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KEARNEY — In an effort to raise funds for a splash pad to be built in downtown Kearney’s Lions Park, businesses are teaming up with the Kearney Enrichment Council to bring a block party atmosphere to the city and need public participation for the event to be a success.

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Mammograms remain one of the best methods to detecting breast cancers, giving women the opportunity to start treatment early if cancer is detected. In countries with early access to quality screening and treatment, breast cancer survival rates are now greater than 80%.

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SMITHVILLE — The committee aimed at raising funds for Wreaths Across America in Liberty is planning its first golf tournament, a scramble Saturday, Oct. 12. Wreaths Across America honors local veterans buried in Liberty cemeteries with wreaths in mid-December.

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Tri-County Mental Health Services, which services the Northland, was awarded a $125,000 grant for a Zero Suicide initiative. Tri-County will now be able to increase engagement of those at risk of suicide by supporting a qualified behavioral health professional and crisis manager.

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With flu season just around the corner, there's a new wrinkle to staying healthy this winter. Our old standby, the antiseptic hand sanitizer, has been found to not work as well as we believed, especially with the influenza A strain. It's all in how we use it, according to a recent study.

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KEARNEY — Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative will hold its annual blood drive in coordination with the Community Blood Center from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Kearney headquarters, 1000 W. Missouri Highway 92.

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LIBERTY — Community Christmas Tree applications are open through Friday, Nov. 8. Applicants may apply over the phone by 439-4424 or online at www.libertymissouri.gov/2188/Frequently-Asked-Questions.

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Felting "acorns" using fluffy natural wool is a relaxing and enjoyable fall activity for all ages. It's especially suited for young children who like to get their hands in soapy water to shape and change the structure of the soft wool into dense felted wool balls.

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Missouri Humanities is expanding its African American heritage partnerships and programmatic reach by inviting Missouri organizations to apply for funding assistance for African American Heritage programs throughout 2020. Programs must adhere to the mission of increasing the collective under…

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Fruits and vegetables are easier to come by in the summer months than in the fall and winter. But to stay healthy and ward off diseases, it's important to include fruits and vegetables in your diet year-round. Here are some of the superstar fruits and vegetables of the fall and winter months.

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KEARNEY — An open house for anyone interested in becoming involved in 4-H will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Firehouse Community Center, 106 S. Jefferson St.

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KEARNEY — Firehouse Community Center’s biannual Team Up to Clean Up event is in need of volunteers and donors. The event pairs volunteers willing to dedicate hours of their day to helping seniors who are in need of yard cleaning and cannot do it on their own. The event takes place each year …

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KEARNEY — The annual fall Kids Fest will return to Jesse James Park this month, bringing fun for children and families. The event is from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in the park, located at 16925 Missouri Highway 33.

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HOLT — Those wanting to memorialize their own or a loved one's military service can do so in Holt through purchase of service bricks being offered by the local veterans group. Bricks will become part of the veteran's memorial expansion in City Park, located in front of Holt City Hall in the …

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Baked apple rings are a tasty and nutritious snack you can make in your own kitchen on a chilly fall day. We use zesty apples that friends share with us from their backyard trees, or we buy them at farmer's markets and apple orchards.

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I adore eating a perfectly ripened Bosc or Anjou pear. That first bite through that firm, greenish-golden skin into the sweet juicy fruit is a delight for the senses. Best of all, pears are a good source of fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C. Pears seldom cause allergies and are usually safe for infants and small children. Research suggests that regularly eating pears and other fruits may even guard against macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss.

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You know that you're a grown-up when you fall in love with foods you disliked as a child. I never liked sweet potatoes, but we were raised to eat what was on our plates without complaint. My mother usually served them in the wintertime, so I had to endure them only a few months out of the year. Now that my job is researching, writing and cooking all types of foods, I've often revisited eating sweet potatoes.

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For many homeowners, the arrival of fall and winter marks an end to time spent lounging and dining al fresco on the patio. But cold air does not necessarily mean patio furniture must be packed up until flowers bloom anew in spring.

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LIBERTY — Liberty Police Sgt. Heather Massey is the Tri-County Crisis Intervention Training Officer of the Year.

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Grab your calculator. Those in the know are making an educated guess about the amount of our Social Security increase for 2020. The Senior Citizens League estimates that the increase will be 1.6%, below the raise we got last year. This will mean an average net gain of $23.40 per month for those receiving the average $1,460 per month benefit. In 2019, that benefit amount netted an increase of $40.90 per month.

