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You’ll recognize most of these folks, but what do they all have in common? They were all born during the month of March! • In his younger years, we knew him as Opie Taylor and Richie Cunningham, but today he’s a famous film director and producer, having brought us such memorable films as “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind” and “The Da Vinci Code.” Ron Howard appeared in his first movie at the age of 18 months, the 1956 film “Frontier Woman.” He portrayed Opie Taylor living in Mayberry from 1960 to 1968, and starred in “Happy Days” from 1974 to 1980. Howard was actually a sixth cousin to his “Andy Griffith” co-star Don “Barney Fife” Knotts. Howard has been married to his high school sweetheart since 1975.

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• March 2 seems to be a popular day for the birth of musicians. In 1950, mellow crooner and drummer Karen Carpenter of the popular 1970s duo The Carpenters was born in Connecticut. On the same day five years later, Jay Osmond of Osmond Brothers fame was born, and the next year, John Cowsill of the 1960s pop group The Cowsills made his appearance. Jon Bon Jovi and English musician Chris Martin of Coldplay share that March 2 birth date as well. turn the page for more!

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Tidbits® of Pulaski County MARCH BABIES (continued):

• The 7-foot, 1-inch (2.16-m) tall, 325-pound (147kg) basketball star Shaquille O’Neal turns 39 this month. O’Neal traverses the court wearing a size 23 shoe. He was drafted out of Louisiana State University as the first overall pick in NBA’s 1992 draft by the Orlando Magic. His 18-year career has moved him from the Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers, on to the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and in 2010, to the Boston Celtics. He’s racked up three All-Star Game MVP awards, three Finals MVP’s, and was selected for the All-NBA team 14 times. During his hot 2000 season, he was the NBA MVP, All-Star Game MBP and Finals MVP, one of only three players to accomplish this feat in the same year. O’Neal is fifth in all-time points scored. Off the court, he has released four rap albums and starred in two of his own reality shows. • The first British royal baby to have a public christening was Princess Eugenie of York, the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, former Duchess. Eugenie, born in March of 1990, is sixth in the line of succession to the throne. • The Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon has been hosted every year since 1966 by comedian Jerry Lewis. Born Jerome Levitch, Lewis got his start in 1946 when he paired up with Dean Martin, and the two began a series of comedy films. In the late 1960s, Lewis taught a film directing class at the University of Southern California, teaching students that included a young Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. The first MD fundraiser brought in $1,002,114, while 2010’s reached $58,919,838. Since its inception, it has raised over $2.5 billion. • It was a wonderful day in the neighborhood from

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When the Department of Veterans Affairs added three illnesses as presumptives for Agent Orange exposure last year, service in Korea was added to the list of locations for a limited scope of time, 1968 to 1969. That time period has now been expanded to April 1, 1968 through Aug. 31, 1971, and you must have been in a specific unit that the VA and Department of Defense determine did indeed serve near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) where Agent Orange was sprayed.

If that describes your service, and if you have an illness on the list of Agent Orange presumptives, or if you served at that place and time and your child has spina bifida, get your paperwork in. File your claim for health care and compensation as soon as possible. For more information, go to www.publichealth.va.gov and click on Hazardous Exposure, then scroll down to Agent Orange.

For more information on AO in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, the Agent Orange page has a special announcement link near the top of the page.

To look at the final document, go to www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID: VA-2009-VBA-0021 entitled Herbicide Exposure and Veterans with Covered Service in Korea. If you can’t get to a computer, you can call to get help in determining if your service in Korea qualifies: Helpline: 1-800-749-8387 Press 3.

If you want to get started with the free Health Care and Agent Orange Registry Health Exam, call 1-877-2228387 and ask to speak to the Environmental Health Coordinator. You also can get the free exam at your closest VA medical facility.

If you’re looking for your buddies, check www.koreanwar.org, the Korean War Project. Search by service and unit. They also have an Agent Orange section with additional information.


