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  • How do we Keep our Daughters Safe? Start with our Sons

    Bringing Home the Bacon
    Holly Michael
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Every mother with a precious daughter has read the articles--they stream through our Facebook feeds. The articles about how to keep your daughter safe in a world of sexual predators. There are apps you can download that will send out alerts if you don't return from a date on time, nail polish to check for knock-out drugs, and lots of advice in the area of raising empowered women who don't need men to validate them.But I have decided not to read those anymore. Because I have two sons and one daughter and it seems like I should spend twice as much effort ensuring that my boys don't become…
  • What Farm Kids do for Fun

    Bringing Home the Bacon
    Holly Michael
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Farm kids enjoying a beautiful fall day with their friends.
  • 13 Things about Pumpkins that You didn’t know

    From Scratch Magazine
    Melissa
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Most parts of the pumpkin are edible, including the flesh, the seeds, the leaves and even the flowers. Pumpkins are part of the cucurbit family of plants, related to squash, cucumbers, gourds and cantaloupe. Pumpkin seeds are used in Russia to treat tapeworms. The largest pumpkin pie ever, according to the Illinois Extension Service, was more than 5 feet wide and weighed more than 350 pounds. It was made with 80 pounds of pumpkin, 144 eggs and 36 pounds of sugar. It took six hours to cook. Pumpkin carving goes back to an Irish tradition. In Irish folklore, a character called Stingy Jack…
  • Customers are switching to small retailers

    Small Biz Survival
    Becky McCray
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    Consumers are changing their shopping behavior. It’s good news for small business. Photo by Becky McCray. Last week, we talked about how big box retailers are getting smaller. Why is the big box retail sector making this expensive and difficult change to smaller stores? Because consumers have already started changing. Humorist David Sedaris summed up this consumer feeling in an interview. “I’d rather go to an actual shop — preferably a small one — than to a harshly lit superstore, or, worse still, a website,” Sedaris said. “I don’t want to buy my books and my…
  • Maine’s economic policies are leaving women behind, especially in rural Maine

    rural - Bing News
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Tens of thousands of Maine women are mired in poverty, and even more struggle to make ends meet in low-wage jobs. But instead of providing them with tools that will enable them to climb out of poverty, Maine policymakers have cut some much-needed supports ...
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    Small Biz Survival

  • Customers are switching to small retailers

    Becky McCray
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    Consumers are changing their shopping behavior. It’s good news for small business. Photo by Becky McCray. Last week, we talked about how big box retailers are getting smaller. Why is the big box retail sector making this expensive and difficult change to smaller stores? Because consumers have already started changing. Humorist David Sedaris summed up this consumer feeling in an interview. “I’d rather go to an actual shop — preferably a small one — than to a harshly lit superstore, or, worse still, a website,” Sedaris said. “I don’t want to buy my books and my…
  • A good catch in the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    Looks like a good catch of good news in the Brag Basket today! Photo (CC) by ePi.Longo on Flickr.   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for October 17-19, 2014. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your good news. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t…
  • Use Your Small-business Advantages

    Glenn Muske
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Holder Drug by Becky McCray via Flickr When asked if they have any advantages as a small business, many owners respond negatively. The fact is, small-business owners, especially those in rural areas and small towns, have many advantages they can use to enhance the success of their store. Knowing the audience is a huge advantage. Yet they often do not make full use of this close audience connection. Knowing the audience allows an owner to more completely understand the problems his or her client is having. It also should help develop brand advocates. They are people who, via words and actions,…
  • Why big box stores are getting smaller and what that means to small towns

    Becky McCray
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    Big boxes are looking to smaller stores. The natural extension of this trend is to even smaller stores, like the ones in your small town. Photo by Becky McCray.   “Everything gigantic in American [retail] is about to get smaller or die.” That’s the dramatic claim by contrarian economist James Kunstler,writing about the big retail sector in Business Insider. He says big retail is on the brink of scale implosion. Kunstler points to the same trends that are affecting small towns: online shopping, global delivery, higher fuel costs plus a few other factors including tighter corporate…
  • Don’t waste your good news. Bring it to the Brag Basket.

    Small Biz Survival
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Yes, it’s a wastebasket, but it’s a Bicentennial wasteBASKET, so we’ll call it Brag Basket today. Photo (CC) by Sean on Flickr   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for October 10-12, 2014. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your good…
 
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    rural - Bing News

  • Maine’s economic policies are leaving women behind, especially in rural Maine

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Tens of thousands of Maine women are mired in poverty, and even more struggle to make ends meet in low-wage jobs. But instead of providing them with tools that will enable them to climb out of poverty, Maine policymakers have cut some much-needed supports ...
  • Rural areas seek piece of subprime-loan settlement

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Long seen as having devastated Sun Belt cities, the subprime mortgage crisis unleashed turmoil on Ohio and other rural areas. Now federal officials are pledging regulatory attention and financial help. Subprime loans were distributed in the rural U.S. at ...
  • Center hosts meeting of Rural Healthcare Development Network

