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October 30, 2013

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Home improvements perfect for fall
Home improvement projects can add value to a home and do-it-yourselfers know the sweat-equity that goes into such projects can give homeowners a greater sense of pride in their homes. But no two home improvement projects are the same, and homeowners should know that certain projects are best tackled during certain times of the year. Fall is a great season to work on your house, as the weather is often at its most agreeable once the summer heat has gone and before winter weather arrives. The following are a handful of fall-friendly home improvement projects for homeowners looking to improve their homes. Roof repair Whether you're repairing or replacing the roof, fall is a great time of year to dust off the ladder and get some work done on your roof for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, fall is ideal for roof work because you won't have to be up on the roof with the summer heat bearing down on you. This can make the project move along more quickly, which is especially beneficial if you are paying laborers to work on the roof. The fewer hours workers are fixing your roof, the less you will be paying in labor costs. In addition, fixing up the roof in the fall ensures those winter storms, be it rain or snow, won't find their way into your home via leaks. A leaky roof in winter is hard to fix, as the roof surface could be treacherous in the winter and winter winds can make it dangerous to be up on the roof at all. Addressing leaks in the fall can prevent damage to your home's interior, which can mount up if a leaky roof is not addressed until the following spring. Painting is another home improvement project that seems tailor-made for fall. A fresh coat of paint or a new color scheme around the house can give a home an entirely new look and feel. But paint can be pungent and the aromas may last if it's applied at a time of year when it can't dry while the windows are wide open. Paint fumes inside a home can make the Fixing the floors home uninhabitable, but painting at a time of year like Wood flooring is a hot the fall, when you can keep commodity for many homethe windows open during and owners. But not all flooring after the project, can help air Window work can be added to a home at the home out. any time of year. That's But interior painting isn't When the weather outside because certain types of floor- the only painting project gets frightful, poorly insulated ing employ adhesives that homeowners can tackle in the windows can allow cold air need temperatures inside the fall. Many exterior paints are into the home. That often has home to be within a certain temperature-sensitive and a trickle-down effect on range, and that range is often need the temperature outside finances, forcing you to turn within 70o to 80o F, which to be above 40o F. Paint that up the thermostat in an makes fall a great time to freezes won't dry properly, attempt to offset the cold air install such floors. Colder and homeowners might be pouring into the home. temperatures can make it dif- left with a costly and unsightWhether you need your winficult for the flooring to dry ly mistake on their hands. Fall dows replaced or simply need and bond, which will prove temperatures tend to be to patch up any leaks, a problematic down the road. amenable to both interior and proactive approach to leaky What's more, many people exterior painting projects, just or older windows in the fall entertain friends and family be sure to check the weather can save you from unnecessar- come late fall and into the forecast before making your ily high heating bills come the holiday season, and it can be first brush stroke. winter. Addressing leaky windows also makes a home more comfortable for its inhabitants. Fall is the ideal time to address a home's windows because the temperature outside tends to be pleasant. This means you likely won't have to make much of an effort to offset the elements, and open windows in the fall won't make your home's interior very hot or cold like they might if you were to tackle the project during the summer or winter. difficult to do so if you are busy installing new flooring. Painting projects
LIVING LIFE
It costs how much for nursing home care?
Nursing homes provide comprehensive round the clock medical care. They do so at a daily cost far less than a hospital. Nonetheless, the reality is monthly costs of thousands of dollars. Unlike hospital costs, which are generally covered by Medicare, the Medicare benefits for nursing home care are quite limited. While it is true that some people have private long term care insurance policies, the reality is very few of the clients that we see have had the foresight or cash flow to purchase such policies. The reality is, for many people, nursing home costs are paid out of one’s lifetime of savings. As with the purchase of any other goods or services, and think particularly of the difference of prices in restaurants, the cost of nursing home care can vary widely between particular nursing homes. Periodically, the State of Rhode Island conducts a survey and determines the State wide average for the costs of nursing home care. The most recent numbers available show the average cost of care to be in excess of $7,700.00 a month. The State of Rhode Island, Department of Human Services administers the Medicaid program. This program assists people with the costs of long term care. The laws regarding who is qualified to receive State aid are quite complicated. Given the complexities, surprising results are often possible. In particular, families are able to obtain assistance for the care of their loved ones while retaining significant resources. The resources that have been saved can then be used to provide supplemental care to cover those expenses which the Medicaid program is unable to address. There are a number of misconceptions regarding eligibility for the Medicaid Program. The greatest area of misconceptions seem to involve the five year look back rule. How the rule works and the various exceptions are quite complicated. If you find yourself or a loved one in need of nursing home care, regardless of what your financial resources may be or whatever prior gifting has occurred, our recommendation is that you seek competent counsel to assist you with these complexities.
