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Holiday Guide

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Make Your Charitable Donation By Volunteering

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onating is a popular way to show appreciation during the holiday season, but not every household has the funds to donate this year. In lieu of making a financial donation, a gift of time and service is just as valuable. Research indicates that 50 percent of charitable donations are made between Thanksgiving and Christmas. During the season of hospitality and togetherness, making charitable donations is ever-present in many people’s minds. However, financial insecurity due to the sluggish job market and economy will likely result in more people hoping to volunteer their time instead of their finances this holiday season. Volunteering one’s time is a way to give back without expending funds. Just as charities and other organizations are in need of money to operate their causes, they also need manpower to put plans in action. Busy people may think they don’t have Genuine the time to volunteer, but this Toyota is not the case. According to Charity Guide, Parts a nonprofit organization dediGenuine cated& to promoting flexible Toyota volunService Parts teerism by inspiring and facilitating & Service acts of kindness, volunteer work can

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take as little as 15 minutes per week and be based on a flexible schedule. When considering volunteerism, individuals can pick a cause that is dear to their hearts. Organizations that raise awareness about medical conditions to animal rights groups are all charities that can use assistance. Here are some ways the average person can volunteer service. ◆ Business owners who provide a particular product or service can donate such items to the charity. For example, a printing company can offer to print letterhead or envelopes for an organization. A baker can offer food for luncheons or fundraisers. Donation of time doesn’t necessarily have to mean manning the phones. ◆ Schools are often understaffed and can use the help of parents and other community members. Volunteering beyond the typical call of

duty can help school programs flourish. Volunteering time as a coach or as a librarian can ensure children have the resources and programs for a well-rounded education. ◆ Consider spending time with the elderly at a nearby assisted-living facility or as part of a home-visitor program. Individuals who don’t have family nearby may appreciate a visit from someone, even if it’s just to sit and chat. This is something the entire family can do, even children. ◆ Something as simple as carTOYOTA pooling or offering to shop for busy moving forward ➤ people is another form of volunteer work that doesn’tTOYOTA require being part TOYOTAWhy of a particular organization. moving forward Mufflers • Exhaust Pipes • Shocks • Struts not babysit for aToyotaperson who has to mufflers, exhaust pipes, shocks, strutsholiday & strut TOYOTA cartridges shopping? are guaranteed to catch up on some the original purchaser of the part for life of the vehicle when installed byto an authorThere are plenty of ways Mufflers • Exhaust Pipes • Shocks •conStruts ized ToyotaToyota dealer.mufflers, See us exhaust for details. pipes, shocks, tribute without writing The struts &a strut check. cartridges are guaranteed to the original purchaser of the part for life of the vehicle when installed by an authorholiday season is theizedperfect time of Toyota dealer. See us for details. year to think in a giving way. ➤

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Robert Kramer joined other community volunteers to pack boxes with donated goods at the 37th annual Cheshire Food Drive, which took place on November 6 and 7 on the green across from Town Hall.

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Shop Online To Save Money, Time — And Energy

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hopping online — especially during the height of the holiday season — can save time, money, and a lot of headaches. The fact that you can purchase gifts for everyone on your list at any time of the day or night in the comfort of your own home is enough of an incentive for many Internet-savvy shoppers to stay away from the traffic and the malls between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. For shoppers “going green” this holiday season, a 2009 study by the Carnegie Mellon Green Design Institute showed that shopping via the Internet is not only more energy efficient, but its carbon footprint is one-third smaller than that of bricks-and-mortar retail establishments. So, whether you’re shopping online to save time or to save the planet, it pays to take note of a few simple guidelines.

