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A monthly magazine for the region’s retirees by Target Publications Aug. 5, 2013 / Vol. 23, No. 8

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Senior lunch menus — Page 3

House Call — Page 13

Senior Talk — Page 15

Helen Holmes, 70, recently completed her 100th triathlon, coming in first in her age group / Page 10


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INDEX: Social Security Q&A................... Page 4 Briefs .......................................... Page 5 Volunteer opportunities ............... Page 6 Birthdays .................................... Page 7 Reader poetry .............................. Page 7 Sudoku ........................................Page 14 Remaining independent ...............Page 16 Sudoku solution ..........................Page 16 Excersizing for seniors ................Page 17 Crossword ...................................Page 19 Crossword solution .....................Page 20 Walt Whitman poem ....................Page 20 EVERYONE HAS A STORY. DAVID JOHNSON PROVES IT EVERY FRIDAY. IN THE TRIBUNE.

Thought for the month “Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable.” — Brenda Ueland

WHO AM I? I was born Aug. 5, 1934, in Woodland, Ala., and died April 28, 2009. I had 19 top-10 solo hits on the country music charts between 1977 and 1990. “I can tell by the way you dance,” was one of my 19 hits that went all the way to No. 1. In California, I was part of the West Coast Country Music movement.

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EDITOR: Mary Tatko COORDINATOR: Peggy Hayden Golden Times is inserted in the Tribune the first Monday of every month. On the cover: Helen Holmes, 70, of Clarkston, has taken competing in triathlons to a whole new level from when, at 43, she took part in her first one with her daughters. Photo by: Kyle Mills of the Tribune Golden Times P.O. Box 957, Lewiston, ID 83501 (208) 848-2243

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Lewiston Senior Nutrition Program serves hot lunchs at noon at the Lewiston Community Center, 1424 Main St. and the United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave. Suggested donation is $4 for seniors age 60 and older. Cost is $5 for nonseniors.

Moscow Senior Nutrition Program serves lunch at noon in the Great Room of the 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St. Suggested donation is $4 for seniors age 60 and older. Cost is $6 for nonseniors. Salad bar is available at 11:30 a.m. Soup and dessert is available at each service.

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wednesday

5 Meatloaf/mashed potatoes/gravy/green beans/salad/roll/cookie

6 Chicken-fried steak/ potato/country gravy/ carrots/coleslaw/roll

7 BUFFET (starts at 11:30 a.m.): Italian food

12 Baked ham/scalloped potatoes/mixed vegetables/ applesauce/cornbread

13 Roast beef/potatoes/ gravy/peas/salad/roll

14 BUFFET (starts at 11:30 a.m.): Chinese food

19 Lasagna/salad/corn/ French bread/cookie

20 Turkey/mashed potatoes/ gravy/mixed vegetable/ three-bean salad/roll

21 BUFFET (starts at 11:30 a.m.): Mexican food

26 Swiss steak/rice/ carrots/salad/roll

27 Roast pork/mashed potatoes/gravy/Jell-O salad/green beans/roll

28 BUFFET (starts at 11:30 a.m.): Chicken

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6 Sweet and sour meatballs/rice/vegetable

8 Pork chops/mashed potatoes/gravy/vegetable

13 Stuffed peppers/ mashed potatoes/vegetable

15 Meat or cheese tortellini with meatballs/ garlic bread/vegetable

20 Barbecue riblet/jo-jo potatoes/vegetable

22 Roast turkey with all the trimmings/vegetable

27 Meatloaf/mashed potatoes/gravy/vegetable

29 Salisbury steak/ mashed potatoes/gravy/ vegetable

J-K Senior Meals serves meals at noon at 104 South Sixth St., Kendrick. Dessert is served both days. Suggested donation is $3 for people age 60 and older, and $5 for those younger than 60; Children younger than 6 years eat for free.

