Hosting A Cookie Exchange—How Sweet It Is!
(NAPSA)—The holiday season
often means that time is tighter
than ever, making it difficult to
bake a large variety of cookies for
your holiday table. A cookie ex-
change offers a simple solution for
today’s busy bakers.
A cookie exchange is usually
held at someone’s house, where
the guests bring enough of their
home-baked cookies to share with
the entire group. As a result, par-
ticipants can bring home a wide
variety of cookies with less effort
On the invitation, clearly state Celebrate with style—All-Occasion Cookies are the perfect sweet
the rules of a cookie exchange: treat for any special event!
• Make it clear that each guest
will be baking a dozen cookies for Chopped nuts Cooling Rack. Cool completely.
each participant (let them know Icing To decorate cookies after bak-
the number of people you have Melted chocolate ing, use icing or melted choco-
invited, including yourself). Powdered sugar late, or sprinkle with pow-
• Sturdy cookies without icings dered sugar.
tend to survive the transport bet- 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In Forming Cookies
ter than softer cookies. Small Batter Bowl, microwave Pressed cookies: Fill Cookie
• Guests should provide enough 2 sticks of butter on High 1 Press, fitted with disk of your
recipe cards to share at the party. minute or until melted. Slice choice, with dough. Press
• Remind guests to bring con- remaining butter into 1⁄2-inch dough onto flat baking stone,
tainers so they can take their pieces; add to melted butter, 1 inch apart. Yield: 8 dozen
goodies home. tossing to coat. Let stand 3-5 cookies.
Schedules fill up fast during the minutes or until softened. Cutout cookies: Turn dough
holiday season, so it’s a good idea 2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, out onto well-floured Cutting
to hold the party at an “off-peak” combine cake mix and flour; Board. With floured hands,
time, such as a weekend morning blend well using Stainless gently knead dough, adding
or a weeknight. You can also host a Steel Whisk, breaking up any up to 1⁄2 cup additional flour as
Pampered Chef cookie show, where large lumps. Whisk butter until needed to form a firm dough.
a Kitchen Consultant can demon- smooth and free of lumps. If Divide dough into 3 equal por-
strate easy cookie preparation and necessary, microwave butter tions. Shape each portion of
decorating techniques for baking an additional 10-20 seconds or dough into an 8-inch disk.
delicious cookies with the All-Occa- until creamy and pourable. Do Generously flour surface of
sion Cookie Dough recipe. For not melt completely. cutting board or countertop.
more information, or to find a 3. Pour butter all at once Roll one disk of dough out
Kitchen Consultant in your area, into dry ingredients. Mix until evenly to 1 ⁄ 8 -inch thickness
visit www.pamperedchef.com or dry ingredients are incorpo- using Baker ’s Roller. Cut
call 1-800-266-5562. rated and dough is smooth. (If cookie shapes using Bread
dough is too stiff to stir, knead Tubes; transfer to flat baking
All-Occasion Cookies by hand until smooth.) stone, 1 inch apart. Yield 2 1⁄2
4. Form cookies as desired. dozen cookies.
1 package (18.25 oz.) white To decorate cookies before Drop cookies: If desired, stir
cake mix baking, brush unbaked cook- ⁄2 to 1 cup (any combination)
23⁄4 cups all-purpose flour ies lightly with milk or egg of the following ingredients
1 pound (4 sticks) butter or whites using Pastry Brush and into the dough: chocolate
margarine, divided (do not sprinkle with colored sugar morsels or miniature candy-
use vegetable oil spread) crystals, sprinkles or finely coated chocolate pieces; toffee
Milk or beaten egg whites chopped nuts. bits; chopped nuts or candies;
(optional) 5. Bake cookies on flat Bak- or dried fruit. Using Small
ing Stone 15-17 minutes or Scoop, drop level scoops of
Optional decorations: until very light golden brown. cookie dough onto flat baking
Colored sugar crystals Cool 3 minutes on baking stone, 2 inches apart. Yield: 7
Sprinkles stone; remove to Stackable dozen cookies.
Guidelines For Stimulating
Newborns’ Healthy Development
(NAPSA)—You’ve just brought
your new baby home from the hos-
pital. In the midst of diaper changes
and midnight feedings you antici-
pate a time in the future when you’ll
be able to play and have fun with
your baby. But did you know that
you don’t have to wait until your
newborn is older to begin engaging
him or her in play? Interactive play
provides the foundation for intel-
lectual, social and physical devel-
opment in children and helps to
strengthen the bond between par- to any other visual object. Baby is
ent and child and it’s never too early also fascinated by his own reflec-
to start. The experts at Gymboree tion, even though he doesn’t yet
Play & Music, the worldwide leader know that it’s he. Hold a mirror
in parent-child play classes, offer up so your baby can see his reflec-
the following guidelines and ideas tion, then point at the baby in the
for developmentally appropriate mirror and say his name. This will
games you can start playing with help him learn to visually focus
your newborn right now. and track as well as to explore the
Find Balance: Help develop social nature of faces.
your child’s sense of balance by The More The Merrier: Par-
laying baby on your lap and gen- ticipating in a group class led by a
tly raising and lowering your legs trained teacher, such as those
or rocking him side to side. Use offered at Gymboree Play &
music or sing for additional fun Music, will allow you and baby to
and learning. learn new games while exposing
Touching Moments: To en- her to a small, social group. Play-
gage baby’s sense of touch, lightly ing in a setting outside of the
cover her with a scarf and pull it home can also help eliminate dis-
up and down the length of her tractions and allow you to further
body. Gently rub baby’s arms, legs focus your attention solely on your
and head with the scarf. Baby will baby, which can create some very
look to you for social cues, so keep personal and emotional moments,
in mind that using your voice and strengthening the bond between
giving eye contact is important you and your child.
during play activities. Follow Their Lead: Each
Get Silly: Funny songs, move- baby is unique and will develop
ments and sounds are all stimulat- according to his or her own
ing for baby. Remember, what they timetable. In order to ensure that
are tuning in to most is YOU, so the games you engage your baby
have fun and don’t be afraid to look in offer the appropriate amount of
a little silly in the process. Explore challenge and stimulation, the
making all kinds of sounds with experts at Gymboree Play & Music
your voice for baby such as animal recommend that parents progress
sounds, high-pitched nonsense play based on their child’s learning
sounds or clicking your tongue. pace, not just his or her age.
Using sound in your play with F or more d evel op mental l y
baby helps to support social and appropriate play tips, visit www.
language development. gymboree.com. To sign-up for a
Mirror, Mirror: Newborns are free Gymboree Play & Music
more attuned to human faces than class call 1-800-520-PLAY.
Shriners Hospital Focuses On Children’s Bone Tumors
by J. Ivan Krajbich, M.D. devices is limited because of the
(NAPSA)—The words “tumor,” wear and tear imposed by active
“malignant” and “cancer,” when children.
delivered by a healthcare profes- The only other option available
sional, can be devastating—even for a non-artificial joint is a proce-
more so when a child is involved. dure referred to as the modified
Shriners Hospital for Children Van Nes rotation plasty. In this
in Portland, OR, recently focused kind of reconstruction, the ankle is
a portion of its medical care on used as a substitute for a knee.
children with bone cancer. In The foot is then fit into a pros-
1994, a partnership was formed thetic socket; the child, who would
between Shriners Hospital and otherwise require an above-knee
the department of pediatrics at amputation, functions as a below-
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital knee amputee and is able to par-
at Oregon Health Sciences Uni- ticipate in many athletic activities.
versity. Together, the two facilities At the Portland Shriners Hospi- In the majority of patients,
launched a pilot bone tumor pro- tal, Neal Turner of the orthotics treatment and rehabilitation have
gram to treat children afflicted and prosthetics depar tment been quite successful, with more
with malignant bone tumors. makes some minor adjustments than 90 percent of osteosarcoma
Two of the most common types on Cheyanne’s new prosthetic leg. patients and in excess of 80 per-
of bone cancer that strike children cent of the Ewing’s sarcoma
between the ages of 10 and 20 are For most children, treatment patients who are alive and
osteosarcoma and Ewing’s sar- includes two to three months of presently disease free. Many of the
coma. Osteosarcoma occurs fre- chemotherapy, followed by a surgi- children have been disease free for
quently in the knee area, although cal procedure to remove all the at least five years since their ini-
it can occur in any bone and can cancerous tissue, leading to the tial treatment—a time interval
spread to the lungs. Ewing’s sar- best function possible for the limb usually considered evidence of a
coma consists of tumors that can and several months of chemother- cure. None of the patients in the
affect any bone in the body. These apy. The surgical procedures and program thus far have had reoc-
tumors are very painful and, if left limb reconstructions can be quite currence of a local tumor.
untreated, can spread to the lungs complicated and vary widely, For more information on
and/or other bones. depending on the location of the Shriners’ network of 22 hospitals
Once a child has been diagnosed tumor, involvement of the adja- that provide free treatment to
with a malignant tumor, the bone cent joint and the child’s age. children with orthopaedic prob-
tumor team maps out a treatment The goal of reconstruction is to lems, burns and spinal cord
regimen. The multidisciplinary preserve the child’s major joint injuries, write to: Shriners Inter-
team consists of an orthopaedic (e.g., knee or hip) whenever possi- national Headquarters, Public
surgeon specializing in tumor and ble. In such cases, bone lost to Relations Dept., 2900 Rocky Point
limb salvage surgery, a pediatric tumor can be replaced by a bone Dr., Tampa FL 33607, or visit the
medical oncologist, team coordina- transplant, with an expected very Web site at www.shrinershq.org.
tor, physical therapist, occupa- good functional outcome. Unfortu- If you know a child Shriners
tional therapist, general surgeon, nately, in the majority of children can help, call 1-800-237-5055 in
radiation oncologist, nutritionist, with osteosarcoma, if the knee the United States or 1-800-361-
prosthetist, pediatric radiologist, joint has a tumor, the joint usu- 7256 in Canada. Shriners Hospi-
child life specialist, social worker, ally has to be removed. As such, a tals provide free treatment to chil-
and inpatient and outpatient metal-plastic artificial joint is the dren under age 18 without regard
nurses familiar with the treatment most commonly used replacement, to race, religion or relationship to
of sarcomas. although the lifespan of these a Shriner.
A Quiz On How To Reduce Eye Strain
(NAPSA)—Taking this simple
quiz may give you a new view on
ways to reduce eye strain.
1. Symptoms of eye strain
include a) seeing halos or rain-
bows around lights, b) a drooping
eyelid, c) a burning sensation
when you close your eyes.
2. Eye strain can be caused by
a) sewing, b) computer work, c)
driving. Anti-reflective coating can
3. Eye strain can be alleviated help improve visual comfort by
by a) taking a break every hour or eliminating distracting reflections
so, b) wearing glasses with an that contribute to eye strain.
anti-reflective (AR) coating, c) This is particularly important at
using eye drops. night when vision is already com-
4. AR coating helps drivers by promised. People who do a lot of
a) letting people see your eyes, not computer work or reading find
your glasses, b) eliminating dis- that AR-coated lenses help reduce
tracting reflections and ghost eye strain and fatigue. The coat-
images, c) increasing the amount ing reduces glare and discomfort.
of light reaching your eyes. As a bonus, the lenses enhance
5. People who may benefit from appearance by eliminating dis-
AR-coated lenses include a) dri- tracting reflections. You see the
vers, b) aircraft pilots, c) computer wearer ’s eye, not their lenses,
users, d) photographers, e) attor- improving eye contact for better
neys, f) all of the above. communication.
Answers 4. b, c. Research has demon-
1. c. Other symptoms of eye strated that under simulated
strain would include eyes water- night driving conditions, AR
ing, eyelids twitching or an aching lenses enable drivers to see things
forehead. Should you experience a on the road ahead by increasing
drooping eyelid or a burning sen- the amount of light reaching the
sation when your eyes are closed, retina and eliminating distracting
consult your eyecare professional reflections.
immediately. 5. f. AR coated lenses are bene-
2. a, b, c. In fact, just about any ficial for any person wearing
activity requiring a high amount glasses as the coating improves
of visual involvement may cause visual performance and comfort.
eye strain. For a free brochure on anti-
3. a, b, c. Worn in daylight and reflective lenses, write: AR Coun-
indoors, most spectacle wearers cil, 8818 Windsor Terrace, Min-
find AR coating makes objects neapolis, MN 55443; call toll-free
appear crisper and brighter. In 877-254-4477; e-mail arcouncil@
critical driving situations, more aol.com; or visit the Web site at
light means clearer, crisper vision. www.arcouncil.org.
(NAPSA)—Picture this: Spark young imaginations with creative activities, exploration and games. Kids
can discover a magical world of fun and adventure by coloring the picture below.
Kelly, the little sister of Barbie, and her clubhouse friends help transform youngsters’ everyday environ-
ment into magical places when they arrive in their first interactive adventures in Kelly Club CD-ROM and
Kelly Club: Clubhouse Fun for Game Boy Color. These interactive games transport kids to entirely new
make-believe worlds such as the one seen here.
Losing Weight: Gaining Confidence
(NAPSA)—The skinny to losing
weight in a healthful way can be
easier than many people realize.
Here are three top tips from The
American Heart Association:
• Start slow. Do low to moder-
ate-level activities, especially at
first, then slowly increase the
duration and intensity as you
become more fit.
• Remember the amount of
total fat and cholesterol that
should be included in your daily
menu (your doctor can help you
Subway’s Jared and his
develop an eating plan). Total fat
friends are all smiles about main-
intake should be no more than 30
percent of your daily calories and taining a heart healthy lifestyle.
your cholesterol intake should be Blakeman, a mother of two, who
less than 300 milligrams a day. boasted a 60-pound weight loss.
• Choose activities that are Myra Jackson of Tallahassee,
fun, add variety and surround Florida, lost 30 pounds with help
yourself with supportive people. from Subway’s “7 under 6” sand-
Sticking to healthful eating can wiches. The restaurant features
be difficult for dieters on the go. Fast seven different low-fat sandwiches,
food is often tempting. However, all under six grams of fat each.
that’s not necessarily a bad thing “I used to get tired just from
for those watching their weight. walking up the street,” she said.
Many fast food restaurants offer low- “Now I am able to run miles and
fat choices on their menus—from enjoy doing it.”
salads to sandwiches. Former shoe-company execu-
One restaurant in particular gar- tive Kenneth Sanford, of Franklin,
nered national attention for help- Tennessee, lost 56 pounds and
ing one man lose 245 pounds. Jared was so inspired by his accomplish-
Fogle became an unofficial poster ment that he purchased his own
boy for weight loss and a hero among Subway restaurant.
frustrated dieters. He incorporated As for Fogle, he still enjoys
Subway’s low-fat sandwiches into Subway sandwiches and has kept
his meal routine. Pam Blakeman of his weight at about 190 pounds—
Springfield, Illinois, was one of those down from 425. More information
people Fogle inspired. on healthful eating is available on
“I’m very determined never to the Web site at www.subway.com or
get as big as I was before,” said by calling toll-free 1-800-888-4848.
