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• Another interesting place in eastern Canada is Blow Me Down Provincial Park near Deer Lake, Newfoundland. The wind does blow across and over the Blow Me Down Mountains but the park actually has lots of trees to shield visitors from the wind. • When the town of Deer Lake was named in the late 1800s, it was named for the many “deer” who often crossed the local lake. Those deer were actually caribou. • A whistle on the roof of the Deer Lake Power Plant was placed there during construction in the early 1920s. An air raid siren that was brought to Newfoundland from England, it is still used today. Local residents listen for the whistle to know whether they are on time for work, ready for lunch, or ready to end their work day. It is sounded Monday to Saturday but silent on Sunday. The whistle also is blown in honor of several Canadian holidays. • If you do happen to visit Blow Me Down Park and Deer Lake in Newfoundland you should also head southwest and see Jerry’s Nose. Why? Because a place with a name like that should be interesting! • Heading way south, actually to the southern hemisphere, there is a lone rock hill in Queensland, Australia that is named Bang Bang Jump Up! This may make you wonder if a hunter found a large kangaroo years ago! • Hat Head National Park in New South Wales Australia boasts sand dunes, wetlands, the clear waters of the Tasman Sea and beautiful beaches. As opposed to “bed head,” which means bad hair, this is a place where a hat is needed for protection from the sunshine. It is about seven hours south of the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. • There are many odd place names in all countries, including the United States. The state claiming New York City, one of the most fashion forward, sophisticated cities in the world, is also where Hoosick and Owl’s Head are located. However, there is also an Owl’s Head, Maine. Additionally, Maine has Bald Head and Suckerville on the map. • Speaking of suckers, if you’ve driven across the U.S. on Interstate 40 you’ve probably noticed signs for Toad Suck Park, near Conway, Arkansas. Years ago, Toad Suck was a steamboat stop on the Arkansas River. The legend is that riverboat crews would visit a local tavern and “suck whiskey until they swelled up like toads!” The name is still used today for a U.S. Corps of Engineers Lock and Dam, a bridge, and the popular “Toad Suck Daze” festival held in Conway each May. • By the way, most Americans say the name of the Arkansas River using the same pronunciation used for the state: Ar-can-saw. People in the state of Kansas call it the Ar-Kansas, with emphasis on their state name! • Kansas has a small unincorporated town named

Canada. David Christie, Speaker of the Canadian Senate from 1874-1878, sent his sons to purchase land in Kansas and other Canadians followed. • Some places have names that have no known reason for their origin. Maybe the answer to those origin questions should be submitted to Why, Arizona! Why is a community about thirty miles north of the Mexican border near Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. The town name originated from the Y intersection of State Routes 85 and 86. Arizona law required all city names to have at least three letters – or it would have simply been “Y.” By the way, the intersection has since been changed to a T intersection. • If you are looking for Grit, Noodle or Cut and Shoot, you need to go to the state of Texas. Grit was so-named after the texture of the soil. Noodle was named after Noodle Creek, which according to old folk tradition meant “nothing,” meaning the creek bed was dry. • Cut and Shoot was named when a religious dispute concerning a visiting preacher arose in the Texas town. Some wanted to hear him and some didn’t! An eight-year-old said, “I’m scared! I’m going to cut around the corner and shoot through the bushes in a minute!” He did cut but didn’t shoot and his words lived on in the town name! • While all places have histories, the small towns of Remote and Boring in Oregon must not have been as lively as Cut and Shoot. No Name, Colorado also missed out on a lively name. • Hot Coffee, Mississippi got its name from an innkeeper who attached a sign shaped like a coffee pot to his building to attract business in the 1800s. The inn’s business grew and the area adopted the name. • Two Egg, Florida was originally named Allison after a family-owned sawmill. During the Great Depression locals began trading eggs for other needs at the general store. The practice saved the town, and the name Two Egg was adopted. Tiny little Two Egg is still on the map! • Many strange names dot the map of Kentucky. Monkey’s Eyebrow, Rabbit Hash, Big Bone Lick, and Possom Trot are some of the peculiar ones. However, you have to go to Missouri to get to Peculiar and if you are interested in bigger critters like moose, maybe a visit to Eek, Alaska would be fun! • For the longest place name in the world, head down under to beautiful New Zealand. gihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu is a hill where a chief of the native Maori tribe mourned the loss of his brother. It means “the hilltop where Tamatea with big knees, conqueror of mountains, eater of land, traveler over land and sea, played his koauau to his beloved.” ■

