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Day 1 - Arrive in French Canada - Settle into your conveniently located hotel before a welcome dinner this evening. $125 Day 2 - Montreal Sightseeing and Notre-Dame Basilica - Embark on a narrated tour of Montreal, per perso n! one of Canada’s vibrant cities known for its rich French-Canadian heritage Day 3 - Ride VIA Rail and Quebec Sugar Shack - After breakfast, Canada’s VIA Rail service takes you to Quebec City. The only walled city in North America, Quebec’s Grande-Al-lee is alive with many quaint shops and sidewalk cafes. Day 4 - Basilica-Cathedral Notre-Dame, St. Anne de Beaupre and Montmorency Falls - Depart this morning for a scenic drive along the “Old King’s Road” passing beautiful Normandy and Brittany homes to St. Anne de Beaupre, for a visit to the beautiful shrine, the oldest pilgrimage site in North America. Day 5 - Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio and Ermitage Saint-Antoine Shrine - Learn the intricacies of producing copper art at the Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio with a tour and hands-on workshop to make your own copper work of art. Day 6 - St-Felicien Zoo and Old Perron Cheese Factory - Traveling to the shores of Lac St-Jean, come to the famed St-Felicien Zoo. Day 7 - Our Lady of the Cape Shrine - Today, travel to the city of Trois-Rivieres where you’ll visit the Borealis Center to explore the history of the pulp and paper industry in Quebec. Day 8 - Transfer to Montreal and Home - After breakfast we depart for home. PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour as described, round trip airfare from Colorado Springs, all transfers, lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, 2 lunches, and 6 dinners.
September 26, 2020
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Park City & Breckenridge Discover the golden leaves of Colorado’s shimmering aspen trees on this stunning drive during peak viewing season. As we head over Wilkerson Pass we’ll see brightly colored gold patches of aspen trees dotted among the stately Colorado evergreens. Passing through the land where bison roam and antelope play, we soon come upon the historic and remarkably well preserved town of South Park City, where over forty authentic buildings are filled with over 60,000 artifacts of a day gone by. After leaving South Park City we climb Hoosier Pass, home to magnificent views of the Continental Divide. Here you will find panoramic views of golden aspens quaking in the breeze. After some photo opportunities, we’ll continue on to the beautiful city of Breckenridge, where we will enjoy a lovely lunch and walking history tour, along with free time for shopping. Breckenridge’s main street is home to over 200 shops, so you will certainly find something for everyone! After a lovely afternoon in Breckenridge we’ll head for home, with still more beautiful fall colors to see along the way. PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motorcoach, gourmet lunch, guided history tour, fabulous sighteeing and all fees.
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Walk down the world’s longest footbridge while scouting for large cats and bears lounging in the shade or splashing in the pool. With over 9,000 acres of sanctuary lands the Wild Animal Sanctuary is an attraction not to be missed. The sanctuary is home to nearly 500 animals, including lions, bear, jaguars, coyotes, tigers, mountain lions, porcupines, alpacas and more. We’ll spend a few hours observing these magnificent creatures in their habitat. After lunch we head to the Butterfly Pavilion, where you may interact with over 1600 free flying butterflies in their “Wings of the Tropics” display. After your self guided tour, sip tea, crunch cookies and enjoy an educational, adult-focused lecture on the role of insects across cultures to more in-depth information on butterflies and other invertebrates. We’ll return home after a day filled with amazing creatures, both great and small! PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motorcoach, entrance into the Wildlife Refuge, lunch, Butterfly Museum lecture and all fees
November 1, 2020 Celebrate the Holidays with fabulous shows, lights, shopping and an old-fashioned paddleboat!
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Day 1 - Depart Colorado Springs for Salina, KS and overnight. Day 2 - We’ll stop at the Russell Stover Outlet Store. We’ll arrive in Branson early this afternoon and check into our hotel, The Savannah House. We’ll have dinner at a steakhouse and then it’s on to the award-winning The SIX Christmas Show at American Bandstand Theater. After the performance we’ll head to the Trail of Lights, Branson’s most beautiful Christmas light display. Day 3 - After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll head to the Pierce Arrow Theater to see the Doug Gabriel Christmas Show. This afternoon is on your own to shop, relax or view the beautiful Christmas displays all through town. This evening, we’ll dine at Landry’s Seafood House and then it’s on to Clay Cooper’s Country Express Christmas. After we’ll head back to the hotel for hot cobbler, fresh cookies and ice cream! Day 4 - This morning we head to the amazing Titanic Museum. This afternoon you’re in for a treat as we board the Showboat Branson Belle for the dinner and show. This classic showboat-style activity transports guests to the days of paddleboats along the Mississippi River right on Table Rock Lake. After we leave the Showboat Branson Belle it’s on to the world-famous Dutton Theater! After our evening performance we’ll head back to the hotel for homemade deserts! Day 5 - We say goodbye to Branson after breakfast and head to Carthage, MO where we will tour the Precious Moments Chapel and store. Then, it’s on to Osceloa, Missouri, where the Osceloa Cheese Company started in 1944. We’ll have time for shopping before stopping for lunch. After lunch, we’ll head toward Salina and overnight. Day 6 - This morning we’ll continue toward home, stopping at the historic Cathedral of the Plains, located in Victoria, Kansas. After lunch in Colby, it’s home to Colorado Springs. PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motorcoach, 5 nights lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, 3 dinners, all shows and attraction tickets as described, luggage handling, all taxes and fees.
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Day 1 -Depart Colorado Springs for lovely Honolulu. Check into our hotel and get ready for a sunset dinner cruise. Day 2 -Full day tour, including Pearl Harbor, the USS Missouri, the USS Arizona Memorial, city tour of Honolulu and the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater. Day 3 -Today we depart for Maui. After arriving we’ll transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore. Day 4 -Experience Maui on this full day tour. See waterfalls, beautiful beaches, flora and fauna and Mt.HaleakalaDay 5 Whale watching excursion with a Certified Marine Naturalist. Day 5 -On to the Big Island, the largest and geologically most diverse of the Hawaiian archipelago. Day 6 -Full day tour of the Big Island, including Volcanoes National Park, black sand beaches, waterfalls, and much more. Day 7 -On to the lovely island of Kauai. The island is so lush and green Day 8 -Today, we’ll see the north part of the island, including Hanalei Valley, Wailua Falls, Kapaa Town and Moloaa Bay. Day 9 -“The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” is on our schedule for today. Waimea Canyon is over ten miles long and 4000 ft. Day 10 -Our last day in Hawaii is yours to enjoy on your own, After we check out of our hotel we’ll head over to Smith’s Luau, perennially voted the best luau on the island. PRICE INCLUDES: Fully escorted tour, roundtrip airfare from Colorado Springs, 10 nights lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, 2 dinners, all tours as described, transfers, inter-island flights, all taxes and surcharges. Deposit of $400 due to secure space; final payment due 1/5/21.
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espite the COVID-19 are. Simple, few-hours-astay-at-home and day homeschooling has safer-at-home orders, the been a tough task for many past few months have sort parents. of whizzed by to me. All the essential While it’s been a workers who have exposed challenging and strange themselves to the virus time, it’s also been a great throughout all this, time to learn and reflect. keeping people stocked up Here are some random with pasta and toilet paper, thoughts and observations have been taken for Anthony Welch I’ve made through all of granted for way too long. Life After 50 Editor While many people haven’t this madness. Why is it when you go been able to work during to the grocery store, the vitamin isles the pandemic, grocery store workers aren’t pilfered like the pasta and still went to work and had to face baking supplies? I think it’s important additional adversities. Next time you for people to be mindful of their make a trip to the store, go out of health, pandemic or not. Maybe all your way to be extra nice to the this will make people rethink going to employees or say thank you. work with a cold or sending their kids In our world of instant messaging to school sick. and texting, the pandemic has It shouldn’t take a pandemic to reminded me how nice it is to actually remind us to wash our hands and do call family members or friends and what we can to boost our immunity. talk with them. Connecting with Through all of this, I’ve missed family, especially those I haven’t been watching professional basketball. But able to see for months now, eases my it really reminds you that sports aren’t anxiety and gives me some comfort. that important. I’ve always felt Texting has become way too professional athletes are way convenient. Hearing the voices of overpaid. Essential workers deserve friends and loved ones is priceless. way better pay. Teachers deserve way Try and remember this is better pay. Sadly, it took a pandemic affecting all of us. Be kind to one to make people realize how important another and help one other when you teachers are and how tough their jobs can.
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Soak up history, natural beauty in the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage area
Shrines of the Stations of the Cross in San Luis, Colorado’s oldest town.
