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There is something for just about everyone during the month of October. Take a look at several things to celebrate this month. • October was officially declared National Popcorn Poppin’ Month in 1999 by thenSecretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. Popcorn is a member of the maize family along with five other types of corn – pod, sweet, flour, dent, and flint. However, only popcorn pops. A kernel has the potential to pop up to 3 feet (.9 meter) in the air. A cup of air-popped popcorn is definitely your best choice – this snack has just 31 calories, compared to 55 calories for popcorn popped in oil. Lightly butter that cup of popcorn and the count zooms up to 133 calories.
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OCTOBER CELEBRATIONS (continued): participating in pollination. The bumblebee bat, the world’s smallest mammal, weighs less than a penny, while the largest bat has a six-foot (1.8-m) wingspan. Most bats feed on insects, with the average brown bat consuming up to 1,000 bugs in one hour. A very small percentage dine on fish, mice, and frogs. Out of the 1,200 species, just three are vampires, and all three are native only to Latin America. Although these blood drinkers are perceived as frightful, their saliva contains an enzyme that dissolves blood clots, beneficial in treating human stroke victims. Many people associate bats with rabies, but in the U.S., an average of only two people die per year from rabies from a bat. • It’s estimated that more than 20 million Americans are philatelists, that is, they collect stamps! Because it’s one of the world’s most popular hobbies, October is National Stamp Collecting Month. It’s unlikely there are many collectors who own any of the first two U.S. stamps ever printed, stamps featuring Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, in 1847. However, there were 120 million copies made of the most popular stamp, a 1993 stamp of Elvis Presley. Famous folks who have enjoyed this hobby include Franklin Roosevelt, Warren Buffet, James Earl Jones, James Michener, and John Lennon.
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1. MOVIES: Who played the male lead in the movie musical “Grease”? 2. GEOGRAPHY: Luzon is the main island of which nation? 3. HISTORY: When was the Sherman Antitrust Act approved? 4. TELEVISION: Which 1980s comedy show featured a character named “Reverend Jim”? 5. FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: What 20th-century American writer and monk said, “Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul”? 6. MUSIC: What was the nationality of composer Franz Liszt? 7. U.S. STATES: Which state’s nickname is “The North Star State”? 8. THEATER: Which play featured the song “Food, Glorious Food”? 9. MONEY: What is the basic currency of Albania? 10. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which president once said that the United States “never had to put up a wall to keep our people in”? Answers
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(c) 2012 Donna Erickson Dist. by King Features Synd. It’s apple season! That means it’s time to make your way to a local apple orchard and harvest your own. Many orchards are jam-packed with additional things to do in the crisp fall air, such as hay rides, corn mazes and walking trails. You’ll be tempted with a neverending array of treats, from apple cider to doughnuts and caramel apples. But no trip is complete without the experience of picking apples fresh off the tree with your kids and bringing them home to enjoy for snacking, applesauce-making and our family favorite, apple-pie baking.
it in the pan at the center point of the foil. Set a 22-inch long piece of plastic wrap over the foil.
One year, when we came home with an extra basketful, I thought about how great it would be to preserve that fresh taste of our favorite local apples and enjoy them in a warm apple pie come wintertime.
4. Remove pie plate and set frozen pie-shaped apple filling “package” in a plastic freezer bag. Freeze up to four months.
That’s when a friend reminded me of her novel idea of freezing fresh apple pie filling in the shape of a pie pan. A few months later, when chilly, snowy days were upon us and the family longed for the taste of fall, the frozen filling was placed in a pie shell and baked. While you peel, core and slice apples for a pie or crisp this week, prepare some extras and freeze them. You’ll be glad you did. Here’s how to make ahead and freeze apple filling for a two-crust pie: 1. Set a 22-inch sheet of wide aluminum foil over the pie pan you will use for baking. Mold
2. Peel, core and thinly slice 6 cups tart apples, and place them in a bowl. Toss with 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Stir in a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt. 3. Pour apple mixture onto the plastic wrap in pie pan. Press firmly and form a rounded top. Bring edges of plastic wrap together to seal. Repeat with foil. Freeze overnight.
5. To bake apple pie, preheat oven to 375 F. Set unwrapped frozen apple filling in a 9-inch pastry-lined pan. Do not let it thaw. Dot with 1 tablespoon unsalted butter. Place top crust over filling. Cut slits to vent, then seal and flute. Set on a foillined baking sheet. Allow 20-30 extra minutes of baking time, or until filling is bubbling through the slits. Tip: Cover loosely with foil if crust gets too brown before the filling bubbles. *** Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.”
