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FROM THE EDITOR I was never early to rise for school As a kid, there was nothing I hated more than the start of school. All I wanted to do was sleep in, go outside and play, then come inside to watch TV with lots of eating and snacking in between. One good thing about those days was that the summer break was longer than it is now – at least it seems that way. We typically finished school before the end of May and didn’t start school till after Labor Day, though I recall later in my school life we would have a day or two of school and then the Labor Day weekend, I guess because they knew those were days used just for organizing, getting back into routines and no real instruction was planned. Now, a school year goes into early June and starts back the third week in August. But there seems to be more breaks during the year. I guess that is the trade off. No, I didn’t go to school in the Stone Age or have to walk 5 miles uphill, barefoot in snow to get to school. We didn’t use pebbles to count or chisel our homework into slate. We did use Big Chief writing tablets, though. We were taught how to spell and how to write in cursive, teaching methods that unfortunately seem to be going by the wayside since they are not part of standardized curriculum testing. I went to elementary school in an Oklahoma City suburb called The Village. It seemed so big then. The playground was enormous. But when I went back to visit as an adult, some 20 years later, it looked so small. Even in my 1960s elementary school days, we received some lessons and instruction via television, including Spanish lessons.

During the 1990s there was a lot of discussion of schools going to year-round calendars, but that was eventually done away with and the state now sets the starting date for public schools. The reason given was to improve learning and knowledge retention. But in Texas, it is just too hot in the summer for school. An August start still seems early to me because of the heat and associated costs of cooling buildings and running buses. Speaking of buses - at a recent school reunion, several former schoolmates told me one thing they remembered about me was always being late for the bus, running after it and yelling for it to stop, usually seconds after pulling away from the curb – but sometimes farther down the street. There were times the driver didn’t stop. I was a heavy sleeper and hard to get out of bed. My poor mother. I would often wait until the threat of physical harm before I would finally arise. My daughter was somewhat similar, in that it could take several, “Time to get up!” calls before she would finally get up. As a result of having the responsibility of getting her to school on time, I became an early riser and it became such a habit that there became no need for an alarm clock. Even on Saturdays and Sundays I still can’t sleep past 6:30 a.m. no matter how much I want to. Now, she is the same, waking up automatically to meet the day’s challenges and obligations. It is funny how we change as we grow up and get older. I guess I am not far from dinner at 4 p.m. and bedtime at 7 p.m.

David May editor Send your questions and comments to editor@weatherforddemocrat.com

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BY TAMARA SMART

SCHOOLHOUSE E very year, when the first of August rolls around and the back-to-school fever peaks, I always do a fair amount of reflection and reminiscing on my youth and early adult life.

This year, as the season of Elmer’s glue, wide-ruled paper and bright colored binders comes into full speed, my reflective period has turned more into a prospecting outlook. It seems as though children have the ability to do an incredible amount of learning in a short period of time. Watching my children learn new things every day solidifies that thought. I can very easily say that while, yes, my husband and I are very much a part of our children’s learning process (together we read, we sing, we pray and we play); I have seen leaps and bounds in my youngest children’s development with the presence of formal education in their lives. My son, who will soon begin his fourth year of life, will enter his second year of school at a local private preschool (Little Scholars program at All About Kids). Last year at this time, my son was not very verbal. I used to tell people that he had his own language, Justus-ese, which only he, his dad and I could comprehend. He still was having a very difficult time with the usage of the toilet. He could bop his head in the beat of the ABCs and to “Jesus Loves Me.” Now, after only one year of classroom learning, my son speaks English, not just Justus-ese. He can sing “Jesus Loves Me” with the sign language movements that correlate with the words. He can say his ABCs, count (in English and Spanish) and say the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the Texas flag. He knows his colors in both English and Spanish, too. Every day I pick him up from school and discover another thing about how much his brain has absorbed in a diminutive eighthour period. I have spent a significant time in classrooms, behind books and sequestered in schoolhouse monotony. I am formally trained as a musician. My wall is decorated with diplomas and certifications and such. I can always tout my education of the formal variety. My wall can be adorned with the relics of certificates acknowledging that I have the acronyms to grace my name, or that they are just a cough away.


