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Olympic Trader

December 2008

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Volume 18, Issue 12

December 2008

This Month

Merry Christmas

Gardening Food & Drink Puzzles Business Technology To Your Health Travel

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from Frances and Rolly

Trivia Question #1: What is the highest peak in England? a. Scafell Pike b. Mount Snowdon

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d. Mount Suffolk (answer on page 12)


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Announcements Gerties Farmer’s Market of Clallam County, Est. 1978 1016 East First Street one block east of Race Street. Open every Saturday 9 - 4 all year. ____________________ BOOK SALE! Saturday, Behind the Library. Sponsored by Friends of Sequim Library on Second Saturday each month. ____________________ VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Veterans and non-veterans are being sought as volunteer drivers for the Disabled Veterans Van. The van transports ab average of 30 veterans per week to the VA Medical Center in Seattle for medical appointments. Transportation is provided for veterans living from Forks to Pt. Townsend. Anyone with a valid drivers licsence and good driving record may become a driver. Call (360) 457-5251 for more information. ____________________ Cedar Armoire Clothes Closet $75.00 Sofa & loveseat nice and fairly new $200.00 cash 360-681-8509 ____________________

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Trivia Question #3:

What is the correct name of the valley in southern Oxfordshire? a Vale of the Brown Cow b Vale of the Flying Pig c Vale of the Black Sheep d Vale of the White Horse (answer on page 12)

PORT HADLOCK: 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, den, dinning room, 2 car garage, built in vacuum, automatic sprinkler, wooden storage sged. Chimmicum Creek Estates, large lot. Near schools,library, bus and shopping. Desirable neighborhood. $320,000 (360) 385-0130 RUS0508 __________________ PORT TOWNSEND: Rental or Great Starter Home. On city lot, view, Castle Hill, 2 bedroom, 1.75 bath. large living room, wood burning heat, can use TLC. Near schools, shopping, doctors & hospital. $137,000 (360) 385-0130 RUS0508 SEQUIM: $175,000 1.28 acre level lot mountain views underground utilities installed; water, phone, electric, registered septic. CC & R’s Call for brochure (360) 582-9982 ____________________ BREMERTON: $350,000 4 Bedroom and 2.75 Bath 2097 Sqft. Here’s another opportunity to join this Great New Neighborhood! This beautiful just-like-new 4 bedroom, 2 3/4 bath, 3 car garage home has been well cared for by its only owners! Listed at the lowest price in Esquire Hills for this particular floor plan, the house speaks for itself! You always hear It’s all about Location, well here’s your chance at a wonderful home in a wonderful neighborhood, on a manicured, fully-fenced, corner lot with a View! Come see for yourself! Karin Kay Properties (360) 479-7653


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Olympic Trader Volume 18, Issue 12 Olympic Trader is Published monthly and is owned and operated by Olympic Trader.


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469 Homes For Sale

469 Homes For Sale

Relax and spread out in this fine Gig Harbor home. Whitley Hills location with over 3300 sq ft & a daylight basement. Room for everybody and everything! Call Danny at 1800 784 5635 x2142 Prudential NW Real Estate. 0608

Great location for the Seattle Commuter, walk to the Ferry! Brand new home w/ 9’ceilings, hardwood flooring, 3 beds, 2.5bath on a half an acre. Priced to sell! Call Danny at 1800 784 5635 x2132 Prudential NW Real Estate.. 0608

BREMERTON: $350,000 4 Bedroom and 2.50 Bath 2533 Sqft. Pride of ownership shows here! Enjoy the marine and Mtn views. RV Parking/elec hook ups. Fully fenced yard. Remodeled bathroom. Secret room (office/shop) with separate entrance. Single car garage with 2 car carport. New furance 3/2008, heat pump ready. Location is convenient to shopping. Penny’s Team (360) 779-7229 BREMERTON: $350,000 3 Bedroom and 2.50 Bath 2107 Sqft. Come see this turn-key home located in the great new community of Esquire Hills. Home has large rooms, tall ceilings, oversized windows. Modern floor plan revolves around a great room concept with a corner-gas fireplace in living room and oversized kitchen island. Large master suite has a 5piece bathenjoy those long soaks after a hectic day. If you have kids, they will enjoy 3 private parks with BBQ’s, sports court, and large play toys.RE/MAX Platinum Srvs/Silverdal (360) 613-0822 ____________________ BREMERTON: $355,000 5 Bedroom and 1.75 Bath

2321 Sqft. ONE OF A KIND VIEW HOME! Classic Manette masterpiece is full of surprises. As you enter from the charming wrap around covered porch,you’ll see this 5 bdrm,2300+sf hm includes TONS of high quality extras. Gourmet kitchen w/ceramic tile flrs,custom granite ctr tops and abundant cabinetry. Soak your cares away in the main bath’s antique 6’claw ft tub. Entertain guests on the deck w/stunning views of the Puget sound & Manette. There’s so many wonderful characteristic it’s a must see to believe. Genesis Infinity Real Estate (360) 692-0779 BREMERTON: $357,000 4 Bedroom and 2.50 Bath 2097 Sqft Come join this great community! This Home Boasts Beautiful floors throughout the Liv. Rm, Din. Rm. & Kitchen! All Appliances are staying with the house including washer and dryer! Enjoy the Quartz Countertops throughout your kitchen! The Stove has been converted to gas for your cooking pleasure! The Five piece Master bath is the prize piece on the upper level! You need Storage Space? Enjoy your threecar Garage! Also enjoy your fully fenced yard or the Community Park just out the front door! Karin Kay Properties (360) 479-7653

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Bethel Corridor Opportunity! Port Orchard 220’ Bethel frontage. Zoned Commercial/Mixed use. Own and live at your business or rent out the house and run your business from the out buildings or ...? Heated shop with office space, RV barn and garage. Home is newly updated.Call Danny at 1800 784 5635 x2002 Prudential NW Real Estate. 0808

Water, Bremerton lights, Olympic Mt, Views plus a fine house on 1+acre . Large daylight rambler and a possible 2nd dwelling unit downstairs. Beautifully landscaped and provides easy access to PSNS, Port Orchard, Bremerton and hwy 16.Call Danny1800 784 5635 x 2052 Prudential NW Real Estate 0608 ____________________ BREMERTON: $357,500 3 Bedroom and 1.00 Bath 2358 Sqft. This charming, lovingly-maintained home is so much larger inside than it looks from the street: over 2300 sq. ft. of very livable space! Enjoy water & mountain views from inside &, of course, from your deck. Coved ceilings, hardwood & built-ins of the era w/new windows & gas forced air of today. Convert upstairs into a master suite. Finished basement hosts a cozy family room w/fireplace & wet bar. Awesome 24x27 garage w/loft built in 2005. Bus line & ferry minutes away. RealEstate. com (425) 453-9111 BREMERTON: $359,000 4 Bedroom and 1.75 Bath 2624 Sqft. Beautiful low maintenance brick home w/tile roof in desirable E Bremerton neighborhood close to shopping & shipyard. Quality Olympic Mtn & territorial views. Plenty of room for extra garage shop, & garden. Updated kitchen and baths. 3 year old high end premium furnace & water heater. Stainless Steel appliances, lots of real wood-oak mahogany & cherry. Very nice plastered walls. This solid house was built to last! One family owned. John L. Scott, Inc. Silverdale (360) 692-9777 ____________________ BREMERTON: $359,500 4 Bedroom and 2.50 Bath

2247 Sqft. This Beautiful and Charming home has been redecorated & updated, and looks Springtime fresh. New Hardy-Plank siding, new floorcoverings, paint & Granite counters.Main Level Master Suite is very spacious and the upper level has 3 other bdrms & Large Bonus/Family room with closet.This home will delight your buyers with a covered porch, large back deck , vaulted ceilings and wonderful yard. This is a 5 star home in a safe cul-de-sac. John L. Scott, Inc. Silverdale (360) 692-9777 BREMERTON: $359,750 3 Bedroom and 2.50 Bath 1946 Sqft. Motivated seller wants an offer on this extraordinary home, exquisitely kept and maintained. Newer furnace & water tank, carpeting & roof; Large patio with hot tub; huge family room with wet bar - even comes equiped with a pool table!!!! Check out the huge attached garage and 24 x 32, heated and insulated detached garage. Wonderful shy acre grounds. John L. Scott, Inc. Port Orch. (360) 876-7600 ____________________ BREMERTON: $359,950 4 Bedroom and 2.50 Bath 2562 Sqft. Start your new home tour here! Charter Homes presents

