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May 1 - 15, 2009
May 1 - 15, 2009
  • 2 Real Estate Tooday

  • 3 Interior Design

  • 4 Calendar of Events

  • 5 Sudoku

  • 5 Consumer Tips

  • 6 BOOST Your Life

  • 6 Help! I’m Shrinkin’ Dr. Steve Olivas

  • 7 Hickman Happenings

  • 8 Lifestyles

    • 10 Boomer’s

    • 11 Mommy Talk

    • 12 Bright Spots with Sawrie Becker

    • 12 Councilman’s Corner Charlie Tygard

    • 13 Green 101

    • 14 Take Your Best Shot Kaye Ivanoff, RN

    • 15 From the School Board Alan Coverstone

    • 16 COUPONS !!!

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YMCA Program Helps Cancer Survivors Return to “Normal”

by Nancy W. Brown

Breast cancer treatment often leaves women with

limited range of motion, lack of energy, and a need to feel in control and normal again. Recognizing this,

the After Breast Cancer program was started 10 years ago at the Cool Springs YMCA and has since grown to serve several other locations. It is now centralized at the Maryland Farms facility.

Better known as the ABC Program, it has served hundreds of women in Middle Tennessee, addressing

the “mind, body, spirit” issues that are a part of the YMCA motto. Funded by the annual We Build People

giving campaign, the program is free of charge to all participants.

Physical therapists who are also specialists in

lymphedema — swelling of the arm that is a common side effect of cancer treatment — are available to

provide education on the prevention and treatment

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The After Breast Cancer program provides access to group exercise classes such as this one, as well as individual sessions with a personal trainer who is Pink Ribbon certified

The Exchange Club of Bellevue’s Benefit a huge success!

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Judge Vic Lineweaver is presented his evening’s prize by

Charlie Tygard, at-Large Metro Councilman - a starched bathrobe. Must be for Casual Fridays in the courtroom!

Event held at Chaffin’s Barn benefited Exchange Club Family Center

The Exchange Club of Bellevue held their 2nd annual

Reverse Draw benefit on April 20th and raised $15,000 to benefit area nonprofits. The event, sponsored in part by Chaffin’s Barn, was a fundraiser for the Exchange

Club Family Center in Nashville. The Family Center helps raise awareness for child abuse prevention and neglect with parent education, in-home counseling, supervised visits and safe exchange. they work primarily with families who are considered at risk of abuse and neglect, but they extend services to any person who has a sincere interest in strengthening his or her family

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Real Estate Today

Buyers beware……is the end in sight for the real estate market?

by Karen Roach

The existing sales numbers are improving by and large. New home sales are still not great, but that is from the massively excessive speculative construction builders engaged in until 2005. Realtors from all

parts of the country are

back in the game. That means realtors are seeing multiple sales and more offers on their listings. Most of the real estate business is coming in the lower price homes. They

might be distressed property or from first time home buyers. Of course first time

home buyers are entering the market with low interest rates, attractive prices and

the $8,000 tax credit from the stimulus

package. Forecast in the real estate market

is for prices to continue to lag. The real

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estate market should be on the upswing before the economy full recovers, but as forecast the prices might not rebound this year. Therefore, potential buyers need to be aware that the window is closing and when sales begin to rise, so will the prices of homes. Most professional in the real estate business believe that the price issue will linger on. One reason for this is because some buyers are not yet convinced that the bottom is here. But buyers beware……the dynamics of the real

estate market can quickly turn. So don’t

be a buyer who is in danger of watching the train leave the station. If you have any questions or need information on buying or selling a home

in this market or would like to know what your home is worth, please contact me at 615.495.9934 or via email at Karen@ AvenueRealEstate.com.

Calling All Volunteers,

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

The 2008 Bellevue Picnic was a huge

success, due in part to the huge volunteer effort put forth by the many people who gave of their time during the whole day event.

You don’t have to be a Chamber member

to offer your assistance with parking, setup/ tear down, assisting vendors or some of the other items that the Chamber may need help with during the event. If you can help during the day, even for a couple of hours, please contact Karen Johnson by phone: 615.977.6721 or via email: johnsonkareny@gmail.com Booths still available! If you are interested

in obtaining one of the last remaining booths please go to the Bellevue Chamber website www.thebellevuechamber.com and click on picnic on the main page for booth information. You may also contact the chamber directly by calling 615.662-2737.

The 2009 Bellevue Picnic is May 16th, 2009 all day at Red Caboose

Park - you can’t miss it!

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Interior Design

Outdoor Spaces

By Bohnne Jones, CID

C e r t i f i e d Decorator

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to take the outdoor elements. Fabrics such as Sunbrella are making a name for themselves in the outdoor furniture industry.

Lighting is also a very important aspect to creating an inviting outdoor s p a c e . W h e t h e r i t c o m e s f r o m landscape lighting, overhead lighting, ceiling fans or decorative side lighting; be sure you are incorporating various types of lighting in your outdoor space just as you would in your indoor spaces. Developing a creative lighting plan can help you create a space with increased ambiance and functionality.

I n t e r i o r

INTERIORS by Decorating Den

The line between indoors and outdoors continues to blur as many of us want to take our indoor comforts and solitude outdoors… This process is becoming more realistic as many manufacturers of home products, develop more and more appliances, furniture, lighting and accessories that can be used indoors or out.

People are driven to find peaceful

sanctuaries as a prescription for our stressful lives. Outdoor patios and porches are becoming more

sophisticated and refined and are

becoming a living extension of the indoor spaces.

Remember to create a space that is “perfect” for you and your needs and then sit back and enjoy it!

Outdoor furniture has evolved a long way from the folding, vinyl strap versions we grew up with, to beautiful pieces made of teak, steel, rattan, and wicker. Many pieces look just like indoor furniture but are constructed and designed

For your own personal decorator, contact INTERIORS by Decorating Den at 800-DEC-DENS or www.decoratingden.com

Making the world more beautiful, one room at a time.

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4 Fun one day Addicted to Decorating workshop May 9th or June 13th Hurry, not much
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Fun one day Addicted to Decorating workshop

May 9th or June 13th

Hurry, not much time left to register for this awesome one day class! Put on by Carol Bass, Master Decorator, this class will be held at Brentwood Holiday Inn on May 9 or June 13. There is a morning class and an advanced afternoon class - or you can attend both and receive a 30% discount for the whole day!

Please visit www.addictedtodecorating.com Seating is limited and tickets are going fast! For more info, call 888.800.7507 or visit www. addictedtodecorating.com.

Tuesdays at the Cottage, a nondenominational bible study, will now have two study times available for women – 8:00am and 9:30am, both on Tuesdays. Tuesdays at the

Cottage meets every Tuesday at The Cottage Café, 162 Belle Forest Circle, in Bellevue. Each study lasts one hour and is open to anyone. The 9:30am study will

begin on April 21st. Childcare is available for $5.00,

courtesy of Stay ‘N Play in Bellevue and is free for any first-timers to the study. Reservations are not needed.

