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• Of all the country’s motorcycle manufacturers in business in 1929, only Indian and HarleyDavidson were able to weather the stock market crash. Production at H-D dropped from 22,350 bikes to 3,703. Sales to police forces helped them survive the economy’s collapse.

Q: I just started doing some repainting around the house, and I am finding that my first efforts don’t look great. The paint seems thick in some spots; old paint is still faintly visible in others, and I can see brush marks everywhere. I’m going to need to start over, I guess. Any advice on how to improve my painting skills? -- Susan

• H-D profited greatly from the use of their motorcycles during war time. Over 20,000 Harleys were used during World War I, and nearly 90,000 were put into service during World War II.

A: First, I’m glad you stopped with the first room as soon as you saw the problems. That way you can fix the mistakes there and learn enough to not repeat them in other rooms, which saves time and money. Experience will help improve many of these common painting problems. But there are some basic steps to take that will minimize the issues. --Paint showing through the new coat: Put a coat of primer between the old paint and the new when the old paint is a darker color or if it is a different type of paint (oil-based vs. latex-based, for example). --”Thick”-looking spots: These can be caused by painting a second coat before the first one is dry, or by painting over fresh spackling that isn’t completely dry. Thick spots on the old coat of paint also will show through the new one; try to sand those down beforehand. --Brush marks: Always stir the paint when you open the can, even if the paint store pre-stirred it for you. Then, make sure not to overload your brush with paint: dip only about one-third of the brush. Finally, make your brush strokes smooth and long, and lift the brush away so the paint feathers out. --Uneven roller strokes: Apply paint to the roller evenly by using a paint tray or screen. Dip one side of the roller into the paint reservoir and then roll it back and forth on the tray or screen so it spreads evenly. Also, don’t let the roller “slide” across the wall surface; it should roll freely. If it doesn’t, disassemble and clean it. --Paint drips: Again, don’t overload your brush or roller. If paint drips down the wall, finish the brush stroke and then brush the drip in the same direction that you’re painting the rest of the wall, feathering it out. If paint drips on the floor or baseboards, wipe it up immediately with a damp cloth. --Paint splatters: This happens often when using rollers, so always start your roll by angling upward, and roll smoothly and evenly. Don’t hurry.

• In 1946, foreign motorcycles hit the American market and the competition with British and Japanese bikes was fierce. British imports had a sportier appearance and were cheaper and more reliable. Favorable tax laws governing imports made these bikes even more attractive. Although Harley-Davidson introduced the Hydra-Glide with the Panhead engine in an attempt to compete, it was heavy and not as sporty. It didn’t take long for H-D’s market share to shrink to a mere 6% of the market. By 1950, 40% of the motorcycles in the U.S. were foreign-made.

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• Marlon Brando was 30 years old when he rode a British Triumph in the 1954 movie The Wild One, the story of a motorcycle gang terrorizing a small town. The film’s popularity did nothing to help the sales of Harleys. In an effort to combat the appeal of British bikes, in 1957, H-D introduced the Sportster, considered “father of the superbikes.” • The 1969 cult film Easy Rider featured Peter Fonda as Captain America riding a completely transformed H-D Electra-Glide with a Panhead engine. Four bikes were customized for the making of the film. Three were stolen before the movie was completed, and one burned. Fonda later restored the burned bike and today that chopper can be seen at the NaContinued on next page...

No-Kill Movement Gaining Followers By Samantha Mazzotta

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I’ve read more and more reports recently of lost dogs being euthanized at shelters even before a posted “grace period” has passed -- less than three days in some cases. How can shelters justify this, and why am I seeing so much in the news about it? -- Lila DEAR LILA: Some shelters have exceptions to their grace-period rules, and those exceptions vary. It’s not a great answer for owners who worry about their dogs getting out and getting lost, and it’s tragic for owners whose pets have been euthanized at shelters with such practices. There’s a growing movement toward promoting “no-kill” shelters, which house dogs, cats and other animals and do not routinely euthanize them, even if they’re unadoptable or unclaimed. You may be seeing the results of increased publicity by nokill advocacy groups, which

