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TIDBITS® INVESTIGATES THE KENTUCKY DERBY
by Kathy Wolfe And they’re off! Every year, the first Saturday in May marks “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” the annual Kentucky Derby. Tidbits offers some fascinating facts about the “Run for the Roses,” a contest for three-yearold thoroughbred horses held every year since 1875. • Construction on the racetrack now known as Churchill Downs was begun in Louisville, Kentucky in 1874. It was the brainstorm of Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., the grandson of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Clark leased 80 acres of land from his uncles John and Henry Churchill, and raised $32,000 for constructions costs by selling membership subscriptions to the track for $100 each. • The first Kentucky Derby was held in May of 1875 before a crowd of 10,000 spectators. Fifteen three-year-old thoroughbreds pounded around the track and the contest was won by a chestnut named Aristides. The original race was 1.5 miles (2.41 km), compared to today’s 1.25 miles (2.01 km). Aristides accomplished the distance in just under 2:38. In 1896 it was determined that 1.5 miles was too long a distance for three-year-old horses so early in the spring, and the race length was shortened. turn the page for more!
Tidbits® of CDA KENTUCKY DERBY (continued): • When race fans showed up for the 1895 event, they were met by a brand-new grandstand featuring the Twin Spires. A 24-year-old draftsman designed the Spires, which have become a familiar landmark to the Derby crowd. • At a party hosted by a socialite following the 1883 Derby, all the ladies were presented with roses. Track founder Meriwether Lewis Clark was in attendance and it’s believed he conceived the idea of declaring the rose the race’s official flower from that experience. But it wasn’t until 1896 that a bouquet of pink and white roses was first presented to the winner, and it was 1932 before the garland of roses we see today was introduced. The term “Run for the Roses” was coined by a sports columnist in 1925. The blanket of roses bestowed upon the owner of the winning horse is composed of more than 500 red roses sewn onto a green satin backing. In addition, the jockey receives 60 long-stemmed roses wrapped in 10 yards of ribbon. Owners frequently have the garland of roses freeze-dried to preserve it, and some even have a flower dipped in silver in commemoration of the win. • The two-minute mark has only been broken three times in Derby history, the first time in 1973 by the famed Secretariat. Nicknamed “Big Red,” the chestnut finished the course in 1:59.40, a record that still holds today as the fastest time ever. The second horse to finish in under two minutes was just a length and a half behind Secretariat. Sham, who was Secretariat’s dark brown half-cousin, had hit his face on the starting gate and knocked out a tooth. Although he bled severely throughout the race, Sham came in about one-fifth of a second behind the winner. The Derby was without an under-two-minute winner until 2001 when Monarchos finished in 1:59.97.
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Page 3 KENTUCKY DERBY (continued): • During the early 1900’s, owners of Derby-winning horses began sending their thoroughbreds to Maryland’s Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in New York. Although it wasn’t officially called the “Triple Crown” until 1930, the first winner of all three races was in 1919, a chestnut named Sir Barton. There have only been 11 Triple Crown winners, including Secretariat, who took the prize after a 25-year drought, setting records in all three races. There were back-to-back Triple Crown winners in 1977 (Seattle Slew) and Affirmed in 1978. There hasn’t been one since. • On those occasions when two or more horses are in a dead heat and it’s impossible to see which crossed the line first, a “photo finish” is needed to determine the winner. The first time this was used at the Kentucky Derby was in 1947, when a photo at the finish line concluded that Jet Pilot was the winning horse. • For almost 100 years, the mint julep has been the traditional beverage of the Derby. Each year, 120,000 juleps are served on Derby Weekend at Churchill Downs, requiring more than 10,000 bottles of Early Times Kentucky Whiskey, 1,000 lbs. (454 kg) of fresh mint, and 60,000 lbs. (27,215 kg) of ice. Spectators can expect a price of $11 per glass. Along with the juleps, a thick stew called Burgoo is traditionally served, a concoction of a mixture of meats, including pork, beef, chicken, and mutton, along with vegetables and barbecue sauce.
