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May 1, 2013

Countryy Editor

Volume 1 Number 3


Just good reading

Illinois woman quilts for scholarships ~ Page 2

A Walk

Fish Tales ~ Page 3

Settling the dust

A dust storm rolling across the Littlefield Farm in Swisher County, Texas in 1935. Photo taken at intersection of FM 1075 and 2301.

in the Woods ~ Page 15

by Dee Ann Littlefield, USDA-NRCS “You couldn’t see. You couldn’t breathe. You couldn’t go outside for days,” remembers Eugene Littlefield. “It was awful.” Littlefield is referring to the giant black clouds of soil that would blot out the sun and swallow the countryside. Born in Wayside, TX in 1934, Littlefield was welcomed into the world by the Dust Bowl — an era in the 1930s when the most massive, brutal dust storms ever known to our nation repeatedly ravaged the Panhandle and Great Plains regions. Littlefield was the only child of parents that raised cattle, wheat and sorghum on their farm 20 miles east of Happy, in the now-extinct community of Wayside. “We could see those storms coming over the horizon,” he said. “The dirt would blow in your face and hit your skin so hard it hurt. Dad would get our animals in the best shelter he could, while my mom started packing the windows with rolled wet towels and hung sheets to try to keep dirt out. “It still didn’t work,” he said, shaking his head at the fury and intensity of the storms. “Fine sand would get in our food no matter how well we protected it. It would get behind the wallpaper in our house. Our white sheets on the bed would turn brown. “Mother would light kerosene lamps and you could barely see them for the brown haze around them,” he adds. See Settling page 3



A ruff reunion by Kelly Gates Ten years ago, a Nashua, NH, man named Jamie Carpentier parted ways with his beloved basset hound Ginger when he and his wife divorced and she chose to take the dog with her. Carpentier was saddened by the loss, but he eventually got another pet, a white boxer, who he loved and tended to for many years. Then, on Christmas Eve 2012, an ongoing illness overtook the poor pup and the owner was forced to make the decision many dread — having the animal put to sleep to end its suffering. “When I had to make that decision, I thought I would never get a dog again,” Carpentier said. “It’s the hardest thing in the world to lose your best friend and I had lost two of them in just a matter of years. So I wasn’t about to open myself up to another dog that I knew wouldn’t be here forever.” Despite his efforts to guard his heart from yet another loss, Carpentier found himself missing having a pooch pal around to pet and play with. And when he fell and injured his back during an ice fishing excursion several weeks later, his desire to

adopt another dog intensified even more. “I was lying around recovering and happened to log on to our local Humane Society’s website; just to look,” he said. “I wasn’t planning on getting a dog yet, but when I saw an article about a basset hound named ‘Ginger’ who was up for adoption, I couldn’t believe it. The dog was around 13 years old and the colors and markings mentioned in the article sounded just like the basset hound I had owned many years before.” There was no photo with the article, so Carpentier called the Nashua Humane Society and asked for images. The staff responded with a host of pictures, each one showing the unique markings that matched the photographs Carpentier had of Ginger as a puppy. Amazingly, they were a match. More than a decade after they were separated, Ginger and her master were about to be reunited. “My father drove me to the Humane Society and as soon as Ginger heard my voice, she got up, trotted over, sniffed me and then licked me on the cheek,” said Carpentier. “She remembered me after all

Jamie Carpenter and his dog Ginger were reunited after 10 years. those years. And, she remembered my dad too.” Shortly after the Nashua native and his basset buddy came together, Carpentier See Reunion page 2

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Vigilante planter targets Manhattan, KS neighborhoods by Katherine Wartell, The Manhattan Mercury MANHATTAN, KS (AP) — Andy Deckert isn’t a gardener by trade. He’s not even a gardener by life-long hobby. But over the past decade, he’s become something of a guerrilla greenskeeper in the neighborhoods near his Manhattan home, planting irises along public walkways and roads to spruce up otherwise dull horizons. You could call him Johnny Iris-seed if you were so inclined to such corniness, or if the irises were actually grown from seeds and not spread through rhizomes, a root-like subterranean stem. Deckert, a retired teacher, has already planted 2,000 irises along a stretch of Miller Parkway, near where the couple lives, and plans to plant 2,000 more to reach a nearby water tower. He’s also planted irises beside 31 fence posts along Amherst Avenue, behind a guardrail on Davis Drive, in a large plot on Brierwood Drive and in a grassy median on Miller Parkway, not far from the K-18 exit. It’s at that median where Deckert first started his work back in 2001, after moving to Manhattan the previous year following his marriage to Linda, a longtime Manhattanite. Though Deckert was never big on gardening, the iris became his calling card after his father-in-law from his previous marriage thinned his own patch of irises.

