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Happy Holidays Denton!

Happy Holidays Denton!

Welcome to our December / January 2015 issue of Lifestyles.  Inside find our lead article on Making a Difference in 2015.  Each issue, a different charity will be spotlighted and how you can help make a difference in our community.  Also, in keeping with the giving season, Zera Coffee Company is featured in our Charity section.  Last, get your teen to start writing! We are hosting a Teen Writing Contest with great prizes!

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Make A Difference in 2015

Make A Difference in 2015

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread is a community soup kitchen in Denton, operating under the auspices and 501(c)3 status of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, serving a substantial noon meal Monday through Friday, without questions, to the hungry and homeless.

A professional chef and assistant, aided by volunteers from more than 26 local churches and other community organizations, prepare and serve an average of 200 meals a day.  Meals are served daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Since we opened in June 2000 as an ecumenical mission of 16 churches, we have served 556,474 meals to the hungry. We also provide a continental breakfast when we open our doors at 10:00am. When the emergency shelter is open at night, we open our doors at 8:00am to accommodate closure of the shelter during the daytime, and we provide breakfast earlier.

Our Daily Bread is about more than a meal. With only one full time paid staff person (the Executive Director) and four part time staff, the contribution by volunteers is critical as they provide approximately 25,000 hours of service per year. They assist with all phases of the operation:  food preparation, delivery, and clean-up;  pick-up of donated food, health services by a physician and registered nurses, office assistance, assistance with fund-raising and grant writing, social services referral programs, special services, and many other necessary activities. Other need-based services provided by Our Daily Bread include:

•    Weekend snack pack program for the homeless, includes a summer menu developed by the TWU Nutrition department and MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) for a hot meal during winter months.
•    Hygiene items are available as requested by clients.
•    Access to the “free” Farmer’s Market enabling clients the opportunity to have fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as other boxed grocery products, canned food, pastries and breads.
•    Free bus passes for transportation to medical appointments, job interviews, and appointments with social service providers, including regional bus or train passes for veterans and others who need to go to the Dallas VA Hospital, Parkland Hospital or to Fort Worth.
•    Laundry Voucher service.
•    Financial assistance to help clients receive Texas Department of Public Safety ID Cards and other services.
•    Free Computer use for job searches and to keep in touch with family.
•    Free Long distance and local telephone service.
•    Referrals for medical care, prescriptions, clothing, housing assistance, and utility assistance.
•    Mail address service including receiving, sorting, and distribution of mail to clients.
•    Denton Community Health Clinic by Dr. Masciarelli and registered nurses who provide diabetes counseling, assessments, and illness care. A nurse on Tuesdays for blood pressure monitoring.
•    Application assistance for SNAP (food stamps), CHIPS, Medicaid for Children, MHMR Connections
•    When cold weather arrives, caps, gloves, scarves and socks are provided.

Our Daily Bread operates out of the Kitchen and Fellowship Hall of Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church, located at 300 W. Oak St., Suite 100 in downtown Denton. Our Daily Bread depends on the gifts of time, talent and treasures given by a large community of volunteers and donors. Make a difference in 2015, and consider volunteering or donating.

Visit their website for more information, and a list of items for donations: ourdailybreaddenton.org.

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What Happened to S&H Green Stamps?

Are you old enough to remember getting S & H Green Stamps from the grocery store, gas stations and 5 & 10 stores?  It was one of the original consumer loyalty rewards programs and paved the way for the programs we have today such as credit card points and customer loyalty stamp cards.

Founded in 1896 by Thomas Sperry and Shelley Byron Hutchinson, the S & H Company began their green stamp rewards program in the 1930’s. They would sell their green stamps to businesses who would give them out as bonuses to their customers.  The number of stamps you received was based on how much money you spent.

Stores would compete with one another by trying to give more stamps for the same amount of purchase.  Gas stations and stores would have signs advertising their participation in the S & H Green Stamp Program to entice customers to do business there.  Most people got the majority of their green stamps at the grocery store and women would travel across town to buy groceries at a store that gave out more stamps for the same amount of purchase.

The trade-off for the retailers was in customer loyalty and customers flocked to the businesses that gave out green stamps.  During the heyday of green stamp collecting in the 1960’s, it was estimated that 80% of United States households collected the stamps and the S & H Company was printing three times as many stamps as the U. S. Postal Service.

