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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Aikens Captain America-Bob Dunn

By Midge Rothrock

Black Tuesday occurred ten years ago, on September 11, 2001. Can it really be a decade already? That morning is forever etched in our minds. The collapse of the Twin Towers is still chilling to recall. Yet, many of our grandchildren never knew a time when we were not on some color of security ALERT. Here is a story of a particular hero from that day. Heroic is he, for using a calm head and his depth of professionalism. This hero, Bob Dunn, was on that date a captain aboard Delta international flight #129. Captain Dunn was within two weeks of his mandatory, age-related retirement date. He was reviewing the skills of the flight crew of the aircraft, as he was assigned to do, when THE fateful FAX DIVERT - was received on the flight deck. This story could have been told from the perspective of Bob, or Bobs wife Sandy, or his sister Diane Miniard. But instead, this heroic tale is told through the words of a grateful passenger: Captain Dunn, with 33 years of experience, was calm, supportive, and handled the crisis exactly the way you would want your captain to handle a situation like that,

says passenger Donna WestBarnhill. No one aboard screamed or cried. It was pretty much just silence. People quietly took in what they had just heard. We were at the mercy of whatever information was passed along. Rumors were swirling. We had heard that we had

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bombed Afghanistan and Iraq, and that we (the U.S.) had shot down the fourth plane. It sounds so strange now, but they all were very plausible stories at the time. I just tried to think of someone that I knew that would have access to up-to-date news, continues West-Barnhill.

Captain Dunn diverted to a sequestered spot he knew of, where the Canadian Government granted them space. Passengers who had planned to spend about eight hours on board the plane were grounded for 27 hours until they could be shuttled to makeshift locations. These hosts provided food and medical supplies. The passengers tried to sleep as best they could. Everyone on this Delta plane was quiet and calm. In fact, continues West-Barnhill, our pilot thanked us several times for being so quiet. Stories surfaced after the fact of some other planes where passengers had gotten so unruly they were handcuffed and kicked off their plane. Movement finally came in the form of school buses driven by drivers who were all on strike, but crossed the picket lines. They transported plane passengers all day and night long, taking them to makeshift places, where they stayed for days, hosted by these caring Canadians. After several days, when the passengers re-boarded the plane, the gauges initially did not work, because they had sat in the cold for so long. But, when the plane finally reached
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As we get ready to welcome the Fall season, and hopefully some cooler temperatures, the McGrath SeniorNet Learning Center on the campus of USC Aiken has lined up an exciting array of courses and workshops to help you learn how to better use your personal computer. The Fall schedule was printed in the August 11th issue of The Aiken Standard but in case you missed it, here is most of it again. The Learning Center has upgraded its computers to the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. Our two basic courses have been completely rewritten to reflect this fact. And these courses are sequential, meaning you must take the course SRN101 Beginning Computer (or you are confident and have ability to use the mouse, cut-and-paste, drag-and drop, and open programs & applications) before taking the course SRN 102 Computer Basics. SRN 101 Beginning Computer is a four-week, eight-hour course using Windows 7 and WordPad. It is designed for students with little or no prior computer experience. Students registering for this course may also take the Mousing Skills workshop at no additional cost. This course is offered as follows: On Mondays, 9 to 11 A.M., starting September 26 and ending October 17, 2011 On Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 A.M., starting September 28 and ending October 19, 2011 On Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30

SeniorNet Fall courses and workshops are awesome!

