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IN THIS ISSUE... Sudoku...........................2 Ride Guide..................... 3 Crossword......................4 Home Services...............5 Real Estate..................5-7

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• It was French poet, journalist and novelist Anatole France who made the following sage observation: “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” • If you’re planning a trip to North Carolina in June, try to make it to the small town of Spivey’s Corner for the annual Hollerin’ Contest. If you’d like to participate but are worried about straining your vocal cords, you can always enter the conch-blowing contest instead of one of the ones that involves actual yelling. • You might be surprised to learn that famed British author Aldous Huxley, best-known for his dystopian novel “Brave New World,” was a consultant on Disney’s 1951 animated film version of “Alice in Wonderland.” • After the vows have been said in a traditional Korean wedding, the groom formally introduces his new wife to his parents. The bride’s father-in-law then pelts the bride with red dates, which is supposed to ensure fertility. • Jazz musician Glenn Miller was the recipient of the first gold record ever awarded, for the big-band hit “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.” by Samantha Weaver

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Spring Into A GPS By Craig W. Armstrong

Spring is here and it's time to enjoy driving again. Gone are the icy roads, blowing snow and brown slush. You may be considering a trip to enjoy the warmer spring

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1. MYTHOLOGY: What was a harpy in Greek mythology? 2. GAMES: How many railroad spaces are on a Monopoly board? 3. LITERATURE: Which American novelist wrote the book “White Fang”? 4. U.S. STATES: What is the capital of Maryland? 5. MOVIES: What was the shortest title for a Best Picture Oscar winning movie? 6. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which 19th-century president died from cirrhosis of liver? 7. ANATOMY: What does the Greek adjective “otic” refer to in the human body? 8. GEOGRAPHY: How many countries and principalities are neighbors of France? 9. THEATER: What musical features the song “Bali Ha’i”? 10. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a young hen called? answers on page 11 Answers 1. A half-woman, half-bird that represented storm winds

weather. You know where you want to go; you just don't know how to get there. That's where a GPS can help. A GPS or Global Positioning System is a marvel of modern technology. It's a device that computes your location using triangulation. The GPS unit in your vehicle is actually just a receiver that receives signals from orbiting satellites. Once the unit knows where you are, it can instruct you on how to get to your destination. After putting your destination information into the device, it will give you step-by-step instructions on how to get there. Before you buy any technology, it is import to ask yourself a few questions. As with most things, you get what you pay for. The more you spend on a GPS, the more features it will contain. Some GPSs come with a "bundle" which contains extra components. Of course, a GPS can also be purchased by itself. Consider warranty, support and upgrades. The longer warranty you can get, the better. If you are thinking about buying an extended warranty, make sure it covers something that is likely to break down. Make sure there is toll-free or Internet support. Some people don't do well with written instructions, so it's nice to be able to talk to another human being. Talk to whoever is selling you the device about upgrades. Will it require an upgrade? Approximately when will it need an upgrade? What will it cost? Find out if the device is "plug and play." This means is it ready to use

right out the box. Consider where you will mount the device in your vehicle. Does the unit come with what you will need to mount it? One of the coolest things about many GPSs is that they can speak. Having a unit that can speak is convenient. It allows you to keep your eyes on the road while it gives you directions. Keep in mind some devices will simply say, "Take the next right," while others will have the ability to give you specific street names, "Turn left on Washington Street." Some units can be programmed to speak in an American or English accent or in a male or female voice. Many units can speak multiple languages. If you can't speak Japanese, this really isn't helpful, but it can be entertaining on long trips. Investing in a GPS can save you time and frustration. Just make sure you do your homework and ask the right questions. Getting a GPS that fits your needs will make your travels a lot smoother.

