MONDAY, MAY 3,1993 Valley Living THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL To rtport local «•*• ««ph«o« M«uf«*» Connor-Bio, W-MM Scouts put skills to use The 1993 Scout-A-Rama was Saturday at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds. Area Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts demonstrated various skills they have learned through scouting. Clockwise from top, Scouts from Troop 50 build a fire without matches and Justin Sawyer of Troop 91 builds a bird feeder. Members of Troop 77 lash poles together and tie knots to build a climbing tower. Visitor Jodi Averett paints an airplane made ofpopsicle sticks and clothes pins. Jason Brooks of Troop 41 works on his own plane. Photos by Roly Sharpe-Brash Cleft palate correction enhanced By DR. COURT B. CUTT1NQ Th« Associated Pr«M Recently developed surgical techniques are enabling children with cleft lip and palate to begin school on an equal footing with their peers and avoid the trauma that often accompanies the deformity. Cleft palate is a partial or complete splitting of the roof of the mouth — or palate — into two or three parts. The defect causes a splaying of the lips and nose when associated with cleft lip. Relatively new techniques involve cranio-facial orthodontists, working in consultation with plastic surgeons, to properly position the gums before corrective surgery is performed. To push the two segments of the palate together, orthodontists fit infants with a molding plate, a den- turelike device that exerts gentle pressure on the palate and the nose when they nurse. After this process, during the baby's third month, the plastic surgeon can repair the lip, nose and gums. These repairs position the features in a way so that they will grow normally. Closure of the lip is now almost routine, although care must be taken to match muscles on either side of the lip. Other problems associated with cleft palates are ear infections or hearing loss. These problems occur due to the disconnection of muscles that control (he opening of the eus- tachian tube with a consequent buildup of fluid. Tubes in the ear are often required to avoid infection by bypassing the eustachian tube and permitting air to circulate behind the eardrums. The need for the tube is often outgrown at about 7 years of age. The nose also can be extremely deformed as the separation of the lip pulls it down and flat on the cleft side. , „.. t . ,-;. ...f, • Prior to the introduction of new techniques for infant nasal repair, little could be done to fix the nose properly until children are well into their teens. Further surgery to close the back of the palate is generally performed between the ages of 11 and 14 months, when children begin to form words. If the palate is closed too soon, the roof of the mouth can scar and prevent the development of the upper jaw. A later closing of the palate can cause children to misleam speech and can lead to the development of a characteristic, difficult-to- understand speech pattern known as cleft palate speech. The pattern develops because children are unable to produce sounds normally and compensate by building up air pressure at the base of the tongue. If speech is affected, a speech pathologist should be consulted as soon as possible because altering speech patterns can become more difficult as children get older. Dr. Court B. Cutting is associate professor of plastic surgery at New York University Medical Center. College Mts tht fashion Don't miss the Spring Fashion show at Mendocino College, presented by the Career Center and the epartment from noon to 2 pjn., May 14 at E.O.P.S. the Courtyard Stage on the Ukiah campus, 1000 Hensley Creek Road in Ukiah. Refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. For information call the Mendocino College Career Center at 468-3044 or 468-304S. Poster winners announced The fifth-grade class of Redwood Valley School participated in a "Clean air" poster contest sponsored by the American Lung Association in Ukiah. May is National Clean Air Month, prompting the association to employ the poster contest to alert youngsters to the problems of air pollution. The contest was titled "Practical Ways to Prevent Air Pollution." Winners from Marilyn Dickens' class were Elil- labetb JaramUlo, first place; Jeannette Sager, second and Raeshele Mayfktd, third. Each participating pupil earned a special certificate of appreciation presented by Marie Betake, a director on the board of the American Lung Association. The posters will be on display at the Mendocino Book Company and Ukiah Valley Medical Center through May 28. Variety is key to Mexican party The Oak Manor Parent Teachers Association will hold its second annual Cinco De Mayo celebration Wednesday at the school. K-Wine personality Zack Williams will be there announcing events such as sack races and other entertainment There will be game booths, performances, live music, authentic Mexican food, concession booths, shaved ice, nachos, drinks and popcorn. Proceeds will be used for various programs including books for the library, student achievement awards, money for class field trips, software/ hardware for the computer lab, educational assemblies, authors' tea. Other areas benefitting or items to be bought include physical education equipment, severely handicapped class, garden lab, special reading, halloween carnival, science fair ribbons, geography bee, field day popsicles, founder's day and other events. RV water district plans meeting The next meeting of the board of directors of Redwood Valley County Water District is 7 p.m. Thursday at the district office, 8961 Colony Drive in Redwood Valley. The public is invited. Computer club meets in RV The next meeting of the Tech-Net computer club will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the Baptist Church, West Road and Ellen Lynn in Redwood Valley. Meetings are free and membership is $10. Call 485-1163 for more information. Religious gather for silent prayer The National Day of Prayer will be celebrated at noon Thursday at the Ukiah Civic Center, 300 Seminary Ave. The community will gather for only IS minutes in front of the center for silent prayer. Local coordinator Tom MacMillan of the First Baptist Church said about 10 churches were represented last year, with more than 75 people attending. People across the country will be setting aside time on Thursday to pray. For more information, call 462-2779. Low-cost pet vaccinations offered The Humane Society for Inland Mendoctoo County will have a low-cost vaccination clinic at the Pet Fair 10 to 11:30 ajn. Sam/day at the Ukiah High School campus. Cats must be in camera and dogs on leashes, according to Isa Browne, operations "wtyeT Dr. Mack-Fisher will be the vaeriowiiw giving the shots. Animals will be available far Mfcptkn between 10:30 a.m. and 3 pjn. For more information, call 462-16*5. 40-year reunion coming up The Ukiah High Class of 1953 will takd u* 40-y class reunion July 24 at the Ukiah Elks Club, Hastings Road. A decorating party begins at 2 p.m., no-how wxslt- tails at 6 follwed by dinner at 7. There are a few classmates still not located. They include Sally Olds, Wilfred Buell, James Womacfc, Paul Barker, Janice Freeman Bumette, Carolyn Wright, Richard Boswell, Diane Hayter, Adeline Young, Donald Buck, Frank Smith and Gertrude McMmn Smith. Anyone who knows their whereabouts should call 462-6261. Workshop planned at Marlposa A special workshop for parents, educators and others who work with children is planned Thursday, 6 p.m., at Mariposa School, 3800 Low Gap Road. Jan Bachtold and Dorothy Gayle will instruct the workshop titled, "Sharing Nature with Children." They are both instructors at the school. Participants will have an opportunity to learn tips and techniques for creating a variety of nature experiences on the 65-acre campus. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for creek areas. There is no charge for the workshop, but registration is limited. Call 462-1016. Take Mom to the Iris show Sunday The Redwood Iris Society will hold its annual Iris Show Sunday at Pomolita School. Entries are accepted in the morning up until 10:29; the publk can visit between 1 and 5 p.m. Admission is free. - v , There will be a change in the way the exhibits are tet up this year, they will be arranged by color instead 'A alphabetically. The *faow is traditionally held near Mother's Day — ifati year it is on Mother's Day. AV seniors hold brunch Sunday There will be a Mother's Day Brunch Sunday, 9:30 a-m., at the Anderson Valley Senior Center, Veteran's Building in Boonville. On the menu will be quiche, home fries, fruit salad, homemade breads and muffins plus fresh orange juice, local apple juice, coffee and tea. There also will be live music. For more information, call 895-3609. Proceeds will benefit the Anderson Valley Senior Center.
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