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Three Differences Between Designers and Decorators By: Megan Henry This is an issue which I believe is part of being an informed consumer. When building or remodeling a client is investing their hopes, finances, and future in their home, and they must be sure their investment in professional help is legitimate. As a very young profession, being officially established in the 1960’s, Interior Design is still very ill-defined to the general public. The following are three big differences in working with an Interior Designer as opposed to an Interior Decorator. Education: The first major difference is the level of education involved for each field. Interior Design requires four years of college education; the first two are the same as those in architecture school. The final years focus on interior specialization for both commercial and residential spaces, even including a bit of advertising. What all of this translates to be is a specific knowledge of how interiors can be changed; how floors, cabinets and other finish work can be installed; and exactly what furnishings and finishes can be used in specific situations. Interior Decorators are not required to have any specific education and/ or knowledge of interior construction and product composition. Their focus is to provide ideas for accessorizing existing interiors, and many times they prefer to work with the client’s existing furnishings. Many Decorators have a very strong artistic talent but there is no regulation to guarantee you’ll get the professional results you are looking for. Construction: There are two areas of specialty that are vital to remodels that go beyond the realm of decorating; alteration of interior walls and layout, as well as specific fabrication and installation of products. These definitely fall under the expertise of Interior Designers. A very common client for me as an Interior Designer is someone who has purchased or inherited an older home with a very, closed floor plan. Though I am not qualified to alter load bearing walls, the desired change of floor plan is achieved by moving or removing part or all of existing interior walls. These opening of traffic pattern and eye line make any home feel bigger and

more usable. Also, with the growing trend of built-in casework many remodels require the knowledge of furniture construction and installation, and sometimes lighting for display pieces. Range: As the previous points have eluded, Interior Designers retain a broad scope of specific knowledge. From the reworked skeleton of the space to the installation of cabinetry, through the specific finishes and decoration, an Interior Designer can help through the entire journey. Whether the concern is the right flooring, cabinets, countertops, window treatments, etc… Designers have a constant learning forum with sales representatives so specific knowledge of each product used is current and fresh in our minds. Decorators also have this relationship available, but most don’t function as retailers, which is necessary to have a designated sales representative for manufacturers and distributors. Decorators have a great passion and talent for their specific scope of service. Many are great with mixing textures and colors and can really breathe life into a dull interior. The difference is this limitation of scope, as well as no requirement for formal training. I wish for this information to be used to determine what profession is appropriate for your specific project. And of course, when in doubt, call and ask questions; be an informed consumer. Visit my website at www.

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Things to Do at Christmas by: Martin Davis

Christmas is one of the few times when families are likely to get together, so ensuring that everyone has a great time is crucial. In some cases you may need to plan activities that will help to keep everyone amused throughout the festive season and the internet is a great place to look for things to do. In this article we look at the top 10 Christmas activities worth considering using when you have family and friends over this year.

traveling in the car as well over the Christmas period.

1. When it comes to decorating the home ready for Christmas then why not get the whole family involved. You could even ask the children to make some special decorations themselves for hanging on the tree or around the home this year. If you are stuck for ideas then the internet is a great source for arts and crafts.

5. If you want to help the younger children in your family wind down on Christmas day or even on the days leading up to it then spend 5 minutes each night reading them a special Christmas story. It is crucial that you let your children decide what stories it is they want read to them each night. Plus every year why not purchase some new books that you can read to them that year as well as the ones they already have.

2. As on Christmas day you will be very busy in the morning preparing the food for lunch, why not prepare something the day before getting your children to assist you. You could even ask them to make some gingerbread items that can then be used as decorations on the tree or which can be used as snacks whilst waiting for Christmas dinner to arrive. But don’t allow them to eat too many else they won’t want the wonderful dinner you have prepared. 3. There is a great game that you can play on Christmas day that all your family and friends can participate in and that is “Remember That Carol”. What happens is that each person will take it in turns to announce what carol it is they are going to sing and then sing one verse of it. This is a suitable game for all to play when

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4. Another great game that you can play with family and friends is charades. But this time rather than just being on any theme you base it around Christmas. So it may be a certain Christmas song that others may have to guess that the person is acting out or it could be in relation to a decoration or even an animal associated with Christmas.

6. Sometimes families like to open one present on Christmas Eve and if you want to make it a little more memorable make it in to a treasure hunt. You will need to prepare everything in advance and make sure that you give them simple easy clues to follow which they can solve and will lead them to where their gift has been placed. If you find you have not got enough time to actually spend on coming up with your own clues the internet is a wonderful source for getting some very inexpensive ones ready made that you can print off and use.

Check it out on my website or contact me for a current catalog! 360-551-1156

7. Another activity you may find fun is actually taking a wonder round your neighbourhood one evening to see how other people have decorated their homes. Some people spend weeks before Christmas decorating their homes, not just inside but out so that everyone else can enjoy the festive season. In some cases there may be a charity box left outside where you can make a donation and the money raised is given to a local good cause. 8. Another thing you can do to help make your family Christmas special is for the whole family to learn about where they came from. Through this you and your family can learn about the ways your family use to celebrate Christmas in the past and maybe incorporate some of the activities they use to enjoy into your own. There are plenty of places online as well as speaking with others relatives that can help you to find out just what sort of Christmas your ancestors would have led. 9. Another activity that you could consider doing that you may not have done before and especially if you have young children is to go see a pantomime. Often these take place a few weeks before Christmas and will certainly help you and the rest of the family get into the swing of things.

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Above we have offered our top 10 Christmas activities which could help to make this festive season for your family and friends special. Certainly the more involved everyone is in this special event then the more enjoyable the time will be and of course you won’t be so stressed out.

Christmas Wreath is a Warm Welcome by: Lynn Jebbia

video available at Most Americans are hunkering down during the current economic crisis which is hitting hard right at our most joyous time of year. It seems politically incorrect even for those not suffering undue financial stress to spend a lot of money this year for the holidays. Even though the cost of gasoline is half what it was just two months ago most people continue to cut back on unnecessary driving. Let’s hope we all keep conserving as these lessons need to become habit. The expenses related to the holiday season are huge if you add them all together. We not only have the expense of purchasing gifts but travel related expenses are high as we all want to be with our families. Christmas decorating expenses can really add up with all the gift wrap, Christmas tree and tree decorations, Christmas lights and other decorations inside and outside our homes. Many people put thousands of lights on their homes and we all love driving around the neighborhood to see all of them. But is it politically correct this year. And more important – can they afford to pay the resulting electric bill. So if you are stressing about the holiday season due to the financial outlays think about how and where to cut your expenses so that you can still enjoy the season. Most people hang a Christmas wreath on their door for the holidays. This is the most affordable outside decoration for your home.

And it is all you need. Save money by not putting up all those outdoor lights and have a fresh, green, natural Christmas wreath on your door to say welcome and Happy Holidays to all. The yearly problem of what to buy for gifts for people who already have everything they need. Does Aunt Sally really need those extra pair of slippers or would she get more enjoyment out of a fresh, natural Christmas centerpiece with the wonderful balsam fragrance most associated with Christmas? Fresh Christmas Wreaths and Christmas Centerpieces shipped directly from the Maine woods are a much loved gift. And they are affordable and can be ordered easily online. This gift can be sent every year. It really solves the annual dilemma of what to buy everyone. This is a gift everyone does want every year and look forward to receiving. This year send a warm welcoming fresh Christmas wreath to your friends and family. Support the green economy with a fresh, natural, gift that is harvested in a sustainable manner from the world renowned Maine woods.

