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• The Republic of Ireland is an independent country made up of 26 counties and occupies most of the island of Ireland. Northern Ireland is a country comprised of six northern counties that remains part of the United Kingdom. The capital city of the Republic of Ireland is Dublin. Belfast is the capital of the northern region. The entire island is slightly larger than the state of West Virginia. Ireland is the third largest island in Europe and the 26th largest island in the world.


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HALLOWEEN (from page one) Candles were lit and treats were left at the side of the road to assist their departed loved ones on their journeys. This harvest celebration was called Samhain (pronounced “sow-ween”), which meant “summer’s end.” It was truly a time of magic and superstition. • As time went by and Christianity spread throughout Europe, customs evolved, and people in Ireland and other European countries developed their own unique ways of celebrating the end of summer and preparing for winter. Many old traditions focused on matchmaking techniques that were believed to assist eligible bachelors and bachelorettes.

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“Jack of the Lantern”, later shortened to Jackbed on Halloween night. It was thought that the waited for them to sit down, She O-Lantern. young woman who did this would dream of her then began. “Question One: future mate. Some may consider it alarmingly and • As an alternative to celebrating ghoulish flat?” the car prophetic that the magical meal consisted Which churches Christian manywas goblins, andon ghoststire primarily of nuts. today choose instead to observe Halloween by inviting church members and the public to an • A somewhat precarious practice was to walk annual “Harvest Festival” event. Families can backwards down the staircase to the darkened their children for an evening of fun rides, bring basement of a house while holding a mirror and supervised games and candy hunts. Usually following the reflected image. At the bottom of on secured church grounds, parents can held the stairs the likeness of their future husband or keep a watchful eye as the costumed kids wife was supposed to appear in the mirror. run excitedly from one attraction to the next, leave with their bags fully loaded with and The word Halloween can be traced back to Kara by goodies.Kovalchik & Sandy Wood the 16th century Scottish “All-Hallows-Even”,


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IRELAND (from page 2) Swift, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. • Ireland is currently the world’s largest exporter of software. That is largely because it’s the place where big American technology companies such as Microsoft and IBM send their software to be routed and exported to the rest of Europe and the Middle East.

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• One is able to learn a lot about the culture of a people by reading their literature. The following is a random collection of old Irish sayings and proverbs that give much insight into the humor, wisdom and heritage of the Irish men and women of today:

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THE FARMER’S FRIEND Next time you’re driving on a country road, you may notice a raggety-looking figure standing in a farmer’s field with arms outstretched. If you have kids riding along, you’ll probably have to explain that it’s a scarecrow. It’s certainly not a new invention, but did you know that scarecrows have been used as a protection tactic by farmers for thousands of years? • Ever since people began planting crops in fields they have had to deal with the flocks of marauding birds that always arrive in great numbers to feast on the seeds and plants. Since the crops of those days were needed to feed the farmer’s family, the invading birds were much more than a mere nuisance. If they weren’t driven off they could destroy an entire planting of food needed to sustain the family through the cold and harsh winters. A device of some sort was needed to stand guard and keep the birds away. • In ancient Greece, farmers carved scarecrows out of wood. They made these figures to resemble Priapus, who according to Greek myth, was the son of their god Dionysus and his wife, Aphrodite. It was said that Priapus was very ugly, so ugly in fact, that when the boy played in the vineyards, the birds would flee. This left the grapes on the vines unharmed and assured a good harvest. The Greeks took it one step further and painted the statues of the unfortunate lad the color purple and placed a club in one hand to make him look menacing.

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Store Brands Often As Good or Better Than Name Brands If indeed confession is good for the soul, I’m about to be cleansed: I am prejudiced against supermarket store brands. I blame this condition solely on slick marketing, ® the kind that so subtly convinces consumers that for food items to be fresh and tasty, they need to be name brands. They by Mary Huntlead you to assume that if an item carries the store’s private label, it’s just a couple of notches above garbage, with the distinct likelihood that the packaging will be tastier than what’s inside. I am also happy to tell you that over the years, I have undergone a fairly remarkable conversion for two reasons: 1) I decided to actually taste store-brand items instead of assuming the worst, and 2) supermarkets have greatly expanded and improved their privately labeled repertoires. Now, it’s one thing to discover a store brand that’s reasonably comparable to its name-brand competitors, but when I find a store brand that’s superior and also cheaper, that’s definitely something worth sharing. Take cottage cheese. I totally love the stuff and consider myself pretty much a cottage cheese snob. No one was more surprised than I to discover


