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September 15, 2021

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SERVICES Now buying grain at 605 S. Oak St., Winslow (Formerly ADM Growmark) For hours and prices, call: Tom Anson 812-890-6105 or Nathan Andrews 812-309-0178 Pregnant... or think you are? Call:1-877-257-1084 or Locally Call: 1-812-354-2814 • Free pregnancy testing • Free counseling and info. on pregnancy options. • Confi dential counseling for women & men who are suff ering from post-abortion syndrome. • Residential Care • Health and assistance referrals. • Training and education. • Assistance in getting baby and maternity clothes Is it TIME for your next eye exam? 8–7 . Mon. 8–noon . Tues. 10–7 . Wed. 8–5 . Thur. 8–5 . Fri. Locally Owned and Operated Dr. Clint Shoultz 715 S. 9th Street, Petersburg 812-354-9400 Duke donates to PES robotics Duke Energy Foundation awarded Mrs. Terra Knust, of Petersburg Elementary School, with a grant for $1,660. The grant will be used to purchase Dash and Dot robots, and coding cards for her second grade class- room. Knust said "These robots are specially designed to be used with very young students to introduce them to coding in a fun and exciting way." Above are Terra Knust, Kurt Phegley, of Duke Energy, and Principal Rick King. A living will for your dying wish By John Grimaldi Association of Mature American Citizens "You don't have to be old and sickly to start thinking about the benefits of mak- ing a living will, but it's well worth giving it serious thought if you are a senior citizen," says Rebecca We- ber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. Weber explains that a "last will" is a document that lets you decide how your posses- sions, property and money will be distributed among family and friends when you die. A living will allows you to choose how you wish to be treated in the event that death is imminent and you are unable to communicate your wishes to your doctors and your family. "A living will does not go into effect if you are able to think and talk about the options you have, if you have been in an accident or are suffering from a dan- gerous illness. It only takes effect if you are incapacitat- ed and cannot express your wishes." You can find "do-it-your- self" living will templates on the Internet and while they are relatively easy to com- plete, it's important to bear in mind that different states have different rules about preparing living wills and so you may want to consult an attorney. You may also want to discuss your decision to execute a living will with your family and your pri- mary care physician. A fter all, if you are incapacitated and can't communicate your wishes to the attending med- ical team, you'll need some- one to inform them that you have a living will. And should you have religious doubts or concerns, talk it over with your minister, priest or rab- bi, says AMAC's Weber. The American Bar Asso- ciation [ABA] suggests you may also want to consider providing a close relative with your health care direc- tive, specifically for medical decision making. The ABA also notes that: "The critical task in advance care plan- ning is to clarify your val- ues, goals, and wishes that you want others to follow if they must make decisions for you, rather than trying to ad- dress every possible medical treatment. Workbooks such as The Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning can help you: agingtoolkit." Attending doctors are re- quired to adhere to your wishes when presented with a living will and/or a close relative or friend with your medical durable power of attorney. By following your instructions, they are pro- viding immunity for them- selves should an unexpect- ed lawsuit arise. Finally, you should be aware that preparing and presenting your living will/ advance directive is only part of the process of ensur- ing that your wishes are fol- lowed in an end of life situ- ation. The Bar Association puts it this way: • First, make sure your doctor understands and supports your wishes, and you understand your health state, likely futures and op- tions. • Second, there is no guar- antee that your directive will follow you in your medical record, especially if you are transferred from one facility to another. You or your proxy should always double-check to be sure your providers are aware of your directive and have a copy. • Advance planning is an ongoing, evolving process. Review your wishes when- ever any of the Five D's oc- cur: (1) you reach a new de- cade in age; (2) you experi- ence the death of a loved one; (3) you divorce; (4) you are given a diagnosis of a signif- icant medical condition; (5) you suffer a decline in your medical condition or func- tioning. SHOULTZ REUNION Descendants of Ozzie Shoultz and Milred Mason Shoultz will gather at Jordan Park in Spurgeon on Satur- day, September 18. Dinner is at noon EDT. All friends and relatives are invited to attend. Covered dishes are request- ed. Area Reunion Pallet projects can be a handy hobby In recent years, the trend of upcycling, or transforming un- needed or unwanted materials into new items or products, has become more popular. Un- like recycling, which is taking consumer materials like plas- tic, paper, metal, and glass and breaking them down so base materials can be remade into new, lower-quality consumer products, upcycling produces items of a higher quality than the original materials. Wood pallet projects are an excellent example of up- cycling. Such projects involve taking wood pallets, which tend to be used to stack, move and store stock, and turning them into amazing wood prod- ucts. Often free for the tak- ing, pallet wood has become a popular building material for do-it-yourselfers. This rustic wood already has an aged look and decorative appeal. Pallets are often made from leftover wood, and using them anew is an eco-friendly endeavor that can add flair to any project. The following are just a hand- ful of pallet project ideas. • Christmas trees: Start thinking ahead to the holi- day season. Cut pallet planks into sizes that incrementally get larger and attach to form a triangular Christmas tree shape. Decorate with paint or other accents, and don't forget to place a star on top. • Pallet planter: Make a planter box as big or as small as you like to grow flowers, vegetables or herbs. A nar- row planter also can be hung on a wall to add flair to spaces indoors or outside. • Swing chair: A pallet, a supportive back and some cushions can be used to make a swing that is fastened to the ceiling of a porch or even a tree. • Outdoor table: Top a dis- used table with pallet boards nailed or screwed to the top. Stain or clear coat them, and the result is a brand new table for gardening use or outdoor entertaining. • Platform bed: Pallets can be sanded, painted and placed to form the base of a platform bed. Utilize more pallets to serve as a headboard attached to the wall or bed frame. • Bench: Make a pallet bench that can be crafted child- or adult-sized. Use it in- side the house or outdoors on a patio. • Garbage container: In- stead of generic plastic gar- bage pails, make a pallet kitch- en garbage container that has rustic appeal. • Backsplash: Give a kitch- en some rustic appeal with a pallet backsplash. Cut boards into desired lengths and stag- ger on the wall. Leave the wood raw or seal it for protec- tion against moisture. Pallet wood can be trans- formed into many different projects, helping do-it-your- selfers stay busy at minimal cost. Go online to search for plans for building an array of pallet projects. The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, September 15, 2021 A-7 youR No injuries in Tuesday crash on SR 356 No one was injured when a large tree cutting truck over- turned last Tuesday afternoon on Highway 356. Pike Coun- ty Deputy Sheriff Buck Seger said Joshua Earl, 35, of Bed- ford, was driving a 2015 F750 series truck for Townsend Tree Service, towing a wood chipper west on Highway 356, near CR 500 E. Seger said Earl was using his cellphone for GPS and he dropped it in the floor. When he reached down to pick up the phone, he ran off the side of the road and lost control of the truck. It over- turned onto the driver's side, damaging the road surface on Highway 356. The road was closed to traf- fic until the truck could be re- moved.

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