October is filled with tributes to cake decorating. It’s been dubbed National Bake and Decorate Month, National Angel Food Cake Day is October 10, National Cake Decorating Day is October 15, and National Chocolate Cupcake Day is October 18. Tidbits brings you some sweet facts about these confections. • The first known written reference to a cupcake was in a 1796 recipe in American Cookery, where the treat was referred to as “a cake to be baked in small cups.” It was actually called a “cupcake” in the 1828 publication Seventy-Five Recipes for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats. • The term “cupcake” was two-fold. Before the days of muffin tins, cupcakes were originally baked in heavy pottery cups or ramekins, and were called cupcakes because of the baking medium. The name was also derived from the ingredients’ measurements. Cupcakes were frequently called number cakes, quarter cakes, or 1-2-3-4 cakes. The numerical nickname started as an easy way to remember the quantities of the four main ingredients – 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour, and 4 eggs. A cup of milk and a spoon of soda completed the recipe. • The British call cupcakes “fairy cakes,” while the Australians have given them the name “patty cakes.” • About 1.6 million viewers tune in each week to watch the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, a competition among bakers to create unique cupcakes. The program, which premiered in 2010, features four contestants who are eliminated one by one in three rounds. During Round One, competitors bake cupcakes corresponding to a certain theme which are judged on taste alone.
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--Hepatitis B --MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) --Shingles (herpes zoster) --Chickenpox (varicella) --Hepatitis A That’s quite a long list. And that’s where a potential problem lies: Should you have all those shots? No. Except for flu, most of these shots are not annual vaccines, per the CDC. For example, the Tdap is generally a booster every 10 years. A number of the others are only for those whose doctor recommends them. Some are taken in a series. And that’s where your doctor comes in. Before you line up for any shot, ask your doctor what you should get. Or have it done at the doctor’s office so it’s noted in your records. And remember that it takes two weeks for a flu shot to start working. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail. com.
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Mint copies of “Born to Be Bad” by Sheldon Lord, “Man Hungry” by Alan Marshall, “Incest Street” by Carlton Miller, and “Thrill Kids,” a Gold Medal book with a James Meese cover, are worth as much as $100 each. As with most collectibles, rarity and condition are extremely important. *** Q: I recently found an “Uncle Wiggily Water Color Box,” with 16 little vats of colors and a brush, all contained in a metal box. On the lid is Uncle Wiggily in full color. Do you have any idea of its value. I don’t think the set was ever used. -- Mark, Rio Rancho, N.M. A: In mint condition, $50 to $100, according to “A Century of Crayola Collectibles: A Price Guide” by Bonnie B. Rushlow and published by Hobby House Press. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to email@example.com. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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► When making pastry, start with cold ingredients; when making cakes and cookies, the ingredients should be room temperature. If you stick with this rule, you’ll have lovely, flaky pastry and warm, fluffy cake! ► “Keep rolls or breads warm at the table with this OLD trick: Line your bread basket with foil, shiny side out. Drape a towel over that, and snug the bread inside.” -- G.R. in Wisconsin
gauge whether your oven is too hot. These things more than any others will make a cake pop up in the center.” -- E.A. in Mississippi ► Here’s a fun way to spend a weekend morning: Making pancakes or waffles! Make a double (or triple, or more) batch, and make several varieties -- blueberries, chocolate chips, bananas, walnuts, strawberry, even pumpkin! Lay them out in layers and let cool. Stack separated with freezer paper in the freezer. They can be microwaved or toasted in minutes for an easy weekday breakfast.
► Want to know the secret to great biscuits? Handle the dough gently. The more you mess with it, the tougher the biscuits. If you use a cutter, dip it in water for each press, and DON’T twist: You’ll create a seal on the edges that will hinder the biscuit from rising, making it denser.
► Self-rising flour or all-purpose? There’s actually a pretty easy way to tell which is which. Self-rising flour has baking soda added to it, which tastes salty. If you’re facing a canister of flour and the recipe calls for all-purpose, give it a taste. If it’s self-rising, omit any baking soda added to your recipe.
► “Got a dome on your cake? Measure your ingredients well. Use a pan that is big enough. And if all else fails, use a thermometer to
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SWEET MONTH (continued): Round Two’s cupcakes are judged on taste and presentation, while Round Three challenges teams to produce 1,000 cupcakes in just two hours. The sum of $10,000 is awarded to the winner. • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s largest cupcake was produced by Gourmet Gift Baskets in August of 2009. It weighed in at 1,224 lbs. (555 kg) and required 800 eggs. There were about 2 million calories in the 4-foot tall, 10-foot wide cupcake. • Hostess cupcakes, the best-selling snack cake in history, came along in 1919. As a child, Florida resident Suzanne Rutland started up a Hostess Cupcake Club among her friends, and estimates that she has eaten more than 50,000 of the confections over her lifetime, sometimes as many as four per day. • The record for the most cupcakes eaten in one sitting is 29 cupcakes in 30 seconds. • If you plan to bake an angel food cake on October 10, you’ll need the whites of 12 eggs. Recipes for this dessert first appeared in the late 1800s, and it’s believed it derived its name from being so fluffy and light, it was “fit for the angels.” • October 23 is National Boston Cream Pie Day, set aside for baking this American favorite. It’s not a pie at all, but a round cake split and filled with a custard filling and frosted with chocolate. It made its debut at Boston’s Parker House Hotel in 1855 and is the official dessert of Massachusetts.
