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Page 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2014 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition S )ecialist BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS You probably don't know Pete Frates name, but you probably have heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. You probably don't know that ALS has now taken Pete's ability to speak, but you probably know that ice water is cold. You probably don't know that Pete was only diagnosed with ALS in 2012 and will never be able to rock his unbom baby to sleep be- cause ALS has robbed him of his strength, but you have seen celebri- ties, athletes, and a few local folks dump water over their heads as they giggle about how cold they are. Pete Frates is the man behind the now infamous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Hello, It's been a different kind of August. At least in our comer of the pasture. Normally, August is hot and dry. You hope for a cool night, but they don't come often enough. But when they do, you crack the window open, turn on a fan, and let that night air in. This year, nights have been in the fifties. Rain has been setting records. We've had just nice rains, but have friends and neighbors flooded out. I hope this finds you safe and dry. Yesterday, I was going to get a calf in to doctor. Now, I've spent $250 on medicine and darts on this lame calf, and he's not improving. Still packing a leg. But he is get- ting so he can damn sure run on three legs. The range on my dart gun is limited, as is Shirley's abil- ity to hit a nmning target at 25 mph while bouncing across badger holes and mole hills on a 4-wheel- er. They could have created a TV series that would equal some of the reality shows that are now on TV by filming us doctoring that calf. In a matter of weeks, ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative dis- ease that leads to muscle weak- ness, loss of the use of arms and legs and difficulty speaking, breathing and swallowing, went from "Isn't that Lou Gehrig's Dis- ease?" to raising more than $22.9 million. Last year, the ALS Asso- ciation raised $1.9 in the same time frame. While some of these challenges are a matter of donate $100 or face the ice bucket, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is an "and" situation. The majority of people are dump- ing ice over their heads and mak- ing their donations to the ALS Association with many celebrities upping the ante. ! Hat But, then again, it would have a lot of things bleeped out. So, I saddled up and gave Shirley the plan. I'll bring the calf up the tree row. You stay on the west side of the trees and keep him headed south. I drew it out on a bar napkin I happened to have in my pocket. Looked easy on paper. That calf saw us coming, stuck that big foot in the air, and sold out! I loped along behind him. He busted for the trees and Shirley the Cow Woman was right there. He tried again. Again, Shirley the Cow Bender, was in the fight spot. One last try and Shirley the Won- der Woman bent him into the cor- ral. As I rode up, she smiled and The buzz started in Boston someone with ALS is two to five where Pete made his mark in col- years from the time of diagnosis, ,Samaritan Happenings at Our Good S,amadtan. lege baseball, and the challenge has gone viral in the best sense on the word. It shows no sign of stop- ping as it crosses oceans and knows no bounds. One man who did the challenge posted an addendum to his video. He said that this was one of the most embarrassing things he has done, but he did so because it was personal. His grandmother died from ALS, his mother is still living with ALS and he recently was di- agnosed and slowly is losing strength in his limbs, having diffi- culty with simple things like start- ing his car and buttoning his shirt -- things we take for granted. He said, "People are getting frustrated about seeing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fight now, that's fine, that means our awareness is working... I promise your news feed will go back to cat videos and 'Let It Go' covers, but right now ALS has the main spotlight." The average life expectancy of Tips said (for the millionth time), "It's an easy life if you have a good wife!" And I had to agree. Then last night, I saw that ad (for the millionth time). "You don't have to be lonely (hum along) at". Sick. Then there was another ad for christianmingles or something. Then a harmony deal. And that reminded me of Pete and Edith. They were our neigh- bors. The best you could have. We shared coffee, kids, grandkids, machinery, blizzards and drought. We shared joy and tears. And I still miss them. But one time, back before the in- temet and all of these dating sites, people used to post these ads. It Sept 1st Labor Day 10am Men's Time, 3pm Labor Day Lunch, 5pm Rosary Sept. 2nd lpm Making Ice Cream, 3:30 Bible Study Sept. 3rd 3pm Bingo Sept. 4th 3pm Wine and Cheese, 6:30 Movie Night Sept. 