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September/October 2013

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Food Cool Kitchen Recipes for Warm Fall Days

10 Garden It's About Timing Fall is the Best Time to Plant

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12 Health

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About Your D Signs You Are Low on Vitamin D

14 Brawn Be Flexible Keeping Limber is a Stretch

16 Pets No Excuses! Spay or Neuter for a Healthy Pet

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24 Food History Marshmallows in 2,000 B.C.? A fun look at the Food Timeline

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Corporal Pamela Revels Teaching us to be Safe

36 Calendar Plenty to Do in Lee County


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always ... so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you. -Yann Martel, Life of Pi

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’ve been afraid of getting breast cancer since I was in the 3rd grade and discovered tender knots in my chest. I told my mother and she took me to see Dr. B.F. Thomas, Jr., who had a really good laugh when I told him I thought I had breast cancer. Back then, I thought breast cancer meant certain death, at least eventually, and the fear of it gripped me for a long time. I imagine all women have worried over this disease at one time or another. Thanks to a collaboration of groups like the Susan G. Komen Foundation (think pink ribbons on household products), we are much more knowledgeable these days. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which this collaboration says is still relevant, because “although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. Today, we remain dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.” Yes, 40,000 women still die every year from breast cancer, so there’s every reason for women to take their breast health into their own hands. No stranger to controversy, Angelina Jolie raised some Lee Editor Mary Littleton and Angelina Jolie eyebrows recently when she announced she’d undergone an elective double mastectomy after learning that she carried a mutated BRCA1 gene, which makes developing breast and ovarian cancers highly likely (for Jolie, an 87% probability). Though many criticized her, I thought her proactive decision to have the surgery, as well as her willingness to share it publicly, was smart and admirable. I want to add that I’ve met with Ms. Jolie on a couple of occasions and found her to be intelligent, honest and ever willing to leverage her celebrity to serve a higher purpose. Her message was an important one

for women to hear. “You can take control of your own destiny, rather than waiting for it to happen to you.” And if, like Jolie, a woman opts to remove or reduce the threat of this cancer, she can remain beautiful, sexy and feminine. For many women, this was the first they’d heard of this option. All of us know women who have battled this disease. I’ve learned a lot about breast cancer over the years from loved ones who’ve confronted it. I learned that men can and do develop breast cancer, though it is 100 times more likely for women. I’ve seen that a double mastectomy with a reconstruction can result a bodacious set of ta-tas, complete with tattooed nipples (Hey, Em!). I discovered that hormone replacement therapy can increase your risk of developing breast cancer and that a woman’s chances continually increase with age – all the way up to age 80, when it finally plateaus. Most importantly, I’ve learned that women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer first have to win the battle over their own fear. I’ve witnessed incredible courage. side from monthly self breast exams, annual mammograms are the best means of finding breast cancer early, when it is small and the chance of survival is highest. Starting at age 40, every woman should have a mammogram yearly, and women with a family history of breast cancer should start even earlier. Sadly, not every woman can afford this vital screening, so many won’t know they have cancer until it has advanced. Fortunately, the East Alabama Medical Center Foundation has a program for medically underserved women that provides screening and diagnostic mammograms, biopsies (if needed), and follow-up care. Since 2005, this program has served about 500 women in East Alabama. I plan to make a donation to this program in honor of the women I’ve known who have faced down this tiger of a disease with courage and strength and determination. Won’t you join me? www.eamcfoundation.org

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By Heida Olin

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he start of the new school year always spurs me to revamp my menu ideas. Being a cookbook and magazine-recipe junkie constantly feeds my need to try something different. But that’s really difficult, since the number of people I’m feeding has reduced dramatically. I always like getting feedback. When my son got married and moved to Birmingham, the number of drop-ins-for dinner left with him, though his bride has called a few times to ask for recipes. Lee County is experiencing its usual humid summer — albeit the temperatures have been a bit milder than usual. Because the climate generally doesn’t change until late in October, I’m still avoiding turning on the oven. But cook I must, so we are venturing into the “salad-as-a-meal” realm. This is definitely a new beginning for my crew. My Irish grandmother would quirk an eyebrow and probably put a pot of potatoes on to boil, while my German Oma would pull out a cutting board, slice up some wurst and brot and set it at the edge of the table to pass, believing everyone would need something other than salad. As I envisioned this new approach to dinner, I had the idea that I would make the different components, mix them together and just add salad dressing. Quickly I discovered that it would take some planning to combine the right meat, starch, greens and dressing — making it fast and simple. I’ve had a few failures, nothing I had to throw away, but I wouldn’t make them again. No worries, I did not include the failures in the following simple and scrumptious school bell-ringing salads.

Keepin' it Cool!

Oven Free Recipes for warm fall days BRAT SALAT A German twist to the summertime favorite, add a cold beer and you’ll probably get no complaints. Maybe Oma won’t get the wurst out after all! Serves: 4 people 4 brats, grilled 2 cups coleslaw mix 1 small heart of Romaine, shredded 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 1 red onion, sliced 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and chopped Spicy Weekend Dressing Everything Bagel Crisps

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Slice the brats at a sharp angle, they can go into the salad hot or cold. Mix together the coleslaw, cherry tomatoes, red onion and apples. Add the dressing and toss. You may do this up to 12 hours before serving. Add the brats to individual servings. Serve with Everything Bagel Crisps.

SPICY WEEKEND DRESSING This dressing is surprisingly tasty on hamburgers and hotdogs as well. I add the caraway seeds if I’m making the Brat Salat. Makes: 1 1/2 cups

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

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1/4 cup pickled jalapeños, drained and chopped 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion 2 tablespoons brown sugar

GULF COAST TACO SALAD Shrimp, with roasted zucchini, corn and onions give this taco salad a new face but the real zinger is the watermelon salsa. I like to sauté my own shrimp with olive oil, butter and garlic pepper, but this salad works great with pre-cooked, peeled shrimp. Serves: 4 people 1 zucchini, chopped 1 large sweet onion, chopped 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil 2 teaspoons seasoned salt 3 ears of fresh corn, cut cobs into 2 inch pieces 1 pound cooked, peeled shrimp Tortilla chips Shredded lettuce 4 ounces jalapeno pepper cheese, cubed Watermelon Salsa

Toss the zucchini, onion and corn with the olive oil and seasoned salt in a large bowl. Spread the vegetables on a shallow baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Roast at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Alternatively, place vegetables on a large piece of heavy duty foil, seal and grill over medium heat for 20 minutes. To serve, cut the corn off the cobs in large pieces and add to the rest of the vegetables. Build your salad as you would a taco salad. We put tortilla chips on a plate, crush them a bit, then add lettuce, vegetable mixture, shrimp, pepper cheese and top with the Watermelon Salsa.