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If you find yourself frequently overdrawn at the bank, with checks being returned for Not Sufficient Funds, you could find yourself without a checking account. And you might not be able to get an account another bank -- at least not easily. According to FDIC Consumer News, banks closed 30 million consumer checking accounts in the past five years. If you lose your checking account, you’ll only have a few options when it comes to paying your bills. You can deliver the payment in cash if it’s local, or you can buy money orders to mail. You also won’t have access to an ATM machine for cash withdrawals. The inconvenience of not having a checking account goes even further -- to your credit record. If your bank reported your bounced checks to a credit-reporting agency (probably ChexSystems, as it handles the reporting for bad checks), it could stay on your record for five years. ChexSystems is a debt collector and reporting agency governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act laws. Per Consumer News, there are ways to try to fix the problem so you can have a checking account.
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On the right bank of the Seine in the heart of Paris stands the majestic Louvre, the most visited art museum in the world. But it wasn’t always a museum, as you’ll soon learn!
• The Louvre began as a towered fortress and arsenal to protect Paris, Europe’s largest city, from Anglo-Norman threat around the year 1200. In the mid-1300s, King Charles V ordered the transformation of the fortress into a royal residence. Its interior was filled with tapestries, ornate paneling, and art, while elaborate gardens were created in the courtyard. Two kings called it home until 1422, when it was abandoned for over 100 years. • The Louvre once again became home to royalty in the mid-1500s, when more wings were added as well as a corridor connecting the structure with the Tuileries, a newer palace that had been built nearby. Further construction was completed by Louis XIII, and the Louvre was dramatically enlarged. • When Louis XIV decided to build a permanent home at Versailles, all work was halted at the Louvre for another 100 years. The King made the decision for a gallery of sculptures to be housed in the abandoned palace. In 1793, the Louvre began its permanent function as a monument to science and the arts. Many of the Louvre’s masterpieces were the spoils of Napoleon I’s war conquests. After Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo, many of the works of art were returned to their original owners.
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1. Name the only French-born pitcher to toss a nohitter in the major leagues. 2. In the 12 World Series from 2000 through 2011, how many have included at least one team from Texas, California or New York? 3. How many times have the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers met in the playoffs? 4. What school has been to the most NCAA Tournaments in men’s basketball without winning a championship? 5. When was the last time the NHL regular-season conference champions met in the Stanley Cup Finals? 6. Jimmie Johnson tied a record in 2012 for most NASCAR Cup wins at Dover (seven). Who else has seven? 7. Who was the last British men’s tennis player before Andy Murray in 2012 to reach the final of the Wimbledon men’s singles? Answers
1. Charlie Lea of the Montreal Expos did it in 1981. 2. Eight of the 12. 3. Twice -- 1941 and 2010. 4. Notre Dame, with 32 appearances. 5. It was 2001 (New Jersey and Colorado). 6. Richard Petty and Bobby Allison. 7. Bunny Austin, in 1938.
• About 15,000 visitors tour the Louvre every day! Its 652,000 square feet (60,600 square meters) are filled with more than 380,000 objects, including 35,000 works of art, sculptures, and archaeological finds. There are more than 7,500 paintings dating from the 13th century up to 1848.
