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Today's Features

  • By Linda Arnold

        We all get taken in by the headlines: “Seven Steps to Happiness,” “Ten Tips For Your Dream Life,” “Five Minutes to Bliss.” You name it.

         With all the focus on things we can bring into our lives to be happier, I started wondering about things we could eliminate to achieve the same result.

  • With a smile or two to deepen my pleasure, I remember enjoying the adventures of “The A Team” evolving with the ultimate and triumphal pronouncement: “I love it when a plan comes together.” Although it really wasn’t a plan that came together recently, I sensed providential planning plaguing my steps. It evoked a series of serendipitous events, emails, and experiences. The events were catalysts for the experiences and made the emails profoundly meaningful.

  • Unlike most fish, salmon fillets, or steaks, hold up fairly well to grilling, since they are usually cut about as thick as a steak, which means you won’t have to worry about them drying out. Grilling salmon steaks or fillets on the stovetop is really simple, especially if you have a ribbed cast iron skillet, my most recent purchase.

  • This column is about handwashing. You may say to yourself, ”I’ve been washing my hands since I was 2. Why do I need to read about handwashing?” Even so, repeated research has shown that people don’t wash their hands frequently enough and when they do, they don’t do it correctly. The reason I’m writing about this now is because Global Handwashing Day is celebrated annually Oct. 15. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of the importance of clean hands 365 days a year.

  • Jay and Shirley Allen of Calabash, formerly of Ithaca, N.Y., after six decades of love and friendship, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 6. They built a home in Calabash 18 years ago. Jay retired from NYS Electric & Gas Corp. in 1994 and Shirley from Cornell University in 1998.

    The couple has three children: Michael (Patti) from Cortland, N.Y.; Jeffrey (Chris Abbuhl) from Belchertown, Mass., and Cathy (Adam) Degarmo from Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. They also have four grandchildren: Brian, Megan, Margaret and Henry.

  • By Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent

    A popular choice for areas in your lawn, turf grass provides an attractive and durable surface for areas that receive a lot of use in your yard, but can also require a lot of upkeep. An alternative to a traditional lawn, ground covers provide a low-maintenance alternative that is beneficial to wildlife and highly attractive landscape addition. If you are searching for something different this year, consider planting ground covers as a lawn alternative to help reduce stormwater pollution and save money.

  • By John Nelson

    Frequently the leaves and stems of a plant will prove to be just as fascinating as its flowers. This is a plant like that, and it is a native, aquatic species.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    “The construction guy said he’d be here today.” “When will these ‘terrible twos’ end?” “I can’t believe she hasn’t answered my email.”

    From traffic jams to family squabbles to lines at the grocery checkout, we’re faced with curveballs every day.  It’s not what happens in our lives that determines how well things flow for us — it’s how we deal with what happens.

  • Most everyone enjoys a good, creamy and chunky bowl of clam chowder, or maybe you prefer the Manhattan-style chowder instead. But one thing we all agree on is that the fall season is when the chowders and bisques come out.

    Many restaurants will be serving up these seafood delights, and will be offering both chowders and bisques. Do you know the difference between chowder and bisque?