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Notes from Behind the Horn Part seven

10u Calendar of Events 12u Yours, Mine, Ours, Theirs and Others Second families 14u Yummy’s Corner They call you what? 16u The roller coaster ride A new widow 17u SBRMC named Tier 1 hospital 18u Flashback 50 20u Welcome back snowbirds! Eye care tips for winter months

Remembering Baby Boomers Authors disagree on the birth years of Baby Boomers, generally defined those born in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Some define a Boomer as one who was born between 1946 and 1964. Others include more years in this definition. Some divide this group into Early Boomers and Late Boomers, defined by their differences in life experiences. Most agree that the name refers to a temporary boom in the number of births. The numbers were significant enough to catch the attention of marketers who have consistently clamored to promote products and services to this large, distinctive group. Each month, when we plan our next issue of Boomers, we use our own loose definition. We define our readers, for the most part, as people 50 and older. But you can’t be too young or too old to enjoy Boomers, so we invite one and all to our Boomers family. Maybe we won’t be “forever young” but we can grow older together.

About the cover Boomers continues to encourage Baldwin County residents to get active and stay active. In this issue we take a look at the Baldwin County Trailblazers and all the beautiful trails this area offers walkers, runners and bikers. See story on pages 6-7.

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Project Homeless Connect Mobile Project Homeless Connect is scheduled for January 31, 2014 from 8am-2pm. This event is a one-day service fair for the homeless. It will be the Civic Center in downtown Mobile. Mobile Project Homeless Connect is designed to provide needed services to the homeless of Mobile and Baldwin Counties. The event will provide medical services, legal assistance, dental and vision screenings, and provide access to housing assistance and main stream resources (food stamps, state ID's, Social Security Cards, etc...). VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED. If you are interested in learning how you can help, please visit: or contact Sharon Algood with Housing First, at 251-445-8016.

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Get active, stay active Be A Trail Blazer

Baldwin County has many trails to offer walkers, runners and bikers.The Baldwin County Trailblazers continue to work to provide the best trails and areas for people to be active and enjoy the outdoors. By Theresa Corbin Contributing writer


s promised in the last issue, Boomers is getting active and staying active. In January, Boomers discovered that yoga truly is for all. Now we are turning our heads and our feet to the Eastern Shore Trails and the Baldwin County Trailblazers. Since 1995, The Baldwin County Trailblazers have literally been making a way for walkers, runners and cyclists to get and stay active in our area. Founded by Teko Wiseman, the Trailblazers goals has been to give people a place to walk, run

and cycle from Mobile and through Baldwin County. Current president and member, Valery De Laney—Wiseman’s daughter— says, “My mother formed the organization about 17 years ago. And 17 years ago there were no sidewalks or trails anywhere in Baldwin County, and she started getting a group of people together and they started writing grants.” According to the Baldwin County Trailblazers website, thetrailblazers. org, the groups’ goal “is to enhance the quality of life of all Baldwin Countians by promoting, funding, and constructing a countywide network of multi-use trails connecting

community to community, town to country, and people to people, and also to educate its citizens about the advantages and safe use of non-motorized transportation facilities to promote healthy lifestyles.” With the efforts of Wiseman, De Laney and the Trailblazers group, the area has gone from a place with no sidewalks to a walker’s, jogger’s and cyclists’s paradise called The Eastern Shore Trail. De Laney said her mother had a dream, “to connect downtown historic Mobile with the Eastern Shore all along the Bay. She got with an engineer and her board figured out a path and they started raising grants. They have built the

Support The Baldwin County Trailblazers at the Grandman Triathlon on May 31, at 7 AM in Fairhope. The event begins with a 1/3 mile swim into Mobile Bay and back beside the Fairhope Municipal Pier. After the swim, jump on your bike to dry off for an 18 mile ride through Fairhope. Then waste no time parking your bike for the last leg of the event. Run to the finish line with a 3.1 mile run through the streets of Fairhope and along the Bay. Learn more at

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Navigate the trails tips offered by the Baldwin County Trailblazers

