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Loretta Gillespie/The Cullman Times Dominique Gillespie is wearing a belted, Cream and Taupe polka-dot chiffon dress with pleated skirt from Poor Little Rich Girl. Her lovely Rhodium and jumbo pearl necklace is from The Jade Apple. Hair and make-up by Amanda Whaley of Friends Salon. Photographed at the Cullman County Museum.


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the cullman times SUMMER FASHION

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Photo courtesy Terry Turner Felisha Waston is wearing a coral zig- zag patterned jumper from Very J. Cuff, accented by a silver bracelet from Golden Stella, from What A Girl Wants. Photographed at Carlton's Italian Restaurant in Cullman, Alabama.

Loretta Gillespie/The Cullman Times Kayla Lowery is all decked out in a fun black and white polka- dot romper with an eye-catching red- weaved matching belt from Poor Little Rich Girl. Her Cherry Red patent leather slides with rattan wedge are from The Jade Apple. A quilted black vegan leather clutch with zipper accents, also from The Jade Apple, completes her ensemble in high style. Kayla's black and white "starburst" patterned earrings with black faceted teardrop stones and bangle bracelets are from Poor Little Rich Girl.


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Photographed on location at Carlton's Italian Restaurant.


Raegan White is ready for summer in a cool strapless color blocked maxi dress, in trendy colors, accented by a brushed gold necklace, and mixed oxidized gold and rhinestone bangle set from Poor Little Rich Girl in Cullman's Warehouse District.


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Loretta Gillespie/The Cullman Times Sarah Eller's casual/ sophisticated ensemble is reminiscent of the late 60's early 70's Boho look, with a cool white hi-low skirt, and matching white crocheted vest worn over a bright mulit-colored halter with a distinctive scolloped hem from Werner's Trading Company in Cullman. Shot on location at Carlton's Italian Restaurant in Cullman.

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(L to R): Felisha is ready for summer fun in this Ethnic print chiffon cami- dress from Lemon Tree. Her stunning fossil necklace and gold cuff bracelet from Loving U Jewelry make this outfit complete. Julie is modeling a high/low cut dress sporting the many colors of spring by Peaches N' Cream. Leigha is wearing a beautiful shrimp and turquiose dress from Very J. This dress is all about the trends of summer. Pattern blocking makes it stand out in a crowd. Leigha's ensemble is complete with matching turquiose earrings from Precious Jewelry. Far right, Sarah is sporting a zig zag pattern strapless dress by Yetts. The zig zag pattern along with the bright coral skirt make this a fun and flirty dress for summer. Susan, seated, is wearing a beautiful black and white jumper from Symphony, an elegant ensemble for special occasions or a fun day of shopping. Her clear tear drop stone necklace adorned with gold framing from Golden Stella, adding a glamorous touch. Everyone in this group is modeling for What a Girl Wants.

Shot on location in the Warehouse District by Terry Turner

Georgia Metrock is darling in this sweet turquoise and yellow print sun dress by Bella with matching headband and ivory ruffled leggings by Persnickety. This outfit and more like it can be found at Cutie Patooties. Photographed on location at the Cullman County Museum.

^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ Photo courtesy Terry Turner This bright multi-colored jumbled bead necklace features roses, faceted hematite stones, Mexican sugar skulls, anchors, and hearts, from Poor Little Rich Girl, this necklace will go with just about anything in your wardrobe!

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For the ROMANTIC Loretta Gillespie The Cullman Times Two tone wedges in black and cognac leather featuring a cognac flower on the toe to sweeten them up for Spring from The Jade Apple

Loretta Gillespie The Cullman Times Pearl tripod necklace with antique heart insets from Precious Designs from What a Girl Wants.

