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A series of one-act plays, adapted from Jonathan Rands Crazytown, will be directed and performed by the Blair Academy

Players on January 23rd, 24th and 25th in ArmstrongHipkins Center for the Arts Wean Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by emailing Micki Kaplan McMillan at mcmilm@ The show, entitled The Lose Room, consists of the four acts of Mr. Rands Crazytown, which has been performed in New Jersey just one previous time. After learning that Blair students would be performing his show, playwright Mr. Rand contacted Mrs. McMillan to ask for student feedback on the plays from production and performance angles. What a rare, yet exciting opportunity it is to engage in a conversation with the playwright, commented Mrs. McMillan. This is such a significant event for the students, not only because we have a chance to open a dialogue with Mr. Rand, but also because it is the first time the plays will be completely student-

directed. Student-directors Abby Troy '14, Marda Zenawi '14, Salley Winter Baxter '15, and Jenna Sanborn '15, have each worked tirelessly this winter to prepare the four one-act plays in The Lose Room for the Blair community. The cast for the evening includes: Taylor Hunt '15, Cheryl Lima '14, Chelsie Xu '17, Chelsea Starkman '15, Katie Shook '16, Morgen Williard '16, Justin Brooks '14, Evan Forsell '14, Mike Iacono '16, Sean Callahan '15, Phil Hettinger '16, Ollie Durling '15, Michael Park '16 and Karthik Reddy '15. In the first play, No More, Mister Nice Guy, directed by Abby Troy, Sheldon, a nice

guy, is taken to the police station, questioned by detectives and pushed around by an obnoxious officer. After some witty banter and a few jokes, Sheldon is eventually set free. Next up is Marda Zenawis, The Future is in Your Tiny Hands, which chronicles an elementary school's class president election. During the play, the candidates, who are in kindergarten, use advanced political terms when publicizing their platforms, which detail topics such as tater tots, cooties and school spirit. In May the Best Fan Win, which is directed by Salley Baxter, two sports commentators report the story of a pair of couch potatoes as

they watch an athletic event. Highlights of the newsreel include when either person eats or drinks and when the two eventually doze off in front of the television. The final studentdirected show of the night is The Lease Offensive Play in the Whole Darn World. Directed by Jenna Sanborn, the one-act follows two salesmen who film an infomercial and try to peddle the "Play Purifier," a device that filters offensive material from plays and replaces it with what they deem acceptable. Both our actors and student-directors have really stepped up to the plate to make this show the best it can be, Mrs. McMillan noted. There is so much physical and intellectual humor here, and the student-directors have taken full advantage of their considerable skills to help the actors bring out these elements in each play. Its going to be a fun show with an opportunity for the community to see the students succeed as not only actors, but also as directors.

A Pajama Program Contribution Drive will be held in Hackettstown for the 5th year to benefit the New Jersey Chapter of the Pajama Program, a 501 3 nonprofit that provides new, warm sleepwear and new, nurturing books to children in need. The drop off site is Trinity United Methodist Church, Main Street, from Sunday, February 9th through Saturday February 15th from 11am to 6pm. Sizes needed range from newborn to adult medium, as the program serves children aged newborn through teens. The Pajama Program has given more than 2 Million pairs of pajamas

to children in need. Last year Hackettstown collected more than 330 pairs of pajamas and

more than 120 new books for needy children in Warren County.

Since Valentines Day, February 14th, is a day of love, it seems appropriate to focus our local drive on this day. Pajamas and books are on sale at clearance prices in many local retail stores, making it easy to give at this time of year. This year the pajama and books collected will be distributed to the children in Warren county. Tax-deductible checks are also welcome, made payable to Pajama Program, NJ Chapter. Individuals, families, groups and organizations are encouraged to donate. For more info visit or call Shari Boggs at 908684-8102.

Happy Birthday, Nelson Albert! Nelson will be celebrating on January 31st. Have a great day, boss! Blairstown Dog Park 2014 membership forms are now available at the library, the municipal building and online at Tags are for use through 2014 and will be mailed upon receipt of forms. Their next public meeting is February 10th at 7pm at the Catherine Dickson Library on Lambert Road. Anyone interested is welcome. North Warren Regional High Schools Wrestling Senior Night was held recently. See page 10 for photos of the seniors, as well as those

from the match. Pictures from this event and other high school sports can be purchased online at thepressphotos The Pajama Program Contribution Drive will be held in Hackettstown again this year from Sunday February 9th, through Saturday, February 15th. Trinity Methodist Church on Main St. will be the drop-off site again this year, each day from 11am to 6pm. Bring brand new sleepwear and/or new books for children in need in Warren County (from infants through teens). For more information, call Shari Boggs at 908684-8120. Stop into North Warren Pharmacy for

great deals on Valentines Day gifts such as chocolates, cards and teddy bears! Nothing says I love you like a thoughful gift that comes straight from the heart! Eat healthy this Super Bowl Sunday! Enjoy the fun! Stop into Natures Harvest for some healthy snacks to enjoy while watching the game! The PRESS is having a pet photo contest! Send your pet photos to thepresspetsnj@gmail.c om for your chance to win prizes! See page 6 for details and this weeks entries! Let yourself be heard! If you have birthdays, announcements, information about food drives, sports registration or other community tidbits, please email it to thepressmail@ January is national Tea drinking month! Check out your favorite local shop so that you

can not only stay warm, but also join in on the monthly festivity! Happy birthday wishes are sent to Rebecca Hower, January 30th; Amy Ivins, February 2nd; Lucas Reddinger, February 2nd; Cori Cook, February 3rd; and Laura Rowe, February 3rd. Have a great day, everyone! Dont forget to Like The PRESS News Online on Facebook! There youll find daily updates, announcements and more from The PRESS, along with local businesses and organizations! We love hearing from you! Send your birthdays, anniversaries and other tidbits of information to: The PRESS PO Box 430 Blairstown, NJ 07825 thepressmail@ thepressnews Like Us on Facebook!

