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LIBERTY — The congregation and ministerial staff at Grace Episcopal Church, 520 S. 291 Highway, Liberty, is opening a brand new free pantry called “Grace’s Little Grocery” on Sunday, Jan. 17. There was a “socially distant” blessing at 12:30 p.m. that day and stocking it with the first round …

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DEAR DR. ROACH: My girlfriend has necrobiosis lipoidica. She suffers from this on her shins, as did her mother. She is not diabetic. We cannot find good information on how to rid her of this. The information we find is not about cures, but treatments that mask the symptom, such as steroids. …

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Put "Snowflakes Sunny-Side Up" on your breakfast menu and the nutritious surprise will brighten even the darkest of wintry mornings. Made with colorful slices of sweet red pepper in shapes that resemble snowflakes, the whimsy adds fun to the start of the day.

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Emergency departments in the United States treat 3 million older adults for fall-related injuries each year. As the leading cause of traumatic brain injury and hip fractures, falls can cause serious harm. Cold and wet conditions can increase fall risk, but some simple changes can help keep y…

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For years we’ve been able to get one free credit report per year from each of the three credit bureaus. Right now, we’re able to get a free one each week until the middle of April.

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January is National Soup Month, and I’ve been busy making homemade chicken stock in my slow cooker and using the flavorful broth as a base for several belly-warming bowls of soup.

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SMITHVILLE — Saint Luke’s Primary Care–Smithville has expanded services to include a walk-in clinic treating new and existing patients with minor illnesses in the evening and on weekends with no appointment required, according to a press release.

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KEARNEY — Residents at Oak Pointe Assisted Living and Memory Care received their first of two rounds of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 6. Employees at the facility were taking Christmas decorations down at the time, but for many residents, the vaccine was their last gift of the holiday season.

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Like many others, I try different methods to avoid catching a cold or flu during the winter months. Despite my best efforts, I often get a little “under the weather” during the month of January. This year I’ve decided to work on ways to boost my immune system before the worst part of the col…

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Turn holiday photo cards into a matching game for toddlers and preschoolers. They'll enjoy playtime trying to pair up the faces and settings in your colorful pictures that you cut in half and mount on boxes.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 70-year-old woman. The only prescription medication I take is for dry eyes. I recently visited my new primary physician for the first time, and she had me do a breathing test, where I exhaled into a tube to measure airflow. I was told to breathe deeply and exha…

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Creating art can be emotionally healing and freeing. Who among us can’t use a little of that nowadays? Once you get started, you’ll wonder why you didn’t begin sooner.

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LIBERTY — Not everyone is equipped to get out and shovel snow due to age or physical challenges. To that end, Liberty’s Community Services Manager Hailey Kellerstrass is seeking youth volunteers for the city Snow Squad. 

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Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and eggs are one of my favorite ingredients any time of the day! Eggs are a great way to start your day because they’re an almost perfect food.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have scleroderma with Raynaud’s phenomenon, and friends and family members have told me that I might get help from Viagra. Frankly, I hadn’t read or heard that from either my rheumatologists or dermatologists. I already tried a short course of nifedipine over a decade ago (…

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Building a strong family is like building a house: We do it brick by brick, one day at a time. Here are some "bricks" that I try to focus on annually in January. I get inspired with these little reminders, as I adjust my thinking and goals for my family of five, and also for my extended fami…

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WIC, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children will be changing the brand of standard infant formulas available from Enfamil to Similac to participating infants effective Jan. 1.

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LIBERTY — Like other organizations, the Liberty Giving Circle saw a decline in giving recently because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the group of philanthropic and civic-minded women dedicated to the well-being of Liberty area residents have plenty to celebrate this year as the group…

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You can learn all kinds of things from surveys, and not all of them are good. A recent SimplyWise bi-monthly survey showed that 35% of seniors age 60 and older are willing to risk getting COVID in order to work.

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Like many other organizations this year, area Shop With a Cop programs faced COVID-19 pandemic-related challenges. Despite having to get creative for needed funding, changing up how gifts are distributed and not being able to complete shopping sprees with area youth as in years past, the pan…

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Before Christmas, Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, signed the standing order for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine administration after final review of recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a press release.

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SMITHVILLE, Mo. — Before his death in August 2019, Stanley M. Herzog is said to have given a simple directive for the establishment of his legacy: Support Christian education.

