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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JULY 6, 2011 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... By Julie Garden Robinson, Food and Nutrition S )ecialist BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, There is something magical about the Fourth of July. Since I was tiny, the Park River Independence Day celebration was a family tradition. We would gather at the street corner to watch the parade. With every passing fire truck we filled bags with Tootsie Rolls that soon would weigh more than we did. You can see the wonder in the eyes of children who'd never had it be okay to take candy from Hello, The hay season has officially started. Maybe it is just our little comer or heaven, but we have the biggest hay crop we have ever had! If we get it up. We, as in I, started cutting over the weekend. Between showers. I just couldn't hold myself back any longer. Al- beit, criticism aside, it went pretty good. And when'I am done with this article, I'm going to wake Shirley so she can take her turn. As I was cutting yesterday, I was thinking of past haying seasons. Oh, there has been a few mishaps. And I think if we had a way to investigate, like they do in airline crashes, we would deter- mine that most of our problems are caused by "pilot error". Have you ever hoticed that there is a direct link between salary and repairs? I mean it. If you hire a good man, or woman, and pay them pretty good, it seems like things get greased, throttled back, raised over, gone around, aired up, and so forth. I'm always too cheap to hire good help. Shirley and Will work long days. I work occasionally. Butwe haven't hired anybody in years. We rely on donated labor by friends and relatives. People salfiadtan ( Si)cict00 .... VALSH COUNTY PRESS strangers in the street before as they stuff their pockets with goodies. Parents sat back and snuck a sweet or five as the next car would doll out more for the kids to dive into. Car after truck, after tractor, after bagpipers, after yet another fire truck.., all in the name of freedom. We celebrate because we can. We, or more appropri- ately those who fought before us, Hat who mean well. For instance there is Herb. Herb is from New York. Upstate New York. He makes sure you know this. And he comes out to North Dakota each year to help us out during haying. And to shoot pd's. PDs are prairie dogs. I guess that's what you call them in Up- state New York. So, every year, Herb loads his weapons of mass destruction in the back ofhisjeep and heads for the ranch. He brings a truckload of guns ranging from pellet guns to howitzers. I wouldn't be sur- prised if he has rocket propel)ed grenades in there. He has shoot- ing tables, tripods, and enough ri- fles to defeat the French in a shoot out. And he likes to help. So, I put him on the mower-conditioner. Brand new. Paid for with a credit card. I want it to last, at least till we make the first payment. So I asked if he can drive the Ford tractor. He assures me, "If it has Happenings at Our Good Samaritan and the big ones with their bright colors that light up the sky are all the routine and are expected, but for me and my cousins the best treat was when Grandma Steffie would hand out boxes of snaps just for us. You know the ones, you throw them at the ground (or at your brothers' toes) and they make a snap noise. Snaps may not be the most advanced of the firecrackers, but they were from grandma and they were given with love, so they were my favorites. The streets were filled with people and the park was filled with family. We would eat until we couldn't eat anymore and then take to the playground, playing games, and taking in the enter- made sure we could, tainment where itzould be found. Firecrackers, bottle rockets, And you never new what you Prairie Fare Tips wheels, I can run it!" I explain the transmission, the pto, and the hydraulics. He has it down. I explain there is only one thing you have to worry about. DON'T TURN TOO SHORT! I mention tiffs time and time again. DON'T TURN TOO SHORT! If you turn too short the gooseneck hitch on the swing tongue hits the tractor tire and can cause trelnen- dous harm. I make one round with Herb. He has it down. So I get out and stand there and watch him go down the field, make one turn, and run the gooseneck over the tire. Causing tremendous dam- aget His explanation is always the same, "the frickin' mirrors aren't set". A couple days later, we have things pretty well straightened out. And Herb is shooting pd's. I leave the swing tongue in a field near the dog town and come home for dinner. Herb, always wanting to help, takes over the would find from mimals and art to games or a show. It was a day of summer. It was a day where no one was "too busy." Before you knew it, it would be time to start harvest, and go back to school, and count the snowflakes as they fell into win- ter, and wish it were summer once more, but.., not on this day. On this day, we celebrated America with childlike wonder and it seemed as though the world would stand still for a few hours until the sky dissolved in colorful explosions. If you ask me, that is magic. Like "' the l'2tLs'h Count)' Press on Faeebook and check out our blog at htq://walsh countpre,s's, wordpress.com cutting. Unbeknownst to me. He makes a couple of rounds and a wheel falls off. Not his fault. The lug bolts worked loose. Can hap- pen. He doesn't notice that he is dragging the swing tongue down the field sideways cause it has only one wheel. Well, he notices when he comes around again and finds he has a dead furrow to drive in. He explains it wasn't his fault. "The frickin' mirrors aren't set". 