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CONTENTS

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Now & Then

Lifestyle

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Spinners & Weavers in the Ohio Hills

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Wellness

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Car Tips

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Looking Back

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Secluded Mission Oaks Gardens In Zanesville

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Finance

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Wellness

Diagnosing Differences Between PT & OT

Exploring Classic & Historical Car Hobby

Unscrambling the Hidden Facts Behind Hidden Figures

How to Save Money on Everyday Expenses

Life on the Move: Cross Country Cycling

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Recipes Crossword & Sudoku Answers Games & Puzzles Wordsearch Events The Last Word April Fools’ Day

–THE FIRST WORD– “It will never rain roses; when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.”

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Spinners & Weavers IN THE OHIO HILLS Story and Photos by BEVERLY KERR

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I M A G I N E S TA R T I N G W I T H A S H E E P I N T H E F I E L D A N D E N D I N G U P W I T H A S W E AT E R .

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n the hills of southeastern Ohio near Senecaville and Lore City, a group of locals gather to spin their yarn and their tales. Quite often you’ll hear them telling tales of a particular time in history as they spin their yarn for weaving. Members of Ohio Hills Spinners & Weavers Guild are a friendly and happy group, eager to share their knowledge about their hobby, which many have pursued for over twenty years. Their creations are beautiful as a result of their artistic abilities. For members, their meetings bring total relaxation as it takes their mind off all their troubles while they sit and spin or knit. They find it fascinating that they can “make something from nothing”. Imagine starting with a sheep in the field and ending up with a sweater. Most of the wool comes from the sheep on the farm of Sally Mehler. Sometimes they use alpaca wool from a neighboring farm as well. This local wool then

progresses through the steps of washing, picking, and carding, before it’s spun into yarn. Then often it is dyed. Everyone has their own touch when it comes to spinning and weaving. Some prefer a traditional spinning wheel, while others try a more modern touch. A few of the members have an electronic spinner, a Hansen miniSpinner, which eases the tension on their hands and most likely produces a more even yarn. It’s a great feeling to take the wool and spin it into yarn so it can either be woven or knit into something special. It’s not difficult. Take a section of wool and start spinning from one end on a spinning wheel. Pull little snippets of the wool roving back as the twists of fiber start around the bobbin’s original yarn. The bobbin fills up with the newly formed yarn. Members carefully choose the type of wool used especially in garments. Merino wool claims to be the softest wool in the world. The Merino sheep raised in

E V E R YO N E H A S T H E I R O W N T O U C H WHEN IT COMES TO SPINNING A N D W E AV I N G . S O M E P R E F E R A TRADITIONAL SPINNING WHEEL, WHILE OTHERS TRY A MORE MODERN TOUCH.

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Photo Top Left: Bill prepares the pieces for twined rug weaving. Photo Top Center: These are just a few examples of the beautiful yarn spinners have produced. Photo Top Right: Sally spins wool that she sheared from sheep at their farm. Photo Middle Left: One meeting, the project involved making mittens. Photo Middle Center: Pictured are a few of the items created by the weavers. Photo Middle Right: This scarf, being created by Sue Sherby, is being made with yarn dyed with grape Kool-Aid. Photo Bottom Left: Jo Ann finds it more relaxing for her hands to use an electric spinning machine. Photo Bottom Right: Mary demonstrates how to use a drop spindle.

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Australia and New Zealand give us most of the wool used in the United States. If wool makes you itch, you’ve got the wrong kind of wool. “That kind should have been a rug on the floor.” These spinners insist that the more you do, the smoother the yarn. But it’s done from the heart, as one spinner commented, “You don’t get enough in sales to pay for the spinning.” That doesn’t count for all the time spent afterwards creating beautiful items. But it’s still worth-while as people enjoy what they make, while they’re relaxing. Newcomers will first be taught to spin, and then encouraged to move forward, using that yarn to create something. The first thing they learn to knit is usually a basic dish cloth. As they progress, more difficult patterns are introduced.

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Shortly, they’re spinning the yarn, then knitting gloves, hats, socks, sweaters and even rugs. This creative process makes people want to return again and again. The woolen items they make will keep a person warm even during wet weather. Others enjoy rug twining. Three layers of fabric are braided together to form a sturdy rug for use inside or out. It takes a couple of weeks to complete a rug and then they’re usually given away. One rug maker doesn’t even have one of his own...and people are waiting for the next one to be finished. This group meets the second Thursday of every month at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Lore City. They can also be found displaying their methods and products at many area events during the year. One week they might make mittens or perhaps use Kool-Aid for dying. There’s always an interesting project happening. Homespun yarn won’t be perfect, but one of  the spinners remarked with a smile, “ If you wanted perfect, you would go buy your yarn at the fabric shop!” Contact Bev at GypsyBev@hotmail.com or follow her blog at www.GypsyRoadTrip.com

Photo Top: Spinners and weavers demonstrate under a tent at a local festival.


