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VOL. 170 NO. 51 BRADFORD JOURNAL/MINER THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2011 $1.00 Bradford Journal/McKean County Miner/Mount Jewett Echo Phone 814-465-3468

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Bradford Journal Photo At the left, Crosby Mini Mart employee Alyshia Toothman gives us a smile as we photograph a young family. They’ve stopped at the store along South Kendall Avenue to pick up a few items on Christmas Day, December 25th. From the left are Alyshia, Joshua Hurd holding 17-mos.-old Ryan Rea, and mom, Rachel Rea. They’re heading for Josh’s parent’s house, the Rodgers.

Bradford Journal Photo On Christmas Day, December 25th, Skylar Adams 10 tells us she received lots of gifts and is having fun spending time with her family. Standing with her are her aunt Debbie Kelley and Debbie’s mom Betty Kelley.

INDEX Local News/Weather 2 Comments & Opinions 3 Obituaries 4 Social News 6 Downtown Shopping 9 Guide Comics 13 Classifieds 15 Word Seek/Crossword 16 Bradford Journal P.O. Box, Bradford, PA 16701 Phone: 814-465-3468

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LOCAL NEWS Changes To Teen Driving Law Take Effect If you have a teen driver in your home, or if a teen anticipates getting his or her permit soon, please be aware of significant changes to Pennsylvania’s Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) law that were made this year. Under Act 81 of 2011, which takes effect at the end of the week, behind-thewheel training requirements are changing for teens who will get their permits after Dec. 27 and those who haven’t yet passed the driver’s test by Tuesday. Those new rules require 65 hours of behind-the-wheel training, including 10 hours at night and five hours during poor weather conditions. Specifically, drivers younger than 18 will not be permitted to transport more than one passenger who is under 18 and is not an immediate family member unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. After six months, the junior driver may

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transport up to three passengers younger than 18 who are not immediate family members without a parent or legal guardian present, but only if that driver has not been convicted of a driving violation or has not been partially or fully responsible for a reportable crash. The law also requires that junior drivers and passengers under the age of 18 must wear a seat belt, and children under the age of eight must be fastened in a child restraint system. The seat belt provisions of the new law are primary offenses, meaning a driver can be stopped and cited solely for that violation. More information on the changes for teen drivers can be found at: by clicking on the “New Teen Driver Law 2011” button.

Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Holiday Hours The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce office announces special hours for the New Year’s holiday. The BACC office will be closed Monday, January 2nd, and will then resume regular operating hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Bradford Journal Photo Bryce Holm 14 and her brother Wyatt Holm 15 played some basketball at Hanley Park to pass the time on Christmas Day, December 25th. They are from N.J., visiting their mother Jennifer Feidt for the Christmas and New Year Holiday. They tell us their mom has lots of family in the Bradford area.

Tops Markets Does Not Carry Potentially Affected Enfamil Product

(WILLIAMSVILLE, NY) – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania, said that the company does not carry the potentially affected 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn Powder with the lot number ZP1K7G recently recalled by Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart announced that the company pulled the product off of store shelves after a newborn Missouri boy who was fed the formula died from what preliminary tests indicate was a rare bacterial infection. “We want to reassure customers that Tops Markets does not carry the potentially affected Enfamil product,” said James DiMartino, Tops senior manager of regulatory, environmental services and food safety. “We understand that any recall, whether Tops is affected or not, has the potential to cause much concern and we are committed to protecting the health of our customers.”


Thursday, Dec. 29: Mostly cloudy today with a high of 33°. Thursday Night: Cloudy with a chance of snow showers this evening. Low of 25°.

Friday, Dec. 30: Cloudy with a chance of rain or snow showers today. High of 36°. Friday Night: Cloudy with a chance of snow showers tonight. Low of 27°.

Saturday, Dec. 31: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers today. High of 34°. Saturday Night: Cloudy and cold tonight with an overnight low of 23°.

New Year’s Day: Cloudy and dreary today with a high of 34°. Sunday Night: Cold with some flurries in the forecast tonight with an overnight low of 25°.

Monday, Jan. 2: Cold today with an icy mix of rain and snow this morning. High of 29°. Monday Night: Snowy and cold tonight with an overnight low of 22°.

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Serve Us 24 Hours Over The Holiday Period

by Grant Nichols

Most of the photos found in this issue were taken on Christmas Day in Bradford. We found some visitors playing basketball at Hanley, young families hurrying to see their relatives, and a couple of kids on their new bicycles. We also captured a couple of good Samaritans at Tortugas Restaurant, providing a free community dinner to all takers on Christmas day……..Over the weekend we found that only the Uni-Mart on Chestnut Street was open on Christmas Eve and early Christmas Day. While many people in this area seem to frown on any business activity being conducted during this important holiday, we think it’s fortunate for us to have such a store. We’re sure that those who might have needed a little fuel for their cars and perhaps their stomachs (for whatever reason) are appreciative also……..This Saturday, December 31st brings with it another edition of First Night Bradford. And while there have been many changes in the venue for Saturday (during the day and evening) the general formatting has remained the same. There will be early events: movie, bowling, ice skating, and swimming. There will be events beginning later in the day at various locations around town. And finally, to end the evening and begin the next year, there will be the Midnight Finale with the announcement and performance of the First Night’s Got Talent Winner, The Night Rock’n Block Party by WESB and 100.1 Hero Radio, and the ball drop and fireworks display. All admission will be by “Button” available from Tops, Hallmark, The Grocery Stretcher, and the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bradford Journal Photo Employees at the Chestnut Street Uni-Mart interrupt their busy Christmas Eve, December 24th for a photo. From left to right are Amanda Rose, Debbie Delcamp Skaggs, and Marika Chiodo. While Marika was just leaving, Amanda and Debbie were there ‘til the next shift arrived in the wee hours of Christmas Day. This Uni-Mart was the only continuous 24-hour operation convenience store during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Continuous Membership Awards At Legion

NO SPIN EXTRA -by Bob Perry

Since Vince Vicere passed this year I have missed the weekly journeys into the mind of a true mensa. Vince had a mind superior to most of the people in the Bradford area and I appreciated intellectual interaction with him. I got to know Vice in 2004 and followed his insights and on occasion I would provide him with ideas to pursue in creating his in-depth analysis and fluid writings. He was, as the readers found out, very knowledgeable when it came to the workings of the political system and was not afraid to call out those who manipulated and abused the system. Vince was grateful to Grant Nichols and the Bradford Journal for printing his articles which on occasion were somewhat controversial, but were most insightful and truthful. I have wondered where Vince would have wound up had he chosen a political career instead that of engineering. As for me, I miss Vince and I am sure many of the readers do as well. May he rest in peace.