Pickering gave Deckert the thinnings. “I didn’t know what to do with them,” Deckert said, before he set his eyes and shovel on the boring patch of grass in the middle of Miller Parkway. “I just started spading it,” Deckert said. All lavender and purple irises that Deckert plants come from that original patch in WaKeeney, he said. Deckert’s father-in-law died about seven years ago, but not before he could see his son-in-law’s handiwork. The Deckerts have a photograph of Pickering sitting in a lawn chair in the middle of the median amongst the irises as they are at full bloom. Last summer, Deckert had to thin the irises from the plot. Once again not knowing what to do with them, he started spading and planting the thinnings along a sidewalk that runs the length of Miller Parkway. But irises aren’t Deckert’s only plant of choice — in front of a sign for Miller Ranch, Deckert planted little groups of daffodils, salvaged from a lackluster patch that had been there previously. “I love these,” he said, of the cheery, bright yellow flowers, planted with liriope grasses, but calling them, “sort of an accident.” Deckert had so many excess daffodils from the pruning that he planted several in his family’s yard and in true guerrilla fashion, planted a row at the very edge of his next door neighbor’s yard without

their knowledge. “They haven’t gotten rid of them,” he said. He also planted flowers in the front yard of another neighbor who eventually moved, Deckert said. He gave even more excess daffodils to a friend who lives on Leavenworth Street. That friend in turn passed them around to others because there were so many. But perhaps his largest project is on Brierwood Drive, where family friend Larry Weigel owns a house and the plot of land behind it. With the permission ofWeigel’s next door neighbor, the pair cleared a nearby plot of land in 2011 and planted 1,000 irises, catmint, loriope grass, Russian sage, garlic cloves, crepe myrtle, daisies, daylilies, chrysanthemum, sedum and Yukon gold potatoes. The patch yields about nine pounds of potatoes. “Neighbors just come by and laugh,” Deckert said, of the potato patch. The pair gave away the potatoes last June. The plot is across from residential construction and the soil the potatoes were planted in was so poor when Deckert first began planting that he could barely get his shovel through it. Now the soil is soft and malleable. They’ve also decorated the plot with rocks and a stone bench, and Weigel hung a sign on one of the surrounding trees that reads, “Andy’s Corner.” “Do we really know what we’re doing? Most times not,” Deckert said.

A short drive from the Brierwood plot is Deckert’s final contribution — a row of irises planted behind a guardrail on Davis Drive, near the K-18 exit. The irises were first planted much closer to K-18, beside a ravine, but construction on the highway forced Deckert to move the flowers. He moved them to a strip of land by the home of an elderly couple who had been receiving notices from the city to mow the area. “I accomplished something really good accidentally,” he said. Linda Deckert is also a plant enthusiast, though she prefers perennials with longer bloom times than irises, which bloom for about two weeks. She tends to her own flowers in a potting room she designed. The couple grew up together in Pawnee Rock but after high school Deckert attended Kansas Wesleyan in Salina and Linda enrolled at Kansas State University. After moving away, Deckert married a woman from WaKeeney, while Linda married a man who worked in the veterinary department at K-State. He died of a heart attack. After Deckert, a father of two, lost his first wife to cancer in 1998, Linda, a mother of two, sent him a sympathy card and the pair continued to correspond until Linda suggested dinner. They were married in 2000. Deckert will continue gardening throughout the summer. His irises should bloom in June.

Illinois woman quilts for scholarships by Becky Malkovich, (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan HERRIN, IL (AP) — A Herrin woman found a unique way to honor the people who helped her on her journey back from a near-fatal car accident and to make sure that help is there for those who need it in the future. A little more than four years ago, Carla Shasteen was in a coma after a car crash left her on a ventilator and suffering from severe head trauma, broken bones and the effects of three strokes. Nearly two weeks after the crash, doctors gave her little chance of survival but her family asked for 30 more days.

“I woke up on day 27,” Shasteen said. “I couldn’t walk, talk or even think for myself.” She was able to relearn those skills at the Acute Rehabilitation Center at Herrin Hospital. “These people were amazing. I couldn’t walk but they taught me to put one foot in front of another: heel, toe, right foot, left foot,” she said. “If not for them and what they do on a daily basis, I don’t know where I’d be. I can’t thank them enough.” But she wanted to try. She established the Carla Shasteen Scholarship Fund for Herrin high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in phys-

See Reunion page 2

Ginger enjoys being back home with Jamie.

ical, occupational or speech therapies or rehabilitation nursing. To raise money for the fund, Shasteen and her mother, Dolores “Dee” Arnsmeyer, raffled off quilts they hand made together. “There were times when I didn’t think she would come home again. I never imagined she would be quilting again,” Arnsmeyer said. “That girl amazed me. She’s made a great comeback.” Dr. Terence Glennon, a physiatrist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Herrin Hospital, drew the winner of this year’s quilt during a special ceremony

decided that this time, it would be forever. He adopted Ginger and today, the two pass the time cuddling, playing and making up for lost time. They are also hard at work on Ginger’s figure, joked Carpentier. “The last people to own Ginger were older and weren’t able to take her for walks, so she had packed on the pounds,” he said. “The Humane Society managed to get some of her weight off, but I have her on diet dog food and she runs around and plays a lot, both of which are helping her to get back to a healthier size.” According to Carpentier, Ginger has the energy of a young pup. While some of the rambunctiousness is due to her renewed physique, some of the spring in her step is undoubtedly due to being back with her best buddy once again.

at Herrin Hospital last week. Shasteen, he said after plucking the name of winner Helen Lind of Johnston City from a basket, is an example of “Why people in rehab medicine do what we do. This is what does my heart good. From the beginning point to the person you see before you now, I can see why people use the word ‘miracle.’” The fund provided two $1,000 scholarships last year and will provide another two this year. “I will need therapy for the rest of my life and with these scholarships, I may be helping train my next therapists,” she said.

