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classes offered for expectant families
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
Family Maternity Suites and the
Junior Woman's Club have announced their 2003 schedule of
classes for siblings. The classes have been designed by LJWC to
educate and prepare young children for the arrival of a new baby
into their family.
The first class will be on Sunday, Jan.
26, from 1 to 3 p.m. Other classes this year will be on the fourth
Sundays of April, July and October. Classes are free and parents
should call the ALMH Family Maternity Suites at (217) 732-2161, Ext.
235 to register their child.
Jan Sielaff, LJWC chairperson for the
event, says that children of all ages are welcome to attend with a
parent or other adult. Nurses take kids on a tour of the Family
Maternity Suites, and LJWC members provide training on child and toy
safety, as well as a craft time and refreshments.
state-of-the-art Family Maternity Suites opened in August 2001. ALMH
encourages and welcomes families to share in the wonder and
excitement of childbirth. Labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum
care can all take place inside one of the private birthing suites,
eliminating the need to move the mother to another room.
Time to organize
URBANA -- The beginning of
the year is an excellent time to organize and update family and
household records, says Mary Ann Fugate, University of Illinois
Extension educator in consumer and family economics. Doing this
gives record keepers a jump start on the inevitable income tax
season. It's also a good way to keep close tabs on where a family's
money goes and to take inventory of the family's present financial
Fugate recommends getting started by
gathering all receipts and documents from 2002, then considering
what should be kept and what can be pitched.
For income tax purposes, the law
requires that people keep all records that enable them to complete
their tax return. "They should hold onto all receipts, canceled
checks, vouchers and other evidence to help them verify amounts
claimed and deductions for credits," said Fugate. "All such
documentation should be kept for at least six years, and all medical
bills should be kept for three years to back up the taxpayer's
But it isn't necessary to save
everything. Record keepers can lighten the load by discarding checks
and bills that no longer serve a purpose. For example, people who
are paid in weekly or monthly salary statements can throw these
statements away after checking them against their annual W-2 form.
Or they can save the year-end statement with the cumulative total
for the year.
"This is also a good time to update
household inventory records," said Fugate. "If fire or burglary
occurs in the home, this record will help families remember what has
to be replaced and how much each item is worth. They might find that
they need to increase their insurance because their possessions are
worth more than they thought."
For each item in the family inventory,
include model number, brand name, dealer's name, a general
description, how much it cost, when it was purchased and what it
would cost to replace it. Taking pictures of the rooms and household
possessions now will make future identification or replacement
To download a free copy of Extension's
64-page publication "Household and Personal Property Inventory," go
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A net worth statement is a good way to
keep tabs on personal and family possessions, says Fugate. Net worth
can be determined simply by adding the value of all the family owns
and subtracting the total of all that they owe. If this is done
annually, record keepers can quickly see whether they are getting
ahead financially or falling behind, and, in either case, how fast
it is occurring.
This is a good time for families to
consider their present situation in light of major goals, such as
retirement. University of Illinois Extension has developed eight
easy-to-use checklists to help you gather and organize important
documents, become acquainted with investment and retirement income
options, and keep your plan on track as you move from step to step
in the process. To order "Your Retirement Planning Checklist" for
$16, call 1 (800) 345-6087 and request publication C1376.
When family records have been
organized, updated and evaluated, it's time to put papers in their
proper location. Important documents that are difficult to replace,
such as birth certificates, death certificates, marriage
certificates, divorce papers, adoption papers and any other document
that is either government- or court-related, should be secured in a
safe deposit box.
household records that are kept at home should be stored in one
location. Proper storage of family records can be as elaborate as
setting up a home office or as simple as investing in an accordion
folder that can be kept under the bed, said Fugate.
[U of I news release]
At Logan County Animal Control —
Big to little, most of these dogs will make wonderful
lifelong companions when you take them home and provide solid,
steady training, grooming and general care. Get educated about what
you choose. If you give them the time and care they need, you will
be rewarded with much more than you gave them. They are
entertaining, fun, comforting, and will lift you up for days on end.
Be prepared to take the necessary time when you bring home a
puppy, kitten, dog, cat or any other pet, and you will be blessed.
[Logan County Animal Control is thankful for pet supplies donated by
individuals and Wal-Mart.]
Warden Sheila Farmer and her assistant, Polly Farmer,
look forward to assisting you.
[As good as gold and better, this 4-year-old girl is just
waiting for some fun children to play with.]
[Mr. Peabody — an 8-month-old male pup — is looking for a
family to love. No young children, please!]
