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Kelsey Kreps

Prom-a-rama winner

Disney wedding planner — Shanda Sasse Helen Jackson — advocate for children Kelsey’s destination wedding

April 2010

Contents ON THE COVER Kelsey Kreps Photo by Andrew Laker

4 6 Shanda Sasse Disney wedding planner


Kelsey’s fairy tale wedding

Helen Jackson


Made for each other: chocolate and wine

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editor's note Ahh April. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and the days are longer. In the past month I’ve noticed more Columbus families out and about, enjoying the walking trails and area parks. It’s the little perks, such as having your windows rolled down as you drive to and from work, that make spring in the Midwest wonderful. I got a taste of summer extra early on my spring break/wedding vacation to St. Thomas last month. Check out a few of the photos in the pages to follow. We have a great lineup of features and interesting profiles, including a question-and-answer session with this month’s cover subject and our 2010 Prom-a-rama contest winner, Kelsey Kreps. You’ll also meet Helen Jackson, a longtime community advocate for Bartholomew County’s Department of Child Services. She currently works tirelessly to prevent and resolve cases of child abuse and neglect (literally, because she puts in her time on the third shift at Indiana’s Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline). As I wrap up another riveting editor’s note, I’ll ask this question: What does a woman need at the end of a long day? A massage? Perhaps. The ear of a loving husband or supportive friend? A suitable option. What about a good glass of wine and a hunk of rich chocolate? Hands down, yes! Check out our fun feature pairing two of a girl’s other best friends — wine and chocolate. They can definitely go together, and we went to the experts to find out how. Well, I leave you with that because I’m pretty sure your mind is on creamy chocolaty goodness and which Bordeaux you’re going to pull from the cellar. But remember, you can easily hold this month’s She in your lap while you indulge, so get reading!

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Kelsey Kreps Compiled by Kelsey declue photo by Andrew laker Columbus North senior Kelsey Kreps is our 2010 Prom-a-rama contest winner. She is the daughter of Bart and Jeri Lynn Kreps of Columbus.


Who is your biggest role model and

why? … my mother. She does a lot for me and my family and has always supported me in all my activities and pursuits. She is very caring, hardworking and successful at whatever she does.

2. What’s your biggest pet peeve? … when people pick at their nails making a chipping sound. It drives me nuts and makes me cringe!

3. What are some of your life goals and dreams? I’ve never been outside of the country, so one of my life goals is to take an extensive trip around Europe and Asia. As far as college and career goals, I would like to pursue a degree in psychology and eventually become either a Christian counselor or do some type of social work.

4. What’s your favorite hobby or extracurricular activity? … my voice lessons and show choir. I love to sing and dance!


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5. If you could change one thing about high school, what would it be and why? … I would change the general atmosphere of the school. I would make it so all students were more positive and accepting of one another.

6. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be? … hardworking, kind and crazy.

7. If you could spend the day with someone famous (living or deceased), who would it be and what would you want to do? … it would probably be Eleanor Roosevelt. Since elementary school, I have always admired her and her accomplishments. She was a distinguished woman who took an active political role and prided herself on education and hard work. If I could spend the day with her, I would like to ask her questions about her life and ask her opinions on the issues that are facing today’s world.

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By Kelsey Declue Submitted and stock photos Columbus native Shanda Sasse took a risk, and it paid off. She left her hometown in pursuit of a job she “could have fun with” and found what most would classify as the ultimate in enjoyable careers — planning and coordinating dream weddings with Walt Disney World. “It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done,” Sasse said. “I moved to Orlando, and within two and a half weeks, I got my foot in the door (at Walt Disney Co.), and in six months I was in convention and event planning.” The Columbus North High School and Indiana University School of Music grad is the daughter of John and Donna Sasse of Columbus.


