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100 Years Ago
From the Desk of the D.A.
The Healthy Geezer
Library Chitchat
Rock Doc Break The Glass, Douse The Flames
What’s Bugging You?
Dear Dolly
Earth Talk
Barnes-Kasson Corner

100 Years Ago

RUSH: The race between Benjamin Anderson’s and George Gray’s oxen took place one day this week. Anderson won. ALSO Wm. Devine, a glove cutter in Binghamton, is a guest of his parents here.

FOWLER HILL: Harry Hogeboom had a narrow escape from what might have been a serious accident Saturday morning. The horse he was driving stumbled and threw him out of the wagon, leaving him to catch up if he could, and he did.

LINDAVILLE, BROOKLYN TWP.: The blizzard of last Wednesday and Thursday reached the limit for November.

MONTROSE: The crisp wintry weather results in a desire to keep indoors in the evening and as a result the library reading rooms show an increase in nightly visitors. In the well lighted, comfortable quarters, with the crackle of the wood fire in the fireplace, and all around the literary atmosphere that breathes of quiet and refinement, the bookworm finds a bit of earthly paradise. And, four new traveling libraries have been sent out, going to Kingsley, Little Meadows, Birchardville and Lynn.

FAIRDALE: Imon Very has hung out his shingle as auctioneer.

SUSQUEHANNA: Messrs J. M. Tinkler and H. G. Pride were in Montrose during the week, attending court. Both gentlemen are members of the “art preservative” craft, employed in the Erie printing office located in our hillside town. Like all good printers who have received their education in the University of Adversity, with the printing office as a post-graduate course, they are men of uncommon sense with a genial affability which wins them friends everywhere.

SPRINGVILLE: John Cokely has “shook the town,” announcing his intention of going to California, but it looks good to see Jerry Cokely on the street again after the stroke of paralysis he suffered about three weeks ago. ALSO Alfred Grow, instead of taking his trip to California as reported, changed his mind and took him a wife. He was married to Mrs. Sarah C. Linaberry, of Auburn 4 Corners, at Binghamton, Nov. 24, 1909, by Rev. Sweet. They arrived at Montrose Friday, Nov. 25, on the afternoon train. In spite of snow banks and bad roads they continued their wedding trip over the hills in an automobile, amid showers of rice and well decorated with flags and old shoes, under the power of the famous Ford, to her daughter’s, Mrs. C. E. Roberts

EAST KINGSLEY: For the past few weeks Melvin Tingley has been suffering from a very severe attack of sciatica rheumatism, being unable to walk without the aid of crutches. On Tuesday, Nov. 23, his many friends and neighbors gathered at his home and made him a wood bee. A good supply of winter wood was cut and through the columns of this paper Mr. Tingley wishes to thank all who were so kind to help him, for cold weather is coming and how good a big woodpile looks.

UNIONDALE: Thanksgiving was celebrated in the usual way here. Some had turkey, some chicken, some spare ribs and some had to be satisfied with a piece of an old cow.

THOMPSON: Eight inches of snow fell the night before Thanksgiving, and the sleigh bells have jingled merrily since then, but the warm weather has called a halt to their music.

DUNDAFF: Mrs. Ada White accepted the position of housekeeper at Hotel Rivernburg.

HALLSTEAD: Freeman Slater, a young man of 18 or 19 years, was placed in jail Sunday night charged with having kidnapped Ella Ellis, a 13-year old Hallstead girl, while she was returning from school. For four days, according to the girl’s story, young Slater held her a prisoner in Smoky Hollow, a neighborhood of unsavory reputation a short distance east of Hallstead, and she was rescued by Constable Decker and her stepfather, Andrew Colwell, on Saturday night. The girl is rather large for her age and of attractive appearance and she claims that Slater met her on the road home and forced her to accompany him to “old” Galloway’s house, where he detained her two days. She was then taken to the home of Scott Melody where she was found Saturday night by the searchers. The parents conferred with Justice J. F. Carl, informing him of attentions Slater had been paying Ella. Searchers found that Slater’s house was quarantined on account of diphtheria and his whereabouts were said to be unknown, until he was found at the Melody home which resulted in the discovery of the whereabouts of both. Justice Carl sent Slater to jail in Montrose to await the action of the grand jury in January. The girl is at her home.

