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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES AUGUST 22, 2012 F RO, TH E EDITOR'S DESK BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Imagine the ideal community. Wasyour ideal community the one you live in now? Why not? Whether you consider it to be a scene out of the good o1' days with June Cleaver vacuuming in pearls or some slightly more dysftmctional, albeit happy neighborhood like the TV families of today are working with, we are constantly comparing life to the other side of the fence. The grass is most likely greener on the other side because they did something about it. Rather than wondering why other people have it better, what you should be doing is asking what you can do about it. When I was in high school, our senior class motto was "Be the change you wish to see in the world." The world is going to keep spinning whether you decide to get out of bed or not. You can either just go along for the ride or you can make the ride worthwhile. I am one of the most indecisive people in the world, if you ask my husband. The truth is I am just indecisive about things that I don't think really matter. If I have an opinion you would know about it. Almost any complaint has a solution out there. It's not really rocket science. Its more like flowchart science. Is your school awful? Get on the school board. Your town, neighbor, etc. is awful? Get on the city council. The least you can do is attend a meeting and voice your opinion. Is your or your kid's favorite thing being shut down? I bet there is a committee you could be on to change that. No, there isn't? Start one. You have issues, ideas, etc. but no one asked you to help'? Why in the world do you need to be asked? Do something. This world is full of complainers and not nearly enough doers. Leadership is vital in any comnmnity. Without it, your town, school, businesses, nonprofits, fire departments, and everything else we take for granted would cease to be. The world is made up of a number of personalities. You may be a leade ; an organizer, a people person, or an idea machine, a worker, or any other cog iv machine. The secret is that they are all necessary. No the ideal community. That isn't the reality. There will al- ways be son ming to complain about, but if something can be done about it, do it. And make people jealous of your town. Be the one every- one else holds the standard to. This world will just keep spinning and if all you have to do is complain about it. ? wilt be an awfully long ride. Like" the lIidsh County Pres's on Facebook and check out our blog at http://walshcountv- press, wordpress, corn Hello, Do you remember the classic nmsic? Remember the Ray Stevens song about the streaker'? In the song, Ray always warned Ethel, with an emphatic, "Don't look Ethel!" But it was too late; she'd al- ready had a free shot, or something along that order. Streaking was a short-lived fad ten or fifteen years ago. A naked person would mn across the foot- ball, soccer, or baseball field. Maybe across a packed gym at the high school ball game. Maybe across the polo field when the Queen was in attendance. I hate to even walk past the mirror after I shower. So I guess I would never be a good streaker. I remember hearing the story of a young man who stripped down, put a sack over his head, and ran across the gym at a high school game at Mobridge. The crowd was R J, headed for Sturgis. amused when one senior girl ex- It just happened this is in the claimed, "That's LeRoy!"Thenshe middle of Rally Week. Tens of turned bright red. thousands of people on motorcy- What brought this to mind is clesjam the highways and the hills. something that happened this last Not all of them of sound mind and week to our outfit, body. In fact, I think most are not of Will and Jen had a horse that sound mind and body. At least for was caught up in a fence and re- ten days or so. ceived a bad wire cut. A cut that re- As Will and Rj near Bear Butte, quired some special veterinary the traffic is getting pretty heavy treatment. One of the best horse with bikes and bikers. They are vets around is in Sturgis, South meeting riders. Riders are passing Dakota. So Featherswas loaded up them. And RJ has his window and Will, along with four-year old down and excitedly pointing out all the motorcycles. You know. "'Look Dad!" He is in his child seat in the back seat, passenger side. As they stop at the first stop light in Sturgis, pulling a horse trailer, and surround by bikers, one pulls up along side them. Right by RJ's window. Will looks over to see a biker with his motorcycle mama on the back. Topless! The passenger is topless, but decorated with body paint stars on her Well, she's re- ally decorated. Will is just sick at what RJ is go- ing to ask