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Having A Good Time In Writing Center
Bradford Journal Photo Left to right, working in the writing center at Bradford #1 Northern Tier Head Start, December 2nd, are Karysa, Donovan, and Samuel, all 4-years-old. They are obviously having a good time. Their class will soon be working on “Holidays Around The World”. Most children in this area, ages 3-5, are eligible for Head Start which is a comprehensive Preschool program.
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Playing In Sandbox
Bradford Journal Photo On December 2nd, Colton on the left, and Dominic on the right, both 3-yearsold, play in the sandbox area work center. They are in Bradford #2 Northern Tier Head Start preschool at the YWCA. Soon they will be working on the major holiday projects.
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Bradford Journal Photo Playing in the kitchen work center at Bradford #3 Northern Tier Head Start Preschool, December 2nd, are (l-r) Lilly 3, Braden 3, Katiejo 5, Andrew 3, and Annabelle 3. Their class is working on “Healthy Habits” and will soon be learning about “Keeping Warm in the Winter”. Head Start is open to children ages 3-5.
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LOCAL NEWS BACC Offering New Events in 2012 (Bradford, PA ) - With the start of 2012 quickly approaching, the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce is developing their 2012 event schedule and looking forward to several changes along with the return of many of their traditional offerings. The popular Business After Hours Series will return in 2012, with eight different events throughout the year, including a joint event with the Kane, Smethport, and Warren Chambers. Business After Hours events give the business and professional community an opportunity to come together in a relaxed, social setting for networking. New in 2012 will be a morning variation of Business After Hours, Coffee and Conversation. Coffee and Conversation sessions will be held in April and August, and will include a brief informational presentation about the benefits of Chamber membership, along with a light continental breakfast. Also new in 2012 will be an educational BACC Brown Bag Series. BACC Brown Bag workshops will be offered six times during the year, and feature special presentations by selected individuals from the local business and professional community. A first-ever VIP Member Breakfast and Luncheon is planned for February of 2012. These new Chamber events, offered at two different times of the day to accommodate prospective members’ scheduling needs, will feature testimonials by current Chamber members. The BACC Annual Meeting and Awards will once again be held in April of 2012 at the Pennhills Club in Bradford. Other annual events which will be offered by the Chamber include the Legislative Luncheon, which features the opportunity for individuals and businesses to pose their questions and concerns to local elected officials. The Summer Soiree will also return to the BACC event schedule, with 2012 being the fifth year it is held.
Returning to the Chamber’s calendar after a successful start in 2011 will be the Welcome Back, Pitt! Downtown Hunt. The featured fall event on the Chamber’s calendar will once again be the Oktoberfest: 20th Annual Public Auction, held at the Bradford Club. Leaving the Chamber’s event schedule this year is the Kinzua Outdoor and Travel Show (KOTS), traditionally held near the end of February. While KOTS offered a great opportunity for vendors from throughout the Twin Tier and Kinzua regions to reach a target population of outdoor enthusiasts, logistical issues have led to the elimination of the show from the Chamber’s calendar for 2012. In place of KOTS, the Chamber is work-
ing on plans for two new events this year to meet the needs of our many and varied member businesses and organizations. The Chamber is working to expand on the Non-Profit Summit held in the fall of 2011 and plans to host a Non-Profit Summit/ Community Information Fair. The event, tentatively scheduled for March 2012 For-profit businesses and organizations will have the chance to share their products and services with the local and surrounding communities as part of another new event, the 2012 BACC Member Expo. Similar in design to the traditional KOTS format. Additional details of all scheduled events will continue to be publicized throughout the year.
Head Start Children Work In Puzzle Area
Bradford Journal Photo Bradford #3 Northern Tier Head Start children work in the puzzles area of their classroom on Russell Blvd., December 2nd. Left to right are Kyleigh, Kaiden, and Kody, all 3-years-old. Their classroom is presently working on “Healthy Habits”, and will be moving on to “Keeping Warm”.
THE BRADFORD AREA 5-DAY WEATHER FORECAST
Thursday, Dec. 8: Mostly cloudy today with a high of 35°. Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy tonight with an overnight low of 23°.
Friday, Dec. 9: Mostly cloudy today with a high of 33°. Friday Night: Mostly cloudy tonight with a chance of snow showers. Cold tonight with an overnight low of 19°.
Saturday, Dec. 10: Moslty cloudy and colder today with a high of 28°. Night: Mostly cloudy and cold tonight with an overnight low of 19°.
Sunday, Dec. 11: Mostly sunny and warmer today with a high of 34°. Sunday Night: Cloudy and warmer tonight with a low of 26°.
Monday, Dec. 12: Partly sunny and nice today with a high of 36°. Monday Night: Cloudy tonight with an overnight low of 25°.
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COMMENTS AND OPINIONS 5 ¢ENTS WORTH
by Grant Nichols
Most of this week’s photos were taken at the three Northern Tier Head Start preschool locations in Bradford. One is located at the YWCA and the other two are located on Russell Boulevard. Our experience over the years with this particular facet of our local educational system has shown it to be more than just early childhood education: It has a creative curriculum with plenty of parent input. And it provides developmental, and social programs and medical screenings for those who might wish to take full advantage of the associated Northern Tier offerings. Our readers will notice that the children pictured, are taking part in the center-based activities just as in our public schools. What can’t be shown in our photos is the close parent, child, classroom relationship that is fostered by the program. (It’s also interesting to note that the Head Start programs nationally were pioneers in the preschool and Pre-K curriculum development and the philosophy of early childhood education.)………Kristen of Kristen’s Konsignments on Pine Street, (just around the corner from SACKS hospital resale shop) Bradford tells us she has a lot of childrens’ clothing priced right for the holidays…….Across town at the Bradford Coin Shop on Chestnut Street, proprietor Gene Seagren tells us that there’s a lot more than Coins in his shop. For example, he has porcelain dolls, videos, DVDs, baseball cards, hundreds of old bottles, pocketknives, an assortment of ceramic bells, matchbox and hotwheel cars, and diecast racing cars. In short he tells us that he’s a veritable one-stop stocking stuffer store…….For those who really want to find solutions to the political, social and economic crises experienced in the U.S. over the last 20 years, the going has been tough. Some economists have been suggesting economic and monetary valuations based on something real ever since the U.S. went off the gold standard. Lyndon LaRouche, for example suggests using production value per square kilometer rather than the open market valuation at the whim of the investors, investment firms and the Federal Reserve. Others have suggested direct electronic participation in government by the voters, instead of the republican representation in Congress by elected officials. While yet others have suggested universal third party pay medical care for all our citizens instead of the present hodgepodge of insurers who are privately or governmentally funded, who carry only a small part of the burden of medicine and allow the old and the poor to die. Unfortunately, false but universally held assumptions about the goodness of our political and economic systems make it improbable that people will admit the problems, let alone find solutions to them.