;;; OF HEALTH
Knee Replacement Implant Offers More Flexibility
twenty-one million Americans
suffer from osteoarthritis, a
degenerative joint disease that
often follows a history of injury or
overuse of a joint. t
Deterioration of the articular l
cartilage in the knees, often the b
result of osteoarthritis, causes
bone to rub against bone. This s
friction causes symptoms such as r
a feeling of stiffness, moderate to c
severe discomfort, debilitating a
pain and eventual loss of motion.
In some cases, total knee replace-
ment is necessary.
Approximately 266,000 total
knee replacements are per-
formed each year and that num-
ber is increasing, according to With today’s knee replacement
the American Academy of options, people with osteoarthri-
Orthopaedic Surgeons. tis may find it easier to resume
“Patients today are expecting activities they enjoy.
to maintain an active lifestyle
after total knee replacement,” said standing up again.
Giles R. Scuderi, M.D., an ortho- The sooner patients report
pedic surgeon at New York’s Insall their symptoms to doctors, the
Scott Kelly Institute. sooner treatment options can be
Technology is now available discussed.
that offers a higher range of “The key to effectively treating
motion, or bending of the knee, for knee problems is early diagnosis,”
patients with the ability and said Scuderi. “With early diagno-
desire to perform high flexion sis and good preoperative flexibil-
activities. ity, the Flex Fixed Knee can allow o
Scuderi continues, “The LPS- patients to resume many of the
Flex Fixed Knee from Zimmer physical activities they have come
Inc., offers a new option for those to enjoy.” c
suffering from osteoarthritis to Studies show that total knee r
reclaim aspects of their lives on replacement patients with good h
which they place much value.” preoperative flexibility are more s
The implant is the first one likely to maintain that flexibility. H
specifically designed to safely Whether the knee is suitable w
accommodate deep flexion of up for an individual patient is based a
to 155 degrees. Generally, knee on a number of considerations.
imp lants w e re d e s i g n e d t o “Such considerations include d
accommodate flexion up to 125 the person’s activity level, weight, b
degrees. bone quality and if the arthritis is t
Hobbies such as gardening advanced enough for this treat- s
and golfing require high degrees ment,” said Michael A. Kelly, a
of flexion of the knee. In addition, M.D., a founding orthopedic sur-
cultural activities such as kneel- geon of the Insall Scott Kelly b
ing for prayer, sitting cross- Institute, which helped to develop h
legged and squatting demand fre- the knee replacement. i
quent high flexion. Many daily For more information on the t
activities require this range of LPS-Flex Fixed Knee, call the toll t
motion as well, such as climbing free hotline at 1-877-866-FLEX or
stairs, sitting in a chair and visit www.Pacewithlife.com. m
Improving Men’s Health
(NAPSA)—Studies show that
today, the average man lives a
longer and healthier life than ever
Yet doctors say many men are
still unaware of their personal
risk factors for common chronic
conditions, such as heart disease
and type 2 diabetes.
A new book addresses a variety
of important men’s health issues.
A new book sheds light on such
conditions and helps more men
reach their optimum levels of
health. American Medical As-
sociation Complete Guide To Men’s
Health (Wiley, $34.95) covers a
wide variety of health issues that
are especially important to men.
This comprehensive guide ad-
dresses such lifestyle issues as the
building blocks of healthy diets,
the warning signs of disease, and
screening tests men should take
at different stages of life.
In addition, it covers harmful
behaviors (such as smoking, alco-
hol-and drug-abuse) and gives
information on specific health sys-
tems—from reproductive, to diges-
tive, to the immune system.
The guide also identifies the
most common male disorders,
their risk factors and symptoms
and discusses effective treatment
For more information visit
Tennis Titans Venus and Serena Williams
Serve Up Grants
(NAPSA)—Tennis stars Venus
and Serena Williams have teamed
up with Doublemint Gum to
reward distinctive contributions
young people make on campus
and in communities. The grant
program, called the Doublemint
Aces for Campus Excellence
(A.C.E.), puts 18-25-year-old col-
lege students and student service
organizations in center court, pro-
viding them with the opportunity
to showcase their unique ap-
proach to making a positive differ-
ence in their communities.
“The Doublemint A.C.E. Grant IT’S ACES—A grant program
Program is our way of honoring
recognizes and rewards college
and rewarding college youth who
students who help improve their
have the motivation and commit-
ment to improve their campuses campuses and communities.
and communities,” said Rory Fin- WTA tournaments. The Williams
lay, Senior Marketing Director for sisters will also personally choose
Wrigley. “As professional athletes and then meet with the recipient
and students themselves, Venus of the $10,000 grant.
and Serena’s motivation and com- “Education has always been
mitment is evident both on and off important to me and Serena,” said
the court—we feel they are the Venus Williams, who is enrolled in
perfect partners to encourage and design courses at the Art Institute
recognize students who help make of Fort Lauderdale. “We are looking
y their campuses and communities forward to learning about how our
better places to live and learn.” collegiate peers are making distinc-
Applications are available now tive contributions on their cam-
at www.doublemint.com. To apply puses and in their communities.”
for a grant, applicants must sub- “It’s a pleasure to be part of the
mit their information with either Doublemint A.C.E. Grant Pro-
an essay or a VHS tape demon- gram since it recognizes people
strating their distinctive volun- who go above and beyond their
teerism or philanthropy. Up to fifty role as students,” said Serena,
$1,000 grants and one $10,000 also a design student. “We know
grant will be awarded during the the importance of education and
2001-2002 grant program. giving back to the community. We
Each grant recipient will be eli- are proud to be able to recognize
gible to have his or her grant others with the same dedication.”
increased by an additional $100 For more information on the
for each ace served by Venus or grant program, visit www.double
Serena during selected matches at mint.com.
, Dust Bustin’ Doesn’t Have To Be A Royal Pain
s The Queen Of Clean® Offers Tips For a Dust-Diminished Home
(NAPSA)—If dusting and vacu-
t uming are two of your least
favorite household chores, let
Linda Cobb, The Queen of Clean®
show you how to tackle dust and
dirt quickly and effectively so you
can get back to the things you love
Defy Dust And Keep It Away!
• Shake the dust bunny blues
with a used dryer sheet. Dust
your furniture, pictures, lamps
and light fixtures with a used
dryer sheet. It picks up and repels
dust from settling on the surface.
• Give your glass tabletop a
twinkle with rubbing alcohol.
Wipe it down with alcohol and a
clean, lint-free cloth for a perfect,
• Repel dust with a homemade away. It also picks up any loose
solution of 1 part liquid fabric fibers that may adhere to furni-
softener to 4 parts water. Spray on ture as dust.
or apply with a soft cloth to • Change your vacuum cleaner
blinds, refrigerator shelves, frame bag as instructed in the owner’s
and glass-top tables. manual, once it becomes half full.
Give Your Floors The Royal The fuller the bag, the less effi-
Treatment—Vacuum! cient the vacuum cleaner.
• Place walk-off mats at entry- To ensure the long-lasting
ways to collect loose dirt as you beauty of your carpet—start with
and guests enter your home. The a carpet that is durable and soil-
less tracked in, the less you have and stain-resistant. The most
to clean. durable carpet fiber is nylon—
• Frequently vacuum the areas inherently tough and it repels dirt
with the most traffic, such as hall- and liquids that can stain.
ways, stairs and rooms where DuPont™ STAINMASTER® carpet
there is constant wear. Vacuum at features the Advanced Teflon ®
least twice a week. Repel System, which keeps car-
• Choose a vacuum with a pets 40 percent cleaner by
beater bar and strong suction that repelling liquids and soil.
will penetrate the backing of the F or more i nf ormati on on
carpet and extract all particles. carpet cleaning solutions, visit
The beater bar lifts the dirt and www.stainmaster.com or call
allows the vacuum to wisk it 1-800-4-DUPONT.
It’s Not Your Father’s Workplace Anymore, Says New Survey
(NAPSA)—As the nation’s new- Moreover, they report science lit-
est graduates job hunt, they may eracy is important for them in
find a few surprises in store for “Whether you call them New their jobs, even if their jobs are
them, especially when it comes to not science-based.
the skills today’s employers prize Economy or working smart “It’s pretty clear that today’s
most in their new hires. skills, they’re really plain old workplace—whether it’s set in a
A survey by Bayer Corporation retail, manufacturing, agricul-
in cooperation with the National science literacy skills... tural or professional environ-
Science Foundation that examines and in today’s global econ- ment—is no longer our father’s,”
current workplace issues finds omy, they’re a necessity.” explained Lucore.
today’s workers need special skills Just how well equipped are
to manage continuing change in new employees with these science
the workplace. They need to be literacy-cum-working smart-cum
flexible and adaptable, able to solve they’re a necessity.” New Economy skills?
unforeseen problems on the job and In the survey, when asked to Today’s new graduates prepar-
do their best work in teams. choose, new employees and man- ing to pound the pavement would
Indeed, these so-called New agers consistently eschewed work- be wise to take note of what the
Economy skills are increasingly ing hard skills for working smart managers have to say. Which is,
becoming the skills of choice in all ones. For instance, both young peo- they are not nearly as well
kinds of industries, including Old ple and managers chose being able equipped with these skills as they
Economy ones. That’s according to to “solve unforeseen problems on think they are. Nor did their edu-
those polled in The Bayer Facts of the job” over “refer unforeseen cation prepare them as well for
Science Education VII: The State problems to others;” “adapt to today’s workplace as they think it
of America’s New Workforce, who changes in the work environment” did. In fact, while the young work-
include both America’s newest over “cope with a stable work envi- ers consistently give their pre-col-
employees and the managers who ronment;” “do their best work in lege education a “B,” managers
oversee them. teams” over “do their best work give it a solid “C.”
“The fact that these so-called independent of others;” and, “con- “Managers, who have the ad-
New Economy skills are preferred tinue to expand skills as the com- vantage of age, understand that
by today’s employers should not pany changes and/or grows” over there is no substitute for experi-
surprise anyone on the front lines “refine and master in more depth ence,” said Lucore. “Humans learn
of science education reform,” said the specifics of their present job.” through doing. We make mistakes
Rebecca Lucore, who oversees “The survey’s findings that and go back and do it again, and
Bayer Corporation’s Making Sci- today’s workplace values problem- then we get it right. That’s how
ence Make Sense program, a com- solving, critical-thinking and team we learn.”
panywide initiative that advances working reinforces the conclusion Still, the class of 2001 should
science literacy through hands-on, that students need to learn sci- not be disheartened by any of this.
inquiry-based learning, employee ence in the kind of experiential, The survey’s message is clear:
volunteerism and public education. hands-on way that helps develop young workers should maintain
“Whether you call them New these skills,” said Lucore. their enthusiasm for their jobs
Economy or working smart skills, The new employees and man- and careers, but at the same time
they’re really plain old science lit- agers agree. They believe the most constantly work to improve their
eracy skills and they’re no longer effective way for students to learn skills. That’s an Old Economy
a nicety in today’s global economy, science is in a hands-on way. recipe for success.
Tips To Protect & Preserve The Things You Care About
(NAPSA)—Americans have spilled
the beans—all over clothing and in
every room of the house—according
to a recent poll. When asked about
the substance spilled most often, 70
percent of the respondents cited bev-
erages. Seventy-two percent said
stains land on shirts or blouses more
than other clothing items.
While no one can prevent peo-
ple from having an occasional case
of the “dropsies,” here are a few
tips to help keep your favorite
items far from the give-away pile:
• Take it to the table—Avoid Proper stain protection can
turning the dashboard of the car
help prevent accidents from mak-
into a messy meal tray. Eating on
ing a permanent mess of things.
the run and in stop-and-go traffic
can make you an easy target for home can create a hazard zone of
spots, spills and stains. It is no spots and spills with the threat of
surprise that 23 percent of Ameri- finger foods and beverages land-
cans polled said the car is the ing on fine upholstery and dressy
most popular place outside of the clothing. With the new multi-use
home to experience a food stain. Scotchgard protector for fabric
Whenever possible, schedule time and upholstery in the red can, you
for sit-down meals at a table won’t have to cover the couch with
where food and drinks are less an unsightly slip cover and you
likely to splat, splash and land on can wear your favorite luxury
clothing. items to parties without a second
• Protect and preserve— thought. The red can now works
Your favorite foods and beverages on silk, wool, dry-clean only and
don’t have to become a perma- other delicate items.
nent part of your clothing or fur- • Be a super citizen—More
niture. Take proactive steps to than half of poll respondents said
preserve the things you care they’ve thrown out clothes be-
about. Using a stain protector, cause they were stained or soiled.
such as Scotchgard from 3M, pro- Instead, donate clothing (and fur-
vides a defense against a lot of niture) to your local charity. It will
those food and drink spills that help someone in need and give
can ruin your car, clothing, car- you a tax break.
peting and upholstery. • Keep carpets looking
• Make the kitchen the cen- good longer—Consider buying
tral eating station—Forty-three carpets with mill-applied stain
percent of household spills outside protector, or you can buy a do-it-
of the kitchen occur in the living yourself formula in a can. In addi-
room and almost 27 percent occur tion, vacuum regularly, use
in the family room. Set up a “cen- entrance mats to trap soil before it
tral eating station” by encourag- can be tracked in your home, blot
ing adults and kids to contain food up spills immediately, and regu-
and beverages to the kitchen. Fur- larly have your carpet profession-
niture and flooring in the kitchen ally cleaned.
are often designed to endure spills Stains happen, but they don’t
better than other rooms. Preserve have to ruin your day or your
the rest of the house for neater favorite things. Taking a few sim-
activities! ple precautions will help you keep
• Dress to stress less— your clothing, rugs and uphol-
Entertaining and parties in the stered furniture looking their best.
Goldsmith Elected VFW Commander-in-Chief
(NAPSA)—The 102nd national all aware of the benefits and ser-
convention of the Veterans of For- vices they are entitled to when they
eign Wars of the United States separate from the armed forces.
witnessed a changing of the Goldsmith served in the U.S.
guard. Army from November 1965 to
James N. Goldsmith of Lapeer, August 1967, with duty in Viet-
Michigan was elected Commander- nam as an engineer from April
in-Chief of the organization on 1966 to August 1967.
