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Young shifts focus to 3rd congressional district By JAKE WADDINGHAM

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David Young has spent a majority of his life in Iowa’s third congressional district. Born and raised in Van Meter, Young moved to Johnston as a junior and graduated from Johnston High School. He went on to earn an English degree at Drake University. A sixth-generation Iowan, Young spent the past seven years as U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s, R-New Hartford, chief of staff, gaining experience of how the system works



in Washington, D.C., while listening and fighting for Iowans back home. “My heart has always been in this district, in this area,” Young said. After U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, D-Cumming, announced his retirement, Young said he believed U.S.

Rep. Tom Latham, R-Alexander; U.S. Rep Steve King, R-Storm Lake or Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, R-Osceola, would make a bid to fill the Senate seat. When that didn’t happen, Young took a chance and joined the highly contested Senate race. Later, Latham announced his retirement from Congress. Young, a Republican, decided to shift gears and run for the empty congressional seat in the area he calls home. Campaign issues Young wants to be a political “watch dog” for Iowa’s third congressional district tax payers.

“I’ve seen the ugliness of it, of Washington, D.C.,” Young said. “I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t work. A lot of it doesn’t work as you know, you can see that from here.” Young hopes to bridge a trust gap with the American people, blaming both sides of the aisle for abusing power and for the $17 trillion debt. He said it will not come from simply passing legislation. By using the experience he learned as Grassley’s chief of staff, Young said from day one he will use congressional tools to provide oversight and keep the government

■ Panthers hosting ‘purple out’ to raise money for March of Dimes

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The Panthers are painting the town purple Tuesday during Creston/Orient-Macksburg’s wrestling meet against Red Oak and Shenandoah. A “purple out” event will take place during the wrestling meet, as well as a penny war leading up to the 5:30 p.m. sports event Tuesday. “I feel like everyone’s been affected in some way,” said Shannon Smith, Creston High School business and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) instructor. “Whether they were born premature, or had a family member born premature. ... And so, the organization is just making sure there are healthy babies born.”

Purple out The “purple out” will consist of spectators wearing any shade of purple to the meet. “Battling for babies” T-shirts are still available to purchase, and proceeds will go to March of Dimes Foundation, the nonprofit organization focused on raising awareness of health and mortality of infants and mothers. “I think it’s a good organization to support, and so the purple, those are the colors of the March of Dimes,” Smith


Raegen Smith displays a “Battling for babies” T-shirt that will be available at the Tuesday Creston/O-M wrestling meet.

said. Student government students began the “purple out” as a year-long project, and with the help of Peg Eblen, English and student government instructor, and Smith, the two high school organiza-

tions combined.


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transparent. To handle budget issues, Young believes in base line budgeting. “Congress gives these agencies and departments the same amount of money they got last year and a little bit more,” Young said. “There is no accountability. Nobody knows what they are going to do with the money.” By starting the budget at zero each year, Young said it forces everyone to justify the amount of

WHO: Creston-OM Panthers will battle Red Oak and Shenandoah during a junior varsity and varsity double-dual wrestling meet. WHAT: The Panthers are hosting a “purple out” awareness wrestling meet. WHERE: The meets will take place at Creston High School. WHEN: The Panthers will wrestle Tuesday. At 5:30 p.m., both junior varsity and varsity athletes will wrestle at Creston High School. WHY: The students are hosting the “purple out” in order to raise awareness for health and mortality of infants and mothers. HOW: Creston High School student government and FBLA students are hosting a March of Dimes wrestling meet. The Panther athletes will have purple on their person during the matches. A limited number of T-shirts will be available for purchase, and in the commons area face-painting by Creston art students and nail-painting by Creston Peppers will take place. Further donations can be made in the form of a bet during each match. PROCEEDS: All proceeds raised during the “purple out” will go to March of Dimes Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of mortality and health of infants and mothers.

Wilbur-Ellis Company — based in San Francisco, Calif. — made the announcement Thursday that they’ve acquired the assets of Advanced Ag in Creston. Advanced Ag has served local growers in southwest Iowa since 2002 — providing agronomic solutions to increase productivity and maximize yields. “We are excited to join a company that supports the same values and customer-oriented dedication that Advanced Ag is known for,” said Cody Shay, owner of Advanced Ag. “As the industry Shay becomes more complex every year, we look forward to working with Wilbur-Ellis’ team of agribusiness experts to provide the best crop protection technology solutions and services to our customers.” Wilbur-Ellis was founded in 1921. It is a leading international marketer and distributor of agricultural products, animal feed and specialty chemicals and ingredients. Wilbur-Ellis’ Agribusiness Division generates more than $2 billion in sales revenue. “We are thrilled to welcome Advanced Ag and its seasoned staff to our team and further enhance our ability to serve local growers,” said Troy Johnson, vice president of Wilbur-Ellis’ Midwest Operations. “Advanced Ag’s established reputation among local customers makes it a strategic fit to our growing operations in the area.”

Pink Out: The East Union student section shows support for the Eagles and the school’s Eagles Fight Cancer event Thursday night during the basketball games against Murray. Pink T-shirts were sold, team shirts signed by the players were sold at auction and other fundraising events were held during the breast cancer awareness “Pink Out” campaign.

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Deaths Brittany Cruz Orient

Brittany Cruz, 15, of Orient died Jan. 14, 2014, at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. Services will be 11 Cruz a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Orient-Macksburg High School gymnasium in Orient. The Rev. Cathy Nutting and the Rev. Karen Hoff will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery west of Orient. Open visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. today with family present 5 to 8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25, Creston. Memorials will be for a scholarship. Online condolences may be left at www.powersfh. com. Brittany Ann Cruz, daughter of Susan Lynn (Harris) and Louis Antonio Cruz, was born March 15, 1998, in Cres-

ton. Brittany was educated at Orient area schools and was a sophomore at Orient-Macksburg High School. Brittany danced at Leslie’s Dance Emporium and was involved in all sports, including volleyball. Brittany was a member of Orient United Methodist Church and involved in FFA. Brittany is survived by her parents, Louis and Susan Cruz of Orient; brother Tony Cruz (friend Sydney White) of Creston, sister Heather Cruz (fiancé Joseph Jenkins) of Eaton, Ohio, and their children, Ava and Delilah Jenkins; grandparents, Robert (Pearl) Harris of Orient and Francisco Cruz of Chicago, Ill.; greataunt and -uncle Linda (John) Kuster of Orient and many aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members. Brittany was preceded in death by her grandparents, Carman Pina and Thomas Pina; and great-grandma Melba Cox.

YOUNG: Continued from Page 1

money needed and how it will be spent. Young wants to keep Congress accountable is by attaching sunset laws to bills. This way programs have a set date to be evaluated before more funding is assigned. “Not everything works that they do in Congress,” Young said. “Everybody can have a seat at the table, Republicans and Democrats. When it expires, everybody takes a look at it.”

