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TIDBITS® TAKES A LOOK BACK AT THIS WEEK IN HISTORY by Kathy Wolfe

This week has been an eventful one over the years! Follow along as Tidbits investigates several happenings that have occurred during the first week of July. • Happy Canada Day! July 1 commemorates the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the province of Canada into a federation of four provinces, an 1867 event. This act created the Dominion of Canada, and July 1 was officially declared Dominion Day. It wasn’t until 1982 that the holiday’s name was changed to Canada Day, when the British Parliament relinquished all political rights over Canada. Although countrymen had been singing “O Canada” since 1880, when the song was composed by Canada’s national musician Calixa Lavalee, it wasn’t proclaimed the country’s national anthem until Dominion Day, 1980. • On the first day of July in 1963, the U.S. Post Office instigated its new coding system to enable faster processing of mail. They dubbed it the Zoning Improvement Plan, or ZIP, for short. A five-digit code was assigned to every address across America, with the first number designating the geographical area, the second two digits identifying a regional center, and the last signifying which post office. Today, there are more than 42,000 ZIPs nationwide. •“Don’t you think a stereo cassette player that you can listen to while walking around is a good idea?” Those were the words of Sony’s chairman Masaru Ibuka back in 1979. Ibuka traveled extensively and loved music and pitched the idea to company officials. On July 1 of that year, the Sony Walkman hit retailers’ shelves. • The year’s midpoint occurs on July 2, with 182 days passed and 182 yet to come (except in Leap years, which have one extra day in the first half). On this day in 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan were heard from for the last time as they attempted to make the first round-the-world flight. Their last contact was from the vicinity of Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean. •Chevrolet rolled its one-millionth Corvette off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on July 2,

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A veteran was buried in a cardboard box. I read those words on the Internet news, and my stomach did a flip-flop. This didn’t happen in an emergency in an out-ofthe way place, or as a temporary measure, or as part of a crime. It happened in a National Cemetery. It never should have happened at all. It only came to light when maintenance workers were realigning the veteran’s headstone and discovered the cardboard box just below the surface. The World War II veteran was a man who had no family left to make any arrangements. Cemetery officials did part of their job when they gave him an engraved headstone. The cemetery held a small service. The veteran’s name was read in a ceremony that’s held a few times a year. But the medical

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and breaking ties between the colonies and the mother country. Fifty-six men later signed the document, and it was read publicly for the first time on July 8. • It somehow seems appropriate that two of America’s founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, should pass away on July 4. Jefferson, the nation’s third president and author of the Declaration of Independence, and John Adams, the second president, died within hours of each other in 1826, on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. • An announcement at the July 4, 1939, Yankees game saddened baseball fans across the nation. Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig stood before the crowd and announced his retirement from baseball after being stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The 36-yearold called himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth” for having played 17 seasons in the major leagues. His amazing record of 2,130 consecutive games endured for 56 years, and his record 23-career grand slams remains unbeaten. Gehrig passed away less than two years later, and his number “4” uniform was retired, making him the first player to be given this honor. • The world’s first successful clone, Dolly the sheep, was born at Scotland’s Roslin Institute on July 5, 1996. She produced six lambs before her death in 2003. Dolly was stuffed and is displayed at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. • Woolton, England’s annual parish church garden fair was the site of a momentous meeting on July 6, 1957. In addition to the dog show and scheduled brass band, John Lennon’s Quarrymen had been invited to play. Fifteen-year-old Paul McCartney was in the audience and was so impressed with the music, he asked Lennon if he might play some tunes for him. Just two weeks later, McCartney was invited to join the Quarrymen, and the rest, as they say, is history. • Chicago’s Comiskey Park was the site of Major League Baseball’s first All-Star game on July 6, 1933. The American League defeated the National League by a score of 4 to 2. •Sandra Day O’Connor grew up on an Arizona ranch, where she became an accomplished horsewoman at a young age. After graduating from Stanford University’s law school, she worked as Arizona’s assistant Attorney General, before making the move to politics as a state senator. On July 7, 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed O’Connor as the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, a position she retained until her retirement in 2006.

