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of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #46 Nov. 13th 2017 of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #4 Jan. 22nd 2018

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TIDBITS® INVESTIGATES HANDWRITING

by Kathy Wolfe Write this down! Celebrate National Handwriting Day on January 23 by considering these thoughts on determining personality type through a person’s handwriting. • The science that studies personality through handwriting is known as graphology. It examines the shapes and patterns a person uses to reveal personality, character, and behavior, and relies on the fact that the brain controls the body’s motor limbs. It seems that people have been interested in the concept for centuries, with the first known book on graphology published in 1622, by an Italian doctor of medicine and philosophy named Camillo Baldi. A Frenchman named Jean Michon coined the word “graphology” in the 1870s. • Experts claim that more than 5,000 personality traits can be determined through handwriting analysis. The science of graphology has been used by lawyers during prospective juror selection, by matchmakers to find compatible people, by profilers to dig into the criminal mind, by employers during the selection and promotion processes, and by colleges in considering prospective students for admission. Several universities offer a Master’s Degree or Ph.D in graphology. More than 2,200 researchers have published their studies of graphology in medical, education, and psychological journals.

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TIDBITS of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #4 Jan. 22nd 2018 HANDWRITING (continued): • Several concepts are used to determine characteristics, including the slant of penmanship, size and shape of the letters, pressure applied while writing, how much margin is left at the edges of a page, and the amount of space left between words. • Graphologists tell us that folks who write in small letters are shy and withdrawn, studious, and meticulous. Those who use large letters are outgoing, people-oriented, outspoken, and love attention. • The slant of letters provides a hint of a person’s sociability. Those who write with no slant to their letters supposedly are logical and practical, independent people who don’t let their emotions get the best of them. Right-handers whose penmanship slants to the right are open to new experiences and meeting new people. If a righthander’s letters slant to the left, graphologists claim that these people keep to themselves and like to work alone behind the scenes. Characteristics for left-handers’ slants are the opposite. • A penman who changes slant from left to right in the same sentence has trouble making decisions. • If a person makes letters more rounded, he or she is artistic and creative, while one whose letters are more pointed is more aggressive and intense, as well as very intelligent. A person who connects the letters is logical and systematic. • Wide spacing between words indicates a person who doesn’t like to be overwhelmed or crowded, one who enjoys freedom. Narrow spacing suggests a person who doesn’t like to be alone, who can be intrusive and may crowd your personal space.

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TIDBITS of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #4 Jan. 22nd 2018

EVENT CALENDAR

Jan 27 CDA Campus Women’s Brunch - Get Real! From 930 am - 1130 am At Real Life Ministries- CDA Campus , 610 N 4th St., CDA. Tickets available at www.eventbrite.com Feb 9 The Chocolate Affair Downtown CDA from 5 pm - 8 pm. Premier Chocolate tasting event & competition. Questions regarding the events call Evelyn at 208.755.9120 or email evelyn2318@gmail.com

HANDWRITING (continued): • Those who fill the page leaving a margin on the left side are inclined to live in the past, and have trouble letting things go, while those who leave a margin on the right side worry about the future. People who write over the entire page struggle with relaxing, and have a mind that is constantly on the go. • Writers who press the pen hard against the paper are forceful, committed people who take things seriously. They react strongly and quickly when criticized. They also seem to have a higher level of energy. Those who exert light pressure against the paper are sensitive and empathetic sorts, but they may also be physically weak and have a lack of vitality. • The size of capital letters compared to other letters also divulges a personality trait. Very large capital letters indicate an arrogant person, while capitals the same size as other letters show a humble person.

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TIDBITS of Kootenai® County, Idaho Issue #4 Jan. 22nd 2018 Tidbits of Dallas County HANDWRITING (continued): • When writing about themselves, writers who make their upper case “I” larger than any other capitals are said to be arrogant. Capital “I”s made by people who are humble and happy with themselves are smaller. • How about the speed at which a person writes? One who writes quickly is impatient and dislikes delays and time wasters. A person who takes his or her time with penmanship is organized and methodical, a self-reliant person. • An illegible signature may point to a very private person who is hard to read, but a readable signature says that person is confident and comfortable with who he or she is. • Graphology became a more reliable tool for revealing personality traits with the advent of computer technology. Thousands of corporations throughout the world commonly use handwriting analysis in the employment process to determine honesty, stability, risk or substance abuse, and decision-making skills. In fact, in France and Switzerland, nearly 80% of companies use graphology in the hiring process. • Platt Rogers Spencer was a famous penman who even founded a school to teach his elaborate, elegant style of writing, which was known as Spencerian Script. For 75 years, this beautiful ornamental script was very popular, up until around 1925, when, Spencerian Script was replaced by a faster-written simpler method known as Palmer Hand, which is the style taught to Baby Boomers. In 1978, Palmer was replaced with D’Nealian manuscript, designed to make an easier transition from printing to cursive. • Did you know that we dot our “I’s” and cross our “T’s” differently? A dot placed high above the “I” indicates a great imagination, and a dot placed right above the letter suggests a person who is organized and detail-oriented. How about those who use little circles to dot their “I’s”? Graphologists say they are child-like, playful, and creative. Folks who cross their “T’s” at the very top of the letter are supposedly ambitious, optimistic, and have good self-esteem.

