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July 13, 2010 The Press Page 5 Then There Are The Geriatric Drivers by: Dean Meyer With nearly a quarter of the fatal traffic accidents involving teenagers, .the state's liberal licensing laws have come under attack by safety and enforcement organizations. Under present law, children as young as 14 can end up spreading mayhem on the public streets and highways. Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm started the debate in 2008 by proposing new restrictions and a graduated licensing scheme for teenage drivers. He was joined in the last session of the Legislature by Rep. Ed Gmchalla, a former highway patrolman, who proposed tightening teenage driving. The issue of teenage driving has been kept alive since the 2009 session. It is very likely that bills will appear in the Legislature to deal with the issue and it is also highly likely that very little will be done. It runs against our traditional streak against regulating anything, even danger. While focusing on teenage driving, we have failed to look seriously at the other end of the spectrum - the elderly. Since I am now in that category, I have license to discuss the serious problem we have with older people who no longer possess the skill or comprehension to drive anything faster than a lawnmower. Meting out justice for seniors is no easy matter. Just a few weeks ago, a 92-year-old North Dakota driver crossed the center line and piled into two motorcycles. One cyclist was killed and the other was sere to the hospital. The driver was fined $20. An insightful citizen wrote a letter to a newspaper, pointing out that if the driver had been a teenager, he/she would probably be sitting in jail for vehicular manslaughter. While it is great t9 see older people able to function independently, the time comes when they are a threat to themselves and everyone else on the highway. It's okay if some old people want to go out in a blaze of destruction as long as they are the only ones who go. Unfortunately, they end up killing innocent people who would prefer to stay around a little longer. Taking the keys away from older people is difficult, too difficult for most family members. With so many dangerous older drivers on the loose, it is obvious that relatives aren't doing it. And doctors find it difficult to weigh in on the decision. Some have enough good sense to restrict their driving. If relatives and doctors can't make the hard decisions, the only remaining solution is retestmg. Every one over the age of 70 should be required to take driver competence examinations whenever their licenses come up for renewal. As long as they can pass the exams, they should be able to drive until they are centenarians. If we can't stomach the brutality of an examination system, we should at least require drivers over 80 to have one of their vehicle plates state their age so other drivers can be forewarned. If we are unwilling to pass laws to curb geriatric manslaughter, then we ought to charge the elderly with the same crimes and render the same punishment as we do with teenagers. Spending the later years in prison can't be any worse than spending early years in prison. One year is as dear as another. By Extension Agent-In-Training Marty Fear Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD Summer Sun Safety!- Part One Often times we head out for the afternoon, but not until we slather on the sunscreen. My boys sometimes complain about this rituat, but 'after my dad has had many "hot" spots removed since they were skin cancer, I am diligent about sunscreefl. Sun safety is never out of season. Summer's arrival means it's time for picnics, trips to the pool and beach--and a spike in the number of sunburns. But winter skiers and fall hikers need to be as wary of the sun's rays as swimmers do. People who work outdoors need to take precautions as well. The need for sun safety has become clear over the past 30 years, with studies showing that exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer. Harmful rays from the sun--and from sunlamps and tanning beds--may also cause eye problems, weaken your immune system, and give you unsightly skin spots, wrinkles, and/or "leathery" skin. Sun damage to the body is caused by invisible ultraviolet (UV) radiation. People recognize sunburn as a type of skin damage caused by the sun Tanning is also a sign of the skin reacting to potentially damaging UV radiation by producing additional pigmentation that provides it with some--but often not enough-- protection against sunburn. No matter what our skin color, we're all potentially susceptible to sunburn and the other detrimental effects of exposure to UV radiation. Although we all need to take precautions to protect our skin, people who need to be especially careful in the sun are ttlose who have • pale skin • blond, red, light brown hair • been treated for skin cancer • a family member who's had skin cancer Reduce Time in the Sun It is important to limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are strongest. Even on an overcast day, up to 80 percent of the sun's UV rays can get through the clouds. Stay in the shade as much as possible throughout the day. Dress with Care Wear clothes that protect your body. Cover as much of your body as possible ify0u plan to be outside on a sunny day. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves, and long pants. Sun-protective clothing is now available. Consider using an umbrella for shade. All my best to you and your family - Julie Hello, Well, we survived another Fourth of July celebration! Family, rodeos, and fireworks. Cowboys and cowgirls coming and going and burning that diesel fuel. You often hear the Fourth referred to as the "cowboy's Christmas". And it can be. Or it can be an expensive ten days. I suppose they are getting older, but our steer wrestlers slowed down a little this year too. They only went to Dickinson, Belle Fouche, Mandan, Killdeer, Red Lodge, Cody, Mobridge, Faulkton, and Fort Pierre. I think. Shirley and I had to babysit. That was all right! Gave Shirley a little break from the hay field. But I tell you what, as soon as that dew on the grass is dry this morning, she had better be looking over her shoulderat the hay-cutting machin6. Seems like we have celebrated a lot of Fourths from a rodeo arena. Last night, I took our Granddaughter up on a hill in the hay field to watch the fireworks over the.Dickinson rodeo arena. I wanted to sit on the hood, but Gracy informed me her dad did not like people sitting on their hood. We sat on blankets. For about ten seconds. Then a jillion mosquitoes decided to watch the fireworks from the same spot. But it reminded me of a Fourth long ago in Mandan. We had produced the big Mandan Rodeo Days celebration. And it was a great one! Thousands of people. Great rodeo! AweSome fireworks! I suppose Carmen (our daughter) was about three or four. And I had a red heeler dog named Tyke. Now Tyke liked rodeos and he could "handle those bucking bulls. Carm liked rodeos and parades. We were country folks; so [] neither one had seen many fireworks. Just a little once in awhile when I came home late from a poker or pinochle game. Which by the way, was not as often as Shirley remembers it to be. Thousands of people showed up for the fireworks. You couldn't leave if you had wanted to. Those big old cannons started spouting their fireworks and both Tyke and Carm started whining and crying. They spent the next hour huddled together in the pickup with the windows up, holding on to each other and knowing the world was ending. Another great Fourth was about thirty years ago at the Killdeer Rodeo arena. Oh, that was one of the best. People crowded in on that side hill to watch several thousand dollars worth the fireworks. The fire department was on hand. The Lions Club was in charge. The first shell went straigt!t up in the air, then straight down. Right into the stockpile of fireworks that was supposed to last two hours! It didn'd She was blasting and banging. The arena was lit up in a kaleidoscope of colors. Rockets were shooting every direction. I have no idea how to spell that word. People were running for their lives. Some were covenng their kids. Others were trying to protect their beer.. It was awesome! In a few seconds it was over. The Fourth had been celebrated cowboy way. Kids looked at their mothers and asked if it was over already? And it was. Oh, there was disappointment. But I'm willing to make a little wager. I'll bet there isn't a person that was at the "big blast" that has forgotten that display! Later, Dean Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Expect Disease Problems on Potatoes and Tomatoes There needs to be a susceptible host, the presence of the pathogen in the immediate environment and sustained conditions favorable for the pathogen to develop. The cool and wet conditions our region has been going through may be doing a good job of keeping the grass green and the water bill in check, but be prepared for a possible outbreak of potato-tomato late blight fungus. Late blight has been observed on tomatoes in home gardens in Michigan and Manitoba and in commercial potato fields in southeastern North Dakota, as well as western and central Manitoba. "Keep in mind that for any disease to develop, three factors need to exist," says Ron Smith, North Dakota State University Extension Service horticulturist. "There needs to be a susceptible host, the presence of the pathogen in the immediate environment and sustained conditions favorable for the pathogen to develop." Even though the term late blight implies arrival later in the season, the beginning symptoms can be traced back to early July if the right conditions are present. Generally, the symptoms are seen on the older foliage, but it can develop on any part of the tomato plant. The most obvious symptom is a powdery white growth that shows up on the bottom of the leaves and contains the spores that can be spread by wind, water splash or human activity. Potato tubers with the problem turn a reddish brown and become dry and granular. Secondary pathogens, such as bacteria, then move in and quickly cause the tuber to turn soft and rot. Home gardeners can help control this disease using the following