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What's Your Style? By Tresa Erickson

You just moved into a new home, and after a couple weeks of unpacking, you are now struggling to decorate your place and make it feel like home. Decorating is not your cup of tea, mainly because you don’t really know what your style is. You don’t know if you lean more toward contemporary or country style, or if you are eclectic. Before you start decorating, you need to have a sense of your style, and to determine this, you should study the things that surround you. Take a walk through your home. See any collections? Own a lot of lighthouse figurines and bowls of seashells? Perhaps you like the beach cottage look. Own a lot of baskets and Adirondack chairs? Perhaps you like the rustic cabin look. While reviewing your possessions, keep an eye out for any colors you are drawn toward.

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See a lot of rich reds and deep oranges? Then you might lean more toward ethnic style. See a lot of white and black? Then you might lean more toward contemporary or modern style. Study the furniture pieces you own that you can’t live without. These are another indication of your style. Favor wicker? Then perhaps you really do like the beach cottage look. Looked through all of your things and still don’t have a clue what your style is? Well, then, think about where you like to shop and what you bring home. Love going to flea markets and picking up oil paintings? Then your style may be eclectic. Think about your clothes as well. What do you bring home for your closet? Whatever colors, textures and patterns you are drawn to in clothing, you will probably be drawn to in interior design. Your travels may also clue you in on your style. Enjoy going to the Caribbean? Then you might want to recreate that look in your home. The same goes if you prefer spending your vacation time in rustic ski lodges or lakeside cabins. If none of this research pans out, it may be time for you to take some design style

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quizzes online and buy some home d√©cor magazines. Page through the magazines and clip out images that appeal to you. Store them in a folder, and within a few months, you should have enough images to give you a good idea of your personal decorating style. Don’t be surprised if you like a combination of styles, like modern and eclectic. Once you have a feel for what it is that you like, you can start decorating your house to reflect that style. Keep in mind that this process will not happen overnight. Decorating a home takes time, and in some cases, years. Be prepared for your style to evolve and change over time and add and remove pieces as you see fit.

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New Listing

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4510 E. 21st. | $304,900

4280 Drayton| $354,000

This beautiful 2 - story home is located just blocks from schools and shopping! This 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath home with a finished and heated 2 car attached garage offers a family room with wet bar and gas fireplace, high efficiency furnace, central air and sprinkler.

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2318 E. 12th | $134,900 Nicely updated home located conveniently on East Side. This home features newer windows and roof DQGLVPRYHLQUHDG\EHGURRPEDWKZLWK large 2 car detached garage.



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350 N. Forest #6 | $25,000 15,000+ Sq. Ft. Lot

1310 S. Kenwood | $148,000

Cute Craftsman This spacious ranch style home sits on a large, 1607 S. Chestnut| $194,700 fenced corner lot with mature landscaping, huge oversize 2-car garage, steel carport and RV parking. Very unique floor plan. Large central living area features a large water feature/fountain.

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15 Begonia | $174,900 This adorable tri-level in Paradise Valley backs up to the park and is ready to go! An updated kitchen, larger lot and roomy floor plan make this home just right. A wood burning stove ZLOOPDNHZLQWHUWKDWPXFKEHWWHUZKHQ\RXÂśUH snuggled in your new home!

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467 N. Curtis | $179,000 This beautiful brick home is situated on a corner lot and boasts 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. An updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a large dining area. The basement boasts two bedrooms and a bath, a large family room and a large laundry room.

Horse Property

6064 Okeepa | $345,000

This beautiful, 4 bed, 4 bath, log home sits at the base of Casper Mountain and features vaulted ceilings, city water, natural gas to home and out buildings, Malarkey shingles, Low E windows, two fireplaces that heat the entire house and amazing views! A huge wrap around deck, 3 stall garage, 42X40 outbuilding with insulated shop and concrete floor, a 4 stall log barn w/tack room and water rights from small pond that waters trees, lawn and barn, make this home perfect for horses, toys, or both!

