PAGE 1 AUGUST 7, 2014 WEST NILE VIRUS CASES ON RISE Despite drought conditions and enhanced efforts to suppress mosquitoes in Orange County, West Nile Virus (WNV) cases, infected mosquitoes and dead bird samples continue to climb.
A total of five human cases, 90 mosquito samples and 56 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Orange County Vector Control District (OCVCD).
“The District is doing an excellent job of controlling mosquitoes in the county, as is apparent by exceptionally low mosquito mosquito trap counts. Those mosquitoes we are able to collect, often as few as three to five per trap night, are testing positive for the virus,” said Robert Cummings, director of Scientific Technical Services. “This just goes to show how dangerous even one mosquito bite can be this year.”
OCVCD is working with various city and county officials to help resolve underground mosquito breeding sources, permanently correct problematic water impoundment or retention devices, and raise public awareness in the affected communities. The public can help: overwatering lawns and washing vehicles keep underground storm drain systems and backyard mosquito breeding sources filled year-round. This constant artificial flooding maintains an ideal habitat that mosquitoes need for development. By preventing runoff and overwatering, residents will conserve and reduce the amount of water mosquitoes use for development.
While conducting mosquito surveillance and collecting dead birds is a good way to track the virus in the county, finding mosquito-breeding sources is much more important. OCVCD urges the public to conduct routine property inspections for mosquito-breeding sources. Look for any standing water around the house or neighborhood and either remove the water source or contact OCVCD for help. Mosquitoes can complete their lifejcycle in just one week in a water source as small as a bottle cap.
To avoid being bitten by mosquitoes:
• Eliminate standing water around the house.
• Avoid runoff from overwatering lawns and washing vehicles.
• Make sure all of the window and door screens are in good repair.
• Wear a repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR 3535.
• Contact the Orange County Vector Control District to report dead birds or neglected pools at (714) 971-2421 or www.ocvcd.org.
Other helpful websites include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov; State of California, www.westnile.ca.gov; and Orange County Health Care Agency, www.ochealthinfo.com.
AMPHITHEATER 2014 SCHEDULE CHANGE
The U.S. Navy Band Show scheduled for Aug. 14 on the Amphitheater stage has been cancelled due to unforeseen military obligations.
The show has been replaced with “A Patriotic Salute to Veterans,” featuring the USO Tribute Band, Bonnie Bowden, the Lindy Sisters and Bill Johnson.
The Golden Rain Foundation Recreation Committee has asked the Leisure World American Legion Post 327 and the Auxiliary to collect non-perishable items for veterans at this show.
There will be a drop-box at each entrance to the Amphitheater that night.
The American Legion Auxiliary and Post will ensure the delivery of these items to veterans.
The following items are needed: pasta, rice, canned fruit and vegetables, snacks, any kind; crackers, cookies, pudding and fruit cups, chips (barbecue and spicy preferred); spaghetti sauce, dry packet sauces, Velveeta cheese, Cheese Whiz, peanut butter, Nutella, hot sauce, any kind; baggies, gallon size; wax paper, foil, Saran Wrap, mushroom soup, Cup-a-Soup (chicken preferred); creamy chicken soup, macaroni and cheese cups, Vienna sausages, Dinty Moore beef stew, spam, and pork and beans.
People may also drop off school supplies, notebooks, tablets, pens, pencils, paper clips and backpacks.
Also needed are socks, any size; men, women and children’s underwear; t-shirts, any size.
Expired or opened food packages cannot be delivered.
CHANNEL REPAIRS ARE UNDER WAY
Orange County Flood Control has begun repairs on sections of the channel on Golden Rain Road. The work should be completed by Aug. 22.
Construction is located in front of Building 21 in Mutual 3. One half of Golden Rain Road will be closed during repairs. Golden Rain Road will be accessible throughout the project.
DEBBIE REYNOLDS ON STAGE TONIGHT
Superwire presents the venerable Debbie Reynolds at 8 p.m., tonight, Aug. 7, on the Amphitheater stage. This show is limited to one guest per shareholder. Bring a LW identification card.
Debbie Reynolds was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, on April Fool’s Day in 1932. Her family moved to Burbank, California, in 1939. She was an energetic girl who excelled in sports, sandlot baseball, Girl Scouts, baton twirling and music.
