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2. Ed O’Neill
3. Dusty Springfield
4. George Takei
5. Tony Danza
6. Joyce DeWitt
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1. I was born on April 3, 1961 in New York. I am a
comedian who got my start on “Saturday Night
LIve’. I have starred in many movies including
“The Nutty Professor” and the “Beverly Hills
Cop” series of films. Who am I?
2. I was born April 12, 1946 in Ohio. I am best
known for playing Al Bundy on “Married With
Children” and currently have a starring role in
the hit TV show “Modern Family”. Who am I?

3. I was born April 16, 1939 in England. I was a
pop singer best known for my song, “Son of a
Preacher Man”. I was also in the “Springfields”.
Who am I?
4. I was born on April 20, 1937 in California. I
played the part of Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek”. Who
am I?
5. I was born on April 21, 1961 in New York. I
played Tony Micelli on “Who’s the Boss” and
also played Tony Banta on “Taxi”. Who am I?
6. I was born on April 23, 1949 in Illinois. I
played the dark-haired roommate Janet Wood on
“Three’s Company”. Who am I?
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April 2013 • GOOD TIMES – 3
By Paul Niemann
Major League Baseball celebrated the 100th anniversary
of the World Series in 2003. In that frst-ever World Series,
the Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox) defeated the Pittsburgh Pi-
rates, 5 games to 3. The Series was originally a best-of-nine
The 2003 season also marked the 100th
anniversary of the event that started the
great debate over who “invented” baseball.
In this story, we try to fnd out who invented
baseball. There are two competing theories,
and they involve two men who were born
within a year of each other and died within
a year of each other. In fact, both men had
died by the time the great debate began. It
was either bank clerk Alexander Cartwright
or Civil War veteran Abner Doubleday,
whose great-great-grand-nephew is the co-
owner of the New York Mets.
The debate began when baseball writer
/ historian Henry Chadwick, who wrote
baseball’s frst rulebook in 1858, declared
in Albert Spalding’s Baseball Guide of
1903 that baseball had been derived from
an English game called “rounders.”
Al Spalding was a former major league
pitcher and manager for the Chicago Cubs
(originally known as the Chicago White
Stockings). Since he didn’t want to accept that the game he
loved could have come from the British, he commissioned
a panel in 1904 to determine the game’s origins. The panel,
which included two U.S. senators and was chaired by a for-
mer National League president who probably never heard
of Alexander Cartwright, also didn’t want to accept the pos-
sibility that baseball might have British roots. Their choice
as the inventor of baseball was a Civil War general named
Abner Doubleday. Doubleday, by the way, has the distinc-
tion of being the soldier who fred the frst shot in defense
for the Union during the Civil War, at Fort Sumter.
The only evidence that the panel had in support of Ab-
ner Doubleday being the inventor of baseball was a letter
it received from an elderly man who claimed that he was
a boyhood friend of Doubleday’s. In his letter, he claimed
that he saw Doubleday invent a form of the British-based
rounders game mentioned earlier, called “Town Ball” in
Cooperstown in 1839. Cooperstown,
of course, is the home of the baseball
Hall of Fame.
Doubleday allegedly did this
when he organized two teams in a
game which included bases and a
ball. Years later, a baseball with the
cover nearly completely torn off
was found in the attic of the home of
Doubleday’s old friend; the baseball
became known as the “Doubleday
baseball” and it sits in the Hall of
Fame. Most of the other research for
this panel was done by an employee
of the publishing company which
Spalding owned.
There was plenty of evidence to
suggest that Doubleday did not in-
vent baseball, though. For example,
Doubleday kept diaries and was a
skilled public speaker, but there was
never any mention of baseball in his
writings or his speeches. You would think that a person who
invents a new sport would mention it somewhere along the
Alexander Cartwright, on the other hand, established
many of baseball’s basic rules. He decided that the distance
between bases is to be 90 feet, that the game is to be played
by nine-person teams for nine innings, and that each team
gets three outs per inning. In addition to adding the position
of shortstop, he eliminated the rule that allowed the defense
to get a runner out by throwing the ball at him! He also di-
vided the feld into fair and foul territory. Many believe that
September of 1845 is when Cartwright invented the game
at age 25, and his Knickerbocker baseball club played their
frst game the following year in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Where can you fnd most of this information about Cart-
wright’s contributions to the rules?
