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Today's Features

  • I am getting ready to head back to U of L where I teach two courses, so I really need to get organized. The garden is still producing and time needs to be spent on turning some of the bounty into things that can be enjoyed during the winter months. I have had the dehydrator going every day this last week drying apples, peaches and berries, cherry tomatoes and potatoes. Plus, predictions of rising food costs (ironically, current reports indicate that grain and sugar prices are affecting prices now, and I don’t eat much of that.)

  • Although we have had some rains here in Spencer County that other parts of the state haven’t had, our lawns are showing some of the effects of the hot, dry weather over the last couple of months.  If your lawn looks bad and needs some renovation, we are coming into the best time of the year to do some seeding.

  • As we look at Paul when he wrote the Philippians, first let’s take a look at the condition he was in.
    Philippians 1:23-24 says, “For I am in a strait betwixt two having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”
    As we look at Paul even though he was a prisoner, he still held up the name of Jesus and wanted to see the Philippians do the same. In his writing to them, he always upheld the name of Jesus.

  • Today I was at the store and I noticed that a half-gallon of milk cost about $2.20, while a gallon cost about $2.90. Does that strike anyone as a little strange? Only 70 cents for that second half-gallon?
    But then again a couple of days ago I was buying some canned dog food. Now it is certainly easier to buy a shrink wrapped package of 6 or twelve cans, but then I looked at the price. For the same dog food, the individual cans were considerably LESS expensive per can. Does something seem wrong with that?

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    The Spencer County High School FFA team placed first at the Eastern Kentucky University dairy judging contest. Team members are, from left, Shane Greenwell, Bryce Martin, Cecilia Petersen and Marianne Gaddie. Marianne was named high individual, Bryce came in second and Cecilia was third overall.

  • Normally, a hot dry year would favor vegetable production as long as growers have adequate irrigation. However, when daytime temperatures inch up over 100 degrees Fahrenheit like we’ve seen several days this year, we begin to see problems with many vegetable crops.

  •  Soon, many vegetables and fruits will be ready for harvesting, and many gardeners will have more produce than they can readily eat. Those who want to preserve fresh, summer foods for later consumption will consider either freezing or canning the harvest. But is one way of preservation better than the other? The answer depends on the type of food you want to preserve.
    If proper techniques and correct temperatures are used, frozen foods retain greater amounts of their vitamin content, natural color, flavor and texture.

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  • Having had the privilege of being able to help many survivors (more than a hundred) of childhood abuse, I’ve heard the many memories that were presented by the adults who have been able to, eventually, recover from the devastating effects of this type of horror.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    My wife, who’s 60, is on my health insurance plan through my employer. When I retire in a few months at 65, and go on Medicare, what happens to her? Do we have to purchase private insurance, or is there some kind of Medicare coverage for dependent spouses?
    Nearly Retired

    Dear Nearly,