August 24, 2001. The convention In 1978, Goldsmith was selected
was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. as Michigan’s “Young Veteran of
Deeply concerned for the wel- the Year,” and in 1980, became the
fare of our active duty and reserve first Vietnam veteran to be elected
military forces, Goldsmith has Department Junior Vice Comman-
traveled worldwide listening to der. He earned All American status
the needs of U.S. service men and as a Department Commander,
women. As a result of these many 1982-1983.
discussions, he lists quality of life He also served as vice-chairman
and defense readiness issues as James N. Goldsmith, newly of the POW/MIA Committee and
his top priorities. elected Commander-in-Chief of the National Security and Foreign
For example, he is particularly the VFW, lists quality of life and Affairs Committee. While serving
concerned about the number of defense readiness issues as his as Senior Vice Commander-in-
the organization’s members who top priorities. Chief, Goldsmith was selected to
have diabetes. travel to Vietnam as part of a pres-
According to Goldsmith, “Our disease in alarmingly high num- idential fact-finding committee. He
membership and, in fact, all of our bers, due to their service there.” retired from General Motors in
citizens are now threatened by a He is proposing the VFW estab- 1997 after 35 years of service.
silent, yet deadly enemy—Dia- lish a number of research grants For a free brochure about
betes. The war against this insidi- aimed at defeating the disease. becoming a member of the VFW
ous killer has taken on an Another concern for Goldsmith write: Veterans of Foreign Wars,
increased urgency since we now is making sure that members of the National Headquarters, Member-
know that in-country Vietnam vets Active Duty forces, National Guard, ship, Broadway at 34th Street,
are suffering from this dreaded Reserves and military retirees are Kansas City, MO 64111.
Daily Checklist To Healthy Skin
(NAPSA)—Tired, dull and less
than radiant…signs that your
skin may need some TLC right
“Skin changes as you age,”
notes leading Beverly Hills der-
matologist Peter L. Kopelson M.D.
“Therefore on a daily basis, you
need to take extra measures in
caring for your skin so it stays
healthy and young-looking.”
The skin experts at Lubriderm
Skin Renewal offer the following
tips to work into your everyday
routine to help start your skin on
the road to recovery.
Cleanse: use a gentle, non-
abrasive cleanser suitable for
all skin types that can be used
twice a day.
Moisturize & Exfoliate: look Look for a daily moisturizer
for a daily moisturizer formu- with a gentle exfoliant, such as
lated with non-irritating ingre- Poly Hydroxy Acid (PHA).
dient Poly Hydroxy Acid (PHA).
It does double duty by offering ties. Also, exercise helps in-
great moisturization benefits, crease circulation, which in
while gently exfoliating to turn allows more nutrients to
reveal healthier, younger-look- get to the skin.
ing skin. (Hint: Lubriderm Showers: take warm, short
Skin Renewal Anti-Wrinkle showers. Long, hot baths can lead
Facial Lotion with SPF 15 to dehydrated and dry skin.
comes in two versions: Regular Remember to pat, not rub, when
and Fragrance-Free). drying off and moisturize while
Makeup: bacteria can build up skin is still damp. Use a body
on your makeup products, lotion formulated with non-irri-
which may cause skin to suffer. tating PHA that offers three-in-
Wash brushes, sponges and one benefits: firms, moisturizes
applicators once a month, and and fights signs of aging.
buy new mascara and founda- Sleep: often the most overlooked
tion every three months. essential beauty tool. Try getting
Sunscreen: most skin damage at least 8 hours a night.
comes from the sun; use a daily “There are definite steps you
sunscreen with a minimum of can take to revive your skin’s
SPF 15, especially on the face beauty and youthful appearance,”
and hands. Try an age-defying continues Dr. Kopelson. “And
hand cream with an SPF of 15 remember, you’re never too young
to even skin tone and protect to start.”
against the sun’s rays. For more information about
Diet & Exercise: drink at Lubriderm Skin Renewal and how
least 8 glasses of water every- you can have beautiful, ageless
day to help flush out impuri- skin, call 800-223-0182.
The Joy Of Soy
(NAPSA)—Many women have
discovered the joy of soy—a food
which may be beneficial for
women’s health. Besides being
shown to reduce the risk of heart
disease, soy may also be beneficial
in the fight against cancer, and
serve as a nutritious, low-fat
source of protein for those who are
Fresh, nutritious soy milk to
froth up for a latte or serve up as
a shake can be made in about 18
An easy way to incorporate soy
into your diet is to use Salton’s
Nutritionist Soy Food Center. The
Soy Food Center makes fresh soy
milk and ground soy which can be
added to a variety of foods.
Sales of this appliance may also
be good for people’s health, since
all of the profits go to the Breast
Cancer Research Foundation.
Here’s a recipe for a flavorful
Garlicky Soy Sprinkle, which can
be used to garnish foods. You can
add salt, herbs or Parmesan
Garlicky Soy Sprinkle
1 cup ground, cooked
soybeans (left over from
making soy milk)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large clove garlic, crushed
Spread thin layer of soy-
beans in large nonstick skillet
over high heat. Cook until liq-
uid evaporates and mixture
begins to stick to pan and
brown, 2-4 minutes. Transfer
Heat oil in same skillet. Add
garlic. Cook, stirring con-
stantly, until garlic turns
golden, 5-10 seconds. Imme-
diately remove from heat and
stir in toasted soy crumbs.
Store in tightly sealed con-
tainer in refrigerator for up to
1 week or freeze up to 3
Makes 2⁄3 cup.
To learn about the Soy Food
Center or other Salton products,
Hearty Meals To Keep Away The Chill
(NAPSA)—What could be more
comforting than arriving home on
e a crisp evening to a hot, hearty
d meal? On those chilly evenings,
r potatoes have always been a
g favorite. A new cookbook, “A Taste
t of Idaho,” offers a variety of cre-
l ative recipes that showcase the
d versatility of potatoes from break-
t fast dishes and tasty scones to
e main course dinners.
This delicious Southwestern
Skillet Supper is filled with
ground beef, onions, tomatoes,
baked beans and corn, then
topped with IDAHOAN Complete™
mashed potatoes. Rich in protein
and carbohydrates, the meal pro-
vides a great one-two punch to
combat chilly weather. Moist and SOUTHWESTERN SKILLET
flaky Potato Buttermilk Biscuits SUPPER
serve as the skillet supper’s per- 1 packet IDAHOAN Complete™
o fect companion. potato flakes with
s seasoning pouch
8 POTATO BUTTERMILK 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
BISCUITS 1 pound ground beef or
y 1 cup IDAHOAN Complete™ 1 medium onion, diced
s mashed potatoes 2 teaspoons chili powder
e 2 cups all purpose flour 3
⁄4 teaspoon salt
y 2 teaspoons baking 1 16-ounce can diced tomatoes
e powder 1 16-ounce can baked beans
2 teaspoons baking soda 1 11-ounce can corn, drained
⁄2 teaspoon salt 1
⁄2 cup shredded cheddar
⁄4 cup butter or margarine, cheese
t melted 1
⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
⁄4 cup buttermilk
l Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet
n Prepare potatoes as directed over medium-high heat. Add
n on package, set aside. In a large ground beef and onion and
n bowl, combine flour, baking cook until brown, stirring occa-
powder, baking soda and salt. sionally. Stir in chili powder
With pastry blender, or two and salt; cook 1 minute longer.
knives used scissors-fashion, Stir in tomatoes with their liq-
cut in butter until mixture uid, baked beans and corn; cook
resembles coarse crumbs. Stir over high heat until bubbling.
in mashed potatoes and butter- Reduce heat to low; cover and
milk until mixture comes simmer for 10 minutes.
together. Shape into a ball. Meanwhile, prepare pota-
On lightly floured surface, toes as package directs for 4
knead dough 30 seconds. Pat servings. Stir in cheddar
- dough into a 3 ⁄4 -inch thick cheese and cilantro.
t piece. With 1⁄2 -inch round Top meat mixture with 1⁄4
- cookie cutter, cut out circles, cupful of potatoes and serve.
e (including scraps) to make 12 Makes: 5 servings.
d rounds. To receive a free copy of the
r Place on greased cookie cookbook, send two Idahoan UPC
sheet, about 1 inch apart. Bake codes to: Idahoan Free Recipe
d in a 350˚ F. oven for 10 to 12 Book, c/o Advon, 640 South State
- minutes, until golden and Street, Shelly, ID 83274. Please
s puffed. Remove to wire racks include name, address, and day-
- to cool slightly. Serve warm. time telephone number on a 3 x 5''
d Makes: 12 servings. card. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Help Save “Harry Potter’s” Owl g
(NAPSA)—As fans of Harry s
Potter well know, Hedwig is an
owl—a snowy owl. She is not just t
any owl, of course, as she carries 1
messages for wizards. m
Hedwig’s talents aside, snowy
owls are special creatures in
their own right, with gleaming C
yellow eyes, pure white feathers v
and razor-sharp talons. As their
name implies, these owls are at
home in cold weather climates
such as Alaska and the Canadian
Arctic, where their thick feathers
keep them warm during the win-
ter and provide camouflage from
Unfortunately, snowy owls are
threatened by the encroachment
of humans in their territory, often
colliding with automobiles or util- their habitat.
ity lines. Their habitat is also at You can learn more about snowy
risk from oil drilling. Currently, owls or make a contribution online
America’s greatest wildlife sanctu- by going to, www.saveowls.org.
ary, the Arctic National Wildlife You can also write to Defenders
Refuge, is under consideration for of Wildlife, 1101 Fourteenth
oil exploration. The impact of such Street, NW, Suite 1400, Washing-
drilling would harm snowy owls, ton, D.C., 20005-5605, and include
as well as wolves, polar bears, a note saying your gift is to help
countless migratory birds and save the snowy owl, or call 1-800-
other wildlife. 385-9712. Defenders of Wildlife
Although the oil industry is also hopes that, like Hedwig, you
spending millions of dollars to will help by passing this message
open this pristine sanctuary, along to a friend.
Defenders of Wildlife, a national Defenders of Wildlife is a lead-
conservation organization, is ing nonprofit conservation organi-
working to protect it and its zation recognized as one of the
wildlife. You can help with a tax- nation’s more progressive advo-
deductible donation. For $25 cates for wildlife and its habitat.
($ 35 if o u ts id e t h e U n i t e d With almost 500,000 supporters,
States), you’ll receive a plush Defenders of Wildlife is an effec-
stuffed toy owl and a year’s sub- tive leader on endangered species
scription to Defenders magazine issues.
to keep you informed of the wide To learn more, visit www.
range of threats to wildlife and defenders.org.
Simple Steps To Improve Reproductive Health
(NAPSA)—If you’re looking for-
ward to the patter of little feet,
one of your first steps may be to
learn more about issues like child-
birth, parenting and prenatal
Many couples are aware of the
importance of prenatal health
care to a successful pregnancy and
a healthy baby.
But, even before pregnancy,
there are healthy lifestyle changes
both prospective parents can
make to improve their overall
health, as well as their likelihood
of conceiving. These include eating
Thinking about having a
a healthy diet, regular exercise
and reducing stress, among others. baby? Baby talk may start with
The lifestyle changes a man talking about important issues.
makes can be as important as tubs, wearing boxer shorts, and
those made by the woman. taking antioxidants (vitamins C
Though many men are reluctant and E) are not always helpful.
to discuss the issues surrounding A promising alternative is a
conception, they can still take nutritional supplement, such as
action, discreetly, to improve their Proxeed ™. This supplement has
reproductive health and support been clinically proven to support
their partner’s efforts. male reproductive health.
“In half of infertile couples, a The citrus-flavored, powder
male factor is identified. There- supplement, which can be mixed
fore, it’s imperative that you and in a cold beverage, applesauce or
your doctor include the man’s sys- yogurt, supports male reproduc-
tems in the reproductive equa- tive health by providing the nutri-
tion,” said Pamela Madsen, execu- ents needed for developing sperm.
tive director of the American Manufactured by Sigma-Tau,
Infertility Association. “While the an internationally recognized
advances in diagnosing and treat- pharmaceutical company, Prox-
ing male factors have been and eed’s ingredients have been the
continue to be breathtaking for subject of over 30 years of re-
many, male issues are still an search and have been safely used
afterthought and aren’t addressed by millions worldwide.
as promptly as they should be.” For additional information on
Unfortunately, the most com- Proxeed, visit www.proxeed.com
monly advocated measures, such or call toll-free 1-888-PROXEED
as avoiding hot baths and hot (776-9333).
Note to Editors: October 17th through the 23rd is National Infertility Week.
This article is especially relevant during that time, but is evergreen and can be
used throughout the year.
Learning About Music
(NAPSA)—A new generation of
home-computer peripherals may
strike just the right note with par-
ents, providing children with fun,
safe, experiences in music compo-
sition, radio production and musi-
cal instrument technology.
A new audio mixing console
gives children the chance to
make their own brand of music.
This family of interactive learn-
ing toys includes WavDJ, a color-
ful, audio-visual plaything with a
dedicated link to the Internet. It
takes its cue from real-life disc
jockeys and music producers by
encouraging home-audio produc-
tion on a sophisticated but afford-
able multi-media learning console.
“WavDJ enables children to
experiment with their musical
creativity by becoming a radio DJ,
composer, singer and producer,”
said Steve Jackson, executive vice
president of Oregon Scientific.
The product takes its name
from “.wav” files, the existing des-
ignation for PC sound files. Pro-
ductions created by children on
WavDJ can be e-mailed to family
and friends in this file format. The
console links to a home PC and
can connect with external CD and
MP3 players to import music sam-
ples and sound effects. There’s
even a dedicated Web site—
www.wavDJ. com—where budding
music producers can post their
compositions for others to hear.
To learn more, call 1-800-853-
8883 or visit the Web site at
Test Sheds New Light On Breast Cancer Risk
(NAPSA)—One of Pat Doty’s
biggest fears is to join the esti-
mated 190,000 women in the
United States annually who will
learn they have breast cancer.
Already at high risk for the dis-
ease, because of family history,
Pat’s anxiety had been com-
pounded by the discovery of two
benign cysts. Recognizing Pat’s
concerns, her doctor suggested
that she undergo ductal lavage,
an innovative method of collecting
fluid from inside the breast milk
ducts. The fluid is then analyzed
to search for abnormal cells.
Doctors have known for years
that the presence of atypical to provide women like Pat and
(abnormal) cells in the breast milk their doctors with more informa-
ducts increase a woman’s breast tion about their risk for breast
cancer risk. In fact, studies have cancer.
shown that for women who have The results of Pat’s procedure
atypical cells, their breast cancer indicated that she had atypical
risk increases 4-5 times, and even cells. After consulting with her
higher for women who also have a doctor, Pat decided to discontinue
family history of breast cancer. hormone replacement therapy
“Most women are terrified of (HRT) and began taking a drug
being told they have breast cancer. called tamoxifen to help reduce
Women at higher risk naturally her risk for developing breast can-
want to know as much as they cer. Pat says she felt a pinching
can about their chances of devel- sensation during ductal lavage,
oping the disease,” said Dr. which, like other women, she
Katherine Lee, an associate pro- ch a ra cteri z es a s momentary,
fessor and breast specialist at the minor discomfort. She’s a firm
Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, believer that the information she
Ohio. “Ductal lavage provides gained was invaluable. “Ductal
women with unique and personal lavage gave me very useful infor-
information about their breast mation about my risk level, and
health, which can help them helped me make decisions about
make important decisions about what I should do to reduce my
pursuing closer follow-up and risk risk,” said Pat who plans a
reduction options.” recheck in six months.
