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1. Which did legendary Dodgers manager Walter Alston win more of in his 23-year career: N.L. pennants or All-Star Games? 2. Name the two players who hold the N.L. mark for most home runs by a third baseman for a season. 3. Between 2000 and 2009, how many times did Boise State’s football team win at least 10 games in a season? 4. In what year did David Stern become commissioner of the NBA, and who was his predecessor? 5. Who held the Vancouver Canucks record for most points in a season before Henrik Sedin broke it with 112 points in the 2009-10 season? 6. When was the last time before 2010 (Amy Williams in the skelton) that Great Britain won an individual gold medal at the Winter Olympics? 7. Entering 2010, who was the only golfer to beat Tiger Woods in a PGA Tour playoff?

CARTOONS (continued): • “Oh curses, foiled again!” was the line regularly delivered by arch villain Snidely Whiplash on “The Dudley Do-right Show.” Canadian Mountie Do-right spent his time riding his horse backwards across the countryside, rescuing the fair damsel in distress Nell Fenwick, whom Snidely frequently lashed to the railroad tracks. • Before he was Elmer Fudd, he was known as Egghead, and was created by Tex Avery with an egg-shaped head on a pudgy body with a bulbous nose. After a little re-designing, Elmer as we know him made his debut opposite Bugs Bunny in the 1940 cartoon feature “A Wild Hare.” •Can you name your favorite Loony Tunes character associated with these catchphrases? The first one is easy: “Be vewy, vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits,” belonged to big game hunter Elmer Fudd. Bugs Bunny frequently asked Fudd, “What’s up, Doc?” How about “You’re desthpicable!” That belonged to a lisping Daffy Duck, while “Sufferin’ succotash!” was the trademark of Sylvester the Cat, created in 1945. Sylvester was continually in pursuit of Tweety Bird, who, “tawt he taw a putty tat,” and Porky Pig wrapped things up with, “Th-th-that’s all, folks!” • When we hear the name Tweety, an innocent, wide-eyed yellow canary comes to mind. But that’s not the way he was first created. In his initial stages, he was pink and named Orson, and was a bad-tempered bird that harassed putty tats. Bob Clampett, the cartoonist who transformed Orson into Tweety in 1942, based his creation on his own unbecoming baby pictures. Clampett was also the creator of Beany and his sea serpent pal Cecil, and contributed to the design of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck.

• On Aug. 3, 1861, the last entry of the serialized novel “Great Expectations” is published. The book had been serialized in Dickens’ literary circular, All the Year Round. The novel tells the story of young Pip, a poor orphan who comes to believe he will inherit a fortune. • On Aug. 6, 1911, Lucille Desiree Ball, one of America’s most famous redheads and beloved comic actresses, is born near Jamestown, N.Y. Ball starred with husband Ricky Ricardo in television’s “I Love Lucy” from 1951 to 1957. • On Aug. 4, 1936, American Jesse Owens wins gold in the long jump at the Summer Olympics in Berlin. It was the second of four gold medals Owens won in Berlin, as he firmly dispelled German leader Adolf Hitler’s notion of the superiority of an Aryan “master race.” • On Aug. 5, 1957, Philadelphia-based “American Bandstand” goes national as the show is beamed to 67 ABC affiliates across the nation. The show included the famous segment in which teenage studio guests rated the newest records on a scale from 25 to 98 and offered such criticisms as “It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.” • On Aug. 7, 1964, the United States Congress overwhelming approves the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving President Lyndon Johnson nearly unlimited powers to oppose “communist aggression” in Southeast Asia. The Johnson administration went on to use the resolution as a pretext to begin heavy bombing of North Vietnam in early 1965 and to introduce U.S. combat troops in March 1965. • On Aug. 8, 1974, in an evening televised address, President Richard Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. Impeachment proceedings were under way for his involvement in the Watergate affair. • On Aug. 2, 1990, Iraqi forces invade Kuwait, Iraq’s tiny, oil-rich neighbor. Kuwait’s defense forces were rapidly overwhelmed, and those that were not destroyed retreated to Saudi Arabia. On Aug. 9, Operation Desert Shield, the American defense of Saudi Arabia, began as U.S. forces raced to the Persian Gulf.