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Avoid spring time sports injuries Spring has arrived bringing with it a plethora of springtime sports activities. With 10 million sports injuries occurring each year, it’s important that you learn how to protect you and • If your kids (or you) like cereal, be your children. sure to save the heavy plastic liners that hold Whether playing golf, baseball, soccer, the cereal inside the box. They are really handy t-ball, competing in track and field or another when freezing meat patties in stacks. You can activity, there are certain things that you can do use them to separate layers of cookies, too. to help prevent spring sports injuries. • "I just finished packing up my house 1. Don’t go from sedentary to practice or to move, and this little tip was a dandy: Use play. If your child has been inactive for a while, a toothpick to keep the open end of your tape it’s a good idea to get him or her active several from disappearing. When you cut the tape, slip weeks before starting practice with a team or a toothpick at the end that's still on the roll. You jumping right into game play. will never have to go fishing for it again." - 2. Stay hydrated. Be sure children drink L.K. in New Mexico at least 16 ounces of water or a sport drink one • "I'm spring cleaning. I like to touch to two hours before play and another 10 to 16 up my baseboards, because I think it makes the ounces about 10 to 20 minutes before play to enrooms look fresher. I use a plastic dustpan as sure proper hydration. During play, general recI go along. I press it up against the wall, and I ommendations are to drink 6 to 8 ounces every can paint along without fear of getting paint on 20 or 30 minutes. For example, keep water in the the wall above the baseboard. The rubber gasket dugout for kids to drink between innings. along the bottom of the dustpan makes a great 4. Always warm up. Flexibility is a key seal against the wall." -- A Reader, via email component of every sport, but stretching cold • Keep buttons secure by painting the can increase your chances of injury. Be sure threads with a dab of clear nail polish. your kids warm up with light exercise for 5 to • If you still have a paper vacuum bag, 10 minutes and then stretch. Hold stretches for tuck a fabric-softener sheet into it before you at- at least 20 seconds, and 30 seconds is ideal. tach it to your cleaner. As the air flows through 5. Target your exercises. Sports such as it, the smell of the fabric softener will freshen tennis, baseball and volleyball often call for reyour home. petitive movements that can strain or tear mus • If your water takes a minute to warm cles and tendons. Exercise that specifically tarup, keep a pitcher by the sink. Let the water gets these groups of muscles can be helpful in flow into the pitcher until it gets warm. Then, reducing the risk of injury. use that water (which otherwise would have 6. Wear appropriate equipment. If the been wasted) on your houseplants and in your sport your child participates in requires personal garden. protective equipment, be sure to adhere to the recommendations. For biking and other wheeled Send your tips to Now Here's a Tip, c/o King activities, helmets should be worn. Likewise, Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, always ensure that your child has the necessary Orlando, FL 32853-6475 and properly fitted sports equipment for baseor e-mail JoAnn at email@example.com. ball, softball and other regulated game play. 7. Shoes matter. Sports that involve a lot (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. of running such as track and field put extreme stress on the feet. Take time to select the right shoe to ensure proper cushioning and balance. Shoe size, the arch of your foot and the sport you’re playing are all factors. If you’re unsure of the right fit, seek help at a specialty fitness store. 8. Eat properly. Have breakfast every day to replenish your energy, and don’t skip meals, which can make you sluggish and increase the chance of injury. Also discourage children from eating too close to a workout, which can cause digestive discomfort. Instead, meals should be eaten about three to four hours before exercising, or small snacks such as a banana can be eaten about an hour or two prior to working out. Remember, playing sports should be fun and healthy. So be a good sport, and follow these tips to prevent injury.
