Thursday, October 24,2002 Coming events Ham dinner Will be held Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Marion in Marion Center. The menu will include ham, parsleyed potatoes, vegetables, tossed salad, applesauce, homemade rolls and homemade desserts. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under may eat for free. Take-out service is available. The dinner will benefit the church building fund. Turkey and holupki dinner Will be held Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. at Christ Our Savior Orthodox Church, 6221 Tanoma Road, Indiana. The cost is $7 for adults, S3 for children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. The dinner is open to the public. Takeout is available. 26th annual spaghetti dinner Will be held Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Horner City fire hall on West Church Street, Homer City. The event is sponsored by the Homer City Kiwanis Club. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund and other projects. The cost is $5 for adults, $3.50 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Takeout will be available. Bring own containers. Linda Cobb, the queen of clean Household Help DEAR QUEEN: I am looking for something to clean tombstones that have been sprayed and sprinkled with water. I have read not to use household cleaners. Do you have a suggestion? — Charlene Hale, No City or State Available DEAR CHARLENE: Use hydrogen peroxide applied with a medicine dropper, followed by a drop or two of household ammonia. After 20 minutes, wash the area. You can clean marble with a solution of 1 part liquid fabric softener and 2 parts water. Clean thoroughly, and polish with a soft cloth. You can also buy commercial marble polish. When the stone is nice and clean, you might consider applying a layer of Clean Shield, which will cause the water to simply bead up. When the time comes to clean again,- all you'll need to do is wipe with a damp, soft cloth. Call (800) 528-3149 to find a supplier near you. DEAR QUEEN: I have an ironing board that came from my mother's house. I think it is made by Procter. It has a hinge on the corner to make it squared off. It's great for ironing sheets, tablecloths and fabric. Are they still available? — Lois Longfield, Prescott, Ariz. DEAR LOIS: Unfortunately, I have been unable to locate an ironing board like the one you describe. During my research, however, I did find something that might fill your needs. The Vermont Country Store features an Ironing Blanket that can be placed on a tabletop to make a square ironing surface. The Ironing Blanket sells for $12.95 plus shipping and handling. Visit their Web site at www.vermontcoun- trystore.com, or call (802) 3628460. Send questions to Queen of Clean, do United Media, 200 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y 10016. Newspaper En terprise Assn. Submission guidelines Items submitted for publication on the Family page must follow these guidelines: • For coming events, reunion and anniversary announcements, items must be submitted at least one week prior to the requested date of publication. • All submissions must include a daytime phone number. • Submissions are subject to editing for space and content. FAMILY Page 13 Colds not caused by cold weather GLASS AND ANTIQUE SHOW - The Rainbow Diamond Glass Club will hold a glass and antique show at the Best Western University Inn in White Township Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thirteen antique dealers from four states will offer a selection of glass, jewelry, furniture and other items. The cost of admission is $3. Preparing for the event recently were, from left, Carol Schurman, club president; Rachel Marshall, show chairwoman; and Bill Young, committee member. (Gazette photo by Michael Henninger) By PETER H. GOTT, M.D. Newspaper Enterprise Assn. DEAR DR. GOTT: Please settle a disagreement between my mother-in-law and me; the effect of environmental temperature on health. I believe that a cooler house is better for my family and me. We keep our temperature about 65 degrees during the winter. We recently attended a crowded tournament in a school gym. Most of the attendees at the back of the room opened up windows to get cool fresh air. Nonetheless, I came down with a cold five days later. My mother-in-law says I got sick because of the open widows; I claim that the hot, stuffy atmosphere was to blame. Who is right? DEAR READER: Unfortunately, neither of you. People don't catch colds from cold air, nor do they become sick as a result of a hot, stuffy environment. The common cold is caused by the coryza virus, wliich is spread from person-to-person. In crowded environments — such as sports events, movie theaters and so forth — the viruses are exhaled by sick patients into the air, where the germs saturate the area and are subsequently breathed in by healthy people who then develop symptoms. Finally, for obvious reasons, fresh air will dilute the concentration of virus particles, making respiratory infections less likely. In situations where fresh air is lacking, such infections are more prevalent. In crowded rooms, it's the fresh air that is important; the ambient temperature is relatively inconsequential. The best way to avoid exposure to airborne infections is to use a paper facemask, a tradition in Asian countries. Barring this rather strong option, avoid sitting near a person who coughs and sneezes, keep your immune system in top shape by getting enough sleep, and keep that fresh air coming when you are at a meeting or a sports event. You might be interested in my personal experience with infections. I almost never get sick. People exclaim: "How can you stay so healthy month after month, with patients breathing and coughing in your face?" To me, the answer is simple. Any person Dghts off an infection by using proteins manufactured by the immune system. If the system is constantly stimulated, viruses and bacteria, once introduced into the body, are neutralized before they can cause iilness. Therefore, it is precisely because I am constantly exposed to legions of germs that I am able to prevent infection. My immune system is simply doing its job. While I am not recommending people purposely put themselves in harm's way, chronic !ow-dose exposure to infectious micro-organisms does — in the long run — help us to avoid getting sick. Birthdays Trey Rainey Trey Richard Rainey, the son of Jody and Christine Rainey of Penn Run, marks his first birthday today. He will celebrate this weekend with his family. Trey is the grandson of Richard and Carol Rainey of