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MAKING MIRRORS • The original glass mirror was made by covering the back of a piece of glass with thin tin sheets which were rubbed down smooth. Then the glass (with the tin on top) would be covered with mercury. A piece of woolen cloth would then be laid on top of the mercury and compressed with iron weights for more than a week. Finally the excess mercury would be drained off and the mirror was complete. This method of mirror making was very dangerous to the craftsman because mercury vapors are poisonous. • Craftsmen in Venice were the first to discover this method of mirror making in the 1300s. It remained a carefully guarded secret and for centuries Venice had a monopoly on mirrors. Those who gave away the secret were subject to the death penalty. Mirrors were expensive and rare and people in France were jealous. • In 1665, the French chief minister to Louis XIV went to Venice and - at the risk of death - bribed 18 Venetian mirrorsmiths, using huge sums of money to convince them to move to France. (continued next page)



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MIRROR MAKING (continued): • Soon after the Venetian mirrorsmiths arrived in France, the French passed a law making it illegal to import Venetian mirrors. The new French mirror company, set up in the town of Saint Gobain, is still thriving today. • No sooner had France gotten the secret of mirror making than a Frenchman named Louis Lucas beat the Venetians at their own game when he invented a way to make plate glass in 1668. In Venice, they only knew how to make blown glass. Each mirror started out as a bottle or cylinder which was slit open and flattened while still hot before being made into a mirror. The size of mirrors was therefore very limited. But Lucas discovered how to pour molten glass from the pot onto an iron table where it was flattened with an iron roller. There was no limit to the size a mirror could be. Soon France was famous for its mirrors. • Louis XIV was very pleased, purchasing some 700 mirrors and lining an entire hallway at the Palace of Versailles with them in a stunning display. Venice kindly offered to send some of their very best glassmakers to France to “help out” at the factories; France declined the offer, preferring to keep their secret. • It had long been known that silver would make a better mirror than mercury and tin, but the problem was figuring out how to get the silver to stick to the glass. In 1835, German chemist Justus von Liebig invented a method of making mirrors that is still used today. In this method, the glass is flushed with silver salts and then covered with a solution of silver nitrate. After being heated and left undisturbed for an hour, a chemical reaction causes the metallic silver to separate and adhere to the glass. It’s then coated with shellac and painted with a black backing.

MODERN MIRROR MAKING • Today silver or aluminum is vaporized and sprayed in aerosol form into the air above glass which is travelling on a conveyor belt below. For finer mirrors such as those used in telescopes, aluminum, chromium, or gold are put into a vacuum tank and heated. When they reach the critical temperature, they “flash” into vapor which fills the entire tank with metallic gas. A film is then deposited on whatever is inside the tank.

HOW DO MIRRORS WORK? • Mirrors work because they reflect light. Most objects do not give off any light of their own. They can only be seen because light from other sources - the sun, a candle, a flashlight - hits them and bounces off, hitting your eye. When light strikes an object, some of the light is absorbed by the object, some is transmitted through the object, and some of the light bounces back. The part that bounces back is called reflection. Flat shiny surfaces like water, metal, and mirrors reflect light well because very little of the light is absorbed or transmitted, and most of it is reflected. When light hits a surface that is dull instead of shiny, the light bounces off in all directions and is scattered. There is no reflection. When light hits a mirror, the mirror sends the light back in exactly the same direction that it came from. This makes it appear as if the image is coming from behind the mirror. • When light hits a shiny surface that is curved instead of flat, such as a spoon, doorknob, or ripples on a lake, the light rays hit the surface at a variety of different angles and are therefore reflected back at a variety of different angles, instead of bouncing back straight. This makes the reflection look distorted. It’s like a bouncing ball: drop the ball straight down, and it bounces straight up. Throw the ball at an angle, and it bounces up at an identical angle.

