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Altoona Mirror • Monday, June 30,1997 THIS AND THAT Page B3 Dear Abby Mother feels guilty for letting girls ride with drinking driver D ear Abby: I am divorced and have three daughters. My ex-husband "Sam" married "Connie." She is 11 years younger than I am. Connie has no children of her own and they do not have children together yet. My girls are under 18, so we still have the weekend visitation arrangement. The last time they were scheduled to visit their father, Connie came to pick them up. The problem: Connie reeked of alcohol. Sam and I do not live in the same town — there's about a 15-m ile. drive between us. Now I'm kicking myself in the hindquarters because I let my daughters leave with her. I cannot have any more children, Abby, and the three I have are a precious gift from above. Had my daughter's friend come to pick her up and the friend reeked of alcohol, there's no way I would have let my daughter get into the car. I let them go with Connie and hoped for the best because I did not want to start a fight — which I now feel was incredibly stupid. What should I do if this happens again? — Trying To Do Right in Minnesota Dear Trying To Do Right: Allowing the children to ride with a driver who reeked of alcohol was inexcusable. You are fortunate it wasn't a tragedy. If Sam ABIGAIL VAN BUREN doesn't know about this incident, he should be made aware of it. Since you can't predict whether Connie will show up drunk or sober, in the future either you or your ex-husband must provide the transportation for the children. Dear Abby: My husband and I were married three years ago in a •small ceremony. Since our wedding was small, we decided not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen. One of my husband's closest friends came to the ceremony, but claims he "got lost" on the way to the reception. Needless to say, he never made it to the reception, 'nor did he present us with a wedding gift. Now, three years later, this • friend is getting married. He has asked my husband to be a groomsman (requiring him to rent a $60 tuxedo), and has already invited Ask Dr. Gott us to a "pantry and tool" shower. In light of the fact that he never bought us a wedding gift, I have a problem buying him a wedding gift, much less a shower gift. How would you handle this? Ticked Off in Tallahassee Dear Ticked Off: If your husband accepts the honor of being a groomsman, he is obligated to buy a wedding gift. And if you and your husband attend the shower, you'll be expected to bring a shower gift. Let bygones be bygones. Dear Abby: A young lady we work with had a baby. She was hoping it would be a "girl. In fact, we all hoped she would have a daughter, so when we held a shower for her, many of us gave her gifts for a girl. Well, the baby turned out to be a boy. And guess what? She sent the gifts back to us and asked us to exchange them for boy things. • Abby, I ask you, is that proper etiquette? Or should she have exchanged the gifts herself? — Peeved in Pittsburgh Dear Peeved: Was it proper etiquette? Absolutely not! She should have quietly exchanged the gifts herself. (Letters to Abby may be addressed to: Dear Abby, P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, Calif. 90069. For a personal reply, send a self- addressed, stamped envelope.) Peptic ulcers have many causes D ear Dr. Gott: I am confused about the cause of peptic ulcers. I know that aspirin can cause them, but what about bacteria? Dear Reader: Peptic ulcers can be caused by a variety of medications that interfere with the normal barrier preventing stomach acid from burning the intestinal lining. Such medicines include aspirin, ibuprofen and most prescription anti-inflammatory drugs. However, ulcers are also associated with bacteria, called H. pylori. Consequently, patients who don't take medications but who have ulcers should have a blood test to check for H. pylori. If the test is positive, short-term treatment with a combination of antibiotics will eradicate the microorganism, thereby curing the ulcers. Dear Dr. Gott: How long should a person take antibiotics for an infection? Dear Reader: The time varies. Most relatively minor infections - such as bronchitis - clear up after a week or 10 days of therapy. Other infections that are more widespread (pneumonia, diverticulitis and so forth), may require two weeks or more. Serious infections (Lyme disease, abscesses, infected heart valves, etc.) may need antibiotics for months. PETER GOTT Also, the choice of antibiotic and the duration of treatment depend on the type of bacteria causing the ailment; some microorganisms are more resistant than others. For instance, tuberculosis is usually treated for . . a year or more. For most everyday infections, a week is the minimum. Patients who mistakenly discontinue antibiotics after a few days run the risk of reinfection or the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. I encourage readers to follow their doctor's instructions on a case-by-case basis, (Gott is a genera I internist with a practice in Connecticut since 1966. Questions to Dr. Gott may be sent to United Media in care of Dr. Gott, 200 Madison A ve., New York, KY. 10016) planner SPECIAL EVENTS 76th annual July 4 celebration, 5 to 11 p.m., Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, Martins-. burg. Antique engine display, teen dance from 8 to 11 p.m.. Little Miss Morrisons Cove competition at 7 p.m. Rides and concessions open at 6 p.m. CLASSES Step with dyna bands, 4p.m., Carver YMCA, Roaring Spring. 