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Bradford Journal Photo Working at the block station in Bradford #2 Northern Tier Head Start Preschool, December 2nd, are (l-r) Konstance, Richard and Blake. They are all 3-years-old and will soon be working on the major December holiday projects. Their classroom is at the YWCA in Bradford.
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Bradford Journal Photo From left to right, Ethan, Jaylee, and Nicholas, all 3-years-old, are seen working in the carpet area of Bradford #2 Northern Tier Head Start Preschool at the YWCA, December 2nd. This comprehensive preschool program is available to 3-5 year old children.
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OBITUARIES Rose Cedar Rose M. Cedar, 78, formerly of 113 Euclid Ave., passed away Monday (Nov. 28, 2011) at Bradford Regional Medical Center. Born Dec. 17, 1932, in Upstate New York, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Zlosel Bradley. In 1953, she married Warren Ellsworth Cedar, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Cedar worked at The Harvest House in the Bradford Mall, Perkins Restaurant and Corning Glass.
She then worked for Zippo Manufacturing Co., from where she retired in January of 1998. She is survived by three sons, Michael (Michelle) Cedar of Derrick City, James Cedar of Jamestown, N.Y., and Curtis (Cheryl) Cedar of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Theresa Farnsworth of Kane; seven grandchildrendren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Burial was in St. Cellists Cemetery in Kane.
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Joseph Sweet Joseph J. Sweet, 62, of 565 Bolivar Drive, passed away Friday (Dec. 2, 2011) in Veterans Hospital in Pittsburgh, after a long and courageous battle with MDS, surrounded by his loving family. Born Feb. 21, 1949, in Cuba, N.Y., he was a son of the late Floyd and Leatrice Miller Sweet. On Nov. 21, 1970, by the Honorable District Justice Roland H. Magee, he married Betsy G. Greene, who survives. He worked for Red Rock Plugging Co., Hanley Brick, Pennzoil and then for 16 years as the Foster Township road superintendent. In addition to his wife of 41 years he is survived by three daughters, Dawn E. (Chad) Babcock of Rew, Jaime K.
(Bryan) Taylor and Angela B. Sweet, both of Bradford; six grandchildren; a sister, Penny (Clarence) Hough of Bradford; and several nieces and nephews.
Cary Kaber Cary R. Kaber, 76, of 624 Seaward Ave., passed away Thursday (Dec. 1, 2011) at the Bradford Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 30, 1935, in Bradford, he was a son of the late David C. and Helen Allen Kaber. On June 16, 1962, in Bradford, he married Patricia Kaber, who survives. He had worked at Litton Business Machines, then owned and operated Kaber Electric. In 1994 he was employed by Foster Township Highway Department until his retirement in 1997. He was elected to the Fos-
ter Township Board of Supervisors in 1988 and served his birthplace for 12 years. In addition to his wife of 49 years he is survived by three daughters, Donna J. Kaber and Khristine M. Kaber both of Charlotte, N.C., and Rhonda S. (Steven Helgren) Cobb of Bradford; one son, Richard C. “Buck” Kaber of Buffalo, N.Y.; a brother, Jerry Kaber of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; three grandchildren; and two nephews. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.
James Noblit James H. Noblit, 84, of 200 St. Francis Drive, formerly of 236 E. Main St., passed away Thursday (Dec. 1, 2011) at the Bradford
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Regional Medical Center. Born July 1, 1927, in Mount Jewett, he was a son of the late William D. and Hazel Hall Noblit. On March 5, 1947, in Mount Jewett, he married Phyllis C. Carl Noblit, who died on July 24, 2005. He had worked as a foreman at Dresser Manufacturing for 37 years and also owned and operated Jim’s Saw Service on East Main Street for many years. He is survived by three daughters, Judy Nelson of Vineland, N.J., Deborah Lorshbaugh of Latrobe, and Barb Sheeley of Bradford; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Burial was in Bridgeview Cemetery, Mount Jewett.
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Finding Your Lost Money You may not know it, but millions of Americans are owed money from longforgotten government payments, stock sales, bank accounts and other lost accounts. When the entities holding these funds can't find the rightful recipients, they turn over the money to individual states, which hold it in escrow until claimed. State treasuries and other government agencies are sitting on more than $33 billion in unclaimed assets. And that doesn't include billions of dollars in unredeemed U.S. savings and treasury bonds, unclaimed pensions and income tax refunds returned to the IRS as undeliverable. Here's a guide to locating unclaimed assets that may belong to you: Money winds up in government lostand-found agencies for many reasons, including: • People move and don't leave accurate forwarding addresses; or, they forget to update companies where they do business, hold investments or have earned retirement benefits. • Dying without a will leaves it up to the court to assign assets. • You could unknowingly be named as beneficiary of an insurance policy or other account. • Forgotten utility deposits, bank accounts or product rebates. • Overpaid mortgage payments after a home sale. • Name changes after marriage or divorce. Start your search with the nonprofit National Association of Property Administrators (NAUPA), which provides tips on finding your money, as well as links to unclaimed property programs maintained by each state (www.unclaimed.org). Many individual state programs also participate in MissingMoney.com (www.missingmoney.com), a free, centralized database
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endorsed by NAUPA. Companies are required to surrender balances from accounts that have been inactive for one year or longer to the state government of your last known address; also check with other states where you've lived or done business, just in case. To improve your chances, search using different variations of your name (such as first name and middle initial, first and middle initials, last name first, etc.), as well as common misspellings. NAUPA also provides a handy roundup of links to other sources for unclaimed property such as unclaimed veteran's benefits, refunds from HUD/FHA-insured mortgages and unclaimed foreign bank accounts. Other helpful sites include: • The IRS' "Where's My Refund?" page, where you can track down an expected federal tax refund you never received – or check the status of your current filing (www.irs.gov). • The Treasury Department's "Treasury Hunt" search engine can help you find and redeem matured, uncashed Series E savings bonds issued since 1974 (www.treasurydirect.gov). • The Public Benefit Guaranty Corpora-
tion (www.pbgc.gov) can help you track down forgotten pension benefits you've earned. Other helpful sites include PensionHelp America (www.pensionhelp. org), and the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (www.dol.gov/ebsa). • The National Registry of Unclaimed Retirement Benefits can help you find an unclaimed defined contribution plan, such as a 401(k) or profit-sharing plan (https:// www.unclaimedretirementbenefits.com). Many legitimate companies use states' freedom of information acts to obtain owner information for unclaimed accounts. They contact individuals and offer to help find lost property for a fee (often a percentage of the total). This is the same information you can find yourself, for free. Also, beware of emails or letters purporting to be from the state treasurer asking you to supply personal information – either by mail or by logging into a link provided. This is how many cases of identity theft begin. If in doubt, contact your state treasurer or controller's office to ensure the contact was legitimate.
