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Simple ways to recycle high-tech devices, batteries By Brandpoint Media


educe, reuse, recycle — it’s a mantra we’ve known for decades. While Americans understand the benefits of recycling bottles, cans and paper, they aren’t as savvy when it comes to recycling electronics. Between cell phones, tablets, computers and other consumer electronic devices, the average U.S. house has 24 electronic devices — making for a lot of e-waste when that technology becomes dated. Here are three big e-waste offenders — cell phones, batteries and computers — and how each can be properly recycled. CELL PHONES AND MOBILE DEVICES You probably have a few sitting in a drawer at your house — cell phones you no longer use but aren’t really sure what to do with. According to Bamboo Mobile, it is expected that there will be roughly 396 million idle or inactive mobile devices in the U.S. by the end of 2014, and of those, only about 80 million will be recycled. Recycling small electronic devices is easier than ever, and you might even get some money

in the process. Just find the nearest ecoATM at a mall or retailer nearby. If you don’t have an ecoATM near you, most cellphone providers offer recycling programs within stores. While you won’t earn cash, you’ll still have the opportunity to properly recycle your mobile devices and keep toxic materials out of the waste stream. Keep in mind, for every million cell phones recycled, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). BATTERIES From your electric toothbrush to your TV remote or your children’s animated toys each day your family uses a lot of batteries. In fact, every year Americans throw out almost 180,000 tons of batteries, according to Earth911, and the majority of these are the single-use type (not rechargeable). Dry-cell batteries are used in most consumer electronics, and these include alkaline and carbon zinc batteries (including some D, C, AA, AAA and 9-volt) and lithium batteries (including some 9-volt, C, AA and rechargeables). Another type to be aware of are wet-cell batteries that are found in cars, boats and motorcycles. Both dry and wet-cell batteries must be properly recycled. Recycling all types of batteries help to prevent pollution and reuse valuable metals. Start by checking with your local government or recycling center to learn how to properly dispose of batteries. Automotive stores will often collect and recycle wet-cell batteries. For dry-cell batteries, many municipalities offer boxes in city halls, libraries and community centers where batteries can be placed for recycling. Additionally, consumer

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July Calendar Compiled by the Fond du Lac Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. For detailed information visit or call (920) 923-3010. 1 • Buttermilk Festival: Wisconsin national Guard 132nd army Band – Buttermilk Creek Park, 700 S. Park Ave., 7:15 p.m. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • Fond du lac senior dininG Group – Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. at selected restaurants. Ages 55 and older. Call Max at (920) 296-1921. » July 1 – Blanck’s Lake Aire Supper Club, N8751 Lake Shore Dr., FDL. » July 8 – Paddy’s Pizza Pub ’N Restaurant, 302 W. Main St., Eden. » July 15 – Applebee’s, 841 W. Johnson St., FDL. » July 22 – Gino’s, 594 W. Johnson St., FDL. » July 29 – Benvenuto’s, 625 Rolling Meadows Dr., FDL. 2-5 • celeBrate Waupun – Tanner Park, 501 E. Spring St. Free 4-day festival featuring two music stages, fireworks show, carnival rides, sculpture tour and more. 3 • Journey into darkness niGht hike – Kettle Moraine State Forest to Northern Unit, N1765 Hwy. G Campbellsport, 8:30-10 p.m., Zillmer Trails Area. Explore the dark world using all your senses. Bring bug spray and sense of adventure. This night hike is best for families/groups with children at least 5 year old. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 • thursday niGht dance lessons – Eagles Club, 515 N. Park Ave., 7 to 9 p.m., $10. Beginner ballroom, Latin, swing and salsa dance lessons at 7 p.m. and intermediate at 8 p.m. Dance style changes monthly. $10 per person. No partner needed. 3 – 10 – 17 – 24 – 31 • BeGinner dance lessons – Eagles Club, 515 N. Park Ave., 7 p.m., $10. No dance experience or pre-registration required. No partner necessary. Followed by an Intermediate lesson