On his Hall of Fame plaque, which also lists him as the
“Father of modern baseball.” Cartwright’s plaque doesn’t
claim that he invented the game, but he is in the Hall of
Fame, while Doubleday is not (even though the “Doubleday
baseball” is).
So who did invent baseball: Alexander Cartwright or
Abner Doubleday?
You have to decide for yourself. Even though the evi-
dence favors Cartwright over Doubleday, no one knows for
sure because there wasn’t enough proof at the time – more
than 150 years ago.
Who invented baseball?
This photograph, taken by Brooklyn photographer Charles H. Williamson, depicts the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club and the Excelsior Base Ball Club in one of the
earliest known team photos and perhaps the frst image on a baseball feld. It was taken on September 3, 1859, at Elysian Fields, Hoboken, New Jersey. Some of the players
are as follows; Knickerbockers—James Whtye Davis (second from left), Charles Schuyler De Bost (third from left) and Harry Wright (sixth from the left). The umpire is
Dr. J.B Jones (middle in overcoat and hat) and the Excelsiors are—Henry D. Polhemus (Jones’s left), John Holder (Sixth from right), Edwin Russell (ffth from right) and
Thomas Reynolds (far right).
Doubleday Baseball
More on baseball and baseball trivia on page 10.
Alexander Cartwright
4 – GOOD TIMES • April 2013
Recent research* reveals
many contradictions in the
way Americans are thinking
about and preparing for their
retirement. Not surprising is
the fact that the vast majority
of people nearing retirement
want to be happy and healthy
during their golden years. Yet
many feel uncertain about
affording the things they
need and want in retirement,
though they (some admit-
tedly) aren’t necessarily tak-
ing the steps to help secure a
more confdent retirement.
Confdence and prepara-
tion go hand-in-hand, and Americans
could use a little more of both. The data
from the survey showed that those who
have taken the following fve actions are
signifcantly more likely to say they feel
confdent about affording the essential ex-
penses in retirement.
1. Create a plan to cover essential
expenses with guaran-
teed income sources.
Determining how you
will fund your neces-
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ment with guaranteed
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an annuity) can be chal-
lenging, but it can also
be very benefcial. You
can begin thinking about
this, even if you haven’t
yet reached your savings
2. Have a written f-
nancial plan. Creating
and maintaining a document with a plan
for how you will fund your short- and
long-term goals is important at any stage
of your life, but especially as you near re-
tirement. Start by putting your debts, as-
sets, savings and lifestyle goals down on
paper and decide how you’ll fund each
goal after you’ve left the workforce. Then
come up with a savings strategy based on
when you plan to retire and how much
you’d like to save before then.
3. Factor infation into retirement
planning. The cost of maintaining your
lifestyle may increase as the rate of infa-
tion rises over time. The loss of purchas-
ing power is a real risk, but understand-
ing how it may impact your retirement
income is crucial so that you can hedge
against it. Consider working with a fnan-
cial professional who can help you calcu-
late possible infation.
4. Have emergency cash on hand
equal to six months of living expenses.
This is a key part of a fnancial plan at
any age, but an unexpected event such
as a divorce, job loss or disability can be
especially devastating to your fnances
as you near retirement. Keeping at least
three months-worth of living expenses in
liquid accounts creates a fnancial cush-
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5. Calculate how much annual in-
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This step can be complex, but it can also
be helpful in determining how much in-
come you will have to fund your retire-
ment as time goes by. Having an accurate
picture of the income your assets may
produce can also help you create an an-
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While some of these actions may be
easier said than done, understanding the
steps to a more confdent retirement is a
crucial frst step in itself. Preparing for
retirement might feel overwhelming, but
breaking it down into smaller goals can
make it seem less intimidating. If you are
nearing retirement and haven’t done sev-
eral of these things, consider choosing one
or two to focus on. The future may always
feel a bit uncertain, but proper preparation
can lead to increased fnancial confdence
now and during your golden years.