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Investment Property

1906 S. Washington |$105,000

Great investment property! The kitchen and bathroom have been updated. The foundation needs work. Bid from Bird Contracting for foundation repairs total $22,000 - $25,000. This amount is in addition to the purchase price.

1517 Sheridan | $119,000 9HU\QLFHRQHOHYHOKRPHZLWKEHGURRPVEDWK([WUD large master bedroom plus storage room. Nice sized fenced yard that backs up to Platte River Parkway, alley access. Brand new carpet, vinyl and interior paint. 3 yr old furnace. Close to schools and shopping. Home getting a new architectural roof by closing.


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Newer modern, upgraded commercial building with shop & offices. Seven large offices, full kitchen & 2 bathrooms in the 2000 sq-ft office space. ADA compliant. 6500 sq ft shop with 6 overhead doors, wash bay & drain. Very versatile building could be used for Trucking Co, Manufacturing Co, Supply Co & much more. Additional acreage available. Shop FRQFUHWH WKLFNQHVV ´ &DOO $OLVKD # for details about this building. Seller will lease for $6500 per month with 2 year lease.

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By Keith Roach, M.D.

Unnecessary Procedure on Terminal Patient

leagues that I think that is a very unusual reason; I think it’s far more likely that a specialist just doesn’t see the big picture. There’s an old expression that when all you have is a hammer, the whole world DEAR DR. ROACH: My mother has stage 4 can- looks like a nail, and I think some specialists see a cer. She just went to a dermatologist, who performed problem and fix it without realizing that the problem Mohs surgery on her nose. I am BEYOND upset by they are fixing isn’t likely to ever cause symptoms. this unethical behavior. The country is already deeply For example, primary-care doctors order unin debt, and Medicare is paying for this? Unconscio- necessary tests, especially screening tests. I see nable! Not to mention the pain and suffering of my mammograms ordered for women with advanced mother, who is now at risk of a secondary infection. I colon or ovarian cancer who are in palliative care, was sickened by the entire ordeal. -- J.B. and this makes no sense. I have heard some phyANSWER: I agree with you completely that often sicians mention that insurance companies monitor patients with terminal diseases receive unnecessary the frequency of “quality indicators,” such as mamcare. There have been studies clearly documenting mograms, which affect their ratings and reimbursethis. However, the studies don’t answer why, in a ment. That’s an example of a well-meaning system particular case, a physician performed these treat- motivating wrong behavior. ments, which add only pain, anxiety and expense. I should emphasize that not all care for terminal I suppose it is possible that the motivation is simple patients is useless. If the goal is to improve qualgreed; however, I still have enough faith in my col- ity of life or reduce suffering, then I am all for it, after a consideration of the costs (pain and inconvenience as well as dollar costs). ••• DEAR DR. ROACH: I have heard of yeast infections, but I don’t know what causes them. How do they affect the body, and what can be done to get rid of them? -- C.R. ANSWER: Certain yeasts, but especially the Candida species, are found on our skin, mucus membranes and GI tract. They normally live in balance with the 100 trillion or so bacteria we carry around. However, yeast can cause disease that ranges from fairly mild, like thrush of the mouth or vagina, to life-threatening, like a blood-borne, widely disseminated invasive infection. Candida infection of mucus membranes is usually caused by changes in our bacteria, especially after the use of antibiotics. The antibiotics kill the bacteria they are supposed to (hopefully), but they also may kill the healthy bacteria that assist us in digestion (leading to diarrhea or worse), and this al1711-012 Tempo Ad 4.8125x2 BASIC.qxp_4.8 2017-11-28 4:54 PM Page 1lows the other bacteria

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and yeast to grow. Some people with genetic faults in their immune system are predisposed to chronic candida infections. These are uncommon but can be severe, and may require treatment by specialists, such as infectious disease doctors and immunologists. The life-threatening yeast infections generally happen in people with severe illness and with poor immune system function. •••

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Anytime Soup

This soup is one you can start in the morning and leave on the stove all day long for lunch, afternoon snack or a quick dinner after coming in from a cold March day.