Fire Pit Care and Maintenance by: Kirk Mathews

As with anything you own, you need to take care of your fire pit if you want it to stay in good condition. Luckily, fire pit care and maintenance is relatively easy and not something that requires a lot of time or hard work. By doing it regularly it will be even easier than if you put it off however and do it infrequently. If you neglect fire pit care and maintenance altogether, your fire pit will not last as long as one that is cared for properly. Therefore, to ensure you get the maximum number of years of enjoyment from your fire pit, make sure you do regular care and maintenance of it. When you are finished using your fire pit, be sure the fire is completely out before leaving it unattended. When the ashes have cooled enough to handle, usually the following day, remove them and seal them in a closed noncombustible container. Do not start a new fire amongst the old ashes.

Depending on the type of fire pit you own, you may need to do additional types of maintenance. If it is made of cast iron, you will need to coat it with vegetable oil after every 10 to 12 fires you make in it, in order to keep it from rusting. If you get a cast aluminum fire pit or ones made of other types of metal, you have no need of seasoning it like with iron. Be careful to not drop your fire pit as this will damage or break it. Do not pour water into a hot fire pit in order to put out a fire. The sudden change in temperature is not good for the fire pit and may result in breakage or at the very least deterioration of the pit. Cover your fire pit when it is not in use but only after it has cooled. This will protect it from the elements. If you live in climates with harsh winter conditions, you may want to store your fire pit in a dry, sheltered area in order to keep it in good shape longer. That’s basically all that needs to be done. Common sense use of your fire pit will keep it in tiptop shape. Remember to keep safety in mind and do not put anything in the fire pit that may explode. Do not put plastics or other items that melt in the fire pit, as they do not clean up well and give off terrible odors. By taking proper care of your fire pit, you will be able to eznjoy the use of it for many years to come. The last thing you want is to be sitting around a fire and have the bottom drop out of your fire pit, putting those around it in danger, as well as whatever is below it and the furniture around it. Care for your fire pit as you would any addition to your home and enjoy it often.




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Five Easy Holiday Fudge Recipes by: Rachel Paxton

I love baking for the holidays. There are always so many new recipes to try. One of my favorite holiday treats is homemade fudge (without nuts, of course). If your family loves fudge as much as mine does, make them the kind you know they like, and then have them try one of these recipes too. You might find a new family favorite! Our family indulges in a little Peanut Butter Fudge every holiday season. Candy Store Fudge 1/2 lb. butter, softened 18 oz. chocolate chips 8 oz. mini-marshmallows 3 tsp. vanilla 2 c. chopped nuts 4 1/2 c. sugar 1 can evaporated milk Place the following ingredients in a large bowl: butter, chocolate chips, marshmallows, vanilla, and nuts and set aside. Slowly bring to a boil, stirring constantly the sugar and evaporated milk and stir for exactly 6 minutes. (Start timing at the rolling boil stage). Mixture scorches easily. Pour this mixture over the ingredients in the bowl and mix with electric mixer until well blended, pour into buttered 9x13-inch pan. Refrigerate for 12 hours. Peanut Butter Fudge 2 lbs. powdered sugar 1 can evaporated milk 1/2 c. melted butter or margarine 7 oz. marshmallow creme 18 oz. jar of peanut butter Into large, heavy pan place sugar, butter or margarine and evaporated milk, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until ingredients melt. Continue cooking to soft ball stage, 235 degrees on candy thermometer. Remove, quickly stirring in marshmallow creme, peanut butter. Pour into 2 (8x8x2) greased pans. Cut into squares when cool.

Butterscotch Fudge 12 oz. bag butterscotch chips 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1 1/2 c. miniature marshmallows 2/3 c. peanut butter 1 tsp. vanilla 1 c. chopped peanuts dash of salt Mix butterscotch chips, milk and marshmallows in saucepan; melt on stove. Remove from heat, stir in peanut butter, vanilla and salt. Stir in peanuts. Pour into 9” square pan. When completely cooled, cut into small squares. Store fudge in refrigerator. Almond Cherry Fudge 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1/2 c. chopped almonds 1/2 c. chopped red candied cherries 1 tsp. almond extract In microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and milk. Cover and microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until chips are melted. Stir until smooth. Stir in the almonds, cherries, and almond extract. Spread mixture into an 8x8 pan lined with foil that has been greased. Cover and chill for 2 hours or until set. Using the foil, lift fudge out of pan. Discard foil and cut fudge into 1-inch squares. Store in refrigerator. Peppermint Fudge 2/3 c. evaporated milk 1 2/3 c. sugar 2 tbsp. butter 1/2 tsp. salt 2 c. mini-marshmallows 1 1/2 c. chocolate chips 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract 1/2 c. chopped walnuts Mix milk, sugar, butter, and salt in a sauce pan. Bring to a full boil, then boil for five minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add marshmallows, chocolate chips, peppermint extract, and walnuts. Stir vigorously until marshmallows are melted and thoroughly blended. Pour into 8-inch square pan. Chill.

Christmas Wine Gifts by: Fiona Muller

Buying wine as a present has never been easier. Many wine merchants offer an online service and you can have your bottle (or bottles) of wine delivered in a silk-lined wooden box to friends, family or colleagues. Some even do personalised bottle labels. You can find a wide choice of high quality wines to suit every budget and there are also some great bargains on cases of wine where the price per bottle can often compete very favourably with supermarket prices. From a rich fruity Spanish Tempranillo or a full-bodied velvety Australian Shiraz to classic Chardonnays and fresh Romanian and Hungarian whites there is something for everyone. All you have to do is choose your wine. If you want to play it safe then you can’t go wrong with classic French wines. Go for red wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone. These wines have a longer drinking window (usually 5 to 10 years plus) and are therefore suitable for laying down. Claret, a dry red wine produced in the Bordeaux region, is a particularly good option. These would make an ideal gift for someone with a wine cellar or who is thinking about creating a wine cellar. Or just anyone who simply enjoys the finer things in life. For white wines, go for established classics like Chablis or White Burgundy. You can also go for a good all-round versatile wine that everyone can enjoy. Choose crisp dry white wines such as Pinot Grigio, unoaked Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc. Chablis and Sancerre are also good options. For versatile red wines opt for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz. You could also choose a soft and fruity wine like a Beaujolais or a young Rioja (recently re-labelled with a brighter, more modern logo to appeal to the younger market).

The Benefits of Using Homemade Soup Recipes by: Glenn Downer

A hot bowl of homemade soup has to be one of the most inviting meals on a cold day. Combine it with a loaf of warm fresh bread, and you have a meal that is sure to please most anyone. Delicious healthy soup recipes are easy to follow, and will produce surprising results with a minimal amount of effort. A pot of delicious homemade chicken noodle soup is as simple as adding some store bought chicken broth, fresh vegetables , cooked chicken meat, herbs, and spices together in a pot, and simmer on the stove for a couple of hours. Combine that with a loaf of your favorite bread, warmed in the oven for a few minutes, and a simple dessert , and you have an inexpensive meal, that everyone is glad to come home to. There are many other soups, such as beef vegetable soup, that can be made just as easy, simply by changing the broth, and using beef for meat instead of chicken. Soup is a versatile meal that will please just about anyone. Kids love macaroni, and adding their favorite type to their soup is sure to please them. Adding macaroni to any healthy soup recipe is a great way to enhance the flavor of your soup, and make it go further for very little extra money. Homemade soup also freezes well. If you make a large pot, you can freeze what is left for another simple meal, with practically no effort at all. This can be a real plus for a busy family on the go. Delicious homemade soup can also take care of lunches for the working family. Soup can easily be put into a container for heating later at the job, or put hot into a thermos ready to eat. Combined with a sandwich, it’s a comforting meal during a hard days work.

