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Games...........................................................Pg. 2 Veteran’s Post (Military Life Column)............Pg. 2 Tidbits Classifieds.........................................Pg. 3 Community Calendar.....................................Pg. 3 Pet Bits (Pet Advice Column)...........................Pg. 4 Health Bits (Health Advice Column).................Pg. 4 Dining Guide..................................................Pg. 5 Strange But True (Fun Facts)..........................Pg. 5 Trivia..............................................................Pg. 6 Moments in Time...........................................Pg. 6 Senior News Line..........................................Pg. 7 Horoscopes...................................................Pg. 7 Answers (Trivia & Games)..................................Pg. 7 This is a Hammer (Home Tips)......................Pg. 8
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There is a good story behind almost every toy. Sometimes the story is as entertaining as the toy itself! This week, Tidbits takes a look at how some toys were invented and how others got their names.
• President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt is responsible for giving the teddy bear its name. In November of 1902, Roosevelt was helping settle a border dispute between Mississippi and Louisiana. While there, he attended a bear hunt in Mississippi. His staff, trying to accommodate him, captured a black bear cub and tied it to a tree for the president to shoot. Roosevelt didn’t find this sporting enough and ordered the bear cub be set free, sparing its life. The Washington Post ran an editorial cartoon that illustrated the event. The cartoon was called “Drawing the Line in Mississippi” and depicted both the state line dispute and the bear hunt. The cartoon and the story it told became popular, and within a year, the cartoon bear became a toy for children called the teddy bear.
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• “What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs, and makes a slinkity sound? A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing, everyone knows it’s Slinky. It’s Slinky; it’s Slinky. For fun it’s a wonderful toy. It’s Slinky; it’s Slinky. It’s fun for a girl and a boy.” This catchy advertising jingle helped sell a quite simple toy that was created in 1943 by naval engineer Richard James. He was working with tension springs, and when one of the springs fell to the ground and “walked” end over end along the floor, an idea for a toy was born. After borrowing $500, James and his wife Betty started the James Spring & Wire Company. He designed a machine that he made himself to manufacture Slinkys. They began producing and selling the coiled wire as a toy in 1945. Each one is made of 80 feet of wire, and to date, over a quarter billion Slinkys have been sold worldwide. • In 1916, Frank Lloyd Wright and his son John Lloyd Wright supervised constriction of the Imperial Palace Hotel in Tokyo. The hotel was assembled with an inner frame of wood to withstand earthquakes. John was inspired by this method of building, and it gave him the idea to create a line of sturdy, interlocking toy building logs sold as Lincoln Logs. DOES YOUR FINANCIAL ADVISOR KNOW YOUR FINANCIAL GOALS? IF NOT, LET'S TALK.
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Boy Wants a Dog, But Mom’s Allergic By Samantha Mazzotta
DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My 10-year-old son Randy really wants a dog as a pet. He’s been very responsible with smaller pets, caring for two goldfish and a small turtle. However, I suffer from asthma and have allergic symptoms around furry animals like dogs and cats. I don’t know that it’s possible to keep a dog. Do you have any advice? -- Dorothy K., via email DEAR DOROTHY: Allergies to pet dander (the fine undercoat most dogs and cats have beneath their fur) can range from annoying to lifethreatening, so you’re right to be concerned about owning a dog. If you’re interested in the possibility of being able to keep a dog, study up on different breeds first. There are a few breeds of dog that have much less of an undercoat and generate less dander, including many types of terriers and the Irish Water Spaniel.
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Diverticulosis Common With Age DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you write about diverticulosis? I was twice hospitalized for it and had to stay there 12 days in all. When I left, they didn’t give me any diet or medicines. I saw my primary doctor later, who didn’t think I had diverticulosis because they didn’t do much for me. Some tell me that you don’t have to stay on a diet or take medicine. Is that so? -- N.F. ANSWER: A diverticulum is a tiny pouch formed by the colon lining that has been pushed through the muscular colon wall. Its size varies from 0.2 to 0.4 inches (5 to 10 mm) in diameter, about the size of a small pea. Diverticulosis indicates that the colon has sprouted many diverticula. It’s most often silent. Close to one-third of adults at 60 years of age have it. By age 80, two-thirds have it. Diverticulosis is found in countries where grains are refined. Refined grains have lost their outer coat, the bran. Bran was, at one time, the principal source of fiber. Fiber keeps stool soft and easily pushed through the digestive tract. With too little fiber, the colon has to exert great force to move undigested food along. That force is responsible for pushing the colon lining through the colon wall to form a diverticulum on its outer surface. When you were hospitalized, you had diverticulitis -- inflammation of diverticulum. The neck of
Next, find out if keeping a dog is possible by borrowing a friend’s dog for a few days -- whether keeping the dog at your house or having your friend bring the dog over for several “play dates” that last a few hours. If you decide that, yes, Randy can have a dog, make some changes around the house to reduce the amount of allergens (dander, dust, pollen, etc.) that collect. Having smooth wood or tile floors that can be quickly dust-mopped daily helps. Choosing leather or vinyl-upholstered furniture rather than cloth will deter allergens from collecting on them. Randy will need to brush his pet daily to further reduce dander, and he should do that outside. Should your pet trial not work out -- your allergies just become too severe in too short a time -- work out an option for Randy to continue caring for or playing with a neighbor or friend’s dog on a regular basis, over at their house.
