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Auditions for Cole Porter Musical to be held at Peacock Playhouse

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uditions will be held on Jan. 9 and 11 for the Licklog Players’ season opener, Hot ‘N Cole, a rollicking musical tribute to America’s foremost composer of the 1940s, Cole Porter. The popular musical will be directed by Laurel Adams, who is seeking three men and three women for character roles ranging in age from 20-50. Performers must have the ability to move fairly well (dance training is not necessary, but will be helpful). Good vocal ability is a must as there are 52 songs in this Pop/Blues musical review. There is also dialogue, mainly consisting of biographical material on Porter’s life. Auditions will be held at the Peacock Playhouse on Sat., Jan. 9, from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and on Mon., Jan. 11 from 6:30 to 9:00 P.M. Rehearsals will begin on Jan. 12, and the show will open on Feb. 19 for two consecutive weekends. Those interested should plan to read one of the show monologues, dance a bit, and sing (personal sheet music is permitted). Music from the score and a pianist will be available. For further information, call Laurel Adams at 828389-0563.

Featured Artist Erin Dehart

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January 6 & 7, 2010

Adam Hurt in concert

The John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown will present a free concert by nationally acclaimed banjo and fiddle player Adam Hurt at 7:30 pm Friday, January 8. The concert will be held in the Keith House Community Room and is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Deemed a "banjo virtuoso" by the Washington Post, Adam Hurt draws on diverse musical influences from the North Carolina piedmont, the mountains of central West Virginia, the Ohio River Valley, and beyond to create his own elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo playing. At age 25, Adam has already placed in or won most of the major old-time banjo competitions including Clifftop, Mount Airy, and Galax, and won the state banjo championships of Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio, as well as the state fiddle championships of Virginia and Maryland. In 2006, Adam released his second CD, "Insight," on the Ubiquitone label representing a surprising diversity of traditional Appalachian music. Upcoming Folk School concerts include fiddler Alan Jabbour (Jan. 15) and hammer dulcimer wizard Ken Kolodner (Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 pm). The Folk School concert schedule is available on the world wide web at: http://www.folkschool.org. For further information call the Folk School at 1-800-FOLK-SCH or 837-2775 .

To hear a sample of Adam’s music visit his website at www.adamhurt.com

Banjo Virtuoso to perform at the Brasstown Folk School

Pacesetters receive great Christmas Present Fred A. Moss Charitable Trust Grants $10,000 to youth adventure center Stecoah Artisan Gallery announces Erin DeHart as a featured artist. DeHart has worked with oil and acrylic paints for over 18 years. She creates distinguished hand-painted ornaments, portraits, landscapes on canvas, and painted scenes on wood and saw blades. Erin studied realistic portraiture with artist Rae Foerster, an acrylic artist from Marble, North Carolina. “Rae not only taught this oil painter to love acrylics; she inspired me to teach and the relationship developed into a long-time friend,” says Erin. Among DeHart’s many awards, she won numerous ribbons from the Mountain State Fair, the Cherokee Trail Decorative Painters Show awarded DeHart Best of Show and Viewer’s Choice awards. The 2009 winning piece can be viewed or purchased at the Stecoah Artisan Gallery. Erin’s work has also been displayed in the White House. In 1998, one of Erin’s heirloom hand-painted Christmas ornaments was selected to adorn the Blue Room Christmas tree. The hand cut and hand-painted wooden Christmas ornaments are one of her favorite products. She has over 200 hand-painted ornaments to put on her Christmas tree each holiday. Currently, Erin teaches at Tri County Community College in Murphy and at Southwestern Community College Swain Center. To enroll in her classes at Tri County Community College call Lisa Long at 835-4296. Her home studio is open on Mondays from 2pm until 5pm. Call to schedule an appointment at 828-736-6938. To see DeHart’s artwork, visit the Stecoah Artisans Gallery at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. For more information, call 828-479-3364, or visit www.stecoahvalleycenter.com. Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is located at 121 Schoolhouse Road in the Stecoah community off Hwy 28 between Bryson City and Fontana Dam. Located in a restored 1926 schoolhouse, it has become a gathering place for cultural events and community workshops since its renovation in 1996.

The Fred A. Moss Charitable Trust presented Western Carolina Pacesetters, Inc. with a $10,000 Christmas present on 12/25/2009. This Christmas gift is designated to fund Pacesetters’ adventure programs for at risk and underprivileged youth in the five N.C. counties of Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Macon, and Swain. The Trust, administered by Wachovia’s Non Profit and Philanthropic Services based in Roanoke, Virginia, was established December 14, 1964 by Dr. Moss, a noted physician and psychologist, prior to his death in Alexandria, Virginia on July 27, 1966. For the past 46 years, the Trust has helped numerous organizations in western North Carolina for “religious, charitable, scientific, and educational purposes”. Dr. Moss was born in Hayesville,

NC on August 31, 1893 and is arguably Clay County’s most noted son. Following graduation from Mercer University in 1913, he gained his master’s degree in 1921 from Columbia University. A year later he was awarded his Doctorate from the George Washington University and completed his formal education in 1927 with a medical degree from GWU. His achievements are many and his service to his country exceptional. Dr. Moss’s greatest impact on modern society was his writings and observations in the field of psychology. His works set the standard for and are the basis of many theories and practicies in the field of psychology. The Moss Charitable Trust is overseen today by three trustees, all descendents of Dr. Moss. In 2006 two of the Trustees (Dr. Gay of Charlottesville, Va.

and Ms. Flynt of Augusta, Georgia) visited Pacesetters Adventure Center and saw a group of young students from Hayesville’s Discovery program climbing the Alpine Tower. This grant marks the eleventh year the Moss Trust has contributed funds to Western Carolina Pacesetters’ adventure programs for at risk youth. Pacesetters Chairman of the Board Matt Rogers noted, “The Moss Trust has impacted so many of our youth and provided them with opportunities they otherwise would not have experienced. Our staff works hard to make sure youth visiting the Center expand their horizons and their appreciation for others as they challenge themselves and each other. We are indebted to them and committed to expending this funds in the best possible manner.” Individuals wishing to learn more

about Pacesetters or schedule a speaker should contact Gil Hargett, Executive Director, at (828) 389-0747 or email Pacesetters at paceset@dnet.net. To learn more about the organization, please visit the website at westerncaro-

linapacesetters.org. Pacesetters Adventure Center is located one mile east on Fairview Road along the Valley River off of NC 141 in the Marble Community.

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Pacesetters 44 acre Adventure Center features a 60 foot high Alpine Tower, Giant Swing, The Great Wall of Opportunity climbing wall, a seven element team development course, junior golf instructional facility, and a staff trained in life skills, climbing, and environmental education activities. Contact Gil Hargett at (828) 389-0747 to schedule group activities at the Center.

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LIFE & ARTS Journal of a living lady By Nancy White Kelly #362 Month of January The year of 2009 may go down as one of Tiger’s worst years, but it will certainly be remembered as one of my best ones. With metastatic cancer, any full year past diagnosis can be considered a good year. In spite of the big C, I look back and think of all that transpired these last twelve months and I am truly grateful. Nobody in my family died. Granted, Buddy and I lost a couple of good friends, but only temporarily. My Christian faith keeps me up-beat, knowing that this life is not the end, just a new beginning in foreverland. We now enter the second decade of the new millennium. Remember Y2K and all the up-roar ten years ago? Most people were hoarding beans and rice. My unsuspecting spouse never knew that I had cases of diet cola in the attic, my one addiction that he has never liked. My response to his nagging is “Choose your poison.” At least my obsession is fizzy caffeine in a can and not some grittyorange fiber drink that you must mix. The last sound I hear every night, and certainly not a romantic one, is that of a rattling metal spoon in a glass of water. Gulp. Gulp.

