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FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014

For a review of “Draft Day,” see Page 3

We saw you at... North Schuylkill Spartan Alumni Game

From left, Jake King, Carter Torres and Mason King, all of New Philadelphia

John Rizzo, Schuylkill Haven, left, and Jess Wapinsky, New Philadelphia For more photos from the game, see Page 4

‘Beatles’ to rock area See Page 2

A rockin’ tribute

Mahoney Brothers take the stage in Mount Carmel on Saturday BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY EDITOR


If you go

What: Mahoney Brothers “Jukebox Heroes Live” show When: 7 p.m. Saturday, doors open 6:15 p.m., car show 5 p.m. Where: Mount Carmel Area High School, 600 W. Fifth St. Cost: $20, available at the door or by calling Joe Cesari at 570373-3561.

he Mount Carmel Area High School auditorium will be filled with music from legendary acts such as The Beatles and Elvis on Saturday as the Mahoney Brothers return to the coal region. “Jukebox Heroes Live” will begin at 7 p.m. at the school, 600 W. Fifth St., Mount Carmel, with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. Joe Cesari, president of the Kulpmont Cruise Association, who organizes the event, said proceeds from the event will benefit area youth programs. Tickets are $20 and available at the door or by calling Cesari at 570-373-3561. Billed as “the world’s greatest musical impersonation show,” the Mahoney Brothers will reproduce music from some of the industry’s best-known acts, including The Beatles, Elvis, The Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers and Jerry Lee Lewis. They also play the same replica instruments used by the iconic performers. According to the group’s website,, the group has performed “Jukebox Heroes Live” more than 5,000 times in venues around the world. “It’s a show. It’s not just the music and that’s what people like about it,” Cesari said. Saturday will mark the third year in a row the Mahoney Brothers will be performing in Mount Carmel, according to Cesari. He said the event attracts hundreds of

people from all over the region and neighboring states such as New Jersey and Delaware. “We get a lot of people from the Schuylkill County area,” he said. Cesari said the group performs at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, during the summer. He said people would have to go multiple days to see the group’s full show, but they can see it all Saturday. “Everything they will do at Mount Carmel they do at Knoebels but in one show,” he said. Although the show will feature tributes to various rock and roll acts, the Mahoney Brothers have a reputation as one of the premier Beatles tribute acts in the world. “They will come out dressed as The Beatles and do three or four of their favorite songs,” Cesari said, adding that the impersonation is spot on down to the left-handed guitar playing of Paul McCartney. This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first live appearance on American television when the group performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964. In addition to the concert, Cesari said a car show featuring antique, 1950s and 1960s vehicles will be held in the upper level of the park-



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Keystone Kids Starmakers, ages 6 to 16, will be dressed for the 1950s and ’60s as they entertain prior to the Mahoney Brothers’ annual benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mount Carmel Area High School. ing lot. He said the car show will begin at 5 p.m. and there will be no registration fee or prizes. A disc jockey will provide entertainment beginning at 5:30 p.m. Scranton and Wilkes-Barre area Keystone Kids Starmakers will entertain the crowd before the main show in the hallways and auditorium. The group consists of performers ages 6 to 16 — girls dressed in poodle dresses and boys in black leather jackets and slicked back hair — dancing to music from the ’50s and ’60s. Cesari said the event is one of the fundraisers hosted by the Kulpmont Cruise Association to benefit youth programs in the Kulpmont and Mount Carmel area. He said the group has raised thousands of dollars throughout the years, which gets spread around to local


A large crowd was on hand for last year’s performance by the Mahoney Brothers. Proceeds from this year’s concert will benefit youth programs in the Kulpmont and Mount Carmel areas. athletic leagues and community projects. “The more money we get, the more money they get,” he said.

The association is also preparing for the 12th annual Kulpmont Cruise scheduled for June 22.

THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS TODAY AFTER DARK EASTER EGG HUNT — 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Deer Lake Fire House social hall, Deer Lake. Bring flashlight, must be 21 years or older to participate. Fee $20. Benefits Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. For more information, call 570-385-4494 or 570-573-3465. ANNUAL LES BROWN BIG BAND WEEKEND — Les Brown dance, 7 p.m. today, Williams Valley High School, Tower City. Tickets $10. Saturday, “A Sentimental Journey with Stumpy,” noon, high school. Adults $9, students free. Sunday, jazz service, 3 p.m., Trinity United Church of Christ, Tower City. For more information, visit www. or email to ANNUAL SPRING RUMPSCH MATCH — 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Oak Grove Sportsmen’s Club, Oak Grove. Tickets at door. Call 570-345-8211. DEVILED CRAB DINNER — 4 to 7 p.m., Mahanoy City Elks, 135 E. Centre St., Mahanoy City. Cost $9. DISCOVERY PLAY GROUP — 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. every Friday through May 23, Schuylkill YMCA, 520 N. Centre St., Pottsville. Members $30, non-members $40, trial class $10. Open to children ages 1-3. Call Lori at 570622-7850. FISH FRY — 5 to 7 p.m., Tremont Fire Company, Middlecreek Road, Tremont. For orders, call in starting at 4 p.m. at 570-695-3915. LENTEN FOOD SALES — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Matthew the Evangelist parish center, 120 Oak St., Minersville. To place large orders, call 570544-5485 between 9 and 11 a.m. Eat in or take out. LENTEN DINNER — 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. Michael social hall, 110 N. Morris St., Saint Clair. Adults $10,children $6. Eat in or take out. Halushkie available. For takeouts and delivery, call 570-429-2138.

LENTEN DINNER — Sponsored by St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 4 to 7 p.m., Russell building, Ninth Street and Schuylkill Avenue, Pottsville. Prices vary. Takeouts available. LENTEN DINNER — 4 to 7 p.m., Schuylkill Hose Company No. 2, 51 Saint Peter St., Schuylkill Haven. Call 570385-0393. LENTEN DINNER — 5 to 8 p.m., Humane Fire Company, Third Street and Laurel Boulevard, Pottsville. Eat in or take out. Free delivery in Pottsville. Call 570-622-5891. LENTEN DINNER — 4 to 7 p.m., East Norwegian Township Fire Company, 16 Sunshine St., Diener’s Hill, Pottsville. Adults $8, children $4, senior 55+ special $5. Eat in or take out. Free local delivery. LENTEN DINNER — 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Altamont Fire Company, 215 S. Green St., Frackville. Meals start at $8.25. Eat in or takeout. Delivery in Frackville area. Call 570-874-4384. LENTEN PIZZA SALES — Pick up 5 to 8 p.m. or sellout, Ringtown Valley Fire and Rescue Company, 46 W. Main St., Ringtown. Cost $10 each, $1 for each extra topping. Delivery available in Ringtown area. To order, call the firehouse at 570-889-3245. NITTANY PLAYERS ANNUAL THEATRE PRODUCTION — “The Wedding Singer,” 7 p.m. today and Saturday, with matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, Penn State Schuylkill John E. Morgan Auditorium,Schuylkill Haven. Tickets available by calling Penn State Schuylkill box office at 570-385-6049 or Student Community Center lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. PERFORMANCE — “The Music Man Jr.,” 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Blue Mountain Middle School auditorium, 685 Red Dale Road, Orwigsburg. Tickets $5. REUNION MEETING — Pine Grove High School Class Please see CALENDAR, Page 5

Not a top ‘Draft’ pick, but worth consideration

Makers of the new Kevin Costner film “Draft Day” are banking that rabid NFL fans will have as much interest in a fictional version of the annual draft as they do in the real one. Director Ivan Reitman rips back the curtain to show the process coaches and executives gothroughtoselectcollegefootball prospects for their team. Just in case there’s not enough drama — and comedy — as last-second deals are being made, Reitman’s sprinkled in a few human interest stories. The combination isn’t a touchdown, but it does score a few points. Cleveland Browns general