The following is a list of books added to the Warren County Library collection this past week: Sycamore Row, by John Grisham. The Kept: A Novel, by James Scott. Fortunately, The Milk, by Neil Gaiman. Younger Next Year for Women, by Chris Crowley. Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, by Jeff VanderMeer. The Big New Yorker Book of Cats, by The New Yorker Magazine. Thinner This Year: A Younger Next Year Book, by Chris Crowley. Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology, by Caroline Paul. Paul Meets Bernadette, by Rosy Lamb. The Calling: A Novel (The Inn at Eagle Hill), by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West, by Bryce Andrews. Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day, by Peter Zuckerman. Flight: The 100 Best Aircraft, by Mark Phelps. The InBetween Hour, by

Barbara Claypole White. The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College, by Harlan Cohen. Frommer's EasyGuide to Orlando and Walt Disney World 2014 (Easy Guides), by Jason Cochran. Moon Coastal Maine: Including Acadia National Park, by Hilary Nangle. How to Survive Your Freshman Year (Hundreds of Heads Survival Guides), from Hundreds of Heads Books. You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood's Golden Age, by Robert J. Wagner. True Love, by Jennifer Lopez. Historic Architecture of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, by Frank L. Greenagel. The American Cookbook: A Fresh Take on Classic Recipes, by Elana Rosemond-Hoerr. Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy: Light, Delicious Recipes and Easy Exercises for a Better Life, by Wolfgang Puck. The Five People You Meet in Hell: An Unauthorized Parody, by Rich Pablum. You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About, by Dave Barry. Winters' Tales: Stories and Observations for the Unusual, by Jonathan Winters. Crochet, by DK. The Home Book: A Complete Guide to Homeowner and Homebuilder Responsibilities, by David E. Maclellan.

(NAPSI)Critics are now hailing a new book offering a fascinating look at what many consider the greatest health challenge the world faces today: obesity. The Problem More than a billion people are overweight and that number is expected to increase substantially over the next decade. According to the experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ways to avoid being part of such statistics include: Eat more fruits and

vegetables and fewer foods high in fat and sugar. Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Limit TV watching in kids to less than two hours a day. Try going for a 10minute brisk walk, three times a day, five days a week. A Place To Seek Answers It can also help to read the book, entitled The Obesity Reality. It leads readers through the ins and outs of the secrets to defeating fat. It considers obesity from a variety of standpoints that include medical, personal, financial and related considerations. The aim is to encourage healthy living and fix the obesity dilemma throughout our planet through this comprehensive, remedial guidebook, says Naheed Ali, M.D., Ph.D., author of the book. The information is presented in a zero-nonsense, uniquely organized way, he adds.

In the book, he tackles contemporary obesity problems and shows how an obese person can conquer the roadblock of obesity in more ways than one. Dr. Ali discusses the realities of obesity and its repercussions, which include poor health, high medical costs, restrictions on lifestyle and activities, and more. He shows how to address obesity, on a personal and on a societal level. He also tells how to reverse its effects through proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices and explains the medical basis of weight loss. Expert Opinion As Publishers Weekly puts it, the book sifts through just about everything there is to know about obesity, including its major causes, its effect on health, and how an individual can face it the right way. Visit to find out more and get gripping facts on the growing issue of obesity.

Belvidere HS V Wrestling: Friday, January 31st at Hackettstown HS. The Claire Lynch Band: Friday, January 31st. The Historic Blairstown Theatre. FMI & tickets, visit St. Jude Giving Tree Preschool & Kindergarten Open House & Fall Registration: Saturday, February 1st, 10am. FMI, call 908-362-7772 or visit www.stjudegivingtree North Warren HS V Wrestling: Saturday, February 1st, 10am at home. YARN: Saturday, February 1st. The Historic Blairstown Theatre. FMI & tickets, visit Tailgate in the Tavern: February 1st. The Inn at Millrace Pond. Super Bowl kickoff party w/ DJ, trivia, prizes & more. FMI, call 908-459-4884 or visit Super Bowl Party in the Tavern: February 2nd. Inn at Millrace Pond. FMI, call 908459-4884 or visit www. Belvidere HS Girls V Basketball: Tuesday, February 4th at home. Belvidere HS V Wrestling: February 5th, 7pm at Warren Hills.

North Warren HS Girls V Basketball: Thursday, February 6th, 7pm at home. North Warren HS Boys V Basketball: Thursday, February 6th, 7pm at Newton HS. Belvidere HS Boys V Basketball: Thursday, February 6th, 7pm at home. Belvidere HS Girls V Basketball: Thursday, February 6th, 7pm at Boundbrook HS. Frelinghuysen Twp. School PTO Tricky Tray: Friday, February 7th. Frelinghuysen School. Doors open at 6:30pm, drawing starts at 7:30pm. Snowdate February 8th. FMI, call Kim at 908-850-8806. North Warren Marching Band Fundraiser: February 8th, 9:30am to 10:30am. NW school cafeteria, 10 Noe Rd., Blairstown. One-hr., high-energy cardio kickboxing. All fitness levels welcome. FMI, call Deb at 908362-8090. North Warren HS Girls V Basketball: Thursday, February 11th, 7pm at Hackettstown. North Warren HS Boys V Basketball: Thursday, February 11th, 7pm at home. North Warren HS Girls V Basketball: Thursday, February 13th, 6pm at Hopatcong HS.

The Roustabouts and the Whiptones: Friday, February 14th. The Historic Blairstown Theatre. FMI & tickets, visit Pasta Power Cooking Program for Children: Wednesdays, February 19th through March 12th, 3:15pm to 4:30pm. Blairstown Elementary School cafeteria. Open for kids in grades 4-6. FMI, visit www.blairstown-nj. org/recreation. html. Wacky Wednesdays: Wednesdays, February 19th & 26th, 3:15pm to 4:30pm. Blairstown Elementary School gym. Open for kids in grades K-3. FMI, visit Self-Discovery Workshop: Friday, February 21st, 7am to 9pm, & Saturday, February 22nd, 9am to 2pm. St. Lukes Episcopal Church, Hope. FMI, call 908-496-4797 The Quimby Mountain Band: Saturday, February 22nd. The Historic Blairstown Theatre. FMI & tickets, visit Knights of Columbus Annual St. Patricks Charity Dinner Dance: Saturday, March 1st, 6:30pm to 11pm. St Lawrence Parish Hall, Chester. Saturday March 1st. FMI, call 973-584-2083 or 862432-2159. Cabinet w/ Special Guests Bovine Social Club: Saturday,

