Appetizers for Easy Entertaining

Give parties and get-togethers a unique taste in recipes like these Apple Brie Bites and Apple Butter Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp………..

(Family Features) When it comes time to entertain family and friends, it’s important to have a few simple, warm appetizers and small plates at the ready. Plan your menu with recipes that can be prepped ahead of time and popped in the oven when guests arrive. It can make hosting easier and more enjoyable.

A versatile ingredient that can enhance your favorite sweet and savory recipes, Musselman’s Apple Butter is more than just a spread. It’s made the old-fashioned way for perfect texture and a rich apple-cinnamon flavor, giving parties and get-togethers a unique taste in recipes like these Apple Brie Bites and Apple Butter Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp.

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Apple Butter Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Servings: 10

  • 3/4       cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
  • 1/2       cup maple syrup
  • 1/2       teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 10        pieces bacon
  • 10        extra-large shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In medium-sized skillet over medium heat, add apple butter, maple syrup, red pepper flakes, salt and paprika. Whisk until mixture is thick and cooked down by half, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
  3. In large skillet over medium heat, add bacon slices and cook until browned but still flexible.  Remove from pan and drain on paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Wrap one bacon slice around each shrimp, secure with toothpick and place onto prepared baking sheet.
  5. Once all shrimp have been wrapped, baste tops with apple butter mixture.
  6. Bake 5 minutes then flip and baste other side of shrimp. Bake another 5 minutes. Continue to flip and baste shrimp (2 minutes each time) until shrimp is fully cooked. Do not overcook as glaze can burn. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.

Apple Brie Bites

Servings: 24

  • 1          sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 5          ounces Brie cheese
  • 1/2       cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
  • 1/4       cup pecans, chopped
  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Grease mini muffin pan.
  2. Press seams of puff pastry sheet together. Cut sheet into quarters then each quarter into six pieces.
  3. Use rolling pin to flatten each piece of pastry into square shape. Place one square into each muffin cup.
  4. Put 1/2 teaspoon brie, 1 teaspoon apple butter and 1/2 teaspoon chopped pecans into each muffin cup.
  5. Bake 13-15 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm.


OP ED: It’s a sin to tell a lie…

A year-end opinion article by Dan Weber president of the Association of Mature American Citizens – – – Never in the history of the world has it been easier and faster to find out what is happening in virtually every city on the face of the earth.  Nor, has there been a time when news reporting has been so erratic and unreliable.

It’s a sin to tell a lie
A year-end opinion article by
Dan Weber president of the Association of Mature American Citizens
WASHINGTON, DC – Never in the history of the world has it been easier and faster to find out what is happening in virtually every city on the face of the earth.  Nor, has there been a time when news reporting has been so erratic and unreliable.
You don’t know what to believe when you read a newspaper, when you listen to the radio, when you watch television news shows or when you access social media.  It used to be that reporters and editors adhered to a sacred principle: tell the truth.
But it seems that these days it is “cool” to insert opinion and innuendo into their reportage.  It’s gotten so bad that Pope Francis, himself, felt compelled to call out the purveyors of lies in the media.  He issued a plain and simple message to them: it’s a sin to tell a lie.
The Pope issues proclamations at the beginning of each New Year cautioning those who report the news against committing “grave sin that hurts the heart of the journalist and hurts others.”  His message in 2018 will be issued on January 24, 2018 and, in Francis’ own words, will focus on fake news, a term that has become popular in the White House these days.
Journalists perform a mission that is a fundamental principle of democracy.  The Pope said in a preview of his 2018 Message for the media and the world; “You shouldn’t fall into the sins of communication: disinformation, or giving just one side, calumny that is sensationalized, or defamation, looking for things that are old news and have been dealt with and bringing them to light today.”
I believe that there may be some men and women engaged in reporting the news who may take the Pope’s message to heart.  But, I also believe that those so-called journalists who are more concerned about getting their own selfish viewpoints aired in public will continue to spew untruths.
So, how do you tell who is telling the truth and who is not?  One way is to look for balanced reporting. If the story is always against someone, chances are you’re listening to someone who is biased.
It is up to each and every one of us to discover the most reliable sources of news by doing the research and checking the facts.  It is not an easy task because the manipulators of news are good at what they do and what they do is practice the sin of yellow journalism-sensationalized, crudely exaggerated fake news.
The vast amount of information that is available to us in the 21st Century carries with it a warning: let the buyer beware.
The Association of Mature American Citizens [] is a vibrant, vital senior advocacy organization that takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests and offering a practical insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.  Live long and make a difference by joining us today at

WC Park District Offers January Programs

Enjoy nature……………….

