Concern For Animals Seeks Volunteers

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Concern for AnimalsDid you know last year Concern for Animals distributed about 15,000 pounds of dry food, 3800 cans and served 342 people?This program has become vital to our community, helping to keep families together.  Please help us keep the program going.CFA needs a few volunteers to help out with our Pet Food Bank.  We are looking for people who might want to come every week or alternate weeks to suit your schedule.  You will be assisting the office manager, JoAnne, and duties may include: helping welcome pet owners, preparing food donations, possibly carrying light bags (although not required), and keeping the food bank organized.Our Food Bank is open every Monday from 4:15-4:45pm, so staffing is required from about 4:00-5:00pm in the parking lot of Rick’s Automotive, 3531 Pacific Avenue.  This is behind the old Phyl’s Furniture building, and also off Fones Road.If interested or have any questions, please email Sarah@concernforanimals.org or call 360-480-7756.  Thanks!last_img read more

Macular Degeneration: What Should I Be Taking?

first_imgSubmitted by Dr. Penny Reck for Clarus Eye CenterIf you have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), questions regarding vitamin supplements and nutrition may frequently pop in your head.  As a vitreoretinal specialist and surgeon, I frequently hear this from patients with AMD.   Below I will address the vitamin supplementation recommended for AMD patients, along with good dietary choices.AMD and Vitamins:“Doc, should I be taking special eye vitamins?  If so, what kind?”  If you do not have AMD, there is not a study that recommends a special formulation developed specifically for the eye.  If you have AMD, then the answer is, “Maybe, it depends.”  What does it depend on?  A few factors, such as:Your stage of AMDAMD is classified as nonexudative (“dry”) or exudative (“wet”)There are 3 stages in dry AMD:  early, intermediate, advancedWet AMD is classified as advancedWhether or not you have the advanced stage of AMD in one eyeYour smoking status Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 If you have intermediate AMD in either eye or have any form of advanced AMD in one of your eyes, then the vitamin supplementation is recommended according to the Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS or AREDS2) that were performed by the National Eye Institute (NEI) to slow progression of disease.  However, if you are a smoker, the AREDS2 formulation is recommended due to the removal of supplemental beta-carotene in the newer AREDS2 formula.  Prior studies have demonstrated an increased risk of lung cancer in smokers associated with taking supplemental high doses of beta-carotene.More detailed information regarding AREDS and AREDS2 can be found at the NEI’s website.AMD and NutritionWhat should you be eating?  Studies performed prior to the AREDS studies showed that eating foods rich in the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, can also help decrease your risk of AMD.  Carotenoids are organic pigments found in nature that provide a variety of functions.  In humans they act as antioxidants and have a protective function against oxidative processes that can injure the cells in the retina, such as the degenerative process that occurs in AMD.Green leafy vegetables (such as spinach, kale, collard greens) are high in lutein, but several foods of other colors (such as corn, oranges, orange peppers, squash, red grapes) also carry high percentages of carotenoids.  Therefore, it is important to try to eat a variety of different colors of produce in your diet.Additional Info and ResourcesHere are some additional informative resources:The National Eye InstituteAmerican Macular Degeneration FoundationSaving Vision (online resource provided by the American Society of Retinal Specialists)Get Eye Smart.org (eye health information from the American Academy of Ophthalmologists)Eye Wiki (online “eye encyclopedia” written by eye physicians and surgeons)last_img read more

John Erwin Remodeling Helps Seniors Stay in Their Home

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0 John Erwin puts his leg up on the desk. The doctor says he has to keep it elevated. His foot is wrapped and there’s a walking boot behind his chair. The forty something Erwin hurt himself playing basketball.  He’s also got a fractured hand which makes getting around on crutches difficult.The experience has taught Erwin a valuable lesson. “Make it easy to get around your house,” he says.  This is good advice considering Erwin is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). He’s also the owner of a remodeling company which bears his name.A CAPS contractor helps older folks stay in their homes longer by making the home more accessible.  This usually consists of small changes like adding grab bars or lowering the curb on showers. Comfort height  toilets are a good idea for anyone with mobility problems. These toilets are taller and require less bending. Says Erwin, “if you have a bad knee, ankle, or hip the difference between a regular toilet and comfort toilet makes all the difference in the world.”Erwin tells me a story about trying to feed his dog while nursing an injured hand and foot. The dog food is in his garage at the bottom of some steps. Needless to say he’s thinking about moving everything into the laundry room. There are other easy fixes like putting a shelf next to the front door or switching from knob handles to lever handles. The goal is to improve safety without making your home feel like a hospital or nursing home.For more information about CAPS visit the John Erwin Remodeling website by clicking here or calling 360-705-2938.last_img read more