diverticula became clogged with bacteria and pieces of hard stool. The diverticula swelled. For mild symptoms, people can be treated at home by going on a liquid diet and taking antibiotics. For more severe involvement, people are hospitalized and fed intravenously and given intravenous antibiotics. Now that your diverticulitis has calmed down, the only diet you need follow is one with plenty of fiber -- 30 to 35 grams a day. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are fiber sources. Many cereals are filled with fiber: Fiber One, All-Bran, Shredded Wheat and cooked oatmeal are examples. You do not have to take any medicines. The booklet on diverticulosis covers this topic in detail. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 502W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I will turn 65 shortly. My health is just fine. I am out and active. I do odd jobs like construction and hauling. Some friends want me to see a doctor just for a physical because I haven’t been to one in 35 years. Why should I? All is OK with me. Is it true that 80 percent of men don’t go to doctors? -- C.F. ANSWER: You’re getting on in years. Bad things happen with aging. You don’t want to be surprised by a heart attack, a stroke or a cancer that has grown so big that it can’t be treated, do you? Those are some of the reasons you should see a doctor. I like your fighting spirit. I don’t believe that 80 percent of men never see a doctor.
an engineer working for General Electric, experimented with combining boric acid and silicone oil in a test tube. The compound “polymerized,” resulting in a bizarre substance with unusual properties. It bounced, stretched and could be broken in pieces, yet it had no practical use.
• In 1949, the mixture eventually made its way to a toy-shop owner who put some of the “Nutty Putty,” (as she called it) in her holiday toy catalog. It out-sold everything but Crayola® crayons. The name was later changed to Silly Putty, and it is now sold by Binney & Smith, the makers of Crayola. More than 4,500 tons of Silly Putty, enough to fill the Goodyear blimp, have been made since 1950. • Back in the 1870s, a baker named William Frisbie of Bridgeport, Connecticut, had a clever marketing idea. He put the family name in relief on the bottom of the reusable tin pans his company’s homemade pies were sold in. The idea was that every time the pan was used, the person baking would see the name Frisbie. Mr. Frisbie’s pies were sold throughout Connecticut. It was at Yale University sometime in the 1940s where students used the pie tins to play catch, whizzing them through the air.
• A decade later in California, a flying-saucer enthusiast named Walter Morrison designed a saucer-like disk as a toy for throwing. It was produced by a company named Wham-O. While on a promotional tour of college campuses, the president of Wham-O encountered the pie-platetossing craze at Yale. And so the flying saucer
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• What we know today as the Yo-Yo is possibly the second oldest toy in the world after dolls. Ancient Greek yo-yos made of terra cotta are displayed in museums and pictured on the walls of Egyptian temples. The yo-yo is known to have been popular with Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington. In the 1920s, a Philippine immigrant named Pedro Flores came to Santa Monica and worked as a bellhop. He had grown up carving and playing with wooden yo-yos, which was a traditional pastime in the Philippines. On his coffee breaks, Flores always drew a crowd playing games with his yo-yo. He became the first person to mass-produce the toy and is responsible for the name Yo-Yo, which means “come-come” in Philippine. An entrepreneur named Donald Duncan saw the Flores toy, liked it, bought the rights from Flores in 1929, and then trademarked the name Yo-Yo. Duncan changed the string from a tied knot to the looped slip-string, which allows the user to do advanced tricks.
• In 1767 London, an engraver and mapmaker named John Spilsbury created the first jigsaw puzzle as an aid in teaching students geography. He glued a map of England and Wales on a sheet of hardwood and cut around the borders of the countries using a fine-bladed saw. The jigsaw puzzle was born. The idea caught on, and people began making puzzles out of pictures as a form of entertainment. These early jigsaw puzzles did not interlock; that wasn’t possible until the invention of power tools more than a century later. In 1880, Milton Bradley made the first jigsaw puzzle for children called “The Smashed Up Locomotive.”
