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VOL. 171 NO. 49


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Bradford Journal Photo These Kindergarten students were working on reading and phonics when we stopped in at The Learning Center, December 9th. Left to right are Allen Brigger 5, Colton Reynolds 6, Alex Rimer 5, and Milaina Van Scoter 5.

Students Work At The Math Help Center

Bradford Journal In the childcare room at The Learning Center, Children look up from the LegoÂŽ table, December 9th. From front to back are Lucas Caruso 6, Max Mathison 6, and Allen Brigger 5-1/2.


Bradford Journal Photo Students work at the Math help center in the combined 5th and 6th grade classroom at The Learning Center, December 9th during our visit there. From the left clockwise are Lillian Baldwin 10, and Anthony Bruno 11, both in the 5th grade; and Sawyer Drummond, Austin Reese, and Brinya Moffett, all eleven and in the 6th grade.

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LOCAL & AREA NEWS Having Fun And Learning To Enjoy Music

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Bradford Journal Photo Children ages 4-5 were playing bells to holiday music in one of the Preschool rooms at The Learning Center, December 9th, during our visit there. Left to right are Evan Bradford Journal Confer, Carson Bishop, Owen Manion, Damien Cerda, Emma Zmuda, and Mitchell These students were drawing snowflakes Douthit. in the art room at The Learning Center, during our visit there, December 9th. Left to right are Jonas Simora 8, Jaxon Faes 6, and Abbie Nuzzo 8. Jaxon is in the first grade while Jonas and Abbie are in the 2nd.

Learning To Enjoy Music During Preschool

Local Oil Prices: American Refining Group (ARG) Price Paid Per Barrel for Penn Grade Crude Oil: $98.01 Tuesday Dec. 6, 2011 $98.04 Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 $98.33 Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 $97.54 Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 $95.39 Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 Ergon Oil Purchasing Chart for Price Paid Per Barrel for Penn Grade Crude Oil: Bradford Journal Photo In a Preschool room at The Learning Center, December 9th, Ellen Mialky (School Principal) leads children ages 4-5 in playing bells to holiday music. From left to right are Ellen, Lindsay Witchen, Katelyn McConnell, Grace Tyler, and Felicity Cramer.

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Sunday, Nov. 20: Mostly sunny and warmer today with a high of 36°. Sunday Night: Cloudy and a little warmer tonight with a low of 28°.

Monday, Nov. 21: Cloudy and warmer today with a high of 39°. Monday Night: Cloudy and cool tonight with an overnight low of 27°.

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Constructing Holiday Decorations

by Grant Nichols

It’s been a while since we’ve visited The Learning Center, one of Bradford’s alternative schools, for photos of their students. On Friday, December 9th we had the opportunity to do so and we stopped in at each of the classrooms there. As in all the schools we visit, we found many children eager to pose, and have included them in this issue. Those who wish to see all of the alternative poses from each classroom may see them in our photo gallery associated with this issue. Local history buffs will remember that The Learning Center, now situated at its well known location in the old Fourth Ward Elementary school along Jackson Avenue, at its inception about 30 years ago, was known as Room To Grow and was operated as a Montessori School. Back then it occupied the old Lee Driver Elementary School building along South Kendall Avenue…….In a short video entitled “Marines prepare to train Afghan Army and Police” produced by Corporal Ned Johnson, Marine Lance Corporal Alexander Faucher, son of Dennis and Debbie Faucher, of Bradford tells us a little about what he’s currently being trained to do. In the video he talks about preparing for an upcoming deployment. Faucher a Motor Transport Operator, explains that his unit along with other NATO forces will be training the Afghan National Police and Army. To see the video click here < > …….We would hope our readers will spend some time looking around at the different downtown stores this week. While most of us have appreciated the wonderful gifts ideas from the Tin Ceiling Gift Shoppe, the Main Street Mercantile, and Man’s World, how many have spent time at Cavallaro’s Paint and Decorating on Kennedy Street or considered their specialty foods, picture framing, let alone taken advantage of the J.C. Penney facilities there? And how many of us have spent much time in the Keeping Ewe In Stitches store and the Timeless Treasurers store both located at 10 Chestnut Street, across from the Bradford Coin Shop? This week’s Christmas Magic page (Page 9) can also be helpful as a reminder that Tasta Pizza and Togi’s Family Restaurant along with the New Keystone are good places to take a break from the holiday tensions with some comfort food and libation. In addition, our readers should remember that anything that’s worth giving can be personalized by Bottorf Embroidery and silk screening on West Washington St., and Smith’s engraving services at their watch and clock shop location in East Bradford.

Bradford Journal Photo Left to right are Maeve Matheson 9, Nathan LaRoche 9, Madison Mawn 8, and Tyler Gigliotti 10. They were constructing holiday decorations in their 3rd and 4th grade classroom at The Learning Center that we visited on December 9th. Maeve and Madison are in the third grade, while Nathan and Tyler are in the fourth.

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Bradford Journal Photo In a Preschool room at The Learning Center, December 9th, children ages 3-4 listen to a story. In no special order are Destani Herbstritt, Coltin Herbstritt, Ben Woodhouse, Alia Al Hattab, Adalie Haviland, Jaydon Hogue, Kaden Kicior, Delilah Lesniewski, John Parker Marr, Autumn Neumann, Abbey Nuzzo, Cameron Pysher, Lillian South, and Sydney Safran. Copy Deadlines Persons interested in submitting materials for news releases in the Bradford Journal should submit their copy to the Bradford Journal office, no later than 5 p.m. on Fridays.

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OBITUARIES Esther Montague Esther M. Montague, 96, a resident of the Bradford Ecumenical Home, passed away Saturday (Dec. 3, 2011) at Bradford Regional Medical Center. Born June 2, 1915, in Sugarcreek Township, she was a daughter of the late Albert A. and Edna Boyle Maley. On Aug. 6, 1942, in the rectory of St. Bernard Church, she married Ernest B. Montague, who died on May 6, 1996. She was a hair stylist for many years at her home on Leonard Avenue. She was a cook at the Lincoln School for the Bradford Area School District and retired in 1980 after 23 years of service. Surviving is one son, Clinton L. Montague of Allegany, N.Y.; one daughter, Joyce Montague of Gifford; two grandchildren; one greatgrandchild; one

sister, Louise Adams of Chicora; one brother, Harold Maley of Limestone; and many nieces and nephews. Burial was in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