March 8th. The Historic Blairstown Theatre. FMI & tickets, visit Hope Twp. School Tricky Tray: Friday March 14th, 6pm. Hope Twp. School, 320 Johnsonburg Rd., Hope. Benefits Hope Twp. Class of 2014. The Glimmer Twins Rolling Stones Tribute: Friday, March 14th. The Historic Blairstown Theatre. FMI & tickets, visit The Cast of Broadways Beatlemania: Saturday, March 15th. The Historic Blairstown Theatre. FMI & tickets, visit www.the Crystal Bowersox: Saturday, March 22nd. The Historic Blairstown Theatre. FMI & tickets, visit Newton Winter Farmers Market: Open through April 26th, 10am to 1pm. Springboard Shoppes of Newton, 145 Spring Street. Rain, snow or shine. Having a Fundraiser? Community Event? Send Your Information to thepressmail@ and well print it in the Community Events! Looking for Something More? Place a Display Ad in The PRESS! Call 610-888-6613 for more information!

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Hello fellow readers, Several of you like the idea of standing tall while picking vegetables and are intrigued by the decorative possibilities of vertical gardens. Ted from Allamuchy, NJ uses a cattle panel arched in half so he can walk under it and secures each corner with T-posts Voila!, an inexpensive arched trellis. A cattle panel is typically four by 16 feet, made of light flexible wire thats sturdy and sag resistant. Perfect for keeping livestock in and veggies on! Barb from Pen Argyl shared the idea of using a wooden pallet to create a decorative garden frame. At first I was skeptical, as historically they are treated with toxic chemicals to prevent the transport of invasive insects and plant diseases, as required by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). But companies are starting to use heat treatment rather than chemicals, which overcomes a big

part of the worry to reuse them. Pallets now require an IPPC logo, with initials if heattreated (HT) or fumigated with Methyl Bromide (MB), and includes the initials of the country where made. Stay clear if labeled MB or those without a logo at all. Wrap the back and sides of a pallet with two or three layers of black landscape fabric; wrapping the corners neatly like you would gift wrap. Use a staple gun, generous on the staples, to secure. Fill the frame from the open slats with a lightweight potting mix that drains well, compacting lightly as you go. Sedums and other succulents make an adorable display for low light, low water situations. Keep the soil moist and the pallet flat for a few weeks so the plants can get rooted. Then lean your artwork against the side of your house or deck rail. Beautiful! Of course consider your growing conditions and plant characteristics when choosing plants. Id be hesitant to grow edibles on your recycled pallet even if labeled HT and made in the US because no one knows if something toxic spilled on it, where it was warehoused or how it was transported. Call me cautious rather than a worrywart or fusspot. Maybe fussbudget is okay sounds thrifty! Garden dilemmas?

(NAPSI)Keeping your home comfortable doesnt have to mean costs that go through the roof. Heres a look at some of the latest technology that can be seen in a model home designed to showcase energy efficiency, The New American Home (TNAH), created by the National Association of Home Builders Leading Suppliers Council. TNAH 2014 uses green building and construction technology, including a solar water heater, photovoltaic panels and closed spray-foam insulation. One of the more effective energy-saving components is also one of the least expensive: sealed electrical wall boxes. A problem for most homeowners is that the electrical boxes on exterior walls let drafts in. In response, electrical components manufacturer Thomas & Betts has come up with a clever way to eliminate this energy drain. The Carlon Draft-Tight boxes feature a gasketed front flange that provides a seal from the box to the back of the drywall and gaskets over cable-entry points to prevent airflow from getting into the house.

This saves heating costs in winter and cooling in the summer. It can also reduce construction costs. By eliminating the need to caulk or seal the boxes after installation, the builder can save about five hours of installation time for a 2,200-square-foot house. The design is also available for ceiling boxes and multigang outlets, and can be put in already- built homes as well as new ones. You can find these boxes at home improvement centers or talk to your electrician about having them installed.

(NAPSI)To keep heating costs from going through the roof, many people add insulation to the walls, attic or floor. Spraying polyurethane foam insulation, or SPF, can be a great way to do so. How It Works SPF is applied as a liquid and quickly expands into a high-Rvalue foam insulation and air sealant. Its very effective at keeping cold air out by sealing cracks, seams and joints. Less heating seeps out and more stays inside, keeping you and your family comfortable. The Benefits According to the experts at the Spray Foam Coalition, SPF insulation can also: Limit air leaks to improve moisture control and help reduce mold and mildew formation. Seal gaps to keep pollen and dust outside. Create a seamless air

and weather barrier as a roofing material on low-sloped or flat surfaces. Installation Information Unlike using individual cans of foam sealant in small areas, however, installing SPF to insulate and air seal attics, crawl spaces and basements is not a doit-yourself project. Homeowners should work with a professional installer. For further facts on SPF, visit whyspray

By Dana Watkins, M.S., Animal Nutrition (NAPSI)As a nutritionist specializing in pet food, I receive countless questions about finding the right food for cats, especially those with dietary challenges. Finicky Felines: It is important to note that finding the right food for your cat is a process. While the food must supply the required nutrients, to do so it has

to be consumed. Cats often have personal preferences as to specific tastes and textures. My company, for example, offers five unique, dry cat foods and four artisan canned cat foods. They present a variety of ways to meet your cats desires. Canned vs. Dry: When it comes to delivering the right nutrients to your cat, dry or canned foods can

achieve the same results. While dry food is often more cost effective, canned foods usually contain about 80 percent moisture, which can be beneficial if your cat needs more moisture intake. Urinary Stones and Crystals: Often, cats have urinary tract problems caused by stones and crystals. Research suggests many factors involved in the cause and prevention of urinary tract issues. These include excessive amounts of poor-quality nutrients, individual metabolism, water consumption, urine pH, incorrect mineral balance and, according to one new study, stress. In any case, however, since some cats do not drink adequate amounts of water, increasing water consumption can help. Increasing water

consumption will increase the frequency of urination and help dilute the solid portion of the urine, making it more difficult for stones and crystals to be formed. Ways to increase water consumption include: Leave a faucet dripping that cats have access to. Use two or three recirculating or waterfalltype watering bowls. Feed canned foods either as a meal or as a topper three or four times per week. Add water to the dry food. Use small ice cubes as treats. Mr. Watkins is the on-site nutritionist and technical services specialist at Fromm Family Foods, a fourthgeneration, familyowned company specializing in premium dog and cat nutrition. To learn more, visit

