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Wow, I love springtime! They say April showers bring May flowers, and I think it’s true. I love to be outside and see all of the flowers in bloom. I also love to watch the birds in my yard. This month, I decided to write about bird watching. Give it a try and it just might become your new favorite thing to do on a nice spring day! Although I love to be outside enjoying nature, sometimes I like to watch a little TV, too. One of my favorite shows is

Extreme Home Makeover. I was so lucky

that my friends in Tallahassee, Florida, invited me to see what happens live on the set of the show and an actual home makeover. It was really amazing! The carpenters, designers, builders and all of the volunteers really came together to create a wonderful new home for a special family.

Don’t forget Mother’s Day on May 10!

Visit my Web site at www.kidsvillenews.com and check out games

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and articles that you might have missed.

I hope you have a Marvelous May!

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Kidsville Kidsville News! News! © Springtime Fun: Explore Birding Bird watching is a favorite hobby
Kidsville
Kidsville
News!
News!
©
Springtime
Fun:
Explore
Birding
Bird watching
is
a
favorite
hobby for
millions of Americans.
identify
the
species
you
are
spotting.
A
great guide
to
backyard
birds
Birding
can
be a simple
hobby or a
serious
search
for
rare
birds.
But,
with
a
foldout
ID
chart
is Audubon
Pocket
Backyard
Birdwatch,
don’t worry. You
don’t
need
to
know
how to
identify
a
single
species
which
can
be
ordered
online.
to
get
started!
You
learn
as
you go!
You
can
do it
in your
backyard by
If you
really like
birding,
your
parents
might
want
to
consider
yourself or with
friends,
or
with
your
parents
on
a
hike
through
the
getting
a
spotting scope,
which
allows
an
adult
to
focus
in on a
bird
woods. The following
tips
from
the
National Audubon
Society
will
and
easily show
it
to
kids.
help you
get started
with
this
fun activity.
On
the
Walk
Getting
Started
You’ll
see
the
most
birds
if you
keep
quiet.
Move
slowly
and
try
Pick a
time
of
day
for
your walk
when
birds
are
most
plentiful —
to
blend
in with
the
surroundings.
You should
sit for a
while,
too.
usually early morning
or
late
afternoon
works
best.
Learning to
be still
in
order
to
tune
into
the natural
world is
one
of
the
Start
nearby.
Walk
through
your yard
or
neighborhood or a
local
greatest
lessons kids
can
learn.
park. As
you
become more
interested
in
birding,
you can
explore wild-
Observe
the
different
kinds
of
birds
you
see.
What
color
is the
er
places.
Your
parents
can
take
you
to
a pond,
lake or wildlife
refuge
bird? How big?
Does
it
have
long
legs
or
short
legs?
What
kinds
of
where you
can see large
noises
does
it
make?
water
birds
such
as
ducks,
Also
note aspects
of
the
birds’
behaviors.
Are
they
geese,
or herons
— or to
a
singing?
Perching?
Walking?
Swimming? Making
nature
center
with
a bird
nests?
feeding
station
where
you
If
you
like,
keep notes
about
the
birds you see.
can
closely
observe birds
You
can
even
make
a
birding journal
and sketch
some
coming
to
a
feeder.
of
Making
a
simple
bird
them.
Celebrate every
observation
and
discovery.
It
feeder
for your
backyard
doesn’t
matter
how
many
birds
you
see.
Sometimes
will
attract
some
new
watching
one
bird
for
a
long
time
can
be
the
most
fun.
feathered
friends
to
your
After
the
Walk
yard.
Look
for
the
birds
you saw
in
a
field
guide.
If
you
Some
of the
very
want,
you
can go
back and
label
your sketches.
best
habitat for
birding
If
you
become hooked
on birding,
begin
keeping
consists
of open-water
a
Life
List
of
all the birds
they’ve
ever
seen.
You
can
wetlands,
where you
can
find
a list of North American birds
on
the Web
site
of
see
water
birds
easily
and
the
Baltimore
Bird
Club
at
http://BaltimoreBirdClub.
note
their field
marks
and
org/nabirds.html.
behaviors.
There
will
With
your
parent,
help
pick
the
next
place you’ll
usually be
a
number
of small
birds
like marsh
wrens
and
song
spar-
go for
a
bird
walk.
Be
sure
to
compare
the
kinds
of birds
you
nd
in
rows
at
wetlands
as
well.
And
you may
get
to see an
osprey or bald
different
places.
Think
about
why
some
birds
are
found
in certain
eagle!
places
and
not
others
(proximity
to water,
preference
for fields
or
for-
Be
sure
to
dress
in
comfortable
clothes.
Bring
along
snacks
and
ests, adapted
to
cities
or
suburbs,
etc.).
sunscreen.
Bring
binoculars
if
you want,
or
pairs
of
empty
toilet
paper
For more
information
on birding, check out
Audubon’s
resources
rolls
to make
pretend
binoculars.
They won’t
make the birds
look
on birding
basics:
www.audubon.org/bird/at_home/bird_watching/
bigger,
but
they will
help you
focus in!
index.shtml.
Information
reprinted
with permission
from Audubon,
For older
kids,
consider
bringing
along field
guides
to
help
www.audubon.org.
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On May 9, windmills are celebrated in the Neth- erlands. On National Windmill Day, as many windmills as possible are in operation. There are over 900 windmills in the Netherlands. Three hundred of them are still used occasionally, and some of those have been named national monu- ments. Windmills are sometimes used to generate electricity and to pump water over the dikes. This is necessary so that the land is farmable and not flooded by sea- water.

so that the land is farmable and not flooded by sea- water. You’ve probably heard of

You’ve probably heard of the holiday Cinco de Mayo or 5th of May. This is a national holiday in Mexico recognizing May 5, 1862. This was the day that the Mexican Army, which was outnum- bered three to one, defeated invading French forces at the city of Puebla. To celebrate this day, Mexicans have parades and festivals with dancing, music and food. In the United States, the holiday is a day to celebrate Mexican heritage.

