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Hints From Heloise for March 22

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:12:00 EDT

Dear Heloise: What do I do with PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES that are expired?

Hints From Heloise for March 21

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:42:01 EDT

Terra-Cotta Care Dear Readers: TERRA-COTTA POTS for spring flowers may need a little tender, loving care.

Hints From Heloise for March 16

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 01:37:00 EDT

FOR RELEASE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011 Reading a Good Recipe

Hints From Heloise for March 15

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 11:04:01 EDT

Dear Heloise: For anyone getting ready to move, a way to REDUCE PACKING COSTS is to go to the local newspaper and ask for "end roll paper." It is the end of the rolls used for printing the newspaper.

Hints From Heloise for March 2

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 01:22:01 EST

Dear Heloise:

Hints From Heloise for March 9

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 20:30:01 EST

Good morning, Heloise: I often buy MEAT in a quantity that will provide five or six meals. I bring it home, separate, vacuum-seal, label and store it in the freezer.

Hints From Heloise for March 4

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 20:19:02 EST

Deploying a Binder Dear Heloise: My husband has just begun his second deployment. I was trying to think of a way for him to keep up on what our three kids are doing. I bought a large three-ring binder and will put inside all the things THE KIDS ARE DOING or want to send him: report cards, rewards...

Hints From Heloise for March 3

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 19:16:01 EST

Sequence Goes Down the Drain Dear Readers: For many years, we have printed the tried-and-true Heloise SINK-FRESHENING HINT of using baking soda and white or apple-cider vinegar. This mixture will bubble, fizz and freshen the drain. It WON'T, however, clear a clog from the drain.

Hints From Heloise for March 1

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 12:42:00 EST

Being Too Social? Dear Heloise: With SOCIAL-NETWORK USAGE on the rise, here are some privacy hints to keep in mind:

Hints From Heloise for Feb. 28

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 18:35:00 EST

Box Talk Dear Heloise: I'm responding to a previous column about MAILING HINTS and wanted to add a comment. Please have your readers be careful when using cereal or cracker boxes for mailing or shipping. I have owned a private mail and shipping center for more than 23 years, and there are some...

Hints From Heloise for Feb. 26

Sat, 26 Feb 2011 17:03:00 EST

Some Dogs Bite Dear Readers: Friendly dogs are just that, and unfriendly dogs can bite! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4 million dog bites are reported annually. Many of these bites require medical care or even reconstructive surgery. Sadly, children 5 to 9...

Hints From Heloise for Feb. 25

Thu, 24 Feb 2011 20:32:01 EST

A Picture of Success Dear Readers: Here are some hints on how to take the best pictures you can:

Hints From Heloise for Feb. 22

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 17:07:00 EST

A Year's Worth of Bills Dear Heloise: A friend of mine told me I need to keep old utility bills for a year. Is that necessary?

Hints From Heloise for Feb. 19

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 20:34:00 EST

Fat Fido? Dear Readers: Is your DOG OVERWEIGHT? It can lead to joint pain, diabetes and other health issues, just as in humans.

Hints From Heloise for Feb. 18

Thu, 17 Feb 2011 20:34:00 EST

Can Dry Ice Be Stored? Dear Heloise: I would like to know how to keep DRY ICE on hand, just in case we lose electricity. I have had dry ice before, and it evaporates in the freezer. Is there a way to store dry ice for a long period of time, like six months or so? Thanks for any help. -- Teri, via...

Hints From Heloise: How to track a remote, cleaning ideas

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 20:01:00 EST

Dear Heloise: My husband takes a daily nap on the couch in the living room. The TV remote can be on the couch, under the couch or cushions - or on the table by his chair, on the floor, etc. You get the picture.

Hints From Heloise: Heloise's kitcheneering

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:59:00 EST

Dear Heloise: I was wondering if it is OK to HEAT A SANDWICH THAT HAS MAYONNAISE on it. My husband and I have an ongoing debate about this. -- Susan Toadvine in Katy, Texas

Hints From Heloise: Security in numbers

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:37:00 EST

Dear Readers: Can you list what is IN YOUR WALLET right now? Is your Social Security card in there?

Hints From Heloise: The right resume

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:32:03 EST

Dear Readers: It is important to make a good impression when APPLYING FOR A JOB in person or through your rsum. Potential employers may look at your rsum for only 15-20 seconds; it is the first, and many times the only, impression! Here are some hints for composing a resume if you are just enteri...