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    The Rural Healthcare Development Network of Southern Virginia, an initiative coordinated by the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s Center of Nursing Excellence, took another step forward in learning about the role of Community Health Workers in ...
  • Lingering effects of subprime crisis in rural US

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:16 am
    Many rural residents jumped to get subprime loans at initial affordable terms during the mid-2000s, only to have fortunes disappear as housing boom turned to bust. Signs of the aftermath: — Empty homes. Between 2007 and 2009, vacancy rates more than ...
  • Power Finance, Rural Electrification surge on coal reforms

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Reuters Market Eye - Power Finance Corp(PWFC.NS) gains 5 percent, while Rural Electrification Corp (RURL.NS) is nearly 5 percent. India said on Monday it would auction coal blocks after the Supreme Court cancelled allocations in August. Coal block auctions ...
 
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    Daily Yonder - Keep It Rural

  • Letter from Langdon: Big Ag's Force Feed

    editor
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    American consumers want better labeling, safer food and choice. Big Ag refuses. Could Americans take their business elsewhere? Ask the American auto industry. Photo by the Los Angeles Times Hens on a poultry farm in California. From the beginning of time a single unanswered question has plagued the minds of men who wanted to know just one thing;Why did the chicken cross the road?Thanks to Missouri politics we now know the answer. It was trying to get to California.In 2008 California voters passed the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (Proposition 2) with a resounding 63% majority. Prop 2…
  • Why Plains States Did Better with Jobs

    editor
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    Throughout the recession and its aftermath, unemployment rates in rural Plains States counties have been lower than other rural areas. The Economic Research Service attributes the regional variation to the predominance of agriculture (which didn’t slump the way industries like manufacturing did) and higher education levels. But there’s a darker side to the lower unemployment numbers: population loss. The slow rate of jobs recovery is one of the biggest stories in rural America over the past six years.Metro America is nearly back to pre-recession levels of employment. But job…
  • Roundup: Writing off Coal Country

    editor
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Don't write off coal country • Juvenile incarceration in West Virginia • The Village Effect • Two honored for service to Native media • Rural Cooperatives fighting EPA regulations Photo by Shawn Poynter/Rural Archive Coal is processed in the Big Sandy power plant near Louisa, Ky. Major environmental groups can’t ignore the coal states and hope to make the progress they want on climate change. That’s just one of the many relevant observations in Ken Ward Jr.’s rejoinder to the Grist’s David Roberts' two articles on  the…
  • Our Seed Library: Growing Community

    editor
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Residents of a sparsely populated region in New Mexico and Arizona find a common denominator in food and the desire to preserve local seeds. Photo by Karen Fasimpaur Members of the seed library meet in the community library in Portal, Arizona. The remote corner of the southwest that I call home straddles a beautiful swath of the Arizona-New Mexico border. There are two small nearby towns – Portal, Arizona, and Rodeo, New Mexico – each with fewer than than 300 people. The nearest grocery store is about an hour away, we have no cell coverage, and most of us live on dirt roads.The…
  • The Front Lines in the War on Taste

    editor
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Some folks worry about Washington, D.C., overreach. But Mark Jamison says the real threat to liberty is the “taste police” of local government. A small-town yard decorator speaks up for the little guy – and the big chair. Photo by Mark Jamison The big chair stands about 12 feet high and adorns Mark Jamison's front yard in Webster, North Carolina, along with many other art objects. Some adults ask why, but kids understand the ornament's "impeccable logic." It’s a big chair. Actually it’s a very big rocking chair and it sits at the head of my…
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  • Outdoor Living Rooms Invite Community Input

    Adele Phillips
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    By Adele Phillips on October 17, 2014 - 7:07amA strange thing appeared recently on main street in our town of 800: a complete living room. An old padded leather rocking chair and floor lamp filled one corner. A green jacquard couch and a Norfolk Island pine welcomed passersby in another.The coffee table, with a plate of homemade cookies, bore signs of a life without coasters. A garden magazine promised “25 Backyard Escapes!” The yellow Hoover stood sentry next to the television. Cups of hot coffee and cider greeted guests.Why were these living room trappings set up on the street? It’s a…
  • Missouri Veterans Learn (and Teach) about Farming

    Wyatt Fraas
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    By Wyatt Fraas on October 16, 2014 - 6:35amMore than 50 military veterans recently attended educational sessions on resources that can help them start farming. Workshops in central Missouri near Fort Leonard Wood and at the Lincoln University campus brought those in the know together with active duty veterans and military retirees. They shared information on farm loans, assistance with disabilities, and markets for alternative crops.Beef cattle and financing were topics of widest interest among the veterans. Other interests surfaced too. Timber, grains, honey, poultry, goats, vegetables, and…
  • Sage Grouse Conservation in the Cowboy State

