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Other waterfowl that can be easily spotted include Northern Shovelers, Mergansers, Teal, Great Blue Heron, and Egrets.

elmont Lake State Park, located in West Babylon, is a 463acre day use park bisected by Carll's Creek and Belmont Lake. The park, established in 1926, had been owned by August Belmont and served as farmland for some of Belmont's equestrian activities. Robert Moses chose this park to establish the regional headquarters for all state parks on Long Island in 1935, which serves the public today for region-wide permit sales, park administration and as headquarters for the New York State Park Police.

The park is primarily visited by families seeking outdoor gatherings, picnics and informal sports activities. It provides a bucolic feeling adjacent to the Southern State Parkway at exit 38 among densely developed neighborhoods. Carll's Creek stretches 4.2 miles south to the Great South Bay with a trail for hiking and biking. Horseback riding is available through the nearby Babylon Riding Center (for information call 631-587-7778). The 42-acre Belmont Lake is encircled by a similar path, making a total of 7.6 miles of multi-use trails.

Patrons enjoy activities such as picnicking, playgrounds and using the various courts and fields. The lake attracts trail walking, fishing and non-motorized boating. The 7.6 miles of trails throughout the park are available for hiking, walking, biking, nature observation and weather permitting, cross-country skiing.

Pedal boats and rowboats are available for rent on the lake through the summer. They also allow kayaks and canoes to be launched from the boat dock while the boat dock is open (they can't be inflatable, must be hard bottomed, no motors, no surfboards or wakeboards, and no paddle boards). If you cannot bring your own kayak, kayak rentals are also available for a nominal fee.

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The park's significant natural features include the 26-acre, spring-fed Belmont Lake and a significant wetland complex. The lake provides springtime trout fishing and summer bass fishing for the avid anglers who use the park. It is home to permanent and migratory waterfowl populations. Park visitors enjoy watching Osprey diving from high above to catch fish for their young in the spring.

The seventh annual Great JackO’-Lantern Sail will take place at Belmont Lake State Park on October 26, 2019. This year’s event will run from 3:00pm-6:00pm and the Pumpkin Sail will begin at 6:15pm. The first 50 carved pumpkins received are placed on flotation devices with candles inserted inside and are sailed around the lake behind kayaks. Children’s activities include crafts, games, inflatables, funny photos and trick-or-treat stations. They can also visit the not-so-scary ‘Spooky Den’. Plan your day trip today to visit Belmont Lake State Park, it truly has a lot to offer!

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• Trick-or-treating may have originated with a European custom called “souling.” On All Soul’s Day, early Christians would go doorto-door begging for “soul cakes,” which were square pieces of bread with currants. The more cakes a person received, the more prayers he or she would promise to the dead relatives of the cake donors.

alloween is a day of costumes, hijinks and an often unhealthy helping of sugary sweets. Many celebrants know that Halloween evolved from ancient Celtic festivals, such as Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and the dawn of winter. Celts were no longer spending long days in the pastures, and so they gathered in their homes to tell stories and wait out the winter. When Christianity spread, Halloween became intertwined with a feast day dedicated to the saints and deceased loved ones. “All Hallows Even,” eventually got shortened to “Hallowe’en,” and then Halloween. Though certain parts of Halloween history are well-known, there are many additional interesting facts about this beloved holiday that are less widely known. The following are some lesser known Halloween tidbits, courtesy of the websites, The Thought & Expression Company and Random History, as well as “The Halloween Handbook” (Citadel Press) by Ed Morrow. • The first jack-o-lanterns were made from turnips and beets. Pumpkins were used after

Halloween was brought to North America.

• The word “witch” is thought to come from the Olde English word “wicce,” meaning “wise woman.” Witches once were held in high regard.

• Pumpkins actually are a fruit, a type of squash that is a member of the gourd family. Its cousins include cucumbers, melons, and other squashes.