Loretta Gillespie/The Cullman Times Candice Corley Sanders in a unique Tiffany box dress with white lace overlay from Poor Little Rich Girl. Photographed on location at The Cullman County Museum

Loretta Gillespie/The Cullman Times Lace flatters everyone. Model Vickie Jackson is lovely in this dove grey tea length dress from Werner's Trading Company. Turn of the century elegance is accented with layers of Liquid Metal Jewelery, mesh silver necklaces and silver earrings. Shoes are from Three Pears, make-up by Amanda Whaley, and hair by Jimmy Drake from J. Drake Salon. Shot on location at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Mobley, Cullman, Alabama

Photo courtesy Terry Turner For formal occasions you can't go wrong with a soft neutrals like the cream and ivory vintage inspired dresses worn by our models. Rita Dean, left, is wearing a cream- colored lace bell sleeve top by Love Stitch from 'What A Girl Wants'. Her antique pearl drop earrings and gold cut glass bracelet were purchased at a local estate sale. Matching shoes are from Better Than Before. Presley Dean, second from left, is wearing a crocheted cream colored skirt with an embroidered trim by Basically Me with a lace adorned quarter length sleeve Commi Toi blouse. Necklace is a tripod of pearls mounted with antique hearts by Fashion Bella , all from What A Girl Wants.

Felisha Watson is wearing a V-backed lace dress by Hot & Delicious with a sassy pleated skirt from What A Girl Wants. Her sleeveless lace bodice is accented by a silver and crystal necklace, also from What A Girl Wants. Far right, Whitney Haynes is lovely in a long sleeved vintage style dress in a flattering shade of taupe. Flare sleeves give this formal lace dress a decidedly dramatic touch. A beaded pearl bracelet completes her ensemble, which comes from Better Than Before. All hair and make-up by Amanda Whaley of Friends Salon in Cullman. Shot on location at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Mobley of Cullman.

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Loretta Gillespie The Cullman Times Pierce Gudger, left, and Jackson Metrock discuss the latest news, weather and video games on the bench outside the Cullman County Museum. Pierce is wearing Izod blue seersucker shorts, and an Izod white dress shirt from Bubble Gum and Blue Jeans, and Jackson is sporting a Luigi blue dress shirt and white shorts, a white golf hat and striped necktie from Cutie Patooties.

Loretta Gillespie/The Cullman Times Georgia Metrock in a pretend swimming pool. Lavender swimsuit is from Laffy Taffy, matching cap by Chichanella Bella swimwear provided by Cutie Patooties. Shot on location at Southern Accents

Photo courtesy Terry Turner Savannah Nichols is wearing a platinum bridal gown in Supreme Satin by Jasmine Bridal that can be found at Just For Looks. Covered buttons center the back of the dress, which is accented with a bow of Swarovski Crystals at the peak of the train.

Amanda Whaley of Friends Salon in Cullman Special thanks to all models listed in captions Props provided by Prop House Studios photography Photographers: Terry Turner, Loretta Gillespie, Dominique Gillespie Technical assistance provided by Dominique Gillespie Graphics: Jessica Wells

Thanks also to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Mobley, The Cullman County Museum, Southern Accents, and Carleton’s Italian Restaurant for allowing us to use their beautiful facilities and garden.

Participating Businesses in alphabetical order: Better Than Before Bubble Gum and Blue Jeans Cutie Patooties Just For Looks Poor Little Rich Girl

The Jade Apple Three Pears Werner’s Trading Company What A Girl Wants

Loretta Gillespie/The Cullman Times Marissa Fowler in a double layered cream pleated lace dress by Umgee pearl necklace with cut glass dangle by Precious Jewelry from What A Girl Wants. Hair and makeup by Amanda Whaley. Photographed at the Cullman County Museum

VI NTAGE inspirations Loretta Gillespie/The Cullman Times Heather Gudger is wearing a vintage inspired crocheted vest in ecru with a flutter sleeve which ties at the waist. Her vest is paired with ivory high-waisted linen pants that have a full flowing leg. Heather is also wearing a pair of nude "BCBG" woven peep toe shoes that have the perfect heel and an ankle strap to complete any outfit. "BCBG" is a featured designer at Three Pears Shoe Outlet in downtown Cullman. Shot on location in the garden of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Mobley