December 2008 It’s been suggested, but never proven that soup may actually be good for you when you are sick. I don’t think anyone can deny though, that when you have a cold or the flu, nothing makes you feel better that a hot bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup. For people that are vegetarians, there are plenty of vegetable soup recipes that will produce a delicious hot bowl of soup without using any meat. Another advantage of adding healthy soup recipes to your regular list of meals, are the benefits of weight loss. Soup can be very good for losing weight when you control what goes into the pot. By using low sodium, low fat broth, and eliminating fatty meats, and excessive salt, you can make a delicious low calorie soup using a combination of vegetables, herbs, and spices. Combine that with a salad, and you now have a delicious and filling low calorie meal. Soup is a meal that offers many benefits, and making homemade soup extends these benefits by being able to control the ingredients and eliminate unnecessary chemicals, and excessive salt. The facts are in. Soup is just a meal that makes people happy when they have some.

Best Tasting Snack Foods

by: J.D. Cunningham There’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And then there’s snacks! This article is all about the best snack foods out there. Those foods that we sneak in between breaks and treats we still manage to fit in after a filling dinner. We eat snacks for diet reasons and health reasons, but there’s little doubt why we really choose

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the snack foods we do, their taste. Traditionally snacks were leftovers from meals but we’ve evolved nicely. The first kind of best tasting snack food is actually completely natural, fruit. Many packaged and processed foods make a point to use fruit as flavoring. Fruits are sweet and delicious, and of course have the healthy benefits of vitamins, water, and fiber. Fruits are also generally associated with helping to reduce the risks of cancer, stroke, and heart disease. Excellent tasting snacks are oranges, plums, kiwi, grapes, bananas, and pears. Nuts and seeds. Nuts are technically the large, dry, oily seeds or fruits of some plants. Supposedly these foods can also help to lower cholesterol and may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Some of the best nuts and seeds are sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, mixed nuts, and roasted almonds. Berries. Berries are smaller types of fruit that people just plain forget to include as a snack. They share many of the same nutritional benefits as fruits and are more convenient to eat on the go. The best tasting berries are strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries. Dairy and meat. Snacks off the farm are great tasting as well. This is food extracted from a cow, goat, or other animal. Cheese, yogurt, butter, and cream are dairy products. Food made from animal tissue itself would be beef, sausage, poultry, fish, and eggs. Some of the best tasting snacks of this category is sliced cheeses, beef jerky , pepperoni sticks, ice cream, and pies.


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Look for Post-election Investment Opportunities Over the past few weeks, the country’s attention has been riveted on the presidential election. Of course, we didn’t exactly forget that we’re in difficult economic times, but we did have something else on which to concentrate our thoughts and energies. Now, however, the election is over, and, for many of us, it’s back to focusing on the economy and our investments. By taking a closer look at the current state of affairs, you may find that the situation is more promising than you remembered, back before your thoughts were diverted by polls and prognostications. To begin with, let’s look at what’s been happening to an economic indicator that, while actually quite important, may not be well known to you or many other investors. LIBOR (London InterBank Offered Rate) is the interest rate that banks charge each other for one-month, three-month, six-month and one-year loans. This rate is initially charged by London banks, and is then published and used as the benchmark for banks rates all over the world. The LIBOR rate can matter to you in several ways. First, if you have an adjustablerate loan, such as a mortgage, and your rate resets, it is usually based on the LIBOR rate. Even if you have a fixed-rate loan on, say, a credit card, and you pay it off each month, an increasing LIBOR will affect you by making all types of consumer and business loans more expensive. This reduces liquidity, which slows economic growth. And that’s why it’s such good news that LIBOR has fallen steadily for the past few weeks. A lower LIBOR can significantly ease the flow of credit — and, as you’ll recall, the frozen credit market was one of the chief culprits of the financial meltdown. Apart from a falling LIBOR, what other positive developments have we seen in the financial markets? For one thing, talk about a coming “depression” has largely faded from the scene.

Furthermore, stock prices, while still volatile, have shown some upward movement in recent weeks. Before the two-day plunge of November 5 and 6, the S & P 500 closed 17.7 percent higher than its low of 848.92, reached on October 27. A 20 percent rise would have technically marked the end of the current bear market and the beginning of a new bull market. But even after the sharp two-day drop, the S & P 500 was up nearly 10 percent from its October 27 low point. Still, no one can say that the stock market has already hit bottom. With the economy struggling, it’s unlikely that corporate profits will be robust in the months ahead — and corporate profits are a key driver of stock prices. But there may be a bright side to this picture: Based on traditional measures of value, stocks are now relatively inexpensive. Much of the poor economic news may already be reflected in current stock prices, so, based on today’s price levels, high-quality stocks could well provide attractive returns in the long run. Over the short term, though, be prepared for continued volatility, possibly including large dayto-day price drops.

Time to Sell…or Time to Buy? We’re in a recession, which could be severe. Several financial services companies have either collapsed or been bailed out by the government. And the stock market is down about 45 percent since hitting its peak in October of 2007. Is this a “perfect storm” that should blow investors out of the market — or is it actually an opportunity for investors to jump back in? If you’re an investor, your first impulse might be to join the “get out while you can” camp. After all, it’s no fun seeing the market plunge hundreds of points one day — and then hundreds more the next day. And we keep getting hit by waves of bad economic news. What possible reason could there be for remaining invested in the market, or even adding more dollars to your current investments?

Actually, you might be surprised. Some strong historical evidence suggests that, during a period such as we are now in, you may indeed benefit by not only staying invested, but also increasing your investment dollars in the financial markets. Consider this: In nine of the last ten recessions, dating back to 1949, the S & P 500 had moved up by at least 29 percent just 12 months after hitting its lowest point during the recession. Of course, as you’ve no doubt heard, past performance is no guarantee of future results, but it’s interesting to note that the market eventually recovered after each recession. However, no one can really predict when stocks will reach that low point. It’s possible we’ve already hit it, but it’s just as likely that we’ll see further drops. And yet, even if you can’t say that we’ve hit a market low, should you sell your stocks to “cut your losses” and use the proceeds to buy what you perceive as less risky investments? Before making this move, you need to consider some important facts. For example, if you pulled out of the stock market and purchased certificates of deposit (CDs) from a strong financial institution, you could reasonably expect that your principal will be safe and that you will receive the interest payments promised to you. But the interest rate you receive may not even keep up with inflation, so, over time, your investment could end up costing you purchasing power.

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On the other hand, if you were to remain invested in the stock market, and if it does follow historical patterns, you do have a chance of making up your losses. Will there be continued volatility in day-to-day price movements? Almost certainly. But keep in mind that, over the long term, a portfolio that contains a reasonable amount of stocks, along with bonds, government securities and other investments, gives you the best chance of achieving your financial goals. And here’s another reason to keep investing: As measured by the priceto-earnings ratio (P/E), stocks are currently inexpensive. If you buy more shares when prices are down, your increased ownership stake should become more valuable when stocks recover — as they have done following every bear market in the past. It’s tough to stay positive during a gloomy market environment. But the most successful investors are often the ones who have the courage to be optimistic when everyone around them is not.

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5 Ways to Save Money at Your Office by: Adam Hockemeyer

Office supplies and the office in general can quickly become just another task that can get in the way of dealing with everyday tasks. On top of that, the office supply budget can become viewed more on the needs list then the wants list, thus causing the person in charge of office supplies to neglect searching for great prices and cost saving alternatives. The problem that may come when searching for office supplies are that there are many resellers offering what appear to be similar items, at similar prices, and when time is a crunch, most often someone from the office will have to be rushed out to the local office supply store to pick up a replacement toner cartridge or a ream of paper. With some simple planning and intuitiveness, an office can save money and be more prepared

December 2008 with less down time and more productivity. 1. Compatible Ink Cartridges & Compatible Toner Cartridges If you have tried to save money at all in your office environment, no doubt have you come across the compatible ink cartridges and compatible toner cartridges, and probably even the refills. Compatible ink and toner cartridges can be a great way to save money over the expensive Genuine OEM cartridges that printer manufacturer’s offer. Generally compatible or remanufactured cartridges can save you 50% or more compared to the OEM printer cartridges. It is important though to not always look for the best deal when buying generic cartridges. Many people who purchase the cheapest cartridges possible on sites such as Ebay, have problems with the cartridges not performing like they should, with toner lines through the pages or ink not printing correctly on the pages. The best way to save money is by finding a reputable reseller of compatible and or remanufactured cartridges and pay just a little bit for the quality assurance. For example, online retailers such as Professor Ink offer a 12 month warranty on all products sold through them. 2. Recycle paper that has only been printed on one side The next way to save money in your office is to use your own method of recycling paper. Depending on the office type, you could either print a lot of pages that are used for internal use only, for a short period of time, or you could print paper and have it used for clients use. For the first case, many companies will just print on one side of the page, and then throw the paper away. The best way to save money is to start a pile that has all of the printed sides of paper facing down, and then once you have a decent size stack left, insert them into your printer, so that the other side of the page can then be printed on. If used effectively, this method could essential cut your paper usage in half. 3. Turn off computers or put in Stand-By mode when you leave for the day The next way to save money at the office is to simply turn off your computer or put it into stand-by mode at the end of the day.

