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December is National Egg Nog Month as well as National Fruit Cake Month. Here we present some interesting and amusing facts about these two holiday treats! • There are disputing views as to the origins of egg not. Some historians say that the concoction came from a 1500s English beverage called “Pousset,” a mixture of eggs, wine, and milk. It was mostly consumed by those who were well-off, because a readily available supply of fresh milk and eggs was necessary. Other historians claim that the name comes from a Colonial drink made with rum called “egg and grog,” which was eventually shortened to “egg’n’grog,” and finally “egg nog.” Still others say that part of the name is from the old English word “noggin,” a germ used for a small wooden mug that was used to serve alcohol. • Egg nog can be enjoyed with or without alcohol. The traditional old English beverage contained wine or brandy. When the English settled in America, brandy and wine were heavily taxed by the mother country, and rum was substituted by the Colonists. Most Americans who add alcohol to their egg nog now use bourbon. Many Europeans typically mix egg nog with white wine. The Germans add beer to theirs and call it Biersuppe. Egg nog in Mexico is called Rompope and has grain alcohol added along with a large amount of cinnamon. CLASSIC TOYS (continued): • A French mechanic took his invention L’Ecran Magique, or “Magic Screen” to the International Toy Fair in Germany in 1959, hoping to find a company to buy it. There were no takers for his mechanical drawing toy at the fair, but he eventually convinced the Ohio Art Company to take a chance on it. They renamed it the Etch-A-Sketch, and by the next holiday season, it was one of the nation’s most-wanted toys. The red plastic frame housed a flat gray screen and two knobs connected to a stylus that “etched” lines in aluminum powder on the back of the screen. Turning the toy upside down and shaking it erased the image and recoated the screen. • The Kenner Easy-Bake Oven hit retailers’ shelves in 1963, the brainstorm of inventor Ronald Howes, who was inspired by New York City street vendors roasting chestnuts and cooking pretzels. Two 100-watt light bulbs heated the food in a trendy turquoise oven, after little girls had mixed up the packets of cake mix with water. The first year, 500,000 ovens were sold for $15.95 each. Thirty-five years later, more than 16 million Easy-Bakes had been sold, and today that number tops 23 million. The design has been upgraded 11 times over the years. The oven no longer uses light bulbs to cook, with current models containing a heating element. • A Portland, Oregon organ maker named William Gruber was responsible for the invention of the View-Master. He introduced his creation at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, where it was sold in photo shops and stationary stores as a souvenir. During World War II, millions of View-Master reels were produced for the U.S. government to assist the armed forces with airplane and ship identification. • The name Wham-O has become synonymous with good old-fashioned fun over the years. Although it’s believed that the hula hoop has been around since about 500 B.C., it wasn’t until 1958 that it took on a brand name when Wham-O introduced a plastic hoop. The company promoted the hoop with giveaways at local playgrounds. Four months after its debut, 25 million hula hoops had been sold. That same year, Wham-O’s Frisbee appeared in stores, and quickly became an American icon. In 1961, Wham-O had another hit with its introduction of the Slip ‘n Slide. Voted in the Top 100 toys of all time, this long sheet of plastic was a practical choice for those who

• The fruitcake dates back to ancient Roman times when pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins were mixed into a barley mash. During the Middle Ages, the recipe was expanded to include honey, spices, and preserved fruits. During the 1400s, when the exporting of dried fruits to Great Britain from the Mediterranean began, fruit cake became a very popular item. Queen Victoria was very fond of the delicacy and it was regularly served at tea time during her

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CLASSIC TOYS (continued): didn’t have money or space for a pool. Yet another success story followed in 1965 with the Superball, invented by chemist Norman Stingley, who received the patent for a “highly resilient polybutadiene ball.” Wham-O produced more than 20 million Superballs during the 1960s. • You might not recognize the name “Thousand Wonder Builder,” the name given to a set of wooden sticks and spools. In 1914, Charles Pajeau and Robert Petit observed kids playing with pencils, sticks, and empty thread spools, and created an inspirational toy for children that sold for 60 cents. Renamed Tinker Toys, by 1918 the inventors had sold more than 2.5 million sets. That 2.5 million figure continued every year up until the 1960s. Originally the pieces were all unpainted natural wood, but in 1932, red was added, followed by green, blue, and yellow three years later.

