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effects of muscle loss. Using gradually heavier weights apparently allowed muscles to “wake up” and be able to handle even more weight. In other words, it’s never too late to start rebuilding muscles that have been lost through inactivity. The details of a study done at Tufts were encouraging. Frail residents of nursing homes (ages 72 to 98) doubled the strength in the exercised muscles over 10 weeks when they worked out three times a week. Some were able to give up walkers, canes or wheelchairs. A second study (women ages 50 to 70) was conducted with easier exercises and only twice a week. They also increased their muscle strength. Are you ready to join an exercise program yet? *** 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.

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GOES GREEN! When hiking on public lands, many times signs are up saying, “Pack it in, Pack it out,” or something similar. It is important for you to do just that. Think about your packaging of snacks, etc., and make sure you don’t leave litter behind. Here are a few estimated life expectancies for types of litter found in the backcountry: paper, 2–4 weeks; cigarette butt, 2–5 years; disposable diaper, 10–20 years; hard plastic container, 20–30 years; tin can, 80–100 years; aluminum can, 200–400 years; plastic six-pack holder, 450 years; glass bottles, many, many years. Please, “leave no trace!”

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z It was Swiss journalist and commentator Esther Dyson who made the following sage observation: “The Internet is like alcohol in some sense. It accentuates what you would do anyway. If you want to be a loner, you can be more alone. If you want to connect, it makes it easier to connect.” z The world’s largest colony of ants reaches all the way from northern Italy to Spain’s Atlantic coast. z The first U.S. patent was issued in 1790 for a soap-making formula developed by Samuel Hopkins. z In May of this year, Canadian chef Ted Reader attempted to break the Guinness record for the world’s largest hamburger. The patty alone weighed more than 300 pounds, and the bun was 105 pounds. Once the burger was decked out with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, red onions,

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I should buy stock in the aluminum foil industry? My 6-year-old boxer/ hound mix, Shera, will not stay off the furniture. My bed and living-room furniture are lined with aluminum foil to stop her from climbing them. I have a 14-year-old dog, Bubba, who sleeps with me at night, but never occupies the bed or furniture by day. Shera is kennel trained and sleeps in her kennel at night with the door fastened. Bubba is getting near the end, and I don’t want to take on another dog until I solve this problem with Shera. Would it be best to wait until Bubba is not sleeping with me to correct this territorial issue? — Susan W., via email DEAR SUSAN: I don’t think this is a territorial issue so much as an issue of Shera figuring out how far to push her boundaries. Naturally, she will want to get up on the couch or the bed just like Bubba. But you don’t have to wait until Bubba is gone to start addressing Shera’s behavior. You can choose to wait — especially if taking care of Bubba is

stressful right now and you just don’t want to deal with a new challenge. Shera’s behavior probably will not change during this period. But if you have the time and energy, start training Shera to stay off the furniture. It’s a matter of you being the leader of the family, and what you say goes. That means if Bubba gets to sleep on the bed and Shera doesn’t, too tough for Shera. As far as how: I’d recommend spending more time with Shera, playing or doing basic obedience training on the leash, next to the furniture she likes to jump on. When she wants to get on the couch, tug her away, have her face you and command “sit” or “lie down” and “stay.” Basically, retrain her way of thinking about the purpose of those rooms. Send your pet questions and tips to ask@pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Find more pet advice and resources at www.pawscorner.com. © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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THE GRAND CANYON (continued): this is that if you traveled from Mexico to Canada, you would see lots of variations in the ecosystem, but you can see the same variations within Grand Canyon National Park! So from desert plants to mountain trees — they’re all there! From the north rim to the canyon floor, the temperature can vary up to 35° F. (19.4°C) ➤ Bears, mountain lions, weasels, bald eagles and many other animal species are found in the park. Keep in mind that Grand Canyon National Park is home to six species of rattlesnakes, including the most common Grand Canyon pink rattlesnake that blends in with the canyon terrain. If you go hiking on the many miles of trails, watch your step and listen carefully! ➤ Baby rattlers are born fully equipped with poisonous venom and teeth. They are born with a “prebutton” for the rattler that is shed with its skin making way for “buttons” that develop. Rattling occurs when they grow more buttons and shake them together — at the speed of about 60 or more times per second! ➤ Approximately 47 reptile species are found in the park. Ten are common along the Colorado River in the bottom of the canyon. Have you heard of gila monsters and chuckwallas? They are the