MARCH BABIES (continued): 1968 to 2001 when March baby Fred Rogers hosted the children’s program “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” A typical episode might include a field trip to a local business, a visit with the television audience, a live guest, and a time to feed his fish Fennel and Frieda. The gentle, soft-spoken Fred had a music composition degree, and in fact, composed most of the music used on the Emmywinning program. Rogers was also an ordained Presbyterian minister. Many of his trademark cardigan sweaters were made by his mother. You can view a red cardigan worn by Rogers at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. Interestingly, Rogers never saw his sweater as red, since he was red-green color blind. • Born in March of 1956, Swedish skier Ingemar Stenmark has won more races than any other skier in history. The gold medal winner in slalom and

1. Is the Book of 1 Peter in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. In Matthew 13, what baking item does Jesus compare to the kingdom of Heaven? Eggs, Milk, Salt, Yeast 3. According to Jeremiah, where does one go to find balm? Corinth, Joppa, Derbe, Gilead 4. From Micah 7:19, where does God place forgiven sins? Depths of sea, Heathen hearts, Past the stars, Fiery pits 5. Who tested the will of the Lord with a fleece? Jehu, Gideon, Amos, Ahaziah 6. On which “Mount” did King Saul die? Sinai, Moriah, Pisgah, Gilboa

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1. GEOGRAPHY: The North Sea is a part of what larger body of water? 2. MOVIES: Who directed the movie “Nashville”? 3. COMICS: What was the name of Clark Kent’s boss at “The Daily Planet”? 4. THEATER: How many Pulitzer Prizes did Eugene O’Neill win in his lifetime? 5. BIBLE: What was the name of Abraham’s wife? 6. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What was the name of the apartment building where John Lennon lived before he was murdered? 7. ANATOMY: Where are the adrenal glands located? 8. HISTORY: What revolution did Ernesto “Che” Guevara helped lead? 9. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which U.S. president helped organize the Rough Riders cavalry? 10. BUSINESS: Which company has the nickname “Big Blue”?

Matt Stairs tied a record in 2010 by playing for his 12th majorleague team. Name either of the two pitchers to hold the mark. Hank Aaron was one of three major-leaguers who played for both the Milwaukee Braves and Milwaukee Brewers. Name either of the other two to do it. At the end of the 2010 college football season, how many schools in the Big 12 had won at least one national title in football? Name the last team before the 2006-08 Detroit Pistons to lose in the round before the NBA Finals three years in a row. Who was the last New York Ranger before Derek Stepan in 2010 to begin a season with a hat trick? Who ended Russian Alexander Karelin’s winning streak of 13 years at the 2000 Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling finals? Name the golfer who came from behind in the final round to beat Tiger Woods in the 2009 PGA Championship.


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Excitable Puppy Needs Training By Samantha Mazzotta

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I have a 5-month-old Golden Retriever. I was wondering if you could give me any tips regarding “Saucy” biting and jumping up on people. How can I stop it? -- Crystal, Pensacola, Fla.

increase the difficulty by having another person ring the doorbell and come in. Command her to sit and stay if she stands, lunges at the door or does anything other than sit in the designated spot.

DEAR CRYSTAL: Jumping up and nonaggressive biting (or mouthing) are two of the most common undesirable behaviors among dogs. And because they’re fairly instinctive actions, if you’re not consistent with the way you deal with Saucy’s behavior, the problems can continue indefinitely.

Mouthing, like jumping, is an absolute no-no, and should be treated as such. As Saucy’s owner, each time she tries her biting routine, firmly but calmly say “no” and gently move her muzzle away. Then command her to sit and stay; when she obeys, give her a chew toy.

Fortunately, the solution to jumping and biting lies in basic obedience training, particularly in the sit-stay commands. Saucy should get obedience training at least once daily in addition to her twice-daily walks. (By the way, regular walks will dampen some of that excitability.) To reduce jumping, note where and when Saucy tends to jump up the most. Is it at the door, greeting visitors? Train her in sit-stay next to the entrance, preferably in the same spot each time. When she responds well to “sit” and “stay,”

Now, puppies and even adult dogs tend to lapse a bit with these two behaviors, especially when company is over. If you haven’t got time for a training session, use one of my favorite quick-correction methods: turn your back. For a playful dog, nothing is more disconcerting than someone indicating “I don’t want to play with you.” Use that moment of confusion to turn back around and command sit-stay. If Saucy doesn’t follow instructions or is just too excited and distracted by guests, place her in a quiet room with her bedding and chew toys until your guests have left. 


