VOL. 171 NO. 20
Bradford’s Weekly Newpaper Magazine
THURSDAY MAY 19, 2011
Bradford Journal/McKean County Miner/Mount Jewett Echo
Third Grade Students Say Food Is “Yummy”
Reading New Books
Bradford Journal In the School Street Elementary School library, May 16th, Brent Kennedy 10 on the left, and Tony Vezina 11 on the right read their selections purchased during the Book Fair there. The book titles are Mike Lupica Summer Ball and The Toilet Paper Tigers. They are 5th grade students from Miss. Gustafson’s Bradford Journal Photo classroom. Third grade students from Mrs. Johnston’s classroom (l-r) Keegan Moore 9, Sierra Jackson 9, and Mark Hardy 9 enjoy lunch in School Street Elementary School cafeteria, May 16th. They tell us it’s yummy.
Lunchtime Is A Good Time Of Day For Them
Local Oil Prices: American Refining Group (ARG) Price Paid Per Barrel for Penn Grade Crude Oil: $91.50 Tuesday, May 10, 2011 $96.50 Wednesday, May 11, 2011 $98.00 Thursday, May 12, 2011 $92.50 Friday, May 13, 2011 $93.25 Saturday, May 14, 2011 Ergon Oil Purchasing Chart for Price Paid Per Barrel for Penn Grade Crude Oil: $91.25 Tuesday, May 10, 2011 $96.50 Wednesday, May 11, 2011 $98.00 Thursday, May 12, 2011 $92.50 Friday, May 13, 2011 $93.25 Saturday, May 14, 2011 INDEX
Bradford Journal Photo Third grade students from Mrs. Johnston’s classroom eat some lunch in the cafeteria at School Street Elementary School, May 16th. From left to right are Logan O’Toole 9, Ethan Tyler 9, Schuyler Campbell 8, and Ciera Gallagher 9. They tell us that lunch is a good time of day for them.
Local News 2 Comments & Opinions 3 Obituaries 4 Social News 6 Recipes & Food Information 9 Comics/DVD Listings 13 Classifieds 15 Senior Information page 16 Bradford Journal P.O. Box, Bradford, PA 16701 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 814-465-3468
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LOCAL NEWS Mini-Clinics Scheduled at Chautauqua County Trail Riders Meet and Greet The Chautauqua County Trail Riders located in Falconer, NY have selected Sunday, May 22 as the date for their annual Meet & Greet. Bringing horse owners and those interested in joining an organized riding club together is the goal of the Trail Riders. The day starts off at 10 a.m. with a trail ride on the club’s grounds. The abbreviated ride will be appropriate for horses and riders who are still working on getting into shape after the long winter. A cowboy hot dog lunch will be waiting for the riders on their return. A series of mini clinics is scheduled to begin at 1:30. The first presenter will be Katie Ball DVM of Forestville, NY. Dr. Ball earned her Bachelor of Science degree at SUNY Fredonia and her degree in veterinary medicine on the island of St. Kitts. Mark Geise Deputy Director of Planning and Economic Development for Chautauqua County is spearheading
the Chautauqua County Equestrian Trail Plan through the Industrial Development Agency will. Mark will give us an overview of the progress being made on the 40 mile route. Horse Massage Therapist, Shirley Dunlap, will give us insight into this unique new field. If you like the excitement of gaming you can pick up some pointers from Sue Waite. Clinician Brenda Imus operates a gaited horse farm near Kennedy, NY. She has published several books and DVD’s on the topic of gaited horses and presents her training methods at horse expos and private clinics. Her extensive website, www.gatesofgold.com offers free online training advice as well as a friendly and informative Message Board. Her most recent book, The Gaited Horse Bible was published by Trafalgar Square Books in December, 2010. As a result of her experience with horses, Brenda has developed
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a unique line of tack that enhances the horse’s comfort and improve communication between horse and rider. At the conclusion of the clinics there will be a “Hobby Horse” trail class for the kids. Bring your own hobby horse or use one that will be provided. Prizes will be awarded after the class. A potluck dinner and tack swap will round out the day’s activities. The Chautauqua County Trail Riders can be reached by taking I-90 to exit 59 to Route 60 south to Gerry, NY. At the four corners in Gerry travel straight through onto County Route 65 to the club grounds. From I-86 take exit 13 for Falconer, NY onto Rt. 394 east to County Route 65, Gerry-Levant Road to the club grounds. The public is invited and there is no charge for the day. For more information contact Anne at 716-287-4474 or Linda at 716287-2721.
POLLEN COUNT Supplied by Fred H. Lewis, M.D. Olean (NY) Medical Group
Bradford Journal Photo From left to right, 5th grade students from Miss. Gustafson’s classroom show us books they acquired during the Book Fair, May 16th at School Street Elementary School. From left to right are Stevie Eschrich 10, Jolynne Weaver 11, and Jordan DeFilippo 11.
Thursday May 12: Total Pollen Count: 7837 Season: Tree Predominant Pollen: Birch-Ash-Maple Pollen Level:Very High Mold Level: Low Fri./Sat./Sun. May 13-14-15: Total 3-day Pollen Count: 708 Average Count Per Day: 236 Season: Tree Predominant Pollen: Birch-Ash-OakMaple-Beech Pollen Level: High Mold Level: Low Monday May 16: Total Pollen Count: 225 Season: Tree Predominant Pollen: Birch-Ash-Oak Pollen Level: High Mold Level: Low
THE BRADFORD AREA 5-DAY WEATHER FORECAST Thursday, May 19: Cloudy with scattered showers today. High of 67°. Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy tonight with a chance of showers. Low of 48°.
Friday, May 20: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers today. High of 68°. Friday Night: Mostly cloudy witha chance of showers. Low of 49°.
Saturday, May 21: Partly sunny today with a high of 71°. Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy tonight with an overnight low of 51°.
Sunday, May 22: Partly sunny and nice today with a high of 73°. Sunday Night: Cloudy tonight with an overnight low of 49°.
Monday, May 23: Partly cloudy and pleasant today with a high of 75°. Monday Night:
Mostly clear tonight with an overnight low of 51°.