WATERMELON SALSA The ingredients in this salsa are a bit unexpected, but they complement each other so well that every bite is refreshing. Makes: about 6 cups 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons raw honey 3 cups chopped seeded watermelon 1 cup chopped seeded honeydew melon 1 seedless English cucumber, chopped 1/2 cup chopped red onion 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint 2 jalapeno peppers, minced

BREAKFAST SCRAMBLE WITH WATERMELON SALSA

This is not a salad recipe, but I couldn’t resist including it because my husband was blown away by what a good complement the watermelon salsa was to his Saturday morning scrambled eggs. If you can’t handle the pepper jack cheese early in the morning, there is a wonderful herbed jack cheese in the deli that is also excellent here Serves: 2 people 4 slices of deli ham Olive oil 2 Slices pepper jack cheese 4 eggs Watermelon Salsa

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a small skillet. Gently sauté the ham slices and divide them into two portions in the middle of two plates. Scramble the eggs to your preferred doneness, divide into two portions and place a slice of cheese on top of each portion. Turn off the heat and let the cheese melt slightly before topping the ham with a portion of the eggs. Top with a spoonful or two of the watermelon salsa and enjoy!

GRILLED STEAK AND POTATO SALAD Caramelized onions really are the star here, or maybe it’s the homemade blue cheese dressing, but slices of grilled steak are yummy! Hmmmm, I can’t make up my mind, but it’s all delicious! Serves: 4 people 1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak Peppery Steak Rub 3 Yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed and chopped into one inch chunks 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil Kosher salt 1 large sweet onion sliced and separated into rings 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil 1/2 English cucumber 1/2 head loose leaf Romaine, dark leaves, torn into bite size pieces 2 cups Arugula torn into bite size pieces 1/2 cup carrot shreds 1/4 cup chopped green olives 2 stalks celery, sliced Blue Cheese Dressing

Heat the grill to a medium heat. Rub the steak with steak rub on both sides and spray with cooking spray. Let the steak sit on the counter for about an hour to bring it to room temperature, it will cook more evenly. Toss the potatoes with olive oil and salt. Spray a large piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray and spread the potatoes on a single layer, bring up the sides of the foil and seal, keeping a flat bottom. Put the potatoes on the grill, they’ll take about 20 minutes to

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...Food continued cook. You can open the packet at about 15 minutes and stir to keep the potatoes from burning. Grill the steak to your families taste preference. It shouldn’t take as long as the potatoes and can be done together. Let the steak rest before slicing. Place about 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet heat the skillet, and add the onions. Cook these while the potatoes and steak are grilling. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds; slice the cucumber. Toss together the romaine, arugula, carrots, cucumber, green olives and celery in a large bowl. Let each individual build their salad beginning with the lettuce mixture and topping with potatoes, onions and meat. Pass the blue cheese dressing.

BLUE CHEESE DRESSING Of course, the better the blue cheese, the better the dressing. But I found you don’t need a Stilton or Maytag. I used an Amish blue cheese, and we were quite pleased with the results. Makes 1 1/2 cups 3/4 cup buttermilk 2 tablespoons sour cream (optional – this makes it a little thicker) 1/2 cup light mayonnaise 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 garlic clove, minced 4 ounces (1/2 cup) crumbled blue cheese Salt and pepper to taste 1 Tablespoon minced parsley (I love the freeze dried parsley, use the same amount)

Pour buttermilk, sour cream (optional), mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and minced garlic into your food Heida Olin is a local caterer and educator. You can reach her at heida@lee-magazine.com.. Please visit her blog at www.leemagazine.com

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processor or blender, process until smooth. Add the cheese and process just until blended; you should have a chunky mixture. Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper. Store up to five days refrigerated in a jar with a screw top lid. -lm


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become established below ground while the plant above lies dormant, which means it is not growing or sprouting leaves or flowers. This also means less watering. Although the amount of watering will depend on the type of plant and the amount of rainfall, it will be far less than when you are trying to keep up with 90-degree heat and no rain. By Spring, as the plant moves into spring begins to grow and bloom in the warm temperatures, the root system is larger and better able to adapt, which will be even more important as it moves into the hot, dry weather of summer. I find I have more success — meaning plant survival — when I plant in the fall.

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A hydrangea waits for its new fall home

Fall Fever

It is the Right Time to Plant By Patti Householder “Spring fever” usually hits us after a cold bare winter, when we visit the local garden center to find lush green blooming plants to add to our landscape. This is great for annuals, because they need to grow in warm temperatures. But fall is the best time to introduce shrubs, perennials and trees into your landscape. You can plant in 10 LEE MAGAZINE

the spring, but here are some reasons why fall planting is preferable. Planting at this time requires less work for the gardener, and it is better for the plant. Because roots will grow underground as long as the deep soil temperature does not fall below 40 degrees, the roots will grow all winter long in Lee County. This allows the roots to

In my experience, September still has some very hot days, so I like to wait until October or November to install new plantings. I received some bare-rooted Arapaho blackberries in the spring, which is when most mail order companies ship fruiting plants, and I bought some barerooted dwarf apple trees from Plant World. I put them in at three-gallon pot (left over from some previous purchase) and planted them in some composted mulch. I have kept them in pots all summer, where they receive morning sun and afternoon shade. They are also next to the water spigot and are easier to keep watered than if they were out in the landscape. Once the weather gets cooler they will go into my fruit orchard. I have lots of hydrangeas, and many of them I purchased in one-gallon pots or smaller. I put them in decorative containers in my courtyard and around my house. I keep some of them in containers, but I plant others in the landscape once they establish a three-gallon size root ball. Because they cannot tolerate full sun, they are planted near or under large established trees. By planting in the fall, the top of the trees are dormant, just like the plants, and this allows the roots to grow and have a


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better chance of surviving once summer arrives. I will still need to water them some but not like I would if I had planted in the spring. When purchasing (or keeping them in a pot too long) plants may be “root bound”, which means that the plant has outgrown its container. If the plant does not come out of the container easily and/or the root system is tightly tangled then you will need to cut or untangle the roots. If you can tease the roots out of its tangled mess with your fingers, great; if not, then use a utility knife or something sharp to cut the ball. Running the knife down the side of the root ball at 12-, 3-, 6- and 9 o’clock positions does this. The knife should not go more than ½ inch deep. This stimulates the roots to grow out into the soil; otherwise the plant will continue to grow in the circular fashion and will struggle to survive, if it survives at all. In conclusion, plant in the fall, whenever possible, making less work for yourself and the plant. -lm Master Gardener Patti Householder is a member of the state Master Gardener Advisory Council and a past president of the Lee County Master Gardener Association. She lives in Waverly.