This is Daisy Lou from Eleventh Hour Rescue. She is a 4 year old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix. She is a total sweetheart with a beautiful smile, and fits in well in any situation. She is very cuprous and active and loves to meet new people and new dogs. She was born with a deformed front leg. It was deformed to the extent that surgery was required to completely remove it. Daisy Lou has completely recovered from the surgery. As such, she is classified as a special needs dog

since she only has 3 legs. However, Daisy Lou has no idea that she is handicapped. She has learned to master stairs, loves to go for walks and has no trouble getting around. The breed was originally bred by Thomas Walker as a hunting dog using the English Foxhound as the foundation. She is ready now for her forever home. To read more about Daisy Lou, to see all of the adoptable pets, or to make a donation, please visit: or call: 973-664-0865.

(NAPSI)The flu is nothing to sneeze at: Between the extreme body aches, chills and high temperatures, the flu threatens your well-being. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 to 20 percent of Americans come down with it each year, hospitalizing more than 200,000but there are ways to keep yourself and your family out of such statistics this season. How the Cold and Flu Are Spread The cold and flu are spread mainly by the germs released when someone already infected coughs, sneezes or speaks. A single sneeze can send 100,000 germs into the air, allowing virus droplets to land in the mouths or noses of people up to six feet away. The cold or flu might also be contracted by touching something that has the virus on it and then touching the mouth or nose. A person may be able to pass the cold or flu to someone else before he or she begins to notice symptoms, which typically appear one to four days after the virus enters the body. That means people can spread the virus a day before they know they have it and up to seven days after symptoms start. Flu symptoms often include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. The Pharmacists Prevention Advice To avoid falling victim to the cold and flu, follow these tips from author and syndicated columnist Suzy Cohen, RPh, known as Americas Pharmacist: Prepare your body in advance. Get your annual flu vaccination. Supplements such as vitamins C and D and probiotics may help boost your immune system before an infection sets in. Keep clean. Viruses

can also live on surfaces for two to eight hours or longer outside the body, so frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness. Control stress. Stress weakens the immune system. To prevent additional immune suppression, an ample amount of rest is also needed. What To Do if the Cold or Flu Still Gets You Arming people with a new approach to cold and flu relief specifically designed to target points of virus entrythe throat and nosecan provide protection when those around them are not feeling well. In addition, it can help anyone whos already feeling the onset of symptoms, says Cohen. Many individuals get relief from a nonprescription, homeopathic spray such as FluNada, designed to inhibit replication of cold and flu viruses by coating the nasal and throat pathways. It was developed by a physician and a pharmacist looking to close the gap between vaccines for influenza prevention and anti-viral medication for treatment. The zinc-free formula contains a blend of safe and natural h o m e o p a t h i c ingredientsincluding elderberry, mint, eucalyptus and gaultheriawhich are endorsed by the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia and recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. How To Use It FluNada may be used by adults and children over the age of 4 at the first sign of symptoms. Simply spray it three times to the throat and once in each nostril, four times daily for up to five days. Learn More Visit for further information, including a list of nearby retailers who offer the product.

The members of the Warren County Board of Agriculture recently reviewed the July 10, 2013 letter from Mr. Patrick Moffitt to the Council regarding the apparent lack of scientific and other technical documentation used to justify the 2004 Highlands Act and to support many of the poliicies and rules of the Regional Master Plan by the Highlands Council and the DEP rules to implement the Act. His OPRA requests for supporting the documentation have revealed that in many cases such information did not exist and in some cases relevant but information conflicting with the intent of those writing the rules may have been ignored. We were impressed with Mr. Moffitts research and knowledge as demonstrated by his letter. We are also aware that he has followed up at the September 29, 2013 meeting of the Council with additional documentation that raises further concerns about the Act and its scientific justification. The Warren County Board of Agriculture represents the interests and concerns of the farmers in the County. Our members strongly support the protection and conservation management of their farmlands. However, the Highlands Act and the Regional Master Plan and their extreme constraints on land uses and ownership options

have not been supported. Upon the adoption of the Act farmland values in the Highlands Preservation Area were instantly slashed by as much as 75 to 80 percent. New residential development in the preservation area was extremely limited by the requirement for each home site to have twenty five acres on open land or eighty eight acres in wooded areas for septic disposal systems. Many other extreme land use constraints were imposed. Supporting language in the Act and in the Regional Master Plan was said to be based upon reliable scientific studies. These extreme property use constraints imposed upon landowners in the Preservation Area were supposedly justified as a means to assure future water availability for citizens outside of the Hhighlands Preservation Area. However, there were no constraints imposed on the use of that water that we are protecting and there was no additional cost to the user of that water that we were constrained from using. And now, after having all of these new land use constraints imposed upon us and the other land owners and land users withing the Highlands Act area, we observe what appears to be legitimate credible challenges to the scientifiic justification for the Act and its major constraints upon the use of our natural resources. We believe that Mr.