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April 2013 • GOOD TIMES – 5
By Stephanie Groves
Every year, Willshire Home
Furnishings owned by Aleta
Weiss, slowly evolves and is trans-
formed into a military museum in
time for the village’s Memorial
Day celebration.
What started as a tribute to
Aleta Weiss’ father, a World War
II hero, has evolved into a yearly
commemoration of local family’s
loved ones who served in the mili-
tary and the historical memora-
bilia associated with experiences.
The tradition started almost
three years ago after Weiss’ father
passed away. Like so many other
veterans, Weiss’ father did not talk
about the war and at his request,
she promised not to look at the
memorabilia until after his death.
While serving in the Army in
Europe, he trained with the Map-
ping Battalion and Water Puri-
fcation. She opened the manila
envelope he had given her and
found maps in pristine condition
detailing crossing the Rhine River
in Germany. After surveying the
maps and other documentation,
she discovered her dad was in-
volved in the greatest land battle
in the history of the U.S. Army,
the Battle of the Bulge. He had
also taken part in fve other major
battles during that time frame.
In fact, her ‘movement’, so to
speak, has inspired residents in the
community to retrieve their loved
one’s and their own military keep-
sakes to bring them to her for dis-
play in the store.
“An older gentleman who
served in the Vietnam War brought
grenades, a machine gun, a Ger-
man helmet, a Purple Heart and
Japanese swords,” Weiss was ec-
In the past two years, the num-
ber of displayed uniforms doubled
from 28 in 2011, to 52 in 2012 and
encompass the regalia from World
War I to Afghanistan to Iraq. This
year, there will be 24 new uni-
forms and a variety of old medals.
“I have a lot of compassion for
these items,” Weiss said solemnly.
“I would love to have more do-
For the most part, Weiss ar-
tistically creates the displays on
her own, with the exception of her
husband, Bill, hanging up fags or
moving display cases and furni-
ture, which takes approximately
four full weeks to complete.
Last year, a woman from town
donated $50 to purchase cake to
serve people who came in,” Weiss
detailed. “She even brought in the
plastic silverware, plates and nap-
In addition, Weiss has taken
on the role of event planner. She is
planning the line-up of festivities
which will be held in the village
park on Memorial Day. The gath-
ering will be free to the public and
host an array of fare; cotton candy,
hot dogs, popcorn; and local musi-
cal talent.
“We take down the displays a
week after Memorial day,” Weiss
explained. “I pack all the uniforms
into dry cleaner bags and cross-
reference the uniforms to return to
the owners.”
If anyone is interested in do-
nating or loaning armed services
memorabilia for exhibit during
this event Weiss can be contacted
at 419-495-2833
Another small town man
Pictured on this page are various
uniforms which have been
donated for display.
Aleta Weiss sits with her father’s World War II memorabilia on
display at Willshire Home Furniture.
6 – GOOD TIMES • April 2013
The Newport Aquarium is
located just a few minutes away
from Cincinnati, Ohio, This
aquarium in Newport, Kentucky
features more than 70 exhibits
and fourteen galleries with marine
animals including sharks and al-
ligators. It is a great place to bring
your family for a day of education
and fun.
Visitors to the aquarium can
experience a walk through 85 feet
of underwater tunnels that me-
ander through a shark tank that
features creatures such as tiger
sharks up to ten feet in length,
black-tip reef sharks, sand tiger
sharks, and nurse sharks.
The Newport Aquarium has
the only Shark Ray breeding pro-
gram in the world, and visitors
can see two of these extremely
rare sharks in the shark tank. Af-
ter the walk through the tunnel,
visitors can also glimpse the shark
tank from above in an outdoor
viewing area.
Visitors interested in learning
more about sharks can also visit
Shark Central, an exhibit where
visitors touch the sharks and learn
how to pet them properly. Petting
the sharks is a safe but exciting
activity that’s perfect for kids.
Another popular exhibit at the
Newport Aquarium is the King-
dom of Penguins. Visitors can
watch king penguins and the rare
gentoo penguins as they frolic in
their wintry habitat. With one of
the few gentoo penguin breed-
ing programs in the country, the
aquarium in Newport Kentucky
recently hatched two chicks, who
can be seen in close proximity
to their parents at the exhibit. In
the summer, African penguins are
featured in a free penguin parade
every morning, ffteen minutes af-
ter the aquarium’s opening time.
