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Layer clothing to keep warm
All of us are looking for ways to
stay warm in our homes this win
ter and save on heating bills at
the same time. One way to save
money is to lower your thermo
stat and put on more clothes.
Clothes can increase your com
fort if you wear them in layers.
The insulation value of clothing
comes mainly from the entrap
ment of still warm air. This can
occur within the fabric itself,
between the fabric and the body,
and between the different layers
of fabrics. The air is heated by
body heat and in turn insulates
the body. Even though a thicker
feeling fabric may be warmer
than a thin one. two thin layers
are usually much warmer than
one heavy layer weighing twice
Insulating layers can be provid
ed by making minor changes in
some of our clothing habits. For
example, replace skirts with
slacks. Slacks offer more insula
tion because they provide dead
air space around each leg. Pant
liners or lined slacks will add
another layer. Other examples
may be a vest over a shirt, an
undershin under a regular shirt or
a turtleneck under a dress.
In a really cold house, you
might choose to wear insulated
Selecting that Christmas tree
The traditional holiday season
begins this week. Must be time
to buy a Christmas tree. This
year make it a point to select that
tree that will fit all your needs.
When choosing a tree keep in
mind the height of the room
where you will display your tree.
Select a tree that is at least one
foot shorter than the ceiling
While wandering the lot, pick
out a few trees and run your fin
gers over the branch along the
needles. Needles should be pli
able and adhere to the branches.
Shake or bounce the tree to be
sure that the needles are firmly
attached. If the tree is fresh, few
needles should fall off. Avoid
trees that have a wilted look.
Make sure the handle of the tree
is straight. The handle must be
six to eight inches long to allow
placement in the tree stand
When you get the tree home,
you still need to care for it. If
you don’t plan to put the tree up
right away, cut one inch off of
the base and put the tree in a
bucket of water. Store this in a
shady place. When you bring the
tree indoors, cut 1/2 to 1 inch off
of the base and place the tree in a
stand that holds at least one gal
lon of water. This allows for the
tree to absorb water you place in
the stand. Do not place the tree
near a fireplace, heater vents or
other heat sources. Always keep
the tree well-supplied with water.
Check the water level in the
stand several times each day.
Trees may use several quarts of
water a day. Adding aspirin, soda
water, bleach or sugar to the
Scientists seek ways to protect poinsettias
The bright red foliage of a
Christmas poinsettia loses much
of its appeal when it's shrouded in
a cloud of tiny white flies.
To keep this from happening,
growers who supply poinsettias
must constantly battle the persis
tent greenhouse pests known as
Bob Colton.whose Sunbelt
Greenhouses in Douglas. Ga., will
produce more than 270,000 poin
settias this season, says whitenies
are a big problem and getting
He sprayed at least eight differ
ent chemicals this year, at an esti
mated cost of more than $25,000,
to control the pests.
“The problem is getting worse
because whitenies are becoming
more resistant to the pesticides
we’re using,” Colton said.
At the Georgia Experiment
Station in Griffin, Ga., scientists
are looking for new ways to con
trol whiteflies that are less expen
sive and friendlier to the environ
They’re investigating soaps,
oils, plant derivatives, insect
growth regulators and biological
“We’re looking for compounds
that are very target-specific and
have short residual,” said
University of Georgia entomology
researcher Ron Oetting.”
They’ve studied several
underwear, knee socks or long
wool or wool-blend stockings.
Just plain pantyhose will add one
degree of warmth, and more if
they are textured to trap more air.
A lightweight long-sleeved
sweater will make you 2 degrees
warmer. A heavy sweater will
make you 3 degrees warmer. If
you wear two sweaters, you can
be as much as 5 or 6 degrees
w armer because of the trapped
air. A belt also adds warmth
because it helps hold clothing
close to the body.
An added advantage to layering
clothing is that the layers may be
increased or removed as we
adjust to changes in temperature
or activity. When an individual
engages in physical activity, the
body naturally generates more
heat, so fewer layers are needed
to maintain a comfortable tem
perature. As activity diminishes
the body bums off less heat so
more layers of clothing are neces
sary' to retain the heat that is not
produced by the body.
water in the tree stand is no more
effective in keeping the tree fresh
than adding plain water each day.
Think about fireproofing your
tree. The best way to keep a tree
fresh and fire resistant to keep it
supplied with water at all times.
A fresh tree supplied with water
presents little fire hazard As
long as the tree takes up water, it
will be relatively fire resistant.