A.M., starting October 26 and ending November 16, 2011 The Mousing Skills Workshop is offered only once: Friday, September 23, 2011, from 9 to 11 A.M. SRN 102 Computer Basics is an introductory eight-week sixteen-hour course focusing on Windows 7 & its settings, file management, the use of WordPad, working with pictures, the Internet, email, and an introduction to other applications that are available to the home computer user. This course is offered: On Mondays, 3 to 5 P.M,. starting September 26 and ending November 14, 2011 OR On Thursdays, 9 to 11 A.M., starting September 29 and ending November 17, 2011 In both the SRN 101 and SRN 102 courses, each student receives a detailed manual, and a set of exercises to download onto his/her own USB flash drive. The cost of the SRN 101 course is $45, and the cost of the SRN 102 course is $80. In addition to the weekly class sessions, students in all courses may avail themselves of the Wednesday afternoon Open Lab, from 3 to 5 P.M., where they can get additional practice, ask questions, or make-up a class session that perhaps they missed. The Learning Center classroom contains ten computers for student use. While the classroom computers use Windows 7, two courses are offered that teach Windows Vista or Windows XP. These are taught on computers that still have these operating systems available. The word processing course uses Word 2007 and the Excel course uses Excel 2007. The Digital Photo Editing course uses Adobe Photoshop Elements (Version 8). The complete schedule of all the advanced courses is posted on our website A course registration form can be downloaded from the website. Registration can also be done in person at the USCA Office of Continuing Education in Rom 113 of the Business & Education Building (call Laura at 641-3563 for directions) or by attending the Open House at the Learning Center on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 from 9 A.M. to noon. The cost for an eight-week course is $80 and for a four-week course $45. Each student also needs to have a flash drive for saving course exercises and class work. A student is not registered until a completed registration form and the appropriate fee is received. There is no phone

registration. Registration is on a first come first served basis. You can call Laura at 641-3563 to inquire if a course or workshop is still accepting students since registration has been open since mid-August. The workshops planned for the Fall session are exciting. The cost of each two-hour workshop is $20 and most are scheduled for Friday mornings, from 9 to 11 A.M., except for two evening workshops. Visit our website for the complete description of all of workshops. The workshop topics and date offered are: Mousing Skills (9/23); Making Address Labels using Word 2007 (9/30); The Creative Side of Word 2007 (10/7); Remote Control of Your Home Computer (10/14); Exploring Skype (10/20 evening); Computer Maintenance (10/21); Computer Security (10/28); Power Point Presentations (11/2 evening); The New World of Windows 7 (11/4); Internet Shopping (11/11); and Using iTunes (11/18).

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The AARP Senior Driving Course will be offered at Aiken Regional Medical Center on Friday, September 9, from 8:30 a.m. until mid-afternoon. To register, call the Medical Center at (800) 882-7445. The cost for the course is $14.00 ($12.00 for AARP Members with a membership card), payable on the day of the class. Make check payable to AARP. The Medical Center is located at 302 University Parkway. Students may bring a sack lunch or eat lunch in the cafeteria. Completion of this course may make the driver eligible for a discount on their vehicle insurance. For information about this press release contact Dave Putman, Marketing Specialist, AARP Driver Safety Program at (803) 335-3159.

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BoB Dunn...from page 1
U.S. airspace, everybody started singing, God Bless America. When they passed NYC, they could see the smoke still coming from the Tower site. Then, Captain Dunn told them, The Statue of Liberty still stands. God Bless America. And, God bless Bob Dunn, for his incredible leadership! Likely, this steely resolve and heavy dose of common sense came as no surprise to those who have the privilege of knowing Bob. A special retirement party was in the works for later in September. The ultimate hostess, Sandy Dunn, had booked the Concourse party room. Invitations had gone out to 1000, with plans to watch the touch down of Captain Bobs last flight from that perfect vantage point. However, in typical patriotic Dunn fashion, the party was cancelled. This captain did not feel much like celebrating, and certainly not from some hotel banquet room. To get the rest of the story, ask his bride of 48 years, Sandy Dunn, about her memories of those days from 9/11 on. Between Bob and Sandy, they have given back plenty to their community and their church, no matter where there many moves took them, related to Bobs military and airline career. They began their relationship on a blind date when Sandy was 17. (Rumor has it she reminded the guys of Natalie Wood or Elizabeth Taylor so, no wonder Bob paid attention!) Sandy graduated as an R.N., and had a sterling career of her own for many years. Home for them was Gallatin, Tennessee, near the DuPont plant. (Interestingly, Bobs brother-in-law is Tom Miniard, and Toms father built that rayon plant for his employer, pre-WWII). Bobs father handled the weekly newspaper, putting it together from stem to stern. On Wednesdays, Bob was paid $1/hour to fold these papers, working until 1 or 2 a.m., getting it done. Bobs mom was a stay-athome mom. They attended First Methodist, where Bobs grandfather taught Sunday school for over 80 years, until his death at age 99. (Though this

