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2012

A Free Monthly Newsletter From Your Friends At Harold’s Auto Service Teens No Longer Aching To Drive, But Elders Keep Motoring

Follow These Suggestions For A Successful Yard Sale

The high price of gas and the ease of electronic communication may be responsible for the drop in the number of teenagers getting driver’s licenses recently. The University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute reports that from 1983 to 2008, the percentage of 16-year-olds who got driver’s licenses fell from 46.2 percent to 31.1 percent, and among 17-year-olds the percentage declined from 68.9 percent to 50 percent. For 18-year-olds, the rate fell from 80.4 percent to 65.4 percent. Economic factors, along with the rise of cell phones and other devices that reduce the need for face-to-face interaction, may be behind the trend. But the TRI also notes that among the older population, the trend seems to be traveling in reverse: In the same time period, the percentage of drivers in the 60 to 64 age range rose from 83.8 percent to 95.9 percent; among drivers 65 to 69, license holders increased from 79.2 percent to 94 percent; and for adults 70 and older, the percentage increased from 55 percent to 78.4 percent. Improved health and the need to continue working past the traditional retirement age may be driving the increase.

Do you have too much clutter in your garage or in your closets? With spring coming, it may be time to hold a yard sale to turn your unwanted stuff into a little extra cash. The most successful yard sales take some preparation, so here’s a checklist to help you get started: ✓ Permits. Determine whether you need a permit and what, if any, restrictions are placed on signage, location, and times. ✓ Advertising. Make brightly colored signs to advertise your sale, using thick black markers to write your address. Also, use arrows to give directions. Try posting the signs the night before the sale, and don’t forget to remove them once the sale is over. ✓ Cash. Have plenty of coins and small bills on hand so that you can easily make change even if someone pays with a large bill. Store the money in a fanny pack where it will be easily accessible but not easy to steal. ✓ Pricing. Use little stickers from office supply stores to place a price on each item. If the object is used, it should be priced around 10 percent to 25 percent of its retail value. If it has never been used or unwrapped, you can ask 50 percent of its retail value. But be prepared to haggle. ✓ Merchandising. To attract attention and visitors, display the most colorful items out front.

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A Fishing Tale Two fishermen were standing out in the middle of a quiet river when one of them dropped his wallet. As he reached down to retrieve it, a carp knocked it from his fingers. Then a second carp flipped it 20 yards away, where a third carp pushed it down into the mud. Then a fourth carp nudged it free. Finally the fisherman got his hand on it and pulled it dripping out of the water. “Wow,” he said to his friend.” “That’s the first time I’ve seen carp-to-carp walleting!”

It’s Insured For How Much? Insurance is one of those topics that most people consider bland and boring. But not all policies cover things like water damage or auto collisions. Take a look at some of the more offbeat items that someone, somewhere, decided to insure (according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek): ➡ Bruce Springsteen’s voice. The rocker’s voice is insured with Lloyd’s of London for $5.7 million. ➡ Ilja Gort’s nose. Owner of the Chateau la Tulipe de la Garde winery in France, Gort insured his olfactory organ for $7.1 million with a policy that prohibits him from skiing or boxing. ➡ Gennaro Pelliccia’s tongue. Pelliccia, the chief taster of coffee for the U.K.-based coffee chain Costa, had his tongue insured for $16 million. ➡ America Ferrara’s smile. In a publicity stunt, Aquafresh White Trays took out a policy on the actress’ smile for $10 million. ➡ Santa’s beard. Santa Claus performer Brady White insured his white beard for an undisclosed amount of money in 1992. ➡ Troy Polamalu’s hair. The Pittsburgh Steelers player had his locks covered by Head and Shoulders for $1 million.