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WELLNESS

Diagnosing The Differences Between

PT & OT

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t some point in their lives, many people will visit therapists to restore functionality to a part of their body that was affected by injury. Therapists come in various types, including physical therapists, or PTs, and occupational therapists, or OTs. Some may not understand what distinguishes a PT from an OT. Although physical therapy and occupational therapy are sometimes used interchangeably, they are actually two different, but similar, disciplines. According to St. Catherine University, PT involves treating the actual impairment, while OT helps the patient complete necessary tasks with the impairment. To break this down even further, consider the following scenario: An athlete stumbles on the field, injuring his knee in the process. While the injury does not require surgery, it is severe enough for bracing and requires that the athlete not apply pressure through walking. He visits a PT to help determine which kinds of assistive devices might remedy the situation as well as which exercises and stretches can work the knee safely so that it remains limber while healing. The OT instructs the athlete on the proper way to use crutches, canes or a wheelchair while the knee remains immobile. The OT also can illustrate how to get in and out of the shower or walk up and down stairs with the adaptive devices.


Photo Left: An OT helps a patient with a knee injury through treatment as well as offers instruction on how to properly use assistive devices such as crutches.

While PT may be focused on treating the injury itself, OT is more likely to help the patient adapt to home and work environments to allow for a better quality of life and help the injured person maintain his or her independence. Some OTs will do on-site assessments and help with those modifications.

A C C O R D I N G T O S T. C AT H E R I N E U N I V E R S I T Y, P T I N V O LV E S T R E AT I N G T H E A C T U A L I M PA I R M E N T, W H I L E O T H E L P S T H E PAT I E N T C O M P L E T E N E C E S S A R Y TA S K S W I T H T H E I M PA I R M E N T.

Despite their differences, PT and OT do overlap, and some therapists may work together to make sure there’s a seamless integration of practices. Both PTs and OTs are involved in injury recovery or in assisting individuals with life-long disabilities enjoy the highest quality of life. Both professions require meeting high education standards with knowledge of physical anatomy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some entry-level occupational and physical therapists hold master’s degrees, but a vast majority of these positions require a doctoral degree in the respective field. However, the schooling required can be worth it, as both fields are expected to grow considerably in the coming decades. Physical therapists and occupational therapists can help people feel better faster and help injury sufferers maintain their independence through an injury or disability.

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RECIPES

Enjoy this delicious taco recipe that combines the refreshing malty aroma of ale with smooth and tasty avocados.

Beer Battered Avocado Tacos

Ingredients:

1 cup grated Asiago cheese (Optional) Chopped parsley garnish

Salsa Fresca 11⁄2 cups seeded and diced plum tomatoes 1. To make the Salsa Fresca: Combine 1⁄4 cup diced yellow onion the tomatoes, onion, jalapeños, 1⁄4 cup seeded and finely diced lime juice, and cilantro in a bowl jalapeño peppers and stir to combine. Season with 1⁄4 cup lime juice salt and pepper to taste. Cover 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh the bowl with plastic wrap and cilantro leaves refrigerate for at least 30 minutes Salt and freshly ground black pepper or up to 3 days to allow the flavors Beer Battered Avocados to mingle. 2. To make the batter: Pour the 2 cups Ale, chilled ale into a narrow, high-sided 3⁄4 teaspoon Cajun spice blend container. Stir in the Cajun spice 1⁄2 teaspoon ground dried chipotle blend, chiles, garlic, salt, and chiles paprika. 1⁄2 teaspoon granulated garlic 3. Sift the flour and baking powder 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt together in a small bowl, then add 1⁄2 teaspoon smoked paprika them to the beer mixture slowly, 1 cup all-purpose flour whisking well until the ingredients 1 teaspoon baking powder are thoroughly incorporated. Add 41⁄2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and more flour if necessary to create a quartered tempura-style batter for coating 2 cups panko breadcrumbs the avocados. Set the batter aside. Salt 4. Preheat the oven to 200 F. Prepare a deep fryer or pour 2 to 3 inches Tacos of oil into a deep cast iron or 1 cup Barbecue sauce heavy pot that is at least 4 inches 18 small corn tortillas

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Serves 6 to 8

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deep. Heat the oil to 360 F. Pour the breadcrumbs into a shallow dish. Use tongs to grab the avocado quarters and dunk them in the prepared batter. Shake off any excess and roll the avocados in the breadcrumbs to coat all sides. Fry the avocados in batches until golden brown, 1 to 21⁄2 minutes each. (Do not overcrowd the pot, as this will lower the temperature of the oil significantly.) Transfer the cooked avocados to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Season with a sprinkling of salt and keep them in the oven until the entire batch is ready. Assemble the tacos: Heat the barbecue sauce in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Warm the tortillas on a griddle or in the oven, if desired. Place one avocado quarter on each of the tortillas. Top each avocado with the warm barbecue sauce, salsa, cheese, and parsley. Serve immediately.