examiner had sent his remains in a cardboard box ... and that’s how the veteran was buried, in a shallow grave, in a National Cemetery. How many others are there like this? Where I live, if there are unclaimed remains of deceased veterans, they go all out. Two veterans without family were recently buried with full honors, with color guard, “Taps” and folded flags, arranged by a group of funeral directors. The cremated remains in small wood caskets arrived by Hearse. A hundred people attended the ceremony to honor two men who had no one else. A bill now in Congress, “The Dignified Burial of Veterans Act of 2012,” will require the Department of Veterans Affairs to furnish a casket or urn to a deceased veteran when there is no next-of-kin or when there isn’t enough money available in the veteran’s estate. If ever there was a time to get on the phone to call your senators about supporting a bill, this is it.

Weekly Horoscope

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Be prepared to face some challenges stirred up by an envious colleague. Your best defense is the Arian’s innate honesty. Stick with the truth, and you’ll come out ahead. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your sensitivity to the needs of others is admirable. But be careful to avoid those who would take unfair advantage of your good nature, especially where money is involved. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Having an optimistic attitude is fine, as far as it goes. But don’t be lulled into a false sense of confidence. There are still problems to deal with before you can totally relax. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You might feel somewhat “crabby,” as you fuss over plans that don’t seem to work out. Maybe you’re trying too hard. Ease up and let things happen without forcing them. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Heed that keen Leonine instinct. It’s trying to tell you to delay making a decision until you’re sure there are no hidden problems that could cause trouble later on. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a good time to reach out to those who might be nursing hurt feelings over recent events. Best advice: Ignore any pettiness that could delay the healing process. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your understanding helps a colleague get through a difficult period. Although you didn’t do it for a reward, be assured that your actions will be repaid down the line. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You score some high marks in the workplace, which will count in your favor when you face the possibility of changing direction on your current career path. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Your goal lies straight ahead. Stay focused on it and avoid distractions that could throw off your aim and cause potentially detrimental delays. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Keep that burst of exuberance in check and resist pushing through your new project before it’s ready. In your personal life, a family member again needs help. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Paying attention to your work is important this week. But so are your relationships with those special people in your life. Make time for them as well. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Good news. Someone is about to repay a long-standing debt. But be warned. That same someone could try to charm you into lending it back unless you say no and mean it. BORN THIS WEEK: You are sensitive to matters that involve your home and family. You would make a fine family-court judge or social worker.

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What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with fireworks? Here’s some information about the dynamic displays that light up the night sky. •It’s thought that gunpowder originated in China about 1000 A.D. Firecrackers consisted of bamboo shoots filled with black powder and were used to celebrate the new year. Early fireworks were not the colorful ones we know today, rather just loud explosions designed to scare away evil spirits. •China remains the largest producer of fireworks, making about 90 percent of the world’s supply. America imports close to $200 million worth of fireworks each year and manufactures over $230 million of fireworks as well. • Color was first added to fireworks in Italy in the 1830s. Different metals are responsible for the variety of colors we see lighting up the sky. Copper creates blue, barium produces green, calcium is responsible for orange, and sodium makes yellow. The addition of aluminum and titanium will add bright white to the display, and a mix of strontium salts and lithium salts will produce red. • Sparklers were created around 1880, and while they may seem tame in comparison to other fireworks, sparklers actually burn at temperatures exceeding 2,000° F. (1,093° C), over 15 times the boiling point of water. Just three sparklers burning together produce the same heat as a blowtorch! Children under five receive the most injuries from this source. • The black powder used in the manufacture of fireworks is classified as “low explosive.” This means its detonation velocity is about 100 yards per second. Dynamite falls into the category of “high explosive” with a speed of greater than 1,000 yards per second. •The illegal M-80 fireworks, which simulate the sound of gunfire, are officially known as “military rifle fire simulators.” •A record-setting fireworks display was set off in Portugal in 2006, consisting of 66,326 fireworks. • When King Louis XVI of France married Marie Antoinette in 1770, an impressive fireworks show of 20,000 rockets followed the ceremony to celebrate the union. More than 200,000 people packed Paris’ Place de la Concorde to view the display. However, tragedy struck afterward when a stampede occurred as people left the area, resulting in 800 deaths. •Those who manufacture and set off fireworks must wear only cotton clothing, due to the fact that static electricity in synthetic fabrics can ignite firecrackers. • Recent studies have shown that colored smoke from fireworks can be damaging to the cells that line the lungs. Breathing the smoke can be toxic to the epithelial cells, with orange cited as the most dangerous, followed by violet, red and yellow. • Every year, Disney World produces upwards of 1,000 fireworks shows. Beginning in 2004, Disney started using compressed air rather than gunpowder to launch fireworks, resulting in a reduction of smoke and fumes. This, along with electronic timers, increased the accuracy of the timing, enabling perfect choreography to music. • Although there are more than 6,000 fireworks-related injuries in the United States every year, the rate is actually on the decline, probably because the public’s preference has switched from the backyard variety to large professional shows.