The Causeway - US 90 to US 98

The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail in Orange Beach spans more than 13.5 miles. Follow it’s six trails through seven different ecosystems. It is a great place for the whole family to explore and get some exercise. Eastern Shore Trail piecemeal over 17 years and we are almost finished.” De Laney says she got involved when her mother passed away three years ago. She says, “Of 6 children I was the only one local that had time to do it. When momma died we all said we were going to find a way to finish the Eastern Shore Trail.” With only a few portions of The Eastern Shore Trail still in progress, The Baldwin County Trailblazers have made it possible for folks to get from Battleship USS Alabama Memorial Park all the way down to Weeks Bay Reserve without a vehicle. The Trailblazers have set up a system of pathways that allows residents to get and stay active all while enjoying the beauty of our area. After you discover all the health benefits the trail affords, another great way to get active is to go out and volunteer. The Baldwin County Trailblazers have organized an upcoming event to keep the trail beautiful. De Laney says, “Our next event will be a trail maintenance day on Saturday, February 8th on scenic 98 around Bay Creek on the Eastern Shore Trail. There is a long stretch of the trail with Crape Myrtles that we wrote grants 4 years ago and the Myrtles have never been pruned or tended and so the limbs are growing into the

trail. We are going to go prune up the Myrtles and clean them up so they will grow better. We hope to have 20-30 volunteers out there”. This event is a great opportunity to get active and give back. And if you are thinking about hopping on your bike and taking the Eastern Shore Trail to go to the upcoming Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival March 14th through 16th, valet parking will be provided for all cyclists. The Baldwin County Trailblazers will be at the event hosting a bike valet. They will offer a safe place to keep your ten-speed for the entire event. The Baldwin County Trailblazers are busy making our community a great place to live. Take advantage of all their hard work. The blazed trail connecting the communities from Mobile through the Eastern Shore is another perfect reason to get off the couch and put on your tennis shoes. Whether you are making good on a new year’s resolution or simply keeping in good health, The Trailblazers have made it possible to walk, run or cycle your way through the gorgeous Bay area. Find out more on the Baldwin County Trailblazer’s website: Download a map of the trail and go see all the hard work the Trailblazers have put into our community to help get us and keep us healthy.

Because this segment of the Eastern Shore Trail has no off road trail, we suggest this route for seasoned road cyclists only. Parking is available at Battleship Memorial Park for $2.00. Daphne’s Gator Alley / D’Olive Boardwalk Park - US 98. Named after the large gators living in D’Olive Creek, Gator Alley was designed with the sole purpose so that the traveler from the Causeway could get to the eastern shore without a vehicle. The wooden ramps and walkways find their way to the eastern side of US 98 at North Main Street in Daphne. After the boardwalk, there is an 8 foot wide concrete sidewalk the trail follows Mobile Bay south through Olde Towne Daphne, the rolling oak lined hills of Montrose, quaint Fairhope, Point Clear and on to the end at Weeks Bay.

Downtown “Olde Towne” Daphne Scenic 98/Main St

In downtown Daphne the trail takes shape as a concrete path of varying widths for a distance of 3.8 miles along Main Street/Scenic 98, and passes the local library, city hall, churches, schools, parks, retail shops and restaurants.

Montrose, the McDuff Trail Scenic 98

The Montrose leg of the trail starts at North Winding Brook just beyond Daphne’s city limits and follows Scenic 98 for 2.4 miles through rolling hills and across four pedestrian bridges crossing a magnificent ravine, Red Gully, Rock Creek, and Fly Creek. Fairhope, Single Tax Colony - Section Street At the intersection of Scenic 98 and Section Street, Fairhope’s main downtown north/south artery, you can turn south to the right on Section Street. This will take you into town on various width concrete sidewalks.

Point Clear and beyond... Scenic 98 Travel south towards the historic Grand Hotel at Point Clear. Once past the Grand Hotel, the trail continues on to County Road 32 then on to the Y-Weeks Crossing to county Road 13 where the trail dead ends.

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Notes from behind the horn, part seven By Charles Flach Note: Charles Flach continues his recollections as a traveling musician during the big band era. This column picks up in Coastal Georgia‌


finally reached Savannah and began my first night with the Don Grimes band. The most important aspect of playing with a band is the ability to sight read any music placed in front of you. The next is how well the intonation or sound of your instruments blends in with the other instruments in the band. I satisfied Don on both accounts, which was an honor since he was very strict in these regards. When the engagement in Savannah ended, the band went directly to the Sheraton Plaza Hotel located on Daytona Beach, Fla. I loved playing those beach resorts. The band left Daytona Beach and we did a series of one-nighters, finally arriving in Memphis, Tenn., at the Silver Slippers Supper Club. During this stay in Memphis, I met Mildred Solomito, a lovely Italian girl whose parents were very wealthy. She was the only child and her parents loved to shower her with many material things such as her own convertible. Mildred and I were sitting in the TV room of their large home when her father came in from the garage and presented her with a new set of golf clubs. This was the only time that I ever met and talked with her father. He and his wife always stayed in the back of the house when I came to visit Mildred. Mildred said to me that she did not even play golf and never asked for the car. She was really not interested in material things but I suppose that this was the way her parents showed their love for her. We dated during the two-month stay at the supper club and then the band was off to Nashville, Tenn. to

