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by Janet Spencer Come along with Tidbits as we remember foods that make you say, “What were they thinking?” KETCHUP & FRIES • The Heinz Company figured that if red ketchup was good, green ketchup would be even better. Called EZ Squirt, it was released in 2000, followed shortly after by purple ketchup and blue ketchup. They followed that with Mystery Color, which could be purple, orange, or teal. Special nozzles made it easy to draw colored pictures or write words when dispensing the product. Colored ketchup was popular at first, selling 25 million bottles the first year, but by 2006 it had outlived its novelty and was discontinued. • In 2002, Ore-Ida, which is owned by Heinz, thought that a way of improving upon their potato empire was to release a line of new products called “Funky Fries.” Instead of boring French fries, you could have Kool Blue French fries, or Cocoa Crispers (chocolate-flavored fries) or Cinna-Stiks (cinnamon-covered fries). Turned out blue fries look moldy, chocolate fries turned everyone off, and cinnamon fries were so cloyingly sweet that they were more like a dessert. By 2003, this line of new potato products had been withdrawn from the shelves. Yet, for a short time in history, it was possible to put green ketchup on blue fries. (cont’d next page)

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TIDBITS of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #7 Feb 12th 2018 FOOD FLOPS (cont’d) • The company that manufactured Reddi-Wip, which freed people from having to whip their own cream, experimented with a new product designed to free them from the onerous chore of frying bacon. Called Reddi-Bacon, it consisted of four pre-cooked slices of bacon enclosed in a foil packet along with a paper towel to absorb grease. Just pop the entire packet into your toaster and wait for hot crispy bacon to pop up. Unfortunately, the bacon grease congealed inside the foil packet had a disconcerting way of melting under the heat of the toaster and dripping into the hot toaster coils, starting grease fires. The product died before ever being released to the public. • In 1998 Kellogg thought they would simplify the complicated process of pouring milk over a bowl of cereal by packaging the whole kit and caboodle together. A single serving of cereal was packaged with a single serving of shelf-stable milk which would stay fresh at room temperature. A plastic spoon was included as well. The product was dubbed “Breakfast Mates.” It was doomed from the beginning for four reasons. First, it was placed in the refrigerated section of supermarkets because people are turned off by room-temperature milk, no matter how safe it is. Yet, people never thought to shop for breakfast cereal in the refrigerated section of their supermarket.


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FOOD FLOPS (cont’d) • Gerber’s baby food company made a serious miscalculation when they marketed a line of food for grown-ups in 1974. Called “Singles,” the product consisted of delicious and inviting meals for one: Creamed Beef, Beef Burgundy, Chicken Madeira, Beef with Mushroom Gravy, Mediterranean Vegetables, Blueberry Delight and more. All were packaged in over-size baby food jars. It turned out that no one wanted to be caught eating Gerber’s baby food for adults. • In an effort to compete with coffee, the Pepsi company released a new product in 1989. Called “Pepsi AM,” it contained “all the sugar and twice the caffeine” as regular Pepsi. With 28% more caffeine than a cup of coffee, it was designed to give extra morning pep. They found in short order that people just don’t want to drink Pepsi with their bagels or eggs or donuts; that people tend to prefer hot drinks with their breakfast; and because the product was named “Pepsi AM” people didn’t think about drinking it at other times of the day.

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TIDBITS of Kootenai® County, Idaho Issue #7 Feb 12th 2018 Tidbits of Dallas County FOOD FLOPS (cont’d) • McDonald’s introduced the McHotdog which fizzled in the U.S. but caught on in Japan. The McDonald’s McPizza also failed, as did McSpaghetti. To entice Catholics who were barred from eating meat on Fridays at the time, McDonald’s once offered the Hula burger, which consisted of pineapple and melted cheese on a bun. Catholics didn’t go for it. The McAfrica consisted of beef, cheese, and tomatoes wrapped in pita bread and covered with a sauce supposedly based upon an authentic African recipe. It was released in 2002, at a time when many countries in Africa were dealing with a devastating famine. A public relations nightmare resulted. • In 1994, the Original Pet Drink Company based in Florida introduced bottles of flavored water for pets. The carbonated, vitamin-enriched beverage came in Crispy Beef for dogs and Tangy Fish for cats. The drink was even approved by the FDA for human consumption, in case anyone had a hankering for sirloin- or fish-flavored water, which they didn’t. Neither did the dogs or cats. • In 1997, the Clearly Canadian Beverage Corporation introduced a new beverage that was part drink and part lava lamp. The fruit-flavored drink was spiked with little edible gelatin balls suspended in the liquid. Called Orbitz, and dubbed “a texturally enhanced alternative water,” it tasted like cough syrup and looked odd. People didn’t want textured drinks: you’re either drinking or eating and mixing the two didn’t work. • In the 1970s, American Kitchen Foods thought that if they shaped peas to look like French fries, kids would love ’em. They called the product “I Hate Peas” but it turns out kids hate peas no matter what shape they are in. They also hated “I Hate Corn,” “I Hate Broccoli,” “I Hate Spinach,” and “I Hate Carrots.”