A decade ago the Y2K bug was considered a clicking time bomb for all major computer programs. When the minute hand ticked Jan 1, 2000, no great catastrophe occurred. Almost every bank worked fine, no major power outages were reported, airplanes still flew and the whole world went on with its normal life. The sky didn’t fall after all. Now I hear buzz about the year 2012. True, the Mayan calendar ends on 12/21/2012. The dooms-day speculation is surging. While I do believe in an up-coming apocalypse, we must part ways when discussing dates. My Bible says that not even the angels know when this event will occur. Until then, I live day by day, appreciating the good that occurred in the past year. There were several notable markers. My cancer scans were stable. No new tumors were found. I wrote a short essay and won a trip to London and to the Holy Land, accompanied by son Charlie. The Ye Ole Coin Shop had its best year thus far. A fresh coat of paint improved the look of our aging house. We made several new friends. The list could go on and on.

Reel Memories: #109 - The Mark of Zorro

By: William V. Reynolds Columnist As a child, i was fascinated by characters who had a double identity.Today many such characters in stories are said to be suffering from multiple personality. But in those days we weren’t concerned with such trivialities. We knew who the hero was whether he wore the mask or not. Furthermore, we knew that justice was going to prevail no matter how the hero was dressed. The legend of Robin Hood, the good outlaw, has been told over and over again. People never seem to tire of the tale. BBC America is currently running a series called Robin Hood. It’s just one of many over the years, especially the last century. In 1919 Johnston McCulley wrote a story called The Curse of Capistrano which introduced the masked hero

Zorro. A year later it was made into a silent film The Mark of Zorro (1920). This story basically became foundation for all Zorro movies that followed. The 1940s version is a remake of the Douglas Fairbanks film of 1920. Although the character is based on a real person, Joaquin Murrieta, the story bears little resemblance to the historical figure. Don Diego Vega (Tyrone Power) returns from Spain where he has been attending the Academy. He finds the situation greatly deteriorated since his departure. Although he is an accomplished swordsman, he decides to become a foppish fellow whose only interest is in the finer things of life. This makes him a prime target for the wife of the local Alcalde who has a marriageable niece, Lolita (Linda Darnell). Lolita despises the foppish Don diego, but when she learns the Diego and Zorro (the Fox) are one and the same, she is delighted.

January 6, 2010 I dare not gloat. We have several family members and acquaintances who have lost jobs. Some may lose their homes. It is our Christian duty to help the truly needy. I had much rather be the giver than the givee any day. In my six and a half decades of living, I have come to believe that some of the most generous people are among the poorest. A true judge of character is how a person treats the down-andouter and the least among them. To whom do we readily speak? Where do we sit when there is a choice of seats? Recently a customer bought a widow’s mite from our coin shop for a friend. It was a tiny piece of embossed metal, a genuine, but crudely stamped Roman coin from the historical era of Jesus. The mite was all the poor lady had to give and she gave it cheerfully. Compare that to the ostentatious announcements of generosity by our contemporaries. Giving to worthy causes is good, of course, but must celebrities promote their philanthropy so publically? Two of the best gifts I received this year were semi-anonymous, no recognition wanted. One was a check for $500 that helped a young man fulfill a dream. The other was a donation to use for heat which brought grateful tears from the sick recipient. You can’t outgive God. Happy New Year, readers. In 2010, dare to share. nancyk@windstream.net

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Not only does Diego have to deal with the corrupt governor Quintero (J. Edward Bromberg) he must also fight off the governor’s henchmen, Captain Pasquale (Basil Rathbone). At each encounter Zorro leaves his calling card, the letter “Z”, with his saber into whatever surface is handy. Actually this swordplay is the highlight of the movie. The scene where Zorro fights with Pasquale is said by many to be one of the best sword fights ever captured on film. Basil Rathbone, who was an accomplished swordsman himself, is supposed to have said, “He (Power) could fence Errol Flynn into a cocked hat.” Basil; should have known because he had played opposite Flynn in Robin Hood. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for the Best original Score in 1941 Academy Awards. Today we give a reel memories salute to Mark of Zorro. William V. Reynolds is the author of “Murder in the Okefenokee” available at McCaysville Public Market and Pat’s Country Kitchen in McCaysville; Parris Pharmacy, The Book Nook and Ingles in Blue Ridge; Book Nook in Blairsville; and Phillips and Lloyd in hayesville.

