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burger and fries; steak and baked potato; turkey and mashed potatoes: They go together like a horse and carriage; love and marriage; peanut butter and jelly; bees and honey; cup and saucer.

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The first European to discover the potato was a Spaniard, who came across the potato on an expedition to South America in 1536. Although the potato was hardy and nutritious, the Spanish colonies considered the potato food for the under classes. It took three decades for the potato to filter throughout Europe, but it was still regarded as food for the paupers. The upper class also thought the potato was poisonous. A potato exposed for too long turned green; the green skin harbored solanine, a bitter tasting substance, which caused illness in humans, which caused a belief that potatoes were unhealthy. In the 1780s, Ireland began to cultivate potatoes because they were abundant and nutritious. According to historians, the potato could have been the reason for a population explosion in Ireland in the early 1800s. One acre of potatoes could feed 10 people. The potato became a staple in Ireland; and, when a fungus destroyed Ireland’s potato crop in 1845, a severe potato famine devastated the Irish.

THE POTATO FAMINE OF IRELAND During the summer of 1845, soon after the farmers had dug their potatoes from the ground, the potatoes turned into a black, slimy, decayed mess. Much of Ireland’s potato crop was a failure. When news of the blight reached London, the British prime minister established a commission to research the situation. The commission reported that more than half of Ireland’s potato crop could perish because of the “wet rot.” An airborne fungus believed to have originated in Mexico was the culprit behind the potato crop destruction. The Irish relied heavily on the potato as food. Without it, they would starve. But during the first year of the potato famine, deaths from starvation were minimized when the British began importing Indian corn from America. Much to their chagrin, the potato blight continued the next year and two more – not a potato to be found in most of Ireland. Even so, the British government put a halt to the Indian corn import because they didn’t want to rely on food from abroad, although they continued to export grain that could have been given to the Irish. Without the corn, the Irish began to live off wild blackberries, cabbage leaves, seaweed, turnips and even green grass. Ireland’s poor also sold their livestock and possessions, including their clothes, to buy food, but then food costs soared. Although plentiful, fish weren’t an option. The waters off the West Coast of Ireland were too deep for the small fishing boats. To top off their misery, in 1846 and 1847, the usually mild winters of Ireland turned bitterly cold, and a change in wind direction brought one blizzard after another, burying houses in drifts.

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Around 200 B.C., the Inca Indians of Peru began to cultivate potatoes, which were not only used for eating. Raw slices were placed on broken bones to promote healing; a few potatoes slung over the shoulder prevented rheumatism; and potatoes eaten with other foods prevented indigestion.

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Throughout the famine years, many of the Irish died from hunger; some died from related diseases like typhus, dysentery and a highly contagious fever, named Black Fever because it blackened the skin and was spread by lice. Doctors, priests and others who helped the sick also died from the fever. Ireland’s potato famine cut the population in half and then some, from 9 million to 4 million. People either died or migrated to places like Great Britain, Canada and the U.S. Finally, in 1883, French botanist Alexandre Millardet developed an effective fungicide.

AMERICA AND THE POTATO The first potato in the U.S. was planted in 1837; but, through the 1850s, Americans considered the potato food for the animals. Even in mid-19th Century, the Farmer’s Manual recommended that farmers grow potatoes near hog pens “as a convenience for feeding the hogs.” But the potato industry started to bloom when American horticulturist Luther Burbank developed the Russet potato. The Russet was more disease resistant, so Burbank introduced the Russet to Ireland. At the same time, the “Russet Burbank” potato began appearing throughout Idaho. And so it goes – Idaho’s fame as the U.S. capital of potatoes.

POTATO PRODUCTION • Thirty-six states in the U.S. produce potatoes. • Idaho is the No. 1 in potatoes in the U.S., producing onethird, followed by Washington, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Colorado. • Potatoes yield 39,300 pounds per acre. • The average farm price is $7.33 per 100 pounds; the yearly value of potato production is $3.2 billion.

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www.shelterinsurance.com Potato Snips... Continued from Page 2 There are seven types of potatoes. The Russet is the most popular in the U.S. • Russet • Long White • Round White • Round Red • New (any potato that comes in from the field, instead of storage) • Yellow Flesh • Blue and purple (originated in South America – becoming more popular in the U.S.

