Page 10 (liazctte FAMILY Monday, September 15,2003 Coming events Lasagna luncheon Will be held Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Homer City United Methodist Church. Takeout will be available. Call ahead at (724) 4792015. The event is sponsored by the Ideal Friendship Class. Alzheimer's Association Is taking orders for doves to be released on Saturday, prior to their "Memory Walk 2003," to be held at Blue Spruce Park. For more information, call (724) 463-8705. Indiana Singles Network Will hold a dance Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Best Western Inn. For more information, call (724) 349-0327 in the evening. New Low Vision Support Group Has been formed through the Indiana Lions Club. The club is proud of its long tradition of providing assistance and services for the blind and visually impaired. To meet a community need, they are forming the support group for those who are losing their sight and their care givers. The main objective is to help people overcome the depression, fear and sense of isolation that is so often part of the process. Topics covered will include mobility, low vision aids, computer technology, as- sistive devices and coping skills. The group will meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7 pm in the basement of the Newman Center, 1125 Oakland Avenue, Indiana. Everyone is welcome. This Thursday, speaker Joe Perseo will discuss "Coping with blindness." On Thursday, Oct. 16, speaker Mary Micco will discuss "LoW:Cost Computer Technologies to Assist the Visually Handicapped." For additional information or to arrange a ride please call (724) 463-0779 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Reunion Brady's reunion Will be held Saturday at noon at Hoss's restaurant, Indiana, for a Dutch-treat lunch. All former employees of Brody's are invited to attend. For more information call Howard Abrams at (724) 3493607 or Marge Jewarl at (724) 465-6078. Tee times Meadow Lane Ladies 18-hole league September 10th results: Loretta Fetterman and Diletta Poprich qualified for the Aces Tournament to be held on Sept. 24. The play of the day winners were Pal Kunkle, Theresa Wise, Dot Sanford, Betty Lukehart and Marge Gerber. The special event winners were Pat Larson, Kunkle and Gerber. Special prizes for birdies and chip-ins went to Linda Deabenderfer, Anna Mae Trunzo, Kunkle and Fet- Online classes offer students flexibility terman. Births Cierra Marie Dunmire Haley Lynn Dunmire announces the birth of her sister, Cierra Marie Dunmire, on Aug. 29, 2003, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 18'/z inches. Her parents are Scott and Traci Dunmire of Indiana. Her grandparents are Paul and Nancy DaBella of Clymer and Floyd and Donna Dunmire of Rochester Mills. Cara Maria Franceshini Gino arid Michele (Brawley) Franceshini of Mentcle announce the birth of their daughter, Cara • Maria Franceshini, on Sept. 2, 2003, at Altoona Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20 inches. She is the granddaughter of John Brawley and Helen Kirsch, both of Carrolltown, and Robert C. and Emily Franceshini of Alverda. Her great-grandmother is Nellie Branas of Portage. By PHUONG LE Associated Press Writer CHICAGO — Joelle Contorno wanted to do it all in her last year of high school — drama club, band, student council, part- time work — and still take the classes she needed to graduate. Juggling a packed schedule, the 17-year- old turned to cyberspace, joining a growing number of students nationwide logging into classes from the comforts of home. Contorno worked at her own pace, sometimes in pajamas or late at night, when she took her first civics class with the state-run Illinois Virtual High School. Now she's enrolled in an advanced history class that her high school in the Chicago suburbs doesn't offer. Illinois' Internet school was started in 2001 to give students from rural, small or low-performing schools a chance to take economics, oceanography or other courses not offered at their own schools. Enrollments in the cyberschool tripled this year, from 410 to 1,230. Increasingly, such online schools are being embraced by students not as a replacement for their local brick-and-mortar academy but as a valuable adjunct. Nationwide, about 40,000 to 50,000 kindergarten-through-12th grade students were enrolled in online courses in 2001, according to a study by WestEd, an educational research group. Those numbers may have since doubled, though tracking all such activity in local districts is difficult, said Raymond Rose, vice president of die Concord Consortium, an education research and development group. He estimates that more than half the states now offer some form of virtual education. Beyond that, 67 virtual charter schools in 17 states served 21,000 students last year, according to the Center for Education Reform, a charter school advocacy group in Washington. Jasmine Buckhannon, 15, is one of thousands of students in Florida's Virtual School, the state's public online high school. . (AP photo) In Florida's Virtual School, which has mushroomed from just a few dozen students seven years ago to an expected 14,000 this year — including hundreds from across the nation and several foreign countries who pay tuition — the motto is "any time, any place, any path, any pace." "The 'pace' part really caught my attention," said Jasmine Buckhannon, a 15- year-old student of English and chemistry in the Florida Internet school who also attends a regular brick-and-mortar school by day. "In the regular public school you didn't have any time that you could spend. You had to have it then, there, right there." Buckhannon was assigned "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck and "GreatExpec- tations" by Charles Dickens for her English class, and was mailed a chemistry kit with goggles, beakers and test tubes so she could do experiments in her kitchen. The challenge at the Florida Virtual School is to find enough certified teachers to keep up with demand. .The 60 teachers hired this summer give the school a faculty of 150 who work from home. In Illinois, students use the Internet school to make up classes, take advanced courses such as calculus that are not available at their school, or to juggle school with sports and work. Contorno took her online civics course because she didn't want to .drive to a nearby town this summer. Jon Kilgore taught the class while 90 miles away in Chenoa, fll. — using a laptop computer and wireless Internet connection from his front porch or kitchen. On a typical day, he pored over e-mail from students, helped one with a computer question and downloaded assignments that students e-mailed him. Most communication is electronic, but Kilgore also called Contorno and her father several times during the summer class. She e-mailed, him every other week. Contorno said she's still trying to adjust to writing out her responses rather than saying what she thinks. And it's hard not knowing who her classmates are, since they live throughout the state. "It's good and bad. I miss that I can't talk to my friends, but I'm still learning the same material," she said. Gail Purkey, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Federation of Teachers, said she worries that the personal connection between teacher and student gets lost in cyberspace. And indeed, spontaneity sometimes suffers online. But discussions are just as lively and sharp, said Susan Thetard, who teaches at University High School in Bloomington, III., and runs an online introduction-to-theater course. Being online can encourage shy students to participate, and "you can see them open up more," she said. Doris McManus, an English teacher in Fort Pierce, Fla., with 20 years experience, has become a big fan of online teaching since she started doing it a couple of years ago. She doesn't worry about discipline problems and gets to know her students better, even without face-to-face communication. "We have more time to get one on one with the student," she said. Still, cyberclasses aren't for everyone, said JU1 Fearday, guidance director at Barrington High School in the Chicago suburb. • . . "Any time students think of online, they think, 'I'm going to sit at home, in front of the computer and cruise through this,"' Fearday said. "It's not. It's difficult." (AP Writer Jackie Hallifax contributed to this report from Tallahassee, Flo.) (On the Net: Illinois Virtual High School: www.ivhs.org; Florida Virtual School: www.flvs.net K12: http:llwww.kl2.com) Health-care coverage help available Some Indiana County residents may have difficulty rinding appropriate and affordable health-care coverage for their loved ones. The following agencies and services can help: • Western Pennsylvania Caring Foundation, Inc. —This foundation offers BlueCHIP of Pennsylvania Services and adultBasic (Low-Cost Adult Health Insurance) Services. BlueCHIP provides free or affordable children's health insurance programs to uninsured children up to age 19. Benefits include checkups, immunizations, doctor visits, diagnostic testing, emergency care, outpatient surgery, prescription drugs, durable medical goods and dental, vision, hearing, mental-health, substance-abuse and inpatient hospital care. Eligibility is based on income, family size and ages of the children. The adultBasic Services provides affordable health insurance to adults ages 19 to 64 who do not have health insurance