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Bramblett - Marks

Lauren Bramblett and Landon Marks Tim and Cindy Bramblett of Leesburg are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Bramblett to Landon Marks, son of Marty Marks and Donna Marks of Cullman. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mary Sue Bramblett and the late Y. B. Bramblett of Dutton, AL and Mr. and Mrs. William J. Carr of Gadsden, AL. She is a 2006 graduate of Sand Rock High School and a 2010 graduate of Auburn University with a degree in animal science. She is currently attending the College of Veterinary

Medicine at Auburn University. The prospective groom is the grandson of Arvie Lee Marks and the late Hugh Lee Marks of Cullman, AL, the late Talmadge Bonds of Addison, AL and the late Jimmie Ruth King of Hartselle, AL. He is a 2006 graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science. He is also a 2012 graduate of Mississippi State University with a master's degree in animal science. The wedding will be at 6:30 p.m. June 2, 2012, at the Secret Bed and Breakfast in Leesburg, AL. Invitations will be sent.

Pinyan - Nesmith Mike and Kim Pinyan of Holly Pond and Rob and Kim Gabel of Theodore, Alabama are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kendra Ellen Pinyan, to Samuel F. Nesmith Jr., of Mobile, Alabama. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dot Smith and Yvonne Reid of Holly Pond and James and Sandra Mcguff and Mae Gabel of Theodore, Alabama. She is the great granddaughter of Kathryn White of Theodore, Alabama. Miss Pinyan is a 2007 graduate of Holly Pond High School. She obtained her bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 2010. She currently resides in Mobile, Alabama and is employed as a customer service representative at Ashley Furniture. The prospective Kendra Ellen Pinyan and Samuel F. Nesmith Jr. groom is the son of Michelle Roberson and Samuel F. Nesmith Sr. and Wayne Watters. He is the grandson of Louise Pack of Chunchula, Alabama, Ruby Nesmith of Conway, South Carolina, and Beatrice Watters of Semmes, Alabama. Mr. Nesmith is a 2003 graduate of Mary G. Montgomery High School. He also resides in Mobile, Alabama and is currently employed as a chemical operator at Evonik Degussa. Vows will be exchanged July 7, 2012 at Magnolia Manor in Mobile, with a reception to follow.

CLUB NEWS Berlin Sunshine

Lt. Blackwood Speaks to Retired educators The Cullman Retired Educators met recently at the Benedictine Retreat Center for their May meeting. President, Dr. Don Green, presided. Dr. Green welcomed everyone to the meeting. Guests were recognized. Members who were celebrating a May birthday were recognized and the birthday song was sung in their honor. Rhonda VanZandt presented the devotional and the pledge to the American Flag followed. Jo Ann Minnitt introduced guest speaker, Lt. Rick Blackwood with the Cullman County Sheriff Department. He explained the Project Lifesaver Progran introduced to Cullman County by the local Pilot Club of Cullman almost 10 years ago. Lt. Blackwood explained how the program works by showing the tools used. He shared how the program can be used and he extended a question and answer ses-

senting the program. Other members enjoying the brunch were Betty Barnes, Judy Brand, Darlene Collyar, Elizabeth Denson, Millie Evers, Gertrude Hines, Shirley Humiston and Shirley Dovel.

