Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 25, 1988 · Page 5
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 5

Logansport, Indiana
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Friday, March 25, 1988
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Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Friday, March 25, 1988 PageS People Logansport AAUW — The Logansport branch of the American Association of University Women will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the McHale Room. The guest speaker is Mary Lou James, curator of the Miami County Historical Society. ' PWP DANCE - The Loganland Parents Without Partners will hold' its March dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the American Legion Hall with the music of Leather and Lace. All single parents are welcome. Pair Win At Beauty Pageant Ariastacia Armick Two local children were winners at the recent Sunburst Beauty Pageant held in the Logansport Mall last Sunday. Both girls will compete in the state finals, which will be held later in May. Anastacia Armick, 6, won in the sportswear and portfolio categories. Trisha Tocco She was also the first runner-up in the beauty contest, competing in the 4 to 6 age group. She is the daughter of Mark and Diana Armick, 530 Wheatland Ave. Trisha Diane Tocco, 3, was named Sunburst Queen in the 2 to 3 year age category. She is the daughter of Sam and Debb Tocco, 1930 Smead St. Seniors Ignore Florida North Now Attractive Midwest retirees aren't so eager to pack their bags and make new homes in the South these days. They have other things on their minds — snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, fishing and gardening in what's fast becoming a favorite retirement haven, the Heartland. These days, many Midwesterners would rather endure winter than migrate to the sunny South, says Midwest Living magazine. And, if there's packing to do when their nine- to-five routines end, it could be to load up the flannels and woolens for a permanent move even farther north. "When people dream about retirement, they usually think of Florida, California or Arizona," says Calvin Beale, head of the population section in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. "But the middle and northern parts of the country are becoming more attractive, particularly around lakes and scenic areas." Before making a move, retirees today are "casing" the country and finding Florida and other traditional retirement spots too crowded, Beale says. Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota in the sparsely settled North offer attractive alternatives. The most recent census statistics show big population gains among the 60-and-older crowd in many northern areas: a 51 percent increase in the Dells region of Adams County, Wis., for instance, and a whopping 70 percent jump in Kalkaska County, Mich., east of Traverse City. "These northern areas always have attracted a resort and summer-recreation following, but the numbers gradually have grown to include retirees as well," Beale explains. Many credit technology from snowmobiles to satellite dishes for helping to convince the over-60 crowd to retire up north. "Snowmobiles, for example, give people peace of mind in knowing that they can get out if they have to," Beale says. "Besides, they offer retirees something to do for recreation during winter." Improved home insulation is a big help in winterizing summer cottages for year-round living. Speedy highways and cable TV's armchair entertainment also account for retirees' growing contentment with staying put in this region. People retire younger today, too, which means more pep to enjoy the outdoors. Of course, the north woods aren't for everyone. Many retirees migrate south to the Missouri Ozarks. Others move from their suburban homes to the countryside nearby. Still others simply stay put. A U.S. Census Bureau study of Midwesteners aged 65 and older shows that between 1983-84, % percent didn't move; 3 percent moved within the same county; and 1 percent moved to a different state. John Watkins of the University of Kentucky department of geography notes a pattern among retirees who relocate in rural areas. Sometimes retirees move just a few miles from suburban to rural homes "where the taxes and housing prices are cheaper and where they can get a little land," Watkins says. "Some people even consider small towns too citylike and are moving out." Watkins explains that retirees aren't heading to the country for fun and sun. "They want to be closer to nature, away from the troubles associated with cities, no matter how large or small," he adds. If there's a Midewest Sunbelt, it's probably the Missouri Ozarks. The Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri boasts 1,359 miles of shoreline, which residents quickly point out is more than you'll find on the entire California coast. The mild climate is the Midwest's balmiest. A summer vacationland, the Ozarks often lures retirees back for keeps. Camden County in the Ozarks showed more growth than any county in Missouri from 1980 to 1986, and residents 55 to 65 years old made up the fastest-growing age group. If everyone went by the books that compare retirement spots, the underrated Midwest would be a ghost town when it comes to the 65-plus crowd. Rand McNally's "Retirement Places Rated" ranks 131 locations based on climate, housing, leisure living, money matters, personal safety and services. Only 13 cities in five Midwestern states made the list of 131. Rand McNally ranks Bloomington and Brown County, Ind., eighth in the country. Dogs Create Tension In The Air She doesn 't trust owners who claim their pets don't bite I have never been able to conceal my fear of animals whose masters say, "He won't