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Retired nurse stays active in her field By JENNIFER GORDON St. Joseph News-Press

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uth Anna Foster retired, but she never stopped nursing. The St. Joseph woman spent her career as a licensed practical nurse at the old Methodist hospital. After she left the hospital setting, she volunteered with hospice care and watched over her husband, who passed away from cancer in 1988. Matt Reid | St. Joseph News- Press Almost 21 years ago, she started volunteering to do Ruth Foster sits at her station at the Joyce Raye Patterson Senior Citizens Center in St. Joseph. Ms. Foster is a retired nurse who has been giving free weekly blood pressure screenings at the Joyce free blood pressure screenings at the center for more than 20 years. Raye Patterson Senior Center. The woman who had been doing it had been injured, so Ms. Foster stepped in. She says she’s loved every minute of it. along with News-Press as part of the Reporting Live blood pressure reading. She’s found that socializing “The payment is the pleasure I get from seeing program. becomes part of the volunteering. people,” she says. She squeezed the pump to tighten the band and “Sometimes you’ll have someone who puts his nose The senior center schedules free blood pressure listened for the click of the monitor before she peered at straight down and doesn’t say a word to anybody. Ususcreenings almost every day. Ms. Foster is the only non- the gauge. ally I go and sit down with them and visit,” she says. organizational presence in the line-up, which includes “Your blood pressure is awful low,” she told him with Sometime she’ll eat lunch with the people she’s Three Rivers Hospice, Caregivers, Help At Home, a smile. “Are you still breathing?” helped. Bender’s Prescription Shop and Angels In Home Care. She records the blood pressure numbers on a scrap Ann Salanky, manager of the senior center, said Ms. Ms. Foster volunteers on Tuesdays. About four years of paper and hands them over to the person she serves. Foster likes to dole out advice. Ms. Salanky said Ms. ago, she took over Friday afternoons as well. She sets Because she doesn’t keep track of people’s blood presFoster is very caring. up in the lobby, equipped with a manual blood pressure sure week to week, she’s not sure how many people Rachel Dye-Arney, who volunteers at the senior monitor and a shoe box that reads “Free Blood Pressure she’s helped through the years. center from Country Squire Independent Senior Living Clinic” because people always ask her if there’s a cost. Some of the people she’s worked with leave an imCommunity, agrees. She prefers the old-fashioned blood pressure monitor pression, like the middle-aged teacher who had to use “She’s one of the most well-read, diligent seniors I’ve over the mechanized models found at pharmacies and a walker because he had had a stroke or the son of a ever met,” Ms. Dye-Arney says. chain stores. woman who attended the licensed practical nursing Ms. Foster demonstrated her technique on Malik program with her. Jennifer Gordon can be reached at jennifer.gordon@newspressnow.com. Hughes, a Lafayette High School student who tagged Sometimes she has a lull in people who want their Follow her on Twitter: @SJNPGordon.

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Community members near Olive Street in St. Joseph gather to play touch football.

Out of hibernation Warmer weather means outdoor playtime

By BROOKE VANCLEAVE St. Joseph News-Press

The snow has melted, the birds are chirping and the sun is peeking out from behind the clouds, but you and the kids are still curled up on the couch watching Netflix. How do you convince the family to get up, get moving and enjoy the fresh air? When winter slowly transitions into spring, the first signs of warmer weather are usually a welcome relief to most people, especially younger children. “I think kids are ready to get outside and do something,” says Gerald Small, founder and executive director of Greater Life Sports and Education, a nonprofit partnership with the St. Joseph School District and St. Joseph Parks, Recreation and Civics Facilities Department. Janet Moody, physical education teacher at Coleman Elementary School and K-6 P.E. coordinator for the school district, agrees. “I think they’ve been cooped up for three or four months. When they’ve been outside, they get more exercise and they are just happier,” she says. Ms. Moody says young children need at least 60 minutes of outdoor playtime and exercise each day, especially when the weather is nice. What’s even better is when par-

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ents are actively involved in playtime. “It’s a great time for the parent-child relationship. I think the parent has to set the example for the kids to want to exercise,” she says. In the Greater Life Sports leagues, Mr. Small says parents are asked to stay and participate in team practices and games, whether it be through coaching or just throwing a ball around for a few minutes. This lets parents have just as much fun as their children instead of dropping them off for an hour and picking them back up after practice. He says even parents with busy jobs get out on the field in their suits and ties and enjoy every minute of it. “The thing with parents is, there’s a little window when kids will really play with their parents, and that window closes after a certain time, so that’s the opportunity. Parents need to seize that moment, because if they don’t, it’ll go away,” Mr. Small says. There are numerous opportunities for children to join school community sports leagues in the spring and summer. Mr. Small says Greater Life Sports has open individual enrollment yearlong, and the sport changes with the seasons. Right now it is lacrosse season, and T-ball will start later in the summer. Greater Life Sports also offers basketball, flag football, soccer and gymnastics.

