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Published by E.P. MASS MEDIA ADVERTISING INC.

VOL.III No. 21 MAY 2010

One railroad man carves his love for locomotives into wood SEE PAGE 2


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TRAINS The near-fatal injury left Reburn without some of the MEDIA GENERAL NEWS SERVICE LYNCHBURG, Va. use of his arm for years. And he wood taketh away though he didn’t know it then, it would end his career Fred Reburn from with the railroad two years the railroad and the later. wood giveth him But, being a railroad man, back to it. as scores of songs and stories On Sept. 12, 1979, Reburn, will attest, isn’t just somea brakeman and conductor thing you stop being one day. for Norfolk & Western since 1948, was riding on a locomo- Reburn keeps his connection to “the road” through handtive on Percival’s Island crafted wooden models of the steam locomotives that still leave him awestruck 62 years later, and lately, of the cabooses that were his home on the job. By Chris Dumond

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Fred Reburn holds a wooden replica of a Norfolk and Western caboose from 1948–49 that he built.

when a tree fell. He dodged most of the tree, avoiding being crushed, but a branch caught him under his right arm, impaling him.

Reburn, 83, talks about working on a steam locomotive as if it was a living being, describing how they had to be kept fired, and how pressure and water levels had to be watched at all times to make sure the engine was generating enough power, or that it wasn’t going to run dry on an incline and explode. “I started when I was 23,” he said. “Some engineers were in their 70s. They would talk to [the locomotives] like they were their wives or lovers, and then we’d get down the road and they would break down and they would curse them like a dog.” Reburn has handcrafted 39 models, including four cabooses, since 1985. The model locomotives range in size from about three feet

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Fred Reburn has handcrafted 39 wooden model trail replicas in his basement workshop since 1985.

long to seven feet. He mostly uses free scrap wood from woodworking shops, and

“Some engineers were in their 70s. They would talk to [the locomotives] like they were their wives or lovers, and then we’d get down the road and they would break down and they would curse them like a dog.” Fred Reburn every type of wood imaginable. He is careful about making things to scale when possible, although some parts would be so small they couldn’t be easily fabricated from wood, he said. He’s never kept track of how long an entire model took to build; he estimates that just the six

wheels on one side of one model took between 12 and 16 hours to make. He’s only sold one over the years, although he has gotten many offers. He has given many away to family members, and several he keeps are spoken for, he said. Others may one day go to a museum. His favorite models, including a large Norfolk & Western Y6-class, are on display in his basement in his home in the Fort Hill neighborhood of Lynchburg. His wood shop is in an adjoining room. Reburn said he and a friend from work started learning about woodworking and furniture building before he was injured. His wife Ernestine proudly points out several pieces of furniture in their living room that her husband has built or restored over the years. He still works on furniture, and builds what he calls “memory houses.” The yard-high houses are used for displaying knickknacks.Continues on p.6 Continued from page 2


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The ‘Eat to Live’ diet focuses on vegetables By Judy Stark SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE

Most Americans struggle to consume the five to seven fruits and veggies nutritionists say we need daily for good health. Arnell Burghorn has that paltry amount down the hatch first thing in the morning. Burghorn teaches cooking classes based on the popular “Eat to Live” plan. She and her family start every day with one of the plan’s green smoothies: kale, carrots, flaxseeds, a banana, blueberries, strawberries, pomegranate juice, water. She drinks about a quart of this brew and says she’s good for four hours. “It’s got a lot of staying power,” she said. So does “Eat to Live” creator Joel Fuhrman. His principles are simple, but not easy for meat-loving, sweets-gobbling Americans: Eat a diet that is almost exclusively fruits, vegetables and legumes, and you’ll lose weight, keep it off and lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. “Food is really and truly the most effective medicine,” says Fuhrman, 56, a former worldclass ice skater whose athletic career piqued his interest in nutrition

and led him to become a physician and author of several books, including his longtime best seller, Eat to Live, and his two-volume Eat for Health. So what’s involved in the “Eat to Live” diet? Vegetables, and lots of ’em. A pound a day of raw vegetables; a pound a day of cooked green vegetables; a cup of beans; four fresh fruits; and as much as you want of mushrooms, eggplant and tomatoes. Limited amounts of starchy vegetables and whole grains (squash, potatoes, cereal, bread), raw nuts and seeds, avocado and ground flaxseed. What won’t you be eating on his plan? Animal products, including dairy, at least during the initial weeks. Betweenmeal snacks. Fruit juice (except for small quantities in dressings and cooking) and dried fruit. You’ll be eating 1,000 to 2,000 calories a day, and feeling satisfied, Fuhrman says. The trick is to eat “nutritionally dense, low-calorie foods” that fill you up and pack a nutritional wallop. Fuhrman acknowledges that it takes perseverance and focus to stick to his plan, even after the first six weeks, when patients move into the “life plan” and can add a little animal protein, sweets and dairy. Linda Sellers, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., says vegetarian or vegan (no animal products, including eggs and dairy) diets similar to Fuhrman’s “are generally nutritional, ... Continues on page 6


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Improving the odds against prostate cancer By Dr. Jerrold Sharkey

prevent cancer?

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Actor Louis Gossett Jr. recently announced that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He went public, he said, “to set an example for the large number of African-American men who are victims of this disease because of the comparatively low emphasis in our community on preventive examinations and early treatment.” African-American men are statistically more likely to get prostate cancer than men in other ethnic groups. And it’s a disease that is more common with age; Gossett is 74. Obviously, you can’t control your age or genetics. But there is still a lot you can do to improve your odds. This doesn’t mean you should scrimp on regular screening, of course. Last year, an estimated 27,360 men died of the disease in the United States, making it the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in men. Here are the questions I hear most often on stopping cancer before it starts: Q: What can I do to

A: It has been estimated that 40 percent of all cancers could be prevented by a healthy lifestyle. Smoking and obesity are the biggest culprits, shown in numerous studies. Here are some tips: Don’t smoke. Maintain a healthy weight, and get at least a half-hour of exercise every day. Eat more fruits and vegetables, and choose whole grains over refined grains. Limit alcohol consumption to no more than two drinks a day for men (one for women). Use sunscreen. See your doctor for regular checkups and screenings. ●

Social Security Column

PATTY DUKE SHOW FAMILY REUNITES TO PROMOTE SOCIAL SECURITY’S ONLINE SERVICES By Ray Vigil Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in El Paso, Texas

Patty Duke is back — and this time she’s brought the entire family. The cast of The Patty Duke Show reunited to create a series of public service announcements to promote Social Security’s new online Medicare application and other services. You can view the new spots at

www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly.