States, the holiday is a day to celebrate Mexican heritage. Loyalty Day is observed in the

Loyalty Day is observed in the United States on May 1. It is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and to remember the heritage of American freedom. Loyalty Day was made an official holiday by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on May 1, 1958. The holiday was first celebrated in the 1930s as Americanization Day. The day is celebrated with parades and ceremonies in communi- ties across the United States, although many people in the United States remain unaware of it. The flag of the United States is displayed on all government buildings on Loyalty Day.

is displayed on all government buildings on Loyalty Day. Horses No one knows exactly when people
is displayed on all government buildings on Loyalty Day. Horses No one knows exactly when people

Horses

No one knows exactly when people and horses first became companions. But there is no doubt that once humans tamed the horse, it became a valuable part of their life. Horses helped people move and settle in new places, helped them

helped people move and settle in new places, helped them work the land and farm and

work the land and farm and helped them hunt. Horses swiftly carried people for pleasure, for sport and for war. There are many different breeds of horse, and they come in many different colors and sizes. In general, a horse is a large animal. It can weigh 1,000 pounds or more. It stands about 5.5 feet high at the shoulder. The horse is about 9 feet long from the tip of its nose to its tail. Its legs are strong and muscular, yet slender. A horse’s foot is really a single toe, and the hoof is a thick

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Perissodactyla Family: Equidae Genus: Equus Species: Equus caballus

toenail. The horse has big, beautiful eyes; its eyes are larger than those of any other land animal. It has excellent long-range vision both at night and in the daytime. Each eye can see things above and below, behind and in front. And each eye can see things separately. The horse also has a nose with wide, flaring nostrils. It gets all of its air through its nasal passages; it does not breathe through its mouth or pant. A baby horse is called a foal. If it is male, it is called a colt. A female is a filly. Females four years and older are called mares, and males are stallions. Sources: Britannica Student Encyclopedia; Encyclopedia Brittanica Online. Photo:

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Announcing the winner of the Mother’s Day Contest! “I Drew My Mom! Tara Rickert is
Announcing the winner of the Mother’s Day Contest! “I Drew My Mom! Tara Rickert is

Announcing the winner of the

Announcing the winner of the Mother’s Day Contest! “I Drew My Mom! Tara Rickert is the

Mother’s Day Contest!

“I Drew My Mom!

Tara Rickert is the winning Mom! On the left, is Dylan Rickert’s drawing. Dylan, age 8, is a second grader at Peru School. Dylan’s sister, Alexis, drew the picture on the right. Alexis, age 6, is in kindergarten. Congratulations!

School. Dylan’s sister, Alexis, drew the picture on the right. Alexis, age 6, is in kindergarten.
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WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE A CELEBRITY CARPENTER? Have you ever seen the TV show

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE

A CELEBRITY CARPENTER?

Have you ever seen the TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition? It’s one of my favorites! They do some really cool stuff and help out families that really deserve a new home. Recently, my friends Logan and Davin Arthur and I were on location when the cast of Extreme Makeover created a new house in Tallahassee, Florida. We talked to Johnny Littlefield and Paige Hemmis and had an awesome experience seeing them at work!

First, my interview with Johnny Littlefield

TRUMAN: What kinds of things did you like to do as a kid?

JOHNNY: I loved baseball! I love the New York Yankees! I wanted to be

a New York Yankee. Do you know why they wear pinstripes? Because

they’re scarier in pinstripes, that’s why. I love surfing, and I do that any- time I can. I built a lot of stuff. I built stuff in my dad’s garage.

TRUMAN: Do you have

a favorite room from a previous show?

JOHNNY: I do. The Star Wars room — my favorite room that I’ve ever done on the show! Do you know why? Did you ever see Star Wars? Chewbacca helped me build the room. That’s my all-time favorite!

TRUMAN: What has been your best experience from being on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition?

JOHNNY: Right this very second because everything is great. Everything about my job is fantastic. So I can’t think of one thing being better than the other. We have a saying, “If we’ve come to your house, something bad has happened,” and what we do is we then help that family be- cause most of the time, the families — they give of themselves, and they help their community and don’t think about the problems they may be going through. And they become heroes to that community. So it’s just an honor every day to come to work and help a family and be with the greatest crew that Hollywood could ever make.

TRUMAN: How many different “builds” have you been a part of on the

show?

JOHNNY: I’ve been on for three, four years now. So, a lot!

TRUMAN: What advice would you give to all of the Kidsville News!

readers?

Don’t be afraid of anything. Don’t be afraid to try anything. Because that’s when you learn. You never ever learn when you succeed at something. You only learn from your mistakes; that’s the only time. Like when someone says, “Oh, I made a mistake. I can learn from that.” Or like when your parents say, “You did something wrong, and I need you to learn from that.” So I say do everything — every possible thing you can possibly do because that’s when you learn, and that’s when you become strong.

Paige Hemmis answered a few questions, too!

TRUMAN: What does it take to become a designer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition?

PAIGE: A lot of people went to school for it and actually took class- es. Me, on the other hand, I bought properties, and then I fixed them up myself. So I had to learn how to do everything myself so that I could save money and not have to pay someone else to do it.

TRUMAN: When and why did you first become interested in this profession?

Johnny with junior reporters Logan and Davin Arthur. Right, Logan Arthur and Paige on the
Johnny with junior reporters Logan
and Davin Arthur. Right, Logan
Arthur and Paige on the set of
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

PAIGE: Well, first — gosh, it was a long time ago, and I didn’t think I was going to remodel houses, but I wanted to have rental properties. That’s where you buy a house and then you find somebody to rent it. I didn’t have the money to have somebody else help me, so I had to do it all myself. I didn’t think I was going to like it at first, but as soon as I started fixing things up, I liked it a little more, and a little more, and then pretty soon, I was remodeling houses from the roof to the pipes in the ground.

TRUMAN: What do you do?

PAIGE: I am the carpenter on the show. So I am a carpenter/designer, and I build stuff. You see all of these clouds right here? I just cut all of those out and I’m making a bed out of the clouds.

TRUMAN: What is the hardest part of your job?

PAIGE: The hardest part of my job is being away from my family so much. We’re gone for 10 months out of the year and I miss my mom and dad, my brother. That’s the hardest part.

The rest of this is fun.