often function as watchdogs of the shelter industry. Many argue that it’s often necessary to have a program to “put down” ownerless dogs and cats, due to overpopulation. No-kill advocates rebut that the stray population is not as high as it’s made out to be, and that alternative programs can be implemented to control the population without putting animals to death. For example, nonprofits like No Kill Advocacy Center help shelters develop feral-cat trap/neuter/release programs and develop programs like pet retention (helping owners keep their pets) and foster care. People who are concerned about accidental (or bureaucracy-driven) euthanasia of lost pets can learn from no-kill advocacy organizations about how to take action in their communities to reduce or eliminate this tragic circumstance.

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Automotive Section tional Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. The Harleys ridden by the main characters in the film were purchased from the Los Angeles Police Department, as Harley-Davidson refused to provide free bikes for the movie. • The 1960s ushered in the customizing trend, but H-D failed to jump on the bandwagon in time. Their earnings faded, and the company was forced to go public, selling shares for the first time in 1965. In 1969, the family relinquished control of the business they had owned for 66 years, selling out to the American Machine and Foundry Company for $21 million. AMF, famous in the bowling industry, allowed the quality to slip considerably. Sales plummeted and by 1980, there seemed little chance of recovery for the company. In 1981, 13 senior H-D executives banded together and purchased the company from AMF for $80 million and the recovery began. In 1986, two million shares of common stock were offered, returning the company to public ownership.

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• There have been a number of “glides” throughout Harley history. The Hydra-Glide was introduced in 1949, with the first hydraulic front forks. This evolved into the Duo-Glide in 1958 with the addition of rear brakes and hydraulic rear suspension. The Electra-Glide came along with its electric starter motor in 1965, and on to the Super-Glide in 1971 and the Wide-Glide in 1980.

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Finally, AAA reminds motorists that how you drive has the single greatest impact on how much fuel your vehicle burns. Fuel-saving habits to consider include: - Maintaining a steady speed. Cars require extra fuel when they accelerate, so avoid quick starts and stops that waste gas and are harder on vehicle components. - Lightening your load. Don’t haul unneeded items in your vehicle; their added weight will increase fuel use. - Traveling at moderate highway speeds. Higher speeds require more power and fuel to overcome air resistance. - Using the air conditioner conservatively. Air conditioning requires lots of power. In cool weather around town, turn the air conditioner off, and open your windows. In hot weather or on the highway, set the air conditioning to a higher temperature. Where available, use “economy” or “recirculation” settings to reduce air conditioner operation and minimize the amount of hot outside air that must be cooled.

¥ Vinegar is such a versatile tool. It’s nontoxic, mild and yet a powerful cleaning agent. Plus, it makes a terrific salad dressing! Here’s one of my own vinegar tips: Keep a spray bottle of white vinegar by your washing machine. Spray the armpits of T-shirts before laundering. It helps to remove the residue left behind by antiperspirants. -- JoAnn ¥ Speaking of washing machines, this is from E.W. in Indiana: “To keep your washing machine smelling great, dump a gallon jug of white vinegar into the machine and set to wash and rinse on hot. I use just water and vinegar once every few months, and my clothes never have an old water smell!” ¥ Swimmer’s ear remedy: “Equal parts vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Put a few drops in either ear, and it’ll dry them out.” -- O.I. ¥ Get hard-water deposits off of showerheads by filling a zipper-style bag with vinegar and securing it to the showerhead using a rubber band. Let it soak overnight, then run hot water through it to clear. Amazing! ¥ “Dampen a piece of bread with vinegar and place it inside a lunchbox overnight. It removes food odors magically.” -- S.B. ¥ Pet or smoke odors in your home? Fill a few bowls with plain vinegar. Set them out for several hours to eliminate the smells.


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you do, you’re a hero to me! --------------Dear Dr. Donohue: What is the purpose of making all Coumadin users make a separate trip to a nurse for having their blood checked? It’s an additional charge that I cannot afford. Is there any other drug I could use? I am 93. -- R.J.