Q: What about preventing prostate cancer specifically? A: In addition to all the tips above, make sure you are following a heart-healthy diet. Keep red meat to a minimum and choose low-fat dairy products. Reduce saturated fats; increase fruits and vegetables. Statin drugs used to lower cholesterol may have a preventive benefit to those already taking them. This is being studied. If you’ve already had prostate cancer, it is imperative to follow all these diet and lifestyle tips to help prevent a recurrence. Q: I’m always hearing about men getting prostate cancer. Is it more common in the United States than in other places? Continues on page 8

Patty Duke and her television family entertained American households on The Patty Duke Show in the 1960s. Now, they’re telling families just how fast and easy it is to apply online for Medicare. It takes less than 10 minutes. Even if you decide to wait until after you’re age 65 to apply for retirement benefits; most people should start getting Medicare coverage at age 65. If you’d like to begin your Medicare coverage, you should apply within four months of reaching age 65. It’s important to note that people who already receive Social Security retirement or disability benefits do not need to apply; they will be automatically enrolled in Medicare. Why apply online? Because it’s fast, easy, and convenient. You don’t need an appointment and you can avoid waiting in traffic or in line. If you’re within four months of turning age 65 or older, what are you waiting for? As Patty Duke and her television family will tell you, it takes less than 10 minutes! Visit www.socialsecurity.gov and select the “Retirement/Medicare” link in the middle of the page. And be sure to catch TV’s most famous identical cousins and the whole family at www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly.


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The

BUG Doctor

FORMER DEALERSHIP MECHANIC OPENED A SHOP TO WORK ON VWS IN 1973 AND NEVER LOOKED BACK By Tim Clodfelter MEDIA GENERAL NEWS SERVICE

In his cluttered garage on Highway 150 in Arcadia, N.C., Robert Craver brings bugs back to life. Not the six-legged variety, the four-wheeled kind. Since 1973, Craver has run a garage, Craver Motors, which specializes in Volkswagen Beetles, that durable, inexpensive

Beetle posters, signs, ads and an appropriate “Bless This Mess” sign that his sister-inlaw gave him years ago. And, at first glance, the garage appears to be a mess, cluttered with piles of parts. A narrow pathway snakes through the garage to the bay where Craver works on a black 1974 Beetle. But there’s a method to his

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TOP: Robert Craver poses for a portrait in his his garage, Craver Motors. ABOVE: Old Volkswagen Beetles are all over the property at Craver Motors.

little car that flitted across America’s highways in the 1960s and ’70s. “People just love the old bugs,” Craver said. On his walls hang vintage

madness. Each stack is made up of the same parts. Craver points to one pile, identifying it as windshield wiper motors. Most of the parts are covered in grease, as are Craver’s

hands. Craver, who turned 61 in March, is an enthusiast as well as a mechanic. He drives a baby blue 1974 Super Beetle — a variation on the classic Beetle design with more trunk space and a redesigned front end — to church every

Sunday. The rest of the week, he drives a tow truck. Back in 1991, when demand for Beetle work was waning, he added a wrecker service. “I still had house payments,” he said. Continues on page 8


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How to avoid dehydration According to the Old

doctor if he/she limits your fluid intake or if you take water pills.)

Farmer’s Almanac, this summer in El Paso will be drier than normal, with the hottest temperatures in July and early August.

•Take a cool shower or bath. •Seek air-conditioned environments like shopping mall or public library.

Seniors—and those who care or live near some elderly—please take heed. Heat stroke is a true medical emergency that can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided promptly. And seniors are more at risk of experiencing heat-related illnesses because they have a decreased ability to sweat; medical issues that upset normal responses to heat; medicines that impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature; hot living quarters; and lack of transportation. In El Paso, heat-related deaths could increase in 2010 because of high utility costs. When money is short, many elderly will turn off their air conditioners and neglect

•Wear lightweight/light-colored clothing. •Remain indoors in the heat of the day, especially if air pollution alert is in effect. Sylvia Coulehan, MSN, RN, FNP-C

their pets – two things that provide protection and comfort. And when actual heat stroke occurs, the body is unable to control its temperature and it can rise to 106°F within 10 minutes, causing death or permanent disability. To prevent heat-related stress: •Drink cool nonalcoholic, decaffeinated beverages. (Check with

•When it’s between 90°- 105°, absolutely avoid prolonged exposure and/or physical activity (we all know that El Paso hit 98º or higher 13 days in the first three weeks of July in 2009) If you suspect someone has heatrelated stress (nausea, fatigue, headache, muscle cramps, vomiting, high body temperature, absence of sweating, hot red or flushed dry skin, rapid pulse, disorientation):

Vegetables.... Continued from page 3 ....and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.” That includes lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of diabetes and cancer. (Fuhrman has coined the term “nutritarian,” since his “life plan” does allow some animal products.) She echoes Fuhrman’s enthusiasm for non-starchy veggies in generous amounts. “With high-nutrition, low-calorie foods, you feel fuller overall and eat less calories,” she said. But she doesn’t think it’s necessary to follow such a strict plan as “Eat to Live’’ to make big improvements in weight and health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Plus, Sellers said, a highly structured eating program that

•Have them rest in cool place. •Cool them rapidly (immerse in cool water; spray with cool water from garden hose; wrap in cool, wet sheet and fan to promote sweating/evaporation; apply a cold cloth to the wrists and/or neck). •Offer water and juices (NOT alcohol or caffeinated beverages). •Most importantly, call 911 immediately. •And please, visit any friends or neighbors that might be susceptible to heat stress at least twice a day. Sylvia Coulehan, MSN, RN, FNP-C Family Nurse Practitioner Physicians Health Choice; 7878 Gateway East, Ste. 203; (915) 594-4423; www.PHCcares.com

TRAINS cuts out entire food groups is tough to live with. “In the long term, the extremes don’t work. Long-term weight loss is made through simple and practical diet changes.” Fuhrman, however, insists that if it’s a big change you’re after, you have to make big changes. He cites patients who have lost 50, 75, 100 pounds or more, “the hardest cases and those who have failed to lose the desired weight on other plans.” Burghorn, 56, lost a less-dramatic 15 pounds, but says the regime changed her life. “I don’t get colds, I don’t get sick, and if I do, it’s so short-lived, I hardly even know it happens.”

He uses his to hang railroad memorabilia. Reburn said he is in his workshop most days, maybe for 15 minutes working on a part, maybe for two hours. “If something doesn’t look right to him, or he doesn’t like it, he just throws it out and starts over,” said his daughter, Diane Templeton, who was visiting. His next projects, he said, are likely to be Southern and Chesapeake & Ohio cabooses. Reburn’s models are on display at The Depot in Lynchburg and at Liberty Station in Bedford. Chris Dumond is a staff writer for The News & Advance in Lynchburg, Va.


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‘My Dre am Hom e’ Building a dollhouse is minuscule work

By Holly Ramsey

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atricia Arrowood has a fetish for dollhouses. Her interest began when she was just a little girl and had one of her own to covet. Arrowood, who is an avid traveler, has been to many countries and U.S. states, where she has viewed these miniature homes from all makes and models, including Queen Elizabeth’s childhood dollhouse in England. Continues on page 12

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Patricia Arrowood shows off her 1776 New England-style dollhouse that she and her husband made from scratch.


