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Thursday, March 28, 2012 Health Fair offers comprehensive wellness experience BY SARAH PRIDGEON This year's Crook County Health Fair will feature a di- verse line-up of vendors, offering visitors a comprehensive opportunity to find out how to get healthy and stay healthy. The fair is scheduled for April 27 at the Sundance High School gymnasium. Among the vendors on offer, a representative of the Univer- sity of Wyoming will be at the fair, says Lilly Bankenbush, Lab Director, to exhibit how to grow vegetables throughout the year. A Yoga instructor will be available to demonstrate the healthful benefits of the exercise. The Forest Service will display maps of the area to pro- mote the activities available in the Black Hills, particularly in the Crook County Area. The activities to be highlighted include cross-country skiing, walking trails and snowmo- biling. A representative from Crook County Medical District's kitchens is preparing to present food demonstrations to showcase healthy, balanced nutrition, while Crook County Senior Services will be on hand to discuss what services are available. Sundance Police Department will be promoting its D.A.R.E. program, teaching kids the life skims to avoid becoming in- volved with drugs and violence. Crook County Library will present a range of books for all ages, from kids to adults, about a wide range of health aspects. A spokesperson from a Billings hearing aid company will be in attendance and may perform screenings in a quiet area of the fair. An ambulance from the Crook County fleet will meanwhile be out on display to allow visitors to explore its interior. Individual results from April's month of blood testing will be made available at the fair and can then be taken to your primary care physician for reading. Blood tests will take place in Sundance on April 6, 13 and 20 at Sundance Clinic, between 7 and 10 a.m., and at the senior center on April 10 and 17 between 7 and 9 a.m. Testing will also take place at Moorcroft Clinic on April 6, 13 or 20 between 7 and 10 a.m. and Hulett Civic Center on April 9, 11, 16 and 18 between 8 and 10 a.m. Alternatively, tests will be performed in Aladdin on April 15, Beulah on April 2, Colony on April 8 and Pine Haven on April 3, all from 7 to 9 a.m. The standard Health Fair Panel blood test costs $40; while you are advised to continue taking prescribed medi- cations as directed and to drink lots of water beforehand, you should not eat for 12 hours prior to the test. PSA, Vi- tamin D, Hemoglobin AIC and Colorectal tests will also be r0ok County Health Fair Will take place in'the Sundance High School gymnasium on Saturday, April 27 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Circuit Court Speediug - Adam A. Norsworthy, AL, 78/65, $84; Nich- olas C. Stroot, SD, 85/75, $105; Sayer T. Bruns, Gillette, 83/75, $95; Melinda S. Stewart, Gillette, 92/75, $230; Cory D. Branson, ND, 87/75, $125; Toni L. Tracy, Gil- lette, 85/75, $I 10; Maxwell C. Lacroix, SD, 88/75, $135; Sean S. Petersen, Newcastle, 85/75, $110; Dustin Clark Barlow, AZ, 90/75, $152; Dustine S. Poppleton, Gillette, 87/75, $125; Kimberly L. Granzer, Gillette, 90/75, $155; Julie A. Mason, Gillette, 88/75, $130; Joseph J. Daw- son, CO, 88/75, $135; Steven K. Downs, MT, 77/65, $81; Charles J. Scheele, SD, 79/65, $82 Fail to Drive Vehicle within Single Lane - Jennifer R. Brimeyer, SD, $65 No Seat Belt (driver} - Seth Thomas Larry Bridges, SD, $25; William McKinley Howard II, Hulett, $25; Stepha- nie Frias, UT, $30; (passenger over 12) - Randi Celeste Baumeisteer, Gillette, $8 Speed Too Fast for Conditions - Austin R. Circle Bear, SD, $75 Turning Safety, Signal Violation - Nicholas D. Fulton, SD, $65 Fail to Provide Proof of Liability Insurance - Thomas W. Eldridge III, Moorcroft, $290, 30 days jail suspended, unsupervised probation through 9 / 19 / 2013 No Registration and Improper Display of Tabs - Cyn- thia L. Brow, MT, $60 No Vehicle Registration - Seth Thomas Larry Bridges, SD, $120 Compulsory Auto Insurance Violation (I "t offense) - Seth Thomas Larry Bridges, SD, $420 Vehicle Registration and License Violation - Austin A. Albers, SD, $65 Expired/Improper Registration - Kristine Jo Nelson, Moorcroft, $115 No Valid Driver's License - Jesus Gaspar Olivas-Islas, CO, $115 Fail to Yield When Entering from Private Road - Thomas W. Eldridge III, Moorcroft, $70 + $9824 restitu- tion Vehicle Over Width Limit (daytime) - Michael E. Blaker, ID, $110 Commercial Driver Possess, Use or Under Influence of Alcohol 4 Hours Prior to Duty - Pablo E. Montano, Cheyenne, $160 Fail to Stop at Port Of Entry - Harlyne L. Claussen, Gillette, $115 Violate Legal Weight (0-2001) - Gordon E. Schaffer, MT, $55; 2001-4000) - Wayne L. Dory, SD, $105; Sergey Shtrom, MA, $105; Christian Bessser, LA, $105; (4001- 