September 2008 Newsletter

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Issue Number 12, September 2008

Back To School Commuting Safety

It is football season, and that means game day parties and tailgating. For many people the food is almost as important as the game. But before you go reaching for paper plates and plastic cups to serve your game day treats, check out some of the new inexpensive and greener options found at your local grocery store. Look for Bagasse dishes, which are made out of 100% sugar cane. You can also find products made from tree-free paper, wheat, corn, lime stone and starch mixtures. Soon you’ll more commonly be able to find biodegradable knives, forks and spoons made from wheat that can be safely composted, but is excellent for hot foods such as chili, soup, coffee or tea. And although this cutlery is made from wheat it’s completely safe for people suffering from gluten allergies and celiac disease. When your party is over you can dispose of this waste in your local community compost pile or just feel good knowing you lowered your carbon foot print and your one-time use crockery won’t be laying in your local landfill for a thousand years to come.

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September is National Preparedness Month

How prepared are you for an emergency? Not very? Well, it’s not too late and it’s easier than you might think. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. With this web site and four simple steps, you too can make sure that you, your loved ones and your assets will be well prepared in case of an emergency.

Get a Kit: Pick up necessary items (food, first aid kit, flash light, etc) to include in your basic emergency supply kit.

Make a Plan: Make sure you have a family emergency plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance. How you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

Be Informed: Being informed about the different types of emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate ways to respond to them will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. In addition, learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government.

Get Involved: After preparing yourself and your family for possible emergencies, take the next step and get involved in preparing your community. Learn more about Citizen Corps, which actively involves citizens in making our communities and our nation safer, stronger and better prepared. We all have a role to play in keeping our hometowns secure from emergencies of all kinds. For more information, go to to get involved.

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Green Tip

Instead of hauling your fall leaves to the curb, consider composting them to create mulch and fertilizer for the spring. For other useful raking and yard maintenance tips, visit Homeownernet.

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Healthy Tailgating

Try this healthier version of fried chicken at your next tailgate.


No Fry Fried Chicken

By Shanna Miles



1-2 lbs. chicken breast

3 cups or two heaping handfuls wheat pretzels

1/2 cup yellow mustard

1/4 cup milk (can substitute soy milk)

Salt and pepper



Preheat oven to 400°.

Combine milk and mustard in bowl. Process pretzels in a blender until they resemble coarse bread crumbs. Place in bowl and set aside.

Wash and season chicken with salt, pepper and paprika.

Dip chicken in mustard mixture and then cover with pretzel crumbs until completely covered.

Place chicken breasts on cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.

Bake about 45 minutes or until juice runs clear

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