STRANGE BUT TRUE by Samantha Weaver * It was 19th-century French novelist and poet Victor Hugo who made the following sage observation: “Men hate those to whom they have to lie.” * If you’re planning to visit the Hawaiian island of Kauai, you might want to trek up to Mount Waialeale. If you do, though, be sure to take an umbrella, as that mountain holds the distinction of receiving more rainfall than any other place on Earth, with an average of about 40 feet -- yes, feet -- of rain annually. * According to the National Chicken Council’s annual Chicken Wing Report -- yes, there is such a report, and it is strategically timed for release just before the Super Bowl -- 1.35 billion wings were consumed during Super Bowl weekend this year. That’s an all-time high; the number crunchers have determined that if all those wings were laid end-to-end, the resulting line of poultry would stretch 394 million feet. That would be long enough to circle the Earth three times -- or to cross a road 13 million times. * When archaeologists discovered the tomb of King Tut, one of the objects they found inside was a bronze razor -- and it was still sharp enough to use. * Did you ever wonder how the lollipop got its name? A man named George Smith first put the hard treat on the end of a stick, but candy-making wasn’t his only interest. It seems that Smith also had a keen interest in horseracing, and he named the candy after a popular racehorse of the time, Lolly Pop. * Those who study such things say that all mammals, from rodents to elephants, urinate for approximately 21 seconds. This is now known as the “Law of Urination.” Thought for the Day: “The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe.” -- Peter De Vries (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures “Bad Mom’s Christmas” (R) -- Is it possible for a mother to sit back and actually enjoy Christmas? Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) -- the original Bad Moms -- are back in hot-mess action mode, this time facing the mother of all holidays and its attendant family pressures. I invite you to watch the “unrated” online trailer. It’s a fair representation of the raunch level, which is pretty dang high. The inclusion of three veteran comedians in Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon as the grandmoms doesn’t really kick up the comedy so much as it spreads it out. It’s definitely watchable and funny, but if the first one was shocking but refreshingly honest humor, this was is an over-the-top hammering of vulgarity -- plus you’ll see what’s coming, including the obvious potential setup at the end. “Only the Brave” (PG-13) -- A spectacular ensemble cast -- Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, Andie McDowell, Ben Hardy -- takes on heroism and sacrifice, with heartwarming results as mesmerizing as a flame. The story focuses on Superintendent Eric “Supe” Marsh (Brolin) and his singular devotion to his elite crew of firefighters and their training, as well as new recruit Brendan “Donut” McDonough (Teller, who is having a banner year) and ultimately, the story of their battle in the Yarnell Hill wildfire in June 2013. It is based on the GQ article “No Exit,” which chronicled these famed “hotshots.” “Suburbicon” (R) -- Suburbicon is a bastion of homogeneity, an idyllic, lily-white paradise. One black family and a home invasion later, and resident Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) is becoming increasingly unhinged. His wife is murdered, her sister (the crazy, Stepford Julianne Moore, not the crying Julianne Moore) moves in to play mother to his son, and there are gangsters and crooked insurance investigators and race riots, etc. -- a typical Coen Brothers script. It’s directed by George Clooney, who imparts a particular style of snappy dialogue and that certain retro look, which, if you’re into it, maybe you could take a chance. If not, pass. “Battlecreek” -- Henry (Bill Skarsgard) is a sensitive artist and chronic loner who, due to a rare skin condition, cannot expose his skin to sunlight. He lives with his mother, Tallulah (Paula Malcomson), who jealously guards him like a prize, and he works at night a garage for the local mechanic (Delroy Lindo). When Alison (Claire van der Boom) is stranded in town with a broken-down car and a troubled past, Henry and Alison are forced to confront not only their growing feelings for one another, but the secrets and sins of the past. Directed by Alison Eastwood, “Battlecreek” is almost by necessity dark, but never hopeless. Skarsgard is luminous, and this film is a hidden gem that needs to see much more of the light. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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TIDBITS of Kootenai® County, Idaho Issue #7 Feb 12th 2018 Tidbits of Dallas County

By Dr. Holly Carling

Heart Health: The Price We Pay

Of the top causes of death, cardiovascular disease is one of the most expensive. By contrast, cardiovascular health is one of the cheapest to achieve or maintain. When assessing costs, we look at medications, hospitalizations, diagnostic tests, surgeries, emergency care, drugs, doctor’s visits, etc. But what about the price tag the treatments themselves set you back, physically? Beyond just the wallet, there is an inherent cost to the body, even with so-called “preventive” measures. Starting with drugs, we assume there is no risk to take them, but plenty of risks not to. That of course, is because that is what we are taught. But there can certainly be risks. Take aspirin for instance. Aspirin therapy is recommended to thin the blood. According to Mayo Clinic documentation, only people aged 50-70 qualify, and only under certain circumstances (basically if you’ve already had a stroke or heart attack). The risks to ages less than 50 may not be worth the gamble. Aspirin prevents the blood from clotting properly. If you have an injury, you could suffer extensive loss of blood. Also, if your blood vessels are already too narrow from plaque, a fatty deposit in the arterial lining could burst, resulting in a heart attack. There is also greater risk of having an aneurysm. You can also have stomach erosion/bleeding ulcers. Aspirin can deplete your body of vitamins and minerals - potassium, iron, zinc, sodium, folic acid and vitamins E and C.

