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My Little Corner It’s hard to believe six months have passed since the first edition of Shootin’ the Breeze! In celebration of this milestone, it’s a good time to look back on what I hoped to accomplish by creating the publication, and the direction we’re moving in the future. Shootin’ the Breeze is meant to be a positive experience for our readers. For the most part this has been an easy goal to achieve, because there are so many inspirational people and neat events to celebrate in our communities. There have been situations where submitted material hasn’t appeared in print because it doesn’t have the tone I’m trying to create and maintain. These are hard calls to make, and I know a few have been disappointed when their submission has been declined. Some have suggested I’m taking the easy road by not printing controversial material, but I simply believe that when we’re bombarded with negative stuff, it’s a nice change to know you won’t find it in these pages. More people are letting me know about events and sharing notes and photos which is awesome! As one person, it simply isn’t possible for me to be everywhere I’d like to be. I still wish on a daily basis that Scotty could beam me up and help out a bit! Please keep the submissions, story ideas, sports scores, school/club events and photos coming! I believe that people know what they’d like to read and encourage you to share. The area of coverage and distribution will narrow a bit this month – the identifiable boundary will match the communities in the Livingstone Range School Division. Although the area will be slightly smaller, the number of copies distributed will remain the same, as

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many of our vendors run out each week. A big thank you to the 220 businesses who put copies out for their customers, and to Stan Skahl, Amber Mohl and Helen Friesen who look after deliveries. Our website is attracting more attention all the time, and we’ve been posting new content daily on the home page. If you haven’t had a look for a while, please take the time to check it out at . Here you’ll find daily news updates, a calendar of events, a business directory, and a full version of the paper in an easy-to-read, interactive, full colour format. The online paper has about 20 pages more than the print version each week. This content includes additional photos and details related to articles in the print edition, complete results from events and newsletters that are submitted, and syndicated material. The QR codes (the funny looking codes on the front page and found throughout the paper) allow you to go directly to our website or an advertiser’s site on your smart phone or tablet. It’s a really neat feature and all you need to have is a free QR reader to use it. Our web stats show this has been a popular feature since adding it to the paper a few weeks back. Other changes coming in the next while include a classified section with obituaries, and subscription options (we’re still working with Canada Post on that one!) in response to reader requests. Remember that roses of thanks are free, and are a nice way to show appreciation to individuals or groups who have done something special! Shootin’ the Breeze would not exist without the support of our advertisers. My goal is to provide advertisers with broad regional coverage through one publication, full-colour print at an affordable rate, a wide variety of print and online advertising opportunities, and an appreciative audience. Please make your appreciation known by supporting the businesses who advertise in Shootin’ the Breeze! I get lots of chiding about office lights that burn late into the night and occasionally into the morning. No business begins without the owner’s fair share of blood (paper cuts), sweat and tears, and ours is no exception. I’m proud to have created job positions in Pincher Creek and area, and that every aspect of the publication is local. I feel genuinely privileged to share stories of success and inspiration and to be part of a wonderful community. Thanks for reading and for sharing. Keep the feedback coming – I’m always listening! Shannon Robin

STB mailbox Why not get involved? The Boys and Girls Club of Crowsnest Pass would like to invite all interested members of our community to their annual general meeting on March 21 at 7 p.m. at the MDM Community Centre in Bellevue. The club looks forward to an exciting year that will see the re-launch of summer and after school drop-in programs. You can be a part of the excitement by joining the board of directors. There are openings available for both executive and non-executive positions. More information will be available during the AGM evening. As an added bonus this year, Mike Mertz will be presenting information on the 40 Asset Initiative. This community building program specifically targets the assets needed to support youth and families. The Boys and Girls Club of Crowsnest Pass is pleased to provide a number of these important assets and wants to see how it can provide even more in the future. Does this sound like something you want to support and be a part of? Then plan now to attend. For more information call Kim at 403-562-8664. Scott Warris, Treasurer Boys and Girls Club of Crowsnest Pass A lovely compliment Shannon, you have done an amazing job covering the story! I love the way you write! When I read your publication, I can’t seem to put it down, it’s like a good book and I just have to read it from beginning to end! How can I get a copy every week? Do I pick it up somewhere? I read it online but would like to have paper copies. Thanks again and it was wonderful meeting you!! Debbie Reed Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay Participant Thank you for the kind note Debbie! I know from our interview that you visit the swimming pool in Pincher Creek several times a week, and copies are available there at the desk. Covering the relay was a moving experience which has been difficult to put into words, but I can honestly say the pleasure was mine. Shannon

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Terrain event is a winner

For over 30 years, Westcastle Ski Club at the end of the day. The times were fast and has been hosting a Nancy Greene terrain close, with Merlin Reinder from Mount Allen competition at Castle Mountain Resort. The Ski Team and Avery Lebsack from Lake Louise event is well established, and according to tying for fastest time at 59 kilometres per hour. parent volunteer Dave Carmichael, “It’s a large This speed would earn them a ticket passing event which has remained relatively unaltered through Beaver Mines! over the years.” Why change something that Cowbells were for sale, and created a fun successfully draws skiers from across southern and supportive atmosphere on the hill. Alberta? Organizer Brad Bustard put forward the Last Sunday, 225 young skiers were out in idea of cupcake medals this year. “Kids get full force for the annual team event. Despite medals for every little thing, just for showing the rain, every youngster came away sporting up, and most have so many medals that at some a smile and a gigantic cookie medal for their point it becomes redundant,” he says. efforts. Parent Carolyne MacIntyre, who owns At this unique event, skiers are able to Crave Cupcakes in Calgary, took this a step test their skiing skills in six events. Dave further by creating huge cookie medals on says, “It’s more than racing, it’s about pushing lanyards, which was easier than working with them outside their comfort zone to try things cupcakes. She made one for each participant as which might not be included in their regular well as for the coaches and resort staff. training.” Organizers were correct in thinking the Eight teams from the Westcastle Ski Club cookies would be a hit, and the unique medals took part in the weekend event. The club is were also more cost effective. comprised of members from Pincher Creek, Brad points out, “There’s not many sporting Calgary and Lethbridge, with about one-third events where a huge number of kids participate coming from each area. Jarret Plante, left, of Pincher Creek and Peter and everyone has a smile on their face at the The events included skating, moguls, Prodan of Calgary show off the tasty medals they end of the day. There was no fighting, tears or jumps, giant slalom, downhill and terrain. earned as members of the Castle Banditos team at agruments, just lots of fun.” Coach Janelle Pritchard says “most dread the He’s received lots of positive feedback the Nancy Greene terrain event held Sunday at Casskating, but everyone loves the terrain event.” including an email from a mom whose son said tle Mountain. They shared the view that the terrain it was the best day of his life. The president of Scoring for the skating, slalom, downhill event was the toughest and the moguls were the the Lake Louise Ski Club said, “It was a perfect and terrain events was based on total team most fun. Both are members of the Westcastle Ski event – the best I’ve attended,” and added, time. Mogul judging was based on turns, style and jump execution, while the jump event was Club who spend time at the hill every weekend, and “Don’t change a thing.” judged on distance travelled in the air. Local team placings were: Castle Jumpers, say they’ve been skiing for “seven or eight years.” Dave says “skiers have to be really focused Peter says the best thing about skiing is “going first, and Skiwiwin, third, in Mach 1; Castle in the terrain event.” This event is unique to Rockers, third in Mach 2; Castle Rippers, third fast,” while Jarret enjoys “the fun and jumps.” Castle Mountain and features a slalom around in Mach 3; Castle Mogul Monsters, third in gates in a natural halfpipe. Mach 4; Castle Banditos, third in Mach 5; A fun addition to the downhill run was the While the majority of skiers were in the age Castle Kings, second, and Westcastle presence of RCMP Special Constable Doug range of six to 10, older members of the Banditos, Freestyle Rockets, third, in Mach 6. Sokoloski, who used his radar gun to record Free Ride and Freestyle programs were able to regis- each skier’s speed. This was a big hit, with kids See full results and more photos in ter for this day of all-mountain skiing. this week’s online edition. comparing their speeding tickets in the lodge

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A chat with Baxter Black

By Helen Friesen Interviewing Baxter Black is a little like a cat trying to catch a spot of light when someone is playing with a flashlight. One minute I was professionally spouting out questions, the next I found myself telling him my inmost hopes and dreams. After that, we talked about dogs stealing people’s dentures. He said someone had sent him a story about a woman whose dog ran off with her upper plate. She chased the mutt right into his doghouse. There she was, her head in the doghouse and her rump in the air, cussing out the dog when a vacuum cleaner salesman happened by. Back on track, he told me one of the more interesting venues where he had performed was in Arapaho, Nebraska. It was 100 degrees, and his shirt was soaked. To make matters worse, they had freshly tarred the surface on which he was standing. Whenever he went to move, he had to pry his boots off the tar. At the age of eight, Baxter wanted to design cars. By his 12th birthday, he knew he wanted to work in agriculture. By the eighth grade, his talent for humour was already surfacing. His teacher said, “But you come from such a nice family.” While putting himself through vet school, he became an entrepreneur. Soon he was posting charts charging his classmates for everything from coffee to laundry services and haircuts. Baxter also worked as a musician, often as a lead singer. He defined the lead singer as “the one who knows the words.” Baxter began his speaking career at local rodeos when he lived in southwestern Idaho. While working as a veterinarian, his speaking abilities were recognized and he was asked to do talks on animal health. Illustrating his points with humour made him in demand as a speaker. One day a Denver newspaperman heard him speak and asked if he had ever thought of doing a column. Newspaper readers across the country are glad he did. As Baxter took his leave, he said over his shoulder, “This is the best part of the show.” For the next hour or so, he roamed through the gathering crowd, greeting and chatting. A firm cowboy handshake was a large part of his encounters. Later, during the show, he mentioned the names of many of the people he had just met. And what a show it was! Baxter used hats, facial expressions, made-up sound effects and voices, as well as body language, to bring his stories to life. Changing his pitch of voice depending on the character he was depicting made more than one story uproarious – especially the tale about a city girl and a cowboy, and a misunderstanding about “prairie oysters.” Baxter Black is a remarkable person whose sense of humour and love for people have taken him far. He has radio and TV shows, books, CDs and DVDs. When I asked him about the secret of his success, he modestly said, “Things have happened at what seemed like the right time.” In his book Lessons from a Desperado Poet he said, “Remember, often it’s not ability, it’s reliability. The world is run by those who show up.” For more information on Baxter Black, and his books, DVDs and CDs, visit his website at .

Three young gals warmed up the audience in Pincher Creek for Baxter Black’s performance last Thursday. At top are Eve Delinte, left, and Alyssa Barbero who gave excellent vocal performances. In between the singers, Jaiden Panchyshyn shared highland dance selections and is shown with Baxter after the show. Well done ladies!

Baxter visits Pincher Creek and Stavely By Helen Friesen The Pincher Creek Agricultural Society sponsored the performance of Baxter Black, well-known cowboy poet and entertainer, last Thursday in Pincher Creek. The Stavely and District Agricultural society was a key sponsor in his appearance in Stavely on Friday. At the Pincher Creek Community Centre, Janet Watmough, president of the Pincher Creek Ag Society, along with a crew of hardworking volunteers, served around 225 delicious roast beef dinners. Tony Bruder, who cooked the roasts and did the carving, worked with amazing dexterity. Before Baxter’s performance in Pincher Creek, Alyssa Barbero of Pincher Creek provided vocal entertainment. Eve Delinte of Cowley also sang, accompanied by her dad Brian, and Doug Rawling. Jaiden Panchyshyn of Pincher Creek gave a talented performance of three highland dances. So many people said Baxter’s performance was “great” that it was impossible to write them all down. In Stavely, 400 people showed up for the dinner and show. Callum Sears, secretary of the ag society said a lot of people were involved as volunteers. Charlie Ewing rounded out the evening with a few tunes. “Baxter Black’s performance was spectacular, and he is just as good of a person as he is a performer,” Callum said. “The agricultural society is blessed to have him as an advocate and promoter.” Jim Baker of Stavely, who also attended, said, “I’ve known (Baxter) for a long time. He really encapsulates the inner humour of our industry. He is easy to work with, a crowd pleaser, and the best of the best.” We look forward to what the ag societies will be doing next.