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re you feeling tired, depressed or are you unable to quell a throbbing ache in your bones? You could be suffering from a deficiency of vitamin D. Suddenly a hot topic in health care, the diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency (by a blood test), accompanied by prescriptions for vitamin D supplements, has almost become routine. One billion people are now estimated to have insufficient levels of vitamin D. Long associated with such bone disorders as rickets and osteomalacia (soft bones), research in recent years has revealed the important role of vitamin D in protecting us against a host of health problems. What causes this? Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is synthesized in the body following exposure to the sun (ultraviolet B). It helps our intestines absorb calcium and phosphate, which helps us build strong bones. Using sunblock with an SPF 30 or higher can decrease the amount of vitamin D created in our bodies by as much as 95 percent,

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which means we aren’t able to absorb the calcium and phosphate our bones need to grow and heal. It is suspected that the widespread use of sunblock to prevent skin cancers over the last 30 years has significantly decreased the circulating vitamin D levels in our entire population. Because vitamin D is stored in our body fat, conditions that decrease absorption of fats (such as Crohn’s disease or bariatric surgery) can also reduce our vitamin D levels. Obesity is associated with lower levels of vitamin D, due to a larger storage area in peripheral fat. People with darker skin tones may have lower circulating levels of vitamin D, due to a lower rate of absorption of ultraviolet B from exposure to direct sunlight. Insufficient levels of vitamin D can affect the body in myriad ways. In cases of extreme deficiency in children, very soft or malformed bones or “rickets” can occur. In the late 1800s, “sunbathing” was a common treatment for rickets until the direct association of vitamin D deficiency was discovered. Vitamin D

supplements also reduce the incidence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, glucose intolerance, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, allergies, asthma and breast cancer. Other studies have demonstrated that vitamin D may reduce symptoms of stress, urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, cognitive impairment in older adults and depression. Vitamin D deficiency can be corrected by taking an oral supplement. A dose of 50,000 units of vitamin D3 once a week for eight weeks, followed by daily use of 2,000 units, has been shown to correct low levels. Oral supplements should be taken with a meal that contains some fats to improve absorption. Prevention of vitamin D deficiency can be accomplished by spending 15 minutes in direct sunlight three times weekly, while not using sunblock in addition to routine supplementation of 2,000 units of vitamin D daily. Studies have shown that even for people who spend more time in the sun or


have a diet that is high in dairy and other vitamin D-rich foods (like leafy green veggies), there is still a great preventive benefit to taking daily supplements. Vitamin D has become one of the most important recommendations in preventive health. Most medical professional organizations have guidelines for supplementation for specific groups and ages. A consultation with a physician is the best way to ensure proper diagnosis of a deficiency and to receive appropriate amounts of vitamin D supplements. -lm Dr. Lee Sharma is a board-certified gynecologist in private practice. Trained at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, she lives in Opelika with her husband Shash, children Sam and Rachel, and her puppy Ryker.

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enise got a surprise the last time she visited her gynecologist. She could not put her feet in the “stirrups." Two years ago she had no problem, but this visit, no-go. Her hips would not allow her legs to spread wide enough. What happened? Flexibility, as it relates to the human body, refers to the range of movement in our joints and the length of muscles that cross the joints. Factors that affect flexibility are gender, age, fitness level, body type, muscle elasticity, previous injury, strength of the opposing muscle and the structure of the joint. As a risk factor, age always makes it on the list, and here it is again. As we age we are highly likely to become inflexible if we don’t do something about it. (And lying about your age won’t help.) My father’s 14 LEE MAGAZINE

story is that he started using a shoe horn as his ankles became inflexible. When his hamstrings got too tight to comfortably bend over, he bought a shoe horn on a stick. After a few years with his trusty elongated shoe horn, he ditched his leather dress shoes and embraced a sneaker-type shoe with good support and a Velcro strap. For a dapper guy, this was a big compromise. If he had known what was coming, he would surely have done some flexibility exercises. Both my father and my friend Denise had enough functional capacity to do their normal daily activities. It may have been getting harder for Dad to get his shoes on, but he could do it and go about his day. Denise had no need to take a wide side step until she got to her doctor’s appointment. What happens when we need to do something infrequently like

reach for the turkey platter on the top shelf at Thanksgiving, hike up a hill, step over an obstacle on a walk or get back up from a blanket after the Fourth of July fireworks? To stay above our functional day-to-day need for limberness, we must learn to relax into our maximum muscle length for each major muscle group. Benefits of twice-weekly flexibility exercises include decreased joint pain due to stiffness, improved posture, less occurrence and severity of back pain, lower risk of injury including tendonitis, increased blood flow to the muscle, improved athletic performance and increased strength. Here are some cautions including, some published by the Mayo Clinic, to remember when beginning a program of flexibility exercises:


• Don’t consider stretching a warm-up. It is best to stretch when muscles are already warm. • Focus on the major muscle groups including -- neck, chest, upper back, lower back, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, shoulders, biceps and triceps. • Don’t bounce, but gradually relax into a controlled and constant stretch.

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• If you play a sport, consider performing sport-specific stretching exercises. • Try dynamic stretches that involve movement. Tai Chi and Yoga are good examples, as is moving in the range of motion you are going to be performing (think golf swing, karate kick or tennis serve). • If you are overtraining or have a chronic injury, stretching is not the remedy. Stretch to avoid these things. Although Dad never did get back into his leather nubucks, Denise is doing six minutes of stretching in between her twelve strength exercises. She does this twice a week after 25 minutes of cardiovascular exercise. She has made this one hour workout part of her lifestyle, and there’s nothing stopping her now! -lm Lisa Gallagher, director of the Fitness Center at the Opelika Sportsplex, is a wellness coach, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor. You can contact her at lisa@lee-magazine.com

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AN EASY DECISION Spay or Neuter for a Healthier Pet and Community By Glen Puckett DVM

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he decision to spay or neuter your dog or cat should be one of the easiest choices you will ever make for your pet’s health. Despite strong evidence to support the behavioral and medical benefits of spaying and neutering, I am constantly surprised at the number of pet owners who are adamantly opposed to the idea. The reluctance to “alter” pets is primarily based on common misconceptions about the procedure, financial hurdles and a lack of understanding of the real benefits for your pet. I am going to take this opportunity to channel my inner Bob Barker and convince you that spaying and neutering your pets is, ultimately, a no-brainer. 16 LEE MAGAZINE