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Skills and Education are not always the deciding factor. Each company and sometimes departments within a company have a unique culture. Employers say that determining a job candidate’s culture fit in a company is the most difficult qualification to assess during the interview process, according to a recent poll by Refresh Leadership. Thirty-four per cent of respondents cited cultural fit as the most difficult attribute to assess during an interview. These results coincide with current workforce trends that show a well-defined company culture can have a major impact on productivity, profitability, and employee engagement. The poll also showed that 29% cited strengths and skill level and 14% cited intellectual aptitude as difficult to determine in the interview process, while other respondents added business savvy and ability to communicate. The growing trend of “quit-and-stay” employees is having a direct effect on businesses’ productivity and stability. Understanding whether a job candidate fits an overall company culture is extremely important. The main reason that culture is so hard to figure out during the interview process is because for most companies the process is not long enough. You have to spend time with a candidate inside and outside of the office to help you determine if they will fit into your culture. Spending time outside of the office with a candidate can be accomplished at a lunch meeting or a round of golf. Zig Ziggler always said that if you will cheat in golf then you will cheat in life. The more time that you spend with a candidate the more they will reveal about their character and give you a better idea if the fit is right. In my company I will not consider hiring a candidate until they have actually worked in my office for several days. This is accomplished by having a working interview that is paid. I do this for two reasons. The first is for my office staff and myself to interact with the candidate on work related basis and not just in a formal interview setting. The second reason is to give the candidate a true experience of what working in my company will be like. Since I have started doing this I have reduced my turnover by 90%. Jason C. Poole Your Employment Expert Express Employment Professional Franchisee and Certified Coach and Speaker of the John Maxwell Team. For more information on this topic please contact Jason Poole at Jason.Poole@expresspros.com

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1. Since the major leagues expanded to 162 games in 1961, what was the earliest date that a team clinched a playoff spot? 2. Name the last Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher before Clayton Kershaw in 2011 to lead the N.L. in strikeouts for a season. 3. When was the last time before the 2010 season that Syracuse’s football team won a bowl game? 4. Name the only NBA team to improve on its record at least six consecutive years? 5. How many NHL seasons did Mike Modano play with the Minnesota/Dallas franchise? 6. Kevin Harvick set a record in NASCAR’s Truck series in 2012 for most laps led in a race. How many of the 250 laps did he lead? 7. When tennis returned to the Olympics in 1988, how long had it been absent?

A SPORTING VIEW By Mark Vasto

Get That Spit Out of Here As we all know, baseball lore is peppered with various episodes focused on the eccentricities of the game. There was the “dead ball era,” for instance -- a time when the baseballs were handmade and not as tightly wound, turning a home run into a major event. Third baseman Frank Baker once hit 10 in a season, and he earned the nickname “Home Run.” Then there was the famed “year of the pitcher” in the ‘60s, when the mound was raised and the strike zone was expanded. Fans didn’t like that era too much. Nothing like sitting in the upper deck to watch 1-0 shutouts and see maybe, if you were lucky, four or five Baltimore chops escape the infield. I won’t expound on the “steroid era,” but an interesting thing happened recently in Cincinnati that bridged a gap all the way to the ‘20s-era style of baseball. It took a 7-6 Detroit Tigers win over the Cincinnati Redlegs to bring us all the way back to the era of the spitball. In that game, Tigers closer Jose Valverde can clearly be seen putting his ball into the web of his glove, inhaling deeply, opening his mouth to reveal ... um, a natural byproduct of his nasal cavity, and spitting it into his glove. Then, he threw a pitch, struck out the side and saved the