224-5101 Lunch crunch, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., Hollidaysburg Area .YMCA, $4 for nonmembers or free with fitness passport. Butts and guts, 5:30 p.m., Hollidaysburg Area YMCA, $4 for nonmcmbers or free with fitness passport. For more information on Hollidaysburg Area YMCA classes, call 695-4467. RECREATION Social bridge play, 1 to 3 p.m., Altoona YWCA, SI. 944-8119 SUPPORT GROUPS Alcoholics Anonymous (available 24 hours), 946-9002 Overeaters Anonymous, 9422455 Women In Transition for women in divorce or separation, 6:30 p.m., Altoona YWCA, $1.944-8119 Rape Crisis program, 1 to 3 p.m., Family and Children's Service, 2022 Broad Ave. For information, call 944-3583 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. [ Today ] SPECIAL EVENTS 76th annual July 4 celebration, 5 to 11 p.m., Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, Martinsburg. Antique engine display, agricultural parade at 6:15 beginning at Cross Cove Lane. Rides and concessions open at 6p.m. CUSSES Crunch It, 5 p.m., Hollidaysburg Area YMCA, $4 for nonmembers or free with fitness passport. Quick step, 5:30 p.m., Hollidaysburg Area YMCA, $4 for nonmembDrs or free with fitness passport. Aerobics, 6:30 p.m., YMCA Frankstown Children's Center, $4 for nonmembers or free with fitness passp'ort. Step with dyna bands, 6:30 p.m., Carver YMCA, Roaring Spring. 224-5101 Pre-/post-natal, 7 p.m., Hollidaysburg Area YMCA, $5 for nonmembers or free with fitness passport, SUPPORT GROUPS Women Aware, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Family Resource Center, Logan Valley Mall, and 6 to 8 pm, Family and Children's Service, 2001-2009 W. Chestnut Ave., rear. Call ahead for childcare availability. Educational/support group to help women eliminate domestic violence in their lives, and to understand the impact on the family unit. 944-3583 or944-3585 American Chronic Pain Association, Altoona I Group meeting, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., HealthSouth Rehabilitation hospital of Altoona. 742-9323 ToughLoye Parents, 7 to 9 p.m., Family Resource Center, Ix>gan Valley Mall. 941-7711 Auto Insurance Renewing? CALL 695-2665 Astrograph Monday, June 30, 1997 The year ahead could be an exciting and beneficial one for you where romance is concerned. A relationship with a loved one will grow in strength and idealism. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Make an effort today to review your expenditures for nonessential items or activities. Start saving where you previously have been wasteful. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Take positive action today instead of merely talking about your basic intentions. What you'll say can make for interesting conversation, but it won't produce results. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Glossing over small mistakes today where your work is concerned is not a wise policy. What you deem to be insignificant could be the pebble that springs a leak in the dike. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Exercise extreme prudence in the management of your resources today, whether it be your own money or funds you're handling for someone else. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Critical issues should be carefully evaluated today. Once you've made your assessment, don't act against your initial impulses or common sense. Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) Keep your mind focused on the task at hand today, even if it is an assignment you perform routinely. You may make a mistake with something that usually comes easily Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Do not be a peiiny- pincher in your involvements with friends today; but by the same token, don't grab the tab for a pal who always sits on his or her wallet. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Usually you're a rea sonably decisive individual, but today you could have some trouble settling on one specific conclusion. Research your options thoroughly. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) Do not make promises today you know you'll have trouble delivering down the line. You might just be stalling, but associates will hold you to your word. Aries ("March 21-April 19) Today, if you're look ing for a bargain buy, you won't necessarily find it in merchandise sold by someone you know. Look elsewhere for your best deal. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Do not count too much on your charm and good looks to help you achieve your objectives today. Acknowledgment will be awarded only for ability and consistency. Gemini (May 21-June 20) Remain silent about confidential matters' today. You may become involved in a discussion with someone who has a track record of distorting the facts later. (Astrograph is for entertainment purposes only. It has no basis in scientific/act.) Ask Dick 'Swiss Family' made three times DICK KlEINER Q ln the late '50s or early '60s, my mother took me to the • theater and we saw a movie called "Swiss Family Robinson." How many remakes of this movie have been made, and are they all on video? —V.K., Waterloo, Iowa A. That classic story has been filmed three times. First, in 1940, with Thomas Mitchell and Freddie Bartholomew. Then,inl960,with James Mac Arth ur.' Finally, there was a TV movie in 75, with Martin Milner and Cameron Mitchell. Only the '60 version is on tape. Q. Please settle a dinner bet as to whether Robert Davi from "Profiler" has been in any other series. What a great show! — C.P., Burbank, 111. A. Back in '81, Davi played Vito Genovese on the series "The Gangster Chronicles," his only previous series. (Send war quest ions to: Ask Dick- Kleiner, c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., New York, N. Y. 10016. Due to the volume of mail, personal replies cannot beprovided.) Yesteryear Official says test scores of students are too low 50 YEARS AGO June 30,1947 The federal government, which seized the nation's soft coal mines a little over a year ago during a strike, returned them today to their private owners. Alfred H. Williams, a native of Altoona who was president of the Federal Reserve BM&wPhiladel- phia, was honorfed as Philadelphian of the Month by Philadelphia magazine. Herwas also formerly a collate professor. 25 YEARSAGO June 30, 1972 An effort by Democratic Gov. Milton Shapp to get his state budget passed by tying it to a state flood relief bill failed when it was voted down. Blair Honda, at 6030 6th Ave., was holding its grand opening today. The firm specialized hi motorcycles, repairs and parts. • 10 YEARS AGO June 30,1987 The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, due to expire at midnight, was reauthorized by the state Legislature to avoid "economic and law enforcement chaos." Pa. Secretary of Education Thomas Gilhool said the state's student TELL test scores, a test for essential learning and literacy, were too low. A total of30 percent of public and 24 percent of private school students failed. (Compiled by Tim Doyle) Today Today is the 181st day of 1997 and the 10th day of summer. Today's history: On this day in 1971, the 26th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified as Ohio became the 38th state to approve it. The amendment lowered the minimum voting age to 18. On this date in 1859, French acrobat Blondin (born Jean Francois Gravelet) crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope as 5,000 spectators watched. Today's birthdays: Singer Lena Horne is 80. Actor Tony Musante is 61. Singer Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band) is 53. Jazz musician Stanley Clarke is '16. Rock musician Hal Linctes (Dire Straits) is 44. Actor Vincent D'Onofrio is 38. Rock musician Tom Drummond (Better Than Ezra) is 38. Boxer Mike Tyson is 31. Actor-comedian David Alan Grieris42. Today's quote: "Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young."—Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, English dramatist (18551934). Have a news tip? Call 946-7463 the Alfimtra itrrnr frtsent In me Spotlignt £± BUDDY NEWTON Company; Fiore Toyota VW Audi Title; Sales Person Age: 23 Hometown: Punta Gorda, Florida Current Residence, Altoona Family ; Wife - Lisa, Dogs - (Dalmatian: Mickey, Schnauzer: Minnie) Fint Job, Nightingales Restaurant Punta Gorda, FL, Hottilet. Hunting, Archery. Pel Peeve: Being Late Favorite TV Show: Home Improvement Person You Admire Most My Father-in- Law George Favorite Oldie/Oldies Band; Elvis rra fD«n>* Ink•*'<*• ^ , . ruvorne uioief Favorite Kg-Out Foot. Pizza (Papa John's) FavorrteSfort/Team: Football/Miami Dolphins &£?*££. jr£"» e ' l ! W 2?, ffll " * ouia You B " Rlng° Starr treated! *»»'.»«»'»* Treat people the way you want to be Ik?r* n t!X>** W « My Wife in a sma " cabln with " r «P"»« along aqulet stream In the Montana Rockies, y meJe." *"** About Younelf " y F/c»t Car. 73 Super Beetle VW " *'«**•"£ Chocolate n Describes Yov. Dependable NEWSPAPER CONTEST Presented by. Instructions: Please read and complete the activity below. (Parents or others may helpyou!)Thenc]ipouithe coupon and fill it out. Sendyour work and (he completed coupon to: Reading Rainbow, WPSX-TV, 203 Wagner Building, University Park, PA 16802. Channel 3 will send you a prize for each completed activity. Prizes provided by McDonald's and Troll Book Fairs. Activity for Week 1 June 30-July 4 Everybody has a hometown— whether ii is the town where you were born or the town where you live now and call home. Write a paragraph or two about your homelown. What makes it special? Why do you like living there? What kind of annual events are held that you look forward to every year? Then go to (he newspaper and find an article about something thai happened in your hometown. Send it in to WPSX! READING RAINBOW ACTIVITY COUPON FOR WEEI< Picase try (o send in the activily wilhin two weeks. #1 My name is_ Myao'drcssis_ I am years old and go lo This week's Secret Password is: _school. 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