This can be a simple habit to get into and can save the company money on utility costs since less power will be used. Turning off the monitor is a good start, but by turning the computer off, or by putting it in standby mode will save even more electricity. 4. Replace your old printer The next tip is to analyze how often you use your printer, and to examine the cost the consumables, such as printer ink and toner cartridges. One example could be that if you are using an inkjet printer, most of the cartridges will only print between a few hundred pages before needing to be replaced. If your office does much printing at all, you should consider upgrading to a laser printer. Printers such as the HP Laserjet 10150 use the HP Q2612A toner cartridge which an OEM cartridge from HP would cost about $69. Professor Ink offers the compatible version of the HP Q2612A for only $21.99, and the cartridge is estimate to print about 2,000 pages, as opposed to inkjet cartridges which print about 200. Doing some simply math and we find out that with the compatible HP Q2612A toner cartridge, the price per page is only $0.01, where the ink cartridge price per page is about $0.06. So in this case, the inkjet cartridge price is almost 6 times more expensive then the laser printer with a toner cartridge. 5. Buy office supplies in bulk The final tip is to consider purchasing office supplies in bulk. Generally purchasing anything in bulk will always save money. Consider purchasing paper, toner cartridges, ink pens, sticky note pads, and even computer systems in bulk to save additional money. After utilizing some or all of these 5 ways to save money at the office, you should be well on your way to doing your part to help the company out. Make sure to let the boss know if your achievements as well, hey maybe you will get a raise.

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The Best Digital Camcorders and Cameras for Christmas by: Karl Bantleman

The hottest Christmas gifts for this year: Digital camcorders and cameras Whereas many Christmas gifts will gather dust well into the new-year, digital camcorders and digital cameras are sure to be put to immediate use capturing the day’s events. If you want to relive all those party games for years to come then camcorders are a great way to ensure those magic moments are never forgotten and can be passed on to future generations. Nowadays you should look for a digital camcorder with high-definition (HD) capabilities. The latest models include: Sony HDR-SR12E Digital Camcorder – A stylish and ultra-compact model with an impressively high capacity of 120 Gigabytes (GB). It allows up to 48 hours of recording time and produces excellent picture quality including still images up to a 10 megapixels resolution. Panasonic HDC-SD5 Digital Camcorder – One of the easiest to use camcorders on the market, the Panasonic HDCSD5 is lightweight and takes high definition to a new level as it is capable of recording 1920x1080 pixels for full HD glory. Canon HV30 Digital Camcorder – Described by its manufacturer as the “digital filmmaker’s camcorder”, the HV30 can be adapted to a number of shooting situations and features cinema-style progressive shooting to provide the look and feel of a film for ambitious movie makers. We may have become accustomed to taking quick snaps with our camera phones, but how many of us bother to download the images on to a PC and print them off? By contrast digital cameras can provide superb picture quality with images that can be easily accessed and treasured for years to come.

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So if you want to help a friend or family member capture memories this Christmas pick up one of the following: Fujifilm Z100fd Digital Camera – A slim-line digital camera available in four colours: cappuccino brown, tuxedo black, shell pink and satin silver. It is a stylish model with a 5x optical zoom lens and many advanced auto-snapping technologies. Panasonic DMC-FX500 Digital Camera – Named the best compact digital camera in Europe for 2008 by the Technical Image Press Association, the DMC-FX500 has an intuitive touchscreen operation as well as joystick control. It also has an image-stabilised zoom ideal for any subject. Olympus Mju 1030SW Digital Camera – Described as the “life-proof” digital camera, the versatile Olympus Mju is waterproof to 10m, crush proof up to 100kg and shock proof up to 2.0m. In addition it features face detection for perfect focus on image areas and 10.1 megapixels for poster-sized prints. Buying digital cameras allows us to save those special moments but if you want something more lively then a camcorders are your best bet. Find the best deals on digital cameras and more online.

Why Switch to Hdmi for Your New High Definition TV? by: Vic Metten

An excellent question. I’m sure many people ask themselves why they should switch to this new jack for their high definition televisions or disc players all the time. To boil it down to one word, think “digital.” HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is a next generation jack that sends fully uncompressed audio and video signals from your source equipment (such as a Blu-Ray disc player, a DVD player, or your

amplifier) to your high definition television. Instead of jacks like component video (those Red/ Green/Blue connectors we are all familiar with) or DVI, HDMI uses just one small jack to handle it all; you don’t have to hook up any additional audio connectors to put together your picture and sound package. How does purchasing all of this new and baffling equipment affect you? It means that, rather than purchasing a whole bunch of jacks to put it all together, you can use just one single jack to connect your HDMI equipped source (such as Blu-ray disc player, gaming equipment like Xbox 360 and Wii, high definition cable or satellite box, or that brand new A/V surround sound receiver you just purchased) and your high definition television. I don’t know how much easier it could get. You will get brilliant picture quality at a maximum of 1080p, and you will hear an original distinct surrounding audio sound. Well some people will state, “The component video cable setup I have now appears to be alright and sounds good with my new HDTV.” In many ways this is the truth. But your typical component video cable is simply unable to connect a Blu-ray player to your high definition television and provide the quality and clarity the high definition has to offer. For televisions that are bigger than 50 inches, adapting Blu-ray and using 1080p is similar to washing the windows on your house or car. Okay, so you can look out just as they are normally, but when they have been thoroughly cleaned, it’s as if they don’t exist. Here’s an illustration of why you should adapt to HDMI. Grab a movie like “I, Robot”, one on a regular DVD and one on the new Blu-ray. Join your new Blu-ray player together with HDMI and also component video in turn. Then watch the movie as a normal DVD. It will have a high quality appearance and a wonderful sound. Now watch the movie again with an HDMI cable and the Bluray disk; make sure your player is set to 1080p, just like your new high definition TV, and

check that your surround receiver is able to use the latest audio formats like DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio. The change is amazing. While the video is markedly better, almost like in-home 3-D, it’s the master audio soundtrack that makes you really feel like you are at the filming. The fantastic reflection and sound are a real testimony to the reason you desire to have HDMI connections along with your new HDTV gear. An additional purpose to use HDMI is your new A/V digital surround device. HDMI delivers both Dolby TrueHD and DTSHD Master Audio tracks. This provides quality your Toslink optical and coaxial digital cables can’t match, and it’s an incredible improvement from the usual surround track provided by DVD. Now, not only does it let things scan around your 5.1 or 7.1 theater, it does it in a much more controlled manner that immerses the viewer in the action on the screen. You can see a huge contrast right from the get-go.

The Influence of Video Conference Today by: Christel Lumabas

With people making use of the Internet nowadays, the way they communicate may never be the same as before. The telephone may be the most critical invention for communication to date, and this instrument has opened new windows for better and faster communications. In line with the Internet, people are now getting used to the fact that they can see, hear, and communicate their ideas well without meeting the other person face to face. With the help of the Internet, people are now enjoying faster communications, all with the use of the video conference.