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When greeters opened the glass-paned double doors for Brasstown Valley Resort’s Friday Night Sentinel Writer Seafood Buffet at 5:30 p.m., diners were already waiting to be seated including myself. Friends had recommended it. Dining at 5:30 p.m. or so, one still has time to enjoy the renowned mountain setting through floor-to-ceiling windows in the elegant and comfortable 150-seat main dining room at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa located between Hiawassee and Young Harris, Ga. There are not many fresh seafood restaurants in our part of the Appalachian Mountains. But when you eat at the weekly Friday Night Seafood Buffet presented by Executive Chef Sid Kurrumbukus, you will find an amazing variety of the fish and seafood you’ve been craving (and other alternatives for non-seafood persons such as succulent roasted chicken roasted inside round of beef). Executive Chef Sid Kurrumbukus hails from a Mauritius Island, a small island in the Indian Ocean not too far from Madagascar. Upon asking him about his journey that brought him and his family to these parts, he told me he first moved to Paris as a young man where he trained at L’Ecole Hotelliere Saint Quentin en Envlyne. During his nine years in Paris, Sid met his wife, who was from Michigan. After the nine-year (priceless) stint of working and training in France, the young couple moved to the U.S.A., where Sid’s mother-in-law had a condo in south Florida. As a sous chef, Sid, worked 19 years in Naples, Fla. For Coral Hospitality Management Co. “I worked in a freestanding restaurant, a country club and ten years at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Naples, and I worked with a great seafood chef of Florida,â€? Sid stated. In 2004, Coral Hospitality sent Sid up to Brasstown Valley Resort to help with a big dinner for Lance Armstrong, world champion bicyclist, who was staying here after a race tour through Georgia. Following their second trip up here to work, again, to help the resort when a sous chef broke his leg, Sid and his wife decided they loved it here and wanted to make it home and cook at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris. Chef Sid Kurrumbukus and his family reside in Warne, N.C. since 2005, and their two daughters attend the Hayesville schools. So that is how he got here, and our region is lucky to have him heading a team that makes you feel so welcome at the Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa. Sure, in Naples, you can watch the sunset over the ocean, however not to worry, you will watch the sun set into a mountainous expansive view when you have your Friday night meal at this Buffet. Start at the salad bar offering crisp mixed greens, condiments and inhouse dressings, plus a beautiful crab and lobster salad, fresh coleslaw and the chef’s Manhattan clam chowder. Next I went to the carving station for a personal favorite, their north Atlantic smoked salmon – so delicious here. Also at the carving station you’ll ask the station chef to carve you a slice of roast beef from rare to well done and very tender. Don’t forget the cheese, bread and fruit montage to go with your salad and appetizer type foods. Then visit the seafood bar. Choose from: peel and eat shrimp, steamed New Zealand Green Lip Mussels, blackened salmon and oysters on the half shell that tasted fresh as daisies, in other words, great. The sauces and accompaniments are numerous and, again, freshly made. The guests really started arriving by 6:30. I was full but still moving on to Entrees: roasted chicken, blackened local catfish with brown butter, fabulously fried shrimp, scallops and hushpuppies, vegetable medley and roasted potatoes to go with – plus – all the Alaskan snow crab legs you could eat with drawn butter. It is to be suggested that you save room for desserts to include from-scratch inhouse crème brulee, mixed fruit crisp cobbler, bread pudding and chocolate mousse, as well as an assortment of layer cakes and pies. (The chocolate silk French pie I savored was to die for, however, I had no more room to keep tasting. It was a more than pleasantly full time to quit due to the abundance of food.) This Friday night, Food and Beverage Director David Petersen had told me they were also hosting two banquets, two rehearsal dinners with five banquets on Saturday and two weddings. Still, as their reputation shows, Chef Kurrumbukus, his sous and station chefs, serving and hosting staff welcome and attend you as if your value, high taste quality and comfort is as important to them as it is to you. You can call 706-379-9900 for reservations or more information, or come in casually. You may also visit their website at www.brasstownvalley.com.

