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Table of contents:
  • 2010 U.S. Census
  • Almond Cake
  • Weird Weather in 2010
  • Veal Scallopine
  • Start by going green
  • Getting out of 4th quarter slump

2010 U.S. Census

By Taylor Trahan

It is now March and the U.S. census is quickly approaching. The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States and is mandated by the Constitution to take place every ten years. Every citizen is required to take a simple survey that asks ten questions about your life. If you do not take the survey and mail it back in the time allotted, you will be visited by a census taker who will ask you the questions directly from the form.

Brian Sullivan, a census taker, comments “You cannot avoid the census, so make sure you do it or you will be visited by people like me.”

Although some may feel as if the census is not important and don’t feel the need to take the survey, it actually plays a huge role in federal funds. The 2010 Census will help communities get more than $400 billion in federal funds each year for various services as well as infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, public works projects, job training centers, senior centers, and more. Many people use census figures to sponsor and support causes, rescue disaster victims, prevent diseases, research markets, find pools of skilled workers, and more.

The information gathered also determines the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The government made the 2010 Census extremely easy and straight-forward this year and it would be appreciated if every U.S. citizen complied with the government’s simple demand.  The ten questions will take a matter of five minutes to answer and the mailing package even provides a postage-paid envelope so you can mail it back with absolutely no trouble. In order for your community to benefit from the 2010 U.S. Census and receive funds to improve our society, please fill out the survey as soon as possible when it arrives in your mailbox in mid-March.

 Source: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/index.php

Almond Cake

Accompany slices of cake with fresh berries and whipped cream



½ cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

12 tbs (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter

¾ cup sugar

12 oz almond paste

Grated zest of 1 orange

Grated zest of 1 lemon

½ tsp almond extract

1 tsp kirsch

1 tsp vanilla extract (real vanilla not imitation)

5 eggs

2 tbs apricot jam, warmed with 1 tbs water

¼ cup toasted sliced almonds


Directions:                                                                                                                                              http://i.timeinc.net/recipes/i/recipes/ck/00/12/almond-cake-ck-221918-l.jpg

preheat oven to 325 deg F.  butter a 9” round cake pan and line it with parchment paper (this is important or you wont be able to get the cake out)


Sift together the flour and baking powder, set aside

Beat the butter and sugar  on medium speed for 3 to 4 minutes until light and fluffy.  Add the almond paste, orange and lemon zests, almond extract, kirsch and vanilla.  Beat till light and fluffy.  Add the eggs and beat until smooth and blended, one more minute.  Fold in the flour mixture until smooth and lump free.  Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.

Bake until the cake begins to pull away from sides of pan and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 mins.

Transfer the cake pan to a wire rack and cool for one hour. Turn the cake out onto a plate .  Brush the top with the apricot jam and sprinkle with the toasted almonds.


Weird Weather in 2010

By Meghan Riehl


This winter’s weather has been much different from other winters.   An abnormally warm November led to a stormy and cold December.  Most people expected the snow to keep falling when the New Year began, however, our region has not had many storms since.  The strangest part of this winter is that regions south of us have received several more feet of snow than we have.  Why is this happening?  A weather phenomenon known as El Niño. 


El Niño is a pattern caused by the temperature of the Pacific Ocean.  Every 3-7 years, the Pacific Ocean’s surface becomes warmer than usual, which causes changes in the weather patterns in North America.  The National Weather Service states that “Warmer ocean water in the equatorial Pacific shifts the patterns of tropical rainfall that in turn change the strength and position of the jet stream and storms over the Pacific Ocean and the U.S.”  This strange pattern that takes place far away in the Pacific Ocean affects the snowfall thousands of miles away in southern New Hampshire.


The position of the jet stream affects the storms over America.  It affects the position of storms, which therefore  affects the type of precipitation falling.  This will explain why Washington D.C. has received more snow than we have, simply because of the position of the jet stream.


There is nothing we can do to prevent El Niño.  It is a natural phenomenon that brings abnormal winters and weather patterns to North America. 


Veal Scallopine
6 oz veal cutlet, pounded thin
3 oz veal demi glace  (I used beef consomme - campbells makes it in a can)
4 oz heavy cream
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup any kind of mushrooms
2 tbs brandy
salt & peppet
1/2 onion, sliced and caramelized (cook till lightly browned)
2 tbs cooking oil
1/4 cup flour
Heat oil in sautee pan.  Lightly dredge veal in flour.  Brown veal on one side and turn.  Add spinach, mushrooms and onions to pan.  Cook for aprox one-2 mins and then add brandy.  Flame brandy (burn off alcohol).  Add cream and demi glace.  Simmer for 2-3 mins.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve over risotto or pasta.

