By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
At one time or another you have probably received an enticing phone call or email designed to separate you from your hard earned income.
Basically they are designed to lure a senior citizen to open up their pocket book or to provide information that will lead an individual to your savings, checking or credit card accounts, or all three.
It is not by accident that seniors are the “big target” for schemers.
For one, they are more likely to have a “nest egg,” own their home and have excellent credit. All this makes you attractive to a scam artist.
Folks who were raised in the 1940s-50s were generally raised to be polite and trusting, a trait that some dubious con artist can exploit – and older Americans are less likely to report actually being a victim or getting scammed because they are too ashamed, don’t know how or don’t even know they have been scammed.
WOW! — Lots of hair! Yazmine Peterson shows her long hair. Bottom photo shows Jennifer Hruska and Peterson look at the 16 inches of hair she just had cut. Peterson, a 12-year-old seventh grade student at Utterback Middle School, visited A Shear Happiness Salon on Friday to have 16 inches of her hair cut for Locks of Love, an organization that accepts real hair donations and makes them into wigs for persons who have lost their hair due to treatment for cancer. Except for trims, it is the first time in six years Peterson has had her hair cut. She did it in honor of Carol Mielke and in memory of her grandmother Eva Spagnoli. She is the daughter of Matt and Allison Peterson of Conrad. On a side note: her mother had a photo cell phone and was giving a snip-by-snip commentary of the cutting to her dad who is presently stationed in Southern Mississippi near the Gulf of Mexico with the Army National Guard Combined Arms Battalion, Alpha Company. His unit is there for two months of training before being deployed overseas to Iraq. Besides learning about a new culture, his unit is training for convoy protection, accident exercise and spotting of IEDs or improvised explosive devices and how they are made and set, what to look for and how to neutralize them. They are in Mississippi because the heat and high humidity there is close to what it is like in Iraq. I-O Photos and captions by Buck Traxler
The Conrad Post Office announced this week the recommended mailing dates for delivery by Christmas to U.S. military troops serving overseas at APO-FPO zip code addresses.
Holiday mail to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan should be sent by Dec. 4 for arrival by Christmas.
Holiday mail going to other overseas military installations should be sent by Dec. 10
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
The 2010 school year has begun and not too far in at all a notice has been sent to elementary students’ parents informing them that head lice have made their way into the school.
Lice are tiny insects that feed off of human blood. There are body and head lice. Head lice tend to be very prevalent in schools because it is also most prevalent in children between the ages of four and 13.
Lice are so prevalent, in fact, that in 1997, 80 percent of elementary schools reported at least one outbreak, making it more common than chicken pox.