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Page 4 Castroville News Bulletin August 22, 2013

Main dish salads fit the bill for quick, tasty nutrition Sandra Kunkel County Extension Agent Family & Consumer Sciences Any way you toss it, a main dish green salad is an easy, nutritious meal -- especially on a hot summer’s night. Summer is a great time to fill up -- and not out -on fruits and veggies in a lightly dressed salad. Check out these tips on how to make salads spectacular this summer. Salad greens are an important source of vitamins and minerals. Dark green leaves are good sources of vitamins A and C, iron, folic acid, and calcium. Iceberg is the most popular, but many other lettuces and salad greens such as spinach, arugula, and romaine can add interest and nutrients to meals. There are lots of nutritious ways to top a salad. Enhance eye appeal and nutrition by adding colorful fruits and vegetables. Keep it light by limiting the amount of salad dressing to about one tablespoon for every one and a half to two cups of greens. Make the flavor pop by adding artichoke hearts, dried fruits, nuts and/or seeds. Keep cut fruits, like apples and pears, from turning brown by coating them with an acidic juice such as lemon,

orange or pineapple juice. Cut fruits as close to serving time as possible. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Refrigerate cut fruits and veggies so the total time at room temperature is less than two hours. Toss small basil leaves or chopped larger ones in with your greens. Try chopped fresh dill. Add some minced chives or parsley. Start with about a teaspoon of herbs per person and adjust according to taste preference. Herbs boost flavor without increasing calories. Try kicking up your salad by adding kabobs. Including protein-rich foods helps promote a feeling of fullness after meals and may help you eat fewer calories throughout the day. Kabobs with grilled chicken, beef, or pork with a combination of vegetables such as peppers, onions and zucchini would be the perfect topper for a mixed green salad. Summer is a great time for salads and it’s important to store leafy greens at refrigerator temperatures and rinse well under running water before using. To reduce the risk of food-borne illness, observe “use by” dates printed on bagged leafy vegetables and salad mixes and use within two days after opening.

The Medina Valley Post 8134 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in La Coste held its quarterly chicken barbecue plate sale earlier this month to raise money for the building fund. As always, the plates featuring chicken, coleslaw, potato salad and beans sold fast as did the desserts contributed by the ladies auxiliary for the meal. (Photo by Alicia Ramirez)

Library friends raise money for Moore schools The Friends and Junior Friends of the Castroville Library ran a successful fundraiser for public schools in Oklahoma affected by a recent tornado. In May, an EFS-5 tornado devastated a 17-mile stretch of Moore, Okla., resulting in the death

of 24 people, including seven elementary school children. The Junior Friends of the Library started a donation drive for new books and school supplies and the Friends of the Library pledged to match cash donations made through the month of July. The Junior

Friends recently shipped four boxes of supplies to Moore Public Schools. The Friends of the Library will send a donation of around $400, along with additional grief counseling books, materials, and gift cards.

AARP members learn more about county government and renovation plans Irene Cox Secretary Hondo Chapter #2543 of AARP The August meeting of Hondo Chapter #2543 of AARP was held at the Senior/Community Center on Aug. 1, 2013. President Joe Dubray called the meeting to order. Henry Nietenhoefer offered the devotional prayer. Dubray led the members in recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The members then sang America. In the absence of Glenn Klaus, vice president, Henry Nietenhoefer introduced Judge Jim Barden, speaker for the meeting. Barden explained his duties. He is the chief executive officer in the county. His position was established by the state constitution. He sits on the bench and hears cases. Medina County has a county court at law whose judge hears most of the cases, freeing the judge for other duties. The county judge presides over commissioners’ court. The judge, along with the commissioners, prepares the budget and establishes the tax rate. At present the county budget ranges in the $24 million range. It is the judge’s responsibility to care for all the county grounds. The 1876 Constitution established the county government, leaned toward a weak government. Local needs within the county include storage space, a jail expansion and more space for the adult and juvenile probation departments. Plans are underway to renovate the tax assessor-collector’s office and the county appraisal district office. Improvements are being considered to improve the Castroville location, possibly a new building. Barden answered questions after his presentation and invited everyone to visit the county’s web site at www.medinacountytexas.org. Dubray welcomed guests present at the meeting, Liz Martinez, Nicole Andrade and Jim Barden. August birthdays recognized were Shirley Knecht, Margaret Boon, Marty Schmidt and Mary Louise Lutz. The members wished them well and sang the birthday song. Secretary Irene Cox read the minutes of the previous meeting. No additions or corrections were noted. Dubray declared the minutes approved as read. Cox reported for cheer chairman, Grace Spadafore, who sent sympathy cards to Betty Newman, the family of Erna Howard and the family of Herminia Kossaeth. She sent get-well messages to Marge Bali and Martha Hutzler and received

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an acknowledgement from Betty Newman. The card from Betty Newman was shared with the members. Treasurer Myrtle Schneider gave the July and August activities on her report. The present balance in the bank is $173.63. Helen Boehme reported 15 blood pressure checks were done by Liz Martinez of Community Care Center. Verlie Nietenhoefer repeated her collection items, used eyeglasses, box tops for education, used greeting cards and military half sheets with pictures. She reported that volunteers for bingo are always needed and welcomed. Nietenhoefer shared a garden recipe. The usual time to plant a garden is in the spring. In doing so, one needs help. Help translates to: H – Hum as you work, E- Keep that energy flowing, L – Laugh all you can and P – Practice patience.

The ice cream social set for Aug. 14 at 6:00 P.M. at the Senior/Community Center was discussed. Helen Jones presented a sign up list for volunteers to bring. An announcement was made that Community Care Center had volunteered to bring 100 cookies. Inell Schuchart announced that everything is in readiness for the trip to Kinder, La. The bus will pick up in Castroville on Monday at 7:30 a.m. Lorraine Miller spoke about new officers for the local chapter. She and her committee are seeking nominees at this time. There being no further business, Aldeen Lanning made a motion to adjourn. Pye Haass seconded the motion and it carried. Dubray declared the meeting adjourned.

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