POTATO STUFF • The potato is 80 percent water and 20 percent solids. • England is home to the largest potato ever grown. It was 1795 and the potato weighed 18 lbs. 4 ounces, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. • The restaurant that serves the highest volume of baked potatoes in the world is in San Juan, Puerto Rico – aptly called, The Hot Potato. • Potato-based alcohol fueled German planes in World War II. • During the Alaskan gold rush, miners traded gold for potatoes because of the vitamin C value. • On the South Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha, potatoes were at one time used as the country’s unofficial currency. • The Scottish refused to eat potatoes because the vegetable was not mentioned in the Bible. • The average American eats 126 pounds of potatoes a year. • The potato was the first vegetable grown in outer space. The spud in space experiment took place in 1995 aboard the Columbia. • French fries were first served in the U.S in the White House in 1802, under President Thomas Jefferson. Today, more than 4 million tons of French fries are consumed in the U.S. each year.

A SPUD FOR HEALTH Sometimes potatoes get a bad rap nutritionwise, but they have nutritional value. • One medium size potato has 45 percent of the recommended daily dose of Vitamin C. • A medium potato is 110 calories, with no fat or cholesterol (hold the butter and sour cream, please). • Potatoes contain more potassium than bananas – 18 percent of the recommended dose per day. • A medium potato has 3 grams of fiber, which is great for the digestive system and reducing risks of cancer and heart disease. • The potato is a complex carbohydrate – an excellent source of energy for the body. • Antioxidants in potatoes are among the highest of all vegetables – and to set the record straight, the potato is a vegetable. Antioxidants protect cells by neutralizing the effects of free radicals. Potatoes also contain glutathione, an antioxidant that protects against some cancers.

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• Wash your face daily with cool potato juice to treat blemishes. • Apply a raw grated potato or potato juice to frostbite or sunburn. • Relieve a toothache by carrying a potato in your pocket. • Put a slice of a baked potato in a stocking and tie it around your throat to relieve a sore throat. • Rub aches and pains with the water leftover from boiling potatoes.

POTATO MYTHS • Laying a potato peel at the door of a girl on May Day denoted a dislike for her. • Rub a wart with a cut potato and bury the potato in the ground. As the potato rots, the wart will disappear! • A pregnant mother should not eat potatoes or her baby will be born with a big head (see Mr. Potato Head).

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The potato was the model for one of the most popular toys in the 1950s and 1960s. A plastic replica of a potato was used as a base for attaching a wide array of plastic parts, from eyebrows to eyeglasses, to create different faces. In 1949, George Lerner manufactured the first Mr. Potato Head and began distributing it in 1952. Mr. Potato Head was the first toy ever advertised on television. In 1953, along came Mrs. Potato Head and a variety of accessories. Over the decades, Mr. Potato Head enjoyed immense popularity and widespread notoriety.

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• In 1986, Mr. Potato Head became the “spokespud” for the annual Great American Smokeout. In a display of cooperation, Mr. Potato Head gave up his little plastic pipe (one of those attachments) to then Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.

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• In 1995, Mr. Potato Head hit Hollywood head on with a lead role in “Toy Story.” Four years later, he starred in “Toy Story 2.” • In 2000, Mr. Potato Head was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame. • In 2001, Mr. Potato Head had his own comic strip.

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST: THE POTATO CHIP In 1853, at a fashionable restaurant/resort in Sarasota Springs, New York, railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbuilt sent his fried potatoes back to the kitchen because they were too thick.

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Just to spite Vanderbuilt, Chef George Crum sliced the potatoes thin as paper, fried them in oil and salted them and sent them to Vanderbuilt’s table. Surprising everyone, Vanderbuilt loved what would first be referred to as “Saratoga Crunch Chips.” The potato chip was born. About 1.2 billion lbs. of chips – America’s favorite snack food – are consumed each year.

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There are four major variables to consider in the purchase of tile. 1. Size: Standard tiles can be a small as 1/4” square and as large as 12” square. If you are tiling a large floor, large tiles tend to look better and more appropriate. Large tiles also are less labor intensive to install, and large tiles work well in high-trafficked entry foyers and kitchens because less of the floor is comprised of harder-to-clean grout. Smaller areas can benefit from the use of small tiles, and small tiles used on a bathroom floor have the advantage of being less slippery because more of the floor surface is grout. 2. Shape: Tiles come in many geographic shapes. Shapes be used uniformly or different shapes of tile can be combined on the same floor.

