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November 2012

November 2012

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Dedicated To A Healthier Environment
 @ Tennessee - Noon11
vs. Houston - 7:20pm 19
@ San Francisco - 7:30pm25
vs. Minnesota - Noon
Lover’s Day 
(First Saturday of Month)
 Veteran’s Day
America Recycles Day 
World Peace Day 
Thanksgiving &Go For a Ride Day 
Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day 
Aviation History Month
Child Safety ProtectionMonth
International Drum Month
National AdoptionAwareness Month
National Epilepsy Month
National Model RailroadMonth
National Novel WritingMonth
Native American HeritageMonth
Peanut Butter LoversMonth
As I compile this month’s newsletter there is a nasty hurricane
named Sandy bearing down on vast swaths of the east coast. Withthat known, we send our thoughts and prayers to those in this
storm’s wake as it looks like it lived up to the
Franken storm
” ithad been dubbed. As much as Sandy’s impact may be over/under
hyped in any given area, there will no doubt be thousands withoutpower for days on end. Since water and electricity do not mix, itwill take time for things to ultimately dry out.Anticipation of the storm caused evacuations and protective measureshut-downs, even to the New York Stock Exchange. Quick fact: the
NYSE has not been down for two consecutive days since 1883’s“White Hurricane” which whipped snow drifts up to forty feet in
lower Manhattan.Storms always pose the question of who are essential personnel, orwho needs to be in the office as the rest of the company heads homefor a potential long-
term hide out? ‘Sandy’ has been no different.
 I listen to sports radio, and it was deemed that the headliners oftheir respective shows were considered to be essential personnel,and should report to work. Kind of a sad commentary on some of
America’s priorities. On the other hand, hospital workers were told
to get into work, and told to bring clothing with them for up to fivedays. Firefighters, paramedics and police were presumably told thesame.Perusing Facebook, the numbers are rising in the public opinion
“voting” to urge the postponement of the Marathon because of
already over-burdened fire, police, and medical personnel. Althoughmany of the storm
area’s government officials urge non
-essentials tostay home, some lesser crippled but still impacted areas need
grocery stores and gas stations and ATM’s stocked – 
and thecomplexities of the question of essential personnel goes on.Thinking about all this made me wonder who the constants inessential personnel are. The best answer I could come up with wasthat of OUR TROOPS. Whether you are pro-war, anti-war, or just liketo play the role of Switzerland, our soldiers remain the constantwhen it comes to defining essential personnel. That should beevident after watching the presidential debates. Not for either
candidate’s pol
itical views, but rather from the realization that ifwe cannot even get along amongst ourselves, how are wesupposed to agree on foreign affairs, or what is or is not justcause for troop deployment?Until the world sits around the camp fire shoulder to shoulder
singing “Kumbaya…” our troops will remain essential personnel.
Just look at the picture above. That is of the Tomb of theUnknown Soldier. It has remained guarded since 1926. It is a
memorial symbolic of our country’s dedication to the military
thatprotects us within our borders, and our interests and safetythroughout the world.
As we approach this Veteran’s Day it is important to take some
time to reflect and recognize the importance of thanking those
soldiers we encounter. It is probable that each of us either knowssomeone personally, or will run into someone who was,
or is nowserving our country. Stop, smile,and give a handshake.
Hell, givethem a hug, and just say
!Thank them for their service andtheir sacrifices to this greatcountry.
 2Cozy News November 2012
Comfort Hotline: (847) 397-5888  
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Gas Rebate Hotline: 855-849-8928
No, that’s not a typo. North Shore GasCompany along with People’s Gas recently 
announced they are offering double theircurrent rebates on the purchase of a new,qualifying furnace or boiler this winter. They will pay YOU to spend less on utility costs while you enjoy benefitting fromimproved comfort through a properly designed solution.
 According to the People’s Gas website:
“Special Offer: For October and November 2012,
rebates have DOUBLED for all qualifying boilers, boiler reset controls, furnaces and water heaters. Applications must be received by  November 30, 2012 to be considered for double 
 The best part is that we do all of the work,and
get all of the savings. From initialdesign to final test out, we will handle all of the hard work plus the paperwork. Afterinstalling the qualifying equipment we willprovide you with the necessary documentation for your rebate. Then justsend it in and sit back. In about two weeks,the check will be in your hands. This willnot be in the form of a credit, and not justsomething you have to wait until tax timefor. You might ask why they are offering suchgreat rebates. The reality is that the moredemand that is taken off the current, aging natural gas infrastructure the better. It isactually cheaper for the gas companies tooffer these rebates than it is for them toinvest in repairing/replacing old piping.In the meantime, you get to reap thebenefits of their nagging problems.
Eventually, I’m sure, they will have to
introduce their infrastructure to the 21
 century, but until then, why not enjoy the
rebates while they’re offered?
 For more information about qualifying products, please log on to your utility 
provider’s we
bsite or just give us a call.
Here are how the rebates breakdown: 
Boilers 95% AFUE - $1,200.00Boilers 90% AFUE - $1,000.00Boiler reset control - $ 200.00Furnace 95% AFUE - $1,000.00Furnace 92% AFUE - $ 600.00Water Heater 
Tankless - $ 900.00Water Heater 
Indirect - $ 550.00Water Heater 