Moffitts extensive challenges to the documentation used to support many of the Highlands Council rules and/or the DEP rules must be addressed and cannot be ignored or dismissed! As the agency of the state responsible for implementation of the Highlands Act and the Regional Master Plan, it would seem absolutely compelling for the Highlands council, comprised of citizens of the State appointed by the Governor, to investivate, or cause to be investigated by some other agency or institution, to assure that all natural resource studies and scientific information used to establish the Highlands Act programs are accurate, appropriate and unbiased or that substantive challenges! If no action is taken, there will continue to be a major public concern regarding the credibility of the Highlands Act and the Regional Master Plan and the agencies that administer them! All of those persons who own or use the lands impacted by the act and the citizens of the State who need to trust the reliability of public agency documents deserve no less. We look forward to your response to our concerns. Samuel Race Executive Board member of Warren County Board of Agriculture

(NAPSI)According to a survey by Harris Interactive, 75 percent of military families believe that owning a home is one of the most important things to service members upon returning from active duty. The reasons include a desire to have their own residence (73 percent), establishing a household (43 percent), and financial security (36 percent). In addition, the majority of veterans (88 percent) said that owning a home makes them feel safer. While one roadblock that veterans face in the pursuit of homeownership is securing steady employment, they display a generally positive attitude in regard to potential employers and positions. More than two-thirds believe that employers appreciate their unique skills learned in the military, while the same 67 percent believe employers are eager to

hire veterans. Its important to note, however, that nearly half agree that their skill set does not match the requirements for many available positions. Only one in five considered opening their own business when they returned home from the military. All totaled, finding a suitable home and employment and assimilating back into civilian life are challenges many veterans and their families face. Fortunately, services for veterans, including employment, mental health programs, housing and other

special care services, are available. For example, Easter Seals provides direct services to the new and unmet needs of tens of thousands of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and Recruiting Americas Heroes, offered by Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of the worlds largest residential real estate sales organization, provides returning veterans who are interested in becoming real estate agents with specific benefits to make a smooth transition. Former military personnel get special training programs and continuing education courses, discounts, and waived annual global conference registration fees. For more info call the Easter Seals Community One Source Hotline, (866)4234981, e-mail veterans or visit

After overhearing a conversation between her mother and her older sister, Ashley, that Ashleys childhood friend, Lindsey, (all from Upper Mount Bethel, PA) had lost her hair while battling leukemia, 10-year-old Abby Bauer wanted to help make things better. Her mother recalls Abby saying in a soft voice, Mommy, can I give Lindsey my hair? That is when Abby made the decision she wanted to donate her

hair to the Locks of Love foundation so she could help Lindsey and others benefit from a true donation from the heart. Abbys mother called a local salon and explained the circumstances and Abbys desire to donate her hair. They immediately made an appointment for her and were so encouraging. Alisha, Abbys stylist and the owner of the salon, was so supportive and was touched by the

actions of one child trying to make a difference any way she could, as were all of the staff at the salon. They really went out of their way to make this a special day for her and let her know that what she was doing was a selfless and wonderful act. After all was done and many photos were snapped, Abbys mom sent one to older sister Ashley, now living in Massachusetts while attending college. She immediately posted the picture to Facebook for all, especially Lindsey, to see, with the simple yet heartfelt words that followed: If Locks of Love would let you pick who you gave your hair to I know who she would choose. I have never been more proud of my sister than this morning when I got a text from my mom saying she wanted to donate her hair and give it to Lindsay Well, Linds, this is for you. Lindseys reply was even more touching. I want to give her the biggest hug in the entire world. Shes such an amazing little girl and has such a great heart. I cant explain how much this honestly means to me.

(NAPSI)Face it: Your hands and feet do a lot of work. Chances are, your work or hobbies depend on them, so its important to keep them clean, hydrated and free from cracks and splits. Here are hints on how: Wash your hands for at least 40 seconds at a

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Consider getting a hand cream thats not oil based, because oil repels moisture. Instead, try a glycerin product, which draws moisture into skin. If your skin is dry, you need to hydrate it. Thats why OKeeffes Working Hands Hand Cream can bring relief to even the most severe dry skin conditions. Both this hand cream and OKeeffes Healthy Feet Foot Cream are made in America and come with a moneyback guarantee. These creams are increasingly popular with nurses, firefighters, postal workers and parents-and any working people who have painful cracked skin from constant exposure to water, chemicals and hard work. Learn More For more info, visit

By Tim Rowland Black walnuts dont inspire poets, but they do inspire foresters and others seeking trees to help restore woody buffers along streams and rivers. Some state nurseries welcome the nuts gathered by homeowners. Tim Rowland writes from western Maryland. The Eastern black walnut tree doesnt inspire poets to new heights. In spring, it is the last tree to leaf out; its pulpy flowers make a mess of patios and sidewalks; and in autumn, its leaves are the first to fall, turning a sickly yellow and contributing no spectacular colors to the fall palette. The dense husks that protect the nuts break down from a pungent green to a sloppy black, producing a stubborn dye that will stay on hands for weeks and clothes forever. In winter, the dark, craggy limbs brood sullenly, and even in summer, its toothy leaves mimic a goofy grin. Maybe worst of all, the tree contains a toxin that is harmful to a wide range of plants and shrubs. Backyard gardeners who are unable to raise tomatoes frequently find the culprit to be a nearby black walnut. The tree doesnt look particularly good in the spring or in the fall or well, ever, quipped Western Maryland forester Aaron Cook, a rangy, bearded man who looks exactly as a forester ought. Cook, of course, is speaking out of love. He and a small posse of walnut wranglers scour Western Maryland, collecting tons of walnuts to send to the state nursery on Marylands Eastern Shore, where they are

grown to seedlings 10,000 of them or more that are planted along stream banks where they sequester the nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment that threaten the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Each fall, the call goes out through fliers, newspaper articles and public service spots: If you have a few bushels of walnuts, the state will be happy to come get them. And many homeowners are happy to get rid of them. A mature tree can drop an astounding number of nuts that, in the husk, can approach the size of tennis balls. The state nursery owns the patent on a special piece of machinery it invented to drill the extra-large seeds into the ground. It has also figured out how to put the walnut poison to good use: grinding its husks into a mulch that discourages weeds. Despite a general lack of respect, the black walnut does have its share of assets. A century ago, the American chestnutwhich has since been all but wiped out by blight dominated Eastern ridge tops, while the walnut ruled the limestone valleys and stream banks. This pedigree makes the tree an excellent pollutant fighter, as the state works to establish vegetated buffers along rivers and streams. As outlying counties are under pressure to spend liberally to reduce stream contamination, Cook said that black walnut groves can go far to mitigate nonpoint source pollution, thereby reducing the amount of money local governments and taxpayers will have to pay out to meet environmental mandates. Landowners who choose the walnut