The S & H Company gave out free 24 page booklets for keeping track of how many green stamps you had. The stamps came in three denominations…one, ten, and fifty points.  They were the “lick and stick” variety and it took fifty points to fill a page in the stamp booklets.  Once a book was filled, the owner had 1200 points.

Consumers could exchange their filled booklets of green stamps for all kinds of household and other items (even life insurance) from the S & H Green Stamp Catalog which was called “The Idea Book” or at an actual brick and mortar S & H Green Stamp Store.  Each item in the catalog or the store would have a certain green stamp value assigned, and shoppers would save their stamps until they had enough to trade for the item they wanted.  Not everything was listed in the catalog, and you could negotiate for whatever item you were looking to buy with green stamps.  It is said that a school in Erie, Pennsylvania saved up 5.4 million green stamps to get a pair of gorillas for the local zoo!

Friends and family would give filled S & H Green Stamp Booklets as gifts.  It was not uncommon for filled green stamp booklets to be given as bridal shower or wedding gifts to help the newlyweds accumulate needed items.

The S & H Green Stamp Program declined with the economic recessions in the 1970’s.  Fewer companies bought the stamps and the number of stamps needed to get an item became so high that saving green stamps was no longer worth the time and effort.

The good news is that although the company was sold by the founders’ successors in 1981, it is still around and is now virtual and registration is free.  You can earn S & H Greenpoints for online purchases.  These Greenpoints can be redeemed for gift cards from hundreds of your favorite stores and businesses.  Some of those businesses include:  L.L. Bean, Papa Johns, Barnes & Noble and REI.  See www.greenpoints.com for more information.

If you still have boxes of green stamps tucked away somewhere and you have at least 26 complete books, you can trade them for the same number of Greenpoints. Anyone need a new toaster?

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New Technology in Cosmetic Procedures

New Technology in Cosmetic Procedures

by Scott J. Powell, MD, Denton Body WoRx

Office based cosmetic procedures have become the fastest growing aspect of the aesthetic field.  New technologies and medications have allowed more procedures to be done in the office or minor surgical center, as opposed to a hospital.  Patient demand for faster recovery, quicker results, and less down time from work or activities has helped drive this trend.

Here is a short list of established and newer procedures that can be done in the office.  New ones constantly are developed, and trends change based on cost, effectiveness, and media.

Micro-Needling Treatment
The basic idea behind Micro-Needling is to stimulate the production of new collagen. Using the skin’s ability to heal itself, puncturing the dermis with microscopic needles triggers the production of new collagen.

Collagen is a protein that gives our skin its structure, working like a netting to hold skin cells together. It also gives skin a smooth and youthful appearance, as we have it in abundance when we’re young. As we age, collagen starts to break down.

The tiny needles used in skin Micro-Needling make microscopic channels in the dermis, triggering the body’s healing response to kick-start production of new collagen and elastin, plumping up the skin. Micro-Needling is used to improve skin tone and texture; treating the appearance of ageing; scarring; stretch marks and pigmentation marks from acne and sun damage.

Botox
Millions of people get Botox injections regularly, and almost everyone has tried it or knows someone who has.  Botox works to paralyze selected muscles, causing relaxation of the skin and eliminating fine to moderate wrinkles.

Other medications in the same category are Dysport and Xeomin.  These medications are all temporary, and have to be reapplied to maintain results.

Dermal Fillers
Fillers are a group of medications that thicken the skin and replace lost components from aging and sun damage.  They are used to lessen or eliminate deeper wrinkles or mild scars, or to add lost volume to areas like the cheeks or lips.  These medications tend to last longer than Botox, but again are temporary and have to be re-applied to maintain results.

Skin resurfacing
Skin resurfacing is a treatment, or sometimes a set of treatments, that are applied with a laser, IPL, microneedling, cold therapy, or many other forms.  Some of these have little downtime while others can take up to a week. These are designed to help thicken the skin, lessen fine to moderate wrinkles, and some will reduce brown or pigment spots.  The effects from these treatments tend to last longer, and treat a larger area.

Body Contouring
One of the biggest changes has been in the area of body contouring.  With advances in technology, many of these procedures no longer require hospital stays or a general anesthetic.  This can make them safer and have a quicker recovery.  Local anesthetic is used, often with a mild sedative.
Lasers, ultrasonic energy, water jets and other methods have made these procedures safe and effective.  These measures often reduce bleeding and bruising, reduce pain, and allow a quicker return to work.  These tend to have a more permanent effect, but area designed to help shape or remove trouble areas, not for drastic changes or weight loss.