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Scones make an ideal companion to a morning cup of coffee or tea. You don’t have to be from “across the pond” to enjoy this delicious treat. Maple Pecan Scones

Ingredients: 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 4 Teaspoons baking powder A good pinch of salt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes

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Serves 6

1 cup pecan pieces 1 extra-large egg 1⁄4 cup pure maple syrup About 3 tablespoons milk 1 greased baking sheet

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 425 F. 2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add the butter and rub it in with the tips of your fingers until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Mix in the pecans. 3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg with maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of the milk. Stir into the flour mixture with a round-bladed knife to make a soft, coarse-looking dough. If the dough is dry and crumbly and won’t stick together, stir in more milk 1 tablespoon at a time. If the dough is very wet and sticky, work in another tablespoon of flour. 4. Tip out the dough onto a work surface lightly dusted with flour and gently work it with your hands for a few seconds so it looks smoother. Put the dough ball onto the prepared baking sheet. Dip your fingers in flour and pat out the dough to a round about 11⁄4 inches thick and 7 inches across. Using a knife, cut the round into 6 wedges, but do not separate the dough before baking. 5. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until light golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and leave until the wedges are cool enough to separate. Serve warm the same day. The cooled scones can be wrapped tightly and frozen for up to 1 month.


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Spring might not be a season many people associate with soup, but this classic Russian favorite is an ideal spring appetizer, even for those who are not big on beets. Borscht with Crème Fraîche

For the crème fraîche 2 cups heavy cream 2 cups sour cream For the borscht 1 bunch (1 pound) baby beets, with tops 1 pound new potatoes 1⁄2 cup honey, preferably avocado honey Sea salt Fresh dill for garnish (optional)

Directions:

1. To make the crème fraîche, combine the heavy cream and sour cream in a jar. Shake thoroughly to mix and place in a warm pot overnight. Once the cream has thickened, refrigerate until ready to use. Crème fraîche will keep in the refrigerator for 1 week. 2. Cut off the beet tops and chop them. Combine the beets, the chopped tops and the potatoes in a 6-quart soup pot and cover with about 2 quarts of cold water. (Don’t completely fill the pot; put in just enough water to cover the vegetables.) Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the beets can be pierced with a fork, about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the vegetables. 3. Prepare an ice-water bath by filling a large bowl with ice water. Remove the beets and the potatoes from the cooking liquid using a slotted spoon. Plunge the cooked beets into the ice-water bath and slip the skins off. Strain the

cooking liquid through a sieve or colander and into a bowl. Compost the beet skins and the cooked beet greens. 4. 4. Grate or chop the beets and potatoes and return to the broth. Add the honey and season with salt to taste. 5. 5. Serve hot with 1 tablespoon crème fraîche per serving. Add fresh dill on top, if you like.

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find more traditional fuels or face the added expense of adapting their vehicles to run on alternative fuels. Lack of mechanical expertise. Workers in the automotive trade are trained to manufacture and repair new vehicles. As a result, classic car owners without much mechanical ability of their own may find it difficult to find mechanics with the skills necessary to repair and restore classic cars. Historic requirements should be heeded. Each state has its own requirements governing classic cars. To qualify for historic vehicle registration, vehicles may need to be 25 years or older, owned solely as a collector’s item and used exclusively for exhibition and educational purposes. When driven for personal use, such vehicles may not be allowed to exceed 1,000 miles per year. Classic cars continue to attract hobbyists from all over the globe. Restoring classic cars can be a rewarding pastime, but one that involves dedication and an investment of both time and money.

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LOOKING BACK U N S C R A M B L I N G T H E H I D D E N FAC TS B E H I N D

HIDDEN FIGURES “G e t t h e g irl to check the numbers.” — A stronaut J ohn Glenn, before his 196 2 flight

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s an amateur historian, I both love and dread movies that are “based on a true story.” The recent Hollywood release entitled Hidden Figures is a prime example of this sort of docudrama about which I have such mixed emotions. On the one hand, I found this film Story by RICK BOOTH inspiring and educational – both good things. Yet on the other hand I was aware quite quickly, even in the theater, that the film was a tossed salad of NASA history with misplaced facts and jargon tumbling about in odd ways for the sake of plot advancement. I knew I’d have to read the book and do more research to sort out fact from benign fiction. (After all, amateur historians caught repeating Hollywood nonsense lose their credentials quickly!) To be sure, Hidden Figures is a good movie well worth seeing. I recommend it. This article, though, is meant as a supplement – a sort of unscrambling of the Hollywood-NASA tossed fact salad.