Sapling from Anne Frank’s tree planted in Indianapolis INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A sapling grown from the chestnut tree that was a symbol of hope for Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis in Amsterdam has been planted at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Star reports ( ) the leafy sapling planted recently is one of 11 grown from the tree’s seeds that were sent to the United States for planting. Anne Frank could only see the tree from an attic window in the Amsterdam home where her family hid from the Nazis. But she wrote about it repeatedly during the 25 months she remained indoors until her

family was arrested in August 1944. The diary she kept during that period became worldfamous after it was published in 1947, two years after she died in a Nazi concentration camp.


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by Joe Parzych Back in the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I fished the Connecticut River in Gill. We crossed a tributary at the Connecticut River’s edge on a log over the stream. While fishing, I lost a fishhook on a snag and returned to my bicycle to get another fishhook. On my way back, I spotted an enormous fish in the tributary. It looked like a giant pickerel lying in wait, with its head just a few feet from where the log lay. It was at least four feet long. I’d just had an experience with a pickerel in the brook running by our farm when I’d swished a baited hook through the water. A bull frog sprang from the stream bank to clamp onto the bait. Almost simulta-

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neously, a pickerel leaped out of the water to grab the frog creating a ferocious explosion of water. I hauled the frog out of the water with the pickerel attached, but before I landed them, the pickerel bit the frog in two and swam off with half the frog in its mouth. Now, here I was faced with a giant pickerel that could easily bite me in two. I tiptoed over the log, ever so gingerly, so as to not end up like the bull frog. Once past the peril of the giant fish, I couldn’t wait to tell my friends. But, then, I hesitated, because if the fish left by the time we headed back home, they’d think I was just telling a fish tail, because I couldn’t stretch my arms wide enough to show how long that fish was. They would just have to see it with their own eyes. I kept quiet, but to my great disappointment, the enormous fish was gone when we headed home. I never told this fish tale to them, or anyone else, in all these years, even though I’d learned a few years after the sighting that fish of that size, sturgeon, inhabit the Connecticut River. This recipe is not for baking sturgeon. I understand that they are very bony and probably not that great eating. Plus, you would need your entire collection of aluminum pie plates to even begin baking or frying one of those monsters.

of soil exposed to drought and wind. The 1930s mark a decade of the worst He recounts his family having to use a drought in U.S. history. Planted seeds bucket for the bathroom because they would shrivel and die in the ground couldn’t go outside to the outhouse. His before they could ever sprout. With no dad had a rope tied from the house to the plants to trap the soil or moisture, the barn so if there was even the slightest parched dirt turned to powder that was reprieve in the raging storm he could go easily carried away by wind. check on the animals. Littlefield says no This loss of land and crops only further matter how hard you tried to protect your deepened the effects of the Great equipment or vehicles, the fine sand Depression, to the point that by 1933 would penetrate the carburetors and more than 11,000 of the nation’s 25,000 wind up in fuel lines, rendering equip- banks had failed and unemployment was ment inoperable until it could be at a record high 25 percent. repaired. The Dust Bowl affected 100,000,000 “I remember coming outside after the acres, centered on the panhandles of storms and you couldn’t find things,” he Texas and Oklahoma, and adjacent parts says.”You could see, but you still felt dis- of New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas. In oriented because the landscape would December 1935, experts estimated that look so different. Tumble weeds would 850 million tons of topsoil had been blow against the fences and get trapped, blown off the Plains that year alone. The then the dirt would just pile up in them drought would linger four more years to the point it would bury the fence so until rain finally brought relief in the fall deep in dirt you couldn’t see it. Entire of 1941. plows could get buried and only the Hard work preparing the land and levers would be visible.” planting the crops, was met with years The plowing up of native grasslands and years of crop failure. With no crops to across the Great Plains left vast stretches harvest and no grass for livestock to eat on their Swisher C o u n t y farm, the Littlefields struggled along with so many, just desperate to survive. During this time there was one man that was strongly convinced he had a Eugene Littlefield and his dog standing behind the horses that plan to keep plowed the wheat and sorghum fields on their Swisher County so much of America’s Farm. Photo taken in 1939. soil Photo courtesy of Littlefield Family Album top

