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Pictured here is Carolyn Mann with a traveling quilt she made a friend who had traveled all around the world. Mann has her own business, Sew Far Out, and enjoys doing memory quilts for others. BEACON PHO-

MONTANA SKIES Mary Ann Lampe made a memory quilt for her brother after he went on a camping trip to Montana entitled, “Montana Skies”. She surprised him with the quilt and it is now hanging in his living room. PHOTO CONTRIB-

COSHOCTON – Make your memories last a lifetime by turning those memories into a memory quilt. While most peoProud to serve the people of Coshocton and surrounding communities since 1896! ple tend to think of a memory Specializing in Custom Design, quilt as a quilt made from Etching and Carving of Fine Memorials old tee-shirts, there are many Granite • Marble • Bronze other ways to turn memories • Mausoleums • Cemetery into quilts. Lettering & Cleaning “It’s a good way to recycle 1132 Cemetery Drive • Coshocton things and keep memories,” 622.5833 said Carolyn Mann. www.milliganmemorials.com Mann has started her own e-mail: millimem@clover.net

business, Sew Far Out, making quilts for others, especially memory quilts. She said there are a variety of ways to do a memory quilt. She has done memory quilts made from old clothing, teeshirts, photos printed on specially-treated fabric, old alter cloths from churches, and even wedding dresses. She has created everything from sports-themed quilts to church camp quilts and everything in between. There are endless possibilities when making memory quilts. Mann made a memory quilt for a woman whose husband had just passed away using his old clothes. There were enough clothes left over that she was able to make a small throw quilt for his daughter and grandson. Another quilt was made from fabric squares collected during a baby’s first year and was made into an ‘I Spy” quilt for his first birthday. Mann also created a wall hanging for a church using the emblems off of their old alter clothes. Mann said she tries to incorporate the person’s persona into the quilts she makes. Mary Ann Lampe, a charter member of the Canal Quilters, also likes to capture each person’s personality into the quilts she creates, especially one very special quilt she did for her brother who had gone to Montana on a camping trip she titled, “Montana Skies”. She decided to surprise him by taking photos of the trip from his laptop and making the quilt without his knowledge. “The pictures he had were so beautiful, I knew I had to do a memory quilt for him,” said Lampe. “He was so surprised. He was

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DIRECTIONS Scrub potatoes; place in a large saucepan & cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 min. or until tender. Drain. When cool enough to handle, cut a thin slice off the top of each potato. Scoop out pulp, leaving a thin shell. Cut thin slices from potato bottoms to level if necessary. In a large bowl, mash the potato tops and pulp with butter. Set aside two tablespoons of each of cheese and bacon for garnish. Add remaining cheese and bacon to potatoes. Stir in sour cream, egg, salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into potato shells. Top with remaining cheese and bacon; sprinkle with paprika. Place in an ungreased 15-in X 10-in X 1-in baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-18 min. or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees.

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Try starting seeds - it’s ‘sow’ easy There is something very satisfying about growing plants from seed to harvest. It’s almost a maternal feeling of pride to plant a little seed and care for it long enough for it to feed you or bloom! As with any new task, there are a few things to plan and prepare for in order to be successful. What you’ll need: Germinating mix, containers, seeds and an optimum growing location. Germinating mix can normally be purchased in the same place as you find seed packs. It is important to use a germinating mix or a “seed-starting” mix because of its loose, fine texture and because it is sterile (disease free). Regular potting mix is too “heavy” for seedlings and can remain too wet for too long and begin to rot. The fine texture of germinating mix allows for the seed’s first roots to penetrate easily and receive both moisture and air, allowing it to become established more quickly. It is also beneficial to slightly moisten the germinating mix before you put it in the containers. Almost any kind of container can be used. Seed-tray greenhouse kits can be purchased or you can use something as simple as a cardboard egg carton, home-made newspaper pot or even recycled items like yogurt cups or deli trays. If you are using a recycled item, it will need to be washed thoroughly, drainage holes inserted and take care not to over water. It’s nice to have some kind of clear cover to hold in heat and moisture until your