Getting Married? A romantic, memorable wedding doesn’t have to cost you a small fortune. Consider these ideas for getting married on a reasonable budget: ✦ Wedding dresses. You don’t have to go to a fancy bridal salon. Look for a simple, classic gown that doesn’t require a lot of alterations. A white dress that’s not specifically designed for weddings can be just as attractive. ✦ Invitations. Instead of getting engraved invitations from a specialty printer, consider designing and printing your own using your computer. Stick to standard size envelopes that don’t require additional postage. And include a reply postcard instead of another envelope to save on money. ✦ Reception. Instead of an expensive ballroom, look for other memorable options: a public garden, a spacious back yard, a church fellowship hall, or something similar. (Maybe the school where the bride and groom met?) Take a close look at meal options, and consider such variables as the time of day, the length of the reception, whether you want to provide adult beverages, and so forth.

Remember To Eat Your Fish We all know fish is good for you, but a new study suggests it really may be “brain food.” Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have found that eating baked or broiled fish appears to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The study followed 260 healthy, elderly subjects over a 10-year period, tracking their food choices and comparing brains scans at the beginning and end of the period. They observed that people who eat fish at least once a week tended to have less cell loss in the hippocampus and frontal brain cortex, areas both involved in maintaining memory. The researchers point out that the subjects‘ brain health could be related to lifestyle habits and general good health, but the study reinforces other research suggesting omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and other seafood could limit the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Crazy Ideas That Came True We may not have warp drive and clone armies yet, but lots of other predictions from the world of science fiction have come true. Inspired by ideas found in the pages of speculative fiction, here are a few futuristic inventions that have brought tomorrow to life today: • Electronic readers. That Kindle or Nook you see everyone reading from on the bus bears a strong resemblance to a similar device described by Douglas Adams in his 1979 humorous classic, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. • The Internet. In 1898, when telephones were still new, Mark Twain wrote a story that laid out the concept of global network for sharing information through a “telelectroscope.” • Computer viruses. The word “worm,” applied to a type of computer program that sends copies of itself to multiple computers, was coined by novelist John Brunner in his 1975 novel The Shockwave Rider. The protagonist of the book designs and releases a program modeled on a tapeworm as a protest against a repressive society. • Radar. Hugo Gernsback, considered the father of modern science fiction, came up with the idea of detecting energy emissions reflected back to their source as a way to observe distant or unseen objects. His story, “Ralph124C 41+” outlined this in 1911; radar was developed in the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in 1934.

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“My attitude towards Harold’s Auto is this. When I bring it here to be SW Alberta Child & Family Services fixed, it’s done right, the price is July – Dec/2011 305 suspected child abuse calls. Of those 20 per month merited investigation with respectable and I don’t have to 96 per month related to domestic violence worry about coming back to fix the “Children's talent to endure stems from same problem again.” their ignorance of alternatives.” - Wade Logan 2010 Domestic violence reports - 1137 2010 Family dispute reports - 1173

