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Suddenly across the fields and forests of an unfamiliar unworldly landscape, a rainbow appeared. Its ends reached all the way to the earth. Its clear bright colors gleamed. At intervals another small rainbow would appear, pulsing near the bottom of its right side, then disappear. A couple drove onto the field next to me to soak in this phenomenon, camera in hand. We opened our car windows and laughed and shared our total delight in this loveliness. I asked myself why I was so thrilled. Yes, a rainbow is a rare and beautiful thing, but I couldn’t understand the feeling I experienced while looking at it. And that’s okay. It was rare and beautiful and I drank it in.

The Rainbow by Robin Panagakos

through, navigating the dramatic 43-foot height differential between the canal’s upper and lower water levels found at Lock 17. It’s the biggest differential found along the entire canal’s lock system and it’s captivating to watch the process in action. See Hiking page 3

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by Richard Barrett If you’re looking to spend a few quality hours communing with nature in the great outdoors, a recreational oasis awaits along the scenic walkways and waterways that bisect the City of Little Falls. The James W. Miller ‘Miracle Mile and a Half’ walking and biking trail runs parallel to the Mohawk River and Erie Canal, and makes up a portion of the 365-mile long New York State Canal Way Trail System that stretches from Buffalo to Albany. The trail is accessible from trail heads at two different locations — Fincks Basin Road along Route 169, and also from Flint Avenue off Route 167 near the Little Falls Canal Harbor marina. Across the river, there’s also an approximately mile-long access road leading from Benton’s Landing near the Canal Place historic district to a hydroelectric power plant, with tiny Moss Island and Lock 17 a little further beyond. The towering black sheer cliffs that line the trail have become a popular spot for rock climbing and bouldering, and there are picnic tables available to have lunch. On weekends, an experienced climber is sometimes available to give basic rock climbing lessons, and equipment is available on loan. If your timing is right, you may also have the opportunity to watch a boat lock-

It had been a funny day, light-wise. Periods of grim gray light gave way to brilliant sunlight like a duel several times during the morning. Intermittently, a half-hearted rain sprinkled out of the sky. When the rain became heavier around noon, I knew I couldn’t let the chance to see a rainbow go by. I jumped into the car and headed for open country, i.e., Plain Road. There the brilliant sun hung just above the hills to the west, and the rainy black sky to the east brewed the perfect recipe for a rainbow. Driving north from Route 2 there was no sign of a rainbow. I kept going slowly, turning onto Plain Road looking eastward.

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The towering black sheer cliffs that line the trail have become a popular spot for rock climbing and bouldering. Photo by Richard Barrett

There are a few good fishing spots or if paddling floats your boat, you can put in a kayak or canoe at the nearby marina. Photo by Joan Kark-Wren


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Chicken check-in by Kelly Gates In the city of Eugene, OR, there are an estimated 6,000 citizens who raise chickens in their backyards. Unlike rural farmers, most of these urbanites cultivate produce and raise chickens as a hobby. And unlike full time farmers, city dwellers often take vacations during the summer months, requiring chicken sitting or boarding services while they are away. Enter Bill Bezuk, owner of The Eugene Backyard Farmer, an urban farming supply store in downtown Eugene. “We started offering chicken sitting services a few

The Nest offers two chicken choices. A standard stay at the hotel runs $2 per night and includes access to a private chicken run, a fresh coop, and clean water. The deluxe package runs $3 per night and includes all of the above, plus organic seeds, chopped organic vegetables and a nightly “turndown service.” Photos courtesy of “The Nesting Place”

years ago, but it often lengthened our work days to nearly 16 hours since we had to let our clients’ chickens out of their coops at dawn and put them back at dusk,” Bezuk said. “That was way too much work, so we decided to invite people to bring their chickens to us.” The Eugene Backyard Farmer already housed a chicken run and coop on the property to house five egg-laying hens. The hens are not for sale. They simply act as the company’s mascots and live props as part of a chicken products display just outside the main retail store. When Bezuk decided to open his overnight poultry place, he added two more chicken runs and two new coops to the site, dubbing them the “Blue Andalusian Suite” and “The Gold Campine Suite” — both named after species of chickens. Then, he posted news of the grand opening of his chicken hotel, aptly named “The Nest,” on Facebook. “One of our Facebook fans is a newscaster and once a story ran on television locally, calls started coming in nonstop,” he said. “We have one of the chicken suites booked through Christmas already this year and we are taking reservations constantly for the second coop.” The Nest offers two chicken choices. A standard stay at the hotel runs $2 per night and includes access to a private chicken run, a fresh coop, and clean water. The deluxe package runs $3 per night and includes all of the above, plus organic seeds, chopped organic vegetables and a nightly “turndown service.” “Our turndown service entails the scattering of a handful of meal worms near the end of the run next to the coop, coaxing the chickens to willfully enter the coop after enjoying a delicious evening snack,” said Bezuk. “Both of our suites are split level coops with nest boxes upstairs. They also have removable panels so we can open up the coops and clean them thoroughly.” This cleaning process is important to ensure that biosecurity hazards do not arise. The Nest is also careful to keep each chicken suite and its overnight visitors in separate, private runs and coops to avoid unsavory social interactions between unrelated flocks. The Nest was established nearly one year ago. And based on the high demand, Bezuk is already making

For now, the staff at The Eugene Backyard Farmer is happy taking reservations and tending to the guests that stay in The Nest’s existing accommodations. They also text chicken owners pictures of their poultry while they are away and manage a “valet” service that enables owners to conveniently drop off and pick up their chickens in boxes or crates.

plans for possible future expansion. “Our entire property is about 20,000 sq. ft. and our store only takes up 2,000 sq. ft. of that. We also have the chicken coops, bee hives and a few other structures, but the bulk of the space is currently parking lot,” he noted. “We could easily expand to two more suites and private runs or more, but only if business continues to grow.” For now, the staff at The Eugene Backyard Farmer is happy taking reservations and tending to the guests that stay in The Nest’s existing accommodations. They also text chicken owners pictures of their poultry while they are away and manage a “valet” service that enables owners to conveniently drop off and pick up their chickens in boxes or crates.

Hiking from 1 by Richard Barrett Either of these trails offers a little something for everyone. You can take a leisurely stroll, ride a bike, or roller blade on the paved, relatively flat trails, which wend their way through steep, monolithic rock formations on one side and the scenic Mohawk River on the other. The distinctive stone and brick architecture making up the Little Falls “skyline” is visible in the distance. Photographers should remember to bring their cameras,

since there are an abundance of photo opportunities. There are a few good fishing spots along here too, or if paddling floats your boat, you can put in a kayak or canoe at the nearby marina, located on the Southern Avenue Extension, across from Little Falls Lumber. And when everyone is tired and thirsty at the end of the outing, head over to Canal Place, where you’ll find quaint restaurants and eateries, browse antique stores, or relax in a café and enjoy a coffee, cold beverage or an ice cream cone. You can spend just an hour or two here, or pack a lunch and make an entire day of it. There’s plenty to do, lots of variety and the scenery is spectacular, especially during the fall when autumn’s vibrant colors are on full display. Another fun time to visit is during the city’s annual Canal Days festival, which is held in August and features a 10k road race, kiddy rides and amusements, a fishing derby, local music, barbecue, water sports, and an antique car show. Even though it may feel like you’re out in the country, in fact, you’re smack dab in the middle of Herkimer County’s only city, lovely Little Falls, with its unique geography, small town charm, and awesome natural beauty, is There are breathtaking views, photographers should remember to another diamond in the rough, ripe for bring their cameras. exploring. Photo by Joan Kark-Wren

On weekends, an experienced climber is sometimes available to give basic rock climbing lessons, and equipment is available on loan. Photo by Richard Barrett


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Hitler’s food taster tells of poisoning fears by Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press the horror, pain and dislocation BERLIN (AP) — They were feasts of endured by people of all sides who sursublime asparagus — laced with fear. vived World War II. And for more than half a century, Only now in the sunset of her life has Margot Woelk kept her secret hidden she been willing to relate her experifrom the world, even from her hus- ences, which she had buried because band. Then, a few months after her of shame and the fear of prosecution 95th birthday, she revealed the truth for having worked with the Nazis, about her wartime role: Adolf Hitler’s although she insists she was never a food taster. party member. She told her story as Woelk, then in her mid-twenties, she flipped through a photo album spent two and a half years as one of 15 with pictures of her as a young young women who sampled Hitler’s woman, in the same Berlin apartment food to make sure it wasn’t poisoned where she was born in 1917. before it was served to the Nazi leader Woelk first revealed her secret to a in his “Wolf’s Lair,” the heavily guarded local Berlin reporter a few months ago. command center in what is now Since then interest in her life story has Poland, where he spent been overwhelming. “But this constant School teachers wrote much of his time in the final years of World War and asked her for fear — we knew II. photos and auto“He was a vegetarian. graphs to bring histoof all those He never ate any meat ry alive for their studuring the entire time I Several poisoning rumors dents. was there,” Woelk said of researchers from a and could never the Nazi leader. “And museum visited to ask Hitler was so paranoid for details about her enjoy the food. that the British would life as Hitler’s taster. poison him — that’s why Every day we feared Woelk says her he had 15 girls taste the association with Hitler food before he ate it himbegan after she fled it was going to be self.” Berlin to escape Allied With many Germans air attacks. With her our last meal.” contending with food husband gone and ~ Margot Woelk shortages and a bland serving in the German diet as the war dragged army, she moved in on, sampling Hitler’s food had its with relatives about 435 miles to the advantages. east in Rastenburg, then part of “The food was delicious, only the Germany; now it is Ketrzyn, in what best vegetables, asparagus, bell pep- became Poland after the war. pers, everything you can imagine. And There she was drafted into civilian always with a side of rice or pasta,” she service and assigned for the next two recalled. “But this constant fear — we and a half years as a food taster and knew of all those poisoning rumors kitchen bookkeeper at the Wolf’s Lair and could never enjoy the food. Every complex, located a few miles outside day we feared it was going to be our the town. Hitler was secretive, even in last meal.” the relative safety of his headquarters, The petite widow’s story is a tale of that she never saw him in person —

