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January 9, 2019

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C-4 Wednesday, Januar y 9, 2019 The Press-Dispatch HOME LIFE TO ADVERTISE: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: Visit: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Deadline: 5 p.m. on Monday Youth First Today by Callie Sanders, Youth First, Inc. Music on the brain Music is a universal language. It is the gateway for optimal brain health, longevity, and happiness. In the world of research, neuromusi- cology explores the nervous system's response to music and how it activates every part of the brain. Studies per- formed on musicians reveal significant brain health and well-being. The largest fiber bundle in the brain, the corpus callosum, is said to be larger and more symmetrical in musicians. It is responsible for connecting the right and left hemispheres, allowing commu- nication between both sides. It is also involved in several other functions of our body, such as eye movement, vi- sion, and sensory perception. The lack of musical ability does not keep a person from enjoying its bene- fits. Listening to upbeat music can have positive effects on mood. It naturally helps to lower the stress hormone corti- sol. On the contrary, sad music has ben- efits too, both cathartically and revolu- tionary, that increase self-awareness. Music also stimulates the formation of brain chemicals and hormones. One chemical particularly stimulated is the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is responsible for the "feel good" state. It also stimulates the hormone oxytocin, which helps us bond with and trust oth- ers. So continue to play, listen, and en- joy music whenever possible. Another important area of life where music is beneficial is at work. Not only does music ignite more creativity and productivity, but when employees are allowed to pick the music, productivity and task completion accelerate, stress lowers, and work is more manageable. The universal language of music, as a whole, supports social behaviors such as empathy, kindness, and cooperation. Children should be involved with music as much as possible. Encourage your child to join the band or choir at school. It's a great way to boost self-esteem, self-awareness, and a sense of com- munity. Because I am a part of a musically inclined family, music has and will al- ways be a staple in my life. I encourage you to listen to genres that aren't famil- iar to you and play an instrument you are familiar with or learn a new one. Encourage your child to do so as well. Happy listening and have fun play- ing! This column is written by Callie Sand- ers, LSW, school social worker for Youth First, Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to strengthening youth and families. Youth First provides 55 Master's level social workers to 77 schools in 10 Indiana counties. Over 38,000 youth and fami- lies per year have access to Youth First's school social work and after-school pro- grams that prevent substance abuse, pro- mote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success. BAKED RIGATONI WITH BECHAMEL SAUCE MEALS IN Monica's MINUTES Share your favorite recipe! Monica's Meals in Minutes PO Box 68, Petersburg, IN 47567 FACEBOOK MAIL EMAIL By Monica Sinclair On New Year's Day, we had a potluck family get-together. While all the dishes were fab- ulous, I really enjoyed the one my mom brought. It was abso- lutely delicious, and I definite- ly need to make it in the future. Since I don't want to be selfish, I thought my readers my like this recipe as well. It only has a few ingredients and is ready about an hour. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS • 1 stick unsalted butter (4 ounces) • 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour • 1 quart whole milk, at room temperature • Pinch fresh nutmeg • Sea salt and white pepper • 1 cup grated fontina (or 5 cheese Italian cheese) • 1/2 pound thinly sliced prosciutto, julienned (or thinly sliced deli ham) • 1 pound dry rigatoni • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 2. In a 2 quart saucepan, melt the butter over medi- um heat. Add the flour and whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes. Always stirring, gradually add the milk and continue to whisk until the sauce is smooth and creamy. Simmer until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. This will take approximately 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in nutmeg, 1/2 cup fontina, prosciutto and sea- son with salt and white pepper. Set aside. 