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COMMENTS AND OPINIONS 5 ¢ENTS WORTH
by Grant Nichols
Best Books Around
-by Vince Vicere
We visited two events to garner most of the photos for this issue of the Bradford Journal. The first was that of the graduation party for Nora Bottorf, celebrating her recent educational accomplishments at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. This event was held at the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) Club where birthday boy Darrell Bigley was also present for a picture to commemorate his aging process. The second event was that of the book fair at one of the local schools where new books were selling for the unbelievable discount of buy one and get one free. The remainder of the photos were taken during third grade lunchtime in the cafeteria at School Street Elementary School…….. One of the local teachers approached us on the street this week and asked us to set the record straight about where our Federal deficits are coming from. While many people believe it’s union collective bargaining that’s somehow responsible for our present problems, the real culprits are to be found elsewhere The following, according to statistics provided by the Congressional Budget is a list of components that have impacted most, if not all of our present federal deficit: Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Bush-era tax cuts, Recovery measures, TARP, Fannie, and Freddie, and the economic downturn. Those who would blame the American unions, for our present national economic travail should be ashamed of themselves. If the truth were told (which it usually isn’t by politicians and corporations that feed our media) our unions are actually the singular organizations that can be identified as having promoted the “Good Life” with living wage jobs for our working middle class for the last eighty years……. Last week in the May 5th edition of the Bradford Journal we brought our readers the beginning of an article that discusses national language, its concepts and how it determines where we’re heading. This week we will continue that article—“The tactic of speaking in two languages is as old as empire itself. The ancient Greeks and Romans did it. So did the Spanish conquistadors, the Ottomans, the French and later the British. Those who inhabit exploited zones on the peripheries of empire see and hear the truth. But the cries of those who are exploited are ignored or demonized. The rage they express does not resonate with those trapped in self-delusion, those who continue to trust in the ultimate goodness of empire. This is the truth articulated in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and E.M Forster’s A Passage to India.” (To be continued next week)
The Real Tragedy Of Social Security One continues to listen to the message from the right wing of the Republican party that Social Security and Medicare are going broke. First the greedy Wall Street types wanted to privatize Social Securitywhich failed. Now their theme is to do away with it all together. What the politicians won’t tell you and what the news journalists don’t want to broach is that LBJ went to Congress to conjoin the Social Security Fund with the General Fund. He needed money to fund his “Great Society” programs, and while this move failed, his attempt at using people’s trust funds for new programs opened the flood gates to the greed of a continuing list of those who wanted the resources. News journalists like to repeat the utterances of the political right that the U.S. government borrows $.41 for each dollar spent and that we now owe China $888 billion dollars. What is not mentioned is that $2 Trillion has been borrowed from the trust fund since 1984 by Reagan and the Bushes. (Clinton balanced the budget and kept his fingers out of the fund.) Yes, the party that cut taxes and spent this nation to near bankruptcy went to the fund to pay for their wars, bailouts, and tax cuts for the super rich. And the $2 Trillion that they took from the S.S. Trust fund would have made it very viable for years to come. This is not the story the media paints for the American people. This is what they tell us: “Now the Republican party is in the process of rebirth, once more. A large and growing number are beginning to talk about fiscal responsibility. They want to reduce the national debt by reducing social programs such as Medicare, and Social Security, and by changing contract law- destroying unions. The irony is that even though the Elephants have been plundering the people’s trust funds for a long time, now that the funds are almost depleted, they still want to continue their efforts at supporting rich and powerful corporations and super rich individuals. But this time around they want to place the burden more directly on the backs of Main Street and the middle class workers. Perhaps the schools of journalism should worry a little less about punctuation, spelling and grammar, and a little more about their ethics (or their souls) in being mouth pieces for the rich and powerful. Jefferson would roll over in his grave.
Bradford Journal Photo From left to right in the School Street Elementary School library during the Book Fair, May 16th we see Quinn Geist, Tyler Benner, and Carter Hewitt, all 11-yearsold. They are 5th grade students from Miss Gustafson’s classroom who tell us the selection was great, and the books offered were cool, sweet, and phenomenal.
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OBITUARIES William Keenan Limestone, William F. Keenan, 84, of 393 Lang Maid Lane, passed away Sunday (May 8, 2011) at the Bradford E c u m e n i c a l Home. Born Dec. 26, 1926, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Richard L. and Jane Forde Keenan. On May 22, 1954, in St. Bernard Church, he married Shirlie A. Minich Keenan, who survives. Mr. Keenan worked as a laborer for the Laborer’s Union Local 836 for Bob Denning and Carl E. Swanson and Sons. He retired March 1, 1987. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Sue Ellen Langianese of Bradford and Sharon Keenan of Bradenton, Fla.; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Burial was in
NY Nelson Russell Cemetery. Nelson Alvin Russell, 87, of June Close Bradford, died June Roberts Wednesday (May Close passed away 10, 2011) in Sunday (May 8, Bradford Regional 2011) at the Brad- Medical Center, ford Ecumenical Bradford. Home. He was born Jan. Born June 17, 25, 1924, in Coud1922, in Salamanca, ersport, a son of N.Y., she was the Albert and Flora daughter of Maude Quimby Russell. Roberts Matthews On Feb. 10, 1951, and Frank Roberts. he married Norma She was the cher- June Austin, who ished stepdaughter survives. of Ernest “Shorty” He worked as a Matthews and bookkeeper for The worked for years Bradford Era for 54 with him in his Red years. and White grocery In addition to his store. wife, he is survived She is survived by one daughby two children, ter, Robin (Don) David Close of Coman of AnnapoBradford and Penny lis, Md.; two sons, Close Filler of Vero Barry (Olga) RusBeach, Fla.; three sell of Churchton, Grandsons ; one Md., and Gary Rusgranddaughter; and sell of Smethport; four greatgrand- one brother, Robert children. (Virginia) Russell Burial was in of Port Allegany; Limestone, NY and six grandchilCemetery. dren. Burial was in
Fairmont Cemetery, Andrew Farmers Valley. Sloter Jr. Andrew T. Bernard White “Andy” Sloter Jr., Bernard D. 72, of 40 Williams White, 94, of Brad- St., passed away ford and former- Thursday (May ly of Jamestown, 12th, 2011) at the N.Y., passed away Bradford Regional on Monday (May 9, Medical Center. 2011) at the BradBorn July 13, ford Ecumenical 1938, in Bradford, Home. he was a son of He was born on the late Andrew T. Dec. 2, 1916, in and Evelyn Bastow Olean, N.Y., a son Sloter Sr. On June of the late Gilbert 28, 1969, in St. and Estella Waltz Bernard Church, he White. On Nov. 29, married Rosemary 1952, he married Platko Sloter, who Elizabeth M. Col- survives. well, who survives. He had been emIn addition to his ployed as a manwife of 58 years, ager at the Clinton he is also survived by one son, David (Gail) White of Bradford; two grandsons; four granddaughters; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Jamestown.
Discount Store in Bradford, then he worked for Forest Oil Co. as a tax accountant, computer operator and programmer from 1969 to 1990. He later worked for the City of Bradford as a refuse biller. In addition to his wife Rosemary, he is survived by two sons, Tim (Jenn) Sloter and Kevin Sloter, all of Bradford; one sister, Angie Armagost of Erie; and several nieces and nephews. Burial was in St. Bernard Cemetery.
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AREA SOCIAL NEWS Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events:
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May 19-20: Bradford Ecumenical Home/Erie Uniform Company Uniform Sale 6am-4pm Bradford Ecumenical Home, 100 St. Francis Drive, Bradford PA Erie Uniform Company will offer on-site sales of uniforms/scrubs for healthcare personnel. Hosted by Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc. For information, contact Vicki Harris at 814-3685648. May 21: Farmer’s Market 8am-12noon Old City Hall Parking Lot, Boylston Street, Bradford, PA. Featuring locally grown produce, preserves, baked goods, herbs, honey, crafts, and more. New vendors welcome! For more information, contact Anita Dolan, Main Street Manager, at 814-598-3865 May 21: Pack the Pantry Benefit Motorcycle Ride Against Hunger Registration 10am, Blessing of Bikes/Riders 11am, Cook-out and Awards 4:30pm . Registration at Masonic Hall, 625 South Ave, Bradford, PA. Approximately 130-mile route ending at The Bradford Salvation Army, 111 Jackson Avenue, Bradford, PA. Rain or shine, ride or drive. $15 per driver/$10 per rider – includes cookout. Please bring a can of food per person to help replenish the food pantry. Proceeds benefit Bradford Salvation Army Food Pantry and Emergency Services. WalkWorks Kickoff 10:30am Sport and Fitness Center, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA. Kickoff will include speakers, giveaways, and a group stretch before the walk. Participants will receive walking log and path maps including points of interest along each path. Groups can compete throughout the summer for group and individual prizes. Sponsored by the Center for Rural Health at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. For more information, contact Claudia Caminite at 814-362-5066 or email@example.com MS Walk 11am registration, 11:30 start McDowell Trail, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA. Route options are 1 mile or 3 mile. Organized by the Bradford MS Support Group. For more information contact the event manager by e-mail at Colleen.Szymczak@nmss.org or call 814-464-2900. May 25: “Interfacing with Special Populations: Autism” 9am-1:30pm Mukaiyama University Room, Frame-Westerberg Commons, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA. Free workshop for educators and health professionals who work with autistic children. Free continental breakfast at 8:30am. Deadline for registration is May 23rd. Co-sponsored by the Center for Rural Health Practice and the Pennsylvania Public Health Training Center. To register, visit: www.paphtc.pitt.edu/training/autism or contact Sherie Wallace at 814-362-5049 or saw46@ pitt.edu
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On Saturday, May 7, the McKean County LiveStock Club met at the SPCA located in Bradford, PA. The members took in some supplies and played with the cats, and looked at the other animals. Afterwards, they talked about doing their care packages for the soldiers, and planting some flowers. The next meeting for the McKean County LiveStock Club is scheduled for May22nd at the Lamphier Cemetery in Eldred at 2 pm.
