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l bm m NTINEL TRIBUNE LZ Area Focus Wednesday, August 4, 2004 Page 7 lewter Smith Brian "Buck" Towne demonstrates pewter making te at go p s pewter is of the Museums anniversary Merchant Tribune GROVE -- Towne spends week- demonstrating the craft making at various tats in the upper midwest. owne and his wife Ya, their two children ton and Abbv visited the ler Museum last week- and demonstrated the f pewter making. L&apos;owne said he learned a'aft from his father, who ned the craft from his er. He started pouring /ter into the molds at at six vears old. "As soon [was" able to hold the ha his occupation as a 1 technician he works his father in a lab at rah, Iowa where they e porcelain crowns. " |Ie makes most of his own and the French and Indian War. He has hundreds of molds which he uses to mold small castings of turtles, crosses, spoons and a variety of pen- dants. Many of the tools he uses are also very old, but they are best for working with pewter. He heats his pewter which is made from an alloy of 92% tin, 7% antimony, and 1% copper, in a small kettle which is fired by hardwood charcoal. When he pours the pewter it sets up"very quick- ly and he is able to remove it from the mold after a couple of minutes. The rubber molds take longer because they don't transfer the heat as well as metal molds. When the pieces come out of the mold they look like shiny silver. He then uses nitric acid and steel wool to rub the pieces to give them the more natural patina of old pewter. Towne said over time if left untreated the pieces-would eventually turn darker. He also is a tin smith and $ ,i ! II li! ;| rl 11 P o ).ll,.'-- some out of rubber -others he uses a lost wax N___ss to east bronze pieces. Nuple of his molds are 'd the Revolutiona" War N L, .J spqon is a special souvenir spoon Towne ned for the Wilder Museum. makes tin trays and toy whistles. While he is work- ing he tells stories about the items he is making usually with a comedic twist. He said the spoons he ro Minnesota brses test 00ltwe for bet Nile virus lhe MN Board of Animal h recently announced that two horses, one in Goodhue County and one in Wright County have been confirmed as the state's first two equine cases of West Nile virus this year. The infected horse from Goodhue County, a ten-year- old mare, was acting abnor- IThe following concerned & responsible citizens and businesses support the Itessages, churches, and their activities. Greenwood westbrook i Walnut Grove Nursery Funeral Most complete garden& Home Landscape center in 507-274-6700 S.W. Minnesota" 11 S. 4th Street Westbrook, MN. ,i Ph. 629-3485 Tracy 507-859-2161 Wy. 23 Ph. 532-9430 Walnut Grove, MN Marshall L- AI Maynard's tuneranil i00ome Food Center Westbrook, MN 274-5555 Phone 274-5464 Tracy, MN. Westbrook, MN. 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Anita's Conservatory of Dance in Lamberton ,jS is now ac:;:;3gAd:l;tudents "( Classes in ballet, tap, /zW"]C---,V jazz, and tumbling.  L._ Call 507-752-7064 for \\;\ more information and _ t registrationfor fall ciasses ; We are celebrating 25 years of experience. mally when the owner decid- ed to contact his veterinari- an. The veterinarian submit- ted samples for testing to the U of M Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in St. Paul where the horse was found positive. The horse had not been vac- cinated for West Nile. The animal has been euthanized. "The majority of West Nile virus cases normally appear from mid-July through mid-September," MN Board of Animal Health Assistant Director Dr. Paul Anderson said. "Last year, 81 horses tested positive for West Nile virus in MN. In 2002, 992 horses contracted the virus with almost thirty percent dying after infec- tion." Based on last year's cases, very few horses that were correctly vaccinated developed the disease. That's why the Board encourages owners to vacci- nate their horses each year. Horse owners can also reduce the risk of West Nile virus by taking the following steps: * Eliminate "mosquito zones" by mowing long grass, draining stagnant water puddles, and removing items such as old tires and tin cans that can serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes; ' * Change water in drink- ing troughs weekly to pre- vent mosquito breeding * Minimize horses' expo- sure by using repellents and placing screens in stables. Wes Nile virus can cause a form of encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. Birds serve as the host for the virus, which is spread by mosqui- toes to other birds and ani- mals such as horses and humans. Neither humans nor horses can spread the disease. So far this season, no human cases of West Nile have been reported to the MN Department of Health (MDH). Now through mid- September is the time of highest risk for West Nile in humans and MDH urges res- idents to take steps to pre- vent mosquito bites. For more information, visit the MDH Web site at and click on "West Nile virus." Any case of West Nile in horses should be reported to the Board by calling 651- 296-2492. A complete list of all positive equine cases, along with additional disease information, can be found on SPECIALTY PROVIDER MCMH TAMS WHC AutX K' H,  CCC-A Aug. t7 0,2 Dr. Pask0 Aug. 5, 18 Dr. cde Aug. 13 Dr. Gorden Dr. Isaacson Pedia Cat0 Dr. Stamat0 Oietaq J in lays Mhe P0pm Aug. 4 ENT (Ear, Nose, and Tloal) General Surgery MOST IEY TIEAIlIff AVAIL4 AT ALL liKE SilEI IIPITAL ITES