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STRANGE BUT TRUE by Samantha Weaver * It was British author P.L. Travers, best known for her series of books about Mary Poppins, who made the following sage observation: “A writer is, after all, only half his book. The other half is the reader, and from the reader the writer learns.” * You’ve probably been to a restaurant with a dessert called Death by Chocolate, but the reallife event is less appetizing. After falling into a vat of boiling chocolate in New Jersey, a man died before his co-workers were able to pull him out. * Colgate toothpaste is good for more than just cleaning those pearly whites, evidently. Domestic scientists claim that it’s also great for cleaning piano keys and removing scratches from glass. * It’s not known why there’s a New Jersey law banning the sale of cabbage on Sunday. * The first Band-Aid brand bandage didn’t exactly look like the Band-Aids we’re familiar with today. For instance, it was 3 inches wide and 18 inches long. A bit of overkill for a scraped elbow, I imagine. * At weddings here in the United States, it is common for the bride to toss her bouquet to determine who will be the next to be married. At weddings in Finland the custom is a bit different, though the outcome is the same: There, the bride traditionally wears a golden crown, and at the reception she is blindfolded and spun around. Then all the single girls in attendance dance around her while the bride, still blindfolded, tries to place the crown on one of them. It’s believed that the lucky girl who ends up wearing the crown will be the next to wed. Thought for the Day: “Where it is a duty to worship the sun, it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.” -- John Morley (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.


TIDBITS Kootenai County,Call Idaho(334) Issue #4505-0674 Jan. 22nd 2018 ForofAdvertising

COUCH THEATER -- DVD PREVIEWS By Sam Struckhoff

“Happy Death Day” (PG-13) -- It’s “Groundhog Day” for a new generation, except instead of a narcissist weatherman, our central player is Tree (Jessica Rothe), a narcissist college student. Tree wakes up in the bed of fellow student Carter (Israel Broussard) on her birthday, and she proceeds to prance about campus being shallow and mean all day until she is killed by a masked character on her way to a party in the evening. She wakes up back in Carter’s bed, and is forced to relive the same day over and over -- perhaps to learn a lesson? Perhaps to catch her own killer? The ride is fun and breezy, despite the vehicle’s horror flick exterior. Rothe manages to be both a guilty pleasure, and smartly and hilariously redeeming. “Blade Runner 2049” (R) -- In near-future LA, specialized police officers hunt and “retire” rogue replicants (artificial, enhanced humans); they are called Blade Runners. On a day’s mission, Blade Runner Officer K (Ryan Gosling) unearths an explosive secret that has the potential to unbalance relations between humans and replicants. It leads him to former Blade Runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford, reprising). This film is visually stunning, and the story works beautifully both within the matrix of its predecessor or on its own. Gosling expertly delivers a brooding soft heart with steel resolve (see “Drive”), and producer Ridley Scott is already talking about his plans for a threequel. “Loving Vincent” (PG-13) -- A letter from Vincent Van Gogh (Robert Gulaczyk) to his brother Theo sits undelivered a year after the artist’s death. The postman’s son Armand (Douglas Booth) is tasked with delivering it by hand. As Armand struggles to deliver the letter (Theo has since died; his widow’s whereabouts unclear), he is treated to the introspections and recollections (some fond, some envious and some disdainful) of the townspeople who lived with Van Gogh during the remarkable painter’s unremarkable life. This is the world’s first fully painted feature film. And inspired by the painter, its 65,000 frames are individual oil paintings on canvas, which took a team of 125 painters to create. Now, that is a feat worth watching. “I, Daniel Blake” (R) -- Dave Johns stars as Daniel Blake, an aging widower in Newcastle. After suffering a heart attack at work, he is declared unfit for working by his cardiologist and simultaneously fit to work by the welfare system, which promptly denies him benefits. As he muddles through a 21st century system set up for the computer literate, he makes friends with single mom Katie (Hayley Squires), who also is struggling with welfare-system issues. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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TIDBITS of Kootenai® County, Idaho Issue #4 Jan. 22nd 2018 Tidbits of Dallas County

By Dr. Holly Carling

Fibromyalgia: A Hurt That Can Be Helped When you hurt all over and feel fatigued, life can be burdensome. According to the American College of Rheumatology, and National Institutes for Health, fibromyalgia (Fibromyalgia Syndrome, FM or FMS) affects between 3 and 8 million Americans. 90% of cases in the U.S. are women. As the numbers of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia is skyrocketing, one has to wonder why. And although we have more and more medications to manage it, we have to look at the causes in order to start on the road to getting well. Some researchers are looking into the possibility of a genetic link since there is a tendency to run in families, although no genetic factor has yet to be identified. However, the greater likelihood is that families do things the same. They have the same poor quality nutrients in their diet, similar emotional traits and similar potentially harmful environmental exposures. Although fibromyalgia can start at any age, it most often occurs in adulthood. Fibromyalgia can be slow onset, starting with stiffness in the morning and progressively worsening, or it could be sudden onset triggered by an injury or trauma. Some infections and autoimmune disorders such as hepatitis C, EpsteinBarr Virus, Lyme disease, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are commonly linked. FMS is also frequently associated with certain types of emotional stress and with a prolonged stress response.