Page 4 An INVITATION to Come Together and CONNECT Are you community minded, want to make a difference, and are looking for a fresh new way to grow your business and yourself? We are proud to announce the expansion of TIDBITS and a new opportunity for you and your business or service: CONNECT, a bright new inclusive network now forming. We are looking for members who serve the 40 + age group and want to CONNECT and: EDUCATE BE KNOWN AS THE EXPERT YOU ARE AND SHARE THIS KNOWLEDGE. You will be a featured ‘Expert’ once each month, answering questions, sharing information or updates about your business, or announcing an event. SUPPORT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR BUSINESS AND IN OUR COMMUNITY. Come together to support other members - especially our non-profits, be a part of what is happening in our community, and be of service. As we Give, we Receive! EXPAND GROW YOUR BUSINESS AND GROW YOURSELF! Get affordable exposure to new customers and learn new practices that will keep you and your business fresh and exciting. Many are mightier than one! Join, have fun, and be ready to grow. For CONNECT particulars and how to become a member Contact: Mary Thomas, at Mail.firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mary at: (208) 964-9357
® of®Dallas Tidbits County Tidbits of CDA KENTUCKY DERBY (continued): • In 1932, an 18-year-old jockey named Eugene James rode Burgoo King to victory at both the Derby and the Preakness. Sadly, just a year later, the young athlete drowned in Lake Michigan. • The 1944 Derby winner was named Pensive and the victor in 1949 was Ponder. What was unusual about these two steeds? Pensive was the sire of Ponder and both horses won the Derby with the exact same time, 2:04.20. Ponder went on to sire the 1956 Derby winner, Needles. • Until 2005, only the first four finishers received a share of the Derby’s purse money. The rules were then changed to award a potion to the fifth-place winner as well. • The Derby has had a number of notable firsts. It was broadcast live on the radio for the first time in 1925, with the first national television coverage occurring in 1952. The size of the purse topped the $100,000 mark for the first time in 1954. (This year, the purse will be $2,180,000, with $1,240,000 of that amount awarded to the winner.) In 1968, Dancer’s Image became the first winner to be disqualified after traces of drugs were found in its system. The Derby’s first woman jockey was Diane Crump who rode Phantom in 1970. Diane came in 15th out of 17. Jockeys were allowed to wear advertising logos on their silks for the first time in 2004. • More than 165,000 people attended the 2012 Kentucky Derby, setting an attendance record. Tickets can be had for as little as $80 for general admission or as much as $5,000.
SENIOR NEWS LINE by Matilda Charles
More of Us Getting Knee Replacement
For a growing number of us, it will become necessary at some point to have a knee replacement. A recently completed 20-year study, funded in part by the National Institute on Aging, shows the number of knee surgeries has steadily risen. More of us, it seems, are now walking pain-free. But the news isn't all good, however. The study included 3.3 million participants who had a primary knee replacement and 300,000 who had a revision process, which is replacement of a previous implanted joint. Along the way, hospital stays have gotten shorter for recovery from the knee surgeries. This has caused higher complication rates as well as higher readmission rates, as we go back in the hospital when things go wrong. Between 1991 and 2010, the number of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) procedures rose a whopping 162 percent. The reason? There are more people likely to be considered as candidates for the surgery, more seniors in the population and more conditions that lead to osteoarthritis -such as obesity. Again the flipside: Hospital stays were cut from eight to four days for primary surgery, and from nine to five days for revision surgeries. This was no doubt due to insurers who want patients out of the hospital as quickly as possible to cut costs. Hospital readmissions jumped from 4 percent to 5 percent for primary procedures, and from 6 percent to 9 percent for revisions. Revisions caused more than double the readmission rates for wound infection, and a 100 percent increase for hemorrhage and heart attack. There's one thing to be said for following a good diet: If we keep our weight down and stay out of the obese category, we might be able to avoid needing knee surgery. Matilda Charles regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@ gmail.com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)
Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) affects between 3 and 8 million Americans. As the number of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia is skyrocketing, one has to wonder why. In my practice, my ever dominating question is “WHY”? Since the body has the capacity to heal anything that’s wrong with it, and it isn’t, WHY NOT? What is the underlying mechanism that is preventing the body from healing? Are the raw materials (fats, proteins, enzymes, minerals, carbohydrates, etc.) that the body needs to heal with missing? And if so, why? Are they not in the diet, is the body not metabolizing or assimilating them, or is something in the diet preventing the body from utilizing them? Or is there some persistent element in the persons’ life preventing healing (such as inadequate sleep, continuous stress, or toxic chemicals in their living or work environment, etc)? I am not the only one asking these questions. Much research and clinical correlation has been directed toward this condition from a different standpoint – the “WHY” angle, not so much the pathophysiology angle. This has resulted in the following conclusions about why FMS exists: A basic equation has not only evolved, but become quite clear: Chronic malnutrition + foul nutrition + chronic chemical exposures = FMS. Let me elaborate. Chronic malnutrition sounds like something primitive societies experience. Not here in the U.S. where obesity and food abound. However, our foods are so refined and adultered that they no longer nourish the body. They are canned, fried, boxed, pickled, frozen, freeze-dried, homogenized, pasteurized, flaked, puffed, baked, refined, dehydrated, concentrated, and basically processed to the point that the nutritional content is missing! Then we add chemicals, preservatives, dyes, artificial sweeteners, and artificial vitamins, minerals that are indigestible, aluminum, fluoride, chlorine, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, fillers, excipients and other toxic elements and wonder why we’re sick and malnourished! “Foul-nutrition” is a term used to identify non-foods or grossly altered foods we consume that foul up the biochemical balance of our body, leading to states of mal-nutrition. These non-foods are margarine, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats and oils, sodas, coffee (and caffeine), alcohol, etc. Since these consumables cause leaching of minerals or blockage of absorption of nutrients or cause the body to change chemistry to adapt to them, they contribute to a wide range of illnesses, including Fibromyalgia. Chemicals which cause reactions in the body come from many sources. They come from pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals in our food, our water and in the air. Even everyday things such as air fresheners, detergents and flame-retardants in new clothing and bedding. There is hope. Through a comprehensive health and medical history which serves to uncover the underlying etiology, and through nutritional intervention combined with acupuncture treatments, this condition CAN BE RESOLVED. Fibromyalgia need not be a diagnosis which condemns you to a life of pain, fatigue and woe. Learn more by attending our upcoming health class, “Natural Solutions for Fibromyalgia,” Wednesday, May 22nd 7pm in CDA. Fee: $10. RSVP: 208-765-1994.
