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Warm weather is here, which ideally would coincide with ending the coronavirus restrictions that have kept us isolated for well over a year. Are you ready to come out now?

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KEARNEY — Edie Stephenson of Kearney received congratulations from Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe’s office for being selected with honorable mention for the 2021 state Senior Service Award.

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LIBERTY — Before a girls softball tournament kicked off June 2, members of the Liberty Parks and Recreation Foundation along with city council members and parks staff gathered with two of the area softball teams to begin the foundation’s annual campaign.

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The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety announces a weeklong campaign Sunday through Saturday, June 6 to 12, focusing on pedestrian safety. The campaign is geared toward pedestrians and drivers, educating both about being alert and what to watch out for to ensure everyone is safe, accordin…

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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has been helping families in need during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Through the Summer Food Service Program, thousands of meals have been provided and will continue to be provided all summer, according to a press release.

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Do you love potatoes but think they’re fattening? Potatoes are good for you and have one of the highest nutritional values in the produce department. At just 25 cents per serving, a medium potato (5.3 ounces), eaten with its skin on, has just 110 calories. Potatoes provide nearly half your d…

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The Julia Bargman Hope Foundation presented a $15,000 check to St. Luke’s North Breast & Imaging Center. Julia Bargman’s sister, Jodi Green, presented the check along with Julia’s mother, Bonnie Farrell; Julia’s son, Zach Bargman; and Foundation Treasurer Dave Fisher.

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This week I scored a grocery discount of $5.21, plus over $6 in free groceries by using the store coupons. Added to that was $12 in free items I took to the local food bank. All of this is because I signed up for another grocery store’s customer loyalty card.

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SMITHVILLE — The first senior strength and balance class offered to older adults by Smithville Parks and Recreation will be offered at 8 a.m. Friday, June 4, at Smithville Senior Center, located next to City Hall in downtown at 113 W. Main St.

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SMITHVILLE — The annual Smithville Kiwanis Fishing Derby for children will begin with registration at 9 a.m. at Helvey Park’s lake. Fishing starts at 10 a.m. and runs through 11:30 a.m. The lake is located off Helvey Park Drive near the Smithville street department facility.

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A new, virtual family support group is being formed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness to provide support to families with loved ones under age 18 with a mental health condition. This group will meet the from 6:30 to 8 p.m. via Zoom on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month be…

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The American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society teamed up this June to encourage people across the country to “Give Blood to Give Time” and help ensure loved ones have the strength and support they need as they undergo cancer treatment, states a release.

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Sometimes little ones get overwhelmed when confronted with a big job — like picking up a messy room. It may seem easy enough to adults, but to them, well, where do they begin?

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While Betty Crocker is often associated with 1950s happy homemaking, she originally belonged to a different generation. Created in 1921 as a “friend to homemakers” for the Washburn Crosby Company (a forerunner to General Mills) in Minneapolis, her purpose was to answer consumer mail. “She” w…

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 77 years old. When I go to a new doctor, there is always that past history form to fill out. I know to include current medications, including OTC and allergies, but how far back should I go? Should I include the tonsillectomy when I was in grade school (I don’t recall ho…

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KEARNEY — After more than a year of being closed related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kearney Senior Center was a sea of smiling faces as it reopened to the public Wednesday, June 2, and returned to serving dine-in meals.

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KEARNEY — The chamber of commerce and Kearney Enrichment Council’s community scavenger hunt will return this year with the event running 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 29.

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SMITHVILLE — St. Luke’s North Hospital–Smithville presented a Spirit of Spelman Care Van to the Ruff family of Smithville. Adele Ducharme, hospital president and CEO, and Bob Graham, auxiliary president, gifted the van to the Ruff family on behalf of St. Luke’s.

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LIBERTY — Liberty Parks & Recreation will be hosting a Community Strong drive-thru event from noon to 2 p.m. today, Monday, May 24 at the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road. The event is in partnership with Tri-County Mental Health Services.