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Typically it is identified by generalized pain that can be achy, throbbing, radiating, burning or shooting and can frequently change locations. Nearly every location of the body when pressed will elicit pain, although it is diagnosed by the tenderness of 11 of 18 specific tender-points. Because the symptoms frequently mimic other conditions such as arthritis, it frequently goes undiagnosed. Also, it can be diagnosed falsely when doctors know you’re hurting and don’t know why, and so it becomes a catch-all diagnosis. Because severe fatigue nearly always accompanies FMS, when we look at causative factors we have to look at the energy-producing systems and if there is possible involvement. The adrenals, blood sugar, thyroid, and of course the nutrients necessary not only for running the energy systems, but the whole body as well. Fibromyalgia is primarily a condition of malnutrition. You can eat “well” and still have fibromyalgia. This could be either because digestion is poor, absorption is poor or because the density of nutrients within the foods is lacking. Many foods also are just plain bad for fibromyalgia. Many vitamins such as the Vitamin B complex and vitamin C are important for muscle health. However, most take them in a synthetic form, so they don’t work well. Acupuncture is also an effective treatment for fibromyalgia. Not only does acupuncture address the pain and inflammation associated with FMS, it also addresses the immune and digestive systems, improves sleep and energy, and balances hormones. Fibromyalgia is caused by a complex amalgamation of factors and as such needs a multi-faceted approach. There is no simple, one pill remedy. But it can be resolved with the right combination of treatment modalities.

Dr. Holly Carling is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Naturopathy, Clinical Nutritionist and Master Herbologist with over three decades of experience. Dr. Carling is currently accepting new patients and offers natural health care services and whole food nutritional supplements in her Coeur d’ Alene clinic. Visit Dr. Carling’s website at www.vitalhealthcda. com to learn more about Dr. Carling, view a list of upcoming health classes and read other informative articles. Dr. Carling can be reached at 208-765-1994 and would be happy to answer any questions regarding this topic.


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* On Feb. 4, 1789, George Washington, the commander of the Continental Army, is unanimously elected the first president of the United States by all 69 presidential electors. John Adams of Massachusetts, who received 34 votes, was elected vice president. * On Jan. 29, 1843, William McKinley, who will become the 25th American president, is born in Niles, Ohio. McKinley served in the White House when the U.S. automotive industry was in its infancy, and he was the first president to ride in an automobile, a Stanley Steamer. * On Jan. 31, 1872, Zane Grey, author of “Riders of the Purple Sage,” is born in Zanesville, Ohio. As a child, Grey sometimes got in fistfights with boys who teased him about his first name, Pearl. Grey later replaced it with his mother’s maiden name, Zane. * On Feb. 1, 1884, the first portion of the Oxford English Dictionary is published. It took more than 40 years until the full dictionary was complete -- at over 400,000 words and phrases in 10 volumes -- in April 1928. * On Jan. 30, 1933, with a shout of “Hi-yo, Silver! Away!” The Lone Ranger debuts on radio. The naive creators had the Indian scout Tonto speaking in a comical Indian patois, uttering ludicrous phrases like “You betchum!”

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TIDBITS of Kootenai® County, Idaho Issue #4 Jan. 22nd 2018 Tidbits of Dallas County

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Linda Davis Director of building relationships. SENIOR NEWS LINE By Matilda Charles

Old Man Winter

Brrr. Over half the country is being brutalized by cold weather, and unfortunately it looks like it’s going to be long-term. Spring will come eventually, but meanwhile we need to take care of ourselves, our homes and our pets. OURSELVES * If you have to go out in the cold, dress in layers. Don’t forget hat, gloves and thick scarf. * Know in advance where the closest warming shelters are in your town. Keep a radio handy, plus batteries, for weather news. Carry a tiny flashlight in your pocket at all times, in case the power goes out. * Don’t forget to eat! Drink plenty of water. OUR HOMES * Sprinkle road salt, sand or even kitty litter on your sidewalks and stairs. * Keep your cellphone charged up. * Close blinds and curtains against drafts. Be sure the temperature inside is at least 68 F, because we seniors don’t feel the cold like we used to. If you run a space heater, don’t leave it unattended. If you leave the room, turn it off. * Even if you live in an apartment building, beware any sink, tub or shower that is on an outside wall. Try to keep the faucets open so a small trickle keeps the water moving. * If the worst happens and your pipes freeze, never try to thaw them out with any gadget that involves a flame. It’s time to call in reinforcements, like your plumber.

The Difference

If not today, sometime in the future you and your loved ones will begin the journey of finding care for those who are no longer able to care for themselves. How about a couple of guideposts for the journey ahead. First, and with energy, The Lodge family celebrates our partners and our peers in the loving outreach to provide assisted living for our community. Unlike other competitive industries; caregivers, directors, and owners of different facilities and homes alike, support one another, serve one another, refer to one another, and unite in the ongoing journey to quality! Now! For your road map to The Lodge! The Lodge home, • Has large private rooms • Has private baths with walk in tubs • Has California-type closets in each room • Has a small population • Has care levels for all levels of mental ability • Has raised bed gardens for farm-to-table foods • Has gifted chefs in lovely resident-access kitchens • Has entertaining internal and external activities • Has multiple locations for easy access • Has rapid response to resident needs and requests The Lodge wraps each resident and their family in a sweet embrace everlasting… Call for a tour, you’ll see!

Linda Davis

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TIDBITS of Kootenai County, Issue505-0674 #4 Jan. 22nd 2018 For Advertising CallIdaho (334)