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By: Christy Moses Contributing Writer A long-time dream has been fulfilled for a local man, George Hudanish. He has become Executive Chef at CafĂŠ Portofino. Owners, Ken and Dana Merritt of CafĂŠ Portofino in Hiawassee, have made significant improvements in the quality of dishes offered by promoting George Hudanish to Executive Chef. Hudanish creates his own recipes, manages the food ordering, kitchen staff and he also cooks. “I’m

thrilled to be in this opportunity to cook, not just manage the kitchen. I don’t think I’ll ever change that. It’s a dream come true,� said Hudanish. Hudanish has had a passion for cooking since he was a boy. “When I was 14 years old, I remember watching my mother prepare meals. That is when I really got interested in the art of cooking and my passion grew from there. I’ve always wanted to prepare my own Italian recipes and when the opportunity arose, I jumped all over it,� Hudanish said. He has been creating recipes for over 20 years. Now, he gets to share his culinary knowledge with patrons

of CafĂŠ Portofino. Hudanish’s inspiration and heart is drawn from his children. “I want to be successful, creative and make my children proud,â€? Hudanish said. “George Hudanish is an extraordinary individual. We are so excited and very fortunate to have him aboard. He has a wealth of heart and passion for his job. You can see it through his cooking and presentation,â€? said owner, Dana Merritt. When Hudanish was first hired as Executive Chef, owners offered him a raise. “He wouldn’t take it for himself but requested that it be given to his kitchen staff instead. Only a unique, caring person does something like that,â€? said owner, Ken Merritt.

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a unique taste,� said Hudanish. CafÊ Portofino introduces new and exciting recipes created by George Hudanish, Executive Chef. The romantic environment, gives customers an upscale dining experience with reasonable pricing and entertainment. Come no further than CafÊ Portofino to experience the fun, entertainment, cocktails and a tasty meal. Reserve a table in the Piano Bar, complete with entertainment and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights or the new upstairs private room for your party. For more information, call 706-435-0502 or visit them at The Shoppes at Fieldstone in Hiawassee, Georgia.


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How does climate change affect living things?

Contributed Photo This polar bear’s habitat is in danger. Due to global warming, every summer more of the Arctic ice melts. That means the bear has fewer places to rest as he swims around hunting for his dinner. Credit: Dr. Kathy Crane, NOAA Arctic Research Office.

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5 Reasons to give up tanning this new year

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From a groundbreaking new study confirming that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light is the most common cause of melanoma to the proposed tax on the use of indoor tanning beds, there are a host of compelling reasons to give up tanning in the new year. “Tanning is harmful and unnecessary,”said Perry Robins, MD, President, The Skin Cancer Foundation. “Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US. Tanning avoidance and effective sun protection are the most important prevention measures one can take.” 1. Studies Link UV Exposure to Melanoma According to a definitive new study by researchers at The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the genetic mutations that lead to melanoma are primarily caused by UV exposure. For the first time, the researchers identified thousands of mutations that occur in melanomas due to radiation, viruses, and other causes. Above all, these mutations are caused by damage to the skin cells’ DNA by ultraviolet (UV) radiation. According to the Institute, “The melanoma genome contains more than 33,000 mutations, many of which bear the imprint of the most common cause of melanoma - exposure to ultra-

violet light.” In addition,The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a working group of the World Health Organization, published a landmark report this summer based on exhaustive research placing the ultraviolet radiation (UVR) produced by tanning beds among the most dangerous forms of radiation for humans, alongside other forms including radon and plutonium as well as solar UVR. The research cited by the IARC included studies showing that first exposure to tanning beds in youth increases melanoma risk by 75 percent. 2. Tanning Beds Increase the Risk of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer and can be highly disfiguring if not detected and treated at an early stage. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer and is more likely to metastasize and lead to death if not caught early. Approximately 2500 people die a year from SCC. Studies shows that people with a history of nonmelanoma

