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A quarterly magazine for southwest Iowa parents

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on the cover Kerigan, left, and Taylan Keefer of Council Bluffs toast marshmallows over a campfire recently. Staff photo/Susan Wheeler


in on 13 ‘Caching’ new adventures



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Workin’ for the weekend



{summer2012} COMMUNITY

Lauren Campbell

PHOTOGRAPHERS Erin Duerr Susan Wheeler

Cool off: Here’s a list of area pools and lakes


Book teaches kids about recycling Summer Times

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Camping with kids: Keeping kids entertained, safe in the great wide open 11 ‘Caching’ in on new adventures: Technology creates new form of outdoor fun 13 Summer fun close to home


It’s a jungle out there: Outdoor dangers you need to know about How to clean up a broken CFL bulb


Workin’ for the weekend: Summer jobs provide money, experience


Summer Reading 101: Keeping kids and teens reading – and loving it The complete checklist: 50 must-read books


A little sauce goes a long way Have a sizzling, sparking Fourth

FOR THE KIDS Kids’ Korner

A quarterly magazine for southwest Iowa parents


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STAFF WRITERS Mike Brownlee Dennis Friend Tim Johnson Tim Rohwer

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Elaine Fenner Karen Jones Emma Struve



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ADVERTISING ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Cindy Bunten, Advertising Manager Jennie Gittins Becky Johnson Marshelle Latner Janelle Prichard Gay Snyder

{what’sgoingon?} County fair season is just around the corner. Family Ties has the complete list of southwest Iowa county fair dates. Be sure to check out our Facebook page this summer for updates and photos! ADAIR COUNTY FAIR, Greenfield – July 18 - 22, 2012 ADAMS COUNTY 4-H/FFA YOUTH FAIR, Corning – July 14 - 18, 2012 AUDUBON COUNTY FAIR, Audubon – July 25 - 30, 2012 CARROLL COUNTY FAIR, Coon Rapids – July 11 - 15, 2012 CASS COUNTY FAIR, Atlantic – July 26 - 31, 2012 CRAWFORD COUNTY FAIR, Denison – July 18 - 23, 2012 FREMONT COUNTY FAIR, Sidney – July 18 - 22, 2012 GUTHRIE COUNTY FAIR, Guthrie Center – Aug. 30 - Sep. 03, 2012 HARRISON COUNTY FAIR, Missouri Valley – July 17 - 22, 2012 MILLS COUNTY FAIR, Malvern – Jul. 20 - 25, 2012 ALL SUMMER Farmers Market – Harrison County Welcome Center, Missouri Valley Fresh local produce, baked goods, fudge, plants and flowers, lavender products, crafts and periodic special events. Thursday afternoons at the Harrison County Welcome Center. The Harrison County Farmers Market is located at 2931 Monroe Ave. in Missouri Valley. For more information, call (712) 642-2114, e-mail or go online to

MONONA COUNTY FAIR, Onawa – July 11 - 15, 2012 MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAIR, Red Oak – July 17 - 22, 2012 PAGE COUNTY FAIR, Clarinda – July 24 - 29, 2012 POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY FAIR (EAST), Avoca – July 18 - 24, 2012 POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY WESTFAIR, Council Bluffs – July 25 - 30, 2012 RINGGOLD COUNTY FAIR, Mount Ayr – July 11 - 15, 2012 SHELBY COUNTY FAIR, Harlan – July 10 - 16, 2012 TAYLOR COUNTY FAIR, Bedford – July 19 - 22, 2012 UNION COUNTY FAIR, Afton – July 21 - 26, 2012

7 & 8: Villisca Heritage Days – Villisca Parade, games and music in the park, golf tournament and fireworks. Call (712) 826-7812 or go online to

11: Atlanticfest – Atlantic Car show, craft show, road race, tractor ride, pedal pulls, games, food and entertainment. For more information, call (712) 243-3017 or go online to

13: Rumbles Street Dance, Main Square – Clarinda Street dance. For more information, call (712) 542-2166 or go online to

18: Real Maple Syrup Pancake Feed, Botna Bend Park – Hancock Tap the park’s maple trees and boil down the sap to make this delicious treat. Grilled pancakes will be served with sausage, orange juice and coffee. For more information, call (712) 741-5465 or go online to

13 & 14: Bar-2-Barbara – Greenfield Walk/run/bike ride begins in Fontanelle and ends in Greenfield. For more information, call (480) 678-2436.

JULY 1-4: 10,000 Crestonians Fourth of July Celebration – Creston Parade, street dance, talent show, games and fireworks. Call (641) 782-7021 or go online to

19: Roar into Harlan – Downtown Harlan Motorcycle enthusiasts visit historic downtown Harlan for entertainment, food and more. Bike parking around the square. For more information, call (712) 755-2114.

3: Clarinda A’s Fireworks – Clarinda Fireworks display following the Clarinda A’s baseball game. For more information, call (712) 542-4272 or go online to

28: McKinley Park Festival, McKinley Lake Park - Creston Fishing derby, games, talent show, food and auction in McKinley Park. For more information, call (641) 782-2000 or go online to

4: Fourth of July Celebration – Dunlap Parade, activities in park, food stands, rides and a barbecue cook-off. For more information, call (712) 643-2164.

27-29: Lazy Days of Summer – Corning Family festival with barbecue contest and “wing vote,” street dance, “Doctor’s Dash”, Rotary pancake feed, parade and children’s games. For more information, call (641) 322-3243 or go online to

4: Adams Community Chamber of Commerce Flight Breakfast Fly-in, breakfast, mini golf, National Guard activities, and artifacts from the Greenfield Aviation Museum. For more information, call (641) 322-3243 or go online to 6 & 7: Woodbine Rodeo – Woodbine The Woodbine Saddle Club Rodeo holds a Kids’ Night Mutton Bustin’ and two nights of IRA-sanctioned rodeo action. For more information, contact the Woodbine Chamber of Commerce at (712) 647-3434, e-mail or go online to 7: Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration – Malvern 5K run/walk and Race the Trace. Parade, fishing contest, flea market, carnival, food, Auto Pushball and fireworks. Call (712) 587-1727 or go online to

AUGUST 3-5: 62nd Annual Operation T-Bone – Audubon Celebration pays tribute to the famed beef production of Audubon County. Fireworks and hamburger feed Aug. 3. Children’s games, food, parade, entertainment, crafts, flea market Aug. 4. Fireman’s pancake breakfast Aug. 5. For more information or a schedule of events, call (712) 563-3780 or go online to 10: Perseids Meteor Shower, Hitchcock Nature Center – Honey Creek Experience the night sky from a Loess Hills ridgetop and observe the Perseids Meteor shower. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and binoculars. For more information, call (712) 328-5638 or go online to

25: Onabike – Onawa Bike ride through the Loess Hills; choose a 29-mile flat ride or 63-mile ride with some hills. For more information, call (712) 423-1801 or go online to 25 & 26: Keg Creek Days – Glenwood Travel back in time and enjoy a weekend at beautiful Glenwood Lake Park. Historic tractors and steam engines are on display. Enjoy carnival rides, lots of great food, games for the kids and a tractor parade. Activities include plowing demonstrations by the Keg Creek Antique Machinery Club, Civil War exhibit, museum tours, pie baking contest, baby contest, lawnmower poker run and more. For more information, call (712) 527-9221.