5th 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Rummage Sale Sept. 6th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Pioneer Day's Ice- landic Park Thank You so much to our many volunteers: Father Luiten, Arnold Braaten, Shirley Sobolik, Linda Larson, Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Cheryl Cox, Karla Nygard, Jeanean McMillan, Pastor Hin- richs, Sue Fagerholt, Zion Luther- an Church of Hoople, Corinne Ramsey, I am sorry ifI missed any- one. We are still in need of piano players for Worship and Devotions if you can help out please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. We enjoyed having Grant Nelson come and sing for us last week. Thank You for the good memories. We will be having our fall book sale on Sept. 18th if you have books to donate we could use them. This week Aug 24th-30th Aug. 24th 2:30 Worship W/Fa- ther Luiten, 3:30 Crafts Aug. 25th 10am Embroidery Group, 10am Men's Time, 4pm Hyrrm Sing, 5pro Rosary, 6:45 Bin- go Aug. 26th lpm Making Fruit Sal- ad, #;30 Bible Study Aug. 27th 3pm Bingo Aug. 28th 3pm Auxiliary w/ Zion Lutheran Church Hoople, 6:30 Movie Night Aug. 29th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 outdoor strolls Aug. 30th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Jeopardy, 2:15 Bingo Next Week Aug. 31st-Sept. 6th Aug. 31 st 2:30 Worship w/Pas- tor Merchant, 3:30 N2L NDSU Agriculture Communication In healthcare we spend a great deal of time training staff on the proper use of protective equipment to avoid blood bome pathogens. Blood borne pathogens include hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. What should the general lay person know about avoiding blood borne pathogens? I have had a few people call with concems about being exposed to their own blood -from a cut or injury. There is no risk in being ex- posed to your own blood. However, l'fyour blood gets on surfaces in your home it could expose other people in your home. Proper clean- ing of blood includes wiping up obvious blood with a disposable towel. Then all surfaces should be cleaned with a disinfectant that can kill pathogens like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. Look on the label of your disinfectant as it should tell you what it kills. I am a fan of good old chlorine bleach-but you must use it correctly or it can be dangerous. Water Bleach 8.25% 1 Gallon (16 cups) 2 Tablespoons 1 Quart (4 cups) 1 teaspoons Important Information when using bleach! Mix fresh daily Rinse with clear water after using bleach solution, especially on food surfaces Never ever mix bleach with any other cleaning solution as it can emit a deadly gas Adult Hepatitis B vaccine is available for adults. It is recom- mended for anyone that is diabetic, lives with a person who has hep- atitis B, has liver disease, or provides health care to others. See your doctor or public health nurse if you want to start the hepatitis B series. There are currently no vaccines for Hepatitis C and HIV. Both are transmitted by exposure to blood or bloodproducts. Avoiding expo- sure to blood and blood products is essentml. For more informatmn see / according to the ALS Association. They add that "this disease is variable and many people live with quality for five years and more. More than half of all patients live more than three years after diagno- sis." Research has discovered ge- netic abnormalities that indicate the disease over the past years and clinical trials of a new drug that specifically targets the SOD 1 gene started in 2010. There is no telling what this more than $30 million generated in the name of the ice bucket has raised, but for people like Pete it brings hope. If not for him, for the future generations who may be saved thanks to the Inter- net and a silly little challenge. Pete is a survivor. While we may look to these celebrities and follow suit with our buckets in hand, Pete is the real hero. Like" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- press, was always a guy that "Likes ro- mantic walks, love stories, dancing, sitting by the fireplace, enjoys a fine wine, spending time with his soul mate, neat, clean, shaves dai- ly, wealthy..."Yeah, you know, he's making this stuff up or he wouldn't need to run an ad in the county paper. So, one morning, I'm having coffee with Edith and I tell her I am going to run an honest adjust to see what happens. I was going to put "married man, loves alcohol and pinochle, occasionally team ropes, hates walking anywhere, over- weight, unshaven, plays golf very poorly, doesn't care for wine, hates romantic evenings by the fire- place, dirt poor and the future doesn't look good. Looking for someone with similar interests and looking for a good time!" I asked Edith if she thought any- one would reply. She didn't even hesitate. "Alvin Gravos". Sorry Alvin. Later, Dean @ On the Rea!ly With the trade of Josh Willing- ham to Kansas City, the most re- cent of many, the U.S. Justice Department is going to charge the Twins with human