(dozens of tree varieties are available from the state nursery to those who participate in the states planting program) for their stream-buffering needs will, with patience, discover other perks as well. Chief among them are the nuts themselves, at least for those who possess the determination to husk them and crack the heavily armored shell. Standard nutcrackers are often too flimsy, leading to a host of home solutions, from smashing them with an anvil and hammer to driving over them with an automobile. Shelled walnuts can bring $15 a pound, and the culinary reward is a strong, earthy flavor that for many is an essential in cakes, pies and maple ice cream. Aficionados insist that next to a black walnut, the lighter and milder English walnut suffers from a lack of personality. The wood of a black walnut is valuable, and in some cases quite valuable. Poaching black walnut trees is not unknown in the Allegheny farms and forests. A clear, black-walnut log, depending on the size and quality, can fetch between $2,000 and $10,000. It can be tricky, however, to judge the market for black walnut, since knowing when to sell is something of an occult art, causing some lumberjacks to sit on their stashes for years at a time. Walnut crops vary as well. This year, Western Maryland foresters collected a disappointing (by their standards) 350 bushels of nuts. Thats about a third of the normal haul, but still represents more than 10,000 pounds of walnuts. So there will continue to be plenty of one and two-year seedlings to set out in defense of the Bay, and to provide spinoff benefits for people who pay taxes, eat ice cream and believe that, where trees are concerned, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Tim Rowland is a newspaper columnist and author of Marylands Appalachian Highlands: Massacres, Moonshine and Mountaineering.
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(NAPSI) Nationwide, more than 12 million people have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and it is estimated that as many as 12 million more have the symptoms but are unaware that they have the disease. There is no cure for COPD, and if left untreated, it can affect everyday life, making it harder for people to do the things they enjoy. With early diagnosis and proper treatment, however, COPD can be managed, enabling people to stay active and feel better. James P. Kiley, Ph.D., director of the Division of Lung Diseases at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, and John W. Walsh, cofounder and president of the COPD Foundation, answer questions about COPD. Q: What is chronic obstructive pulmonary

disease? Kiley: COPD describes a group of respiratory conditions that over time make it difficult to breathe. Sometimes, COPD is also referred to as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Symptoms of COPD include a constant cough (also called a smokers cough), shortness of breath, excess mucus production, breathlessness and wheezing. When COPD is severe, it can get in the way of even the most basic tasks like light housework or taking a walk. Q: Who is most affected by COPD? Walsh: COPD most often affects adults age 45 and older with a history of smoking, which is why it is sometimes referred to as a smokers disease. Yet, 24 percent of COPD patients have never smoked. Exposure to

lung irritants and air pollutants, such as fumes, dust and secondhand smoke, may also lead to COPD. In rare cases, COPD may be caused by a genetic predisposition known as alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. Q: What makes COPD so hard to diagnose? Kiley: Symptoms of COPD start slowly and worsen over time, leaving many to dismiss them as the first signs of aging, a common cold or being out of shape. Often, patients dont bring up their symptoms during doctors visits because they dont think these symptoms matter. It is important to raise any health issues with your health care provider. Talk to your doctor about any breathing problems you may have and, if necessary, ask for a spirometry test. Spirometry is a simple, noninvasive breathing test that can help diagnose COPD. Q: What should I do if I am diagnosed with COPD and how can COPD be treated? Walsh: If you are a smoker, the best thing you can do is to quit smoking. Your doctor may also prescribe pulmonary rehab or physical therapy to help you stay active and do daily tasks. Other treatment options are medications, or surgery if symptoms are severe. It is also recommended that people with COPD take precautions against the seasonal flu and get an annual flu shot, as the flu can cause serious

problems for people with COPD. Q: What is being done to find a cure for COPD? Kiley: At the NHLBI and NIH, we are committed to finding a cure for COPD. We support research aimed at preventing the disease and conduct clinical trials to test medicines, medical devices, surgeries and other procedures. Today, several treatments are available that target COPD symptoms and bring relief to patients. Were also working to better understand the mechanisms that lead to COPD, and weve made progress finding genes that can predispose you to COPD.

Washington Borough is making a pretty good case of laying claim to being the "Sweetest Spot" in the region. Three new "sweet" businesses have recently opened up in the Borough in the last few months: Allie' Cupcakery, Donut Factory, and Muheissen's Artisan Breads & Bakery. In addition to the three newcomers, Washington already boasted the Chocolate Shop and Kathy's Kove & Kafe. Not to mention the Washington Diner, which bakes all their

own cakes and pies. "There is definitely consumer interest throughout the region for quality baked products," said Sandi Cerami, Executive Director of the Washington Business Improvement District. "Folks are coming from all over to get a taste of the three newest shops." The Chocolate Shop, meanwhile, has been a Downtown tradition for many years, with its hand made chocolates a favorite of many here. Kathy's Kove offers an array of treats, including its highly touted

scones. Allie's Cupcakery, on Broad Street, offers not only cupcakes but gelato and other treats on the sweet side, and an assortment of sandwiches, salads, and other goodies. Donut Factory, on E. Washington Avenue (Route 57 has an incredible selection of freshly made donuts on its menu. Muheissen's Artisan Breads & Bakery, on W. Washington Avenue, is a full service bakery - a rarity these days - with cookies, cakes, bread, rolls and much, much more. "There's quite a bit of exciting activity," said Cerami. "Between Allie's Cupcakery, Muheisen's Bakery, Donut Factory, Kathy's Kove, the Chocolate Shop, and the Washington Diner, we've definitely become the sweetest spot in Warren County!" For more information about these and other businesses located in Washington, visit