Bring mixture to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for one hour. Makes 8 (1 1/2 cup) servings.

In a large soup pot, combine uncooked chicken, cabbage, celery, carrots, tomatoes, garlic, parsley, chicken broth, thyme, black pepper and lemon juice or vinegar.

* Each serving equals: 114 calories, 2g fat, 15g protein, 9g carbs, 98mg sodium, 48mg calcium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 Meat, 2 Vegetable; Carb Choices: 1 1/2.

TIP: Lean beef roast and beef broth can be used in place of chicken breast and chicken broth.

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• The prize for Drama, one of the original prizes, is judged by a jury consisting of one academic and four critics who attend plays in New York and regional theaters throughout the year. Familiar winners include 1955’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “The Diary of Anne Frank” (1956), “Driving Miss Daisy” (1988), and more recently, “Rent” (1996), and “Hamilton” (2017). • Only three writers have won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once – Booth Tarkington in 1919 and 1922, William Faulkner in 1955 and 1963, and John Updike in 1982 and 1991. Faulkner also was awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949. His famous novels include The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying. • Four individuals have received four prizes, poet Robert Frost, playwright Eugene O’Neill, and screenwriter and biographer Robert E. Sherwood. In addition to his plays, Sherwood also served

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as a speechwriter for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His 1949 Pulitzer was for a biography of Roosevelt. • Pilot Charles Lindbergh penned his autobiography in 1953, chronicling the events surrounding his 1927 33-hour solo trans-Atlantic flight in his single-engine, single-seat monoplane from Long Island to Paris. The book, The Spirit of St. Louis won the Pulitzer Prize in 1954. • Prizes for cartoons are awarded to those editorial drawings that often exhibit the humorous or satirical side of politics, foreign affairs, and social issues with a sharp wit. Five cartoonists have won the award three times. • The Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting was established in 1953, and has included exposure of corruption, unsafe hospital conditions, unsafe prescription drugs, and narcotics rings, as well as providing the proof necessary to free those wrongfully convicted of violent crimes.



This week’s Tidbits has nothing to do with under-the-sea creatures. It’s all about these various foods beginning with the letter “C”. While you might be familiar with the names, you may not know what they are. • Couscous consists of small steamed granules of crushed semolina flour, and is especially popular in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, with stew spooned on top. The word comes from the Arabic word Kaskasa, which translates “to pound small.” Couscous is bland on its own but serves a function much like mashed potatoes do, soaking up gravy. • A bush called “Capparis Spinosa” is the source of what are known as capers. The unopened flower buds from the bush are pickled in a salty brine or white wine vinegar. The little buds, about the size of a peppercorn, are picked by hand every morning and processed that day.

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They are never eaten fresh, only processed by drying in the sun then pickled. • The strong, pungent flavor and aroma of cardamom make it a versatile spice used in many different recipes. Its flavor has tastes of lemon, mint, and mild smoke. It’s grown widely in India, where it’s used in their casseroles and other main dishes. But in Scandinavia, it’s used to spice up cakes, puddings, tarts, and other baked goods. Many add it to beverages, including mulled wine, hot cider, eggnog, coffee, and tea. The world’s third-most expensive spice, cardamom also has medicinal benefits, including treatment for mouth sores, bad breath, digestion issues, heartburn, and bronchitis. • Although in North America, the chicory plant is considered a weed, this member of the endive family is a popular crop in France and South Africa, where the roots are roasted. This converts the carbohydrates in the root to a brown carmelized sugar with a coffeelike flavor. During the American Civil War when a Union naval blockade cut off the port of New Orleans, halting shipments, coffee became scarce and chicory was added to coffee to stretch supplies. The tradition has continued in New Orleans, with Café du Monde, a favorite in The Big Easy, that is chicory coffee mixed with hot milk, producing a slightly chocolate flavored beverage. Chicory is also used by beer brewers to add a coffee flavor to their stout dark beers. Some naturopaths brew the root in a tea as a medicinal remedy for jaundice, gout, liver ailments, and rheumatism. • You might not be familiar with the name of carambola, but you may have eaten it! This fruit is better known as starfruit, a tree native to the Philippines, India, Indonesia, and other southeastern Asia countries. It has ridges down the side, so that when it’s cross-cut, the slice resembles a star. The entire fruit is edible, even its yellow-green waxy skin. The texture of the fruit’s flesh is similar to that of grapes, but it’s extremely juicy. Use of the starfruit varies by culture. While we might think of them as an ingredient of preserves or juice drinks, continued on page 12