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owned by twin brothers Anthony and Pino DiIoias and Pino’s wife, Tina Serrao. • The pastries, made with whole wheat dough and a variety of sweet toppings, had a big television moment when President Obama stopped by the Byward Market in Ottawa in 2009. They also have been served at special events, such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January, 2012. • Just as BeaverTails are fried dough (or floatcooked), so are “beignets.” The official state doughnut of Louisiana, beignet is French for “fried dough.” Most popular at the Café du Mond, “the original French Market coffee stand since 1862,” in New Orleans, beignets were actually brought to

Louisiana by Acadians from the Maritime Provinces of Canada: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. • Areas with large Polish communities serve their own version of fried doughnuts, paczki, usually with a sweet filling. Mardi Gras, which is March 4 this year, is Paczki Day in Poland and areas with Polish immigrants. • Napoleon Bonaparte was the originator of the name for pumpernickel bread. His demand for a loaf of dark rye bread was for his horse! He ordered “Pain pour Nicole,” which meant “Bread for Nicole,” the horse. This was in Prussia where the bakers were German and they heard it as “pumpernickel.” • Another bread with an odd name is the “hushpuppy.” Served in the southern U.S., usually with fried fish or other seafood, hushpuppies are small round or finger-shaped bites of fried cornmeal batter. Several legends about the name exist, either about Civil War soldiers, fishermen, or cooks who tossed the tasty treats to dogs to stop begging or barking followed by, “Hush, puppy!” The oldest story of their creation actually is attributed to a group of nuns from France who settled in New Orleans around 1727; the treats were known as “croquettes de maise,” or corncake. • The term “breaking bread” is not only a term used for mealtime, but for religious fellowship. It is also a universal term for “peace.” Now, go in peace and enjoy some dough! ■ all - yo u - c an - eat pi z z a

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the back of your throat. The gag reflex can be very strong, and the tonsils have a very good blood supply, so damaging them can be very bloody. Some authorities recommend removal using the tongue attachment of a Waterpik (or similar device), but I have had general success with saltwater gargles. Very large or recurrent tonsilloliths are an indication for a visit to the ENT doctor. Dear Dr. Donohue: My blood count showed that my hemoglobin is too high. Everything else is normal. My doctor says the hemoglobin is high because I smoke. The doctor is on me, every time I see him, to stop smoking. I want to, but I haven’t been able to. Is he putting me on with another scare tactic?-- S.C. Answer: Hemoglobin is the stuff inside red blood cells that grabs onto oxygen as the blood cells pass through the lungs. Determining a person’s hemoglobin is a surrogate for determining the number of red blood cells. The carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke prevents the attachment of oxygen to the red blood cell. The body senses an oxygen deficit. It ups the production of red blood cells to compensate. The hemoglobin count rises. Your

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on themselves. We tend to see our offspring as an extension of ourselves and take it personally when our parenting skills are called into question. That being said, you should never hesitate to step in when it is a matter of safety. Your rules apply in your home and giving gentle but firm direction is completely appropriate. Believe it or not, children appreciate boundaries. They me not show it, but clear rules help them know what is expected of them. Another solution would be to arrange play dates in a neutral location, away from your homes. Sometimes a larger group of children can diffuse an attention seeker. It would be even better if it was a structured activity like crafts or even gymnastics. Burning off extra energy can do wonders to distract a mischievous mind. However you decide to handle it, put yourself in her place and think about how you would want it done. Next month: She has an overbearing motherin-law. Read about it in April’s column. Do you have a question for Jenny? Send an email to:

The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage. The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded. Its pale, cool color beautifully complements spring and summer wardrobes. Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones. This gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but also is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique. Those born in March can wear another gem Bloodstone; a dark-green jasper flecked with vivid red spots of iron oxide. This ancient stone was used by the Babylonians to make seals and amulets and was believed to have healing powers — especially for blood disorders. Medieval Christians often used bloodstone to carve scenes of the crucifixion and martyrs, for which reason it was also dubbed the Martyr’s Stone. According to the legend about the origin of bloodstone, it was first formed when drops of Christ’s blood fell and stained some jasper at the foot of the cross. A beautiful example of carved bloodstone with the seal of the German Emperor Rudolf II can be seen at the Louvre in Paris. Generally found embedded in rocks or in riverbeds as pebbles, primary sources for this stone are India, Brazil, and Australia.

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