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4. Add chicken pieces, carrots, turnips, beef bouillon, peppercorns, cloves, bay leaf and 2 cups water; over high heat, heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 40 minutes, gently stirring occasionally until chicken and vegetables are tender. 5. Divide chicken and vegetables among 5 large soup bowls; top with spinach strips. Into medium bowl, pour cooking broth through sieve to discard spices and bay leaf. Spoon broth over chicken and vegetables in soup bowls. Garnish each serving with a radish if you like. Serves 5. • Each serving: About 275 calories, 8g total fat, 96mg cholesterol, 700mg sodium. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our Web site at www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/. (c) 2010 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved


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1. In 1965, Boston’s Tony Conigliaro became the youngest home-run champion in American League history. How young was he? 2. Adam Dunn hit 40-plus home runs in five consecutive majorleague seasons (2004-’08). Who is the only player to do it in seven consecutive seasons? 3. Who is the career passing-yards leader at Auburn University? 4. Name the first NBA coach to win 1,000 games with the same team. 5. Who was the first European player to be taken No. 1 overall in the NHL Draft? 6. Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip combined to win six of the 10 NASCAR Cup Series championships during the 1980s. Which drivers won the other four? 7. The Roger Federer-Andy Roddick fifth set at Wimbledon in 2009 set a Grand Slam final men’s tennis record of 30 games. What had been the mark?

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1. English pop singer Kim Wilde had a hit with “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” in 1986. Name the group that originally recorded the song 20 years earlier. 2. Which group had the most consecutive No. 1 hits -- the Beatles or the BeeGees? 3. Name the singer/songwriter who had a posthumous No. 1 hit for “Time in a Bottle.” 4. Which singer holds the dubious honor of having the most singles that peaked at No. 2 on the charts? 5. Name Brooklyn-born Robert John’s only No. 1 hit. 6. Who sang “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”? Bonus for knowing the year and its highest chart position. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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New DVD Releases for Week of March 15, 2010 PICKS OF THE WEEK

“The Princess and the Frog” (Rated G) -From the directors of “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” with music by Randy Newman, Disney returns to the classic 2-D animation that made the studio famous. “The Princess and the Frog” is noteworthy because it is the first Disney cartoon to feature an African-American girl as its hero.

The story takes place in New Orleans, and the film’s heroine, Tiana, has dreams of opening a restaurant. Her dream is put on hold when a Prince, turned into a frog by a voodoo spell, mistakes the girl for a princess. He gets her to kiss him, hoping the curse will be lifted. Instead, Tiana is also turned into a frog and the two must go on a journey to find a way to restore themselves to their human forms. While not up to the standards of, say, “The Lion King” or “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Princess and the Frog” is still better than the CGI animated fare we’ve been getting from Disney these past few years, and a notch or two above the studio’s wretched straight-to-DVD offerings. “Mr. Bean’s Most Memorable Moments” (Unrated) -- In the tradition of Charlie Chaplin and Jacques “Mr. Hulot” Tati,

Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean is pure comedic genius. With virtually zero dialogue, Atkinson has created an internationally beloved character whose battles with life’s little challenges escalate to epic slapstick situations. Only in the world of Mr. Bean could the simple act of preparing a Christmas dinner degenerate into a chaotic mess wherein our hero finds himself with his head embedded in an enormous turkey. If you’ve never seen the award-winning TV series, this inexpensive compilation of a few of the show’s funniest moments is the perfect introduction.

no one is safe from ridicule -- not even the ghost of Michael Jackson. My favorite episode of the season, though, is “The Coon,” which spoofs the “dark” comic-book films like “The Watchmen,” “Dark Knight” and just about everything Frank Miller has ever written.

