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MONDAY • SEPTEMBER 16,2002 COMMUNITY THE HAYS DAILY NEWS • A5 Cooler weather of autumn brings about beautiful flowers Oh, this lovely cool weather. This is what we have been waiting for. The arrival of fall brings to me the renewed joy of books, the memories of passages loved in the past, the cozy, satisfying wish to curl up in a big chair with an apple, a soft blanket to warm my toes and maybe two or three books tucked around me. Aren't geraniums a delight with their sudden revival in the fall? They seem to seize upon the cool air and burst with joy — as do the chrysanthemums. And have you ever seen so many floribunda roses abundantly brightening churchyards, schools, businesses and homes? What a satisfactory plant for us in our semi-arid land. Speaking of this, my husband came home the other afternoon, full of enthusiasm. "Boy, do I have something to show you," he exclaimed. "Beautiful flowers." To my immediate question of where, he said, "North across from the News office. And incidentally the News office itself has some nice plantings." The ones at the Ellis County Extension Marianna Beach HAYS BEAUTIFICATION office are the products of Kansas State. University's research on what flowers are the most durable for this area. Extension horticulturist Terry Mannell has the entire list to share with gardeners. And I'm going to use it from now on, for I agree; those flowers are gorgeous. KSU says the Prairie Star annual flowers are those cultivars that are best adapted to our ever-changing, never-boring, always-challenging prairie climate. Isn't that a well crafted description of our condition? The listing includes dianthus, zonal geraniums, oriental peppers, petunias, salvia, snapdragon, verbena, vincas, and zinnias. It's best to drop in the office and pick up the list, or perhaps your local bed- ding plant outlet will have those lists in the spring. The trials for the plants are conducted at Olathe, Wichita, Hays and Colby The sites encompass two cold hardiness zones and two heat tolerance zones, a cross spectrum of prairie soils and climate. The verbena they recommend is Twilight Light Pink Shades, but the vivid blue I bought from Dillon's simply overgrew the barrels on our deck; they were so lush. All the fall flowers are beautiful. Here are some of the addresses I've noted: 33rd and Lincoln; Ellis County Historical Society at Seventh and Main; The Hays Daily News at Sixth and Main; the roses at Jerry and Chris Vitztums' at 3806 Fairway; 402 W. 33rd; 205 and 207 W. 33rd; 219 E. 32nd; and the lovely big circle of grasses at Seven Hills Park on West 33rd. Catholic Church. What wonderful joy she exhibited in her laughter over old memories. It is appropriate and heartwarming that the sacristy is now named for her as she has retired to enjoy the company of so many other nuns who were known and loved as they served in Hays. A second happy picture, making me grin, is that of Pete Felten on the Ellis County Historical Museum postcard invitations to his current show of his work at the museum. The display, which will be open until Oct. 25, shares much about him, his family and his artwork. He is surely "the" sculptor among the many very talented and creative artists we have in Hays. efforts that Hays' Boot Hill Cemetery was established at 19th and Fort. I'm sure that it was deeply pleasing to her that her grandson followed in her footsteps and became a reputable historian of our area. Favorite pictures, bringing a chuckle out of me this past month, were those of Sister Clafeann Schmidt on the front page of The Hays Daily News with the story of her years as sacristan at St. Joseph I guess we were gone when Mildred Drees died this summer. She was the most interested of all the people I know in preserving Hays' history. Its history is so important to a community. I remember her telling long ago of the fact that remains of bodies were dug up when Fort Street was paved near their home. It was through her A day in London as we were enroufe to our cool cruise of the Norway fiords in July gave us a special treat. The hotel where our children met us for lunch after they'd explored Harrod's Department Store was well- filled with gentlemen and their ladies in gossamer summer finery and big, beautiful hats. We were all eyes, watching. The waiters were, with a flourish, taking the hats from the ladies as they removed them before being seated and parading the hats quite elegantly out of the room. We learned later that the queen was giving a tea that afternoon at Buckingham Palace. It's the Queen's 50th anniversary celebration year, and such social events are to be expected. That's as close as we got — but it was fun, anyway Marianna Beach, Hays, is active in civic and philanthropic activities. Reaching retirement age requires mastering of new tasks and adjustments Q, My husband and I are nearing retirement. We have lots of questions about what to expect. Can you discuss some of the common beliefs about getting older and whether or not these are true? What are some of the ways to ensure a healthy adjustment in later life? What are our chances of remaining healthy and independent? What are some of the problems we might encounter? A. The definition of later adulthood usually denotes 65 as the dividing line between middle age and old age. There is some variation. Some organizations, such as the American Association of Retired Persons, define older adults as anyone 55 and over, and some employers have raised the mandatory retirement age to 70 years. There is a lot of humor and jokes in our culture about aging, the most current one being the reference to forgetting as a "senior moment." Such humor is an attempt to deal with a subject about which we are uncomfortable and uneasy by poking fun at ourselves. However, we have mam|!