Shanda started at Disney with internal events, such as coordinating the Disney Channel Games, held annually in Orlando. When a position in the wedding department opened up, Sasse seized the opportunity. This winter she moved specifically to a position as wedding coordinator for Disney Fairy Tale Weddings on the company’s cruise lines. Her office is based in Celebration, Fla., just south of the Walt Disney World Resort. Despite the job’s rigorous and sometimes stressful demands, Sasse is able to genuinely believe the saying, “If you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life.” “It doesn’t feel like work,” she said. “I have so much fun.” Plenty of practice Walt Disney Co. handles more than 1,600 weddings annually, with the No. 1 goal of making the experience 100 percent stress-free for its clients. “Some people have dreamt of a Disney wedding since the age of 4, and we want this to live up to that,” Sasse said. That means flawless execution, excellent organization and service with a smile. “Each of the couples we work with here at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings is unique, so I think their wedding means something different to each of them,” said Michelle Baumann, with Walt Disney World public relations. “However, I will say that most couples choose us to bring their fairy tale to life. We have the unbelievable responsibility to each one of our couples to make their dreams come true, which is why we are so focused on the service we provide throughout the planning process. “We create their happily-ever-after and truly make them feel like prince and princess for the day.” “You really have to stay focused for everything to go seamlessly,” Sasse said.

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No worries That means that even though she may be stressing to make sure a reception site is set perfectly before the couple arrives and the horse and carriage are right on time to pick them up, the bride and groom remain none the wiser. “We tell the couples to show up and we’ll take care of the rest,” she said. Sasse has helped coordinate ceremonies ranging from small intimate affairs in the Magic Kingdom to grand Cinderella-esque events in the Walt Disney Wedding Pavilion. “With this job I get to be organized and work hard, but also get to use my creativity,” Sasse said. “It’s the best of both worlds.” In January, she started with Disney Cruise Lines. “Disney Fairy Tale Weddings hosts approximately 150 weddings aboard the Disney Cruise Lines per year. So the work load definitely keeps me on my toes,” she said. “I work with the brides primarily via phone and email to book and plan their wedding. Then once everything is planned, I introduce them to their onboard wedding coordinator who takes over from there.” She’s excited to start planning for the company’s newest ship, the Disney Dream, which will launch its maiden voyage in January.

“Planning a wedding is an extremely personal moment, so she has to hand-hold our couples throughout this process, getting to know their distinct personalities to ensure that their event truly reflects their individual personalities,” Baumann said. “We strive for this individual attention to detail so that our couples can truly relax, knowing the details are handled, and become guests at their own wedding.” With new clients, Sasse’s first order of business is to help them realize their dreams. “Some people know exactly what they want; others know they just want a Disney wedding,” she said. “Either way, everyone knows the Walt Disney name, and they know that name comes with a certain level

of service.” Although the ship’s construction isn’t complete, Sasse is excited at the prospect of being on a vessel with such planned amenities as 11 bars and lounges, five restaurants, five pools, two theaters and a two-deck ocean view spa and salon. “I feel truly blessed,” she said. “Words can’t even describe.” Sasse encourages everyone to follow their dreams. “Don’t ever think something is out of reach,” she said. “You have to get excited about life, otherwise what is the point?”

“Don’t ever think something is out of reach. You have to get excited about life, otherwise what is the point?”

—Shanda Sasse

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Destination: St. Thomas and a fairy tale wedding story By Kelsey DeClue family Photos

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ow, typing my new last name was easier than I thought. Writing it, on the other hand, isn’t coming as readily, but that’s OK. I’ve got the rest of my life to practice. That’s right, last month under sunny skies and surrounded by family, I got married on the beach, with the waves crashing in the background, on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. You’ve seen my husband, Ike, before, as for four years now I’ve occasionally subjected him to the recognition that comes with being in past She stories about our travels together. We had already decided on a destination wedding when we got engaged last fall, so it was just a matter of picking a date and a location. I’d never been to the Virgin Islands before, but the location struck me as the perfect place to provide a Caribbean setting without the need for a passport, which Ike and I have but many family members don’t. We chose Bolongo Bay Beach Resort — a quaint, family-owned establishment on the southeast side of the island. We arrived at the resort to 85 degrees and a complimentary rum punch, so it didn’t take long for us to get in the island mood. St. Thomas is hilly and rocky; the breathtaking views of the azure ocean and beaches on the coast are complemented by the soaring, lush vegetation inland.

Iggie, one of three resident iguanas at Bolongo Bay Resort.

Bolongo Bay provided us with two beaches, two restaurants, endless ocean activities and a pool, complete with a swim-up bar. We also got to hang out with a few resident iguanas (all of which became named Iggie in honor of one of the restaurants on the property). The iguanas, the biggest of which probably stretched almost 3 feet from his nose to tail, roamed the pool deck, sidewalks, beach and tree limbs freely.

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Trunk Bay on the neighboring island of St. John.

