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  • From punch to pudding, bananas are just great

    By Ashley Fields, Cooking columnist

    So, how do you like your bananas? Firm, with a tinge of green? Yellow, and no spots? Or soft and speckled?

    I prefer mine just barely ripe with no spots. If I’m baking banana bread though, I use bananas that are almost black. The riper, the more stout the flavor. Bananas, like most fruits, are very versatile and add a delicious, sweet flavor to any food or drink. This week’s column is all things banana. I’ve included three of my favorite banana recipes.

  • 61st Class Reunion
  • Senior Calendar for June 3, 2015

    Wednesday, June 3

    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Farmers Market coupons

    10:30 a.m.: Joan Martin on nutrition and sampling

    11:30 a.m.: Lunch

    12:30 p.m.: Rook/cards

    Thursday, June 4

    8:30 a.m.: Breakfast Club

    9 a.m.: Yoga/chair exercise

    9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Shopping/errands

    Friday, June 5

    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Farmers Market coupons

    10:30 a.m.: Ed Curtsinger, karaoke

    10:30 a.m.: Diabetes and You with Joan Martin

    11:30 a.m.: Lunch

  • Library Calendar for June 3, 2015

    Pilates Plus

    When: Mondays and Wednesday

    Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

     

    Doctor Who Club

    When: Thursday, June 4

    Time: 6 p.m.

     

    Who Junior

    (for the family)

    When: Friday, June 5

    Time:  6 p.m.

     

    APL Book Club

    When: Monday, June 8

    Time: 6 p.m.

     

    Patriotic Wreath Craft

    When: Tuesday, June 9

    Time: 10 a.m.

  • 50th Anniversary
  • Deficit or cushion?

    By Ben Carlson, Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’ve spent the past several weeks trying to decipher just exactly what is going on with the fiscal court’s budget that was formally approved Tuesday morning, and have concluded that the county doesn’t really have a $400,000 deficit.

    When one thinks of a budget deficit, what comes to mind is not having enough money to meet one’s obligations.

  • Reduce your risk of being victimized by identity thieves

    Over $2.5 billion were lost to identity theft in 2012. Victims younger than 18 represent 6 percent of the total.

    The perpetrator is almost always a family member, frequently the parents.

    Parents who have financial problems will use their child’s social security number to fraudulently obtain credit cards, apply for loans and even employment. The children don’t have any idea until they later apply for jobs, credit cards or loans and find out that they have a negative credit history themselves.

  • Time to prune peonies, pinch mums

    June has arrived to bring us closer to the summer solstice and 15 hours of daylight each day. June has been the most popular wedding month since Roman times, because they were practical planners.

    Think about it. A June marriage meant childbirth in the spring, not the dead of winter and no interference with the fall harvest. Plus, the weather is usually pretty good for outdoor events.

    Work in the garden and lawn is now in high gear, precisely because of that weather.

  • Adding warm-season annuals to grazing system offers several advantages

    Warm-season annuals thrive in the heat of July when temperatures exceed 75 degrees F and other grasses are struggling. During this time cool-season grasses decrease in plant yield, and quality as the plant goes into the reproductive stage. This time frame is called the “summer slump.” Utilizing warm-season annuals during the summer may reduce or end overgrazing of cool-season pastures and the need for feeding stored feeds.

    Animal performance

  • Fire destroys home on Herndon Road

    A fire around 3:30 this afternoon destroyed a home at 1069 Herndon Road owned by Joey and Chelsey Bast.

    No one was apparently home when the fire started and there were no injuries reported.

    Chelsey Bast said she was about to pick her children up from school when a neighbor texted her about the fire.

    “He said your house is on fire and I called 911,” she said while watching firefighters attempt to salvage her home.