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FLASHLIGHT
39th Edition

 WELHISCO ALUMNI NEWSLETTER 

                             March, 2010

Designer:
Kermit Ruyle  '47,
logo appears on the cover of the
1948-1949 WELHISCO.


WELHISCO



Birthday list
on page 4

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Found
Missing Alumni in February:

1. '54 Jim Goodwin
2.  '63 Nancy Haislip
3. '65 Craig Percell
4. '66 Rollie Norton

WHS Club - 2010
Member Names



Thanks for your support

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Important message from the editors


 


Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Colleen Oliphant '51
As the sun rises gold
Over the Emerald Isle,
May your oat's hot steam
Warm your hard work smile.

The 'Grandfather of Emergency Medicine'
by: Karen Cernich 12/01/2009

(Article from the Missourian - Washington, MO)

Across from the desk in the home office of Dr. Sam Bonney '42 is a drafting table covered with sketches and drawings he's working on. Around the room are a few other finished art pieces, and hanging above a chair in the living room is one of Bonney's paintings.  Seeing this artistic talent is an unexpected side to a man of medicine - someone many people in this area know as the "grandfather of emergency medicine" because of his role in founding the Emergency Medical Treatment and Paramedic Training program at East Central College and in establishing the Washington Area Ambulance District and the regional emergency helicopter program - but art is a hobby Bonney has long enjoyed.

After graduating high school, he was drafted at age 18. World War II was raging. Bonney was placed in the Army and assigned the role of medical corpsman caring for wounded soldiers on the battlefield. He didn't know it at the time, but the assignment set the stage for his life. Bonney was introduced to the work of medicine, and he liked it.

"We had field hospitals that were nothing more than tents that we would pick up and move with us," Bonney recalled.  The initial experience, however, was jarring for a young man. In basic training, Bonney had learned first aid-type care, things like how to bandage a wound and splint a leg. His understanding of medical care was limited, and he learned most of what he came to know in the field.

"Our methods in those days were crude," said Bonney. "A lot of times we were sorting through patients to find out who was alive.  Sometimes you would pick up a blanket and it would have three limbs in it . . . it wasn't a pretty time."

Bonney's tour of service began in North Africa on the coast of Algiers. From there he was sent over to Italy, then "up the boot" to Marseilles, France.

When he was discharged from the Army, Bonney came home to Missouri and was faced with deciding upon a career. The G.I. Bill made it possible for him to go to Westminster College in Fulton, graduating in 1955. He then went to work in Neosho, Mo where he spent his days seeing patients, and nights on-call for the hospital.

After working in family practice for years, Bonney became interested in emergency medicine and joined a group of local physicians who staffed the hospital's emergency room on the weekends.

Bonney went on to become the emergency medical director for Franklin County and assisted in training the first EMTs (emergency medical technicians) in the county. He later served as the emergency medical director for the state of Missouri and helped develop the EMT and paramedic programs for the state.
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the present and the future since early 1900s

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    How do you store your pictures?   Framing, scrap-booking or sticking them in shoeboxes? With the advent of digital photography, there are several options sharing the photos you love, making them last a good, long time: You can either: Email,  scan  or use US Postage (If photos are to be returned, please include return US Mail postage.)                              

 

                           Class of 1966                                       
Back Row L-R: Sherri Collins, Trudy Sowell, Glenn Eufinger, Gary Polkinghorne, Barbara Radtke, & Sandy Dunlap
Front Row L-R:Maribeth Florence, Shelia Roberts, Rebecca Presson, Karen Stilts, & JoAnn Goforth

Links to Reunion 2009 pictures:
 

FRIDAY NIGHT MIXER

 
TABLE PICTURES

SAT NIGHT  DINNER

SUNDAY PICNIC


  Photographer's photo's

(Additional orders taken until 3/20/2010)


If you know the names of someone in any posted picture that is wrong or not named, send us the picture number and name so we can correct it.  NAMES
 
