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DARLINGTON APPLE FESTIVAL

Friday, October 06, 2017

DARLINGTON, MD - It's fall and that means it's time for the Darlington Apple Festival. The festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 7.

The Darlington Apple Festival happens every year the first Saturday in October. It is a rain-or-shine event.

Here are all the things you need to know.

When: The Darlington Apple Festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

What: Enjoy a day in the country with vendors, crafters, apples, produce, family activities, live musical entertainment and refreshments. Hay rides will be available behind Darlington United Methodist Church, 2118 Shuresville Road, Darlington, and so will pony rides. A cornhole tournament is also planned.

Live music will be provided by the following:

How Big: About 50,000 people attend the Darlington Apple Festival each year. The festival started in 1986.

What Not To Bring: Neither pets nor alcohol is permitted.

How To Get There

The Darlington Apple Festival is at 2120 Shuresville Road in Darlington.

Shuresville Road will be closed at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Shuttle service to the festival will be available at Chesapeake Harley-Davidson (4600 Thunder Court), the Darlington firehouse (2600 Castleton Road) and the field across from the High's gas station (4585 Conowingo Road).

Handicapped parking is on the grounds of Darlington Elementary School. To get there from MD Route 161/Darlington Road, take a right onto Old Quaker Road and then proceed on School Road. Signs for handicapped parking will be posted.

By Elizabeth Janney (Patch Staff)

Get out of Bed

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Get Out Of Bed …

… and be ready to face the morning!  There are lots of benefits to waking up early.  Here’s how to do it successfully.

  • Turn off the smartphone at least an hour before bedtime.
  • Leave the curtains open and rise with the sun.  Use a dawn simulator if you struggle to wake up.
  • Wake up at the right time in your sleep cycle.  Use an app to help you regulate this.
  • Avoid hitting the snooze button.
  • Drink a glass of water and exercise first thing in the morning to feel more alert all day.

Work Out without the Gym

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Work Out Without The Gym

 

            Everyone has their reasons for avoiding the gym, but enough with the excuses!  Using technology, today’s gym is wherever you are.

 

Using smartphone apps, you can find workout programs customized based on gender, interests, and goals.  Some are free, such as the Nike Training Club app, which comes with more than 100 workouts.  Others offer services for a subscription fee (which often costs far less than a monthly gym membership). 

 

If you’re new to working out, don’t feel intimidated.  The Couch to 5K (C25K) program, for example, helps people new to running get their shoes on and out the door.  Many people are incentivized by logging their workouts with others.  Map My Fitness, for example, lets users set goals, join challenges, and motivate friends.

 

You don’t have to be a smartphone owner to take advantage of digital workouts.  Check YouTube and Vimeo for aerobic, yoga, and weight-lifting workouts you can do without ever leaving home.

 

Meditation

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Meditation 101

  1. Sit or lie comfortably.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Breath naturally, and focus attention on the breath.  Clear your thoughts.
  4. Bring attention back to the breath if your mind wanders.
  5. Start with two or three minutes, and work up to 10 or 15 minutes.

2017-2018 TAXES

Thursday, July 06, 2017

ATTENTION BALTIMORE COUNTY HOMEOWNERS

URGENT AND IMPORTANT


Baltimore County has sent out incorrect bills for your 2017-2018 Taxes.   This was done in error.   The county has said they will be sending out corrected bills and will be extending the discounted dates.   Please take caution with your bill and make sure you are paying the proper amount.   If you have an escrow and your mortgage company is paying the taxes, please notify them about the error.    

Using Natural Remedies to Cure Allergies

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Using Natural Remedies
To Cure Allergies

 

Does spring fever make you sneeze and the family dog make your eyes water?  You’re not alone: The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates as many as 30% of adults and 40% of children suffer from allergies.  To curb the effects, though, consider reaching for one of these natural remedies if your doctor gives his okay.

 

  • Butterbur – This root extract is often used to treat coughs, asthma, hay fever, headaches, and stomach ulcers.  Though considered safe, the plant itself contains cancer-causing substances, so it’s important to make sure the specific brand you use has had those substances removed.
  • Neti Pot – Neti Pots are used to prevent and treat upper respiratory conditions, but make sure the water you use is distilled and as sterile as possible.  Tap water contains chemicals that might actually make sinus conditions worse.
  • Raw honey – Eating a tablespoon of local, raw honey every day is supposed to help the body build a tolerance to the regional pollen and allergens in the air.
Quercetin – Naturally found in wine, onions, green tea, and citrus fruit, quercetin is a cell stabilizer, blocking the release of histamine, which causes inflammation.  Some sources suggest this is a long-term remedy, and people who suffer from seasonal allergies should take quercetin in the weeks leading up to spring. 

