Friday, December 9, 2011
Five things on last-minute items to check off your list.
1. If you haven’t yet done so, today is THE day to mail out your Christmas cards. Why, you ask? Today is Christmas Card Day to commemorate the day in 1843 that was believed to be the origin of Christmas cards as we now know them. 2. With Christmas cards out of the way, you can focus on cleaning, organizing and thinking about menus for holiday celebrations. 3. Of course, Christmas cookies will likely be on your list. From no bake to filled to cutouts, here are plenty of recipes to get you cooking. 4. No time to bake? Consider buying some fresh-baked cookies at a cookie walk Saturday in Jamison. 5. Speaking of buying … you officially have 16 more shopping days until Christmas – and that’s if you count being stuck in the mall on Christmas …
Monday, December 5, 2011
Prohibition ends ... and maybe a reason to have a drink.
1. Raise your glasses, Hatboro and Horsham, because on this day in 1933, prohibition ended. 2. Check out these festive drink recipes to toast the season in style. 3. For more sober matters, you might want to attend tonight’s Hatboro Borough Council meeting. The governing body will discuss a planned Dec. 15 settlement for the recently sold Wachovia building, as well as review its 2012 operating budget, which, as of the last council meeting, had a roughly $225,000 shortfall. 4. The Hatboro-Horsham School Board will reorganize during its 7:30 p.m. meeting tonight. 5. Looking for something to do mid-afternoon? The Horsham Township Community Center will be open for the Horsham Seniors Club to play games, make crafts and socialize.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Actress Natalie Wood died 30 years ago today in a mysterious drowning accident.
1. On this day in 1981, actress Natalie Wood drowns in a boating accident 2. Earlier this month, almost 30 years to the date of her death, Los Angeles detectives announced that Wood’s mysterious case had been reopened. 3. Wood appeared in more than 50 movies and was best known for her roles in “West Side Story,” and “Rebel Without a Cause.” 4. She played 6-year-old Susan Walker in the classic holiday tale, “Miracle on 34th Street.” 5. In “Miracle,” one of Wood’s most famous quotes is “I believe... I believe... It's silly, but I believe.”
Monday, November 28, 2011
Pick up a pen (or type a few sentences) in honor of National Novel Writing Month!
1. It’s not too late – you have two more days to craft your masterpiece! That’s right, National Novel Writing Month continues through Nov. 30. 2. To help get you started – or to keep you motivated – why not check out tonight’s Writer’s Workshop at the Horsham Township Library? 3. Locally, our region offers a plethora of talented writers, including Patch blogger Merry Farmer, whose historical fiction/romance novel, “The Faithful Heart,” is due out next month. 4. Speaking of romance/historical fiction authors (a fairly uncommon genre, no?) Mark Hubman melds his love of the Civil War with all things romantic in his debut book, “Dearest Issabella.” 5. And who could forget Horsham businessman Ross Schriftman, whose touching tribute to his …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Repurpose that turkey, catch a movie and more.
1. If you’re anything like me, your refrigerator is overrun with turkey leftovers. Fear not, from frittata to slow-cooker Moroccan turkey stew to turkey and string bean pot pie and more, we’ve found more turkey recipes than you can shake a turkey leg at! 2. If cooking for Thanksgiving has robbed you of the desire to lift a finger in the kitchen today, consider ordering dinner from Maple Glen Pizza, where from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., all proceeds will benefit the Edward Coombs Scholarship Fund. 3. Many of us are in the midst of a four-day weekend and what better way to enjoy your time off than to catch a flick. From new releases “Arthur Christmas” and “A Dangerous Method,” Fandango is your go-to guide for show times, descriptions and more. 4. …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Here are some tips on divying up the work, considering easy recipes and compiling a grocery list for all of you procrastinators out there.
1. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! How did that happen? In case you’re falling behind on feasting preparations, here’s a great planner to keep you focused (and to take some of the workload off of you). 2. Easy is the word in these last-minute throw-it-all-together appetizer recipes and side dish recipes. 3. Once you decide what should be on your table tomorrow, click here to view the weekly circular for the Giant Food Store in Horsham and create a shopping list. Afterall, you need something to keep you busy on your last day of work before the holiday. 4. Let the kids help by crafting Thanksgiving placemats for your guests, or if you’re traveling, for the hosts and their guests. 5. Wherever you go in your last-minute Turkey Day travels today, be…
Monday, November 21, 2011
Greet strangers and loved ones alike in honor of World Hello Day!
1. When was the last time you greeted a stranger on the street? Today’s your chance to do just that. In honor of World Hello Day try greeting 10 people. 2. While you’re at it, sing a song about it! 3. Feeling adventurous? Click here to learn how to say hello in more than 30 languages. 4. Use today as an excuse to send an e-card to a loved one to brighten his or her day with a howdy, a hey, hi, or hello. 5. Since World Hello Day began 39 years ago, 31 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are said to have embraced the day’s significance in preserving peace.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The 36th annual Great American Smokeout is today - the perfect time to adopt a smoke-free lifestyle.
1. It figures we’d have perfect weather to start the work week … but cold and rain in the days leading up to the weekend. Today we can expect showers and a high of 47. 2. Since today’s weather dampens any hopes for doing things outdoors, why not make today be about things not to do? If you are one of the estimated 46 million who smoke cigarettes, you could join with the American Cancer Society today for the annual Great American Smokeout. Just think of all the dough you’d save … 3. Speaking of dough, newly non-smokers will need something to keep their hands busy. Why not bake some bread in honor of Homemade Bread Day? 4. To get started on your bread-baking journey, try a traditional recipe, or get festive with this banana cranberry bread …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Whether you prefer to rub elbows, catch a few laughs, reflect on history, or look to the future, today offers plenty of things to do.
1. Happy hump day! Make sure you pack an umbrella on your travels today. The weather forecast is calling for a high of 58 and lots of rain (At least it’s not snow). 2. Get a jumpstart on Thanksgiving – and business networking – today with the Greater Horsham Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon. 3. Looking for something to do tonight? Variety is the word. At 7 p.m. Hatboro-Horsham High School students will offer a Variety Show featuring singing, dancing and entertaining – all while raising money for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. 4. Interested in something more low-key? Check out this month’s installment of the War Stories Speaker Series at the Union Library of Hatboro. 5. Of course, seeing what is supposed to be the final …
Monday, November 14, 2011
Significant events that happened today - and some ways your dreams can take flight.
1. An inspiration to me as a journalist and editor is the story of Nellie Bly, who on this day in 1889 set out to travel around the world in 80 days. In true over-achiever fashion, she beat her goal by eight days. 2. Musically, you can’t live much larger than Travis Barker, the heavily tattooed drummer for Blink-182, who during concerts, brings the crowd to its feet with amazing drum solos. Barker is 36 today. 3. You can aspire to keep your carpets looking great – cranberry sauce and red wine stains and all – with the help of an invention that was patented on this day in 1973. Who knew a spill on a canvas shoe would help concoct the stain-fighting Scotchgard? 4. Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the launch of Apollo, the second manned …