play the fabulous Plantation Supper Club. This was a club that attracted many famous people including movie stars, movie producers and directors. One night movie star Joan Caufield and movie director John Ford were seen on the dance floor with many of Nashville music celebrities. It was here that the bandleader gave the piano player a two-week notice of employment. At that time, the musicians’ union mandated that when firing someone you had to give them a two-week notice and when a member of the band wanted to leave, he also had to give the leader a two-week notice. The reason for the firing? He was eating on the job. My position on the bandstand was next to the piano. As we were playing, I noticed a strange odor coming from the piano player’s direction. The bandleader detected the smell as well. At the end of the song we were playing, the bandleader went over to the piano and saw a can of sardines opened with a small spoon next to it. The piano player was eating sardines between numbers hence the odor. That is when the bandleader told him to get rid of it and that is also when the leader got rid of the piano player. Speaking of eccentric piano players, one of the bands that I was on had a piano player who traveled with his mother and shared the room with her. Not only that, but he pulled his horse in a trailer behind a Cadillac. Whenever we were playing for an extended period of time, he would visit various farms to train any horses that the farmer had. Whenever he left the house, he always turned completely around before opening the car door. He was a brilliant piano player who could play classical music like a professional as well as any other type of music. I would say that he was the strangest piano player I ever worked with. Before I go on to another subject, let me tell you about one more piano

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player. When we would check into a hotel, he would immediately pack all the sheets, pillowcases and towels into a special suitcase that he had and then call room service and ask them where all the linens were. He would then pack the original linens in a large box and send it to his mother in New York City. Also, speaking of strange band members, a trumpet player always had his wife in the club where she sat in the front of the band. She would let him know if he was playing too loud or soft enough for a particular song by waving her hands. This fellow also received a two-weeks notice. I played with the Don Scott Orchestra whose featured singer was Ray Eberle. This was the same Ray Eberle who was the featured singer with the Glenn Miller Band. Another band that I was on had a whistler who whistled some of the songs. His name was Elmo Tanner and he was the whistler on the Ted Weems orchestra who also had as the featured singer, none other than Perry Como. You may remember the big hit song, “Heartaches” from the 40’s that Perry sang. Elmo, the whistler, had a solo in that song. When I left the Billy Lang Band, my buddy Chris, a trumpet player, and I journeyed to Mobile enroute to Biloxi, Miss., where we both had jobs with bands. He joined the Hal Stokes Band at the Buena Vista Hotel and I joined Cass Harrison’s band at the Broadwater Beach Hotel. As soon as I joined Cass Harrison’s band, I gave my two weeks notice. You may wonder why I would do this since it was a great New York Band. The reason was simple; Hal Stokes wanted me back as the lead sax player and Cass Harrison’s band would soon be leaving for the West Coast There was no way that I would leave my beloved South. Also, Hal’s band would be at the Buena Vista on the beach for three months. You may remember that Hal was the drummer who bought the Erie Lane Band back in Crowley, Ala. It worked out quite nicely for Chris and me to rent an upstairs apartment on the beach and split the rent of $60 a month. We even had a private porch to sit on to watch the shrimp boats come in and out. One day I told Chris that it would be wonderful if we had a boat to sail on in the Gulf. He agreed but said that it was out of the question. I countered his negative response by telling him that we could rig up one of the rowboats that rented for $1 and attach a portable sail to the rowboat. I always had a talent for rigging up something in an emergency. We bought two long poles, hinges, and screws and fastened them to the poles. The next problem was what to use for a sail. Actually, this was no problem for wonder boy. I simply borrowed one of the