    Steph Larsen
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Steph Larsen on October 15, 2014 - 12:00amMuch of rural and small town Wyoming depends on the economic impact of recreation and tourism. Camping, hunting, fishing, birding, hiking, guiding and other activities in 11 Western states, including Wyoming, brought in $623 million in direct spending and $1.06 billion in indirect spending, according to a recent Western Values Project study (http://www.cfra.org/western-values-project-study). And nearby communities also benefit economically from the nearly 68 million visitors that spent time on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Remembering Community Life in Rural Mass

    Guest Writer
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    By Guest Writer on October 10, 2014 - 7:05pmWhen people sign up for our newsletter, they often share their story. Here's a great essay from Andrea Morgan, who gave us permission to share it with you.I grew up in rural Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Everyone knew their neighbors at their end of the town. We had a big yard where my mother enjoyed a big garden, and my cousin who lived upstairs played basketball every day with a group of friends on our huge driveway.You could walk up to any neighbor's door and were welcome in without an invitation. One year, when the lower part of our street was…
  • Rural Activists Gather in a Corn Field to Fight the Keystone Pipeline

    Traci Bruckner
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    By Traci Bruckner on October 9, 2014 - 12:11pmIn August, we heard BOLD Nebraska and the Cowboy Indian Alliance were set to host a concert with Willie Nelson and Neil Young in a corn field near Neligh, NE. Wait, what? Willie Nelson and Neil Young playing in a cornfield in our home state? Yes! (They had us at hello.) You can’t deny the appeal of seeing Willie and Neil perform live, especially in a corn field. But they agreed to do the concert to support rural people in their fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. That's even more appealing. People oppose the pipeline for varied reasons -…
 
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    Blandin on Broadband

  • Cable Providers Asked to Think About Local Content

    Ann Treacy
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Last week I went to the MTA conference. (I’m hoping to get a PPT to share and will post my notes as soon as I get it.) It was interesting to hear about how telecommunications providers are exploring new sources of revenue. The telephone/telecom game has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. (Remember long distance bills and payphones?) Cable is experiencing some similar disruptions. They have picked up broadband as a product but the content/video game is changing daily. Here’s a view form a recent editorial from Olmsted County… To remain viable, cable needs to adapt in other ways.
  • New dates for FCC Rural Broadband Experiments applications

    Ann Treacy
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Here’s the latest from the FCC on the Rural Broadband Experiments… WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU ANNOUNCES DATE FOR OPENING OF RURAL BROADBAND EXPERIMENTS APPLICATION FILING WINDOW AND FINAL DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS WC Docket No. 10-90 Today, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) announces the new date for the opening of the rural broadband experiments application filing window, as well as the corresponding application deadline. The application filing window for entities interested in participating in the rural broadband experiments will open on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9a.m. EDT.
  • How will we fill a Gig? Key institutes serve business computers and staff devices

    Ann Treacy
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Minnesota Public Radio recently ran an article on an infrastructure upgrade on the Mayo Clinic campus… A network of hundreds of new low-power, short-range antennas are in place throughout downtown Rochester’s underground walkway system, known as the subway. The network will prevent dropped calls and speed up the wireless Internet for Mayo Clinic staff, giving them better access to patient records from mobile screens, AT&T said Tuesday. It “changes the dynamics for the use of technology in health care,” said AT&T Minnesota President Paul Weirtz. Only AT&T…
  • “Connect Minnesota” Networking Event: October 22 in Minneapolis

    Ann Treacy
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    I wanted to share the following invitation to this fun networking event. I found out about it from the MICE email list. MICE is the Midwest Internet Cooperative Exchange. It is a local network exchange point for Midwest network providers. It helps keep Minnesota Internet traffic in Minnesota and builds local redundancies. Aside from the technology of MICE, I think it’s powerful to have so many of the local Internet architects talking regularly too. Also this reminds me of some of the fun networking events the Internet community used to have in the 1990s. Again they were powerful…
  • Local and National Providers Talk about Expanding Beyond the Twin Cities

    Ann Treacy
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Minnesota Public Radio recently ran an article that outlines the state of “ultra-fast” broadband in St Paul and Minneapolis. US Internet currently provides ultra-fast broadband in some parts of Minneapolis. CenturyLink promises to offer Gigabit access over the next few years. Comcast already offers Gig access. The article observes that competition breeds better pricing and speeds… Generally, the more high-speed Internet competitors in a market, the better the speeds and prices available to customers. That’s been the case in Chattanooga, where a community-owned electric utility is…
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    The Rural Blog

  • West Virginia follows Kentucky's lead, forms group to reshape Appalachian economy

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    West Virginia Sen. Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall) announced last week that he has formed a group called called Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing the Economy (SCORE) to look into ways to diversify and revitalize the struggling economy in Southern West Virginia, Ken Ward reports for the Charleston Gazette. Last year Kentucky Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers, a Republican from Eastern Kentucky, joined forces to launch Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), an effort to stimulate the economy of Eastern Kentucky, which includes some of the nation's poorest…
  • FCC approves order that opens door for better cell phone service in rural America