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• Some people still celebrate the ancient Celtic customs of Samhain. Many followers of various pagan religions, such as the Druids and Wiccans, observe this day as a religious festival and a memorial

day for their deceased friends. It also is a night to practice various forms of divination.

• The owl is a popular Halloween symbol. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches. • The first-known mention of trickor-treating was found in print in 1927 in Blackie, Alberta, Canada. • Ireland is believed by many to be the birthplace of Halloween.

• Both Salem, Massachusetts, and Anoka, Minnesota, are the selfproclaimed Halloween capitals of the world. • Pumpkins are now carved and displayed as Halloween decorations. Orange is a color of strength and symbolic of the harvest. The largest pumpkin ever grown was more than 1,600 pounds. It was grown by Joe Jutras of North Scituate, RI.

Halloween is a mysterious time, born of various festivals, rituals and symbolism. Over several centuries, the celebration has evolved into a holiday enjoyed by millions, each in their own different ways.

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Fall is a great season to enjoy festivals, farmer’s markets and craft fairs, as merchants look to liquidate inventory before they prepare for the rush of the upcoming holiday season. Cities, towns, hamlets, and everything in between will host their share of open markets and more with great deals to be had, and fall is an ideal time to visit local shops and stands.

Food finds As plants are harvested, many items are turned into delicious treats. No autumn shopping excursion is complete until you smell a fresh-baked apple pie or some apple cider doughnuts. Corn breads and fritters, cranberry snacks and wines from nearby wineries also are easy to find in autumn. These items make welcome additions to your own pantry, or bring a freshly made treat to a friend or family member’s home when paying a visit.

Fresh produce Farms big and small are bursting with produce come the fall. You can find the last vestiges of summer crops mingling with the first fruits of autumn. Grab the last of tomatoes and start thinking ahead to apples, squashes, lettuces, and grapes. You can even get an early start

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Friday, September 6th Sunday, September 8th Village-Wide Festival in Sag Harbor www.saghrborchamber. com/events/harborfest Once described as the largest block party extending out over the water, the 2019 Harborfest will be village-wide. There will be live music, boating and fishing vendors, a farmers' market, children's games and activities, a kids' corn shucking contest, a clam chowder contest, boat races and more! Visit their website for more information, including event times.

Dockside Family Festival

Saturday, September 7th Sunday, September 8th 11:00AM - 5:00PM Captree State Park 3500 E Ocean Parkway, Bay Shore 631.669.0449 The Dockside Family Festival is back and is celebrating its 36th year! This nautical themed event www.seasonsmagazineonline.com

provides activities and entertainment for people of all ages. Highlights include live music, vendors, pony rides, crab races and interactive demonstrations! Come down and enjoy a wonderful day on the Great South Bay!

7th Annual Montauk Seafood Festival

Saturday, September 7th Sunday, September 8th 12:00PM - 5:00PM 32 Star Island Road, Montauk 631.668.5077 www. montaukseafoodfestival. com Enjoy two days of delicious seafood, live music and family activities in Montauk! Parking is free and admission is $2/person, free for children under 12. The festival will be held rain or shine.

Harbes Orchard Apple Festival

Saturday, September 14th Sunday, September 15th 9:00AM - 6:00PM Harbes Orchard 5698 Sound Avenue, Riverhead

631.369.1111 Don't miss this weekend full of apple activities for the whole family! There will be games, apple cider donut eating contests, apple rolling competitions and much more. Don't forget to go apple picking on their 15-acre apple orchard that has apples that are even within reach of the smallest of hands!

Harborfront Park 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson 631.473.1414 This event will bring local and regional teams together to race against one another. Spectators are encouraged to come to the harbor with their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities. There will also be music and food vendors.

2019 Long Island Pet Expo At Tanner Park

10th Annual Over 50 Fair

Saturday, September 14 Sunday, September 15 11:00AM - 6:00PM Tanner Park (Kerrigan Road in Copiague) www.familypetshows.com/ long-island-pet-expo-in-thepark Head to Tanner Park for the Long Island Pet Expo, which will feature performances, exhibits, petting zoos and more. The event is free for all! Rain date: September 28-29.

