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16 FEATURES — December 2011


Charles Runner, Chairman As we prepare for our holiday

celebrations, we cannot forget about safety. Fresh trees should have at least a one-inch section of the trunk cut off and placed in a bucket of water until you are ready to put it up. Your fresh tree stand should hold at least a gallon of water. Never allow the tree base to dry out. When you buy an artifi cial tree, make sure it is labeled “fi re resistant.” Keep both fresh and artifi cial trees away

from a fi replace. Also remember to use fl ame resistant items on the mantle above the fi replace. If your fi replace has a vent fan, it can create signifi cant heat to the mantle area immediately above the vent. Do not hang stockings in front of the fi replace or allow fabric and other materials draped on the mantle to hang close to the vent. Electrical decorations require care and

attention. Connecting too many tree lights together on the same strand or overloading an outlet are potential fi re hazards. If you are still using some of those older large tree lights, remember that large bulbs get hot. Do not let them touch any paper or other potentially fl ammable ornament, including strings of popcorn. Check the tree lights for frayed wires,

loose or cracked bulb sockets and bulbs with cracked or broken glass. Use extension cords designed to handle the power load.

Do not use outdated power strips that have no internal circuit breakers, and never plug a power strip into another. Turn off all Christmas tree and other indoor electric ornamental lights when you are away from your home. Be careful where you place lighted

candles. Keep them away from drapes and other items that the fl ame can overheat or ignite. Some decorative candles wrapped in foils and other materials have been recalled in the past because the wrap can ignite. Use extra care and vigilance when burning those types of candles. We use a lot of batteries at Christmas.

Please dispose of them in a safe manner. Button batteries used in toys, watches, hearing aids and greeting cards, and rechargeable nickel cadmium batteries are considered hazardous waste and should be disposed through the Denton Home

Chemical Collection program,

which accepts all types of batteries along with other household items listed on their website. When replacing any battery, place the used one in the container you removed the new one from. Batteries that come into contact with metal and moist items in the trash can short out and overheat to a point where they could start a fi re. The Safety Committee wishes you all a

Happy Holiday. 

DINNER ______________________________ - continued from page 6

stuffed inside a hand cut beef tenderloin, garnished with a Béarnaise butter sauce, grilled asparagus and crispy potato slices cooked in clarifi ed herb butter—paired with a 2007 Domaine des Rozets Coteaux du Tricastin. Fourth

Course: Grilled fresh sea

scallops topped with a peach chutney served over an arugula mixed greens salad, dressed with a citrus vinaigrette—paired with a 2008 Captain Gagnerot Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc

Fifth Course: Individual chocolate

crepe cakes, dark chocolate crepes layered with pistachio and rich chocolate ganache, topped with a pistachio brittle— paired with a 2009 Domaine de Couron Marselan. We are pleased to announce that in

2012 we have two wine tasting dinners on the calendar. The fi rst will be an Italian inspired dinner on February 25. The second dinner will be August 25. The theme has not been chosen at this time. 


ishing you a joyous holiday season!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family at Denton Village to yours!

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