bone marrow self-transplant therapy and reduce disease relapse rates after transplantation. “This is a new strategy to remove cancer cells before the transplant,” said virologist Grant McFadden, Ph.D., senior author of the paper and a member of the UF Genetics Institute. “This is the first time anyone has shown in a living animal that a virus can distinguish normal bone marrow stem cells from cancerous stem cells.” The major therapeutic applications will likely be for blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and bone marrow cancers, the researchers say. In mouse studies, myxoma virus was used to purge cancerous cells from leukemia patient bone marrow samples before they were infused into the test animals. The technique was effective against an aggressive form of leukemia that is resistant to conventional chemotherapy. Microorganisms have been used to fight cancer before. More than 100 years ago,

physicians treating patients who had bone and head and neck cancers used mixtures of bacteria to jumpstart the immune system, which also happened to attack the cancer. While the approach helped some people it sometimes also caused harm.

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“New Year’s Eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.” —Hamilton Wright Mabie “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” —Bill Vaughan (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Q: As a new transplant to the Northeast, I’m a bit worried about dealing with cold weather emergencies this winter. Are there any must-do’s that I need to address in my home? — Fay in Brattleboro, Vermont A: You’re asking at a really good time, just before winter rolls into the northern part of the United States. So you can tackle some of these coldweather tips right away. Outside your home, mulch well around shrubs and small trees to protect them from freezing temperatures. Clear any clutter from walkways and driveways so that no one trips over things buried in the snow and so that shoveling snow away is easier. Clean leaves and debris from the gutters around the roof so that they aren’t damaged by ice dams. Inside your home, the furnace is of prime importance during the cold season. Schedule a maintenance checkup of the entire system if you haven’t done

so yet, and have repairs made sooner rather than later. Throughout the winter, change the furnace filter every month— it’s an easy home-maintenance task that will keep the air inside healthy and the furnace working efficiently. Assemble a winter emergency kit and keep it easily accessible—either in the garage or a storage area of the house. The kit should contain an emergency blanket for each member of the house (reflective emergency blankets are available at camping stores), as well as a first-aid kit, flashlights, a radio, and extra batteries. Finally, and most important, make sure that you have both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in place throughout the house. If either goes off, get the entire family outside right away and then call emergency services. ST Send questions or home-repair tips to homeguru2000@hotmail.com or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

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veryone is prone to tripping and hard falls, regardless of age. However, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, people age 65 and older are victims of the most falls, typically while at home doing everyday activities. It concerns me that eight out of 10 of those killed by falls are over 65, and the leading cause of injury and hospital admission for older adults are falls. There are no guaranteed methods of preventing all accidental tumbles, but there are many ways to reduce the statistics I just talked about. There are a lot of factors to consider when fallproofing a home such as: the structure of the home, the person’s disability and physical traits, and the way the living space is used. When making modifications, make sure they’re done properly. For example, a common mistake made is installing grab-bars without proper structural support. Here are some things you can do to guard against falls around the home: General areas: • Vary the colors and textures on floors to help accentuate height differences and level changes. • Minimize dramatic changes from one walking surface to the next. • Use slip-resistant coverings such as rough tile and carpet with short, dense pile. • Make sure there is sufficient lighting throughout the home. • Relocate light switches so that the homeowner doesn’t have to walk through darkened areas unnecessarily. • Remove any glass tables or furniture with sharp, unprotected edges. Instead, use sturdy wood tables with rounded corners. • Arrange furniture to provide open pathways. • Keep electrical and telephone cords out of walkways.

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• Use a handrail that allows people to encircle their thumb and fingers around it, and allow hand clearance between the handrail and the wall. • Use a different color contrast to mark the first and last step. • Limit stair rise to seven inches; make tread—the flat surface stepped on —at least 11 inches. Bathroom: • Use bathroom rugs with nonskid backing to prevent slipping. • Install grab-bars by toilets and in the shower and tub. • Vary the colors in the bathroom. Having a white tub, white toilet, and white walls is a big safety hazard. Use bright decals or red tape to mark where the edges are. • Make sure shower stalls have code standard shatterproof glass. With a conscious effort, you can make your home an environment safe from most falls and help reduce the statistics concerning injuries and deaths from falls. ST

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turn this will lead to a vicious circle of even more muscle guarding, tightness and pain, and eventually to chronic degeneration of the tendon causing small tears and ruptures.

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The eastern portion of Madagascar is rainforest. At the farthest edge lies the volcanic region. The coral-like rocks formed where the waters receded. Parts of it look like Hell because of coral and granite andalusite. The high plains are dry, flat, and windy. Of the eighteen million inhabitants in Madagascar, eighty percent are farmers. They grow green peppers, coffee, vanilla, and amitine from flowering trees to make the perfumes. Influenced by the French and Italian settlers, sixty percent of the settlers are Catholics and fifteen percent are Muslims. People here are primitive but not poor, although some of our fellow travelers thought they were. I feel where there is a family structure, the fact that they live in twig and banana leaf houses doesn’t make them poor. It’s a warm, dry climate with lots of light. Their children go to school across the street. Their lives are livable and hopeful; this is not poverty. What would we say of Adam and Eve these days? The children came out of their school to sing us a welcome, and wave us along. They returned to the tiny schoolyard to say goodbye as we were leaving. ST Julie has published five novels: The Kingmaker; American Castles; Tahitian Destiny; The World, The Flesh And The Devil; and Mortal Coil (from http://www.champagne books.com). E-mail Julie at snorkelJul@aol. com or visit www.books-jepainter.com

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