It has also been linked with kidney failure, certain breast cancers, macular degeneration, cataracts, tinnitus, hearing loss, and erectile dysfunction. Even the FDA has reversed its position on taking aspirin therapy saying that using aspirin as a “primary prevention” therapy has not been established as beneficial, but the risks are. The general consensus is, unless you’ve already had a heart attack or stroke, it is not advised. Still worried about it? Not in this risk category? There are several natural remedies that may be of greater benefit to you. However, it is not recommended to abruptly stop aspirin therapy as it is possible to have a rebound effect, increasing your risk of having a heart attack. Seek proper professional guidance. Statins are given for “high” cholesterol. In the wake of the storm which changed the cholesterol “safe” numbers, making more people “qualify” for statins, another storm is brewing about the dangers of statins. We need cholesterol for an estimated 200 functions in the body - such as making sex hormones, anti-inflammatory hormones, brain hormones, brain cells, tissue integrity, and more. These are dependent on a continual supply of cholesterol – you NEED cholesterol! It is more a friend than foe! If your cholesterol is high, you need to figure out why, and not just inhibit it. Low cholesterol levels have been connected with violent or aggressive behavior, lowered serotonin levels, depression and reduced cognitive functioning. Risks of statin use include nerve damage, liver problems, decreased immune function, memory loss, increased inflammation and more.

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. 21, 1828, the first printing press designed to use the newly invented Cherokee alphabet arrives at New Echota, Georgia. Within months, the first Indian language newspaper in history, The Cherokee Phoenix, was published. * On Feb. 25, 1890, Vlacheslav Mikhaylovich Skryabin, who took the revolutionary name Molotov, is born in Russia. He invented the famous “Molotov cocktail,” a flammable liquid-filled glass bottle stuffed with a lighted rag and thrown at the enemy. * On Feb. 20, 1902, famed Western photographer Ansel Adams is born in San Francisco. Adams founded “Group f/64,” which was dedicated to promoting deep-focus photography and the use of “straight” images free from darkroom trickery. * On Feb. 24, 1917, British authorities give the U.S. a copy of an official coded message from Germany that Mexico should be asked to enter a war against the U.S. as a German ally. In return, Germany promised to restore to Mexico the lost territories of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. * On Feb. 19, 1942, right after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, authorizing the removal of any or all people “as deemed necessary or desirable.” By June, more than 110,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast were relocated to remote internment camps. (c) 2018 Hearst Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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FLASHBACK By Mick Harper 1. Which artist released “Fraulein”? 2. Who actually recorded the 1962 hit song “He’s a Rebel”? 3. Who released “Dreadlock Holiday”? 4. Which artist released the album “Never a Dull Moment”? 5. Name the song that contains this lyric: “Spread your tiny wings and fly away, And take the snow back with you, Where it came from on that day.” Answers 1. Bobby Helms, in 1957. Meant as a message from an American soldier, he sings about leaving his love, a German’s daughter, by the banks of the old river Rhine. 2. Not the Crystals, even though they got the credit. Producer Phil Spector was in a rush to record (one step ahead of Vikki Carr), and the Crystals were out of town. He snagged backup group singers the Blossoms, had them cut the record and put the Crystals’ name on it. 3. 10cc, in 1978. The video for this Jamaicareggae number was filmed on a beach in Dorset, U.K. 4. Rod Stewart, in 1972. 5. “Snowbird.” Anne Murray’s 1970 version was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the first time the American organization awarded a gold record to a Canadian female artist. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.


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NOW HERE’S A TIP By JoAnn Derson * What’s on sale in February? Get great deals on electronics -- including computers -- and mattresses, carpet/tile/laminates and other flooring, used cars, catalog closeouts and exercise equipment. Also, look for gift add-ons with perfume purchases and after-holiday deals on candy and red items (think ahead for Fourth of July and Christmas tableware!) * “We recently got a cute pot rack, but when we put up our stainless steel pots, it became clear that we weren’t doing a great job of cleaning them -- eew! My neighbor and best friend came to the rescue with a product called Barkeepers Friend. It’s a scouring powder, but it doesn’t scratch. Anyway, all the yellow stains on the bottom of our pots came off. And it de-grossed a cast-iron skillet too (we re-seasoned it). Our pot rack now looks great.” -- M.D. in Louisiana * Fine particles of dust and grease mix in the air in the kitchen, and when they settle on things, it can get sticky! If you have a buildup of this sticky dust on appliances, try this trick: Make a paste from baking soda or cream of tartar and water. Apply with a damp sponge for a little gentle abrasive. Follow with a clean damp cloth. This works especially well on the top of the fridge.