Penn Run, Roy Stiffey of Strongstown and Agnes Stiffey and William Altimus of Belsano. He the great-grandson of Richard and Betty Fyock of Penn Run and Mary Stiffey of Nowrytown. Zachary Kaufman Zachary Kenneth Kaufman, the son of Joel and Bobbi Kaufman of Kittanning RD 5, celebrated his first birthday Sept. 7. His grandparents are Robert and Frances Matty of Creekside RD 1; Gary and Cindy Kaufman of Rural Valley RD 1; and Kent and Joy Patterson of Dayton RD 2. His great-grandparents are Hazel Kaufman of Rural Valley RD 1; Howard Smith of Kittanning RD 5 and Madge Patterson of Dayton RD 2. Hunter Armstrong Hunter James Armstrong, the son of Nick and Shawnee Armstrong of Marion Center, recently celebrated his first birthday at a Bob the Builder party with family and friends. His grandparents are Jim and Debbie Armstrong of Marion Center, Jay Elkin of Home and Jill F-lkin of Dayton. His great-grandparents are Frances Armstrong of Ernest, John and Naomi Repko of Shelocta, James Elkin of Plumville and Florence Lipsic of Indiana. Alley Bush Alley Janelle Bush, the daughter of Doug and Lisa Bush of Indiana, celebrated her first birthday Aug. 24 at a party with family and friends. She has two sisters, Kacey, 7, and Hayley, 5, and a brother, Tanner, 2. Her grandparents arc Gregory and Bonnie Sheesley of Indiana, George and Lucinda Bush of Indiana and Beverly Bush of Butler. Her great- grandparents are Carlisle and Ethel Sheesley of Indiana and Keith Miller of Punxsutawney. Shannen Gallagher Shannen Elaine Gallagher, the daughter of Derek and Brenda Gallagher of Fort Drum, N.Y., recently celebrated her first birthday with her family and friends. Her grandparents are Robert and Karen Walker of Home and Paul and Dorothy Gallagher of Dayton. Her great-grandparents are Gene and Hazel Cornman of Home and Betty McCoy of Indiana. Keara Reeger Keara M. Reeger celebrated her second birthday Oct. 20 with family and friends at a 102 Dalmatians party. Her parents are Amanda Bash and Alan Reeger of Home. Her grandparents are Gerald and Donna Bash and Denny and Laura Reeger of Creekside. She is the great-granddaughter of Ann Reeger of Plumville and Ida Zurbe of Smicksburg. Report cards don't measure everything By GREGORY RAMEY Cox News Service DAYTON, Ohio — October is a scary month for many families, and the fear has nothing to do with Halloween masks of Saddam Hussein or Pokemon characters. Students receive their first report cards in the next few weeks! Many parents feel that school reports are not just an evaluation of a child's academic performance but also a predictor of their future. Parents think that students with good grades will lead happy, productive, successful and meaningful lives. Students with lower grades will drink cheap wine, eat frequently at fasl- food restaurants and drop out of school. Do school grades really matter that much? Parents of high-achieving students probably overestimate their importance, while parents of poorly performing students probably uri- derestimale the significance of school grades. In most school systems, aboul 70 percent of ihe grades are As and Bs. Students with higher grades do perform better on most standardized tests, and higher test scores do matter for students going on to college. The traits required to perform well in school are also essential outside of school — impulse control, discipline, planning and social skills. So while grades do matter, they are not a complete reflection of the type of person your child is becoming. Take a moment and think about the adults who lead lives you would like your child to imitate. What are those people like? I doubt they are all rich professionals who always got great grades in school. Instead, I suspect you are thinking about honest people who have found meaning for their lives and have positive and real relationships with others. Such traits are not measured on a report card. When grades arc distributed in the next few weeks, consider it another piece of important information about your child. If the grades are poor, do something. If they are good, compliment your child. Above all. keep your response in perspective. Wedding Hettinger-Prymak Laura Marie Hettinger, the daughter of David and Theresa Hettinger of Petersburg, Va., and James Robert Prymak, the son of James and Mary Prymak of Indiana, were married in a double-ring ceremony Saturday May 11,2002, at the Christ and Grace Church in Petersburg, Va. The Rev. David Teschner officiated. The bride was escorted and given in marriage by her parents. She wore an Alfred Angelo gown with A-line ivory satin accented with a single band of pearl trim below the bodice. She carried a colonial bouquet of white roses, blue delphinium and purple statice, hand-tied with green satin ribbon. The matron of honor was Teresa Hettinger, mother of the bride. The best man was James Prymak, father of the groom. The bride is now working on her master's degree in education from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. ' The groom graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May in hotel, restaurant and institutional management. He is vice president at Bevinco Consulting in Richmond. They live in Midlothian, Va. Club news Daughters discuss naturalization The Daughters of American Colonists, James LeTort Chapter, recently met at the Siias Clark House, Indiana. • Past Regent Polly I Ilusko conducted the business meeting and presented a program on the naturalization of family immigrants. Betty Wallace led devotions, titled "A Week to Remember: Learning to Handle Crisis." Members were reminded thai yearly dues are payable through Dec. 1, The next meeting will Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. at the Clark House. Kathleen Pino will present the program. Club learns about home care agency The Kiwanis Club of Homer City met Oct. 21 at Club Savoy. The speaker for the evening was Chara Thomas from The Caring Heart Inc., a home health care agency. Caring Heart serves people who need nursing care or physical, occupational or speech therapy at home after a stay in the hospital. The owner, Joe- wan Brubaker, is a nurse with more than 40 years of experience. The cluh will hold a spaghetti dinner Sunday, Oct. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Homer City fire hall to benefit the scholarship fund and other Kiwanis projects. Members should be at the fire hall at 9:30 a.m. for setup and bring two cakes for dessert. Other upcoming events include the road cleanup Nov. 9 and the Christmas party on Dec. 16.
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