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Marcella writes provincial winner Marcella Bakker is a real issue,” she says. an Emergency Medical The weekend Technician and fireclosed with a fighter in Pincher Creek gala affair where and is also working provincial winners toward designation as received their $2,500 a paramedic through scholarship awards. Lakeland College in The national award Camrose. was presented to While looking on the Megan McDonald of college website in late Toronto. December, Marcella saw Marcella has an essay contest notice taken a great deal that looked interesting. away from the expeOpen to students in rience which she can the emergency medical apply in her day-toservices, police and fire day work. programs, the TEMA Originally from Photo courtesy of Marcella Bakker Conter Memorial Trust Coaldale, Marcella Marcella Bakker’s essay, “The PTSD arrived in Pincher Scholarship Award involved writing a 5,000- Battle of Silence and Being Heard in Creek in May of word essay on the subject EMS,” was chosen as the $2,500 TEMA 2010 to begin her Conter Memorial Trust Scholarship EMT practicum. of post-traumatic stress Award winner for Alberta. disorder in emergency This led to a position personnel. with Pincher Creek Marcella put about 60 hours into her Emergency Services. She spends most of essay and was pleased with the result. her time working on ambulance duty with Aware that the winner was to be fire duty on the weekends. announced on Jan. 20, she was a bit disap“I love it here,” she says with enthusiasm. pointed when the day came and went. “It’s a super nice town with great people, “Well, I didn’t win, but I didn’t have and everyone on the fire department is my hopes up too high, so I wasn’t too super awesome.” disappointed,” she says. “I learned so much Marcella has a strong interest in the through doing the writing that it wasn’t like debriefing process, and plans to start trainI left without anything.” ing in May which will allow her to assist The next day, Marcella received a call of emergency workers after stressful calls. notification that her essay had been selected Currently, when debriefing is required, a as the Alberta winner, which was a wonder- team comes out from Lethbridge to provide ful surprise after assuming someone else support. Marcella sees the possibility of sethad claimed top honours. ting up a debriefing team in Pincher Creek The provincial winners were flown some day down the road. to Toronto on Feb. 5, where they had an Marcella has shared her essay on critical opportunity to meet top fire and EMS incident stress, and it can be found in this personnel while attending two days of week’s online edition of Shootin’ the Breeze workshops. at . “It used to be that emergency workers It’s an educational, interestwere expected to suck it up if they had a ing and worthwhile read. tough call, but now it’s understood PTSD is Detailed Events Calendar


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Day 183 of the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay began in white-out conditions at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Ryan Smith is shown in the photo at left passing the medal to Janelle Yellowhorn, with traditional drumming and singing in the background. The relay then restarted in Fort Macleod, where Wendy Szabo, joined by her sister, was first to experience the magic of the medal. Kendall-Jo Oliver, left, Tia Liebrecht and Alyssa Barbero, all of Pincher Creek, posed together after their leg of the relay was finished. By Shannon Robin Day 183 of the Rick Hansen relay began at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in white-out conditions Feb. 23. The show went ahead as planned, with a few small alterations. Due to a power outage, endurance athlete Lonnie Bissonnette was carried up many flights of stairs to be part of the medal exchange at the jump site after giving the medal to Ryan Smith at the main floor entrance. The wind was bitter and drove the snow into our faces as we made our way to the exchange point. Despite the weather, Janelle Yellowhorn had a huge smile on her face as she waited to accept the medal from Ryan. The medal was passed with traditional drumming and singing in the background. Once everyone was back indoors and had brushed the snow away, a smudging ceremony was held involving the relay medal and the replica medals Ryan and Janelle would keep. Herman Many Guns gave the prayer and blessing while Eddie Many Guns was the altar boy for the smudging ceremony. Herman spoke about how times have changed with regard to acceptance of First Nations people and of people with disabilities. He shared his hopes for a world where people could forget their differences and celebrate together. Herman said “the story of the medal is richer now because of the smudging,” He said “I’m thankful for the opportunity to join in preparing youth to take on leadership roles as they learn to be selfless by giving their talents for the purpose of bettering their community.” Ryan and Janelle were nominated to participate

in the relay and following ceremony by the Buffalo Runners Society. Janelle is a young mother who recognizes the importance of positively representing Blackfoot youth. She works at the cultural centre and shows pride in her people and history as well as looking ahead to the future. “It’s incredible,” Janelle says of the experience. “People are really all the same, regardless of race or ability.” Ryan says it was an honour to be part of the historic event. As a buffalo runner he takes seriously his duty to take part and inspire youth. To close the ceremony Ryan drummed and sang the society song. After a close call with a ditch on the icy road, I arrived in Fort Macleod just in the nick of time to watch Lonnie pass the medal to Wendy Szabo of Lethbridge. Wendy is a health care assistant at the Good Samaritan Society in Taber. Thanks to motivation from her 16-year-old son, she has decided to take better care of her own health. “My son inspired me so much when he decided to start a fitness program on his own,” she says. “You hear negative things about teenagers all the time, and I’m so proud he’s into health and fitness.” Wendy lost both of her parents to healthrelated obesity issues and says, “I didn’t want my children to lose me early.” She took up running and has found herself addicted to her new healthy lifestyle. She encourages people to think about health and nutrition and to get up off the couch and do something! Two weeks after the relay, Wendy is still overcome with emotion when she talks about the WINNER

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day. “I started my walk at 1 o’clock, the exact time a co-worker’s funeral was taking place. My walk was dedicated to my parents and the many friends and co-workers I have lost to cancer. They were going through my head all day, and I believe they were walking with me.” She feels her relay outfit is too special to wear again, and is putting together a display of her memorabilia from the day. “When I had the medal on it was electrifying,” she says. “You knew what it meant to everyone else who had already worn it around their neck.” Wendy passed the medal to Alyssa Barbero of Pincher Creek. The teenager is well-versed in Rick Hansen’s story, thanks to research behind a junior high essay. She says, “It opened my eyes to what some people do.” Being the same age now as Rick was when he was injured, Alyssa says she can’t imagine going through what he did. The high point of the event for Alyssa was the moment when the medal was placed around her neck. “The smile couldn’t come off my face,” she says. “It felt amazing.” Alyssa has always been one to help out, and says she rarely declines when asked to help with little things. She was surprised and disappointed that so few people seemed to know about Rick Hansen and his accomplishments when she began letting people know she would be participating in the relay. “I really want people to know what he’s done and what an icon he is,” she says. Alyssa’s dad, Brent, ran along with her and then she placed the medal around the neck of her grand-


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Alyssa Barbero had the opportunity to pass the medal to her grandfather’s friend Robb Sulava. In the middle photo, a moment of pure joy was captured as Jane Judd’s daughter ran out to greet and join her mom on the journey. At right, Shane MacMillan grins broadly as he holds the medal his daughter also carried when the relay passed through eastern Canada. Thanks to Megan and Brent for sharing photos after my camera battery died! father’s good friend Robb Sulava of Pincher Creek. Robb has been confined to a wheelchair for 20 years due to paralysis that resulted from an unknown virus he picked up while travelling in Alaska. Up to that point, Robb was busy coaching all types of minor sports and teaching school. It took a year and a half for him to return to teaching fulltime, and he did so with support of his community and students. “I focused on teaching,” he says. “The kids accepted me, and even built a sidewalk from my house to the school.” Robb taught a variety of grades in northern Alberta, and finished his 17-year teaching career as the school guidance counselor. Now retired, Robb has returned to his hometown of Pincher Creek and is thinking about new directions and trying new things now that teaching is over. Robb had followed Rick’s original tour through the media 25 years ago, and thought it would be great to sign on for the relay and get a chance to meet him. “When I arrived and found out Rick wasn’t going to be there I was disappointed,” Robb says. “But it was amazing to hear the amazing stories Southern Alberta Wood Pellet Stove and BBQ Sales, Service & Installation


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shared by the other participants about how caring they are, and what they do in their communities to help other people, so it was well worth it even if Rick wasn’t there.” Tia Liebrecht of Pincher Creek didn’t touch the medal until the end of her walk. “At that point I took off my mitts and touched it,” she says. “It was totally incredible!” “I could feel the power coming off the medal, and it was inspiring and overwhelming just to hold the medal so many others had held up to that point.” Tia had seen a TV commercial inviting applications for the relay and knew it would be an incredible opportunity for everyone who participated. Tia owns and operates Summit Personal Training and strives to help people reach new heights. When she received a phone call a week prior to the relay, inviting her to be a medal bearer, Tia didn’t even look at her calendar before accepting. “I had to change everything to do it,” she says, “but it was amazing and I wouldn’t change it for the world.” In reflection Tia says, “When you hear all these stories about how people got past whatever their hump was in life, you can’t help but wonder, ‘What

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Back row, from left: Paul Erickson, Debbie Erickson, Emma Lowry, Ashleen Wiebe, Jennifer Erickson, Raelyn Rutledge, Gabi Feller and Jim Proudfoot. Front row, from left: Kaelynne Verbaas, Reagan Bousquet, Sheanna Schamber and Caty Paton.

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With a regular season record of 35 wins and one loss behind them, the Livingstone School girls won the south zone basketball championship last weekend in Lethbridge for the first time since 1988. The team is hosting the 1A provincial tournament this week, with all games held at Matthew

Halton High School in Pincher Creek. Opening ceremonies are Thursday at 9:15 a.m., and games run from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday, games are 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday games begin at 9 a.m., with the final at 8 p.m. Come out and cheer the girls on!

Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Keep an open mind about a suggestion you see as unworkable. Give it a chance to prove itself one way or another. The results could surprise both supporters and detractors. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) News about an upcoming venture causes you to make some last-minute adjustments in your plans. But the extra work will pay off, as you come to learn more about the potential benefits opening up. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A more positive aspect grows out of your determination to reach your immediate goals. Continue to keep your focus sharp and on target by steering clear of petty quarrels and other pesky problems. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) By acting as a voice of reason, you can avoid adding to an already turbulent situation. You might have to shout over the tumult, but your words ultimately will be heard and heeded. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The possibility of a new acquisition always makes those Leonine eyes light up. But be careful that what you see is what you want. Appearances can often be deceiving. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) No matter how much you might feel that you’re in the right, resist saying anything that could reignite a still-unresolved situation. Let the matter drop, and move on. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Help with a personal problem comes from an unexpected source. You also find

workplace pressures easing. Use this period of calm to restore your spent energies. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might have to share the credit for that project you’re working on. But there’ll be enough credit to go around, and your efforts will be recognized and rewarded. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Details need to be dealt with before you can move on to another area. Make sure you don’t leave any loose ends that could later cause everything to unravel. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) News about a change in the workplace carries with it a challenge you could find difficult to resist. Check it out. It could be what you’ve been waiting for. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Allowing your artistic nature full expression will help restore your spirits and will put you in the mood to take on that new career challenge. A Libra creates excitement. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Expect to happily plunge right into a hectic social whirl starting at week’s end. Your aspects favor new friendships as well as the strengthening of old relationships. BORN THIS WEEK: Like St. Patrick (who was also born this week), your spiritual strength is an inspiration to others. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Find the Sudoku Answer and More Puzzles in the Online Paper Each Week

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Cookie Monster tackles the slopes

Kozy Korner Jam

Pass PowderKeg Ski Hill was bustling last Sunday with spectators, all waiting for the annual Dummy Downhill Races. Here, Billy and Timmy Johnson, along with dad Glenn, show off their entry, the Cookie Monster. No casualties were reported, but fun was had by all!