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TIDBITS ofTidbits Kootenai ® County, Idaho Issue #7 Feb 12th 2018 of Dallas County

Q&A with Susan Ashley, MD

Healthy Heart

I do not recommend aspirin regularly, because of side effects associated with it such as ulcers, gastritis and kidney problems. Instead, the fish oil will do what aspirin is supposed to without the side effects. Another great product is one called Neuroprotek. It reduces vascular inflammation and is effective at 2-4 caps daily. Green leafy vegetables reduce inflammation, so eat them daily. The right oils are important - use coconut, dark olive oil, avocado or nut oils. Avoid the highly inflammatory oils such as margarine, corn, vegetable, canola, and sunflower oil. These oils should not be in your kitchen! If you have diabetes or insulin resistance, do whatever you can to reduce your blood sugars and insulin levels. Diabetes greatly increases risk of heart disease. Lower carb intake to no more than 60 gms a day, and the weight will fall off. Next, get screened. For the month of February, Inland Imaging is offering cardiac calcium scoring for $100. This is a great savings, and I’ve signed my husband and I both up. It’s a good indicator of any coronary artery disease, and if there’s a problem found you may need additional testing thru cardiology. And for Valentine’s Day - eat dark chocolate -it’s health food!

This month is National Heart Month, in honor of Valentine’s day. Heart disease is still the number one killer of all Americans, with more of us succumbing to it than all cancer combined. There is much we can do to help prevent heart disease and not become the latest statistic. First and foremost, keep your weight in check. The more belly fat we have, the more inflammation we have! And inflammation equals vascular disease, which can cause a heart attack or stroke. Maintain regular aerobic exercise. Even walking 3-4 days a week, at least 30 minutes at a time, is effective. I don’t run anymore, but I do enjoy my walks. If not walking, then swim, ride a bike, do an aerobic class, just something to keep the body moving. Next, reduce inflammation by taking a high quality fish oil. The best brand that we’ve found is one called Monopure, made by Xymogen. One capsule of it is equal to 3 capsules of other brands, or 3000mg. Make sure whatever brand you take, it has all the mercury and toxins removed. You should not burp up fish if you have a good brand. Carlson’s and Nordic Natural are other excellent brands. 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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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Stop being the wool-gathering Lamb, and start turning that dream project into reality. You have the ideas, the drive and the charisma to persuade others to follow your lead. So do it. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You’ve scored some big successes. But remember that all hardworking Ferdinands and Ferdinandas need some time to restore their energies and refresh their spirits. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You’re gaining a stronger mental image of what you’re trying to achieve. Now look for the facts that will help get this to develop from a concept into a solid proposal. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Some of you eager-to-please Moon Children might want to delay some decisions until midweek, when you can again think more with your head than your heart. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A new business venture seems to offer everything you’ve been looking for. But be careful that that rosy picture doesn’t betray traces of red ink under the surface. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A volatile situation needs the kind of thoughtful and considerate care you can provide right now. There’ll be plenty of time later to analyze what might have gone wrong. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your loyalty to a friend in a tough situation earns you respect from people you care about. Those who criticize you don’t understand what friendship is all about. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your strong work ethic is rewarded with the kind of challenging opportunity you love to tackle. Now, go ahead and celebrate with family and/ or close friends. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A legal matter you thought had been finally resolved could require a second look. But don’t make any moves without consulting your lawyer. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Taking charge is what you like to do, and since you do it so well, expect to be asked to lead a special group. This could open an exciting new vista for you. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) An important matter might wind up being entrusted to you for handling. The responsibility is heavy, but you’ll have support from people able and eager to help. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A spouse or partner might make an important, even lifechanging, suggestion. Consider it carefully. It could hold some of the answers you’ve both been looking for. BORN THIS WEEK: You always try to do the right thing, and for the right reasons. No wonder people have come to depend on you. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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TIDBITS ofTidbits Kootenai ® County, Idaho Issue #7 Feb 12th 2018 of Dallas County

SPORTS QUIZ By Chris Richcreek

1. Four players have hit at least 250 home runs for the Philadelphia Phillies. Name three of them. 2. How many times did New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle have a season in which he had 40 or more home runs, but did not have 100 or more RBIs? 3. Ahmmon Richards set a University of Miami (Fla.) record in 2016 for most receiving yards by a freshman (934). Who had held the record? 4. Who was the last No. 1 overall draft pick by the Philadelphia 76ers before Ben Simmons in 2016 and Markelle Fultz in 2017? 5. How many years had it been before 2017 that the San Jose Sharks won a regulation NHL game in Buffalo? 6. In 2017, Lewis Hamilton set the Formula One record for most poles won (72). Who held the old mark of 68? 7. How many Wimbledon singles finals has Roger Federer been in during his 20-year pro career? Answers: 1. Mike Schmidt (548 homers), Ryan Howard (382), Del Ennis (259) and Pat Burrell (251). 2. Twice -- 1958 (42 home runs, 97 RBIs) and 1960 (40 home runs, 94 RBIs). 3. Michael Irvin had 840 receiving yards on 46 catches in 1985. 4. Allen Iverson, in 1996. 5. It was 12 years (2005). 6. Michael Schumacher. 7. Eleven, with eight wins. (c) 2018 King Features Syndicate, Inc.

