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  • 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:

  • How is it that marriage partners appear in many ways of their life to have emotional attachments with others with sufficient closeness to enjoy these relationships, while at the same time becoming more detached from one another in the marriage? What are some of the ‘triggers’ that may have brought about the decline and can marital life be restored and enriched that will carry the marriage for the lifetime?

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Can you recommend any advocacy organizations for seniors other than AARP? I cut up my AARP card a few years back when they supported Obamacare, and am now looking for another organization that better represents me.
    Conservative Senior

  • Bethlehem Baptist taking collection for cemetery care
    Bethlehem Baptist Church is taking up collections for the care and maintenance of the cemetery. If you would like to support the upkeep of the cemetery, please send donations to the church or contact them through www.bbc-ky.com.
    Finchville Baptist to hold Founder’s Day picnic

  • Have you ever noticed that when you are in a hurry, everyone else moves too slowly?  Or when you are laid back and taking it easy, everyone else seems to be in such a rush?  The other day I was running late to meet my wife and let’s just say I was pushing the speed limit.  I got behind this car that just seemed to be poking along, and I got a little frustrated, then I looked at my own speedometer!  I decided I’d better back off a little bit!

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, “National Farmers Market Week”. Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation’s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.