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another superstar in this Dunn family chain, is a top-ranking Meybohm realtor in Aiken. Odds are she found this spacious home, nestled in Woodside Plantation, with a glorious lake view, so they could enjoy family celebrations while under one roof). In the early days of Bob and Sandys marriage, they had two daughters in the span of 18 months, before Bob had even earned his wings in the Navy. In 40 years, this career took them from Corpus Christi to Maine, to 11 locations along the way. Bob was even stationed in Iceland (during those Hunt for Red October days), missing Christmas and Thanksgiving with the Bob and his wife Sandy. family more than once. gentleman was never heard to cuss, After the loss of their son, a fellow make note of the ultimate tragedy that he even served with Teddy Roosevelt pilot at Delta invited Bob to join in no parent can bear to consider, which in the Calvary, where he learned to a small group of others who had lost happened to them: their son, a super smoke and drink at a young age, enstar athlete, first string in football, bas- a spouse or a child. This group was joying cigarettes and a touch of native ketball, golf and baseball, was killed at called upon to console others, just as Jack Daniels until his final days!) this fellow pilot reached out to Bob, as age 16 in a single-car accident, when Bob graduated from Middle Tenthey shared experiences and ways to he struck a pole. James Alexander nessee State College, with a degree in Dunn, their youngest of 3 children cope. Industrial Arts. He had a chance to Because of someone reaching out to by seven years, generated such grief student-teach math, and initially conBob at the critical time of his life when and affection for this family in their sidered this as a career path. Having community that the school was closed their precious son died, he learned the been in the Army ROTC during colvalue of giving back, and of effective for two days, to begin to handle the lege, Bob was headed toward Airborne shock of it all. Bob, then Chairman of listening. Even to this day, both Dunns Ranger training when he took some ad- the School Board, stayed on until his are Stephen Ministers at St. Johns. vice from bride Sandys brother, who Bob currently is president of their Sunterm was up. Never quit anything. was a Naval test pilot. This brother day school class, Growing Christians, If you elect to start, you will finish. pointed out to Bob that the Rangers are This mantra passed to Bob through to and Sandy gives back through her plenty scared before these first jumps, his family. He was not about to give vibrant Josephs Coat ministry. They while the pilots get to fly them, and up on that School Board responsibility, also arrange for the timely arrival of soon are sitting around, enjoying pie the mountain apples, the centerpiece of when the community had surrounded and coffee. This Epiphany of career his family with support and love. St. Johns annual UMW Apple Fest, in decision led to Bobs serving six years November. Bob and Sandy delight in their as a pilot, during the Vietnam War. As family, including eight grandchildren. When their 2001 retirement date a married potential teacher, Bob was Daughter Susan is married to a super- was approaching, Sandy finally got deferred from being drafted. However, star businessman who is employed her turn to choose a location for their he knew he wanted to follow the long in the fast-paced world of T. Boone home. At the time, daughter Jane was tradition of the Dunn men, from the Pickens. Together they have five kids, living in Arizona, so they built their Revolutionary War, Civil War, and dream retirement home there. Dunns from college to grade school. beyond. Another daughter, Jane Ellen, lives soon learned what many readers have World War II-era Delta pilots were in Abingdon, Virginia, north of the also found out: you cannot chase your dying off or retiring, when Bob joined Tennessee line from Knoxville, keepchildren or grandchildren, and expect Delta, as #1645 on the seniority list. theyll stay put! Jane and her husband ing the sisters close. Jane Ellen and (At the time of his retirement a decade her husband have three kids, from col- moved to Mississippi that same year. ago, there were 10,000 pilots, and he Trips to Aiken were commonplace lege down to high school. This whole was in the top 50.) for the Dunns prior to retirement. Angang fits nicely at Bob and Sandys Before one assumes this darling Aiken home for Easter and Thanksgiv- nually for more than 20 years, they couple has led a totally charmed life, enjoyed the Heart Show, which always ing. (In fact, sister Diane Miniard,

