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  1. Prescription Drug Drop Box Installed

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    November 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    Staff Report County- Unused and expired prescription or over the counter medications can now be safely disposed of more easily  thanks to a new drop box installed last week at the Washington County Sheriff Offices in Fayetteville. The box is located just inside the main entrance of the Sheriff’s office at 1155 Clydesdale Drive in Fayetteville. Non-medical use of prescriptions ranks only second to marijuana as the most widely abused drugs in the United States according to the National Survey on 2008 National Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The survey also notes that more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined.  The 2008 Partnership Attitude Tracking Survey showed that the majority of teenagers using prescription drugs got them from family and friends, including from their home medicine cabinets. Recent studies have also indicated medications flushed down toilets or rinsed down drains may be making their way into drinking water.

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  2. Pies: Lemon Meringue Pie

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    November 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Susan McCarthy ( Deep, 9-inch pie pan) Prepare a baked pie shell. Filling: Combine in the top of a double boiler and stir until smooth: 2 cup sugar 10-12 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 cups water Cook and stir these ingredients over low heat until the mixture thickens and boils. Place it over the boiling water longer. Pour a little of it over: 6 beaten egg yolks Beat this, then add it to the mixture in the double boiler. Cook and stir the custard for 3 minutes over boiling water. Remove it from the heat. Beat in: 6 tablespoons butter 2/3 cup lemon juice 4 teaspoons grated lemon rind Very coarsely grated rind appeals to many people.  If you want the pie to be a little tart, add more grated lemon rind, not juice. Cool the custard. Pour it into a cool pie shell. Cover it with meringue. Meringue: Combine 6 egg whites and 1/8 tsp. salt.  Whip them with an electric mixer until frothy.  Add ½ teaspoon cream of tartar.  Gradually add 8 Tablespoons of powdered sugar one tablespoon at a time.  Whip until whites are stiff, but not dry, until they stand in peaks that leaven …

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  3. Pies: Angel Strata Pie

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    November 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    Submitted by:  Dorothy Carney 1 baked pie shell 2 egg whites ½ tsp. vinegar ¼ tsp. salt ½ c. sugar 2 slightly beaten egg yolks ¼ c. water 1 c. (6 oz.) melted semi-sweet chocolate chips ¼ c. sugar ¼ tsp. cinnamon 1 c. whipping cream Beat together the egg whites, vinegar and salt until soft mounds form. Add ½ cup of sugar gradually until meringue stands in glossy peaks. Spread on bottom and sides of pie shell. Bake 325 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes until lightly browned. Cool. Combine egg yolks, water and chocolate. Spread 3 T. of this mixture over cooled meringue; chill remainder. Combine ¼ c. sugar, cinnamon and whipping cream. Beat until thick. Spread half of this mixture over chocolate mixture. Combine remaining chocolate mixture with remaining half of the whipping cream mixture. Spread late mixture with remaining half of the whipping cream mixture. Spread of whipped cream in pie shell. Chill at least 4 hours, better if chilled overnight. This recipe doubles successfully.

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  4. Perfect Natural Sounds

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    November 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Joe Neal I was out at Lake Fayetteville last week. I saw coots and a few grebes, and heard Canada Geese that I couldn’t. Wind-wise it was calm, and for our endlessly busy northwest Arkansas. I heard YA HONK YA HONK, punctuated by a deep, booming, resonating base: basso profondo. That voice resonates the whole world, at least the part I can see and hear. Basso is the first chair bass goose in a great choir. Just behind me and all around is another choir: robins. There are 10 acres of caroling, chuckling, and some singing. They’re in honey suckle bushes plucking red berries, chugging down hackberries from up in trees. In bunches of 5-6 and 10, they perch and vocalize away. There is welcome light above the trees by 8:00, and more robins flying in from the blue north in dozens, all silver underneath, reflecting new sun. Usually I don’t have trouble feeling glad to be alive, but I have my times and don’t we all? This morning there is the goose basso profondo and robins as reminders. I heard soft WHO WHOs of a female Great Horned Owl when I first arrived. Now I hear raucous CAWs …

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  5. The Traveling Date Stone of Winslow

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    November 29, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Christina Eichstedt On September 26, 1881, a few months after the town of Summit Home changed its name to Winslow, in honor of Frisco Railroad President Edward F. Winslow; work began on the Boston Mountain Tunnel, just south of the town.  Though the first contractor was unable to complete the tunnel, the contract was reassigned in March of 1882 and cutting of the tunnel faces was completed in June of 1882.  The tunnel was finally opened to rail traffic on August 30, 1882, and adorned with a large carved stone over each tunnel entrance bearing the date “1882.” Frisco reported that the Winslow Tunnel – one of three tunnels -was the “most expensive and difficult part of the work” in building the Arkansas Division railway to Van Buren. The 1882 date stone from above the southern entrance to the tunnel, carved by German Mason Bill Fritch, currently sits at the pavilion across from Winslow City Hall, but many may not know that it hasn’t sat there long.  The 4’9’’ X 2’9’’ X 18” date stone stood over the tunnel entrance for 85 years “As a monument to the ingenuity and hard work of those who designed and built the …

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  6. Pies: Apple Galette

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    November 24, 2010 by wcobserver

    1 3/4 cups all purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 tablespoons (or more) ice water 1 1/2 pounds tart apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices 4 tablespoons sugar, divided 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel 1/4 cup apricot preserves Whole milk Blend flour and salt in processor. Add butter and blend, using on/off turns, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 2 tablespoons ice water and blend just until dough begins to clump together, adding more ice water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic and chill 1 hour. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep dough chilled. Soften slightly at room temperature before rolling out. Roll out dough between sheets of parchment paper to 1/8-inch-thick round, 14 inches in diameter. Remove top sheet of parchment. Using bottom sheet as aid, transfer dough on parchment to large unrimmed baking sheet. Chill 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine apple slices, 2 tablespoons sugar, and lemon peel in medium bowl; toss to blend. Spread preserves over crust, leaving 1 1/2-inch plain border. Arrange apple slices in concentric circles …

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  7. Pies: Key Lime Pie – Low-Cal

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    November 24, 2010 by wcobserver

    1 graham cracker crust (reduced fat) 1 pkg. (1/16 ounce) sugar-free lime gelatin ¼ boiling water 1 (8 ounce) container lite whipped topping 2 pkg. (6 ounce) key lime yogurt Directions In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in yogurt. Spread in crust. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

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