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Bradford Journal Photo Birthday boy Darrell Bigley and his wife Debi pose for a photo, May 13th at the VFW Club during his 60th Birthday Party. Says Darrell, “This is just another in a long series of happy birthdays. Life has been wonderful to me so far!”
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Senior Year Sticker Shock Parents, if your high-school senior is about to graduate, you have my heart-felt congratulations – and my sympathy. As your checkbook can attest, this has been an expensive year and it’s not over yet. You’re probably still facing senior prom, graduation gifts and many other expenses. For those whose children are juniors, start planning and budgeting now for next year. Here are some expenses you can anticipate: Senior prom can be one of the year’s biggest expenditures. According to a recent national survey conducted by Visa Inc., families expect to spend an average of $807 on prom-related expenses this year. These might include: • New prom dresses often cost $100 to $500 or more. • Another couple hundred for shoes, accessories, flowers and professionally styled hair, nails and make-up. • New tuxedos cost several hundred dollars, not to mention formal shirt, tie, studs and shoes. Even renting them could run over $150. • Figure at least $100 an hour plus tip to rent a limousine for a minimum of four hours. • Prom tickets typically cost $50 to $150 per person, depending on venue, entertainment, meals, etc. • Budget at least $40 for a nice meal. • After-parties can run anywhere from a few bucks at the bowling alley to hundreds for group hotel suites. Prom is only one component of the senior-year experience. Talk to recent graduates and their parents about expenses they faced and their lessons learned. Decide early on which expenses are essential and which ones you can do without. For example, if your child is college bound, entrance exams, study guides and tutoring are important, but can quickly add up: • The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) costs $47 each time it’s taken, plus an additional $10 to $21 per individual subject test. • American College Testing (ACT) costs $33, plus another $15 for the writing test. • A comprehensive online SAT review course from the Princeton Review will set you back $599. • Personalized individual and small group tutoring sessions can cost thousands of dollars. Other common senior year expenses include: • College application fees – often $40 to $80 per institution. • For site visits at schools outside the area, costs can vary widely. Don’t forget
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airfare, gas, lodging, meals, local transportation, etc. • Senior portraits and prints often cost hundreds of dollars. • Graduation announcements, thank-you notes and postage – could be $100-plus. • Senior class dues. • Yearbooks can run $35 to $85, plus additional fees if you take out a congratulatory ad. • Class rings – different styles often run $100 to $500 or more. • Cap and gown – usually $25 to $50. • Graduation gift and party – it’s up to you to manage expectations. You want to ensure your child has a memorable senior year, but not at the ex-
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pense of your overall budget. Before the school year begins, create a senior-year budget and get your kid involved in the tough decisions, prioritizing expenses from vital to non-essential. Learning the importance of setting and sticking to a budget is a valuable life lesson for your kids. If you need help making a budget, numerous online tools are available online at sites such as the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission’s MyMoney. gov (www.mymoney.gov), the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (www. nfcc.org) and Practical Money Skills for Life (www.practicalmoneyskills.com), a free personal financial management program run by Visa Inc.
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Bradford Journal Photo Brianna Barger 9 from Mrs. Peterson’s 3rd Grade Classroom is seen in the School Street Elementary School library, May 16th, selecting a book from the stacks. The book she finds to her liking is one entitled Hooray For Father’s Day.
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Grilled Salmon Over Lentil Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette
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Tuna Stir-Fry Over Whole-Wheat Vermicelli
Carla Hall, finalist on “Top Chef” Seasons 5 and 8, shows how “ticky-boo” it is to cook with fish in her “Go Fish with Canola Oil” recipe and video collection at www.CanolaInfo.org. Here she shows off her Tuna Stir-Fry Over Whole-Wheat Vermicelli.
Yield: 6 servings Serving size: 1 cup 12 ounces tuna steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 teaspoons canola oil Canola oil cooking spray 1 garlic clove, smashed 2 pieces ginger, cut into 1/4-inch rounds 1 large carrot, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1-inch diagonal pieces 8 to 12 spears asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces 8 ounces shiitake mushroom, stems discarded and tops cut into 1/4-inch strips 1 cup frozen edamame beans, thawed Stir-Fry Sauce 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon ginger, grated 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 tablespoon water Pasta 1 pound whole wheat vermicelli, cooked according to box instructions In medium bowl, toss tuna with canola oil (this ensures perfectly seared tuna). Set aside. Heat wok or skillet to medium-high to high heat. Spray canola oil cooking spray to coat pan; add smashed garlic and ginger pieces to flavor oil. After 20 seconds, add carrots. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then add asparagus. Spray more canola oil if necessary to keep vegetables from sticking. Cook for additional 2 minutes or until asparagus is bright green and carrots are tender. Remove vegetables from pan and set aside on flat plate. Spray pan with canola oil cooking spray or oil. Add mushroom pieces. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until browned. Remove from pan. Reheat pan to medium-high to high heat. Add tuna in 2 to 3 batches without crowding pan. Gently move tuna around with spatula. Sear tuna until just cooked. Remove and set aside. Return carrots, asparagus and mushroom to wok or skillet. Add edamame and tuna. Make a well in center and pour stir-fry sauce in middle. Coat vegetables with sauce and quickly bring to a boil. Serve tuna-vegetable mix over hot vermicelli. Nutritional Analysis per Serving: Calories, 440; Total Fat, 6 g; Saturated Fat, 0 g; Cholesterol, 35 mg; Sodium, 310 mg; Carbohydrates, 65 g; Fiber, 9 g; Protein, 32 g
Yield: 4 servings Serving size: 1 fillet 4 salmon fillets (4 ounce portions), skin removed Marinade 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons canola oil 2 sprigs fresh tarragon, pulled and roughly chopped 1 clove garlic, minced Lentil Salad 1 cup dry brown or green lentils, rinsed (use 1 1/2 cups canned black bean or small red beans, rinsed, as quick alternative) 1 bay leaf 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed 1 rosemary sprig 1 medium carrot, finely diced 1 celery stalk, finely diced 1/4 cup red onion, very finely diced 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon Walnut Vinaigrette 2 tablespoons red onion, minced 2 cloves garlic 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1/4 cup rice or champagne vinegar 1/2 cup canola oil 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped 1/4 teaspoon pepper Garnish Lemon wedges In medium bowl, combine mustard, canola oil, tarragon and garlic for marinade. Place salmon in marinade and gently toss until thoroughly coated. Place fish in resealable bag in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Heat grill to 375°F, when it’s too hot to hold hand above coals for more than 5 seconds. In 5-quart pot, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add lentils, garlic cloves and rosemary sprig. Cook lentils until just tender, about 30 minutes. Strain in colander. In plastic bowl or cup with fitted lid, combine red onion, garlic, mustard, vinegar, canola oil, walnuts and pepper. Shake until thoroughly mixed and emulsified. Season with pepper. In large bowl, toss lentils, carrots, celery and red onions together. Stir in enough vinaigrette, about 1/4 cup, to coat lentil mixture, and store rest in refrigerator for up to one week. Toss in fresh parsley and tarragon. Spray grill rack lightly and cautiously with canola oil cooking spray, then carefully place salmon fillets on hot grill 2 inches apart. Cook on each side 3 to 4 minutes at diagonal angle to grill rack for professional-looking grill marks. Remove salmon from grill and serve over lentil salad. Garnish with lemon wedges, if desired. Nutritional Analysis per Serving: Calories, 420; Total Fat, 17 g; Saturated Fat, 1 g; Cholesterol, 60 mg; Sodium, 230 mg; Carbohydrates, 33 g; Fiber, 8 g; Protein, 34 g
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Treasure The Joy Of A Healthy Baby (NAPSI)—For parents, every day can promise new joys to treasure. That’s the message behind the new campaign Treasuring Everyday Joy™ with Johnson’s®, designed to encourage parents to pause, reflect and promise to celebrate the everyday joy a baby brings to a parent’s life-and to pay it forward. There are so many joyful moments in a day for parents. For some families, the time to savor the joy of parenting is during a calm, evening bedtime story, while for others it may be during playful bath time or when enjoying a family walk in the park. Ultimately, some of the most notable joys include milestones such as the first laugh, the first words or the first steps. There are several ways to celebrate these moments: • scrapbooks • baby books • blogs • Facebook. As part of the Treasuring Everyday Joy with Johnson’s campaign, parents can promise to savor these joyful moments with a “like” at facebook.com/johnsonsbaby. With each online promise, Johnson’s brand will donate $1 to the March of Dimes-the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health-helping all families
treasure the joy of a healthy baby. Additionally, as part of the campaign, the Johnson’s brand crossed the country from coast to coast, visiting one family in each state to discuss and capture their most treasured everyday joyful moments of parenthood. These 50 families are highlighted on the brand’s Facebook page and five of those families have appeared in a related documentary on WE tv.