Do not allow the water level in
the tree to fall below the base of
the tree. Use only UL-approved
lights and nonflammable decora
tions. Never leave home or go to
bed with the Christmas tree
And, do not forget to recycle
your tree after the holidays.
Cumming/Forsyth County Clean
and Beautiful Committee has
made arrangements at three sites
for you to easily drop off your
tree. The Christmas Tree Recycle
day is Saturday, January 6 at
Sawnee Community Center,
Midway School and Tolbert
Street Recycling Center. One
final item: The Extension
Growing in Forsyth County” is
available. Call the Extension
office and a copy can be mailed
to you. 887-2418.
soaps,oils and plant derivatives
that are effective when used early
in the growth of poinsettias, and
they’re developing recommenda
tions for concentrations and fre
quency of application for the most
A plant derivative called
azadirachtin that acts as an insect
growth regulator is one substance
that has been effective. It inter
feres with the natural growth of
white flies and prevents them
from developing into adults.
“Insect growth regulators are
pest specific and blend in with
with other management tactics,”
Oetting said. “And they don’t
harm natural predator insects.”
Oettling also is working with
other scientists to identify several
parasites of whitenies that might
be introduced to poinsettias in
greenhouses. He hopes to have
one or two of these parasites
ready for testing next year.
Whiteflies actually aren’t flies at
all, Oetting explains. In their
immature form, they look like a
scale on the plant and don’t move.
In their mature form, they look
Whiteflies are sucking insects
that sap a plant’s ability to carry
out photosynthesis. They stunt
plants and leave sticky spots on
the leaves that attract a fungus
called sooty mold.
Parental prying seems more
like meddling than concern
DEAR ABBY: “Irritated in
Ohio” wrote to say she was upset
that her 38-year-old husband
phones his parents twice daily.
You couldn't understand why that
irritated her. Obviously, you never
had to deal with nosy parents —
consider yourself fortunate.
I am a university professor in my
late 30s. married for more than a
decade, with older children of my
own. I live several hundred miles
from my parents, who sound very
much like ‘irritated’s” in-laws.
My parents expect a weekly tele
phone report of my activities. If I
don’t call I. too. get the “guilt
When we travel, we re instructed
to call upon our return, so my
folks will know we're not "lying
dead on the highway somewhere."
Mother and Dad pry into our
lives. They insist on knowing
what my wife and I do. what we
buy. how much we spend, and
what we're having for dinner, etc.
Their interest goes far beyond
idle curiosity. It's always followed
up by my father passing judgment
on whatever we id. The last time
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! IN
THE NEXT YEAR
OF YOUR LIFE: Facing situa
tions head-on will help you avert
misunderstandings Be sure to
explain your game to your part
ners and co-workers. Teamwork
is the key to greater success. A
romantic interlude will leave you
building castles in the air Be dis
creet. A loved one’s thoughtful
gestures touch your heart. Your
relationship with a child spurs
you to work harder Show your
sensitive, idealistic side when
dealing with voung people.
CELEBRITIES BORN ON
THIS DAY: comedian Garry
Shandling. skier Suzy Chafee,
musician Chuck Mangione,
author Louisa May Alcott.
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Teenagers should not try to force
an issue today, especially if
money is involved. Adopting a
conciliatory approach will help
you accomplish more
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Show more trust in young peo
ple, but move slowly in financial
matters. Do not take unnecessary
chances. Your spiritual values
influence a practical decision.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
New challenges are featured. Let
loved ones in on your plans. A
face-to-face meeting yields
favorable results. Sign contracts
and agreements. Cancel certain
social plans if short on funds.
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Someone will surprise you today.
Do not reveal your secrets. Thrift
is not the entire solution to a
money problem. Consider work
ing a second job. Talk things
over with the love of your life.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Real
estate investments can be highly
profitable now. A friend’s sym
pathy is comforting if you have
recently terminated a relation
ship. Get your personal affairs in
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Taking a chance could pay off. A
financial tip from someone
abroad helps you land a contract.
Asking for a favor brings a
delightful response. You win
widespread affection by helping
someone realize a dream.
LIBRA (Sept 23-OcL 22): Be
willing to travel for work. New
doors open to you. Domestic
affairs may be frustrating. Heed
your intuition. It is vital you live
up to an agreement. A private
meeting produces desirable
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov. 21):
Draw up a blueprint for your
financial future. Information
from experts helps you obtain
valuable support. Their advice
proves golden! A domestic crisis
could be a blessing in disguise.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-
Dec.2l): News from abroad
proves a legal or media-related
move is a good idea. Do not lose
nerve; success is assured! A
favor or gift will promote good
will and ensure a VlP’s support.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): A wish moves closer to
they visited, he revealed that his
father asked how much money I
make, how much I save, and what
my bank balance is.
