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November 21, 2012

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My Little Corner By Shannon Robin Isn’t the fellow in the sink handsome? Of the cats I’ve known, Tiger is the one with the most Garfieldish personality. Our home in Saskatoon was across the street from a playground. Few of the children knew my name or my daughter’s name, but they all knew Tiger and made a fuss about him moving away. If he’s caught in the rain and needs shelter, the nearest front door will do. Better yet, he seems to have figured out that our neighbour Pam will actually run through the storm with her key to our house, to spare him the torture of hanging out with their dog. Across the street, Pat and Audrey learned that if the door to Pop’s Bus was left open for even a moment, Tiger would take it as an open invitation to come in and make himself comfortable. They always checked over the RV thoroughly before heading off on their winter vacation! Tiger walks along the fence tops tormenting everyone’s dogs, regardless of their size. In our home, though, he gives way to the five-pound terrier while feigning indifference. He’s a snuggly cat, and immediately assumes you’re a best friend and a cat lover the moment you step into his territory. He loves to be up on our shoulders where he can nuzzle our necks and purr loudly into our ears. He’s a bit overweight, so getting up to shoulder height takes some cunning on his part. If you’re standing in front of a counter or at the washing machine, there’s a good chance you’ll walk away with him wrapped around your neck.

He’s certainly not perfect. Tiger’s meow comes out as a broken squawk, he sleeps in the Christmas tree branches and he bangs on doors when he wants into or out of a room. Even worse are the gobs of hair that blow across the dining room like tumbleweeds, and the inevitable hairballs that come with having such a furry friend. With a squirt of water, we’ve tried to deter him from bad habits like sleeping on the kitchen counters, but he actually enjoys anything to do with water. A noisy shot of compressed air is the only successful deterrent we’ve found so far. We love the fluffy guy, but discovered recently that he has a secret. Teaching Tiger to use a cat door seemed like a good idea at the time, but I learned last month that our neighbours Terry and Diane would likely disagree. They have two cats themselves, and a cat door that goes directly into their basement. Apparently Tiger also goes directly into their basement and, understandably, they weren’t impressed. Imagine getting up in the morning and discovering this furball curled up in your sink or sprawled on your couch. I guess he made himself completely at home. Brenda and Myles recently purchased this home and are in the process of getting settled. I made a point of letting Brenda know that Tiger considers their home to be one of his own. Welcome or not, he has already introduced himself to our new neighbours. This morning, Tiger left the gift of a mouse for me. I hope he doesn’t share his appreciation to any of the neighbours in the same way!

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The Breeze Mailbox Update on local conservation “An intact forest is a symbol of progress, a landscape covered with stumps is not.” So says biologist Lorne Fitch, who will be the guest speaker at Crowsnest Conservation Society’s annual general meeting this Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Lions Pride Hall in Blairmore. Lorne Fitch has been a biologist for over 35 years, operating mostly in Alberta but also in other parts of Canada. He has worked on many issues related to use of land and water. Those experiences have allowed him to conclude that how we treat land and water is a result of how we see these elements, how we value them and what our vision is for the future. From this he came to understand clearly that these issues are related to people and their knowledge levels. It has motivated him to become an educator because if we want a future with clean water, productive soil, fish, wildlife and agriculture, we must make one by starting today. Lorne is the provincial riparian specialist for the Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society, also known as Cows and Fish. His topic – Stumps, Sawdust and Sediment: A Legacy of Logging in the Oldman Watershed? – should interest fishermen, hikers, birders and anyone concerned with the health of our forests and riparian areas. Please join us for this presentation and an update on all the recent important activities of Crowsnest Conservation Society. Crowsnest Conservation Society

Are you a woodworker? Allied Arts wants you! Lebel Gallery in Pincher Creek is calling all woodworkers! This is a call for submissions for a gallery exhibit entitled Works in Wood. Whether you carve or construct, if you create with wood, we want to hear from you! Tiny carvings or imposing sculptures, functional furnishings or decorative works in the medium of wood are what we want to celebrate. We encourage all who create with wood to consider participating in this show, which will run from March 12 to April 19, 2013. To make a submission, please contact our office at 403-627-5272 or and a form with full details will be provided. Deadline for completed submissions is Jan. 15. Gallery Committee, Allied Arts Council of Pincher Creek

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Champions for Brenda By Shannon Robin “What Brenda needs is a champion – an individual or a group to help her come up with a fundraising strategy that will help her cover about $30,000 of expenses associated with her transplant.” These words are from a story I wrote in August about Brenda Macdonald of Coleman, and the difficult challenges she faces in her journey toward a double lung transplant. Several champions have come forward, and thanks to their efforts, Brenda and her family are feeling hopeful about things coming together in time for the surgery necessary to save her life. Sonia McPeek, Julie Giuliano Melo, John Kinnear, Brittney Newton, Taylor Armstrong, Jody Peebles, Ty Tracey and the Ricky Ryp Foundation are all heroes in Brenda’s eyes and in her heart. Strangers have become friends and have joined Brenda’s partner Jim Tracey in providing a muchneeded support network. Sonia and Brenda grew up as friends in Fernie, but hadn’t seen each other for about 30 years. They stayed in touch after reconnecting at a reunion two years ago, and Sonia was the first to step up and offer assistance. “Sonia’s husband passed away after a liver transplant, so she’s aware of the costs, concerns and complexities of dealing with a transplant,” Brenda says. “When I told her of my need for a transplant she started Bottles for Brenda.” Sonia has collected over $1,000 in bottles that Brenda has redeemed at the Resource Ability Centre in Lethbridge. Because this facility looks after the sorting and removal of caps, Brenda is able to leave a loaded trailer at the depot while she goes to her medical appointments, rather than doing the processing work which has become difficult for her. Others can also leave bottles at this location and request the funds be donated to Brenda Macdonald. Julie heard of Brenda’s plight through Sonia’s

bottle drive, and felt compelled to help even though they were total strangers. “I just had it in my heart to help,” she says. “I know it is my soul work.” She jumped on the bandwagon, organizing a silent auction with help from her family and friends. Through Julie’s initiative, $5,250 was raised for Brenda. “Many friends helped,” she says. “It also was like therapy to me. As I healed from chemo and two surgeries, the connection to Brenda and my friends strengthened me, mind, body and soul.” Julie and her family then made a trip to Crowsnest Pass in late September to offer Brenda encouragement and much-need financial support. Strangers a few short months ago, the two women now chat daily through Facebook. “She inspires me every day,” Brenda says. “She has helped me to find inner strength and belief in myself that I didn’t know existed, and has given my faith back.” “I really love Brenda,” Julie says. “We have a connection, and honestly, besides my son and my family, this is one of my greatest works of service.” There has been a ripple effect, and Julie is now watching people she knows reach out to touch others and initiate good works of their own. Brenda is humble and sincere, and is an easy person to connect with. John Kinnear of Crowsnest Pass, a Giuliano family friend, immediately picked up on this when he joined Julie’s and Brenda’s families at the formal presentation of the money Julie raised. “I just love her, and immediately felt a strong empathy with her cause,” John says. “She moves to tears quite easily, which shows me that the stress level is way up there.” “John is just awesome,” Brenda says. “He was a total stranger who saw a real need in me, has stuck by me and has become a friend.” John immediately began brainstorming and came up with several ideas to help. The positive


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Brenda Macdonald dreams of playing in the park with her grandson Jaidyn. This dream may become a reality if things come together for Brenda’s double lung transplant. response he received to his first effort has given him faith that people of Crowsnest Pass will step forward to assist Brenda just as Julie, Sonia and their friends did. John donated two prints that were auctioned on Brenda’s behalf recently at Crowsnest Museum’s Harvest of Memories. He created a small display that included a photo of Brenda, and a brief description of her circumstances, to go along with the prints. John was both surprised and thrilled to watch a bidding war break out over the prints. Later, a jar of Fred Bradley’s honey was re-auctioned for Brenda.

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CHAMPIONS, continued from page 3 By this time John was “really blown away and almost in tears,” but things continued to get better. Local entrepreneur Shane Stewart convinced the crowd to participate in auctioning off the honey a third time, in a different manner. The show of support for Brenda that night totalled a whopping $2,270. I wish I had been there to see this act of community caring in action. I cried when I received John’s message the next day, and it still puts a lump in my throat. John’s work isn’t done – he and Brenda have become true friends, and he has solid plans for future fundraising. John is also lending his time and support to Jody (a.k.a. Mrs. Peebles), who is working with Brenda’s son Ty and his friends Taylor and Brittney on fundraising ideas involving youth. On Monday evening this impressive group of Grade 12 students officially named themselves Champions for Brenda. They will be implementing several thoughtful and imaginative fundraisers over the next few months to help Ty’s mom. “Brittney let me know they needed help,” Jody says. “They are really stepping up to the plate as young adults. They’ve got lots of good ideas but didn’t know how to make them happen.” Jody is currently on maternity leave from her teaching position at Crowsnest Consolidated High School, and is keen to help the group turn their ideas into actions. Her experience in team leadership shows in the organized way she deals with the kids gathered at her kitchen table. The skills they learn as Champions for Brenda are ones they will carry forward in life, and they’re fortunate to have a positive role model guiding them. While there will be sales of tacos-in-a-bag and baking, a bottle collection and a bake sale, these kids aren’t satisfied with doing everything on a small scale. Ty suggested a marathon floor-hockey game, and this has led to a big challenge. The Guinness World Record is currently held by Winston Churchill High School in Lethbridge, where 30 students and community members played 50 hours of floor hockey in 2008. Ty and his friends plan to challenge all community members to collect pledges, with the top 30 fundraisers earning the opportunity to play in a game challenging this record. Approval has been granted for the game to go ahead Feb. 1 to 3 at CCHS, and to say there was a lot of excitement around the table about this would be an understatement. Brittney is spearheading a video and letterwriting campaign and hopes to attract the attention of celebrities willing to support her friend and his family. Students of CCHS grad class of 2013 are coming together to help Brenda, and have even committed to raising money by working at the landfill next spring. Parents of classmates, like Taylor’s mom