Finally, Young wants to target the national job deficit. Young praised Iowans for their work ethic. The state currently has an unemployment rate of just 4.4 percent. One area Young believes would help job creation is by trimming the 73,000-page tax code to make it “flatter, fairer, simpler and make it permanent.” After visiting with Union County’s GOP central committee meeting, Young continued on the campaign trail to Atlantic.

PURPLE OUT: Continued from Page 1

Creston School District. “The last two years we’ve done penny wars to raise money for the March of Dimes,” said Smith. “March of Dimes is FBLA’s national service partner, so if we can, we try to do something to raise money for them every year.” Last year, $2,255.01 was raised through the penny war and donations. For the “purple out” event, approximately $1,300 has been raised thus far. That money was raised through sponsorships with Ferrara Candy Company and First National Bank, as well as donations from local businesses. “We’re having a competition with all the homerooms and grade levels in school buildings,” said Bree Daggett, Creston High School student and FBLA member. “The whole idea of the competition is, if you put in a dime, it’s going to cancel out 10 pennies.” Students are enticed to participate with prizes: an ice cream cake for the class with the most pennies, and a pizza party for the class with the most money. T-shirts will be available and other students will be par-

ticipating in the “purple out.” “The Peppers are painting nails,” said Raegen Smith, CHS student and member of FBLA and student government. “There will be facepainting in the commons by the art students.” March of Dimes March of Dimes Foundation was founded in 1938, under former President Franklin D. Roosevelt to combat polio. From 1938 to 1955, when the Salk, or polio, vaccine was approved, the foundation spent more than $233 million of fundraised money toward the prevention of polio and care of polio patients. Since the elimination of polio in the United States, March of Dimes Foundation has changed their focus to prevention of birth defects, arthritis and virus diseases, which then was changed to focusing predominately on birth defects and infant mortality.

(MCT) — The battle against meth, to paraphrase one state official, is not nearly won. While the prevalence of meth in Iowa has declined, demand for the highly addictive drug remains. In an example of supply-and-demand economics, Mexican drug cartels have entered the state with their own high purity meth. The state’s meth precursor law, which banned the possession of substances such as ethyl ether and anhydrous ammonia when intended for the use of meth production, has led meth makers to devise a new method for making the drug using substances not included in the precursor law. “The labs have just become smaller than 10 years ago,” explained Dan Stepleton, an Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement agent. “They’ve switched from the anhydrous production to actually making their own anhydrous. We’ve seen a big switch over to the one-pot era.” “One pot” refers to the newer method of making meth – typically in something like a soda bottle – using relatively common ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide, camping fuel and lithium batteries. Despite being smaller than a traditional lab, they are no less dangerous, Stepleton said. “It’s highly combustible in the way they are doing it,” he said. “We are seeing a huge number of properties burning up and defendants ending up in the ERs with burns on them. “One out of every 10 cooks is probably going to have it catch on fire. If you cook long enough, you are going to be one of those people that have burn marks on you.” Stepleton said meth makers are now only selling a portion of the drugs they produce. Much of it is going to employees of the producer, called smurfers, who attempt to skirt the pseudoephedrine law by going out and buying amounts of pseudoephedrine that aren’t enough to trigger the attention of law enforcement. In turn, they get paid in cash or, as is often the case, the finished product. The state also has seen a huge influx of high purity Mexican meth, commonly known as ice. “Some of it is running 100 percent pure,” Stepleton said. “A lot of it is high 90s.” That’s creating its own set of problems. Stepleton said meth users used to “onepot” meth, which is typically only 15 to 50 percent pure, are taking the same amount of high purity meth and overdosing.

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“It’s highly combustible in the way they are doing it. We are seeing a huge number of properties burning up and defendants ending up in the ERs with burns on them.” — Dan Stepleton

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just that. Amber Markham, policy advisor for DPS, said the legislation introduced last session would expand the state’s precursor law to include four substances used in the one-pot method including: Sodium hydroxide, commonly known as lye Ammonia nitrate and ammonium sulfate, which are fertilzers Light or medium petroleum distillate, which is commonly sold as Coleman fuel. Markham said the proposal would be effective in combating the one-pot method, which continues to grow in popularity. Of the meth labs shut down in 2012, 61 percent were one-pot labs. And Markham expects that number to be closer to 80 percent for 2013. “Eighty percent of meth labs are using substances we can’t currently prosecute under the current precursor law,” she said. Stepleton, of the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, said expanding the precursor law would give law enforcement a “big hammer” to hold over those involved in the meth-making enterprise. “If you can start getting people with two or three of those precursors … it gives us more teeth,” he said. “A lot of times, by charging these people with felonies, we get these people to flip on where the lab is and it helps us take off more labs.” Markham said the law passed in the Iowa House of Representatives last session

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but stalled in the Senate’s judiciary committee over concerns that someone could be prosecuted for possessing legal substances such as fertilizer or Coleman fuel. “There’s just a lot of fearmongering going on,” she said. “They’re not going to be arrested for having Coleman fuel in their garage. We’re going to try to disperse some of the misconceptions about the law.” State Sen. Robert Dvorsky, D-Coralville, said he isn’t sure what the future holds for the proposal. “It sort of got lost last year,” he said. “I think we’re going to look at it again this year. The real answer is if the feds do this. “The other problem is some of these things are legal now — you can buy them right off the shelf. That’d be a question of what we have to do with that.” But, Sen. Charles Schneider, R-West Des Moines, the ranking member of the senate judiciary committee, said he spoke with fellow judiciary member Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, and doesn’t see why the proposal shouldn’t make it out of committee. “I really don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t bring it through judiciary this year,” Schneider said. “We’ll hopefully get it out of here this year, or we’ll be able to explain why it didn’t move last time.” —————— ©2014 The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) MCT Information Services 503 W. Adams Street | Creston | 641-782-2141 ext. 222 Office Hours: 8-5 Monday thru Friday

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will meet at Southwestern Community College in room 180 of the Instructional Center. The Afton, Arispe and Lorimor districts will meet at Afton Community Center.

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nament at Glenwood. 6 p.m. girls varsity basketball at St. Albert Catholic (Council Bluffs). 7:30 p.m. boys varsity basketball at St. Albert Catholic (Council Bluffs). Saturday 10 a.m. varsity wrestling tournament at Corning. 1 p.m. JV/varsity boys and girls bowling at Creston Panther Lanes. 2 p.m. ninth grade boys basketball against Winterset, here. 3:30 p.m. JV boys basketball against Winterset, here. 5 p.m. varsity boys basketball against Winterset, here. 9 p.m. High school Winter Formal.

Betty Marxen, 61, of Lenox was cited for failure to maintain control after an accident approximately 9 p.m. Saturday in the 800 block of East Ohio Street in Lenox. According to a Lenox Police report, Marxen, driving a 2000 Lincoln on East Ohio, struck a legally parked 1999 Ford owned by Nick Custer Fire of Lenox. Officers observed Miscellaneous the accident and investigated Medical, 2;15 p.m., Thursday, North Oak Street.


