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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES AUGUST 8, 2012 k FRO 4 THE EDITOR'S DESK BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS I love the Olympics. not watch the games without bm'st- It isn't just a sporting event or a ing into tears a few times a day. moment of national pride, it is the She could barely make it through height of marketing. People the commercials. wouldn't tune in the way they do if They could create a story oftri- it were simply a competition. The umph over adversity out of any- creators of these broadcasts turn it thing. into two weeks of stories more We have some of the best ath- emotional and dramatic than a te- letes in the world, but it's the ones lenovela. "Days of Our Lives" has that make a good story that are nothing on these directors, worth remembering. If you've got The athletes are out there doing a good nickname even better. their thing, but the commentators Before the show even started, have managed to dig up any tiny the talk was about women power. bit of story they could find. My More women are participating in college roommate, Jenna, could these Games than men and every country has at least one woman on get swept up in a few events. I will the team. admit I was drawn to the drama of Then you have the fact that the the swimming rivalry between games are in London, so we are Lochte and Phelps and I was root- following the royals closer than ing for Missy Franklin who trains Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. inAurora, Colo after the shooting Who is attending what, cheering that happened there. fbr whom and more importantly, And I've always been a bit of a what is Kate wearing'? sucker for the women's gymnas- Proctor and Gamble, othenvise tics, but especially this year with known as the people who make the dream team and the Flying everything, are celebrating this year by honoring morns in tribute. Squirrel. I never was cheering for a par- One of their brands is Puffs tissues, ticular person (because I probably which I've needed after watching a few commercial breaks, never had heard of them before the media spun them out). I really was All this, and we haven't even gotten to the games yet. cheering for their story and for the It's the battle for number one. good o1' U.S.A. Time to go for the gold. Silver is Medal count is cutting close the only medal you earn by losing, these days, but that's just a little And we are keeping count right more drama for the Teleprompters. down to men's volleyball and dres- I'd bet on the U.S. any day. sage whatever that is. Personally, I am more of a win- Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at httF'//walsk- ter Olympics kind of girl, but I still count press.wordpress.com Hello, I don't get into the Olympics as much as I used to. ! liked it when the college kids played, rather than the professionals. We were at a dis- advantage, but that is what made the "Miracle on Ice" so wonderful. And watching our college basket- ball men and women play lneant so much compared to watching to- day's pros. But sometimes I can't help rny- self. Remember when Shirley and I did our ice-skating routine out on the stock dana'? That was an Olympic highlight. Last night was gymnastics. Girl's gymnastics. Now, I realize these are little girls in their teens. And they have been training tbr this there entire lives. But, I mean, how hard can it be'? The balance beam. Shirley didn't want to be in- volved. Mark it up to good sense. She said we didn't have a balance beana. And she didn't think at three hundred pounds ! should be stand- ing on anything other than terra firma. I marked that up to here be- ing a critical judge. But, being bigger than her, I won that argtu:nent. Out on the deck we went. Our deck is like four feet off the ground. And has a railing that is like another tbur feet high. Topped off with a two by six. Now, it looked to me like a balance beam is about like a two by six. Oh, I was a little higher than those girls were, but that could be attributed to any number of things. Shirley sat down at the judge's table. I could see by the look on her face that I was going to have to put on a heck of a routine to impress her. I thought ! would start with something simple. Jumping. I mean they just jump up and extend their legs and land back on the beam. No fipping over or any- thing. I jumped. I didn't spread my legs or anything. Just jumped. I suppose that wood had been weak- ened by the lack of rain this sum- mer. Had to be something. When I landed lightly on the beam, it broke. It crashed into Shirley's flowerpots and deposited me on those plastic tubs full of roses. They had been kind of pretty. And I think all the roots and stuff growing in that tub must have weakened the tub. The roses were free! I guess roses don't like being flee. At least Shirley didn't like them free. She threw her judges pad at me and headed for the house. I dusted myself off. Three hundred pound guys look ridiculous with a rose over their ear. l kind of straight- ened things up the best 1 could and went in to see my judge. I didn't score very well. When I started to move furniture around, Shirley asked, in a not so pleasant tone, "What the hell are you doing'?" Floor exercise. That's the last thing I renaember until this morn- ing. Later, Dean r h- G,qod . Happenings at Our I >-O.q .sa, mantanGood Samaritan Lf ) P.ax Rata Moniea Simon ADC Upcoming events: Aug, 9 3:00 Monthly Birthday Pm'ty A lg. 13 1:00 Walsh County Bus Ride Aug. 23 3:00 Auxiliary Program and Lunch Aug. 27 1:00 Walsh County Bus Ride Thank-you to everyone who gave of their time and talents this week. We appreciate it so much. LvaE DZsE, sE ZN lhablio Walsh County Health District , <" " " " Short Shots Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium that is transmitted by a deer tick to humans. Symptoms of Lyme disease begin within a month of an infected tick bite. They start out as a circular reddish rash around or near the site of the tick bite that expands in size over a period of days to weeks. During the rash stage, or occasionally prior to the rash, other symptoms such as i ver, headache, fatigue, stiff neck, muscle and or joint pain may be present. The symptoms may last for several weeks. If left untreated, within a few weeks to months after the rash, complications such as meningitis, paralysis or facial muscles or heart problems may occur. Swelling and pain in the large joints may recur over several months of years. Not everyone with Lynae disease develops the skin rash. Lyme disease can be diagnosed based on symptoms, exposure to infected ticks and laboratory test results from a blood test. Treatment is oral or injectable antibiotics. The number of cases in ND has gone from 0 cases in 2001 to 26 cases in 2011. 