SEPTEMBER 14-16: 35th Annual Creston/SW Iowa Hot Air Balloon Days – Creston Hot air balloon races, parade of bands, pet show and “night glow.” For more information, call (641) 782-7021 or go online to 15: Fly Iowa – Atlantic Family event showcases all aspects of aviation in the Hawkeye State through flight demonstrations, exhibits and displays. For more information, call (712) 243-3017 or go online to 15 & 16: Greenridge Steam and Gas Engine Antique Show – Irwin Display of working steam and gas engines as well as an extensive antique motorcycle display. For more information, call (712) 782-6545.

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Have a funny story from a memorable summer vacation? How about a heartwarming holiday tradition the whole family participates in? Got a wild and crazy family photo? And kids can say the darndest things, can’t they? Or perhaps you read something in a previous edition of Family Ties you would like to comment on. Well, we want to hear about all of it. Send your stories, comments, photos for our reader submission page to:

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State Fair Express offers convenient ride to Iowa State Fair The Iowa State Fair and Windstar Lines have partnered to provide round trip transportation to the Fair from 42 locations throughout the state. The convenient and affordable State Fair Express will offer motor coach service during the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 9-19. Each State Fair Express ticket includes: · Round trip transportation on a deluxe Windstar Lines motor coach · Fair admission · A complimentary bottle of water · Fair coupon book offering food and drink discounts with more than $30 in savings · Daily program with map of the Fairgrounds · Easy pickup and drop off in the Fair’s North Lot at Gate 15 The State Fair Express will arrive at the Fair at approximately 10 a.m. and will depart at 6 p.m. Adult fare includes ages 12 and older, child fare includes ages 5-11 and children younger than 5 ride free. Persons younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Ticket pricing varies by location. Visit visitors/state-fair-express/ for a complete list of routes, pricing and pickup locations. New in 2012, the State Fair Express will offer four non-stop routes. These routes include Denison (Aug. 10), Council Bluffs (Aug. 11 & 14), Missouri Valley (Aug. 14) and Avoca (Aug. 14). Please call Windstar Lines Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1 (888) 494-6378 or go online to to make State Fair Express reservations. Payment must be made in full at the time of reservation. Windstar accepts Visa and MasterCard.

Reservations can be made up to one week prior to departure. The State Fair Express runs rain or shine and no refunds will be issued. A minimum of 30 people must book for the trip to run. If the trip does not meet the minimum requirement, cancellation of the trip will occur seven days prior to departure and you will be notified by Windstar Lines. If a cancellation occurs, refunds will be given. •

WISECUP FARM MUSEUM: Featuring Moline Tractors 2012 EVENTS July 20 & 21: Display at Harrison County Fair August 25 & 26: Country Western Music Show September 14-16: Display at North American Aronia Berry Festival (Donations welcome)

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Here’s a list of area pools and lakes Some pools may have an admission fee. Call ahead for information. AVOCA AQUATIC CENTER


800 E. High St. | (712) 343-2424 Open: May 28 to Aug. 10 | Hours: Noon to 8:30 p.m. everyday

700 North Highway | (712) 482-3618 Open: May 26 to Aug. 12 | Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. everyday; adult swim Monday and Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

COUNCIL BLUFFS KATELMAN WATER PARK 1230 16th Ave. | (712) 328-4939 Open: May 26 to mid-August | Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. Monday; noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday –Thursday; noon to 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday

RED OAK SWIMMING POOL 108 Legion Park St. | (712) 623-6521 Open: May 26 to late August | Hours: 1 to 5 p.m., 6 to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday

COUNCIL BLUFFS PIRATE’S COVE WATER PARK 915 N. 21st St. | (712) 328-4694 Open: May 26 to mid-August | Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. Monday; noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday –Thursday; noon to 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday


DENISON AQUATIC CENTER OUTDOOR POOL 710 N. Sixth St. | (712) 263-8130 Open: May 21 to mid-August | Hours: 1 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday-Friday; Saturday 1 to 6 p.m.

HARLAN SWIMMING POOL 2102 Ninth St. | (712) 755-2995 Open: May 26 to mid-August | Hours: 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday-Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday

606 Sportsman Park | (712) 246-5726 Open: May 26 to August | Hours: 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 1 to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 1 to 5:30 p.m., 6-8:30 p.m. (family night) Sunday

SIDNEY SWIMMING POOL Sidney, Fremont County | (712) 374-3368 Open: May 25 to August | Hours: 1 to 8 p.m. daily

WALNUT SPLASH PAD MALVERN SWIMMING POOL 106 W. Seventh St. | (712) 624-9010 Open: May 26 to August | Hours: Noon to 7 p.m.

MISSOURI VALLEY AQUATIC CENTER 700 W. Huron | (712) 642-2001 Open: May 27 to Aug. 19 | Hours: 1 to 4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday; 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

312 North St. | (712) 784-3443 Open: May 25 to early September | Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.



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Book teaches kids about recycling By Emma Struve, Denison Bulletin & Review DENISON – Spending more than three decades in the trash business, along with five grandchildren, motivated Sally Weihs, the “S” of R&S Waste Systems in Defiance, to write the story of Big Blue and Rita Recycler, a lighthearted introduction to recycling for children. “I did a cookbook for our 25th anniversary in business called ‘You Eat the Best, We Take the Rest’ and the proceeds from that I sent to food banks in the counties that we have,” Weihs recalled of her first foray into book publication. “I only have one left - I sold 599 copies.” Recipes were from customers and she received help from her mother in collating the more than 800 submissions. The project took just more than a year and was locally printed. Books were sold all over the United States. Photo by Emma Kirk When considering a projSally Weihs of Defiance displays the book she wrote ect to commemorate the about recycling, Big Blue Goes Green She wrote it to 35th year of business for commemorate the 35th year of business for R&S Waste R&S Waste Systems, Weihs Systems. wanted to do something different. “I have five grandchildren and my nephew is going to school to be an illustrator and I’ve always kind of thought, ‘That’d be cute to do a kids book about recycling.’ I see some of them out there and a lot of them ... don’t have the information in them that I thought they needed to know,” Weihs said of the initial idea behind Big Blue Goes Green. The most important idea about recycling Weihs wanted kids to understand from the book is “to do (recycling) right.” “If you’re putting recycling out to the curb and it’s not clean, then it’s garbage,” she elaborated. “People think recycle, recycle, recycle. But I talk about the three ‘Rs’ in (the book) and the first thing is ‘Reduce’ and then ‘Reuse’ and ‘Recycle’ is the last thing of the three that you are supposed to do.” Weihs added, “They are doing things with recyclables now that they never used to - using crushed glass in the roads and using plastic to make benches. If you do it right it does help; personally at home, Ron and I put out one bag of trash because of our recyclables.” And then the specifics of the story filtered in: “I had the idea that the girl truck should be the recycler truck,” Weihs said. “All our trucks are blue and my grandson Peyton, whenever he used to see the garbage truck coming, used to call out ‘Big Blue.’”