On our first full day, Ike and I hit the water in the bay with our snorkel gear to explore the reefs. The next day we took off for a hiking excursion on neighboring island, St. John, which is 75 percent national forest. We stopped for a break from the muggy heat at a tiny beach along our trail. It was truly like the beaches you think you’ll only see in movies and travel magazines — soft, white sand and crystal-clear blue water. You couldn’t help but put yourself in the picture and run straight for the ocean. We became friends with a couple of hermit crabs, Kenny, who followed along the trail with us for a while, and his younger cousin, Hampton. The next few days were spent lounging by the resort’s pool or beach and welcoming family as they arrived.


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The big half-day I already knew my wedding day was atypical, but I think my mother’s observation sums it up perfectly, “Not many brides are swimming in an oceanside pool two hours from when they get married.” In the mid-afternoon on my wedding day, I pulled myself from the water and retired to my room for a shower, a glass of champagne and a little me time before my girls arrived to help me get ready. Just before sunset I was ready to have my dad walk me down the isle’s aisle. Music wafted from the steel drums as I headed toward Ike. The ceremony was short and sweet, but personal and touching, and then (after several pictures, of course) we headed for the resort’s pool deck for a family dinner and evening of speeches. I also did my part by giving my dress a run for its money. A small mound of sand sat underneath it on my hotel room floor when I hung it up post-ceremony.

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The next day we awoke to greetings of “Good morning, Mr. and Mrs. DeClue” as we met some of the family for breakfast, and then it was back to our previous island routine of basking in the sun. A few of us took an afternoon the day before we left to visit the biggest white-sand beach on St. Thomas, Magen’s Bay. A couple of giant sailboats docked at the edge of the bay, and natives and tourists lined the beaches to a soundtrack of live Caribbean music. Ike and I reluctantly left the Virgin Islands with the promise to ourselves to return. It was an unforgettable vacation with a beautiful ceremony made all the more special by the presence of our wonderful families. So from now on, you can expect these occasional travelogues to come from the new Mrs. DeClue.

From left: Ike’s grandparents, Luke and Betty Pinsonneault, and right, Kelsey’s grandpa, Don Lott.

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Helen Jackson is a quiet, humble woman whose eyes shine when she describes her dedication to children and their families who find themselves in the challenging situations of neglect and abuse. April is Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month, and this Bartholomew County woman has devoted the majority of her career to their prevention throughout Indiana.

“I enjoy that I have

made amazing changes in the lives of families.” — Helen Jackson

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Jackson was a supervisor for the Department of Child Services in Bartholomew County for nearly 30 years and now oversees a team for the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline, based in Indianapolis. She is quick to point out that the child is not an isolated individual, but part of a family. Child abuse does not only happen to certain demographics — it crosses all racial, economic and cultural lines. Effective prevention includes the whole family. Prevention is possible, people and behaviors change, and cycles of abuse can be broken. Raising awareness is critical for successful prevention, and it is accomplished by gathering information, educating people and providing support for families. Originally from Charleston, S.C., Jackson received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from Fayetteville State University. Her initial plan was to pursue a math degree. After becoming “bored with numbers” and excelling at tutoring others, her professors recommended that her talents would better be served in counseling. “My instructors always had me work with the more challenging students because they said I had a great listening ear and nothing ever seemed to shock me,” she said. Learning by doing Upon arriving in Columbus, Jackson was employed at various factories before she started working for the state as a caseworker. She demonstrated a unique ability to investigate child abuse and was trusted with the most extreme cases. Much of her early training was an on-the-job education. Jackson prides herself on speaking truthfully with people. “I don’t pull any punches. These families are in dire straits and need to know the truth surrounding the circumstances,” she said. “I never lie, and people appreciate my honesty.” According to the Web site of Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, in 2008: • 90,177 cases of child abuse were reported, with 24,808 substantiated. • Neglect was substantiated in 59 percent of the reports. (Neglect refers to a pattern of failing to provide for a child’s basic needs, whether it is adequate food, clothing, hygiene or supervision.) • 28 percent reported physical abuse. • 13 percent reported sexual abuse. • 67 percent of fatalities were age 3 or younger. The top characteristics of maltreatment were family or marital discord, lack of knowledge and parenting skills, and substance abuse.