MOVIE REVIEWS manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Costner) is offered the opportunity by the Seattle Seahawks to trade three years of Browns draft picks for this year’s overall No. 1 selection. At stake is a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who on paper looks like a game changer. Weaver makes the deal but soon regrets his decision, especially because it means two players who should be joining the Browns will be lost. At the same time, Weaver is dealing with the death of his father, a worrisome mother

(Ellen Burstyn) and his secret love in the office (Jennifer Garner). Costner shows he can still go deep as he takes his character from the mechanics and mysteries of the NFL draft to the emotional highs and lows of his personal life. Where the film fumbles is the mix of reality and fantasy. The NFL gave the filmmakers unprecedented access to NFL facilities — even filming the real draft. It’s understandable that the names of the players being discussed in this fictional story wouldn’t be real but there are still some jarring moments. It’s hard to look at

Super Bowl XLVIII winners Seattle having the first pick — the spot reserved for the worst team in the NFL. It’s laziness on the part of the writers (Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph) not to have written a line suggesting the top pick came from a trade. “Draft Day” shouldn’t be your No. 1 pick if you are looking for a great movie. But it does have enough talent to make it worth taking a chance on at the movies. “Draft Day,” a A Summit release, is rated Rated PG-13 for language, adult situations. Running 110 minutes. ★★½

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We saw you at ... Hoops for Mikey on Saturday

Kamryn Mengel, left, and Maddy Wetzel, both of Frackville

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Katelynn Himes, Frackville, left, and Savannah Gawrylik, Pattersonville

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of 1959, noon, American Legion, Tulpehocken Street, Pine Grove. SWING INTO SPRING AT BLUE NOTE CAFE — 7 to 10 p.m., Schuylkill Country Club, West Market Street, Orwigsburg. Schuylkill County Council for the Arts celebrating National Jazz History Month. Tickets $25, includes hors d’oeuvres, cash bar. For tickets, call 570622-2788, ext. 0. UNBAKED LENTEN PIZZA SALE — 4 p.m. to sellout, Liberty Fire Company No. 4, Schuylkill Haven. Pizza from Pottsville Pizzeria $6. Advance orders accepted. For more information, call 570385-3341. UNBAKED LENTEN PIZZA SALE — 2 to 6 p.m. every Friday, West End Fire and Rescue, 700 W. Mahanoy Ave., Mahanoy City. Call 570-7786118. Walk-ins welcome. BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES — 7 to 9 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, Centre Street and Howard Avenue, Pottsville (use Second Street entrance). Sponsored by Pottsville Recreation Com-




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SATURDAY ANGLING FOR MIRACLES — 10 to 4 p.m., Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Clubhouse Road, Pine Grove. Benefits Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT — 11 a.m. to noon, West End Fire and Rescue, 700 W. Mahanoy Ave., Mahanoy City. For children ages 1 to 6 of Mahanoy Area School District. Rain date April 19. ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT — Noon, Albright’s Woods, Grove Street, Orwigs-

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CALENDAR dozen, fries $3, fries with any wing sauce, $4. Eat in or take out. Call 570-276-1406. YARD SALE — 8 a.m. to noon, New Hope Wesleyan Church basement, 32 S. Spencer St., Frackville.

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open 6:30 p.m., preludes begin 7:15 p.m. Call 570-6225470 for more information. ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT AND EASTER BONNET CONTEST — 2 p.m., Alumni Field, 14th Street and Laurel Boulevard, Pottsville. Age groups 2 and under, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8, bring basket or collection container. Bonnet contest open to all ages. Sponsored by Pottsville Recreation Commission. Rain date April 19. Call 570-622-1234, ext. 346. ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT — 2 to 3 p.m., signups begin 1:15 p.m., Frackville Elks Lodge, 307 S. Third St., Frackville. Open to children 12 and under. ANNUAL MICHAEL G. BODYL JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER — Basket raffle and bake sale, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tresckow Fire Company, 26 E. Oak St., Tresckow. Cost $5 for 25 tickets, $20 for 125 tickets. BINGO — 2 p.m., doors open at noon, St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church Hall,Main and Oak Streets, Shenandoah. Sponsored by Francis Cardinal Brennan Knights of Columbus



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Pasta Dinners in addition to our regular menu from 5:00pm to 9:00pm

“Jogger Jamboree” with “DJ Chubb” Starting at 8:00pm

SATURDAY, APRIL 12TH Open for Lunch 11:00am to 4:30pm Dinner served from 5:00pm to 9:30pm

Palm Sunday Brunch Buffet April 13th • 11:00am to 1:30pm Reservations Suggested FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014

570-544-6096 Weekend Special

Breakfast Served All Day

Mar Lin Citizens Hose Co.