But at this juncture in my life, the everyday informal non-classroom lessons are the base of my continuing education education. My aforementioned prospection in life is more on the selfish plain. I think as adults and as parents we tend to get caught up in the fact that our children are the ones in need of lessons and education. Lately, life has shown me that I still have a lot to learn and there is no classroom on the face of this Earth that could house the knowledge I need to continue my forward movement in being a predominate leader in my profession, in social life, in parental duties, and in my charge of being a loyal and subservient wife … and most of all, as being an all-around Christian woman. I began my informal education at a small newspaper where I served as the editor/ad manager/ janitor. I moved through the newspaper industry until I obtained my current position. In all that time, I have had two babies, have physically moved addresses twice, left family support in wayward towns and treaded onward with just the immediate support and help of my husband and myself. I have had my current position for almost two years and find out that the amount of knowledge regarding my profession that I am still ignorant of is immeasurable to the things that I actually know. On more days than not, I drive home with the realization that I have learned more in the day of work than I had the day previous. When I get home and sit with my children at the dinner table,

it is not uncommon for one of them to teach me something else (perhaps how quickly I can move when a very cold glass of milk is spilled on me). Before bed every night, in my bedtime conversations with my husband, I usually learn another tidbit. I may learn something very involved about the oil and gas field, or I may learn that I am very good at pretending to understand what he is saying when he talks about the oil and gas field (It’s OK, that is a mutual thing between us. He knows nothing about newspapers; I know nothing about oil and gas. But we smile and nod at each other while the other vents. It works for us.) My son knows his ABCs now. My older children can read, write and continuously grow in their academia. The “back-to-school season” is important to them. It gives them a reason to groan and moan, and be secretly excited about what the new school year holds. What they do not realize is that they have been in school all summer, too. What I have come to realize is this: A lot can be learned in a classroom made of bricks and tile. A lot can be taught from teacher to student. Much knowledge can be imparted through books and lectures. Diplomas and certifications are important in furthering a person’s mind and understanding. But whether a person sits in a classroom, at a desk, in an office or even at a dinner table, we are all always in school. The Earth is God’s classroom. We just have to be quiet and willing. His lessons are the hardest to learn but the most important in life.

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utside my kitchen window is a small herb garden where I have stashed a few tomatoes and peppers. It’s the place where I go for a breath of fresh air. It’s also the place where the insects go, because there’s almost always something in bloom. One of the first things I learned as a master gardener is that not all insects are problematic. In fact, many of them are quite beneficial, more so than just the bees and butterflies. You may know about the praying mantis and the lady beetle, but what about the assassin bug and the parasitic wasp? These are just a few of the visitors that have a welcome mat in my garden. They find insects of the plant-chewing variety particularly tasty. Believe me, if I find an insect chewing on my basil I’m going to remove it; but often I find that a tiny little helper has beat me to the task. There are many plants that will attract beneficial insects. Nectar-bearing flowers with petals to serve as a handy landing strip is preferred. Dill, parsley, aster, sweet alyssum, candytuft, yarrow and shasta daisy are only a few from a wide variety of choices. I have another visitor who is quite fond of his shady hiding place. I have a garden hose spray nozzle that is sensitive to sunlight, so I cover it with a terracotta tray. That dark, moist

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cubby hole is home to one fat little toad. I know he has been busy, because every time I reach for the hose I notice his waistline has expanded. He’s so tired from his nightly labor that he doesn’t even bother to hop away. Mixed among the taller plants, I have included a watering hole for the birds. It’s just a shallow dish filled with water. The plants provide cover from predators, while the water offers a cool retreat. And if the birds find a tasty snack on the nearby leaves, then so much the better for me. Robins, bluebirds, baby cardinals, wrens, chickadees, and titmice all feed on insects. By far the most unusual visitor is the cicada killer. This insect has the appearance of a large hornet, but fortunately is quite unthreatened by my presence near her nest. These bees are solitary, and have underground nests where they lay their eggs. The destructive cicada is the preferred host for the young hatchlings. Only the female is able to sting, and females are not usually aggressive. The males are territorial, but have no stinger. For the past two years, my herb garden has been a nesting ground for as many as 15 of these insects during their egg-laying season. At the corner boundary of my garden, I have a rock barrier made of flat stones. On cool mornings when the sun touches


these stones, a gray lizard comes out to soak up the warmth. This is a particularly welcome guest, because his lightening fast reflexes are no match for young grasshoppers. You can’t garden in Texas without dealing with this aggravating pest, but I have found a helpful little guest who has made himself at home. I hesitate to mention my last visitor; not because he is unwelcome, but because many would consider him a threat. He is almost 5 feet long and has a distinctive design on his back. Yes, that would be the Texas rat snake, also known as a chicken snake. Now I don’t have chickens, so I’m not particularly worried. I also have a keen eye that easily distinguishes the difference between this welcome visitor and the not-sowelcome copperhead.