DO… …verify that you’re dealing with a reputable retailer. To ensure that you’re dealing with a trustworthy merchant, always confirm that there

is a physical address and phone number you can use to contact the seller in the event that you have problems or questions. …make sure that the Web site is secure. Always scan online shopping sites for evidence that they are

secure. Some sites feature a lock icon in the browser’s status bar while others might have a Web site address that begins with “https:” (the “s” at the end stands for “secure”). …get all of the facts about your transaction. Make sure you know what you are buying and the total cost of the item -- including shipping and handling fees. Verify that the item can be returned for a full refund if you are not satisfied and who is responsible for the return shipping cost. Next, determine if the seller charges a restocking fee for returns and when you can expect to receive your purchase. …pay with a credit card or online payment service. When you make online purchases using a credit or charge card, the transaction is protected by the Fair Credit Billing Act, which gives consumers the right to challenge and dispute unauthorized charges. Some online

retailers also guarantee that cardholders will not be responsible for unauthorized charges made on the Internet. …print and save your order confirmation and receipts. For returns or to dispute charges, it always pays to have a paper trail. …compare online prices. In most cases, multiple online retailers sell the same item, so be sure to check around for the lowest price. An easy way to comparison shop is by visiting one of several reputable online price-comparison sites. …look for free shipping deals. If you’re making multiple purchases, look for Web sites that offer free shipping for larger orders. DON’T… …submit any financial information other than your credit card number. If a message asking for financial information such as your Social Security number or bank

account information pops up while you are shopping or checking out, cancel the transaction immediately and leave the site. Reputable online retailers will never request that kind of information. …pay with a debit card, cash or wire transfer. These types of transactions can be difficult -- even impossible -- to refute or reverse. When shopping online, stick to credit or charge cards. …buy from spammers — or scammers. Never make purchases in response to e-mails with tempting offers that seem too good to be true. Most likely, they are. …buy from a Web site that doesn’t “feel” legitimate. Go with your gut. If the site doesn’t feel right, don’t go through with the transaction. For more information on online shopping safety, visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Web site at www.ftc.gov.

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Keep Pets Safe During Holiday Hustle And Bustle

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olidays can be as stressful for animals as they are for people. Not only are our pets wrought with the anticipation of what Santa is bringing, but they are also stressed by the endless activity that’s going on. It might be easy to overlook your pets, as making sure your mother-inlaw is happy is more important than your poodle’s contentment, but pets still need to be kept safe. Keep the

following tips in mind to make sure the holidays stay happy for those with two legs and those with four. Keep bones away. Turkey, chicken, even ham can all have bones, bones your dog would love to get his paws on. Despite these desires, meat bones can be a choking hazard for animals — a hazard that can make them sick and, in some instances, be fatal. For this reason, it’s important to keep bones away from your pets. If you feed them table scraps, make sure they are boneless and keep the trash in a secure area, one that Fido can’t sneak his way into. Keep plants far from pets. Mistletoe, poinsettias, and Christmas trees all do their part to add a little essence to the holiday, but if consumed by pets they can add heartache as well. Certain plants, particularly poinsettias and

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ust like marathoners lining up at the start of a race, stores across the country play host each year to scores of shoppers on the day after Thanksgiving. Many of those shoppers arrive long before a store even opens, finding themselves elbow-to-elbow with similar deal-seekers. Known as Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving appears to be “bulletproof.” Even last year, when the much-maligned national economy had started to struggle mightily, shoppers spent more than $10 billion on Black Friday. This year could prove difficult to forecast, as many families continue to struggle through layoffs in spite of a slight recovery in the economy. Adding to that difficulty are the differing points of view with respect to Black Friday. For every success story of a plasma TV purchased for 50 percent off, there seem to be a dozen or more stories about the individual who waits outside a store in the cold, only to find a popular item is sold out by the time he or she gets inside the doors. In other words, predicting the success of Black Friday for retailers is just as difficult as predicting the success of Black Friday for individuals: sometimes both get what they want and sometimes neither does.