Schuylkill Ballet Theater performing Aladdin at the Blue Mt. High School Saturday & Sunday, April 12 & 13, 2014

Avenues Spring Fling & Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 12, 2014

Anthracite Philharmonic

doing Beethoven to The Beatles Concert Saturday, April 12, 2014 at United Methodist Church, Pottsville

Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau MONDAY - FRIDAY: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

570-622-7700 • One Progress Circle, Suite 100, Pottsville

TICKETS FOR RONAN TYNAN PERFORMANCE — Noon to 2 p.m., BG’s Value Market, King’s Village Plaza, Minersville. Performance at 2 p.m. May 4, Pottsville Area High School auditorium. Tickets $30 in advance, $40 at door. Call 570-544-4674. TRIBUTE TO LES BROWN AND HIS BAND OF RENOWN — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, 1440 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. Tickets $15. Call 570-622-2788. FREE FEEDING PROGRAM — Soup kitchen open 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday, New Life in Christ Ministries, 217-219 Market St., Cumbola. Call 570-277-6041.


ROD & GUN CLUB 156 N. Greenview Rd., Sch. Haven

Saturday April 12

“DOUBLE BARREL” 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. $5 Cover I.D. a Must

Sovereign Majestic M&T Movies at the Majestic M&T Movies Saturday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. In Cooperation with Block of Art Art Auction Saturday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. In Cooperation with PGTC Movie Magic Sunday, April 27th


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D.H.H. Lengel Middle School Auditorium, Pottsville. Tickets $5. For more information, call 570-943-2558 or email SPRING FLING FASHION SHOW — 2 p.m., Maple Avenue campus of Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29. Mar Lin. Models are Special Olympics athletes. Tickets $3 per person. For more information or tickets, contact Gemma Haas at or 570-7392514, or visit any of the following consignment shops: A Few of My Favorite Things, 2 S. Second St., Saint Clair, 570640-2057; Better Brands, 13 Front St., Cressona, 570-3851660; The Curious Cat, 1660 Long Run Road, Schuylkill Haven, 570-739-4228; The Goodwill Store, Cressona Mall; Life’s Second Hand Treasures, 217 Center St., Tamaqua, 570-225-7116; The MAC Boutique, IU 29; The New Life Shoppe, 110 S. Centre St., Pottsville, 570-6247044; The Salvation Army, 206 N. Centre St., Pottsville, 570-628-3552; The White Pear, 1128 W. Market St., Pottsville, 570-581-8221.

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Friday 4-8 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 7-11 a.m. & 4-8 p.m. Thursday 5-8 p.m. Seafood & Steaks Breakfast Thursday & Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday & Sunday 7 a.m.-11 a.m.

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In Association with The Actors Guild of Schuylkill County Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. Fri. & Sat. May 9 &10, 7 p.m. Sun. May 11, 2 p.m. Adults $15, 12 & under $12


BLUE RIDGE HOTEL BAR AND GRILL MONDAY: Karaoke Night TUESDAY: Wing and Pizza Specials WEDNESDAY: Philly Cheesesteak Specials & Country Line Dancing THURSDAY: Build Your Own Burger Special & Open Mic Night FRIDAY: Blues Night SATURDAY & SUNDAY Biker Special $1.50 Select Drafts

