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Volunteer opportunities topic of public meeting PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

“Community members of all backgrounds and skills are invaluable volunteers who will make the difference in our resiliency and recovery.�

SEKIU — Emergency volunteer opportunities will be the focus of a public meeting in Sekiu on Monday. The West Olympic Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Coalition will host the meeting at the Clallam Bay-Sekiu Community Center, 42 Rice St., from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteer opportunities with the Community Emergency Response Team, Medical Reserve Corps, American Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team and Map Your Neighborhood pro-

JAMYE WISECUP Clallam County Emergency Management Division

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Collaboration key grams will be highlighted. “Community members of all backgrounds and skills are invaluable volunteers who will make the difference in our resiliency and recovery,� said Jamye Wisecup of the Clallam County Emergency Management Division. The programs are seeking volunteers for search-

and-rescue, nursing, education/training, data entry, response operations, neighborhood organizing and more. All community members are welcome. The West Olympic Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Coalition is made up of various organizations in west Clallam and

The coalition strives to collaborate to be ready to effectively respond to emergencies that impact the health and safety of communities. For more information about the meeting or coalition, phone Clallam County Fire District No. 5 Chief Patricia English at 360-6400420.

Vet challenges docs to keep minds open for diagnostics Q. As a veterinarian, I am dismayed that some “human doctors� scoff at the idea of home remedies. Just because it wasn’t taught in medical school (or vet school) does not make it untrue. An explanation that can’t be seen isn’t necessarily imaginary. People doubted “invisible� causes of disease before learning about bacteria and viruses. We know pheromones can affect behavior; these can’t be seen either. Would the doctors also scoff at dogs that can detect when a person will have a seizure or low blood sugar? What is hard to believe about molecules off-gassing from soap affecting our bodies? Many scientists are studying volatile compounds believed to be harmful. Please, doctors, think like the diagnosticians you were trained to be. Keep an open mind, and listen to your patients. You’re lucky: Yours can talk!

A. Many people were surprised by research showing that calcium supTeresa plements were associated with a higher risk of heart Graedon attacks (BMJ online, April 19, 2011; Heart, June 2012). Taking calcium carbonate for occasional heartburn should not put you in danger, but there are other options. These range from herbal tea to sugarless gum, ginger or baking soda. For more information about handling heartburn, we are sending you our “Guide to Digestive Disorders.� Anyone who would like A. Dermatologists and a copy, please send $3 in plastic surgeons report that no single therapy has check or money order with a long (No. 10), stamped been proven effective for reducing scars (Facial Plas- (65 cents), self-addressed tic Surgery Clinics of North envelope to: Graedons’ People’s Pharmacy, No. G-3, America, August 2011). Although some research P.O. Box 52027, Durham, suggests that onion extract NC 27717-2027. It also can be down(found in several over-theloaded for $2 from our webcounter products) might site, www.peoplespharmacy. help, the evidence is not com. consistent. You may be surprised by Vitamin E oil research some of the more unusual also is inconclusive. approaches, such as vineMany visitors to our website report that vitamin gar, mustard or hot peppers. E applied topically has been helpful, but it can _________ trigger a nasty rash in up The People’s Pharto a third of those who use macy appears every Sunit. day. If you try vitamin E, Joe Graedon is a phartest it first for several days macologist. Teresa Graedon on the inside of your foreholds a doctorate in mediarm. cal anthropology and is a nutrition expert. Calcium carbonate Their syndicated radio Q. My doctor has show can be heard on pubtaken me off calcium lic radio. because of studies showIn their column, the ing that calcium supple- Graedons answer letters ments may increase the from readers. risk of heart disease. Write to them c/o King Is it safe for me to Features Syndicate, 300 W. take calcium carbonate 57th St., 15th floor, New for heartburn? York, NY 10019, or email What else can you them at questions@ recommend?


We’ve received testimonials from hundreds of people who agree (www. An anesthesiologist did some research on this question and found that soap could relieve musclecramp pain (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, July 2008). He then tested soap fragrance for relieving fibromyalgia pain (Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, September 2008). We still don’t know if soap-scented oil explains the benefit from soap against muscle cramps, but it is an intriguing hypothesis that deserves further exploration.

A. Like many readers, we have been puzzled by the observation that a bar of soap under the bottom sheet might prevent nighttime leg cramps. Although we had no explanation, we found this remedy helpful.