There is so much information on the Internet but nothing as interesting as our home city, Wellston and St. Louis. Dave Lossos, has created a website with all this information at our fingertips. This will keep you busy for days, weeks, even months!
Have fun looking at our days gone by:
             REMEMBERING WORLD WAR II
Does anybody out there remember WW II, the one right after the, “WAR TO END ALL WARS”? I was 4 years and 2 months old, to the minute Pearl Harbor was attacked and I remember it well. We had gas, tire, fat, sugar, meat and numerous other assorted sundries rationed. My dad worked in the defense portion and had been allowed extra gas to go to his job, but not extra tires. He helped build the gliders used in the invasion of Holland. Dad’s job was to build the wings, (ref: Cornelius Ryans’s book, “A Bridge Too Far”). We had ration cards in Germany for home heating oil and gas for cars. We also had them in Taiwan and the Philippines. I had one in Vietnam in 1962. I am unable to find our card from the P.I. but the control # was 16-003, it’s on the bottoms of all the ceramics we poured in the hobby shop during our free time.
Bill Eggert '55

Doug Garner was so fascinated with Forest Park Highlands when he was a child, now that he's grown up he has written a book about it plus he has posted the most interesting website for all of us to enjoy. Take a trip down memory lane - plan on spending some time here!



75 Classmates attended last year's reunion from '35 -'70. If you are going to attend this year please email Jerry Sullivan so he knows how many to plan for.

        

9th Reunion
Nortre Dame de Lourdes 

Wednesday,
May 19th, 2010

Luncheon 11:30 am
at
Grappa Grill
(St. Charles, MO)

Contact: Jerry Sullivan,
314-843-5529
liljersully@sbcglobal.net

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Destin was one of the hot spots in Florida for Welhisco Alumni ‘snowbirds’ however, the weather didn’t accommodate very well! Temperatures ran 15 degrees below normal but it was still warmer than STL weather!  Larry Turner '60, Pat (Miner) Slatton '62, Jerry Slatton '57 and JoAnn (Williams) Croce '60 were spotted having dinner at the Ocean Club after a round of golf at one of their favorite golf courses.

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The Gulf Shore snowbirds came up to Santa Rosa Beach to have lunch with Colleen Oliphant '51, Herb Eberle '56 and JoAnn Williams '60.

Pictured L-R: Joan Endajan (Mercy), Alma Hunter '53, Colleen
Oliphant '51, Faye Smith '53, JoAnn Williams '60, Dottie Holland '54, Pat Tiernan '53 and Herb Eberle '56 (Click picture to view larger and other photos) Everyone enjoyed looking at the pristine gulf and the beautiful sand, some even taking a stroll after lunch.

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Herb Erbele took a weeks’ vacation with his bride Wilma at Top Sail state park in their RV. They met up with John and JoAnn (Williams) '60 Croce for a romantic dinner cruise on the Choctawhatchee Bay. The food was great and the music wonderful, but the weather could have been a little warmer that evening they all said!  They boarded the cruise in Bay Towne Wharf, cruising the bay area.

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FaceBook’s Willy Wellston has brought back so many old memories such as the time I was standing in Piggly Wiggly’s parking lot staring at a new ’57 Ford with a hideaway hardtop at the dealership across the street listening to my dad complained about spending $34 for a week’s groceries. I remember on Ogden and Easton the bowling alley, the Clark station and junkyard behind Moog‘s factory.  Once I was at Bruce Eyster’s house when I put a 22 bullet on the street car track to see what would happen. I loved hopping on the back of a Hodiamont street car riding it to page and I loved hanging out in Claude Hunter's basement.  I remember getting my first flat top hair cut and the time I bought a bottle of slow gin at the A&P store and drinking the whole thing! What good memories……does anyone remember the name of the bowling alley the bowling met at after they closed Wellston Lanes?   Craig Percell '65
                                          
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What fun to read the February Flashlight.  When I say the pictures from Central Elementary I was surprised to see me in the Choral group - front row, 4th from right.  I don't even remember Mrs. Simone! Gloria (Schwenk) Turner '59

                                                                                                           
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Our Flashlight--The past, present and future of WHS students illuminated

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Jack Daniel '54

Where in the World is Jack Daniel '54?
Check out the link taking you to the missing alumni list in your class. They may not even know they are missing!!  If there’s someone on the list that you know the whereabouts of (living or deceased) please email us the information, or have them contact us. As you see there are only a few classes with people missing. Most classes have someone who takes the initiative to keep their class list current. While this is not an easy task to undertake, it does make the job easier for the Reunion Committee. Check all the classes, because someone’s brother, sister, aunt, uncle, parents or even neighbor, might be on the "Missing List". The list spans a period of over 30 years. MISSING ALUMN

Classmates Remembered
 
Theresa O'Connor '63 wrote a beautiful poem dedicated to and remembering our departed alumnus. 

