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TIDBITS® WANTS YOU TO SQUASH THAT THOUGHT! by Patricia L. Cook Home gardeners are busy this time of year in all areas of North America, and even where the growing season is very short, “squash” plants are often a favorite because they thrive. Let’s take a good look at the group of plants called askutasquash by the Massachuset Indians. • Early colonists on the East Coast learned a lot from the Massachuset Indians. Askutasquash means “eaten raw or uncooked” and is the tribe’s term referring to the collection of vegetables we now know as squash. Early colonists were taught by the Massachusets to grow the “three sisters” to sustain life. The three sisters refer to beans, corn and squash grown together in a “family” hill. • The three sisters were a vital part of sustaining many civilizations. The beans and corn made a complete protein, and the squash supplied potassium, omega 3s and beta carotene. If meat and other foods were scarce, these plants fed many families. This was one of the first examples of “companion plantings” where each plant helps the other. The corn stalks supply climbing support for the beans and shade for the squash during the hottest parts of the day. The large leaves of the squash shade the ground to help keep the weed populations in check and deter wildlife. The beans enrich the soil with nitrogen, helping the corn and squash to grow well. turn the page for more!

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Rate Info 928-897-2218 or 928-279-0288 SQUASH THAT THOUGHT! (continued): • All squash types — and there are many — are members of the Cucurbitaceae or the gourd family. There are two subdivisions of the genus Cucurbita, to which squash belong: tenderskinned summer squash and hard-skinned winter squash. Pumpkins, from the tiniest to giants, belong to the winter squash family. • Most North Americans have grown up with summer squash, including zucchini and yellow squash, and eaten it raw, sautéed, stir-fried, grilled or breaded and fried. These tender, easyto-grow vegetables are staples in most home gardens. • While summer squash have been favorites for years with gardeners, winter squash have suffered a popularity slump in the past several decades. Winter squash was very important to early settlers and on the American frontier. It has an excellent “keeping” quality and was a staple for root cellars. Winter squash would be harvested in late summer and fall and kept for months, allowing families to eat vitamin-rich vegetables during the cold winter months. • Today, with more emphasis on sustainability, winter squash are becoming very popular again. With more interest in purchasing local produce, farmers’ markets and home gardens are helping to reignite the appeal of eating vitamin-rich winter squash. Beta-carotene with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids all come with the addition of squash to our diets. • So think squash are only available in yellow, green and orange? Think again! Visit local markets and fairs in the summer; you are sure to see some strange looking squash that are not only oddly shaped but also oddly colored.

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PAW’S CORNER By Sam Mazzotta

Don't Remake Pets Into Children DEAR PAW'S CORNER: I'm writing in regards to your recent column asking whether pets are more than just part of the family, and instead like another child. Some of your readers responded yes to that question. Like most pet owners, I have been very attached to our pets. However, I find the "pets as children" idea rather false as well as disrespectful to the animal. Animals should be accepted for what they are, not remade into children. Most dogs are intelligent, adult animals, and it is insulting to treat them like silly little children. Also, most pets are spayed or neutered, and we would never do that to children or any other family members. We could use procedures that would prevent pregnancy, without eliminating sexual behavior, but in animals that behavior tends to be a nuisance. Pets can be a real blessing, and they should be respected. -- Barbara B., via email


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SQUASH THAT THOUGHT! (continued): • Squash come in tan, orange, blue, green, even pink. They can be striped or solid colors and smooth or dimpled. • Summer squash are fragile, bruise easily and don’t keep very long. They are at their peak from July until September. Winter squash ripen with hard shells; some so hard that an ax or cleaver is required to get to the edible insides. They are at their prime from September until February. • Australian blue pumpkins and squash are rarely seen in North America but are the “norm” for the vegetable family “Down Under.” These “Blue Belt” plants are natives of Uruguay and Argentina and are also grown in South Africa. • Blue Hubbards and blue bananas as well as Queensland blue and other pumpkins are enjoyed in Australia. A couple of popular treats for Aussies are Queensland blue scones at teatime and the rather odd “Grabben Gullen Pie.” The pie is made by hollowing out a pumpkin, filling it with possum joints and baking it in a bed of hot coals. Doesn’t that sound appetizing?! • The tasty blue banana squash and the pink banana squash originated in Peru. Popular on the North American West Coast, these specialty products are starting to get more recognition, and their seeds are being requested by gardeners. While they are usually 5 to 6 pounds (2-3 kg), jumbo pink banana squash can grow to be a monstrous 130 pounds (59 kg)! • Squash that are common in North America are yellow crookneck, yellow straightneck, Patty pan and zucchini as well as hard squash like acorn, butternut, buttercup, Hubbard, delicious and banana.