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421 Marshall Drive St. Robert, MO 1005 Kingshighway Rolla, MO CARTOONS (continued): • Daffy Duck is actually older than Bugs Bunny. Daffy was first seen in the 1937 cartoon feature “Porky’s Duck Hunt,” while Bugs didn’t come along until 1938’s “Porky’s Hare Hunt.” Bugs didn’t say, “What’s up, Doc?” until the 1940 feature “A Wild Hare.” • A smelly little skunk loved Paris in the springtime and continually sought a love of his own. Pepe LePew was introduced in 1945, but with a different name, “Stinky.” In later features, Pepe spent his time pursuing what he thought was a female skunk, but in actuality was a black cat who had squeezed under a freshly-painted fence, resulting in a white stripe down her back. Pepe was the star of “For Scent-imental Reasons,” winner of the Academy Award in 1959 for Best Short Subject Cartoons. • Jonny Quest hit the small screen in 1964, starring the 11-year-old title character, his U.S. government scientist father, Dr. Benton Quest, their bodyguard and pilot Race Bannon, adopted Indian son Hadji, and the bulldog, Bandit. It differed from other Saturday morning fare in that it was a serious program, full of danger and espionage. Dr. Quest adopted Hadji shortly after the boy saved his life by thwarting an assassination attempt on the good doctor’s life. Originally, the family pet was intended to be a monkey, but the producers settled on the mischievous bulldog before production began. • Jim Backus gained fame for his role as eccentric millionaire Thurston Howell III on the 1960s sitcom “Gilligan’s Island,” but in the cartoon world, he was the voice behind the myopic Mr. Magoo, a character created in 1949, whose nearsightedness got him into all sorts of troubles. Don Adams, star of another 1960s sitcom, “Get Smart,” voiced cartoon penguin Tennessee Tuxedo as well. Tennessee lived at the Megapolis Zoo, along with his best friend Chumley the Walrus.

1. Is the Book of Nahum in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. In Acts 7, who recounts the story of Abraham along with the captivity and freedom of the children of Israel? Paul, Peter, Stephen, Andrew 3. Who went to sleep and fell out the window while Paul preached? Esua, Enid, Eutychus, Eucyrus 4. From II Corinthians 3:17, “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is ...”? Hope, Liberty, Love, Peace 5. In what Macedonian city were Paul and Silas imprisoned? Philipi, Neapolis, Jericho, Jerusalem 6. To whom was Priscilla married? Atilla, Aquila, Andrew, Alpheus

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Summer Reading By Samantha Mazzotta

The Dog Days are here. It’s hot, Independence Day is well past, and Labor Day is a long way off. Here are a few books that can alleviate the summer doldrums:

“Head to Tail Wellness: Western Veterinary Medicine Meets Eastern Wisdom” by Stacy Fuchino, V.M.D. Alternative medicine has gotten sidewise looks in the past from vets and owners alike. It’s fine to go to an acupuncturist yourself, but what good does it do for a dog or cat? Dr. Stacy Fuchino, who has augmented his degree in veterinary medicine with studies in Eastern medicine and Feng Shui, argues that it does a world of good. He presents case studies from his own practice of pets with chronic illnesses that improved following treatment with a combination of Western medical treatment and Eastern practices. “Cat-echisms: Fundamentals of Feline Faith” by Ellis Weiner & Barbara Davilman

To Your Good Health By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Don’t Let Bladder Rule Your Life DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I, like the letter-writer P.G., had to run to the bathroom constantly in order not to have an accident. I wanted to see my grandson graduate from college, so I consulted a urologist. He sent me to a place where treatments with an electrical probe were given. I went for six weeks and also did Kegel exercises. The quality of my life changed for the better, and now I square dance and do aerobics. Incontinence is no longer a problem. -- E.M. ANSWER: Electrical stimulation of the pelvic muscles has successfully allowed many women to regain bladder control. It doesn’t work for all, however. The stimulation strengthens muscles that keep the bladder closed, and controls overactive bladder wall muscles that contract forcefully and frequently. Another technique is a device that delivers electric current to spinal nerves in the lower back. If those nerves respond to the current and keep the bladder closed, then a small unit is implanted under the skin for a permanent solution to this problem. One such device is called the InterStim. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have an EKG done every year. I also have worn a monitor that records heart activity for three days. Everything is fine.