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There is more than a championship 18 hold golf course at beautiful Crystal Lake. Plan your company outing or next family party at our multifunctional facility. Guests can be transported to our oasis on the Lake by 8 passenger golf cards, or by party boat. A relaxing cruise is a great way to begin a day of fun. Our professional staff will assist you in planning your day which can include unsupervised swimming, fishing, horseshoes or a spirited game of vollyball. Our open air Pavilion provides a great venue for your meal that can range from an old fashion Cookout to a Clambake or a Dinner Buffet. For those in your group who would like tin include a round of golf during your day, arrangements can be made through our coordinators.
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House Sandwich
Your choice of sliced ham, roast beef or turkey served on your choice of bread.
Ribeye Steak & Cheese Sandwich
Perfectly grilled ribeye steak with melted cheese Add: Sauteed mushrooms, caramalized onion, pepper.
Tuna Melt
Tuna Salad served on your choice of grilled bread with provolone cheese.
Hot Roast Beef AuJus Sandwich Baked Haddock
Thinly sliced roast beef dipped in au jus served on a torpedo roll. Add: Cheese, mushrooms, onions. Fresh Haddock baked with white wine lemon butter topped with homemade Ritz cracker.
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Hand breaded chicken breast fried golden brown, smothered in mozzarella cheese, baked to perfection, served over choice of pasta.
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Veal Parmagiana
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Some tips on saving money dining out
Restaurants are great places to try new foods, bring a date or gather on special occasions. Although dining at a restaurant can be fun and convenient, over time too many nights out on the town can have an adverse effect on a person's finances. Eating out is usually more expensive than buying food and preparing a meal at home. Those who like to eat out at least once a week can try several saving strategies to stretch their budgets. • Join a loyalty program. Restaurants may have loyalty programs that reward repeat customers. Diners who provide contact information like an e-mail address may be eligible for coupons on meals as well as advanced notice of certain menu changes or promotions. While being a loyalty program member may cause you to be placed on an advertisement mailing list, the coupons offered and savings reaped could be well worth the added spam. • Scour for coupons. Newspapers and direct-home mailers frequently feature coupons for dining out at various local and chain restaurants. Some establishments even include coupons on their takeout menus. Coupons help reduce the cost of meals considerably, especially if you will be dining with the entire family or a large party. • Time your dining experience wisely. Restaurants may offer discounts to diners who dine on slower nights of the week, such as Monday or Tuesday. There also may be promotions based on the time you head to the restaurant. For example, a restaurant may offer drink specials or free appetizers during off-peak hours. Early bird specials are often offered for those who arrive for dinner before 6 p.m. while bars often have happy hour promotions during which drinks are heavily discounted. • Split meals. Restaurant portions today are much larger than in years past. Two people may be satisfied sharing one entree instead of ordering two. Some restaurants will not add a plate-sharing fee, while others may. But sharing fees are still likely to cost less money than a second entree. And sharing a meal is good for your waistline as well as your wallet. • Skip soft drinks. Many restaurants make the bulk of their money through drink sales. A soda or a glass of iced tea may cost as much as $3 at certain restaurants. Save some money by opting for plain water instead of costly drinks, especially when dining out with a number of people. Alcoholic beverages will cost even more. If you're on a budget, skip these types of drinks. • Save dessert for home. Although many restaurants bake their own desserts on the premises, many save time by ordering bulksize desserts from warehouse stores. You can probably get the same dessert for less if you do your own shopping. Opt to have dessert at home to save a little money. • Choose high-maintenance dishes. If you will be dining out, get the most for your money by opting for intricate dishes you may not be inspired to make at home. Don't spend valuable dining out dollars on foods you can just as easily make at home.