At age 16, while a student at Burbank High School, Reynolds won the Miss Burbank beauty contest. Soon after, she had a contract with Warner Bros. and acquired a new first name. Jack Warner himself chose the name “Debbie.”
She made her screen debut with June Haver and James Barton in “The Daugher of Rosie O’Grady.” Her first big break came in an MGM musical starring Fred Astaire and Red Skelton, “Three Little Words,” in which she portrayed Helen Kane, the boop-boop-a-doop girl of the late 1930s. A subsequent performance in a Busby Berkeley musical, “Two Weeks with Love,” convinced the legendary L.B. Mayer to choose her for the leading female role in what became one of the greatest screen musicals of all time, “Singing in the Rain,” starring Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor.
Over a 10-year period, Debbie made more than 25 films, including “How the West Was Won,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “Susan Slept Here,” The Pleasure of His Company” and “Goodbye Charlie,”among others. Her recordings of “Abba Dabba Honeymoon” from “Two Weeks with Love” and “Tammy” from “Tammy and the Bachelor” sold more than 1 million copies.
In the mid-1960s, Debbie put together her first nightclub act, which debuted at the Riveria Hotel in Las Vegas. In the 40 years since, she has been a headliner on the casino circuit from Reno and Tahoe to Vegas.
She has appeared in TV shows and offscreen is the mother of two children, actor and screenwriter Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher. In 1992, Debbie became a grandmother to Billie Catherine.
Since the late 1960s, she has been an avid collector of memorabilia from Hollywood’s first half-century of filmmaking. She has amassed thousands of props, costumes and mementos from studios and stars. Her dream is to one day establish a museum to house her collection.
KATE PEDIGO TURNS 103
by Ruth Osborn
Kate Pedigo of Mutual 5 celebrated a vibrant 103 years last week with 75 of her closest friends. She arrived at Clubhouse 3 under her own steam via Leisure World’s Access bus, dressed in a festive purple-and-green plaid with her signature cordoroy conductor’s cap. Much like a queen, she waved to people awaiting her arrival as she descended from the bus’s handicap ramp. And she is the queen of long-life-well-lived. As she emerged, her friends broke out into a spirited “Happy Birthday,” and the party was on.
Once inside, Kate took the mike, thanked everyone for coming, and gave a huge smile. LW videographer Bonnie Z. Cooper organized the party for her friend. There were ice cream, cookies and cake, but no pile of presents, per Kate’s wishes. Things are not so important now. The love, respect and well wishes of her friends—conveyed in scads of cards scattered on the table—are the treasured gifts of old age.
Leisure Worlders Bob and Galit Slater sang classics from days gone by. Galit opened with “Summertime,” the 1935 ballad from “Porgy and Bess.”
That song came out when Kate was 24 years old. The living wasn’t so easy then. It was the depression era, but Kate had the grit to get through college, graduating from University of Louisville, Ken., with a degree in chemistry, not domestic sciences as most women had. She bucked prevailing trends all her life.
Kate has traveled to all 50 states—twice; she took up painting at 60, launching an acclaimed career in art. People compared her work to that of Anna Mary Robertson, better known as Grandma Moses. At 90, Kate wrote a memoir, “My Brush with Life and Art.”
She loved, and was loved by, a series of wonderful men, including her husband, Tex Pedigo, with whom she traveled the 50 states. Later in life, Carl McWade was a cherished companion. He lived in Leisure World and willed her his car and Mutual 5 apartment when he died in 1992. That’s when Kate, then 81, came to Leisure World and started a whole new chapter.
Her LW life was filled with dancing, the Video Producers Club, Creative Writers, stamp and coin clubs and the historical society. She has been honored for her video series, “Pedigo Portraits,” which she produced in her 90s.
Her ties to the Video Producers Club are still close. The club produces Leisure World programming for SBTV-Channel 3. Robin Fort-Lincke is the station manager, and she was at the party July 31 shooting footage of the momentous event for broadcast on Channel 3.
Few people make it to 103, and fewer still make it with the verve, style and kind heart possessed by Kate Pedigo. She only has seven years to go before she reaches 110, the apex of human life—an American supercentenarian. Only 700 people in the U.S. have earned that august title
It’s been quite a ride, with ups and downs, but through it all Kate has soared, just like “Summertime” says:
“You’re going to rise up singing; Then you’ll spread your wings; And you’ll take to the sky.”