Obit

                    
Memorial

Our Wellston Trojan
Classmates Remembered List

Rest in Peace



Richard Goodwin '57

2006




Robert Goodwin '59
Heart Attack
5/13/2007




Jim Schwartze '60
Leukemia
2/24/2010
Guest Book

 



Maxine Rolfe '47
Peacefully
3/1/2010
Guest Book



 John (JC) Ray '48
Stroke
2/27/2010
Guest Book
 

Condolences to:
Jim Goodwin '53 for the loss of his (2) brothers Richard '47 and Robert '59.
Joanne (Schwartz) Feckter '64 for the loss of her brother Jim '60
Judy (Ray) Durbin '65 and Pam (Ray) Hood '66 for the loss of their father JC Ray '48
Fred '49, Gene '53 and Gerald '56 in the loss of their sister Maxine (Rolfe) Codemo '47
 

Four things you can never recover in life:


(1) The Stone..........after it's thrown,
(2) The Word.............after it's said, 
(3) The Occasion.....after it's missed, and
(4) The Time............after it's gone.

Get down on your knees and thank God you're still on your feet. Irish Saying
 

WHO'S  BIRTHDAY MONTH IS IT?

Mar 1 Sandy Whiat '57 Mar 8 Larry Ridgeway '56
 
Mar 15 Art Bahr '43
Barbara Polk '59
Mar 2 Darlene Zeltmann '63 Mar 10 Marian Basich '49
Margaret Kleinert '59
Mar 18 Americo Chiesa '64
Mar 3 Robert Turman '45 Mar 13 Marie Cole '52 Mar 19 David Bayliss '48
Mar 4 Betty Eads '46
Bob Coates '52
Mar 14 Shirley Dawes '65 Mar 31 Ralph Broeker '55
Mar 7 Barbara Whitacre '50
Pat Miner '62
       

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLUB MEMBERS!

WHS Club members share their birth dates with us. 
Email us your special day.

(Alumni's are now receiving B-day cards from their friend's!)

The Flashlight shining a light on Wellston High School through the years

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New Weapon In The Battle Against Cancer
by: Mari Treadway '65

As we reach a certain age, it seems that more and more of our friends are being diagnosed with some form of cancer.  This can be disheartening and frightening.  However, cancer is not inevitable part of growing older!  Arming yourself with the right information on how you can prevent cancer from happening in the first place can help lessen your fears and improve our overall health.  You can help prevent the two most common female cancers—breast and ovarian.

Breast Cancer

One of the hardest thing for Susan Lark to do as a physician is look into the face of a woman who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.  This malicious disease not only attacks the physical body but also rips apart a woman’s identity, her sense of self, and her sense of beauty.

During the 1950s, it was estimated that one in every twenty American women would develop breast cancer.  Since then, the incidence has skyrocketed to one in eight.  This makes breast cancer the most common cancer among American women, second only to lung cancer in the number of deaths it causes each year.

Whether you’re facing breast cancer or working hard to prevent it (as we all should be doing), I’d like to tell you about two supplements that are becoming powerful allies in this fight.

Magnificent Melatonin

Melatonin runs our internal clock known as the circadian rhythm, or the sleep/wake cycle.  But studies have shown there is much more to melatonin than a good night’s sleep.

We’ve known since 1995 that when melatonin levels are low, or when the pineal gland’s production of melatonin in out of sync with the day/night cycle (as in jet lag), the resulting sleep disturbances cause measurable physiological stress, complete with chronically elevated levels of stress hormones such as cortisol.  We’ve also known for a long time that chronic cortisol elevation impairs the immune system, which is one of the mechanisms by which stress is thought to increase the risk of cancer.  Supplementing with melatonin, however, can break this cycle and is fast becoming a strong tool in breast cancer treatment and prevention.