This is a fine example of the pet-persona genre, which many cat lovers probably will find endearing. “Catechisms,” as the title suggests, bases its style on the Catholic method of outlining fundamental beliefs and principles through a question-and-answer series. This is a small book, short enough to read in one sitting or just to leave on your coffee table. “Stay” by Allie Larkin Finally, a bit of fiction to chew on. “Stay” takes a furladen twist when our heroine, Savannah, impulsively buys a puppy off the Internet. (I won’t go into all the reasons why Internet pet sales are wrong, but the author does take pains to point out many of them.) If you’ve ever owned a big dog, you’ll immediately identify with Joe and Savannah’s first day together. The slobbery wake-up call. The harrying first walk with an excited canine. The big pile of poo on the carpet. Yes, it’s not your typical romance novel. But it’s definitely worth a read. When I fall asleep most nights, I wake after about 10 minutes with a rapid heartbeat, and sometimes it takes quite a time before it settles down and I can get back to sleep. I rarely have such a rapid beat at any other time of the day. Do you know what causes this, or what it might be? I am 57. -- S.B. ANSWER: If I had to make a guess, it would be paroxysmal atrial tachycardia, a sudden heart speedup for no reason. It’s usually not a serious condition, and it doesn’t indicate heart disease. If the rate is really fast or if the episode lasts for a prolonged period, then treatment would be needed. No one can be sure unless the rhythm comes on when a doctor is present or when you are hooked up to an EKG machine. That monitor you wore for three days can be left on for longer stretches of time. Or you could have someone take you to the emergency department of a hospital if you can reach it somewhat quickly. You can’t obtain a diagnosis without such information. The booklet on heartbeat disorders discusses their more common forms. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 107W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. 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. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My wife, 76, has degenerative arthritis of the spine. Can you tell me if this condition will progress to total disability? -- J.D. ANSWER: Degenerative arthritis is another name for osteoarthritis, the most common kind of arthritis. Almost every 70-year-old has a touch of it. It can be in the back, knee, hip, hand, fingers and ankle, or any of these locations. The rate of progression is unpredictable. A good many can continue to do most of the activities of life with minimum disruption.

• Singer/songwriter Ross Bagdasarian came up with an innovative idea in 1958 while experimenting with speeds on a record player. He used his own voice recorded at half speed and played back at normal speed to create the Chipmunks: Simon, Theodore and Alvin. Bagdasarian took on the stage name of David Seville, named for the city in Spain where he had been stationed during World War II. His blockbuster hit “The Chipmunk Song” (“Christmas, Don’t Be Late”) sold 4.5 million records in seven weeks and paved the way for the CBS program, “The Alvin Show,” which premiered in 1961. The success of the Chipmunks continues to this day, carried on by Bagdasarian’s son, Ross Jr. • It’s TV Guide’s opinion that Sponge Bob Squarepants is the ninth greatest cartoon character of all time. Created by marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, a teacher at the Orange County Ocean Institute, this bright yellow sea sponge lives in a two-bedroom pineapple in the community of Bikini Bottom. He shares his abode with his pet snail, Gary, (who meows like a cat), and enjoys working at the Krusty Krab. His best friend is a pink starfish named Patrick Star who lives under a nearby rock. The series premiered in 1999 and continues as one of viewers’ favorites. • You may not recognize the name of Dan Castellaneta, but you’ve probably heard his voice. He speaks the words of Homer Simpson, Krusty the Clown, Barney Gumble and others on the long-running series “The Simpsons.” Premiering in 1989, it is now the longestrunning prime-time entertainment series and has won 25 Emmy Awards.


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How many times has a catchy little theme song gotten stuck in your head? Here’s a stroll down memory lane, remembering some of those cartoon jingles that we loved to hum. • Many of us know that Spiderman “does whatever a spider can.” But what comes after “spins a web, any size”? It’s “catches thieves just like flies!” His superhuman strength is explained in verse two of the theme song. “Listen, Bud. He’s got radioactive blood.” • The little blue Smurfs administered good advice when they sang to their viewers, “Next time you’re feeling blue, just let a smile begin, happy things will come to you.” • If you didn’t know all the names of the Jetson family, they were given to you in the theme song, “Meet George Jetson, Jane his wife, daughter Judy, his boy Elroy.” • A bear of very little brain lived deep in the Hundred-Acre Wood. This “tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff” was, of course, Winnie the Pooh, that “willy nilly silly old bear.” • He was “one tough Gazookus which hates all Palookas.” He “biffed ‘em and buffed ‘em and always out-roughed ‘em.” Who sang these words during the opening of his program? Popeye, of course! • There were no words to sing along to for “Jonny Quest.” A 20-member jazz band, heavy on the drums, provided the music for this cartoon. • When do you need to “step aside or you might end up in a heap”? That would be “when you’re on a highway and the Roadrunner goes ‘Beep! Beep!’”