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Mid-Continent Public Library branches, including the North Oak branch and Woodneath Library Center near Liberty in Kansas City North, resumed curbside and drive-thru window services Monday, Dec. 28, after COVID-19 exposures previous closed the locations. Holds on materials that were availabl…

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Every year, the most popular resolutions are: “Exercise to get in shape,” “Diet to lose weight,” “Save money” and “Eat healthier in general.” If you’ve resolved to take charge of your health in the new year, a nutritious breakfast is one of the best ways to start your day.

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A show of hands, please. Is anybody else getting worn out by the current state of our lives? Is there anything we can do about it? All I wanted was a package of socks.

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As traditional recipes poured out of family cookbooks over the holidays, I went on a quest for the "best" Swedish pancake recipe from my friends and their Swedish-American friends. I soon discovered that there are probably as many recipes as there are Swedish grandmothers — and grandfathers.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have always read that when you are having your blood pressure taken, your arm should be elevated above your heart. When mine is taken this way, it is normal, around 120/70. When I go to the doctor, my blood pressure is taken with my arm hanging at my side. I often get a muc…

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KEARNEY — With names that arouse sweet holiday dreams and thoughts of Santa, reindeer Holly, Mistletoe and Jingles are making themselves at home in the barn behind local veterinarian Brian Hamm’s home. The trio came to the Kearney property Labor Day weekend from Washington state.

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A few years ago, Dr. Mehmet Oz asked me to create a recipe containing foods that help to naturally reduce stress and to do a cooking demo on “The Dr. Oz Show.” I found that the following ingredients have stress-reducing properties:

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have Parkinson’s disease, and balance is an issue. I have been using a cane on the right side, my weak leg side. I have seen videos that say a cane should be used on a person’s uninjured side. I tilt to the right and catch my balance without cane support in most cases. Whic…

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Where do you want your fitness level to be a year from now? To get to that point, we need to take the first step. For most of us, that’s going to mean exercising at home.

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Before holiday stress leaves a big hole in family relationships, people should anticipate that stress and plan how reactions take shape, states experts from the University of Missouri Extension.

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Here's a rich-tasting, family-friendly recipe of hearty butternut squash soup that you simply won't want to pass up. No need to precook the fresh squash. Simply toss it in your soup pot to cook with the other ingredients for less than an hour, and then whirl everything together in your blend…

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The Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Medical Center of Mid-America offers five tips to keep furry friends safe in freezing temperatures.

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LIBERTY — For about 90 minutes during the evening of Sunday, Dec. 20, the congregation of Chandler Baptist Church is hoping to transport visitors to ancient Bethlehem and to a Living Nativity. The church members will create six tableaus or scenes of those centered on the birth of Jesus.

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LIBERTY — For local historian Christopher Harris, the Liberty Arsenal, located south of town, has provided the inspiration for his latest book, a chronological history text about the people who were involved with the military storage facility over the years. The depot was seized twice by Sou…

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LIBERTY — Mary Ann Pfeifer has received two awards this year. The first came from Clay County African American Legacy Inc. and the second arrived last month as part of the 70 Over 70 Awards from KC Shepherd’s Center. Pfeifer was the lone Clay Countian represented in the 70 Over 70 event.

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It seems like I was just planning and preparing our Thanksgiving dinner and now Christmas is upon us. If you want to change things up a little for your Christmas dinner, try modernizing an old traditional recipe.

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Cold weather is here ... joining the coronavirus and the flu. Such a wonderful trio of events all at the same time. The Old Farmer’s Almanac says that temperatures this winter will be a bit warmer for much of the country, at least for the eastern portion.

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Whether we're children or adults, we all like to feel useful and part of the holiday festivities. Now's the time to enlist the kids in the fun and creative job of gift-wrapping. But before you go out and purchase rolls of wrap, save money by making a beautiful batch for this year's gifts. Ga…

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I’ve had lowgrade prostate cancer for several years and am presently on “active surveillance.” My PSAs have been high but steady, running around 7.8 to 9.2. I have a greatly enlarged prostate, which I believe contributes to the high PSA numbers. I would like your opinion rega…

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A star studded cast tries to use Broadway caliber original tunes about the trendy topic of inclusivity to distract us from the fact that not only is the plot thin in “The Prom," but some of the choices made in the creation of the film are a cautionary tale in tolerance themselves.