FOREST CITY: Mrs. Della E. LeRoy has opened a Baby’s Bazaar and Ladies Furnishing store in the Bloxham building opposite the Methodist church. This is a line for which there would seem to be an opening in town and it is probable that Mrs. LeRoy’s venture will meet with success.

EAST BRIDGEWATER: J. F. Gardner was among the Democrat’s welcome callers Tuesday. He reports that the recent snow storm cut up capers with a lot of the roads, there being drifts between Tiffany and Montrose, six or eight feet high, blocking the roads entirely for a day or so.

ST. JOSEPH: Mrs. Patrick O’Reilly has purchased the store of Mrs. Hickey at St. Joseph and with her son, Michael, will conduct the same in the future. Mrs. Hickey and her daughter, Miss Catherine, went to Scranton to reside.

ELK LAKE: Mrs. Miranda O. Stevens, widow of Philander S. Stevens, died at her home in Elk Lake, Thursday night, Nov. 25, at about 11 o’clock. She had been in failing health for some time and her death was anticipated for some weeks. Her age was 79 years. Mrs. Stevens had resided in Elk Lake nearly all her life and was a woman widely known for her lovable nature and kindly disposition. She was a sister of Mrs. Eliza Smith, of Montrose, who with a granddaughter, Mrs. H. F. Brewster, of this place, alone survive. A son, Frank Stevens, resided in Montrose for years, his death occurring about 25 years ago. She was a member of St. Paul’s church of Montrose. Interment in the Elk Lake cemetery.

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From the Desk of the D.A.
By District Attorney Jason J. Legg

As I have said previously, a prosecutor has numerous special ethical duties that do not apply to other attorneys. To put it simply, prosecutors are expected to adhere to a higher ethical standard as a result of their special position as ministers of justice. Under Rule of Professional Conduct 3.8(e), a prosecutor is prohibited from “making extrajudicial comments that a have a substantial likelihood of heightening public condemnation of the accused.” In other words, a prosecutor should not stir the pot of public opinion in a manner that will undermine the ability of an accused to receive a fair trial. On the other hand, the rule specifically allows a prosecutor to make “statements that are necessary to inform the public of the nature and extent of the prosecutor’s action.” Prosecutors have to carefully balance the public’s right to know what the prosecutor is doing against the potential that any pretrial statements may taint a jury pool.

Rule of Professional Conduct 3.6 provides some additional guidance to a prosecutor as to what may or may not be stated during a public statement. As a general rule of thumb, prosecutors limit public comments to items that are already matters of public record. The rule also allows a prosecutor to provide the name, residence, occupation and family status of an accused, as well as the time and place where the accused was arrested. A prosecutor may also disclose the identity of the investigating agency and the length of the investigation. These are the only items that the rules specifically allow for a prosecutor to comment upon during pretrial publicity.

Prosecutors cannot make predictions as to the outcome of the trial during a press conference. Even in a courtroom, a prosecutor is prohibited from inserting his or her personal beliefs into the proceedings. The courts have consistently held that the personal opinions of a prosecutor are not relevant to a jury’s determination; rather, a prosecutor should argue the evidence, and not inject personal beliefs into a trial. In truth, there is little reason to make any “predictions” during a press conference - and, the only reasonable justification for such action would be to improperly influence a jury pool into assuming the defendant is guilty before the trial is even held.

With these fundamental rules in mind, I was stunned as I watched Attorney General Holder’s press conference announcing his decision to try 5 of the 9/11 conspirators in federal court in New York City. There is so much wrong with this decision that it is difficult to even know where to start, but others have written powerfully on that topic already and there is no need to repeat them here. Instead, it is instructive to remember the special role of a prosecutor, the higher ethical standard imposed upon a prosecutor, and then evaluate whether Holder conducted himself appropriately.