A menu was not received from Senior Round Table at Pautler Senior Center by deadline. We are sorry for any inconvience this may cause and hope to have the menu included in September’s issue.

friday

7 Baked fish/garlic-potato wedges/peas/strawberry shortcake

9 Cook’s choice/potato

14 Open-faced roast beef sandwich/mashed potatoes/ gravy/corn/fruit cup

16 Spaghetti/garlic bread/ green salad/pear with cottage cheese/ice cream

21 Barbecue beef or pork/baked beans/potato salad/watermelon

23 Fried chicken/mashed potatoes/gravy/mixed veggies/ coleslaw/zucchini bread

28 Shepherd’s pie/green salad/beets/peach cobbler

30 Ham/scalloped potatoes/mixed vegetables/ pineapple/Jell-O cake

bar/green salad/peaches/ spice cake

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curity records: Complete an application for a Social Security card (Form SS-5), which you can find online at www.socialsecurity.gov/ online/ss-5.html; and provide documents proving your new or revised citizenship status (acceptable documents as proof of citizenship include your U.S. passport, a certificate of naturalization or a certificate of citizenship. If you are not a U.S. citizen, Social Security will ask to see your current immigraMcClatchy-Tribune News Service tion documents), age and identity. Next, take or mail your completed application and docuQ: How many Social Security numbers have been issued ments to your local Social Security office. since the program started? All documents must be either originals or copies certified A: Since numbers were first issued in November 1936, we by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies or notahave assigned about 460 million numbers. There are about one rized copies of documents. For more information, visit www. billion possible combinations of the nine-digit Social Security socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber. number. Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/history/ssn/ssncards. ——— html for a complete history of the Social Security number. Q: What are the rules for getting Supplemental Security ——— Income (SSI)? I’m thinking about applying based on my disQ: How do I change my citizenship status on Social Secu- ability. rity’s records? A: To be eligible to receive SSI benefits, you must be disA: To change your citizenship status shown in Social Se- abled, blind, or age 65 or older and have limited income and resources. Income is money you receive such as wages, Social Security benefits and pensions. Income also includes the value of such things as food and shelter you receive from others. Resources include real estate, bank accounts, cash, stocks and bonds. You may be able to get SSI if your resources are worth no more than $2,000. A couple may be able to get SSI if they have resources worth no more than $3,000. Learn more by reading our publication, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), at www.socialsecurity.gov/ Over 150 cars in stock pubs/11000.pdf. ——— starting at $500.00! Q: I have an appointment to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). What kind of information will I need to take with me? A: To help make the application process go Bill Beutler, owner 1292 Bridge Street, Clarkston, WA quickly and smoothly, you should bring: (509) 758-3081 Toll Free: 800-458-3081 www.clarkstonautosales.com l Your Social Security card. l Your birth certificate or other proof of your age. l Information about the home where you live, such as your mortgage, or your lease and landlord’s name. l Payroll slips, bank books, insurance policies, burial-fund records, and other information

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Foot care offered at senior center Foot care by Dana is Wednesday starting at 9 a.m. at the Sixth Street Senior Center in Clarkston. Dances are held from 7-10 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, and are open to all. The Heustis Kountry Band provides live entertainment and cost is $4 per person. Players are always welcome to join the weekly pinochle game at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. The center is open for coffee each weekday morning at 9. There are also meals served at the center each month at noon: on Aug. 14 there will be a pancake feed and on Aug. 21 stuffed green peppers will be served. Both meals cost $4 each, per person. On Aug. 28 there will be a potluck at the center at noon with meat furnished by Emeritus Juniper Meadows. The Sixth Street Senior Center board will meet at 9 a.m. Aug. 20 at the center.

Benefit yard sale at Moscow Village MOSCOW — The 21st annual benefit yard sale for the Good Samaritan Society here will take place this week. The two-day yard sale is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Moscow Village. More information on the sale is

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Array of activities offered at Pautler Pautler Senior Center in Clarkston offers bridge and pinochle games four days a week. Bridge is played from 1-4 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The twice-weekly pinochle game is from 12:45-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, following Senior Roundtable meals. Foot care service is provided at the center on Mondays and Wednesdays. Appointments for foot care are required and can be made by calling (509) 758-2355. Fitness classes are held from 10:15-11:15 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, and blood pressure checks are done at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday. A painting class is offered from 12:30-4 p.m. each Monday. The Pautler Senior Center board will meet at 9 a.m. Aug. 13. Senior Roundtable meals are served at noon each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Pautler. Cost is by donation only. Suggested donation is $4 for those age 60 and older, and $7 for those younger than 60.

Trying to form WWII vet social group A time to reminisce for World War II veterans’ group forming. The group will meet from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1443 located at 829 15th St., Clarkston. More information is available by calling Thomas Reed at (509) 7510952. Reed can also arrange rides for those in need of one.