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Horoscope Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) This is a loosey-goosey day in many respects; for example, it’s a poor day to make important business decisions. It is, however, a wonderful and creative day for you! TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Enjoy entertaining at home today. You also will enjoy family discussions, which will be a bit frank and unusual. People are inclined to let their hair down today and tell it like it is. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might feel indecisive today, as if you don’t know what to do first. You feel torn in different directions and vaguely confused. However, this is a creative day for writers and actors. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) This is a poor day to make major purchases or to act on financial decisions. Wait until tomorrow to make any commitments or spend money on anything other than food. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Today the Moon is in your sign, but it is void of course. That means fun and creativity will flow beautifully; but logical, rational decisions are questionable. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) You might want to hide today. You feel the need to withdraw and do your own thing privately. Enjoy your solitude. Relax. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) This is a great day to schmooze, because people are in the mood to socialize. A female friend in particular might be entertaining company. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Personal details about your private life might be made public today. Be aware of this. Hopefully, you have nothing to hide. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) This is a poor day to make travel plans; nevertheless, you have a strong desire to escape or get away from all this. You want some fun and adventure! CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Postpone important decisions about inheritances, shared property, taxes, debt and insurance matters. This is a poor day to initiate these things. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) You will have to go more than halfway when dealing with others today, because the

Moon is opposite your sign. This simply requires a little compromise and accommodation. No biggie. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) You might come up with some creative solutions at work today. On the other hand, you might feel vague, lost and plagued by shortages. Either way, this is a poor day for making important decisions. YOU BORN TODAY Although you are dedicated to what you do, you also are whimsical and playful. It’s as if you never quite

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The Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution met Dec. 14 at The Pizza Ranch. Cheryl Micetich and Jerilyn Syfred presented the program, Christmas Foods of the Past. The meeting was called to order by Connie Kinkade, chapter regent. Members shared in reading the ritual. Laura Guhse shared the president general’s message. The president general reviewed holiday activities and urged people to make a posting on the NSDAR blog. Elaine Brown shared the words of a member of a Missouri DAR Chapter. Her son wanted information about his father’s side of the family. The roll call was shared by 18 members who told of a veteran in their family. Jane Briley, secretary, shared the minutes. The minutes were approved. New members to Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter were inducted as members of Daughters of the American Revolution. Bonnie Riepe gave the finance report. Theresa Bahniuk explained information from

the NSDAR bylaws concerning officers who attend the meetings and what their role at the meetings are. The Indian moment was shared by Judith Wachter. Deb Richardson shared the commemorative moment, the anniversary of the Bill of Rights. Hazel Braby shared the conservation moment – run a dishwasher and washer only when they are full. Laura Guhse shared the Constitution moment. Pam Marvin shared protocol. A new slate of officers were recommended at the Continental Congress. The president general is the official spokesman for the society. They also have a special symbol to share your support for the president general. Jan Morgan explained how to display a flag in a window as part of the flag moment. Jerilyn Syfred shared the women’s issue on the Pearl Harbor attack. Marjorie Kinkade shared the sunshine report. Cards were sent to Hazel Braby, Cheryl Micetich, Betty Sestac and Darlene Morgan. Jan Morgan reported the chapter had seven applications submitted for the Good Citizens award. Their papers were sent off to state. Christopher Hansen from Clarke Community School District was sent on as the district winner. Judith Wachter asked for the items members brought

Congregate meals Creston meals Jan. 20-24 Menu subject to change. Reservations are required the day before. Call 641-7822447. Monday: sweet and sour chicken breast over brown rice, Japanese vegetables, fruit punch juice cup, fortune cookies, apricot halves. Tuesday: salisbury steak with onion gravy, mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes, salt-free bread, Mandarin oranges.

Wednesday: liver and onions or hamburger in gravy, mashed potatoes, wheat bread, fruited cake. Thursday: meaty chili with kidney beans, green beans, corn bread muffin/margarine, applesauce. Friday: chicken cacciatori over spaghetti with sauce, spinach side salad/dressing, salt-free bread/margarine, banana. All meals are served with 2% or skim milk and coffee.


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for the DAR Indian schools. She will have them mailed in after this meeting. Volunteer hours are to be logged at http://members. Any community hours for community service can be counted. Nancy McHarsh Chapter will not meet in January and February, so delegates were elected to annual conference. The next meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. March 9 at Richardson Conference Room, Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston. The program will be Trip to 122nd Continental Congress by Theresa Bahniuk assisted by Pam Marvin. The roll call will be Why I joined DAR. Hostesses will be Marj Kinkade, Beverly Hargin and Raedene Sticken.

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Beta Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma met 9 a.m. Jan. 4 at Fontanelle United Methodist Church. Six members were present. President Karen Tussey reported the chapter’s minigrant application titled Recruitment with a Punch has been submitted. Notification will be received from Upsilon State in February. Julie Derby will make sure local schools receive Grant-in-Aid applications. Long-time member Ruth Tucker died at the age of

104. She will be remembered in a memorial service at the Upsilon State Convention. A red rose will be sent to the funeral and a $10 memorial will be sent to Upsilon State Memorial award fund. After the business meeting, members completed the biennial forms. Members also discussed the design of a chapter brochure and ways to introduce potential members to the organization. The next meeting will be 10 a.m. April 5. Members will meet at 9 a.m. at Winteset’s Shopko parking lot and carpool to the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, followed by lunch at the botanical center. The membership will also be voting on the 2014-2016 slate of officers.

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The point differential in halves (73 and 19) for the Rockets Thursday, the biggest in NBA history.


Reinstated AMES — Bubu Palo is eligible to return to the Iowa State men’s basketball team. For now, at least. According to a university news release, a district court judge ruled Thursday that Palo, a 6-foot-1 senior reserve guard from Ames, should be “temporarily allowed” to rejoin the Cyclones’ team, pending future court proceedings. A final hearing date has not been set. “We are disappointed to learn of the district court judge’s decision to reinstate Bubu Palo to our men’s basketball team,” Athletics Director Jamie Pollard said in a statement. “We believe the university should have the sole right and responsibility to determine any student’s participation in extracurricular activities.” Palo was suspended for 18 games last season after second-degree sexual abuse charges were filed against him in May 2012. The charge was dropped, but Palo also was subject to the school’s code of conduct policy.

MLB replay NEW YORK — Baseball umpires no longer need glasses. A video screen will do just fine. In a move that will change the game of baseball forever, expanded instant replay will start in 2014. As per the agreement, each manager will have at least one challenge per game and would get an extra one if his initial challenge proves correct. Make a mistake with the first challenge and the manager is out of chances, though the umpire crew chief can decide to use replay on reviewable calls starting in the seventh inning.