As you listened to the press conference, it was apparent that this decision had little to do with justice and everything to do with politics. Holder’s performance at the press conference was poor from a political perspective, but from a prosecutor’s perspective, it was an abomination. It was filled with unnecessary statements that served frankly only to stir public opinion in favor of the prosecution (though, in truth, the mere selection of New York City as the place for the trial suggests that Holder was not concerned about obtaining a “fair and impartial jury”). For instance, Holder stated that he “thought” and was “confident” that the government would “ultimately be successful” otherwise he would not have authorized the decision to move the trial from a military commission to a civilian criminal court. What does this mean? If he had not thought he could get a conviction in civilian criminal court, he would have allowed the trials to continue in the military commissions? Holder basically concedes that he wants his show trial - not for justice - but for political reasons. Holder was cherry picking his cases - leaving apparently the weaker ones in military tribunals, and moving stronger ones into civilian courts. Holder injected his personal beliefs into the press conference and promised convictions.

Holder went further and stated: “I will say that I have access to information that has not been publicly released that gives me great confidence.” Remember the prohibition that limits statements to things that are a matter of public record. Yet, Holder winks at the press and says he has secret stuff that assures that convictions will be obtained. Further, there is not even a public record at this point because Holder decided to make the announcement before there were even indictments filed. When pressed on when the charges would be filed, Holder lamely asserted “that’s hard to say.” Given that no charges had even been filed, what was the purpose of the press conference? The answer to that question has nothing to do with justice and everything to do with politics.

Did Holder meet the higher standard? Sadly, no, and it was not even close.

Please submit any questions, concerns, or comments to Susquehanna County District Attorney’s Office, P.O. Box 218, Montrose, Pennsylvania 18801 or at our website or discuss this and all articles at

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The Healthy Geezer
By Fred Cicetti

Q. Does the plague still exist?

In the 1300s, the Black Death, as plague was called, killed about one-third of the people in Europe. A combination of antibiotics and improved living conditions have made plague rare today.

Plague is found throughout the world, except for Australia. The greatest number of human plague infections occurs in African countries. However, the largest concentration of infected animals is in the United States and in the former Soviet Union.

The World Health Organization reports 1,000 to 3,000 cases of plague worldwide every year. An average of 5 to 15 cases occur each year in the western United States. These cases are usually scattered in rural areas; they are caused by bites primarily from infected prairie dogs. There has not been a case of person-to-person infection in the United States since 1924.

Plague is often mentioned as a bioterrorism weapon along with anthrax, smallpox and botulism. A bioweapon carrying plague is possible because the bacterium that causes plague occurs in nature and could be isolated and grown in quantity in a laboratory.

Plague bacteria could be sprayed through the air, infecting anyone who inhales it. In this scenario, antibiotics would treat the plague effectively if they are used soon after infection. There is no vaccine for plague.

With prompt treatment, the overall fatality rate from plague is less than 15 percent. Without treatment, mortality rates can be as high as 60 percent for bubonic plague and 100 percent for pneumonic plague. Death can occur within days after symptoms appear.

National and state public health officials have large supplies of drugs needed in the event of a bioterrorism attack.

Plague is an infection caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. The bacteria are found mainly in rats and their resident fleas. Rat or flea bites spread plague.

There are three forms of plague: bubonic, septicemic and pneumonic.

Bubonic inflames the tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus. It induces fever, aches, chills, fatigue and tender lymph glands. Bubonic plague is the most common type in humans, but is rarely spread from person to person.

Septicemic, in which bacteria multiply in the blood, causes fever, chills, shock, bleeding, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and death of tissue in fingers, toes and nose.

Pneumonic plague occurs when the bacteria enter the lungs and cause pneumonia. This can be spread between people. It kills faster than the other forms of plague. This form of the disease is the one that is feared by security officials. Symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, weakness, chest pain, difficulty breathing and a bloody cough.

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Library Chitchat
By Flo Whittaker

The Susquehanna County Library is not just a library. You may forget that the full name of our organization is the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association. While we have a main library and three branches, there is only one location in our county for Historical Society - the second floor of the main building in Montrose.

In fact, the Historical Society pre-dates the formation of the library. A group of 25, including Emily Blackman, had their initial organizational meeting in 1890 and, by 1905, was in the process of breaking ground for the building to the rear of our current courthouse. However, before construction actually began, the Cope family of Philadelphia advised the Historical Society of its desire to build a memorial library in Montrose. Through the combination of the Historical Society’s funds and the Cope donation, the present library building was erected and dedicated on November 8, 1907, the same year that the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association was chartered.