6000) - Bryan R. Hill, MN, $155; William G. Bardon, MN, $155; Reginal B. Car, FL, $155 No Daily Use Permit - Mark James Darlow, MT, $55; Dennis T. Rohrer, Wright, $55 Sell/Furnish Alcohol to Person Under 21 - Shelly A. Hein, Casper, $240 Criminal Contempt - Shelly A. Hein, Casper, $120; Nicole L. McLeod, Riverton, 16 days jail Page 7 The Sundance Times Neighbors A "broken eye" and a paintbrush BY SARAH PRIDGEON If you've ever closed your eyes and won- dered what it would be like to live your life that way, or spied a visually impaired person strolling through town and pon- dered what else they can or can't do, Pat Smith would like to indulge your curios- ity. Partially sighted since birth, she en- joys a rich and full life as a childcare spe- cialist with an artistic flair. "We have to do things a little differently, but that doesn't mean we can't do them," she says, explaining that, from April, she will be hosting informational meet- ings with the goal of setting up a support group for the visually impaired. "When I say I am visually impaired, a lot of people immediately think I can't see anything and need a guide dog and cane," she says. "But there are a lot of different levels of visual impairment." Smith was born with a blood disorder called toxoplasmosis, contracted by her mother while she was pregnant. Few cases had been identified back in 1959 and so, when she was six months old, she was invited to the National Institute of Health in Maryland, where she became a research baby. "There were about ten cases that they knew of. Six of the cases had such bad birth defects that they died, the other three had defects that affected more than just their eyes," she says. "I was the only one for whom it only affected my eyes." Smith was invited back to the institute when she was eight years old. This time, the doctors wanted to look at the scar tis- sue at the back of her eyes, the reason for her limited vision. =Then, when I was about eight years old, the retina of my right eye detached, so I don't see anything with that eye," she continues. When she was 35, she devel- oped a cataract in her left eye and discov- ered she had glaucoma. "I've really been through the ringer with my vision, I can tell you a lot about eye doctor offices," she laughs. "They said I was one of the youngest patients they had Pat Smith ever had to remove a cataract for - I said you'd better be careful removing that, Ie only got one good eye/" Smith describes herself as partially sighted; she can see a calendar on the wall, for example, but needs to get up close if she wants to see the dates. "I don't drive and I have to read very close, but I just need the text enlarged rather than read to me," she says. "I have a reading machine - technology has come a long way - and people have been ex- tremely helpful to me here in town. I also shake hands with people a lot, that's my eye contact." Despite the many trials she has faced with her eyesight, Smith's life differs very little to the life of a full-sighted person. Art has been a beloved passion since she was old enough to hold a pencil. "I think what astounds people the most is that I do artwork - even my doctor was flabbergasted," she smiles. "My mother drew and painted and my sisters were also creative. Right now I make handmade greeting cards and have my own compa- ny called 'An Eye On Art.' I paint, draw, scrapbook - I have many interests." Thanks to parents who treated her no differently to her siblings, she also spent her childhood water skiing, roller-skating and riding bikes. "My parents were a big inspiration, they wanted me to be like everyone else," she says. "They got me a horse for Christ- mas one year. My eye doctor was afraid I would fall off and detach my other retina, but that didn't stop mef When she started school, Smith was sent to a residential institute for the deaf and blind, 75 miles from home, because kids like her were not mainstreamed back then. She has friends from that school to this day. "But in Fifth Grade, I went to public school," she adds. "It was very different to be in a bigger classroom with regularly sighted kids. Then, after I graduated high school, I went on to earn an undergradu- ate degree in psychology and a Masters in art education." College was a challenge, but one that Smith overcame by taping her classes and spending time with readers in the li- brary. High school, she says, was the big- ger trial. "Kids can be cruel, but adults can be worse," she explains, matter-of-factly. "I remember people in the grocery store asking my mom why she didn't give me glasses and her telling them that, if glass- es could help my condition, she would al- ready have them on my face." Smith met her husband, Kerry, in South Carolina, where he drove the taxi cab she frequently hailed and they attended the same church. One