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Crummy Baked Fish 1 Fish (essential ingredient) 1 cup of crumbled Ritz crackers 1/2 cup of crumbled low fat potato chips Tartar sauce Spread a layer of cracker crumbs on pie plate. Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towel. Slather the fish all over with tartar sauce Lay slathered fish on cracker crumbs. If too long; cut it to fit. Sprinkle potato chips crumbs on top of fish. Bake until the fish flakes nicely. Incidentally, sturgeons are a primitive fish that lives up to 100 years old. They have bony armor instead of scales and can reach a length of 12 to 14 ft in length, so the sturgeon I saw was probably just a baby. Still, that would take a lot of tartar sauce.

from blowing away. In 1928, while working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a chemist with the Bureau of Soils, Hugh Hammond Bennett wrote about the ongoing soil erosion issue in a government report. “To visualize the full enormity of land impairment and devastation brought about by this ruthless agent is beyond the possibility of the mind. An era of land wreckage destined to weigh heavily Road is covered with sand and car is stalled out from upon the welfare of dust storm that passed through. Tumbleweeds are the next generation piled up against the fences. is at hand,” he Photos courtesy of the NRCS wrote. door to educate farmers on soil conservaThrough his experience with soil sur- tion and anti-erosion techniques, includveys, Bennett realized the effects of soil ing crop rotation, strip farming, contour erosion and the negative impacts it had plowing, terracing and other beneficial on agriculture. His persistent admonition farming practices. The agency provided about the devastation of farmland that financial incentives to help farmers offset was occurring across the nation’s land- the costs of adopting some of these pracscape led Congress to establish the tices. USDA’s Soil Conservation Service (SCS), “Seeing what I saw growing up as a boy now known as Natural Resources on our farm, I have witnessed the positive Conservation Service (NRCS). effects over 70 years of conservation The establishment of the SCS marked efforts have had on our land,” Littlefield the beginning of federal funding and says. “I am now proud to say I am a natural resource education to landownlandowner that is making a difference for ers, especially farmers. States estabthe environment, and in the process, I lished state soil conservation agencies hope to be able to help the prairie chickand procedures whereby local Soil and en populations.” Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) Bennett, known as the Father of could be formed in counties across the Conservation, perhaps said it best: U.S. SCS assistance was delivered at the “Farmers have only temporary control direction of the local SWCD board, made over their land. It can be theirs for a lifeup of five landowners from across the time and no longer. The public’s interest, county. The agency employees would hold however, goes on and on, endlessly, if workshops and in some cases go door-to- nations are to endure....”


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Hello Again,

April 27, 2013

The New Health Program Bringing Bankruptcy Let’s turn the economic clock back to January 24, 1971 and read what the highly respected national weekly newspaper had to say. The Grit, with a paid weekly subscription base of 1,331,489 copies, published the following on its front page. Headline: States Facing Money Problems as Rolls Jump. An antiquated welfare system whose phenomenal growth in the last few years is virtually threatening many states with bankruptcy is the first order of business. President Nixon summed up the problem when he declared: “What began on a small scale in the depression thirties has become a monster… It is bringing states and cities to the brink of financial disaster… It is failing to meet the elementary human, social, and financial needs of the poor. It breaks up homes. It often penalizes work. It robs recipients of dignity. And it grows.” Why are we chatting about the welfare problem of 1971? It is even worse today — in 2013. And it points to a new problem, which totally dwarfs the 1971 problem and even the 2013 welfare problem. Think on this: New York State’s largest budget item is welfare. Individual tax payers and companies pay more of their hard-earned dollars to foot (support) welfare than any other cause. I read that if you add New York and California’s welfare costs, it is more than all the remaining states combined. To paraphrase what President Nixon said in 1971, “Welfare started on a relatively small scale during the depression and grew into a monster threatening states with bankruptcy.” We ask, if welfare started in a minimal way and could have brought states into financial disaster, what do you think will happen with this new Obama healthcare program which in one way or another, 100 percent of all U.S. citizens and possibly a few million more non-citizens will be involved? Sometimes I wonder if the news industry shouldn’t change their nomenclature from daily newspaper, monthly news magazine, and even TV channel news, etc. to: “Swap Sheet: Swap the truth for opinionated, exaggerated lies.” For example: when a news writer is faced with a report of any kind, twist the meaning of the report to mean something totally different but do it in such a fashion as to lead readers into believing something which is not the whole truth — not a total lie — but far from the truth. In this morning’s daily newspaper, an Associated Press columnist wrote: The richest Americans got richer during the first two years of the economic recovery while average net worth declined for the other 93 percent of U.S. households. The meaning of this column could easily be interpreted to be 7 percent of the richer Americans got richer on the backs of the other 93 percent of households. The real truth is, due to the crash in the real estate market and losing millions of jobs to countries such as Mexico and China, near disaster came about to the so-called 93 percent. If a house which had been purchased for $250,000 a few years earlier is now worth $150,000 and if a machinist working in a factory in the United States lost his job to China, what in heavens name has that got to do with the rich people? If the federal and state government leaders along with millions of stock holders had stepped on the toes of corporation presidents and forced them to not dump our country in favor of China and all of those other offshore manufacturers, we would not be in trouble today. What would you do if you were the president of a huge American corporation and you found out that the president of your country is trying his best to grab control of companies such as yours by growing the federal government and introducing new regulation after new regulation? Is it not possible that you would move most of your company’s factories out of this country? That way you would not have your company strangled by regulations and have to bow down to the all-powerful U.S. based unions. The sad part is, that is exactly what a large percentage of U.S. companies did. They moved their manufacturing facilities and in the process, dumped their employees. If this causes our country to fail, and it could, who will they blame? They certainly will not blame themselves. At least a part of this chatter has been about twisting the truth. Now — how about another twist and I’ll fill you full of blarney. Naturally, Irish blarney is the gospel truth, according to the Irish. When I was a teenager, I bought a retriever Irish wolfhound puppy. Every afternoon I worked with “Cooky” teaching him how to retrieve a two-foot long stick. He quickly learned how to retrieve even from across the Cherry Valley Creek. One day he was in a big hurry and ran across the top of the water. He did not sink or swim. I couldn’t wait to show how smart he was to my neighbors so I asked a small group to meet me and Cooky down by the creek. I tossed the stick out over the water and told the dog to fetch. With that, he ran across the top of the water and retrieved the stick. I overheard one of my neighbors say, “He’s not so smart. He doesn’t even know how to swim.” If you believe half of what you either read or hear on TV you shouldn’t have any trouble believing about Cooky. You know the famous expression: “Go ahead, make my day.” A few days ago while driving the little red Spyder bike, an Amish grandfather driving with his horse and buggy made my day. As I was driving towards his buggy, I noticed he was waving with both hands. Now that man made me old Irish heart take an extra smile. My good friend, I hope you saw me waving back. Keep on waving with both hands and I’ll wave back. Our society has reached the stage where belief in God, country, and friends is passé. All I can say to that is I promise to continue to love our heavenly Father, this country, and my friends and family. Life would not be life if any of these were missing. Keep smiling, praying, show you’re a Christian believer and an American. Fred Lee and Family