Many people may be familiar with the terms “spay” and “neuter,” but they may not know exactly what is involved in these procedures. Just to clarify, “neuter” is the common term for a castration or surgical removal of both testicles in a male. “Spay” — or Ovariohysterectomy — refers to the sterilization of female pets by surgical removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the uterus. Spays are generally more invasive than neuters, but neither procedure requires extended hospitalization or recovery. We all want our pets to be healthier, don’t we? Spay and neuter procedures offer myriad medical benefits to your pet by simply reducing and often eliminating sex

hormone-dependent diseases. Female dogs and cats that are spayed have fewer urinary tract infections, do not develop reproductive-tract disease and are up to 16 times less likely to develop mammary cancer. The surgery is ideally performed at six months of age — prior to your female pet’s first “heat cycle” (fertile period)— to ensure many of these health advantages. Spayed females will never develop Pyometra, a severe uterine infection that is often fatal in intact animals. eutering a male pet has far more behavioral than medical benefits, but it eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, reduces development of tumors

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f you are not convinced yet, then consider the behavioral benefits of spay and neuter. Animal behavior issues can be extremely frustrating and difficult to correct, and they are also one of the primary reasons that pets are abandoned, and often euthanized, at shelters across the country. Simply neutering a male dog at a young age

drastically decreases urine marking, urine odor, risk of aggression toward people and other dogs and the likelihood of roaming or venturing far from home. Roaming dogs are much more likely to be hit by cars, become lost or stolen and contract disease from fighting with other animals. Altered male cats are also much less likely to urine mark (spray) or to fight, which may lead to infection or even death. The obvious benefit of spaying your female pet is avoiding the dreaded estrus, or heat cycle. An intact female dog will come into heat

about twice a year, with bleeding may last two to three weeks, while spayed females will never cycle again eliminating the hassle of confinement and cleanup. Still don’t agree with me? Well, I haven’t even broached the subject of pet overpopulation. This is a major issue in our area, and many people would be astounded at the statistical data from Lee County Humane Society (LCHS). Last year alone, our local shelter took in 5,139 pets. Sadly, 3,353 had to be humanely euthanized because they were ill, aggressive or there was simply no room in the inn. Even more disturbing is the fact that 51 percent of these animals were puppies and kittens. This evidence clearly shows us that we have more animals than responsible pet owners can care for in this county. I’m no genius, but I do know that spayed and neutered dogs and cats don’t make puppies and kittens. Increasing the percentage of altered pets will alleviate the overpopulation problem in our area. Are there reasons not to spay or neuter your pet? I have fielded countless excuses from owners who felt it was a good idea to avoid spaying or neutering their pet. Outside of the occasional responsible professional breeder, there is no real merit in any of them. “Won’t my pet get fat?” We will start with the oldest and best excuse, because everybody knows someone who’s aunt’s dog got fat after she was spayed. The fact remains that too many Beggin strips and too little exercise causes weight gain. Just as with people, monitoring food intake and encouraging exercise will help to keep the extra pounds off.

“I want my kids to experience the miracle of birth, just once.” This

is one of those “I told you so”moments. Leave the breeding to responsible experts. A properly cared for litter of puppies requires more work than you can possibly imagine. If you crave a teaching moment, go check out a book at the library or, better yet, foster a litter of puppies from your local shelter or rescue. “It’s too expensive.”- I understand that any surgery can be a large expense for many pet owners, but this procedure is one that should be counted on for all owners. Ultimately, it will most likely save you money and improve your pet’s overall well-being. Altering your pet can help prevent a lifetime of medical issues, fights and bites, the costs of raising litters and numerous behavioral issues. “That dog won’t hunt.” Spaying and neutering will not alter your dog’s ability to hunt or perform as a working dog. Trainability is often improved and actually easier without the influence of sex hormones. If I have not convinced you of the benefits of spaying and neutering your pets, we will have to agree to disagree. This is one of the most important things you can do for your pet’s well-being and for your community. Help your pet to live a longer and happier life while working to control pet overpopulation. “Have your pets spayed or neutered! Goodbye.” –Bob Barker -lm Dr. Glen Puckett earned his undergraduate degree in zoology at Auburn University, graduated from Auburn's School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, and has been in practice at Moores Mill Animal hospital ever since. He lives in Auburn with his wife Heather, two children, and three dogs. LEE MAGAZINE 17


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Funges This sounds good. It must be, it’s been around since the 14th century. It's all about mushrooms. Original Take funges and pare hem clene, and dyce hem; take leke and shrede hym small, and do hym to seeth in gode broth. Colour it with safroun, and do thereinne powdour fort. Modern recipe 4 cups broth 8 oz. (2 1⁄2 cups) sliced mushrooms 1 large onion or 1-2 cups leeks, sliced 1⁄4 tsp. each, ground cloves and pepper pinch saffron Place mushrooms, onions/leeks, and broth in pot; bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and add spices. Cook until tender. Drain and serve. Serves 4.

Toasted Marshmallows These are from 1923 not 2,000 BC. 1 tbsp. granulated gelatin 1 cup boiling water 1 cup sugar whites of 3 eggs 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla Macaroon cookies Dissolve gelatin in boiling water, add sugar, once dissolved set bowl containing mixture in pan of ice water;

then add whites of eggs and vanilla and beat until mixture thickens. Turn into a shallow pan, first dipped in cold water, and let stand until thoroughly chilled. Remove from pan and cut into pieces. Roll in macaroons which have been dried and rolled into crumbs. Serve with sugar and cream.

