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  • PHOTOS: Kids can cook, too!

    Youth gathered at the Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service on March 31 for the Kids in the Kitchen class. The class was offered as part of the Sharing OurSelves courses, and offered youngsters the opportunity to get into the kitchen and try out their culinary skills.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Getting savvy about life settlements

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    What can you tell me about life settlements? I have a life insurance policy that I really don’t need any longer and I’ve heard that selling it can produce a nice payout.  
    Interested In Selling

    Dear Interested,
    If you don’t need your life insurance policy any longer, are having a difficult time keeping up with the premium payments or could just use the money, a life settlement is definitely an option worth considering.

    How it works

  • COLUMN: Parenting: No manual included

    What? I’m expected to be the “best parent” without a manual to learn from? When I buy anything other than groceries or clothes, there is always a manual or an instructional book provided to help learn how this thing should work, and what to do when it doesn’t.
    But, I’m expected to raise this “thing,” or “child,” to make it sound human, and be able to do it with little to no previous experience.

  • There she grows: Women farmers share family recipes and what it’s like growing America’s food

    When you try to picture what a farmer looks like, you probably don’t picture a woman. But women operate more than 30 percent of the more than 3 million farms in America — making them a large part of raising your food.

  • One battle with cancer lost, but hope lives on

    Stacey Babb’s son, Alex, is 5 years old. When he was about 6 months old, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and went through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

    While the cancer seemed to be gone, her medical bills were overwhelming. She was unable to work and her husband, Tim, had to work from home to care for her and her son.

  • SOS devices can help save the lives of seniors

    By JIM MILLER

  • Children — Is there a perfect number?

    How much? How many? What am I talking about, anyway?
    Well, it’s not (a) how much money is enough, or (b) how many malted-milk balls you can consume, but how many kids is enough? And, how is it that some parents are satisfied with one and others have as many as the Duggar famiIy in the very popular and enjoyable TV program, “19 And Counting”? That’s right, they have 19 children and we, the viewers, do not have any idea how many there will be when they stop “counting.”

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Debt and death – Will my children have to foot the bill?

    Dear Savvy Senior
    What happens to a person’s debt after they die? At age 78, I have accumulated quite a bit of credit card and medical debt over the past few years and am concerned about leaving my son and daughter with a big bill after I die. What can you tell me?
    Old and Broke

    Dear Old,
    In most cases when a person with debt dies, it’s their estate, not their kids that’s legally responsible. Here’s how it works.

  • Conflict, Part II: Address it, resolve it, move on from it

    In addressing your own problems, try to finish these sentences as honestly as you can. Each sentence relates to what usually happens when you attempt to resolve conflict:
    •When we argue, I usually...
    •When we disagree and I feel I have lost, I usually...
    •When we disagree and I feel I have won, I usually...
    •The way our arguments usually end up for me is...

  • Wild blueberries — Out of the wild and into your freezer

    How do you get more of nature’s antioxidant superfruit into your daily diet? Fill your freezer with delicious frozen-fresh Wild Blueberries. These little blue powerhouses from Maine and Canada have superior antioxidant capacity compared with other fruits and veggies. They’re just as healthy as fresh and may even retain their nutritional value longer. Best of all, they’re available in your grocer’s frozen fruit section year-round, making this tasty little superfruit super convenient.