1 gently explain that as long as he is in the tractor anyway, "just kind of glance back once in awhile". That reminds me of the guy that used to work for Jim. He was hauling hay home and would oc- casionally lose a few bales. And his mirrors didn't work either, and he would come home with half a load of hay. One time he plled in the yard with no trailer. I nean no trailer. Jiin walks over md asked where the trailer was. "Darrel" looks back and says, "I don's know. It was behine me da las time dat I looked!" But, myself, if I had to work for what I was worth, I'd starve to death. Later, Dean There may be no future NDSU Extension Service "Mom, listen to this. It's about water," my 7-year-old daughter noted as she looke d up at the TV. I was reading a newspaper arti- cle about the ongoing flooding sit- uations in North Dakota, so I didn't look up promptly enough to suit my daughter. I thought the TV story was a recap of the newspa- "Morn, you really need to watch this," she said. Then my persistent child gently turned nay face in the direction of our TV screen. I obediently watched the report. The national story wasn't about flooding, though. The story was geared toward kids and talked about water conservation in homes. "Do you see what we can do to conserve water?" she noted with her hands on her hips. Fommately, we were doing several of these things already. We have many options avail- able to help conserve water. When brushing teeth, we can fill a glass with water and use that water to wet the brush and rinse our mouth. We can check faucets to be sure they are not dripping. We can in- stall restrictors in shower heads to lessen water use during showers. Shortening our shower time or opting for baths limits water use, too. We can turn off the water as we lather our hands and only run the dishwasher when it's com- pletely full. Installing a water-conserving toilet, which uses half the amount of water older toilets do, can lessen water use. Using rainwater on your plants also conserves water. You can learn more about water quality and testing from publica- tions at http://www.ag.ndsu. edu/pubs/watsys.html. Water can have devastating ef- fects when it's present in our envi- ronment in too high or low amounts. We all need a safe sup- ply of water for survival, and my daughter was right about con- servation. Our bodies, which are made of 60 to 70 percent water, need an on- Monica Simon ADC Happy 4th of July to all. We would like to thank everyone who celebrated the 4th with us. A special thank you to the Parade for coming by the center we always enjoy that so. We look forward to our July events: July Events: July 7 2:30 Communion Service with Rev. Jeff Johnson July 14 3:00 Monthly Birthday party program and lunch hosted by Grace Free Lutheran Church of Edinburg July 20 7:00 Polish Dancers July 28 3:00 Auxiliary lunch and program provided by Trinity Lutheran Church of Edinburg Devotional leaders for the week were Sue Faggerholt, Rev. David Hinrichs, Corrine Ramsey, Lois Ydstie, Lorene Larson, and Bonnie Van Bruggen, and the accompanists were Jan Novak and Monica Simon. Rev. Paul Kiel led Sunday Worship services and Father Gary Lutein. We would thank everyone Who shared their time and talents with us this week. 5 Key Steps to "wear it right" Check the Label: The label will tell you if the life jacket is Coast Guard Approved The label will tell you the size of the life jacket The label will tell you how to use the jacket. (Sizes run from infant to 2x adult). Children's life jackets should have a loop on the collar and a strap between the legs. Infant life jackets have a head protector that keeps them from going face down in the water. Check for Damage: Check that there are no broken parts and no mold or rips in the fabric. (When you are drowning is not the time to check for this). Fasten Up: Fasten up all buckles, zippers and straps. Adjust straps so that the jacket fits snugly. (When you are drowning is not the time to fasten up) Check for Proper Fit: Lift the shoulders of the life jacket; make sure it does not slip above the chin or ears. It should feel snug, yet comfortable. A properly fitted life jacket keeps your shoulders and head above water. You can swim in a properly fitted life jacket. Wear it: A life jacket only works if it is worn.. Make sure you wear the rig]it life jacket before you go out in the water. (The time to put it on is not when you are drowning). If you would like to purchase a Life Jacket contact us. We have some very nice life jackets at rrasonable cost available in our office courtesy f of Altru Safe Kids! in the future Sometime. around 1970, Prof. Ed Banfield wrote a book, The Unheavenly City, in which he described the "present-oriented" nature of lower class people whose lifestyle was devoid of thoughts of the future. As a society, we could deal with this inability of a minority to foresee the importance of curbing today's desires for tomolxow's rewards. As an example, to protect these fols from themselves, Social Security was made compulsory because present- oriented people would spend everything today and have nothing for retirement. Smoking is another present-oriented example.. We 11 enjoy that cigarette today, and worry about cancer later. While present-orientedness was creating socialproblelns 40 years ago when Banfield was writing, it has spread to all segments of society. "I want it now" consumerism has become the rule rather than the exception. Our thoughts of the future have been eclipsed by our thirst for things of the present. This present-oriented mentality casts dark shadows over our future. In fact, if we stay on this course, there may be no future in our future. God has not guaranteed our existence in perpetuity. The first shadow is the inability of the electorate to make informed decisions. With the advent of electronic media, people have lapsed into ignorance about public affairs, 'banking on the total misrepresentations by FOX and MSNBC, and the. partial misrepresentations by CNN and the networks. Uninformed opinions have supplanted facts in the public dialogue as newspapers have been edged out of the marketplace. The second shadow is the national debt. Our present- oriented spending habits are unsustainable and, ffwe are going to have a future, we must curb spending and raise revenue. But this will never happen. Three- fourths of the people think we