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• At any given time, about two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by clouds. • American author, abolitionist, naturalist, historian and philosopher Henry David Thoreau died on May 6, 1862, of complications of tuberculosis. Those who were with him during his final moments say his last words were “moose” and “Indian.” • The tiny nation of San Marino, which is entirely encircled by Italy, is the world’s oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic. It was founded by a stonecutter in the year 301, and the constitution was enacted in 1600 -- the world’s oldest still in effect. *** Thought for the Day: “There’s no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn’t tell you about it?” -- Kin Hubbard
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1. Is the Book of Darius in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. In Biblical times, how long did the journey of Ezra ordinarily take from Babylon to Jerusalem? 3 days, 4 months, 2 years, 5 years 3. From Philippians 4, what does the Apostle Paul instruct us to do rather than worry? Cry, Pray, Love, Talk 4. What creature(s) did the prophet Joel have a vision of? Locust, Flies, Viper, Leeches 5. From John 18, who asked, “What is truth”? Moses, Paul, Pilate, David 6. In what were all of Job’s children killed? Flood, Fire, Wind, Stampede
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• On May 23, 1701, at London’s Execution Dock, British privateer William Kidd, popularly known as Captain Kidd, is hanged for five charges of piracy and one charge of murdering a crewman. A colorful Kidd legend included reports of lost buried treasure that fortune seekers have pursued for centuries. • On May 24, 1883, after 14 years and 27 deaths while being constructed, the Brooklyn Bridge in New York is opened, the largest suspension bridge ever built to that date. • On May 27, 1894, Dashiell Hammett, author of “The Maltese Falcon,” is born in Maryland. He worked as a Pinkerton detective for eight years and turned his experiences into fiction. The novel was filmed three times: once in 1931; again in 1936 under the title “Satan Met a Lady,” starring Bette Davis; and finally in 1941, starring Humphrey Bogart. • On May 26, 1927, the final and 15 millionth Model T Ford rolls out of the factory, on the official last day of production. Introduced in October 1908, the Model T -- also known as the “Tin Lizzie” -- got about 13 to 21 miles per gallon of gasoline and could travel up to 45 mph. • On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, become the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on earth. At 29,035 feet above sea level, the low-oxygen summit of Everest reaches two-thirds of the way through the air of earth’s atmosphere -- at about the cruising altitude of jet airliners. • On May 25, 1977, George Lucas’ blockbuster movie “Star Wars” opens in American theaters. With its groundbreaking special effects, “Star Wars” was soon a bona-fide pop culture phenomenon, spawning five more feature films, five TV series and an entire industry’s worth of comic books, toys and video games. • On May 28, 1983, Irene Cara’s song “Flashdance (What a Feeling)”, from the “Flashdance” movie soundtrack, goes to the top of the U.S. pop charts. The song helped propel the relatively low-budget film to the No. 3 spot on the total box-office revenue list for the year.
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Detecting Alzheimer’s in Earliest Stage Researchers are moving ahead in their quest for a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. For the first time since 1984, they’ve come out with a new set of guidelines. It used to be that there was no diagnosis of Alzheimer’s until the patient experienced complete dementia. Two years ago, researchers from around the world came together to pool all their information and to rethink how they’ve approached the care of those with Alzheimer’s, as well as learn new ways to diagnose it sooner. From those efforts, researchers have been able to identify three specific stages of the disease: preclinical (brain changes that can show up as much as 10 years in advance), mild cognitive impairment (some mental declines that the patient and others can notice) and Alzheimer’s dementia. Mild cognitive impairment doesn’t always become Alzheimer’s.
• “Fill a quart-size zip-lock bag with water and double-bag it, making sure there is no air in the bag. Place it inside the toilet tank, on the opposite side from the pump. Secure it there, if you can. This will displace some of the water when you flush, and you will use less water as a consequence.” -- E.S. in Florida • If you have a stained porcelain sink, try using it to soak your stained garments. The presoak can do double duty on the stained sink and washables alike. • To make your own breadcrumbs without a chopper or blender, place dry bread pieces in a plastic bag. Use a rolling pin to “roll” them into crumbs. • Save water in the shower by using your kitchen timer, set for no more than 5 minutes. If you can find a digital one, you will know better how much time you have left. After a little while, you almost don’t need the timer.
The new guidelines allow for a diagnosis much earlier, before there are even symptoms, when treatment might still be effective. The earlier diagnoses can make use of physical changes (biomarkers) seen in brain scans, spinal fluids and blood proteins.
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This doesn’t mean they’ve found a cure for Alzheimer’s, but it does mean that researchers can use the new information to help find a cure, or at least a treatment. At this point, researchers will focus, in clinical trials, on the “preclinical” biomarkers to try to determine which are specific to the development of Alzheimer’s and how they change.
