February 10, 2014

Home and Garden Briefs: Feb. 10, 2014

CCE offers Save Energy, Save Dollars workshops

PLATTSBURGH — Cornell Cooperative Extension is exploring the ways homeowners can reduce their energy bills through no-cost and low-cost energy actions at workshops around the county.

Save Energy, Save Dollars is a free program and open to the public, with the next one scheduled for at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Cooperative Extension Office, 6064 Route 22, Plattsburgh.

Learn what the big energy users in the home are, about different types of weather stripping, how to use caulking, seal air leaks, which appliances are costing the most to use and more. Low-cost and no-cost methods to reduce energy bills will be emphasized. Learn also how to get financial help to make larger energy efficiency improvements. Each participating household will also take home a kit of energy-saving items. 

Registration is necessary to ensure enough materials. Reserve a seat and free energy kit at 561-7450 or email Peter Hagar at

Additional workshops will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the North Elba Town Hall, 2693 Main St., Lake Placid; and at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Ticonderoga Senior Center, 123 Champlain Ave., Ticonderoga. For more information or to register for these classes, call 962-4810, Ext. 401.

Quilters to meetat Wells Library

UPPER JAY — A quilters gathering will be held at the Wells Memorial Library at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17.

Calif. firm recalls 8.7 million pounds of meat 

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products because it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection, federal officials said Saturday.

That’s just over a year’s worth of meat products processed by Rancho Feeding Corp., which has been under scrutiny by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. The agency said that without full inspection, the recalled products are unfit for human consumption.

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