3. In a large pot, bring to a boil 6 quarts of salted water. Add the rigatoni and cook for about 5 min- utes. Since you will be cooking the pasta a second time in the oven, you want to make sure the in- side is still hard. Drain in a colander. Return pas- ta to the pot and pour in bechamel sauce. Using a wooden spoon, mix well until all the pasta is coat- ed with the sauce. 4. Into a greased 13-by-9 -inch baking dish, pour the pasta with cream sauce. Smooth out top and sprin- kle with remaining 1/2 cup fontina. 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The main living area of the home is an open concept living room with fireplace, dining room, kitchen with bar & pantry, family room, plus a mud room and office. There is a 2 car attached garage, rear deck and concrete patio. Bring your animals too, approx 3-4 acres in fenced pasture and a 40x40 pole building. Also, down by the lake is a 24x36 pole building with concrete floor and electric. HOUSE FOR SALE MLS# 201818525 Call Melissa: 812-617-0133 7684 E. CR 700 S., VELPEN $ 440,000 PRICE REDUCED Katiedid vs... by Katiedid Langrock Butterflies for Christmas My 3-year-old wanted one thing from Santa this year: butterflies. Not butter- fly-print dresses or rubber butterfly toys. Not even the creepy pinned-down dead butterflies in display cases. Real, living butterflies. And by George, the big man in red brought her some come Christmas morning. Well, sort of. I'm somewhat of a ce- lebrity at the North Pole. It comes with being one of the few idiots to nearly lose their lives by falling into a moulin in northern Alaska. News of such tomfoolery so close to home is bound to reach the ears of that jel- ly-bellied charitable cher- ub, and ever since that fate- ful day, I've had St. Nick on speed dial. But when my daughter requested butter- flies, I was told that I would receive just a netted butter- fly enclosure. Accompany- ing the net would be a vouch- er to get six caterpillars sent to us in the summer months, when the butterflies could survive. The hope was that come summer, my daugh- ter would not remember her sole Christmas wish and move on to loving Butterfin- gers instead. It's not that I don't like but- terflies; I love them. That's why I don't want to be respon- sible for their survival. Small animals and plants of any size tend to die in my care. When I'm attentive, I'm over- ly attentive. When I'm neg- ligent, I'm over- ly negligent. And when I'm toggling between the two, I'm attentive on the days I should be negligent, and vice versa. Noth- ing makes it out alive. And I cer- tainly didn't want to be the cause of the death of my daughter's one gift from Santa. Luckily, there was going to be a lovely butterfly home for her to ooh and aah over, a caterpillar voucher and then a handful of months for her to forget all about it. But the voucher didn't come. Instead, on Christ- mas morning, my daugh- ter unwrapped six tiny cat- erpillars. What the holy glacier, Santa?! The caterpillars looked, well, dead. Already. I wasn't sure whether I should be bummed or relieved. A fter all, at least this way it wasn't Mom who killed them. It was that murderous cookie thief Santa Claus! Luckily (or unluckily), there was a note included in the box with the netted but- terfly home. It said that if the caterpillars look dead, don't toss them in the trash; they are probably just in shock from their tumultuous jour- ney. Great driving there, Ru- dolph. You put my caterpil- lars in shock. Lo and behold, the piece of paper that came with the netted home (you know, the one that should have been a voucher but wasn't) turned out to be right. In a few days' time, the caterpillars had grown fat and active and were co- cooning themselves into chrysalides on the roof of the little cup they came in. My daughter was elat- ed. Her butterflies would be here soon. But the worst was yet to come. The piece of paper that was not a voucher but should have been instruct- ed me to carefully remove the lid with the six newly hardened hanging chrysal- ides and place it vertically PIKE COUNTY Live the Dream Email: Marte' Nelson-Daves Principal Broker/Owner Call: 812-789-9510 Text: 812-766-0690 See our listings on Facebook: "American Dream Pike County" CR 225 E, Winslow (Off Ayrshire Road) 5 Acres in Ayrshire area with water, electric and natural gas. Ready to build on now! $49,900 668 W CR 125 S, Petersburg (Sugar Ridge Road) 2-½ Acres in Littles area with water and electric on site. Ready to build on now! $24,900 Continued on page 5

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