October 28, 2004 Page 4 Craving the Perfect Pumpkin - Jamal Baptiste STEPS TO A PERFECT PUMPKIN 1. Decide on your pattern. The "half moon" technique is easy and creates a unique pumpkin. For the eyes, eyebrows and nose, all you have to decide on is how big or small you want the half moons to be. For the mouth, decide if you want to your pumpkin scary, happy, sad or shocked. Start with the nose. For round pumpkins, use shorter half moons. For tall pumpkins, lengthen the half moons to capitalize on the height. Using these half moons in combinations will allow you to design all sorts of different faces. And depending on how much space you have, consider carving as many accents as you like to allow more light to shine through. 2. Pencil or marker your final design onto the pumpkin. 3. Using your large, sharp knife, cut off the top of the pumpkin. Also cut a diamond out of the top of the pumpkin to help heat escape once you put a candle in the jack-o'-lantern. 4. Scoop out the pumpkin's innards. uses an ice-cream scoop. He scrapes loose all the innards and then he dumps the pumpkin out. 5. Carve out your design. THE TEAM: 6. Polish your creation using a soft cloth and vegetable oil. Wipe off any excess oil with a dry towel. This will also preserve the life of your pumpkin. Upcoming Events • Annual Halloween Party October 29th 7 – 10:30 Children’s Halloween Party - 3:30pm-5:00pm October 31st • Casino Niagara falls November 7th • Drysdale Tree Farm Trip November 28th • 2 of a Kind Craft and Bake Sale Dec. 4th 11am – 6pm & Dec. 5th, 1-5pm • Christmas Soirée & Dog Pageant December 14th • Children’s Christmas Party December 18th 7. Place a "cheap" candle into the pumpkin. Cheap candles are best because they burn brightest. KEEP YOUR PUMPKIN LOOKING GOOD If you don't like the smell of burning pumpkin, sprinkling nutmeg and cinnamon onto the underside of the lid. Your pumpkin will start to dehydrate and shrivel up after time. If you want to eke a few more days from it, drop it into a bucket of water for four to six hours. This should buy you some time. Heather & Chai Bleecker’s Gentle Tiger Remember to Enter the Bleecker Pumpkin Craving Contest Bleecker Big Mouth Staff Staff (Left to Right): Angelica Batalla, Tristan Weddell, Denzel Brooks, Dorian Johnson, Shaquille Baptiste, Jay Jay Saavedra, Zaayon Russell-Smith & Jamal Baptiste. Missing in Action: Christina De La Cruz Seventh Edition Bleecker Big Mouth HALLOWEEN EDITION It’s an Jungle in Here - By Dorian & Shaquille The Bleecker BigMouth Cattery. is back!!! The 2004/05 Interviewers: Has he ever been in a season’s first edition cat show? features an interview DECEMBER Heather with Heather and her - 2003 Yes, Chai’s show caexotic tiger. And yes reer began in August this tiger can legally 2003 when he was 5 inhabit an apartment with his owner Heather months old. He appeared in shows in Acin our ever diverse ton, London and Ottawa community. Chai (a Ontario. Chai won the Hebrew name for following ribbons “Life”) is really a 25lb (awards): cat, a Maine Coon to Acton: 5 x best of color, be exact, which is the 2 x 2nd best of breed 1x largest breed of dobest of breed mesticated cats. London 5 x 1st best of Interviewers: color, 2 x 2nd best of Can you tell us about breed Chai’s appearance in Ottawa: This was the 2005 Main Coon Chai’s third show and Calendar? he didn’t take to show Heather: Chai was chosen from life to kindly. Despite hundreds of entrants to this he won in three rings; 3 x 1st for color 3 be part of a calendar x best of color, 2 x best called “Celebration of Maine Coons 2005”; he of breed! Right now Chai and I are taking a is a “calendar-boy” for September 2005. The break from the show ring. However, we may purpose of the calendar was to show all the re-enter the show ring in the New Year. Being varieties of Maine Coons. Chai is a male, older may make him cream mackerel tabby. feel better in the ring. When we walked into Interviewers: Heather’s apartment to When did you get interview her we were Chai? sure we were looking Heather: into the eyes of a baby I got the Chai in June tiger cub. We found out 2003 from Grandeur that Chai is actually just a gigantic, loveable pet. Because of his beautiful color and length of Chai’s fur he can make anyone believe