A series of photo contests will take place on the Johnson’s Facebook page, with monthly winners receiving a variety of prizes, such as a video camera or gift card. At the end of the year, all the monthly winners will be eligible to win the grand prize, a $25,000 college scholarship. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/johnsonsbaby or www.johnsonsbaby.com
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ON THE HEALTHY SIDE Colonoscopy: Clarifying Misperceptions About A Potentially Lifesaving Procedure (NAPSI)—Colon cancer is the secondleading cause of cancer death in the United States, behind lung cancer, and 80 to 90 million Americans are considered at risk. The American Cancer Society recommends that people begin receiving colon cancer screenings at age 50, or earlier if they have certain risk factors, yet a recent survey conducted by the Colon Cancer Alliance found that seven out of 10 people age 50 years or older who have been recommended to be screened, still have not had a colonoscopy, primarily due to fears. “This year alone, colon cancer will be responsible for about 49,380 deaths and about 141,210 Americans will be diagnosed, yet many are reluctant to undergo screening by colonoscopy,” said Andrew Spiegel, CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance. “Colon cancer is highly treatable when detected early, and our most significant barrier in having patients screened is to help them overcome their fear of colonoscopy.” For patients, learning that they need a colonoscopy can be scary, and preparing for it may seem like a tough task. To help educate patients and help them better understand the colonoscopy procedure, Salix Pharmaceuticals, in partnership with the Colon Cancer Alliance, has developed an easy-to-read, free resource. “Colonoscopy For Dummies®” puts into simple terms what to expect when preparing for and undergoing a colonoscopy. The guide is designed to help patients address misperceptions about the procedure, provide tips on how to discuss colonoscopy with your doctor, and answer the most common and some not-so-common questions including: • How long will the procedure last? • Do I have to take a colonoscopy preparation? • How much does it cost and will my insurance cover it? • Can I wear makeup when I go for a colonoscopy? “Many patients experience fear, anxiety or concern when told by their physician that they need a colonoscopy,” said Dr. Carol Burke, director of the Center for Colon Polyp and Cancer Prevention, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Cleveland Clinic, and technical editor of “Colonoscopy For Dummies®.” “The more we can educate patients on the benefits of colonoscopy, the better we can help address common misperceptions, and hopefully more patients will have the procedure as a result.” “Colonoscopy For Dummies®” is available for free download at www. ColonoscopyForDummies.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Colonos-
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AICR HealthTalk Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN
American Institute for Cancer Research
Q: Why do I hear some people making a big deal about how you breathe during exercise like walking or biking? Does it really make a difference? A: Yes, how you are breathing during aerobic exercise can affect your heart rate and thus your performance and endurance. Many adults have developed a shallow breathing pattern.This limits how much oxygen you can take in, cutting short your ability to continue when you could otherwise go longer or faster. Erratic breathing when exercising can lead you to hyperventilate or get dizzy. Instead, as you walk, try to inhale for two steps, then hold the air in for two steps, and then exhale for two steps. Alternatively, some experts advise inhaling a full three steps to get oxygen deep into all your muscles. Either way, focus on full, strong inhales and full, complete exhales. This attention to breathing can seem awkward at first, but you will notice that your heart won’t start pounding as easily because you are able to get more oxygen into your body and push out the carbon dioxide waste. You may also find that with a focus on breathing, your walk turns into a more meditative, calming activity as a side benefit. Eventually this will seem less awkward and will become second nature. The most important thing is simply to keep breathing. People often assume that they are automatically breathing when they are actually holding their breath. Take a moment to focus on your breathing during your next walk or during strenuous activities such as climbing the stairs. You may be surprised to find that you are actually holding your breath. And you may be just as surprised to see how much more you can do when you are breathing in a way that gets your body the oxygen it needs. Q: If I switch to sugar-free cookies and candy, will it help me lose weight? A: Switching the type of cookies and candies you get will probably lead to little if any weight loss.These products almost always use at least partly a sweetener known as a sugar alcohol, such as maltitol.These sugar alcohols provide about half the calories of sugar; still a significant amount in sweets. Besides, most sugar-free sweets contain significant calories from fat and refined grains. For example, a 1.5 ounce bar of Godiva dark chocolate provides 230 calories in its regular form, and 210 calories in its sugar-free version. Yes, small amounts of calorie savings throughout the day do add up to produce weight loss, but the question you need to answer is how often you have room for treats with 200 or more calories; if it’s not often, then the difference in calories will not amount to much. Here’s another example: one sugar-free Oreo cookie is 50 calories; one regular Oreo is 60 calories. Sugar-free Oreo label lists 2 cookies per serving (100 calories); Regular Oreos list a 3-cookie serving with 160 calories. The bottom line is that you cut more calories by eat-
ing fewer cookies than you do by choosing sugar-free cookies.You don’t need to cut out all sweets in order to lose weight, so focus on choosing sweets less often and give up on the idea of searching for something you can eat by the box without paying a penalty. When you do have sweets, savor a small portion: that’s the true calorie-saving secret.
Party For Happy Grad
Bradford Journal Photo Left to right are Bill Bottorf, Nan Drohan, and Nora Bottorf during Nora’s surprise graduation party held May 13th at the VFW Club. Family, classmates and friends were all there to congratulate her on her recent accomplishment at the University. Bill, who organized the party, is Nora’s husband while Nan introduces herself as Nora’s “sister”.