 In a study published in the November 2006 issue of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, two groups of laboratory rats with mammary cancer were put on an intense, forced exercise program (30 minutes of swimming, five days per week).  At the same time, one of the groups was also given supplemental melatonin.  After one month on this program, the rats that got melatonin had normal blood stress hormone levels and no increase in tumor growth, while the rats that were not give melatonin had significantly increased blood levels of stress hormones and their tumors were significantly larger.

In another study (October 2006, Breast Cancer Research), 142 samples of breast cyst fluid from women with gross cystic breast disease were analyzed, then added to tissue cultures of breast cancer cells.  Breast cyst fluid containing higher levels of estrogen stimulated growth of the breast cancer cells—which was no real surprise, since breast tissue growth is stimulated by estrogen.  However, what surprised scientists was that breast cyst fluid containing higher levels of melatonin significantly inhibited breast cancer growth.  The payoff from this finding may be two fold:  a new laboratory test of breast cyst fluid that can help determine whether a woman with cystic breast disease is at risk for developing breast cancer, and more evidence for the potential of melatonin as a therapeutic and preventative treatment.

Since melatonin is so closely linked to sleep, researchers wondered whether melatonin’s role in breast cancer is purely an issue of sleep deficiency and stress.  But the results have suggested it isn’t lack of sleep per se—at least not directly.  In some studies, women who got less than seven hours of sleep per night showed a slight increase in breast cancer risk, but several studies showed either no effect or even a higher risk of breast cancer in women who sleep more than eight hours most nights.

From a research standpoint, there are too many factors that can affect the quality of a woman’s sleep, ranging from anxiety, depression and stress to a substandard mattress or noisy neighborhood.  One study in the October 2001 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that women who slept in bedrooms that had “light pollution” (too much light) had a higher breast cancer risk.  (Darkness is what triggers the pineal gland to secrete melatonin.)  So, while sleep is a less reliable factor, the evidence linking higher breast cancer risk with low melatonin levels continues to mount.

If all of this news about melatonin isn’t exciting enough, additional studies has shown that melatonin is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, free radical scavenger, and immune system modulator.  A review article in the December 2006 issue of the Indian Journal of Medical Sciences notes that in many randomized controlled trials, patients receiving supplemental melatonin in addition to standard cancer therapies had substantially higher survival rates and significantly few side effects.

 And the October 2006 issue of Cancer Research includes a report indicating that, in addition to melatonin’s potential as a cancer preventative and inhibitor of tumor development and growth, it appears to increase the efficacy of chemotherapy, while decreasing side effects and protecting a woman’s ovaries against premature menopause.  And another study (December 2006 , Toxicology) shows that when low doses of melatonin were added to cell cultures of ovulated mouse follicles, the eggs matured and actively secreted hormones, apparently protecting them against toxic and oxidative stress.

The evidence keeps mounting, and it’s clear that melatonin is likely to be a woman’s new best friend in the fight against breast cancer.  To reap the benefits of melatonin, Susan Lark, MD suggests the following:

 ·       Turn the lights off.  Aging tends to decrease a woman’s natural levels of melatonin, and nighttime light pollution interferes with the pineal gland’s normal levels of melatonin secretion.  She recommends that you sleep in a fully darkened room, without night lights or any other light pollution.  Also consider wearing an eye mask to bed.

 ·       Avoid drugs and other substances that deplete melatonin levels. Such as NSAIDs, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol.

 ·       Take vitamin B12.  Research suggests that drops in vitamin B12 and melatonin production are common as women age, and that supplementing your diet with vitamin B12 significantly increases melatonin synthesis by the pineal gland.  Therefore, she recommends taking sublingual methyl B12 (methylcobalamin)  to see if this highly absorbable form of B12, and the natural increase it stimulates in melatonin secretion, boosts your sleep to seven or eight uninterrupted hours per night.  The brand Susan Lark recommends trying is ReadiSorb TM, Methyl B12 Spray (www.readisorb.com) Twice daily, use one spray (500mcg) under the tongue, wait for 20 seconds then swallow.

