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12 FAMILY Thursday, August 5,2004 Coming event Back-to-school free clothes giveaway Will be sponsored by the Kinport Assembly of God church on Saturday from 10 a.rn. to 2 p.m. in the church's fellowship hall, Route 240, Cherry Tree. This is for low-income families with school- age children in need of clothes. For more information, call (724) 349-0133. Birthdays Club news Mary Hunt Everyday Cheapskate What would you do if you had to actually use — or at least enjoy— everything you own? AU of that stuff in the drawers, cupboards, closets, shelves and boxes in your kitchen, bedroom, living room, basement, attic, garage, backyard and car? Most of us would never live long enough to accomplish such an overwhelming task. So what do we do instead? We pack it, stack it and pile it away. We even pay rent to store it and then continue accumulating more. Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist, "discovered" the 80/20 principle by observing that 80 percent of the land in England (and every country he subsequently studied) was owned by 20 percent of the population. Pareto's theory of predictable imbalance has since been widely proven and applied to almost every aspect of modem life. To wit, 80 ' .percent of what weuse coiries ''fr|6in 20 percent bf what we ''oivn'. That means'80 percent of the space in our lives is occupied by stuff we never use. It's clutter. You might think you own all that stuff you neither heed nor use. But, in reality, it owns you. Every possession carries two price tags, the original purchase price and the continuing toll. That second amount is paid in upkeep, attention, time, safekeeping, maintenance and storage. Such clutter not only fills up our available space, but also -^negatiy^ly-impacts our lives. The cost is levied in anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, financial'^distress and even impaked'tjinctionality. Recently, I: Heard from a woman who had finally had it with all her clutter, loaded it up (two x truckloads) and headed for the flea market. Excited that she could possibly net $800 to $1,000 for one weekend of selling, she quickly changed her attitude as she realized her prices were barely 5 or 10 percent of the price she paid. Her mind drifted to the time she'd spent earning the money to buy all of the belongings, the afternoons wasted shopping, and the effort to lug it all home. She figured that even if she made $1,000 on this effort, she'd spent at least $10,000 to purchase it. For her, that was little less than one year's take- home salary. That day she vowed to never buy anything again unless it was absolutely necessary. Ask yourself a series of questions to decide if it's clutter or not: Does it work? If not, get rid of it. Do I really need it? Things we need we use. Do I enjoy it? If this item brings beauty and joy to your life, it is not clutter. Sentimental belongings and things that bring true beauty to our lives should be treated with great care and respect — not packed away in the attic to be forgotten. .Getting rid of the physical clutter in your home is going to do more than free up some much-needed space. The clean, light, uncomplicated and unshackled feeling will give you a fresh new lease on life! You can e-mail Mary Hunt at cheapskate@unitedmedia. com or Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2135 Paramount, CA 90723. Newspaper Enterprise Assn. Dante Adamson Dante Julian Adamson, son of,, Scott and Candy Adamson of Indiana, celebrated his second birthday recently with family and friends at an Elmo party. His grandparents are Susan and Dave Williams, Richard Adamson and Susan Adamson, all of Indiana. His great-grandparents are Betty Shank of Indiana and Britta Adamson of Commodore and the late Orlando and Jenny Veltre. Janelle Weaver Janelle Elizabeth Weaver, daughter of Dan and Kim Weaver of Blairsville, celebrated her first birthday recently with family and friends. Her grandparents are Tom and Cathy Timko of Coral, Mary Jane Hankinson of Blairsville and George Weaver Jr. of Sheffield. She is the great-granddaughter of Emma Henderson of Indiana. Vivianna Parson Vivianna Liberty Parson recently celebrated her second birthday with her 7Vz year-old brother, James, her 4 year-old sister, Jasmine, and other family and friends. She is the daughter of James and Lori Parson of Loxahatchee, Fla., and the granddaughter of James and Donna Parson of Indiana and Myra Zuclich of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., and the late Richard Zuclich. Addaleia Beer Addaleia Beer, daughter of Scott and Jennifer Beer ofHillsdale, celebrated her second birthday recently with an Elmo Party for family and friends at the Montgomery Township Rod and Gun Club. Her grandparents are Raymond and Dian Matko of Glen Campbell and William and Dorothy Beer of Dixonville. Her great- grandparents are Edna Miloser of Glen Campbell and the late Andrew Miloser, and Sophie Matko of Arcadia and the late Steve Matko. Lucas Connell Lucas Zachery Connell, son of Kevin and Erica Connell of Indiana, recently celebrated his first birthday with a Sesame Street party. Helping him celebrate were his big brother, Brenden, family and friends. His grandparents ^ are Diana Thompson of Clarksburg and Terry Thompson of Punxsutawney and Linda and Harold Winkle of Monaca. His great-grandparents are Mary Frances Williams of Indiana and Dolores and Clyde Wells of Smicksburg. Olivia Stone Olivia Kay Stone, daughter of Amy and Nathan Stone of Murrysville, recently celebrated her first birthday. Family and friends gathered at their home for the celebration. In attendance were grandparents Ralph and Sarn Wingrove of Indiana and John Stone of Keyser, WVa. Her great-grandparents, Doris and Lee Buell of Monongahela and Wilma and David Wingrove of Washington, also joined in the celebration. C/i/oe