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Four Dirtiest Things in the House
Check out these four dirtiest items you're touching every day, and get ready to make a beeline for the sink ASAP.
We all know the rule—cover up your toothbrush in your bathroom, especially if it's within close proximity to your toilet. But what about your toothbrush holder? If you're anything like me, you wipe it down occasionally when it starts to look gross, but other than that, it never even reaches your "dirty-item" radar. Turns out, this little holder can be harboring some serious germs like staph, mold, and yeast—seriously, yuck.
Thankfully, it's an easy fix. Wash the holder with hot, soapy water twice a week to keep the germs to a minimum.
Bath mats lie damp on the floor, drying slowly throughout the day—providing the perfect dark, damp environment for bacteria and mold.
One easy way to keep your bath mat germ-free is to hang it on the shower rod after each use to let it dry out completely. You can also sprinkle baking soda on the mat, let sit 30 minutes, and then vacuum up the powder.
Cleaning your refrigerator regularly and removing your old (sometimes moldy) food immediately is a good start. Just don't neglect your refrigerator door; it can be a home to mold, which can potentially spread whenever you open the door (yuck).
Clean the seal once a week with a solution of one part white vinegar and one part water. Put the solution in a spray bottle, spray along the seal, let sit for 5 minutes, and then wipe the seal with a clean cloth. You can also use a toothbrush and cotton swab dipped in the solution for hard to reach places and between the folds. Be sure to thoroughly dry the seal before finishing, because damp areas are the breeding ground for mold.
Imagine a few minutes in the life of your cell phone. It touches the bottom of your purse, your unwashed hands (we see you bringing it into the bathroom with you), the floor when you inevitably drop it, and then it touches your face. So gross. Cell phones carry bacteria like staph and Salmonella, and thanks to new protective cases, have tons of tiny cracks for germs to breed.
Break out the toothpicks and Q-tips and use them to remove the dirt from the crevices along your device. Then wipe down the front and back of your phone with special wipes.
Hamlin Speedway VetStock Firecracker 100
Let’s get ready to rumble on Saturday, July 1st when the holiday weekend kicks off in roaring style as the Hamlin Speedway hosts its second VetStock Firecracker 100 for the benefit of our area’s veterans.
The second annual event is an exciting and grueling 100-lap race that again will be sponsored by Hollywood Towing & Auto, The Honesdale National Bank and presented by S & S Speedways-Indoor Go-Karts and SS Promotions, LLC. Last year’s inaugural race drew huge crowds of family and devotees at what has been heralded by Dirt Track Digest as “one of the top entertainment values in the country today for small car division racing.”
In making this year’s announcement, Promotions Director Allesson Rode reiterated the Speedway’s unwavering commitment to support VetStock in its effort to ensure that the funds it raises benefit our local men, women and families who served our Country,” Veterans and current service members will have free admission with military ID. General admission is $10, seniors are $5, and children under 6 are free. Pit Passes are $25. Hot laps start at 6:00 p.m. with racing starting around 7:00 p.m. Gates open at 3:00 p.m.
VetStock, a local veterans’ support organization, is synonymous with an unparalleled passion and tireless efforts to improve the lives of the area’s former and present Armed Services men, women and families. Founded in 2012 by Tom Ryan, Rich Diaz and Kelly Gaughan, its sole mission is to financially assist those Veteran organizations who have not developed strong fundraising capabilities locally in both Pike and Monroe counties. None of the funds raised by VetStock is donated directly to individuals, but rather, monies are provided to non-profit veterans organizations who meet VetStock’s rigorous vetting process. For further information regarding VetStock, its upcoming events or to contribute to its ongoing efforts, please email VetStockAmerica@gmail.com.
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Free Summer Movie Night
Free Summer Movie Night- Moana. Monday, July 3, 2017 8:45 PM - 8:45 PM. Fernwood Resort- Wintergreens Patio Grill 124 Golf Drive, Bushkill. Come enjoy a movie under the stars. Movies begin at dusk and are free to guests of The Villas at Tree Tops and Fairway & Fernwood Resort. Popcorn, cotton candy, food, and drinks for sale on the Great Lawn. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 800-291-9990.
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Cartwright Introduces Bill to Increase Voting Accessibility
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright re-introduced legislation that would increase voting accessibility. The Time Off to Vote Act would require employers to grant their workers at least two hours of paid leave to vote in federal elections.
“Voting should not be a luxury that only the well-off can afford,” said Rep. Cartwright. “This bill helps ensure that all Americans, regardless of their economic status, are able to exercise the right to vote.”
In 25 states, employers are not required to give their employees paid leave to vote. In 19 states, employers are not required to let their employees leave work to vote.
In this environment, employees can be actively prohibited by their employers from leaving work to vote, and many others choose not to attend the polls because they simply cannot afford the 1-3 hours of unpaid time that voting often requires. For example, an individual working a 40-hour job at minimum wage would forgo 5% of their weekly salary if they take off two hours to vote.