Bradford Journal Photo At the Bradford American Legion Post#108 meeting, December 19th, Post Commander, Donald McClelland (right) presented long time continuous membership awards. From the left in photo are Pete O’Donohoe with 40 years, Louis Piscitelli with 50 years, and Tom Neilly with 60 years. While the event was an emotional one for Louis, Tom commented that it was a surprise- “how quickly time flies”, and Pete O’Donohoe let us know that he was proud to be a member.

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OBITUARIES Robert Rysdyke Jr. Robert N. Rysdyke Jr., 50, of 9 Chautauqua Place, passed away Monday (Dec. 19, 2011) at his residence. Born Oct. 4, 1961, in New York,

he was a son of the late Robert N. and Ruth Rysdyke. He married Florence D. Travis Rysdyke, who survives. He worked as a mechanic and truck driver for the Army National Guard for

20 years. Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Crystal Creek of Elmira, N.Y.; two sons, Charles P. O’Toole and Melvin Creek, both of Bradford; and four grandchildren.

Donald Baldwin Jr. Donald J. “Jim” Baldwin Jr., 82, of 809 South Kendall Ave., passed away Tuesday (Dec. 20, 2011) at Bradford Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 7, 1929, in Bradford, he was a son of the

late Donald James and Alice Jane Middl eborough Baldwin Sr. On Dec. 30, 1950, in Bradford, he married Mary Jane Dodson Baldwin, who survives. He had been employed at Bovaird & Seyfang, JCPenney Auto Center and then at Dresser Manufacturing Co. as a machinist for 30 years. Surviving are his wife of 60 years; a daughter, Darlene A. (Rich Wolfanger) Perry of Bradford; two sons, Donald E. (Anita) Baldwin of Bradford and Tim-



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othy L. Baldwin of Cyclone; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Patricia (Lloyd) Burkhouse of Bradford; two brothers, Clark Francis “Si” (Jane) Baldwin of Vestal, N.Y., and the Rev. Robert “Butch” (Sandy) Baldwin of Smethport; and several nieces and nephews. Burial was in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

Ronald Kennedy Sr. Ronald L. “Bubba” Kennedy Sr., 55, of 173 Kennedy St., passed away Thursday (Dec. 22, 2011) at the Bradford Regional Medical Center. Born Jan. 6, 1956, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Alfred L. and Dawn E. Fenton Kennedy. On June 27, 2008, he married Cathy J. Shugars Kennedy, who survives.

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He worked for Halliburton Services for 15 years where he was known as “Robot,” drove school bus for the Bradford Area School District, worked at Superior Well Service and then at Appalachian Well Services as a frack operator. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Christina (Brian) Wilmoth of Bradford and Cassandra (Chris) Maynard of New Oxford; one son, Ronald L. Kennedy Jr. of Bradford; five grandchildren; two sisters, Cheryl (Carl) Parker of Bradford and Debra Tilley of Allegany, N.Y.; one brother, Gerald H. (Jackie) Gross of Derrick City; and several nieces and nephews. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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BUSINESS & PERSONAL FINANCES Boosting Your Retirement Plan Contributions -by Jason Alderman

For the first time since 2009, the IRS has increased the amount people can contribute to their 401(k) and other defined contribution plans. Effective January 1, 2012, the maximum annual contribution grows by $500 to $17,000, thanks to an increase in the Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers (CPI-U), a common measure of inflation the IRS uses to determine whether or not to increase dozens of tax-related numbers from year to year. That's good news for people who want to boost their tax-advantaged retirement savings. Here's an overview of what will and won't change in 2012 with the more common retirement savings plans: Defined contribution plans. In addition to increasing the maximum allowable annual contribution to 401(k), 403(b), 457(b) and federal Thrift Savings plans to $17,000, these additional factors apply: People over 50 can also make an additional $5,500 in catch-up contributions (unchanged from 2011). The annual limit for combined employee and employer contributions increased by $1,000 to $50,000. Because your plan may limit the percentage of pay you can contribute, your maximum contribution may actually be less. (For example, if the maximum contribution is 10 percent of pay and you earn $50,000, you could only contribute $5,000.) Company-matching contributions do not count toward your maximum contribution. Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). The maximum annual contribution to IRAs remains unchanged at $5,000 (plus an additional $1,000 if 50 or older).

Local Oil Prices: American Refining Group (ARG) Price Paid Per Barrel for Penn Grade Crude Oil:

$90.58 $90.93 $94.27 $95.72 $96.58

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011

Ergon Oil Purchasing Chart for Price Paid Per Barrel for Penn Grade Crude Oil: $90.58 $90.93 $94.27 $95.72 $96.58

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Maximum contributions to traditional IRAs are not impacted by personal income, but if your modified adjusted gross income (AGI) exceeds certain limits, the maximum you can contribute to a Roth IRA gradually phases out: For singles/heads of households the phase-out range is $110,000 to $125,000 (up from $107,000 to $122,000 in 2011). Above $125,000, you cannot contribute to a Roth. For married couples filing jointly, it's $173,000 to $183,000 (up from $169,000 to $179,000 in 2011). Keep in mind these rules for deducting IRA contributions on your federal tax return:’ If you're single, a head of household, a qualifying widow(er) or married and neither spouse is covered by an employerprovided retirement plan you can deduct the full IRA contribution, regardless of income. If you are covered by an employer plan and are single or a head of household, the tax deduction phases out for AGI between $58,000 and $68,000 (up from $56,000 to $66,000 in 2011); if married and filing

jointly, the phase-out range is $92,000 to $112,000 (up from $90,000 to $110,000 in 2011). If you're married and aren't covered by an employer plan but your spouse is, the IRA deduction is phased out if your combined AGI is between $173,000 and $183,000 (up from $169,000 to $179,000 in 2011). For more details, read IRS Publication 590 at Retirement Saver' Tax Credit: As an incentive to help low- and moderate-income workers save for retirement through an IRA or company-sponsored plan, many are eligible for a Retirement Savers' Tax Credit of up to $1,000 ($2,000 if filing jointly). This credit lowers your tax bill, dollar for dollar, in addition to any other tax deduction you already receive for your contribution. Qualifying income ceiling limits for the Retirement Savers' Tax Credit increased in 2011 to $57,500 for joint filers, $43,125 for heads of household, and $28,750 for singles or married persons filing separately. Consult IRS Form 8880 for more information.

