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Muncie Pottery appeals to Indiana native

Q: This is a photo of a pottery vase that my mother gave me. It is decorated with a matte green drip glaze over rose. It is about 6 inches tall, and it is in perfect condition. The bottom is not glazed, and the clay is an off-white color. It is marked with the letter “A.” There are no mold marks, and the surface feels as though it was hand-turned on the potter wheel. My mother told me it was made by Muncie Pottery in Indiana. She is from Indiana and collects vintage objects made in the state.

What can you tell me about my vase?

A: Your mother is correct. Your vase was made by Muncie Pottery. It was located in Muncie, Indiana, from 1922 to 1939. Vases, flower frogs, water sets, bowls, candlesticks, wall pockets and bookends were just some of the wares. Its early art pottery that was made between 1922 and 1925 and was not always marked. In 1927, the pottery began marking the bottom of the wares with the name “Muncie,” along with numbers and letters. The later pieces did not use additional numbers or letters. Muncie pottery was both molded and hand-thrown. Finishers used a letter A through K to identify their pieces, and molders used a Roman numeral or numbers 2 through 6. Your vase was hand-thrown by finisher “A.” Muncie Pottery head ceramist James Wilkins created most of the drip and matte glazes. The simplicity of the pottery was appealing; none of the ware was decorated with scenes or designs. Muncie Pottery also made lamp bases for Aladdin Lamp Co.

Your circa-1925 hand-thrown vase would probably be worth $75 to $125.

Q: I have a set of porcelain dinnerware. This mark is on each piece. In 1955 in Germany, as the young bride of a United States military man, I bought the set of china. The pattern is “Elvira,” and I have learned it was discontinued in 1955. I guess I got the last of the set! Anyway, I’m now 86 years old, and I would like to know its value. The last estimate I got several years ago was about $2,000 for the complete service for 12, including the large platter, large soup bowls and other serving pieces. My daughter is not interested, but perhaps one of my grandchildren would appreciate it. At any rate, if they were to throw it away, I would want them to know what it is worth. I love my set, but since I’m not entertaining or traveling much, it is rarely used and still in brand-new condition.

What can you tell me about my china?

A: Hutschenreuther Porcelain was founded in 1814 in Hohenberg, Bavaria, Germany. Vintage fine china dinnerware sets have dramatically diminished in value in the recent decade. Similar sets can be seen selling for as low as $400 to $800.

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Raymi in NYC Shows What Modern Peruvian Cuisine Can Be By John Mariani

There are several overlapping categories on the menu—piqueos (snacks), ceviche and toraditos, and small plates and salads, all easily shared by two people. The unexpected appearance of wontons ($13) on the menu seems odd, but, filled with pork, aji amarillo, ginger and scallion, they would pass muster in any Chinatown dim sum house. The clasico ceviche ($16) comes with lustrous corvina, lime, red onion, sweet potato, cilantro, and habanero chile pepper, all working in a spicy-tangy-sweet delicate balance. Hamachi toradito ($18) is flavored with aji amarillo, aguayamanto (Chinese gooseberry), poppy seeds, crispy quinoa and a touch of fresh thyme.

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11 Must-Have Items for Your First Apartment

Upgrading from your university’s dormitory to your first apartment is a monumental milestone on the path to adulthood. Although actually searching for your perfect first-time apartment might seem like the most strenuous challenge, preparing for your first apartment is even more ambitious.

Besides packing your belongings from your current abode and setting up your utilities at your new residence, creating the ultimate move-in shopping list is essential to a stress-free move.


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1. Mattress

You may already have a mattress from back home or even from your dorm, or maybe you had one supplied by the university. However, it is vital that you search for a mattress that fits your needs and comforts. Whether you’re comfortable sleeping on a cot or a water bed, you do spend an average of 56 hours asleep every week. Because you will spend a lot of time in your bed, you will also like to find a box spring, headboard, pillow(s), bed sheets, blankets, and possibly a mattress topper to accompany your mattress.

2. Night Stand

A night stand, or any kind of flat surface near your bed, is a great place to keep a desk lamp in case you need to get up in the middle of the evening. Plus, it’s also a convenient place to keep a glass of water as well as your phone. However, make sure both are kept far apart so you don’t need to search for a replacement phone.

3. Storage

Whether you have a closet in your bedroom or not, it’s a good decision to have a dresser or some shelves in your bedroom. The extra storage will be a superlative place to store any of your reading material, your clothing, and any additional personal items you might have.

Depending on your apartment, you may also want to invest in a floor fan and possibly a space heater. Even if your apartment has air-conditioning or a ceiling fan, or both, these electronics will help you conserve energy and save some money on utilities.