Margot Wöelk is pictured with her husband Karl, who she married quickly in 1939 before he was deployed with the Wehrmacht. They didn’t see each other again until 1946 when he returned from being a prisoner of war. only his German shepherd Blondie girls,” she said. It was after Soviet and his SS guards, who chatted with troops overran the headquarters in the women. January 1945. Hitler’s security fears were not When she returned to Berlin, she unfounded. On July 20, 1944, a trust- found a city facing complete destruced colonel detonated a bomb in the tion. Round-the-clock bombing by U.S. Wolf’s Lair in an attempt to kill Hitler. and British planes was grinding the He survived, but nearly 5,000 people city center to rubble. were executed following the assassinaOn April 20, 1945, Soviet artillery tion attempt, including the bomber. began shelling the outskirts of Berlin “We were sitting on wooden benches and ground forces pushed through when we heard and felt an incredible toward the heart of the capital against big bang,” she said of the 1944 bomb- strong resistance by die-hard SS and ing. “We fell off the benches, and I Hitler Youth fighters. heard someone shouting ‘Hitler is After about two weeks of heavy fightdead!’ But he wasn’t.” ing, the city surrendered on May 2 — Following the blast, tension rose after Hitler, who had abandoned the around the headquarters. Woelk said Wolf’s Lair about five months before, the Nazis ordered had committed suicide. His successor her to leave her surrendered a week later, ending the relatives’ home war in Europe. and move into an For many Berlin civilians — their abandoned school homes destroyed, family members closer to the com- missing or dead and food almost gone pound. — the horror did not end with capituWith the Soviet lation. army on the Like millions of Germans and other offensive and the Europeans, Woelk began rebuilding war going badly her life and trying to forget as best she for Germany, one could her bitter memories and the of her SS friends shame of her association with a crimiadvised her to nal regime that had destroyed much of leave the Wolf’s Europe. Lair. She worked in a variety of jobs, She said she mostly as a secretary or administrative returned by train assistant. Her husband returned from to Berlin and the war but died 23 years ago, she went into hiding. said. Woelk said the With the frailty of advanced age and other women on the lack of an elevator in her building, the food tasting she has not left her apartment for the team decided to past eight years. Nurses visit several remain in times a day, and a niece stops by freRastenburg since quently, she said. their families Now at the end of her life, she feels were all there and the need to purge the memories by it was their home. talking about her story. “Later, I found “For decades, I tried to shake off out that the those memories,” she said. “But they Wöelk, who is 95 is only recently speaking about her experiences as one of Hitler’s food tasters. Russians shot all always came back to haunt me at Photos courtesy of Spiegel Online, www.spiegel.de of the 14 other night.”


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Fast fixes and tips for a summer-ready car (BPT) — With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get-your carin tip-top shape to withstand hot days and long road trips. Summer driving requires your car to run differently; some adjustments and inspections are important to ensure your vehicle lasts season to season. Follow these five fast fixes and

teenth of an inch. If you can see wear bars, your tires need to be replaced.

inspections to cruise through the summer and avoid roadside headaches.

leaks. It’s also a good idea to change the oil between seasons, as oil gets thick and collects condensation if it sits in the engine all winter. It’s also important to thoroughly clean the-undercarriage of your car after a long winter, especially if you live in a snowy climate. To avoid spending extra money on detailing, clean the undercarriage yourself using a basic water hose or high-pressure cleaning system. In just a few minutes, you can ensure

Tire Care Tires perform differently in different weather conditions, so as the weather changes, it’s important to check tire pressure and tire tread. To check tire tread, see if the built-in “wear bars” are visible. These are narrow strips of rubber across the tires that appear when the tread is worn down to one-six-

De-winterize Your Car De-winterizing your car is easy and affordable. First, check all the fluid levels — coolant, transmission, differential, power steering and brake fluid — to make sure there aren’t any

