Clarke library unveils new online catalog Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 October 2007
The Bruce C. Clarke Library has a brand new Web site to improve its service to the community:

Known as a "Rooms" Web site, it contains many different pages (or Rooms) with links to carefully selected, high-quality sources.

Find the best information on careers, entertainment, health and fitness, food and drink, genealogy, home improvement, parenting, and personal finance at the site. Also patrons can try our special sections for adult learners, English as a second language students, business or children. Information, on the site, is updated and changed on a monthly basis.

Our new Web site is most importantly the online catalog to tell you what books, DVDs, CDs, and other materials the Clarke library owns. Our special search box will allow you to look at just our DVD collection or our book collection, while advanced search will allow you to search just for children's materials or any other section.

Check us before you buy, and save yourself some money. If we don't have what you're looking for, contact us and ask us to buy it for our library or to borrow it for you from another library.

Log into your own account and see what you have checked out or have on hold. You can even renew your materials online -- no more over due books. If you find something in our catalog that you would like to use, but it is checked out to someone else, you can put it on hold using "Rooms," and when it's available, we will contact you.

Rooms also has links to some of our special services. Join our "Online Book Club" to receive daily e-mails with a short section from a book. You receive five sections from the same book each week, with a new book starting up the next week, and if you want to read the whole book, you can get it from us.

If the requested book is not available, we'll get it for you. We have book clubs for fiction, business, science fiction, nonfiction, romance, mystery, pre-publication, teen, good news and horror.

Another special service on our Web site is our "Tumblebooks."

"Tumblebooks" are online interactive children's picture books, games, and puzzles. There are lots of fun activities on these pages for children of all ages, from preschoolers to beginning readers up to middle graders.

Most of these are well-known children's books, and new titles are being added regularly. There are special sections for foreign language books (mostly French and Spanish), audio books, and readables for middle grade readers.

Our "Rooms" site also has links to all of our other library Web sites: our Fort Leonard Wood home page, our alternate online catalog at, the MANSCEN Digital Repository, and our list of databases and useful links.

Our library calendar can keep you up to date with our adult and children's programs, and the site also has our hours, contact information, and useful "How Do I?" answers to frequent questions about library policies.

(Editor's note: Andrews is the Clarke library systems librarian.)

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Red Cross celebrates youth contributions Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 October 2007
File photo. Local Red Cross youth volunteer, Sara Tipton, assists Warrant Officer Craig Peel at the Fort Leonard Wood Red Cross Station.
Most individuals can recall significant life-changing moments from childhood, and these moments often influence and impact adult lifestyle choices.

It is for this reason that American Red Cross chapters worldwide are committed to providing youth volunteers with meaningful service and leadership opportunities.

The American Red Cross holds to a long tradition of youth giving, and September marked the 90th anniversary of youth contributions. President Woodrow Wilson established the Junior Red Cross, Sept. 15, 1917. In a wartime plea, he asked America's youth, "Is not this perhaps the chance for which you have been looking to give your time and efforts in some measure to meet our national needs?"

Young people answered the president's question with a resounding, "yes!" With individual membership costing only 25-cents a year, Junior Red Cross enrollment reached 8 million within its first year and peaked at 11 million in 1919. Junior Red Cross members provided vital services during World War I. They made and collected clothing for war victims, produced hospital supplies and built furniture for medical facilities. For youth in war-torn areas overseas, they prepared and shipped "Friendship Boxes" which contained school and personal comfort items.

On the home front, they promoted food conservation projects and farmed vegetables to add to the nation's food supply. They also stepped in to help local chapters perform their regular functions, including first aid training and disaster relief and Red Cross membership and war fund campaigns.

Junior Red Cross contributions to the Red Cross during the war period totaled an amazing $3,677,380. Most importantly, Junior Red Cross volunteers began an enduring tradition of selfless, dedicated service.

Today, American Red Cross youth still shout "yes" when called, and their remarkable assistance continues around the globe. Thirty-five percent of American Red Cross volunteers are under the age of 25. With that in mind, the American Red Cross decided to reaffirm its commitment to young people in the United States by establishing the Youth Affirmative Initiative in 1999.

The Youth Affirmation Initiative vision is that the American Red Cross will provide the premier environment for youth and young adults to learn, practice, and exemplify humanitarian values. An outgrowth of the Youth Affirmative Initiative is the formation of local Red Cross Clubs.

Civic-minded youth can join local Red Cross clubs. These clubs meet regularly, and membership is open to all. Working closely with the local Red Cross station, club members participate in Red Cross service projects such as providing first-aid training, organizing blood drives, assembling comfort and cleanup kits for those affected by disasters and raising funds for disaster relief.

At the Fort Leonard Wood station alone, 63 youth volunteers gave over 2,900 community service hours during summer recess. Local youth interested in learning more about Red Cross youth volunteer opportunities can stop by the Red Cross office in Bldg. 470, Room 2211 or phone: 596.0300.

As the 90th year of American Red Cross youth service begins, Mark Everson, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, has requested the entire American Red Cross organization and its supporters to salute and celebrate the contributions of youth volunteers. Young people represent the future. Youth engaged in Red Cross services and programs are experiencing first-hand the humanitarian values the Red Cross exemplifies. By such involvement, they will become the organization's future leaders, service volunteers, blood donors, and community supporters.

(Editor's note: Pantano, Ph.D., is the publicity chair for the Fort Leonard Wood American Red Cross Station.)

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Root canal therapy can help keep teeth Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 October 2007
A root canal is the channel inside the tooth containing the dental pulp, where the nerve and blood vessels are located.

Front teeth usually have one root canal and back teeth may have three or four. When the pulp inside the root canal becomes infected or inflamed it can cause pain in the tooth. There are many possible causes, but the most common among them are deep tooth decay and tooth fracture.