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The Cullman Community Concert Association’s subscriptions for the 2012-2013 season is ongoing, and 91 Club The 91 Club met May 8. can be purchased anytime Ellie Brasfield was hostess thereafter throughout the year. and Casey Thomas was The 2012-2013 roster of co-hostess. The meeting artists features a diversity was held at their lovely of styles, including pop, family farmhouse in a country setting with large classical, Motown, comedy and a cappella. rolling hills freshly mown All performances are and flowers all around — Bridge winners a Southern Living picture! held at the Betty Leeth Haynes Auditorium on the Regular business was The Cullman Area campus of Wallace State conducted and programs Duplicate Bridge Club Community College. and fundraisers were diswinners Wednesday, May For more information, cussed. All members 23, in the North/South visit www.cullmancomenjoyed a "shoe swap." division were Pat and Everyone brought shoes to munityconcertassociaHarry Roach, first place; swap. They were arranged or contact Kathy Betty Phillips and Joanne and Steve Scruggs at 256Reddick, second; and Julie in sizes and everyone 339-4447. picked the shoes of their McMillan and Gail Faust, choice. Those not taken third. were kept to give to a Winners in the Kiwanis Club charity. East/West Division were Then we all moved out seeks new Barbara Richardson and on the patio under large Susie Wilke, first; Eleanor members oak trees and there we Richardson and Elinor The Cullman Kiwanis had our annual plant Rider/Jane Happe and Club invites local men Sharon McClanahan were exchange. It's always fun and women to join its 90to see all the different tied for third and fourth. year tradition of good plants that members Bridge players of all food, fellowship, fun, netages are invited to join the bring. There were irises, working, learning and lilies, begonias, oxalis, games at 12:45 p.m. community service. tomato plants, mums, Wednesdays at the Weekly luncheon meetsunflowers and much Multipurpose Senior ings with guest speakers more. Center on Sportsman Lake We enjoyed a delicious are held Mondays at noon Road. Game begins in the All Steak’s thirdham dinner with all the promptly at 1 p.m. floor banquet room, 314 trimmings and Casey's Rhonda Johnston will 2nd Ave SW, Cullman, famous hot dog bun pie. direct the next game. 35055. Birthday wishes were Contact her at 256-735Contact Matt Carter at extended to Hilda, Ellie 6724 by Tuesday, if you need a partner or if you regularly play and cannot attend. You may also call Mary Henry, 256-7340204, for informationn.

Lake and Hills Garden Club The Lake and Hills Garden Club met May 3 at the Festhalle Market Platz for a tour of the facility. Although the rainy weather slowed us down a bit, our spirits were not dampened. After the tour, the meeting was held at Rumor’s Deli with Dena Lang presiding and pre-


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The Berlin Sunshine club met at Ryans's Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. May 17. Members are treated annually by the club for this mothers night out. This meeting is for fun, food and fellowship only. After the devotion by Madison Washburn and prayer by Susie Smith, the following members enjoyed the time together: Karen Dunn, Janice Hayes, June Butts, Ann Bishop, Ruth Freeman, Joan Walker, Gail Wood, Jackie Washburn, Becky Smith, Jill Bishop-Hollis and Peggy Hardman. The June 14 meeting will be at the Berlin Community Center at 7 p.m. Hostesses will be Joan Walker and Gail Wood. Doris Walker will present the program.

sion. At the present time there are 22 clients using the program. According to the evaluations, a person lost or wandered away can be found with in 30 minutes with the Project Lifesaver equipment. For more information on LifeSavers, contact the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office; the Cullman City Police Department; or Pilot Club at P.O. Box 1439 Cullman 35056. The next meeting will be June 13, when the members will receive their 2012-2014 yearbooks.

The Cullman Times is now offering our customers a choice for their wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements. Options include: 3 column inches for free (1x3-inch space, basically just a caption and small photo) 5 column inches for $30 10 column inches for $45 15 column inches for $57.50 22.5 column inches for $72.50 31.5 column inches for $83.75 Half page for $155 (must wait for space available on a Sunday) These spaces are for the photo and the text. The text may be as creative as the author wishes it to appear in the paper. Filling out a form is not necessary, but one may be provided to you upon request. Our most popular space for engagements is the 15 and 22.5 column inches. Weddings are typically 22.5 or 31.5. Please stop by The Cullman Times and select which space is right for you. We can scan your photo while you wait so you won’t have to leave it with us. Ask for Sallee or Amanda in the newsroom. Your column will appear in the next available Sunday Lifestyle.

