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CREEPY CRAWLIES (continued): • There’s a diﬀerence between an insect and a bug. A bug is actually an insect with characteristics other insects don’t have, such as a stylet mouth (one that is shaped like a straw) that is used to suck plant juices. True bugs have thickened front wings, which are colored close to the body, but clearer and thinner at the wing’s hind end. Cicadas, aphids, and stink bugs are truly bugs, but ticks, beetles, and flies are not. • Perhaps one of the most unpopular crawlies is the cockroach. It is one of the most adaptable creatures on Earth, which makes getting rid of them very diﬃcult. There are more than 4,000 species of this pest worldwide. They are cold-blooded and can live without food for a month. They can even survive for a week without a head. Because they breathe through little holes in each body segment, they don’t need a mouth or head to breathe. After a week of being unable to drink water, they die of thirst. A cockroach is able to hold its breath for 40 minutes, and can survive being under water for 30 minutes. No wonder they are so hard to get rid of! It doesn’t take long for a cockroach to spread bacteria throughout a home – they can run 3 miles per hour (4.8 kg/hr). Although the average cockroach is _” to 2” long (1.3 to 5 cm), one South American species is 6” long (15.2 cm) and has a 12” (30.5 cm) wingspan. • In the British Isles, the ladybug is called the ladybird. The ladybug is a type of beetle that can be red, yellow, black, grey, or brown, depending on the species, and might have spots, stripes, or no markings at all. Red and orange ladybugs have seven spots, three on each side and one in the middle. The number of spots has nothing to do with this beetle’s age. The number and placement of spots are determined by its species and are fixed well before the ladybug is born.
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CREEPY CRAWLIES (continued): • Many countries, including Russia, Turkey, and Italy consider the ladybug a sign of good luck and those folks will make a wish when one is sighted. Ladybugs are very useful creatures, as they feed on aphids and other garden pests. • Termites cause nearly $5 billion in damage every year. These wood-destroying insects can destroy a home from the inside out before a homeowner even notices. Add up the weight of all the humans on Earth, and it will be less than the total weight of all the world’s termites! About 10% of the world’s animals are termites. Damp wood is an ideal nesting place for termites. So avoid infestation by dealing with leaking plumbing issues immediately. Be sure water drains away from the house, don’t stack any wood next to your home, and keep an 18” (45 cm) gap between soil and your foundation. Although termites can be extremely destructive, they can be ecologically beneficial. They break down dead and decaying trees in the forest into rich new soil. • Another 10% of the world’s animals are ants, with at least 1.5 million ants for every human being on the planet. There are more than 12,000 species of ants, and they can be found on every continent except Antarctica. One acre of Amazon rainforest is home to up to 3.5 million ants. Ants are hardy creatures, able to survive 24 hours underwater, with many varieties able to swim. They are the longest living of all insects, with a life span of up to 30 years. When seeking food, the colony sends out a scout ant, who wanders about until it finds a food source. After eating some of the food, the ant heads back to the nest in a straight line, leaving a trail of secreted pheromones, a scent that the other ants will be able to follow back to the food.
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Since May 24 is National Escargot Day, let’s take a look at another creepy crawly, the snail. • Snails aren’t insects, but rather are gastropods, a member of the Mollusks phylum along with slugs and conches. Their one-piece shell is coiled or spiraled. Gastropods rank second behind insects in the number of named species. Snails are triploblastic protostomes, which is a fancy way of saying they are made up of three parts – one foot, a head, and an unsegmented body. • The thousands of snail species include land snails, sea snails, and freshwater snails. The French delicacy escargot is simply cooked garden snails. (The name escargot is the French word for snail.) They are prepared by removing the snails from their shells and cooking in garlic butter, chicken stock, wine, and thyme or parsley. The snails are then placed back into their shells and served with the sauce. • That little garden snail has 14,000 teeth, all of which are on its tongue. It hibernates during the winter while living on its stored fat. Although most ground snails are passive little vegetarians, sea snails are predators with a sharp tongue resembling a harpoon that injects a deadly venom into their victims. The poison of certain cone snails can kill a human. • Since a snail could never hope to escape a predator, if danger is nearby, snails can withdraw completely into their shells. A flat plate on the back of their foot called the operculum seals up the opening. • How can you tell a male snail from a female snail? The answer is…you can’t! A snail is actually both, as they are hermaphrodites, which means their reproductive organs enable them to both lay eggs like a female and fertilize them like a male.