Finally, she added, Rita Recycler got her name because Ron Weihs’ mother, Sally’s husband and co-founder of R&S Waste Systems, was named Rita and they wanted to include it in her memory. Daughter Geri said that it did not take long to actually write the story in Big Blue Goes Green once the idea for the content and characters were drafted, probably done during the course of an evening. “I gave it to Geri and she took it home to her boys,” Weihs said. “Her oldest son Peyton, he told me I needed more adverbs and adjectives because that was what he was learning in school.” The next step was illustration. Weihs took pictures of R&S trucks from every angle to provide her nephew, Ryan McCoy studying the craft at Iowa State University, a template from which to work. She also described, generally, what she wanted on each page and he filled in the colorful details. “He did line drawings and sent them to me,” Weihs said. The process included several revisions. “My goal is that I want to sell at least a thousand books.” Profits from the book sales will be donated to Teen Challenge of the Midlands. Books will be available for purchase at the R&S Waste Systems office in Defiance. Weihs said she will work with interested patrons to mail books, and they are also available through the publisher’s website at where the book can be searched for by the author’s name or title in the virtual bookstore. For more information, contact Weihs at (712) 748-3471 or •

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Summer Times By Karen Jones, Children’s Square USA

Most children cannot wait until school gets out! However, without the structure of school, many children are bored and restless before long, and asking for things to do. Trying to fill those summer months can be a challenge for our imaginations, and a strain on our budgets, and other resources like time and transportation. Many parents turn to youth organizations like parks and recreation departments, YMCAs, Boys and Girls clubs, scouting, and others. These organizations help to fill those summer hours with activities designed to provide children with safe entertainment and learning. There is usually a charge for the activities, but many of the organizations offer scholarships for families who cannot afford the fees. Even if your children are in many activities, it is important that you plan some time doing activities that your whole family participates in. If your family is operating on a limited budget, the internet can be a great resource. A staff member at Children’s Square identified about 120 activities in the Council Bluffs/Omaha metro area that are free or inexpensive ($3 or less per person) from June through August. The activities include such variety that everyone should be able to find something to their taste. They ranged from hiking, biking, fishing, and swimming in local parks to free concerts, art shows, crafts, contests, and carnivals. Whatever activities you choose, the most important factor for the children will be the time you spend together. Those times will be the memories and traditions that your children grow up with. Many of us have stories of those times that start out something like, “Every summer our family used to …” Those memories and traditions strengthen our relationships and help us to bond as a family.

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Taylan and Kerigan Keefer, of Council Bluffs, play in their tent while camping. Staff photo/Susan Wheeler

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he birdcalls and crickets chirping, a bright fire and warm summer days are what brings the Etter family out to campgrounds in southwest Iowa. “It’s just so relaxing to sit outside, listen to nature, the kids playing,” said Jenny Etter. “So relaxing.” Every summer the Etter family – Jenny and husband Kenny, along with children Blake, 10, and Paige, 8 – pitch a tent, usually at Lake Anita State Park or Lake Icaria State Park in Corning. This year they’ve made it out once, with another camping companion: Infant Rylee. “She did very well,” Mom said. “Slept well … it wasn’t bad at all. Everything went well.” Keeping the older kids entertained isn’t a problem. There’s fishing, outdoor games, beach trips and bicycles. Kazz and Zoie, the family labs, need walks. “It’s not too hard to keep the kids busy, occupied and having fun,” Jenny said. Kenny and Jenny make sure to give the kids safety instructions, including being careful near the fire – “and generally, stay away from it,” Jenny said. Water safety, including caution when fishing from the shore and wearing a lifejacket on a boat is also stressed.

At Botna Bend Park near Hancock, Ranger Jon Fenner hosts a camping and outdoor safety program once a year in late spring or early summer. Kids learn the finer points of being careful while outside. And they get a free first aid kit. “We usually do a program like that once a year,” he said. At Botna Bend, towering deciduous trees, open green spaces and the Nishnabotna River provide campers with a beautiful setting. The things there that children enjoy include the playground, horseshoe pits, and volleyball and basketball courts, along with hiking trails. Fenner said when the park’s busy a movie is shown on Saturdays. “I’m not really that old, but I remember growing up we were never inside. Kids now have all these opportunities, with computers, video games, TV; it’s so

easy to stay inside and loaf,” he said. “But camping is a great opportunity for recreation.” Also, thanks to a $1,100 Promise Partners grant, the park hosts a kid crafts event every Saturday. Children construct a simple craft and get a healthy snack. “The kids have had a great time with that,” Fenner said. “It’s something to do for about an hour and allows them hang out with other kids and put something together.” Kerigan Keefer, of Council Bluffs, tests out one of her roasted marshmallows. Staff photo/Susan Wheeler



Taylan Keefer, of Council Bluffs, roasts a marshmallow over the fire. Staff photo/Susan Wheeler

Hanging with other children is a favorite for the Blake and Paige Etter. “They like meeting new friends,” Jenny said. “There’s always kids on the campground, they can always find kids to play with.” There are countless activities available and children have the opportunity to choose their adventure. “My kids can ride bikes, go fishing, play on the playground,” Jenny said. “They have the freedom to do what they want.” The mother’s favorite camping memories include teaching Blake and Paige to ride their bikes and “just sitting around the camp fire.” Along with plenty of recreation opportunities, Arrowhead Park in Neola involves children with its annual Kids Fishing Derby, held every June. “The kids enjoy it,” said Arrowhead Park Ranger Dave Fischer. “The derby’s a great family event. You’ll see

the parents, grandma and grandpa come out to watch children catch fish. There’s nothing better than a young kid coming up with a smile on their face and a fish on their hook. “It just makes their day.” Camping is a pastime that doesn’t take much money, Fenner said. And the money spent is well invested. “Camping’s one of those things like fishing, where you can make it as expensive or inexpensive as you want,” he said. “Enjoy the little things, getting outside, walking, hearing the birds.” At Botna Bend, a recent event wowed kids and adults alike. “We have an owl that had owlets,” Fenner said. “A big group stood around taking pictures, kids gathered. Those are the little things they’ll remember, take with them. That outdoor experience. “And, hopefully, they’ll continue to go camping.” •






