“Everything in moderation is one of the Christian concepts, I think,” said Sister Cecelia. “So who’s to say we shouldn’t appreciate food? God made us to love food.” Even the sisters’ humility comes in moderation: They freely advertise their cheesecakes as “heavenly.” Though the sisters’ mastery of cheese fillings and cookie-crumb crusts is novel, the idea of nuns and monks selling their handiwork the sisters’ larger cheesecakes can sell for more than $40 is not. Contemporary monasteries could easily stock a first-rate boutique with the likes of lip balm, chocolate bourbon fudge, greeting cards, herbal liqueur, gouda cheese and scented candles. The nearby monks of New Skete train dogs and breed German shepherds. On a recent baking day, the nuns tied kerchiefs on their heads before cutting into pillow-sized hunks of cream cheese, melting chocolate chips on a stove top, mixing the thick batter and pouring it into circular forms. Sister Patricia, 82, loaded the unbaked cakes into the wide mouth of an oven fitted with five shelves that rotate like a Ferris wheel. Each of the roughly 220 cheesecakes came out of the oven that day only after she eyed each one carefully. “You make 220 decisions on whether the cakes are baked,” said Sister Patricia. “You get used to it, but you do need to know the look of each flavor, they look different. And if you leave them too long, they crack.” The five nuns of New Skete (two more are in a nearby nursing home) live communally in a monastery near the Vermont state line under the aegis of the Orthodox Church in America. The youngest is 64 and some of them, like Sisters Cecelia and Patricia, have spent their adult lives as nuns. The roots of the cheesecake business here go back to 1969, when five Roman Catholic nuns from Indiana searched for a less cloistered life in a new monastery. They ended up in Cambridge near like-minded monks and began looking for ways to earn money. They cleaned houses, worked at the local hospital and did upholstery work. One of the nuns, Sister Magdalene, had a talent for baking and in the mid ’70s tried selling cheesecakes to local restaurants. The cheesecakes were such a hit they added a bakery in 1983. Baking of the 4-pound cakes is now done one or two days a week, depending on the season. The nuns sell their cheesecakes online, at the monastery and deliver to some stores in the region like Delmar Marketplace near Albany, where co-owner Christine McCarroll said sales pick up during holidays.
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HARPSWELL BANDSTAND BY THE SEA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, 6-8p.m. Located in George J. Mitchell Field, Route 123, Harpswell. Featuring the Harpswell Concert Band. Free. Thursday evenings all summer long. BATH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, 6p.m., Library park, 33 Summer St., Bath. General admission is $20, with students and seniors paying $15 and children 12 and under pay $5. DENNY & ANN BREAU, 7p.m., Drummore Bay Concert Hall, 516 Main Rd., Phippsburg. 446-7199. $15. drummorebayconcerthall.com. FRI/24 MISCELLANEOUS FREEPORT COMMUNITY MARKET, 1- 5p.m. at the L.L. Bean Flagship Stores Moose parking lot. Fresh, locally grown produce, specialty foods and quality handmade goods. Running every Friday afternoon.
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I hope I get it right, she sighs. I Am Cait (July 26 on E!), very un-Kardashians-like in its earnestness, is always conscious of its dual purpose: its a personal story played out for an audience of millions, on behalf of a much larger community. The premiere episode is emotional but controlled, much like Jenners carefully media-managed coming-out, from her Diane Sawyer primetime interview to the sultry cover of Vanity Fair magazine to her heart-tugging acceptance of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from ESPN. But at its most affecting its about something that cant be massaged and mediated: a woman trying to live an honest life with her family, trying to close the decades-long distance between her self-image and her self presentation. In a way, Esther is as important to the opening hour as her daughter, serving as a surrogate for viewers new to transgender issues. At 89, she turns out to be open and willing to adapt. She has trouble with the pronounsHes a very good-looking woman, she says at firstbut she wrestles with the complexities by holding to the simple fact that her child remains her child. I loved him with all my heart, she says, and I certainly love her with all my heart. Its not easy for her, nor is it easy for Caitlynherself, after all, a senior citizen whos spent a lifetime absorbing gender assumptions even as she chafed against them. But Caitlyn, who could come across awkward and guarded as Bruce on Keeping Upliving a secret, she says, made her an isolationistnow seems comfortable, free and funny. Now I know why girls need a sports bra! she exclaims while playing tennis with her sister. The lighter moments in I Am Cait come via drop-ins from the extended Jenner-Kardashian clan. Caitlyn gets green hair extensions from daughter Kylie; later, stepdaughter Kim Kardashian stops by with celebrigod husband Kanye West, to