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According to the Humane Society, animals can become so frightened by the noise and commotion of fireworks around the Fourth of July that they may run from otherwise familiar environments and people and become lost.

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LIBERTY — The Liberty Silver Center at Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road, is having its annual senior rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 1. Proceeds help fund projects and programs for seniors.

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With the Fourth of July weekend on the horizon, many revelers will be adding fireworks to their holiday celebration — raising a host of safety concerns that could potentially ruin a party or cause serious injuries.

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LIBERTY — Historic Downtown Liberty, Inc. has been designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting "rigorous performance standards," according to a release.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 74-year-old female who smoked a pack a day for 40-plus years, having quit smoking about 18 years ago. As a precaution, I asked my primary doctor to order a screening CT scan, knowing that I’m a candidate for lung cancer. The results showed a 3-mm nodule in one lung, and…

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A yellowed 4-cent postcard surfaced from the bottom of an old shoebox stashed in our attic. A classic in time, it was sent before ZIP codes and eons before cellphones and snappy e-mail.

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The American Red Cross sees about a 21% decline in blood and platelet donations during holiday weeks, including Independence Day, according to a press release.

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Mandy Horvath’s life has been anything but easy. She grew up in North Kansas City in an abusive household. Her mother married a man that had two children and then they had Mandy and her brother who is three years younger. Because of the type of home life she chose to shelter younger brother from the atrocities and abuse at the hands of her father.

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Donating to food pantries and food banks is a way for neighbors to help neighbors, reduce food waste and aid families in need, said Londa Nwadike, extension food safety specialist for the University of Missouri and Kansas State University, in a press release. 

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LIBERTY — After 34 years of service to Liberty Hospital, President and Chief Executive Officer David Feess will retire in July.

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KANSAS CITY NORTH — This year’s Relay for Life of KC North will be Saturday, June 25, at the Kansas City Regional Police Academy's track and field, located at 6885 NE Pleasant Valley Road. The event is a benefit that raises funds for cancer charities and research.

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CLAY COUNTY — Almost 100 years ago, Donald Pharis purchased a 160-acre farm in rural Clay County and gave up teaching to farm. While he farmed, he still valued land and water conservation while his second wife welcomed students to learn about pioneer life.

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On what may be one of the hottest days of the year so far, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources shared some summertime cooling tips to help gain energy efficiency benefits, via a press release.

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LIBERTY — Liberty Fest is just around the corner and the Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking some volunteers to help out from 6 to 10 p.m. July 3.

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KEARNEY — The summer concert schedule for Kearney Amphitheater rolls on this weekend with A Dash of Bluegrass Saturday, June 25. The concert features two bluegrass bands: Missouri River Band and Wood Valley Pickers.

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While vacationing in Branson at The Butterfly Palace and Rainbow Adventure, Amanda Williams, 31, of Liberty, picks up an in-your-face hitchhiker June 7. This fritillary is one of more than 1,000 exotic butterflies found flying among plants and people through the palace sanctuary.

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It's time for a sidewalk parade! Whether it's on the Fourth of July, or anytime all summer long, decorate bikes, trikes, scooters, skates and wagons, wear a funny hat and strike up the band. A couple of families with a few motivated kids is really all it takes to make it happen. Gather kids …

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am due to have a mammogram in July, but around the same time I am supposed to have a chest CT as a follow-up to my chondrosarcoma cancer. I have a CT every other year, and an X-ray on the opposite years of both my affected arm and my lungs. Does a chest CT have the potentia…

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The price of prescription drugs has, like everything else, inched up. In some cases, the cost has made a massive, sudden jump, and it comes as a shock when you check out at the pharmacy. But there are ways around this horrible surprise.

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PARADISE — Seth Wald may be known around town as the patriarch that owns Captain’s Corner along with his wife Katherine, who has now opened Paradise Ice Cream Parlor, but on Instagram, Seth is @watermelondad.official.

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LIBERTY — For 21 years, there has been an effort to mark Juneteenth in Clay County. This year, the celebration includes unveiling a piece of art and a piece of history. In Liberty, celebrating the holiday honors the contributions of Black residents current and past.

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KANSAS CITY — Summer is a time for enjoying fresh fruit and vegetables and outdoor picnics, especially as families and friends start planning for the Fourth of July in a few weeks. Don’t let food safety mistakes spoil the fun.

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KEARNEY — Due to the critical need for blood supply, a community blood drive will be held from noon to 5 p.m. June 24 at First Christian Church, 2151 S. Jefferson St. in Kearney.

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If you’re on the other side of the fence — able to donate to the food bank rather than visiting to use its services — your local pantry can surely use your help. Running them is more complicated and expensive than it might seem!

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I'm obsessed with fresh strawberries right now. Sweet to the taste and bright red to the eye, this luscious berry can be tossed into just about anything to turn an ordinary meal into a celebration.

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Each year on June 14, the American Red Cross joins blood collection organizations around the world to celebrate World Blood Donor Day and encourages all eligible to donate.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 87 and take 10 mg of melatonin every night to help me sleep. I have heard it is perfectly safe. Are there any side effects to melatonin? I know a lot of people who take it, including a child who takes 3 mg. — B.D.

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They're getting better at what they do, more sophisticated and slick ... scammers, that is. They've had lots of practice, and many are truly skilled, but what they all have in common is that they want your money and your information.

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Father's Day is Sunday, June 19. If you're like most households, you'll gather and share a meal in honor of dear old Dad. While it can be difficult to decide what gifts to get him, you can't go wrong serving him barbecue.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Missouri Department of Transportation, the "100 deadliest days of summer" are designated as the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day. These days cover the summer travel season and are historically a deadly time on the…

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SMITHVILLE — The Smithville Kiwanis Club is again holding its annual children's fishing derby from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Helvey Park, located off East Main Street on Helvey Park Drive.

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KEARNEY — Tucker Trieb, 10, is a mix of self-actualization and a manifested path thanks to the help of his parents, Kandis and Travis Trieb.

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SMITHVILLE — The Community Market at Smithville American Legion starts Thursday, June 2. The two-hour farmers market is set to begin at 5 p.m. Smithville American Legion Post 58 is located at 2607 Missouri Highway 92.

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Mid-Continent Public Library launched its annual Summer Library Program, which encourages children to stay mentally active via reading while school is out. Through Aug. 23, participating children can earn free books and win prizes by reading every day. This year’s theme invites participants …

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In light of the recent school shooting in Texas, the Courier-Tribune is reaching out to local school districts about their safety policies and procedures and how recent incidents may be impacting them going forward. Now we want to hear from you. Do you think schools do enough to keep kids safe?

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DEAR DR. ROACH: How are sleep apnea, sighing and heart failure related? Recently, I was told that I have severe sleep apnea and that I must use a CPAP machine. I have noticed that during the day I frequently take a spontaneous deep breath. Is that sleep apnea while awake? I have coronary hea…

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Each time I visit the grocery store, two things happen. First, I see food prices continuing to rise. Second, I snoop to see what other people have in their carts. Not a casual glance either — I really look. I learn a great deal about the family behind the cart.

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Amaze your preschoolers and young school-age kids with the exciting world of science with these three simple tricks. They are safe and fun to do at home when you're looking for something new to share together.

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A local art museum, lacking many patrons because people are still avoiding crowds due to COVID, came up with a great idea: open the place to seniors. Those of us who've been locked down for too long, turning up our noses at proposed activities at the senior center, thought this was a swell idea.

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CLAY COUNTY — With Memorial Day being the unofficial start of summer and the weather will be sunny and in the mid-80s, it’s time to get outside this three-day weekend.