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Relationship with old boyfriend Dear Annie: Last month, an old boyfriend contacted me. I hadn't seen "Bud" in 30 years. We had a wonderful conversation. I visited him at his home. He even sent me a large sum of money to help pay off a mortgage bill. We now talk at least twice a day and always say "I love you." Bud speaks of a future together, but I told him that I want a commitment before I will sell my place and move to his town 300 miles away. Here's the problem: Bud has had a female companion for 20 years. He told me that there is no longer any physical intimacy with "Jane," but they have a deep friendship. Bud is now going through some health issues that may prove to be quite serious. He asked Jane to go with him to an upcoming appointment

ANNIE’S MAILBOX ADVICE COLUMNISTS for tests. I was disappointed that he didn't first ask me, even though I live out of state. I explained that I want to be there in good times and bad. He says he needs to get through this difficult time and then he will end the relationship with Jane. If Bud's health deteriorates, I fear he never will be able to leave her and I will lose this loving man. Worse, he and Jane had arranged a week's vacation before we reconnected, and he's still planning to go. Bud tries to reassure

me, but I feel frustrated, depressed and helpless. I don't want to nag him or push him away. Should I give him a deadline? -P.H. Dear P.H.: You have been with Bud for a month. It's not enough time to know his true motivations. We'll assume he didn't break things off with Jane because he wanted to be certain you were interested first, and now he is reluctant to rock the boat because she will be a source of support. As much as you'd like that role, you live too far away to be helpful. You need to step back. Send cards to wish him well, but understand that you are not his girlfriend. Jane is. Let him know that you might be amenable to rekindling your romance if he is ever a free man -- but not before.

HOROSCOPES When you look into the night sky at an object that is 100 light years away, you are essentially looking back in time because what you are seeing is how the object appeared 100 years ago. This same weird sense of time affects your life story. Mercury's conjunction in brilliant Gemini brings a sense of immediate relevance to ancient history. ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll act out of a high level of responsibility. Circumstances could render a member of your group incapable of making a sound decision, so you'll discreetly decide for both of you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It won't help you to be a perfectionist now. Get your work out there in whatever form it happens to exist, at least to a small audience who could help you take it to the next level. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your gift of gab will come in handy, as you'll connect with people you wouldn't meet except for the circumstance you create with your conversation. You correctly sense whom you're supposed to know and you start talking. CANCER (June 22-July 22). In all ways, you need to be seen. Start with the outside, and your attitude will echo the change. It may help you to take up more space with your


body. You'll feel more powerful and visible. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You're generous, but you don't like to spend money you don't have to spend. Doing research keeps you from unnecessarily wasting money while still giving your loved ones the experiences you want them to have. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). When you think about the vast airless surface of all the other planets known to man, it becomes clear: Everything, even your own breath, is a gift that life is giving you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Placing too much importance on shortterm goals is dangerous. The long view makes potential losses in the immediate environment seem less important. A calm demeanor accompanies the maturity of this kind of thinking. SCORPIO (Oct. 24Nov. 21). You'll feel all sorts of things in the course of an afternoon: comfort, sorrow, frustration, happiness, wonder, excitement. You'll courageously stay with each feeling and let it take its course. This is true courage. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Take your own sweet time. Go at the pace that comes naturally to you, and let the others speed ahead or lag behind; it doesn't matter.

Good fortune follows you when you stick to your own clock. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Jan. 19). You have a strong sense of the motives of others, and you will counteract any force in competition for what you want. Your effective use of silence will make a statement that words never could. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 18). You wouldn't believe how delicate certain people's egos really are. Unless you're careful to apply enormous amounts of sensitivity to a situation, you'll soon find out. PISCES (Feb. 19March 20). "Easy come, easy go" is a good motto for the day. If you get the feeling that you're in the wrong place, move. No need to hang out just to prove there was something right about how you landed where you did. TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 27). You have many talents, but you'll focus on one in particular and acquire the level of skill you've always wanted. You'll enjoy the way your social environment shapes your plans in June. There will be many glorious encounters with someone who lets you be yourself. September brings different work. Aquarius and Capricorn people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 12, 40, 28 and 45.

