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1 6 Kimball Tri-County News--Thursday, June 27, 1991 through the Foster Gran6par- ent Program (FGP) and Retired Senior Volunteer Program NI - Land Notes- chain to become some other (RSVP). Many seniors choose plastic product, like a plastic to help other elderly people BY Mary C. Tm'ek park bench, through the Senior Companion The Minnesota Attorney Program (SCP). All told, almost - " " A recent Gallup pall slmws that General's Office has begun a 460,000 older Americans vol- more than 90 percent of all commendable progam of untcer their time consumers want to buy monitoring the truthfulness of programs. "environmentally safe .... green" claims made by As President Bush said, products. A New York market consumer product companies. "older Americans are as much a pan of our future as they are research fL,'m reports that there Claims that are false or part of our past: the contribu- are 22 million "green" misleading are stopped. But as tions that they continue to make households in the United States. long as we consumers want to in this century will benefit our The percentage of packaged help the environment, families and  Nation well j,,,/ \\; ,a retail goods making some sort of advertisers will try to tell us that into the next.' Indeed, as they that first harsh winter by of- [ ( gain the satisfaction of staying feting them dried blueberries. environmental claim is up from 4.5 percent in 1979 to 11 percent in 1990. No doubt about it-green products mean greenbacks lining the pockets of manufacturers and retailers. Some_ "green" claims are downright offensive. Minute Maid, for example, advertises that its single-serving boxed drinks "help keep America growing and beautiful." The company paid $I0,000 to a private group, the National Parks and Conservation Association, for its endorsement :and agreed to match consumer contributions to plant trees in a national park in California, according to an August II, 1990 New York Times article. What Minute Maid doesn't tell you is that the juice packages cannot be recycled and do not bio-degrade. "Biodegradable" plastic bags are promoted by many grocery stores. Trouble is, they don't bio- degrade either. "Recycled" paper products freqmmUy use only a small percentage of recycled paper. Sometimes the "recycled" paper is made from industrial paper scraps that never left the processing plant. there are the aerosols that claim they have "No CFCs to Harm the Ozone Layer." That's true--such Choloroflunearbons have been legally banned in the United States. But the iz, opellants that are used in many aerosols contribute to smog. They d't harm the ozone layer up there, just the air we breathe every day down here. "Reeyclable" ls another bu word for advertisers. Lots of plastic containers new claim to be reeyclable. Sure they are-if your community has a plastic recycling program. But even then they are not as recyclable as gla or metal. A pop can, you see, can be recycled into another pop can. A glass bottle can be recycled into another glass bottle. A plastic container, however, cannot beeomeanother plastic container. When it is recycled, it moves down the Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there  m for car, home, life md hHh imurome trawl. Idllbr Box 306, Amendele their products are "green" or "environmentally safe" or "ozone friendly." If we really care about the environment, we can't give much credence to their unsubstantiated claims. We still have to evaluate each product on its merits, realizing that advertising claims are meant to green not the planet Earth, but someone's pockets. "Green Phones" copyright 1991 by Mary C. Turck. Land Notes ic distributed by the non-profit Land Stewardship Project, 14758 Ostlund Trail North, Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047. The Project's aim is to apply ethical and environmental principles of earing fo the land and the people on it. The Project is built around the concept that farmers and landowners have a moral obligation to the land, and that society as a whole shares that obligation. Volunteering Puts Shine On Golden Years By Jane A. Kenny Director of ACTION A growing number of seniors have found that giving of themselves to work with young people and the frail eld- erly adds a special luster to their own golden years. Older Americans who volunteer their time and - talents not only do good, they often feel good, too. Seniors who volunteer re- port they receive as much as they give, on all levels, physi- cal, emotional and spiritual. Some say they've even seen the aging proc unscend Thousands are volunteering their talents through ACTION's Older American Volunteer Pro- grams. Seniors work with youth Off. 274-3185 STATE FARM | -  IRes: 274-$184 