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• Another Canadian Main Street was once listed as the longest road in the world. Yonge Street in Toronto runs from the Lake Ontario shore through Toronto north to become Highway 11 and continue through many country towns and wilderness to Lake Simcoe. • Yonge Street was removed from Guinness list of records in 1998, possibly because of road changes near Barrie, Ontario. The distance for the road is 1,178 miles (1,896 km), which sure seems long enough to be distinctive! A brass plaque is embedded in the sidewalk on Yonge Street near Toronto’s waterfront, across from Dundas Square, that marks distances to key cities of Ontario. The street was named after Sir George Yonge, an expert on Roman roads, by Ontario’s first governor. • The Main Streets at Disney theme parks are based on Walt Disney’s hometown when he was a boy, Marceline, Missouri. Walt wanted to create an area that would bring back memories of childhood in a small town. • San Luis, Arizona’s Main Street is unusual in that it comes to a dead-end at the Mexican border. • The Main Street of Melvindale, Michigan runs through a trailer park near The Ford River Rouge automobile plant, which was the largest factory in the world when it was fully operational. The Rouge, which is now a museum, was where the Model A automobile was first produced in 1927. The gigantic facility was Henry Ford’s idea with a factory that would achieve “a continuous, nonstop process from raw material to finished product.” • The Rouge in many ways functioned as a city, without its own Main Street or residents! It had its own railroad with 16 locomotives, a bus network with 15 miles of paved streets, a police force, fire department, and even a fully staffed hospital. In the 1930s, at its peak, more than 100,000 people were employed at The Rouge. • Have you heard of the longest Main Street in America? The city limits of Island Park, Idaho follow a 35 mile (56 km) drive on U.S. highway 20 that connects Idaho with West Yellowstone, Montana and Yellowstone National Park. The rural town is only 500-5000 feet wide (1521524 m) along the highway with fishing lodges, mountain views, the very cold Henry’s Fork (also known as the North Fork of the Snake River), Henry’s Lake as well as Island Park Reservoir. Western hospitality beckons visitors to stop and explore. • Some Main Streets have had many years of decay before being brought back to life by history lovers. One such place is York, Pennsylvania. By 1978 all four of its downtown department stores were shuttered. Through programs provided for

re-establishing downtown areas, the town is now thriving and Main Street is a popular destination. • Natchitoches, Louisiana, founded in 1714, is the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. The main street in the downtown area faces the Cane River and is named Front Street. This “main” street is kept alive by many small stores with southern charm, tasty restaurants plus a fabulous annual Christmas Festival. It is a destination street to visit. Natchitoches was also given a boost in popularity by the movie, Steel Magnolias, shot on location in 1989. • A famous motorcycle gathering fills up Main Street and the entire city of Sturgis, South Dakota annually. The 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will be August 4-10, this year. The first rally was held in 1938 with nine motorcyclists in a race. Now the rally attracts as many as 600,000 motorcycle enthusiasts; but they don’t all race! • The small town of Wallace, Idaho was formed when the silver boom was happening in the surrounding mountains. The main street is actually Bank Street, with impressive old brick buildings harking back to the town’s glory days. With only about 1,000 residents the town hangs on to its roots and entertains travelers along Interstate 90, in the Silver Valley of northern Idaho. • About 11 miles west of Wallace is Kellogg, another small Silver Valley town. The residents approved $8 million in bonds in the late 1980s to build a gondola from Kellogg to the top of Silver Mountain Ski Resort. The 3.1 mile (5 km) gondola ride is North America’s longest and is available for summer adventures on the mountain as well. The ski area was actually owned by the city and its taxpayers for a number of years but is now owned by a private company. In 2008 the company opened Idaho’s largest indoor water park as well, keeping the town on the radar for year round fun. • The entire small town of Eureka Springs in the Ozark Mountains or northern Arkansas is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. South Main Street is included in a loop that can be enjoyed on a drive or trolley ride through the hilly terrain. Like many historic small towns, tourism is the biggest business. • While many towns and cities have Main Streets that thrive because either the city government kept the downtowns alive or private citizens invested time and effort, some have needed help from outside interests. In the U.S., the National Trust for Historic Preservation has a nonprofit subsidiary, the National Main Street Center, Inc., that provides grants and advice to help. ■