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    A ruling on Friday by the Federal Communications Commission could lead to better cell service in rural America, Spencer Chase reports for Agri-Pulse. The agency said in a release that it unanimously voted "to adopt a report and order that it says will 'promote deployment of the wireless infrastructure necessary to provide the public with ubiquitous, advanced wireless broadband services.'”"The order clarifies several statutory limitations on state and local government authority to review wireless infrastructure siting applications," Chase writes. "Simply speaking, this means local entities…
  • Rural road signs near school bus stop in New York say: 'Hey, Stupid, Slow Down'

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    Officials in Davenport, N.Y., have found a unique way to warn drivers about speeding on a winding rural road near a school bus stop. A pair of signs—warning drivers traveling eastbound and westbound—read "Hey Stupid, Slow Down." The signs are in response to a recent incident where a speeding driver had to slam on his or her brakes to avoid a collision with the bus and pedestrians, Mark Boshknack reports for The Daily Star in Oneonta.Fred Utter, a bus driver and the fire chief for the town of 3,000, paid for the signs, Boshknack writes. Utter told him, “If it saves somebody’s life,…
  • Washington, D.C., writer travels Appalachia, following the Bon Appétit! Bon Appalachia! map

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    Washington, D.C., freelance writer Melanie Kaplan recently traveled through Appalachia, spending a few days following the Appalachian Regional Commission's Bon Appétit! Bon Appalachia! interactive map that highlights about 650 distinct eateries in Appalachia in an attempt to bolster the region's economic development.  "I had many of the same preconceptions a lot of people do about Appalachian fare (lots of fried food, the occasional squirrel) and had never considered visiting this part of the country to eat," Kaplan writes for The Wall Street Journal. "But the more I studied the map,…
  • Mini-grants up to $20,000 available to study childhood agricultural disease and injuries

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    The National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety is accepting proposals for mini-grants up to $20,000 "to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury," says the organization's website. Funds will be given to test innovative strategies, develop new partnerships beyond safety professionals and translate research findings into practical applications.  Grants are available to "individuals affiliated with community-based organizations, public or private institutions, units of local or state…
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    Rural Intelligence

  • Italian Market -- Restaurants -- Hudson, New York

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The unambiguously named Italian Market in Hudson just might be the posh little city’s best-kept secret. Unassuming at first glance, this humble market and deli is quietly home to some of the best food in the gastronomically cultured area. Billy Ledda moved to the Hudson Valley from Long Island and opened up shop on the corner of Park Place and Columbia Street during the summer of 2011. The food at The Italian Market is simple, intuitive and driven by the quality of ingredients. Ledda gets his bread shipped up from Manhattan every morning; his meats are imported from Italy and he uses as…
  • Preservation Society -- Restaurants -- Great Barrington, Massachusetts

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Preservation Society, located on the south side of the bustling Route 7 Grill, is the brainchild of the Grill’s head chef Christophe Jalbert, who had a hand in designing the tastefully sparse (and library-esque quiet) space. Chef Jalbert builds the menu every week, which includes a raw bar, rich charcuterie options and a menu of either five ($100) or three courses ($65) as well as an extensive wine list heavy with higher-end options like Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc and Catena Malbec and several dozen in between. On this particular night, the raw bar/charcuterie included Wellfleet oysters ($3),…
  • Housie Market Cafe -- Restaurants -- Housatonic, Massachusetts

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    People have been waiting anxiously for a neighborhood take out/sit down/coffee spot since the former Corner Market closed its doors last year. The Housie Market Café is part of a petit renaissance happening in the little hamlet along the river, Owner Amy Hagerty has created a neighborhood hangout with her unique creations like the peanut butter kimchi sandwich ($5.50), the polenta egg bowl ($8) and the roast ‘beast’ sandwich (with braised kale and horseradish mayo, $8). Don’t miss the Diamond in the Rough muffin ($6.25), worth every penny for the muffin with a hard-boiled egg in the…
  • In Its 15th Year, FilmColumbia Branches Out — To Hudson -- Arts Section -- Movies

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    By Jamie Larson It’s movie time in Columbia County and this year the FilmColumbia Festival is celebrating its 15th year by expanding its offerings to a venue in Hudson for the duration, October 22-26. Of course, the festival remains centered where it all began, the Crandell Theatre in Chatham and other venues in the town but organizers and film buffs alike are excited about the growth and the opportunity to share more of the year’s best independent films. “Film Columbia has grown tremendously and coming to Hudson seemed like a natural progression,” says Calliope Nicholas, in her 13th…
  • To Tell The Truth: Speak Up Storytelling Comes To The Mount -- Arts Section -- Books

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    By Amy Krzanik “My friends have always said that I’ve lived one of the most unfortunate lives (including surviving homelessness and an armed robbery), so I’ve got a lot of material for stories,” says Matthew Dicks [left] who will be at The Mount in Lenox with his Hartford-based storytelling group Speak Up on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19. Saturday night’s show will feature true stories based around the theme of “Love and Marriage” and told by five performers including Dicks and NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg. The Speak Up competition is similar to the Moth’s StorySLAM…
 
