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Page 10A THE BEACON May 2018 From a dog's point of view By Jada & Tammy Turner Hi, I’m Jada. I am an eleven-year-old female spayed pit bull. I am consid- ered a senior because they say for every one human year, we dog’s (and cats) age about seven years. So our lives are not as long as yours. But Jada if you take really good care of us, we can live long and happy lives. Due to improved veterinary care and dietary habits, pets are living longer than they have before. But we seniors can develop the same problems that you do when aging such as arthritis, cancer, heart disease, kidney/urinary tract disease, liver disease, diabetes, joint and bone disease, senility, just to name a few. Now just because we are getting older, does not mean we will have medical issues. As a good responsible pet owner, you can do several things to ensure that we do not develop any of these issues like regular veterinarian visits. We (and I think I speak for all dogs) do not like going to the vet, but even I know it is for our own good. Choosing the right diet- that means strictly steak and potatoes. OK maybe not, but you can get good food that is senior specific (also some good treats). Exercise- Now, I am eleven, so I get a lot of naps, but I really do need my beauty sleep. I do get to go out in the yard every day and run with the younger pups. And I do go on walks, which I really love. Proper dental hygiene- a must. Milk bones and other dental treats are good for my teeth. The vet can also take care of any potential dental concerns. Mental stimulation- required! Puzzle toys that you put treats in are a lot of fun for us to have to figure out. That is too much work for me, but I do try. And contrary to belief, you can teach an old dog new tricks. I know I am always eager to learn something new. All we want to do is to please you. Safety- Some dogs and cats start to lose their vision, so until they invent glasses for us, you may have to keep things out of our way- Sometimes we may need a ramp to get on the bed or up the stairs. Plenty of physical contact- Love from you is the best for us. The shelter here is a great place, but when I go to sleep at night, I dream of a nice quiet home where I have my own warm bed at your feet. Please consider a senior pet. I promise you won’t be disappointed. When our time comes, we just want to be loved and with you. Hope to see you soon. Jada The Lawrenceburg area was surrounded by flood waters. (Photo by Krider Photography) 2018 High Water Event-The Lawrenceburg Levee By Paul Seymour The high water of the Ohio River and its tributaries that occurred earlier this year affected quite a few areas in Dearborn County. The reason why I refer to this as a high water event and not a flood in Lawrenceburg is due in part to to a group of forward-thinking people who, after the historic flood in 1937, convinced the US government to construct a levee completely surrounding Lawrenceburg. Levee construction started in 1940 and was completed in October of 1943. Since then, four high water events have occurred: 1945 – 69.2’ (#4 historically) 1964 – 66.2’ (#6 historically) 1948 – 64.8’ (#8 historically) 1997 – 64.70’ (#9 historically) Fortunately, the 2018 event did not make the historical high water events top ten list, cresting at 60.53’. The Lawrenceburg levee system consists of 18,300 lin- ear foot of earthen levee, eight floodgates, five pump stations, and a system of pressure relief wells. The design and op- eration of the system is very complicated and interesting. The levee protects two billion dollars of property and infra- structure, in addition to the many people that work and sleep behind the protection of this wall. A value cannot be placed on that. The Lawrenceburg Conser- vancy District has a three-man Danny Brooks, Paul Seymour, Jr., Roger Rimstidt, Derek Black, and three college interns are a part of the LCD team. crew. When the Tanners Creek gauge reads 41.5 feet, they are called into action at pump sta- tion 2A between warehouses L and N in the MGPI distill- ery. The basements of these warehouses hold several mil- lion dollars worth of whiskey. Pump station 2A keeps two warehouses dry, so it’s crucial that these employees work around the clock to monitor the system. During the recent high water event, the crew started working around the clock on Feb. 13 and did not stop until Mar. 6. The crest of the Ohio River came on Feb. 25 at 60.53 feet on the Tanners Creek gauge. All systems ran smoothly during this event, thanks to the equipment being kept in good shape. The LCD crew has sixty years of combined experience running the levee operations under the guidance of the United States Army Corp of Engineers. The river level at Tanners Creek was the ALIEN ENGINEERING Create an alien landscape and then work to design a sustainable habitat for astronauts to use when they visit that landscape. Presented by Kimberly Haverkos, Thomas More College. For teens grades 7-12. Please register. Thursday ▪ May 17 ▪ 4:30 PM Lawrenceburg Public Library highest they have had to deal with in their careers. During this twenty-two-day period, the crew spent their shifts watching the system of pump stations. Depending on the weather, these shifts can be very busy. 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