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Choose the right restaurant
Getting together with family and friends for a good meal is a great opportunity to reconnect and share a few laughs. Though such gatherings have traditionally taken place at private homes, today's busy adults are increasingly turning to restaurants to host their mini reunions. Restaurants don't require hosts and guests to wash any dishes, and hosts won't have to find time to clean their homes top to bottom like they would if they were to have a party at home. Such a reality makes a dinner party at a local restaurant a lot less stressful for the hosts. There are a number of things to emphasize when looking for the right restaurant to host the next dinner party. Proximity Whether entertaining family and friends or a business dinner, the restaurant where you will be gathering should be easily accessible to all people who plan to attend. A centrally located restaurant that's only a short drive for guests and hosts alike is ideal, as it cuts back on the time people will spend driving to and from the restaurant. Try to accommodate those guests who don't drive by choosing a restaurant that's accessible via public transportation. Price Perhaps the only downside to hosting a dinner party at a restaurant is that such gatherings tend to be more expensive than parties at private residences. Hosts should first determine who will be paying the bill. If everyone has agreed to pay their own portion of the bill, this gives you a little more flexibility when choosing a restaurant. If you, as the host, intend to pick up the tab for everyone, then you might want to find a nice restaurant with reasonably priced entrees. A five-star restaurant might break the bank, but you might be able to find a three- or four-star restaurant that's still elegant and more affordable. If each guest intends to pay for his or her own meal, discuss with guests how much they would like to spend before making a reservation. Once you have an idea of what everyone is willing to spend, you can start to narrow down your options. are slow to come in, you can still go ahead with your search, but look for restaurants that offer vegetarian and gluten-free fare. When examining the menu, take into consideration any offerings for kids if any guests are planning to bring their children along. Kids tend to prefer chicken fingers and fries over filet mignon and baked potatoes, so the restaurant should have some menu items for young children if kids will be joining in the festivities. Accessibility
When looking for a restaurant, try to find one that's easily accessible for any older guests who might not get around as easily as they used to or any guests who might have a disability that requires handicap accessible seating and restrooms. Many restaurants can fill both of these needs, but it's still up to hosts to Menu ask in advance so all guests have a comfortable evening. The menu is an important thing for The parking lot should not be too far hosts to consider when choosing a away, but if it is, ask the restaurant manrestaurant for their next dinner party. ager if valet service is available for those Many men and women adhere to certain guests who might prefer it. diets or lifestyles that restrict what they A dinner party at a restaurant with can and cannot eat, and you will want to family, friends or even professional colfind a restaurant that can cater to as leagues often makes for an enjoyable many of your guests' needs as possible. evening for guests and hosts alike. But Discuss any dietary restrictions with hosts must consider several factors your guests before you begin the process before ultimately choosing where they of finding a restaurant. If the responses and their guests will dine.
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Luncheon Chicken Strips
Cajun seasoned haddock pan seared, served on flour tortillas, shredded lettuce, salsa, tomato, laced with tavern sauce With your choice of one side.
Luncheon portion of our famous crispy battered boneless fried chicken served with fries & coleslaw.
Twin Taco All Beef Hot Dogs
2 all beef hot dogs on grilled buttered rolls topped with seasoned taco ground beef, diced onions & jalapeños. With your choice of one side.
Stuffin “N” Turkey
Sliced turkey over bread & herb stuffing with mash potatoes smothered with gravy.
Roast Beef Sliders
Two fresh baked slider rolls with roast beef. Served warm with a cup of Aujus. With your choice of one side.
BLT. Chicken or Burger Sandwich
Broiled chicken breast or sirloin burger on a buttered grill roll with basil mayo, bacon, lettuce & tomato. With your choice of one side.
Chicken Parmigiana Sub
Freshed breaded lightly breaded & fried baked on a sub roll with marinara and mozzarella. With your choice of one side.
American Tuna Melt
Tuna salad on grilled buttered white bakery bread with American cheese. With your choice of one side.
Half Sandwich & A Crock Of Soup
1/2 Roast Beef - 1/2 Turkey - 1/2 Ham or Tuna Salad On your choice of sliced bread & spread with lettuce & tomato. With a piping hot crock soup of the day.
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Cajun Grilled Haddock
Haddock fillet lightly Cajun seasoned grilled served beside rice pilaf and vegetable of the day.
every day! 16 oz draft beer special $1.99
Sides: fries, fresh chips, coleslaw, baked potato, vegetable, or soup of the day. Eggplant fries or sweet potato fries for $1.00 extra
Chicken Caesar Flat Bread
Crisp romaine, fresh parmesan, croutons tossed with Ceasar dressing served on flat bread topped with a Julienne broiled chicken breast.
Opened Faced Smothered Roast Beef
Fresh sliced roast beef on toasted bakery bread smothered with grilled mushrooms & gravy. Beside mashed potatoes or vegetable of the day.