Not everyone is a candidate for these procedures. A consultation with the physician performing these is advised before anything is done.  During that visit, expectations and limitations should be discussed.  Some of the procedures are simple with minimal risk, but others may require limitations to activity, needing special garments, or repeat treatments to achieve ones goals. Knowing all this in advance will make you happier with your decision when it is done, and you are getting compliments from friends and family.

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From the Spice Rack

From the Spice Rack

by Kathe Kitchens, Bestemor Herb Farm

Mistletoe

This “golden bough” is hung in strategic locations  where couples might be close together during the holiday season in hopes  its presence will lead to a kiss. That practice comes from Scandanavian  myth (like the Christmas tree), but the  Druids’ name for mistletoe, “an t’uil” meant “all healer” because they  believed it had magical powers.  The modern science of ecology  identifies mistletoe as a keystone species – one that has a  disproportionate effect on its community, providing food for many  animals, safe roosting locations for smaller birds, excellent compost,  and an overall beneficial effect on the area’s biodiversity and  survival.   Mistletoe is one of only nine plant species that evolved as a parasite.

The leaves and young twigs are used by herbalists in tea or tincture form as therapy for epilepsy, cancer, nervous  disorders, urinary disorders, and heart disease.  Raw, unprocessed  pieces of the plant and the berries of any mistletoe are  poisonous to most humans, causing severe pain and digestive distress, convulsions and even death.  Modern scientific research has evidenced European mistletoe’s benefit as a cancer  treatment. While highly refined in recent years, this research was in fact founded in 1920 by Austrian Swiss physician Rudolph Steiner.  Some of the most widely prescribed alternatives in Europe can be found under the trade names Iscador and Helixo. Iscador has been used effectively in Europe for the last 90 years.  These products and others like them are not yet approved by the  FDA for use in the United States, but public interest grew when actress Suzanne Somers chose the product Iscador as successful  treatment for breast cancer in 2001.  Two researchers are currently approved to study mistletoe in the U. S. according to the National Cancer Institute. Several U.S. locations offer it as complimentary therapy, including some in Texas.  If the need ever arises for me, I will certainly choose this therapy.

European mistletoe differs from the species  commonly found in North America, which has shorter, broader leaves and  larger clusters of berries.  While the plant is a benefit in wild areas,  it is considered a pest in gardens.  Organically  maintained orchards rarely have mistletoe; it is at home in stressed or failing trees as a part of the natural system of returning nutrients to the soil.  Standard treatment is to remove all infected limbs, often disfiguring the tree or killing it outright. Natural treatment for  mistletoe in trees is to remove the growths that can be  reached easily and boost the overall health of the tree.  I recommend using some version of Howard Garrett’s Sick Tree Treatment (Google).  The remaining mistletoe  will eventually wither and fall off on its own.  I have used this method with 100% success on several types of trees.

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North Pole Days in Krum

North Pole Days in Krum

The 27th Annual North Pole Days Celebration with Craft Show, Parade of Lights and Chili Supper will be held in Downtown Krum on Saturday, December 6th from 10:00 a.m. to…well ‘til the last Lighted Horse, Golf Cart, Antique Car or Bright Lighted Bicycle rolls by. And, then come to think of it, that is not even close to the end of this charming small town celebration, because a bowl of Chili is the perfect way to warm your tummy after your heart and spirit got a good dose of warming all day long.

Krum is a community known for hosting great events and they excel with this one every year.  It is a delightful way to start your Christmas season.

The Craft Show is held outside in the downtown Krum area. from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The rain-or-shine show offers venders catering to shoppers of all ages, and top-notch entertainment throughout the day brings a bit of Jolly while you shop, shop, shop!

The Parade of Lights begins at 6:00 p.m with floats of all types, horses, lighted cars, and more than most of us ever thought of!

Immediately after the parade, come and enjoy a Chili Supper sponsored by and hosted at The First United Methodist Church, 1001 E. McCart Street in the Sanctuary. A $5.00 donation is all that is requested and you will enjoy a great chili supper with cornbread and coffee, tea, or water. Come and finish your North Pole Day with a wonderful dinner with great company!

This all day event is a local favorite and attracts families from all over Denton County. Come out and experience the charm of this small town and the spirit of community for the season’s festival launch.

North Pole Days in Krum is Denton County’s chance to visit our own North Pole.

For more information, visit www.ci.krum.tx.us.

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