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by Patricia L. Cook Mountain passes around the world can be high, steep, rocky and just plain challenging to traverse. But they’re worth exploring, so join Tidbits as we look into, over, through and around some famous mountain passes. • So what is a mountain pass? It is the most easily accessible point between mountains where you can “pass” through. The pass is considered the highest point or summit at which you traverse the area. Passes have always been very important finds for pioneers moving across the country, as well as road and rail builders. The definition of a mountain pass is actually: “The location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks.” • Other terms used in North America for a pass are saddle, notch and gap. Pass and saddle are most commonly used in the West, while the East Coast tends to use the terms notch and gap. • Semo La, a pass in central Tibet, at 18,258 feet (5,565 m), is considered to be the highest pass accessible by vehicles. It is a high, isolated place in the Chang Tang region of Tibet. Also in Tibet is the highest mountain pass accessible by train. The Tanggula Pass in the mountains of the same name has a rail station at 16,640 feet (5,072 m). By the way, “La” in Tibetan means pass. turn the page for more!

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? On Jan. 22, 1779, famed Tory outlaw Claudius Smith meets his end on the gallows in Goshen, N.Y. Smith earned the label “Cowboy of the Ramapos” for his use of guerrilla tactics against Patriot civilians. Legend has it that Smith’s skull was filled with mortar and included in the edifice of the Goshen Court House. ? On Jan. 19, 1809, poet, author and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston. In 1836, Poe married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm, and completed his first full-length work of fiction, “Arthur Gordon Pym.” He became known for dark horror stories like “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” ? On Jan. 17, 1893, on the Hawaiian Islands, a group of American sugar planters under Sanford Ballard Dole overthrow Queen Liliuokalani, the Hawaiian monarch, and establish a new provincial government with Dole as president. Three hundred U.S. Marines were called to Hawaii, allegedly to protect American lives. ? On Jan. 18, 1912, after a two-month ordeal, the expedition of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott arrives at the South Pole, only to find that Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had preceded them by just more than a month. Caught in a storm on the way back to base camp, Scott and two others perished.

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? On Jan. 16, 1945, Adolf Hitler, leader of Nazi Germany, takes to his underground bunker, where he remains for 105 days until he commits suicide on April 30 in the waning days of World War II. Hitler and his wife swallowed cyanide capsules (which had been tested on his “beloved” dog and her pups). For good measure, he shot himself with his pistol. ? On Jan. 21, 1957, Patsy Cline, one of the greatest figures in country music history, first gains national attention with her appearance on “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts,” wowing the studio audience with her performance of “Walkin’ After Midnight.” ? On Jan. 20, 1980, bleachers at a bullring in Sincelejo, Colombia, collapse, killing 222 people. The deadliest tragedy at a sporting event in Colombia’s history was the result of overcrowding and poor construction. (c) 2011 King Featutes Synd., Inc.

Karlena’s Community Corner WINGS is a non-profit founded in 2006 to support adults with special needs. We raise the bar through meaningful, educational and enriching activities for our participants’ Day Program, such as art, woodworking, dance, swimming, social skills class, bowling, martial arts and volunteering opportunities. -Some of our families are challenged with the “neverempty-nest-syndrome.” Folks worry about how their adult children will have a good quality of life. WINGS is there for participants and families. We give participants' lives meaning and purpose and we provide day respite to families. We assist people with basic human needs and their more soulful needs for friendship, challenge and rich experiences. A safety net of stimulation, socialization, and rewarding sense of accomplishment is found at WINGS. We make a positive difference in lives. -Research shows that ongoing stimulation enhances adult lives and helps prevent regression of skills, depression, cognitive decline and isolation. WINGS' day program encourages members to have input and responsibility for programming. It is a comfortable, flexible environment that allows "Adults to Soar." -Why are people choosing WINGS? After completion of post-High School Transition Program, people with developmental disabilities need day support. Those with part-time jobs can also benefit by supplementing their jobs with Day Program. -There is a 5-year waiting list for services at the state level, due to budget cuts, but WINGS offers the option of private pay so people can have supports while they wait on the list. Rates start at $8.88/hour. To apply as a private-pay participant, go here. -WINGS meets the need for a Loveland-based day-pro-

