Bangor's Austin Jones makes a block for Sean Wolderich (29) during the Slaters' 10-0 win over Pen Argyl Saturday at Alumni Field in Pen Argyl. (More photos below) PHOTO GALLERY PHOTO GALLERY 2 SATURDAY'S PHOTOS Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Pen Argyl's Alex Bartleson finds an opening, during Bangor's 10-0 win over Knights. (Sbtt Photo Larry Cory)
Chris Muller (2) of Pen Argyl and Bangor's Mike Hlatky dive for a pass that bounces by them, during the Slaters' 10-0 win Saturday. (Sbtt Photo Larry Cory)
America's doing it all wrong when it comes to dishwashing
(BPT) - Nearly everyone (96 percent) wastes up to an hour each week pre-washing their dishes, according to a recent survey. But the reality is that the outdated ritual of pre-washing can actually result in dirtier dishes and waste a valuable resource – water!
People have plenty of activities they’d rather spend an hour each week enjoying, like online shopping, according to a survey conducted by Cascade Platinum and Marie Claire. And, with climate experts reporting that about half of the United States is experiencing some level of drought, it’s important for everyone to look for creative ways to save water.
Skipping the pre-wash is an impactful solution. In fact, if members of all U.S. households with automatic dishwashers stopped pre-washing their dishes beforehand, up to 130 billion gallons of water each year could be saved (figure based on an avg. of 47.3 liters of pre-washing water used for every load).
“As a busy mom of four, there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish everything I need to get done,” says popular blogger Daisy Teh of TheItMom.com. “I love learning that my dishes can actually get a better clean if I skip the pre-wash. It’s such a simple tip that anyone can adopt and it’s good for the environment.”
Here are three key dishwasher regime tips that can help you gain back an hour each week while also conserving water:
1. Assign dish nights – Creating a family “dish duty” schedule ensures the chore is evenly shared across the household, and it allows everyone to arrange their homework and activity schedules in advance.
2. Skip the pre-wash – Your dishes will come out cleaner if you leave the food on. Simply scrape off the large chunks and then load your dishes straight into the dishwasher without running them under the water first. This can help result in the best possible clean. Need proof? Three-quarters (74 percent) of survey respondents said that their dishes come out of the dishwasher dirty, spotted or streaked when they pre-wash. Here’s why: Detergents like Cascade Platinum are designed to work with food on. Its special enzymes attach to food particles, breaking them down so they can easily be washed away - even 24-hour, stuck-on food. And don’t worry about clogging your pipes; most dishwashers are equipped with a disposal, similar to the one in your sink.
As an added bonus, skipping the pre-wash also helps your family conserve water. Dishwashers use about 4.5 gallons of water for the entire cycle, while hand washing dishes uses about 27 gallons, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
3. Load for success – Place taller dishes in the back of the bottom rack so the detergent chamber isn’t blocked. Put fragile dishes in the top rack further away from the powerful sprayer. Put glasses between the upper rack tines instead of over them. This will prevent water spots from the tines drying on the glasses. And, make sure all your dishes are facing inward and not overlapping. This ensures the water will reach everything. For more tips, visit www.CascadeClean.com.
How will you use the time you save by implementing these dish-washing tips? That time is yours now, so use it wisely. And give yourself a pat on the back for helping to save water.
Singer Katie Melua has had a live spider removed from her ear after complaining to a doctor about a rustling noise inside her head.
Melua says the creepy-crawly had been living in her ear for an entire week after it climbed into headphones she had used on a recent flight.
The singer posted a video and photos on her Instagram account and wrote: "So I had a rustling in my ear for a week and went to the doctor to have it checked out. This little fella is what they found!"
"Basically I used these old in-ear monitors to block out sound on a flight, little spider must have been in them and crawled inside my ear and stayed there for the week. It was no hassle at all, apart from the occasional shuffling noises.
"Though the thing looked terrifying up-close on the doctor's camera, once he took him out (using a micro Hoover) it was pretty small, and now its in this little test tube, alive and seemingly fine."
Melua's biggest hits include Nine Million Bicycles and The Closest Thing to Crazy, while she also released a single called Spider's Web in 2006.
