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BLT Salsa Wrap

For you foodies out there, I thought I would pass along a great recipe!  Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients:

2 large ripe tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 T. finely chopped fresh chile pepper

1 T. lime juice

1/8 tsp salt

8 slices turkey bacon

1/4 cup light mayo

(4) 10 inch flour tortillas

2 cups fresh baby spinach

 

Directions:

1. For tomato salsa, in a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, cilantro, onion and chile pepper. Stir in lime juice and salt.  Set aside. (If you are lazy like me, just buy the pre made salsa from the grocery)

2.  Cook bacon according to package.  Drain well on paper towels; cut bacon in large pieces.

3.  For sandwiches, spread mayo on tortillas, top with spinach.  Scoop salsa onto spinach.  Top with bacon.  Roll up tortillas to enclose filling.  Cut each tortilla in half.  Makes 4 servings.

 

Nutrition facts:  227 calories, 9 g total fat, 30 mg cholesterol, 625 mg sodium, 27 g carb, 2 g dietary fiber, 8 g protein.

 

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PRE-K Registration Begins Today!

Houston County Pre-K Registration Begins Today

March 12th, 2012 

Pre-K and kindergarten registration begins for Houston County parents this morning and runs through March 23.

Registration will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at each school.

Pre-K students must be four years old on or before September 1, 2012.  Kindergarten students need to be five years old by that date.

Children already in a Houston County Pre-K program don’t need to register for kindergarten unless they attend a school out of their assigned zone.

Pre-K registration requires:
· Copy of official birth certificate;
· Social Security card or waiver;
· Guardianship or custody orders (if child does not live with natural parents);
· Proof of residency such as utility bill, lease agreement, signed home contract – a cell phone bill is not acceptable;
· Registration in current school zone;
· Ear, Eye and Dental Screening – Georgia Form 3300 (required once accepted into Pre-K program);
· Certificate of Immunization – Georgia Form 3231 (required once accepted into Pre-K program);
· Proof of eligibility for any government assistance; and
· Parents are expected to participate in parent workshops and monthly parent activities.

Kindergarten registration requires:
· copy of official birth certificate;
· Social Security card or waiver;
· guardianship or custody orders (if child does not live with natural parents);
· proof of residency, such as utility bill, lease agreement, signed home contract – a cell phone bill is not acceptable;
· registration in current school zone;
· Ear, Eye and Dental Screening – Georgia Form 3300
· Certificate of Immunization – Georgia Form 3231.

To find the correct zone, visit the Houston County Board of Education website.  For more information, parents can contact the school or call Ron Wilson or Stephanie Dixon at 478-988-6330, ext. 10330.

 

Housing Crisis to End in 2012 as Banks Loosen Credit Standards

Housing Crisis to End in 2012 as Banks Loosen Credit Standards

01/24/2012BY: KRISTA FRANKS BROCK 

Capital Economics expects the housing crisis to end this year, according to a report released Tuesday. One of the reasons: loosening credit.

The analytics firm notes the average credit score required to attain a mortgage loan is 700. While this is higher than scores required prior to the crisis, it is constant with requirements one year ago.

Additionally, a Fed Senior Loan Officer Survey found credit requirements in the fourth quarter were consistent with the past three quarters.

However, other market indicators point not just to a stabilization of mortgage lending standards, but also a loosening of credit availability.

Banks are now lending amounts up to 3.5 times borrower earnings. This is up from a low during the crisis of 3.2 times borrower earnings.

Banks are also loosening loan-to-value ratios (LTV), which Capital Economics denotes “the clearest sign yet of an improvement in mortgage credit conditions.”

In contrast to a low of 74 percent reached in mid-2010, banks are now lending at 82 percent LTV.

While credit conditions may have loosened slightly, some potential homebuyers are still struggling with credit requirements. In fact, Capital Economics points out that in November 8 percent of contract cancellations were the result of a potential buyer not qualifying for a loan.

Additionally, Capital Economics says “any improvement in credit conditions won’t be significant enough to generate actual house price gains,” and potential ramifications from the euro-zone pose a threat to future credit availability.

 

 

Shakespeare Returns to Warner Robins Little Theatre

Shakespeare Returns to Warner Robins Little Theatre

By ALLINE KENT – Sun News correspondent

WARNER ROBINS — Due to public demand, The Warner Robins Little Theatre will be presenting an encore performance of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised).”

The play was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, the founding members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and is the longest running comedy in London’s West End, the play’s director Celia Hohnadel said. The show has played all over the world.

During the play, three actors perform all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays and his sonnets in 97 minutes. Some of the plays, like the comedies that have similar plot twists, are told as one big story.

The Warner Robins Little Theatre will present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10. Admission will be first come, first admitted until the performance is sold out.

Leslie Morales is the producer of the show and has been a member of the board of directors for the past four years. Morales said that many of WRLT’s plays get requests for additional nights, but doing an encore performance during the regular season is difficult.

“We had such a great response from those that actually came to see it,” Morales said, “but we also had a great response from those who had heard about it from others. With the season ending, it seemed like a perfect time to do an encore.”

While the first run of the play was a dinner theater, this time the show will be a regular performance.

“It really came down to two things,” Morales said. “We wanted to get people into the theater and make them aware of what the theater is doing and what we have coming up.”

Morales said that attending a performance gives audiences an unique opportunity.