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LIVING LIFE
Thanksgiving requires organization
A large meal is customary come Thanksgiving. Planning an impressive Thanksgiving menu can be enjoyable for many people, while others get a little nervous when tasked with such an undertaking. But getting a head start and staying organized can make planning a Thanksgiving meal much easier than it looks. Begin by jotting down ideas of which dishes you want to make this year. Traditional foods like turkey and candied yams may be expected, but it's perfectly acceptable to think outside the box as well. If you won't be hosting a large crowd, you may want to serve more manageable Cornish hens in place of a larger turkey. Root vegetables and squash are seasonal foods that can add some autumn flavor to your Thanksgiving dinner table. Potatoes, corn, turnips and parsnips can be served baked or turned into soups and casseroles. Thanksgiving is a great time to celebrate local foods as well. If certain items are native to your area, such as grains or game, incorporate these foods into the planning. Once you have established the menu, you can make a list of what can be prepared in advance and what will need to be made shortly before the holiday or the day of. Separate your shopping accordingly. Any frozen or canned products can be purchased in advance of the holiday rush and stored until use. Frozen turkeys also can be bought weeks before and then thawed out when they need to be cooked. Any dairy products or fresh produce should be purchased a few days before Thanksgiving and freshly prepared for optimal flavor. Rather than spending all of your time cooking the night before the dinner, mashed potatoes and casseroles can be prepared and frozen, then reheated on Thanksgiving. Some foods actually taste better when flavors have had an opportunity to meld. Even some baked goods can be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen until use. Think about preparing batters for cookies or cakes and then storing them in the refrigerator before finishing them on Thanksgiving. Any work you can handle in advance will save you time in the kitchen come the big day. Timing can be challenging on Thanksgiving. Whenever possible, free up your oven for side dishes and desserts so that you will have ample space inside. A turkey can take up valuable real estate in the oven, so you may want to consider investing in a rotisserie or a deep-fryer so the turkey can be cooked more efficiently elsewhere. Then you will have plenty of oven space for heating side dishes and desserts. Dense foods should be placed in the oven first to enable them to heat thoroughly. Finger foods and appetizers may only need brief heating. Do not underestimate the power of the outdoor barbecue for quickly heating up foods if you are short on space in the kitchen. Delegate some of the work to others on Thanksgiving so you and your family can better enjoy the holiday. Encourage guests to bring their favorite items to serve buffet- or pot-luck style for Thanksgiving. This not only cuts down on the amount of work for the host and hostess, but gives guests an opportunity to showcase their culinary skills as well. Desserts are often laborintensive elements of entertaining. Precision in measuring and preparing helps guarantee success. If you do not have the time to bake this Thanksgiving, serve storebought cakes and save yourself the hassle, or ask guests to bring desserts so you can focus your attention on the main meal. While prepping for the Thanksgiving dinner, keep the dishwasher empty so you can easily load items as they are used and keep kitchen clutter to a minimum. Increasing the number of finger foods can help reduce the number of dishes used while cutting down on post-holiday cleanup. When preparing for the meal, keep storage containers at the ready. Have guests fill up take-away containers with leftovers before the table is cleared so that no food goes to waste. Promptly refrigerate all leftovers so that they are safe to enjoy later on. Thanksgiving is a time when big meals are customary and a good deal of work is required.
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LIVING LIFE
Enjoy a safe and cozy winter
As temperatures drop and the annual hibernation routine begins, we start using heating appliances such as the furnace, fireplace, and space heaters for the first time in months. To avoid potential hazards, check every autumn that these are in still in good condition and follow precautions for proper use. CSA Group, a leader in public safety and testing and certification, offers the following safety tips for keeping warm on cold days: it has been tested and certified to the applicable standard. • Never use gasoline or other flammable liquids near your gas furnace. • Don't store combustible materials such as paper, chemicals, paint, rags and cleaning products close to your gas furnace. • Keep it clean by dusting or vacuuming it regularly. Always turn the unit off first. • Keep the heater clear of furniture, rugs and drapes to allow free air movement and avoid overheating. • Look for certified third-party verification marks like CSA Group's certification mark. This shows that the heater complies with recognized safety standards. • Turn the heater down or off before going to sleep and keep it out of pathways and well away from bedding and clothes. Turn it off when leaving the house. • Install a smoke alarm in the room with the space heater. • Have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed throughout the home.
Gas fireplace • Check that the glass panel is intact. Do not use your gas fireplace if the glass panel is removed, cracked or broken. Glass panels and frame assemblies should only be Furnace replaced by a qualified • Have a qualified heat- service person. ing contractor perform a • Check for the mark of yearly maintenance check an accredited certification of your furnace and vent- organization, such as the ing system. star mark from CSA • Clean or replace your Group when purchasing a furnace filter frequently gas fireplace. during the heating season. • Keep the immediate Space heaters area free of obstructions • Check for wear on to ensure free air flow. the electrical cord. If it's • Look for a certificadamaged, replace the tion mark such as the entire unit or have the CSA star mark on your cord replaced by a qualigas-fired furnace to ensure fied repair person.
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