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August is like the Sunday of Summer.

Wow!  No matter your age or whether you’re a resident or visitor,  August is the month to get out and do something in our beautiful area.  Flip through CM’s August pages to see all there is to do before summer comes to a close.  From fairs to music festivals to Wally Lake Fest to MuckStock,  whatever your age or interest, there IS something for YOU: to go to, to participate in or to simply sit back, relax and enjoy!

Plus, look for our GOOD STUFF logo throughout the pages for interesting reads or great things to do!

Looking forward into September, we’ll have more concerts, entertainment and fall festivals to connect you with.  The fall season is full of GOOD STUFF for you to enjoy!

Remember, CM is always your #1 source for all our area has to offer! For your convenience, if you can’t find a copy on the shelves, CM is also available to read and share on our website.

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SUMMER FOOD TIPS TO HELP IMPROVE HEART & OVERALL HEALTH

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Looking to add some healthy variety to your diet this summer? Look no further!

Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) offers six nutritious tips all yours for the tasting.

Grilled fish

The sun is shining and the grill is hot. Now it just needs some salmon!

Selena Baker, MS, RDN, LD, a nutrition counselor at CHSP’s WellWorks, suggests lining the grill with a piece of parchment paper and placing your salmon on top to keep the fish moist.

“Spread it with some Dijon mustard, fresh garlic and cracked black pepper,” she said. “The vinegar in the mustard will neutralize the mildly fishy smell if you’re sensitive to that. Lemon juice and malt vinegar have the same effect. Once it’s done, unwrap your packet and you’ve got super moist salmon on the grill!”

More fish!

Tuna steaks marinated in avocado oil can add more of the coveted Omega-3 heart-healthy fatty acid to the menu. Baker said avocado oil has a similar fatty acid profile to olive oil but can take the heat better due to a higher smoke point. She also suggests a simple lunch using white albacore tuna.

“Open your white albacore, drain it, throw it directly in a Tupperware-type container and add olive oil or avocado oil mayonnaise. It has heart-healthy fat and half the fat of regular mayo. Add in some Mrs. Dash (the garlic blend) and you have lots of flavor ready to go,” said Baker. “If you have time, mince in some onion, carrots, celery or whatever you want.”

Let’s get nuts

Vegetarians or vegans looking for Omega-3 benefits can try walnuts. Baker said eating a 1-ounce portion of nuts most days of the week is a good goal and added that walnuts also contain fiber, potassium, protein and other heart-healthy fats.

The power of tomatoes

Scientific results are still mixed when it comes to lycopene in tomatoes but Baker said there are definitely some positive links between lycopene and good prostate health.

Lycopene isn’t destroyed by cooking, and tomatoes are also a good source of potassium which plays a role in healthy blood pressure.

“Try a whole wheat pasta salad,” said Baker. “Lightly steam, sauté or grill a bunch of veggies and toss on some vinaigrette or whatever dressing you like. Dice up some sundried tomatoes and you’ll get that concentrated flavor, sweetness and unique texture which is great in a pasta salad along with some marinated artichokes and sautéed zucchini.”

lentiljoeLentil Sloppy Joes

“Lentils are so good. I love the lentil sloppy joes served on a whole wheat bun with a slice of swiss cheese,” said Baker. “If you want to explore a family-friendly plant protein, lentils are a great, fast-cooking option.”

(A recipe for this delicious dish is listed at the end of the article.)

MIND your diet

Along with a healthy body, a healthy mind is desirable. Baker recommends trying the MIND diet — a take on the popular Mediterranean Diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Diet. The MIND diet is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and calls for: more than six servings per week of green leafy vegetables, one serving per day of other vegetables, five servings per week of nuts, two servings per week of berries, three meals of beans per week, three servings per day of whole grains, one meal per week of fish, two meals per week of poultry and the use of olive oil as the primary cooking oil along with one glass of wine per day.

Finally, Baker offers the reminder that with the hot sun and all the summer fun, it’s important to stay hydrated!

Selena Baker offers healthy cooking classes throughout the year at WellWorks. For more information visit ohio.edu/wellworks or call 740.593.2093.

Lentil Sloppy Joe

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1 cup uncooked lentils

4 cups water

1 tbsp olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, small dice

1 green bell pepper, small dice

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 tbsp chili powder

2 tsp salt

1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce

1/4 cup tomato paste

2-3 tbsp maple syrup

1 tbsp prepared yellow mustard

Pour lentils and water into small saucepan. Cover and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until lentils are soft. Drain and set aside.

About 10 minutes before lentils are ready, preheat a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion and pepper in the oil for seven minutes or until softened. Add garlic and sauté for one minute more.

Stir in the cooked lentils, chili powder, oregano and salt. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste and cook for 10 minutes. Add maple syrup and mustard and heat.

Turn off the heat and let the pot sit on the warm burner for about 10 minutes to allow flavors to meld.

Serves five people at 142 calories per serving.

PAY ONE PRICE! FAMILY FUN!

FAIRThe 156th annual Wayne County Fair will be held at the Wayne County Fairgrounds on Route 191 North of Honesdale from Friday, August 3 through Saturday, August 11th.

The Wayne County Fair has long been an end-of-summer destination for families in search of affordable, kid-friendly entertainment and attractions. The Wayne County Fair’s pay-one-price admission includes parking, all day rides, and most grandstand entertainment for just $10 per person for adults and children aged 24 months and older. Fairgoers aged 62 years and older can take advantage of Senior Citizens’ Days with a reduced admission of $5 per person all day on Friday, August 3rd and Wednesday, August 8th.