A great time was had by 15 musicians and 35 attendees at the Kozy Korner Jam in Nanton last week. Whether you like to sing, play or listen, you’re welcome to attend the next jam on April 5. Admission is $2, and any profits are donated to local youth programs.

Crowsnest Tourism needs your votes! Sacha Anderson was thrilled to learn last week that the Crowsnest Pass video submission had been chosen as one of 10 finalists in Travel Alberta’s Small Town Saturday Night contest. Through Community Futures, Sacha spearheaded the effort to create a video for the contest. Loreena Russomanno, Janice Entem, Joni MacFarlane, Andrew Saje, Crystal Husch, Barb Kelly, Pam Vamplew and Sue Moser quickly stepped up to help with the project. “It’s exciting to have such a good group,” Sacha says. The Bellevue and District Agricultural Society will benefit from all proceeds if the group wins the contest. In return, the ago society would be expected to provide the volunteer base to host the April event. “Partnering with the ag society was an easy way to spread profits across the community and make the biggest impact,” Sacha says. The winning community must hold the concert April 28, which works perfectly for the group, as it coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Kananaskis Indoor Pro Rodeo.

Sacha notes, “Everything is already in place for a large event, and the concert would become the rodeo dance.” To bring an amazing day of music to southwestern Alberta, people need to vote online for the video at . Take two minutes to watch the promotional video, and you’ll appreciate what the group put together. It opens with impressive aerial footage donated by the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. “We’ve had really good support, and the easy part is done,” Sacha says. “Now, if people want it, they have to get online and vote every day.” Voting opened March 6 and closes next Tuesday, just before midnight. If you’d like to have some great country music come this way, vote every day until the deadline. It’s quick and easy. Over 30,000 votes have been placed so far, with Legal as current leader, and Crowsnest Pass in fifth place. If the surrounding area gets behind the effort, it’s feasible to move up to the top spot. For a chance to host a country music concert, small towns across Alberta were invited to submit a two-minute video showcasing passion for their

A Rose of Thanks to all the semi drivers who pulled over on the highway when the winds were treacherous on Friday, and to their employers for allowing them to stop. This made the highway safer for everyone. Shelley Terpstra, Pincher Creek

communities. The “mini Big Valley Jamboree” in the winning community will include performers Dean Brody, Aaron Lines, Samantha King, Duane Steele, Shane Chisholm and Tim Hus. Fifty-three entries were submitted, including videos from Fort Macleod and Waterton Park. “This contest is a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on Alberta’s vibrant rural communities,” says Alberta Tourism minister Jack Hayden. “We’re excited to find out which community Albertans will vote for.” Judges evaluated submissions based on their depiction of community spirit and involvement, passion for local tourist attractions and events, and video creativity. The top 10 communities are Bashaw, Bonnyville, Black Diamond, Cold Lake, Crowsnest Pass, Devon, High River, Legal, Plamondon and Stettler. Use this QR code as a direct link to place your vote right now, or follow the voting link at .

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Off to junior nationals

Four members of the Castle Mountain Freestyle Ski Club will compete at junior nationals this weekend. The young skiers have been training for at least 10 hours every weekend, and their achievements are well deserved. Braden Barber and Veronica Oczkowski of Pincher Creek, along with brothers Davis and Garrett Clement of Millarville, have qualified for the event. They look foward not only to the skiing, but also to exploring the culture of LacBeauport, Que. The four teens have all been skiing since they were about three years old. Braden has been doing freestyle for 10 years with Veronica close on his heels at nine years, and both have competed previously at this level. Veronica has been the lone female in the club for a number of years and is a role model for the new girls who have joined this year. She says the highlight of her year so far was landing a back flip and is excited to be making her fourth trip to national competition. Coach Leah Fink says, “It’s good to see Veronica representing the girls because the ratio has been skewed for quite some time.” Braden says, “I get really nervous before a

his head while doing a 1080, bounced back onto his skis and continued on his way. Garrett has been skiing since he was young, but started taking it seriously just two years ago. Qualifying for nationals is a big achievement. He acknowledges the significant commitment of travelling from Millarville every weekend as well as to Canada Olympic Park in Calgary twice a week for training, but adds it’s a bit easier now that he has a driver’s licence. Landing a cork 9 for the first time was exciting enough, but doing it during competition made it the highlight of Garrett’s year so far. Davis is a quiet fellow who was celebrating his 14th birthday on Sunday. He couldn’t think of any particular highlights, but if you saw last week’s cover photo of him, it speaks volumes. Braden Barber and Veronica Oczkowski are All provinces will be represented in Quebec, off to Quebec this week to compete at the with approximately 200 skiers competing in Canadian Junior Freestyle Ski Championships. moguls and dual moguls, big air and slope style. The teenagers are busy on the slopes during run, but it helps me get down faster.” This may the winter months, and are fortunate to have a have contributed to his recent bronze medal permanent training facility in their backyard. showing in a recent moguls competition. During the summer months they travel to Red “I tend to take chances,” he says with a grin Deer to train on the water ramp and to Okotoks while describing an incident where he landed on for trampoline sessions.

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Mark Your Calendar Events and Entertainment - Full details are available in the STB online calendar Wednesday, March 14 – WCCHS council meeting - 8 p.m. at Claresholm – CCHS council meeting at Coleman – WCCHS sports society meeting 7 p.m. at Claresholm – Royal Purple meeting - 6 p.m. at Stavely – MD of Willow Creek council meeting and Municipal Planning Commission meetings – Granum rec board and fire department meetings Thursday, March 15 – ASAA 1A girls’ basketball provincial championships - opening ceremonies at 9:15 a.m., games from 10:30 to 5:15 p.m. at Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek – Caladh Nua concert - 8 p.m. at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod – Chamber of commerce sponsored mix and mingle - 4 p.m. at Whispering Winds Village in Pincher Creek – Chamber of commerce AGM - 6:30 p.m. at Lebel Mansion in Pincher Creek

Friday, March 16 – No school for LRSD students – ASAA 1A girls’ basketball provincial championships - games from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. at Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek – Caladh Nua concert - 8 p.m. at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod – The T. Buckley Trio - 8 p.m. at Twin Butte General Store – Dinner, meat draws and moose races 5 p.m. at Bellevue Legion

– Claresholm figure skating carnival at 3 p.m. – Fort Macleod figure skating carnival at 7 p.m. – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration - 5:30 p.m. at the Bellevue Legion – Social Dancing 101: The Hustle - 7 p.m. at CNP Public Art Gallery – Tumbleweed Coffee House 1st anniversary celebration - 1 p.m. in Nanton – Meat draws - 3 p.m. at Pincher Creek Legion

Saturday, March 17 – ASAA 1A girls’ basketball provincial championships - games from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek – Cam Penner with Jon Wood - 8 p.m. at Twin Butte General Store – Family movie night - 7 p.m. at Stavely youth hall – Stavely figure skating carnival at 7 p.m. – Newfie Jig Dinner and entertainment - 7 p.m. at Pincher Creek Legion – Phil DeMaere Pool Tournament - 7 p.m. at Black Dog Saloon in Granum

Sunday, March 18 – Nanton figure skating carnival at 2 p.m. – New Passquatch search clue – Legion campout meet - 2 p.m. at Fort Macleod – Youth snowshoe workshop - 11 a.m. at CNP Chinook Lake day use area Monday, March 19 – Regional school council meeting in Fort Macleod – Legion Ladies Auxiliary meeting - 7:30 p.m. at Pincher Creek – Free public swimming - 6 p.m. in

Pincher Creek Tuesday, March 20 – Crowsnest Pass council meeting – MD of Pincher Creek meeting – Chamber of commerce meeting in Claresholm – Granum School council meeting Wednesday, March 14 – Stavely Golf Club AGM - 7 p.m. at the clubhouse – Celebration of Learning - 5 p.m. at Isabelle Sellon School in Coleman – Boys and Girls Club of Crowsnest Pass AGM - 7 p.m. at MDM Community Centre in Bellevue – Chamber of commerce meeting in Nanton Vote every day to bring the Big Valley Jamboree to the Crowsnest Pass! Use the QR code for a direct link to the voting from your smart phone!

Regularly Scheduled Adult Activities and Classes Claresholm – Indoor walking - Tues. to Thurs. 10 a.m. at the community centre Crowsnest Pass – Take Off Pounds Sensibly - Wed. 6 p.m. at Bellecrest Seniors’ Centre – Gymwalk - Mon. to Fri. 11 a.m. at MDM Complex

– Older adult fitness program - Mon. and Wed. 10 a.m. at MDM Complex

Granum – Dropinettes - Thursdays

Fort Macleod – Adult walking & fitness program - Mon., Wed., and Fri. 9 a.m. at community hall

Nanton – Al Anon - Thurs. 8 p.m. at FCSS building Pincher Creek – Rotary luncheon - Thurs. 11:45 a.m. at Heritage Inn

– Foothills Duplicate Bridge Club - 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Pincher Creek Senior Citizens Drop-in Centre – Search & Rescue - First Tues. 6 p.m. at the fire hall – Badminton club - Fri. 7 p.m. at Matthew Halton school – Cribbage - Wed. 7 p.m. at the Legion – Darts - Thurs. 7 p.m. at the Legion

Swimming Public Swimming Claresholm – Sat. 2 to 4 p.m. (free); Mon., Wed., Fri. 4 to 6 p.m.: Tues. & Thurs. 6 to 8 p.m.; Sun. 1 to 4 p.m.; Toonie swims Mon. to Thurs. 3 to 4 p.m.; Mon. & Wed. 7 to 8 p.m. Pincher Creek – Mon. to Wed. & Fri. 4 to 5 p.m.; Mon. & Wed. to Fri. 6 to 7 p.m.; Sat. 3 to 4 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m.; Sun. 3 to 4 p.m. Early Bird Lane Swim Pincher Creek – Mon., Wed., Fri. 6 to 8 a.m.

Aqua Fit Claresholm – Mon., Wed., Fri. 8 to 9 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs. 5 to 6 p.m. Pincher Creek – Mon., Wed., Fri. 8 to 9 a.m. and 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. (seniors at 3:15); Tues. & Thurs. 11 a.m. to noon and 7 to 8 p.m. Lane Swim Pincher Creek – Mon., Wed., Fri. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs. 12 to 1 p.m. and 5 to

6 p.m. (Masters); Sat. 4 - 5 p.m. and Sun. 12 to 1 p.m. Family Swim Claresholm – Sat. 1 to 2 p.m. Pincher Creek – Sat. & Sun. 1 to 3 p.m. Parent and Tot Swim Claresholm – Mon., Wed., Fri. 11 a.m. to noon Pincher Creek – Mon., Wed., Fri. 11 a.m. to

1 p.m. and Tues., Thurs. 3:15 to 4 p.m. Special Needs & Aqua Rehab Pincher Creek – Tues. & Thurs. 3:15 to 4 p.m. Fitness Swim Claresholm – Mon. to Fri. 6 to 8 a.m.; Mon., Wed., Fri. 11 a.m. to noon; Mon. to Thurs. 8 to 9 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs. 8 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m.