The Time Off to Vote Act is endorsed by Common Cause and Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC.
“As some states pass restrictive laws that make voting more difficult, the Time Off to Vote Act is needed more than ever,” said Aaron Scherb, Common Cause’s director of legislative affairs. “Common Cause commends Representative Cartwright for his leadership to promote voting rights so that all eligible Americans can have their voices heard at the ballot box.”
Rep. Matt Cartwright represents Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District, which includes Schuylkill County and portions of Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, and Northampton Counties. Cartwright serves on the House Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Family Nature Getaway Weekend
"Celebration with a Bang" Family Nature Getaway Weekend. Friday, June 30, 2017 2:00 PM - 2:00 PM to Monday, July 3, 2017 2:00 PM - 2:00 PM. Pocono Environmental Education Center 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Adults $225 / 25% off ages 7-10 / 50% off ages 4-6 / free under 3 / commuter and day rates available – call for details. Bring friends and family to experience the best of what PEEC has to offer. Nature hikes, animal presentations, swimming, canoeing, fireworks, campfire and more! Price includes three nights lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Monday lunch. Email: email@example.com, Phone: 570-828-2319.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY - July 1
Hong Kong returned to China - 1997
At midnight on July 1, 1997, Hong Kong reverts back to Chinese rule in a ceremony attended by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles of Wales, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. A few thousand Hong Kongers protested the turnover, which was otherwise celebratory and peaceful.
In 1839, Britain invaded China to crush opposition to its interference in the country’s economic, social, and political affairs. One of Britain’s first acts of the war was to occupy Hong Kong, a sparsely inhabited island off the coast of southeast China. In 1841, China ceded the island to the British with the signing of the Convention of Chuenpi, and in 1842 the Treaty of Nanking was signed, formally ending the First Opium War.
Britain’s new colony flourished as an East-West trading center and as the commercial gateway and distribution center for southern China. In 1898, Britain was granted an additional 99 years of rule over Hong Kong under the Second Convention of Peking. In September 1984, after years of negotiations, the British and the Chinese signed a formal agreement approving the 1997 turnover of the island in exchange for a Chinese pledge to preserve Hong Kong’s capitalist system. On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong was peaceably handed over to China in a ceremony attended by numerous Chinese, British, and international dignitaries. The chief executive under the new Hong Kong government, Tung Chee Hwa, formulated a policy based on the concept of “one country, two systems,” thus preserving Hong Kong’s role as a principal capitalist center in Asia.
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Missing dog returned to family after five months
June 30 (UPI) -- A Florida family was reunited with their missing dog after it was found 200 miles away from their home.
Pembroke Pines Police Department shared a photo of Sassy, the 6-year-old Pomeranian, during her tearful reunion with her family five months after disappearing from her home in Bradenton in January.
"Sassy was found by Pembroke Pines Police Officer William Higuita as he was on a service call," police said. "Using our department's microchip reader, we were able to track down the identity of Sassy's owner and contact them in regards to their long-lost pet."
Police said that Sassy was in good health, despite being found abandoned on the side of the road nearly half a year after she went missing.
Sassy's owner Barbara Dawson told the Miami Herald she was in tears after learning the family pet had been found.
"When [the police officer] found the dog, he told me she was a happy-go-lucky little dog going, 'Pick me up! I'm owned by somebody,'" she said.
Joy Meeks, Dawson's 30-year-old daughter, drove to pick up the missing dog before she was was reunited with the family's three other Pomeranians.
Dawson said the family had "no idea" how Sassy wound up in South Florida, but said she was likely snatched from their backyard when she was let out to the fenced-in backyard to use the bathroom.
"We believe somebody jumped the fence and got her," Dawson said.
Ultimately the family was happy to have their beloved pet back home after her lengthy absence.
Western Pocono Library Summer Programs
Programs being held for Baby through age 7 years old and Young Adult ages 8 through 18 years old Tuesday at 10:30 am, Wednesday at 1:00 pm and Thursday at 6:30 pm. Special guests with special programming to be announced. Registration began May 30th.
* Library will be closed in observance of the July 4th holiday
Tannersville Cranberry Bog Gallery Show
Laurinda Faye Rubin is organizing an exhibition for the Kettle Creek Gallery focusing on the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in all seasons. Interested artists of all mediums are invited to participate. Laurinda is willing and able to take artists on trips to the Bog in order to inspire them to create their artwork. Artists will have from now until Aug/Sep 2017 to create artwork depicting this unique natural land nestled in Monroe County. Specific information regarding submission and show details will be provided at a later date. This notice is to give the artists the opportunity and time to create their artwork. If interested, please contact Laurinda Faye Rubin at 570-236-4752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastburg Community Alliance Wants Performers
Eastburg Community Alliance is looking for entertainers to display their talents at the depot during the months of June, July, August and September. They specifically are looking for local artists to volunteer to perform during Music on Mondays at Dansbury Depot. If you or anyone you know, is interested, please email Sonya Cole at email@example.com. They do not pay their performers but do take a collection at each concert for the performer.