Editor’s note: Life After 50 realizes traveling isn’t really an option at this time, especially with safer-athome measures. However, we will continue to run a travel section as a distraction of sorts. Readers can also make lists of places they’d like to go, when it’s safe to travel.
uilt on tradition and sheer grit, Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area continues to flourish centuries after its first founders settled the communities around Alamosa. Now a scenic agritourism
Great Sand Dunes National Park.
destination in the San Luis Valley, it boasts big, wide skies, snow-capped peaks and rippling sand dunes — along with an independent spirit infusing its art, landmarks and food. Explore like a history seeker, nature lover and cultural connoisseur as you travel across Colorado’s distinctive southern landscape.
First inhabited by Apache and Ute Indians, then Spanish explorers, Mexicans and Mormons among other ethnic and religious groups, the expan-
sive Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is a true melting pot. Its rich diversity of communities and farm country span an astonishing 3,000 square miles. Pause for notable ethnic settlements like Spanish-and-Mexican-suffused San Luis, Colorado’s oldest town (founded in 1851) that also boasts the state’s oldest water rights and oldest business, R&R Market. Meander through the sleepy villages of the Culebra River (Chama, San Pedro, Los Fuertes, Garcia, Jaroso, San Francisco, San Acacio and Mesita) to experience more of the region’s traditional Hispano heritage. Or visit Conejos, Colorado’s oldest parish near the New Mexico border, for its Spanish influences (including Our Lady of Guadalupe, the oldest church in Colorado, where the valley’s first priests were assigned in the late 1850s). Alamosa — which became San Luis Valley’s center of commerce during the early 1900s — offers an even broader mix of cultural influences, including German and Dutch. And Platoro — a small, former mining town located several miles west of Antonito — got its start with discovery of both gold and silver in the early 1880s. Its name is, in fact, a combination of the Spanish words for silver (plata) and gold (oro).
Dig further into Sangre de Cristo’s Wild West history with a visit to Fort Garland. From 1858–1883, the fort operated as the San Luis Valley’s only military base, hosting notable guests like Chief Ouray along with a unit of African American Buffalo Soldiers, brought West primarily to protect new settlers. This borderland was ruled by Spain and Mexico. It only became part of the United States after the Mexican–American War (1846–1848). Travelers seeking the spiritual side of the San Luis Valley will have plenty to see as well. Visit San Luis for its sculptural Stations of the Cross Shrine and La Capilla de Todos los Santos, a Catholic chapel on top of San Pedro Mesa. Or plan your trip around San Luis’ century-old Santa Ana Festival, which happens annually during the last weekend of July. Alamosa’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church is another National Register gem, built in 1922 in a Spanish Revival style. More historic places: Travel through the tiny farming town of Manassa, founded in 1851 and primarily settled by Mormons, for its ubiquitous pioneer spirit that lives on even today. It’s also the birthplace of famed boxer Jack Dempsey. For Hispano-ranching history, ask park rangers about the Trujillo Homesteads while visiting Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve near Alamosa. The original homesteads, settled in 1865, are now part of nearby Zapata Ranch. Though it isn’t accessible to the public, the site plays a significant role in the settling of the San Luis Valley.
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area isn’t just for history buffs. Its fertile landscape is as varied as its cultural heritage. Ski, sled or simply slide down enormous sand dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. They’re all that’s left of Lake Alamosa, which disappeared from the landscape about 2 million years ago. While you’re there, explore the park’s Indian Grove — 72 ponderosa pines that were once used for medicine by Ute and Apache Indians. Or wade in the seasonal Medano Creek, Colorado’s beachfront, which appears each spring as snow melts from the nearby Sangre de Cristo mountain range.
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SANGRE DE CRISTO/from page 4 Next, ride the rails and see the picturesque West with new eyes along the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in Antonito or the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad in Alamosa. Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is a partner and supporter of the Cumbres & Toltec Historic Car Project, which is working to recreate an authentic train experience from 100 years ago. (The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad will not be running for tourists in 2020, but check back in 2021 for potential new offerings.) Or, head to the Rio Grande Natural Area for its rugged scenery and proximity to the Rio Grande, the area’s most well-known water feature. Designated by Congress in 2006, protected land spans the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge to the New Mexico state border. Explore both the Rio Grande and its tributary Conejos River, along with the region’s numerous smaller lakes and wetlands — by foot, kayak or with a fly-fishing rod in hand. Or birdwatch at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and Baca National Wildlife Refuge. Want a taste of ranch life? Plan an overnight retreat or a private tour at Zapata Ranch in Mosca. Or book a dude-ranch vacation at Rainbow Trout Ranch in Antonito with activities like
Steinhage, 1940s); Luther Bean Museum in Alamosa (a mural depicting the naming of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains by Noel Tucker, 1937); Whooping Crane south of Romeo (a crane painted on a brick silo, Fred Haberlein); Our Lady of Guadalupe in Guadalupe (completed by local artist Rogelio Briones in 2007); the Silos in Antonito (also by Haberlein, representing inhabitants of the area, including Ancestral Puebloans, American Indians, plus Hispano, Mormon and Dutch settlers);
Sangre De Cristo National Heritage Area.
horseback riding, moving cattle, nature hikes, family meals and much more.
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area’s cultural offerings, influenced by the region’s many ethnic traditions, are distinctive as well. You won’t find any place like it across the West. Travel back in time along the Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway for even more American Indian and Hispano culture, recre-
ational opportunities and wildlife viewing. The 129-mile scenic byway can take as little as three hours and spans cultural richness dating back 11,000 years — though it’s best to span the drive over three days to allow for lots of exploration. Watch for interpretive markers that tell the story of the region. As you travel through heritagearea towns, keep watch for colorful murals. Notable locations include: Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Alamosa (religious imagery painted by a German-American artist, Josef
and many more. Also, make stops for culinary treats at numerous Mexican restaurants in Alamosa, then support the area’s burgeoning farm-to-table brewing movement at one of three breweries. This article originally appeared on Colorado.com. Visit the site to learn more about things to see and do around Colorado.
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In these strange and uncertain times we find ourselves wondering, with anxiety, what tomorrow brings. One thing for certain is: humanity will always be there, tomorrow. The question is always, “How do we find ourselves fitting in?” We must never get so busy making a living that we forget to make a life. So this life we make may be full of color and joy, or not so much. I do know there are everyday commitments that help us get through the day. Some are automatic and some are not. We all arise to our own humor (thinking about breathing) and in a weird way find ourselves breathing. This is just automatic. We move forward in our daily activities and time rounds the clock. The fuel that moves us along is oxygen, food and water. No matter where you place your foot on this golden earth we have oxygen. This is not true for food or water. In today’s society the compliment of convenience is ubiquitous it seems. As the body grows and the convenience of this life places a foothold in our daily living, we begin to lose the ability to naturally survive.
An example is the body’s need for vitamin D. Vitamin D comes in two forms Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. Truly these are more like hormones than vitamins due to their molecular structure. Your body is riddled with what the profession calls “Vitamin D Receptors” (VDR). Every single cell in your body has receptors for Vitamin D3. When the body is deficient in Vitamin D3 the (VDR’s) go unused. Unused VDR’s means work undone. The sources of Vitamin D3 include salmon, herring, sardines, cod liver oil, canned tuna and egg yolks. Another source in sunlight. I remember in younger years the amount of daylight we could burn just being outdoors never seems long enough. It seems these days the youth for the most part are driven to be indoors doing other things. Our daily jobs or duties robs the sunlight from our bodies. The push against skin cancer and the call for everyone to cover up also robs us of Vitamin D3 production that is made when sunlight hits the skin. Vitamins D is fat soluble meaning that it is deposited in the fat cells of the body. Like anything too much Vitamin D will make you sick. Now let’s think about a stack of logs piled high in the fall to be used to heat your house in the winter.
