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March 30, 2017

On This Day in 1990:

Harry Bridges, Australian-born dock union leader, dies at age 88. He helped form and lead the Int’l Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) for 40 years. A Bridges quote: “The most important word in the language of the working class is ‘solidarity’.”

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May/June 2012 Newsletter
Updated On: May 08, 2012

May/June 2012

Brothers and Sisters:

May is here in all its glory, with summer rolling in on June 20.

Mother's Day is May 13, and Armed Forces Day is May 19. This is a day to pay tribute to the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces. At the end of the month, on May 28, we celebrate Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our country.

In June, Flag Day is on the 14th and Father’s Day is the 17th. Remember that the regular union meeting has been moved from Sunday, May 6, to Sunday, May 20. This will be the last Sunday meeting for Local 355 until September. At this meeting, the retirees always hold a cookout for the members. If you can help, please be at the hall around 8:30 a.m.

We still have our retiree meetings the third Thursday of every month.

With great weather and food afterwards, 72 golfers had a great time at the Annual Spring Golf Outing on the Eastern Shore.

Bowling is about done for this season; the banquet will be held on May 9 for bowlers only. We hope to see more bowlers when the new season starts in September.

Helpful Hints:

  • For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: Get warm water and put Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze. (Wish I had known this for the last 40 years!)
  • To remove old wax from a glass candle holder, put it in the freezer for a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it upside down. The wax will fall out.
  • Crayon marks on walls? Use a damp rag, dipped in baking soda; the marks come off with little effort.
  • Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!)? Use rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
  • Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical. Now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get “sharpened'' this way!
  • Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time!
  • Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.
  • Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a light scent in each room when the light is turned on.
  • Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linens.
  • Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.
  • To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new!
  • To easily remove burnt food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove top.
  • Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.
  • Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
  • When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
  • Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half, and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away. (I prefer to soak the lime in gin and rub it on my tongue first.)
  • Don't throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces. Left over wine? What's that? :)
  • To get rid of itching from mosquito bites, apply soap on the area and you will get instant relief.
  • Ants, ants, ants everywhere. Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So, get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march.
  • Use air freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and, better still, leaves a pleasant smell to the shine. W
  • When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, and then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.
  • Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer: Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water, and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets. Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes. Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary). Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, and then run the hot water. Makes you wonder about ingesting Alka Seltzer, doesn't it?

New Members: Donna Riley, Robert Dunaway and Robert Meninger.

Sick Members: Steve Glowacki, Lawrence Hopson, Perry Conaway, Milton Stapf, Bill Hicks, John Dehn, Jerry Kraft and Jessie Artis.

Deceased Members: Winfred Cannaday and Harry Berman (Kane).

Please keep these members and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

The next meetings will be on May 17 and June 21 in the Sullivan Hall at Teamsters Local 355, 1030 S. Dukeland Street, Baltimore, MD. Coffee and donuts are served at 9:30 a.m. The Executive Board meets at 10 a.m., and the general meeting begins at 11 a.m. A light lunch is served following the general meeting. Hope to see you there. Remember to bring another retiree with you.

Fraternally,

Bob Eney
President


General Membership Meetings:
Apr. 2, 2017  - Baltimore
Apr. 9, 2017  - Salisbury

10:oo am.
Please be present and on time.

Bring a coworker!








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