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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I am very disappointed by your light-hearted response to the letter written by Rod S. (“How to Correct a Pet Owner”). You start out by blaming the breed of the dog! As if all small dogs get ill-tempered and neurotic, excitable and energetic. Like that’s the issue at hand. It clearly is not. You went on to say that the dog’s owner has some issues, but that there are no clear signs of abuse or neglect. You’re wrong! Clearly there is abuse! You told him the best thing to do is lead by example. So by not telling his son to knock it off and ignoring the real issues here is a good example? You told him not to “preach” to his son. That’s about the only thing I agreed with you on. Heck no, I wouldn’t preach either. I would tell him straight out he’s wrong and if he keeps it up, I would take the dog and give it to someone who doesn’t have dominance issues and the need to control. Rod needs to “step-up” and tell his son just like it is. Be a real man, Rod! When something makes you

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Pimples at 78? DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 78-year-old male who recently experienced a breaking out on my face and around my nose. Pimples came up. My physician diagnosed it as rosacea. He prescribed tetracycline and MetroGel ointment. The area cleared up. I wonder if I can stop taking the prescriptions. Perhaps you might explain what rosacea is. -- O.L. ANSWER: Rosacea (rose-A-shuh) can happen to anyone, but it particularly singles out people who were or are prone to blush easily. The tip of the nose, the cheeks and the chin are the places where the skin stays red and on which pimples break out. In time, tangles of small blood vessels also appear on those places. Without treatment, the nose can become disfigured. For an image of end-stage rosacea, think of the nose of W.C. Fields. Eye involvement is an unappreciated aspect of rosacea. The eyes feel gritty, water and become bloodshot. In a few cases, the eyes are the only manifestation of this disorder. Most often, rosacea is a chronic illness requiring chronic treatment. You can stop your medicines if your doctor agrees. The worst that can happen is that it will return. Stay out of the sun, and always wear sunscreen when going outside. Don’t drink alcohol. Stay away from spicy foods. Hot beverages encourage breakouts. Contact the National Rosacea Society. The society is more than willing to answer any questions that might arise about rosacea. Its toll-free number is 888-NOBLUSH, and its Web site is *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have been suffering from pain that spreads from my left shoulder blade, around

my side and to just below my left breast. There is no skin rash. I wonder if this could be shingles. Do the shingles ever not come to the surface? If it is shingles, what is the treatment? -- B.K. ANSWER: A rare form of shingles called zoster sine herpete causes shingles pain without any skin rash. Its diagnosis is difficult. Proof lies in documenting a rise in antibodies to the shingles virus. A blood specimen has to be taken at the onset of the pain and again one or two weeks later. If the level of antibodies has risen, that’s evidence that shingles has occurred without a rash. How long have you been suffering from the pain? Shingles pain that continues for more than a month after the appearance of the rash is postherpetic neuralgia and comes from nerve damage. Even though you never had a rash, if your pain has been going on for six weeks, you might have postherpetic neuralgia. The Lidocaine skin patch can often alleviate this pain. Oral medicines like amitriptyline, Neurontin and Lyrica are also effective for some people. The shingles story is told in the booklet on that subject. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 1201W, 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. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2009 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Too Early to Tell About Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt Jr. deals with hard times a great deal better than many of the fans who love him. A cynic -- or, perhaps, a marketer -- could say that the slings and arrows fired at Junior’s crew chief (and first cousin), Tony Eury Jr., are functional because they aren’t blaming Earnhardt himself. But Earnhardt isn’t a cynic or a marketer. He’s as honest as anyone in NASCAR, which means that, when he’s asked about how honest he is, he replies by saying he’s pretty honest. “I always try to be honest, and I’ve never really tried to intentionally lie to somebody, especially when it comes to the media,” he said at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “But I have never said I was always right about everything.” Earnhardt is 34. The Shelby 427 in Las Vegas was his 330th. He’s won 18 of them. Six of them were in the same season, but that was five years ago. Being the favorite driver of well over half the fans isn’t without its side effects. Last year, when he moved to Hendrick Motorsports after eight years with the team his father founded, Earnhardt improved. He made the Chase after failing in two of the previous three years. Still, he only won once last year and has only three victories in the last four seasons. But Earnhardt isn’t afraid of the pressure. He’s