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We have no medicine that kills this virus. Most of the time, none is needed, since nearly all Coxsackie infections are minor troubles. In cases like your friend’s, medicines to keep the heart beating forcefully usually can tide a person over the dangerous period of heart failure. Your friend’s story is tragic. The booklet on congestive heart failure describes the more common kinds of it, not the kind due to viral infections. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 103W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the reader’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 90 years old. About three years ago I developed foot drop. A neurologist diagnosed the condition. My general health is good, considering my age. This foot drop has become debilitating. Is there anything I can do to take care of it? --M.S. ANSWER: Foot drop isn’t really a diagnosis. It’s an observation of what’s happened to your foot. You cannot raise the front part of your foot off the ground when you take a step. The drooping foot makes it hard to walk. You have to lift the leg very high so the foot clears the ground. Finding out what made the foot drop is going to be your diagnosis. Nerve damage, back problems, stroke, diabetes and muscle illnesses are some of the causes of foot drop, and they are the actual diagnosis. Many times, the problem is nerve malfunction. Quite often, health cannot be restored to the nerve, but things can be done. One of those things is a lightweight brace that keeps the foot from flopping downward when you take a step.

MARCH BABIES (continued): giant slalom at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics began skiing at age five, winning his first national competition at age eight. • The winner of “American Idol’s” fourth season, Carrie Underwood, is an “Okie from Muskogee.” Born there in March of 1983 to a sawmill worker and elementary school teacher, Underwood graduated as salutatorian of her high school class. She went on to graduate magna cum laude from Oklahoma’s Northeastern State University with a degree in mass communications. Prior to her 2004 audition for “Idol,” Underwood had never been on an airplane. She has been on People magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People” list four years in a row. • Two of the actors who have portrayed James Bond were March babies. Welsh actor Timothy Dalton was the secret agent in 1987’s “The Living Daylights” and 1989’s “License to Kill.” When Dalton was just 22 years old, he was approached by Albert Broccoli to replace Sean Connery for the role. Dalton turned him down, feeling he was too young to play Bond. He was actually considered four separate times before finally taking it at age 46. British actor and March baby Daniel Craig is the current Bond, the sixth actor have the part. We’ve seen him in 2006’s “Casino Royale” and 2008’s “Quantum of Solace.” • In the midst of the JFK assassination controversy was the figure Jack Ruby, the killer of Lee Harvey Oswald. As deputies prepared to transfer Oswald from police headquarters to the county jail, Ruby stepped from the crowd and shot the 24 year old in the abdomen during a live television broadcast. A Dallas nightclub owner, Ruby had connections with gangsters, leading to the theory that Ruby was part of a large-scale conspiracy. He denied it, stating that his only motive was to spare Jackie Kennedy the trauma of having to appear at Oswald’s trial. Less than four months after the murder, Ruby was convicted and received the death penalty. His lawyers appealed, arguing that he could not have received a fair trial in the city of Dallas. The appellate court agreed and granted a new trial in a different venue, overturning his conviction and sentence. Two months before the new trial was to begin, Ruby entered Dallas’ Parkland Hospital (the same hospital where both Kennedy and Oswald had been declared dead), suffering from pneumonia. One day later, he was diagnosed with liver, lung and brain cancer, and three weeks later, Ruby was dead. To the very end he maintained that he alone was responsible for Oswald’s death, saying, “There is nothing to hide. There was no one else.”


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The name of Albert Einstein is synonymous with the word “genius,” but it nearly didn’t turn out that way. Follow along as Tidbits examines the life of this famous physicist, philosopher and author, born in March of 1879.

• Experiencing difficulties with language, Albert Einstein didn’t begin to speak until he was nearly four years old. He didn’t read until age nine and was considered slow and even borderline mentally retarded by some of his teachers. The headmaster of his school advised Einstein’s parents to send him to a trade school. There was nothing wrong with his intelligence — the real problem was dyslexia, and when he transferred to a school that stressed “creative thinking and hands-on learning,” Einstein’s academic performance took a giant leap forward. • In 1896, at the age of 17, he renounced his citizenship in the German Kingdom of Wurttemberg to avoid conscription in the military. He enrolled in Switzerland’s Federal Institute of Technology, where he received his diploma in 1901 and acquired Swiss citizenship the same year. When Einstein couldn’t find a teaching position after months of searching, he took a job as an examiner in the Swiss Patent Office evaluating patent applications for electromagnetic devices, a position he held for seven years.

