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IN THE COLD! by Patricia L. Cook

In winter most areas of North America are dealing with cold weather. Some people love it; some hate it. In this Tidbits we will look at ice fishing and icebergs, as well as how you can be left “out in the cold,” and that has nothing to do with the weather!


• Cold is defined as “having a relatively low temperature; having little or no warmth.” Also, in regards to behavior or personality it can be: “lacking in passion, emotion, enthusiasm” or “not affectionate, cordial, or friendly.” • If you’ve ever been in a situation where you were ignored, neglected or forgotten, you probably felt like you were “left out in the cold.” In this situation, the term is used as an idiom. This idiom originated in the 1800s in reference to someone who was left outdoors without shelter. Hopefully this doesn’t happen often! • Many fishermen (mostly men, but there are women enthusiasts as well) love to drill through deep ice and wait for fish to bite! Ice fishing is a major winter past-time in Canada and northern states in the U.S. that are cold enough for thick ice. Some great advantages of ice fishing: not as many anglers trying to get your spot, fewer insects “bugging” you, and you’re not likely to perspire! turn the page for more!

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IN THE COLD! (continued): • “Iceberg Alley” is the name given to an area • After the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, from Baffin Bay, off the west coast of Greenland near Newfoundland, the United States, • Because Canada has long winters, it is no where many massive icebergs break into the Canada, and eleven other countries formed wonder that they have a lot of people who like water, to the coast of Newfoundland and the International Ice Patrol. The patrol uses to ice fish. It is home to the greatest number Labrador on the east coast of airplanes and radar to track icebergs that make of participants in the sport. Canada. The Newfoundland their way into the major shipping lanes. The In the year 2000, Canadian and Labrador area is known U.S. National Ice Center monitors icebergs anglers spent a combined as the Iceberg Capital of the larger than 5,400 square feet (500 sq/m) near total of 4,489,296 days ice World. Antarctica using satellite data. Icebergs are fishing! not just studied and watched to protect ships, • A small fishing village on scientists use them as tools for studying ocean the south shore of Nova • Approximately 90% of processes and climate. Scotia, West Pubnico, the icebergs that are in the was named for the waters near Newfoundland • A way that some inventive Canadians have chosen to use the abundance of icebergs native Mi’kmaq word, and Labrador originated floating in their waters is in creating vodka Pombcoup, which means: from the glaciers of western and other alcoholic spirits. The Iceberg “a hole that has been cut in Greenland. They are among Vodka Corporation, based in St. John’s the ice for fishing.” the fastest moving icebergs Newfoundland, produces spirits “made from in the world. Even so, by • More than 60% of the fish naturally pure 12,000-year-old icebergs most standards, the four Canadians catch beneath harvested off the coast of Newfoundland.” miles (7 km) per year that the ice are caught and They use Ontario-grown sweet corn in they tend to move seems released. They eat less making their beverages as well. They also slow. It takes an estimated than one third of their make Iceberg Rum and Iceberg Gin. two to three years for the catch. They practice CPR: “catch, photograph, massive icebergs to cover the 1600 nautical • The largest iceberg ever recorded was found release!” miles (2963 km) and reach the coast of near Baffin Island in 1882. Eight miles long • Minnesota is nicknamed the “Land of 10,000 Newfoundland and Labrador. If icebergs and three miles wide (13 km long/6 km Lakes.” There are actually 11,842 lakes in the reach the Atlantic Ocean before melting, they wide), its height above water was 65 feet state that are 10 acres or larger (4 ha). With so melt rather quickly in the warm waters. (20 m). many lakes and cold winters it is no wonder that ice fishing is a popular sport. • Minnesota is known for its abundance of ice shelters set up on the state’s lakes. If you’ve ever flown into or out of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport you have probably noticed all of the dots on the lakes! Each year it is estimated that around 150,000 ice fishing shelters are set up. The state’s Department of Natural Resources estimates that about 30% of the fish caught in the state are caught when the lakes are frozen. • Ice fishing is a risky sport and the depth of the ice is something to be taken very seriously. In 2009, over 100 people were stranded on the Great Lakes. They became stranded when ice broke away where they were fishing. The Coast Guard rescued all, however, one died in route to the hospital due to hypothermia. This life threatening condition occurs when body temperature falls below 95° F (35° C). • It is imperative when ice fishing to get expert advice. Knowing the area and the ice conditions can make the sport fun; not knowing can lead to disaster. It is recommended that ice thickness for someone fishing alone (not really advisable) be almost four inches (10 cm). For groups, where more are standing on the ice, the ice should be about 7.5 inches (18 cm). When vehicles are taken on the ice, which does happen in some cold climates, the ice should be 11-12 inches (28 cm). • Icebergs are much thicker than the ice that freezes over lakes in the winter. Icebergs are chunks of ice that developed on land, then break off and float in a lake or ocean. The word Let Us Help “iceberg” originates from the Dutch “ijsberg”, With Your which means ice mountain. Advertsing • Icebergs are found in all shapes and sizes, from very small pieces to ice islands that can be the Needs size of a small country. The term “iceberg” 303.842.8250 actually refers to ice larger than 16 feet (5 m) in diameter. Smaller icebergs are known as growlers and bergy bits. Even though they are smaller, they are harder to spot and therefore very dangerous for ships. • Even though most icebergs are found floating in oceans of salt water they are made of pure fresh water. Most of the icebergs on earth are found in the frigid waters surrounding Antarctica and in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Most icebergs originate near the west coast of Greenland.