Fabulous Food OLESTRA • In 1968, researchers for Procter & Gamble were experimenting with fats that could be easily digested by premature infants in order to help tiny babies gain weight more quickly. Their method was to fiddle with sucrose molecules, manipulating them into configurations that they hoped would be easier for delicate digestive systems to absorb. However, no matter how much of the substance they fed to babies, the babies failed to gain weight. • What they intended to invent was an easily digested high-calorie baby formula. What they inadvertently invented instead was a fat-substitute that would pass through the digestive tract without being absorbed into the body at all. • They called the new substance Olestra, presumably from “oil” plus “ester,” with ester being the stuff that binds the oil to the sucrose. It’s also known by the brand name Olean. • The key is in the molecular structure: triglycerides consist of three fatty acids bonded to a “backbone” of glycerol. But Olestra is synthesized from sucrose and vegetable oil, and it can bond to up to eight different fatty acids. This makes a molecule of Olestra so gangly, unwieldy, and cumbersome that digestive enzymes released from the pancreas don’t recognize it as food and ignore the substance. It therefore passes through the digestive tract without being absorbed. The researchers had not found the baby formula they were looking for, but they had stumbled instead on a diet food. • The new substance was dubbed a “sucrose polyester,” a synthetic fat substitute made by altering the chemical components of vegetable oil and sugar. It has the satisfying taste and feel of fat, without adding any absorbable calories.


Put Heartfelt Stamp on Valentine’s Day If you’re looking for indoor artful fun with the kids this week, put a heartfelt stamp on homemade Valentine’s Day cards, gift tags, lunch bags, stationery, you name it, using printing stamps you make together. First hunt for craft supplies and recycled items from around the house, and then make the stamps. You might even peek in the pantry and decide to carve a potato stamp. Set out paper, paint or a stamp inkpad, and get in the rhythm. Stamp, stamp, stamp. A pink heart here, and a red or violet heart there. And why not print a few X’s and O’s in between to add to the love? Here’s what you’ll need: --Wooden toy blocks or lumber scraps in sizes easy to hold when stamping --Self-adhesive craft foam sheets --Scissors --Pencil --Plain sheets of stationery, cardstock and/or construction paper in white or favorite Valentine’s Day colors --Acrylic paints in Valentine’s Day colors, or stamp inkpads --Paper plates and a small paintbrush, if using paint --Markers for outlining the stamped shape (optional) Here’s the fun: First, make your printing stamps. Draw hearts, designs or alphabet letters on the foam sheet using a pencil. Cut out, peel off the paper and press foam shapes on the blocks or wood scraps. (If you only have plain foam sheets, use household glue on the backside and let dry completely.) On a newspaper-covered table, pour a puddle of acrylic paint on a paper plate. With a small brush, paint the extended design portion of the stamp. Blot on a paper towel, and then stamp the design on the paper. Continue stamping more sheets and cards, adding paint to the stamp as necessary. Let paint dry. Alternate method: Use stamp inkpads. If you wish, use a marker to outline the shapes to make them “pop” on the paper. I like to use a fine-tip black marker. Extra ideas: * Make a stamp with a potato: Cut a potato in half. On the cut side, an older child or adult may carve out everything you don’t want in the design. Sop up extra moisture from the potato with a paper towel before printing. Poke a fork in the opposite side of the potato for a handle to make stamping easier for small hands, then stamp away. * Make your own stamping pad: Set a clean, damp standard kitchen sponge on a plastic plate and pour paint on the sponge, making sure not to oversaturate it. When not in use, store for a few days in a container with a tightly fitting lid. (c) 2018 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.

TIDBITS Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #7 Feb 12th 2018 For ofAdvertising Call (334) 505-0674 OLESTRA (cont’d) • The FDA approved it as a food additive in 1996, and in 1998 Frito-Lay rolled out their new line of “WOW!” chips that had been fried in Olestra instead of normal fats. “No fat! Few calories!” shouted the advertising. • However, there were drawbacks. One problem was that Olestra tended to bond with fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, and vitamin A and flush them out of the body. Extra vitamins were added to the products that used Olestra in order to counteract this. But main problem was that because the fat was not absorbed, it was flushed from the body, sometimes in an uncontrollably messy way. The FDA subsequently required warning labels cautioning people about possible side effects such as gastrointestinal upset. • People were not very fond of chips that carried a warning label about gastrointestinal upset. Sales of the chips declined precipitously before being removed from the market, though there are still products on supermarket shelves that contain Olestra, such as some Pringles varieties and Lay’s Light Chips. • Procter and Gamble were not done with Olestra, however. It turns out there are other uses for a sucrose polyester. Marketed under the name “Sefrose,” it’s used as an industrial lubricant and paint additive. Because it’s made by chemically binding sugar and vegetable oil, it has no toxic fumes and is much more environmentally friendly then paints made from petrochemicals. It’s used for deck stains and as a lubricant for power tools. • There are also practical applications for Olestra as a medicine. Because it binds so readily to so many things, it can lower cholesterol, it can remove toxins such as dioxin from the brain, and it can treat poisoning due to PCB contamination in the body.