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briefs Groups and organizations can submit information, pertaining to seniors in the region, to be published in Golden Times monthly magazine. All submissions are subject to space availability and editing. Submissions should be emailed to: goldentimes@lmtribune.com or mailed to: Target Publications P.O. Box 957 Lewiston, ID 83501 Information for September’s issue must be recieved by Aug. 19 to be considered. Questions about submitting information can be sent via email or by calling (208) 8482243.

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Volunteer opportunities

The WA-ID Volunteer Center in the Lewiston Community Center at 1424 Main St. provides individualized volunteer opportunities for those wishing to serve in Lewiston, Clarkston, Asotin, Pomeroy, Moscow and the Orofino area. The phone number is (208) 746-7787. The center can also be found online at www.waidvolunteer center.org. The following are a few of the volunteer opportunities available in August.  America Reads is in need of tutors to help students with their reading skills. Volunteers for this program must be able to commit at least one hour per week for the entire school year. No teaching experience is necessary.  The Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center at Hells Gate State Park is in need of hosts on Mondays. Individuals should have meet and greet abilities,

friendly personality and be able to answer questions about the displays at the center. Some sales of merchandise may also be needed.  Community Action Partnership Food Bank is in need of drivers and back-up drivers for regular routes. There is also a need for a helper to ride along on routes to help with loading and unloading. The ability to lift is needed for these positions. The food bank is also in need of volunteers to help at the front counter. This position requires some computer work.  The Hells Canyon Visitor’s Bureau is looking for volunteers to assist visitors to our area by answering questions and supplying literature about available activities in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. This position requires the ability to get along with all types of personalities, acquire knowledge of area tourist attractions and events, put together welcome bags and help with the occasional mailer.  St. Vincent de Paul social services is in need of volunteers to assist families in need, help with food pantry, clothing, household items and furniture. There is also a need for volunteers at both thrift stores to sort clothing. Personal Care | Homemaking | Companionship  The Lewiston Community Center is in need of volunteers to keep up with coffee and Live-In and Hourly Rates wiping down counters in the Senior Lounge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

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——— Interlink Volunteers — Faith in Action in Clarkston offers volunteer opportunities throughout the area. The office, located at 817 Sixth St., is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. They can be reached at (509) 751-9143.  Handymen are needed for a variety of volunteer projects, including: installation of grab bars in bathrooms, gutter cleaning and minor roof repairs. Volunteers must use their own tools. Materials are provided by Interlink.  Volunteers with some carpentry skills are needed to help build entry steps and wheelchair ramps, and construct and place outdoor handrails. Volunteers must have their own tools, but materials are provided by Interlink.  Volunteers are needed to provide transportation to and from appointments Monday through Friday. This requires a valid drivers license, insurance and own vehicle. Mileage is reimbursed. Volunteers interested in any of these projects must complete an application. More information about the organization, volunteer opportunities and the application is available online at www.interlinkvolunteers.org.

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She married Joseph Douglas on Nov. 6, 1943. Two sons Mary Douglas of Orofino were born to the couple. turned 93 Sunday. Her husband died in 1977. She was born Aug. 4, 1920, Douglas moved to Orofino in Evansburgh, Pa. from Saukville, Wis. A monthly magazine for the region’s retirees by Target Publications

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Betty Chase of Orofino celebrated her 87th birthday Friday. She was born Aug. 2, 1926, in Dalhart, Texas, and moved to the Northwest in 1946. She married Palmer Chase and they have four children.

Chase taught school at Orofino Elementary School for 22 years and retired in 1988. She is a member of the Clearwater Citizens Organization, P.E.O., Chapter AW, and the Hit and Miss Club. In addition to her children, Chase has 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Doris V. Pettichord of Orofino will celebrate her 93rd birthday Aug. 14. She was born in 1920 to Claude and Marie Davis at Johnson, and lived in the Union Flats area of Colton until graduating from high school. She and William L. (Bill) Pettichord were married on July 9, 1946, in Pullman. They raised one daughter. Pettichord’s husband died Nov. 26, 1986.

Her hobbies include visiting with friends and family, listening to old-time music, sewing, judging flowers at local fairs, growing all types of plants, and helping her daughter and son-in-law. Pettichord is a member of the Clearwater Valley Eagles, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, the Hill and Valley Garden Club, and the Lewis-Clark Judges Council. She has two step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews who live in the area.