Performed in the doctor’s office, High-risk women of any age
ductal lavage involves slipping a may be good candidates for ductal
tiny, flexible tube called a lavage, which must be used in
“catheter” into the milk duct, and conjunction with standard surveil-
washing (“lavaging”) it with saline lance techniques such as mam-
to collect the cells. The cells are mography, clinical exams and
then analyzed under a microscope breast self-exams. Additional
to determine whether they are information can be found at
normal or atypical. Doctors www.ductallavage.com or by
nationwide are using this method calling toll-free 1-866-4-INDUCT.
Is Your Roof Ready For Winter?
(NAPSA)—When looking to
protect your home against outside
elements, it’s a good idea to start
at the top. That’s because your
roof is your home’s first line of
defense against the high winds,
heavy rains, sleet and snow that
occur in winter. Roofing contrac-
tors offer these suggestions:
• To avoid serious damage, and
unnecessary expenses, it’s a good
idea to inspect your roof before
and after winter. Roof inspections
can catch potential problems
ROOFING REPAIRS can be
before they can lead to extensive
lowered when an effective main-
damage. Once water starts mov-
ing beyond your roof you will most tenance program is in place.
likely need more than roof repairs secured and sealed to the roof.
to recover from the damage. Inspect and clean gutters, leaders,
• To help prevent leaks, mois- window wells, and drains of all
ture seepage, and decay problems, leaves and debris, and make sure
check the “weak” points of your gutters are firmly secured to the
roof. Look for holes, tears or buck- house. Direct downspouts away
ling in the flashings (pieces of from the house foundation and
metal used to seal any penetration) clean them of any debris.
around roof stacks, vents, sky- A home is a major investment,
lights, chimneys, and any other and so is the roof. At approxi-
roof penetrations. Contractors esti- mately 10 percent to 30 percent of
mate that more than 90 percent of the cost of a new roof, an effective
roofing leaks occur in these areas. maintenance program done by a
• Next, visually inspect your professional roofing contractor
roof for any damaged, loose or will save you costly repairs and
missing shingles, or any blistering prolong the useful life of the roof
or buckling of the shingles. system. A free service that helps
• Finally, check the roof edge homeowners find a qualified roof-
where it is more susceptible to ing contractor is available through
wind, driving rain and ice dams GAF Materials Corporation,
(when water freezes and backs up North America’s largest roofing
under the roofing system), and manufacturer. Simply call 1-888-
make sure shingles are firmly LEAK-SOS or visit www.gaf.com.
Frightfully Fun Decorated Desserts
(NAPSA)—A tasteful way to
make Halloween more fun than
ever for the whole family is with
candies and desserts in festive col-
ors and creepy designs. Kids of all
ages enjoy decorating the treats.
With a little imagination, plus an
assortment of Halloween candies in
a variety of sizes, licorice whips, rec-
tangular vanilla sandwich cookies,
whipped topping, food coloring and
black decorating icing, almost any
design can be created. Consider
these frightfully fun suggestions: For Halloween fun, eat a spi-
Start by preparing a Jell-O No ® der—made of candy and weaving
Bake Dessert according to pack- its web on a no-bake cake.
age instructions. Fruit-topped mix a few drops of yellow and red
desserts are not recommended for food coloring to the whipped top-
decorating. ping for the desired shade of
Spider Web Design: Using orange. To create marshmallow
black decorating icing, create spi- ghosts, stack two marshmallows
der web. and use icing to create eyes.
Spider: Use black licorice or Graveyard Design: Write on
black gumdrops as the body and assorted rectangular cookies with
attach 3” segments of black licorice black decorating icing (“Boo” and
whips as the legs. Eyes can be “RIP” are favorites) to make tomb-
made from small colored candies stones. Press tombstones (stand-
and affixed with a dot of the black ing up) into top of dessert to cre-
icing. Or, the body of the spider can ate graveyard. Place candy corn
be made by cutting a marshmallow and candy pumpkins to make a
in half and placing half (flat side pumpkin patch in the graveyard.
down) on the dessert and icing it Individual “Boo Cups”: Pre-
with black icing. Use licorice whips pare dessert in individual cups.
as legs and small candies as eyes. Drop whipped topping by spoon-
Color: A cheesecake can be fuls onto each individual dessert
made more festive by adding a few to create ghosts. Use small can-
drops of yellow and red food color- dies or any color of decorating
ing to the mixture in the bowl for icing to create eyes.
the desired shade of orange. Additional Suggestions: Press
Ghost Design: Drop whipped gummy worms or assorted gummy
topping by spoonfuls on top of pre- candies into the top of the dessert.
pared dessert to create ghosts. Once you know these tricks for
Decorate with small candies or decorating Halloween treats, you
any color of decorating icing to and your youngsters can enjoy a
create eyes. For orange ghosts, holiday party that’s “spook-tacular.”
Pocket-Sized Mini Cars Are Setting Youngsters’ Hearts Racing
(NAPSA)—Parents in a spin
about what to get their son,
daughter, niece or nephew are giv-
ing the green flag to a new fun
line of speedy mini-vehicles that
may help get their thought-
• Called Blazin’ Key Cars!,
these speedy mini vehicles car
race, spin, and jump across gaps
in the road.
• The mini-cars got their name
because a key gets inserted into
the back of the car, loading a
spring with over 72 joules of
power, sending the mini car 20
feet on any relatively flat surface.
• Each of the collectable
pocket-sized mini-vehicles have a
sturdy chassis, super-wide racing
wheels and awesomely distinctive START YOUR ENGINES—Awesome street rods that race, jump and
styling. Each comes with its own spin get their name because a key can be inserted into the back of
custom key and a plastic carrying the car that creates enough energy to propel the car forward.
case with belt clip and key storage.
• The mini cars were created
by Irwin Toy Limited, a global toy
company celebrating its 75th
anniversary. The line includes
models from world class auto com-
panies such as General Motors,
Ford and DaimlerChrysler.
The Blazin’ Key Cars! line
includes an array of favorites from
popular muscle cars such as the
’69 Camaro to the most current
models of Chevrolet Corvettes,
Ford Mustangs, Dodge Vipers and
Chrysler PT Cruisers, Chrysler great for taking along to a friend’s
Prowlers plus a selection of con- house. There is also a Blast Zone,
cept cars like the Pontiac GTO, Flip Zone and a large track BKC
Cavalier Pro Stock and the Bridge Challenge Track Set.
Chevrolet SSR, in addition to More information about the
models designed by Irwin Toy. new mini-vehicle line is available
The toy cars also come with the Blazin’ Key Cars! Jump Zone at the Irwin Toy Web site at
transportable play sets, including with its adjustable double ramp, www.irwintoy.com.
No Tricks, Just Tips for Great
(NAPSA)—The traditions of
choosing costumes, buying candy
and carving pumpkins make Hal-
loween a favorite holiday for many
—children and adults alike.
According to Hallmark, October
31 is the third largest party day in
the United States, behind New
Year’s Eve and Super Bowl Sun-
day. More than 50 million Ameri-
cans—about 90 percent of families
with children up to age 12—partic-
ipate in Halloween, many by host-
ing or attending parties.
“Whether you’re planning a
party for children at school, co-
workers at the office, or family
and friends at home, getting into
the Halloween spirit is easy,” says
Sheneka Winston, Hallmark Hal- treats, decorative tea-light and
loween expert. “You don’t have to votive candle holders, metal cut-
think up a theme, the colors are outs for doors or windows, and
decided, it’s simple to scare up a talking plush items.
menu, and goblins of all ages can The mailbox also gets its share
join in the fun. of attention in October. Halloween
“Choose paper party products to is the eighth largest card-sending
make the clean up just as easy,” holiday with around 24 million
Winston says. “Invitations and cards exchanged each year, and
accessories should fit the mood of more than 80 percent of those are
the party and ages of the guests.” mailed.
Hallmark offers festive partyware “Sending a card with photos of
designs such as Pumpkin Patch the kids in costume is a wonderful
and Spooky Scooby-Doo, as well as way to include grandparents and
coordinating solid colors and other family members who live too
favors. “Placing snacks such as far away for trick or treating,”
popcorn, chips and candy in Hal- Winston says. “Halloween is a
loween dishes or gift bags around great time to send a card to keep
the room will encourage guests to in touch with friends, too.”
mingle during the party,” she adds. Hallmark has 13 new glow-in-
Indoor and outdoor decorating the-dark Halloween cards with
for Halloween is growing with frightful, funny and friendly
more people using decorations designs. Also new this year are
that can stay up throughout the Harry Potter cards featuring the
fall. The Halloween Association adventures of Harry and friends—
reports that about 85 percent of great for Hogwarts fans. Hal-
Americans decorate their homes loween Warm Wishes cards,
for the holiday. priced at 99 cents, and Shoebox
“Even those who don’t dress up humorous cards may make it sim-
in costumes want to dress up their ple to find just the right Hal-
homes or offices, just for the fun of loween greeting.
the season,” Winston says. These and more Halloween
Hallmark has more to offer this products are available nationwide
Halloween in home décor and gifts at Hallmark Gold Crown stores
than ever before, including enam- and other locations where Hall-
elware containers for holding mark is sold.
Amazing Spiced SweetPotato Mini Loaves
You’ll Have Two To Share And One To Spare
amazingly versatile when it comes
to holiday baking,” notes Sue John-
son-Langdon, executive director of
the North Carolina SweetPotato
Commission. She adds, “They can
be substituted in almost any recipe
that uses potatoes, apples or
squash. And, they’ll kick the nutri-
tional value of any recipe up more
than just a few notches.” The
amazing news about North Car-
olina sweetpotatoes is that they
are available year round, so they
can be enjoyed any time.
Still think the only way to pre-
pare sweetpotatoes is swimming
in butter and smothered by
marshmallows? Think again. This
low-fat recipe won’t compromise
your waistline. Even better—it
makes enough for you to share.
Scratch a name or two off your
holiday gift list! Aside from its fantastic flavor, the amazing thing about this moist
For more recipes, visit quick bread is that it uses only 11⁄2 tablespoons of oil in the whole
www.ncsweetpotatoes.com. Or recipe. Low-fat baking never tasted so good!
send a business-size SASE to
North Carolina SweetPotato Com- 2 cups all-purpose flour into three greased mini loaf
mission, P.O. Box 575, Dept. MR2, 1 teaspoon baking soda pans, approximately 3 x 6-
Selma, NC 27576. 1
⁄2 teaspoon baking powder inch. Bake on lowest rack for
⁄2 cup chopped walnuts 60 minutes or until a wooden
Amazing Spiced SweetPotato pick inserted into center
Mini Loaves Preheat oven to 325°F. In a comes out clean. Cool in pans
large saucepan, combine first for 10 minutes. Remove from
⁄2 cup cooked sweetpotatoes, nine ingredients. Bring to a pans and cool on wire rack.
peeled and puréed boil over high heat. Lower Makes three mini loaves or 18
1 cup brown sugar, packed heat and simmer for 2 min- servings.
1 cup apple juice utes. Set aside to cool. Note: If baked in a 9 x 5 x 3-
⁄4 cup raisins Sift together dry ingredi- inch loaf pan, increase baking
11⁄2 tablespoons vegetable oil ents. Add to the cooled sweet- powder by 1⁄2 teaspoon and
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie potato mixture; stir well. increase baking time by 30
spice Fold in walnuts. Spoon batter minutes.
(NAPSA)—For some men, the “5 o’clock shadow” could have a
better sense of timing. When Gillette MACH3 asked 1,000 men the
time their “5 o’clock shadow” actually appears, 5 p.m. was not at the
top of the list. In fact, the majority of men see their “5 o’clock shadow”
after 5 p.m., while only 16 percent see it before.
America’s Tragedy And Kids: What Parents Should Say—And Look For
(NAPSA)—To help parents 8. Be aware of physical symp-
with the after-effects of the Sep- toms of anxiety that children may
tember 11 terror attack and all demonstrate. They may be a sign
that followed, the national chil- that a child, although not directly
dren’s crisis charity KidsPeace discussing the tragedy, is very
has compiled some tips for talking troubled by the events. Talk more
to children about the tragedy. directly to children who exhibit
KidsPeace president and CEO these signs:
C.T. O’Donnell II and the clinical • Headaches
experts at KidsPeace, suggest the • Stomach aches
following guidelines for helping • Back aches
your children: • Trouble sleeping or eating
1. Listen to children. Allow • Nightmares
them to express their concerns • Withdrawal
and fears. • Excessive worry
2. Regardless of age, the most • Increased arguing
important issue is to reassure • Irritability
children of safety and security. • Loss of concentration
Tell children that you, their Regardless of age, kids must • Refusal to go to school
schools, their friends and their hear about your efforts to pro- • Clinging behavior
communities are all focused on tect them. 9. Frequently reassure chil-
their safety. dren that they are loved. Words
3. When discussing the events too difficult for most of them to expressing love combined with
with younger children, the amount process. Personal discussions are deeds demonstrating love (for
of information shared should be the best way to share information example, walks in the park or
limited to basic facts. Use words with this group. Also, plan to dis- attending a community sporting
meaningful to them (not words like cuss this many times over the event) can provide the most com-
terrorist, retribution, etc.). Share coming weeks. Ongoing reassur- fort to children and teens.
with them that some bad people ance is critical to children. 10. If you are concerned about
have used violence to hurt inno- 6. When discussing the events your children or their reaction to
cent people in the United States. with preteens and teens, more this or any tragedy, talk directly
Discuss that we don’t know exactly detail is appropriate, and many with their school counselor, family
by whom or why this was done, but will already have seen news doctor, or have your older children
violence has occurred. Do not go broadcasts. Do not let them focus visit the KidsPeace teen-help Web
into specific details. too much on graphic details. site, www.teencentral.net, which
4. School-aged children will Rather, elicit their feelings and provides anonymous and clini-
ask, “Can this happen here, or to concerns and focus your discus- cally-screened help and resources
me?” Do not lie to children. Share sions on what they share with you. for teen problems before they
that it is unlikely that anything Be careful of how much media become overwhelming.
like this will happen to them or in they are exposed to. Talk directly KidsPeace is a 119-year-old
their community. Then reiterate with them about the tragedy and charity dedicated to helping give
how safe and protected they are answer their questions truthfully. kids the confidence, skills and
by all those around them. 7. Although this group is more resources to overcome crisis, includ-
5. Parents, caregivers and mature, do not forget to reassure ing traumas, depression and the
teachers should be cautious of per- them of their safety and your stresses of modern life. For infor-
mitting young children to watch efforts to protect them. Regard- mation, visit www.kidspeace.org.
news or listen to radio that is dis- less of age, kids must hear this For information for teens, visit
cussing or showing carnage. It is message. www.teencentral.net.
Stress Free Cooking
(NAPSA)—With today’s busy
lifestyles, many families who
want to share quality time
together think they don’t have
time to cook. Fortunately, in From
Storebought to Homemade (QVC
Publishing, $19.95), Emyl Jenk-
ins, author and southern hostess
extraordinaire, shares her top
secret collection of fast, fabulous
recipes which contradicts the
notion that preparing good, whole-
some food is time-consuming or
intimidating. She helps today’s
busy cooks mix pre-packaged food
with just the right additions to
make it look and taste like they
slaved over a hot stove all day.
