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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JANUARY 4, 2012 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... By Julie Garden Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS It is now 2012 and what do you have to show for it other than a hand- ful of checks that you have already accidentally scrawled an 11 on and had to quickly adjust? Did you follow those resolutions from last year? i doubt it. Now, I'm not calling you a liar, but statistically, I can get away with saying that you probably made it a month into those resolutions before slacking again. According to the top 10 New Year's Resolutions in- clude: 1. Diet 2. Quit smoking 3. Exercise 4. Quit drinking 5. Stop procrastinatin]g 6. Save money 7. Go to church 8. Wake up early 9. Stop cursing 10. Read the newspaper There is a reason those are typically on the list every year and that is because there are quite a few of them that people end up repeating. Oh, trust me, I am no saint on this one. I have hit 1, 3, 5, 6, and 8 a few times. Though I have gotten pretty good with 6. I've never started 2. I don't have issues with 4 (especially in the last 8 months or so). I'm pretty regular with 7. I make up words for 9. And 10 is my job. That whole diet, exercise, procrastinate, wake up early has a tendency to all fall into the same category for me and it's a bit of an av- alanche from there. Last year I took another route and wanted to reduce the stress in my life. I exercised and took a stress management class all while trying to sort out which things should bug me and which things I should just ignore. It seems to be working so far. Now, my husband insists I work on my assertiveness and honesty or as he likes to describe it, my ability to be a mama grizzly. He says I get a bit too passive and apologize when I should be sticking up for myself According to him, if I am going to survive as a parent I need to let the claws out every once and awhile. And I have to realize that there is a dif- ference between being mean and just being honest. He's probably right. You can only ignore folks for so long. But who knows? Their prob- lem may be that they need to take care of some of their vices and haven't realized it yet. If they got a handle on 4, 6 or even 7 they might be hap- pier people. Who am I to judge? I'll work on my claws (which I haven't chewed on for quite a while.., another 2011 success'?) while you work on your 2012. I may not maul anyone, but I am they might not get away with as much as they used to when it comes to giving me unnessisary attitude. Growl. Like" the Walsh Countv Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http.'..%valsh counO,press, Hello, I don't know how this will work. I'm ending the year on a bad note. My computer crashed on Christ- mas! I mean it really crashed. I threw it against the wall. So I'm writing this on Shirley's state computer. And I figure, with the Patriot Act and all, the police could be at the door at any time. Or it could be the IT guy. You know, the one that you are supposed to call when you have trouble with your computer. You know. The Indian. Not the Indian guy from Mandaree that I rode with chasing cows. The In- dian guy from, like Pakistan. The one that speaks better English than I, but is hnpossible to understand. And he doesn't know that I am old and really not tech savvy. And Hat pretty much deaf. And he tells me to disconnect the modem and re- connect the router with the UBC cable and see if the 1200 portal is connected to the woofer and I don't know jack. Well, I know Jack, but not about computers. Pretty quick he is going to get his supervisor. Now the su- pervisor is older and wiser. And harder to understand. I think this is the part that is going to bring the police with the battering ram to my door. I told him.that if we ever get done in bombing Iraq, or Iran, or Afghanistan, or Syria, or whoever Tips we are bombing now, India is next! I'm sorry, I'm sorry! I didn't mean it. But I was against a dead- line. And now I am sitting, staring out a dark window, wondering whether the next headlights coming down our road will be a computer repairman, the police, or the guy to fix the drywall where the computer hit. But all of this reminds me of a story. A short story. A guy, much like myself, called the IT guy (that's Information Technology guy). This guy had received a new computer. He hooked it up and the screen stayed dark. He checked the rno- dem and the router and all that stuff under the desk. You know, where all those cables and wires and plug ins are. The round ones. The square ones. The lit and unlit ones. He turned it on and off. He plugged and unplugged it. Finally, after reaching the IT guy, he began doing all the stuff again, under direction. The IT guy was stumped, much like mine. Then he told the guy to check the cable on the back of the modem and make sure it was plugged in all the way. The cowboy said it was hard to tell, because it was so dark in there. The IT told him to turn the lights on. "Doesn't help, the power is off because of the stomf'! Later, Dean 00samarivan Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC Happy New Year! 2012has arrived and we are excited for the new year. New Year's Eve we played bingo and celebrated with special meals and party favors. Rev. Antal led Sunday worship services and we thank him for being here. Father Gary Lutein held Mass on Saturday. January Events include: Jan. 4 2:30 Monthly Communion Services with Rev. Jeff Johnson Feb. 12 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party Jan. 26 3:00 Auxiliary lunch and program Jan. 29 4:00 Piano Recital Students ofJeanette Berntson I would again like to thank everyone who shared their time and talents with us during this busy holiday season. We enjoyed so many special events and gifts throughout the season. We thank the Knitting Group of Our Savior's Lutheran Church for their generous donation of over 20 knitted items for our residents which