Experience the World in Your Backyard at Lacey’s Ethnic Celebration

first_imgFacebook41Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Jeannette Sieler, Recreation Supervisor for the City of LaceyWhere can you experience the sights, sounds, tastes, colors, cultures, and customs from around the world without purchasing a plane ticket or even spending much on gas?  At the Ethnic Celebration right here in Lacey on Saturday, March 10. This year will see the largest participation ever, offering a wide variety of groups who are excited to share their culture and heritage with each other and with the next generation. In addition to 2 stages of ongoing dancers, drummers, and bands there are 64 different vendors and resource booths as well as hands-on activities for children.  This year, we are bringing back the passport activity for children, they can pick up their passport and collect stamps from the various ‘countries’ at the event to win a prize!At this free event happening March 10 at Saint Martin’s University, see performances from all over the world. Photo courtesy: City of Lacey.“We are very excited about some of the new groups we have participating this year!” Shares Jordy Beasley, Lacey Parks & Recreation Event Coordinator. “Among the 18 performers one new group, Bong Lang Ruam Jai, will share Thailand sound and dancing with some unique instruments, and we have some fun new vendors including Roxana Hart who is traveling from Mexico to share her handmade textiles and wood/clay/leather/tin products.  We will also have Fancy Accent Tea Company representing the home of tea time, Great Britain. Bring your appetite because we have 9 food vendors offering food from Creole, Greek, South Korea, Holland, Mexico, Spain, Vietnam, Germany and more!” our favorite new food is the South Korean Ice Cream Cane!” says Beasley, “It’s a cane/cone made with corn puffed at a very high temperature so the cone is light and crunchy but will rarely get soggy!One of the best things about the event is that it is free!  Free admission, free parking, entertainment, and activities are all free.  There is a cost for food and to purchase items from any of the vendors.  The variety of cultures represented in our own community is amazing and the Ethnic Celebration allows various groups a chance to dress in their traditional costumes and share dances, songs, and music as they teach them to their children who perform alongside them on the stage or share with others at their group’s booth.  To see children proudly wearing elaborate clothing of their ancestors and repeating the dances and songs they have learned from their parents is so exciting and for those that just come to soak in the culture it is a feast of colors, sounds and flavor from all over the world.The Ethnic Celebration has been held in Lacey since 2011, prior to that it was held in downtown Olympia for over 20 years.For some of the groups that perform at the event it is an educational piece that brings them together, not their own ethnicity, like the River Ridge High School Taiko Ensemble led by instructor John Theine.  The group is made up of students that rehearse once a week and have also spent a lot of time actually building the drums they use.  They boast a full complement of 15 drums including a Hira Daiko measuring over 5 feet in diameter and have added bamboo instruments as well as Japanese Shakuhachi flutes.Many other groups are made up of families that embrace their own ethnicity and culture and strive to pass that down to their own children through social activities and gatherings that give them the opportunity to learn dances and songs that they can practice and perform as well as dressing in traditional costumes and showing their pride in their own heritage.  Some of these performers include the India South Sound Association and the Vietnamese Buddhist Youth Association from Lien Hoa Buddhist Temple.  This last group always thrills the crowd with the amazing Lion Dance, will be performing at 12:10 p.m.With all kinds of activities, including the popular Passport activity for kids, the Lacey Ethnic Celebration is fun for the whole family.The Ethnic Celebration strengthens our community, economy, and individual health.  No man is an island.  We belong to families, work groups, neighborhoods, a community…This event provides opportunities for us to know one another and have positive contacts with each other.  The dancing, crafting, and skills shared at the event are all a part of recreation and enhanced community as well as individual wellbeing.A variety of groups and businesses help to make the Ethnic Celebration possible including Saint Martin’s University, North Thurston Public Schools, the Nisqually Tribe, Lacey Collision Center, Olympia Federal Savings, Molina Healthcare, Showcase Magazine, Oly Arts Magazine, NPR Radio, and 94.5 ROXY.Lacey’s Ethnic CelebrationSaturday, March 10, 201810:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.FREESaint Martin’s University (5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey)last_img read more