Ten reasons to adopt a shelter dog
1. I'll bring out your playful side!
2. I'll lend an ear to your troubles.
3. I'll keep you fit and trim.
4. We'll look out for each other.
5. We'll sniff out fun together!
6. I'll keep you right on schedule.
7. I'll love you with all my heart.
8. We'll have a tail-waggin' good time!
9. We'll snuggle on a quiet evening.
10. We'll be best friends always.
[Logan County Animal Control is thankful for pet supplies
donated by individuals and Wal-Mart.]
Warden Sheila Farmer and her assistant, Polly Farmer, look
forward to assisting you.
In the cat section there are a number of wonderful cats to
in a variety of colors and sizes.
Farm cats available for free!
[This 1½-year-old Siamese mix is ready to be the prince of
[Meow! I may be only a year and a half, but I'm full-grown
and ready for anything. I'll purr in your lap or chase mice
off your farm. Just give me a chance!]
[This beautiful female is full-grown, 2 to 3 years old and
longing to purr her way into your heart.]
These animals and
more are available to good homes from the Logan County Animal
Control at 1515 N. Kickapoo, phone 735-3232.
Fees for animal
adoption: dogs, $60/male, $65/female; cats, $35/male, $44/female.
The fees include neutering and spaying.
Logan County Animal Control's hours of operation:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Warden: Sheila Farmer
Assistant: Polly Farmer
In-house veterinarian: Dr. Lester Thomson
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant news
profiling may help prevent
future Great Lakes invasions
URBANA — Suspect profiling
is a commonly used technique in the fight against crime. Now
scientists are using species profiling to help prevent further
introductions of invasive fish into the Great Lakes and other
"Once an invasive species becomes
established in a new environment, its impact often is irreversible,"
said David Lodge, biologist at University of Notre Dame. But not all
exotic species present a threat to the balance of an ecosystem. Many
introduced species simply do not survive or do not become a
"If we knew which ones would be likely
to present problems in the future, we could focus our efforts on
preventing those particular species from taking hold," said Lodge,
who is a member of the Federal Invasive Species Advisory Committee.
To provide some answers, Lodge and
fellow researcher Cindy Kolar developed a risk-assessment "decision
tree" that environmental agencies and managers can use to predict
possible culprits of tomorrow. This computer model has correctly
identified nuisance fish with a high degree of accuracy.
"Ideally, environmental managers might
choose to prevent all species from being introduced into an
ecosystem under the credo that exotics are guilty until proven
innocent, but from an economic point of view, that's not practical.
Some industries, such as horticulture, depend on importing new
species. We need to achieve a reasonable balance between commerce
and the environment."
Lodge and Kolar studied the history of
exotic species to find a common thread in those that succeed in
their new environments. Funded by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, they
focused their efforts on fishes in the Great Lakes and the Illinois
River. These results have been published recently in the journal
Using data from as far back as the
glacial age, the researchers gathered information on a range of
species characteristics in order to identify those that are likely
to be adaptive in new environments. They looked to examples from as
early as the 1600s and found 24 non-indigenous fish species that
have firmly established themselves in the Great Lakes. How were they
able to thrive so well with native fish?
"Introduced species that are successful
have several traits in common," said Lodge. "More so than
unsuccessful invaders, they tolerate a wide range in temperature and
salinity. These fishes are also smaller at maturity and have higher
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By applying the profile to fishes that
have not yet been introduced to the Great Lakes, Lodge and Kolar
have identified 22 species that one day may pose problems. One
example is the monkey goby, which is native to the Caspian Sea.
Monkey gobies are in the same family as round gobies, which have
proven to be quite successful after their introduction into the
Great Lakes. On the other hand, tubenose gobies have not.
With this sort of information,
prevention efforts can be targeted. "The first line of defense in
preventing these potential nuisance species from making their way
into our waterways is to work with aquaculture, bait, aquarium and
other industries to stop any intentional introductions of these
fishes," explained Lodge.
"Unintentional introductions, such as
in the ballast of ships, can be difficult to completely prevent, but
by carefully selecting when and where ballast water is taken in, we
can lower the probability of these fishes being transported. The use
of toxins and other eradication technologies in ballast water can
also prove effective. And, with increased monitoring we can take
strong action to eliminate these species if they are discovered,"
"An immediate rapid response to a
species that is a likely threat — even if it is fairly expensive —
might save a great deal of money and effort, and reduce
environmental effects, down the road," said Lodge.
If you would like more information
about invasive species, visit the Sea Grant site,
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program is one of 30 National Sea
Grant College Programs. Created by Congress in 1966, Sea Grant
combines university, government, business and industry expertise to
address coastal and Great Lakes needs. Funding is provided by the
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of
Commerce, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Purdue
University at West Lafayette, Ind.
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