“It’s a chance to watch members for your own community act in a play and to be a part of that.”

Auditions for the Warner Robins Little Theatre’s last production of the season, “No Sex Please, We’re British,” directed by Bill Felton, will be held Monday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Warner Robins Little Theater, 502 S. Pleasant Hill Road. Six men and four women are needed. Play dates are April 13-14, April 19-22 and April 26-28.

 

HOUSING MARKET BEGINS TO EMERGE THIS YEAR

Housing Market will Begin to Emerge This Year

By dandadevelopment

Consumer credit data suggests spending will increase and the housing market will begin to emerge from its slump this year, according to Equifax and Moody’s Analytics.

Statistical analysis applied by CreditForecast.com, a joint product of Equifax and Moody’s, to new performance data for consumer credit supports the forecast issued by the credit bureau and ratings agency.

Both companies note that as key market data align with pre-recession totals, consumers should anticipate steady economic growth for major credit sectors.

Looking across the full spectrum of consumer credit, Equifax and Moody’s found that delinquency rates for auto, bankcard, and consumer finance are back to pre-

recession levels. These sectors are expected to contribute to the U.S. economy’s nascent recovery.

The home mortgage lending sector continues to see the highest percentage of delinquencies, the companies’ report notes, even with outstanding mortgage balances (including first liens and home equity lines and loans) having declined by $1 trillion since 2008 and continuing to drop.

Even so, mortgage rates are at all-time lows, with refinance activity at high levels and offsetting diminished demand for new loan originations, according to Equifax and Moody’s.

The companies also note that tighter lending guidelines are reflected in loans made to the prime risk segment (those borrowers with an Equifax score of 700 or above). Consumers that fit the bill of a prime risk now account for more than 80 percent of all new mortgage originations.

“After spending recent years in the financial doldrums, U.S. consumers are poised to make a comeback in 2012,” according to Amy Crews Cutts, chief economist for Equifax.

She says the most promising indicators are showing up in consumer spending and the auto financing sector, but even the housing market is exhibiting incremental progress that points to increased traction in the coming months.

DSNEWS.com

 
 

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SPRING IS IN THE AIR!

Early Spring Garden Tasks

 

Early spring is the time for lime.
Soils with a pH below 6.2 will benefit from the addition of lime. Dolomite is the finest grind, and is recommended. With ground limestone it will take twice as long for plants to derive any benefit from it. Ideally, lime should be added several weeks before planting. Hydrate lime, or “quick lime”, is not recommended, as it can change the soil pH so rapidly that plants may be damaged. Cover newly limed beds with plastic during heavy spring rains to prevent runoff. Soil pH can be determined by using a soil pH test kit.

Prepare your lawn for spring.
Rake the lawn to remove dead growth and winter debris. This helps bring light and air to the soil level, encouraging the grass to grow. Re-seed bare patches of lawn. Rake bare spots firmly with a metal rake before seeding. Sprinkle grass seed into a bucket of soil and spread evenly over the bare spot. Keep well-watered until seeds germinate and the new grass establishes. Pre-emergent herbices such as corn gluten may be applied now.

Thin dead foliage of ornamental grasses and ferns. pull vegetable plant skeletons.
Once new growth begins. it becomes difficult to thin ornamentals without damaging the plant. New growth will quickly replace the culled foliage. And if you didn’t get around to this last fall, pull the old tomato, squash and other plant skeletons to clear the bed for planting. Plant skeletons can be added to the compost if you are sure they do not harbor any plant disease.

BE PREPARED FOR SEVERE WEATHER!

Preparing for 2012 Severe Weather

In light of last weeks devastating severe weather that hit parts of the Mid-West and South it’s not too early to begin preparing for “possible” severe weather outbreaks in Central Georgia.  Hopefully we will never have to use it this information, but like insurance, it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

DPH (Georgia Department of Public Health) recommends that families keep an emergency preparedness supply kit consisting of 11 essential items. These items are:

• Water: at least three gallons per person for drinking and sanitation
• Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Clothes and blankets
• Cash
• Manual can opener
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Medications
• Important documents in a water-proof container
• Battery-powered or hand crank NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
• Hygiene items
• First aid kit

To help Georgians prepare for severe weather, GEMA’s Ready Georgia– a statewide emergency preparedness campaign – offers tools that residents can use to create an emergency supply kit, develop a communications plan and stay informed about potential threats. For preparedness on the go, families can also download Ready Georgia’s free mobile app to learn how to prepare for emergencies, create family communications plans and more. The mobile app was funded and directed by DPH and has been downloaded over 20,000 times.

GEMA suggests taking the following steps to prepare for severe weather:
• Be sure every family member knows important phone numbers for schools, offices, home and emergency services.
• Identify an out-of town contact. It might be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call in town, so an out-of-town contact is in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
• Identify a meeting place near your home where family members can meet if separated during severe weather.
• Identify a meeting place away from your home where family members can meet if your neighborhood in not accessible.
• Map out evacuation routes in case you are ordered to evacuate, and always keep at least half a tank of gas in your car.
• Know your insurance policies and visit www.floodsmart.gov  to learn whether your home is in a flood zone.

For more information on severe weather preparedness, visit these websites:www.ready.ga.gov,www.srh.noaa.gov/ffchttp://health.state.ga.us/programs/emerprep/

 
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