at 8 p.m. Spectators welcome at no charge. Learn the Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha, Rumba and more. 4 • symphonic Band americana concert and FireWorks – Lakeside Park, 555 N. Park Ave., 7:30 p.m. Americana Concert in the historic Joseph Schmitz Bandstand features music by American composers, patriotic favorites and stirring American marches. Fireworks following the concert. 5 • Wisconsin Wolves – Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center, N2875 State Hwy. 67 Campbellsport, 7 to 8 p.m. Wisconsin has been a historic home for gray wolves. Come delve into the amazing lives these incredible animals lead. Learn how they are recovering after being extirpated from the state and what the next steps are in sustaining a healthy population in the Great Lakes region. Program appropriate for ages 8 and older. 7 • music under the stars: triBute to the ron harvey orchestra – Buttermilk Creek Park, 700 S. Park Ave., 7 to 8:30 p.m. Big Band music tribute. 7, 14, 21, 28 • monday niGht dance lessons – Fond du Lac Senior Center, 151 E. First St., 7 to 9 p.m., $10 per person. Beginner dance lessons every Monday night. No partner or experience needed. Intermediate lessons at 8 p.m. Learn ballroom, Latin, swing and salsa. Call (920) 979-3434. 9 • Buttermilk Festival to symphonic Band Family niGht concert – Buttermilk Creek Park, 700 S. Park Ave., 7:15 p.m. Music for kids of all ages, face painting, kids’ conducting contest, Teddy Bear parade. Selected 8th grade band

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students will perform on a march with the band. 10, 17, 24, 31 • noon orGan recital series – Church of Our Saviour to Lutheran ELCA, 363 S. Main St., 12:15 to 12:45. Organists include: July 10, Sandy Albano; July 17, John Penkoske; July 24, Pam Lane and Pat Siekierke; and July 31, Ken Hill. 10, 17, 24, 31 • concerts in dodGe park – 124 E. Lincoln St. Waupun, 5:30-9 p.m. Enjoy a picnic in the park and great music Thursdays in July. Food and beverages starting at 5:30 p.m., music at 6:30 p.m. 12 • horses and hoGs allamerican Ford and harley shoW – Open Road Harley-Davidson, 24 S. Rolling Meadows Dr., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Family-friendly event with Mustang and Harley corrals, food

and refreshments, live music, meet and greet with local celebrities and more. 12 • sideWalk sale – Downtown Fond du Lac, 130 S. Main St., 8 a.m.-noon. To better accommodate shoppers and businesses, First and Second Streets will remain open for cross traffic. Courtesy golf cart rides provided to assist people with transporting purchases. Live music, games and activities for the kids. 12 • WinGed Wonders – Horicon Marsh International Education Center, N7725 Hwy. 28, Horicon, 1-4 p.m. Learn about native pollinators. 12-13 • summer doG aGility trial – FDL County Kennel Club, N5480 Deneveu Ln., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Food and refreshments available. Cheer on your favorite breed.


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followed by the Symphonic Band’s Musical State concert, featuring music from Broadway, movies, the operatic stage and more. 26 • suMMer sAturdAy evening event – Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center, N2875 State Hwy. 67 Campbellsport, 7-8:30 p.m. Presenter Bill Volkert shares how the geography of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is important to birds and the best places to observe the birds of the Northern Unit area. 26 • PrAirie Fest – Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum, 400 University Dr., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Experience the the prairie at the peak of the summer bloom. Nature-related presentations, children’s activities, outdoor exhibits, tours, artists and vendors. 27 • CAr-A-FundA CHArity CAr sHoW – Lakeside Park, 555 N. Park Ave., 8-4 p.m., $2. No entry fee for show cars. All show vehicles welcome. Food, refreshments, raffles. Oldies music during the show. Fondy Vintage Auto Club.


a spectacular view over Lake Winnebago. Wear good walking shoes, bring insect repellant and binoculars. 30 • butterMilk FestivAl: neW Century dAnCe orCHestrA – Buttermilk Creek Park, 700 S. Park Ave., 7:15 p.m. The New Century Dance Orchestra recreates the jazzy dance band sounds from the roaring ’20s into the swing style of the ’30s.

