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November 2012

Recall of the Week: Kawasaki lawn mower engines due to fire hazard

Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA is recalling about 210,000 lawn mower engines. The fuel filter can leak, posing a fire hazard, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. Kawasaki Motors has received 110 reports of fuel leaks. No injuries reported. This recall includes Kawasaki FH, FR,... Read more →


Help from an investment company is my best consumer experience this week, while placing an Amazon book order disappoints

Most of the week, I've been at home recovering from a cold. However, I still made a few consumer transactions. My best consumer experience: Working with a new investment company My financial planner suggested I roll my IRA over to a new investment company so I’d have a wider range... Read more →


Avoid food waste during your Thanksgiving celebrations

I love Thanksgiving leftovers. My only complaint is that the gravy, mashed potatoes, and cranberries usually run out before the turkey. Some years, I’ve even made turkey soup from the turkey carcass. As you go about getting ready for your Thanksgiving celebrations, be sure to plan your food needs as... Read more →


Facts and figures for Thanksgiving 2012

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Celebrations Most Americans will be spending Thanksgiving with relatives this holiday weekend, with 89 percent having Thanksgiving dinner with members of their family, according to a Pew Research Center survey. A majority of Americans who say they will be spending Thanksgiving with family members,... Read more →


USDA awards $4.5 million in grants to increase local food in schools

I applaud the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarding more than $4.5 million in grants in 37 states and the District of Columbia for connecting school cafeterias with local agricultural producers. When I was growing up in Central Washington’s apple country, it always seemed wrong that apples in the stores were... Read more →


The Great Recession, food, travel, election results, and an early snowstorm are topics for this week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival

Virginia Cornue of Vaboomer is the host for this week’s Blogging Boomer Carnival #285. The carnival is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating to share their best stories of interest to the Baby Boomer Generation. For this carnival, boomer bloggers are writing about Veteran’s Day, boomers and the Great Recession,... Read more →


Retailer pays $9.5 million to settle charges it fraudulently charged soldiers in New York and nationwide for electronics

SmartBuy, a retailer and financing firm based in North Carolina, has signed a $9.5 million agreement with the New York Attorney General’s Office to settle charges the company fraudulently charged thousands of soldiers who purchased electronics near Fort Drum in New York and ruined their credit. The settlement will clear... Read more →


Recall of the Week: LG electric ranges due to fire hazard

LG Electronics Inc. is recalling about 161,000 electric ranges. Burners on the electric ranges can fail to turn off after being switched off and the temperature setting can increase unexpectedly during use, posing burn and fire hazards to consumers. LG has received 80 reports about burners failing to turn off... Read more →


Veteran’s Day information on presidential proclamation, veteran’s groups, and free items for vets

Veteran’s Day, which became a national holiday in 1938, is a day to recognize the contributions of the nation’s veterans. In a proclamation, Pres. Barack Obama said: In war and in peace, their service has been selfless and their accomplishments have been extraordinary. Even after our veterans take off the... Read more →


Election results are my best consumer experience this week, while applying caulking disappoints

November brings the election and winter, a challenging season. My best consumer experience: The election of consumer-oriented public officials I was generally pleased with the outcome of the election. Pres. Barack Obama has been a leader in getting important consumer laws passed, for example, the Affordable Health Care Act and... Read more →