Assuming the stack needs to be replenished to get us thru a hard long winter, we would, and should, have plans to refill the log stack periodically when needed. What comes in, goes out and when you have no more then you suffer and in this case get really cold. Vitamin D3 is similar. If the Vitamin D3 is not replenished daily then bad things happen and your body will suffer. Recent research suggest that Vitamin D3 deficiency is related to getting sick or infected more often. Vitamin D3 deficiency is related to fatigue and tiredness. Bone and Back Pain, Depression, Impaired Wound Healing, Hair Loss, and Muscle Pain may all be related to Vitamin D deficiency. Interestingly recent research relates a lack of Vitamin D to the following, “An observation of sleep improvement with Vitamin D supplementation led to a 2 year uncontrolled trial of vitamin D supplementation in 1500 patients with neurologic complaints who also had evidence of abnormal sleep. Most patients had improvement in neurologic symptoms and sleep but only through maintaining a narrow range of 25(OH) Vitamin D3 blood levels of 60-80 ng/ ml.” The World Epidemic of Sleep Dis-
orders is linked to Vitamin D Deficiency. Grominak SC, Stumf FE To me, this is profound. Vitamin D3 helping sleep. Keeping the log pile at the right level with wood always guarantees heating the house. Keeping the Vitamin D level in your body at the sweet spot of 60 to 80 ng/ml seems to be the trick to health. The next time you are in your doctor’s office inquire about Vitamin D. Vitamin D3 specifically. Talk about your level and how you might find that sweet spot. Most will find that their Doctor is already prescribing Vitamin D3 as part of their drug regimen. After all, it seems to be a big problem for today’s population. Who knows you just might sleep better and feel better! Remember that sweet spot! A must do is the management of Vitamin D supplementation. Vitamin D supplementation should be managed by a health care provider. An important fact about Vitamin D is that it is fat soluble and you can actually take too much and you will feel miserable over the sweet spot level. Peter McIntyre is a dentist with Briargate Advanced Family Dentistry. With over 489 google reviews we feel we loved as a dental practice. Give us a call. We love and take of our patients.
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Karroll enjoying new role after TV Former anchor works for Special Kids Special Families By Anthony Welch
little more than a year ago, longtime news anchor Jon Karroll looked to make a change. “It was something I had been thinking about for a few years. I was happy with my TV career. I had done it a long, long time,” he said. “I started thinking about life after TV. I was wondering if there was something I could do in the community – use my face and name recognition and get with an organization and help them thrive and grow.” Part of Karroll’s television duties entailed emceeing various events, which, in a way, inspired his new career path. “I was doing several fundraising dinners and galas for nonprofits. I really enjoyed that,” Karroll said. “I liked the people that I met and learning about their missions. It was always very rewarding.” Karroll sent out a few emails and heard back from Linda Ellegard, executive director for Special Kids Special Families (SKSF), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1998 to provide respite and specialized care for children and adults with disabilities and special needs. The two met for breakfast, and Ellegard explained she was looking for someone who could help with fundraising and communications, according to Karroll. “That sounded what I was looking for,” he said. “She offered me the job, and I took it. I love it.” So after 35 years working in television, Karroll transitioned into his role as Development and Communications Manager for Special Kids Special Families in March of 2019. “It’s sort of evolved as we went along. What I focused on for most of the past year is getting to know some of our current sponsors, people that have made donations and reaching out trying to find new sponsors,” Karroll said. “I’m working on getting donations to the various programs using my media connections to get the word out on events and things going on.” Special Kids Special Families’ primary mission is to provide specialized care for children and adults with disabilities and give respite to their families and caregivers. That includes a childcare facility Zach’s Place at the Laurie Hillyard Family Center, which is open seven days a week. It’s
It’s just worked out great seeing the people we’re helping. It’s very rewarding. And I’m getting more sleep than I know what to do with.
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Jon Karroll is pictured on the set of KRDO with co-workers Abby Acone and Dana Clemens. Following 25 years with the station, he left television last month to pursue a new career path.
located near 30th and Centennial on the west side of town. “It goes beyond a typical daycare. We set our schedule to what the parents need,” Karroll said. “We have served 121 kids.” SKSF’s second location, Joey’s Place, provides adult day care services. The other half of the program is called I-CAN. Integrated Community Accessibility and Networking (I-CAN) provides services to adults with disabilities ages 18 and older. Activities are client driven and community based focusing on the development of relationships and natural supports, according to Karroll. “We have our own transportation vans and go out and do things in the community that are sort of social, some life skills, pre-vocational stuff and volunteering at nonprofits,” he said. The I-CAN program focuses on independent living skills (finance and budgeting, computer classes, banking classes); health and wellness (hiking, yoga, bowling); and personal growth (arts and
culture, museums and libraries, communication, socialization). Special Kids Special Families has been in existence for 21 years, Karroll said. In addition to Zach’s Place and Joey’s Place, the organization also offers child placement, foster care, adoption services and host home providers – people that will care for adults with disabilities in their own homes.
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KARROLL/from page 6 Last summer, SKSF started offering behavioral health services for ages 4 through seniors, according to Karroll. SKSF offers counseling and specialized therapy to change behaviors, thoughts, emotions and how people see and understand situations. Its behavioral health team will consider patients’ physical, behavioral and emotional aspects of their health and help determine a course of action that is best for them. Those services include: • Diagnostic clinical evaluation • Individual therapy • Family therapy • Group therapy • Case management • Mental health screening • Psychoeducational group • Respite (in-home, out of home, overnight) • Home-based intervention services • Co-occurring treatment (mental health/substance use). For a limited time (through the COVID-19 health crisis), SKSF is offering no-cost behavioral health services to seniors, Karroll mentioned. Seniors can call or email to make an appointment: • Maria Berger, MBA, LPC, CAC III
719-471-3184, mberger@ sksfcolorado.org The pandemic did force the adult day care to close, however the children’s daycare was able to remain open, Karroll said. “The daycare has been quite busy,” he said. “Any given day, more than 200 children and adults receiving service through one of our programs, multiply that with the respite we’re giving their families and caregivers.” SKSF hosts two fundraising events each year. In March, the
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Karroll and Special Kids Special Families Executive Director Linda Ellegard at last October’s Night of Comedy fundraising gala.
organization hosts a St. Patty’s Day-themed bowl-a-thon. Then in October, SKSF hosts a Night of Comedy, where guests gather at Hotel Elegante for a nice sit-down dinner, a silent auction and performances from kids from Zach’s Place as well as notable comedians. Past performers have included the likes of Josh Blue and Chris Fonseca, Karroll said. This year’s event is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 10. That is pending what happens with
Special Kids Special Families’ childcare facility, Zach’s Place, is located near 30th and Centennial on the west side of Colorado Springs.
COVID-19, of course. Once the safer-at-home restrictions are lifted, SKSF will be looking for more volunteers to help out at the organization. Those interested can visit the SKSF website: www. sksfcolorado.org. Karroll first started his career in radio for a few years, before getting in to television. In his 35-year television career, he worked in Grand Junction, Chico, Calif. and then ventured to Colorado Springs in 1993. He was with KRDO Channel 13 for 25 years. “I really loved it. I enjoyed TV news and anchoring. I had enjoyed what I was doing, but seemed kind of excited about a different challenge,” Karroll said. “It’s just worked out great seeing the people we’re helping. It’s very rewarding. And I’m getting more sleep than I know what to do with.” Sadly in February, Karroll’s wife of 35 years, Robin, lost her battle with a long illness. He enjoys spending his free time with his son Connor, whether it’s just hanging out, watching movies or traveling and exploring. Karroll also enjoys reading and playing a little guitar. “My son and I have had each other to lean on through COVID-19,” he added.
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Combat veteran triumphs in battle with virus By Erin Emery
Keith Klaehn, a veteran who triumphed in battle with COVID-19, is pictured with his wife Elizabeth in Sitka, Alaska.
eith Klaehn came to UCHealth Memorial Hospital North squared away, like a soldier. He carried a small suitcase that contained clothing and shaving gear. Somehow, Klaehn knew when he walked through the door that he’d be spending the night. He had a hard time catching his breath, and his temperature was rising. Since no one was in the Emergency Department, Klaehn was tested immediately for COVID-19 and within in an hour, he had results. For the next month, Klaehn, a former Army Command Sergeant Major (the highest rank for an enlisted soldier in the military) and combat veteran, fought an enemy unseen, the novel coronavirus. He enlisted help from a new army, nurses, doctors, techs, respiratory therapists and physical therapists – and chaplains – to see him through a war that ended with a soldier’s ultimate dream: Homecoming. “Words alone cannot adequately express my deep appreciation and gratitude for all the professionals here at Memorial North. Even as an old soldier, I don’t know that I have seen courage like I’ve seen here,’’ Klaehn said. “It’s almost cliché by now, but it is an invisible enemy. And as such, that is where I call upon the word courage. It is one thing to into battle against someone who probably doesn’t have the technology that you have, because we’re almost certainly going to be given the chance to see the enemy. It is something entirely different when you are wading through this cesspool of things that you cannot see, and to try to battle in that fashion.’’ Klaehn, a businessman who owns a successful real estate company in the Pikes Peak Region served 21 years in the Army. He’s been “retired’’ from the Army for 21 years and serves as chair of the Defense Mission Task Force, a volunteer position aligned with the Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Council. In that role, Klaehn works alongside a multitude of other community leaders to ensure economic vitality for the region’s five military bases and to provide the highest possible quality of life for servicemembers and their families.