Dene Wesmiller Dene P. Wesmiller, 81, of 187 Constitution Ave., passed away Tuesday (Dec. 6, 2011) at Bradford Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 8, 1930, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Clarence G. “Smiles” and Helen I. Parsons Wesmiller. On May 4, 1953, in Bradford, he married Barbara J. Case Wesmiller, who survives. He had been employed for many years as a car salesman at Fairway Ford, Star Garage and then at Dale Phillips Auto Sales. Mr. Wesmiller was very involved in the local city government, he served on the Redevelopment Authority and was a member of Brad-

ford City Council for two terms. In addition to his wife, Barbara of 59 years, he is survived by one daughter, Trudy L. Cucuzza of Bradford; two sons, Colin D. Wesmiller of Bradford and Kent O. Wesmiller of Limestone, N.Y.; a sister, Carole Piccuilla of Surprise, Ariz.; a brother, Gary Wesmiller of Griffin, Ga.; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Betty Fargo Betty J. Fargo, 86, formerly of 19 Pleasant St., passed away Tuesday (Dec. 6, 2011) at The Pavilion at BRMC. Born July 2, 1925, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Carl and Ada Geddes Hartburg. On Aug. 10, 1946, in Bradford, she married Charles S. Fargo, who passed away Dec. 6, 1982. She had worked

at her family business, Hartburg Dry Cleaners in East Bradford, for many years. After her children were raised, she worked at Servco Services. Surviving are six children, Sue Ann (Keith) Lounsberry, William S. (Jackie) Fargo, Jackie (Dan) Sanders, Tracy (Bob) Bunce, Richard J. Fargo and James (Roberta) Fargo, all of Bradford; her sister-in-law, Gloria Simons of Florida, 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Burial was in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Giovanni Lombardi

7, 1926 in Pannarano, Italy (BN), a son of Antonio and Immacolata Franco Lombardi. On Aug. 10, 1952, at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Pannarano, he married Sabatina Borreca, who survives. He was employed by W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery from 1956 until his retirement in 1991. In addition to his wife of 59 years, Sabatina Lombardi of Bradford, he is also survived by one daughter, Susan (René J.) Al of Pittsburgh; one son, Anthony M. Lombardi of Bradford; one grandson; three step grandchildren; one stepsister, Angie Petino of Bradford; one stepbrother, John DeBiase of Erie; and several nieces and nephews. Entombment was in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Giovanni “John” M. Lombardi, 85, 78 Rochester St., Bradford, passed away on Thursday (Dec. 8, 2011) at the Sandra Bradford Regional O’Connell Medical Center. Sandra He was born on June

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O’Connell, 72, of 155 Pleasant St., passed away on Thursday (Dec. 8, 2011) at the Bradford Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 1, 1939, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Alfred and Antoinette Piscitelli Caputo. On May 14, 1960, in Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, she married Robert W. “Bob” O’Connell, who died on Sept. 19, 2007. She worked as a secretary/receptionist at Beacon Light for 38 years. Surviving are two daughters, Kelly (Bill) Gleason and Karen (Norm) Strotman, all of Bradford; one grandson; one brother, Thomas (Margaret) Caputo of Boardman Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. Burial was in St. Bernard Cemetery.


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BUSINESS & PERSONAL FINANCES How To Undo A Roth IRA Conversion We’ve all suffered buyer’s remorse – say you buy something you really can’t afford or the item’s sudden drop in value make it seem, in retrospect, a poor investment. That’s what has happened to some people who’ve taken advantage of IRS rules that allow them to convert a regular IRA or 401(k) into a Roth IRA, only to discover later it may not have been the right strategy. In this particular situation, however, the IRS graciously allows for a do-over, called a Roth IRA “recharacterization.” Read on to learn how recharacterizations work, and whether you may be a good candidate. First, a brief primer on IRAs. With regular IRAs you contribute pretax dollars, which lowers your current taxable income so you pay less tax now. Your account grows, tax-free, until you withdraw the money at retirement, when you pay income tax on withdrawals at your tax rate at the time. By contrast, with Roth IRAs, you’re taxed on your contributions during the current year, but all withdrawals, including investment earnings, are tax-free at retirement. The IRS allows taxpayers at any income level to convert part or all of their regular IRAs or 401(k) plans to Roth IRAs. (Prior to 2010, higher-income people were excluded.) Although such conversions can provide long-term tax advantages – especially for younger people – they can be expensive in the short term, as I experienced first-hand when I did the conversion in

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2010. The cardinal rule of Roth IRA conversions is to make sure you have money outside your IRA to pay the tax bill – borrowing from your IRA will not only lessen the amount of money available to grow tax-free, but you’ll also be subject to a 10 percent early withdrawal penalty if you’re under age 59 ½. So what about that buyer’s remorse? There are several reasons someone might want to recharacterize their converted Roth IRA: • You decide you can’t afford to pay the additional taxes owed after all – perhaps you become unemployed for a few months

or other pressing expenses arise. • Adding income from the conversion puts you into a higher marginal tax bracket or subjects you to the alternative minimum tax. • The value of your converted Roth IRA has dropped significantly, so in effect you’re paying taxes on phantom money. There are a few rules to keep in mind if you decide to recharacterize: • You have until October 15 of the year following the conversion to recharacterize, provided you’ve filed your tax return – or filed for an extension – on time. • You can recharacterize all or part of the (Continued on page see “Roth IRA”

Students Work at Math And Reading at T.L.C.

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Bradford Journal Photo At The Learning Center, December 9th, 5th & 6th grade students work at various subjects. From the left front, clockwise around are Julianna Morris 11, working on math; Sydni Keesler 12, reading; Julaina Hollamby 12, working on math; and Emily Zawatski 6, reading. Julianna is in the 5th grade, and the others are in the 6th.

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AREA SOCIAL NEWS Drawing Symmetrical Six Side Objects In Art

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Bradford Journal Photo First and second grade students are seen in the art room at The Learning Center. They were learning to draw a symmetrical six-sided object, the snowflake when we stopped in, December 9th. From left to right are Sailor Campbell 7, Alex Mangold 7-3/4, Evan Smith 8, RJ Rodgers 7, Kayli Keesler 7, and Harrison Morrisroe 7. Sailor, Alex, Evan, and Harrison are in the second grade while RJ, and Kayli are in the first.


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Daughter, Dec. 3, to Theresa Johnson and Adam Carlson, Bradford, PA. Son, Dec. 5, to Victoria and James Neely, Smethport, PA. Daughter, Dec. 6, to Kancie Trott and Scott Orris, Bradford, PA. Son, Dec. 7, to Athena Hale, Bradford, PA. Son, Dec. 8, to Anthony and Beverly High, Bradford, PA.