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• At weddings here in the United States, it is common for the bride to toss her bouquet to determine who will be the next to be married. At weddings in Finland the custom is a bit different, though the outcome is the same: There, the bride traditionally wears a golden crown, and at the reception she is blindfolded and spun around. Then all the single girls in attendance dance around her while the bride, still blindfolded, tries to place the crown on one of them. It’s believed that the lucky girl who ends up wearing the crown will be the next to wed. • It takes about 2.5 pounds of grapes to make a single bottle of wine. • Ever wonder where the phrase “cool as a cucumber” came from? It’s actually an established fact that the interior of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the ambient air temperature surrounding it. *** Thought for the Day: “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.” -- Albert Einstein

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To announce a local non-profit event for FREE in Tidbits please email: August 4, 12:30 - 1:30pm Preschool Story Time at the Bruce C. Clarke Library, Ft. Leonard Wood for children ages 2 - 6 years August 7, 8am - 12pm Pulaski County Farmers Market August 7, 11am - 3pm Back 2 School Bash at the First Assembly of God church, 919 Hwy Z, St. Robert August 11, 12:30 - 1:30pm Preschool Story Time at the Bruce C. Clarke Library, Ft. Leonard Wood for children ages 2 - 6 years August 12, 10am - 2pm 6th Annual Operation Workforce Job Fair at the St. Robert Community Center. August 14, 11am-5pm 3rd Annual Family Carnival at the Pulaski Community Center, 21384 N. Hwy Y in Saint Robert.

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• Weatherproofing in the winter makes good sense -nobody likes the feel of a chilly draft. But weatherproofing is just as important during the summer if you use air conditioning. You might not feel that cold air leaking outside, but your power bill sure does. • Whip your butter to stretch it out. Soften sticks to room temperature and whip it to twice its volume using an electric mixer. Store in a large, sealable plastic container. • “The secret to extra-light pancakes and waffle batter is carbonated water. Use club soda in place of regular water and you’ll see a big difference.” -- M.F. in Tennessee • “To use the last bits of shampoo and conditioner in my bottles, I add a little water and shake them. I also cut open the bottle of lotion when it has a pump top. There’s always so much left when the bottle won’t pump any more out.” -- A.R. in Oregon • “If you have paintbrushes that have hard paint on them, try soaking them in full-strength vinegar. Check to see if paint has softened, and comb out with a wire brush.” -- C.F. in New York • Mix liquid dish detergent (or cheap shampoo) with baking soda and a bit of water to thin it out. Use this mixture to scrub the walls in your bathtub or shower.

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• “He always says ‘Hello’ and he’s really glad to meetcha. The children all love him so.” Who is he? He’s Casper the Friendly Ghost, created in the late 1930s and hitting the screen in 1950. •He was “strong as he can be.” But he frequently forgot to “watch out for that tree.” He was George of the Jungle, a not-so-bright, loincloth-clad parody of Tarzan. The program aired for only 17 episodes in 1967. • Words spoken over the final movement of Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” provided the opening for the “Lone Ranger” series. The animated version of the 1930s radio program aired from 1966 to 1968. “HiYo, Silver! Away!” was the cry of this “daring and resourceful masked rider of the Plains” who “led the fight for law and order in the early West” along with his fearless Indian friend Tonto. • The “world’s most fearsome fighting team” were “really hip” according to the theme song. These green “heroes in a half-shell” were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael, named after four Renaissance artists. They started battling crime from their home in the storm sewers of New York City in 1987. • How did that modern Stone Age family, the Flintstones, ride with the family down the street? It was “through the courtesy of Fred’s two feet!” • Josie and the Pussycats had “no time for purrs and pats” as they donned their “long tails and ears for hats.” This all-girl pop music group toured the word in their leopard-print leotards, encountering all sorts of adventures with miscellaneous villains. Each episode featured a Pussycats song played during the girls’ various chase scenes.