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The PTSD Battle of Silence and Being Heard in EMS Award-winning Essay by Marcella Bakker

Upon asking any basketball player about the final throw they missed, the one which ultimately decided whether their team would win or lose, they will relive the very moment they stood there watching the ball soar to the net, with all the pressure and breathless quiet of the crowd resting on their shoulders, only to witness it bounce off the rim and to the side. The regret, disappointment, and perhaps even anger in themselves may still be heard in this certain individual’s voice. This feeling is completely understandable, as any individual who loves what they do and strives to accept and overcome challenges will have trouble coping with certain situations in which they were not 100% successful. However, there is no feeling or inexpressible sense of failure felt greater than that in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel when after striving to save a life, it slips through your fingers and is forever lost. There are lives on the balance, and any wrong move might be the end, any tiny slip may have devastating consequences. And even when everything seems to go right and the call runs smoothly, that will to live is still overcome and another life is lost. It may seem that everything was going so well. The patient was quickly and smoothly extricated, two IV’s were successful on the first go, the first intubation attempt was successful, the team is calm and all things are organized. Yet, with no warning the blood pressure drops, things go wrong, and you frantically struggle to maintain the patient from crashing. Inside, however, inside that helpless grief and dread of knowing they won’t survive is threatening to escape. We all experience failure in our everyday lives, failure in EMS, however, is one of its own kind. It may be the smallest things from simple calls that bother us to very traumatic events. An individual forced into such situations may have difficulty coping with the various emotions caused by such difficult calls. These events may also be described as critical incidents. A critical incident in relation to EMS may be a sudden death of a co-worker in the line of duty, suicide patients, pediatric traumas, child abuse cases, assault and rape victims, and a wide variety of other situations that may never be experienced by the average citizen. These are powerful traumatic events that initiate the crisis response and extend beyond our normal human experiences, whether it be on the job or in one’s own personal life. The first reaction which may immediately follow

a traumatic event or experience is described as acute or Critical Incident Stress (CIS). This term describes a state of cognitive, physical, emotional and behavioural arousal that accompanies the crisis reaction, and which is ultimately caused by any critical incident. This may be any situation or event faced by responders that causes a distressing, dramatic, or profound change in their physical or psychological functioning. These events do not have to be grossly traumatic to affect individuals, it may be the smallest thing, but if it affects you strongly it can be a critical event. The symptoms seen in CIS can be broken into four categories: physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioural. Physical symptoms may include fatigue, nausea, syncope, emesis, grinding of teeth, hypertension, tachycardia, dyspnea and chest pain. Cognitive indicators include confusion, nightmares, difficulty concentrating, suspicion, difficulty concentrating, intrusive images, and memory problems. Emotional symptoms may be fear, guilt, anger, denial anxiety, feeling overwhelmed. Behavioural symptoms can include withdrawal from friends, family or society in general, inability to rest, pacing, erratic movements, change in appetite, increased drug and alcohol use. It must be remembered that each individual may present with trauma in a different way so symptoms should not be limited to those listed above. If not managed properly and dealt with as soon as possible, CIS can lead to several physcological disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), panic attacks, depression, and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Assessing the wide variety of reactions to stress may be more challenging than medical problems because EMS professionals may work harder to cover up their feelings in an attempt to quench the wave of emotions within them. In his editorial on the Five Principles of Crisis Intervention: Reducing the Risk of Premature Crisis Intervention, George S. Everly describes a crisis as “an acute response to a critical incident wherein, 1)Psychological homeostasis is disrupted, 2) One’s usual coping mechanisms have failed and third, there is evidence of human distress and or dysfunction”. (2000, p.1) The crisis response is not to be confused with the crisis event. He accurately describes a critical incident as being the stressor event which initiates the critical response. For example an accident may be thought of as the stressor event which sets the emergence of the crisis

response in those adversely affected. Studies of the short term crisis reactions have defined this course of change as “cataclysms of emotions”. Feelings and thoughts run broad and affect both the professional and personal lives of its victims. One cannot even touch the edge of the abyss of denial, anger, shock, rage, sadness, confusion, terror, grief, and overwhelming sorrow felt by these individuals, victim to the brutality and cruel reality of trauma and its unforgiving effects. A second contributing factor to the diagnosis of PTSD involves Cumulative Stress. This is a stress that results from an accumulation of various stress factors in the lives of EMS professionals. These may include a heavy workload with long hours of work, personality conflicts, difficult working conditions, repeated overtime hours, financial difficulty, job burnout, unresolved marital issues, and having to cope in situations in which the individual may feel powerless and have an inability to rest or relax. These may all qualify as chronic stressors. Cumulative stress does not have an immediate effect on heart rate and blood pressure like that of acute stress, however this stress can last for weeks to months, even up to years. Not only will long term unresolved stress have a detrimental effect on your health and lead to a range of illnesses from the common cold to cancer, but experiencing this stress can put you, your partner and the patient at risk. In his article “Managing Stress in EMS”, Brian Luke Seaward discusses how studies show that 90% of accidents that are the result of human error and are caused by problems such as the wandering mind. One of the key symptoms of CIS is difficulty focusing on the task at hand and trouble concentrating and performing to that individuals’ maximum potential. Also, Seaward shows how stress from any of these issues will not only exacerbate work issues but will affect your personal life mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. (2000, p.3) Feelings of impatience, frustration, hostility, depression, sarcasm, doubt, guilt, or worry may evolve and if not dealt with, will only increase. Without treatment and support, victims can suffer horribly. Families, fellow employees, and most of all the individual affected left struggling to maintain a balanced lifestyle. If not immediately dealt with, Acute Critical Stress (ACS) accompanied with cumulative stress will increase and lead to intensified signs and symptoms and possibly

PTSD Continued a diagnosis of PTSD. The cause of PTSD is not clearly known. However, any trauma, defined as an event that is life threatening or that severely compromises the emotional wellbeing of an individual or causes intense fear, may cause PTSD. For example, witnessing a major accident, receiving a medical diagnosis for something such as terminal cancer, arriving on scene to find a child severely abused and traumatized, or the shock in the eyes of a rape victim are just a few traumatic events which can cause this emotional strife. PTSD is an emotional illness that is classified as an anxiety disorder and usually develops as a result of a terribly frightening, life-threatening or otherwise highly unsafe experience in which injury or death resulted to an individual. This syndrome is considered chronic only if it persists for three months or more. Complex PTSD results from prolonged exposure to a traumatic event or series thereof and is characterized by long-lasting problems of emotional and social problems. It most often involves a severe reaction to a traumatic event that involves re-experiencing the event through dreams, recollections or flashbacks. It can occur soon after the trauma or in a delayed onset months later. PTSD is unique in that it may affect some individuals and yet not affect other individuals who experienced the same event. As EMS personnel it is crucial we handle all events with caution. Just because an individual seems to be dealing fine with traumatic events which they experience, it can be the smallest thing that pushes them past the breaking point. There are three main categories of symptoms to look for in someone suspected to be suffering from PTSD. These include Intrusion or relieving the event, Avoidance, and Arousal. The first can involve extreme paranoia which will ultimately disturb day to day activity. It may include flashback episodes where the event seems to keep reoccurring, arousing strong, uncomfortable and overwhelming emotions and upsetting memories of the event. Think of that fairly new paramedic, who on the second week of work was called to a MVC, with one vehicle fully engulfed in flames. The screams of the individual trapped inside penetrated his soul, and the grief and the urgent plea for help will never ever leave his ears. He watched helplessly but by the time the fire department arrived it was too late. He cannot quiet those screams, with the inexpressible fear and horror of that person

ringing in his ears. There was nothing more he could have done and yet he feels such guilt for yet another life lost to death. The second category involves an emotional numbing or feeling as though you do not care about anything. Such individuals may feel detached, and unable to remember the important aspects of the trauma. They have a lack of energy and avoid any places, people or thoughts that remind them of what happened. There is a heavy weight of hopelessness for the future weighing them down. They feel like they have failed themselves and mankind in general, they see nothing to look forward to. As Coco Chanel mentioned in one of his famous quotes, “Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death” rings so true for these individuals suffering. Unwavering, there is not a day they wake up without that grief, sorrow and guilt of what they should have done different taunting them. The effects of PTSD may lead to a life of struggle and grief. Some of the signs and symptoms to look for include suicidal thoughts, explosive anger, passive aggressive behaviours, feeling detached from one’s life or body, helplessness, shame guilt, agitation, excitability, dizziness, fainting, feeling one’s heart beat constantly in your chest, and a variety of others. The feeling of being responsible of the trauma is all controlling and dominating over all mankind, regardless of innocence or not. These symptoms must not be ignored. They are a window to what goes on inside, a window to the soul. If disregarded they will not diminish, but will only get worse over time if not treated. PTSD does not go away by itself! Why do some people develop PTSD and not others? It is not entirely clear, and although not all people who go through a traumatic event will have symptoms at the beginning, the greater percentage will. Generally victims who have suffered a traumatic event may first show signs of CISD. The duration of these symptoms is shorter than those of PTSD. This is one of the greatest differences between CIS and PTSD. CIS is defined by symptoms up to 4 weeks, while anything longer than this becomes PTSD. Although not every individual who suffers traumatic events will suffer from PTSD there are several factors which will affect your chance of getting PTSD. These include how intense the trauma was or how long it lasted. Factors such as how close you were to someone lost or seriously hurt, how close you were to the event, how strong your

reaction was, how much you felt in control of the events and what was taking place, and perhaps most importantly, how much help and support you received after the event. Although some people who develop PTSD get better after some time, 1 in 3 people with PTSD will continue having the symptoms and they may get worse. The longer an individual has to suffer the after effects of trauma with no treatment, the harder it is to come to terms and deal with it. Since the beginning of time, the risk of exposure to trauma has been part of life and human conditions since we evolved in this world. Whether it was attacks by Saber tooth tigers, to victims of the holocaust or 21st century terrorists, similar psychological impact left lifelong effects in the survivors of such violence. PTSD was added to the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Physciatric Association. Although there was initially much controversy, today PTSD has filled an important gap in physciatric theory and practice. This new perspective of PTSD was ushered in by several important findings. One of the most important was the stipulation that this “mental weakness” or “traumatic event” was outside the individual rather than an inherent weakness which could be solved by one’s self. However, before one can understand the scientific and clinical basis of PTSD, they must understand the key word, being the “trauma” concept. A traumatic event was seen as a catastrophic stressor that was outside the range of usual human experience. When initially discussed, images of war, torture, rape victims, the Holocaust, Atomic bombings, natural disasters, and man-made disasters came to mind. Traumatic events were formerly seen as clearly different from the very painful stressors of human life, such as divorce, work stress, failure, rejection, serious illness, financial difficulties and so on. The basis or thought was that people were able to cope with these so called “normal stressors”, they would, however, be overwhelmed by traumatic stressors. You may ask why PTSD unique among psychiatric diagnoses over so many other conditions. This is mainly because of the great importance placed on the etiological agent, the traumatic stressor. This is the all distinguishing factor: if patients do not meet the signs and symptoms of these categories or “criterion”, a PTSD diagnosis cannot be made. Not everything that an individual experiences in