Port Jefferson's 6th Annual Dragon Boat Race Festival

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Family Program: Forest Explorers

Saturday, September 21st 10:00AM - 11:30AM Connetquot River State Park Preserve 3525 Sunrise Highway, Oakdale 631.581.1072 www.parks.ny.gov How often do you truly look at the forest while walking? Come and discover all the little things that make strolling through the preserve special...it may surpise you! Family Programs are recommended for children 5 and up. Cost is $4/person and there will be an $8 parking fee. Reservations are required. Please call to RSVP.

2019 Long Island Fair At Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Saturday, September 21st Sunday, September 22nd & Saturday, September 28th - Sunday, September 29th 10:00AM - 5:00PM Old Bethpage Village Restoration 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage 516.572.8409 www.lifair.org Every fall the Old Bethpage Village Restoration hosts the Long Island Fair. There will be tons of exhibits, as well as a variety of performers and www.seasonsmagazineonline.com

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2019 Tobay Boat Show

Friday, September 27th Sunday, September 29th 12:00PM - 6:00PM Friday 10:00AM - 6:00PM Saturday & Sunday Tobay Beach Ocean Parkway, Massapequa www.strongsmarine.com/ event/tobay-boat-show The Tobay Boat Show is the place to be for super savings with exclusive boat show discounts, special dealer incentives and on the spot financing. There will be hundreds of new and used boats in the water and on land, allowing there to be something for every taste and budget. There will also be food, drinks and live music!

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery's 2019 Fall Festival

Saturday, September 28th 10:00AM - 4:30PM Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor 516.692.6768 www.cshfishhatchery.org/ event/fall-festival This event will feature plenty of activities and exhibits for the entire family, such as kids fishing, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, environmental exhibitors, music, games, food and more. Admission is $6/adult, $4/child or senior and free for members. Rain date is October 5th.

Wildwood Fall Festival

Saturday, September 28th 10:00AM - 4:30PM Wildwood State Park 790 Hulse Landing Road, Wading River 631.929.4314 The 26th Annual Fall Festival at Wildwood State Park will be a fun filled family event featuring a variety of craft vendors, live entertainment and refreshments. All activities will be free! Some activities include, pony rides, petting zoo, inflatables, build a scarecrow contest, pumpkin weight raffle and children's games.

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Sunday, October 6th 10:00AM - 5:00PM The Shoppes At East Wind 5768 New York 25A, Wading River 631.929.3500 The Shoppes are welcoming Autumn with a celebration of pumpkins, scarecrows and family fun, including a special Riverhead Ford Roundup Car Show until 3:00PM. There will be local vendors, great food and of course, shopping!

Famous Food Festival

Saturday, October 12th Sunday, October 13th 10:00AM - 7:00PM Tanger Outlets Deer Park 102 Arches Circle, Deer Park www.famousfoodfestival. com This festival will feature over 60 food vendors, live music, a beer and wine garden, a virtual reality gaming area, multi-sport simulator, butterfly exhibit and much more. Cost is $5/ person and children 10 and under are free.

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Tuesday, October 15th 11:00AM - 2:00PM Holiday Inn Plainview 215 Sunnyside Blvd, Plainview www.eventbrite.com Come and open the doors of opportunity when you meet and interview with hiring managers at companies ranging from small local businesses to Fortune 500 corporations. This fair will allow you to learn about businesses that are hiring and what their hiring needs are. Register online today!

Saturday, October 26th Sunday, October 27th 8:00AM YMCA 255 W. Main Street Patchogue www.suffolkmarathon.com Join others as they run either a marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K to support our veterans! The Freedom Fest will begin at 9:00AM, shortly after the first half marathoners will finish. This festival will take place right in the heart of downtown Patchogue and will feature live music and showcase the rich and diverse collection of food and beverage options available across Suffolk County. For more information, please visit their website.