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Hidden Figures tells the nearly forgotten story of the computing corps of dozens of black women who performed much of the calculational work for NASA’s earliest space shots, including John Glenn’s mission. Most of the plot revolves around the lives of three of the most talented and accomplished women in the corps, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughn. Johnson is the central character. The film is, however, as much about the era of civil rights reform as it is about the space program. These were women who provided key support for the rocket teams while battling the handicaps of segregation laws and gender role expectations. The actual segregated computing corps of black women traces its origins to 1943 when the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA, NASA’s immediate ancestor agency) hired five black women to work at their Virginia-based research center as “human computers.” Before the days of electronic computers, crunching the very heavy numbers involved in aircraft design meant either pencil and paper work or long hours punching numbers into mechanical adding machines. In the midst of World War II labor shortages, the NACA decided to let well-educated, well-qualified black women crunch the numbers in their own separate part of the Langley research facility, known as West Computing. Over time, the corps of women grew. When the NACA became NASA in 1958, its headquarters were still at the Langley Research Center, and many of the women were assigned to space program computing tasks. The movie Hidden Figures suffers historically from the fact that it tries to condense nearly two decades of actual history (1943 to 1962) into roughly one year, leading up to John Glenn’s February 20, 1962, flight. To tell the story of civil rights advancement in the face of Jim Crow southern laws, the movie portrays many a segregation


injustice perpetrated on the main characters in the movie. Though such incidents were true in historical spirit, by the time NASA was formed in 1958, all formal rules of segregation had been abandoned at the Langley Research Center. In fact, the West Computing corps of black human computers had been disbanded by then as its former members were fully absorbed directly into research projects throughout the facility.

allowed to attend engineering meetings pertaining to her calculations. But generally, as a NACA and later a NASA employee, Katherine Johnson was treated with complete respect by her peers and managers and was, by her own report, always happy as a clam at her job.

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Katherine Johnson, the central movie figure, was to become famous as the woman who worked the math and crunched the numbers to figure out John Glenn’s launch trajectory and reentry parameters. She joined the officially segregated West Computing group in 1953 but only spent two weeks physically on site there before being “loaned out” to a project at another part of the campus where she worked fully integrated with white engineers. Her work was so good that they gave her a permanent position there. Though Katherine abided by the segregated cafeteria rules of the day, mandated more by the state of Virginia’s laws than by any NACA racist intent, she did not find it unusual or even terribly inconvenient in that day and age. Besides, packing her own lunch to eat at her desk saved both time and money. For many months, if not years, she was not even aware that Langley had separate restrooms for coloreds and for whites. Most weren’t marked, and no one complained. The movie, however, portrays her as becoming furious over having to run hundreds of yards to another building whenever she had to go to the bathroom. Though in one instance, it did happen to Mary Jackson while trying to follow the official rules in an unfamiliar building, such extreme difficulty was not the norm at Langley. As portrayed in the movie, Katherine did, however, have to push to be

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including Katherine Johnson, often spent hours funneling reams of numbers through advanced Friden electro-mechanical calculating machines. Not only could these amazing machines add and subtract, but they were also capable of performing multiplication and division while making a racket not unlike farm machinery. A room full of them must have been deafening! Katherine was, however, more than a simple number cruncher. She was a college-trained mathematician who had shown signs of genius in that field as a child. She understood not only numbers but the theories and the equations behind them. Limited, however, by segregationist hiring practices of her day that blocked her from prestigious mathematical jobs, she spent years working as a teacher before landing her dream position with the NACA, where she flourished and blossomed. By 1960, she was the coauthor, along with engineer Ted Skopinski, of the main research report laying out the mathematical theory and formulas used to plan and predict satellite trajectories and orbits, including John Glenn’s flight. The movie instead portrays her as having to fight hard to be named as the paper’s co-author, with her name showing up only after John Glenn’s flight. Though things like that had happened to others among the black female computers who worked anonymously on scientific reports, it did not happen to Katherine. She was a named author long before any astronaut flew.