What’s missing from these fantasies is the fact that our so-called health care system is burdened by expensive, heroic measures often used to treat disease states caused by neglect or poor lifestyle choices.

Dear R.J.: I imagine the procedure was instituted so the nurse can change your dose of Coumadin right away if the blood tests indicate that your blood is too thin or too thick. Coumadin is an anticoagulant that stops clots from forming; it really does thin blood. The medicine is prescribed when a person has a condition where clots form and might cause a stroke. Atrial fibrillation is such a condition. You can ask your doctor if you’re a candidate for the new anticoagulant Pradaxa. With it, you don’t need to have the same blood checks.

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It would be nice if we could just get in the car and go, but the truth is that cars need maintaining, and the more diligent you are about tackling car maintenance up front, the less it will cost you down the road. Here a few suggestions that will curb your maintenance costs over the long haul: ¥ Oil changes -- The 3,000-mile oil change is history for newer cars. You’ll save money by changing it every 7,500 to 10,000 miles (check your owner’s manual). Use an independent garage, since dealers tend to be expensive. If you’re not sure you’re going to a reputable one, mark your old oil filter and check to

¥ Replace the air filter and wiper blades yourself. You can buy them a lot cheaper at an auto-parts store. Replacement is simple for either part, and it should take no more than five minutes to do. Replace air filters at least once every 20,000 miles and wipers at least once a year. ¥ Keep your tires properly inflated. Check them once a month; otherwise, you’re wasting gasoline or risking a blowout. Improper inflation also wears out tires faster, and buying new ones is expensive. ¥ Rotate and realign your tires regularly. If your tires are wearing unevenly, your car may be out of alignment or your shocks or struts worn out. This can drastically reduce the life of your tires.

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Health Notes Time for a Change? One small, but extremely big, change you can make is in your physical activity. By now, you have read 100 articles about the importance of physical activity to reduce stress, maintain a healthy weight and decrease your risk of disease. Yet, making physical activity a part of your daily routine is more than head knowledge – it has to translate into action. That starts with setting a SMART goal.

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1. Is the book of Titus in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. According to Hebrews 9, when Christ appears a second time, it will be to do what? To awake the Heavens, Start anew, Save those who look for Him, Cease all evil 3. Where is the Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest complete Bible in existence? Smithsonian, Hall of Jerusalem, British Museum, Vatican 4. Which hour mentioned in the Bible means the last possible moment that something can be done? First, Second, Eleventh, Twelfth 5. From Revelation, the lion of the tribe of Judah will open which book? Life, Everlasting torment, Death, Seven Seals 6. What Philistine city was home to Goliath? Jericho, Bethel, Gaza, Gath

Week of July 29th

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) With new facts to work with, you should feel more confident in moving ahead. But continue to do so at an unhurried pace so you can spot details you might otherwise miss. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Taking on that new workplace project could be one of your smarter career moves. Expect a surprising show of support from someone who had always been a critic. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might feel you’re too busy to undertake a new responsibility. But check it out before making any decisions. What you learn could persuade you to change your mind. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You feel quite content enjoying all the comforts of home right now. But the urge to travel grows stronger, and by week’s end, you could begin packing your bags. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A hectic period begins to ease up, but that doesn’t mean the Fine Feline can do much catnapping these days. You need to finish those old tasks and prepare for new ones. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Expect to get some good news about your financial situation by week’s end. But it could still be too early to rush out with a long shopping list of things to buy. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your management skills make an impression on some workplace VIPs who might be looking for someone like you to take on an upcoming project. Good luck. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Meeting a former adversary might be unsettling at first. But time has softened hard feelings, and you could be on the brink of starting a new relationship. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A troubling situation close to home might cause you to change your travel plans. But getting all the facts before you act might cause you to reconsider. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You might be quite alone right now in deciding to support a major workplace shift. But others will join you as new information supports your bold move. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A former co-worker returns with news that could persuade you to reassess recently made plans. Be sure to consult with a trusted colleague before you act. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your motives behind a recent decision could be called into question by a rival. But once you present the facts, all doubts will be resolved. Enjoy an arts-rich weekend. BORN THIS WEEK: While you love being the center of attention, your generous heart allows you to share the attention with others.


