The trash generated by the average American household jumps by 25 percent during the holidays. ( Photo: earl53/morguefile.)INDIANAPOLIS – The end-of-year holidays aren’t just a time filled with more cheer, but also are a time filled with more trash – although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum.Dan Goldblatt, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Environmental Health, said the best way to cut down on the garbage generated is through what’s known as “pre-cycling,” and thinking ahead before you purchase a gift.“Look to see if it’s made from material that has been recycled, and you can also see if it is recyclable,” he said. “You can also look at the packaging and find out if that is made of material that can be recycled, as well.”Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Goldblatt said, the average household produces about 25 percent more waste than normal.When it comes to wrapping paper and greeting cards, Goldblatt said much of it can be recycled. If new electronics are on the gift list, he advised planning ahead for what to do with the old ones. By Indiana law, any retailer that sells electronics is required to accept them for recycling.“So, your Best Buys, Home Depot, Walmart, Target – all those places are going to accept old electronics for recycling,” he said. “We do encourage people to keep those out of the landfill and to get those recycled.”For those who have live Christmas trees, Goldblatt said many communities will have post-holiday recycling programs for their disposal.“They will come by and take your tree and turn that into mulch,” he said. “Some trees can be sunk into lakes and used for fish habitat, and some communities will even recycle the tree and use it in parks.”Old garlands should be donated or go into the trash, not the recycling bin, he said, and the same is true for strands of Christmas lights.Mary Kuhlman
THREE teams from the finals of the Caribbean Club Championships currently underway in Trinidad and Tobago secured places in the 2017/18 CONCACAF club competition after matches played at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Tuesday.In the second of two matches on the night Grenades FC of Antigua and Barbuda battled from a two-goal deficit to draw with Cibao FC of the Dominican Republic.After a scoreless first half, Cibao FC went ahead 2-0 thanks to goals by Woodensky Cherenfant (54th, 56th), but that lead slipped away late in the match.Grenades FC halved the deficit in the 85th minute and then equalised on Cesar Garcia-Danco’s own-goal one minute later.The result means that two-time defending champions Central FC who defeated Grenades 3-1 in their opening match on Sunday clinched a berth in either the Scotiabank CONCACAF League or the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.Meanwhile, Central FC will advance to the final with a draw against Cibao FC today. Cibao need to get all three points in order to reach the decider.Earlier Portmore United of Jamaica sealed a place in either the Scotiabank CONCACAF League or the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League thanks to a 1-0 win over Racing FC (Haiti).Ricardo Morris, who scored a team-best two goals in first-round play, netted the game-winner in the 17th minute with a left-footed shot from the top of the box off an assist by Cleon Pryce.The result also means that Trinidad & Tobago’s San Juan Jabloteh, who defeated Racing 2-0 in an earlier match has clinched a berth in either the Scotiabank CONCACAF League or the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.Racing FC is now eliminated from the competitionThe winners of today’s San Juan-Jabloteh-Portmore United encounter will advance to the final. Jabloteh, however, will secure that spot with a draw. (Sportsmax)
Corey Clement’s season of uncertainty will continue this week.The junior running back’s status for Saturday’s game against Illinois remains questionable, he told reporters Tuesday afternoon.If he were to return, it would mark a seven-week hiatus from game action. The last time Clement took the field was during the season opener against Alabama Sept. 5.“I’m still uncertain [about Saturday],” Clement said. “I’m just looking forward to the next day, not really pressing anything.”Clement said he would travel with the team to Champaign this weekend and it will most likely be a game-time decision, depending how he feels when he wakes up Saturday.As far as his health, Clement said he felt “awesome” at practice Tuesday. The remaining hurdles for Clement are both mental and physical, he said.“I think those two go hand-in-hand,” Clement said. “I can only go out each day and try to perform at my best.”Clement also said he still couldn’t reach his top speed in practice. He can usually hit above 20 miles per hour or more, but hasn’t done so yet.“I need to do that to feel comfortable,” he said.Clement announced he’d undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia Sept. 24, with the initial timetable for his recovery listed at four to six weeks. His expeditious recovery allowed him to get back to practice for last week and suit up for the Purdue game Oct. 17, but made the decision in the second half to not enter the game, calling last week a “stepping stone” to his return.During practice, Clement has put himself in situations to get hit, he said, so that when his first game action comes about, it won’t be a shock.UW offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph doesn’t expect to see a different Clement out there, regardless of when he returns.“I expect Corey to be Corey. Nothing more and nothing less,” Rudolph said. “It’ll be fun. Getting his energy back would be good.”And Clement knows it will be up to him to get the UW running game back on track.“[The running game] isn’t where it’s supposed to be at this point,” Clement said. “My job is, being a leader of that running back group, you got to have a purpose when you come back and that’s to put numbers on the board and get this thing going.”
Shirley VolavkaShirley R. Volavka, of Caldwell, died Friday, February 8, 2013 at Servant Living Center in Medford, Okla. at the age of 83.Shirley was born the daughter of Frank L. and Vera Lee (Ulrey) Jones on Monday, June 3, 1929 in Medford, Okla.She and Jerry Volavka met at Sokol Hall and on October 11, 1948 they were united in marriage at the Medford Christian Church. Their marriage of over 58 years was blessed with the births of three children, Terry, Rick and Lu Ann. Jerry and Shirley farmed west of Caldwell where they lived until moving into town in 1958. In the 60’s the couple owned and operated the Case Implement dealership. Shirley later operated Shirley’s Cafe. Her family remembers her as a great cook that loved playing marbles. Always the animal lover, Shirley was particularly fond of her dogs, cats and pet bird. Above all, Shirley held a great love for her family and treasured her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Survivors include her son, Terry Volavka of Wichita, daughter, LuAnn Netahla and her husband Mike of Caldwell, daughter-in-law, Brenda Volavka of Caldwell, brother, Jerry Jones and his wife Pat of Arvada, Colorado, sisters-in-law: Wanda Reed of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Madge Volavka of Caldwell, Barbara Wright of Anthony, grandchildren: Nathan Netahla and his wife Jen of Caldwell, Stacy Volavka Trojnar of Wichita, Dana Watts and her husband Eric of Wellington, Dusty Volavka and his wife Shannon of Caldwell, great-grandchildren: Haley Watts, Emma Volavka and many nieces, nephews and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jerry Volavka, son, Rick Volavka, brothers: Gene Jones, Bill Jones, Ed Jones, sister, Jane O’Conner and grandchildren: Christopher Netahla and Linsay Netahla- Clayton.Visitation will be held at the Day Funeral Home in Wellington from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 12, 2013 with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Funeral services for Shirley will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 13, 2013 in the United Methodist Church, Caldwell.Interment will follow at the Czechoslovakian Cemetery, Caldwell.Memorials have been established in her loving memory with the Czechoslovakian Cemetery Fund and Sumner County Hospital District #1. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington.