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No, he didn’t “kill him a bear when he was only three” – that was Davy Crockett. And he wasn’t governor of Tennessee – Sam Houston earned that accolade. Those heroes lived their lives a full generation or two after the man who helped make their exploits possible: Daniel Boone, who was born this week in 1734. So notwithstanding Walt Disney’s depiction of “Dan’l” Boone, where does the man really fit into American history? This issue of Tidbits investigates. • We know about pioneers who went westward to places like Texas and California and Oregon in the 1800s. But before the American Revolution, the Colonies hadn’t stretched far from the Atlantic Coast. Daniel Boone was the man who helped to expand America into what was then a vast wilderness on the other side of the Appalachian Mountains. • Daniel Boone was born near Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1734. Of course, Reading wasn’t yet teeming with industry. In fact, it wasn’t far at all from what was considered the “frontier” at the time. Boone got along well with the local Native Americans, and shared wilderness survival techniques with them. He learned to track animals, how to gather food, and how to “live off the land.” Daniel received a rifle from his father at the age of 12, and quickly demonstrated skill as a hunter. turn the page for more!

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Old Tricks for New Dogs By Samantha Mazzotta DEAR PAWʼS CORNER: I have a new dog! What are some basic tricks I can teach her? -- Tammy J., Huntsville, Ala. DEAR TAMMY: Congratulations on bringing home a new member of the family! There are many tricks you can teach a dog to perform, but Iʼll cover just three. These should be taught following basic obedience training (which includes sit/stay and down commands). Each session should last about 30 seconds; let her play for a while afterward. Shake Hands: Popular and easy to learn, this is a nice skill for puppies to have, especially when visitors arrive. Begin teaching Shake Hands after she has developed a good response to the Sit/Stay commands. Once she is sitting, pick up one of her paws gently, release it and give her a treat. Do this for a couple of days, and then add a verbal command, like “Shake hands” or “Say hello.” Give her a reward after you say the command.

Play Dead: Another easy trick, once she follows the “Down” command, you can progress to “Roll Over.” Give her the “Down” command, and note which side she leans toward. Gently push her over onto that side, and give her verbal praise and a belly rub. Follow up with a reward. Roll Over: Once she masters “Play Dead,” start from that position. First, desensitize your puppy by rubbing her belly and touching her legs and feet while sheʼs in the Play Dead position. Once sheʼs used to this, give the command “Roll over,” take hold of the back and front legs closest to the floor, and very gently pull her over to the opposite side. (If she gets frightened or is in pain, stop immediately.) Reward her with a treat or toy. (Or, tempt her around with a treat: Show her the treat, then slowly move it up around the back of her head to the other side. She may follow it around, rolling over automatically.)No matter what trick you teach your dog, sheʼll love the attention, so make this training a regular part of your day!

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All Things Pets & More does not currently have a storefront. Instead, they exhibit at local craft festivals, holiday fairs, AKC dog shows and dog agility shows. Karen’s son, Ben Henshaw, and her mother, Nina Hardy, assist at their vendor booth. Karen hopes to open her home to shoppers for one day per week very soon. In order to make her products more available to the general public, Karen is hosting a Holiday Open House on November 8th and 9th featuring All Things Pets & More, Art House Greeting Cards, Shure Pets, and Longaberger Baskets. The event will be held inside the Southside Sheltered Workshop Building located at 3267 S. Crater Road in Petersburg. >From I-95, take Exit 48-B (Wagner Road West). Turn left on Crater Road and travel 0.2 miles. The building is on the left, beside the American Red Cross office. Open House hours are 9am – 4pm each day. All Things Pets & More will also be participating in the Holiday Fairs at the Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church on November 14 & 15 and the Weinstein Jewish Community Center on November 17 & 18.

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Staying Healthy This Winter Winters are sometimes difficult, but there are steps we can take to stay healthy during cold weather. • Ask your doctor if you should get a flu shot and inquire about the pneumonia vaccine as well. This year there is plenty of flu vaccine to go around. To find locations in your area that are giving shots, go to www.flucliniclocator.org and put in your ZIP code. You can also call your local health department or hospital for information about locations. If you have Medicare Part B, the shot is free. • If your grocery store provides antiseptic wipes in the cart area, use those on the handles and seat to kill germs that are likely lingering. • Guard against hypothermia when you venture outdoors. Not only do you need to dress warmly, but good nutrition can help the body weather a chill. Wear a hat! Heat rises, and we lose the majority of our body heat through the top of our head! Fingers and toes need special care, too. Mittens provide more warmth than gloves. • Even indoors we need to stay warm -- staying chilled for too long lowers the bodyʼs resistance to germs. Light layers of clothing trap body heat better than one thick layer. • The floors where you live might be colder than the rest of the room, even if you have carpet. Check doors to see if there is a draft coming in at the bottom. Even a rolled-up towel can block cold air and conserve heat in the room. • Beware electrical room heaters. If you have an old one, check with senior services in your area to see if they are giving out new ones. Be sure to keep the heater away from furniture or anything flammable. 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.