These warm-weather penguins
love to play and frolic as a tour
interpreter shares fun facts about
At the Rainforest exhibit, visi-
tors can watch the cute and cud-
dly Asian small-clawed otters,
colorful lorikeets, and two Bur-
mese pythons, while at the Gator
Bayou, visitors can watch on a
bridge equipped with transparent
viewing panels as alligators swim
beneath them.
Visitors interested in strange
and dangerous creatures will en-
joy the Bizarre and Beautiful
exhibit, with some of the most
unusual creatures on the planet,
including the giant pacifc octo-
pus, as well as the Dangerous and
Deadly exhibit, which features
piranhas, electric eels, and poison
dart frogs.
Immerse yourself in the ocean when you walk through underwater tunnels while Sand Tiger,
Sandbar, Whitetip Reef, Blacktip Reef, Nurse and Zebra sharks swim over and around you. You’ll see
history in the making with extremely rare Shark Rays – Sweet Pea and Scooter – stars of the world’s
only Shark Ray breeding program. You will be struck by their grace and beauty as they glide peace-
fully alongside Southern Stingrays, Honeycomb Whiptail Rays, and a variety of colorful reef fsh.
Relax as Denver, our inquisitive adult Loggerhead Sea Turtle, swims past. You will get a fascinating
topside view of the sharks and their friends on your way out, as you look down into the tank from one
of the country’s largest open-air display areas.
Rated #1 U.S. Aquarium by Readers’
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#1 Aquarium in the Midwest
by Zagat Survey.
Home to thousands of aquatic animals in scores of
exhibits, the Newport Aquarium will amaze you with all
there is to see and do. You can touch a penguin, pet a
shark, hear divers talk to the audience during feeding
time, play games in Frog Bog, eat lunch in
Sharkey’s Cafe and much, much more!
Newport Aquarium
Enjoy one of the most diverse collections of cold-weather pen-
guins in the country at Kroger Penguin Palooza. Be sure to catch
one of the regular shows when an Aquarium presenter entertains
guests with facts and interacts with animated penguin characters
on a high-defnition video board. The exhibit’s light and tempera-
ture mimic the natural Antarctic home of our fve species. Don’t
worry; the viewing area is 70 degrees year-round and new lighting
allows guests to see the penguins even at night.
April 2013 • GOOD TIMES – 7
Visitors to the aquarium
will enjoy some of nature’s
most amazing creatures in
this recently expanded exhib-
it. Visit with guest favorites
such as giant Spider Crabs
and the giant Pacifc Octo-
pus in its multi-dimension-
al, 360-degree, see-through
tank. The exhibit also fea-
tures special kids-eye-level
tanks for up-close viewing of
a changing cast of species.
Guests will see history-
in-the-making with two
extremely rare Shark Rays
– Sweet Pea (pictured lower
right) and Scooter – who are
the stars of the only Shark
Ray breeding program in
the world. Their grace and
beauty co-exist in the tank
with powerful Sand Tiger
Sharks that are up to 10 feet
in length.
8 – GOOD TIMES • April 2013
“Warming temperatures and
longer days in March, April and
May bring color to Ohio’s land-
scape,” said Lynn Boydelatour,
chief naturalist of Ohio State Parks.
“The best way to enjoy the display
is by attending one of the many
wildfower walks and educational
events hosted by our state parks
and nature preserves.”
Visitors to any state park or state
nature preserve are reminded that
collecting wildfowers is prohib-
ited. Here’s a brief list of upcom-
ing wildfower-related events. For
even more events check the Ohio
state Park website or with your lo-
cal park district.
Sun., April 14 - 2:00 p.m.
Join a naturalist to learn about
the wildfowers which inhabit Ken-
drick Woods, the largest remaining
woodlot of this region. Pre-register
by April 11 by calling 419-221-

Sat., May 4 - 9:00 a.m. - HP
Begin your morning with an
invigorating walk to experience
the sights and sounds of the forest
in springtime. Register by May 2
by calling 419-221-1232.
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the company of the blooming wildfowers?
