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Planning a move? Six tips for a stress-free time

Does the prospect of moving have you buzzing with excitement? Or are you left with worries about packing and clutter? This moving season, an estimated 40 million Americans will move or relocate, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Whether you’re moving by yourself or uprooting your entire family, moving presents a number of stress-causing challenges. Staying organized and planning ahead […]

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At 94, senior swimmer still strong in the water

At 94, senior swimmer still strong in the water

Jean Beauchamp, 94, has been one of the regular early morning swimmers at the Hillsboro Family Aquatic Center all summer. A swimmer since age 6, Beauchamp says she enjoys exercising in the pool. Most weeks this summer, one will see regulars at the Hills­boro Family Aquatic Center for an early morning swim. “I have probably six regulars that swim every […]

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Talking to your kids when hard times hit

by Nathaniel Sillin Practical Money Skills Kids are surprisingly resilient in the face of a crisis. But even so, serious family money troubles can potentially affect a young person’s home life, education and outlook on money management down the road. While my wife and I don’t have kids, children under the age of 10 who are particularly mature—and particularly observant—often […]

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Tiny living means normal living for this couple

Tiny living means normal living for this couple

Kyle and Danae Schmidt live in their customized tiny house located on a farmstead near Marion Reservoir. “One of the plusses for us is—and we’ve heard this before as we were building and we’ve found it to be true—that our house draws us outside and invites us inside,” Danae said. Kyle and Danae Schmidt have found that living in the […]

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Protect yourself from overexposure to the summer sun

I recently read a public-service ad circulating by the American Academy of Dermatology that lists five ways to die on a golf course. The five ways include: hit by a golf ball, run over by a golf cart, whacked by a golf club, struck by lightning and forgot your hat. While none of these possibilities is pleasant to contemplate, the […]

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Bite back against mosquitoes this season with these prevention tips

From annoying itchy welts to serious conditions like Malaria and West Nile virus, mosquitoes have been making humans miserable and sick for thousands of years. And now, there’s Zika—a mosquito-spread virus that may be linked to serious birth defects. In fact, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the diseases mosquitoes spread make them the deadliest animal […]

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Five money traps to avoid each month

Are you always on the prowl for a better deal? Looking for ways to save money—but without having to cut back on quality? People often overspend in ways they don’t even realize. From service plans that aren’t being used to buying too many bulk items, it is easy to throw away money without even knowing it. If you want to […]

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Florence Fire Dept. has kit for resuscitating pets

Florence Fire Dept. has kit for resuscitating pets

Florence Fire Chief Mark Sla­ter inventories the various items in the animal rescue kit donated to the department. Not only could these kits save a small animal’s life, but one study indicated people in a community are more confident that pets have a better chance of living through a fire when responders are equipped with the masks. Thanks to the […]

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Flint Hills project aims to draw people to the region

Flint Hills project aims to draw people to the region

Map of Flint Hills by Ron Wilson K-State Research & Extension “You are here.” Those three simple words are helpful when a person is trying to learn a location or is seeking direction. Today we will learn about an innovative project which is seeking to educate youth and others about the value of their location in the Flint Hills region […]

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Make it last: seven secrets to a longer life for exterior paint

When it comes to exterior paint, there’s no fountain of youth, but there are ways to add years of life to a new paint job, says Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute. Here are the secrets: 1. Carefully prepare the surface. Before starting to paint, it’s important to make sure surfaces are clean and sound, […]

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