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  • How to recognize the eating disorder bulimia nervosa and get treatment

    Joy Nalywalko
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    Bulimia nervosa is a very serious eating disorder that affects people of both genders of all ages. Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that stems from an intense fear of gaining weight. Someone with bulimia will overeat and then find a way to quickly expel the food from their body whether it be through vomiting or through excessive use of laxatives or both. It can be life threatening and recognizing the symptoms of an eating disorder such as bulimia nervosa requires immediate treatment and care to prevent further complications. There are many signs and symptoms of bulimia nervosa. Listed…
  • The pros and cons of eating edibles vs. smoking marijuana

    Joy Nalywalko
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    Medical marijuana can be taken in many forms. It can be smoked through a pipe, a bong, a joint, or through a vaporizer. Medical marijuana strains can also be eaten in the form of edibles. Edibles come in many different forms such as brownies, cookies, liquids, soups, hard candies, gummy candies, rice crispy treats, cakes, and sodas. With all of these different ways to consume medical marijuana, it can be hard to find the best way that works for you to alleviate your medical ailment. Listed here are the pros and cons of eating edibles verses smoking marijuana.  The pros of eating edibles…
  • Find a Good Company, to Take Care of Your Carpet Cleaning.

    Ben
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    While everything in your home needs to be cleaned, certain surfaces and materials, within your home, require more care than others.  Carpeted floors, for instance, require quite a bit of cleaning, in order to remain sanitary and bright, throughout the year.  First of all, you need to vacuum regularly.  Generally, at least once a week, if not more often, is standard.  Beyond vacuuming, the main thing you need to remember is to get your carpets professionally cleaned, about once per year.  Doing this can help keep your floor clean and free of germs and mold, which can develop in your…
  • The 5 most important things to find in a radon remediation company.

    lincoln Deffenbaugh
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Radon is an odorless, invisible, tasteless, and radioactive gas.  Prolonged exposure to the gas can lead to increased risks in lung cancer and other health problems.  In some areas of the country, the risk to radon is even higher.  This is especially true in the Western states of the United States, where radon exists naturally at a higher level.  Mining has also led to an increase in the levels of radon.  Since radon poses such an incredible health risk, many companies have sprung up that work to mitigate radon levels in people’s homes.  However, not all of these companies are…
  • What should you consider when purchasing a new, certified diamond?

    Chelsie
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    A diamond is an object given only a few times in a person’s life most usually. These gems usually signify undying love, passion, or achievement. Though they have also been known to be given by the more well off as birthday presents or other types of gifts. However, the most common concern most often for people who are purchasing a diamond is cost. The things cost a near fortune. So in comes the stress of the buyer. Is this the right size? Should I get a regular diamond or a chocolate one? What is in this year? Will my fiancé prefer a cushion or princess cut diamond? What grade? So…
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  • Community newspapers are you!

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
        Take a look at a United States Atlas, what do you see cities large and small across the country. An accurate count of exactly how many there are is open for speculation but according to the atlas, we looked at, there are approximately 19,500 communities listed in the atlas.
  • Cancer awareness

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
        Westbrook — In the Sentinel Tribune, on the back page, is an ad about Cancer Awareness Month. The ad highlights the many common cancers as well as some less common ones. ...
 
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  • Have yourself a shitheap of Texas Republican fail

    coozledad
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Every time a Republican opens its face-hole, you’ll hear how private enterprise works better than the government, so we need to give private enterprise the money the government would otherwise get. Well, Republicans are going to just have to blow it out their ass, their mouth, and their eyeballs, aren’t they? Too bad they had to take so many innocent human beings with them. http://gawker.com/dallas-hospital-was-totally-unprepared-for-ebola-patien-1646495681 Texas should have been quarantined the moment they started teaching that creationism bullshit. Now would be a good time to…
  • The devil might study

    coozledad
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Cocaine.
  • A midsummer evening drive

    coozledad
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:39 pm
  • Person County salad toss (A letter to the editor)

    coozledad
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    Too many of the people who are used to owning and running this county are still clinging to life, and insist on legislating from the edge of the grave. Our institutions are deeply compromised by the presence of old men and social climbers who can’t distinguish between love of country and a desire to ensure they are perpetually flush with cash, even unto their last struggle for a mouthful of air. Part of the problem is that lake and the scuzz that drifts up around it, like wads of hair and dust underneath a mildewed old sofa. It’s a floating world of drunkards, race baiters and theocrats,…
  • It ain’t beanbag

    coozledad
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    White people, Republicans especially, seem to think it’s alright for them to stand on a corner and yell nigger nigger nigger. They feel no need to apologize for their general shittiness or slovenliness until they’re threatened with jail or a loss of income. Larry Yarborough stood on a street corner and yelled nigger nigger nigger. In doing so he used photoshop to accent his slurs. Larry doesn’t seem to understand that as a public figure, he’s not at liberty to behave like a child where his picture might be taken, and he’s not at liberty to demand they be taken…
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  • Sister, Survivor: Finding Your Survivor Spirit