Storage - $ 200.00 Attic insulation $ 0.30 per sqft. (existing must be < R-19)
This round of contest coupons are already flying out the door! Everyone who sends ustheir raving fan testimonial or refers us to friends and family are already being enteredinto the next drawing.To enter, simply refer us to a friend/relative/neighbor. Be sure that anyone you passalong to us communicates that YOU were involved in the referral. For further assuranceof your entry, send us a note with the name of the referred. You can also enter thedrawing by submitting a testimonial of how happy you are with our work. Either way,it takes only a few minutes toenter. You can just drop us a lineat: info@corcoranheating.com.One ticket is given for eachtestimonial or referral; ten ticketsfor every raving fan video. Youdetermine your odds of winning,as there is no limit to entry tickets- plus - every referral nets YOU agift as well!
 3Cozy News November 2012
Comfort Hotline: (847) 397-5888  
Well fancy that…looks like I am back
in the rotation for this column. Itonly took an extra month, but I guessMurphy DID have a good message todeliver in October. As for me, I amjust happy the cold weather has finallyarrived. My allergies were driving meand every around me to distraction.This year, allergies have made a lot ofus crazy! I am told my discomfortsare caused by the large concentrationof ragweed this past season. I saw myparents working on the lawn andgarden all summer
couldn’t they
have weeded THAT out??Whatever it was, the vitamins andBenadryl could barely help methrough the tough times. I would findmyself either in a trance, orscratching my feet and head in anyway possible. Scraping body partsalong walls and carpeting as well asfurniture and cabinetry offeredtemporary relief. I spent a lot of time
rolling my eyeballs when I’d overhear
that my continual licking wasannoying
.Well, as you can see from my photoabove, keeping busy on the computeroffered me additional relief. It helpedpass the time and kept my mind off ofbeing snubbed from the lastnewsletter. And yes, I am a MACdog; it suits my computing habitsand is very paw friendly.
If you don’t mind I have some emails
to attend to. Those must be answeredbefore the computer is taken awayfrom me again.
1 1/4 cups all-purposeflour
2 teaspoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter (1stick), diced
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Flour, for rolling thedough
5 tablespoons unsaltedbutter
1 cup packed light brownsugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
2 cups chopped toastedpecans
1 to 2 tablespoonsbourbon
2 teaspoons pure vanillaextract
3 eggs, lightly beaten
Make the dough by hand: Ina medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, andsalt. Using your fingers, work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resemblesyellow cornmeal mixed withbean-sized bits of butter. (If the flour/butter mixture gets warm, refrigerate it for 10minutes before proceeding.) Add the egg and stir thedough together with a fork orby hand in the bowl. If thedough is dry, sprinkle up to atablespoon more of cold water over the mixture. Alternatively, make thedough in a food processor. With the machine fitted withgolden brown, about 10 moreminutes. Reduce the oventemperature to 350 degrees F. While the crust is baking makethe filling: In mediumsaucepan, combine the butter,brown sugar, corn syrup, andsalt. Bring to a boil overmedium heat, and stirring constantly, continue to boilfor 1 minute. Remove fromthe heat and stir in the nuts,bourbon, and the vanilla. Setthe mixture aside to coolslightly, about 5 minutes. (If the crust has cooled, return itto the oven for 5 minutes to warm through.) Whisk thebeaten eggs into the filling until smooth. Put the pie shellon a sheet pan and pour thefilling into the hot crust.Bake on the lower oven rack until the edges are set but thecenter is still slightly loose,about 40 to 45 minutes. (If theedges get very dark, coverthem with aluminum foil half  way during baking.) Cool on arack. Serve slightly warm orroom temperature.Copyright 2001 TelevisionFood Network, GP. All rightsreserved
Recipe courtesy:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/pecan-pie-recipe/index.htmlthe metal blade, pulse theflour, sugar, and salt untilcombined. Add the butterand pulse until it resemblesyellow cornmeal mixed withbean-sized bits of butter,about 10 times. Add the egg and pulse 1 to 2 times; don'tlet the dough form into a ballin the machine. (If the doughis very dry add up to atablespoon more of cold water.) Remove the bowlfrom the machine, remove theblade, and bring the doughtogether by hand.Form the dough into a disk, wrap with plastic wrap, andrefrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 1 hour.On a lightly floured surface,roll the dough with a rolling pin into a 12-inch circle about1/8-inch thick. Transfer thedough to a 9-inch pie pan andtrim the edges, leaving aboutan extra inch hanging over theedge. Tuck the overhanging dough underneath itself toform a thick edge that is even with
the rim. Flute the edge asdesired. Freeze the pie shellfor 30 minutes.Set separate racks in thecenter and lower third of ovenand preheat to 400 degrees F.Put a piece of parchmentpaper or foil over the pie shelland fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake on a baking sheet on the center rack untilthe dough is set, about 20minutes. Remove from theoven and lift sides of theparchment paper
to removethe beans. Continue baking until the pie shell is lightly 
 We can rule out Salmonella
Everyone will think it’s Ca
jun blackened
Uninvited guests will think twice beforecoming back next year
 The smoke alarm was due for a test
Carving the turkey will provide a goodcardiovascular workout
 After dinner the boys can take the birdoutside to play football
 The less turkey Uncle George eats, theless likely he will be to walk 
around with his pants unbuttoned
 You’ll get to dessert
 You won’t have to face three weeks of 
turkey sandwiches

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