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• During his employ at the Patent Office, Einstein earned his doctorate from the University of Zurich and began publishing papers on the photoelectric effect, relativity, and matter and energy. His earlier papers attempted to prove that atoms exist and were written at a time when physicists did not accept this view.

• The 20th century’s best-known equation was Einstein’s E = mc2, which suggests that small amounts of mass could be converted into large amounts of energy. He was finally being recognized by the academic world and by 1908, at age 29, was considered a leading scientist. A teaching position was finally his at the University of Zurich. • By 1914, Einstein was once again a German citizen and director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics. In 1921, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

• In 1933, as the Nazis rose to power in Germany underAdolf Hitler, Jews were barred from teaching at universities. The Nazis began book burnings, and Einstein’s works were some of the first to go.

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• It was British author and publisher Ernest Benn who made the following observation: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.” • If you live in Michigan, make sure you keep this in mind: If you want to hunt with a slingshot, you’ll need a special license. • If you took all the other planets in our solar system and rolled them into one big ball, that ball would fit inside the gas giant Jupiter. • The next time you’re heading to Chicago, plan a stop in the nearby town of Niles. While there you can visit the Leaning Tower of Niles, a recently renovated half-size replica of the somewhat more famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. The attraction was built in 1934 by industrialist

• Although Billy the Kid was a notorious 19thcentury outlaw, he never robbed a store, a stagecoach, a bank or a train. • A flea can jump 13 inches in a single leap. That may not seem like much, but to achieve a comparable feat, you would have to make a 700-foot jump. • Those who wish to cut federal spending today might want to take note of this historical fact: In 1790, United States senators earned a grand total of $6 per day -- and only when Congress was in session. • The ancient Romans appreciated smooth, hairless skin -- but to get that look they used pumice stones to sand off the hair. Ouch. *** Thought for the Day: “It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.” -- Oscar Wilde


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• On March 3, 1887, Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6-year-old Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing after a severe illness at the age of 19 months. Under Sullivan’s tutelage, Keller flourished, eventually graduating from college and becoming an international lecturer and activist. • On March 6, 1899, the Imperial Patent Office in Berlin registers Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) on behalf of the German pharmaceutical company Friedrich Bayer & Co. The brand name came from “a” for acetyl, “spir” from the spirea plant (a source of salicin) and the suffix “in,” commonly used for medications.

March 12, 6pm - 11pm 7th Annual Ham & Beans Dinner at The Barn March 17 - St. Patricks’ Day March 17, Time TBD 3rd Thursday in downtown Waynesville March 26, 9am Miles 4 Missions 10K & 5K at the Westside Baptist Church in Waynesville March 26, 11am - 4pm Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction at the St. Robert Community Center April 16, 1pm - 3pm St. Robert Easter Egg Hunt

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His name was on a list of assassination targets. He renounced his German citizenship, emigrated to the United States and became the Professor of Theoretical Physics at Princeton University.

• In 1939, as World War II was brewing, Einstein wrote a letter to President Franklin Roosevelt warning him of the possibility that the Nazis might be working on an atomic bomb. It was Einstein’s recommendation that the United States should begin research into the use of uranium, and the top secret “Manhattan Project” was put in place to develop the first nuclear weapons. Although Einstein himself did not work on the bomb project, he later expressed sadness that the bomb was used against civilian populations, saying, “I made one great mistake in my life — when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt, but there was some justification — the danger that the Germans would make them.”

• Einstein made one last citizenship change in his life in 1940, becoming an American citizen. Four months after his death in 1955, chemical element 99 was named Einsteinium. In 1999, he was named “Person of the Century” by Time magazine. TIDBIDTS OF PULASKI COUNTY

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• On March 2, 1904, Theodor Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, is born in Springfield, Mass. Geisel’s first book, “And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street,” was rejected by more than two dozen publishers before making it into print in 1937. • On March 1, 1932, Charles Lindbergh III, the 20-month-old son of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh, is kidnapped from the family’s new mansion in Hopewell, N.J. Days later the baby’s lifeless body was discovered near the Lindbergh home. • On Feb. 28, 1940, Mario Andretti, whose name will become synonymous with American auto racing, is born in Montona, Italy. His long list of achievements includes a Formula One World Championship and wins at the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500 and Pikes Peak Hill Climb. • On March 4, 1966, a John Lennon quotation that was ignored in England sets off a media frenzy in America: “We’re more popular than Jesus now.” Bible Belt disc jockeys declared Lennon’s remarks blasphemous and vowed an eternal ban on all Beatles music, past, present and future. • On March 5, 1977, the Dial-a-President radio program, featuring President Jimmy Carter and CBS news anchorman Walter Cronkite, airs for the first time. Carter answered calls from all over the country from his desk in the Oval Office. Some 9 million calls flooded the CBS radio studio during the two-hour broadcast.