Three Preschoolers Work In Art Center
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Bradford Journal Photo Left to right in the art center are Lillian 4, Leigha 3, and Dale 5. They are in Preschool at Bradford #1 Northern Tier Head Start on Russell Blvd. and they are having fun while learning. Soon their class will begin a unit on “Holidays Around The World”. Head Start is a comprehensive program that includes educational, health and nutritional services and is available to children ages 3-5.
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AREA SOCIAL NEWS Bradford TOPS #16 -article submitted Vickie Johnson conducted the Thursday afternoon, Dec. 1st meeting of TOPS #16 at Togis Blue Room where the Christmas luncheon was held at noon. Weigh-in was held from 11 to 12 at the First Church of Nazarene. There were 29 weigh-ins with a loss of 22 1/4 pounds. There was no loser of week . Officer of the week was Anna Wells and loser in waiting is Fran Cecchetti. At the Christmas party Martha Williams was awared the Miss Congenalitiy award for the year. Anna Wells brought in a story read by Fran Cecchetti about the Legend of the Christmas.Tree. It was started in Germany, supposedly by Martain Luther. Welcome back hellos were given to Helen Smith and Linda Hedlund, who have been home sick for a few Months. Christmas Carols were sung and presents were exchanged. Marilyn Gross said the blessing before a most delishious meal was served. There will be regular weigh-in hours from 11:30AM to 1:00 PM next week.
BIRTHS Son, Nov. 26, to Dianna and Rodney Swank, Bradford, Pa Daughter, Nov. 25, to Nicole and Andy Reid, Bradford, Pa Daughter, Nov. 28, to Nicole Zimmerman, Bradford, Pa Son, Dec. 2, to Kayla Lyons and Zachery Parslow, Bradford, Pa
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December 2011 Dec. 8, 2011: Vocal Arts Ensemble Holiday Concert 11:30am KOA Speer Electronics Lobby, Blaisdell Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA. Free concert. Dr. John Levey will lead students of the vocal ensemble in holiday selections. Dec. 10: Old Fashioned Christmas 12noon-3:00pm Historic Downtown Bradford, PA. Return to a simpler time with horse carriage rides, refreshments, caroling, and of course shopping. For more information contact Lisa Keck at 814-5987098. Dec. 13: “Destination – Christmas” Ladies’ Breakfast 9:15am Masonic Center, 625 South Avenue, Bradford, PA . Speaker: Pam Patterson of Hornell, NY. Special feature: Becky Plummer of Destinations-Bradford. Music: Pat Drummond. Cost: $8. Free child care by reservation. Sponsored by Bradford Area Christian Women’s Connection. For reservations, contact Bonnie at 814-3622466 or Loisanne at 814-368-3669. Dec. 14: Bereavement Support Group 10:30am Bradford Senior Center, 60 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA. Adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one are invited to this free support group. Hosted by Community Nurses, Inc., for more information contact Community Nurses at 814-362-8183.
Bradford Journal Photo From left to right, Abigail 3, Briana 4, and Tylor 3, work in the block area on December 2nd, at Bradford #3 Northern Tier Head Start located on Russell Blvd. Their class is working on a unit in “Healthy Habits” and will soon be working on “Keeping Warm in the Winter”. Head Start is a comprehensive program that provides for education, health and nutritional services.
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Bradford Journal Photo December 2nd at Bradford #1 Northern Tier Head Start on Russell Blvd. we see Travis on the left and Ava on the right, both 4-years-old, working in the math and science center. Their class will soon be working on “Holidays Around the World”.
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Brian Enjoys Himself
Bradford Journal Photo Three-year-old Brian, enjoys himself in the general workstation at the Bradford #2 Northern Tier Head Start, on December 2nd at the YWCA. The program offers educational, health and nutritional services.
Barracudas Pose At Y Before Dual Meet
Bradford Journal Photo Warm-ups were over Saturday, December 3rd, at the Bradford Family YMCA and these young Barracudas swimmers pose for us just before their dual meet with the (Erie) County team (from the Edinboro area). Left to right are Alisa Williams 9, cadet; Ellery Signor 11, prep; Indra Lopus 11, prep; Karl Gangloff 10, Cadet; Mackenzie Lucas 8, Midget; and Laryssa Webster 7, Midget. They tell us they were a little nervous but confidant.
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ON THE HEALTHY SIDE Add a Flu Shot to your List of New Year’s Resolutions!