My parents treat my married sib
lings the same way, even asking
questions about their sex lives!
When we protest that we're being
treated like children instead of
responsible adults, they act as if
they’ve been wounded.
My wife says there’s still an
umbilical cord between my par
ents and me. I’ve tried to be more
assertive by waiting for them to
call me. so I won’t have to spend
my money on long-distance calls
that amount to nothing more than
45 minutes of meddling.
I love and respect my parents but
there are boundaries, and they,
don’t know where theirs should
be. I suspect you will find that
there are many others in the same
30-PLUS .AND STILL
TREATED LIKE A CHILD
DEAR 30-PLUS: I was taken
aback by the number of letters I
becoming reality. Do your home
work religiously. A close associ
ate is an excellent sounding
board for your ideas. Far-off
events signal a change in the
direction of a relationship.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): Co-workers and partners are
highly supportive today.
Mutually beneficial agreements
can be easily formed Your sensi
tivity to other people's needs
helps you put a dream into opera
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
A good day for launching ere-
THE FORSYTH COUNTY BOARD OF
COMMISSIONERS’ LIBRARY ISSUE
There may be some misunderstanding or misrepresentation of the Forsyth
County Board of Commissioners’ issue with the Library Board.
The issue is the library system that insists on open
access by children to photographs of nude people
engaged in various sex acts, as in the book,
The Board of Commissioners is convinced that most Forsyth County Citizens do
not want sexually explicit photographs freely available to children in the Forsyth
After months of consideration and discussion, the Library Board continues
to insist that the book, WOMAN’S BODY, be openly available to children in
the Forsyth County Library.
The Board of Commissioners’ issue IS NOT.
- Censorship in the sense of removing books from the Library
or restricting adult use of books in the Library.
(The United States Constitution does not guarantee access by children to all published
- A desire by the Board to split the Forsyth County Library
from the Gwinnett-Forsyth Regional Library system.
(The recent action by the Gwinnett County Library Board to sever its relationship with the
Forsyth County Library was reportedly based on rationale (studies?), supposedly
showring an imbalance of funding between Gwinnett County and Forsyth County. The
Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has never seen those studies. Nor was the
Forsyth County Board of Commissioners told of the imbalance before the Gwinnett
Library Board kicked the Forsyth County Library out of the iong standing
Gwinnett-Forsyth Regional Library system. As of November 17, 1995, the Forsyth
County Board of Commissioners had still not been officially notified of the funding
imbalance nor seen the studies to prove it.)
- Criticism of the Forsyth County Library staff, facility,
operations or service to the community.
(The Board of Commissioners is proud of the Library and recognizes the Library and its
services to the community to be excellent)
County J3oard Of Commissioners
Paid for by The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners.
received that echoed your senti
ments. Keeping the lines of com
munication open is of great impor
tance. but it should never be at the
expense of the privacy of adult
children. More on this later.
DEAR ABBY: I have read your
column for years and you are one
of my favorite people, but I was
very disappointed in your
response to the mother whose
daughter was insulted by a blind
date who told the girl that he
could never marry her because he
didn’t want to have ugly chil
dren —then he pointed to her long
nose and weak chin.
In your response you said that
noses and chins could be correct
Abby, I’m not blaming you for
going along with what is accepted
as “beauty " in our society, but we
all need to be a little more free
Just because someone doesn’t fit
into the so-called standards of
what we’re told is “beauty” does
not mean she or he is not beauti
ative projects and pursuing new
interests. Exercise financial
restraint. Savings will accure if
you buy in quantity and perform
more services for yourself. Give
romance a second chance.
TODAY’S CHILDREN are
bright and ambitious. What you
see is what you get; they are
quite open about pursuing their
goals Good students these
Sagirtarians will probably get
tbeir best grades in geography
and history They are fascinated
by both far-off places and the
lives of famous leaders. Partly
The first time I saw Whoopi
Goldberg smile, I saw beauty!
And when Barbra Streisand
sings, she is transformed into one
of the most beautiful women in
The same can be said about
One of my best friends described
me as “a slightly homely Robert
Redford”! I considered that a great
I say, “Just be yourself and you
will be ‘beautiful.’”
FRANK M. GENTILE
DEAR FRANK: Frankly, you’re
right: Beauty is in the eye of the
due to their many interests, these
Sagittarians will have a host of
friends. They have a knack for
making people feel comfortable
and may choose a career in either
the entertainment or hospitality