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FAMOUS LANDMARKS: NIAGARA FALLS Niagara Falls is actually three waterfalls that occur on the Niagara River shared by Canada and the United States. •Niagara Falls is a tremendous tourist attraction for both the United States and Canada. Both countries have cities named after the falls, in New York and Ontario. •Of the three waterfalls, Horseshoe Falls is the largest on the Canadian side. The other two are American Falls and the much smaller Bridal Veil Falls. •While these waterfalls are not the largest in the world, they are among the world’s most impressive and most visited. The water that flows over the falls comes from the Great Lakes, which contain approximately 20 percent of the world’s fresh water. The Niagara River is actually a connecting channel between Lakes Erie and Ontario. After going over Niagara Falls, the water eventually makes its way to the Atlantic Ocean. •Both Canada and the United States use the powerful waterfalls for power generation, drinking water, fishing, agriculture and tourism. •The flow of water over Niagara Falls is greatly affected by the amount of precipitation going into the Great Lakes. This was noticed many years ago, so in 1910, the International Joint Commission (USA and Canada) began regulating the water levels. •Later, the “1950 Niagara Treaty” was signed by the two governments. This treaty concerns the diversion of water from the Niagara River to be used for power generation by both countries. The treaty also addressed the importance of the flow of water over the falls for tourism. NIAGARA FALLS (continued): •The treaty states that the flow over Niagara Falls must not be less than 100,000 cubic feet per second (2,832 cubic m/s) during daylight hours of tourist season, April 1 through October 31. The hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from April to September 15 and then adjusted to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from September 16 to October 31. The flow must not be less than 50,000 cubic feet per second (1,416 cubic m/s) at all other times. • The treaty also specifies that excess water may be diverted for power generation. The Sir Adam Beck Station in Ontario and New York State Power Authority use the falls to provide electricity to more than a million people. •Niagara Falls has hosted its share of daredevils through the years. The first trip over the falls was staged by three hotel owners in 1827. Highly publicized, the event attracted approximately 10,000 people to see an old condemned schooner named Michigan go over the falls with a load of “ferocious” animals. The animals actually were a buffalo, two raccoons, two small bears, a dog and a goose. The two bears, loose on the deck of the boat, jumped overboard and swam to Goat Island before the boat went over the abyss. The goose was the only survivor of the plunge. •Two years later, the first human to survive going over the falls took his plunge. Sam Patch actually did it twice, 10 days apart, diving headfirst off of two diving boards he erected on Goat Island. The second dive was actually higher than the first.


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The payroll tax reduction has been extended under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. Two percent of your deduction for Social Security (4.2 percent, down from 6.2 percent) has been picked up by the government again, and that amount will stay in your paycheck. If you’re self-employed, your portion of self-employment tax drops from 12.4 percent to 10.4 percent, to account for that 2 percent. Workers who earn $50,000 would have seen $1,000 in their paychecks over the year the reduction has been in place. Divided by 24 (assuming twice-monthly pay periods) and that would have come to around $40 per paycheck. If your annual pay is $30,000, your savings from the reduction is $50 per month. Oddly enough, a poll by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling showed that 66 percent of workers didn’t know their paychecks were larger, even though the extra amount had been in paychecks for a year. The poll shows what the rest of polled workers did with that money: --Saved most of it: 3 percent --Caught up on past-due bills: 8 percent --Increased retirement contributions: 4 percent --Bought something special: 1 percent --Paid off debt: 18 percent NFCC believes that the extension gives companies a chance to educate employees about using that money. For example, they believe that workers who aren’t distracted by financial concerns perform better and don’t receive collection calls at work. It’s believed that the government would like us to spend the “windfall” as a means of boosting the economy. However, you are the one who needs to decide how best to use that money. First, be aware of the additional amount in your paycheck. If the reduction isn’t further extended next year, that amount could vanish from your income. Use a calculator online to learn just what extra amount is included in your check. Second, determine what gets you the most return for that money. For example, if you put the money in savings, you’ll likely earn less than 1 percent interest. If you use the money to pay off a credit card (adding the additional money to every month’s payment), you’ll save the interest you would have paid on the balance.