Visitors to the Historical Society, even local residents, are often surprised with the depth of the society’s collection. Many visitors come regularly to do genealogy research. The Historical Society has Susquehanna County cemetery lists with entries of 69,662 people and so much more interesting information.

The Historical Society’s annual Christmas Open House will be held on Saturday, December 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. Santa will be paying a visit. It’s free. Please stop in and take a peek at some of the treasures on display.

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Rock Doc Break The Glass, Douse The Flames
By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters

As everyone who watches the evening news knows, in the western United States wildfires and forest fires are common enough in the late summer. Young people work diligently on fire-crews here in the West, fighting one of nature’s great forces. Out-of-control blazes in our National Forests are all but an annual event, with only the number and intensity of the fires varying from year to year.

Wildfires in grasslands often last just a couple of hours or days, and forest fires in trees are generally measured in days to weeks. In other words, all such fires are relatively short-lived. And that, as my young friends would say, is a “clear positive.”

A clear negative must be acknowledged for another type of uncontrolled fire, a kind that burns year round, not just for a season - and, in fact, generally blazes for decades. These are the fires geologists know best, and it’s time that others learned about them.

The fires I have in mind are made of burning coal. Such unwanted coal fires rage or smolder in the United States, South Africa, Australia, China, India, and beyond. They are burning in huge volumes in rural China and blazing in a district of India to such a great extent the flames from some surface coal fires are over 20 feet high. Here in the U.S. they are burning in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Colorado, and Wyoming as you read these words.

People with little experience of coal may think it should be a simple matter to put out a coal blaze. Buckets of water, some would guess, should quench the flames, like water on a charcoal grill. But, in fact, coal can burn very hot (when oxygen is available at the surface) or smolder slowly (when little air is around under the surface). And once a major coal seam is ignited underground or near the surface of the Earth, it’s quite difficult to control. Putting out a significant coal blaze by hand is almost impossible.

The public might also be surprised to learn the total effect of these unwanted coal fires. Carbon dioxide production from unwanted coal fires around the world is enormous. And because coal underground burns incompletely to a variety of gases, there are also other greenhouse gases beyond carbon dioxide that are at issue, such as methane and carbon monoxide.

According to one technical paper from the Department of Energy I’ve been studying lately, about 2 percent of all annual industrial global emissions of carbon dioxide come as a byproduct of unwanted coal fires in China alone. In other words, coal fires in China - which are legion because their mines are often hand-dug into near-surface coal seams, a practice going back to antiquity - are adding a couple of percent to our total global production of carbon dioxide from industrial sources like powerplants and auto engines.

But I’m not picking on China. We’ve got coal fires burning here in America including one near Laurel Run, Pennsylvania that’s burned since 1915. And perhaps you’ve heard the story of a hamlet called Centralia that’s also located in coal country in Pennsylvania?

Centralia is basically unlivable today because of a coal blaze. The Earth itself in the town is hot, the air is tainted with smoke and toxic gasses, and the ground itself collapses from time to time. It has these characteristics because, when the town’s landfill trash was burned off in 1962, it lit a coal seam just under the trash pit. From that day to this one, the fire has been burning.

At the end of the first Gulf War, the reader may remember that Saddam Hussein’s forces left Kuwait’s oilfields ablaze when they retreated to Iraq. It was said at the time that putting out the oilfield fires would take many years. But in fact, due to the work of an American company and the best technology of the day, most of the fires were out within months.

Coal fires pose some different problems than oil-fires, but it’s time we turned up our sleeves to address the blazes that we most likely can douse. We would be helping the folks living near the fires today, as well as our posterity tomorrow.

Dr. E. Kirsten Peters is a native of the rural Northwest, but was trained as a geologist at Princeton and Harvard. A library of past Rock Doc columns is available at This column is a service of the College of Sciences at Washington State University.

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What’s Bugging You?
By Stuart W. Slocum

No What's Bugging You This Week

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Dear Dolly,

Dear Dolly,

The holiday season has just started and I'm feeling overwhelmed. I've had four requests in the last two days to donate time, bake cookies and organize a function. I'm afraid to answer the phone. How can I fit this all in and keep my sanity over the next two months? -Evelyn

Dear Evelyn,

This is an easy fix if you're serious about fitting your obligations into a healthy, happy and sane life. You need to learn to say "No," nicely.