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Replacing Water Pipe Broken in Freeze FINANCIAL FOCUS

Avoid Becoming a “Groundhog Day Investor Groundhog Day is almost here. For most of its history — which, according to some reports, dates back to the first celebration in 1886 or 1887 in Punxsutawney, Pa. — Groundhog Day held little significance for most Americans. But that changed in 1993 with the release of the movie Groundhog Day, in which a semi-embittered meteorologist, played by Bill Murray, is forced to relive the same day over and over again. He repeatedly makes poor choices, until he finally learns from his mistakes and is granted the ability to move on with his life. Since the movie came out, the term “Groundhog Day” is often used to refer to a situation in which someone repeats the same mistakes. It’s a phenomenon that happens in many walks of life — including investing. So, how can you avoid becoming a “Groundhog Day” investor? Here are some suggestions: • Don’t chase after “hot investments.” Many investors make this same mistake over and over — they hear about a “hot” investment from a friend, relative or television commentator, and they buy it. Too often, though, by the time they purchase this investment, it’s already cooling down. Even more importantly, it just might not be suitable for them. So instead of pursuing “hot” choices, pick those investments that are appropriate for your needs, goals and risk tolerance. • Don’t over-analyze short-term price fluctuations. Some investors check their portfolios’ performance every day, or even several times a day. But if you’re constantly evaluating how your investments are doing over short intervals, you may be tempted to make unwise decisions in response to sudden drops or jumps. You can get a good sense of the progress you’re making toward your goals by checking your portfolio once a month. • Don’t let fear and greed drive your choices. “Buy low and sell high” is the classic piece of investment advice. But too many investors only buy investments when they’re on the rise and sell them when they’re falling. In other words, they’re doing the opposite of “buy low and sell high” — and they’re being driven by fear and greed. Keep these emotions out of your investment strategy, and you’ll help yourself greatly. • Don’t maintain unrealistic expectations. Some people consistently put off investing until “later,” figuring they can always catch up by putting away more money during their peak earning years. Don’t make that mistake. To achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you need to invest early and keep investing, rather than wait for a time in your life when you may suddenly have more money “freed up” for investment purposes. Also, don’t anticipate that you’ll steadily earn a good rate of return on your investments. Although the financial markets have trended up in the long term, we’ve seen many down markets that have lasted for a year or longer. Factor in these fluctuations when estimating the rate of return you’ll need to achieve your goals. For these types of calculations, you may want to work with an experienced financial professional. These and other “Groundhog Day”-type investment mistakes can be costly. But you can avoid them if you maintain a solid investment strategy, if you’ve got patience and perseverance — and if you stay focused on the long-term horizon. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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Q: During the last cold snap, the cold water pipe leading to my garage’s utility sink froze and broke. Fortunately, there was no water damage. Is it possible to fix the pipe myself? -- Chet in Springfield, Mass. A: Depending on the location of the pipe break, repairing it can be fairly straightforward. The good thing is that it’s a nonessential fixture -- unlike, say, pipes leading to the kitchen or bathroom -- and so you have the choice of either fixing it right away or shutting off water to that section of the pipe run until the weather gets warmer. A broken pipe needs to be replaced. It can be patched, but those quick fixes break down in short period of time. For the repair, you’ll need a pipe cutter, a length of replacement pipe of the same diameter and material as the original pipe, sandpaper or steel wool, and a round wire brush. If you plan to solder the replacement, you’ll need a handheld propane torch, flux (a paste that helps solder spread evenly) and pipe solder. If you don’t want to solder, or can’t do it safely, you’ll need to buy two compression fittings, one for each side of the replacement pipe. Cutting and preparing the pipe is the same. Ultimate Handyman has a short video detailing how to use compression fittings here: embedded&v=-9c5LWFI_M4. Make sure the water supply to the pipe is turned off. Mark the pipe on both sides of the break. Fit the adjustable pipe cutter around the first mark, tighten, and rotate the tool around the pipe three or four times to achieve a smooth, straight cut. Repeat on the other side. You may need to finish the cut with a few swipes of a hacksaw, but the pipe section should detach pretty cleanly. Take the section to the home-improvement store to find the correct replacement pipe and fittings. Use the round wire brush, sandpaper or steel wool to scrub away metal burrs left by the cut and to smooth the pipe ends. Next, test the fittings to make sure both the remaining and replacement pipe will fit. The connections should be pretty tight even without flux and solder. Apply flux to the ends of the pipe using a small brush to