Prosthetic Limb Study Q: Recently, I found that sparrows had built a nest not just under the eaves of my house, but inside the crawlspace under the roof. I had pest control remove the nest, and now I plan to seal up any gaps or openings under the eaves or leading into the attic. How best do I go about this? -- John C., Framingham, Mass. A: You don’t want to seal up every opening in the attic and crawlspace area, as many of the openings play an important role in maintaining the health of your home. The spaces between the exterior and interior living area of a house -- attics, crawlspaces, the gaps between the outside wall and the interior framing and drywall -- make up what’s known as a home’s “envelope.” Airflow into and out of this envelope is as important as the other components you’ll often find inside, such as insulation. Home plans provide for open vents spaced around the exterior of the house, which allow air to flow naturally into and out of the envelope. This constantly moving air keeps the space between your living area and the outside of the house from getting too hot or too cold, and more importantly, keeps moisture from becoming a problem. Excess humidity within the envelope can, over time, cause some very expensive problems, including mold. Of course, you don’t want pests using these vents to move into your home, because they, too, can cause quite a bit of damage. To protect the crawlspace and the health of your home, find and note all of the openings and vents in the eaves and soffits, the crawlspace and attic, and the basement or lower crawlspace of your home. Note the condition of each: is a vent in place? Is there just an opening with no protective vent? Or does the opening look like a damaged area rather than an intentionally placed opening? Once you have that diagram, then you can purchase what you need to install proper vent covers that will enable airflow while discouraging pests, and repair any exterior damage before interior damage becomes a problem. Even with protective measures in place, you still will need to inspect the area at least twice a year, typically spring and fall, for evidence of animals or other pests trying to make your home their home. HOME TIP: What’s the difference between eaves and soffits? Eaves sit at the edge of a sloped roof; soffits are the flat underside of a roof’s overhang between the exterior wall and the eaves.

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs asked the VA Office of Inspector General to review and evaluate how services are being provided to veterans who have had amputations. The study was limited to 838 veterans discharged from active service after Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn. Here’s what it found: --The majority were between the ages of 22 and 25, enlisted male veterans. --The rates of some disorders increased after discharge. Anxiety disorders rose from 42 percent to 61 percent. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder rates increased from 31 percent to 58 percent. Alcohol disorders rose from 7 percent to 11 percent. Drug disorders, however, and adjustment disorders decreased. --Veterans with upper limb amputations didn’t fare as well as those with lower limb amputations in terms of psychosocial adjustment, physical ability and prosthetic satisfaction. --Veterans with amputations and prostheses are “significant users” of Department of Veterans Affairs health services, and not just for the prostheses: 99 percent use VA health care for all medical needs. The comments at the end of the report are telling. One veteran commented on the lengthy process to get a prosthesis made by an outside vendor and have the VA approve and pay for it. Another makes his own repairs to his prosthesis to cut through the VA red tape. Another veteran goes out of his way to avoid using VA care, saying most of the staff doesn’t understand upper limb amputations. Some veterans are waiting six months for an appointment and then have to travel long distances. Another has had a clothing issue for years and hadn’t been able to get help until the OIG stepped in. To read the 88-page report, go to va.gov and search for Prosthetic Limb Care in VA Facilities. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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1. FOOD & DRINK: What kind of meat is used in a Reuben sandwich? 2. MUSIC: In the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” how many maids are milking? 3. BIBLE: What was Matthew’s profession before he became an apostle of Jesus? 4. AWARDS: The annual PATSY Award is given for outstanding accomplishment in what area? 5. SCIENCE: What is the most abundant element in the human body? 6. SPORTS: What ancient sport gave rise to the modern version of kickboxing? 7. THEATER: What Shakespearean character said, “Neither a borrower nor a lender be”? 8. LITERATURE: Whose biography was titled “One Giant Leap”? 9. GEOGRAPHY: Which one of the Great Lakes is located entirely within the U.S. border? 10. EXPLORERS: Who discovered the St. Lawrence River?

¥ It was American humorist Evan Esar who defined a zoo as “an excellent place to study the habits of human beings.” ¥ The New York Times Best Seller list was first published on April 9, 1942. Since that time, only eight authors have managed to have books place No. 1 on both the fiction and nonfiction lists. Those who have accomplished that feat include Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Buffett, William Styron, Dr. Seuss and John Steinbeck. ¥ If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans, you might want to keep in mind the following law: It’s illegal in that city to curse a firefighter while he or she is engaged in official duties.

¥ On April 13, 1742, George Friedrich Handel’s “Messiah” premieres in Dublin. Although singing the oratorio has become a Christmas tradition, the Messiah received its world premiere during the Christian season of Lent. Handel composed the score for Messiah in just 24 days. ¥ On April 14, 1818, Noah Webster, a Yaleeducated lawyer with an avid interest in language and education, publishes his American Dictionary of the English Language. The dictionary, which took him more than two decades to complete, introduced more than 10,000 “Americanisms.” ¥ On April 12, 1861, the Civil War begins when Confederate shore batteries under General P.G.T. Beauregard open fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Bay. During the next 34 hours, 50 Confederate guns and mortars launched more than 4,000 rounds at the poorly supplied fort. ¥ On April 10, 1906, O. Henry’s second shortstory collection, “The Four Million,” is published. O. Henry was the pen name adopted by William Sydney Porter. Porter began writing in the late 1880s but didn’t apply himself seriously until 1898, when he was jailed for embezzling from a bank in Austin, Texas.