 Start by going green

By Hailey Vincent and Leeann Kinzler


We have seen it everywhere- on TV, in magazines and newspapers, going green is the new “thing”. 


You see recycling bins everywhere, but is that really enough?  People say it is hard going fully green and giving up a way of life you have become so used to. Changes as small as not letting the water run when you are brushing your teeth can make a huge difference when billions of people contribute to this. Here at Timberlane, we have an environmental science class, which we highly recommend. The environmental class is taught by none other than Mr. Pederson, so who better to talk to about going green then Pederson?


When asked why he decided to study environmental science, Pederson simply replied “Logic. We are living things and need the environment to live.”


Pederson believes apathy and ignorance are a huge part in why there are problems in the environment. If you go back to the power outages, people went crazy, all because we as people are getting farther away from the environment.


“Some believe they are above the environment.  We need to look at the environment from a scientific approach and not a political one,” says Pederson. “We should be trying to remove ignorance with education, not crazy environmentalist companies.”


Pederson goes on to explain an example of not being environmentally conscious, which is the earthquake in Haiti. If Haiti hadn’t resorted to deforesting their lands for money and had better knowledge of the environment, the earthquake might not have been as devastating as it was.


While being informing, there is good news to this story as well. While it may be hard to believe, Timberlane is doing its part in being environmentally friendly.  From recycling to Jim Hughes recent efforts in earning the school an Energy Star rating, Timberlane is setting an example for schools everywhere.


As for Pederson, he says he is going green with his wallet, and when we say this we mean he is supporting local environmentally friendly companies, as well as local farms. This is a simple way to help the environment that we can all take part in, especially just being careful were you buy your food from. Find a local farm in your neighborhood, buying from them can help the environment as well as the economy.


We believe Pederson is making a huge difference in the environment by teaching students at Timberlane to think twice about the environment and to get outside!


Getting out of a 4th Quarter Slump

By Brian Sullivan

I have a problem that every student faces at some point during their four years in high school. For the class of 2010, it is known as "senioritis". For everyone else, it is just considered slacking. Although my grades have been fairly good throughout my time at Timberlane, I have become a grade-A slacker myself. Accordingly, as my fellow procrastinators will probably tell you, this is the time of the school year when an academic slump is nearly inevitable. How well a person can recover from this fourth quarter slump is what separates plain underachievers from successful slackers like myself. Fortunately, I have learned some tricks to help make sure laziness does not get out of hand as we get close to the end of the school year.

Tip #1: Spread the Slack
The first tip to being a progressive procrastinator in school is to disperse your laziness throughout all of your classes, rather than slacking heavy in just one or two. When you are having a week with a heavy homework load, and finishing all of it is not a realistic goal to you, then pay close attention to the classes you choose to skip work for. As the week goes on, try not to skip out on doing the work for a certain class more than once during the week. This will minimize how lazy you appear to your teachers, as well as how negatively your grades are impacted. Skipping work from the same teacher will have bad consequences, and the zeroes will pile up in the grade book faster than you would expect. It is a lot easier to make up for one zero in each of your classes than it is to make up eight in a single one.

Tip #2: Procrastinate but turn in late
Late work is better than no work. Teachers understand that sometimes the work load can be too much. Likewise, many teachers have a forgiving late work grading system that allows you to turn in work late for partial credit. More often than not, the penalty is -10% per day. This means work can be a day late and still get you an "A".

Tip #3: Study the Syllabus
Every teacher grades a little differently. Some put a heavy emphasis on homework, whereas others only seem to care about in-class activities. Knowing what each of your teachers expect can help you figure out when is the best time to be a slacker. If your teacher only cares about homework, then take it easy during class. If the class work is graded, however, then wait until you get home to goof around.

My last trick to avoid the dreaded fourth quarter slump is to just be realistic with yourself as a student. Like every situation in life, your success as a student is completely reflective of the effort you put for in school. It is one thing if you prefer to take school less seriously than others, but do not screw up your future just by being lazy. One thing I have learned to keep myself in check is to ask myself "If I skip this work, what am I going to get accomplished instead of doing it?" Usually the answer is something along the lines of watching discovery channel or eating junk food, and I eventually just go get the work done. Our school is structured in a way that makes failure a hard task to accomplish. If you just do what is expected of you, even if it is the bare minimum, there is a good chance you will find that it is much easier than you think.