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The Fall Parade of Homes returns to Kansas City from Sept. 28 to Oct. 13 and will feature nearly 300 homes by 97 homebuilders in six counties across the metropolitan area. Multiple Northland homes are on the tour, including new construction in Kearney, Smithville and Liberty.

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SMITHVILLE — Eager to continue to help better the world as well as its local community, Smithville Rotary Club is seeking additional members. Rotary members believe in a shared responsibility to take action on the world’s most persistent issues.

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Fall outdoor rituals are many during these lush months of color and cooler temps. Maybe your family already has established an annual tradition of taking a mini day vacation, like heading to a favorite orchard for a Saturday of apple picking and cider tasting, touring pumpkin farms, walking through a corn maze or hiking in the woods to get exercise, explore and observe wildlife and brilliant foliage.

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KEARNEY — Using nine bales of hay and buckets of paint, the Frick family of Kearney is once again a topic of conversation. Their farm, located at Missouri Highway 92 and Francis Road, has become a viral sensation with its recently created homage to the Chiefs' quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

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LIBERTY — To fulfill the promises made to Liberty voters who approved the April 2018 use tax by 70 percent, City Park, which is located at the intersection of Moss Avenue and Missouri Highway 291, will receive $2 million for major improvements. Work includes adding inclusive play structures.

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It's that time again. Every year we have the opportunity to make changes to our Medicare plans between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7. We have the option of changing from original Medicare to an Advantage plan, or vice versa, or changing to a different Advantage plan. We also can change our Medicare Part D drug plan. The decisions aren't easy. After all, we have to live with them for the next year.

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SMITHVILLE — With help from Mid-America Regional Council, Smithville is hosting a household hazardous waste collection event beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Smithville High School, 645 S. Commercial Ave.

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Creativity is at your elbow, always available. I try to remember that. If you are a parent who, like many people, considers him- or herself "noncreative," just think of creativity as a water faucet. Turn the stream on, and it can be a steady flow into your everyday life.

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I've prepared lunches for my family for several years, and one thing I know for sure, you've got to have a plan! Eating out every day is not only too expensive, the meal choices are typically unhealthy. And if your child is a picky eater like mine, buying school lunches are a waste of money.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: My very healthy husband collapsed and died on the way to the hospital. They worked on him for a long time but could not revive him. They didn't do an autopsy, and they declared his death as "atherosclerotic vascular disease." He was 79 years old and had no health problems. He came into the house and said that something was in his throat and he couldn't swallow. He tried to cough it up, but nothing came up. He then collapsed. He had no pain. I am still puzzled by that symptom of a heart attack. Have you ever heard of that? I am really curious and still in shock. I hope you can explain. — T.S.

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CLAY COUNTY — During the 18th Rebuilding Day Saturday, Sept. 14, organized by Rebuilding Together Kansas City, more than a dozen houses will be rehabilitated. A few residences will also be renovated during subsequent weekends by church groups.

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LIBERTY — Earlier this month, an agreement was signed between Liberty Parks Director BJ Staab and Kansas City Sports, LLC, an event management company, to guarantee at least 850 teams annually will use Fountain Bluff Sports Complex, 2200 Old Missouri Highway 210 in Liberty.

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LIBERTY — Sara Bouse and her daughter Kamryn Bouse, 7, were all smiles Saturday, Sept. 7, as visitors to Kamryn’s aunt and uncle’s car show, Car Show for Kids 2019, brought toys to fill vehicles at the Liberty Lowe’s, 1920 N. Stewart Road. Some eventgoers handed her a dozen or so coloring bo…

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LIBERTY — According to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri, girls choose their adventures when they are Girl Scouts like sleeping under the stars at Twilight Camp, learning survival techniques in the outdoors at Zombie Campout and providing thousands of hours in servic…

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Wrap up the last of summer's harvest with colorful ribbons of orange, green, yellow and red. Abundant zucchini, summer squash and carrots can be woven together with fettuccine pasta for a tasty supper your family will enjoy from preparation to the last bite.

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SMITHVILLE — Creating a more collaborative environment, three Smithville churches teamed up over the summer for vacation Bible school.

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At our house, we're always searching for ways to eat healthier ... on a budget. One way to do just that is to add healthy seafood to your menu at least twice a week. This includes both fish and shellfish as the main protein on your plate. Seafood is available in a variety of price points, so it doesn't have to be expensive.

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SMITHVILLE — Collins “Colonel” and Lou Kindred have a long history in Smithville. They were both born in the Northland with family ties stretching back more than 100 years.