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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You've set a fast pace for yourself. But as you approach your goal, you might want to slow down a bit in order to take time to reassess your situation and make changes while you can. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Patience continues to be a virtue for the Divine Bovine. So as eager as you might be to get things moving, remember that time is on your side. Make good use of it. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) There's a wee bit of uncertainty in the early part of the week. But things clear up as more facts come to light. Spend quality time this weekend with family and friends. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) An old friend's return could open new possibilities for both of you. But don't let yourself be rushed into anything. There could be some factors you haven't yet explored. LEO (July 23 to August 22) This week offers a challenge you're raring to take on. And while eager to get started, do so slowly so that you can focus those sharp Cat's Eyes on every detail. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Put your skepticism aside and listen to advice from colleagues who've been where you are now. What they say could be helpful as you get closer to a decision. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A family matter might again require your reassuring touch. Handle it, as always, with kindness and fairness, even if some of your kin prove to be especially difficult. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your ability to tackle even the most intricate details of a project is likely to impress some very important people. A relative shares news later this week. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) The Archer's aim might be focused on the big picture this week, but don't overlook checking for those details you might have missed. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You might feel awkward asking for assistance, but who would refuse the charming Goat's request? Do it, then go ahead and enjoy a musical weekend. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Pour some cold water on that simmering misunderstanding before it boils over. The sooner things settle, the sooner you can move ahead with your plans. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You're in a highly productive period, which you feel can go on forever. But you could be courting exhaustion. Take time out to relax and restore your energies. BORN THIS WEEK: You can combine a sense of adventure with a penchant for practicality. Have you considered a travel-related field? (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
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The 2nd Annual St. Vincent de Paul "Laughing Matters" Comedy Night took place at the CDA Eagles on Friday, April 19. It was a full house with much laughter all evening. The money raised will help support a warming center for those in need during our cold winter months. St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho is the largest homeless and low-income helping organization in our area. What started as a clothes closet in 1946 by parishioners of St. Thomas Catholic Church has grown to include emergency shelters, transitional housing, affordable housing, a dining hall which is open Monday through Friday, a H.E.L.P. Center with offers many services plus 2 thrift stores. Their desire was to help others, regardless of religion, race, personal background or gender. Today we are seeing 100-150 people everyday in our HELP Center who are in need of food, clothing, shelter, guidance and hope. Our next fundraising event is July 20th from 5-10pm and the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. This will be our 5th Annual Steak-Fry. The evening will include a steak dinner with all the extras and music by Kelly Hughes and Colby Acuff. Tickets are $25. For more information contact Barb at 416-4716. By attending these events, you are helping our friends and neighbors who are struggling in our community.