Computer technology in video conferencing allows people to simultaneously share information through four channels: through video, audio, the digital whiteboard, and data files. A group of people can share both their voices and themselves by having a live camera image of them while they talk. The people who participate in a said video conference entitle them to have the option of sharing and working with their documents on either person’s personal computer. By discussing verbally and observing each other’s body language with the use of video cameras, any participant could edit their shared information and give immediate response or feedback, all without seeing each other in person. This approach to communication technology paved its way not just for businessmen, but for the general public as well. With the decrease on the costs of video capturing and display technology, considering also the cheap cost of having a high speed Internet connection, anyone can make use of video conferences by using systems based on a webcam, a personal computer system, and software compression as well. In addition, the hardware used for this technology is getting better and better in quality, with cheap prices to boot.

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For students, the use of video conferencing gives them a chance to learn by actually engaging in a two way communication pallet. Also, professors and teachers from around the world can be bought in the classroom without using their passports. Video conferencing helps students from different countries and different cultures and learn from one another. Virtual field trips are also seen with the use of this technology, especially those students that are either isolated geographically, or economically disadvantaged. By having a video conference with a possible employer in another city, graduating students can effectively answer interview questions for a possible job after school. In all ways possible, video conference is actually helping students learn more. In the medical field, video conferencing can also help with regards to sharing of diagnosis, consultation, and transmission of medical images needed. With the use of video conferencing, patients may call on nurses and physicians in either routine or emergency situations, thus saving more lives and making use of health care benefits. Indeed, video conferencing has opened new doors for better and faster communications. With continuous use and possible developments, this approach can be seen anywhere in a few years time.

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TO YOUR HEALTH Bad Breath – the 5 Most Common Causes of Bad Breath by: Tony Reyes

Got a really bad breath and you have absolutely no idea what is causing it? Then you share the same concern with many fellow sufferers. You see, there are many causes of bad breath therefore; treatment may differ from case to case. Many sufferers tend to focus more on the treatment aspect without finding out the exact reason why they are suffering from this condition. Needless to say, without knowing the exact cause, attaining the appropriate cure is nothing short of difficult. That being said, here are a few common causes of bad breath as well as suggestions on how to handle them. 1. Poor oral hygiene One of the obvious but often overlook reasons for bad breath. Regular brushing and flossing is a definite must but many people seem to take this for granted. When one fails to exercise proper oral hygiene, bacteria will thrive especially when it gets to feed on food particles stuck in between the teeth or in the back of the mouth and this can very well cause an unpleasant smell in one’s breath. Try brushing your teeth after every meal to prevent food particles from getting stuck in your mouth. If you feel that doing it after every meal is too much of a hassle, stick to brushing twice a day at the minimum. A lot people brush their teeth only once a day and some don’t even bother to brush at all! And they wonder why they have bad breath? Remember to floss frequently and look to using gum stimulator for a better and more effective flossing experience. 2. Tonsil stones - A medical condition that affects quite a number of bad breath sufferers. They are like these little white balls lodged in the throat pockets and they are formed when sulfur compounds created by bacteria are mixed together with debris in your mouth causing severe bad breath. Tonsil stones have a terribly nasty odor and once they are lodged in your throat pockets, it can be extremely difficult to get them removed.

Less serious cases can be treated by killing the bacteria responsible for producing sulfur compounds using oral care products. Severe ones may need medical attention or a special type of treatment. In fact several Israeli scientists have discovered a highly effective treatment proven to eradicate tonsil stones in a matter of minutes. 3. Gum disease -Harmful bacteria in the mouth can cause plaque to build-up on the teeth which leads to gum disease. Those who suffer from it are likely to have bad breath as well. Again, proper oral hygiene is the key to prevent gum disease from occurring. 4. Dry mouth - One’s inability to produce enough saliva can lead to foul smelling breath. Saliva is crucial for cleansing the mouth and removing dead cells around the teeth, gums, and tongue. There are many reasons that could cause dry mouth such as side-effects from a particular medication, unhealthy salivary glands, smoking and excessive drinking. Try chewing a few pieces of gum throughout the day and consume plenty of water to help increase saliva production. 5. Tongue - Okay let’s say you brush and floss regularly but the quality of your breath is still below par. What could be the reason then? The fact is, even people with healthy gums and teeth are not spared from this condition because the source of bad breath may also extend from the back of the tongue. For this reason, a tongue scraper along with some special ingredients may work wonders to eliminate the foul smelling odor.

Trivia Question #8: What was the Democratic Republic of the Congo once called? a Zimbabwe b Zaire c Zambia d Uganda (answer on page 12)

Modify Your Family Meals Without Sacrificing Taste by: Jim Mackey

What’s for dinner? This is the dreaded question that many parents face at the end of the day when they are trying to help kids with homework and get chores done after work. Both working and stay-athome parents alike often find themselves caught off guard when facing dinner preparation. If something hasn’t been defrosted, often times take out or pizza delivery are the fall back plan. But that can be difficult on the budget as well as unhealthy. Many restaurants have increased their portion sizes right along with their prices lately. Keeping their families healthy is often the goal of parents for their children. However when faced with what might seem to be a time consuming healthy option for dinner, and a drive thru, many parents choose the latter. Simply preparing for meals ahead of time can save tons of time and even more calories. One way to prepare for meals early is to write out your menu for each night before you grocery shop for the week. If you have to go pick up ingredients for a certain recipe the night of, that can make it easier to see the convenience of picking up the phone for a pizza instead. The internet has been a great resource for new and exciting recipes. Of course there are thousands of cookbooks available for purchase as well. If you don’t feel that your family is getting enough exercise, or if you have weight loss goals of your own, you could even use diet recipes for the entire family. There’s nothing wrong with cutting some fat and calories from the family diet using diet recipes. If you live alone, many diet recipes can be modified to include smaller serving sizes. Diet recipes often include fresh vegetables and contain a minimal amount of processed foods, which can be bad for you. An increase in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meats can be part of a very nutritious diet. Diet recipes can also be a great way to keep your family healthy. All things are good in moderation, but utilizing a lower calorie and low fat diet most of

the time will help you stay healthy. Most of the time, when you’re preparing low fat and low calorie meals, those that eat them won’t even know that they are having a meal that might be considered a diet recipe. As long as you include variety and introduce the family to some new flavors, they will most likely embrace their new dishes. Using diet recipes and cooking meals for your family or for yourself is also a great way to settle down from your day. Around the dinner table kids can talk about their day at school, spouses can reflect on the events at work and the family has a chance to spend some quality time together. Whether you want to lose weight, or just keep yourself and your family eating healthy, diet recipes can be a great avenue for you. Many recipes that aren’t classified as diet can also be modified to be healthier.

How Does Laser Eye Correction Work? by: Mathew Dawson

I am sure there are many of you who are curious to know how laser eye correction works, especially if you are considering having the surgery performed. You are probably wondering, “How does LASIK work?” as this is one of the better-known laser eye correction methods. Before I can answer how LASIK and other laser eye correction procedures work, it is important to understand that laser eye correction is used to primarily treat vision impairments such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. During an initial consultation with your eye surgeon, your eyes will be tested for their suitability and compatibility for laser eye correction. Patients who suffer from certain conditions such as dry eyes, glaucoma, diabetes and cataracts may be advised against going for the surgery. Now, we come to the main question which is How does laser eye correction work? How does LASIK work? Basically, there are a few phases involved, as we will be showing you below: Phase One: Patients will be placed in a reclining chair and anesthetic drops will be placed into the eyes to numb them. Once the

December 2008 drops have taken effect, the surface of the eye will be cleaned. The eyelids will be kept open using an instrument that is known as the speculum, this will prevent you blinking. Suction will then be used around the cornea area. This will cause blurring and dimming of the vision, and while it may be a little uncomfortable and unnerving there will be no pain. The last step of this phase involves the surgeon cutting a thin, circular flap in the surface of the eye, to gain access to the cornea, with a surgical knife known as the microkeratome.