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Rate Info 928-897-2218 or 928-279-0288 SQUASH THAT THOUGHT! (continued): • Spaghetti squash is a more unusual variety. Cooked spaghetti squash forms strands that pull apart and resemble pasta. This squash is delicious when covered with your favorite sauce or simply with butter and salt. Kids really think it is cool to pull the “spaghetti” strands from the squash! • Did you know that you can eat the flowers of some squash? Try zucchini flowers stuffed with ground meat and braised — yummy and different. The seeds, tender shoots and even leaves can be eaten on many types of squash. • Many people make harvest centerpieces and front porch and door decorations from squash in the fall. Some of the interesting varieties to include in these are carnival, fairytale and turban squash. • Carnival squash are a type of acorn squash with interesting colorations: cream colored with orange spots, pale green with dark green spots and even vertical stripes. • The fairytale squash is, as you may guess, shaped like Cinderella’s pumpkin coach. • Turban squash looks like a turban (or hat) on top. As an interesting replacement for an ordinary bowl, the top can be removed and soup served from inside this squash. • While this Tidbits addresses some interesting members of the squash family, much more information is available to squash growers and eaters. An excellent book for “cucurbitaceans” (defined by the book author as “a person who regards pumpkins or squash with deep, often rapturous love”) is “The Compleat Squash” by Amy Goldman. It’s an interesting read for gardeners and those who love to cook and eat squash!

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please address Meniere’s disease in your column. I am 88, a female and in good general health. I do not smoke or drink alcohol. I weigh 125 pounds and am 5 feet 1 inch tall. My diet consists mostly of health foods. -- G.R.

OVERCOMING THE ODDS: ANDREA BOCELLI When Andrea Bocelli was a tiny baby, only a few months old, his parents became aware of terrible pain he suffered in his beautiful blue eyes. They enlisted the aid of many specialists in their home country, Italy, for guidance, and Bocelli was diagnosed with congenital bilateral glaucoma, a disease that would lead to total blindness. • Bocelli’s parents sought help from many doctors and even people who claimed to be healers. Because of the pain, it was hard to keep baby Bocelli calm. One day while in the hospital, he became unusually calm. He could hear music in the adjoining room, and it made a true difference in his countenance. From that point on, his family and friends began giving gifts of music to the young Bocelli. • Living among the olive groves and vineyards of the Tuscan countryside in Italy, Bocelli’s parents wanted the best for their son. They enrolled him in a boarding school several hours away from their home in order for him to be taught Braille at a young age. Even though it was difficult for him to live apart from his family, he remained emotionally close to them. It was at the school that his musical talents began to be noticed. He received musical instruction there, and his singing ability was recognized at the school as well as at church. His parents encouraged his musical abilities with piano lessons at age 6. He also learned to play the saxophone, trumpet, flute, trombone, harp, guitar and drums. His beautiful voice, self-described as “a modern but old-fashioned tenor,” is now recognized worldwide. • When Bocelli was 12 years old, he was hit in the eye by a soccer ball while playing. The hit took away his sight permanently.

