• The average American is said to generate 4.4 pounds of garbage daily.
• According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, sanitation workers have the nation’s fourth most dangerous job, ranking behind only fishermen, loggers, and pilots.
• Old wives in Western New York agree: You can quell just about any stink by lining the bottom of your garbage can with one of those tried-and-true nostril savers: One cup baking soda plus one teaspoon tea-tree oil. Or, used dryer sheets; or pulverized lumps of charcoal. Or Kitty litter.
Hopefully, the sun will be shining, the wind calm next weekend and the only thing on anyone’s schedule will be to visit the 47th Annual Lewiston Art Festival. Do volunteer in any capacity by calling 754-0166 for openings.
This frothy Italian fruit drink smoothie can be made with any type of fresh or frozen berries. Use it to toast Mayor Terry Collesano and the village fathers who have issued a proclamation declaring next weekend “The Art of Green Weekend”.
Berry and Banana Frullato
1 cup fresh or frozen unsweetened berries (such as raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, or diced strawberries)
1 cup low-fat milk
1 cup ice cubes
1/2 large banana, peeled, sliced
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Fresh raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries for garnish
Combine first four ingredients in blender. Add one tablespoon maple syrup and blend until smooth, adding more maple syrup to taste, if desired. Pour smoothie into two glasses. Top each smoothie with berries and serve.
My Sept. 1 column will feature the Niagara County Peach Festival on Sept. 6 - 8.
Marija Vukcevich is a free-lance writer from Lewiston.