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LITTER HOTLINE - February 7, 2007

I just turned the page of the calendar today! This means we have 49 days of winter left.

The daffodil bulbs are showing through the snow, but we can now say that Spring is around the corner. It is time for plans to be made for spring cleaning, but we need to dispose of our trash in a way that is not detrimental to the environment, obnoxious to our neighbors, and is within the law.

The pictures on the right show two illegal trash dumps along Rt. 7, which is the Stumptown-Russett Road. Just this weekend, another sofa, box springs, cabinet and four tires were added to the piles.

There is a litter hot line number, 1-800-322-5530, given to me by Judy Wolfram. I called this number and the anti-litter program is under the direction of the Division of Environmental Protection. They will ask your name, address, and location of the trash. The name can be kept confidential. They are several weeks behind in their work, but seemed very eager to help.

I started checking to see just what can be done with many kinds of trash, and we will include the information next week.

Calhoun is known for its natural beauty. Help keep it clean.

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The following recipe is from Letha Rapking of Tennessee. It was used for the Junior-Senior Prom in 1982.

CALHOUN FLINGS

1 lb. Velveeta, cut in 1 inch cubes

1 lb. spicy sausage, browned and drained

1/2 cup onion, finely chopped, browned with sausage

1 tbsp. pizza seasoning

2 loaves party rye

Put cheese in mixer bowl and beat until soft and fluffy. Add the sausage, onion and seasoning. Mix well. Spread on bread. Bake 5 to 7 minutes at 400 F. or until bubbly. Can be done in toaster oven for family servings. Can be made in advance and stored in covered container in fridge or freezer. Let thaw when ready to bake. Can be accompaniment for soups or salads. Per serving (excluding unknown items): 8 calories, 1g fat; trace protein; trace carbohydrate, trace dietary fiber, 2mg cholesterol; 36mg sodium.

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