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Easy ways to clean up leaves

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utumn is marked by colorful foliage and plummeting temperatures. Once those leaves reach peak color, they fall from the branches and collect on lawns, necessitating cleanup projects. For homeowners with big yards, such a project can be tiring and time-consuming. However, there are ways to make leaf cleanup easier.

sweeping brush that gathers up lawn debris and leaves into an attached hopper bag. Like mowed leaves, the bag can be emptied into a compost pile or distributed where needed. Raking leaves onto a large tarp is another option. Once it’s full, the tarp can be taken to the curb where many towns will collect the leaves

seasonally. Otherwise, the tarp can be used as a funnel to put leaves into a gardening bag or another appropriate receptacle.

Leaf blowers remain a fast option for cleaning up yards, but they require electricity or gas and can be noisy. Still, they are a popular choice for large landscapes or when quick work

One of the easiest ways to clean up leaves is to reach for a lawn mower rather than a rake. The mower will cut leaves down to smaller sizes, creating an effective mulch that can add nutrients back into the lawn. Davey, a lawn and landscape solutions service, says that mowed leaves also can be collected in a mower bag and added to garden beds or compost piles.

Leaves will fall in autumn, but luckily homeowners have various methods at their disposal to tame the mess.

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The month of August is named in honor of Augustus Caesar and previously went by the name "Sextilis." Sextilis referred to the sixth month of the Gregorian calendar before January and February were added at the start of the year. Historians theorize that August has 31 days because Augustus wanted the month to have the same number of days as July, which was named in honor of his uncle, Gaius Julius Caesar. The traditional birthstone of August is peridot, and the gladiolus and poppy are the month's traditional flowers. August also is the last full month of summer.

For those who prefer manual raking, select a rake with tines that will not skewer the leaves in the process. Big rakes also can make faster work of gathering leaves into piles. The home improvement resource The Family Handyman advocates for the use of a lawn sweeper. This is a manual device that has a rotating

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What I Love About Lon Grace S of Oceanside: Autumn weather is much cooler and vegetables you can't grow in the summer bloom: spinach, broccoli, lettuce... all the good greens which keep us healthy. I go down to the beach and get the endless amounts of seaweed and put it around the plants because the trace minerals are in the seaweed. HAPPY FALL GARDENING! Grace to You.

Natalia K of Westbury: I love the crisp fall air, going outside with a cozy sweater on and going apple and pumpkin picking out east… and of course getting an apple cider donut and hot apple cider!

John W of Bay Shore: I love the autumn for it's reminders of my soccer season playing days, my cool weather jogging workouts and the fall festivals on Long Island that I attend with respect to local businesses.

Jo-Anne O of West Islip: What I love about Long Island in autumn is the fresh smell of the new fallen leaves on the ground from the trees, the crisp air, the cool nights, the evenings spent with the family watching the fires in our fire pit and/or our fireplace with the crisp dead leaves that we’ve collected as a family from our yard while drinking hot cocoa. It’s a great time to experience the changing of the seasons and still be able to enjoy the outside with the family.

Dorrine L of Smithtown: I love autumn on Long Island because it is a very peaceful time of year! The days are still lovely and warm and then the nights cool off…it is generally quieter with all the kids back in school and there are still plenty of beautiful beach days to enjoy! And of course I love all the beautiful fall foliage!

Diane J of Coram: I love autumn on Long Island for all the brilliant colors our leaves turn here…for the fresh smell of the cool air…all our farms with apples and pumpkins to pick…and all the fall festivals…a lovely time of year here!

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ng Island In Autumn... Diana L of Port Jefferson: Fall on Long Island is such a beautiful and cozy time. A simple drive out east always leads to an unexpected adventure. Between apple picking, pumpkin picking and fall festivals, there is always something fun to do! You can also pick up fresh fall crop harvest at a variety of lovely farm stands throughout the island!