TRUMAN: What is the best part of your job?

PAIGE: The best part is being able to help families week after week. We get to go in, and we give them a brand-new house — all the stuff that they couldn’t get on their own. So that’s pretty cool. Being able to help people is the best part.

TRUMAN: What advice would you give to the kids who are interested in this profession?

PAIGE: I would say volunteer as much as you can. I remember I had to volunteer when I was in high school, and I thought that was the most boring thing ever. I thought, oh my gosh, I had to do 40 hours of volunteer work, and I didn’t want to do it, but after doing the first one — the first hour, I was like, wow, this is pretty cool. So I would say help volunteer in your own neighborhood. If you see someone who needs help, go and volunteer because that’s the best way you can learn. You can go to school and learn that way, too, but the best way you learn is actually volunteering and using your hands.

TRUMAN: This was a great experience to get to meet all of the terrific people that help make Extreme Makeover: Home Edition such a wonderful show! Keep up the good work!

all of the terrific people that help make Extreme Makeover: Home Edition such a wonderful show!
Home Edition such a wonderful show! Keep up the good work! M M A A Y

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Students from Oak Street Treats With School Truman! had April’s best teacher Mrs. Lavigne thanks
Students
from
Oak
Street
Treats
With
School
Truman!
had
April’s best teacher
Mrs. Lavigne thanks
Truman for her
certificate.
Truman and Hayden
watch and listen as Mrs.
Zales the principal of Oak
Street School reads
Hayden’s GREAT Letter
Truman had a great
time and thanks
everyone at Oak
Street School for
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A Delicate Balance: But How Delicate? Greenhouse gases are in the news — the bad

A Delicate Balance: But How Delicate?

Greenhouse gases are in the news — the bad news. However, if not for green- house gases, the oceans would freeze. We would not be here. It would be far too cold for most life. Greenhouse

gases turn our atmosphere into a cozy blanket and our planet into a garden. But, too much of a good thing can be bad. Balance is best. If the Sun heats the atmosphere a certain amount during daytime, it should cool off by the same amount at night. If the atmosphere holds just a little too much heat, this delicate balance will be upset. Here’s how it might work. Water evaporates from the oceans and rises into the air as water vapor. Water vapor traps heat. That makes water vapor a greenhouse gas. It is the most abundant greenhouse gas. More water vapor traps more heat. And the warmer the air, the more water vapor it can hold. The air contains

another greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, CO 2 . The atmosphere

has much less CO 2 than water vapor, but CO 2 is really good at trapping heat. When hu- mans burn gas or coal, the burning makes CO 2 , which mixes into the air. Thanks to us, CO 2 in the air is increasing. The CO 2 traps heat, warming the air, so the air can hold more water vapor. With more water vapor, the air traps even more heat. The air can then hold even more water vapor, and so on. But what else is involved, and how far will this process go? NASA satellites such as Aura and Aqua have instruments that study Earth’s atmosphere. The Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer — TES for short — on Aura is one of them. It measures greenhouse gases, including water vapor, at different altitudes all over Earth. Another instrument, the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder on Aqua, studies CO 2 . Scientists put all this information together to try to figure out how the whole Earth system works. In this way, they can better predict what might happen next. Learn more about greenhouse gases. Make some yourself from candy gumdrops. Visit spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/tes/gumdrops. This article was written by Diane K. Fisher. It was provided by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Water vapor measurements from the TES instrument show that

Water vapor measurements from the TES instrument show that warmer air near the equator holds more water than colder air near the Poles. The TES data is shown as a Google Earth file.

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21843 Name That Bird! May Word Find Do you know what your state bird is? Try

Name That Bird!

May Word Find

Do you know what your state bird is? Try to match up the birds with the state. Hint: The Cardinal is the state bird of Virginia and another state.

Find the words below that have to do with the month of May!

ALLERGY

BIRD

MILITARY

 

ANIMALS

EGG

MOTHER

Cardinal Mockingbird Meadowlark Bluebird Goldenwinged Woodpecker Brown Thrasher Carolina Wren Hermit Thrush Robin

Woodpecker Brown Thrasher Carolina Wren Hermit Thrush Robin Alabama Florida Georgia Michigan Montana New York North

Alabama Florida Georgia Michigan Montana New York North Carolina South Carolina Vermont Virginia

Wren Hermit Thrush Robin Alabama Florida Georgia Michigan Montana New York North Carolina South Carolina Vermont

APPRECIATION

BIKE

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Martha Graham: Pioneer of Modern Dance

Martha Graham was an American dancer and choreographer. One of the early pioneers of modern

School of Music. Before she knew it, she was given control over Eastman’s entire dance program! As head of the program, Martha began branching out from traditional ballet and started experimenting with a

new kind of dance, modern dance. Martha developed her choreography skills while at Eastman. In modern dance, dancers are less concerned about being graceful and careful in their moves. Martha thought modern dance showed more emotion, and she enjoyed it more than traditional ballet. Soon, she started her own dance company, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. As a modern dancer with her own company, Martha earned numerous awards and choreographed many famous dances. She was invited to dance at the White House eight times! After a very long career, Martha stopped dancing professionally when she was in her mid-70s. Even after retir- ing from the stage, she continued to teach and to choreograph new modern ballets. Martha died in 1991, at the age of 96. When she died, Martha was in the middle of choreographing her last dance, a ballet called The Eye of the Goddess.

