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H Known as “His Majesty’s first Independent Company of American Rangers,� the first Colonial American fighting unit was formed in 1747. Though it served England, the Rangers were American soldiers. H The earliest reference to a Canadian military unit organized in a school dates from 1861; six years before Confederation. The Militia General Orders of June 3, 1861 authorized a Volunteer Militia Rifle Company, Class B to be called “Trinity College Volunteer Rifle Company.� Although this rifle company was more of an Officer Training Corps than a cadet corps, the beginnings of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets had been formed. H The Canadian Forces, formed officially on Feb. 1, 1968, was the result of the unification and merging of the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian AirForce. H An unordered “shot heard around the world� that occurred on April 19, 1775, at Lexington Green near Boston quickly started the War for Independence. At this battle, the first in the Revolutionary War, eight Americans were killed and 10 wounded. (continued on page 4)


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Preparing for Boot Camp Like any mother, I worried when my son joined the Army. But later on, when I asked him how things were going, he put my mind at ease. “Let me put it this way, Mom,” he said. “Living with you prepared me for boot camp.”

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Here’s yet another reason to take all the medication that our doctors prescribe: It can save us from falls. A study was done by a group with a rather interesting name: MOBILIZE Boston, which stands for Balance, Independent Living, Intellect and Zest in the Elderly of Boston. The group exists to study fall risk factors in seniors. More than 600 participants with an average age of 78 were studied after they’d had falls. They were all asked four questions: Do they ever forget? Are they ever careless? Do they ever stop taking medicine when they feel better? Do they ever stop taking medicine if they feel worse? Forty-eight percent were what it called “low adherence,” which means they weren’t taking their prescriptions as instructed. Those seniors had more than one fall per year, a full 50 percent more than the “high adherence” group. Over the course of the study, 376 of the participants reported more than 1,000 falls. The researchers suggested that doctors quiz their senior patients about whether they take all medication as prescribed. While that might be a good idea, I have an idea,

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too: We need to take responsibility for our health, and that includes taking medications when and as they’re prescribed. Granted, there are some medications with side effects. But a call to the doctor’s office often can result in getting a slightly different medicine. After all, falls are one of the quickest ways we can lose our independence. Here are some more steps you can take to limit the number of falls: • Check your environment. Are there wrinkled throw rugs on your floors? Is the stair-rail sturdy? • Are your shoes comfortable, with a non-slip sole? • Do you need to update your eyeglass prescription? • Do you need handrails installed? Help is available if you ask for it. *** 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

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u When frosting a cake, put a dollop of frosting in the middle of the serving plate, and then invert your cake onto it. It will keep the cake from sliding around while you frost. u “I try to keep a clean plastic no-spill cup in the car for each of my kids at all times. They don’t always remember to bring a drink, and we can fill them at water fountains when we unexpectedly visit the park or other fun places.” — K.R. in Nevada u “I purchased a small misting spray bottle from the travel-items section of my local drugstore. I filled it with rubbing alcohol, and keep it on my desk at work. I use a tissue and the alcohol to clean my phone and keyboard regularly. I believe this has kept me from getting many illnesses this past season.” — F.D. in North Carolina u Keep your outdoor hardwood furniture (teak, acacia, etc.) looking its best by cleaning and oiling it once per year. Liberally apply oil made for wood with a clean rag, then use another rag to wipe off any excess. It’s a simple thing that can make a big difference. u “When I replaced the towel rack in our bathroom, my husband decided to keep the old one for his shop. He put several ‘S’ hooks on it, and stores all manner of tools and supplies on it.” — M.W. in Michigan u “Save the plastic cups from pudding and yogurt. You can refill them at a fraction of the cost by making a box mix. Cover the top with plastic wrap secured with a small rubber band.” — A Reader, via e-mail Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

z It was American author, playwright, screenwriter and political activist Gore Vidal who made the following sage observation: “Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.” z The next time you get a chance, you might want to check the pressure of your car’s tires; if they’re not inflated to the correct pressure, you’re contributing to the $9 million in fuel that is wasted due to improper tire pressure, according to the Department of Energy. z If you ever go to Rome, one of the sights that must be seen is the Trevi Fountain, the elaborate Baroque installment that was completed in 1762. According to legend, anyone who throws a coin in the fountain is ensured a return visit to Rome. This is, evidently, a popular tradition; every night approximately $3,500 is retrieved from the