Sheri Armstrong, and other teachers are stepping forward to support Ty. Based on what I’ve seen in the past week, I was honestly able to reassure Brenda that her son will be safe, cared for and loved during her treatment and recovery in Edmonton. To add a bit of creamy icing to the cake, on Friday Brenda learned her insurance would cover $18,000 (100 days worth) of required anti-rejection drugs, and that she will receive financial support from the newly-launched Ricky Ryp Foundation. Brenda is one of the first individuals to benefit from the foundation, created in memory of local hockey star Rick Rypien. “People in Crowsnest Pass tend to look after each other, and the sense of community here is strong,” says foundation director Chad Petrone. “This takes so much stress off of us,” Brenda says. “For a while I felt there was no chance and no hope for me, but now I feel so much better.” Back in August, Brenda estimated costs involved with the transplant and required stays in Edmonton to be about $30,000. When numbers were carefully reviewed in October, Brenda and Jim realized this wasn’t a realistic estimate. If they are frugal, they’ll need more than $70,000 to cover expenses both at home and away, lost wages and uncovered medical costs. It seems outrageous, but the terms and the math are straightforward. Brenda must spend six weeks in Edmonton for pulmonary rehabilitation and prove she has funding to cover all related costs before she will be placed on the transplant list. The surgery and recovery will require her to be in Edmonton again for at least three months. It is mandatory for Jim to be there as Brenda’s support person for both the sixweek rehab and the three months around surgery, so the family will have no income for a significant period of time. A few have suggested that Brenda and Jim should sell their home to cover their costs. What they may not know is that the house has specific modifications and fresh air exchange for lung issues. Brenda is on oxygen 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and this type of environment is essential. People also might not realize that Ty will be at home while his parents are away, and that his life needs to carry on with as much normalcy as possible. Giving up the security of their home might put some dollars in their hands, but isn’t necessarily in the best interest of the family. As a young parent, Jody Peebles feels tremendous empathy for the situation, and this is behind her genuine desire to help. “I can’t help but think about my girls,” she says. “I would hope that in a similar situation the community would be behind them. I don’t think most people realize how hard it is for a family to have roots in one place and be going through treatment elsewhere.” Brenda underwent her first round of presurgery tests in Edmonton in August, and wound up hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning during the process. Subsequent testing indicated she

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might also need a heart transplant but, thankfully, an angiogram last month has shown this not to be the case. Her pre-transplant physiotherapy program begins Dec. 3 in Edmonton. For six weeks Brenda will spend time in the classroom as well as doing physical training so she is both mentally and physically prepared when the opportunity for the transplant comes. After this period the transplant call could come immediately, or it may take up to two years. There are no guarantees. Brenda is excited to get into the rehab program, and says her biggest fear is leaving Ty at home alone. “He’s a good kid, and I know he’ll be OK, but this is hard.” It’s impossible to imagine the fear she faces every day as she and her family deal not only with the emotional and physical aspects of her situation, but also with the financial reality, which is simple – they need our help. “The expense is crazy, but I’m not as stressed as I was,” Brenda says. “I have more faith and hope now than I did before, that’s for sure. I am absolutely amazed at the kindness of those helping me.” “Thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough,” she adds. “Without a doubt this is the most humbling time of my life, but it’s also a positive experience because I’ve met some incredible people.” To become a transplant candidate, her physical condition had to reach a point where it was considered dire. Each time I see Brenda she is a little thinner, and I worry about hugging her too hard. We’ve shared laughter and tears, and I admire the adversity she has already overcome and the attitude she looks ahead to tomorrow with. Champions have come forward and people are taking the time to understand Brenda’s situation. Without this, she says she wouldn’t have a chance. Julie sums things up nicely. “One of the biggest outpouring of love towards me and Brenda occurred,” she says. “My family supported me in so many ways! My parents and siblings all helped, my aunties and uncles and cousins helped – it was really good. They tell me they’ve never done anything like this before either. It gave us all a sense of purpose, and isn’t this what life is all about? We didn’t want accolades, we just wanted to help.” John, Brenda and I plan to have some laughs in January, but that’s another story. If you’re on Facebook, you can join the group Champions for Brenda Macdonald. If you’d like to get involved with fundraising or to lend a hand in any way, please contact John Kinnear at or Shannon Robin at 403-904-2227 or . The original story is included in this week’s online edition at .

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Crowsnest Can Do By Brad Quarin A group of citizens is on a mission to give Crowsnest Pass a new recreational centre. Crowsnest Can Do is looking for public feedback on what the centre should include and where it should go, aiming to get it “on the scene by 2017,” communications director Marina Irwin says. The organization was founded around November 2011 by a group of townspeople “around the kitchen table” and is not affiliated with any other club, Marina says. They envisioned a centre for the town that could include a swimming pool, a live theatre or a gymnasium. Marina says there are now about 400 members. Crowsnest Can Do has been selling memberships for $5 per year and may eventually start selling lifetime memberships. There are a number of businesses in the Pass that will grant members discounts upon seeing their membership cards. “If you’re going to have a facility that’s successful, you also have to be hand in hand with promoting local business,” Marina says. The group wants to break ground by 2017, in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary. However, getting the grants to have the centre built is not the hardest part. Crowsnest Can Do wants to raise enough money to keep the centre running for its first three years. The group wants to ensure, “when it’s eventually turned over to the municipality, that it’s a functioning, running facility,” Marina explains. To achieve this, they are considering “creative solutions” like using wind power and finding businesses to set up in the centre to pay for leasing. Indeed, a common concern of Pass residents about the centre proposal is funding. “People are worried about how we’re going to pay for it, and ‘Will my taxes go up?’” Marina says. Crowsnest Can Do’s aim in fundraising is to lessen any such burden. The group has set up Community Futures to receive donations, and a golf tournament raised a couple of thousand dollars to get going. In October, Crowsnest Can Do had an open meeting and celebration at the Elks Hall. “We really want to not go off people’s radar screen,” Marina says. They went over what the group had achieved and what to do next. “It was just a really nice, social evening to just inform people.” About 30 people came, she says, noting the event had a great deal of competition that night. The next general meeting is expected in January or February, and a new executive for Crowsnest Can Do will then be elected. The group also wants to hold another special event sometime this winter, probably early in 2013.


Volunteer of the year! By Brad Quarin

Janet says. The group’s 25th Cowboy Gathering, in Pincher Creek and District Agricultural June, showcased cowboy poetry, music and Society has had a successful year, president Janet ranch work techniques and included some local Watmough says. The group’s two major events, performers. the Cowboy Gathering in June and the Pincher Cowboy poets knew the event from previous Creek Pro Rodeo in August, were both hits. years and approached the society to get involved “If we didn’t have the community behind this year. “So it was a really, really good show,” us, we wouldn’t be able to function,” Janet says. Janet says. For music, the show had fiddlers. “That’s why it’s The Pro Rodeo very important and cabaret took place to recognize our in August. Cowboys volunteers.” from Canada and the As part of that U.S. entered the rodeo, recognition, Diane and the event also Bowen-Oczkowski offered intermission was honoured as entertainment such as the volunteer of pony racers and trick the year during the riding. Pro Rodeo. Diane For children, the is a local farmer daycare at the event who has worked offered face painting with cows, pigs and a calf scramble. and sheep. She Diane explains a calf has been on the scramble is a game in Photo by Shannon Robin ag society’s board which a red ribbon is for 14 years and is Pincher Creek Agricultural Society president Janet placed on a calf ’s tail in charge of conces- Watmough, right, and volunteer of the year Diane and children try to sions. She is also Bowen-Oczkowski are all smiles as they contem- capture the ribbon to involved with 4-H plate what the ag society has in store for the com- win a bike. clubs, leading to the ing year. Both events drew clubs’ participation in lots of people, in ag society events. received positive feedback and raised money for “I understand the importance of volunteerthe ag society, Janet says. ing,” Diane says. “You can sit back and complain Much of the money raised supports the about a lot of things, but I thought that it’s my rodeo itself. Some of it goes to youth groups time to get involved.” who help with concessions. “They are our future “We can all go to events, but to volunteer agriculturalists,” Janet says. just gives you some satisfaction and pride, and Coming up, the ag society has its annual I’m really proud of our community,” she says. general meeting on Dec. 10 to discuss what the The ag society is an independent, non-profit group can do. “It’s open to anybody,” Janet says. organization that supports Pincher Creek’s “We really appreciate people coming out to agricultural community through events. “We get involved,” Diane says. kind of try to keep the cowboy way of life going,”

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Glacier Mechanical keeps customers happy By Brad Quarin Colin LaRose, co-owner of Glacier Mechanical Services Ltd., says he has no idea who nominated his business for the customer service award in Pincher Creek’s 2012 Awards of Excellence. The mechanical contractors received the award from Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce. It was unexpected, but appreciated. “We’re very shocked we won,” Colin says. “Every employee we have here, we’re very lucky to have,” he says. “So it’s really an award for them.” Colin and his friend Doug Belcher started Glacier Mechanical 11 years ago. The business deals with plumbing, heating, refrigeration, air conditioning and fireplaces in Pincher Creek and nearby communities such as Waterton and Brocket. The two men had worked together for a similar company, but wanted more independence and started their own business. Colin was born and raised in Pincher Creek. After high school he planned to study petroleum at SAIT in Calgary, but took a year off to work in plumbing. He enjoyed it and ended up staying with the company for 10 years. Six months after Glacier Mechanical was founded it had two employees. “Things have just been crazy since,” Colin says. Today, the business has seven workers including the owners, with Colin mostly performing office work but sometimes still using tools. Everyone keeps busy, and Glacier Mechanical’s growth to its current size “far exceeded what my expectations were,” Colin says. The business receives mostly positive feedback on its employees,

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The Breeze Mailbox Catch a lift to learn about macular degeneration A symposium on age-related macular degeneration will be held on Friday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Sandman Inn in Lethbridge. Dr. Chaudhrey, an ophthalmologist, will discuss treatments and current research on this subject, with questions to follow. CNIB will also showcase the latest tools that are available to assist the visually impaired in their daily living. The Pincher Creek and Cowley Roaring Lions are providing transportation for all who desire to go. Please call Linda at 403-627-3533 for further information or to book your seat. Linda Johnson

Let’s talk water The Oldman Watershed Council and Water Matters are hosting local conversations about your use of water, river health and ways to support good stewardship. The public is invited to the community gatherings in the Oldman River Basin to join an open discussion about ensuring watershed integrity for the future, starting with the headwaters area. The headwaters of the Oldman River in the Eastern Slopes provide approximately 90 per cent of the water for the river for those who live downstream. The Source to Tap community meetings link with and inform the work of the Oldman Watershed Council in developing its action plan for managing and protecting headwaters health in the Oldman River Basin. Source to Tap also complements other land-use planning and watershed protection efforts underway in southern Alberta. Source to Tap community events are scheduled in two phases: Phase 1, during November and December, focuses on the use and health of the headwaters. Phase 2, during February and March 2013, will cover caring for the headwaters. Phase 1 meeting locations in your area include Twin Butte Hall, Nov. 26 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Spring Point Colony Hall, Nov. 28 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Country Encounters in Coleman, Nov. 29 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.; and Pincher Creek Heritage Inn, Dec. 4 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Jacqueline Nelson, Source to Tap project co-ordinator

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Castle Ford in Pincher Creek is taking the Drive One 4 UR School program a step further. After participating in the fundraiser which added over $5,200 to the coffers of local school booster clubs, the dealership will contribute more if the test drives translate into sales.