Happy New Year! January Programs:

Geocaching: DIY Part 1
Saturday, January 6; 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Bradner Preserve
11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner

Want to get started as a geocache owner? Placing it in your Wood County Parks is a great way to play! We’ll go through what makes a good geocache, identify the best places for hiding, and clarify the process of getting your geocache certified to hide safely and securely in the parks. We’ll even supply some basic supplies for making your first geocache! Wear sturdy footwear and clothes for brief outdoor exploration. If you have a smartphone, download the app before attending. Personal GPS units suitable for geocaching are encouraged. Park GPS units available for use at the program. Contact Craig Spicer with any questions: 419-661-1697×3

Register Here

EcoLit Book Group Meeting

Thursday, January 11; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg

This book group is open to new and existing members. For this meeting, please read Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World, nature essays by Linda Hogan. Group meets once a month. Register for any or all. Discussion leader: Cheryl Lachowski, Senior Lecturer, BGSU English Dept. and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) graduate.

Register Here

Geocaching: DIY Part 2

Saturday, January 13; 9:00 – 11:30 am
Bradner Preserve
11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner

You’ve made your geocache, stuffed it with SWAG, and hid it – now let’s find them! Participants of Part 1 can register for Part 2 to seek out and compare the geocaches of others. This is a great time to learn tips and tricks on seeking, hiding, and share ideas for SWAG, future geocaches, and more! Participants must have registered for Part 1. Geocache Applications due Wednesday, January 12. Wear sturdy footwear and clothes for brief outdoor exploration. If you have a smartphone, download the app before attending. Personal GPS units suitable for geocaching are encouraged. Park GPS units available for use at the program. Contact Craig Spicer with any questions: 419-661-1697×3

Register Here

Snow Day

Saturday, January 13; 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green

Do you need a snow day? Join us as we learn about the science of snow and then experience the fun of playing in it! Please dress in warm layers.

Register Here

Teen Naturalists

Wednesday, January 17; 6:00 – 7:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg

Are you between the ages of 13-18? Would you like to know more about the natural world? If so, you are welcome to join our new Teen Naturalist club! We’ll take a closer look at a different topic every month, covering everything from astronomy to zoology! January’s topic: trees. February’s topic: mammals.

Register Here

PiPs – Nature Sense

Saturday, January 20; 10:30 – 11:30 am
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg

What can you discover in nature using your senses? We’ll use sight, hearing, touch and smell to learn more about the outdoor world!

Register Here

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Certification Program
Tuesday, January 23; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Park District Headquarters
29530 White Road, Perrysburg

This natural resources education program begins in April and is coupled with community-based volunteer service. Sessions take place inside and out and include many topics: interpretation, ecology, birds, native plants, mammals, insects, geology, and more! Co-sponsored by the Ohio State University Extension of Wood County.

Register Here

Carter Ruggers Meeting

Thursday, January 25; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Park District Headquarters
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green

Join in the fun of this quarterly program for anyone interested in rug crocheting. Bring your own cotton cloth if you plan to work on something to take home. Material is provided to work on a rug for the Carter Historic Farm museum. Craft instruction provided by Friends of the Parks board member and dedicated volunteer Virginia Dean.

Register Here

Wild Skills: Fire Building

Friday, January 26; 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve
26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg

Fire is one of the best tools to have on your adventures, providing clean water, heat for cooking, and a positive attitude. Learn hands-on skills for how to start and maintain a fire safely and successfully in a variety of situations. Build the fire from 5:30-6:30 pm, then try out some pie-iron camp food creations from 6:30-7:30 (optional). Suggested age: 8+ Program will be outside for its entirety, so please dress for the weather.

Register Here

Winter Bird Count for Kids

Saturday, January 27;
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg

We will search out and count as many birds as possible, and then feast on pizza while we make our countdown list.

Register Here

Nuts for Squirrels
Tuesday, January 30, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Reuthinger Preserve
30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg

Learn about the different types of squirrels we have locally. You will then be able to make a squirrel feeder to take with you and hang in your own back yard to help our furry friends through winter.

Register Here

The Slippery Elm Trail is not plowed in the winter. When there is snow, it is a great place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. In other winter fun news… When the pond ice is thick enough at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, you can go ice skating. Skates are not provided, but the Park District Rangers will have a sign out when there is sufficient ice for skating. Winter can be a great time to get outdoors. Please remember to dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. The Park District must turn off the water supply to the drinking fountains so the pipes do not freeze. Happy Adventures!