¥ America’s first vending machines were found in New York City train stations; they dispensed gum. ¥ The European sturgeon (also known as the beluga sturgeon) is the source of the highly coveted beluga caviar, which is the world’s most expensive, bringing up to $5,000 per pound. This sturgeon can live more than 100 years and is the largest freshwater fish in the world; the record holder, caught in 1827, was 24 feet long and weighed 3,460 pounds.

1. Which all-girl group released “Soldier Boy,” and when? 2. What group released what became known as The White Album? 3. “For Those About to Rock” was a hit for which group? Where are they from? 4. Rolling Stones business manager Allen Klein sued the band Verve for use of what 1965 Stones song? 5. What is the Neil Diamond song “Cracklin’ Rosie” about? 6. Where did the Motown group DeBarge get its

1. Is the book of Iscariot in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. For how long did Jesus remain after His resurrection before He ascended into heaven? Instantaneously, 1 hour, 3 Days, 40 days 3. What color was the cloak that Jesus wore when He went to the cross? White, Purple, Black, Green 4. Where was Jesus crucified? Samaria, Colossae, Golgotha, Horeb 5. Which disciple doubted Jesus had risen? Peter, Andrew, Thomas, Thaddeus 6. For how many pieces of silver did Judas betray Jesus? 10, 20, 30, 40

Trivia Test Answers

1. Corned beef 2. Eight 3. Tax collector 4. Animal acting 5. Oxygen 6. Muay Thai 7. Polonius, in “Hamlet” 8. Neil Armstrong 9. Lake Michigan 10. Jacques Cartier

Bible Trivia Answers: 1) Neither; 2) 40 Days; 3) Purple; 4) Golgotha; 5) Thomas; 6) 30

Flash Back Answers: 1. The Shirelles, in 1962. Then in 1989, the song was used in the movie “Born on the Fourth of July.” 2. The Beatles. The 1968 album was completely white with the name of the group embossed on the cover. The double album contained 30 songs. 3. AC/DC, in 1982. The group is from Australia. 4. “The Last Time.” Verve had a license to use part of the song, but used more than was allowed. 5. Instead of being about a woman, it’s thought to be an homage to rose wine. The specific wine is a topic of debate among Diamond fans. 6. DeBarge is the last name of the band’s siblings. Its best-known album, “The Rhythm of the Night,” includes the 1985 hit “Who’s Holding Donna Now.”


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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: The receptionist at my doctor’s office called to give me the report on a mammogram I had taken. She said that it showed calcifications and that the doctor wanted it repeated in six months. Why? Are calcifications indications of cancer? If they are, I’d like to get this taken care of immediately. I am becoming a nervous wreck thinking about this. -- H.M. ANSWER: When tests don’t provide a definite answer, everyone suffers -- the patient, the doctor of the patient and the doctor who interpreted the test. Calcifications are the perfect example. They’re calcium specks. When the doctor interpreting the mammogram sees them, he or she bases their importance on their number, their shape, their size and the pattern they make. With those criteria, the doctor usually can say whether they indicate cancer. Noncancerous calcifications might result from a bump to the breast to which you paid little attention. Or a minor breast infection could have caused them. If the doctor feels that evidence points more in the direction of cancer, then he or she will ask for an immediate biopsy. If the doctor feels more certain that they are not cancer signs but is not completely certain about that call, a repeat examination at a later date is a reasonable position to take. Neither the interpreting doctor nor your personal doctor would ask for a delay if there was any chance that the inaction would harm your health. The pamphlet on breast cancer gives the approach to diagnosing and treating it. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 1101W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. 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: My thighs are loaded with cellulite. What is it, and how can I get rid of it? -- M.T. ANSWER: Cellulite is beneath-the-skin fat that forms small puckers due to crisscrossing fibers similar to but not the same as scartissue fibers. The fiber-puckered fat gives the involved skin a lumpy-bumpy appearance. Laser treatments, radiofrequency wave treatments and ultrasound have been used for

removing cellulite. These are cosmetic procedures and likely are not covered by insurance. Innumerable creams are advertised for cellulite reduction, but I can’t tell you if they work. I would be cautious about trying any that are costly. Weight loss makes cellulite less obvious. You are best served by consulting a dermatologist. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For the past several days, my left eyelid has been twitching. There’s no pain. It does not affect my vision. Does it mean anything? -- T.P. ANSWER: Not usually. Eyelid twitches result from spasms of muscles controlling eyelid movement. It’s intermittent and lasts for a few days, at most. Fatigue, stress and caffeine have been implicated as causes. I have had such twitching, at times when I was neither tired nor stressed nor drinking caffeine. If the twitching is bothersome, soak a washcloth in warm water and apply it to the closed eyelid. If twitching lasts longer than a week or two, see the family doctor. Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