Woman quilts for scholarships by Becky Malkovich, (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan HERRIN, IL (AP) — A Herrin woman found a unique way to honor the people who helped her on her journey back from a near-fatal car accident and to make sure that help is there for those who need it in the future. A little more than four years ago, Carla Shasteen was in a coma after a car crash left her on a ventilator and suffering from severe head trauma, broken bones and the effects of three strokes. Nearly two weeks after the crash, doctors gave her little chance of survival but her family asked for 30 more days. “I woke up on day 27,” Shasteen said. “I couldn’t walk, talk or even think for myself.” She was able to relearn those skills at the Acute Rehabilitation Center at Herrin Hospital. “These people were amazing. I couldn’t walk but they taught me to put one foot in front of another: heel, toe, right foot, left foot,” she said. “If not for them and what they do on a daily basis, I don’t know where I’d be. I can’t thank them enough.” But she wanted to try. She established the Carla Shasteen Scholarship Fund for Herrin high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in physical, occupational or speech therapies or rehabilitation nursing. To raise money for the fund, Shasteen and her mother, Dolores “Dee” Arnsmeyer, raffled off quilts

they hand made together. “There were times when I didn’t think she would come home again. I never imagined she would be quilting again,” Arnsmeyer said. “That girl amazed me. She’s made a great comeback.” Dr. Terence Glennon, a physiatrist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Herrin Hospital, drew the winner of this year’s quilt during a special ceremony at Herrin Hospital last week. Shasteen, he said after plucking the name of winner Helen Lind of Johnston City from a basket, is an example of “Why people in rehab medicine do what we do. This is what does my heart good. From the beginning point to the person you see before you now, I can see why people use the word ‘miracle.’” The fund provided two $1,000 scholarships last year and will provide another two this year. “I will need therapy for the rest of my life and with these scholarships, I may be helping train my next therapists,” she said.

Huge elephant bird egg gets $101,813 at UK auction LONDON (AP) — A mas- eral hundred years ago. The sive, partly fossilized egg laid oversized ovum, laid on the by a now-extinct elephant island of Madagascar, is bird has sold for more than believed to date back before double its estimate at a the 17th century. Flightless, fruit-gobbling London auction. Christie's auction house elephant birds resembled said Wednesday that the foot- giant ostriches and could long, nearly nine-inches in grow to be 11 feet high (3.4 diameter egg fetched 66,675 meters). Christie's says their pounds ($101,813). It had eggs are 100 times the size of been valued at 20,000 to an average chicken's. 3 0 , 0 0 0 pounds presale, and was sold to an anonymous buyer over the telephone after about 10 minutes of competitive bidding. Elephant birds were wiped out sevPhoto courtesy of

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No more wiggling, Coburg pupils have a ball by Josephine Woolington, Eugene Register-Guard

COBURG, OR (AP) — Twenty-five secondgraders walk single file to their classroom at Coburg Community Charter School for their social studies class. “All right, ladies and

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down on the balls, as they would during a

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ed States who in recent years have substituted classroom chairs with balls commonly found in yoga and Pilates exercise classes. Several studies suggest that the balls increase focus because students can constantly move and get all the wiggles out. Students must engage their core muscles to balance on the ball, and Patton said some students complained about being tired in the first few weeks. “We have P.E. every day in our class,” she said, laughing. “We have the best abs in the school.”