MIRROR SCIENCE If the mirror is curved in a convex shape so that the reflecting surface faces away from the center of the mirror, light rays reflect away from each other and the reflection becomes smaller. This is handy

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• If the mirror is in a concave shape so the reflecting surface faces toward the center of the mirror, light rays are reflected towards each other and the reflection becomes very large. Make-up mirrors and telescope mirrors are built this way. Funhouse mirrors, with their convoluted collection of convex and concave surfaces, twist the reflection into comical contortions. • A one-way mirror uses dark colored glass, such as smoked glass, instead of clear glass. The reflective backing is very, very thin - so thin that if the light is equally bright on each side of the mirror, it merely looks like a pane of glass. But if people behind the mirror are sitting in a dark room looking into a light

room, it looks like a mirror. • It’s the same principal with the interior rearview mirror in a car. There are two mirrors there. The daytime mirror reflects almost all of the light that hits it, but flip the little button and the nighttime mirror reflects only four percent of the light so the driver is not blinded by headlights. • Another method of making mirrors involves using liquid metal such as mercury or gallium. The liquid is spun continuously, causing it to take on the parabolic shape needed for telescopes. This is a very inexpensive method of making a very large mirror. The Large Zenith Telescope located near Vancouver, BC is the largest liquid mirror in operation, with a diameter of about 20 feet (6 m).

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• Magaretha Geertruida Zelle was born in 1876 in the Netherlands to a Dutch father and his Javanese wife. She was tall and dark in a country full of short blond people. Following her father’s bankruptcy, her parent’s divorce, and her mother’s death, Margaretha escaped into a marriage at the age of 19. She answered a “wife wanted” ad in the paper which had been placed as a joke, but ended up marrying the man. He was 20 years her senior, and he took her to Indonesia to live. There, she fell in love with the culture and began to study the language, the history, and the dance. • Finding her husband to be abusive, she left him and fled to Paris where she pursued her love of dancing. She was very good at it. She

invented a persona in order to add to her mystique, and constantly made up fictional tales about her background, claiming that she was a Javanese princess, or a temple dancer devoted to Shiva, or the daughter of a baron. Because her given name (‘Margaret Gertrude’) was not very alluring, she took a more exotic stage name, choosing ‘Mata Hari,’ which is Malayan for ‘eye of the day’ (dawn). Her seductive and exotic performances caused an instant sensation. Crowds flocked to see her. She toured the world and her name became a household word. She danced wearing nothing but veils, sarongs, and body suits in a day and age where proper women were still required by social norms to cover their ankles. She was particularly renowned for her famous “fan dance.”

• She was a naive and inexperienced spy and was caught in short order. In January of 1917, the German military attaché in Madrid transmitted radio messages to Berlin describing the helpful activities of a German spy, code-named H-21. French intelligence agents intercepted the messages and identified H-21 as Mata Hari. The messages were in a code that some claimed that German intelligence knew had already been broken by the French, leading to speculation that the Germans were tired of her and wanted her out of their way, but wanted France to do the dirty work for them. • On February 13, 1917, Mata Hari was arrested in her room in Paris. She was put on trial in July, accused of spying for Germany and consequently causing the


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or directly question his own witnesses. Under the circumstances, her conviction was a foregone conclusion. She was sentenced to death. • She was executed by firing squad on October 15, 1917, at the age of 41.

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• Fred Astaire was born Frederick Austerlitz II in Omaha, Nebraska in 1899. He was very close in age to his older sister Adele, and he accompanied her to her ballet lessons because his parents didn’t want to pay for a babysitter. Soon he was the best dancer in the class. • He began performing with his sister at the age of 5. They toured the vaudeville circuit and made it to Broadway in 1917, eventually starring in the Gershwin musical “Funny Face.” When Adele retired from dancing in order to get married in 1932, Fred was cast adrift, and decided to try to break into film. • A studio executive wrote concerning his first screen test: “Can’t sing. Can’t act. Slightly balding. Can dance a little.” • He landed a small role in the 1933 film “Dancing Lady” starring Joan Crawford, and shortly afterwards was cast with Ginger Rogers in “Flying Down to Rio.” • Fred Astaire was nearly as good at golfing as he was at dancing. In the 1938 film “Carefree,” he danced over tables, down the hallway, out onto the terrace, and onto a golf course. There he was to dance over to a golf club and hit - in rhythm and on cue -

