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Today's Features

  •  U.S. Air Force Airman Daveion R. Green graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • By Linda Arnold

          Coke, Diet Coke, Caffeine-free Coke, Coke Zero, Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke — you name it.

          We have so many choices today, and I wonder whether all our options have created some negative side effects.  While I’m all for progress — and choices — it seems that one of the side effects is indecisiveness.

  •  By Sam Marshall

     

    We have been discussing over the past few weeks the benefits of additional vegetative complexity in home lawns and gardens. Shrubs are arguably one of the best ways to add complexity to your landscape, as they cover the spectrum of both height and spread. You also can add a greater number of shrubs to a home yard as they generally take up less space, which makes them ideal choices for smaller areas. This column will focus on shrub selections for home landscapes.

     

    Selecting the right shrubs

  •  I’ve collected a number of grilling recipes over the years, dividing them into entrees, side dishes and dessert categories. Outdoor grilling isn’t just for steaks, hamburgers or hot dogs. Try grilling combinations of different vegetables or even fruits.

    Many vegetables do really well on a grill, but try to avoid those with a high water content, like cucumbers, celery or greens. Some of the best grilling vegetables are asparagus, eggplant, onions, a variety of peppers and even cabbage.

     

  • The gorgeous displays of spring-flowering bulbs are already showing up in garden shops and nurseries. Go ahead and purchase your bulbs while the selection is still good, but it’s too early to plant them. Store them in the crisper of your refrigerator or in a cool, dark and dry place until you’re ready to plant them.

  •  Back to school is a good time to refresh your memory and thoughts on safe packed lunches. When I was in school we carried our lunches in brown bags or cartoon character-themed boxes.  Now there many good-looking insulated bags on the market even the most image-conscious child would be happy to carry. These special bags are a great idea, especially if you’re packing perishable items.

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     By Linda Arnold

     

    Labor Day week brings up lots of things: the traditional end of summer, back-to-school season and political campaigns gearing up for the home stretch to the election. 

    While you might not have stopped to ponder the true meaning of the holiday on Monday, it’s interesting to note the origins — and to reflect on what that means for our lives today.

     

  •  Bob and Mary Lou Miller are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 8. They were married in New York, moved to Connecticut and then Maryland before retiring 20 years ago to Sunset Beach. They have three children and two grandchildren. The Millers keep busy with golf, beaching and volunteering in the community. They plan to visit Niagara Falls where they spent their honeymoon.