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There was a time when I wouldn’t have tolerated his presence, but I have noticed that this snake is fond of small rodents such as rats, mice, baby rabbits and baby squirrels. Now that gives me pause. If he can go to the trouble of reducing the population of rabbits that feed on my vegetables and squirrels that raid my bird feeder, then I suppose I can be a little more tolerant of his sneaky-snake ways. These are the visitors that have made themselves at home in my garden. In fact, I have gone out of my way to make them welcome. They add a hint of excitement to my favorite spot for fresh air. They poke their heads out to say “thank you” for the welcome mat, and I quietly smile my thanks in return; because the results are worth every effort. Parker County Master Gardeners, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension PCMGA phone: 817-598-6168; www.pcmg-texas.org Questions? pcmgaquestions@gmail.com

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Essentials for everyone NCredible gear Elevate the school experience with the exclusive line of NCredible back-toschool products by Nick Cannon. Created for the youth of today who have something to say, this collection features flash drive bracelets, iPhone 5 cases, backpacks and pens - all designed to empower, enrich and excite, so students reach beyond their goals and influence the world around them. Find the full line of products by visiting Office Depot retail stores. Fashion-forward supplies It’s no secret that geometric shapes, floral patterns, glitter and animal prints are hot trends for students of all ages. From backpacks and pencil pouches to highlighters and notebooks, students can stock up on this year’s school essentials with the trendy collections at Office Depot retail stores. Among the many must-have items are lanyards, folders and erasers. All are available in assorted patterns, shapes and colors to make every day a little easier - and a lot more fashionable.

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Cool must-have for dorm Anyone who has lived in a dorm room knows a compact refrigerator is a must. It's a great place to store cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches and salad fixings. After all, nobody wants to walk down to the basement vending machine during an all-night study session. When selecting a mini-fridge, size is one of the most important considerations. You'll want one small enough to stash under a desk but large enough to hold leftover pizza. Look for a compact fridge at your favorite retail store or online.

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HOW TOFORPREP A FUN TREAT BACK-TO-SCHOOL SEASON (NewsUSA) - Some parents look forward to the back-to-school rush, handling it like the school-shopping, scheduling pros they are. Even planning school snacks is part of the agenda.

infection-fighting capacity of white blood cells and help immune systems produce more antibodies.

When it comes to school snacks, one easy place to start is watermelon. Watermelon is 92 percent water, meaning those dribbling, sweet juices are hydrating as well as delicious.

Basically, watermelon is Mother Nature's perfectly engineered snack. By incorporating it into breakfasts before a long day of school, extracurricular activities or athletics, you can feel good about what your children eat, and not worry that they will complain.

According to registered dietitian and author of "Eat Your Way to Happiness" Elizabeth Somers, the tasty fruit is also low in or free of cholesterol, fat and sodium. What's more, eating watermelon increases free arginine, which helps maintain cardiovascular function.

Consider all of the finger-licking possibilities by trying the following simple watermelon push pop recipe -- it's healthy and quick, making it ideal for back-to-school breakfasts.

Resources like the National Watermelon Promotion Board also list other health benefits, such as a positive impact on immune systems. The juicy fruit is loaded with vitamins that enhance the

To find more watermelon recipes, from homemade sorbet and watermelon ice cubes to watermelon grilling sauce, visit the National Watermelon Promotion Board website at www.watermelon.org.

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BREAKFAST PUSH POPS Ingredients: Push pop molds (sold at most restaurant supply stores) Granola Diced watermelon chunks Yogurt of choice Instructions: Layer the watermelon, yogurt and granola and top with yogurt and watermelon chunks. Freeze push pop molds, and enjoy the Breakfast Push Pops when you’re on the go.