Shuffled lineup pays off for Panther wrestlers By SCOTT VICKER

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PERRY — The Creston/OrientMacksburg wrestling team easily picked up a pair of non-conference dual wins here Thursday against Winterset and host Perry, outscoring the competition by a combined score of 130-24. The Panthers brushed off the Huskies 63-12 and followed up that performance with an easy 67-12 win over the host Bluejays. “For the most part, everybody wrestled really well,” Creston/O-M head coach Darrell Frain said. “Winterset tried to bump people around to get better matchups, and we still ended up with a lot of pins. That probably makes the score bigger for us.” The Panthers racked up eight pins against Winterset, including a pair of pins from wrestlers in their first

varsity matches — Carson Wheat at 113 pounds and Cody Tanner at 285 pounds. “The big one was Carson Wheat,” Frain said. “First varsity Wheat match ever, he got the win for us at 113. Cody Tanner, in his first varsity matchup with a win for us. Anytime you can get a win against Winterset, it’s a pretty Tanner big deal. And those two both got falls for us.” Also earning pins for the Panthers against Winterset were Tayler Pettit (160), Adam Baker (170), Kadon Hulett (220), Kruz Adamson (120), Spencer Wray (138) and Chase Shiltz

(152). The Panther lineup had a different look to it compared to the rest of the season up to this point. Frain said with most of his wrestlers competing at their lowest possible weight at this weekend’s Centerville tournament, many of them opted to go to that weight on Thursday, while others stayed at their normal weights. That left a few holes in the lineup that needed to be filled. Wheat and Tanner stepped up to varsity competition, as did Cameron Leith at 132 pounds. “We had a lot of people in a lot of different spots,” Frain said. “We had to throw some kids in those other spots, and most of them worked out pretty well for us.” Creston/O-M then saw a possible district opponent in Perry, easily moving through the Bluejay lineup with the 67-12 win. The Panthers picked up six pins in

the dual against Perry. Maitlen (195), Brody Frain (106), Wyatt Thompson (126), Joey Huntington (138), Shiltz (152) and Pettit (160) all pinned their opponents. Freshman Kadon Hulett wrestled up at 285 pounds for the Panthers and picked up a 2-1 decision over Joe Olvera. “Some of those matchups, we got a good look at them,” Frain said. “We’ve got them on tape now. If we meet up with them in districts, we have a good idea of what to do.”

Weekend tourney The Panthers, now 11-0 for the season in dual competitions, move on to Centerville’s Big Red Invite this weekend. The Big Red Invite features 16 teams, including Lee’s Summitt West (Mo.), which Frain said has four or five state-ranked wrestlers. Please see PANTHERS, page 8A

Mustangs take two on EU’s Pink Out night Spartan men fall at Iowa Central AFTON — Murray claimed both contests on the scoreboard, but the local fight against cancer was a winner as well here Thursday night. Ryan Pillow, East Union athletic director, said more than $200 was collected in the school’s Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Out event. Pink shooting shirts with all of the players autographs were sold at auction, and several other fund-raisers were held for the donation to cancer research and treatment efforts. On the court, Murray claimed the girls game 69-37 before rolling to a 22-3 lead on the way to a 63-42 boys victory. Mustang point guard Kate Patton finished with 21 points. Madison Gonseth added 11 points for Murray (11-0), up Patton from fifth to third on this week’s state 1A ratings. “In the first half Kate did a good job of penetrating the lane and creating open shots,” coach Jerry Shields said. “But our defense has to get better than it’s been the last two games. We’re just not closing out the way that we should be, and we face a quick ICA team tomorrow night.” Kelsey Hoff scored 17 of East Union’s 37 points and


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Murray’s Sam Rockhold (right) reaches for one of his team-high 11 rebounds Thursday, battling with Dustin Hoyt of East Union (34). Murray won 63-42.

also grabbed 13 rebounds. The Eagles fell to 2-9. Trey McHenry and Pat Kilmer each scored 18 points for the Murray boys team that used an active press to create early opport u n i t i e s , Kilmer and then

size and experience to control the inside play improve to 7-3 for the season. Kilmer had 10 rebounds and Sam Rockhold grabbed a teamhigh 11 rebounds. “Our pressure was probably the key early and set the tone,” Murray coach Darin Wookey said. “We played well defensively.” Please see PINK OUT, page 7A

FORT DODGE — Southwestern head men’s basketball coach Mike Holmes thought his team matched up well with Iowa Central heading into their game here on Wednesday, but said the Spartans just didn’t play well enough to win in a 63-37 loss. “We just flat out didn’t play,” Holmes said. “Going over our film today, our cuts weren’t real sharp. Moving the ball, just not as quickly as we need to. Our dribbles weren’t urgent. It just looked like we were mentally and physically fatigued from the beginning and couldn’t work our way through that. We don’t have that margin for error.” The Spartans went scoreless for a stretch of the first half that lasted nearly eight minutes, as Iowa Central built a 25-8 lead. But, Southwestern was able to cut the lead to 10 going into the half at 30-20. The Spartans briefly cut the lead to seven points on a pair of buckets from Mataika Koyamainavure and a free throw from Jared Theis, but that was as close as the Spartans would get. Southwestern managed just 17 points in the second half on 7-of-25 shooting from the floor. “To their credit, I thought they played a little better than I had seen them,” Holmes said. “They just flat out got us. We did nothing to really help us on either side of the floor. Our transition defense

wasn’t very good. We didn’t want to win bad enough and it kind of snuck up on us and got us.” Elliott Hamdeed led the Spartans with 16 points. Koyamainavure added nine points. Southwestern remained without starting guard Matt Orchard, who Holmes said will not return to the team this year. “We’re going to have to alter our rotation a little bit and have some guys step up,” he said. “The guys we have, they can get it done. Just people have to step up. We’re losing a good 3-point shooter and a good defender. We’re going to have to fill that gap somehow.” The Spartans fall to 7-10 overall for the season and 1-3 in ICCAC Division II play. The Tritons improved to 12-8 and 2-2. Southwestern returns to action 3 p.m. here Saturday against NIACC (14-5, 2-2), a team which is receiving votes nationally.