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When you suddenly find yourself disabled the world begins to look a little different. My back started bothering me in November and before I knew it my entire left leg was numb. Surgery was my only option, but no one could guarantee I’d get function of my leg back. I have months, maybe even years of therapy ahead of me, but I’ve finally decided I’m not going to let the fear of the unknown get me down. Therapy will help me, I just don’t know to what extent. What I do know, is that I can definitely learn life lessons from this situation. One of the biggest lessons I’ve already learned is to be kinder and more patient toward others. My last outing before my surgery almost brought me to tears. I felt like everyone around me was just waiting for the opportunity to rush past me or sighing because I was holding up their progress. The only thing that kept the tears from flowing was the kind lady who opened the door for me. I want to be like that lady. I want to take a minute or two to hold the door or offer a helping hand in any way I can. It might just make a person’s day or at least be the breather they needed to get through the rest of their quest. When your body isn’t functioning like it should stores seem a lot bigger, doors heavier, stairs scary and walks across the street take an eternity. Now that I have this insight, I’m going to try to give others the patience and kindness that means so much to me.

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“That’s what I love about it,” she said. “I’ll never know everything there is to know about gardening.” Williams has been a Master Gardener for 12 years having moved from Columbus shortly before. “I’m a transplant from Columbus,” she said. “When I retired, I came over here and saw the rolling landscape and how beautiful it was and I fell in love with this area. I’ve made so many wonderful friends at Master Gardeners that have introduced me to so many interests and new friends.” BETH@COSHOCTONCOUNTYBEACON.COM

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COSHOCTON COUNTY – Betty Williams has been gardening almost her whole life and had her first gardening experience when she was a child during the war when she and her mother lived in a small apartment in New York. “I remember walking into that garden and the perfume coming from those flocks was overwhelming,” said Williams. She and her mother lived in New York for five years and enjoyed the flock garden behind their apartment. Williams found joy in helping her mother in the garden and credits her mother for giving her a taste of gardening that would last for many years to come. Williams started gardening in 1956 and hasn’t stopped since. She enjoys growing a variety of perennials and container flowers. “They provide so much color and I like that I’m able to sit on the porch and smell their fragrance,” she said. “It’s really relaxing to sit out on the porch and enjoy nature.” Her favorite gardening memory was when she and an elderly neighbor, 97 years old, shared a garden together. He had recently lost his wife and his desire to garden, so the two of them decided to share a garden and plant gourds. “We had a really bountiful garden,” said Williams. “Gourds were very good that year, and he had never seen gourds in his life. He was amazed at the way the vines grew so fast and how many gourds grew on the trellis. That’s something I’ll always remember about him.” Williams starts getting her garden ready for planting in early spring by clearing away all the debris from winter. She begins planting in the middle of May and tries to keep her garden going as long into the year as possible. “It brings me closer to nature,” she said. “It’s an amazing thing that happens out there every spring. We have a horrible winter, and then the weather breaks, and the plants begin to break through. It makes up for everything you’ve gone through during winter.” Williams said that gardening is a continual learning process, new plants come on the market, and new discoveries are made every day.

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The Handicapped Society is here to serve Coshocton COSHOCTON – Randy Ford isn’t just a member of the Handicapped Society, he’s also a customer. Ford had surgery that left him with the need to use a wheelchair. The Coshocton County Handicapped Society was able to provide him with the medical equipment he needed to function at home until his insurance could. “I don’t know what I would have done without them,” Ford said. “They’ve been very helpful.” He now gives back to the Handicapped Society by volunteering his time at the office, which is located at 1005 Main St. “Our mission is to provide medical equipment to people out in the community on a temporary basis until their insurance can help them or they can afford it on their own,” said Linda Ames, president of the organization. Its inventory of equipment includes crutches, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, hospital beds, shower chairs and much more. “We are blessed with donations,” Ford said. The items are leased for six months to Coshocton County residents only, but some long term lending can be done if necessary. “We will call you to check and see if you still need it,” Ames said.