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amusing to see Fido tanked on booze or bouncing off the walls on a caffeine buzz, neither is good for his health. -- Xylitol: Ingestion of this sugar substitute (found in certain kinds of chewing gum, candy, chewable vitamins and baked goods) can lead to permanent Dr. David Lipschitz brain damage, liver failure and even death in dogs. In the garage and around street curbs, leaking anti-freeze is a serious hazard. Anti-freeze tastes sweet, so it’s tempting. But lapping at anti-freeze can induce kidney failure and lead to death -- often very quickly. What about plants? According to the ASPCA, “Common houseplants were the subject of 7,858 calls to APCC (Animal Poison Control Center) in 2009.” The plants the ASPCA suggests dog owners Last year, the U.S. Preventive Service Task beware of are: azalea, rhododendron, sago palm, Force released several new recommendations lilies, kalanchoe and schefflera. Considering we’re for mammograms, igniting a passionate national approaching the holiday season, add holly, poinsettia debate on the risk and benefit of this treatment. and mistletoe to that list. A panel of medical experts analyzed the data As always, keep human medications safely stored on mammograms and, based on their findings, in medicine cabinets. And find a safe, out-of-reach recommended that mammograms be done less place for the storage of veterinary medication, as frequently for women at low risk of breast cancer. well. They advised that there was no evidence of benefit If you know or even suspect your dog has ingested for women over age 75, and that most women or otherwise been exposed to anything on this list should have their first mammogram at age 50 -- or anything you are not 100 percent sure is safe rather than age 40. -- contact your veterinarian or the 24-hour Animal Many saw this as a personal attack against Poison Control Center hotline (888-426-4435) one of the holy grails of breast cancer prevention immediately. Don’t wait. When combating toxicity, and, sadly, the argument was never truly resolved. Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 early detection and proper treatment yield the best However, more information recently published Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the books, “Breaking outcome. Please review carefully. Double check:  Phone Number(s)  Spelling  Prices  Hours in the New England Journal of Medicine further the Rules of Aging” and “Dr. David’s First Health Book of Woof! casts doubt on the benefits of population-wide More Not Less.” To find out more about Dr. David Lipschitz

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30, 2009. That’s why you always read and hear about Social Security COLA announcements in October of each year. If you want to learn more about the CPI-W and what it measures, go to BLS stands for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a branch of the labor department. A year ago, I wrote the following in one of my columns: “A cost of living raise has been automatically added to Social Security checks every year since 1972. And that’s because we’ve had some degree of inflation every year since 1972. But for the first time in decades, we’ve actually experienced a year with no inflation. So the government has announced there will be no COLA increases added to Social Security benefits in 2010.” Ad Proof: Well, now it looks like we can ditto that Joseph Kretchet for 2011. Because the Department of Labor could BusinessnoCard, B&W, 6 week measure inflation for those “urbanrate wage earners and clerical workers” between October 2009 and Sept. 19 - Oct. 24 (Vol. 6: #39 - #44) September 2010, by law, there can be no Social Security increase next year. Corrections dueon! by:I 4wonder pm, Fri., But hold if 9/10/10 members of Congress will stumble over themselves to pass some kind of token one-time payment for Social Security beneficiaries. I assure you there will be lots of political pressure to do so. I feel just a small dose of that


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pressure this time each year when my e-mail inbox overflows with angry letters from senior citizens. And almost all the e-mails have essentially the same message: “I think we deserve more money!” And here’s an interesting sidelight to that phenomenon: I get those messages even in years when Social Security recipients receive generous COLAs. I remember back in the late 70s and early 80s, when seniors were getting annual COLAs in the 10 percent and higher range, I still got lots of mail from ticked-off seniors who said it wasn’t enough. So you can imagine what my mail (let alone Congress’s mail) looks like when there is no COLA! And what does Congress do when senior citizens bark? They frequently jump! Here’s an example that shows just how high (or is it low?) they can go. When the automatic COLA law was originally passed in 1972, it included a provision that said COLAs would not be granted if the annual inflation rate was less than 3 percent. At the time, inflation rates were running near double digits, so that seemed like a reasonable provision that would never need to be implemented. But a little more than a decade later, the country was in a period of sustained low inflation. And sure enough, in 1986, the CPI-W rate fell below 3 percent for the first time. So, Congress (and bear in mind, it was a conservative Congress) quickly passed a law that granted annual COLAs to Social Security recipients no matter how low the inflation rate might be. But even that generous law didn’t take into account what would happen if we had no measurable inflation. Assuming the country swings conservative in the upcoming midterm elections, I think this will be one of the first tests of their fiscal responsibility. Will they toe the line and say no to grandmas everywhere who will be demanding higher Social Security checks? Or will they wilt under pressure like a tea bag soaked in hot water? If you have a Social Security question, Tom Margenau has the answer. Contact him at thomas.margenau@comcast. net. To find out more about Tom Margenau and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM.

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• On Oct. 29, 1971, guitarist Duane Allman, leader of the Allman Brothers Band, is killed when he loses control of his motorcycle and drives into the side of a flatbed truck in Macon, Ga. One year later, the band’s bassist died in a very similar accident just a few blocks away. • On Oct. 26, 1984, at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif., Dr. Leonard L. Bailey performs the first baboon-to-human heart transplant, replacing a 14-day-old infant girl’s defective heart with the healthy heart of a young 30 1 baboon. The infant, “Baby Fae,” survived the operation, but died of heart failure after 20 days. • On Oct. 30, 1991, the so-called perfect storm hits the North Atlantic. The fishing boat Andrea Gail and its six-member crew were lost in the storm. The disaster spawned the best-selling book “The Perfect Storm” by Sebastian Junger and a blockbuster Hollywood movie of the same name. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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more than she does, but I think she laughs more than I do. Although she doesn’t think her friends and family feel that she is funny, I certainly do. I think she has a great sense of humor and she always keeps me smiling when we are together. We are both in our 70s and we really enjoy each other’s company. We had a debate recently about who laughs more, men or women. She thinks that men do, and I think it’s just the opposite. In fact, I am sure I read once that women generally laugh more than men. You probably think it’s silly to be wondering about this, but I am really tr ying to win this point. Do you have any insight on this subject?

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used this mark. They have produced porcelain in Limoges, France, since 1883. Based on your information, your set was painted by an amateur artist on china blanks made by Tressemanes and Vogt. China painting was a popular hobby around the turn of the 20th century. Your punch bowl set would probably be worth $3,000 to $3,500. Tressemanes and Vogt Porcelain Factory is located in Limoges, France.

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