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‘Caching’ in on new adventures Technology creates new form of outdoor fun



ne might describe geocaching as the “hide and seek” of the 21st centu-

ry. In a nutshell, geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System receiver, mobile device or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called geocaches or caches. It’s been

described as a “game of hightech hide and seek.” It’s becoming popular on the local level, according to officials at the Hitchcock Nature Center, just north of Council Bluffs. “We’ve had it for 10 years now,” said Kelly Dix, the center’s environmental educator. “We have people who bring their own GPS system or we have them here to check out.” “My son does it,” added Deb Kraft, center volunteer. “A lot of people are doing it.” There are two caches at Hitchcock, both placed in the brush by a staff ranger, according to Kraft. One of them is rather simple to find, maybe an hour or so in doing it, she said, the other more challenging and time-consuming. Staff will provide the coordinates that the participants will put into the hand-held GPS system and off they go to find it. “The idea is to have the GPS lead you to the cache,” Kraft

said. “It’s not a competition. It’s the adventure of finding it.” Geocaching offers many benefits for the family, she said. “There is the exercise and being out in the sunshine and the chance to have a picnic.” During the hunt, kids can learn more about the types of birds in this part of the country, not to mention the experience is using modern technology, she said. “It’s a combination of nature and high-tech. It can be very

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educational.” “Kids enjoy learning the electronic compasses on the screen,” Dix added. Geocaches are currently placed in more than 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including, yes, Antarctica. After almost 12 years of activity, there are more than 1.7 million geocaches published on various websites. Today, more than 5 million participate in this activity worldwide. •



Summer fun close to home Summer revelers often take to the skies, rails and waves to embark on a vacation adventure. With the kids out of school and relaxed hours at the workplace, individuals and families generally find that summer is the ideal time to plan a getaway. For those who find they don’t have the funds this year, or simply prefer to stay closer to home, there are likely many different local events to enjoy instead. Many people will be making this summer the year of the staycation. With the average price of gasoline hovering above the $3 mark, according to the AAA Auto Group, you may be among the individuals planning to keep vacation and weekend activities limited to a certain radius around your house. What many people seldom realize is that the warm weather season is a prime time for local offerings from different organizations in the community - many of which are low-cost and nearby. Oftentimes, all it takes is thumbing through the entertainment and community news sections of the newspaper to find a host of different community offerings happening in the weeks to come. Chances are your neighbor-

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hood is hosting one or more of these different types of community events. Fireworks display: Whether for Independence Day or just to mark the start of a summer weekend, towns often host vibrant fireworks displays. Coastal towns may have them at the beach or boardwalk area, while inland areas may have a specific field or town center location where they can be observed. Carnival: You need not travel to the theme park several miles away to enjoy a bit of chills and thrills. There may be one or several carnivals taking place nearby this year. Many churches host a carnival to raise funds. There also may be county fairs that feature their share of thrill rides and carnival test-of-skill games. Of course, the carnival food that goes with the event is also something to look forward to. Park activities: From hiking excursions to garden tours, the private or government-subsidized parks may issue an events schedule with many different activities. Some have theater under the stars or camp-out movie nights. Others may have wine- and cheese-tasting soirees. These parks may have exhibition centers that can be visited any time of the year. Summer camps: Many childcare centers and other organizations offer summer camp programs. Research this option early on so you can ensure a place for your child should you choose to sign up.

Food festivals: Towns often host different food festivals where local vendors can put their wares on display and happy residents can sample to their hearts’ delight. Concerts: The summer season is certainly one for concerts. If you don’t happen to live right near a sports arena or another music venue, you may be able to enjoy local bands at clubs and restaurants. Some towns also have a performance stage where they invite performers to play week after week. Who knows, your favorite musician may show up for an acoustic or intimate performance night. Breakfasts and brunches: Different organizations host fundraising food events. The entire family can eat out at a fraction of the cost of going to a restaurant and benefit a good cause in the process. Street fairs and block parties: Part of the fun of summer is getting outdoors and socializing in the community. Street fairs with foods on a stick and even neighborhood-based block parties enable you to get together and enjoy a little fun really close to home. Tours and parades: Although parades often coincide with major holidays, some towns host carnivaltype parades for the community. Children may be able to ride on a fire truck or explore the workings of a police cruiser. There are plenty of enjoyable activities that could be taking place right in

Certain songs evoke feelings of summertime and call to mind backyard barbecues or gatherings on the beach. There are certain classic hits that seem to go hand-in-hand with warm weather. While there are scores of songs that topped the charts during the summer months, these songs seem like they were tailor made specifically for summer fun. • “Under the Boardwalk,” The Drifters • “School’s Out,” Alice Cooper • “Summer Nights,” John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John • “Summer Breeze,” Seals and Croft • “Soak up the Sun,” Sheryl Crow • “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” Sly & the Family Stone • “California Gurls,” Katy Perry, feat. Snoop Dogg • “Summer in the City,” The Lovin’ Spoonful • “Vacation,” The Go-Go’s • “In the Summertime,” Mungo Jerry • “Dancing in the Street,” Martha & the Vandellas • “Good Vibrations,” The Beach Boys • “Margaritaville,” Jimmy Buffett • “Life is a Highway,” Rascal Flatts • “Summertime,” Bon Jovi • “Summer Wind,” Michael Buble • “Summertime Blues,” Eddie Cochran • “California Girls,” The Beach Boys • “Water,” Brad Paisley • “Saturday in the Park,” Chicago • “Summer Days,” Bob Dylan • “The Tide is High,” Blondie • “Ventura Highway,” America • “Pink Houses,” John Mellencamp • “Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer,” Nat King Cole • “Cruel Summer,” Bananarama • “All Summer Long,” Kid Rock • “The Boys of Summer,” Don Henley • “Girls in Their Summer Clothes,” Bruce Springsteen • “Happy Summertime,” R. Kelly • “Summer Lady,” Santana • “Summer’s Almost Gone,” The Doors • “Our Last Summer,” ABBA • “Summer Sunshine,” The Coors • “Summer of ‘69,” Bryan Adams



It’s a jungle out there: Outdoor dangers you need to know about TIM JOHNSON TJOHNSON@NONPAREILONLINE.COM


t’s a jungle out there, with blazing sunlight, ticks, poison ivy and insects waiting to attack you and your children. The sun is likely to be a hazard on any outing. Exposure can lead to painful burns and, in the long run, skin cancer. If possible, plan to be outdoors before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. when the sun is not as direct, advised Arian Haddix, community relations representative for the American Cancer Society. To promote sunlight safety, the American Cancer Society is using the slogan, “Slip! Slop! Slap and Wrap! The words refer to four of the key ways to protect yourself from ultraviolet radiation: • Slip on a shirt. Cover up – preferably with a long-sleeved shirt and pants or a long skirt • Slop on some sunscreen. Choose products with an SPF of at least 30. Apply generously, and re-apply at least every two hours – more often if swimming or sweating. Make sure children are protected. They can burn more easily than adults. Babies younger than 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight and protected with hats and clothing. Sunscreen may be used on small exposed areas only if clothing and shade are not available. • Slap on a hat. A widebrimmed hat is best. Straw is not as effective as tightly woven fabric. • Wrap on sunglasses to protect your eyes and the sensitive skin around them. Look for glasses that say, “Meets ANSI UV

