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April 2016

April 19, 2016 - "Mushroom cap morphology poster" Here is a wonderful poster for mushroom collectors and others. This full-color mushroom cap morphology chart makes a great printable poster to learn about mushroom identification. The chart discusses the types of surfaces that can appear under the cap -- gills, pores, ridges or teeth. It also shows the ways that the gills can be attached to the stem, along with descriptions of various shapes of mushroom caps. If you have problems enlarging the photo below you can download it Here

April 19, 2016 - "30 Wild foods to forage in April" By Alicia Bayer. From morels to cattail shoots to nettles, there are all sorts of wild foods that are perfect for gathering this time of year
April is a fantastic time to forage for wild edible foods. The weather is generally beautiful, and it's great to get back out in the outdoors after a long winter. Greens like dandelions and nettles are tender, mild and at their peak for cooking, teas, salads and medicinal uses. Many of the best wild edibles can only be found this time of year, too, such as morels and ramps. Click here

April 13, 2016 - "Cook for a Day Eat for a Month" The title, Once a Month Cooking, made me laugh. Cook once a month? I didn’t need a book to do that. I needed the motivation to cook the other 29 days of the month, too! Click here

April 13, 2016 - "Most tax-friendly states for retirees" By Robert Powell. When it comes to finding a state to which to retire, there are plenty of factors to consider. There’s the weather, proximity to family and friends, access to health care, quality of life, and the list goes on, according to CCH, Wolters Kluwer. But one factor that you might want to weigh more heavily than others when deciding where to live in retirement is the degree to which your precious income and assets will be taxed. Click here

April 12, 2016 - "How to Field Dress a Rabbit" Field dressing is the process of skinning game and removing the internal organs to preserve the meat for eating. Rabbits are some of the easiest and quickest small game to field dress, making it an excellent learning experience for beginners and experienced hunters alike. If you want to know where your meat comes from, it's a handy skill. See Step 1 to learn how to field dress a rabbit.. Click here

April 12, 2016 - "How to Build A Survival Fishing Kit That You Can Count On" By M.D. Creekmore. Many commercial survival kits contain a few small hooks, tiny lead sinkers (weights), and a short length of lightweight fishing line. With some live bait an amateur could use that miniature fishing kit to catch a few pan fish for food. However, pan fish contain very little meat and it would take many of them to make a meal. In the process of catching so many pan fish the inevitable setbacks will occur, such as broken lines and lost hooks. A tiny fishing kit of this type might help catch a few small fish, but it isn’t going to do much good in a real survival situation. Further, most would not know how to use that gear to catch fish when live bait is unavailable. I decided to have another look at fishing kits to explore what items one should really have on hand, as well as different ways to use that equipment in a survival situation. Click here

April 10, 2016 _ "upcoming classes on Monday" The following classes will take place on Monday in case anyone is interested.

Strawberry Production
Monday, April 11, 2016 at 1 to 2 p.m.
Delaware State University Outreach & Research Center, 884 Smyrna-Leipsic Road, Smyrna Kent County Master Gardeners will host a class on strawberry production. The class is offered free of charge. Dr. Rose Ogutu, State Horticulture Specialist for Delaware State University Cooperative Extension, will describe propagation and cultural practices for growing strawberries. You will learn how to grow your own strawberries!

Tai Chi Class
April 11, 2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Facilitator Chris Collier will lead Tai Chi classes each week with instructional DVDs. This group is adaptable for chair or wheelchair workouts. Seaford Library and Cultural Center - Woodruff Room. Contact: Kenda Kile 302-629-2524. Presenter: Chris Collier. Repeats every Monday.

April 8, 2016 - "Securing Your Financial Documents" Many Americans experience the challenge of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other emergency. In these stressful circumstances, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records is crucial for starting the process of recovery quickly and efficiently. Click here

April 8, 2016 - "Avoiding Floodwaters" According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. It can happen anywhere and at any time, causing devastation quickly. Click here

April 6, 2016 - "AARP Driver Safety Program - ADVANCED" On April 7, 2016. between 1 to 5 PM there will be a Drivers safety course offered. Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads we drive on every day. Brush up on your driving skills to stay safe! Please call (302) 684-8856 to Sign-Up. AARP Member $15.00 Materials Fee. AARP Non-Member $20.00 Materials Fee. Milton Public Library. Presenter will be the : AARP