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Q: What are some ways that I can keep my garden environmentally friendly? -- Tucker in Hartford, Conn. A: A garden by itself is a great way to make a positive environmental impact, both beautifying your property and providing lots of fresh herbs and vegetables -- so you don’t have to make as many trips to the store to buy veggies that were trucked in. But there also are direct environmental issues concerning the care of a garden, such as the impact of chemical fertilizers and bug sprays. There are a number of ways to reduce this impact: --Catch rainwater in a barrel to use in watering the lawn and garden: place the barrel underneath your home’s downspout. A covered barrel will discour-

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game. It was a nationally televised game, but it was one of the Cincinatti Reds players’ wives who raised a ruckus about Valverde’s move on Twitter. It was a spitball! Soon, the video of the pitch in question was all over YouTube. I saw the video. I saw him spit. Then I saw him throw a four-seam fastball that rose up and in -- which is the opposite of what a spitball is supposed to do, which is dip down. But then, we are talking about Jose Valverde, who isn’t someone known for consistency. Former Major League pitcher Dirk Hayhurst cried foul on Yahoo! Sports -- but not for reasons you’d think. “A pitcher spitting into his mitt is nothing new, scandalous or even the best way to doctor a baseball,” Hayhurst said. “Why, with all the advances in ball doctoring technology available to today’s modern player, hocking a loog on a baseball is like trying to kill an antelope with a sharp stick.” Gaylord Perry, who threw the pitch well into the ‘80s during his Hall of Fame career, has always defended the practice of, well ... messing with the ball. In interviews of late, he says that he “stretched” the rules a bit. “I corked a few bats in my day also, but it didn’t do me any good because I was a lousy hitter. None of those things are gonna help you unless you have the ability to begin with.” And, at the very least, a bit of a stuffy nose.

age mosquitoes from taking up residence. --Build a compost pile to use as your main source of fertilizer and rich soil in the garden. --Hand-weed the garden if possible. If you must use chemical weed-killer, use it exactly as directed on the package or bottle. --Use the right amount of fertilizer recommended for the types of plants in your garden. Too much fertilizer can result in excess runoff into nearby streams or lakes, ecosystems that often are already stressed by lawn chemicals and fertilizers. --Visit a local co-op, community farm or farmer’s market to get information on organic and environmentally sustainable gardening. Classes or seminars are available in many cities for aspiring organic gardeners. There’s plenty of information out there, so head to the Internet and look around. HOME TIP: A list of tips on organic and sustainable gardening, composting and more can be found at http://www.globalstewards.org/garden-ecotips.htm.

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A Pet's Memory Pet Funeral Home and Crematory was planted in our minds after the thought of losing any of our three Golden Retrievers, Cindy, Maggie and Molly. We realized that there was a muchneeded service missing on our beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. We also understood that many pet owners are faced with the difficult decision too of how to properly say goodbye to our companions and we pet lovers need to give our friends one last gift for all the love and loyalty they gave to us. This is why we decided to offer a facility where we can honor the memory of a beloved pet with an appropriate memorial that will be meaningful to family and friends.  A Pet's Memory Pet Funeral Home and Crematory is a locally family owned and operated business by Linda and Glynn Sumrall. We are loving pet owners and care deeply about the well being of other pets and their families. Also, we are the same pet loving family who started, in June 2008, the Pet Oxygen Recovery Mask Program. After, seeing the need that our fire trucks were not equipped. We set a goal that we would supply our MS Gulf Coast Fire Departments with a set, which is 3 different sizes of a reusable pet oxygen mask for any size animal that has suffered from smoke inhalation. We are proud to know that for those stations that have had a need for use, they have all had success stories! So far, we have given 66 sets of these life-saving devices away between Jackson, Harrison, Hancock and Stone Counties in MS.