a dozen golfballs that were lined up on the fairway. When the crew went to retrieve the golf balls, they found all twelve balls within eight feet of each other on the green. • In the film “Royal Wedding” Fred did a solo dance called “You’re All the World to Me” that made it look as if he were dancing up the walls and on the ceiling. This was done by creating a room that turned, while the camera remained firmly fixed to the “floor.” Those in the know can watch the number and see the moments when Fred hesitates, balancing while waiting for the ‘wall’ to become his new floor. • Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced the number “Cheek to Cheek” in the movie “Top Hat” while Rogers wore a dress that was covered with feathers. The dress had been made rather hastily, and as Astaire whirled her around the dance floor, feathers came flying off till the air looked like a pillow fight was in progress. The feather dress went back to the seamstresses, who used more glue and more feathers. During the second take, fewer feathers flew off, yet it was still quite noticeable. By the third take enough glue had been used so that only a few feathers came loose and cameramen were able to film around them. • In the movie “Shall We Dance” Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers wore roller skates while dancing to the song “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” • Ginger Rogers is often quoted as having said, “I did everything Fred did, only backwards and in high heels.” • Not only was his singing dubbed in films, but his tap dancing was as well. • His legs were insured for one million dollars.

• He was self-conscious about his hands, which he felt were too large. When dancing with his arms outstretched, he would disguise the size of his hands by curling his two middle fingers towards his palms. • In 1946 Astaire retired from motion pictures to create a chain of dancing schools. Later a petition signed by over 10,000 fans lured him out of retirement. • Astaire received his only Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in the 1974 disaster film “The Towering Inferno.” • He died of pneumonia in 1987, and was buried in a smoking jacket, black slacks, and patent leather shoes.

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The History Channel On Nov. 5, 1605, King James I of England learns of a plot to explode the Parliament building. Guy Fawkes had been found lurking in a cellar with 20 barrels of gunpowder. Fawkes revealed that he was part of a conspiracy to annihilate England’s Protestant government and replace it with Catholic leadership.• On Nov. 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th president of the United States over a deeply divided Democratic Party, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency. Lincoln received only 40 percent of the popular vote but handily defeated the three other candidates.• On Nov. 8, 1895, physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen becomes the first person to observe X-rays, an advance that became an important diagnos-

film “Gigolo,” which Turturro wrote, directed and stars in with Allen. Woody plays a bookstore owner who becomes a pimp for Turturro. “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara and Sharon Stone play two of their clients -talk about fantasy! ***And speaking of Woody, Marshall Brickman won an Oscar for writing “Annie Hall” with him, and was one of the writers of the smash stage musical “Jersey Boys.” He’s part of the team bringing a new musical to Broadway about “The King of the Cowboys,” Roy Rogers, and his wife, Dale Evans. Baby boomers should remember their TV show and his hit theme song, “Happy Trails to You”!Also becoming a musical, headed for Las Vegas, is “The Love Boat.” It will be based on the original Jeraldine Saunders novel and use songs popular during the series run, 1977-86. Saunders, the inspiration for Julie McCoy, the cruise director, is part of the producing team and promises she will restore some of the more risque details of the novel that were too hot for television. They’d be better off opening the show in another Nevada city, Laughlin. At least it has a harbor with riverboats and water!***Imagine ... one day news and magazine shows are announcing that “Keeping up With the Kardashians” might be canceled because of low ratings, and the next day, Chris Jenner (whose first husband was Robert Kardashian) conveniently announces that, despite all their denials, she and Bruce Jenner have been living apart for almost a year! It will supposedly play out on their show. It’s always good to have a plan B to grab ratings!(c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

