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by Blue Sullivan America is a culture that loves good food. The proliferation of successful cooking shows on TV like “Master Chef” and “Chopped” has given rise to the “celebrity chef.” Yet perhaps the most beloved chef since the advent of television isn’t on TV anymore. That’s Julia Child. • She was born in 1912 in Pasadena, California. Her father John was a graduate of Princeton and a California real estate investor, and her mother, also named Julia, was a paper-company heiress. • In her youth, Child attended the elite Katherine Branson School for Girls in San Francisco. She was the tallest student in her class at 6 feet, 2 inches. • At school, Child was known as a high-spirited girl who loved playing pranks. She was also an accomplished athlete, especially skilled at golf and tennis. • Child attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her intended career had little to do with cooking. She wanted to be a writer instead. Turn To Page 3 For More!

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Lime Chicken with Honeydew-Peach Salsa This five-ingredient chicken dish showcases the bright flavors of fresh basil, juicy ripe peaches and honeydew melon. Serve with brown rice for a heart-healthy meal. 1 lime 2 cups (1/4-inch dice) honeydew melon 1 large, ripe peach, pitted and cut into 1/4-inch dice 1/2 cup (loosely packed) fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 4 medium skinless, boneless chicken-breast halves 1. Prepare outdoor grill for covered direct grilling over medium heat. 2. From lime, grate 1 1/2 teaspoons peel and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice. In medium bowl, stir together lime juice, diced melon, diced peach, chopped basil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Makes 4 cups salsa. 3. Place chicken on plate. Sprinkle chicken on both sides with lime peel, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. 4. Place chicken on hot grill rack. Cover grill and cook chicken 10 to 12 minutes or until juices run clear when thickest part of breast is pierced with tip of knife, turning over once. Arrange chicken on platter and serve with salsa. Serves 4. „ Each serving: About 285 calories, 4g total fat (1g saturated), 90mg cholesterol, 525mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate, 4g dietary fiber, 35g protein. “Pre-frail” seniors have two of the above five. The frailest seniors had the lowest amount of vitamin D in their blood. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force found “strong evidence” that seniors need both vitamin D and regular exercise to prevent fractures from falls. So how do we get vitamin D? Ideally we get it from our diet (though there’s not much in our food) and sunshine. But many of us live in areas where it’s too cold to continue walking outside when winter comes. That’s where vitamin D supplements come in. Ask your doctor if you need a test to determine your vitamin D levels. Ask, too, whether you are in a high-risk group and perhaps need to have your balance, gait and vision assessed. Getting more vitamin D could be as simple as adding certain types of fish to your diet and taking calcium and vitamin D supplements. Don’t try this on your own because your personal dose will vary. Ask your doctor first.

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For Any and All Distribution Needs or Questions Please Call (251) 229-4519 • August 15, 2012 • “ There were some famous women novelists in those days,” Child said, “and I intended to be one.” Alas, though she wrote often and submitted manuscripts regularly to the New Yorker, none were ever published. • After graduating, Child tried her hand at advertising while working for a successful home furnishings company. It didn’t last long, as Child was promptly fired for “gross insubordination.” • When World War II broke out, Child volunteered for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Washington, D.C. She performed assignments all over the world, including stays in China and Sri Lanka. • While in Sri Lanka in 1945, Child began seeing her future husband, Paul, a fellow employee of the OSS. Child and Paul married after the war in September of 1946. • Paul and Child moved to France in 1948, when Paul was assigned to work at the American Embassy in Paris. It was there that Child’s love for cooking came into full bloom. She was quoted as saying, “The whole experience was an opening up of the soul and spirit for me . . . I was hooked, and for life, as it turned out.” • In Paris, Child enrolled in the world-renowned “Le Cordon Bleu” cooking school. After six months of training, she chose to open her own school with two fellow classmates. • They named the school “L’Ecole de Trois Gourmandes,” which translates to “The School of the Three Gourmands.” • Child and the other two founders of the school set out to create a cookbook of French cuisine that might be understood and employed by regular folk. • The two-volume cookbook was released in 1961, entitled “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” The book was incredibly successful, remaining the bestselling cookbook for over five years. • The book has since become a favored teaching tool at cooking schools throughout the world. Yet there was a time when it looked like it might never be published at all. • The writing of the book was a grueling and frustrating 10-year process for Child and her collaborators. She would spend months trying to perfect recipes for just a single ingredient. She wrote to her principal collaborator, Simca Beck, during her frustration: “I’ve just poached two more eggs and thrown them down the toilet.” • The initial draft of the book was turned down by the first publisher, as were many subsequent drafts. Only after offering it to a different publisher, Alfred Knopf, was it picked up for publication. • Child’s first television appearance was on a humble Boston public television station in 1962. She cooked