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Simple back-to-school snacking (Family Features) The start of a school year – with new classes, new teachers and new friends – can be an exhilarating time for kids. Here are a few ways to pack some fun back into lunch: Pack a Bento Box – These convenient, easy-to-carry food containers are perfect for lunchtime. The compartments make packing different foods simple, while keeping flavors and textures separate. Pack in hummus along with some dippers, such as pretzels, sliced fruit and veggies for healthy eating on-the-go. Choose Hummus – Cream-based dips and dressings are loaded with sodium, fat and preservatives. Instead, choose hummus, such as Sabra Hummus – the healthy alternative that kids crave. They'll have a dipping party when you pack it with carrots, broccoli, celery and pita bread. After-School Noshes – Keep the fun, flavorful food options on hand for after-class, as well. When they're busy doing homework or cramming for the exam, your kids will love the Mediterranean twist on these classic kid-friendly recipes, like this recipe for Grilled Vegetable Pita Pizza. Try New Condiments – When it comes to dressing up sandwiches and wraps, go beyond the ordinary mustard and mayo routine. Your kids will love exploring new flavor combinations, especially when you choose their favorites. Spread delicious Sabra Hummus on whole grain bread and fill with their favorite sandwich fixings for a tasty variation on a lunchtime classic.

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PACK A HEALTHIER SCHOOL LUNCH (Family Features) – A recent survey from Walmart found that moms consider the back-to-school season a fresh start over January 1, and that 61 percent of moms resolve to get their families eating healthier during the school year. In addition, nearly half of the surveyed moms felt that their biggest challenge to accomplishing this is the cost of healthier foods. Food and lifestyle expert Evette Rios has five easy tips to help families pack a healthier lunch, and turn a good lunchbox into a great lunchbox: Subtract the fat. Remove unnecessary fat with fat-free deli meats – your kids won't know the difference. Avoid temptation with snacks. Children who eat a poor quality breakfast or lunch may give in to temptation, so offer healthier snacks like nuts and dried fruit, or sneak 20 percent of your kid's daily fiber into the lunchbox by packing a Nature Valley granola bar or Fiber One bar. It's not juice if it's not 100 percent. If you are going to serve juice make sure its 100 percent fruit juice.

Yogurt. With a fun tube and smooth, creamy texture, these treats are specially made to freeze and thaw by lunchtime. If kids help select it or cook it, they'll eat it. Give them a choice and involve them, but guide their choices. Let them cruise the produce aisle and pick out the fruit they want to eat. Show your children how to cut veggies into bite-sized pieces that they can dip into a favorite sauce. Also, have them make trail mix with low-salt nuts and dried fruits, and portion it into single serving bags. When shopping for healthier ingredients to feed your family, Rios recommends looking for the Great for You seal on Walmart produce available in stores now and on select Great Value and Marketside products beginning this fall. "As part of their healthier food initiative, Walmart is making it easier than ever to make healthier food choices. This seal lets you instantly identify food options that are both great for you and affordable," said Rios. Get more ideas for great school lunches at instoresnow. walmart.com/Food-Center-healthy-eating.aspx. You can also download the free Walmart mobile app that lets you create grocery lists and get coupons at www.walmart.com/mobile.

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COMPUTERS: AN AFTER-SCHOOL NECESSITY FOR MANY YOUNG STUDENTS (NewsUSA) – Shopping for school supplies isn’t what it used to be. Sure, kids still need notebooks, binders and pens, but they won’t survive without the latest technology either, namely a computer. According to a recent survey commissioned by HP and conducted by Wakefield Research, computers become a significant part of homework assignments for children as young as 10 years old and students aged 6 to 17 spend at least three hours a day on devices with Internet access. However, that much computer use at such a young age raises some concerns among parents. “If your child is about to hit double digits, computers are going to be a routine part of their after-school homework,” explains Kevin Frost, vice president, Volume Business Unit, HP. “HP shares parents’ online safety concerns and offers a variety of desktop and notebook PCs with some exclusive offers and deals for students getting ready to go back to school.” Can kids have fun and be safe online? Most parents want to guarantee safety instead of hoping for it. The survey reported that more than 28 percent of parents have more faith in giving their child a credit card at the mall than leaving them home alone on a computer. In fact, over a third of parents surveyed believe children cruising the Internet unsupervised have more potential for danger