first date to the zoo later, the couple were inseparable and have been married for 26 years. "One thing I appreciate about my hus- band is that he has never complained once about having to take me places and do certain things for me," she says. Although he will often help her with driving and sewing, or by reading the small print when her glasses aren't close by, Smith was an independent woman before she was married. "I went through college and grad school alone and Columbia is a huge place," she nods. "I never hesitated to hop on the bus and I had my own apartment. I am aware of my limitations, but I don't dwell on them." At Sundance Kids daycare center, where she works, Smith says the kids could give two hoots about her impairment. "They don't care, they just like my glass- es and want me to draw horses and other animals for them/" she laughs. "One little girl I babysit for always asks me which eye is broken, but kids don't tend to ask me much because they've been around me a lot and seen me just doing my job." Smith is quick to point out that she is not alone in overcoming her impairment, describing a married couple with whom she has been friends for many years, both of whom are totally blind. "They have a sighted daughter," she says. "They had a helper when she was young, who assisted with things like tak- ing her , t o the stor%, but the daughter has twbls,said, .'S  .wtiat.i we have ,to do things a bit differently? = Smith will be joined in her support group endeavor by Tina Snyder of Wyo- ming Independent Living Rehabilitation, a non-profit agency that exists to provide people with severe disabilities the oppor- tunity to secure their personal indepen- dence. The two met at last year's Crook County Health Fair. "They come into your home and help you get hold of the things you may need to make your life more accessible," Smith explains. "For example, she helped me change the dials on my stove so I could see them better." Eventually, Smith would like to hold evening meetings at least once a month but, for the time being, the duo's aim is to explore local interest and discover how they can best help others. They intend to cover topics including current medi- cal treatments, nutrition, everyday vision aids and technology, as well as offer peer support, advocacy and problem-solving. "Anybody who is visually impaired, their friends and family and anyone who is interested in knowing more about visu- al limitations or disabilities is welcome," Smith says. "We21 probably hold them monthly, depending who comes and the reaction. My whole point is to educate people." The inaugural meeting of the vision im- pairment support group will take place at Crook County Public Library at 1 p.m. on April 29. To find out more about Indepen- dent Living, visit the website at www.wilr. org; you can find Smith's artwork page on Facebook by searching "An Eye On Art." Sheriff's Dispatch Blotter Mar. 18 - Two traffic stops, ment. Deputy assisted Hulett Three VIN checks. Motorist Police on a VIN check. Deten- assist. Motorist assist. Dep- tion Officer booked in a sub- uty investigated a gas drive ject brought in from court on a off. Deputy assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol and Moorcroft EMS on a medical emergency. Deputy assisted M0orcroft Po- lice on a disturbance call. Mar. 19 - Two paper servic- es. Five traffic stops. Five VIN checks. Detention Officer did fingerprints outside employ- ment. Detention Officer did fingerprints outside employ- shoplifting charge. Mar. 20 - Two paper ser- vices. Two traffic stops. Five VIN checks. Three K-9 sniffs at county schools; nothing found. Detention Officer did fingerprinting for outside em- ployment. Mar. 21 - Four paper servic- es. One traffic stop. One VIN check. Deputy investigated a report of fraud. Deputy inves- tigated an animal complaint. K-9 sniff at county school; nothing found. Mar. 22 - Three paper ser- vices. Seven VIN checks. Mo- torist assist. Deputies inves- tigated a report of criminal entry. Deputy gave courtesy ride. Deputy transported a prisoner to the Crook County Detention Facility. Detention Officer booked in one subject on a Crook County Warrant. Deputy transported a prisoner from the Crook County Deten- tion Facility to Gillette. Mar. 21] - Two paper servic- es. Detention Officer booked in one subject arrested by Wyo- ming Highway Patrol for DWUI. Deputy investigated a report of suspicious circumstances. Mar. 24 - One paper service. Deputy gave courtesy ride. Mo- torist assist. Deputy assisted Spearfish Police Department with recovery of stolen trailer. Inmate Census - Seven males. Two females. Lost? Crook County Landowner Maps are available from the Times! 311 Main Street, Sundance WY (or you can call us with your credit card if you'd like us to mail you a map) s 307-283-3411 news@sundancetimes.com