consult on Caitlyns wardrobe. When Caitlyn shows off a little black Tom Ford dress, Kim says that her motherCaitlyns ex-wife Krishas the same one in chocolate brown. Its service for Keeping Up fans, but it also serves I Am Caits theme of presenting transition not as a tragedy but an opportunity. Of course, as Caitlyn acknowledges, shes been privileged. Most people transitioning dont have a stylist to prepare them to greet their mothers. (I dont think I can be too much in la femme mode, Caitlyn says.) Most dont have Diane Von Furstenberg sending them couture outfits, or get messages from the head of Twitter that their new accounts may hit a million followers faster than President Obamas. So I Am Cait builds in a sense of mission beyond its star subject. (The show comes from Keeping Up maker Bunim/Murray Productions, whose The Real World introduced MTV audiences to activist Pedro Zamora, one of the first gay men with AIDS portrayed in primetime.) The premiere announces itself with an Armistead Maupin quoteThe world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their livesand ends with Jenner visiting the mother of Kyler Prescott, a 14-year-old transgender boy who committed suicide in May. At times the tone can be stiff and cautious, like a public-service announcement. But its a service nonetheless, lending celebritys un-turnoffable megaphone to the voiceless, especially kids. Thats different from TLCs I Am Jazz , which simply hands the microphone directly to one of those trans kids.
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As a result, Christmas has a blended past that marries pagan traditions with religious observances andtodaycommercial practices. Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas, with his red suit and jolly demeanor also has a bit of a mixed origin. He is a combination of the Dutch Sinterklaas and the British Father Christmasboth of whom appear to be rooted in the real life Saint Nicholas of Myra. Nicholas of Myra was a saint and a Bishop with a reputation for secret gift giving. He was known for putting coins in shoes left out for him, and one legend has him throwing bags of gold coins through the window of a poor man’s home to help provide a dowry for his three daughters, saving them from prostitution. The tradition of Saint Nicholas’ Day (Dec. 6) spread to many countries, and on the eve of this festivity which marks Saint Nicholas’ death, presents are exchanged. The Dutch Sinterklaas appears to make the distinction between good and bad children (although in practice, all children receive gifts). He has a helper named Zwarte Piet, whose black skin has made him a source of controversy in recent years. His role is primarily to punish bad children by taking them away in a sack. Tradition requires that children leave their shoes by the fireplace with some hay or a carrot for Sinterklaas’ horse, and in return he leaves them chocolate coins or some other token. A sack is also often placed outside of the house or in the living room with presents for the family. Father Christmas on the other hand had nothing to do with giftshe represents the Spirit of Christmas as the personification of good cheer. While St. Nicholas seems to have a pretty far reach, there are instances where the role of the holiday gift-giver and spreader of goodwill and cheer is fulfilled by characters who may only vaguely resemble the red-robed holiday archetype: In Japan, a Buddhist monk named Hoteiosho visits families on New Year’s Eve to deliver gifts. He allegedly has eyes in the back of his head, and is also depicted as rotund and jolly as Santa Claus. La Befana is a friendly witch in Italy who leaves candies, figs, and other goodies for good children, and dark candy for bad ones. Parents leave her a glass of wine instead of cookies and milk. In Sweden there’s tell of a a gnome who travels with the aid of goats to deliver presents. He is small, old, bearded, and wears a red cap, much like Santa Claus. He’s derived from the legacy of house gnomes that has filtered through from Scandanavia, and in his holiday form, he’s known as Jultomten. The goats he is associated with are derived from the Yule Goats, who visited homes, knocked on the doors and left presents. On January 5th, an old woman named Babouschka visits Russian children to leave them presents. The legend associated with her says that she received the wrong directions to Bethlehem, and could not get to Christ in time to give him a present as the Three Kings did. She delivers presents on the 5th in the hopes that one of them will be Jesus and she’ll be forgiven. Russia also has a legend of Grandfather Frost, who travels with his daughter, Snow Girl. They plan New Year’s Eve parties for children where they hand out presents. There are some interesting observances that arise from these representations of the season that resonate with Mead’s advice. All of these characters leave presents or offer some sort of goodwill toward the people they visit, even while they might “know” that not everyone they visit has been “good.” Sociologist Emile Durkheim wrote of a moral sensibility that governs the social collective. This sensibility keeps order to permit the continuation of society.