willing to accept his share of the blame. Asked about the criticism of his crew chief, Earnhardt was up for a good-natured retort. “Well heck, I’ve been getting most of it (criticism) here lately, so I told him, after Daytona, I’d done him a big old favor,” he said, “which is actually pretty good. Because when he’s not getting so much criticism, he’s not under so much pressure and I get what I hope is a better race car. “Maybe I should just keep doing things to get all the criticism and give him a break, which is fine with me.” There’s more fretting going on in Earnhardt Nation than the real one. Oooh. He’s going to fall out of the top 35 in points. Oooh. He’s not going to make the Chase. Earnhardt’s not doing any of the “oohing.” His head seems to be on straight. He’s had back-to-back bad races. So did Carl Edwards in last year’s Chase, and he finished second in it. Maybe Earnhardt will have a bad year, but that can’t be concluded by the season’s first two races. It’s simply

1. Name the second baseman who cracked 43 home runs in 1973. 2. Which Cy Young Award winner has had the highest victory total since Denny McLain’s 31 in 1968? 3. In eight of the past nine seasons (20002008), a linebacker has been selected The 1Q2009 :: WkPress 11 ::NFL MarDefensive 08 - Mar Rookie 14 :: Pg.of3 Associated the year. Name the lone non-linebacker. 4. Earlier this year, Jodie Meeks set a University of Kentucky men’s basketball record with 54 points in a game. Who had held the top scoring mark? 5. In 1942, Armand “Bep” Guidolin became the youngest player in NHL history. How old was he? 6. How old was Mark Martin when he took part in his first NASCAR Cup race? 7. Who was the last male tennis player before Roger Federer to win three grand slam tournaments in a single season?

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¥ “To remove a bumper sticker from a vehicle, try loosening it with a little spray lubrication, like WD-40. Then work a plastic spatula under the corners until you can get as much of it up as you can. Hit it lightly with a hair dryer to heat and loosen the sticker. When you have the sticker off, use a plastic scrubbie and dish soap to get as much of the leftover adhesive as possible. Follow that with rubbing alcohol. Don’t use a razor blade, as it will scratch up the paint.” -- D.W. in North Carolina ¥ To keep your brain active, take different routes to get to familiar places. You never know what you might find!

want to get the biggest return for the amount you invest. Steve Berges wrote a great guide in 2004 that tackles this concern. “101 Cost-Effective Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home” (Dearborn Trade Publishing) doesn’t just throw out ideas like redoing your kitchen; it breaks down, by the numbers, which project is most desirable to consumers and PAGE is therefore FILLER 2 most likely to help Cheap Ways to Boost Your improve that sale price. 09 high in his guide (and Visual 1Q09 appeal- WEEK ranks very Home’s Value FEB That 22 - FEB 28improving your home’s in general). means By Samantha Mazzotta exterior and its surroundings (the yard, trees and Q: I know home prices are dropping like a rock, but garden, for example). If your cottage doesn’t get I’m still considering putting my cottage in Maine on much attention while you’re away for the winter, the market. Is there anything I can do to keep its or the yard looks a little ratty, call a professional value up? Sign me -- Ogonquit Snowbird, Ft. Lau- landscaper to spruce up the lot -- or completely redo it. derdale, Fla. The interior of your cottage should get thorough A: The housing market has gotten pretty interest- consideration as well. A fresh coat of paint and clutter costs by Karaaway Kovalchik & Sandy Woodlittle, yet vastly iming in the past year, but while prices have sunk clearing proves the look and feel. Hire a decorator if you in many areas of the country, other areas have 1. What star of the TV show M*A*S*H was ingiven the want to create a complete “look” the house seen only a modest decrease. And, despite all the that will tempt buyers. name doom and gloom we hear about, homes are stillAlphonso d’Abruzzo at birth? being bought and sold. The biggest difference is What if major repairs need doing, such as plumbinglegend or foundation 2. Scary film William work? Henry You Prattcan wasmake betterthem that buyers can demand more for their money. before putting the house on the market, or you As a seller, you will need to offer a home thatknown satis- by what stage name? can disclose the problems to potential buyers fies at least some of those buyer demands, while andfull work outname an agreement on whoMoore? will tackle 3. What first of actress Demi avoiding getting soaked on the final selling the the work before finalizing the sale. In this case, So, what does that mean? Renovations? Probtalk to your Realtor to get more details ahead of 4. Since ably -- but now more than ever, you’ll want to bepeople had difficulty pronouncing his name, time. careful which renovations you make, because you