Home Country by Slim Randles When the Rafter E branded recently, a bunch of us went out to help. It’s a badge of pride to have worked your way up the branding ladder. As a kid, you flank the calves; you grab them, throw them and hold them down. This is conducive to abrasions, muscle strain, and involuntarily changing the color of your shirt. As you get older, you get to handle the branding iron, then move up to giving shots. After that comes earmarking. When you reach the pinnacle of branding, that is, when you own the calves, then you get to rope the calves and drag

them up to the fire. It is a swirling cauldron of heat and hooves, excited cowdogs and bawling cows. There is the smell of manure and singed hair and sweat and corral dust. At the Rafter E, I wielded a syringe as the youngsters got their teeth rattled by the heavy stuff. Wasn’t the first time I’d given the shots, though. Once during a branding at the Triangle Cross, I was about to immunize a calf when the calf jumped and I stuck the needle into my thumb. Hurt like the dickens, of course, but at least it was effective. I haven’t had black leg since.

your vehicle is ready for the new road conditions and help you avoid any unnecessary issues. Check the AC Your air conditioning system will be working overtime in the summer, so take time to test it to make sure it’s working properly. Since the vehicle’s refrigerant is under high pressure and harmful to the atmosphere, it’s best to leave any inspection or maintenance

to a qualified professional. Mechanics can easily trap and recycle used refrigerant with the proper tools, and you can drive off with confidence you’ll stay cool all summer. Inspect Hoses and Belts The key to comfortable, safe summer driving is keeping the engine cool, and hoses and belts play a huge part in helping your engine run properly. Hoses pump

Automotive coolant to and from the engine block, and belts run the fan that cools the system further. If the hoses crack or the belts snap, the radiator will quickly overheat, leaving you stranded. Check hoses for cracks, leaks and loose connections. Hoses should be firm, never soft and malleable, and belts can be visually checked for damage. If anything is noticeably

wrong, get it fixed immediately, before you’re stranded in the summer heat. Vehicles need updating and maintenance through the changing of the seasons, but a few easy steps can prevent a summer of unexpected issues and repairs. Start now on these preventative maintenance tips and you’ll be cruising smoothly all season long.


Hello Again, Isn’t experience supposed to be the great teacher? Let’s stop and chat about this for a while. England, France, Spain and, more recently, Soviet Russia spread their wings over an evergrowing number of countries until they nearly went broke. Even the great Roman Empire stirred up the world with a wooden ‘pudden’ stick and ended up not amounting to a row of beans. Can’t

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ever learn from the experience of other countries? I believe we – the USAhas military bases in over 190 countries. Who do we think we are? It appears we are supporting countries all over the world with borrowed money. Can you imagine that? With borrowed money? Now let’s take a not-solong-ago look at a situation in this country. When I was in high school in Cooperstown, NY during the 1950’s I was the owner of a 1942 Chevrolet Club Coupe car, a Western Auto Doodle Bug scooter, a Harley Davidson 125 motorcycle and a new Olds Studio

model trumpet. Oh yeah, a double-barreled shot gun too. Graduated from Cooperstown Central High School. During all of my high school years, I had a part time job which paid the minimum wage set by state law at 60 cents per hour. I received no financial assistance from anyone. I earned the money, by working, and with earned money purchased those items. In addition to those goodies, I also had money in my pocket, and paid cash in full at the time of each purchase. By now you must be wondering, am I tooting my own horn or is there a more meaningful reason?

The Country Preacher by Pastor Dan West Why do people do so many things that harm themselves and others? We hear people saying things about others that come from wrong impressions or misunderstandings, and they are stated as fact. Reputations of innocent people have been ruined by this

gossip. James, the half brother of Jesus, likens the tongue to a fire. “See how great a matter a little fire kindles,” he says. The Apostle Paul addressed the same issue in Ephesians 4 with this solution: your words should “be good to the use of edifying, that [they] may minister grace to the hearers.”

That means we should be sure our words build up others, not tear them down. Aristotle said “. . . who we are is the total of what we do . . . therefore excellence is not a single act but a practice.” What you say about others will affect what others say about you.

Recently it has been reported that the New York State education department is faced with a serious problem. A large number of high school students are dropping out of school permanently. It seems our educators are doing a magnificent job of teaching both parents and students that they should attend college after high school. I maintain that too much effort is spent on encouraging college education and too little on preparing for a successful life if a student decides that college is not for him. Now let’s get back to my high school years with the 60 cent per hour minimum wage. Remember – I had a job and was able to purchase, with my own earned money, not a handout from Dad or Mom. You might be asking why don’t high school students do the same today? The answer is simple, straightforward, and honest. They could not find a part time job now if they wanted one. Why?