Apple Slump Slump is dessert of cooked fruit and raised dough that's been around since the middle of the 18th century. The name probably comes from it's bumpy slumpy shape on a plate. Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, named her Concord, Massachusetts, home "Apple Slump" and recorded this recipe: Slump Pare, core and slice 6 apples and combine with one cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 c. water in a saucepan. Cover and beat to boiling point. Meanwhile sift together 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder and add 1/2 cup milk to make a soft dough. Drop pieces of the dough from a tablespoon onto apple mixture, cover, and cook over low heat for 30 min. Serve with cream." ---Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink

Chicken Wellington ala Crescent This recipe was submitted to the 1980 Pillsbury Bake-Off contest. It didn't win, but the company's home economists that had the chance to taste it agree it would be their top choice for a guest-worthy main course. 6 (4 to 8 oz.) chicken breast fillets .06-oz. pkg. Italian salad dressing mix 3 tbsp. olive oil or oil 1 cup Marsala or red wine 8 oz. (2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup butter, softened 3 tbsp. chopped parsley or 1 tablespoon parsley flakes 1/2 tsp. garlic salt 1/2 tsp. lemon & pepper seasoning

8-oz. can Pillsbury Refrigerated Quick Crescent Dinner Rolls 1 tbsp. butter melted sesame seed 1 lb. mushrooms, sliced or 3 (2 1/2 -oz.) jars sliced mushrooms, drained 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/2 cup water parsley for garnish

Sprinkle chicken pieces with salad dressing mix. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat, saute chicken on both sides until meat becomes white in color, about 5 minutes. Add wine, cover, simmer until chicken is just tender, about 20 minutes. In medium bowl, combine cheese, butter, parsley, garlic salt and lemon pepper. Divide mixture into 6 portions, about 1/3 cup; mold each into a ball. Separate dough into 2 long rectangles; seal perforations. Roll out each to a 16"x16" rectangle. Cut each rectangle into three 6"x5" rectangles and one 6"x1" rectangle. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Remove chicken from skillet reserving liquid; drain on paper towel. Using 1 cheese ball for each fillet, fold fillet over filling or make a pocket and insert cheese. Place 1 filled fillet on center of each 6"x5"rectangle of dough. Fold dough over fillet completely covering chicken; seal. Fold ends under. Place seam-side-down in ungreased 13"x9" pan. With remaining dough, cut out decorations as desired; decorate each wellington. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 30 minutes or until golden brown. Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with sesame seed last 5 minutes of baking. Add mushrooms to reserved liquid (about 1 cup); cook on low heat until tender, about 5 minutes. In small bowl, blend cornstarch and water until smooth; pour into mushroom sauce, stirring constantly, until mixture bubbles and thickens. To serve, spoon sauce over wellingtons. Garnish with parsley. 6 servings. -lm ---"Foods of the Tribune: Impressive Dishes from 1980 Bake-Off," Ora Brinkley Philadelphia Tribune, June 10, 1980


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Curb-Appeal Boost! It’s All About First Impression By Jacquelyn Dixon

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hen your home’s curb appeal makes a great first impression, everyone will want to see what’s inside — especially potential

homebuyers. Many mini makeovers that will boost your home’s curb appeal can be done in a weekend — even on a limited budget. First and foremost, revive that front door. Paint works wonders to give your front door new life. A well-chosen color helps your front door make an immediate impact, complementing a home’s style. There are certain rules for mixing and matching colors, and important cues come from your home’s style and color. Your home’s style is the first consideration — if your design has a Mediterranean influence, a bright turquoise might be in tune. A pastel hue would look out of place on a Tudor-style house. Learn a few color basics by referring to a color wheel, which includes monochromatic (several shades of a single color), analogous (colors found side by side), contrast (three colors spaced evenly apart) and complementary (two hues opposite one another on the color wheel).

Create symmetry — This is very pleasing to the eye and simple to arrange. Use two urns filled with your favorite plantings. A standard urn height is 24-30 inches. Use a color that contrasts with your home, and try varying heights and colors with your plant material. This arrangement style is a bit more traditional or formal looking. You can easily make it less formal by using several colorful pots with planting grouped on either side. Shutter details — Change your tired louvered versions to a board-n-batten shutter. You can purchase composite shutters or order wooden ones from your local hardware store. With do-it-yourself (DIY) skills and a few tools, you can make your own shutters. 26 LEE MAGAZINE


First, measure the height of your window and decide on the width for your shutters. Example: a 4’ tall window requires four boards that are 14” wide. Buying 8’ lengths, you would need three — two for the vertical boards and one for the horizontal battens (hence, board-n-batten). Out of one 8’ board used for battens, you would have 6 pieces with a short waste piece remaining.

Second, cut boards to length. Remember to measure three times, cut once! You will need a tape measure, compound saw or skill saw, 1 1/2”-1 3/4” wood screws, wood glue and 1” x 4” cedar boards (1” x 4” real measurements are 3/4” thick and 3 1/2” wide). Cedar boards come in many lengths. Also a paint color or stain that is complementary to your house. Drive through your neighborhood or search the web for color ideas.

Third, decide the layout of the battens. Place boards next to one another and place battens on top to determine best layout. There is no particular rule of thumb for battens — let your eye be your judge. Fourth, glue sides of boards and place side to side. Glue back of battens. Place battens on top of boards. Screw battens

in place using two screws on top of each board.

Finish — Paint or stain with exteriorgrade material in the color of your choice. Hang in place using exterior screws appropriate for your house’s exterior — for brick, use concrete screws; for siding use, wood screws, etc... These are just a few ideas to spruce up the exterior façade. Make it count, and let your home become the envy of the neighborhood. DIY Chronicles — I would love to see photos of your creations and hear about your DIY projects. -lm Jacquelyn Dixon is a licensed contractor with 15 years of experience, who builds custom homes and reinvents existing ones in the Auburn/Opelika area. Jacquelyn can be reached at: reallifebuilders@gmail.com


Corporal Pamela Revels

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ay it like you mean it!” is a phrase that Lee County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Pamela Revels repeats over and over again to students in her personal safety and crime prevention classes as she teaches

them to stand up for themselves. It’s also exactly what Revels conveys unconditionally when she says, “I love my job.” The job she loves is serving in the Lee County Sheriff’s School Resource and

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Training Division, a position that takes this 36-year-old modest-but-purposeful woman throughout the county, the state and even the nation to help keep the public and her fellow law enforcement professionals safe and mentally sound. Revels has garnered numerous honors in her job — like being named the 2011 National School Resource Officer of the Year by the We Tip organization and the 2012 National Association of School Resource Officers Instructor of the Year. She has also earned a reputation for being deeply, sincerely dedicated to her work and her community. Though Revels would prefer to deflect, if not entirely avoid, any personal attention, virtually everyone who interacts with her is compelled to sing her praises, including her boss, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones, who recognized Revels’ exceptional qualities nearly a decade ago. “They say that you have a road map in

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“When you say ‘protect and serve’ you really need to mean it,” said Revels. “My personal goal is to make this community, my schools, safer than anywhere in Alabama, and then go out and help other people keep theirs as safe as ours.” -Corporal Pamela Revels