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Ford said the equipment is lent to people free of charge and they are simply asked to take care of it and keep it in good shape. However, if people do have a problem with a piece of equipment, the Handicapped Society will come out to check on what they lent you. “We couldn’t operate without Leonard and Bill Cognion,” Ames said. “They’ve repaired chairs and scooters and gone out and checked on pieces we’ve lent.” The Handicapped Society also will make sure you aren’t left without a necessary item. “If it breaks and we can’t fix it we will get you another one,” Ford said. They also are always on the lookout for more donations, but cannot take medical supplies that must be kept sterile or oxygen items. “If we don’t have a use for it we will find someone or a place that does,” Ford said. The Handicapped Society also could use new members. Membership costs $5 the first year and is $1 a year after that. Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at the office. More volunteers would help the group extend its office hours and hopefully generate some new fundraising ideas and thoughts on how to update the office and rearrange its inventory. “We want to pay it forward,” Ames said. “This was started by a couple of people who saw there was a need. There wasn’t a resource in town for people to get this type of equipment so they started the organization out of their own home and delivered SEE ‘HANDICAPPED SOCIETY’ ON PAGE 9


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stunned when he first saw it.” Lampe even went so far as to purchase the fabric for the quilt online from a place in Alaska. The fabric had bears pictured on it, which would fit in perfectly with the theme of her brother’s Montana trip. Debra Shaw, president of Canal Quilters, has made many memory quilts for family and friends. Recently, she made one for her father-in-law who is a veteran. The quilt had pictures of her father-in-law growing up and had a patriotic red, white, and blue theme. Her next goal is to create a memory quilt for herself with a 1970s theme because this is when she graduated from high school, college, and got married. “One thing I believe is every quilt has a story,” said Shaw. “When you do a memory quilt, it really brings the story to life.” If doing a memory quilt is something you have thought of doing yourself, Mann has a few tips. Get a plan down on graph paper or on a computer program. Get a general feel of how you want the project to look when completed. If you want to do a tee-shirt quilt, make sure you have a back on the tee-shirt so that it doesn’t stretch when quilted. Buy packets of specially-treated fabric to print photos on so that the ink will stay on the fabric and not smear. “People should use their imagination and not be afraid to try things,” said Mann. “If it gets to be too much, ask someone for help. There are so many people in Coshocton who quilt and would be willing to help.” For more information on Sew Far Out, visit their website at sewfarout.com or e-mail Mann at haymann51@yahoo.com. “I like to sew and I like to be creative,” said Mann. “I like to recycle things and help people hold on to those memories and honor those memories.” BETH@COSHOCTONCOUNTYBEACON.COM

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offered to help reduce the chance of injury when enjoying walking and gardening COSHOCTON – Are you ready to come out of your winter hibernation and start enjoying your favorite spring time activities? Before you lace up your walking shoes or put on your gardening gloves, you will want to consider these tips from Coshocton Hospital’s Jennifer L. Bluck, PT, director of rehab services and Dr. Mark Holt, orthopedic surgeon. “Start off slow,” Bluck said. “People often want to jump right into activities, but you need to warm up for 5 to 10 minutes.” She explained that your warm up should be a slower version of what you are planning to do. “If you are going to walk, start out slow and then gradually build yourself up,” Bluck said. “You should also stretch. Before you walk it’s a good idea to stretch your calves, hamstrings, quad muscles and even your shoulders.” She also said that if you are walking at a slow pace you should be able to sing while walking and hold a conversation at a moderate pace. “When you push yourself you might get winded, but you should still be able to hold a conversation,” Bluck said. There is no perfect time of day to exercise. You just have to find what works for you. “Some people aren’t morning people and others have more

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EXERCISE Physical Therapist Jennifer Bluck had Sam Meyer, a student who was observing in Coshocton Hospital’s physical therapy department, demonstrate how to use an elliptical. Bluck and Dr. Mark Holt provided tips for how to prevent injury when getting active after a long winter. BEACON PHOTO BY

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energy at the beginning of the day,” Bluck said. Once you find an exercise schedule that works for you, you should try to workout about 30 minutes a day. “Again you should start out slow,” Bluck said. “Do five to 15 minutes three times a week.” The same suggestions apply to people who enjoy gardening. “You should think of it as an exercise and pace yourself,” Bluck said. “You also should warm up with a walk around the yard or some stretching. It’s also important to remember to lift with your legs and not your back.” When working in the yard, it’s also a good idea to not stay bent over or crouched down too long. “You want to avoid awkward positions and be mindful of good body mechanics,” Bluck said. She and Dr. Holt also both suggested using stools or pads for your knees when out in the garden. “Think about how you are feeling,” Bluck said. “If something doesn’t feel right, take a break or maybe even stop for the day.” Dr. Holt also wanted to remind people that they don’t have to finish a job outside all at once. “You see people do this a lot in the winter when it comes to shoveling snow,” he said. “They think they have to get it all done at once. Break work into smaller pieces.” In addition to thinking about your joints and back, it’s also important to pay attention to your organs. SEE ‘INJURY’ ON PAGE 11