    Ayngel Boshemia
    29 Jul 2025 | 9:29 am
    The positive manual for abuse survivors  by  Ayngel "Boshemia" Overson After Post Traumatic Stress, comes Post Traumatic Growth... $15.00 If you are a sexual assault survivor, or domestic violence survivor childhood survivor of abuse, it is easy to feel alone. You aren't, at least 1 in 5 people suffer from abuse at some point in their life. Sexual abuse, physical
  • EBOOK Sister, Survivor: Finding Your Survivor Spirit

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  • Zombie love cute dolly stitched heart maully tees

    Ayngel Boshemia
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
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    13 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
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    A Citizen's Guide to Indiana

  • Toll Road Bankruptcy: We Don’t Automatically Get Our Road Back

    Doug Masson
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    The Associated Press has an article entitled “Toll Road An Epic Mess, Donnelly Says”. The operator to whom we leased the Indiana Toll Road for 75 long years has gone bankrupt about 10% of the way through the lease term. One of the selling points, back in 2006, was Gov. Daniels saying “if the leasing consortium goes bankrupt, “the Toll Road reverts back to the state’s control.”” Because this is not, in fact, true, the AP article says that Gov. Daniels “misspoke.” It’s plausible that Gov. Daniels believed that to be true but was wrong. But, even…
  • State forgoes $80 million pre-kindergarten grant opportunity

    Doug Masson
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Chalkbeat and Matt Tully have articles reporting that the governor has chosen to drop out of an opportunity to get $80 million in pre-kindergarten education grant funding. Tully reports that the State’s chances of getting the grant were very good: Pence’s Family and Social Services Administration had worked with the state Department of Education and others on the grant since the federal government rejected a previous application last year. The state’s odds had greatly improved this year, as the federal government recently announced in the Federal Register that Indiana was…
  • Indiana Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments at Purdue

    Doug Masson
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    For those of you in the Lafayette area who are interested in seeing our state Supreme Court at work, you might want to check out the oral argument set for November 10, 2014 at Loeb Playhouse in the Stewart Center. The case under review is Kramer v. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Inc. (pdf), which was a split decision before a panel of the Court of Appeals. Judge Najam wrote the majority opinion with Judge Crone concurring while Judge Baker dissented. The Supreme Court summary of the factual background of the cases states: [A] child’s pre-adoptive placement…
  • Separating Ourselves from the Michiganders

    Doug Masson
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Maureen Hayden, writing for CNHI, has an article entitled “Retracing a border incites tensions between Hoosiers, Michiganders” (h/t Indiana Law Blog). The issue has to do with surveying the border between Indiana and Michigan. (If you’re a Michigander, dependent on hand-based maps, that’s the area between the palm and wrist.) When the original survey was performed in the 1820s they used wooden posts, most of which are long gone. The boundaries are generally known, but small differences can lead to problems. So, the states agreed to re-monument the border. The new snag…
  • The economy rewards leverage

    Doug Masson
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    As is his wont, Abdul just stirred the pot a little by saying on Facebook: Ok, let’s make a deal. I’ll concede “income inequality” if you concede “work ethic” inequality. That’s true, as far as it goes, but as he acknowledged in the discussion thread, the correlation is imperfect. It’s an old theme around here, but seems worth repeating. Much as we’d like it to be, the economy isn’t a morality play. The economy doesn’t reward virtue. It rewards leverage. Hard work is one kind of leverage, and probably the most accessible form…
 
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    News

  • Outdoor Living Rooms Invite Community Input

    Adele Phillips
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    By Adele Phillips on October 17, 2014 - 7:07amA strange thing appeared recently on main street in our town of 800: a complete living room. An old padded leather rocking chair and floor lamp filled one corner. A green jacquard couch and a Norfolk Island pine welcomed passersby in another.The coffee table, with a plate of homemade cookies, bore signs of a life without coasters. A garden magazine promised “25 Backyard Escapes!” The yellow Hoover stood sentry next to the television. Cups of hot coffee and cider greeted guests.Why were these living room trappings set up on the street? It’s a…
  • Missouri Veterans Learn (and Teach) about Farming

    Wyatt Fraas
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    By Wyatt Fraas on October 16, 2014 - 6:35amMore than 50 military veterans recently attended educational sessions on resources that can help them start farming. Workshops in central Missouri near Fort Leonard Wood and at the Lincoln University campus brought those in the know together with active duty veterans and military retirees. They shared information on farm loans, assistance with disabilities, and markets for alternative crops.Beef cattle and financing were topics of widest interest among the veterans. Other interests surfaced too. Timber, grains, honey, poultry, goats, vegetables, and…
  • Sage Grouse Conservation in the Cowboy State

    Steph Larsen
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Steph Larsen on October 15, 2014 - 12:00amMuch of rural and small town Wyoming depends on the economic impact of recreation and tourism. Camping, hunting, fishing, birding, hiking, guiding and other activities in 11 Western states, including Wyoming, brought in $623 million in direct spending and $1.06 billion in indirect spending, according to a recent Western Values Project study (http://www.cfra.org/western-values-project-study). And nearby communities also benefit economically from the nearly 68 million visitors that spent time on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Remembering Community Life in Rural Mass