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BUGDoctor Continued from page 5 Over time, towing has become his main business. He has a Rolodex with more than 250 Beetle customers in it, but that part of his business has declined in recent years, as fewer Beetles are on the road. These days, he sometimes only fixes a few Beetles each month. He doesn’t work on VW “New Beetles,” which began production in 1998. Despite the name and similar body design, those cars “are basically a Jetta,” he said. He occasionally fixes up and sells Beetles, but he does not paint them or do significant body work. “I just keep ’em running,” he said. He first started working on Beetles in the late 1960s and early ’70s, first as a mechanic at Flow Volkswagen. He opened his own shop behind his father’s home in 1973, something he told his wife about when they were on their honeymoon in Myrtle Beach, S.C. “This is what he surprised me with,” his wife, Cheryl, said with a laugh. “I said, ‘I just got married and you don’t even have a job?’ ” She does the bookkeeping for the garage and occasionally helps out at the shop. Craver moved his shop to its current loca-

tion in 1975. He doesn’t work on any other cars, just the Beetle and the Super Beetle, which have aircooled engines in the rear. “That’s what I had my experience on, that’s what I was trained on,” he said. Most of the cars he sees are models from 1969 to 1974, the heyday of the classic Beetle. More than 21 million of them were produced between 1945 and 2003, according to Volkswagen. The black Beetle belongs to Keith Tanner, 25, who has been driving the car since he was 16. He inherited it from his brother and his father. The car has been in his family for 16 years and has been serviced by Craver the whole time. “I love the way they look,” Tanner said, “and also they’re pretty easy to keep up with. I get pretty good gas mileage.” Behind the garage, Craver has a sort of elephant’s graveyard of Beetles, more than 20 of them in various states of disrepair that he strips for parts. He used to buy old Beetles for parts, but that market has also dwindled. “Most everybody that’s got one is keeping it,” he said. He has no plans to retire his Beetle-fixing ways anytime soon. “I’ll work as long as the Lord lets me,” Craver said. “But that’s one day at a time.” Tim Clodfelter writes for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina.

PROSTATE CANCER Continued from page 4 A: In Asia there is a lower incidence than in the U.S., but when Asians migrate here, their cancer rate goes up dramatically, presumably due to dietary and lifestyle factors. Q: What other dietary measures can I take? A: Vitamin D looks promising for cancer prevention, but it is still being studied. I would advise increasing fish consumption, or taking omega-3 in supplement form. Q: What have studies shown about prevention? A: Several major randomized studies have been done, involving more than 50,000 men. One looked at the possible role of selenium and vitamin E, but found no advantage to taking those supplements. Another found a significant reduction of incidence among higher-risk men who took the generic drug dutasteride (brand name, Avodart). Yet another found a similar reduction of prostate cancer in high-risk men who took the generic drug finasteride (Proscar). However, such drugs carry their own risks, so physicians must consider whether they are worthwhile for each patient. Q: What can I do if I have a family history of prostate cancer? A: You should consider genetic testing not only if you have a firstdegree male relative who had prostate cancer, but also if your mother had breast cancer. The presence of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations in men are associated with prostate cancer as well as male breast cancer and pancreatic cancer.


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WEATHER 101 One More Month of Wind

By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

It’s been a windy March and April so far.

We’ve recorded 26 days of wind gusts over 30 mph with a peak gust of 84 mph March 26 and 68 mph April 1st. Blowing dust and sand is a common phenomenon in El Paso this time of year. Meteorologist David Novlan and Michael Hardiman at the National Weather Service in Santa Teresa noted that during the months of March, April and May there is a 42% chance of encountering blowing dust on any single day. This had been the case since records were kept in El Paso. It was noted from a news article reporting on a storm in 1895 (Cox, 2005): “A Big Blow hit El Paso late on the night of April 4, 1895…by the midnight the anemometer (wind measuring device) at the Weather Bureau registered 50 mph and continue to gain strength…The wind took down many of the city’s scare trees and ripped away telegraph, telephone and power lines, leaving the city without electric lights.” Did you know that El Paso averages 14.5 significant dust events per year? This is, in my opinion, the most unpleasant feature of our weather. The wind does not have to be considered excessive but because this is our driest time of the year it doesn’t take a lot of real strong winds to elevate our dust and sand. This blowing dust causes many hazards. We typically must endure reduced visibility; the dusty conditions cause respiratory problems and the blowing dust can get in to moving parts and reduce the mechanical life of equipment. There are often more accidents associated with dust storms resulting in fatalities and roads being closed due to the poor visibility. It should be noted that strong winds by themselves are not sufficient for a significant dust event. David Novlan says “the wind must be sufficiently turbulent to loft dust and it must occur in a reasonably unstable environment.”

Wheater Trivia: What has been the highest recorded wind gust in El Paso not associated with a thunderstorm? A. B. C. D.

75 mph 84 mph 92 mph 98 mph

Answer: B – 84 mph. Recorded March 10, 1977 and March 26, 2010 (Picture Above was taken in Chaparral, NM April 1, 2010 Wind destroyed part of a patio.)

“Doppler" Dave Speelman is the chief meteorologist at KVIA-TV in El Paso. You can watch his forecasts at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm on ABC-7 (channel 6 cable). If you would like Doppler Dave to address (explain) any weather issues you can email him at Dopplerdave@kvia.com.


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An energy expert can help a homeowner cut costs By Laura Giovanelli MEDIA GENERAL NEWS SERVICE

Danny Gough was hunting for leaks. He aimed his infrared camera up and down walls, moving from a downstairs dining room to upstairs bedrooms. Chilly areas stopped him in his tracks. “That’s just a cold, cold spot there,” he said, pointing to the screen on his camera in the sunroom. A corner glowed dark blue on the camera’s display, a sign that the wall was cool even though the thermostat was set at around 60 degrees. “That’s 36 degrees.” Gough is an energy auditor. His family-run business, Energy Solutions, examines local houses. Just as a tax auditor goes over financial documents, an energy auditor goes over your house, looking for places where heat, cooling and power is being wasted. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends home-energy audits, and its Web site offers tips for conducting simple ones on your own. And then there are the professionals, like Gough, who have such gadgets as moisture meters, thermal-imaging cameras and blower doors. A blower door is a high-power fan attached to a tarp. Positioned

over a house’s front doorway, it sucks out all the air inside. Then pinpointing incoming drafts is easy. Gough and some co-workers, including Dana Myers, his daughter, spent a recent afternoon at Don Lendle’s house, a long, wood-sided ranch on a shady, tree-filled lot near Clemmons, N.C. Tax records show that it was built in 1971. It’s about 1,800-square feet. Lendle, a family physician, and his wife, Margaret, have owned the house for 23 years. It only takes a hard winter to remind us how important a well-insulated house can be. Lendle suspected some of the house’s problems. He knew that his 20-year-old gas furnace was on its last legs. But before he replaced it — or even considered a new, environmentally-friendly system, such as a geothermal unit — he wanted to be sure he had an idea of what he was facing. That’s smart, said Sarah Olson, a Winston-Salem, N.C., Realtor who specializes in energy-efficient and green real estate. Before you start piling on the insulation and ripping out old windows, you need to know where you’re losing energy, she said. “It’s like a putting a Band-Aid on before you know where the cut is. It would potentially save you a whole lot of money and a whole lot of headaches.” Gough audited Olson’s house last year. “In many cases windows are the last thing,” she said. “An

energy audit will show you if your windows are leaking or if the air is coming in elsewhere. He showed us areas in our house with no insulation at all. “Really, what we found is that our attic was just a sieve and that’s where we needed to spend our dollars. Doing projects on your own is fine, but you’ve got to know where your problems are.”