Patton’s class was “wiggly” last year, she said, and getting students to focus posed a challenge. So she began combing through research that found that exercise balls could increase productivity and focus in the classroom. “There are fewer trips to the bathroom,” Patton said, which students frequently used as an excuse to get up and move. Patton bought 30 balls from for $600, which the school paid for. So far, none has deflated or popped. No student has been in-

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cats, so you had to walk in the middle of the street. It’s amazing what they turned it into. It’s cool but it’s lost its, like, authenticity.” Rudy Giuliani was elected New York City mayor in 1993 and promised to crack down on crime and make the city more livable. The number of homicides in the city — 1,960 in 1993 — had already dropped from a high of 2,245 in 1990 but has plunged steeply since then. (There were 414 in all of last year.) The city’s AIDS crisis peaked in 1993 at 12,744 diagnoses. Terrorists staged the first attack on the World Trade Center. The look of the city has changed dramatically as national retailers have replaced independent merchants. New York City’s first Starbucks opened in 1994. The exhibit and accompanying pay phone campaign run through May 26.


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NASA sees distant planets that seem ideal for life by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA’s planet-hunting telescope has discovered two planets that seem like ideal places for some sort of life to flourish. They are just the right

size and in just the right place near their star. The distant duo are the best candidates for habitable planets that astronomers have found so far, said William Borucki, the chief scientist for NASA’s Kepler telescope.

The discoveries, published online in the journal Science, mark a milestone in the search for planets where life could exist. In the past when astronomers found exoplanets — planets outside our solar system — they have not fit all the criteria that would make them right for life. Many planets are not in the habitable zone — where it’s not too hot and not too cold for liquid water. And until now, the handful of planets astronomers found in that ideal zone, were just too big. Those are likely to be gas balls like Neptune and that’s not suitable for life. Similarly, the Earthsize planets that had been found weren’t in the right place near their stars, Borucki said. In the Goldilocks game of looking for other planets like ours, the new discoveries, called Kepler62-e and Kepler-62-f are just right. And they are fraternal twins. They circle the same star, an orange dwarf, and are next to each other — closer together than Earth and its

neighbor Mars. The planets are slightly wider than Earth, but not too big. Kepler-62-e is a bit warm, like a Hawaiian world and Kepler-62-f is a bit chilly, more Alaskan, Borucki said. “This is the first one where I’m thinking “Huh, Kepler-62-f really might have life on it’,” said study co-author David Charbonneau of Harvard. “This is a very important barrier that’s been crossed. Why wouldn’t it

have life?” Both planets are tantalizing. The dozens of researchers who co-authored the study disagree on which one is better suited to life. Lisa Kaltenegger of the Max Planck Institute of Astronomy in Germany likes Kepler-62-3 more because it’s closer to the star and is warmer. She said it is probably “like Washington in May.” Pennsylvania State University professor

James Kasting, who wasn’t part of the research, called the findings “a big discovery.” The planets are 1,200 light years away. A light year is almost 6 trillion miles (nearly 10 trillion kilometers). The planets circle a star that is 7 billion years old — about 2.5 billion years older than our sun. “If there’s life at all on those planets, it must be very advanced,” said Borucki.

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strong advocate for the conservation of wilderness areas throughout the country. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota for example owes its existence to the work of Aldo Leopold. Leopold worked for the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute (SAAMI) from 1928–1932. During his time at SAAMI Leopold worked on the nation’s first systematic effort to bring scientific principles to the study of wild game. His work emphasized the public ownership of wildlife and the democratic basis for American wildlife management. Leopold actively questioned the status quo of land management policies and he brought about changes that were radical at the time, but are common wildlife management practices now.


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was an avid hunter and believed that regulated hunting was an intricate component of his wildlife management policies. He hunted large and small game with his wife and sons using bows and arrows that he made himself and he championed some of the nation’s first archery-only deer seasons. Allegedly, Leopold was an accomplished shot gunner and especially loved hunt-

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But Brian Newton has spent years studying, perfecting and practicing the craft. For more than 200 years, Americans have been making their brooms out of a type of grass called broomcorn. Even as synthetic fibers have entered the market, certain artisans still adhere to the age-old techniques that broom-makers have used for centuries.