A cornucopia of recipes and You too can create fabulous
tips, the book provides:
food in minutes with the help of a
• Over 200 easy dishes, most of
clever new cookbook.
which can be made in less than an
hour; many in just 15 minutes. individual packages
• Special menus for brunches, ⁄4 cup olive oil
dinner parties and holiday get- 2 (14 ounce) cans Italian-
togethers. flavored tomatoes
• Handy tips on easy, yet 8 already grilled chicken
impressive entertaining, including breasts
unique table-settings and food salt, pepper
presentation ideas. Among these: dried oregano to taste
- When buying raisins for bak- Sauté the garlic, pepper,
ing, try to find the kind in the onion and mushrooms in the
cylindrical container with the olive oil until the vegetables
plastic top. This keeps the fruit are lightly browned. Add the
inside moist and fresh longer. Italian-flavored tomatoes and
- Buy stew beef already cut into simmer on medium-low heat to
small cubes, which tend to be more blend the flavors, approxi-
tender than large stew beef pieces. mately five minutes. Add the
• Recipes for every course, from already-grilled chicken breasts
soups and salads to bread and and continue to simmer for 10
dessert, even one-dish dinners, to 15 minutes. Adjust the sea-
such as this: soning with additional salt,
pepper and oregano if desired.
Pepper and Mushroom Prep time, 10 minutes. Total
Chicken Delight time, 25 minutes.
Serve the chicken over rice or
⁄2 to 1 teaspoon prepared noodles or with a side of potatoes.
garlic (or 2 to 3 cloves Add a simple green salad and din-
minced) ner is complete.
1 cup frozen red pepper, The book is available at book-
onion and mushroom stores and on the Web at
combo (found in frozen www.qvc.com or by calling 1-800-
food case), or use 345-1515.
Kids Dress for Their Future Success
(NAPSA)—“What are you going
to be for Halloween?” For kids it’s The right costume may help a child get a feel for a particular profession.
the perennial October dilemma.
And for parents, it’s the challenge
of actually finding or making the Khaki shorts, binoculars, spade and map Archaeologist, safari guide, naturalist
This year elementary schools
Microphone, clip board, pointer Newscaster, meteorologist, talk show host
across the country are making the Snorkel, fins and bathing suit, jar for specimens Marine biologist, deep-sea diver
costume decision easier. Instead of
the usual ghosts and goblins, stu-
Camera, newspaper, notepad and pen Photographer, photojournalist
dents will be dressing up as an Sunglasses, compass, parachute, survival/ Aviator, astronaut, military specialist
adult leader or professional they camping gear
admire as part of the What I Want
to Be When I Grow Up initiative. T-square, drafting pencil & paper, Architect, engineer, contractor
This will give kids the opportunity measuring tape
to think about their future and First-aid kit, thermometer, road map Emergency medical technician or ambulance
choose an occupation for their
Halloween costume. driver
Of course, the question remains: Baking pan, apron, whisk or rolling pin Pastry chef, chef or caterer
what’s the costume? Last year, a
child who dressed as Oprah took Laptop computer, computer instruction Web designer, graphic artist,
down names for prospective inter- manual, art supplies computer programmer
views; a future lawyer handed out Fabric, sewing chalk, pins and sketchpad Interior or fashion designer, or costumer
business cards to his classmates
Now parents can talk with kids Burkheiser, founder of the Louisi- been widely distributed to teach-
about their dream job and try to ana program, “Parents and teach- ers and principals across the
find simple household items to use ers have enthusiastically sup- United States.
as props. For example, briefcases, ported it because it’s a way to What I Want to Be When I
hard hats, badges, and first aid celebrate Halloween that’s fun, Grow Up is a program of the
kits can easily transform a child but also safe and educational.” National Job Shadow Day Coali-
into a businessperson, construc- To find out whether your child’s tion, sponsored by America’s
tion worker, police officer or doctor school is involved, call your child’s Promise—The Alliance for Youth,
for a day. teacher or principal’s office. Junior Achievement, the National
What I Want to Be When I You can find out more about School-to-Work Opportunities
Grow Up was first pioneered in the program at the Job Shadow Office, the Society for Human
Louisiana in 1998 by the Cajun Day Web site, www.jobshadow.org. Resource Management, with sup-
Heartland School-to-Work part- The site includes a teacher’s port from the National Association
nership. According to Debbie guide and a poster, which have of Elementary School Principals.
Three Easy Steps For Removing Wallpaper
(NAPSA)—Love the look of new
wallpaper but dread the thought
of removing the old? If you’ve ever
tried stripping wallpaper using a
homemade vinegar and water
solution—or a heavy commercial
steamer—you know what a
tedious, unpleasant and time-con-
suming task it can be.
But wallpaper removal doesn’t
have to be a chore if you use the
right tools and learn a few tricks
from the professionals. Here’s
some advice from the experts at
Wm. Zinsser & Company that can
make removing old wallpaper with a sponge, brush or roller. Or,
quicker and easier than you ever spray it on with new DIF GEL in a
dreamed possible—even if you’ve 32 oz. spray. Wait 15 to 20 min-
never stripped wallpaper before: utes. The fast acting enzyme for-
• Step #1: Score the Wallpa- mula dissolves even hard-to-
per. Since most wallpaper has a remove glue, like clay-based
washable, waterproof surface, it’s adhesive.
necessary to score it first to • Step #3: Scrape off the
ensure that the wallpaper stripper loose wallpaper. Zinsser’s Paper
is able to reach and loosen the Scraper™ helps get the wallpaper
glue underneath. Zinsser’s Paper- off without hard work or surface
Tiger ® , a palm-held tool with damage. If any glue remains, sim-
small cutting wheels that perfo- ply reapply the stripper to the
rate the wallpaper without dam- area, wait 15 to 20 minutes,
aging the wall, is designed specif- remove with Paper Scraper or a
ically for safe, fast and easy sponge and rinse with clean
scoring. water. It’s that simple.
• Step #2: Apply a liquid or For more information about
gel wallpaper stripper to the removing old wallpaper, call
surface. Zinsser’s DIF® Wallpaper Zinsser at 732-469-8100. Or visit
Stripper is available in a liquid www.zinsser.com for more helpful
concentrate, gel or spray gel. Sim- home improvement tips. Enjoy
ply apply the wallpaper stripper your new wallpaper.
New OSHA Requirements Help Protect Healthcare
Workers From Dangerous Needlestick Injuries
(NAPSA)—With 5.6 million Infection Control Program at Cali-
healthcare workers impacted by fornia Pacific Medical Center in
the Occupational Safety and San Francisco, California. “Hospi-
Health Administration (OSHA) tals and other healthcare facilities
regulations, these individuals are now need to do their jobs and pro-
inherently at risk for needle- vide safer needles that will reduce
sticks that may lead to poten- the risk of needlesticks in their
tially chronic or fatal diseases, workers.”
including hepatitis B, hepatitis C When a healthcare employee
and HIV. Approximately 800,000 is stuck by a needle, the cost of
needlesticks occur annually, with prevention, diagnosis and treat-
approximately 47 percent of hos- ment per worker can range any-
pital injuries affecting nurses, 13 where from $500 to $3,000 annu-
percent physicians and 24 per- ally. The General Accounting
cent other healthcare workers Office estimates that healthcare
such as technicians and atten- facilities can save up to $173 mil-
dants. These injuries can be lion yearly by helping to prevent
avoided by eliminating the needlesticks.
unnecessary use of needles, using The good news is that the U.S.
devices with safety features, and Food and Drug Administration
promoting education and safe recently approved GlaxoSmith
work practices for handling nee- Kline’s Safety Tip-Lok™: prefilled
dles and related systems. Tip-Lok® syringes packaged with
That is why OSHA recently BD SafetyGlide™ Needles for pedi-
revised its bloodborne pathogens atric doses of Havrix® (Hepatitis A
standard, effective April 18, 2001 Vaccine, Inactivated) and Engerix-
and enforced beginning July 17, B® [Hepatitis B Vaccine (Recombi-
2001, mandating that all health- nant)]. Havrix and Engerix-B are
care facilities provide safer med- the first and only pediatric vac-
ical devices, including needles, as cines available with Safety Tip-
they become available, and docu- Lok, an all-in-one delivery system,
ment all injuries incurred from which meets OSHA’s newly revised
contaminated needles, not just bloodborne pathogens standard.
those that lead to illness. If As of July 17, hospitals and
healthcare facilities do not use medical offices across the nation
safer medical devices, they must are required to exercise compli-
explain why in their annual expo- ance or face hefty fines and cita-
sure control plans or risk fines of tions. Employers must take
up to $70,000. responsibility to make sure that
“As a nurse, I know first-hand employees have access to safe nee-
that needlestick injuries can cause dle devices—after all, it’s the law.
serious physical, emotional and For more information about
financial damage to healthcare needlestick safety and preven-
workers and their families,” said tion, visit www.osha.gov or
Barbara DeBaun, Director of the www.cdc.gov.
Beware Workplace E-Mail,
(NAPSA)—“Smoking gun” e-
mail is so common in workplace
lawsuits that almost 10 percent of
companies have been subpoenaed
to produce employee e-mail. And
eight percent have battled sexual
harassment and/or discrimination
claims stemming from e-mail and
The 2001 Electronic Policies
and Practices Survey from
the American Management
Association, U.S. News & World
Report, and The ePolicy Institute,
employers are aware of dangers in
workplace computer use and are
acting to reduce electronic liabili-
ties. Of 435 employers surveyed:
• 62 percent monitor e-mail
and Internet use.
• 68 percent cite legal liability
as the reason to monitor.
• 87 percent have an e-mail
policy, 83 percent Internet policy,
68 percent software policy.
• 51 percent have disciplined/
terminated staff for violating
• 36 percent have disciplined
employees for visiting porn sites.
• 35 percent have retention/
• 10 percent have had e-mail
• 8 percent have faced e-
related sexual harassment/dis-
“Reduce electronic liabilities
and lawsuits by managing
employees’ online behavior,” says
Nancy Flynn, author of The ePol-
icy Handbook, co-author of Writ-
ing Effective E-Mail, and execu-
tive director of The ePolicy
Institute. “Written ePolicies and
monitoring software are indis-
pensable business tools in the age
of e-mail and the Internet.”
View full survey results at
Finding The Light
An innovative new flashlight, which emits a red light every four
s seconds, can help people in emergencies.
t (NAPSA)—In emergency situa- Second in importance after
d tions, owning a flashlight can finding a flashlight when you
, make all the difference in the need it most is the brightness of
s world—but only if you can find it. the beam it shines. The Find Me
n Imagine waking up in the mid- light’s unique features, including
e dle of the night to the sounds of a a krypton bulb, allow the light to
- smoke alarm. You smell smoke shine twice as bright as other
and the electricity is out, but you flashlights.
l can’t find your flashlight. Is it In addition, the new light
under the bed? In the closet? meets the additional needs con-
y Fortunately, there’s a bright new sumers look for most when pur-
way to shine light on some danger- chasing a flashlight—reliability
l ous situations. A new flashlight called and durability. The light comes
, the “Energizer Find Me” light emits with batteries already in place
a red signal every four seconds. Its and its durable plastic and
/ “be seen” clear lens ring glows and ergonomic design make it easy to
g is illuminated by a red light emit- carry.
ting diode (LED) that flashes for up The company was the first to
d to five years, making it easy for you invent flashlights over 100 years
to find your flashlight in emergency ago. In the beginning, flashlights
/ situations. were used as novelty items and
“We know that flashlights are a got their name from the fact that
l source of comfort for people. Adults the power source could only pro-
and children are often reaching for vide a flash of light. Today, flash-
- a flashlight when they feel most vul- lights are a part of everyday life
- nerable or scared,” says Danielle and are found in nearly every
Kyriakos of Energizer. “The flash- home in America.
s ing light on our flashlight makes it For more information, visit
g easier to find.” www.EnergizerFlashlights.com.
New Halloween Treats Actually Good For Teeth
(NAPSA)—Parents across the
country are getting ready for one of
the scarier parts of Halloween: con-
templating all the cavities their
youngsters are courting with those
bags full of candy.
This year, parents can combat
the problem by giving out tooth-
brushes to youngsters as Hal-
loween treats, instead of (or at
least in addition to) the usual
candy. Oral care companies are
making it much easier to do this.
REACH®, for instance, offers a full
range of brushes that feature kids’
favorite characters from Scooby
Doo to Arthur. Halloween-treats tooth trouble
Parents are also stocking up gets the brush-off from parents
on a new, tasty bubble-gum fla- and some famous faces.
vored toothpaste from R EACH ® .
Just in time for Halloween and six and eight years of age to
the release of the Harry Potter ensure a thorough cleaning and
movie, the company has launched minimal swallowing.
a Harry Potter-themed tooth- • Never miss bedtime brush-
paste and a toothbrush to enable ing. If you do, bacteria that feeds
kids to become wizards at caring off sugar and causes cavities will
for their teeth. They’ll both be have all night to do harm.
available beginning October 1, • Teach children to jiggle the
2001 at drugstores and mass bristles of the toothbrush in a cir-
merchandisers. cular motion very gently to re-
These two products can help move any plaque growing under
parents follow the advice of Lana the gum line.
Rozenberg D.D.S.: “The main • Choose a brush that is espe-
objective in proper oral hygiene cially designed to fit a child’s grip.
for young children is making it For instance, all of the brushes in
fun by using games and other fun the R EACH ® Kids collection are
activities.” sized smaller to allow a child to
Here are more ways parents can have more control.
make brushing fun and effective • Be sure kids brush both sides
for their youngsters: of the teeth and the tongue.
• Keep toothpaste usage mini- • Never let children drink juice
mal. Young children tend to swal- or milk after brushing teeth at
low most of the toothpaste which bedtime.
can cause permanent spots on Keep these tips in mind and
their teeth, a condition called den- you may find you can keep health-
tal fluorosis. ier teeth in your youngsters’ heads
• Children need supervision long after Halloween is just a
and help until they are between sweet memory.