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JUST PASSING TIME THEME: “American History” ACROSS: 1. Give this and they take a mile 5. 4 qts. 8. *Original one had six frigates 12. Small, olive-gray bird 14. *Given name of civil rights advocate Wells 15. Fairytale dustsprinkler 16. Sour in taste 17. 1985 Oscar-winning Kurosawa movie 18. Small island 19. *FDR’s response to Great Depression 21. *U.K., France, Russia to U.S. in WWI 23. Salt in Mexico 24. Radio station location 25. Women’s undergarment 28. Bum 30. *Famous doctrine introduced in 1823 was named after him 35. *Cold War enemies, slang 37. Novelty dance of 1960s 39. Middle measurement 40. Relating to the ear 41. Mount _____ in Israel 43. Indian nursemaid
44. It often precedes “havoc” 46. Scat singer Fitzgerald 47. Kamarupan languages 48. Chewy stuff in “Baby Ruth” 50. Cocoyam 52. Short for Leonard 53. Italian automobile manufacturer 55. Proof of identification, pl. 57. *Fort _______, where Civil War began 60. *Cold War armed conflict locale 64. Beatle-_____, 1960s frenzy 65. Ostrich-like bird 67. Liquid excretory product 68.“In the _____ days” 69. Bother persistently 70. Xe 71. Galley slave 72. Public promotions 73. Direct one’s course of way DOWN 1. He was “Terrible”? 2. Bon Jovi hit “Have a ____ day” 3. Captain’s team 4. Shepherds’ flocks 5. “My ____,” song 6. Dental group 7. Hawaiian veranda 8. Not yet final or absolute 9. Wheel shaft
10. Competes 11. Up to present time 13. African sorcery 15. Kind of talk shared by lovers 20. Upward 22. An escapee who’s “on the ___” 24. Renaissance man’s jacket 25. *_____ vs. Board of Education, 1954 26. Like poodle skirt today, e.g. 27. Farewell in Paris 29. Slope or hillside 31. Indian flatbread 32. Saudi Arabian money 33. Tributary of Missouri River 34. *_____ Allen, key founder of Vermont 36. Heroin, slang 38. *49ers quest 42. Halves of diameters 45. Sultan’s cloak 49. Loose it on casual Friday 51. Folie _ ____ or shared psychosis 54. NBA venue 56. Spread by scattering 57. *The Louisiana Purchase transaction 58. Backward arrow command 59. Dignified manner 60. Rock cavities (Crossword Solution on page 15) 61. Number of judges 62. In a little while, old- 63. “Cobbler, cobbler, 64. Janitor’s tool on Supreme Court fashioned ____ my shoe” 66. Insane
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CHRONOLOGICAL LISTINGS Engagements, Marriages, Births & Deaths
FROWNFELTER/ MICHEL Art and Anne Frownfelter of Lewis Run are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Frownfelter, to Christopher Michel of Wilson, N.Y., son of Barbara and Lou Michel, also of Wilson. MENDELL/ZEHER Laura Joanne Mendell, daughter of Allan and Cindy Mendell of Great Valley, N.Y., and Jason Louis Zeher, son of William and Diane Zeher of Bradford, have announced their plan to wed on June 4th.
MARRIAGES: (None) BIRTHS: MAY 7, 2011: Son, to Kimber Bartlett, Salamanca, NY. Daughter, to Justin Darrow and Andrea Peck, Olean, NY. MAY 8, 2011: Son, to Matthew and Lora Koch Prey, Kill Buck, NY. MAY 9, 2011: Son, to Jenifer Crum and Eric Jennings, Bradford, PA. Daughter, to Tammy Allen and Craig Carlson, Kane, PA. Son, to Vivienne Cline and Michael Rucker, Salamanca, NY.
MAY 10, 2011: Daughter, to Stephanie Shaul and Frank Haskins, Salamanca, NY. Daughter, to Amy Sebastian and Stephan Gonska, Olean, NY. Son, to Amanda Washington, Olean, NY. MAY 11, 2011: Daughter, to Sara and Corey McCabe, Johnsonburg, PA. Daughter, to William and Heather Lindell Early, Salamanca, NY. MAY 12, 2011: Daughter, to Tammy Orner and Daniel Marshall, Emporium, PA. Son, to Kristin Applebee Phillips and
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ARIES - (Mar. 21 - Apr. 19) Your financial situation can take a big positive step forwards, but also the temptation to spend any new found rewards can increase too. TAURUS - (Apr. 20 - May 20) There is nothing to hold you back now, you really are on a mission and the universe is there to support you. But you must have the confidence of your convictions. GEMINI - (May 21 - June 20) At first you may be out on the tiles every night, but from this point it is time to recharge those batteries and reflect on what you want over the coming months. CANCER - (June 21 - July 22) There can be a surge in applications for the post of your friend. In fact, you might find it hard to get five minutes to yourself. LEO - (July 23, - Aug. 22) If you are attending an interview, you can wow, as long as you don’t expect to get everything on your own terms for Mars can have a tendency to make you over confident. Check this. VIRGO - (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) If you can, take some time off this week Virgo. A change really can be as good as a rest, and even small changes to your routine can be beneficial. LIBRA - (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) This week sees a massive change in the heavens, but one which can be entirely positive when long term financial hopes and business aspirations can take a major step forwards. SCORPIO - (Oct. 23, - Nov. 21) Your job and health are uppermost in your mind. You have plenty of energy for work and play. Don’t overdo it if you decide to start a new exercise routine. SAGITTARIUS - (Nov. 22 - Dec. 2 Do you know, it can be great fun getting in better shape and you can meet some new friends along the way.You may also socialize more with people from work. CAPRICORN - (Dec. 21 - Jan. 19) Accept every invitation, and enjoy yourself. If you have children, their success and activities can also be heartwarming for you. AQUARIUS - (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) Your immediate environment becomes a lot more important to you and there can also be a happy family gathering. Being with those that truly matter can lift your heart. PISCES - (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20) You win some you lose some, at least that’s the way it seems as far as your finances are concerned. You may be earning more, spending more and thinking a lot more about all aspects of your financial situation.
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Bradford Journal Photo During the School Street Elementary School Book Fair, May 16th, fifth grade students from Miss. Gustafson’s classroom, Anthony Davis 11, on the left, and Alex Barton 11 on the right display World Series Showdown, one of the many titles for sale there.
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Q: What is the only species of bear found in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? A: Black Bear.
Bradford Journal Photo Third grade students from Mrs. Peterson’s classroom get set for some lunch at School Street Elementary School, May 16th. Left to right are Karlie Deming 9, Arianna Piller 9, and Haley Chiodo 9. They’re heading to a table.
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SENIOR INFORMATION PAGE Maximizing Your Nest Egg And Making It Last (NAPSI)—There’s good news for many whose retirement savings have been hurt by continued market volatility. You can create an investment strategy with an income annuity that works like your own “personal pension.” One payment provides you a steady stream of income for life, guaranteeing income in retirement no matter what the market does. Income annuities benefit from an insurer’s pooling of risks with other annuitants to allow you to maximize what’s left of your nest egg and ensure your savings last a lifetime. An academic study, “Investing Your Lump Sum at Retirement,” conducted by two professors from Wharton business School and Brigham Young University and sponsored by New York Life, showed that by using income annuities, consumers generated retirement income for 25 to 40 percent less money than it would cost to create an equally secure lifetime income stream using a traditional portfolio of stocks, bonds and cash. In other words, a $300,000 portfolio can still provide lifetime income equal to what a $500,000 portfolio of stocks, bonds and cash would have generated before the markets dropped. Some companies offer income annuity features such as inflation protection, which allows you to increase your income each year by a fixed percentage as a hedge against inflation, or that give you the option to benefit if interest rates rise over the next five years.
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(NAPSI)—There’s helpful news for those with type 2 diabetes. A new initiative has been launched to support those who have just been diagnosed with the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 26 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States. It’s estimated more than 5,200 cases are diagnosed each day. Out of that number, nearly 95 percent have type 2 diabetes. If left uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to serious complications including heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, amputation and even death. Help for the Newly Diagnosed Beth Mayer-Davis, MSPH, Ph.D., RD, President, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes Association, says that the goal of the Association’s new initiative—called Living with Type 2 Diabetes—is to provide newly diagnosed patients with the right information and tools at the right time to help them manage their disease and improve their lives. Said Mayer-Davis, “The good news we want to share is that diabetes can be controlled with proper management so people can go on to live full and active lives.” Booklet and Support The program has two parts: • The first is a free booklet. When a patient is diagnosed by his or her primary care provider, participating health care professionals will distribute the free informational booklet “Where Do I Begin? Living With Type 2 Diabetes,” which is available in English or Spanish. Said Mayer-Davis, “In order not to overwhelm the new patients, the booklet will provide a basic introduction about living with type 2 diabetes. People will have the opportunity to receive more-detailed information and tools throughout the year to help them manage their disease and improve healthy behaviors.” • The second part of the initiative is a free, 12-month program. It’s designed to provide lifestyle education and offer guidance and support to help people learn how to manage and live well with diabetes. Topics include food and nutrition, stress and emotions, physical activity and complications. Participants will have access to recipes and other tools. How to Participate To enroll in the program, visit www.diabetes.org/living or call (800) DIABETES. Participants in the program can choose to receive information online or through the mail.