Reducing scars Q. I have scars on my arms and legs after a bad outbreak of poison ivy. Are there any natural remedies for scars?


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Clallam County Master Gardener Laurel Moulton will present “The Importance of Beetles to the Gardener� at upcoming free presentations in Port Angeles and Sequim. The first event, part of the “Green Thumb Garden Tips� brown bag series, will be held Moulton at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles, at noon Thursday. She will repeat the presentation during a Class Act at Woodcock Garden event at the Master Gardeners’ Woodcock Demonstration Garden, 2711 Woodcock Road in Sequim, at 10 a.m. Saturday. Moulton will present information on common ground beetles and other types of beneficial beetles that gardeners are likely to see in their home gardens. She will discuss how to identify beneficial beetles, the tasks they perform in the garden and how gardeners can ensure they stay around. Moulton has been a Master Gardener in Clallam County and Oregon since 2006 and has taught basic entomology and other topics for Master Gardeners for three years. She has a master’s degree in horticulture with a minor in entomology from Oregon State University, where she investigated the potential role of the common black European ground beetle in weed control in agricultural fields.

Quileute event set LAPUSH — The Quileute tribe will hold their fourth annual Take Back the Night event at the A-Ka-Lat Tribal Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Event organizers are the tribe’s New Beginnings program and volunteers. There will be informational booths and displays, activities for youths and adults, prizes, tribal drumming, desserts and a candlelight vigil. The event is free and open to the public.

Bailey scholarship PORT ANGELES — Recent Sequim High School graduate Megan Bekkevar has received the $750 Sandra K. Bailey Memorial Scholarship. Bekkevar plans to study veterinary medicine at Washington State University. The Bekkevar annual scholarship was started in the 2006-2007 school year by friends and family of Bailey, who had passed after an 11-year battle with breast cancer. Funds for the scholarship are raised by operating the kitchen at the Peninsula Junior Rodeo. The rodeo will be held at the Clallam County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26. Volunteers will staff the kitchen from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 26. Breakfast, lunch and a spaghetti, meatloaf, stew and homemade bread dinner will be served Saturday, with breakfast and lunch available Aug. 26. Baked goods, including

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homemade coffee cakes and pies, also will be sold. Clallam County residents ages 17-20 who were or are involved in 4-H, Junior Rodeo, Future Farmers of America or Clallam County Royalty are eligible for the scholarship. For more information, email Jaymie VanGordon at, phone 360-461-9681 or mail P.O. Box 2884, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

Open house slated PORT ANGELES — An open house will be held at the Clallam County Genealogical Society’s Research Library, 931 W. Ninth St., from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The library is located behind the old Lincoln schoolhouse. Refreshments will be served. For more information, phone the society at 360417-5000 or email ccgs@

Band benefit set SEQUIM — The Sequim High School Band Boosters will hold a car wash benefit Saturday. The car wash will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tarcisio’s Restaurant’s parking lot, 609 W. Washington St. Car washes will be available by donation. Proceeds will help Sequim Band students attend band events during the 2012-2013 school year. This includes performances in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Seattle, at the Husky Band Day at a University of Washington football game, at Victoria Days and the Heritage Festival and at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. These costs are not covered by the Sequim School District. Each student pays for travel.

Clallam Solar Tour SEQUIM — The selfguided Clallam Solar Tour of three Sequim-area solarpowered homes and one business will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. A “Spin Your Meter Backward� presentation will be held at McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road, at 10 p.m. Tour maps will be available at McComb Gardens. The tour is free and open to the public. For more information, phone 360-301-9019 or visit www.powertripenergy. com.

Research grant WASHINGTON — The American Association of University Women has awarded a $6,000 20122013 career development grant to Samantha Rich of Seattle. Rich is researching the role of plant material, also known as large woody debris, and sediment sizes in the nearshore of the recently undammed Elwha River for the Coastal Watershed Institute. She is pursuing a master’s degree in natural resources and environmental science at the University of Illinois. Rich recently finished an internship as a restoration ecology technician with People for Puget Sound, where her duties included writing site restoration plans for mine reclamation adjacent to the Salish Sea. She will use the grant to help pay for her final year of graduate study. Upon graduation, her goal is to “manage natural resources, apply ecological principles to help conserve and restore our environment, and become a mentor to other women.� For applications and more information on AAUW Career Development Grants for the 20132014 academic year, visit Peninsula Daily News