fountain. The money is used to fund a supermarket for the city’s needy. z In this era of ubiquitous technology and instant communication through e-mail and text message, the average American still receives 1.5 personal letters each week. Of course, you have to weigh that against the 10.8 pieces of junk mail that arrive on a weekly basis. z Due to the rising prices of the materials used to mint coins, it now costs 2 cents to manufacture every penny and 9 cents to make a nickel. z In 2006, an Illinois police officer was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. This probably would not be noteworthy, except that it was the same police officer who received an award for making the most DUI arrests in his county. * * * © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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The Home Affordable Refinance Program has been extended, which is good news for potentially millions of homeowners. Set to expire this summer, the program now will run until June 2011. HARP is aimed at homeowners of properties that are currently worth less than what is due on the note, known as being “underwater.” Because of the home-price declines of a still-failing housing market, more and more people are experiencing the loss of equity in their homes. While most underwater homeowners continue to make payments and are current, it’s been reported that when homeowners face losses of equity of more than 25 percent, defaults and foreclosures increase. Foreclosures are up to 4.6 percent of all homeowners now. Some merely walk away from the house when all hope of regaining equity is lost. Without solid loan-to-value numbers, a homeowner can’t refinance. Without good appraisal numbers — because neighborhood values have fallen — there is no refinance. Homeowners can’t sell their homes, either, if they’ll still owe more than they can get for the house. In many cases, the underwater homeowner is not at fault. Unemployment can cause whole neighborhoods to fall, as owners sell at low prices one step ahead of foreclosure, bringing down values. To qualify for the refinance program: • You must be current on your mortgage. • Only Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loans can participate. • The lender must approve and agree to rewrite the balance of the loan and take at least 10 percent off the principal. • After the refinance, the mortgage amount cannot exceed 115 percent of the value of the home. • The new mortgage payments must be less than 31 percent of your income. • The property must be your primary home. • If you have a second mortgage, the first and second will be combined. • Your FICO credit score must be 500 or above. If you have an interest-only loan or an interest rate that will rise, a HARP refinance can help stabilize your payments by giving you a fixed rate. If you have a high interest-rate loan, a HARP refinance can help reduce your payments. For more information, check the government’s Making Home Affordable site at Click on Eligibility, and scroll down to Home Affordable Refinance Program. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

Tidbits® of Hilton Head, Bluffton, and Beaufort H The “Star Spangled Banner” officially became the National Anthem in 1931. H It’s about time: Private First Class Clarence Wallaert was shot in the hip by a German sniper while fighting against the German Winter Line in Italy on Dec. 30, 1943. Wallaert bandaged his own wound and provided 12 hours of rifle support for his Army comrades advancing into the Liri Valley — the “gateway to Rome.” Nearly 66 years later, Wallaert, 86, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., for his meritorious actions during World War II. H June 6, 1944: D-Day. In the largest, exclusively American field command, 1.3 million men stormed the beaches at Normandy in the greatest amphibious

attack in history. H In late 1944, in the wake of the allied forces’ successful D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, it seemed as if the Second World War was all but over. But on December 16, with the onset of winter, the German army launched a counteroffensive intended to cut through the Allied forces in a manner that would turn the tide of the war in Hitler’s favor. This was The Battle of the Bulge, where the courage and fortitude of the American Soldier was tested against great adversity. H It’s a hit. The U.S. Army announced on December 12, 1957, that “The Army Goes Rolling Along” (“Caisson Song”) was to be verified as (continued on page 7)

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Reutimann: Better Late Than Never CONCORD, N.C. — Regardless of how the rest of the season is going, David Reutimann can count on Charlotte Motor

Speedway for respite. Reutimann’s only Sprint Cup victory to date occurred in the track’s 2009 Coca-Cola 600. A year after that stirring upset, Reutimann matched his best finish of the current season by finishing fifth in NASCAR’s longest race. At 40, Reutimann, from Zephyrhills, Fla., is only 112 races into his Cup career. He never made it to NASCAR’s premier series full-time until 2008, though he competed in 26 races in ‘07. “A guy coming right out of high school and going Cup racing doesn’t appreciate it, maybe, as much as a guy like me who’s done it a little differently,” he said. “Nothing wrong with that. “Trust me. I wish I would’ve been 18 years old, coming out of high school, and had an opportunity to do Cup racing. I would’ve loved to have done that. It just wasn’t in the cards for me at the time. If

At age 40, David Reutimann got a late start on his Sprint Cup career, with his first full season in 2008. (John Clark/NASCAR This Week photo)

you were 18 or 20 years old, or even mid-20s, you were too young. They wanted guys who were more seasoned because they didn’t tear up as many cars.” It was Jeff Gordon who changed all that. Gordon, of course, has won four championships and 82 races.