Written by Tamar Burris, a former elementary school teacher who

now works as a freelance writer and curriculum developer for PBS, the Discovery Channel and other education-related companies. Sources:

dance, she was the first professional dancer ever to perform at the White House! Martha Graham was born on May 11, 1894, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her early childhood was spent there, but when Martha was a young teen, her family moved to Santa Barbara, California. Although she was a good athlete as a girl, Martha was not a dancer. That changed when Martha was almost 17 years old and she saw the famous ballerina Ruth St. Denis dance at the Mason Opera House in Los Angeles. Martha loved the ballet so much that she enrolled in a college specializing in dance and the arts. Seventeen is very old to start dancing if you want to be a

professional, but Martha was determined! After college, Martha joined the Denishawn School, a school and dance company led by non other than Ruth St. Denis herself. Martha studied both American and world dance with Ruth and her husband, dancer Ted Shaw, and danced several important roles in their ballets. She stayed with the school for eight years—first as a student and later as a teacher and dancer. In 1923, Martha left Denishawn and began teaching dance at the Eastman

left Denishawn and began teaching dance at the Eastman Martha Graham, the first dancer to perform

Martha Graham, the first dancer to perform at the White House, shown here with Bertram Ross

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In Our Backyard
In Our Backyard

In our backyard this month we’re learning about the Wild Center, 45 Museum Dr Tupper Lake, NY

The Wild Center is a great place to go and explore if you really like the outdoors. They have all kinds of amazing exhibits. My favorite is the indoor Hall of the Adirondacks which houses the Living River Trail and all of its awesome live exhibits, My absolute favorite was the otters at Otter Falls. The great trail takes you on a journey from the marsh, past a deep lake, past a bog and forests up a river filled with trout to the summit of an alpine peak where you can touch a cloud! While your on this great trip there is a lot of very cool information about what you are seeing that will make you think about the world that you live in. Another very fun exhibit that I really liked was the Naturalist cabinet. They had many indoor activities in which you can participate. My favorite was the drawers of puppets and games that they had. I also really liked the bird viewing area.

On May 2nd from 10 am – 3 pm come meet Richard Louv best-selling author for a book signing of his book Last Child in the Woods. Some of the many cool activities that can be done are fly fishing, nature scavenger hunts, building forts, identifying local trees, or even just laying back and watching the clouds roll by. Then in the afternoon join the Wild Center on the official opening of The Pines nature play area.

KIDS make sure you talk to your parents about this event because it is FREE and open to the public. So watch our calendar and check out the Wild Center’s events. You can visit the Wild Center Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 am - 5 pm and after Memorial Day 10 am - 6 pm, 7 days a week. For more information you can contact the Wild Center by phone (518) 359-7800, by email at info@wildcenter.org

