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LEGION NEWS
Branch 142, Dunnville
25 March 2013 - Issue #15

THE COMING OF SPRING


I found some old muscles that hadn't been used for several months it seems, as the first nice day that we have seen in a while, drew me to the yard to rake a few brown spots, sneak a peek in the ornamental pond, pick up some twigs, pines cones and other bits of winter debris and believe me, the hamstring doesnít stretch like it once did.  Of course everything involves bending over so the burst of energy was short lived.  So it was back to the armchair, next to a cozy fire to watch the last round of The Arnold Palmer Invitational from Bay Hill.

My favourite reading material these days is, of course, Legion Magazine and I happened to pick up an old copy which featured an article on our need for Vitamin D as we, who are among the aging generation, seem to be spending more time indoors and particularly during the long winter months of fewer daylight hours and consequently reduced sun exposure from which we receive our Vitamin D requirement.  With the depleting Ozone layer, we are more vulnerable to cancer causing burns so we lather ourselves in sunscreen, wear hats and cover-ups, or stay in the shade.  Little thought is given to our solar power requirements that keep our systems balanced and metabolize our daily nutrients.  Those who are fortunate enough to go south for the winter, have a definite advantage and they come home energized.  They are able to continue walking, riding, golfing, swimming, have access to an unlimited supply of fresh fruit and vegetables and just generally able to get more outdoor exercise and yes, sunshine.  But, for the rest of us, we can take a daily supplement until we can get out on the land, then start slowly with 15 minutes of sun at a time without sunscreen, mornings preferably while the sun is still at an angle and we can slowly acclimate ourselves.  What could be easier?  Now I have a cupboard full of supplements and I know I should be taking them on a regular basis but most days I just plain FORGET!  That's bad because I canít even remember to take my Ginko Biloba that is supposed to improve my memory so I will remember to take my vitamins!  Cheeez!

Our Spring Turkey Raffle was a great success as was our Spring Fling Dance featuring Dave Burden and by the time you read this, you will still have time to make our Good Friday Perch Dinner on March 29th at 4:30 pm, tickets will be sold at the door.  See you all there!


Lynda Roberts, lynda.roberts243@gmail.com  
Public Relations Officer  
Branch 142, Dunnville  
905-701-1638