Cancer treatment available for dogs By Pet Talk staff

ers] did not realize how much [the cancer] was affecting [the dogs],” WilsonRobles said. May is Pet Cancer Awareness Wilson-Robles stressed that wellMonth. It is designed to bring awareness checks every year or six months ness to pet owners about the leading are key to cancer prevention. cause of death in pets, cancer. “Sometimes, in many cases, by the Dr. Heather Wilson-Robles, assistant time [the animals] are already effected professor for Small Animal Clinical and sick it may be too late [for treatSciences at the Texas A&M College of ment],” Wilson-Robles said. Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical To ensure the cancer is detected in Sciences time, she urged pet owners to take a (CVM), said dog to the veterinarian if cancer is suscancer pected and let them do blood work accounts for and biopsies. nearly 50 perIf cancer is spotted, Wilson-Robles cent of all dissaid there are various treatment ease-related pet options for most types of cancer. deaths each “Once you know what it is you’re year. fighting then we can talk about various “50 percent treatment options . . . there is usually of all dogs over something we can do,” she said. the age of 10 Cancer treatment in dogs is similar will die from to that of humans. Wilson-Robles said cancer, and 25 different treatment options for differpercent of all ent cancers include chemotherapy, dogs get cancer,” Wilson-Robles said. radiation, surgery, and therapy. There Certain breeds, such as Golden is also different experimental research Retrievers, Rottweilers, and German such as clinical trials. The CVM, for Shepherds are considered at-risk breeds and have a higher risk of getting example, has eight different clinical trials currently ongoing and various cancer. Wilson-Robles said these options using the new Diagnostic and breeds can have up to a 70-80 percent Imaging Cancer Treatment Center or chance of getting cancer in their lifeoncology services, Wilson-Robles said. time. Although frequent wellness checks Wilson-Robles added that the numallow for a better chance to detect the ber one type of cancer in dogs is Lymphoma, accounting for 24 percent. cancer, there are not many ways to actually prevent the disease. WilsonOne goal of Pet Cancer Awareness Robles recommended a few tips that Month is to inform pet owners of may help reduce the risk of cancer. She symptoms to look for in their pet. Wilson-Robles said to pay attention to said that, as with humans, cancer in bigger lymph nodes or, for oral cancer, dogs has been tied with obesity. For this, she suggested keeping dogs fit. bad breath and blood on a toy. She added to avoid chemicals such as Sometimes, the owner may notice the yard sprays and limit the UV exposure dog’s activity to be lower or a decrease of dogs and cats with light-colored skin in food consumption, Wilson-Robles by using sunscreen, UV shields on winsaid. A lot of times, she said, the dogs feel dows or T-shirts. fine so the owners do not notice a change in the pet. ➤ Pet Talk is a service of the College “Once [the dogs] start treatment of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical and . . . start feeling better, [the ownSciences, Texas A&M University CNHI NEWS SERVICE

PET OF THE WEEK Doo Dah is a 6 mo. old female Lab/Pitbull Terrier mix. She is a very laid back and well behaved girl. She is very affectionate & loves attention. She is almost completely house trained. She loves playing with people and other dogs. Cullman County Animal Shelter Adoption hours are 9 – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and most Saturdays 9 – 12 noon at the shelter. Off site adoptions are at Pet Depot and Tractor Supply every Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Cats are for adoption CULLMAN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER all the time at Pet Depot. Adoption fee is $90 for dogs/puppies and $65 for cats/kittens. This fee includes: Dogs: DA2PP, Bordetella, Strongid, General exam at the Vet, Rabies, Micro-chip and the Spay/Neuter. Cats: Fel-O-Vax IV + Calici, Strongid, General exam at the Vet, Rabies, Micro-chip and the Spay/Neuter. The shelter’s foster pet program is currently in need of supplies. Donations can be dropped off on Saturdays at Pet Depot and Tractor Supply between 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.