Lutheran Church News

“The Work of Christmas Begins” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic on Sunday, December 31

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

“The Work of Christmas Begins” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Sunday, December 31 at 10:15 a.m.

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

Members will lead worship at Briar Hill Health Campus at 2:00 p.m.


St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

“The Work of Christmas Begins” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on Sunday, December 31 at 8:00 a.m.

Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. A joint adult Sunday School is with the McComb United Methodist Church.

Girls Lose at Carey in Overtime

Friday night………………..

The Lady Tigers traveled to Carey on Friday night to face the Lady Blue Devils. Carey took the game into overtime, and ended up with the victory 59-52.

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Leading the hard fought battle for NB:

Katelyn Weinandy-26 points, 6 rebounds
Alivia Light-18 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, 8 assists
Leah Lee-6 points
Kiley Brooker-2 points, 4 rebounds
h. Watson-2 steals, 3 assists

Carey won the JV contest, 45-35

The Tigers are now 6-4 (2-2 BVC)

submitted by Coach Pelton

“Twelve Resolutions”

A devotion by Pastor Ralph J. Mineo………………..

In 1723 Jonathan Edwards, a teenager, who would become a well-known preacher, teacher, and author, wrote a list of 70 resolutions which he read once EVERY WEEK! Repeating them, he believed, would help him stay spiritually focused and more determined to do the work they represented. From experience, he knew that resolutions often get set aside in a short while.

At the top of his list, Edwards began: “Aware that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do pray that, by his grace, he will enable me to keep these resolutions, so far as they are in line with his will, and that they will honor Christ.”

Truth be told, 70 seems a lot to me, so I’ve selected and edited 12 that I think could really make a difference in the coming year.

1. Resolved: I will do whatever I think will be most to God’s glory, and my own good, for as long as I live.

2. Resolved: I will never do anything, whether physically or spiritually, except what glorifies God. In fact, I resolve not only to this commitment, but I resolve not to even grieve and gripe about these things, if I can avoid it.

3. Resolved: I will live with all my might, while I do live.

4. Resolved: I will never do anything out of revenge.

5. Resolved: I will never speak evil of anyone, except if it is necessary for some real good.

6. Resolved: I will live in such a way, as I will wish I had done when I come to die.

7. Resolved: I will maintain the wisest and healthiest practices in my eating and drinking.

8. Resolved: I will never do anything, which if I saw another do, I would consider a just reason to despise him, or think in any way less of him.

9. Resolved: I will study the Scriptures so steadily, and so constantly, and so frequently, that it becomes evident, even obvious, to myself that my knowledge of them has grown.

10. Resolved: I will confess honestly to myself all that I find in myself, whether weakness or sin. And if it something that concerns my spiritual health, I will also confess the whole case to God, and implore him for all needed help.

11. Resolved: after afflictions, I will inquire in what ways I am now the better for having experienced them. What good have I received by them? What benefits and insights do I now have because of them?

12. Resolved: let there be something of benevolence, in all that I speak.

PUCO grants hours-of-service relief to intrastate heating oil carriers

The regulatory relief is effective immediately and will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2018……………

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Dec. 29, 2017) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today, Friday,granted temporary regulatory relief from the hours-of-service requirements for drivers operating commercial motor vehicles transporting heating oil within Ohio. The Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association notified the PUCO of interruptions in the availability and/or delivery of heating oil across Ohio.

The regulatory relief is effective immediately and will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2018.

Carriers subject to this regulatory relief are not exempt from any other motor carrier safety regulations, including commercial driver’s licensing, controlled substance and alcohol use and testing requirements, and financial responsibility requirements. Carriers should continue to maintain records of duty status and take all measures to ensure that drivers have the ability to safely operate their commercial vehicles.

Driver must keep a copy of this notice on each vehicle affected by this relief.

Simply Savory Meals

(Family Features) Farm-fresh is what many families desire. Straight from the farm to your table is one of the best ways you can ensure you’re delivering a nutritious and delicious meal for family or friends.

Wholesome meals can bring everyone together around the dinner table; even little ones can enjoy flaky, baked fish, a nutritious potato-based side dish and a trendy-twist on a farm-fresh beverage with these fun, flavorful recipes.