Medicare is coming out with a new version of our annual report, the Medicare Summary Notice. Medicare spent 18 months asking questions of some of us who receive the reports, and then redesigned it with our suggestions in mind. It’s done a good job. The new report, part of the “Your Medicare Information: Clearer, Simpler, At Your Fingertips” initiative, will make it easier to understand all of our benefit and services information. It will be easier to determine if fraud has occurred, or if we need to file an appeal for a claim. New items on the reports will be: --Larger text fonts. --A notice about checking our information for potential fraud and details on how to do that, and a reminder to check the services listed and the amounts paid. --”Consumer-friendly descriptions” of medical procedures. --A list of doctors we’ve seen, clearly listed, along with the dates. --Deductible status, with the amount of the Part B Deductible that has been met for the year. --Claims status, with information about whether all services were approved. If the answer is “no,” it tells what amount might be billed to us. --Preventive services that are available. For now, this new report is available only online, but starting in 2013 we’ll receive these reports quarterly by mail. To see a sample of the old versus new reports, go online to mymedicare.gov and click on “Making Medicare claims and benefits statement clearer, simpler.” In the article there is a link to a side-by-side comparison. (A hint: This shows up as a very small graphic in a .pdf file. Click the “plus” sign at the top of the screen to enlarge the picture.) Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com.


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¥ “Technology can be really helpful, especially if you have very little storage area for papers. I had a trustworthy neighborhood teenager come over and help me scan in all my important documents. I have everything on CDs or flash drives, and have given copies to appropriate people. She showed me how to scan a copy of warranty receipts so that I can find the information I need quickly if I have an electronic item or appliance break down.” -- T.L. in Massachusetts ¥ D.B. in Minnesota has this to share: When you are going fishing and only bringing a couple of lures, use an old, empty pill container. Holds well and you wonÕt get poked! ¥ Oranges are wonderful treats and full of delicious fiber and vitamin C. Save your peels and stash them in a net bag hanging from your rearview mirror for just a day or two. As they dry, they give off the best smell. ¥ Need to take pills daily? Set a reminder on your cellphone. Most have alarm functions, and it works! ¥ This tip is from my babysitter. She gives small children two ‘get out of bed free’ tickets at bedtime. If they get out of bed, say, for one last drink of water, etc. (we parents know these are stalling tactics), they have to give her a ticket. If they still have a ticket unused when they fall asleep, she will leave a prize with their parents for the morning.Ó -- M.J. in New Mexico ¥ My friend and I found some great vintage spice bottles at a garage sale. We decided that since we got such a good deal, we would treat ourselves to a few new, interesting spices that were a little pricey -- and we went in half on them.Ó -- E.D. in Illinois


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SPORTS OF SORTS NASCAR THIS WEEK By Monte Dutton Truex Off to Fast Start With Waltrip Team BRISTOL, Tenn. -- At last, Martin Truex Jr.’s fortunes are rising at Michael Waltrip Racing. His third-place finish in the Food City 500 was his second top 10 of the season to date. Four races in, Truex ranks fourth in the Sprint Cup point standings. Truex, who is from Mayetta, N.J., won in June 2007 at Dover, Del., while driving a Chevy for Richard Childress Racing. In 2010, he moved to Waltrip’s Toyota team. Since that one Dover victory, 171 races have passed. After finishes of 22nd and 18th in points at MWR, it appears as if the 31-year-old has regained his form. Though the Bristol race was won on March 18 by a Dodge (Brad Keselowski), and a Ford (Matt Kenseth) finished second, the MWR Camrys of Truex, Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. “We’ve just got a good organization right now, a good bunch of people,” Truex said. “We’ve got three race cars that seem to go to the race track and run really well each week. We’re able to feed off each other. All season our cars have been strong. “Across the board, it’s been a lot of hard work and dedication by the team. In the end, all the people do-

