Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama on April 28, 2015:
JEH JEH LIVE - The Oak Mountain Spring Fair runs through May 3. It includes the World's Tallest travelling Farris wheel, alligator wrestling, and so much more! John Ruffino tells us all about what we can expect this year. Attractions include the live stingray encounter, a balloon stunt show, and Lady Houdini. Rides include the Swing Tower, the Nitro Blitzer, the Cliff Hanger, and Spidermania. There will be live music from Los B-OK, Nena Guzman, and Sonora Tropicana. For tickets or more information, visit Oakmountainstatefair.com.
ASK THE ANGLER - Reed Montgomery answered viewer questions about fishing. You can contact him with your questions at 205- 663-1504 or on his website fishingalabama.com - there you can find lake reports, fishing tips, upcoming events, and more.
GARDENING - Jimmy Rockett shows us vegetable plant and now is the time to plant them. Jimmy says bevy tilling can hurt the microbe population in the ground which is very important because its their waste that feeds your plants. Jimmy also recommending using the Sanctuary and Hastagro fertilizers because they are organic based fertilizers that will increase your production. Also know that you love your veggies and so do the bugs. Jimmy warns you to be on the look out for bugs as the season progresses and the fruit of your labor begins. He reminds us that by using organic insecticides, you will need to spray more often. Always record when you use any product and then you can follow up in a timely manor. For more information, call Jimmy at 205-981-1151, email him at email@example.com, or visit jimmyrockett.com.
GRANT LYNCH ON TALLADEGA - Mike talked with Grant Lynch, Chairman of the Talladega Superspeedway. He told us all about the activities this weeked. On Friday, catch practice throughout the day for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series & ARCA Series. International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 Qualifying is at 2:30 pm. The International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 ARCA race is at 5pm. And then enjoy the Big One On The Boulevard Mardi Gras-style parade and party in the infield. On Saturday Winn-Dixie 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying begins at 10am. GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying begins at 12pm. The Winn-Dixie 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race is at 2pm. This is all followed by the Saturday Night Infield Concert with Chase Rice. Sunday's GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race begins at Noon.
The winner of the GEICO 500 is almost guaranteed a spot in NASCAR's 10-race season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup. Denny Hamlin's win in last year's GEICO 500 assured his spot in the Chase, then finished third in title battle. Brad Keselowski won last year's fall Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway in one of the most exciting races ever. NASCAR's biggest and baddest track features three and four-wide, 200-mph racing on the mammoth 2.66-mile venue. Talladega is NASCAR's party capital where fans of all ages can have a great time. Talladega now features Large Video Boards lining the frontstretch for fan convenience. For all the ticket prices, parking, camping, places to stay, and more, visit talladegasuperspeedway.com or 1-877-Go2-DEGA.
STAR WARS BOOK - We all know how it begins--"in a galaxy far, far away", recognize its legendary score, and of course can recite many of its famous lines--but are you ready to become a true expert on everything Star Wars? Star Wars® expert and author Ryder Windham discussed his newest release, Ultimate Star Wars® from DK Publishing - an in depth visual feast exploring the characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy. This beautifully illustrated guide is structured chronologically and packed full of information about key characters and storylines from the Star Wars movie saga and cartoon series Star Wars: The Clone Wars™, and Star Wars Rebels™. In this comprehensive compendium, explore the entire Star Wars canon from 1977 through the present day, with detailed entries for characters' powers, weapons, enemies and alliances. There is no other guide that visually explores characters, vehicles, locations, and technology from the entire Star Wars® galaxy.
BETH K - Bad weather often means power outages – and the question of which foods in your fridge and freezer are safe to eat when the power comes back on! UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchen says if your power is out:
• Keep the freezer and fridge doors closed as much as possible.
• Don't taste the food to see if it is safe – toxic microbes don't taste like anything! The sniff test won't work either!
• In your fridge, food will be safe if the power has not been out for more than 4 hours.
• For most foods in your freezer, as long as there are still ice crystals on/in the food, it can safely be refrozen.
• The best check of your freezer is if you have a freezer thermometer – which everyone should – if it is 40 degrees or lower, the foods can safely be refrozen.
• If the fridge temp gets above 40 degrees, that's where you can get into trouble because that's where microbes start reproducing rapidly.
• If your fridge has been above 40 degrees for more than 2 hours, throw out perishables such as raw or cooked meat, poultry, fish or soy foods, meat or egg salads, casseroles, soups, stews, lunchmeats, bacon, sausage, soft cheeses , eggs, milk, and yogurt.
Fruits, vegetables, hard cheeses, and condiments are generally safe.
Beth recommends that everyone keep a freezer and a fridge thermometer so that you can look at the temps to give you the best information about whether your food is in the safe zone. Remember, if perishable food has been above 40 degrees for 2 hours or more, perishables need to be thrown out. For more information, go to: foodsafety.gov.
MONEY TUESDAY - Stewart Welch joinned us this morning to explain Probate & Power of Attorney. He says Probate is a court administered process whereby at death, the court oversees the transfer of your probate property from your name to the persons or organizations designated in your will. If you die without a will, your probate property is transferred according to state law. Probating a will can be expensive and typically takes from six to twelve months to complete but it can take much longer. Because of this, lots of people prefer to avoid probate. The good news is that Alabama is considered a 'low cost' probate state. At death, property is transferred from your name -ownership- in one of three ways: by title; by beneficiary designation; or by probate. The trick to avoiding probate is to make sure all of your assets are set up as transfers under either joint title or beneficiary designation. Examples of transfers by title include joint bank accounts and real estate held in joint names. Examples of transfers by beneficiary include your 401k plan, IRA or life insurance. The best way to make this happen is to make a list of every asset you own and be sure each asset is set up under either a joint title transfer or beneficiary designation. This can be very tricky and, in many cases, is ill advised so you should not do this without the assistance and advice of a competent professional.
A Power of Attorney is a document you have drawn, typically by an attorney, whereby you appoint someone as your 'agent' to make financial decisions on your behalf under certain circumstances. In the typical POA, this means if you become incompetent due to sickness or injury, this person is able to step in and sign checks on your checking accounts, withdraw and deposit money into your bank account and generally act in your place for any and all financial decisions. Often the 'agent' is a spouse or someone you trust to make these types of decisions for you. Typically the POA comes in one of two forms: a general and durable POA or a 'springing' POA. With a general and durable POA, your agent can act on your behalf at any time…even when you are fully competent. With a springing POA, your agent must have a letter from your physician declaring you incompetent. The general and durable POA is less trouble to use since your agent doesn't have to prove incompetence but we only recommend it where you have a very high level of trust your agent won't use it unless necessary. Otherwise, we often recommend the springing POA. There are many different forms of POAs that are drawn for specialized purposes. For more information, visit welchgroup.com.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, get ready for Funkfest! We bring you all the scoop on this fun music festival with Doug E Fresh, Anthony Hamilton, Cameo, and many more! Best selling author Charlaine Harris with the Sookie Stackhouse (and "True Blood") series introduces us to her new trilogy! FOX6 brings you more Shred-a-thons.... we kick off the latest round live tomorrow on Good Day! Mickey catches up with his buddies at the Birmingham Zoo! Catch some amazing work at the Alys Stephens Center this weekend.... Jeh Jeh shows us a preview of Cirque Alys II! Join us for all of this and much more next week on Good Day Alabama!