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  • News reports of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) outbreaks in otherwise healthy schoolchildren have parents and teachers concerned. Twenty years ago, MRSA was usually confined to weakened patients in long-term care facilities and hospitals, according to Ricky Reiter, R.N., Flaget Memorial Hospital Director of Infection Control.

    Today there are more and more reports of community-acquired MRSA, he said.

  • The easiest and most common of the “forced” bulbs are the amaryllis and the paperwhite narcissus. Most bulbs require a chilling period in order to successfully force into bloom but the amaryllis and the paperwhite can be potted straight from the store. This dramatically reduces the time it takes from planting to bloom by 8 to 10 weeks. This is a bonus if you are a last-minute type. And with a little advanced planning you can have some paperwhites and amaryllis ready as gifts for the holidays.

  • NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

    American Legion Auxiliary to have dance

    The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 288, Bloomfield, will host a Thanksgiving dance 8 p.m.-midnight Nov. 24 featuring The Main Street Band, Admission is $8 per person, $15, couple. Must be 21 to enter.

    Boston Church to have dinner

  • Dear Heloise: Our two cats are indoor pets, but one is an ESCAPE ARTIST. We hired a lawn service to treat our lawn to help it grow. The day after a treatment, Calvin (the escape artist) managed to get past my husband when he opened the door. Calvin went straight to the lawn and started eating grass. My husband caught him and brought him back inside. Within a few minutes, Calvin started vomiting profusely. I immediately called the vet in a panic, knowing that Calvin had just ingested lawn chemicals. The vet told me to call the lawn company to find out exactly which chemicals were used.

  • Danny Holt looks at the current drought as an opportunity to clean out his pond. He’s not using it for much of anything right now, anyway.

    A 1-1/2 acre pond on his property off U.S. 62 is normally used to water 100 dairy cattle and a like number of sows plus their offspring. Unfortunately, the pond is just about gone.

    Holt said at this time last year the water level was about an inch below a spillway pipe in the center of the dam.

  • Recently I opened the door to call for Buck, our dog, and I was met with the unmistakable smell of a skunk. Anxiety washed over me because of a dog-skunk encounter all of us experienced a couple of years ago. It took more than a month for the smell to subside around the house and even longer on the dog. Buck came in, jumped on his bed, looked at me sweetly and went to sleep ... no offending smell.

  • Hannah Downs of the Nelson County High School FFA Chapter was one of 46 state winners participating in the 2007 National FFA Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event (CDE). The competition was Oct. 24-27, during the 80th National FFA Convention.

    The Prepared Public Speaking CDE is designed to recognize outstanding FFA members for their ability to prepare and present a factual speech on a specific agricultural issue. The CDE is just one way FFA members develop their ability to communicate in an organized and professional manner.

  • In a proclamation issued from the White House, President George Bush declared November 2007 as National Hospice Month. This is the 29th straight year that November has been designated as a month that honors Hospices throughout the nation.

    In part, the proclamation reads: “Hospice care professionals and volunteers are answering a timeless call to love their neighbors as themselves. During National Hospice Month, we recognize these individuals for their strength and compassion. Their efforts make our country a more loving and caring place.”

  • Winter is a season of holiday celebrations, football play-offs, and other occasions when family and friends get together during meals and snacks. For those with type 2 diabetes, it can be especially challenging to stick to a meal plan. Mouth-watering options such as honey-baked ham, buttery mashed potatoes, and sweet yams are popular for festive dinners, while chicken wings, cheesy nachos, and chips are among the favorites at football play-offs and other gatherings. However, you don’t have to completely sacrifice all of your favorite foods.

  • T.O.P.S. 262 met Oct. 3 and gave the following awards for September 2007.

    For 4 weeks no gains were Bernice Downs, Rita Gant, Marguerite Norris, Wanda Redmon and Rita Settles.

    For six weeks at or below goal was Sarah Wachowski.

    For being three months in leeway were Lum Gant and Sarah Wachowski.

    The bracelet winner was Betty Montgomery.

    There were 14 members with perfect attendance for September.

    Bernice Downs and Kay Weymouth attained 12 weeks.

    Weekly top losers were Jean Crowe, Julia Hayden and Nancy Mattingly.

  • Through November: November is Military Appreciation Month at the National Corvette Museum and all military personnel, firemen, police officers and their immediate families will receive free admission during November. All branches including active, retired and reserve members will be honored with free admission when presenting a military or service identification. For more information, call (800) 53-VETTE or visit www.corvette museum.com.

  • The American Cancer Society will celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 15. With exactly half of the United States now protected by smoke-free laws, and a variety of cessation resources available, there has never been a better time to quit smoking and enjoy the health benefits.

  • Remember when you were a kid and the thought of the holidays filled you to the brim with joy? For those who have lost a loved one or suffered a setback, the holidays can feel pretty hollow. Holiday cheer can be hard to come by if you’re facing a loss.

  • Much needed rain fell in Kentuckiana a couple of weeks ago; here at the farm we got almost 9 inches in the rain gauge. Cooler temperatures, a touch of frost and some near freezing nights are timely because it allows our plants to make the transition into dormancy. I was worried that warm weather might follow the rains which could have stimulated new growth after a rather unpleasant season of heat and drought. The best scenario is to stay cool so plants do what they are supposed to do this time of the year.

  • Frank Lucas will do anything, including coldblooded murder to gain and protect the riches and power of his illegal drug empire in the Harlem section of New York. “American Gangster” is the tale of two powerful men, one on each side of the law, who want to destroy each other in the early 1970s. Contributing to the crisis is the presence of crooked cops in New York City. This film becomes even more vibrant because of the brilliant acting of its two leading actors, Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.

  • WEDNESDAY - NOVEMBER 14

    Bardstown Rotary Club. Talbott Tavern, noon.

    T.O.P.S. No. 262. Civic Center, weigh-in, 10:30 a.m.; meeting, noon.

    Al-Anon. Meeting for friends and families of alcoholics, 10 a.m., First Christian Church, 175 E. John Rowan Blvd., Bardstown.

    Queen of Nelson No. 87 O.E.S.P.H.A. 7:30 p.m. at the lodge hall.

    Scout Troop 147. 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall.

    Alcoholics Anonymous. 8 p.m. each Wednesday at Russell Hall, Nazareth, (alcoholics only). For more information, call 349-1671.

  • NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Parade of American Music Program set