Words alone cannot adequately express my deep appreciation and gratitude for all the professionals here at Memorial North. Even as an old soldier, I don’t know that I have seen courage like I’ve seen here. — Keith Klaehn
“I can’t say enough about Keith,’’ said Ron Fitch, chief administrative officer for Pikes Peak Regional Hospital and vice president of Operations and Military Affairs for UCHealth Memorial Hospital. A former garrison commander at Fort Carson, Fitch has served with Klaehn on the Chamber’s Defense Mission Task Force. “Keith is the community link to all of our local bases and the local, state and federal governments. He’s done wonderful things for Colorado Springs and the military and he does it all on his own time for the benefit of the community,’’ Fitch said. Klaehn spent 26 days at Memorial after arriving April 4. First, he was seen on a medical floor, then taken to the ICU and placed on a ventilator. He is now recovering at home. His condition declined rapidly during the early days in the hospital. He began to frantically sent text messages to his family about end-of-life issue and to associates to tie up loose ends on his business. In the ICU, he was placed on a ventilator. “For me, it’s a lesson in preparedness or a lack thereof. We can get hit by a bus on any given day,’’ he said. “It’s all just driven home to you when you have a couple of days to see the bus coming. That’s been a real lesson for me personally. Hopefully others are smarter than I when it comes to their preparation and planning.’’ It’s amazing all the things that are going through your head when it looks like you are going to be out for a while and it’s entirely possible that you may be out forever.’’ One of the most difficult things about being a patient in any hospital
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County Public Health encourages COVID-19 testing for those with symptoms For Life After 50 El Paso County Public Health is urging residents with coronavirus symptoms, even mild ones, to get tested. Symptoms can include a fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of taste and smell. The following is a list of COVID-19 testing sites currently operating in the Colorado Springs area: UCHealth testing tent 175 S. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs • Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • The site will test those experiencing symptoms or those with a physician’s order. • Bring an ID and insurance card.
Peak Vista testing site 3205 North Academy, Colorado Springs • Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. • The site will test those 12 and older with symptoms. • For more info about what to bring, visit Peakvista.org/services/additional/drive-throughtesting Centura Health testing center 17230 Jackson Creek Parkway, Suite 120, Monument • Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. • The site is testing employees of fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and EMS providers. Individuals interested in testing must bring an employer-provided form and work ID with
them. No appointment is necessary. • First responder agencies can email CenturaLovesFirstResponders@Centura.org for testing forms. Children’s Hospital Colorado testing site • 4125 Briargate Parkway (parking lot of Briargate Outpatient and Specialty Care), Colorado Springs • Open seven days a week, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m • The site requires a doctor’s referral and an appointment. It also serving Children’s Hospital pre-surgical patients. Kaiser/CDPHE sites • Call for location info; 303-692-2700 • Only for symptomatic first responders and health care workers.
VETERAN/from page 8 now is strict visitor policies to safeguard against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Klaehn has not had a face-to-face visit with his wife in weeks, though members of Memorial’s chaplain team have used iPads, Zoom and FaceTime to provide video conferences. “It’s certainly been one of the most difficult aspects of it,’’ Klaehn said. “The chaplain corps has done an amazing job for our family in terms of helping getting us connected through video message. Even the doctors, they
have taken pictures when they have time and sent them to my wife, because she had just no frame of reference whatsoever, my sitting here, my condition, my appearance. The staff from top to bottom here has been amazing.’’ Klaehn, who travels frequently, said that now that he has COVID-19 in the rear view mirror, getting out to see his children and 9 grandchildren, will again be a priority for him and his wife. When safe-at-home orders lift and the U.S. opens up a little bit,
Klaehn and his wife will resume traveling and get out to see their loved ones. “All five of our children are grown. The youngest of our 5 kids is in college – and almost everyone is either serving in the military, or they have served and gone on to do something else,’’ he said. “They’re all over, in Atlanta, North Carolina and Whidbey Island, Washington and in Colorado Springs.’’ “We’re on the road a lot. We have the joke that I earn the miles and my
wife uses them. Occasionally, I get to join her on the trips,’’ he joked. He said that his memory of some of the early days in the hospital and certainly while on in the ICU are a blur to him. “The staff are always asking me, do you remember this, do you remember that? And it’s been good for them to recount some of the stories to me because I do not, in fact, remember,’’ he said. “I’m so grateful for them,’’ he said.
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helper suitable for him.” Now personally, I have
Day was about the life of
always thought it
a Dad with all its
wonderful to be specially
difficulties and challenges
created by God with
and how often they don’t
unique gifts as a woman
receive the appreciation
that can make a difference
and recognition that they
in whether a man succeeds By Beryl Williams
deserve. Well, my heart still
or not, as a man, a husband and a father. What an
feels that way. The role of a father is one full of responsibilities and
amazing truth! The Bible also makes it clear that
and all and all, sheer misery. But if children were to follow the family structure that God has laid out for them and be respectful and supportive of their fathers, it would result in a much more loving and peaceful home. So, in conclusion, why not use this Father’s Day to begin giving our fathers and husbands, the respect, love and cooperation that we are
challenges. All you have to do is read
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in the Bible what the Lord’s
of their fathers. The word for respect
expectations of them are and you will
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see that it is a tough list.
my 5:16 “Honor your father and your
of always fighting him, it is amazing
mother, as the Lord your God has
what can be accomplished! And on
the Bible that shows that they need
commanded you, so that you may
his day, focus on all he does for the
help and support with their responsi-
live long and that it may go well with
you in the land the Lord your God is
family and tell him just how
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giving you.” Yet there are so many
God, the sole reason that woman was
families in which that it is not the
created was to be help mate for their
husbands? See Genesis 2:18: “The
The complete disrespect of
commanded to by our Heavenly Father. If we work with him instead
appreciated he is. You’ll be amazed the difference it will make for everyone. To my dad and all the other great
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Donating plasma for COVID patients new push in fight against virus By Kati Blocker UCHealth Today
ulie Christen, a labor and delivery nurse for the last 28 years, witnesses life’s miracles almost every day. “It never gets old to me — to see a brand new baby enter this world — every one is a miracle,” said Christen, a nurse at UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. And now — as someone who’s fought off COVID-19 — she has another opportunity to assist others by donating her plasma in hopes of helping COVID patients. Christen tested positive for COVID-19 a month ago, and she now has antibodies against the virus in the plasma component of her blood. That convalescent plasma, or CCP, is now being used to treat other patients with COVID-19. On Wednesday, Christen donated her plasma at UCHealth Garth Englund Blood Donation Center. “It’s perfectly safe to donate blood, and a little time and discomfort — if it can save someone’s life — is totally worth it,” she said. What is CCP, and how could it help COVID-19 patients? Convalescent plasma is one
treatment option available to help doctors tackle the novel coronavirus, for which there is currently no cure. People who convalesce (recover) from COVID-19 have antibodies to the virus, and early research shows that these antibodies, if transfused into a person suffering from COVID-19, may boost that person’s immune system and help them battle the invasion. “Conceptually, it makes a lot of sense, but we are somewhat in the research realm,” said Dr. Steven Schuster, a hematologist and medical director of oncology research for
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Prior to getting sick, Christen had not been in contact with any person known to have COVID-19, so she’s not quite sure where she got the virus. It was early in the novel coronavirus spread — March 18 — and she had the day off. She took her grandson to the park and visited friends to help them celebrate getting keys to their new home.
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Then she dropped her grandson off at her daughter’s house and gave everyone lots of hugs and kisses before heading to her home, where she lives and cares for her 97-year-old mother. That night Christen started to feel tired. Then a dry cough developed, and by 10 p.m., she had a fever of 100.7. “I was like, ‘Oh, no,’” she recalled. Like many other COVID-infected people, Christen thought she might just have the flu. Only a day before, her brother had tested positive for Influenza A. She’d been with him the week before, and their symptoms were identical. Despite her skepticism, she immediately started to follow CDC self-quarantine guidelines and UCHealth protocols for an employee with COVID-19. The next morning, she got a COVID-19 test at the drive-up testing site at the UCHealth Emergency Room – Harmony Campus and headed home to wait for her results. On March 23, her COVID-19 test came back positive.
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COVID/from page 12 available outside of clinical trials, according to the Colorado Convalescent Plasma Consortium. “I wasn’t able to donate then because I was still sick,” Christen said. “But then I saw an article about how we were getting ready to do this at our hospital.” She reached out to Garth England Blood Donation Center, just down the street from Poudre Valley Hospital. Her name was added to a list of COVID-positive people interested in donating plasma once they tested negative for the novel coronavirus.