ing their jobs the best they can is why things have been working out for us.” Twice, in 2004 and 2005, Truex won the championship of what is now the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Bowyer is Truex’s lone full-time teammate. The team’s third Toyota, No. 55, is most often driven by veteran Mark Martin. Vickers made his first start in the car at Bristol. Waltrip, the team owner, will drive occasionally. Martin has historically been praised for his teamwork in previous stops at Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports, among others. “Obviously, Mark is a great driver,” Truex said. “He’s got a lot of experience. I think one of the things he’s brought is confidence in the team. When he comes in there and says, ‘Man, I really like these race cars; I like what you guys are doing,’ it makes a pretty big impact. “He (Martin) can get in anything and go fast. When he says you’ve got good race cars, he gives your team a good direction to head in when they’re not great. He’s definitely brought a lot to the team.” *** Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at nascarthisweek@ yahoo.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. Since 1998, how many A.L. Central teams have reached the World Series? 2. Name the last pitcher to win 20 or more games one season and lose 20 or more the next. 3. Who held the record for most all-purpose yards in a Division I college football career before Tulsa’s Damaris Johnson broke it in 2010? 4. Name three players before LeBron James in 2010 to record a triple-double of at least 40 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists. 5. Following the NHL’s expansion before the 1967-68 season, which was the first expansion team to win a Stanley Cup? 6. True or false: 2011 marked the first time since NASCAR instituted a points system in 1975 that a driver came from behind to win a season title in the final race of the year. 7. Who was the last men’s tennis player before Roger Federer (2004-08) to win the U.S. Open singles title two consecutive years? 1. Two -- the Chicago White Sox in 2005 and the Detroit Tigers in 2006. 2. Jerry Koosman was 21-10 in 1976 and 8-20

in 1977. 3. Western Michigan’s Brandon West (2006-09), with 7,764 yards.

4. Oscar Robertson (four times), Charlie Scott and Pete Maravich. 5. The Philadelphia Flyers, in 1974.

6. True. 7. Patrick Rafter (1997-98).

I hate Duke. I hate Duke like most of you hate the New York Yankees (Yankee fans need not apply, but they get the picture). But, yeah, I’m biased because I’m a Maryland Terrapin. For me, it’s not enough to watch Duke lose regularly in football (even to the Terps), because they rarely make a national broadcast in that regard. No, there’s something else there ... some sort of dynamic that just seems to irritate me. Oh, that’s right ... I forgot. Duke irritates me because their student body -- at least at basketball games -- irritates me. At least they used to. Word has reached me that their infamous “dirt sheets” are a thing of the past. And actually (Who am I kidding?), secretly, deep down inside, I kind of liked those organized chants (but never liked the striped shirts, sorry). For the uninitiated, Duke students used to research the opposition and would organize chants before the game and then publish and distribute them to students. I’m not going to research this myself, but generally speaking, they would chant something relating to the criminal or unseemly past of a player on the opposing team. And while I’m not proud of Maryland’s recent history of burning stuff on Route 1 after a big win (a problem that is clearly exacerbated by overzealous policing and exaggerated news accounts), I have always thought their “we don’t riot” and “not our rival” chants were pretty much brilliant in their simplicity. I’ve often wondered what legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski thought about those chants. While I do, on occasion, ask the offbeat question at press conferences because I tend to think coaches and/or players take themselves a bit too seriously, I never really had the seeds to ask him about the phenomenon. Many years back I seem to recall that he shouted down students who were chanting about firing former St. John’s head coach Mike Jarvis, apparently a friend of his. Jarvis was fired later that same season, so you have to give the Cameron bunch their due there, too. However, there was one place the school didn’t get its due this year -- the NCAA tournament. No, players like Josh Hairston, Mason Plumlee and Miles Plumlee will not enter into the pantheon of Duke greats -- at least not yet -- after losing in the first round against Lehigh. They couldn’t shoot from the outside, the program’s usual core competency. The chants were non-existent and, given the circumstances, would have been pretty lame even by their standards. Oh well. I mellow as I age. I’m like the Powers Boothe character in “Red Dawn.” I caution against harboring such hatred. Accordingly, I have become increasingly aware of the value of a dollar. So, hey Duke, as I do every year I picked you to win the tournament, and now I’m out $20 bucks. Feel free to Paypal me for the transgression. In return, I’ll kickstart your dirt sheets again. Who doesn’t like a good deal?


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•Eggs are also a good source of choline, which has been shown to help preserve memory, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help prevent vision loss. Nutritionists say that eggs can help with weight management, eye health, muscle strength, brain functions and are valuable for healthy pregnancies. ���Easter eggs and the Easter bunny are considered symbols of new life and rebirth. Ancient cultures like the Persians, Hindus and Egyptians believed the world started as a large egg. •The new life symbolism was probably the association that made way for the Easter Bunny. Rabbits, like eggs, have always been associated with birth and fertility. •The legend of the Easter Bunny had its start in Germany. The story goes that a poor woman living in Germany decorated eggs to hide and be hunted as entertainment for her children. As soon as the eggs were found by the children, a large bunny rabbit was seen hopping away! Many stories have been written about the bunny ever since, and children in many places around the world look forward to egg hunts and egg and bunny-shaped candies around Easter. •Many egg hunts now use plastic eggs, often filled with candy or toys. Real eggs, if they are used for hunts, need to be handled carefully. •The Egg Safety Center recommends that, Hard-cooked eggs should be refrigerated within two hours of cooking and used within one week.