is also true that John Glenn wisely requested, “Get the girl to check the numbers” before he went into space, apparently referring specifically to Katherine but not calling her by name. It’s always good to double-check a new technology. The movie, however, portrays Glenn’s request as a day-of-launch event, with John Glenn refusing to board his capsule until Katherine is located and asked to confirm his flight math in a mad rush. In fact, he made the request three days before launch. Katherine did manually check through the computer’s numbers, a project that took a day and a half spent with a noisy calculating machine. The numbers generated by Katherine and NASA’s IBM 7090 mainframe matched. There was no crisis on the day of launch as portrayed in the movie. That was Hollywood drama, hype, and fiction – pure and simple. Besides the “white lies” used to condense twenty years of sexist, racist injustice into one, here is a top-ten list of some other whoppers viewers might as well be aware of while watching or remembering the movie henceforth:

10. Though Dorothy Vaughn, another of the movie’s main characters, did finally become a FORTRAN computer programmer, the scene in which she amazes IBM technicians by fixing their newly installed computer almost as a casual afterthought, when they themselves were incapable of making it run, is pure hyperbolic fiction. On a more poignant note, she did not, in fact, achieve fullfledged supervisor status after John Glenn’s flight as portrayed. She actually had achieved that status many years earlier as the head of West Computing. Unfortunately, she lost her supervisory status when West Computing was disbanded in 1958 under new NASA desegregation policies. How ironic! 9. The movie shows Katherine Johnson being given heavily redacted technical documents that made it hard to get her job done. That’s not reported in the book. It’s apparently a movie metaphor for her not having been privy to some engineering design meetings at the time. Neither was she ever suspected of being a spy. 8. The movie shows Katherine talking about An IBM 7090 computer, vintage 1960s transitioning from an “elliptical orbit” to a It is true that electronic computers were just “parabolic orbit” on capsule reentry. The latter beginning to replace the “human computers” for phrase is a self-contradictory oxymoron. Reentry orbital calculations as John Glenn prepared to fly. It involves a change in the elliptical orbit so that it

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LOOKING BACK intersects earth. Parabolic orbits don’t exist. full of white-shirt-black-tie engineers with her 7. The movie ends with epilogue text saying John mathematical “discovery” that Atlas rockets can put Glenn only completed three orbits of a planned a man into orbit whereas Redstone rockets can’t… seven-orbit mission. This is dead wrong and based is utterly ludicrous. The Redstones were designed on a misunderstanding of the fact that NASA years earlier as intermediate range ballistic missiles declared his spacecraft in good enough condition for lobbing nuclear bombs a few hundred miles to complete seven orbits if necessary. Even from Western Europe toward Russia. The Atlas Katherine’s 1960 paper lays out his flight as three rockets were designed as intercontinental ballistic orbits. missiles for tossing nukes from Montana to Moscow, 6. The “Mission Control” room for John Glenn’s and were thus capable of achieving orbit. It wasn’t flight is portrayed as being at the Langley facility secret knowledge, and every rocket scientist and in Virginia where Katherine can run up to the door plenty of average Americans at the time knew the with her magic mission-saving calculations at the difference. I’ve rarely seen a more absurd scene last minute, only to have the door shut rudely in in any movie. The white-shirted engineers weren’t her face. The control room was at Cape Canaveral, idiots. Florida. Katherine was not there. 5. Though the movie claims Glenn’s flight was to last Movie bloopers aside, though, I also learned a few new seven orbits, and the real mission was actually three and quite significant things from Hidden Figures: all along, the huge Mission Control world wall map in all the scenes shows a six-orbit path. It appears The opening scene of American engineers panicking they copied the map from photos of Wally Schirra’s over the launch of a Soviet rocket called “Sputnik 4” six-orbit mission later in 1962. Wrong astronaut! Hidden Figures continues on pg 20. Wrong flight! 4. The movie’s use of the phrase “go/no-go” with respect to selecting John Glenn’s reentry point from orbit back into earth’s atmosphere is nonsensical. In the space program, you make a critical “go/ no-go” decision about whether or not to launch. Lunch Brunch • 2nd Monday • Mr. Lee’s in Cambridge Choosing whether or not to come back down to Lunch Group • 2nd Tuesday • 12pm • Annie K’s in Barnesville earth (a return/don’t-return decision!??) is not up Breakfast Group • 4th Thursday • 9am • Patty’s Place in Belle Valley for debate. 10. The movie script writers seem to have picked latitude Suicide Survivor’s Support Group • 3rd Thursday • 6pm • Mr. Lee’s and longitude numbers out of a hat when they were in Cambridge • For those who have lost someone to suicide making up dialogue about where Katherine should target John Glenn’s landing point to be. At first, Grief Support Group • 4th Tuesday • 5:30pm • Hospice office the numbers they described would have crashlanded him in Columbia, South America. Later in the movie, they put him in the wrong ocean a little west of Hawaii instead of in the Atlantic a little east Providing dignified, compassionate, comfort-oriented care to the terminally ill. of the Bahamas where he belonged. Katherine, thankfully, in reality got it right. 2. The movie shows people in Virginia excitedly pointing skyward as they watch John Glenn hurtle back toward earth. He was nowhere near Virginia. Even the people at the southern tip of Florida, over whom he did pass, couldn’t see the tiny capsule dot 9711 East Pike Road • Cambridge, Ohio 43725 • 740-432-7440 or 1-800-283-0316 against broad daylight. 1. The scene in which Katherine amazes a room www.hospiceofguernsey.com