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Be In The Swim With Safety (NAPSI)—For many families, backyard fun in the sun involves the swimming pool. Experts recommend setting the stage for swimming safety before a single bathing suit ever gets wet. “Swimming pool safety should be on the minds of every parent,” said Emily Piercefield with the Healthy Swimming Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Reinforcing safe swimming practices with kids is the best way to make them second nature— like wearing seat belts.” Here are some simple poolside health and safety tips: • Keep Swimmer’s Ear at Bay—To ward off swimmer’s ear, only swim in properly maintained pools, keep ears as dry as possible with a bathing cap or earplugs, and dry ears thoroughly with a towel after swimming. • Check for Healthy/Safe Water Levels— Swimming pools can be unhealthy if pool water is contaminated. The CDC recommends testing your pool’s water. Products such as AquaChek Pool and Spa Test Strips can be used to test pool water at least three times a week for active sanitizer (chlorine, bromine, other), pH, total alkalinity and other water conditions if the pool is not being used. If use of the pool increases, test more often. Simply dip a test strip into your pool or spa, then compare it to the color chart on the product’s label. You’ll know immediately how safe and clean your pool wa-
ter is and what chemical adjustments are needed to ensure continued cleanliness. Public pool users can also pack water test strips in their pool bag to check that the water is safe for swimming. • Keep Poolside Areas Clutter-Free—To prevent accidents such as slipping and falling into or around pools, make it a point to pack up pool toys and supplies that are not in use. • Put Up Protective Barriers—Learn what types of enclosures, such as self-latching
fences or gates, should be used to keep kids from entering your pool while unattended. • Set Pool Parameters—Establish guidelines for kids and visitors. Talk to kids about swimming only when an adult is present and never going to the bathroom while in a pool. Make sure all pool patrons understand the dangers of running, jumping and diving into and around pools. Visit healthypool.info for more information on swimming safety.
Great Gadgets Make Pleasing Presents (NAPSI)—The next time you need a gift for someone who’s hard to shop for, this list of cool toys and tools may be inspirational: • Do you know someone who still has a stockpile of cassette tapes, videotapes or even reel-to-reels lying around? You can bring him into this century with an Ion U-Record USB Music Archive System. This gift of modern computer technology can convert old-school audio files to MP3 files, which can be saved on a disk or directly on iTunes. • If weird science is her thing, she’ll probably appreciate the Transforming Solar Robot or Electro Plasma Lamp, which combines a lava lamp with a plasma ball radiating lightning arcs that you can follow with your hand for static electricity− induced, hair-raising fun. • Is he a sci-fi or fantasy fan? If so, he’ll likely love the Wizard’s Wand Universal Remote that brings out the inner Merlin in anyone. Control any home entertainment systems with a flick of the wrist and a point of the wand. • Do you have a dog walker on your gift list? Consider the ever-popular Poop
tled to use the title Laird or Lady. • To let you really sock it to friends and family, there are “Super Hero Socks.” While they don’t actually impart superpowers, they can make anyone feel super as you tell him he’s your hero. Learn More: To learn more about these and thousands more gift ideas, you can visit www.x-tremegeek.com or call (800) 480-4335. Freeze. It can make those nightly walks with Fido a bit more enjoyable. The spray quickly hardens doggie droppings, making for a much less messy pick- up. It’s safe to use outside and in and it’s environmentally friendly. • Big news for people who need to read small print: A handheld electronic magnifier that’s small enough to fit in a pocket or purse but powerful enough to magnify print 11 times its original size can come in handy for anyone who needs to read fine print, pill bottles, instruction books and restaurant menus. • For the aristocrats you know, there’s the Laird & Lady gift set. It gives the recipient a genuine piece of land in the grounds of Dunans Castle in the Scottish Highlandsand Scottish landowners are legally enti-
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From The Ground Up: Mastering The Stages Of Flooring (NAPSI)—The best-laid floors start with a plan-and the most effective flooring plans require asking yourself a few questions: 1. What look are you going for? What’s your style and how do the latest flooring trends fit into that style? Is your home’s decor casual, formal, exotic? Do you want a luxurious traditional look? You may be able to achieve a luxurious look for less with affordably priced flooring products. For example, laminate is no longer the only wannabe flooring product out there. Many of the replica floors debuting this season look so close to the real thing, you may have to get on your hands and knees to determine authenticity. Let your imagination run wild. If you want to go glam, consider gold leaf marble tiles. If you want to go green, there’s renewable bamboo and cork flooring in dynamic textures and brilliant hues, including pinks, greens, blues and even purples. To determine what’s right for you, use helpful resources such as WFCA.org, the site created by the World Floor Covering Association. The new site showcases an ever-changing lineup of content including design articles and advice from Annette Callari, A.S.I.D., the latest in floor trends, as well as consumer-relevant industry updates. It also features a cutting-edge interactive design tool, Virtual Designer by EcoColor, that allows visitors to view hundreds of different floor styles in rooms that resemble their own. The tool allows visitors to match grout color, lay down an area rug over their newly designed floor, and change cabinets and wall and ceiling colors from a selection of Benjamin Moore Paints. 2. What will the room be used for? Carpeting may be just the thing in a bedroom or guest room, but will it remain pristine in the playroom? Highly trafficked areas or rooms-such as the kitchen or bathroom-where the floor is exposed to spills and must be cleaned often, may be better suited to ceramic or porcelain. Another option for kitchens and bathrooms is resilient vinyl flooring. Easy to keep clean, it’s durable, water resistant and doesn’t fade, stain or dent. Since resilient vinyl flooring comes in sheets, planks and tiles (VCT, or Vinyl Composition Tiles), there’s lots of room for self-expression. Resilient vinyl floors are flexible and soft to walk on-and, like carpet, can go on a subfloor that isn’t perfectly level. 3. What flooring materials are available? Learning more about available flooring products may offer a surprising selection. For example, tigerwood-look bamboo offers eye-catching contrasting shades by combining both natural and carbonized
strand bamboo. A popular trend these days is international woods. You can find them in their authentic format as well as look-alike products such as ipe, wenge, merbau and teak. 4. What’s your budget? Figure out how much you can spend. Are you planning on doing the labor or do you want someone to install the flooring for you? If you decide to hire a professional installer, get more than one estimate before finalizing your budget. Ask for referrals. Factor in the cost of floor preparation, furniture removal and replacement. You may be able to use an online calculator to arrive at a working estimate. 5. What’s the best way to clean your new flooring? Before you invest in new flooring, ask about the best way to clean it.
6. How green can you go? There are many renewable and recycled materials you can use for flooring. Besides bamboo and cork, a new greener alternative-that also offers cost savings-is thinner hardwood flooring, which uses up less of the tree and can lower the cost of the floor by about 20 percent. For the well-worn look, woods are being sourced from old barns, sheds and mills, where it has been naturally weathered over decades and even centuries. 7. Is my flooring installation DIY or should I hire a professional? You can find answers to all these questions and learn how to master all the stages of flooring at www.wfca.org The WFCA is the floor covering industry’s largest advocacy organization representing specialty floor covering retailers, cleaners, installers, manufacturers and distributors around the globe.
Ease Pet Anxiety (NAPSI)—Pet parents may be pleased to learn that there are simple ways to keep their furry and feathered friends from feeling anxious in summer. The problem is, many of the things people look forward to—vacation trips, fireworks displays, even watching a thunderstorm from the safety of a cozy room— can make pets very nervous. Fortunately, you can protect your anxious animal—and reduce the risk of destructive and aggressive behavior—with a natural remedy, suggests Dr. Margo Roman, DVM. One hundred percent natural Rescue Remedy Pet can help relieve anxiety in all different types of pets including Whole Foods and select natural products dogs, cats, birds, horses and even rabbits. and pet retail locations. It’s also available You can find Rescue Remedy Pet at online at www.rescueremedy.com/pets
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The All-American Award-Winning Daylily: Lovely And Low Maintenance (NAPSI)—Several gardening trends are expected to flourish this summer. Experts predict that small- space gardening, container vertical gardening and gardens with low-maintenance flowers will thrive. One low-maintenance but AllAmerican award-winning star suited to any size garden is the lovely daylily. There are so many to choose from. More than 60,000 daylilies are registered and bred in at least 25 states by hundreds of individual hybridizers. Many of the best daylilies compete for the title of All-American Daylily awarded by the All-American Daylily Selection Council (AADSC). AADSC began its test program in 1985 and awarded its first All-American title in 1994 to Black Eyed Stella, known for its landscape performance as a nearly continuous bloomer. The title is not just an award granted to the prettiest cultivar, but rather given only to those daylily varieties that have demonstrated superior performance in dozens of criteria across at least five USDA hardiness zones. Daylilies are tested for at least two years with finalists grown for another three to five years in open field conditions before being selected as a winner. There are now 19 award-winning AllAmerican Daylily varieties that have been selected for their scientifically proven, superior performance nationwide. Here are just a few of the winners: • This year, a new daylily has earned the
distinction of being named an All-American Daylily. The recent winner, Lady Elizabeth (Hemerocallis Lady Elizabeth), features sparkling diamond-dusted white blooms. For decades, near-white to white daylilies have been considered weak novelties best grown by collectors, but this new flower has defied these stereotypes by delivering dependable performance and a hearty display of blooms throughout the growing season. A winner in exhibition category, rustresistant Lady Elizabeth blooms 30 to 110 days per year in USDA zones 4 through 10 and adds a stunning highlight to any landscape. The flower’s sun-resistant 5- to 51?2inch diameter blooms appear in early to mid-season on 18- to 24-inch scapes and continue blooming for five to six weeks, repeating again late in the season. Dense, bright green foliage provides a graceful pedestal below the flower display. • In 2009, Dream Souffle was the first double bloom to win the award. The fluffy double-petaled blooms are a pastel rosypink blended with cream and flushed with yellow in the center. • In 2006, the award winner was Buttered Popcorn, a large buttery-gold bloom on sturdy 28- to 33-inch scapes. The golden beauty boasts nearly continuous blooming. • In 2004, Lady Lucille was honored for
its large showy bloom that starts off just as most other daylilies are winding down, with clusters of flashy 5- to 6-inch blooms that go from summer to fall. • In 2002, Bitsy, one of the longest-blooming varieties, won for its petite personality and powerful performance. • In 1998, Lullaby Baby and Starstruck were honored for their exquisite beauty and balance in the exhibition category. For more information, visit: www.AllAmericanDaylilies.com or find them on Facebook at All-American Daylilies.
Three Tips For Getting The Best Sound Quality From Your Digital Music Files (NAPSI)—If you’re like most people, you love downloading music in a digital format so you can take your favorite tunes with you wherever you go, but you hate the poor sound quality you get from digital music. It’s not just your imagination that digital music doesn’t sound as good as a CD. This is because music files must be compressed for easier storage and playback on mobile devices. CDs, with a file size of 1,411.2 kbps (or 1,411,200 bits of information per second), typically deliver over 10 times more fidelity than the same song in one of the most popular digital formats, like MP3, AAC and WMA, at 128 kbps. The act of compressing the audio file, in effect, strips some of the high and low frequencies that actually provide great detail and fidelity to a song, so what you hear sounds washed out and flat. But there are ways to make your digital music sound better. Here are a few tips: 1. Bitrate Size: When choosing an MP3, AAC or WMA format, look for files that deliver music at 192 kbps. That’s a nice compromise between file size and audio quality. Online music retailers, including iTunes, have begun carrying titles at a
higher bitrate already. 2. CD Ripping: The audio experience of a CD ripped at home versus a professional system is substantially different. To optimize the quality when ripping CDs on a home computer, choose either 2x or 4x speed to burn your disc. Burning at the maximum speed can cause instability in the recording, which leads to pops, clicks and gaps in your ripped music. Also, make
sure the CD-ROM drivers are up to date, and use a computer with a powerful CPU, as ripping is a processor-intensive activity. 3. Audio Enhancement Adaptor: Both of the above tips will help; however, you will still experience some audio degradation from the compression process. If you use an iOS device such as an iPad or iPhone, another way to optimize your listening experience is with a simple and sleek add-on device that connects to the bottom of your iPad, iPhone or iPod and restores the audio cues that were buried during the compression process, delivering an incredibly immersive and rich surround sound experience. A great one is the SRS iWOW 3D audio enhancement adaptor and it works with headphones, external speakers and even in the car. The difference is amazing...it’s like going from a B&W television to color. It’s a surefire way to get the most out of your digital music files. For more information, visit: www.srslabs.com/store
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Growing Happiness With Hydrangeas (NAPSI)—Bringing beauty to your home and garden can be simple when you grow hydrangeas. Their big, bushy flowers come in a variety of shades of blue, purple, rose, violet and green. They’re easy to grow, have a long season of bloom— generally late spring to early fall—and are great for mass landscape, border plantings or container plants. The large, eye-catching hydrangea blossoms from Forever & Ever® Plants can also be enjoyed as cut or dried flowers. Hydrangea Facts And Tips To help you create a gorgeous hydrangea garden, here are some hints from the experts at the United States Department of Agriculture: • Don’t be concerned if your pink hydrangea develops blue flowers. As hydrangea flowers age on the plant, they often change colors. • Hydrangeas grow best in moist, welldrained soil. • Most hydrangeas benefit from some shade, though deep shade can greatly reduce flowering. • Established hydrangea plants may bene-
fit from regular pruning. Removing about a third of the oldest stems each year will result in a fuller, healthier plant. • Gardeners may also want to prune to control height or to remove old flower heads. • One of the easiest ways to preserve the flowers is to let them dry almost completely on the plant. Don’t collect them until the flowers have developed a papery feel. On a dry day with low humidity, cut the stems the length you need for your floral arrangements. Strip off all leaves and then find a dry place indoors where the flowers can finish drying. Flowers can be hung upside down while being dried or placed in a vase with or without water. Two Perfect Choices Hydrangeas such as Forever & Ever Pistachio and Peace are new releases for 2012. The Forever & Ever Hydrangea line has been called “almost foolproof” even for the novice gardener. More Information You can learn more about hydrangeas and see all the beautiful varieties available and become a Forever & Ever Fan on Faonline at www.foreverandeverplants.com cebook.