Smart Tips For New Car Buyers
(NAPSA)—When it’s new car particular used car you are inter-
buying season, millions of Ameri- ested in. Consumer Reports (con
cans plan to spend $10,000 to sumerreports.org) offers a “CR
$70,000 for a new pair of wheels. Good Bets” list of the safest and
The good news is because of the most reliable used cars. Before
slowing economy and excess you sign on the dotted line, check
inventory, manufacturers and out Carfax (www.carfax.com)
dealers are under increased pres- which contains over 1.3 billion
sure to make the sale. So before used car records. This site can
you head over to the dealership, provide you with background
make a pit stop along the informa- information and unearth “hidden
tion superhighway where you can problems” in a car’s past that may
count on such reliable resources affect its resale value and safety.
as www.carfax.com and AOL’s 4. Retro is in. Want to know
Auto Channel to help you make the latest trends in auto buying?
informed decisions about your To drive a good bargain, begin Check out the Consumer Reports
next car. Here are some other your car shopping on the Internet. Auto Hub on the AOL Auto Chan-
helpful tips to keep in mind: guide, which helps you determine nel and you’ll find that the fastest
1. Don’t be afraid to shop which car is right for you. Most of growing car sales in the United
around. The Web offers con- the individual automobile compa- States are wagons. A cross be-
sumers a wealth of information nies have their own Web sites. tween the old station wagon style
on buying new and used cars. For example, you can go to and SUV, the new wagons are
More and more, the Internet is www.gmbuypower.com to custom attracting buyers who want the
used as a source for basic car build your own GM vehicle and get flexible interior space of an SUV
buying information, configuring a a quote. If you’re the no-nonsense along with the handling, perfor-
budget, researching different type who hates haggling with car mance, ride comfort, and better
makes and models, comparing salespeople, check out CarsDi fuel efficiency of a sedan.
safety features and even purchas- rect.com, which buys cars from 5. Let your mouse be your
ing. The Internet has become one dealers and sells them to con- guide. Use the Internet to arm
of the most effective ways to arm sumers at a fixed price quoted on yourself with the greatest amount
consumers with accurate infor- the Web site. If you’re looking to of information before you head to
mation about cost, options and find it all in one place, visit the the dealership. When you finally
availability before they head to AOL Auto Channel which offers sit down at the negotiating table,
the dealership. just about everything for the auto- feel confident that you have the
2. Go to names you trust. On mobile enthusiast: Information on most accurate data on pricing,
the Web, accessing information all makes and models, car book options and financing for your
about dealer costs, safety stats, values, financing assistance, a specific make and model. Don’t be
dealer inventory, car financing, local dealer locator and car chats afraid to tell your salesperson that
auto repairs, trade-in value infor- along with much more. you did your homework; it may
mation and more is just a click 3. To buy used or not to buy save you the time and energy of
away. Sites such as autotrader.com used. There are certainly a lot of haggling with the dealership.
offer more than 1.5 million advantages to buying a used car, Keep these tips in mind and
searchable car listings updated and the Internet is a crucial stop you may find yourself on the road
daily as well as a handy decision for gaining information about the to new car happiness.
Perfect Popcorn Ideas For The Holidays
fun can be as easy as popping pop-
corn. Throughout fall and winter
holiday celebrations, you can
always turn to popcorn for fun
snacking. It’s quick, easy, versatile
and sure to be a hit with guests.
The following suggestions are
fun and creative ways to make
any occasion special with popcorn:
• Popcorn balls are a popular
favorite. Color them to match the
holiday by wrapping them in
brightly colored plastic wrap for
festive fun. Visit www.popcorn.org
for super-easy popcorn ball recipes
as well as other terrific ideas for
edible popcorn creations. Celebrate with lots of popcorn,
• Take a popcorn break. If the a festive, low-calorie snack.
holidays have you harried, take
comfort with a bowl of freshly spices, dried fruit, dry dressing
popped corn and hot apple cider. mixes, nuts, candies and more, and
• As you gear up for the play- let your guests go wild creating
offs, create your own “Popcorn their own pop-a-rific concoctions.
Bowl.” Combine your own special • The holidays mean parties,
mix of spices, nuts, cheese and, of so don’t forget your hosts—sur-
course, delicious popcorn for a prise them with popcorn. They’ll
unique treat the entire gang will appreciate the gesture and will
gobble up. For added convenience, enjoy this treat long after the par-
mix your masterpiece in advance ties are over.
and store in a resealable bag for • After the holidays have
instant game-time snacking. passed, turn to nutritious, deli-
• Need a perfectly portable gift? cious popcorn as you head into the
Try popcorn. Out-of-town gift recip- New Year. One cup of air-popped
ients will enjoy popcorn kernels, popcorn contains just 31 calories,
microwave popcorn, seasonings only a trace of fat and is truly sat-
and perhaps a special popcorn isfying. Healthy snacking with
bowl for the entire family to enjoy. popcorn is a resolution that’s easy
• Looking for an easy holiday to keep.
entertaining idea for young and old For free popcorn ideas and
alike? Create your own popcorn recipes for holiday fun from the
bar. Offer large bowls of popped Popcorn Board, visit www.pop
popcorn along with small bowls of corn.org or call 1-877-POP-A-LOT.
The World’s Fascination with Fancy Colored Diamonds
(NAPSA)—If you love the spar- that are light yellow and brown in
kle and brilliance of a diamond, color. Yellow and brown diamonds
and are dazzled by the alluring that fall out of the D through Z
hues of colored gemstones like color range, as well as diamonds of
rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, other colors, such as blue, pink, or
then maybe it’s time for you to con- green are categorized by GIA as
sider a growing trend in the world colored diamonds or, as many peo-
of jewelry—colored diamonds. ple in the jewelry trade refer to
Historically, celebrities, royalty them, “Fancy Colors.”
and other aristocrats have worn The grading of colored dia-
these unique gemstones, but monds is conducted by a team of
times are changing and these rare highly specialized GIA gemolo-
gifts from nature are rapidly gain- gists who examine the diamonds
ing popularity among today’s jew- utilizing comparison masters.
elry lovers as well. GIA’s nine-tiered rating system
Deep blues, rich reds, and glo- More people are taking a for color ranges from Faint to
rious greens are just a few of the shine to diamonds that sparkle Fancy Vivid.
colors that make up the rainbow Among the most famous col-
with light and color.
of what are often called “fancy col- ored diamonds are the Hope, a
ored diamonds.” sudden spiral in popularity. 45.52-carat blue diamond at the
The increased popularity in col- Whoopi Goldberg wore yellow dia- Smithsonian Institution—graded
ored diamonds can be illustrated monds to the 1999 Academy as Fancy Deep gray blue on the
by the surge of requests for grad- Awards, Heather Locklear wore GIA scale—and the 41-carat Dres-
ing of these gemstones at the pink diamonds to the 2000 Golden den Green Diamond, both fabled
Gemological Institute of America Globes, and, at last year’s Academy in their cultural history.
(GIA), the world’s foremost Awards, presenter Selma Hayak Naturally occurring colored
authority in gemology. wore a 6.17-carat, fancy-intense diamonds, such as the Hope and
GIA has experienced a 102 per- pink diamond ring, while actress Dresden, are very rare and there-
cent increase in demand for col- Julianne Moore wore a 7.52-carat, fore command top prices; dia-
ored diamond services since 1999, fancy-vivid yellow diamond. monds that have been color-
according to Tom Yonelunas, chief In 1953, GIA created the Inter- altered by laboratory treatment
executive officer of the GIA Gem national Diamond Grading Sys- are less rare, and therefore less
Trade Laboratory. tem recognized today worldwide valuable.
“Although colored diamonds by virtually every professional The “origin of color” of a colored
have been around for decades,” jeweler in the industry. diamond (that is, whether its color
Yonelunas said, “the dramatic The system rates diamonds is natural or laboratory treated) is
increase in their place in the con- based on the 4 Cs—color, clarity, disclosed on a GIA Grading Report.
sumer market in the last two to cut and carat weight. The GIA To learn more about fancy col-
three years is unprecedented.” color scale ranges from D, which ored diamonds, visit the Gemolog-
Celebrity fascination with is absolutely colorless, all the way ical Institute of America (GIA)
fancy colors may account for the to Z, which includes diamonds Web site at www.gia.edu.
Hotline Helps Moviegoers Choose Wisely
(NAPSA)—For movie fans, it
can sometimes be a challenge to
find films that express their view
of the world. The search is often
more difficult for people who want
to see movies that are entertain-
ing, but not offensive.
Fortunately, parents and oth-
ers who want to make informed
and responsible film-going choices
can now get help from a reliable
source—a movie review service
that offers weekly reviews of lead-
ing box office attractions.
The service—accessible via the
Internet or a toll-free telephone
number—features reviews from
the U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops (USCCB) that include
concise storyline summaries, along
with an analysis of each movie’s
Films are also rated for age-
appropriateness according to a
classification system developed by
the USCCB Office for Film &
Broadcasting more than 30 years
ago. The reviews are updated
every Friday and always include a
recommended “Family Video of An alternative rating system
the Week,” for those times when makes it easier for movie fans to
family-friendly fare can’t be found preview a movie’s moral content.
Just because a movie earns an To make it easier to remember
“A-I” rating, making it appropriate the phone number (1-800-311-4222)
for all ages, it doesn’t necessarily and Web site (www.usccb.org) for
mean that the film is recommended the movie review service, the
by the USCCB reviewers. For Catholic Communication Cam-
example, one recent flick, though paign is offering free magnets
classified as A-I, was found to be which list that information along
just “mildly pleasant,” with a “pre- with a legend for the USCCB movie
fab quality” that even a good cast classifications.
couldn’t overcome. To request a free magnet, call
In addition to the new reviews 202-541-3204 or write to: Movie
posted weekly, film buffs can search Magnet, Catholic Communications
through hundreds of archived Campaign, 3211 Fourth Street,
reviews on the USCCB Web site. NE, Washington, DC 20017.
Cell Phone Scrutiny
(NAPSA)—Not all cell phones
are created equal. Some provide
better sound quality or longer bat-
tery life, while others come
equipped with a large array of fea- J
tures or sport a sleek, compact
style. With all the wireless phones s
to choose from, how can you be t
sure the phone you pick not only f
offers the latest features you i
crave, but also is top quality? One t
wireless carrier, Verizon Wireless, i
has taken your concerns into
account and devised a selection
process to ensure only the high-
est-quality phones receive the
company’s “seal of approval.” Veri-
zon Wireless has its selection
process down to a science, ulti-
mately selling just the models
that pass muster.
Phones submitted by the man- If the prototype phone passes
ufacturers must pass rigorous lab the lab tests, it graduates to the
and field-testing to make certain next phase: some “real life” tests
that each phone functions flaw- by the company’s cadre of field
lessly and, more important, gives technicians around the country.
consumers the quality communi- Calls are placed to and received
cations experience the company’s from all over the company’s coast-
wireless network was built to to-coast network, ensuring call
deliver. quality in different geography and M
Under the direction of Louis topography, from the high eleva- w
LaMedica, an 11-year veteran of tions in Denver to the Iowa plains, a
the company, a group of 15 lab from the great outdoors to inside
engineers at the state-of-the-art buildings and tunnels. s
testing lab in Bedminster, New With more than 111 million w
Jersey, put wi re l e s s p h o n e s wireless users in the U.S. alone, L
through their initial paces. people are bound to have all types
LaMedica, known among his peers of accidents with their phones. In G
as the “Handset Guru” and his an effort to predict some of these L
team test for everything, from common mishaps, the field testers T
technical specifications to the also check to see what happens to c
mundane—such as dropped calls, a handset after it has been w
limited battery life, keys that dropped or thrown a number of c
have a propensity to stick and feet; had a drink spilled on it; and
phone display screens that are too testers have even been known to i
dim, to name a few. give it to their young children for d
The lab also is home to “Mr. an hour to test the phone’s sur- m
Head,” a mannequin with custom- vival skills. w
made silicon ears. The man- Whether you need a phone for t
nequin’s ears, which replicate, as traditional calling, access to the w
close as possible, the sound- wireless World Wide Web or for n
absorbing and reflecting qualities text messaging, LaMedica’s team t
of the human ear, help determine has you covered. Rest assured,
if the handset meets technical only the best phones receive the v
specifications for sound quality. Handset Guru’s “seal of approval.” L
Join The Crowd!
(NAPSA)—In an age of non-
stop stress, everyone needs play
time, and there’s nothing like a
first-class “excursion” on an
indoor/outdoor model train, one of
the fastest growing family hobbies
in the world.
Rail fun from TOYTRAIN ® —
Model railroading is one of the
world’s fastest growing hobbies—
appealing to young and old alike.
Specialty toy stores and hobby
stores make it easy to get started
with Fast-Setup Starter Sets by
LGB of America.
Start the kids with TOYTRAIN,
G-scale model railroads by LGB.
Larger than most model trains,
TOYTRAIN is painstakingly
crafted—a just-right fit for kids
with thicker walls for sturdy
These trains can be used both
indoors in room den designs, chil-
dren’s bedrooms, patios, and base-
ments, and outdoors on terraces
with well-mounted suspended
tracks and layouts that include
waterfalls gently flowing over
native stone, Japanese gardens or
trains circling the pool.
Owning your own railroad is a
very cool thing. Where to begin?
LGB’s Santa Fe Freight Starter
Set with all the excitement of the
Old West, or the world’s first See-
Thru F7A Diesel Loco, Collector’s
Edition that lets you see the inner
workings of the model? Or, how
about the TOYTRAIN Christmas
Starter Set and the Everyone
Loves Dinosaurs Dino Car?
For a free color catalog, and infor-
mation, call toll-free 1-800-669-0607.
Visit LGB and TOYTRAIN on the
Web at http://www.lgb.com.
Lessen Holiday Entertaining Stress
(NAPSA)—As the season’s glis-
tening colors and rich aromas
beckon, with them comes the
chaos of the holiday rush. ’Tis the
! season to entertain, but that does-
n’t need to be an overwhelming
- task. The following tips, mixed
y with the right blend of prepara-
a tion and a dose of holiday cheer,
n can help anyone put together a
f quick, yet memorable holiday
s event. fork, and is a convenient solution
Advance preparation is key to for last-minute meal planning,
ensuring a relaxed and lively host- while adding a touch of elegance
ess. Whether serving a buffet or to the evening. Cook’s Ham comes
sit-down dinner, set the table a day complete with a glaze packet that
ahead so that only the food is miss- takes just minutes to prepare.
ing. Coordinate place settings, but When presented with rolls and
remember that they don’t have to condiments, a centerpiece entrée
match exactly—in fact, eclectic set- such as Cook’s Spiral Sliced Ham
tings can bring just the right touch clinches best hostess nominations
to a festive table. Skip the elabo- in a way that snack mix never
rate centerpiece and instead scat- could.
ter pinecones and holly sprigs Workable Menu
around the table. Look for ease of preparation in
Avoid the Baking Frenzy all menu items. Instead of hot side
Holiday baking, while fun in dishes and hors d’oeuvres, choose
theory, is also labor-intensive dips and cut-up veggies, or side
— work. Avoid time-crunches by dishes such as wild rice or polenta
e making and freezing cookies and that are made in advance and
quick breads up to a month in served at room temperature. Take
advance. Plan a family baking advantage of backyard snowbanks
weekend to produce such seasonal to quickly chill bottles or cans,
y favorites as shortbreads and gin- being careful that they don’t
d gersnaps—then enjoy the holidays freeze.
y with honest home-baked good- Without Julia Child’s expertise
ness, and without the time strain. or Martha Stewart’s panache, hol-
, Last-Minute RSVP’s iday entertaining can be daunt-
. In a moment of questionable ing. But by incorporating a few
, good sense, Aunt Edna decides to tips and using a little imagina-
y bring her Bingo partners to the tion, clueless cooks and culinary
s party. To change a cocktail menu connoisseurs alike can avoid the
y into something more substantial, stress of holiday entertaining. For
pick up a Cook’s Spiral Sliced assorted holiday ham and glaze
h Ham from the grocery store. Per- recipes, order a free, limited-edi-
- fectly pre-sliced, serving spiral tion Cook’s Recipe Book. Call 312-
- sliced ham is as easy as using a 616-2622 for details.