The studies are ongoing and can be visited at anytime. For more information, please contact Lisa Kinakin at 615 456-2653

May 2

59th Annual Strawberry Festival Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon, TN

A celebration of small town life with hayrides, ice cream, exhibits, food vendors, and delicious strawberries. Links Event details at TNVacation.com!

Nashville.

Bring your whole family for music and nature-related fun and games. Clowns, hikes, arts and crafts, face painting, and a fabulous silent auction are just a few of the highlights. Families may pack their own picnic or purchase picnic lunches during the event. This event is free and open to

the public with a suggested donation of $5 per person up to $20 per family. Reservations are not required for this event. Cost: Suggested donation $5/child or $20/family

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Cinco De Mayo Festival & 5K Fun Run 5:00 pm

ICON in the Gulch , 600 Twelfth, Nashville, TN 37203

Event Details at Active.com

May 2 - 3

Bill Goodman’s Gun & Knife Show

TN State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Avenue, Nashville

Guns of all kinds, Shotguns, Rifles, Handguns. Holsters and Gun Cases. Gun Parts and Manuals. Ammo and Reloading

Equipment. Modern & Custom knives. Knife Sharpening.

Military & Civil War items, Camouflage and Hunting Gear. Gun Repairs and Gunsmith on-site. CCW Training and

Classroom Information.Event details at TechWeb.com

May 5

Tuesdays for Tots: May

10:00 am (repeats weekly on Tuesdays until May 26, 2009)

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum

1200 Forrest Park Drive Nashville.

Event details at nowplayingnashville.com!

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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Exhibit: Art Through the Eyes of Autism

  • ------------------------------- 7:30 am - 5:30 pm Vanderbilt University 2201 West End Avenue, Nashville

Nashville Children’s Theatre Spring Festival

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Saturday)

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street,

Nashville. 36.1550316 -86.769017 A free family event featuring a number of entertainers.

There will be performances on an outdoor stage, as well as other activities and food vendors. Expected participants:

This exhibit showcases visual artists with autism living in Middle Tennessee. The presentation is co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee, and VSA Arts Tennessee.

Lain York, Preparator

May 8

Men’s Tennis: NCAA Regional

Vanderbilt University

 

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Contact: Travis Young

May 10

 

Wo m e n ’s

L a c r o s s e

N C A A

Tournament

 

Vanderbilt University

 

2201

West End Avenue, Nashville.

May 11

Storytime Toddlers (age 3 and under) Barnes & Noble Booksellers Cool Springs, 1701 Mallory Lane Brentwood

615-377-9979

May 12

Nashville Sounds vs. Reno Aces Vanderbilt University

2201

West End Avenue

Nashville, TN 37235

May 14

Vanderbilt Men’s Baseball vs. Tennessee

6:00 pm

Hawkins Field

2600

Jess Neely Drive, Nashville

May 16

Bill Crosby Music, Playing by Air, Youth Speaks, Nashville

Symphony, Howard Pink and his Musical Garden Hoses and Nashville Public Library’s Wishing Chair Productions

Enjoy this fun afternoon either before or after you attend

NCT’s production of Still Life with Iris. In case of poor

weather, Spring Festival events will be moved inside.

Gretchen Herbert, Arts Coordinator

May 7

YMCA Harnessing the Power of Prayer 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Tennessee Renaissance Festival 2:00 pm

From the Tennessee RenFest web site. Travel back to

16th Century England. Our Village of Covington Glen

comes alive with the bustle of a Renaissance Marketplace. Over 60 skilled Artisians from all over the country display their wares

  • ---------------------------------- Sommet Center - 501 Broadway, Nashville. Event details at nowplayingnashville.com!

Arrington Vineyards and Winery 6211 Patton Road, Arrington, TN 37014

Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a bottle of our wine and take in a relaxed evening of music. Feel free to listen casually as you catch up with friends and family here at the rolling hillsides of Arrington Vineyards. Tables are available on a first come, first serve basis, but feel free to bring your own blanket or outdoor folding chairs.

  • -------------------------------- from silks to swords, gems to jewels. Flavors, aromas and tastes of specialty foods and drinks greet the festival-goer. Hear the sounds of Renaissance musicians and merrymakers as they echo through the trees. Color, movement, and peals of laughter welcome those who

Viva Victoria! The Plants and Gardens of the Victorian

Era 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm (Thursday) Belmont Mansion, Nashville, TN

In addition to hearing noted guest speakers Ben Page and Troy Marden, each attendee reserving tickets in advance

thrill to the challenges of Games

of Skill and Man-Powered Rides. The the theme for the weekend

  • -------------------------------- will receive a gift bag. A light Victorian-themed tea and self-guided tours of the Mansion will also be available.

Warner Parks Children’s Picnic

10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Saturday) Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Highway 100,

Cost $20/Ticket

of the May 16th is Pirate Invasion. This will be my first Renfest, so I am not sure about where to meet.

The safest bet would be to say in the parking lot close

to the gates around 2 PM. Tickets are 18.00 for a 1 day adult pass and 16.00 if purchased in advance. PLEASE READ These meetups are put together so that members can meet other photographers and share ideas and have fun shooting. While most everyone is willing to share their knowledge of photography, PLEASE understand

that this is NOT a PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS! Come to

the meetups - Ask Questions - Make Friends and most importantly HAVE FUN doing what you love to do.

Thanks, Donna Call or Text 615-337-5149

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Bob the Builder Live

11:00 am

TN Perf Arts Ctr Andrew Jackson Hall

505

Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37219

36.1652528 -86.781613 more info at ticketmaster.com

 

May 22

Hansel and Gretel

 

9:30 am

Nashville Public Library

615

Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219. Event details

at nowplayingnashville.com!

May 23

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Ongoing Event:

Bellevue Chamber Monthly Luncheon Meeting with

Guest Speaker

Every 3rd Thursday of the Month Location: The Meadows 8044 Coley Davis Rd, Nashville, TN 37221 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Saturday, May 16

32nd Annual Bellevue Community Picnic

Bellevue’s Red Caboose Park

10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Special Grand Marshal is Joe Elmore, Host of the Emmy

Award Winning “Tennessee Crossroads”

Nashville Shores Water Park - Summer Season 10:00 am Nashville Shores 4001 Bell Road, Hermitage

Plus unlimited fun for everyone… new attractions and special events … Rides & Slides, Dive-In Movies, Character Breakfasts, Spider-Man, Transformers, Purina Incredible Dog Show, fireworks … plus the water park

for kids … lake cruises and music for adults … jet-ski and pontoon boat rentals … and kayaks, mini-golf, volleyball, horseshoes and more for all ages. Cost -

$24.95 +tax/General (48” and taller) - [$22.95 +tax online]. $17.95 +tax/Junior (47” and shorter) & Senior

(55+) - [same online] Free/Children ages 2 and under $5/

Parking per vehicle

ONGOING EVENTS

Enjoy an evening of professional baseball! Nashville Sounds

Herschel Greer Stadium

534 Chestnut Street, Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: In Advance: $6/General Admission, $10/Reserved Gameday: $8/General Admission, $12/Reserved

Visit www.nashvillesounds.com

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Through May 27th Walking Wednesdays 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Vanderbilt University 2201 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37235

Join Health Plus for eight weeks of 30 minute walks each Wednesday. Meet at the Medical Center North shuttle drop-off at noon, rain or shine (if it rains we walk in the tunnels). Two groups will be led by Health Plus each week, one for fast paced walkers and one for slower walkers. Contact Lori Cowan at 343-6576 with questions. No pre- registration required.