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13 • AgnesiAn HeAltHCAre FoundAtion gArden WAlk And Art FAir – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $15 Stroll through six beautiful and inspiring gardens on the 12th annual Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Garden Walk. Guests are invited to an exciting Art Fair with unique items from talented area artists at W3950 Hwy. 23, Fond du Lac. 14 • MusiC under tHe stArs: PAge Four – Buttermilk Creek Park, 700 S. Park Ave., 7 to 8:30 p.m. Pops and standards from across the years. 16 • Audubon evening WAlk At tHe greenWAy – 6:30 p.m. Explore trails along the east branch of the Fond du Lac River. Wear good walking shoes, bring insect repellant and binoculars. Meet at the west side of the parking lot at Pick ’n Save, 55 West Pioneer Rd. 16-20 • Fond du lAC County FAir – Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds, 601 Martin Ave. Exhibits, carnival, concessions. Grandstand shows included with general admission. 18 • Fond du lAC WoMen’s CHorus ConCert – FDL County Fairgrounds Expo Center, 601 Martin Ave., 3 p.m. Performing excerpts from their spring concert, “Singing Down Broadway.” 18 • tour tHe toWn Art WAlk – Downtown Fond du Lac, 130 S. Main St., 5 to 8 p.m. For a list of participating venues, visit 19 • stAr gAzing At tHe MArsH – Horicon Marsh Int’l Education Center, N7725 Hwy. 28 Horicon, 5 to 11 p.m. Join the Northern Cross Science Foundation as they view the night sky through telescopes. 19 • snAkes oF WisConsin – Kettle Moraine State Forest to Northern Unit, N1765 Hwy. G Campbellsport, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come to know the unique adaptations of these remarkable reptiles and what habitat requirements they need to survive. Meet a few live snakes! 21 • MusiC under tHe stArs: Midnite drive – Buttermilk Creek Park, 700 S. Park Ave., 7 p.m. Classic rock. 23 • butterMilk FestivAl to syMPHoniC bAnd “tHe MusiCAl stAge” – Buttermilk Creek Park, 700 S. Park Ave., 6 p.m. The 30-piece Fire Brigade Band from Kropp, Germany will open the evening,

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Taking the plunge into retirement By Karyl Richson, Social Security public affairs specialist


aturday, July 26, is All or Nothing Day — dedicated to the idea of making decisions — and plunging in. All or Nothing Day is a great day to think about your retirement — whether it’s right in front of you or looming on the horizon. When is the right time for you to retire? There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Social Security offers a list of factors to consider in the publication, “When to Start Receiving Retirement Benefits,” available at If you’re a young or middle-aged worker, you still have time to ponder that decision. But don’t wait to begin saving for your retirement. Start saving now and go in all the way. The more you save, the more comfortable your retirement can be. And remember, Social Security retirement benefits were not intended to be your sole source of retirement income and planning early will make for a comfortable retirement. Social Security provides two top-rated online tools to help you plan for your retirement. First is the Retirement Estimator, which gives you immediate and personalized retirement benefit estimates. The Retirement Estimator is convenient and secure, and lets you create “what if” scenarios. For instance, you can change your “stop work” dates or expected future earnings to create and compare different retirement options. If you have a few minutes, you have time to check it out at Another great tool is your own my Social Security account. Here you can get instant estimates of your future benefits and verify that your earnings history is correct with your own, free my Social Security account. Visit socialsecurity. gov/myaccount and join the millions of people who have already created their accounts to help plan for retirement. You can get Social Security retirement benefits as early as age 62, but if you retire before your full retirement age (currently age 66, but gradually increasing to age 67), your benefits will be reduced, based on your age. If you retire at age 62, your benefit would be about 25 percent lower than what it would be if you waited until you reach full retirement age. Find out your full retirement age by using our Retirement Age Calculator at htm. You may choose to keep working even beyond your full retirement age. If you do, you can increase your future Social Security benefits — up until age 70. There is one more way that choosing to keep working can increase your benefits. If you


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Social Security Cards By Karyl Richson, Social Security public affairs specialist To help combat the rising threat of fraud and identity theft, Social Security will no longer issue Social Security number printouts beginning in August 2014. If you need written confirmation of your Social Security number — perhaps your new employer needs verification — and you can’t find your Social Security card, you can apply for a replacement. But do you really need a replacement? In most cases, you don’t need your card as long as you know your number. For all intents and purposes, your number is your card. Usually providing your number and identifying information is enough. In the event you really do want or need a replacement card, either for yourself or for a child, you can find all of the details you need at The “Social Security Number and Card” page provides information on how to obtain a replacement card and what specific documents you need to provide.