But, if last year is any proof, shoppers are still going to hit the stores this Black Friday, and they’re probably going to do so in droves. For those braving the mayhem that often characterizes Black Friday, consider the following survival tips. ◆ Do your research. Perhaps no items are more steeply marked down in price come Black Friday than big ticket electronics, most notably plasma, LCD, or DLP televisions. Unfortunately, not all such appliances are equal. Getting a good price is not necessarily the same thing as getting a good deal. This is where research needs to play a role. Do some homework before buying big ticket items, including televisions. Retailer Web sites often have customer ratings sections where customers can rate specific appliances. If ratings are consistently

poor or commenters routinely cite problems, then steer clear of those items, no matter how low the price might be. ◆ Get up early. Some deals are exactly what they seem. While it can be difficult to get out of bed in the middle of the night to go holiday shopping, it will be easy to go back to sleep when arriving home with exactly what you wanted and knowing you got the best deal possible. Many stores open at 4 or 5 a.m. on Black Friday. While waking up that

early seems like a tall order, particularly after eating so much turkey the day before, there’s no law against napping on Black Friday and, if you get what you came for, you could be back in bed in a couple of hours. ◆ Don’t stress out. Black Friday isn’t easy for anyone. (Just ask any retail employee.) Chances are, even the most veteran Black Friday shopper is going to feel stressed out at one point or another. If the stress becomes too much, simply go home. This year figures to have lots of good deals throughout the holiday

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greatest story ever told” in many years. For the December 11 concert, several members of St. Michael’s choir will join the NVCC choir. Maestro Leif Bjaland, music director and conductor, will lead the orchestra through this timeless masterpiece. One of the most renowned pieces of English sacred music, Handel’s Messiah has been performed across the world for more than 250 years. Composed in only three weeks, the work has undergone numerous revisions and re-orchestrations since its premiere performance in 1742, the first of which was by Mozart shortly after Handel’s death. The work focuses on the central beliefs of Christianity from the Old Testament prophecies of the coming of the Messiah to the New Testament Gospel stories of the birth, death,

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constructed in 1920 and located just off the Green in Litchfield. The church is adorned with chestnut and oak carvings, a Sienna marble altar with a triptych painted by H. Siddons Mowbray, foremost muralist of the period, a 2221-pipe Quimby organ, and Tiffany stained glass windows providing the perfect setting for a work of such glorious proportions. Support comes from Webster Bank, Carmody & Torrance, Cramer & Anderson, Union Savings Bank, Waterbury Hospital and Abel Darling Bed and Breakfast.

Tickets for the Litchfield performance are $30 general admission and $50 for Premium seating, which includes a guided-tour of St. Michael’s and designated seating near the front of the sanctuary. Tickets are available for purchase at St. Michael’s and Murphy’s Pharmacy, 59 West St., in Litchfield. Tickets for the performance on Sunday, Dec. 12, at NVCC Fine Arts Center are $20, $30, and $50. Tickets for either performance may be purchased by calling the WSO at (203) 574-4283 or online at waterburysymphony.org.

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Share The Holiday Magic Of CBT’s ‘The Nutcracker’

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he Cecchetti Ballet Theatre (CBT), a not-for-profit dance troupe, will perform the fulllength production of Tchaikovsky’s most-beloved ballet, The Nutcracker, on Dec. 11 and 12. This production features a cast of 100 children and adults from Cheshire and surrounding towns. The role of Clara will be performed by Cheshire High School sophomore Olivia Druckrey. Olivia performed in her first Nutcracker when she was 3 years old and has been dancing with CBT ever since. CBT is thrilled to announce that Fredrick Davis will be the guest artist this year, dancing the title role of The Nutcracker, with partner Miranda Lennox as the Sugar

Plum Fairy in the Grand Pas de Deux! Mr. Davis currently dances with Dance Theatre of Harlem, and has previously guested with Albany Berkshire Ballet, Ballet Tennessee, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. His studies include full scholarship to summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and New York’s Joffrey Ballet School. We are pleased and excited to have him join our cast! Traditional and original choreography is staged by Betty Seibert, CBT artistic director. Performances are Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Hamden High School auditorium. For tickets, call Cheshire Dance Centre at (203) 699-TUTU (8888). Reserve your tickets today and enjoy the holiday magic with friends and family!