Vickie Johnson conducted the Thursday, Dec. 8th afternoon meeting of Bradford TOPS #16 at the First Church of Nazarene . There were 28 weigh-ins with a loss of 16 pounds. The loser of week was Fran Cecchetti. Officer of the week and loser in waiting is Liz. Tanner. Loser of the month for Nov. is Leah Zetts. Exercise awards went to: Vickie Johnson, Pat Wester, Carole VanSickle, Salvania Reed, Donna Douthit, Bev. Hannon, Elaine Harris, Liz. Tanner, Anna Wells, Jean McAdams, Ginny Comilla, Carol Zeigler, Barb. Smead, Marilyn Gross, Pat Foote, and Maxine Eschrich. The Fashion tip given by Jean McAdams was: “Time to start wearing your suede jackets and pants. They come in all colors and are easy to wear.” Bev. Hannon gave the thought for the day: “Slow down and let God love you like never before.” Jean Miller’s helpful Hint was: “If your irritable and having trouble sleeping,try inhaling the aroma of vanilla. It boosts production on relaxilng brain waves and relieves grumpiness in a few minutes. A collection was taken for a memorial for Loretta Stanford to be sent to the SPCA. Mindy Lewis gave an interesting program on hints for keeping weight off during the Holidays. Among other things she said to keep up your exercise, be sure to eat breakfast, drink lots of water Spice up your food and load up on vegtables. The meeting was closed with a prayer.

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Snowflake Shortbread Cut-Out Cookies, Mint Chocolate Chip Truffles, Chocolate Raspberry Chip Truffles, Parmesan Pepper Spritz Crackers, Merry Mushroom Bites and Savory Southwest Donuts

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hen it comes to celebrations, there’s no season quite like the holiday season. The celebration experts from Wilton share party tips and irresistible recipes to help create a fabulous cocktail buffet complete with all the trimmings. “It looks like it would take lots of time and effort, but it really doesn’t,” says Nancy Siler, Vice President of Consumer Affairs at Wilton. “We’ve worked out all the details to make it easy, elegant and delicious.” Siler suggests setting up a beverage station so guests can serve themselves, or recruit a friend to help prepare and serve your signature cocktails — sugar-rimmed Cheery Cranberry Mojitos and colorful All Aglow Melon-tinis that twinkle with sparkle gel. And for a warm beverage choice, offer rich, thick hot chocolate garnished with frosty snowmen, peppermint curls or chocolate candy-coated marshmallows. “When it comes to the food, a mix of savory and sweet is a must,” Siler adds. “Tree-shaped Merry Mushroom Bites and tiny Savory Southwest Donuts piped with avocado to resemble a wreath will wow both the eye and the palate. For another unexpected twist on tradition, stack peppery spritz crackers in a clear glass canister.” And for the sweets, beautifully decorated snowflake shaped holiday butter cookies are displayed on stacked pedestal plates alongside a bowl of truffles adorned with festive candy drizzles and luminescent pearl dust. Both treats make a fitting finale — and can be made in advance. For more holiday recipe and decorating ideas, visit

Makes 24 bites 1/3 cup diced yellow onion 3 tablespoons butter 12 ounces portobello or baby portobello mushrooms, coarsely diced 4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary 1-1/4 teaspoons black pepper 3 eggs 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1-1/4 teaspoons salt 1 package (4 ounces) water or other favorite crackers 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced Chopped rosemary or parsley (optional) Parmesan Pepper Spritz Crackers Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare Bite-Size Silicone Makes about 7 dozen crackers Tree Mold with vegetable pan spray. 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour In large skillet, cook onion and butter over 1/2 teaspoon cracked black medium-low heat stirring pepper occasionally until soft, about 1/2 teaspoon ground 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, white pepper See step-by-step instructions for rosemary and black pepper; Mint Chocolate Chip Truffles, 1/2 teaspoon salt cook until liquid has evapoChocolate Raspberry Chip Truffles 2 cups (about rated, about 10 minutes; cool and Snowflake Shortbread Cut-Out 8 ounces) grated slightly. Transfer mixture to Cookies on Parmesan cheese food processor. Add eggs, 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, flour, and salt. Pulse until softened mixture is pureed with no 2 cloves garlic, finely minced large pieces of mushroom or onion. Fill cavities of 1/3 cup milk silicone mold completely with mushroom mixture, Preheat oven to 375°F. patting flat. In small bowl, combine flour, black pepper, white pepper Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until top of the mushand salt. In large bowl, beat cheese, butter and garlic until room mixture is firm. Cool in pan 15 minutes; smooth. Gradually add flour mixture to cheese mixture. carefully remove and place on cracker. Top with Mix until dough forms a ball. Gradually add milk, mixing sour cream, sliced red pepper and, if desired, until fully incorporated. Shape into small logs and place in rosemary. Serve warm or at room temperature. Cookie Master Ultra II. Using desired disk, press crackers onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet on cooling grid. Remove from sheet and cool completely. Store in airtight container up to 1 week.

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Makes 1 cocktail 6 fresh torn mint leaves, plus additional sprigs for garnish 1/2 lime, cut into four wedges 1 tablespoon dried cranberries 2 tablespoons Wilton Red Colored Sugars, plus additional for garnish 2 ounces rum 3 ounces cranberry juice 2 ounces club soda In tall glass, thoroughly muddle mint leaves, lime wedges, cranberries, and red sugar. Add rum, cranberry juice and club soda and stir. Add ice and additional club soda to fill glass.

Makes about 4 servings 1 quart (4 cups) milk 1 cup (about 6 ounces) Wilton Dark Cocoa Candy Melts, roughly chopped 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract 3 ounces chocolate liqueur (optional) 1 ounce peppermint liqueur (optional) In a large pot over medium-low flame, heat milk and Candy Melts, whisking frequently, until boiling. Remove from heat. Stir in extracts and liqueurs, if using. Garnish with peppermint sticks or curls or snowman decorations and serve immediately.

Savory Southwest Donuts Makes about 36 mini donuts 1 tablespoon ground paprika, divided 1-1/2 cups cake flour 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chili powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup milk 1 egg 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 garlic clove, finely minced 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro Topping 1 ripe avocado 1 teaspoon lime juice Salt to taste Additional chopped cilantro Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray Mini Donut Pan with vegetable pan spray. Lightly sprinkle wells with some of the paprika. In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cumin, chili powder and salt. In second bowl, whisk together milk, egg, oil, garlic and cilantro. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until flour is moistened. Fill each donut cavity about 1/2 full. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched. Let cool in pan 4 to 5 minutes before removing. Wash pan, dry thoroughly and prepare with pan spray and paprika. Repeat with remaining batter. For topping, mash avocado with lime juice and salt; stir until smooth using a whisk or in a food processor. Pipe avocado mixture over top of cooled donuts. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve immediately.

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December Is The Time For Holiday Art

Bradford Journal Photo In the 3rd & 4th grade classroom at The Learning Center, clockwise around from the front are Madison Smith 9, Julia Moini 8-1/2, Kelcie Moffett 9, Ciaran Conneely 9, Caleb Nuzzo 9-1/2, and Tehya Hollamby 8. They were working on a holiday ornaments project when we stopped for photos, December 9th.