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Phase Two: The patient’s corneal tissue is cut and reshaped using a preprogrammed laser. After the required reshaping, the corneal flap will be replaced. A preventative shield may also be used to protect the eyes from irritants.

Anyone who has undergone a physical examination at a doctor’s office or a comprehensive eye exam at an eye clinic has seen what is called a “Snellen chart.” This is the chart hanging on the doctor’s wall with the large “E” printed at the top. This chart has been used since the late 1800’s to measure an individual’s visual acuity. Many modern eye clinics and family physicians use an electronic “viewfinder” version of the Snellen chart, but the ratios and results are the same.

The actual operation will normally last only a few minutes, as only one eye will be treated at a time. Patients will start to experience improved vision in 24 hours. It is important for laser eye patients to take necessary postoperative eye care steps for a smooth and effective recovery process. Visit your eye surgeon on a regular basis or as needed. Laser eye correction is a once-in-a-lifetime event for most people. There are many preoperative as well as postoperative do’s and don’ts to be adhered to. Follow the eye surgeon’s advice for more effective laser eye correction recovery. When in doubt, consult your regular eye surgeon. I hope I have helped to shed some light on the question of how laser eye correction works.














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by: Patricia Woloch

Most of us have heard the term “20/20 vision” being used in reference to healthy, normal eyesight. Perhaps you have been told you have 20/20 vision, 20/40 vision, or even 20/15 vision. As a measurement of visual acuity, 20/20 vision is considered “good” vision. Most people, however, are unaware or have forgotten exactly what these numbers mean. Let us take a quick look at the meaning behind these figures.

Standing 20 feet from the chart, you are asked to cover one eye and read the characters on the chart. If you have 20/20 vision, then you are able to accurately read from 20 feet what someone with normal vision can read from 20 feet. Someone with 20/40 vision is able to see at 20 feet what someone with normal vision would be able to see at 40 feet, and so on. This visual test only measures visual acuity and cannot sufficiently account for the quality of a person’s vision. Other tests are necessary to determine an individual’s ability to see color and contrast, for example. In other words, 20/20 vision is only one component of normal vision. A comprehensive eye examination by a certified ophthalmologist or optometrist will measure both the acuity and quality of your vision, as well as help determine whether you have other eye conditions.zzzz

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469 Homes For Sale 3 Bedroom and 1.50 Bath 1264 Sqft. on 10.00 acres 1264 sq ft stick built rambler sited on 2.27 acres. Tiled kitchen,new carpet,wood trim & fresh paint. Porch wraps half the home with seasonal pond, willow trees and territorial views. Detached 1008 sq ft 3-stall garage. All this plus 3 other lots, approx. 2.5 acres each included in the price. John L. Scott, Inc. Kingston (360) 297-750 ____________________ KINGSTON: $395,000 i3 Bedroom and 2.50 Bath 2582 Sqft. Like new 2006 Kingston area home. 2582 sq Ft, .26 acre lot, 3 large bedrooms and bonus room on second level. 2.5 Baths, 2 Car Garage. Master suite with shower and separate soaking tub. Custom wood blinds. Coffered dining room ceiling. Hardiplank exterior. Hardwood floors. Walk-in closets for each bedroom. Matching stainless steel kitchen appliances. Fully enclosed backyard with 6 Ft privacy fence. Beautiful porch and deck. Immediately adjacent to private community park, beach, and boat launch. Better Properties Real Estate (253) 589-2680 ____________________ KINGSTON: $399,000 4 Bedroom and 1.75 Bath

469 Homes For Sale 2384 Sqft. on 2.50 acres Seller might take back a 2nd mortgage.PRIVACY PLUS. This level entry home with basement is located on a level 2.5-acre lot located at the end of the road just 2 miles from downtown Kingston. Detached double garage has a workshop area in the back. Large barn that could be used as a large shop or extra parking. Peek-a-boo view of the Olympic Mountains that improves as the trees shed their leaves in the winter. The kitchen, bathrooms, floor coverings, decking, and basement area all newly remodeled. Cunningham Real Estate Service (425) 778-7827 ____________________ KINGSTON: $399,000 3 Bedroom and 2.00 Bath 1080 Sqft. Come see the awesome 200 degree view that includes the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Baker, Kingston/Edmonds ferry. This .49 acre lot has a 1,080 sq ft manufactured home with power, water and 3 bdrm septic. Come build your dream home with one of the best views available. It has been a rental property and now the value is in the land. The home is being sold asis! This site also includes beach access. (253) 460-1900 KINGSTON: $399,000 2

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469 Homes For Sale Bedroom and 2.00 Bath 2184 Sqft. on 2.50 acres Private & serene home tucked away on 2.5 acres amongst ponds, gardens & nature. So private no one would know it’s there, yet seconds from schools, shopping & ferry. Artistic 2 bedroom plus den home, with an abundance of glass doors, windows & wrap around deck for enjoying the surroundings. Daylight basement offers additional living area & work space. Two car garage & covered carport plus garden shed. Gardeners delight, a must see! 3 bedroom septic. John L. Scott, Inc. Kingston (360) 297-7500 ____________________ KINGSTON: $399,950 4 Bedroom and 2.25 Bath 2114 Sqft. on 2.09 acres This well maintained, 4 bdrm mini-farm on 2 acres is just minutes to Kingston. Features include large living areas, 2 fireplaces, master suite w/ private bath, family rm, oversized garage, new decks & newer vinyl windows. Outside is level acreage used for pasture or farming. An irrigation well makes watering on the farm economical. A separate shop building is included that was once a stall barn & tack room. Move-in condition & great location make this home a fabulous find. Windermere RE-Kingston, Inc. (360) 297-2661 ____________________ PORTLUDLOW: $355,000 4 Bedroom and 2.00 Bath 2916 Sqft. Light and bright. Plenty of room for a family or guests. Partial view of the Cascades. Large cooks kitchen open to the family room with fireplace. Three bedrooms up stairs and one down. Living room with formal dining. Game room and office or den downstairs with additional fireplace. Comes with all of Port Ludlow’s amenities. Coldwell Banker Town &

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469 Homes For Sale Country (360) 385-4111 PORT LUDLOW:$363,000 2 Bedroom and 1.00 Bath 1370 Sqft. Hood Canal and Cascade mntn views from this Paradise Estates home in Port Ludlow. Great vacation rental opportunity. Community beach access directly across street. 2-bdrm rambler features a fenced back yard & an additional lot. Great views from kitchen, living rm & dining area off kitchen. Propane stove in living room. Attached garage w/storage room. Community boat ramp & beach. Feel like you are always on vacation in this view home near the Hood Canal Bridge & the Port Ludlow golf course. Coldwell Banker Town & Country (360) 437-2278 ____________________ PORTLUDLOW: $365,000 2 Bedroom and 2.00 Bath 1955 Sqft. Huge Price Reduction!! Plus, a 2-year full purchase price buy-back program. One-level living open floor plan. Large landscaped lot. Located in quiet neighborhood. Tile counter-tops, maple cabinets and flooring, informal eating area, pantry, skylights. Large bedroom suite with walk-in closet and double sinks. Den/ office. Covered porches. A terrific new home and priced so well that investors should look at this one. In heart of Port Ludlow! John L. Scott/Port Ludlow (360) 437-9434 ____________________ PORTLUDLOW: $369,000 3 Bedroom and 2.00 Bath 1867 Sqft. NO PAYMENTS for 3 months, or 2-1 Interest Rate Buydown for Buyer - up to $10,000! Seller will pay for 1 yr of HOA dues & RV rental storage! Outstanding new construction home on over a 1/2 acre. Home boasts open floor plan, hardwood & slate floors, solid maple cabinets, 5-piece master bath, & extensive landscaping & lawns. Spacious kitchen w/center eating island, and under-cabinet lighting. Ownership includes membership to a private beach club, swimming pool & hiking trails. John L.