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“There is early evidence that if someone has had (COVID-19), becoming a donor for this product could potentially help three to four patients,” said Dr. Michael Walts, medical director for Garth Englund. “We are collecting that data as to how often (CCP) is used and what other factors are involved, as we just don’t know.” However, he said, past research shows that the potential benefits of CCP for a person fighting COVID-19 outweigh small risks associated with a blood transfusion. With past use of convalescent plasma for other
coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, as well the H1N1 (2009), there has been no evidence of transmission of this type of respiratory virus by transfusion, Walts added. And with H1N1 (2009), transfusion of the plasma appeared to reduce mortality rates. To prevent spreading the novel coronavirus between COVID plasma donors and others at the center, the FDA is requiring that donors have a negative COVID-19 test or have waited 28 days after their symptoms subside to be eligible to donate convalescent plasma.
Do I have the antibodies to COVID-19?
Currently no reliable antibody tests are available to determine if someone does have the antibodies — and how strongly present they may be — in their plasma. People can find antibody tests online, but many have a false-negative rate of up to 40 percent, and for that reason, blood donation centers will not accept those tests. (Please check back with UCHealth Today’s COVID-19 updates as reliable antibody tests are on the horizon.) Convalescent plasma donors must
have tested positive for COVID-19, and then waited the 28 days or have a negative COVID-19 test. They must also meet the normal blood donation requirements set by the FDA, which includes requirements for age, weight and other health factors.
patients aren’t enough days into their recovery to donate. With reliable antibody tests on the horizon, those who think they may have antibodies but unable to get a COVID-19 test could soon be eligible to donate.
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Christen liked the idea of being able to help. In 2009, she lost her 20-year-old daughter, Rachel, in a car crash. Because Rachel had been on a mission in Nicaragua the year before and had a vaccine for malaria, it was impossible for the family to donate her organs, though they were able to donate her corneas. “Someone got their sight back because of her, and there is this huge satisfaction to that,” Christen said. “I look at (blood donation) the same way as organ donation or anything else where you can give someone something, giving them a chance they might not otherwise have.” Serendipitously, when a bad infection recently threatened the sight of Christen’s sister-in-law, she received a cornea from a donor. “Someone else gave back to her,” Christen said. “It is all about taking care of each other on this planet. If there is anything we can do to help other people, we need to be doing it.”
Plasma can be stored and used up to a year after it is donated. “We aren’t even close to that situation. The demand for (convalescent) plasma is so much more than the supply,” Walts said. Currently, plasma that has been donated is usually administered to a COVID-19 patient within 24 hours. The plasma is going to the sickest of patients, but in the future, the hope is that plasma will be more plentiful and given to patients earlier in their illness to keep them from getting severe COVID-19. The good news is that one CCP donor can potentially help two to four COVID-19 patients. How much plasma a COVID-19 patient might need is based on their plasma type and other factors, including weight. Time should also help, Schuster added. Many COVID-19-positive
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come. He called and t’s 6 a.m. in the health-happy Favre called. The whole family household. Mr. Favre and was looking for the dog, the dog have already been who they found cowering around the neighborhood underneath the couch. The for their usual 3-mile dog, it seemed, had had morning run. enough. For the next two After everyone leaves, weeks, the dog ran and Mrs. Favre is ready for her hid every time he heard jog. She grabs the leash, the jingle of the leash. He grabs the dog and takes off. By Vicki Morgan had discovered new and In the middle of the day, inventive places to hide. she goes on another 2-mile Upon examination, the vet walk/jog, dog in tow. When her said he was entirely pooped out and a 9-year-old football star son gets home, little hungry! We don’t like to think that we’re he grabs the leash and goes on his abusing our bodies when we train. We 5-mile afterschool run with their like to think that we’re “pushing faithful furry friend. Mr. and Mrs. ourselves” or “challenging ourselves.” Favre enjoy their nightly walks … The old adage, “No pain, no gain” still another two miles … just the two of rules our hearts and minds. We think them, with the family pet. we’ve mastered our bodies; we’ve This was their routine for nearly assumed control. We are certain that if two years. As busy as they were, they we stop training, we will lose still had time for fitness. But, as busy everything we’ve worked so hard for as they were, they didn’t notice how and just shrivel up and die. skinny their dog had become. One Believe me when I say, I have afternoon, the son grabbed the leash dear, dear friends who believe this. and called the dog. The dog did not
They cannot imagine taking one day off from “pushing themselves to the limit”. Even when they’re sick, they get up at 4:30 and go to extremes to stay fit. Some of them take it too far. Those that overtrain are prone to injury, infection, pain and burnout. And in my humble opinion, they aren’t running gleefully towards fitness; they are running away from death and disease. Which one are you? One who trains joyfully towards fitness? Or one who trains because you’re in fear for your life? For most people, it’s a healthy balance of both. Not everyone who pushes themselves overtrains. In fact, overtraining is a rare condition. Overtraining does not mean training too much. The sports science definition is “A physiological state caused by an excess accumulation of physiological, psychological, emotional, environmental, and chemical stress that leads to a sustained decrease in physical and mental performance, and that requires
a relatively long recovery period.” Overtraining is much different than overtaxing. How can you tell if you’re overtraining? It’s a fine line. If you do a workout that is too rigorous, you’ll stress the nervous system. In addition to the normal muscle soreness and fatigue, you may feel something similar to a hangover. You may lose focus and energy. A headache might trouble you for days. Those symptoms may indicate a simple case of overdoing it. When you overdo it, chances are you’ve overloaded the hormonal system. It’s likely you’ve elevated your cortisol, which causes inflammation and depletes testosterone. Both men and women need normal levels of testosterone. Working out too hard has its risks. But overtraining is a different animal. If you’re the most rigorous athlete in the room, constantly sore and drained yet not seeing any noticeable results, you could be overtraining.
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FITNESS/from page 14 Overtraining will kill your progress and replace it with muscle loss and apathy. It’s more of a mental state similar to burnout, depression, or illness.
Stress and overtraining Overtraining Syndrome begins with the release of stress hormones (glucocorticoids like cortisol, for example) and an overexertion, or fatigue of the adrenal glands. If you already suffer from job stress, relationship difficulties, grief or chemical toxicity, you are at high risk for overtraining. With that said, a few no-gains workouts does not mean you’re overtraining. It means you’ve either got a hidden injury or you need to back off for a week. If you actually develop honest-to-goodness Overtraining Syndrome, it will take you months to recover ... not days or weeks.
Stimulus and overtraining Most fitness junkies are actually addicted to the stimulus, using your muscles not so much for gains but for the emotions and sensations you experience during the workout. Stimulus addicts rarely lose motivation to train. Your enthusiasm will keep you reading up on the latest training techniques and being proud of what you’ve mastered. But take heed. If you pride yourself on working harder than everybody else you know, you may end up with a feeling of stagnation
or failure when the physical results don’t come. In fact, people around you who don’t hit it as hard as you may even seem to get better results! Why? Because you’re forcing your body into cortisol overproduction, rendering your workouts at least 50 percent useless. Not that cortisol in and of itself is a bad thing, but too much of it reduces the amount of pregnenolone that you have available to produce testosterone. Hence, you may notice increasing flab and decreasing muscles despite your pounding away … and you may generally feel like crapola.
Hitting rock bottom Overtraining manifests itself as the blues. No energy. No motivation. No joy. You get an anxious feeling when it’s time to go to the gym. You can barely drive yourself there. You have to drag yourself onto the treadmill even though you’re dreading it. You can’t even imagine picking up a 5lb dumbbell. The thought of it just about makes you get sick. And despite being the hardest worker you know, you keep hurting yourself. The gains are not happening. In fact, you’re getting weaker. The doctor can’t find anything wrong with you. Even though the condition is rare, you probably have Overtraining Syndrome. The Favre’s dog is a perfect example.
Not hitting rock bottom Most of you probably don’t have it. So for the rest of you whiners who are simply pushing yourselves too hard lately, take a few days off. It won’t kill you to rest. Don’t be a showoff. Humble yourself into submission and give your hormones a break. Then get back in the saddle whether you feel like it or not, and hit it hard!
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Annual Octogenarians Golf Tournament rescheduled for October For Life After 50 The annual Octogenarians Golf Tournament was originally scheduled to tee off on June 15. The Coronavirus pushed that date to July 13. However, with things still up in the air surrounding COVID-19, the tournament has tentatively been
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The Rampart Library District opened curbside delivery service opened last month at the Woodland Park and Florissant public libraries. Curbside services will end if local, state or federal government agencies issue health-related orders that require the district to stop for safety purposes.
• Curbside Delivery is available by appointment only. • Our buildings remain closed until further notice. • We are unable to get materials from other libraries at this time. • Library materials may be returned to the outdoor drop boxes at either library.