As women, we are programmed from birth to be caregivers, solve all the world’s problems, and have dinner on the table without breaking a sweat. We are taught to say no to drugs, casual sex and wearing white after Labor Day, but nowhere in the "Outstanding Citizen" handbook are we taught that "No" ranks right up there in importance, with please and thank you.

When faced with any request first thing you do is to repeat the request back, to make sure you understand what is being asked.

In a pleasant but direct and firm voice say:

"Let me consult our calendar and get back to you."

"That sounds good but I'm really booked."

"Can we do something after the holidays?"

"We are getting back to basics and sending fewer cards, exchanging fewer presents and spending more time with the simple every day activities we treasure."

"This year we're trying something different and going away for the holiday."

Hang this short list on the bathroom mirror and review it when brushing your teeth every morning. Put a second copy near the phone.

Learning to say no nicely, is an important life skill. Your comfort level will increase with practice.

All Transcript readers are welcome to submit their questions to Dear Dolly at

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From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that military sonar exercises actually kill marine wildlife?

Unfortunately for many whales, dolphins and other marine life, the use of underwater sonar (short for sound navigation and ranging) can lead to injury and even death. Sonar systems - first developed by the U.S. Navy to detect enemy submarines - generate slow-rolling sound waves topping out at around 235 decibels; the world’s loudest rock bands top out at only 130. These sound waves can travel for hundreds of miles under water, and can retain an intensity of 140 decibels as far as 300 miles from their source.

These rolling walls of noise are no doubt too much for some marine wildlife. While little is known about any direct physiological effects of sonar waves on marine species, evidence shows that whales will swim hundreds of miles, rapidly change their depth (sometime leading to bleeding from the eyes and ears), and even beach themselves to get away from the sounds of sonar.

In January 2005, 34 whales of three different species became stranded and died along North Carolina’s Outer Banks during nearby offshore Navy sonar training. Other sad examples around the coast of the U.S. and elsewhere abound, notably in recent years with more sonar testing going on than ever before. According to the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which has campaigned vigorously to ban use of the technology in waters rich in marine wildlife, recent cases of whale strandings likely represent a small fraction of sonar’s toll, given that severely injured animals rarely make it to shore.

In 2003, NRDC spearheaded a successful lawsuit against the Navy to restrict the use of low-frequency sonar off the coast of California. Two years later a coalition of green groups led by NRDC and including the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the League for Coastal Protection, Cetacean Society International, and Ocean Futures Society upped the ante, asking the federal courts to also restrict testing of more intense, harmful and far ranging mid-frequency types of sonar off Southern California’s coastline.

In filing their brief, the groups cited Navy documents which estimated that such testing would kill some 170,000 marine mammals and cause permanent injury to more than 500 whales, not to mention temporary deafness for at least 8,000 others. Coalition lawyers argued that the Navy’s testing was in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Two lower courts upheld NRDC’s claims, but the Supreme Court ruled that the Navy should be allowed to continue the use of some mid-frequency sonar testing for the sake of national security. “The decision places marine mammals at greater risk of serious and needless harm,” says NRDC’s Joel Reynolds.

Environmental groups are still fighting the battle against the sonar, lobbying the government to curtail testing, at least during peacetime, or to at least ramp up testing gradually to give marine wildlife a better chance to flee affected areas. “The U.S. Navy could use a number of proven methods to avoid harming whales when testing mid-frequency sonar,” reports IFAW’s Fred O'Regan. “Protecting whales and preserving national security are not mutually exclusive.”


Dear EarthTalk: How does the microwave compare in energy use, say, to using a gas or electric stove burner to heat water for a cup of tea?

The short answer is that it depends upon several variables, including the price of electricity versus gas, and the relative efficiency of the appliances involved. Typically, though, a microwave would be slightly more efficient at heating water than the flame on a gas stove, and should use up a little less energy. The reason: The microwave’s heat waves are focused on the liquid (or food) inside, not on heating the air or container around it, meaning that most if not all of the energy generated is used to make your water ready.

Given this logic, it is hard to believe that a burner element on an electric stovetop would be any better, but an analysis by Home Energy Magazine found otherwise. The magazine’s researchers discovered that an electric burner uses about 25 percent less electricity than a microwave in boiling a cup of water.