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At the Movies Movies on DVD Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (In
At the Movies
Movies on DVD
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (In Theaters: May 22)
This follow-up to the enjoyable 2006 family comedy Night at the Museum,
puts security guard Larry Daley (played by Ben Stiller) at odds with various
characters from history — this time inside the much-loved halls of
Washington, D.C.’s gigantic Smithsonian Museum — in order to rescue
his buddies Jedediah and Octavius. There’s a ruthless Egyptian pharaoh
called Ka Mun Rah (played by Hank Azaria), a Russian bully named Ivan
the Terrible (Christopher Guest) and an imperious Napoleon (Alain
Chabat). Owen Wilson returns from the first movie as the kooky cowboy
Jedediah, along with Steve Coogan as Octavius. Robin Williams returns
to do Presidential honors as Teddy Roosevelt. “When the lights go off, the
battle is on.” Rated PG for mild action and brief language.
(20th Century Fox)
The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (DVD Release: April 28)
The gifted Oscar-winning animator Friz Freleng presents a zippy
retrospective of some of his best cartoon work from an illustrious career in
this movie-length collection of remastered Looney Tunes favorites dating
back to 1958. The movie highlights memorable cartoon characters like
Rocky and Mugsy, the rabbit-hungry cowboy Yosemite Sam, the stuttering
Porky Pig, eternal rivals Tweety Bird and Sylvester, the ever-jealous Daffy
Duck and the smarty-pants rabbit of honor, Bugs Bunny. Every cartoon is
a classic, and there are a few ‘90s-era Looney Tunes cartoons included as
extras on the DVD. There’s only one Bugs Bunny, and to know him is to
love him. Children of all ages never get tired of watching these great car-
toons from a master animator working in the golden age of Saturday morn-
ing TV entertainment. “Th-th-th-that’s all folks!”
Not Rated. (Warner Home Video)
Up (In Theaters: May 29)
In this bigger-than-life, computer-
animated 3-D adventure, grumpy
old man Carl Frederickson (voiced
by the great Edward Asner) is a
78-year-old retired balloon salesman
who once promised his wife Ellie
Galaxy Quest (DVD Release: May 12)
A goofy parody of the ‘60s-era TV show Star Trek and the not-so-glamor-
that they would visit South America.
Ellie passed away before Carl could
make good on his promise, so he ties
a huge bunch of colorful balloons to
the top of his house and takes off for
the skies on an adventure to carry
out his pledge to his late wife. Carl
gets a big surprise when he discovers
ous future of its famous cast, Galaxy Quest finds a washed-up group of
actors, from a fictional television sci-fi show that ended 17 years ago, now
making public appearances to enjoy what’s left of their fame. Things get
strangely real when a group of “aliens” called “Thermians” convince Jason
Nesmith AKA Commander Taggart (played by Tim Allen) to go with them
to make what he thinks is an amateur movie with some eager fans in cos-
tumes. But as it turns out, the aliens are genuine extraterrestrials who have
fashioned their society out of transmissions of the original Galaxy Quest
TV show. Justin Long, Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman (of the Harry
Potter movies) add to the fun in this very silly movie.
Rated PG. (Dreamworks Video)
a stowaway passenger in the form of
a cheerful eight-year-old Wilderness
Explorer named Russell (voiced by
Jordon Nagai). Together, the cranky
old guy and the happy-go-lucky boy find wild adventures in a lost world of
Cole Smithey, also known as “the smartest film critic in the world,” has been
a film critic for 11 years and writes for over 50 publications, in print and
on-line. Truman loves to watch movies and has the highest appreciation for
great popcorn.
South America that includes some very scary creatures and lots of rugged
terrain. Rated G. (Disney/Pixar)
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Story Time with Truman
The Sea Turtle Story
Chapter Five - The Big Day!
A Quality Serials Story
By Mary Maden
Illustrated by Vicki Wallace
THE STORY SO FAR… Pancake, a hurt
loggerhead turtle, is taken to a sea turtle hospital after she is rescued and
treated. At the hospital, a young girl named Lolly bonds with Pancake.
Pancake is getting well until, suddenly, one day she stops using her flipper.
After a long period of rehabilitation, Pancake regains the use of her flipper
and may be well enough to be released. But is Lolly ready to let her sea
turtle friend go?
That next week, Dr. Andy came to
visit the turtle hospital to check on all the
patients, but especially to check on
Pancake! That day, he would determine if
she was ready to be released.
Lolly helped Dr. Andy by keeping
Pancake calm while he checked her over
thoroughly.
“You are a good helper,” Dr. Andy said.
“You have a way with all the turtles,
especially Pancake.”
“I like the turtles,” Lolly responded,
adding, “and Pancake’s my favorite!”
The doctor finished examining
Pancake’s shell. “Very good,” he muttered,
as he worked. “Yes, she’s healed nicely.”
Next, Dr. Andy checked the sea turtle’s front flipper. Pancake wiggled
her front flippers and squirmed on the table.
“I see her flipper is healed, too!” Dr. Andy laughed, holding on to the
big turtle.
“Pancake’s better, isn’t she?” Lolly asked.
“She sure is,” the doctor answered, smiling, “thanks to you and
everyone at the turtle hospital. Her carapace is healed; her flipper is strong
and working just fine. She’s ready to be released back to the ocean.”
Lolly couldn’t help smiling, too. It made her feel good to know that
she had done her part to help Pancake!
The hospital was in a flurry. Preparations for Pancake’s release had to
be made. There were a lot of details to attend to. Everyone was busy.
Lolly was busy, too. It was almost the end of the school year, and she
was occupied with end-of-year activities. It was also the start of her mom’s
bookstore’s peak season. There was much to do!
But Lolly found time to visit her special friend every chance she got.
She wanted to spend as much time as she could with Pancake before she
was released. Lolly looked in the turtle tank. Pancake looked well and
happy.
“It won’t be long now until you can go back home,” Lolly told
Pancake. “It will be great. You can eat and swim to your heart’s content!”
Lolly smiled down at her special charge. She felt happy and a little sad all
mixed together!
“We all did a good job, huh, kiddo,” Jan said, coming up behind Lolly.
For a moment, she and the young girl quietly watched the totally
recovered sea turtle. Each was lost in her own private thoughts.
Soon the big day arrived! Everyone was there to see Pancake off. All
the staff from the sea turtle hospital turned out. Many members of the
community were there to show their support, too. Even people who didn’t
live at the beach had traveled for miles to watch the sea turtle release. And
of course, Lolly was there.
Quite a crowd gathered on the beach waiting for the sea turtle.
Pancake was the star of the moment! Newspaper reporters and people
from TV stations turned out to record the exciting event. Pancake was
going to be in the newspaper –– and on the six o’clock news.
But before Pancake was released, the
doctors were giving her one last check-up.
Then she was scrubbed, measured, weighed
and tagged. The tag was put on Pancake so
people could identify her if she was spotted
again. The tagging process was painless, and
the new tag wouldn’t get in Pancake’s way at
all.
Soon Pancake was ready to go home! A
cheer went up from the crowd when they
spotted Pancake. Everyone was happy for
the sea turtle.
The hospital staff placed Pancake on the
sandy beach, pointing her in the direction
of her home –– the ocean. Lolly stood close
behind Pancake.
The reporters with their cameras
struggled to get a good shot of the sea turtle. People took pictures.
Everyone gathered around; they all wanted to be able to see the sea turtle
being released.
The turtle hospital staff followed Pancake, keeping the onlookers at a
safe distance. Pancake crawled slowly and awkwardly toward the water,
shuffling her heavy body across the sand.
On land, Pancake was clumsy and slow. But once she was in the water,
Pancake swam quickly through the surf despite her long stay at the
hospital. She swam gracefully out toward the open sea as if she had never
been injured at all!
Lolly waved goodbye as she watched her special friend go. She felt a
little sad––she would miss Pancake. But she knew that Pancake was going
home where she belonged. And that made Lolly very happy!
The crowd gave a loud cheer as Pancake swam away. Everyone stood
on the beach and watched until Pancake was out of sight. Slowly the
crowd trickled away.
Lolly was left alone on the beach staring out at the vast blue ocean. It
had been a big day! All the hard work had paid off. Pancake was finally
home.
But Lolly couldn’t help wondering: Would Pancake be all right?
Next Time… Pancake Returns!
A Teacher’s Guide to accompany this six-chapter story is
available on the Kidsville News! Web site at www.KidsvilleNews.com.
Copyright 2001 by Mary Maden. All rights reserved. Mary Maden is an
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Also called the “equine triathlon,” a horse trial is a unique competition. It has three

Also called the “equine triathlon,” a horse trial is a unique competition. It has three phases: dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping. The sport was originally known as a military test performed by members of the cavalry (soldiers on horseback). It debuted as a sport at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912 but was mainly for experienced cavalry soldiers until World War II. As the military cavalry started to decline, horse trials or “eventing” became more popular with civilian riders. An organization, now known as the US Eventing Association, was created in 1959 to guide the grow-

Eventing Association, was created in 1959 to guide the grow- ing sport. The USEA now has

ing sport. The USEA now has over 14,000 members and offers horse trials across the country each year. Event compe- titions occur at different levels. But all levels have the same basic challenge: a single horse and

rider perform in three equestrian disciplines. The winner is the team with the lowest number of penalties after completing all three phases of competition. Dressage tests the horse’s strength and obedience to the rider’s signals. The horse and rider must complete a series of movements called a dressage test. Judges score each movement from one to 10. Total points earned are subtracted from the total number possible to arrive at the penalty score. Stadium jumping is probably the most exciting phase of the horse trials. Fences vary from less than three feet to almost four feet, depending on the level. They are brightly colored and easy to knock down. This is a test of the horse’s athletic ability, confidence and obedience. The jumping course must be completed within a certain amount of time. Riders and horses are also penalized for knockdowns, falls and refusing to jump a fence. The cross-country portion of eventing is what separates it from other horse sports. This phase tests the endurance and bravery of the horse and rider. They have to jump fences as well as water, logs, walls, ditches and other obstacles. Information provided by Deborah and Jessie Phillips.

