Taps on Memorial Day

On May 25 at 3 p.m. Ervin Currie played Taps at the Clinton County Veterans Memorial. He was wearing his Honor Guard uniform.

All were invited and asked to wear masks and maintain safe distancing.


Letters – 1972 EMTs

Front row front left: Radar Price, Dennis Koenigsknecht
Left side of Carl Fonger is Neil Barnhart
Back row on right tallest is Jack Beardsley
Between Neil and Carl is Bob Kissane
Next to Kenny Gilson is Ron Motz

I am checking with Herb Brown for other names. Will keep you posted

-Annette Snyder


Maralyn’s Pet Corner – Do Ticks Jump?

How do ticks end up on your pet? Some common misconceptions are that ticks jump, fly, or fall from the trees. In fact, these are all false.

Ticks have pear-shaped bodies and four pairs of legs. Their body design, combined with their feeding needs for each part of their life cycle, determine how they get to their host to feed.

However none of these modes of mobility include jumping. And since they don’t have wings, either, they can’t fly.

Here’s a breakdown of how ticks get around and how they find and attach to their hosts.

Questing: A Tick’s True Mode of Travel

Ticks are unique in that they are opportunistic creatures. They wait for their host to come to them. This is a process known as “questing.”

The very patient tick uses its rear pairs of legs to hold on to a leaf or blade of grass as it grabs on to the next host animal that brushes past it.

How Ticks Detect Nearby Hosts

The questing period is not completely passive and random. Ticks have perfected this mode of survival by using their senses to detect movement and carbon dioxide exhaled by animals.

This gives them a better chance of connecting with a host animal so that they can feed and survive. Many species of ticks need to feed on a bloodmeal in the periods between each life stage in order to grow.
How Ticks Choose a Host

Certain varieties of ticks have preferred hosts. For example, the deer tick (also known as the black-legged tick), prefers to feed on white-tailed deer. But if a dog presents itself as a convenient host, the tick may feed on the dog.

The American dog tick prefers the dog as a host, but it can feed on a human if need be. These examples simplify the selection process for hosts, which can be quite intricate and can even differ with each type of tick (soft or hard) and each stage in their life cycle.

But overall, despite the fact that they might have preferred hosts, ticks are opportunistic creatures. They will get their bloodmeal whenever they can. It’s all about what animal happens to brush by them so they can attach and feed.

How Ticks Attach

In many tick species, larvae quest at ground level, while adults climb higher in hopes of grabbing on to a larger animal as it passes by. Some ticks will attach quickly, while others crawl around on the host, looking for thinner skin to attach to.

These differences in tick location and attachment make it especially important to check your pet’s ears and the bottom of their paws to remove potential ticks that may have attached. Ticks will find the most hidden spots on your pet.

Tick Prevention

The best way to not have to worry about tick removal and the diseases that ticks transmit is to protect your pet from them in the first place.

Some flea and tick products can be applied topically, while others are worn as collars or taken orally. Discuss with your vet which flea and tick control options would be the safest and most effective for your pet.


Now and Then – A few words to the expendable
by Jean Martin

There are more important things than living, and that’s saving this country for my children and grandchildren . . . . -Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick

So you’ve passed that magic age of 70 years. Half of your EKGs say that you’ve already had one heart attack; the other half say you haven’t. Your asthma is under control – until it isn’t.

Well, friend, COVID-19 has plans for you. You are just the kind of customer it is looking for. Actually any customer will do; and if it gets you, it will simply be because you got in the way.

For a remarkable few months most everyone seemed to be on your side. They washed their hands and stayed away from one another. COVID-19 appeared to be having trouble finding more customers.

Then things changed. Other people became tired of looking out for you. The weather was getting better, and they needed a haircut. Some of them went to Lansing with their Confederate flags and assault rifles to explain just how tired they were of you and your heart and your asthma. Other people were more polite about it. They just couldn’t be bothered to wear a mask to protect you. They had places to be and people to see.

Ben Sherwood, the author of The Survivor’s Guide, speaks about the 10-80-10 principle. In a crisis 10% of people will keep their heads and know just what they want to do. 80% will wait around for someone to tell them what to do, and the other 10% will panic and go negative.

Eventually it dawns on you that the only one who is really invested in looking out for you is you. What are the latest rules promulgated by governors, mayors and councils? It doesn’t matter. What matters is what you think might help keep you alive.

You really don’t mind dying. You just aren’t in any hurry.

Along with Shakespeare,
Thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long
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It might be nice to die of something interesting. Your grandchildren could tell their children that Great Grandma or Grandpa died in the pandemic. But you don’t want to die of something abetted by your own carelessness.

Stay safe out there.