Susan & Bob D of Lindenhurst: What I love about Long Island in autumn is my Autumn Birthday, September 26th! Of course Halloween on Long Island with all the home decorations to see among autumn foliage/ colorful leaves. Also, autumn weather is just right…not too hot and not too cold!

Hilary S of Commack: How could you not love Long Island for all it has to offer and fall is no exception. We have the most beautiful fall foliage here. Take a drive down Northern State or Southern State Parkways and you will see the brightest orange, red and yellow leaves to brighten your day. Take a drive down Route 25A on the North Shore of LI from Suffolk into Nassau & enjoy the water, boats and all the houses decorating for the upcoming Fall season. It is a very festive place to live offering the most relaxing feeling and feels wonderful! All you have to do is take the time to notice and take it all in.

Robert S of Port Jefferson Station: The leaves start to turn color. The humidity goes down and a perfect time to be outdoors.

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Gourds, squashes and Halloween boasts pumpkins, oh my! a rich history

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ostume-clad kids, bags of candy and jack-o’-lanterns are some indelible images associated with Halloween. Those images may forever be linked to this beloved, fun-filled holiday, which boasts a rich history that varies depending on where in the world you might be.

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alloween takes place during a time of year characterized by earthen-colored chrysanthemums, leaf-lined walkways and crisp autumn air. As colorful as the costumes children wear for trick-or-treating may be, nature’s beauty is unsurpassed this time of year, and the scores of pumpkins, gourds and squashes on display only add to that colorful melange.

The Cucurbitaceae family (a family of herbaceous tendril-bearing vines) may be best known for pumpkins, squash, gourds, melons and cucumbers, but there actually are 800 species that belong to this family. While they share many of the same properties, these fruits each have their own unique attributes.

The main differences between squashes, gourds and pumpkins is their intended purposes — whether they’re ornamental or edible. Squash Squashes come in summer and winter varieties. Winter ones do not actually grow in the winter; in fact, they’re harvested in late summer and early fall, but the name references the hard shell casing that protects the tender pulp inside. Zucchini are summer squash because their outer flesh is tender, while butternut, acorn, spaghetti, and hubbard squashes are winter squashes because they feature a tough skin. Even though it takes some effort to crack that shell, the dense, nutrient-rich flesh inside is well worth the workout. www.seasonsmagazineonline.com

Celebrations around the world may not mirror those in the United States, where trick-or-treating youngsters travel from house to house in search of candy, but true Halloween enthusiasts may be interested to learn the history of the holiday and how it has changed over the centuries. Gourds Gourds are essentially ornamental squashes; they aren’t cultivated for eating. Instead they are bred to look beautiful and unique in autumn centerpieces. Types of gourds include autumn wing gourd, warted gourds, turban gourds, and bottle gourds. Each gourd is unique in its shape and color. Pumpkins Pumpkins come in ornamental and edible varieties. Even though all pumpkins can be consumed, some taste better than others. Small pumpkins tend to be decorative because, according to Nutritious Life, they do not have enough meat inside to make them worthy of cooking. However, sugar pumpkins are best for baking and cooking favorite recipes, states the resource Pumpkin Nook.

El Dia de los Muertos In parts of Mexico and Latin America, El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is celebrated each year in early November. The day is designed to honor the dead, who Day of the Dead celebrants believe return to their earthly homes each Halloween. Families may burn candles and incense in an effort to help their deceased relatives and ancestors find their way home. Guy Fawkes Day For many years, England had reason to celebrate around October 31, but those celebrations did not mirror the Halloween festivities familiar to those across the pond. While recent years have witnessed more and more Brits adopting the Americanized

