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Today's Features

  • A Voice-Tribune reader recently asked about the worms in her chestnuts; well, I am afraid I am in the same boat. We have chestnut weevils. I love our nut grove for a multitude of reasons: it shelters our meat chickens that are ranging freely in its shade; the sheep graze and even munch on fallen nutmeat. In other areas we collect pecans and Chinese chestnuts among other offerings. The pecans are clean as a whistle this year but the chestnuts are a bust.

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  • Taylorsville Elementary School’s PTA sponsored a special visit recently from Coyote Chris with Silly Safari to show students about animals and the great things they can do. He also came back the same evening to present to the parents and kids at the school’s first PTA meeting.

  • David Clark of Finchville submitted these old family photos.

  • The hundreds of times I have been doing counseling with a couple who expressed this sentiment at the beginning of their counseling program reminds me of one of the most ridiculous advertisements of a product being offered: “just three easy payments,” “just three easy steps,” etc. How do they know that? And furthermore, if I am stupid enough to believe that offer, I should be ashamed of my use of my God-given intelligence if I buy that product or that offer.

  • The hundreds of times I have been doing counseling with a couple who expressed this sentiment at the beginning of their counseling program reminds me of one of the most ridiculous advertisements of a product being offered: “just three easy payments,” “just three easy steps,” etc. How do they know that? And furthermore, if I am stupid enough to believe that offer, I should be ashamed of my use of my God-given intelligence if I buy that product or that offer.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Is it important to compare Medicare Part D prescription drug plans every year? My pharmacist recommends it, but it’s such a hassle sorting through all those different plans. What can you tell me?
    Confused Beneficiary

    Dear Confused,

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    In the news last month there was a public health alert urging all baby boomers to get tested for hepatitis C. Is this really necessary, and if so, what are the testing and treatment procedures?
    Weary Wanda

    Dear Wanda,

  • In the late ‘90s, my favorite national-brand peanut butter came out with a silky-smooth chocolate version. I kept a box of crackers and a jar of the chocolate peanut butter on my desk at work for the late afternoon blahs. It was truly wonderful. They did make other flavors, but I never bothered with them. There was no point when there was chocolate peanut butter in the world.
    Eventually, it was taken off the market and I moved on. I tried not to think about it too much, but from time to time I thought of it and wished there was a way to have it again.

  • When in your life did you feel “I don’t need anybody” or  “I can do it all myself”? When did this happen in your life? What took place to develop this thought?
    Now, some of you had to fend for yourselves when you should have been able to depend on others to help you. This can happen when adults in your life have virtually abandoned the responsibility to care for you, so you were forced to grow up and survive by taking good care of yourself, or you may not have survived.