Corporal Pamela Revels: TAKING CARE OF OUR COMMUNITY life, and I believe that, because everything both at the earliest qualifying ages. The I have done in life has prepared me to do self-discipline, integrity, leadership and this,” said Revels when she finally, patience she learned through reluctantly, talked about herself. taekwondo and by playing such Revels’ road began in her team sports as softball, basketball hometown of Enterprise, Ala., and volleyball helped set the where, at the age of seven, the stage for Revels’ future. self-admitted tomboy convinced Because of her interest in her parents that she should take athletics, Revels first enrolled in taekwondo, rather than dance pre-physical therapy at Auburn classes. The martial arts were a University; later she changed her Black Belt at Ten! perfect fit for Revels and, by the major to exercise science. She age of 10, she had earned her first-degree also began working as a student sports black belt and was helping teach other trainer for the university’s football, track students — both children and adults — at and swim teams — a job that required her martial arts school. her to get emergency medical technician (EMT) certification. That training piqued She went on to earn her second-degree her interest in first-responder and public black belt by age 16 and her third-degree safety work. In her senior year at Auburn, black belt by the age of 21, obtaining Revels applied to be a reserve deputy with

the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, an unpaid volunteer position designed to assist fulltime deputies in their day-to-day duties. After reviewing her resume, however, the Sheriff’s Office asked Revels to, instead, try out for a regular deputy position. Though she did not expect to get the job, Revels was excited about the opportunity and submitted her official application. During the interview process, Revels mentioned to Sheriff Jones that she was particularly interested in teaching children about the dangers of drinking and driving, a comment that got his attention. About two weeks after the interview, Jones called Revels to break the news. She had not been chosen for one of the original two deputy positions. Instead, he wanted to hire her as a regular deputy with LEE MAGAZINE 29


an assignment as a school resource officer in K-12 public schools. Knowing nothing about school-based law enforcement programs, Revels was puzzled. “I asked Sheriff Jones ‘What does that mean? What am I going to do?’” “I don’t know, but we’re going to figure it out,” was his response. “There are some things you will always remember,” said Revels. “That process and conversation changed my life.” That was in 2004, and Revels soon found herself totally immersed in her new job teaching anti-drug and anti-violence campaigns in the county schools. She also found out quickly that it was hard to juggle classes at Auburn with her new job, so she made some changes. “I re-evaluated my career choice and decided that I would change my major to criminal justice and venture into the world of online studies,” she said. Revels graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern Columbia University in 2012, with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration, and she is currently working toward a master’s of business administration. Though the road that brought Revels to this point in her life has not always been straight or easy, Revels has never looked back and truly believes it is a path she was destined to take. “I tell people that I must have been born to do this because I love it so,” she said. That passion for her work was obvious from the beginning of her career with the Sheriff’s Office. “Pam grabbed this almost singlehandedly and went at it,” said Jones, adding that what started as a one-woman 30 LEE MAGAZINE

Corporal Revels plans and organizes for the many classes she and her team teach effort by Revels is now the six-person team — the School Resource and Training Division — providing outreach and educational services to schools, the public and to fellow law enforcement officers and agencies. “I believe our primary focus should be community interaction and involvement,” Jones said of his philosophy of law enforcement, noting that public support is a cornerstone of any successful law enforcement agency.

Revels and her team are vital to creating community support, because they are out in the community building relationships while helping area citizens protect themselves or, even better, avoid ever becoming victims of crime in the first place. To that end, Revels and her team members coordinate and run a variety of public safety initiatives, among them, Too Good for Drugs and Violence programs in the schools, free personal safety (Rape.


Above: Corporal Revels teaches an "Active Shooter" class to Lee County cafeteria work. The more school employees know, the safer our children. Left: Revels and Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones review a class schedule

Aggression. Defense, or RAD) courses for youth and women, and a Junior Deputy Academy summer camp for children ages 7–12 (see a list of all programs at www.leecountysheriff.org). Each of these programs addresses a different need, but they all address the Sheriff’s Office’s primary mission: to keep the citizens of Lee County as safe as possible. For Revels, that makes her job especially gratifying. “A lot of our job in law enforcement is

reactive, and that is unfortunate, but that’s the way it is,” says Revels. “We have an awesome opportunity to actually prevent something from happening, and I LOVE that. Everything is about educating. Give people the tools they need to protect themselves and to be successful in life, and they have those tools forever.” Among the tools is empowerment. That’s what Revels tries to instill in her RAD students as she teaches each of them how not to be a victim by yelling STOP or NO “like you mean it” should they face an

aggressor. It’s also about teaching children that they really are too good to get involved with drugs, violence or even bullying and finding ways to build their confidence and self-respect. Is it working? Revels admitted that success can be difficult to measure. How do you quantify crimes that did not happen because of the programs? But schoolbased statistics, including a reduction in the county’s juvenile arrests since Revels joined the staff, indicate it is working. For Revels, however, there are more profound measures of success, such as an email she received from one of her RAD students who thwarted a purse snatcher using the techniques that Revels taught her, or a thank-you letter from one of her Too Good students who wants to grow up to be a deputy. That framed letter hangs on the wall next to Revels’ desk as a daily reminder that her work makes a difference in people’s lives. “They teach me and they tell me this is the right way to go,” she said of her students and their responses to her efforts. Revels also constantly says — and says it like she means it — that none of this would be possible without her team and her boss. That team — Sergeant Dennis Harrell and deputies Heather Norred, Jody LEE MAGAZINE 31


Pam, Lexi and a John Deere work together on her property

Williford, Tommy Threat and Rob Alexander — is a tightknit group of people who support one another professionally and personally. Revels knows they have her back, especially when she is traveling around the state or nation to help with training programs. “I’m not going to leave and not know that my kids and community are safe, and my team allows me to do this,” she said. “They say that behind every great man there is a better woman. They are my better team. They put me to shame.” And then there’s her boss. “I cannot say enough about Sheriff Jones,” Revels said. “Besides being a good boss, he is a great mentor, because he recognizes potential and he allows you the opportunity to fulfill that potential.” He has also been a role model for Revels when it comes to his commitment to community. “He shows it, not just says it,” she said. Though Revels and her team have already had an incredibly positive impact 32 LEE MAGAZINE

in the community, they know there is still so much more to be done. “When you say ‘protect and serve’ you really need to mean it,” said Revels. “My personal goal is to make this community, my schools, safer than anywhere in Alabama, and then go out and help other people keep theirs as safe as ours.” In fact, Revels is so committed to her job that “We have to make her go home sometimes,” said Jones. “She is that dedicated and concerned, and she brings that mindset and attitude to work every day.” Not that Revels would rest much at home, where her four beloved dogs and the work she has been doing to renovate her house in Loachapoka keep her more than busy. Luckily Revels apparently has an inexhaustible supply of energy and talent. Among those talents is a real knack for home improvement, which she will soon be applying– the help of a brand-new – John Deere tractor– to a 45-acre farm that

she recently bought a few miles away. Back in the office, her talents are equally amazing and appreciated. “Her ability to convey a message is as good as anyone I have ever seen,” Jones continued. “She takes personal pride and ownership in presenting programs in a professional manner, and she is going to do everything she can to make it successful.” “But the thing about Pam, if I tried to sum it up in one quality, is that she cares very much about what she is doing,” he said. “She believes in what she is doing, and she loves her work. Anyone can watch her for five minutes and see that she really loves her job.” Or just ask her. “It is so wonderful to wake up in the morning and know you have a purpose in what you are going to do that day,” said Revels. “I love my job.” And she means it. -lm Katie Lamar Jackson is a freelance writer based in Opelika, Ala., who has been covering everything from agriculture to the arts for more than 30 years.


