BONDING WITH MY DAUGHTERS
Through Similar Scout Experiences
W hen I was a kid, I was excited to join the Boy Scouts. I enjoyed camping, fishing, and a lot of outdoor activities, so the Scouts fit my personality pretty well. The camaraderie between the kids and adults was always great too; no one ever felt left out, and everyone got along really well. What I enjoyed most was probably the Pinewood Derby I participated in as a Cub Scout. My dad could make some speedy, good- looking cars, and we always had fun doing that together.
We were also very lucky to have such an amazing Girl Scouts campus very close to us. Camp Catron was just about 25 minutes away from home, which made the commutes great for all of us; we were one of the lucky families. The girls loved the obstacle course and often couldn’t wait to go back to take another go at it.
While I don’t remember much of my time spent selling candy and popcorn door to door, I do remember hanging out with Brenna and
Claire as they sold their cookies. Around this time of year for several years, my wife and I would head out with them and help as they tried to sell as many cookies as they could. We would take them around to the neighbors and their school and set up tables in front of local stores. Of course, we’d buy a few boxes ourselves. All of us liked most of the cookies on the list, but we enjoyed Thin Mints the most. Even though it’s been several years since the girls were in the Scouts and even longer since I was, we still support the
Both of my girls, Brenna and Claire, were involved in the Girl Scouts when they were younger. As someone
who had been in the Scouts myself, it was really interesting to see the similarities between my experience and theirs. Although my wife was more involved with the girls’ sleepovers or amusement park visits, it was great to share the same interests and some stories about camping, collecting merit badges, and going door to door selling treats.
“THE BEST PART ABOUT MY GIRLS BEING IN THE
local troops whenever we can. Each year for Girl Scout Cookie season, we make sure to test our self-control and buy only a couple of boxes of Thin Mints at a time. The best part about my girls being in the Girl Scouts was sharing my own Scout experience with them. I’m happy we had the opportunity to enjoy something very similar while growing up. –Dr. Steven Schulte
There was one trip in particular where the girls learned a lot about the outdoors. I believe that was also the time when one of them ended
up with five wasp stings, but she was okay. She wasn’t very happy about it at the time, but I remember her telling me how much fun she had with that activity.
GIRL SCOUTS WAS SHARING MY OWN SCOUT EXPERIENCE WITH THEM.”
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Celebrating St. Paddy’s Day in Ireland vs. America From extravagant parades to green-dyed rivers, something about St. Patrick’s Day feels quintessentially American — despite its Irish heritage. That’s because many common St. Patrick’s Day traditions actually originated in America, evolving beyond their roots in the Emerald Isle in a few key ways. On March 17, Irish folks commemorate the death of St. Patrick, who brought Christianity to pagan Ireland during the late fourth and early fifth centuries. Historically, these religious origins make for a more somber observance of St. Patrick’s Day. Many Irish families go to church and eat a modest feast as the extent of their celebration. However, St. Patrick’s Day in America is not so much about venerating Ireland’s patron saint as it is about celebrating Irish heritage in a foreign land. When Catholic Irish immigrants first came to the United States, they faced persecution from a largely Protestant population. In response, Irish Americans began using March 17 as a day to publicly declare and celebrate Irish heritage with parades and demonstrations. The observation of St. Patrick’s Day grew in popularity in cities with large Irish populations, like Boston, New York, and Chicago. Then, in the booming post-World War II economy, various businesses aggressively marketed the holiday to Americans of all heritages. Thus, it became a day when anyone could celebrate Irish American heritage, or at least it gave everyone an excuse to drink like they believe the Irish do. Ironically, imbibing was not a part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Ireland until relatively recently. Due to the religious nature of the holiday, pubs and bars closed down on March 17 until 1961. Additionally, the traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage is another American addition. In Ireland, pork and cabbage was actually more common, but impoverished Irish immigrants substituted less expensive beef for pork, and the tradition stuck. Even though the most widely observed St. Patrick’s Day celebrations originated in America, many of them have found their way back to Ireland. Starting in 1996, the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin now attracts over 1 million attendees with all the drinks and revelry that Americans love. You’d be hard pressed to find a green beer, though. In the hallowed birthplace of Guinness and whiskey, some traditions may be better left across the pond. COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ROOTS
Zoom! Even if you have optimal oral health and perfectly straight teeth, without a white smile, you’ll find yourself smiling less and less. This is why so many people choose teeth whitening treatments. Teeth whitening is a safe and easy way to make your teeth sparkle. YOUR WAY TO A WHITER SMILE
The Causes of Discoloration
Even if someone regularly cares for their teeth, there’s no guarantee their teeth will remain white forever. Teeth gradually discolor over time for many reasons, and the following factors play a role in the color of your teeth:
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Tobacco use and smoking
Dark drinks, including coffee, tea, and wine
Accidents, injuries, or trauma
The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Having a bright smile that you’re proud of comes with significant benefits. When you whiten your teeth, your self-confidence improves, and you’ll find yourself smiling easier and more naturally without worrying about how your teeth appear. Smiling also has an impact on the people around you. The more you smile, the friendlier you’ll seem, and the more relaxed and happy people will be — you included! This can help you in professional settings, while you’re on a date, and even during an interview.