Spinal cord issues DR. DONOHUE COLUMNIST cord below the inflammation are destroyed. Legs can't move. Often, it's difficult for the person to empty the bladder. Pain frequently accompanies the paralysis. An MRI scan of the cord provides evidence for the diagnosis. This isn't a common illness, and without a scan it's a perplexing one. Infections of the cord, mostly viral, sometimes are involved. In a large majority of cases, a cause cannot be found. The immune system, however, has a large role in bringing on the inflammatory process. The optimum treatment hasn't been determined. Large doses of the cortisone drug prednisone often are used in an attempt to quiet the inflammation. Other therapies also have been employed, but none has

become the treatment of choice. Most people will experience some degree of recovery in one to three months. Some, however, are left with permanent disability. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please tell me if skim milk is truly that much better for you than regular milk. I have tried using skim milk, but it gags me. -R.V. ANSWER: Skim milk has zero to 0.5 percent fat. Regular milk has 3 percent fat. The reduced fat intake is healthy in the matter of reducing calorie intake. An 8-ounce glass of regular milk has 150 calories, while an 8-ounce glass of skim milk has only 80. If you need to watch calories, skim milk wins out. Skim milk has a greater supply of calcium than does regular milk -- more than 400 milligrams, versus 300 milligrams in regular milk. Skim milk is better for you as far as not raising cholesterol and triglycerides. You get used to the taste shortly after starting to drink it.

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My Wife Though God made her weaker, she’s the strength of my life. Though unemployed, her work never ceases. She belongs to no union except a sacred union created by a loving God. She receives no salary, no vacation nor sick leave yet her work is often difficult and long. Though its been 50 years, I am sure we were married only yesterday. Through Great Joy and deep sorrow, we have ascended life’s staircase-never quite certain what lies around the bend. Our tears of joy have intermingled with tears of life’s greatest tragedy. She is my lover, my companion, my advisor and my closest friend. Though older - I am certain the years have served only to enhance her beauty. How can I become old when the bride of my youth is by my side. Perhaps when our days on earth are complete - the best is yet to come. Thank you LORD, you did well.


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My wife, 59, was taken to the hospital because she suddenly lost control over her legs and was complaining of leg and back pain. The rapidity of this was unbelievable. On the third day in the hospital, after consulting with many specialists, the doctor said she has transverse myelitis. I've never heard of it. What's the outlook? What's the treatment? -- M.S. ANSWER: The spinal cord is a delicate structure about as thick as the little finger. Nerve messages from the brain make their way down the cord and eventually reach their target destinations: muscles and organs. Nerve messages from the body surface and body organs make their way up the cord to the brain. "Myelitis," is this instance, indicates inflammation ("itis") of the spinal cord ("myel"). "Transverse" means that the inflammation in one or more sections of the cord spreads from side to side and top to bottom of those sections. Functions controlled by the involved sections and by all the





Mud pies and moonflowers I

t just occurred to me that my granddaughter, Allie, is almost 14 years old. As far as I know, she’s never made a mud pie. That’s almost inconceivable to me, that I could have neglected her education in such a way. Now that I’ve got it on my mind, I’m almost in a panic, thinking that she’s getting older by the minute, losing precious time, and interest in such life lessons. She doesn’t get dirty very much. She plays softball, but stays incredibly clean, brushing off any dust that settles on her cleats, and making sure her hair is in place at all times. She may have trouble understanding the importance of making mud pies. I know she can do it, I mean its not rocket science, but I hope she

will grasp why girls need to know how to make mud pies. How will she ever progress on to making and decorating cupcakes unless she has first mastered the fine art of using just the right pebbles to adorn a perfectly crafted mud pie? I’m not sure I would have ever tried to make a cake in my EZ-Bake Oven without being a master at mud pies early in my youth. I knew that you have to stir mud with water until there were no dry spots in the mixture, just like flour and milk. I understood the chemistry of adding other ingredients, sand, seeds, leaves, and sometimes a hint of grass for texture is just like eggs, salt, soda, cinnamon, and vanilla into a cake mix.