included shawls, afgans and lap robes we also had gifts donated from the Park River businesses. Devotional leaders for the week were Lorene Larson, Bonnie VanBruggen, Corrine Ramsey, and Rev. David Hinrichs. Accompanists were Monica Simon and Carla Hurtt. Terry Hagen also assisted with nail's time. Thank-you and Happy New Year mD00Oe By Ron Smith, Horticulturist 00Bealth Walsh County Health District .... " Short Shots Immunization rates and outbreaks in Europe are only a plane flight away, and have many lessons to teach us. Thus the following information about measles outbreaks and transmission in Europe has implications for the US. During 2003-2009 substantial progress toward the goal of measles elimination in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region by 2010 was achieved. However, after 3 years of historic low measles incidence, the number of reported measles cases increased sharply, beginning in late 2009. As of October 26, 2011 a total of 26,074 measles cases have been reported in the European Region (EUR), with outbreaks in 36 of 53 member states and nine measles associated deaths. France reported the largest number of cases (approximately 14,000). About half of patients were 15 years of age or older and the majority were unvaccinated (45.1%) or had unknown vaccination status (45.4%). Failure to vaccinate, leading to the existence of susceptible populations across a wide age range has contributed to increased transmission and outbreaks of measles. What needs to be done? Increase and sustain 95% coverage with 2 doses of measles containing vaccine across a wide age range. Implement effective outbreak control measures Further strengthen surveillance. Could this happen in :he US? The United States has excellent surveillance and outbreak control systems in place. The piece lacking is measles immunization rates. Every decision a parent makes to not vaccinate their child impacts their child, their community, their nation and the world. Prevention is the key. Vaccinate your child on time everytime. Rest homes could get into job creation "Greetings, residents of the Lovingkindness Rest Home. I am the new commandant. You will find that I am not one of these softies who will respond to every complaint. I am an efficiency ex- pert interested more in job cre- ation than bingo games. "Too many of you are here for the soft life. Well, that's over. From now on, everyone will have a job. The politicians can't solve the unemployment crisis because they have no jobs to offer. Small businesses create jobs so we are going to do our part to bring this economy back by converting the Lovingkindess Rest Home into a viable small business. "First, we are going to clear out the recreation room and in- stall work stations. Some work stations will make greeting cards and some will string beads. The work day will commence at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. "You may think you are too old to work. Poppycock! At age 75, Cecil B. DE Mille produced the Ten Commandments. At age 80, Moses broke them. At your age, Satchel Paige was just get- ting into the major leagues and George Bums was starting a new show on Broadway. "Now for a few rules. There will be no more texting in the hallways. Two doctors have been disabled by reckless texting. There will be no more binge drinking unless it is Kool-Aid. It's okay to let yourself go if you can get yourself back. We lost two residents last week. And please don't sit in rocking chairs unless you can get them started by yourself. "If any of you are planning to get married, you should know that Medicaid will not pay for the cake. "Jobs are not only important for the economy but they will give you a reason for living. You will wake up in the morning with something to do. Just to boost your will to live, here are a few other incentives: "You need to stay long enough to get your student loans paid off. "The Bakken formation may be discovered under your bed and you could become rich. "Soon the earth will warm and you can get rid of those extra blankets. "You need to see how the Fighting Sioux logo saga ends. Anyway, you want to hang around long enough to vote on the issue this year. (Vote as soon as the absentee ballots are ready because your vote will count whether you are still here or not.) And, if you really try, you could be here for Sioux logo votes in 2014 and 2016. "Now I know that there are reasons to give up the fight. We're having another presiden- tial election; the Minnesota Twins will be worse this year than last; the federal debt needs to be paid, and there are a few other minor inconveniences not worth mentioning. But when you have a job, you will be cheerful regardless. "Yes, folks, we are going to have a great time here at Lov- ingkindness Rest Home Incorpo- rated. Now let's get to work." About the Sioux Logo First, the NCAA will permit UND teams to play in NCAA league playoffs but they may not wear Fighting Sioux uniforms. Second, the vote on the constitu- tional amendment to require UND to keep the Sioux logo will be in the November general elec- tion. You may think you are too old to work. Poppycock! At age 75, Cecil B. DE Mille produced the Ten Com- mandments. At age 80, Moses broke them." Prairie Fare NDSU Extension Service Food safety issues continue to surface As I think of topics for my weekly column, sometimes I won- der ifI have overdone the topic of food safety. Then I get a few calls or make some observations. Then 1 think differently. Maybe we in food safety and nutrition education haven't done enough. Just last week, three things hap- pened that prompted this column, beginning with a school assign- ment for one of my kids. Incident No. 1: "Morn, we're supposed to make some food for class. Here are the recipes we can use," my teenage daughter an- nonnced. The assignment wasn't for a family and consumer sciences foods class, by the way. I read through the recipes and found one that included raw eggs in the final dish. "I think you need to let your teachers know that