In Uncategorized on April 12, 2012 at 6:00 am
today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!
Quote for today… “This country will not be a permanently good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a reasonably good place for all of us to live in.” - Theodore Roosevelt
- “The Columbia Borough Shade Tree Commission and the Columbia Tree Society will conduct the 21st annual Arbor Day celebration at the Columbia-Middletown Elks Lodge, 445 Chestnut St., at 6 p.m. April 27.” – MyColumbiaNews
- Rumors … mostly everywhere are just rumors. Hempfield School “District superintendent Brenda Becker said Tuesday that at least one local community sports club has been circulating rumors that the middle school programs will be axed as a cost-saving measure next fall. ‘Reports are going around that we are doing away with middle school athletics,’ she told the school board. ‘That is not true.’”
- Here’s something you don’t see everyday: “BRIDGE FOR SALE Sealed proposals will be received by Sadsbury Township, Lancaster County at 7182 White Oak Road, Christiana, PA until 6:15 A.M. on Friday, April 27, 2012 for the removal and disposal of a wood and steel bridge along the low gradeline, not including the foundation stone. Bid Forms and Specifications may be picked up at the Township office 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., contact Linda at (610) 593-6796. Proposals will be opened and read on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 6:30 A.M. and awarded at the regular scheduled meeting to be held on May 1, 2012. The municipality reserves the right to reject any and all proposals. Sadsbury Township Board of Supervisors Linda M. Swift, Secretary.” – a Legal Ad in today’s Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era
- “‘Men jumped into the sea, but the band played,’ she said. ‘They played Nearer My God to Thee till the ship rose and they went out of sight. They must have been playing when it went down.’” – from the article about Harrisburg resident and Titanic survivor Nora Keane – The Harrisburg Patriot News
In Everyday Living, Opinions, Opportunities on April 12, 2012 at 5:01 am
Here are more delicious produce notes from The Produce Geek. U-m-m-m! You may want to visit the Website (click on the logo) and take another peek. The Produce Geek’s also got other recommendations there!
Specialty Snacking Tomatoes
There are some really tasty new varieties of Specialty Snacking Tomatoes available these days and they’re in peak season right now! Greenhouses in USA, Mexico and especially Canada during the Spring provide the perfect environment for growing these flavorful and colorful little Tomatoes. These bite-sized varieties make excellent sides for your lunch, are good on top of salad greens and add color to vegetable trays. Here are some to look for:
- Zima: Orange in color, super-sweet, dangerously addictive little round snackers.
- Kiss: Red, Yellow and Orange types that are have a seam on the bottom that makes them look kinda like lips – ha! Sweeter than regular Grape Tomatoes with rich flavor.
- Gourmet Medley: Mixed mini Heirloom-style Tomatoes – brown, yellow, pink and red – ranging from sweet to robust to earthy in flavor.
- Amorosa: Sold still on the vine. Bigger than a Grape Tomato but smaller than a Roma. Juicy, rich and sweet.
- Campari: More of a Salad Tomato, but I love the full-throttle-tomato-flavor of Campari so much that I like to snack on them too!
Clockwise from top left: Gourmet Medley, Amorosa, Zima, Kiss
Spring is in the air. Everyone wants berries! And the Organic Strawberries from Mexico and Southern California are tasting great right now. Growers are fighting to keep up with the current demand which is high, but the Organic Strawberries you find at stores are likely to be firm, have good red color and pleasing flavor the next few weeks. Keep berries cold in the fridge but away from the blowing air, and only wash them just before use since water tends to speed up decay on the fruit.
To read more about fresh produce in season now from the Produce Geek, click here.
In Everyday Living, Lists, Opinions on April 12, 2012 at 4:31 am
We came across this relatively interesting article at ivillage.com. The entire article is a slide show that suggests that certain kinds of natural food remedies may be useful for everyday maladies and circumstances. Here, without the slide show, are just a few from the list of remedies.
“When you feel congested, eat hot peppers.
“Whether it’s triggered by a cold, a sinus infection, allergies or your coworker’s perfume, being stuffed up and congested can make life miserable. Hot peppers to the rescue! Capsaicin — the plant compound that gives hot peppers their eye-watering zing — dilates blood vessels in the nose, helping to flush out inflammation and open clogged sinuses even faster than decongestant nasal sprays can, says Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., co-author of The People’s Pharmacy Quick and Handy Home Remedies. Two teaspoons daily is the research-proven dose — and you can mix them with a bit of food, if you find them tough to swallow on their own. Other great congestion-relievers: 1/4 cup of hot salsa or chili-flavored chutney, or one tablespoon of hot sauce, horseradish or wasabi.
“When you feel anxious, eat Brazil nuts.
“Thanks to their hectic lives, at least 65 percent of women are hit with daily bouts of stress and even anxiety, say researchers at Logan’s Utah State University. Yet munching on a few Brazil nuts daily can make even the busiest life feel a lot more serene. The nuts are nature’s top source of selenium — a mineral that helps soothe the central nervous system. According to researchers at Britain’s University of Wales in Swansea, boosting your selenium intake to 220 micrograms daily — the amount in just three Brazil nuts — can trigger a dramatic improvement in moods, helping you feel calmer, less anxious and more energetic within three months.
“When you have a toothache, chew Read the rest of this entry »