April 6, 2016 - "Pine Needle Tea" We had such a good time at the Medicinal Plants workshop that I decided for this month's skill I would introduce you to a simple tea that is delicious, healthy and a great immune booster. For those of you who are new to the world of plants, a safe and simple tea can be made from the common Pine trees that surround us. Pine Needle Tea has long been a favorite of traditional and indigenous peoples, both for it's refreshment and for it's medicinal values. Click here

April 6, 2016 - "Top Places for Bass Fishing in Delaware" by Stephen D. Carpenteri. There are over 40 selected bass ponds in the First State that are presently being managed for improved bass fishing. The Delaware’s Public Ponds booklet provides, maps, management strategies, electro-shocking survey results and more information of interest to Delaware’s growing contingent of bass fishermen. Here are your best bets for bass fishing in Delaware. Click here

April 4, 2016 - “Basics of Foraging with Joe Kling” On Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Amico Island Park, 81 Norman Avenue, Delran, NJ there will be a foraging meet-up. Take your survival knowledge to the next level with this hands-on lesson on foraging with Joe Kling, leader of the local Wild kFoodies MeetUp group. Joe will teach you some of the basics of foraging, as wall as what to look for on New Jersey trails. The discussion will be followed by a 2 mile hike where you will get to try your own hand at foraging. Bring your camera to catalogue your findings and a Ziploc for any wild edibles that you may want to take with you! To register Click here

April 4, 2016 - "EDCs, kits, gear and equipment what they are and how to make one" There will be a class on creating emergency kits and the gear needed for one this evening April 4, 2016 at 7 PM. The class will last until 9:30PM. The class will be held at the Pfeiffer Center located at 301 Blue Bell Road, Williamstown, NJ. The instructors will be in the large meeting room with the stage to the right on the ground floor of the building. The cost for the class will be $3.00 per person. This will be a high paced, heavy on demonstrations, presentation and show and tell. Everyone should bring their kits and bags we will weigh them, assess them and provide suggestions. Bring your practice rope we will be doing at least one practice knot. .

April 4, 2016 - "Gardening in Squares" Class will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m., Master Gardeners Penny Deiner and Wes Beers will present a workshop entitled Gardening in Squares.  Learn about this method which focuses on productive vegetable and flower gardening in small spaces.  It starts with designing the garden based on your personal needs and location, preparing the soil, selecting plants, planting and replanting. Garden squares takes 80% less space than traditional row gardening and there are fewer weeds to pull. Gardening in squares is viewed in the context of accessibility and making outdoor space inviting, productive and enjoyable. Classes are free unless otherwise specified, and all will be held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, Del. The center is just down the street from Sussex Tech. Pre-registration is required. You may register by contacting Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585, ext 544.

April 3, 2016 - "Tai Chi Class". There will be a Tai Chi class held on April 4, 2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Facilitator Chris Collier will lead Tai Chi classes each week with instructional DVDs. This group is adaptable for chair or wheelchair workouts. Seaford Library and Cultural Center - Woodruff Room. Contact: Kenda Kile 302-629-2524. Presenter: Chris Collier

April 3, 2016 - "AARP Driver Safety Program - ADVANCED". On April 7, 2016. 1-5 PM the Milton library will host an advanced driving class. Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads we drive on every day. Brush up on your driving skills to stay safe! Please call (302) 684-8856 to Sign-Up. AARP Member $15.00 Materials Fee. AARP Non-Member $20.00 Materials Fee. Milton Public Library. Presenter: AARP

April 2, 2016 - "How Many People Do I Need To Man My Retreat?" By Rick Cox. Retreat TO&E (NOTE: TO&E is a military acronym for Table of Organization and Equipment) In a military organization the TO&E describes the structure of the unit in terms of the personnel needed to “man” the unit plus the equipment (at least the weapons and major items such as vehicles) it is authorized and required to have If we look at an infantry platoon we’d see the TO&E call for 1 2nd LT(O1) – Platoon Leader, 1 SFC (E7) Platoon Sergeant, 2 – 3 SSG (E6) Section Leaders, 4 – 6 SGT (E5) Squad Leaders, and 36 – 54 Soldiers (E1 – E4). Most of these will be Infantrymen, but you will also see a medic, forward observer, radio operators, and perhaps a mortar team. Obviously your needs will be different as a Prepper, but this should give you an idea of what the TO&E might look like. Click here

