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Georgian helps with dementia mentors

This wasn’t how Robert Bowles of Thomaston, Ga., wanted to spend his retirement years.In a telephone interview, former pharmacist and 68-year-old Bowles said, “I’d owned my own pharmacy and no longer had the patience for it. So I sold it in December 2010 and quickly got depressed. I was put on an antidepressant, and on the 11th day taking it, in July 2011, all of a sudden my legs didn’t want to move. Until then, I was still active and my mind was clear.̶...

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Gloria serves up caramel cinnamon rolls

Hello to one and all!This week I would like to introduce you to someone who means a lot to me, someone who has played one of the most important roles in my life (that is besides my husband!). I have many friends who are very near and dear to me, but this particular person has probably done more for me than anyone else ever has. You guessed it! It’s my dear mother, Dorcas Raber. Little did I know or was even able to fathom what my parents have done for me until I had a child o...

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Do you need ID theft insurance or credit monitoring?

You’d have to be living under a rock not to be concerned about identity theft. It seems like every other month there’s a new report about another massive data breach somewhere in the world.Not surprisingly, a thriving industry has sprung up around helping to protect consumers from identity theft. Most of these services are pretty expensive and many consumer organizations argue that they merely take actions you could easily carry out yourself for free. But if you donR...

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My Grandmother’s kerchief

I had been putting it off for several weeks, well, perhaps not exactly putting it off. I just could not quite find enough time to get around to actually doing it. But finally the day and the time were right. Four hours stretched out ahead of me. The rain had stopped and the ground was not too wet. It was time to get going.Greg hauled several square bales of straw up the hill from the barn and set one beside the chicken coop. I hitched the small farm cart to the back of the grey For...

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Opinion Page Submission Change

This newspaper welcomes letters to the editor and guest columns from area readers. Letters should be about current issues of general interest and should maintain a degree of civility and good taste. Letters that are potentially libelous will not be published.Letters are subject to editing for length, grammar, accuracy and clarity. Letters should be no more than 400 words and have the Letter writer’s signature. A daytime phone number should also accompany the Letter if submitt...

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Still kickin’ after all these years

Forgive us if we’re not willing to write an obituary for newspapers — and will even challenge those who would espouse the idea.Pundits and skeptics use clever connotations such as dinosaurs facing extinction.It’s the same tired banter that was used when radio first came into existence and many thought signaled the end of the printed word. It’s the same pablum dished up when television was king and challenged newspapers with live action and immedia...

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That is how you hold a gun

To the editor:After a number of Supreme Court decisions soundly supporting the right to keep and bear arms, the liberals still don’t get it. In a current TV ad, Kentucky Senatorial Democratic candidate Alison Grimes is shown skeet shooting as she states: “I’m not Barack Obama. I disagree with him on guns … .” In the corner of the screen is shown a still photo of her opponent, Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, holding a rifle in ...

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Auketts were early ostomy advocates

Founded in 2005, United Ostomy Associations of America bills itself as “a national network for bowel and urinary diversion support groups.”In a telephone interview, UOAA co-founder, 75-year-old Ken Aukett, of Westmont, N.J., had a lot to say about his late wife, Linda, also a UOAA co-founder. Both Linda and Ken had ulcerative colitis and an ostomy, which is a surgically created opening in the body made to discharge body wastes. There are three types of ostomies: colosto...

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Bubp is professional

To the editor:I am writing this letter in support of Danny Bubp. I have had the privilege of knowing Danny for about a year and a half after I met him through my brother. Danny handled my brother Glenn’s estate after Glenn passed away on Feb. 16, 2014.I can’t say enough good things about him. He was very professional, honest and caring. Two months after my brother died, my husband of 28 years also died. I will always be indebted to Danny for ...

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Richards endorses former opponent

To the editor:On May 6th, 2014, I was honored to compete in the Democratic primary election as a candidate for the U. S. House of Representatives, 2nd District, Ohio. In that election I was narrowly defeated by Mr. Marek Tyszkiewicz of Cincinnati.During the course of the primary I came to know Mr. Tyszkiewicz and the principles and positions he represents. Marek Tyszkiewicz is an individual who is uniquely qualified to serve in our House of Representativ...

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Open enrollment: A great time to review your retirement plan

If you work for a medium-to-large company, you may now be entering the “open enrollment” period — that time of year when you get to make changes to your employee benefits. Your benefit package can be a big piece of your overall financial picture, so you’ll want to make the right moves — especially in regard to your employer-sponsored retirement plan.Take a close look at your 401(k) or similar plan, such as a 403(b), if you work for a school or a nonpro...

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Homemade cheese on the menu!

Dear Friends Far and Near,With September coming to a close, Julia and I are delighted to have reached a goal. This summer my husband, Daniel, challenged me with the idea of spending 10-15 minutes a day singing with Julia. After thinking it over a bit he said “I’ll pay you $2 a day, plus I’ll add a bonus if you don’t skip a day until the first of October. You may have a break on Sundays, “ he planned.” It means a lot to me if you spend time with h...

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Correcting errors in the language of life

My word processor is set up to deal with the errors I make when writing. The programmers who wrote the computer program knew I’d screw things up, so they built in corrective functions like spellcheck and the ability to simply backspace to delete typos. Those of us old enough to remember manual typewriters still sometimes marvel at the ease with which corrections in documents can now be made.Mother Nature also has a built-in corrective function, one at work in organisms as sim...

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Hooked on apples

When it comes to solving big problems, I believe in reaching for the low-hanging fruit first. What’s the easy stuff we can get out of the way before working on harder challenges?Right now, many of us can go for the low hanging-fruit in a very literal way: by visiting an apple orchard.In the 1980s, Americans faced a 20 percent lifetime risk of getting diabetes. Today we’ve got a 40 percent chance of coming down with that disease.You know that “...

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Just a wee bit chilly

I am sitting on the side deck. No doubt about it. I am a bit cold, but I do not want to move. The sun is shining down between the clouds, warming the black fur of the dog that sits by my side, and it occurs to me that it is good to wear black on a chilly fall day.The leaves rustle in the trees, and when the wind picks up just a bit, they fall in a flurry to the creek valley ground. I look up and see that the wind turbine has started to slowly turn. As I watch, it picks up speed and...

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Editorials

Void left with closure of hospital

Friday, Sept. 26 was a dark day for Georgetown and the...

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Letters

More than dirty politics

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