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4. Cookware

Even if you vow to exclusively eat ramen noodles from the microwave to save money, you will likely want to cook from time to time. After all, consuming ramen every day isn’t the healthiest dietary option. If you want to stray away from the microwaveable Easy Mac and other almost instant food choices, you will likely need to invest in some durable cookware for both the stove and the oven.

Two or three sauce pans, which range in size, are necessary to a first-time apartment’s kitchen. While you might just be cooking one meal at a time, you could decide to craft a large portion of soup to eat for an entire week. Or your hangry-blind eyes could tempt you to cook a larger dinner portion than usual. However, who doesn’t love leftovers?

In addition to sauce pans, you will also want to purchase a frying pan or two. Like the sauce pans, these should vary in size. Whether you use these pans solely to fry up some grilled cheese sandwiches is entirely up to your discretion.

Likewise, colanders and cooking utensils, such as spatulas and ladles, will compliment your cookware perfectly.

5. Bakeware

Admittedly, you might not be training for The Great British Bake Off; nevertheless, it’s always smart to have some bakeware essentials in your apartment. Bakeware can range from cookie sheets, muffin/cupcake tins, bread tins, cake pans, lasagna pans, and everything in between. If you prefer to cook your meals in the oven as opposed to stove-top, you could also purchase pots and pans that are oven safe.

Additionally, whisks and/or hand mixers, measuring cups, measuring bowls, and mixing bowls are excellent companions for your bakeware. Also, parchment paper will help make your baking adventures struggle free.

6. Table and chairs

While you might prefer to eat on your couch while watching television, a sturdy table and at least two chairs will make it more pleasant when you decide to entertain guests. If nothing else, you can always use your kitchen table as additional counter space. If your kitchen is limited on space, you can purchase a collapsible kitchen table instead, so it takes up less room.

7. Dishes and glasses

Eating off of paper or plastic plates and bowls might not be the best idea. While it might seem like a convenient and inexpensive alternative at first, the cost will add up very quickly. Plus, non-reusable dishware only contributes to the national waste and is very environmentally unfriendly.

You can survive drinking out of stadium cups you got from on-campus events and eating off of Frisbees, like Andy and April from Parks and Recreation. However, long-lasting plastic, glass or ceramic drinkware, plates, and bowls will likely outlive your Frisbees and stadium cups. Likewise, they will be dishwasher safe.

8. Knife set

Though you could endure using only one knife for some time, there are several benefits to investing in a reliable knife set. If you have company over for dinner, which you probably will at some point, then you will need to have multiple steak knives for everyone to use. After all, nothing is more awkward than waiting for your turn with the apartment’s only cutting utensil. Also, a variety of knives will help you channel your inner iron chef on those days that you binge watch cooking shows. However, you can’t have a knife set without a cutting board. Well, you could, but you might have a lot of wear and tear on your counter tops (there goes your deposit).

Other than the kitchen items listed above, there are several other kitchen gadgets that are essential to your first-time apartment. Pyrex bowl sets, can opener, bottle opener, vegetable peeler, microwave, blender, toaster, water pitcher, dish rack, dish towels, Tupperware, dish soap, sponges, utensil tray, utensils, and a coffee maker are all exceptional accessories for your kitchen. Granted, if you aren’t much of a coffee drinker, don’t have a need for a blender, or prefer to eat with your hands, you can always opt out of purchasing any items that you don’t use and therefore don’t need.


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You likely already have your preferred toiletries ready for your first apartment. However, it’s also important to keep a wastebasket, shower and hand towels, shower curtain, toilet brush, and plunger in your bathroom.

Living Area

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The way you fill your living room is your decision. If you prefer bean bag chairs to a futon, then, by all means, fill the space with bean bag chairs. However, it is also important that you accompany your desired seating with a few side tables, so you and your guests have a convenient place to put your drinks.

While you likely already have a television to complete your living area, you should also invest in some floor lambs and/or table lamps. When you toured the apartment before you signed the lease, the lighting in the rooms may have seemed excellent. However, you likely never toured your apartment after dark. What could be great lighting in the daytime could be quite dim during the night.


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9. Office desk and chair

Even if you’re no longer enrolled in classes, a functional desk and matching chair will come in handy. If you don’t work from home, you will still have many uses for an office setup. Whether it’s in your bedroom, living room, or your kitchen, your work will likely follow you home (hopefully as infrequently as possible). It’s always best to have a comfortable and practical office setup so that you can focus on any tasks at hand, or focus on playing some games on your computer. An internet router and some surge protected extension cords will also be useful for your office area, and elsewhere in your apartment.

It is also important to decorate your office space with a desk lamp, bulletin board and/or dry erase board, calendar, sticky notes, and anything else that you might use in your work environment. Even if you don’t use your office for office work, you can fill your bulletin board with reminders on when trash day is or when your next doctor’s appointment is.