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Dear Dr. Roach: I am 88 years old and in good health except for a small stroke I had a year ago with no lingering deficiencies. I have had an enlarged prostate for most of my adult life, but a biopsy showed no cancer. I have had problems with urgency. I tried a medication, doxazosin, with poor results, if any. My last visit, they recommended nothing more than medication. Is removing the prostate not advisable because of my age? What’s the reason they don’t remove it completely? --C.W.S. Answer: Symptoms of an enlarged prostate in men without cancer are common, and the condition is called benign prostatic hypertrophy. BPH can be treated with either medication or surgery. For most men, medication works well. Saw palmetto is used by many men, but well-done trials have shown it to be no better than placebo. Medications like doxazosin, including tamsulosin (Flomax), often are the first ones tried and usually work pretty well, but finasteride (Proscar) and dutasteride (Avodart) are effective as well. A combination is probably most effective of all. However, even that doesn’t work for some men.

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The most common prostate surgery nowadays is a TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate). This is far less invasive and has fewer risks than the old open method, and generally has good results. However, as with any surgery, there is never a guarantee of success, and I have seen several men get worse after TURP, even though most get better. Age in and of itself does not necessarily preclude surgery. However, a history of stroke does make surgery a bit more risky. I don’t recommend surgery lightly, and since you haven’t reported giving finasteride or dutasteride a chance, either alone or in combination, I would recommend a good trial of those before contemplating surgery. The booklet on prostate enlargement and prostate cancer deals with these common male problems in detail. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Roach -- No. 1001W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. Dear Dr. Roach: My husband has numerous skin tags under both arms. Now he’s starting to get them around his neck and on his eyelids.

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We’ve been told to tie a string around them, or a dermatologist he saw told him to get a good pair of cuticle scissors and cut them off, but there’s way too many to do that. Is there anything else we might try? -- R.L. Answer: Skin tags are benign growths that are very common on the neck, armpits, groin or other places where skin rubs. They are harmless, and nothing needs to be done about them unless they are cosmetically important. The best way to remove them is to have a dermatologist or other expert remove them directly. I don’t recommend trying to remove them yourself with scissors, since I have occasionally seen them bleed enough after removal to require a stitch. The last time I wrote about skin tags, several readers wrote to recommend Tag Away, an over-the counter product. It may be worth a try, although the reviews about this product are rather mixed. Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to ToYourGoodHealth@med.cornell.edu. (c) 2014 North America Synd., Inc., All Rights Reserved

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it be that her communication skills need work? As I have said in other columns, communication is always the key. Sit down with your boss in a discrete, one-on-one meeting and bring up some of your concerns in a calm and productive way. Consider whether there are circumstances that could be underlying her actions. Talking to her could go one of two ways. The first being that she was unaware of how she was coming across and your situation will improve, at least somewhat. Even if the talk produces no beneficial results, that’s ok too. Continue at your job, doing it to the best of your abilities, learning as much as you can while you’re there. Believe it or not, having a bad boss is something everyone should experience. Not only does it help highlight a great boss when you get one, but you are also learning what not to do if you ever find yourself in a management position. Just remember, you are not “stuck”. Take your previous experience and what you are currently learning and apply it to a quiet job search. Your next career move could be your dream job that encourages and inspires rather than drags you down. Next month: Read about a wedding nightmare June’s column. Do you have a question for Jenny? Send an email to: Editor@TidbitsMi.com

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• LEGO® Camps • Musical Theatre Camps • Horseback Riding Camps • Sports Camps including: Lacrosse, Challenger Soccer, Basketball, Golf, Volleyball • Detroit Pistons Basketball Camp • Martial Arts Camps • Art and Painting Fundamental Camps The 2014 Summer Camp brochure is available at cityofnovi.org. Registration is going on right now at cityofnovi.org. For more information, please contact the Novi Parks office at 248.347.0400.

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