Lake Wildwood: Resources for LWW residents
There are a couple of good resources that I have recently learned about that may be helpful to my Lake Wildwood neighbors.
Are you looking for the perfect gift for someone who is about to be married, moving to a new home, having a baby, too ill or too tired to cook?
A personal chef comes to LWW. Her name is Alynne Wilkinson and she will come into your home and cook four to five meals at a time. One meal will be left ready for the evening and the rest will be packaged and left in the freezer with specific instructions on how to defrost and reheat for a delicious “home-cooked” meal at a later date.
Alynne brings all of her own equipment and leaves behind wonderful dinners and a spotless kitchen. All you need to do is go through a complete interview about your likes, dislikes and any dietary restrictions or preferences.
I put her through her paces because I don’t like any added fat or salt in my meals, don’t eat much red meat, dairy or pasta, and need the meals to be affordable, healthy and tasty. From there, she prepared a menu for my comments, changes and approval and gave me nutritional information on the meals before she went shopping for items I did not have in my kitchen.
There is a preparation fee and the cost of groceries. You do have to clean off the counters to give her room to work, but she was very flexible.
And, yes, it is more expensive than doing it yourself – any service is. The cost is comparable to going to a restaurant. But if you have just returned home from the hospital, are tired of restaurants and want to stay home, or just want to fool your friends about your cooking abilities, Alynne is a fabulous resource. She can be reached at (800) 981-7939.
The second resource is a Web site to help you reduce your junk mail. Our local Alliance for Post-Petroleum Local Economy organization is volunteering countless hours to promote a more self-reliant local economy with reduced dependence on fossil fuels. Its Web site, http://www.apple-nc.org, summarizes its activities and includes a helpful section titled “Stop Junk Mail, Save the World.” Scroll down to this section and hit “click here” to get instructions to stop the junk mail for everyone in your household. It took me about 30 minutes to do all of the steps myself.
The third resource is a service being offered by the LWW Environmental Management Office. Lisa York and Jay Arne from EMO have completed a course sponsored by the Fire Safe Council and are now defensible space advisors. They will come to your home and help with ideas on how to protect your home from wildfire. I had Lisa come out and she gave me lots of ideas that I had not thought of. For an appointment, call the EMO at 432-0633.
Got a tip about someone or something in Lake Wildwood? Contact Shirl Mendonca shirl email@example.com.
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