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Q: I have a political stickpin issued during Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign of 1964. It is in perfect condition. -- Theresa, Surprise, Ariz. A: There were dozens of Goldwater pins issued during his campaign. Some of the most popular ones were a red and blue button with a white arrow pointing to the right, “AU H20 1964,” and an elephant with Goldwater’s trademark black eye glasses. Most of the Goldwater buttons sell in the $5 to $25 range, according to “Warman’s Political Collectibles: Identification and Price Guide” by Dr. Enoch L. Nappen (Krause, $24.99). *** Q: I have an old pedal car that is probably from the 1940s. It needs to be restored, and I wonder if you can recommend someone. -- Tom, Midland, Texas A: John Bogan, owner of Bogan Restoration Services, buys, sells and restores vintage bicycles, pedal cars, toys and metalware. He is based in Irving, Texas, and his contact information is jbogan@mindspring.com, and 972-4454800. *** Q: In 1991, Kenner had a toy line called the Savage Mondo Blitzers, which was pulled from the shelves after being available for only a very short time. It seemed that parents were upset, not only by the characters looks but also their names. I have four of the sets of four and wonder if they are worth anything. -- Ruth, Fla. A: The Toy Stable has one of the largest inventories of the Savage Mondo Blitzers figures. They seem to sell for less than $5 each, for example, Bad Audience, $4.99, Bad to the Bone, $2.99, and Aping Wound, $4.99. You can check out others at its website, www.toystable.com. The contact address is 2917 Military Road East, Tacoma, WA 78445.


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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Settle an argument my friend and I are having. I think that terrier dogs are the most popular pet (among dog owners). My friend says Labs are the most popular. What’s your take? -- Beth C., Trenton, N.J. DEAR BETH: The American Kennel Club recently released its registration statistics for 2011, which revealed that among registered pets, the Labrador retriever was the most popular breed in the United States. In fact, the Labrador retriever has held that top spot for 21 years. The Yorkshire terrier placed fifth among AKC registrations.

Here are the top 10 breeds for 2011-12: 1. Labrador retriever 2. German shepherd 3. Beagle 4. Golden retriever 5. Yorkshire terrier 6. Bulldog 7. Boxer 8. Poodle 9. Dachshund 10. Rottweiler Now, this may or may not settle the argument. Unregistered dogs, of course, aren’t on there, nor are many adopted shelter pets. But it’s a pretty good barometer of the type of dogs, in terms of size, behavior traits and other elements, that currently are popular among owners. Farther down the list -- more than 100 breeds were ranked -- you’ll find the various terrier breeds, such as the Boston terrier (No. 22) and West Highland white terrier (No. 35) to name a couple. Breed popularity tends to jump around: Bulldogs ranked No. 19 a decade ago, but today sit at No. 6. At any rate, take the loss in stride. Make peace over a frosty beverage, and take comfort in knowing that the most popular dog for you is the one you choose (or that chooses you). Send your questions, comments or tips to ask@ pawscorner.com.

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Smoked Ham with Fresh Strawberry Sauce Perfect for a buffet any time of year. We created this impressive glazed ham for winter entertaining, but it has become an Easter favorite as well.

Rhubarb-Orange Dumplings When you combine two old-time favorites (rhubarb and dumplings) in a new-time cooking convenience, you create magic! 3/4 cup unsweetened orange juice Sugar substitute to equal 14 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb 1 1/3 cups reduced-fat biscuit baking mix 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts 1. In an 8-by-8-inch glass microwavable baking dish, combine 1/4 cup orange juice, sugar substitute to equal 3/4 cup sugar and flour. Stir in rhubarb. Microwave on HIGH (100 percent power) for 5 to 6 minutes or until mixture is thickened, stirring after 3 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine baking mix, remaining sugar substitute to equal 2 tablespoons sugar and remaining 1/2 cup orange juice. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into hot mixture to form 6 dumplings. Evenly sprinkle walnuts over top. Cover and microwave on HIGH for 4 to 6 minutes or until dumplings are no longer doughy. Let set for 2 to 3 minutes. Evenly divide into 6 servings.