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Dealers not paid enough to spar with players Dear Mark: I have been a dealer for almost 20 years. Blackjack players love to argue about what the correct strategy is to be played. This can result in intimidation and even violence if someone at the table isn’t going by “their” rules. As a dealer, I try to keep the peace by telling them to play their own cards. Does what other players do really have any effect on one’s own odds? They claim their odds are increased when everyone at the table plays “right.” What are your thoughts on this? Danyelle D. Probably, Danyelle, the same as yours. It doesn’t make one iota of a difference. It is a mistaken belief that incorrect play by someone at third base, or any position

For you as a dealer in the line of fire, it’s hard to block out the grumbling from the know-it-all who thinks a misDeal Me In played hand always takes the dealer’s bust card. Unfortunately, your paycheck doesn’t include combat pay for refereeing those petulant players you have to deal with every for that matter, always takes night. Personally, I have the dealer’s bust card, or always thought that the gives the dealer a card that worst part of the job dealing always seems to beat the blackjack was settling squabtable. Statistically, it makes bles of players who have zero difference to that tetchy spent hours gulping for individual over the long run. effect, barking both at you Far too many players hold and fellow players with that accountable others for giving pretentious voice they get the dealer an advantage by when they are a bit ... expan“supposedly” misplaying sive. Then again, they could their hand and hitting or standing in a manner they wouldn’t.

Mark Pilarski


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Slow Braised Eye Round $8.95 Pork Chops Oneida $10.95 General Tso’s Chicken & Shrimp Stir Fry over rice $12.50


Sunday breakfast Caramel Apple French Toast Red Neck Benedict

be jerks all the time. You don’t have, nor do they, any knowledge of the cards remaining in the deck(s). When someone hits a hand that deviates from basic strategy, his or her poor play is just as likely to take a card that might have benefited the dealer’s hand as one that would have busted it. The only hand influenced by the outcome of their play is “their hand,” not others.

Results mixed Dear Mark: On some video poker machines, they offer suggestions on what cards to hold.

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Jersey Acres Market Stone Mountain Wine Cellars Wine Tasting Daily

Call 570-544-5105

Apple Cider, Apple Butter New Wine - Moscato Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 9-4; Sun. 11-4


We Have Mackerel Weekend Special Cheese Omelet with Bacon & Homefries

Taking Orders for Easter - Pies, Cakes & Candy

Thur.-Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 6 a.m.-12 noon


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570-345-8050 FRIDAY 4-7 PM


Meatloaf Crab Cakes Haddock



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Lakeside Ballroom Presents

April 19th MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Starting at 7pm Doors open 5:30pm

April 26th The Legends (Best of 50’s, 60’s, 70’s Music) Playing 8pm-11pm Doors open 7pm 40 Crystal Lane • Barnesville


Do the machines use perfect basic strategy? Would you ever follow the advice that the machine is giving you? Dave F. I have found Dave, the results to be somewhat mixed. Most video poker machines in land-based casinos in the U.S. do follow, for the most part, the proper strategy for that machine. Plus, the guidance offered on machines where they highlight which cards to hold, even if slightly off, is a far better way to play each hand than the Average Joe just winging it, cocktail in hand. Get my point? What I have noticed,

though, on a machine with a positive expectation, particularly with the better paytables, is the absence of any assistance from the machine. You are on your own, handby-hand, on what cards to hold, so it’s up to you, Dave, to know that machine’s perfect basic strategy.

Gambling wisdom of the week

“To gamble is to risk, to approach the ‘ruin factor.’ When I was poor the ruin factor was not important. Hell, I was ruined anyway.” — Mario Puzo, “Inside Las Vegas” (1976) (Pilarski can be reached at


Middleport Inn

Summit Station Fire House Banquet Hall

Friday Specials

Sat. April 12th Nov., 10th

JCJ Band

Coal St., Middleport

Stuffed Haddock • Stuffed Shells Eggplant Parmesan • Vegetable Soup

9 PM til Midnight

Family Fridays & Saturdays Kids Under 12 Eat for $3.99 from our New Kid’s Menu

Must be 21 I.D. Required


$5 Cover • No BYOB

GABRIEL YOUTH ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT Sunday, April 13th at 3pm D.H.H. Lengel Auditorium, Pottsville Middle School

1541 West Laurel Boulevard, Pottsville John F. Potlunas, Music Director.

General Admission $5.00

Complimentary Post-Concert Reception Spring Program:

• Sibelius Finlandia • Rossini L’Italiana in Algeri Overture • A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein • Themes from Scheherazade • The Lord of the Rings and more...