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Invite Some Veggies to Your Cookout

Orange-Endive Ambrosia For a truly authentic ambrosia, don’t skimp on the coconut! It is an essential ingredient for this old-fashioned salad. 1/2 cup coarsely shredded unsweetened coconut 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Salt Freshly ground black pepper 4 navel oranges 4 heads Belgian endive 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, packed 1. In 12-inch skillet, toast coconut on medium 2 to 4 minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool completely. (Coconut can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container up to 1 day.) 2. In small bowl, with fork, mix buttermilk, vinegar, mustard, oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper until well-mixed. (Dressing can be covered and refrigerated up to 1 day.) 3. With knife, cut peel and white pith from oranges and discard. Cut each orange crosswise into 1/4-inch rounds; cut each round in half and transfer to bowl, keeping some rounds whole if you like. (Oranges can be covered and refrigerated up to 1 day.) 4. When ready to serve, trim endive. Cut crosswise at an angle into 1-inch pieces; discard core. In large bowl, toss endive and parsley with dressing until coated. 5. On large serving platter, spread half of oranges decoratively in single layer. Top with salad and remaining oranges. Sprinkle with toasted coconut. Serves 8.

Hotter temperatures and longer days mean grilling season is here. This summer, why not move over the hamburgers, steaks, brats and hot dogs, and make room for fruits and vegetables? Grilling provides another opportunity to prepare healthy fruits and vegetables in a quick and different way. Many people think everything tastes better on the grill, which can hold true for fruits and vegetables. Don’t like eggplant, zucchini or asparagus? Try it grilled! Better yet, why not Moroccan-Style Grilled Vegetables like the recipe below? Taste is not the only benefit of grilling. Vegetables and fruit cook so quickly on the grill that they retain much of their vitamin and nutrient content. It is best to have the grill warm, but not as hot as you would for grilling meat. Lightly brush the vegetables with olive oil and put directly on the grill, turning until tender. Try larger hunks, like a half a green pepper, large slices of squash or portabella mushroom caps, which are large enough to sit on the grates without falling through. A grill basket, aluminum foil pan or kabobs also can be used. If you prefer steamed veggies, wrap the vegetables in aluminum foil with a little olive oil and your favorite marinade or spices. Seal and place on the grill, turning occasionally, for 10 to 12 minutes or until veggies are tender. Experiment with different spices, marinades and sauces when preparing fruits and vegetables. Don’t be afraid to try out various flavors. Store-bought mixes and marinades can have extra sodium, sugar and calories compared to a specialized homemade version. Balsamic vinegar or other flavored vinegars are great for drizzling over grilled vegetables or using in a marinade. Let’s not forget about dessert -- fruits on the grill make a sweet treat. Firmer fruits like apples, pears and pineapple are perfect for grilling. Fruits like peaches and mangoes also can be delicious, but need to be monitored more closely to prevent overcooking, which causes them to be mushy. Try cutting a fresh peach in half, removing the pit, brushing lightly with olive oil and grilling for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Sprinkle with cinnamon and add a dollop of light whipped topping or low-fat frozen yogurt for a yummy treat. In addition, remember to always practice safe grilling techniques and food safety when preparing any food. The next time you plan to fire up the grill, remember to invite some vegetables and fruits to the party. Try this flavorful recipe for Moroccan-Style Grilled Vegetables at your next family or holiday gathering!

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Gulf Coast Networking Group - Meets Every Thursday at 8am, Port City Café, 2418 14th St. Gulfport Farmers Market- Every Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., under the I-110 over pass off Howard Avenue 6TH ANNUAL JULY 4TH COAST WATCHERS CONVOY July 4, Parade starts @ 10am, Begins @ Bay St. Louis Bridge, Highway 90, 228-832-9299, Free BILOXI 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS DISPLAY, July 4, 9pm Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, Highway 90, Biloxi, 228-617-3112 5TH ANNUAL CROAKER CLASSIC, July 7-8 Dock Bar & Grill, 13247-C Seaway Road, Gulfport, 228-265-1121 Entry Fee Charged – Spectators Free! GULFPORT 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS, July 4 Fireworks begins @ 8:45pm, Gulfport Harbor, Highway 90, Gulfport, (228) 868-5700 or (228) 868-5881 PASCAGOULA 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION, July 4 Festivities begin @ 6:30pm - Fireworks @ 9pm, Beach Park, Pascagoula, 228-938-2356