apartment’s large blankets and fastened it to the poles. All we had to do was to take it down to an isolated section of the beach, rent the rowboat and pick up our sail. It didn’t take too long to fasten the sail to the rowboat with the tools that we brought with us. The two daring sailors were now sailing along westward, parallel to the beach. After approximately a one-mile journey, we decided to sail back to our homeport. The problem was that we could not turn the boat around due to the lack of a rudder. We were forced to row one mile back to the original location. The dance floor at the Buena Vista Hotel was located on the top floor and the décor resembled a ship. It was called the deck, with portholes for windows. The front had glass windows where one could overlook the beach and the Gulf. The view was spectacular at night, especially when there was a full moon. My parents came down for a visit on their way to New Orleans to see me and listen to the band. I think they were impressed. They really enjoyed sitting on the porch of our apartment to watch all the activities of the shrimp boats. I think dad’s investment in my saxophone was not a bad idea after all. Actually, he would have preferred my learning the bricklayer trade. One week when we were paid, there was no check. We were all paid in silver dollars in recognition of the hotel’s anniversary. I wish that I had kept those silver dollars. Each one had tripled in value since then. One time on our night off, the band set up in front of a new clothing store to celebrate its opening. That was just another strange engagement for us. After the Buena Vista Hotel engagement came to an end, I received a call from Johnny Mack to rejoin his band in Albany, Ga. for a six-week stay at the Paramount Supper Club. My buddy Chris left to go back home to Ohio and I packed the Buick and headed for Albany. When we finished in Albany, the band did a tour of one-nighters where one of then took us to Selma, Ala. to play Craig Field Air Force Base. We played this Air Base a dozen times, but something unusual happened in Selma that was a portent of the future. After playing at the air base one night, we dropped into a small nightclub to have a sandwich and listen to the small band there. The band had a beautiful blonde singer with a lovely voice. I didn’t realize that a few years later I would see this girl again in Montgomery, Ala. That story comes later on in the journal. uuu TO BE CONTINUED uuu Keep reading Boomers for more notes from behind the horn.





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PZK Center Dances

7-10 p.m., Jan. 17 –April 18 $5 PZK Center, 17933 State Highway 104, Robertsdale Ballroom dance lessons. First and third Friday of every month, 7-10 p.m. Soft drinks and coffee furnished, bring finger foods. 251-947-8606 or 251-947-5849

Oil Painting with B’Beth Weldon

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Jan. 18 $130, $120 Family members and above Eastern Shore Art Center, Fairhope 251-928-2228 Ext. 103 or or

The Machine, America’s top Pink Floyd Show

8:30 p.m., Jan. 18 $18.50-$30.00 The Saenger Theatre, Mobile The Machine has forged a reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. Over the years, The Machine has touched the hearts and souls of many, selling out theaters, large clubs and casinos across North and Central America, Europe and Asia.

The Daniel Plan-40 Days to a Healthier Life

10:30 a.m. Sun. Jan. 19, 26 Feb. 2, 9 or 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12 Free Magnolia Springs Wesleyan Church, 12233 CR 49 South, Magnolia Springs Join us for a 6-week series called The Daniel Plan-40 Days to a Healthier Life. This is a groundbreaking approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle that is both transformational and sustainable. The Daniel Plan is centered on five essentials that will guarantee your success: faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends 251-965-7171 or

The Schumann Music Club Anniversary Concert

2 p.m., Jan. 19 Free Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope The Schumann Music Club will host its Anniversary Concert. Club members and guests will perform a variety of piano, vocal, string and brass music. A reception will follow.

and Entertainment

Magnolia Chamber Orchestra

4 p.m., Jan. 19 Freewill offering St. James Episcopal Church, 860 North Section St., Fairhope Artistic Director Tomas Fajardo. The Magnolia Chamber Orchestra is dedicated to the vision of bringing music to the Gulf Coast community through intimate chamber music concerts. Their philosophy is to serve as a social tool that aims to inspire youth, evoking creativity in them and igniting a genuine interest for the arts through community outreach. 251-928-2912

Local Event with Author Drew Perry

12 p.m., Jan. 20 Free Page and Palette, 32 South Section St., Fairhope Drew Perry, the author of “Kids These Days”, will be at Page and Palette to discuss his new book. Brooke Csuka at 919-913-3868 or

Eastern Shore Choral Society

6 p.m., Jan. 20 $50 per person Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S. Section Fairhope The Eastern Shore Choral Society will begin rehearsals on Monday, January 20 in preparation for its spring concert, which will be presented April 27. The registration fee is $50 per semester but for students the fee is waived. There are no auditions and the only requirement is a love of choral singing. 251-454-8158

6th Annual Monroe Crossing

7 p.m., Jan. 21 $15 advance, $17 at door Loxley Civic Center, 4198 Municipal Park Drive, Loxley Monroe Crossing Bluegrass & Gospel Show with special guest Down Home. Tickets will only be available at the door only on the night of the concert.