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Facts first Jackson works third shift at the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline. When a phone call comes in, “the conversations last around 30 to 40 minutes and are an intense fact-finding mission,” she said. The initial task is determining whether the information meets the state’s definition of child abuse or neglect. Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. Other types of abuse, such as emotional abuse or neglect, leave deep, long-lasting scars. Jackson’s goal is to provide lifelong change for those involved with the case through teaming, engaging, assessing, planning and intervention. As supervisor, she tries to model appropriate behavior. “I never ask my team members to do something I am not willing to do myself,” she said. She also has an open-door policy that enables her team to have a safe place to let off steam. The nature of what Jackson deals with every day can be overwhelming at times, and she has developed many coping mechanisms. Some of these include a great sense of humor, baking and what she calls musical therapy — listening to jazz, rhythm-andblues and rap. She has three forgiving cats and connects strongly with people outside “the system,” like her family and close friends. Shopping for shoes is also a relaxing diversion. Jackson mentioned that she is careful what she reads and what television shows she watches because many topics get too close to the job and she needs the reprieve. “I enjoy that I have made amazing changes in the lives of families. We are all here on Earth for a purpose, and this is mine,” she said. In the past she also has stayed involved by serving two terms with the Columbus Human Rights Commission. “Helen is a quiet hero in our community,” said Arlette Cooper Tinsley, director of the Human Rights Commission. “She never seeks attention and acclaim, but she really is part of the strength of our community — the reason Columbus is such a great place. “She protects our children — all our children. She is a steadfast friend of human rights; she believes in equal treatment for everyone. I’m privileged to have worked with Helen.” Jackson graduated in 2000 from Leadership Bartholomew County and was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority. “Eventually I would like to retire to South Carolina to be around family; however, I still have some great work to be done for the children and my staff who need me here.”

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By Deana Tuell In November the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that women wait until age 50 for their first mammogram and then continue to have one only every two years. The panel’s recommendations noted that screening so early and so often leads to many false alarms (progressing to needless biopsy) and increased levels of stress/worry with little improvement in survival. On the heels of that study, the Breast Health Center at Columbus Regional Hospital announced that it continues to support and recommend that women follow the guidelines for early detection of breast cancer established by the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Frederick Shedd, a surgeon with Southern Indiana Surgery in Columbus, said, “Locally we know that approximately 25 percent of all women diagnosed with breast cancer are under the age of 50. Screening mammography contributes to finding disease earlier when it is most treatable; larger breast cancers found at later stages typically have a higher risk of recurrence, spread elsewhere in the body and death.” Drs. Michael Dorenbusch and David Thompson, also with Southern Indiana Surgery, agree that this community is not ready to embrace the task force conclusions of a higher age. “We see a definite advantage to beginning mammography yearly at age 40,” said Thompson. Dorenbusch said, “While mammography is not a perfect tool, it remains the single most effective breast cancer screening tool that we have.” Dr. Jay Jones, a radiologist at the Breast Health Center, agrees. “Thanks to mammography screening efforts, there has been a tremendous increase in the detection of early stage breast cancer and a decrease in mortality rates within the last several years,” he said.

Simply put, catching breast cancer early through mammography saves lives. Telling women to delay routine screenings until age 50 and to forgo breast self-examination will miss potentially curable breast tumors in younger women. It is very important for women to talk to their health care provider about their individual risk for breast cancer. These conversations can help a woman wade through these conflicting recommendations and find the plan that suits her best. Unfortunately, in the United States a woman has about a one-in-eight chance of developing breast cancer. We encourage women to think about breast health by talking with their physicians regarding a personal mammography screening plan. For most women that will include a three-part plan: a monthly breast self-examination, a yearly breast exam by a health care provider and yearly screening mammography beginning at age 40. Deana Tuell is manager and breast health navigator at the Breast Health Center at Columbus Regional Hospital.

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Adore chocolate? How to maximize the flavors of both

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ome call it taboo, and others say it’s too difficult. But with a little guidance, taking a decadent dessert like chocolate and pairing it with the sensual savor of a fine wine is a daring but doable endeavor — and one with rich rewards. “It’s all kind of a personal preference,” said Cynthia Schrodt, owner of Brown County Winery. She said pairing wine with chocolate is done all the time, and it can be a great combination. The chocolate can come in the form of a rich chocolate cake or a chocolate-covered strawberry. She said a raspberry wine tastes good poured over ice cream, and the winery serves wine in dark Belgian chocolate cups so that people can taste the two at the same time. “Whatever you like,” she said. “It’s a good taste.” But because both wine and chocolate are complex and often rich entities, there are a few loose guidelines to help determine where to start. Meredith Easley, co-owner of Easley Winery in downtown Indianapolis, said the main thing to keep in mind is that everyone’s taste buds are different. “There’s not right or wrong answers when it comes to wine and food pairings,” she said.