eating raw eggs isn't recommended," I said. My daughter looked at me strangely because I was advising that she question her teacher. "We aren't telling her how to teach her subject, just cautioning her about food safety," I said. So, she agreed to mention it to her teacher. When she returned, she told me that her teacher said no one had gotten sick from the dish, so the recipe was OK. According to the Food and Drug Administration's Bad Bug Book, raw eggs, poultry, eggs, milk and dairy, fish, shrimp and many other foods have been asso- ciated with outbreaks of salmonel- losis. At least 2 million cases of salmonellosis are reported annu- ally in the U.S. Some forms of the illness have up to a 15 percent mortality rate. Other types are linked with reactive arthritis with Maybe my daughter will deliver it. Incident No. 2. An email ar- rived. Someone was making a recipe that called for canned toma- toes. When the person opened the can of tomatoes, it made a hissing sound like a soda pop can. The ends of the can were bulging. The tomatoes were now in a slow cooker. Fortunately, the client began to question the safety of the food before serving it to a group of people. No, we do not recommend that you consume food from bulging cans or containers that spurt gas or liquid when opened. A bulging can indicates gas-forming organisms are present, and some bacteria pro- duce toxins that are deadly in tiny doses. The worst case scenario would be the presence of the bot- ulism toxin, which can be fatal. Therefore, do not eat foods from cans that are bulging, leaking or excessively damaged. Never taste foods in bulging cans to see if they "taste OK." The food needs to be discarded where no human or animal will consume it. Incident No. 3. This wasn't quite an incident just yet. I was reading a conference brochure that described sessions being offered about home-canning foods. I was- n't familiar with the presenter and I didn't notice any food science or safety credentials.listed with the presenter's description. I was a little surprised at some of the recipes that were going to be described in the session. Had I completely missed newly released food safety formulations? I began to search for the items on the National Center for Home Food Preservation at the Univer- sity of Georgia. I couldn't find re- search-based recommendations lifelong implications, for several of the mentioned I had a little discussion with my recipes. daughter about what it means t .... if you decide to do home can- put yourself at risk. If you run a n]ng,ybu can find ffe'6 l"eeai'ch- red light, do you get hit by a car every time? The answer is no, but you are placing yourself at risk for harm if you do not follow traffic safety recommendations. We also face some risks in the kitchen, so following food safety recommendations every time can protect us from illness. Not every egg contains salmonella, but you can't see, smell or taste disease- causing bacteria. Sometimes you are lucky, and other times you are not. In the end, no one brought "sal- monella delight" to class, so that was a good thing. A simple solu- tion would be to change the recipe to say "pasteurized in- shell eggs." I will write a note to the teacher. based recipes on our website at Click on "Browse Food, Food Safety and Nutrition Publications" to see pub- lications on a wide range of topics. You also can contact qualified staff in the Extension Service offices in counties throughout the state. Don't take risks with your health. Get your information from credible sources and ask questions. Have a safe, healthy and happy new year! Editor's Note: Garden-Robin- son, Ph.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State Universi O, Extension ServiceJbod and nutrition special- ist and associate professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Editor's Note Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmatmd's columnn is no longer available because she has started a new job. As soon as the replacement county agent is settled in a new regular column should return. Ho rtis c op e Snippets NDSU Agriculture Communication abQou. I was just talking with a gen- tleman who is concerned t needle cast on an evergreen. What treatment options would he have for this tree? Thank you. (email reference) . Fungicides, such as chlorothalonil, can control this disease from spreading. How- ever, the timing is very critical. The evergreen should be treated twice a year for at least two years to get the disease under control. Try to have the client follow label directions for effective control. Now is not the time to do an application. .We have had a ficus for K,. about 15 years. It has flour- ish "de and grown to more than 10 feet in height. I was away on busi- ness when we had a hard 17-degree freeze. My wife could not get the tree inside the house because it is so large. All the leaves are falling offand it looks bad. Did we kill the tree? (email reference) A o A temperature that low will do a good job of quickly killing most tropical plants. Whether it is dead or just injured from the cold depends on how long the exposure was to the subfreez- ing temperatures. If it was for about an hour before sunrise, then there is a chance it is injured and not dead. It also depends on whether the plant was well-hy- drated. If the main stem appears to be mushy, then the freeze did it in. If the stem is firm and it is just the leaves showing an impact, there is a chance for recovery. It then de- pends on whether you have the pa- tience to wait for the plant to be- come something attractive again. If not, then dump it. Put the replace- ment ficus in a container that has wheels so it can be moved indoors when the weather threatens. To contact Ron Smith for an- swers to your questions, write to Ron Smith, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences, Dept. 7670, Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108 or e-mail ronald.smith Editor's Note The Arotmd the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.