It’s not too late for family members of all generations to get vaccinated against influenza (NAPSI)—Many Americans associate influenza with the fall, but you may be surprised to learn that during many flu seasons, influenza activity doesn’t peak until winter or early spring. In fact, virus activity peaked in February or later in approximately half of the past 35 flu seasons. That is why the American Lung Association is spreading the message about the importance of influenza vaccination throughout the winter months and beyond as part of its Faces of Influenza campaign. Everyone 6 months of age and older is recommended for annual immunization, which is safe and effective and the best way to help prevent influenza. With vaccination recommended and beneficial into the winter months, make it your New Year’s resolution to get immunized—It’s not too late, and you’ll be helping to protect your health and those around you in one simple and achievable step. After being immunized, it takes about two weeks for the body to develop a protective response to the flu vaccine. Parents-don’t forget that children 6 months through 8 years of age receiving a flu shot for the first time need two doses approximately one month apart for optimal protection. “We are all ‘faces’ of influenza and are recommended by public health officials to get vaccinated this and every year,” said Norman H. Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Lung Association. “It’s not too late for family members of all generations to help protect themselves from this potentially deadly disease through immunization.” About Influenza Influenza is a serious respiratory illness that kills thousands annually in the U.S. and hospitalizes even more. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and
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he holiday season is the perfect time to gather around the table with friends and family and share delicious dishes and treats. Every family has their traditional favorites — whether sweet or savory. Consider giving your traditional holiday feast a creative twist with these three recipes. They all feature the freshroasted taste of Jif® Peanut Butter, a versatile ingredient that complements both sweet and savory dishes, turning simple recipes into new holiday classics. Peanut Butter Caramel French Toast: This decadent breakfast or brunch dish can be prepared the night before, so all you have to do in the morning is pop it in the oven. It’s an easy way to start the day off with friends and family. Rigatoni Romesco with Grilled Shrimp: This flavorful pasta dish features peanut butter in a zesty red sauce with grilled shrimp. And it comes together in no time — which means you have more time to enjoy the company of good friends. Apple Cranberry Peanut Butter Crisp: Take baked apples to a whole new level with a peanut butter crumble topping. It’s so good you might want to make two and save one for later. For more sweet and savory holiday recipes with a peanutty twist, visit www.jif.com.
Peanut Butter Caramel French Toast Servings: 8 Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 45 minutes Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 12 1-inch-thick slices French bread 6 large eggs, beaten 1 1/2 cups milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon almond extract Whipped cream or whipped butter 1. Coat 13 x 9-inch baking dish with no-stick cooking spray. Stir brown sugar, butter, peanut butter and corn syrup in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened. Pour peanut butter mixture into baking dish. Place bread slices over mixture, trimming to fit. 2. Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, vanilla and almond extracts in a medium bowl. Pour egg mixture over bread. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight. 3. Heat oven to 350°F. Remove cover. Bake 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Invert onto large serving platter. Cut into servings. Serve with whipped cream or whipped butter.
Create Your Own Classics — and Win Now through January 18, 2012, creative cooks can share original recipes using at least two tablespoons of Jif Peanut Butter in Sweet and Savory categories for the chance to win one of two $10,000 kitchen makeovers in the Jif New Classics Recipe Contest. Complete Official Rules are available at www.jif.com. Contest open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 years or older. Void where prohibited.
Apple Cranberry Peanut Butter Crisp Servings: 9 Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 40 minutes 6 cups peeled, sliced Gala apples (about 3 large) 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Topping 6 tablespoons Pillsbury Best® All Purpose Flour 3 tablespoons toasted wheat germ 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 cup Jif Omega-3 Creamy Peanut Butter 1/2 cup chopped walnuts Smucker’s® Sundae Syrup™ Caramel Flavored Syrup (optional) or Smucker’s Sugar Free Sundae Syrup Caramel Flavored Syrup 1. Heat oven to 375°F. Stir apples, cranberries, 1/4 cup brown sugar and cinnamon until coated. Spoon evenly in 9 x 9-inch baking pan. 2. Mix flour, wheat germ and 1/4 cup brown sugar in medium bowl. Cut in peanut butter with fork until crumbs form. Stir in walnuts. Crumble over apples. 3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until apples are fork tender and top is golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Drizzle with caramel flavored syrup, if desired. Serve warm.
Rigatoni Romesco with Grilled Shrimp Servings: 6 Cooking Time: 20 minutes 2 tablespoons Crisco® 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided, plus 1/3 cup olive oil 3 cloves garlic, divided and chopped 1 slice white bread 1 cup Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter 1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, undrained 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley 2 teaspoons salt, divided 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon paprika 3 pounds (about 3 dozen) large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 (16-ounce) package rigatoni pasta, cooked according to package directions and kept warm Optional Garnish Chopped Italian parsley, chopped peanuts or roasted red pepper strips 1. Add 1 tablespoon oil and 2 cloves garlic to a large non-stick skillet on medium heat. Sauté and stir about 1 minute. 2. Transfer garlic to small bowl. Add bread to skillet and cook 2 minutes on each side until toasted. Remove bread and tear into large pieces. 3. Place sautéed garlic, remaining clove raw garlic, bread, peanut butter and roasted red peppers in food processor and purée well. Add in pepper flakes, tomatoes, parsley, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, vinegar, chili powder and paprika; purée. With processor running, add 1/3 cup oil gradually through the feed tube and mix well. Return sauce to skillet and heat thoroughly. Keep warm. 4. Heat grill. Season shrimp with remaining 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1 tablespoon oil in large bowl. Stir to combine. Grill about 2 minutes on each side or until opaque. 5. Place pasta on large platter. Top with sauce, then shrimp. Serve hot. Garnish with Italian parsley, chopped peanuts and red peppers if desired. Serve hot.
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CHRONOLOGICAL LISTINGS Engagements, Marriages, Births & Deaths ENGAGEMENTS:
PIUPO/ BAUMGART/ Former Bradford residents Thomas Pupo and E l i z a beth Berry of Warren have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Pupo, to Stephen Baumgart, the son of Stephen and Linda Baumgart of Falconer, N.Y. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Warren High School and attended Clarion University. Her fiance is a graduate of Falconer Central School. A June 16,
2012, wedding is planned. MITCHELL/ TAYLOR Bobbi Jo Mitchell of Smethport and David John W i l laim Taylor of Gifford are engaged and plan to wed on May 12, 2012. The bride-elect, daughter of Patrick Mitchell and Jackie Tanner, both of Smethport, is a 2009 graduate of Smethport Area Junior-Senior High School. The groomelect, son of David and Julie Taylor of Gifford, is a 2010
ford NOV. 26: Son, Nov. 26, to Dianna and Rodney Swank, Bradford NOV. 27: Son, Nov. 27, to Keith and Amanda Tarr, Olean NOV. 28: Daughter, Nov. 28, to Nicole Zimmerman, Bradford DEC. 1: MARRIAGES: Daughter, Dec. 1, Crystal and Ted (None) Slater, Kane DEC. 2: BIRTHS: Son, Dec. 2, to Kayla Lyons and NOV. 25: Daughter, Nov. 25, Zachery Parslow, Bradford to Nicole and Andy Reid, Bradgraduate of Smethport Area J u n i o r- S e n i o r High School. Both are pursuing degrees in industrial engineering at Penn State University in University P a r k and will have engineering internships this summer in Philadelphia.
