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THE HEAT IS ON! (continued): • The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery traveled more than 4,000 miles (6,437 km) on an expedition to explore the area west of the Mississippi River. The beach area that they discovered in Washington was not a sun-filled beach. In fact, the area is known for lots of rainy days. Even so, the beach, on the southwest coast of the state, is a fun spot, with more than 60 festivals and celebrations held on the Long Beach Peninsula in 2011. It is home to the World Kite Museum and also the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. • Another West Coast community named “Long Beach” is the city of Long Beach, California, south of Los Angeles. One of its main tourist attractions is the Queen Mary, a retired ocean liner that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. • Long Beach, Mississippi, is located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It suffered a lot of damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 but is still known as the “friendly city,” its moniker since incorporation in 1905. • On the Atlantic side of the country are Long Beach Island, New Jersey, known as LBI, and Long Beach, New York. Both are islands. LBI is accessible via one bridge or by boat. Long Beach, New York, is an oceanfront island at the southern end of Long Island, New York. It has a 3.5-mile (5.6 km) beach and a 2.25-mile-long boardwalk that was built in 1914 with the help of elephants!
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Tips to Save Money on Pet-Care Costs DEAR PAW'S CORNER: It seems the cost of pet food has risen, among other things. I have to feed my cat "Barney" a special diet that includes canned food I can only get from my vet. Is there any way I can cut costs on items like this without risking Barney's health? -- May K., San Diego DEAR MAY: There are always ways to find savings in our everyday budgets as well as pet care-related costs. Talk to your veterinarian about the brand of pet food Barney has to eat -- is there a comparable product that doesn't cost so much? If you don't get a satisfactory answer, try searching for the pet food by name on the Internet. In addition to the food manufacturer's website where you may find coupons or other places where you can buy it, you may find forums where pet owners share information that could help you save money. Consumer Reports magazine recently published a series of articles on cutting pet-care costs. The report can be found in the August 2011 issue, or online at http://www.consumer-
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THE HEAT IS ON! (continued): • Do you know which state has the longest coastline in the continental United States? It is not Florida or California as you may guess, but Michigan. Michigan’s shoreline is 3,288 miles (5,292 km) long, including 1,056 miles (1,699 km) of island coasts. • Do you know which country has the longest shoreline in the world? Canada. Canada also has an area named “Long Beach.” The Long Beach “unit” of beaches consists of Radar Beach, Long Beach, Combers Beach and Wickaninnish Beach, which run from north to south for 15.5 miles (25 km) and comprise the most popular portion of Pacific Rim National Park. This is the only national park on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada. It has long, sandy beaches, rocky shoreline, a rainforest and more. • Tofino, at the northern end of this Long Beach, boasts the highest annual mean temperature in Canada, 42 to 44 degrees F (6-7 degrees C), which is also the same as the water temperature. Wetsuits are needed for surfing, but despite the chilly water, the waves draw northwest surfers year round. • A truly long beach that always makes the “world’s longest” beaches lists is Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. The area is on the southeastern coast of Bangladesh and stretches for 75 miles (120 km). The country is vastly overpopulated and impoverished, with most people living in the cities. The beach is never crowded, and the humid, tropical area is shark-free! • In the lands “down under,” Australia and New Zealand both have beaches named “90 Mile Beach,” (145 km) even though neither is exactly that long!
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Heat and the Elderly DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My mother is 92 and lives by herself. She's quite independent and does well. A neighbor takes her grocery shopping, and we take her to other places she has to go. She is extremely set in her ways. I offered to have her home air-conditioned. She won't hear of it. She says she's used a fan all her life, and she likes to keep the windows open. I worry about someone her age tolerating heat, and it gets very hot here. Can you provide some arguments that would change her mind? -- D.A. ANSWER: Your offer to air-condition your mother's home is a kind gesture and has lots of merit. I'm not about to challenge your mother. She has successfully lived a long life, and I could learn from her. People in the past lived comfortably without air conditioning. Your mother does have to be on guard for dehydration and heat sickness. During hot summers, everyone has to stay well hydrated. Older people's sense of thirst is not as reliable an indicator of fluid needs as is younger people's thirst sense. She should sip water all day long, or she can choose any beverage she likes, including tea. Cooled drinks help keep the body cooled. Evaporation is the chief means the body has for staying cool. Not only is an older person's thirst sensation blunted, but so is the ability to sweat. Evaporation of sweat cools the body. I don't mean visible sweat; the sweating I mean is imperceptible but constant. Her fan helps evaporate that imperceptible sweat. However, with a reduced capacity to sweat, older people are at greater risk of suffering from a heat injury. Increased body heat increases the body's need for oxygen, and that stresses the heart.
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OVERCOMING THE ODDS: HEATHER WHITESTONE McCALLUM When Heather Whitestone did not react to her mother dropping pans on the kitchen floor at 18 months of age, her mother knew there was a problem. A case of haemophilus influenza as a toddler and the antibiotics used to save her life left Whitestone with a profound hearing loss. • Whitestone’s mom encouraged her to learn to speak and read lips and discouraged sign language. She did learn sign language later. • At age 5, Whitestone started taking ballet lessons. Her mother hoped this would improve her rhythm for speech, which it did, and it also was a huge boost to her self-esteem through the years. Ballet was her talent when she competed in the Miss America pageant. • Born in Dothan, Alabama, in 1973, Whitestone looked to another deaf Alabaman, Helen Keller, as her role model. Keller’s determination became determination for Whitestone as well. She worked hard to learn in school, attending Central School for the Deaf in St. Louis, Missouri, for a few years when she had fallen behind in regular school. She passed six reading levels in three years, catching up with her peers. Whitestone graduated from a public high school in Birmingham, Alabama, with a 3.6 grade point average. • She won her first beauty pageant in the Miss America system as a student at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. From there, she followed up as first runner up to Miss Alabama in 1992. • In 1994, Whitestone won the Miss Alabama contest and went to the Miss America Pageant to represent her state for the 1995 contest. She danced a ballet to “Via Dolorosa” for her talent.
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HOT SALSA (continued): • David Pace actually came from a syrup-making family in Louisiana and started the company as a syrup and condiment business. Then he decided that the real “syrup of the Southwest” is Mexican salsa. Pace said it was the 1970s hippies who boosted his sales: “No question but this health stuff made the whole category explode!” Pace Picante Sauce has become an iconic tomato product like Campbell’s Tomato Soup. Campbell’s actually bought Pace Foods from the family in San Antonio in 1994 for $1.1 billion. • How about a little hot trivia? Pace Foods uses more than 25 million pounds (11,339,809 kg) of fresh jalapeños every year! They are hand picked across the southern United States and Mexico. • Pace is not alone in the salsa field of retail sales. There are many brands and many flavors that fill grocery store shelves. There are also many Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants, as well as top chefs and gourmet restaurants, that now offer their own style of salsa all over the world. • Salsa, while not considered “health food” per se, is definitely healthy. Whether homemade or store bought, it is low in calories, sugar, fat and sodium, and the chunks of garden ingredients even provide fiber. The main ingredients in many salsas — tomatoes, peppers and cilantro — contain vitamins A and C, and tomatoes also have potassium. • The percentage of American households buying salsa, increased from 16 percent to 36 percent between 1988 and 1992. Salsa passed ketchup as the No. 1 condiment in America in 2000. Salsa sales have not shown any sign of slowing in 2011. It seems that our north of the border tastebuds sure love the tastes that have come from our neighbors to the south!
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