PTSD Continued EMS has to be extremely traumatic. It can be sounds they heard, gruesome images, or simply smells which cannot leave their mind, even once they have returned home after the call. In fact, PTSD has become very relevant in present day EMS due to the nature of the work and the constant stress which may be placed upon such an individual’s dealing with various forms of trauma, day after day. So many of these events are outside the range of usual experience and would be markedly distressing to anyone placed under these conditions for an extended period of time. According to the results of the study on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in EMS Workers, “the prevalence of PTSD increased significantly with the total number of EMS jobs (1).”PTSD can no longer be directed mainly to soldiers and the trauma suffered in wars but has become so prevalent also in the life of EMS workers. As emergency services workers we live a life marked by crisis. What an ordinary person may never encounter in their entire lifetime, we encounter on a regular basis. We may put on a tough front of always being strong and in control of our emotions, however truly experienced people know that there are going to be incidents that will get to you, regardless of how much you have seen or how hardened you think you have become. We all wear our psychological protective gear built up through our training and experience. However on any given call we can endure an incident so powerful that it will overwhelm our best defences. What can be done for such individuals suffering CISD and PTSD? There are several different approaches to addressing PTSD and CIS. As Kelly (1995) writes in his book on EMS Stress, The idea of CISD is threefold. First is to defuse the powerful emotions generated by a critical incident so that they do not cause short or long term problems to the rescuers. Second is to educate emergency people about stress reactions and how to identify them. Third is to identify and extend professional help to those individuals who have been so overwhelmed by the event that they are unable to cope. (p.149) The great John Hopkins physician, Sir William Osler once said, “Where malignant disease is concerned, it may be more important to understand what kind of person has the disease, rather than what kind of disease the person has.” This is not very applicable to EMS workers. What strongly affects one individual may be something that does not

bother the next. (Everly, 2000, p.2) CISM involves several helpful elements such as pre-incidence stress education, onsite support services, disaster support services, debriefing, defusing, individual peer or professional counselling, informal support services, and post incident education. Perhaps the two most important of these as Shanefield states in her article, are defusing and debriefing. These interventions, when effectively conducted, provide the most immediate and effective reduction of traumatic stress symptomatology, as well as prevent post trauma therapy. (p. 2) Some research describes debriefing as a group of traumatized individuals venting. This is true for professionals who encourage a description of exposure to the event, talk of consequences and reactions by each participant, and attempt to introduce practical problem solving and education. CISM interventions give individuals the opportunity to share their feelings and thoughts and rather than holding on to these feelings which can ultimately cause stress, it encourages open and honest expression. (Shanefield ,p.2). An additional benefit of the debriefing is that it brings the group of rescuers together into a tighter, and more trusting relationship that benefits all (Kelly,. 149). The Critical Incident Stress Foundation was founded by Dr. Jeffrey Michell, whose ideas have reversed the old notion that the best way to react to a critical incident was to “tough it out” (Kelly, p.149). This approach has never worked but only invited long term stress problems. Another very important key point is rapid intervention for acutely traumatized individuals. This was a major issue after the massive traumatization caused by the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center as there are arguments on which method works best immediately following the aftermath of a trauma. (Friedman, p.5). Group therapy has shown to be very therapeutic in mild to moderately affected PTSD individuals. This involves relaxed settings in which the individual can discuss traumatic memories, PTSD symptoms and functional deficits with others who may have had similar experiences. However, the debriefing process is not easy. Reliving a difficult event and facing the intense feelings it generates can be extremely painful, especially when a certain individual has tried to cover it up and hide it for so long. This requires courage and trust, but what is accomplished in these 1-3 hours or more is crucially important. The goal of this

debriefing is to prevent hidden emotions from festering and coming out in the form of stress reactions. Occasionally however, the PTSD and CISD is very developed and has progressed into the extreme situations that more advanced forms of treatment are required. One such treatment is cognitive-behavioural treatment (CBT). This combination of exposure therapy and cognitive restructuring has proven very successful. It involves the person with PTSD recalling their traumatic experiences using images or verbal recall while using the coping mechanisms they learned. (Edwards). It helps therapists to recognize and adjust trauma related thoughts and beliefs by educating sufferers about the relationships between thoughts and feelings, exploring common negative thoughts which are shared by individuals, developing alternate interpretations and by practicing and discussing new ways of looking at things. This can also include practicing learned techniques in real-life situations. Another form of treatment, similar to CBT is EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is when the practitioner guides the person to talk about the trauma suffered and any negative feelings associated with the events, while focussing on the practitioner’s rapidly moving finger. Some research indicates it is effective, however it is unclear if it is more effective than cognitive therapy without the use of rapid eye movement. Medications can also be given along with different forms of therapy. Patients are less likely to experience a relapse in their illness if antidepressant treatment is continued for at least a year. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRI’s, such as Sertraline (Zoloft) and Paroxetine (Paxil) are the first group of medications that have received approval by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of PTSD. Guidelines provided by the American Physciatric Association describe these medications as being particularly helpful for people whose PTSD is the result of trauma that is not combat related. SSRI’s help PTSD patients by modifying the information that is taken from the environment and by decreasing fear, anxiety, depression and panic. They may also help reduce aggression, impulsivity, and suicidal thoughts associated with this disorder. (Edwards). As with most treatments and forms of solving medical issues, there are several controversies which arise from the debate on

PTSD Continued CISM interventions. There are several varying opinions from the claim that there is no evidence currently that proves that debriefing is a useful treatment for the prevention of PTSD to the opposite view that crisis intervention procedures, group debriefings, and CISM approaches are effective in reducing the negative psychological aftermath of critical incidents. According to the Trauma Management Group, one reason for all the controversy to date results from lack of standardization in industry terminology. (Everly & Laty, 2000). For example, it all depends on one’s definition of terms such as trauma, stress, critical incidents and so on, as to how they interpret how PTSD should be dealt with. It all depends on how the interveners interpret a particular CISM situation and on how much training and experience they have in conducting interventions. It is crucial that CISM is performed correctly. Another argument against CISM is the harm that can be done by forcing individuals to talk about a trauma if they do not want to. However, as a counter-argument, if conducted as indicated, participation in CISM interventions should always be optional. When individuals come forward for help they are there because they know something is wrong and want to deal with it; they should never be forced into attending. Another misconception is in that of group discussions. Critics state it is too personal and people may be afraid to express their feelings in front of others. However, this is obscuring the greater purpose of the intervener who is attempting to help the group ground similarities and mutual feelings in their experience, as well as assessing individuals who may be at a greater risk and require more long term services for future therapy. This is a multi-component program which includes pre-crisis awareness and intervention, defusing’s, debriefings, crisis counselling, and post incident referrals for anyone suffering PTSD. It must be collaborated together and is a combined process. It cannot rely solely on only one link of the chain. The goal of CISM is to mitigate symptoms, accelerate the recovery process and not to fully help victims or cure them overnight. Each individual is different; some will need more than one session to return to post trauma status. Some who may have experienced prior exposure to a traumatic incident may require longer term trauma counselling. It may be that outcome research in crisis intervention and debriefing needs to focus upon who does the crisis intervention,

to whom and in what specific situations so as to maximize outcome associated with CISM. Anti-CISM supporters have stated that “Most victims are too traumatized to benefit from a group intervention” or similar statements, however as is clearly stated in “A New Era and Standard of Care in Crisis Intervention” it must be remembered that CISM interventions were never meant to be conducted as single sessions, or stand-alone interventions. We as EMS providers have several personal and professional concerns when seeking help for PTSD and CIS. There is a common belief and fear that if an individual allows themselves to feel and relive difficult emotions they will be completely overwhelmed. The sadness will only grow and the anger within them may billow over, causing them to lose control of their words and actions. There is a fear of the guilt tormenting them day by day and if not dealt with will take them over the edge into a pit of gloom for perhaps the rest of their life. It is understandable that individuals do not want to think or allow their emotions to show in relation to the events they suffered. However the danger here is that individuals trying to cope by avoiding thoughts and feelings have more severe psychological symptoms. One particular situation in which care must be taken regarding PTSD is paramedic students. A professional paramedic may have had many years of experience in dealing with and seeing situations which may be seen as very traumatic and extreme to the general public. To the medic it may be just another stroke, heart attack, accident, and so forth. Working medics develop stress management strategies and ways of coping which often address the stress associated with these acute calls. However, students have less perspective of the calls, less practical experience, less confidence, less professional maturity, and perhaps less objectivity of the situation taking place. The walls have not yet been raised up high enough, the coping mechanisms are not yet strongly developed and the separation is not sufficient. Thus this greatly increases the risk that students will personalize, absorb and react to the stress of the call and we must be aware of this. The decision to seek assistance for EMS stress can be extremely difficult. Students and practicing practioner alike may feel that admitting to or displaying difficulty with a call may tarnish them in some way in the eyes of their crews, peers, instructors, friends

or whoever it may be. For a student a major concern may be that they feel that personally reacting to a call may change others opinion about them and compromise their hope of becoming a medic someday. There is a general mindset that putting up a stoic image and refusing to say they need help shows an individual’s strength and ability to cope, when perhaps underneath they are struggling to stay atop their emotions. They may feel embarrassed to be seen enrolling in CISD. Embarrassed to explore their feelings and admit that they have emotional reactions which can be perceived to be some form of weakness. For some just the thought of having to openly discuss the horrible thoughts and images which plagued their life for so long is fearful, perhaps even one of the most frightening things they have ever done. As a professional concern EMS personnel may worry about resources being available to them following a traumatic experience. They need to have an assurance that there is somewhere where they can go for help, that there are trained, experienced experts willing to help them deal with and heal from experiencing traumatic events. As Everly states in The Five Principles of Crisis Intervention, “The need for crisis intervention services is clear; however the efforts to provide those services must be well timed and well measured. They must complement and augment natural recovery and restorative mechanisms” (2000, p.4). Every service needs a reliable program with educated instructors, a resiliency program capable of addressing both personal and organizational factors. A key component of crisis intervention is based upon psychological readiness, rather than the actual passages of time. Individuals struggling to cope may have no idea what stage they are in and which step to take next. They might know but not understand the fine line distinguishing the difference between normal reactions and symptoms showing signs of CIS or PTSD. Each individual needs the opportunity to be able to vent and discuss their exposure, sensory experiences, thoughts and feelings that are tied to the event. The role of the Tema Conter Memorial Trust is one of incredible significance and is unique in the purposes in raising awareness that not only those who have fought in wars but also EMS personnel can be affected by CISD and PTSD. Initially established to help end the silence and suffering, it plays an inexpressible role in

PTSD Continued raising awareness of the situation and necessity of some sort of CISD available for EMS professionals. It is through the research, education, training, and psychological and peer support that they strive to raise the awareness of the trauma and lasting effects which these traumatic events leave in EMS personnel if not correctly and immediately dealt with. It is through the death of an innocent individual and because of the life and actions of one individual whose life was changed forever by the murder of Tema that this Center has been set up. There are a wide variety of services set up, including coaching, peer support and training. These are all very beneficial and crucial to us as EMS professionals when seeking help. There are many other organizations also dedicated to raising awareness and the education of individuals suffering PTSD. Some methods which I personally would like to place emphasis on to increase awareness of CIS and PTSD is to start by receiving more training in dealing with and recognizing PTSD. Training is especially crucial when seeking to help affected individuals. There is a mindset which has improved but yet is still active which claims that when we are affected by traumatic calls and events it is a sign of weakness. This is not a sign of weakness but it is a natural response of our bodies to stress and it is a cry for help. One can only suffer so much stress before it will take its toll. I am now much more aware of the signs and symptoms of CIS and will strive all the more to be there for my partners in EMS, to be there when they need, even if it is just to lend an attentive ear. EMS is a career in which it is crucial that you always have your partner’s back, and ways this can be shown more clearly to help them when suffering from a difficult call are important. We need to have more preawareness of PTSD in our services; we need to educated the emergency personnel of the services available to them should they ever need. Words cannot express what I have learned and will take home after writing this essay and researching the complexity and great importance of CISD. I have new found respect for those who have fallen prey to the effects of PTSD. Upon speaking with a fellow co-worker who suffered PTSD, she described the tragic calls she had. The first was a rig accident on December 23 in which a 23 year old girl was accidentally struck by a hydraulic pressure canister on a dump truck. She was not instantly killed but still

alive and suffering major head trauma when EMS arrived on scene. It was a blind intubation due to the blood, brain matter and fluid rapidly filling up her airway. There was a vicious circle of suctioning and oxygenating, and suctioning again, trying to keep the patient oxygenated and the airway clear of the blood. Despite all their valiant efforts, she passed away that evening. The next call was for a miscarriage on the morning of Dec 24. Arriving on scene they found the patient with fairly severe bleeding. They took the patient to the hospital and it was there that this affected EMS individual had to watch as the doctor reached in with a hand and pulled out the fetus, not giving the patient any pain medications. The screams and cries of the mother were inexpressible and filled with pain and suffering. Once the fetus was pulled from the mother the doctor carelessly dropped it into a bucket with garbage. The cold manner in which this was done only added to the stress pressuring upon this individual. The next call was a cardiac arrest. They were called to a farmhouse. The son was downstairs watching TV and his mother and a friend were upstairs. When they arrived they went downstairs and found her son collapsed on the floor in cardiac arrest. After continued efforts to attempt to resuscitate the patient they were forced to call it. The hardest part of this call was not the actual code or resuscitation efforts but it was the inexpressible grief of the family. The screams of the mother as she tried to throw herself down the stairs to get to her son, and seeing the police having to restrain the brother from attacking the EMS only added to the grief and denial that overtook them. This individual described how she was trying to talk to people, and yet no one wanted to listen. There was a mindset that even though her Christmas was ruined, she didn’t have to ruin everyone else’s. She was faced with the pressure of uncertainty. “I’ve now seen 3 patients die on me, do I really want to do this? I knew if I didn’t get back in there and do another call and actually have someone survive a call I didn’t know if I could continue my practicum and career as a paramedic.” For her going on the next call meant she received reassurance that not every call would end in a death. “You want to deal with your emotions, but at the same point there is that fear that if I don’t do this, will I be able to turn that wheel again”. She sought for help but people did not want to admit that there was a problem. This individual was given the feeling of “no