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this story, the Dunns fell in love with Aiken, were able to sell their Arizona home in one day, didnt lose money, and moved to Aiken, where Frances Dunn enjoyed having both her son and daughter nearby, lucid until her 85th and recent final year. Health matters to Bob, and it is a good thing it does. He is prone to artery disease, but his good health habits make his doctors optimistic for longevity. He works out three times a week, under the watchful eye of a trainer; and, walks four miles on the other three days taking Sunday off. Bob had heart bypass surgery years ago, as well as surgery in 2011. Sandys nursing training and delightful sense of humor no doubt has helped hasten Bobs post-surgery recuperations. Bobs mantra Finish what you start - helped him become successful. He also credits what he learned in the Boy Scouts of America: to do my best for God and country. Arizonas loss is Aikens gain for this productive retiree, now calling our city his adopted home.

seems to have a juicy role for Bobs fabulously talented sister, Diane. Years ago, when Bobs role as a senior DC9 captain routed him to Augusta, it was not unusual for him to arrange for his three Aiken Miniard nephews and their St. Johns Pre-School classmates to tour the plane, even enjoying snacks and a chance to sit in the pilot seat! This was before the Ebenezer Center was built, but even today, as Bob wanders the halls of St. Johns, occasionally he will be greeted again by a hearty, Hi, Captain Uncle Bob! Tom Miniard, Bobs brother-in-law, spent a year in Russia, related to his work, while Dunns were in Arizona. Sister Diane invited Bob and Sandy to come visit her, her sons, and their mother, Frances Dunn, then 80, and residing at an assisted facility here in Aiken. They came across country in their motor home, parked it in the backyard of Dianes prominent downtown Whiskey Road location, and stayed so long that Betsy Wilson Mahoney insisted they even put up Christmas lights! Like most readers of

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Q - My wife and I had living trusts done for us about six years ago with associated estate documents. We have since inherited some antiques we want to divide between our children upon our deaths. Should we have everything reviewed? A - Yes, if there has been a substantial change in your circumstances such as you inherited property and are not sure you have titled it over to the trustee(s) and adequately addressed distribution of the antiques in the trust. A substantial change could also be the purchase of the major trust assets like a time share or new vehicles or the inheritance of other real property. Likewise if a spouse has become chronically ill, assisted living is imminent for either of you or if your spouse has died you should have your documents reviewed to be sure they are adequate for the challenges ahead.

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Similarly you should have the documents reviewed if a remainder beneficiary of the trust, such as an adult child or grandchild is now disabled, is going through a bad divorce, has issues with gambling, drug or alcohol abuse, or has passed away. While the drafters of estate documents try to think of most contingencies, the law is always changing and sometimes estate documents, while not invalid, would benefit from being updated to comply with new language requirements and standards. Privacy laws such as HIPAA , state court interpretations on gifting provisions in a durable power of attorney, recent changes in estate tax law, and stricter interpretations of name usage due to identity theft issues are just a few reasons for having estate documents reviewed. Many law firms that focus their practice on estate planning offer a

maintenance plan where periodic If you have a question for Boomer reviews are built in to the original Briefings: Write to Attorney Knapp flat fee attorney-client agreement or at P.O. Box 714, Barnwell, SC 29812 or fax a question to 803-541-7677 or periodic reviews are offered sepae-mail her at rately as either an add-on-service or Questions may be rephrased and all are available for a minimal annual answers will be addressed only in fee. Sometimes folks just like to get a Boomer Briefings articles. second opinion from a different estate planner. But no matter what stage you are at in estate planning do not be afraid to ask upfront about the cost of legal work. Couples who did extensive estate plans just before retirement often find they want to tweak their estate documents after five or ten years because they have personally dealt with long term care, probate or other family issues with a loved one. Such clients are a joy to work with because they bring a greater depth to the process of customizing documents and they feel Attorney Linda Farron Knapp is a more confident in asking questions member of the National Academy and expressing their desires. of Elder Law Attorneys.

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Camellia Daze
By: Rio Grande Dave

pecially during the hottest part of the day. Now this works on small sized This summer, if you have any camellias not full sized ones. You camellias growing mostly in the sun, could also set up a misting system you may notice brown areas or spots that raises the humidity level around on the leaves. Get out the suntan the camellia and keeps it from drying lotion SPF 50 (just kidding-I wish it out and burning. The misting should was that simple). You have a sunnot create droplets. burned camellia. This brown area can The type of camellia you plant also turn grey looking (dead) and could affects how it tolerates direct sun. possibly be a pathway for pests to Sasanquas tolerate the sun much betharm or kill your plant. Here some ter than japonicas. They have much actions you can take to help prevent smaller leaves which dont seem to this. The number one is water- deep sunburn as much as the japonicas. watering once or twice a week to Also it seems that camellias with red soak the roots. Dont just sprinkle blooms seem to tolerate the hot sun the plant because water droplets on better than white or pink bloomed leaves act like a magnifying glass varieties. As the camellia gets older which intensifies the burn. Move it can adapt to sunny conditions and your camellia if its in a pot or if you actually grow quite well in that sunny cant, put up a barrier. A couple of location with a bit of care and luck. stakes with burlap or weed barrier Heres hoping to see you along the cloth stapled to it can create shade es- camellia trail.

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How to transform you r life with better hearin g

Ask yourself Do you have difficulty following a conversation in a noisy restaurant or crowded room? Do you sometimes feel people are mumbling or not speaking clearly? Are you having a problem keeping up at work or in social groups because you miss key pieces of information? If youre experiencing a hearing loss, you are not alone. One in ten Americans have a hearing loss-thats more than 34 Million persons in the U.S. Its a fact of life The majority of people lose their hearing slowly over time. Less then 10% of these hearing losses can be medically or surgically corrected. Yet, its also a fact that with new advancements in hearing aid technology, 95% of these losses can be managed effectively to enhance your quality of life. Hearing loss is invisible Hearing loss, regardless of degree, can interfere with ones ability to participate in the world that greatly depends on communication for social, educational, and occupational activities. The primary mechanism for perceiving sound is through our sense of hearing. It has been described as a critical entrance to the brain, but, when that entrance is blocked or obscured, there may be a miscommunication. It is not easy for others to know that you have a hearing loss just by looking at you. The physical impact is the effect it has on your ability to communicate, learn, and participate in social, educational, and occupational activities. Losing your senses A loss of hearing may make it seem that others are mumbling or may result in you becoming frustrated. Infact, understanding of speech occurs in your brain, not in your ears. If the information your brain is receiving is distorted by a loss of hearing, then its like reading a book that is missing every other page. You may be able to guess what is missing but at least some of the time you are going to guess incorrectly. Auditory confusion It took years for your brain to learnthe meaning of sounds presented through normal hearing ears. Now, with a decrease in your hearing, your brain must translate distorted information into meaningful sound. Fortunately, professional assistance and technology are now available to resolve your hearing problems. The amazing sense of hearing There are three basic parts of the ear: the outer, the middle, and inner ear. Think of the outer ear as containing the parts of the ear that you can see and touch. The outer ear collects sound waves that travel down the ear canal to the eardrum. The eardrum vibrates in response to sound. As it moves, three tiny ear bones, the ossicles, are set in motion in the middle ear. As these bones vibrate, they set fluid in motion that is inside the snail shaped cochlea or inner ear. The fluid surrounds hair cells that, when set in motion, generate electrical impulses that travel to the brain through auditory nerves where it is processed and interpreted. Hair cells are fragile and some die as a function of disease, head injuries, medications, exposure to noise, and age. The auditory nerve can be similarly damaged. These conditions cannot be medically or surgically corrected. The most common treatments for hearing loss resulting from damage to the hair cells or auditory nerve are hearing aids and cochlear implants. The next step toward better hearing Having a hearing screening is easy and free, and can put you on a path to reconnecting with missing sounds through better hearing. Too often, common misperceptions about hearing loss prevent people from taking the first step in making an appointment for a hearing screening. To prevent a similar outcome for you and your loved ones, we wanted to clear up some of the confusion around identifying and treating a hearing loss.

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Many adults have not had a hearing screening since grade school and may not even remember the experience. Todays hearing screenings are thorough and thoughtful, designed to flag even mild hearing loss. After gathering a health history, the audiologist performing your screeningwill look in your ear with an otoscope to check for obstructions, infections or other medical conditions that might affect hearing. If there is no medical reason for hearing loss, the audiologist will screen your hearing to look for signs of any hearing problem. Hearing loss can be prevented or at least delayed by wearing hearing protection that is appropriate for the noise level or activity. Some common causes of hearing loss are listening to music with earphones or ear buds at a high volume level, attending rock concerts, hunting or target shooting, and workplace noise. Everyone should be alert to any signs of hearing loss for themselves or loved ones, and take the necessary steps to avoid further loss in the future. Please see the hearing quiz on the next page and if needed, make an appointment for yourself or a loved one.

