Yeargan & Kert - November 2019



With the holidays right around the corner, we’re sure many families are preparing for a joyous season of giving. While making those gift lists and checking them twice is certainly a good idea, our firm would like to urge you to remember another very important point of preparation: being behind the wheel this season. There’s never been a more critical time to drive more carefully than this time of year. Deadly car accidents involving drunk drivers are painfully common during the holidays. From Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s, our nation sees more deaths from these preventable accidents than at any other point in the year. In fact, a Department of Transportation survey conducted between 2001–2005 found that 45 people died in DUI related crashes every day during the holiday season. This statistic has been declining over the years, but there’s more we can do. The best way to combat this tragic holiday trend is by keeping yourself and others from getting behind the wheel after drinking. If you plan on consuming any amount of alcohol at Thanksgiving dinner or a holiday party, it’s best to ensure you have a way home that doesn’t put you in the driver’s seat. If you’re hosting the festivities this year, don’t let a loved one drive home drunk. If worst comes to worst, you could get them a cab or offer them a place to spend the night and sober up. Even if you’re sober, being on the road during the holidays puts you at a heightened risk of being in a car accident. Drive defensively — don’t assume other drivers will respond quickly or rationally. This may not always save you from someone else’s negligent actions, but it can help keep you safe. If you do spot what looks to be an intoxicated driver, pull over and call the police. Do not attempt to address the situation yourself; you might put yourself and other drivers at risk. THE SAD TRUTH DON’T BE A STATISTIC WATCH FOR OTHERS


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If the leftovers are your favorite part of Thanksgiving, then this recipe is for you! Show your dog how thankful you are for them with these post-feast dog treats.


• 1/2 cup cooked sweet potatoes, plain and mashed • 3/4 cup water

• 1 egg • 2 cups cooked turkey, finely chopped • 2 cups whole wheat flour

DIRECTIONS 1. Heat oven to 350 F. 2. In a medium bowl, combine sweet potatoes, water, and egg. Add turkey and flour and stir again until dough is thick and sticky. 3. Use a rubber spreader to spread dough evenly on parchment-lined baking sheet, about 1/2-inch thick. Cut dough into small rectangles using a knife or pizza cutter. 4. Bake for 30 minutes, until the dog treats are lightly golden brown. 5. Remove from oven and let treats cool completely. Break treats apart along score lines. 6. Serve fresh or store in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

No one wants an empty chair at Thanksgiving dinner this year. Please, drive safe.



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