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MOROCCAN-STYLE GRILLED VEGETABLES 12 crimini or button mushrooms, stems removed 3 small Globe or purple eggplants, sliced into rounds, cut lengthwise into quarters, then into slices about 1/2 inch thick 1 zucchini, cut into 1 inch thick rounds 1 yellow squash, cut into 1 inch thick rounds 1/2 large red bell pepper, seeded, cut into chunks 3 fresh pineapples, 1 inch thick rings, cut into quarters 12 asparagus, cut into 3 inch lengths 1/4 small red onion, halved, pieces separated 8 cherry or grape tomatoes

and up to 1 hour before skewering. 4. Thread vegetables and pineapple onto soaked skewers. Wrap ends of wooden skewers with foil to prevent burning. Lightly coat both sides of the vegetables with nonstick spray. 5. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil spray. Lightly coat grill rack with oilsoaked paper towel to prevent sticking. Lay skewers on grate with the vegetables over the hot side, and foilcovered handles over the cooler side. Grill vegetables, covered, over medium heat, until vegetables are cooked and lightly charred, about 4 minutes. Turn, baste with any remaining marinade, and grill 4 to 5 minutes more, or until vegetables are tender, turning frequently. Serves 4 to 6 (3 to 4 skewers per person)

Moroccan-Style Marinade: 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1/4 teaspoon turmeric Juice of 1 lemon Cooking oil spray

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1. Preheat grill to medium-high; spray grates with nonstick spray. If using a gas grill, turn off one side; on charcoal grill, push the coals to one side. Soak (16 to 18) 12 inch wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes, or use metal skewers, if desired. 2. To make marinade: Using large bowl, mix together parsley, oil, garlic, salt, black pepper, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne, turmeric and lemon juice. Mix well to combine. 3. Add vegetables and fruit to marinade in bowl or use a large resealable bag and pour in marinade and add fruit and vegetables. Mix well to coat all the ingredients. Let the ingredients marinate at least 10 minutes

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To Your Good Health By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Ways to Control Irregular Heart DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Last fall, my heart started to jump around, and I took it that I had palpitations, although I wasn’t sure what palpitations were. It turns out I had atrial fibrillation. Since then, I have been on many medicines for the atrial fibrillation plus Coumadin, a blood thinner. The Coumadin requires frequent trips to the lab. I have a hard time getting around. I don’t drive. My doctor suggests ablation. What are your thoughts? -- H.M. ANSWER: Atrial fibrillation is in either first or second place when it comes to heart questions. It means the heart beats rapidly and irregularly. The rapid heart pumps less effectively, and the irregular beat promotes the formation of blood clots in the upper heart chambers. Those clots, or pieces of them, can be carried through the circulation to the brain, where they cause a stroke. Treatment for atrial fibrillation aims to slow the heart, get it to beat regularly and prevent clots from forming if a regular rhythm cannot be attained. Medicines sometimes can both slow the heart and restore a normal rhythm. If a normal rhythm is not achieved, the patient will still do well if the heart beats slowly. That patient, however, must add to his or her treatment a blood thinner like Coumadin to prevent clots and a stroke. Your doctor has suggested a way to restore a regular beat -- ablation. A heart doctor inches a special catheter -- a thin, pliable tube -- from a surface blood vessel to the heart. The catheter is equipped to emit radio waves, which make a series of scars to prevent the generation of erratic signals that spawn atrial fib. The result, when the procedure is effective, is a normal, regular heartbeat. The patient can then kiss Coumadin goodbye. My thoughts are that it’s worth serious consideration. You can also get rid of Coumadin by switching to Pradaxa, a blood thinner that doesn’t require lab testing. It’s new and is somewhat expensive. The booklet on heartbeat irregularities explains atrial fibrillation in detail. To order a copy, write to: Dr. Donohue -- No. 107W, 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. DONOHUE: I’m a 34-year-old male and am going bald. What is your opinion on hair transplants? Do they last? How successful are they? -- L.K.