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469 Homes For Sale Scott, Inc. Kingston (360) 297-7500 ____________________ PORTLUDLOW:$369,500 2 Bedroom and 2.00 Bath 1875 Sqft. Custom home in Port Ludlows Resort Community. Spacious Bedrooms,2 full baths on one level, formal living room/dining area,kitchen with island cook top and bar seating,breakfast nook & pantry.Den/bonus room off kitchen offers privacy for reading or use as media room.Propane fireplace in the living room.Spacious partially covered deck with space for barbque.Beautifully landscaped extra large private lot located on a sunny knoll. Amenities include golf,marina,Bay Club,pool,tennis,trails and more! Windermere RE/Port Hadlock (360) 385-9331 ____________________ PORTLUDLOW: $379,000 2 Bedroom and 1.75 Bath 1730 Sqft. A beautiful home in both design & its woodland park-like landscaping that together create a private oasis. Located near the Port Ludlow Marina & the Beach Club Resort. Enjoy vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors & an open, galley kitchen. The great room features a wall of windows as well as a built-in propane fireplace. Access to private patio from either of two ensuites. Extra large tiled shower in master bath. Pellet stove in insulated garage. Holding tank w/ pump drainage system in front yard. Coldwell Banker Town & Country (360) 437-2278 PORT HADLOCK: $350,000 3 Bedroom and 1.75 Bath 2720 Sqft. Situated on a large lot w/filtered water views of Port Townsend Bay, this bright home features a large deck, a skylighted entry, hardwood floors & island kitchen. The walkout lower level is ready to transform into a rec or entertainment area & is also plumbed & constructed for additional bathroom & bedroom space. Large windows take in wooded

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La Conner is Washington State Jewel on the Water by: Cary Ordway

Most people rave about Seattle and its beauty, but venture a little further north and the picture postcard settings get even better. Northwest Washington has to be one of the prettiest places on earth. In Northwest Washington, the mountains, the sea, the farmlands, the islands all come together in a breathtaking mosaic of colors and terrain, a feast for the senses that is evident in every direction you look. It’s no wonder that many people who live up here are actually part of the Puget Sound workforce, shuttling back and forth from their Seattle-area jobs but figuring it’s well worth the hours spent in the car each day if they can live where every time they look out their window or walk down the street, the scenery is as spectacular as a painting. About half way between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. is the tiny village of La Conner, a short drive from the interstate and light years way from city hustle and bustle. If you’re driving straight through to Seattle or Vancouver, this is one of those gems you will miss unless you know it’s there. La Conner is just a small town, an enclave built on the banks of the Swinomish Channel. The channel gives La Conner much of its color and atmosphere, a distinct seaside ambiance that comes from watching the fishing boats and pleasure craft Trivia Answer

navigating the channel toward Anacortes and then out to the worldfamous San Juan Islands. The Rainbow Bridge is the Golden Gate of La Conner, standing like a sentinel over the town and a must-inclusion in any respectable photograph of the city. With its historic buildings, a colorful downtown assortment of channel-front restaurants and intriguing shops, La Conner is a prime destination for the stroller - i.e. the person who just likes to stroll casually through town, soaking up the saltwater scents and sounds as seabirds sweep overhead or visitors enjoy good conversation and a drink out by the channel. It also will come as no surprise that the local aesthetics are a big attraction for artists of every type including famous residents such as author Tom Robbins. The best way to savor the town is to spend a little time in La Conner - day trips are nice, but an overnight lets you unwind and start doing things on “La Conner time.” Things just seem to move a little slower in the village, and we found the La Conner Channel Lodge to be tailor-made for this kind of outing. As the name implies, the lodge is right on the channel and offers great views of the Rainbow Bridge and the frequent boat traffic on the channel.

5) What is the name of the village in Somerset, after which a cheese and a gorge are named?

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2) What building is situated next to the museum?

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Answer: The City Library 3) What is the correct name of the valley in southern Oxfordshire? Answer: Vale of the White Horse 4) This city was Poland’s first capital, and it is called the cradle of the Polish State. Answer: Gniezno

7) Which of the following locations is known as the “Venice of the Pacific”? Answer: Nan Madol


When they designed the La Conner Channel Lodge, they went with a Cape Code type of shingle exterior that fits the location perfectly. Inside, the units are quite unique and unusual in the way that they are not just rectangular but of varying lengths and widths with distinct rooms and angles. In our room a fireplace with two stuffed chairs and a table were positioned at an angle, while across the room a bench seat was built into the wall. There was plenty of room for a king bed and a window nearby that looked out onto the channel. A small lanai allowed us to sit outside and watch the slow-cruising boats that seemed only a few yards away. Another big plus at the La Conner Channel Lodge was the bathroom area which offered a Jacuzzi style tub stylishly situated in a room that used dark and gray marble and tiles, as well as dark wood accents to give the room a luxurious look and feel that helped make this getaway seem extra-special. La Conner’s history is evident in the buildings downtown and the historic homes that are located throughout the residential areas. With just 900 residents, the town is small and visitors can walk the neighborhoods and, because of the town’s hills, get some good exercise doing it. At the top of one hill is the Skagit County 8) What was the Democratic Republic of the Congo once called? Answer: Zaire 9) What Army Base is located near Watertown? Answer: Fort Drum. 10) Which Mediterranean island city takes its name from Nike? Answer: Nicosia

Historical Museum, which has many reminders of the city’s past including American baskets, Shirley Temple dolls and a rich collection of historical documents and photographs. One of La Conner’s most historic buildings is the Gaches Mansion, which was constructed in 1891 by George and Louisa Gaches as their residence. Over the years, the mansion changed hands several times until it was opened to the public as the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum in 1997. The first floor of the museum is decorated in Victorian era furnishings, while you’ll find the main exhibition space on the second and third floors. The museum offers new exhibits about every eight weeks, and features quilts and quilters from around the world - in fact this is one of only 12 such museums in the world. La Conner also is a good base of operations for short drives to many scenic locations in the general area. For example, about 15 miles to the west is Deception Pass State Park, a 4,134-acre marine and camping park with considerable shoreline, both freshwater and saltwater. With its rugged cliffs and famous bridge, Deception Pass is a favorite destination for locals. The old-growth forest and shoreline offer spectacular views. Just to the southeast of La Conner is the 13,000-acre Skagit Wildlife Area, which is primarily tidelands and intertidal marsh habitat. Visitors can view 180 species of birds, including bald eagles, golden eagles, and osprey. Also seen in the area are coyote, raccoon, opossum, skunk, beaver and muskrat in addition to many other species. Local residents use the Wildlife area for hiking, birdwatching, photography and canoeing. There are six developed access sites and 12 footbridges in this low-lying area. Larrabee State Park, in the Bellingham area, is an easy drive north from La Conner and features 2,683 acres with a scenice saltwater shoreline on Samish Bay. The park features two freshwater lakes as well as tidelands and coves.

December 2008 La Conner is a fun and picturesque destination any time of year, but perhaps the most beautiful time to visit is in April when the area comes alive with the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Acres and acres of daffodils, tulips, irises, and lilies are on display at this special time of the year. All the action begins in mid-March or so when the daffodils are in full bloom. It continues through mid-May. Events include a big street fair, parade, quilt walk and many other festivities both in La Conner and in nearby Mount Vernon. AT A GLANCE WHERE: La Conner is about 65 miles north of Seattle and is easily reached by taking the Conway exit off Interstate 5 and following the signs for La Conner. WHAT: La Conner is a charming historical village with a population of only about 900 people, but with an excellent selection of shops and restaurants as well as some good choices for quality lodging. It has the feel of a fishing village and features picture-postcard scenery. WHEN: This is a yearround destination, but will be much quieter mid-week and in the winter months. Conversely, it may be harder to get lodging in summer and on peak summer weekends, especially around the time of the Tulip Festival in April. WHY: La Conner offers just the right combination of ambience and solitude with sights and sounds that are bound to stir your passions.

HOW: For more information on La Conner, call the La Conner Chamber of Commerce at 360466-4778 or visit www. For information on the LaConner Channel Lodge, call 360-466-1500 or visit www.laconnerlodging. com.














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