“There’s not right or wrong answers when it comes to wine and food pairings.”

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When planning a wine and chocolate tasting, it is best to start with the lighter, creamier chocolates and gradually move to the darker, bitter ones. The bitterness and acidity of the wine should be matched to the bitterness or sweetness of the chocolate. According to, the wine should do two things: It should be sweeter than the chocolate, and it should cut through the richness of the chocolate. For instance, white chocolate has a smooth, buttery taste that might pair well with a fruity wine like a Riesling. Easley said her winery makes a blueberry wine that would also go well with white chocolate. It is a purplish-blue wine that is a hit with New York cheesecake. “But don’t drink this one in a wedding dress,” she said, because the blueberries will stain.

Something sweet Milk chocolate, such as a Hershey’s bar or fondue over strawberries can pair nicely with a Riesling as well, Easley said. A Riesling, which is a sweet white wine, will typically have a stone fruit taste like peach or apricot. The German Rieslings are the exception because they have a mineral or slate taste. According to, milk chocolate also pairs well with a tawny port or pinot noir, while a semi-sweet chocolate is often enhanced with a cabernet or a Bordeaux. When it comes to bitter or dark chocolate, Easley suggests a dry red or a red zinfandel. recommends that the bitter roasted flavor be offset with a strong red, but also notes that zinfandels can be experimented with as well. Since dark chocolates are the least sweet, there is a broader palate of wines that complements them. Texture is also important when pairing wine with chocolate, Easley said. For instance, a double Dutch chocolate cheesecake would need a strong wine like a cabernet to cut through the richness of the chocolate. Something fruity She recommends that chocolate with a creamy filling be paired with a sweet red that has a fruity Concord grape base. During the Indy Wine Trail’s Chocolate Lovers Weekend her winery has a white chocolate mousse with dark chocolate shavings that it typically pairs with a sweet white wine like a Riesling. The sweet weekend, which takes place in February, is an annual sell-out. This year tickets were $22 in advance, and only 300 were sold. Seven wineries from Columbus to Carmel had chocolate and wine for sampling. “It’s so much chocolate,” she said. “You get chocolate everywhere.” But for those looking to host their own wine and chocolate soiree, Easley said, the key is variety. Skip the spicy She said to start by purchasing chocolate that you enjoy. Once, she attended a wine and chocolate tasting where a friend brought a jalapeno chocolate. It was so spicy that it dulled everyone’s taste buds. She said it’s OK to be exotic, but don’t get too extreme. She recommends having plenty of dark, milk and cream-filled chocolates, as well as some truffles and maybe chocolate-covered strawberries thrown in for fun.

Texture is also important when pairing

wine with chocolate.

Some crackers or bread to cleanse the palate and a glass for each of the different wines are ideal, but not mandatory, she said. Easley said while the hostess supplies the chocolates, the guests can bring the wine. Keep in mind that each bottle will typically yield four glasses, and there should be at least five different wines. However, the amount of wine per bottle can vary as well as the amount of wine served per glass to accommodate the number of guests.

[Easley ] recommended biting the chocolate first, then sipping the wine, then biting the chocolate once again. The hostess can assign each guest a type of wine, such as bold red or sweet white. She can also assign a few guests to bring a mystery wine. Easley added that champagne can be a nice complement to a dessert like chocolate-covered strawberries. She recommended biting the chocolate first, then sipping the wine, then biting the chocolate once again. However recommends sipping the wine, biting the chocolate, letting it melt on your tongue and then sipping the wine again. There is no right or wrong way to enjoy the two together, Easley said. It is a matter of personal preference. She does suggest, however, that the tasting be done after a meal. She said it is easier to be satisfied with less this way. However the two are paired, whether it is during an extravagant chocolate weekend getaway or a fun night in with the girls, Easley encourages people to just have fun with it. She said many people think they don’t like wine because they taste one dry red and think they’re all the same. And mixing it with chocolate seems like a foreign combination to some. But the key to pairing the two is to know what you like, keep an open mind and experiment with the many varieties of these two decadent delights.