and are not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare. The minimum fee is $30 per month. Benefits include unlimited doctor visits, hospitalization, outpatient surgery, rehabilitation therapies, diagnostic testing, lab services and home-health, emergency, maternity and skilled-nursing-facility care. Call (800) 543-7105. • Indiana County Board of Assistance — This board operates the Medical Assistance program that enables individuals to pay doctor, hospital and other medical-related expenses. Specialized medical programs are offered through Medical Assistance. For example, Healthy Beginnings helps pay for health care for eligible children and pregnant women. Another program. Healthy Horizons, is a special medical program for people who are disabled or who are age 65 or older. Programs are also available for people,who have breast or cervical cancer, people with HIV, those who are working and have disabilities and intact families who fall within the income guidelines. People must apply and must meet eligibility requirements to participate in any of the programs provided by the Department of Public Welfare. Call (724) 357-2900 or (800) 742-0679. • Chevy Chase Center — Unemployment Help Center — This center provides assistance with forms for programs such as PACE, BlueCHIP and adultBasic and also manages the Medical Services and Prescription Programs. The Medical Service Program is for people who receive unemployment com-, pensation and/or who have no. medical insurance or no Medical Assistance card. It offers a network of area doctors-and dentists who offer free and/or reduced- cost care to those who qualify. The Prescription Program is available to people who are uninsured, unemployed or underemployed. The program is coordinated with a local pharmacy, and individuals can receive free doctor-issued prescriptions. Individuals must meet eligibility requirements for each program. Call (724) 349-2333. GOOD H)()D • Epilepsy Foundation of Western Pennsylvania — This organization pro^ vides an emergency prescription program for children and adults with epilepsy. Participants must meet eligibility requirements. Call (800) 361-5885. • The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society—This society provides up to $500 in patient aid per year, per patient, for those being treated on an outpatient basis for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease or multiple myeloma. Applicants must fill out a patient-aid application and have it signed by their physician. Call (800) 726-2873. • Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) — PACE is the state prescription drug program for low-income seniors, funded by Pennsylvania Lottery earnings. The program allows seniors to buy prescriptions for a co-payment, rather than full price. Participants must meet income guidelines. Call (800) 225-7223. • PAGENET — This program was developed to act as a "safety net" for seniors who earn slightly more than the amount allowed to receive PACE. Participants must meet income guidelines. Call (800) 225-7223 or contact Aging Services at (724) 349-4500 or (800) 4428016. » Pharmaceutical Companies/Indigent Patient Program — This program provides free or reduced-cost medicines to physicians whose patients may not have access to needed medicines other-. wise. Call (800) 762-4636. TARA ROLLING and JASON COOK Engagement Edward and Vivian Rolling of Indiana announce the engagement of their daughter, Tara Justine Rolling of Pittsburgh, to Jason Roy Cook, the son of Roy and Lucia Cook of North Park. • The bride-to-be is a graduate of Indiana Area Senior High School and a 2001 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in business administration human resources and organizational behavior. She is a sales and service representative at Citizens Bank in Pittsburgh. The future groom is a graduate of Shaler Area High School and La Roche College. He is an elementary teacher at Holy Family Institute in Pittsburgh. They are planning a November wedding in North Hills, Pittsburgh. GOOD HEALTH Calcium may lower cancer risk From the American Institute for Cancer Research Greek dishes full of heart If it's all Greek to you, it's probably a good thing. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirms what we've been hearing for years: A Mediterranean diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grains and olive oil will help you live longer. The four-year study of more than 22,000 Greeks offered more evidence that the Mediterranean diet can protect against heart disease and cancer. Those who ate a Mediterranean-style diet were found to have a 33 percent lower risk of death from heart disease and a 24 percent lower risk from cancer death than volunteers who followed another diet People in the study with the lowest mortality rate ate a pound of vegetables and a pound of fruit a day. Lower mortality also correlated to more exercise. The Mediterranean diet includes a moderate amount of fish and a lower amount of dairy products such as cheese or yogurt. Fish is an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals, and is lower in saturated fat than red meat. Fish contain mainly unsaturated fat, better for blood cholesterol levels and possibly better for protection from cancer. Nutrition experts recommend two servings offish each week. The FDC, however, has warned pregnant women to avoid swordfish because of possible mercury contamination. Because swordfish is firm, dense and has an almost meat-like taste, it is one of the most popular fish for home cooking. Because it's so firm, swordfish can be prepared in many ways—grilling, broiling, baking, poaching, or sauteing. Get the steaks cut as thin as possible and don't grill them too long or they will be dry. Capers, lemon and garlic are a perfect Mediterranean accompaniment to grilled swordfish. Mediterranean swordfish 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced Vi cup fresh lemon juice 2Tbsp. Capers 4'A-inch thick swordfish steaks, about 4 ounces each Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 lemon cut into quarters Using a blender or food processor, blend oil with garlic, lemon juice and capers. Transfer to a nonmetal container. Add fish and marinate 20 to 30 minutes, turning fish once in the process. Meanwhile, prepare the grill or preheat the broiler. Remove fish from marinade and pat dry with paper toweling. Season with salt and pepper. (If using an indoor grill, spray fish lightly with olive oil or canola oil spray.) Grill the fish about 4 to 5 minutes per side, depending on thickness offish, or until fish is opaque in the center. (Fish usually takes about 10 minutes per inch of thickness to cook through.) Don't overcook or fish will be dry. Serve with wedges of fresh lemon, either hot or at room temperature. Makes 4 servings. Per serving 169 calories, 8 grams total fat (2 grams saturated fat), 3 grams carbohydrate, 21 grams protein, 0 grams dietary fiber, 223 milligrams sodium. By KAREN COLLINS American Institute for Cancer Research Q: Is calcium still thought to lower colon cancer risk? A: Although the results of studies have been somewhat inconsistent; many researchers believe that calcium does play a role in protecting the colon from cancer. At the recent research conference of the American Institute for Cancer Research, scientists showed evidence that calcium may help destroy benign tumor cells that could become malignant. Other researchers point out that people with higher fat diets might benefit from calcium's ability to bind fat-digesting bile acids before they promote cancerous conditions. Even if calcium affects colon cancer risk, it's only a small piece of the puzzle. Many dietary factors are suspected of increasing colon cancer risk (like obesity, saturated fat, trans fats and red meat) or protecting against it (like fiber, the B vitamin foiate and phytochemicals in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables). Q: What is the difference between an English muffin and a regular one? A: If they're both the traditional two-ounce size, a regular muffin has about 30 more calories than an English muffin, mainly due to a .higher fat content. However, today's muffins, like other baked goods, have undergone a size explosion, and so have some English muffins. Three- or four- ounce so-called "regular" muffins often contain about 300 calories, and the gigantic five- ounce muffins may add up to 500 calories. Their fat and sugar content are also generally higher than in regular muffins. Even if you spread a "regular" English muffin with soft margarine the calories and fat will be less. Q: What is the value of the "% Daily Value" figures on food labels? A: The Percent Daily Values show how much of certain nutrients are contained in one standard serving of a particular food; within a healthy, 2,000-calorie diet. By simply scanning the figures listed under "% Daily Value" on a food label, you can see whether a food is low, medium or high in those nutrients. If a food contains less than 5 percent of the Daily Value, it contains a negligible amount. If a food contains 2(J percent or more of the Daily Value, it's a significant source. If you want to see how your diet fits within current nutrition recommendations, you can add the Percent Daily Value for an individual nutrient (such as fat or vitamin C) in all the foods you eat in a day.
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