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Wednesday's Woman

  • Savvy back-to-school shopping

    Whether your child started another school year last week or is preparing for college, your back-to-school purchases might not be complete. The Better Business Bureau offers the following tips for savvy shopping.

    1. Ask about returns and refunds. When buying new gear, ask the store about their return policy and always keep the receipts. Stores are not legally required to exchange an item or give a refund.

  • Children, adults fill work and volunteer roles for Cathy Wyatt

    Cathy Wyatt’s work spans a broad spectrum of ages.

    As a special needs instructional assistant at Morningside Elementary School, her work involves the young. As a volunteer at Helmwood Healthcare, she works with older adults.

    “I just love it,” Wyatt said.

    For her job at the elementary school, Wyatt generally works from 7:50 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school year.

  • The List: Be back-to-school ready at home

    Students throughout the community head back to school today, and educators say there is an important role for parents to play in a successful school year. The U.S. Department of Education offers the following tips.

    — Create a home environment that encourages learning and schoolwork. Establish a daily family outine of mealtimes with time for homework, chores, bedtime and family activities.

  • Speakers with Spark: Now's the time for setting realistic goals

    By Sheila O’Mara
    For Wednesday’s Woman

    A new school year is upon us and I must admit this is my favorite time of year. Not because of going back to school, but because it’s school and office supply sale time and to an office supply junkie like me, it feels like Christmas.

  • Motherhood & More: A mother’s nightmare: Falling while holding a child

    It finally happened.

    And if I’m honest I can say I’m surprised it hadn’t happened already.
    I fell holding one of my children.

    I’ve mentioned a time or two how klutzy I am, and it’s true. As I’m typing this I’m covered in a plethora of bruises, bumps, scratches and cuts from bike rides, stumblings or just everyday walking around my house.

    At one point a couple of weeks ago I looked like someone who’d been in a bad car accident.

  • Ask the Nutrition Expert: Smart summer foods

    By Clarissa Pape

    For Wednesday's Woman
     

    Summer foods are here. And that doesn’t include hot dogs, which become a regular summer lunch because 20 seconds in the microwave is all it takes. Instead of mystery meat encased in phosphates and who knows what else, try stocking the fridge with a few ready-to-eat healthy options.

    With about 20 to 30 minutes of prep time, you can be prepared with quick and easy healthy foods for the whole week with these summer staples.

  • Christa Smith's art and home reflect older times

    Christa Smith’s art is a link to her heritage.

    Originally from Germany, she creates Bavarian folk art boxes using Bauernmalerei, a type of folk painting.

    She said her route to Elizabethtown was like many in the area. She married a military man who was eventually stationed at Fort Knox. After 30 years of military service, he retired in Elizabethtown.

  • The List: Things that are good to know about CFLs

    As homeowners and governments alike look for more ways to trim energy consumption, compact fluorescent lamps are getting attention. Here are some facts to know.
     

  • Elaine Geer, the unofficial mayor of Rineyville

    There’s one thing you can know for sure about Elaine Geer. She loves Rineyville.

    She was born and raised in Rineyville and is a 1975 graduate of North Hardin High School. Her roots in the town run deep. Her late father, Tom Wiseman, famous for his burgoo, lived there most of his life and her grandmother taught piano at the elementary school.

    “I just wish everyone could experience Rineyville in the 1960s,” Geer said. “It was a great place to raise children and it still is today.”

  • Life or Something Like It: Summer foods

    One of the best things about summer is eating.

    At farmers markets, in grocery stores and in our own gardens, there are piles of big-leafed Swiss chard, juicy blueberries, crunchy cucumbers and lots and lots of zucchini.

    And summer will really start, of course, when we pick the first ripe tomato from the garden or the pots on the porch (and if you’ve already done that, I’m envious).