Watch: Hardik Pandya apologises to brother Krunal after almost knocking his head off in…

first_imgAdvertisement l5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6o157Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4gq( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ihrpWould you ever consider trying this?😱8e7Can your students do this? 🌚jy4eRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Pandya brothers have been selected in the squad for the three-match T20I series against South Africa which starts on 15 September at Dharamshala. And the duo appears to be working very hard to deliver their best. In a video shared by Hardik, the brothers are seen to be enjoying their practice session until Hardik smashed the ball so hard that Krunal narrowly escaped from being hit on his head.Advertisement On Wednesday, Hardik posted a video on Twitter from the practice session in which he can be seen smashing his spinner brother all around the park. During one such instance Hardik tried to dispatch the ball straight down the ground, and Krunal, the bowler had to quickly move away from in order to save himself from the hit.Advertisement “Pandya vs Pandya in training I think I won that round big bro @krunalpandya24 P.S: Sorry for almost knocking your head off,” Hardik wrote.Krunal in response, tried to troll his younger brother as Hardik wasn’t able to manage one of his ball in another video.“Hahaha it’s all cool bro but why didn’t you upload this video?” Krunal tweeted. The younger Pandya has been brought in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the upcoming series against The Proteas after being rested for the recently concluded West Indies tour. Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal full back Kieran Tierney with a touching gesture to teen who had his…

first_imgAdvertisement bhgaNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9xrkWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2ngae( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 295Would you ever consider trying this?😱5mj8jjCan your students do this? 🌚lm8aRoller skating! Powered by Firework Kieran Tierney, the latest Arsenal signing from Celtic is already winning hearts in North London after his touching gesture for a young Arsenal fan who was attacked by bullies for wearing an Arsenal home kit.Advertisement The wingback sent the young fan Jack Staniard, a kit with his name and number on the back with a heart-touching note.Advertisement Tierney’s note read: “Dear Jack, I understand that you have been through a tough time recently and experienced things most people don’t.“That must have been very upsetting for you and on behalf of everyone at Arsenal Football Club I send you our very best wishes.Advertisement “It’s sad to hear that you’ve been through what you have, and I can’t even begin to imagine the pain and suffering you have endured.“I hope you make a full recovery physically and mentally and please keep me updated on your progress.”He added: “I heard you’re a big Arsenal fan which we truly appreciate and thank you for your support.”The schoolboy said: “I think Kieran is amazing – I had no idea until my mum sent me a picture of him with the top.“I didn’t believe her at first and then it later arrived with the letter.“I’d like to thank him very much for what he did for me. I’m a fan of both Arsenal and Tierney.“I’ve known who he is since he started playing for Celtic. I know where he’s from and some of my mates have met him and said he’s a really nice guy.”The attack is not disclosed and is unclear as it is an ongoing case. Local police have arrested a 15 year old responsible for the bullying of Jack.Kieran Tierney is Scotland’s most expensive player of all time but his gestures have been priceless. Advertisementlast_img read more