For Advertising Call 1.804.731.7504 DANIEL BOONE (continued): • One of the storytellers who’d opened his eyes the widest about the wonders of unexplored territory was named John Finley. Finley had fought alongside Daniel Boone during the French & Indian War. He had told Daniel fascinating tales of the mostly-unexplored land to the west: it’s now Kentucky, but back then, it was called Kentucke. • Beginning in 1767, Boone organized a series of exploratory journeys into unfamiliar areas north and west of his home. He never ventured too far until 1769, when he and John Finley led John Stewart and a handful of others on a grand trip. They headed for a break in the mountains known as the Cumberland Gap. The party struggled through the winter, but reached their destination in June 1770. • In his own words, Boone describes the scene: We found everywhere abundance of wild beasts of all sorts, through this vast forest. The buffaloes were more frequent than I have seen cattle in the settlements, browzing on the leaves of the cane, or croping the herbage on those extensive plains, fearless, because ignorant, of the violence of man. Sometimes we saw hundreds in a drove, and the numbers about the salt springs were amazing. In this forest, the habitation of beasts of every kind natural to America, we practised hunting with great success until the twenty-second day of December following. We had passed through a great forest on which stood myriads of trees, some gay with blossoms, others rich with fruits. Nature was here a series of wonders, and a fund of delight. Here she displayed her ingenuity and industry in a variety of flowers and fruits, beautifully coloured, elegantly shaped, and charmingly flavoured; and we were diverted with innumerable animals presenting themselves perpetually to our view.

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“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.” -- Albert Einstein

By Samantha Weaver

• It was Andrew Jackson Young, American civil-rights activist, former U.N. ambassador, congressman and mayor of Atlanta, who made the following sage -- and disturbingly accurate - observation: “Nothing is illegal if 100 businessmen decide to do it.”

experiment for research or just for fun. • Moscow has more billionaires than any other city in the world. And, except for one -- the mayor’s wife -- they’re all men.

• Those who study such things claim that by the time the average American reaches the age of 20, he or she has been exposed to more than a million advertisements.

• The next time you’re heading to Boston for a little R and R, you might want to consider stopping by a rather unusual attraction. The Museum of Bad Art describes itself as “the world’s only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms.”

• The United States has more dogs than any other country in the world, followed by Brazil in second place and China in third.

• The word “wedlock” originally referred to money given to the groom by the bride’s father (presumably for taking the girl off his hands).

• Just to see what would happen, a group of scientists gave various drugs to spiders. The arachnids that were given caffeine created webs with random tangles, making them useless for catching insects. Interestingly, the ones that were given LSD created extremely neat webs. It’s unclear whether the scientists performed this

• Have you ever experienced xerophthalmia? If you’re like most people, you probably have, but it’s not usually a condition to be terribly concerned about. Xerophthalmia is simply a fancy way of describing an abnormal dryness of the eyes. (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Space Heater Trips Circuit Breaker By Samantha Mazzotta Q: I have a space heater that, every time I turn it on, causes the circuit to shut off almost immediately. Is there something wrong with the wiring in my house? -- David L., Lexington, Ky. A: My first inclination is that something is wrong with the space heater, not the wiring. Many space heaters draw a lot of power, but a heater that regularly trips circuits may be faulty. Run through a short checklist first: Do you plug the heater into the same wall outlet every time, or have you tried it throughout the house? Are there other electrical appliances sharing the same circuit? Is the space heater in good condition and less than 10 years old? Do the plug and power cord get very hot when using the

heater? Is the outlet being used in good condition? Does the heaterʼs plug fit snugly into it? Does any other appliance trip the circuit when plugged into it? If you cannot find anything wrong with either the space heater or the outlet, and there are few or no other appliances sharing the circuit, first take the space heater to an appliance service center to be checked by a professional (never try to repair a space heater yourself). Should nothing be found wrong with the space heater, contact an electrician to inspect your homeʼs wiring. Some quick tips on using portable space heaters safely: Never place a heater on furniture; place it on the floor instead. Clear several feet of space around the heater. Donʼt run the power cord underneath a rug, and avoid using an extension cord, if possible. If you must use one, use only a UL- or ETL-rated extension cord marked No. 12 or No. 14 A WG (indicating the wire gauge). HOME TIP: Safety is paramount when using space heaters, and the U.S. government publishes information on keeping yourself safe when using one. Information is available online at http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/ PUBS/463.html, courtesy of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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• “After a big dinner like Thanksgiving, there’s much scraping of plates. I keep a bowl lined with a plastic shopping bag by the sink, and we can scrape into that. I believe it keeps the smells down in the trash when all that mess is tied together.” -- O.L. in Washington

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• What’s on sale in November: shoes, boys’ clothing, blankets, select deals on loss-leader items during holiday sales. • “With the holidays fast approaching, I found a great way to spend more time with family instead of in the kitchen. I invested in all different sizes of crockpots. This allows me to have food prepared all day. Cleanup is a breeze and storage is even better. I use extra-large bulk sweater plastic storage bags with shelves. I can place at least five large crockpots very neatly in my dining-room closet. Now I can get a hot meal and enjoy my family at the same time.” -- B.O. in Pennsylvania

• Recipe Substitutions: If you need 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves. • To keep ashes from flying around and ruining the carpet near the fireplace, spray cold ashes with a mister before removing. This dampens them, helping them to clump. Remove them to a box, misting again as necessary. When you’re finished, lay a piece of wet newspaper over the top of the pile, and you can carry the box outside without fear of a flyup!