until She Does It! wind. Jessie was born on April 20, 1992. At age 7,
until
She Does It!
wind.
Jessie was born on April 20, 1992. At age
7, she and her older sister started tak-
ing riding lessons at a local barn. Her
instructor said the minute Jessie got on
the horse, she knew that Jessie was born
to ride. By age 10, she was participating
in her first dressage show.
In November 2006, Jessie bought a 16.3-hand dark bay
thoroughbred gelding named Tadpole. His show name is Hyly
Prized. Jessie started out jumping him at novice level (fences to
2’7”), then went to training level (fences to 3’3”) and now is com-
peting at preliminary level (fences to 3’7”).
This past summer, Jessie was chosen for a scholarship to work
with a former Olympic rider for two weeks. She lived and worked
at the barn while receiving one-on-one lessons on her horse and a
number of other talented horses.
Jessie has learned a lot from riding. One of the most important
lessons is she is responsible for her and her horse’s well-being. If
things go wrong, it is up to her to fix it. She has learned that being
dedicated means lots of hard work, but the rewards are worth it.
She has learned that the skill of being organized and prepared saves
time and reduces
frustrations. And
she has learned that
even when things
don’t go as planned,
there is always
tomorrow to try and
do better.
In addition to
barn chores, Jessie
has had a part-time
job at a local res-
taurant. She has
used the money she
earned to buy tack
and supplies for
shows. She maintains a 3.98 grade point average and is currently a
junior at U-32 High School in East Montpelier, Vermont.
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Children
Well
Everywhere
we
turn
it
seems we
are inundated
with
bleak
news
sur-
rounding
the
current
market environment:
record
unemploy-
ment,
plummeting
home
values
and
personal
savings
which
are at
an
all-time
low.
Eventually
there
will
be
a
turnaround,
but
what
can
we
do
today
to
make
sure
that
our
kids
are
prepared
for
future periods
of
economic
uncertainty?
One
place
to begin
is
around the
kitchen table.
Now
more
than
ever,
it
is imperative
that
we
talk
to
our
children
about
managing
money
properly.
The
numbers reveal
how critical
these
conver-
sations
are:
• In
2008,
1.2 million
people declared
personal
bank-
ruptcy.
• Americans
are
currently carrying
$951
billion
in
credit
card
debt.
71%
of
Americans
are
living
paycheck
to
paycheck.
What’s
wrong
with
this
picture?
Quite
simply,
we
are
living
above
our
means.
As
a
nation,
we
are
pretty
good
about
imparting
information
to
our
children
on
issues
that
affect
their
health
and
personal
well-being,
such
as
teenage
drinking.
What
about
their
financial
health?
What
tools
can
we
begin
to
equip
our children
with
so
these
staggering
statistics
do
not
hold
true
dur-
ing
their
generation?
When
it
comes
to
money
matters,
it’s
time
to
teach
our
children
well!
Kids
know
exactly
how
much
the
newest
iPod,
designer
jeans
or
latest
sneakers
cost.
But
ask
them
how
much
the
last
cable
bill was
or
the
cost
of
weekly
groceries,
and
they
have
no
clue.
Again
the
numbers
are
revealing.
According
to
the
Small
Business
Administration,
kids
between
the
ages
of
4
and
12
spend
$14.4
billion
annually
and
influence
household
purchases
of
$132
billion
a
year.
Teenagers
spend
approximately
$95
billion
per
year.
• Tip
: Create
a short-term
savings
goal
for
your kids.
Once
they’ve
met
that
goal,
set
a
new
one.
Activity
:
Open
a
savings
account
in
your
child’s
name.
Take
them
to
the
bank
once
a
week
to
make
a
deposit
into their
account
from
the
money
earned
from
their
allowance.
Be
sure
they
are
keeping
track
of
their
savings
manually.
Bring
back
the
passbook!
Gone
are
the
days when
kids
see
their parents
taking
their
paycheck
to
the
bank
for
deposit.
More times
than
not,
those
checks
are
direct
deposited
into
their
parents’
accounts.
The
result
is
a
“free
money”
perception
some
kids
have
about
the
ATM
machine.
Mom
and
dad
go
to
the
ATM
to
withdraw
cash,
and
presto,
the money
is
there.
Missing, is
that
one
vital piece
of
information
that
a
paycheck
had
to
be
earned
to make
the
“magic
happen”.
Tip
:
Start
involving
your
kids
in
managing
household
and
school-related
expenses.
Activity
:
During
summer
break,
encourage
your
kids
to
earn
money
to-
wards
their school
tuition
or
other
school-related
expenses.
Benefi t/Key
Takeaway:
Saving
regularly
is
a habit
that
can
be
taught
early
and
will
stay with
your children
for
the
rest
of
their
lives.
Next
Month:
Preparing
your
child
for
real
life:
teaching
them
how much
it
costs
to
run
the household
Keva
Sturdevant
is
the
founder
of
Born
To
Save,
a non-profi t
based
in
Washington,
D.C.,
with
the
mission
of
teaching
kids
of
all
ages
the
importance
of saving
and
investing.
Our
goal
is
to
begin
conversations
about
money
in
households
across
America
between
parents
and
their
kids.
In
an
effort
to
foster
those
conversations,
we
grant
actual
shares
of
stock
to
kids.
To
register
for
your
child
to
win
a
share
of
stock
in
our
monthly
stock
giveaway,
please
visit
our
Web
site
at
www.BornToSave.org.
The first day of May, or May Day , has beencelebratedsinceancient times. The ancient Romans

The first day of May, or May Day, has beencelebratedsinceancient times. The ancient Romans used to offer flowers to their goddess of spring. As the Romans traveledtheworld, they brought their springfestival with them. In England, people gatheredflowers andtreebranches

to decorate their homes. A Maypole was made in the middle of the town withstreamers. Dancers heldthestreamers anddancedaroundthepole, weavingthestreamers intopatterns. Later, MayDaybecameaholidayfor workers, and many countries now celebrate it as a labor day.

workers, and many countries now celebrate it as a labor day. Say thank you to your
workers, and many countries now celebrate it as a labor day. Say thank you to your

Say thank you to your neighborhood police officer during the week of May 15. During National Police Week, you may seeblueribbons tiedontocar antennas. Theyarea reminder of law enforcement personnel who have died in the line of duty and in honor of those men and women who serve their communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

died in the line of duty and in honor of those men and women who serve
Visit boomerandhalley.com for the answer!