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Bradford Journal Students in the 5th & 6th grade classroom at The Learning Center pose at Josieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desk, December 9th during our visit to their classroom. From left to right are Kyndal Hutchison 11, Josie Simora (working at art) 11, Megan Wells 11, and Sierra Williams 12. Megan is in the 5th grade and the rest of in the 6th.

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ON THE HEALTHY SIDE Simple Ways To Help Children Get To Sleep (NAPSI)—Taking the battle out of bedtime may be less of a nightmare with the help of some pediatric sleep specialists. For example, many parents don’t know that some kids have trouble falling asleep because they are too tired, says Jennifer Waldburger, LCSW, one of the co-founders of Sleepy Planet. Some children can become overtired and some parents may be trying to put them to bed too late. Most children need to go to bed between 7 and 8 p.m., and if they don’t, they may become too stimulated. Even with an early bedtime, many children may need some activity before bedtime—some games or playtime after dinner—to help them calm down. If your child is still stalling, he or she may want to talk about something that is causing anxiety, such as their day at school. Offering kids some choices can help. Ask which pajamas they want to wear or which stories they want you to read. A bedtime routine can be soothing, whether it’s reading together or watching a show such as “Pajanimals,” a series coproduced by 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout, The Jim Henson Company, and Northern Ireland’s Sixteen South Television. Airing on Sprout in the U.S., the series was designed to help parents and caregivers establish a bedtime routine for their preschoolers. Waldburger and fellow co-founder of Sleepy Planet Jill Spivack lend their expertise to the bedtime themes and song lyrics that cover topics such as encouraging preschoolers to stay in bed, dealing with nightmares and missing your parents at night. “Pajanimals” characters—Sweetpea Sue the pony, the excitable duck Squacky, the creative cow CowBella and the optimistic puppy Apollo—were designed by the world famous Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. “Parents have told us that bedtime is one of the most challenging times of the day,” said Andrew Beecham, senior vice president of programming at Sprout. “This new full-length series provides loveable characters modeling the typical day-tobedtime transitions that preschoolers encounter every day.” “Puppets are a great way to connect with young children and encourage them to explore their fears and curiosity,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company.Ê”These cuddly friends welcome viewers to snuggle up for a story and a song.” For more information call 1.8.SPROUT.411 or go to:

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Q: Is it true that by using reducedfat salad dressing, I’m reducing the nutrients and healthy compounds I absorb from my salads? A: That’s unlikely to be a problem, because even reduced-fat dressings provide some fat. Studies show that without some fat in the meal, we can’t effectively absorb fat-soluble carotenoids like betacarotene, lycopene and lutein that we get from green leafy vegetables and tomatoes. These important antioxidant compounds may act in a variety of ways to protect against cancer and other diseases. To ensure absorption of these carotenoids, most studies show that about one tablespoon of regular salad dressing provides enough fat (about 4 grams of fat), although some studies suggest that a little more fat may be even better. For example, in one small study, a meal that included about a third of an avocado (containing about 12 grams of fat) with a salad increased people’s absorption of carotenoid compounds by up to ten-fold compared to avocado-free meals. Normally, we get some fat from other foods in our meals such as nuts, seeds and cheese and these would assist with nutrient absorption, too. The important message is that some fat – at least 4 grams – in a meal is good.You may find that reduced-fat dressings, which are lower in calories than full-fat versions, could be helpful for weight management and a healthy weight is an important step to reducing cancer risk. If you prefer fullfat dressings, you can make other choices to keep calories down. Bottom line: if you are happy using reduced-fat salad dressings for weight control or other purpos-

es, do not feel you need to switch. Q: How much weight can I expect to lose if I start taking stairs instead of elevators? A:Taking stairs is an excellent example of a great choice to increase your baseline activity level throughout the day. Impact on weight depends on how many flights a day you climb, as well as your size and fitness level. (People who weigh more or are more out-of-condition will burn more calories climbing the same stairs than lean, fit people.) Although the switch to taking the stairs can seem like a big move, for most people it really adds less than five minutes of physical activity a day. That adds up to a calorie burn that probably won’t result in much weight loss, but research suggests that it is enough to prevent the typical one to two pounds of weight gain most adults experience every year. That small yearly weight gain never seems like much, but adds up to real health risk. So for a small investment in time, a switch to taking the stairs actually has a good pay-off. In addition, by improving your physical fitness, it will be easier for you to take on other more extended physical activity that has even greater weight control impact. Finally, many people find that small bursts of activity throughout the day, such as taking the stairs, offer other benefits, like a boost in mental and physical energy. Emerging research suggests that even without making major changes in calorie-burning or weight, simple activities such as taking the stairs may have health-changing effects on insulin function and decrease the belly fat that poses greatest health risk.

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JUST PASSING TIME THEME: “HOLIDAY TRADITIONS” ACROSS: 1. Movie “Flowers in the _____” 6. ___ down, as in time 9. Follows “flip” 13. “Little House on the Prairie” character 14. University of Rhode Island 15. Queen’s headdress 16. Sacrificial spot 17. Tasseled hat 18. Court order, e.g. 19. Stop serving 21. *It has 7 or 9 branches 23. Giant thrower 24. Used in floats 25. Pacquiao’s punch, e.g. 28. Talk like a drunk 30. School of hard ______ 35. Paleozoic and Mesozoic, e.g. 37. *Coniferous tradition 39. Trinity or triad 40., e.g. 41. Keep yours to yourself! 43. Tel ____, Israel 44. Lighted helper 46. Toy building block 47. *It’s wonderful in Bedford Falls

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mortgage 20. Pigsty contents 22. Member of the Benevolent Order 24. Scallops 25. *Central to nativity scene 26. _____ from the ashes 27. Cleanse 29. Europe/Asia mountain divide 31. Type of test 32. Law, but not criminal 33. Chef Ramsay’s tool 34. *Number of Kwanzaa days 36. Give certain impression 38. Competitive advantage 42. Like water with detergent 45. Guerillas 49. Loud noise 51. *He’ll be back again some day 54. Lopsided 56.Verdi’s opus 57. *Christmas goose, e.g. 58. Worth a million dollars? 59. Jailbird’s home 60. Curly-leafed cabbage 61. Magician, in the olden days 62. Allah’s cleric 63. ____-de-camp 66. Big head 68. Precedes senator


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CHRONOLOGICAL LISTINGS Engagements, Marriages, Births & Deaths


SANFLIPPO/ FUNKHOUSER Dr. Joseph and Patricia Sanfilippo of Pittsburgh have announced the engagement of their daughter, Dr.Andrea M. Sanfilippo, to Jeremy W. Funkhouser, the son of Gary and Cindy Funkhouser of Bradford. A wedding is planned for June 9, 2012, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Pittsburgh. MARRIAGES:

PARISELLAOLIVER/ CAMPBELL Bradford residents Jill Lorryn Parisella-Oliver and Kenneth Lee Campbell were married Nov. 11 in a double-ring ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church in Bradford. The bride is the daughter of Scott

and Faye Parisella of Bradford, and the groom is the son of Vicky Campbell of Lafayette and the late Lawrence Campbell.