High School in 1933. Tarola worked as a clerk in the Orofino post office until April 1941 when he joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He spent five years serving in the central Pacific and Asiatic theaters during World War II. Upon his return from service, he purchased the Richfield service station in Lewiston and operated it for five years. Tarola married Margaret Englehardt in 1949 and they reared five children. After he sold the service

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 Birthday submissions Birthdays starting at 70, and every year after, will be accepted for publication in Golden Times in the month of the birthday only. The limit for each submission is 200 words. Photographs are welcome. Birthday submissions must include the name and phone number of the person submitting information. If you would like your photo returned, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope. If you have questions about submitting a birthday, please call (208) 848-2243. Mailed information may be sent to: Golden Times, P.O. Box 957, Lewiston, ID 83501; emailed submissions should be sent to goldentimes@lmtribune.com. September birthdays must be received by 5 p.m. Aug. 19.

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Hellenmerie (Rie) Walker of Lewiston will be 88 on Aug. 18. She was born in 1925. Walker earned an associate degree in business and a bachelor’s degree in history. In 1942, Rie was one of the first cadets in the Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol. A variety of jobs have kept her busy from being one of the first 12 females in Oregon to be trained for service station work to filing on roller skates, working as a licensed practical nurse, real estate agent, property management and office manager. After her husband died, she rejoined CAP and worked up to lieutenant colonel. Walker joined the Peace Corps in 1989, and was part of the VISTA program in the United States. Every time she prepared to go to Africa, fighting would break out and there wasn’t a need for “grannies in tenny runners.” She had to take extended leave, which she is still on. A stroke has put a hold on most everything except church and Red Hat Society activities. She is the mother of eight, grandmother of 13, great-grandmother of 33 and greatgreat-grandmother of one. Her favorite hobby — genealogy — started from her time earning her degree in history.

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Age is just another number in triathlons In the last two-plus decades Helen Holmes has taken triathlons from a fly-by-your-pants family event to a serious part of her life By Mary Tatko

“We asked the lifeguard how many times that was up and down the pool and he said 10,” Holmes Helen Holmes was 43 when she recalled. “We counted different, participated in her first triathlon, the though.” Gold Nugget Triathlon in Anchorage, As it turned out, the lifeguard Alaska. meant 10 laps — across the pool In May, the Clarkston resident, and back was one lap. They pracnow 70, returned to compete again in ticed 10 lengths — half the actual the Gold Nugget for her 100th triath- distance they would be swimming lon, taking first place in her age group in the event. — for the first time ever. Since then, “Both my daughters were in she has completed two more triathbefore I was because they have lons, in Coeur d’Alene and Hayden these staggered starts. They did 250 Lake, Idaho. yards — they did half of it — and “I have never considered myself they thought they were done. And an athlete,” she said. “When I first so they both got told no, you’ve started doing them, I was like 26th got that much more to go,” Holmes out of 28 people in my age group.” said, laughing. “And I’m thinking Gradually she moved up, somethey’re gonna kill me.” times finishing in fifth or sixth place, They weren’t much better prebut it was years before she earned a pared for the cycling portion of the ribbon, she said. race. “My joke to myself was in order to “I think I had a Schwinn 3win I was going to have to outlive all speed,” Holmes recalled. “We bormy opponents,” she said, laughing. rowed motorcycle helmets so that “Seriously, that’s what’s happened.” we’d have a helmet.” Before her first Gold Nugget 27 She remembers showering, years ago, Holmes said, she had donning a new outfit and fixing never participated in anything like a her hair after the swim portion of triathlon. the event. Their strategy wasn’t “I ran, but just a couple miles for speed, but all three of them — two, three miles — that kind of finished. thing, just for exercise,” she said. “I don’t know why I got so She lived in Anchorage with her hooked on it, because honestly I two daughters, who were 13 and 15, felt like I’d been run over by a semi,” when she learned about the Gold Holmes said. “I was so sore. And Nugget, a sprint triathlon for women. my daughter, she told me it took “I said ‘OK, we’re going to go do her three days to recover.” something together that’s fun.’ ” “But I just did (get hooked on One of her daughters was on the triathlons). It was so much fun. track team, and the other did gymAnd I just decided next time I was nastics and swimming, so Holmes going to train a bit more so I didn’t figured they would be up to it. hurt so bad.” “We just decided — I decided In the years since, she’s learned — that we would do this as a family,” how to better prepare and acquired Holmes said. more conventional gear. As they began preparing, they “I have the bike, I have the racing learned they’d be swimming 500 wheels, I even have an Arrow helyards but didn’t know how to measure met,” she said. “I’ve got all the toys now. That’s been fun.” the distance. Target Publications