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Series by Mary Jane McKittrick Illustrations by Bob Ostrom

Paws for a lesson in TEAMWORK.

Illustrations by Bob Ostrom Paws for a lesson in TEAMWORK. A community project takes on new
Illustrations by Bob Ostrom Paws for a lesson in TEAMWORK. A community project takes on new

A community project takes on new meaning when Boomer and Halley get involved and try to help. “I’ll stir the paint with my paw,” says Halley, “That should work.” “Have you ever done this before?” asks Boomer. “Get ready with the brush,” says Halley. Boomer shakes his head. “I sure hope this works!” “Oh Boomer,” says Halley, “What could go wrong?”

a)
a)

Boomer and Halley are working as a team because:

They don't like each other.

working as a team because: They don't like each other. b) Halley's in charge. c) They're

b) Halley's in charge.

c) They're in trouble.

d) They have a goal.

For the answer and a chance to win a prize, go to the FUN STUFF

For the answer and a chance to win a prize, go to the FUN STUFF page at boomerandhalley.com!

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TM A SECTION ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS BOOKSHELF I Live in the Greatest M is for
TM
A SECTION ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
BOOKSHELF
I Live in the Greatest
M is for Mom
Country!
Author: Mary
Ann
Author/Illustrator: Fred
McCabe
Riehle,
Chris
Atkins
Ellison
(Illustrator)
Publisher: Children’s
Publisher:
Sleeping
Bear
Patriotic Press
Press
Age Range: 6 and up
Age Range:
8
to
12
“I live in the greatest
Perfect
for
Mother’s
country! I live in the
Day,
this
book
captures
USA.
The United States of
the
everyday
moments
America, I am very proud to
shared
between
a
mother
say.”
and child.
Travel
through
the alphabet connecting
letters
to
special
things
that
mother’s
So
begins
this
very
patriotic
children’s
book,
perfect for Loyalty
Day
coming
up
on
May
1,
Memorial
Day
later
in
the month and
do, from H for
hugs
to
J for
the
juggling
act
that
moms
are
so
year round
as
a
reminder
of
the
privileges
of
living
in
America.
good at. The
poetry
for
each
letter
is
accompanied
by
a
sidebar
With
short
sentences in
big
bold
type,
the
author
explains with
with additional
text
for
more
experienced
readers.
Beautiful
full-
pride
and joy
the
freedoms
that
all
living
in
America
enjoy.
The
page,
full-color
paintings
bring
the
book
to life
with
expression
freedom
to
do
what
you
want,
be
anything
you
want
to
be,
say
and
realism.
—JK
what you
want,
practice
your religion
and
read
what
you
want
to
read
are
highlighted
in
this
quick
read.
Terrific,
and
some
Mexican
Immigrants
in
poignant
photos
accent
the
text.
The
book
concludes
with
the
America
Pledge
of
Allegiance
on
the
back
cover.
Every
American
should
Author/Illustrator:
Rachel
Hanel
read
this
book
to
his
or
her
child,
no
matter
what
the
age.
After
all,
it’s
never
to
early
to
teach
your
child
to
love
America.
—JK
Publisher:
Coughland
Publishing
Age Range:
8
to
12
How
to
Draw Horses
This “You Choose”
book
is
an
interactive history
adventure
about
Author/Illustrator:
John
Green
the life of Mexican
immigrants
in
Age
Range:
8
to
12
America. The choice
to
come
to
From
the
Publisher:
America is a difficult one
for
Aspiring
Picassos
will
be
Mexicans. Pretend you live
in
a
champing
at
the
bit
to
get
started
small village in Mexico and are
on
this
simplified
guide
to
drawing
struggling to feed your family.
horses.
The
series
of
step-by-step,
Should you take the risk of going
black-and-white
illustrations
will
to the United States to find work? In
this
book,
there
are
three
show
kids
how
to
transform lines,
story paths to take. Life is a series of choices.
With
43
choices
to
curves
and
geometric shapes into
make in this book, the reader can see how
the
choices
we
make
such
diverse
breeds
as the
can change our life for the better or worse. The
author
Clydesdale,
Arabian, Pinto,
collaborated with Anne Martinez, a professor
of
history,
to
Lippizaner,
and
Palamino, teaching as it entertains. Includes
reveal accurate, although not always happy, details
about
the
blank
practice pages.
difficult life of immigrants. While many Mexican immigrants
to
end up living the American dream, many of the 17 endings
in
this book are not happy ones. —JK
PARENTOWN
endings in this book are not happy ones. —JK PARENTOWN M M A A Y Y

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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE NETHERLANDS?

It’s time to get out your globe! You need to know about the imaginary lines on globes and maps. These lines are called lines of latitude and longitude, and they tell a pilot or ship’s captain exactly where in the world a certain place is located. Basically, latitude lines (also called parallels) are the horizontal lines on your map. Lines of longitude (also called merid- ians) are the vertical lines that run from the North Pole to the South Pole. This mapping system is written in degrees and uses the symbol °. Get ready to travel the world! To find the Netherlands, also known as Holland, get out your globe,

the Netherlands, also known as Holland, get out your globe, and find longitude 5º E and

and find longitude 5º E and latitude 52º N. Located in Western Europe, the Netherlands borders the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany. This small country is only about twice the size of our state of New Jersey. Not only does this country border the sea, but it is also at the mouths of three major European rivers: the Rhine, Maas (or Meuse) and Schelde. The name "Netherlands" means low-lying country. The coastal areas are almost completely below sea level. They are protected by dunes and dikes to prevent flooding. Windmills are seen throughout the country. Many are still in use to generate electricity, and they also are used to pump water from behind the dikes and back out to sea. The Netherlands is a cloudy country. On the average day, three-fifths of the sky is clouded! It has a mild temperature, with warm winters and cool summers. It is pretty rainy, with only about 25 clear days each year. The language of the Netherlands is Dutch. The country is divided into 12 provinces. In the northern province of Friesland, they speak their own language called Frisian. You'll also hear plenty of English, French and German spoken in the Netherlands. Even though Western Europe is far from the Caribbean,

the kingdom of the Netherlands also includes six islands in the Caribbean known

Where in the World Word

dike [dahyk], an embankment of earth and rock built to prevent floods.

as Netherlands Antilles, and also Aruba. Wooden shoes, tulips and windmills are just a few symbols of Dutch life. The Dutch are known for their arts and crafts. Dutch painters — among them Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh — are some of the greatest in art history. Sources: “Netherlands,” The World Factbook, Central Intelligence Agency, www.cia.gov; "The Netherlands," Encyclopædia Britannica.

