Out and About – Week of May 16th

Thurston Woods Village, in Sturgis, would like to invite all interested golfers to join the fun at their 8th Annual Golf Outing, Friday, June 3, at the Klinger Lake Golf Course on Route 12, west of Sturgis. Registration begins at 10 AM, followed by a shotgun start at 11 AM. All proceeds will be used to create a training program in the Thurston Woods Village Memory Care community. The proceeds will help provide a great quality of life and care for the residents.

The fee for the event is $75/person or $300/team. In case you don’t have a full team, they will assist you in becoming placed on a team. The 18-Hole Scramble will include snacks and prizes. There will also be a Hole-in-One contest with the winner walking away with $10,000.

For more information, please contact Carol or Marcus at (269)651-7841, or you may e-mail them at cholmes@thurstonwoods.org.

No matter how thorough you are when it comes to housecleaning, even the cleanest house will have bacteria and viruses. We can’t be expected to have our homes as clean and sterile as a hospital’s operating room, but we should try to do the best we can to keep certain areas of our house as clean as possible so that our family doesn’t get sick. The kitchen, bathroom and laundry room are the best places for viruses and bacteria to grow, because of the presence of water and absence of sunlight.

Here are six places where germs love to live:

High-touch surfaces: The germiest household surfaces are those touched daily by everyone. They would include, faucets, light switches, remote controls, phones, computer keyboards, microwave pads and game consoles. These should be cleaned frequently with disinfectant.
Kitchen sponge: The holes in the sponge let bacteria live and form blobs that are difficult to remove. Cleaning the sponge with diluted bleach solution, then running it in the dishwasher on a high-heat cycle might do the job. Better yet, replace the sponge frequently.
Kitchen Cutting Board: Raw meat and vegetables can carry E. coli and salmonella. It is suggested to use separate cutting boards, one for meat and one for everything else. You should clean the cutting board after each use. Use diluted bleach on wooden boards and place plastic ones in your dishwasher.
Kitchen sink: Bacteria loves to live in the ridges in and around the sink. Scrub around the drain with a brush and a diluted bleach solution. Pay special attention to the area where the lip of the sink meets the kitchen counter.
Refrigerator: Keep the vegetable drawers clean because they hold raw produce. The entire refrigerator should be cleaned completely on a regular basis.
Countertops: The bathroom and kitchen countertops should be treated about the same. However, the kitchen countertops should be cleaned both before and after food is prepared, because of the presence of food-borne bacteria.
Next week I’ll share suggestions on the bathroom and laundry room.

“FREE! FREE! A trip to mars for 900 empty jars.” BURMA SHAVE

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Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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