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By J.M. Hirsch AP Food Editor It’s a pasta! No, it’s a salad! Or can it be both? In the case of this easy Greek-inspired chicken dish, that would be a yes. You start by making a basic lemon vinaigrette, to which you add crumbled feta and the meat from a rotisserie chicken (the workhorse of the weeknight kitchen). Let the flavors meld for a while. You don’t need to limit yourself to 15 minutes. If you have time to prep the dish to this stage the night before or morning of, the flavors will only get better. Just be sure to let everything lose the chill before proceeding.

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From there, you mix in some halved cherry tomatoes and diced red bell pepper. After that, it’s up to you. I like to toss everything with some fresh fettuccine. Adding a bit of the pasta cooking water helps the feta and vinaigrette combine into a delicious sauce. Or you could simply mound the salad over baby spinach. Or do both. Add the spinach to the pasta about 20 seconds before you drain it to let it just barely wilt. Then proceed with the recipe.

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GREEK CHICKEN WITH FETTUCCINE Start to finish: 25 minutes Servings: 4 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Juice of 1 lemon Salt and ground black pepper Meat from a 2- to 2½-pound rotisserie chicken (about 1½ pounds cooked chicken meat) 8 ounces feta, cut into small cubes or crumbled 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced 12-ounce package fresh fettuccine In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the chicken and feta, then toss lightly to coat. Set aside for 15 minutes to let the flavors meld. Add the tomatoes, oregano and red bell pepper to the chicken and feta, then toss lightly to mix. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Reserve ¼ cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta and add it to the bowl of chicken. Add the reserved water, then toss until well mixed. Adjust seasonings.

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Don’t let an injury put you on the sideline By Shayla Holtkamp Spring is here, summer’s on its way and we are all ready to get outside and enjoy outdoor activities. Hopefully you have maintained your fitness level throughout the winter months to reduce your risk of being sidelined when better weather comes. If not, there are things you can do to reduce your chances of getting injured. It’s also important to know what to do if you do get an injury and to act quickly to reduce your time off. There is a difference between an injury that is sustained by one event — such as rolling your ankle stepping off the side of the road — (acute injury) and one that develops slowly and is persistent and long-lasting (overuse injury). An acute injury usually manifests itself immediately by swelling, instant pain and possibly bruising. An overuse injury tends to be subtle, have vague symptoms and develop slowly. Page 42

Many people have lots of enthusiasm initially and go too hard, too soon. Don’t fall into that trap. Begin with moderate exercise of about 20 minutes, three times a week and gradually build on this. Your body has to adapt to new activities. If you do too much too soon, it will retaliate sometimes in the form of an injury. Warm up before you exercise or participate in a sport. A gradual warm-up consisting of walking or a light jog to increase the heart rate and warm up the muscles, tendons and ligaments goes a long way to prevent injuries. Wear proper equipment. That includes shoes designed for the activity you are participating in as well as being aware of your environment and what has potential to lead to acute injuries.

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For example, running on one side of a road that has an embankment can potentially lead to an overuse injury such as IT band syndrome. It’s best to switch sides to reduce the load on one side of the body. Asphalt is much safer because it’s a softer surface than concrete. Be aware of uneven surfaces, which can lead to rolling of an ankle and the resulting tear on a ligament. Rest days are as important as your activity days. Take them. Working out too much for too long can lead to overuse injuries. Our bodies need days to heal. Cross training not only helps to reduce boredom but also allows you to get a full body workout without overstressing certain muscle groups. Choose a variety of workouts to work the body in different ways, again lowering your chance of injury. Make muscle strengthening, especially core work, a part of your routine. A strong core reduces risk of injury because the muscles supporting your bony structure are strong. Stretching, especially at the end of your workout, is equally vital for muscle balance. It is important to listen to your body. Pain or discomfort is your body’s way of telling you there is something wrong. We are aware of this when we roll our ankle, resulting in immediate swelling, but our minds tend to want to fool us when it is an injury that has been coming on for a while.



There are some important steps to take to get yourself back doing the activities you love after suffering an injury. It’s called RICE: R: Rest … stop doing whatever you are doing and rest the injured area. Relative rest may be an option in that you can take up an activity that does not effective the injured area. I: Ice the area to reduce swelling. A bag of frozen peas for 15 minutes works great. Reapply a number of times throughout a 48-hour period. C: Compress the area to reduce swelling by using a compression wrap. E: Elevate the affected area above heart level. If you do not notice a major improvement within 48 hours, it is time to call a physician. With overuse injuries sometimes the best policy is to give it a rest. Repeated trauma to the area will only make it worse and keep you from your summer fun longer. Shayla Holtkamp is a Columbus resident and personal trainer with Columbus Regional Hospital’s Wellness Program.