Mother’s Day Is May 10!

Mothers are the unsung heroes of the world. Every day they sacrifice their time and devote their love to the children they brought into the world. What mother doesn’t hope to be celebrated and pampered, if just for a bit, by her children in recognition for all that she does for them? That is why every year on the second Sunday of May, children celebrate their moms on Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day hasn’t always been a standard spring holiday. In fact, mothers went officially uncelebrated for years and years. It wasn’t until the 20th century that an offi- cial holiday was established to honor mothers, grandmothers and the other special women in people’s lives. Anna Jarvis was a woman who made great strides toward establishing a national

holiday for mothers. Jarvis held annual gatherings called “Mother’s Friendship Day” with an objective to heal the pain of the victims and those affected by the Civil War. After her own mother died in 1905, Jarvis decided a national celebration of mothers was in order and began to campaign for such a holiday. Jarvis began by soliciting the pastor at the church where her mother had taught Sunday School classes for a special commemorative mass. The church obliged, and the first Mother’s Day celebration took place on May 10, 1908 at Andrew’s Methodist Church. Later that day, Jarvis celebrated Mother’s Day again with her brother at her home in Philadelphia. The Mother’s Day idea eventually caught on, and President Woodrow Wil- son made it official in 1914 that the sec- ond Sunday in May would be celebrated annually as Mother’s Day. Since then, families have gathered annually together to give thanks to the special women who have helped shape their lives. Photo: metrocreativegraphics.com

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Healthy
Hearts
& Bodies
KIDSVILLE KITCHEN Together Time — Ask an adult for help with projects! May Is National
KIDSVILLE KITCHEN
Together Time — Ask an adult for help with projects!
May Is National
Egg Month
All over the world, eggs are important as a
food. Eggs are a naturally nutrient-dense food,
which means they have a high
proportion of nutrients to
calories. One large egg has
only 75 calories and provides
13 essential nutrients in
varying amounts. Eggs are an
excellent source of choline and a good
source of the highest-quality protein and riboflavin. Many of the
egg’s incredible nutrients are found in the egg yolk, including
choline, folate, lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin D. The yolk also
includes healthy monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats and
almost half of the high-quality protein found in eggs.
Because eggs are so easy to prepare, they’re often the first food
young people learn how to cook. This easy egg salad recipe is
delicious and nutritious. When you cut it in half, one round pita
bread makes two pockets. And, when you fill the pockets with egg
salad, they make handy portable lunches. Make the salad the night
before. In the morning, fill the pockets with the salad and some
veggies. Then, wrap the pockets and pack them along with frozen
juice boxes to keep them cool until mealtime.
EGG SALAD
POCKETS
WHAT YOU NEED:
• 3 tablespoons sour
cream
• 1/4 teaspoon fresh dill
weed OR 1/8 teaspoon
dried dill weed
• 4 hard-cooked eggs,
chopped
• 4 thin cucumber slices
• 4 thin tomato slices
• 2 whole wheat pita breads, cut in half
HOW TO MAKE IT (makes 4 servings):
1. Put the sour cream and dill weed into the bowl. Stir with the
spatula until the ingredients are well blended and you can’t see any
clumps of dill weed any more. Add the eggs to the bowl and gently
stir until they are evenly coated with the sour cream mixture.
2. Cover the bowl with the plastic wrap or foil. Put the bowl into
the refrigerator. Let it stay in the refrigerator for several hours or
overnight.
3. When you’re ready to pack the pocket sandwiches, put 1
cucumber slice and 1 tomato slice into each pita pocket. Carefully
spoon 1/4 cup of the egg salad into each pita pocket.
Information courtesy of the American Egg Board. For more recipes,
visit the web site at www.incredibleegg.org.
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Caring for the most important people in the world…

…your…your…your childrenchildrenchildren

…your …your …your children children children … caring for the most important people in the world,

… caring for the most important people in the world, your children. At Pediatric Dentistry of Glens Falls our doctor and staff are dedicated to helping assist you in making your child’s smile a happy and healthy one. We specialize in pediatric dentistry in an environment where your child feels safe and comfortable.

We participate with many insurances including GHI. We offer a wide variety of comfort options:

laughing gas, mild sedatives, general anesthesia

Pediatric Dentistry Glens Falls of (518) 798-9966 Farzad Sani, DDS
Pediatric
Dentistry
Glens
Falls of
(518) 798-9966
Farzad Sani, DDS

Dr. Sani Accepting New Patients!

Did you know?

• 1st dental visit is recommended by 1st birthday

• If your local water supply does not contain fluoride, you should speak with your dentist or pediatrician about the possibility of a fluoride supplement

• Your child should be assisted with brushing and flossing at least one time daily until over the age of eight

• Snacking or drinking juice or soda frequently can raise your child’s risk of tooth decay

Directions to: 88 Broad Street, Glens Falls • (518) 798-9966

From South:

Take I-87 North to Exit 18. Make a right off exit onto Main Street. At 4th traffic signal there will be a fork in the road. Continue going straight, Stewarts will be on your right. 88 Broad Street will be 1 1 2 blocks on your right. We are a 2 story brick building.

From North:

Take I-87 South to Exit 18. Make a left off exit onto Main Street. At 5th traffic signal there will be a fork in the road. Continue going straight, Stewarts will be on your right. 88 Broad Street will be 1 1 2 blocks on your right. We are a 2 story brick building.

Pediatric Dentistry of Glens Falls

Saturday appointments available!
Saturday
appointments
available!

798-9966 • Fax: 798-0616

88 Broad Street, Glens Falls www.pediatricdentistryofglensfalls.com

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