Western Pocono Community Library Lunch Program
Lunch is free and available to all school aged children up to age 18, who are registered in the Summer Reading Program.
• Every Tuesday at 11:30am ending Aug 8th
• Every Wednesday at 12:30pm ending Aug 9th
Fireworks Displays in Monroe County
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Fraternal Order of Eagles - First Sunday of Every Month, Franternal Order of Eagles Aeries 1106. Doors: 5pm Kitchen: 6pm Games: 7pm
East Stroudsburg Elks - Every Wednesday. Doors:5pm Early Birds: 645pm. Bingo:7pm
Polk Township Fire Co. - Every Thursday. Doors: 5pm Games: 6:45pm
Power House of Prayer - East Stroudsburg Wednesday and Sunday. Doors: 5pm. Bingo:7pm
VFW Post 2540 East Stroudsburg - Friday Night. Doors, Kitchen: 5pm. Early Bird: 6:45pm
Local Galleries & Museums
Antoine Dutot Museum & Gallery
Holiday Craft Show, Handmade Gifts by Local Artisans, Dec 2-4, 9-11. Fridays, 5-8PM. Saturdays & Sundays, 11AM-5PM. 570-476-4240 or www.dutotmuseum.com.
Holiday Store, (thru Jan 2). 18 North 7th St., Stroudsburg. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, Noon-4. 570-476-4460 or www.poconoarts.org
Auradell Gallery at Stroudsmoor
Stroudsmoor Country Inn, Stroudsmoor Rd., Stroudsburg. 570-421-6431 or www.stroudsmoor.com
Findings Jewelry & Art Gallery
Gold, Silver, & Gemstone Creations of Jeweler & Owner Daniel Varipapa. Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:30AM-5PM; Sat, 11:30AM-3:30PM, 39 N. Seventh St., Courthouse Square, Stroudsburg. 570-426-1888
Gallery at Liztech
Made in PA. Gallery Hours: Tues–Sat 10AM-6PM, 95 Crystal St. EastStroudsburg. 570-424-3177 or www.Liztech.com
Grey Towers National Historic Site
Holiday Art and Photo Exhibit and Sale featuring scenes of Grey Towers: plein air paintings by artists of Come Paint with Me and a juried exhibition of photographs by members of Pike Imaging Council. 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Miford, Daily 11AM-4PM. 3-floor Mansion Tour available weekends at 4PM. 570-296-9630 or www.greytowers.org
Kettle Creek Art Gallery
Photo Contest Winners. Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-4:30PM, Sat 9AM-1PM, 8050 Running Valley Road, Bartonsville. 570-629-3061 or www.mcconservation.org
Madelon Powers Gallery
Gallery Hours: Weds & Thurs: 11AM-7PM. Mon., Tues. & Fri.: 11AM-4PM. Fine & Performing Arts Center, East Stroudsburg University. 570-422-3483 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Miller’s Fine Arts Gallery
Features Contemporary Stone Sculptures from East Africa and other African Artifacts. Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12-6PM and Sundays by appointment only. 402 Brushy Mountain Rd, EastStroudsburg. 612-573-6594 or 914-588-6843 or www.cmillersfineart.photoreflect.com
Monroe County Historical Association
Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri, 10AM-4PM, First & Third Saturdays, 10AM-4PM. One-hour Guided Tours: 11AM & 2PM daily. 900 Main St., Stroudsburg. 570-421-7703 or www.monroehistorical.org
Hours: 11AM-5PM, M-W; 11AM-7PM, Thurs; 11AM-5PM, Fri; 10AM-5PM, Sat; Noon-4PM, Sun, Route 115, Effort. 570-872-9683 or www.MudWorksPotteryPA.com 10% Discount for PoconoArts Members
Northampton Community College Monroe Campus - Keystone Hall, Dunning Art Gallery, "Flying Free - Birds & the Human Spirit" (thru Jan 13). Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8AM-9PM, 201 Keystone Hall, Monroe Campus, Tannersville. 610-861-5062 or email@example.com
Origins Gallery on Main
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 1-5:30PM. 580 Main St., Stroudsburg, 570-507-7571 or www.originsgallery.org
Créches from Around the World, Pearsall Room, 100 Shawnee Inn Drive, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Available 9AM-5PM, (thru Jan 2). 1-800-SHAWNEE or www.shawneeinn.com
Wing & A Prayer Chapel
120 Rimrock Drive, Snydersville, Sunday, 1-4PM. 607-644-0596 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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