tic tool in medicine. In 1897, X-rays were first used on a military battlefield to find bullets and broken bones inside patients.• On Nov. 9, 1938, Jewish businesses and homes in Munich are destroyed, and Jewish men, women and children are beaten and murdered, in an exercise in terror. The night would be called “Kristallnacht,” or “the Night of Broken Glass,” because of the cost of replacing broken glass in looted Jewish shops -- 5 million marks ($1.25 million).• On Nov. 7, 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected to an unprecedented fourth term in office. FDR remains the only president to have served more than two terms. Roosevelt presided over two of the biggest crises in U.S. history: the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II.• On Nov. 10, 1964, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara says that the United States has no plans to send combat troops to Vietnam. By 1969, more than 500,000 American troops were in South Vietnam.• On Nov. 4, 1979, hundreds of Iranian students storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 American hostages. The students were demanding the return of Iran’s deposed leader, the Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi. After the student takeover, President Jimmy Carter ordered a complete embargo of Iranian oil.(c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: We can’t have pets in our apartment, but I want to teach my children about responsibility and compassion for animals. Are there volunteer opportunities for kids out there? -- Jessica in Seattle DEAR JESSICA: There certainly are volunteer opportunities for kids in most communities. The hard part can be finding one that will work for your kids, fit in with school schedules and provide the kind of rewarding experience you want them to have., for example, has several volunteer opportunities in the Lynnwood, Wash., area. The shelter doesn’t allow kids under 18 to work directly with animals, but it hosts a special Day of Service for those 10 or older to help spruce up its dog trail, and hosts a PAWSWalk each summer. Kids also can choose to “donate their day” -- ask for donations to the organization in lieu of birthday presents, for example.

DONNA’S DAY: CREATIVE FAMILY FUN By Donna Erickson Autumn Leaf Patterns Make Windows DazzleNeed a good excuse to delay washing your windows this month? Try this one. Collect shapely autumn leaves, grab some poster paint and let your kids’ artistic talents shine on the glass with painted leaf designs. When you use real leaves as patterns, discover how the painted outlines cascading down the panes in dazzling fall hues add a whimsical focal point to your indoor decor. Here’s the stuff you’ll need:--a variety of leaves in different sizes and shapes--orange, yellow, red and brown poster paint--small paper plates--1-inch pieces from a household sponge--springtype clothespins or chip clips--newspaper--fine-tip black or brown marker (optional)Here’s the fun:1. Collect fresh, flat leaves in a variety of shapes and sizes. Arrange them on your work table the way you want them to appear in a stenciled form on your window. 2. Attach rolled pieces of masking tape to the backsides of the leaves and stick them on the window, keeping a little space between the leaves. Make sure the leaves lie flat against the pane.3. Pour a small amount of paint onto

the paper plates. Attach a sponge piece to a clip and dab lightly into the paint. Mix colors for interesting shades, if you wish. Blot the sponge on newspaper to absorb excess paint, then lightly dab around the edges of the leaves. Change paint colors as you go, using a new piece of sponge for each color. 4. When the paint is dry, carefully remove the leaves from the window to reveal the eye-catching leaf outlines. Draw in veins with a marker, if you wish. 5. When you are ready to remove • November 1, 2013 • 9

That’s just one organization in one area. Kids and parents should search for local shelters and animal-rescue organizations to see what volunteer or fundraising opportunities are available. Another, more immediate opportunity may be right in your neighborhood. Do you have friends or neighbors with pets? Are they willing to let your kids visit and play with their dog or cat? Is there an elderly relative or friend who needs help walking their dog or taking their cat to the veterinarian? Remember that, as the parent, you’ll need to supervise your kids for many of these events or pet-care opportunities. But you’ll be giving them key tools to be awesome pet owners of the future. Send your questions or comments to My booklet “Fighting Fleas” is now available on Amazon. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

the leaf patterns from the window, wash gently with soap, water and window cleaner. ***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 and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.”(c) 2013 Donna EricksonDistributed by King Features Synd.