approaches: • Use excellent sanitation practices such as keeping weeds out of the garden and cleaning up the previous year's crop residue. • Plan a good crop rotation. Growing potatoes followed by another member of the nightshade family, such as eggplant, peppers or tomatoes, is not a valid cycle. Move out of the potato family for a period of three years. For example, plant potatoes followed by peas, beans and cabbage and then go back to potatoes. This will help break the disease cycle. • Avoid water splash when irrigating the garden. Drip systems can be installed easily and also conserve water. If overhead watering must be used, do it in the morning hours to give the foliage a chance to dry. • If a history of disease problems exists with tomato or potato plantings in the garden, use fungicides that contain the active ingredient chlorothalonil. It is a preventative fungicide, so it must be applied before the disease appears. It cannot cure any visible symptoms that have begun to show up. Chlorothalonil is not a systemic fungicide, so complete coverage of the plants is necessary to be effective. • If a plant becomes severely infected, remove it completely and carefully. Place a plastic garbage bag over the infected plant and pull the plant out of the ground. Tie the bag immediately to keep the spores from spreading. • When selecting plants for the garden, try to fend those that are noted for their resistance to this pathogen. Tomatoes are bred to be resistant to many of the common diseases, such as verticillium and fusarium wilts, but not to late blight fungus. "North Dakota is a primary potato-producing state in the country," says Nick David, NDSU Extension potato pathologist. "Late blight in the garden can escape to commercial fields nearby and cause severe economic losses. Remember that this pathogen caused thousands of deaths during the Irish potato famine of 1845 and 1846. For more information about Late Blight contact the Extension Office at 701.284.6624. Till next week - Marty Information adapted from NDSU Agriculture Communications. PROJECTS Prevent. Promote. Protect, FOR ASSISTANCE IN TRANSITION FROM HOMELESSNESS (PATH) Walsh County Health District Short Shots In 2"0o8 a point in time survey showed that on the day of the survey there were 832 persons statewide who were homeless. Of these nearly 17 percent were people with a history of mental illness and 19 percent reported a history of substance abuse. PATH is a program in North Dakota that provides services to persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and have a mental illness or co-occurring disorder. What services are available? • Assistance with meeting immediate needs such as obtaining food, shelter, clothing, transportation, financial assistance, benefits and services. • Assistance in obtaining employment • Case management, including therapy, skill building training, supportive services in residential settings, and daily living skills training/supervision. • Assistance with applying for and obtaining housing. • Mental health assessments and referrals to psychological or psychiatric evaluations • Referral to addiction treatment related services. Where are Services from PATH available? Services are available statewide through the Department of Human Services regional human service centers. Northeast Human Service Center (NEHSC) in Grand Forks provides PATH services to our county residents. To reach a PATH Coordinator contact N EH SC @ 7Ol-795-3o59 sa.mantan Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC The parade was the highlight of our 4th of July at the PRGSC. Thank you to everyone who took the time to come by the center. Residents, family members and staff enjoyed it very much. We look forward to other special events in July: July 18 3:00 Music with Hilma Strike and Dale Gemmill July 22 3:00 Auxiliary Program and lunch July 27 3:00 monthly Birthday Party hosted by Grace Free Lutheran of Edinburg July 29 3:30 Card Making with Julie Bandt August 12 5-7 Garden Party We would like to thank our devotional leaders for the week, Revl Jeff Johnson, Monica Simon, Jan Novak, Dorothy Novak, Mary Obie and Marlys Baier. Accompanists were Monica Simon, Susan Johnson and Jan Novak. The Senior band also performed on Tuesday. We have enjoyed being outside during these lovely summer days and have also enjoyed many other activities such as making pudding pops, bingo, devotions, story time, nail's time, men's time, exercises, current events Rosary and Mass. Remember we are preparing for our Fall Used Book Sale used books can be dropped off at the center anytime. Richard Wakefield* Gary Chwialkowski ND. MN Licensed Board Certified H.I.S.* For appt. 1-800-658-3442 "29 years serving the area 2514 S. Washington Medicaid Approved Grand Forks, ND 0% FINANCING AVAILABLE "'Dedicated to Your Hearing'" • Advanced Digital Technology • 45 Day Digital Hearing Aid Trial • Hearing Test & Eyaluations First Care Health Center Park River, ND Tuesday, July 20 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Grafton Family Clinic Grafton, ND Wednesday, July 21 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. t