1 (12-pound) smoked whole ham, fully cooked 3 pints strawberries 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 jar (10- to 12-ounce) orange marmalade Radish sprouts or watercress sprigs, for garnish 1. Remove skin and trim some fat from smoked whole ham, leaving about 1/4 inch fat. With knife, score fat covering on ham crosswise, just through to the meat, into 1-inch-wide strips. Place ham on rack in large roasting pan (about 17 by 11 1/2 inches). Insert meat thermometer into center of ham, being careful that pointed end does not touch bone. Bake ham in 325 F oven 3 to 3 1/2 hours until thermometer reaches 140 F (15 to 18 minutes per pound). If ham browns too quickly, cover with a foil tent. 2. About 30 minutes before ham is done, prepare strawberry sauce: Reserve 1 pint strawberries for garnish. Hull remaining strawberries. In 3-quart saucepan, mash strawberries. Stir in brown sugar, cornstarch, salt and orange marmalade; cook over medium heat until mixture thickens slightly and boils, stirring frequently. 3. To serve, place ham on warm large platter. Arrange radish sprouts and reserved whole strawberries around ham. Serve with sauce. Serves 24.

‘Surprise Inside’ Easter Eggs Ready, set, think Easter! Put aside chores and to-do lists for an afternoon and make these colorfully decorated “surprise inside” Easter eggs with your family. You’ll need the simplest of supplies: real eggshell halves or plastic eggs that twist open in half, bright gift-wrap tissue paper, household white glue and your children’s creativity. Come Easter morning, friends and family will anticipate cracking open these dazzling eggs because there’s a special surprise inside each one! To get started, save your eggshells. When a recipe calls for eggs, carefully crack the eggs in half, empty the contents for the recipe and rinse out the matching eggshells with soap and water. Set them aside to dry thoroughly, making sure you keep the pairs together. Or, simply use inexpensive empty plastic eggs in a variety of sizes from discount and dollar stores. Place a small charm, toy, coins or a strip of paper with a saying, poem or kind thought inside one of the halves of each eggshell pair. For example, “For an egg-stra special friend whose sense of humor cracks me up!” Now it’s time to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Find the matching eggshell half and tape or glue the two pieces together. Don’t worry if there are gaps where small pieces of the shell may have broken. Brush white household glue one section at a time on the eggshell and place small squares of cut gift-wrap tissue paper on the glue. Overlap the tissue squares as you cover the entire egg, including the open gaps, if there are any. Paint a final coat of glue over the tissue-covered egg. Let dry. The glue will become invisible, revealing a colorful mosaic of tissue shapes. If an egg is designated for a particular person, glue on a small nametag. Arrange your brightly decorated eggs in an Easter basket and enjoy them as a table centerpiece this month. On Easter morning crack open the eggs to reveal the surprises! *** 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 www.donnasday.com 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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MORNING GLORY Morning glories are plants that usually occur as vines and typically produce funnel-shaped flowers that open in the morning hours. •Morning glories belong to the plant family Convolvulaceae, derived from the Latin word convolvere that means “to wind.” The morning glory family contains over 1,000 species. •Members of the morning glory family range from showy flowers such as cultivated species in the genus Ipomoea to troublesome weeds such as field bindweed. The common sweet potato is a member of the morning glory family. •Sweet potatoes are believed to have originated from an area somewhere between the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and the mouth of the Orinoco River in Venezuela. •North Carolina is the state with the highest sweet potato production in the United States. Other states with considerable sweet potato production are California, Mississippi and Louisiana. •China is the top country for sweet potato production, accounting for 80 percent of the worldwide sweet potato crop. In Asia, approximately half of the sweet potato crop is used for animal feed. •Many people speak of sweet potatoes and yams interchangeably when really, they are distinctly different vegetables. Yams are in, not surprisingly, the yam family known by botanists as the Dioscoreaceae. Yams, native to Africa and parts of Asia, have a hard skin resembling tree bark, and the pulp is moist. By contrast, sweet potatoes typically have a thin edible skin and pulp that is a white to orange color and dry and crumbly in texture. One of the more interesting morning glories is Mary’s Bean named after the Virgin Mary. The plant is known by some as crucifixion bean. These names come from the cross-shaped indentation that appears on the seed. The plant is revered by natives in southern Mexico and Central America as an antidote for venomous snakebites and — are you sitting down? — a cure for hemorrhoids! •The morning glory family is sometimes called the bindweed family due to the way vines of these plants grow over and around other plants, fences and other structures, hence “binding” themselves to the object. Field bindweed, Convolvus arvensi, is an annoying weed and probably the most hated of plants in the morning glory family. It appears as an innocent-looking small vine with pretty white-to-pink, slightly fragrant flowers. Left unchecked however, vines can cover surrounding plants. Bindweed is extremely difficult to eradicate from a yard, flowerbed or garden. •For those gardeners wanting to control bindweed without the use of herbicides, vigilance and persistence are required. As new sprouts are noticed, pluck them out and eventually, you will rid your garden, flowerbed or yard of bindweed. Don’t try to dig the plant up because the taproot runs deep. By continually removing green shoots, you starve the plant by removing the plant parts responsible for photosynthesis.


