Some towns aid the hearing-impaired

By PAULINE POREMBA
Rantoul Press columnist


I received a call this morning, and the caller was ready with an answer to my query in last week’s Press about what would happen to people who are hearing-impaired in the event of a bad storm headed to town. How would they hear the siren?

He told me about Tuscola, which is prepared for this happening. That town has a warning system (sirens) in place and one like the Amber Alert.

This town can warn everyone. Why doesn’t Rantoul have this? I hope someone has an answer.

Here is another question to make you think: Has anyone heard about the fast food chain that reportedly is serving you horse meat mixed in your burger? In some countries this is legal.

It is not in this country.

What can people do to make sure we are getting what was ordered, not what the fast food chain decided the pubic should eat?

March 22 is the date for our next trip to the East Peoria gambling boat. You have plenty of time to sign up by calling me at 217-892-4508.

My husband and I stopped in at the Salvation Army and Good Will stores in Champaign, and they seemed so empty. Please, if you have items in good shape, please consider donating them instead of trashing them.

I want the warm weather to arrive. I realize that winter has been easy on us lately, but the smell of freshly mown grass and flowers in bloom is really wonderful.

I’m still in need of houseware items such as dishes, pots and pans, a sofa, silverware and drapes I also need a full-size bed complete. A family in need is a sad thing, especially when they are trying to do the right things.

My sister M.J. and my friend Ellen came up with an idea. They think if everyone who could afford it would donate $5 into a special bank account we could help so many people get a head start or get them out of debt once and for all.

Of course, there would have to be certain rules set up because this would have to be a one-time deal. What do you think?

Creamed Spinach Bake
One 16-ounce package of frozen spinach

Two 3-ounce packages of cream cheese (softened)

Three tablespoons of butter

One cup of Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs

In a saucepan cook spinach with 3/4ths-cup of water for six minutes. Drain the spinach. Add cream cheese and the butter to the spinach.

Heat until cream cheese and butter melt. Mix well. Pour into a greased 2-quart baking dish.

Sprinkle a little salt over the spinach, then cover with the bread crumbs.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Pauline Poremba of Rantoul writes a weekly column for the Rantoul Press, focusing on social and community issues.

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