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Lack of sleep may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published this week in JAMA Neurology. As part of the ongoing Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, 70 participants between 53 and 91 years with healthy cognitive ability underwent periodic clinical visits from 1994 to the present. Each 48-hour visit consisted of medical examinations, questionnaires, and brain scans to assess overall health and cognitive function. Participants also kept track of sleep quality. Participants who experienced shorter periods of sleep and difficulty falling asleep showed an increase in the plaques associated with the disease. Researchers believe that interventions to promote better sleep among the elderly may help slow or prevent this illness. For more information, see PCRM’s Dietary Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Prevention.

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drugs like your indomethacin (Indocin) are effective at abolishing pain and inflammation. If they don’t get the job done, prednisone (a cortisone drug) nips gout in the bud quickly. When colchicine was readily available in the United States, it was a reliable anti-gout medicine. For the long term, once the acute attack has cooled, then drugs that rid the body of uric acid are begun. Allopurinol (Zyloprim) and probenecid are popular choices. Newer drugs like Uloric and Krystexxa are held in reserve if the standard treatments fail.The gout diet is simple, not like it was in the days before effective medicines came on the scene. Cut back on your intake of red meat, seafood and fish. Poultry is fine. Reduce the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener found in many soft drinks. Go very easy on beer. You are better off eliminating it. Distilled liquor is less likely to induce a gout attack, but it may. Wine in moderation causes little trouble.The booklet on gout explains this illness in greater detail. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 302W, 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: After brushing my teeth this morning, I got a glimpse of my tongue. It’s coated black. It doesn’t hurt. I’m writing you to see what this is. Please help. -- A.M.ANSWER: Most likely, it’s black hairy tongue, an elongation of the tiny papillae that stud the tongues surface. Sometimes antibiotic use brings the problem on. Most of the time, it’s something that just happens. Brush your tongue three times a day with toothpaste and a soft toothbrush. It should go away. 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) 2013 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

Human Form of “Mad Cow” Disease More Widespread Than Once Thought A variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the human form of “mad cow” disease, is more prevalent than once thought, according to a new study published in this month’s British Medical Journal. Researchers analyzed 32,441 tissue samples from 41 British hospitals collected by the Health Protection Agency between 2000 and 2012. Each sample was tested for the proteins associated with vCJD. Results showed the number of people who carry the protein was double that of previous surveys. Little difference between age, sex, or geographic region indicates a more widespread infection of the overall population. An infected individual can incubate this form of the disease without exhibiting symptoms.

Vegetarian Diet Lowers Cholesterol, Weight, and Blood Sugar A low-fat, high-carbohydrate vegetarian diet lowers cholesterol, blood sugars, and weight, according to a study published in the October issue of Environmental Microbiology Reports. Six obese participants with type 2 diabetes and/or hypertension followed a plant-based, high-fiber diet (about 42 grams per day) for one month. Patients experienced weight loss, lower cholesterol, better blood sugar control, and improved gut flora. Bacteria associated with immunity and anti-inflammation increased while bacteria most associated with conditions such as obesity and inflammatory bowel conditions decreased. Breaking Medical News is a service of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 400, Washington, DC 20016, 202-686-2210. Join PCRM and receive the quarterly magazine, Good Medicine