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AREA SOCIAL NEWS Bradford TOPS #16 -article submitted Members of TOPS Pa 16 Bradford enjoyed a Christmas Card Exchange at their meeting held on Thursday, Dec. 22nd, at the First Church of the Nazarene. Christmas Carols were sung and poems were read. Pat Foote read a very moving poem entitled “ The Night Jesus came.” and Anna wells read a humorus one called “ Calorie Counting Can Be Very Depressing.” Joan McAndrew read an artical on ways to combat Alzheimers. Exercise your mind with things like learning new languages and puzzles. Dorothy Young read a few tips for good health. Olive oil is good for you. and Niacin ( a B-vitimin) can lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol. Jean McAdams’ fashion tip“ Keep your golashes out for a rainy holiday, but hope for snow.” Bev. Hannon’s thought for a day--- “Do what you can with what you have, right where you are.” There were 28 weigh-ins with a loss of 7 pounds. Vickie Johnson was loser of the week. Losers in waiting are Bev Retzer and Silvana Reed. Officers of the week are Bev Hannon and Liz Tanner. Helen Smith was welcomed back after a long illness.

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Saturday, Dec. 31 Bradford Area Public Library Closed in observance of New Year’s Eve

Friday January 6 Preschool Story Hour 10:30-11:30am Includes story, craft, snack, and social interaction. Geared toward pre-K children, accommodates infants and toddlers. All Programs Held at the Library are free and open to the Public.

Bradford Area Calendar of Events: December 2011 Dec. 31: First Night Bradford Various downtown areas, OPEN to the public. Annual alcohol-free event celebrating the arrival of 2012 for people of all ages. For more information, contact Ryan Walb at 814-598-0660.

January 2012 Jan. 2: Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Office Closed for New Year’s Holiday Offices Closed – Winter Break University of Pittsburgh at Bradford No School – Winter Holiday Bradford Area School District Jan. 3: Offices Reopen Jan. 4: Spring Term Begins University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

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Bradford Journal Photo Jeanie Green, at the right, celebrates her 73rd birthday with family and friends at the Bradford American Legion Post #108 Monday, December 19th. At the left is Sandy Watson, Jeanie’s sister-in-law. Jeanie tells us she started celebrating on the previous Friday night and has continued at various locations since then. Quite a gal!

-by Cassy Platko The second meeting of the McKean county 4-H Wranglers was held Sunday Dec. 18, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. There were 16 members present and 5 leaders present. The American pledge was lead by Kate Huber, and the 4-H pledge was lead By Jordan Brown. The Secretary’s report was given by Brianna Platko; the Treasurer’s report was given by Katie Gustafson. The game played was called Shoveling Snow lead by Bethany Bednez and Jordan Brown. Old business discussed was about registering with E-Data and the Model horse project. New business discussed was about three activities the club wants to learn this year for club demonstrations. The club went to the Sena-Kean Manor and the Lakeview Nursing Home to sing Christmas carols for the residents.

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f you want to lose weight or maintain weight loss this winter, choose smart snacks that will satisfy your taste buds without sabotaging your goals. Low-fat dairy is one great option recommended by the USDA. It’s a good source of protein that can help keep you fuller longer while providing calcium and important nutrients. For tasty snack ideas, try these recipes:


Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Pita Toasts Serves: 6 (1/2 cup dip plus 6 pita chips per serving) Weight Watchers PointsPlus value: 5 per serving Prep time: 18 minutes Cook time: 33 minutes Pita Toasts: 6 4-inch whole wheat pita pockets, cut into sixths Non-stick olive oil cooking spray 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Spinach and Artichoke Dip: 9 Weight Watchers Parmesan Peppercorn Wedges, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 cup non-fat sour cream 2 ounces Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Cream Cheese Spread, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 package (10-ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained 1 can (14-ounces) artichoke hearts, drained, chopped into 1/8-inch pieces Preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange pita slices on baking sheet 1/4 inch apart. Spray both sides with cooking spray. Sprinkle tops with kosher salt, pepper. Bake 7-8 minutes until golden. Remove from oven; set aside. Lower oven heat to 350°F. Spray 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, combine Parmesan peppercorn wedges, sour cream, cream cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper with electric mixer on low until well-blended. Stir in spinach, artichoke hearts with large spoon. Mix until thoroughly combined. Pour into pan; bake 25 minutes, until bubbling, lightly browned. Remove from oven. Serve warm or at room temperature with pita toasts.

Tomato Mozzarella Skewers

Baked Mozzarella Sticks with Spicy Tomato Dipping Sauce Serves: 4 (2 mozzarella sticks plus 1/2 cup sauce per serving) Weight Watchers PointsPlus value: 3 per serving Prep time: 12 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Olive oil cooking spray 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon granulated sugar 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional) 6 tablespoons unseasoned panko or breadcrumbs 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons enriched flour 2 egg whites, lightly scrambled 4 pieces Weight Watchers Light String Cheese (or Weight Watchers Natural Light Smoked Mozzarella String Cheese), cut in half Spray a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat until just warm, about 1 minute. Add garlic; sauté for 1 minute. Add tomato sauce, salt, sugar, red pepper flakes; stir well. Heat until sauce begins to bubble. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat. On a medium plate, combine panko, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper. Place flour on small plate. Coat each stick in flour. Shake off excess; dip in egg. Dip sticks in panko mixture. Place sticks on baking sheet 2 inches apart. Spray tops with olive oil cooking spray. Place baking sheet in freezer for 1 hour; refrigerate sauce. Preheat oven to 400°F 15 to 20 minutes before serving. Remove baking sheet from freezer; place in oven. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until sticks are just heated through, not melted. Remove from oven. Remove sauce from refrigerator. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes until warmed through. Serve with sticks.

Serves: 4 (1 skewer plus 1 tablespoon pesto) Weight Watchers PointsPlus value: 3 per serving Prep time: 17 minutes 20 grape tomatoes 4 pieces Weight Watchers Light String Cheese (or Weight Watchers Natural Light Smoked Mozzarella String Cheese), cut into quarters 1 cup fresh basil plus 4 basil leaves, cut into quarters 1/2 clove garlic 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon low-sodium chicken broth 1 tablespoon pine nuts 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 4 8-inch skewers Thread tomato onto skewer. Follow with 1 piece of mozzarella cheese, 1/4 piece basil. Repeat pattern until skewer is full, ending with a tomato. Once 4 skewers have been prepared, set aside. Chop garlic in food processor until minced, about 15 seconds. Add basil, olive oil, chicken broth, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper. Pulse until all ingredients are finely chopped, about 30 seconds. Serve each skewer with 1 tablespoon pesto.