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

Chicken Pot Pie Loaded with white-meat chicken and lots of hearty root vegetables, this healthy pot pie makes the perfect family meal. 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme Salt Pepper 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts Olive oil cooking spray 1 large onion 1 can lower-sodium chicken broth (1 3/4 cups) 2 clove garlic 5 medium parsnips 3 medium carrots 3 stalk celery 6 sheets frozen phyllo 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 cup water 2 cup frozen peas 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Sprinkle thyme and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper evenly over chicken. Lightly coat 12-inch skillet with olive oil spray and heat on medium-high. Add chicken in single layer and cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned, turning pieces over once halfway through cooking; transfer to plate. 3. To same skillet, add onion and 1/4 cup chicken broth. Cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring and scraping up browned bits. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring. Stir in parsnips, carrots and celery, then add remaining 1 1/2 cups chicken broth. Heat to boiling on high. Cover, and reduce heat to maintain simmer. Cook 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender-crisp. 4. While vegetables cook, place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface; spray lightly with olive oil spray. Top with another sheet. Repeat with remaining phyllo sheets and olive oil spray, lightly coating top sheet with olive oil spray. 5. In small bowl, stir cornstarch into water to dissolve; stir into vegetable mixture and simmer 2 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in peas, chopped parsley, reserved chicken, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Heat to simmering, then transfer to 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking dish. Center phyllo on top, tucking in edges if necessary; then cut 5 slits in phyllo. 6. Bake 15 minutes or until phyllo is golden brown. Garnish with parsley to serve. TIP: To prevent pastry from drying out, work with 1 sheet at a time, keeping the others covered.

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TIDBITS ofTidbits Kootenai ® County, Idaho Issue #4 Jan. 22nd 2018 of Dallas County

Q&A with Susan Ashley, MD

Working out Works the Mind Any of us over age 50 knows the signs of aging. Weight gain, parts sagging, wrinkles, hearing loss, less energy, and our brains don’t work as well, not as fast or clearly as when younger. Is there anything that can change this outlook? With all the innovations in the science of anti-aging medicine, it is actually possible to turn back the clock, especially with our minds. Many scientists now believe that dementia is not inevitable and that it can be helped or reversed by incorporating lifestyle choices such as increased exercise and improved diet. Research has shown that Alzheimer’s disease can result from a lack of physical activity, which leads to the three major contributors to old age: obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. These big 3 conditions can be reduced or eliminated with diet and exercise. The Tau protein in the brain is linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia. A study at Wake Forest University proved that aerobic exercise may lower Tau levels. Increasing the heart and breathing rate improves blood and oxygen flow to all parts of the body, especially the brain.

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This increased delivery of essential nutrients and oxygen will lead to improved memory and cognitive functioning - the ability to focus, concentrate, plan, etc. Unfortunately, many seniors loath exercise. You’ve worked your whole life, you deserve to rest and relax! But, this leads to becoming couch potatoes, which is the worst thing that could happen for your health. Life can begin at 60 if you just get off the couch and do anything. You don’t have to train for a marathon. Simply walking, biking, or swimming can improve circulation and boost your brain, improving your attitude and extend your lifespan. Yoga, pilates, and resistance training can also make a huge contribution. With diet, the best heart-healthy diet is the Mediterranean diet. The diets that are most effective for heart health are also most effective for brain health. Memory can also be improved by taking certain brain supplements, such as fish oil, antioxidants, trace minerals, bacopa, vinpocetine, and acetylL carnitine. There are brain exercises you can do online - the best is one called Brain HQ. 10 minutes a day has been shown to improve memory and brain processing speed. So dont’ delay, start your exercise regime and diet modification today, to not only add years to your life, but re-establish the energy and memory you once had.

Dr Ashley is board certified in Family Medicine and in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. She provides a mix of traditional with alternative medicine and specializes in bio-identical hormones for both men and women.


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Thigh Numbness Likely Due to Trapped Nerve DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 65-year-old male who has developed a lack of sensation in the lateral front half of my right thigh. The numbness involves strictly the skin. There is no loss of strength, function or balance in my leg. My gait is normal, although I find that if I go on a long walk, the skin will begin to “tingle.” When I went to an orthopedic surgeon, he suspected that the condition could be caused by a disc problem. Although an X-ray did show some stenosis, it was not definitive. I suspect I caused the problem by years of sleeping on my right side in a curled-up position, resulting in entrapment of the nerve. The orthopedist, however, says he generally sees this condition only in obese people, which I am not. How likely is it that my condition is of spinal origin rather than an entrapped nerve? If the condition can resolve itself gradually by avoiding activities that contribute to the problem, what does “gradually” mean? Do stretching exercises help relieve the entrapment? -- J.C.B. ANSWER: What you are describing is meralgia paresthetica, the compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, which can be compressed as it passes under the inguinal ligament, exactly as you described. Your orthopedist is correct that this condition is more common in the overweight or obese; however, I have seen it in both people who are losing weight and people of normal, stable weight. It is more common in conjunction with diabetes, and it has been reported after long-distance walking and cycling. Because of the area involved in your numbness, it is very likely to be meralgia paresthetica and not spinal in origin. It does usually resolve, but it does so over the course of months, typically. Stretching would seem to make sense, but as far as I know, it hasn’t been shown to work. If it isn’t getting better, an injection into the nerve usually is effective. This is commonly done by an anesthesiologist or a pain-management specialist. Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to ToYourGoodHealth@med.cornell. edu. To view and order health pamphlets, visit www.rbmamall.com, or write to Good Health, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803. (c) 2018 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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TIDBITS ofTidbits Kootenai ® County, Idaho Issue #4 Jan. 22nd 2018 of Dallas County

SPORTS QUIZ By Chris Richcreek 1. In 2016, Minnesota’s Brian Dozier became the fourth player in major-league history to hit at least 40 home runs while primarily playing second base. Name two of the first three to do it. 2. When was the last time before 2016 (Mike Napoli, Carlos Santana) that the Cleveland Indians had two players hit at least 34 home runs in the same season? 3. In 2016, Miami’s Jay Ajayi became the fourth NFL player in the Super Bowl era to rush for 200-plus yards in consecutive games. Name two of the first three to do it. 4. When was the last time before 2017 that South Carolina’s men’s basketball team won an NCAA Tournament game? 5. In 2017, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (age 20) became the third-youngest winner of the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP). Who was younger? 6. Who was the last NASCAR driver before Kyle Larson in 2017 to have a three-race Cup winning streak at Michigan International Speedway? 7. Who was the last women’s tennis player to reach the singles finals at Wimbledon at age 37 before Venus Williams did it in 2017?