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Who or what employer is going to shell out over $10. per hour to hire a high school student? Now – I ask how many of the dropouts would continue school if they had a part time job? It seems reasonable to me if they do not have the goal of college ahead and they do not have any money now, why wouldn’t they think about dropping out and finding some kind of job? Wouldn’t it make good sense to set a minimum wage at $5 per hour for students? With that parttime job, they would have spending money and possibly would even finish high school. At the $5 wage scale, employers would look more favorable on hiring a high school or college student and the student would learn what earned money really means and have pride. With the present proposed system, the student would not have a job nor any earned money.

our governor are pushing for a raise in minimum wage. The only thing that will happen with a new higher minimum wage – fewer people will be employed, and students will be able to read about the good old days when their age group could hold down part-time employment. Jack up college costs and eliminate part-time employment, can you imagine what kind of an idiot would include that in his platform to run for a national or state office? While on the subject of education, little Johnny was complaining about attending Sunday School. He said, “I don’t believe Daddy had to go to Sunday School.” “You can believe he did,” his mother said, “every Sunday.” “Well ok,” he grumbled, “but I don’t believe it will do me any good either.” My father’s doctor was a weather predictor on radio before he graduated from medical school. When Dad asked him for his assessment on his

At the present time both our president and

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Hello from 7 health problem, the doctor replied, “There is a 60 percent chance you will get better and a 40 percent chance you won’t.” Dad then asked, “What will happen if the 60 percent doesn’t work?” The doctor replied, “You will probably have a 40 percent chance of living and a 60 percent chance that you won’t.”

worth a visit. It is located at 200 State Route 169, Little Falls, NY or NYS Thruway Exit 29A, site entrance is the first right after the toll booths. Phone: 315-823-0398. The Herkimer family local history started with John Jost Hercheimer in 1725. He was an industrial farmer and trader.

By the 1770’s, his son Nicholas Herkimer had become the wealthiest member of the Mohawk Valley’s American-German Community. Nicholas Herkimer gained military experience as a captain in the French and Indian Wars, at the outbreak of the revolution. He fully embraced the

During the summer of 1777 in an attempt to ward off a British attack at Ft. Stanwix, General Herkimer was seriously wounded in the leg. Six days later, his leg was unskillfully amputated. He died a few hours later. His residence, the Herkimer Home, is a true shrine to an early American hero and well worth a visit. We have often been told about residents of New York City who have never visited the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty. I wonder how many Mohawk Valley natives have never visited the Herkimer Home, went

for a boat ride on the Mohawk River, or other historical places. Our Mohawk Valley is absolutely a God given garden spot, loaded with not only natural beauty but historical wonderment. We are blessed to be able to live here.

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by Dean Fosdick, AP Sometimes the best view isn’t what you see through a window but what catches your eye underneath it. Window boxes deliver color, edibles and fragrance. They’re practical, too, as raised-bed gardens that elevate their contents to within easy reach. “Window boxes are convenient containers,” said David Trinklein, a horticulturist with University of Missouri Extension. “Plant them with herbs, for example, and you won’t have to go outside to bring in the harvest.” If you have room for a window box, you have room for a garden. Win-

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ers from adding garden ornaments to their boxes,” Richardson said. “Small gazing balls

Window boxes work especially well: • As theme gardens. Find flowers that display

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tucked between the plants can add a little sparkle to a shady area. Gardeners can even use short shepherd’s hooks to plant a hummingbird feeder in a window box.”

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Bush library exhibits: 9/11, war, Katrina, recount by Jamie Stengle, Associated Press DALLAS, TEXAS (AP) — A tour of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum begins in a bright area representing his early domestic agenda, but with one turn, visitors find themselves in a darkened room surrounded by chilling reminders of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. This contrast, symbolizing Bush’s abrupt shift in priorities less than eight months into his first term, is among the most poignant exhibits at a museum that also chronicles the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, the Florida recount and various other historical events. Bush told The Associated Press recently that he wanted to make sure the part of the museum devoted to 9/11 was powerful enough to remind visitors of how much the world changed that day. “It’s very emotional and very profound,” Bush said. “One of the reasons it has to be is because memories are fading rapidly and the profound impact of that attack is becoming dim with time, and we want

to make sure people remember not only the lives lost and the courage shown but the lesson that the human condition overseas matters to the national security of our country.” The George W. Bush Presidential Center, which includes the library and museum along with 43rd president’s policy institute, was dedicated recently on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. All the living presidents, including President Barack Obama and Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush, attended. It opened to the public on May 1. The museum uses everything from news clips to interactive screens to artifacts to tell the story of Bush’s eight years in office. A container of chads — the remnants of the famous Florida punch cards — is part of an exhibit about the 2000 election, which Bush won after the Supreme Court ordered Florida to stop its recount process more than a month after Election Day. In the 9/11 display, called the “Day of Fire,” video images from the attacks flash around a twisted metal beam recovered from the wreck-

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age of the World Trade Center. The exhibit also includes the bullhorn Bush used days later to address a crowd of rescue workers at ground zero: “I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.” Longtime Bush adviser Karen Hughes was

standing just a few feet away from the president when he began making the unplanned speech. Hughes said she remembers turning to Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Joe Allbaugh and saying, “That’s going to be in his library someday.” Brendan Miniter, who served as the liaison for the Bushes as the muse-

um’s exhibits were developed, said the idea was to present the facts and “let them speak for themselves.” He said they also did not want to shy away from more controversial aspects of the administration. “I suspect that people would have thought that we wouldn’t have talked about say enhanced interrogation techniques

or the decision to create the prison in Guantanamo,” he said, adding that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is featured in a video about why the administration felt both were necessary. Visitors also are taken through a timeline of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A display at the end