spread it evenly, about 1 inch along the pipe. Slide the pipe into the fittings, twisting to spread the flux more, then slide the replacement pipe and fittings into place on the pipe run. Uncoil about 9 inches of solder. Bend the first 2 inches at a 90-degree angle, HOME TIP: which gives you more control. Light the propane torch and briefly heat both sides of the first fitting, about 5 seconds each side, so that the fitting heats Propane torches evenly. To see if the fitting is heated correctly, touch the bent end of the solder should be used to the fitting; if the solder melts, it’s go time. only in well-ventilated Working quickly, insert a half-inch or more of solder into the joint between the areas. Keep flammable tems fitting and the pipe. The heated fitting will melt the solder and draw it into the away from the torch. joint so that just a thin bead is still visible. (This may take a couple of tries if it’s your first time.) Being careful not to burn yourself, use a rag to quickly wipe away excess solder. Complete soldering all the joints and let the pipes cool completely. Then, open the tap on the utility sink and slowly turn on the water supply, monitoring the new section for leaks around the fittings. If a leak is evident you’ll need to disconnect everything and redo it. Send your questions or tips to, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Curbing Hairballs DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My cat, “Chester,” coughs up a big hairball about once every two weeks. Is this unusual? How can I stop it? -- Grossed Out in Chicago DEAR GROSSED OUT: Coughing up the occasional hairball isn’t unusual for most cats, but if it seems to be happening more frequently, getting a professional opinion is important. Schedule a checkup for Chester with his veterinarian, and bring along the next hairball (or two) he coughs up in the meantime. The vet can check for any underlying condition, as well as check the hairball for traces of blood, plants or other items of concern. The vet will make sure Chester’s general health is good for his age (or not), and can offer suggestions and possibly medication to reduce the frequency at which your cat is horking up hairballs. Hairballs are formed due to a cat’s habit of cleaning its fur with its tongue. The rough tongue tends to pick up stray hairs and dander, which the cat swallows. Most of the time, this hair passes through the digestive tract without a problem. But occasionally this does not happen, and the cat regurgitates the hair (and other stuff matted into it). If Chester gets an otherwise clean bill of health, the vet probably will recommend using a hairball preventative. The most common type is a petroleum jelly-based treat that is licked off the end of your finger. Chewable hairball treats also are available; these contain mineral oil and should be given sparingly. “Hairball control” cat foods contain extra fiber (usually cellulose) to help push excess hair through the digestive tract. Send your questions or comments to, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Earl the Pearl I used to take a lot of heat from my friends in 1989. While they were all running about willy-nilly on their mopeds, doing truck grinders on their skateboard (which is, without question, the dumbest trick move in all sports) or stealing squares of linoleum so they could break dance all afternoon, I was huddled away in my basement most nights before dinner. For it was there, on my IBM XT personal computer, that baseball history was made on a nightly basis, thanks to Earl Weaver and Earl Weaver Baseball from EA Sports. Earl Weaver Baseball remains the greatest computer baseball game of all time. The graphics, of course, can’t compare with today’s games, but they were good enough to get the point across. The baseball had a shadow at least. But these were the days of the original Atari 2600 consoles. Handheld games like “Blip” and “LED Football” were only a year or two removed from the game play realm of my childhood. Atari had a gazillion games. Granted, they all revolved around “Pong,” but who’s complaining? Its baseball game was a bit of a dud, though. It was almost impossible NOT to hit a home run, so the scores would end up being something like 80-70. And then there were the kids who had Intellivision. These consoles were typically bought by the rich parents who were too late to the Atari game, so they decided to one-up everybody and move to the next technology. While Intellivision didn’t have the game selection that Atari had and it utilized this wonky, dial-on-a-box type of controller that everyone despised, the games it did have were prized for their graphics. The only game we played in my rich friend’s house was the baseball game. When we played, we’d pretend that the player had a name. Say, Rod Carew. (Seriously, say it ... he could use the shout out.) But there was no difference from one player to the next. Then along came Earl Weaver Baseball and our cerebrums almost imploded. Real lineups, actual stadium dimensions, create your own team across all eras, build your own park! EA Sports, then just a tiny game company, had the insight to marry the designers from the Intellivision game with the most irascible, least likely to lend his name to a computer game in history with Earl Weaver. It was brilliant in that “you’re kidding, right?” way. In the game, the famed Baltimore skipper would offer advice on setting your lineups, fixing your rotation and offer insights, when asked, about the game you were playing. His insight? Do nothing. Do nothing ... all the

