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Before COVID, my holiday traditions this time of year began with a gathering of five neighborhood friends for an early-morning coffee klatch at one of our houses. We originally met when our sons were just 5 years old, and our friendship continued through Cub Scout activities, softball games,…

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Winter is fast approaching, but at least we’re no longer getting those constant election phone calls, and the endless calls about signing up for a Medicare Advantage Plan have ceased.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with COPD a year and a half ago and have several questions. I seem to be unable to get answers from my pulmonary doctor, as he is always busy and doesn’t have a lot of time to spend with me. How fast does COPD progress? I’m 78 years old, in reasonably good hea…

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The holiday season sometimes arrives with a frenetic pace. At the dawn of the holiday season, there seems to be so much to fit into a relatively short period of time, including planning celebrations and shopping. The rush often begins the Friday after Thanksgiving on a day called Black Friday.

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As holidays are keeping families inside and kids are frustrated with filling time, indulging different hobbies and forms of entertainment has long been a way to stave off the cabin fever that often accompanies cold weather and spending increased time indoors.

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Poinsettia is the nation’s most popular potted flowering plant. What makes this remarkable is that most poinsettias are sold between the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, according to a release from the University of Missouri Extension.

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KEARNEY — According to Smart Asset financial tech company, Clay County is ranked the 9th most generous county in the state. For several businesses in Kearney and Holt, they may take exception to that lower ranking and bump it on up to the top with their actions this Thanksgiving.

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KEARNEY — Due to COVID-19 and new related county restrictions, Kearney Firehouse Community Center, 106 S. Jefferson St., has shut down space rentals during the week and the weekends. This meets the limited gathering restrictions of no more than 10 people, according to a recent center Faceboo…

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Hy-Vee is voluntarily recalling two of its Hy-Vee Short Cuts vegetable mix products across its eight-state region, which includes Kansas and Missouri, due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Thanks in large part to a global pandemic that has lasted for much of 2020, Thanksgiving figures to be celebrated a little differently this year than in years past. Family gatherings may not be as large and highways may not be as heavily trafficked as they are on what is normally one of the …

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Both Liberty and Smithville will lay wreaths on graves of fallen veterans this December in memory of their sacrifice and service as part of the Wreaths Across program. The program includes organizations and volunteers across the county laying Christmas wreaths on veterans' final resting plac…

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Hosting the Thanksgiving feast usually means a variety of leftovers tucked away in the refrigerator for building piled-high sandwiches. If you’re ambitious, you might even make soup or a casserole with the good and seasoned food.

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Ah, Thanksgiving — cleaning, shopping, cooking and entertaining guests for hours! While Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, I’ve embraced the day after the holiday as my time to feast in peace.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: We are very fond of our family doctor. I was in to see him the other day, and it came up in conversation that he was going to be getting married. We would like to acknowledge this event in his life with either a lovely card or a small gift. I know the old-school way of thinki…

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Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance.

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LIBERTY — Jim Newell had the chance to serve as operations manager for St. James Catholic Church parish for almost a dozen years. His second retirement came Friday, Nov. 13.

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KEARNEY — In honor of the Christmas season, Kearney Parks and Recreation is allowing businesses and individuals to decorate trees along the walking trail in Jesse James Park. The park is located north of downtown off Missouri Highway 33.

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Are we bored yet? Of course we are. We’re staying indoors, especially now that cold weather has arrived, not shopping, not visiting friends, not doing much of anything.

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After 45 years of cooking, I’ve had my share of Thanksgiving Day disasters! I’ll never forget the Thanksgiving when the turkey wasn’t done, and my family and friends were starving. Thankfully, no pun intended, I had defrosted a package of pork chops for dinner the next day. That year we had …

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It was autumn a few years ago when Lisa and Gareth Hedges and their two children moved to America from New Zealand. Sure, they had heard about Thanksgiving through movies and books, but they hadn't experienced it firsthand until they were invited by new American friends to celebrate together.

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KEARNEY — In partnership with community business sponsors, the Kearney Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual showcase to shed light on the impact and needs of Kearney’s nonprofits.