“South Park: The Complete Thirteenth Season” (TV-MA) -- Colorado’s vulgar moppets return for another solid season of satirically skewering current events and pop culture. From the Jonas Brothers and their purity rings, to Somali pirates, Kanye West, “Whale Wars” and professional wrestling,

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TRIVIA TEST ANSWERS 1. “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” 2. Alaska 3. The Greek mathematician Euclid 4. Dust and ice 5. “The Incredibles” 6. It lies off England’s southern coast 7. Athlete’s foot. 8. Hai Karate after-shave 9. Peregrin falcon (recorded at speeds of 200 mph) 10. Diamond

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SPORTS QUIZ ANSWERS 1. He was 20. 2. Babe Ruth (1926-32). 3. Stan White, with 8,016 yards (1990-’93). 4. Jerry Sloan of the Jazz, who reached the 1,000-win mark with Utah in 2008. 5. Mats Sundin, by Quebec in 1989. 6. Bobby Allison (1983), Terry Labonte (‘84), Bill Elliott (‘88) and Rusty Wallace (‘89). 7. It was 20 games (1927 French Open -- Rene Lacoste beat Bill Tilden, 11-9).

FLASH BACK ANSWERS 1. The Supremes, whose version spent two weeks at the top of the charts in 1966. 2. It was a tie. Both groups had six in a row during two-year periods: the Beatles between 1964 and 1966, and the Bee Gees between 1977 and 1979. 3. Jim Croce in 1973. He died in a plane crash three months before that. 4. Bruce Springsteen. 5. “Sad Eyes,” in 1979. It went gold, as did a cover version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” in 1972. 6. Bryan Hyland, in 1960. Amazingly enough, the song shot to No. 1.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) An unexpected spate of mixed signals could cause serious schedule setbacks. Best to focus on straightening everything out as soon as possible and get everyone back on track.

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Disappointed about something that didn’t go your way? Cheer up. Look at the reasons it happened, and you could find a valuable lesson about what to do (or not do!) the next time.

SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Be aware that someone in the workplace could try to use a disagreement with a colleague against you. If so, be prepared to offer your side of the story with the facts to back you up.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It’s a good time to do some reassessing of plans and goals -- even how you considered redoing your bathroom. The point is to be open to change if change can improve things.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) An unexpected challenge to a previous decision can be unsettling. But your reservoir of self-confidence -- plus your loyal supporters -- should help carry the day for you. Good luck.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Take some time to learn who is the right person (or persons) to approach and discuss your ideas with for your new project. Also, reserve time to prepare for an upcoming family event.

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) While the idea of making some sort of major move in the near future continues to interest you, don’t overlook a new possibility that could be emerging closer to home.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Dealing with a demanding situation, as you recently did, could drain much of your own emotional reserves. Take time to relax and indulge yourself in some well-earned pampering.

AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Be careful not to base an upcoming decision on gossip or anything you might hear if it can’t meet provable standards. That’s true regardless of whom the source might be.

LEO (July 23 to August 22) The regal Lion might feel that she or he is above emotional displays. But showing your feelings can be liberating for you, and reassuring for someone who has been waiting for you to do so.

PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You might still need to do some solid reassessing early in the week before you can close that sensitive situation. A new job-related opportunity could present itself later in the week.

VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) An emotionally needy person might make more demands than you can cope with. Best to ask for some breathing space NOW, before resentment sets in and makes communication difficult.

BORN THIS WEEK: You are extraordinarily sensitive to people’s feelings, and you’re always ready to offer comfort if necessary.

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Unfortunately, many people are wrestling with this very problem. Specifically, they plan to work until a certain age — but they leave the work force earlier. Obviously, this can have a big effect on a variety of other retirement income factors, such as the amount of money they need to put away each year while they’re still working and the age at which they should start collecting Social Security and begin tapping into their IRA, 401(k) and other retirement accounts.

