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Too chicken to fight fires, but at least firefighters aren’t

By Ben Carlson

Sweat stinging my eyes and breathing super-heated air, I exited a burning house last Saturday morning with a long-held belief firmly intact: Firefighters are absolutely out of their ever-lovin’ minds.
Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes invited me to a house burning that morning near the Four Roses Distillery, saying that I could get a taste of what it’s like to be inside of a burning building.


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Gardening is good way to combat food prices

By Cheryl Steenerson

May is just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but my engines are revving and it’s about time to let the clutch out.
I’ve been working outside every possible moment, trying to get projects done before I get busier than a three-legged cat in the sand box.
The frost nipped my beans on the night before we were supposed to get frost and killed off most of my early squash. I really wanted the beans to make it and they may yet, but I’m replanting.


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By Joan Martin

Don’t let cost chase fruits, veggies from plates

The USDA low cost food plan allows 40 percent of the budget for vegetables and fruits.
The plan calls for 2 – 3.5 cups of vegetables per day per person and 1.5 to 2.5 cups of fruits.  The amount depends on the age of the individual.
The USDA plan calls for more vegetables and fruits than what people currently eat. I challenge you to look at your food budget to determine what percent you spend on fruits and vegetables.  


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April’s longer daylight hours a boon for plants

By Cheryl Steenerson

Wow! It’s the middle of April and we have light.
We already have better than 12 hours and by the time May 1 rolls around, we’ll be pushing 14 hours of daylight.  I love it. It gives me more time to do stuff outside, and believe me, I always need more time.


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By Joan Martin

Manage stress in the midst of busy parenthood

Men and women feel stress in their role as parents. Part of the challenge is balancing family life and work life plus community service. Some parents also go to school and others work more than one job. So how do you have peace and harmony at home?
There are some things only you can do. There are others that you think you are the only one who can do it. Some things can wait. A few tasks just can’t or won’t get done. I encourage you to have a serious discussion as parents about the responsibilities that drive your stress as a parent. How do they fit into the list above?


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By Jason Denny

Spring brings tax deadline, absentee voting

Spring is upon us. April is normally associated with rain, flowers or pollen, but at the county clerk’s office it is about boat license, delinquent taxes and absentee voting.
Let’s begin with boats. All boat taxes and renewal decals are due in April.
All delinquent taxes are transferred from the sheriff’s office to the county clerk’s office on April 16 at the close of business. If you haven’t paid your property taxes, do so before that date.


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Early summer bonus for bugs and tissue makers

By Cheryl Steenerson

Has anyone else’s nose been running like a faucet? There has to be plenty of something in the air that’s not normally this powerful.
I don’t suffer from most allergies, but I have heard about the Ohio Valley crud. Maybe after 16 years here in Anderson County it finally caught me.
Whatever it is, the makers of Kleenex must be very happy.


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By Joan Martin

Living wheat free poses dietary challenges

Almost 40 years ago I became aware that some people who have to live wheat free.
What’s good for most of us can be harmful for a few. Proper diagnosis should be done by a qualified medical provider as gluten intolerance or celiac disease is often confused with wheat allergy. This column isn’t about medical advice. My goal is to increase awareness of the challenges of living wheat free and offer some guidelines.


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Good Friday is a great day to start potato plants

By Cheryl Steenerson

I’ve discovered one down side to the mild winter. I didn’t get much of a workout and neither did the dogs.
I got into “full garden mode” a couple of weeks ago and Spanky and Tiller joined in to help. Keep in mind that most everything is done by hand with a lot of swinging and digging and trips up the hill.
The dogs follow my every step, with the exception of a rabbit run or two, and I take a lot of steps. Do you know that those fur balls had the nerve to sleep in the next day!


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By Joan Martin

Be aware of warning signs of depression

Depression affects older adults more than most people realize.
Extension Homemakers in Anderson County and throughout the Fort Harrod area have been learning about depression.  
The goal of the program is three fold:  
Recognize signs of clinical depression and seek treatment.
Reduce the stigma associated with having depression.
Provide support for loved ones who experience depression.


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