requirements” or “UV absorption up to 400 nm.” Children, too, need glasses that absorb UV rays, not just toy sunglasses. A far less likely but potentially serious threat is Lyme disease. The disease is a bacterial infection spread through the bite of the blacklegged tick, commonly called the deer tick, according to PubMed Health, an online service of the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine. The Lone Star tick has also been known to carry it, according to the Iowa Lyme Disease Association. The ticks pick up the bacteria when they bite infected mice or deer. The disease is most common in the Northeast, North-Central and Pacific-Coast regions of the United States. It is much less prevalent in Iowa than in its neighbors to the north, Minnesota and Wisconsin. In 2010, for example, 85 cases were reported in Iowa, compared with 1,960 cases in Minnesota and 3,488 in Wisconsin, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Ticks that carry Lyme disease may be in the nymph stage and be almost too small to see, so err on the side of caution. According to PubMed, risk factors include doing outside activities that increase tick exposure (i.e., gardening or hiking), having a pet that may carry ticks home and walking in tall grass. The CDC recommends avoiding wooded and bushy areas with tall grass and leaf litter and walking in the center of trails. When that isn’t possible, use the following repellents: • Use repellents that contain

20 percent or more DEET on exposed skin for protection that lasts up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes and mouth. If also using sunscreen, apply the sunscreen first. • Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents. It remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is available and remains protective for up to 70 washings. To find and remove and remove ticks from your body, do the following: • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you • Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or fulllength mirror to view all parts of

your body. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist and especially in the hair. If they have already attached, use fine-tipped tweezers to remove. • Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later. Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill remaining ticks. Symptoms of early localized Lyme disease (Stage 1), which may take days or even weeks to develop, resemble the flu and may include body-wide itching, chills, fever, headache, rash, lightheadedness, muscle pain or stiff neck. The general rule of thumb is, if you develop a fever or rash, call the doctor. A blood test can be done to check for antibodies to the bacteria. Symptoms of early disseminat-

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Exposure to poison ivy causes a reaction in 80 to 90 percent of adults.


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The Lone Star tick, like the common deer tick, can carry Lyme disease, but infections are rare in southwest Iowa.

ed Lyme disease (Stage 2) may occur weeks to months after a tick bite and may include paralysis or weakness in facial muscles, swelling in the knees and other large joints or heart palpitations. Signs of late disseminated Lyme disease (Stage 3) may surface months or years after initial exposure and may include muscle weakness, abnormal muscle movement, numbness and tingling and speech problems. If diagnosed in the early stages, Lyme disease can be cured with antibiotics. Without treatment, complications involving the joints, heart and nervous system can occur. However, these symptoms are still treatable. In rare cases, symptoms may continue even after treatment. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac release an oil, urushiol, when the plant is bruised, damaged or burned. Only poison ivy is found in Iowa, according to the CDC. Even a small amount of this oil was cause 80 to 90 percent of adults to have a reaction. Overthe-counter topical medications can relieve symptoms for most people, but immediate medical attention may be needed for more severe reactions – especially when someone is exposed to smoke from burning poisonous plants. Burning the plants is especially dangerous, because someone could inhale the allergens, which could cause the lungs to become irritated.

Insect bites are hard to avoid, but the repellents that have proven most successful are those that contain DEET or picaridin, according to the CDC. Some are restricted for use on children, so always follow the instructions. Do not apply to cuts, wounds or irritated skin. After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water. Do not spray aerosol or pump products toward your face. Do not use aerosol or pump products in a confined area. Oil of lemon eucalyptus has been shown to yield results similar to a low level of DEET, but oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children younger than 3 years old. To use insect repellent with children: • Apply it to your own hands and rub on the children, being careful to avoid the child’s hands, mouth, eyes and ears. • Do not let children apply their own repellent. • Keep repellent out of the reach of children. • Do not wear under clothing. If repellent is applied to clothing, wash treated clothing before wearing again. • You can also prevent bites with long pants and long sleeves. • Mosquito netting can be used over infant carriers. Repellents can cause skin reactions, in rare cases. If skin becomes irritated, wash treated area, discontinue use and call a poison control center. If a product gets in the eyes, flush with water and contact a health care provider or poison control center. If seeing a doctor, take the product along. For more information on repellent products, call the National Pesticide Information Center at 1 (800) 858-7378 or go online to or sect/. •




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How to clean up a broken CFL bulb Compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, have grown increasingly popular as more and more consumers make environmentally conscious purchases. CFLs use less energy than traditional light bulbs, and, though they contain mercury, they actually reduce the total mercury emissions because of their energy savings. Though CFLs reduce the demand for power, they can be dangerous if broken. When broken, CFLs can release mercury vapor into the air, and those vapors can threaten a handler’s health. While the Environmental Protection Agency notes that CFL manufacturers are working to reduce the amount of mercury in their products, it’s still best to exercise caution when a CFL breaks. The following are a few tips, courtesy of the EPA, on what to do when a CFL breaks in your home or office. PRIOR TO CLEANUP When a CFL breaks, there are some important steps to take before you begin cleaning it up. * Empty the room of people and pets. As mentioned, mercury vapors can be harmful to a person’s health, so reduce risk of physical harm by asking people to leave the room and take any pets with them. * Air out the room. Let some fresh air into the room where the bulb broke. Open the windows or a door to the outdoors, and air the room out for 5 to 10 minutes. * Turn off the air conditioning or heating system. * Gather the materials for cleanup, which include stiff paper or cardboard, sticky tape, damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes and a glass jar with a metal lid that can be sealed. If you don’t have a jar on hand, a sealable plastic bag will work as well. DURING CLEANUP Once the room has been aired out and the materials for cleanup have been gathered, a few additional precautions are necessary to properly dispose of a broken CFL. * Do not use the vacuum. Though it might be tempting to use the vacuum, it could also be risky. A vacuum could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapors, so only use one if there is still broken glass around after all other cleanup steps have been taken.

* Be thorough. When cleaning, be sure to pick up every piece of broken glass and sweep any visible powder. * Discard cleanup materials. Once you have finished cleaning, discard the materials you used by placing them in a sealable container. AFTER CLEANUP Once you have finished cleaning the room where the bulb broke, it’s time to discard the materials. * When cleanup has ended, immediately discard bulb debris and the materials used during cleanup (including a vacuum bag if you used a vacuum). Place the materials in a trash can or in a protected area, especially if you have curious kids around the house, until they can be disposed of. * Be sure you are legally disposing of the materials. Local governments typically have their own laws about discarding CFLs (broken or unbroken), with many mandating that such bulbs be taken to the local recycling center. Be sure to obey these laws. * Keep airing out the room if possible. Though airing the room out for 5 to 10 minutes might be adequate, when possible, air the room out for several hours. In addition, if possible, keep the heating and cooling system off for a few hours after the bulb has broken. CFLs save energy and can save homeowners substantial amounts of money on their monthly energy bill. However, when these bulbs break, let caution reign with regard to cleanup. - Metro Creative Connection

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Summer jobs provide money, experience


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Camp counselor Taylor Atkinson, 21, watches over a group of campers during a game at Adventure Camp at Roberts Park on Tuesday, May 30.


shley Wilkins is a Thomas Jefferson High School sophomore. She’s 15 years old and she has gone after and received a work permit.