Schools get a boost By Brad Quarin Pincher Creek high schools are receiving donations from Drive One 4 UR School, which was “a total success,” says Castle Ford general manager Pete Schauerte. Drive One took place Sept. 29 at Ranchland Mall and raised $5,260 from Ford of Canada for the Matthew Halton Booster Club and the Friends of St. Michael’s Foundation. “We were all thrilled with the mascots and the overall enthusiasm that Pincher Creek showed,” Pete says. “We were thrilled with the joint venture of the two high schools.... That was very encouraging.” In the program, Ford of Canada’s Pincher Creek car dealership, Castle Ford, donates $20 for each test drive at the event. Ford will donate up to $6,000 for an event, Pete says. For everyone who buys a vehicle under the program until April 30, Castle Ford will donate another $200 to a school of the buyer’s choice. “Castle Ford is very community minded,” Pete says. Castle Ford’s measures are also intended to “encourage locals to buy locally.” The support is needed. With less financial aid from the government, the Friends of St. Michael’s Foundation has been raising money for their school. Lorraine Bruder, a parent and volunteer chairperson of the foundation, explains the group works to support extracurricular and academic needs, including sports and buying books for the library. She says the money raised from Drive One will go into the group’s general account. It will then likely go to maintenance and fuelling of the buses, which she says is “a huge expense of ours.” The buses are used for sporting events, field trips and the school’s student rock band. The Matthew Halton Booster Club’s president

is parent Nora Manners, who doesn’t know many specifics as to where the money will go. However, she notes the club supports extracurricular activities such as sports and art, as well as academic and sports awards. As with St. Michael’s, some of the money might go to buses for extracurricular and curricular events. The event began when Ford sent information to the schools about the program. The booster clubs then approached Castle Ford to express their interest, Pete says. Castle Ford applied to Ford of Canada to hold the event for its first time. Pete and Merlin Lewis of Castle Ford, Viva Nicas and Robert Plante of the Matthew Halton Booster Club and Lorraine helped plan the event. They chose a date, advertised the event and found a venue. It takes a large number of workers and much co-ordination to arrange about 300 test drives, Pete says. It was the Castle Ford sales staff ’s idea to also donate $200 for each car sold. Pete credits student participation for helping to raise the $5,260, explaining that they helped direct traffic, register people and run a food concession. “It was great participation,” he says. “Thank you to the Co-op too, for their participation, helping us become very successful,” Pete says. The Co-op let Castle Ford use its parking lot at Ranchland Mall and donated food like hot dogs for the concession stand. As well, mascots made an appearance, including the St. Michael’s Dragon, the Matthew Halton Hawk and Co-op’s Cooper the Bear. Lorraine appreciates the help she got from Castle Ford, and says she “had a blast working with them.” While she initially found such a huge event to be scary, it turned out to be fun. “We did very well,” she says. Nora also expresses appreciation for Castle Ford’s efforts and the community’s support. “It was a lot of fun, too,” she says.

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Photo by Brad Quarin Lesley Bitango poses with one of the neat antiques at her new store, Treasures & Trash Thriftique.

From trash to treasures By Brad Quarin “Your trash is always someone’s treasure,” reads the sign at Treasures & Trash Thriftique, a second-hand store that opened in June on Main Street in Pincher Creek. The business is owned by Lesley Bitango and is in a building owned by her father, Larry Pipe. Treasures & Trash sells new and used furniture, antiques and small items such as cups. “I have little bits of everything,” Lesley says. “I have some collectibles, some antiques and gift ideas.” It is also a consignment store, as she will sell items such as furniture sets for other people for a percentage of the sale. Lesley moved to Pincher Creek with her family when she was three. Her parents ran the shop known as Larry’s Boot & Jean. She raised two daughters of her own, now 12 and 13, and has been married to Barry Bitango for four years. After spending many years in the retail business, it’s not surprising Lesley would go on to own her own business. The idea came to her while watching TV shows like Storage Wars, which is about auctions. She was inspired to collect cool

items at auctions to bring to a store. She doesn’t think getting the store up and running was too difficult. It took six months to renovate and paint the store and to collect items. “I kind of just did it on my own,” she says. “We were lucky to open our doors in June, it’s been really good since.” “Lots of people still don’t know that we’re here,” she says, but the store has regular customers, coffee and word of mouth. “We have a lot of people who just like to come and chat with us,” Larry says. Lesley says she has received “really good feedback” about the look and cleanliness of the store, as well as the nice items for sale at affordable prices. The store aims for quality items. Larry encourages people to try out Treasures & Trash Thriftique, saying it has a “friendly atmosphere, fair prices.” Looking ahead, Lesley simply wants the store to last. “I hopefully just get to continue what we’re doing, because we’re certainly enjoying ourselves,” she says. You can search for treasure from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at 719 Main St. Find the Sudoku Answer and More Puzzles in the Online Paper Each Week

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Flying with one eye open I am knitting a sweater. It is pale lichen green and mottled in colour. As I work through the pattern of intricate and not-so-intricate stitches I find myself thinking about the natural world that we live in. Spider webs all seem to follow similar patterns, but I think the spinning comes more naturally to the spider than it does to me and these knitting needles. The fact that a spider can produce its own thread on demand astounds me, when I really think about it. The existence of such a creature is amazing to me. Think about the birds at this time of year, paddling around in almostfreezing water or perched on frosted tree limbs. The plumbing (circulatory system) in birds is quite interesting. In cold weather, birds send warm blood to their feet to keep them from freezing. However, unlike humans who lose a lot of heat this way, birds can use what’s called “countercurrent heat exchange” to minimize heat loss. Warm blood is sent through the arteries to the feet, but before it gets there, heat is transferred to the cold blood that is returning through the veins to the heart. The blood that actually gets to the feet is just warm enough to keep the feet from freezing, and the rest of the body is warmer. Too bad the human body doesn’t facilitate countercurrent heat exchange; I’m sure it would be useful to someone in the beginning stages of hypothermia or frostbite. Speaking of frostbite: did you ever wonder what happens to frogs in winter? They do hibernate, but are not really protected from the elements. Most of the time their hibernaculum freezes, and so they freeze, too. The crazy, creative thing about frogs is that they have natural antifreeze in their bodies! Ice may form under the skin and in the body cavity, but there is a high concentration of sugar in the frog’s vital organs so they don’t freeze. A partially-frozen frog may appear dead, but when the ground warms, the frog will revive. Another adaptation that I think is cool is the teeth of the beaver, and the horse for that matter. Did you know the front teeth of the beaver continue to grow throughout the mammal’s life? Horse teeth do this, too. A good thing, I think, given that the beaver basically uses those teeth as a lumberjack uses a saw. If the teeth didn’t continue to grow, I wonder how many trees a beaver could cut down before it would have no teeth. As for horses, they can sleep standing up. If I tried that I’m pretty sure I’d fall over and get hurt. Many hoofed animals have this skill. Horses, like other prey animals, can enter light sleep standing up due to a “stay” mechanism in their legs that allows their muscles to relax without collapsing. This mechanism is automatically engaged in their forelegs when the muscles

relax. To engage the rear mechanism, the horse shifts its hips to lock the patella, or kneecap, in place. There is a “hook” located on the femur at the stifle joint that holds the patella and keeps the leg from bending. Birds can also sleep standing up. I’ve seen lots of photos of pink flamingos and other birds roosting on one leg. It must be nice to have that kind of balance! Some birds, like wild ducks, the Laysan albatross and Swainson’s thrush, have been shown to sleep on the wing during migration. Birds, it seems, have the ability to take short naps by combining unilateral eye closure with brain rest. This is called unihemispheric sleep. Amazingly, they are able to rest one eye and one half of the brain, while the other eye and other half of the brain remain awake and able to navigate. This way, migrating birds can take many naps throughout the day, while en route to their wintering grounds. I know I’ll never look at a flock of ducks or geese the same way again. Next time, I’ll try looking with only one eye open.

Photo by Jody Best Sky full of geese. I wonder if they are flying with one eye closed.

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Celebrating Metis culture The infinity symbol on the cake stands for “we will be forever,” says Karen Gamache, left, president of Metis Nation of Alberta, Chinook Local 1880. Karen welcomed 26 Grade 3, 4 and 5 French immersion students from St. Michael’s School to the opening of Metis Week at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village.   McKinney Ettenhofer, right, watches as the Metis flag is raised to the music of their anthem.   Museum curator Farley Wuth notes, “Metis people were some of the earliest settlers in this area, with names like Riviere, Smith and Gladstone.” The descendants of the museum’s namesake are Metis, and “official policy of the Pincher Creek Historical Society is to offer education, in particular local history,” says Farley. This event was a fantastic way to bring the two together. The children also enjoyed a lesson on playing the spoons from Metis youth co-ordinator Donna Bruder.   See more pictures in this week’s online edition at .