Stancombe Chloe Marie Stancombe celebrated her first birthday recently with her sister Ashley. Her grandparents, Mike and Sara Marusa of Homer City and Jim and Betty Stancombe of Indiana, were also.in attendance. She is the daughter of Edward and Kathleen Stancombe of Indiana. Brie// Price Briell Laren Price, daughter of Dennis and Donna Price of Greensboro, recently celebrated her first birthday with all her family and friends. She is the granddaughter of Lawrence and Carol Backus of Indiana and Bill and Jean Price of Creekside. Brian Coe Jr. Brian Trent Coe Jr. celebrated his first birthday recently with his family and friends at a Winnie-the- Pooh theme party. He is the son of Brian and Janice (Parson) Coe of Boynton Beach, Fla., and the grandson of James and Donna Parson of Indiana and Caroline Shaw of Ocala, Fla., and the late Robert Shaw. Questers travel to Windber For its July meeting, the Questers Bicentennial Chapter 720 traveled to Windber to tour the Windber Coal Heritage Museum. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the hour and a half go by fast with many stories of the early days in the mines and the history of the Berwind- White Coal Company. The company was a family venture. Charles Berwind, born in 1846, was the first of the Berwind brothers to build on his father's experience in the anthracite coal industry. In 1874, he formed the Berwind-White Coal Co. with Judge Allison White. Charles' younger brother Edward soon redesigned his naval commission and joined the firm. He used his legendary talents as a salesman and his Navy contacts to build a thriving market for the company's coal. Berwind-White soon had a monopoly on the sale of coal to the great Trans-Atlantic Steamship Companies. Two younger brothers, John and Harry, joined the company in 1890. Edward took over as the firm's president, ruling a family-owned enterprise that would play a major role in the rise of industrial America. He had to find more coal to fuel the company's growth. He found it in Somerset County lying under the farmland of David Shaffer, near the little village of Scalp Level. Windber (reversal of the name Berwind) was founded in 1897 by the Berwind family, which made a fortune in coal. Millions of Europeans left their homes to come to the U.S. for a chance to make their fortune. The rise of industrial capitalism brought the company and thousands of immigrants together in the hills and valleys around Windber. The company helped establish 37 churches, both Catholic and Protestant. The town had the most culturally diverse churches for a small town with an equal number of bars. It also built homes for the miners and superintendents. The Berwind family owned everything. After the introduction to the company, the Questers moved to another room where there was a huge map of the enterprise with lights where the different mines were located. There was also a picture on one wall of a wash house where .the miners cleaned up after work. In front of the picture were rows of .clothing, lunch buckets and other items suspended on chains belonging to the miners. The Questers were then .taken to the lower level /where it was dark'^nd the'jtem-, perature was much cooler'to simulate'a; coal mine. On two walls there were three- dimensional pictures of a coal mine. In this setting, the group was told that America was the largest importer of Asian canaries. Canaries and white mice were used in the mines to detect poisonous gas. The miners were frisked before they entered the mine to make sure they did not have matches, which could set off sparks and ignite the methane gas. Two of the safety measures that were implemented in 1940s were hard hats, replacing c lamps that had to be refueled every horn) and mine safety lamps, replacing the ca f naries and mice. n -j The finishing touch was a luncheon p^ the second floor, where each Quester was treated to a coal miner's bucket, which held a sandwich, potato chips, an apple, a cookie, a carton of orange juice and a lump of coal. The Questers were told miner's buckets were in three layers. Th<j ice water was on the bottom, sandwich on the second layer and a piece of pie qn top. This was in case you died, you would eat the best first ^ The next meeting will be a picnic at the home of Veida Dahlin on Aug. 16. Wellness program discussed at Rotary Indiana chiropractor and New Life Fir/ ness Center owner Dr. Joseph Schwartz presented a newly developed FitStart Program, which encompasses wellness profiling for individuals, community groups and corporate clients, at a recent meeting of the Indiana Midday Rotary. The core components of the program include nutrition, mental, spiritual anel emotional, wellness and physical arid structural aspects to help individuals take positive control of their health and fitness. Schwartz grew up believing in taking action to remain healthy as his fathe£ was a pharmacist for 51 years and noted that people were on medications (wiM harmful side effects) far too long when more natural alternatives were available.'' Where do you start? Change dietary habits, set goals, shift to organic foods (gradually so as to not shock the system) and start a fitness program. Statistics • show if an individual sticks with a fitness routine for 90 days, it will become a no'f; mal part of his or her lifestyle. Exercise programs should counteract body postures and movements that are done on a daily basis, and each day should begiii with an optimistic attitude and positive self-esteem. Schwartz also states exercise and chiropractic treatment have been proven to improve brain function. To learn more about the program, contact Philip Bruley at (724) 464-0790. President Deb. Robertson called the meeting to order. Brian Parks led the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. . ( The Rotary will sponsor a booth at the New Growth Arts Festival, serving meatr balls, hotdogs and chocolate chip cook-r ies. . rj«fi!