su' A." l.JHom. 0rrm " - moom0ton, ,rmon involved, older volunteers help secure a brighter future for all. Mon., July 1, 1"991 Polish Sausage; Hashbrowns; Diced Beets; Bread; Vanilla Pudding w/Topping & Cherry. Tues., July 2 Baked Chicken; Mashed Potatoes/Gravy; Buttered Squash; Bread; Rhubarb Crisp w/Topping. Wed., July 3 Stuffed Veal Steak; Mashed Potatoes/Gravy; Glazed Carrots; Bread; Choc. Devils Food Cake w/Frosting. Thurs., July 4 Hungarian Goulash; Peas; Creamy Coleslaw; Dinner Roll; Rice Krispie Bar Fri., July 5 Breaded Pork Chops; Mashed Potatoes/Gravy; Whole Kernel Corn/Sub; Bread; Fresh Fruit. One day advance meal registration required, Milk ii served with each meal. Tea and daeaffeinated coffee available. Special diet can be met with physician's request. Menu is subject to change. For atkms II B-Sll before I o'clock the day befm'e. The Center will be closed July 4th for Independence Day, the birthday of the United States of America.  is the anniversary of the day on which the Declaration of Indapeadence was adopted by the Continental Congress-July 4,1776. The next blood pressure screening is scheduled for Wednesday, July 3, between 11 and 12 a.m. This service is offered once a month to anyone wishing to have their blood presstwe checked. Birthdays for the month of June were Marie Dean, Walter Stallkamp, John Jude, Ronella Ray, and Gert Schmidt. May they all have many more Happy Birthdays! Joan Zahler, daughter of James and Theresa Zaller, will show slides and share her experiences in Africa with us on Wednesday, July 24. Joan has recently returned home from Burkina Faso where she served four years with the Mennonite Omtral Committee. She will be going back to Burkina for another four years. The Kimball Senior Dining Program exists in order to provide well-balanced meals 7 days a week and an opportunity to socialize with others. We would like to ask anyone age 60 and over and their spouse, regardless of age, to join us for a meal. Meals The Indians knew a lot about dried blueberries. They were an important year-round food staple. They were added to soups, stews and pounded into meat. Explorers made note of blueberries. Samuel de Champlain in 1615 saw In- dians along Lake Huron har- vesting blueberries. Lewis and Clark (while discover- ing the Northwest Passage) found Indians smoking blue- berries to preserve them for the winter. Indian tribes held the blneherry in very high esteem because on the blossom end of each blueberry a calyx is formed in the shape of a per- fect five point star. The leg- end was that the Great Spirit sent the "star berries" to re- lieve hunger during a fam- ine. The Indians also shared with the settlers some me- dicinal ideas for using blue- berries. A strong aromatic tea made from the root of the plant was used as a relaxant for squaws during childbirth. It apparently worked. A medical book from 1813 Today, delicious blue- berries are a delightful' ingredient in patriotic red-white-and-blue des serts. listed that tea being used by settlers' wives during labor. Blueberry juice and syrup cured "'old coughs" accord- ing to Indian medicine men. In more recent-times, blueberries continued to make history. While the In- dians collected the wild blue- berries, the All-American fruit began to be cultivated commercially in the 1920's., Today's commercial crop is over 270 million pounds; half cultivated, half wild. And Americans apparently have an insa- tiable appetite for them. They are always a part of our national Memorial Day and Fourth of July celebra- tions as an ingredient in dramatic red-white-and- blue desserts, including the famous Flag Cake. A fit- ting welcome home to thousands of our troops, who have also been mak- ing a history of their own. are served Monday - Friday. Register one day in advance. Call 398-2211 betwea 10:30 and 2:00 to reserve a meal. -An herb or t)e/- flavored butter is a delicious accompaniment for bread sticks, bagels and rolls. To prepare: combine softened butter with your choice of fresh herbs or berries In a small bowl. Beat until light and fluffy. Refrlgerata, covered, for at least one hour, allowing flavors to blend. To give milk extra-special kid appeal, add a drop of food oolodng to create Yellow Moon Milk, Blue Jungle Juice or a Green, Dinosaur Delight. i00,00k,i Nt adry Income steers might be one way easla flow ou a Setting up a reeammmdod to  costs and comparing selling time. Prmtly,  stesrs range in from $S6 to $78 per weight. All casts and feed need to be the input cesta. The County Extemiou. Office I budget comp.t producers analyze situations. Contact Stommes at (612) 1. BackYard Cookin' - XVITH -- GAS SERVICE Broil Masters & I)trane Grills available, 20. tanks filled & most grill Dam & accessodes in stock, friendly courteous office