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A: Small tears in asphalt shingles can be patched up pretty quickly using roofing cement. Brush any debris out of the torn or bent area and apply a good amount of cement, then tack down. A shingle with a torn-off corner can be patched by cutting a similar-sized piece from a spare shingle and applying roofing cement both to the underside and along the tear. However, this won’t last very long, so the entire shingle should be replaced within a few months -- or you can replace it right away. Note: Always secure yourself with a rope or harness, and never work without a helper. To replace shingles, you’ll need -- in addition to new shingles -- a flat pry bar, a hammer, roofing cement, 7/8-inch or 1-inch roofing nails, and a utility knife. Carefully slide out damaged shingles, beginning with the topmost shingle. Pull out old nails in the repair area, then inspect the exposed building paper for damage. Patch small tears with roofing cement. Working from the bottom of the repair area upward, install the new shingles. These should overlap and stagger the row of shingles below. Nail in roofing nails at the tab slots. The uppermost shingle won’t initially be nailed in, since you need to slip it underneath existing shingles. Instead, flip it over, apply roofing cement to the underside (the part that will slip underneath the shingles above) and gently slide into place. Give the cement a minute to set, then have your helper gently lift the edges of the shingles above while you nail in roofing nails. While you’re up there, it’s a good time to inspect the rest of the roof and make spot repairs, using roofing cement, to common trouble spots like the flashing around the chimney or roof joints.

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Senior Corps

More than 63.4 million Americans volunteered in their communities last year, according to the newly released Volunteering in America 2010 report. That equates to 8.1 billion hours of service. When it came to seniors, we weren’t slackers. More than 9 million of us age 65 and older contributed 1.6 billion hours. That’s more than 23 percent of us. The top four categories for our efforts were collection/distribution of food, fundraising, professional/management and general labor. All this work must have come to someone’s attention, because the Senior Corp program has been awarded grants totaling more than $1.2 million. It hopes to train 4,000 more volunteers for some specific projects: mentoring children, independent-living support for other seniors, energy efficiency and more.

There are three Senior Corps programs: --RSVP covers a lot of ground. Volunteers work to help teen parents, build houses, tutor children, plant gardens, assist new business owners, help in natural disasters and much more. Volunteers get training and supplemental insurance while they work. --Foster Grandparents help teenagers and young mothers care for premature infants and children with disabilities, and tutor children in reading. Volunteers might work at school or youth centers, and some are eligible for an hourly stipend that is tax-free. --Senior Companions help other seniors -including frail adults or those with disabilities or terminal illnesses -- live independently, which allows them to remain in their own homes. Some volunteers run errands or give the caregiver a short respite. Volunteers receive training, a small stipend and supplemental insurance. Want to know more? Check Senior Corps online at Use the search box on the right to find opportunities that interest you. Or call 1-800-424-8867 for more information.


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When a veteran is buried in a national or state veterans cemetery, the grave has a government-issued marble or granite headstone or a marker. But the graves of veterans who are buried in private cemeteries without the government headstone often don’t indicate that the deceased was a veteran. This easily can be rectified now. The Department of Veterans Affairs has bronze medallions that can be affixed to privately purchased headstones or markers of those veterans. Eligibility is for veterans who died on or after Nov. 1, 1990, are buried in a private cemetery and who did not receive a government-issued headstone or marker. The bronze medallions come in three sizes: 5 inches, 3 inches and 1-1/2 inches in width and include a kit (hardware, adhesive) used to attach the medallion to an existing headstone or grave marker. It is also suitable for a mausoleum or columbarium niche cover. Each includes the word VETERAN and the branch of service. There’s no specific application yet (one is being created), so for now use VA Form 40-1330 Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker. (Leave block 11 blank. Use block 27 to describe the medallion being requested, for example “Medallion 3 inch”). Only next of kin can apply, but the next of kin list goes by lineage: surviving spouse, children by age, parents (biological, adoptive, step, foster), brothers/sisters (half, step), grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts and others down the family tree. Additionally, a person authorized in writing by the next of kin or a personal representative authorized in writing by the decedent also can order the marker. For more instructions on getting a medallion, go to or call Memorial Programs Service 1-800-697-6947.

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