10. Cleaning Supplies

Nobody enjoys cleaning, but we all have to do it every so often. The cleaning supplies you purchase are up to you, as you could have preferences or necessities depending on your sensitivity to chemicals. As a rule of thumb, you should purchase or make cleaners targeted for floors (if you have tile), windows, counter tops, and your bathroom. In additional to chemical or homemade cleaning supplies, you should invest in a vacuum cleaner, broom, and a mop.

Like cleaning is essential to your health, being prepared for emergencies is vital to your well-being for obvious reasons. Keeping flashlights, with functional batteries already in them, in each room of your apartment will keep you prepared if the power goes out. Likewise, a first aid kit packed with antiseptic, gauze, necessary medication, and bandages will be useful if you ever injure yourself.

11. Decorations

While decor may not strike you as a must-have, decorating your apartment is vital to making it feel like a home. After all, the more comfortable you are the more likely you are to be happy in your first apartment. Your decorations can range from posters, to picture frames, candles, area rugs, vases, and much more.

Regardless if you build, buy, or dumpster dive for your furniture and decorations, filling your first apartment with these must-haves will help make your transition to apartment life more enjoyable.

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Bill Nemitz: How can we throw away perfectly good food?

“Eat your plate,” my mother used to say. “No dessert until you eat your plate.”

She didn’t mean the actual plate, although that didn’t stop me and my seven siblings from occasionally putting on goofy faces and mock-chomping the family dinnerware.


She meant the food. All of it. Right down to the last wayward pea.

I remembered Mom’s mealtime mandates this week upon reading that South Portland and Scarborough soon will become Maine’s first municipalities that collect food waste, separate from the rest of the trash, at the curbside each week.

The pilot programs aim to divert the household food waste from our rubbish stream and ship it to an “anaerobic digester” in the northern Maine town of Exeter, where it will be converted into electricity, compost and animal bedding.

Fascinating stuff. But here’s the part that hit me like an overripe tomato: According to a 2011 study by the University of Maine, 28 percent of Maine’s household trash consists of food waste.

That’s a ton of food waste. Or, to be more accurate, about 333,000 tons per year, based on recent estimates by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Granted, not all of it is edible – at least by 21st-century American standards: apple cores, eggshells, coffee grounds, potato peels, the “garbage” list goes on and on …

But what about that quarter-full box of stale crackers? The hot dogs that are a few days past their “sell-by date”? The bluish-looking lump in the rear of the refrigerator that started off as leftovers but morphed into a paving stone?

How often, and how easily, do we take a sniff or a tentative nibble, make a face and chuck it in the trash?

Put more bluntly, when it comes to the millennia-old correlation between having enough food and living to eat another day, do we have a clue how lucky we are?

For the past six years, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has studied food loss and food waste globally. Its findings paint a stark contrast between the world’s haves and have-nots.

In the United States and Europe, the FAO reports, consumer food waste – that is, food that makes it to your kitchen or pantry but is never actually eaten – averages between 210 and 250 pounds per person each year.

Compare that with sub-Saharan Africa and South/Southeast Asia, where per capita food waste runs between a paltry 13 and 24 pounds per year.

Now, I’m not suggesting that we all start gnawing on cantaloupe rinds or creatively squeeze one more serving out of that fuzzy thing in the Tupperware container.

But as the Natural Resources Defense Council notes in “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill,” the relatively low cost and widespread availability of food in this country clearly “has created behaviors that do not place high value on what is purchased.”

Meaning we don’t plan well enough when we buy food, we’re haphazard when we store it, and, the moment it begins to look even a half-shade less than perfect, we have no qualms whatsoever about giving it the heave-ho.

“That’s so far removed from my thinking, I can’t even relate. I just can’t even fathom that,” Dixie Shaw said. “I can’t even imagine that people would throw away perfectly good food.”

Shaw runs two food banks in Aroostook County for Catholic Charities Maine. She’s an expert at finding perfectly edible food that retailers and farmers might otherwise throw out and funneling it to needy families via 24 food pantries scattered throughout northernmost Maine.

One of her biggest peeves? Those “expires on” or “use by” warnings, stamped on everything from a box of Triscuits to a jar of Ragu, that far too many people take far too seriously.

“It’s nothing but a marketing tool because they want you to buy more,” Shaw said. “People sucker right into that. They fall for that.”

Down in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree has been trying for the past year or two to bring some sanity – not to mention frugality – to the not-so-exact science of determining just when “old” becomes “too old” for whatever lurks in the back of the fridge or food cupboard.

The Food Date Labeling Act, proposed by Pingree and fellow Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, would establish actual time lines for food expiration and adopt universal labels that differentiate between, say, peak quality and downright dangerous.

“In everyone’s household, there’s the person who picks something up and says, ‘Oh my gosh, look at this label. We’ve got to throw it away!’” Pingree noted in an interview Thursday. “And the other person says, ‘Oh, no. This is perfectly good. We can still eat this.’”