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makes the case against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, including that he ignored 17 United Nations Security Council resolutions demanding he disclose his weapons programs and fired at British and American pilots monitoring the U.N.imposed no-fly zone. The exhibit also acknowledges the biggest

controversy about the justification for war: No weapons of mass destruction were found. A “Decision Points Theater,” lined with rows of interactive screens, seeks to put visitors in the shoes of a president. It provides facts for them to decide such questions as whether to invade Iraq or provide bailout

money during the financial crisis. “It’s conflicting,” Miniter said. “You go to the Capitol Hill and somebody will say you need to provide some resources to stabilize the financial industry, and then somebody else will say no, work let it work itself out, don’t do anything.”

A “Freedom Wall” in the museum features pictures including a soldier greeting children, former first lady Laura Bush supporting women’s rights and the Bushes meeting with freedom advocates.

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playing a ball that obviously got some heavy use by the Bushes’ late dog Barney. A full-scale replica of the Oval Office leads outside to an actual rose garden. The center also features a 15acre park recreating a Texas prairie. Bush said his focus will continue to be the George W. Bush Institute, which has featured programs focused on education, economic growth, global health and human freedom. Through the institute, his activities have included yearly bike rides with wounded military veterans and traveling to Africa as part of an effort among several groups to fight cervical and breast cancer in sub-Saharan Africa. He also recently took up oil painting, inspired by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Bush, who was the 43rd president, signs his works ‘43.’ “I’m a beginner and I tell people that the signature on my paintings is worth more than the paintings,” Bush said.

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by Melissa Rayworth, Associated Press

Warm weather and the first buds of spring have been slow to arrive in much of the country. But even if your garden has yet to grow, you can add beauty, fragrance and a sense of springtime to your home by decorating with lush plants and potted trees. Decorating with plants “kind of fell out of vogue” for a time, says California-based interior designer Molly Luetkemeyer. “It was such a ‘70s thing, or I think people associated it with the ‘70s,” but it’s become popular again in recent years. Today, “designer spaces pretty much always include some element of life,” said interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, founder of decordemon.com. “While that can be anything from coral to tortoise shells, pressed leaves or even a tiny bowl with a goldfish, the most common way to add life is with potted plants and trees.”

We’ve asked Flynn, Luetkemeyer and Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design in Los Angeles for advice on choosing the right plants, potting them perfectly and keeping them blooming with minimal effort. Where to Start? “Talking to someone at a nursery is a really good idea,” said Burnham, because employees at garden stores and plant nurseries are usually glad to answer questions about choosing and caring for plants. You can choose plants based on the spot in your home where you’d like to keep them (sundrenched windowsills, shady corners or in-between spaces that get a mix of sun and shade). Or you can select a plant you love and then ask for advice on where to place it. If you have pets or small children, ask whether a plant you’re considering is poisonous. And if you want plants that need very little attention, don’t be shy about saying so.

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Luetkemeyer. “They’re fresh, and they’re that pale green that’s the beginning green of spring.” Maidenhairs are fairly easy to care for: “They need to be watered,” she said, “but if you water them, they hang around.” Consider grouping several together in small pots or buying just one large fern. “They can ground a space grouped together in odd numbers in pots of varied heights on the floor,” Flynn said. Or “you can use them to add life high up in a room with hanging basket planters. And then they also look excellent potted and placed on a pedestal, coffee table or console table.” If you want something larger and bolder than the delicate maidenhair, Flynn suggests the staghorn fern. Just remember that all ferns do best in shade rather than direct sunlight. Flowering Plants “I love plants that flower in the spring,” said Luetkemeyer, who

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This is a hammer they say, is the sealer provides additional protection against water and weather damage, while the stain helps reduce fading from UV rays. Sealers should last at least a year, with some lasting up to three years. You have a choice of either water-based or oilbased sealer; many professionals recommend oil-based products, which last longer.

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Woman meets circus tiger in bathroom SALINA, KS (AP) — A central Kansas woman likely won’t remember her first circus for the clowns or performances — it’ll be the tiger in the bathroom. The big cat had escaped briefly after its turn in the ring Saturday at the Isis Shrine Circus in Salina. Staff members blocked off the concourses at the Bicentennial Center as the tiger wandered into the bathroom, where one of the doors was blockaded. About that time, Salina resident Jenna Krehbiel decided she needed to use the restroom. When she walked in the door that hadn’t been blocked off, she found a tiger standing about 2 feet away, The Salina Journal reported (http://bit.ly/11eq218 ). “You don’t expect to go in a bathroom door, have it shut behind you and see a tiger walking toward you,” Krehbiel said.