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1. Place items on hold Log in to your account at https://rampart. marmot.org and select your items. Please note that materials showing On Shelf are most likely to be available to fulfill your hold. You may call for assistance, but expect longer wait times: a. Florissant Public Library: 719-748-3939 b. Woodland Park Public Library: 719-687-9281 2. Wait for confirmation that your items are ready for pickup. Our system will send hold pickup notices, but ignore these until a library staff member contacts you to schedule a pickup time. Please allow 1-3 days for contact. For everyone’s safety, if you
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Q: What should I expect when I arrive to pick up items? You will find the parking space designated with your numbered orange cone. A library staff member will verify your last name, and find your bagged items. The bag will be placed in your vehicle or on the curb. Be aware that library staff will not approach your vehicle if there is an animal inside. Q: What if I’m early or late for my pickup window? Early: Your items will not be ready or available until the appointed time. Do not park in your designated spot until your pickup window opens. Late: You will need to reschedule your pickup by calling the library within three days of missing your pickup. Please do not attempt late pickups by entering the building or approaching staff. Q: What are the available hours for pickup? Because of differing staffing levels and needs, the available hours for pickup are different at each location, and may change. When placing holds, your home library will fulfill them and that is where you will pick them up. If you need to change the pickup location, you must do so in your online account. You will be
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Woodland Park Public Library Tuesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday 2-5 p.m. Thursday 4-7 p.m. Friday 3-6 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Q: How long will you hold my items?
Your items will be checked out to you when we schedule your pickup time. We’ll keep your bagged items for seven days, after which time we will check them in and return them to our shelves. Q: When are my items due back? Item due dates will vary depending on item type and are calculated based on checkout date. Please check the receipt included with your items to find exact due dates.
You can renew items through our online catalog or by calling your library. Q: How do I return my library materials? Please return items to the outside book drop at the location of your choice. Please do not leave returned items anywhere other than the book drop. Do not attempt to return items by leaving them in the holds pickup locations. We’re quarantining returned items for certain periods, and by returning items to the book drops, we can make sure we’re doing this with every item. If you find the outside book drop full, do not leave items outside or attempt to force items through. You do not need to make an appointment to return items. Q: What if I can’t return items, or if the item is oversized? If you can’t return items for any reason, please contact us. Q: Can I get items from other libraries or Interlibrary Loan? No. At this time we are not able to get items through our courier or Interlibrary Loan lending systems. Please do not request materials from other libraries. Q: Can I check out specialty items? • Backpack kits: Not at this time. • Hotspots: Yes, through the holds system • Kil-A-Watt devices: Not at this time • CO State Parks Pass Backpacks: Yes, pass only (call for availability since they are not holdable) • Seed Library: Not at this time. Q: What precautions are in place to keep this as safe as possible? While we cannot be certain library items are 100 percent virus-free, we are following CDC recommendations, and we are taking precautions to prevent cross-contamination. Library materials are quarantined for 48 hours before being re-shelved, and we are following social distancing guidelines in the building as well as limiting the number of staff present. Staff are being screened when they arrive at work and they are required to wear masks while working. We are also limiting the number of pickups per pickup window to prevent large gatherings.
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Social distancing, loneliness: Help reap the benefits of mindfulness
s we navigate this unprecedented might find that this helps you focus and time as a country and across the prioritize your day. globe, finding simple and effective ways • Before you go to bed take time to to ease our minds may make a big focus on the good things that happened difference. that day. Write your positive thoughts Maybe you know someone who down in a journal. Writing them down takes five minutes each morning to can help you deliberately recognize the meditate or finds time after lunch to quiet positive, even on a tough day. his or her mind and focus on breathing. By Sandra Crews • Search for “mindfulness apps” on Western Regional Whatever the method may be, incorpoyour smartphone or tablet that can help Health Strategies rating “mindfulness” practices into your lead you into a mindfulness exercise. Consultant for daily routine may have positive health UnitedHealthcare For many people, using an app is an benefits like reducing feelings of easier way to remain consistent with the loneliness and stress, improving your memory, sleep practice. And good news: many of these apps are at and immune system and increasing compassion no additional cost! toward others and yourself. Simply put, mindfulness means taking time to Feeling lonely? Mindfulness may help pay attention to yourself plus your thoughts and It might be surprising to learn that mindfulness feelings. Read on to learn how you may be able to has been shown to help older adults overcome an put mindfulness into practice in your own life to urgent health issue: loneliness. It has been estimated help improve your health. that more than half of adults age 65 and over experience moderate to severe loneliness. But as How to make mindfulness a routine most of the globe has been urged to practice physical distancing to help limit the spread of part of your day COVID-19, the incidence of loneliness is almost • Find 5 to 10 minutes each day to sit quietly certain to rise. and focus on your breath. (Helpful hint: Put your Loneliness is characterized by a marked phone on silent or in another room so you can difference between someone’s desired companionconcentrate.) Take the time to notice where your ship and actual relationships. Through unique mind goes and how your body is feeling. You just
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studies conducted by UnitedHealthcare and AARP, researchers have applied the techniques of mindfulness, to help combat loneliness in older adults. “Social isolation and loneliness are serious yet underappreciated public health risks that may affect a significant portion of the older adult population – and we are seeing this come into greater focus around the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Charlotte Yeh, M.D., chief medical officer, AARP Services, Inc. “That is why UnitedHealthcare and AARP Services, Inc. are collaborating to identify actionable solutions, geared for individuals across the spectrum of loneliness.” Researchers looked at whether mindfulness interventions, like breath awareness, self-compassion and kindness exercises, might positively impact a person’s optimism and quality of life – factors that help reduce loneliness. Conclusions were encouraging: Mindfulness activities were shown to help decrease loneliness among older adults, and the research demonstrated mindfulness may help to reduce stress, improved memory, sleep, immune system, resiliency and compassion for yourself and others. Although loneliness may be complex and challenging to address – especially in today’s unique and uncertain times – a mindfulness practice may bring comfort.
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ASK GABBY GAYLE Dear Gabby Gayle: I TV with celebrities! Too have been married to my much togetherness can husband for 40 years. smother a relationship just During those years, we as not enough time together both had successful careers can starve a relationship. I and were still working think the secret is in when this virus sidelined making “alone” time for both of us. I have to tell each other. You need to go you that in many ways, I to your corner and rest, By Gayle never knew him until now! Lagman-Creswick have private time, recuperate, have private That is both bad and good. phone conversations every day. I had a The good is that we have to depend rule in my house that he who upon each other for our daily complains about how I cook, clean, or entertainment, and we both have a whatever gets that chore to do. I got good sense of humor! The bad: My very few complaints! You can still go husband is a meddler! He wants to for a walk or ride, sit outside, several know everyone I am talking to and times a day. It will take an effort, but what they said and why I said what I you can do it! Good luck. GG said. I have lots of friends, and he has none - only acquaintances from work. Dear Gabby Gayle: My grandson So I guess he is living vicariously is getting married soon. They opted to through me. I find it very annoying! He has also become an expert on how have a backyard wedding and forgo the reception till this virus is over. laundry should be done, how dishes Only immediate family and the bridal should be done and how beds should be made. This is also annoying. I think party will be there. My kids have left it up to me whether I will feel safe I need help. Signed, HELP! attending. I have been faithful to the Dear HELP: You are not alone. I hear this from my friends and see it on quarantine, because I am 80 years old
and do not want to end my life gasping for air. I am close to this grandson and part of me says go and another part says no. What would Gabby do? Signed, Indecision Dear Indecision: I feel your dilemma. Since the world is slowly opening up again, there are going to be many of us faced with the “coming out” decisions. If it were Gabby, she would probably choose family as the first act of stepping out again. However, your kids were smart in leaving it up to you. It is your life and only you can make that move. If you are the type of person that would go there and be hypersensitive to anyone who gets near you, or if you would worry about it for the next two weeks afterward, I say stay home. If you can go and be proud of yourself for venturing out, then go. I wish you luck! GG
eating. I am hungry all the time. I order groceries online which helps keep my cost down, but I spend time looking up old recipes, comfort foods, baking bread. Eating is the highlight of my day. If this goes on much longer, I won’t be able to go back to my exercise class. I may not be able to go anywhere! Signed, Fatty Dear Fatty: Once in a while I get a letter that describes me perfectly, and this one is it! I have exchanged my busy, active life for a life of eating! I don’t have an answer for you, so I asked my son the doctor. He said, “Don’t be so hard on yourself. Try to eat healthier things and get on that exercise bike and work off the calories. This thing will be over and you can get back to your busy life. You can probably scrap the bread!” Good luck to both of us! GG
Dear Gabby Gayle: In the last seven years, I have lost 80 pounds. I was looking and feeling pretty good. Now in two months of isolation, I have gained 10 pounds. I cannot stop
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Pikes Peak Library District update Pikes Peak Library District is here to serve you in-person and remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic! Last month, PPLD launched curbside service across El Paso County. During the first four days, the PPLD team served 3,112 cardholders who retrieved 10,985 holds from their local library. Plus, 15 libraries and three mobile libraries accepted thousands of returned materials, many of which are still in quarantine for a total of 72 hours before being processed and circulated across your Library District. (That’s why we can’t share an exact number about returns yet.) Now we’re excited to announce some enhancements to curbside service, along with new ways you can use the Library remotely from almost anywhere and anytime! (We will be closed Mon., May 25 for Memorial Day.)