him. RJ excitedly points out the couple to his Dad, and ex- claims, "Look Dad! Girls have to ride on the back!" As Dad breathes a sigh of relier When do we lose such inno- cence? He is his Grandpa's boy! Latex; Dean I "tan Happenings at Our ] Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC We had a wonderful time August 12 as the Park River Good Samaritan Auxiliary served their Annual Pie and Ice Cream social many delicious homemade pies were served and enjoyed bu all. The Park River Girl Scouts hosted our August Birthday cake was served and bingo was plaued. The Mennonite Singer perfonned on Friday August l0 and Father Lutein shared his piano talents with us on August 2 playing many of the old familiar Tunes. August 23 3:00 Lutheran Church Sept. 6 Sept. 7 Sept. 10 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 14 Sept. 24 Upcoming events: Auxiliary Program and lunch 2:30 Monthly Communion Service 3:00 Resident Rummage Sale 1:00 Walsh County Bus Ride 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party hosted bu Zion 2-4 STAR USED BOOK SALE and DESSERT 7:30 Mennonite Singers 1:00 Walsh County Bus Ride LUNCH Our Devotional leaders were Corrine Ramsey, Lois Ydstie, Sue Faggerholt, Rev. David Hinrichs, Dorothy novak, Lorene Larson, and Monica Simon. Accompanists were Jan Novak and Monica Simon. Sunday Worship services were led by Rev. Hinrichs and Rev. Cox and Weekly Mass is led by Father Lutein. Shifty Sobolik led Rosary and Communion. I would like to thank everyone who shared their time talents with us this week at the center. Used books may be dropped off at the center at anytime for our sale on Sept. 20. Wl. :x,z Cou Oca. Cout lP l Neel Walsh County Health District , "-" " " Short Shots Whooping cough, also known as Pertussis, has made its presence known again in Walsh County. Typically, there are very few cases in North Dakota, but this year there have been about 50 cases. Some of them are in Walsh County. Whooping cough is a contagious disease that is spread through the air by a cough. Whooping cough begins with cold symptoms and a cough that becomes much worse over 1-2 weeks. Symptoms usually include a long series of coughs (coughing fits) followed by a whooping noise. However, older children, adults and very young infants may not develop the whoop. People with whooping cough may have a series of coughs tbllowed by vomiting and difficulty catching their breath. The cough is often worse at night and cough medicines usually do not help alleviate the cough. Whooping cough is often mild in vaccinated children, adolescents and adults. The disease is most severe in infants and unvaccinated children. If you or your child have a prolonged cough, cough in uncontrolled bursts, whoop, and/or cough to the point of gagging or vomiting you should contact your healthcare provider and be evaluated for whooping cough. If you have never heard the sounds of whooping cough go to: ww Your child can be protected by making sure that you and all of your family are up to date with pertussis vaccines, as well as day care providers, grandparents, cousins, etc. In d Measures Elude Representative Government Controversial initiated measures several of the organizations pro- will stimulate citizen turnout for posing measures had obtained sig- the November general election as natures through hired solicitors. five proposals are likely to be While the move was relatively placed on the ballot by Secretary of harmless on this occasion, it au- State A1 Jaeger. gurs ill for the initiative and refer- North Dakota citizens have had endmn in the future. If this practice the initiative process in its present continues, it could evolve into a form since t 914. The idea, a prod- system controlled more by money uct of the Progressive movement, than by citizens. This has happened was adopted in response to ram- in California where money has be- pant graft and corruption in state legislatures across the country, come a major factor in such cam- Believing that citizens were suf- paigns. ficiently informed and competent While half of the states have de- to pass their own laws, the Pro- nied themselves choices, North gressives managed to get almost Dakotans have the option of going half of the states to adopt the ini- to the legislature or going to the tiative. They also added the au- people with their proposals. thority to refer legislation and to re- Usually, the initiative method is call executives, used to bypass the scrutiny or hos- North Dakotans were sympa- tility of the legislature. thetic to these Progressive planks. One measure on the November For one thing, many remembered ballot would outlaw smoking in all the 1893 scandal involving wide- public places. Sponsors of this spread bribery of state legislators measure are going straight to the by