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MARCH EVENTS

March has been a busy month in the history books. Let’s tak a look at some of the events that have occurred over the years.

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• You need to apply during the three months before you turn age 65 if you want Medicare Part B to start when you become 65. • Medicare Part B covers things that Part A doesn’t. Part B covers doctor visits, physical therapy, home care and outpatient hospital care. Part A covers care in a hospital, some home care, and nursing facilities. • Medicare Part A is free. You don’t pay for it as long as you have worked enough quarters for Social Security. If not, you’ll likely have to pay. • Medicare Part B costs $115.40 at this point and will be deducted from your Social Security check each month. • Your initial enrollment period starts three months before your 65th birthday. If you haven’t signed up in time, Part B will be delayed for three months. Then, if you still don’t sign up during open enrollment each year, your monthly premium will go up and stay up forever. Parts A and B are just two pieces of the Medicare puzzle. Familiarize yourself with the rest of it well in advance, including Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) and Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D). Download the Medicare and You 2011 Handbook from the site for reference.

• March 9, 1959, is considered the official birth date of the Barbie doll. That’s the day she made her debut at New York City’s American International Toy Fair. Her inventor, Ruth Handler, named the toy after her own daughter Barbara and pitched the idea to the Mattel Toy Company, which had been founded by her husband and his business partner. Mattel estimates that more than a billion Barbie dolls have been sold around the world.

• Somewhere between 11 and 32 million U.S. gallons of crude oil were spilled into Prince William Sound off Alaska’s coastline in March of 1989 when the Exxon Valdez ran aground. The oil had been removed from the Prudhoe Bay oil field and was bound for Long Beach, California. The slick eventually covered 1,300 miles (2,100 km) of coastline, killing as many as 250,000 seabirds, close to 3,000 sea otters and 22 orca whales, among other creatures and millions of fish. It’s estimated that 22 years after the spill, more than 26,000 U.S. gallons still remain along the shoreline.

• Time magazine’s very first issue hit the stands the first week of March in 1923. Its first cover subject was Joseph Gurney Cannon, an Illinois Congressman who had served as Speaker of the House and was the longest-serving Congressman to date with 48 years of service. The day his picture appeared on the cover was his last day of office.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Whatever decisions you’re faced with this week, rely on your strong Aries instincts, and base them on your honest feelings, not necessarily on what others might expect you to do. TAURUS (April 30 to May 20) Your sensitive Taurean spirit is pained by what you feel is an unwarranted attack by a miffed colleague. But your sensible self should see it as proof that you must be doing something right. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) More fine-tuning might be in order before you can be absolutely certain that you’re on the right track. Someone close to you might offer to help. The weekend favors family get-togethers. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The week continues to be a balancing act ‘twixt dreaming and doing. But by week’s end, you should have a much better idea of what you actually plan to do and how you plan to do it. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Changing your plans can be risky, but it can also be a necessary move. Recheck your facts before you act. Tense encounters should ease by midweek, and all should be well by the weekend. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You might still be trying to adjust to recent changes. But things should improve considerably as you get to see some positive results. An uneasy personal matter calls for more patience. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Congratulations. Your good intentions are finally recognized, and long-overdue appreciation should follow. Keep working toward improvements wherever you think they’re necessary. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 2) Try to look at your options without prejudging any of them. Learn the facts, and then make your assessments. Spend the weekend enjoying films, plays and musical events. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Someone might want to take advantage of the Sagittarian’s sense of fair play. But before you ride off to right what you’ve been told is a wrong, be sure of your facts. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You might be surprised to learn that not everyone agrees with your ideas. But this can prove to be a good thing. Go over them and see where improvements can be made. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) After taking advice on a number of matters in recent months, expect to be called on to return the gesture. And, by the way, you might be surprised at who makes the request. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Reassure everyone concerned that a change of mind isn’t necessarily a change of heart. You might still want to pursue a specific goal, but feel a need to change the way you’ll get there. BORN THIS WEEK: You are able to make room in your heart for others, and that makes you a very special person in their lives.