rect oven temperature is crucial to the perfect cake, because I remembered how the sun was critical in “baking” a mud pie to perfection (i.e. a mud pie removed from the sunshine before it’s time will be slightly muddy in LORETTA GILLESPIE still the middle) COLUMNIST All these cooking lessons were what prepared I learned the virtue of me, my aunts and cousins perseverance with mud for real life. We knew how pies. When my first real to share and were prepped chocolate cake fell in the oven, I wasn’t afraid to try to be team players later again. (Note to novice on. This also made us betmud pie makers: Mud pies ter shoppers as adults, must be the correct conknowing the value of fresh sistency; the perfect mud produce. We learned to to water ratio, otherwise, delegate the work load, the mud pie will fall apart one stirring, one hauling when removed from the water, another digging the jar lid). main ingredient: Dirt. Thus, we trained for the I knew from bitter work place, teaching othexperience that the cor-

ers to make bigger and better mud pies, mousetraps, or whatever. We became talented decorators, as well, using bits of cotton fluff for icing and sticks for little candles, placing tiny, polished rocks in unique patterns on each concoction, making it a thing of beauty, a small imitation of hundreds of birthday, shower, anniversary, wedding and holiday confections to be prepared in the coming years. We learned to be better parents by ordering the little cousins around, making them sit still while we pretended to feed them the product of our make-believe kitchens. So, I really have to make Allie understand that her adult existence


Pork tenderloin: Great taste, good price By Dave Lobeck CNHI NEWS SERVICE


Fahrenheit, place directly over the coals for a moment or two. This will add texture. Be careful, as it could flame. Don't walk away! It took me about 30 minutes to get the roast up to the proper temperature before grilling, but remember, every fire has its own personality. Take off the grill and allow to rest for five to seven minutes under a piece of aluminum foil. The roast will rise another 7 to 10 degrees while resting. It also allows the juices to quit pulsating through the meat. If you carve it too soon, a lot of the moisture will spill out, leaving you with a piece that isn't as moist as it could have been. Snip the strings and carve into pieces roughly an inch thick. You should notice a pink smoke ring around the inside of the tenderloin. Enjoy! Feta and herb stuffing ➤1 cup feta cheese (you could also use bleu cheese) ➤Juice of Ω lemon ➤ 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil ➤ 2 Tbs of minced garlic ➤ 2 tsp rosemary (crush it in your hand) ➤ 2 tsp dried oregano If you happen to have fresh Rosemary and/or oregano, feel free to use it, but you'll need to double the amounts of herbs you use. ➤ Dave Lobeck is a barbecue chef from Sellersburg, Ind., who writes a column for CNHI News Service. Visit his website at

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ne of the things I love about pork is that it fits into even the tightest of budgets, and cuts such as the pork tenderloin deliver a great five-star restaurant-style taste and experience. The key is proper temperature control on the grill and knowing when to pull it off before it becomes overcooked and dry, which are dangers of lean meats. This dish uses the tenderloin as compared to the larger loin. The tenderloin is quicker to cook and easily serves five to six people. As you unpack the tenderloin, you will see that it comes in two individual pieces. Slice each piece lengthwise in the middle, cutting it 75 percent through. You then want to spread each piece out flatly, in essence creating two pieces that are now thinner but offer more surface area. Spread the cheese and herb mixture over one of the pieces, covering it from one end to the other. Place the second piece on top, and tie the pieces together with cotton twine. Three pieces of twine will do fine. Don't tie too snugly as the meat will expand while it cooks on the grill. Salt and pepper both sides of the the tenderloin. Take a piece of uncooked bacon and fasten it to the end of the tenderloin with a toothpick, wrapping it around the roast at a 45degree angle. Take the second piece and slightly overlap the end of the first piece of bacon and fasten both to the roast. Do the same thing with a third piece of bacon. Set up your grill with indirect heat, which means 25 or so briquets are stacked at one end of the grill. Once the briquets are 75 percent ashen, sprinkle with a handful of hickory chips. Place the tenderloin on the opposite side of the grill and put the lid on, all vents open. Once the roast reaches 145 degrees

hinges on these mud pies. If she doesn’t learn now, she may never bloom into a miraculous moonflower, unfolding slowly and surely into a beautiful young woman, confident and self-assured, ready to face all life’s challenges. She will be undaunted by obstacles which we all face and ready to take charge when others fail, stepping into her “big girl” shoes becoming a wife, mother, teacher, nurse or whatever she sets her mind to. But most of all, she will learn to get her hands dirty, pitch in where she needs to, stand up for herself and be ready when the time comes to teach her own little girl to make mud pies.

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