Cheesecake Lollipops Serves: 28 (1 lollipop or square, 1/28th of a 9-inch cake) Weight Watchers PointsPlus value: 5 per serving Prep time: 1 hour plus 3 hours refrigeration time and 2 hours freezing time Cook time: 45 minutes Cheesecake: 24 ounces Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Cream Cheese Spread, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 large eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon lemon zest Ganache: 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips 3/4 cup half-and-half Equipment: 28 lollipop or Popsicle sticks Preheat oven to 350°F. In large mixing bowl, whip cream cheese and sugar until light, fluffy. Add flour, eggs, vanilla extract, lemon zest. Beat until completely smooth. Pour mixture into 9-inch square baking pan; spread evenly. Bake 45 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center of the cheesecake comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool completely, approximately 1 hour. Once cool, cover pan tightly with foil. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. Line baking sheet with wax paper. Remove cheesecake from refrigerator. Scoop out 28 balls (roughly 2 tablespoons in size) with measuring spoon or small ice cream scoop. Place balls on baking sheet, approximately 1 inch apart. Insert stick firmly in middle of each ball. Freeze 2 hours or overnight. Just before serving, make ganache. In double boiler or Pyrex bowl placed over pan of steaming, not yet simmering water, heat chocolate chips, half-and-half over low heat, whisking continuously until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Dip lollipops into ganache until 3/4 of each lollipop is covered. Return to baking sheet. Allow to harden. Serve immediately or freeze until ready to serve. For more tips and recipes, visit The brand of ingredients used in the nutrition calculation software to calculate the PointsPlus value for these recipes may differ from what is available on the Recipe Builder. This may impact the PointsPlus value.

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Bradford Journal Photo On Christmas day, December 25th, Andrew Meadows 10 on the left, and Joseph Teeter 7, on the right show us their new bicycles. Andrew’s is a CHAOS FS-20 while Joseph’s is a Rage Thruster. They tell us that Christmas has been good to them.

Bradford Journal Photo Jeremy Callinan, and Zach Ruth, Head Chef for the occasion, pose for a photo during their “free to the public” Christmas Dinner, on Christmas Day, December 25th. Jeremy is the owner of Tortugas Restaurant where the event took place. Not seen in the photo is another big contributor to the event, Mike Dolan (who tells us he’s keeping a low profile). He provided the ten hams.

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ON THE HEALTHY SIDE Simple Tips For Getting Fit In the New Year by Laura Garrett, RD

(NAPSI)—For many, controlling their weight starts with getting control of impulse eating. Often, in order to change behaviors, people must first acknowledge the patterns of behavior that lead them to eat impulsively. It Starts With a List One of the biggest culprits is going to the grocery store without a list. Supermarkets set up their aisles for impulse buying and quick hunger fixes. Breaking the behavior chain that leads to bad decisions often starts with changing routines. For example: • Eat a piece of fruit before shopping. • Create a shopping list template-keep copies in the car and add additional items as needed. • Stick to the shopping list. • Use coupons only for items on the list. Learn How to Lunch Workday lunches can be another opportunity for impulse eating to take hold. If you’re one of those workers who waits until 11:30 (after hunger has already set in) to decide where to go out for lunch or what to order in, you may find yourself often resorting to highfat, high-calorie options like fast food. Here are some suggestions to make better choices: • Have fruit at 10 a.m. • Pack a brown-bag lunch the night before. This will also save money. • Pack or purchase lunches on sliced bread. Rolls can have twice the calories of sliced bread. • Salads are great, but measure the salad dressing or use vinegar. Make Mealtime Meaningful Sometimes, simple things can make a difference at mealtime. For instance: • Choose carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic scale, such as fruits, veggies and whole grains. • Take a supplement containing a white bean extract, Phase 2 Carb Controller, found in Natrol’s Carb Intercept, before eating a carb-rich meal. • Count to 10 before grabbing something to eat. • Make the slogan “The kitchen closes at 9 p.m.” a mind-set. Today Is a Good Day to Begin Making positive behavior changes to avoid impulse eating is an essential factor in health and weight management. Start today by becoming aware of those behaviors that lead you astray from your weight management goals. For more information about health and wellness, visit Ms. Garrett is an RD and a certified diabetes educator.

AICR HealthTalk Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN American Institute for Cancer Research

Q: You talk about changing the proportions of meat and vegetables in stews and casseroles to make them more healthful. How do I do that without a new recipe? A: Start with your usual way to make a stew or casserole and check how much meat, chicken or seafood you usually use. If it’s more than two or three ounces per person, reduce the amount. If the dish contains dried beans, which are good sources of the protein and key minerals that meat provides, you can reduce the meat even further or omit it completely. If your usual dish didn’t contain beans, feel free to add them anyway. Increase the amount of vegetables to compensate for the amount of meat you eliminate. If the recipe calls for only a few vegetables, you can add one or two more kinds for better variety and more nutrients. Aim for at least a half-cup – preferably one cup or more – of vegetables per serving. If reaching this amount adds more volume than you removed by cutting back on meat, just add a little more broth, tomato sauce or other liquid in the dish to keep the same consistency. Q: Do walking and strength-training exercises provide the same kind of anti-inflammatory and general health benefits? A: Experts say that we really need a combination of both strength-training and aerobic exercise (such as walking, swimming and gardening). Both provide benefits, but together they offer the best protection from chronic diseases. A lot of research focuses on people with type 2 diabetes, because they are likely to have inflammation in addition to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance occurs when the body becomes less sensitive to its action. Insulin levels increase in an effort to control blood sugar, but these higher circulating levels can have undesirable effects, apparently promoting growth of some cancers, for example. In one study, even without significant weight loss, aerobic exercise four times a week for 45 to 60 minutes reduced markers of inflammation and insulin resistance. In yet another study among sedentary people with type 2 diabetes, while both types of exercise led to decreased body fat and waist size (important markers of health risk), only the combination approach to physical activity brought meaningful reductions in hemoglobin A1C, a marker of blood sugar control linked to heart disease risk. The bottom line from these and other studies is that getting either type of exercise is beneficial. Getting both daily aerobic exercise and strength-training exercise two or three times each week is best.

