first_imgFor many Georgians, the ritual preparations for freezing temperatures and possible snowfall include a trip to the grocery store to stock up on milk, bread and other basics. But University of Georgia experts say to keep in mind that frost, ice and snow often result in loss of power. Without power to keep appliances working, food stored in refrigerators and freezers can quickly begin to go bad.As Georgians prepare for freezing temperatures and possible snowfall, University of Georgia experts say to keep in mind that frost, ice and snow often result in loss of power. Without power to keep appliances working, food stored in refrigerators and freezers can quickly begin to go bad.”Ideally, when the power goes out, the first thing you should do is place a refrigerator/freezer thermometer in the freezer, if there isn’t one already in there,” said Elizabeth Andress, a food safety specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.The recommended temperature for food storage in refrigerators is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. If the freezer stays as cold as the refrigerator, many foods will be safe to use or refreeze, Andress said. To help protect once-frozen foods, buy dry ice and place it in the freezer. “A 50-pound block of dry ice will protect food in a 20-cubic-foot freezer for three to four days,” Andress said. The amount of food in the freezer also determines, in part, how long the food will stay frozen. The fuller the appliance, the longer the food will stay frozen while the power is off. If it’s packed full and remains closed, Andress said, the freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours. If it’s half-full, it will hold its temperature for about 24 hours. “The question of safety becomes a bigger issue the longer you’re without power,” she said. If the freezer temperature rises above 40 degrees, perishable foods should be thrown away. Different foods show specific signs of when they should be kept or discarded.Meat and poultry – If the freezer stays 40 degrees or lower, meat and poultry may be refrozen if it has no signs of spoilage, like bad odor and off color. Dispose of food that shows any sign of spoilage or if the freezer or food has reached more than 40 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, refreeze only meat or poultry that still contains ice crystals. If any foods in the refrigerator or freezer have come in contact with raw meat juices, throw them away. Shellfish, vegetables and cooked foods – If the freezer maintains a temperature of 40 degrees or below or if the food still has ice crystals, it may be refrozen; otherwise, discard it. If any vegetables show signs of spoilage, throw them out, regardless of temperature. Fruits – If the fruit doesn’t show signs of spoilage, you may safely refreeze it. Fruits have the least amount of quality damage during thawing. However, the texture won’t be the same after refreezing. Thawed fruits may be used in cooking or making jams, jellies or preserves. Ice cream – Throw out ice cream if it’s partially thawed. Freezer or ice cream temperatures higher than 40 degrees could cause ice cream to be unsafe. Creamed foods, puddings and cream pies – These products are safe to refreeze only if the freezer has stayed at 40 degrees or below. If it rises above 40, discard them. Breads, doughnuts, cookies, cakes and nuts – These items may be refrozen as long as they show no signs of mold growth. They typically refreeze better than most foods. While refrozen food is safe to eat if you follow these tips, you may need to offset some degree of quality loss by using it sooner than you may have originally planned. You can also choose to prepare the foods that have begun to thaw.”First make sure the food has maintained a temperature of 40 degrees or below. And use it within two to three days,” Andress said. “Treat it as if you had been deliberately thawing it in the refrigerator.” For more information on food safety topics, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

first_imgFight back against pro-violence rhetoricIn a letter to The Gazette published on September 29, 2016, I quoted these comments from candidate Donald Trump at a rally: “She [Hillary Clinton] wants to destroy your Second Amendment…. I think her bodyguards should drop all weapons. … She doesn’t want guns. Let’s see what happens to her. It would be very dangerous.”This past weekend from the White House, President Donald Trump spoke as follows: “I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump.“I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough until they (presumably his opponents?) go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad. But the left plays it cuter and tougher.“Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress … with all this investigations). …” (quoted in the Albany Times Union editorial , ‘Mr. Trump’s violent talk,’ dated March 19.)There’s a name for this kind of talk. It’s called talk that engenders “stochastic (statistically random) violence,” talk that somehow gives the OK to unspecified violence at an unknown time and place.But against whom? In this instance, the president names a specific group of people: “they (the left)…in Congress.”I urge readers to do as I have: Request our elected representatives in Congress to rebuke the president for talk that presents an enabling vision of political violence in this country. We went this way once before, and now we observe Memorial Day in remembrance of the carnage.Hugh NevinSlingerlands Fighting dirty is only way to defeat TrumpThe 2020 election is soon upon us. Mercilessly, candidates are announcing early and in great number.To date, none of them can win against Trump. Here’s the sickening truth: If the embarrassment we call a president today can keep his base, he will carry another electoral win.Neither party has a candidate so far willing sink to the level it takes to compete for his devoted voters.Michele Obama’s suggestion “When they go low we go high” is laughable. Republicans lack the courage to take on the president and Democrats are too concerned they may offend voters’ sensitivities to produce a winner.Elizabeth Warren had an opportunity to be a front-runner in the race, but she squandered it when she failed to respond to his “Pocahontas” slur with two words: a verb and a pronoun.Trump is clearly hoping to play the accusation that anyone opposing him is a socialist. The answer isn’t to point out his lies, but top them with their own. Outrageous unfounded claims are what his base feeds upon. The first candidate to accuse him of incest, the one who questions the first lady’s gender at birth or accuses her of being a Russian spy, that person will be the next president of this country. Sad, but still better than what we have now. There is always 2024.Nikolas KaiserSchenectady Journalists must express objectivityThe Merrimack-Webster dictionary defines “journalism” as “writing characterized by a direct presentation of events without an attempt at interpretation.”By this definition, it is in my opinion that journalism is dead. It seems that the vast majority of the articles in the newspaper today have so much interpretation, untruths and agendas (Covington, Smollett, Trump, ISIS, Korea, China, illegal immigration) that it can be said that journalism is dead. Where is the pride of the journalist?Geraldine M. HavasyClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Congress must pass Dream/Promise ActWe must not look the other way as Trump terrorizes our immigrant neighbors.Whether somebody is protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED), they are integral parts of our community and we want and need them here. We cannot stand by as Trump tries to send them to a place that is no longer home. They belong here.These long-time residents, as well as their families and communities, had their lives thrown into limbo when President Trump made the cruel decision to strip away their legal status. DACA, TPS and DED holders have built their lives in the United States. The average TPS holder has been here for 22 years, and the average DACA recipient came at age 6. They have homes, businesses, schools and places of worship. They are integral parts of our communities.Congress can address this urgent need by passing H.R. 6, The Dream and Promise Act of 2019. This excellent legislation will protect beneficiaries of DACA, TPS, and DED and should be passed “clean” without amendments that fund further militarization of our southern border, separate immigrant families, or otherwise double-down on Trump’s heinous human rights violations at the border.Congress must pass The Dream and Promise Act now.Alexandra van den HeeverMaltacenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBystanders renew faith in humanityA few days ago, my friend and I were going to the movies. We are old. As we started to walk down the Jay Street mall, my friend fell. In an instant, she was on the concrete, bleeding, bruised and disoriented. The EMTs and an ambulance came and they were caring and professional, as they should be. But it is what happened before their arrival that has buoyed my spirit.Young people, (younger than I am, at least) came out of stores or apartments to offer help. One said, “I’m a nurse, let me help stop the bleeding.” Another came back with ice from a nearby store. One man knelt down behind my friend and said, “It must be hard for you to sit there unsupported: Lean back on me.” Another took off his jacket and put it over my friend’s legs. To all who said, “I will stay with you until help arrives,” I thank you.Altruism is ingrained in the human being. It is this urge, this drive, to help the other that has enabled the human race to thrive, and it is this urge, this drive, that will save us in the future.Out of