“A bunt is the same thing as an out.” “The hit and run is the worst play in baseball.” “Wait for the three-run homer.” This game had a manage-only mode. It encouraged you to do nothing. An action-packed game might consist of me pinch-hitting Pete Rose for Orlando Cepeda in the late innings. But it taught me just about everything I know about baseball, and the more I think about it, life. More on that next week ... Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

SPORTS QUIZ By Chris Richcreek

1. Name the winningest left-handed pitcher in Boston Red Sox history. 2. Who was the manager the only time the Arizona Diamondbacks won 100 games in a season? 3. In 2011, the SEC became the second conference to hold the top three spots in The Associated Press college football poll. What conference was the first? 4. Name the last NBA team before the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2011 draft to have two of the top four overall picks. 5. Wayne Gretzky is the all-time NHL leader in career assists with 1,963. Who is No. 2? 6. In 2012, American Vincent Hancock won his second consecutive Olympic gold medal in skeet shooting. How many other men have won consecutive golds in the event? 7. Who was the youngest player to take part in golf ’s Ryder Cup? Answers 1. Mel Parnell had 123 victories (1947-56). 2. Buck Showalter went 100-62 in 1999. 3. The Big Eight, in 1971 (No. 1 Nebraska, No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Colorado). 4. Houston, in 1983. 5. Ron Francis had 1,249 career assists. 6. Hancock was the first to do it. 7. Sergio Garcia was 19 when he played for Europe in the Ryder Cup in 1999. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Burton: Fresh Start With ‘Gen 6’ Chevy Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, met with the media during a recent test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The following are some of his comments: Q: Talk about the new car, your team and the 2013 season. A: “Obviously, we had some work to do based on our performance last year, and the year before, for that matter. We certainly made a lot of changes from the very top of the company to a lot of positions within individual teams. I feel good about what we have done. I think our preparation, what we have done to be ready before we start building cars is at a different level today than it was last year and even the year before.” Q: Some team is probably going to connect with the Generation 6 car early. What do you think is going to be the magic bullet? Is it going to be somebody with a rear-suspension deal, is it going to be aero? A: “I wish I knew that because then I would be that guy. Honestly, we talk a lot about trick, but I will tell you that I’m not a trick guy. I believe that you have to have an entire package. When you have that entire package, you may kind of find a trick that makes that package better, but that doesn’t necessarily transfer to the team next to you in the garage.” Q: You have talked about your struggles the past year or two and trying to get things straightened out and back on track. Is it a good thing that you guys have a new car, or is that going to be another issue that you guys are going to have to deal with? A: “I think the timing of the car is good for us as a company. I think that by anybody’s measurements, we didn’t have a good year throughout the company last year. We went almost the whole year without winning a race. Kevin (Harvick) won really late in the year. So for us, I think it’s easier when there is a whole new car with a lot of new rules.” (c) 2013 King Features Synd. Inc.