Got New Years Resolutions to improve your health and/or personal finances? For example, losing weight, increased physical activity, reducing debt, or saving money? Cooperative Ex- tensions Small Steps to Health and Wealth program has two free resources to motivate Americans to achieve their personal self-improvement goals: an online challenge and

a 132-page workbook that is available for downloading. To access the SSHW Challenge, follow the Challenges link on the Small Steps to Health and Wealth Website a t sshw/. Click on SSHW Online Individual Challenge. Then click on Register an Account, set up a user name and password, and down-

load a simple one-page users guide with instructions about how to proceed. Click on My Account and My Challenges and Enter a New Challenge, and enroll in the challenge titled SSHW 2014 Non-Competitive Challenge. The SSHW Challenge is part of Small Steps to Health and Wealth, a national Cooperative Extension program

developed to motivate Americans to take action to simultaneously improve their health and personal finances. SSHW was built around a framework of 25 research-based behavior change strategies. The Challenge was originally developed in a paper and pencil format with printed worksheets to track daily points and is now available online for participation nationwide. The SSHW Challenge is based on the performance of ten recommended practices on a daily basis: five that involve health and nutrition and five that involve financial management. Ten points are given for performing each one for a maximum of 700 points per week. The Challenge is a great way to convert ambitious New Years resolutions, like losing weight and saving money, into daily action steps, notes Dr. Barbara ONeill, Extension Specialist in Financial Resource Management

for Rutgers Cooperative Extension. The five daily health and nutrition practices are: eat at least four cups of fruits and vegetables; get at least 30 minutes of physical activity; drink water or unsweetened beverages instead of sugar-sweetened beverages; track 10,000 (or more) steps walking with a pedometer; and learn something new about health and nutrition. The five daily financial management practices included in the SSHW Challenge are: save a $1 bill (or more) and/or pocket change; invest $5 or more per day (including automated retirement savings plan deposits); track money spent throughout the day; eat lunch prepared at home; and learn something new about personal finance. The latter activity, for both health and personal finances, can be accomplished by visiting Websites, attending seminars, or by reading, listening to, or viewing media reports. SSHW Challenge participants can also decide to replace one or more of the ten daily health and personal finance activities with unique personal challenges. For example, getting eight hours of sleep or eating at least two servings of whole grain foods instead of one of the health actions listed above. Adapting the traditional SSHW Challenge format makes it more

personal for participants and provides an opportunity to practice new behaviors if they are already doing the 10 pre-selected activities, explained Dr. ONeill. As participants enter daily points, they will see point totals for each day of the week and for each of the ten activities described above. Theyll also see a bar graph that compares their personal scores to average scores of everyone else participating in the challenge. We are encouraging Cooperative Extension offices, hospitals, media outlets, and health promotion organizations to promote the online challenge website to their patrons and create local SSHW Challenges for specified time periods, like five or six weeks, with prizes and participant recognition, notes ONeill. People can submit their point totals from the SSHW Website directly to local Challenge sponsors. Doing even one of the ten recommended daily practices is a great way to get started on the path to better health and improved financial security. The second Cooperative Extension resource is the Small Steps to Health and Wealth workbook. Individual chapters can be downloaded for free from For more information about the SSHW workbook content and pricing, see palspublishing.cals.corn

(NAPSI)The health of your wealth may depend on how well you understand the Affordable Care Act and the changes it creates for federal taxes. New Rules Whether these changes affect you is largely a matter of your households gross income minus certain deductionsyour adjusted gross income

(AGI)and whether you have health insurance. While most Americans will see little to no change when filing taxes due April 15, 2014, the experts at TaxACT point out that higher income taxpayers are more likely to be affected, particularly those with investment income. Anyone whose modified AGI is $200,000 or

more ($250,000 if filing jointly or $125,000 if married filing separately) will pay an additional 3.8 percent tax on 2013 investment income, including interest, dividends, capital gains, and rental and royalty income. Itll be added to tax already paid on investment income. For example, if you pay 20 percent tax on a long-term capital gain, your total tax on the gain will be 23.8 percent. Fortunately, you can reduce your investment income by expenses that can be allocated to it, such as investment interest expense, advisory and brokerage fees, and rental and royalty expenses. You can also reduce it by state and local income taxes that can be allocated to investment income items. If you pay the additional net investment

income tax, you may also pay an additional 0.9 percent Medicare tax on wages and compensation in excess of $200,000. Since the tax is automatically withheld from employee wages, you simply report the amount in Boxes 5 and 6 of your Form W-2 on your tax return. The tax is calculated using figures on Schedule SE for business owners and the self-employed. If you deduct unreimbursed medical expenses, the threshold has increased to 10 percent of your AGI. For example, if your 2013 adjusted gross income is $50,000, you can deduct only unreimbursed medical expenses that exceed $5,000. The threshold remains at 7.5 percent for taxpayers age 65 or older. Let affordable, do-ityourself tax software navigate these tax law changes for you,

suggests TaxACTs Jessi Dolmage. The programs ask easy questions to help minimize your tax liability and maximize your deductions and credits. Tax Credits And Penalties If you get your 2014 health insurance through a state or federal marketplace, you may qualify for the advanced premium tax credit. Most often, its paid directly to your insurance company, resulting in lower monthly premium costs. If you prefer, you can pay your entire premium yourself and get the credit as a refund when you file your income tax return due April 15, 2015. This may be a good idea if your income is unpredictable and you want to ensure you dont owe taxes when you file. TaxACT will reconcile the credit with your

actual income, says Dolmage. You may receive a bigger credit or have to pay back some or all of the credit if your actual income is more or less than the amount you estimated when purchasing insurance. Although the health insurance mandate began January 1, 2014, uninsured taxpayers dont pay the penalty until 2015. The penalty will be 1 percent of 2014 income or $95 per person, whichever is higher. The penalty for uninsured dependents under the age of 18 is $47.50 per child, up to $285 total per family. Learn More For further facts about tax law changes, go to Visit for health insurance credit and penalty calculators plus a free year-by-year tax guide. You can file your federal taxes free, at

Community members have come together to help alleviate the medical costs of 24-year-old local woman, Christie Benner, by creating a fundraiser at Christie. Christie, a 2008 Bangor Area High School graduate, is currently battling lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, and her medical bills are quickly growing. Rich and Kim Green, owners of Little Creek Bar-B-Cue, are showing their support for Christie by hosting a benefit dinner on Saturday, February 8th. Rich and Kim will be selling half chicken dinners with two sides for $10 from 2pm to 8pm at the restaurant, located at 1004 Washington Blvd., Rt. 191 in Bangor. One hundred percent of the sales from these dinners