Using Zoom! for Best Results
Of the many whitening techniques out there, there’s nothing more efficient than the Zoom! professional whitening system, which is why we use it at Auburn Dental Center. This in-office treatment is safe to use and quick to act, with sessions lasting just under an hour. When coming into the office for your Zoom! treatment, here is what you can expect to take place. First, our team will clean your teeth and any plaque buildup along the gum line. Afterward, we will place a protective covering over the soft tissues of the mouth and apply the whitening gel to your teeth. Finally, we place the Zoom! device near the mouth, and a strong light activates the bleaching agent. You’ll leave with noticeably whiter teeth than when you came in!
Any of our patients who wish to have their teeth whitened should call our offices. Don’t hesitate when it comes to a bright white smile. Get yours today!
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LAUREN FRIES A Wonderful Registered Dental Hygienist
opening experience, and I felt a big sense of accomplishment when I graduated and set off to find a job.” After she graduated, Lauren moved close to Auburn because she loved the scenery and wanted to live out in the country. She and her husband purchased their home and settled down, and then Lauren found an opening at Auburn Dental Center. “I’ve been here ever since,” Lauren says, “and I love it. Getting to know my patients, working with an incredible team, and having conversations with the people here every day has been amazing.” Auburn Dental Center is proud to have such a wonderful individual on our team who cares so passionately about the work she does. Thank you, Lauren, for everything you do!
When she’s in the office, you can find Lauren working hard and keeping herself equally busy as she helps her patients. Since starting here in July 2011, she has done her best while following her dream career as a hygienist. “As a kid, I really enjoyed going to the dentist,” Lauren remembers. “I always had a good experience. For me, it feels like I’m going to the spa. You’re lying there and being treated well; it’s relaxing.” As Lauren pursued this path through her school years, she soon realized that becoming a hygienist involved more than she realized. “When I first started going to school, I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I knew that hygienists cleaned the teeth but hadn’t realized how much more they do. Going through hygiene school made me realize, ‘Wow, there’s a lot more to it.’ It was an eye-
We are so thankful for all our patients like you who continue to support us and trust us to provide optimum care for you and your family. When you share that trust with family members, friends, and acquaintances, it means so much to all of us on the Auburn Dental Center team. We appreciate all our new patients who have joined us recently and want to thank you for referring them to us. ThankYou! If you know anyone who is looking for dental services, don’t hesitate to send them to our website at AuburnDentalCenter.com or give them our office number, 402-274-5110. We are ready to help them achieve the perfect and healthy smile they want. O utside of our office, Lauren Fries spends most of her free time with her husband and her twins, who are nearly 5 and keep her busy with the many activities they do. They’re currently enrolled in preschool and will be joining soccer this spring. “They keep me really busy!” Lauren says. She and her family, who live on an acreage, also find plenty to do around the house, whether that’s focusing on chores, working outside, or simply enjoying the spring weather.
This St. Paddy’s Day, try taking a festive spin on a classic staple. If you have red velvet lovers in your family, they’re sure to love this equally decadent treat. Green Velvet CHEESECAKE BARS
1. Heat oven to 350 F, and line a 9x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl, combine crumbs, butter, and food coloring. Press into the baking pan. 3. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together. 4. Add eggs one at a time and stir in vanilla. 5. Pour mixture over the packed crumbs. 6. Bake for 40 minutes or until the center is set. 7. Let cool completely before adding sprinkles and slicing.
• 1 cup graham cracker crumbs • 1 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs • 1 stick butter, melted • 1 oz green food coloring (gel works best) • 3 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened • 2/3 cup sugar • 3 eggs • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract • Green sprinkles, optional
Inspired by AboutAMom.com
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The Best Girl Scout Cookies Are Thin Mints The Evolution of St. Patrick’s Day Zoom! Your Way to a Whiter Smile Meet the Auburn Team! Green Velvet Cheesecake Bars Bringing Love, Joy, and Life Back to Kishi Station
TAMA, THE CALICO
The First Feline Stationmaster in All of Japan
So, Kojima decided to go meet Tama. He liked her immediately and adopted her. A year later, Tama was officially named the Stationmaster of Kishi Station, the first cat stationmaster in Japan. To complete her look, Kojima gave her a small conductor hat to wear as she greeted commuters from her window perch inside the ticket gates. As an official stationmaster, Tama became well known all across Japan and throughout the world. She appeared in the media and on promotional materials that soon brought much-needed foot traffic to Kishi Station. Thousands of tourists came rushing to Kishi to see Tama for themselves, ride the Tamaden carriage, and pick up Tama merchandise inside the station. Tama brought joy to all commuters for the next several years before passing away in 2015. Nearly 3,000 people attended her funeral, and her legacy lives on. Tama’s successors continue as stationmasters: Nitama, who serves as Kishi stationmaster, and assistant Yontama at Idakiso, five stations away. Tama’s friendly and loving nature impacted many people around her, and she will always be affectionately known as the cat who saved the Japanese train station.
During the mid-2000s, the Kishi Train Station in Japan began to deteriorate. By 2006, Kishi Station was left completely unstaffed because of low ridership and financial problems. However, one last resident still remained after everyone else was long gone: a black, white, and tan cat named Tama. Tama first appeared at the station as a young cat in the late 1990s. She lived near the train station and would visit commuters daily to receive affection and the occasional treat. But, as it turned out, her continued visits to Kishi Station would end up playing a much bigger role for the station. The same year it became unstaffed, residents living near the station asked the president of the Wakayama Electric Railway, Mitsunobu Kojima, to revive the station because the cat’s survival
depended on it. It turns out Tama’s original owner had asked the railway workers to care for her before he moved away — he couldn’t bear to take her from the station she loved to visit so much.
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