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“When you’ve been sitting around all winter and then start to work outside again you really need to listen to what your heart and lungs are telling you,” Dr. Holt said. He and Bluck also stressed that people pay attention to their entire body when they start getting active. “Small aches and pains should go away in a couple of days with rest and maybe some ice,” Holt said. “If they haven’t then you should have a doctor check them out.” JOSIE@COSHOCTONCOUNTYBEACON.COM

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COSHOCTON - Warm weather is almost here and one way to make sure you are healthy enough to enjoy it is to start a vitamin regimen. Bill Strandwitz, a retired board certified clinical nutritionist who now works at Marilyn’s Natural Foods, suggests people take a good multiple vitamin, high quality fish oil, Vitamin D3, and Coenzyme Q 10 daily. “You need to do this because our food is so (vitamin) deficient that you’ll never get enough nutrition from it,” he said. The Coenzyme Q 10 (CoQ10) is highly recommended for anyone over the age of 40. According to www.mayoclinic.org, “CoQ10 is needed for basic cell function, but levels of it decrease with age.” Taking these essential vitamins also can help your mood. “We normally get Vitamin D from the sun,” Strandwitz said. “Those who experience seasonal affective disorder from lack of sunlight in the winter can take this to help with their depression. It also should be taken during the summer because we are all trying to stay covered up to prevent skin cancer.” Strandwitz explains that there is a lot you can do to help yourself. “Your health is your responsibility, not your doctors,” he said. Drinking enough water and exercising also are keys to good health. “Doing some resistance exercises are just as important as getting out and walking,” Strandwitz said. He also suggests taking a serious look at what you are eating. “When it’s sunny and warm people start looking in the mirror more and thinking about what they look like and then they want to jump on a diet,” Strandwitz said. “It’s not about weight loss because that’s not hard to do. What you need to do is change your mindset. Think about what you are eating, how it’s prepared and exercise.” He explains that your body knows how to be healthy, but you need to help it along. “I try to educate people on how they can get healthy and maintain it,” Strandwitz said. “You need to get involved in your own health. Get copies of any (medical) tests you have done and

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By Beth Scott COSHOCTON – Michael Stiers, M.T., B.A., “But it’s filled with things I wish I would introduced massage therapy to Coshochave known when I started out.” ton in 1986 and has been practicing ever The book explains everything from since. For as long as he has been pracadvanced techniques and different ticing, he is now seeing the third gendiseases to how to set up your massage eration of his patients and has years of tables and even what music selections to experience. When fellow doctors, some play. of them his own patients, asked him if “I’m hoping my target audience will he would ever consider writing a book, be schools and people who want to learn Stiers gave it some serious thought. more about alternative medicine,” he said. Stiers began writing his book four According to Stiers, Dr. David Velasyears ago. After shelving the manuscript quez encouraged him to publish the for a while due to family illness, Stiers book to use as a textbook in Central began writing again and finished the America where there is no massage book. However, the material for the book therapy. came from notes Steirs made throughout In addition to writing and massage the years whenever he learned a new BOOK PUBLISHED Local massage therapist, Michael therapy, Stiers also has a passion for art. Stiers, has recently published his first book entitled, technique. “Therapeutic Medical Massage: The Healing Touch”. It His work has been exhibited in four counThe book is entitled, “Therapeutic is available for purchase at Barnes and Noble and Ama- tries and 49 states. He also has a degree Medical Massage: The Healing Touch”. zon. BEACON PHOTO BY BETH SCOTT in business. Not only did he use his wealth of knowlThe book is dedicated to Stiers’ edge to write the book, but he also featured his own artwork daughter Mickie and his late wife, Debby. It is available at Barnes drawn in simple sketches with labels so that readers can easily and Noble and on Amazon. understand the methods described. BETH@COSHOCTONCOUNTYBEACON.COM “It’s not intended to take the place of textbooks,” said Stiers.

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