Answers 1. Rogers Hornsby (1922), Davey Johnson (1973) and Ryne Sandberg (1990). 2. In 2001, Jim Thome (49) and Juan Gonzalez (35) did it. 3. O.J. Simpson (1973, ‘76), Earl Campbell (1980) and Ricky Williams (2002). 4. It was 1973. 5. Sidney Crosby (19 years old in 2007) and Wayne Gretzky (19 in 1980). 6. Bill Elliott won four straight in 1985-86. 7. Martina Navratilova, in 1994. (c) 2018 King Features Syndicate, Inc.

FOOD OF THE WEEK: TV DINNERS Back in the 1950s, millions of folks gathered around the newest addition to the modern home, the television. And what were many of them eating? TV dinners! • The Swanson Food Company is generally thought of as the instigator of the first complete frozen meal. However, the honor really belongs to Maxson Food Systems, Inc., who manufactured meals called Strato-Plates that were reheated for airplane passengers beginning in 1944. Their three-compartment tray included a meat, vegetable, and potato. Because of the death of the company’s founder and subsequent financial difficulties, these frozen meals never hit retail stores. • Three years later, FrigiDinners were released, the first frozen dinner in an aluminum tray, an idea borrowed by Swanson in the 1950s. • In 1953, Swanson overestimated the number of frozen turkeys that would be purchased for Thanksgiving, and the company was left with ten refrigerated railroad cars stuffed with a surplus of 260 tons (235 metric tons) of frozen poultry. A salesman with the company, Gerry Thomas, has been credited with the idea of making the birds into pre-packaged dinners. Five-thousand aluminum trays were ordered and filled with turkey, corn-bread stuffing and gravy, peas and sweet potatoes. An assembly line was created with workers using ice cream scoops and spatulas to load the trays. Swanson called the meals TV dinners, using the phraseology “TV Brand Frozen Dinner” on the package.

DONNA’S DAY: CREATIVE FAMILY

Outdoor Winter Fun: Make Ice Suncatchers “I’ve never seen snow fall,” said Megan AnduriFlynn, biology instructor and mom of 5-yearold Nicola, until a rare snowstorm surprise hit in Beaverton, Oregon. “We got a foot of snow, and it stuck.” The unexpected wintry blast opened up new opportunities for family play, including for Nicola’s California-raised grandmother, who made her first snow angel in the backyard. An avid nature lover, Megan and her husband’s move from Southern California was motivated by her love for Oregon’s rustic outdoor living. But when she packed up Nicola’s beach toys, she didn’t expect that her buckets and shovels would be used for building castles of snow instead of sand. Taking advantage of the fabulous snow day, Nicola scooped the fluffy stuff and packed it into the buckets, then flipped them upsidedown, like she had done with damp sand on the sunny beaches of L.A., to create snow castles for a charming kingdom to play in. She dabbed watercolor paints with a brush here and there on the snow-packed structures. Plastic Disney characters Jasmine, Cinderella, Ariel and Belle were placed on roofs and turrets to bring the scene to life in her imagination. Inspired by the freeze, she also made beautiful icy suncatchers to hang from branches using baking pans and her great-grandmother’s metal gelatin molds. This easy craft is fun to make during wintertime, anywhere. If you are in a warmer climate, make the indoor version in your freezer for a punchbowl when friends come by for a special occasion. ICE SUNCATCHERS Here’s what you’ll need: --metal cake pan or cupcake pan --dried flowers, leaves, potpourri for suncatcher --decorative edible items such as thinly sliced oranges, limes, strawberries and mint for edible version --strong string or wire for a hanger --water --food coloring (optional) Here’s the fun: 1. Set natural decorative items into the pan. For punch-bowl ice, add edible items. When frozen, remove and add to punch. 2. For outdoor version, add a 20-inch length of twine or wire in the water, making sure it is submerged near the top of the mold. Fill with water and set in the freezer. When the temperature outside is freezing, remove the ice shape from the pan and hang from a branch where a glimmer of light will shine through. (c) 2018 Donna Erickson


TIDBITS Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #4 Jan. 22nd 2018 For ofAdvertising Call (334) 505-0674 TV DINNERS (continued): • There are two theories as to why the name “TV Dinner” was chosen, the first being the shape of the aluminum tray. Originally, the main course was in a bigger compartment on one side of the tray with the accompaniments in smaller compartments on the other side, similar to the appearance of the front of a 1950s television set, with the screen on the left side and controls on the right. The other theory is that, as televisions began to be a part of most American homes, the dinners were a quick and easy meal that could be eaten while watching TV. • The turkey TV dinners sold for 98 cents, and in the first full year of production, 10 million dinners were sold. Before long, customers could choose not only turkey dinners, but Salisbury steak, meatloaf, and fried chicken as well. All were served with potatoes and green peas. Sales were 13 million dinners annually two years later. A new four-compartment tray was introduced in 1960 and desserts such as apple cobbler and brownies were added. • In 1962, Swanson dropped the name “TV Dinner” from the product packaging. The company introduced frozen breakfast meals. The first Hungry-Man dinners hit the grocers’ shelves in 1973, with extra large portions in each section. Pittsburgh Steeler defensive tackle Mean Joe Greene was the Hungry-Man spokesman. • The next milestone for pre-packaged frozen dinners was the microwave oven, and Swanson debuted plastic, microwave-safe trays in 1986.