Single & Parenting Support Group
The support group Single & Parenting, which offers help and hope to single parents, will begin meeting on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 7:00-8:15 PM. The group will meet for thirteen weeks at Mount Eaton Church in Saylorsburg, PA. Registration is $10, with scholarships available. Childcare is available upon request.
For more information or to register, please contact the church office at (570) 992-7050 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions to the church and more information about Single & Parenting may be found at www.mounteatonchurch.org.
Mount Eaton is a non-denominational church serving the west end of Monroe County, Pennsylvania since 1884. Mount Eaton Church holds worship on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings and offers a variety of programs for family members of all ages.
Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club
Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club will hold its meeting Thursday, November 6, 7:30 p.m. in the Bethlehem Township Community Center, 2900 Farmersville Road, Bethlehem.
Program and presenter: "Exploring the 900 MHz Band”” – Mark/W2MB. Members and interested general public are welcome. Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/qKUJC
FMI: www.dlarc.org, KE3AW@ARRL.NET or 610.432.8286.
Owl Prowl at Jacobsburg
Friday, November 7th 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Join educator Rick Wiltraut for this walk through the woods of Jacobsburg in search of local species of owls such as the Eastern-Screech Owl and the Great Horned Owl. Participants should dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Program limited to 30 participants. To register, contact Rick Wiltraut at email@example.com or 610-746-2801.
Singles Game Night
The East Bangor UMC Singles' Ministry will hold a Game Night on Friday, November. 7 in the church fellowship hall, which is located at 136 W. Central Ave. (Rt. 512), East Bangor, PA.
Bring your favorite game and snack to share. Please RSVP by calling Cindy (610-614-1477) or email EBUMCSM@yahoo.com. The ministry is open to all singles, divorcees, widows, and widowers of all ages.
East Bangor Comedy Night
The East Bangor Volunteer Fire Co. will hold a Comedy Night Saturday, November 8 at 8:00pm Central Ave, East Bangor.
Steamroller Entertainment Hosted by: Joe Pontillo "Broadway Comedy Club" will appear. Featured guests include: Sheba Mason "Caroline's NYC";'Erik Braunstein "New York Comedy Club; Rich Carucci "Host of Knufman Films" "Insult Cab" "Friars Club"NYC.
Tickets cost $15, Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8:00. Must Be 21 to attend
Woodward and Hummel playing at Gaetanos
The James Hummel Band and Lori Kulp Woodward will perform at Gaetanos Italian Restaurant at the Southmoore Golf Course, Bath PA. in a Night With Patsy Kline. Dinner is served from 6-8 pm and the show runs from 8-9pm.
Tickets for the event cost $39.95 and include the show, drawings, food, drinks (excluding alcohol) and gratuity.
For more info and tickets call 610-657-9156
Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner
The annual pork and sauerkraut dinner will be held at historic Arndt’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 8th from 4 to 7 pm.
The church is located on 1851 Arndt Road , intersecting with Bushkill Drive, Easton, PA, 18040.
Come on out for the good, old fashioned homemade meal including a wide array of homemade desserts.
Adult tickets are $10 and for children 5 through 11 , the tickets are $5.
Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale
Ackermanville United Methodist Church Will Hold a Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 8 from 9 Am to 2 Pm. Come See Their Selection of Crafts and Gift Items. A Light Lunch Will Also Be Sold Through out the Day.
Bangor Band Boosters Band Bingo
On Sunday, November 9, the Slater Band Boosters will host a Band Bingo fundraising event at the Blue Valley Farm Show auditorium with all proceeds being used to benefit instrumental students of the Bangor Area School District.
Prizes include items from Longaberger, Vera Bradley, Coach, Thirty-One, as well as Alex & Ani.
There will be 20 games of bingo, as well as five special raffles, a large tricky tray, a 50/50 drawing, and door prizes.
Tickets are $20.00 in advance. Doors open at 11 am and the games begin at 1 pm. Anyone attending must be 18 years of age or older.
For ticket information, you may call (610) 588-4385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans Day Ceremony
The Bangor & Roseto American Legions, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Order of the Elks will be holding a Veterans Day remembrance ceremony on Tuesday November 11th at 10am at Bangor Memorial Park on Eisenhart Blvd, Bangor PA by the pool entrance.