trafficking be- causethey don't show any evi- dence of being in baseball. If not trafficking, they've been in the cellar so long perhaps they are in the mushroom business. For Slugger Willingham, the Twins got two batboys and a two cases of bubblegum. It proves that the world has been going downhill since the in- vention of the iron plow. Washington lawyers are lob- bying for lighter sentencing guidelines for white collar crime. The church people are ecstatic. They think it will let them offthe hook. A proposal to change the name of North Dakota to just Dakota was considered and defeated in the 1947 legislative session. Some of us are still thinking about it. Maybe we should bring the problem to the NCAA. They have a way of dealing with names. The North Dakota Petroleum Council financed a study to prove that Bakken crude is not as volatile as claimed by the federal government. Then why is it sup- porting a proposal to outlaw all smoking west of Garrison? While our planes were drop- ping food and water to the folks trapped on Sinjal, they could have solved two problems at once by dropping Ebola on Islamic Staters. It would have been more deadly than airstrikes. The small town of Cormorant, Minnesota made news by elect- ing a dog for mayor. What is so unusual about that? A lot of towns have done that. North Dakota celebrated its 125th birthday a few days ago even though the state's birthday is really in November. But who wants a party on the capitol lawn in November? The oil companies are in com- petition with the Legislature to see who can waste the most gas. Even the legislators who de- nounce socialism love the Bank of North Dakota. However, they think we ought to sell the Mill & Elevator to the Russians. Not be- cause it is socialism but because it doesn't make enough money. The Bible is true but how do I reconcile Noah's Ark with di- nosaurs? Maybe they were cre- ated off-camera. Some believers are now build- ing a replica of the Ark in Ken- tucky so they can prove that the dinosaurs fit. After he landed, Noah must have spent weeks cleaning the place up. Dinosaurs were the least of Noah's problems. It was getting those two cats on board. Apartments are so expensive in Williston that landlords are thinking of renting them by 8- hour increments. Some Eastern publication has claimed that rent is higher in Williston than in New York City. But New York is not close to an oil field so it comes out about even. The EPA has set CO2 reduc- tion goals for all of the states. Even though North Dakota's goal is lower than other states, the coal folks are up in arms. EPA is put- ting their feet to the fire, so as to speak. Unless we use some of the oil money to find a solution for this CO2 problem, coal is going to end up as the Edsel of the energy industry - 350 billion tons of coal and no place to bum. Cows are now being blamed for earth warming. Scientists claim that cows release 100 kg of Methane yearly - 23 times more damaging than CO2. Don't be alarmed. They are experimenting with Rolaids and Beano as feed additives. Better have your steak now just in case. Prairie Fare NDSU Extension Service Prolific Zucchini Has Many Uses I was admiring my neighbor's garden the other day, especially her robust zucchini plants. I noticed some tender, young zucchini squash peeking out from under the fo- liage. I could almost taste the warm zucchini bread and muffins you can make. I didn't plant any zucchini plants this year because I was a lit- tle overzealous planting many dif- ferent vegetables. Zucchini plants take more space than other plants. I think my neighbor will share a zucchini or two to try with the recipe I have included in this week's column. I noticed the tomatoes in my garden are getting red and some onions are getting large enough to sample, so they will be added to the garden-fresh recipe, too. As I pondered my future menu, I thought back to a story inspired by one of my children. "What's that thing?" my daugh- ter asked as I pulled a zucchini from my purse after retuming home from a meeting. She was about 8 at the time. "It's a zucchini," I responded. "Remember, we had some last sum- mer." "where did you get it?" she asked. She looked at me a little strangely because I usually do not pack a zucchini in my purse. "Someone gave it to me. Some years, zucchini grows well, so peo- ple have lots of it to share," I said. Sometimes they sneak it into your car or on your doorstep. Sometimes they hand a zucchini to you as you are leaving a meeting, and you put it in your purse, I thought to myself. "It looks like a squash, but it smells like the sea," she comment- ed while examining and sniffing the zucchini. "It grows in a garden, not un- derwater," I told her, although I was a little curious about the aroma she detected. I sniffed it, too. I guess she thought it smelled like seaweed. She gamely put on her apron and went to the sink to wash her hands. I was pleased. We pulled out our bowls.and measuring cups and mad.,muffins, She:wash and: then