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Senior news line by Matilda Charles Navigating the Medicare maze Baby boomers are turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day. When we do, we’re eligible to sign up for Medicare. Allsup, a provider of services for those of us who have Medicare plans, has outlined in a newsletter some of the facts we need to know about signing up for Medicare. Taking the right steps at the beginning is crucial — and difficult because of all the choices that have to be made.

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Teen,” an OSU Extension fact sheet, at http://go.osu.edu/teencommPDF. Also, “Understanding Teens,” a fact sheet from New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, provides background on development stages during adolescence. Download it at http://aces.nmsu.edu/p ubs/_f/f-122.pdf.

necessarily have to accept you after your initial enrollment period. Enroll on time. If you don’t, you could be assessed a penalty of 10 percent for each 12month period you could have been enrolled in Part B. If you go 63 days without enrolling, you also could be assessed a penalty for Part D. If you have a high income ($85,000 for individuals, $170,000 for couples) you’ll pay increased rates for your premiums for Part B, as well as for drug prescriptions. The income figure to be used is your Modified Adjusted Gross Income from your tax returns two years ago. Your best bet: Begin studying Medicare on your 64th birthday. Go to the Medicare website (www.medicare.gov) frequently and become comfortable with all the choices and decisions. Then, when the time comes, you’ll know how to handle your Medicare options. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Horseshoe business still red-hot for Flagstaff man by Larry Hendricks, Arizona Daily Sun FLAGSTAFF, AZ (AP) — Shaping hammer clangs against anvil. Hot iron against hoof smells of burnt hair. It’s an April morning at C.R. Mules in Doney Park. Sun shines in blue sky and warms his brow to sweat with hard work. Tyler Parker is a Flagstaff-based farrier who owns EasyStride Horseshoeing. He shoes horses and mules for a living. Welcome to a day in his life. “I (will have) been doing this 11 years in May,” he says, striking red-hot, glowing metal with his hammer. “My father — he’s been shoeing horses for 50 years.” As a kid growing up, he would help his father, but it wasn’t until he was 28 before he went to an eight-week shoeing school in Phoenix to make his way in the trade. “Where they show you enough to do some damage,” he says. He uses tongs to pull hot metal out of a portable forge perched on the back of his work truck. He followed up the schooling with two years as an apprentice. The truck is packed with premade horseshoes, called “cake,” bar stock slivers of metal for him to craft his own horseshoes, files, tongs, horseshoeing nails and more. It took him a couple of years to get his gear set up. “You accumulate,” he says, adding that a farrier starts off with not enough and ends up having to downsize down the road. Parker is clad in chaps, jeans and a wicked sense of humor to offset that of Rod LaRa, owner of C.R. Mules. “He’s been shoeing for a long time,” LaRa says. He watches Parker shoe one of his horses. Most of Parker’s work for LaRa is shoeing mules, and LaRa has him out for work at least a couple of times a month. “He’s a perfectionist,” LaRa says. “He’s conscientious, scheduled, and he comes when he says he will.” Parker goads the horse to deliver feet one at a time and places the shoes

by driving nails through the hoof and cutting off the ends that protrude the top. Most of his customers call him. “In this business, referral is huge,” he says, dipping a hot shoe in a bucket of water hanging off the back of the truck. He adds that there are as many as a dozen, maybe more, farriers in town, and he tries to be competitive not by his speed, but by the quality of his work. At the shoeing school he attended, Parker says the general statistic is that 90 percent of the students drop out of the school. But, he adds, his back is still good. His dad? “He walks semi-upright,” Parker says, laughing. To keep from burning out, Parker says he joins associations, takes part in clinics and enters contests. He’s going to one

this month in Madison, WI. His territory stretches through Winslow, Grand Canyon and Williams. And the work can be isolating. Hazards of the job? “You burn yourself all the time,” he says, filing down the nails on a freshly shoed horse for

LaRa. He also says that the job primarily entails learning how not to do a lot of things. “But as long as you’re willing to, you’re learning something every day.” Another hazard? “Horses are a hazard,” he says. The nearby horse appears not to take offense. “The whole job

can be a hazard. That’s why I don’t like working on the naughty ones (horses).” He prefers mules. Half horse and half donkey, they’re a lot smarter than plain horses, LaRa adds. Although the work is

tough, Parker isn’t planning any changes anytime soon. “I love it,” he says, adding that he gets to be his own boss and set his own hours. “I’ll do it as long as I can.”

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by Dean Fosdick, Associated Press Looking for some help in the garden? Many of nature’s most useful critters lie literally at our feet, underappreciated and ignored despite their ability to eliminate insects, condition soils and pollinate plants. Turtles, moths, moles, dragonflies, snakes, toads and spiders are among the many wild things that can help maintain a landscape. The payback is minimal — food, water, shelter, and easing off on harsh lawn and garden chemicals. “I believe in teamwork, using all the creatures that live in your garden,” said Sharon Lovejoy, author of “Trowel and Error” (Workman Publishing, 2003). “Start from the ground up with night crawlers as part of your workforce.”

