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• Ed Sullivan was 62 years old when the Beatles made their firstin live in America his ever TV vari• What’s a appearance name really? Wouldonyou be ety show in 1964. Every Sunday night since 1948, this a sweat box attendant? It’s not what it sounds former boxer had promised “a really big show” to his like. Sweat Box Attendants wait on guests in viewers, frequently prefacing his introductions with, the sweat of spas. Although probably “And now, boxes right here on our stage…”it’s The Beatles’ made thatjob, week’s most-watched aperformance sweat breaking theshow tipstheare probably program- in TV if history date. Sullivan’s program regreat and you todon’t mind attending to mained on the air until 1971. businessmen in towels, it could make a great • Prince Harry, the younger son of Charles and Diana born summer or part-time in September 1984, isn’tjob! really Harry at all, but rather Henry Charles Albert David. The 27-year-old pilot in • Do you know any Herpetologists? Or did you training is third in line to the British throne. • “You grow up wanting to study frogs, but didn’t might be a redneck” if you’re familiar with the work know what tobaby callJeff it? Well, here’sThis your answer: of September Foxworthy. Blue Collar Comedy Team is member also hosts the quiz show herpetology the study of amphibians. It “Are is a You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” Foxworthy didn’t branch of zoology, which is the study of animals. start out as a comedian, but rather as a mainframe Another branch of zoology is Myrmecology, computer maintenance technician at IBM, a company the study of those six-legged picnic fiends. where his father waslittle an executive. It was his IBM coworkers convinced him to enter a comedy talent Yes, youwho guessed it - ants. show in 1984.

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• Two great football coaches shared the same birthday, September 11, although 11 years apart. Paul “Bear” Bryant, longtime coach of the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide, led his charges to six national championships during his 25 years at the post. Tom Landry guided his Dallas Cowboys to two Super Bowl victories and five NFC titles during his 29 seasons with the team. He holds the NFL record for the most consecutive winning seasons with 20, from 1966 to 1985. • Tommy Lee Jones, of “The Fugitive” and “Men in Black” fame, is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in English. While at Harvard, he was the football team’s offensive tackle during their undefeated 1968 season and was named to the first-team All-Ivy League roster. His college roommate also went on to great things. That person was Al Gore, later to become vice president under President Bill Clinton. In his free time, Jones is a San Antonio Spurs fan. Of Cherokee ancestry, he also is fluent in Spanish. • Country singer Patsy Cline accomplished much in her short five-and-a-half year career. Born Virginia Patterson Hensley, she was a Grand Ole Opry star at age 26 and the No. 1 female artist at 29. Her recording of “I Fall to Pieces” was Song of the Year for 1962. She initially disliked what has become her signature song, “Crazy,” written by fellow country artist Willie

Nelson. Cline was nearly killed in a head-on collision in 1961 and cheated death for just one more year. At age 30, she was killed in a plane crash in a Tennessee forest. “Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits” was released four years after her death and has sold 10 million copies worldwide. She’s number 46 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” • In 1965, Lesley Hornby was regularly in the camera’s eye, one of the world’s first famous teenage models. Weighing in at only 91 pounds (41 kg) on a 5-foot, 6-inch (1.68 m) frame, her ultra-thin body earned her the name of “Twiggy.” She achieved her wide-eyed look with three layers of false eyelashes. • More than 11,000 teachers applied to the NASA Teacher in Space project for a chance to become the first civilian educator in space. New Hampshire social studies teacher Christa McAuliffe was chosen to be a part of the January 1986 flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger and was scheduled to teach two lessons to her classes from space. Just 73 seconds into the flight, the craft exploded, the result of a failure of rubber Orings. • Even if you’ve never heard the name Edgar Rice Burroughs, you’ve undoubtedly seen his creation. Beginning in 1912, Burroughs published 26 novels about jungle hero Tarzan of the Apes. He began writing the stories the previous year after struggling to make ends

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) As tensions ease on the home front, you can once more focus on changes in the workplace. Early difficulties are soon worked out. Stability returns as adjustments are made. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A new romance tests the unattached Bovine’s patience to the limit. But Venus still rules the Taurean heart, so expect to find yourself trying hard to make this relationship work. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) It’s a good time to consider home-related purchases. But shop around carefully for the best price -- whether it’s a new house for the family or a new hose for the garden. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A contentious family member seems intent on creating problems. Best advice: Avoid stepping in until you know more about the origins of this domestic disagreement. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A recent job-related move proves far more successful than you could have imagined. Look for continued beneficial fallout. Even your critics have something nice to say. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Ease up and stop driving yourself to finish that project on a deadline that is no longer realistic. Your superiors will be open to requests for an extension. Ask for it.