an omelet on air. After a surprisingly positive and vocal response, she was invited to do a series. Her initial pay was about $50 a show. • Child’s show, “The French Chef,” grew quickly beyond those humble beginnings. Soon after its initial airings, the show was syndicated to 96 stations. The show was both a commercial and a critical hit. In 1964, Child was presented with the George Foster Peabody Award for her work on the show. Two years later, she was given an Emmy Award as well. • “ The French Chef” was produced and directed by Russ Morash. It ran for 199 episodes between 1963 and 1966. • “ The French Chef” was just one of many shows Child appeared on during her long career. Other programs included “Julia Child and Company,” “Julia Child and More Company” and “Dinner at Julia’s.” She was also a regular guest on “Good Morning, America.” • Child wrote many other cookbooks after her initial success. Among these were “In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs,” “Baking with Julia,” “Julia’s Delicious Little Dinners” and “Julia’s Casual Dinners.” Many of these were accompanied by their own TV specials. • Julia Child died on August 13, 2004. She was just two days shy of her 92nd birthday. She was remembered by her family and friends as a person of great generosity who loved to teach others. Though she once mourned her “lack of talent,” Child left an indelible legacy in the kitchens of people around the world. • In addition to inspiring both the book and film, “Julie and Julia,” Child’s life inspired an exhibit entitled “Julia Child’s Kitchen” to be installed at the National Museum of American History. • The installation is 20 feet by 14 feet. These were the dimensions of Child’s kitchen in Massachusetts. Though the walls and floor were created for the exhibit, everything else found there is from Child’s own former kitchen. The arrangement of everything found inside was assembled exactly to replicate Child’s original workspace. • There are over 1,200 individual pieces from Child in the exhibit, including equipment housed in the cabinets and drawers. These objects are not visible to the general public, but hundreds of others still are.

Simple Summer Entertaining “How about blueberry muffins and a cup of coffee tomorrow morning here at my house? This might be a good opportunity to get together for a ‘mom chat’ before summer winds down,” emailed my friend Carol. How could I refuse such a perfect excuse to put my “to-do” list aside and just hang out in her charming home? Plus, I can always use an extra dose of “mom” time. Our conversation on that recent rainy morning was brightened by votive candlelight and a lively conversation about our latest crowd-pleasing ideas for entertaining at picnics, birthday parties and backyard barbecues. Here are some of our style-on-a-shoestring favorites: Table Decor Bring blooming flowerpots inside from your yard or deck for an instant, fresh centerpiece. Or, let your kids pick little bunches of herbs from your garden, such as parsley, oregano, dill and thyme. Tuck them in mini vases or small jars lined up in the middle of the table. Name them as the kids arrange them. Corn on the Grill Have more than a kernel of fun when you grill ears of freshly picked corn for a slightly smoky taste. We like to soak ours in a tub of water for a half-hour, husk and all, before we put them on the barbecue. Protect your hands with potholders when you peel away the charred husks before serving the corn.


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Simple Dessert Several hours before a gathering, scoop your favorite flavors of ice cream into ball shapes and set in 8-inchby-8-inch aluminum cake pans. Set them in your freezer until serving time. Use tongs to place them in a big serving bowl on a table set with a sundae bar of sauces and toppings such as mini chocolate chips, candy sprinkles, chopped peanuts and shredded coconut. Make a Travel Book a Guest Book It can be hard to say goodbye to guests you see only occasionally. Preserve the memory of their stay when you ask them to sign your guestbook. Make it easy to trigger thoughts by using a coffee-table style photo travel book of your area as the guestbook. They can find a landmark or place of interest they toured and jot down a line or two on the page by a photo. It might read, “We’ll never forget our 30-mile bike ride and the fish tacos we ate at sunset by Lake Calhoun.” Extra Idea: If you are hosting a party for a neighborhood family moving away, encourage guests to sign a photo travel book of your town as a personalized “send-off.”