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in Thailand, they are cooked with shrimp, and in China, with fish. Southeast Asians stew the fruit in cloves and sugar, while Australians use them in a vegetable side dish. While carambola are rich in antioxidants, potassium, and Vitamin C, they can be fatal to those with kidney ailments or those undergoing dialysis treatment.


Button, button, who’s got the button? Tidbits observes National Button Week March 18 – 24 by bringing you the facts on these little fasteners. • Ancient buttons dating back to 2000 B.C. have been found in archaeological digs and prehistoric burial grounds. Back then, buttons weren’t fasteners, but rather were ornaments. It wasn’t until the invention of the buttonhole around the 13th century that buttons were used to fasten clothing. Prior to that, clothes were secured with pins, leather laces, and belts. Buttons and buttonholes allowed clothing to become more form-fitting. • The word “button” has its origins in the French language. Bouton translates “bud” or “knob.” • Buttons as fasteners quickly became the fashion, and the wealthy and royalty used them as a status symbol. During the 16th century, Francis I of France had thousands of gold buttons on one coat, while King Louis XIV was reported to have spent upwards of $5 million on buttons over the course of his lifetime. • Up until the mid-1800s, buttons were used primarily for men’s clothing – waistcoats, vests, and breeches -- with women’s clothes still fastened with lacing and hooks. Once introduced into women’s garments, they became the primary customers. • In the late 1700s and early 1800s, pewter was the most common choice for buttons. Brass buttons replaced the pewter ones around 1830. Brass has been the most common material used since that

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time. Ivory was also a popular choice in the late 1700s, but when the price of ivory took a dramatic jump in the 1800s, manufacturers used a nut from a South American palm tree. Because the dried nut greatly resembled ivory, it was called vegetable ivory, a material that is still used today. • Countless different natural and manmade materials have been used to produce buttons. Deer antlers and hoofs have been a popular material, and were usually dyed black or dark brown. Wood buttons from many different trees were some of the earliest buttons. • In 1839, after Goodyear obtained a patent for the vulcanization of rubber, buttons were produced from hard rubber, with the most famous design the “Anchor” motif featured on Navy peacoats. • Marine creatures have been used for buttons since the 18th century. Mother-of-Pearl buttons are made from the pearly lining of freshwater mollusk shells, and have an iridescent sheen that makes for beautiful buttons. The exterior shell itself is also used, but these are not as prized as the Motherof-Pearl. • Button collecting became an official hobby in 1938 with the founding of the National Button Society. The group now has upwards of 3,000 members on four continents, and chapters in 39 U.S. states. The Society classifies buttons made before 1918 as old, and those after are ranked as modern. • Ever wonder why men’s garments have the button on the right side, while women’s are on the left? Back in the day, most men were right-handed and dressed themselves, while wealthy women were dressed by servants who faced the woman while buttoning her up. • Another curiosity is why men’s suit coats have a row of non-functioning buttons on the sleeves. Although this may be just for decoration, legend has it that Prussian King Frederick the Great called for them to be sewn on the jackets of his troops to deter them from wiping their noses on their sleeves.

Casper Tidbits March 15, 2018  
Casper Tidbits March 15, 2018