Hints From Heloise for Feb. 12

Fri, 11 Feb 2011 20:18:01 EST

A Collection of Pet Collars Dear Readers: A PET COLLAR is a collar, right? Nope, not all collars are the same.

Hints From Heloise for Feb. 11

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:18:00 EST

More on Renting Cars Dear Readers: We have gotten a lot of e-mails and letters in response to the recent RENTAL-CAR HINTS. Here are a few additional hints that you may find useful when renting your next car:

Hints From Heloise: Correcting a sink problem

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:41:01 EST

Dear Heloise: I took some ENAMEL OR PORCELAIN off my sink. I think I must have knocked it hard with my cast-iron skillet; otherwise, I don't know how I did it. Anyway, the black gouge looked unsightly. I took some correction fluid, the kind you use for mistakes when typing, and covered the gouge....

Hints From Heloise: A simple, delicious dessert

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 18:10:01 EST

Dear Heloise: I make the simplest DESSERT, and everyone loves it - chocolate caramel pecan pretzel bites. I take caramel-filled chocolate candy and place it on a square pretzel. Then I put a whole pecan on top of the candy. I preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cook them for about 4 minutes. When...

Hints From Heloise: A toast to baking soda

Mon, 07 Feb 2011 11:53:01 EST

Dear Heloise: Recently, some TOAST CAUGHT FIRE in our toaster oven. My husband came from the other end of our home, and I told him to get the box of baking soda from the freezer door.

Hints From Heloise: Just like cabbie?

Sat, 05 Feb 2011 18:05:00 EST

Dear Readers: Some say most mini-schnauzers LOOK ALIKE, but do they? Our Cabernet (Cabbie for short) is a silver-haired sweetheart with big, brown eyes. If you have a dog that looks like Cabbie, send in a photo, and we will pick a handful to post on my Web site. So, take a look at

Hints from Heloise

Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:50:00 EST

Towel Troubles Dear Heloise: For years, our family has RUINED TOWELS in the washer. They come out with spots, as if we spilled bleach on them. I wash in cold water, add detergent and include no fabric softener and no dryer sheets. I use a liquid detergent at all times. We cannot figure out what h...

Hints From Heloise: There's a limit on free

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:40:00 EST

Dear Heloise: I e-mailed you about a FEE I was charged, without my realizing it, to use an online service. Here is the follow-up:

Hints From Heloise for Jan. 29

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 20:24:03 EST

'Permission to Treat' Letter Dear Heloise: Regarding the column about pet sitters: One important item is the "PERMISSION TO TREAT." If you are using a sitting service, you need to write a letter stating that the person doing the sitting has the right to authorize treatment (medical treatment --...

Hints From Heloise for Jan. 28

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 20:00:01 EST

Cruising Through Some Hints Dear Readers: A CRUISE can be a fun way for the family to visit many different places. Here are some hints for packing for a cruise:

Hints from Heloise: Cleaning and restoring pewter

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 18:45:00 EST

PRETTY PEWTER Dear Heloise: Can you please tell me how to CLEAN/RESTORE PEWTER? I have a nut tray that I would like to use. Thanks. -- Georgette, via e-mail Pewter is beautiful and can last a long time. First, is the item valuable? Do not try anything on your own that could cause damage. The Pewt...

Hints From Heloise: There's a Substitute for Chocolate?

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:13:00 EST

Dear Readers: Did you know that you can SUBSTITUTE cocoa and one other ingredient for baking chocolate?

Hints From Heloise: A brush with cleanliness

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:30:00 EST

Dear Heloise: Do you or your readers know of a good way to CLEAN BRUSHES AND COMBS?

Hints From Heloise for Jan. 22

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 18:06:00 EST

Dog, Meet Cat Dear Heloise: How do you safely INTRODUCE A CAT AND A DOG? My daughter's cat will be with us for a year, since my daughter is leaving for the Middle East soon (military duty). Our dog is 13 and has been around cats, but the kitty has always been an "only child."

Hints From Heloise: Air travel with kids

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:24:01 EST

Dear Heloise: Once when I was traveling, I was holding the baby and watching the luggage, and the 3-year-old ran away.

Hints From Heloise: New use is in the cards

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:08:01 EST

Dear Readers: It's that time of year to think about recycling the HOLIDAY, BIRTHDAY AND THANK-YOU CARDS.