Summer Art Fun for the Kids Are the kids bored yet? Are they glued to the television or video games? There are quite a few things you can do with them over the summer without spending a lot of money. Make the rest of the summer about art, and plan to hold an art show before school starts. There are many artthemed projects you can do with the kids, and some of them even involve a little learning. Visit Goodwill or the Salvation Army (or ask on FreeCycle.org) and collect as many types of art supplies as you can find. Look for crayons, colored chalks, paper, paint, brushes and poster board. For those who want to do collages, hunt for fabric scraps and old magazines. Search out face paint, too, and partially filled cans of textured faux-finish interior paint. Save your glass jars. Here are some more ideas: • The kids might enjoy writing their own books and comic books, complete with art and decorated covers. Start with large sheets of paper that can be folded and stitched up the crease. • Let the kids use face paint to make the funniest/scariest faces they can, and have your budding photographer take photos to frame. • Take a walk in a local park and collect leaves, fallen acorns and grasses for collages and mobiles. Let the kids experiment with drawing or painting or taking digital photos of nature. If you’re near a beach, collect jars of sand to make sand candles or colored sand in jars. • Go to the library once a week. Pick out age-appropriate books on artists and let the kids practice imitating that artist’s work. Use the faux finish paint and thick cardboard to make frames. • By the end of the summer the kids will have a whole collection of artwork and projects for their art show. • For the show itself, string a line across the porch or between trees to hang the artwork. Let the kids design and make invitations to hand out to their friends. Invite the press, too, and use invitations designed by the kids. • With a little bit of planning and not much cash, you can foster some good habits in the kids as you teach them to use their ingenuity to create fun instead of heading directly for the television. 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 columnreply@gmail.com. © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

two largest lizards in the area. ➤ The Grand Canyon Railway began as an extension of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. In 1901, the Santa Fe extended a branch to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, and hotel and restaurant developer Fred Harvey entered the scene. The Fred Harvey Company, with railroad architect Charles Whittlessey’s design expertise, built the El Tovar Hotel 20 feet (6 m) from the edge of the south rim in 1905. The beautiful, rugged building sometimes called “the most expensively constructed and appointed log house in America” is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. ➤ When automobiles became popular in the 1920s, the Santa Fe Railway lost a lot of riders. It struggled

until closing in 1968. Over the years after its closing, the park became more and more congested with vehicles. The branch line was reopened in 1991 and is operated by the Grand Canyon Railway. The nostalgic train rides are more popular than ever today. ➤ Another architectural beauty built by the Fred Harvey Company in the Grand Canyon is the Desert View Watchtower. Architect Mary Colter designed the structure to mimic an Anasazi Indian watchtower. It was dedicated in 1933 and provides an excellent view of the canyon along East Rim Drive. ➤ In 2008, a couple of “typo vigilantes” used whiteout and permanent markers to correct mistakes (continued on page 4)


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Tidbits® of Hilton Head, Bluffton, and Beaufort A Who holds the major-league record for most stolen bases in a season without being caught once? B In 2009, Mark Buehrle became the second White Sox pitcher to have two no-hitters in his career. Who was the first? C True or false: Vince Lombardi never had a losing season in 10 years as an NFL head coach. D Name the last Pac-10 team to win the men’s college basketball national championship. E How many years after Terry Sawchuk set the NHL goaltender record for career shutouts (103) was it that Martin Brodeur broke it? F Name the last driver (not counting current driver Brad Keselowski in 2009) to get his only career Cup win at Talladega Superspeedway. G Who holds the Wimbledon record for most aces in a men’s tennis singles match? © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Before making the move to MWR and Toyota, Truex had a close relationship with his previous crew chief, Kevin “Bono” Manion, who now works with Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray. He compared Tryson with Manion. “They’re different in a lot of ways, but I wouldn’t say they’re like night and day,” said Truex. “Their personalities are a little bit different. ‘Bono’ is more quiet and kind of strict. If you do something wrong, he’ll probably yell at you. “Pat is a little more laid back, kind of likes to have fun. Both of them do a great job, obviously, and they’re both good at calling races and they both understand the race cars well. They’re different, but at the end of the day, they are both out there doing the same job, and both do it well.” 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 (http://nascar.rbma.com) features all of his reporting on racing, roots music and life on the road. E-mail Monte at nascar_ thisweek@yahoo.com. © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.


For Advertising Call: 843-368-2997 THE GRAND CANYON (continued): on a sign on the watchtower. Now, typos are annoying, and we should all strive to be grammatically correct at all times, but don’t we need to respect historic property? Yes, the two were banned from all national parks for a year, had to pay $3,035 for repairs and are banned from modifying any public signs. ➤ Many structures in Grand Canyon National Park are historic and listed on the National Historic Register. A new, modern structure was added to the park in 2007. If you are afraid of heights, this is probably not for you. But, if you really want to view the canyon as eagles see it, take a walk on the Skywalk. ➤ The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West is on the Hualapai Indian Reservation. The tribe developed the area for tourism and to expose visitors to a different area of the Grand Canyon. ➤ The Skywalk protrudes out from the canyon wall 4,000 feet (1219 m) above the canyon floor. It is designed to hold the weight of 71 747 airplanes. Cameras aren’t allowed on the walkway, and numbered shoe covers are issued to visitors to prevent scratching and slipping. ➤ Do you know who participated in the “First Walk” on the Skywalk? Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, after Neil Armstrong, on July 20, 1969. Aldrin walked out to meet Hualapai

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