April 2, 2016 - "Building Clearing – Introduction to Tactical Raid Techniques" by Ryan. In this guide we will review tactical building clearing techniques that will assist in the training of militia members and the survival minded individual. These techniques can be applied to present day scenarios and post-disaster scenarios when your objective requires your team to enter a building that could possibly house enemy combatants. Your unit will need to understand the differences between dynamic and deliberate building clearing techniques. Additionally you will need to think tactically for a ever increasingly dynamic situation, while training your unit to work together to effectively clear the building. This is an absolute necessity for any survival group and your unit should train diligently to prepare for these scenarios. Click here

March 31, 2016 "Upcoming Training classes of Interest" There are several training classes offered by the Delaware State Park programs that preppers and survivalists might be interested in. They are:

Introduction to Surf Fishing. Saturday, April 2 at 1PM. Have you always wanted to try surf fishing but weren’t sure how to get started? If so, this program is for you! Everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques will be covered in this three-hour program. Rods, reels and bait are provided. Must have a fishing license and FIN number, and be at least 10; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Preregistration required. $25 per person Delaware Seashore State Park, Indian River Life-Saving Station, 25039 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. (302) 227-6991

Beach Driving Clinic. Sunday, April 3 at 9AM. Learn park rules, licensing requirements and tips from park staff to maximize your safety while driving on the beach. Then, follow park staff out to the beach to practice driving on the sand (participants must have a valid surf tag and the necessary equipment to do so). Pre-registration required. $8 per person. Delaware Seashore State Park, Indian River Life-Saving Station, 25039 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 227-6991

March 28, 2016 - "Pine Needle Tea" by Shehgar Lynn. White pine trees, Pinus strobus, are considered by some admirers to be one of the most magnificent of forest trees. The rapid growing pine, one of America's most valued timber trees, is also grown as a shade or ornamental tree. Native Americans used white pine needles medicinally as a remedy for many illnesses; a tea made from the needles was found particularly useful. Today, we know pine-needle tea is especially beneficial for such respiratory problems as colds and congestion. When it's used in a bath, the tea is considered quite effective in treating chronic gout pain, nerve pain and arthritis, as well as sprains and muscle strains. The needles from the white pine tree are used more commonly as a remedy than the familiar scots pine, Pinus sylvestris, which has similar components and is used as an ornament or Christmas tree. While pine needles aren't available commercially, they may be gathered in the wild. Click here

March 27, 2016 - "Clever and easy salad green growing eliminates weeding" This clever growing method simplifies salad making..Spring is supposedly coming. Eager gardeners are itching to start seedlings, tend to plants and watch them grow, all while looking forward to the first homegrown salad. Here is a great idea for growing salad greens that requires minimal prep, no weeding, and will yield long lasting results throughout the growing season. This method has worked well for many years. It's a simple, weed-free way to grow lettuce, spinach and even radishes. Click here

March 27, 2016 - "How to freeze early summer fruits and vegetables" Alicia Bayer. Wash, trim and flash freeze berries before putting them in freezer containers so you don't end up with a solid chunk of frozen fruit. If you're getting overrun by fruits and veggies from your garden or if you just want to take advantage of current sales, one of the best ways to put them up is to freeze them. Different fruits and vegetables do best with different freezing techniques. Here's the best ways to freeze some common produce that's in season right now. Look for freezing instructions for more varieties as the season progresses. Click here

March 25, 2016 - "Digital Electronic “Internet of Things”(IoT) and “Smart Grid Technologies” to Fully Eviscerate Privacy" By James F. Tracy. The “Internet of Things” (IoT) and Smart Grid technologies will together be aggressively integrated into the developed world’s socioeconomic fabric with little-if-any public or governmental oversight. This is the overall opinion of a new report by the Federal Trade Commission, which has announced a series of “recommendations” to major utility companies and transnational corporations heavily invested in the IoT and Smart Grid, suggesting that such technologies should be rolled out almost entirely on the basis of “free market” principles so as not to stifle “innovation. Click Here

March 25, 2016 - "How to Turn Your Q-Hut into an EMP-shielded Home" Can a Quonset Hut be turned into an EMP-shielded home? With this reader question, the devil is in the details. If you are ready to face them, grab a napkin, sharpen a pencil and then go rent a crane: you have work to do! Click here