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ROTH IRA accounts — to convert or not? By Jalene Hahn

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ROTH IRAs are all over the news, but you may be asking, “What is a ROTH and how is it different from my IRA or 401K?” One article I read described the difference as “paying taxes on the acorn or the oak tree.” As a long-term investor, I like the fact that the earnings on my money will not be taxed when withdrawn. With an IRA or 401K you put money in now without paying taxes. Sometime in the future when you take your money out, you will pay taxes. You pay taxes on what you contribute, as well as what it has earned over the years. Having a ROTH account available allows more options for retirees. There are no minimum required distributions, offering more flexibility in controlling our taxable income in retirement. For many people ROTH accounts make a great deal of sense. They are a great tool to save for retirement, particularly for young professionals with significant future earning potential. As people get older and their incomes rise, so do tax brackets, and ROTH accounts are not as beneficial. As we age, we also reduce the time available for tax-free compounding to work for us. If you keep up with financial news, you are probably aware that for 2010 the IRS has made a few changes in the rules related to converting traditional IRA dollars to a Roth IRA. If you convert, taxes will be due, so you will need to find the money to pay the taxes on the amount converted. As an incentive to encourage us to make this conversion, the government is allowing us to spread the income recognized from this conversion over two years instead of due in the current year. So is a ROTH conversion right for you? Unfortunately, this can be a difficult question to answer. While paying taxes on an acorn is likely to be more appealing than paying taxes on the whole tree, there are many assumptions that become part of the decision. There are several online calculators that offer help in answering the question. Unfortunately, you are likely to receive different answers from different calculators, as the underlying assumptions are likely to be different.

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As with any major financial decision, you should always consult with your accountant or financial adviser to determine what is right in your specific instance. One of the goals I have for my clients is to help them obtain clarity about their options and confidence they are making the best choice for their individual circumstance. Deciding to convert funds to a ROTH requires correctly predicting the value of several variables many years, or even decades, into the future. To complicate things even further, some of the variables are likely to change over time as Congress is almost certain to make adjustments to the law in the future. This could easily render a good decision bad at a later date and really requires a good crystal ball to be certain. The two biggest factors are tax rates and inheritance goals. Tax rates are a huge unknown and unknowable factor. Assumptions need to be made about future tax rates, not only when taxes are due on the conversion but also what they would be if you did not convert. How likely is it for tax rates to increase in the future? How much and when? Will you be in a higher tax bracket in the future? Another factor is that you must have money available to pay the current taxes. If that must come from the dollars converted, then there’s nothing to be gained. If you have other sources of funds to pay the taxes now and will be in a higher tax bracket or taxed at a higher rate in the future, conversion may make sense. Roth IRAs are not subject to required minimum distributions. If these are funds you don’t expect to need yourself and you wish to leave a legacy for children or grandchildren, a ROTH would provide the means for them to receive tax-free distributions over their lifetimes. So the answer is simple. Before signing the paperwork to convert funds to a ROTH, whip out your crystal ball, make some educated guesses about future events and wait to see if your assumptions stand the test of time. Jalene Thompson Hahn is a certified financial planner with Warren Ward Associates. She can be reached at 379-1120.

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By Ryan Brand 2:15 a.m. “Ryan, my water just broke.” I sat straight up in bed to see Gretchen moving fast toward the bathroom. She yelled, “Call my parents.” I hurried to the phone and made the call. My father-in-law answered, prepared for the news. “We’re on our way,” he said. This being our third child, we were a bit calmer than the times before. We were prepared and knew what was in store for us once we arrived at the hospital — no rush getting there. Gretchen jumped in the shower as I loaded the car with our bags. Fred, my father-in-law, arrived and flew in through the back door like Kramer from “Seinfeld.” I was expecting Kathi to come in behind him, but there was no Kathi. She was evidently taking too long, and he just couldn’t wait.