Award Winning Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher

6 p.m., Jan. 23 $6 Orange Beach Senior Activity Center, 26251 Canal Road, Orange Beach This concert is part of a nationwide tour, under the auspices of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, to promote his new

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Edvard Grieg CD, to be released this fall by Centaur Records. Fletcher will perform selections from his new CD, an all Grieg album in which he himself wrote the guitar transcriptions. CD’s will be available at the concert. 251-981-2923 or

“Art from the Sea”

5-7 p.m., Jan. 24 Free Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach, 26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach presents “Art from the Sea” featuring photographer and Gyotaku artist Nikki Paschen and driftology artist Darcy Robinson. Join us for a nautical reception to meet the artists, enjoy drinks and light hors d’oeuvres and browse the gallery and gift shop. The exhibit will run Jan. 10-Feb. 14. 251-981-ARTS (2787)

Mardi Gras 5-mile Bridge Run

8-11 a.m., Jan. 25 $33 5k, $18 beach run Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola Take in beautiful views on a 5-mile bridge run as you race along the beach road and cross the Perdido Pass Bridge before heading back to the Flora-Bama. New this year, less serious participants can join in on a 1-mile beach run where they receive Mardi Gras beads and Moon-pies midway.

Reese’s Senior Bowl

3 p.m., Jan. 25 $10-$30 Ladd-Peebles Stadium Parking Lot, 1621 Virginia St., Mobile Catch the nationally televised game at home on NFL Network or in person. 251-438-2276, 251-432-4109 or

2nd Annual Heritage Arts & Camellia Festival Jan. 25 (Rain date: Feb. 2) Free Baldwin County Heritage Museum, 25521 Highway 98 E., Elberta Camellia arrangement contest, Camellia bloom display contest, heritage arts, blacksmiths and antique tractors. Call the museum for more details on how to be a vendor or to participate in the Camellia & Bloom Display contest. 251-986-8375

and Entertainment

Pancake Breakfast

8-10 a.m., Feb. 1 $10 The Venue, Section Street, Fairhope The Fairhope Rotary Club is conducting a pancake breakfast to raise funds to sponsor Fairhope children at The Fairhope Rotary Youth Club. Please come have breakfast with us and help us help the children of Fairhope. Tickets can be purchased from Page and Palette or Greer’s Market on Section St. in Fairhope. 251-928-4973

23rd Annual Flower Seminar

9:15 a.m. doors open, begins at 10 a.m., Feb. 5 $20 Erie Meyer Civic Center, Gulf Shores The guest speaker, Benny Campbell will present “Sharing the Beauty of Gardening Through Floral Designs.” Benny will “Wow” the audience with his floral designs and give you the confidence to create beautiful arrangements at home! Benny has had his floral designs featured in Southern Bride, Southern Accents and People magazines. He has been the featured speaker at Bellingrath Gardens, Callaway Gardens, and the Providence Hospital Festival of Flowers. Proceeds benefit the Gulf Shores Garden Club Scholarship Fund and other community interests. Diane Nowicki at 251-974-6606, or Mindy Jones at 251-968-9777 or

Watercolor Pouring with Kathy Miller Stone 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 7-8 $245, $225 for family members and above Eastern Shore Art Center, Fairhope 251-928-2228 Ext. 103 or or