PAW’S CORNER By Sam Mazzotta Grieving Cat Needs Comforting DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My 3-year-old cat, “Rascal,” is having a terrible time adjusting since my other cat, “Fresca,” died just a few weeks ago. He roams the house at night, meowing for hours, and doesn’t always eat his food. What can I do to help him? -- John C., El Paso, Texas DEAR JOHN: I’m sorry to hear about the loss of Fresca. It can be surprising to learn that many animals go through a grieving process after losing a companion -- whether human or animal. And, just as with humans, grieving can take time. The best thing to do is to be supportive of Rascal. Recognize that you’re both missing Fresca, and give Rascal plenty of attention and cuddles. However, don’t change his routine. Mealtimes should stay the same, playing and socialization times should stay the same (though you can extend the length of that play time). If Rascal starts eating less or stops eating altogether, try encouraging him to eat by adding a little bit of warm (not hot) broth to his food. Stay in the room while he eats -- many cats don’t like being petted while they eat, but they often don’t mind owners sitting nearby. It may take as long as six months for Rascal to recover from the loss of his friend. Be as supportive as possible without changing his routine, or feeding him too many treats. If he stops eating for more than three days, still won’t sleep or doesn’t seem to be improving after a couple of months, contact the veterinarian. Send your questions, comments and tips to ask@ (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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TIDBITS ofTidbits Kootenai® County, Idaho Issue #7 Feb 12th 2018 of Dallas County THE PHANTOM KILLER • The police in Germany were on the trail of a rare creature in 2007: a female serial killer. DNA evidence from over 40 crimes had been linked to her. They had been tracking her for over two years, carefully collecting DNA at the scene of her crimes using cotton swabs. When a young policewoman was brutally murdered in the German town of Heilbronn and DNA was found on the scene, the mysterious and prolific killer was dubbed “The Phantom of Heilbronn.” • A $400,000 reward was offered for information. Experts who analyzed the DNA said the suspect came from an Eastern European background. The Heilbronn police racked up 16,000 fruitles hours of overtime pursuing the culprit without results. Psychics and fortune-tellers were consulted. • Police were perplexed, however. They found DNA that was an exact match for the Phantom’s on several cold cases, including a murder dating all the way back to 1993. Her DNA was linked to not only six homicides, but also to a robbery at a car dealership, and a break-in at a school. What sort of serial killer is also a common thief? There was no pattern to her crimes. She burgled a business in Austria, robbed a jewelry store in France, and mugged a woman at a clubhouse in Germany. She stole numerous cars and motorbikes throughout the entire region. DNA that came from other people who must have been her accomplices showed no rhyme or reason. When witnesses described her, they often claimed she was a man.

by Freddy Groves Discharge Upgrades Have Gotten Easier Veterans who want to upgrade their military discharge now have help. The Department of Veterans Affairs, working with the Department of Defense, has created a new online tool. There are any number of reasons why a veteran might end up with a less-than-honorable discharge. Events that occurred due to traumatic brain injury, assault or harassment due to sexual orientation, and mental-health conditions such post-traumatic stress disorder are on the list. For those veterans who wonder if it’s worth the bother trying to upgrade, the answer is yes. You’ll be eligible for the benefits you earned. Go online to to the How to Apply for a Discharge Upgrade page. Based on your answers to questions, this tool will walk you through whom you need to contact, provide the forms and give tips on appealing your discharge. To begin, click on Get Started and answer all the questions. There are a number of choices under why you want to upgrade your discharge. Undiagnosed PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury are likely to be the most common reasons. At the end of the questions you’ll get an initial reply. If it says you need to fill out a DoD Form 149, just scroll down to download it. If you did apply and were approved, you’ll be issued a DD215. But you’ll want a new DD214 to reflect the changes. Check the instructions for how to get one. If you never did get a DD214, apply at the Get Started link. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

TIDBITS of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #7 Feb 12th 2018 THE PHANTOM KILLER (cont’d) • The newspapers declared the Phantom of Heilbronn to be, “the most mysterious serial criminal of the past century.” • Then in 2009, police investigated the burned body of a man who had been seeking asylum in Germany. To positively identify the body, they did a DNA swab of the thumbprint on the application he had filled out years earlier. And there they found the exact match for the DNA of The Phantom. How could this be? How could a female’s DNA get onto the thumbprint of a man who had filled out an application in a government bureau years ago? And that’s when someone suggested: “Use a different cotton swab.” The second swab, done with a cotton swab manufactured by a different company, showed no trace of the Phantom’s DNA. • The one thing that all of the DNA samples had in common is that they had been collected using cotton swabs manufactured by the same plant in Austria. The same woman who worked at the plant had been in charge of packaging up the swabs. The swabs were contaminated with her DNA. Cotton swabs are sterilized before being used to collect DNA samples, but whereas sterilizing removes bacteria, viruses and fungi, it does not destroy DNA. Skin particles, sweat, and saliva remained on the cotton swabs even after they were thoroughly sterilized. The Phantom of Heilbronn never existed. • Whereas German police should have been relieved to find that the mysterious female serial killer didn’t really exist, it would also be disheartening to think of the thousands of manhours wasted chasing a phantom — and of the 40 criminal investigations that were now back to square one.