35 North Dakota l.yme Disea Case Counts by Year I 0 'e i I 11 30 25 20 15 iO 0 2001 2002 20 ~ 2004 2005 2(~6 200"/ 2001 /2000 20~0 2011 Y~u ~r Voice Comm Network Engineer Adminsl~, Support & Engineer an ~ VolP solu#on PBX, IP ~ng & supporlk~ unlfled communications i~r~ ~r Quality Assurance Analyst (2 positions) Appltcaffon, Performance & Security Tesl~. Researcher/Statistician * Dynamlc l~ to conduct mseamh & pot/cy ev~ which infon'ns schools, policy make~ & the public on the outcomes of educatJon & @ patl~lpants in ND. ~k PowerSchool Specialist Impleme~ Tralnlng&SupportforPowerScim~&ND's Smdent lnforma#on Sys~w. Extensive aav~ ah~oughout ND. Syslems Architect Associate for sta~ of Nor~ DakoCa en~eeprise compu#ng ~ Broad ~vv~dge & ~ ~qu~ad in ~ Un~, UBUX, V~ndowS, ~=~TR~ & N~work l~i-r~O~e~ Contact us at www.nd.govllTDI - Higher Ed Can't Afford More Scandals ti,: A month hardly goes by with- and an understanding of North out some scandal at an institution Dakota values. of higher learning appearing on The official policy manual of the front pages of the state's the board spells out the expecta- newspapers. And after the rough- tions of board members. ing up in the last session of the They are expected to become legislature, higher education can't fully informed about the mission afford any more scandals, and implementation plan of each Misdeeds only feed the ac- school; to understand the organi- quisitive appetite of legislators zation and governance of all de- who would like to get control of gree programs: to know interre- higher education. To protect the lationships of the institutions; to integrity of the university system, understand laws governing higher the board needs to launch some education, and to know the rela- initiatives to head offradical sur- tionships of all actors in higher gery. education. While some suggestions for With this knowledge, they are corrective action reflect overre- expected to assist in developing action, neither changing the struc- the board's strategic plan, moni- ture of the board nor smothering tor achievement of goals, evalu- institutions with excessive over- ate the board, oversee and assist sight is an answer, the chancellor, assume leadership As for the structure, manage- roles on the board, establish poli- ment of institutions of higher cies of governance, and take part learning by boards of seven to in professional development nine members has been the model These are just the formal ex- for almost all universities and col- pectations. The informal ones are leges. It is a proven management more demanding. Every legisla- design, tor, institutional official, student Since there is no logical con- leader, media representative and nection between the scandals and ordinary citizen expects to wail the board structure, there is no upon board members in their of- reason to even think about re- rices, at lunch counters, retail es- vamping the board. The problem tablishments and waiting rooms. is elsewhere. We hold them responsible for First, North Dakota higher ed- every mischievous thought or ucation has mushroomed in the scheme concocted by anyone on last 20 years, increasing the board any campus. It shouldn't be sur- workload and spawning complex prising that board members are problems. Maybe it's time to re- resigning because of the amount think the traditional criteria ibr of time required to do board bus!- choosing board members, ness. Our selection process is fairly Having a chancellor helps but thorough, with a committee of the board cannot delegate its the five screening candidates and for- ultilnate authority for its consti- warding alist ofthreeto the gov- tutional mandates. When the emor for appointment with con- chips are down, they get the firmation by the state senate, credit or the blame - more often Even so, the selections are not the blame. equally qualified. That being the case, it is obvi- Having served in the gover-ous that we need to acquire more nor's office, I know of instances of their services. Given the rap- when geographic location, insti- idly-changing demands placed on tutional connections and political higher education, it is simply not pressure have worked againstthe possible for board melnbers to appointment of the best candi- meet their responsibilities without dates, committing lnore time. We need board members who True, requiring more meetings have no axes to grind, no water to and briefings will reduce the pool carry for certain institutions, and of persons able to serve but the no need for political honors. To trade-off is unavoidable. It is the serve effectively, board members best way for the board to restore should have prior public experi- public confidence in its ability to ence, good interpersonal skills govern. Extension Ex, Back to School for Par- ents: Make a List and Start Checking it Twice Getting ready tbr school can be a time of great excitement and a yet a bit stressful if you don't have a game plan in place. The best way to beat back-to-school stress is to spread out everything that needs to be acconaplished in the upcoming weeks so that by