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• Two of our favorite toys had the same inventor. Reyn Guyer came up with a game that required the players to use their bodies as playing pieces. He called the simple polka-dot vinyl sheet and accompanying spinner “Pretzel,” but when Milton Bradley bought the rights, the name was changed to “Twister.” “The Game that Ties You Up in Knots” sold more than three million units during the first year, and has been played by an estimated 65 million people to date. In 1968, another Guyer invention brought a reprieve to those kids who were in trouble for playing ball in the house. The four-inch NERF ball, which stood for Non-Expanding Recreational Foam, had sales of four million its first year. • As architect Frank Lloyd Wright was building Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel in 1916, his son John was building an idea of his own. As John observed workers using a construction technique of interlocking beams, he visualized a set of toy logs made of redwood. He named them after Abraham Lincoln with a slogan of “interesting playthings typifying the spirit of America.” More than 100 million sets of Lincoln Logs have been sold worldwide. • Play-Doh’s original use was that of wallpaper cleaner. At the request of his pre-school teaching sister-in-law, chemist Joseph McVicker tweaked the formula a bit to produce a soft modeling compound for her students. Joe premiered his clay at a 1955 national education convention, and by the next year, he had a hit. Not only have kids played with about 700 million pounds of Play-Doh, it even has its own national day of recognition, September 16th.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) An old adversary wants to make amends over the holidays. The decision is yours. But wouldn’t it be nice to share the upcoming new year with another friend? TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) As news of your work gets around, expect to receive a special holiday “gift” from influential contacts who could help you launch your new projects in the new year. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Instead of fussing over what you didn’t do to prepare for the holidays, relax and enjoy the kudos for a job truly well done. A happy surprise awaits you early next year. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The best way to shake off lingering holiday blues is to join loved ones in the fun and festivities of this special time. A confusing situation starts to make sense in upcoming weeks. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Special emotional rewards mark this holiday time for Leos and Leonas who are able to open up to new relationships and the possibilities they offer in the upcoming year. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your efforts to make the holidays especially memorable for some people will be rewarded in some unexpected (but very welcome) ways in the upcoming year. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Be assured that your efforts to make this holiday special for everyone won’t go unnoticed by those who could make some important changes in your life. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Lots of folks want you to light up their holiday parties. But try to take some quiet time ‘twixt those glittering galas to spend with some very special people. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) While the current round of holiday revels has your social life on the fast track, someone special might want to keep pace with you next year, as well. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Enjoy all the fun you deserve at this holiday time. However, don’t lose sight of the need to check out some of the changes the new year is expected to bring. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) What happens during this holiday time can help clear up some of the confusion jeopardizing a once-stable relationship. Follow your instincts on what to do next. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your holidays are brightened by new friends eager to become part of your life. But don’t forget to spend time with that one special person. (You know who!)

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EGG NOG & FRUITCAKE (continued): → On Dec. 30, 1853, the United States acquires 30,000 square miles of land in what is now southern New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million. The purchase settled the dispute over the location of the Mexican border west of El Paso, Texas, and established the final boundaries of the southern United States. → On Dec. 28, 1869, the Knights of Labor, a labor union of tailors in Philadelphia, holds the first Labor Day ceremonies in American history. In 1894, Congress designated the first Monday in September a legal holiday for all federal employees and the residents of the District of Columbia. → On Dec. 29, 1878, the first game is played between two teams of the first professional baseball league in Cuba. Baseball was introduced in Cuba around 1864, when some students returned home from studying in the United States and introduced their fellow islanders to the bat and ball. → On Dec. 25, 1880, Layne Hall is born in Mississippi. When he died in 1990, Hall was the oldest licensed driver in the United States. In his nearly 75 years on the road, Hall never got a speeding ticket or citation of any kind. → On Dec. 26, 1917, during World War I, President Woodrow Wilson announces the nationalization of many of the country’s railroads. The Railroad Control Act stated that within 21 months of a peace treaty, the railroads would be returned to their owners. In March 1920, the railroads became private property once again. → On Dec. 27, 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, thousands of people turn out for the opening of Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Radio City Music Hall was designed as a palace for the people -- a place of beauty where ordinary folks could see high-quality entertainment. It remains the largest indoor theater in the world. → On Dec. 24, 1979, the Soviet Union invades Afghanistan under the pretext of upholding the Soviet-Afghan Friendship Treaty of 1978. Within days, the Soviets had secured the capital of Kabul after overcoming fierce but brief resistance from the Afghan army.