gram alternative. For more information, visit here. -WINGS emphasizes enrichment in all its programming. Our purpose is to enrich participants intellectually, socially and physically. We maintain a sense of their innate value, which leads to feelings of emotional well-being for a lifetime. Essential adult services preserve safety, health, hygiene and literacy skills. We also introduce pre-vocational skills. -WINGS is the first Loveland-based agency for adults with developmental disabilities. We are fortunate to be able to access the many wonderful Loveland community amenities and services. We participate in creative community activities and are building many community partnerships. -WINGS is open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. WINGS provides transportation for those who need it. Check out our monthly Calendar for more details. -Until now, the concept of lifelong learning had been unheard of for our friends, but we know that ongoing learning experiences are essential to experience life fully. -WINGS promotes independence, interdependence, selfadvocacy, personal growth, a health life style, safety and inclusion. We treat all people with the utmost dignity, respect and appreciation. We pursue continuous innovations in our methods. We remain committed to increasing levels of satisfaction of our participants by being fully accountable and consistently exceeding participants' expectations. -Wings Day Program: Members are supported to meet their SP goals by designing a calendar which includes activities such as; continuing education based on personal interests, computer work, exercise, friendship-building projects, community volunteer work, local cultural events, reading practice, socialization, and creative expression.

More Vets Landing Government Jobs The effort to put more veterans into government jobs is paying off. John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, recently gave a speech at the Veteran Employment Symposium “boot camp” and gave some of the preliminary statistics for fiscal 2011: --Hiring percentages are at a 20-year high, up 26 percent from last year and 24 percent over 2009. (That’s when an Executive Order was issued, creating the Veterans Employment Initiative.) --Out of 24 federal departments, 22 of them hired more veterans than they did in 2009. --Out of those 24 departments, 23 of them hired more disabled veterans than they did in 2009. --Veterans accounted for 29 percent of new hires. That comes to 4.5 percent over 2009 and 2.9 percent over 2010. Not only that, but a pilot program was approved during the meeting to hire formerly homeless veterans, starting soon. The programs will give veterans a chance to work in various departments in the government and match job skills. If you’re unemployed or want a government job, this is good news for you. Go online to www.FedsHireVets.gov and click Veteran, Transitioning Service Member or Family Member, depending on your circumstance. Yes, even some family members (spouse, widow/widower or mother of a veteran) can be meet eligibility criteria. Learn about Veterans’ Preference (this can be confusing, as it’s not the same as preference for federal civilian employment) and how you qualify for 5 or 10 points in eligibility preference. Be sure to read about Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans. Certain other qualifications, such as having a campaign badge or a service medal for a military operation, are extra items in your favor. To see the video of the speech Berry gave, go to www.opm.gov and put “boot camp” in the search box.

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To Your Good Health By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Stroke: Quick Action Saves Brain Cells

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Six years ago, my father died of a stroke. My mother tried to rouse him from bed, but he responded with confusion and was unable to speak. She called for an ambulance. He was in the hospital only four hours before he died. The doctor said he would have lived if he had gotten treatment sooner. My mother has felt guilty about this ever since. She lives with us now. I don’t want to miss a stroke if she has one. How do you recognize one, and what should be done right away in an emergency? -- T.B. ANSWER: Nearly 900,000 strokes occur yearly in the United States, and of those victims, 200,000 die. Many of the survivors are left with great disabilities. Strokes come in two types: One is an ischemic (is-KEY-mick) stroke, and the other is a hemorrhagic stroke. “Ischemic” means “deprived of blood.” It’s the more common kind of stroke, accounting for 80 percent of all strokes. The flow of blood to part of the brain is blocked by a clot in an artery. It’s the brain’s equivalent of a heart attack. The other 20 percent comes from bleeding in the brain, a hemorrhagic stroke. Signs of either kind of stroke include slurred speech, sudden confusion, numbness of the face, arm or leg, trouble seeing, dizziness and severe headache. Many advocate testing the person to

decide if a stroke has occurred. Asking the affected person to stick out his or her tongue and seeing if it deviates to the side is one of those tests. Don’t waste time doing tests. Immediately call 911. I’m limiting what I say about treatment to strokes resulting from the obstruction of blood flow. Brain cells begin to die within minutes. However, there’s a three-hour window during which clot-dissolving medicines can be given. They almost always lead to a full recovery of function. Now the window has been opened wider, to 4 1/2 hours. That doesn’t detract from the important message that the earlier the treatment, the better the result. The booklet on strokes tells their signs and their treatments. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 902W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow two weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband is very nearsighted and has to wear thick glasses. I’m not. I don’t wear glasses at age 50. We have four children. What are their chances of having to wear glasses? -E.P. ANSWER: Nearsightedness (myopia) indicates that the eyes can see things that are near. Nearsighted eyes don’t see distant objects clearly. It’s a common eye condition, and genetic involvement in it is high. If one parent is nearsighted, the children have a 24 percent chance of also being nearsighted. If both parents are nearsighted, the children’s risk increases to 48 percent. If neither parent is affected, the children have an 8 percent chance of developing nearsightedness. Factors other than genes have to be at work. (Don’t believe these percentages with unquestioning acceptance. I don’t.)