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The Civil War and Reconstruction

Tennessee State Museum Ongoing

Tickets: Free Admission Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am- 5:00pm, Sunday. 1:00pm-5:00pm Tennessee State Museum 505 Deaderick Street Nashville, TN 37243

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The First Tennesseans Tennessee State Museum Ongoing

Prehistoric Indian cultures existed in Tennessee through four evolving periods, beginning about 15,000 years ago, peaking between 800 and 1650 A.D. with the Mississippian people, and ending with the ascendancy of such modern tribes as the Cherokee and Chickasaw. The museum even has a display of bones from a mastodon that roamed Tennessee 10,000 years ago.Tickets: Free Admission Tennessee State Museum 505 Deaderick Street Nashville, TN 37243

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Live Lunch at Stillwaters Cafe Stillwaters Cafe 1207 Jefferson Street, Nashville, TN 37207

LIVE LUNCH at Stillwaters features LIVE JAZZ every Tuesday and Thursday from noon until 2 pm for lunch patrons. Featuring a variety of local artists including John Birdsong, Jerry Krahn, Chris Kent and Mel Deal .

For more information, call 329-3207

Sudoku

Answers on page 6

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Consumer Tips

Quick Porch

Decorating Guide

by Dave and Mary Morris

We get asked often the

question “What can I do to decorate my porch without a lot of effort?” Decorating a porch is much like decorating any room of your home. Think color, theme, and focal point and purpose.

Color: You can do

an amazing decorating job

just by using color. Where

5 Ongoing Event: Bellevue Chamber Monthly Luncheon Meeting with Guest Speaker Every 3rd Thursday of the

conversation starter.

to start? Try the front door. The front door can also serve as a focal point or it can be used to telegraph the color scheme for the rest of the porch.

Theme: Most of us have at least

some type of look we’d like for our

porch: country, Victorian, Southern, contemporary, southwestern, eclectic, etc. Or perhaps you want a seasonal look depending on the time of year. The theme will help determine the furniture and accessories you will to decorate your porch.

Focal point: A focal point can be anything from the front door itself or perhaps a wicker table, chairs, and colorful table cloth. Or, it could be beautiful hanging baskets, a work of art (painting or sculpture), or perhaps a favorite rocker or swing. Your porch focal point should also serve as a great

Purpose: How will you use your porch the most? Will it be a gathering place for relaxing in the evening? Perhaps you want a place to listen to music or share an intimate glass of wine? Will you be entertaining on your porch or do you want to create a private nook for reading or writing? Knowing how you will use your porch will help you select the right furniture and accessories.

Porch decorating need not be

difficult. It’s a great space, no

matter the size, to create both functionality and curb appeal. Have fun with it and see what you can

create!

Dave and Mary Morris are the creators of http://www.front-porch-ideas-and- more.com. Check out their site for a free Porch Decorating Guide.

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Puzzle Solution from Page 5

6 Puzzle Solution from Page 5 BOOST Your Life A healthier, fitter YOU — START strength

BOOST Your Life

A healthier, fitter

YOU — START

strength training!

By Tarik Ramusovic

If you’ve never lifted weights in your life — and many people haven’t — why

should you start now? The answer is simple: Muscle tissue, bone density, and strength all dwindle over the years. So, too, does muscle power. These changes open the door to accidents and injuries that can compromise your ability to lead an independent, active life. Strength training is the most effective way to slow and possibly reverse much of this decline.

Having smaller, weaker muscles doesn’t

just change the way people look or move,

but muscle loss affects the body in many ways. Strong muscles pluck oxygen and nutrients from the blood much more

efficiently than weak ones. That means any

activity requires less cardiac work and puts less strain on your heart. Strong muscles are better at sopping up sugar in the blood and helping the body stay sensitive to insulin (which helps cells remove sugar from the blood). In these ways, strong

muscles can help keep blood sugar levels in check, which in turn helps prevent or control type 2 diabetes and helps burn more fat at the same time. So, strong muscles also enhance weight control.

On the other hand, weak muscles hasten the loss of independence as everyday activities — such as walking, cleaning, shopping, and even dressing — become

more difficult. They also make it harder to

balance your body properly when moving or even standing still, or to catch yourself if you trip. The loss of power compounds

this. Perhaps it’s not so surprising that, by

age 65, one in three people reports falls. Because bones also weaken over time, one out of every 20 of these falls ends in fracture, usually of the hip, wrist, or leg. The good news is that the risk of these problems can be reduced by an exercise

and fitness routine that includes strength

training. Start your strength training routine with a help and leadership of the coaches at the Boost FitClub in Bellevue, NOW!

For more information or questions about this article visit www.boostfitclub.com or call 615.662.8989.

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Help! I’m Shrinkin’

I Feel for You

By Dr. Steve Olivas

Whenever an awful crime bubbles into our

a w a r e n e s s , l i k e t h e Craigslist Killer (Philip Markoff), folks feel a need to understand the mind of a murderer. I

don’t think I could paint a

complete picture in a short

column, but I’ll address

one facet of the equation:

empathy. In other words, why do some of us feel for others while others

feel absolutely nothing for those around them.

To begin, empathy has a nature and a nurture component. First, the biology.

Each of us has a certain capacity for

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a b i l i t y c a n h a v e all kinds of kooky energy whenever they see somebody else hurt, or wronged, or victimized. For those people, they are consumed by the pain of others because they have a harder time differentiating themselves from the world around them. Again, part nature, part nurture.

R e g a r d l e s s

o f

relative capacity, each of us HAS these regions in our brain, and therefore we all have potential for empathy. Then comes the nurture piece to the puzzle…

empathy when we are born. It’s like

intelligence… we all are born with an empty “cup.” Some of us have a bigger cup, some a smaller cup. The

cup represents how much potential we have.

If you come from a place where you never bond with a caregiver, your ability to form relationships grows more and more dim. Too, your ability to empathize seems to have a critical

period. In other words, if you don’t get

However, how much we fill the cup depends on our environment as we grow up. Some people with tremendous potential only have a few droplets sprinkled into their cup; their volume is wasted. Other people may not have as big of a cup to start off with, but they have a waterfall cascading into it – they fill it to its max, and they hit the peak of their capability.

Empathy is similar. The parts of the brain that allow us to feel pain – both pain in ourselves AND reading it in other people - are called the anterior insula and the anterior cingulate cortex (YIKES!). Anyway, the potential (or, capacity) of these regions is genetically determined. You always hear that women have more empathy than men? Well, some of that is biologically determined.

By the way, your brain can tell the difference between pain in yourself and pain in others. But the same general region in the brain lights up when we hit our own thumb with a hammer, or watch somebody else hit their thumb. In other words, pain is pain is pain… but we have to be able to differentiate our pain from that of others.

