Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Canadians vote hands down for Jalapeno Mac ‘N Cheese potato chips

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Jalapeno Mac N’ Cheese beat the competition to become Canadians’ preferred flavour in a potato chip contest.
Randall Litman of Calgary, who came up with the winning combination, takes home $50,000 plus one per cent of future sales of Jalapeno Mac N’ Cheese on Lay’s Wavy, Lay’s Canada announced Tuesday.

America says no to cappuccino-flavoured potato chips, greenlights wasabi ginger

NEW YORK — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavoured Lay’s potato chips.

Instead of composting jack-o’-lanterns reuse in tasty pies or soup

VICTORIA — A different kind of pumpkin patch has grown along the streets and trails of Mount Doug Park in Saanich, B.C.
For the past five years residents have been dropping off their old jack-o’-lanterns after Halloween.

Saskatchewan card players surprised to learn their card game is trademarked

At the Caleb Village seniors home in North Battleford, Sask., a group gathers every week to play — sometimes as late as midnight — a card game called Kaiser that traces its roots to Saskatchewan and parts of Quebec.
There’s another group that plays it at the legion in Nipawin, Sask. One of those players says he’s played it for 60 years.

A break from school, and a lesson in hard work, for teen farmhands during potato harvest

BLAINE, Maine — In the gentle hills of northern Maine, far from the rocky coastline and lighthouses, teenagers trade warm classrooms for cold potato fields every fall, just as they have for generations.

Grand Canyon officials try to outsmart elk nosing into water-filling stations for a drink

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Grand Canyon officials have reduced waste by banning disposable plastic water bottles and installing water stations for visitors.
But a new problem sprung up: Elk are helping themselves to water at the stations by lifting spring-loaded levers with their noses.

US company launches genetic health and ancestry info service in Canada

TORONTO — A California-based genetics company which offers both health and ancestry information has announced it is expanding into Canada.
The company, called 23andMe, now offers Canadians access to their genetic information “to better understand their health and traits” and genetic ancestry.

For some young women, experiencing recession can mean forgoing children for life: study

NEW YORK — When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve?
A massive new study suggests that for some U.S. women, living through a recession can mean they will never have children.

Missing Jack Russell terrier from Pennsylvania found 3,000 miles away near Portland, Ore.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Jack Russell terrier that went missing from its Pennsylvania home has turned up at an animal shelter nearly 3,000 miles away.
A good Samaritan this month spotted the 7-year-old dog named Gidget wandering in the Portland suburb of Tualatin, and brought her to the Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter, said Deborah Wood, manager of Washington County Animal Services.

Horse power gains favour among small-scale farmers seeking freedom from fossil fuels

MARATHON, N.Y. — While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labours to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules.

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