Day: April 3, 2017

Tips on how to “Doreen-proof” your loved one’s computer against scams

I grew up with modern technology. More specifically, and perhaps more accurately, computer technology and I grew up together. I am part of the last generation to grow up with land-line telephones with cords, antenna television, dial-up internet and DOS-based gaming. True, all of those things still exist today, but when I was young, most of them were the newest technology. I remember having to call when I left the house and also when I arrived at my destination, because cell phones were a luxury many could not yet afford. Since that time, almost every kind of tech has advanced. For those of us that grew up with technology, transitioning from one software or hardware to another has been relatively easy. But as time goes on, there are more chances for us to cease to evolve with the newest toys. For me, this is concerning for several reasons, but chief among them is the online safety of those I love. Scams exist in many forms — calls from the “FBI” that are not legitimate, emails from Nigerian princes who want to give away their fortunes and many more. So how do we keep our grandparents and parents from becoming the victims of crimes and scams originating from technology? Remove administrative rights Create two user accounts on the computer, one for you and one for your loved one — whom...

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Cowley’s Outdoor Market celebrates one year April 22 at Wilson Park

Cowley’s Outdoor Market is coming back to Wilson Park on April 22 and it will be double the size it was at this time last year. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., more than 60 vendors will set up at the park to sell their wares. Admission is free to this event, which is hosted by 1025 The River and the Arkansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). Kelly Dillner and Suvanah Perdue, market coordinators and client promotion representatives at 1025 The River, set the date for the outdoor market. This event marks the one-year anniversary of the very first outdoor market. That first event saw around 30 vendors from across the state gather in Wilson Park. “The response has been really, really good,” Dillner said. “Everyone we’ve talked to has said that Cowley County needed something like this.” The idea of hosting an outdoor market started with brainstorming the idea of bringing the citywide garage sale into one area. But Purdue and Dillner realized early on that wasn’t quite what they wanted to do, so the idea morphed into the current Cowley’s Outdoor Market. Cowley’s Outdoor Market details Vendors in attendance will sell jewelry, art, vintage furniture pieces, homemade soaps and many other unique items. “This is a rain-or-shine event,” Dillner said. Right now, organizers are looking for more people who want to set up booths. The booth...

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22nd annual Friends of NRA banquet shoots for April 22 at Ag Building

The 22nd annual Cowley County Friends of NRA banquet is set to take place April 22. Tickets are on sale now for the banquet and can be purchased at Reedy Ford, located at 3319 N. Summit St., or online at Tickets purchased before the banquet are $30 per individual or $45 per couple. Children younger than 17 are $10. At the door, prices will go up. There also are opportunities to “purchase” an entire table, which includes eight tickets, prime seating and a chance to win a firearm. Three other raffles will take place at the banquet, which will be held at the Agri-Business Building, located at 712 W. Washington Ave. Proceeds from the event will be used to host various programs throughout the year. Friends, firearms safety, and proper form are very near and dear to the organization, according to event organizers. “When you come to the banquet and spend some of your hard-earned money, you are not only having a great time, but you are helping to sponsor the Youth Hunter Education Challenge, where the next generation is taught not only how to enjoy shooting sports, but to enjoy it safely and responsibly,” states the group’s Facebook page. Friends of NRA is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association...

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Renetta’s iced carrot cookies mix ingredients that normally don’t combine

When my brother was little, he absolutely refused to eat carrots of any kind — except when it came to my grandmother’s carrot cookies. For some reason, he loved those little cookies and — while I never had a taste for them — he could eat an entire batch in just one sitting. My grandmother always made baking an adventure. This recipe in particular was fun because it calls for ingredients that don’t seem to go together. The final product is a soft, somewhat fluffy cookie with sweet frosting. Cookie batter ingredients 3/4 cup Crisco shortening 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1 cup mashed, cooked carrots grated rind and juice of 1/2 lemon 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Carrot cookies instructions Cream the Crisco and sugar in a large bowl until the mixture is combined thoroughly. Add the egg, carrots, and lemon to the mixture and stir. Then sift in the baking powder, salt and flour. You must sift the flour — if you do not, it changes the cookies’ texture. Mix thoroughly. Drop mixture by spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Icing ingredients 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar 3 Tablespoons orange juice 1 teaspoon grated orange rind Icing instructions Mix ingredients well and spread on the cooled cookies. Make sure the cookies are completely cool,...

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