WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1993 Valley Living THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL To report local newt tetophom MaurMn Connor-Rica, 498-3526 Books for the kids: A variety of choices By Tht Associated Press William Wegman loves Wei- maraners! His large-format color Polaroid photos of his dogs have been seen by children in Wegman's videos on the popular "Sesame Street" television show, as well as in galleries and museums. For bis interpretation of the classic fairy tale, "Cinderella," Wegman used a cast of 17 Weimar-. aners and numerous sets, including one scene of puppies pulling a carriage that Wegman said required "over 30 takes." Adults and children alike will howl at the photographs (and the story line). In one scene, a haughty "stepsister" reclines on the couch as a weary "Cinderella," wearing a .housedress, does the cleaning. In some photos, the dogs appear with human hands. Wegman plans a series of "Fay's Fairy Tales." The story of "Little Red Riding Hood" is next. "Cotton Mill Town" by Kathleen Hershey is the story of a little girl's summer with her grandma in a Southern textile town. It's a season the child loves — a time alone with her grandmother with days for picking berries and swimming "until the sunset turns the water gold." The warm days of picking peaches and starry summer nights finally end for the child, who returns to the city and her mother. Saying goodbye to Grandma is made easier by her mother's decision to allow the girl to bring a kitten, named Cotton, back home. Rich illustrations are by Jeanette Winter, artist of "Diego," which in 1991 was named one of the New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books. Here's a sweet little book that helps young children learn the letters of the alphabet. It's "Charlie's ABC" by Nona Hatay. Malay's eye-catching, hand- colored photographs help children identify everyday objects — such as ice cream, a mirror and quilt — by their correct name. Each photograph clearly isolates, in color, the object named in the text, leaving the background in black and white. For example, the pink "i" in the word "ice cream" matches the pink ice cream shown in a toddler's hand — and dripping down the child's face. The orange "o" in the word "oranges" matches the stack of oranges shown in the picture. Hatay is a professional photographer who uses several different techniques, including multiprint- ing, solarization and highlighting black-and-white photos by hand- coloring. Toddlers will easily identify the child shown in the pictures. Russian scientists visiting In Ukiah have enjoyed a lot of activities, including a tour of the Ukiah Daily Journal. From left are Alexander Nevolin-Laopatin, Anatoly Vos- Roly Shaipc-Bnih/Hie Daily Journal kresensky and Alexander Belokhvostov. Production foreman, Vic Martinez, right, shows them how plates are made. Russians have high time In search of help, they find entertainment, friendship By CAROLE HESTER for The Journal T hree Russian scientists from St. Petersburg visited Willits and Ukiah recently. Two of them — Alexander Belokhvostov and Anatoly Voskresensky — have discovered a specific DNA fragment which is present in cells of all mammals, including human, but does not appear in blood plasma of healthy organisms. This fragment is present in the blood fluid only when cancer is present somewhere in the body. Their discovery of this fragment, located in blood plasma, found that the fragment may be identified long before tumor formation. Early diagnosis of cancer can now take place with routine screening. The third scientist, Alexander Nevolin-Laopatin, a research scientist in the immunology department of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Academy of Science, is working in research on some modification for DNA of the AIDS virus and related viruses, such as Citomegalo virus or herpes. For example, when a pregnant woman exhibits symptoms of the herpes virus group, it could be an early indication of the AIDS virus. His doctorate is in immunology. Nevolin-Laopatin said that his country began automatic testing for HIV virus back in 1983, when the first case was discovered. Ever since, automatic testing has been applied to all foreign people, the homeless, prostitutes, criminals and pregnant women. The two Alexanders are each called Sasha. The names are further clarified by "Big Sasha" and "Little Sasha." Sasha is the nickname for Alexander and Alexandria. Belokhvostov has a doctor's degree in biochemstry and is head of the Gene Engineering Group at the Institute of Military Medicine in St. Petersburg. Voskresensky, who has a doctorate in microbiology, is the senior research scientist and assistant head of Gene Engineering with Belokhvostov. The three Russians came to America at the invitation of Val Papadin in Willits. Papadin, also Russian, has lived here seven years. He invited Nevolin-Lopatin, his friend, to come visit him here. Papadin laughed as he said, "True to Russian style, he (Nevolin- Lopatin) invited two friends along also — at my expense." A ticket to the U.S. would have cost the scientists two years salary. The two scientists who discovered the early diagnosis test for cancer hope to locate and secure a patent and market for their test. The analysis procedure takes