Just as a tax auditor goes over financial documents, an energy auditor goes over your house, looking for places where heat, cooling and power is being wasted. Gough discovered plenty to fix at Lendle’s house. In two hours, he poked and prodded the house from top to bottom, taking photos and making measurements. He grabbed a flashlight and put on a pair of white coveralls, then got on his hands and knees and wiggled through the crawl space, into the house’s belly, where he found four snake skins, a discarded hot water heater and insulation installed upside down. And then there were the uninsulated hot-water pipes. Cold spots near the ceiling. A blower-door test revealed a

brisk draft in the stairwell. The sum total of these cracks and cold spots? Imagine if you left a window open about a foot all the time, day and night — that’s about how much chilly air was getting into Lendle’s house. “That’s pretty substantial leakage,” Gough said. That’s on top of a problematic duct system. As Gough moved around the house, he held a device called a pressure pan over the registers to measure their efficiency. The news wasn’t good. Gough estimated about 30 percent of any heat and airconditioning was headed right back into the crawl space because of leaks. “You’re paying to heat the house and not the crawl space, I assume,” he quipped. “A lot of the holes don’t necessarily bring in healthy air. So the ideal is to seal as airtight as you can ... and ventilate right with a controlled ventilation system.” Lendle didn’t seem surprised by much of this. But all this bad news is not something that’s easy for some homeowners to hear, Myers said. “It’s our job to go in and tell people they have ugly babies. You go out to someone’s house, and they put in a bathroom, a new kitchen. But most homeowners don’t crawl around in their crawl space, and it’s this ugly baby dressed up in ribbons and curls. We take away the ribbons and curls and actually look at what makes a house function.” Laura Giovanelli is a writer for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina.


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‘My Dream Home’

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Continued from page 7 “That house took up a whole entire room,” said Arrowood. “I’ve never seen one so big. It was a mini-model of where she lived and had so many rooms.” Arrowood got into the hobby of dollhouse construction back in the late ’80s, when she and her husband, Ray, came across blueprints for a 1776 New England, colonial-style make. The couple began construction in Ray’s “fix-it” shop, which was fully equipped with the right tools for cutting, carving, sanding and more. Shingles, hardwood oak floors, windows (34 total), each and every item, had to be handcrafted for the 30-inch by 38-inch by 36-inch wooden house. “Some hardware items could be purchased at wood shops and miniature stores, but they were just too expensive, so we decided to make everything ourselves,” said Arrowood. Decor, however, was an exception and the Arrowood’s used a shop out of Concord, N.C., for a few of their in-house purchases. But other than that, furniture, fireplaces (seven total), wall treatments, even food crafted

from Play-Doh, were all designed by hand. Patricia gathered ideas for decorating from her trav-

els through historic sights in Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. Due to life’s busy demands (both had full-

rowood. “But this was my dream home, so we set out to do it and had a great time along the way.” They’ve still got a few finishing touches to put on their project. Venetian blinds for all windows (which were surprisingly common back in the 1700s) are currently being crafted, and a few other minor details need tweaking. Some repairs had to be made along the way, where the Arrowood’s young nieces, who visit and play with the dollhouse often, had a misstep or two. But for the most part, the task is nearly complete. “The girls have such a great time playing with this and are very, very careful,” Arrowood mentioned. “This is what it’s here for.” An interest was expressed by Patricia in possibly entering the house in a show provided by Southern Living magazine, but as of yet, no plans have been made. They hope to eventually pass it down to family members, but Ray mentioned “if the right price comes along, you never know.”

“This is definitely our last project. But this was my dream home, so we set out to do it and had a great time along the way.” Patricia Arrowood time jobs and a family to raise), the project was put on hold for several years and picked back up after Ray’s retirement in 2006. Committed to the task that lay in front of them, the couple buckled down and completed the project two grueling years later. “This is definitely our last project,” said Ar-

Holly Ramsey is a reporter for the McDowell News in Marion, N.C.

There is nothing wrong with a little sugar once in a while. After all, it makes food taste delicious. What would a bowl of oatmeal be without a swirl of brown sugar? The problem is, most people go so far overboard with sweeteners that they are drowning in their sugar bowls. The average American eats the equivalent of 20 teaspoons (40 grams) of added sugar a day. That’s twice the recommended amount. Keep in mind that we are not talking about the sugar that’s naturally occurring in foods like fruit and milk products — even vegetables contain some sugar. That is not the problem. It’s refined sugar that is added to foods and beverages to sweeten them up. When you consider that one 12-ounce can of regular soda has the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar, the amount that should be your daily limit, you can see how quickly the numbers add up. Try these simple steps to keep your sweet tooth in balance: Switch to sugar-free, calorie-free drinks like water. For a splash of flavor, add lemon or orange slices, or try sparkling water with a little fruit juice. Buy unsweetened cereals and yogurts and add your own sugar for flavor. Chances are, you will use much less than the food manufacturers do. Go ahead, have dessert. Just keep portions small and keep it to a few times a week. Read food labels. Grams of sugar are listed on the food label, but the label doesn’t distinguish between naturally occurring sugars and added sugar. So even one cup of plain milk will show 12 grams. Better yet, read the ingredients list and look for added sugar in all its guises. Fructose, cane sugar, corn syrup and maltodextrin are all added sugars. Opt for honey, maple syrup and molasses. They still count as added sugar, but at least these less-refined sweeteners give you some minerals and antioxidants. ●


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Say to scrapbooks

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You can help your friends and family remember a special occasion by creating a scrapbook that is ready to accept their photos and any personal comments they may want to add. By Sandi Genovese SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE

Last year, I made a resolution to personalize my gifts. By far, the most popular gift I made was a personalized scrapbook. Turns out, it’s easy to do and cost-effective as well. Plus, I’ve discovered a formula that works for any birthday, wedding or other special occasion. Whether you need a baby gift, a birthday present or a wedding offering, a personalized scrapbook provides a super solution. Everyone takes photos, but it’s rare to find someone who has the time or inclination to create scrapbooks to display them. You can help friends and family remember a special occasion by creating a scrapbook

that is ready to accept their photos and any personal comments they may want to add. Album selection is key. I limit myself to those with a ring or post binding because it is so easy to add the pages I want to create. I also prefer albums that have photo sleeves because they present the most user-friendly option for the potential gift recipient. What could be easier than sliding photos into sleeves? I divide the album into sections that pertain to the special event. This is a wedding scrapbook that has 25 double-photo sleeves inside. The cover features a window that I’ve decorated with a marbleized paper mat and a sticker of a bridal bouquet. I divided the inside into five sections, plus a title page. The divisions represent The Engagement, The Bridal Shower, The Wedding Day, The Gifts and The Honeymoon. To create the divider pages, I trimmed cream-colored card stock to match the size of the photo sleeves and punched three holes with a standard

hole punch, using the photo sleeves as a guide. It’s easiest to make all of the divider pages the same. Mine are covered with textured, caramel-colored paper with a marbleized stripe and a cream-colored pocket, edged in black. Each pocket holds a tag, embellished with coordinating ribbon ties. Each pocket is attached to the page with a narrow strip of foam adhesive, placed around the sides and bottom of the pocket. The pocket front is decorated to match its theme, with stickers, punches and die cuts. If you can’t find an embellishment to match your theme, try

making a color copy from a magazine or take a photograph — like of a champagne bottle — and cut it out to make your own embellishments. I like to leave the back of each divider page blank so the new owners have somewhere to write their thoughts. The tag that sits inside each pocket also provides a place for personal comments. Whether you’re celebrating a wedding, a birthday, a new baby or any other special event, a personalized scrapbook is truly a handmade gift from the heart that is sure to be appreciated.


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Calendar of upcoming events for El Paso/ Southern New Mexico for May 2010 If you want your upcoming event listed in SPOTLIGHT’S Out & About section, please send all your relevant data by e-mail to: editorial@spotlightepnews.com

NoRTHEAST/ CENTRAl EPCC Musical Extravaganza — 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, at the Transmountain Campus Forum, 9570 Gateway North, featuring the El Paso Civic Orchestra, EPCC Chorus and EPCC Mariachi directed. Admission is free. Information: 831-2454 or epcc.edu.

Armed Forces Day — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at Noel Field, Fort Bliss, featuring military equipment and emergency services static displays, military police dog team demonstration, rappelling demonstrations, music by 62nd Army Band, special entertainment by Fort Bliss MWR, food and drink concessions, historical

‘The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon’ – Kids-N-Co. presents a tribute to the world’s best-known storytellers May 15June 6 at Kids-N-Co. Performance Space. 1301 Texas. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Additional May performances planned at the Chamizal National Memorial. Tickets: $5-$7 at the door. Information: 351-1455.

Dolly Dingle’s Tea Party — El Paso County Historical Society will host its 6th annual tea party

free. Information: 533-8229 or sotx.org.

loWER vAllEy El Paso Patriots — The profes-

El Paso Diablos Baseball —

tours, chili cook-off and car show. Admission is free. Information: 568-4505.

Bridges for Wounded Warriors Run — The 2nd annual benefit non-competitive 5K run and 1-mile fun walk is Saturday, May 8, at Mitchell W. Stout Track on Fort Bliss. Run begins at 8:30 a.m. and walk at 8:45 a.m. for both kids and adults. Registration: $25. Information: 549.4404 or infor@bridgesforwarriors.org.

The American Association minor league team opens its 2010 season with a Heroes of the Mound Red White and Blue Tour exhibition game at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Cohen Stadium in Northeast El Paso. Regular home game time is 7:05 p.m. (Sundays at 6:05 p.m.). Tickets: $7 box seats; $6 general admission (free for age 4 and younger). Information: 755-2000 or diablos.com.

sional soccer team’s home games are 8 p.m. at Patriot Stadium, 6941 Industrial. Tickets: $4 ($3 military; $1 ages 12 ad younger). All seats general admission. Information/tickets: 771-6620 or elpasopatriots.com. May games: • Saturday, May 22 — Houston Leones.

‘Gotta Tango!’ — Shundo Dance Studio presents the stage show highlighting the passion and

Special Olympics Spring Games — The Area 19 2010 Spring Games’ opening ceremonies are Saturday, May 7, at

Jazz on the Rocks — The

for girls 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 16, Burges House and Gardens, 603 W. Yandell. Tickets: $15. Information/reservations: 533-3603.

monthly live jazz music series is 8 p.m. the second Thursday of every month May through September, at McKelligon Canyon. The May 13 concert features Billy Townes and Modern Sessions and vocalist Tony Mac. Tickets: $9 in advance; $10 day of show (Ticketmaster). Season ticket packages: $40. Information: jazzelpaso.org.

Irvin High School, 9465 Roanoke. Events usually include basketball, track and field, tennis and motor activities. The “Athlete Village” will feature different games, music and entertainment. Admission is

fire of the tango at 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, May 9, at Chamizal National Memorial. Admission: $12 and $15. Information: 532-2043 or shundodance.com.


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March for Babies — The annual March of Dimes fundraiser is 9 a.m. Saturday, May 15. The 4-

benefit gala is 6 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Grace Gardens, 6709 Westside Drive, featuring a casual evening of denim and diamonds with live music by Fungi Mungle, dinner, midway games, and a silent and live auction. Cost: $100 ($1,000 table; $1,500 VIP table). Information: 544-4427 or christina.aragon@cancer.org.

‘Mariachis for Mom’ — Maestro Phillip G Garcia and EPYSO presents an afternoon of mariachi music in the 3rd annual mile walk around Ascarate Park and Lake, 6900 Delta Drive, raises money for prevention of birth defects. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Information: 590-9499 or marchofdimes.com.

janos of El Paso Community College’s final home games of the season are doubleheaders at noon Friday and Saturday, May 7-8, against Western Texas College the Valle Verde Campus Baseball Field. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275.

WESTSIdE/ doWNToWN UTEP Softball — The final home games of the regular season are 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader) and noon Sunday, May 8-9 against UCF, at the Helen of Troy Complex. Ticket information: 7475347 or utepathletics.com.

Borderland Ball Gala — American Cancer Society’s first

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino — Mescalero, N.M. Age 21 and older admitted. (Ticketmaster) Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com. • Gabriel Iglesias — One of the area’s favorite comics performs at

Smokey Bear Days — Saturday, May 7-8, at Smokey Bear Historical Park and throughout Capitan, N.M. Information: (575) 354-2748 or smokeybeardays.org

‘POPS 4 Kids’ — The Las Cruces Symphony’s annual family concert is 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $5. Information: (575) 646-3709. The 15th annual event is May 2830 at Gough Park, Silver City. Sponsored by the Mimbres Region Art Council. Live blues music, studio tours, street dances and more. Continues on next page

National Memorial Amphitheatre, featuring a night of blues Saturday and jazz music Sunday. Information: 526-0719 or jazzelpaso.org.