Get your prizes for participating in the Winter Adult Reading Program! Please call your local library in advance, if requested, to schedule pickup, and then follow their curbside service instructions. Prizes are available through Tue., June 30 (or while supplies last). Let us help find your next great adventure in the Library’s large collection! We’re currently piloting this walk-up service at Penrose Library before offering it at other libraries. During curbside hours, patrons can safely browse a curated collection of materials from outside. Librarians also can assist with locating, placing holds for, or checking out your next read, movie, or other physical item. Plus, they can provide recommendations based upon your favorite books or films, preferred genres, and topics of interest, right then and there. Learn more about PPLD’s curbside service, including hours and pickup instructions by library.
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Here’s what you can expect, in addition to holds pickup and 24/7 returns, starting this week:
Here are some new and familiar opportunities that you can do from almost anywhere:
Need help with using your devices or have another question for us? Ask a librarian! Connect with our staff remotely for assistance by phone, live chat, or email. Participate in our newest virtual programs! PPLD now offers weekly Cat Cafés, Yappy Hours, and Coffee Talks, in addition to yoga and meditation classes, book clubs, community movie discussions, and more. Have kids and teens in your house who say they’re bored? Check out our YouTube playlists for kids, families, and young adults. Plus, they can participate in our virtual art show, which is accepting submissions through Sun., May 31. Check out our eLibrary! There are many digital resources available 24/7 for people of all ages and interests. Options include digital books, audiobooks, comics, magazines, films, music, and videos. Stay tuned for more updates from your Library District! We continue to take steps forward with our phased reopening approach and explore ways to better serve our community, now and into the future.
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Lunch Menu June 2020 Please be sure to make a reservation by calling 719-884-2300 or 2019 go to www.silverkey.org/connections-cafe-reservations MONDAY
Connections Café sites will have “grab and go” (prepared meals)
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9 Beef Tips Penne Pasta Brussel Sprouts 3 Bean Salad Applesauce
congregate meal site dining. Clients will receive 5 frozen meals for the week; this new procedure will reduce exposure and keep our seniors
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Silver Key Home Delivered Meals (HDM) including Meals on Wheels
During the current circumstances, concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will make every effort to continue to bring this important service as we always have. We plan to observe a 6-foot
and the client. • When delivering meals to homes, we will bring the meals to the door as
BBQ Beef Sandwich Seasoned Pinto Beans Coleslaw Tropical Fruit
Yankee Pot Roast w/ Gravy Baked Potato Medley Maple Glazed Carrots & Apple
18 Hamburger w/ Lettuce, Tomato & Onion Carrots Coleslaw Diced Pear
Cod Tuscany Baby Bakers Broccoli Banana High Fiber Cookie
Roast Turkey w/ Gravy Mashed Potatoes California Vegetables WW Bread Apple
Sweet & Sour Pork Jasmine Rice Asian Vegetables Applesauce High Fiber Cookie
Beef Chili w/ Cheese Baked Potato w/ Sour Cream Tossed Salad w/ Chickpeas Orange
Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breast Green Beans Sweet Potatoes Pineapple Tidbits High Fiber Cookie
Stuffed Pasta Shells w/ Meat Sauce Green Beans Carrot Raisin Salad Garlic Bread Stick Pear
Smothered Pork Chop w/ Onions and Peppers Mashed Potatoes Brussels Sprouts Tropical Fruit Salad High Fiber Cookie
Manicotti Bahama Vegetables Sunflower Broccoli Salad Apple Raisin Nut Cup
Seasoned Baked Salmon Brown Rice Pilaf Broccoli Pear Cherry Cobbler
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Chicken Mole Bahama Vegetable Blend Spanish Rice Black Bean Corn Salad Orange Carrot Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting
BLT Sandwich Black Bean Lentil Soup Pasta Vegetable Salad Spiced Peaches
Chicken Carbonara Broccoli Green Bean Salad Spiced Peaches Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
Chicken Tacos w/ sour Cream, Cheese & Salsa Southwestern Black Beans Orange
4 Lasagna Roll w/ Marinara Broccoli WW Roll Tossed Salad w/ Raspberry Vinaigrette Tropical Fruit
Lemon Pepper Chicken Wild & Brown Rice Peas Beet & Onion Salad Orange
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3 Salmon Burger w/ Lettuce & Tomato Cream of Mushroom Soup Broccoli Slaw Banana
Stuffed Bell Pepper Baby Baker Potatoes Cauliflower Carrot Raisin Salad Spiced Peaches
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Stuffed Bell Pepper Baby Baker Potatoes Cauliflower Carrot Raisin Salad Spiced Peaches
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BBQ Beef Sandwich Seasoned Pinto Beans Coleslaw Tropical Fruit
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Lasagna Roll w/ Marinara Broccoli WW Roll Tossed Salad w/ Raspberry Vinaigrette Tropical Fruit Black Bean Lentil Soup Pasta Vegetable Salad Spiced Peaches
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Roast w/ Gravy Baked Potato Medley Maple Glazed Carrots Apple
w/ Gravy Mashed Potatoes California Vegetables WW Bread Apple
Pork Chop w/ Onions and Peppers Mashed Potatoes Brussels Sprouts Tropical Fruit Salad High Fiber Cookie
Baby Bakers Broccoli Banana High Fiber Cookie
Shells w/ Meat Sauce Green Beans Carrot Raisin Salad Garlic Bread Stick Pear 26 Manicotti Bahama Vegetables Sunflower Broccoli Salad Apple Raisin Nut Cup
Brown Rice Peas Asian Cabbage Slaw Apple
Beef Bourguignon Mashed Potatoes Broccoli Roll Strawberries
Roast w/ Gravy Baked Potato Medley Maple Glazed Carrots Apple
27 Lemon Pepper
Chicken Wild & Brown Rice Peas Beet & Onion Salad Orange
30 Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breast Green Beans Sweet Potatoes Pineapple Tidbits High Fiber Cookie
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Laughing Matters The talking dog
Submitted by Willa Mercado
A man decides his son would love a dog for Christmas, and on his way home from work, he sees a sign in front of a house: “Talking Dog for Sale.” He rings the bell and the owner tells him the dog is in the back yard. The guy walks around the house and sees a mutt sitting there. “You talk?” he asks. “Yep,” the mutt replies. “So, what’s your story?” the man asks. The dog says, “Well, I discovered this gift at a pretty young age, and I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA about myself, and in no time they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders,
1. IRS IDs 5. Accumulate 10. Quick punch 13. Like an abyss 14. Signify 16. Downed 17. Soapy 19. Mohawk-sporting actor 20. Destiny 21. Artilleryman 23. Proverb ending? 24. Skin marking, often due to injury 26. Greek peak 27. Respiration 29. Lucidity 32. Scottish loch, home to a monster! 33. Director's shout 36. Rebirth of the soul in a new body 41. Collision 42. Spiny houseplant 44. Patella 48. Sharpening 50. Able was ___... 51. Excuse me... 53. Brandy letters 54. Colorful vocabulary 58. Understanding words 60. Conscription org. 61. Approximations 64. Fair-hiring abbr. 65. Ham 66. Ascend 67. Hosp. workers 68. Hotpoint rival 69. Robt. ___
1. Radical '60s org. 2. Ocean traveler 3. Like some mountain guides 4. Small blemish 5. Abbr. on a toothpaste box 6. Hajj destination 7. Lend ___
because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years. The jetting around really tired me out, though, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger. I wanted to settle down. So I signed up for a job at the airport doing undercover security work, mostly wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings there, and was awarded a batch of medals. I had a wife, lots of puppies and now I’m retired.” The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog. The owner says “Ten dollars.” The guy says he’ll buy him, then says, “This dog is amazing. Why on earth are you selling him?” The owner replies, “He’s such a liar.”