sponsors of the Louisiana Lot- people with this issue because the tery seeking permission to operate legislature has a track record of in North Dakota. hostility to the regulation of smok- The lottery advocates managed ing. to get their measure passed by two- thirds of the state senate befbre Another measure on the ballot their plot was exposed by a Pinker- would legalize "lnedical" mari- ton detective hired by Governor juana. This 6400-word proposal is John Miller. probably the longest measure ever The initiative process changes filed in the 98-year history of the the whole decision-making ball- initiative. This is on the ballot be- game. It substitutes the delibera- cause the subject is too hot for the rive processes of the legislature in legislature to handle and would be /hvor ofstoganeering and the dem- greeted coolly, to say the least. agoguery of street politics. It ex- A coalition of natural resource ploits the limited knowledge of the supporters is proposing a constitu- ordinary citizen about public is- tional amenchnent that would ap- sues and offers simplistic answers propriate five percent of the oil to complex issues, money ($85 million yearly) for a The initiated measure defeated variety of unidentified outdoor in the June primary proposing to projects. abolish the property tax is a good The sponsors accuse the state example. While many citizens may be of tailing to address the preserva- tion of natural resources so "this gullible prey, legislatures are not always oracles of wisdom and measure has been written to en- good judgment. The handling of sure that the will of the voters is not the Sioux logo controversy in the subverted by the legislature " last session proves that point. In the final analysis, the initia- The initiative process has al- tive process says that we are as du- ways been seen as a tool tbr the or- bious of government with repre- dinary citizen. This idea was vio- sentation as we are of government lated when it became known that with kings. .North Dakotans have the o'tion of oin to the legisla- P g. g . ture or geotng to the people with the['r prfiposals." Extension Exchange fo Power Up acids flowing fbr that 6 or 7 p.m. r rregame flay game. Aim for less fat and enough Eating right is important if you protein plus carbohydrate. want to perform your best and Drink to delay fatigue and keep yourself from being injured during practice or a game. One of the biggest roadblocks to good nu- trition is lack of planning. So make sure you have a game plan for eat- ing a balanced diet, and read Nu- trition Facts labels to help you select foods and beverages that let you power up while avoiding empty calories. Most high school athletes and their parents and coaches kilow the importance of eating right. Power- ing up is critical to perform at one's best and prevent injuries dur- ing practice or competition. Having enough carbohydrate from foods and drinks to keep the fuel tank full is important. Carbo- hydrate is the foundation for en- ergy found in many foods: breads, grains, pastas, cereals, fi'uits, veg- etables and low-fat dairy products, especially milk. When working hard, muscles break down. They need extra pro- tein to slow the breakdown and as- sist in healing. These building blocks in protein are called amino acids and can be found in a variety of foods including meat, fish, chicken, turkey, beans and dairy products. Having carbohydrate and pro- tein in a well-balanced diet is cru- cial especially pregame (or one to four hours before practice) and postgame (within one hour of keep the mind sharp. Don't let the lack of fluids let you hit the wall. Hydrate with every meal or snack. Also, one hour before practice, training or a game, have at least 1 to 2 cups of fluid. During practice or anything that includes intervals or hard training, energize with car- bohydrates; this is the time to drink calories. Sports drinks are made to be used during practice or hard training. Power up: Drink at least 6 ounces of fluid every 15 minutes or so. Don't go to bed the night be- fbre without hydrating either. What you drink the day before can make or break your hy&'ation the next day. Any time you drink, choose your drink carefully. Don't miss out on good nutrition when you drink. Males drink more sugar drinks than females and teenagers and young adults consume more sugar drinks than any other age group. Try a new trendy protein drink fbr athletes: reduced-fat chocolate milk instead. Low-fat and reduced4ht milk contains a good concentration of protein, cal- cium and potassium which are beneficial for bone health, plus supply energy, electrolytes and mnino acids. For tournaments and days of intense activity, pregame nourish- ment and regular hydration are not enough. Plan for salty snacks practice, and again a couple of