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AT THE FOOD COURT (continued): • Baja Fresh. In 1990, risk-taker Jim Magglos took out a third mortgage on his house to finance the opening of his first Baja Fresh restaurant. The “fresh-Mex” chain prides itself on using fresh ingredients, and boasts that there are no microwaves or freezers on the premises of their 300+ outlets • P.F. Chang’s. The “P.F.” in the restaurant’s name are the initials of its founder, Paul Fleming. He’d previously become the first Ruth’s Chris Steak House franchisee on the West Coast, so Fleming knew a bit about running a restaurant. He loved Chinese food, particularly Beverly Hills’ famous Mandarin. Fleming befriended the Mandarin’s owner, Philip Chiang, and the two men formed a partnership. The first P.F. Chang’s China Bistro opened in 1993 in Scottsdale, Arizona. • Great Steak. When most people think of cheesesteak sandwiches, the first city that comes to mind is Philadelphia. But one of this country’s largest cheesesteak sandwich franchises was founded a bit further south and west, in Dayton, Ohio. Founders Ken Smith and Mark Turner did grow up near Philly, where they learned how to properly make the sandwich by slicing rib-eye steak and topping it with the right combination of provolone cheese, onions, and green peppers. The first retail space they rented was in an TRIVIA Ohio mall, where they opened the Steak EsNEWSFRONT ANSWERS cape in 1982. The business proved so successful that 1. their landlord Alan Alda franchised it as the Great Steak & Potato Company.