DEATHS: NOV. 22, 2011: HECTOR, Bruce A. – 54, of Smethport, PA. NOV. 26, 2011: BURDICK, Rev. Harold – 85, of Inverness, FL, formerly of Smethport, PA. BULLERS, John – 77, of Erie, formerly of Bradford, PA. NOV. 28, 2011: ALDEN, Rev. John D. – 86, of Emporium, PA. CEDAR, Rose M.
Bradley – 78, of Bradford, PA. KILMER, Gerald – 66, of Kane, PA. TRASK, Gary O. – 61, of Shinglehouse, PA. NOV. 29, 2011: RIALE, Beverly J. Turner – 76, of Port Allegany, PA. DEC. 1, 2011: KABER, Cary R. – 76, of Bradford, PA. NOBLIT, James H. – 84, of Bradford, PA. DEC. 2, 2011: SWEET, Joseph J. – 62, of Bradford, PA.
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ARIES - (Mar. 21 - Apr. 19) This week, it will become increasingly apparent that a decision surrounding your continued commitment to a cause or an individual must be made. TAURUS - (Apr. 20 - May 20) Trust that what is about to be removed in your world is being done for something more appropriate and helpful to take its place. GEMINI - (May 21 - June 20) You’re about to abandon something that has weighed you down for too long. Prepare to experience joy and relief through not having to shoulder a particular burden anymore. CANCER - (June 21 - July 22) It’s time for you to lose the character you’ve become through bracing and protecting yourself recently. The front you’ve adopted and possibly grown used to is no longer necessary. LEO - (July 23, - Aug. 22) A certain person doesn’t share your beliefs about what’s best for them. They believe success or contentment lies elsewhere. Allow them to move on. VIRGO - (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) This week, all you need to do is be receptive to change. Opportunities to make improvements will present themselves. LIBRA - (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) Your impatience or anxiety surrounding an uncertain situation is likely to cause you to want to achieve a result or accelerate receipt of an answer that seems to be taking too long to arrive. SCORPIO - (Oct. 23, - Nov. 21) The ending occurring in your world could be perceived as a setback. It could be the source of resentment. It’s important you recognize how it’s simply the end of one chapter and beginning of much more appropriate one. SAGITTARIUS - (Nov. 22 - Dec. 2 A bit more information needs to come to light though before you’re able to make a decision. CAPRICORN - (Dec. 21 - Jan. 19) You’re being appreciated and recognized as the provider of solutions and can only benefit this week by helping others. AQUARIUS - (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) Someone in your world is about to play a more important or integral role where your security and future happiness is concerned. PISCES - (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20) Discussions that have been ongoing, possibly in a frustrating way through no resolution being reached, look set to reach a stage where you can breathe a sigh of relief. This week, something clicks where a cherished plan is concerned.
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JUST PASSING TIME THEME: “HOLIDAY MOVIES” ACROSS: 1. Happens in back 6. *”Santa Claus is Coming to Town” originally aired on this network 9. Popular white fish 12. Before Part II 13. Follows soh 14. “Put your thinking ___ __” 16. Madama Butterfly’s soli, e.g. 17. a.k.a. Tokyo 18. Not together 19. *Boy who’s told, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid” 21. *Misfit ungulate 23. Actor ___ Holbrook 24. ____ in captivity 25. Western European Union 28. 100 centavos in Mexico 30. Start of basketball game 35. Chunk or lump 37. Rounded protuberance 39.Young eel 40. Ayatollah Khamenei’s home 41. “World” in Italian 43. Troubled currency 44. Drinker 46. Thick, messy substances 47. ____ Alda
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Are You Getting The Right Prescription at the Pharmacy Counter? (NAPSI)--New survey data, sponsored by AstraZeneca*, reveals that 84 percent of American patients surveyed feel that their physician should be the leading decision maker in what prescription medications they take for a condition. Moreover, the same survey indicates that 87 percent of these patients want to be told at the pharmacy if they are not getting their originally prescribed medication.1 Unfortunately, that is not always the case. It is possible that the patient’s health insurance company may contact the patient, their doctor, or pharmacist and ask that the patient be changed from the currently prescribed medication to a different drug in the same therapeutic category. This practice, initiated by the insurance companies, is called therapeutic substitution.2 Therapeutic substitution can be a good thing because it could reduce costs, but there can be differences among medications. It’s important that patients be involved with health care decisions and be informed about the medication they are prescribed and that they are receiving at the pharmacy.2 According to the National Consumers League, a nonprofit advocacy group representing consumers on marketplace and workplace issues, therapeutic substitution often occurs with statins which are drugs that can help lower cholesterol levels.3 However, it is important to know that no two drugs in one therapeutic class are exactly the same and not all of them have FDA-approved generic forms. For example, there is no generic version of CRESTOR® (rosuvastatin calcium). When diet and exercise alone aren’t enough, adding CRESTOR can help. In adults, CRESTOR is prescribed along with diet to lower high cholesterol, and to slow the buildup of plaque in arteries, as part of a treatment plan to lower cholesterol to goal. CRESTOR is not right for everyone, including anyone who has previously had an allergic reaction to CRESTOR, anyone with liver problems, or woman who are nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant. Please see additional safety information below. Knowing your rights as a patient can help you navigate conversations with your provider and pharmacist if you do find yourself faced with therapeutic substitution. When your doctor prescribes a medication, it is because he or she feels it is the right one for you. So, what can patients do to ensure they get the medication that they’ve been prescribed? • If applicable, make sure your doctor writes “medically necessary,” “may not substitute,” or “dispense as written” on the prescription, as required by the state you live in • Before leaving the physician’s office,