Pool Named for Ranney School Teacher

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnTINTON FALLS – Emmett Walling is a much beloved part of the Ranney School community and now he has an aquatic center named after him to prove it.Ranney School teacher Emmett Walling, second from left, and Lawrence S. Sykoff, head of school, use scissors to cut the ribbon for the Walling Aquatic Center as Walling’s wife Jackie, left, and Athletic Director Thomas Moriau look on.The Hope Road school dedicated its swimming pool and aquatic center in the name of the teacher/coach, who is in his 33rd year there. The special ceremony to honor Walling was held on the school’s track Friday, Oct. 5, and was attended by most of the school’s 800 students, faculty and staff.The bright hot sunny day had nothing on the warmth radiated by the crowd toward Walling. Smiles were plentiful and applause punctuated speeches and fond remembrances.Walling was obviously proud of the honor bestowed on him. It was the first time in the school’s history that a facility was named after a staff member. When he was told about the naming of the facility last spring, he said he was overwhelmed.“I could not even put it into words,” the 62-year-old teacher said prior to the ceremony. “I’m a very humble person. I’m not a chatterbox but words just can’t express … it’s just so great to know that in years to come my name will be connected with a pool that has meant so much to so many kids already.“It’s very, very exciting,” Walling said. “It’s rare that someone stays this long but when you find something this good, you stick with it. This is a very special place.”Walling says he loves what he does. “Every day is a challenge. I’ve got 3-year-olds right up to 18-year-olds. For a teacher, it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Walling who, as the Ranney School swimming teacher, has taught every student the school has enrolled since he started in 1980. He’s the only teacher in the school with that distinction.Walling, a Middletown native who now lives in Manasquan, learned to swim at Shadow Lake, where he lived as a child. “It was important for me to learn how to swim,” he said.  He is from a family of Belford Harbor lobstermen. “They made their money taking things out of the water. I’ve earned my living, supported my family, by putting things into the water,” he said with a laugh.Ranney swim coach Emmett Walling shares a moment with his wife Jackie before the dedication ceremony.He and his wife Jackie, who is a teacher in Ocean­port, are the parents of Kaitlin, a police officer in Cranbury, and 24-year-old twins, Emmett and Elizabeth.Walling is known as a patient instructor and coach who is trusted and respected by the children he teaches.“He has developed kids not just as swimmers but as people too,” said Valerie Francois, the school’s director of strategic marketing and communications.Thomas Moriau, Ranney’s athletic director, calls Walling “one of the most dedicated educators I know.“No one deserves this honor more,” Moriau said. “We have (an aquatic) facility second to none in Monmouth and Ocean counties and it’s because of him … Our students love to swim for this man.”Lawrence S. Sykoff, Ranney head of school, spoke of the “extraordinary work of this great man.” He recalled that Walling arrived on campus in 1980, the year the pool opened. After 32 years, “that pool has earned a name, a very special name.“Mr. Walling has guided hundreds of students to take their first plunge to learn to swim” and has made those lessons enjoyable for those he has taught, Sykoff said.The head of school said Walling was the embodiment of the school’s motto: “Know­ledge, Vision and Honor.”Senior Veronika Fischer, 17, of Rumson told those gathered to honor Walling that the swim coach was someone who worked six days a week, recognized students’ strengths when they couldn’t, sang Christmas carols with them when they practiced “and reminds us that it’s just a race.“Mr. Walling just doesn’t want us to swim our fastest, he wants us to swim our best,” Fischer said. “Mr. Walling teaches us that if you truly want something, you will have to work hard every day.”As the student turned toward Walling she told him, “There is no one who deserves this more than you do.”Doreen Fowlkes, a teacher at the school for the past 25 years, applauded her fellow educator. “It’s easy to identify why we are gathered here,” she said. “He’s not only being recognized for his 32 years at Ranney School, he’s being recognized for his character and for his professionalism.”Walling, who was hailed for his devotion to the school and its swim program and his determination to build the aquatic center now named after him into a top-notch facility, expects to spend another two years at Ranney School. At that time, after 35 years at the private school, he said he expects to retire along with his wife.last_img read more