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An older woman calls Memorial Hospital. “Hello, darling,” she says. “I’d like to talk with the person who gives the information regarding your patients. I want to know if a patient is getting better, or doing like she’s expected, or is getting worse. And will she be home for the holidays?” The staff member at Patient Information asks her what the patient’s name and room number are. The woman says, “She’s Sarah Jones in Room 302.” The patient representative says, “Oh, yes. Mrs. Jones is doing very well. In fact, she’s had two full meals, her blood pressure is fine, her blood work just came back normal, she’s going to be taken off her heart monitor in a couple of hours and if she continues to improve, Dr. Smith is going to send her home Tuesday at noon.” “That’s wonderful!” exclaims the older woman. “Oh, that’s fantastic, darling! That’s wonderful news!” “From your enthusiasm, I take it you must be a close family member or friend,” says the patient rep. The lady says, “I’m Sarah Jones in 302. Dr. Smith never tells me anything!”
Forgive your enemies
Submitted by George Curran
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One Sunday, a preacher discussed the importance of forgiving one’s enemies during a long sermon. At the end, he asked how many members of the congregation were willing to forgive their enemies. About half held up their hands. Not satisfied, he droned on for another 20 minutes and repeated his question. This time he received a response of about 80 percent. Still unsatisfied, he lectured for another 15 minutes and repeated his question. Everyone’s mind was on Sunday dinner, so they all responded, except one elderly lady in the rear. “Mrs. Jones, are you not willing to forgive your enemies?” the preacher asked. “I don’t have any,” she replied. “Mrs. Jones, that is very unusual. How old are you?” “Ninety-three,” she said.
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Pioneers Museum continues to offer virtual programs For Life After 50 Please note that in consideration of COVID-19 and the health and safety of our visitors, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum programs will not be offered in-person at the museum at this time, they are currently being offered in digital format. Saturday, May 30 9-9:45 a.m. Digital Children’s History Hour: Arches to Zigzags RSVP required – Zoom program instructions will follow on RSVP Enjoy story time, a brief history program, and a guided craft from the comfort of your home. This month we will explore the ABCs of architecture as we celebrate National Historic Preservation Month in a live Zoom Meeting. While all ages are welcome, the May 30 is designed for children ages 5-10 and their families. For more info & RSVP: https:// www.cspm.org/event/childrens-history-hour-arches-to-zigzags/ New Three-Part Digital Lecture Series: Commemorating Women’s Suffrage db Presented by the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado
Springs and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum The Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum are proud to announce a not to be missed three-part digital lecture series. Please register for each lecture individually at cspm.org. After registering using the provided links, you will be sent a confirmation email with details on how to join the digital program via the Zoom platform. Heather Jordan (PPLD Archivist) will describe suffragist Susan B. Anthony’s epic 1877 campaign via railway and stagecoach, delivering speeches across Colorado to miners, farmers, ranchers and others. Professor Katherine Scott Sturdevant (PPCC Senior History Professor) will share the remarkable story of how Colorado women gained the right to vote by state referendum, and discuss the short and long term impacts of this success. Finally, Chris Nicholl (Associate at the Special Collections of PPLD) will bring to light the harrowing accounts of the militant suffragists of Colorado Springs who risked their lives and freedom to win the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Women’s Suffrage Lecture Series: Part 1 Saturday, June 6, 2 to 3 p.m.
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LAUGHING/from page 33 “Mrs. Jones, please tell the congregation how a person can live to be 93 and not have an enemy in the world.” “It’s easy,” she said. “I outlived them all.”
The new mechanic
Submitted by Cynthia Valdez
A gynecologist decided to change careers and become a mechanic. He found a local tech college, signed up for evening classes, attended diligently and learned all he could. When the time for the practical exam approached, the gynecologist prepared carefully for weeks, and completed the exam with tremendous skill. When the results came back, he was surprised to find that he had obtained a mark of 150 percent. Fearing an error, he called the instructor. “I don’t want to appear ungrateful for such an outstanding result,” he said, “but I wondered if there’s an error that needs adjusting.” The instructor said, “During the exam, you took the engine apart perfectly, which was worth 50 percent of the total grade. You put the engine back together again perfectly, which is also worth 50 percent. I gave you an extra 50 percent because you did all of
it through the muffler.”
Drastic measures Submitted by Gary Lis
A man calls his son before the holidays. “I hate to tell you,” he says, “but we’ve got some troubles here in the house. Your mother and I can’t stand each other anymore and we’re getting a divorce. I’ve had it! I want to live out the rest of my years in peace. I’m telling you now, so you and your sister don’t go into shock later when I move out.” He hangs up, and the son immediately calls his sister and tells her the news. The sister says, “I’ll handle this,” and calls her father. “Don’t do anything until we get there!” she says. “We’ll be there on Sunday night.” The father agrees to these terms. Then he hangs up the phone and hollers to his wife. “Okay, they’re coming for Christmas. Now what are we going to tell them next Thanksgiving?”
Kitten Mythbusters By Sara Ferguson and Melissa Shandley Dear Ms. Kitty, We want to adopt a kitten, or a pair of kittens. We have not had a kitten in our family, and I want to understand how to care for a one before we make this decision. Can you give me some rules for raising a kitten to be a friendly, happy cat? Looking for the right path Dear Right Path, Thank you for taking this decision to adopt seriously! As their substitute cat mom, you will be teaching your kittens how to behave. There are many kitten myths that can be very harmful to your new baby. Busting those myths can help you raise your lovable, playful kitten into your best cat companion ever.
MYTH: Get kittens as young as possible so they’ll bond with you. BUSTED: Babies left alone during the workday will be very lonely, which can lead to illness or unwanted behavior. Kittens grow up more confident, have better play skills and entertain themselves better if adopted in pairs. MYTH: A kitten can adapt to any lifestyle, even if it’s active and noisy. BUSTED: A kitten who’s overwhelmed by a new environment may become fearful, shut down or defensive. A single loud noise can do a lot of damage, as kitten hearing is even more sensitive than puppies’. Create adaptable, confident kittens by introducing new things and other animals very gradually. MYTH: If kittens do something wrong, they’re being spiteful and must be punished. BUSTED: Kittens can be very sensitive and even a harsh word can make some very afraid of people. Instead, reward them with something
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Canine Column: Please don’t eat the daisies By Marti Benson
I they love—like treats or playtime—for what they do right and redirect from behaviors you dislike. MYTH: Kittens know what’s good or bad for them. BUSTED: Since insects are one of a cat’s primary foods, kittens are masters at finding small, dangerous things to chew on, like cords, plastic, rubber bands, toys and toxic plants. Think like a kitten to find and hide things that could harm them. MYTH: Cats hate having their nails trimmed or their coats brushed. BUSTED: If you hurt your kittens with bad brushing or nail trimming techniques, you will teach them to be afraid of that. Good grooming and handling starts when they’re babies. Give them treats while gently handling or brushing to make this something they look forward to. MYTH: All cats hate to go to the veterinarian. BUSTED: For many cats, all it takes is one bad experience at the vet to be fearful for the rest of their lives. Before you travel, feed treats in the carrier so it becomes a comforting place to nest. Choose a vet who offers a quiet place to wait away from other animals and knows low-stress handling techniques. MYTH: It’s normal for kittens to sleep all day and play all night. BUSTED: This is true too, but can set them up for you to be upset when those nocturnal feline rhythms kick in. Set up regular playtime during the day and right before bed to wear them out so they sleep when you do.
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tell my husband I’m going out for hand sanitizer or butter; whatever. In truth, I am sneaking off to buy plants. I am beside myself as I touch the velvety leaves, marvel at the colorful petals or breathe in the heady fragrances in the garden nursery. Surely he won’t notice one more geranium or tomato plant. “This smells absolutely intoxicating!” I gush to a greenhouse employee, as I crush a lovely cluster of purple blooms to my mask. “Heliotrope,” she smiles. “Be careful around pets, however. Poisonous.” I am not sure if it was the hair on my capris that gave me away, or just a routine caution about the plant’s notorious reputation that made her utter those words— but I was thankful for the warning. Who hasn’t discovered a dreaded soggy stem or decapitated blossom lying in a puddle of dog saliva on the floor? Did Molly eat the whole plant? If she did, when did she do it? Or (in our case), was it Chip… or Ernie? As a gardener and owner of multitudes of flowers, herbs and whatever else I can clandestinely bring home, it’s a big task to keep up on what’s safe—and what’s dangerous — to my dogs. Fortunately, the ASPCA website (aspca.org) is a great resource for information regarding plant toxicity. It has a comprehensive — and printable — list of plants and how poisonous they are. Click on the highlighted name you need, and you will be able to find out how toxic that plant is; what part(s) of the plant are most poisonous; and what the symptoms are if your dog did ingest
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