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Tips for a safe and happy Easter

By By Patty Swearingen / MSU extension service county director
April 11, 2004
Happy Easter! What would Easter be without decorated eggs? My daughter has already been to several Easter egg hunts and I'm sure we will finish the afternoon off by hiding eggs. She loves to hunt, hide and ultimately eat these symbols of spring.
All this extra handling provides opportunities for the eggs to become contaminated with harmful bacteria. Do not eat any eggs with cracked shells. If you have used cooked eggs as a centerpiece or other decoration, don't plan to eat them. They should be discarded after they have served their decorative purpose.
Remember that eggs are perishable and must be properly stored, prepared and served. If you plan to eat your cooked Easter eggs, be sure to refrigerate them as much as possible between cooking and the hunt. Uncracked hard-cooked eggs cared for in this way should be used within one week. If your decorated eggs have been at room temperature for longer than two hours, or if they've cracked, discard them.
Hiring workshop
A workshop is being sponsored for employers. That's right, the employer needs to be knowledgeable enough to be sure they hire the right person the first time. It will be April 13 at the Meridian Community College, Health Center Building, Room 240. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. and should conclude around 8:30 p.m.
Danny Avery, a certified senior professional in human resources management, will be the guest speaker. If you would like to reserve your seat or need more information, please call 693-1306.
The East Mississippi Business Development Corp., East Central Mississippi Human Resource Association, Lauderdale County Tourism Commission, Meridian Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Meridian Community College Webb Center, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi State UniversitynMeridian Campus Business Services, and Mississippi State University Small Business Development Center are sponsoring the program.
Master Gardner's
plant sale
This past week I visited with the area master gardeners as they were getting ready for the annual plant sale to be April 24. There was a lot of hard work going on as they prepared hundreds of plants for sale.
The sale will start at 7 a.m. at the Farmer's Market by Union Station on Front Street. I would suggest you get there early for the best selection.
There will be lots of perennials, along with annuals, that will be sold. Antique roses, hostas, ground cover and more will be available. The MCC Horticulture Department also will donate plants for the sale.
If you would like more information on any of the upcoming events, please call 482-9764.

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