be sure you understand why your doctor has prescribed that specific medication • Take the time to ask your pharmacist questions and ensure you’re getting the medicine you’ve been prescribed and check before you leave the pharmacy • Be familiar with what your medication looks like • Request that your physician and/or regular pharmacist puts a note in your electronic record explaining that you take a particular medication and that it should not be changed • Tell your doctor and/or check with your insurance plan, if your medication is changed without doctor/patient communication Learning the facts about therapeutic substitution and remembering these helpful tips will ensure that you receive “just what the doctor ordered”! *The AstraZeneca-sponsored survey, conducted by StrategyOne using Toluna field services, was fielded online between May 19 and May 23, 2011 among a nationwide cross-section of 1,000 U.S. adults aged 18 and older. The overall margin of error was ± 3.1 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence interval. For more information on CRESTOR, please visit CRESTOR.com Important Safety Information about CRESTOR® (rosuvastatin calcium) Tablets CRESTOR is not right for everyone, including anyone who has previously had an allergic reaction to CRESTOR, anyone with liver problems, or women who are nursing, pregnant, or who may become
pregnant. Your doctor should do blood tests before and during treatment with CRESTOR to monitor your liver function. Unexplained muscle pain or weakness could be a sign of a rare but serious side effect and should be reported to your doctor right away. Elevated blood sugar levels have been reported with statins, including CRESTOR. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any medications. The most common side effects are headache, muscle aches, abdominal pain, weakness, and nausea. Please read the full Prescribing Information. If you have any questions concerning CRESTOR, please visit CRESTOR.com or contact AstraZeneca at 1-800-CRESTOR. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Feeding Baby—The First Three Years (NAPSI)—Sleep schedules, diaper changes and when to feed the baby are only some of the things parents worry about during their child’s first three years. Another is making sure baby is getting the nutrition he or she needs. What and how much babies need to eat changes as they grow, and understanding these stages is important, especially if you have a baby with a food allergy. 0−6 months Throughout the first six months, it’s crucial to give your baby the nutrients and foods he or she needs. For mothers who breast-feed their baby, ensure you are eating 2,500−2,800 calories a day. Some who breast-feed their baby have trouble getting their necessary vitamins; contact your physician if you think you may need supplements. Mothers who feed their baby infant formula should ensure it includes DHA and ARA, nutrients found in breast milk. DHA and ARA are critical to promoting brain and eye development in your baby. If you think your baby has a food allergy, at this age it’s likely a milk allergy. If you’re breastfeeding your infant, remove all allergens from your diet including dairy products. For those using infant formula, if your baby is diagnosed with a food allergy, talk to your pediatrician about switching to an elemental formula like Neocate®, which also contains DHA and ARA. 6−12 months Six months of age is the healthy time to
introduce your baby to solid foods. “Adding solid foods to a child’s diet is an important milestone in his or her development,” says Steven Yannicelli, Ph.D., R.D., vice president of medical and scientific affairs for Nutricia North America. “As you gradually introduce your child to solid food, it is important to continue to give him or her formula separately or mixed with cereals. If there is any concern
Home Entertainment Choices Can Help Ease Holiday Season Budgets, Save Time And Reduce Stress (NAPSI)—It’s holiday season, and for many that can mean long lines, time crunches and short tempers. Indeed, the National Retail Federation expects holiday retail sales for 2011 to increase 2.8 percent, to $465.6 billion. Additionally, nearly six in 10 holiday shoppers (59.9 percent) say they plan to take advantage of retailers’ sales and discounts to make additional nongift purchases for themselves and their families during the holiday season. But there’s good news for time-strapped, budget-conscious consumers looking to treat themselves and their families to more relaxing activities and avoid the long holiday lines. It’s home entertainment—particularly this season’s movies. Movies bring families together and cable providers bring movies into homes, saving consumers valuable time and money. Entertainment from Movies on Demand on cable delivers to digital cable subscribers the latest movies, often weeks before the DVD can be rented. With just a click of the remote and for only a few dollars, movie lovers can enjoy recent theatrical
releases, as well as favorite flicks and seasonal classics—instantly. No waiting in line at a vending machine, and every movie listed on the menu is always in stock. Current and future film releases are listed at www.rentmoviesondemand.com. Here are a few examples: Ralph Fiennes wreaks havoc in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” Johnny Depp takes another swashbuckling journey in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” Those gleeful kids of the hit TV show “Glee” take center stage in “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie”; Jim Carrey delights in “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”; “The Smurfs” fall into our world. And this holiday season there’s something for the grown-ups, too. Viola Davis
of food allergies, introduce solid foods slowly.” If you are worried about food allergic reactions but want to start on solid foods, check out Neocate Nutra. It’s a hypoallergenic, semisolid medical food similar to yogurt that you can feed children over 6 months old. 1−3 years By age 1, your baby will have a larger appetite and graduated to fruits, vegetables and whole grains. In this age group, many children are able to get the majority of their nutrition from solid foods while still drinking milk. However, if your little one has milk and food allergies, it can be more difficult because they are limited in the types of solid foods that may be tolerated. “Growing children with food allergies may not always get the nutrition they need solely from solid foods. Providing them an elemental formula specially formulated for their age may be necessary,” says Yannicelli. For more information on nutrition for children with food allergies, visit: www.neocate.com risks everything when she speaks from the heart and tells it like it is in “The Help,” along with Emmy Award winner Allison Janney. Then grab your “kitchen pass”port and head to Thailand for another bachelor party gone seriously wrong in “The Hangover, Part II.” With fun movies like these available in your own home, family holidays can be more relaxing; even last-minute shopping may seem easier.