than kids staying at a friend’s house without parental supervision. Despite these fears – and the reality that prolonged computer usage is the norm for many students – 66 percent of parents don’t take simple steps to protect their children online, such as using parental control software, and 67 percent don’t block websites they deem inappropriate. To keep your children safe while making sure they’re able to complete their school work, consider the following from HP: • Select the right computer. To keep an eye on young children’s computer use, consider a family desktop PC that you can keep in a centralized location in your home. For example, HP has two desktops with student-friendly features and a 60-day Norton Internet Security trial – the Pavilion 23 All-in-One and TouchSmart 320 All-in-One (www.shopping.hp.com). • Use parental control software. Be aware of what your kids are doing online, by setting time limits and restricting inappropriate websites. Select HP PCs come with up to two years of Norton Internet Security at no charge. • Talk to your kids. Your kids may be “digitally savvy,” but that doesn’t mean they don’t need to learn some Internet safety lessons from om and dad. Talk to them about not sharing personal information or clicking on suspicious links.

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hile there are many health screenings relevant to both men and women, there are also tests specific to each gender. Two of the more important routine screenings women should be aware of are regular mammograms and pap tests, which can both diagnose risk factors for certain types of cancer. Mammogram A mammogram consists of X-ray pictures of the breasts and is used to detect irregularities in breast tissue that may reveal the presence of cancerous tumors. Screenings also might detect microcalcifications that can sometimes indicate breast cancer as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that

40,678 breast cancer deaths occurred in 2009 and that 26 out of every 100,000 females will die from breast cancer. Most organizations, including the National Cancer Institute, recommend that women age 40 and over have a mammogram done every one to two years to help catch cancer early, which improves a woman's chance of survival. However, not every woman is routinely getting screened. In the United States, roughly 68 percent of women have gotten mammograms within the last two years, according to the CDC. Although mammograms require small doses of radiation, which can cause cancer, to take the images, the benefits nearly always outweigh the risks. It is recommended that women age 35 to 39 get a baseline mammogram so they have an image of the healthy breast to which future mammograms can be compared.


schedule for women Pap Tests A pap test, also known as a pap smear, is a diagnostic tool that checks for cellular changes in the cervix. The cervix serves as a barrier point between the vagina and the uterus. The pap test is usually done in a gynecologist's office, although family practitioners also may administer it in their own offices. . The doctor will take a sample of cells from inside and outside the cervix and send them to a laboratory for testing. The frequency of pap tests will be determined by the woman's age, results of prior pap tests, medical history, and history of the human papilloma virus, or HPV. Many women get annual pap tests starting at age 21 or when they first become sexually active. Those who have had normal results for at least three years in a row may opt to get tested every two or three years. Women who are age 65 or older may be able to cease pap tests, but annual pelvic exams are still advised. For those who have had a hysterectomym which involves the removal of the uterus, pap tests are still necessary. However, after a total hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and cervix), pap tests may stop. Pap tests are not always 100 percent accurate, however. False positive and false negative results can happen. The doctor may require a different type of test if a pap test comes back with a positive result. To remain healthy, women are advised to keep up with routine physicals and tests that can help diagnose cervical and breast cancer in their early stages. If lack of medical insurance is preventing a woman from being tested, she can contact the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program to find programs that offer free or low-cost pap tests to women in need.


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his summer, we are growing tomatoes due to some extra pots that needed to be filled—as good a reason as any, I suppose.

We plant herbs every year – things like basil, thyme, mint, chives, Italian parsley and rosemary. Until this summer we have never planted tomatoes because clients always bring plenty to my office. (A shout out to the best clients in the world.) Now, we are relishing the fruits of our labor. Recently, Liz overwhelmed me with our harvest of two really small, albeit deliciously sweet, tomatoes. It was then that she told me they were cherry tomato plants. Bummer. Anyway, this time of the year gardeners will be harvesting lots of zucchini and tomatoes. A few years ago Liz came up with a fantastic side dish that always receives raves. So for this week's column, I officially turn over the keyboard to Liz. Liz, it's all yours. Thanks, Dave-O-King-of-BBQ (that's what he likes to be called at home ... OK, not really, but that would be funny.) This first summer veggie side is one of our family favorites. I've been making it for years and came up with it when we had an abundance of tomatoes, zucchini and basil on hand. We call it “Zucchini Casserole” because I never came up with anything more creative, I guess, but once you taste it, you'll call it, “Delicious!” Delicious Zucchini Casserole 4 medium zucchini or yellow squash (or a combo of both)