PAW’S CORNER By Sam Mazzotta

Getting the Bandit to Drop That Loot DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My dog “Bandit” will eat anything he finds on our daily walks. He’s really fast, and by the time I try to stop him he usually has it in his mouth. He will not follow my command to drop it. Yesterday, he snapped up a pork chop bone that had fallen from our neighbor’s trash can, and I could not pry it from his teeth. He ended up chewing it to splinters, which I know is really dangerous. How can I stop him? -- Gayle in Winter Garden, Florida DEAR GAYLE: You’ll have to work hard on his basic obedience training, and reinforce the “leave it” command. This can take awhile and be especially frustrating with strong-willed dogs, but as you know, the consequences of eating unknown stuff off the ground can be deadly. Not to alarm those who are new to the dog training game: Dogs often eat things we would never come close to as humans, and most of the time these things pass through their systems with little to no trouble. But a splintered chicken bone or a piece of cloth -- these can cause a lot of problems with the digestive system and send your pet to the emergency veterinarian. During his refresher training, keep Bandit on the leash during your walk and when training. Work on the “sit” command. Dr. Sophia Yin recommends treat-based training as you move into the “leave it” command training. While the process would take too long to explain here, you can find details at her website: drsophiayin.com. Search for: Dogs Who Eat Things Off the Ground. Remember to work with Bandit in a calm manner, away from other dogs and distractions. Send your questions, comments and tips to ask@ pawscorner.com. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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TIDBITS ofTidbits Kootenai® County, Idaho Issue #4 Jan. 22nd 2018 of Dallas County

Raking In the Cash With Relocations While Department of Veterans Affairs chief David Shulkin is doing a good job, there is one place he needs to focus his laser gaze: relocations and the cash paid out to those who move within the VA ... and those who pocket the money. A recent VA Office of the Inspector General report details -- on many pages, covering many years -- how one VA employee managed to get piles of money in a relocation that he never made. Let’s call him Dr. A. Years ago, Dr. A applied for a VA job clear across the country. He was paid nearly $20,000 for Temporary Quarters allowance. His boss approved the change of position. Furthermore, Dr. A’s salary was dramatically increased because different geographical regions have varying base salaries depending on the cost of living. But Dr. A didn’t move. He stayed where he was, at the heftier salary, and telecommuted. Basically, he phoned it in. He did put in two days a week at his home location, while, on paper, living on the other coast. This went on for over three years. When the jig was finally up, Dr. A claimed not to know he’d been given nearly $20,000 in relocation money (all of it within one month). His wife thought it was his annual bonus. Technically he was assigned to the other coast, where he also supposedly lived. How then could he claim travel money for traveling to his own home? During the time he was living on one coast and claiming to live on the other, Dr. A also made dozens of trips on the government dime. The VAOIG, as of this writing, has handed it back to the VA with recommendations. Dr. A owes the government a lot of money. Unfortunately, he’s likely not the only VA employee cashing in this way.

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THE PEACE CORPS For nearly 57 years, Americans have been volunteering for the Peace Corps. How much do you know about this organization? Follow along and find out. • Although John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, he wasn’t the first to envision the organization. In 1957, Minnesota Senator Hubert H. Humphrey introduced the first bill to create the Peace Corps. John F. Kennedy ran with the idea during his 1960 presidential campaign. • After World War II, several members of the U.S. Congress proposed bills to create volunteer organizations in underdeveloped countries. In 1951, then-Representative John F. Kennedy advocated the idea of offering advice, training, and assistance to such locations. The following year, Connecticut Senator Brien McMahon voiced the concept of an “army of young Americans to act as missionaries of democracy.” • Kennedy established the Peace Corps under Executive Order #10924 and appointed his brother-in-law R. Sargent Shriver as its first Director. Over the next six years, more than 14,500 volunteers developed programs in 55 countries. • Since its inception, more than 230,000 Americans have volunteered in 141 countries. In order to be accepted, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years old, and must apply at least nine months before he or she wants to leave. The volunteers train for three months, then are assigned for a two-year period of service. While a person can request an extension of service, they are limited to a maximum of five years, in order to keep the staff refreshed and innovative. If a person wishes to join up again later, he or she must be away from the Peace Corps the same number of years they were active.


TIDBITS of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #4 Jan. 22nd 2018 THE PEACE CORPS (continued): • The areas of Peace Corps service are education, health, youth in development, environment, community economic development, and agriculture. Volunteers might provide training in farming methods, recycling, park management, wildlife preservation, sanitation, soil conversation, and vegetable gardening. Residents are instructed in the development of alternative fuel sources, the protection of the environment, sustaining of forests, as well as how to generate income. Some volunteers teach in elementary or secondary schools, while others provide medical care. The organization has resources for teachers to teach 101 different languages. • About 7,400 people volunteer in the Peace Corps today. Of these, the average age is 28, although 7% are over the age of 50. The highest number of volunteers are in Africa, with 46%, with Latin America a distant second at 18%. Females comprise 62% of volunteers, and 38% are male. Volunteers are provided with a living allowance that allows them to live “similarly to the people in their community.” Complete medical and dental care are furnished, as well as transportation to and from the country of service. Notable veterans of Peace Corps service include President Jimmy Carter’s mother Lillian, who served as a nurse in India in the 1960s, former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, who volunteered in Iran from 1962 to 1964, and Bob Vila, the host of television’s “This Old House,” who was in the Peace Corps in Panama from 1971 to 1973. John F. Kennedy’s great-nephew Joseph P. Kennedy III served in the Dominican Republic from 2004 to 2006. This grandson of Bobby Kennedy is now a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