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Sales have also increased, mainly due through organic growth and acquisitions but also exchange rate differences. The underlying operating profit was SEK 129m (110). The operating profit margin and underlying EBIT margin strengthened to 10.2 per cent (6.9) and 10.3 per cent (9.4), respectively. Profit after tax also improved significantly and amounted to SEK 66m (9). The confectionery market The confectionery market showed positive development or was unchanged in all markets except in the Netherlands, where it declined. Increased sales Cloettas sales for the quarter rose by 3.4 per cent, of which organic growth accounted for 0.8 per cent, acquisitions for 1.2 per cent and changes in exchange rates for 1.4 per cent. Cloetta is growing organically despite lower sales in Italy, the Netherlands and Norway. Sales increased in Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Sales of Nutisal and The Jelly Bean Factory also increased in the quarter. The increase in sales in Denmark is explained by increased sales of pastilles and the sales growth in Finland is attributable to product launches and Pick & Mix. Sales of the new Pick & Mix concept in Sweden developed according to plan. However, Cloetta has lost sales to some of the largest customers in Sweden, mainly due to ongoing contract negotiations. Consequently, there is a risk that sales to these customers in Sweden will continue to be negatively affected for some period. There is a similar situation with one major customer in Norway. Cloetta stands by its principle that cost changes, regardless of direction, in raw material and exchange rates ought to be passed on to the customers and consumers. Strong cash flow and lower debt Cloettas robust cash-generating ability has once again resulted in a very strong cash flow. The net debt/EBITDA ratio has continued to decrease and has now reached 3.30x (4.55). The long-term target of a net debt/EBITDA ratio of around 2.5x remains unchanged. The acquisition of Lonka creates value Cloetta has signed an agreement to acquire Locawo B.V. (Lonka) a Dutch company producing and selling fudge, nougat and chocolate. The acquisition will significantly strengthen Cloettas position in the Netherlands, but also the Nordic countries and the UK are important markets, especially within Pick & Mix. The acquisition will diversify Cloettas product range into new categories and technologies including the Dutch chocolate market.
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The findings are based on how many children are able to buy books and how many have access to books during the summer months, when kids are most likely to stop reading and learning, stunting progress in the coming school year. The lag, commonly referred to as the summer learning slide, can hit families in poor communities particularly hard, said George Williams, a spokesman for D.C. public libraries. Those families are least likely to be able to afford summer camps and classes that have become common in affluent areas. Children in Anacostia have access to a public library. And library officials point out that so far this year the facility has seen more than 101,500 visits, with more than 6,500 children and teens books checked out. But literacy experts stress the importance of having books in the home, too. The home library and the public library really work to complement each other, Williams said. The library gives you the opportunity of discovery through browsing the different topics, but owning a book means you can read it over and over again, building a love of reading. It also could help close a persistent achievement gap between low-income children and children raised with more resources, educators have said. A 1995 study from the University of Kansas found that children raised in poverty hear 30 million fewer words before entering kindergarten than their affluent counterparts. Kids in this area can be as much as five years behind in reading level and literacy, said Robin Berkley, executive director of Hortons Kids, which helps struggling children in Southeast Washington improve their reading and math skills. The vending machines are the most recent addition to helping children in Anacostia boost their skills, but not the only one. The library has initiated specific summer programs geared toward fighting the summer learning slide. It also helps provide meals for students who would have received a free lunch in school. The school system has a program that sent each elementary and eighth-grade student home for the summer with three books. But JetBlue officials are hoping that the vending machines will catch on and that Anacostia will be the first of many communities where books will be dispensed to children for free. And theyre pressing to make it as easy as possible to get books into the hands of youths. Parents can opt into getting text message alerts and updates about books that are available. Children can return as many times as they want to pick up a new paperback. The machines will keep track of new users, but not how many each child takes home. Shelley Hudson, executive administrator for Matthews Memorial Baptist Church, said she hopes the free books push parents to read more to their kids.