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Hidden Figures continued from pg 19. in early 1961 baffled me for a while. I later learned it was Russia’s first successful launch of a test capsule for later manned mission use. They had one more test launch after that and then put up Yuri Gagarin. Sputnik 4 probably did panic our engineers. I found and read Katherine’s 1960 orbital planning paper, not that I followed all the math. The movie portrayed her as a competent, extraordinarily capable mathematician. This fascinating paper utterly proves it.

they once occurred. As for Katherine Johnson, she continued working the math for NASA through the moon landings and into the Space Shuttle era. Though she was proud of her calculations for the Glenn flight, her finest contribution, she felt, was in computing the Lunar Module ascent paths to bring a dozen dusty astronauts back from the moon’s surface to rendezvous with Apollo capsules high above that barren world, thence to bring them back home. In 2015, President Obama awarded Katherine Johnson the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The next year, NASA dedicated its brand new Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility building in her honor at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, the city in which she and her husband still live to this day. Katherine Johnson is now 98 years old, frail, and yet still of quick mind.

Excerpt from Katherine Johnson’s 1960 paper

I was surprised in reading Katherine’s paper that she had made projections for both a launch heading east and a launch heading west. Almost no satellites are ever launched on a westward path because in that direction they have to fight against earth’s natural rotation. Nevertheless, as a contingency, the paper gave coordinates for a westward launch, which would not occur from Florida. It marked California’s Point Mugu Naval Air Station, just north of Los Angeles, as the potential spaceport. Who knew!? Though as a child I lived through and remember times of the civil rights movements of the early 1960s, this movie served as a powerful refresher on those days and the decades before. In follow-up reading, I was shocked to find that Virginia fought school desegregation by using state legislation to shut down city school districts that tried to comply with the Supreme Court’s desegregation mandate. Some schools closed for years, and many students were harmed! Today, it’s hard to imagine those times in our country, but all the more important to know

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Johnson receiving the Medal of Freedom

Electronic computers at NASA now do all the tedious work once done by black women on Friden calculating machines, but mathematicians who understand and generate the equations still have to program and run them. Fallibility is still possible. Three years after John Glenn’s flight, the third two-man Gemini space mission, dubbed Gemini V, came down a surprising 80 miles off target despite its crew having followed the flight computer’s instructions to the letter. The botched landing was the result of one wrong number fed manually into the computer program. John Glenn’s instincts were finally proven right that day. They should have had the girl check the numbers.


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“A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy. – Luis Barragan –

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Photo Top: The Hendleys’ home is surrounded by flowers from spring through fall. Photo Center: Tricolor tulips brighten the pathway in this peaceful garden. Photo Bottom: Relax while watching the smooth flow of the waterfall.


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Western Cowboy Star Look-A-Likes Breakfast Buffet Friday, April 28th. Beginning at 8:30 a.m.. The event will begin with the Look-A-Likes introducing themselves and maybe a surprise or two. The breakfast buffet will follow with the special menu to include: Western Omelet, Diced Potatoes, Canadian Bacon, Sausage Gravy & Biscuits, Fresh Fruit, and Muffins. Coffee, Water, and Assorted Fruit Juices will also be served. To make your reservations for this fun event, please stop by the guest services desk or call 740-439-6681.

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Indoor Yard Sale Thursday April 6th. 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. There will be a variety of items for purchase including. Clean, slightly used St. Clairsville Senior Center items may be donated and they will be accepted 101 N. Market St, St. Clairsville after 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5th. Hope to 740-695-1944 see you then! Tuscarawas County Senior Center Palm Sunday Luncheon Buffet Sunday, April 9th 425 Prospect St, Dover Sunday, April 9th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.. The 330-364-6611 menu will include Breaded Baked Chicken Breast, Ham, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Carrots, Green Beans, Dinner Roll & Butter, and Assorted Desserts. Iced Tea, Water, and Coffee will also be served. Advanced tickets and reservations are required. Cost for the tickets are “By Donation” (Recommended

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Volunteer Recognition: Wednesday, April 19, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Enjoy a breakfast with us and celebrate our faithful volunteers from 2016! We will recognize seniors from the Dover center, as well as from each of the satellite sites.


