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Cannon treasure hunt for $1,000 to begin

September 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

More clues will be released this year     Hunters scouring Cannon Township for a copper coin that will give them $1,000 in free gasoline can begin looking Tuesday, September 21 when the first three of three clues each week are released. The Cannon Area Business Association (CABA) is again holding the annual treasure hunt in the memory of the township’s namesake cannon, hidden by township fathers after it fatally killed one man who was shooting it off as a prank. Today the hunt for the “cannon”—in the guise of a copper coin with the image of the cannon on one side—is worth big money, one thousand dollars in free gas to the hunter who first discovers its hiding place. “I run into people all the time from all over,” said the keeper of the coin’s hiding spot, Carl Stites of Stites Eye Care. “They tell me they love to look for the coin and do it as a family every year.” Stites said the local hunt—it is always within the boundaries of Cannon Township—has expanded its following to quite a distance. The hunt is in its fifth year and rules remain the same. The coin is located on public property, is not more than four feet off the ground, and must be turned in after being found. Clues are released each Tuesday beginning on September 21, and are available at the shops or websites of the participating businesses. Organizers have divided up the clues so that hunters must visit more than one place to find all three clues. For those who are “armchair hunters,” each Thursday edition of the Squire will have the clues of that week on the front page. “People are lined up outside the bank in the morning waiting for us to open,” said organizer Linda Anderson of ChoiceOne Bank on Belding Road. She said other participating businesses have the same experience and people sometimes make the mistake of searching the brush and landscaping of the businesses hoping to find the coin. That’s great fun, and “hunter” sightings are often called in to the Squire so a reporter can run out and interview hunters. However, the coin is never hidden on private property, so searching in the gutter of any of […]

Glaucoma: the leading cause of preventable blindness in U.S.

July 9, 2009 // 0 Comments

by DR. CARL STITES Stites Eye Care Our visual system is a complex network of nerves, blood vessels, muscles and refractive surfaces that allow us to view the world clearly. Although we have made great advancements over the years in the study of human medicine, we still cannot repair nerve fibers. If your spinal cord is severed, paralysis is unavoidable. The eye relies on nerve fibers to transmit visual information to the brain. If the nerve fibers of the eye are damaged, transmission of this visual information is affected and vision loss inevitably and irreparably occurs. This is what takes place in glaucoma. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States. Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that initially causes a gradual loss of peripheral vision that slowly advances to an eventual total vision loss in the affected eye. This article will deal with the most common type of glaucoma, “open angle glaucoma.” Unfortunately, there are no symptoms-no redness, no pain and no blurred vision. Patients do not realize they have the disease, which is why it is the leading cause of preventable blindness in our country. The earliest effect of this condition is a very gradual loss of peripheral visual field. If you notice a loss in your visual field, the disease has most likely been present for quite some time and even with aggressive treatment it is often too late to save any usable vision in that eye. Any vision loss at all from glaucoma is always permanent and irreversible since it involves damage to nerve fibers. The goal in any treatment is to prevent further vision loss. Glaucoma can affect any person at any age. I have diagnosed and treated glaucoma in 29-year-olds and 89-year-olds, although it is more common with each decade of life. There is definitely a genetic component to this disease, so if a family member is affected, your risk increases markedly. Blacks, Hispanics and diabetics are also at a greater risk of developing glaucoma earlier in life. Glaucoma has not been linked to blood pressure, diet, exercise, high cholesterol or wearing glasses. The eyes are filled with a viscous fluid, much like a balloon is filled with air. In patients with glaucoma, the […]