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  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Is life insurance needed in retirement? I’m about to retire and have been thinking about dropping my policy to escape the premiums. Is this a good idea?
    Over Insured

    Dear Over,
    While many retirees choose to stop paying their life insurance premiums when they no longer have young families to take care of, there are a few reasons you may still want to keep your policy. Here are some different points to consider that can help you determine if you still need life insurance in retirement.

  • Agriculture Commissioner James Comer encourages Kentucky State Fair visitors to drop by the Kentucky Proud Experience tent to enjoy and purchase fresh local foods and beverages. The tent is located on the West Lawn at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
    “People today want to know their farmer, where their food comes from, and to buy and drink locally,” Commissioner Comer said. “What better place to showcase the best our state has to offer than at the Kentucky State Fair?”

  • I have long understood that purslane could be used in salads or soups but never made much of an effort to harvest it until a few years ago. So, when high summer approaches I am now on the hunt for purslane, considered a noxious weed by most! I am not the only one who regards purslane with some culinary virtue. A fellow Farm Market farmer at the Belknap Farmers Market gave me a taste of his homemade salsa he was snaking on last week, commenting, is the best way to use purslane‚ and I was so excited to hear someone else get excited about this so-called weed.

  • Bethlehem Baptist taking cemetery care collection
    Bethlehem Baptist Church is taking up collections for the care and maintenance of the cemetery. Please send donations to the church or contact www.bbc-ky.com.
    Women’s Ministry to host “Seeking God”
    The Women’s Ministry at Spencer Christian Church is hosting a free event on Aug. 15 called “Seeking God”.

  • These cool mornings and hot humid evenings have led to some foggy mornings lately. I sort of enjoy the sense of quiet and isolation the fog brings when I walk the dog in the morning. But out on the road it can be a different story.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    What kinds of reacher grabber tools can you recommend for seniors who need help picking things up off the ground. I bought a cheap one at Walmart a few months ago that doesn’t work very well for me, and would like to find one that does.
    Need a Hand

  • Although much of today’s column relates to principles taught by psychologists Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, who captured the theme of boundaries with their book “Boundaries,” published in 1992. The first book was followed by “Boundaries with Kids,” which I have used, although I will include examples of some of the families who came to me for counseling, especially when one or more of their children appeared to not have had sufficient boundaries established in their lives, and the problems that had now developed.

  • You know all the jokes about people having bumper crops of summer squash? Squash shows up in people’s cars or in public spaces because there is so much that the gardener can’t even give it away. Well, that’s never really been a problem for me. I have a little bit of that problem this year and I give credit to the variety and the fact that it was plated later than usual. Others, however, have not been so blessed.

  • Recent news reports of unsafe drinking water in the Great Lakes area has drawn national attention to toxic algal blooms. In Kentucky, cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, recently were found in Green River Lake, Taylorsville Lake, Barren River Lake, Nolin Reservoir and Rough River Lake at levels that prompted a recreational advisory.

  • These hush puppies are the perfect side dish for baked, broiled or fried fish, or it makes a wonderful appetizer when served with a spicy dipping sauce. You can keep the fried hush puppies warm in a 225 F oven for up to 15 minutes.

  • Anger: Is it okay? When is it not okay?

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    I run a community counseling program for needy families and am frustrated that so few eligible seniors take advantage of the food stamp program. Can you write a column on this to help educate seniors to this underutilized benefit?
    Reaching Out

  • After the big rain we had, I hit the weeds–most of which involved wrangling ever expanding globs of crabgrass. Yes, this is the time when crabgrass rears its ugly head and begins to creep through our fescue lawns, sneak into our cultivated beds and, when we’re not looking, reseeds itself to ensure the continuation of the species. Okay, maybe a little melodramatic but my hands still hurt from all that pulling!

  • A variety of parasites attack poultry by either sucking blood or feeding on their skin, and feathers. Knowing what pests may be bugging your flock will help you figure out how to deal with the problem.
    Continuous external parasites are ones that spend their entire adult life on their host. Temporary parasites feed on, but do not live on, their host.
    Some continuous external parasites include: