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Out and About – Week of June 11th

Several times a week, a friend joins me at the American Legion for coffee. My friend is a Marine Korean War veteran who flew just about anything that had wings. He is a wealth of information and usually has a story or two from his early years. Recently, we were discussing air battles that were fought during various wars. There is one thing that caused us to really do some serious pondering. During a dogfight or any other event that required shooting at a target from an aircraft, where do all the rounds that never contact the target end up? They have to fall to earth eventually, and they usually travel at a pretty decent rate of speed. I wonder how many people were killed by the stray bullets from a Russian Mig or a British Spitfire? My friend mentioned that on many occasions, he dropped his empty reserve fuel tanks. They had to come down somewhere and they were a bit on the heavy side. The scary thing about all of this is that most falling objects don’t make a sound, so being hit by a falling fuel tank or a stray bullet might really get one’s attention. The next time you’re watching a cowboy movie, and a gang of desperadoes ride through Dodge firing their six-shooters in the air, think of all those bullets falling to ground.

Believe it or not, I know a couple of people who don’t care for chocolate. I understand there are those who have health issues and chocolate is taboo, so those folks have my deepest sympathy.

The same can be said for salt. Popcorn or watermelon just doesn’t taste the same without it, yet too much salt or sugar is not good for anyone.

As far as sugar is concerned, here are some nutritionist-recommended ways to cut down on the amount of sugar you consume:

Check your cereal box. I’ve never heard anything negative said about Cheerios, but to be on the safe side, look for those cereals with no more than eight grams, or two teaspoons of sugar per serving.
Sweetening your coffee or tea. Slowly reduce the amount of sugar you add. If you normally add two teaspoons, try one for a week. Then cut that amount in half.
Healthy snacking. Rather than processed foods, which have added sugar, try fresh fruit, popcorn, pretzels, or a handful of nuts. Then again, popcorn, pretzels and nuts usually have their share of salt. I guess the best you can do is follow my doctor’s advice. Take everything in moderation.
This coming weekend is a busy one here in Three Rivers. Water Festival begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. The annual Water Festival parade steps off at 7 o’clock Thursday evening. The parade normally is made up of around eighty entries and lasts for well over an hour. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, it will be held Friday evening. There will be events of interest for every member of the family during this three-day event, so get Out and About and check it out.

Don’t forget Dad on Sunday. It’s Fathers’ Day. A day to remember the one who really loved your mother.

Why are the needy only thought of during the holidays? Aren’t they just as needy throughout the rest of the year?

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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