 ·       Take Melatonin.  The amounts of melatonin used in the studies mentioned (10 mg and higher) are quite a bit higher than typically utilized for insomnia, depression and preventative health care.  Susan Lark would only recommend using dosages that high under a physicians care.  For breast cancer prevention, and to maintain healthy levels for good mood and sleep, much lower dosages should suffice.  I recommend taking 1-1.5 mg of melatonin each evening before bed, although a recent study showed excellent results with as little as 30 mcg per day.  You can find melatonin in most health food stores.  If you prefer using sprays, I recommend using ReadiSorb Melatonin Spray.  A note of caution:  If you have blood sugar imbalances or have a tendency toward over acidity, avoid sprays and use other forms instead.

Mary’s Note:  I take 3 mg of Melatonin each evening and have seen the significant results mentioned in article regarding sleep and leveling out hormones. Until I came across this information I was not aware of the cancer research. My 31 year old son suggested melatonin to me.  Listen to your children!   

 

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Smile! Our Mother Country Is Taking a Family Picture
by Sandy (Gibbons) LaRouche '57

The census is coming, the census is coming!  Get ready to make your mark for America in the Census of 2010 on April 1, 2010--skip the April Fools jokes.  Since 1790 America has counted her children every ten years. This information is one of our most valuable resources we have. We promise, your name won’t be seen for 72 years and by that time you won’t care. This only happens every ten years and for some of us, this could be our last chance to be counted.
     
The Eleventh United States Census, taken June 2, 1890 accidentally burned in 1921.  Bureaucrats were responsible for the total loss of what wasn’t burned in 1921.  The Chief Clerk of the Census sent the Librarian of Congress a list of papers to be destroyed according to some rule which included the salvaged remains of the 1890 census. The Librarian was asked to identify any historical records which should be retained however, the Librarian didn't bother and a whole generation, 20 years, of information was lost. This loss led to the creation of a permanent National Archives. Other censuses that lost most all information were the 1800 and 1810 enumerations.
     
When the long awaited 1940 census is released in 2012, most of us will be able to see our names on record for the first time. We’ll be documented at last!
   
Don’t be afraid to answer the questions.  Nobody is going to “get you” on anything, even if you are illegal. Legal citizenship isn’t a question to be asked. For the first time people of mixed race will be able to proudly state that fact with 17 combinations from which to pick.

What we say today determines vital appropriations for our community and creates countless statistics for the future. The information gathered tells the government of our needs. Census data from 1860 was used in tactical decisions during the terribly un-Civil War. The recent appropriation for the improvement of the rail lines from St. Louis to Chicago was based on 1990 and 2000 responses.

Money is always a factor.  The first American census cost $45,000. Unannounced, 650 deputies went to homes, enumerating residents. Only the householder’s name was recorded. In 18 months America’s 3.9 million people were counted.  Surprised there were that many?

This is one of the shortest census questionnaires in history--just ten questions.  In 1840 some 80 questions were asked, still only the father got billing on the census. Reforms were due!  In 1850 every American was recorded.  By 1890 there would never again be few enough of us to be hand counted. Mechanical tabulation began, but to no end-that wonderfully informative census was lost forever.  In 1950 the census was tabulated one million times faster than the first one. Computers were used--great big punch card computers.
   
 The census can tell the future by recording the past. The onset of the Great Depression was measured in 1930 revealed in the migration taking place in our country.
     
Questions must be asked in the right way, it seems. In 1980 the census bureau was sued 54 times by civil rights groups. Advertising appeared the first time in 2000 with $167 million spent encouraging us to cooperate.
    
The probably accurate image of barely literate and drunken census takers of early times, misspelling names out of ignorance, is history. Census takers-2010 must pass a 28 question test. While 10 is passing, most people in on-line discussion, say they scored 28. Census employees will be paid $15.25 per hour, receiving 40 hours of advance training. Applications are still being taken.  There is a practice test on line--30 mintues-28 questions--see how you do but don’t tell me.
    
Census takers visit homes of those who have not returned mailed forms or those picked at random for a more extensive questionnaire between April 1 and July but April 1 is the reference date.
    
Tell your grandchildren about your lives or write it down. Record your voice, someday one of them may be glad to hear it again. Who knows,
one day maybe a little genealogist may appear in your family.  It takes so little time to be a part of living history. Smile when America points her camera at us.   