crying in EMS… get a thicker skin”. Even her boss started treating her differently. She was questioned on her ability to run a call, even though she never had a problem on scene. It was after they were ready for the next one that it hit her. People do not want to admit that someone they know is having trouble. When we do see that, it is thrown in our face that we really are human. When we see someone injured or broken we want to do everything possible to fix it. Yet we are so limited. How do you know the right word to say? It was over a year before this individual finally received the help she needed. She reached the breaking point and her service was forced to acknowledge that she did need help. This patient stated how she “was so angry, that it took them so long to get her help”. When she sat down to do this debriefing she was so bitter, the walls were up, and she had very little trust as for a year they did not want to do anything to help her. People do not want to admit that it is abnormal to feel this way. They refuse to acknowledge a person’s need for help. We have the skills, we have the tools, and yet there is nothing we can do. This interview clearly described the different steps this individual went through, and how her symptoms only worsened due to not immediately receiving help. One of the hardest points in EMS is the full awareness that people’s lives depend on our actions. Although we may have tried our very hardest, we must accept we cannot control the uncontrollable and we may be overcome with feelings of guilt and perhaps regret. When things go different than planned the outcome may be less than ideal and yet we all make mistakes. The crucial part is to learn from our mistakes and accept the things we cannot change. Focus on the lives you have saved and learn from the lives that have been lost. It is vital that we ask for help and acknowledge the need for assistance when we are not dealing well with calls. A prime example is the interviewee in the above paragraphs. This individual suffered the effects of PTSD, and it was only because of her awareness and perseverance in seeking help that she received it. We should not have to fight to be seen and heard when suffering PTSD as she did before she finally was heard more than a year later. PTSD is much more common in EMS personnel than people think, and yet if recognized and dealt with properly can be treated. Let us strive, fight and stand together in unity to acknowledge the cry for help and raise awareness in those suffering PTSD!

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During his recovery, Tony experienced feelings of extreme, uncontrollable rage and depression that required a battery of medications. Abandoned by his friends and feeling lonely, he turned to an unusual hobby that would change his life. Tony began corresponding with some of America’s most dangerous psychopaths and murderers. Through graphic letters, the convicts recounted many of the most heinous details of their atrocious crimes. Tony found the contacts exciting, but they came at a price when he realized he was being drawn deeper and deeper into their violent world of murder, rape and torture. He exchanged letters with 30 serial killers, among them Arthur Shawcross, the Genesse River Killer; Joseph F. Metheny, a cannibal who shared his recipe for human flesh sandwiches; David Gore, the sadist rapist from Florida; and Richard Allen Davis, who kidnapped, molested and killed 12-year-old Polly Klaas. Written by Pete Earley, author of several New York Times bestsellers, “The Serial Killer Whisperer” tells the story of how an injured and tormented young man found healing and closure in a most unlikely way --- by connecting with some of this country’s most vicious monsters. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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PHOTO: James Spader Q: The addition of James Spader to “The Office” as Robert California has really helped with Steve Carell’s leaving. Now I hear that James is leaving the show. Is it true? -- Donald D. in Minnesota A: James Spader will not be back next season. Executive producer Paul Lieberstein (who also plays Toby) says that it was always James’ intent to stay only one season. In fact, he was scheduled to be in only last year’s finale but, as Paul stated, James’ scenes were so compelling, “those two scenes became a season.” *** Q: I’m going through some serious “True Blood” withdrawal. Do you know when it’ll be back for its fifth season? -- Kristen B., via e-mail A: Eric, Bill and company want to do bad things with you for 12 episodes this summer. If you hunger for a new Sookie adventure, then head to your local bookstore on May 1 for the release of “Deadlocked,” the latest installment in the Southern Vampire Mysteries on which the HBO series is based. You also can reacquaint yourself with season four on May 29, when the series will be released on DVD and Blu-ray. *** Q: I am thrilled to hear that “Titanic” is being rereleased soon in 3-D. Can you tell me when it will hit theaters? -- Jeanette F., Gary, Ind. A: Look for the big boat on the big screen starting Friday, April 6, and be prepared for even more thrills than the original release. Because of the new 3-D effects, it can only make the sinking scenes even more intense. And believe me, they were scary enough to begin with -- even for the actors involved. I spoke with “Titanic” co-star Eric Braeden, who portrayed John Jacob

Astor, and he told me about filming his drowning scene. Eric, who also has played billionaire businessman Victor Newman on “The Young and The Restless” since 1980, revealed to me: “That was one of the scariest moments in this business for me, because you had all that water coming from the sides, and 150 tons of water coming from the top. Once the water reaches a certain level, then everything that is not bolted to the bottom just crashes through the room. With the water rising and rising, and then suddenly 150 tons comes on top -- it was one of the scariest moments I’ve spent in this business.” *** Q: My husband and I love “A Gifted Man,” and wonder if it’ll be back this fall. -- The Crouses, Virginia Beach, Va. A: Things are not looking good for the CBS medical drama, which stars Patrick Wilson. Its ratings have been pretty low, and two of the series’ stars have been cast in other fall shows as backup. You can sign a petition for CBS to keep the show at, or via snail mail: Ms. Nina Tassler, CBS, 7800 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, RE: A Gifted Man. Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at letters@ (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Barber Chair Q: I have a 1908 Koken Congress barber chair made of wood and brass. It is in fairly good condition. I would like to know the value of it. -- Charlia, East Alton, Ill. A: Although barber chairs were being manufactured in the United States as early as the 1870s, it was Ernest Koken, a German immigrant, who introduced deluxe barber chairs that often included leather seats, padded foot and arm rests, and elaborate wood carving and fancy detail. The Koken chairs were manufactured at a plant based in St. Louis and distributed throughout the country. Restored Koken chairs often sell in the $500

to $1,500 range, but as with most collectibles, there are always exceptions to the rule. To sell your chair, I recommend you contact antiques dealers in the St. Louis area. *** Q: I recently placed an ad on eBay to sell some fishing lures that were made about 1950 by Heddon. No one responded. What should I do next? -- Lucille, Albuquerque, N.M. A: I think you should invest in a copy of “Heddon Plastic Lures: Identification and Price Guide” by Russell E. Lewis (Krause, $24.99). This excellent guide will give you a better idea of the value of your lures. Keep in mind, however, that a price listed in a guide is only a point of reference. Sometimes it is difficult to hook a collector who is willing to pay full book price. Be willing to bargain. *** Q: I have some LPs and 78s that I would like to sell. They include such artists as Dolly Parton, Dean Martin, Ed Ames, Jim Reeves and Jerry Vale. -- Bonnie, Granite City, Ill. A: The Record Exchange buys and sells

vintage recordings and is one of the largest businesses of its type in your region. The contact information is 5320 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109. *** Q: I have some old telephones I would like to sell. -- Catherine, Surprise, Ariz. A: The Antique Telephone Collectors Association was chartered in 1971 and has more than 1,000 active members scattered throughout the world. This might be a good group to contact about your telephones. Its address is ATCA, P.O. Box 1252, McPherson, KS 67460.

1 (10 3/4-ounce) can reduced-fat tomato soup 1/2 cup water 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

ber; Diabetic Exchanges: 3 Meat, 1/2 Starch.

This is one of those “I’ve got 10 minutes to make dinner, and I’m serving chicken again” solutions I bet you’ll love. If you’ve got a can of soup, a can opener and some tangy spices, you’ve got the meal under control!

1. In a large skillet sprayed with olive oil-flavored cooking spray, brown chicken pieces for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. In a small bowl, combine tomato soup, water and Italian seasoning. Evenly spoon soup mixture over chicken pieces. 2. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until chicken is tender. When serving, evenly spoon sauce over top of chicken pieces. Makes 4 servings.

16 ounces skinned and boned uncooked chicken breasts, cut into 4 pieces

Ñ Each serving equals: About 162 calories, 2g fat, 27g protein, 9g carb., 304mg sodium, 0g fi-

Italian Simmered Chicken Breasts

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sweetness that would not pass American movie-making inspections. Angelique is a chocolate-maker with a crippling shyness. Her boss, Jean-Rene, is overcome by insurmountable awkwardness. You can see where this is going. The two go about courting like a pair of uncoordinated puppies. Hold on tight to the subtitles -- the dialogue is actually quite funny and can save you from going into a diabetic coma during this adorable, hyper-sweet romcom.

PHOTO: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightly in “A Dangerous Method” PICKS OF THE WEEK “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (PG-13) -- Movies are meant to press buttons and make the audience feel things, but this one just mashes on the keys like a toddler at a piano. A boy who lost his father on 9/11 finds a mysterious key and decides it must be a clue to something important left behind by his father. It’s not enough of a plot to pull the audience in, but it’s enough to have us following an unlikable child as he has curt, systematic conversations with people around New York. At some point, the boy befriends an old man who doesn’t talk, presumably to add more quirk to his adventure. Footage and imagery from 9/11 are mixed in to add emotional weight to the journey of Odd Boy and Mute Man, thus proving something we didn’t need to know: Memories of a horrible collective tragedy will make an audience sad, but it doesn’t mean the movie is hitting home.

“A Dangerous Method” (R) -- David Cronenberg adapts a page out of history for this story about the beginnings of psychoanalysis. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) is an early adopter of the treatment developed by Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Jung takes the beautiful and emotionally disturbed Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) as a patient. The two end up in an affair that tests everything Jung thought he knew about ethics and the human psyche. True to Freud’s thinking, all the refinement and intellectual elements in the movie are in orbit around sexual and competitive desires. The cast is solid, but the tension of the movie has mood swings -- things will either be sizzling or just a bit better than dull. “Romantics Anonymous” -- This French import contains levels of whimsy and

