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• No wonder they call him Mr. Hockey! Gordie Howe is the ultimate record-holder, beginning with the most NHL games played, 1,767, and the only player to play in five different decades, from the 1940s up to the 1980s. Although he retired in 1971 after 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, he came out of retirement two years later to play in the World Hockey Association until 1980. When he retired at age 52, he became the oldest NHL player to retire, and the only one to play after age 50. • The Winter Olympics were officially held for the first time in 1924 in Chamonix, France, and were called “International Winter Sports Week.” There were 16 events in six different sports, with 258 athletes participating. Four years later, the event moved to St. Moritz, Switzerland, and the number of athletes jumped to 464. By 1952, there were 694 athletes participating in Oslo, Norway, increasing to 1,272 in Sarajevo in 1984, and an all-time high of 2,566 in 2010 in Vancouver. Vancouver’s Olympics featured 86 events in seven different sports. • Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie competed in her first Olympics at Chamonix at age 11, finishing dead last. But just four years later she took the gold medal, followed by two more wins in 1932 and 1936. Her performances took place on outdoor rinks in the cold and wind. Although she performed in a knee-length wool skirt, she didn’t need to worry about that hampering her jumps – in her day it was deemed “unladylike to jump into the air” or perform spins. Sonja retired at age 23, moved to Hollywood, and became one of the industry’s highest paid movie stars of her day. • Dick Button, former network sports commentator, was the men’s figure-skating Olympic gold medalist for 1948 and 1952, and is still a record-holder as the youngest man, at age 18, to win the Olympic figure skating title. He was the first to ever perform a triplespin jump and the double axel jump, as well as inventing the flying camel spin. • Figure skaters complete many triple axels, but what exactly is it, and why is it called that? The axel is a move created in 1882 by a Norwegian figure skater named Axel Paulsen. For the single axel, the skater launches into the air off one foot, spins around 1 ½ times, and lands on the opposite foot, going backward. The triple axel is 3 ½ rotations. Don’t confuse these with the Lutz, when the skater starts out backward, leaps into the air off the toe pick, spins, and lands on the same foot.

• Eddie Eagan was the Olympic champion in boxing’s light-heavyweight division at the 1920 Summer Olympics. Twelve years later at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, Eagan was a member of the gold medal winning four-man bobsled team, making him the first person to win in both Summer and Winter Olympics. He had taken up bobsledding a mere three weeks before the Olympics. • Bobsled tracks are made of concrete and coated with ice. They are about 4,000 to 4,200 feet (1,200 to 1,300 m) in length and have at least 15 curves. The sleds typically move along about 93 mph (150 km/hr). The very first Winter Olympics featured the fourman bobsled race, and the two-man event was added in 1932. • The East German women’s luge team had a unique strategy for the 1968 Grenoble Olympics. They heated the runners on their sleds, which caused the ice to melt, increasing their speed. No surprise that the women came in first, second, and fourth in the competition! Once their tactics were discovered, they were all disqualified and their medals were revoked. • Anders Haugen of the United States received his bronze medal for ski jumping in 1974. What’s unusual about that? Anders was 86 years old! He had actually competed in Chamonix in 1924, but a calculation error put him in fourth place. Fifty years later, a Norwegian sports historian noticed the blunder and Anders was awarded his medal by the daughter of the actual fourth place finisher, who had taken the bronze home years before. • It might look like Alpine ski jumpers soar miles above the crowd, but in reality, they are rarely more than about 18 feet (5.5 m) above the ground. Jumpers reach speeds of up to 65 mph (104 km/hr). • The biathlon, which combines cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship, was originally a military training exercise. Over the 12.5-mile (20-km) course, the athlete must switch from arduous skiing with a rifle on his/her back to the intense focus of shooting. The sport wasn’t an official part of the Olympics until 1960 for men and 1992 for women. • While Alaska’s Iditarod is probably the most famous dog sled race, the 1,049-mile (1,688km) trip from Anchorage to Nome is not the longest. That honor belongs to the Beringia Trail in Russia, where the world’s longest race takes place on the Kamchatka Peninsula. The trail is 1,270 miles (2,044 km) long in an area where 29 active volcanoes dot the landscape. ■

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Often times we think summer when we hear “Parks and Recreation”, but in reality, “Parks and Recreation” is a yearlong operation. Farmington Hills Special Services is “Parks and Recreation” and beyond for the Cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills. The City of Farmington Hills has over 628 acres of open space specifically designated as public use parks. Most parks are open 365 days a year from 8 am – dusk. Winter is a great time to seek out some of the amenities Farmington Hills Special Services offers and an excellent time to discover one of the many programs and event opportunities. As winter rolls in, so do the New Year’s resolutions. We often choose the resolution of “getting in better shape”. When we choose “to get in shape”, we think - eating healthier and

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Resolve to Live a Less Serious Life I'll share with you what my biggest New Year's resolution is going to be. I resolve to become less serious this year. To this end, I'm going to: --Turn off the television completely at least one day a week. The news is rarely good, and the commercials are increasingly about drugs for serious diseases. If I need to know what the weather will be like tomorrow or the next day, the Weather Channel will let me know without also filling my head with