the time sumlner ends parents and the kids can relax and be ready to step into the new school year. One month before school starts Make sure your child is prop- erly registered for school. Be aware of upcoming registration and orientation nights for junior high and senior high school stu- dents. If you're attending a new school this year, stop in early to fill out paperwork and make certain records have been transferred. Ensure that your child is fin- ishing (and finishing well) any summer homework that has been assigned. Schedule doctor and dental appointments. Many kids need certain immunizations before school starts. Athletes in middle school and high school need phys- icals. Create a budget tbr back-to- school shopping Get any school supply check- lists from your child's school. Start shopping for school supplies. Confirm any belbre and after school care that your child needs during the school year so that you don't have any surprises the first day of school. Get the dates on your calendar for any back-to-school activities offered by the school. Get a copy of the new school year calendar. Read through the entire calendar and highlight any dates (school conferences, school holidays, late starts and early re- leases). Transfer these dates to your family calendars. Schedule a haircut for your child if you haven't already done SO. Decide on a quick family get- away to slip in the last thmily fun of summer Two weeks before school starts Review the basics. Do your young kids remember their ABe's? Do your incoming fourth graders remember the multiplica- tion table? Review them. Help kids clean their rooms. Many become disasters over the summer. Now is the time to get them organized so that your child can easily find his or her clean clothes. Store school supplies in easy- to-locate places. Families often stock up on extra school supplies because of the sales and then for- get where they stash them. If you have a high school jun- ior or senior, mark the dates for the ACT exams on your calendar. Consider finding a test preparation class for your teenager. One week before school starts Start changing your child's sleep and eating schedules to match the school's schedule. 1Most kids have gotten into a sunamer routine where they sleep late and eat breakfast and lunch at odd hours. Fill out school paperwork. Those beginning days of school are flooded with forms. Fill out the fomas right away and get them turned in befbre they get lost in the shuffle. Create a sale route fbr getting to school if your child is walking, riding a bike. Even students riding the bus often need to know where to go when they reach the school. Go grocery shopping with your child. Have them help pick out nutritious foods for snacks and school lunches. Create a homework space. Find a space to do homework that will be well lighted, has the fight supplies available, and is limited to few distractions. Set up a holnework time now. Get kids in the habit of reading books during the homework time so that when school starts they are ready to start doing homework again. Get excited about school start- ing: When kids see that you value education they'll be more apt to value it as well. .-' If your child is feeling anxious about school, send personal notes in the lunch box or book bag. Re- inforce their ability to cope. Chil- dren absorb their parent's anxiety, so model optimism mad confidence for your child. Let your child know that it is natural to be a little nervous anytime you start some- thing new but that your child will be just fine once he or she be- comes ham!liar with class!hates, the teacher and school routine. Souree,s' : ww~ :]~arel~ffh#'tket: corn NDSU Agriculture Communication beQanOI had someone ask me questions about green ts. After the hot weather we have been having, all of the blooms on her green beans dropped off, so she is worried that she will not get any beans. Is there anything she can do to stim- ulate a second flush of blooms? Is fertilizing when it is so hot and dry a good idea? Would daily wa- tering help? If her green beans will not produce beans, is it too late to plant new green beans? (email reference) A.Flower abortion on veg- etable plants, such as pep- pers, beans and tomatoes, is not uncolnmon when the day and night heat gets excessive. It is a shutdown to the reproductive stage of the plant in an attempt to conserve energy. It is very likely the plants will reflower and bear fruit. If she wants to replant the beans, they will sprout almost overnight with the heat and bear fi'uit by the beginning of Septem- ber. Whatever she does, a cons!s- dred. I planted them in plastic plant starters using potting soil. About 60 percent of them made it through the winter and came up this spring. On average, there are a dozen leaves on each plant. When do I need to get them out of the small containers to avoid stunting any further growth? (email reference) A Congrats on your success. It probably could have been higher if you had done the float test before planting. Any acorns that float can be discarded because they are nonviable. You said that each plant has about a dozen leaves, which is good be- cause it means each plant is well beyond the cotyledon stage. You can transplant them anytime now. I would strongly suggest that you do it going into the evening hours to take advantage of cooler tem- peratures and to minimize wilt- ing. Keep the plants watered but tent watering regime is needed to not soaking wet and enjoy the get the plants to flourish. No fruits of your experiment. soaking them once a week and then ignoring them to the point of To contact Ron Smith for answers drought stress. Nothing will be to your questions, write to Ron very productiveunder those con- ditions. Smith, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences, Dept. 7670, Box shQe) Last fall, 1 collected acoms 6050, Fargo, ND 58108 or from some oak trees in the e-mail ronald.smith( 4ndsu. /enne Grasslands near Kin- edu. F