As an aside, folks without this

empathy by a certain age (which seems to be very young), it is extraordinarily difficult to establish one later in life.

Now… a lack of empathy doesn’t

predispose a person toward being a murderer. It is a necessary component, but not a sufficient one. A killer will also have rage. They typically come from some pretty awful place – some sort of abuse or neglect or an actively addicted parent or something BAD in their upbringing.

When you combine the rage stirred by a painful upbringing, a genetic predisposition toward limited empathy, and a lack of bonding with a caregiver, the recipe for trouble is complete.

Incidentally, the worst combination is psychopathology plus high intelligence – these are the people who learn to hide it. Dangerous folks…

The complete recipe is a bit more complicated, but this is a good primer to begin understanding how some people can go haywire. Stay careful,

and don’t screw up our kids!

You may email Steve for questions or comments at dr.steve.o@hotmail.com

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Hickman Happenings

If you think there’s nothin’ happenin’ in Hickman County…. listen up!!

By Colleen Ray

When I sit down to write this column I

tend to struggle with how to start and how to add a personal touch to the events, but then somehow it all seems to come out

okay. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t

think that talent has much to do with it,

but rather that we have so many wonderful

things going on in this county, that it just all seems to come together. We are an active community with many talents, gifts and interests. Thanks everyone, you make my

life a little easier and I appreciate y’all!

One of my favorite things in spring and summer is the Centerville Farmers Market and it starts up again this Friday, May 1st! Each week on Tuesday and Friday from 7

a.m. to 1 p.m., you can go down to River Park and purchase fresh grown produce

and vegetables from local farmers. You’ll also find other vendors with homemade

baked goods, jams and jellies, jewelry and other wares. Oh, and by the way, the

prices are not bad at all. Maybe I’ll see

you there!

Also on May 1st is the Seventh Annual

Grinder’s Switch Walking Horse Classic,

sponsored by the Centerville Lions Club. The event, held at the Maury County

Park in Columbia will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature 28 classes of horsemanship

and pageantry. Admission is only $5

with children 12 and younger free. Your admission will go to assist the Lions in the many services and programs they provide to our community as well as the monetary contributions they provide to different organizations.

Concessions will be available.

The Spring into the Arts Fair, sponsored by the Hickman County Arts and Crafts

Guild will be held on May 2 from 8 a.m.

to 4 p.m. at the East Hickman Community Center and Buford McCord Memorial Park in Lyles. Contact Betty Meadows at 670- 3836 or Norbert Comtois at 729-0154 for more information.

Free physical exams for students intending to participate in varsity sports at HCHS and HSMS in the 2009-1010 school year will be given on May 2 from 7 – 10 a.m. at Hickman County Middle School.

Please plan to donate blood at the American Red Cross Bloodmobile to be held at Twomey Church of Christ on Thursday, May 7 from 12:30 to 5:30 pm. Donate and

you might be the lucky winner of tickets to the upcoming May 16th Billy Joel/Elton

John concert in Nashville. I’m in!! The Centerville Garden Club will host its

annual plant sale at the River Park on Friday, May 8th from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Flowers, grasses, vegetables, houseplants and ground covers will be available, along with crafts and baked goods. Some available plants

will be offered from members’ own gardens.

Donations of crafts, bird houses, bird feeders and baked goods will gladly be accepted. Come share the knowledge of these gifted gardeners and help them continue to beautify and improve areas throughout our town with your purchase. Plan to get your exercise for a good cause

7 Hickman Happenings If you think there’s nothin’ happenin’ in Hickman County…. listen up!! By Colleen

at the second annual Hickman County Walk for Lupus Now which will be held on May 9th at 8:30 am at the Jerry Dixon Walking Trail at River Park. Sheriff Randal Ward is the honorary chair. For more information call Willene Keith at 729-9388.

Mother’s Day is May 10th, so how ‘bout

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Phillip is a senior at Hickman County High School and will receive his honors diploma, placing 6th in his class. He was recognized as Highest Lifter in the 1000 lb Iron Man Club, served as captain of the football team, and was an All-Region Player. Phillip was offered a football scholarship to both Lambeth and Bethal Universities, but plans to attend Baylor University where he also received a scholarship, and will major in BioChemical

Engineering. He was also recognized in the Who’s Who in

Foreign Language, has received Highest Academic Awards, as well as All-Region Academic Awards.

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of the condition. They also work with participants after surgery to help them regain range of motion as quickly as possible.

Once their range of motion is in the normal range, participants can work with personal trainers who are Pink

Ribbon certified. This means they have

completed a two-day course covering the anatomy and physiology of breast cancer

and best practices for helping survivors

regain strength, flexibility and cardiac

endurance.

“My trainer gave me the confidence and

encouragement I needed to make exercise a habit,” says one ABC participant. “I was

afraid I’d injure myself, but she helped me

start slowly and build up both my strength

and endurance. I feel like I’m in control

of my body again, and I’m in better shape

than I was before my diagnosis!” Breast cancer survivors can also join

in group exercise classes, including yoga, tai chi, pilates, Zumba, sculpt and water exercise. “The ABC program is basically a free 16-week membership that gives participants full access to the Y,” explains Ashley Harold, director of volunteer services at Maryland Farms YMCA.

ABC members may also take advantage of nutrition counseling by a registered dietician. Most are interested in the “defensive eating” tips developed to help prevent a cancer recurrence by focusing on healthy food choices, but weight loss and control is still the number one requested service.

A monthly educational meeting provides a venue for peer support in a social setting, as well as bringing timely information

to those attending. It is held on the first

Tuesday of every month at the Cool Springs YMCA on Seaboard Lane.

For more information about the ABC program, contact Nancy Brown or Ashley Harold at 373-2900.

Lifestyles

Maintaining Fences and Gates a Smart Move

Good fences really can make good

neighbors and neighborhoods. When was the last time you inspected fences, gates and gate hardware around your

property to ensure they’re still in

good working condition?

Ignoring fence and gate maintenance can be extremely costly. Taking measures that will help protect your home, property, children and pets is inexpensive, quick and easy to do.

Fences help protect children from danger, keeping toddlers out of swimming pools or keeping them

in the yard, away from busy traffic.

Fences can help keep your own pets in your yard, and other animals out. They can reduce your liability by preventing injuries to uninvited guests on your property, or damage or injury caused by escaped pets.

Fencing around the home is especially vulnerable to weather-

related damage, including rust. Ground

freezing and thawing, wind and general abuse can damage the gate, affecting alignment.

“An important spring and summer home improvement project should be

ensuring that your fences and gates are functioning properly and are protected from rust, a destructive force that can render gate hardware useless,” says Jim Paterson, senior vice president of D&D Technologies, which manufactures gate hinges and latches made of ultra- strong engineering polymers. “In our research, we found that when homeowners consider their fencing needs, rusty metal gate hardware that no longer functions properly was their No. 1 concern. Most homeowners are not aware that rust-free and adjustable gate

hardware, such D&D’s

hinges and latches, is available.”

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products. D&D Technologies latches and hinges are adjustable, self-lubricating and include stainless steel mounting hardware. They require little maintenance and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

“Common gravity latches and hinges are

inexpensive and function fine when new,”

Paterson says. “However, as soon as rust sets in or gates move out of alignment, these latches and hinges no longer close without manual assistance.”

It’s simple to install new hardware and

doing so can update the look of your gates and enhance the effectiveness of your gate

and fencing.

“Aluminum, vinyl or wood fencing can protect against rust on the fence itself,” Paterson says, “but the hardware must still be rust-free and adjustable to ensure the gate will be in working order.”

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D&D Technologies hardware is now available through fencing contractors, on-line, and under the Stanley or National Hardware brand name at many hardware and home improvement stores. See www.ddtechglobal.com, email info@ ddtechusa.com or call (800) 716-0888, ext. 292 for more details or to find a retailer near you.

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Small Business

Resourceful Ways for Small Business Owners to Save

In this economic environment, everyone is looking for resourceful ways to decrease spending and save money. This is especially true for small business owners, as they look to reduce expenses, take advantage of

discounts, increase cash flow and in turn, improve their business’s bottom line.

Here are several resourceful and creative

ways that small business owners can save

money as they navigate today’s economy.

* Barter While bartering may sound a little old

fashioned, it’s a great way to work out

deals between businesses and save cash. For example, if you are a paper supply

company, barter to provide a printing company with all their paper needs in

return for free copies. If you are a graphic designer looking for an accountant, offer your creative design expertise in return for

sound financial advice. Through bartering, you can work out deals that are beneficial

to you and the businesses you partner with. In addition, be proactive in your efforts to

enhance existing business relationships in terms of operating expenses, etc. In tough times, many companies are willing to work out deals to retain your business.

* Save Take advantage of programs designed

Recipe

to help you save money on everyday

business necessities, such as office supplies

and computers. Bank of America recently launched an online shopping portal called Add It Up where small business owners can earn up to 20 percent cash back from more than 270 retailers when they shop online with their Bank of America check card. Participating retailers include top names such as Staples.com, HomeDepot.com, Walmart. com, and Costco.com, where small business customers spent the most money in 2008.

“Small business owners make frequent purchases from these retailers as they manage their day-to-day business needs,” says John Durrant, Bank of America Small Business

Strategy Executive. “By shopping online through the Add It Up portal, small business

owners can potentially save over $1,000 a

year -- that’s a savings of more than $80 a

month, which could equal the money you spend on gas to visit clients, or monthly shipping expenses.”

* Evaluate Expenses

Take this time to reevaluate all of the annual service contracts that your business currently has in place. You may no longer need the comprehensive and often costly full-service phone plan because you use your cell phone to make most business calls. You may also consider getting rid of your

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

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Ingredients

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1/4 cup honey

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1/2 cup orange juice

1/3 cup honey

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1/4 cup low-fat dry milk 1/4 cup wheat germ

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1/2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries

container (8 ounces) low-fat vanilla yogurt 1/4 cup honey

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medium ripe bananas, peeled

teaspoon vanilla (Substitute vanilla yogurt for

plain yogurt and vanilla, if desired.) 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:

Combine milk, bananas, yogurt, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg in

blender or food processor; process until

thick and creamy. Add ice cubes, one at

a time, and blend until smooth.

Honey Breakfast Drink

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor and mix well.

large banana, peeled and sliced

traditional fax machine and utilize free online

faxing Web sites in its place. Other items to evaluate include changing over traditional, printed company newsletters and mailings to paperless communications, as this can reduce your yearly business expenses for paper, ink, and printing. Savings that seem small in the short term can help make your company

profitable in the long run.

* Network

Through networking, small business owners can learn how their peers and fellow entrepreneurs in the local business community are navigating their business through the current economy. Many online networking

sites, like Bank of America’s Small Business

Online Community, are free to join, provide expert content and the opportunity for small business owners to get immediate feedback.

To get some offline face time with colleagues

and peers, find out if your local chamber of

commerce hosts networking events that you can attend to meet small business owners in your area. Tapping into the experience of your small business peers is a great way to gain additional savings tips.

* Promote Advertising is a good investment for business

dollars, but keep in mind that you don’t

always have to spend big bucks to conduct

a successful advertising campaign. Consider advertising through an e-newsletter or a series of e-mail marketing campaigns. These online techniques are usually less expensive and

allow you to target specific customers. If you

want to continue with direct mail, be sure to cull down your mailing list and eliminate any

customers you haven’t heard from in a while.

Or, consider slipping advertising materials and coupons into items you are already mailing out, such as invoices.

* Travel In this current economic environment,

eliminating any business travel that isn’t

absolutely necessary can save small business owners a great deal of money. In place of traveling to see customers and clients, plan weekly meetings using free Web or phone

conferencing applications. If you must take a business trip, try to plan ahead and do your homework. A little researching for a less

expensive flight or hotel can go a long way

and save big money. For more information about Bank of

America’s Add It Up online shopping portal,

visit www.bankofamerica.com/additup.

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Hearing

What causes hearing loss?

By Dr. Sheri E. Weiner, Doctor of Audiology

One of the most common causes for

hearing loss is exposure to loud noise. We live in a noisy world, work around noise in many cases and listen to loud music. Noise-induced hearing loss can be gradual and is especially risky when listening to loud sound without wearing

properly fitted hearing protectors. It can

also be suddenly caused by one exposure to a loud sound. For instance, I knew one gentleman that had shot guns for years without wearing hearing protection.

Then, while hunting, he fired his rifle

once and lost all of the hearing in one ear.

There is a simple (and often inexpensive) way to protect yourself from this type of hearing loss… hearing protectors.

Another very common cause of hearing loss is age. There are natural changes in the inner ear and the hearing nerves as we age. This type of hearing loss is gradual. It often takes years for a person with this

type of hearing loss to notice it.

While age-related and noise-induced types of hearing loss are permanent, there are some other causes of hearing loss that can be medically treated. For

instance, earwax buildup, ear infections, injury to the head or ear, and otosclerosis

(calcification of the bones in the middle

ear) are commonly treated by medical doctors.

As you can see there are many causes of hearing loss. While some causes are easily diagnosed and treated, it is often

difficult to narrow any one person’s

permanent hearing loss down to one cause. In fact, it is not unusual for two or more of the above mentioned causes to be present. That is why audiologists are often left playing investigator when trying to determine the causes of a

person’s hearing loss.

Please send your questions to us at audiomom@ comcast.net or write to 7640 Highway 70 South Suite 207 Nashville, Tn. 37221.

Boomer’s

How to Save Money on Senior Care

With America’s population

aging, billions of dollars are spent each year on senior care expenses. But with economic worries affecting many families, cutting costs has become more important than ever. With a little creativity, seniors and their families can save a substantial amount of money.

Compare Prices

Family members and caregivers can help seniors out by comparison shopping

for goods and services online.

Changing homeowner’s

insurance policies alone can save hundreds of dollars each

year. Review all bills and find

out if it is less expensive to

bundle services like phone and cable.

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Existing Services

The fall prevention alarms advertised on television can be a great tool to help seniors prevent serious injuries from falls and other medical emergencies, but most of them come with a costly monthly monitoring fee. Look for a personal alarm system that can connect directly to 911 and charges no monitoring fees and has no service contracts.