are spending too much but they are also against cutting programs or raising taxes. Faced with this inconsistency, politicians grab the part of the elephant they like best and make it their nonnegotiable position. The debt crisis will not be solved by polarized politics that promise to get worse rather than better. Long term problems can't be solved by short term politicians. The third shadow is the "dumbing down" of our education system. Instead of making education a joint responsibility of parents and teachers, we keep blaming the failure of children on the schools. Most of the criticism during the Bush and the Obama administrations has been directed at schools while it is the parents who need to be more engaged and that would take a major cultural shift. At the college level, we see an erosion of academic standards. The electronic media have made it possible for profit-making organizations claiming university status to short-cut education by offering "life experience" credit, second-rate content and inferior instruction. This dumbing down of the system means students are learn ing less and as more and more students keep learning less and less we will have an electorate that lacks knowledge, critical thinking and other qualities required to sustain a democracy. The fourth shadow is energy. The present dialogue on energy policy manifests a distinct present- orientedness. There is no public support for reductions in consumption, such as reducing traffic speed, raising gas taxes, or cleaning up energy sources. The response to such suggestions tbcuses on the increased cost and inconvenience to present day consumers. Today s corporate bottom line and consumer convenience are more important than the impact on future generations. On the major issues of the day, the present-oriemed electorate can no longer think into the future and realize that this generation must experience inconvenience and sacrifice to s&ure a brighter future for our children and grandchildren. Unless we start making some hard decisions, there is not much future in the future. going supply of water. During warm summer months, keeping our bodies well-hydrated is criti- cal. How much should we drink per day to stay hydrated? You may be familiar with the 8-by-8 rule, meaning eight glasses of fluid per day with 8 ounces in each glass. Many professionals recom- mend 8 to 9 cups of water and fluid from beverages per day for women and 13 cups for men. This accounts for about 80 percent of your daily fluid intake. The other 20 percent is from water contained in food. Some fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and tomatoes, contain more than 90 percent water. However, your water needs are very individualized and de- pend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live. Hot and humid weather and high altitudes increase sweating, urination and breathing, so more fluids may be needed in these con- ditions. Sickness with a fever, vomiting and diarrhea all increase your fluid needs. Women who are pregnant or lactating need more fluids. r You need more fluids during exercise. For exercises that make you sweat and last less than an hour, be sure to hydrate before you exercise. If you exercise for longer than an hour, a good rule of thtunb is 6 ounces of fluid every 15 min- utes. This is about the fluid amount in a small Styrofoam coffee cup. Generally, if you rarely feel thirsty and continually have light- colored urine, you probably are getting enough. However, do not go by thirst alone. As we age, our thirst mechanism diminishes. You already are somewhat dehydrated if you feel thirsty. Editor's Note: Garden-Robin- son, Ph.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State UniversiO." 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 Zikmund's columnn was not available due to the holiday. Her columns will return as soon as she does. Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Resources for everyone from grillers to growers Dr. Marcia McMullen Featured Speaker at Plot Tour Dr. Marcia McMullen, NDSU Extension Plant Pathologist, will be the featured speaker at the An- nual Walsh County Plot tour sponsored by the Walsh County Crop Improvement Association. Dr. McMullen will cover leaf dis- eases in small grains. It looks to be a hot topic with all the mois- ture we have been receiving lately. The meal will start a 6 p.m. with the plot tour follow. Bryan Hanson, Research Agronomist at the Langdon Research and Ex- tension Center, will be present- ing on the small grain plots. The meal is sponsored by the banks of Walsh County. Come and enjoy the evening. NDSU BBQ Bootcamp in Grand Forks The NDSU Extension Service is offering a BBQ Bootcamp in Grand Forks on July 14 begin- ning at 5 pm. The event will take place at the Alerus Center and will offer a unique opportunity io learn a variety of BBQ tech- niques. Learning topics include meat cut selection; new cooking methods and practices; rubs, marinades and seasonings; food safety and nutrition; and smok- ing, gas and charcoal cooking. At the end of the program those at- tending will receive a meal in- cluding the variety of cooking styles which are demonstrated during the program and samples are also handed out during the program. For more information about the BBQ Bootcamp please contact Donna Bernhardt or Car- ole Hadlich at 701-780-8229 at the Grand Forks Extension Of- rice. Small Grain Disease Forecasting The NDSU small grain disease forecasting model website has been activated for the season. The website predicts the risk of infec- tion for tan spot, septoria leaf blotch and leaf rust of wheat, as well as Fusarium head blight (scab). The forecasting model can be found at www.ag.ndsu. nodak.edu/cropdisease/. The risk of infection is based on weather data from North Dakota Agricul- tural Weather Network (NDAWN) locations. To utilize the website one choses the NDAWN site of interest and the crop growth stage to get the fore- cast. Dates to Remember: July 11, Walsh County Plot Tour, Extension Office Park River; 6 p.m.