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Ashley Wilkins, 15, has a work permit and a learner’s permit now. She expects to be ready to drive herself to work when she turns 16 in September. For now, though, she is among those teenagers looking for a summer job.

“She wants to go to work because she wants the money,” her mother, Lisa Wilkins, said with a laugh. However, if you’re a student, it’s not easy to find a job. There are laws about underage workers. “Not many people want to hire a kid, even with a work permit,” Lisa said, and she doesn’t want her daughter to work in a fast-food establishment because of the late hours. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible for young people to find summer jobs. There are ways students can earn extra cash over the summer, although the choices are somewhat limited. Entry-level jobs can include working as a cashier, as a stock clerk in retail businesses or bussing dishes in a restaurant. Other traditional first jobs

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include babysitting, delivering newspapers, even pet sitting or dog-walking. “Ashley has done babysitting, and last summer she did paperwork for a daycare center,” Lisa said. That’s called “networking,” a good skill for first-time workers to learn. Ashley and her mother said they knew the daycare owner, which gave Ashley a chance to get her foot in the door and get a good reference as well. “She’s always been amazing with kids, so we liked getting her the work experience,” Lisa said. “I think it will give me some good experience, and make me feel like I am doing something worthwhile to help me in the future,” Ashley said. Some young people try their hand at entrepreneurship by

offering to mow lawns, weed gardens or do general yard work for homeowners, often successfully developing a client list of people who use their help in the summer. Some teenagers wash cars. Others hold garage sales, cleaning out the family’s closets, attic and basement for items family members no longer want or need anymore. Working also offers Ashley a practical way to learn about finances and other lessons such as time management, Lisa said. Ashley will be juggling and prioritizing a number of activities and events around a work schedule. Teenagers who can swim traditionally have been able to find work at swimming pools as lifeguards. Occasionally, camps and other organizations look for youngsters to help out.

{finance} “We have 40 lifeguards and most of them are under 18 years of age,” said Leo McIntosh, district vice president of the YMCA of Greater Omaha. Y lifeguards must be at least 15 years old. “We use lifeguards at the Kirn Middle School and the Council Bluffs pool,” McIntosh said. Y lifeguards must go through a three-day lifeguard certification program. “They learn to scan the pool and they get CPR and first aid training,” McIntosh said. Since the pools remain open throughout the year, there’s also an opportunity for students to keep working even after they return to school. Geoff Hubbard, the recreation superintendent for the city of Council Bluffs, said students who hope to get work during the summer need to start looking months in advance. Most positions are filled by now, he said. “The best time to apply is in January or February,” Hubbard said. “We hire high school and college age kids,” he said. “They help at the swimming pools. They help in mowing the parks and the recreation complex.”


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Moran Hively, 19, plays street hockey with a couple of campers at Camp Adventure at Roberts Park on Wednesday, May 30.

The students also help out at Camp Adventure, where the city watches about 30 kids all summer, according to Hubbard. “We play games, go to Pirate Cove and go on field trips,” he said. Summer jobs can help students not only by providing them with spending cash, but also be providing important experiences, Hubbard said.

“They can learn time management on their first job,” Hubbard said. “They learn to take instruction from someone other than their parents. They also learn important communication skills, because sometimes they’ll have to interact with people instead of simply texting.” Students hoping for a summer job might also try retail stores, since they will gear up for back-to-school sales, and

these stores stay busy all summer. Back-to-school season usually starts at the end of July and back-to-school shopping extends beyond pencils and notebooks. Also, many students leave their summer jobs in supermarkets and other stores when school gets under way again, leaving a number of regular part-time jobs be available after September. •

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Summer Reading 101 Keeping kids and teens reading – and loving it When school is out, the last thing many kids want to do is pick up another book. However, reading is one of the most important activities children can do now to help themselves later in life. “With the majority of U.S. fourth-grade students reading below the proficient level, the summer months are critical for student learning,” said Meredith Curley, Dean of the College of Education at University of Phoenix. “By engaging in fun reading activities during the summer months, parents not only have the opportunity to encourage learning, but to motivate their children to develop a lifelong love of reading.” Curley offers these tips for parents and caregivers to incorporate reading into everyday activities. To learn about University of Phoenix education programs go online to FOR YOUNGER READERS (GRADES K TO 6) Read out loud. Encouraging your children to read aloud will help develop their reading fluency and build their confidence as readers. Let them play. Games and activities played on electronic devices provide many opportunities to engage children with words and letters. Spelling games, word games and matching games can help children build reading proficiency and comprehension. Turn them into storytellers. Have your child read a book and then retell the story. If he or she has trouble, help by asking the five Ws: Who, What, Where, When and Why. Hone their critical thinking skills. Help your children build critical thinking skills by asking them questions, such as what they think about something that happens in a story, or if they have experienced something like that before. Turn a library visit into an adventure. Make an ordinary trip to the public library an adventure for your child by selecting a topic to research. For instance, set out to learn everything you can about your hometown, animals or space. Choosing Books — A simple rule of thumb for choosing an appropriate book is called the Five Finger Rule. Let your children pick out books that interest them. Have them read 100 words from the book, asking them to raise

one finger for each word they don’t know. If the child raises more than five fingers, the book is probably too difficult. FOR TWEEN AND TEEN READERS A recent National Endowment of the Arts reading study found that while 54 percent of 9-year-olds read for pleasure, the number drops to 30 percent for 13-year-olds, and only 22 percent for 17-year-olds. Here are some ideas to help tweens and teens rediscover the pleasure of reading: Have them write. Teens can submit book reviews to sites such as This is a great way to combine reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Let them check out graphic novels. There are some high-quality titles available that deal with a wide range of subjects that will appeal to girls and boys and can be a great way to engage reluctant readers. Look for book-to-film novels. If teens have seen the movie, they might be willing to read the book. If you read it too, then you can talk about the differences between the two versions such as why the filmmakers might have made certain changes, etc. Choosing Books — Teens tend to want to read what their peers are reading, so check out websites such as, or, or teen book review blogs such as - Family Features