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ShowBiz Weekly JILL JACKSON’S HOLLYWOOD By Tony Rizzo PHOTO: Beyonce

HOLLYWOOD -- Warner Brothers plans to remake “A Star Is Born” for the third time, with Beyonce as the rising young singer. Clint Eastwood passed on playing a washed-up rock star to direct. In 1953, MGM star Judy Garland had a nervous breakdown, and while she was recuperating in a rest home, MGM fired her. When she emerged from the sanitarium, her husband, Sid Luft, hired George Cukor to direct her in “A Star Is Born.” In l932, Cukor directed “What Price Hollywood?” which starred Constance Bennett as a waitress who falls for a washed-up movie director. In l937, the non-musical, black and white “A Star Is Born” was made with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, which Cukor refused to direct because of its similarity to “What Price Hollywood?” But the chance to direct a Technicolor musical with Judy Garland proved irresistible. The results yielded Golden Globe Awards and Oscar nominations for Judy Garland and James Mason. In the l976 remake, Barbra Streisand wanted Elvis Presley to star with her, but his manager, Colonel Parker, thought it was too close to his own life at the time, so she settled for Kris Kristofferson and an all-new soundtrack, including “Evergreen,” which won Oscars for Streisand and Paul Williams. As in Streisand’s version, the male lead is an alcoholic rock star on his way down. Leonardo Di Caprio, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackson were considered until a Warner exec showed Tom Cruise’s scenes from the upcoming film musical “Rock of Ages” to Eastwood. The script is being reworked to add the interracial romance. Will it add new dimensions, as it did in the Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner film “The Bodyguard” (‘92), or overpower the classic story? * * *

CELEBRITY EXTRA By Cindy Elavsky

PHOTO: Courtney Thorne-Smith Q: I am wondering what has happened to “CSI: New York,” which aired at 9 p.m. on Friday nights. Also wondering when/if “Covert Affairs” will back on the USA network for its next season? I really like all the things Annie gets into on this program. -- Mary Lee C., Port Charlotte, Fla. A: As you might have already noticed, “CSI: NY” has returned to its Friday night home (since March 30) on CBS, with five more firstrun episodes left to broadcast of its eighth season. Also, the USA network has renewed “Covert Affairs” for a 16-episode third season, which is scheduled to air this summer. While an exact premiere date has not been released, I can tell you that cast and crew are back at work on the new season. Christopher Gorham, who plays Auggie, tweeted to his fans that he’s read two episodes so far of the third season, and that we need to “Get ready!” Q: I was a little apprehensive at first about how “Two and a Half Men” would be with Charlie Sheen gone, but I have to say it is still must-watch TV for me. I especially like the recurring character of Lyndsey, who plays Alan’s sometimes girlfriend. Will they stay together? -- Kelly T., via e-mail A: If Courtney Thorne-Smith has any say, they will stay together, but not for any big romantic reasons. As Courtney told me: “I love their relationship so much because of their honesty. They are two people who looked at each other and said, ‘Seriously, we’re just not going to do any better.’ They’re settling; there’s none of the fantasy. It works for them. I think they are really authentic with each other, and it just makes me laugh so hard.” Go to www.celebrityextraonline.com to read my entire interview with Courtney, where she talks about the joy of watching Jon Cryer “do his magic,” the transition from Charlie Sheen to Ashton Kutcher, and Lyndsey and Alan’s future. Q: Is “Steel Magnolias” being remade? A: Lifetime Television has snagged Queen Latifah to star in and executive produce the television adaptation of “Steel Magnolias.” While Latifah takes on the role of M’Lynn, Alfre Woodard joins her as Ouiser, with Phylicia Rashad as Clairee, Jill Scott as Truvy, Adepero Oduye as Annelle and Condola Rashad as Shelby. Production begins this month, with the premiere scheduled for later this year.

TOP TEN MOVIES 1. 21 Jump Street (R) Chris Parnell, Johnny Pemberton 2. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG) animated 3. John Carter (PG-13) Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins 4. Project X (R) Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Brown 5. Act of Valor (R) Roselyn Sanchez, Jason Cottle 6. A Thousand Words (PG-13) Eddie Murphy 7. Safe House (R) Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds 8. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D (PG) 9. Casa de Mi Padre (R) Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal 10. This Means War (PG-13) Reese Witherspoon Top 10 Video Rentals 1. Immortals (R) Henry Cavill 2. Jack and Jill (PG) Adam Sandler 3. Tower Heist (PG-13) Ben Stiller 4. Footloose (PG-13) Kenny Wormald 5. Puss in Boots (PG) animated 6. Hugo (PG) Asa Butterfield 7. In Time (PG-13) Amanda Seyfried 8. J. Edgar (R) Leonardo DiCaprio 9. The Rum Diary (R) Johnny Depp 10. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 (PG-13) Kristen Stewart


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