Having a hearing loss is not something that anyone gets excited about. However, with the right attitude and approach, it can actually be a very manageable condition to care for. Experience shows that people can make remarkable improvements by simply dedicating themselves to getting the most out of wearing a hearing aid or cochlear implant. With hopes of similar outcomes in the future, here are 5 simple steps to better hearing for you or a loved one to use. Have your hearing checked regularly. If a problem is suspected, seek help from an audiologist. Most people wait five to seven years before solving their hearing problem. Thats five to seven years youre missing out on. Learn all you can about your hearing problem. Learn all youcan about your particular loss and work with a hearing professional to determine the best solution for you. Keep a positive attitude while you seek help. Much of your success with your hearing aid will depend on your attitude, your desire to learn, and a determination to increase your ability to hear. A positive attitude is crucial to improved hearing. Set realistic expectations.Hearing aids and cochlear implants will help you hear better, but cannot restore your hearing. Practice and be patient. The transition to better hearing requires practice. Its an investment that usually begins to pay dividends within the first two months. Remember, the more you utilize your hearing aids and/or cochlear implants, the better your experience will be. Sometimes aural (re)habilitation is indicated to help your brain adjust to the new information it is receiving.

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Beginning in September, the Academy is offering 13 courses and 4 special events for mature persons in the CSRA. in conjunction with the University of South Carolina Aiken. A brief description of the catalog offering is as follows: The Ancient Roman Republic. The 4 lectures by Dr. Walt Kubilius will explore the culture and government of ancient Rome from 500 BC to the time of Julius Caesar, a period of 1200 years. More Spy Stories. The 4 sessions will cover espionage in current events, The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer, The Mission Song by John LeCarre, and The Company We Keep by Robert Baer and Dayna Baer. 4 Artists Sharing Words, Music and Visual Art. The 4 sessions will cover fictional tales of medicine by author Janis Ann Park, poetry by C. D. Wright and poetry by author Amanda Rachelle Warren, a discussion of music for Off Broadway shows by muscian Lois Britten, and a visit to the studio of painter William Willis.

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Hitchcock Woods. Dr. Harry Shealy will discuss the early history of the Woods, how the Foundation manages the forest and some of the challenges facing the Woods.The third session will be a short tour of the Woods. Birds Here and There. Academy member and birder Chuck Braun will present four illustrated lectures on local birds, birds of New Guinea, Mexico, Japan, Argentina and the Caribbean. American Realism in Literature. The 4 sessions will cover an Introduction to Realism by Willa Catha, Call of the Wild by Jack London with a visit by Jeanne Campbell Reesman, a biographer of Jack London, a story by Ambrose Bierce, and a story by Andrew Geyer. Classical Composers. Dr. Richard Maltz in a four-part lecture series will examine the musical masterpieces of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt and Copeland. The New Middle East After the 2011 Revolutions. Dr. Tom Wood will explore the events, outcomes, and international ramifications of the dramatic and unexpected unrest that swept the Middle East early in 2011. Prohibition & the Bahama Queen. This two-part series will feature a overview of Prohibition with a focus on the South and Aikens Whiskey Dr. James Farmer. The exploits of Mike Lythgoes colorful ancestor, Gertrude Cleo Lythgoe, The Bahama Queen, will be discussed. Tie One On. Teacher Judi Hammond will describe many of the possibilities of using scarves to dress-up your wardrobe. After the session, wine and socializing will follow. The Poetry of Philip Levine. Dr. Donald Blount will discuss the poetry of Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine , the Blue Collar Poet of Detroit. Understanding the Nutcracker. Professional dancers Joy and Jeffrey Engel will discuss what is involved in staging a production and what happens backstage on performance day? Three Women of Science. Dr. Walt Kubilius will discuss the life and work