COMMUNITY EVENTS Give My Regards To Broadway Saturday, April 01, 2017, 07:00 p.m. Book by Shubert Fendrich, music and lyrics by George M. Cohan. Combine the greatest show tunes of George M. Cohan with a sparkling story and you have the most entertaining, charming, toe-tapping musical of the season. Dick Foster is opening a Broadway show but is having problems with both money and his leading lady. Enter Mary Collins, an aspiring actress from New Rochelle, plus ’Legs’ Ruby, a Damon Runyon-type bookie who is on the run from the mob. Just as all appears lost, a financial ’angel’ appears with the money to do the show, and Mary gets her big chance at stardom. The play is filled with fascinating character roles, including the ’Donald O’Connor-type’ pianist, Betty, the Virginia belle in the chorus, along with a bevy of chorus girls, gangsters and other assorted characters. The Cohan songs are among his most memorable: ’Give My Regards To Broadway,’ ’You’re A Grand Old Flag,’ ’Mary’s A Grand Old Name’ and many more. cambridgeperformingartscenter.org | 740-261-4304 | 642 Wheeling Ave, Cambridge Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 07:30 p.m. Rave On! re-invents the ordinary tribute show with an electrifying, high-energy, rock n’ roll extravaganza. Directed by Billy McGuigan, the new Rave On Cast helps ignite the stage and breathe new life into the music of Buddy Holly. In this rock and roll tour-de-force, audiences will experience all the thrills of a Buddy Holly concert re-imagined which includes such hits as “Peggy Sue,” “Raining in My Heart,” “It’s So Easy,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “True Love Ways,” “Oh Boy” and of course, “Rave On.” But, that’s only part of it! In a unique twist, Rave On celebrates the birth of an era and pays homage to fellow rockers; Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. Billy McGuigan is the Creator, Director, and Producer of Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience. He has received national attention and critical acclaim for his portrayals of the legendary Buddy Holly in Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story. These performances have broken box office and attendance records in six theatres across the country. Billy took that success and developed this unique and exciting new tribute. Billy masterfully directs a new cast in Rave On! which continues that record-breaking tradition with an innovative concert format. www.pritchardlaughlin.com | 740-439-7009 | 7033 Glenn Highway, Cambridge Daffodil Luncheon and Style Show Saturday, April 29, 2017, 11:30 a.m. 49th Annual Daffodil Luncheon and Style Show Saturday, April 29, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.. Tickets $25.00 each available at the Hospital gift shop or call Tina Todd. 740-435-9777 or 740-255-7080 | 7033 Glenn Highway, Cambridge Zane Grey Day Sunday, April 30, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 04:00 p.m. Admission by donation which supports the educational programs of the museum. Vintage Baseball by the “Ohio Village Muffins” ODNR’s “Passport to Fishing” Program Dutch Oven Cooking Lassoing and Ground Roping Musical Entertainment www.ohiohistory.com | 740-826-330 | 8850 East Pike , Norwich

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LIFE ON THE MOVE Cross Country Cycling Story by EMILY RUMES | Now & Then Writer Photos Submitted by JIM HOPSON | Interim Group Publisher for GateHouse Media

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any of us would consider it a grand adventure to cross the United States just once in our lifetime. Jim Hopson has taken this journey both on foot and by bike, and says he would definitely do it again. Jim retired for the first time in 2007, and it was then that he decided to walk across the country. He set out from the Atlantic Ocean and made it to Kansas City. He was briefly called out of retirement to work in consulting, so the rest of the trip would have to wait. Jim's walk gave Jim time to talk with small newspaper publishers along the way and helped him meet his personal goals of staying fit and active.

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A resident of Granville, Jim and his wife have spent their summers in Ohio. Currently, he has come out of retirement to serve as an Interim Publisher for GateHouse Media, which recently acquired Dix Communications. “What surprised me most on the walk,” said Jim. “Was when I was going through areas where the economic life of the community had moved on, the people were still there. Rather than moving to larger cities where the jobs were, many people chose to stay because this was where their life and their family were.” During his walk through Ohio, Jim stopped at a local restaurant for breakfast in a small town about an hour


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south of Columbus. As the locals came and went that morning, drinking coffee and having their eggs and bacon, Jim talked with a man who was looking for work in construction. As crews pulled up in trucks, the man would go out and check to see if they had work for him to do. Jim asked him why he didn't just go to the city, it wasn't that far and someone could easily get an apartment and make a good living with all the jobs available in Columbus, but this man chose to stay where he was because the small town was where his roots were. As he walked, Jim also talked with the smaller, local newspapers that were published in little towns along his route. Larger newspapers had begun to feel the turning tide of consumer behavior, along with economic changes, but the smaller papers hadn't felt it yet. Many smaller cities and towns had remained the place where life truly existed for so many people. Walking gave Jim invaluable perspective and he was soon called back to work, an “un-retirement” he says, but he never lost the notion that he ought to try crossing the