grated the zucchini. "This iSmaily : " fun, she said. Cooking with kids not only teach- es them skills, such as measuring and following directions, it makes some good memories, too. A native vegetable of the Amer- icas, zucchini has had several names through the years. Early American colonists called it "squash" based on several Native American words. Italians named it "zucchino" and the French named it "courgette." Zucchini also was known as vegetable marrow or Italian marrow. It can be served raw, boiled, baked, fried, steamed or stuffed. It's used in numerous quick-bread recipes as creative cooks experiment with bounteous zucchini. Zucchini is about 95 percent water. A 1/2-cup serving has about 15 calories, plus it contributes some fiber, vitamin C, potassium, B vita- mins and beta carotene to the diet. Zucchini's mild flavor makes it useful in a variety of foods from sal- ads to dessert. When selecting zuc- chini in a garden, farmers market or at the store, choose zucchini that is heavy for its size with a narrow di- ameter. Smaller zucchini are tenderer and can be sliced for use in soups and lasagna. Zucchini's mild flavor allows blending with ingredients such as tomatoes, cheese and onions. Mature zucchini is tougher and has large seeds. After removing the seeds, zucchini can be grated and used in bread, muffins and other foods. Rinse zucchini under running water just before you plan to use it in a recipe. Use fresh zucchini within a few days for best quality. Here's a recipe retrieved from the national "More Matters" program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The program re- minds us that most people need to eat more fruits and vegetables. You can have this vitamin C-rich recipe ready to eat in about 20 minutes from garden to table. I like to sprin- kle it with Parmesan cheese. Skillet Zucchini With Chopped Tomatoes 1 tsp. olive oil or canola oil 1 c. chopped onion 4 small (6-inch) zucchini, thinly sliced 2 medium tomatoes, chopped Freshly ground pepper Grated parmesan cheese (op- tional) In a large, nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat; add onions and cook, stirring until softened. Add zucchini and cook for two minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for three to ,,five minutesor until zucchini is ten- der-crisp. Season to taste with'pep- per and add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese if you wish. Makes four servings. Each (1- cup) serving has 70 calories, 2 grams (g) of fat, 12 g of carbohy- drate, 3 g of protein, 15 milligrams of sodium and 70 percent of the dai- ly recommendation for vitamin C. Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State University Extension Service food and nutn'tion specialist and professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Ex- ercise Sciences. Editor's Note I The Extension Exchange columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible. Extension on Ag around the state Master 00ner course starts Sept. 19 If you love gardening and shar- ing your knowledge with others, then consider becoming a North Dakota Master Gardener volun- teer in collaboration with the North Dakota State University Extension Service. Master Gardener training is con- venient and flexible. The course will be offered online and in a traditional classroom setting. "If weekday morning classes conflict with your schedule, watch online lectures in the comfort of your home on your own schedule," says Esther McGinnis, North Dako- ta Master Gardener director. "For those who prefer traditional learn- ing, classroom training will be con- ducted in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Forman, Grand Forks, Minot, Napoleon, Rugby and Williston." Online and classroom sessions will run for 10 weeks beginning Sept. 19 and ending Nov. 21. Class- room waining will be held every Fri- day from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during this time. Course topics include annual and perennial flowers, tree selection and maintenance, soil health, corn- posting, plant diseases and pests and vegetable and fruit production. Classes are taught by NDSU faculty and NDSU Extension personnel. Once training is completed, in- terns will volunteer 48 hours of time during a two-year period on horti- cultural projects in their home counties. After that, they will earn a Master Gardener title. Projects include answering ques- tions at county fairs, organizing hor- ticultural workshops, and managing school and community gardens. Tuition for the 2014 class is $150 for those wishing to become a certified master gardener or $400 for those just interested in taking the class. Computer knowledge, Inter- net access and an email account are required. Class size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is Sept. 2. A registration form is available at gardener/. For more information, contact your local NDSU Extension Service office or McGinnis at (70 l) 231-7406. Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible. I