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aws Paws Pet Resort will hold a Holiday Pet Photo event to Benefit Labs4Rescue on Sunday, Dec, 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call now to make an appointment for your family to have their holiday portraits taken. Pets, kids, parents — all are welcome! Photos by TMC Photography will feature a Dickens Victorian street scene backdrop as seen in the photos. The session fee is $15 per family with a FREE 5x7 included. Payment options include cash, check, Visa, and MasterCard. A portion of the session fee and sales will go to the Labs4Rescue to help support their non-profit organization. View and pick out your images right after your appointment. Your free 5x7 and any additional prints and package orders will be delivered to Paws by Saturday, Dec. 11. You will have the option to purchase additional photos online. Holiday cards start at $1 each, including envelopes. Appointments are required. Call (203) 250-PAWS (7297) to reserve your spot for “Spot.” Sittings will be reserved in 15-minute intervals.

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touch his mom because of his guilt about playing with matches. Simply put, “Bear makes it better,” Jason answered when his mother asked why he trembled less after about 10 weeks of animal-assisted therapy (AAT). Therapy animals do amazing work. At Soul Friends, our 13 therapy animals have partnered with their human companions to provide comfort and healing to over 4,500 children across Connecticut over the past eight years. Stories of loss, grief, and trauma are whispered into the ears of Muffin, a Terrier mix, or Cesar, a 30-year-old Morgan horse. While walking or petting a therapy animal, children feel comfortable to share a worry or try a new behavior. At Soul Friends, AAT is a goaldirected intervention delivered by a health care professional in which

an animal becomes an integral part of the treatment program (Delta Society Web site). Yet, if you ask a child like Jason, it doesn’t feel like therapy and that is where the difference begins. Soul Friends office has a “wall of miracles”: the girl who spoke for the first time with Muffin’s leash in hand, the girl once abused whose body now feels in control as she takes the horse over a jump. “I felt like I was flying and free to be me,” the girl exclaimed in a group at Hunter’s Glen in Cheshire. Our work at Soul Friends has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national conferences on the benefits of animal-assisted therapy. But our mission really starts at the “soul level” with our mission: “Heal the hearts of children one wagging tail at a time”.

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Take Those Turkey Leftovers Beyond Sandwiches

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eftover turkey is the inevitable result of Thanksgiving dinner. Many cooks over-estimate the number of pounds of turkey they need to feed family and guests, or an abundance of side dishes makes Tom Turkey less of the culinary centerpiece he should be. Don’t worry — there are plenty of ways to turn it into delicious meals to be enjoyed for several days after the holiday. Remaining turkey should be deboned and packed up for storage no more than two hours after the bird has been served, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s

Food Safety and Inspection Service. Generally, leftover turkey can be enjoyed three to four days after Thanksgiving if it is refrigerated. If the meat is frozen, it can last much longer. Here are some ideas: • Turkey chili: Combine the meat with kidney beans, red and green peppers, onions, pureed tomato and a package of chili seasonings from the supermarket. Let simmer and serve with corn bread or over rice. • Turkey kabobs: Thread turkey on skewers with apples, pears or pineapples. Bake until meat is reheated and fruit is soft.

• Turkey gyro: Top pitas with turkey meat, lettuce, onion, and fresh tzatziki sauce. Tzatziki is made by mixing chopped cucumber, garlic and lemon juice with a thick Greek yogurt. • Turkey omelets: Chop up turkey and add it to the egg mixture when making omelets. Serve with toast spread with cranberry sauce. • Turkey pot pie: Line a pie tin with homemade or store-bought pie crust. Add the turkey, half a can of cream of chicken soup, a package of thawed mixed vegetables, and the remaining pie crust. Bake until the pot pie is bubbly and hot. • Turkey Mexican-style: Replace the meat in tacos, fajitas or enchiladas with leftover turkey. • Buffalo turkey pizza: Toss left-

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over turkey with melted butter and hot sauce. Use the seasoned meat on top of a homemade or pre-made pizza. Bake and enjoy. • Turkey-tossed pasta: Add strips of turkey to a dish of pasta, topped with a favorite sauce. • Turkey panini: Slice a thick, crusty bread and spread the outsides with butter. Add layers of turkey, cheese and cooked bacon. Cook on a griddle, using a heavy pan to hold the panini flat while cooking. Flip over and continue to cook until the panini is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

• Pulled pork-style turkey: Chop up or pull apart leftover turkey meat. Toss with your favorite barbecue sauce. Serve on soft sandwich buns with a side of cole slaw. • Turkey salad sandwich: Mix chopped turkey with mayonnaise or salad dressing, diced celery, onions, and shredded carrots for a refreshing cold sandwich filling. • Turkey and vegetable stir-fry: Heat a wok or skillet with a little oil and saute onions, garlic and favorite stir-fry vegetables. Add the turkey to heat and season with soy sauce or teriyaki. Serve over steamed rice.