Fair#1Some of the most popular free entertainment returning to the fair this year includes harness racing, horse and tractor pulls, woodsmen’s competition, Rosaire’s Royal Racing Pigs, magician and puppet shows, fireworks, and live music performances every day.

One of the fair’s most popular attractions—Monster Truck Freestyle and Power Wheels—will be returning for two nights, on Thursday, August 9th and Friday, August 10th.  Show tickets for Monster Truck Freestyle are $12 per adult and $8 per child aged 12 years and under.  Advance tickets can be purchased on the fair’s website at waynecountyfair.com, or, at the fairgrounds the week of the fair.

Another mainstay of the fair,Demolition Derby, will take place on opening day, Friday, August 3rd, and the final day of the fair on Saturday, August 11th. Admission for Demolition Derby is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets for the Demolition Derby will be available for purchase at the fairgrounds on the day of the event beginning at noon.

Sponsored by the Wayne County Cooperative Agricultural Society, the Wayne County Fair has a longstanding tradition of hosting livestock and poultry shows, where 4-H members and local farmers can proudly display the products of their hard work and dedication to agricultural best practices.

In addition to its agricultural shows, the fair offers an array of contests for baking, crafting, and brewing enthusiasts. A complete list of contests and rules can be found at the fair’s website at waynecountyfair.com/premium-books.  Although the deadline for 2018 entries has passed, fairgoers can find inspiration from this year’s entrants for next year’s contest.

wcf_logoMDChartered in 1862 by the Wayne County Agricultural Society, the Wayne County Fair has attracted nearly 100,000 visitors each summer to its Honesdale location, with family-friendly entertainment and agricultural farm shows.

For the full schedule of entertainment, or to purchase monster truck tickets, visit waynecountyfair.com.

OMG ODOR, MOLD, GERMS, A BIG PROBLEM

If you could SEE the air you’re BREATHING,

YOU’D HOLD YOUR BREATH!!

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SOLUTION TO THE SICK HOME SYNDROME

W hat you already know about air filters and dehumidifiers is that they merely recirculate moist stale air.  Therefore closed up vacation homes still grow mold and mildew odors. Homes that are occupied year-round are circulating bad air most of the time.  According to the CDC, 6 out of 10 homes have dangerous poor unhealthy air quality.

A local Northeast PA company has come up with a solution to this health problem.  The solution is installing a combination of dual technologies; one being sustained release with their own patented product called Rita’s Magic Bullet odor eliminator, and an air exchange unit system. This system replenishes contaminated air with fresh, clean, dry air resulting in a complete air exchange.  The unit exchanges the air up to 10 times each day and is humistat controlled, which regulates the air flow to achieve desired level of humidity which provides comfort and peace of mind.

Rita’s Magic Bullet is a patented product made by Native American Environmental Technologies and has earned a 5 star consumer rating.   Its sustained release technology odor eliminator hanging unit is 100% effective at preventing reoccurring mold & mildew.  It has been used for years by marinas in stored boats to prevent mold and mildew.  It was named best new product at the NY State RV & Camper Show and has been used in NYC cabs to reduce odors successfully. Hunters and fisherman, including the friends of the NRA, endorse this product to prevent corrosion rust in their equipment, reporting it lasts up to 2 years.

Customers that struggle with asthma and allergies praise this combined system.  They have less discomfort since they installed this system.  Even some visiting nurses report less mold smell and odors in their clients’ homes.

Because it removes harmful contaminations this ideal home ventilation system does the following:

  • Removes harmful contaminants.
  • Controls moisture.
  • Heats/Cools to a comfortable level for occupants.
  • Brings in fresh air.
  • Easy to operate with no filters to change or water to empty.
  • Energy efficient: Costs less than $2-4 per month to operate.
  • Large capacity: unit does work comparable to seven dehumidifiers.
  • Unobtrusive apparatus that fits easily into any room.

This ventilation system helps protect your home and family from excess moisture, molds, toxins, allergies and poor air quality, resulting in a cleaner, healthier living environment.  It provides powerful ventilation, EPA’s experts agree: “Ventilation improves air quality, reduces pollutants!”

It is a truly revolutionary approach to home ventilation.  Our ventilation system is the efficient choice for a healthy home.

Native American Environmental Technologies is a local Native American- Veteran owned company that provides mold remediation.  They have the solution for all of your Odor, Mold & Germ problems and offer free estimates.   Visit their website at OMGKIT.com or Call today at 570-857-9494.

MUCKSTOCK

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Calling all WEEKEND WARRIORS, CROSSFITTERS, BOOTCAMPERS, GYM GOERS AND THOSE THAT JUST LIKE PLAYING HARD IN THE MUD.

TEAMS FORMING NOW!!!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19TH

Think You’re One Tough Mucker?

BiggeR, Better & tougher obstacles!

THE AREA’S HOTTEST NEW RACE!!!

NEW LOCATION:

TOMMY GUN WAREHOUSE in GREELEY, PA

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

NEW THIS YEAR… KIDS RACE

REGISTER NOW!

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COMPLETE DETAILS: VETSTOCKAMERICA.COM/MUCKSTOCK

Registration $75 • Day of Race Registration $100

MuckStock Obstacle Course Race (OCR) will sorely test your muckin’ mettle as you face multiple spirit, strength and stamina obstacles strategically placed throughout muddy terrain. New this year, Paint Ball Obstacle!

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