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THE KITCHEN DIVA By Angela Shelf Medearis

My favorite kinds of cookbooks are ones that have been inspired by family recipes. I enjoy reading the stories about the family member that prepared the dishes in the cookbook and trying the recipes that have been passed down from one generation to the next. “Nahima’s Hands: Unique Mediterranean Cuisine” by Andrea Cassell is a loving tribute to her grandmother (Nahima) and her flavorful, Mediterranean recipes. What started out as a granddaughter’s love for her grandmother and a desire for her four children, and subsequent generations, to carry on these cooking traditions is now a moving tribute to family and Mediterranean cuisine. Andrea says that she wants people to read her cookbook and say “this looks easy and I can create this without a lot of work.” She also wants to encourage families to come back to the table. She says that the cookbook is not just about food, but about “our heritage, friends and families coming together through the food we eat.” Andrea’s Syrian grandmother, Nahima (Abouid) Albert, immigrated to the United States shortly after marrying her husband, Antonio in 1926. They owned and operated a corner grocery store in Miami. This is where young Andrea spent her childhood days while her mother and father went to work. It was there at Nahima’s knee that Andrea says she learned about hospitality and cooking. Her grandmother worked all day in the grocery store, and still found the time to cook dinner for her parents to take home. Andrea witnessed her grandmother’s selfless love and compassion daily. She was always in the kitchen helping her grandmother prepare food. Nahima passed away in 2009. She lived to be 101. Her grandmother’s love and talents with food inspired Andrea to create “Nahima’s Hands: Unique Mediterranean Cuisine.” While she includes many of the Mediterranean dishes that she learned from her grandmother in the cookbook, it also contains some of her original recipes that are easy to prepare. The cookbook contains a variety of Mediterranean appetizers, soups and salads, rice and legumes, vegetarian, beef, pork and chicken, slow-cooker recipes, desserts and breads, and many more. Wine pairings are offered for several recipes, making this cookbook a unique family entertainment guide.

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“Sharing the love of cooking with your hands,” is Andrea’s motto. “I hold my grandmother in my hands everyday with my cookbook, so I can never forget her.” You can order Andrea’s cookbook “Nahima’s Hands: Unique Mediterranean Cuisine” for $19.95, plus shipping and handling, at or andrea@ Here is Nahima’s recipe for Tabbouleh, a traditional Middle Eastern salad with fresh herbs and tomatoes. NAHIMA’S WHEAT AND PARSLEY SALAD 3/4 cup (No. 1 fine) bulgur wheat 3/4 cup green onions, root ends removed, white and green parts finely chopped 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped 2 cups fresh, curly parsley, finely chopped 2 medium tomatoes, chopped 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1. In a medium bowl, place the bulgur wheat and cover it with cold water. Let it soak for 20 minutes. Drain excess water, as needed. 2. In another small bowl, mix together onion, mint, parsley, tomatoes, lemon juice, oil, and the salt and pepper. Pour lemon mixture over bulgur wheat. Stir gently to combine. Cover and refrigerate. Serve cold. Serves 6. Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children’s author, culinary historian and author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Her website is To see how-to videos, recipes and much, much more, Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva!, on Facebook and go to Hulu. com. Recipes may not be reprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis

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Special Skillet Steaks If you like Swiss steak, then you will love this ultra-easy way to prepare it. 4 (4-ounce) lean tenderized minute or cube steaks 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 1. In a large skillet sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray, brown steaks for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. 2. In a large bowl, combine mushroom soup, undrained tomatoes and onion. Stir in parsley flakes and black pepper. Spoon mixture evenly over browned steaks. 3. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. When serving, evenly spoon sauce over steaks. Makes 4 servings. ¥ Each serving equals: 222 calories, 6g fat, 29g protein, 13g carb., 520mg sodium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 3 Meat, 1 Vegetable, 1/2 Starch. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Valentine Brownies What’s the secret to a meringue-like, crackly top on your brownies? Beat the eggs with the sugar until they are very pale yellow -- more than tripled in volume. 3/4 cup butter, cut up 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa 1/2 teaspoon salt 6 large eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 13- by 9-inch pan with foil; grease. 2. In 3-quart saucepan, melt butter and chocolates on low, stirring. Remove from heat. 3. In bowl, whisk flour, cocoa and salt. In large bowl, with mixer on high speed, beat eggs until blended. Gradually add sugars; beat 10 minutes or until tripled in volume. 4. Fold in chocolates mixture and vanilla, then flour mixture. Pour into pan. Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out almost clean. Makes 16 brownies. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at (c) 2013 Hearst Communications, Inc.All rights reserved


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: I’ve always really liked Anthony Michael Hall, especially his recent sci-fi series, “Warehouse 13.” However, I do miss seeing him in comedies: His guest-starring turn on “Community” a few seasons back was hilarious. Can you tell me if he’ll be on a comedy soon? -Audrey W., via e-mail : When “Awkward” returns to MTV this summer for its super-size third season, Anthony Michael Hall will join the hit series as a teacher at Jenna’s high school. According to those in the know, Anthony will play a sadistic creative-writing teacher who insists on pushing his students beyond their academic limits. Anthony also co-stars in the feature-film comedy, “Sexy Evil Genius,” along with Michelle Trachtenberg, Seth Green and William Baldwin. *** : While I wasn’t a big fan of the story line Scott Foley had on last season’s “True Blood,” I was excited to see him in my living room again after leaving “Grey’s Anatomy.” What can I see him on next? -- Trudy K., via e-mail : I agree with you, Trudy. Scott Foley is one of those underrated, underutilized actors who we need to see much more of. So, you can imagine my happiness upon discovering that he is set to guest-star on one of my favorite shows, ABC’s “Scandal.” His character is said to be a part of a major story arc that will play out toward the end of the current season. Creator and head writer Shonda Rhimes was eager to work with Scott again after his run on “Grey’s,” so one show’s loss is another’s gain! *** : A while back you wrote that “Unforgettable” had belatedly been renewed for a second season; however, I’ve seen neither hide nor hair of it yet. Please tell me that the suits didn’t change their minds again! -Hilary S., Portland, Maine : Don’t worry, Hilary, the Poppy Montgomery-starring police procedural will indeed have its second season on CBS. And we now have a premiere date, which is


Sunday, July 28 at 9/8c. As I reported previously, season two will comprise 13 episodes, with Dylan Walsh, Jane Curtin and most other cast members returning. *** Readers: A few months ago, I was disheartened to report that AMC had decided not to renew “The Killing” for a third season. In another rare reversal -- along the lines of CBS’s renewal of