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of his ear canals. (For that matter, so does Roger Daltry, The Who’s lead singer).I bring this to your attention because the kid sitting next to me on the flight into Kansas City has passed the time by incinerating his inner cochlea with earphones twice the size of those being worn by the guy on the Tarmac standing next to the spinning turbine of a jet engine. Tomorrow, The Kansas City Chiefs fans at Arrowhead Stadium will set the Guiness Book of World Records for the loudest outdoor stadium noise level ever recorded in a win over the r-r-rotten R-r-r-raiders of Oakland. According to the Guinness judge (personally flown in from England by Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, who made no secret of the teams concerted effort to break the previous record recorded earlier this year at Seattle), Chiefs fans registered 137.5 tics on the decibel scale. To put that into perspective, the plane flying 100 feet over our heads as we taxi to our gate is kicking out 140 decibels of sound. “What were you listening to?” I ask the kid.He answers with the brand name of the earphones. “No, that’s what you were listening with,” his pinkfaced and perturbed girlfriend interjects. She raises her voice for emphasis and clarity and says, “He asked what you were listening to!” “We ... we were listening to Insane Clown Posse,” he says. “Why, you could hear it?””Roger that,” I nod. His earphones carry a decal that says they pump out 120 decibels, 17.5 decibels lower than 80,000 Boulevard Beer and barbecue-fueled Chiefs fans maniacally screaming in unison. “It’s gonna ruin your hearing,” the girlfriend says. Decades of rock concerts and stadium noise have taken their toll on my hearing, that’s for sure. I carry earplugs in my wallet now. You can judge me, but I’m not losing any more of my hearing so I can prove to C.C. Deville and Bret Michaels (both near deaf) that I can endure their guitar solos. Anyway, doctors say that nearly 30 percent of teens have already suffered permanent hearing loss of some kind due to loud noises being directly pumped to eardrums by headphones. “Out of control!” Chiefs gameday sound engineer Zach Aaron would go on to say after the game. “We had constant obliterating loudness!” The Raiders were flagged 11 times for noise-related penalties, courtesy of the insane Chiefs posse. “Things they do look awful c-c-cold ... hope I can hear any of it before I get old.”Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City.(c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

by Samantha Weaver • It was British author George Bernard Shaw who made the following sage observation: “If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.” • If you’re planning a trip to Hollywood next summer, you might want to make a stop at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Not only can you visit the graves of such stars as Rudolph Valentino, Jayne Mansfield and Douglas Fairbanks (both Sr. and Jr.), but in the summer you also can picnic there while watching classic movies. • You might be surprised to learn that eggplants have fairly high levels of nicotine. • You may have heard that painting your kitchen red or yellow can help stimulate your appetite, while painting it blue can help suppress it. The kitchen isn’t the only living area in which color research has been done, though; those who study such things say that those who sleep in yellow bedrooms get an average of 7.7 hours of sleep per night, while those in purple bedrooms sleep only 5.9 hours per night on average. • Penn Jillette, of the magic team of Penn and Teller, has a son named Zolten Penn Jillette and a daughter named Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette. • Those of you who are pregnant might want to take note of some old superstitions: It was once thought that hiding a knife under the mattress of a laboring woman would cut the birth pains. Also, unlocking all the doors in the house and tying knots in the curtains were believed to guarantee an easy delivery. (Just don’t try these in the hospital.) *** • Thought for the Day: “Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm, but the harm does not interest them.” -- T.S. Eliot (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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While the following tips don’t directly relate to heating costs, they are good ways to reduce your electrical bills: --Turn off the TV. The new plasma, LCD and LED televisions use a lot of electricity, with the plasma using the most by far, nearly double that of LCD. (Consider that when it’s time to buy your next TV.) --Compare the cost of incandescent lighting with the cost of the new energy-efficient bulbs, and decide if it makes sense for you to have the new bulbs, even at their higher cost. Investigate solar for outdoor lighting. --Use cold or warm water in the clothes washer, and lower the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees F, especially if it’s an electric model. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Volunteers are needed to collect litter along the beach. Before the beach clean-up Keep Hollywood Beautiful will provide safety tips and beach clean-up procedures. • Department: Public Works • 2013 Dates: Saturdays, November 9th & December 14th • Time: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. • Number of Volunteers: 100 volunteers • Age Requirement: Must be at least 8 years of age • Beach Sweeps are coordinated by “Keep Hollywood Beautiful”. Call the Public Works Department at 954.967.4526 for more information.

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