The Great American Smokeout

Get ready to kick the habit, and become victorious over tobacco. The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event is your chance to triumph over addiction. Every November, the American Cancer Society sets aside the third Thursday to encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking. About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. As of 2013, there were also 12.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and over 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes which is another dangerous and addictive form of tobacco. By quitting, even for one day, you will be taking an important step toward a healthier life which can lead to reducing your cancer risk. It’s a race for your health, and it starts today. Today’s the day that quitters win.

Dial It or Push It

I love to see how the days that are recognized through the year. They have any day you can imagine! I almost got tickled with this day they recognize. It is push button phone day. Did you know that Bell Telephone introduced the first commercial push-button telephone on November 18, 1963? It was installed first in Carnegie and Greensburg, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh. The push-button phone replaced the rotary dial phone, which had been in use for decades. Customers had to be convinced to use the new phones. The push-button telephone was only one part of the package that completed the modern telephone system. One other major part was automating the signals sent down the wire after you pushed the buttons. To fill this gap, touch-tone dialing was also introduced on November 18, 1963 to speed the transmission of telephone numbers. Rotary dial phones had used pulse dialing, a much slower method of routing a call to an exchange to connect with another number. Until rotary dial phones were introduced, telephone operators at an exchange grabbed plugs on the end of long cord and pushed them into a jack on a board, connecting someone placing a call with the party they were calling, or with a long-distance operator in another city. “It happened in the ‘60s” website is the great website that I found this information on and there is so much information on there that is so interesting. Reading on push-button phones took me back to when I was a little girl. I can remember both of my grandmothers having the round circular dial phones. It seemed like it took forever to dial the number you needed. Then I can remember them getting the push button phones but it still was a little slow but nothing compared to the phones before them. We thought we were something when our grandparents got the push-button phones. With all the technology we have now, our children were basically introduced to cell phones from the beginning so they have no clue about push-button phones much less the ones we had to spend round and round to dial. It’s amazing to me when I think about the times when I was growing up. None of my grandparents, grandmothers and grandfathers included, even knew what a cell phone was probably. I know my daddy’s parents never had a cell phone and I don’t think my mother’s parents did. Technology has come a long way but to me when I was growing up, those were the good ole days!

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E

I love birthdays and guess whose birthday is in November?? That’s right, you guessed it… Mickey Mouse! Mickey Mouse is a funny animal cartoon character and the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios in 1928. An anthropomorphic mouse who typically wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves, Mickey has become one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in the world. Mickey first was seen in a single test screening (Plane Crazy). Mickey officially debuted in the short film Steamboat Willie (1928), one of the first sound cartoons. He went on to appear in over 130 films, including The Band Concert (1935), Brave Little Tailor (1938), and Fantasia (1940). Mickey appeared primarily in short films, but also occasionally in feature-length films. Ten of Mickey’s cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, one of which, Lend a Paw, won the award in 1942. In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Beginning in 1930, Mickey has also been featured extensively as a comic strip character. His self-titled newspaper strip, drawn primarily by Floyd Gottfredson, ran for 45 years. Mickey has also appeared in comic books and in television series such as The Mickey Mouse Club (1955–1996) and others. He also appears in other media such as video games as well as merchandising, and is a meetable character at the Disney parks. Mickey generally appears alongside his girlfriend Minnie Mouse, his pet dog Pluto, his friends Donald Duck, and Goofy, and his nemesis Pete, among others. Originally characterized as a mischievous antihero, Mickey’s increasing popularity led to his being rebranded as an everyman, usually seen as a flawed, but adventurous hero. In 2009, Disney began to re-brand the character again by putting less emphasis on his pleasant, cheerful side and reintroducing the more mischievous and adventurous sides of his personality, beginning with the video game Epic Mickey. This information provided by Disney is very interesting to read. There’s so much that I didn’t even know Mickey had done.

Color Yard Décor

I saw this on Facebook recently and wanted to share it. Is this not the coolest thing ever! All you have to do is get some balloons and feel them with water and add a little food coloring to the balloon and tie the balloon up tight. Put the balloons outside on the lawn when the temperatures with be below freezing all night. The next morning it should be frozen solid inside the balloon. Take some scissors and carefully cut the balloon and peel it off the ice and you will have huge colorful decorations. This sounds so cool to do with our children. It looks absolutely beautiful! Let’s all do this and when we ride around town everyone will have beautiful yard décor.

Relaxing During the Holidays

With the holiday’s coming up, we all seem to stay so busy but try during them to take a little time for yourself and relax! You can learn to relax with some practice and patience. Be sure to get advice by talking with your health care provider about methods that may work best for you. Check with him or her before changing your diet or starting an exercise program. Talk to people experienced in relaxation techniques, too. Set aside time every day. Many relaxation techniques take a bit of practice to achieve results so be sure to plan time in your schedule everyday to accomplish this. Always find a quiet place. You should feel comfortable and safe in whatever setting you choose. Dim the lights and add soothing background music and enjoy the moment! One thing that will help but is very hard to do is be patient. Don’t worry if you don’t notice results right away. Give yourself time to learn the techniques and relaxation will come. Relaxing is very important because it can help relieve or prevent problems related to stress. Health problems that relaxation can help include headaches, trouble sleeping, clenching or grinding of teeth, stomach and digestion problems and high blood pressure. Believe it or not, relaxation can help emotional distress. Through relaxation, you can reduce emotional response to stress, such as irritability, tension, anxiety and depression. So try to follow these to relax and enjoy the holidays!

