Place cards are an indispensable addition to a Thanksgiving meal. They're a little like croutons on a favorite soup, because they add style and pizzazz. They can even be whimsical! This year, let the kids' inspirations for artful place cards enhance your Thanksgiving table decor. Long after you've ladled the gravy over the mashed potatoes for seconds and then thirds, your kids will remember the special contribution they made to the festivities. Here are two ideas:
MUNCIE, Indiana — Nearly a third of Americans are getting inadequate sleep — including police offices, health care workers and truck drivers — and it is getting worse with every passing year, says a new study from Ball State University.
November is traditionally about family, friends, food, feasting and abundance. While it may seem almost impossible to maintain healthy habits during the holiday season, the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter has come up with some simple steps on ways to enjoy the festivities without putting on weight. Choose healthy habits this holiday season and do without the regrets later!
As November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, Humane Society of Missouri encourages potential animal adopters to consider an older, possibly overlooked animal to add to the family.
KEARNEY — Like Dr. Frankenstein proudly standing next to his creation, Keith Carey stood next his road-ready and head-turning creation, a red limousine carefully crafted from two older model Ford Festivas. For Carey, who lives in rural Kearney, his Frankensteined limo is the result of two pa…
KEARNEY — In honor of the Christmas season, Kearney Parks and Recreation will once again allow businesses and individuals to decorate trees along the walking trail in Jesse James Park starting Friday, Nov. 15. The park is located north of downtown off Missouri Highway 33.
SMITHVILLE — Hundreds attended Smithville High School's annual Veterans Day Assembly Monday, Nov. 11, to recognize area veterans and thank them for their service.
Mid-Continent Public Library System is partnering with Good Shepherd Hospice to collect winter clothes for homeless veterans through Tuesday, Dec. 17.
KEARNEY — Counting himself lucky to not have bore witness to as many atrocities of the Vietnam War as other members of the military from the same era, Kearney Veterans of Foreign War member Mike Brooks, a 20-year-old Missouri farm boy at the time, said his time spent as an Army soldier in Vi…
LIBERTY — Every year the Liberty Police Department recognizes employees who exhibit outstanding achievements in performance above and beyond their basic assignments.
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.
It's now official: Our Social Security increase for 2020 will be 1.6%, or $23.40 for the average senior who receives benefits. If our Medicare goes up, that comes out of the increase.
What's better this fall than taking leisurely family walks to grab some fresh air and enjoy the stimulation of the outdoors? While everyone might recognize houses and neighbors, and get caught up in collecting fallen leaves along the way, this time can also draw everyone's attention to new discoveries ... like taking a closer look at the bark on trees. Is it knobbly and cracked? Talk about the colors and shapes. Some might even look like pieces to a puzzle. How does bark from an oak look different from that of a maple?
I'm already bracing for cold and flu season. I've taken all the preventive steps that my doctor recommended. I've also decided to work on natural ways to boost my immune system.
Festive Halloween treats can be easily concocted with a little imagination. Crafting a homemade chocolate and candy bark is one way to incorporate many of the candies and other treats synonymous with Halloween in a single delicious bite.
Halloween is a haunting time of year where many cities and organizations throughout the Northland offer a host of festive fun for families.
Nutrition and Halloween do not necessarily go hand in hand. While many parents may go to great lengths to ensure their youngsters’ Halloween treats offer at least a little nutritional value, the bulk of costumed kids’ hauls still tends to be candy.
Various factors can contribute to the development of breast cancer. Many women may not be aware that their own reproductive history could be affecting their risk.
Millions of women across the globe are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research notes that more than two million new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2018, making the disease one of the most commonly occurr…
For years, it was an October tradition in our neighborhood to drop in at my friend's preholiday arts and crafts sale. Opening the heavy front door of her turn-of-the-century home, we were drawn in from the outdoor chill by the aroma of warm, freshly baked pumpkin bread served on trays in the dining room. Looking back, I now wonder if people came for the pumpkin bread as much as for the art being sold.
LIBERTY — Established in 2009, the Cemetery Advisory Committee is charged with oversight of the preservation, beautification and enhancement of the Fairview-New Hope and Mt. Memorial cemeteries in Liberty.
For a disease as scary as breast cancer, one positive and very important message that deserves to be heard more often during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is that it’s a disease that can be prevented.
Whenever I'm thinking about ways to add variety to chicken recipes, my spice rack always provides inspiration. Freshly ground peppercorns add a much-needed boost to the mild flavors of chicken, pork and fish. They come in a variety of shades, including white, green, pink, red and black. The color depends on the maturity of the berry.
LIBERTY — During Fall Clean-up Week, Monday to Friday, Oct. 21 to 25, Liberty residents can get rid of excess trash, furniture, minor maintenance materials and carpet.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been taking a multivitamin for years, and now one of my physicians wants me to take a vitamin that has NO vitamin D or calcium. He just removed kidney stones in two separate procedures. I can't find any vitamins like that. — D.A.S.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I have severe lower back pain and can't stand up straight or walk very well. I saw a back specialist, and he took X-rays and reviewed an MRI. He informed me nothing could be done for me because I have diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH). I would like to know what this is and why nothing can be done for me. — Anon.
As United Auto Workers Union members in the Local 31 at the GM Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas continue to make regional headlines for entering their fifth week of a strike, those out of work, including families across the Northland are feeling the pinch of going without a full paycheck for…
KEARNEY — While celebrating triple digits during a birthday party in her honor at Kearney Senior Center, Gwendean Scott said her 100 years have given her a lot to reflect on.
The physical changes that can result from breast cancer are well known. However, breast cancer also can lead to emotional changes. In fact, treatments that are designed to beat cancer can have negative effects on a woman’s body image and self-esteem.
Like it or not, here it comes again: winter, along with snow and ice in many parts of the country. As seniors we need to take extra steps to stay safe, warm and healthy during cold weather.
LIBERTY — Mid-Continent Public Library will break ground on a new Liberty facility at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. The current branch at 1000 Kent St. will remain open during construction.
It's fall, and winter is on the way — a time to sort, toss and save. Collecting and squirreling away supplies for artful indoor and outdoor fun with your kids in the months ahead can be a creative activity in itself.
LIBERTY — In an effort to live out its mission of carrying out social, intellectual, educational, charitable, benevolent, moral, fraternal, patriotic or religious purposes for the benefit of members and the public, Thrivent Financial Services supported Synergy Services by paying for the supp…
My birthday is just around the corner. I know that not because of the date on the calendar, but because of the way my joints mimic the sound of one of my favorite childhood breakfast cereals when I get out of bed — SNAP! CRACKLE! POP!
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.
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%.
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.
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.
KEARNEY — The Kearney Fire and Rescue Protection District is again selling pink and gray shirts with proceeds benefiting the Kansas City arm of the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer efforts.
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.
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.