Directions to the concert venue on our website. For more information, contact:

Agnès Maurer Executive Director



FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014


I am not using gluten-free beauty products

There has been a buzz lately about gluten-free beauty products and I’m sorry, but I don’t think so. As someone whose body cannot tolerate gluten whatsoever, it’s hard enough. I have to monitor every little thing I eat and drink. I’m constantly reading labels and asking a million questions at restaurants. Before I go out, I have to make sure where I’m going has something I can eat or drink. Block parties went from one of my favorite pierogi and potato cake pastimes to a gluten-filled nightmare where I risk my insides by eating only french fries cooked in gluten-tainted oil and the occasional piece of sausage — mind you, not in hoagie form, but usually just slapped in a paper boat. Let me tell you, it’s awfully fun being the gal trying to manipulate and balance a piece of sausage rolling around a paper


annoys the most? Me. I wish I could just go grab a slice of pizza or tap a beer Jenna at your house, but I can’t. Over the years, I’ve gotten Wasakoski used to it — even had fun with it when I cook — but it still remains a bit of an inconvenience. Now, this whole glutenfree beauty product uproar boat at a block party. becomes a thing. And have I ever told you Nope. Not happening. about my long lost friend, I know a lot of people who beer? Oh yes. Beer and I can’t have gluten and we all broke up when this whole gluten thing was discovered bond over what a pain in the dupa it is. We tip each other years ago and, although a couple of places in town give off to places that are glutenme a gluten-free beer option, friendly and recipes and the like. I miss the variety. I loved What we’ve never done is beer. I loved all kinds of beer. swapped beauty secrets, And sometimes I just miss because, I’m sorry, no matter the plain old beer from the how many articles I read beer truck at block parties. telling me otherwise, I don’t At least I miss the convesee how lotion or deodorant nience of it. is going to get into my digesI’m sure it annoys some people when I have to be dif- tive system. Lip balm, I guess I could ficult because of my food allergy, but excuse me while see, although I’ve never gotten sick and I use about 47 I don’t feel bad about that different kinds, but honestly, because you know who it

if deodorant makes it’s way into my digestive system, I’ve got some explaining to do. According to Dr. Michael F. Picco of the Mayo Clinic, “Gluten-containing skin care products and cosmetics aren’t a problem unless you accidentally swallow them.” So, no. Do you know how much Suntegrity “gluten-free” sunscreen will run you? For 1.7 ounces of SPF 30, it costs $45. At most stores, there is a brand called Baby Blanket. For $2.99, you can get the same amount of sunscreen with a whopping 45+ SPF. Oh, and it’s also waterproof and you get to smell like an adorable baby. So you can

take your Suntegrity where the sun doesn’t shine, because it’s far too rich for my blood. It’s bad enough a loaf of gluten-free bread costs about $7 and shatters into a pool of crumbs when you touch it, I’m not forking over $45 for sunscreen. As gluten issues continue to grow, there will always be those who try to cash in. I see products labeled glutenfree that wouldn’t, in any way shape or form, be a risk. I appreciate clear labeling, but don’t try to sell it under that pretense in order to make a buck off someone’s illness. That’s as bad as the selling of pink ribbon lighters for

the American Cancer Society. So, you can keep your high-priced gluten-free beauty products (although, like any good hypocrite, I’ll still pay $20 for good eyeliner). I’m sure it’s possible some have gotten sick by using certain cosmetics, but perhaps it’s another allergy they need to look into. As far as my knowledge goes, which, let’s face it, depending on the day can be just a few inches, the only way to get sick from actual gluten is to ingest it. They can try to start selling gluten-free clothing; I’m not buying it. (Wasakoski is an assistant editor at The News-Item)

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