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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES APRIL 25, 2012 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS You are a horrible, lazy person and nothing you do lnatters. Offended? Good. Me too. Here is the big question: What are you going to do about it? Everything in Park River needs rescuing. The theater needs money The pool needs money The little park playground needs money. The (fill in the blank) needs money. Heck, 1 need money. We can buy raffle tickets and do pancake breakfasts until the cows come home, but does any of it matter? Yes. Here is why... Each and every one of our Po- dunk towns with their 35-millime- ter film movie houses, leaky pools, and rusty playground equipment verging on hazardous is worth it. Don't believe me? Move. If I didn't think it was worth every spare nickel, I wouldn't live here. Now, I'm not just talking Park River. This is happening all around US. This is happening in small towns, big towns, Grand Forks to Jamestown, but we can make a dif- ference. Times are changing and costs are increasing, but you won't know how much a person is willing to give of his or her time, talents, or even cold hard cash until you ask. It's not rude to ask. The worst you can get is a no and then you move on to the next person. They might say no, but there is a glimmer or a chance that they might hand you the check you've been waiting for or have the fundraising idea that wilt bring hundreds of people for a steak dinner, golf tournament, mud run, what have you. One fundraiser may bring in a bucket of change, but how will you know if there is someone willing to shove a hundred dollar bill into that bucket until you put it out there. I'm putting a bullseye on myself here, but I am not exactly what you would call rich, or lucky, or even a good cheat. I couldn't win a raffle if I was drawing the names and pulled my own name out of my sleeve before the drawing, yet for some reason I usually end up with at least one ticket from some group or another. I figure it is less about the prize and more about the cause. If some- one will benefit, 1 can almost al- ways guarantee that it won't be me. Then again, every once and a while a cause comes along that winner or no, we all benefit. If the few bucks my raffle ticket (which we have established is little more than a piece of paper to me because nay prize winning days are next to nil) goes toward a community cause such as new playground equipment or contributes to the fire department's operations then, in the end, it really does help every- one in the cormnunity I'm a sucker for a cause. Trust me. I will keep trying -- time, money, ideas, or even a story or two to see if there is anyone else out there getting riled up. Because you can't assume anyone is a hor- rible, lazy person who doesn't want to help you until you give them the chance to prove you right. Like '" the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at htq.v!,"walsh- counlypress, wordpress, corn Hello, Our family has never been a good "'naming" family Our family names are pretty simple. On my side there is Dean. Gayle, Lynn, and Gary. I have uncles with names like Bill, Bob, and Jerry. You see, we don't walk on the wild side when it comes to family names. A horse's name was pretty sim- ple. A brown horse was Brown, or Brownie. A sorrel horse Red. Sometimes the name originated from the person we bought the horse from. The Hansen horse was called Alfred. I remember a glass eyed horse nane Albert, named af- ter a ly in Mountrail County. We did have to get pretty origi- nal in the seventies. We had several buckskin saddle horses. You guessed it. The first one was named Buck. Then came Wally Buck. We had purchased him from Wally up in the White Earth Valley. Then Grandpa's Buck. The buckskin that Grandpa Herb rode. Then I got Roping Buck from a cowboy over at Grassy Butte. My little brother's first horse Hat was Blackie. I suppose you can guess what color he was. But cows you don't name. Oh maybe an occasional one. Friendly, the cow that eats cake out of your hand. Christmas, who was born on...Right! Now you're getting the hang of it. Evan, our five year old grandson likes naming animals as they are born. The first calf was Snoball, who is black. He gets a little mixed up sometimes. Then there was Blackie. Then Red. Then Red Boss. The colt with a white foot is Sock. The one with two white feet is Socks. The cat with a short tail is Short Tail. Another cat is Black Ears. Last week I had to bring a calf home to get it started nursing. I said we couldn't name another calf Tips Blackie. Evan assured me he was- n't going to. This one was Blacko. By the end of the week I had three cows with calves home that I had to get nursing when I did chores. I had Blacko and his mother. Then I had to bring in the Wing Nut (a wild cow from...Right! Wing, ND). Then, the worst case of all, MANEATER! Now Maneater is the worst cow I've owned. She will take a horse or a man or a grizzly bear at the drop of a hat. She will come out of a herd and run under your horse. I believe if she got me down, all that would be left would be a big spot of grease where my demise came. I actually kept her in to sell. But the trailer was full of dry cows so she lucked out. But I had her in with the bulls. And when the calf was born, seventeen bulls gathered around to witness the miracle of birth. Al- though Maneater had the calf pushed through the fence, in the ensuing battle between bulls, men, and mad cow, her calf injured a hind leg. So I have to help him nurse twice a day. Alfred, the Roper, helped me get the cow in. It's hard to chase a cow that chases you. And to make a long story short, whenever