||%$iie'Sative than positiy^ attituuSs" about aging, and thil, negativity far outweighs our light-hearted attempts at humor. In this article I will present some of the facts and keydevelopments in the older adult population. Gerontology now divides later adulthood into two groups: The young-old, ages 65 to 74, and the old- Judy Caprez FAMILY Q&A old, 75 years and older. In 1998, the average life expectancy for men was 73 years, whereas the average life expectancy for women was 79 years. Some factors that are associated with longer life expectancy are the longevity of parents and grandparents, being married most of one's adult life, graduating from college, regular medical and dental care, good stress management skills and living in a rural environment. Health habits associated with longevity include not being overweight, regular exercise at least three times a week, not smoking and light drinking (one or two drinks a day). Happiness and contentment contribute positively to longevity. Conditions associated with a shorter life 'expectancy include family history of illnesses such as | diabetes, cancer, thyroid disora ^ "SSrsr asthma and chronic bronchK lis^'being uniiiarried hi adulthooj being aggrSssive, competitive intense; not completing high school; living in an urban area; and high levels of stress without stress management techniques. Health habits that are associated with a shorter life expectancy include smoking, drinking four or more drinks daily, being overweight, not exercising regularly, having a sedentary job, frequent illness and engaging in activities that are high risk for AIDS. Lastly, unhappiness, worries and guilt shorten life expectancy Later adulthood is the last developmental stage of life and has a number of tasks or psychological adjustments that need to be mastered in order for older adults to have meaningful lives. The first of these is adjusting to retirement and a lower fixed income. Along with a change in the financial base of marriage, retired spouses have to learn how to live together in retirement after having spent most of their time with others in work, social, religious or community activities. Jeff Weigel MOVIES Jeff Weigel, Hays, is an avid moviegoer and offers this glimpse each Monday of movies playing in Hays. He rates them on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best. Title: "Stealing Harvard" (PG-13) Feature classification: Comedy The cast: Tom Green Positive aspects: A satisfying soundtrack. Green is completely off the wall with his on-screen antics. Be sure to remain seated until the very end. After the credits stop rolling, several out-takes are shown. Negative areas: The script turns out to be a total waste of paper. Most of the humor is replaced by a yawning session that definitely downgrades the overall picture. Reel rating: 2 Birthday Leola Sutor, PlainvUle, will celebrate her 100th birthday Sept. 21,2002. Friends and relatives are in- . vited to send cards of well wishes to Leola Sutor Sutor, in care of Rooks County Nursing Home, 1000 S. Washington, PlainvUle, KS 67663. Commemorative Obituary Prints The Hays Daily News Image Services now offers Commemorative Obituary prints. MS Printed on Acid Free Paper M Laminated 88 Includes the Obituary as printed in The Hays Daily News/including picture if one was included. 81 Includes, a color border if so desired. We have several to choose from. 9! Available for up to 2 months after the Obituary ran in the paper, or bring in the original and we can retype it. M $ 15.00 for the first sheet of 5, $3.00 for each additional sheet. (If the Obituary is longer than 10" long call for pricing.) John Doe' HAYS - John Doe, 99, died Monday, August 5,2002, at Hays Medical Center. He was born Sept 1,1903, In Hays to Kevin and Jane (May) Doe. He married Mary Image July 14,1946, In Hays. He was a lifetime Hays resident. He was a retired manager of Main Street Printing of Hays. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Hays. Survivors Include his wife, of the home; three sons, Al, Hays, Bo, Ellis, and; Craig, Victoria; two brothers, Jim and John, Jr.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded In death by a brother, Dave, and a great- grandson. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church: burial In the church cemetery. ! Visitation will be from 7 to 9 pun. today and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the organization of the donor's choice. For more information call or stop by: THEHAysDAIIYNEWS Another change for older adults is learning to affiliate with others their own age or with organizations for the elderly. Maintaining contact with friends and family poses problems because friends who still are working lead different lifestyles than retired people, and family might be scattered in different directions. Social and civic responsibilities are possibilities for involvement. These include church-related activities, civil clubs and volunteer work. These groups also include organizations specifically focused on the needs of older adults. The next five developmental tasks deal with loss and changes that generally occur in the old-old category. The mam task to conquer is coping with the chronic illness and/or the deaths of a spouse and friends. Older spouses often find themselves as caretakers of spouses at a time when the support from friends is diminishing either because friends have died or are incapacitated themselves and need care. Adjusting to different