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Mark Your Calendar Events and Entertainment – Full details are available in the Breeze online calendar – Thursday, November 22 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Prospero) - 6:30 p.m. at Livingstone School in Lundbreck – Chamber Mix & Mingle - 4:30 p.m. at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek – Crowsnest Conservation Society AGM - 7 p.m. at Lions Pride Hall in Blairmore – Free Brighter Futures Zumba class for parents of children 0-6 (must pre-register) - 10 a.m. at Cowley Hall Friday, November 23 – No school for Livingstone Range School Division and St. Michael’s School – J.C. Wilson - at Pincher Creek Legion – Grand opening of new kitchen - 5 p.m. at Blairmore Legion – Free skating for parents/tots/seniors - 11 a.m. in Coleman – Free public skating - 11:45 a.m. in Coleman – Free public swimming - 6 p.m. in Pincher Creek – Free public skating - 6:45 p.m. in Pincher Creek Saturday, November 24 – Santa Claus parade - 11 a.m., Main Street in Fort Macleod

– Free public skating - 10:45 a.m. in Coleman – Distinctly Nanton Christmas Market - 10 a.m. at the Community Centre Sunday, November 25 – Grey Cup 100th anniversary party - 2 p.m. at Blairmore Legion – C.N.P. Thunder Novice 1 home game vs. Kainai 10 a.m. at Sports Complex in Coleman – Legion branch meeting - 7 p.m. in Pincher Creek – Free family skating - 2:30 p.m. in Coleman – Free family skating - 4 p.m. in Pincher Creek Monday, November 26 – Your Voice, Your Water - 5:30 p.m. at Twin Butte Community Hall – Pincher Creek Feeder Association AGM - 6 p.m. upstairs in the Legion – Monday Night at the Movies - 7:30 p.m. at The Orpheum in Blairmore – Pincher Creek town council meeting - 6 p.m. at town office – Toonie open swim - 6 p.m. at Pincher Creek pool Tuesday, November 27 – Isabelle Sellon & Horace Allen school councils

combined meeting - 6:30 p.m. at HAS in Coleman – C.N.P. governance & priorities committee meeting - 2 p.m. at municipal offices in Coleman – C.N.P. regular council meeting - 7 p.m. at municipal offices in Coleman – Homespun Parenting workshop - 10:30 a.m. at Horace Allen School in Coleman – Water well workshop - 5 p.m. at Elks Hall in Blairmore – Dolphin Swim Club AGM - 6:30 p.m. at Pincher Creek pool – Pet care course - 6:30 p.m. at Adult Learning Council office in Pincher Creek Wednesday, November 28 – Financial fitness workshop - 9:30 a.m. at Horace Allen School in Coleman – Community Carol Festival practice - 7 p.m. at Pincher Creek United Church – Free skating for parents/tots/seniors - 12:30 p.m. in Coleman – Free public skating - 1:15 p.m. in Coleman – Free public skating - 7:15 p.m. in Pincher Creek – Parenting learning event - 5:30 p.m. at town hall gym in Pincher Creek (must pre-register)

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Published first and third weeks each month. Adult and senior activities published second and last weeks each month. – Parent Link playgroup - Mon. 9 a.m. at 688 Main St., Pincher Creek – Parent Link new & expecting moms group Mon. 1:00 p.m. at 688 Main St., Pincher Creek – Air cadets - Mon. 6:30 p.m. at Elks Hall in Blairmore – Parent Link 3, 2, 1, Play - Mon. and Wed. 10:30 a.m. at Horace Allen School in Coleman – C.N.P. indoor playground - Mon. to Thurs. 9:30 a.m. at MDM Centre in Bellevue – Parent Link SPICE playgroup - Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m. at Horace Allen School in Coleman – Parent Link & Brighter Futures Move, Groove & Explore - Tues. 10 a.m. at Pincher Creek United Church – Parent Link craft time - Tues. 10:30 a.m. at Horace Allen School in Coleman

– Homespun Parenting workshop - Tues. 10:30 a.m. at Horace Allen School in Coleman

– Parent Link fun time - Thurs. 10:30 a.m. at Horace Allen School in Coleman

– Brighter Futures Stay for Play - Wed. 9:30 a.m. at MDM Centre in Bellevue – Story time - Wed. 10 a.m. at Pincher Creek library – Brighter Futures Rhyme Time - Wed. 10:45 a.m. at MDM Centre in Bellevue – Army cadets - Wed. 6 p.m. at W.A. Day School in Fort Macleod – Church kids club - Wed. 6:30 p.m. at Foothills Community Church in Pincher Creek

– Brighter Futures Move & Groove - Fri. 9:30 a.m. at MDM Centre in Bellevue – Brighter Futures Kids on the Move - Fri. 11 a.m. at MDM Centre in Bellevue – After-school arts program - Fri. 2 p.m. at Lebel Mansion in Pincher Creek – Parent Link Lego league - Fri. 3 p.m. at Pincher Creek pool

– Brighter Futures free Zumba class (must preregister) - Thurs. 10 a.m. at Cowley Hall – Parent Link & Brighter Futures Gymtastics Thurs. 10 a.m. at Pincher Creek town hall gym

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Pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child By Brad Quarin Citizens of Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek are showing their generosity by donating to Operation Christmas Child, a project to give disadvantaged children throughout the world something for Christmas. Operation Christmas Child, run by the Samaritan’s Purse organization, encourages everyone to donate items like toys, clothes and school supplies to be sent in shoeboxes to poorer countries. The Nippon Institute of Technology in Blairmore is doing its part for a fourth year by having Japanese students in the Pass participate. This year, there are five students. After learning about global poverty, NIT students will then discuss local poverty and give to Christmas toy hampers. “Part of what we’re hoping they’re going to learn here is the whole aspect of volunteerism,” says Cheryl Cann, a co-ordinator and instructor at NIT. “Helping others, being kind, thinking about how you can be involved and help your community, and how you can grow from all of that.” The program existed in the Pass through the ambulance service and the schools before NIT became involved, Cheryl says. Lisa Manners, a student at Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek, has been donating to Operation Christmas Child since she was in kindergarten. She says the program gives Canadians the opportunity to give back to the world. “We get so much for Christmas,” she

says. “Christmas is really about giving.” This year, Lisa has stuffed her shoebox with a toothbrush, a notebook, a pencil and pencil crayons, socks, hard candy and a bracelet. She feels Pincher Creek is a good community for giving, saying that when she drops off her shoebox there are usually around 20 already there. “I think it’s going well,” she says. Cheryl feels the same way about the Pass, noting that last year NIT’s 18 students packed 100 shoeboxes. “I think it is a pretty generous community,” she says. This year, NIT’s goal is to pack another 100 boxes, although Cheryl admits this may be unrealistic since they have so few students now. To achieve the high goal, Cheryl says NIT has opened its program to the community, partnering with Isabelle Sellon School and other organizations and helping to spread the word. To donate, Pass residents may take items to NIT during office hours, before students pack the shoeboxes on Nov. 28. “Even if people want to buy one small item or five small items, we’re happy with whatever people can give,” Cheryl says. The items should be for a boy or girl between ages two and 14. Pincher Creek residents can take their donations to the Greyhound station until Nov. 23, Lisa says. She points out that people also have the option of donating online, by visiting .

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Treats for all ages Santa made a visit to Pincher Creek for the annual parade of lights Friday. He was thrilled with the lovely November weather and had treats in his sack for everyone, including Pauline Warren. See more photos in the online edition.

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Helping Brenda catch her breath By Shannon Robin The good news is that Brenda Macdonald of Crowsnest Pass has qualified for a double lung transplant. The harsh reality accompanying that news is simple – her family can’t afford it. Most people, Brenda included, assume that costs associated with life-and-death health situations are fully covered by Alberta Health Services. The costs of the actual surgery, Brenda’s hospital stay and three of five necessary anti-rejection drugs will be looked after by AHS. But, there’s much more to it than that. “I wasn’t anticipating it would be like this,” Brenda says, referring to the stressful time her family is facing emotionally and financially. “I don’t think we should have to sell our home and go into debt,” but that may be what it takes to save her life. At the age of 50, the young grandmother acknowledges that without the transplant she has a life expectancy of less than two years. Seven years ago, Brenda was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as her mother and grandfather had been before her. Brenda’s struggle with chronic bronchitis and shortness of breath had left her unable to work, and her last paycheque was in 2005. She was informed that she didn’t quality for CPP disability benefits because she hadn’t contributed enough in her working years, which were disrupted by sick days associated with COPD. Brenda was assessed by the transplant team in 2007 and deemed “not ill enough” to qualify for a transplant. Brenda and her partner, Jim Tracey, were living in Fort McMurray with their children when Brenda’s doctor said she needed to move to an area with better air quality. The family had lived in Crowsnest Pass previously, so it was a natural choice for them to return in 2010 to a place they had always loved. About a year ago, Brenda began using oxygen full time. A fifty-foot length of plastic tubing connects Brenda to her lifeline limiting where she can go and what she can do. She laughs when recounting games of hideand-seek with grandson Jaidyn and how easily she is caught when he follows the oxygen line. “I found you Nana!” the toddler will call out. “I just want to be able to do things with him,” Brenda says. There’s a park next door, and it breaks her heart that she can’t take her grandson there. In March she was assessed for transplant potential again, and this time found out she qualified. While this is good news, it also means her situation is now considered dire. Brenda’s doctors had hoped lung volume reduction surgery might improve her quality of life, but her condition is too severe for this procedure and a transplant is now the only option. Brenda’s first appointments in Edmonton run Aug. 20 to 24. This will include thorough screening to ensure there are no underlying conditions present that might jeopardize her suitability for

a transplant. All costs associated with travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the patient during this process.