DANIEL BOONE (continued): Over the years, Daniel Boone’s views on Native Americans had changed. Just as they could be powerful friends, he learned that they could also be hostile enemies. And on December 22, 1770, Boone and Stewart were captured and held prisoner, but managed to escape. Soon, they met up with two other adventurers, including Daniel’s brother, Squire. Boone was happy to see his brother, but the situation quickly got worse. The Natives killed Stewart, and Squire’s companion decided he’d had enough and went back home. Daniel and Squire Boone found themselves “hundreds of miles from [their] families in the howling wilderness.” But instead of counting their losses and retiring east to safer land, the two stood determined to stay the winter. The brothers built a small cabin where they stayed until the autumn of 1771, when they returned to North Carolina. Back home, Boone began gathering the equipment necessary to build a permanent settlement in Kentucky. He sold his farm and, in September 1773, six families and 40 fighting men ventured west. Not quite three weeks into the trip, the Cherokee attacked the company, killing six men (including Daniel’s eldest son). Realizing they’d tread too far into Native American territory, they retreated a few miles and found a place to settle. Two years later, Boone led a new group of settlers to the area, and they cleared a roadway known as the Wilderness Trail, which would allow others to follow their route. So there you have it: Daniel Boone’s claim to fame is opening Kentucky to settlement. He remained there with his family until 1788, when he accepted an invitation to relocate to Missouri. Why did Daniel leave the land he loved? “Too crowded,” he said, referring to the hundreds who had followed his trail.

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ALL THE PRESIDENTS’ TIDBITS:

JAMES MONROE

If James Madison left any monogrammed towels behind in the White House, it was good fortune for his successor, James Monroe, since the two shared the same initials. That was about the only thing the two men shared, however. Madison was small and shy, while Monroe was a big man with a warm personality. This week’s All the Presidents’ Tidbits examines the route that he took to become one of the country’s most influential—but overlooked—leaders. • James Monroe was born on April 28, 1758, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Few details of his childhood are known, but young James proved himself successful in both academics and athletics. At the age of 16, he enrolled at William & Mary. The idea of national independence – very exciting to young minds – swept the campus. When the American Revolution broke out before Monroe had completed his first year of study, he was eager to join in the fight. How eager? Read on. • In June 1775, news arrived of colonists fighting against the “redcoats” at Lexington and Concord. At the time, Williamsburg was not only the home of Monroe’s school, but was also the capital of Virginia. The Britishappointed governor lived there, and on his property was His Majesty’s arsenal. Monroe and two dozen other men joined forces to raid the vault. They stole (er, “acquired”) 200 muskets and 300 swords, which they handed over to the Virginia colonial militia. • When he turned 18, Monroe left college to help in the struggle against Britain. Late in the year, his Army regiment joined up with George Washington’s troops. He was one of the men that General Washington famously led across the Delaware River in 1776. Then, a year later, he survived through the brutal winter at Valley Forge. • After promotions took him away from the battlefield, James Monroe took an unusual step: he resigned from the Army in order to return to military action. He returned home and tried to put together a volunteer regiment, but found that few able-bodied men were left behind. In 1780, Thomas Jefferson (then governor) appointed Monroe commissioner of Virginia’s armed forces.

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City of Colonial Heights: Interior Decorating Class Nov. 10 & Dec. 9, 2008 This class will cover decorating basics of wall décor, furniture arrangements, color concepts, accessories, lighting window treatments, flooring, and greenery. Classes will be held at the Colonial Heights Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm. Cost is $40 per person. Instructor: Nikole Jiggetts. www.mycustomhomedesign.com

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Holiday Boat Parade and Fireworks Dec. 6, 2008 Join us for our 4rd Annual City Boat Parade. Dress warmly and see some of the most beautiful decorated boats in Virginia. Located on the River between Jordan Point and Anchor Point. Parade begins at 5:30 p.m.

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Annual Craft Bazaar Dec. 3-5, 2008 The Craft Club is working hard to prepare for their annual bazaar. They are excited about selling the beautiful crafts that they have been creating throughout the year. They will be selling delicious baked goodies, as well.These crafts & baked goodies make excellent gifts and proceeds will benefit the Hopewell Respite Group and senior projects & activities. 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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Virginia Author Series at the Appomattox Regional Library System Nov. 22, 2008 James Stoneking will present a program at 2:00p.m. on The Oral History Project, which he directs at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School. Some of his student volunteers will join him in a discussion of the rewards of recording the personal histories of local elderly citizens. For more information, please call 804-4586329 or visit www.arls.org

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