Consider Home Care

independence.

Reverse Mortgage

Many senior citizens have owned their homes for decades and can take advantage of a reverse mortgage -- a loan that allows a homeowner to convert a portion of their equity into cash. Unlike a traditional mortgage, repayment of a reverse mortgage is not required until the borrower no longer uses the home as their principal residence.

According to a 2007 MetLife survey, the average annual rate nationally for a private room in

a nursing home is $77,745 and is

steadily increasing each year. The

annual base rate for an individual residing in an assisted living

community is $35,628. The average

annual cost of home care can be half the cost of nursing home care.

An organization like Visiting Angels provides a cost-effective alternative to assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Caregivers provide up to 24-hour elderly assistance in the comfort of home at affordable rates. Home care makes it possible for seniors to remain in their homes and maintain their

Buy in Bulk

Seniors often use the same products, such as personal care items or incontinence supplies, month after month. Purchasing such nonperishable items in bulk online or from a warehouse store can save a great deal of money. Also consider signing up for automatic monthly delivery for health and personal care products. Auto delivery ensures products will no longer run out and shipping is often free.

For more money-saving ideas

and to find out if home care is right

for you, visit www.VisitingAngels. com.

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11 Mommy Talk Thoughts from Moms .... regarding Motherhood & Work Anne Alexander Vincent, Ordained Minister
11 Mommy Talk Thoughts from Moms .... regarding Motherhood & Work Anne Alexander Vincent, Ordained Minister

Mommy Talk

Thoughts from Moms

....

regarding

Motherhood & Work

Anne Alexander Vincent, Ordained Minister of Pastoral Counseling Susan Douglas, MD

No Mommy’s Perfect was invited to

speak last week to the Vandy MOMS at

the Vanderbilt University Women’s Center.

The six year old group meets weekly and

is composed of mothers employed by

Vanderbilt University and Medical Center. Working mother visitors from closeby

businesses are encouraged to attend. Amy and Mesa, the cofounders of Vandy MOMS, were there to greet a marvelous

assortment of women (and Courtney’s

sweet baby Liam in a stroller) who all brought a brown bag lunch and settled into the cozy lounge for our mini seminar. This group meets an

incredible need for connection and support on campus and is the

only one of its kind in the Nashville area. Amy and Mesa count about 40 moms on their roster, and since it is a lunch hour program, usually a dozen or so rotate through.

Our No Mommy’s

Perfect totes, Tshirts, b a b y o n e s i e s , a n d

journals were displayed as the moms entered drawings for our three free giveaways at the end of the session.

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Anne Alexander Vincent is in private practice, treats individuals, couples, families & can be reached at (615) 354-1395 Susan Douglas, MD practices psychiatry & treats adults on an outpatient basis at Middle TN Psychiatric Clinic 2011 Ashwood Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212 (615) 383-4694

Our workshop yielded some serious discussion as well as delighted laughter as two groups of moms concentrated on questions such as: “How do you view the world differently now that you are a MOM?” and “What do you as a MOM worry about the most?” We could have gone on all afternoon however office responsibilities called! Everyone gathered for a goodbye photo in

the brilliant spring sunshine. No Mommy’s

Perfect hopes to see the Vandy MOMS again soon!

11 Mommy Talk Thoughts from Moms .... regarding Motherhood & Work Anne Alexander Vincent, Ordained Minister
11 Mommy Talk Thoughts from Moms .... regarding Motherhood & Work Anne Alexander Vincent, Ordained Minister
11 Mommy Talk Thoughts from Moms .... regarding Motherhood & Work Anne Alexander Vincent, Ordained Minister
11 Mommy Talk Thoughts from Moms .... regarding Motherhood & Work Anne Alexander Vincent, Ordained Minister
11 Mommy Talk Thoughts from Moms .... regarding Motherhood & Work Anne Alexander Vincent, Ordained Minister
11 Mommy Talk Thoughts from Moms .... regarding Motherhood & Work Anne Alexander Vincent, Ordained Minister
11 Mommy Talk Thoughts from Moms .... regarding Motherhood & Work Anne Alexander Vincent, Ordained Minister

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Bright Spots

A Place to Find Informational and Inspiration For Your Life

Patience - And the Bamboo Tree

By Sawrie Becker, M.S.E. Personal Life Coach SBB Life Coachin g

Waiting for spring to finally arrive has me thinking a lot lately about “patience” and how hard it

is sometimes to wait. The final vestiges of winter held on tightly leading us to wonder if spring would come at all this year - although certainly we know it

would eventually – but we didn’t

want to wait any longer. Similarly,

our country’s economic status

has also tested our ability to wait

patiently for good news and better days ahead. Having patience in good times is hard enough, having patience in uncertain times can seem unbearable.

Recently a colleague in the midst of job search shared with me the story of the Chinese bamboo tree as a lesson in patience. It seems that once a bamboo seedling has been planted, the gardener will lovingly care for it, water it, tend to it, making sure it has proper sunlight to grow. Yet even after

a year’s time, the plant will look

the same with no visible growth at all. Even after the second, third and fourth year of watering, tending and caring for the tree it will look the same. Suddenly, as if by magic, in the fifth year it will begin to grow. In fact, it will grow two and a half feet a day until in six weeks it will reach ninety feet. Why this sudden growth? This sudden growth occurs because during its first five years it develops miles and miles of mature, long reaching roots beneath the ground. Though no growth is visible on the outside, the foundation has been established and strengthened making the extraordinary growth possible.

Being patient for things to happen

in our lives is often like growing a Chinese bamboo tree. Sometimes

it is discouraging when things don’t

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happen or occur when we want them to or believe that they should. Whether it be looking for a new job, starting a business, creating a relationship, losing weight – seemingly we do things right yet nothing happens. We pay the price, prepare the soil, plant, fertilize and water yet nothing happens. There may even come a point when we are ready to call it quits and lay down the watering can. This is the time when it is helpful to remember that just as with the bamboo tree, although nothing visable has been happening on the outside, much has been going on underground. The roots we have been nurturing, the work we have been doing, have created an extensive network and foundation that will sustain and support our explosive growth when it comes and it will come - just as spring always comes,

Yes, sometimes life, like the bamboo tree, does require a lot of patience. Yet, like the gardener, if we do things right, have persistence

and don’t give up - rewards will

follow!

If you would like to learn more about what life coaching can bring to your life, contact Sawrie at 352-0978, email at Sawrie@sbblifecoaching.net or visit www. sbblifecoaching.net.

Councilman’s Corner

By Charlie Tygard

Last week, at a specially-

called meeting of the Metro Council, Mayor Dean presented his annual State of Metro address at the newly-opened MTA Transit Center. In a tough economy, Mayor Dean began his

speech by confirming what

had long been rumored – he would not be presenting a property tax increase to Metro taxpayers this year.

Many in the crowd breathed a huge sigh of relief because of the recently enacted water rate increases along with a new, dedicated funding source for stormwater improvements. Coupled with the reappraisals that are now being distributed to property owners, many people, especially seniors and retirees

living on fixed incomes, are reaching a

tough financial position.