celebration of Halloween, for many the true holiday this time of year will always be Guy Fawkes Day. Celebrated on November 5, Guy Fawkes Day is a commemoration of the foiled Gunpowder Plot. Smithsonian notes that this was a failed attempt by disgruntled Catholics to blow up the British Parliament building while King James I was inside. Fireworks, parades and bonfires marked Guy Fawkes Day celebrations, which in recent years have gradually begun to transform into something that more closely resembles American Halloween. Samhain History.com notes that Halloween can trace its origins to Ireland, but those origins did not involve giggling youngsters carrying plastic pumpkins around in search of candy. Halloween’s origins can be traced to the Celtic festival of Samhain. Samhain was considered the Celtic New Year and was sacred to the ancient Irish. The festival was celebrated as the days became shorter, and offerings were left for the dead, who celebrants believed could cross over into the land of the living at this time. However, they also believed demonic spirits could follow such a path during Samhain, giving the festival the taste of the macabre that many still enjoy imparting on their Halloween celebrations today. Halloween has a rich and interesting history that gals and ghouls from all walks of life might find interesting.

The festive hues and flavors of squashes, gourds and pumpkins are one more thing that makes Halloween and autumn special.

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Chicken soup is good Protect your plants for more than the soul from winter weather

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old season never seems to take a year off. Experts estimate that colds are so widespread that very few humans escape infection. Some people come down with colds more than once per year. That should not come as too great a surprise, as there are now thought to be more than 200 different strains of cold.

For the past 50 years, researchers studied two classes of viruses responsible for a total of roughly 100 different incarnations of the common cold. Two years ago, after development of molecular techniques to look at the viral genome, researchers found a third class of rhinoviruses, according to James Gern, MD, an asthma specialist at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. This discovery doubled the number of potential cold viruses.

While there’s no cure for the common cold, cold remedies have been around for centuries. Chicken soup remains one of the more popular cold remedies. Grandmothers have long espoused the virtues of chicken soup with regard to treating colds, but now research is backing up those claims.

Researchers have long examined the potential health benefits of chicken soup in an attempt to understand why it seems to be such an effective tonic at treating colds. A 1998 report found that broth may help improve the function of the tiny hairs in noses called cilia. The www.seasonsmagazineonline.com

cilia help prevent contagions from getting into the body. Hot fluids also can help increase the movement of nasal mucus, helping to relieve stuffiness and congestion.

Chicken soup also can help reduce inflammation, which often results as the immune system works to fight the cold virus. A study in the journal Chest found that chicken soup appears to inhibit neutrophil chemotaxis, which is the movement of certain immune cells to mucus membrane surfaces. As a result, mucus production is inhibited and cold symptoms are reduced.

Chicken soup is loaded with immune-boosting vegetables and other ingredients that provide phytonutrients. The American Cancer Society defines phytonutrients, or phytochemicals, as plant compounds like carotenoids, lycopene, resveratrol, and phytosterols that are thought to have health-protecting qualities. Chicken soup may also contain onions and garlic, which are believed to have natural antibacterial or antiseptic properties. An easily digestible comfort food, chicken soup also helps a person feel better because it effectively delivers vitamins and minerals.

While some profess that homemade chicken soup is the key to fighting a cold, many commercially-made soups fit the bill as well. The salt, steam, vegetables, chicken protein, and soothing broth combine to form a worthy adversary to the common cold.

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or the majority of gardening enthusiasts, gardening is a warm weather activity. While some people live in climates that make it possible to enjoy gardening year-round, those who don’t often lament the end of the gardening season.

Winter might not be conducive to gardening, but the arrival of cold weather does not necessarily mean a gardener’s work is done until the following spring. Taking steps to protect plants from winter weather is an important part of maintaining a healthy garden that thrives from year to year.

Timing is of the essence when winterizing a garden. The online gardening resource Get Busy Gardening!TM advises gardeners that the best time to winterize is after the first hard freeze in the fall. A hard freeze occurs when temperatures dip below freezing overnight. When that occurs, annual plants and vegetables are killed off and perennial plants, which grow back year after year, begin going dormant.

