Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

It's National Lightning Safety Week - so please click on this link for tips, especially if you're a newcomer to Florida! This is one kind of hazard we should totally be able to avoid with a little common sense...and some good information:

CLICK HERE for NOAA Lightning Safety Tips

The C.O.W. Bus (Champs on Wheels)

     This  is a fantastic program to feed kids during the summer months...it's  called "COW" or Champs (cafe) On Wheels. It's a school bus converted to  an actual fresh food cafe, going around the community and serving kids  wholesome meals planned by an actual nutritionist. Click on the link  below to find out the times and locations...simply enter Port Charlotte  in the search box as shown:


Or you can text "FOOD" (without the quotes) to: 877-877

Good News for your Tuesday!

After 40 Years Together, Couple Finally Ties The Knot

They met as teenagers, reunited in their 30s, and now in their 70s, they’ve finally married.  

Joe Hubbard met Julie Llamas at church when they were just teenagers and then got reacquainted in their 30s. She asked him to her company Christmas party back in 1977 and they dated once or twice a month until their mothers passed away in the ‘90s and that’s when their romance really started heating up.

But after 40 years together, Joe, 75, and Julie, 79, had never gotten married. The Illinois couple were busy with work and caring for family members and while they were close and in love, they were happy with things the way they were. And then halfway through mass on May 15th, Joe turned to Julie and out of the blue asked, “You want to get married?” and she says she laughed and said, “Yeah.”

The longtime couple decided to make it official after all these years, planning a small ceremony, but their friends, family and church community had other ideas. Joe and Julie just said “I do” in front of 200 loved ones who’ve waited a long time for to see this happy ending.

So what made the lifelong bachelor change his mind and pop the question during church that day? “I’m getting old,” Joe says. “And when you start getting old, you realize you’re going to die, and you want to enjoy a little bit of what God gives us to enjoy.”

Source: Belleville News-Democrat

Firefighter Finishes Yard Work For 90-Year-Old Who Collapsed

He responded to the call and stayed to help work in the yard.

After responding to a call to help a 90-year-old man who collapsed while working in his yard, a Plano, Texas firefighter decided to finish the yard work for him. While other firefighters cared for the elderly man inside his home, Rance Pringle tackled the rest of the work in the yard.

The department shared the story on Facebook, giving Pringle credit for his good deed. And the day this happened, it was the hottest day of 2018 so far in North Texas, with temperature soaring to 100-degrees, but Pringle says it only took him about five minutes to complete the yard work.

“Just help someone. If you see someone in need or if they need help if they’re having a bad day, just try to be a bright spot on someone’s day,” Pringle says. “It doesn’t take much effort. It’s pretty easy. I think just the effort alone… makes all the difference in the world.”

Source: CBS DFW

Here's How Long Meats Should Last In The Fridge

You no longer have to guess whether that meat in the fridge is still good

  • A new report reveals just how long certain meats last in the fridge
  • Raw poultry only lasts a day or two in the fridge, while red meat and pork can stay up to five days, and ground meats only last a day or two
  • Lunchmeats and hot dogs will last two weeks unopened, but must be eaten within three to five days after opening, while bacon can last up to a week in the fridge

We’ve all been there. We defrost some chicken or beef or pork but don’t get to cook it right away and end up in front of the fridge smelling it trying to decide whether it’s still safe enough to cook and eat. Nobody likes to throw away perfectly good food, but at the same time, nobody wants to cook and eat something that may give us food poisoning.

So, how do you know whether meat is still safe enough to eat and cook? With Fourth of July barbecues coming up that's definitely a valid question, since you don't want your guests getting sick. Well, worry no more because here’s a guide to let you know how long your meat will stay safe in your fridge.

  • Raw Poultry – As long as your fridge is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, that raw chicken will last a day or two in the fridge, and up to a year in the freezer. If the chicken is cooked, it will last a few days longer in the fridge, and two to six months in the freezer 
  • Red Meat and Pork – Both can stay good up to five days in the fridge, and four to 12 months in the freezer. If the meats are cooked, they’ll last three to four days in the fridge, and two to six months in the freezer. 
  • Ground Meats – Only one or two days in the fridge, three to four months in the freezer.
  • Lunchmeats and hot dogs – About two weeks unopened in the fridge, although they should be eaten within three to five days after opening. Frozen they last one to two months. 
  • Bacon and sausage – Bacon lasts up to a week in the fridge, although raw sausage only lasts about two days. Frozen they both can last for a month, although some sausages last even longer.
  • Deli salads – These should never be frozen, but they do last about three to five days in the fridge.

Source: Fox News

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