NCC Veterans Week Program
In observance of Veterans Day, Northampton Community College will present a talk by guest speaker Joseph Arata, Chief Strategic Recruitment, Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The program will be held on Thursday, November 13, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the David A Reed Community Room at NCC’s Main Campus in Bethlehem Township.
Afterward, the college will honor veterans with a celebration and reception at NCC’s Veterans Plaza
Our Icy Past Living on a Moraine
The Slate Belt Heritage Center presents Our Icy Past - Living on a Moraine by Henry Skirbst, Thurday - November 13th at 7:00 pm
For additional information contact: Karen Brewer @ 610-588-8615.
NCC Youth Chess Tournament
Northampton Community College (NCC) will hold its 13th annual youth chess tournament for children ages 18 and under on November 15, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at the David A. Reed Community Room, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.
Participants will be able to compete in five rounds, rated and unrated. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. The cost is $30 with pre-registration by November 13 or $35 at the door.
To register, visit www.northampton.edu/lifelearn. For more information about this and other youth programs at NCC, go to www.northampton.edu/Horizons-For-Youth/Special-Events-and-Partnerships or call 610-861-4120.
Christmas Card Making
Christmas Card Making Hosted will be available Saturday November 15 from 1-5pm at Lori's Close to My Heart Papercrafting, 744 Chestnunt St., Bangor, PA
Come on over and start making some of your Christmas Cards. You can start here, Supplies will be available for $20 a person and you take home 20 cards.
If you can't finish them that afternoon, they will get you prepped cut and stamped.
All you have to do is assemble what you didn't finish at home. If you have supplies, bring them over and play with us for free.
Go Teach: Hiking 101, A Cross Curricula Connection
Saturday, November 15th 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Hiking is more than putting on a pair of boots and walking in the woods. It’s a lifelong recreational activity that can increase one’s stamina, endurance and athleticism. It’s also the basis of numerous other recreations including backpacking, orienteering and geo-caching. Learn how to enable your students to discover Penn’s Woods through an interdisciplinary set of lessons for teachers created by the PA Bureau of State Parks. Lessons focus on health, fitness and trip planning; map reading and identifying local trails; forest ecology as well as nature journaling. The lessons meet several Physical Education & Health standards as well as standards for Geography, Science & Ecology and the Humanities. As part of this workshop teachers will receive lessons, ACT 48 hours and access to loaner equipment to help incorporate outdoor recreation education into their school. The cost of the workshop is $20 payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To register, contact Lauren Forster at email@example.com or 610-746-2801.
TGAI Scholarship Dinner
You’re invited to join Totts Gap Art Institute for its third Annual Scholarship Dinner to be held from 6-10pm, Saturday November 15. The cost is $50 per person.
With music by the incomparable Vicki Doney, the event will be filled with dinner, catered by J. DeFranco & Daughters, conversation and a silent auction of original art.
It is a great opportunity to meet others in the community who want to make a difference. With our scholarship demands doubling in the past year, your support is more important than ever. They truly hope to see you there!
RSVP by November 7. Remit payment by check or PayPal. Visit TottsGap.org or call 610-588-5817.
Second Annual Toy Bingo
The second annual Toy Bingo will be held at Hope UCC in Wind Gap Saturday November 15. Doors open 11:00am, bingo starts 1:00pm.
The cost is $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. Adults and children are welcome to play.
There will be 15 paper games and each game has a three chance to win.
The kitchen will be open to purchase lunch, snacks and drinks.
Prizes include toys, games, gift cards, etc. plus a grand prize basket. Doors prize will also be awarded, Other activities include a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing.
To purchase tickets e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908-727-0090. Check them out on the web at www.hope.ucc.com
Annual Wreath Making
The Jacobsburg sixth annual Day of Wreath Making will be held at Bushkill Fire Co November 15. Doors open 11:00am.
Everyone is invited to them. The cost is $45.00 which includes materials and instructions how to create beautiful wreath.
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. First come - first served. Food for sale from the fire company.