• On July 3, 1775, on Cambridge common in Massachusetts, George Washington rides out in front of the American troops gathered there, draws his sword and formally takes command of the Continental Army. Washington declined to accept payment for his services beyond reimbursement of future expenses.

ANSWER: Male hair loss occurs because male hormones shrivel hair follicles, the home for each hair. The hair thins, is shorter and falls out well before its time. Sensitivity to this male hormone action is genetically programmed, and in some men, it takes place at young ages. Have you considered using minoxidil, which is applied to the scalp, or finasteride, an oral medicine? Hair transplantation works well. The hair is taken from the back of the head, where hair follicles have a long life. It’s very successful. It would be wise to check with a doctor to see if your hair loss really is something you inherited, or if it’s a sign of something else.

• On July 4, 1911, record temperatures are set throughout the northeastern United States, the result of a deadly heat wave that would go on to kill 380 people. By July 13, New York alone had reported 211 people dead from the excessive heat. • On July 5, 1921, a trial begins in the case of seven Chicago White Sox baseball players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series. The conspiracy trial was just for show, and signed confessions from some of the players mysteriously disappeared from police custody. The jury acquitted all of the accused players and then celebrated with them at a nearby restaurant. • On July 2, 1938, Helen Wills Moody defeats Helen Jacobs to win her eighth Wimbledon singles title. Her record was not broken until Martina Navratilova won her ninth Wimbledon title in 1990. Wills died in 1998 at the age of 92. • On July 8, 1949, Wolfgang Puck, the celebrity chef and official caterer for the Academy Awards Governors Ball, is born in Austria. Puck’s restaurant Spago in West Hollywood, Calif., became famous for its gourmet pizza (which featured such toppings as caviar and smoked salmon) and its celebrity clientele. • On July 6, 1971, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, dies in New York City at the age of 69. Armstrong pioneered jazz improvisation and the style known as “swing.” He had many nicknames, including Satchmo, short for “Satchelmouth.” • On July 7, 1983, Samantha Smith, an 11-year-old American girl, begins a two-week visit to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Soviet leader Yuri Andropov. He invited Smith after she wrote him a letter as part of a school project.

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Bullying I was asked to write a series of ar ticles to assist in guiding teenagers through one the roughest periods of time in their lives, also known as the dreaded teenage years. My perspective will include a Christcentered approach. My experience in working with approximately 3,000 teens weekly during the past 16 years I’m sure this will bring a fresh view in coaching teens through these deep water days. I’m sure most everyone has heard of the news about the adult bus monitor, Karen Klein, which was bullied by 4 seventh graders. A video captured the bullying of a 68-year-old grandmother and quickly became a rallying point against bullies. The verbal abuse was captured in a 10-minute cell phone video recorded last week by a student of Athena Middle School in suburban Rochester and later posted to YouTube. The video shows Klein trying her best to ignore the stream of profanity, insults and outright threats directed at her. One student taunted: “You don’t have a family because they all killed themselves because they don’t want to be near you.” Klein’s eldest son killed himself 10 years ago. Eventually, she appears to break down in tears.” She said she hopes the parents will talk to their children about being “a little more respectful.” Don’t wait until your teen does something over the top. Teens are in a unique time in their lives, searching for their boundaries. I have no doubt that these bus bullies showed bad behavior long before this incident. They surely did not start cussing and threatening an authority figure without warning signs. For instance, there are countless children who throw tantrums for the same reasons. They are saying “give me my way or face my behavior.” And if you as a parents or caring adult do not deal with those tantrum early, your child could develop a larger behavior problem as they grow older. This undoubtedly is what happened in the recent bullying incident with Mrs. Klein. The Bible tells us that it’s the small foxes that spoil the vine (Song of Solomon 2:15). So as caregivers of our families we should deal with the issues of our children before they become unruly teens. If you have waited to late and are unsure of how to confront your unruly teen, your not alone. Many times teens mimic their friends, so try to help them choose their friends wisely. Some places to find positive influences is ,Boys and Girls Club, school sports, Youth for Christ and defiantly a local youth group. Once you find and extended support system to the new values you are instilling in your teen the task of steering your teen will become much easer. Brad Holt Youth for Christ For more information on this topic please contact Brad Holt at www.coastyfc.com or 228-864-0788