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• Until the mid-19th century, American shoppers brought their own hand baskets to retail stores to haul their purchases home. A few savvy retailers wrapped certain items in paper bundles for easier carrying. • In 1852, a Pennsylvanian named Francis Wolle invented a device capable of massproducing paper bags. This event revolutionized the retail shopping industry. Wolle’s machine could spit out 1,000 bags per day in different sizes. Oddly, his most popular bag was a smaller one that allowed women to buy a variety of needles, thread, ribbon and other notions at one time without worrying about losing them. (Such tiny items were notorious for becoming lost after slipping through the weave of hand baskets.) • These early grocery bags were glued at the base like an envelope, so they didn’t expand very much. Margaret Knight of York, Maine, decided that there was a better solution. In 1868, she patented a new machine that cut and glued “box bottom” bags, similar to those still used in many grocery stores today. • Sleeping bundles have certainly been around much longer, but historical documents point to Freydís Eiríksdóttir as the inventor of the “modern” sleeping bag. An able explorer, she was the daughter of Eric the Red, who discovered Greenland. While aboard ship on an expedition in the year 1004, Freydis IN THE BAG (continued): wrapped traditional bedding inside one of the • U.S. government vehicles experimented with ship’s spare, unused sails, forming a protecautomotive airbags years earlier, but the first tive cocoon that deflected wind and rain. commercially-available car to offer both • Before synthetic materials were developed, driver and passenger side airbags as an opthe “bag” part of a bagpipe was made of antion might be older than you think: It was the imal skin (usually goat or cow). The part that 1973 Oldsmobile Toronado. By 1998, drivthe player airbags blows into a “blowpipe,” er’s-side hadis called become mandatory and the pipe below the bag that he fingers equipment in all automobiles manufactured like a flute is called the “chanter.” domestically. • The custom of asking for a “doggie bag” dates back to ancient Rome, when hosts of dinner parties were expected to package leftovers for guests to take home. If you’re unTO RUN NESS? (etiableWANT to finish yourYOUR meal,OWN MissBUSI Manners Publish a Judith Martin) Paper inclaims Your Area quette expert that it is If You Can Provide: Sales Experience · A Computer · perfectly acceptable to ask for a doggie bag Desktop Publishing Software · A Reasonable Financial Investment in anyWerestaurant, whether for it’ssuccess! a dive or a provide the opportunity five-star establishment. The exception is at 1.800.523.3096 1Q2009 ::Call Wk 11 :: Mar 08 - Mar 14 :: Pg. 5 all-you-can-eat restaurants. Owners frown on already-full diners who try to “cheat” by loading up their plates with unwanted food at the last minute just so they can carry it home. • The warning labels on plastic bags for dry cleaning vary from state to state; no federal Information in the Tidbits Paper is gathered from sources considered to be reliable but the accu racy of all information cannot be guaranteed. law mandates them. The inherent danger of dryCan’t cleaningGet bags Enough came to light in 1959 Tidbits?when several infants suffocated after their parents NOW! in used dry-cleaning bagsRESERVE asSendsheet protectors $24.95 (plus $5.00 S&H) by Check or Money Order to: their children’s cribs. It goes without saying Tidbits Media, Inc. that Limited all plastic bags should1430 beI-85kept of the Parkway,out Suite 301 Edition Montgomery, AL 36106 Book Set reach of infants and toddlers. (800) 523-3096

Make Extra Cash This Summer Warmer weather is just around the corner -- and so is your chance to make some extra money. It’s not too early to get started on a plan. Here are some ideas. ¥ Yard sales: Start looking in your own home and garage for items to sell. What you’ve always given to Goodwill or the Salvation Army could net you a few bucks. Kids’ jeans for a dollar, shirts for 50 cents -- somebody will buy those. Have baked goods on hand and a couple pitchers of lemonade or punch to bring in extra dollars. ¥ Look at your own skills: Plan a class teaching something you know how to do and propose it in writing to your local parks and recreation department or college. Teach basic sports to children, computer skills to seniors (don’t forget senior centers), flower arranging, faux (marble, leather) painting, baking, home tailoring and basic sewing, music lessons -- the list of possibilities is only limited by your own skills. ¥ Language instructor or tutor: Contact social

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On April 25, 2009, come join the million of Americans that want to run the fastest, jump the highest, and throw the farthest in a competitive atmosphere where local winners can advance from local meets to regional meets to state meets and maybe to the nationals. Hershey Track and Field is one of the fastest growing events in the country today. Call 541-2356 to find out more about the event held at Hopewell High School. Sponsored by PAL Organization


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The second Friday of each month from 6-10pm. Come visit the stores, restaurants and art displays in Old Towne Petersburg. The March celebration of Friday for the Arts! will feature two highly acclaimed artists at the Petersburg Area Art League. Bryant White and Pamela Patrick White will provide an exciting and educational evening during the March 13 opening night celebration. Both will showcase their original oils and limited edition giclee prints which masterfully depict the lives and times of 18th Century America.

President Lincoln Visits Petersburg

On April 4, 2009 President Lincoln will, once again, visit the City of Petersburg. In honor of the President’s 200th birthday and in commemoration of the 144th anniversary of his visit to Petersburg, a two hour living history program will occur at Union Station in Old Towne Petersburg beginning at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call ranger Ann Blumenschine at (804) 732-3531 x203.









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Tidbits of the Tri-Cities --- Issue 33  

The Neatest Little Paper Ever Read

Tidbits of the Tri-Cities --- Issue 33  

The Neatest Little Paper Ever Read