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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Musings: Adult softball and Halloween tips

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  • I was visiting with John Taitano the other day, and he mentioned reading my “meandering thoughts”.
    I am here to say that my thoughts are not meandering! The “Musings” are reflective and projected thoughts that I am sharing with everyone! So there, John!
    Adult Coed softball came to an end last Thursday (10-17-13). We ended the season with a tie between L&L Construction (Heather Goodman) and We Got The Runs (Josh Coffey).
    I want to thank everyone who participated in the coed softball season this fall.
    In addition to L&L Construction and We Got The Runs: Harris Brothers (Tim Royal), Heartland Anesthetics (Milton Rush, Sr.), Myers Tire Supply (Chris Bergman), North Pointe Shipping (Billy Daniels), Sunza Pitches (Jeff Asher), TBD (Cassidy McCarter), The Justice League (Joan Lowdon), Vicious and Delicious (Louis James) and Zeck Ford (Ree Thomas).
    Next year, we will play Adult Coed Softball Division I on Tuesdays, and Division II on Thursdays.
    The league will be 10 weeks long beginning in mid-August. There is a very distinct division between playing levels of the 11 teams. The top six teams will be Division I and the bottom five teams will be Division II.
    In our Adult Women's Volleyball, the Drillers (Wendy Sachen) have clinched at least a tie for the championship, with the BOOM (Sherry Schwinn) in second place and the Six Pack (Kim Todd Rhoades) in thrid!
    Our final night of three games for this season is Monday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Riverfront Community Center.
    Wow! Unbelievable! 7-0 BABY! The Chiefs are rolling!
    Arrowhead Stadium is rocking (literally) as the Chiefs fans established a world record of 137.5 decibels noise level in an open-air stadium two weeks ago!
    We have less than 15 tickets remaining for the KC Chiefs Get-Away sponsored by the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department.
    Tickets are only $50, which includes a ride to and from the game in a Kincaid bus coach and a ticket to the KC Chiefs versus San Diego Chargers game on Sunday, November 24.
    Haunted Havens Hayride -- talk about one scary ride -- the only thing scarier is being a member of the Elite Special Forces Parking Team!
    The hayride is $5 per person and children under age of three are free!
    This Elite Special Forces group will be led by none other than the irrepressible Peter Rottentail.
    There will also be several free activities for the children. There will be bounce houses (sponsored by MWR), Trunk or Treating (about 20 local businesses and organizations) and several children's games and activities.
    There will be a DJ playing some awesome themed music. Also, food vendors will be on hand for the family to purchase snacks and goodies!
    Page 2 of 3 - The party will go from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. I will not mention the Saturday, November 2, rainout date because Ms. Anderson ordered good weather for the event!
    Runners pay attention! Saturday, December 7, at noon at the High Noon Saloon, the gun will go off for the start of the High Noon Saloon Rudolph Red-Nosed Run!
    Carolers will serenade you as you run 7.2 tough miles, which passes through historic southeast Leavenworth onto the beautiful Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center campus.
    We are anticipating in upwards of 200 runners this year! Rudolph himself will assist with the start of the race.
    If you do not run fast enough, the herd of reindeer below may run you over! Early registration ends on November 29!
    Registration for Youth and Adult Basketball is quickly coming to an end!
    Registration will be taken through October 31. Be sure to register your children in the youth program.
    We will host gender divided leagues for 1st-2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade and 5th-6th grade.
    We also have Bitty Basketball for children ages 3-5 and 6-year old kindergarteners. In the adult program be sure to get your team registered!
    Health tip of the week -- brought to you by St. Luke's Cushing Hospital
    Celebrate a healthy Halloween:
    1. Fill up before trick-or-treating
    If kids are full before they go trick-or-treating, then they will eat fewer pieces of candy afterwards.
    2. Hand out non-sugary foods and toys
    Nutritionists suggest some more wholesome treats that parents could give trick-or-treaters.
    Animal crackers, mini rice cereal or granola bars, whole grain cheddar cheese crackers and sugar free hot chocolate packets make good treats.
    Kids will usually take cool toys over candy if given a choice.
    Often children's excitement is in collecting the candy, rather than eating the candy.
    3. Trick-or-treat and exercise
    Parents can encourage siblings or friends to wear pedometers, or activity meters, and start a friendly competition for who can be the most active while they are collecting candy.
    4. Keep your favorite sweets. Hide the rest
    Some nutritionists suggest that a little goes a long way and say it's best to allow kids to have 1-3 pieces of candy a day.
    Parents should be just as vigilant about their candy consumption as children.
    If you're buying Halloween candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, buy your least favorite ones so that you are not tempted to eat them.
    5. Or give it away
    When children get back home from trick-or-treating, have them make two piles: one for the candy they want to keep, another for the candy they will not eat.
    Page 3 of 3 - Consider donating the second pile to a local senior citizens home, food pantry, Ronald McDonald House or children's hospital.
    Keep musing along. Enjoy your week!
    -Tabor Medill is the recreation supervisor for the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department.
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