Brenda Macdonald of Crowsnest Pass is in need of a double lung transplant and financial assistance to make it happen. The next Edmonton trip will involve six weeks of respiratory and pulmonary rehabilitation to build strength prior to surgery. Brenda will be an outpatient during this time, again at her own expense. Then the waiting game will begin. Brenda will have regular checkup appointments in Edmonton to get to and from, while her family prays for the gift of a set of lungs from someone who is the same size and blood type. If a donor is found and surgery is successful, Brenda will be hospitalized for about six weeks. She’ll also need to remain in Edmonton for three to six months afterward. This will be the most challenging time for Brenda and her family, and having a support person with her during these months is mandatory. “I need my spouse for support, but he can’t get time off, we have a child in school and I just don’t know how we’re going to manage,” she says. Right now the situation is completely overwhelming. Doctors have warned Brenda that her body will try to reject the lungs at least twice, and the risk of infection is high following surgery. In the months afterward, she will need to live close to the hospital and avoid public transportation, groups of people and animals. The financial hurdles surrounding Brenda’s treatment are huge and can’t be ignored. The cost of travel and accommodation will be significant, and income will be lost by whoever is able to be her support person following surgery. Brenda is scared to be without Jim at her side. “If you have an exacerbation attack that can be it,” she says. “My right lung has collapsed three times

and I’ve had a couple of close calls when all you can do is hope the ambulance gets there on time.” “I feel awkward asking for help and it’s causing so much stress,” Brenda says. “I don’t go out and I don’t know a lot of people, and I really don’t know where to start.” “I used to be a real go-getter, and I’m fortunate that Jim does so much for me now,” Brenda says. “Mentally I’m drained and I don’t have a lot of fight left in me, and the effect it’s had on my family is awful. It scares the hell out of my kids.” After donating for many years to the Canadian Lung Association, Brenda was disappointed with the response she received to her request for funding assistance. “I was directed to a link on their website with information about selling chocolates and popcorn door-to-door to raise money,” Brenda says. “It wasn’t what I was expecting.” Brenda has supported many people and causes over the years and is struggling with being on the asking side and in need of help herself. “I hate to ask for help because there’s always someone else who’s worse off, but I don’t know where to turn,” she says. Sixteen-year-old Ty and his friends have talked of a hot lunch fundraiser when school starts, and friends from Fernie have held a pancake breakfast. An account has been set up at the Blairmore CIBC, and a story by Crowsnest Pass Promoter editor Joni MacFarlane has generated interest but so far no financial support. Brenda was touched when she was approached by some women at McDonald’s in Pincher Creek who had read Joni’s story. “They were so friendly and so nice,” she says. “They said I was just a baby and were surprised I was so young.” What Brenda needs is a champion – an individual or group to help her come up with a fundraising strategy that will help her cover about $30,000 of expenses associated with the transplant. “Thankfully I’ve got a good man,” Brenda says. “He got a lot more than he bargained for!” Although Brenda hasn’t been able to explore her own backyard, she has her eye on the perfect spot for a wedding to Jim, who has been her partner for 21 years. For now, Brenda says she and her family will continue jumping through hoops and will do their best to get the finances together, so that when the transplant call comes, she will be able to say, “Yes, I’ll be right there.” If you’d like to make a contribution, cash or cheques payable to Brenda Macdonald can be dropped off at CIBC in Blairmore at 12937 20th Ave., or at Shootin’ the Breeze/Mountainside Printing at 697 Main Street in Pincher Creek. For more information, or to connect with Brenda, please call our office at 403-904-2227 or email . Reprinted from the Aug. 8/12 edition of Shootin’ the Breeze.

My Plea There are so many things A person wants in life To be famous, be a star Have a perfect husband or wife To climb the highest mountain Or swim in the greatest sea Make millions of dollars All I want is for my mother to breathe People worry about their cars Or where to get their next binge Complain about walking to work While she struggles to breathe even on 24/7 oxygen I watch her struggle every day And fight for her next breath I can’t stand the thought Of her not having any left She needs a double lung transplant As soon as it can be I’m begging for your help To you this is my plea My mother is my heart She’s my world and my best friend I need her in my life I hope you understand We’re in desperate need of help To let my mother breathe I ask you from the bottom of my heart Help us make this a reality Please show your support Show that you care Anything will help make this happen Any change you can spare You will be helping save a life It’s all you have to do My family will be forever grateful Thank You – Kylie Lendrum (Brenda Macdonald’s daughter)

Parade of Lights

Pincher Creek, Nov. 16 Photo by Shannon Robin

Moonlight Madness

Pincher Creek, Nov. 16 Photo by Gerry Smith

Parade of Lights

Pincher Creek, Nov. 16 Photo by Shannon Robin

Moonlight Madness

Pincher Creek, Nov. 16 Photo by Gerry Smith

Parade of Lights

Pincher Creek, Nov. 16 Photo by Gerry Smith

Moonlight Madness

Pincher Creek, Nov. 16 Photo by Gerry Smith

Parade of Lights

Pincher Creek, Nov. 16 Photo by Brenda Shenton

Moonlight Madness

Pincher Creek, Nov. 16 Photo by Gerry Smith

Parade of Lights

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Moonlight Madness

Pincher Creek, Nov. 16 Photo by Brenda Shenton

Parade of Lights

Pincher Creek, Nov. 16 Photo by Brenda Shenton

Moonlight Madness

Pincher Creek, Nov. 16 Photo by Brenda Shenton

Parade of Lights

Pincher Creek, Nov. 16 Photo by Brenda Shenton

Moonlight Madness

Pincher Creek, Nov. 16 Photo by Brenda Shenton

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Metis Week

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“Puppyhood” J. Nichole Smith (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, $29.95) “Underwater Dogs” Seth Casteel (Little, Brown and Co., $19.99) Reviewed by Ealish Waddell With their goofy grins and tails that never stop wagging, dogs can be pretty darn photogenic. But two recent photographic collections go above and beyond the obvious with their pooch portraits. It’d be hard to publish a book of puppy pictures that isn’t automatically adorable. But two unusual factors set J. Nichole Smith’s charming new coffee-table tome “Puppyhood” above the pack. First, each pup is captured at about 6 weeks of age, a particularly enchanting time when they are just starting to navigate the world and develop the personalities of the dogs they will one day become. And second, in a genius move,

each is presented at actual size. A basset hound just fits the oversized page, while a Great Dane rolls right off the edges, and a sleepy Pomeranian tucks into a nice little ball in just one corner. It’s amazing how diverse the canine species can be on the outside while at the same time having so much in common. One of these shared characteristics is knowing how to play -- dogs of any age excel at having a good time, and “Underwater Dogs” presents several of them doing just that. Using underwater cameras and lightning-fast shutter speeds, photographer Seth Casteel has captured some innovative portraits of swimming dogs from a perspective we humans rarely get to see. The impressive results, replete with flapping jowls, bulging eyes and billowing fur, can be either hilarious or terrifying, often both at the same time. Are these fascinating apparitions some cryptozoological curiosity unknown to science? No, they really are the canines we know and love, having a great time with utter abandon as only dogs can. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. Is the book of Ephesians in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. Lazarus had two sisters, one named Mary, and the other being whom? Martha, Miriam, Margaret, Mildred 3. Which disciple did Jesus call Cephas, which is Aramaic for “rock”? Peter, Paul, Thomas, Judas 4. From 2 Kings 14, who built Elath and restored it to Judah? Solomon, Nimrod, Azariah, Hiel 5. Which tribe of Israel was set apart to serve in the Holy Temple? Dan, Gad, Levi, Simeon 6. Of these, which is a Greek version of the Old Testament? Ararat, Septuagint, Canon, Henryk ANSWERS: 1) New; 2) Martha; 3) Peter; 4) Azariah; 5) Levi; 6) Septuagint Wilson Casey’s “2013 Golf Trivia” daily box calendar is available in stores and online at (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

By Steve Becker FAMOUS HAND Brilliancies are not always rewarded. For example, take this deal from the match between Taiwan and the United States at the 1979 world team championship. The U.S. North-South pair at the first table got to four spades doubled as shown, and West, Che-Hung Kuo, made the remarkable opening lead of the nine of hearts! After East, Patrick Huang, won the trick with the queen, he recognized that the purpose of his partner’s underlead of the ace of hearts was to get a ruff. Huang also recognized that West’s lead of an unnecessarily high heart was a suit-preference signal, asking for the return of the higher-ranking of the two remaining side suits. Accordingly, Huang returned the deuce of diamonds, transmitting a suit-preference signal of his own. West ruffed the diamond and, obeying East’s signal, returned the seven

of clubs! West’s second underlead of an ace was likewise successful. East won with the queen and led another diamond, and West ruffed to put the contract down one. But alas, this brilliant defense by the Taiwanese East-West pair was more than offset by what occurred at the second table, where the U.S. West wound up playing at five hearts doubled. Ordinarily, he would have gone down one, losing the first three spade tricks. But luckily for declarer, North’s singleton spade was the ace, which he led, and that was the only trick scored by the defenders. So the outcome was that the American East-West pair at the second table made five hearts doubled with an overtrick for a score of 1,050 points. This was 950 points more than the Taiwanese pair at the first table had scored with their extraordinary defense, providing ample proof that brilliancies are not always adequately rewarded. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

PHOTO: Tara Summers Q: I am a big fan of “Sons of Anarchy,” and I was wondering who the pretty blonde is? She was on a couple of episodes and played Karen. I know I’ve seen her on something else prior to this. -- Geri R., via e-mail A: Tara Summers, who turns 33 in December, plays Dr. Karen Dunhill on FX’s rough-and-tumble, motorcycle-filled crime drama. Tara is a TV and film vet who’s been in lots of series and feature film, including “Alfie,” “Boston Legal,” “Dirt,” “Factory Girl,” “Damages” and “Ringer.” You can see her this winter in the feature film “Hitchcock,” which stars Anthony Hopkins (as Alfred Hitchcock) and Helen Mirren (as his wife, Alma Reville), with Tara playing Rita Riggs. Tara told me what it was like working with the two legendary actors: “Helen Mirren ... it’s really like her movie. She’s extraordinary. It focuses on the love story between Hitchcock and his wife, and how she was the silent partner in the operation. His wife had a lot more to do with it than we will ever know. And Anthony Hopkins is one of my heroes, and he was so generous and so kind. He’s always in a good mood, and just so amazing to work with and to watch.”

