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Murray Life Magazine :: 2010 Back-to-School Issue

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Our Favorite Trees
By Aviva Yasgur

Do you have a favorite tree? I do. I love hemlock trees with their deep green needles that drape from their branches to shade the forest floor. Some people like magnolias because of their showy flowers, or sugar maples because of their brilliant fall colors. Critters have favorite trees, too. Usually they choose their favorites based on practical reasons though, such as whether they make a nice lunch. We took a survey of some of Murray’s wild critters to see what their favorite trees were, and here is what we found

 

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Cleared For Take Off
By Logan Abbitt

Did you know that Murray has an airport? Located just six miles northwest of downtown Murray is one of the area’s best kept secrets. The jet-worthy airstrip makes Murray an exception to the rule for mid-sized cities. Nearly 50 hangars provide a home for a variety of aircraft, from sport planes and working craft to corporate jets. The airport is there for the community, although many citizens have not yet used it or even seen it.

Kyle-Oakley Field is one of the city’s great treasures. As valuable to our community as the airport is now, the story behind it is an inspiration. The history of Murray’s airport is a snapshot of the history of Murray as we see it today. I was introduced to this treasure trove through Jim Fain, a huge fan of the airport who is also on the airport board, and Johnny Parker, the airport manager since 1974, who has been keeping an incredible collection of historical papers and photos for the airport.

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Scholars in Town
By Bec Feldhaus

Summer in Murray – a time when traffic is a little lighter, time goes a little slower and new faces arrive on the MSU campus.

Students labeled with varying colors of lanyards or nametags look hopeful and optimistic as they explore the grounds. With groups studying visual arts, writing and personal growth, the Murray State University campus doesn’t get much of a break. Some of the greatest academic “wear and tear” comes during three weeks in June, when MSU welcomes CHA complete with RCs and an ADD.

All acronym jokes aside, the Commonwealth Honors Academy (CHA) attracts to Murray nearly 100 select high school students to enrich, challenge and educate. The program takes root in Regents College and revolves around a central theme, this year “Seeking Truth: how perspective affects perception.”

Dr. Randall Black (or, at CHA, just “Randy”), is the Student Life Dean of the summer program. Black, a member of the Music faculty at MSU and a nationally-renowned tenor, applied for the position 10 years ago when Dr. Kern Alexander wanted something more for prospective Racers that would also benefit the surrounding community. Black took hold of the student life reigns and History professor Dr. Ken Wolf became Academic Dean. After consideration of the needs of high school students, they decided to hire a counseling director. The title went to MSU’s own Jane Etheridge. Today, theatre professor Jonathan Awori holds the position as Academic Dean Designate, or just for fun, “The ADD.”

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Murray LifeBuying Life Insurance - What Kind and How Much?
By Ron Arant

A popular approach to buying insurance is based on income replacement. Another approach is to purchase insurance based on your individual needs and preferences.

You are likely to need life insurance if others depend on you for financial support, if you provide your family with such services as child care, if you need to consider protecting a surviving spouse or if you have accumulated substantial assets. There are several types of life insurance that you may want to consider.

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Murray LifeSurviving the Sun
By Ben Taylor

With summer in full swing, people are out “catching a few rays.” We all know the sun is a powerful source of light and heat, but do we know the ways in which it affects us? Have fun and stay safe under the sun with some important information about skin, sunscreens, sunburns and heat exhaustion.

What kind of sunscreen should you use?

“Most of what we see as visible skin damage is actually damage caused by the sun,” said Dr. Dawn Deeter of Murray Woman’s Clinic. “Sun damage can be prevented with proper sunscreen application and by minimizing exposure.”

Sunscreens provide a thin layer of protection between the sun and your skin that absorbs ultraviolet (UV) rays. The more the product absorbs, the less your skin absorbs. Sunscreens all contain a number represented by the acronym SPF (Sun Protection Factor). The number ranges from 4 to 50+; the lower the number the less protection. An SPF of 15 is what most dermatologists would recommend, but your skin tone can help you make a decision. If you have fair skin you should be leaning towards SPF 30, and if you have a darker complexion, between 4 and 15 will most likely be safe. When buying sunscreen, you may come across what is labeled Sun Block. This is a completely different product since it entirely blocks the sun, allowing for no color change. Also, find yourself a good pair of sunglasses. They do not have to be expensive as long as they block UV rays. UV radiation can damage the eyes if you don’t protect them.

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