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Images of Fred running red lights as he reaches under the seat for the magnetic undercover police light came to mind. Kathi arrived five minutes later, and we were almost out the door when Gretchen decided there was just enough time for a bowl of cereal on the way to the hospital. Gretchen does not function well without breakfast and knew this was going to be a long morning. She poured the milk over the Cheerios and off we went. One block later she was wearing Cheerios instead of eating them. I managed to stop without spilling them, but taking off was a whole other story. Who can control a lead foot when there is a baby on the way? I blew right by the entrance to the hospital as I was wiping the sleep out of my eyes. I doubled back quickly, squealing the tires as I turned the corner. Now which entrance do I try? Gretchen directed me to the entrance closest to the birthing center and told me there would be valet parking. Valet parking! Now this was a real improvement from the last time, I thought to myself. Anyone home? As we pulled up to the doors, I couldn’t see a soul inside or out. I grabbed our bags, helped Gretchen out and rushed to the automatic double doors. I was clearly close enough for them to open, but nothing happened. I began jumping and waving my arms. As I turned back toward Gretchen, she was already getting back in the car. Bags and mother-to-be back in the car, I raced to the next entrance, the main entrance. This one surely would have a friendly valet waiting and doors wide open, I said to myself. As we pulled up it looked eerily like the entrance we just left, empty. Gretchen was certain that the doors would open so she asked to be dropped off to check in while I parked the car. As I pulled into the closest parking space available, I could see Gretchen in my rear view mirror walking toward me from the entrance. Not again! I backed up to her, and she climbed in shaking her head. This had now become an emergency, and that was just the entrance we were heading to. We pulled up, and sure enough — there was the valet parking attendant. I grabbed the bags, helped Gretchen inside and handed my keys to the nice gentleman. We were in and on our way to have a baby. Next stop: the birthing center. The double doors outside the nursery asked you to “call the desk for access.” There was a phone conveniently placed beside them, but evidently no one on the other end of the line that morning. We tried repeatedly and began banging on the outside of the doors. Finally a voice at the other end of the line opened the doors on the fourth call.

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The Columbus Ritz The nurses showed us to our room and began preparing Gretchen for the next steps. Once we were finally in and settled, it felt a bit like staying in a hotel without the kids. We had TV and a DVD player with full control of the remote, our own bathroom and room service with the press of a button. Gretchen was feeling good, and our first round of nurses was great. We watched movies and infomercials for the next couple of hours while Gretchen progressed closer to baby time. Soon enough, it was time for the epidural. This was possibly my least favorite part of the process. Watching helplessly as an anesthesiologist inserted a large needle into my wife’s back was hard for me, but it went off without a hitch, and I managed to not get upset or pass out. With our previous children Gretchen had always been in control of how much or little of the epidural she used. Not this time. The pump attached to the line fed her a continuous dose. This seemed great until her legs altogether disappeared as far as she was concerned. A bit of panic set in but was quickly laid to rest by the great nursing staff reassuring her that when it was time to push she would know exactly what to do. Before much longer it was time. Gretchen’s contractions came quickly, and she didn’t miss a step. Pushing through six contractions we brought Harper Elizabeth into the world, 20 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Her dark hair and dark eyes brought tears to ours. She was beautiful. The next two days were filled with visitors and doctor checkups, flowers and baby clothes. Our other two daughters had only met their new sister by video due to hospital H1N1 rules. We were ready to have the whole family together again. The day we were released to go, we rode home from the hospital filling every seat in my car, a family of five. Ryan Brand lives in Columbus. He is vice president of Brands Inc.

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Minute Recommended reading “Columbus Then and Now,” by Tamara Stone Iorio. $21.99. 96 pages Columbus pediatrician Tamara Stone Iorio has again reached into her extensive collection of vintage postcards of Columbus, placing the old scenes against photographs of the same scene today.

They offer a fascinating study of what has changed but also how much has been retained of the history of our city. —Viewpoint Books

Landscape logic Soil testing is a good step for troubleshooting problems in the home landscape. The more common problems are moss taking over the lawn or why your pin oaks have light green leaves. The development of moss in the lawn is commonly blamed on the soil pH being too low. However, shade and poor drainage are more common. Before you add lime, I recommend a soil sample be collected and sent to a soiltesting lab.

This is more reliable than use of the soil pH meters sold on the market. Purdue Extension can provide you with a list of labs available to conduct soil tests as well as instructions on collecting soil samples. — Extension educator Mike Ferree

Healthy habits Stress in your life? Ways to reduce stress include taking long walks or saying a mantra. A hot bath soothes a lot of people; for some, working out at the gym does the trick. Find something that works for you and use it when you need to. — Columbus Regional Hospital

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