Add to the earthworms already in your plant beds with commercially available red worms. “Build a worm bin or a place where they can’t get out,” Lovejoy said. “Use all of your leftovers — your kitchen compost. Worms can process up to 6 pounds of garbage in a week.” “Grow an assortment of native plants, which will draw a great many bird species,” Lovejoy said. “Add plant hosts as food for butterfly and moth larvae.” That list would include milkweed (monarch butterflies), borage (green lacewings), sunflowers (ladybugs) and yarrow (hoverflies). Many insects in the larval stage are voracious predators. Green lacewings as juveniles are aptly named “aphid lions” because of their appetite for the sap-sucking pests. “I would certainly place spiders near the top of

underappreciated life in the garden,” said Whitney Cranshaw, an extension entomologist with Colorado State University. “Although sometimes I think it is less that they are not appreciated but rather people don’t want to think of them.” Spiders are credited for as much as 80 percent of all predator control in the garden. Jumping spiders, wolf spiders, lynx spiders and crab spiders are the standouts, Cranshaw said. Also great garden helpers are: • Toads. “Harmful insects make up 62 percent of a toad’s daily food supply,” said Lovejoy, who stacks rocks and wood in secluded spots to shelter toads, frogs, turtles, salamanders and lizards. • Dragonflies that can capture over 400 mosquitoes a day. • Moles. “They eat their body weight in insects,

slugs and grubs while aerating the soil,” Lovejoy said. • Sphinx wasps that can pollinate 200 flowers in less than seven minutes, Lovejoy said. • Snakes. “Most snakes — about 99 percent of those found in gardens — are harmless helpers, and eat rodents and insect pests,” Lovejoy said. Garter and gopher snakes top her “beneficial” list. • Box turtles that feast on slugs, snails, insects, larvae and grubs. “They’re slow but sure,” Lovejoy said. • Bats. These nocturnal aerialists pollinate flowers, spread seeds and devour upwards of 600 mosquitoes an hour. Most predatory insects aren’t selective, though, feeding on anything that comes within reach. “Praying mantises are generalists,” said James Dill, a pest management

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Rice University Students Work with NASA to Provide Orbiting Astronauts the Perfect Cup HOUSTON, TEXAS — It’s hard to get a perfect cup of coffee in space. But Rice University freshmen are trying to fix that. The engineering students charged with the task of making a better coffee condiment system for the International Space Station (ISS) have come up with a solution they believe will please the astronauts. The students, Robert Johnson, Colin Shaw and Benjamin Young, were told of astronauts’ longtime frustration over getting coffee the way they like it. They chose the project offered through the Texas Space Grant Consortium as part of their Introduction to Engineering Design class in the fall and continued to perfect their product this spring. “The issue is that they only have four set ratios

of coffee, creamer and sugar,” Shaw said. “They have coffee black, coffee with a lot of sugar, coffee with a lot of creamer and coffee with a lot of both. It’s all premixed.” The freeze-dried blends are in aluminum pouches. Astronauts rehydrate their java with 70-degree Celsius water from a dispenser on the ISS and drink it through a leak-proof straw that keeps stray drops from floating around the station, where they could do serious damage. “That syrupy coffee tastes pretty terrible,” Shaw said. “So we developed this system that allows astronauts to customize their coffee. If they know what they like on Earth, they know what they like in orbit.” Their adviser at Johnson Space Center’s Space Food Systems Laboratory set few constraints. “He gave us a variety of plastic and aluminum pouches and adapters, and just said,

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‘Go,’” Shaw said. “Our solution had to be small, lightweight, function in microgravity and proportion condiments accurately. We felt it was best addressed by making a system that supplemented the existing solution, as opposed to totally reinventing it.” The students’ fourpart system works with existing black coffee pouches. They used two-

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engineering education, and engineering lecturer Matthew Wettergreen. The students’ design was inspired by similar devices that squeeze the last drop of toothpaste out of a tube. Since the condiment bags can’t be reused, the students wanted to get maximum efficiency from each. “We want to have one set of pouches able to serve two cups of coffee with two cubes of sugar and two packets of creamer for two astronauts in one day,” Young said. Gauges applied to the pouches allow for accurate dispensing. “We did a lot of testing for accuracy,” Johnson said. The

team determined the system could deliver 10 milliliters of creamer or sugar within a 5 percent margin of error. The students would love the opportunity to test their invention themselves aboard the ISS, but would be happy with a thumbs-up from the astronauts. “I was reading an interview with an astronaut on Reddit the other day,” Shaw said, “and he was asked, ‘What’s your favorite thing up in orbit?’ He said it was the Russian shrimp and tartar sauce, because it’s crunchy and has a lot of flavor. We hope that coffee will soon be on that list.”

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