(Little wonder that the proposed legislation, which Pingree says has already drawn widespread support from food manufacturers and retailers alike, has been dubbed the “Domestic Harmony Bill.”)

Still, our elected leaders, food bankers and curbside collectors can only do so much.

At some point, reducing food waste comes down to you and me and those 21 tomatoes that, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, every man, woman and child in America discards every year.

One exception: A few years back, Shaw met a Maine family that would never do such a thing. They called her to say they had a truckload of canned food to donate if she’d come pick it up.

She’ll never forget the long, winding driveway, the cameras on every other tree, the disembodied voice in the doorway that said “I’ll be right there” the second she rang the doorbell.

“They’re survivalists,” Shaw said. “They hunker down 10 years at a time. And they pack food in for The Great One, whatever that is, whatever disaster might be coming or the end of the world or World War III, whatever it is that they’re surviving. They pack food in for 10 years.”

Shaw loaded the “cases and cases and cases” of food into her van, only to realize later that they were indeed a decade old and thus well outside the limits of her food banks. (She draws the line at three years.)

“So I gave it all to a bear hunter,” she recalled. “And he gave me a $50 donation, and I said, ‘Thank you. Now I’ll go buy some real food.’”

Still, Shaw said, it does make you wonder …

“If they’re right, and it’s nine years and 364 days and the end of the world comes and that’s all that’s left to eat?” she mused. “I’m eating it.”

Somewhere, my mother just smiled.

Correction: This story was updated at 9:38 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017 to correct the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s estimate of annual food waste.

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Report: Diners break $100 worth of dinnerware over $5 discrepanc …

The CCU cheerleading team has been suspended indefinitely pending a conduct investigation, according to a statement from a university official. A cheerleader said an investigator with the CCU Police came to their practice Wednesday night and explained to the team a letter was mailed to school president David DeCenzo on March 7 alleging that team members were involved in “a long list of things,” including prostitution.

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Ultimate Kitchen Faucet Brings Versatility to Kitchens

( — March 29, 2017) Coeur d’Alene, Idaho — Ultimate Kitchen is the world-known producer of kitchen accessories. One of their priorities this year is the production and launch of kitchen sink faucets. One of the popular types of kitchen sink faucets are faucets with a pull-out sprayer. This feature extends the functionally and optimizes some of its functions.

Ultimate Kitchen’s kitchen sink faucet with pull out sprayer and a brushed nickel finish was rated five stars out of five by 100% of reviewers. This sink faucet is UPC certified and has a higher flow rate than standard faucets (2.2gpm at 60psi water pressure). The Ultimate Kitchen sink faucet with pull-out sprayer was also designed with anti-leaking engineering. The main feature of this faucet is its the pull-out sprayer system. This tool provides a total sink coverage thanks to its 12” hose. It can also reach over most of the sinks to fill pots, buckets, etc. Additional sprayer settings give this faucet additional versatility.

“This is AMAZING. Not only is it Beautiful, it is very convenient. My 1 year old still gets put in the kitchen sink sometimes so it is nice to have a sprayer to help with those ‘difficult’ and ‘widespread’ messes haha! – The temp control is easy enough to navigate and I would really recommend to anyone that likes to still wash dishes in the sink ( Come on, I know I’m not the only one!) Just before I got this product I told my husband I needed something ‘flexible’… well, here it is! I LOVE THIS. The brushed nickel is perfect in my kitchen!” said Patti Werner.

Ultimate Kitchen, as a customer-oriented company, creates their items to be easy to use and install. Moreover, the company provides not only printed installation instructions but it also created an installation video for their faucets.
Customers receive this video for free along with their purchase. Ultimate Kitchen designs their products as such that they can be installed without spending extra money on professional plumbers. The installation also doesn’t require plumbing experience or special tools. The installation video covers the process and every single action that is supposed to be done in great detail.

“I bought this a couple months ago to replace the 11-year old builder grade faucet that my kitchen had. I wanted something that was tall enough that I could fit pots and pans under to fill them up, and I was really sick of having a separate sprayer,” said SMartens. “This faucet is great! It’s modern, it’s tall, and it was very easy to install. I had never installed a faucet before, and it was easy.”

The company offers a five-year replacement warranty on this kitchen sink faucet. Ultimate Kitchen is known as a customer-friendly company. If there are problems with the installation or usage, a customer can contact the company and receive their high-quality service. In the case when a customer is not satisfied with the performance of the faucet, he can also contact Ultimate Kitchen and ask for a replacement. The new product will arrive in as soon as two days to replace the broken one.

Ultimate Kitchen sells all of its product lines on Amazon. Customers could easily find this pot filler faucet with pull out sprayer and other Ultimate Kitchen products on Amazon. Moreover, shoppers can enjoy discounts and often bought together offers as well as the free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime.

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