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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You should soon be hearing some positive feedback on that recent business move. An old family problem recurs, but this time you’ll know how to handle it better. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Some surprising statements shed light on the problem that caused that once-warm relationship to cool off. Use this newly won knowledge to help turn things around. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Your spiritual side is especially strong at this time. Let it guide you into deeper contemplation of aspects about yourself that you’d like to understand better. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your merrier aspect continues to dominate and to attract folks who rarely see this side of you. Some serious new romancing could develop out of all this cheeriness. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You’re always concerned about the well-being of others. It’s time you put some of that concern into your own health situation, especially where it involves nutrition. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Just when you thought your life had finally stabilized, along comes another change that needs to be addressed. Someone you trust can help you deal with it successfully. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a sixth sense when it comes to finding people who need help long before they think of asking for it. And you’re right there to provide it. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.


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• Frankie Avalon didn’t set out to be a teen idol. He actually got his start playing the trumpet, recording “Trumpet Sorrento” in 1954 at age 15. His 1959 tune “Venus” firmly cemented him as a singing star, spending five weeks in the No. 1 spot on the charts. He joined up with Annette Funicello in the 1960s for a series of beach movies, such as “Beach Party” and “Beach Blanket Bingo.” Avalon remains married to a former beauty pageant winner he wed 48 years ago, and the couple has eight children. • Generations of children have benefited from the wisdom of Stan Berenstain and his wife Jan, who together penned more than 300 Berenstain Bears books. The series of children’s stories address a variety of difficulties faced by parents, including teaching children about strangers, tantrums in public places, visiting the dentist and homework hassles. Stan got his start drawing cartoons for magazines and progressed into children’s literature after the birth of his son Leo. • We know Alison Sweeney as the lovely host of television’s “The Biggest Loser,” a position she’s held since 2007. But her longest-running role is that of Samantha Brady on the daytime drama “Days of our Lives,” a role she has had since the age of 16, one that has earned her four Soap Opera Digest awards. Her first gig was in a Kodak ad at the age of five. She’s married to a California highway patrol officer who once had a guest spot on “Days.” • Mike Post has made his living composing music for several television programs. If you’ve ever watched “The Rockford Files,” “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “Law and Order,” “Magnum P.I.” or “NYPD Blue,” you’ve heard this September baby’s work.


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“Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts.” -- Leo Rosten n It was way back in the 17th century when noted Scottish scholar Patrick Young made the following sage observation: “The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.” n About once a week, a frog will shed its skin. Then eat it. n If you’ve watched many old Westerns, you’ve doubtless seen Native Americans scalping their enemies. You probably don’t realize, though, that the brutal practice didn’t originate with the Indians. When the Dutch and English settlers were trying to clear out the natives, they were paid a bounty for each scalp they brought back. The Native Americans adopted the practice only after the Europeans’ arrival on the continent. n The country’s first pizzeria opened in 1895 in, unsurprisingly, New York City. n Those who study such things say that 70 percent of Americans have vis-

ited either Disneyland, in California, or Disney World, in Florida. n If you want to have an especially memorable -- and chilly -- vacation, consider heading to Finnish Lapland. There, more than 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle, you can stay at the Kakslauttanen Hotel. The quarters aren’t luxurious, but the sights are amazing. All the accommodations are geodesic glass igloos, offering amazing views of the aurora borealis. n Are you a snollygoster? If so, you’re shrewd, which isn’t a bad thing, but you’re also rather lacking in principles. n When Andrew Jackson was running for president in 1828, his opponents called him a stubborn jackass. Jackson was proud that he was known for obstinately sticking to his guns, so he started using the image of a donkey on his campaign materials. The Democrats have been using that symbol ever since. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