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*** Q: My friend told me that the CW is remaking “Sex and the City.” Is that true? If so, why? It was great as it was on HBO. -- Penny W., Seattle A: The CW is not remaking the hit HBO series, which starred Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall. Rather, they bought the rights to the prequel, “The Carrie Diaries,” based on the book written by “Sex” author Candace Bushnell. “The Carrie Diaries” -- set in the 1980s -- chronicles Carrie Bradshaw’s (played by AnnaSophia Robb) coming-of-age as she navigates her senior year of high school and discovers the glittering lights of Manhattan, and lots of shoes. “The Carrie Diaries” premieres on the CW on Monday, Jan. 14, at 8/7c, followed by “90210,” which moves to 9/8c. ***


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Q: I was a big fan of “The Cosby Show,” and I wondered whatever happened to the actor who played Rudy’s friend, Stanley, on the show. -- Justin W., via e-mail A: Merlin Santana, who went on to play Ohagi on “Moesha” and Romeo on “The Steve Harvey Show,” died on 2002 at the age of 26. Tragically, he was falsely accused of attempted rape of 15-year-old Monique King, so her boyfriend, Brandon Bynes, shot Merlin six times, killing him. Brandon received three consecutive life sentences plus 70 years in prison, while Monique received eight years in juvenile custody. *** Q: When will “Cougar Town” be back? -- Jennifer T., Tampa A: TBS has announced that “Cougar Town” will return for a 15-episode fourth season beginning Tuesday, Jan. 8. So raise a glass (of red wine, of course) to the return of your favorite cul-de-sac gang, as they begin a new era on a new network. I can’t wait! Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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*** Q: I purchased a Star Wars puzzle at a flea market for $25. It is the “Aboard the Millennium Falcon,” has 1,000 pieces and is complete. Good deal or bad deal? -- Rob, Albuquerque, N.M. A: Bad deal. According to the “Official Price Guide to Star Wars Memorabilia” by Jeremy Beckett, your puzzle is worth less than $10. I checked with two serious collectors, and they agreed with Beckett’s appraisal.

1 cup fresh shredded spinach leaves, stems removed and discarded 1 cup shredded carrots 6 tablespoons dried fine bread crumbs 1/4 cup grated reduced-fat Parmesan cheese 1 egg beaten, or equivalent in egg substitute 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can reduced-fat tomato soup 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 1 pound extra-lean ground turkey or beef

egg, 1/4 cup tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper. Add meat. Mix well to combine. Pat mixture into prepared loaf pan. Spoon remaining tomato soup over top. 3. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Place loaf pan on a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Divide into 6 servings. Freezes well.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with butter-flavored cooking spray. 2. In a large bowl, combine spinach, carrots, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese,

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PHOTO: Christian Bale in “The Dark Knight Rises” PICKS OF THE WEEK “The Dark Knight Rises” (PG-13) -The Dark Knight trilogy comes to a climactic conclusion as Batman (Christian Bale) must come out of hiding to save civilization from a new foe. Eight years after Batman took the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, crime is down and things are quiet. A muscle-bound chap named Bane (Tom Hardy) causes enough trouble to bring the Bat out of the shadows by amassing an army in the city’s sewers. This is the big, loud, dark conclusion the trilogy deserves. Christopher Nolan takes the themes inherent in the previous Dark Knight movies and pushes them as far as they can go. Besides Bane, there are some shiny new features in this installment; Anne Hathaway dons the skin-tight black suit of Catwoman, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays John Blake, a young cop. “Hope Springs” (PG-13) -- You’ll get a lot of laughs, sighs and uncomfortable moments from this drama/rom-com about the intimacy issues of an older save

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“Beasts of the Southern Wild” (PG-13) -- This live-action adventure shows the complexity of the real world as it is to a 6-year-old who has to fill in the gaps with imagination. Hushpuppy is a little girl who lives in the bayou with her father and a band of likeminded people who like swamps better than cities. When a severe storm pounds on the coast, Hushpuppy’s world is plunged into danger and the unknown. This is a unique and memorable experience. The story is imaginative, but the world is still real enough to reach out and touch. The film is cast with all nonprofessional actors, contributing to the emotional authenticity at the movie’s heart. TV RELEASES “Star Trek: The Next Generation -Season Two” (Blu-ray) “My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Season One” “The Simpsons: Season 15” “Eastbound & Down: The Complete Third Season” “Mannix: The Final Season” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Homemade Guacamole a Post-Turkey Treat It’s a rare day when I don’t have an avocado “in waiting” on my kitchen counter. And when it’s just ripe, guacamole is bound to be on the dinner menu as an appetizer with tortilla chips or as a final crowning dollop on a quesadilla, taco or grilled fish. When Thanksgiving turkey, dressing and green bean casserole leftovers have run their course, add some zip to a meal with the yummy taste of guacamole. Who can resist the tempting combination of creamy avocado, fresh garlic, seasonings and zesty lime? And while you are at it, let your school-age kids pitch in to help with an easy step or two. As they squeeze the last wedge of lime, invite friends over for an impromptu get-together. It just might be the relaxing antidote everyone needs after a busy holiday week. HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE 2 ripe Haas avocados, peeled and pitted 2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice

1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped 1/2 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (see note below) 1 garlic clove, minced Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1/2 medium tomato, seeded and diced (optional) 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro or parsley (optional) 1. Mash avocados in a mixing bowl with a fork or potato masher, leaving some chunks. 2. Add lime juice, onion, jalapeno, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir well. 3. Fold in tomato and add cilantro or parsley, if you wish. 4. Serve immediately or place plastic wrap directly on top of guacamole. Leave on the counter to enhance the flavors until ready to serve within an hour or two. Makes about 2 cups. Tips:

--Stretch the recipe by stirring in a half-cup of small-curd cottage cheese just before you spoon it into a serving bowl. --For a quick dip, mash an avocado and add a tablespoon or two of your favorite salsa. Stir together and serve. Note: The juice of jalapeno peppers can be irritating. Wear plastic delistyle gloves when handling. Avoid hand contact with your eyes. *** 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.

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1. The Seekers, with their U.K. version in 1965. Two years later, Sonny James took it to the top of the U.S. country charts. 2. Cat Stevens wrote the song about his girlfriend, Patti D’Arbanville, when she left for a one-month modeling job. The lyrics indicate that she is dead. Patti was understandably upset and ended the relationship.

ment that their hair be blond. 4. Ozzy Osbourne wrote it in 1980 after a contentious breakup with Black Sabbath, saying goodbye with the lines, “broken wings can’t hold me down, I’m free again.” 5. “Tell Laura I Love Her,” by Ray Peterson in 1960. This teen-angst hit has all the requirements: boy, girl, car, death, tragedy. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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More and More Children Getting Kidney Stones DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My very healthy, active, 6-year-old grandson was just diagnosed as having kidney stones. His pediatrician said it is mostly genetic, but no one else in the family has had kidney stones. A friend told us she heard that stones could be caused by drinking Gatorade. My grandson has drunk a lot of Gatorade. He does not eat processed meat, nor does he have much salt in his diet. From the Internet, I came up with the enclosed article, which linked Gatorade to kidney stones. I feel that someone needs to inform parents that too much Gatorade in children can adversely affect health. -- G.S. ANSWER: An increase in children having kidney stones has been noticed. Some authorities have speculated that the increase in stones might be linked to children’s greater intake of salty foods like potato chips, french fries and other heavily salted snacks. The sodium in salt leads to a

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rise in the amount of calcium lost in the urine, and, therefore, an increase in kidney-stone production. Eight ounces of Gatorade has 110 mg of sodium. New guidelines for daily sodium intake is 1,500 mg. To reach that limit by drinking Gatorade, one would have to drink 13 8-ounce cans or 9 12-ounce cans. Blaming the surge in the number of children on Gatorade seems iffy to me. Your grandson would be better off substituting some of his consumption of Gatorade with water. He needs to cut back on his consumption of salt from other foods too. Gatorade keeps him hydrated, but he can stay hydrated with water. Dehydration is a proven cause of kidney stones. I welcome other readers’ opinions on this issue. The booklet on sodium, potassium and chloride -- electrolytes -- explains the role of these minerals on health. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 202W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Does it hurt you to exercise if you have a cold? I do it all the time, and I can’t see that it makes anything worse. I’ve been told not to do so. -- B.R. ANSWER: If you’re coughing, sneezing or have a dripping nose, others are not going to appreciate exercising along with you.

A general rule says if your symptoms are above the neck, it’s OK to exercise. Such symptoms would be a stuffy or runny nose, a scratchy throat and an occasional sneeze. If you have an elevated temperature, achy muscles or a persistent cough, don’t exercise. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Since I was a young child, I was told not to use public restrooms because I could catch something. What are the chances of catching a disease from them? -- F.N. ANSWER: Yours is a fear shared by many. If public restrooms were a source of infections, they would be closed. They’re not. As far as sexually transmitted diseases go, I have never seen any information that implicates them in passing such infections to others. 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 328536475. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Family-Style Macaroni and Cheese We even tucked in some vegetables for good measure -- a sneaky way to get them past little mac-and-cheese fans! 1 package (16 ounce) fusilli or rotini pasta Salt 2 tablespoons margarine or butter 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1 pinch nutmeg 4 cups reduced-fat (2 percent) milk 1 package (8 ounces) pasteurized process cheese spread, cut up 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 6 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups) 1 package (10 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables 1. In large saucepot, prepare pasta in boiling salted water as label directs. Preheat oven to 400 F. 2. Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, melt margarine or butter over medium heat. With wire whisk, stir in flour, pepper, nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in milk

and cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until sauce boils and thickens slightly. Boil 1 minute. Stir in cheese spread, Parmesan and 1 cup Cheddar just until cheeses melt. Remove saucepan from heat. 3. Place frozen vegetables in colander; drain pasta over vegetables. Return pasta mixture to saucepot. Stir in cheese sauce. Transfer pasta mixture to 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly, and top is lightly browned. Makes 8 servings. No-Bake Macaroni and Cheese Though our No-Bake Macaroni and Cheese boasts a full, rich flavor, this dish is as simple to prepare as boiling water. 12 ounces (3/4 of a 16-ounce package) penne or elbow macaroni 1 can (14 1/2-ounce) Italian-style stewed tomatoes 1 jar (12-ounce) Alfredo sauce for pasta 3/4 cup low-fat milk (1 percent) 1/4 cup firmly packed basil leaves,

cut into thin strips 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper Basil leaves for garnish 1. In saucepot, prepare penne as label directs, but do not use salt in water. Drain and set aside. 2. In same saucepot, combine stewed tomatoes, Alfredo sauce and milk. Over medium-high heat, heat to boiling, stirring constantly. 3. Return penne to saucepot; stir in basil, Parmesan cheese and cracked black pepper. Toss to coat well. Spoon mixture into large bowl. Garnish with basil leaves. Serves 5. • Each serving: About 470 calories, 17g total fat, 44mg cholesterol, 635mg sodium For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at (c) 2012 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

