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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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Seven tips for keeping your family healthy this summer

The sunny days of summer are here and school may be out, but your family is still as active and busy as ever. It’s easy to get caught up in a hectic schedule of activities, but don’t let the summer hustle keep you from a healthy lifestyle. Enjoying the summer is about balance and planning. These tips will help your […]

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Make a financial emergency kit for your family

by Nathaniel Sillin What would a sudden financial emergency be in your life? It could be a storm causing massive property damage to your home. It could also be something more personal, like an accident that would cut off your ability to make a living. Whatever it is, if someone else had to step in to help you in an […]

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Four home improvements that pay you back

Homeowners are looking for value in every home improvement project they take on, whether they are upgrading for resale or their own pride of ownership. With new technologies and products on the market, it is easier than ever to add value to your home with projects that ultimately pay you back in numerous ways. • Luxurious looks that are affordable. […]

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Tips for getting the most our of your tires

A tire’s tread depth significantly affects driving safety. In fact, to ensure a vehicle drives safely, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Admini­stration recommends a tire be replaced once its tread depth reaches 2/32nds of an inch. Winter tires should be replaced even sooner. Worn tires cause more than just headaches for drivers. Less tread means longer braking distances and […]

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