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2013 September
Pg 8 - The Sunshine Express
Health & Nurturing
Vitality
by Sandy Lauzon
Bounia at the Seashore
If it wasn¡¯t your Bounia(grandmother), and you
didn¡¯t love her more than anything, you may
have been a bit surprised to see this tiny woman
at the seashore. She was here on important busi-
ness. Seaweeds, clams and dead fish. She was
driven to the seashore in my Uncle Mickey¡¯s
old Chevy. The usual cast of characters were on
board ¨C Aunt Anne and Uncle Mikey, Joey and
Michelle, my Dad and me. Michelle was a tod-
dler and small enough to sit on anyone¡¯s lap. We
all took turns holding her. The large trunk was
stuffed with all the necessary things for work and
for pleasure. I was old enough to comfortably fit
into both categories. The unloading process must
have been a sight to behold, as the family claimed
their territory on the beach.
The very first task was to get several blankets in
just the right spot, not to close to the tide mark,
and not to far away from where the seaweeds
and clams would be found. Next the sun tarp
was fastened down, we would be there until late
afternoon, the two young cousins would be tak-
ing an afternoon nap on the blanket later in the
day. Food was plentiful in a basket and cooler
and a large watermelon held down one corner
of the blankets. Buckets, shovels, pitchfork and
rake were then unloaded along with a couple of
canvas bags. Then my Bounia emerged from the
car, and what a sight to behold. She was a tiny
woman well into her seventies, face wrinkled
from working decades in the sun, donning a
babushka and wide brim straw hat on her head,
a cotton house dress and white sneakers on her
feet. She was not there to work on her tan or read
the latest summer read, this was a work party of 3
people, Dad, Uncle Mickey, Bounia and me.
There was an order of tasks. First, the clams. This
involved the two buckets, pitchfork and rake,
Dad and me. Dad would dig around the wet
shoreline, and when the clams bubbled up,
on the beach left behind by less thoughtful fish-
ers. That was easy quarry.
With my aunt and two small cousins enjoying
the sun and surf, a quick lunch was enjoyed, and
when the tasks had been completed, the car was
loaded with the haul, the Atlantic Ocean had been
generous, and we were off to Bounia¡¯s garden.
The seaweed and fish were carefully buried in
among the vegetables and flowers, and plans
were made to enjoy the clams. Clam chowder,
steamed clams, clam cakes, whatever would be
prepared from what was gathered would be on
the dinner table next day.
I have been
fortunate to
have exper-
ienced the
bounty of the
oceans, both
the Atlantic
and the Pacific,
and now I am
happy to live
on the banks of the Dolores River. My experi-
ence has been both positive and negative. I have
encountered folks who treasure the river, fishing,
rafting, tubing, floating, and are careful with the
natural resource. Others have been less care-
ful and leave large footprints behind when they
leave the river. The Dolores River
and other water reservoirs, lakes
and streams are a fragile life link.
They are not replaceable. They
feed our physical as well as our
spiritual needs. They are
necessary for the wellbeing of all
critters on land and in the water.
What are you willing to do to
preserve these resources for now
and the future generations? Do
you use non-polluting products
for laundry and dishes? Are you
willing to pick up your litter and
that of others less thoughtful?
Bounia would be so proud of
you if you were so inclined.
(Sandy Lauzon is a Shaklee
Distributor located at 202 4th St,
in Dolores. 970.759.9740)
Individuals working to support the health of
the public in all capacities and at all levels are
invited to participate, including: Environmental
health professionals, Students, Community-based
organization staff and other community partners,
Community health workers, State public health
agency staff, Local public health agency staff,
Public health nurses, Policy professionals, Com-
munity service providers, Public health educa-
tors, Community planners, Community Health
Workers, Patient Navigators, Related health pro-
fessionals, Physicians, Program coordinators and
administrators, Researchers and faculty, Mental
Health Professionals, And Others.
Public Health in the Rockies is a shared
endeavor of the Colorado Public Health
Association(CPHA), Colorado Society for Public
Health Education and the Public Health Nurses
Association of Colorado.
CPHA has been sponsoring an annual public
health conference since 1958. It has become the
largest statewide public health conference with
over 400 registrants. The Professional Education
Committee begins planning this event one year
in advance and it is a joint effort of CPHA and its
affiliate organizations. Future Conferences: Sep
17-19, 2014 in Fort Collins; Sep 16-18, 2015 in Vail.
For more info call: 303.861.4995. Register at:
www.coloradopublichealth.org/conference
Farm Sector Strengthens
I would grab them
out of the sand and
put the clams in the
bucket. Bounia and
Uncle Mickey were
busy with gathering
seaweed and fish. The
seaweed was easy
enough to gather and
stuff into the canvas
bags, fish was another
project. Bounia would
walk up and down
the beach requesting
small or undesirable
fish from the shore
fishers. Most were
happy to unload what
they did not wish to
cart back home. Other
fish could be found
The 2013 Public Health in the
Rockies Conference will be held
at The Village at Breckenridge on
September 18-20. Be sure to pack
your walking/running shoes and
participate in the fitness ac-
tivities available throughout the
conference. Enjoy taking a stroll
on the Blue River Trail, shopping
on historic Main Street, or hiking
the many trails that Brecken-
ridge has to offer.
Largest Statewide Public
Health Conference
Net farm
income is
forecast to
be $120.6
billion in
2013, up 6%
from 2012¡¯s
estimate of
$113.8 bil.
After adjust-
ing for infl-
ation, net farm income is expected to be the 2nd
highest since 1973. Net cash income is forecast
at $120.8 billion, down just over 10 percent from
2012. Even so, 2013 would be the 4th time net
cash income has exceeded $100 billion since 1973.
Confirming the strength of the farm sector¡¯s
solvency, both the debt-to-asset ratio and debt-to-
equity ratio are expected to reach historic lows.
(source: www.ers.usda.gov)