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    Predator-Proof Your Child

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    ~ Is this the first year your child will be coming home to an empty house after school? ~ Is your child starting school for the first time? ~ Is your child walking to school alone this year? Are you concerned about your child’s safety? You should be! Today, the threat to children from predators…

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    HALF-PAST NEW YEAR’S Whatever Happened to Those Resolutions?

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    Whether you followed my suggestions in the January issue for accomplishing goals or stuck to the traditional resolutions, how are you doing with that? At the halfway point – July – it’s time for mid-course corrections and a fresh start. If you’re like most people, you made resolutions on January 1 regarding how you were…

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    Wisdom from Our Mothers

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     As Mother’s Day approaches, we all find our thoughts turning to our moms, whether they’re still here on this earth or gone but remaining in our hearts. We remember the nuggets of wisdom and advice they imparted to us. My own mother had many gems she tried to instill in me, including the hoary maxim,…

  • Community

    Celebrating 50 years at the zoo where the people are in cages

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    It’s just past 10am and the residents are hungry. Wildebeests, tapirs, and ostriches gather at flat concrete slabs immediately adjacent to the roadway, to scarf up the feed that the workers have spread out for them. They wander at will throughout their respective areas of the park, uncaged—although the lions remain securely behind a fence….

  • Community, Education


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    LOOK WHAT’S AT THE LIBRARY! by Cynthia MacGregor Once upon a time—and not that long ago—the library was where you went if you wanted to borrow books or consult reference books. Period. End of statement. But, as the saying goes, that was then and this is now. The library systems in the Tri-country area is…

  • Community, Holidays, Religious

    The Origins of Halloween

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    THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT: THE ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN by Cynthia MacGregor From trick-or-treating to costume parties, from pranks to watching scary movies, Halloween is a holiday enjoyed by all ages. In fact, it is second only to Christmas in retail sales. But how much do you know about the origins of Halloween?…

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    PRANK YOU VERY MUCH: ON BEYOND TP-ING by Cynthia MacGregor What does Halloween mean to you? To little kids (and a few bigger ones), anticipating a haul of goodies, the holiday means a chance to dress up in costume, get out and ring doorbells, and see what kind of sweets they can fill up their…

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    No More New Year’s Resolutions

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      New Year’s resolutions? Bah, humbug! Hardly anyone keeps them beyond a week or so, anyhow—a month at the most. Why bother? I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution since … well, I don’t think I have ever. But if starting out the new year on a new foot is your kind of thing, may…

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