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Q: I was a college student during the 1970s and still have a large box full of keepsakes from that period. I have early issues of “High Times,” a Happy Face cookie jar, a doughnut-shaped phone and an assortment of pop posters. I am thinking of having a garage sale, but keep hesitating. -Steve, Westminster, Colo. A: Several years ago, Michael Jay Goldberg, a Portland, Oregon-based collector, published a fun guide, “The Collectible ‘70s: A Price Guide to the Polyester Decade.” This might be helpful when determining what to toss and what to keep. Last year, while rummaging through one of my storage closets, I found a pile of 1970s comics: “Freak,” “Tales from the Fridge,” “Short Order” and “Psychotic Adventures.” Needless to say, I lost more than an hour revisiting these publications from my past, but what a blast. My advice is to think before you toss.
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Cooking the Books When the Department of Veterans Affairs sends out a press release concerning allegations about one of its hospitals, you know big stuff is in the works. And when two U.S. senators (John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona) jump in and ask for a probe, heads are going to roll. In this case, they’re asking the VA Ofﬁce of the Inspector General to investigate “delays in care” in Phoenix. The senators didn’t mince words concerning allegations that as many as 40 veterans in Arizona died while waiting for their medical appointments, and speciﬁcally that hospitals were keeping secret waiting lists to fudge the wait-time numbers. What’s disturbing is that this isn’t new news. I’ve written about it here. It’s happened before. If you want to fudge the numbers for appointment wait times, here’s how you do it: --If you make an appointment that’s more than 30 days out, wait and then cancel the appointment. Immediately reschedule it for the same date, making the books look like the appointment had a shorter wait time. --Keep a separate set of books. Don’t put all the appointment requests in the ofﬁcial system. Keep a list off to the side and put them in later, to cut the perceived wait time. --Insist that patients appear in person to make an appointment. That’ll deﬁnitely cut the numbers down. The VAOIG has visited this topic before (Google “Audit of Alleged Manipulation of Waiting Times in Veterans Integrated Service Network 3” for what was uncovered in another state), and I’m sure they’ll do a ﬁne job unearthing the truth about Arizona. Bottom line: As long as upper management bonuses are tied to reductions in wait times, among other performance measures, this kind of thing isn’t going to stop. 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.
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Plastic and electronics make it all too easy to keep an arm’s length from your ﬁnances. But in return for that convenience, you give up your privacy and control. Financial wizards have predicted for years that we would become a “cashless society,” and we’re almost there. Consider: When you make a purchase with a card, a record is made of your transaction. When you dine out, a record is created of where you went and how much you spent. If you bought a bottle of wine at the liquor store, there’s a record of that, too. Consider: It’s believed by many that grocery stores that offer loyalty cards amass records of your purchases and sell them, at least to advertisers and possibly insurance companies. Consider: Insurance companies might take a close look at you based on your purchases and activities. Do you want them to know that you’re still buying sweets when you’re overweight and a borderline diabetic? Consider: When you pay with plastic, you spend more. There’s no immediate realization that you’re now minus the amount you just put on your card because you haven’t touched any actual cash. What to do: • When you go to the bank to deposit your check, take out more cash than you need for your immediate expenses. When you make a purchase, pay cash. If you make a large purchase, pay cash and you might even negotiate a deal with the merchant who won’t need to pay creditcard fees out of his proﬁts. Put away what you don’t immediately need so you’re not carrying around a lot of cash. But keep cash, always, available. • Manage your own bill-paying by writing checks, and avoid automatic bill paying. Sitting down with a paper bill will allow you to spot errors, as well as keep control of what gets paid when. • Never make a purchase or payment with your cellphone. The security on those is even less than computers. • If you have one of the “tap” credit cards for emergencies (it works by tapping once on a device at the cash register), request one without that feature. Tap cards can be read several feet away if someone has a card reader. Bottom line: Don’t give up your privacy and control for the sake of ease and convenience. Research “cashless society” online and determine if that’s where you want to go. David Ufﬁngton regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@ gmail.com.
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Directions: (From Columbus or Ravenswood): ST RT 33 take Racine Exit on Bashan Road , turn Left 4.5 miles on Left, (From Racine): take Bashan Road, 6.5 miles towards Tuppers Plains WE HAVE BEEN COMMISSIONED TO SELL THE PERSONAL PROPERTY OF THE LATE MR. & MRS. PITZER. MR. AND MRS. PITZER LIVED ON THIS FARM FOR OVER 50 YEARS, WHERE THEIR FARM LIFE AND COUNTRY INTEREST IS EVIDENT IN THE QUALITY MERCHANDISE THAT REMAINS.