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Page 4 For Your Sales & Marketing Needs Call Tidbits® of Baldwin County (251) 229-4519 • August 15, 2012 Plumbing Tool Kit for an Apartment Q: I’m moving into my first apartment, and my dad said that I should have some basic tools around for plumbing problems to keep damage from happening while we’re waiting for the repairman. What are the best tools to have to take care of plumbing emergencies? -- Tamara in Tuscon, Ariz. A: The most indispensible tool in the apartment plumbing toolbox is, in my experience, the plunger. This inexpensive piece of equipment can stop toilets from overflowing and unblock sinks and shower drains without doing damage to the pipes. When choosing a plunger, go for a basic “force cup” model (this is the classic plunger with a simple bell), which works best on sinks and drains. If you want something a little more powerful for toilet clogs, pick up a second plunger with a center cone, which can increase the vacuum when plunging toilets. These don’t fit sink drains very well, though. It’s also good to keep a few more tools around for other plumbing-related work. While many apartment management companies will provide more than emergency repair -- they’ll also install the shower head you want, or help with minor repairs like dripping faucets -- some landlords don’t provide more than emergency service. So add these to your plumbing toolkit: --An adjustable wrench and/or channel-locking pliers, which can fit varying widths of pipe. --Flat-head and Phillips-head screwdrivers. --An “offset” screwdriver to help you reach screws at weird angles. --Spare washers, o-rings and screws. --Electrician’s or duct tape, and plastic or rubber sheeting that can be cut to size and wrapped around a leaky pipe for a temporary repair while waiting for the handyman. --Teflon pipe tape, used to seal pipe threads. If you’re interested or have permission to make more heavy-duty adjustments or repairs, adding a couple of sizes of pipe wrenches to the toolkit is helpful, as is purchasing a valve-seating tool, which cleans valve seats of sink faucets (a handy tool when fixing a leaky faucet). HOME TIP: Group your plumbing repair tools in a separate box from standard home repair tools so that you’ll be able to grab everything you need without sorting through all your tools.

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Veterans in very rural areas have had little opportunity to arrange for burial in a national or state veterans cemetery. The Department of Veterans Affairs operates 131 national cemeteries, but they’re in areas of high population. Current requirements say that there must be 80,000 veterans living within 75 miles for a cemetery to come under the auspices of the National Cemetery System. Now, because of the Rural Initiative, eight areas will have local cemeteries established as National Veterans Burial Grounds. The new requirements are that there are no more than 25,000 veterans within 75 miles and that they have no reasonable access to a national or state veterans cemetery. The eight new locations are Fargo, N.D.; Rhinelander, Wis.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Laurel, Mont.; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Cedar City, Utah; Calais, Maine; and Elko, Nev. This opens up burial options for 136,000 veterans and their eligible dependents. The new designations means that a portion, three to five acres, of existing local cemeteries will come under the care of the National Cemetery System and be brought up to the national shrine standards of the larger cemeteries. Besides making it easier on families to have a local cemetery, there are additional benefits to burial in a National Cemetery, no matter its size: The headstone, marker and burial plot are free. Eligibility requirements for burial in a National Veterans Cemetery are lengthy and complicated, but at the top of the list are: Discharge under conditions other than dishonorable, or a service member who dies while on active duty. The specifics can be found at the VA’s National Cemetery site []. To ascertain eligibility for burial in a National Cemetery, call the scheduling office at 1-800-535-1117. If you’d like to explore having a National Veterans Burial Ground at a cemetery in your area, start by contacting your U.S representative and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s office.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) This week could offer more opportunities for ambitious Lambs eager to get ahead. But don’t rush into making decisions until you’ve checked for possible hidden problems. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Some light begins to shine on professional and/or personal situations that have long eluded explanation. Best advice: Don’t rush things. All will be made clear in time. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Although you might want to protest what seems to be an unfair situation, it’s best to keep your tongue and temper in check for now. The full story hasn’t yet come out. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Work prospects are back on track. But watch what you say. A thoughtless comment to the wrong person -- even if it’s said in jest -- could delay or even derail your progress. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A colleague might try to goad you into saying or doing the wrong thing. It’s best to ignore the troublemaker, even if he or she riles your royal self. Your supporters stand with you. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Be careful not to let your on-the-job zealousness create resentment with co-workers who might feel you shut them out. Prove them wrong by including them in your project. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Although it’s not quite what you hoped for, use your good business sense to make the most of what you’re being offered at this time. Things will improve down the line. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A more positive picture of what lies ahead is beginning to take shape. But there are still too many gaps that need to be filled in before you make definitive plans. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Continue to keep a tight hold on the reins so that you don’t charge willy-nilly into a situation that might appear attractive on the surface but lack substance. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You still need to demand those answers to your questions. Remember, your wise counseling earns you respect, but it’s your search for truth that gives you wisdom. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You’ll find that people are happy to help you deal with some difficult situations. And, of course, knowing you, you’ll be happy to return those favors anytime. Won’t you? PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Give that special someone in your personal life a large, loving dollop of reassurance. That will go a long way toward restoring the well-being of your ailing relationship. BORN THIS WEEK: You are a delightful paradox. You like things neat and tidy. But you’re also a wonderful host who can throw a really great party.

