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Friday, December 29, 2006

Heloise hits cyberspace in Newton

(City of Newton image)


Tips on everything from turkey (clean it, cook it well to avoid bacteria) to winter power outages (have flashlights on hand, flush toilets with a pail of water) can be found on the city’s web site.

Some of the links (which are actually maintained by the state) are more helpful than others. Under "Poison Help," for example, you learn that 81 of the 28,700 poisoning deaths in the U.S. in 2003 were homicides and that it cost $26 billion to treat poisonings in 2000. Fascinating, yes, but not exactly what you want to read when you’re staring at the bottle of who-knows-what that your toddler just swallowed. Want to know how to properly operate your wood-burning stove? Too bad. It’s the “Wood-burning Stoves and Other Appliances” that doesn’t work.

Still, if you want to volunteer to prepare and serve food safely for family reunions, church dinners, and community gatherings, you can get a useful 40-page guide under “Cooking for Groups.”

-- Connie Paige

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