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Eyesore of the week: My next nomination is the abandoned property at Haven and Limerick Road, across from the Woodland Lakes entrance. These people left all their junk behind, including a car and an old singlewide trailer with the windows broken out. Please...can’t we get this cleaned up?

What in the world? Whatever happened to taking pride in the product you are producing? Recently all the Casselberry products were recalled. Before that it was mouthwash. Now 15,000 cases of green beans from a Wisconsin company are being recalled. Mattel has recalled 9 million toys and Fisher Price is recalling almost a million toys. Ford Motor Co. is recalling 3.6 million vehicles, concerning your cruise control switch, which could lead to a fire. Unfortunately, my Ford Ranger is one being recalled. If you have a Ford vehicle, call this number 888-222-2751 and give them your VIN. I never got a notice and my truck is a 2001. Someone has to be in charge of checking this stuff out. I thought the Food and Drug Administration was supposed to oversee food products. How is this stuff getting put on shelves in our stores? Kroger’s has announced that they are switching to milk free of synthetic hormones. Other chains need to check their inventory as it comes in. I look at the labels on fruit and vegetables and if it is from a foreign country, I put it back down. I encourage you to buy your fruits and vegetables from local growers. During the winter, buy frozen or canned fruits and vegetables, but again, look at the labels.

Help is on the way: With drug prices at all time highs, it is refreshing to hear that Publix is stepping up to offer seven different antibiotics to the public for free. They are amoxicillin, cephalexin, SMZ-TMP, ciprofloxacin, penicillin VK, ampicillin and erythromycin. The oral antibiotics will be available at no cost to anyone with a prescription as often as they need them. Through an existing price-match program, Kroger will fill prescriptions for the same antibiotics at no charge.

Thought provoker: Hey, let’s go back to rotary phones, then we won’t have to press one for English.

Derelict vehicles: Drive around your community. How many cars and trucks do you see that are not operable or that don’t have a current sticker on the tag? There are laws on our books that can take care of this blight. Let’s report them and their location. Have you seen all the junk cars on Highway 17 at Sandollar Road? All that blight right on the main highway through our historic county for all the tourist to see. Come on people, call those numbers that will connect you to a company that will pick up that junk vehicle, for free.

Exercise is good: My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 now and we don’t know where the heck she is. I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier. I don’t jog. It makes the ice jump right out of my glass. If God had meant for us to touch our toes, he would have put them further up our body. (Hope these made you laugh).

Cruise for Critters: Coastal Pet Rescue is sponsoring a Cruise to raise money for animal rescue at 2 p.m. Sept. 9, departing from Tybee Island. Cost is $30 per person, which includes appetizers, beverages and a T-shirt. Registration is required in advance and seats are limited. This for adults 21 years and older, no children or pets allowed. Call 912-351-4151.

Does garlic help? While the idea of eating garlic to repel mosquitoes has no scientific study backing it, the University of Florida has proven that the culex mosquito actually is attracted to garlic. The best repellent is spray containing DEET. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs one at a time or together in rafts of a hundred or more eggs on the surface in fresh or any stagnant water. Anopheles and aedes mosquitoes do not make egg rafts but lay their eggs separately. Culex, culiseta and anopheles lay their eggs on water while Aedes lay their eggs on damp soil that is periodically flooded by water. Most eggs hatch into larvae in about 48 hours. A female may lay a raft of eggs every third night during its life span if it can find enough blood to develop the eggs. So spray, spray, spray before going outside.
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