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The complete checklist: 50 must-read books Scholastic’s 50 Greatest Books for Kids list spans a variety of ages and genres, so there’s something for everyone. Print out this checklist and make it yours: Mark the books you’ve shared with your children or they have read, star family favorites, and highlight titles you’re looking forward to bringing home from the library or bookstore. For more ideas, see the rest of the list at 1–Charlotte’s Web Written by E. B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams Ages 8-10 Fiction: fantasy, animal characters 2–Goodnight Moon Written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd Ages 0-3 Fiction: animal characters 3–A Wrinkle in Time Written by Madeleine L’Engle Ages 11+ Fiction: fantasy 4–The Snowy Day Written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats Ages 4-7 Fiction: realistic fiction 5–Where the Wild Things Are Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak Ages 0-3 Fiction: fantasy 6–Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Written by J. K. Rowling and illustrated by Mary GrandPré Ages 11+ Fiction: fantasy, folktales/fairy tales/myths 7–Green Eggs and Ham Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss Ages 4-7 Fiction: fantasy 8–The Diary of a Young Girl Written by Anne Frank Ages 11+ Nonfiction: autobiography 9–The Giving Tree Written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein Ages 4-7 Fiction: fantasy, fable

21–Bud, Not Buddy Written by Christopher Paul Curtis Ages 11+ Fiction: realistic fiction, historical fiction

10–Frog and Toad Are Friends Written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel Ages 8-10 Fiction: animal characters

22–Corduroy Written and illustrated by Don Freeman Ages 0-3 Fiction: fantasy, animal characters

11–Anne of Green Gables Written by L. M. Montgomery Ages 11+ Fiction: realistic fiction 12–The Very Hungry Caterpillar Written and illustrated by Eric Carle Ages 0-3 Informational: early concepts (colors, numbers); Fiction: animal characters 13–Madeline Written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans Ages 4-7 Fiction: realistic fiction 14–The Wind in the Willows Written by Kenneth Grahame and illustrated by Inga Moore Ages 8-10 Fiction: fantasy, animal characters 15–The Dot Written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds Ages 4-7 Fiction: realistic fiction

23–The Phantom Tollbooth Written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer Ages 8-10 Fiction: fantasy 24–The Little Engine That Could Written by Watty Piper and illustrated by George and Doris Hauman Ages 4-7 Fiction: fantasy 25–The Giver Written by Lois Lowry Ages 11+ Fiction: science fiction, dystopia

26–Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Written and illustrated by Grace Lin Ages 8-10 Fiction: fantasy, folktales/fairy tales/myth 27–Black on White Written and illustrated by Tana Hoban Ages 0-3 Informational: early concepts 28–Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Written and illustrated by Mo Willems Ages 4-7 Fiction: fantasy, animal characters 29–Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Written by Judy Blume Ages 11+ Fiction: realistic fiction 30–My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother Written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco

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16–Tuck Everlasting Written by Natalie Babbitt Ages 11+ Fiction: fantasy 17–Pat the Bunny Written and illustrated by Dorothy Kunhardt Ages 0-3 Informational: early concepts (the senses); fiction: realistic fiction 18–When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson Written by Pam Muñoz Ryan and illustrated by Brian Selznick Ages 8-10 Nonfiction: biography 19–Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale Written and illustrated by Mo Willems Ages 0-3 Fiction: realistic fiction 20–Where the Sidewalk Ends Written and illustrated by Silverstein Ages 8-10 Fiction: poetry


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{education} Ages 8-10 Fiction: realistic fiction 31–The Mitten Written and illustrated by Jan Brett Ages 4-7 Fiction: folktales, animal characters 32–The Runaway Bunny Written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd Ages 0-3 Fiction: animal characters 33–The Hunger Games Written by Suzanne Collins Ages 11+ Fiction: science fiction, dystopia 34–Swimmy Written and illustrated by Leo Lionni Ages 4-7 Fiction: animal characters 35–Freight Train Written and illustrated by Donald Crews

Ages 0-3 Informational: early concepts (colors, train cars); Fiction: realistic fiction 36–The Secret Garden Written by Francis Hodgson Burnett and illustrated by Tasha Tudor Ages 8-10 Fiction: realistic fiction 37–The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear Written by Don and Audrey Wood and illustrated by Don Wood Ages 4-7 Fiction: animal characters 38–Diary of a Wimpy Kid Written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney Ages 11+ Fiction: realistic fiction 39–Zen Shorts Written and illustrated by John J. Muth Ages 8-10 Fiction: fantasy, fables/folktales/myths, animal characters 40–Moo, Baa, La La La Written and illustrated by Sandra

Boynton Ages 0-3 Informational: early concepts (animal sounds), Fiction: animal characters 41–Matilda Written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake Ages 8-10 Fiction: fantasy 42–What Do People Do All Day? Written and illustrated by Richard Scarry Ages 4-7 Informational: early concepts (jobs), Fiction: animal characters 43–The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe Written by C. S. Lewis and illustrated by Pauline Baynes Ages 11+ Fiction: fantasy 44–Good Night, Gorilla Written and illustrated by P e g g y Rathmann Ages 0-3 Fiction: fantasy, animal characters


45–The Composition Written by Antonio Skármeta and illustrated by Alfonso Ruano Ages 8-10 Fiction: realistic fiction 46–Not a Box Written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis Ages 4-7 Fiction: animal characters 47–Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Written by Bill Martin, Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle Ages 0-3 Informational: early concepts (colors); Fiction: animal characters 48–Hatchet Written by Gary Paulsen Ages 11+ Fiction: realistic fiction 49–Martin’s Big Words Written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier Ages 4-7 Nonfiction:



A little sauce goes a long way

COOKING WITH ELAINE by Elaine Fenner Being born and raised by a large, Italian family of immigrants on Lake Erie in western New York, I was brought up making everything from scratch including linguine and fettuccine. We loved it. It was the perfect texture and the perfect taste. We would even make it at 11:30 p.m., right after the 11 p.m. news and eat it at midnight. My mother always had homemade sauce ready for these emergency pasta dinners. She used pork chops or pork butt to make sauce most of the time. I remember one sauce I wouldn’t eat: The one made with squid. I didn’t like the taste or texture, but most of all I disliked the head and tentacles of these little miniature octopi, their little eyes staring at me in disbelief. Today, I still make my own sauce, even though there are some good sauces available on the shelf of the grocery stores. And sometimes, we can even find coupons to help reduce the cost. If my mother were alive, she would probably agree (okay, she would agree about the coupon part), she would be sure to check out the sugar content and she would still

make her own. I really like canned stewed tomatoes. Glen Muir, though expensive, has the highest taste rating. Store brands are good too, but I check out the amount of sugar in the can (I wonder where I learned that). The days of brewing a sauce for hours are over. Generally, you can have a really flavorful sauce within 30-45 minutes (if you use the jar sauce – within two minutes). Start with some chopped celery (use the leaves), chopped yellow onion, freshly chopped garlic and parsley. Saute in a little olive oil. Use a good, extravirgin olive oil (one from Spain or Italy. A “light” olive oil means only that it is light in