THE TEAM: Back row: Deputy Rob Alexander, Sergeant Dennis Harrell, Deputy Jody Williford. Middle: Deputy Tommy Threat, Deputy Heather Norred Front: Corporal Pamela Revels

IT TAKES A TEAM Sheriff ’s Office Programs Help Protect, Empower Citizens By Katie Lamar Jackson While fighting crime is a constant in the lives of Lee County Sheriff’s Office personnel, preventing it is so much better. That is, in fact, a primary objective for Sheriff Jay Jones, who is always looking for ways to keep bad situations from evolving and thwart crime by giving citizens the tools they need to take action if they are victimized, but, “better yet, to actually prevent them from being victimized in the first place.” While that objective is certainly a priority for all divisions of the Sheriff’s Office, it is the primary role of the agency’s School Resource and Training Division: Sergeant Dennis Harrell and deputies

Heather Norred, Jody Williford, Tommy Threat, Rob Alexander and Corporal Pamela Revels. This remarkable team is responsible for a variety of community outreach programs aimed at preventing crime, helping citizens protect themselves and building community support. Lee County School System-based Too Good for Drugs and Violence programs are among the top programs that help keep young people out of trouble by building their self-esteem, encouraging them to excel and, when needed, providing early intervention services. Too Good, which is similar to the wellknown DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance

Education) programs, is a K–12 schoolbased prevention program that can be easily adapted to fit the needs of individual schools and that focuses on building selfworth and parental involvement beyond saying “no” to drugs or violence. “It is not just about telling students that they should not do something,” said Revels, the Sheriff’s school resource officer who also works in a variety of other community training and education capacities. “It’s about building self-esteem, giving them the tools to make the right choices and teaching them that they really are too good for bad grades, being disrespectful or being a bully. We want LEE MAGAZINE 33


to them to learn self-respect so they will not want to hurt their bodies with drugs or make negative decisions that will affect their future.” Another program that Revels helps facilitate is the Junior Deputy Academy, a week-long summer camp for children aged 7–12, during which participants learn to snap to attention, march in formation, sing cadence and tackle an obstacle course, but, more importantly, they learn about integrity, honor, respect, pride and teamwork. By the end of the week, the junior deputies leave feeling empowered, have a better understanding of law enforcement and, as Revels said, “they know that we are here to help them.” The junior deputies also leave behind an exhausted group of Sheriff’s Office staff members who were so tired after one of this summer’s sessions they could barely gather the strength to go home. The Sheriff’s Office also provides fun and effective personal safety programs based on the internationally recognized RAD (Rape. Aggression. Defense.) holistic self-defense education program. RAD for women and radKIDS classes are offered free-of-charge throughout the year, teaching women of all ages and abilities and children ages 5–12 how to be safe at home, school, work or anywhere in the community. The Sheriff’s Office also cooperates with Auburn University to offer a one-hour semester credit course on personal safety for female students. “When it comes to personal safety,” said Revels, who helps teach the RAD classes, “the best option is to keep from being a victim.” “The RAD program is about empowerment and giving good information on, number one, prevention,” explained Revels, saying the course is less about physical self-defense than it is about mental readiness. “Ninety percent of self defense is not even physical. It’s about awareness and

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making yourself a hard target and not look like a victim,” said Revels. With that in mind, the course offers a mix of lectures, practical self-defense exercises and a final simulation, during which participants can test their skills by fighting off the Red Man, a brave RAD instructor clothed in a thick layer of red padding. “It is awesome to watch this class evolve,” said Revels. “Most of these women are southern ladies who have been taught to be nice and polite, and some of these women don’t even know how to make a fist.” But once they’ve had the class and gone up against the Red Man, many of them discover their inner feistiness. “After the simulation, they come bouncing out and say ‘put me back in,’” laughed Revels. “Sometimes we even have to call them off the Red Man.” Since the ultimate goal of the class is empowerment, Revels is delighted by their show of confidence. “We want them to walk out saying ‘I can do this. I can take care of myself,’” she said. “I would rather teach a thousand classes and not hear that one person has been attacked than to go out and take a crime report,” said Revels. For those who can’t do the 12-hour RAD courses, active shooter training and other community safety

programs, she and her coworkers are always available to present training courses, such as shorter workplace and personal-safety sessions to interested groups, businesses, schools and community organizations. All of these outreach and training programs are paid for through internal funds, such as monies collected through pistol permit fees and donations. Should more resources become available (and donations are always welcomed), Jones and Revels have a long wish list, including more programs and personnel to ensure school safety and anything that helps further their message of crime prevention and community safety. But they also believe that making Lee County safer hinges on collaboration and communication. The Sheriff’s Office has always enjoyed a close and productive working relationship with other area law enforcement agencies, now enhanced by a new, shared information platform. “For the first time in history, we are all on the same software program, which allows seamless information sharing that will enhance our ability to do our jobs by bringing all resources together to focus on problems,” Jones said.


The Sheriff’s Office strives to engage the public in many ways, most easily through their website (www.leecountysheriff.org), which is chock full of information on classes, initiatives and day-to-day details about the agency. They also have a Facebook page and a new, free Lee County Sheriff’s Office app for iPhone and Droid that allows citizens to report crimes, receive alerts and view news stories and other items of interest. But nothing beats the human connection that Revels and her fellow officers and staff make through their interactions with the public. According to Jones, they are the key to building a spirit of community between citizens and law enforcement. And they all work hard to reach that goal. “We try to ensure we do that every day,” said Jones. “It is truly a partnership.”