Hints From Heloise for Jan. 19

Wed, 19 Jan 2011 19:41:01 EST

A Broiling Issue Dear Heloise: Did you know that new ranges no longer include a BROILER PAN? My husband just bought me a new stainless-steel range with all the bells and whistles, but no broiler pan.

Hints From Heloise: The art of the sale

Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:40:01 EST

Dear Readers: Recently, one of my assistants was shopping for a sofa. She was greeted at the door by a SALES ASSOCIATE, asked specifically what she was looking for, walked right over to two sofa choices, then asked which one she liked. From that point on, the sales associate would not leave Laura...

Hints From Heloise: Danger in a Bottle

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:12:00 EST

Dear Heloise: I read in The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger your column about REUSING EMPTY DETERGENT BOTTLES. As a manager for the New Jersey Poison Center, I have seen many disasters when people repurpose or reuse containers to store chemicals. All chemicals should be left in their original child-re...

Outdoor pets need extra care

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 17:51:01 EST

Dear Readers: Winter and COLD WEATHER mean outside pets need extra care. Here are some hints to keep in mind:


Thu, 13 Jan 2011 20:15:01 EST

Runaway Sheets Dear Heloise: During a recent weeklong stay at a motel, we were troubled by BOTTOM SHEETS that would not stay tucked in. Consequently, the mattress pad would shift around also, and we would be sleeping on the bare mattress by morning. After the first couple of nights, we secured th...

Hints From Heloise: It's time for the slow cooker

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:27:00 EST

Dear Readers: With winter here, it's a perfect time to use your SLOW COOKER for some delicious comfort food and to save on your food budget!

Hints From Heloise: This Does Not Compute

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:17:01 EST

Dear Heloise: Something that I think needs attention: COMPUTERS! I think they are great and provide a good service. But companies need to know that not everyone has a computer -- seniors like me, and people who can't afford them.

Hints From Heloise: Cork it!

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:44:00 EST

Dear Readers: Through the years, my readers have come up with many creative and fun uses for WINE-BOTTLE CORKS.

Hints from Heloise: Carrots for canines

Sat, 08 Jan 2011 17:45:00 EST

Dear Heloise: When I adopted my dog Dusty from the animal shelter, he was pretty scrawny. Since then, he has thrived and is now a bit overweight. I have to cut back on his treats and food. My vet suggested CARROTS.

Hints From Heloise: Storing luggage

Fri, 07 Jan 2011 19:57:00 EST

Dear Heloise: I've come up with some simple hints for STORING LUGGAGE.

Hints From Heloise: Appointment information

Thu, 06 Jan 2011 20:49:00 EST

Dear Heloise: When I put an APPOINTMENT on my calendar, I always include the name and telephone number of the person, company, doctor, etc. If I have to cancel or contact the person, the number is right there. Or if my family needs to contact me in case of an emergency, they can look at my calend...

Hints from Heloise: New year is time to give

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 17:22:00 EST

Dear Readers: How about starting this new year by cleaning out some CLOSETS AND DRAWERS? Gather up all the unused toiletries you have collected (hotel and gift samples). You can make baskets with unopened personal-care products, along with anything else that someone could use. Many of us have sto...

Hints From Heloise: Cats and Catnip

Sat, 01 Jan 2011 19:02:00 EST

Dear Readers: Have you ever watched a cat playing with CATNIP?

Hints From Heloise for Dec. 31

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 20:10:01 EST


Hints From Heloise: Leftover eggnog for breakfast?

Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:20:00 EST

Dear Heloise: I always have too much LEFTOVER EGGNOG, and I don't want to throw it away. Do you have any suggestion for how eggnog can be used in recipes? I hate to be wasteful! -- A Reader, via e-mail

Hints From Heloise: Christmas Cards Lost and Found

Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:49:01 EST

Dear Heloise: My mom and I love to shop for HOLIDAY CARDS at 50 percent off after-holiday sales.

Hints From Heloise: Holiday Horticulture

Sat, 25 Dec 2010 17:11:00 EST

Dear Readers: POINSETTIAS are bright, beautiful red, white or pink holiday plants, but are they harmful to pets? Well, they can cause stomach upset and diarrhea, but that's about it. Yes, the myth continues. Poinsettias are not deadly, but they should be kept from animals and small children anyway.