Green and Arthur Willett, Salamanca, NY. Daughter, to Brandi Bartlow and Brandan Stephens, Little Valley, NY. DEC. 8, 2011: BIRTHS: Son, to Anthony DEC. 3, 2011: and Beverly High, Daughter, to The- Bradford, PA. resa Johnson and Son, to Leann and Adam Carlson, Abimael Manzueta, Bradford, PA. Ridgway, PA. DEC. 5, 2011: Son, to Victoria DEATHS: and James Neely, DEC. 1, 2011: Smethport, PA. MOORE, William – Son, to Erika and 87, of Warren, forCarl Brown, Empo- merly of Bradford, rium, PA. PA. Son, to Rena and DEC. 2, 2011: Jon Teachman, SLAUGENHAUPT, Olean, NY. Marilyn J. Wertz – Son, to Jessica Wen- 63, of Port Allegany, ner and Lee Sayers, PA. Dagus Mines MASON, William A. DEC. 6, 2011: – 93, of Driftwood, Daughter, to Kancie PA. Trott and Scott Or- SWANSON, Peter ris, Bradford, PA. D. – 70, of Seneca DEC. 7, 2011: Falls, NY, formerly Son, to Athena Hale, of Bradford, PA. Bradford, PA. DEC. 3, 2011: Son, to Melissa MONTAGUE, Es-

ther M. Maley – 96, of Bradford, PA. STOKES, Eugene L. – 84, of Smethport, PA. B R E T H E RTO N , Ruth Goodrich – 78, of Corry, formerly of Bradford, PA. DEC. 4, 2011: GRIFFITH, Katherine G. Hart – 91, of Emporium, PA. BLAUVELT, Irva M. Stilwell – 82, of Roulette, PA. DEC. 5, 2011: MUSOLINO, Frank M. Jr. – 64, of Middletown, NY, DEC. 6, 2011: WESMILLER, Dene P. – 81, of Bradford, PA. FARGO, Betty J. Hatburg – 86, of Bradford, PA. DEC. 7, 2011: WALLACE, Darryll G. – 46, of Lewis Run, PA. MCINTYRE, Alvirda E. Beatty – 99, formerly of Smeth-

YOUR WEEKLY HOROSCOPE DECEMBER 15 - DECEMBER 21, 2011 ARIES - (Mar. 21 - Apr. 19) You might be focusing on a tiny, irrelevant issue when something that really does require attention looms in the background. TAURUS - (Apr. 20 - May 20) You appear to have caused a ripple or two in certain circles and with one person in particular. GEMINI - (May 21 - June 20) Essential information that should do more to reassure than concern you is about to come to light and bring reassurance. CANCER - (June 21 - July 22) A situation is not nearly as bleak as you imagined or believed. LEO - (July 23, - Aug. 22) Something that has been both tantalizingly and frustratingly within reach finally looks set to become attainable. VIRGO - (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) This week brings you at least a step closer to making a cherished ambition a reality. LIBRA - (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) We often regret what we don’t do. You might regret not taking a calculated risk now. SCORPIO - (Oct. 23, - Nov. 21) Be aware now that you are unlikely to be able to do much without others’ eyes and ears detecting it! SAGITTARIUS - (Nov. 22 - Dec. 2) Before you seize what is on offer, be certain that you truly want it. CAPRICORN - (Dec. 21 - Jan. 19) Accept there are limitations and restrictions involved where your burning desire to make something happen is concerned. AQUARIUS - (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) The sky speaks now of a contact, possibly a close friend, from your past playing an integral role in your life in the very near future. PISCES - (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20) Developments from this week will have a noticeable and positive impact on your finances and with more to come before the month is through.

Roth IRA (Continued from page 5) converted amount. • The amount you recharacterize will be adjusted for any gains or losses while it was invested in the Roth IRA. • To initiate a recharacterization, contact the financial institution that has your Roth IRA for instructions. • You’ll need to file an amended tax return (IRS Form 1040X) along with IRS Form 8606. • You can later reconvert the recharacterized IRA back to a Roth, but you must wait until 30 days after the recharacterization or one year after the initial conversion, whichever is later. Clearly, these are complicated transactions, so it’s probably a good idea to work with a tax professional or financial planner to guide you through the process. If you don’t have financial planner, the Financial Planning Association ( is a good place to search. port, PA. DEC. 8, 2011: LOMBARDI, Giovanni John M. – 85, of Bradford, PA. SMITH, Scott E. – 45, of Port Allegany, PA.

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Volunteers: A Key To Curing Alzheimer’s Disease

(NAPSI)—Although more than 5 million people age 65 and older in the U.S. are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and while that number is expected to jump to 13.5 million by 2050, there is reason to hope. That’s good news for the almost 15 million more Americans—family members, friends, neighbors and volunteers—currently caring for their loved ones with AD without any real options to help them get better. Alzheimer’s is the only disease in the top 10 causes of death without a way to prevent, cure or even slow the progression of the disease. In fact, between 2000 and 2008, deaths from AD increased by 66 percent, while deaths from HIV, stroke, heart disease and prostate cancer all declined significantly. Scientists have learned a great deal about potential underlying causes of AD, and advancements in treatments have been accomplished in recent years. To spur more breakthroughs and speed discoveries, scientists are focusing on early detection through neuroimaging of the brain. “We have to understand Alzheimer’s from its earliest signs in order to treat it effectively,” said Michael Weiner, M.D., principal investigator of the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). “If we can get a fuller picture of the brain and identify signs of the disease before someone gets ill, we can develop better treatment options, which could slow the