skin cancers, such as squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma, face twice the risk of developing other malignancies, such as lung cancer, colon and breast cancer. 3. UV Exposure Causes Skin Aging Up to 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by UV exposure. The cellular damage caused by ultraviolet radiation is cumulative and often irreversible. The destructive process of photoaging - premature skin aging due to UV exposure - produces profound structural changes in the skin including fine wrinkles, deep grooves, blotchiness, sagging and a leathery texture. Some of these changes may appear as early as in one’s twenties in people who have spent a great deal of time exposing their skin to UV radiation during childhood and teen years. 4. Tanning is No Longer Fashionable Celebrities, models and fashion insiders all know tanning is no longer in style. Countless celebrities such as Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Rachel Weisz and Nicole Kidman would never alter their inherently natural beauty and risk damaging their skin by tanning. Sarah Brown, Vogue’s Beauty Director, states it best. “A healthy glow does not mean a tan. A healthy glow

means your natural skin tone glowing.” Jane Larkworthy, Beauty Director of W, adds, “I can’t remember the last time I saw a tanned model in my magazine or on the runway. Skin that is not tan is gorgeous.” 5. Proposed tax on indoor tanning The US Senate’s approval of a 10 percent excise tax on the use of indoor tanning beds as part of the new healthcare reform bill (H.R. 3590) is an important step forward in the fight against skin cancer. This proposed tax, similar to the sin tax on cigarettes, will hopefully serve a double purpose, not only raising billions for health care, but giving people one more excellent reason to protect their health by staying away from tanning salons. The Skin Cancer Foundation is committed to educating the public and medical professionals about sun safety. As leaders in the fight against skin cancer, the Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, detection and treatment of the world’s most common cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. To learn more about the Foundation and its programs, visit skincancer.org.

The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act will benefit millions of workers, homeowners, college students and vehicle owners through new and expanded credits and deductions. The Act was created to give a tax break to 95 percent of taxpayers, with some families potentially saving more than $13,000. The Making Work Pay Credit is equal to 6.2 percent of your earned income, up to $400 for individuals and $800 for joint filers in 2009 and 2010. It starts phasing out at $75,000

for individuals and $150,000 for joint filers, and is reduced by the Economic Recovery Payment and Government Retiree Credit. The credit should be figured using Schedule M and recorded on Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ. The First-Time Homebuyer Credit is for homeowners who did not own a principal residence during the past three years before closing before Dec. 1, 2009. It’s 10 percent of the purchase price, up to $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for individual or joint filers, and phases out at higher income levels. Different rules apply to homes purchased in 2008, but the credit for purchases in 2009 doesn’t have to be repaid unless it ceases to be the primary residence within three years of closing. It can be claimed on Form 5405 on either a 2008 or 2009 return. Certain energy efficient improve-

ments are worth up to $1,500 for homeowners through the Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit and Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit. The credits provide up to 30 percent of related expenditures. Both credits should be claimed on Form 5695. The HOPE credit is now called the American Opportunity Credit and is worth up to $2,500 per student for tuition, related fees and required course materials in 2009 and 2010. It phases out at a modified adjusted gross income of $80,000 for individuals and $160,000 for joint filers. Form 8863 must be filed to claim this credit. State or local sales or excise taxes paid on qualifying new vehicles purchased after Feb. 16, 2009, and before Jan. 1, 2010, may be deductible. It’s limited to the tax on up to $49,500 of the pur-

chase price and phases out at income levels of $125,000 for individuals and $250,000 for joint filers. The deduction should be recorded on either Schedule A or L. “Many credits are available for a limited time, so do your tax planning early,” advises Jessi Dolmage, spokeswoman for 2nd Story Software, Inc., makers of TaxACT. She also recommends: 1. Using TaxACT 2009 Free Federal Edition to see how the ARRA will affect your bottom line. Start your free federal return at www.TaxACT.com. 2. Reviewing your withholding. The Making Work Pay Credit is being distributed through decreased federal withholding, so having too little tax withheld may result in a smaller refund or more taxes owed. 3. Learning more about the ARRA at www.IRS.gov/recovery and www. TaxACT.com/recovery-act.