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View gallery Relations between Beijing and Moscow have warmed in recent years but Russia’s economy shrank by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the project only became possible “due to an extremely high level of truly strategic cooperation between Russia and China”. In the 1960s, the Chinese and Russian militaries exchanged fire across the Amur — known as the Heilongjiang in China — as tensions between the two peaked. Now Russians are able to travel to Heihe visa-free in search of bargains, and shoppers cross it by boat, or on foot when it freezes over in winter. The 30,000-square-metre Free Trade City mall, on an island in the river, sells everything from computers to belts. “If you do not speak Russian, no one will buy your furs,” Wang Jianxin enunciated in perfect Slavic tones, in front of racks of Chinese-made mink coats. A Russian woman with her dog on the banks of the Heilongjiang River in the border city of Heihe, but A taxi driver surnamed Cui added: “For making money, trade with Russia is the main thing.” But at the weekend just a trickle of Russian visitors could be seen passing through Heihe’s border post, while the mall saw just a handful of Russian shoppers. Russia’s economy shrunk by 2.2 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of this year, and the ruble’s value has almost halved against the yuan in 12 months. “Everyday I dream that the exchange rate will improve,” said Wang. “Today 1,000 rubles will buy you nothing. That’s why people leave.” – ‘Perfect Man’ – View gallery Russian tourists riding a tricycle in the border city of Heihe, which they are able to visit visa-fr Xi was guest of honour at a massive Moscow military parade in May to celebrate the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany, and the same month the Chinese and Russian navies held live-fire drills in the Mediterranean Sea. The latest meeting between the two leaders comes as the Russian president hosts multiple summits in Ufa. Putin is a popular figure in China for his macho image and willingness to confront Washington, with a cottage industry dedicated to producing hagiographies of the Russian leader. The Pushkin bookshop in Heihe displayed a tome titled “Putin: the perfect man in women’s eyes” in a brass picture frame. “Since Putin came to power, China and Russia have been getting closer. But the Ukraine crisis has pushed forward the relationship at a more rapid rate,” said Yang Cheng, deputy director of the Centre for Russian Studies at East China Normal University. View gallery Some Chinese traders in Heihe have switched to selling Russian commodities to Chinese buyers who now The authoritarian leaders are said to share similar views on human rights and distrust of the United States. “China-Russia relations are the best they’ve been for a long time,” said Ji Zhiye, vice president of China’s Institute of Contemporary International Relations. “Russia and China have a lot in common when it comes to views on global politics,” he added, naming joint suspicion of Washington as a key uniting factor. But Russia was only China’s ninth biggest trade partner last year, and analysts said Russia’s weak comparative economic performance — Beijing is targeting seven percent GDP growth this year — makes Moscow wary.
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The 3 kinds of naps everybody needs to know about If you’re regularly snoozing nine hours or more per night, you may be putting yourself at risk for more than a few illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. Cognitively, you’re not at the top of your game, either. According to a 2014 report from the Harvard-based Nurses’ Health Study, women who slept nine hours or more performed worse on cognitive and memory tests than women who averaged seven hours of sleep nightly. Lead researcher Elizabeth Devore suspects that the brains of those who slept longer were aging faster because those women were disrupting their body’s natural circadian rhythm. Her advice: “Don’t kick this problem down the road. As early as midlife, sleep habits can predict future memory problems. Create a routine: Go to bed at the same time every night and force yourself to get up at an appropriate time, even if you’re still a little tired.” Kathryn Wallace During the transition into menopause, sleep is often one of the first things to go as levels of estrogen and progesterone begin to decline. And some women complain that their sleep troubles linger for years after. These solutions can help you wake up on the right side of the bed. The real reason women can’t sleep (and what to do about it) Discover a few no-nos that may be affecting your sleep. 4 bad habits that sabotage your sleep “I use a red bulb in my bedroom lamp because the light is less likely to suppress melatonin and keep me up. And if I have to turn it on in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, it won’t disrupt my sleep pattern.” Louise M. O’Brien, PhD, Associate Professor at The University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center The sneaky ways that blue light affects your health It’s hard enough to get sufficient rest when you’re holding down a 9-to-5 job. It’s even trickier when you’re one of the more than 15 million Americans who clock in as the rest of us zonk out. But research suggests that with a little planning, night-shift workers can get plenty of shut-eye. “Within about a week, permanent night-shift workers can reset their body clock so they feel sleepy at the right time of their day,” says Charmane Eastman, PhD, a professor and researcher at the Biological Rhythms Research Lab at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, who has been studying how to help shift workers for almost three decades. Eastman has shared a sample workday plan. Adapt it to fit your schedule and body’s response. Ashley Williams In one of the first studies to examine how room temperature impacts people with sleep apneaa condition that affects an estimated 18 million or more Americansresearchers discovered that when the thermostat was set at 61 degrees instead of 75, subjects slept on average 30 minutes longer and reported feeling significantly more alert the next morning. Jihan Thompson Exhaustion can be a sign that you’re not just sleepy, you may be sick. If nothing helps you feel rested, one of these conditions may be to blame. Anemia A telltale sign of iron deficiency (the number one nutritional deficiency in the world) is fatigue, caused by a lack of red blood cells. If you’re anemic, your doctor may suggest dietary changes, like loading up on iron-rich meats and veggies.