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By learning just how early the first steps of Alzheimer’s show up, researchers can develop drugs that will slow the progress of the disease at a much earlier point. For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and a close look at the new guidelines, go to the Alzheimer’s Association website at www.alz.org or call them at 800-272-3900.
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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Home conditions still demand attention. Also, keep an open mind about a sudden question of trust involving a close friend. All the facts are not yet in. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) With summer just around the corner, travel begins to dominate your sign. Make plans carefully to avoid potential problems in the first half of June. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A romantic Libra sets a challenge that your “sensible” side might question, but your idealistic self finds the prospect too intriguing to resist. The choice is yours. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Those tense times in your personal life are just about over. Concentrate on reaffirming relationships. Your love of travel opens a surprising new opportunity. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The Big Cat usually loves to be in the center of things. But this week it might be wiser to watch and learn from the sidelines. A Pisces wants to make you purr. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) “New” is your watchword this week. Be open to new ideas, both on the job and in your personal life. A romantic Aries or Sagittarian beckons. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Some difficult family decisions have to be faced, but be sure to get more facts before you act. Be careful not to neglect your health during this trying time. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You still need to support a loved one through a difficult time. Meanwhile, things continue to work out to your benefit in the workplace. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Aspects continue to favor expanding social opportunities. A Gemini reaches out to offer a chance for re-establishing a once-close relationship. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) There’s a potential for misunderstanding in both your job and your personal life. A full explanation of your intentions helps smooth things over. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You might be feeling restless on the job, but delay making any major moves until all the facts are in. A Scorpio has a surprising revelation. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your business sense works to your advantage as you sort through the possibilities that are opening up. A Libra is Cupid’s best bet for your romantic prospects. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a gift for being open-minded about people. This helps you make friends easily. You do very well in public service.
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1. Ron Hassey caught perfect games by Cleveland’s Len Barker (1981) and Montreal’s Dennis Martinez (1991). 2. Reggie Jackson hit 47 in 1969, and Jason Giambi hit 43 in 2000. 3. Five times - 1983, ‘87, ‘89, ‘91 and 2001. 4. Paul Silas, with 208 regular-season victories. 5. Hartford beat Philadelphia 9-7 in 1984. 6. It was Jerry Riley, in 1976. 7. Beth Daniel, in 1994.
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Weeknight BBQ Beans
These delicious stovetop “baked beans” are a perfect partner for a rotisserie chicken. 2 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2” pcs. 1 medium onion, chopped 1 can (15 to 19 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can (15 to 19 ounces) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1/4 cup bottled barbeque sauce 2 tablespoons ketchup
Q: Do you have any tips on making affordable repairs to wood furniture around the house? -- A Reader, via e-mail A: There are so many different problems that can occur with furniture, and so many fixes, that it would be tough to list them all. Here are a few common issues with furniture finishes:
• Stains -- White stains on shellac or lacquer finishes are usually caused by water. Black spots under the finish can be caused by water damage or ink. Other staining material like crayon, grease or lipstick can mar any wood finish.
1. In 2-quart saucepan, cook bacon pieces over medium heat about 6 minutes or until bacon is browned. With slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat from pan. Add onion and cook 6 to 8 minutes or until tender and golden, stirring occasionally.
• Discoloration -- A white haze over lacquer or shellac finish also is caused by moisture.
• Marks -- Gouges, scratches and burns that cause physical damage to either the finish or the wood, or both.
2. Return bacon to saucepan. Stir in beans, barbecue sauce, ketchup and 1/4 cup water; heat to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook 5 minutes longer to blend flavors, stirring often.
So, how does one fix any or all of these common furniture ailments? There are a number of different ways to repair damage to the finish or the wood surface. I would recommend picking up a book on furniture repair and restoration to get a general idea of the best ways to fix different types of wood and different types of finishes.
• Each serving: About 175 calories, 4g total fat (1g saturated), 4mg cholesterol, 485mg sodium, 30g total carbohydrate, 10g dietary fiber, 10g protein.
Meantime, you can prepare yourself to tackle minor finish issues by keeping the following items in your toolkit or workshop: --Sandpaper in several fine and super-fine grades --Steel wool --Buffing material (lint-free cloth or a buffing attachment) --Liquid furniture polish --Mineral oil and/or linseed oil --Denatured alcohol --Wood stain (a small can only, matching the color of your furniture) --Finish (a small container matching the type of finish on your furniture) --Wax furniture sticks
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These basic items will allow you to tackle small stains on the finish, under the finish. You’ll also be able to quickly touch up scratches and dings.
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