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With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month and obesity leading to nearly $200 billion in U.S. health care costs each year, the personal finance website WalletHub released its report, “2020’s Most Overweight & Obese States in America.” The report states Missouri leads the charg…

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a friend whose daughter has an egg allergy. She said her daughter will break out in a rash if she eats anything that even has trace amounts of egg in it. Another friend of hers told her to use CBD oil to prevent reactions, but I am skeptical. I cannot find anything cre…

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KEARNEY — The Kearney Food Pantry has settled into its new home at 108 W. Washington St. On Thursday, Nov. 5, community leadership as well as volunteers and board members celebrated the new space, located in the former Breathe Deep yoga studio.

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KEARNEY — As the holiday season ramps up, one philanthropic organization in Kearney is doing what it can to aid another city.

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Most people eat more at Thanksgiving dinner than they consume in a normal day, and then continue overeating at year-end. So it helps to have a plan in place to avoid any holiday gobbling that you might pay for later.

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Thanksgiving Day and the "here before you know it" December holiday season are approaching. The weeks of celebration are all about giving, sharing and experiencing that intangible joy of playful togetherness.

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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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KEARNEY — The annual Kearney Farmers & Artisan Market annual Christmas craft sale continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Saturday, Nov. 7, at Firehouse Community Center, 106 S. Jefferson St. The sale began Friday, Nov. 6.

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Have you finished making your decisions about your Medicare plan for 2021? If you’re going to make a change, you have only a short time to pick a new one. The deadline is Dec. 7.

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LIBERTY — To mark Veterans Day, Pony Express Bank, 215 N. 291 Highway, is partnering with the Missouri Bankers Association to provide Segways for men and women injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pony Express Bank is hoping to raise $1,000 for Segs4Vets, a volunteer program that provides Segway…

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A virtual family support group is being formed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness to provide support for families with loved ones with mental health conditions, developmental disabilities and intellectual disabilities. This group will meet the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30…

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SMITHVILLE — Double A Farmers Market Co-op and A Meal That Counts come together as one entity in downtown Smithville with an innovative business model that is aiding vulnerable populations while also offering year-round opportunities to buy fresh food items from local farmers.

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St. Stephen Lutheran Church of Liberty’s annual charity golf outing, benefiting the Liberty Women’s Clinic, raised $13,410.94. Jayme Paul, advancement director from the Liberty Women’s Clinic, received the novelty check at the church from Robert Brinser, one of the tournament directors.

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Halloween is over, but those uncarved orange pumpkins and heirloom gourds on your porch or mantel can have a new purpose and life for a fresh decor look right now — as well as serve as a stunning centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.

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I was shopping in an ethnic grocery store when I saw a huge pile of fresh Prickly Pear cactus pads in the produce section. Prickly Pear cactus is thought to be native to Mexico and is eaten as a vegetable.

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The news is out. Our Social Security benefit increase starting in January 2021 will be less than it was for 2020. Instead of the 1.6% increase we received this year, they’re cutting us back to 1.3% for Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income.

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The City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation kicks off a month of Gratitude providing the Kansas City Community an opportunity to express their thankfulness on 10 community gratitude walls located throughout KC Parks. The idea is designed to give the community an opportunity to sha…

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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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Remember who ran for president and vice president against Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in 1984? Sitting around our dinner table, it took a while for my kids to answer. In fact, they were stumped. (Thank you, Siri and Google.) Answer: Walter Mondale with Geraldine Ferraro.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am looking for advice on diet pills. I have tried everything. I eat well, go to the gym and walk, but my meniscus problem limits my walking speed. Since menopause, I have gained 30 pounds. I am sure there is something out there that will kick-start my metabolism. I am so de…

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With our first, and hopefully last, Quarantine Thanksgiving fast approaching, “Friendsgiving” might be just the socially distanced movie to watch online with family, as long as they don’t mind a bit of “crude sexual content” with their turkey and gravy. The opening scene is probably the wors…

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Holiday shopping online is one of our annual rituals, at least for a portion of the gifts we want to buy, but with COVID making in-person shopping too risky, a much larger percentage of us are likely to shop online.

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The nonprofit Love INC of Clay County has a gap ministry that fills any unmet needs or “gaps” in community services for people in need. The primary focus is providing clients with the opportunity to receive personal care and household cleaning items with dignity, according to the group's website.

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While October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the third week in October is officially known as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week. Several states are starting to recognize the week, and for one local Kansas City family, the week is a start, but not the finish line.