IOWA CENTRAL (63) — Winston Yergler 5 1-1 13, Jesse Jones 1 1-6 3, Ky Kramer 1 0-0 3, Javonte Young 4 3-4 12, Dylan Travis 5 1-2 12, Jasmin Biberovikj 2 2-2 6, Malik Brooks 4 4-4 14. Totals — 22 12-19 63. FG shooting — 22-41 (53.6 percent). 3-point goals — 7 (Yergler 2, Kramer 1, Young 1, Travis 1, Brooks 2). Team fouls — 14. Fouled out — none. SOUTHWESTERN (36) — Elliott Hamdeed 6 1-2 16, Mataika Koyamainavure 4 1-4 9, Nick Lenhard 1 0-0 2, Jared Theis 0 2-2 2, Dylan Tucker 0 1-4 1, Tanner Kellogg 1 0-1 3, Nikola Drobnjak 1 0-0 3, Dusty Lyden 1 0-0 2. Totals — 14 4-13 37. FG shooting — 14-49 (28.5 percent). 3-point goals — 5 (Hamdeed 3, Kellogg 1, Drobnjak 1). Team fouls — 14. Fouled out — none. ICCC — 30 63 SWCC — 20 37

One was 15, the other 75 — both were special If death teaches us about life, we’ve had our share of lessons this week. The week has been littered with somber news. Before heading out to Lenox vs. Mount Ayr basketball Tuesday night, I made a stop at Pearson Family Funeral Service. It was the visitation for Ellen Lang, who gave 33 years of service to this organization in the production department. For 13 of those years I worked alongside her as she “pasted up” the sports pages based on the “dummy sheet” I provided her, back in the stone age before electronic page composition. More on Ellen later, because her service record at the News Advertiser is truly noteworthy. When I arrived in Mount Ayr Tuesday night, football co-coach and athletic director Delwyn Showalter was sharing stories from coaching clinics where the late Norm Parker of the Iowa staff had appeared. We were saddened to hear of his recent passing, because he was truly a candid character who could tell a story — much like former ISU basketball coach Johnny Orr, who we just lost a couple of

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weeks ago. So, I got back from Mount Ayr and put in a late night with sports editor Scott Vicker. We had both been on the road and had a lot of work to accomplish to produce Wednesday’s sports section. Finally, as I sat at home in front of my laptop at about 2:30 a.m., finishing the next day’s practice plan for my middle school team, I got a text message from Scott that punched me right in the gut. “Just saw on Facebook Louis Cruz’s daughter must have passed away.” That was tough news to digest. Less than two years ago, I had visited the Cruz family in Orient for an article portraying the tremendous support that had arisen on their behalf after 14-year-old Brittany felt a knot in her thigh while practicing for the OrientMacksburg dance team. As it turned out, it was a tumor and she began waging a battle, through numerous trips to Iowa

City, against a soft tissue cancer rare in children — high-grade differentiated sarcoma. Just months earlier, Louis had coached the O-M baseball team to its first state-tournament appearance. He was also elected mayor of Orient through writein ballots. A Chicago native, he had met his wife Susan while a baseball player at Southwestern Community College. I interviewed Brittany and other family members that day in the Cruz home, and I thought I was writing a tale of a courageous battle that appeared to have B. Cruz a light at the end of the tunnel. They seemed encouraged about the prospects of treating this diagnosis and returning to an active high school life. But through experiences in my own family, I know the nasty, dark turns cancer can take you through on the road toward recovery. It didn’t turn out like any of us had hoped. Sometimes the most memora-

ble athletic careers are the ones you never get to write about. That’s how I look at Brittany, the daughter of a baseball coach who was destined to be a softball standout. She was athletic, bright and energetic. A great friend to many, and obviously a beloved daughter and sister. I now coach girls who are about the age that Brittany was when she was diagnosed. So, I took great pains at Wednesday’s practice to appreciate the smiles on these young athletes’ faces as they enjoyed their time together in the gym. It also made me want to reach out to my own kids. Because, if there was ever a lesson in remembering how precious their lives are, it’s news like this. I’ve known too many people who have lost a child, and yet I still have no comprehension of the pain they must bear. On Facebook, I encouraged parents to give their children an extra hug that night. I wish I could have done the same. ••• Then Wednesday morning I woke up and discovered the sudden death of 43-year-old ISU defensive line coach Curtis Bray.

Former ISU assistant Ryan McKim of Creston, now on the Oklahoma staff, posted comments on Facebook about what a great guy Bray was during their time together in Ames. A coach he would emulate on and off the field. Bray, married with two children, died during his morning workout. Again, a reminder to take nothing for granted. ••• When I moved to town in the mid-1980s, I soon became familiar with what was the golden age of Creston girls athletics. Creston teams had been to the girls state basketball tournament shortly before I arrived. Then I covered their march to the state volleyball tournament. Track and softball also flourished. At Tuesday’s visitation for Ellen Lang, I was reunited with some of those people. Linnea (Lang) Julian, now of Lee’s Summit, Mo., was one of the stars of that state volleyball team. One of her teammates was current CHS coach Polly (Gammell) Luther. Please see SHOTS, page 7A

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Working alongside Linnea’s mother at the paper, we often talked about each other’s kids. I told Ellen I enjoyed watching her daughter’s teams play. I heard stories about her son Doug winning back-toback 400-meter state titles under coach Dick Skarda. She, likewise, couldn’t wait to hold our first baby when I brought Brett to the office. He’s now 28. She also patched together my sports page when I had to leave early one morning three years later for the birth of our second son, Keith. Like Cruz, Ellen battled cancer in her final years. Another longtime CNA employee, Connie White, now living in Texas, said

Ellen was helpful as she also was diagnosed with cancer last July. “I have had surgery and am now doing chemo and radiation treatments,” Connie told me this week. “Ellen has been a strong helper through these past six or seven months and I would not have made it this far without her support. She was a remarkable lady and I will miss her terribly.” Arvid Huisman, former CNA publisher, echoed many of the same comments about Lang when informed of the news this week. There aren’t many of us left at the paper who worked with Ellen, whose service time was 1965 (at the former location on Maple Street) to 1998. I think

maybe Dorine Peterson, Lori Fletcher, Mary Brunner, Stephani Finley, Debbie Linderman and myself might be it. There are far too many former co-workers who shared time with Ellen to list here. But looking back, we did some pretty good stuff. After Stephani retires later this month, everyone left in the newsroom will be young enough to be my kid. And to think, when I arrived in 1984 and met Ellen, I was the 27-year-old “rookie” of the newsroom. Geez, how did this happen? ••• Contact the writer: Twitter: @larrypeterson Email:

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Sean Schmitz scored nine points on three 3-pointers for East Union (2-8). “You play the way you practice, and we didn’t practice very well yesterday,” said EU coach Thad Tussey. “The guys who practiced the best and showed the most interest got first crack tonight. Our depth was down a little bit with one of our freshmen, Gabe Nixon, not feeling well.”