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Brown Rice and Mushrooms Make Formidable Combo

(NewsUSA) - Did you know a single portobello mushroom has more potassium than a banana or a glass of orange juice? Or that brown rice has four times as much fiber as white rice? Nutrition secrets like these are your golden ticket to healthy living. Here’s another -- brown rice and mushrooms form a formidable health combination. Brown rice has more magnesium, selenium and fiber than its white counterpart. Magnesium is important for bone, nerve and muscle health, while fiber boosts each meal by making you feel fuller, longer. A good dose of fiber also helps keep blood sugar steady. To maximize the health properties of brown rice, dietitians recommend pairing it with other vitamin-stacked ingredients, such as mushrooms. From studies at Penn State University to findings backed by the American Society for Nutrition, the extensive body of research agrees -- mushrooms are overflowing with essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals. White button mushrooms promote immune support by upping the production of antiviral proteins and immune system cells while crimini and shiitake mushrooms have nearly half the recommended daily intake of selenium, a vital antioxidant. Fungi of all kinds are loaded with the following other nutrients: vitamin D, iron, potassium, B vitamins and copper. The effects of vitamin-packed mushrooms are just as plentiful -- they increase your metabolism, lower blood pressure and promote bladder health. Adding mushrooms to a dish with brown rice is an easy way to increase the health value of any meal. Try the following delicious recipe from: WALNUT, MUSHROOM & SPINACH RICE 1/3 cup butter 2 cups sliced mushrooms

Family Pauses For A Minute On Christmas Day

Bradford Journal Photo Scott McClintick, Clayton McClintick 5, and Dawn Kelley stop for a minute before heading to their next stop on Christmas day, December 25th. They had just come from “Nanna’s” house and Clayton, still new to this holiday, was excited about his presents. 1 (3oz.) package light cream cheese, cubed 2 cups fresh spinach, torn 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 3 cups Texmati Brown Rice 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

heat. Add mushrooms; cook until soft, 2 to 4 minutes. Add cream cheese; stir until melted. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add rice; stir until well blended and heated through, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat. In large bowl, combine rice mixture, spinach, Parmesan cheese, walnuts, salt and pepper. Toss well.

Melt butter in large skillet over medium

What Is Your Cat's Bad Breath Telling You? (NewsUSA) - How many times has your cat come to wake you up by rubbing his face against your face in the morning? Your cat looks adorable, but the odor coming from his mouth may make his affection less than welcome. Of course, you want to freshen your cat's breath, but before you look into kitty breath mints, you might want to make an appointment with your veterinarian. While post-tuna halitosis is no cause for concern, your cat's breath should not stink consistently. If you notice an unrelenting odor, your cat might be suffering from an undetected health issue, such as oral disease or diabetes. If you notice the following smells, have your cat examined by a vet: * A sweet smell. If you cat's breath smells fruity, it could be a sign of diabetes, especially if the sweet breath is combined with excessive thirst, frequent urination and weight loss. * An ammonia-like smell. If your cat's breath smells like urine, he could have kidney disease. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, thirst and frequent urination. * A bile-like smell. If your cat's breath smells like vomit, he may have liver problems. Look for other symptoms, including a swollen belly, loss of appetite and jaundice, or a yellow discoloration in your cat's eyes and gums. * A smell similar to bad breath smell in humans. If your cat's breath smells like human morning breath, it might have gum disease, the most common cause of halitosis. Gum disease is caused by destructive bacteria, which can build plaque and infect the gum line. Professional tooth cleanings can help control the problem, but cats (and noses) benefit greatly from weekly tooth brushing. If your cat won't allow you to brush its teeth, try using an oral care probiotic such as Teddy's Pride (www.myteddyspride. com). The tasteless, odorless probiotic powder, which can be sprinkled on pets' food, flood the mouth with healthy bacteria, so the harmful bacteria that cause bad breath have less room to grow.

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CHRONOLOGICAL LISTINGS Engagements, Marriages, Births & Deaths ENGAGEMENTS:

Orris and Dwane Edward McGee were united in marriage Oct. 8 at Lloyd H. Roland Memorial Park in Akron. The bride is the daughter of William and Sandy Orris of Bradford and the late Mary Orris. The groom is the son of Betty McGee of Akron and the late Edwin “Ed” McGee.

to Megan Cooper and Hunter Church, Little Valley, NY. Son, Dec. 21, to Roger and Kay Tarr Brown, Hinsdale, NY. Son, Dec. 21, to Kasey Boutwell and James Studley, Olean, NY. DEC. 22, 2011: Daughter, Dec. 22, to John and Suzan Ensell Snyder, Allegany, NY. DEC. 23, 2011: Son, Dec. 23, to Katie and Michael Johnson, Port Allegany, PA.