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Delightfully Baked Fish

When it comes to baking fish, flaky and fresh can make for a great combination. For a classic meal with a seasoned flare, try this delicious baked fish with lemon pepper seasoning and onions. Find more traditional, tasty recipes at

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Baked Fish

Recipe courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture
Servings: 4

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1          pound fish fillets (whitefish, trout or tilapia)
  • 1          onion, sliced
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon black pepper
  • 2          teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4       teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Place 12-inch piece of foil on counter. Coat foil with nonstick cooking spray. Place fillets in middle of foil. If fillets have skin, place skin-side down.
  3. Spread sliced onions, salt, pepper and oil on top of fillets. Add lemon pepper seasoning, if desired. Fold foil over fish.
  4. Place foil pouch on baking sheet and place in oven. Bake fish 15-20 minutes until fish reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 F on a food thermometer and is flaky when tested with fork.
  5. Divide into four portions and serve.

A Sensationally Simple Side Dish

When you’re looking for a delicious and nutritious side dish to complement any meal, look no further than this Fingerling Potato Salad. Made with nutrient-rich Wisconsin Potatoes and topped with a lemon dressing, this simple potato side packs plenty of flavor. Find more potato recipes at

Fingerling Potato Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1 1/2    pounds mixed Wisconsin fingerling potatoes
  • 2          large lemons, divided
  • 2          cups water
  • 2          tablespoons coarse kosher salt
  • 3          tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 3          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons whole cumin seeds
  • 3/4       teaspoon whole coriander seeds
  • pepper, to taste
  • 4          green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3       cup chopped fresh dill
  • salt, to taste
  • 2          cups baby arugula
  1. In large pot of boiling, salted water, cook potatoes until just tender when pierced with fork, about 15 minutes. Drain and cool slightly.
  2. Slice one lemon into 1/8-inch-thick rounds. In small saucepan, combine sliced lemon, water and kosher salt; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until lemon slices are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain lemons then coarsely chop.
  3. Cut remaining lemon in half and squeeze out 2 tablespoons juice. In small bowl, mix chopped lemons, lemon juice, white balsamic vinegar and oil. Coarsely crush cumin and coriander seeds using mortar and pestle. Mix seeds into lemon dressing. Season, to taste, with pepper.
  4. Cut lukewarm potatoes in half lengthwise. Place in large, shallow bowl. Mix in green onions and dill. Pour lemon dressing over and toss to coat. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Add arugula and toss gently. Serve lukewarm or at room temperature.

Farm-Fresh Festivities

Themed parties can be challenging, especially when you want everything to be perfect for your guests. Make your party simple and festive with these tips for planning your own farm-to-table gathering.

Mason jars
A farm-to-table classic, mason jars can be used for drinks or even to fill with flowers to make a beautiful, seasonal centerpiece for the table. Mason jars are clean, cute and easy to wash when the gathering is over.

Rustic vibe
Adding some rustic decor can help spruce up your table or serve as an accessory for your farm-to-table dinner party. Also consider adding a bit of fall-flare with decorations such as pumpkins, squash and brightly colored leaves.

Seasonal fare
It’s easy to get inspired with the variety of things you can find at your local farmers market. Ingredients like onions can be used in this Baked Fish recipe while a batch of locally sourced potatoes is the perfect foundation for a Fingerling Potato Salad.

From Farm to Glass

Many may be surprised to learn that milk is one of the original farm-to-table foods, typically arriving on grocery shelves in just two days (or 48 hours) from many family-owned and operated dairy farms. For a trendy twist on the farm-fresh beverage kids already love, try this DIY flavored milk recipe as a tasty start to the morning. To learn about milk’s journey from farm to glass, visit

Chocolate Banana Milk

Servings: 1

  • 8          ounces fat free milk
  • 1/2       large banana
  • 1          teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  1. Place 8 ounces milk, large banana and unsweetened cocoa powder in a blender and blend until just smooth. Enjoy!

Nutritional information per serving: 140 calories; 0 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 9 g protein; 29 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 105 mg sodium; 306 mg calcium (30% of daily value).



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Dick Clark Men’s League Results

Week 6……………………………………………

Here are the most recent results from the Dick Clark Men’s League:

Game #1

Patterson Sanitation: 47

Wymers Impact Cleaning: 60


Leading scorers for Patterson Sanitation:

Jason Keeton with 19

Gabe Delosreyes with 10

Leading scorers for Wymers Impact Cleaning:

Cory Stewart with 13

Chase Drewes with 12


Game #2

Although Hagemyer won, they take a loss in the scorebook due to a forefeit from not having enough players show up.