Malabar Farms in the spring.
Ohio’s landscape will soon be teeming with color as vibrant wildfowers begin to pop up in
felds, valleys and forests, along roadsides and trails, and in yards around the state.
Our state parks and preserves provides wonderful opportunities to see nature at its best!
Apriil 2013• GOOD TIMES – 9
1. Father of Hector, Paris and Cassandra
6. Young newt
9. Perching place
13. Fungal skin infection
14. Tap order
15. Less than right angle
16. On pins and needles
17. Bottom line
18. Isabel Allende’s “Portrait in _____”
19. *Say ______ to winter and hello to
21. *Celebrated saint
23. One of peeps
24. Cobbler’s concern
25. Mudbath site
28. Cellist great
30. *The ______ Spring, led by Alexander
35. Snaky swimmers
37. *Daffodil or tulip, originally
39. Yuletides
40. Competitive advantage
41. Skedaddle
43. Proft
44. REM picture
46. Fuzzy fruit
47. Second-most traded currency in world
48. Kinda
50. One who speaks a Slavic language
52. OB-GYN test
53. Boor
55. *These sox train in spring
57. *Precedes May fowers
61. Okinawa martial arts
64. Great reviews
65. Lawyer group
67. She turned to stone
69. Amber _____
70. “Family ___”
71. Ar, atomic number 18
72. Homework to a student
73. a.k.a. Tokyo
74. City on Rhone River
1. “Harper Valley ___”
2. Sign of engagement
3. A fan of
4. Famous for his fables
5. *Dance-around-the-pole holiday
6. _____ button from Staples
7. 1918 pandemic, e.g.
8. Dancer’s beat
9. Maple, to a botanist
10. Brazilian indigenous people
11. Relating to the ear
12. Reach a high
15. Rearward
20. Splotches
22. European peak
24. Lonely musician?
25. *Garden’s beginnings
26. Peter in Spain
27. Tattered Tom’s creator
29. Exclamation of disgust
31. First rate
32. “Faster!” to a horse
33. U in UV
34. To impede
36. The Vatican to Catholics, e.g.
38. B in BCS
42. Miss America’s topper
45. Harass
49. Either ___ or against
51. *Occurring now
54. Utilization or employment
56. Farm type
57. 32-card game
58. Maui dance
59. Lyric poem, pl.
60. W in W=Fd
61. Boxer’s last blow
62. Not for here
63. Jet black
66. *Spring Growth
68. European Nuclear Society
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Above is a picture of the 1862
reunion of the original Knicker-
bockers, one of the very frst base-
ball clubs. By 1862 the club had
changed membership greatly. A
number of the original members
moved away, others had left the
club. Some of the members, as us
old folk are wont to do, decided
to hold a reunion in 1862. This
“salt” picture (it’s an old photo
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Here’s a brief note about the 10
men in the picture, beginning on
the back row at the left:
•Duncan Fraser Curry–frst
President of the Knickerbockers,
member of the original rules com-
mittee, and insurance man
•Walter T. Avery–treasurer
1851-2, vice president 1861, civil
engineer, and the last of the Knick-
erbockers (dying in 1904)
•Henry Tiebout Anthony–ran
one of the most successful photo-
graphic equipment supply frms in
the county
•Charles H. Birney–treasurer,
and the man who scored the only
Knickerbockers run in the “frst”
baseball game
•William H. Tucker-frst secre-
tary of the club and member of the
original rules committee.
•Now the front row, again from
left to right:
•Charles Schuyler DeBost–was
captain of the New York Club be-
fore moving to the Knickerbock-
ers. He is evidence the Knicks
were not the frst baseball club
•Daniel Lucius Adams–Presi-
dent, so-called inventor of the
shortstop position, doctor, and
President of the frst baseball con-
vention in 1857
•James Whyte Davis–secretary
1854-6 and also a member of the
New York Club
•Ebenezer R. Dupignac, Jr.–
vice president in 1855
•Finley C. Niebuhr–President
There are several early mem-
bers of the club missing from the
picture. William Wheaton, an at-
torney and member of the original
rules committee is not there. He
had moved to California. Neither
is Alexander J. Cartwright, the so-
called author of the Knickerbocker
Rules. He had moved to Hawaii.