    Guest Writer
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    By Guest Writer on October 10, 2014 - 7:05pmWhen people sign up for our newsletter, they often share their story. Here's a great essay from Andrea Morgan, who gave us permission to share it with you.I grew up in rural Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Everyone knew their neighbors at their end of the town. We had a big yard where my mother enjoyed a big garden, and my cousin who lived upstairs played basketball every day with a group of friends on our huge driveway.You could walk up to any neighbor's door and were welcome in without an invitation. One year, when the lower part of our street was…
  • Rural Activists Gather in a Corn Field to Fight the Keystone Pipeline

    Traci Bruckner
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    By Traci Bruckner on October 9, 2014 - 12:11pmIn August, we heard BOLD Nebraska and the Cowboy Indian Alliance were set to host a concert with Willie Nelson and Neil Young in a corn field near Neligh, NE. Wait, what? Willie Nelson and Neil Young playing in a cornfield in our home state? Yes! (They had us at hello.) You can’t deny the appeal of seeing Willie and Neil perform live, especially in a corn field. But they agreed to do the concert to support rural people in their fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. That's even more appealing. People oppose the pipeline for varied reasons -…
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    Bringing Home the Bacon

  • What Farm Kids do for Fun

    Holly Michael
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Farm kids enjoying a beautiful fall day with their friends.
  • The Valley Recap: What Happens in the Tent? (S1:E5)

    Holly Michael
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Welcome back! If you missed my previous recaps of The Valley, be sure to check them out. The Valley is a Dayton-produced reality show that occasionally actually films in Dayton Cincinnati and airs Sunday nights on Dayton's CW. According to the station's website,The Valley follows the journey of six high school graduates from the Miami Valley as they prepare for the next big step in their lives." The cast includes: Ally – “My initial thought was: this sucks.” Chris – Virgin! Stephanie – Drama with Alexys. Donald – Never been…
  • How do we Keep our Daughters Safe? Start with our Sons

    Holly Michael
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Every mother with a precious daughter has read the articles--they stream through our Facebook feeds. The articles about how to keep your daughter safe in a world of sexual predators. There are apps you can download that will send out alerts if you don't return from a date on time, nail polish to check for knock-out drugs, and lots of advice in the area of raising empowered women who don't need men to validate them.But I have decided not to read those anymore. Because I have two sons and one daughter and it seems like I should spend twice as much effort ensuring that my boys don't become…
  • The Valley Recap: All the Cool Kids are Doing It (S1:E4)

    Holly Michael
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Welcome back! If you missed my first, second or third reviews of The Valley, be sure to check them out.TheValley is a Dayton-produced reality show that occasionally actually films in Dayton and airs Sunday nights on Dayton's CW. Apparently, each of these six high school students has "something to prove."The cast includes:Ally – Stirred up drama with Stephanie and AlexysChris – Films the lamest public service announcement everStephanie – Stirred up drama with AlexysDonald – Stayed out of the dramaAlexys – Stirred up drama with StephanieNathan – I have anxiety issuesLast…
  • The Valley Recap: Where the Hell IS DeGraff? (S1:E3)

    Holly Michael
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Welcome back! If you missed my first or second review of The Valley, be sure to check them out.You may be a surprised as I was to learn that The Valley is a Dayton-produced reality show that airs Sunday nights on Dayton's CW. According to the station's website, The Valley follows "the journey of six high school graduates from the Miami Valley as they prepare for the next big step in their lives."The cast includes:Ally –  Attacked Donald with ice cream.Chris – Dude, I don’t know what’s wrong with NathanStephanie – Flirty with…
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    The Best Country Living Blog on the Web!

  • Oct 14, How to Use Neem Oil in a Sprayer for the Garden

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    I found your article on using neem as a fungicide and insecticide very very useful. I have a fairly large garden infested with mealy bugs and leaf cutting
  • Oct 14, Farming Memories Part 1 b

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Haymaking Haying, The harvesting of grass type crops. Hay is cut from mid June to July. The weather this time of year varies from hot to I
  • Oct 14, Farming Memories Part 1 a

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    A Year on the Farm - Time A day, a week, a month, a year, time to sow and time to reap, a time to store away the bounty of the earth and a time to rest.
  • Oct 14, Farming Memories Part 2

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Farming Memories: The Combine Harvester Then along came the combine. I am guessing here but I think the name combine harvester which is what the machine
  • Oct 14, Nematodes

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    I read in local paper that a gardener cured' his garden soil of nematodes by spraying the soil with Neem Oil. Does this really work and is it safe for
 
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    Great Plains Communications Blog

  • What Team do You Watch For on the SEC Network?