GIRLS MURRAY (69) — Kate Patton 9 3-7 21, Madison Gonseth 4 3-4 11, Cheyanne Ashby 4 2-2 10, Megan Oswald 4 1-2 9, McKenzie McIntosh 2 3-6 7, Deena Snyder 2 1-2 5, Jade Lecy 1 0-0 2, Shelby Myers 1 0-0 2, Chellsea Jones 0 1-4 1, Courtney Siefkas 0 1-2 1. Totals — 27 15-29 69. 3-point goals — None. Rebounds (42) — Oswald 8, Gonseth 8, McIntosh 5. Assists (14) — Patton 5, McIntosh 3. Steals (17) — Patton 5, McIntosh 4. Steals (17) — Patton 5, McIntosh 4. Team fouls


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— 17. Fouled out — None. EAST UNION (37) — Kelsey Hoff 7 3-8 17, Kali Mertens 3 0-0 6, Brittany Malone 2 1-4 5, Kacie Ripperger 2 0-0 4, Chelsea Hoyt 2 0-2 4, Mara Weis 0 1-2 1. Totals — 16 5-16 37. 3-point goals — None. Rebounds (37) — Hoff 13, Hoyt 6. Assists (5) — Hoff 2, Mertens 2. Steals (16) — Malone 4, Hoff 3, Ripperger 3.Team fouls — 19. Fouled out — None. Murray — 13 34 51 69 East Union — 6 18 29 37 BOYS MURRAY (63) — Trey McHenry 7 4-5 18, Pat Kilmer 6 6-8 18, Andrew Rider 4 0-0 9, Braydon Held 4 0-0 9, Scott Funk 2 0-0 4, Sam Rockhold 1 2-3 4, Thane Simmons 0 1-2 1. Totals

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Creston/O-M 63, Winterset 12 160 — Tayler Pettit (COM) pinned Jalen Kleemeier (W), :24; 170 — Adam Baker (COM) pinned Will Elderkin (W), :41; 182 — Trevor Frain (COM) major dec. Wyatt Miller (W), 15-1; 195 — Seth Maitlen (COM) won by forfeit; 220 — Kadon Hulett (COM) pinned Nick Tank (W), 3:16; 285 — Cody Tanner (COM) pinned Justin Keating (W), 1:29; 106 — Brtton Gibson (W) pinned Brody Frain (COM), 1:22. 113 — Carson Wheat (COM) pinned Logan Allen (W), 5:59; 120 — Kruz Adamson (COM) pinned Derek Koster (W), 4:46;

126 — Mason Miller (W) dec. Wyatt Thompson (COM), 2-1; 132 — Jacob Jenkins (W) dec. Cameron Leith (COM), 10-9; 138 — Spencer Wray (COM) pinned Blake McCauley (W), 1:11; 145 — Joey Huntington (COM) tech. fall Mitchell Holcomb (W), 17-2 (4:00); 152 — Chase Shiltz (COM) pinned Caleb Grose (W), :41. Creston/O-M 67, Perry 12 170 — Adam Baker (COM) won by forfeit; 182 — Trevor Frain (COM) won by forfeit; 195 — Seth Maitlen (COM) pinned Garrhett Bucklow (P), :32; 220 — Cody Tanner (COM) won by forfeit; 285 — Kadon Hulett (COM) dec. Joe Olvera (P), 2-1; 106 — Brody

Frain (COM) pinned Htwar Reh (P), 1:59; 113 — Kade VanKirk (P) pinned Carson Wheat (COM), 1:37. 120 — Kruz Adamson (COM) won by forfeit; 126 — Wyatt Thompson (COM) pinned Ivan Garcia (P), 3:42; 132 — Gisaveri Niyibizi (P) pinned Cameron Leith (COM), 2:50; 138 — Joey Huntington (COM) pinned Jacob Thompson (P), 5:50; 145 — Spencer Wray (COM) major dec. Dewilo Simoni (P), 10-1; 152 — Chase Shiltz (COM) pinned Dalton Humpal (P), 1:06; 160 — Tayler Pettit (COM) pinned Chase Morahan (P), 1:21.

No. 12 Tritons race to 38-point win over Spartans By LARRY PETERSON CNA sports writer •

FORT DODGE — Southwestern’s rugged stretch of three straight nationally-ranked foes got off to a rocky start at No. 12 (NJCAA, Div. II) Iowa Central Wednesday night. The Tritons got off to a 7-0 start on the way to routing the Spartan women, 7335. “We got it to 10-8 at the eight-minute mark of the first half,” said SWCC coach

Addae Houston. “But they went on a run and got up 3515 at halftime. Our plan was slow their tempo down and get stops, but we let them get going off steals and they started building on that.” Southwestern (3-13 overall, 1-4 conference) had 21 turnovers to Iowa Central’s nine. The Tritons (15-2, 4-1) had 15 steals. Darian Polson had 10 points for the Spartans, who host No. 1-ranked NIACC (16-1, 5-0) at 2 p.m. Sunday. Southwestern travels to Kirkwood Wednesday,

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which is 15-3 and 4-1 in league play and ranked No. 4 in the nation. After that is a game against 12-4 Marshalltown. Miliakere Koyamainavure, sister of Southwestern men’s player Mataika Koyamainavure, scored 19 points for Iowa Central. They are Fiji natives.

IOWA CENTRAL (73) — Babaye Oja 3 0-0 8, Theresa Doyle 1 1-2 3, Katie Dentlinger 4 0-0 9, Miliakere Koyamainavure 5 8-12 19, Lydia Harvey 5 0-0 13, Ashley Ray 3 2-2 8, Hannah Lentsch 1 0-0 2, Nyakat Diew 0 1-2 1, Chayil Henderson 3 0-0 6, Nyador Gatluak 1 2-4 4. Totals — 26 14-22 73. FG shooting —

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Lenox 55, Diagonal 23

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LENOX — Lenox improved to 3-8 for the season with a 55-23 triumph over Diagonal here on Thursday. Aurora Arevalo recorded a double-double for the Tigers, scoring 17 points with 12 rebounds. Katie Dukes led the Tigers in scoring with 22 points, while recording eight rebounds and four steals. Hannah Mitchell added eight points with four assists. The Tigers travel to Wayne tonight. Stats for Diagonal were not available at press time.

GRISWOLD — The Bedford/Lenox wrestling team picked up a pair of wins here Tuesday in double dual action, squeeking by Red Oak 34-33 and handing Griswold a 28-24 loss.

State ratings Girls basketball Class 1A — 1. Newell-Fonda 11-1, 2. Burlington-Notre Dame 10-0, 3. Murray 10-0, 4. Stanton 12-0, 5. Dunkerton 11-1, 6. Janesville 9-1, 7. Colo-Nesco 11-1, 8. Lynnville-Sully 11-2, 9. Ar-We-Va 9-1, 10. WinfieldMount Union 11-1, 11. English Valleys 9-3, 12. Le Mars Gehlen Catholic 9-2, 13. Rockford 6-3, 14. Northwood-Kensett 7-3, 15. Adair-Casey 10-3. Dropped out: Bedford (10). Class 2A — 1. Western Christian 11-1, 2. Cascade 10-0, 3. Hinton 12-0, 4. North-Linn 11-0, 5. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 11-1, 6. Dike-New Hartford 8-1, 7. Hudson 8-1, 8. North Butler 8-1, 9. Manson-Northwest Webster 9-2, 10. South Central Calhoun 10-1, 11. Iowa City Regina 9-2, 12. Treynor 10-2, 13. Iowa Valley 10-1, 14. Panorama 9-2, 15. Pocahontas Area 10-2. Dropped out: Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto (12), Des Moines Christian (14). Class 3A — 1. MOC-Floyd Valley 12-1, 2. Mediapolis 9-0, 3. Clear Lake 10-1, 4. Crestwood 8-1, 5. Nevada 9-2, 6. Unity Christian 11-2, 7. Center Point-Urbana 8-3, 8. Hampton-Dumont 10-2, 9. Camanche 9-2, 10. North Polk 10-3, 11. Williamsburg 10-2, 12. Bondurant-Farrar 9-3, 13. Spirit Lake 8-3, 14. Sioux Center 7-4, 15. Red Oak. Dropped out: Kuemper Catholic (15). Class 4A — 1. Harlan 10-0, 2. Sioux City Bishop Heelan 10-0, 3. Perry 11-1, 4. Ballard 11-2, 5. Davenport Assumption 8-5, 6. Western Dubuque 10-1, 7. North Scott 9-3, 8. Lewis Central 8-4, 9. Cedar Rapids Xavier 6-6, 10. Dallas CenterGrimes 10-2, 11. WaverlyShell Rock 7-3, 12. Indianola 8-4, 13. West Delaware 10-2, 14. Grinnell 9-2, 15. Mount Pleasant 7-3. Class 5A — 1. Iowa City High 14-0, 2. West Des Moines Valley 11-0, 3. Dowling Catholic 10-1, 4. Waukee 10-0, 5. Des Moines

