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Tim Boxer
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Johnathan Boxer
Junior PET

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HE Lexmark P6250 Home Photo Center is an excellent All-In-One for personal use. Its PictBridge enables you to print photos direct from your digital camera, and its card readers accommodate almost all digital cameras with Compact Flash Type I and II, Micro Drive, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, Memory Sticks, SmartMedia and xD.

The P6250 offers superior printing, high resolution scanning and one-touch color copying – without the use of a PC. A cartridge ink gauge displays ink levels so you’ll know when it’s time to get a new cartridge. And on the 2.5-inch color LCD screen they’ll walk you through the steps to change the cartridge. For me that was a big help.

The Lexmark Imaging Studio Software helps you reduce red-eye, crop, resize and enhance images. A neat feature is the countdown timer informing you how long it’s taking to spit out a finished picture. Price: $149.99.

Making Travel A Joy

AGELLAN’S fall catalogue contains several travel-friendly items that intrigued me. Order at Take their exclusive silk/wool Travel Jacket. The fully lined, two button number comes in navy, black and light gray. It has five interior security pockets, two with zippers. Comfortable for year-round use. $169.

Clark’s Loafers for men are great for both dressy or casual wear. At 10 ounces, they won’t weigh you down. They come in black or chestnut. $79.

Crop Creep Blouse with stand-up V-neck collar, long sleeves, straight hem and side slits make for an elegant look. Available in black, indigo, moss or olive. $79.

Nightgown of light polyester/cotton-blend knit will keep you cool in hot, humid climates. The built-in anti-bacterial finish neutralizes odor. Dries faster than cotton. $55.

Expander is hard-sided luggage with broad shoulders and slimmed down waistline. The sleek hard shell expands to give you 25 percent more packing space. The four wheels allow you to whisk your bag to your destination to plane, car or ship. Four sizes: 22-inch for $89, 26-inch for $119, and the 30-inch for $129.

Men’s Trail Wraptor Sandals is like a walking show with air conditioning. You don’t have to doff them at airport security. It has a patented padded strapping technology for a custom fit, and an anti-bacterial treatment to inhibit odor. $90. Women’s Kenetic Sandal has a dual density heel for stability and an instep support strap. $85.

Grundig Mini 100 Shortwave Radio keeps you in tune with global news while you’re on the road. Has AM/FM plus six shortwave bands so you’re in touch with the world. Comes with earphone, belt clip and travel pouch. Includes two AA batteries. $29.85.

Giant Screen Alarm Clock has a five-minute snooze and alarm that increases in frequency. Huge display makes for easy reading at night. Tap the snooze button and it illuminates the tall numbers. Sleek titanium color finish. $29.85.

Great Gifts For
You And Yours

ARK FELDSTEIN has been offering great gifts and houseware products for 19 years, ands this season he won’t disappoint. See his catalogue at Last year he introduced The Illuminator for $30, a flashlight with no bulb and no batteries. In this day and age, what home could be without it? It even comes with AM/FM radio.

The Sweet Machine, $35, reminiscent of the arcade, will thrill the kids. Put one on the desktop and it will delight adults. Fill it with treats or toys, and maneuver the claw to grab your choice before the music stops. Lots of fun, and rewarding, too.

Place a Power Breeze Desktop Fan in front of you as you work, and you’ll keep cool. Chrome safety grill with metallic finish. Perfect for bedroom, kitchen and dorm. $15.

Radio Controlled Digital Atomic Clock never needs resetting. It continuously synchronizes with the Atomic Clock at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Includes temperature, alarm with snooze, day and date functions. $25.

The PET List For Kids

Teeny Towels Mini-Wipes, a brilliant idea from Parents of Invention, are lavender-scented anti-bacterial wipes to clean little fingers when they get dirty or messy and you don’t have time to run to the public restroom. Another Teeny Towels item is the Insect Repellent, citrus-scented DEET-free mini-wipes to protect children from insects as they explore behind the house or in the woods.

Snuggl’ Up is the best thing since Linus’ security blanket. This soothingly soft pillow, an invention of Valerie Perri-Lipson, is better than a stuffed animal for to snuggle up and sleep. Perfect in crib, car, planes, overnights, camps and even dorms. Machine washable and folds up into a tote bag. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver love it. Priced at $25 at

Sippy Strap, an innovative product from Becky Dawson, keeps baby’s cup tethered to the stroller or car seat. No more throwing that cup on the ground or in the back of the car. Retails for $2.95 to $3.95.

Stroller Stretcher makes traveling with toddlers easier. Just attach this extension to the stroller handle and you can push the stroller with one hand, thus freeing up your other hand to multitask. You can adjust the extension to a height that’s comfortable for you. $14.95 at

Who’s Shoes ID attaches to shoes, sandals, belts, and swimsuits. Created by Mary Lynn Fernau, who started the National Child ID Challenge, Who’s Shoes ID contains emergency information to reunite a lost child with the parent. Kit includes two ID bands, photo ID card for the parent to carry, DNA collection instructions and travel tips. Priced at $7.99 at

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