Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Adaptive quadricycles to be shown
    Picabo resident Dr. Robert Franklin, a retired gynecologist, will host an event for disabled people, physical therapists and others interested in checking out several adaptive “quadricycles” that inventor John Matthews will demo at the Double R Ranch in Picabo on Saturday, June 1, at 11:30 a.m.
    “It’s just an informal get-together,” said Bill Summers, a friend of Franklin’s who is helping him host the event. “It’s to bring physical therapists together and to show these things off.”
    Summers said that Franklin, 85, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease about 30 years ago, but remains actively involved in adaptive sports in Blaine County. He said he and Franklin visited Matthews’ company, Missoula, Mont.,-based Concept Cycles, and decided his “eQuadz” quadricycles (complete with power assist) would be a great product to introduce to disabled people in Blaine County.
    According to Concept Cycles’ website, Matthews invented the eQuadz after breaking his neck in a head-on car crash. Before the crash, he’d been a life-long cycling enthusiast and did not want to let a cervical fusion spell an end to that.
    Summers requests that those interested in attending the demo RSVP to him at 720-5547.

Sawtooth Society launches volunteer work program
    The Sawtooth Society will launch the Austin Kraal Memorial Volunteer Program this summer to complete projects in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.  A portion of the program will include engaging youths to get them into the outdoors, broaden their experiences and enhance their connections to the mountains.
    According to a news release from the society, Kraal, who died more than a year ago, had a passion for the Sawtooth Mountains and often spoke of the peace and tranquility he experienced when he was enjoying the area. This partnership with the Forest Service was made possible by donations from his family and friends and others who worked to establish a legacy for Kraal and to see important projects completed.
    The organization stated that with so many young people’s focus today on the Internet and social media, there is a dangerous decline in outdoor recreation and a disconnect looming between the next generation and our natural world.
    For more information, visit, or contact Executive Director Gary O’Malley at 721-2909.

Event planned on local health-care
    The Senior Connection will provide information about local services available for baby boomers and seniors as part of National Senior Health and Fitness Day today, May 29.
      Information will be provided on Medicare, ear health, hyperbarics and the healing power of oxygen. A representative from The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse will discuss dating and elder abuse. Elks Rehab Hospital will make a presentation on physical therapy. Swiftsure Ranch will provide information on in-home care.
    The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be available for $7.

Woodside Boulevard weed spraying scheduled for Thursday
    The city of Hailey will be working toward improving the grass landscape strip on Woodside Boulevard beginning with spraying weeds with an herbicide on Thursday, May 30, weather permitting.  Following the herbicide application, the weeds will be mowed on June 10 followed by new hydro-seeding of the landscape strip from June 11-14.  
    A well-irrigated and maintained landscape strip, with the addition of trees in the future, remains a goal of the Woodside Boulevard project, the city said. The city requests that property owners along the boulevard also assist in maintaining the landscaping behind the sidewalk. For more information, call Public Works Director Tom Hellen at 788-9830, ext. 14.

 ‘What’s in a food label?’
    Registered dietitian Liz LeFevre will provide information about how to read food labels during a lecture Thursday, May 30, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Luke’s Baldy Rooms.
    Sugars, fats, vitamins, salt, chemicals and daily values are listed on packaged foods. LeFevre will discuss how understanding what all that means can help people choose foods that fit specific dietary needs and provide the best nutritional value.
    All Brown Bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required. Call St. Luke’s Center for Community Health for information on this or other educational programs: 727-8733.

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