M. Morrell – 91, of Wolfe – 58, of Kane, Elizabethtown, for- PA. LATHROP/ merly of Bradford, RYSDYKE, Robert CUNNINGHAMPA. N. Jr. – 50, of BradThe parents of DEC. 10, 2011: ford, PA. Cyclone residents FERRY, Kim L. – 53, DIETER, Frank J. Sr. Amy Lathrop and of Coudersport, PA. – 73, of Sarasota, FL, Tom Cunningham DEC. 14, 2011: formerly of Bradhave announced BUERK, Duane A. ford, PA. the couple’s plan – 50, of Pflugerville, DEC. 20, 2011: to wed. The brideTX, formerly of Em- WHITE, Arthur A. – elect is the daughporium, PA. 83, of Larabee, PA. ter of Sara Lathrop DEC. 15, 2011: COSTANZO, Marof Smethport, and SMITH, Kenneth M. garet - 87, of Kane, the groom-elect is – 45, of Bradford, PA. the son of Gary and PA. BALDWIN, Donald Cathy Cunningham DEC. 16, 2011: J. – 82, of Bradford, of Smethport. A BIRTHS: AVIS, William – 79, PA. Sept. 22, 2012, wedformerly of Brad- DEC. 21, 2011: ding is planned. DEC. 16, 2011: ford, PA. WILSON, Larry – Daughter, Dec. 16, DEC. 18, 2011: 80, of Kane, PA. MARRIAGES: to Alicia Stockton, YEAGER, Robert B. DEC. 22, 2011: DEATHS: Bradford, PA. – 88, of Rew, PA. CARPENTER, LouORRIS/MCGEEDEC. 18, 2011: CASE, Dr. Gary D. ise M. – 84, of EllisAkron, Pa., resi- Daughter, Dec. 18, DEC. 7, 2011: – 60, of Naples, FL, burg, PA. dents Jennifer Lynn to Jena Croakman SMITH, Genevieve formerly of Brad- LEWIS, Mary E. ford, PA. Hornung – 95, of DEC. 19, 2011: Emporium, PA. YOUR WEEKLY HOROSCOPE BAKER, Debra J. KENNEDY, Ronald December 29, 2011 - January 4, 2012 Collins – 62, of L. Sr. – 55, of BradWarren, PA. ford, PA. ARIES - (Mar. 21 - Apr. 19) A new plan is being implemented now. It doesn’t necessarily pick up where the last PRESCOTT, Con- SMITH, Frederick L. one left off but will be better suited to your needs. stance M. Carroll – Sr. – 59, of SmethTAURUS - (Apr. 20 - May 20) 70, of Portville, NY. port, PA. This week something interesting gets learned about what money can and cannot BICEK, Milo S. – 82, DEC. 23, 2011: buy. of Smethport, PA. ADAMS, Kenneth GEMINI - (May 21 - June 20) HILE, Rachel – 96, H. – 72, of Eldred, Your material standing is increasing and the coming week should bring some level of Genesee, PA. PA. of financial reassurance. MEALY, Janet R. CANCER - (June 21 - July 22) More than one person is prepared to say what you want to hear in order to gain from you.You’re sharp enough to spot them. LEO - (July 23, - Aug. 22) (NAPSI)—There’s a new resource to This week, you can make progress you have wanted to make for some time through help keep older adults safe and warm durconvincing someone of something. ing the cold weather months. VIRGO - (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) A new brochure, “Winter Warmth If you’re willing to get out and about, show your face and shake a few hands, you and Safety: Home Energy Tips for Older could be amazed at how receptive and helpful a few newcomers to your world can Adults,” provides tips about preparing a be. home for winter weather and saving money on energy expenses, including: LIBRA - (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) You could be tempted to want a result quickly in a certain area and find yourself • Make sure your home is energy efficient frustrated with how long a process is taking. This week, recognize that patience is by installing a programmable thermostat and sealing and insulating ducts. More adalso a form of action. vice is available from the Environmental SCORPIO - (Oct. 23, - Nov. 21) An important conversation must be had. A certain person must be faced in some Protection Agency’s Energy Star program at way. Trust that any tension only exists to help you clear your slate. • Take advantage of special heating assisSAGITTARIUS - (Nov. 22 - Dec. 2 tance funds and utility no-cutoff programs. This week, during a time when love and affection become increasingly visible, you Learn More :For a free copy of the brocan expect a noticeable increase in levels of love and affection coming your way! chure, call (800) 677-1116 or download it CAPRICORN - (Dec. 21 - Jan. 19) at You are in a much better, stronger and supportive place now. Let coming weeks The Eldercare Locator is a public serprove this to you. vice of the U.S. Administration on Aging, AQUARIUS - (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) administered by the National Association You could find yourself experiencing what ancient astrologer’s referred to as a of Area Agencies on Aging. ‘journey of the mind’ where realizations often come to light. Don’t rule out the need to make a sudden journey, either! PISCES - (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20) You can believe, possibly for the first time in a while, that something is going your way and it won’t be taken from you. and Edward Hatch, Salamanca, NY. DEC. 19, 2011: Daughter, Dec. 19, to Brandon Griffin and Christina Scrivener, Little Valley, NY. DEC. 20, 2011: Son, Dec. 20, to Jayme Isaman, Bradford, PA. Daughter, Dec. 20, to Richelle and Joseph Bliss Jr., Emporium, PA. Daughter, Dec. 20, to Holly Baker and Arthur Willard, Portville, NY. Son, Dec. 20, Jessica Pinkard and Christopher Caton, Hinsdale, NY. DEC. 21, 2011: Daughter, Dec. 21,

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JUST PASSING TIME THEME: “ The 1990s” ACROSS: 1. Adherents of Sikhism 6. Before tac and toe 9. Chap or fella 13. Ivy progression 14. *Richard Gere to Cindy Crawford: “_ __” in 1991 15. Kim Jong-il leads the north section of this region 16. Independent African ruler 17. No vote 18. Relating to ulna 19. *South Africa’s first black president 21. Skier’s delight 23. Salt in Spanish 24. Hawaiian dance 25. Brown messenger 28. *Garth of “Wayne’s World” 30. Mourner’s song 34. Stiff hair or bristle 36. ____ en scene 38. Swarms 40. *”The Lion King” villain 41. *Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” e.g. 43. It leads to flight? 44. “Three’s Company” landlord 46. “Will be,” according to Day 47. Evoke emotion 48. Cloak 50. Longest division of time, pl. 52. *He played John

Spartan in “Demolition Man” 53. Another spelling for #50 Across, sing. 55. As opposed to rent 57. Cursed 60. *It featured Rachel and Monica, among others 64. “_____ in comparison,” past tense 65. Followed third Super Bowl 67. Not here 68. Swelling from fluid accumulation 69. Large coffee pot 70. *Franjo Tudjman, e.g. 71. *Site of showdown with Branch Davidians 72. *”___ About You” 73. What Elmer Fudd does

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Changes Impacting Your Tax Return This Year (NAPSI)—Three out of four taxpayers received a refund from Uncle Sam last year, averaging $2,805. This year’s amount should be about the same, thanks to a few major tax law changes expiring or added during 2011. Although your bottom line may change little, there are changes you should be aware of for this year’s tax return. “Unless lawmakers extend them, this will be the last year to claim several well-known tax breaks,” according to TaxACT spokesperson Jessi Dolmage. “Take advantage of them while you still can. With 2012 being an election year, it’s anyone’s guess as to what changes could be in store for next year’s return.” Before you do your taxes, read this summary of the more notable changes that may affect your federal return this year. • The filing deadline is Tuesday, April 17, 2012, because April 15 is a Sunday and Washington, D.C., is recognizing Emancipation Day on April 16. Don’t use the later deadline as an excuse to procrastinate, though. When you rush, you’re more likely to make mistakes that could cost you money and time. Furthermore, filing, paying or providing information late will result in IRS penalties that have increased this year. • Your 2011 tax return could be your last chance to claim one of the credits for energy-efficient home improvements as well as deductions for tuition and fees, educator expenses, mortgage insurance premiums, and the option to include your state and local sales taxes paid as an itemized deduction (in lieu of state and local income taxes paid). • The Making Work Pay Tax Credit and Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit (unless it was a new fuel-cell vehicle) that you could claim last year have expired. The Making Work Pay Tax Credit was essentially replaced by the payroll tax holiday for 2011, which employees and the self-employed already received in 2011 paychecks through a reduction in FICAOASDI Social Security taxes. Unlike the Making Work Pay Tax Credit, employees who benefited from the payroll tax holiday don’t need to claim it on this year’s tax return. • The amount of the Health Coverage Tax Credit decreased to 72.5 percent for qualified health insurance coverage received between March and December 2011. • If you converted a traditional IRA to a designated Roth IRA in 2010 or rolled over a qualified retirement plan to a Roth IRA, but did not report the taxable amount on your 2010 tax return (due April 2011), you must report half the amount on this year’s return and the other half on your 2012 return. Details are available in IRS Publication 575 at • Amounts for standard mileage, standard

