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November 16, 2013

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As mentioned before, one grandson has celiac disease, meaning he must eat gluten-free food. He’s in college and a box of gluten-free goodies is always welcome. Luckily some friends alerted me to the aisles of gluten-free food at Wegmans, a store I rarely, if ever, go to because our home is so close to Tops, Aldi, Shop-a-Lot and Dash’s markets. But that said, whenever the need arises, a stop at Wegmans fills the bill. A friend suggested I try Trader Joe’s because she said the store has many gluten-free items. When I arrived at the store, the parking lot was not even half-full, which was a joy. The very friendly clerk handed me five pages of gluten-free items sold by the store. Unfortunately, the copies were so faintly printed, most could not be read.

“Do you have these items in one section of the store or in certain aisles?” I inquired.

“Oh, no. They are in the regular aisles. You shouldn’t have any problem finding them,” she answered.

After 15 minutes and not finding one item, I left and finished shopping at Wegmans.

Live and learn.


Do you recall when Heinz sold the small 14-ounce size of ketchup in glass bottles? Then everything went plastic with jars sporting large tops so they could be stored upside down. I wrote the company to express my displeasure with plastic. No reply and the plastic kept coming. Wouldn’t you know on a recent trip to Dash’s Market, there on the shelf were glass bottles of Heinz’s ketchup, 14 ounces. It doesn’t take much to keep me happy.


Several readers asked to have some “old time” stores mentioned as memory-joggers. Here’s a few that were offered: Wagner’s Barber Shop, Dickinson’s Fish Market, Schreiber Town and Country, Wythe Tire & Battery and Mohican Market (the latter with sawdust on the floor and Heinz ketchup only 79 cents.)

Getting older

Walked through the cosmetic department at a store in the mall last week and a young woman was handing out samples of a face cream.

“This product will erase facial wrinkles,” she promised.

“Are you kidding?” was my reply. “I have wrinkles that are older than you and no cream will take them away.”

Contact community editor Barbara Tucker at 693-1000, ext. 4110, or

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