He’s younger than Reutimann. “Gordon shows up, and all the rules changed,” said Reutimann. “Everybody wanted a young guy because he (Gordon) was producing on the race track. You’ve got a guy like Mark Martin. I’m not saying I’m a Mark Martin, but when you’re out there racing that guy and he’s kicking butt, it makes you feel really good. “It makes you feel like you maybe have a little bit of longevity. You never know. In the end, if you run well on the race track, they’ll probably keep you around no matter how old you get.” Is there still room for a late bloomer? Why, sure. “Forty is the new 30, anyway,” said Reutimann. “That’s what I’m going with.” Monte Dutton has covered motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette since 1993. He was named writer of the year by the National Motorsports Press Association in 2008. His blog NASCAR This Week ( features all of his reporting on racing, roots music and life on the road. E-mail Monte at nascar_ © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

For Advertising Call: 843-368-2997 THE ARMY (continued): their official song. H It was something “special.” In 1952 Colonel Aaron Bank and Colonel Russell Volckmann, both former OSS members, convinced Army officials of the need for unconventional warriors. Bank established this new organization’s headquarters at Fort Bragg, recruiting former OSS officers, airborne and ranger troops, and seasoned war veterans. This new group was dubbed Special Forces, a designation derived from the OSS whose operational teams in the field were given the same name in 1944. H Did you know that Army soldiers no longer roll up their sleeves? In order to ensure a more uniform look, the brass decided that the sleeves would no longer be worn rolled up, even in the summer. First, this had a practical reason as it helped reduce sun and other skin injuries. Second, it was all part of the Army’s current initiative to instill a warrior attitude in the soldiers of always being prepared for combat. Most infantry units had never authorized the sleeves to be rolled up. Lastly, the design of the new ACU’s made rolling up the sleeve extremely impractical. H The largest army component is the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), which executes the land defense of the U.S., provides military support to civil authorities, and trains, sustains, mobilizes and protects strategic land forces worldwide. H The U.S. Army has over 400,000 enlisted soldiers and 76,000 officers. H With headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., the U.S. Army Reserve consists of about 250,000 soldiers. It fields a large portion of the support staff, especially in civil affairs, engineering, transportation and maintenance. H The Army National Guard fields approximately

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Stomach Flu Isn’t the Flu DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have read your column for many years, but I haven’t seen anything about stomach flu. Will you write about it? Someone in my family of seven gets it every year, even in the summer. Does the flu shot protect you from it? — H.H. ANSWER: At one time, I conducted a crusade to erase the term “stomach (or intestinal) flu” from the English language. I didn’t get very far, so I gave up on it. Real flu — influenza — is a respiratory illness, not an intestinal illness. The flu shot provides protection only against true flu, not “stomach” flu. Four viruses are the usual culprits of stomach flu, and, for adults, the one that leads the pack is norovirus. Vomiting, diarrhea, fever and often headache are the main symptoms. It comes on suddenly, about one or two days after the virus enters the body. The sickness lasts only one to three days. A slight increase in number of cases occurs in the winter, but it comes in all seasons. Norovirus infections usually spare infants. Older people have the worst symptoms, and they are the ones who can die from an infection, but death is rare. This is the illness that sweeps through cruise ships and can infect an entire nursing home. It’s

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also common in military settings and sports teams. The virus is passed in contaminated food and water, and it can live for long times on inanimate objects — another possible source of transmission. No medicines kill the norovirus. Replacing fluid lost through diarrhea is the most important aspect of treatment. A homemade replacement solution is a mixture of half a teaspoon of salt, half a teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and four tablespoons of sugar in a quart (about one liter) of water. Commercial fluid replacements also are available, and drinks like Gatorade are suitable for infections that are not prostrating. Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol) controls diarrhea. Immunity to norovirus is not long-lasting, so second infections occur. Many bacterial illnesses, like Salmonella, also lead to diarrhea, but that’s a subject for another day. i i i

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