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TIDBITS of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #4 Jan. 22nd 2018

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People who choose to be in the military are often a special breed. They are tough and heroic and often willing face hardships that many of us would run from. I occasionally get the pleasure of seeing the softer side of those folks. Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Rob, who’s great physical shape and army green attire gave away his military background. He came in for some cat food and general examinations for his one cat and two cocker spaniels. It was striking to see someone who looked like they were ready for the front lines cuddling and kissing his beloved pets in such a fatherly way. Thankfully, all three were wonderfully healthy. His softness for his pets makes me smile in contrast to his rough and tough profile. I thanked him for his service and away he went, happy to get some rest after being gone too long from home. I’ve also had the pleasure of knowing Brittany, a female military member. Brittany’s love for her dogs and horses is unlike any I have ever met. They are her children, and I’d bet she misses them more than anything when she is called to duty. I know she has the tough spirit and physical stamina to do all that our country requires of her. She is remarkable, and whatever she does I’m sure she does it well. I contrast all the rough physical nature of military training to pictures of her hugging her horses and dog’s who wear coats when it snows. People like these give up all the comforts of home to go and deal with issues most of us are oblivious to. They leave their families and go to foreign countries without second thought to the sacrifices they make so we, the general public, can continue to enjoy the things we take for granted. Rob, Brittany, and so many others that wear the uniform, thank you. Thank you so much. If there is anything I can do to help your furry family stay happy and healthy, than I will do it. The small service I can provide is nothing compared to the work you do. Thank you to all of our military members, past and present.

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Top 10 Movies On Demand 1. The Mountain Between Us (PG-13) Idris Elba 2. Dunkirk (PG) Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan 3. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (R) Taron Egerton 4. Despicable Me 3 (PG) animated 5. Home Again (PG-13) Reese Witherspoon 6. Victoria and Abdul (PG-13) Judi Dench 7. Stronger (R) Jake Gyllenhaal 8. Flatliners (PG-13) Ellen Page 9. American Assassin (R) Dylan O’Brien 10. The LEGO Ninjago Movie (PG) animated Top 10 DVD, Blu-ray Sales 1. Dunkirk (PG) Warner Home Video 2. Despicable Me 3 (PG) Universal 3. Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season (TV-MA) Warner Bros. 4. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (R) FOX 5. The LEGO Ninjago Movie (PG) animated 6. The Mountain Between Us (PG-13) FOX 7. Wonder Woman (PG-13) Warner Bros. 8. Cars 3 (G) Disney 9. Flatliners (PG-13) Sony 10. American Assassin (R) Lionsgate Source: comScore (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

TOP TEN MOVIES 1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13) Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillian 2. Insidious: The Last Key (PG-13) Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell 3. Star Wars: Episode VIII -- The Last Jedi (PG-13) Daisy Ridley, John Boyega 4. The Greatest Showman (PG) Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams 5. Pitch Perfect 3 (PG-13) Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson 6. Ferdinand (PG) animated 7. Molly’s Game (R) Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba 8. Darkest Hour (PG-13) Gary Oldman, Lily James 9. Coco (PG) animated 10. All the Money in the World (R) Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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TIDBITS of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #47 Nov. 21st 2016

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NOW - MORE THAN GUTTERS! Matt Surplus, owner/operator of THE GUTTER GUYS proudly announces the opening of their new window fashion (shades, shutters, and blinds) showroom located at 7736 N. Government Way in Dalton. Matt, with two years experience under his belt, was only 19 years old when he started THE GUTTER GUYS. Twenty-two years later he is still growing and expanding as evidenced by the opening of his new showroom. Matt is humble about his accomplishments. “I can honestly say that I have developed the best “Rain Channeling System” for our inland northwest region, but I didn’t want to stop there.” “I’m always open to a challenge, to finding solutions that work, and our clients were asking us where to go for awnings, blinds, and shutters. It was time to grow, and our clients wanted more from a company they had learned to trust.” Six years ago, The Gutter Guys added SunSetter Retractable Awnings and SunSetter EasyShade Solar Screens. “SunSetter was chosen”, Matt explains, “because it is America’s #1 Awning company.” “As a leading authorized dealer and installer, The Gutter Guys can transform a deck or patio into a beautiful, up to 20-degree cooler, outdoor living area. By adding EasyShades to windows or porches, home owners can block the sun (before it heats up their home and damages fabrics and flooring) but not their view.” But he didn’t stop there. “With the opening of the showroom,” Matt adds, “We became authorized dealers and installers for Graber and Hunter Douglas, two of the industry leaders in shades, shutters, and blinds. In the showroom, you will find over 40 different samples to touch, feel and experience, and professionals to help you make the best decisions for your needs and budget. And, we are adding drapery selections, too.” “I am committed,” Matt continues, “to The Gutter Guys being the BEST. The BEST SERVICE, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, and PROFESSIONALISM available.” And, we deliver!”