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Certified Appraiser, James Mitchell Owner, Henry Skinner Olympics Are No Joke Last week, I wrote that the Olympic Games were a joke. I retract that statement. They’re serious business in several ways. Plenty of people -- agents, Olympic committees and, in some cases, even the players -- make money during the games either directly (the U.S.A. basketball team), indirectly (medal-winner endorsements) or through pot brownie bake sales for the American judo team. The games also lead to various infrastructure improvements and leave lasting legacy sites, such as the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. It is that place in particular that will leave a lasting impression in mind, for I was in the Centennial Olympic Park the night the park was bombed. The games for me, ironically, started with me being in the right place at the right time. I had recently moved to Atlanta and secured a job at the tech company tasked with providing the technology at the Olympics. A colleague scored a gig at the games, and I rode in on his coattails, hosting the “Surf Shack” inside the Olympic Village. Next to the Surf Shack were a laser-tag tent and the Village arcade. Every day I’d sneak out of the shack and do battle with the world’s greatest athletes inside both venues. The usual warlike countries excelled in laser-tag battles, but at the air-hockey ta-


ble? That was reserved for a country all to its own: New Jersey. For it was there that I reigned supreme, to the supreme annoyance of the world’s best athletes. My relentless, bank shot-laden assault backed with boardwalk-honed smack talk proved to be unbeatable ... that was, until I played the Australian swim team. My seashore smack was tolerated by, say, the Ukrainians or Moldavians, who hadn’t a clue what I was saying, but the Aussies, they spoke the language. Also, they were huge and they were there to win real Olympic gold medals. So, rather than crush me like a bug, they complained, and the Atlanta Committee of the Olympic Games decided to ban all non-athletes from the arcade. After arguing with American swimmer Jenny Thompson about Surf Shack rules (she didn’t like that we didn’t adhere to Stanford’s rules of emailers first), I took my lanyard to the Centennial Park that evening and met with an old girlfriend at the beer tent. We watched a country-fried band playing on the main stage, but decided we didn’t want to stay for “Jack Mack and the Heart Attack.” The night lasted until the early morning in an era just on the cusp of rampant cellphone usage, so I didn’t know that the park was bombed and that we had been sitting squarely within range of the blast. Suddenly, air hockey didn’t seem so important anymore, and as the athletes and citizens at the games came together in ways hard to describe if you weren’t there, I realized the games weren’t a joke at all.