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• The taste of a turkey has to do with its age. An older male is preferable to a younger male, because the young “tom” is stringy. Conversely, younger female hens are preferred to older ones. • A turkey less than 16 weeks old is called a fryer. An older turkey between 5 and 7 months of age is known as a roaster. • The light meat of turkey contains about 225 calories per cup and 5.2 grams of fat. Generally, turkey is low in sodium and high in niacin, phosphorous, selenium, and vitamin B6.

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Beware Of Bogus Charities, Seasonal Scammers

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or every charitable donor out there, it seems there are at least five people looking to take advantage. Charity scams are in abundance this time of year. Scammers prey on the good nature of charitable individuals by tugging at their heartstrings to donate to charities around the holiday season. It can take an eagle eye to steer clear of bogus charity endeavors. Here are some tips to keep in mind. Disasters: Scammers love to prey on people after big disasters,

such as earthquakes, hurricanes, or other weather events that get media attention. When people want to donate money to causes, scammers come out of the woodwork ready to steal money from the unsuspecting who think they’re doing good. Don’t give money to any organization that hasn’t been thoroughly researched. Heartache letters: E-mail scams are on the rise. Many people have received messages stating that Mr. So and So needs money to be wired to get a family inheritance, trust or some other large monetary fund,

which will then be shared with those who helped secure the funds. Once a check is sent or money is wired into an account, that’s the last correspondence. Sound-alike companies: Many charities play off of the public image of well-known charities by naming their bogus charity very similarly. For example, those familiar with the Make a Wish Foundation may find a charity solicitation from Wishmakers Foundation. Without thinking, a donation could be made to the wrong charity.

Avoid cash gifts: If a charity requests cash or a person approaches on the street or door-todoor, it’s best to skip this sort of donation. Cash donations cannot be tracked. Reputable charities will take personal checks and issue a receipt. Don’t fall for the hard-sell: If a person calling or soliciting for donations is overly forward or provides a hard sell, don’t think about donating. Charitable donations are voluntary and should not be received by peer pressure.

Check e-mail accounts: Reputable charities will have a registered domain name and e-mail server. If a charity request comes from a Yahoo, Gmail or another such account, be suspicious.

Drive Safely On Icy Roads continued from page 7 and freezing on roads simultaneously, depending on whether salt and sand have been applied by road service personnel. Therefore skidding from hydroplaning and ice may occur. Another hazard from snow is reduced visibility. Driving under blizzard conditions is very dangerous. Wind and snow can cause white-out situations, essentially wiping out any visibility. In these instances, a driver should pull over to a safe area and wait out the storm. Don’t underestimate the value of a good pair of windshield wiper blades. New blades can make a big difference in visibility. And don’t forget to keep windshield washer fluid topped off. Some people experience trouble with snow accumulation on roads that have not been plowed. A lower-profile car with smaller tires may not be able to navigate through snow drifts and end up getting stuck. This can prove dangerous if the car stalls in the middle of a road where visibility is poor. The best advice for driving in snow is to assess the situation. If it is falling heavily, it can be safer to stay home. If a person must drive, reduce speed and leave a very large buffer zone between the vehicles to allow for emergency stopping. When approaching intersections or stop signs, begin braking early to prevent skidding through. Also, be extremely cautious of other vehicles, as they may be experiencing trouble stopping as well. Take your time and use extra caution when driving in winter weather and arrive at your destination safely!