that he is not an average cat. Chai may sound a bit scary because of the way we’ve described him, but really is very gentle; he would be more afraid of you than you are of him. Chai’s exotic coat includes having long fur sticking out of his ears and paws. His bushy tail looks like it has an afro, but not a nappy one! Maine Coons require daily brushing and grooming. This big boy even gets bathed! You can meet Chai and Heather at the Bleecker Co-op 2 of a Kind Craft and Bake sale on December 4 & 5. Heather and Bleecker Youth will be selling the Maine Coon 2005 Calendar with all profits going to Bleecker Co-op’s “Pete’s Pet Fund”. So look no further for a great gift for the cat lover on your holiday shopping list. Page 2 Halloween Edition Page 3 Superstitions Of Halloween - By Denzel B. Halloween Time By: Jay Jay •Some believe if you catch a snail on Halloween night and blue, there’s a ghost near by. •In north America, its bad luck if lock it into a flat cup, in the a black cat crosses your path morning you will see the first letand good luck if a white cat ter of your partner’s name crosses your path. In Britain it’s •In Britain, people believed that the Devil was a nut-gatherer. At the exact opposite! •If you ring a bell on Halloween it Halloween, nuts were used as magic charms will scare away evil spirits. •Knocking on wood keeps bad •To prevent ghosts from coming into the house at Halloween, luck away I’ve tried it •You should walk around your bury animal bones home three times backwards •Many people used to believe and counter clockwise before that owls swooped down to eat sunset on Halloween to ward off the souls of the dying. evil spirits •If a candle flame suddenly turns It’s Halloween again It’s time to dress up boys and girls and women and men It’s time to go trick or treat It’s the time when kids knock your door and say “trick or treat or smell my feet give me something good to eat” It’s the time when kids come and show off their costume It’s the time when little girls dresses up as princesses and put on some perfume It’s the time when people go to haunted houses It’s the time when couples watch scary movies on their couches It’s the time when kids get cavities And leaving nightmares in their head leaving scary memories Witches flying on brooms Kids coming home to sort out their candy soon But remember safety comes first So no one gets hurt Happy Halloween From Bleecker Big Mouth and me Community Activities - by Christina D. Top 10 Halloween Candies Drawings from Zaayon RusselSmith As the winter weather rapidly approaches us the co-op activities become more numerous including annual gatherings that have been around for several years and others that are refreshingly new. It becomes difficult to remember all of the fun happenings. Which is why it is imperative to keep up on these events. 1. Mars 2. Snickers 3. Coffee Crisp 4. Oh Henry 5. Caramel 6. Smarties 7. Jolly Rancher 8. Spider Man Sticks 9. Suckers # 1 Halloween Candy 10. Rockets •On October 29th, from 7:00 to 10:30, come show off all of your genius Halloween costume ideas at this years Halloween party. It will be held in the courtyard, if the weather permits. The Kids get their turn to party on Halloween day (Sunday) at the children's Halloween party, including fun games and costume contests. •The Co-op crew goes on the annual trek for the perfect community room and lobby Christmas trees to the Drysdale Christmas tree farm (Nov.28). The trip will include a guided trip around the pine tree farm, and a visit to retreat to the warm gift store for hot chocolate after the crisp country air. •In December our second 2 of a kind Craft & Bake sale will take place to show case the many talents of our co-op residents of our Co-op residents. You can reserve a vendors table for selling your wares by calling Scott or Signing up in the 85 lobby on Nov.3. •Our Annual Doggie Pageant is considered one the highlight of the year. With gourmet food & appetizers, the pageant. The pageant is so much more than a contest. Come down on the 14th to enjoy an incredible night. •Santa makes his yearly visit this year at the Children’s Christmas party on December 18th. Drop by for festive games and lots of Christmas fun!
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