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An Ugly Secret

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children” Chief Sitting Bull. Children are our future with quantitative investments made towards their support, education, or safe upbringing we reap exponential gains. Cutting school budgets, closing recreation facilities, failing to provide needed children’s services are long term blunders indicating society and governments no longer value our future. Recently the Global TV show 16:9 reported on ‘slave labor’ in the 20th century; over the course of 150 years thousands of young women and children were sent to live in religious institutions in Ireland and Canada as punishment for ‘crimes’, for ’protection’ or to be ‘rehabilitated’. Their ‘crimes’ included having a child out of wedlock, being deemed incorrigible, unwanted or simply ‘too pretty’. One woman told of being born and growing up in the Canadian institution; after her 12 year old mother was impregnated through rape she was placed there for ‘protection’ on advice of their spiritual leader. These unfortunate souls endured physical, sexual and emotional abuse and torturous conditions working as unpaid laundry labor. They were never allowed to leave until the institutions closed; in Canada that was in the 1980’s!! ”When someone was hitting me or sexually molesting me, it just seemed normal to continue to do that to myself” Tatum O’Neal. This explicitly telling statement was made years ago but could be repeated in our communities today. Increasingly frequent stories spotlighting physical and sexual abuse stop me cold but shed much needed light on the scar of abuse endured by the young and weakest among us. There seems no end to the depraved means abusers find to torture their victims. Headlines from around the world shout out “Trafficked teen sex slave found locked in cage” and “Child’s hand severely deformed after parents refused to seek medical treatment”. Authorities achieve increasingly frequent successes in exposing those creating, accessing and disseminating child pornography, even in Southern Alberta. Statistics Canada compiles data on police-reported family violence and abuse every 5 years. In their most recent 2009 report, they found child and youth (0 to 17 years) assault victims totaled an 54,660 victims; that’s 40,825 physical and 13,835 sexual assaults. 1,479 of those assaults were committed on children less than 3 years old. The figures reported little change in spousal victimization but did expose a disturbing trend towards spousal abuse victims being less likely to report incidents. Fear is a powerful motivator. In 2009, 263,985 children and adults reported family-based sexual and physical assaults. The numbers are deplorable especially when you take into account they represent police-reported cases only. Though few physical or sexual offences result in serious bodily injury to children, statistics cannot possibly disclose the personal, present and future costs to victims and medical and social support systems. Stealing their childhood, abusers makes children wary and dependent. Trust is replaced by guilt; tortured again by the memories, the horror that others may ‘know’ precariously rests against a deep-seated need to tell someone. After destroying selfesteem, the legacy of violence marches on into adulthood presenting itself through alcoholism and substance abuse, depression, psychosis and suicide. Unable to bond fully with others victims’ relationships fail or become poisoned with domestic violence. Children of abused parents time and again suffer the indignities their parents’ endured; lacking tools of good parenting, victims tend without awareness, to repeat the familiar actions. Personal loss and loss to society is staggering. One wonders, how can this situation possibly exist in an enlightened society like ours? The answer; through enormous shame and silence that envelopes the victims. Family violence can produce such complete impairment as to render the victim incapable of empathy, sympathy or appreciative of the pain of animals or other people; they have felt too much already. Deemed to be sociopathic, they bore relentlessly through their own life and the lives of others exercising twisted control over those younger or weaker willed. Those victims bear crushing shame of other’s deeds but without finding the ability to discard that childhood baggage, continue pedaling the never-ending cycle of harm. Violence paints a silent stain on families for generations leaving individuals unable to cope with stresses of daily life or become whole, productive and unique contributors to their own future and the future of their own families. Canadian parents are responsible for more than half of insidious family-related assaults. How can this be? In rural and urban neighborhoods, across the board of income and education levels, this ugly little secret that few speak of must be brought into the light to alter the bleak picture filled with darkness and despair; devoid of hope or joy for so many children. These sinister acts could not exist but for the shame and silence of the victims. These acts could not exist but for the complicit silence of onlookers and their tacit approval. It could not exist but for leniency in courts and elsewhere. I recently read a story of a young adult who arrived at her parent’s home to discover a huge mess her inebriated dad had created. The caring daughter began to clean up to lessen her mother’s load when her work day ended but was subjected to a violent beating by the dad. When police arrived they took the young woman aside to ask ‘Aahhh, he’s your Dad; do you really want to press charges??’ My point in writing on such an ugly topic is to jolt, educate, make aware, whatever it takes for you to achieve cognizance. These things happen around us every day in neighborhoods just like ours. It is my hope that you may be poised to ‘see’ things; that you may take a stand to help a child, assist an abused spouse. Have courage. Get involved. Both literally and figuratively you may save that person’s future and perhaps even their life. Few survivors of any type of trauma have the will or capacity to speak openly of their experiences. I am one of those; I feel compelled to point out these ugly facts. As I had to do, facing the past, achieving understanding of both the violence and the perpetrator, survivors can turn personal trauma to personal triumph. They can break the cycle of violence by speaking openly of their experiences to both men and women within their circle of influence. Hearing the truths, women can learn to be strong and stand up for themselves; both men and women can learn to act with honor, to be protective of lesser individuals and to protect our oh-so-invaluable children and future. Harold’s Auto Service…..where service is MORE than just part of our name Beverly Kaltenbruner

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