Memory Lane Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we? We seniors have seen a lot of changes in the world since we were born. In 1941, gas was 19 cents a gallon, which equates to $2.95 in today’s money. Bread was 8 cents ($1.24 today) and milk was 34 cents ($5.29 today). The very next year the production of autos was halted. A car cost around $800 ($12,000 today) but after we were attacked at Pearl Harbor, rationing went into effect and car owners were limited to five tires. Other things were quickly added to the rationing list: bicycles, stoves, gas, coffee, butter and sugar. Most homes had “Victory” gardens in the yard. In 1946, rationing finally ended, and the use of the car increased. The first drive-in bank teller opened. We had punchboards instead of lottery tickets, and Slinkys and Tinkertoys, as well as Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. If we had a phone, it was probably on a party line, and we had a number like SYcamore 4-0160 or 0551-J1. The first computer (ENIAC) was built. It weighed 30

tons and took up 1,800 square feet. The first Roosevelt dime was issued (worth $1.20 today), and only 6,000 families owned television sets. By 1952, nearly 17 million families owned televisions and we were introduced to TV dinners. We watched the debuts of “Dragnet” and “The Today Show,” and “The African Queen” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the movies. The Roosevelt dime’s buying power went down to 83 cents. Have you considered creating a memory book for the future generations of your family? Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Loud Snoring Can Signal Sleep Apnea Since you’re doing pretty well with the way things are going now, you might not want to DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have sleep apnea. Before being treated by a sleep specialist, I was very sleepy during the day and had no energy. My specialist prescribed a mask that upset things with any more treatment. *** pumps air into my nose. It helps somewhat. Later a friend told me about Provigil. It makes me feel much better, but I am not 100 percent. What else could help me? -- J.K. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 68-year-old male in excellent health who exercises regularly, but I have trouble sleeping for more than five or six hours a night. To get the desired ANSWER: “Apnea” is Greek for “no breathing.” Sleep apnea is periods during sleep when seven to eight hours of sleep, I’ve been taking a sleep aid (diphenhydramine), and have not a person stops breathing for 10 or more seconds. There can be five to 30 or more such spells noticed any unpleasant side effects. Are there any long-term problems with taking this sleep aid on a frequent basis? -- S.P. every hour. Quite often, an apneic period is preceded by snoring that gets progressively louder and louder. At the end of the no-breathing episode, the person grunts and half-wakens and ANSWER: Diphenhydramine is one of the first antihistamines to be marketed. One brand then starts breathing again. This fragments sleep and leaves the person sleepy and without energy the next day. name is Benadryl. Sleepiness is a side effect of most of the early antihistamines. In other The problem lies in a narrowed passageway for air as it travels through the throat en route words, you take the medicine for its side effect of drowsiness. to the lungs. Redundant throat tissue blocks the natural airflow. Millions of people have taken this drug since it was first marketed. You can take it on a Weight loss is one way to get rid of excess throat tissue, if one is overweight. Don’t drink regular basis. any alcohol from the evening meal on, because it relaxes throat tissue. Why are you convinced that six hours of sleep is insufficient for you? Do you feel tired The mask you wear is called CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). It delivers air during the day with only six hours? If you feel fine or if you take a nap during the day, that under pressure so it can pass through the obstruction in the throat. Don’t abandon it. might be all the sleep you actually need. *** You can ask your dentist about fashioning a device that keeps the jaw forward during sleep. That opens the throat too. Stick with your Provigil, since it’s working for you. Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate There are a number of surgical procedures that can pare excess tissue from the back of the them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of throat. And there is a new remedy called the Pillar Palatal Implant System. It consists of three available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. small, plastic rods inserted into the back part of the upper palate to keep it propped up. For some, a droopy palate obstructs airflow. (c) 2011 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved


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8534 Main St Woodstock, presents: Charlotte’s Web The Elm Street Players present “Charlotte’s Web” a faithful adaptation of the wonderful novel by E. B. White. Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider become true friends when they meet in the barnyard. September 9, 16 at 7:30pm and September 10, 11, 17, 18 at 3pm. All seats $9 Daytime school performance Thursday Sept 15 - call for details. Held at City Center Auditorium 8534 Main St Woodstock 678-494-4251 www.elmstreetarts.org Fall Classes - Drama, Music, Art, Dance Registration has begun for Drama, Art, Voice, Improv and Broadway Dance at Elm Street for Fall 2011. A wonderful variety of classes for children, teens and adults! For details go to www.elmstreetarts.org or call 678-494-4251 Held at City Center 8534 Main St Woodstock. Auditions Auditions for Christmas Shows - A Christmas Carol, The Little Drummer Boy and It’s a Wonderful Life. For ages 8 through adult. September 27,28,29 from 7-9:30pm. Please call 678494-4251 for an appointment. Full details at www.elmstreetarts. org Held at City Center 8534 Main St Woodstock, GA. Cherokee County VAC Purse Fundraiser The Volunteer Aging Council (VAC) is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to benefit all of Cherokee County Senior Services Programs, including Meals on Wheels, the Emergency “Last Stop” Fund, the Building Project, Food Closet, and the Fan Drive. We are seeking volunteers to assist in these efforts. For more information or to volunteer, call 678-269-6677 or email: woodsgal007@gmail.com or visit: www.vac-cherokeega.org. Woodmont Business Club meets every Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. in Cherokee Hall at the Woodmont Golf & Country Club located at 3105 Gaddis Road, Canton, GA 30115. For networking opportunities and additional information: www.WoodmontBusinessClub.com PILOT CLUB OF CHEROKEE COUNTY The Pilot Club of Cherokee County, Inc. provides community service in Cherokee County. We have monthly dinner meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at IHOP in Canton (exit 19 off I-575). If you are looking for a way to meet other community leaders, give community SERVICE and have a great time doing it, while making lifelong FRIENDS, you belong in Pilot and WE NEED YOU! For more information about the Pilot Club of Cherokee County, you may contact: Lynda Goodwin, Membership Chair 770) 393-1766 or Lynda@edgoodwinassociates.com or Sue McConnell, President (770) 752-9935 or smcon@bellsouth.net BALL GROUND LIONS CLUB Ball Ground Lions Club is alive & active! From a membership of 5 in January 2009, we have grown to 21 in January 2011. Many service projects have been completed this past year including adorning Downtown with American Flags on patriotic holidays; participating in Wreaths Across America at GA National Cemetery; sponsoring a local 12 year boy to attend summer camp at GA Lions Camp for the Blind; and serving 23 children & 5 adults for Christmas. The Lions collect eyeglasses, cell phones & hearing aids for the disadvantaged. The primary focus for our Club is our local Community. If you would like to be involved in serving the needs of Ball Ground, please contact Sue Densmore, Membership Director at 678-773-1168. The more helping hands we have, the more we can accomplish. Our dues are affordable; the results are remarkable. GARDENING WITH THE MASTERS 2011 SEMINARS Cherokee Cty Cooperative Ext. & Cherokee Cty Masters Garderners, Programs are held at the following locations: Hickory Flat Library (HF) 2740 East Cherokee Dr., Canton; Senior Center (SC) 1001 Univeter Rd, Canton; Ball Ground Community Center (BGCC) 250 Civic Drive, Ball Ground; or Rose Creek Library (RC) 4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock. All programs start at 10:00 a.m. and are free of charge, unless otherwise noted and supplies are necessary. Pay close attention to location. Limited seating, registration is encouraged. To register call the Extension office, (770)479-0418, email: uge1057@uga.edu , fax information to (770)479-0565 www. ugaextension.com/cherokee Fall & Winter Vegetable Gardening – September 10 (HF) What to plant, when to plant it, and how to care for a bountiful tasty harvest! (Prakash/Peterson) Gardening For All Seasons: Fall – September 17 (BGCC) Seasoned and novice gardeners get tips on planning, planting, and

a spring-to-fall show with shrubs featuring spectacular foliage and flowers. (D. Smith) Trees Are Tremendous! – November 12 (RC) Learn to select plant and care for trees, including fruit trees. (D. Walton/Andresen Crafting A Natural Chistmas Wreath – December 3 (SC) Join us for our festive wreath making class from natural items. *ASK ABOUT SUPPLIES NEEDED. Class Limit (20) (Franklin/Roos)

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Atlanta metro area SunTrust bank employees collected school supplies and other essentials for schools in their community. The SunTrust branch on Wade Green Road chose Oak Grove Elementary as the school it would sponsor. The bank donated bags full of crayons, scissors, markers, pens, pencils and many other items to be used by the Oak Grove students. Front row from left to right, students Larissa Hadzic, Jelaine Downs and Jorge Tangarite; and back row from left to right, school counselor Jill Cole, SunTrust representatives Amela Hadzic and Christopher Matthews and Principal Dr. Jennifer Scrivner.