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afety and security is an important concern for many homeowners. Around the holidays, it can be easy to overlook those concerns due to the increasingly busy schedule many people have between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Unfortunately, putting home security on the backburner during the holiday season can prove to be a grievous error. Because extended vacations to visit family and friends are common during the holiday season, criminals often target this time of year thanks to empty homes they know will not be the hub of activity they usually are. To safeguard your home while you’re out of town this

holiday season — or any time, for that matter — it’s best to take a few precautionary measures: ◆ Ask a friend or neighbor to pick up the mail. If your home doesn’t have a mail slot in the front door, a telltale sign that you’re away is an overstuffed mailbox. Before you leave, arrange to have your mail, newspapers and flyers picked up by a neighbor or friend. If you can, arrange to have newspaper delivery suspended for the duration of your trip. If you can’t find someone to pick up your mail, you can ask the local post office to suspend delivery while you’re out of town. ◆ Leave some lights on, including the Christmas lights.

If your beautiful Christmas lights display glows in the weeks leading up to Christmas but then suddenly disappears once the holiday arrives, thieves can probably determine that your house is empty and therefore a good target. By leaving a kitchen light on inside your house and keeping your Christmas lights on a timer, you’re at least giving the appearance that someone is home, and a yard illuminated thanks to your decorative lights makes it much more difficult for potential thieves to creep around your house under the cloak of darkness. Be sure to string up some lights in the backyard as well. ◆ Secure all windows. Along with making sure your windows are

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way to provide yourself with some peace of mind. Consult with the local police department for tips on making your neighborhood watch as successful as possible. ◆ Light all of the entrances. Keep every entryway well lit while you’re away to make it harder for prospective burglars to inspect a home and break in. This is even more important for homeowners who do not decorate their homes with Christmas lights. Also, if you’re leaving for an extended period of time, replace all light bulbs with fresh ones, assuring that your lights will burn brightly for the duration of your vacation. ◆ Take good care of the lawn and plantings. A great place for a burglar to hide is in bushes that are not well trimmed. Take this option away from him by making sure all of bushes have been trimmed neatly so he doesn’t have easy access to a hiding spot he can use to scope out your house, even while you’re home. It’s also wise to strategically plant security bushes near any potential points of entry for a burglar. Placing a rose bush, for instance, near all ground floor windows is a serious deterrent for a potential burglar since rose bushes, while beautiful when in bloom, are also loaded with thorns. ◆ Put away patio furniture and other backyard tools. Household items strewn about the yard could facilitate a burglary. Chairs, boxes, and especially ladders should be stored in a locked shed or garage, as a burglar can simply use the ladder to climb up to a second story window. Also, simple garden tools can be used to break windows or shimmy open doors, so lock those away as well.


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open six days a week with extended hours on Wednesdays for your convenience. When your service day comes, you can pull your vehicle directly into our climate-controlled drive-in Service Center. You will immediately be greeted by one of our knowledgeable and courteous Service Advisors who will take the time needed to thoroughly explain the appropriate service for your vehicle and the benefits of preventative maintenance. Once you feel completely informed, you will be escorted to our luxurious customer lounge where you may take advantage of a warm relaxing beverage, sit back, and know your vehicle is in the best hands possible. Our shop foreman will personally assign your vehicle to one of our trustworthy, factory-trained technicians. Your vehicle will not only be handled in a professional manner, but also a clean and organized work environment, which our technician take great pride in. In a timely matter, your service advisor will notify you when your vehicle has been completed. We will take the time you

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eighteen

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Hints Keep Thanksgiving Eating Habits Healthier

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oliday eating habits are often characterized by overindulgence. From the first taste of turkey on Thanksgiving Day ‘til the last pig in blanket hors d’oeuvre on New Year’s Eve, holiday eating habits are not always healthy. Unhealthy eating and overindulgence during the holidays is something many people accept as a staple of the season. But it’s just as easy to enjoy a healthy diet during the holidays as it is to go overboard. All it takes is a nip and tuck here and there to make holiday eating habits healthier. • Contribute healthy items when attending social gatherings. Many holiday parties are pot luck, wherein each guest brings a dish to the party.

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nineteen

Holiday Guide

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