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Reader: Confronting a Rude Dog-Park Denizen By Samantha Mazzotta

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Our town has designated a small park near my home as a place where dogs are allowed. It’s not an official dog park, and because it also has a playground at one corner, many of us who visit have agreed that, if children are present, our dogs will be on leashes so as not to cause a problem. We’ve found the best way to allow our dogs to run free is to show up very early, when kids aren’t present. And we pick up after our dogs so the park remains a pleasant place for all. But there’s one person who doesn’t respect this agreement. He lets his dog poop wherever and never picks up after it, brings his dog at all hours and lets it run off the leash when kids are around. Is there anything we can do to stop this? -Naomi in Newton, Mass. DEAR NAOMI: Have you approached him directly? If he doesn’t know that you and other fellow dog-owners have set up unwritten rules on managing the dogs’ conduct, he won’t know about the leash rule you’ve established. Remind him that it’s good manners and common sense to pick up after his dog, particularly in a park where kids run and play. In many communities, it’s a ticketable offense not to pick up after your dog. If he ignores the request, make it again. Explain that the rules were put together in order to keep the park open to dogs -- if there are too many complaints, the city could ban pets from the park. If you can’t convince him, your group may have to form a more official club with written rules, in order to negotiate with both the city and boorish dog owners. Send your questions or 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. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com.

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• Save the rubber bands from broccoli. You can put them around the body of a drinking glass so it will be less slippery as water condenses on it. • “I save the wrappers from my unsalted butter sticks in a baggie in my refrigerator. I use them to grease a pan when baking.” -- M.M. in Wisconsin

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• Cherries are in season! Much like strawberries, they need to be kept refrigerated but taste best at room temperature. Before eating your cherries, let them sit out for about a half-hour. Mmmmm.

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• “If you lose a contact lens and can’t find it right off, try turning out the lights and shining a flashlight across the ground. The lens might reflect the light and cause a flash. That will make it easier to find.” -- T.L. in Texas 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 heresatip@yahoo.com.

• If you’re like the average American, you will eat 1.5 tons of food this year.

• It was revered Chinese philosopher Confucius who made the following sage observation: “He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.”

1. The White House 2. Bharat 3. Plague 4. “Spider-Man” 5. Do not pass Go, and do not collect $200 6. 1956 (“The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show”) 7. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” 8. Potatoes and leeks 9. Bedford Falls 10. Processes fear and emotional responses

• Beeswax candles are valued largely because they don’t drip as other candles do, but they’re also very durable. Archaeologists have found still-pliable beeswax candles in Egyptian tombs, and some have been recovered in good condition from sunken ships. • Iowa has the highest literacy rate in America.

• If you ever have occasion to refer to an item that pertains to walnuts, it will be useful to have the word juglandaceous at your disposal.

• In the grocery stores of today you might find a halfdozen varieties of apple, if you’re lucky. In centuries past, though, there were more than 350 varieties that were grown just for the purpose of making cider.

• It’s well-known that the United States is a melting pot of nationalities. At the end of the 1800s, New York City was so diverse that it had more Irish than any city except Dublin, and a larger Russian population than was to be found at that time in the city of Kiev. The only two cities in the world that had more German speakers were Vienna and Berlin, and Milan and Naples had fewer Italians than New York.

• When paper currency is no longer in good enough condition to be circulated, it can be shredded and used in products such as shingles and insulation. You may have cash on your roof! *** Thought for the Day: “Football isn’t a contact sport, it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.” -- Vince Lombardi

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1. The New York Yankees clinched their division Aug. 29, 1998. 2. Hideo Nomo had 236 strikeouts in 1995. 3. It was the Insight Bowl after the 2001 season. 4. The Minnesota Timberwolves (1992-93 season through 1997-98 season). 5. Twenty seasons. 6. He led 248 laps. 7. Since 1924 -- 64 years.

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