ARIES (March 21 - April 19) Shutting people out to avoid distractions, even under a deadline, can cause hurt feelings. Instead, return calls and emails, and explain why you need a zone of privacy for now. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) Although your keen Bull’s eyes usually can discern what’s fact from what’s faux, that upcoming decision will need really solid data before you can risk a commitment. GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) As your confidence grows, you should be able to work toward your goals with more enthusiasm. Open your mind to suggestions. Some of them might even work for you. CANCER (June 21 - July 22) Reconnecting with someone from your past stirs up that old sense

exercising more regularly. Well, how about this year, don’t dread the resolution! Exercise doesn’t mean going to the gym, starving yourself and waking up an hour early everyday. You can actually enjoy it! This year, how about trying something new to fulfill your “get in shape” resolution: • Walk outdoors on a path or down the sidewalk during your lunch or after work. Just because it is winter, doesn’t mean you can’t go outside. Winter and snow often provides us a sense of peace and serenity – which is healthy, often reducing stress. The Farmington Hills Nature Center in Heritage Park is a perfect place to visit this winter, as just outsides its doors are 4.5 miles of trails • If you are an indoor person, we offer a variety of fitness classes that many people call fun! Try Zumba, Yoga, or Cardio Boxing at Costick or Jon Grant Center • If you are missing the swims in the lake, go open swim at the Costick Center Pool • Want to get the family out for exercise? Open skate at Farmington Hills Ice Arena.

all the more serious news of the day. --Read humorous authors. To name a few, Rita M. Brown, Fanny Flagg and Garrison Keillor come to mind. The librarian will be able to suggest others, I'm sure. --Revisit the books of my childhood and see if I still love them. "The Boxcar Children," a few Nancy Drew mysteries and "Huckleberry Finn" are on my list. --Subscribe online to a joke a day. They'll come by email, and they're promised to be suitable for everyone. I'll even take a few elephant jokes. (Remember those?) --Order pizza (or something similar) delivered to my house once a month. No, it's not on my diet, but that's the point. On that day I won't cook or do dishes after dinner. --Revive my stamp collection. No, I won't spend a lot of money on it, but there are a few stamps that could fill in some blanks on the pages. It'll be relaxing to flip through the pages, attend the monthly stamp and coin show, and talk to people who are in love with stamps.

of adventure. But before you do anything else, be sure to get answers to those still-lingering questions. LEO (July 23 - August 22) Some people might resent the way you plan to resolve a difficult situation. But your commitment to making tough but fair decisions soon wins you their respect and support. VIRGO (August 23 - September 22) Mixed signals could be causing that vexing workplace problem. Before you choose to leave the project, ask for a meeting so you can get things out in the open. LIBRA (September 23 - October 22) Your good intentions could backfire if you’re not careful with other people’s feelings. Try using persuasion, not pressure, to get others to see your side of the situation. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Your dedication to finishing the task at hand is laudable. But be careful not to overdo the midnight oil bit. Take time for relaxation with someone very special.

Getting in shape isn’t all about physical fitness, it is about balance. This winter, Farmington Hills Special Services, in partnership with several community organizations are developing a tool for Farmington and Farmington Hills residents that will help you “get in shape”. Stay tuned for www.F2HFIT.com. For more information about winter programs and events call Farmington Hills Special Services 248-473-1800. NEWS EVENTS PROGRAMS At Heritage Park Jan 7 __________ Fitness, gymnastics, and karate classes begin Jan 12_________ FRANK SINATRA TRIBUTE Jan 18_________ Owl Prowl Program Jan 22_________ Lego Classes begin Jan 25_________ INSIDE OUT Family Event Feb 1 & 2 ______ DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE Feb 2 __________ CHILI GOLF OPEN

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Who knows ... I might get to like this lessserious lifestyle. Want to join me? Start making your list! Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21) Although your intuition will help you make some tough choices in the first half of the month, you’ll need more facts to back up your actions later on. CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19) All that hard work and research in the workplace finally pays off as you hoped it would. Ignore comments from jealous types who are out to get the Goat riled up. AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18) An unfair decision creates unnecessary problems. But avoid anger and move carefully as you work this out. Expect to get support from an unlikely source. PISCES (February 19 - March 20) A fuzzy financial vista persists until midmonth, when things begin to clear up. You’ll also gain a better perspective on how to handle those pesky personal problems. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a wonderful way of being there for those who need your help in difficult times. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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We offer a wonderful atmosphere of customer service and a great opportunity to grow. Those that are interested may visit us online at prettipleaze.com to complete an application or call us direct at 248-208-8505 and ask for Debran. Pretti Pleaze Salon • Spa 28386 Franklin Rd • Southfield MI 48034 248.208.8505 • www.PrettiPleaze.com Debran specializes in short and healthy hair using high end Products. Do you have a question that you would like to have answered? Email Editor@TidbitsMI.com.

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