March 22, 2016 - "How to make a Smoke bomb" By Nick490. Hey guys . Smoke bombs are cool little devices that can be useful during both paintball as well as survival situations. However the are expensive and can cost anywhere between 11$ to 45$ . But , you can make them at home for under 5 buck and I'll show you how. Click here

March 22, 2016 - "How to Make Sunless-Dried Tomatoes" By Bev Walker. You can create sun-dried tomatoes using an old world technique, without canning, freezing, or even the sun, and have the same authentic delectable taste as the expensive imported brands! My sunless-dried tomatoes receive the most compliments and recipe requests of all the garden-crafted gifts I give, so here is how they are made. Click here

Feb 21, 2016 - "The Chinese Chicken Connection" Joseph Parish. Free trade among nation is always a good thing. It benefits the companies themselves, the various investors and of course the consumer. However, as one of those consumers I have to be a little troubled about the potential trade agreements established between the US and China regarding the export of our American poultry to mainland China for final processing and its ultimate return to its country of origin. The next time you do your weekly grocery shopping glance at the label closely as to where your favorite package of seafood originated from. Chances are extremely good that the package you are viewing came from China. Now the popular question being asked on the various social media sites is whether our American chicken products will be next. This is particularly scary in view of china’s past record on food safety. On Facebook recently I encountered a post which proclaimed that the American chicken processor, Tyson was shipping their chicken to China and upon processing it into poultry related products it was being sent back to America for our consumption. Naturally, this caught my attention since chicken is a main source of my family’s menu selection. Without hesitation, I immediately decided to investigate this issue. Click here

Feb 19, 2016 - "Evolution of Emergency Management" Joseph Parish. I like to play games with my imagination and with that being said I will introduce my reader to the evolution of emergency management. In doing so we will pretend that we are able to utilize the power of a futuristic time travel machine. Without any further ado let us begin out journey. As we board the FEMA developed time machine we set the date to 1940 and dial our arrival location to that of the oval office at the White House. Upon our arrival we proudly stand before President Franklin D. Roosevelt who is deep in serious thought. Click here

Feb 19, 2016 - "The Practice of Leaving Coins on Headstones" Joseph Parish. A casual stroll within the ramparts of a large cemetery could very well divulge a number of headstones containing one or two coins resting upon them which have been left by visitors to that particular grave. There is a significant rationale behind this practice of leaving a coin on the gravestone of those people especially if the individual within the grave happens to be an American military member who died while on duty. You will discover that the connotation surrounding the coins tend to vary depending upon the denomination of coin left at the grave. Click here

Feb 15, 2016 - "Upcoming CCW Class" You won't find it any cheaper than this. Tell them Joe Parish sent you.

Feb 10, 2016 - "Another Winter Bug Out" Joseph Parish As preppers and survivalists we must be aware that a needed bug out can take place anytime of the year. It can happen in the summer time and it especially can take place during the cold winter months. We should be ready for such actions regardless of the time of year that it takes place in. Click here

Feb 10, 2016 - "Your Emergency Foods will outlive you" Joseph Parish You can discuss survival gear, guns and self defense but regardless of all your preps without your basic long-term survival foods you will not last very long after the SHTF. There is no doubt that properly prepared and stored emergency food will outlive you and your family. Dehydrated foods will last for up to 30 years if all the air is kept out of the container and the temperature is properly maintained. Best used by dates are essentially none existent when you switch to dehydrated types of food supplies. It really does not matter much that you are storing up for emergency times or for everyday use as these types of stored foods constitute consumables which will likely never spoil. Some of the non-perishable foods listed in this article will surely outlive you. Click here

Feb 9, 2016 - "Keeping clean when bugging out" Joseph Parish. One of the largest boasts to a person’s moral when STFT is having a clean body. When your body feels clean your mind automatically receives a boast in those all important “warm fuzzies.” The problem is how you can accomplish this same effect when you are in the process of bugging out. Click here

Feb 4, 2016 - "How to identify two harmful spiders" Joseph Parish. We all have sat back in our easy chair and watched the reruns on the discovery channel as they show dangerous spiders from around the world. The quality of their shows is always above reproach. Let us suppose you were given two glass containers which had one spider in each. Your job would be to decide which spider was safe and which one was poisonous. In such a life and death situation you can count on biology to come to your rescue. It is through biology that you can distinguish which of the spiders are poisonous and which one is harmless. Click here

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