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HOME TIPS

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Safety From Gas Leaks

• To clean artificial flowers, place the arrangement flowers first into a paper bag. Add a cup of salt and gather the opening of the bag around the stems of the flowers. Twist closed and hold tightly at the stems. Shake the arrangement vigorously. The salt beats the dust off the flowers. Hold the bag upside down for a second and shake lightly to make sure all the salt granules fall off into the bag, and then remove the arrangement.

DEAR HAMMER: I wanted to relate a story that your readers might find helpful. Last month, in the middle of the night, I woke up to the very strong smell of gas throughout my house. I immediately got everyone up and told them to get out of the house. All the burner controls on my kitchen stove appeared to be in the off position. I didn’t try to turn off the gas at the meter because it is located in my basement and the gas odor was so strong I was worried about an explosion.

• Ink stains can sometimes be removed from clothing or furniture upholstery by using rubbing alcohol or hairspray. Using a clean paper towel or white cloth, spray the ink, and immediately dab and press several times. Repeat using a clean portion of the cloth until the stain is removed.

Instead, my family and I went to the neighbor’s house across the street, woke them up and called the fire department from there. They got there quickly and shut off the gas supply. The culprit was a faulty joint in a gas supply pipe just past the meter, which was quickly repaired the next day by a specialist who also checked out the entire system.

• “I purchase large pieces of cheese from my bulk retailer. I keep it fresh and mold-free by wrapping it in cheesecloth that I have sprayed with plain white vinegar.” -- E.C. in Indiana

Please tell your readers to have an emergency plan ready in case they have to quickly evacuate the house, and make sure your kids, even the youngest ones, know it. I’m really proud of my wife and kids, who got up with hardly any questions and got out of the house with just their pajamas and slippers on during a cold night. But I’m still going over the incident in my head to think of ways to get out safely, or even better, to prevent this situation from happening again. Hopefully my experience can help others. -- James G., Amherst, Mass.

• “I use an old hairbrush to remove the lint from the trap on my dryer. My hands and my grip aren’t what they used to be, and sometimes it would be hard to get the lint started. The brush is easy to use, and I just swipe it over the screen and knock the lint off into a small trash can.” -- A.L. in Ontario, Canada

DEAR JAMES: Thanks so much for relating your experience! I’m glad everyone was OK. This is a way of sounding a wake-up call to readers who haven’t thought much lately about home safety. An evacuation plan is a must, as is regularly checking carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to make sure they’re working properly, keeping fire extinguishers within easy reach near areas of open flame (like the stove or fireplace) and educating your kids about safety in and around the home.

• “I purchased a car-washing kit several years ago, and forgot about it. I have gotten rid of my car, and didn’t have any use for it. I removed the washing mitt before I gave it away, and I found an excellent use for it -- as a dusting mitt. It has a texture that picks up dust and holds it, and to me, it’s worth the price of the kit itself.” -- V.H. in Texas

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HOME TIP: Know the location of your home’s gas meter, the main water-shutoff valve and the electrical circuit box so they can be quickly accessed by you or emergency personnel.

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• The name of Frederick William Herschel may not be familiar, but his many accomplishments have certainly set him apart. He is most noted for his discovery of the planet Uranus in March of 1781. He also discovered that planet’s two moons as well as two moons of Saturn. During the 1770s, Herschel began building telescopes, spending 16 hours a day grinding and polishing the mirrors. He saw the planet with a 6-inch (150 mm) diameter, 7-foot (2.1-meter) long telescope from his garden in Bath, England. Although Herschel dubbed it “Georgian Star,” the name was eventually changed to Uranus, which comes from the Greek god of the sky, Ouranos. Two years after his discovery, he gifted his sister Caroline with a telescope, and she discovered eight comets and three nebulae. In addition to his astronomy feats, he was also an accomplished musician who composed 24 symphonies.

• March 2 was a record-setting night back in 1962 when NBA star Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a single game at Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark Arena. It was a regular season game between the Philadelphia Warriors and the New York Knicks. Chamberlain’s Warriors won the game 169 to 147. No NBA player has even gotten close to this record; the closest was 81 points scored by Kobe Bryant in 2006.

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