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. OREM, Utah (AP) A pilot who delivered candy to children in Berlin at the end of World War II parachuted sweets down to Orem to celebrate Independence Day. Gail Halvorsen, 94, also known as the “Candy Bomber,” dropped 1,000 chocolate bars attached to tiny parachutes at Scera Park on Friday. He flew over the area three times before releasing the cargo into the hands of the children below. Deb Jackson, co-chair of the event, estimated more than 50,000 people stood in 100-degree temperatures to watch the 4 p.m. drop. Halvorsen flew in a fixed-wing bomber from World War II with two escort planes attending, the Daily Herald of Provo reported (http://bit.ly/1UlSStS ). Earlier in the day, Halvorsen spoke to the crowd at the Freedom Festival naturalization ceremony. He spoke about the importance of service and kindness. “The Dead Sea is dead because it wraps its arms around all of the fresh water of the Jordan and gives out nothing. In your community, there are Dead Sea souls who do the same,” he said. View gallery Children run to retrieve candy from a plane piloted by Gail Halvorsen, the Candy Bomber, at SCERA pa Some of the children in attendance already knew of Halvorsen’s history as the “Candy Bomber.” Drew Reynolds, 9, of Highland, said she learned in school about Halvorsen and the candy drops during the Berlin Airlift. “When he saw all the kids that were starving, he only had a piece of gum. He wished he could have more for the kids so he started dropping parachutes with candy,” she said. Halvorsen, a Salt Lake City native, grew up as a farm boy in Utah and Idaho before earning his private pilot’s license in 1941. He joined the Civil Air Patrol and later the United States Army Air Corps in 1942. During World War II, he was assigned to fly transport operations in the South Atlantic Theater. After the war, Halvorsen earned the nicknames “Uncle Wiggly Wings” and “Berlin Candy Bomber” for his flights with the Berlin Airlift over fields in East Berlin. He wiggled the wings of his plane before dropping candy bars and gum tied to handkerchiefs the cheer up the children on the ground. Halvorsen retired from the Air Force in 1974, but his candy drops caught on and he became well-known as the “Candy Bomber,” re-enacting his flights around the U.S. and Germany. He now lives in Arizona. ___ Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com Gail Halvorsen
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These days, they also come from somewhere else entirely: YouTube. While old-media outlets like newspapers have been losing subscribers, YouTube celebrities have been gaining them by the busload. For the latest installment in Reuters’ monthly “First Jobs” series, we asked a few of the top YouTube stars to discuss how they came from nowhere to cultivate millions of adoring fans. Specialty: Makeup advice First Job: China Buffet host “I was 16 years old, and wanted to help my mom with the rent. There was a restaurant called China Buffet in Tampa that hung a ‘Help Wanted’ sign outside, so I went in and ended up hosting every Friday and Sunday for $6 or $7 an hour. “My favorite dish was lo mein, which was so greasy. But I was a teenager then and could basically eat whatever I wanted. “What I learned from that job was how to greet people and make eye contact. I used to be a very shy introvert and never even spoke to people, so it was that job that first gave me the confidence to talk to strangers. “That was my first legal job, but even before that my brother and I used to sell candy at our school, charging for lollipops and chocolate bars in the gym and the auditorium. We made a good amount of money, too: In two months, we made $600 that we used to buy computer parts and build our own computer. I have always been a hustler like that.” Specialty: Fitness tutorials First job: Candy seller “Back in middle school, every time I used to trick-or-treat, I would take all the chocolates and microwave them and then make my own little chocolate creations. My friends all liked them, so I started charging them for it. “Later on in high school I added cookie sandwiches with buttercream inside, and everyone went nuts. It became a whole enterprise, with five employees working for me. I was known as “Cassey the Cookie Girl” all over campus. That business even helped me get a full scholarship. “It’s ironic that I now run a fitness blog. My friends accuse me of having planned it this whole time, of making them fat and then getting them back into shape. “I learned that if you create a product that has value, you can definitely start charging for it. I also learned that people not only buy because they like the product. They buy because they like you.” Specialty: Amazing facts and top 10 lists First job: Deli counter “I worked at a Canadian supermarket called Loblaws, essentially frying chicken for a living. I worked my butt off all the way through high school and university, saving up enough to pay my tuition and graduate with no debt.
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