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sliced to 1/4-inch thickness 3 medium size ripe tomatoes sliced to 1/4-inch thickness 1 large sweet onion, sliced thinly ¼ cup fresh basil or 2 tsp. of dried basil 3/4-1 cup shredded parmesan cheese (you could also use shredded, packaged Italian cheese) Salt and pepper to taste 2-3 T. olive oil (A disclaimer here: the amounts listed above are approximated ... just be sure to have enough zucchini and tomatos for two layers. If you like more cheese ... add it! You can't mess this up. Honestly.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly butter an 11x14 casserole dish. Cover bottom of casserole with a layer of zucchini (I overlap slightly), lightly salt and pepper, and then begin layering in this order: ½ of the onion, tomato slices, basil (I use kitchen shears to snip directly over the tomato) and then sprinkle ½ of the parmesan cheese over this layer. Repeat, cover with foil and place in preheated oven. After 20-30 minutes remove from oven and discard foil; next, carefully tilt the dish a bit and remove most of the liquid (I use a baster.) Drizzle olive oil over top and return to oven for another 10-15 minutes until the top is nicely browned. Serve hot with your favorite grilled meat and a chilled garden salad. You and your family will love it! Dave Lobeck is a barbecue chef from Sellersburg, Ind., who writes a column for CNHI News Service. Visit his website at www.BBQ-MyWay.com.


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fter water, tea is the second most popular beverage in the world. However, new evidence suggests that men who tend to be prolific tea drinkers may be at a higher risk for developing prostate cancer than those who are not.

A Scottish study led by Dr. Kashif Shafique of the Institute of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow points out that, among the 6,016 Scottish men ages 21 to 75 who participated in the 37-year study, heavy tea drinkers, defined as those who had more than seven cups of tea a day, were at 50 percent higher risk of developing prostate cancer than men who drank less tea. Of the men who were reported to have consumed the most tea on a daily basis, 6.4 percent developed prostate cancer while the study was being conducted. Though the study did not take into consideration a host of factors, including family history or any additional dietary choices beyond tea, coffee and alcohol intake, the doctor believes heavy tea drinking can increase prostatecancer risk. But Dr. Shafique indicates that he doesn't know whether the tea itself is a risk factor or it is simply that people who drink tea, which is high in antioxidants, are more likely to live longer lives. That's an important distinction, as a man's risk

of developing prostate cancer increases dramatically as he ages. The study does not show a direct link between tea consumption and prostate cancer, so it is not wise for individuals to quit their tea habits -- particularly because tea has so many potentially positive side effects. Previous studies have shown that drinking tea may help reduce cholesterol levels and even help fight cancer. But the study does suggest that perhaps moderate tea consumption is best. Until more information is discovered about tea's connection to prostate cancer, men can continue to enjoy their favorite varieties, but it might be prudent to err on the side of moderation.

Dr. Deshmukh is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and received an MBA from Texas Women’s University in 2009. He recently received his second MBA in Health Administration at Texas Women’s and an MHA in 2012.

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t was said to me the other day by a customer he thinks I’ve never met a beer I didn’t like, which in a way is untrue but I am willing to give anything at least one chance. With the opening of our shop I’ve really been blessed in not only getting to do what I really love for a living, but in a short amount of time, getting to try a lot of amazing beers that would have taking me many, many years to get my hands on. In this short time I’ve taken a long journey in finding the beer that suits me, and my everchanging palate. When I started out on good beer it was a lot of the sweeter beers that I seemed to gravitate towards. I loved light pale ales, and hefeweizen. As I went deeper into my journey I really seemed to get into some of the fruit beers, malty pale ales, brown and amber ales. Then, I dove head first into the dark side. I couldn’t seem

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to get enough of the rich, dark, robust chocolate and coffee flavors of porters and stouts.

