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THE GAZETTE - SERVING CENTRE COUNTY

DECEMBER 24, 2010

Holiday Eating Tips By Les Barnhart

Being someone that loves food, I thought that many of you could use and enjoy these tips as you enjoy the Christmas season. 1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. They may in fact be for the reindeer. Go next door or find someplace that they’re serving rum balls and chicken wings. In fact, prepare some rum balls and wings BEFORE you leave the house and store them in an insulated container in your car. If your travels find you at a party that has a food lineup that resembles the produce department at a grocery store, head 0ut to the car and scarf down your stowed away loot. Good call, my friend. 2. Drink as much eggnog as you can and do it quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it’s rare. In fact, it’s even rarer than singlemalt scotch. You can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an eggnog-aholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It’s later than you think. It’s Christmas! 3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat. Heed this warning however, if you feel the need to do shots of gravy, drink gravy from a cup, or eat it like soup, you need to step away from said gravy and seek help‌fast. 4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission. 5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party after all is to eat other people’s food for free and LOTS of it. Hello? In regards to the free food, do not try and sneak food home for consumption during an upcoming football game but it is offered and thrown into a convenient carrying case‌take it. 6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s Day. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do except for watching icicles form on your down spouting. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog. And besides think of all the exercise you will get during bowl game season; the channel surfing, getting up and down for drinks, jumping up and down for touchdowns, etc. 7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like chicken wings or pickles wrapped in cream cheese and Leba-

Attention

Local Sports Fans, Parents and Athletes!! Just a reminder that with the all the sports going on in the county, its especially important that I get the input of all of you as I am bound to miss many of those who are deserving of recognition in their respective sports. No sport should go unnoticed or worse yet, unplayed. You can even submit your own name and deny it to your friends and teammates. Please feel free to contact me at my email address: sports@ centrecountygazette.com regarding your sports story as well as a phone number where you can be reached if needed. You can also post your ideas for a story or a recap of your game on the Centre County Sports page on Facebook. In order to make the Centre County Gazette the paper of the people, I need you, the people to provide the best sports coverage around. Good luck to all you in your respective sports. Hopefully I will run into you at a sporting event sometime and it will be you I will be covering. — Les Barnhart, Sports Editor

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non bologna, position yourself near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. After that happens, find a child that will serve as a food mule and will continue to deliver you the goods. A word of caution here though, you may want to get a second child in the event the first “dimesâ€? you out about the food mule thing. Never work without a back-up plan. 8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or, if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day? My advice: don’t put them all on one plate. That way you can make repeat trips and treat each like it is your first. This could take practice. Oh and remember that apples are healthy. Eat as many as you can‌it’s not your fault that someone threw them into a pie pan, slathered them in tasty goodness and then covered it all with a lovely layer of tastiness. Don’t hate the player‌hate the game, my friends. 9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all costs. I mean, have some standards. You also may want to check your calendar for any other parties in the neighborhood. Any party that has fruitcake out as a dessert may not be the most happening joint on the block after all. 10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention. Reread tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner and that means only two things‌diets and New Year’s resolutions.  Remember this motto to live by: “Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate (or chicken wings) in one hand, root beer in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO HOO, what a ride!â€?

Bald Eagle Area Little League Softball Meeting The Bald Eagle Area Little League Softball will be holding their regular monthly meeting on SUNDAY, JANUARY 9TH AT 6PM. The meeting will be held in the Bald Eagle Area High School cafeteria. Regular monthly meetings are held the second Sunday of each month at the Bald Eagle Area High School. Those interested can check us out at our Eteamz league page at http://www.eteamz.com/ baldeaglearealittleleaguesoftball where additional information can be found on upcoming meetings as well as other league news. This is an exciting new league and provides a new opportunity for the girls in the Bald Eagle Area School District. Please do what you can to be a part of the league. “This will never be our league unless you are a part of it�

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, My daughter beside me, angelic in rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white, Transforming the yard to a winter delight. The sparkling lights in the tree I believe, Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep, Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep. In perfect contentment, or so it would seem, So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream. The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near, But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear. Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know, Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow. My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear, And I crept to the door just to see who was near. Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night, A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight. A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old, Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold. Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled, Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child. “What are you doing?� I asked without fear, “Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here! Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve, You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!� For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift, Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.. To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light Then he sighed and he said “Its really all right, I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.� “It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line, That separates you from the darkest of times. No one had to ask or beg or implore me, I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me. My Gramps died at ‘ Pearl on a day in December,� Then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.� My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘ Nam’, And now it is my turn and so, here I am. I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while, But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile. Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag, The red, white, and blue... an American flag. I can live through the cold and the being alone, Away from my family, my house and my home. I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet, I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat. I can carry the weight of killing another, Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.. Who stand at the front against any and all, To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.� “So go back inside,� he said, “harbor no fright, Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.� “But isn’t there something I can do, at the least, “Give you money,� I asked, “or prepare you a feast? It seems all too little for all that you’ve done, For being away from your wife and your son.� Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, “Just tell us you love us, and never forget. To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone, To stand your own watch, no matter how long. For when we come home, either standing or dead, To know you remember we fought and we bled. Is payment enough, and with that we will trust, That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.� - author unknown

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