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ABOVE: Helen Holmes and her partner, Bill McPherson, ride their tandem bike through Clarkston as part of their training regimen. RIGHT: Holmes competes in a cycling race during the 2013 senior games held in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. Though she was more prepared for her 100th triathlon than her first, she still had a few funny fashion moments this year in Anchorage. She was expecting mild weather, but the thermometer dipped to 37 degrees and she ended up starting the race in her down dress coat. Later, she crossed the finish line in long johns, a balaclava and swim top. Holmes moved from Alaska to Spokane in 1996 and to Clarkston in 1998. She and her partner, Bill McPherson, 67, met six years ago on a bike ride. “Bill is an awesome cyclist,” Holmes said. “He competes a lot in the Spokane area and down here. If you look at his times in the senior games, he’s really, really good.” The two split their time between Sandpoint, Idaho, where McPherson is from, and Clarkston. Holmes trains year-round, swimming at the Asotin County Family Aquatic Center two days a week, doing a run/walk three times a week — “never more,” she

said — and biking three to five days a week. “She’s pretty diligent,” McPherson said. “This is just a wonderful, wonderful place to ride,” Holmes said. “There’s so many country roads, people are so considerate here — really, really considerate of cyclists.” The couple also trains together on a tandem bicycle. “We got the tandem after my knee surgery, because (cycling) was part of what I needed to do for rehab,” she said. “But then I can keep up with him — because even in my prime I couldn’t even begin to keep up with him. Now he can’t get away from me.” They continue to ride together frequently, including participating in a tandem rally in Spokane and the I Made the Grade race up Lewiston’s Old Spiral Highway the last few years. It’s the variety of activity triathlons require and the fact she never has pushed herself too hard that have kept her going all these years, Holmes said. “Maybe because I wasn’t a

super athlete 20 years ago, maybe that’s what’s helped me last so long,” she said. “Sometimes, seriously, I think people burn themselves out, they race so hard. (For me) it’s just been fun, fun, fun.” “I just feel really blessed that I like triathlons and that I got into that, because I also think it saves me. Because before that I was a jogger, and I loved that, but I think the people that just do jogging are out sooner than me not doing so much of any one thing.” Holmes emphasized completing more than 100 triathlons doesn’t mean she’s athletically gifted. She’s had five operations in the last decade and stretches of downtime she’s overcome through rehabilitation and a stretching regimen. She’s also had to make choices about her activities so she could continue with triathlons: Three of her surgeries were skiing-related and she’s since given up the sport. Triathlons have “a lot of good energy,” she said. “And like I tell my friends, it always feels good when you’re done.” Holmes said triathlon partici-

pants are particularly friendly and encouraging. Racers usually have their age on the back of their leg, she explained. “And of course I get a lot of ‘I want to be like you when I’m that age.’ ” The triathlons she’s done have been sprints and Olympic distance. She said sprints generally include a 500-yard or half-mile swim, a 12-mile biking portion and a 3-mile run — although the Gold Nugget run is 4 miles. “They vary a little bit,” she said. Among Holmes’ 100-plus triathlons, the farthest-flung events in which she’s participated were in Cancun, Mexico, and Queenstown, New Zealand. Both were Team USA championships, amateur events that include age-group finalists from around the world. There were about 3,000 participants from 19 countries at each event, she said, but most of the participants in her 60-64 age group were from the United States.

“I think that the women in the United States have an advantage just with our culture, with our economics, that we can still do things like that at that age,” she said. Holmes is scheduled to compete in three triathlons in September, in Palouse, Kennewick and Portland. Riding with others makes getting out several times a week easier, Holmes said. She rides with Women on Wheels, which meets most Wednesdays in Lewiston for easy group rides. “It’s all older women,” Holmes said. Those interested in more information about Women on Wheels can find it online at www. twinriverscyclists.org. Click on the “events” link.  Tatko can be reached at mtatko@lmtribune.com or (208) 848-2244.


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Aug. 23  Betty Pardue Betty Pardue of Lewiston will reach the tender age of 90 on Aug. 23. A birthday celebration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Lewiston United Methodist Church, 1906 Broadview Drive. She was born in 1923 to Edward and Martha Helt in Cottonwood and has lived in Idaho her entire life. She married Eldon Barbee in 1941 and they had three children, one of whom died in 1980. Her first husband also died.