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by Samantha Weaver • It was nationally syndicated newspaper columnist L.M. Boyd who made the following sage observation: "Anyone who eats three meals a day should understand why cookbooks outsell sex books three to one." • The game of Chinese checkers did not come from China; it was invented in Great Britain in the 19th century. The game's original name was Halma. • We usually think of Spain as a warm country, so it might surprise you to learn that the nation has 13 glaciers. • Doubtless you've heard of India's Taj Mahal, but did you know that there is a tourist attraction in America that is so grand, it is popularly known as the Taj Mahal of the West? In 1968, a group of Hare Krishnas founded the New Vrindaban Community near Wheeling, W.Va. Though they began on 100 acres with no electricity or running water, the community now covers more than 1,200 acres and features Prabhupada's Palace of Gold, an ornate edifice of gold, marble and hand-carved teakwood. The award-winning rose garden alone is said to be worth a trip. • If you're a dog lover, you might have used your beloved pet as a foot warmer from time to time. This is by no means a modern practice; the Aztecs were fond of a certain breed of small, hairless dogs to accomplish the task. • Despite popular opinion, the dictator Napoleon was not particularly short. He measured 5 feet, 6 inches tall, which was the average height for a Frenchman at that time. • Those who study such things say that if you're like the average person, you can go 11 days without water -- provided the temperature never gets above 60 degrees F.
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"Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together." -Georg Lichtenberg (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
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PAW'S CORNER By Sam Mazzotta
Creating 'That' Dog by Freddy Groves
PTSD Drug Debate
DEAR PAW'S CORNER: One thing I've dreamed about with owning a dog is being able to bring him to coffee shops, markets, parks, you name it, and have him be calm and relaxed. You know the type: the big shaggy dog leashed to a lamppost being petted by neighborhood kids, with no problems. Well, my puppy is a good-natured Lab mix, but a little hyper. Will "Raven" ever be that dog? -- Joe K., Portland, Maine DEAR JOE: As long as you make it a priority to train Raven well in basic obedience both on and off the leash, socialize him to humans, children and other dogs, you have a very good chance of having "that" dog ... that cool city pooch you can take almost anywhere. Strike up a conversation with other dog owners who have a well-behaved pet with them, and find out how they achieved it. Search for puppy training or socialization groups in your area, through local papers or on websites like Meetup.com. If you're having trouble getting Raven to follow commands or be calm on the leash, look into group or private dog obedience training. If Raven is still young and hasn't had all his initial shots yet, avoid visiting dog parks until the vet says it's safe to do so. Don't venture out too far or too long: Gradually increase your walks around the city, so that he looks forward to exploring without getting exhausted or stressed. While you're out, check with shops and cafes that you pass to find out which ones are pet-friendly and which ones aren't.
More than 30 percent of veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are being prescribed a drug called benzodiazepine, which is a sedative, contrary to the Department of Veterans Affairs own PTSD guidelines. Benzodiazepine covers drugs such as Valium and Xanax, often used to help with insomnia and anxiety. The problem, says Dr. Nancy Bernardy, clinical psychologist with the VA's National Center for PTSD, is that the drug can be harmful. She writes in the PTSD Research Quarterly that the typical PTSD symptoms are not handled by benzodiazepine and that "mounting evidence suggests that the long-term harms imposed by benzodiazepine use outweigh any short-term symptomatic benefits in patients with PTSD." Additionally, her report talks of withdrawal symptoms and risk of tolerance after very limited use. The VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline "Management of Post-Traumatic Stress," dated 2010, "Strongly recommends against the use of benzodiazepines to prevent the development of ASD or PTSD." On the page of Balance of Benefit and Harm, benzodiazepine is noted with an asterisk that says "Potential harm." In spite of this, prescription levels are about 30 percent. Short-term prescriptions (two to four weeks) can be beneficial in terms of improved Send your questions or comments to ask@ sleep, but at that point the patient naturally pawscorner.com. Did you know mosquitoes can transmit doesn't want to give up the medication, which heartworm larvae to dogs, but fleas don't? Find out more actually interferes with PTSD therapies. In one in my new book "Fighting Fleas," available now on Amatest, researchers compared sleep results between zon. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. benzodiazepine and a placebo -- and found no difference. There are three groups for which benzodiazepine prescription is very much contraindicated: veterans with PTSD and substance abuse disorder, veterans with mild traumatic brain injury, and veterans who take opiates for chronic pain. To read the whole manual, Google "va/ dod clinical practice guidelines for the management of post-traumatic stress". To read Dr. Bernardy's report, Google "The Role of Benzodiazepines in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)" in the PTSD Research Quarterly. Freddy Groves regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@ gmail.com .(c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
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