living arrangements over time is an obstacle for many older adults. Some sell their homes and move into apartment complexes for the elderly. Sometimes the progression moves to assisted living and then, ultimately to a nursing home. However, the majority of elderly live outside nursing homes. For people 65 to 74, 1 percent live in nursing homes; for people 75 to 84, 5 percent live in nursing homes, for people 85 and older, 15 percent are in nursing homes. The average for these age groupings is 5 percent. The need for different living arrangements is driven by a decrease in physical strength and health. Overcoming a preoccupation with one's own health and physical changes of aging needs to be a priority for older people. Reviewing one's life and reconciling positives and negatives is necessary for peace of mind and happiness. The last task of older adulthood is accepting the prospect of one's own death. Next week I will discuss cultural customs, values and practices that discriminate against older adults and some problems for the elderly. Judith Caprez is associate professor and director of social work at Fort Hays State University. Send your questions to her in care of the department of sociology and social work, Rarick Hall, FHSU. alDAILYNEWS '••' I presents 5Q7 Main Street. Hays, 785-628-1081 or 800-657-6017 I ! "This Is Chapter 1 from Hank the Cowdog: The Case of the Kitty Cheater, copyright ©1999 by John R. Erickson. All rights reserved." It's me again, Hank the Cowdog. We had no idea, no hint that the coyotes were planning an attack on ranch headquarters, I mean, who would have suspected such a bold move? For six months, the Coyote Situation had been quiet. They had stayed out in the pastures and we dogs had stayed up around headquarters. Drover and I had caught glimpses of them on several occasions, but there was nothing in their behavior that had suggested they were plotting a major offensive. Which,just goes to prove that with coyotes, you never know. A dog must stay alert all the time. Just when you think that peace has come to the ranch, those guys launch a bloody raid. Anyway, on October the...whateverth, I took the drastic measure of placing our whole ranch on Coyote Alert, Condition Red. And come to think of it, I'm beginning to wonder if I should go on with the story. It gets pretty scary. You know my position on scaring the kids. I don't mind giving 'em a little scare now and then, but a big one? I'm not sure. What do you think? I guess we could give it a try. It was in the fall of this year, as I recall. Yes, of course it was, early fall, because the chinaberry trees were shedding their leaves. Why do they shed their leaves in October? I have no idea, but they do it every year. Maybe the know something the rest of us don't know. Don't forget: No one knows more about being a tree than a tree. And while the trees were shedding their leaves, I got my first tip about the Big Raid from J.T. Cluck, the Head Rooster. Bui let's get something Sponsored by: straight right away I don't go out of my way to interrogate chickens. I'd much rather run through a bunch of them and make them squawk and flap their wings. That's one of the things that brings meaning into a dog's life, scattering chickens. I love it. But on this particular morning, I got myself drawn into a conversation with J.T. It was a warm clear day, as I recall, and I was sunning myself on the gravel drive in front of the machine shed. Perhaps I had slipped into a light doze—not a deep sleep, mind you, because we dogs don't sleep during working hours. It was a light doze. No doubt I was dreaming about...ah, be still my heart! No doubt I was dreaming about Miss Beulah the Collie, and why not? Why would a dog bother to dream about anything less than the World's Most Gorgeous Collie Gal? Dreaming about anyone or anything else would be a waste of a dog's... ' The Drama Begins At The Beginning Come to think of it, I was dreaming j abou.t bones, a giant T-bone, to be exact. Sometimes a guy dreams about the ladies and sometimes he dreams •. about bones. They're both pretty exciting subjects and either one can cause a dog to do...how should I say ( this? Either one can cause a dog to do ] unusual things in his sleep, such as j twitch and make certain squeaking sounds. Have you ever observed a dog doing j such things? It's behavior pattern of a | normal healthy dog, and chances are that he's dreaming about bones or | ladies. i Well, I was in the mist of one of those wonderful bone dreams-in the midst, I should say, of a bone dream, when all at once I heard a voice. "Wake up, pooch, we've got things to talk about." . | I cracked one eye and saw...something j ugly with feathers. I sent this report to Data Control and received a message on the giant screen of my mind: "It's either a chicken or a feather duster." I hit the "cancel" button and let my right eyelid drift back down to the "closed" position, and tried to pick up my bone dream where I had left it. But then something struck me on the left ear, causing a stinging sensation to go streaking through my entire body. Within seconds, I got another message from Data Control: "You've been pecked on the ear by a rooster." Well, you know me. I don't take rooster-pecking with a grain of salt. I threw open both eyes, leaped to my feet, and went directly into a growl routine which we call "Don't Ever Do That Again, Pal!" NEXT CHAPTER: Hank starts interrogating J.T. Cluck to determine why he got pecked on the nose. Bankof America. 1200 E. 27th 625-3413 Look for Chapter 2 of "Hank the Cowdog" on this page in next Monday'sHDN.

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