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Experts dish on holiday prep tips for meals, guests

Experts dish on holiday prep tips for meals, guests
News from Duluth News Tribune:

FARGO, N.D. — After trimming the tree and hanging the stockings, don’t forget about the sparkle.

The holiday season can be a stressful time as we scramble to present a festive, immaculately clean house to our guests — complete with the finest silver, china and crystal that often goes unused the rest of the year.

It doesn’t have to be that way, according to three local experts who offered their advice to keep the house spick and span without the frustration.

Here are some tips to make your holiday home cleaning a little jollier.

Shiny silver

The donated silver pieces that get dropped off at Heirlooms in Fargo hardly ever come in clean and shiny.

But Bev Rohde, manager of the resale store operated by Hospice, has a trick from none other than Martha Stewart that makes the process easier and less labor-intensive, and it only requires a few ingredients and a little time.

First, line a plastic tub or dish basin with aluminum foil. Pour in about half a cup of water softener — Rohde recommends Calgon, which is available in the laundry detergent aisle at Wal-Mart.

Add about one-eighth of a cup of table salt, fill the tub with warm water, and swish it around to mix up the solution.

“Then you dip your silver into it, and a lot of silver just brightens right up in front of your very eyes,” she said.

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Storms batter city, cause widespread flooding
News from San Jose Mercury News:

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driver creates a wall of water by driving through a flooded portion of South Abel Street during the Dec. 11 storm that caused ponding all over Milpitas. Photo by Stoney Meagher

The massive storm that hit the Bay Area last week with gusty winds and heavy rains, causing flooding and downed trees in Milpitas, resulted in no reported injuries here. Still, the rains that arrived on Dec. 11 and tapered the next day coincided with a high tide that city officials say led to flooding — and prompted concerns of more significant flooding — in north Milpitas neighborhoods.

High water levels took place in many areas of town including properties along North Milpitas Boulevard and in the Dixon Landing Road area.

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