Then came the hops. When I started drinking the hoppier pale ales, the bitterness from the hop would coat my tongue, and that’s all I could get out of these beers. I was my great determination to love all things alcoholic that made me press on and give this style of beer as many chances as it needed. Finally, a breakthrough! It was like it happened overnight. I had shocked my taste buds to the point that the other flavors of these hoppy beers broke through the bitterness, and I tasted every amazing ingredient the brewer had lovingly placed into my delicious beer. I was hooked. A great way I’ve found to keep up with all the beer I’ve tried is an app on my phone called Untappd. It’s a great way to remember the beer you try by typing the beer into the search engine where it will bring up the brewery and the beer. After you taste the beer you give


it a rating, write a review, and you can even take a picture of it. You can also friend people so you can see what all your buddies are drinking and what they think of the beer. It’s kinda like Facebook for beer drinkers. You also receive badges for drinking certain kinds of beer or checking in on a certain day. When I told my wife about getting awarded with badges, she said, “That’s all you need, another reason to drink beer.” If you want to download this app and friend me, my username is Neil Kennedy. I’ve tried many beers and I’ve given you a top 10 list of my favorites. Some of these you can try, but some of them were a one-time run and will never be made again. I hope this list helps you find some beers that I think are absolutely exceptional! 10. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale – Milton, Del. 9. Great Divide Hercules Double IPA – Denver, Colo. 8. Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout – Grand Rapids, Mich. 7. Lakewood Temptress Imperial Milk Stout – Garland, Texas 6. Russian River Pliney the Elder – Santa Rosa, Calif. 5. Deschutes Obsidian Stout – Bend, Ore. 4. Founders All Day IPA – Grand Rapids, Mich. 3. Sierra Nevada Ovila Dubbel – Chico, Calif. 2. Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No.1 – Houston, Texas 1. Ranger Creek No.4 – San Antonio, Texas

Twisted Snifter is located just off the square at 111 N. Main St., next to the Bookcase Coffee and Ice Cream Shop. We hold free tastings every Friday and Saturday. For more info like us on facebook.com/tsnifter. Remember to always drink responsibly.

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Parker County Peach Festival The 29th annual Parker County Peach Festival took place in the downtown Weatherford streets on Saturday, July 13. It was hot and humid, but still thousands of people filed in to sample a variety of peach-based confections and drinks,

to listen to bands and entertainers, to let the kids play and romp and to shop and buy from the dozens of vendors selling a wide variety of crafts and wares. Here is a look at the festival in a collage of pictures taken by David May.


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AUG. 2 Second Annual Charity Showcase luncheon • The Women’s Business Alliance of the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce will host its Second Annual Charity Showcase Luncheon on Friday, Aug. 2, at the Oakridge Church of Christ. • The church is located at 4895 East Interstate 20 Service Road in Willow Park. • The Women’s Business Alliance encourages all women to get involved in Parker County charities and give back to their community. For those looking for volunteer opportunities or ways to give, register today for the Charity Showcase. • Charities signed up to participate include the Alzheimer’s Association, Careity Foundation, CASA, Center of Hope, Freedom House, Grace House, Kids Hope, the Parker County Senior Center, Parker Paws, the Texas Pythian Home and the United Way. Each charity’s “Top Three Needs” can be found on the East Parker County Chamber website under “Chamber Events.” Attendees are encouraged to bring donations to the luncheon. • To register, visit www.eastparkerchamber. com or call the East Parker County Chamber office at 817-441-7844. The cost is $15 for WBA members and $20 for nonmembers. The showcase opens at 11 a.m., lunch will be served at 11:40 a.m., and the program begins at noon. • If you cannot attend, donations can be dropped off at the East Parker County Chamber

of Commerce office at 100 Chuck Wagon Trail, Willow Park, or at Trinity Christian Academy prior to the event. Outdoor Expo 2013 • Willow Park Baptist Church is hosting an Outdoor Expo Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. • There is a $10 entry fee that includes a barbecue sandwich meal. • Raffle tickets for $1 each will get you in drawings prize packages including guns, bows, fishing gear, camping equipment and more. There will be more than $45,000 worth of prizes raffled. • There will also $10 raffle ticket drawings for a Dixie Chopper riding lawn mower and a Titan UTV . • There will also be live auctions for items like whitetail hunts, hog hunts, duck hunts, a guided red fishing trip, and more. • The event is a benefit for A Place for Grace Children’s Home. • The church is located at 129 S. Ranch House Road in Aledo. Take the 418 exit off Interstate 20 and go 1/4-mile south on Ranch House Road. • For more information call 817-441-1596 or go to www.willowparkbaptist.org.