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your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan, and you might lose your ability to contribute to your IRA as well. At the same time, your retirement lifestyle expenses have begun earlier than you anticipated — and many people find that these costs aren’t much, if any, lower than the expenses they incurred while working. What can you do to help avoid coming up short of the income you’ll need during your retirement years? For one thing, don’t spend a lot of time focusing on those things you can’t control, such as downsizing or an unexpected health crisis or disability. Instead, concentrate on those factors over which you have power. Consider the following: Maximize your contributions to your 401(k) and IRA. Each year, put as much as you can afford into your IRA and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. Invest for growth. Include growth-oriented investments, such as stocks, in your balanced portfolio if appropriate for your objectives, risk tolerance and time horizon. While it’s true that growth vehicles will fluctuate in value, you can help reduce the effects of volatility by buying quality investments and holding them for the long term. Create alternative plans. While you may want to construct an investment strategy based on retiring at a certain age, you’ll also want to come up with some alternative scenarios based on different retirement ages and corresponding differences in other factors, such as amounts invested in each year, rate of return, age at which you begin taking Social Security, and so on. A financial professional can help you develop these “hypotheticals.” You can’t predict the future. But you can at least help yourself prepare for those twists of fate that await you as you plan for retirement. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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he ads are already appearing in newspapers for spring fix-up project materials. Whether you live in a warm or cold weather area, it’s not too early to begin thinking about projects you’ll need to do around the house once spring officially arrives.

$2000). The non-military spouse’s share will be $857.14 per month ($1714.28 / 2), and the military spouse’s share will be $1142.86 ($2000 – $857.14). Sorry about all the math, but it may be useful to you if you need to crunch some numbers.

and vents. • Paint -- inspect window trim, fascia boards, gable ends and under the eaves. • Landscaping -- fill in wet areas and divert water away from the foundation; consider adding shrubs for curb appeal; clean and repair gutters. • Safety items -- fix or replace loose exterior stair treads and buckled concrete walks. Inside your house, think of the places that were drafty this winter. While it was cold air that blew in, this summer it will be hot air, driving up your cooling costs. Caulk windows and consider sunblocking curtains. Not only is this a good time to do maintenance, but upgrade projects can add to the value of your home when it comes time to sell. Bathrooms and kitchens are the big items when it comes to recouping your dollars. Depending on the size, exterior decks can be a do-it-yourself project. (Don’t forget the permits.)

Identify what needs to be done. Walk around the outside of your home with a clipboard and pen and make note of any damage that was done over Smaller projects can add value to your home and the winter. your comfort as well: • Fresh paint, including walls, trim and doors. • Roof -- take a look at your roof with binoculars (Beware adding wallpaper. It’s easier for a poand pay attention to flashing around chimneys tential purchaser to cover over paint, and too

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If a divorce happens prior to retirement, some provision should be made to protect the nonmilitary spouse in the event the military spouse should die. Payment of military retirement ceases upon the death of the retiree. A survivor benefit plan (SBP) is available through the military, or life insurance can be purchased to cover the amount of the anticipated retirement funds. Either method will insure that the non-military spouse continues to receive their share of the retirement after the retiree dies.

Keep in mind that flexible and creative solutions can be substituted for the actual division of the military retirement in certain instances when the parties agree. For example, a lump sum payment calculated on the present value of the military retirement can be substituted for an actual division of the retirement. You may have heard of the “ten year rule”. Many mistake this rule to mean that the parties have to have been married for ten years during the military service to be eligible to receive a portion of the retirement in a divorce. This rule only means that the parties must have been married for ten years during the military service in order for the non-military spouse to paid their portion of the retirement directly from the military (DFAS). If the parties are married for less than ten years during the military service, the military spouse pays the non-military spouse directly, rather than the payment coming from DFAS. Make sure you cover all your bases when you exit from the marriage zone, and don’t forget to arrange to receive your fair share of your spouse’s military retirement. This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice about your case. Chris Meyer is an attorney practicing family law in Northern El Paso County. Chris’ law practice is limited to domestic relations cases. Chris has been practicing law since 1977. He is a former prosecutor and is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Florida, California and Wisconsin. Chris can be contacted at 719-488-9395. Chris’s website www.cmeyerlaw.com has additional divorce and family law information and many other articles.

much wallpaper can be a deal-killer when it’s time to sell.) • Hardwood flooring in a room or two can be an easy do-it-yourself weekend project if you do your homework first. Learn about the various types of flooring and the kind of sub-flooring they can cover. To stretch your fix-up dollars, pool your powertool resources with friends and neighbors instead of buying. Price the materials you’ll need and shop for bargains. Before you tackle a project, consider whether it’s something you can reasonably handle yourself. If you can’t, and if extra hands to help won’t solve the problem, start early interviewing contractors and getting estimates.

David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.


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