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The Purple Martin Boat Tour

birds coming back to Bomb Island to nest for the night was an amazing sight to see. Aiken County PRT has more trips coming up if interested contact Carolyn at 803-564-5211 for more information.

of Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie, her daughter Irene Joliot-Curie and Lise Meitner,the co-discoverer of nuclear fission. Understanding and Tasting Italian Wines. Six premium wines will be poured from various regions of Italy. Sante Cooper Canal Bus Trip. Travell with us to Moncks Corner, SC, to visit the Old Santee Canal Park built in 1793 to connect the Santee and Cooper Rivers The trip is scheduled for Oct. 20. Fall Steeplechase. On Sat. Oct 29, join the Academy membership at the 21st running of the Aiken Fall Steeplechase. Gates open at 9:30 am Holiday Luncheon. On Friday, Dec. 2nd at Houndslake Country Club, Open at 12:00, lunch at 12:30. For more information, obtain a catalog at the Aiken County Library, Aiken Center for the Arts , or contact Laura Anderson at 641-3563 or Mary Anne Cavanaugh at 641-3587. Both are located in the USCA Business & Education Bldg, rooms 113 and 111.

Aiken County PRT took a senior trip to Lake Murray Marina and boarded the Southern Patriot Boat, for the Purple Martin Boat Tour. The group enjoyed dinner aboard the boat and had a great time, the thousands of

Ms. Hazel Rawls, Jean Amerson, tour boat guide, Virginia Widener, tour boat guide, Marg Woods, & Earlene Rushton. These ladies were the life of the party, flirting with the deck hands!

The entire group, just before the boat docked back at Lake Murray Marina in Irmo.

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Cynthia F. Catts, RD, LDMedical Nutrition Therapist in Private Practice

According to a recent report published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, walnuts have a combination of more healthful antioxidants and higher-quality antioxidants than any other nut. I have long recommended walnuts as the king of all the nuts (over peanuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios and others) because of their abundance of omega 3 fatty acids but this is more reason for including them as part of a healthy diet. A handful of walnuts contain almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut. In my experience though, people are sheepish about eating nuts because of their relatively high fat and calorie content. This research certainly suggests that people should consider eating more of them. Nuts in general have an unusual combination of nutritional benefits in

Im nutty for walnuts

addition to antioxidants wrapped into a convenient and relatively inexpensive package. Nuts, for instance contain plenty of high-quality protein along with vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber; they are also dairy and gluten free. Years of research by scientists linked regular consumption of small amounts of tree nuts or tree nut butter with a decreased risk of heart disease, certain kinds of cancer, gallstones, type 2 diabetes, and other health problems. Researchers found that the antioxidants in walnuts were two to 15 times as potent as vitamin E, renowned for its powerful antioxidant effects, which protect the body against damaging natural chemicals involved in causing disease. For more information about the health benefits of tree nuts or to set up an appointment for a consult, Cyndi may be reached at 803-642-9360 or at


CurrIed WAlnuts
Ingredients: 2 cups walnut halves and pieces 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp curry Pinch of cayenne pepper Pinch of stevia (or granulated sugar) Pinch of salt Dash of Worcestershire sauce

directions: In a medium saucepan, boil walnuts for 5 minutes. Drain and discard any remaining liquid. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Shake vigorously in a colander to remove any loose skins. Pour olive oil in a skillet. Heat to low. Add curry and cayenne, cook 1 minute. Toss walnuts in curried oil to coat. Add stevia, salt and Worcestershire sauce; toss again. Store in a covered container. Makes 2 cups.