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ond du Lac resident, Bev Gudex, 61, a passion and dedication for what does best — and that’s working with supporting those who have some kind of me illness. Gudex was born in Campbellsport and g up on a farm there. After graduating fr Campbellsport High School in 1971, she atten the University of Wisconsin-Madison where graduated in 1975, with a Bachelors of Scie degree in Social Work. Gudex’s education reached its peak w she received a Master’s degree in Social W from the University of Wisconsin-Milwauke 1989. For many years, Gudex's career consis of working in medical settings in Fond du L Waupun and Sheboygan. In 1992, Gudex took another major step, opened Adult Care Consultants, Inc., here Fond du Lac. Her business expanded into ar of mental health. She is, and has been a str advocate on mental illness since then, wh piqued her interest in NAMI. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) national organization. NAMI is a grassroots, n profit organization, with a mission to impr the quality of life for those who are affected mental illness through education, support advocacy. Gudex feels there is much more awaren of mental illness today, and is not the stigm bygone years. Over five million people of all a and income levels in the United States su from serious, chronic mental illness. It is notable that these illnesses greatly af family members and friends, and mental illn is treatable, just like any other illness. Gu emphasized, “Our main objective is educat support and advocacy.”

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According to Gudex, it was in the mid ’90s that the NAMI chapter of Fond du Lac was revitalized, and it was about 10 years before the drop-in center became a reality. In 2006, the building at 27 Third St. became known as Friendship Corner. She commented, “It was different community members coming together to make Friendship Center a realistic entity.” She gives tremendous credit to Holy Family Catholic Church, especially parishioner Jack Braun, for making this happen in our community. In a recent month, there were 587 recorded visits at the drop-in center. NAMI Fond du Lac and Friendship Center are located at 27 Third St. and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Locally NAMI works with the Department of Community Programs and other agencies. The drop-in center is just that. Every day Friendship Center has a different responsible volunteer that opens and closes the building at the end of the day. Anybody over the age of 18 years and older may drop in for however long they wish to just “hang out,” visit, work on a craft or art project, or may attend other structured activities such as a resume workshop, creative expressions, choices in recovery, or a spiritual group. Dropins can do this in a safe, non-threatening, nonjudgmental, relaxing environment. Tony Sabel has been the NAMI coordinator for the past two years. Gudex commented, “He is really helpful.” NAMI is governed by a volunteer board of directors which include Dale Hans, president; Sheryl Grimm, vice-president; Laura


Rau, secretary; and Bev Gudex, treasurer, along with nine other community members. Friendship Corner-NAMI Family Support group meets monthly and is facilitated by NAMI volunteer affiliates, free of charge, in a safe and confidential setting. This group is offered by family members who have someone in their lives living with mental health challenges. Other volunteers including Anne Henry, Laura Rau and Irene Hans facilitate various educational programs to parents and other caregivers for children and adolescents living with mental illness. In Our Own Voices (IOOV) is another segment of NAMI. This is a free presentation by people living with mental illness and overcoming the challenges posed by mental illness. Someone from IOOV can speak to community or civic organizations, including health care providers, law enforcement professionals, faith communities, consumer groups, human resource departments, and students. Fundraisers, such as the recent annual raffle help to support NAMI and Friendship Corner. NAMI is very appreciative of the many generous donations from community members that help to make this a success. Other times, brat and bake

sales help the cause. An additional fundraiser will be the 5K Walk in September, in conjunction with Horicon Bank. Memorials given in honor/memory of loved ones are also accepted and appreciated. Another very important event that will be coming back to Fond du Lac Sept. 2 is the NAMI Family to Family. It is a free 12-week education program for families, close relatives, and friends of individuals with serious mental illness. Taught by trained NAMI family members, the course provides caregivers with vital information about specific mental illnesses and their treatments, communication and problem-solving techniques, coping mechanisms, and the self-skills needed to deal with loved ones mental illness, as well as its impact on the family. Call (920) 979-0512 to register.

