July 29, 2014

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January is Birth Defects Prevention Month Print E-mail

More than 120,000 babies are born with a birth defect each year in the United States - 3,000 of which are born in Kentucky, according to the state Department for Public Health (DPH).

To help raise awareness of this issue and prevent future birth defects, the Kentucky Birth Surveillance Registry (KBSR) Program, which is housed in DPH, is partnering with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network this month to dispense educational information and promote public health resources. Gov. Steve Beshear officially proclaimed this monthlong observance in the Commonwealth to further emphasize the importance of taking steps to reduce and prevent birth defects.

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“A Mouse In The House” Print E-mail

Since childhood, I have always had a fear of snakes and rats. My fear could have been caused by some innocent adult who was trying to make me behave by telling me if I left the house I probably would be bitten by a large rat or snake. Even now, when I see a snake or rat on TV, a chill begins at my tailbone and ends at the nape of my neck.

Rats and mice were plentiful in the homes during the 50s. The large number had nothing to do with bad housekeeping or poor sanitation, but probably caused by the lack of any good pesticides and the old open houses. Also, farmers fed cattle and horses, and always had a crib full of corn, which rats loved.

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How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions Print E-mail

About half of all American adults (48%, according to a Marist poll taken in December) say they are at least somewhat likely to make a New Year's resolution this year.

Their top vows: to lose weight (19%), quit smoking (12%) and exercise more (10%). Sound familiar?

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Flu could hit younger population harder Print E-mail

By Kelly Cantrall, The News-Enterprise

Local and national health officials say younger adults could be impacted this flu season more than the older population, who generally are considered to be at a higher risk of contracting the virus.

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Glaucoma Awareness Month: Protect against vision loss through early detection Print E-mail

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and the Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA) is urging people take control of their eye health through early detection to help minimize the risk of developing glaucoma. Glaucoma leads to progressive damage to the optic nerve and a loss of nerve tissue, which ultimately results in loss of vision.

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"The Old Mare" Print E-mail

I haven't always liked horses. In fact there was a time in my life when I hated the beasts. During my early years while working on the family farm, Dad was one of the last farmers to purchase a tractor. We did all our farming with horses. While all the other boys in the community were driving up and down the road on tractors, I was driving horses. At that time, I really admired these boys and would have traded our team for anything that resembled a tractor. Today, I would give anything to have that team.

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Warm the Family Up with this Mushroom Barley Soup Print E-mail
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“Observations 2013” Print E-mail

Where has the year gone? It just seems like last month we were preparing for Christmas and New Year’s 2012. I have always heard old people comment about how time flies. Now I know!

2013 has been most ‘Rewarding’ for me as a lay writer. One cannot imagine the pleasure I have received upon meeting a reader in town or elsewhere and receiving the comment, “Marvin, I really liked your article. Marvin did that really happen? I really got a laugh out of your last piece.”

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“Sunday Dinner” Print E-mail

Back in the 1950s, the meal that was observed at noontime was called “Dinner.” The meal in the evening was called “Supper.” It has been a result of our modern, sophisticated society that has replaced these traditional observances with: “Continental Breakfast,” “Brunch,” “Lunch,” and “Dinner.” The evening meal is now called “Dinner.” Modern man has a way of always meddling with situations, trying to simplify them, but in the end, all he messes with tends to become more complicated.

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Christmas poem by Pearlie Wright Print E-mail

By Pearlie Wright

Dear Santa,

I'm older now and realize just where you're coming from;
So you won't have to ask my mom if I've done something dumb.

I'd like to have a second chance at getting those rewards
that you give to all who are good and work real hard.

Mom just called and told me I forgot to seal this letter;
So you just wink your eye at me for you and I know better!

Merry Christmas to all!

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