color and taste … a fat is still a fat. Spain and Italy make good, flavorful olive oils because Europe has standards not yet available in U.S. production. Add a nice meaty, bone-in pork chop to the vegetables. You can also add some carrots or green/red bell peppers chopped in a small dice. Brown the pork chop with the vegetables. You can also use Italian pork sausage – I like Johnsonville brand, either mild or hot. Remove the meat from the casing. When browned and the vegetables have embraced the meat juice, add three to four cans of stewed Italian tomatoes. I usually put the tomatoes in the food processor to combine the

flavors and make a sauce consistency. The more combined tomatoes are, the greater the anti-oxidant effect). Let this cook for 20-25 minutes. We have 20 minutes remaining, so get your water boiling for the pasta. You’ll need to add salt to the water, so account for this also. Then turn on Pavarotti or Tony Bennett, pour yourself a glass of red wine and watch the water boil as your sauce simmers. I remember one day when my mom was making sauce, she said, “Elaine, have a glass of wine with me.” I said “But Ma, I’m only ten.” If you have fresh basil and oregano, chop and add these at the very end of the sauce cooking. If you use dried, use 1/3 of the amount for fresh. Dried is always stronger. Adjust the flavor of your sauce with salt and pepper. Remember that the sausage and canned tomatoes will add salt, so taste first. Mix your cooked pasta with sauce, add some grated Romano or Parmesan cheese and serve immediately because cooked pasta waits for no man or woman! I went to the grocery store the other day and, sure enough, at the fish counter, there they were: Those beady little eyes looking at me, and those tentacles reaching out to me. I quickly turned and walked away. I’m glad I live in the Midwest where pork is king. Pigs are a lot cuter! For a copy of the recipe, email me at •



Have a sizzling, sparking Fourth On July 4, the perfect party calls for friends, food, fireworks and plenty of red, white and blue. Start the festivities off with a bang using festive tableware and decorations like Fourth of July party pics, a simple way to add spark to any celebration. Play up the Independence Day theme throughout, from beverage to dessert. Cool down when the temperature rises with refreshing, fruity Red and Blue Raspberry Lemonade. Have a blast decking out the glasses with stripes, stars and swirls using edible blue Sparkle Gel. What’s more fun than the fireworks finale? Dessert! Guests will “ooh” and “aah” over Banana Split Surprise Cake: A decadent dessert with a surprise strawberry ice cream center. It’s a new take on cake and ice cream, great for serving a crowd. All Star Sliders on Cornbread Buns Makes 12 buns and 12 sliders Cornbread Buns 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 3/4 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 eggs, lightly beaten Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray Star Whoopie Pie Pan with vegetable cooking spray. In medium bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt and pepper. Add sour cream, oil and eggs, stirring just until smooth. Fill cavities 3/4 full, spreading batter to edges of star. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until center of bun springs back when touched. Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove to cooling grid. Repeat with remaining batter. Sliders 3/4 pound ground chuck 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/2small yellow onion, minced (about 1/3 cup) 1/3 cup shredded pepper-jack cheese 1 teaspoon garlic powder ¾ teaspoon salt 1/4teaspoon chili powder 5 to 6 dashes hot sauce, or to taste Preheat grill or broiler to medium high heat. In large bowl, combine all ingredients until well incorporated. Form into twelve 2-1/2-inch patties. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve with star buns and your favorite condiments. Patriot’s Peanut Butter Popcorn Makes about 8 cups 1 bag (3.2 ounces) butter flavored microwave popcorn 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup firmly-packed brown sugar 1 bottle (3 ounces) Patriotic Nonpareils or other patriotic sprinkles 1 package (12 ounces) Red Candy Melts Candy Make popcorn according to package directions. In large bowl, microwave peanut butter and brown sugar for 1 minute; stir to combine. Add popcorn and stir until well coated. Sprinkle liberally with nonpareils, stirring to distribute. Spread onto parchment-lined sheet pan. Melt Candy Melts Candy according to package directions. Drizzle over popcorn. Let set at least 10 minutes before serving.

Red and Blue Raspberry Lemonade Makes about 8 servings 1-1/3 cups (about 6 ounces) fresh raspberries, divided 1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate Water Blue Sparkle Gel Place one raspberry in each cavity of the Star Ice Cube Silicone Mold. Cover with water; freeze several hours to set. Reserve remaining raspberries. In large pitcher, mix lemonade according to package instructions. In food processor or blender, pulse remaining raspberries until smooth; strain through sieve to remove seeds. Stir raspberry puree into lemonade. Serve with raspberry ice cubes in glasses decorated with Blue Sparkle Gel. Banana Split Surprise Cake Makes 8 to 10 servings 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar 4 eggs 2teaspoons vanilla extract 3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1-1/4 cups) 1 cup sour cream 1 cup (about 8 ounces) hot fudge sauce 1 pint (about 2 cups) strawberry ice cream, softened 1 box (10 ounces) Vanilla Whipped Icing Mix Fresh strawberries, halved Star pics Preheat oven 350°F. Spray Fancy Fill pans from set with vegetable cooking spray. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and mashed banana; mix well. Add flour mixture alternately with sour cream; blend thoroughly but do not overmix. Pour into prepared pans. Bake 33 to 38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on rack; remove from pan and cool completely. Divide fudge sauce and spread evenly into cavities of cake; freeze 10 minutes. At same time, remove strawberry ice cream to soften. Fill cake cavities with ice cream. Assemble cake by inverting top layer onto bottom layer. Prepare icing mix according to package directions. Ice top and sides of cake; freeze at least 2 hours or until ready to serve. Garnish with strawberries and star pics. - Family Features

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WILDLIFE CHALLENGE If you have ever been camping, you have probably seen, if not heard, some wildlife. How much do you know about wildlife? Take this quiz and find out. 1) Deer are quiet creatures that drivers fear running into. Fact or Fiction? 2) Geese quack. Fact or Fiction? 3) Tigers growl and often go after campers’ food. Fact or Fiction? 4) Copperheads rattle their tails to let campers know they are near or about to strike. Fact or Fiction? 5) Beavers build lodges to live in. Fact or Fiction? 6) Owls do most of their hooting during the day. Fact or Fiction? 7) Bullfrogs croak so loud they can often be heard miles away. Fact or Fiction? 8) Squirrels like to dine on hawks. Fact or Fiction? 9) Crickets squawk. Fact or Fiction? 10) Fish rarely make any noise, other than an occasional splash when they jump up out of the water. Fact or Fiction?

Answers: 1) Fact, 2) Fiction, geese honk; ducks quack, 3) Fiction, you won’t find tigers at campgrounds, but you may find bears and they like to get into campers’ food, 4) Fiction, rattlesnakes are the only snakes with a rattle on their tails, 5) Fact, 6) Fiction, owls mostly sleep during the day, 7) Fact, 8) Fiction, hawks like to dine on squirrels, 9) Fiction, crickets chirp; hawks squawk, 10) Fact


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