So there they are the men who
stand at the very beginning of the
sport. They are among the “fathers
of baseball”.
(From left to right) Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and Clete Boyer
celebrate in the clubhouse following a 6-2 victory in Game 1 of the
1962 World Series against the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick
At the ole ball game... trivia and more
1862 reunion of the original Knickerbockers.
Most of the early baseball felds were similar to the one pictured
1. What MLB player has the
most career total bases?
Choices: Willie Mays, Hank
Aaron, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth
2. Who threw the frst perfect
game in Major League Baseball
Choices: Norman Vidal, Eddie
Cicotte, Lee Richmond, Cy Young

3. What is the distance between
bases on a major league baseball
Choices: 90 Feet, 60 Ft.
60 Ft. 6 inches, 85 Feet
4. Who is the only player to be
selected to the MLB All-Star game
and the NFL Pro-Bowl?
Choices: Drew Henson, Brian
Jordan, Bo Jackson, Deion Sand-
5. Baseball is thought to be
a descendant of what English
Choices: Jai Alai,
Soccer, Rugby, Round-
6. How many MVP
awards did Mickey
Mantle win?
Choices: 0, 1, 3, 2
7. Who had more
career stolen bases?
Choices: Honus
Wagner, Kenny Lof-
ton, Vince Coleman,
Tim Raines
8. Who is the only
pitcher with over
3,000 strikeouts and
fewer than 1,000
Choices: Ferguson Jenkins,
Greg Maddux, Walter Johnson,
Roger Clemens
9. What team did Jackie Robin-
son play for?
Choices: Yankees, Brooklyn
Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cleve-
land Indians
10. What player holds the re-
cord for most steals of home base
in a single season.
Choices: Jackie Robinson, Ty
Cobb, Lou Brock, Benny “The
Jet” Rodriguez.
11. Brooks Robinson and Carl
Yastrzemski hold the major league
baseball record for playing the
greatest number of seasons with
the same team. How many years
did they play with their respective
Choices: 23, 18, 26, 15
Answer to Crossword puzzle from page 9
April 2013 • GOOD TIMES – 11
An unremarkable brain
“Well, I’m happy to report that we
received the results of your MRI brain
scan and the radiologist concluded that it
is ‘unremarkable.’ Congratulations.”
Those were the words of my fam-
ily physician not long ago, when she
and I were on a quest to determine the
source of my mysterious headaches. As
a patient, my frst response to this fnd-
ing was an unequivocal “Whew!” I was
relieved that nothing serious showed up.
However, the more I pondered the
conclusion as a thinking, creating, emot-
ing human being, the more I started to
chuckle. According to people who study
them, I have an unremarkable brain!
I’m sure my high school teachers would
not be surprised by this conclusion, but
still…that fact is now documented some-
where in my permanent medical record.
And to think I shelled out cargo-trains-
full of money for undergraduate and
graduate degrees, and invested countless
hours in seminars, workshops and train-
ings to enhance my knowledge and skill
set. Heck, I even do the Sunday cross-
word puzzle and my addiction to the
Words with Friends online Scrabble-
type game rivals that of Alec Baldwin,
who recently got thrown off a plane for
refusing to shut down his game during
Truth is, the brain is remarkable.
Even mine. According to Oregon Health
Sciences University, new fndings on
the adult brain establish two principles.
First, the adult brain continues to grow
and develop throughout our entire lives.
Second, brain development in adulthood
is shaped mostly by outside stimuli.
This new thinking means that we can
do healthy “workouts” for our brains,
as well as our bodies. Since I loathe
exercise in the traditional sense, maybe
there’s a chance I can be successful at
some sort of mental calisthenics.
The study says in order to continu-
ously improve our brains, we need to ex-
perience new things, develop new skills,
get plenty of sleep and exercise, drink
lots of water, follow a diet rich in fruits
and vegetables and socialize. This ad-
vice is not very earth-shattering, really.
But the cool part of it is that everyone
is capable of building new pathways in
their brains and increasing their men-
tal capacity by following a few simple
Now, please excuse me-- Words with
Friends is calling. And now I can tell my
husband it’s legit exercise.