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1. LANGUAGE: In English slang, what is a jumper? 2. LITERATURE: What author used the pen name Ellis Bell? 3. SUPERHEROES: Who was the Green Hornet’s sidekick? 4. GEOGRAPHY: What is the capital of Laos? 5. MUSIC: The film “Rhapsody in Blue” was a biographical movie about what composer? 6. MOVIES: Who wrote the music score to the movie “Jaws”? 7. AD SLOGANS: “You can trust your car to the man who wears the star” was an advertising slogan of what company?

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Making Golf Club Selection Less than Painful By Carl Hoffman

Golf is a sport that is played by millions the world over, and has been around for several centuries. However, it is said that few truly understand the sport and know what makes the game run like it does.

If you are in the market for clubs, you need to remember that while many people will offer their opinions, many of them have about as much a grasp on the sport as you do. You will be faced with many different choices when finding golf clubs, and you will have to do the best you can to make the choices that will benefit your game in the long term. This is certainly a daunting task, and may lead to quite a few stressful visits to the club shop in search of the clubs that are perfect for you. Read on to find out about some of the ways you can ease the pain of choosing golf clubs, and how you can do it without too much trouble. If you are looking to spend money on golf clubs of your own, you obviously have some experience with the sport previously. Consider the clubs you have been using prior to this. Have they been working well for you, or do you have problems? Before picking new golf clubs, you should write down a little table of the old golf clubs. Write down the things you like, and the things you don’t like. If there are enough things you like, you may decide that you don’t need new clubs after all and that you are perfectly content with your current ones. Either way, the list should give you an idea of what you should look for in your new clubs. 

 Try to find new clubs that retain all of the things that you appreciate and have grown accustomed to, while fixing the things that you don’t like. 

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Have an expert golfer decide for you whether the lengths of your current clubs are proper for your playing. Playing with clubs that are too long or too short can have a surprisingly large effect on your game, and if you have been playing with the wrong length then you will be amazed at what switching to the right length can do. 


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Have a seasoned golfer friend study your swinging position closely, and decide whether the length of your golf club appears to be a proper fit. Getting advice like this is very important for the process of buying your golf clubs, and will shave countless hours off of the amount of testing or research that you have to do. You may even use the help of internet forums or message boards to tell you what you need to hear. Their combined expertise will be very useful. 

 The club store itself is an indispensable resource when deciding what golf clubs are best for you. Since they have every single new model of golf club, you can hardly go wrong with a visit to the store. Walk around inside of the store and try out all of the latest models or the ones that you are considering buying. 

 Many stores will give you the chance to try out the club that you are looking at, and maybe even take it out to the course (or a smaller, contained course). Usually this will be the last step of the process before you purchase the club, and will give you the final chance to make sure that the club is really for you. If it’s possible to go on and try out a large number of clubs, this is an even better way to find the one that really hits your sweet spot. 

 No matter how you choose your golf clubs, you should not take the process lightly. A good set of golf clubs is going to cost a fairly large amount of money, so consider carefully all of the things that you want from golf clubs. By taking into account many different factors, you can make sure that your money is well spent.

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1. Who was the last Houston Astro to be named N.L. Rookie of the Year? 2. Dick Williams was one of two managers to take three different franchises to the World Series. Who is the other? 3. In 1968 and in 1969, a University of Southern Cal player was taken No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft. Name the two players. 4. In 2009-10, Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani became the second 7-footer to have more than 100 blocked shots and 100 3-pointers in a season. Who was the first? 5. Who holds the record for most career regular-season OT goals in NHL history? 6. At which Olympic Games did GrecoRoman wrestler Rulon Gardner end Aleksandr Karelin’s 13-year winning streak? 7. Who was the last male amateur to lead after a round of a golf major before Tom Lewis did it at the British Open in 2011?