benefits. "Many provisions require advanced planning in order to get the maximum tax benefit, especially those related to homes, college, retirement and children. With so many new and revised tax laws, this is the year to start your tax return early," explains Jessi Dolmage, spokeswoman for Second Story Software, the makers of TaxACT. A few easy steps will help you avoid missing out on credits and deductions, and minimize your 2009 tax liability. First, familiarize yourself with both acts by visiting www.IRS.gov. An entire section of the website is dedicated to the ARRA, and additional information and a Making Work Pay Calculator are available at www.TaxACT.com/

recovery-act. Second, get organized. Put all tax records in one secure place, including receipts and statements related to: * Child and dependent care * College expenses * Medical expenses * Vehicle taxes * Real estate taxes and mortgage interest * Charitable contributions * Business or employee expenses * Investments and retirement contributions * Energy-efficiency property expenses * Expenses related to job searches Sort documents by topic to easily access the information when working on related deductions and credits. In addition, include a copy of your 2008 tax return for reference and comparison. If you plan to e-file, you'll need it for your 2008 Adjusted Gross Income or Self-select Personal Identification

Number. Third, see firsthand how tax law changes will affect you by using online or downloadable tax preparation software. Starting your federal return early will save time when you're ready to file, reduce errors (because you won't be rushing), and find all your deductions and credits. Dolmage explains, "Whether you typically do your own taxes or have never done them, a solution like TaxACT Online Free Federal Edition will show you exactly how these tax law changes will affect your 2009 return. Choose a step-by-step interview or complete the IRS forms yourself, at your own pace. Either way, TaxACT will help you capitalize on the acts and estimate your refund amount or taxes owed." To start your free 2009 federal tax return or for more information about TaxACT, visit www.TaxACT.com.

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If you’re ready to take the plunge this year it’s never too early to start planning

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Honeymoon Tips for Lasting Memories and Relaxation

The headache you've had for the past year planning your wedding, inviting all the guests and meticulously checking to ensure your big day runs smoothly is finally over. And, just around the corner, you can see your honeymoon in sight. The last things on your mind are planning, thinking and otherwise do-

ing anything but relaxing, right? To ease your mind after the chaos, the ultimate Mexican getaways are offered by The Villa Group Resorts, complete with Hacienda-style villas, exotic spa treatments and palm treeframed views of the Pacific Ocean. You'll finally be able to unwind, com-

So, you are engaged and ready to choose that romantic spot for your first getaway as husband and wife. But where should you go? A lot of couples have difficulty finding the honeymoon destination that is "just right" for them.There are so many things to consider, like the season, accommodations and types of leisure activities available. But actually, making a decision can be simple once you know what you are looking for. The Villa Group - experts in matching clients with their ideal holiday destination advise couples to consider the following, before they make their choice: 1. In what season are you traveling? Remember that every destination has its own weather pattern. You want to make sure that you choose a place where the weather suits your taste. 2. How many amenities are you get-

ting for your money? Be sure to pick a destination that offers you the romance and relaxation you need after the wedding. How big is the room? Does the destination offer honeymooners special packages? Spas are always great for considering your every need. You could try a mud bath for two or a couple's massage. 3. Are there enough activities to keep you busy? Consider what you would like to do. How about water sports and nightlife? Are there cultural aspects that you can explore? Destinations that offer everything you could want and more include Resorts in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta. You don't have to go far from home to explore culture, adventure and relaxation all in one place.

fortable knowing everything you could need or want is at your fingertips. With seven different locations in four unique destinations including Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta and the Sierra Madre Mountains, The Villa Group caters to a variety of interests. Each location offers unique scenery, activities and accommodations that can make your honeymoon exactly the way you've envisioned it. The myriad vacation options available to newlyweds are overwhelming, but noting a few key things will keep that headache at bay and your relaxation level high: - Pick a location that appeals to both of you. Where do you see you two having the most fun? Secluded beaches, tranquil mountains or cobblestone streets lined with shopping? - Decide how you want to spend

your days. Will you lounge poolside, taking in lagoons and waterfalls, or do you want to explore the surrounding area by horseback, canoe or bike? - Scope out the options in his-andher spa treatments, such as hydrotherapy sessions, mud baths and massages. Some resorts offer ultra-relaxing themes, while others focus more on invigorating treatments. - How will you spend your evenings? Resorts often provide nighttime festivities, complete with themed dining events mere feet from your room. Or, would you rather be near a town where you can explore both the area's attractions and what the resort provides? Keeping these tips in mind will ensure that you choose a honeymoon destination that you will never forget.