Macedonia ES Names Teacher of the Year

Macedonia Elementary School faculty and staff have selected Georgia Knowlton to be their Teacher of the Year for this school year. Principal, Tammy Castleberry, left, surprised Mrs. Knowlton in front of her class with a bouquet of congratulatory flowers as the announcement was made on Friday morning to the entire school.

Cherokee High School will present the 2011 Cherokee County PROBE College Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the CHS New Gym. More than 75 college admissions representatives from the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Emory University, Vanderbilt University and Mercer University, and all Cherokee County students and parents are encouraged to attend. The event begins at 5 p.m. Pictured here are photos from the 2010 Cherokee County PROBE College Fair

Little River ES Names Teacher of the Year

Little River Elementary School has announced Georgia Branson has been selected as its 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Branson currently teaches first grade at Little River. She has been teaching for 21 years and has been a member of the Little River faculty for five years. From left to right: Principal Christian A. Kirby, Mrs. Branson and Assistant Principal Loraine Ward.

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Wrap Up Summer With Fun-Filled Reading Wrap up summer with the joy of reading and storytelling. It will sharpen your kids’ and grandkids’ minds and bring you together in memorable ways. Here are 15 reading tips and activities to choose from:

1. For school-age kids, have a “Read Aloud” night when everyone in the family reads a story, comic strip, poem or letter. 2. Prepare and serve food your child’s favorite storybook character eats. How about green eggs and ham? 3. Read the first half of a favorite storybook aloud with your child, and then invent a new ending. 4. Read a book from your own childhood to your kids. You might be surprised to discover that you share a love for the very same books. 5. Read a book with a story set in the country of your ancestors. 6. At the dinner table, read a joke from a joke book, then make up your own or tell your favorite. 7. Read a story and substitute your child’s name for one of the main character’s. 8. Carry books wherever

you go and into fall. A favorite story helps pass time and quiets nerves while waiting at the pediatrician or dentist’s office. 9. Check for “Meet the Author” programs at your public library or local bookstores. 10. Encourage your child to write a letter from your family to an author of one of the books you read together this summer. Tell him or her your thoughts about the book. 11. Press tiny leaves and small flowers and glue them onto a strip of poster board for a personalized bookmark. 12. Play an audiobook during your next car trip,

and watch the miles fly by. Some public libraries offer e-Books and audiobooks to check out and download. 13. Line up 10 summer family photos in a row on a table or on your computer screen and use them to create and adventure story. 14. Give books for birthday and holiday presents. 15. Praise your children for the progress they are making in reading. *** Donna Erickson’s awardwinning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” © 2011 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.


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In this day of frequent lawsuits, manufacturers are making sure they have all their bases covered. In their attempt to shield consumers from injury, they list some rather bizarre safety precautions. This week, we bring you some actual warnings found on a variety of products. • Boxes of Christmas lights were distributed with the counsel, “For indoor or outdoor use only.” The question is, what other kind of use is there? • Even though it seems to be the purpose of pepper spray, the warning on one brand of this self-defense item reads, “May irritate eyes.” The same goes for the advisory on a popular nighttime sleep aid: “Warning, may cause drowsiness.” • Fishermen, try to avoid the temptation to ingest your three-prong hooked fishing lure, because, after all, it’s “harmful if swallowed.” • You probably won’t be tempted to disobey the warning found on one electronic thermometer: “Do not use orally after using rectally.” Similarly, one well-known brand of toilet brush directs, “Do not use for personal hygiene.” Don’t worry! Most folks won’t even think of it! • Do-it-yourselfers, beware! You are advised not to use a 12-inch compact disk storage rack as a ladder. Likewise, your electric drill might carry the warning found on one manufacturer’s brand, “This product not intended for use as a dental drill.” And if you haven’t read the owner’s manual for your chainsaw, you may have missed the admonition, “Do not attempt to stop the blade with your hand.” • The wrapper of a popular fruit roll-up states, “Remove plastic before eating.”