Hints From Heloise: If It's Friday, It Must Be Leftovers

Fri, 24 Dec 2010 23:43:00 EST

Dear Heloise: I keep reading tips from people about how to know which FOODS IN THE FRIDGE need to be eaten soon, etc. It's a whole lot easier at my house. We just eat leftovers every Friday. Whatever has been in the fridge all week gets eaten when we have "smorgasbord" day!

Hints From Heloise: Yellow stains meet their match

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 19:52:01 EST

Dear Heloise: I had some yellow stains on the arms of a white, long-sleeved cotton shirt and I found a good way to remove them. I used hydrogen peroxide and some cotton balls first, but that only got the stains off one sleeve (the stains on the other sleeve were a little worse). I mixed one part ...

Hints From Heloise

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 01:49:01 EST

Dear Heloise: Please print the Heloise HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE recipe again.

Hints From Heloise

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 01:21:00 EST

Dear Heloise: I have a question about TIPPING IN A RESTAURANT. Do we tip a percentage of the full bill (including tax), or do we tip the percentage before the tax is calculated?

Hints From Heloise

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Readers: Sometimes it's better to LEAVE YOUR PET AT HOME if you are taking a lengthy trip.

Hints From Heloise

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 20:04:02 EST

Dear Readers: When SELLING YOUR HOME in today's market, it's very important to have your house in perfect condition when showing it to a prospective buyer.

Hints From Heloise

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 00:44:00 EST

Rental Results Dear Readers: RENTING A CAR can be an easy process, but if you're not careful, it can result in an unpleasant and expensive experience. Here are some helpful hints to keep in mind: -- When you rent a car, auto experts say to fill up the gas tank before you return it. Otherwise, you...

Hints From Heloise

Wed, 15 Dec 2010 04:10:00 EST

Rolling in the Dough Dear Readers: Do you love to MAKE YOUR OWN BREAD? Here are a couple of hints to help your baking come out of the oven the best it can be! -- Always use fresh yeast. If it isn't fresh, the bread probably won't rise. -- Store opened items, such as baking powder, baking soda and...

Hints From Heloise

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 01:54:00 EST

Dear Readers: Do you know what would happen if your PURSE OR WALLET got stolen or you lost it?

Hints From Heloise

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Cards Today, Boxes Tomorrow Dear Heloise: I select the prettiest cards from USED GREETING CARDS to make gift tags and little gift boxes. Use regular scissors or scalloped-edge pinking shears to make the tags. Also, I take the fronts of nice cards to make little gift boxes, perfect for gifts of ea...

Hints From Heloise

Sat, 11 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Heloise: My daughter has a problem with CATS GETTING ON HER TABLE and countertops.

Hints From Heloise

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Heloise: When we travel and stay in a hotel room more than one night, I take small, plastic ZIP TIES with me.

Cutting the cord on old electric blankets

Thu, 09 Dec 2010 20:19:01 EST

Dear Heloise: My father has accumulated electric blankets through the years, and some of them don't work anymore. He would like to know how to safely remove the electric cord inside the blanket. He remembers seeing it in your column. Could you reprint it?

Hints From Heloise

Thu, 09 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Stain-Removal Plan Dear Heloise: Years ago, when my children were babies, I handed down many clothes that had the STAINS FROM FORMULA removed by a method you recommended. Any advice where I can find that formula? I know it had dishwasher detergent in it, but I can't remember the other ingredients...

Hints From Heloise

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Heloise: How can I deodorize/sanitize my WOODEN CUTTING BOARD?

Hints From Heloise

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Text or Drive, but Not Both Dear Heloise: I have a suggestion for reducing TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS from talking on the phone or texting: don't. This is so obvious that no one should have to be warned. On a recent car trip with a friend who was driving, she received calls from two friends and a sister w...

Hints From Heloise

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 20:20:01 EST

Don't Stress Your Fish Dear Heloise: I am writing in reference to a previous hint about BEAUTIFYING AN AQUARIUM with a mirror on the back of the tank or bowl looking in on the fish. While this is a fine suggestion for most types of "friendly fish," it's not a great idea for solitary or aggressive...

Hints From Heloise

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 00:26:00 EST

No More Regis! Dear Heloise: I was sad to find out that one of my FAVORITE SHOWS, "Live With Regis and Kelly," would no longer be broadcast in San Antonio. I was pretty depressed about not being able to watch the show anymore, so I went to the show's website and went through the chitchat from all...