Gerdeman Insurance: 81

Hagemyer Trucking: 84


Leading scorers for Gerdeman Insurance:

Mike Clark with 23

Adam Ward with 19

Leading scorers for Hagemyer Trucking:

Scott Bateson with 26

Jordan Watson with 23


Game #3

Mak & Ali’s Pizza: 58

Casey’s Sales: 68


Leading scorers for Mak & Ali’s Pizza:

Troy Rayle with 27

Bryce Lennard with 12

Leading scorers for Casey’s Sales:

Jacob Casey with 21

Sean Watson with 18


Game #4

Reineke Family Dealership: 62

Miller Insurance: 63


Leading scorers for Reineke Family:

Cody Pelton with 21

Nick Brossia with 20

Leading scorers for Miller Insurance

Clinton Ebright with 20

Brody Naugle with 19

Records After Week 5:

  1. Reineke Family Dealership: 5-1
  2. Gerdeman Insurance: 5-1
  3. Casey’s Sales: 4-2
  4. Hagemyer Trucking: 3-3
  5. Miller Insurance: 3-3
  6. Wymers Impact Cleaning: 2-4
  7. Patterson Sanitation: 1-5
  8. Mak & Ali’s: 0-6


Next week’s schedule for 1-7-2018:

12:15: Reineke Family Dealership vs. Hagemyer Trucking

1:15: Miller Insurance vs. Wymers Impact Cleaning

2:15: Mak & Ali’s vs. Patterson Sanitation

3:15: Gerdeman Insurance vs. Casey’s Sales


Tips for Winter Wellness

There’s no magic formula for feeling your best, but consulting your health care provider is always a good idea when you’re contemplating new ideas to promote better health………..

(Family Features) When cold winds blow, it’s essential to take extra steps to protect your health. There are a number of techniques that can help keep your immunity high and your body in good condition to support wellness all season long so that you can enjoy the chillier months.

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There’s no magic formula for feeling your best, but consulting your health care provider is always a good idea when you’re contemplating new ideas to promote better health.

Get up and moving

Without frequent use, muscles and joints can weaken and grow stiff, limiting your mobility. Exercise is also an important step in balancing your caloric intake, and physical activity gets your blood pumping, which has numerous benefits for heart health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a minimum of 150 minutes each week (or 30 minutes per day, at least five days each week) of moderate activity, such as a brisk walk, yoga class or bike ride.

Additionally, winter brings fewer hours of sunlight during the day, and per the National Sleep Foundation, darkness naturally causes the brain to release melatonin, a hormone that triggers sleepiness. Exercise can counteract this drowsiness, as the endorphins released through physical activity cause a natural increase in energy levels. Studies show that endorphins can also elicit positive feelings and reduce the perception of pain, which can lower stress levels to help keep you mentally and physically well.

Spice up your routine with herbal supplements

Whether to supplement your diet with additional vitamins and nutrients or to give you a specific, targeted boost, herbal supplements can help support overall health. For example, the supplement turmeric, derived from root extracts of the Curcuma longa plant, is widely regarded to have numerous positive health implications.

“Since 2013, turmeric has dominated the market as the top-selling ingredient in herbal supplements,” said Chris Oswald, licensed nutritionist at Nature’s Way. “As research on turmeric grows, consumers continue to recognize the health benefits of this amazing botanical.”

Turmeric can be added to several foods, but to ensure a steady, adequate dose, Oswald recommends a turmeric-based herbal supplement, like the Turmerich line from Nature’s Way. The line combines a blend of premium ingredients in two unique formulas, Turmerich Heart and Turmerich Joint. Both supplements feature turmeric extract along with a strong suite of herbal and specialty ingredients for comprehensive, targeted support. Each supplement uses 400 milligrams of standardized turmeric root extract per serving to boost ingredient potency, maximizing potential health benefits.

Get ample rest

Adequate sleep allows the body to rejuvenate itself naturally, promoting a better mood, improved system function and increased stamina throughout the day. The National Sleep Foundation recommends older adults get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night for optimal health. Beyond a good night’s sleep, be sure to take some mental downtime, too, to minimize stress and anxiety, both of which can have a negative impact on your health. Find ways to relax through meditation, reading or listening to soothing music, which can help rest your mind and body.