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She married Lee Pardue and they added two children to their family. Pardue has many loves in her life including her children, 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-greatgrandson. Also included in her many loves are her church and church family, her many friends and of course the Wednesday bridge players. Pardue is very generous with her care, concern and help for those in need. Her children hope her friends will be able to join them in celebration of Pardue.

Norman L. Savage of Clarkston will be honored with an 80th birthday party at 5 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Hells Canyon Boat Club in Clarkston. He was born in 1933 to James H. and Iris Wilson Savage at Asotin. He grew up in the AsotinAnatone area and graduated from Asotin High School in 1951. Savage married Shirley Townsend in 1952 and in 1957 they moved to Phoenix where he learned the plumbing trade. They spent 20 years liv-

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Marge Zierlein of Orofino will be 83 on Aug. 23. She was born in 1930 in Parma, Idaho. She lived in California for a short time and then moved back to Idaho. She married Shelton Myers and they had four children. Her first husband died and she married Cliff Zierlein on Aug. 20, 2009.

 Ronald Broemeling Ronald Broemeling of Clarkston will enjoy his 80th birthday on Aug. 23. He was born in 1933. He has lived in the LewistonClarkston Valley most of his life, graduating from Lewiston High School in 1952. Following high school, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Broemeling married Leola Haley on Jan. 25, 1958. The couple have two children. His 42-year working career was spent at Lewiston Furniture Company for 12 years and Skeltons Floor Covering for 30 years. He retired in August 1995. Broemeling enjoys sports.

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Antibiotics: The right time to take them Antibiotics are medicines that are used to treat bacterial infections. These medicines have been available for about 70 years and have saved many lives. The problem is antibiotics don’t treat every type of infection. How many people do you know who go to the doctor with a cold and are sure antibiotics will take care of everything? Infections such as colds and most coughs, sore throats, green mucus and ear infections are caused by viruses and will not respond to antibiotics. When you start getting better after three days of taking an antibiotic, it seems like it worked, but the truth is you probably would have started getting better anyway. You may ask what the problem is with taking antibiotics “just in case?” There are two issues: You run the risk COMMENTARY of experiencing side effects of the medication that can sometimes be serious, and antibiotic overuse contributes to a growing worldwide problem known as antibiotic resistance. Everyone knows what side effects are. They can include such problems as stomach upset, rash or even allergic reactions which can, in extreme cases, even result in death. For this reason, doctors think carefully before prescribing an antibiotic to be sure the benefit of taking the medicine outweighs the potential risk.

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overweight or obese, resulting in “all kinds of diseases and maladies,” he said. Sedentary seniors who have significant health conditions and illnesses should talk with a doctor before getting started, Kratche said. “That said, you don’t really need a doctor’s note to walk around a store,” he said. “People can start walking. Literally, if they can only walk five minutes, the goal is to walk five minutes, but do it every day, and then after a week or two up it to 10 minutes.” The goal is to build up activity levels and achieve a weekly minimum of 150 minutes of walking at a brisk pace, he said. Though some types of arthritis are crippling, the most common form (osteoarthritis) actually benefits from moderate activity to improve range of motion, Kratche said. Running tends to be harder on joints than walking, he said. Swimming is another activity many older patients can also enjoy. Kratche also recommends


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for driving. In the summer, she said, many people are visiting family elsewhere or have family visiting them and just tend to be busier so they get about half the people. In the winter, there are the snowbirds, illnesses and bad roads to contend with but they still serve numerous people in the area. The ladies don’t do it all by themselves. Bud Holt helps out by arranging entertainment and taking money as people come in to eat. A few others help out by setting up for lunch and picking up afterward, as well as serving food. The senior meal could always use more volunteers to lighten the burden on Lisher and Lewis, but in the meantime they are making do. Another thing different about this senior lunch, compared to the others I have at-

MOND A Y, A U G U ST 5 , 2 0 1 3 tended, is that after people are done eating they don’t all just get up and leave. Many linger and chat with others, and everyone knows that’s when the world’s problems get solved, just after you’ve finished a good meal. I sat next to Carol Bartlett and enjoyed hearing about the sun bonnets she makes. As stated in this column before, I am a hat person. So it’s perfectly natural that my lunchtime conversation include the topic of hats. Bartlett moved to the Juliaetta-Kendrick area about seven years ago. She and her late husband ran the market in Culdesac until the doctor told her husband the stress was too hard on his health. She is very involved in the community and can be found at the center’s lunches on a regular basis.

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