Protect Yourself from Hospital Infections

Thursday, March 24, 2016

How To Protect Yourself From Hospital Infections

 

            People check into hospitals to overcome illness, but these supposedly sterile environments can also expose you to many germs. Luckily, there are several things you can do to protect your health if you happen to land in the hospital:

 

  1. Research your chosen hospital.  Educate yourself about laws in your state designed to create safer, healthier hospitals (hospitalinfectionrates.org), then find out what your hospital has done to control infections.  Your state’s health department can advise where you can find specific hospital statistics.

  2. Practice appropriate hand washing.  Ask that your doctors, nurses, and visitors wash their hands before touching you or items in your room.  Gloves offer a false sense of security and can be contaminated if put on by germ-infested hands.

  3. Eat from clean plates.  Consume food that has only touched the clean plate on which it is delivered.  Don’t set food on a meal tray or any other surface.

  4. Avoid contact with sick people.  This includes not just other patients but also family and friends who may be ill.

  5. Keep tubes to a minimum.  Catheters, IVs, and other tubes offer a direct line into your body.  If possible, skip them; but also ask to have all tubes removed as soon as possible after surgery.

  6. Go home.  The longer you stay in the hospital after surgery, the more likely you are to develop an infection.  Before being admitted, work with your doctor to create a recovery plan you can tackle right away in order to get out of the hospital as soon as possible.

 

Find more information about staying safe at safepatientproject.org.

Digital Photo Overload

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Manage Digital Photo Overload

 

            Smartphones have made it easier than ever to shoot photos at a moment’s notice, but with this ease comes a new problem: What to do with all of those images?  Organize them with these simple tips:

 

  • Junk the bad photos as soon as you take them.  Don’t save anything you won’t print, use, or look at later.
  • Upload photos to your computer regularly and sort them into organized folders.  Create folders for each year, and within each year, make sub-folders for specific events or holidays.  Use simple names, like “Family Reunion.”  Move relevant photos into the folders, and delete them from your phone.
  • Share as appropriate.  Don’t overload email messages with data-heavy images.  Instead, upload select photos to a photo-sharing site like Picasa (picasa.google.com) or Flickr (flickr.com) and distribute a link to family and friends.  Continue to print your favorite photos for framing or create an annual photo book.
  • Invest in a cloud service or use an external drive to back up photos.  Services like Mozy (mozy.com) and Carbonite (carbonite.com) automatically backup copies of computer files.

Blue Light Affects You

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

How Blue Light Affects You

 

            The blue light emitted by fluorescent light bulbs, cell phones, laptops and tablets can affect your body, according to medical researchers.  Here are some interesting ways (that you can use to your advantage):

¨  More than an hour of time in front of your device can delay sleep.  Exposure to all light at nighttime, but especially blue light, can disrupt your body’s natural cycle.  During the day blue light can wake you up immediately upon exposure, too, so use it to your advantage by turning up your screen for 15 minutes to stay more alert if you’re feeling tired.

¨  Blue light during the day can make you happier, but exposure to blue light at night is linked to symptoms of depression.  Turn off all your devices at night to help you sleep better.

¨  It may make you hungrier.  Various studies suggest the level of the hormone in your body that makes you feel full is reduced after exposure to blue light.  Have a romantic dinner by candlelight instead of in front of the TV.

 

Avoid Vlolent Crime

Monday, June 22, 2015

How To Avoid Violent Crime

Incidence of personal violence has dropped to its lowest levels in decades, but you should still know how to protect yourself.  According to the National Crime Prevention Council, there are several strategies to stay safe.  Here are the most useful tips organized around four common life situations:

In your car:

  Keep your doors locked and windows rolled up in stop-and-go traffic and at stoplights.

  Leave space between you and the car ahead when stopped so you can escape the line of traffic if necessary.

Walking around:

  Don’t look like a victim.  Criminals often decide on victims based on body language.  Make direct eye contact with people around you, keep your head up, and your phone in your pocket or purse. 

  If you think someone is following you, cross the street.  If a person is following you, quickly go into an open store or restaurant.  Don’t be afraid to yell for help.

When exercising:

  Don’t walk or jog alone early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted.

  If you do exercise alone, let a “safe buddy” know where you’re going, and to alert authorities if you don’t check back in at a pre-appointed time.

At night:

  Of course you should park in a well-lit area close to exits, but also have your key out and ready as you approach your car door or house.

  Carry a bright flashlight, pepper spray, or a personal alarm/whistle.  Websites like www.womenonguard.com and www.tbotech.com sell these types of inexpensive devices to help you stay safe. 

If someone tries to rob you, give up your property and not your life.  If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police.  Try to give a detailed description of the attacker to help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.


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