Tejanos baseball — The Te-

p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 6-8, at the New Mexico Railroad and Transportation Museum, Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575) 647-4480 or museums.las-cruces.org//rrmuseum.sh tm.

Silver City Blues Festival —

Chamizal Blues & Jazz Festival — May 15-16, at Chamizal

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Railroad Days — 10 a.m. to 4

8 p.m. Thursday, May 6. Tickets: $25-$75. • Heart performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 9. Tickets: $40$125. • King of the Cage fighting event is 7 p.m. Friday, May 14, Tickets: $65-$100.

celebration of Mother’s Day 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in the Plaza Theatre. Information: 820-2952 or myspace.com/epyso.

ESPN2 Friday Night Fights — The fighting event is 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Fights to be announced. Tickets: $20 to $100, plus service charges. (Ticketmaster).

SoUTHERN NEW MExICo Wet-N-Wild Waterworld — The water park in Anthony, Texas will open for its 32nd season weekends beginning Saturday, May 1. May events include the Power Jam Saturday, May 15, and a Norteño Fest Sunday, May 23. Information: 886-2222 or wetwild.com.


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Silver City Blues Festival... Information: (575) 538-2505 or (888) 758-7289 or mimbresarts.org.

WWE Smackdown — The WWE Superstars return after a sold-out El Paso performance in

March for the professional wrestling event 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at NMSU’s Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Tickets: $15, $25, $30, $40 and $60, plus service charges. (Ticketmaster).

Ruidoso Sprint Triathlon — The 4th annual 400-yard indoor swim, 10-mile bike ride and 3.5mile trail run is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at Ruidoso Athletic Club, at Wingfield Park in Ruidoso, N.M. Information/registration: (575) 257-4900. Online registration: ruidosoathleticclub.com.

Mayfair — Cloudcroft’s 33rd annual juried arts & crafts show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 29-30, at Zenith Park. Admission is free. Information:(575) 682-2733 or cloudcroft.net.

The shy guy’s guide to haggling By Richard Mullins MEDIA GENERAL NEWS SERVICE

The word “haggling” seems so unfortunate. It brings to mind visions of a used car lot, and that perfunctory back-and-forth with the salesman. “Let me check with my sales manager,” they say with a minor-league thespian sigh. Sure, go check. I’ll still ask for another $1,000 off when you get back. But haggling seems to be all the rage in retail circles now. Now, everyone seems to have a story about how they wheedled a great price for something through sheer willpower. The recession has granted every shopper a license to consider the sticker price on even an Old Navy sweater as merely a starting point. So how should shy or merely polite shoppers haggle? What are the most effective tactics? How does one haggle for results? Because even discount retailers like Wal-Mart or Target are soft targets for the right kind of approach. It doesn’t require taking some kind of jerky attitude, or saying “Hey, can’t you give me

a better price?!” Recently, I managed to cut the price of a Martha Stewart Dutch oven at Macy’s from its original price of $200 to just $48. Not bad. “Culturally, we’re all being asked to do more with less,” said Michael Kamis, a marketing professor at Stony Brook University’s College of Business. “So people think, ‘If I’m being asked to work harder with no increase, I’m going to ask for a break on what I buy.’ ” One of the best questions is “Are there any sales coming up?” Most retail staff know all about the sale calendar, and are willing to fudge the start/end times. At Stein Mart, I found staff who would go online, print out a coupon for an upcoming sale, then tell me when it will start, and put a product to the side for me to pick up later. All just from me asking “Wasn’t there a coupon in the paper last weekend?” Even at big stores like WalMart or Target, it’s worth asking, “Hey, is this ever going on sale?” At Macy’s, I’ve found staff who will let you “pre-buy” an item at a lower price if it’s going on sale soon. (Note, many grocery stores will do this too if you miss a sale, or give you a rain check if they sell out.) Retailers like moving vol-

ume. So it’s worth asking “What if I buy two?” Kamis found Blockbuster staff would make a deal on DVDs. Instead of selling one at $14.99, they would sell 5 for $20. “They didn’t really care how many videos they sold,” Kamis said. “They just wanted the $20. So both sides won.” Stores like BestBuy will often close a deal by offering a discount if you bundle a TV with a Blu-ray player and TV stand. Other stores like h.h. gregg have sales staff that work 100-percent on commission. If you’re not buying, they’re not earning. So don’t be afraid to ask what will close a deal at a lower price. So here’s how I saved so much on that $200 Martha Stewart Dutch oven. The pot was just put on a clearance table at 60-percent off. (Down to $80.) I chatted up the sales lady about how very, very cool it was. She hinted it would go on sale by another 20 percent in a couple days, and could give me that price now. ($64) She rang up the pot, and I mentioned I had a coupon for 25-percent off anything in the store. Could I pretty please use that too, I asked? “Sure, bring it over,” she said. Bingo, $48. And she never had to go “talk with her sales manager.” Richard Mullins is a reporter for The Tampa Tribune in Florida.


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state No matter what the actual mechanics of your stroke are, you must commit them to “unconscious coampetence.” This leaves your mind clear to image — to see in your mind’s eye the putt and how it will turn out. You learn the mechanics of your stoke by using conscious competence, that is, you learn the various putt mechanics one by one. Then the trick is to no longer think of them as separate or individual, but as a whole movement. This mental segue from parts to whole is a prime-time skill that must be developed. This is what Arnold Palmer calls the “blessed state in which you perform without knowing or giving the slightest thought to how you’re performing.” It sounds easy, but under pressure the urge to revert to mechanics is very strong. Merging the parts of your stroke into a unified whole requires practice, but not just any kind of practice. You must use drills that “put Humpty-Dumpty back together again.” Below is one of my favorite drills to ingrain all of the basic putting skills. Choose a breaking putt and place a ball at each 3-foot (one-pace) interval on the arc. Place one ball in “gimme range” just to start your progression off on the right foot. CONT/NEXT P.


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GOLF SPOKEN HERE

Draw-bias

adj.: Describes a driver that is weighted more in the heel of the club head to help curve the ball from right to left if you’re right-handed. It’s the opposite for the fade — the weight is adjusted toward the toe.

THE BLESSED STATE

Continued from page 17 .... Starting with the ball nearest the hole, try to make each putt. Repeat this drill, placing balls at 5-foot in-tervals, then 8-foot intervals, etc., always starting with the ball nearest the hole. Make sure you start the drill by positioning yourself on the arc. Remember, when you can consistently achieve what you intended in practice, you acquire confidence. And confidence is a cornerstone of good putting. Note: 1. To be an average putter, avoid

three-putts. 2. To be a good putter, learn to make birdie and par putts when you have the chance. 3. To be a great putter, you must make birdie and par putts when you don’t have a chance. Develop a mind-set that you can make putts at the least likely of times and at just the right moment when your round is hanging in the balance. Like a world-class diamond cutter with just one stroke to get it right, you need to be able to make the stroke under pressure.