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They Lived to be 100 The U.S. Census Bureau has released a long-term research report on the differences between centenarians and seniors who are age 65 and older. Pulling in data from a previous report, Centenarians 2010, this research is an overview of 2007 to 2011 and focuses on marital status, education, veteran status, income and poverty levels. Here’s what it learned: -- Women made up the majority of those who had lived a century or more, at 81 percent. In the over-65 group, women were at 57 percent. -- Marital status: Most centenarians (82 percent) were widowed. Because of age, the over-65 group had a lower rate of 29 percent widowed. -- Education: A surprising 43 percent of centenarians did not ﬁnish high school. In the over 65 age group, 23 percent didn’t receive a diploma. Of those who went on to college, 15 percent of centenarians earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, with 21 percent of the over-65 group earning a degree. -- Veterans: Only 0.5 percent of women centenarians were veterans, but the number wasn’t much higher for women in the over65 group, with 1.15 percent veterans. -- Income: Of the centenarians, 83 percent received Social Security, compared to 88 percent of the over-65 group. The amount of beneﬁts was lower, of course, for the centenarians because Social Security is based on what you put into the system. Of the centenarians, 17 percent lived in poverty, compared to 9 percent of the over-65 group. Want to live to be a centenarian? Dr. Thomas Perls, co-author of “Living to 100: Lessons in Living to Your Maximum Potential at Any Age,” has some tips: Be adaptable and ﬂexible. Get rid of stress. Be optimistic. Exercise. Own a pet. Those are good goals for people of any age. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail. com.
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Patch Work • Complete Tear Off 3 Tab • Dimensional or Metal Roofing Chimney Flashing Repair Vinyl Siding
3 YEAR LABOR WARRANTY FREE ESTIMATES PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE IN BUSINESS SINCE 1987
with use of Metal and Accessories from Troyer Metal, 115 Deckard Road, Bidwell, OH (1/4 mile from Tycoon Lake)
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EASTMAN’S Prices Effective: Sunday, May 18 thru Saturday, May 24, 2014
Open Memorial Day Ground Fresh Daily, Family Pack
Fresh 81% Lean Ground Chuck
Previously Frozen, Best Buy
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
Vine Ripe Tomatoes
Domino Granulated Sugar
Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops
Red, Ripe Slicing
4 lb bag
Tender Choice, Family Pack
12 pk/12 oz cans, Selected Varieties lb
Super Chill Soda
Red Ripe lb
8 ct pkg, Hamburger or Hot Dog
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5/ 10 $
Includes: 3 Legs, 3 Breasts, 3 Thighs & 3 Wings
12 Piece Deli Fried Chicken
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Closed Sunday & Holidays
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From Huntington, WV: Take Rt. 7 North to Gallipolis, OH, take 141 West to 775 South (watch for signs at intersection) turn left onto Boggs Road From Ripley/Ravenswood, WV: take Rt. 2 South to Pt.Pleasant, WV, then take Rt. 35 West to Gallipolis, OH, Take 7 South to 141 West to 775 South (watch for signs at intersection) turn Left onto Boggs Rd. From Charleston, WV: Take Rt. 35 to Gallipolis, OH, then 7 South to 141, West to 775 South, (watch for signs at intersection) turn left onto Boggs Road
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Answers By Chris Richcreek 1. Steve Carlton, in 1967. 2. Brady Anderson, Jim Gentile, Rafael Palmeiro and Frank Robinson. 3. It was 1958. 4. Larry Bird (1986) and Michael Jordan (1991-93). 5. Martin Brodeur (2000), Jose Theodore (2001), Evgeni Nabokov (2002), Mika Noronen (2004) and Chris Mason (2006). 6. He won the silver medal in the luge. 7. It was 1972.
ANSWERS: 1) Neither 2) Saul 3) Mischief 4) Bodie 5) Nun 6) Moab
Answers 1. “The Munsters” 2. 13 3. Hoovervilles (named after President Hoover) 4. Marley 5. Bolivia 6. 1972 7. Brussels, Belgium 8. Winslow Homer 9. The Sahara Desert 10. Abraham Lincoln