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arts and crafts that are dying off. It’s important to keep them around, important that people see them. There’s a heritage there,” he told the Daily Journal ( ). Newton’s broom-making will be showcased at this year’s Johnson County Garden Celebration. “What he does is interesting, and he’s using a farm product, so that fits

in with what we’re about,” said Philomena Ross, president of the Johnson County Garden Club. “A lot of people don’t even know that brooms are made by hand, so we’re excited to see him here.” Broomcorn is a type of sorghum grass that is particularly durable and stiff, making it perfect for sweeping. The material has been used in broom-making since the late 18th century. Newton grows his own 11/2 acres of the crop. He harvests it by hand, waiting until the perfect time when the stalk is strong yet bending but before seeds come in. “It’s very labor intensive. You have to do it in patches, because it never grows at the same rate,” he said. “If you tried to do it all at once,

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Nashville from 17 The flat-broom style that Newton uses originated in the 1820s and has been employed much in the same way ever since. Each broom takes about an hour to make. Newton’s family grew up on a farm in northern Indiana, and he remembers nearby Amish families making their own brooms. He was fascinated by the process, watching them spin the dried strands of broomcorn. But it never occurred to him to learn how to do it himself. As an adult, Newton worked as a mechanical designer until a heart problem forced him to reconsider his career

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Wayne Thompson. An Alabama-based broom-maker, Thompson had spent 44 years making brooms. That had been handed down to him by a 90-year expert in it. He taught Newton that repetition is the only way to master the craft. “After about 300 of them, you get the hang of it,” Newton said. “There’s a lot of little things that you pick up each time.” Being in the heart of Nashville’s art and craft district, Newton gets a wide variety of people interested in seeing his work. His reputation has spread to fairs and com-

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Number / Classification 20 Air Compressors 25 Air Tools 35 Announcements 45 Antiques 55 Appraisal Services 75 ATV 80 Auctions 82 Auto Body 110 Bedding Plants 120 Bees-Beekeeping 130 Bird Control 155 Building Materials/ Supplies 157 Building Repair 160 Buildings For Sale 161 Bulk Foods / Spices 165 Business Opportunities 170 Butchering Supplies 173 Carpentry 175 Cars, Trucks, Trailers 180 Catalogs 182 Catering 190 Chain Saws 195 Cheesemaking Supplies 205 Christmas 210 Christmas Trees 214 Clocks & Repair 215 Collectibles 216 Clothing 235 Computers 253 Consignment 265 Construction Equipment For Rent 270 Construction Equipment For Sale 275 Construction Machinery Wanted 277 Construction Services 280 Construction Supplies 312 Crafts 325 Custom Butchering 330 Custom Services 360 Deer-Butchering & Hides 370 Dogs 410 Electrical 415 Employment Wanted 440 Farm Machinery For Sale 445 Farm Machinery Wanted 447 Farm Market Items 460 Fencing 470 Financial Services 480 Fish 483 Flooring 490 For Rent or Lease 500 For Sale 510 Fresh Produce, Nursery 525 Fruits & Berries 527 Furniture 530 Garden Supplies 535 Generators 537 Gifts 575 Greenhouse Supplies 585 Guns 587 Hair Styling 589 Hardware 600 Health Care/Products 605 Heating 610 Help Wanted 653 Hotel / Motel 683 Jewelers 700 Lawn & Garden 711 Lessons 760 Lumber & Wood Products 790 Maple Syrup Supplies 805 Miscellaneous 810 Mobile Homes 811 Monuments 812 Multi Media 813 Music 815 Motorcycles 817 Nails 820 Nurseries 910 Plants 950 Real Estate For Sale 955 Real Estate Wanted 960 RVs & Motor Homes 975 Rentals 980 Restaurant Supplies 1040 Services Offered 1075 Snowblowers 1080 Snowmobiles 1109 Thrift 1140 Trailers 1147 Trains 1148 Travel 1155 Tree Moving Services 1165 Trees 1170 Truck Parts & Equipment 1180 Trucks 1187 Vacuum 1190 Vegetable 1200 Veterinary 1205 Wanted



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or 518-673-0111 or email Announcements 125 King St., Herkimer. May 2nd-4th, 8-4 Daily. Hunting, fishing, tools, DVD’s, household items, and Automotive. CHECK YOUR AD - ADVERTISERS should check their

ads on the first week of insertion. Lee Publications, Inc. shall not be liable for typographical, or errors in publication except to the extent of the cost of the first weeks insertion of the ad, and shall also not be liable for damages due to failure to publish an ad. Adjustment for errors is limited to the cost of that portion of the ad wherein the error occurred. Report any errors to 518673-3011 FREE: Cat needs a good home. Gray & White tiger, female. Nice cat, litter trained and friendly. 315-867-0208 or 315-219-2939

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Antiques ANTIQUE Barber Chair, 1948, excellent condition. Moved to Florida, must sell, $800. 518221-7707

FOR SALE: Antiques, Collectibles, Shabby Chic, Amish Baskets, Primitives, Jewelry, Country, Re-purpose, Handcrafted Items, Adirondack Décor, Unique Gifts and Much More! “Newport Marketplace” 7583 Main St, Newport “Gift Certificates now available”

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LOOKING FOR An edition from the 1700’s-1800’s, The History of Herkimer County. 315-894-0955

Building Materials/Supplies INSULATION: All Types. New/ Existing Buildings. Free Estimates. Fully Insured. Call Upstate Spray Foam Insulation 315-822-5238.