about five hours and approximate price is about $100. This means that if they are able to secure a market for the simple blood test, that current methods of discovering tumors will be out-dated, because detection could take place as much as a year earlier than current testing procedures. The scientists claim their test is fast, 100 percent accurate, for early detection of cancer, long before visual confirmation of tumors can take place. Voskresensky and Belokhvostov are paid a higher salary than Nevolin-Lopatin because their institute pays higher. They earn all of $20 a month. In some ways, the scientists feel they are ahead of their U.S. counterparts in research, having forged ahead even though their Russian techonology was behind the U.S. In other ways, all three agree their equipment is rusty and old; they even have difficulty locating test tubes for their research. They visited a laboratory in San Francisco and were amazed at the quality of equipment available for the researchers there. In talking about their country, they related sad stories about the declining health of the general populace due to poor nutrition and lack of food. They talked about the emergence of a Russian mafia prowling the streets of the large cities, with their weapons in hand. But they also talked about the safety of the smaller cities and villages in their vast country. They are eating their fill of fresh fruit while here, especially bananas, strawberries, pineapple and grapes. One of the men said, "Only children are given fruit because it is so expensive. The milk our children receive is given at school, courtesy of the United States government (powdered milk)." All three Russians agreed that although there is some fear that communism may re-emerge, most of the populace does not want communism back in power. Even though this transition period of Russian history is turbulent and difficult, most all countrymen agree that life will be better with the freedom they now enjoy. They attended a production of Ukiah Civic Light Opera and Mendocino College, "H.M.S. Pinafore" — a musical comedy — and were thoroughly enchanted by the antics, music and set. Nevolin- Lopatin's grandfather was an actor in the silent movies — and was an actor in Russia's first film. He was very interested in the production. Belokhvostov said he had seen American musicals "at the cinema or on television, but the actors always made small gestures. On the stage in your production, there was much movement." It was explained to him that acting in front of a camera required a different technique than on stage. Voskresensky, with his hand over his heart, said, "This 'musica' fills my heart. I am very happy to have seen this." Health Avoiding the sodium trap By DR. RICHARD F. JONES III President, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Most Americans can't resist a salty snack: chips with TV, peanuts with baseball, popcorn with movies. Even excluding snacks, the American fondness for preprocessed, cured, and fast foods has made this country a world leader in salt consumption. Table salt, or sodium chloride, is an essential nutrient required by the body to help regulate the balance of fluids, transmit nerve signals, and contract muscles. Although there is no Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for sodium, most nutrition experts recommend that healthy adults consume at least 500 milligrams a day. Most Americans consume many times that amount. Excess dietary sodium has been linked to certain health problems. A number of studies have suggested thai salt contributes to the development of high blood pros- ; sure. Not all people are affected in the same way by salt, but since we don't have any way of identifying ' "salt-sensitive" individuals, it is wise to cut back on sodium to • reduce your chances of high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease. Salt also plays a role in swelling < and fluid retention. Women tend to notice this effect more than men * because they often experience pre- , menstrual bloating and swelling. Because the body retains fluid to dilute dietary sodium, salt restriction is an effective way to reduce ' this water weight. Sodium is well-hidden in many foods. Often people become so • accustomed to a salty flavor that , they have difficulty recognizing foods high in salt. Foods to watch out for include almost anything pre-prcpared and packaged— frozen dinners, canned soup, and bottled sauces and condiments. Choose fresh foods and low-salt varieties instead. Cured or treated food, such as bacon, ham, and smoked fish, are other salt- saturated foods to avoid. Most brands of butter and margarine also . contain sodium. Some people who arc used to consuming salty fare find foods bland when they limit the amount ' of salt in their cooking or added at • the table. If you stick to a low-salt . diet, however, you probably will soon get used to the natural flavor of your meals. After a while, you may even find excess salt ' distasteful. Unless you have special doctor's orders, you don't need to analyze .' every morsel of food before you put it into your mouth to make sure it isn't a hidden salt mine. By all means, treat yourself to an occasional salt-laden delight. But if you change your regular eating habits to include less sodium and more