Anthony Michael Hall “Unforgettable” -- AMC recently announced that the crime drama WILL be back for a third season. Season three takes place a year after the Rosie Larson case was solved, as Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) searches for a runaway girl and uncovers a string of murders connected to Sarah Linden’s (Mireille Enos) previous murder investigation. Linden, no longer a detective, must return to both a career and a case she had put behind her. All this renewal reversal has given me new hope for ABC’s “GCB” to return, whether with ABC or another network. Let’s make this happen --TNT, I’m lookin’ at you! Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Book Your Summer Vacation Early The earlier you finalize your summer vacation plans, the better chance you have to lock in lower rates and avoid disappointment later. Here are a few ideas of what’s available: Disney World ( Enjoy a four-day, three-night stay with the 2013 Magic Your Way Package for $1,505 for a family of four -- two adults, one junior (age 10-17) and one child (age 3-9). You’ll stay in one of the value resorts and have tickets to one of the four theme parks every day. Be aware of what is not included: the water park, children’s centers, meals, Cirque du Soleil, select tours and access to the golf course. Those cost more, although you will be given discounts to the spa, children’s center, fishing excursion and more. Only certain dates apply, so book early. Club Med ( -- Starting in May 2013, children under age 4 can go for free. Book quickly and you can have a seven-night, all-inclusive vacation for $699 per person. “Allinclusive” means nearly everything is included: accommodations, meals, snacks and activities. The available period is from Aug. 24 to April 27, 2014, at resorts in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean. Club Med membership fees of $60 per adult and $30 per child are additional. For more information, call 1-888-932-2582 or talk to your travel agent. The National Park Service (


manages parks all over the country. Whether you prefer the mountains, seashore or places in between, the national parks have a lot to offer. At the website you can search by state or features of interest. As an example, if you enter “cabins” in the search box, you’ll be shown a list of all the parks with a variety of cabins to rent, ranging from those which are designated as historical landmarks and built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, to those that are fully modern with electricity, hot water and central air conditioning. Search by state, and you’ll see a list of all parks in the state, further searchable by areas of interest. Click each dot on the map and you’ll be shown information on individual locations. You’ll be directed to to make online reservations. Specify your location and dates, and you’ll be shown the availability. The longer you want to reserve a space, the more flexible you’ll need to be with your travel dates.

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• To store asparagus, trim off the ends and wrap the spears in a few paper towels that you have dampened. Keep it in the fridge for two days max. This will keep it very fresh and tasty. • “To stretch your food dollar -- especially now that the weather is colder, and soups and stews are daily fare -- substitute peas, beans and lentils for meats whenever possible. Not only will this semi-vegetarian diet keep your food dollars down, it will make you healthier, and it’s a more ecofriendly diet.” -- K.F. in Connecticut • If you add dried fruit or raisins to your batter for cakes or muffins, roll them or shake them in flour first. This will prevent them from sinking down to the bottom of the pan. • Bathroom fan reminder: When you leave your bathroom fan running excessively, you are pumping heat out of your house. Set a

timer for 10 minutes maximum, and then turn it off. • “Old pantyhose can be washed and cut up to use as stuffing for a toy. The same is true for other lightweight materials. This can be a good way to get one more use out of something rather than putting it in the trash bin.” -- P.L. in Pennsylvania • If your bathtub has a grainy or rough texture, try soaking the bath in vinegar, either by adding a large bottle to some water and plugging it up, or by laying down a towel and soaking it in vinegar. Scrub and remove. Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. GEOGRAPHY: The island state of Bahrain lies in what body of water? 2. HISTORY: In what year did Germany invade Poland? 3. CARTOONS: What is the name of Donald DuckÕs girlfriend? 4. NATURAL WORLD: What part of the cotton plant is known as the ÒbollÓ? 5. MOVIES: Which actor produced and starred in ÒBonnie and ClydeÓ? 6. MYTHOLOGY: In Greek mythology, which god is associated with winged sandals? 7. MILITARY: In Great Britain, what is the Victoria Cross awarded for? 8. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a group of porcupines called? 9. ENTERTAINERS: What famous singer/ songwriter was born with the name Stevland Judkins? 10. MUSIC: According to the song, where does Johnny B. Goode live? Answers 1. Persian Gulf 2. 1939 3. Daisy 4. Seed pod 5. Warren Beatty 6. Hermes, messenger of the gods 7. Valor in the face of the enemy 8. A prickle 9. Stevie Wonder 10. Louisiana (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Issue 11  

Issue, 11, Tidbits of the Foothills, The Neatest Little Paper Ever Read.