He doesnt know my name

Daybreak Adult Care is beginning a new series of feature articles that chronicle the experiences of those caring for loved ones with Alzheimers disease. In the room next to this one sits the man with whom Ive spent the last forty-five years building a life. We are a love story. We are a family story. We are a tale of triumphs and challenges, births and deaths, gains and losses. We are two people who decided many years ago to place bands on our fingers and meet each year that circled round together. Just like any couple, weve made our share of mistakes and weve experienced the highs and lows that are common to us all. But, Im proud of the fact that whatever life brought to our doorstep, weve faced it head on. Now, as I make my way each day through the life we have called home for so many years, the we has turned to I. The man Ive called husband for so long is still in this house but he cant recall any of the memories it holds. He cant reminisce with me about those early, romantic days when we were young and the world seemed so full of potential for both of us. He cant squeeze my hand as we talk about the strong, solid people our children have grown into, how theyve made their own lives, their own families. As a matter of fact, he can barely talk at all, doesnt know my name, doesnt even know his own. This man who once was an important figure in his field, who was responsible for so many people; doesnt remember how to put on his shoes, doesnt remember the simple motion of spoon and dish and hands. My husband, like so many others, is in the last stage of a disease that instead of claiming its victims all at once, take them one small and vital portion at a time. My husband is in the final stage of Alzheimers disease. These final chapters of our life as man and wife have not been easy ones to write. But, they arent ones that Ive had to complete on my own. When the first signs of dementia begin surfacing and Frank was diagnosed with Alzheimers, we knew we had to face this illness with the determination and spirit that we have given to all of lifes challenges. Even though we were both standing in a storm of emotions - sometimes anger, sometimes sadness, sometimes denial that anything was wrong at all; we committed to learning all we could about the disease and planning for our future in the best way we knew how. Im so thankful that we had some of those early, pivotal conversations about the future we would be facing. Im comforted knowing that even though he can no longer speak with me, I am carrying on and making the decisions for him that I know he wanted. This has meant a lot to me as we have gone

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through so many changes in the last few years. It has also meant a lot to our children and friends who we talked openly with about what to expect and what our plans were. I know many of you are facing something a lot like what I have been experiencing. You may be at a different point in your journeys and you may have made different decisions from the ones I have. You may be having emotions or experiencing circumstances that are very different from mine. But, I want you to know that you are not alone. I want you to know that there are people all over the world and people right here in our community who are learning how to handle life with Alzheimers. There are resources and organizations that can help you better care for the one you love and better care for yourself. Im looking forward to telling you more about my experiences and the things Ive learned that I hope will help you too. Talk to you soon. . . From My Home to Yours, Gayle

HarborChase of Aiken Bluegrass & BBQ Family Night

By: Jessica Owens Assisted Living Specialist

Residents and guest of HarborChase of Aiken enjoyed a great night of food and music in August. Chef Ed served a wonderful BBQ Pork Dinner followed by an evening of great music provided by the Savannah River Grass Bluegrass Band. We all enjoyed a foot stopping good time.

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turn of 8% during the 15 years from 1995 through 2009. But if they had missed the 30 best days in the market over that period, their return would have been negative. Market strategists called for a sharp market decline in late August 2010 as technical indicators were uniformly bearish. The market responded with its best September in decades. The facts seem clear to me. If you are going to venture into the market at all, then you must follow 2 simple rules. Do not try to time the market on getting in or out and allow proper diversification to be your friend. Diversification has not lost its effectiveness. Over the past several years, when stocks went down, bonds went up, preserving the value of the portfolio. And while stock markets around the world have tended to rise and fall together, there were huge differences in regional returns. Even though portfolios in the U.S. market actually lost money in the first decade of the 21st century, emerging-market stocks enjoyed returns of more than 10% per year. Every portfolio should have substantial holdings in the fast-growing emerging economies of the world. Someone who invested $100,000 at the start of 2000 and, following my advice, used index funds, stayed the course and rebalanced once a year, would have seen that investment grow to $191,859 by the end of 2009. At the same time, someone buying only U.S. stocks would have seen that same investment decline to $93,717. If you ignore the pundits who say that old maxims dont work and you follow the time-tested techniques espoused here, you are likely to do just fine, even during the toughest of times.

Market Strategies for the Best of Times and the Worst

Many obituaries have been written for the investment strategy of buy and hold. Of course, investors would be better off if they could avoid being in the stock market during periods when it declines. But no one, either professional or amateur, has ever been able to time the market consistently. And when they try, the evidence shows that both individual and institutional investors buy at market tops and sell at market bottoms. Money poured into the stock market at the peak of the Internet bubble during the first quarter of 2000. Stocks and mutual funds were liquidated in unprecedented amounts at market bottoms in 2002 and 2008. Professional investors had large cash holdings at market bottoms but tended to be fully invested during market tops. Buy and hold investors in the U.S. stock market made an average annual re-

Jay Brooks, owner of Brooks Financial.



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