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MOUNTAIN PASSES (continued): • At 7,239 feet (2,206 m), the highest pass with a paved road in Canada is Highwood Pass in Kananaskis Country, a multi-use park area in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, west of Calgary. You can’t get there during the winter as the road is closed from mid-December to mid-June due to heavy snowfall. It is a spectacular drive and a great place to take photographs during the summer. • The Beartooth Pass on U.S. Highway 212, also known as the Beartooth Highway, is the highest point on the 68-mile (109-km) road that begins at the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park near Silver Gate, Montana. The road goes in a northeastern direction mostly through Wyoming, ending in Red Lodge, Montana. The highway was built in the 1930s and is still considered a great engineering feat. It hugs mountains along curvy switchbacks up, across and back down through the alpine plateau. The pass is 10,947 feet (3,337 m) above sea level, and the road is one of the highest elevation roads in the United States. The highway was named for a distinct peak that looks like a bear tooth. • Known as one of the most scenic drives in North America, the Beartooth Highway is designated as a “National Scenic Byways All-American Road.” The high elevation of the road and the high snowfall amounts in the region make it accessible only in the warmer months; it is usually open from May through October. This highway is considered an “orphan” road because no federal or state agency claims actual ownership.

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average is 11) prescribed by a number of doctors, and therein can lie the problem if someone isn’t keeping an eye on possible drug interactions. If a patient is taking 15 or more different medications, the risk is five times higher that one of those is inappropriate. The risk seems to drop the most for those who actually go in to see the doctor. The suggested resolution to the problem is to add a “safety mechanism” in the form of having a medical professional actually come in to check all the medications. (There are 77 medications we shouldn’t take, according to the study.) All of this is a bit mind-boggling. At my local pharmacy, the prescriptions come with a leaflet that tells about possible drug interactions, but before it even gets to the point where patients are handed the bag with their prescription, the pharmacist himself would have piped up and said something. I’ve even seen him place a call to the doctor’s office to verify and warn them of a possible problem.


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1. Is the Book of Micah in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From 1 Samuel 2, what mother brought her son a coat every year? Hannah, Elisabeth, Rebekah, Sapphira 3. David met Goliath with his sling, and smooth stones to the number of ... ? 2, 3, 4, 5 4. From Exodus 4, whom did God ask, “Who hath made man’s mouth”? Eve, Noah, Moses, Adam 5. What is the total amount of chapters in Psalms? 23, 49, 150, 175 6. Who was the father of Gideon? Job, Jeremiah, Josiah, Joash

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Q: I’ve got an old hot-water heating system that pumps water from the boiler to the radiators around my house. I’ve noticed that some of the radiators heat only halfway: The bottom part heats, but the top part doesn’t. Any reason for this? -- Jerry in Randolph, Mass. A: Radiators that don’t heat up completely or that feel cooler toward the top may have air trapped in them, a problem that can be resolved pretty quickly by bleeding the air out. First turn off the thermostat (you don’t want the system running while you do this) and let the system cool down for a few minutes. Then start with the radiator that’s closest to the boiler. Locate the air vent near the top of the radiator. Being careful to protect your hands from the hot water, open the air vent just one turn using a screwdriver or a radiator key. You should hear air hissing out. As soon as water starts to appear at the vent, close it up. Move to the next affected radiator and repeat the process. Because so many radiators are showing trapped-air problems, you may have a bigger issue with the heating system. If the problem returns after you bleed the radiators, contact a professional to check out the entire system. Trapped air can cause corrosion inside the pipes, leading to other problems. HOME TIP: Is your older heating system’s pump and motor self-lubricating? Find out -if not, you’ll need to add a little oil where the manufacturer’s guide indicates. Do this twice a year, in the fall and spring.


