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Wednesday's Woman

  • Ask the Expert: Nutrition - Drink up and stay hydrated

    The summer is here and we have already endured some very hot days. Hopefully, we are all eating less, exercising more and staying hydrated by drinking more water.

    Water, the nutrient our body needs the most, also helps prevent dehydration. The effects of dehydration can range from thirst to kidney failure and are usually silent but progressive. Therefore, we need to pay attention to the early signs of water loss because before we know it we can become severely dehydrated.

  • The List: Five steps to fewer yard pests

    Annoying and possibly dangerous mosquitos and ticks are out in force. To help take back your yard, practice the five Ts, according to Mosquito Squad, an exterminating company specializing in treating for mosquitoes and ticks.

     

    1. Tip. Dump all standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including that underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls. Mosquitoes need standing water, and not much of it, to breed.

  • Attorney enjoys extra role clowning around

    As an attorney practicing domestic and criminal law, Phyllis Lonneman sees many a case that is no laughing matter.

    As Choco-lotte the clown, laughing and smiles come with the territory.

    Lonneman, who graduated from clown college about three years ago, said clowning is her escape from the rigors of court, and it is a rewarding activity for her.

    So occasionally she dons makeup and becomes Choco-lotte the clown.

    “I’m a big chocolate fanatic,” Lonneman said.

  • Life or something like it: The travel bugs bites in Europe

    About 35 years ago, some friends of ours got bit by the travel bug.

    They went on a summer missions trip to Scotland, and on the way home took a detour through London and Paris.

    That did it. Over the years they’ve been to Europe about 15 times, at least 10 times to Germany. They’ve seen the Oberammergau Passion Play, staged every ten years in a village an hour south of Munich, four times. Half the town participates in some way, following a vow made in the 1630s that they would stage the play if God would spare their townspeople from the Black Plague.

  • Junior Women's Club to host charity event

    The Elizabethtown Junior Woman's Club will host a cocktail event Friday to raise money for SpringHaven Domestic Violence Program and the American Red Cross.

    "This is brand new. We wanted to have something else to do that would be really fun and different," said event chairwoman Leanna Milby. The Junior Woman's Club organizes multiple fundraisers and is best known for its Holiday Marketplace.

  • The dad and daughter dynamic

    For the past four years, Dr. Shannon Holt has worked side by side with her father, Dr. Lucian Moreman, at Elizabethtown Physicians for Women.

    While her mom, Phyllis, was a bit leery, thinking the working situation would be stressful, she now sees that it has been a wonderful experience for both of them.

  • Ask the expert: Health

    According to the Kentucky Asthma Surveillance Report 2009, asthma affects 8.6 percent of adults in Kentucky. Asthma is responsible for 6,000 hospitalizations per year, with approximately $62 million in inpatient hospital charges. A growing number of people are diagnosed with asthma each year. It isn’t clear why, though indoor and outdoor air pollution is known to be a contributing factor.

  • The List: Preparing seniors for disasters

    Recent tornadoes in Joplin, Mo. and Alabama and even Hardin County’s spring taste of severe weather might have turned minds to preparing for disaster. Developing a plan for seniors can be especially daunting. Home Instead Senior Care, which provides caregiver services in Hardin and several other Kentucky counties, recommends several tips for building a plan. In addition, the company offers “The Caring for Your Parents: Senior Emergency Kit,” an information management tool available at www.senioremergencykit.com.

  • Filling a void in medical access

    Dentistry might be her profession, but Susan King is just as concerned that the general public has access to good general health care.

    When the Community Health Clinic of Hardin & LaRue Counties opened in 2002 in Elizabethtown King joined the dental care section. The clinic offers uninsured and low-income residents of Hardin and LaRue counties free basic health care services.

    “Now, more than ever, there’s a huge need for this kind of care,” King said.

  • Speakers with Spark: Perspective during adversity

    By Sheila O'Mara