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East 11-2, 6. Waterloo West 10-2, 7. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 9-2, 8. Muscatine 10-2, 9. Mason City 8-2, 10. Ankeny Centennial 7-3. Dropped out: Ames (10). (Source: Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union)

29-75 (38.7 percent). 3-point goals — 7-36 (Oja 2, Dentlinger 1, Koyamainavure 1, Harvey 3). Rebounds — 55. Steals — 15. Blocked shots — 4. Turnovers — 9. Team fouls — 19. SOUTHWESTERN (35) — Morgan Knorr 1 0-0 2, Kristin Klocksiem 1 0-2 3, Darian Polson 5 0-0 10, Peyton Russell 1 0-0 3, Jordan Williamson 0 1-3 1, Na Keyia Harris 2 2-5 6, Katelynn Sowers 1 0-0 3, J’myrehea Douglas 2 3-6 7. Totals — 13 6-16 35. FG shooting — 13-42 (31 percent). 3-point goals — 3-6 (Russell 1, Sowers 1, Klocksiem 1). Rebounds — 34 (Douglas 7, Polson 6). Assists — 6 (Vanderhoof 2, Douglas 2). Steals — 5 (Klocksiem 2). Blocked shots — 2 (Harris 1, Polson 1). Turnovers — 21. Team fouls — 18. Fouled out — None. ICCC — 30 73 SWCC — 15 35

Bedford/Lenox 34, Red Oak 33 195 — Christian Terry (RO) pinned Cody Sleep (B/L), 1:56; 220 — Zach McMillin (B/L) pinned Felipe Remirez (RO), :34; 285 — Keaton Kephart (RO) dec. Jacey Glynn (B/L), 12-6; 106 — Michael Gomez (RO) dec. Colby Lange (B/L), 6-3; 113 — Jared Hensley (B/L) dec. Dakota Petty (RO), 3-2; 120 — Dusten Reed (B/L) pinned Alec Selberg (RO), 1:50; 126 — Josh Mitchell (B/L) dec. Caleb Orme (RO), 8-3. 132 — Tanner Mertz (RO) pinned Sam McMillin (B/L), 5:48; 138 — Lyndon Bright (RO) dec. Trenton Barnett (B/L), 7-5; 145 —

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AMES (MCT) — Iowa State University is detailing efforts to bolster higher education opportunities for lowincome and disadvantaged students as school President Steven Leath attends a White House summit devoted to the topic. Leath is among college and university representatives participating in Thursday’s summit in Washington D.C. on expanding college opportunities with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The event, which is streaming live online, also includes leaders from nonprofits, foundations, state governments, and businesses across the country, according to a press release from the White House. Along with remarks from President Obama and his wife, U.S. Secretary of

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Boomers: Are you asking your doctor these critical heart health questions? (BPT) - America’s baby boomers are a vibrant group of people who embrace the idea of aging well. A healthy heart is key to ensuring you can live life to the fullest no matter what your age. Even if you’re committed to taking care of your heart health, the amount of information available can be overwhelming, and you may not be aware of the most important topics to discuss with your doctor. Perhaps no one understands this better than Dr. Lee Friedman, a radiologist from St. Petersburg, Fla. When his doctor told him he needed a pacemaker, his heart health wasn’t the only thing affected; it could have affected his career too. Because historically pacemakers had not been approved in the U.S. for use with MRIs, Friedman worried he would no longer be able to work in radiology where he is around MRIs all day. He was also concerned he would not be able to get an MRI himself - a common medical diagnostic procedure - if he needed one in

the future. Friedman asked his doctor many questions and learned that a Medtronic pacemaker with SureScan Technology was recently FDA-approved for use in an MRI environment. He was able to keep his job and today works closely with his physician to ensure ongoing heart health. “I was in the medical field and I didn’t even know there was a pacemaker available that would allow for MRI use. I’m glad I asked my doctor about it,” says Friedman. “It’s important that patients nowadays know their options and have a role in the decision-making process. You can be your best patient advocate.” Your doctor is your No. 1 resource for understanding important heart health concerns during your golden years. Make an appointment to talk to your physician and be sure to ask these five critical heart health questions: 1. What is my risk for cardiovascular disease? By 2030, the American Heart Association projects

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What’s lickin’? Stamp and envelope glue In a 1996 “Seinfeld” episode, George’s fiance Susan licks so many cheap envelopes (George bought them for the wedding invitations) that she poisons herself. Makes for riotous TV, but fortunately these days, or even back then, lickin’ envelopes and stamps was never such a risky business. There was a time in the 1960s when the gum on U.S. stamps shielded bacteria and viruses, so they could survive for months. That meant you could, theoretically, pick up a bug from an envelope you received. And back then, if you were lickin’ stamps for 100 wedding invitations, it wasn’t a bad idea to count your calories! Glue on a postage stamp could deliver around 6-14 calories! Most stamps and many envelopes don’t take a lickin’ anymore. They’re selfadhesive. Among the few water-activated stamps left, no animal products are used in making the glue (they’re vegan); those in Israel are certified Kosher; and in the U.S., lickable envelope glue is made from corn, so it’s gluten-free! If you wonder about the safety of imported glues on greeting-card envelopes, for example, the Food and Drug Administration has increased its presence in China to enforce quality standards. And you can always use a damp sponge instead of your tongue. But if you’re looking for surprising stamp sensations that can make your RealAge younger (great aromas do that), try these: There’s a cacao-oil infused Belgium stamp that tastes like fine chocolate, a coffee-infused Brazilian stamp and a Swiss stamp that smells like chocolate. TASTY AND RELAX-