fresh foods, you will have a healthier overall diet and help reduce your risk of disease. Community news notes Jim McKell Art teacher shows slides Ukiah High School art teacher, Jim McKell, will give a slide presentation May 11 at the Mendocino County Art Association meeting. "The Art of Seeing" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. following the 7 o'clock meeting at the Ukiah Methodist Church, 270 N. Pine Ave. McKell has taught art in the Ukiah Unified School District for the past 24 years, most of those years at Pomolita. He recently returned to the high school when Pomolita discontinued its arts program due to budget cuts. Art is all around us, McKell emphasizes, and an awareness of the elements of line, color, form and texture found in nature and in manmade items can heighten appreciation of everyday experiences. Jazz bands score The Pomolita Jazz Band returned from the University of Nevada's Reno International Jazz Festival with a fourth place award as well as one superior and two excellent ratings. Instructor Mike Shepherd also is a member of the Mendocino College Jazz Band which placed second in college competition. The Pomolita Jazz Band will play at the Mendo-Lake Music Festival and May Faire on May 12. For more information, call 744-1384. Flea market in RV The Redwood Valley Grange will have a flea market 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Grange Hall, 8650 East Road in Redwood Valley. Tables are available for $5. A light lunch will be available. Endurance rides set Have you ever wondered about endurance riding as a sport for you and your horse? There will be 25-mile and 50-mile endurance rides Saturday at the Dunlap Campground, 16 miles west of Willits on Highway 20. This is an opportunity to get away from the city and enjoy the spring. For more information, call 485-0814. Joint meeting scheduled The Ukiah chapter of United We Stand America will hold a joint meeting with Willits members Friday, Lou Ellen's Restaurant, 251 E. Commerecial St., Willits. The no-host luncheon begins at noon with the meeting at 12:30 p.m. The agenda includes a report on the upcoming election of officers in Mendocino County, details of formation of chapters in the county and future plans regarding national issues. Committees will be formed to take action on the deficit/debt problem, membership recruitment and the North American Free Trade Agreement. The citizens movement is an offshoot of the Ross Perot for President campaign of last year. Newcomers are welcome to join the group. Call 462-2565 for more information. Covelo holds field days Covelo Future Farmers of America will hold field days Saturday and Sunday. A 6:30 a.m. fly-in breakfast Saturday is followed by a parade down the center of town at 10. Grand marshals for the event are Art and Linda Anderson who have been active in Covelo most of the years since the 1970s. Linda Anderson is secretary at the Farm Bureau and Mendociho County Cattle women's secretary. Art Anderson is vice president of the Community Center, vice president of the American Legion, vice president of the Farm Bureau, member of the Ag Advisory Committee and director on the water board. At noon, the grand entry will start, followed by gymkhana. At 8 a.m. on Sunday, there will be a horse show followed by a top sirloin barbecue at 11:30 The grand entry starts at 1 p.m., then the junior rodeo. Deal with today's stress "How to Prevent Hardening of the Attitude" will be presented at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Fine Arts Building at Redwood Empire Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the Nursing Department at Ukiah Valley Medical Center as part of National Nurses Week, the speaker will be educator and humorist Loretta LaRoche. She will illustrate the powerful relationship between thoughts, feelings and behavior. Most importantly, she will teach proven techniques for dealing with life's stresses. It will be a morning of laughs and insights into strategies for handling the changing world, the unknown future and the challenges of living in these times. A $45 registration fee includes all handouts and refreshments. Wheelchair access is available. This is open to the public. Call 462-3111, ext. 2302, for more information and registration. Lions give library $300 Tim Schmadeke recently presented a $300 check to the Henry Bates, Mendocino County Library director, from the Redwood Empire Lions Club. Schmadeke is the second vice president of the club. The money will be used to buy large print and audio recorded books for the Ukiah Library. Flea market set in Lake Upper Lake Bachelor Valley Grange will hold a flea bazaar, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday on Government Street in Upper Lake. The Mad Jazz and Friends Choir j- of Upper Lake High School will play music to raise money to purchase uniforms, performance items and music for their programs. There will be garage sale items, , crafts, tools, plants, coffee, doughnuts, hot dogs and cold drinks on sale. Indoor tables rent for $10, out- . door spots are $7. Proceeds will : help support Grange programs and , the Mad Jazz and Friends. < Call 274-1307 information. for more "If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray...." 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