Fort Monmouth Not to Be Ebola Site

first_imgBy Laura D.C. KolnoskiFort Monmouth is not envisioned to be a treatment center for Ebola, and no medical treatment for it is contemplated to occur on the premises, Dept. of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez told local officials in a recent letter.Commissioner Velez said that Fort Monmouth “would only be utilized as one possible location to temporarily house out-of-state, asymptomatic travelers for the duration of their quarantine period,” or until transportation can be arranged to the travelers home state.But State Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-13) thinks that utilizing the state’s empty hospital beds for temporary quarantine would be a much better option than Fort Monmouth.“The senator believes that instead of sending folks to Fort Monmouth for quarantine, the state should be sending them to the thousands of hospital beds currently available,” said Tony Perry, Sen. Kyrillos’ Director of Legislative Affairs. “On average, 27 percent of hospital beds sit vacant, so they should be using the facilities currently available for asymptomatic travelers.”Fort Monmouth and other locations were designated as a potential quarantine site for asymptomatic out-of-state travelers arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport by the Dept. last October, citing its suitability for reasons of safety and privacy.Commissioner Velez said that local and county officials, along with members of the Fort Monmouth Economic Redevelopment Authority (FMERA) overseeing the fort’s redevelopment, were made aware of the plan when it was formulated by NJ Gov. Chris Christie and NY Gov. Mario Cuomo last October.“The senator was very upset and disappointed he was not alerted or made aware of the original decision (to quarantine those returning from West Africa at Fort Monmouth),” Perry said.“He has not discussed the latest letter from Commissioner Velez with the Monmouth County delegation directly yet, other than Senator [Jennifer] Beck,” Perry said. “Both Senator Kyrillos and Senator Beck are still not convinced Fort Monmouth is the right place and hope the issue will be revisited in the near future.”While officials and FMERA members were aware of the fort’s selection as an Ebola quarantine site, they had appealed to the U.S. Army, which still technically owns the fort, to block its use for that purpose. When the Army did not, officials further expressed anger and frustration the decision was imposed upon them.Signing the February 3 letter opposing the plan were Republicans Kyrillos, Beck, N.J. Assembly members Amy Handlin, Mary Pat Angelini, Declan O’Scanlon and Caroline Casagrande, and Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry, the county’s FMERA representative.“Quarantining should not take place at the fort where we’re trying to focus on economic development,” Freeholder Burry said. In addition to acquiring fort facilities for county use, Burry is spearheading the effort to create a comprehensive veterans’ facility there. Tours with potential investors and developers are ongoing, with 500 acres of the 1,128 property already in private or county hands, including the new 55-acre world headquarters of the CommVault data storage company. The creation of thousands of jobs and a boost for the economically beleaguered area that has suffered since the fort closed in 2005 could potentially be adversely affected, officials claim. The designated quarantine area is near the Suneagles Golf Course, one of the properties currently for sale.The mayors of Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls were also angered they were not notified of the impending decision affecting their communities.last_img read more

Saints start second half of BCIHL schedule with tough challenge at home against SFU

first_img“We’ll need to find our legs quickly on Saturday night and play a smart, disciplined game if we’re going to beat a very good opponent.”The 12-0 Saints have faced SFU once this season, charging out to a five-goal lead on the road on November 3rd and holding on for a 5-3 victory.That win ended the Clan’s 25-game home unbeaten streak, so there’s no doubt that SFU will be motivated to return the favour. With a victory on Saturday night, the Saints would set a new BCIHL record for consecutive wins with 13.Selkirk tied the existing 12-game record when they defeated the University of Victoria in their final game of 2012 in early December.Dubois said that one benefit of the long break was the chance for players to rehab injuries and return to the ice fully healthy for the stretch drive of the regular season.“With the exception of Stephen Saretsky, who hasn’t played yet this season, we’re 100 percent healthy and ready to go,” Dubois explained.”We may make some choices based on what we see from the guys this week in terms of their conditioning, but it’s good to have all our guys available for this first time since early in the season.”SFU is led offensively by forwards Ben Van Lare and Jono Ceci, who finished first and second in BCIHL scoring last season.The dynamic duo is joined up the Clan’s top line by three-year WHL product Brenden Silvester, who joined the team at Christmas and has already scored five times in two appearances. There’s no easing into the second half of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League regular season for the Selkirk College Saints.The Saints play host to second-place Simon Fraser University Clan Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.However, before the Clan can ready themselves to knock off the undefeated Saints, the Burnaby-based club must take to the road Friday for a date south of the 49th parallel against the Eastern Washington Eagles in Cheney, Wash.“SFU certainly had the jump on us in terms of getting back onto the ice, and they’ll be playing their sixth game since Christmas while we’ll be playing our first,” said Selkirk head coach Jeff Dubois.The Clan sit just three points back in the league standings at 10-1-1.“That adds to the challenge for us, but it’s not going to be used as an excuse,” Dubois added.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — NYS U13 Selects

first_imgThe Nelson Selects U13 Girls Soccer made it look easy en route to the gold medal at the Terry Walgren Tournament held recently in the Heritage City.The Selects outscored the opposition by a 19-3 margin, registering three shutouts in the tournament. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the celebrations with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Ivie Lock-Luttmer, Nicola Anderson, Abby Jackson, Farrah Marzicola, Phoenix Tailleur, Teigan Barnhart, Gretchen Lewandowski, Semegn Atkinson, Alexis Dyck, Addis Atkinson, Sydney Benson, Aube Jolicoeur, Isabel Curiston, Elisa Clark, Ruby Linnen, Hanna Van Der Holt, Anna Bakas, Ella Peloso (keeper) and Freya Holman. Coaches are Bill Clark and Darren Peloso.last_img