Acts That Make The World A Kinder Place L
(NAPSA)—What does it take to m
make the world a kinder place? V
In observation of the seventh W
annual Random Acts of Kindness
Week (Nov. 11 to 17), sponsored by
the Random Acts of Kindness
Foundation, people around the
country find a variety of ways to
be kind to each other.
This year ’s activities will
• In Terre Haute, Indiana, resi-
dents will hold a Kindness
Parade, sing a Kindness song, lis-
ten to the town symphony and
pass out information about being
kind to everyone in the city. Kindness events are planned
• Children in Huntsville, in over 5,000 communities and 35
Alabama, will make bookmarks,
door hangers and other items
reminding people to be kind. They roses as an act of kindness.
will be distributed to libraries, • Middle school students in
veteran groups, schools and the Mahopac, N.Y., will be “Secret
television stations. Soda can tabs Acts of Kindness Ambassadors.”
will also be saved for one week They will be challenged to see how
and the proceeds from the recy- many “Secret Acts” they can
cling will go to a local charity. accomplish during Random Acts of
• Charleston, Indiana students Kindness Week. The teachers will
will work with teachers to empha- dress as detectives on kick-off day
size Random Acts of Kindness and will be looking for school-wide
while trying to accumulate kindness gestures.
1,000,000 Acts of Kindness. The Each year the Random Acts of
movie, Pay It Forward, will be Kindness Foundation helps thou-
shown and students will be sands of people celebrate Random
encouraged to pass on two acts for Acts of Kindness Week by provid-
every one act received. This pro- ing ideas, materials and support
ject will culminate in November to inspire kind acts and kindness
with a Sharing and Caring Talent projects worldwide.
Show. For more information about
• For the second year, family- Random Acts of Kindness events,
owned floral shops, Country or about getting involved, call the
Greenery in Moorhead, Minn., and foundation at 1-800-660-2811 or
Fargo, N.D., will encourage people visit the Web site at www.acts
in both communities to give away ofkindness.org.
Find the Right Health Care For Your
Furry, Feathered and Scaly Friends
Choosing a Veterinarian for Your Pet
(NAPSA)—Nearly 95 percent • Does the hospital have labo-
of pet owners know that regular ratory equipment?
veterinary checkups are a key • Does it offer 24-hour emer-
way to ensure their pet’s quality gency care or access to such care
of life, according to the American at another facility?
Animal Hospital Association • Does the hospital have conve-
(AAHA). Because a veterinarian nient office hours and payment
oversees all of your pet’s health plans?
care needs throughout its life, One way to make sure all of the
make sure you choose the right above conditions and more are
veterinarian. You can use the fol- met is to choose a hospital accred-
lowing guidelines recommended ited by the American Animal Hos-
by AAHA. pital Association. AAHA regulates
One of the best ways to begin standards among 3,100 veterinary
researching veterinarians and hospitals in North America and is
veterinary hospitals is to get rec- the only organization to manage a
ommendations from family, voluntary accreditation program
friends and neighbors. Once you for companion animal hospitals.
have a couple of referrals, you Each AAHA hospital undergoes a
are ready to begin your more detailed evaluation of its services
detailed research. It is important and equipment by a trained prac-
to make sure your veterinarian tice consultant who inspects the
will meet your expectations and facility. In order to receive accredi-
that you and your pet feels com- tation, hospitals must meet more
fortable around the doctor. You than 300 individual standards in
also should feel at ease talking areas including emergency ser-
with your veterinarian about vice, surgery and anesthesia, radi-
treatment options and payment ology, nursing care, examination
plans. facilities, dentistry and medical
“Even if the doctor is extremely records.
qualified, if you don’t connect on “Most pet owners consider their
certain issues regarding your pet’s pets to be full-fledged members of
health care, you may need to con- the family,” says Dr. Thomas. “By
tinue your search,” says Dr. carefully researching your selection
Michael Thomas, AAHA president. of a veterinarian, you can help
It is also important that your ensure the long-term health and
veterinary hospital meet a high well-being of your beloved pets.”
standard of pet health care. Ask if The American Animal Hospital
you can tour the facility and meet Association is an international
some of the veterinarians on organization of more than 22,000
staff—be sure to get a brochure veterinary care providers who
that explains hospital policies and treat companion animals. Estab-
procedures before leaving. The lished in 1933, the association is
American Animal Hospital Associ- well known among veterinarians
ation recommends asking yourself for its high standards for hospitals
the following important questions and pet health care. For pet care
of any facility that eventually may information or a referral to an
care for your pet: AAHA hospital, pet owners can
• Does the hospital look and visit the AAHA website at
smell clean? www.healthypet.com or call 800-
• Is it well-lit? 883-6301.
Luxury Electrical: Stylish, Energy-Saving Products
demand more from their homes’
electrical systems. Whether con-
sumers are planning on building a
new home or are making upgrades
to an existing one, they are all
expressing the need to accommo-
date more and more electronic
equipment/conveniences in their
hom es. I n o r d e r t o d o t h i s ,
changes or upgrades need to be
made to the home’s electrical
To meet this demand, one man-
ufacturer has developed a com-
plete line of luxury electrical prod-
ucts. Not only do these products
make homes look better, they
make homes work better by incor-
porating such key benefits as
safety, convenience, increased aes-
thetics and energy efficiency. Luxury electrical products
In terms of safety, a home video make homes more energy-effi-
monitoring system allows parents cient—and more stylish.
to check in on the baby in the crib
or children playing outside in the add to convenience.
yard. When a camera is installed Sophisticated styling makes
at the front door, it’s easy to see Pass & Seymour/Legrand’s devices
who’s there from any networked pleasing to look at and a pleasure
TV in the house. to operate. They are designed to fit
Other luxury electrical devices every décor, every application—and
that increase safety are tamper- many save energy while doing so.
resistant outlets for children’s For example, motion-activated
rooms, pathway lighting for stair- switches automatically turn lights
ways and halls, 911 Locator on and/or off. Dimmers allow
switches that cause outdoor lights adjustment of lighting levels to
to flash on and off continuously— complement the mood while saving
helping emergency personnel energy. Wall box timers, with
quickly locate your residence, and energy-saving time delay/off set-
the momentary-contact disposal tings, feature whisper-quiet opera-
switch, which must be held in the tion as well as attractive aesthetics.
“on” position for operation, elimi- Luxury electrical brings an
nating accidental injury. impressive array of practical ben-
Properly setting up a home efits to anyone’s home. Compared
office, complete with phone, fax to the cost of other luxuries, it is
and Internet links is now easier relatively inexpensive and repre-
than ever. Homeowners can link sents a remarkable value. Lastly,
multiple computers and peripher- luxury electrical provides home-
als such as scanners and printers, owners maximum home resale
and quickly reassign phone lines value.
to different locations throughout For more information about
the house if necessary. Also avail- Pass & Seymour/Legrand luxury
able are in-floor receptacles to electrical products, visit the Web
power desktop devices, which also site at www.passandseymour.com.
Software Used To Nab
(NAPSA)—A software program
originally designed to help par-
ents monitor their children’s
online activity is now being used
by wives and husbands who sus-
pect their mates of cheating on
them via the Internet.
A new software program moni-
tors all computer activity—for
both children and adults.
The program, called Spector,
acts like a hidden video camera for
the computer monitor. Once in-
stalled, it takes snapshots of what-
ever is on the screen and saves
them away on the computer for
later viewing. The software re-
cords chat conversations, instant
messages, e-mails, Web sites vis-
ited and keystrokes typed.
“With Spector, people usually
find out within 24 hours whether
their spouse is cheating,” states
Doug Fowler, president of Spector-
Soft. One SpectorSoft customer
believed that his wife was having
an affair. Within a few days of
using Spector, he not only con-
firmed his suspicions, but also dis-
covered that his wife and her boy-
friend were plotting to murder
“We’ve heard a lot of stories
about what people have found out
using Spector, but this is certainly
the most chilling one,” says
“The Internet has made it very
easy for people to chat and meet
online,” he adds. “Unfortunately,
it is also too easy for married peo-
ple to sex-chat, which leads to
phone-chat, and eventually to
meeting in person.”
Whether you want to be a
more informed parent, employer
or see what your spouse is doing
online, Spector can be an easy
an d effec t i v e s ol u t i on . M or e
information on Spector is avail-
able at www.Spectorsoft.com or
THE ROAD TO FITNESS CAN BE
AS EASY AS A WALK WITH FRIENDS
(NAPSA)—What do you need to
start a healthy walking routine?
Just a good pair of sneakers or
walking shoes...and some friends.
That’s the message behind The
Avon Walking Club, a new booklet
available free from Avon Products,
Inc. especially for today’s busy
women who are trying to find time
for fitness in their lives. The book-
let provides realistic tips on how
women can form their own “Avon
walking club” with “members”
who will support each other on the
road to fitness.
The booklet includes practical
tips for getting started and stay-
ing motivated, as well as a walk-
ing schedule and a pull-out log for
convenient posting to track the
“Many women realize that the
trick to staying with any exercise
routine is to make it a simple part
of their daily lives and sharing it
with a friend,” said Kathrine
Switzer, Program Director of Avon
Walking and Running, an interna-
tional fitness program for women.
“Walking doesn’t require a great
amount of time or financial com-
mitment. And a simple walking
routine can reduce the risk of
heart disease, which is the num-
ber one killer of women.” Walking with friends can make
Switzer notes that walking getting fit even more fun and
every day, even a little, raises keep women on track.
your metabolism, which is the
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• Form a group of two to three email@example.com, or by calling 1-
women who will share your goal 800-748-1047, ext. 5350.
and determine a convenient A fun and useful gift is avail-
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• Name your club and have request the booklet—the Avon
some fun. It’s a great way to build Wellness Digital Talking Pedome-
team spirit and motivation. ter, a clip-on pedometer that acts
• Choose two to three times a as a virtual personal trainer help-
week that work for everyone. ing to set goals for any workout,
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is available at no cost by writing Grab a buddy and go.
Avoid Halloween Hazards
With A Few Safety Tips
(NAPSA)—Halloween can be a remove choking hazards such as
lot less scary—for parents—if they gum, peanuts, hard candies or
and their children heed a few small toys.
safety tips: Decorate Your Home Safely...
Dressed in Disguise... • Since children will likely be
• Make sure mask eyeholes are running through your yard,
large enough for children to see remember to remove anything
through. that can cause them to fall—gar-
• Before applying make-up to a den hoses, toys, bikes and lawn
child’s face, test the product on a ornaments.
small patch of skin on the child’s • When carving pumpkins, be
arm to avoid possible allergic sure to use flat surfaces with good
reactions. lighting to avoid injuries. Pump-
• Make sure all costumes fit kin-carving kits designed espe-
properly. Oversized pants, skirts cially for children are available.
and shoes can cause a child to fall • To avoid fire hazards, lit
and get injured. pumpkins should be placed away
Tricks for Trick-or-Treating... from curtains and other flamma-
• Safety accessories such as ble objects. Never leave lit pump-
reflective tape, clip-on flashers or kins unattended.
reflective armbands can help • Use bulb-lit or fiber-optic
increase visibility in the dark. pumpkins and light sets to illumi-
• Before those frightening little nate doorways for trick-or-treaters.
monsters head out the door, dis- With all the excitement that
cuss a pre-planned route. Halloween brings, children can
• Encourage children to walk sometimes forget about the pre-
slowly on sidewalks and drive- cautions. “Safety innovations in
ways and to cross streets at street costume accessories and home
corners and crosswalks. decorations can help parents
• All trick-or-treaters should reduce the risks of Halloween-
carry flashlights. related accidents and injuries,”
• Children should visit only says Andy Bailen, executive vice
well lit homes and accept treats in president of marketing and mer-
doorways only. chandising for Party City Corpo-
• Remind children to wait until ration (NASDAQ: PCTY), Amer-
they get home before eating any ica’s largest party goods chain.
candy. For more information on Hal-
• Parents should check all loween safety items, decorations,
treats for signs of tampering. For costumes and accessories call 1-
younger children, parents should 800-477-4841.
October is National Car Care Month
(NAPSA)—October is National
Car Care Month and a perfect
time to think about how you treat
your car. It may surprise you to
know how everyday driving can
take a major toll on your vehicle.
In fact, most people who think
they are “normal” drivers are
actually considered “severe” dri-
vers, according to the definitions
of their vehicle manufacturers.
Both normal and severe driving
classifications relate directly to
your total driving habits—how, 3,000 miles to protect your engine.
when and where you drive. It is Your manual will also contain
important to know how auto mak- information about other critical
ers look at normal vs. severe dri- components of servicing and pre-
ving since the maintenance sched- ventive maintenance, such as your
ule recommendations will most- oil and air filters, engine cooling
likely differ between the two. Here system, and other vital fluids.
are some examples of severe dri- Be aware of your driving
ving conditions: conditions
Short Trips: Frequent use for Some minor changes in your
short periods of time, such as dri- driving—a few cold mornings or
ving to the supermarket. some stop-and-go driving—can
Cold Starts: Leaving your put you in the severe driving cate-
garage or driveway on a cooler gory. By monitoring the change in
morning without sufficient warm- types of traveling, destinations,
up time. weather and other conditions, you
Stop and Go: Driving in traffic can help to ensure you are servic-
with many taps of the brake or ing your car at the right time to
long idling periods. avoid a costly breakdown.
Towing and Heavy Loads: Ask an expert
Hitching a trailer; packing the car If you still have questions, you
for a family vacation or a move. can ask preventive maintenance
Extreme Temperatures: Driving experts at a quick-oil change ser-
in heat or those areas with tem- vice station, like a Jiffy Lube. As
peratures dipping below freezing. part of its overall vehicle mainte-
Regional Factors: Traveling in nance service, Jiffy Lube techni-
coastal areas, dusty and muddy cians will have access to informa-
conditions, or locations that may tion provided by your vehicle’s
require road salt. manufacturer and can provide you
If it seems that your driving with those recommendations
conditions fall into one or more of based on your driving conditions,
the categories above, you are not as well as your local environmen-
alone. In fact, nowadays, the aver- tal or seasonal conditions.
age driver is much more likely to As the weather gets cooler in
be considered a severe driver than most parts of the country, October
ever before. To make sure that you is the perfect time for National Car
are using the proper service inter- Care Month. With temperatures
vals recommended by your auto changing, traffic once again heavier
manufacturer, try the following: with school-bound traffic, and a
Check your owner’s manual variety of after-school activities
It will let you know the proper turning your vehicle into the family
service intervals for your model taxi, take an extra moment to think
based on your driving conditions. about the needs of your car. And if
Your oil will break down more you just happen to be a severe dri-
quickly if you are a severe driver, ver, it takes only a little extra care
so the majority of owners’ manu- to ensure your car will keep you on
als recommend changing oil every the road year after year.