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Make Dude Food Heart-Healthy (NAPSI)—Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the number one killer of U.S. men, accounting for about a third of all deaths. Men have a higher incidence of CVD than women and tend to experience their first cardiac event earlier. “Sometimes men take a fatalistic approach to heart health,” says nutrition consultant Christopher Mohr, Ph.D., R.D. “They think if someone in their family had heart disease, it’s over for them the same way, but really, they can prevent it up to 80 percent of the time with a healthy diet and lifestyle.” On the flip side, he added, some men, especially when young, think they’re invincible and don’t have to worry about heart health. But they should. To combat these attitudes and statistics, CanolaInfo created a “Heart-Healthy Dude Food Recipe Collection” to encourage men to make some of their favorite dishes better for them. Each recipe is made with canola oil, which has the least saturated fat and most omega-3 fat of all cooking oils. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a qualified health claim on canola oil’s potential to reduce heart disease risk when used in place of saturated fat. “I don’t tell my patients to give up their favorite foods,” Mohr says. “I simply encourage them to make smarter choices, like substituting canola oil for solid fats or other oils and choosing lean cuts of meat, and to be mindful of portion sizes.” CanolaInfo’s Dude Food recipes include Hoisin-Whiskey Glazed Meatballs, Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic-Coffee Sauce, Herbed Pork Chops on Mustard Sauce, Fall-Apart Beer Brisket, Grilled Tuna Steaks with Cilantro and Basil and this one:

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A Wintry Mix Of Recreation (NAPSI)—Don’t be discouraged by wintry weather if you’re looking for outdoor fun. Some locations have a lot to offer during the colder months. For example, the Valley Forge area of Pennsylvania, 18 miles outside Philadelphia, offers plenty of outdoor thrills when the weather chills. From Spring Mountain Adventures in Schwenksville to the trails at Valley Forge National Historical Park, the destination offers a wintry mix of outdoor recreation. Ski Slopes Eight ski slopes at Spring Mountain Adventures traverse Montgomery County’s highest peak and two separate runs are exclusive to downhill snowtubing. This intimate mountain, complete with canopy tours and more, is the perfect place to learn to ski and snowboard, and its conditions are always just right, thanks to stateof-the-art snowmaking. Sledding When Mother Nature provides the precipitation, sleds and toboggans are wel-

come at the popular 400-foot slope, near lot five in the Militia Hill Day Use area at Fort Washington State Park. The park, located in Springfield and Whitemarsh Townships, offers daily updates on the hill’s conditions via Ice Fishing To the north, at Green Lane Park, hiking the many county trails is common and ice-skaters take to the lake when the conditions are just right. Anxious anglers, impatient for spring’s thaw, even try their luck ice fishing for rainbow trout. All that’s needed is resolve and a Pennsylvania fishing license. Cross-Country Calm and relaxed or vigorous and energetic, cross-country skiing is a breathtaking escape. Whether gliding through freshly fallen snow along the rolling countryside of Valley Forge National Historical Park, the multipurpose trails of Lower Perkiomen Valley Park in Oaks or the 1.7mile loop at Fort Washington State Park, it’s a great way to enjoy the crisp cool air

and the area’s amazing scenery. So instead of hibernating this winter, brave the cold and come out to Valley Forge and Montgomery County. For suggestions on all there is to do, indoors and out, visit

Vehicle Fires—Dangerous, Preventable? (NAPSI)—According to the U.S. Fire Protection Agency, fire departments respond to over 250,000 vehicle fires per year. Each year, these fires cause an average of 408 deaths, 1,256 injuries and $787 million in property damage. Fires caused by collisions and rollovers resulted in nearly 66 percent of these fatalities. These deadly fires can occur when the battery sends current through wires or to electrical components that have been damaged in a crash. To minimize the potential of these dangerous vehicle fires, leading automotive companies like Audi, Mercedes and Porsche have incorporated a simple device that instantly and automatically cuts off current flow from the battery upon airbag deployment. Unlike a fuse, which allows current to flow, this new device automatically cuts off the current and eliminates the potential of an arc-initiated fire. Unfortunately, this technology, though inexpensive (estimated under $10), is currently available on only certain luxury

models. It is expected, however, that these from becoming burn victims or casualties devices will become more standard equip- of these deadly fires. ment as other car companies elect to upgrade their vehicles to protect consumers

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New Icon Cuts Through The Clutter To Increase Awareness Of Thyroid Disorders (NAPSI)—There’s a new health icon in town and learning more about what it stands for could help millions of Americans live a healthier life. That blue paisley icon represents Thyroid Awareness. As many as 30 million Americans may be affected by thyroid disorders, although more than half remain undiagnosed, say experts at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. The thyroid gland, or simply the thyroid, is one of the largest endocrine glands in the body. Found in the neck, it controls how quickly the body makes energy, makes proteins and processes other hormones. If your thyroid isn’t working properly, neither are you. But many people are not sure where their thyroid is or what symptoms might indicate a problem. Here are some facts you should know: • Thyroid cancer is one of the fastestgrowing cancers in America and can be one of the most curable. The most common sign of thyroid cancer is a lump. • Thyroid disorders tend to run in families and are most common among women. • Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, develops when the body is exposed to excessive amounts of thyroid hormone. It occurs in almost 1 percent of all Americans and in its mildest form may not cause recognizable symptoms. • An underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, occurs when the thyroid gland produces less than the normal amount of thyroid hormone. The result is the “slowing down” of many bodily functions. Thyroid Symptoms

How do you know if you have a thyroid disorder? While fatigue is the most common symptom, others include: • Fast or irregular heart rate • Anxiety or irritability • Unexplained weight loss or gain • Intolerance of warm or cold temperatures • Muscle weakness. There is a simple neck check you can

perform at home. You can find out more at and (904) 353-7878. Chosen for its attractive pattern, the paisley is often found in items tied around the neck, such as neckties and scarves, where the thyroid is found. In fact, the curved shapes within the icon seem to mimic thyroid nodules.

Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives, But Many People Don’t Get Tested (NAPSI)—One in three people 50 years old or older has not been screened for colon cancer, yet screening could help save their lives. This statistic is just one of the troubling findings of a national study by the Colon Cancer Alliance, the leading national patient advocacy organization dedicated to increasing colon cancer screening rates and survivorship, and Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading diagnostic testing company. The two organizations recently teamed up to uncover the barriers that prevent people from being tested for colon cancer (also known as colorectal cancer), the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women in the U.S. Screening by colonoscopy, fecal immunochemical tests and other methods helps identify colon cancer in early stages when it is still highly treatable. For this reason, the American Cancer Society recommends screening for every man and woman of average risk, beginning at age 50. African Americans, smokers and anyone who has a family history or other risk factors should be tested even earlier. Yet

the Colon Cancer Alliance/Quest Diagnostics study found that many people 50 and over are not being screened. Moreover, the barriers to screening ranged from the lack of recommendation for screening by a healthcare professional to time and cost constraints. The study also suggested that fear of the bowel preparation, side effects and anesthesia typically associated with colonoscopy are additional barriers. “Screening tests like a colonoscopy do a superb job of catching colon cancer in early, treatable stages,” said Jon R. Cohen, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer, Quest Diagnostics. “Unfortunately, some people refuse to undergo these proven tests because they find them inconvenient and unpleasant. Other individuals simply do not understand the value of screening, in some cases because a healthcare professional has not talked to them about it.” The study also found that 80 percent of respondents said they’d be more likely to be screened if a convenient blood test were available. Blood tests that detect the DNA of colon cancer tumors shed into the

bloodstream are available in the U.S. and Europe, but have yet to be adopted into medical guidelines for screening. Quest Diagnostics offers its ColoVantage blood test to help physicians evaluate colon cancer risk in patients who refuse to undergo colonoscopy or other guideline-recommended tests. A positive test result requires further evaluation that may include colonoscopy. “Any death from colon cancer due to a failure to screen is a tragedy that could have been prevented,” said Andrew Spiegel, chief executive officer of the Colon Cancer Alliance. “I encourage patients to talk to their healthcare providers about the importance of colon cancer screening, their risk factors for colon cancer, and the different screening tests available. With increased screening rates, deaths from colon cancer may one day be a thing of the past.” To learn more, visit: or

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Superbug Infection Crisis – Is It The Next Asbestos? NewsUSA

(NU) - You can’t see them. You can’t feel them. You can’t fight them once they attack. But they’re there -- “natural-born killers” in their tens of trillions. A deadly strike-force of antibiotic-resistant ‘supergerms’ lurking in the shadows of America’s over-burdened, under-resourced hospital system. An army of lethal microbes, silently waiting to infect all who come into contact with them. Just how serious is the superbug threat? Superbugs, aka hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), now affect one in 20 patients in the U.S., killing more than 100,000 people each year -- that’s more than AIDS, breast cancer and car accidents combined. Ominously, more than two-thirds of these infections occur after a patient has been admitted. Ironically, HAIs can be prevented if strict disinfection guidelines are adhered to by doctors and hospital staff. Yet, the lack of mass compliance to date suggests that one day soon we could see lawsuits pale the recent asbestos crisis into insignificance. Infections contracted during hospital stays are the fourth largest killer in America. They add an estimated $33 billion to hospital and health care costs each year -- a crushing financial burden largely absorbed by overwhelmed hospitals. The need for greater post-admittance infection prevention is, according to many industry pundits, rapidly approaching crisis


point. It’s also posing some challenging questions: What if there were a sudden, massive escalation of the avian (bird) flu, or a contagion-like plague, or a large-scale bioterrorist attack? Do we have the infrastructure and mechanisms to cope? Or could any one of the above threaten to sink America’s hospital system “to its knees?” The solution to their eradication may already be here. Largely unknown to the outside world, a team of scientists and bio-medical researchers working out of labs in Innovation Park, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, have spent the past three years developing and perfecting what could become the world’s most effective weapon in the war against HAIs. This patented, new-generation “sterilization and disinfection” technology, AsepticSure, is the brain child of bio-tech company,

Medizone International, Inc. Already the recipient of a World Health Organization-sponsored award for innovation and peer-reviewed by the prestigious American Journal of Infection Control, AsepticSure -- an ozone vaporbased fumigant -- has demonstrated unprecedented 100 percent kill rates against the world’s deadliest superbug strains. These include MRSA, VRE, C.difficile, E.coli, Pseudomonas and more. “While there’s no denying that HAIs continue to flourish in hospitals and health care organizations across every state of America and throughout the world at this time, AsepticSure looks set to inflict the first real blow to a pandemic-inthe-making that, for decades, has largely gone unchecked,” says Bruce Smeaton, Medizone spokesperson. Will hospitals and health care organizations take the moral highground and adopt pro-humanitarian technology like AsepticSure? Will they embrace the economics of saving up to six dollars for every one dollar invested in such technology? Or will they continue to misguidedly believe that hospital infections are unavoidable, thereby shielding them from liability? Perhaps it comes down to how committed they are to stamping out the superbug crisis -- or how willing they are to face what’s poised to become ‘the next asbestos.’ To learn more about AsepticSure, visit

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Winter Opens Homes to Pest Invasion NewsUSA

(NU) - Surviving winter can be an endurance marathon for the average house. After the trials of hurricane season come the bitter cold and precipitation brought on by winter. Severe winter weather can freeze pipes, cause roof cave-ins and lead to extensive water damage -- all of which leave a house vulnerable to winter pest invasions. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates each winter costs the economy several million dollars in repairs and damage control. 2010’s series of epic storms cost $2.6 billion in property losses, as reported by the Insurance Information Institute. “The destruction of Hurricane Irene was followed by September floods and October snow storms that caused power outages in several areas. If the early weather is any indication of what’s yet to come this season, we can expect snowfall similar to last winter. Now is the right time for homeowners to quickly repair damage that would otherwise give opportunistic winter pests access to their home,” advises Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The most common winter pests are rodents, but a slew of insects will also eagerly warm themselves by your furnace and feast on your dry goods if given a chance. Cockroaches, ants, stink bugs and spiders are some of the usual suspects.


Snow buildup can result in water damage, which leaves your home open to pests.

These tenacious insects can find points of entry anywhere, especially if winter weather results in structural damage. Issues like missing shingles, water damage to roofs or walls, burst pipes and even small cracks leave your home susceptible to infestation. Rodents are known for their ability to fit in openings as small as a coin. “Ripped screens and broken doors or windows will admit pests faster than you can spot them. Pay attention to your home’s insulation, like weather stripping, and look for signs of mice in places near moisture or food,” says Henriksen. Don’t wait until you’re kneedeep in ruined holiday decorations to start thinking about pest control after a storm, because a pest infestation can be costly to you and your home. If you have an infestation, contact a pest professional to see how you should proceed. Get more pest control tips at

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