ANSWER: Vertigo (dizziness), ear noises (tinnitus) and fluctuating hearing loss are the three signs of Meniere’s (men-YAIRS) disease. Vertigo comes in spells lasting 20 minutes or more, and they leave the person off balance for several days. Tinnitus can be ringing, roaring, hissing or other sounds that come and go but eventually stay permanently. The same happens with episodes of hearing loss. It becomes a permanent problem in time. All these signs are due to a buildup of fluid in the inner ear, the place where hearing and balance take place. Treatment of Meniere’s focuses on ridding the inner ear of the fluid buildup. A strict low-salt diet goes a long way in reducing symptoms. The reason is that salt brings on fluid retention. Restricting caffeine and alcohol also helps. Diuretics -- water pills -- might be needed to get rid of the fluid. A hearing aid usually overcomes deafness. Dizzy spells are accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Antivert and Phenergan relieve all three. Should these measures fail, more-heroic efforts are called into play. One is an injection in the ear of the antibiotic gentamicin, which destroys the ear’s balance organ and eliminates dizziness. Another approach is the Meniett device, a little gadget that creates pressure pulses that are transmitted to the inner ear. The pulses pump fluid out. A doctor has to make a small hole in the eardrum so the pressure waves can make their way to the inner ear. An ear, nose and throat doctor can evaluate you and determine if you are a candidate for these treatments or for other treatments I haven’t discussed. The booklet on vertigo discusses its many causes and treatments. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 801W, Box 536475. Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Can. with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery.

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Rate Info 928-897-2218 or 928-279-0288 ANDREA BOCELLI (continued): • After completing primary and secondary school, Bocelli received a law degree from the University of Pisa. He played at piano bars during college to pay for singing lessons from Franco Corelli. He also received lessons from Maestro Luciano Bettarini. • Bocelli’s big break into music came when he won a singing competition at the Sanremo Festival in 2004. Since that time, he has sold over 65 million records in opera, classical and pop genres. He has collaborated with other artists for recordings and has been a major contributor to relief efforts for Haiti and other places that have suffered natural disasters. • “My Christmas,” Bocelli’s Christmas album released in 2009, has sold more than four million copies. • He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2010 and is one of just a few Italians to receive this honor. • An interesting theater that Bocelli was instrumental in establishing, the Teatro del Silenzio (or Theatre of Silence), opened in his hometown of Lajatico, Tuscany, in 2006. Only one concert is performed there each year, in July, and the theater remains silent for the remainder of the year. Bocelli, the honorary president, agreed to sing at the theater once a year for the first five years. • Bocelli was at one time an agnostic but changed through the years, even performing for the Pope. The humble man gifted with the beautiful voice has said, “The more I immerse myself in singing, the less I understand. I only know that God has given me a voice which allows me to express what I feel and in this sense, I believe I can describe it as a recognizable voice...”

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PICKLE THIS! (continued): • An astonishing number of pickles are packed in the United States each year: over 20 billion! That is about 9 pounds (4 kg) per person. More than 50 percent of the cucumbers grown in the United States are made into pickles. • Have you heard of the “Fighting Pickles?” The mascot of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem, N.C., is certainly unique. The school doesn’t have any sports teams but has had the mascot since it was chosen in the early 1970s for a touch football game. Students can be found eating fried pickles and other foods in the “Pickle Jar” area of the school’s Student Union building. • America’s connection with pickles goes way back. Explorer Amerigo Vespucci, for whom America was named, was a pickle merchant before he became an explorer. Pickled vegetables, rich in vitamin C, were important in the diet of sailors to prevent scurvy. • International Pickle Week, one of the country’s longest running promotions, has been observed for more than 50 years. It is held for 10 days during the last two weeks of May. Michigan and North Carolina are the top pickle-producing states. • So, do you prefer your pickles sweet or sour? Dill pickles are the most popular. All fresh, crisp pickles have the distinctive pickle “crunch,” that is, the sound made when one bites into a pickle. The sound of a good pickle crunch is audible at 10 paces. • Whether you are enjoying sandwiches, tuna salad or grilled burgers this summer, you are sure to have some crunchy pickles on the picnic table as well. Feel free to crunch away! They are a healthy treat with very few calories and zero fat.

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Tidbits of Kingman Issue 11  
Tidbits of Kingman Issue 11  

Tidbits of Kingman Issue 11