Protect Your Hearing (NAPSI)—“Nearly all noise-induced hearing loss is preventable,” said William Hal Martin, Ph.D., developer of Dangerous Decibels, a proven hearing-protection program now being tested with American Indian youth in the Pacific Northwest. If successful, the program could help preserve identity as well as hearing. “To tribal peoples, hearing is so important,” said William Lambert, Ph.D., associate director of The Center for Healthy Communities Prevention Research Center (PRC) at the Oregon Health & Science University. The PRC is part of a network of 37 academic and community partnerships funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to find health promotion strategies. “In many cultures,” Dr. Lambert noted, “traditions, songs, language and skills are passed from older adults to children through stories and conversation. Losing one’s hearing can mean missing out on these treasured activities.” American Indians are two to four times as likely as Americans in general to report hearing loss, in part due to noise on the job and in leisure activities. About 15 percent (26 million) of Americans aged 20 to 69 have noise-induced hearing loss. Researchers are assessing whether people can learn to prevent hearing loss and avoid the social isolation that can result. From classroom lessons and museumand Web-based learning materials, fourth and fifth grade American Indian students participating in the Dangerous Decibels study learn how sound intensity is meas-
ured on a decibel scale. The students see photographs of healthy and damaged cells in the ear and put earphones on a mannequin that displays the decibel level of music played at different volumes. The kids then host a community event and teach their families about hearing protection. The researchers test the children’s knowledge before and after the program and train teachers to run the program. “By educating people about noise exposure when they are young,” Dr. Lambert said, “hearing loss may be prevented.” Learn more about the PRC Program at www.cdc.gov/prc and Dangerous Decibels at www.dangerousdecibels.org Tips For All Ears • The ears can safely take in busy street
sounds-85 decibels-for eight hours a day. For louder sounds, turn down the volume, walk away or use earmuffs or earplugs. • Try the 80/90 rule with personal music players: Listening at 80 percent maximum volume is safe for 90 minutes. You can listen safely at 60 percent maximum volume all day. • If someone at arm’s length from you listens to music and has to remove an earbud to hear you speak, the music is probably too loud.
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Tips From “The Online Mom” To Keep Kids Safe (NAPSI)—Chances are, if your child isn’t at school or sleeping, he or she is online. According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, American youth ages 8 to 18 spend nearly eight hours a day online. Other studies have shown that 75 percent of children ages 3 and older are using the Internet. While much of this time is likely spent doing harmless activities such as IMing with friends, watching videos on YouTube or posting on Facebook, children may be exposed to inappropriate content, viruses and other risks. In fact, 65 percent of children ages 11 to 16 report having received an inappropriate e-mail, IM or text within the last six months. It’s not practical to keep kids off-line entirely, so it’s important for parents to prepare their children for a digital future. That means developing rules and guidelines that both the parent and child can embrace. Monica Vila, also known as “The Online Mom,” has spent the last 15 years focused on consumer technology and empowering families to make good decisions regarding their use of technology. Vila advises parents to stay in touch with their children, keep communication open and, when necessary, monitor online activity. • Be informed. Find out what your children like to do online, which sites they like to visit and which games they play. Spend time together online. • Start a dialogue. Talk to your child about online safety and be specific about your concerns. Let him know there are safe and unsafe websites, just as there are safe and unsafe places to go in the real world. Install a top-rated suite of parental controls
to protect your home computers and monitor your child’s use. All-in-one solutions, like Kaspersky PURE Total Security, include blocking features to restrict or filter inappropriate content, time-management controls to limit screen time, and tools to monitor your child’s communications. Let your child know when you install parental controls—trust is the foundation of good decision making. • Protect personal information. Teach your
children to respect personal information, both their own and others’. Teach them never to share passwords, phone numbers, addresses or other personal information. • Click smart. Teach your children not to open files or click on links unless they are from a trusted source. Talk about the dangers of malware and how viruses can harm your computer. To learn more, visit: www.pureprotection.com
Landscape Lighting (NAPSI)—Offer a warm welcome, provide safety and security and increase the value of your property with a custom outdoor lighting design. Homeowners spend tens of thousands of dollars on beautiful landscaping, yet only enjoy it during the day. Well-planned landscape lighting can add depth and a sense of luxury to your home. • First, view your home and outdoor areas from the edges of your property. Consult with a landscape lighting expert. • Decide which features to highlight. • Soft, diffused lighting along driveways, walkways and stairs provides safety and security and welcomes guests. • Strategically placed lighting in trees or under the eaves illuminates larger areas. • Properly positioned ground fixtures highlight natural elements, textured walls or favorite statues. • Conceal light sources behind shrubs or flowerbeds, if possible, so you see the effect, not the fixture.
Learn More: View videos and articles, see more than 500,000 unique lighting products from Capitol Lighting, plus get expert advice at: www.1-800Lighting.com/landscape or
call (800) 544-4846. The easy-to-navigate site even has a “Smart Shopper” feature to provide price comparisons from competitors to ensure you receive the best value.
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School Breaks Offer Learning Opportunities (NAPSI)—One of the best times to help your child reach his or her full learning potential may be during school vacation. “Whether your children find schoolwork too challenging or not challenging enough, vacation offers opportunities that parents can use to help them nurture their critical thinking and comprehension skills,” said Dr. Mary Mokris, education specialist at Kumon Math and Reading Centers. She offers the following tips to help parents boost their children’s learning during school breaks: • Expand their horizons. Day trips to zoos and museums offer the opportunity for kids to learn more about the world around them and to discover and cultivate new interests. There’s a museum for every kind of interest-whether it’s trains, planes, art or dinosaurs. • Interact with nature. Take children for a walk in the woods or on a trip to the beach. Point out flora and fauna along the way. Take pictures of plants and animals you see and later identify them and learn about their habits. Collect seashells at the shore and research their origins. Nature walks also provide an opportunity to learn to use a compass and calculate distance. • Visit the library. Vacation is a great time for reading, whether your child likes to read alone or be read to.
Reading helps even the youngest children develop a sense of the rhythm and pattern of language. Reading aloud builds listening skills. Be sure to talk about what you are reading and answer any questions your child may have. • Enroll your child in an enrichment program. For example, Kumon’s academic enrichment program individually tailors the curriculum to help children reach their full potential. Students develop at their own pace, progressing according to their
achievement and not by age or grade. Once solid math and reading skills are mastered, students begin to advance and solve materials above their grade level in school. Even 30 minutes of this type of work every day allows children to nurture their critical thinking and comprehension skills. For more information, visit: www.kumon.com or call (800) ABCMATH.
Budget-Friendly Gifts For Dads And Grads (NAPSI)—One thing many dads and grads have in common is their love for the latest and greatest gadgets. Fortunately, you may be able to give them the hottest gadgets and stay within your budget.
With a stylish look and considerable computing power, this lightweight, handy laptop is conveniently powerful-yet portablefor those always on the go. To make your gift giving even more affordable, look for retailers that offer tradein options for used gadgets. For example, select Target stores and www.Target.com offer store credit on the spot for used video games, cell phones or iPods and iPads. Electronics trade-in services provide an easy way to recycle unwanted electronics items, saving a little green for both you and the environment as you shop for the dads and grads on your gift list.
Less than $50 A prepaid iTunes or iBook gift card is an affordable and convenient gift that is likely to please-it’s a great gift for the dad or grad who seems to have everything. Less than $200 Book lovers can now find the Amazon Kindle with Special Offers for $114 at various retailers. At in-store trial stations, such as those at Target, you can experience it firsthand before buying it. The Kindle replaces bulky books and magazines with a sleek, featherlight design and a glarefree screen. It can store up to 3,500 books, so your dad or grad can always have favorite reads at the ready. For the music or movie lover on your list, you may need to look no further than the Soundfreaq Sound Platform, a breakthrough Bluetooth wireless sound system that plays audio from any iPod, iPhone or iPad. At $199, the sleek design of the Soundfreaq Sound Platform can give a
smart, modern feel to any home or dorm room. It also charges the device as it plays music and delivers a home-theater-quality movie experience right to your iPad. Less than $300 The compact design of today’s netbooks makes them great gifts for graduating students, whether they’re off to their first postgraduate job or continuing their education. The Acer 10-inch Netbook is one option that retails for under $275.