reign. In the 1800s, it was the preferred cake at weddings and Christmas gatherings. • Traditional fruitcakes are soaked in brandy, whiskey, or liqueur, which helps to prevent mold. Storing the cake in brandy-soaked linens also increases its life. • Although some folks think that fruitcake gets better with age, it’s the subject of mockery to others, particularly late-night comedians. In a December, 1985 broadcast, Tonight Show host Johnny Carson joked, “There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.” The fruitcake bashing continued after Carson’s death, countered with appearances by Marie Rudisill, known as “The Fruitcake Lady,” who had sent a copy of her book about fruitcake to the producer. Jay Leno continued the tradition by sampling a fruitcake on the show that was reportedly baked in 1878, and has been kept as an heirloom by a Michigan family. • Looking for a creative way to get rid of your unwanted fruitcake? Visit the community of Manitou Springs, Colorado each January, where you can participate in the Annual Great Fruitcake Toss. Any method of hurling the cakes is permissible – your outfielder’s arm, slingshot, golf club, or mechanical device. If you want to attend, but don’t have a cake, you can rent one for $1.00. Don’t expect big rewards for being the winner – there is no prize money! • An old English custom calls for unmarried guests at a wedding to put a slice of fruitcake under their pillow following the wedding. Legend has it they will dream of the person they will marry.

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Top 5 holiday treats for pets (NC)—The holidays are all about giving. If you have a pet in your life here are some fun ways to treat them— including a few gifts—courtesy of the animal lovers at PetSmart: • Picture perfect. Get your pet ready for holiday pictures at your local grooming salon. PetSmart salons even have a Look Great Guarantee and, for a limited time, dogs can smell as sweet as a Christmas cookie with the sugar cookie-scented spritz that comes when the Top Dog Package is added to the grooming service. Your pet can also pose for a picture with Santa in-store during the first three weekends of December.


Adoptables Some Cats at Katie’s Place – The Hidden Gem Edition The volunteers love all the cats that come into our care. We know each individual is special and deserving of a family of their very own even if they not are the prettiest or the youngest or the most out-going and we believe there is a home for each and every one. We do, however, understand that needs of the human and needs of the cat need to mesh to ensure a good match all around. We still find ourselves looking around the shelter at some of the amazing animals we are privileged to know and wonder “Why in the heck are you still here?” . Loretta Lynn is such a cat. She is a pretty little thing with velvety fur. She is young, healthy and friendly and she gets along well with other cats yet she gets overlooked. Perhaps it is because Loretta is a

little shy at first, but she readily soaks up the attention of a kind and gentle touch. She also enjoys curling up in your lap for a little nap and someone would be very lucky to add this wee girl to their family. Why Ravenpaw is with us may not be quite as mysterious as he came to us from another shelter without accommodations for FIV positive cats. Many people are still a little concerned about FIV but studies have proven these cats can live long, healthy lives. He is such a mellow, friendly sort who is often found in his room chillin`out with his buddies on the couch. If you`re looking for a calm fellow with few demands and simple wants, please come meet this sweet, affable gent.