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Yours, Mine, Ours, Theirs, and Others Boomers and others may think of the Brady Bunch when n Experienced partners may have more experience to meet combining two families with children. Well, the Brady children’s needs. Bunch depicted the perfect blending family with a few chaln Experienced partners may model effective and mature lenges and conflicts. parental behaviors. Fast-forward from the early 1970s to 2014. The Brady Bunch story has new twists and challenges. MYTHS ABOUT SECOND FAMILIES Marriage is in significant decline in the United States but Myth: Second families are just like first families. creating families is as robust as ever. The under-40 age group Fact: The second family is not a nuclear family. has a variety of choices regarding family life, including Fact: Forming second families takes time. traditional marriage, cohabiting that may or may not lead to Fact: Second family members may have loyalties to the first family. marriage, cohabiting that may or may not produce children. Fact: Children are often part-time or temporary Multiple partners with or without marriage and often members of the new family. including children is becoming more of the norm for Fact: The living rhythm of a second n Insist that your new partner’s children call you Mom or Dad family life in America. Forty percent of all children family is different from a first family. n Insist that your children call your will experience this family structure before the age Fact: Second families may have new partner Mom or Dad of 16. feelings of helplessness and n Compete with or attempt to replace According to the National Center for Health uncertainty. natural parents Statistics, the divorce rate remains steady with Fact: Second families have less n Expect your new family act like a first family approximately 50 percent of first marriages endcontrol than first families. n Attempt to discipline your new ing in divorce. Divorced indiMyth: Unrelated adults and partner’s children viduals may remain single, children in the second family n Lavish gifts, entertainment, or permissiveness remarry, cohabit without will love each other in the same in an attempt to make up for the hurt your remarriage, or cohabit manner as biological kin. children have experienced n Respect your n Push for affection from your new before remarrying. Fact: Unrelated children may reject partner’s children partner’s children Second and third their parent’s new partner. n Take time for active marriages do not fare Fact: Second families often take 3-5 years listening to each other and as well. Sixty-seven to adjust to one another. to each child percent of second mar Myth: The second family should operate in the same n Gently create your new riages and 73 percent manner as the nuclear, biological family. family with love of third marriages end in Fact: In American society, this implies tight boundaries. Children who have divorce. lived in a single-parent home often have more freedom than homes with Divorce and reassembly two parents or two cohabiting adults. These children have often assumed of a second family most often includes adult roles that they are reluctant to relinquish when their parent acquires children, a significant and complicating dynamic for the a new partner. newly formed unit. The American Psychological AssociaFact: This expectation does not allow for the extended kinship system tion has identified three strategic areas that need thoughtof the second family. Children in reconstituted families often have ties to ful deliberation before uniting two families with children. nonresidential parents and extended family members. These three areas are financial and living arrangements, feelings and concerns from the previous marriage or relaFinancial Challenges for Reconstituted Families tionship, and decisions regarding parenting changes. with Children Following are a few tips regarding forming a new family One-Pot Method – The new family pools resources from earned income with existing children. and child support. Two-Pot Method – One pot usually consists of the partner’s earned POTENTIAL STRENGTHS OF BLENDING FAMILIES income to meet family needs. The other pot contains the income from child New people and new experiences may widen and enrich support for each child. This may result in more than two pots of money, the life of the new family. depending on the sources of child support. n Adults in the second family are often more experienced, mature, and motivated. Contact Will Hodge at the Counseling Centre for more inforn Adults in the second family are often happier. mation. Appointments are available seven days a week. n Children from the first and second families may form positive and satisfying relationships. THE COUNSELING CENTRE n Children in second families may experience a positive 1404-F W. 1st Street, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 model of family life. Telephone 251-948-2999 n The adult relationships in first families may have had serious deficiencies.



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Will Hodge – PhD, PIP, LCSW 1404 W. 1st St, Gulf Shores, AL

251-948-3976 / 205-834-4622 What in the world is counseling? Counseling is a collaborative effort between individuals, couples, families, and the counselor. The Counseling Centre provides an open, supportive, and confidential environment for the citizens of South Baldwin County to resolve issues that frustrate satisfying and functional day-to-day living. Living in emotional pain is unnecessary. We can choose to remain in pain or to seek qualified assistance. Below are just a few of the problems that people often experience. • Symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression • Issues with, academic problems and relationships • Interpersonal difficulties, including, family problems, romantic relationship concerns, and assertiveness • Bereavement and grief related to the loss of a loved one through death, relationship breakups, divorce, and parental divorce, or family breakup. • Questions and confusion about identity, self-image, sexuality, gender, or religion • Experience with sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, abuse, or other trauma • Thoughts of suicide, death, or hurting others • Loss of income or job • Adjustment to retirement You may wonder about the best time to seek counseling assistance. Perhaps the list below will help. • You are unhappy on most days or feel a sense of hopelessness. • You worry excessively or are constantly on edge. • You are unable to concentrate on work, schoolwork, or other activities. • You are unable to sleep at night or constantly feel tired. • You have experienced a change in your appetite or your weight. • You have experienced a loss of a relationship • You have increased your use of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, or food. • You feel overwhelmed by what is going on in your life. • You are having thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else. Appointments with the Counseling Centre are available night and day, seven days a week. Rates are reasonable. Currently, we only accept cash or check.




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Yummy’s Corner By Cindy Dean

They call you what? They call you what? There was a time when grandparents were called Granny, Grandpa, Grandmother and Grandfather. Today, there are so many other names we go by. Some are really unusual such as Yummy (yes, my grandson calls me Yummy) to NaNa, MeMe, Me Maw, Paw Paw, Pee Paw, Gramps, Pops. The list goes on and on. I find that the new names are endearing, more personal. I always told myself that I would never be called Granny. I had a Granny and didn’t want to compare myself to her. (I would never come close to her as a grandmother, she was the best). I thought that first it would do my Granny’s memory a disservice and I thought I was too young to be a Granny. I know of other people that feel just the opposite, they want to be called the same as their grandparent for sentimental reasons. Sudie Gam-