bite." You've all met them. They're the dogs with heads the size of manhole covers who charge at you and prepare to wrap their teeth around some part of your body. Call me crazy. Call me suspicious, but I never believe them. Owners of big dogs with heads the size of manhole covers always put the blame on the terrorizee. They contend, "The moment you walk into a room, you send a message to an animal. If the message is, 'I'm scared to death,' the animal will know instinctively and go for you." (I have a son like that. Whenever you're playing tennis with him and stoop to tie your shoe, he serves the ball.) I don't know how many of you have ever been left alone in a At Wit's End room with a dog that "won't bite unless you send him the wrong message," but I'm here to tell you it's a religious experience. I find myself talking to him and waiting for answers. "This isn't your chair, is it? If it is, I can sit somewhere else. Out in the car is good. So, how's your life? Didn't mean to pry. Hey, it's your business, buddy. Why don't you just put your ears down and rest a bit. Wanta fetch my wristwatch? Here you go! Back already. You are fast. Listen, I know what you're thinking. When they talked about having you altered, I was against it from the beginning. Honest." It is the same with cats. The family cat who hasn't moved in three years from atop the TV set where he sleeps and blinks will come alive when his owner says, "He won't bother you." The same cat who looks like a painting will suddenly sail through the air and land right on my lap. As I am fighting to keep from passing out, the cat owner will say something encouraging like, "Erma, you're scaring Siegfried half to death. All he wants is a little attention." A meeting between strangers and animals should be like a blind date. It's a process you can't hurry. You can't throw two people in a room and expect them to start waltzing. Let each put a little distance between them for better vision. If one feels like moving closer to the other one ... great. If one extends a hand and the other one accepts it... good. If one can make quick moves and the other one doesn't recoil ... terrific. But it has to be on mutual terms. I visited a friend last week and, as I entered the room, her grandchild retreated and vined her body around her leg with fear in her eyes. Her grandmother said, "Really, Sarah, Mrs. Bombeck is not going to bite you." I knew how she felt. Loganland Youth And Servicemen Tech. Sgt. Donald L. Howard, son of John E. and Marybelle A. Howard, 1507 Liberty St., has been decorated with the second award of the Air Force Commendation Medal at Offutt AFB, Neb. He is a 1970 graduate of Logansport High School. His wife, Linda, is the daughter of Robert Schodrof, Rt.l *** Army Spec. 4 Mark A. Salsbery has reported for duty with the 299th Support Battalion, West Germany. He is the son of Paul H. and Phyllis Salsbery, Galveston, and is a 1978 graduate of Lewis Cass High School. . *** Kevin A. Mendenhall, a senior at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, has been named to the "Outstanding College Students of America." He is a 1984 graduate of Pioneer High School. *»* Navy Seaman Recruit David A. Hitz, son of Allen D. and Mildred H. Hitz, Monticello, has completed recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Fla. He graduated from Twin Lakes High School in 1987. »»* Senior Airman Gail L. Runyon has graduated from the U.S. Air Force food service course at Lowry AFB, Colo. She is the daughter of William M. and Juanita R. Kies, Peru. *** Mark Chambers and Dennis Walker have been initiated into Tau Kappa Epsilon at Franklin College. Chambers, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Chambers, Galveston, will serve as president and as InterFraternity Council representative. Walker is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Walker, Peru. *** Airmen Michael D. Freeman and Mathew F. Nethercutt have graduated from the U.S. Air Force avionics instrument systems course at Chanute AFB, 111. Freeman is the son of Bill G. and Iva M. Freeman, Bringhurst. Nethercutt is the son of Thomas L. and Diana H. Nethercutt, Rt.6. *** Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher D. Baker, son of Charles E. Baker, Rochester, and Betty S. Baker, Monticello, has been promoted to his present rank while stationed at Naval Air Station Chase Field, Beeville, Texas. He is a 1985 graduate of Twin Lakes High School. Please excuse our mess while we redecorate. Come in and dig through the Bargains. Everything Marked Down 15 to 55% OFF THE BASKET SMor IS OPEN r or the first 2 weeks, everything in the store is 20% Off! We've got lots of new baskets! Colored Baskets: Wonderful taster Baskets fllue,Peach,Mauve and other INcw Hours:10:a.m.-. E >:p.m. colors! Mon.-Sat. 722-MOO 15 Frederick Slmt OH N. Third ol Top of Coll.q. Hill Get your hands on great quality, and a great deal-ArtCarved style. Siladium" H.S. Class Rings FULL LIFETIME WARRANTY Offer valid through 5/31/88 only for the purchase of ArtCarved Siladium H.S. class rings, excluding The All-Amencan style. /IRTQ1RVELT V CLASS RINGS Mon.-Thurs. 10 to 8 Fri.&Sot. 10 to 9 Sun. 12:30 to 5 to shop the JCPenney Catalog for Easter. The brightest in spring fashions and other quality catalog merchandise can be delivered to the store nearest you for pick-up* before Easter. For styles that shine, colors that match, and sizes that fit... it's the JCPenney Catalog... the fast and convenient way to shop. "For home delivery, please place order one or two days earlier. CALL TOLL-FREE TO PLACE YOUR ORDER CATALOG SHOPPING Shop-by-phone: 1-800-222-6161 The JCPenney Catalog Logansport Mai! Last day to order March 30 « 1988 JCPenney Company, loc

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