Cars, Trucks, Trailers 1968 ELCAMINO SS 396, 4speed, all original, very, very nice, serious only, $18,000/ OBO. 315-429-3253 1969 BUICK SKYLARK, 4 dr. HT, 25,000 original miles, cheap, first $5,000.00. Call 315-429-3253 1993 CORVETTE convertible, triple black, 6 speed, leather, both seats electric, CD & cassette player, no rain w/cover, 36,000 miles, $15,000. 315271-3602

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FOR RENT: Little Falls. 2 apartments available on John Street. 1BR w/appliances and utilities included. $575. 1BR w/appliances, $550. Call between 6-8pm only. 315-4298760.


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UDA D WOODWORKING G & CHAIR R HOSPITAL Furniture Repair & Regluing • Countertops • Speaker Cabinets “Formica Work Is Our Specialty”

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Furniture 3 CHERRY Swivel Bar Stools w/high backs. $189 each from J.C.Penney. Asking $200/set OBO. 315-8957507. BIG Dupa’s breaking your chairs? Call Duda Woodworking & Chair Hospital. 734 Layfayette St., Utica. 315-733-4715. Custom Formica Counter tops too! CUSTOM FORMICA Countertops. Cash & Carry or Installed. Duda Woodworking & Chair Hospital, 734 Lafayette St., Utica 315-7334715 “Quality Work for Over 33 Years!” Hide-a-bed couch; rocking chair; end table, coffee table set; dining room set, 11 pieces/insets; mirror; bookcase; set: womans chest with mirror, mens 5 drawer chest; 21” TV; all-in-1 printer; floor lamp; fur coat; set of china; set of Oneida flatware. 315-2199021

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Hair Styling HAIRDRESSER: In Home Ser vices. Experienced. Perms, Cuts, Colors & Sets. Call Pam H. 315-725-9404

Hay - Straw For Sale HORSE HAY: Round bales $40.00 per bale. Mohawk Valley Produce Auction. 518-568-2257

PELLETS SALE: $229/ton. HERKIMER HOME & LEISURE 247 Oberle Rd, Herkimer NY 315-866-5557 REMODELING SALE: STOVES, GAS INSERTS & FIREPLACES, Save over $1000 on Major Brands HERKIMER HOME & LEISURE 247 Oberle Rd, Herkimer NY 315-866-5557 ThermoPride High Boy oil furnace, model#OH3-72 75kBTU. Serious inquiry only, $500. Joe 315-894-5204 Frankfort

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Lawn & Garden VALLEY LAWN SERVICE. Mowing, shrub trimming, mulch and clean-ups. Fully insured, free estimates. 315894-4331.

Lessons ERNIE BALL, D’ADDARIO, Dean Markley GHS guitar strings (lessons available). Imagineering Drum & Guitar Shop. 27 West Main St. Little Falls. 315-823-1500

Music EVANS, REMO DRUMHEADS, drumsticks by ProMark, Zilojian, On Stage. Imagineering Drum & Guitar Shop. 27 West Main St. Little Falls. 315-823-1500 GREG BENNETT Guitars. Authorized dealer. Imagineering Drum & Guitar shop. 27 West Main St. Little Falls. 315-823-1500

Motorcycles Lumber & Wood Products HEMLOCK LUMBER, Siding Boards, Framing Lumber, Beams. Miller’s, 6027Cty.Hwy. 18, WestEdmeston. 6miles south ofU.S.Rt.20

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Motorcycles FOR SALE: 2000 LS Suzuki Savage, 11,000 miles, leather saddle bags, color green, excellent condition. 518-573-7468, 518-5732969. Or trade for 4 wheeler or snowmobile.

Real Estate For Sale 10 ACRES. Bridgewater,NY. Outstanding Views. Electric. $32,000.00. 845-783-8408 Fo r S a l e B y O w n e r. c o m #23928210 TEN ACRES West Canada Schools, wooded, pond, electric at road, eight miles to Utica, broker/ owner financing with 20% down. $32,900. 315796-4425

Recreational Vehicles & Motor Homes BLUE-OX TOW BAR Aventa11, Cover, Cables, $200.00; bike rake for ladder, $20.00. 315-269-8582

Rentals FOR RENT: Ground level, 2 bdr house, office space, adults only. Stove and refrigerator included. Parking for one car. No pets. $500 per month. Call 315-868-7364

Services Offered Join us CNY share exchange network Post free items or list services you have to give or what you need. Person to person recycling of good items or free giveaway. TED’S Painting and Home Repairs: Book now through April 30th get FREE power wash w/deck staining, good for April, May, June only. Call 315-429-3253

Tires & Tire Repair Service FOR SALE: 2 11R22.5 tubeless radial truck tires, like new, $200; 6 lowboy trailer tires, 750-15, 12-14 ply, mounted on 6 hole rims for a tiltbed Miller trailer, $275.00. 315429-8010 leave message. USED TIRE SALE: Huge Inventory, mounting & balancing FREE. No appointment necessary! Save money call Auto World, 534 North Perry Street, Johnstown 12095 518762-7555

Tractors MASSEY FERGUSON 65 tractor/ backhoe with front end loader and extra rims, $4,000 or best offer. Dan 518-706-0249




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