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BOYS GYM
by: Roger Noon '62

                Everybody had to do it every year for better or worse! Remember the outfits for gym class? In our years they were white with red print and the Trojan logo (wish I had one of those outfits now, just for old times’ sake!

There were always the warm up exercises with Mr. Stegall who spoke “French” every so often as his second language as circumstances dictated! I thought it too bad because it was not taught in any of the other language classes!  The closest I came to a foreign language at Wellston was Esperanto Class as an extra-curricular activity. And we know how far that language went!

            What I remember most about being indoors during gym was the rope climbing. I never really thought I could shimmy up that rope touch the iron cross bar and then come back down again! But most of us did. (I don’t remember what happened to those who didn’t.)

The other memory was taking part of the physical fitness tests that were going on at that time. I think our classes did remarkably well. In that 50 minute time period, we really did exercise most of the time.  The results and records were sometimes even listed in the Flashlight. It seems a far cry for what passes as gym today in most schools.         

The asphalt field on the side of the school was used when the weather was tolerable and even when it wasn’t. Those thin outfits didn’t take to cold weather very well.  Where were sweats suits then?  I remember mostly running and some games played on the surface, but that was enough for the time we had.  

Taking a shower was a hurry up affair before the bell rung. Often most guys would come in with wet hair and wet backs just making it to the next class. There was always someone who would want to slap a towel on the bare backside of others or hide someone’s “strap” and call it fun! It was something that was tolerated with the shy guys taking the brunt of that activity.

I also remember one word that might lead to a confrontation in gym class. In those days to be called a “fruit” was equivalent to being cursed or being classified as weird! How that ever came to be, I don’t know.  All I know is that you didn’t want to be called one!

The other fun thing about gym or watching gym was to catch the girls in their class. It just seemed that most girls were very attractive in the outfits. And as I remember, we had some outstanding girl athletes who could hit and pitch softballs, volleyballs or were involved in any other activity. Oh to have a class and sit near a window when they were outside in the field! And I would guess the reverse held true just as well!

I don’t know whether gym class played a role in my present 3-4 times to a gym during an average week now, but it couldn’t have hurt. And when you play a sport, there is a little more incentive to understand just how it can make you feel better at any age afterwards! Most school athletes I know still look pretty good! How about you?

Wellston High School Flashlight shining a light on our traditions, our
history and our future

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Editors
Bill Voos ’48
Sandy (Gibbons) LaRouche ’57
JoAnn (Williams) Croce ’60

President
Mary Kay (Parker) Morse '56

Sec/Treasurer
Jim Shaw '45

Trustees
Joe Hunter '54
Gloria (Schwenk) Turner '59
Larry Turner '60
JoAnn (Williams) Croce '60
Donna Hagan '68

Buzz Book
Pat (Miner) Slatton '62

ClassMates Remembered
Carol (Beeman) Hathaway '60

Mailing Database
Tom Manley '67

WELLSTON HIGH SCHOOL
WHS Alumni Club
P.O. Box 774
O'Fallon, MO 63366

Phone  636-696-4693

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COFFEE FILTERS

Coffee filters .... Who knew!   And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing even the large ones.

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers. 

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome...  Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3.  Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee
filter between each dish.

4.  Filter broken cork from wine.  If you break the cork when opening a wine  bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5.  Protect a cast-iron skillet.  Place a coffee filter in the  skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6.  Apply shoe polish.  Ball up a lint-free coffee filter. 

7.  Recycle frying oil.  After frying, strain oil through a sieve  lined with a coffee filter..

8.  Weigh chopped foods.  Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a  kitchen scale.

9.  Hold tacos.  Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10.  Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot.  Line a plant  pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through & block the drainage holes.

11.  Prevent a Popsicle from dripping.  Poke one or two holes as  needed in a coffee filter.

12.  Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows?  Use  strips of coffee filters..

13.  Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken  fingers, etc on them.  It soaks out all the grease. 

14.  Keep in the bathroom.  They make great "razor nick  fixers."

15.   As a sewing backing.  Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliquéing soft fabrics.

16.  Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

17.  Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

18.  Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

19.  Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

20.  Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

21.  Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

22.  Use them to sprout seeds.  Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

23. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers.  Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book.. 

 

 

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