DOG OF THE WEEK “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” (PG) -- Tragedy strikes as the Chipmunks get shipwrecked on a remote island while the writers scramble to remember what is funny. In case the returning cast of humans fooled you, this isn’t one of those awful-looking sequels where the franchise pulls up and tries some new things. This is the normal kind of awful-looking sequel, where the nose-dive continues far into the ground. Children deserve better than this. TV RELEASES “Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIII” “Eureka: Season 4.5” “South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season” “Single-Handed, Set 2” “Murder Investigation Team, Series Two” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Is It Time to Buy a New Car? Here come higher gas prices -- again. No one should be surprised. These things run in cycles. Yes, prices are generally higher in spring and summer -- when we all need more gas for vacation -- and go down in the winter. If you don’t get good gas mileage, consider whether it’s time to buy a more efficient, economical vehicle. You won’t be alone. The sale of small and compact cars has increased in the past year. One automaker reported that sales of its small cars increased by 40 percent. Another reported an increase of 43 percent. Decide, too, whether the vehicle you buy should be considered your “last” one. In

other words, buy as though the vehicle will be the last one you’ll ever own -- and then drive it for the length of its useful life. The idea is to keep driving the car long after it’s paid off. Keep up with all scheduled maintenance to extend the life of the car. A payment-free vehicle is a nice thing to own. Besides not making a hefty monthly payment, the older a vehicle is, the lower the taxes and insurance. If you’re going to trade your car in, invest in a detailing package so it looks its best. At the very least, run it through a carwash and spring for the wax. These basics of saving on gas apply to whatever type of vehicle you own: --Keep your vehicle tuned. Not being at peak performance means it is going to use more fuel. Keep an eye on the tire pressure as well. --Plan and combine your errand trips around town. --Carpool, if you can, or take public transportation at least a few days a week. For more ideas on saving on the cost of fuel, see the website by the U.S. Department of Energy: feg/gasprices. You’ll find information on

hybrids and electric cars, alternative fuels, miles per gallon, notes from other consumers, tips on choosing an efficient vehicle, a side-by-side comparison of vehicles, and information about the new labels required on vehicles. Besides the estimated mpg, the new label has to disclose how much money you can likely save over five years, the greenhouse rating, the annual cost of fuel and the smog rating. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Make a Portable Playmat for Preschoolers I’ll bet your kids easily can map out the setting of their favorite TV series. They probably know exactly where the main characters live -- that they turn left to get to the water fountain and right to get to the stables. But how well do they know their own neighborhood? Here’s a playful way to become familiar with where they live in relationship to all the places that regularly touch their lives. It’s a portable town playmat made with an inexpensive window shade. Designed to mimic where you live, it’s personalized and perfect for indoor fun. Once it’s made, kids can spill out a basket of toys and bring their town to life. If you listen in, you might hear that a tiger is prowling the street right next to the supermarket! Wait until he finds himself eye-to-eye with the T-rex stomping down the steps of the library. And that bright-green cowboy. Look at him ambling out of the coffee shop. Wonder which direction he’ll run? To get started, you’ll need: --Plain white roll-down window shade from a discount store --Pencil and permanent nontoxic markers --Ruler

--Acrylic paints and sponges for dabbing Here’s the fun: First, take a walk with your young kids. Stroll down your street. Turn in various directions, discussing the outing as you go. Your conversation might go like this: “Let’s remember how close the post office is to the cleaners. Oh, look, the library is two whole blocks up from here. The bakery is across the street.” It’s a chance to teach that places aren’t just “out there.” They can be located. When you return, roll out the shade on the floor and sketch your community using a ruler and pencil, beginning with your home. Then, with a ruler, plot out important places in relationship to your dwelling. Color and decorate streets, buildings and other details with markers. Don’t forget lakes, ponds or parks. Dip a small sponge lightly onto some acrylic paint and dab in bright colors for the water, flowers and trees. Let dry, gather small toys and let your “Our

Town” play begin. To store, roll up the painted shade and set upright in a closet for another day. Extra idea: Add familiar faces to the toy pieces. Ask friends, teachers and shopkeepers if they will let you take close-up photos. Print on heavy paper, cut out the individuals, leaving an extra half-inch at the bottom to bend back and glue to the inside of a plastic bottle cap so they appear to be standing up. Now your kids will have human “players” in their drama *** Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” (c) 2012 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.

1. “Good Morning Starshine” is from what musical? 2. Which group released “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)”? 3. Who sang “Crazy for You,” and when? 4. Which female artist was given the nickname “Little Miss Dynamite?” 5. “Shut Down Turn Off,” “Reminiscing” and “Lady” were 1978 releases by what rock group? 6. Name the band that netted hits with “Happy Together “and “She’d Rather Be With Me.” Answers 1. “Hair,” in 1967. The song has been widely used, including on two episodes of “The Simpsons.” 2. Aerosmith in 1987. It was written by band member Steven Tyler, now of “American Idol” judge fame. 3. Madonna, in 1985. The song was used in the soundtrack for the film “Vision Quest.” Madonna wed Sean Penn that same year. The marriage lasted two years. 4. Brenda Lee (born Brenda Mae Tarpley), for her powerful voice in a small package: Lee was 4 feet 9 inches tall. Her first No. 1 hit was “I Want to Be Wanted” in 1960. 5. Little River Band. “Reminiscing” was used in the recent Will Ferrell film “The Other Guys.” 6. The Turtles, in 1967. They were originally a surf group called the Crossfires. More recently, “Happy Together” was used in a Nintendo commercial. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Not All Chest Pain Comes From the Heart DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 38-year-old woman who has a very stressful job. It is also very well-paying, so I don’t want to give it up. I think it might be giving me chest pain. The pain comes and goes unpredictably. Sometimes I am just sitting at my desk, and I get a squeezing sensation in my chest. At other times, I had been hurrying around. I have had several EKGs, been examined by three doctors, had a stress test and a radioactive stress test. The doctors say my heart is healthy, and the chest pain could come from stress. In speaking with people I trust, I have been told to have a heart catheterization. What do you think? -- P.A. ANSWER: None of your three doctors told you that. Don’t you think they might know more

than your friends? You have to be guided by advice given to you by those who have had experience in assessing people’s complaints. There’s no pattern to your chest pain. Heart pain, in contrast, causes chest pain when a person is physically active. That pain goes when the person rests. Your kind of pain is not suggestive of a heart disorder. Your doctors have told you that your heart is healthy. You have had EKGs, stress tests and even a radioactive stress test. Those tests would have disclosed a heart problem if you had one. Furthermore, you are only 38 years old -- not an age for heart problems to occur. You mention no family history of heart trouble at early ages. With a catheterization, a thin, pliable tube is inched from a groin blood vessel to the site where the heart arteries are found. There, dye is injected so doctors can visualize the health of heart arteries. The doctors can spot any obstructions, like cholesterol buildup, in those arteries. It’s an amazing test. However, complications can arise from any procedure that invades the body. When the detection of heart disease can be accomplished in no other way, information from a catheterization is justified. In your case, it’s not. Stress is the most likely cause of your chest pain. Coronary artery disease is the No. 1 cause of death in most of the world’s countries. The booklet on that subject explains in detail its symptoms and its treatments. To order a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -- No. 101W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the re-

cipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I’ve been talked into donating blood. My hangup is that I have a fitness program that I religiously adhere to. The thought of an extended rest bothers me. How long do you have to spend recuperating after donating blood? -- A.A. ANSWER: You’re not facing an extended recuperation after donating blood. One day is enough. That sounds like too little time, but it’s sufficient. You won’t notice it. It takes a full month for your blood count to return to what it was before you donated. That slight dip in your blood count isn’t going to affect your exercise performance unless you are into marathon training. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

Classic Oven Fries

Steak with Herb Sauce

Serve this popular choice with your favorite beef or steak dish.

A sauce made with wine and fresh herbs is a classic topping for a perfectly cooked steak.

2 tablespoons olive oil 3 medium (about 8 ounces each) baking potatoes 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

1 pound flank steak 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon oil 2 teaspoon fresh thyme 1 cup wine 1/4 cup heavy cream

1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Brush 2 large cookie sheets with 1 tablespoon oil. 2. Cut each unpeeled potato lengthwise into quarters, then cut each quarter lengthwise into 2 wedges (or, cut potatoes crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices). 3. In a large bowl, toss potatoes with salt, pepper and remaining 1 tablespoon oil until evenly coated. 4. Divide potatoes between cookie sheets, spreading each batch into an even layer. Place cookie sheets on 2 oven racks and oven-fry potatoes 25 minutes or until tender and crisp, turning potatoes over once and switching pans between upper and lower racks halfway through cooking. Lemony Oven Fries: Prepare Classic Oven Fries as above in steps 1 and 2. In step 3, mix 1 teaspoon grated fresh lemon peel, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, and 1 large garlic clove, crushed with press, with salt, pepper, and oil in bowl. Add potatoes and toss to coat. Complete recipe as in step 4. Spicy Oven Fries: Prepare Classic Oven Fries as above in steps 1 and 2. In step 3, mix 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, and 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne) with salt, pepper, and oil in bowl. Add potatoes and toss to coat. Complete recipe as in step 4. Ñ Each serving: About 205 calories, 5g total fat (1g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 450mg sodium, 38g total carbs, 3g dietary fiber, 4g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at recipefinder/. (c) 2012 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

1. Season steak with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil on medium-high. 2. Add steak; cook 12 to 14 minutes for medium-rare (145 F), turning over once. Transfer to cutting board. To skillet, add fresh thyme and wine. 3. Cook until reduced by half. Remove from heat; whisk in heavy cream and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Serve over steak. Serves 4. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at recipefinder/. (c) 2012 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

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NOW HERE’S A TIP By JoAnn Derson • “I had to pick up a bunch of BBs that spilled in our garage. It was very aggravating, until I decided to get out my vacuum. I put a very thin sock (didn’t have any panty hose) on the end and tucked it into the hose. I secured it with a zip tie. I was able to suck up most of the BBs, and they went right back in the container.” -- E.L. in North Carolina • If you make your own broth, you can freeze cubes in easy-to-measure amounts by using your muffin tin. Measure out broth in half-cup or cup amounts, then freeze. When done, pop them out into a freezer-safe baggie. • Try this trick to increase the volume on your iPod (without earbuds, that is): Place it in a deep bowl. The bowl amplifies and directs the sound. • Chrome is easily cleaned and shined up with vinegar. Keep a misting bottle in the bathroom to give handles a quick swipe after getting ready in the morning or evening. • Ice cream cones with a flat bottom make a great container for cupcakes. Fill cones twothirds full with batter, bake as directed and you have cupcake cones! Frost and go! • I sew looped tags onto the corners of our family’s wash cloths. My husband installed several hooks in the shower, and when we’re finished with our wash cloth, we hang it up by the tag after rinsing it out. They do not mildew this way, because they are allowed to dry. Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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By Samantha Mazzotta Is Basement Moisture a Leak, or Humidity? Q: My basement stays fairly dry, but in the spring and during other really rainy periods I can see the concrete walls are wet. Is it condensation or water leaking inside? I haven’t seen any puddles of water on the floor, but it is really humid at these times. -- Bill in upstate New York A: There’s an easy way to test whether the moisture on the basement walls is seepage (water leaking inside) or condensation. Get a few large squares of aluminum foil and tape them to random spots on the basement walls and floor. Use water-resistant tape and completely cover all four edges of the foil so that no air can get underneath it. Leave them there for a couple of days, and then carefully peel away the tape and check both sides of the foil. If the side facing the wall (the inner side) is wet, then seepage is your issue. If the outer side is wet, condensation is the problem. If both sides are wet, seepage is the most likely issue, with condensation possibly a result of the seepage. To reduce seepage, check all of your gutters and downspouts to make sure they aren’t damaged and that rainwater is being directed well away from the foundation. The drain trough under the downspout also should be checked; make sure water isn’t pooling there. Next, check the foundation and basement walls for small cracks, holes or gaps. Repair these with the appropriate type of cement. Finally, paint the interior basement walls with a waterproofing paint specifically formulated for this task, which adheres well to concrete or masonry. To reduce condensation issues, install a dehumidifier in the basement, or install a fan that will pull air outside and help the basement air circulate. Wrap insulation around cold-water pipes so condensation is less likely to occur in the basement space. Outside, try and increase the amount of air and sunlight that reach the basement by trimming back plants and hedges, especially around basement windows. HOME TIP: Debris and leaf dams in your gutters can damage them and lead to other problems around your home’s exterior. Clean your roof gutters twice a year. Send your questions or tips to ask@thisisahammer. com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

