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Today's Features

  • Accidents and fires involving electricity result in more than a thousand deaths and tens of thousands of injuries each year. The majority of those tragedies could be prevented with greater awareness of how to stay safe.  Electrical fires are particularly destructive and deadly. This is why the National Electrical Safety Foundation declared May as National Electrical Safety Month.  

  • I love to go to the beach. There’s something about the ocean that draws me: the sun, the cotton candy clouds draped across the blue sky, the white-capped waves that lap against expanses of sugary sand.
    I suppose that’s because I grew up in south Florida, living by turns in North Miami Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Jensen Beach, Rio and Stuart. Lazy summer beach days meant we made a picnic lunch, grabbed bathing suits and beach towels and headed out.

  • Getting to know Valerie Hicks:
    Hobbies: Gardening, travel, hanging out with friends
    Movie: “The Wizard of Oz”
    TV: “The Big Bang Theory”
    Favorite flowers: peonies and zinnias  

     

     

    Master Gardener Valerie Hicks pours most of her free time into gardening. She admits her garden isn’t always perfect but she likes it that way.

  • Summer is right around the corner. This time of year frozen treats are perfect, especially when fruit is involved.

    The summer season makes us all kids again. Many times we head straight to the freezer for a Popsicle or ice cream sandwich on a warm summer day. But frozen treats made with fresh fruit can be a better option. 

    These two frozen fruit recipes are so simple you can get the kids involved in treat making. With school days soon ending, activities to do with the kids are always a bonus. Getting kids in the kitchen can be a great idea.

  • Strawberries, I love them! I have such fond memories of going strawberry pickin’ as a young kid. When we got them home, Mom would make a strawberry pie and later make strawberry jam and preserves and freeze the rest in the freezer. We could eat on them all winter long.

    Later when I got married and Joey was old enough we would go picking, but I think Joey was picking more green than red berries. He wore out on us the first time we took him, but later he was a pretty good strawberry picker.

  • As a senior publicist at a major New York City publishing house who works with celebrities such as Sheryl Crow and Jackie Collins, Loren Jaggers is a long way from the Hardin County dairy farm where he was raised.

    Jaggers grew up in Glendale, where his father was a dairy farmer. He remembers feeding cattle before going to school.

    But he had other interests that led him to his current career.

    “I was kind of a bookish kid anyway,” he said.

  • I have found column ideas in a lot of places in my lifetime. From fields of play to listening to music to going home where I grew up to watching the every move of our granddaughters.

    I even found one recently in the checkout line at McDonald’s in Elizabethtown.

    Sometimes I do my best thinking when I have a clear mind, such as Wednesday while driving on U.S. 31W when I asked myself, “What can I write about?”

    So it became a smorgasbord of thoughts in the few miles it took for me to drive to Cheddar’s and back.

  • White Mills
    Terri Spencer,  270-862-4604
    I hope all of you ladies had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  I did.  We went to Cincinnati to visit my mom.  She has Parkinson’s Disease so every moment  I get to spend with her is a blessing.  The bad thing about having family living so far apart is we didn’t get to spend Mother’s Day with my mother-in-law, Nora Belle Spencer.  So I want to take this opportunity to tell her how much we love her and how much we appreciate everything she has done for us.

  • J. James and Denise Mitza of Elizabethtown announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sarah Dimitriadis of Newport, New Hampshire, to Mathew Christie of Newport, son of David Christie of Newport and the late Sharon Christie.
    The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of Quinnipiac University with a a Bachelor of Arts and a 2008 graduate of Suffolk University Law School with a Juris Doctor. She is an attorney with McSwiney, Semple, Hankin-Birke & Wood, P.C. in New London, New Hampshire.

  • Rineyville
    Gail Pike, 270-737-2973