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C-4 Wednesday, June 12, 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 Heather Miller, Youth First, Inc. Katiedid vs... by Katiedid Langrock New businesses Literacy is more than just being able to read 216 W. 6th Street, Jasper, IN 47546 Opal SermerSheim BROKER ASSOCIATE 812-582-0776 4529 W. State Road 56, Petersburg • MLS# 201915177 Call FOR SALE $ 112,500 ROOM WITH A VIEW! This home has been completely renovated and is absolutely beautiful! This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home includes a covered front deck and a side deck all on 1.209 acres! It's practically a brand new home! New furnace, central air, roof, flooring, cabinets, appliances, showers, vanities, and even the toilets are new! It's all brand new! Enjoy the country view while sipping your favorite beverage on your front porch! 1323 sq. ft. Directions: From Main St., turn on SR 56 through Bowman, home on left. SUMMER SALE SHADES Many styles available that accommodate prescription lenses or inserts. Select SunglaSSeS HALF PRICE Locally Owned and Operated Dr. Clint Shoultz 715 S. 9th Street, Petersburg (812) 354-9400 Mon. 8am-7pm, Tues. 8am-noon, Wed. 10am-7pm, Thurs-Fri. 8am-5pm Call for an appointment or come in and check out our selection. COACH EYEWEAR Summer doesn't have to be harmful to your eyes. Protect your eyes with great-looking fashion and sport sunglasses. Protect your eyes and look great! TACO BURGERS 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 Do you love tacos? Do you love burgers? If the answer is yes to both of those questions, then I have the perfect recipe for you this week because it com- bines both. The best part is they can be made cheaply and quick- ly. So, fire up the grill this week- end and enjoy! INGREDIENTS • 1 cup finely crushed corn chips • 1 envelope taco seasoning • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion • 1 large egg, lightly beaten • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef • 6 slices cheddar cheese • Sandwich buns, split • Lettuce leaves • Tomato slices • Salsa, optional DIRECTIONS 1. In a large bowl, combine the corn chips, taco sea- soning, onion and egg. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties. 2. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 7-8 minutes on each side or un- til a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. 3. Top each burger with a cheese slice; cook just un- til cheese begins to melt. Serve on buns with let- tuce, tomato and, if desired, salsa. Source: tasteof "Why do we have to read every day? It's summer! " protests my son. Amidst moans and groans, the steadfast rule remains – 20 minutes of reading out loud daily. I grow tired of giving my list of explanations and often want to just give in, but the importance of helping my children learn to read and do well is too important to negotiate. I like to equate reading time to brushing teeth, a preventative meas- ure to help ensure issues later on in life (like cavities) are less likely to oc- cur. My oldest struggles to be at grade level in reading, making it much more important for me to continue encour- aging – and at times insisting – that reading practice happens. According to the National Institute for Direct Instruction, poor reading performance in children may lead to anxiety, depression, inattentiveness, frustration, anti-social behaviors, and even aggression. Furthermore, by secondary grades, most children are aware of their difficulties in reading, thus adding low self-esteem and low motivation to the list of issues that may result from poor reading performance. The following five ideas may assist parents or caregivers with helping their child improve reading skills: • Make reading a scheduled part of your family's day. Placing the same level of importance on reading (to your child as well as having your child read to you) as eating dinner will help ensure reading time is completed daily. A fter a few weeks, reading time will be simply part of your family's day without thinking about it. • Many books are now movies. Before watching the movie, have your child read the book if possi- ble. If your child wants to watch the Star Wars movies, check out the large selection of Star Wars books available at local libraries first. Paddington is a great selection for younger children. There are many books about Padding- ton that can be followed by the movie. • Check out Pinterest for ideas. There are many activities and resourc- es to assist with encouraging literacy during childhood. Simple games such as Candyland can be adapted to teach sight words to school-aged children. • Make receiving a new book a treat. For Valentine's Day, Christmas, Easter, birthdays or as rewards, pick up a book to give as a gift. There are many books at dollar stores that pro- vide an economical way to promote reading. Helping children associate books and reading with excitement will help engage them in the process of becoming a reader. • Be a good model. In this case, it is important to "practice what you preach." Allow your children to visibly see you spending time reading. Demonstrate the importance of read- ing over checking Facebook or watch- ing T V. This will provide legitimacy when you encourage your children to make similar choices. If you believe your child is strug- gling to read, contact your child's teacher to voice any concerns and get ideas on how to help. If you are con- cerned that your child is having behav- ioral issues or low self-esteem due to reading concerns, your school's Youth First Social Worker will be equipped to help you address these issues. This column is written by Heath- er Miller, LCSW, school social worker for Youth First, Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to strengthening youth and families. Youth First provides 55 Mas- ter's level social workers to 76 schools in 10 Indiana counties. Over 38,000 youth and families per year have access to Youth First's school social work and after-school programs that prevent sub- stance abuse, promote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success. Let us talk, for a moment, about goat yoga. For me, it's a big naa-aa- aa-aah. Weeks ago, my family visited a petting zoo. We walked among the goats as they stared at us with their evil eyes and rammed their bodies into us, forcing our kibble-cupping hands to lower, and we all laughed through gritted teeth, pre- tending it was fun. A goat kept head-butting my 3-year-old until she fell into a pile of poop pellets. What a great time we are having, we all said as we quickly left the pen, unceremoniously let- ting the gate slam behind us as we slathered our bod- ies in hand sanitizer. Excellent. Let's never do that again and bluff that we're sad about it. A few months ago, ru- mors spread through my town that we'd be getting a few new businesses: a studio for goat yoga, a cafe with kit- tens and a bar for ax throw- ing. A recent YouTube vid- eo showed a woman throw- ing an ax at one of these get- drunk-and-try-not-to-die bars and the ax bouncing off the bull's-eye and com- ing spiraling back, narrowly missing her and her friends. Yet the ax bar re- mains the only new business I am excited about. How did the idea for goat yo- ga come about? It's easy to un- derstand where the idea for a bar with ax throwing came from. Some friends got drunk around a camp- fire, and one bro sure to live a short life said to his fellow longevity-stunted friend, "Inebriated death-defying antics within the sacred grounds of a pub are the fu- ture, man." Surely, his friend belched in agreement. As someone who has just vis- ited the local bar with ax throwing and thoroughly enjoyed it, I, too, surely belched in agreement. I cannot for the life of me, howev- er, imagine the or- igin story for goat yoga. Did one yo- gi say to her kum- baya bestie after a sweaty hot yo- ga session that she smelled like a goat, with fireworks and bursting lightbulbs then lighting up the sky? Was one chakra-aligned contortion- ist rocking a mad Down- ward Dog, bottom remarka- bly pointed toward the ceil- ing, and thinking to her- self, "If only there were an evil-eyed horned beast that could head-butt me right in the butt at this very moment, my practice would be com- plete"? Does it further en- gage your muscles to step around poop pellets? Does it increase your meditative trance to maintain balance in a pose when one of the Billy Goats Gruff stands on his hind legs and leans in- to your shoulders with his hoofs, screaming into your face and tickling your chin with his scratchy beard? I've long said that yoga is hell, and now that animals whose imagery is synony- mous with the devil are join- ing the practice, I'm pretty positive I've got ground to stand on — gross, defecat- ed-on ground. Continued on page 5

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