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Columns

  • A few holiday tips for family caregivers

    The holiday season can be full of challenges for family caregivers and include some moments of joy. Establishing a realistic approach will help you enjoy more and stress less.

    Teepa Snow, dementia care education specialist, provided this information at a recent conference at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Check out her website for more ideas

    Family members may plan a big celebration with the idea that this may be the last holiday that they will share together. Instead think about quality time together, not the length of time.

  • Jesus saves, in more ways than one

    By Alexis Weathers

    Guest Columnist

    It is spring of 2012, the second week of the H1N1 virus. I lie completely still on the couch, breathing small, shallow breaths. My skull is pounding, throbbing, making my ears ring something horrible as I listen to the commercial ending and the news coming back on the TV.

    “Breaking news today: there have been 20 more 911 calls concerning the deaths of more H1N1, or as some call it the swine flu, victims across the state.”

  • Will you cook a turkey for me?

    When I was in journalism school one of my first photo assignments was to take pictures of 10 strangers. The pictures consisted of people of all ages, including children.
    It was an extremely awkward assignment at the time, “Excuse me, ma’am, may I take a picture of your daughter?”

  • Sweet and sour turkey great for leftovers

    The holidays are quickly approaching, and with them, the season of great eating.

    Save the Thanksgiving leftovers to provide quick meals for your family. Store leftovers promptly and reheat completely to prevent foodborne illnesses. Follow these tips to ensure your leftovers are safe to eat:

    Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of the food sitting at room temperature. Bacteria grow best at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees F.

  • Plenty of chores despite freezing temps

    If this was 1973, or one of the next 23 years, I’d be one of those obnoxious people now sending pictures of thermometers showing 80 degrees to friends and family back home. I was in Phoenix, where winter lasts only two months, January and February. Winter is the only time that I really miss Arizona.

  • Rotational grazing proves successful in Anderson County

    This summer the Master Grazer Educational program conducted several demonstrations across Kentucky for producers to see best management practices in place, and the benefits they possess.

    One of these demonstrations was implemented in Anderson County by David Burge. He had always utilized a continuous grazing system but was looking for ways to improve his grazing management and maximize land utilization.

  • A moment in the midst of real greatness

    I was in the midst of greatness last month. There is no question about that.

    Sports writing pays my bills and over the years I have been in venues ranging from quirky old high school gyms to locker rooms in the National Footall League and Major League Baseball.

    I have talked with the latest hot shot high school player all the way up to Hall of Famers.

    I’ve even gotten some chances to interview entertainers, politicians and business people. I’ve talked with those content to make a name locally and those who are known around the world.

  • Digging down to words’ roots

    As a gardener, I’m very familiar with roots. As a writer, I’m very familiar with words. I thought I’d put the two together this week and look into the origins of some of the phrases we use or hear regularly. That’s a bit unusual for a gardening column and you may think me “mad as a hatter” for doing it.

  • New host confirmed for emerald ash borer

    On Oct. 14, the USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) at the Smithsonian confirmed the partial adult and larval specimens recovered from a white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) as emerald ash borer (EAB) (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire). EAB larvae and a partial adult specimen were collected from four white fringetrees up to 20 miles distant from one another in the Dayton, Ohio area. Also present in the infested material were D-shaped exit holes and fully developed galleries identical to those caused by EAB.

  • Program will teach 10 signs of Alzheimer’s

    What is typical of aging and what might be a sign of problems with memory? The University of Kentucky is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present “Know the 10 Signs” across Kentucky. Anderson County Extension will sponsor two programs next month on Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. and again on Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. Please call the Extension Office at 502-839-7271 to reserve a spot for this free educational program.