tragedy, my hope and my optimism have been renewed.Bill MacTiernanSchenectady Dems didn’t oppose new border securityIn a recent letter to the editor, the writer expressed dismay that top Democrats Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama voted for a border wall in 2006, yet oppose funding for a similar project today.He probably got that information from watching White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney say on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace that “We still don’t understand why the Democrats are so wholeheartedly against it. They voted for it in 2006. Then-Sen. Obama voted for it. Sen. Schumer voted for it. Sen. Clinton voted for it. So we don’t understand why Democrats are now playing politics just because Donald Trump is in office.”Let’s get the facts straight.The Secure Fence Act of 2006, which these Democrats supported, authorized about 700 miles of fencing along certain stretches of land between the border of the United States and Mexico. That’s a far cry from Trump’s ambitious plan to build a $10 billion-$12 billion 50-foot high cement wall, or the like, extending some 1,000 miles across the border.The Act also authorized the use of more vehicle barriers, checkpoints and lighting to curb illegal immigration, and the use of advanced technology such as satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles.That’s pretty much the same mix of measures the Democrats offered in their latest deal to end the government shutdown.Fred ComoBurnt Hillslast_img read more

first_imgLots of area Sporting Events will be taking place this Weekend (June 6-7).Boys Golf Sectionals @ Greensburg Country Club on Friday (6-6)Most of our area teams will be competing.Girls Track State Finals @ IU-Bloomington on Friday (6-6)Batesville-Ginny Westerfeld in the 100 and 200 Meter Dash, Kim Tidman in the Long Jump and our 4 x 100 Meter Relay Team of Ginny Westerfeld, Kim Tidman, Sophie Meadows and Michaela Westerfeld.Oldenburg Academy-Meredith Maier in The 800 Meter Run and Kirsten Ricke in the 300 Meter Hurdles.East Central-The 4 x 100 Meter Relay Team of Kelli Cartuyvelles, Olivia Fette, Hannah Patton, and Kendall Gindling.Boys Track State Finals @ IU-Bloomington on Saturday (6-7)East Central-Cade Kneuven in the 100 & 200 Meter Dashes and Nathan Corn for The Pole Vault.Rising Sun-Austin Martin in The High Jump.Girls Individual Tennis Regionals @ Carmel on Saturday (6-7)Batesville’s Kelli Hartman and Brooke Bradford will play MacKenzie Lord and Shivali Rao of Brebeuf Jesuit starting around 10 AM.Oldenburg Academy’s Sarah Wilder will play in The Singles Tourney against Nicloe Weisman of Brownsburg starting around 10 AM.Baseball Regionals on Saturday (6-7)Class 3A @ Jasper. Batesville vs. Gibson Southern starting at 11 AM.Class 1A @ Morristown. Jac-Cen-Del vs. Indy Lutheran starting at 12:30.Softball Semi-States on Saturday (6-7)Class 3A @ Brown County. South Dearborn vs. Gibson Southern starting at 11 AM.Class 1A @ North Daviess. Rising Sun vs. North Daviess starting at 1.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 14, 2014 at 12:50 am Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — DaJuan Coleman was unable to play in No. 2 Syracuse’s (17-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) 69-59 win against Boston College (5-12, 1-3) on Monday due to swelling in his left knee.Coleman, who has not started the Orange’s last five games due to a left leg contusion, did not practice Sunday and is continuing daily treatment for the injury he suffered two and a half weeks ago.“Basically just waiting for the swelling to go down,” Coleman said. “It’s getting a lot stronger, though.”Coleman has played just three minutes in those five games — garbage time at the end of Syracuse’s win over Virginia Tech last Tuesday — and appears to favor his right leg when warming up with a left knee brace before games. He was averaging nearly 15 minutes per game before the injury limited him to only six minutes against Villanova on Dec. 28.Coleman’s status is still day-to-day with the Orange’s next game against No. 23 Pittsburgh on Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m hoping that he, this week, gets better and that we can use him,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “That’s what I’m hoping for, but we’ll see what happens.”Coleman said he suffered the injury setting a screen in practice when a teammate banged into the side of his left knee. Since beginning treatment shortly thereafter, Coleman said the leg has gotten gradually stronger.His treatment consists of light weight lifting to warm up, then running on a treadmill in an in-ground pool to reduce strain on his leg.“That’s basically what I’m doing and just resting,” Coleman said.It’s just a matter of icing the contusion and waiting for the swelling to go down.“When he’s ready, he’ll play,” Boeheim said. Commentslast_img read more