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March 23, 2018

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Fifteen workers die, another 170 are injured when a series of explosions rip through BP’s Texas City refinery. Investigators blamed a poor safety culture at the plant and found BP management gave priority to cost savings over worker safety.
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May/June 2017 Newsletter
Posted On: Aug 31, 2017

Brothers and sisters:

May is here in all its glory, with summer rolling in on June 21.

Mother's Day is May 14, and Armed Forces Day is May 20. This is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces. At the end of the month, on May 29, 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 18th.

On Sunday May 7, the retirees again hosted their annual cookout for the regular members of the union. Even though the weather was a little rainy, our volunteers did an exceptional job. Thanks to all from our team of cooks, led by the head chef Rich Parker and his 2 sous chefs, Bradley Schmidt and Joe Skiratko, to our ticket sellers and to the hall setup crew. You all rocked. The 3,2,1 drawing was held; winners were Mike Brett, Charlie Smith and Chip Elgert.

A special thanks to Brother Rich Parker for his donation of a pop-up canopy tent. This will come in handy for future events.

The annual Motorcycle ride will be on June 17. Call the hall for more info.

The annual Eastern Shore golf tournament will be held at Queenstown Golf Course, Queenstown, MD, on June 24. Call the hall for more information.

Bowling is done for this season; the bowling banquet was on May 3 and a great time was had by all. We hope to see more bowlers when the new season begins at the end of August.

One of the benefits of this time of the year is the availability of fresh fruit such as three of my favorites: strawberries, peaches, and cherries.

Health Benefits of Cherries
• Cherries are a low-calorie fruit. They're a rich source of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Both sweet and tart cherries are packed with numerous health benefiting compounds that are essential for wellness.
• Cherries are pigment rich fruits. These pigments are polyphenolic flavonoid compounds known as anthocyanin glycosides. Anthocyanins are red, purple or blue pigments found in many fruits and vegetables, especially concentrated in their skin, known to have powerful antioxidant properties.
• Scientific studies have shown that anthocyanins in cherries act like anti-inflammatory drugs by blocking the actions of enzymes cyclooxygenase-1 and 2. Thus, consumption of cherries may offer potential health effects against chronic painful episodes such as gout, arthritis, fibromyalgia (painful muscle condition), and sports injuries.
• Research studies also suggest that antioxidant compounds in tart cherries can help the human body fight against cancers, aging and neurological diseases, and pre-diabetes.
• Cherries contain a melatonin antioxidant. Melatonin can cross the blood-brain barrier easily and has soothing effects on the brain neurons, calming down nervous system irritability. Thus, it can help relieve neurosis, insomnia and headaches.
• Cherries are also a small source of zinc, iron, potassium, and manganese, and a good source of copper. Potassium is a beneficial electrolyte which is an important component of cell and body fluids that regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
• Cherries, especially tart cherries, are exceptionally rich in health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and β -carotene. These compounds act as protective scavengers against harmful free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging, cancers, and various disease processes.
• Anti-inflammatory property of cherries has been found effective in reducing heart disease risk factors through scavenging action against free radicals.
• Acerola, or West Indian, cherries have exceptionally high levels of vitamin C and vitamin A.

Cherry season lasts from the end of May until August in the United States. Fresh ripe cherries have a short shelf life. Select cherries that have bright, shiny skin with a green stem firmly attached. Keep fresh cherries in the refrigerator. When you're ready to eat them, just remove stem, rinse cherries in water to remove dirt and to bring them back to room temperature. Then gently pat dry with a soft cloth to remove moisture.

Serving methods
Ripe cherries can be eaten whole, including skin, to get the maximum benefits. Sweet cherries are used in many recipes.
• A fruit cocktail can be prepared with cherries, peaches, pineapple, pears, and grapes.
• Add dried cherries to fruitcakes, breads, muffins, and cookies.
• Use them for desserts, pie fillings, and toaster pastries.
• Tart cherries are mainly used in the preparation of sauces, pie fillings, jams, muffins, and cheesecake. Tart cherry fruit juice concentrate is a favorite refreshing drink among athletes. Dried tart cherries make delicious additions to meals and snacks.

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Remember to check our Teamsters website at You can find great articles, past newsletters, and great photos that our Web Connoisseur Lesley Phillips has posted.

Special Note:
We are again trying to make the handling of envelopes for the parties as easy as possible. When you turn in your envelopes for the summer party (August 17) we will keep them for use at the winter party (December 21). This means that you only have to send in one check per year. After the winter party, you will receive your check back. Reminder to everyone: Please keep your contact information up to date with the Union Hall. 

New Members: Brian Lee, Jim Deiaco 
Sick Members: Ernest Boritz, John Braxton, Joe Gardner, Tyron Howard, John Mayola, Gary Rausch, and George Booker
Deceased Members: John Snyder (Mountainside), Melvin Bailey (Kane) P

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

The next meetings will be on May 18 and June 15 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.

Bob Eney

General Membership Meetings
Baltimore: April 8, 2018 @ 10 a.m.
Salisbury: April 8
, 2018 @ 10 a.m.
The Salisbury meeting will be held
at the Hampton Inn Salisbury,
121 East Naylor Mill Road, Salisbury, Md. 21801

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