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“We’re the league that you can come to and learn how to play a sport and have fun. We don’t keep standings, we don’t have referees. We’re really focused on the kid, especially at a young age, having a great time,” he says. Teaching sports skills in a noncompetitive atmosphere is important to Mr. Small’s organization because it encourages children who have never played sports before to try something new, even if they’ve been told before that they aren’t good enough. “(The kids are) learning skills that they’re going to use for a lifetime, but when you eliminate it early no wonder people hibernate and say, ‘Well I’m not gonna play because I wasn’t good enough here, I didn’t get chosen,’” he says. If your child isn’t interested in organized sports, Ms. Moody says other fun outdoor activities in the warmer months include walking, hiking, riding bikes, jumping rope or shooting hoops together in the driveway. Although the first few weeks of spring encourage a lot of outdoor activity, some people tend to retreat back inside if the weather starts getting too hot. Other kids who are reluctant to play sports or exercise might not ever want to leave the comforts of TV, computers and air condition-

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ing. Both Ms. Moody and Mr. Small think parents need to be the example of living a healthy lifestyle no matter the season. In the health and wellness classes he teaches at Missouri Western State University, Mr. Small tries to instill this mindset in his students. “For college students, you need to start a healthy lifestyle now

because when you have children someday your children are gonna watch what you do more than they’re gonna listen to what you say. If you’re healthy now, you don’t have to tell your kid to go out and exercise — they’ll do it because you do it,” he says. Brooke VanCleave can be reached at brooke.vancleave@newspressnow.com. Follow her on Twitter: @SJNPVanCleave.

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A taste of spring

Sait Serkan Gurbuz | St. Joseph News- Press

Strawberry Kiwi Tart at Ground Round.

As the days get brighter, so do the drinks By ANDREW GAUG St. Joseph News-Press

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unnier days, lighter clothes and lighter temperatures mean lighter drinks as the winter season recedes into spring. In a similar sense, the heavier drinks — the chocolate stouts, the mixed drinks that use cream, the dark beers — give way to clearer, brighter fare at your local bars and liquor stores. At Cafe Acoustic, manager Christina Grimes says they are preparing to change the drinks they have on tap. This means the Schlafly Oatmeal Stout will go, while drinks like Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat, Blue Moon Valencia Ale and Woodchuck Cider will be the must-have beers. “When spring comes around, Woodchuck sales increase dramatically,” she says. In the same way, bars around town see drinks like margaritas and daiquiris see huge sales bumps. “During the winter we sell a lot of whiskey and bourbon. We’re going to be switching out our top-shelf stuff and get more gin and vodka,” Ms. Grimes says. When it comes to preparing drinks in the spring, Joel Seelhoff, bartender at the Ground Round Downtown, says he aims for something sweeter to mirror the season. “I go for something that’s going to taste a little lighter, be a little more fruity or just not as heavy as other drinks because it’s just getting warmer out and people don’t want a heavy drink to keep them warm,” he says. Mr. Seelhoff says those who don’t already have a chosen drink at the bar, be it a beer or signature mixed drink, usually go with whatever the season dictates. “Once it starts getting warmer, we sell a lot of daiquiris or the drinks (mentioned above), instead of just something like a hot drink or less chocolate-y drinks because people want something fruity,” he says. Like Ms. Grimes, he says he expects more people to lean toward a gin and tonic rather than a scotch or whiskey. Depending on the bar in St. Joseph, the spread will be different when it comes to spring drinks. First Ward House specializes in a wide selection of craft beers and bottled drinks, Cafe Acoustic is known for its rare beers on tap, as well as absinthe-infused cocktails, and Foster’s Martini Bar is popular for its martinis. The drinks all depend on the location, but the feeling across the board is it’s time

Pineapple Upsidedown Cake at Ground Round. Pomegranate for something lighter. Though he says he usually sticks to drinks like Jager bombs and beer, Mr. Seelhoff says he likes to switch it up when the weather changes. “I’ll drink a vodka pineapple juice every once in awhile just because it’s really refreshing or gin and tonic is really good spring drink,” he says. Looking to change things up a bit yourself? Here are some drinks to try this spring.

Pomegranate Margarita 1½ ounces tequila 1 ounce Triple Sec 1 ounce pomegranate syrup Margarita mix

fill the rest with pineapple juice. Top with grenadine and a pineapple slice.

Strawberry Kiwi Tart

Pour the first three ingredients into a large glass. Fill the rest with margarita mix.

1½ ounces strawberry-kiwi vodka

Pineapple Upsidedown Cake 1½ ounces Cake vodka 2 ounces soda water Pineapple slice Pineapple juice Pour the first three ingredients in a small tumbler and

1 ounce Watermelon Pucker 1 cherry Sour mix Pour the flavored alcohols into a thin, tall glass. Fill the rest of the glass with sour mix. Top with a cherry.

April Rain 2 ounces vodka 1/2 ounce lime juice 1/2 ounce dry vermouth Lime peel for garnish Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the lime peel. Andrew Gaug can be reached at andrew.gaug@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SJNPGaug.

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