might, if you’ve been a customer for a long time and the overdrafts were mistakes that you cleared up immediately. Your bank is under no obligation to remove any accurate information, but it does have to report if the account is paid. Call ChexSystems yourself to see what is in your file. You can get instructions by calling them at 1-800-428-9623. ChexSystems is under no obligation to remove any accurate information from your file. But it is obligated to add a statement from you, if you submit it in writing to ChexSystems, Attn: Consumer Relations, 7805 Hudson Road, Suite 100, Woodbury, MN 55125. If you need a checking account after being turned down, keep trying. You might find a bank or credit union that will let you open an account, with restrictions. The key to maintaining a checking account is to carefully track your balance. Fees, automatic withdrawals, debit-card transactions and checks all get deducted. If two of you are on a joint account, be sure to communicate on a daily basis about what deposits and withdrawals you’ve made. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Spinal Stenosis Causes Back Pain DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 84 years old, and I have spinal stenosis, which is causing me pain. I would like to know more about it. Will you furnish more information? -- T.P. ANSWER: Spinal stenosis is a common back problem of older people. It’s said that 20 percent of those older than 60 have it. The spinal cord is an offshoot of the brain, and it travels from the brain to the lower back. It’s about the width of your little finger and is extremely delicate. That’s why nature encased it in backbones -- vertebrae. Running through the backbones is a tunnel, the spinal canal that serves to protect the cord. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the tunnel. It happens mostly in the neck and lower-back regions. Thickened ligaments surrounding the spinal cord or arthritic changes of the backbones impinge on the spinal cord or the nerves that spring from it. When the process occurs in the back, pain is felt there and often in the buttocks or thighs. The pain worsens if a person stands for too long. People can ease the pain by bending forward at the waist or by sitting down. Bending opens the tunnel to give the spinal cord some breathing room. The amount of bend that works is the amount of bend a person assumes when pushing a shopping cart. Have you tried Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain? It’s safe when used as directed on the label. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve) also are helpful. They can cause stomach upset and stomach bleeding, so follow directions given for their use. Hot packs or cold packs might work. Try both, and see if either gets the job done. At night, lying on your side in bed with a pillow between your knees lessens pain. A program of physical therapy might help you turn the corner. Ask your doctor for a referral. And finally, the opinion of a back surgeon will let you know if any surgical technique can bring you relief.
The booklet on back pain offers other advice for the many conditions causing back pain. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 303W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I just received my grandmother’s death certificate. It says: “Cause of death: uterine hemorrhage. Contributing cause: surgical shock.” She died in 1931 at the young age of 33. What does all this mean? -- J.F. ANSWER: Hemorrhage is massive bleeding. She bled from her uterus either during an operation or from a tumor, a twisted fibroid or an infection. Surgical shock isn’t a term used these days. Shock means that the bleeding was so great, her blood pressure dropped. Not enough blood could circulate to her organs, including her brain and heart. In those days, such a catastrophe almost always resulted in death. I’m guessing at the meaning of surgical shock. I take it to mean that the bleeding occurred during surgery. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved
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THE LOUVRE (continued): • When World War II broke out in 1939, the majority of the art was evacuated, hidden across France in various sites, and moved several times for security purposes. In early 1945, the masterpieces began their journey back to their permanent home. • In 1986, the art collection was divided, with all pieces completed after 1848 moved to the Musee d’Orsay, a converted train station. • It should be no surprise that the Louvre’s most popular attraction is the Mona Lisa. Painted by Leonardo da Vinci sometime between 1503 and 1506, the subject is thought to be Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a Florentine cloth merchant. It’s believed that da Vinci was invited by King Francois I to work near the king’s castle around 1516, and that da Vinci took the painting with him. The artwork was eventually returned to Italy when da Vinci bequeathed it to his assistant, who possibly sold it to the king around 1518. Before taking up permanent residence in the Louvre, the Mona Lisa hung in Francois I’s Palace of Fontainebleau, the Palace of Versailles, and in Napoleon’s bedroom in the Tuileries Palace. • The Louvre is also home to the armless Venus de Milo, a marble statue discovered in 1820 on a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. It was presented to Louis XVIII, who donated it to the museum. • There is a small remnant of the original fortress walls still standing in the basement of the current structure, dating back to the late 12th century. • When the Da Vinci Code was produced in 2006, many of its scenes were filmed in the Louvre. The museum was paid $2.5 million for allowing the filming to take place in its galleries.
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SUNDAYS AT THE RENDEZVOUS · TWO FOR ONE WELLS & DRAFTS Sundays Noon - Close
HAPPY HOUR 4PM - 7PM, MON - FRI 2-4-1 WELLS AND DRAFTS
PRIZES & GIVEAWAYS ALL NIGHT
· FREE BUFFET · FREE POOL 12-4pm · KARAOKE CONTEST STARTS 9PM
Sing Your Hear Out and Win a Bar Tab!
Football Season is Here! Watch the Bucs or Your Favorite Team
WITH NFL SUNDAY TICKET AND NO BLACK OUTS
COSTUME CONTEST CASH PRIZES DRINK SPECIALS WEDNESDAY OCT 31 7PM - CLOSE
LOTS OF GIVEAWAYS ALL DAY INCLUDING A SPECIAL MYSTERY PRIZE DART LEAGUES · BLIND DRAW TOURNAMENTS
YOUR HOME FOR ALL THINGS FOOTBALL LARGE SELECTION OF DRAFT BEERS