Mayor Dean also emphasized that public education and public safety (police,

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approve funding to begin land acquisition. Another investment he touted was the long-talked about 28th Avenue Connector, which would connect North Nashville/Jefferson Street with the Vanderbilt/ Charlotte Pike area at the west of Centennial Park. Mayor Dean touted the economic development possibilities and increased potential tax base of this

connector. For Parks’ supporters, Mayor

Dean also stressed that funding to assist the Friends of Warner Parks with their acquisition of the 330 acre Hill Farm

property on Highway 70S would be included, along with funds to acquire additional land adjacent to Peeler Park in Madison. Continued support of Metro greenways along the Harpeth River is also included. New Police Precincts for Madison and Antioch are proposed, which should lessen the pressures on the West Precinct serving Bellevue and West Nashville.

fire, EMT’s, etc) would also remain a

priority, although he was quick to point out that no departments would be spared from budget reductions. Other points of emphasis were those “quality-of-life” departments like parks and libraries, although these two departments would also see cuts.

I thought Mayor Dean made an excellent presentation and stated his priorities very clearly. Budgets are never fun in down economies, but Mayor Dean is making the tough decisions that will benefit taxpayers in the long run by streamlining government.

Among the other items discussed were those capital expenditures that Mayor Dean viewed as investments in the city. Chief among these was the new Music City Convention Center, where Mayor Dean will be asking the Council to

As always, please feel free to contact me at P. O. Box 210945, Nashville 37221 or 256-7146 (work) or 243-3295 (cell) if I can be of service.

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Parenting

Teaching Kids Lessons Beyond Dollars and Cents

To say that money matters have been

getting a lot of attention as of late is an

understatement. It’s hard to turn on the

television, read a newspaper or surf the Web without the topic coming up in one form or another. While many of us have grown used to the constant chatter, it might not be the case for children.

Given the economic crisis, now, more than ever, it’s important to teach the

children in your life about the basics

of money management. And to take it a step further.

to learn about spending, saving and sharing not only their money, but also their time and talents. Cities across the United States hosted a Teach Your Kids

to Share Day event filled with fun and

interactive workshops.

Spending, saving and sharing may be simple concepts, but making intentional

decisions about these three S’s is an

important part about helping children develop healthy money habits.

Here are three ways you can use to start the lesson at home:

Kids today learn about money the same way most adults did -- by watching

* Discuss with your child how you spend, save and share your money. For example: explain how you spend money on groceries and the home; how you save money by depositing money in the bank; and how you share money by supporting your place of worship or a charitable cause.

* Ask your child to write down how they want to spend their money, what they want to save their money for and how they want to share.

* Work together on establishing a

guideline on how they’ll manage their

money. For example -- if you set “share

10 percent, save 10 percent and spend 80 percent” as a guideline, the next time

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and listening to those closest to them. While getting a weekly or monthly allowance and saving for the “must- have” toy are certainly important life lessons, there is another element that is much easier for adults to overlook. Sharing and giving back.

“Saving, spending, and sharing can be the cornerstones of a financial education foundation that can last a

your child gets $20 as a birthday gift, the

child should divide the money to meet the guideline.

lifetime for kids, “ says Laura Dierke,

financial education program manager

with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a faith-based financial services

organization. “Most of us have a pretty good handle on how to teach the basics of saving and spending. But lessons on

sharing aren’t always as easy.”

Hundreds of parents had the

opportunity to take a first step in

teaching this lesson during the first-

ever national Teach Your Kids to Share

Day, which took place April 24 during Financial Literacy Month. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans established the event to bring parents and kids together

Most importantly, make sharing an ongoing conversation. Talking with your child is one of the best ways to build a financial foundation for the whole family.

Amidst today’s turbulence is a silver

lining. While many of us re-evaluate our

attitudes toward our financial choices,

we have an opportunity to take a step back to make sure we are passing on important lessons beyond dollars and cents to the next generation.

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relationships. They cover primarily Davidson and Rutherford Counties but have helped many throughout Middle Tennessee.

The event was a festive event to raise awareness and donations for a serious cause. Charlie Tygard,

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Another happy winner at the Exchange Club benefit

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at-large Metro councilman, was the Master of Ceremonies and other than tripping over the mic wire a few times and causing a few bingo balls to exit the cage early, put on a great show.

Area businesses were very gracious and donated over 100 door prizes for

the event so just about everyone left with something of value. The door

prizes ranged from gift certificates to

area restaurants, spas, hair salons and computer repair to one night stay at area hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns up to free tickets on Southwest and the top prizes of cash giveaways. The

Grand prize of $5,000 was won by

Ben Johnson, who was given a ride home in a Brinks armored truck.

The Exchange Club wants to thank all the businesses that donated prizes and all the volunteers who assisted in making the event a great success. A letter of appreciation will be mailed shortly to all those who participated this year. Be on the lookout for more Exchange Club news soon.

Top 10 tips to start going GREEN

  • 1. Recycle - Paper, Plastic, Aluminum & Glass

  • 2. Tote reusable shopping bags

  • 3. Use non-toxic household cleaning products (or make your own homemade

solutions)

  • 4. Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFLs

  • 5. Kick the bottled water habit and use reusable

BPA-free bottles

  • 6. Eliminate junk mail

  • 7. Unplug appliances when not in use: coffee

maker, toaster, cell phone chargers, etc.

  • 8. Turn off lights, TVs, computers, stereo, and

other electronics when not in use

  • 9. Buy organic and locally grown food

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10. Plant trees

Tara Biller is founder and owner of

www.greenproofyourhome.

com, a residential consulting service designed to outline the simple steps of going green. Please direct questions or comments to tbiller@ greenproofyourhome.com

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Swine Flu Info!

14 Swine Flu Info! with people who are sick. People with swine flu are potentially contagious

with people who are sick. People with

swine flu are potentially contagious

for up to 7 days after symptoms begin, with infants and children showing to be potentially contagious for longer periods of time.

The most up to date information available to the public can be found at www.cdc.gov/swineflu. Because the CDC is the government entity charged with protecting the health of the American people, SHOTS, etc. encourages everyone with internet access to view the daily updates and other vital information found there. If a vaccine becomes available, SHOTS, etc. WILL have the vaccine and will be happy to vaccinate you and those you love!

Most of the above information was

taken directly from the CDC website

www.cdc.gov/swineflu.

Kaye Ivanoff, RN is President and CEO of SHOTS, etc., a Nashville- based provider of vaccines and other wellness services that keep children, adolescents and adults healthy for work or school requirements, world travel and everyday life! Walk-in service is available at 7648 Hwy 70 So. suite 15 at I40 exit 196. Call 615.469.7413 or visit www.SHOTSetc.com for details of services and pricing.

Kaye Ivanoff, RN is President and CEO of SHOTS, etc., a Nashville-based provider of vaccines and other wellness services that keep children, adolescents and adults healthy for work or school requirements, world travel and everyday life! Walk-in service is available at 7648 Hwy 70 So. suite 15 at I40 exit 196. Call 615.469.7413 or visit www.SHOTSetc.com for details of services and pricing.