STEP INTO THE WORLD OF WINDOW FASHION AT THE GUTTER GUYS SHOWROOM LOCATED AT 7736 N. GOVERNMENT WAY IN DALTON. Whosworkingonyourhome.com 208-699-4951


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COMFORT FOODS MADE FAST AND HEALTHY! By Healthy Exchanges

Chili Cheesy Biscuit Casserole Here’s a change for you chili lovers. It’s like getting your chili and cornbread all in one dish. 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar Twin or Splenda Granular 2 teaspoons chili seasoning 1 cup Bisquick Heart Smart Baking Mix 3 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) shredded Kraft 2 percent Cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1/3 cup fat-free milk 1 egg or equivalent in egg substitute 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon yellow cornmeal 1. Heat oven to 400 F. Spray an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with butter-flavored cooking spray. In a large skillet also sprayed with cooking spray, saute onion and green pepper for 5 minutes. Stir in undrained tomatoes, kidney beans, brown sugar and chili seasoning. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. 2. In a medium bowl, combine baking mix, Cheddar cheese and parsley flakes. Add milk and egg. Mix well to combine. Spoon batter over kidney bean mixture. Evenly sprinkle cornmeal over top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Place baking dish on a wire rack and let set 5 minutes. Divide into 6 servings. * Each serving: 187 calories, 3g fat, 8g protein, 32g carbs, 340mg sodium, 84mg calcium, 6g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 1 Meat, 1 Vegetable; Carb Choices: 2. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.


TIDBITS of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #4 Jan. 22nd 2018

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’re eager to take on that new opportunity opening up as January gives way to February. Now all you need to do is resist quitting too early. Do your best to stay with it. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Doff a bit of that careful, conservative outlook and let your brave Bovine self take a chance on meeting that new challenge. You could be surprised at how well you do. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might not want to return to the more serious tasks facing you. But you know it’s what you must do. Cheer up. Something more pleasant soon will occupy your time. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) As you dutifully tidy up your end-of-the-month tasks, your fun self emerges to urge you to do something special: A trip (or a cruise, maybe?) could be just what you need. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your achievements are admirable as you close out the month with a roar. Now you can treat yourself to some wellearned time off for fun with family or friends. (Or both!) VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Be sure you know the facts before you assume someone is holding back on your project. Try to open your mind before you give someone a piece of it. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You might feel comfortable in your familiar surroundings, but it might be time to venture into something new. There’s a challenge out there that’s just right for you. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your love of things that are new gets a big boost as you encounter a situation that opens up new and exciting vistas. How far you go with it depends on you. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) That recent workplace shift might not seem to be paying off as you expected. But be patient. There are changes coming that could make a big difference. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) While few can match the Goat’s fiscal wizardry, you still need to be wary in your dealings. There might be a problem you should know about sooner rather than later. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Easy does it when it comes to love and all the other good things in life. Don’t try to force them to develop on your schedule. Best to let it happen naturally. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A surprise decision by someone you trust causes some stormy moments. But a frank discussion explains everything, and helps save a cherished relationship. BORN THIS WEEK: Sometimes you forget to take care of yourself, because you’re so busy caring for others. But you wouldn’t have it any other way. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

FLASHBACK By Mick Harper 1. What artist wrote and released “Rush Hour”? 2. Name the group whose second album was “Colour by Numbers.” 3. What is “I Did What I Did for Maria” about, and who released it? 4. Who penned and released “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”? 5. Name the song that contains this lyric: “I don’t want you to hold me tight, Till you’re mine to hold, And I don’t even want you to stay all night.” Answers 1. Jane Wiedlin, formerly of the Go-Go’s. The 1988 hit was off her “Fur” album and was used in the film “License to Drive.” 2. Culture Club, with Boy George, in 1983. A promo sample of the CD was sent out with the Daily Mail newspaper, which was a good way to get attention. 3. U.K. artist Tony Christie, in 1971. A widower is about to be executed and he describes how he avenged his dead wife. 4. Gordon Lightfoot, in 1975. The song commemorated the sinking of the freighter during a storm on Lake Superior, with the loss of all 29 crewmembers. 5. “White Rhythm and Blues” by J.D. Souther, in 1980. Phil Everly added perfect harmony, something you can’t not hear once you know he’s there. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. LITERATURE: Which 18th-century statesman and inventor sometimes used the pen name “Silence Dogood” in his writings? 2. GEOGRAPHY: How many emirates make up the United Arab Emirates? 3. AUTOS: What does the name Volkswagen mean in German? 4. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Who was the first Roman Catholic to become vice president of the United States? 5. ARCHITECTURE: What is the location of the Pitti Palace, built mainly during the Renaissance? 6. MOVIES: What was the name of the monkey in the Disney movie “Aladdin”? 7. GOVERNMENT: Which amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees a speedy public trial for criminal offenses? 8. MUSIC: In the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” what was the gift on the seventh day? 9. U.S. STATES: What is the smallest state in land area? 10. HISTORY: What Greek statesman was considered the greatest of all orators? Answers 1. Benjamin Franklin 2. Seven 3. The people’s car 4. Joe Biden 5. Florence, Italy 6. Abu 7. Sixth Amendment 8. Swans 9. Rhode Island 10. Demosthenes


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TIDBITS of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #4 Jan. 22nd 2018

* January Sales Items: Get great deals on leftover holiday decorations and cards, appliances and furniture, as well as linens, towels and other “white sale” items. * Keep a few fabric-softener sheets in the linen closet. It will keep the towels smelling fresh. If you have lots of extra bedsheets, it keeps them fresh-smelling, too. * “Whenever I have a casserole pan that has baked-on, hard-to-remove bits left behind, I fill it with water, add a little dish soap and stick it back in the warm oven. I let it sit for several hours -- even overnight -- and the gunk just slides off the next day. Elbow grease is getting harder and harder to come by these days, so I try not to waste it.” -- I.S. in Pennsylvania * “Have a budding artist? Mine has just gone through a crayon-on-the-wall period. I tried all kinds of things to get it off, and then a neighbor told me to use a damp rag dipped in baking soda. It’s great, and the crayon came right off.” -- G.L. in Massachusetts

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