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Fajitas were invented by the vaqueros and cowboys of the Southwest and northern Mexico. During cattle roundups, they were given the less-desirable parts of the cow (the head, hide, entrails and meat trimmings such as the skirt steak) as part of their weekly pay.

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When it's time to prep a dinner meal this week, get your kids stacking the green, white and red layers of fresh basil, mozzarella and tomato. If they say their culinary creation reminds them of winter's Christmas colors, guide them to a photo of the tricolor green, white and red Italian flag.

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In honor of Older Americans Month, KC Shepherd’s Center is accepting nominations for the fourth annual 2021 70 Over 70 Awards, a celebration that recognizes community and leadership contributions of older adults. This year’s virtual event will be held Nov. 4.

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Like most of the characters in “Dream Horse," I know “sod all” about race horses, but that doesn’t stop that group of working class Welsh dreamers from forming a syndicate to breed, raise and train a horse into a champion. Thankfully, knowing or even being interested in horse racing isn’t ne…

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No one wants to think about it, but it’s a fact of life. People are dying of COVID. They’re leaving behind families that, in many cases, are already struggling with financial worries. Add in the cost of a funeral, and many will need help.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: While chasing my cat, I dove to the ground and both my knees took a beating. They were bruised but felt fine. A few days after this, my left knee started to bother me. I put on a brace to see if that would help (as it usually does), but it didn’t. I went to my chiropractor a …

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In addition to Humphrey's Gravel Grinder bike race that brings in hundreds of cyclists to Smithville each year to race, enjoy barbecue and listen to music during a finish line party in Courtyard Park, May 15 was a hive of family activity in the city's friendly downtown. Other fun held that d…

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Nothing says spring like a beautiful bunch of crisp asparagus. While asparagus is available year-round, it’s much better when purchased locally. Asparagus is easy to select and prepare and comes in a variety of vibrant colors, including green, violet, purple and white.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 62 years of age and in excellent health. I run or hike 3 miles or more on most days, and road bike, swim and weight train. I eat sensibly, and I don’t drink, smoke or take drugs. I don’t drink coffee or even take aspirin for pain. My last physical exam showed no problems…

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You’d think that the grocery store shortages would be long gone by now. But no ... they never completely went away. Only the missing items have changed. My neighbor and I laugh and compare notes about “the toilet paper of the month,” recalling the long period when getting name-brand toilet p…

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What do you call three nurses and a doctor working hard to save a premature baby born on a plane to Hawaii, cruising at around 36,000 feet above the ocean?

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What did we really accomplish this past year? We’ve had time, certainly, with all these lockdown days, weeks and months, to do any number of things. After reviewing my year of COVID, I realize that I could have done so much more, had I only known just how long “flattening the curve” was actu…

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DEAR DR. ROACH: A friend took her autistic son to a clinic in Mexico where he was fed a bleach solution that was supposed to cure his autism, but instead it made him very sick. He was deeply distressed and regressed in his behavior, and there was nothing my friend could do because in Mexico …

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Community members in Holt gather at the Holt Ministerial Alliance and food pantry on Main Street to honor the National Day of Prayer May 5. The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are a…

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If you’re into historical dramatizations, you might be the only audience for this film. Notice I said “dramatizations," not “dramas," because "Queen Marie of Romania" is more like a re-enactment or mockumentary than a true work of fiction that just happens to be based on history.

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Today, May 6 marks the National Day of Prayer. The day is observed annually on the first Thursday in May. This day observance, designated by the United States Congress, asks people “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.”

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From the Roaring 20s to the Great Depression and World War II, the Greatest Generation used grit, bravery and enterprise to build America into the country it is today. Edwin Hendren was at the forefront of that generation.

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University of Missouri Extension is partnering with the Missouri Department of Agriculture to help older adults access fresh, local foods this summer. Through the MDA’s Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, MU Extension will help distribute vouchers to income-eligible people age 60 and o…