By Mary Beth
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1. Hank Aaron
2. Lee Richmond.
Richmond threw the frst
perfect game in 1929.
3. 90 Feet
4. The correct answer
is Bo Jackson. Jackson
played in the 1989 MLB
All-Star game and was
named to the NFL Pro
Bowl roster in 1990.
5. Rounders
6. 3 1956, 57, 62.
7. The correct answer is
Tim Raines. Raines had
808 to Vince Colemans
752, Joe Morgan’s 689
and Honus Wagners 723.
8. Ferguson Jenkins
9. Brooklin Dodgers
10. Ty Cobb
11. 23
Lee Richmond
12 – GOOD TIMES • April 2013
When: Sat Apr 20, 2013
At 1:00pm. Meet at the Nature
Center, Bring your vehicle, or car-
pool, as we drive to the trailhead.
(513) 523-6347
Where: Hueston Woods State Park
6301 Park Offce Rd. College Cor-
ner, OH 45003
Meet at shelterhouse #3 off of
TR229 at 2 PM • Wildfower ID
and folklore will be discussed on a
woodland hike. For more infor-
mation call (419) 832-7662.
When: Sun Apr 21, 2013
Where: Van Buren State Park,
12259 Township Rd. 218, Van
Buren, OH 45889.
When: Apr 26 – 28, 2013
Where: Mohican State Park,
3116 State Route 3, Loudonville,
Ohio 44842
Description: Workshops, tours
& nature activities at various loca-
tions. Must register for some pro-
grams; most are free. (800) 642-
8282 or mohicanwildlifeweekend.
Spring Wildflower Walks
(Continued from page 8)
7660 Cave Road, Bainbridge, Ohio
Located at the southern edge of the glacial advance,
and also occupying the edge of the Appalachian foot-
hills, this region has one of the richest wildfower dis-
plays to be found in America’s Eastern Forest.

The Highlands Nature Sanctuary is 2200-acre hiking and nature
education destination in southern Ohio, in the heart of the scenic
Rocky Fork Gorge.
Public visiting hours for the Sanctuary: April-October, Sat. & Sun.
Only, 9:30-5:00pm.

The three trails at the Appalachian Forest Museum lead into some
of the Ohio’s most stunning scenery - the sheer vertical walls of the
Rocky Fork Gorge, towering hemlocks and beech trees, strange and
wonderful rock formations, and the ancient cedar trees clinging to the
rim of the limestone canyon.

Valley of the Ancients. A rock-lined trail curves down to the Rocky
Fork Creek, winding through the bottom of a 100 foot high vertical
dolomite gorge. Walk beneath towering hemlocks and rare white ce-
dar trees of great antiquity, viewing the art of breathtaking panoramas
sculpted from the elements of rock and water. 1/4 mile loop.

Etawah Woods Loop Trail. This trail offers a breathtaking trek
along the rim of the Rocky Fork Gorge, with beautiful views of the
canyon foor. Mid-way is a spur that takes you down a long fight of
stairs into the canyon, below giant hemlocks, and eventually right up
to the water, where one can enjoy the famous geologic feature known
as the three sisters – three giant slump blocks mid-stream. 1/2 mile

Big Beech Loop Trail. See the forest through the eyes of a frontier
naturalist while walking through an authentic old-growth Beech For-
est. Walk by ancient towering Tulip Poplars and massive Beech trees
– such a rare experience in modern Ohio! This is not just a forest of
old trees, but an intact ecosystem and forest community. 1/4 mile loop.
The beautiful wildfowers can be observed throughout the spring,
but the Sanctuary does hold an annual Wildfower Pilgrimage on April
12 - 14, 2013.
This special weekend events include: Guided day hikes - small
groups led by some of the fnest experienced naturalists and botanists
in the area. Dinner and evening program on Saturday. Delicious picnic
lunches to take along on your adventures. Excellent overnight lodging
at the Sanctuary and in the surrounding area.
Highlands Nature Sanctuary
& the Appalachian Forest Museum
White Trillium is Ohio’s State Wildfower and one of many
plants whose seeds are spread by ants.
Davis Memorial & Shoemaker State Preserve

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