Boost immunity

Fresh fruits and vegetables offer vitamins and minerals that can play an important role in immune health. Studies have shown that vitamin C, which is found naturally in several fruits, is essential for stimulating growth and repair in the body. During the winter months, when fresh fruit can be harder to find, supplements like Echinacea & Vitamin C from Nature’s Way can be another source of vitamin C.<

Maintain skin health

As the body’s largest organ and the first line of defense against physical harm, the skin is particularly susceptible to wear and tear. During the winter, frequent exposure to harsh elements, from dry air to biting sleet, can have serious impacts on skin health.

You can take steps to minimize painful redness and flakiness or cracking by regularly moisturizing your skin with fragrance-free lotions and herbal oils. They can create a protective barrier between your skin tissue and potential pollutants and irritants, and should be applied generously to areas that are most likely to be exposed, like your hands and face. Also remember to bundle up to prevent the impact of stinging winds, and avoid unnecessary time outdoors when conditions are especially harsh.

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Fast Facts on Turmeric

As a root native to Southeast Asia, turmeric has played a role in Chinese and Indian medicinal traditions since ancient times. Here are some other facts you may not know about this botanical:

  • Turmeric is a relative of the ginger root.
  • Turmeric adds the yellow color to foods such as Indian curry and yellow mustard, and is often used as a dye for its rich pigment.
  • When dried and ground, the underground stem of the turmeric plant can be used to make capsules, tablets, teas, oils and more.


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Surprise Open House Birthday Party Planned

Jerry Rensch is turning 80 and his family wants you to help them SURPRISE him…………..

The Family of Jerry Rensch is planning a SURPRISE Birthday Open House for his 80th Birthday on Saturday, December 30th.

Please mark your calendar and plan to come help him (and them) celebrate at the Wolfe Community Room at the NB Library!

Jerry , as a youngster.
Shhhhhhhh……………….IT IS A SURPRISE! Everyone is invited to come wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Jerry is a New Year’s Day Birthday Boy–Born on January 1st!

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3 Tips for Cooking Up a Healthy New Year

There’s no time like the New Year to adopt some new, healthy habits…………………..

(Family Features) After a holiday season filled with indulgent food and limited time for exercise, there’s no time like the New Year to adopt some new, healthy habits.

These additional tips can help you get a healthy start to the New Year:

Change up your routine. Start by making a few lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthier diet or increasing your exercise regimen. Maybe you’d like to shed a few pounds or tone up before the weather gets warmer. Changing up your eating (and drinking) habits can be the first step on the path to success.

Start at the tap. Make sure your healthy eating habits include cooking with the best-tasting water possible. That means you could be washing your fruits and vegetables or making soups and smoothies with water that contains impurities. Contrary to what some people may think, boiling water does not completely remove certain contaminants like lead from water.

“Drinking water daily is an important component to staying healthy, as water keeps you hydrated, aids in digestion and transports vitamins and other nutrients. I prefer drinking filtered water to make sure I avoid potentially unwanted contaminants,” said Keri Glassman, a registered dietitian, nutritionist and PUR spokesperson. “I recommend installing a faucet filtration system that won’t break the bank, such as the PUR Advanced Faucet Filtration System, for a superior, on-demand solution for clean, healthy and great-tasting water right from the tap.”

Visit to learn more about superior faucet filtration systems and how to get cleaner, better-tasting water.

Create healthy, hearty recipes. There are plenty of delicious and nutritious recipes that can help fuel your body all year long. For example, this hearty soup is full of tasty, powerful ingredients like protein-rich chicken sausage; nutrient-dense kale and butternut squash, which are excellent sources of fiber; plus vitamins and minerals. Garlic, onions and cloves add a kick of antioxidants and flavor.

White Bean Soup with Spicy Chorizo

Recipe courtesy of Keri Glassman

Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 4          cups kale, chopped
  • 1          medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1          can (14 ounces) cannellini beans, drained
  • 2          cups PUR filtered water, plus additional for rinsing
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          medium onion, chopped
  • 2          garlic cloves, minced
  • 2          links precooked chicken sausage, diced
  • 3 1/2    cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Rinse kale, squash and cannellini beans in filtered water. Set aside.
  2. In pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and garlic, stirring frequently until softened, about 5 minutes. Add sausage and saute 2 minutes, or until warmed through and slightly browned.
  3. Add squash, kale, broth and 2 cups filtered water. Cook, partially covered, 15-20 minutes, or until squash is softened.
  4. Reduce heat to low. Add beans and gently simmer uncovered 3 minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste, before serving.