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AUG. 6-7 Parent Classes • Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer parenting classes Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 6 and 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center. The classes will be $10 per person for the two day class and will include lunch. • The parenting classes will use the curriculum “Becoming A Love and Logic Parent” by Jim Fay and Charles Fay. The curriculum will cover, Raising Responsible Kids, The Love and Logic Formula, C Stands for Control, Ownership of the Problem, Thinking and Decision Making, Consequences. Also covered in the classes will be Keeping Children Healthy, Food Safety and Shopping Strategies for Healthy Eating. • Pre-registration is requested by July 31. For information or to register call the Parker County Extension office at 817-598-6168.

AUG. 3 Parker County 4-H Banquest • Family, friends and supporters are encouraged to attend the Parker County 4-H Banquet.

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• Event takes place at Springtown High School, 915 W. Hwy 199, from 6-11 p.m. • Cost is $7 per person, with dinner included. • RSVP to the 4-H office by July 26. • Call 817-598-6172 for more information.

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SEPT. 17 Healthy Woman • If you are in need of a girl’s night out, or just a good laugh, join Healthy Woman for its Sixth Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Southwest Ford. • This event will include a vendor expo from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., dinner and feature comedian and motivational speaker Kelly Swanson. Kelly is best known for her book, “Who Hijacked My Fairytale,” and will show us how to hang on to humor when life doesn’t go the way we planned. • Visit www.WeatherfordRegional.com/ HealthyWoman to purchase tickets for this event or call Nadia Nazeer, Healthy Woman coordinator, at 817-341-PINK (7465) for more information.

Ongoing Freedom House Needs bilingual English/ Spanish Translators • Must be able to commit two to four hours at least one weekday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. • Individuals must be at least 18 and complete a satisfactory criminal history check. • Applicants must be willing to volunteer as a neutral party to assist client advocate with the flow of information to their Spanish-speaking clients. Volunteer interpreters should be willing to work with client advocates to gain some knowledge of what the advocate means, without embellishing or omitting important details. • If interested, request a Volunteer Application Packet by calling 817-596-7543 or e-mailing freedomhousevigil@hotmail.com.

been placed on veterans’ graves in Parker County on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran’s Day. • Anyone desiring a flag to be placed on a grave or flags for a cemetery may contact the American Legion Post 163 at 817-594-4101 after 5 p.m. or the flag chairman at 817-5990952. • To donate to the flag fund, send tax deductible donations to American Legion Post 163 Flag Fund (be sure to earmark check for the fund), 703 Eureka St., Weatherford, TX 76086.

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But two directors within Weatherford ISD took their relationship to the next level through marriage. James Buckner, band director for Weatherford ISD, and Laura Buckner, director of the Weatherford Blue Belles, tied the knot March 10 in Weatherford. “We had been working together for about two years before we started dating,” Laura Buckner said. “When we met, he had a girlfriend and I had a boyfriend, so we had no idea that we were going to get together.” At the time, both were assistant directors with their respective organizations, and hung out with mutual friends throughout the first few years. “We had been going to dinner together a lot and one day, I just told him I was interested after weeks and weeks of hinting at it,” Laura Buckner said. “But he didn’t believe me at first and thought I was joking, but we finally began dating and the rest is history.” Last year, the couple had the first opportunity to work side by side as husband and wife. Both agree that working together on and off the field has helped not only the two of them but their groups become closer as well. “It’s nice because, while we’re not running into each other constantly, especially during football games, we have long hours those nights and some of our time overlaps so we do get to spend time together,” James Buckner said. “I also think the two of us have joined [band and Blue Belles] together even more so than before, because we’re kind of a packaged deal,” Laura Buckner added. “It’s a pretty unified group.” Uniting the groups has also earned the couple a nickname with several of their students — the Duck-

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ners, a combination of Duck, Laura Buckner’s maiden name, and Buckner, her now-married name. “Having someone there that knows what you go through and has to do the same thing — the support is awesome,” James Buckner said. “I understand that Laura will spend a lot of hours at work and even she’s home, she’ll be worried about the Blue Belles and thinking about it. “She understands that I’m the same way.” While the couple shares passion for one another, there is also a dedication to their students — so much so, in fact, that several band students, past and present, were on hand to help play processional music during the wedding ceremony. “Before we started dating, my students always told me, ‘You and Mr. Buckner would make a cute couple,’” Laura Buckner said. “Kids are smart!”

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