In this drill, I’m not thinking about mechanics. I want to visualize the arc and get the feel of the slope. I’ll start with a tap-in, then make ’em all.

ABOUT THE WRITER

Dr. T.J. Tomasi is a teaching professional in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Visit his Web site at tjtomasi.com.

Chris DiMarco doesn’t care what his grip looks like as long as the putt goes in.

So I’m watching the first round of the Zurich Open on one TV and a replay of a classic college football game on the other while I work out. Ben Crane is about to hit. The announcer says that Crane — not a very good ball striker in the past — has really improved his move. “Keep an eye on his swing plane; it’s perfect,” he says, and since this is news to me, I watch — and I watch and I watch some more, and still the guy doesn’t hit it. In fact, he hasn’t moved a muscle. It passed through my mind that he might be dead. Crane has a short iron in his hand and there is no water to negotiate, plus there is no wind. Meanwhile, I had watched two offensive plays and a punt on the other TV. Finally Slow Lane Crane steps to the ball, takes his stance, looks back and forth twice at the target and then … he backs off, goes back behind the ball, throws some grass in the air that falls straight down (did I

mention there was no wind?), takes two more practice swings, asks his caddie something (probably for more Ambien) and that’s when I screamed “Hit it!” and changed the channel. And if you can believe it, Crane slows down even more when he gets to the green. If you are a fast player, you must train yourself not to be upset when playing with a slowpoke. Self-control is not a gift; it’s a skill, and you must learn it just like any other golf skill.

DON’T MISS IT

Set your sights If aim and alignment are problems for you, Don’t Miss the Cross Sight — a stance alignment tool that is simple, effective and expensive. Designed by legendary surfboard maker Hobie Alter, the Cross Sight weighs only 5 ounces, yet easily pins down on driving

range grass with golf tees or on a mat with its own mat stakes. A tap of the clubhead adjusts the device to accommodate divot patterns or a club change without bending over. Check out the video on www.crosssightgolf.com. The Cross Sight costs about $70.


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Q&A

Once illness has been ruled out, temporarily restricting a cat to a small area such as a bathroom can help with retraining. Q: I have an older cat who was a young feral when I adopted her. This past year, she has begun to miss the litter box. I have taken her to the veterinarian, which is an extremely hard thing to do because I am the only one whose handling she tolerates. She doesn’t have an infection. After some research, I thought I would try isolating her in the bathroom to see if she will start using the litter box. Is this a good idea? — A.B., via e-mail A: Assuming your veterinarian did assure you of your cat’s complete good health, then yes, retraining is definitely worth trying. The idea behind putting a cat in a small area such as a bathroom, with the rugs removed, is that potty options are pretty much limited to the box. Because some cats develop negative associations with their boxes, this technique may help them to get back on track. A scrupulously clean box is essential, and any outside-the-box mistakes must also be cleaned promptly and thoroughly. Continues on next page

THE SCooP

For many people, a good night’s sleep is hard to come by, for reasons as varied as stress, caffeinated beverages, snoring spouses and one that recently took researchers at the Mayo Sleep Clinic by surprise: pets. More than half of the people coming to the famous Rochester, Minn., medical center for help sleeping reported sharing their bedrooms — and often their beds — with their pets. The physicians started recommending tossing the pets out, but pet lovers don’t usually like doing so. Top veterinarians say there are other options. Their advice can be summed up succinctly: Keep your pets clean, keep them lean and get them on your sleep cycle. With help from your pets’ veterinarian, chances are you’ll soon be enjoying sleep instead of counting sheep. Getting pets on the same sleep cycle can actually be fun, says Dr. Gary Landsberg, a veterinary behaviorist in Thornhill, Ontario. When a pet sleeps all day, it’s no surprise the animal may want to play all night. Dr.

Getting a pet on the same sleep cycle can help everyone get a good night’s sleep. will give them food rewards as they Landsberg says exercising pets, both chew on it, or roll a ball and food physically and mentally, will help falls out. These can keep their brains them to settle down when you do. Dr. Landsberg says pet owners can and bodies quite occupied.” And when they nudge you in the enjoy keeping their pets active. That means shared physical activity — night? Dr. Landsberg says if their play, in other words — but it also medical, physical and mental needs should include keeping cats and have been addressed, you should ignore them, so pets don’t get the idea dogs busy when you’re not home. “That can be as simple as giving that you’ll play with them whenever pets their meals out of feeding toys,” they want. — Dr. Marty Becker he says. “You want something that

Perfect rabbit diet is easy, economical Q: I just got a rabbit from a friend, and I was wondering what fresh foods are OK to give him. — J.S., via e-mail A: A rabbit’s diet should consist of a nonstop supply of grass hays (timothy, alfalfa or oat hay, brome or orchard grass), plus daily servings of fresh, dark-green leafy vegetables. Your rabbit also needs at-will access

to clean, fresh water. Fruits such as bananas, apples or raisins can be used as treats. Like many longtime bunny fans, I don’t feed commercial rabbit pellets at all. I feed “greens” — collard, mustard, chard, kale, dandelion, etc. — along with parsley, broccoli and the leafy tops of root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips or beets. Continues on next page


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THE SCooP While veterinary behaviorists aren’t sure why dogs like to roll in stinky stuff and eat rotten things, many believe these pets are marking themselves with their most prized possessions to show them off to all of their two-legged and four-legged friends. For a dog, wearing stinky stuff is like wearing the best of all designer-label scents. Not only do dogs have millions more scent receptors than we have, they are also polar opposites when it comes to putting stuff on their skin. While people like smells that are fresh, floral and fragrant, dogs

prefer dirty, dead and (to us) disgusting. Forget trying to prevent your dog from rolling in the stinkiest things imaginable. For you it’s disgusting; for them it’s divine. With thousands of years of practice behind them, dogs will continue to go boldly where no man, or woman, would ever choose to go. The only way to stop the stinky search-and-roll is to keep your dog on the leash — or teach a foolproof come-hither when called. — Dr. Marty Dogs love nasty smells so much they want to share them. Becker

by THE NUMbERS

Advice that’s fishy

When it comes to getting information on setting up, stocking and maintaining saltwater fish tanks, specialty stores remain popular. Fish keepers with saltwater tanks reported getting advice from multiple sources, including: Fish/aquarium store General pet store Internet Books Friend/relative Magazines Aquarium club

Keeping fish healthy can be a challenge.

