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March/April 2015 Newsletter
Updated On: Mar 12, 2015

Brothers and Sisters:

I know that some of you snow lovers don’t care for it, but it has been a semi nice winter as far as I am concerned. Not as much snow as last year, but much colder.

Don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time begins March 8th (this is when you set your clocks forward). St. Paddy’s day is March 17th, and the first day of Spring (yea!) is March 20th. In Apri,l we have Easter on the 5th. Opening day for the Orioles is on April 6th. Then there's that dreaded tax day – this year it's April 15.

FYI! Check out this website for union-made products: and remember to Buy USA

E-Mail Tracker Programs – very interesting and a must read!

   The man that sent this information is a computer tech. He spends a lot of time clearing the junk off computers for people and listens to complaints about speed. All forwards are not bad, just some. Be sure you read the very last paragraph. He wrote:

  "By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with and/or for determining whether information received via email is just that: true/false or fact/fiction. Both are excellent sites. Here's advice from

   1. Any time you see an email that says "forward this on to 10 (or however many) of your friends," "sign this petition," or "you'll get bad luck" or "you'll get good luck" or "you'll see something funny on your screen after you send it" or whatever – it almost always has an email tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and emails of those folks you forward to.
   "The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of active email addresses to use in SPAM emails or sell to other Spammers. Even when you get emails that demand you send the email on if you're not ashamed of God/Jesus – that is email tracking, and they are playing on our conscience. These people don't care how they get your email addresses - just as long as they get them.
   Also, emails that talk about a missing child or a child with an incurable disease "how would you feel if that was your child" - email tracking. Ignore them and don't participate!

   2. Almost all emails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards. All it was, and all any of this type of email is, is a way to get names and 'cookie' tracking information for telemarketers and spammers - to validate active email accounts for their own profitable purposes.
   You can do your friends and family members a GREAT favor by sending this information to them. You will be providing a service to your friends. And you will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam emails in the future! Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listing regardless how inviting they might sound! Or make you feel guilty if you don't! It's all about getting email addresses and nothing more. You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT! Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later and very possibly a virus attached!
   Plus, we are helping the spammers get rich! Let's not make it easy for them! Also: Email petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress of any other organization - i.e., Social security, etc. To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address of the person signing the petition, so this is a waste of time and you are just helping the email trackers.

   There has been a change in our policy of sending in the envelopes for our two parties. Starting after this year's summer party on August 20, 2015, you will have to send in a new envelope for each party. You will be given back your envelopes. Brother Joe Reichert started taking the envelopes as a favor to all of us. But like all good things, this has to end mainly because of abuse from some of our members. We are sorry that we have to make this change. Remember, if you have an envelope in for the summer party, it is still okay to leave it. 

5 Tips for Keeping Your Knives Sharp:
   Dull knives can slow you down because they require more force to cut stuff. They’re also dangerous because they’re more likely to slip when slicing, putting your fingers at risk. Factory sharpening doesn’t last long, so it’s up to you to keep the edge sharp. Here’s how from the experts at Consumer Reports:
   Do hone. That smooth-looking edge on a chef’s knife, paring knife, and slicer actually has superfine teeth like a comb. When you chop straight down, they get messed up. Honing on a steel sharpening rod straightens them out again, restoring the edge.
   Don’t scrape. Avoid scraping the edge of the knife across your cutting board to scoop up chopped food; that dulls the knife. Use a pastry scraper for the job instead.
   Do use the right cutting board. Wooden cutting boards are the most forgiving; polyethylene is a close second. Cutting on a plate or other hard surface such as tile or glass will ruin the edge.
   Don’t put knives in the dishwasher. Even if the manufacturer says it’s okay, always hand-wash knives. Excessive heat and chemicals take their toll. Wash with soap and water, and dry immediately.
   Do store them right. Use a block or a wall-mounted magnetic strip. Avoid drawers, where edges can knock against each other or other kitchen implements.

New members: Everett Gray, Dwight Hill
Sick members: Joe Gardner, Lester Evans, Frank Barnett, Milt Stapf
Deceased members: None

   Remember to keep these members in your thoughts and prayers.

   The next meetings will be on March 19, 2015, and April 16, 2015, in the Sullivan Hall at Teamsters Local 355, 1030 S. Dukeland St., 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

Teamsters Local 355
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