To register click on this link: http://www.jacobsburghistory.com/news/events/2014-wreath-making-event/ . Then click for the registration form.
More info call Kay: 610-863-8136 or Karen 610-837-0834
Humble Hearts for Hope will sponsor a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebees on Rt 248 November 15 from 8-10am. UNLIMITED pancakes, syrup, butter, link sausage and a beverage choice including coffee, orange juice, soda and tea.
Safe Haven Pet Adoption
Safe Haven Pet Rescue will hold dog adoption days from 11 a.m. To 3 p.m, on Sunday,November 2 at Tractor Supply,Broadheadsville.
Safe Haven will have many young dogs available for you to meet and get to know. Safe Haven requires a pre-adoption application with references and a home visit prior to adoption.
For more information about Safe Haven, and to find a list of dogs available for adoption and adoption applications, please visit www.SafeHavenPa.org . Contact Safe Haven at SafeHaven@epix.net. Join Safe Haven Pa on Facebook.
Gertrude Hawk Candy Fund Raiser
The East Bangor United Methodist Community Church will hold a "Gertrude Hawk" candy fundraiser for Christmas. Many new items are featured. For more info., call Diane at 610-588-2397. The deadline for ordering is Sunday, November 16th.
Safe Haven Volunteer Meeting
Come to Cherry's Sunset Restaurant, Route 209, Kresgeville at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, November 18 for a bite to eat and meet the volunteers of Safe Haven Dog Rescue.
Safe Haven Pet Rescue is a small group of dedicated volunteers from the West End of the Poconos who save highly adoptable dogs from high kill and overcrowded shelters and finds them loving homes. Shelter killing is the number one cause of dog deaths and Safe Haven has saved more than 700 lives so far.
Safe Haven Rescue needs volunteers to help with adoption days, fundraising, transporting dogs to vets and groomers and fostering homeless dogs until they find their forever homes. Help save homeless dogs.
For more information about Safe Haven, and to find Volunteer and Foster applications, please visit www.SafeHavenPa.org . Contact Safe Haven at SafeHaven@epix.net. Join Safe Haven Pa on Facebook.
NCC to Hold Campus Tours
Northampton Community College (NCC) will hold tours of its Main Campus on several upcoming dates. Prospective students and their families are invited to tour the campus, learn about the College’s 100+ academic programs and student life and get answers to their questions from admissions staff.
The tours are scheduled for:
November 18, and December 18 at 3:30 p.m. and on December 2 at 11:30 a.m. The tours last approximately two hours.
The NCC Main Campus is located at 3835 Green Pond Road, in Bethlehem Township. Tours will begin at the Student Enrollment Center.
Pen Argy Girl Cast in NCC's
Ask The Doc........
by Dr. Gary Williams, DMD
Well, it’s that time again! In most North American homes, the count-down is on for the beginning of a new school year.
It always gets me thinking about the great sampling of people we see in our dental office. From newborns to 90-somethings.
Last week someone asked me the question, “looking in the mouths of many 40 and 50 year-olds, what could have been different if health was addressed when they were, say…15 years old? The answer is a resounding, a lot!
We realize that we do have the opportunity and know-how to change the health future for today’s school kids.
In the year 2014 we have the advantage of all the research, learning, and yes, mistakes that have been made by humans, to learn from. And what does that information say?
Step in early (school age), and maximize every variable for success. Dentistry knows how to achieve a successful long-term outcome. Once dentistry, parents and children comply; we can change the future of your family’s overall health, for the better. Call a Dental Professional today, and change your future.
Battery Recycling Program
Pen Argyl is pleased to announce that they are participating in a battery recycling program. Madison Young, a freshman at Pen Argyl, decided to implement a battery recycling program in her community as her Girl Scout Silver Award Project.
Madison has provided them with a battery recycling container. They will be accepting dry cell batteries: AA, AAA, C, D & 9 volt batteries. For safety purposes, please put a piece of masking tape over the end of each battery.
Batteries are not garbage! In addition to the household batteries being recycled through Madison’s project, your are encouraged to participate in Northampton County’s Semi-Annual Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events.
Programs like this help make our community a better, safer place, and we encourage everyone to participate in this program for our community.
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