I Scream, You Scream: What’s In That Ice Cream?

Growing up in Minnesota in the 1960s, one of our favorite commercials shouted out, “I scream, you scream! We all scream for… ice milk!” Of course, ice milk was the only alternative to ice cream, and this commercial touted ice milk as the healthy alternative. Fast forward a number of years, and the options are mind-boggling. Not only does one select between the commercially marketed and premium brand ice creams, but every bucolic town with a cow or two has its own “homemade” ice cream for sale. Forget about ice milk and that quaint fruity sherbet of yore (although they are certainly still available.) Frozen yogurt, sorbet, and gelato have taken over the freezer section in supermarkets, and are popping up in franchise stores all across the United States, faster than prairie dogs from a hole.

Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue Engine 443 In Service

The Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company is back up to a full complement of firefighting vehicles, now that the organization has put into service Engine 443, which is stationed at the company’s main station at 18-20 Riverside Road. The fire company purchased the used vehicle for $5,000 earlier this year from the Town of Southbury. The fire company spent about $28,000 to refurbish the truck and bring it up to operating standards. The refurbished Engine 443 is a 30-foot-long Class A pumper truck that carries 1,000 gallons of water onboard. The vehicle has cab space for seven people. The fire company bought the Southbury vehicle to replace the former Engine 443, which was heavily damaged when a tree fell onto it on an emergency call during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

Newtown Author To Participate In 'Chicken Soup For The Soul' Event Wednesday In Ridgefield

New Hope Community Church Senior Pastor and author Jim Solomon will participate in a book talk with Amy Newmark, publisher and editor-in-chief of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book series, concerning "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer's & Other Dementias." The talk and book signing with Ms Newmark will be at The Ridgefield Library on Wednesday, September 3, from 7 to 8:30 pm. Mr Solomon, who has contributed a story about his personal experiences and life lessons learned from a relative with Alzheimer’s, has accepted Ms Newmark’s invitation to speak briefly Wednesday evening. “I felt humbled and honored, as she could’ve asked any of the hundreds of Chicken Soup for the Soul authors whose writings I personally enjoyed even more than mine. I was happy to say ‘yes!’” he said in a recent email.

The 2015 ‘Old Farmer’s Almanac’ Offers Another Year Of Facts And Fun

The Old Farmer’s 2015 Almanac is on the stands. It is the quintessential advice magazine, dispensing information between its covers on subjects as diverse as animal husbandry to romance. Founded in 1792 by Robert B. Thomas, "The Old Farmer's Almanac" has been the go-to tome for these past 200-plus years, not only for farmers young and old, but for the confounded consumer, as well. Despite its advancing years, though, this magazine has kept in step with the times.

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