¥ On Aug. 28, 1774, Elizabeth Ann Bayley is born in New York City. She went on to found the first Catholic school and the first female apostolic community in the United States. She also was the first American-born saint beatified by the Roman Catholic Church. ¥ On Sept. 1, 1850, circus entrepreneur P.T. Barnum brings to the United States Jenny Lind, the greatest opera performer in the world in the mid-19th century. Lind -“The Swedish Nightingale” -- was a sensation. Her tour is believed to have netted Barnum close to a half-million dollars, an astonishing sum in 1850. ¥ On Aug. 27, 1883, the most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history occurs on Krakatau (also called Krakatoa), a small island located in Indonesia. Heard 3,000 miles away, the explosions threw 5 cubic miles of earth 50 miles into the air and created 120-foot tsunamis. ¥ On Aug. 29, 1942, the Red Cross reveals that Japan has refused free passage of ships carrying food, medicine and other necessities for American POWs held by Japan. Japan allowed just one-tenth of what POWs elsewhere received to reach prisoners in their territories. ¥ On Aug. 31, 1959, Brooklyn Dodgers left-hander Sandy Koufax strikes out 18 batters, setting a new National League record for most strikeouts in a single game. Koufax retired after the 1966 season at just 30 years old because of arthritis in his elbow. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972. ¥ On Aug. 30, 1967, Thurgood Marshall becomes the first black American to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. He would remain on the Supreme Court for 24 years before retiring for health reasons, leaving a legacy of upholding the rights of the individual. ¥ On Sept. 2, 1987, the trial of Mathias Rust, the 19-yearold German pilot who flew his Cessna plane into Red Square in May 1987, begins in Moscow. Rust had become an international celebrity after he flew completely undetected through Soviet airspace. At his trial, Rust claimed he was merely trying to promote world peace.

1. Jeff Bagwell, in 1991. 2. Bill McKechnie (Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Cincinnati). 3. Ron Yary in 1968 (Minnesota) and O.J. Simpson in 1969 (Buffalo). 4. Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki did it in the 2000-01 season. 5. Jaromir Jagr, with 16. 6. It was the 2000 Summer Olympics. 7. Mike Reid, in the 1976 U.S. Open. Answers

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Weekly Pest Series

courtesy of Tina Franc

EARWIGS Yes, those bugs with back pincers have a strange name. FYI, they don’t crawl in ears and eat brains! In fact, they are a generally beneficial insect. Managing their population and keeping them out of our homes is the main objective. They breed outside in warm, moist soil or plant debris (mulch); diet includes insects (aphids, mites, fleas and eggs), plants, mosses and algaes. They are most active at night and hide during the day. This wet weather is driving more of them indoors. Inspect your home, sealing cracks and crevices. Clean out debris filled gutters. Point sprinkler heads away from structures or better yet, turn them off as we have had more than enough rain water this summer. Clear mulch away from outside foundation walls. You want a nice, dry barrier to protect the home. Apply products as follows: Dust weep holes, cracks or crevices around outside of home Treat a 4-6’ perimeter using handheld or hose end sprayers

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Granules should be broadcast over several feet from home using a spreader. Inside needs treating only if problem is unacceptable. Otherwise you can vacuum them up or use a tissue to toss them out. There are plenty of FDA approved products labeled for earwig control, diatomaceous earth dust and many granules are Eco friendly.These can be found at Household’s Do It Yourself Store. *** Follow directions carefully when using any pest products. ***

Wolf Bay is the destination for your perfect coastal getaway, as the only waterfront condo in Foley. Allow us the opportunity to host your business function, family reunion, church retreat or special celebration. Our property offers a serene setting for your next golf outing, girls’ getaway or guy’s fishing trip. Among our amenities, Wolf Bay features 3 piers for docking boats, fishing and catching crabs, outdoor pool, clubroom with fitness equipment and pool table. We also have canoes, kayaks, bass skiffs and bicycles on site for rental. Every unit has 300 sf balconies to take in the spectacular sunrise and relax while watching for birds and dolphins. We invite you to visit Wolf Bay for a beautiful, memorable Gulf Coast experience … close to everything, yet worlds apart! Daily, Weekly & Monthly Rentals!

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The Baldwin Business Council is comprised of business Owners and professionals serving the residents of Baldwin County and points beyond. Look to us to find a professional to solve your household and business needs so you can get back to the good things in life. The Baldwin Business Council meets every Wednesday at 8:00am at the Lake Forest Yacht Club. Join us and grow your business one referral at a time!

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