You’d think it would just taste better that way! • In case you’re trying to take care of all your pets at the same time, one brand of dog shampoo has a label informing users, “The contents of this bottle should not be fed to fish.” • We’ve all been in a hurry in the morning, and perhaps that’s what prompted the warning on a popular household iron, “Never iron clothes while they are being worn.” And by all means, follow the precautions on your hair dryer, “Do not use in shower. Never use while sleeping.” • The next time you take your little one out for a ride in the stroller, you might want to read the label on the contraption that states, “Caution, remove baby before folding stroller.” • If you recall the winter days of your childhood, perhaps the words of warning on a snow sled ring true: “Beware, sled may develop high speed under certain snow conditions.” • Bicyclists and roller-bladers should be aware of the hazards associated with shin guards —“Shin pads cannot protect any part of the body they do not cover.” That seems to make sense! • Not that you planned to, but the next time you’re changing the cartridge in your laser printer, “Do not eat toner.” • The warning label on a certain children’s cold medicine is designed to ensure that its 6- to 12-year-old users don’t operate any heavy machinery because this product can cause drowsiness. These youngsters should also consult a health professional before use if they’re pregnant. • Be advised when choosing your child’s superhero costume for Halloween as, “This cape does not give the wearer the ability to fly.”

Comparing Hospitals

Since last year we’ve been able to check out the quality of care at VA Medical Centers on the Department of Veterans Affairs website. Now the VA has added its information to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Hospital Compare website. The VA site was limited to medical and surgical statistics, but now we’re able to compare local nonVA hospitals with the VA hospitals in additional areas such as heart issues and pneumonia. To get the information you need, however, you might have to check both sites, as the information isn’t posted on the same schedule. Neither site is intuitive for navigation, so instructions are below: The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Hospital Compare [www. hospitalcompare.hhs.gov] has results for a number of categories of patient care issues, including death rates and patient experiences. Put in your ZIP code and

Martin Truex’s 4th-place finish at Watkins Glen on August 15 was his best of the season. However, with his last win in 2007, Truex has been caught up in a streak of bad luck. (Photo: John Clark/NASCAR This Week)

point standings that year. Through 2009, Truex competed for Dale Earnhardt Inc. He now drives the No. 56 NAPA Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. In the past three years, Truex has finished 15th, 23rd and 22nd, respectively, in the standings. Entering the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen, he ranked 22nd. “Bad luck is a tough thing,” Truex said. “I’ve

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Truex Works Through a Season of Bad Luck It’s tempting to think that Martin Truex Jr. has clouds hanging over him similar to the ones that enshrouded Watkins Glen International. Only it’s been overcast in Truex’s career for a good bit of the time since June 4, 2007, when he won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. He finished 11th in the

select either General, Medical Conditions or Surgical Procedures. Click on Find Hospitals. You’ll be given a list of medical facilities within 50 miles. Check the boxes down the left side for facilities you want to compare. If your closest VA Medical Center isn’t within that 50 miles, it won’t show up. Instead use the ZIP code of the Medical Center. You’ll find that a lot of categories don’t show any VA information at all. The VA site [www.hospitalcompare. va.gov] compares information between VA hospitals only. It tracks heart problems and pneumonia, as well as infection, respiratory issues and more. Pick a link on the left (Medical or Surgical), select your state from the drop-down menu and scroll down to click on an issue. The next screen will be a full explanation of the quality measure and what it means. If there are multiple centers in your state, you’ll see the results for all of them. Your best bet is to gather the information from both sites and combine it.

had my share of it the past few years. “People say you make your own luck, and you do, somewhat. But there are times when there is nothing you can do about it.” Truex, 31, doesn’t have much to show for the current season. He finished sixth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the season’s third race. Since then he has collected eighth-place finishes at Dover, Infineon (Sonoma, Calif.) and Loudon, N.H. “Luck plays a big part in what we do,” said the Mayetta, N.J., native. “It takes a million things to go right to win of these races. It only takes one to go wrong ... a flat tire, the caution coming at the wrong time, a debris caution after you pit under green ... things like that. “There are some things where it doesn’t matter what you do, you can’t change them -- and that’s luck. And it’s tough to deal with, especially when you’ve had a good day and your team’s done everything right.” At this point, making the Chase is outside the realm of practical consideration. “You have to just forget about last week, move forward, try to do the best you can with what you have and you know when your team is doing good and when they’re not,” said Truex. “You just have to forget about all those bad things and push forward and work on the things you can control.” *** Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at nascarthisweek@yahoo.com. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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