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Geothermal Heat Pumps Generate Savings (NAPSI)—Here’s hot news: Homeowners who invest in a geothermal heating and cooling system receive savings not only at the time of installation, but well into the future. The system reduces energy consumption, lowers utility bills and increases home resale values. How it Works A geothermal home comfort system taps into the abundant source of free solar heat energy stored in the earth and uses a series of pipes (called an earth loop) buried in the ground to move that heat into the home during cold weather and remove it during warm weather. This same heat energy can be used for a radiant floor system or domestic hot water heating. Lower Taxes Homeowners who install a geothermal system before December 31, 2016, can take advantage of a federal renewable energy tax credit that offers a tax incentive of 30 percent of the installed cost of the system. What’s more, the credit is retroactive to January 1, 2009 and can be used in combination with utility rebates and other tax incentives, where available, to make geothermal systems more affordable than ever. An Improved Economy Once installed, the system significantly reduces energy consumption, saving homeowners as much as 70 percent on their heating and cooling bills throughout the year. Because geothermal systems use the free renewable supply of energy found in the backyard, the use of geothermal reduces U.S. dependency on foreign oil while encouraging energy production in the United States and helping to create jobs in renewable industries. Less Pollution Meanwhile, homeowners can reduce their carbon footprints. That’s because geothermal systems do not emit carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases that are considered major contributors to environmental air pollution. More Money and Time In many cases, having a geothermal system means a higher resale value for the house. According to the experts at Water-
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Messy Times And How To Handle Them (NAPSI)—At-home holiday and other big get-togethers can nearly triple the weekly cleaning time spent by women, according to a national survey conducted by research firm StrategyOne. Already, women spend almost two hours cleaning their homes each week. Big gatherings can add almost four hours to that. The messiest holidays of all, the survey found, are Christmas, considered the messiest by 57.3 percent of respondents, followed by Thanksgiving with 32.5 percent, New Year’s at 3.4 percent and Halloween with 2.5 percent saying it’s the messiest. What the Survey Discovered Other cleaning trends the survey, commissioned by Georgia-Pacific, the maker of Brawny® paper towels, found include: • Eighty-four percent of American women in the survey said their home is anywhere from extremely clean to moderately clean on a typical day, and 83 percent believe others would agree with that assessment. • When it comes to help, two- thirds of women said they would like assistance with cleaning, more so than other household tasks including cooking (11.6 percent), laundry (6.4 percent), ironing (4.8 percent), pet care (3.9 percent) and babysitting (3.3 percent). Nevertheless, only
one-third of women actually get help with household chores. Among those who do receive help, half typically get it from their spouse or significant other and 17 percent from their children. • Cleaning up after pets (27.1 percent) was noted as being just as hard as cleaning up after a significant other (25.6 percent) and more difficult than cleaning up after a child (20.1 percent). • Scrubbing the tub or shower (30 percent), cleaning the toilet (14.7 percent), mopping the floor (13.5 percent), dusting (11.4 percent) and cleaning windows (11 percent) are the chores women least enjoy. • Taking out the trash is the one task women are most likely to rely on a housemate to handle (36.8 percent), followed by vacuuming (10.9 percent) and cooking (8.5 percent). • Dishwashing liquid and paper towels such as Brawny® are the favorite one-two punch in the kitchen and the most important cleaning tools for making the kitchen spotless. For more information, visit: www.brawnytowels.com or call (800) 283-5547 or join the discussion at www.facebook.com/brawnytowels
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How Women And Men Handle Diabetes (NAPSI)—The differences between women and men include how they view the effect diabetes has on their lives, according to a recent survey. The study, conducted as part of a collaboration between WebMD and Rite Aid, found that women, more than men, reported that diabetes had a greater negative effect on their emotional outlook as well as their compliance with diet and exercise. “The survey results make sense when you consider women play multiple roles— employee, homemaker and caretaker, often for both children and parents,” said Dr. Carolyn Daitch, director of the Center for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders and a psychologist with 30 years’ experience treating anxiety in patients with chronic medical conditions. “Having ready access to resources such as a pharmacist who can provide guidance and tools for self-care and practical, easy-to-implement recommendations for a healthy lifestyle can be very valuable in helping manage diabetes.” Other Findings • Half of the women who reported being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes say they feel overwhelmed, while less than a third of men report similar feelings. • Just over half the women feel in control of their diabetes compared to more than two-thirds of the men. • Women are less likely to maintain healthy lifestyles. Just over a third exercise 30 minutes or more daily while nearly half the men claim to. Just 45 percent of women avoid sweet and salty snacks compared to 56 percent of men. • Women living with diabetes, particularly those ages 45 to 64, are enthusiastic about
tools that can help them manage it, such as diabetic-friendly recipes and tips for eating right, e-mail newsletters, savings on diabetes-related products, and videos and articles about diet, exercise and symptoms. Fortunately, all these resources are available through Rite Aid’s new wellness+ for diabetes. It features access to specially trained pharmacists who can answer diabetes medication questions, as well as special savings on diabetes-related products.
How To Give Yourself A Financial Checkup (NAPSI)—Any time can be the right time to give yourself a thorough financial tune-up. Here are a few tips on how to get started. Review your credit cards. Do you have a stellar credit score? With industry competition fierce for your business, you may be able to ask for—and receive—a lower Annual Percentage Rate (APR). While the average variable APR for credit cards is 14.46 percent, those with super high credit scores can actually cut that in half. If you’re among that elite crowd and aren’t happy with your current rate or terms, try contacting customer service. You could negotiate your way to a better rate, or possibly persuade them to waive the annual charge. What’s your get-out-of-debt plan? If you’ve ever thought about making a dent in your debt (or changing your credit habits), now’s the time to create a plan to gain control of your credit for good. Try keeping a journal and tracking your spending patterns. After a few weeks, you’ll have a better idea of where the money goes and where you might be able to make some
John A. Addison changes. Check your emergency savings. Do you have three to six months’ salary stashed? If not, you’re not alone-a majority of Americans say they don’t have enough cash on hand to cover a $1,000 emergency expense. To find extra cash for your emergency fund, you may want to take on more work or look for ways to trim some of the “ex-
In addition, members have exclusive online access to a special section of WebMD’s “Diabetes head2toe” lifestyle management tools. This includes a Personal Diabetes Work Plan—customized for each individual member—with a daily glucose tracker, a weekly workout log, recipes, meal-planning tips, monthly lifestyle summary reports, and stories of people who live healthy, balanced lives with diabetes. To learn more, visit www.riteaid.com/ diabetes and WebMD.com/diabeteshead2toe
tras” from your monthly bills. Review your life insurance coverage. If you have had a change in your life—such as the birth of a new baby—this is crucial. Financial experts generally recommend about six to 10 times your annual salary. Reshop your auto insurance. If you haven’t comparison shopped your rates lately, give it a try. For an identical sixmonth policy, costs can vary as much as $500 across carriers—yet it’s estimated that only 20 percent of consumers actually take the time to shop around. Do you have a will? Two-thirds of Americans do not, according to a 2010 survey. You can pay a lawyer to create a will, or ask your Primerica representative about the Primerica Legal Protection Program (PLPP), which includes free will preparation. To learn more, visit: www.primerica.com Mr. Addison is Primerica’s Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Primerica Distribution.