along with hydration during the hours later), activity. Choose pretzels or Chex Unfortunately, obstacles persist mix-type snacks for salt and en- that keep teen athletes, whether at ergy, and also add apples, oranges the top of their game or new to and bananas to add back minerals their game, from getting the fight while getting carbohydrate to refill types of foods and drinks when emptied fuel tanks. needed most. One of the biggest For everyday pre-practice roadblocks to good nutrition is snacking, choose a variety of lack of planning, or not having packable snack items such as control over one S day. Having a string cheese, trail mix, dried fruit, game plan and taking control are seeds, crackers, yogurt and always key strategies to keep athletes at canT a water bottle. A snack their best, not only on the field or should include two to three food court, but alsoin the kitchen. groups. Here's a few "'good plays" for Remember planning takes a teens: team effort to overcome obstacles. Time the pregame meal. Don't Taking charge to make changes let the typical sack lunch get you will help assure that your teen is sacked. Three to four hours before powered up to play well with a tough practice or on-the-road fewer injuries until the end of the game, eating is rushed. After sit- season. ting in class all day, power up with Sou,'~'e~,: Shen4 Nordstrom Stastny. Ph.D R.D CS.S.D L.R.D Assistant Projessor De- enough carbohydrate for energy partment qf Health, Ai~ttrition and Exe~vise Sci- and protein to keep the amino ences, NDSU NDSU Agriculture Communication O o I had a lady come in with peonies that look brown. Sh said that none of her other pc- onies look that way and that this plant also produced flowers that looked brown last year She's won- dering what the problem is and if it is going to spread. Have any ideas? My first guess is that it would be something subsurface. Could it be botrytis or maybe the flower was planted too deeply? (email refer- ence) A. This very likely is the fungus botrytis cinerea. It attacks stems, buds and leaves. This dis- ease can appear at any time of the growing season but is most com- lnon in cloudy, rainy weathel: It begins early in the spring when the shoots are about 6 inches tall. Young stalks discolor at the base, wilt and fall over. This wilt and shoot death may continue through- out the summer if conditions are wet. Other symptoms during the growing season include large, ir- regularly shaped spots on the leaves and brown flower buds that are covered with a mass of gray, fiuzzy fungal spores. The fuzzy fun- gal spores that are produced after a rain or watering are characteristic of a botrytis infection. Good sani- tation, such as the prompt removal of spent flower blooms, and fbl- lowing cultural recommendations will reduce botrytis problems greatly. Fungicides are of limited effectiveness against this disease. However, a basic copper sulfate or Mancozeb can be applied early in the season when the shoots are about 6 inches tall to help protect the plant. Spray all plant parts to thoroughly wet the foliage andsoil. It is very difficult to stop any dis- ease in the season it appears. Pre- vention through proper site selec- tion, cultural management and good sanitation is by far the most important step in reducing the in- cidence and spread of disease. Cul- tural measures, such as improving air circulation, watering early in the day and watering only at the base of flae plant, will greatly re- duce infection. As a sweeping gen- eralization, established peonies can get along without any water ex- cept for what Mother Nature pro- vides. The removalof any spent flower blooms, infected buds, leaves and stems is best done dur- ing a dry, calm time of the day. It is very important to clean your pruner by dipping it in a 10 percent bleach solution or by spraying it with a 70 percent rubbing alcohol mixture after cutting off diseased plant ma- terial and prior to pruning any healthy plants. Carefully dispose of any infected plant material but do not discard this debris in your compost pile. In the fall, cut any diseased plants back to the ground or just below the ground. Add well- composted organic material as a light mulch in early fall to help add nutrients and improve the soil. This organic compost can be lightly worked into the top inch or two of soil. Fungicides help protect plants from disease but are not very ef- fective at curing a problem once it has started. A fungicide can be ap- plied to protect new shoots, leaves and buds froln infection. Carefully tbllow label directions. To contact Ron Smith for answers to your questions, write to Ron Smith, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences, Dept. 7670, Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108 or e-mail r nald'smith@ndsu" edu.