Choosing the perfect honeymoon destination

Brides on a budget Between the thrilling proposal and the pre-wedding whirlwind - setting the date, finding the perfect wedding dress, planning the honeymoon - weddings should feel joyous and romantic. But after the wedding, couples should enjoy their newly wedded bliss - not panic about digging themselves out of debt. According to the Association for Wedding Professionals International, the average wedding costs between $18,000 and $21,000. In these difficult economic times, couples might need to minimize the cost of their wedding. But brides on budgets do not need to whittle their guest list from 200 to 10. Here are some affordable - and tasteful - measures couples can take to stay within their budget. What eats up wedding cash? Wedding receptions usually account for half of a wedding’s cost. Dinner and drinks add up, especially if couples pay for a full or open bar. To save money on the bubbly, couples should nix the mixed drinks. Soon-to-be-marrieds can serve champagne during the toast, then offer beer and wine for the rest of the evening. Give clumsier guests white wine, not red, and the evening should progress with fewer mishaps at a lower cost. For dinner, couples should think outside the catering-company box. Local restaurants might make better deals. Classy catering can come from unex-

pected places. Boston Market restaurants provide full-service catering options with elegant entrées like roasted sirloin, turkey or rotisserie chicken, and a selection of gourmet sides. The cost? From $14.99 to $21.99 a head. After the reception, photography and videography are the second largest budget-breakers. Couples can hire a

You want everything to be picture perfect for your wedding, including your smile. But like everything else about your big day, that perfect smile could require some work ahead of time. In fact, experts suggest starting your entire beauty regimen six months before the wedding. Here's a complete pre-wedding beauty checklist. * Lips: Get soft, kissable lips by brushing away flakes of dry skin with an infant toothbrush soaked in baking soda and water. Apply healing ointment, and in no time, your lips will be ready for that "kiss the bride" kiss. * Teeth: A cosmetic dentist can often correct an imperfect smile with veneers. But if spending painful hours in the dentist's chair getting your teeth ground down sounds like it would put a damper on all the joyful planning, here's good news: Lumineers (www. lumineers.com) are now used by thousands of dentists nationwide and can be applied in two short, pain-free appointments. Unlike other veneer procedures, Lumineers are so strong and thin that they don't require removal of sensitive tooth structure. The procedure is quick, painless and even reversible. * Makeup: Women with warm skin tones look best in makeup with pink,

coral, peach, amber, brown and red with yellow undertones. If you have a cool skin tone, choose pink, berry, lilac, mauve or red with blue undertones. * Skin: Make your face glow with a good cleansing program. Use a cleanser that's appropriate for your skin type in the morning, makeup remover and cleanser at night and a daily moisturizer. Use a gentle facial scrub once a week. * Hair: If you're planning to change your hairstyle or color, experiment several months before the wedding so you have time to correct any mistakes. * Nails: If you're a nail-biter, get weekly manicures to keep your nails healthy. Plan your last manicure a couple of days before the big day. Choose a pretty pale pink or splurge on a French manicure, not just because it looks great, but because the chips won't show as much and are easy to fix. You'll have beautiful hands for the rehearsal dinner and any other festivities. Don't forget, practice makes perfect. Schedule a trial run with your hair and makeup artists several days before your wedding, so there are no surprises the day of the ceremony.

photographer and videographer for the ceremony, then leave reception photographs to friends, family and digital cameras. To avoid the cost of a live band, brides and grooms can opt for MP3 playlists, customized CDs and speaker rentals over pricey bands. Finally, hiring a wedding coordinator can save time, manage stress and get better deals. So, here’s a toast to tweaking old traditions to make a dream wedding financially attainable - and to save enough money for a long, relaxing honeymoon. Cheers!

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