you approach the pen, she lets out a beller and attacks you. With the cow bellering at me, Shirley screaming at me, and the dogs barking, I guess i got a little excited. So I took a Morneau sized swing with a pitchfork. I need a new pitchfork handle. But I will guarantee you, I've got her so she'll blink now and head for the chute. And like Morneau, I'm not sure if she'll ever get over a slight con- cussion. I've renamed her Justin. Later, Dean What car seat is the best? All car seats sold in the United States are required to pass tough crash tests. The best car seat for your child is one that fits your child, fits your vehicle, and is easy for you to use correctly every time you travel. More padding does not mean the seat is better. More expensive car seats do not mean the car seat is better. Proper fit is the most important feature. Installing your Car Seat It is very important that your child's car safety seat is tightly secured in the vehicle with the seat belt or LATCH system. Put the seat belt or LATCH strap through the correct belt path on the car safety seat. Use the path shown in the car seat instructions and on the labels on the side of the seat. To make the seat tight, push the car seat down into the vehicle seat cushion while you pull on the belt or LATCH strap. Use a hand or your full weight if needed. Know how to make the seat belt stay locked around the car seat. You may need to check your vehicle owner's manual for specific instructions. To check for a tight fit, hold the car seat at the belt path and pull forward and fiom side to side. The car seat should not move any more than an inch. Routinely check your car seat to be sure it stays tight. The back seat is safest. If tether straps are available check your owner's manual for proper use. Sound confusing? You are not alone. If you need help with your car seat, or have questions contact the Walsh County Health District certified car seat technician, Donna, @ 352-5139. The service is free and you will learn how to safely install your child's car seat into your vehicle. !!7 5 My Go.'Years Turned Out "Adapt" was the advice I got from District Judge Joel Medd, a friend and former student, when we commiserated about the problems of aging. Good advice. Many elderly people die early because their bodies and their minds are out of sync. Their minds keep suggesting things that bodies can't do anymore. Shovel that snow. Lift that bale. Shingle that roof. Then heart failure. If you adapt, aging can be okay. Everybody is doing a lot of that in North Dakota. I first realized I was getting older when I had to change my list of proposed pallbearers three times last month. My peer group is shrinking. It's sobering to realize that I'm half the age of North Dakota. Half of the state's history is not history. It can't be history if you can remember it. I had hoped I would be able to enjoy at least one more good season with the Minnesota Twins. Even though they have some different faces after a dismal 2011 season, they seem to have the same old bats. I never did get around to learning how to play the harmonica. I underestimated the prerequisites. It looked to me like playing a harmonica was as simple as politics -just puff and blow. But then I discovered that politicians can't play harmonicas. Control of the tongue is critical to the process. Talking about politics, I hope Secretary of State A1 Jaeger gets the legislature to redesign the 'measures ballot to suit the mood of the public these days. We need to change from voting "Yes" and "No" to "Absolutely" and "Never". For the past few months, I have been coordinating a 60+ group at church. We kid ourselves by calling it JOY an acronym for "Just Older Youth." We own up to our sins openly because we know that nobody in the group will remember enough to gossip later. In Protestant Sunday morning groups, it is common to memorize key verses of scripture. We had to give that up months ago. I have finally concluded that the "intelligent design" theory of creation is correct but you have to be smart enough to see it. The Bible says it is appointed for man once to die. Once seems to be enough. Bismarck, Fargo and Minot have reason to be concerned about high water but God will never sponsor another flood. The first one was a failure. The first thing Noah did when he got off the ark was plant a grape and get drunk. It has been downhill for personkind ever since. As we get older, we tend to recall childhood things, like comics. I can remember when Google was Bamey's last name. Most people who got rich in the California gold fields did it by selling stuff to the miners. In western North Dakota, the restaurants, bars and motels are making more money than the oil companies. One thing I have discovered about aging is that cake made from scratch keeps getting fewer and fewer ingredients. And now when I cook something for myself that is not very tasty, I know that I'd better eat it because it will taste worse warmed over. Aging is okay as long as you keep doing it and don't abuse the privilege. In closing, I'll let you in on a very private ambition. I really intend to live forever. So far so good. Extension Exchan, April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month True. Of the 3.4 million Amer- icans suffering from visual im- pairment, about 2.3 million are women. The good news is that three-fourths of visual impair- ment is estimated to be preventa- ble or treatable. Living a health- ful lifestyle, protecting your eyes from injury and getting regular di- lated-eye exams can help protect your eyes. Eating a well-balanced diet is important for your eyes and over- all health. Several studies have suggested that vision loss may be reduced by certain vitamins and other nutrients. Carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin are thought to provide some eye pro- tection. These can be found in dark, leafy greens; egg yolks; broccoli; and some yellow/or- ange vegetables. Omega-3 fats also may be important for eye health and can be found in wal- nuts, certain fish and flax. Try adding some of these foods to your diet. Staying active also can im- prove your eye and overall health. Getting regular, moderate physi- cal activity can reduce your risk of developing problems that can lead to eye disease. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate physical ac- tivity most days of the week. Avoid smoking. Quitting smok- ing may reduce your risk of de- veloping several types of eye dis- eases, as well as benefitting your overall health. Protect your eyes from injury. The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your eyes. Be sure to wear a hat with a brim or sun- glasses labeled "UV absorption up to 400nm" or "Meets ANSI UV Requirements" when out in the sun. Wear protective eye gear to prevent mishaps when working with :chemicals or machinery or playing sports. Do you get regular eye exams? Many people wait to get their eyes checked until they have a problem. Getting regular dilated-eye exams can help prevent those problems. Whether you are a child, young adult, middle age or a senior, everyone should get his or her eyes checked regularly. If you are over age 60, you should visit your eye doctor at least every two years. For more eye health informa- tion, visit mart or see these publications: * "Eating for Your Eye Health," n709.pdf * "Look After Your Eyes," n710.pdf Sources: Kayla Bahtiraj, NDSU slu- dent dietitian, and Julie Garden-Robin- son, NDSU Extension food and nutrition specialist Resou#z'es: ww: womensevehealth. oJg, www preventblindness.ol,g Farmers market vendor meeting If you are a gardener, baker, egg producer, crafter or have fresh flowers or plants you would like to market to your friends and neighbors make plans to attend the upcoming Farmers Market Vendor meeting on April 25, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at the Extension Office in Park River. Information packets for ven- dors will be distributed and plans will be reviewed for Park River's Farmers Market for the 2012 summer season. Items sold are limited to locally-produced fruits, vegetables, eggs, flowers, baked goods and canned goods. No meat will be allowed. The dates for the Farmers Mar- ket Will be Thursdays, beginning July 5 through August 30 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Park River's City Park. Call the Extension Of- rice at 284-6624 for more infor- mation. Getting regular, moderate physical activity can reduce your risk of de- veloping problems that can lead to eye disease." Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 GrowingZones in waisn t:oun00y One of the biggest mistakes people new to the area or people who are new to buying perenni- als make is that they do not buy winter hardy growing stock. Every perennial out there should have the growing zone listed on the information with the plant. Growing zone 3 plants can toler- ate winter lows of-40 F to -30 F. Growing zone 4 plants can toler- ate -30F to -40F. I personally have had the most luck planting growing zone 3's and occasion- ally in a protected area in Eastern Walsh County I have had people get away with a 4 but never a 5. If you want a perennial you do not have to worry about in the winter definitely go with a 3. I also rec- ommend that you buy your perennials from local green- houses or nurseries. They know what grows in this country. I have seen the big chain stores sell to- tally unsuitable plants for our cli- mate. If you are going to buy from them remember they need to be growing zone 3 not7 or 8! Know your growing zones. Window of OnDortunitv for Res'is'tant we00ds Remember one of the best strategies to fight resistant weeds in your crop is to use a good pre- emergence herbicide along with your postemergence herbicides. These products will start early and extend your control season and allow you to make your post applications to small weeds. Your window of opportunity is now. Do not totally really on glyphosate. We need to get a grip on this problem now. Plan your weed control strategies to mini- mize the risk for resistant weeds. Pocket gophers Pocket gophers are one of the most destructive rodents that will ever get into your lawn or garden. They feed constantly and most nights will dig a new mound around the area they are feeding. You can literally follow their progress across the yard. Pocket gophers feed on roots so they are almost impossible to poison. The best way to rid you of a pocket gopher problem is to use traps, which are the only way to know they are dead for sure. Trapping these pests does require some skill. I recommend death clutch traps. Here is how you get a go- pher. Take a long stiff rod or a screw driver. Go to the freshest mound. Probe the mound area until your probe suddenly goes down fast or meets with little re- sistance. Open the hole and clear the dirt. Open the jaws of your death clutch trap and wind the spring. Set the trigger at the end of the trip rod and make sure you set the trap into the hole far enough so the trigger is in the shade in the hole and stake the trap down. If you have done it right and with a little luck you will have a dead gopher when you check. Make checks in the morning and evening as that is when they are active. I do demonstrations for those who want to learn. Give me a call or stop by if you want me to show you how it's done. I made good money as a kid trapping pocket gophers so I know how it works. | )