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Tidbits® of Ft. Collins & Loveland MOUNTAIN PASSES (continued): • South of Yellowstone in the Teton Range of the Rockies, Teton Pass Road runs between Jackson, Wyoming, and Teton Valley, Idaho. The highway has a steep 10 percent grade with lots of twists and turns and can be a real test of driving skills in the winter. It tops out at 8,431 feet (2,591 m), and the Wyoming Department of Transportation uses blasting to control avalanches and keep the road open most winter days. • Colorado, with its many “fourteeners” (peaks that are more than 14,000 feet (4,267 m) above sea level), has many amazing mountain passes. Independence Pass that connects Twin Lakes and Aspen during the summer (closed in winter) has expansive views where three of the five tallest mountains in the state can be seen: La Plata Peak, Mount Massive and the tallest peak in the Rocky Mountains, Mount Elbert. The summit for the pass is 12,095 feet (3,687 m). • The song “Wolf Creek Pass,” written by Bill Fries and Chip Davis and sung by C.W. McCall in 1975, made the pass of the same name in southern Colorado somewhat famous. The country song describes a wild ride in an 18-wheel

Keep Your Dollars in Your Pocket If there’s one worthy goal for the new year, it’s learning to live within your budget. That’s not the same as living within your income. Many people assume that having something left over at the end of the pay period, or at least not resorting to credit cards to get through the last few days, constitutes living within a budget. By definition, a budget is a detailed plan for how you?ll spend and save your money. Living within a budget means sticking to a plan that accounts for every dollar of your income -- ev-

eryday expenses, paying off different debts at certain rates and saving a set amount for various future goals and emergencies. To set up a budget, start with realistic and accurate numbers: the income you bring home after taxes are deducted. Don?t include the extra money from odd jobs or selling items you own. From this amount, subtract all of your fixed expenses, such as rent or mortgage, car payment and loans. Variable expenses are next and can be determined from previous expenses. Electric costs, for example, likely vary through the year. Groceries can be estimated. Other variable expenses, such as credit-card debt, will be determined by how quickly you?re working to pay off the balances. The goal is to account for where the money goes and analyze it to find places you can cut back. The one category in your budget that needs

truck carrying a load of chickens. From the top of the pass at 10,857 feet (3,309 m) to the town of Pagosa Springs, there is a 5,000-foot (1,524-m) drop in elevation. The driver is going much too fast down the pass, and as the singer explains, “I’m not the type to complain, but the time has come for me to explain, that if you don’t apply some brake real soon, they’re gonna have to pick us up with a stick an’ a spoon.” • When the song was written, Wolf Creek Pass was an intimidating two-lane road. A tunnel was completed in 2005, and an expansion to a multi-lane, widened highway was finished in 2006 to make the road a bit easier to navigate. • Another Colorado road worth mentioning is Train Ridge, U.S. 34, which goes through Rocky Mountain National Park. The highest continuous auto road in the country, the road is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It meanders for 48 miles (77 km) through glacier-carved valleys with views of majestic peaks and crystalline lakes and crosses the Continental Divide. While it doesn’t have sheer cliffs to scare drivers and passengers, it definitely has memorable scenery.

more attention than any other is your rate of saving. In addition to the 10 percent that you should be paying yourself out of every check, do everything you can to increase what you put away. Your greatest success at finding more dollars to save will likely come from the small daily expenditures you make without giving them much thought. Look for opportunities not to spend and put the money in savings. Take your shoes to a repair shop for new soles and heels instead of investing in a new pair. Learn how to stretch meals by adding inexpensive ingredients to casseroles and stews, and take the extra for lunches at work instead of eating out. Consider starting a swap group for children?s clothing. Make it a way of life to look for bargains and keep your dollars in your pocket.


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Adopting Dogs From Puppy DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My family would like to adopt a shelter dog, and a recent news story about several dogs rescued from horrible conditions in a “puppy mill” facility really captured our hearts. However, the shelter caring for these dogs is not immediately putting them up for adoption, and it says there will be stricter requirements for those who want to adopt them. Why is this? -- Karl in South Florida DEAR KARL: Many shelter pets come with their own special set of behavioral quirks, often due to the stress and trauma of being abandoned at a shelter. But dogs (and cats and other pets) that suffer especially traumatic situations, such as abuse or starvation or neglect, can have a very difficult time adapting to home life. Because of this, many shelters have developed special policies regarding these rescues. As you found, the puppy-mill dogs were not immediately put up for adoption; they’re being treated and evaluated. Some may never be considered safe to adopt.

Once dogs are considered healthy enough to adopt, the shelter is following guidelines to make their transition to a new home as smooth as possible. For instance, it may not allow a puppy-mill rescue to go to a home that has kids under age 10. First-time pet owners will likely be discouraged or outright not allowed to adopt. Adopters may need to attend special classes, and the shelter may ask to make follow-up visits to the dog’s new home. Many rescues need a great deal of one-on-one attention, love and patience. If you’re an experienced dog owner, meet the guidelines and are willing to take on the challenge of rehabilitating a rescued dog, go for it. But if you’re not sure, then consider very carefully whether your family is ready to care for a rescued pet. Send questions or tips to ask@pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com.

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