(NAPSA)—Now here’s some-
thing you can sink your teeth into:
tasty tips from a master choco-
latier on how to identify and savor
high-quality chocolate. Belgian
chocolate-maker Thierry Muret
suggests these tasting techniques.
Chocolate experts say to look
for two things when tasting fine
chocolates: flavor and texture.
• Look for chocolate with a
consistent color, a satiny sheen
and a high degree of craftsman-
ship in shapes and designs.
• Take in the aroma—it should
be fresh and not overly perfumed
• Let the chocolate melt
against the roof of your mouth to
feel the texture—it should be
velvety smooth without any
• Roll the chocolate over your
tongue, allowing the flavors to
permeate your mouth. The ini-
t i a l t a s t e s h o u l d b e a n u t t y,
roasted chocolate flavor, followed
by sweetness and other flavor
• Lastly, fine chocolates tend to
have a pleasant aftertaste that
lingers on the palate.
Muret just created five indul-
gent new confections for leading
super-premium chocolatier, Godiva,
which are inspired by the com-
pany’s Belgian heritage of chocolate
Consumers can find Godiva’s
decadent new chocolates in Gold
Ballotin assortments available at
Godiva boutiques, finer depart-
ment stores and specialty shops,
or by calling 1-800-9-GODIVA or
logging onto www.GODIVA.com.
Workers Can Benefit From A Career In Roofing
(NAPSA)—Trades that offered
good pay and benefits once pro-
vided many workers a path to the
middle class that did not require a
In recent years, with the shift
toward an information-based
service economy, the number of
these kinds of jobs has dropped
One trade, however, where lots
of good jobs are still available is
the roofing industry. Due to the
fact that much of the roofing indus-
try is focused on repair work, the
demand for roofing workers in the
recent past has been constant.
That’s why there always seems to
be a need for new workers with the
necessary aptitude and interest. A recent survey of union and
Entry-level roofing workers can non-union roofing contractors
receive training, gain experience indicates that journeyman roofing
and earn money while they are workers earn an average of $17
learning the trade. per hour.
Some roofing contractors offer
approved apprenticeship pro- sponded offer group health insur-
grams. New workers can also ance plans to employees and 88
enter approved union training pro- percent allow paid vacation days.
grams to develop their skills. Other benefits offered by 78
According to a recent survey of percent of the survey respondents
union and non-union contractors are educational assistance, guar-
conducted by the National Roofing antees of pay for 40 hours of work
Contractors Association (NRCA), a week, vehicle use, and em-
journeyman workers who have ployer-paid uniforms. Moreover,
some training earn an average of approximately 75 percent of those
$17 per hour. Managerial employ- responding offer employee retire-
ees who supervise several projects ment plans.
simultaneously earn on average To learn more, call a 24-hour,
$22 per hour. bilingual—Spanish and English—
In addition to training and toll-free job information hotline at
good wages, workers in the roofing 1-888-ROOF-321. Ask for a free
industry benefit in other ways. brochure and a list of roofing con-
The NRCA survey reports that 88 tractors in your area with job
percent of the employers who re- openings.
Loyalty Abounds As Catalog Celebrates 70th Year
Catalog Keeps Going Through The Generations
(NAPSA)—Today loyalty pro-
grams are popping up everywhere.
Travelers collect miles good for
free travel from their airplane
flight, car rental and hotel stay.
Points—redeemable for every-
thing from electronics to travel—
are collected by clicking through
advertiser’s sites on the Internet
and coffee houses often give their
customers a free beverage after
Some programs have staying
power but others disappear before
consumers can ever actually use
their points. One program, the
Betty Crocker catalog, has with-
stood the test of time and is still
going strong. Since 1931, the cata-
log has offered quality merchan- was issued in 1962. By 1987 it had
dise at less-than-retail prices to expanded to a full sized catalog
consumers who redeem points containing 32 pages of merchan-
found on General Mills products. dise. Today’s catalog fills 72 pages
Using Betty Crocker catalog with name brand merchandise like
points, homemakers across the Oneida, Lenox, Fiesta and Pfaltz-
country have been stocking their graff dinnerware, T-FAL and com-
silverware drawers with Oneida plete lines of bakeware & cook-
patterns like Patrick Henry and ware products. Today’s catalog has
Queen Bess for seventy years. something for everyone including
You r moth er or gran d moth er Betty Crocker Kitchen tested
may have furnished her flatware housewares.
drawer with the help of her The catalog has become an
kitchen cupboard. established tradition in many
What started as a small promo- homes like this consumer’s, “Now
tion—a single teaspoon offer my daughter is soon to set up
tucked into bags of Gold Medal housekeeping and over the last
flour and Wheaties cereal boxes— few years we have been sending
is now one of the longest-running for baking products, flatware and
loyalty programs in America. The dishes for her from your catalog.
response to the teaspoon was so When her birthday or Christmas
tremendous that the offer was rolls around, she looks for that
extended to an entire set of flat- gift that contains her stash of
ware a year later. coupons that I have been collect-
Millions of orders have been ing over the year.”
placed since that first promotion. Today budget-conscious shop-
The merchandise is constantly pers can find Betty Crocker Cata-
updated with some items, like the log Points on more than 200 Gen-
flatware, remaining constant. eral Mills products.
After 70 years Oneida flatware The Betty Crocker catalog can
remains the most popular product be obtained on Betty’s Web site
in the Betty Crocker catalog. BettyCrocker.com or by calling
The first full-fledged catalog 800-328-8360.
“Cover the Bases & Strike Out Fire”
(NAPSA)—“Cover the Bases &
Strike Out Fire” is an exciting,
new public safety campaign com-
bining America’s favorite pastime
with important fire safety mes-
sages to teach families how to
“cover the bases” to “strike out”
preventable cooking, heating and
electrical fires—which account for
half of all home fires.
NFPA (National Fire Protection
Association) urges kids of all ages
across North America to “Cover
the Bases & Strike Out Fire” this
year during Fire Prevention Week
(FPW), October 7-13 and all year-
round. NFPA has been the official
sponsor of FPW for nearly 80
Fire Prevention Week 2001
urges families to “Cover the
Pitching in to drive home fire
safety messages is three-time Bases & Strike Out Fire.”
American League Baseball “Fire- with their children to stay safe by
man of the Year,” Dennis Eckers- identifying and correcting any fire
ley, who is serving as this year’s hazards in their home,” says Meri-
honorary FPW chair. K Appy, NFPA vice president for
Using a baseball diamond as a public education.
visual cue, FPW 2001 puts home Major funding for FPW 2001 is
hazards on base, positioning provided by FEMA and the U.S
cooking safety on first base, heat- Fire Administration, with gener-
ing safety on second and electri- ous support from KIDDE and con-
cal safety on third. Home plate tributions from Underwriters Lab-
serves as a reminder to test oratories Inc. (UL), and USAA.
smoke alarms and to practice fire History of FPW
drills. On the 40th anniversary of the
The cornerstone of this year’s Great Chicago Fire of October
campaign, a home fire safety 1871, fire marshals advocated an
checklist, rallies families around a annual observation to keep the
specific call to action: conducting a public informed about fire preven-
home fire inspection. NFPA en- tion. In 1920, President Woodrow
courages kids and families to hunt Wilson issued the first National
for and eliminate potential cook- Fire Prevention Day proclama-
ing, heating and electrical home tion, and since 1922, FPW has
hazards by using the checklist as a been observed with NFPA as the
guide. To download a free copy of official sponsor.
the checklist, visit www.sparky.org. NFPA has been a worldwide
“Just like baseball, fire preven- leader in providing fire, electrical,
tion is a team effort, and we and life safety information to the
encourage parents to work closely public since 1896.
Note to Editors: Though this article can be run at any time, it is particularly
appropriate for publication during Fire Prevention Week, October 7 to 13.
Dealing With Head Lice
(NAPSA)—Doctors say it’s
important for parents of school-
aged children to learn the facts
about head lice.
Lice is something that can
happen to anyone.
Head lice live on the scalp and
lay small white eggs (nits) on the
hair shaft. The nits are most easily
found on the nape of the neck or
behind the ears.
Lice can show up at any time,
but they are most often seen when
kids return to school, prompting
the National Pediculosis Associ-
ation to consider September the
kick-off month for the season for
raising head lice awareness.
If your child has lice, doctors
say you should wash anything
that has come in contact with his
or her head or neck—including
headgear, scarfs, coats and bed
linens—in hot water. Then dry the
items in a dryer on the hot set-
ting, for at least 20 minutes.
Combs and brushes should be dis-
infected in hot water and you
should thoroughly vacuum the
floors and furniture in your house.
Lice treatment kits are avail-
able that can help you remove lice
from your child and house. For
example, Nix® makes a lice treat-
ment rinse and lice control spray.
With a single application, the
rinse can kill lice and their eggs
and prevent reinfestation for 14
days. The spray is meant for bed-
ding and furniture. When used in
conjunction, such products can
help keep children—and their
For more information, visit
www.healing-aid.com or call 888-
Contest Calls For Creativity And Dried Plums
(NAPSA)—In a large bowl,
combine 3 cups creativity with 1
cup dried plums. Mix well until
blended. Prep time: 30 minutes.
Yields $1,000, if your recipe beats
the competition’s at the first
annual Creative Cooking with
Dried Plums Contest.
The California Dried Plum
Board is sponsoring the contest
where participants can submit one
simple, plum-good recipe that
includes dried plums and up to six
additional ingredients. Recipes,
which can vary from on-the-go
snacks to decadent desserts to A plum of an idea: A recipe
divine dinners, must also be pre- contest that spotlights the versa-
pared and cooked in 30 minutes or tility of dried plums.
less. magnesium, potassium, fiber and
“The Creative Cooking with iron. They are also cholesterol-,
Dried Plums Contest is designed sodium- and fat-free, and high in
to get America thinking about and antioxidant power.
engaged in cooking with dried Participants can submit their
plums,” Peggy Castaldi, Director unpublished, original recipes at
of Marketing, said. “People are www.CaliforniaDriedPlums.org
beginning to recognize the versa- and, at the same time, become eli-
tility that dried plums have in gible to win daily online give-
cooking. Whether enjoyed as a aways. Entries can also be mailed
snack or in a recipe, they add and must be postmarked by
essential nutrients and new fla- November 30, 2001, to the Califor-
vors to your favorite, everyday nia Dried Plum Board, P.O. Box
foods. We hope this competition 2370 San Francisco, CA 94126-
will open America’s eyes to all the 2370. Mail-in entries are not eligi-
delicious possibilities.” ble for the online giveaways. The
With the trend moving contest winner will receive a
towards healthier eating, incor- $1,000 cash grand prize and ten
porating nutritious ingredients winners will win a plum purple
into meals is often an easy way to Sharp® Half-Pint Microwave. All
stay fit, maintain a healthy winning recipes will be featured
lifestyle, and get your recom- on the Web site.
mended five servings of fruits For more complete contest
and vegetables a day. Dried rules, information about dried
plums are packed with a variety plums, or the Creative Cooking
of important vitamins and miner- with Dried Plums Contest, visit
als such as vitamin A, copper, www.CaliforniaDriedPlums.org.
A Frighteningly Tasty Treat For Halloween
(NAPSA)—If you want to scare
up some delicious trick-or-treats
for your child’s Halloween party,
consider making some bewitch-
ingly easy Walnut Moon cookies.
These melt-in-your mouth
cookies are easy to bake because
they call for Shedd’s Spread Coun-
try Crock ® Spreadable Sticks,
which blend easily straight from
Besides being handy for cook-
ing, baking and easy spreading on
toast or bread, the sticks add
fresh country flavor to whatever
recipe they are used in. Country These tasty cookies make a
Crock also comes in tubs and a wholesome treat for your little
convenient squeeze bottle.
ghosts and goblins.
The cookies make a wholesome
addition to any witching hour and utes. Beat in vanilla. Gradu-
after you finish using the Country ally beat in flour until
Crock three-pound tub, you can blended. Stir in walnuts. Turn
give it to your little ghosts and dough onto plastic wrap and
goblins to go trick-or-treating shape into flat circle. Cover
with. and refrigerate 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350°. Divide
Walnut Moons dough into 8 pie-shaped
about 21⁄2 dozen cookies wedges. On lightly floured sur-
face, roll each wedge into 1⁄2-
1 cup (2 sticks) Shedd’s inch log, 12 inches long; cut
Spread Country Crock® each log into 4 equal pieces.
Spreadable Sticks Shape into crescents and
⁄2 cup confectioners sugar arrange on ungreased baking
1 tsp. vanilla extract sheets.
13⁄4 cups all-purpose flour Bake 15 minutes or until
⁄2 cup finely chopped edges are lightly golden. On
walnuts wire rack, let stand 2 minutes;
remove from sheets and sprin-
In large bowl, with electric kle generously with addi-
mixer, beat Shedd’s Spread tional confectioners sugar
Country Crock and sugar until while still warm. On wire
light and fluffy, about 3 min- rack, cool completely.
(NAPSA)—If you would like to ANSWERS:
bone up on celebrities and their Animal Planet’s new “Holly-
pets, this quick quiz might help. wood Unleashed” series features
these pets, their owners and other
interesting celebrities pet facts.
The celebrities featured left are: 1.
Kathy Najimy, “Veronica’s Closet.”
2. Frankie Muniz, “Malcolm in the
Middle.” 3. Edie Falco, “The Sopra-
nos.” “Hollywood Unleashed” takes
an inside look at the path of some
of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities.
The show goes home with such
1. What Sister Act and sitcom stars as Megan Mullally (“Will &
co-star is in the habit of keeping Grace”), singer K.D. Lang, Mimi
Kennedy (“Dharma & Greg”), and
the company of dogs?
former Clinton secretary Betty
Currie (caretaker of Socks, the for-
mer “First Cat”, who gives his first
post-White House interview).
Each episode reveals how even
the kings and queens of Hollywood
let down their guard around their
pets, turning into sentimental suck-
ers for their lucky little friends.
“Hollywood Unleashed” makes
its world television debut as a
2. This sitcom star is always one-hour special on Animal Planet
on Tuesday, October 2, from 9-10
“in the middle” of things with his
PM (ET/PT). The first of 15 world
television premiere episodes will
air Friday, October 5, from 10-
10:30 PM (ET/PT), with subse-
quent premieres on Fridays from
10-10:30 PM (ET/PT).
Launched in October 1996, and
now available in over 74 million
homes, Animal Planet offers a wide
range of television entertainment
including dramatic reality-based
series, talk shows, original fictional
programming, high-quality chil-
3. An adorable canine is one
dren’s shows, documentaries, and
of this actress’s “mob of devoted more. Visit Animal Planet on the
fans.” Web at www.animalplanet.com.