“WHAT SURPRISED ME MOST ON THE WALK WAS WHEN I WAS GOING THROUGH AREAS WHERE THE ECONOMIC LIFE OF THE COMMUNITY HAD MOVED ON, THE PEOPLE WERE STILL THERE. RATHER THAN MOVING TO LARGER CITIES WHERE THE JOBS WERE, MANY PEOPLE CHOSE TO STAY BECAUSE THIS WAS WHERE THEIR LIFE AND THEIR FAMILY WERE.” country another way, on his bike. Jim has always been active and loves the outdoors, hiking, camping and kayaking. Primarily he enjoys running. His favorite running partner is his Hungarian Vizsla named Penny, but when a pulled muscle stalled Jim's running routine he took up cycling as another way to stay fit. Life On The Move continues on pg 38.

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Life On The Move continued from pg 37.

In 2013 he decided it was the right time and in doing his research, Jim found a company based out of Colorado called CrossRoads Cycling Adventures that offers supported trips. “I gave myself time to get ready,” added Jim. “But I was only able to do about 45 minutes per day, most of which was on a stationary bike in the gym because at the time I was working in a climate where it was too cold to be out on the road.” Other riders on the trip included several from England, two father and daughter combos, and a husband and wife, and all these riders were in top shape. The trip was to start out in Los Angeles and follow a diagonal all the way to Boston. “I went out to L.A. and met the group, about 25 or so,” said Jim. “Every day was like summer camp and I'm still in touch with many of them today.” The oldest man on the trip was 76 and the oldest woman was 70, Jim was 67. Many of the riders were retired, which gave them the time they needed to do the long trip. “We were riding 85 miles each day, with about 5 days off in total, taken at different stops during the trip,” Jim added. Some of Jim's favorite sights in crossing the country

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Jim Hopson finishing the trip at the Atlantic Ocean just north of Boston

were the spectacular rock formations in New Mexico and Arizona. There were also some beautiful places along Lake Erie in Pennsylvania and New York. “The people in the towns we passed through were very nice,” said Jim. “Everyone we met was accommodating and friendly.” On their way through Ohio, the group stopped for a night at the Best Western in Wooster. They had just ended one of their more difficult days of riding. It was June and the heat and humidity had made for a sticky ride from Marysville to Wooster, which is roughly 100 miles. The hills in that part of the state were what challenged Jim the most. “We were trying to get up as much speed as we could going down each hill, and then really having to grind it just to get back up the incline on the other side.” Another challenging section of the trip was when the group crossed the Rockies, not so much because of the terrain itself, but because of the altitude. The tour support team kept all the riders' gear and arranged the places they would stop and stay along the way. “It was great because there were no logistics to worry about, you could just keep going,” Jim added. When Jim's family and friends found out about the trip they had their concerns, but they were supportive,


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“RIDING A BIKE IS THE PERFECT WAY TO SEE THE COUNTRY. WALKING IS SLOW, BUT ON A BIKE YOU CAN GO AT THE RIGHT PACE AND REALLY ENJOY THE VIEW. YOU HAVE THE TIME TO STOP AND SEE THINGS THAT INTEREST YOU, BUT YOU CAN ALSO GET GOING AGAIN RIGHT AWAY, SO YOU KEEP A GOOD PACE.” “They knew that it was what I wanted to do and that if that was the case, I was going to do it.” There were days when the group rested and enjoyed free time, stopping to visit or do some sightseeing. In Abilene, Kansas Jim took some time to visit the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. A history buff, he also made sure to see some of the historical sights along the Erie Canal and museums up along Lake Erie.

“Riding a bike is the perfect way to see the country,” said Jim. “Walking is slow, but on a bike you can go at the right pace and really enjoy the view. You have the time to stop and see things that interest you, but you can also get going again right away, so you keep a good pace.” For the cross country trip Jim used a lightweight, carbon fiber road bike with a three chainring configuration to allow for easier pedaling, particularly up steep hills. The 3,405 mile journey took 7 weeks to complete and thankfully the weather, while hot, was on their side for most of the trip. “We started with our back tire in the pacific and we ended it with our front tire in the Atlantic.” Reflecting on the trip, Jim says, “I was reminded what a big, beautiful, diverse, rich country the United States is.” While this last trip may have come to an end, that doesn't mean the journey is over. As we continue to grow and change as a nation, it's safe to say there will always be new things to see and learn about in crossing the country. The open road is always there, ready and waiting to show us.

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