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Start A Prosperous Chinese New Year With A “Chef’s Specialty” Homemade Recipe (NAPSI)—With fireworks, dancing dragons and fabulous food, the Chinese New Year has all the makings of a festive celebration. Chinese communities from around the world take part in the festivities, recognizing the new lunar year as a fresh start and a chance to show gratitude for life’s blessings. January 23, 2012 will mark the start of this year’s celebration and will usher in the Year of the Dragon (4710). With 15 days to celebrate, Chinese New Year provides plenty of opportunities for family and friends to come together for a delicious meal. Whether it’s a casual potluck or a formal affair, these gatherings are a special time to observe the promise of prosperity and the delights of the table. When hosting a New Year’s party, it’s important to stay true to the symbolism and traditions of the holiday. Since the festival is a time to rejoice with loved ones, hosts can cut down on the amount of time they spend in the kitchen and enjoy more quality time with guests. It might seem easier said than done, but here’s a secret: It’s all in the planning. If you choose recipes that are easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time, you’ll be able to whip up a meal that is sure to please your guests. Fried food symbolizes gold and prosperity in Chinese New Year traditions, so General Tso’s Chicken—a sweet and spicy, deep-fried dish—is the perfect meal to commemorate the holiday. It has become a staple at North American Chinese restaurants over the past few decades and is even listed as a “Chef’s Specialty” on some menus. Making this popular restaurant meal at home may seem like quite the undertaking, but in reality, it’s simple if you make a few tweaks to the recipe. Simple variations like using a pre-packaged seasoning mix to avoid long marinating times can make all the difference. Kikkoman’s Kara-Áge Soy-Ginger Seasoned Coating Mix, for example, infuses a ginger-soy flavor to the dish without requiring any extra marinating time. And if you cut the chicken into pieces beforehand, you’ll have the dish on the table in mere minutes. So get your apron on, and follow the recipe for Easy General Tso’s Chicken. Serve it over a bed of rice or with vegetables and your guests will never know just how simple it was to make. For more Chinese New Year entertaining tips and recipes, download Kikkoman’s official Chinese New Year Celebration Guide at www.KikkomanUSA. com. Easy General Tso’s Chicken

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Smart Savings Guide For Parents (NAPSI)—By making simple switches and smart product investments, new parents can save thousands of dollars in the first year, while still providing what is best for baby. “Parents can get high-quality, safe products for their infant and spend less,” says Sandra Gordon, national baby products expert and author of “Consumer Reports Best Baby Products, 10th edition.” Here are her tips: SAVE •Infant nutrition—go with the store brand. While breast milk is best and the most economical choice, for moms who choose to formula feed or want to supplement breast milk with formula, store brand infant formula is nutritionally comparable to national brands. “As a mom and pediatrician, I recommend to moms who choose to formula feed to check out store brand infant formula,” said Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg, M.D., a New York City pediatrician and author of “The Smart Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses and Accidents.” “All infant formula sold in the United States, national and store brands, must meet the same nutrient requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration so they are nutritionally equivalent.” Visit www. for more information and nutritional comparisons. •Don’t buy a crib set. It may seem nice to have a beautiful, coordinated crib set, but certain accessories can make your baby’s crib unsafe. Basically, bare is best. A tight-fitting crib sheet is all your baby needs. For warmth, dress your baby in a sleep sack instead of using a crib blanket. •Skip the designer duds. Babies grow fast, so they won’t get to wear expensive clothes for long. Watch for sales and scout for designer wear at secondhand shops. They can also be great places for holiday outfits. SPLURGE •Buy a new car seat. If you get a used car seat at a garage sale, you won’t know the age of the car seat or if it’s been in an accident, which can compromise its integrity; car seats have an expiration date, typically six years. Car seat components can degrade over time. Also, the instruction manual may be missing, and installing the seat correctly is extremely important for your child’s safety. •Buy a safe, reliable crib. Crib safety standards are updated frequently. A new crib can help you be sure you’re getting the safest one for your baby. It’s money well spent, especially considering that babies spend up to 18 hours a day sleeping. •Buy a quality stroller. Consider how and where you’ll use the stroller most

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A Health Risk You Cannot See, Smell Or Feel (NAPSI)—Wiping your hands at work could expose you to lead, cadmium and other heavy metals at levels that exceed health guidelines. Every day, millions of Americans working in manufacturing and industrial settings use laundered shop towels-the red, blue or white fabric towels that are so commonly seen in a worker’s hand or pocket—as part of their daily tasks. The towels are delivered by launderers, used throughout the day, then collected, washed and sent out again for delivery to other companies. Gradient, an environmental and risk science consulting firm, studied the amount of heavy metal residue found on laundered shop towels and discovered that metals remained on these towels after washing. Over time, exposure to these metals could result in various negative health effects, including cancer and reproductive problems. The Gradient study, “Evaluation of Potential Exposure to Metals in Laundered Shop Towels,” commissioned by Kimberly-Clark Professional, analyzed results of laundered shop towels submitted by various manufacturing industries, including automotive, metal manufacturing, printing and transportation. Research confirms that 100 percent of the towels tested contained toxic heavy metals, with 26 heavy metals appearing in over 90 percent. In the course of a day’s work, the residue on shop towels may be transferred

onto workers’ unprotected hands as they use the towels. Workers can then transfer metals from their hands to their faces and mouths, and once heavy metals are on workers’ faces, they may be swallowed. Workers using the typical number of towels, 12 per day, may be exposed to levels exceeding U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California EPA and ATSDR toxicity standards for lead, cadmium, antimony, beryllium, cobalt, copper and molybdenum. The research found it unlikely that metals found in the tested towels could come from a single industry source. For instance, beryllium is not commonly used in manufacturing sites, but was present in a number of the towels. Because workers cannot see, smell or feel heavy metal contaminants on “clean” laundered shop towels, they are not aware that the towels could contain elevated levels of heavy metals. If workers must use laundered shop towels, they should take the following precautions: • Always wash their hands after handling a shop towel, especially before eating. • Avoid wiping their hands or face with a shop towel—even one that is laundered. • Never take shop towels home for personal use or wash them with clothes at home. For more information, visit

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Sending A Message About Texting While Driving (NAPSI)—Young adults live in a constantly connected world where multitasking is ingrained in their DNA. Realizing that this behavior becomes dangerous when young adults text behind the wheel, the State Attorneys General, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Ad Council are launching a new texting and driving prevention public service advertising (PSA) campaign aimed at 16−24-year-old drivers. The message is simple: When you text and drive, you’re not multitasking—you’re driving blind. Consider the following: • 82 percent of young adult drivers ages 16 to 24 have read a standard text message while driving, according to a national survey conducted by the Ad Council (2011). • An online survey of 1,999 teens ages 16 to 19 found that 86 percent had driven while distracted even though 84 percent know it’s dangerous (2010). • 23 is the average number of texts per month that teens who text and drive admit to sending (2010). Distracted Driving NHTSA reports that distracted driving is the No. 1 killer of American teens (2007). 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving (2009). The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) reports that a texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a nontexting driver (2009). “Distracted driving is dangerous and, tragically, teen drivers are the most at risk of being involved in a fatal distracted driving crash,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. A New Campaign

To address this issue, the State Attorneys General and Consumer Protection agencies, NHTSA and the Ad Council unveiled new PSAs created pro bono by New York advertising agency The Concept Farm. They are designed to communicate the dangers of texting and driving to teens and young adults. By taking their eyes off the road, even for a few seconds, they are making the roads less safe for themselves, their passengers and other drivers.