PHOTO: Bette Midler HOLLYWOOD -- Now that “The Twilight Saga” is over, Robert Pattinson can take that long-awaited rest, right? Wrong! He’s lined up four films, back to back. He first heads to Australia to film “The Rover” with “Mildred Pierce” Emmy-winner Guy Pearce. Then he’ll be directed by Werner Herzog and co-star with Naomi Watts in “Queen of the Desert,” shooting late this fall. When Pattinson agreed to play Eric Maddox, who wrote the book “Mission: Blacklist” about the capture of Saddam Hussein, he spent a lot of time with Maddox, focusing on the book and the man he’ll be playing. Last, as a change of pace, Rob will literally hook up with Carey Mulligan in “Hold on to Me,” which promises Rob will be shirtless much of the time. That should give him and Kristen Stewart a chance to miss each other. *** “The Divine Miss M,” aka Bette Midler, hits your local theaters on Christmas Day, co-starring with Billy Crystal in “Parental Guidance.” She recently told the L.A. Times, “I was glad ‘Parental Guidance’ was a studio picture. A lot of stuff I get 8506 - 19th Avenue

offered is made for like 15 cents and two nickels.” Which translates to: She’d like to work more in films, but isn’t offered films she wants to make. Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott co-star. Midler and Crystal have to take care of their three grandchildren, and that’s when the fun starts. *** Ryan Gosling follows the $75 million “Gangster Squad” (out in January), starring Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and Emma Stone, with the $3.5 million low-budget film “Only God Forgives,” opposite Kristen Scott Thomas. In preparation to play an Englishman living in Bangkok, Gosling had daily two-to-three-hour sessions in Muay Thai combat training. The film was written and will be directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, who directed “Drive,” for which he was named Best Director at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Kristen Scott Thomas plays “a merciless and terrifying mafia godmother.” Refn would’ve made this film in 2009, but Gosling asked him to direct “Drive” instead. Obviously, to invest so much time studying the combat sport Mauy Thai for such a low-budget picture proves money isn’t what ‘Drive’(s) him!

*** BITS & PIECES: In September, filming began on “The Hangover III.” In addition to Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zack Galifanakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong and Heather Graham returning, “Bridesmaids” and “Mike and Molly” star Melissa McCarthy has been added. Anderson Cooper’s talk show has been canceled, while Disney may be planning to bring back “Boy Meets World” as a sequel series with Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel. 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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cals added to it for specific reasons. Raw linseed oil is very slow drying (we’re talking weeks or months here) and can stay tacky for a long time. That makes it great for certain applications where slow drying is preferable. For tool handles, that’s not preferable (or enjoyable). Boiled linseed oil dries faster, but keep in mind that most brands are treated with certain chemicals to get it to do so. If Here’s How to Store Tools for you’re determined to use an Winter “all-natural” product to treat wood handles, be aware of this Q: What’s linseed oil, and how when purchasing this type of do I use it on my gardening linseed oil. tools? Can I use it to lubricate An important caveat when usthe metal parts of my lawning linseed oil, either raw or mower? -- Jerry in Canton, boiled, is that it is considered a Ohio fire hazard. Because oxidation is what causes the oil to dry, in A: Linseed oil is a natural oil certain circumstances -- like made from flaxseed that has piling together a bunch of linlong been used as a wood preservative and protectant (along seed oil-soaked rags -- the oil can ignite. Don’t put oil-soaked with other uses such as an cloth through the washer and additive to paint). While other treatments are available to pro- dryer cycle at all: hand-wash tect your garden and lawn tools’ them with soap and water and hang them up to dry, and don’t wooden handles, it’s good to discard several rags at once. know about this treatment and To treat wooden handles, apply how you should use it. a single very light coat of boiled First and foremost, know that linseed oil. Don’t apply linseed there are two types of linseed oil to the metal parts. To protect oil for DIY applications: raw those, you can apply a light coat and boiled. Raw linseed oil has been pressed from the flax seeds of all-purpose oil. For metal and left untreated -- not heated parts that contact the wooden handles, use a protectant that or had any chemicals added to won’t damage wood. If your it. Boiled linseed oil has either hardware store doesn’t have been heat-treated (not boiled, despite its name) or had chemi- a product for this, look for a

woodworking store in your area or online. Store your wooden-handled tools in a dry location, protected from sunlight and temperature extremes. Don’t pile them together. Ideally, hang them up on a pegboard or place on a shelf side by side so that each tool gets even airflow and moisture doesn’t build up between them. HOME TIP: Sharpen tool blades and treat with a protectant prior to storing, so they’ll be ready to use immediately when spring comes around. Send your questions or tips to, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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PHOTO CREDIT: stock.xchg photo Sweet Potatoes Are Welcome at Any Meal Sweet potatoes can be incorporated into every meal from sweet potato biscuits for breakfast to a side of sweet potato fries at lunch, a roasted potato for dinner or smooth custard for dessert. Sweet potatoes are high in dietary fiber, vitamins A, C and B-6, and serve as a great lower-carb alternative to regular potatoes. Some people refer to sweet potatoes as “yams.” This is actually a misnomer, as a yam is an entirely different vegetable. A yam is a tuber grown in Africa that can grow to be as long as 7 feet in length and weigh as much as a 150 pounds. When African captives came to America, they were used to eating yams as a major staple of their diet. When they didn’t find any here, but instead found sweet potatoes, a close relative, some Africans began calling sweet potatoes “nyamis,” the Fulani word for yam. As the sweet potato became more popular in America, growers started labeling them “Yams,” which we now know is incorrect. The U.S. Department of Agriculture now requires the word “yam” be followed by the words “sweet potato” when labeling a sweet potato product. Smaller yams look similar to, but are not as sweet, as the sweet potatoes we are familiar with in North America. African yams have a tougher consistency, a starchier texture and an oilier feel on the tongue. Some specialty markets carry yams imported from Asia or Africa. China is the world’s larges producer of sweet potatoes, along with India and the United States. Sweet potatoes can be stored unrefrigerated for up to three months. This recipe for Two Potato Sage and But-

ter Casserole deliciously combines sweet potatoes with creamy Yukon gold potatoes to create the perfect make-ahead side dish for the holidays ... or any day! TWO POTATO SAGE AND BUTTER CASSEROLE 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces 2 teaspoons salt 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus 1 ounce (2 tablespoons), melted 2 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage or 1 1/2 tablespoons dried sage 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon honey or brown sugar 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 1/2 cups milk 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs (from 3 slices white bread, crusts removed) or 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs (plain, whole wheat or Italian flavored) 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1. Place sweet potatoes and potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with water, and season with 1 teaspoon of the salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 9 minutes. Drain and mash until fairly smooth. 2. Preheat oven to 375 F. Melt 1 stick butter in a small saucepan over medium heat,

swirling occasionally, until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat; and stir in the 1 tablespoon of the sage, the remaining teaspoon of the salt, the pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, honey or brown sugar, lemon juice, nutmeg and the cayenne pepper. Stir butter mixture and milk into potatoes and stir until wellcombined. Transfer potato mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish. (Mixture can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.) 3. Combine breadcrumbs with 2 tablespoons melted butter, Parmesan and the remaining fresh or dried sage. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. 4. Top potato mixture with breadcrumbs. Bake, uncovered, until bubbling around edges and breadcrumbs are golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. (If browning too quickly, tent with foil.) Let stand, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children’s author, culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Her website is www. To see how-to videos, recipes and much, much more, Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva! on Facebook and go to Recipes may not be reprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis

of an airborne pet-rescue service is one of my favorite books of the year. Author Patrick Regan details the exploits of Pilots N Paws, an organization through which pilots volunteer their time, aircraft and expenses to fly dogs sitting on “death row” in certain shelters to other parts of the country and to shelters where they are more likely to be adopted. Holiday Reading With the holiday season in full swing, you’re probably busy with a dozen things at once, preparing for visitors and shopping for gifts. Don’t forget to schedule in some “me” time and relax with your pet and a few good books, like these: “Dog Is My Copilot: Rescue Tales of Flying Dogs, Second Chances and the Hero Who Might Live Next Door” (Andrews McNeel Publishing) This unique and heartwarming tale

“Little Boy Blue” (Barron’s) Pet rescue takes a grimmer but still hopeful tone in this combination memoir-nonfiction of a puppy rescued from a shelter’s gas chamber, and author Kim Kavin’s deeper look into the shelter system. Shelters aren’t great places at the best of times, but dogs deemed “unadoptable” often find themselves in the worst circumstances, with euthanasia just hours away. A grass-roots movement to save dogs like Blue is building, and Kavin profiles some of these rescuers who donate time, money and love to find homes for as many “death-row

dogs” as possible. “Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan: A Love Story” (Guide Dog Adventures) On a lighter note, what’s it like to be a seeing eye dog in the big city? Lloyd Burlingame takes a look at life from a service dog’s view -- specifically, two dogs: Hickory and Kemp -- in this refreshing, unique and funny book. Pick it up today. Send your questions or comments to, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

(PHOTO: James Scott stars as “EJ” on “Days of Our Lives”) THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Bill escorted Brooke to Stephanie’s party. Eric had some surprises in store for the guest of honor, including a performance by Celtic Woman. Thomas got caught up in the excitement about the new collection and inadvertently made a move on Caroline. Brooke was stunned by Felicia’s announcement about Stephanie. Eric and Stephanie headed to what would likely be their final trip to their cabin in Big Bear. Katie learned that her plan for Bill and Brooke actually might be working. Rick told Hope that he was in love with Caroline. Brooke demanded that Taylor come clean about Katie. Liam asked Steffy to move back in with him. Wait to See: Stephanie reminisces about Ridge. Katie ends up in the hospital again. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Marlena found John and Kristen sleeping at the cabin. Nicole was