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Maria and Brutus walked into my office with Brutus stopping periodically to scratch on his way in. I saw the look of dismay on Maria’s face as she approached the front desk. I overheard her discussion with Jean Ann desk how Brutus has had a skin problem for so long and she’s tried everything. She doesn’t think I’ll be able to help, but she’s here anyway. Brutus sat patiently by her side periodically scratching at his underarms. Brutus was an older dog Mastiff mix, he’d around and seen some things, so not much got him excited. Brutus and Maria went to the exam room. Upon giving him his physical I could see the crusted skin under the elbows had been there so long it was actually starting to get dark with pigment. His mom showed me the arsenal of things that she had tried to no avail. Since she had ruled out so much, it actually made my task much easier. We opted to check for fungus and there it was. Dog’s do get fungal skin diseases commonly, not like athlete’s foot or mushrooms you would see on a pizza, but fungal disease of a different variety. His mom actually broke into a smile, and I’ve never seen anyone smile over a positive test so much. We had our answer, but we had to address how to treat it. Next was the daunting task of giving Brutus a bath every week for 2 months. Since Brutus was over 100 pounds, this was no small request. His mom said she was up for it, so I gave her the shampoo and out she went with a smile on her face. She stopped in a few days later, saying that he had already shown improvement. She hadn’t seen him this well in months. He was a puppy again. I was thrilled to see the joy on her face. This woman who had all but given up hope was putting in quite a bit of work and seeing the fruits from her efforts. Brutus was himself again, and she was over joyed. Maria still stops in every now and then just to tell me how great Brutus is doing and how appreciative she is. I can see they both have a new lease on life. It’s amazing to me to see how helping an animal with what might seem like a mild situation to some, can be life changing for both dog and owner. It seems that they are both ready to take on the world now. While Brutus is more content to stretch out and relax rather than to learn any new tricks, I can tell his life is happier and fuller. Which is what my job is all about. It’s just another great day at the office.

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TOP TEN VIDEO, DVD for Feb. 5, 2018 Top 10 Movies On Demand 1. Blade Runner 2049 (R) Harrison Ford 2. It (R) Bill Skarsgard 3. American Made (R) Tom Cruise 4. The Foreigner (R) Jackie Chan 5. Happy Death Day (PG-13) Jessica Rothe 6. The Snowman (R) Michael Fassbender 7. The Mountain Between Us (PG-13) Idris Elba 8. Dunkirk (PG) Fionn Whitehead 9. Acts of Violence (R) Bruce Willis 10. Despicable Me 3 (PG) animated Top 10 DVD, Blu-ray Sales 1. Blade Runner 2049 (R) Warner 2. It (R) Warner 3. The Foreigner (R) Universal 4. Happy Death Day (PG-13) Universal 5. My Little Pony: The Movie (PG) Lionsgate 6. The Snowman (R) Universal 7. Dunkirk (PG) Warner 8. American Made (R) Universal 9. Despicable Me 3 (PG) Universal 10. The Mountain Between Us (PG-13) FOX Sources: comScore/Media Play News (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

TOP TEN MOVIES 1. Maze Runner: The Death Cure (PG-13) Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee 2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13) Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan 3. Hostiles (R) Scott Shepherd, Rosamund Pike 4. The Greatest Showman (PG) Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams 5. The Post (PG-13) Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks 6. 12 Strong (R) Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon 7. Den of Thieves (R) Gerard Butler, Jordan Bridges 8. The Shape of Water (R) Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer 9. Paddington 2 (PG) animated 10. Padmaavat (NR) Deepika Padukone, Anupriya Goenka (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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This is one of many questions that Kaci Rush of Permanent MakeUp at Bling Salon hears all the “I earned my estheticians license in Portland, OR. Then my husband and I decided to start a family. About the time I re-entered the working world I had my eyebrows tattooed. Not only did I love and appreciate the ease of my new eyebrows, I realized this was something I could do, and more “However, being a mother, I questioned this career choice. I was concerned that it might send the wrong message to my daughters. My first client was to prove me wrong.” “She was 82, had Bell’s palsy, and had drawn on her eyebrows for years. One brow was ¾ inch higher than the other. When I asked if she would like them even, she paused a while, smiled, and said, ’Yes.’ She loved her new eyebrows and the confidence and ease they awarded her was a gift to both of us! I shared her joy with my children. This was when I knew, in my heart, that permanent makeup wasn’t egotistical or arrogant - it changed and improved lives. That’s when I truly got excited. I became fascinated with creating beauty, a different kind of beauty.  One that helps people (especially women) of all ages and in all kinds of situations, feel better about themselves!” “So, why do people get Permanent MakeUp? “The 9 reasons I see are: Thinning or sparse eyelashes/ eyebrows; Permanent hair loss, alopecia, cancer; To have asymmetrical facial features;