Better Homes and Gardens notes that perennials are the easiest plants to prepare for winter, as they require just a little cutting back and mulching to be safe from cold weather. But no two perennials are alike, so homeowners should consult their local gardening center for advice on how to prepare their particular perennials for the coming months. The steps necessary to winterize annuals depends on which type of annuals, cool- or warm-climate, you have. Cool-climate annuals should be covered with polyspun garden fabric when light frost is in the forecast. In addition, Better

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Warm-climate annuals also should be covered with polyspun garden fabric when light frost is expected. Seeds of cold-hardy annuals can be planted for extended winter bloom, while gardeners also can collect seeds of warm-weather plants that will breed true to type. Even though you’re winterizing, Better Homes and Gardens recommends that gardeners continue to weed and water their plant beds and plants while also keeping an eye out for pests. If organic mulch has decomposed or thinned out, replace it with a new layer.

Get Busy Gardening!TM notes that the bulbs of tender plants like dahlias and tuberous begonias can be dug up and overwintered in their dormant state. All dead foliage should be removed after the bulbs have been dug up, and the bulbs should be allowed to dry out a little before being stored. Container gardeners can overwinter their tender bulbs in their pots inside, but be sure to remove their foliage and store them in a dark, cool place that maintains temperatures above freezing. Winterizing may mark the end of gardening season, but it’s an important task that can ensure a healthy, beautiful garden next spring, summer and fall.

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Seasonal Selections A sweet and savory Halloween treat

Save the tricks for another time; this Halloween is all about the treats. Halloween parties are par for the course, and spooktacular hosts and hostesses want to serve their guests something special. Enter a dessert hybrid that layers various flavors to create a masterpiece that simply works. This recipe for “Grilled Chocolate Chip Cookie Bacon S’mores,” courtesy of the National Pork Board and Tiffany Edwards of Le Crème de la Crumb, is the Frankenstein’s monster of the dessert world. You’d be hardpressed to find a person who can pass up the salty swagger of smoked bacon paired with the creamy richness of chocolate and the crunch and sweetness of a chocolate chip cookie. Top it with marshmallow and this Halloween treat is alive with flavor!

Grilled Chocolate Chip Cookie Bacon S’mores Yields 12 12 thick-cut slices bacon (hickory smoked, Applewood smoked or maple) 12 large marshmallows 12 2-inch squares chocolate good quality 12 skewers 12 tablespoons butter, softened 3⁄4 cup brown sugar 1⁄4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla

1 egg plus 1 egg yolk 2 cups flour 1 3.4-ounce box instant French vanilla pudding mix, dry, not prepared 1 teaspoon baking soda 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Make the cookies: In a bowl, cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar for 1 to 2 minutes until light and very fluffy. Add vanilla, egg and egg yolk, and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, pudding mix, baking soda, and salt.

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until incorporated and dough comes together. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover very tightly and chill for at least 1 hour.

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Preheat oven to 350 F. Roll dough into balls (about 11⁄2 inch) and space 2 to 3 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned on top. Allow to cool 5 to 10 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. To grill the bacon: Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Thread bacon onto skewers in an S-shape. Place skewers directly on grill and cook 8 to 12 minutes, rotating as needed to ensure even cooking. Transfer to a plate, let cool and then remove bacon from skewers. Set aside. Meanwhile, roast the marshmallows: Roast marshmallows directly over the grill using skewers or roasting sticks until cooked to your preference.

Assemble s’mores: Flip one cookie over so it’s upside down. Place a square of chocolate on top of the upside-down cookie, then top with grilled marshmallow, bacon and a right side-up second cookie. Serve immediately.

Cranberry-infused cocktail for autumn Besides the ubiquitous “pumpkin spice,” nothing says “autumn” more than tart cranberries. Cranberries are a major component of Thanksgiving feasts, turning up alongside and atop turkey as well as in quick breads and desserts.

Cranberries are loaded with health benefits, which include reducing the risk for ulcers and preventing gum disease. Also, just eight ounces of cranberry juice cocktail contains 137 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin C.

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