Hints From Heloise

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Heloise: I love to cook with FRESH ONION AND GARLIC on Sundays.

A splash of vinegar can perk up the dishwasher

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 20:16:01 EST

Dear Heloise: Is there some way to clean the inside of the dishwasher without using the pricey cleaners available at the grocery store? Thank you.

Hints From Heloise

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Heloise: I recently had my retirement and 80th birthday celebration.

Hints From Heloise

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Readers: A previous column asked for your HICCUP FIXES. Wow! What a response!

Hints From Heloise

Sat, 27 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Heloise: As the proud owners of four DACHSHUNDS, we are aware that their extended backbones create a tendency for back problems, which can affect the quality of the lives of many "doxies."

Hints From Heloise

Fri, 26 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Heloise: I have a few suggestions on how to make MOVING a little easier.

Hints From Heloise for Nov. 26

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 16:42:01 EST


Hints From Heloise

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Heloise: Keep a binder book current with the MEDICAL INFORMATION about the person for whom you are a medical caregiver (could be a family member or a client).

Hints From Heloise

Wed, 24 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Heloise: Is there some way to clean the inside of the DISHWASHER without using the pricey cleaners available at the grocery store?

Hints From Heloise for Nov. 24

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:23:01 EST


Hints From Heloise

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Exit Strategy Dear Heloise: During the past month, when I'm leaving the grocery store, I have encountered people waiting outside the exit door ASKING FOR MONEY. I used to keep my change in my hand as I left the store. After being hounded by many people for money, I now make sure I put my change i...

Hints From Heloise

Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Heloise: I have several FASHION WATCHES that I wear only occasionally.

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Sat, 20 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Readers: If you have older dogs that may get stressed by CAR RIDES going to the vet or groomer, you might want to look into using a mobile dog-grooming service.

Hints From Heloise

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Readers: The AIRPORT seems to be another home away from home these days! Recently, I was in 10 airports and on seven planes in three and a half days!

Hints From Heloise

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Heloise: For years, I have been reusing my empty LIQUID CLOTHES DETERGENTS WITH SPOUTS.

Hints From Heloise

Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Readers: Do you love your kitchen? Do you have enough COUNTER SPACE?

Hints From Heloise: Sprucing up the fireplace

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Readers: If you have a fireplace and use it a lot, here are two hints for you:

Hints From Heloise

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Heloise: Thanks so much for the kind words about LIBRARIES, and especially the San Antonio Public Library, in which I have a special interest!

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Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Readers: Here is a LETTER OF THOUGHT from the Heloise Files that was printed many years ago.

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Sat, 13 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Readers: OVERWEIGHT CATS may look cute and roly-poly, but that extra fat can be dangerous.

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Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Readers: If you have a FIREPLACE and use it a lot, here are two hints for you:

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Thu, 11 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Heloise: When I got married, my jeweler told me about a GREAT WAY TO CLEAN DIAMONDS, some gems and gold jewelry.

Hints From Heloise

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Heloise: I read the hint (from a reader -- Heloise) about carrying a plastic bag to use for LEFTOVERS into a restaurant instead of using the carryout containers.

Hints From Heloise: Diabetes and its symptoms

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Readers: World Diabetes Day is Nov. 14 and is the perfect way to raise awareness about diabetes, its causes, prevention and management.

Hints From Heloise

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Heloise: Regarding sending a CHILD ALONE ON A TRIP by commercial airline: Please be sure the adult on the receiving end knows the name the child will be using when traveling.

Hints From Heloise

Sat, 06 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDT

A Guide to Guide Dogs Dear Readers: Most of us who are animal lovers probably want to reach out and PET A GUIDE DOG, but please don't if it is in work mode -- unless you get permission from the dog's owner. Here are a few hints about guide dogs: - When the dog is in a harness, the dog is working ...

Hints From Heloise

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Dear Readers: With the holiday season around the corner, here are a few tips for LADDER SAFETY when decorating your house or doing repair work.

Hints From Heloise

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Dear Heloise: We have so many CHARGERS for so many electronic devices in our household.

Hints From Heloise: Clearly marked address could be lifesaver

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Dear Heloise: Have you ever tried to find a house number at night, or even in the daytime? It can be frustrating. This hint can save lives: It is important for people to have their house numbers painted on the curb. If an ambulance must come fast or if the police are called, time could be wasted...