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Finding peace of mind for retirement By Brandpoint Media


veryone’s vision for retirement is different — for some it involves trips across the globe, while for others it means relocating to a new city or picking up a new hobby. Regardless of what your retirement goals might be, preparing to achieve them financially should include a plan that anticipates both the expected and unexpected events and expenses that may arise before or after leaving the workforce. Planning for retirement is challenging — only 46 percent of Americans feel certain that they will be able to afford the essential expenses after retirement, according to a survey by Ameriprise Financial. Breaking retirement planning down into simple steps, as shown in the new Confident Retirement® approach recently introduced by Ameriprise Financial, can be an easy way for those nearing — or in — retirement to begin planning. The approach takes into account the following four fundamental areas. COVERING ESSENTIALS The foundation of any retirement strategy, essential expenses, includes ongoing necessities

such as food, housing, taxes and some medical expenses. Economic conditions may always be a little uncertain and as a result, your goal should be to fund essential expenses with sources of guaranteed or stable income (e.g. social security or a defined benefit plan, among other options). ENSURING YOUR LIFESTYLE In addition to covering the essentials, many people have lifestyle goals they want to pursue such as travelling, or learning a new skill or hobby. Developing a strategy that can help cover the expenses that come with these goals can help you feel more confident about achieving them. PREPARING FOR THE UNEXPECTED Unanticipated events such as a catastrophic medical event or chronic illness, supporting a family member and loss of a spouse can have a devastating impact on retirement plans and goals. Developing a plan to cover the unexpected can help you navigate these bumps on the way to your financial goals. LEAVING A LEGACY After accounting for essential and

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very year, billions of dollars are lost to fraudulent activities. Unfortunately, scammers and con artists often target senior citizens. Phony home repair contractors victimize too many homeowners. A typical scenario involves an uninvited door-to-door solicitation from a contractor claiming to have a special price on roofing, siding, windows, asphalt, etc. Many times, they will claim to have products left over from a previous job nearby. Of course, the price is only good “right now” and the contractor will need all or most of the money paid up front. Some of these phony contractors work alone and others travel together in roaming groups or teams. Once they get your money they usually disappear having done little or none of the promised work, and the work that is done is usually of poor quality. There are some easy things you can do to protect yourself from this type of home repair fraud: ● Never allow an uninvited contractor into your home to look around or make an inspection. ● Never get pressured into making an immediate decision whether to hire a contractor to do any work on your home. ● Before you spend any significant amount of money on home repairs, obtain bids from at least three different contractors. ● Before you select a final contractor, check his complaint and business history with the Better Business Bureau. ● Demand that your final selection sign a written contract that spells out when the work will be started, the quality and type of all materials to be used, and when the work will be completed. ● Insist on making partial payments under the contract as specific work is completed to your satisfaction. If a phony home repair contractor has victimized you, contact your local police department.

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JULY 1 Swiss Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Peas and Carrots, Choc. Banana Torte, Peach Slices, Dinner Roll JULY 2 Lasagna Casserole, Italian Blend, Vegetables, Cinnamon Roll, Applesauce, French Bread JULY 3 Bratwurst on a Bun, German Pot. Salad, Corn, Birthday Cake, Watermelon Slice JULY 4 Closed - Independence Day JULY 7 Chicken Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Fruited Gelatin, Cookie, Sliced Bread JULY 8 Meatloaf, Baked Potato, Summer Blend Veg., Peanut Butter Cookie, Honeydew Melon, Dinner Roll JULY 9 Ham Rolls, Squash, Health Slaw, Pineapple Tidbits, Frosted Cake, Sliced Bread JULY 10 Swedish Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Fudge Brownie, Fruit Cocktail, Dinner Roll

JULY 11 Salmon Loaf, Escalloped Potatoes, Peas/ Pearl Onions, Petite Banana, Raspberry Sherbet, Sliced Bread JULY 14 Cranberry Glazed Pork Cutlet, Baby Red Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Sugar Cookie, Applesauce, Sliced Bread JULY 15 Baked Chicken, Twice Bk Style Pot., Copper Penny Salad, Pear Slices, Vanilla Pudding, Dinner Roll JULY 16 Beef Stroganoff Casserole, Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing, Cantaloupe Slice, Frosted Cake, Sliced Bread JULY 17 Chicken Cacciatore, Baked Potato, Creamy Cucumber, Salad, Chocolate Pudding, Seedless Grapes, Dinner Roll JULY 18 Country Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Peach Slices, Ice Cream Cup, Sliced Bread JULY 21 Ring Bologna, Baby Red Potatoes, Wax Beans, Carrot Cake with Cr. Cheese Frosting, Apple, Sliced Bread