¥ It was President Abraham Lincoln who made the following sage observation: “The man who is incapable of making a mistake is incapable of anything.” ¥ Researchers at Harvard University once decided to test several varieties of Coca-Cola to determine their effectiveness, if any, as a spermicide. The results? Diet Coke was the most effective, while New Coke was the least. Upon hearing of the tests, a representative for the company issued the following statement: “We do not promote Coca-Cola for medical purposes. It is a soft drink.” ¥ The minnow has teeth, but they’re not in its mouth; they’re found in the throat.

¥ Ever wonder where we get the term “blurb” to indicate a short summary or promotional piece accompanying a creative work? At a trade association dinner in 1907, author Gelett Burgess presented attendees with a limited edition of one of his books. It was customary to have a brief summary included on the dust jacket of such books, along with a picture of an attractive woman. Burgess followed this custom Ð with a twist. On the cover of his piece was an image of a woman with her hand held to her mouth, as if shouting. The caption for this image was “Belinda Blurb, in the act of blurbing,” and bold letters at the top of the dust jacket declared, “Yes, this is a Blurb!” The name stuck. ¥ On an average day in the United States, there will be 10 reported UFO sightings. ¥ It seems that artist Leonardo da Vinci pioneered the paint-by-numbers style of art. He would sketch a piece, then number certain sections for his assistants to paint. *** Thought for the Day: “People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.” -- Soren Kierkegaard

• On Aug. 3, 1492, from the Spanish port of Palos, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sets sail in command of three ships -- the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria -- on a journey to find a western sea route to China, India and Asia. In October, Columbus sighted Cuba, which he thought was mainland China. • On July 29, 1909, the newly formed General Motors Corporation acquires the country’s leading luxury automaker, the Cadillac Automobile Company, for $4.5 million. Cadillac was founded out of the ruins of automotive pioneer Henry Ford’s second failed company. His third effort, the Ford Motor Company, finally succeeded. • On Aug. 4, 1914, as World War I erupts in Europe, President Woodrow Wilson formally proclaims the neutrality of the United States. However, by June 1915, the first 14,000 U.S. infantry troops landed in France to begin training for combat. • On Aug. 2, 1934, Chancellor Adolf Hitler becomes absolute dictator of Germany under the title of Fuhrer, or “Leader.” The Fuhrer assured his people that the Third Reich would last for a thousand years, but Nazi Germany collapsed just 11 years later. • On Aug. 1, 1943, a Japanese destroyer rams an American PT (patrol torpedo) boat, No. 109, slicing it in two. The destruction is so massive that other American PT boats in the area assume the crew is dead. Two crewmen were, in fact, killed, but 11 survived, including Lt. John F. Kennedy, who would later become president. • On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signs Medicare, a health insurance program for elderly Americans, into law. At the bill-signing ceremony, former President Harry Truman was enrolled as Medicare’s first beneficiary and received the first Medicare card. • On July 31, 1975, Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa is reported missing in Detroit. He was last seen alive in a parking lot outside the Machus Red Fox restaurant the previous afternoon. Authorities have never been able to confirm what really happened to Hoffa. He was declared legally dead in 1982.

BIBLE TRIVIA ANSWERS:

Answers 1. Carlos Beltran, who reached the mark in 2012. 2. Pittsburgh, in 1971. 3. Rutgers defeated Princeton. 4. It was the 1974-75 season, when the franchise was based in Buffalo. 5. The Bentleys (Chicago, 1940s), the Plagers (St. Louis, 1970s) and the Stastnys (Quebec, 1980s). 6. Japan’s Naoto Tajima, in 1936.

1) New; 2) Save those who look for Him; 3) British Museum; 4) Eleventh; 5) Seven Seals; 6) Gath

Answers 1. Kidney stones 2. House Un-American Activities Committee 3. Barbed wire 4. Hoyas 5. 1602 6. “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” 7. Someone who pretends to be something he or she is not 8. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream 9. Hg (hydrargyrum) 10. Strait of Gibraltar


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