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1 t Thursday, January 23, 2014 N/Warren Town and County News Page Seven Still No Dog In my courageous battle against the forces that would bring a dog into our home (my son), I have, at different times, agreed to three-goldfish, two ham- sters, and now, a canary. Some would call it com- promise; I call it a slippery slope. Many a family has started out innocently with a turtle or a fish and wound up with two cats, a rabbit and a St. Bernard. Before we welcomed our goldfish, my son had taken in an assortment of bugs, moths and wormsl Eventuall we worked our way up to a hamster and he was thrilled, as he put it, "to finally have a pet with hair." Unfortunately, that didn't keep him from wanting a larger pet with hair. Long after the fish had died and our last hamster had gone to that Great Hamster Wheel in the sky, we compromised again. Some friends were giving away a canary and my son wanted it desperately, r Medicine for the Funny Bone " By Dorothy Rosby Dorothy Rosby is a syndicated columnist whose humor column appears in newspapers in-11 Western and Midwestern states plus several magazines. She lives in Rapid City, SD with her husband and son. even though it's no larger yearsback, Googlingham- ercise. As I'm sure you than a hamster, nor does it ster care, and wondering, know, birds are uniquely have hair: I finally agreed "How did it come to this? designed to fly, but the because the pleading was Me studying the diningcage Mr. Tweeters came in relentless and also because preferences of a rodent!" was approximately the it's still not a dog. It came to that because, size of two shoe boxes put It's not that I don't like in my effort to keep from together--if your feet are dogs. What I don't like is getting a dog, I had com- big. So we bought .him a work. To me, dogs are like mitted to a hamster. And bigger, more expensive Christmas lights; I love now I've committed to Mr. cage, proving once again them at other people's Tweeters. I comfort myself that there is no such thing homes. I'd love Christmas with the knowledge, that, as a free pet. It's beautiful, lights on my house too, but while he certainly requires a mansion of a cage, if your I don't want to climb up on care, he is still not a dog. mansion has bars for walls the roof and put them My son cleans the birdand water troughs instead there. I know what you're cage, because that can wait of faucets. saying. "You shouldn't put until he gets home. But we And it's worth it. Mr. a dog on the roof anyway!" team up on feeding Mr.Tweeters seems much hap- I realize that! The point is Tweeters because that can- pier; at least he's singing to someone else does the not and because we us more. Well maybe not work and I don't even have learned long ago that the to us. According to my re- to remind them to do it. way to a pet's heart is search, he's probably sing- Pets need care even through its stomach, even ing to claim his territory when the child, who has if that stomach is very tiny. and attract a girlfriend: He begged, pleaded and Mr. Tweeters does indeed can.have the territor but promised you would eat like a bird! Along with there will be no girlfriend, never have to lift a finger, his bird seed, he's espe- not if I have my way. I is not at home. And when cially fond of peas and don't always get my way, the child becomes a teen- cumbers. Maybe he'll in- witness the fact that we've ager, he is home less and spire us all to eat more had three goldfish, two less. That's why a pet is a vegetables. He can't eat a hamsters and a canary. On commitment for the whole whole head of cabbage by the other hand, we've still family and I stand by my himself, you know. never had a dog. commitments. I recall sit- I was concerned that he ting at my computer a few wasn't getting enough ex- ADVISORY Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. DOES YOUR HOME HAVE A RADON PROBLEM? the soil around the foundations can create a slight vacuum that draws the gas from the soil into the building. Once inside an enclosed space, such as a home or office building, radon can accumulate to significant and dangerous levels. The EPA has established an "action level" of 4 picocuries per liter of air (4 pci/L) or higher, at which point homeowners should take action to reduce the radon risk. How is radon harmful? Radon releases decay products, or radioactive particles, which become trapped in our lungs when we breathe. These particles discharge energy that can damage lung tissue. Exposure to radon over time has the potential to cause lung cancer. TEST TODAY! | I I I I I I I I I I *CDUPDN* FREE RADDN TEST KIT (WHILE DUANTITIES LAST!) Bring ~his coupon to: Warren County Environmental Health 3gl N. Buxton St., Ste. 203 Indienola, IA 5DI25 (515) 9ill-lOG5 Fax (515) 9G1-1083 Questions and Answers about Radon What is radon? Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that results from the natural breakdown of uranium. It can be found almost anywhere in soil, rocks, some building materials and even well water. Radon then escapes into the air we breathe. How does radon enter a building? Radon can enter a building from the soil through dirt floors, cracks in concrete floors, floor drains, sump pumps, joints, tiny cracks and pores in hollow-block walls and other openings. Pressure differences between the building and --I I I I I I I I I I I ..How harmful is radon? Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the'United States. The EPA estimates that radon is responsible for 21,000 deaths per year. That's more than the fatalities caused by drowning, home fires and airline crashes...combined! How widespread is radon? The EPA estimates that 1 out of every 15 homes nationwide is at dsk of containing dangerously high levels of radon. Iowa is considered to be in a high-risk area and as many as three out of every five homes may be affected. Radon levels can even vary from house to house. The only way to know is to test! If you would like to learn more about radon or if you would be interested in a radon presentation, please contact the Warren County Environmental Health Department: (515] 961-1065 or EnvironHealth@co.warren.ia.us. Radon - Is Your Home Raising Your Lung Cancer Risk? Mention radon to most out where to buy a kit, call people and you'll get a 1-800-SOS RADON (1- blank stare. But mention 800-767-7236), or visit the lung cancer and you've got EPA website: www.epa. their attention! Most gov/radon. people don't know that If you have high levels exposure to radon, an in- of radon, mitigation sys- visible odorless gas, is the tems can be installed that leading cause of lung can- effectively pull radon out cer among nonsmokers, of your home. If you're Iowa is recognized as hav- building a new home, con- ing a very high risk of ra- sider installing a simple, don, so we at the Ameri- inexpensive ventilation can Lung Association system that can protect want you to know how to your family from radon protect your family. Agas. simple test in your home The Federal Depart- can tell you if you need to ment of Housing and Ur- take steps to reduce the ban Development (HUD) risk to yourself and your recently announced that family. November,-Lungthey will require testing Cancer Awareness Month, for radon in any multi- is a perfect time to learn family housing that re- more and test your home. ceives HUD financing or Radon, a radioactive refinancing. If high levels gas from the soil and rock of radon are found, HUD beneath many homes, will require that the build- keeps itself well hidden, ing be repaired to reduce You can't see it, smell it or indoor radon levels. This is taste it, but according to great news that will pro- the U.S. Environmentaltect thousands from Protection Agency (EPA) deadly radon exposure. about 21,000 lung cancer . But more needs to be deaths each year in the done. The Lung Associa- U.S. are radon-related, tion is working to make Anytime is the right sure that all homes get time to find out if radon is tested and those that have a health threat in your high levels get fixed. We home. Radon can build up are working to make sure in any house - old or new that new homes are built - and performing a radon with these low-cost radon test is the only way to find protection systems in out if your home has un- place. Because we know safe levels. Homeowners all too well the cancer ra- can use do-it-yourself ra- don causes. don testing kits. To find :~'~ "~ .... . ~ .~-:-:~ . ~F::; ~ ~#74- '. "~i ~ "~e ~ . ~2~ ~ ........ " ..... ~ ~ ~-~ ..... Comfort Food Fun (NAPS)---During the chilly months, many people like to have some warm comfort food with family and friends. To make the most of that idea, you may care to consider a fun if slightly offbeat way to feed a crowd with little fuss: Throw together a delicious little "barbecue bar" and let guests go wild building their own scrumptious dishes. Start with a tray of mouth- watering pork BBQ sur- rounded by assorted popular toppings for personalized bar- becue platters ready to go. Once the BBQ sandwich basics are all laid 6ut, you~l be surprised at how just a few more trimmings can open up a world of choices for your guests. From tangy BBQ nachos to a light, layered BBQ salad, the options are almost limitless. For example, add some pita bread and leaf lettuce for filling BBQ pita pockets or bring some baked pota- toes, green onions, sour cream and cheese into the picture for hot BBQ stuffed spuds. Here's the recipe: BBQ Stuffed Spuds 2 cups Byron's Fully Cooked Pork BBQ, heated according to package directions 4 baking.potatoes cup sour cream 4 green onions, finely chopped and divided cup shredded extra- sharp cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 425 F. With a package of BBQ pod(, you can make many mar- velous appetizers, such as these d kjhlfuI BBQ Slulfed Spuds. Poke holes in potatoes and wrap in foil. Bake potatoes in oven for 45 to 60 minutes, until tender. (Or, poke holes in pota- toes and microwave on high for 10 minutes, turn- ing potatoes after 5 min- utes.) While potatoes cook, combine sour and 2 tablespoons green onions; set aside. Slice potatoes lengthwise and fluff them with a fork. Top potatoes with pork BBQ, sour cream mixture, cheese and remaining onions. Serves 4. These are made with Byron's Fully Cooked Pork BBQ. Available at Sam's Club, it easily delivers authentic smokehous~ bar- becue from the freezer to.the table. Each 4-pound package of hand-pulled, hickory- smoked pork BBQ comes fully cooked in an aluminum tray and needs only to be reheated, so it's ready at a moment's notice. Learn More Further information and other recipes can be found at www.byronsbbq.com.