That said, the difference in energy saved by using one method over another is negligible: Choosing the most efficient process might save a heavy tea drinker a dollar or so a year. “You’d save more energy over the year by replacing one light bulb with a CFL [compact fluorescent lightbulb] or turning off the air conditioner for an hour - not an hour a day, one hour at some point over the whole year,” says consumer advocate Michael Bluejay.

Although a microwave may not save much energy or money over a stove burner when heating water, it can be much more energy-efficient than a traditional full-size oven when it comes to cooking food. For starters, because their heat waves are concentrated on the food, microwaves cook and heat much faster than traditional ovens. According to the federal government’s Energy Star program, which rates appliances based on their energy-efficiency, cooking or re-heating small portions of food in the microwave can save as much as 80 percent of the energy used to cook or warm them up in the oven.

The website reports that there are other things you can do to optimize your energy efficiency around the kitchen when cooking. For starters, make sure to keep the inside surfaces of your microwave oven clean so as to maximize the amount of energy reflected toward your food. On a gas stovetop, make sure the flame is fully below the cookware; likewise, on an electric stovetop, make sure the pan or kettle completely covers the heating element to minimize wasted heat. Also, use the appropriate size pan for the job at hand, as smaller pans are cheaper and more energy-efficient to heat up.

Despite these tips for cooking greener, Bluejay reiterates that most of us will hardly put a dent in our overall energy use just by choosing one appliance over another. According to his analysis, for someone who bakes three hours a week the cheapest cooking method saves only an estimated $2.06/month compared to the most expensive method.

“Focusing on cooking methods is not the way to save electricity [at home],” says Bluejay. “You should look at heating, cooling, lighting and laundry instead.”

CONTACTS: Home Energy Magazine,; Treehugger,; Michael Bluejay,

Send Your Environmental Questions To: EarthTalk, P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881; Read past columns at:

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Barnes-Kasson Corner
By Cara Sepcoskiw

National Fruits & Veggies Week November 29 - December 5

Barnes-Kasson Hospital is observing National Fruits and Veggies Week November 29 - December 5. We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but did you know that they are critical for promoting a healthy body? Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, fiber, and minerals, that may help protect the human body from chronic diseases.

Not only can eating fruits and vegetables help limit your risk of disease, it also can help lead to weight loss. Vegetables and fruit are low in calories, and if they are replaced with fatty foods, you will naturally loose weight. But eating fruits and vegetables on top of what you already eat will make you gain weight. While they may be low in calories, fruits and vegetables still contain calories. So if someone was to still eat fatty foods, not exercise and add fruits and vegetables, they would gain weight due to the increase in their food intake. The key is to substitute high calorie fatty foods for lower calorie vegetables and fruits.

Years ago, it was recommended that everyone received five servings of veggies, but new research has proven that is not the case. Because everybody is different, everybody needs a different amount of servings per day. For example, an average height, healthy weight female would need only 2.5 servings, whereas an average healthy weight male would need 3.5.

It is encouraged that adults get their recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, but adolescents and children need to as well. It is essential for a healthy diet to eat fruits and veggies during the growing years. Keeping your children on a healthy diet can sometimes be confusing and challenging, especially since most children are not too fond of eating vegetables or fruit. To keep your entire family healthy, try slowly adding fruits and veggies in your family’s diet. Try replacing candy with veggies in your children’s lunch boxes or when you snack at work. To make fruit seem more appealing, try adding it to basic things, like breakfast cereal.

Many schools are now participating in P.A.C.K., a program designed to encourage parents to pack healthier food options in their children’s lunch boxes. This program also helps fuel kids want for fruits and veggies by making them be more appealing and fun. P.A.C.K works by making a game and competition out of eating the necessary servings each child needs. One way is by calling certain weeks, “purple week” or “red week.” During these weeks children have to bring a fruit or veggie of that color to school for lunch. Children who have participated in this program claim that it evolved into a competition between classmates to see who could bring in the biggest or most unusual fruit or veggie.

Many children, especially teenagers, are now taking the jump toward vegetarianism. This choice has been causing a sense of fear among parents. Many are concerned that their children will become malnourished, or not intake the necessary vitamins needed for growth. The truth is however, that a vegetarian diet is a very healthy choice, but one should always consult with their doctor before changing their diet drastically.

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