^ Aug-, J.?, CORE jwill be present to discuss organ donation. ,1 Congratulations were extended to Parks on the birth of Ms son June 21 and {o Shawn Schoch for the adoption of a new. daughter May 26. , r j No one selected the ace of spades. The Midday Rotary meets at the Holiday Inn every Thursday at noon. Guests and potential new members should contact Membership Chairwoman Claire Hogan at (724) 349-5511; ext. 208, or Robertson at (724) 463-5734. , Bladder control options By CAROLYN SUSMAN Cox News Service WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Let's hear it for that bladder control commercial that shows people wildly zooming toward the nearest toilet because they just "gotta go right now." While the message may be annoying to some and embarrassing to others, the truth is that 32 percent of American men and women ages 30-70 have experienced some degree of bladder control loss, according to a survey conducted for the National Association for Continence. And while commercials would have us believe everyone should be running to the doctor for medication to control this condition, there are other ways that can be effective. But first, we have to acknowledge the problem and learn what to do about it So drug manufacturers, while primarily pitching their products, are also helping to bring this condition out of the closet Dealing with it means overcoming many misconceptions, which may lead people to put off seeking medical advice. Those include the fact that 38 percent of people surveyed by the National Association for Continence mistakenly believed loss of bladder control is just a natural part of aging. In truth, loss of control can stem from many causes, including childbirth, menopause, urinary tract and bladder infections, constipation and medication side effects. The most common type of incontinence is stress, and those with it may experience urine leakage when coughing, sneezing", laughing, exercising, lifting and performing other kinds of strenuous activity. What can we do about it? While medication may be the treatment prescribed for some, others can be helped by limiting caffeine products, drinking lots of water or fluids and losing some weight. Women likely have heard of bladder control exercises known as Kegels, whicn are highly recommended, and involve contracting pelvic floor muscles. There is also training that can help the bladder to hold more urine, biofeedback, electrical stimulation of pelvic muscles, and surgery to lift a sagging bladder into a better position. And there are many sources of help with this problem, ranging from your primary care doctor, to a gynecologist, a urogyne^ cologist (an expert in women's bladder problems,) a urologist, a nurse or nurse practitioner, and a physical therapist , The relation of caffeine to breast disorders DEAR DR. GOTT: Please advise about whether or not I can continue having my morning cup of coffee. My gynecologist doesn't want me to have any. I'm 51 and on hormone replacement therapy. I do have fibrocystic breasts, but there is no family history of breast cancer. I try to maintain a healthful lifestyle, but I really want that coffee. • DEAR READER: Some people are extremely sensitive to the effects of caffeine, a stimulant found in coffee and many teas and colas. The drug can cause irritability, nervousness, insomnia, rapid pulse and other symptoms. It can also worsen breast cysts. One of the most common female complaints is soreness and tenderness due to fibrocystic disease, a poorly understood disor- der marked by breast discomfort and swelling. The condition, which appears to run in cycles, may be aggravated by caffeine. Therefore, most gynecologists advise women suffering from this disease to shun caffeine- containing beverages, substituting decaf coffee or other suitable beverages instead. Because fi- brocystic breast disease is not a •hazard to health, you have options. On one hand, you can follow your doctor's advice and see if you feel better. On the other, you can enjoy your cup of morning coffee and put up with the breast discomfort. The choice is yours. Remember, too, that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can cause sore breasts because the drugs stimulate mammary tissue. Also, recent studies have indicated HRT as being dangerous because it increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and breast cancer. Therefore, as a first step, your gynecologist may choose to reduce and eventually discontinue your HRT. This option will limit the health risks from the drugs and could relieve your fibrocystic symptoms, even if you continue to drink coffee. To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Breast Cancer and Disorders." Other readers who would like a copy should send a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope and $2 to Newsletter, RO. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the tide. DEAR DR. GOTT: On advice from a friend, I began a home remedy for the pain of my arthritis: 8 ounces of purple grape juice to which is added one tablespoon of liquid Certo, taken once a day. My pain disappeared. Am I just lucky or is there something to this treat- ment? ,'.' DEAR READER: The grape juice/Certo combination is an option that I described several years ago as a harmless and inex T pensive remedy for arthritis pain. My reader response was surprisingly favorable; people did experience benefits, much as they have with Vicks VapoRub for nail fungus. Therefore, while you may be lucky to have resurrected this treatment, I believe that grape juice and Certo holds definite promise for many arthritis sufi fers. f' rf There is something to it. j If readers would like to contact Dr. Gott, they may send their mail directly to Dr. Gott do United Media, 200 Madison Aue., 4th fl., NewYork,NYlO016.