brell, publisher of the Gulf Coast Newspapers, said that she loves the idea of being called the same as the grandmother who she loved so much. Nathan came up with the name Yummy on his own. When he was about a year and a half, I was making him some pudding and I told him it was yummy and from that moment on he has called me Yummy. I kinda like it. When I hear someone yell Yummy, I know that it’s for me. I have never heard of any others called that. What do your grandchildren call you? The stories are so vast as to how they come up with names for us. No matter what they call us though, it is sweet sounding to our souls. Has anyone else ever noticed that you can be in a crowd of people and a child can yell mom or grandma and the correct parent will respond? We instinctively know the sound of our

children and grandchildren. With the many different names we are being called today, it makes it even easier to know when they are calling us. Doesn’t it make that special place in your heart get a little warm and fuzzy when they call you or need you for something — to know that you are the one they turned to. I like the name that my parents gave me (with the exception that I’ve had to overcome the stigma that all Cindy’s are ditzy blondes.) But I love my name Yummy. I can hear him across the daycare yelling my name when I pick him up in the evenings. I also hear it at 3:00 in the morning when he wants a drink, when he can’t find his favorite cartoon on or when he wants cookies but at the end of the day though. I am still his Yummy and he is still my Nater-bug.

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By louise thompson After a year of learning to accept so many unexpected concerns after the death of my husband, I decided to “get away from it all” and rent a condo for a week at Orange Beach. My husband had died on Christmas Eve just one year ago and normally we would have joined our daughter in Mobile for her Christmas Eve party. This was a tradition I thought I might as well continue and made plans to attend her party. I loved the beach, so I thought this was a logical thing to do — rent a condo at Orange Beach, enjoy the beach and drive to Mobile on Christmas Eve. I arrived at Orange Beach all excited about the week ahead. But, as fate would have it, I was the only person on the beach, and it didn’t take long for me to realize that I was totally alone. When you are all alone, except you and God, you realize that God is all you need. This gave me time to reflect on the past year’s experiences. I had many new concerns that year, but one stood out in my memory, which I will never forget. My Sunday school class and church members were my family. Day or night, they were always there for me. One day when I seemed to be down, one of the fine young men of our church came to visit. He told me he was there to help. I had a couple of dead trees in my back yard that needed attention. There were three pine trees in a small pine island where I planted wisteria — that beautiful vine has absolutely gorgeous purple clusters of flowers. The leaves shimmering in the sunlight combined with the cluster of grapelike flowers in the spring is truly an awesome sight, but, one tree was dead, one tree had signs of tree rot and the third tree was in decent shape.

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So, when this nice man from church said he was there to help me, I was excited. Someone had come to help make decisions and do things around the house that my husband had always done. So, I led the way to the deck on the back of my home to show him the trees and find out if he thought I should take down only the damaged trees or all three. Boy was I ever naïve and in for a surprise! He put his arm around my shoulder, drew me closer to him and said; “Ho-ney, you know what I mean. I want to take care of all your needs.” I was totally shocked. I had no idea he had anything but good intentions in coming to see me. I took his hand off of my shoulder, told him to leave my house and never set foot on my property again, warning him that if he ever did I would call his wife. As he went through my front door, with

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a smirk on his face he said, “You’re just not ready yet. When you’re ready, I want to be first!” My blood boiled. I was furious and so disappointed in someone I had trusted as a friend. Even to this day, I search my memory to see what signals I must have missed. After you lose your husband, life is so different. Doors have closed in my face, new doors have opened, filled with opportunity greater than I ever expected. I’m constantly reminded of my husband’s favorite Bible verse: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Louse took this photo at the beach when she rented a condo to “get away from it all”.

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South Baldwin Regional Medical Center recognized as Tier 1 hospital by BCBS of Alabama By KIM NEAL South Baldwin Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has been designated as a Tier 1 Hospital by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama for delivering high-quality, cost-effective healthcare. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama categorize Alabama hospitals into three “tiers” based on their performance in the areas of quality awareness, patient safety awareness, and financial awareness. Tier 1 hospitals are recognized for at-

Tier 1 designation, which enables patients with Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plans that recognize the tiered system to realize the highest benefit level, which may include lower co-pays and deductibles when they seek care at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center,” said Keith Newton, Chief Executive Officer. “We are privileged to serve our patients by providing quality care and are proud to receive this recognition of our accomplishments.” South Baldwin Regional Medical

“We are privileged to serve our patients by providing quality care and are proud to receive this recognition of our accomplishments.” — Keith Newton taining the highest level of compliance in each of these areas. “We are pleased to receive the

Center is a 112 bed, acute care hospital with 725 employees and has a network of medical clinics serving

Baldwin County. A dedicated and experienced medical staff offers over 32 medical specialties and the hospital offers services ranging from Baldwin County’s only Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center, Women’s Imaging Center, comprehensive digital imaging, a 24-hour emergency department, and a 24-hour, 7 day a week certified Urgent Care & Imaging Center in Gulf Shores. The hospital has received numerous awards and recognition, including the Press Ganey Summit Award, Modern Healthcare “Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare” and an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group. For more information, call (251) 9493479 or visit SouthBaldwinRMC. com.