Ring in the New Year with your pet (NC)— It’s the time of year where people make resolutions to be a better and healthier version of themselves. So why not make resolutions that will mutually benefit you and your pet? Here are some ideas to help you and yours have the best year yet. • Eat more fresh food: This may seem like an easy resolution, however it takes time and preparation. For humans this means incorporating more fruits and veggies in your diet and for pets this means ensuring that their pet food uses ingredients such as fresh turkey, salmon and duck, fresh omega 3 and 6 oils (from coconuts and canola), wholesome berries and fruits and vegetables like peas, spinach and carrots. Now Fresh premium petfood by

Petcurean is a great example. You can learn more about choosing a pet food with the freshest, healthiest ingredients at • Get more exercise: Did you know pets can decrease our blood pressure and cholesterol levels and increase our opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socialization? Exercising together will not only help optimize your health but also allow you to spend more time together. • Use that agenda: This doesn’t seem like a resolution, but sometimes making a plan is the only way resolutions will come to life. Most of us schedule time for other appointments and meetings, so why not set aside some priority time for pets too?

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• Stay warm, dress up. To keep your dog cozy and stylish throughout the winter season, consider specially designed hoodies and coats like the Martha Stewart Pets Puffer Coat or give them their own special holiday outfit like the PetHoliday by Top Paw How the Grinch Stole Christmas Tee. • Treats from the heart. Nothing says holidays like the smell of warm cookies baking in the oven. Dog owners wanting to include their four-legged friend in the family baking tradition can make tasty homemade biscuits in minutes using ingredients commonly found at home, like peanut butter, with a gourmet dog treat maker from Sunbeam. • Give a gift that keeps on giving. Help save homeless pets and give a gift at the same time, when you purchase a Luv-A-Pet plush toy from PetSmart. When you purchase one or more of these toys, such as this year’s new Chance the Dog designed by Bret Michaels, 10 per cent of the proceeds go to PetSmart Charities of Canada to help save the lives of homeless pets. • Stuff a stocking for your four-legged friend. Include your loving pet in the family festive fun by hanging their very own stocking filled with treats and toys. There are a variety of options to keep your pet entertained and happy, such as Martha Stewart Pets Holiday Intelligence Dog Toys that will test your dogs’ problem solving skills. For dogs that like to choose their own gifts, PetSmart has over 8,000 toys making it easier for dogs to sniff out their favourite toy. More information is available online at

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◆ The epic 1939 film “Gone With the Wind” was awarded 10 Academy Awards and is a beloved classic to this day. Given the astounding success of the movie, it’s shocking that one of the stars, Vivien Leigh, was paid only $15,000 for her role as Scarlett O’Hara. ◆ The world’s smallest spider is about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. ◆ You may not realize it, but not all “light” beers have fewer calories than brews without that label. A beer simply has to be lighter in color to be called “light.” ◆ The African ostrich lays an egg that weighs a whopping 30 pounds. It’s so sturdy that a grown man can stand on it without causing it any harm. ◆ When the Titanic sank in 1912, many passengers perished in the frigid waters because no ship came to their aid until the Carpathia arrived more than two hours after the disaster. However, there was another ship nearby as the liner sank: a freighter, the California, was only 10 miles away. The crew even saw emergency flares fired from the liner, but they thought it was part of a celebration rather than a signal of distress. ◆ Although a normal human infant is born with 350 bones, the normal human adult has only 206 bones.

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Christmas, time to rejoice and celebrate! It is time to be with family and friends. Most, if not all celebrations are around food. Lately I have been sharing information on how to manage weight and obtain optimum health. Here are 3 essential tips to help you manage your weight during this holiday season. 1. Take ½ glass of warm water with 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar 20 minutes before a meal. This home-made remedy can help stimulate hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach, which is responsible for breaking down foods. If you don’t produce enough HCl, you can be classified as having an underactive stomach. Symptoms of an underactive stomach – also called hypochlorhydria – can include excessive gas and belching after meals, as well as an over full feeling, abdominal pain and cramping. 2. If you are attending an evening gathering, have your regular meals during the day. Most people think that if they skip a meal during the day, then at evening time, they will be able to over eat and indulge themselves. This is not true; you are sending the wrong message to your body. By not nourishing your body regularly, your body will accumulate extra fat in your next meal thinking you are getting into starvation time. 3. Make salad your main dish. Most people think of meat as their main dish; there is more nutrients on leafy greens and vegetables that in meat. An excellent way to control your weight is by eating more high-nutrient dense food with low calorie content than low-nutrient dense food with high calorie content. For more information about weight loss and how to set up your 2013 New Year’s resolution to become healthier, and succeed call Patricia Dominguez, natural nutritionist, life coach and raw food consultant at 604355-5433. You will get a free session with

