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Saturday, October 5, 2013
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Ten-year-old Christian Bellapianta of Scotrun checks out this miniature version of a 1944 Willys created on a garden tractor chassis over 4 years by Harold L. Hillbert from Fleetwood during Redball Military Transport Rally held at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert.

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Photo illustration by Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS

It's happened to most of us: You pull a forgotten package of food from the back of the bottom shelf of the refrigerator, and peer at the tiny expiration date. Hmmm ... four days ago.

Does that mean the food will make you sick if you eat it?

Many people throw away food items that are beyond the labeled expiration date, and that leads to massive food waste, says the lead author of a recent policy brief on food date labeling.

Americans waste 160 billion pounds of food each year, according to American Wasteland, by Jonathan Bloom.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will be offering free walk-in flu vaccine clinics. The clinics will be open only as long as the vaccine supply lasts.

A clinic will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Blue Mountain Medical Plaza, Bank St., Bowmanstown. Shots will be given free to adults 18 years of age and older.

Another vaccine clinic will be held from from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Palmerton Hospital campus, Colombia St. entrance (2nd floor). The shots will be given free to children 12 years and older and adults.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

National Expired Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be celebrated on Oct. 26.

It's an opportunity for everyone to clean out your expired medications.

Local collection sites are:

Ÿ Summit Hill Police Department - 40 W. Amidon St., Summit Hill.

Ÿ Schuylkill County Sheriff Department - 320 Broad St., Tamaqua.

Ÿ Slatington Police Department - 125 S. Walnut St., Slatington.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Let the crisis continue.

Let the standoff between the Democrats and the Republicans over Obamacare drag on for as many weeks or months as necessary to wake up the American people.

Let millions struggle daily to sign up online for the government health care that they -- but not their elected representatives in Congress -- are being forced by their government to buy.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Citizen-lobbyists descended on the Pennsylvania State Capitol to urge lawmakers to support proposals in the Senate and House of Representatives that would eliminate school property taxes, once and for all.

Hundreds of taxpayers from across the state met with lawmakers and staff to urge their support for the bipartisan proposal. More on this event can be found in my most recent e-newsletter.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

There is no set price for those who wish to 'adopt' a tree to decorate as part of a Christmas in the Park program in Palmerton.

Christmas in the Park Committee Chairwoman Michele O' Neill informed fellow members at a meeting Wednesday at borough hall that interest in 'adopting' a tree to decorate continues.

"We are just asking that a donation be made for the adoption of a tree," O'Neill said. "This donation will go toward the new holiday lights in Palmerton."

Saturday, October 5, 2013

A Rosary for Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, at St. Joseph's Cemetery in the White Bear section of Summit Hill.

Barbara Swierczek, coordinator, said individuals should bring their rosaries and lawn chairs.

The cemetery is located along East White Bear Drive near the Carbon County Environmental Education Center.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Since product dates aren't a guide for safe use of a product, how long can the consumer store the food and still use it at top quality? Follow these tips from the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

Ÿ Purchase the product before the date expires.

Ÿ If perishable, take the food home immediately after purchase and refrigerate it promptly. Freeze it if you can't use it within times recommended on chart.

Ÿ Once a perishable product is frozen, it doesn't matter if the date expires because foods kept frozen continuously are safe indefinitely.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Did you know that nearly half of all eye injuries each year happen at home? Even a minor injury to the cornea from a small particle of dust or debris can be painful and become a life-long issue.

Here are just a few examples of common household activities that can cause an eye injury: