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Columns

  • Thanking Mom never seems to be enough

    by Stan Head

    It is nearly that time again, Mother’s Day, a time when we join as a country to celebrate the extraordinary role our moms have played in our lives and try to somehow match that up with a six dollar Mother’s Day cards from Walmart.

    It was so much easier as a kid. A couple sheets of construction paper, macaroni, glitter and glue and Hallmark didn’t have a thing on me!

  • Here’s hoping that April showers give way to beautiful May flowers

    Well, we sure had plenty of April showers so let’s bring on the May flowers! Named after the Roman goddess off spring and growth, Maia, May brings out all kinds of life. Of course, that means lots of little critters are springing onto the scene as well.

    A couple of Sundays ago, I put on shorts and sandals to wash the dogs. It took me about 40 minutes to wash all three. Later, I found out I had four chigger bites. I should know better.

  • Have chicken salad and strawberry trifle with spring suppers

    by Joan Martin

    Chicken salad and strawberry trifle are a delicious combination for a light springtime supper.

    Leftover or canned chicken can be used in this easy salad recipe. Select low-fat mayonnaise or light salad dressing to lower the calories without sacrificing taste. Choose grapes that aren’t too ripe and have a firm skin. Add whole wheat buns or bread, carrot sticks and low-fat milk to make a complete meal.

  • Banning electronic cigarettes a good first step

    By Joan Martin

    Anderson County Consumer and Family Sciences agent

    Electronic cigarettes have been in the news recently because Senate Bill 109 passed.  This law bans the sale of all types of electronic cigarettes to minors regardless of the device using nicotine or not. There is a strong correlation between the use of electronic cigarettes and smoking traditional cigarettes. Passing this bill was an important step in reducing the Kentucky smoking rate by 10 percent over the next 10 years.

  • Trees, glorious trees

    You know I’m a warm weather girl but I’ve got to say that little bit of snow here on the farm last week was just flat gorgeous! Brilliant white blanketed by emerald green made the landscape almost glimmer. Add the beauty of those blooming pink redbud trees with thick white snowflakes covering them and it was a site to behold.

    As I drove into town it was obvious that those of us on the ridge got quite a bit more snow than the rest of you. I’m sorry you missed it.

  • Weather is improving but don’t rush planting just yet

    I got to wear a T-shirt and shorts last week! Never mind that my legs really did look like toothpicks, color and all. Dogs were bathed, windows opened and lawn sort of mowed. Then Mother Nature got witty again and pulled us back to reality. Having grown up in Indiana, I’m used to these bipolar weather swings.

  • New News editor ... schweh ... was inspired by educators and her parents

    As early as elementary school, I can recall having a passion for writing. I remember using a notebook to meticulously record classmates’ comments and behaviors at lunchtime. I had an innate curiosity about everything. It’s safe to say that I was destined to have a career as a reporter.

  • Grace will outreach darkness of a ‘Genesis 3’ world

    Let me blunt: I do not enjoy training meetings. As foster parents, my wife and I are required to have a certain number of hours of training every year in order to keep our license and our house open to minister to children in crisis situations.

    It’s not fun, the training that is, but it is worth it.

  • Job-seeking tips for retirees yearning to return to the workplace

    By Joan Martin

    If you were able to retire, but then decide to go back to work, what would you do?

    Some older Americans are looking for work because they want more involvement with people and ideas. Others seek to increase their income because they don’t have enough money to do the things they want to do in retirement.

    Some older Americans go back to work because they lost their savings due to economic problems beyond their control.

  • Supplements can be helpful but not always the best way to add nutrients

    By Joan Martin

    Guest columnist

     

    Are vitamin and mineral supplements really beneficial for you?  Will they help you feel better by improving your health?  Consumers are bombarded by marketing campaigns which claim that vitamin and mineral supplements will reduce your risk of chronic disease.  In the grocery store multivitamins and mineral supplements usually have their own section.