All the PSAs direct audiences to, a new campaign website where teens and young adults can find facts about the dangers of texting while driving and tips on how to curb the behavior. The website also has an area where individuals can post and share on Facebook the actions they are taking to stop texting and driving. To learn more, visit

Drive Carefully—And Let A Computer Prove It To Your Insurer (NAPSI)—Welcome to the world of telematics, bringing you minicomputers connected to your vehicle. Telematics technology is the integration of telecommunications and computersin other words, the collection and transmission of data in a seamless flow. Many drivers and others have a great interest in telematics because of what it can do, such as accurately record speed, location, number of miles, amount of time, time of day, braking and other data. Some auto insurers already offer their customers discounts based on such information. In the future, insurers may use telematics data instead of more traditional rating variables, such as age. The voluntary use of telematics offers the opportunity to reduce premiums and promote safety through improved driving behaviors. “Telematics devices can save lives because they tend to make people more aware of their driving tendencies, known as the halo effect,” said Christo-

pher Sirota, CPCU, of Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK) and its ISO business unit, a leading source of information about property and casualty insurance risk. “Truck fleet managers have already noticed the reduction of unsafe driving behaviors by 10 to 50 percent and the same results will probably apply to teenagers. One insurer saw a 30 percent reduction in claims for youthful drivers who opted in to a driving behavior program that applied a surcharge for after-midnight driving.” Insurers’ programs may differ because they will design around the information they collect. He added that “a recent government study with volunteers using telematics connected to cameras showed that drivers took their eyes off the road for greater than two seconds preceding a crash or nearcrash event. People take their eyes off the road for about four seconds while texting. At 55 mph, you’ll travel the length of a football field!” Drivers need to learn more about the

trade-offs that telematics offers on auto insurance rates. One key source of such information is an agent or broker with the letters CPCU after his or her name. That’s proof of advanced insurance education, industry experience and a commitment to a tough and enforced professional ethics code. To find a CPCU, visit, click “Consumers,” then click “Find an Agent/Broker.”

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Jesus’s Lost Years Revealed In New Thriller Novel (NAPSI)—A great mystery, one that has baffled religious scholars for centuries, is tackled in a new thriller novel, “The Breath of God,” in which readers are taken on a breathless, page-turning adventure. The History It starts in 1887, when a Russian journalist, Nicholas Notovitch, claimed he had made an explosive discovery in the Himalayas. Notovitch published his findings in 1894 but was quickly condemned and silenced for what was perceived to be heresy. Evidence of his discovery then mysteriously disappeared and the story faded into obscurity. Starting with this historical fact, Jeffrey Small, a respected commentator on religion and spirituality, has written a novel setting contemporary religious conflicts and his protagonist’s personal journey against ancient history and accepted religious dogma. The Mystery The story centers on a young doctoral candidate who hopes to prove that a series of legends indigenous to South Asia refer to spiritual pilgrimages of Jesus during

his “missing years” between the ages of 13 and 30. Set amidst the dramatic Himalayan landscapes of Bhutan and exotic, mystical India, this debut novel weaves a tale of hidden teachings, religious secrets, ancient and current-day cover-ups, and fanatics who distort the truth for their own agendas. “The Breath of God” (West Hills Press) addresses Notovitch’s claims and tackles whether there is fact behind his alleged discovery of a fifth Gospel. Through Small’s protagonist, it explores what Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism have in common and similarities in the spiritual paths of the Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad. Library Journal says the “tale is for fans of Dan Brown’s thrillers as well as readers who enjoy visionary fiction,” while RT Book Reviews says it’s “a thoughtprovoking masterpiece.” The Progressive Christian Review calls it a “breathless quest.” The novel relies on Small’s impressive scholarship and extensive research, which took him to the Himalayas, monasteries in Bhutan, and Yoga ashrams in India. When not writing, Small often speaks on the

topic of how to think about religion in a scientific and multicultural world. For Further Information “The Breath of God” (print and digital) is available where books are sold. Learn more at

An Exciting Read For Teens With A Taste For The Weird (NAPSI)—A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in “Miss

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Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in an electrifying reading experience. Deemed “[A] thrilling, Tim Burtonesque tale with haunting photographs” by USA Today, the novel begins with a horrific family tragedy that sets 16-yearold Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for a good reason—and they may still be alive. Author Ransom Riggs is a filmmaker, photographer, blogger and writer who combs flea markets for unusual vintage photos, a hobby that spawned the inspiration for the book. Now a New York Times bestseller, with film rights sold to 20th Century Fox, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” will delight adults, teens in the shadows. CNN says, “Readers and anyone who relishes an adventure searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visit ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.’” Available as a hardcover or e-book at booksellers and online retailers everywhere. Visit for more information.


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College Degree Required For Sixty Percent Of U.S. Jobs By 2018 Four Factors To Consider When Contemplating An Online Degree (NAPSI)—As a new year begins, we often evaluate our lives—where we are and where we’d like to be. It’s no surprise that many Americans are making education a priority as they set their personal goals for 2012. “The unemployment rate for people who have never gone to college is more than double what it is for those who have gone to college,” says Dr. Mary Hawkins, president of Bellevue University. “And during the next 10 years, nearly eight in 10 new jobs will require workforce training or a higher education. These statistics make it clear that completing some form of higher education is the best tool to meet the challenges of a 21st century economy.” If you’re considering going back to school, chances are you’ve wondered about online learning. Is it legit? Will I get the same quality education I would in a classroom? Will my degree be as respected as much as it would if I attended in person? The answer is, surprisingly, the same as with a traditional, in-class situation— there are varying levels of online degrees and you must do your research to find the best one for you. Here are four factors you should consider if you’re contemplating getting your degree online: 1. Just as with an in-class program, you want to make sure the institution you attend is regionally accredited. This designation is an indicator that the institution voluntarily reports on the quality of its

programs and submits to assessment to ensure quality offerings. 2. Determine whether or not you must be online at a particular time each week; if you can enter the virtual classroom when it is most convenient for you. Based on your lifestyle, decide which of these formats will best set you up for success. Maybe you have a hectic, unpredictable schedule and you need to do the work when you can fit it in. Or perhaps you are the kind of person who benefits most from a set time each week to attend class. 3. Online learning is still relatively young in higher education. Some institutions, like Bellevue University, have been offering online degree programs since the mid-‘90s. It is important to make sure the school you choose has had time to optimize its online offerings.