Christmas in Sylvester

Growing up in Sylvester and Worth County has always been great but as I get older, I see just how great it is! With the holidays approaching, Sylvester knows how to celebrate Christmas! The beautiful lights they have hanging in the town are absolutely breath taking. Not many towns in Georgia put such heart and soul into decorating their town. They will be getting the lights ready soon so they can turn them on usually around Thanksgiving. The Christmas parade will be on December 7th and that is always so beautiful to me. A night parade that has all the pretty lights on the floats is simply gorgeous. I am excited for this time of year! I really get excited when it is time for the Downtown Christmas Open House! And guess what… it is this weekend! Please go downtown and support our local businesses. Also support businesses in Sylvester this coming weekend too as there will be many specials and who likes specials this time of year?? ME for sure. It’s time to start making those Christmas lists so get them made and head out the door on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for good sales and treats along the way! The Martin News hopes to see you out and about because we plan to be shopping too!

Fruity Christmas Time!

Are these cute or what? And what better way to get your children to eat healthy snacks then to make them look like Christmas! Grapes, bananas,
strawberries and a marshmallow is all it takes. The children will love them and the adults will too!

Animal Safety during the Cold Days Ahead

It seems as if the temperatures will soon be getting much cooler. I do like this time of year though. We are able to wear scarves, hats, gloves and warm clothes but sometimes people think about how they bundle up and we forget about how animals need to bundle up. One easy thing to remember is don’t leave dogs or cats outdoors when the temperature drops! Regardless of the season, short-haired, very young or old dogs and all cats should never be left outside without supervision. Dogs and cats are safer indoors, except when taken out for exercise. During walks, short-haired dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater. No matter what the temperature is, wind-chill can threaten a pet’s life. Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia when they are outdoors during extreme cold snaps. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage. A dog or cat is happiest and healthiest when kept indoors. If for some reason your dog is outdoors much of the day, he or she must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably but small enough to hold in his/her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic. Pets that spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal; when the temperature is low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal. These are just a few basic tips to remember that was offered by the humane society. Just remember when the temperatures drop to bring pets inside if possible – laundry room or bathroom works well for outdoor pets. No pet deserves to be outside in this weather, without PROPER HOUSES, BLANKETS, AND HEAT SOURCE. Animal control will be actively watching for violations, and as always, non-compliant owners should be reported to Animal Control Division at (229)777-7774 (leave a message during non-business hours). Urgent issues should be reported to 911. Thank you to everyone for keeping our furry friends safe during what could be a very, very cold winter.

Helping Those In Need at The Manna Food Drop

With the Holidays approaching, I was thinking recently about what Larry and I would have for Thanksgiving lunch. Have you ever stopped and thought about the fact that there will be many not celebrating Thanksgiving lunch because they do not have the food to provide for a meal? Have you ever stopped and thought about how you could help? I know that times are tough for many and money doesn’t always come easy but giving to those in need doesn’t always take money but does always take time. Unity Baptist Church works hard to provide to those less fortunate and are need of food. They do this with their Manna Food Drive. It is held quarterly and the next one is not yet scheduled but probably will be held in December of January. In 2013, Unity Baptist Church joined a group called Road Less Traveled that was doing a food drive. They met with them in the old Bullard Building to see how they distributed the food. That is when they decided that God was leading Unity to participate in helping the community. Since then, they have been distributing food every three to four months. At each Manna Food Drop, they distribute about 130-150 boxes. The Manna Food Drop is geared for the low income families in order to help assist them. The boxes are given away, there is never a charge. The way the church provides the food is for two Sundays before the Manna Food Drop, they take up a collection of monies and then order that amount in food from Second Harvest of Southwest Georgia. This program is the TEFAP which is “The Emergency Food Assistance Program”. There is a form that the person receiving the box of food at the Manna Food Drop is required to complete but Unity Baptist Church does not verify the information that is given to them on this form. Volunteers from the church both young and old and at times even volunteers from other churches come that Saturday morning arriving around 6 am to help unload the truck, pack the boxes, and begin distributing boxes at 9 am. The cars line up, volunteers obtained the forms from the people while they are still in their cars, talk with them about prayer needs and then they drive to the next station where the box is placed in their vehicle. They never have to get out of their cars when picking up the food. Thank you to all who make this happen at Unity Baptist Church and the volunteers. And a special thank you to Mrs. Marsha Hickox for taking the time to explain to The Martin News how this program works. May God continue to Bless you all.