SWINE FLU: Facts

YOU need to Know!

By Kaye Ivanoff, R.N. SHOTS, etc.

SHOTS, etc. has received hundreds of calls and emails this week from our client companies and individuals with questions about the swine flu, signs and symptoms, how to prevent it and whether or not SHOTS, etc. will have the vaccine when it becomes available. We are carefully monitoring news reports, updates from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and direct emails from other travel medicine providers all over the world. This is the latest information we have received.

Swine influenza (swine flu) is

a respiratory disease normally found in pigs and caused by type A

influenza viruses. Swine flu viruses

have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people. The current rapid and widespread transmission of swine flu around the world is evidence that past knowledge of transmission patterns do not apply to this particularly

virulent strain of swine flu. Spread of this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus

is thought to be happening in the

same way that seasonal flu spreads,

mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing. People may also become infected by touching

something with flu viruses on it and

then touching their mouth or nose.

You do NOT get the swine flu from

eating pork! Infected people may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7 or more days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to

pass on the flu to someone else before

you know you are sick, as well as

while you are sick. Every year, approximately 35,000

people in America die from influenza and it’s complications. The last serious pandemic of swine flu occurred in

1968, when over 35,000 people died in

the U.S. and over 700,000 people died

worldwide. At that time, there was a

vaccine available against swine flu. At

the present time, there is no vaccine

available for this different strain of

swine flu but it is being considered.

The problem is that the process of

influenza vaccine production involves

4 to 6 months of incubation time using

over 150 million eggs in which to grow the viruses. A newer technology using DNA replication is faster and is currently used to produce certain other vaccines. But whether this technology can be applied to swine

flu vaccine is still being determined. Most likely, the swine flu virus will either be added to this year’s flu vaccine OR a second flu vaccine will be produced specifically for the swine flu to be given this fall.

On Wednesday, April 29th, the first death from swine flu was reported

in the United States. The numbers of infected people in the U.S. and

around the world is growing almost faster than can be reported. Health departments around the country are

closing schools and municipal offices

as more cases are identified. Although

the numbers keep mounting, there is

no need to panic. The best thing you can do is be well-informed about

the signs and symptoms of swine flu

and what you can do to help prevent

transmission.

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and

vomiting associated with swine flu.

In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths

have been reported with swine flu

infection in people. Like seasonal

flu, swine flu may cause a worsening

of underlying chronic medical conditions.

If you develop any of these symptoms, you

should seek medical c a r e i m m e d i a t e l y. First, call your primary care physician for advice. If you report the symptoms early enough, your provider can decide whether influenza testing and treatment is indicated and may prescribe an antiviral medication,

either Tami-flu or Relenza, both of

which have been proven effective in

treating and preventing the swine flu.

If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.

If you become ill and experience

any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care. In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include: Fast breathing or trouble breathing, bluish skin color, not

drinking enough fluids, not waking

up or not interacting, being so irritable that the child does not

want to be held, flu-like symptoms

improve but then return with fever and worse cough, fever with a rash. In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting.

There are several things you must do to help decrease the chances of you and those you love from contracting

swine flu. First and foremost: wash

your hands. Try to stay in good

general health. Get plenty of sleep,

be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not touch surfaces that may be contaminated

with the flu virus. Avoid close contact

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The Madness of Medicare

As a Medicare Advocate, for years I have researched Medicare policies so that I can clearly convey them to the public. Whenever I meet with a group or individual, the mantra is always the same: Medicare is so confusing! How do I do it? Well, I must admit that sometimes the “madness” of it all even gets to me.

In my last article, I wrote about Medicare coverage of home health services. I mentioned that Original Medicare requires a 3 day hospital

stay for qualification of this type

of service. There was a time when that was truth, however, hospital admission is no longer required. According to www.medicare.gov:

Home Health Care is skilled nursing care and certain other health care services you receive in your home for the treatment of an illness or injury. Medicare covers some home health care if:

1. Your doctor decides you need medical care in your home, and makes a plan for your care at home, and

2. You need at least one of the following: intermittent (and not full time) skilled nursing care, or physical therapy or speech language pathology services, or a continued need for occupational therapy, and

3. You are homebound. This means you are normally unable to leave home and that leaving home is a major effort. When you leave home, it must be infrequent, for a

short time. You may attend religious services. You may leave the house

to get medical treatment, including therapeutic or psychosocial care. You can also get care in an adult day-care program that is licensed

or certified by a state or accredited

to furnish adult day care services in a state, and

4. The home health agency caring for you must be approved by the Medicare program.

So there you have it – straight from the source. Home health coverage is ultimately decided by you and your physician. The physician will request coverage by explaining to Medicare your limitations and overall physical condition by completing a patient evaluation.

With certain patients, home health care is not enough. A person may be in such a critical state that she requires round the clock care and supervision. In this case, Long Term Care options are the solution.

Home health is an excellent benefit

and helps many patients through therapy and support services return to their full strength and independence. If you think you may need this service, talk with your doctor right away. There are many reputable home health companies in Middle TN waiting to help.

Mary Beth Best President & Program Manager Voice, Inc. - P.O. Box 306 Pleasant View, TN 37146 www.myvoiceinc.com - 615-772-4288

From the School Board

by Alan Coverstone

Meaningful school reform has come

to Nashville. At Tuesday evening’s

regular meeting of the MNPS Board of Education, Schools Director, Dr. Jesse

Register unveiled the first of several

major restructuring efforts aimed to attack the challenges in our schools at their root.

Students, teachers, and families will be excited to learn that this round of restructuring represents a fundamental shift in the way that urban districts do business. Calling the new organizational chart a move to “servant leadership,” Dr. Register made plain that the role of

central office is to support instructional

excellence at the school level. Instead of

organizing everything from Bransford

Avenue, Nashville’s new central office

will oversee the development of school improvement plans at each individual school where the voices and experience of teachers, parents, students and principals will guide improvement. Based on these plans, each school will be able to order unique instructional

support, based in the school from a new budget for instructional support funded through a combination of federal stimulus money and money saved by

reducing central office staff.

This plan represents a dramatic shift

of $15 million into our schools and classrooms. Thanks to Dr. Register’s

planning, innovation, and organization, we are able to achieve that incredible

increase in instructional support that is directly tied to our classrooms in a budget year that will see the district

reduce overall budget expenditures by a

similar $15 million. That’s a significant

headline.

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Central office restructuring is just

the first step in a sustained reform effort now underway in Nashville. In the weeks and months to come, you should expect to see many more practical and pragmatic adjustments in the District all aimed at a relentless focus on improving instructional quality. In the process, responsibility will be distributed and accountability improved. More an more opportunities to be involved in your schools will emerge, and in the process, many more

people will have to learn to be involved

in ways that benefit our students.

The process will be long, but if we remain focused on the needs of our students, we will certainly achieve our goal of an excellent education for every child in Nashville.

Alan Coverstone is our newly elected school board member. You can email him at alan.coverstone@gmail.com for questions.

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15 The Madness of Medicare As a Medicare Advocate, for years I have researched Medicare policies