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ING THAT WORK NOW Everyone knows that when the Incredible Hulk feels stress, he turns into a raging, green monster. But when you worry about money, work, relationships, family responsibilities or health problems, you’re more likely to get headaches, gut troubles and/or fatigue, as well as see flares of anger and impatience — all symptoms of day-in, day-out unresolved stress. And those physical responses come with a pretty stiff price tag: Half of all deaths in folks younger than 65 are stressrelated. So if you’re stressed (about 25 percent of you report dealing with extreme stress), sit down, take a deep breath and try these two surprising stress-reduction techniques. Put stress-reducing foods on your plate. Certain foods reduce your levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and that will help protect your cardiovascular system and nerves. Calming foods include: spinach, for its cortisol-controlling magnesium; white beans, barley, mackerel and cod, for their phosphatidylserine, a component of cell membranes that can calm nerves and help you sleep; citrus fruit’s vitamin C helps slow cortisol production; and salmon and ocean trout are packed with inflammation-quelling DHA omega-3s that may reduce stressed-out feelings. Give yourself a massage. We suggest Ayurvedic selfmassage for its immune-

modulating, pleasure-producing benefits that can reduce anxiety, tummy troubles, headaches, insomnia, even TMJ. After you get out of the shower, using a light oil, rub each body part from the top of your head to your toes with a firm, gentle, circular motion. You also can use roller-bars, hand-held massage sprayers and rolling balls on legs, back and feet. ENHANCE YOUR PERFORMANCE WITHOUT THE DRUGS What do Sammy Sosa and Arnold Schwarzenegger have in common with Oliver Stone and Dixie Carter? They’ve all admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs to maintain a youthful vigor and appearance. But a new report from the Endocrine Society says it’s not just superstar athletes and celebs who are frequent abusers of anabolicandrogenic steroids, human growth hormone, insulinlike growth factor-1 and other body-building substances. Around 3 million regular fitness buffs pop or inject these drugs. Most aren’t aware of their potentially lethal side effects or their association with infertility, sexual dysfunction and violent or suicidal behavior. So here are some safer ways to truly achieve a younger RealAge. Do strength-building exercises plus aerobics: Use weights or resistance bands in three weekly sessions of 10-20 minutes; focus on

core muscles. Walk 10,000 steps or do other aerobic activities daily (one minute of aerobic exercise is equal to 100 steps). Eat muscle-friendly foods: Drinking a glass of skim milk after exercise and eating fish soon after strength-training increases muscle mass. And don’t overdo protein (that postworkout whey powder may be too much); balance it with nine servings of fruits and veggies daily. Take supplements daily: 1,000 IU of vitamin D-3 (1,200 IU if you’re over 60); 25-100 mcg of vitamin B-12 if you’re 65-plus and it isn’t in your multivitamin; and 600 mg algal oil DHA omega-3 or 900 mg if you’re 60-plus. (The alternative is three servings of salmon a week.) Also, talk to your doc about taking two lowdose aspirin with half a glass of warm water before and after. BPS FOR BPA: WHAT’S IN A LETTER? As marketing slogans like “BPA Free!” have started popping up on various products, the lyrics from The Who song “Substitute” keep coming to mind: “Substitute your lies for fact, I see right through your plastic mac.” That’s because while plastic manufacturers are removing hormone-disrupting bisphenol A (BPA) from the linings of food cans and register receipts, they are replacing it with BPS (bisphenol S), a hormone-disrupting cousin of BPA! The only difference between BPA and BPS seems to be that BPS is a bit less likely to seep into food and is slightly less effective at mimicking estrogen. But because BPS is a heartier compound, it’s slower to degrade than BPA

and more persistent once it gets into your body or the environment. The effects of hormone disrupters? They can trigger developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune problems. So we suggest you reduce your exposure to BPA and BPS by: —Cooking and microwaving food only in glass, ceramic and stainless-steel containers. —Refusing store receipts — they are the single greatest source of your exposure to BPA and BPS. And don’t go from touching one (you inevitably will) to putting your hand on your face. If you work handling receipts all day, wear gloves. —Eating foods and taking supplements that “manage” the bisphenols. The bee product royal jelly, black tea extract and quercetin in onions lessen bisphenol Ainduced cell toxicity. Folate and probiotics, such as Bifidobacterium breve and Lactobacillus casei, may reduce absorption of and degrade bisphenols. WHY INSOMNIA CAN’T BE IGNORED Fifty years ago, 17-yearold Randy Gardner and two pals camped out in his bedroom to see what would happen if Gardner broke the world record for sleep deprivation. The teenager stayed awake for 264.4 hours (that record stands today), experiencing moodiness, hallucinations, incoherent thinking and slurred speech. The 50 million to 70 million North Americans who have frequent trouble falling or staying asleep don’t have to go to such extremes to discover the side effects of insomnia: relationship problems, heart disease,

anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and stroke. If you usually don’t get six and a half to eight hours of restful sleep, try to ID the cause. Insomnia can be triggered by environmental problems such as a TV or digital device use, or noise or light in the bedroom (only red light is sleep-compatible). Or you may have trouble sleeping because of emotional distress or a medical condition, such as chronic pain or sleep apnea. So make your bedroom sleep-friendly, and ask your doc about treatment for any condition that’s keeping you awake. Then try these drugfree ways to sleep better. Exercise daily, but not within three hours of bedtime. Walking 10,000 steps a day dispels stress and cues your body to rest. Soak in an Epsom salts bath, and eat a banana before bed — the combo of magnesium and potassium relaxes muscles, and hot water helps dispel stress hormones. Drink chamomile tea. But skip late-night alcohol; it’ll spike blood sugar and interfere with sleep cycles. If these don’t do the trick, ask your doc for a referral to a sleep specialist. *** Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit (c) 2014 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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10 year-end financial ideas to consider (BPT) - With the economic ups and downs of the last several years, many Americans are more motivated than ever to get their finances on track. With some financial alternatives expiring before the year’s end, there’s no better time than the present to start. “If you’re waiting until the New Year to resolve to better your finances, you may want to think again. You could be missing out on some year-end strategies that could help bolster your retirement savings and even provide tax benefits,” says Lule Demmissie, managing director of retirement at TD Ameritrade, Inc., a broker dealer subsidiary of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation. “By being proactive, you can really have a positive effect on your nest egg.” Demmissie offers 10 smart year-end strategies to help you start the new year with a strong financial focus: 1. Make 401(k) contributions by the end of the year Not good at regularly saving for retirement? Make up for it by investing part of - or your entire -year-end bonus. For 2013, the maximum 401(k) contribution

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While the deadline for this year is technically April 15 of the next year; some say don’t wait to make contributions to an IRA for the 2013 tax year. Take advantage of the tax benefits, such federal tax-free growth and tax-free withdrawals during retirement. For traditional IRAs, most wage earners can deduct contributions on income taxes now and pay the taxes upon qualified withdrawals in retirement. Note: Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limits apply for deductibility for both Roth and traditional

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