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Q: When will “Portlandia” return for another season? -- Susanna Y. in Florida A: The third season of the ingenious comedy premieres on IFC on Friday, Jan. 4, at 10 p.m. ET/PT with two back-to-back episodes. The 10-episode series stars Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Kyle MacLachlan. They’ll be joined by a slew of notable guest stars, including Chlo‘ Sevigny, Roseanne Barr, Rose Byrne, Bill Hader, Juliette Lewis and more. ***

Q: I can’t wait to see what’s next when “Revenge” returns from its winter break. Do you have any scoops? -- Bridget W., via e-mail A: Everyone involved with “Revenge” is either very good at keeping secrets, or they don’t know what’s going to happen from week to week. I spoke recently with series guest star Michael Nardelli (as Trey Chandler), and he wasn’t divulging much. “So far, I’ve done the three episodes, and it seems like it’s going to go on,” Nardelli said. “I have no idea what they have in store. ... They’re very secretive, but I am hopeful that Trey will return.” You can catch Michael on the big screen in “The Collection,” which comes from the people who did “Saw,” so you can bet that sucker is pretty scary. He also produced “The Giant Mechanical Man”

Community Events Wizard Of Oz On the maind stage at the ACT, Maple Ridge. Friday January 18 & Saturday January 17, 7pm. Accompanied by Jonathan Reichert and teh Ridge MEadows Orchestra. For tickets, phone 604-4762787. $12 advance; 4 packs $40; $15 at the door. Open Mic/Stage at Kanaka Creek Cafe Every week until January 30, 2013; 101-24155 102 Avenue, Maple Ridge. Do you sing or play an instrument? Come out every Wednesday from 5:30 – 7:30pm! An acoustic only evening, open to musicians and audience alike…a really good way to spend a couple of hours, perform or just come and have a good time. Ladies Coffee/Tea ‘N More get-together Every Thursday morning from 10:30-12noon at Grace Community Church, 12240 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows. All Ladies are invited and welcome for friendship, caring, sharing, snacks n’ more. The theme for Fall is ‘Various Themes, Topics and Conversation’. Look forward to seeing you - any questions call Jayne @ 465-6897

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◆ “Digital picture books are very easy to make these days, and they make great gifts. But here’s a way we use our digital photos to keep the kids engaged at family gatherings. Each family prints out a selection of photos. We let the kids make their own books using half sheets of paper, glue and markers. They design frames, etc. After they have several pages done, we tie them together and make a cover of heavy cardstock. It’s a great takehome craft, a special souvenir for visitors and it gets them talking about family moments.” -- R.E. in Alabama ◆ Want to mix it up a bit with your traditional chocolate chip cookies? Try rolling them in different types of chopped nuts or sprinkles. Even crushed pretzels are really good. Or change the flavor of the chip. Add minced dried fruit, quick oats or other seeds for a change of taste. Melt chocolate chips and dip one side in it, then let dry on waxed paper. Endless possibilities! ◆ At a loss for what to do with Christmas cards from years past? Why not make a wreath? Cut out a large ring from a cardboard box or other sturdy material. Arrange cards at different angles around the circle. Add decorative holiday picks or sprays, and ribbon or bow for depth. ◆ Having a holiday party? Put food and drinks in separate areas, as these are places that guests tend to linger. With different stops for each, guests will not bunch up in one place trying to do both, and it actually encourages mingling!

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