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Be aware of tech theft threat at school and in dormitories

Today?s students gear up for back-to-school season by stocking up on expensive technology, from MP3 players to laptops. However, most students are unaware that dorm rooms and schools are some of the most dangerous places to store precious electronic equipment.

Dormitories and schools are among the top five places from which laptops are most likely to be stolen, reports Absolute Software, a firm specializing in computer theft recovery, data protection and asset tracking.

?Students have a false sense of security on campus,? said John Livingston, chief executive officer of Absolute Software. ?Many students are bringing thousands of dollars of electronic equipment into their dorm rooms with little to no security precautions. It?s just open season for criminals.?

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Exercise and massage are part of an arthritis treatment plan
Exercise and massage are part of an arthritis treatment plan

Exercise and massage are part of an arthritis treatment plan

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Arthritis can take the joy out of routine daily tasks.

Opening a pill bottle brings the promise of relief from pain for many people. But for 41 percent of the 46 million Americans diagnosed with arthritis, everyday activities?like opening their arthritis medication? can be very difficult. Is it any wonder, then, that millions seek alternative ways to enhance their doctor-prescribed drug treatment?

Nearly a quarter of all adult Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The Centers for Disease Control report that up to 25 percent of osteoarthritis patients can?t perform major daily activities.

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Internet common ground from both buyers and sellers

Home buyers and sellers?the relationship may seem like it should be more adversarial than ever, given the current market. Coming at the real estate equation from opposite sides, buyers and sellers may feel they have little in common. But the truth is both groups share a common path to real estate success?the Internet.

The Internet has been revolutionizing real estate for years now with more than 80 percent of buyers look at homes on the Internet, according to the National Association of Realtors.

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Better than moving: Get more space with a basement remodel
Better than moving: Get more space with a basement remodel

Better than moving: Get more space with a basement remodel

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Finishing a basement is one of the most cost-effective remodeling projects, according to Remodeling Magazine?s 2007 Cost vs. Value report.

The day you?ve dreaded has finally arrived?your household is bursting at the seams. You need more space, but you?re not keen on the idea of entering the real estate market right now. And eco-conscious consumer that you are, you don?t relish the idea of increasing your home?s environmental impact with a costly addition.

You?re not alone. The bigger is better mentality that defined the ?moving up? trend of the past 20 years seems to be the latest casualty of the real estate downturn. As a result, many homeowners are opting to stay put and increase their living space by remodeling the homes they have. Many are doing so without the cost and eco-impact of building an addition. Instead, they?re creating more living space by turning areas like basements, garages and even outdoor patios into usable square footage.

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Curb appeal: the ‘arms’ that welcome potential buyers
Curb appeal: the ‘arms’ that welcome potential buyers

Curb appeal: the ‘arms’ that welcome potential buyers

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Edge the driveway with pavers in colors complementary to the home and pavement. Use pavers in different shapes and sizes to create an interesting focal point.

Whether selling a home in today?s tough real estate market or simply trying to beautify and protect your home, curb appeal should be very important to you.

Home selling experts predict that as many as 40 percent of potential buyers reject a home based on their first impression of the front of the home. That makes curb appeal?the general appearance of the front yard?the single largest factor shaping impressions of your home.

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Healthy Geezer- Will my arthritis spread?

?Q I?m pretty sure I have arthritis in my knee. Is there any danger this will spread?

 

First, anyone who thinks they may have arthritis should see a doctor. Self-diagnosis is hazardous to your health.

Now for some information about arthritis all geezers should know.

Arthritis, which comes in different forms, is inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout are the three most common forms of arthritis among seniors. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent. None are contagious.

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Activity becomes a Wii adventure for nursing home residents
Activity becomes a Wii adventure for nursing home residents

Activity becomes a Wii adventure for nursing home residents

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In the above photo, Parkside residents Ron Freeman and Francis Kreutziger play a game of baseball on the Wii. Looking on is Jake Wiebe, a high school volunteer who joins in the game from time to time.

Stop by Parkside Homes Inc. and you can cheer on senior citizens who are engaged in a game of baseball or golf?in the middle of their living areas and in comfort of air conditioning.

Ron Freeman and other residents are playing the Nintendo Wii, an interactive video game introduced to Parkside as part of its culture change initiative.

?Our residents want to be in 2008 and this is one way they can,? said Melissa Bartel, life enrichment coordinator at Parkside.

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Hail events prompt re-roofing boom in Hillsboro
Hail events prompt re-roofing boom in Hillsboro

Hail events prompt re-roofing boom in Hillsboro

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Workers with Flory Roofing & Construction, based in Halstead, work Saturday on re-roofing the house in the 300 block of South Washington in Hillsboro. Through June 19, 51 building permits for roofing projects had been issued through city hall. Permits and follow-up inspections are required for each job, according to Hillsboro building code. Photo by Don Ratzlaff

Every cloud has a silver lining. For some homeowners, contractors and material suppliers, that includes a hail cloud.

In the aftermath of a couple of hail incidents over the past month and a half, Hillsboro is in the midst of a re-roofing boom.

From May 12 through June 19, 51 building permits had been issued through the city of Hills?boro for re-roofing jobs, with a total estimated value surpassing $720,000.

And the boom is likely to continue as word of potential roof damage spreads from homeowner to homeowner.

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Hillsboro MB to host Life Line Screenings

  Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church will host a Life Line Screening June 23 at 300 Prairie Pointe. Appointments for the stroke, vascular disease and heart rhythm screening will begin at 9 a.m. Baseline screenings include Stroke/Carotid Artery, Atrial Fibrillation, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Peripheral Arterial Disease. Additional screenings include C-Reactive Protein, complete Lipid Panel, Glucose and an ultrasound screening for […]

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Family wins big by losing
Family wins big by losing

Family wins big by losing

MartinBefore.jpg MartinAfter.jpg Testimonies continue to surface about the life-changing impact of the area ?Biggest Loser? weight-reduction contest this spring. Hillsboro resident Cathy Martin and three of her siblings agreed to focus on weight loss prior to their planned reunion on Memorial Day weekend. The ?before? photo (left) of the foursome includes Martin (seated, right) with her sister Anne Morgan of […]

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