Take Your Movies With You (NAPSI)—Whether you’re braving the airport or packing the kids into the car, keeping yourself (and the entire family) occupied during flight delays and road trips can be the key to maintaining your holiday spirit. While games like “Angry Birds” can improve a short wait, when you have a few hours to kill, a movie or TV show may be your best weapon against boredom. Fortunately, cloud storage technology means you can take your entire movie collection with you when you travel-without taking up space in your luggage. What Is Cloud Storage? While cloud storage sounds like it has something to do with weather fronts or storm systems, it actually refers to saving data to an off-site storage locker (the cloud) instead of your computer’s hard drive. The Internet then provides the connection between you and what’s in your personal locker. One benefit of cloud storage is that you no longer have to worry about large files (such as movies) taking up space on your

hard drive. Since you can access your personal locker from the Internet, you don’t have to be tied to your home computer to retrieve your files. Also, if your hard drive crashes, everything in your locker is protected. Movies To Go Recently, a new cloud-streaming service called UltraViolet was introduced. Backed by leading technology companies and major Hollywood studios, it provides consumers with a digital locker to store copies of purchased films and TV shows. Buyers of an UltraViolet-enabled title can then access their online digital library from iPhones, iPads, smartphones, laptops and other mobile devices. The system lets you share your movie collection with other members on your account, even if you’re in one place and they’re elsewhere. The quickest way to get started is to set up a free account through, the first service that lets you collect, manage and access UltraViolet Digital Copies, either on the Flixster website or through a free downloadable app. Then you simply

\ 4. Ask if the entire degree program is offered online or if it is just one component of the larger program. Some universities require both online and in-class participation within the same program. If you are interested in this type of blended program, make sure you ask how much content is delivered online and how much is delivered in class so that you can plan how you are going to fit the components into your life. Lastly, please know that when you reach your goal, your degree will not indicate whether you studied online or in class. You don’t need to worry about perceptions from those who still doubt online learning. What’s most important is determining if earning your degree can get you to where you want to go and if online learning is the best way to fit getting a degree into your already busy life.

follow the instructions to add your movies to your digital locker. Current and upcoming UltraVioletenabled titles include “Horrible Bosses,” “Green Lantern,” “Crazy Stupid Love,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” “Shameless” (the TV series), “Final Destination 5,” “The Smurfs,” “Friends With Benefits,” “Cowboys & Aliens,” “The Hangover: Part II,” “One Tree Hill: The Complete 8th Season,” “Underworld Trilogy: The Essential Collection,” “The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption,” “Killer Elite” and “Honey 2.” The next time you plan to travel, store your home entertainment collection in the cloud where you can access it from anywhere-a gift that truly keeps on giving. Learn More: For more information, go to and


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Tips To Get Ready For A New Pet (NAPSI)—Whether you’re thinking of adopting a pet now or in the future, it’s never too early to prepare for your future family member. To ensure a smooth transition, it’s helpful to plan for the arrival of your new pet by putting together a shopping list, reorganizing your schedule to make time for your pet and even participating in activities that allow your family to interact with animals now. • Try a virtual pet—“The Sims 3 Pets,” the newest offering from one of the world’s most popular videogame franchises, will give your family the chance to care forand even be-a virtual pet with personality traits and moods just like a real pet. Playing the game both entertains and sheds light on the responsibilities of caring for a pet, including scheduled feedings, playtime, training and even dealing with your pet’s unruly side. You can also take on the role of a pet to gain a new perspective and see the world through an animal’s eyes. The Sims 3 Pets, available now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo 3DS, PC and Mac, will virtually help you prepare for

your new family member. • Sponsor an animal—A great activity for the family is an adopt-an-animal package from a local zoo. By donating and registering for the adoption, you can foster a great relationship with animals while helping to support them at the zoo. The donation is even tax deductible. Another great option to engage your family with animals is to donate to a non-profit organization such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and help endangered species by adopting or sponsoring a particular animal with your family. • Volunteer at a local shelter—A rewarding way to gauge your ability to care for a pet is to volunteer at a local animal shelter or rescue organization. Not only will you spend time with animals that need care and attention, but you and your family will also have the opportunity to bond directly with animals. It can prepare you for life with a pet or help determine if you are ready for the responsibilities of becoming a pet owner. Preparing for your pet is incredibly im-

portant so that you can enjoy a happy and healthy life with your pet. For more information on The Sims 3 Pets videogame, visit

Have A Diabetic Pet? Manage Your Pet's Diabetes With These Helpful Hints (NAPSI)—Many people don’t know that the diabetes epidemic in the United States isn’t just striking humans—it affects pets, too. Diabetes can lead to health complications like recurrent infections, nerve damage and cataracts, says Dr. Debbie Olbrich, a veterinarian for Abbott Animal Health. “If your cat or dog displays signs of diabetes like excessive thirst, frequent urination, increased appetite despite weight loss, or weakness or fatigue, see your veterinarian as soon as possible,” says Dr. Olbrich. “By actively partnering with your veterinarian and providing a little extra attention at home, your pet’s diabetes can be managed.” Some tips for caring for a diabetic animal that Dr. Olbrich recommends include: • Provide a Healthy Diet. Just like in humans, diabetic cats and dogs have special dietary needs to help maintain their blood sugar levels and control their weight. Special diets to help manage your pet’s diabetes are highly recommended and an integral part of managing diabetes. These diets may decrease the amount of insulin your pet needs to be given, and they can help maintain more normal blood glucose levels. Talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s dietary needs. • Get Your Pet Plenty of Exercise. For diabetic pets, physical activity is especially important because it can help control weight and manage glucose levels. It’s important to include exercise in your pet’s daily routine. Your pet’s age, overall health and fitness level will determine what types of exercise are best. • Make Sure Your Pet Gets Proper Med-

ication. There are several types of injectable insulins available to treat diabetes in cats and dogs. Your veterinarian will prescribe the most appropriate insulin for your pet. Insulin is generally given twice daily, and pets tolerate the injections well. • Monitor Your Pet’s Blood Glucose Levels. Diabetic pets, like humans, also benefit from blood glucose monitoring. The American Animal Hospital Association recommends monitoring blood glucose levels at home. Handheld monitors, such as Abbott’s AlphaTRAK® Blood Glucose Monitoring System, are specifically designed for cats and dogs, simple to use and provide up to 25 percent more accurate readings than human meters. By monitoring your pet’s blood glucose levels, you can help your veterinarian assess your pet’s treatment and provide them

with important information they can use to recommend adjustments to diet, exercise regimens or medications. Additionally, cats may get stress hyperglycemia, which is another reason monitoring blood glucose levels at home can be so beneficial. “Diabetes in cats and dogs can be managed,” says Dr. Olbrich. “If diagnosed and treated early, a small population of cats may go into remission. Regardless of what kind of pet you have, working with your veterinarian can provide your diabetic pet the best possible care.” For more information on diabetes in cats and dogs or to learn more about Abbott Animal Health’s AlphaTRAK® meter, visit or

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