71% 53% 39% 34% 31% 28% 8%

Source: American Pet Products Association

rabbit Continued from page 19 If you have room for a vegetable garden, greens are ridiculously easy to grow. I also give my rabbits the parings from all the vegetables I prepare for myself. I buy hay at the feed mill (even most urban areas have them). If you have a dry, cool spot to store hay, it’s most economical to buy by the bale. If not, buy a “flake” or two at a time, and you’ll still save money over the

PET TIP

Hairball fix? Try canned pumpkin Hairballs are normal for cats, as is watching where you walk to avoid the disgusting “gifts” that always seem to be left on the most expensive rugs in the house. If the problem is severe, your veterinarian may suggest the use of a mild laxative to help the hairballs pass through your cat’s system. You should also try combing your cat more frequently to remove excess hair. And you might increase the fiber in your cat’s diet — adding a little canned pumpkin daily is a great way that many cats enjoy. Don’t let your cat become a laxative junkie, as daily use decreases the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.

tiny packages sold in pet stores. If you keep it covered and dry, a hay bale will last for months.

Commercial hairball remedies should not be used more than twice weekly except on the advice of your veterinarian. — Dr. Marty Becker

(And if you check around, you may be able to split a bale with other rabbit owners.) Final note: “Wild” greens are fine to feed rabbits — as long as you’re sure the area where you’re picking them is free of herbicides and pesticides. — Gina Spadafori Do you have a pet question? Send it to petconnection@ gmail.com.

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Continued from page 19 Before you do that, though, do check in with the veterinarian. Medical issues that cause older cats to miss the box reach beyond urinary-tract infections, and may include arthritis or diabetes. All these problems must be ruled out or treated for retraining to work. If your cat still will not use the box, go back to your veterinarian and ask for a referral to a veterinary behaviorist, who can develop a program for you to follow in retraining your cat and can prescribe medications that will ease your cat through the transition back to good behavior. — Marty Becker Do you have a pet question? Send it to petconnection@ gmail.com.


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Rock formations in Sedona, Ariz., offer picturesque views.

May a force be with you in this New Age hot spot By Gretchen McKay

and metaphysical activity. Thankfully, you don’t even SEDONA, Ariz. need good weather for a visit You needn’t be a desert rat you’ll never forget. Even in a to fall instantly in love with freezing rain, with its fathe rugged, red-rock monomous peaks obscured by gray liths that define this enstorm clouds and with norchanting city of artists in mally bustling streets void of northern Arizona’s Upper people, Sedona is a stunner. Sonoran Desert. Nor do you We would have preferred have to be a New Ager, althe brilliant sunshine and though if you believe in the azure skies one associates mystical power of vortexes — with the desert. Especially there are 15 of these swirling since neither my husband centers of energy within 10 nor I had thought to pack miles of downtown — you’ll winter coats or warm shoes fit right into this hot spot for for our quick trip to Phoenix. every imaginable spiritual SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE

(To a Pittsburgher, at least dumb ones like me, Arizona in January = balmy temperatures = another round of margaritas by the pool.) Even the most fervent prayers, though, can’t change the weather or extend a vacation. If we wanted to see this geological wonder, it was now or never. Grabbing our sweaters, we got into our cheap rental Chevy and made the 120-mile drive north to the mouth of Oak Creek Canyon. Continues on page 23


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19 “A Bell for ___” 20 Roger Bannister’s four- ___ 23 See 9 Across 24 Hebrew letter 25 100th anniv. 26 Hardy heroine 27 “... two ___ ...” 31 Ms. Bonheur 33 French reflexive 34 Nicholas, for one: var. 36 Nanny

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Maine 11 Winged 12 Certain consonants 13 Nooses 21 More sapid 22 Eve’s grandson 27 Ratio words 28 Dupe 29 Charlie Parker 30 Drivers’ org. 32 Old Blue Eyes 35 Eve, to Adam 37 Big tooth 38 Gaelic 39 Deer 41 Bessemer factories 43 Place for hay 46 Innocent, in Nice 48 Flipped cards 51 Polecats 53 Burger addition 54 Located 55 Alert 56 Napery 58 Greek girl 62 Legal claim 63 Israeli dance 64 Like a lyric poem 65 Hallowe’en deceiver 67 ___ Jeanne d’Arc


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SEDONA Continued from page 21 You can look at all the pictures you want of Sedona’s famous rock formations — and look we did in our official guide on the two-hour drive through some of the scrubbiest, and occasionally uninhabitable, terrain I’ve ever seen. (Bet there’s an interesting story behind names such as Horse Thief Basin and Big Bug Creek!) Yet until you actually lay eyes on the peaks, worn by water and wind over millions of years, you simply can’t appreciate the majestic beauty. With their multicolored layers and wild buttes jutting into the sky, they look like a prehistoric form of modern art. Locals take this fantastic scenery pretty seriously. So seriously, the McDonald’s on Route 89A is the only one in the world to wear turquoise arches; officials thought the traditional yellow would clash with the surrounding red

rocks. In comparison to Scottsdale’s cosmopolitan glamour and Phoenix’s breathtaking sprawl, Sedona feels downright sleepy; it takes all of 10 minutes to drive through town — and that’s if you dawdle. Still, 3 million tourists make the trek each year to drink in the view and commune with nature. Thanks to the lousy weather and a tight budget, my husband and I weren’t able to take one of the popular hotair balloon rides across Sedona’s red-rock area (prices start at about $200 per person). We also passed on horseback riding along the banks of the Verde River and what probably would have been an exciting jeep tour up a historic dirt road toward the sandstone cliffs of Mogollon Rim. There simply wasn’t enough time.

Nor was there time (or, on my husband’s part, an openmindedness) for a personal vortex tour — though I briefly considered getting my palm or aura read by one of Sedona’s 20 certified psychic readers. Ever since the late ’80s, when psychic Dick Sutphen declared the vortex energy in Sedona was greater than anywhere else in the country, New Age pilgrims have had a presence in town. The force was still with us. While shopping for dangly turquoise earrings for our twin daughters, a shop owner informed us that rainy winter days were the perfect time to enjoy the fireplace at Enchantment, a luxury resort/spa in the heart of nearby Boynton Canyon. Purchases in hand, off we went on Highway 89A through West Sedona with our photocopied map and great expectations.

Maybe it was the unexpected arrival of snowflakes, or the fact the clouds had finally dissipated, revealing two of the city’s most famous rock formations — the aptly named Coffee Pot Rock and Capitol Butte — the drive couldn’t have been prettier. As we negotiated the narrow mountain roads, driving farther and farther into the woods (had we been pranked?), one spectacular formation after another exploded into view. I made my husband stop several times so I could take pictures. Enchantment itself, which is surrounded by the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness in Coconino National Forest, was, well, enchanting. And that was before the prickly pear margaritas and deepfried “beaver tail” cactus at its cafe overlooking the rocks, Tii Gavo. “Do you ever get tired of looking at this?” I asked the guard who stopped us at the entrance to the resort so he could copy our license-plate number.


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