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Flashback 40: February uThis month in 1964 From various Internet sources



“Good Times” (spinoff from “Maude”) premiered on CBS TV.





Barbra Streisand’s song “The Way We Were” was her first #1 hit.

Patricia Hearst, 19-year-old daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.



Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles” opened in movie theaters.



Ringo released “You’re 16.”



Dorothy Hamill won US female Figure Skating championship.


10 FEB.

17 FEB.


Iran/Iraqi border fight began.

Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzed the White House with a stolen helicopter.

Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) began tandem bicycle ride a record 18,020 miles around the world, completed on August 27, 1975.



“People” magazine began sales.

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Food for Thought: Fireplace recipes By Dr. Linda Mitchell Columnist One of my favorite pleasures is sitting beside a warm fire at night with a cup of cocoa or coffee in my hand. Every few seconds I’ll take a sip and think how blessed I am — a bright warm spot to snuggle down in, my favorite beverage and my home and loved ones nearby. I deliberately avoid thoughts of my to-do list, approaching deadlines, health issues or other unpleasant topics that I can. The Croods, an animated movie about a prehistoric family who lived before fire was discovered, came out on video recently. No hot meals for them. No

wonderfully delicious smells wafting from the kitchen when the door opens. Of course, they didn’t know what they were missing. But we do. It’s great to be able to throw together some sandwiches when I’m pressed for time, to grab cheese and crackers on the run, to indulge in ice cream as often as I can … but I need a nice hot meal on cold nights like the ones we’ve been having so far in 2014. Here are a few of my favorites. Dr. Linda Mitchell

Cheesy White Chili (Most unusual because it uses Alfredo sauce but hot & delicious all the same) There’s a story about an old Texas range cook who would gather spices and plant gardens along the cattle trails. When the cattle train stopped, he could harvest onions, garlic, peppers and tomatoes to make the perfect chili. Maybe it didn’t originate here but chili was a staple amongst the cattle drives and trail hands of the West. • • • • • • • •

3 cans northern beans, rinsed and drained 3 cups diced chicken breasts 1 jar (15 oz) Alfredo Sauce 2 cups chicken broth 1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies 1 1/2 cups white whole kernel corn 1 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese

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1 cup sour cream 1 yellow pepper, chopped 1 onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tablespoon ground cumin 2 teaspoons white pepper 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper Fresh cilantro for garnish

In a 5 qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients except Cilantro. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until heated through, stirring once. Serve with salsa verde and cilantro. Yield: 12 servings (1 cup each). Continued on next page



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Welcome back snowbirds! Terrezza Optical is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care to all of our patients, year around residents and Winter Visitors, alike! We welcome you to stop in and meet our staff and we look forward to providing services for all of your vision and optical needs at our expanded Foley location. Our winter may not be as severe as other parts of the country but there are steps that you can take to protect your eyes and your vision from the elements:

Here are some Eye Care Tips for the winter months suggested by The American Academy of Ophthalmology.

• During winter the indoor heaters used tend to dry the air’s moisture which can cause irritation and dryness in your eyes. It is advised to use a humidifier in your house during winters. This would be helpful in tolerating the forced air heating and keeping your dry eyes moist. • Use sunglasses which are capable of blocking 99-100% of UV rays, particularly when the land is snow covered. Remember that sunlight reflected by the snow can lead to sunburned eyes. Overexposed eyes to sun’s UV rays during winters can lead to temporary damage like photokeratitis. So it is advisable for you to use high quality of UV-blocking sunglasses. • If you are using contact lenses then it is advisable for you to use artificial tears often and limit your outdoor exposures. If you are using soft contact lenses then limit your alcohol intake. Remember that soft lenses require lot of moisture and if they tend to dry then can stick and change the shape of your eyes. • This advice is especially for snow lovers as they spend extensive time in snow. They are at a higher risk to develop temporary eye problems hence they should use a pair of properly fitted ski goggles with polycarbonate lenses. • To protect the tear film from evaporation it is advised to use hooded jacket and brimmed hat as they will prevent your eyes from cold wind. • Apply a good quality eye cream around the eyes as it will be helpful in protecting the delicate eye area from the harsh winter.

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