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A wide &array of personal safety classes BEAUTY FRAGRANCE and programs are available through the CAREERS Lee County Sheriff’s Office and other CONFECTIONS & GIFTS organizations and agencies in the area. Below is a partial list of programs COOKING offered through or in collaboration with the Sheriff’s Office. RAPE. AGGRESSION. DEFENSE. (RAD) CLASSES FOR WOMEN Offered free through the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, this comprehensive, women-only course begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training. Contact: Corporal Pamela Revels, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, prevels@ leecountysheriff.org or 334-319-4173

radKIDS Also offered free through the Sheriff’s Office, radKIDS is a personal empowerment safety education program that educates and enhances the ability of children, parents and families to protect themselves from violence and harm by leveraging their own knowledge, skills and power. Contact: radkids.lcso@yahoo.com or phone Corporal Pam Revels at 334-3194173 or Deputy Jessica Daley at 334-3190325. YELLOW DOT PROGRAM Yellow Dot is a free program that helps citizens after an automobile accident, when they may be unable to communicate vital personal health information. Contact: Learn more at www. leecountysheriff.org or by calling 334-7495651.

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PROJECT LIFESAVER Designed to help locate individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, autism, dementia, mental impairments or brainrelated disorders if they should become lost or disoriented. Contact: jmajors@leecountysheriff.org or call 334-749-5651 ARE YOU OK? This telephone reassurance program helps family members stay in contact with elderly or homebound individuals or latch-key children through an automated call system. Contact: 334-749-5651 Auburn University also offers a variety of public safety training programs including for-credit and community courses. To learn more about these contact the Auburn University Department of Public Safety at www.auburn.edu/administration/ public_safety/. -lm

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ONGOING Thursdays, Sept. 5–Oct. 24: Fall Concert Series at Kiesel Park. Bring a blanket and chairs and enjoy a concert with your community! 6–7:30 p.m. Kiesel Park. Free and open to public. ONGOING on Thursdays: Learn Modern Square Dancing & Line Dancing. The Auburn Allemanders invite the community to join their fun & free classes to learn dancing techniques. No experience required. 7–9 p.m. Jan Dempsey Community Art Center on Drake Ave. in Auburn. ONGOING on Fridays: Friday Football Luncheon. Kick off home game weekends at a luncheon with other Auburn fans and get a preview of the week’s matchup with Coach Malzahn and the coaching staff.

Reservations are required. Information: 8448817 or e-mail gwevent@auburn.edu. ONGOING on First Fridays: Shop Late, Eat Local. Downtown Opelika shops will stay open until 8 p.m., allowing diners can shop before or after they eat. ONGOING NOVEMBER 3, DECEMBER 28: Antique Vehicle Show. 2–4p.m. Angel’s Antique and Flea Mall. Free to the public. For information or to show off your car, call Chris at 745-3221 SEPTEMBER 11: Cold Fronts with Drgn King, Lonely Wolves and Jule Vera. Live music at the Overall Company, 1001 Ave. B, Opelika. 8 p.m. SEPTEMBER 12: Candlelight Dance Club Tango and Swing classes. A great place to learn something new and feel great is on the dance floor. Instructor Maria Burnley will have gliding across the floor in no time. The five week course is $50. For information: dianneridley@charter.net Opelika SportsPlex, 1001 Andrews Road, Opelika SEPTEMBER 13, OCTOBER 4: Café Jordan Hare. Enjoy an exclusive dinner and entertainment on the 50-yard-line of Jordan-Hare Stadium with others of the Auburn family. Reservations are limited & required. Information: 884-8817 or e-mail gwevent@auburn.edu. SEPTEMBER 19: Transformations Life Center Workshop: Parental Peace. Need for calm, level heads to prevail during difficult challenges will be discussed. 8–10 a.m. Transformations Life Center, 824 Avenue A in Opelika. Information: 705-0071. SEPTEMBER 21: Waverly's 22nd Annual B.B.Q. The sandwiches and plates of chick-


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Shine. 12–8:30p.m. at Standard Deluxe in Waverly. Tickets $20 (children & under 14 free). Visit fallbookgie.ticketbud.com for tickets and information. SEPTEMBER 30: Bartender of the Year Contest. Calling all bartenders to compete in the Auburn/Opelika contest to be crowned as the area’s Bartender of the Year and to compete further for a cash prize. Free event. 5:30–7:30 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University. Information: 887-8747. OCTOBER 4–5: Jule Collins Smith Museum 10th Anniversary Weekend. JCSM will open its first juried outdoor sculpture exhibition with a tasting tour and viewing party around the lake. Event is free, and for information visit jcsm.auburn.edu or call 844-1484. OCTOBER 11: Plainsman Park Movie Night. View a movie from the big screen! Starts at 7 p.m. Plainsman Park on South Donahue Drive in Auburn. Free to the public. Information: 844-8817. OCTOBER 15: David McCullough Presentation. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner will speak to students, faculty and the public. 11 a.m.–noon. Information: 8448453 or e-mail lamarja@auburn.edu. OCTOBER 17–20/22–24: All That Fosse. Performed by Auburn University theatre students. Tickets are $15 for public, $10 for senior citizens & AU staff (AU students free). For more information visit www.cla.auburn.edu/theatre/productions. OCTOBER 18: On the Tracks. Biannual Food & Wine Festival. Food vendors, live music and food and wine tastings. 6 p.m. to midnight Historic Downtown Opelika. Tickets available online or night of event. Visit www.onthetracks.org or call 737-1474.

OCTOBER 19: Creepy Wonderful Critters – Venomous Snakes. Program by AU graduate Mike Wines showcasing native snakes found in Alabama. 10 a.m. Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve. Admission $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers. Children under three are free. Information: 8448091. OCTOBER 19: Loachapoka Syrup Sopping. Biscuits, syrup, local food and artisans. Need we say more? Festivities take place in Loachapoka, approximately four miles outside Auburn on Highway 14. Information: www.syrupsopping.org. OCTOBER 29: Opelika Parks & Recreation's Fall Festival / Children’s Carnival – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Opelika SportsPlex W. James Samford Soccer Complex OCTOBER 31: Halloween Night in Opelika 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. OCTOBER 31: 13th Annual Downtown Trick or Treat. Bring your kids and go door to door in Downtown Auburn! 6p.m. to 8p.m. Free and open to the public. NOVEMBER 14–15/17/19–22: Harvey. Performed by Auburn University theatre students. Tickets are $15 for public, $10 for senior citizens & AU staff AU students free). For more information, visit www.cla.auburn. edu/theatre/productions. NOVEMBER 23: Fall Astronomy Night. Join staff and Auburn Astronomical Society for a short astronomy program, educational movie, telescopes, snacks and a laser constellation program. Remember to bring a flashlight. 7–9p.m. Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve. Admission $3 for members; $4 for nonmembers. Not recommended for children under five.

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