Root canal therapy must be done on an infected tooth because a tooth will not heal by itself. If left unchecked, the infection will spread into the bone and sometimes into the tissues of the face and neck.

In rare occasions this can be a life-threatening situation if the infection drains into the chest or brain. The only alternative is tooth extraction, which can cause shifting of the surrounding teeth.

Replacing the missing tooth requires costly implant or bridge treatment. It is always recommended to keep your original teeth when you can.

Treatment usually involves one to three appointments.

After a local anesthetic is given, a rubber sheet called a rubber dam isolates the area. Next, the dentist makes an opening into the tooth and the pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned of all diseased tissue. Then the canals are shaped so that a root filling can be placed.

Depending upon the condition of the tooth, a medication may be placed in the root canal and a temporary filling placed to fight the bacteria and give the tooth a chance to heal before filling the root.

When the tooth is ready, the roots are filled with a rubber like substance called gutta percha. The tooth is then permanently sealed with a filling. Many teeth with root canal therapy will need a metal or porcelain crown placed to prevent tooth fracture. This enables the patient to keep the original tooth. More than 95 percent of root canal treatments are successful.

For a few days after the treatment there may be some discomfort, which can usually be controlled with over the counter pain medication. The tooth will require periodic monitoring by your dentist to make sure that all is going well. With proper brushing and flossing you should be able to keep the tooth indefinitely.

(Editor's note: Mikaloff is the Fort Leonard Wood Dental Activity commander.)

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Local scouting projects help improve post Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 October 2007
Scouts work on making improvements to the old POW constructed amphitheater at the University of Missouri - Rolla Tech Park.
Two local Eagle Scout candidates recently completed service projects to help improve some of Fort Leonard Wood's existing infrastructure.

Joey Reynolds and Brandon Boies, Scouts from local Troop 149 and Waynesville High School seniors, worked to help improve the quality of life on post, and in the process they were able to work toward the requirements of becoming Eagle Scouts.

Bois, 17, headed up a project to enhance a previous Scout endeavor at Littlewood Pond, adjacent to the Maneuver Support Center. He, and his crew, installed new picnic tables, barbecue grills and a new bench adjacent to the trail. Using supplies provided by the Directorate of Public Works, the group was able to rehabilitate the site and upgrade it.

Reynolds, 18, coordinated a project to upgrade a Word War II prisoner-of-war amphitheater located in the University of Missouri -- Rolla Tech Park. A joint effort of the UMR Tech Park and DPW, Reynolds headed up a group of Scouts that worked to use existing stonework to develop a small picnic and meeting area to be used by those at the tech park.

The Scouts were excited they were able to dedicate their projects to improving the installation and grateful for the experience they have gained during the process.

"This project has taught me excellent planning skills and how to be an effective leader of a large group," Reynolds said. "It took a lot of perseverance and time-management (skills) to balance (the) project along with my other activities."

Boies also shared appreciation for the new experiences he has gained.

"Any project where you have the chance to challenge yourself helps make you a better person," Boies said. "By honing my leadership skills, I've prepared myself for more challenging roles in project management."

Reynolds and Boies projects were not just labor focused. The Scouts also had to work on the development and coordination of the projects and oversee their workers. From the beginning, the Scouts spent numerous hours working with community officials and others to make the projects a reality.

"I personally put in 43 hours and other workers put in a collective time of over 90 hours, Reynolds said. "It is very rewarding and satisfying to finally reach that achievement."

Although completion of the projects doesn't necessarily guarantee achievement of the Eagle Scout rank, the Scouts seem content with the sense of accomplishment they have achieved upon completing the projects.

"Now that the badges and project are out of the way, I'm amazingly relieved," Boies said.

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Seminar set to benefit drill sergeant spouses Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 October 2007
Being a drill sergeant could be one of the toughest jobs in the Army, being at work before the trainees physical training begins and out until they go to bed can be stressful, but it's easy to forget about the others sacrificing for their country -- the drill sergeant spouses.

It's the day-to-day sacrifice the spouses make that has inspired Fort Leonard Wood volunteers to host a special seminar for them, from 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 12 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 13.

"Basically we want to equip spouses with information and tools they will need to support their spouse -- the drill sergeant on duty," said Olga Hayes, a volunteer organizing the event.

"From personal experience, I have found the more I understand about my husband's job the more supportive I am toward him, and the more I can encourage him," she said. "If we can inform and empower them, the spouses will become self-reliant and proactive."

Seminar participants can expect to have an icebreaker activity on the first night where they will have the opportunity to meet other spouses.

"It will help them to meet and network with new people," Hayes said. "Like in training you have battle buddies, maybe they can find a battle buddy, too."

Participants will learn about a drill sergeant's day and discuss the impact the occupation can have on family life. A chaplain will be on hand to discuss how spiritual well-being can help maintain a good marriage, and a panel of drill sergeants and spouses will share helpful hints and tips.

On the second day, the spouses are scheduled to go through obstacle courses, eat in post dining facilities and participate in other activities designed to foster camaraderie.

This is the first time a seminar of this type has been conducted at Fort Leonard Wood, but Hayes said Army Community Service is expected to implement a similar program soon.

Isabelle Brentson, a former Soldier and event volunteer, said she learned about the life of a drill sergeant when she went through basic training, but now she is married to a drill sergeant.

"This is the first time I am going to see it from another side," Brentson said. "This (program) will let spouses meet other people that are in the same position . . . and are dealing with the same stresses."

Hayes said she encourages spouses to sign-up and take advantage of this free program.

"The program is designed by drill sergeant spouses for drill sergeant spouses, and it is material that is highly relevant to their specific situation," Hayes said.

To sign-up or for more information, call 329.2129.

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