By Tony Rizzo PHOTO: Ruby Slippers HOLLYWOOD -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences isn’t just about the Oscars anymore. It’s opening an Academy Museum of Motion Pictures at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. To ensure success, it’s acquired the actual Ruby Slippers that Judy Garland clicked three times in the “The Wizard of Oz.” The Academy wouldn’t reveal what it paid for them, although insiders say it was between $2 million and $3 million. The Ruby Slippers were bought with money from angel investors led by Leonardo DiCaprio, Steven Spielberg and Terry Semel. It’s believed there originally were seven pairs of Ruby Slippers designed by MGM costumer Gilbert Adrian. The first pair, a prototype called the “Arabian test pair,” were wildly jeweled in an Arabian motif, with curling toes and heels, and used for costume tests. They were sold at Debbie Reynolds’ auction, in December, for $510,000. Six identical pairs were made with 2,300 sequins and a jewel-encrusted, butterfly-shaped red leather bow. Pair No. 1, size 5, were worn by Judy Garland. Pair No. 2, size 6B, were worn by her stand-in, Bobbie Koshay. Pair No. 3

were on the Wicked Witch of the East as she lay beneath Dorothy’s house. They were later used to click Dorothy’s heels three times. Pair No. 4 was a back-up for Judy Garland’s pair. Pair No. 1 were donated, anonymously, to the Smithsonian Institute in l979. They’re currently on loan to the National Museum of American History for an “American Stories” exhibit, opening April 5. In their absence, the Scarecrow’s hat is filling the void. Pair No. 2 were won by Roberta Bauman in 1940, as second prize in a “name the 10 best films of l939” contest. In l988, her pair was sold at auction at Christie’s to Anthony Landini for $165,000, In 2000, those shoes were sold to memorabilia collector David Elkouby for $666,000. Pair No. 3, “the witch’s pair,” were bought at Christie’s a few days later by Philip Samuels, also for $165,000. This is the pair now owned by The Academy. Pair No. 4 was sold to collector Michael Shaw by MGM costumer Kent Warner. Shaw loaned the Ruby Slippers in 1990 to The Judy Garland Festival in Grand Rapids, Minn., from which they were stolen and never recovered. Shaw received a settlement from a $1 million insurance policy. Two other pairs might still exist. A pair of


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test shoes, known as the Bugle Bead Shoes, with no bows, have never surfaced. Collector Bill Thomas claims to have the last pair, but refuses to show them to anyone. When you consider it cost less than $5,000 to make ALL the Ruby Slippers in 1939, it may pay to learn shoemaking! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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PHOTO CREDIT: stock.xchg photo Cabbage Has the Right Stuff Nutrition experts recommend that you eat cabbage or other cruciferous vegetables -meaning “cross-bearing” from the shape of their flowers, whose four petals resemble a cross -- as part of a healthy diet. They suggest you eat at least 2 cups, 3 to 4 times per week. Cruciferous vegetables include cauliflower, cress, bok choy, broccoli and similar green leaf vegetables. I love cruciferous vegetables, but I’ve found cabbage to be the most versatile of the group. Cabbage is a good source of vitamins C and A. When choosing cabbage heads, select those that are firm and dense with shiny, crisp, colorful leaves. Examine the leaves to make sure that they’re free of cracks, bruises and blemishes. Severe damage to the outer leaves means there is probably worm damage or decay in the inner core as well. We enjoy stuffing cabbage leaves with a variety of interesting ingredients. This recipe for Cabbage and Potato Cups makes a great weekday side dish, or a unique appetizer when topped with thin slices of crispy Prosciutto or Parma ham, or bacon crumbles. Remember, eat more cabbage (or other cruciferous vegetables) and improve your health! CABBAGE AND POTATO CUPS 1 medium onion, diced 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil, plus more for drizzling 1 (3 pound) head leafy green cabbage; discolored, damaged or tough outer leaves discarded 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper 2/3 cup chicken broth or water 2 pounds large boiling potatoes

1 cup buttermilk, shaken 1 cup, coarsely grated, extra-sharp white Cheddar or Pepper Jack cheese 1 tablespoon drained, bottled horseradish 8 tablespoons unsalted butter 3/4 cup Panko or fresh bread crumbs 1. Cook onion in oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden, about 6 to 8 minutes. 2. Bring a 6- to 8-quart pot of salted water to a boil. Remove and discard the core of the cabbage and carefully lower the cabbage leaves into the boiling water using a slotted spoon. 3. Boil cabbage about 5 minutes, or until softened. Transfer the largest leaves (at least 6) to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking. Transfer remaining cabbage to a colander to drain. Transfer large leaves to paper towels to drain, then pat dry. 4. Using a nonstick muffin tin with 6 (1-cup) muffin cups, lightly spray each muffin cup or oil with 2 tablespoons of butter. Cut parchment or wax paper into 12 (10- by 2-inch) strips. Put 2 strips in a crisscross pattern in each cup to help with removing cabbage. (You will have a 2-inch overhang.) Line each cup with a large cabbage leaf. Coarsely chop enough remaining cabbage to measure 3 cups, then add to onion along with garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, and water, and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is tender and browned, about 10 minutes. 5. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350 F. 6. Use at least 2 cups of leftover mashed or baked potatoes with the flesh scooped out. Alternately, peel raw potatoes and cut into 1-inch cubes, then cover with cold salted

water by 1 inch in a 2- to 3-quart saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain in a colander, then set potatoes in colander over saucepan to steam-dry, uncovered, 5 minutes. Using a large bowl and a slotted spoon or potato masher, mix the potatoes with the buttermilk, cheese, horseradish, remaining 6 tablespoons butter and remaining 1 teaspoon salt and pepper until combined well. 7. Fill each cabbage leaf with 2 to 3 tablespoons of mashed potato mixture. Then, place a layer of the sauteed cabbage mixture on the potatoes. Top with remaining potato mixture, and sprinkle evenly with breadcrumbs. Drizzle crumbs with olive oil. Fold edges of cabbage in toward filling (do not completely cover). At this point, you can cover and refrigerate the Cabbage and Potato Cups for 24 hours. Bring to room temperature (about 30 to 45 minutes) before baking. 8. Bake until heated through and edges of cabbage are well browned, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer stuffed leaves to plates using wax or parchment overhangs. Makes 6 servings. SHORTCUT TIP: If you have at least 2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes, or leftover baked or micro-cooked potatoes, mix them with the rest of the stuffing ingredients to save time. *** Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children’s author, a culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Visit her website at (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

• On March 18, 1852, in New York City, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo join with several other investors to launch their namesake business. In July 1852, their company shipped its first loads of freight from the East Coast to mining camps scattered around northern California. • On March 17, 1901, paintings by the late Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh are shown in Paris. Van Gogh had committed suicide 11 years earlier without any notion that his work was destined to win acclaim beyond his wildest dreams. In his lifetime, he had sold only one painting. • On March 14, 1914, stock-car racer Lee Arnold Petty (father of Richard Petty) is born near Randleman, N.C. In 1959, he won the Daytona 500. It’s said that Lee Petty never lost a race on account of being too kind to his competitors, even if his competitors were family. • On March 16, 1926, at Auburn, Mass., American Robert Goddard successfully launches the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket. The 10-foot rocket, fueled by liquid oxygen and gasoline, traveled for 2.5 seconds at a speed of about 60 mph, reaching an altitude of 41 feet and landing 184 feet away. • On March 13, 1942, the Quartermaster Corps of the United States Army begins training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, or “K-9 Corps.” Perhaps the most famous war dog was Rin Tin Tin, an abandoned puppy of German war dogs found in France in 1918 and taken to the United States, where he made his film debut in the 1922 silent film “The Man From Hell’s River.” • On March 15, 1954, the Chords record “Sh-boom.” The song’s lighthearted melody and nonsensical lyrics kicked off a new era of “doo-wop” music. Doo-wop hits included “Earth Angel” by the Penguins and “In the Still of the Night” by the Five Satins. • On March 12, 1969, the London drug squad appears at house of George Harrison and Pattie Boyd with a warrant and drug-sniffing canines. Sergeant Pilcher, the man behind the raid, was later convicted of planting drugs in other cases and went to jail in 1972. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Can Dog Droppings Attract Pests? DEAR PAW’S CORNER: We make sure to pick up after our dog, both when out for a walk and in the yard, which keeps the neighborhood and our lawn looking good. We store the collected excrement in an open box by the garage, daily, and then dispose of it each week in the trash. However, since this past summer we have been finding wood roaches -two outdoors on our deck and three indoors. Could our disposal routine be attracting these roaches? -- Cindy in Michigan DEAR CINDY: A bit of research gave me some insight into wood roaches, and I am reasonably sure that your disposal method is not causing the infestation -- and in fact, you may not have a big problem. Wood roaches are very different from the German cockroach (a tough-

to-eradicate house pest). They live and breed outdoors. Homeowners most often see them in the warmer months, between May and October, according to Their breeding season is in May and June. Most wood roaches enter through small cracks or openings in a home, but they can sometimes be carried inside with firewood or other items that are stored outdoors. They’re also attracted to lights and can sneak into the house that way. Wood roaches can’t breed indoors and usually can’t survive in an indoor environment. You can shoo them outside in most cases, rather than using pesticides to kill them. They’re actually beneficial to the woods and wild areas around your home, although they are unsightly. So, as long as your dog’s droppings aren’t causing an odor problem that bothers your neighbors or attracts other pests, your collection and storage methods are probably OK. Send your questions or tips to ask@, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet carerelated advice and information, visit (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Sami. Abigail arranged for her and Melanie to run into Austin and Carrie on vacation. Bo was jumped from behind and beaten into a coma. Hope found out that John was still an ISA agent and begged him to let her help him so that they could hurry home to Salem. Daniel and Jennifer agreed to remain friends. John and Hope came face-to-face with Stefano in Alamainia. Abigail showed up at Austin’s room while Carrie was out. Madison drove Brady away by convincing him that she loved Ian. Billie answered the phone in Bo’s hospital room when Hope called to check on Bo’s condition. Wait to See: Abe feels shut out by his own son. Rafe discovers Nicole’s secret.

(PHOTO: Scott Clifton is “Liam” on “The Bold and The Beautiful”) GENERAL HOSPITAL Starr was shocked to see her father, Todd, at THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL her bedside at the hospital. Sonny confronted Steffy unsuccessfully tried to keep Liam from Carly about her relationship with his nemesis, returning home to Hope. Bill and Katie argued Johnny. Dante ran a ballistics test on the gun over who was best for Liam -- Hope or Steffy. found in Kate’s office. Holly pleaded with Ethan Brooke and Ridge tried to find a creative way to avoid going after Helena. Carly was furious to celebrate Eric and Stephanie’s wedding that she wasn’t allowed to visit Jason. Alexis anniversary. Hope and Liam’s night of paswas actually more concerned with how Carly’s sion was rather uneventful. Stephanie received affair with Johnny was going to affect Sonny a surprise visit from Sally Spectra’s former instead. Lulu accused Delores of stealing the partner in crime, Gladys Pope. Hope confided photograph from the evidence room. Steve in her mom about her disappointing evening insisted that Olivia know the truth despite with Liam. Hope met with therapist Dr. Stacy Maggie’s protest. A trial got underway at the Barton to try to get to the root of her problem. courthouse. Wait to See: John McBain strolls Wait to See: Bill goes to great lengths to keep into Port Charles. Monica and Tracy get into a Steffy from signing the annulment papers. quarrel. Liam makes a startling admission to Bill. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Madison stood up to Ian and demanded a divorce. Kate tried to steer Lucas away from

to assure Sharon that he had changed, but for once Sharon put her kids ahead of her man. Phyllis walked up just as Nick was comforting Sharon with a hug. Avery persuaded Daniel to fight for custody of his daughter, Lucy. Lauren accused Daisy of stalking her. Jack asked Avery to be his attorney in his lawsuit against Genevieve. Devon awoke from his surgery unable to hear anything. Wait to See: Nikki is fed up with Victor’s machinations. Adam faces legal trouble after his role in Patty’s escape.

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5. MOVIES: Which Disney movie’s soundtrack features five Elvis Presley songs? 6. SUPERHEROES: What was the name of The Green Hornet’s car? 1. HISTORY: In what year did the RMS Titanic sink, killing 1,517 people? 2. GEOGRAPHY: What is the largest country in South America? 3. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: In what year was the festival of Kwanzaa established? 4. POLITICS: Nellie Tayloe Ross was the first woman governor of what state?

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March 14, 2012 issue of Shootin' the Breeze

Shootin' the Breeze – March 14, 2012  

March 14, 2012 issue of Shootin' the Breeze