Busy people who need more time; People who exercise, travel, swim or camp; Poor eyesight and unsteady hands; Oily skin causing makeup smear.” “Other common questions are: ‘At what age do people get permanent makeup? ‘ I see clients between 25 and 85. Self-confidence has no age limit.” How long does it last? “The application lasts 3-10 years. Everyone’s different. Physical body chemistry, unprotected sun exposure, skin care regimen - all affect the longevity. There is no one sure way to know, but I recommend touch ups to keep a ‘fresh and new’ look.” “Yes, money is a concern. Just don’t allow money to stop you going to bed and waking up every morning feeling beautiful, with extra time, ready for the world! You won’t regret it!”

Kaci is available to answer all your questions at (208) 659-6347.

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Jubilee Cherry Cheese Pie It wouldn’t be February if you didn’t have one cherry recipe to share with your special someone. This recipe has all the flavor of Cherries Jubilee! 1 Pillsbury refrigerated unbaked 9-inch pie crust 1 teaspoon almond extract 1 (20-ounce) can Lucky Leaf Lite (no sugar added) Cherry Pie Filling 2 (8-ounce) packages Philadelphia fat-free cream cheese 2 eggs or equivalent in egg substitute 1/2 cup Splenda Granular 3/4 cup Land O’Lakes no-fat sour cream 2 tablespoons slivered almonds Dash nutmeg 1. Heat oven to 450 F. Place pie crust in deepdish 10-inch pie plate and flute edges. Stir 1/2 teaspoon almond extract into cherry pie filling. Evenly spoon mixture into prepared pie crust. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove pie from oven and lower heat to 350 F. 2. In a large bowl, stir cream cheese with a sturdy spoon until soft. Stir in eggs and remaining 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Add Splenda. Mix well to combine. 3. Carefully spoon cream cheese mixture evenly over cherry pie filling. Continue baking for 30 minutes. Place pie plate on a wire rack and allow to cool at least 1 hour. 4. Evenly spread sour cream over top of cooled pie. Lightly sprinkle almonds and nutmeg over top. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Cut into 8 servings. * Each serving equals: 241 calories, 9g fat, 11g protein, 29g carbs, 434mg sodium, 200mg calcium, 1g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1/2 fat, 1 Starch/Carb, 1 Meat, 1/2 Fruit; Carb Choices: 2. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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SENIOR NEWS LINE By Matilda Charles

Scammers at the Door The guy who showed up today came to the wrong door: mine. I pegged him for a scammer before he even said a word. And I was right. The only thing I didn’t know was what kind of scam it was. Turned out it was utilities. The guy claimed he was at the door at the request of my electric company to update my records. Then he said he only needed to scan my previous utility bill. Wrong. I’d read about these guys. First, I knew that my electric company didn’t send him. Second, if I’d showed him my bill, he would have had my name and account number and would know what rate I pay. The scam works like this: With all that information, they would offer me a ridiculously low rate. If I signed up, before I knew it, my electric bill would have gone up 400 percent. I’d be locked into a contract and would have to pay a lot of money to get out of it. If I didn’t pay, they would send the bill to a collection agency, and it would show up on my credit report. So I shut the door in his face. This particular scammer has a long history in other states, and there are class- action suits and investigations. They’ve targeted seniors, saying the local utility company had changed names and new information is needed, falsified signatures to sign up, come to the door again and again, misrepresented who they worked for, lied about rates and much, much more. If someone shows up at your door with a clipboard and a photo ID hanging from their neck, it’s probably a scammer. If they ask for any information, it’s probably a scammer. Just shut the door. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

WHEN A HOUSE BECOMES A HOME” The Lodge at Riverside Harbor in Post Falls, and The Lodge at Fairway Forest in Coeur d’Alene are lovingly referred to as “homes”. Homes with hearts that beat for their local communities. Our residents, our caregivers, our owners, our families have a long history of putting their shoulders to the wheel to volunteer in our community. The benefits to givers and receivers of community service are widely known. “Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country. The intangible benefits alone—such as pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment—are worthwhile reasons to serve.” ( We had quite the Christmas of giving as our residents made hundreds of free bookmarks for children accessing our public libraries. Last fall we sent letters of appreciation to our military serving overseas. Our Valentine’s Day party was one to remember! We chair committees raising funds for causes such as a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. We serve in our churches, our chambers, our 4H, and more!! Yes, our hearts beat strong for our community!! We would like to join our circle of caregivers in one of our homes, please contact Linda at 208-7553637 or We even have gorgeous onsite studio apartments which include meals and all utilities as a part of our employment package. And, we are delighted to schedule around school commitments for our employees who are reaching ever upward. Call us!!

Linda Davis Director of building relationships. Linda Davis 208.457.3403

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