Out and About – Week of February 21st

We must all be more cautious these days when it comes being caught in a “Scam”, or anything that might be fraudulent. This is especially true if you are a regular user of the internet. Everyday, people fall for one of those easy-money deals, and they quickly learn that there is no such thing as a “Free Lunch”. You’ll be happy to know that help is on the way. Tomorrow, Thursday, February 24, Sherry Swartz from the St. Joseph County Veterans Affairs office will give a virtual presentation on how to protect yourself from Medicare Fraud, Abuse and Scams. The St. Joe County Commission on Aging will be showing this presentation at both of its centers. In Sturgis, you may go to the Oaks Enrichment Center Classroom, 306 North Franks Avenue, and in Three Rivers you may attend the presentation at the Rivers Enrichment Center & Residence, 1200 West Broadway.

There is no need to sign up, just show up and the COA will handle the rest. The presentation will begin at 10AM at both locations. The presentation promises to be helpful and very informative.

It seems that if I’m going to get sick, it’s always during the winter months. Perhaps it’s because we don’t dress properly for the weather. Maybe we don’t spend enough time outside, so as a result we don’t get enough exercise. I can’t remember the last time I had the flu during the summer.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is credited for publishing “Nutrition Action”. From this publication, I’d like to share three questions dealing with health. They are all multiple-choice, and I’ll have the answers for you next week. Multiple-choice are almost as easy as true and false. Good Luck:

Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of all but one of these. (a) Liver cancer (b) Parkinson’s disease (c) Type 2 diabetes (d) Heart disease
A daily serving of which food is most likely to help keep you regular? (a) Whole grain wheat bread (b) Bran flakes (c) Apple (d) Broccoli (e) Fiber gummies
A daily serving of which food is least likely to raise the risk of colon cancer? (a) Uncured bacon (b)Deli sliced turkey breast (c) Lox (smoked salmon) (d) Uncured beef franks (e) Tuna salad)
Check next week’s column for the answers.

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”

I was considered to be a bit of a “Nerd” in high school. Besides carrying a briefcase from class to class, I would also spend a lot of my study-halls in the typing room practicing.

Typing is now referred to as keyboarding. Many keyboardists have wondered why the keyboard keys aren’t arranged in alphabetical order. Here’s the answer:

Some early typewriter models used toy building blocks for keys. These original typewriters

did have their keys in more or less alphabetical order, which seemed to make sense at the

time. The only problem with this arrangement was that the early typists became so proficient

that the keys would jam up, because they typed so fast. To slow down the typists, the keys were

rearranged into a diabolically difficult pattern. The first typewriter was designed for use with

two fingers. Typists learned to use all ten fingers with the rearranged key pattern, which still

survives today. You don’t see many typewriters today, thanks to modern technology. Same can

be said for the art of using shorthand and cursive penmanship.

“The answer to a shaver’s dream, a grease-less no-brush shaving cream.” ~ BURMA SHAVE

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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