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stunned to see Eric Brady in Salem. Daniel and Jennifer rekindled their friendship. Sonny and Will worked out their differences. Kristen stepped down from her position at Countess Wilhelmina so that EJ could have access to Sami. Eric explained to Nicole how he found his path to the priesthood. Jennifer was skeptical when Kristen approached her like an old friend. Brady was injured while saving Kristen from a mugger. Jennifer convinced Daniel to enter a clinical trial to try to cure his tremor. EJ was confident that he was one step closer to winning back Sami. Wait to See: Kayla has an update on Caroline. Hope warns Eric that Nicole is bad news. GENERAL HOSPITAL Carly was stunned to see AJ alive. Patrick was disturbed by Emma’s claim that Robin called her. After Carly had AJ arrested, Michael met his father at the station. Tracy had Monica and Alice charged with assault. Spinelli helped Maxie and Ellie on moving day. Lulu wondered how she was going to afford a surrogate. Sonny and AJ faced off at the jail. Robert Scorpio arrived in Port Charles to protect Anna. Britt bragged to Sabrina about how she was going to sleep with Patrick. Duke and Anna shared a kiss. Maxie told Spinelli that she still loved him. Wait to See: The Quartermaines honor Edward on Thanksgiving. Sonny is hopeful about Kate.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Phyllis and Ronan went on an awkward first date. Avery told Nick that he was worth the headache her sister would cause them. Chelsea was suspicious that Adam set the fires around town to take the heat off Sharon. Dr. Watkins diagnosed Sharon as bipolar and prescribed her medication. Lauren was worried that forbidding Fen from seeing Summer would backfire. Neil asked Leslie if she would be his attorney. Cane was thrilled to see Jill in Genoa City again. John’s spirit warned Jack to take a break from work. Billy feared that Victor’s machismo would get Victoria killed by her kidnapper. Phyllis made a toast to Jack over new beginnings. Wait to See: Katherine comforts a distraught Nina. Phyllis gives Sharon the third degree. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Top 10 Albums

Top 10 Hot Country Singles

Top 10 Pop Singles This Week Last Week

1. Taylor Swift No. 1 “Red”

1. Taylor Swift No. 1 “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

1. Maroon 5 No. 1 “One More Night” 2. PSY No. 2 “Gangnam Style” 3. fun. No. 3 “Some Nights” 4. Rihanna No. 5 “Diamonds” 5. Taylor Swift No. 11 “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” 6. Ke$ha No. 4 “Die Young” 7. Bruno Mars No. 7 “Locked Out of Heaven” 8. Justin Bieber feat. Big Sean No. 6 “As Long As You Love Me” 9. Alex Clare No. 8 “Too Close” 10. Ne-Yo No. 9 “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)”

2. Meek Mill new entry “Dreams and Nightmares” 3. Rod Stewart new entry “Merry Christmas, Baby” 4. Jason Aldean No. 3 “Night Train” 5. Kendrick Lamar No. 2 “good kid, m.A.A.d city”

2. Florida Georgia Line No. 3 “Cruise” 3. Carrie Underwood No. 2 “Blown Away” 4. Hunter Hayes No. 6 “Wanted” 5. Lee Brice No. 26 “Hard to Love”

6. Toby Keith new entry “Hope on the Rock”

6. Luke Bryan No. 5 “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”

7. Mumford & Sons No. 4 “Babel”

7. Miranda Lambert No. 8 “Fastest Girl In Town”

8. Neil Young & Crazy Horse new entry “Psychedelic Pill” 9. Trans-Siberian Orchestra new entry “Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night)” 10. Little Big Town No. 11 “Tornado”

8. Jake Owen No. 7 “The One That Got Away” 9. The Band Perry new entry “Better Dig Two” 10. Jason Aldean No. 10 “Take a Little Ride” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

later, after being treated for addiction, Ellis became a coordinator for an anti-drug program in California. • It’s been reported that Albert Einstein did not like to wear socks. By Samantha Weaver 1. Skyfall (PG-13) Daniel Craig, Judi Dench 2. Wreck-It Ralph (PG) animated 3. Flight (R) Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez 4. Argo (R) Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin 5. Taken 2 (PG-13) Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace 6. Here Comes the Boom (PG) Kevin James, Salma Hayek 7. Cloud Atlas (R) Tom Hanks, Halle Berry 8. Pitch Perfect (PG-13) Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow 9. The Man With the Iron Fists (R) Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu 10. Hotel Transylvania (PG) animated (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• It was revered civil-rights leader Mohandas Gandhi who made the following sage observation: “Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.” • If you’re afraid of rats and mice, you might not want to read the following tidbit: Those who study such things say that 60 percent of all the mammals on earth are rodents. • Athletes playing baseball on steroids have frequently been in the news in recent years, but drugs are nothing new in America’s national sport. During the late 1960s and throughout almost all of the ‘70s, Dock Ellis was a valued pitcher who played for several teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates. On June 12, 1970, Ellis took LSD, under the mistaken belief that it was an off day for his team. By the time he realized that the Pirates were scheduled to play against the San Diego Padres that evening, it was too late. The drug proved to have no ill effect on Ellis; in fact, he pitched a no-hitter. When he recounted the event to a reporter 12 years later, he said he remembered only bits and pieces of the game, though he felt euphoric. Many years

• George W. Church, the founder of Church’s Fried Chicken, didn’t actually enter the restaurant business until after he retired. In his first career, Church ran a chicken hatchery and sold incubators. • Historians say that Russia’s Peter the Great was nearly 7 feet tall. *** Thought for the Day: “Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.” -- Katharine Hepburn (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. ENTERTAINERS: Which actor’s birth name was Ramon Estevez? 2. MUSIC: What was the name of Smokey Robinson’s group? 3. INVENTIONS: Who is credited with inventing bifocal lenses? 4. PSYCHOLOGY: What irrational fear is manifested in peniaphobia? 5. LITERATURE: In which of Shakespeare’s plays does the character Shylock appear? 6. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: During which war did Harry Truman fire Gen. Douglas MacArthur? 7. HISTORY: When did Australia become a commonwealth nation, largely gaining independence from Britain? 8. ANATOMY: About how long are the intestines in an adult male? 9. FAMOUS QUOTES: What American psychologist/philosopher once once said: “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”? 10. MEASUREMENTS: Which month is named for the Roman festival of ritual purification? Answers 1. Martin Sheen 2. The Miracles 3. Ben Franklin 4. A fear of poverty 5. “The Merchant of Venice” 6. Korean 7. 1901 8. About 28 feet 9. William James 10. February (Februa) (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Top 10 Video Rentals

Top 10 DVD Sales

1. Titanic (PG-13) Leonardo DiCaprio

1. Secret of the Wings (G) (Disney)

2. The Avengers (2012) (PG-13) Robert Downey Jr.

2. Magic Mike (R) (Warner Bros.) 3. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) (Paramount)

3. The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Andrew Garfield

4. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) (20th Century Fox)

4. Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) Kristen Stewart

5. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness (PG13) (Lionsgate)

5. Dark Shadows (PG-13) Johnny Depp

6. The Avengers (2012) (PG-13) (Disney)

6. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) animated

7. Prometheus (R) (20th Century Fox)

7. The Five-Year Engagement (R) Jason Segel 8. The Cabin in the Woods (R) Kristen Connelly 9. Prometheus (R) Noomi Rapace 10. What to Expect When You’re Expecting (PG-13) Cameron Diaz

8. Tyler Perry’s I Don’t Want to Do Wrong (NR) (Lionsgate) 9. Dark Shadows (PG-13) (Warner Bros.) 10. That’s My Boy (R) (Sony) Source: Rentrak Corp. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• Doggie has a greasy coat, but it’s too cold for a bath? Liberally sprinkle your pup with baking soda or cornstarch. Rub into coat and brush out.

• Don’t throw away that damaged garden hose. Here are three great ideas: 1) Use as a weatherstrip along the bottom of your garage door. 2) Use sections to protect the blades on your ice skates. 3) Use as a safety edge on your saws in the shop. Cut to fit, and slip it over the blade. • “If a small screw keeps coming loose on something, remove it, paint it with clear nail polish and quickly rescrew it. This often does the trick. Makes it more grippy.” -- I.W. in Minnesota

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• “Those soft cardboard sleeves that light bulbs come in are really great for mailing photos. If you fold them flat, you can slip your pics inside, and it will go right into an envelope. They’ll be nice and protected.” -- D.L. in Georgia

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• “If your curling broom is losing its spring, try trimming the bristles a little bit. This worked for me.” -- R.D. in Canada (Tipsters: Curling is an ice sport.) • Defog your mirror with shaving cream. Smear it over the entire surface, and then wipe away with a clean towel. Keep cleaning until clear. It works for at least two weeks -- NO FOG!


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• On Nov. 24, 1849, John Froelich, the inventor of the first internal-combustion tractor, is born in Girard, Iowa. Froelich and investors formed the Waterloo Gasoline Traction Engine Company. The Waterloo Tractor Works, owned by John Deere since 1918, remains one of the largest tractor factories in the United States. • On Nov. 22, 1900, the first car to be produced under the Mercedes name is taken for its inaugural drive in Cannstatt, Germany. The car was specially built for Emil Jellinek, a fan of fast, flashy cars. He bought 36 of them. In exchange, the company agreed to name the car after Jellinek’s 11-year-old daughter, Mercedes. • On Nov. 19, 1915, British airman Richard Bell Davies performs a daring rescue,

swooping down in his plane to whisk a downed fellow pilot from behind the Turkish lines. The British government awarded him the Victoria Cross. • On Nov. 21, 1934, teenager Ella Fitzgerald wins Amateur Night at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. Putting her name in the hat on a bet, she’d originally planned a dance number. History was made when she changed her mind and sang “The Object of My Affection.” • On Nov. 20, 1945, a series of trials of accused Nazi war criminals, conducted by a U.S., French and Soviet military tribunal based in Nuremberg, Germany, begins. Twenty-four former Nazi officials were tried, and half would be sentenced to death by hanging. • On Nov. 23, 1959, Robert Stroud, the

famous “Birdman of Alcatraz,” is released from solitary confinement for the first time since 1916. For 15 years, Stroud lived among canaries brought to him by visitors, and he became an expert in birds and ornithological diseases. In 1943, Stroud’s Digest of the Diseases of Birds, a 500-page text that included his own illustrations, was published to general acclaim. • On Nov. 25, 1963, President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated three days earlier, is buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. An eternal flame was lit by his widow to forever mark the grave. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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