JULY 22 Roast Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Peas and Carrots, Cranberry Gelatin, Fudge Brownie, Dinner Roll JULY 23 Meatballs in Honey Mustard Sauce, Sour Cream and Chive Potatoes, Calif. Blend Veg., Ambrosia Dessert, Plum Halves, Sliced Bread JULY 24 Chopped Steak in Burg/Mush Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Watermelon Slice, Cookie, Dinner Roll JULY 25 Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole, Broccoli Cuts, Choc. Rasp. Torte, Petite Banana, Sliced Bread JULY 28 Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Fruited Gelatin, Cinnamon Roll, Sliced Bread JULY 29 Glazed Ham, Baked Potato, Carrots, Poppy Seed Torte, Honeydew Melon, Dinner Roll JULY 30 Baked Chicken, Twice Bk Style Pot., Three Bean Salad, Apricot Halves, Tapioca Pudding, Sliced Bread JULY 31 Chef Salad w/Ham, Cheese, Sunflower Kernels, Veggies, Salad Dressing, Cantaloupe Slice, Frosted Cake, Wheat Dinner Roll

Meal Sites: FOND DU LAC – Riverview Apartments, 101 Western Ave., Mon-Fri 11:45am; Westnor Apartments, 653 W Arndt St. noon; Portland Square Apartments, 55 N. Portland, 11:45am; Senior Center, 151 E. First St. Mon-Thurs 11:45am; NORTH FOND DU LAC – Northgate, 350 Winnebago St., noon; RIPON – Russell Manor, 504 Russell Dr., 11:45am; Willowbrook Apartments, 615 W. Oshkosh St., noon; WAUPUN – Senior Center, 301 E. Main St., noon. Eligibility & Nutrition: All persons or married to someone 60 years or older are eligible for the Fond du Lac County Elderly Nutrition Program. Each meal contains 1/3 of the current daily Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Registration: Preregister at least one day in advance by 1pm, by signing up at a meal site or calling Fond du Lac Courthouse, 929-3937; Waupun Senior Center, 324-7930. For cancellations call the Department of Senior Service at 929-3937 before 1pm the business day prior to the meal. Donations: There is a suggested donation of $3 for those 60 years of age or older or married to someone 60+. Mobile Meals donation of $3.50. Volunteers: Volunteers are needed for the Senior Dining Program of the Fond du Lac County Dept. of Senior Services. Call 929-3114 for more information.


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Fireworks & Thunderstorms A summer guide to keeping your cat calm


he majority of pet owners say they have at least one dog or cat with behavioral problems, which easily can be exacerbated by such startling things as July 4th fireworks and summer thunderstorms. And unfortunately behavioral issues are the number one reason for euthanasia in dogs and cats, resulting in the death of approximately 15 million pets each year. “Summer can be an especially tough time for pets and pet owners, when thunderstorms, fireworks displays and travel can cause distress and bad behavior,” says Carolyn Stichler, vice president of marketing for Sergeant’s Pet Care Products. If you’re part of the 73 percent of owners who say they have a pet that is scared of fireworks, you’ll want to create a plan to help keep your cat calm. SAFE SPACE Create a safe space for your pet to seek refuge. The area should comfortable as well as secure so he can’t escape and wreak havoc or leave your home. Provide toys and other distractions. STAY CALM Even if your cat is flipping out, remain composed. Doing so will help send the message that there’s nothing to fear. Also, exhibiting anger could contribute to your pet’s stress and make the problem worse. RELY ON SCIENCE More than two million cat owners have used a calming product on their pet. “You may want to consider a calming collar for your pet that has been scientifically proven to reduce or eliminate bad behaviors provoked by stress-related

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t is a hunger inside of me and even though I have traveled far, my spirit is always planning for the next travel adventure. This is not true for some people. While this seems odd to me, for non-travelers, they openly question why I have the need to explore the “open road.” On our Greece tour in May, a couple who are very well-traveled themselves had this conversation with me. They have learned to be very careful about mentioning their travels to their friends and family because some resented it and others were not interested at all. So if you are one of those people you may want to stop reading right now. What is on my mind as I write this column are names of places like Costa Rica, San Jose, the rain forest, beaches, birding, coffee plantations; Italy, the Amalfi Coast and the Island of Capri; Spain, Madrid, Rhonda, the Alhambra, Granada. I am actually tingling with excitement as I write the words here. These are all places Wayne and I will be leading tours to in 2015 and I am fully enjoying planning the itineraries.

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Experience - July 2014  

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Experience - July 2014  

News for Boomers and beyond.