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National Security: FCF

When an aircraft has undergone major maintenance such as an engine change, it needs to be test-flown to ensure that it works properly before rejoining the fleet. The Air Force calls this a “functional check flight” or FCF. There is a separate and distinct checklist that needs to be completed before certifying the jet ready for normal flight operations. Very early in my flying career as a 24-year-old lieutenant, I was put on FCF orders for the 388th TFW at Korat AB, Thailand. I continued to fly F-4 FCFs for…

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Madison County Extension Office – Think food safety this weekend

Memorial Day weekend is here and it marks the beginning of the summer season of backyard grilling. Meals cooked outdoors always increase during the summer months and the variety of food people put on the grill seems to be expanding. With all of the food preparation in summer temperatures, you need to be aware of safe food handling practices. Backyard chefs don’t think about it, but each year outbreaks of food poisoning increase during the summer months. Bacteria that cause food poisoning are invisible, odorless and tasteless; warm summer temperatures…

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Christian Concepts: Down but not out

This past May 12, the Pew Research Center published their most recent religious survey titled America’s Changing Religious Landscape. There was an overall fall of Christians in America from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent during the time period of 2007 to 2014. This was almost matched by the increase in those who claim no religious affiliation from 16.1 percent to 22.8 percent. Those claiming no religious affiliation are called the “nones.” There was a slight rise in those professing a non-Christian faith from 4.7 percent to 5.9 percent. The Christian…

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Madison County Extension Service: Preserving food is a science

Gardens will soon be overflowing with fresh vegetables and it won’t be long before summer fruits are ready for picking. Whether you are canning food in jars, freezing it, making pickles or jellies, preserving the summer’s bounty is easier than you think. Any food preservation method done correctly, will store good quality food for use all year long. There is nothing better than vegetables from your garden during the cold weather months. Home canning has changed greatly since it was introduced more than 170 years ago. Changes arise from scientific…

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