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Is Your Child’s Reflux/Spitting Up A Point Of Concern? (NAPSI)—For most infants, spitting up is perfectly normal. Usually, it goes away on its own after a year or two. Sometimes, however, it’s not just a phase and something a doctor needs to check. It could be gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Reflux occurs when stomach contents flow back into the esophagus. Under normal circumstances, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) acts like a valve to prevent this backflow. Because it usually takes about 12 months for the LES to mature, infants do occasionally spit up. Even beyond that time, almost all children experience some reflux, and in most cases, it’s of no concern. When reflux causes troublesome symptoms, it is called GERD. Parents and caregivers might not think to suspect it because the child might not be able to accurately describe the symptoms. Parents should be aware that continued reflux can irritate the esophagus, sometimes leading to tissue damage, poor weight gain and respiratory problems. Signs and symptoms of GERD include: • raspy or hoarse-sounding voice • chronic cough • recurrent pneumonia in a neurologically handicapped child • wheezing • difficult or painful swallowing • regurgitation • frequent sore throat • weight loss • heartburn (in older children). “If you suspect your child has GERD, you should contact your doctor to discuss the symptoms,” explains Nancy J. Norton, president and founder of IFFGD, the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. “Left untreated, a child or teenager might have difficulty sleeping or eating. Their growth also might be affected or they could become increasingly more uncomfortable. This doesn’t have to happen. Treatments are available.” When checking for GERD, doctors need a reliable description of symptoms from the parent or child. Other conditions, such as an allergic inflammation of the esophagus called “eosinophilic esophagitis,” can mimic GERD symptoms. The doctor, after examining the child, may recommend tests to check the esophagus, stomach and small intestine for problems. Treatments vary, depending on the child’s symptoms and age. Often, a doctor will suggest that families first try lifestyle and dietary changes. In infants, this might mean thickening the cereal or other feeding, providing more frequent feedings, taking care not to overfeed, and keeping the head elevated, especially during the first hour after a meal.
In older children, lifestyle changes might include: • Having the child eat more frequent, smaller meals; • Avoiding feeding the child two to three hours before bed; • Raising the head of the child’s bed 6 to 8 inches by putting blocks of wood under the bedposts;
changes, prescription or over-the-counter medications might be suggested. Some of these medications help decrease the amount of acid made in the stomach, or they keep acid from backing up into the esophagus. Other medications help improve the movement of food through the digestive tract. You can learn more about GERD and its treatment from your pediatrician or by • Avoiding carbonated drinks, chocolate, ordering the IFFGD’s free information caffeine and foods that are high in fat or packet. It can be obtained from iffgd@ contain a great deal of acid—many citrus iffgd.org, (414) 964-1799 or www.aboutfruits, for example—or spices. GERD.org If symptoms do not improve with these
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HGTV Host Emily Henderson Shares Secrets For Seasonal Home Styling (NAPSI)—When the weather outside is frightful, a cozy home is so delightful. Emily Henderson, HGTV “Design Star” winner and host of “Secrets From A Stylist,” shares her tips for creating a winter wonderland with timeless items from the Lands’ End Home Collection. “Whether hosting holiday festivities or an afternoon of winter fun, it can be easy to create a warm, inviting atmosphere that encourages friends and family to relax, unwind and stay awhile,” says Henderson. “With just a few small changes, ordinary spaces can transform into a magical, memorable destination.” Here she shares her tips for creating a winter wonderland: 1. Keep it fresh. Fresh greenery is to winter what fresh flowers are to summer. Welcome guests indoors and out by hanging wreaths in the window with a ribbon for a classic, polished look. Instigate fun with family and friends with fresh mistletoe. Or infuse spaces with the scents of the season using scented candles and oil diffusers. 2. Make little changes for a big impact. Changing out accent pieces, such as pillows and throws, is a simple and affordable way to transform a space. Pieces like the Needlepoint Houndstooth Pillow Cover and the Let It Snow Pillow Cover from Lands’ End offer a festive pop of color in patterns that extend beyond the holiday season. Mix and match them with solids for a bold statement. 3. Make it personal. Create a unique, inviting home with monogrammed items. Add initials to tablecloths, napkins and table runners to create an everyday gathering place that will be enjoyed all winter long. You can personalize throws and accent pillows for a living room that’s one of a kind. 4. Dial up the warmth. Incorporate soft, plush textures to add warmth to any room.
Velvet offers irresistible luxury, while wool and knit items create a comfy, homey feel. Choose classic patterns, such as the navy and white stripe of the Lands’ End Mariner Knit Throw, to serve as a building block for other seasonal items. 5. Create a focal point. Spruce up the hearth. Give holiday greenery new life by changing out bows and adding new wintery accents. Swap stockings with rustic items, such as the Lands’ End Birch Bark Candles and Vine Tree Set, that features elegant pine tree silhouettes crafted out of wood.
6. Don’t put those ornaments away. Ornaments can do double duty. After the tree comes down, place winter-themed ornaments in shapes like snowflakes, leaves or mittens around the house as decorative accents. Choose ornaments made from materials such as pewter or antiqued “mercury glass” for a timeless look. Learn More: For more home decorating ideas, visit www.landsend.com and click on “For the Home,” call a Lands’ End Personal Shopper at (800) 707-2244 or visit Henderson’s blog at: www.stylebyemilyhenderson.com
Make Your Season Sparkle (NAPSI)—A simple way to add seasonal magic and joy is to choose gifts that sparkle. When making your gift list and checking it twice, consider all that glitters— whether it be ornaments, housewares or fashion jewelry. Given the season, you may want to start with ornaments. For 20 years, Swarovski’s Annual Edition Ornament has adorned Christmas trees and homes. This year’s modern star design sparkles with exceptional brilliance. The star-themed Pleasure necklace, made of clear crystals, sparkles just like shooting stars. The Pin-Up necklace is punctuated by gold and clear-colored spheres, bound together by black ribbon, In the Crystalline housewares collecwhile the Prime Time necklace and brace- tion, minicrystals lend shine to champagne let are Art Deco inspired.
flutes, wine glasses, vases, photo frames and candle holders. This holiday collection can help make your season sparkle. These gifts are available at Swarovski boutiques, authorized retailers and at www.swarovski.com