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Ham vs. lamb (or salmon) for Easter

I’m floating between high holidays this year, with a Passover seder on Tuesday (see story this page) and an Easter late lunch on Sunday, April 16.

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Matzo and a healthy Passover meal

We don’t really need to look for health benefits in our spring holiday meals. But let’s do it anyway. 
I’m going to a Passover seder this week at the home of my friends Fred and Jenny and I’m in charge of matzo ball soup. So, naturally I want to write first about matzo balls. 

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You’ve got to be ketoing me

So apparently, the latest fad — I mean, trend — in diets is the “ketogenic diet,” often referred to as the “keto diet” by people who don’t have time to say “ketogenic.”

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Experiments could reduce the dangers of ticks

KENT — Critters large and small begin to emerge from their winter hiding places with the warmth of spring — and some of those critters are  ticks.
In a talk sponsored by the Kent Land Trust on  Friday, March 24, at Town Hall, Mike Benjamin and Joshua Ginsberg spoke about how ticks find us, how we can reduce the risk of disease, and steps being taken to control them.
Benjamin, who is land manager for the Kent Land Trust, described the biology and ecology of deer ticks, which are the most common species in northwest Connecticut. 

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Don’t stare into the snow without sunglasses

If your eyes have been feeling tired since, say, last Tuesday (March 14), it’s very possibly because of all the snow on the ground.
Snow reflects tons of light into your eyes and if you’ve been out on snowshoes or cross-country skis, or if you’ve been driving around, your eyes are probably working hard to help you see through all the glare.

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Population growth is slowing worldwide

This year, schools and towns in the Northwest Corner have been concerned about drops in the number of full-time residents (especially those with school-age children). Chambers of commerce and economic development commissions have been meeting to discuss ways to boost population and increase enrollment at the six Region One elementary schools. 

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The maple sap revolution

The sap is running from maple trees here in the Tri-state region. If you know someone who makes their own syrup, give him or her a call and see if you can buy a half gallon of the pure, clear sap, before they boil it down into amber syrup. 
Here’s the math: It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. And most people still boil down the sap in a tank over a wood fire. It takes a long time for all the water to boil out of the sap, so someone has to keep an eye on the tank and to keep chucking logs into the fire.

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Volunteer drivers are needed to help cancer patients

The American Cancer Society’s Road To Recovery® program is in need of volunteers to donate their time and passenger seat to help get cancer patients to their lifesaving appointments and treatment. 

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NAMI Basics training class

The Foundation for Community Health, HYSB and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. 
This NAMI Basics training will help parents and other family caregivers of children to understand the illnesses that are causing behavioral difficulties and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses. 

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New hospice director for Visiting Nurse Association

The Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) has appointed Melanie McGinn of Cornwall as hospice director, a position previously held by Donna DiMartino, who is retiring from SVNA. 
McGinn came to SVNA after working in Rhode Island as the Hospice and Palliative Care director for a large home health agency. She attended Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J.,  where she received a bachelor’s degree in individualized studies. 

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