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will be donated to Comfort for Christie. If I could give her a million dollars I would, Kim said. Our goal is to sell 50 dinners, but if you cant make it out, even a $10 donation would be awesome. Christies mom, Louise Benner, said, I want to thank Rich and Kim for helping Christie. They are wonderful caring people, always ready to help our community. My family is overwhelmed by the love and support we have received from family, friends and the community, Louise said. Thank you. We appreciate the prayers, kind words of encouragement, cards and the generous donations. We're praying for a miracle. According to Facebook group Comfort for

Christie, Christie was born with the liver disease biliary atresia, which led to many hospital stays as a child and eventually the need for a liver transplant. In 2010, one day after her 21st birthday, Christie received her first liver transplant from her brother-in-law Patrick, who donated a piece of his liver to Christie. Unfortunately, the transplant was unsuccessful and Christie was placed at the top of the list for another liver. That following January, Christie received a cadaver liver from a 16-year-old boy. We were devastated for this familys loss and not a day goes by that we do not think about the gift they gave Christie, as stated on the Comfort for Christie Facebook page. A long recovery later, Christie was feeling

well and enrolled in college, where she started thinking about her goals. She completed her first semester and began the next when she was diagnosed with PTLD, post transplant lymphoproliferative disease. About one percent of transplant patients are diagnosed with this type of lymphoma, which is fueled by the Epstein Barre Virus. Christie has been undergoing chemo treatments since October. Despite the hardships and tribulations she has faced however, Christie remains positive and relies entirely on God for strength and comfort. Christie is truly my hero and inspiration, Louise said. Her love of life and gentle, kind spirit inspires me. I am amazed at her strength and courage to continue

to fight these tough challenges. Her positive attitude and love of others motivates me to be more like her. Most of all I am in awe at the faith she has in God. If youd like to support Comfort for Christie, stop by Little Creek Bar-B-Cue on February 8th and help the Greens reach their 50-dinner goal. You can order

your dinners ahead by calling the restaurant at 610-588-3831. Those who wish to donate can also visit omfortforChristie, where donations can be made in any amount. To follow and support Christie through her difficult journey, join the group Comfort for Christie on Facebook.

Project SelfSufficiency will sponsor a free seminar about issues related to Family Law on Wednesday, February 5th, from 7pm to 9pm at the agencys campus, located at 127 Mill Street in Newton. The program will address child support, grounds for divorce, court procedures, custody, alimony, parenting time, equitable distribution of assets, and other topics related to divorce. The presentation, which will be facilitated by Mike Hanifan, Esquire, is free and open to the public. Project SelfSufficiency provides a variety of free legal education services to participants, including one-on-one consultations, pro se divorce workshops, clinics for assistance with the preparation of child support motions, and monthly forums on a variety of topics. The agencys legal services programs are sponsored by the Sussex County Family Success Center at Project SelfSufficiency.

Project SelfSufficiency is a private non-profit communitybased organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families residing in northwestern New Jersey. The agencys mission is to provide a broad spectrum of holistic, respectful, and comprehensive services enabling low-income single parents, teen parents, two-parent families, and displaced homemakers to improve their lives and the lives of their children through the achievement of personal and economic self-sufficiency and family stability. Since 1986 Project SelfSufficiency has served more than 19,500 families, including more than 30,000 children. The Family Law seminar will be held at the agencys Newton campus, which is located at 127 Mill Street. Attendance is free, and open to the public, but registration is required. To register call Project SelfSufficiency at 973-9403500.

(NAPSI)Bring a sweet touch to your salads by adding fresh pears. In season nearly year-round, USA Pears make a great addition to salads at any meal. Their sweet flavor pairs well with other seasonal produce, and the classic combination of pears, nuts and cheese can improve any green salad. An excellent source of fiber, pears are also a good source of vitamin C. Crunchy Vegetable Salad with Pears and Creamy Cheddar Dressing Yield: 6 servings Salad: 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped 1 small head radicchio, chopped 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced on a diagonal 2 large USA Pears, such as Anjou, Bosc or Bartlett, cored and sliced 1 cup toasted and chopped hazelnuts Dressing:

5 tablespoons mayonnaise cup buttermilk cup finely grated vintage sharp cheddar cheese 2 tablespoons chopped chives teaspoon salt Several turns of freshly ground black pepper Place the chopped lettuce and radicchio into a large bowl of ice water to crisp and set aside for 15 minutes. The dressing can be prepared in the meantime (see below). After 15 minutes, drain the lettuce and radicchio and spin in a salad spinner until dry. Add the sliced celery and pears and gently toss. Divide the salad among six plates and spoon the dressing over the top. Sprinkle each serving with the chopped hazelnuts. For the dressing: Combine all the ingredients in a pint jar and shake vigorously to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Northampton Community College held a commencement ceremony January 25 for more than 700 students who completed associate degrees, specialized diplomas and certificates in August and December. NJ graduates are listed below by hometown. Key to Abbreviations: AA Associate in Arts AS Associate in Science AAS Associate in Applied Science CERT Certificate SD Specialized Diploma loomsbury: Jaimee Fulper, AAS Clinton: Jill Jordan, AA Flemington: David Hobbs, AA Hillside: Deron LeGrand, AAS Maplewood: Latifah Corrigan, AAS Mine Hill: Kelly Orlandi, AA North Brunswick: Martha Hayden, SD Phillipsburg: Thomas Carrion, AS; Vladimir Eugene, AAS; Katherine Godlesky , AAS; Michael Rinker, SD;

Luis Zelada Delgado, AS Stewartsville: David Graham, AA Waretown Vivian Morales, AAS Washington: Tyler Adams, AA; Laura Izeppi, AAS; Joel Mikulyak, AAS Other States Matilda Bain, Crane, MO, SD; Jackie Echtenacher, Mundelein, IL, AAS; Kaitlin Fragnito, Elmhurst, IL, SD; Donald Heck, Upland, CA, AAS; Emily Heydt, Aurora, CO, AAS; Melanie Hippenstiel, Cheyenne, WY, AA; Bess Hume, Dover, DE, AA; Karen Joseph, Carbon, TX, AAS; Sharon Schopf, Elkhorn, WI, AAS. Congratulations to all graduates and best wishes on your future endeavors.