    GreatPlainsComm
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Are you anxious for October 18, when 21 ranked team Texas A&M takes on 7 ranked team Alabama? Or maybe you will be watching the Kentucky and LSU game. Either way, the SEC Network brings you all the excitement of the Southeastern Conference. The SEC Network launched in late September of this year and has been very popular ever since. With a TV Schedule lineup including SEC Now, The Paul Finebaum Show, and multiple team weekly press conferences, there is always something new to keep a lookout for. You can expect 24/7 SEC content, including 45 SEC football games, 100 men’s basketball…
  • Back by Popular Demand Support Our Troops Program!

    GreatPlainsComm
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    More than 2 million military service members have been deployed since September 11, 2001, with many having served multiple tours thousands of miles from home. It is safe to say, everyone in the United States has a tie to someone in the military; if that is a cousin, a friend, a father, or a spouse. Great Plains Communications wants to thank you for the sacrifice made by our troops and their families. By bringing back our Support Our Troops Program, we hope to help you send a little piece of home to your soldier serving overseas or stateside this holiday season. From November 1 through…
  • What are Sun Spots and How are They Affecting Your Cable Television?

    GreatPlainsComm
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    If you have ever sat outside and watched a lightning storm, you know that it is both a beautiful and terrifying experience. The power a thunderstorm emits in an abrupt flash stabbing through the air is definitely something to notice. Many people aren’t aware that the sun too has the ability to create a magnetic disturbance similar to lightning. When the energy from the sun expands, solar flares are created, better known as sun spots. For around two weeks each fall and spring season, you might notice some channels periodically showing a fuzzy signal, sparkles, or even a total loss of the…
  • Get Rid of Stress with the National Do Not Call Registry

    GreatPlainsComm
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Still receiving those annoying dinner-time phone calls? Kids being woken up each night by the phone ringing? That’s because legally, telemarketers are allowed to call until 9 p.m. each day. Now, you can register your number with the National Do Not Call Registry and get rid of that unwanted stress. The National Do Not Call Registry provides the opportunity to block telemarketing calls at home. Registering your phone number will stop most telemarketing calls, but will not stop calls from certain non-profit and political organizations. Organizations with which you have established a business…
  • The MLB Network is Pumped Up for the Postseason Playoffs!

    GreatPlainsComm
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    With overwhelming tension in the air, it seemed as if all 40,502 people in Kauffman Stadium were getting more anxious with each extended inning in the Wildcard Series game between the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics. The bottom of the sixth inning left the A’s with a 7-3 lead, which they held until the eighth. Lorenzo Cain hit a single, Alcides Escobar scored; Billy Butler singled, Cain scored; Eric Hosmer scored; Jarrod Dyson scored; the Royals had brought it to a tied game at 7-7. The innings stretched on as both teams fought hard to score one run that would secure their spot…
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    From Scratch Magazine

  • 13 Things about Pumpkins that You didn’t know

    Melissa
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Most parts of the pumpkin are edible, including the flesh, the seeds, the leaves and even the flowers. Pumpkins are part of the cucurbit family of plants, related to squash, cucumbers, gourds and cantaloupe. Pumpkin seeds are used in Russia to treat tapeworms. The largest pumpkin pie ever, according to the Illinois Extension Service, was more than 5 feet wide and weighed more than 350 pounds. It was made with 80 pounds of pumpkin, 144 eggs and 36 pounds of sugar. It took six hours to cook. Pumpkin carving goes back to an Irish tradition. In Irish folklore, a character called Stingy Jack…
  • Homestead Round Up

    Melissa
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Every week we scour the internet and find things that our homesteading brethren might find interesting. Christophe Di Pascale/Corbis European Activists say they don’t want any U.S. ‘Chlorine Chicken”  “Mute Schimpf doesn’t want to eat American chicken. That’s because most U.S. poultry is chilled in antimicrobial baths that can include chlorine to keep salmonella and other bacteria in check. In Europe, chlorine treatment was banned in the 1990s out of fear that it could cause cancer.” 10 Things that would fix the food system faster than GMO-labeling…
  • Read the October/November Issue of From Scratch Magazine

    Melissa
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Check out coverage from Farm Aid 2014, a great meal planning strategy for busy families looking for home cooked meals, herbal teas to improve your health and find out how to win a $150 gift certificate from FarmTek. The post Read the October/November Issue of From Scratch Magazine appeared first on From Scratch Magazine.
  • FarmTek Giveaway!

    Steven Jones
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
      Have you been meaning to replace that broken garden cart that you use around the yard? Are you interested in growing hydroponic produce with one of our easy-to-use hobby systems?   In partnership with From Scratch Magazine, FarmTek, the industry leader in agricultural and horticultural supplies, is offering a $150 gift certificate to a lucky farmer or home gardener! Fill out the entry form below to enter. A winner will be selected and notified by Oct. 31, 2014. FarmTek offers fodder systems, hydroponic systems and accessories, greenhouses, high tunnels and cold frames, hoop…
  • Preparing Food for Storage

    Melissa
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    For a gardener, nothing stings more than spending all season growing your own food only to have it rot in the refrigerator. It happens all the time. That’s why it’s best to clean or prep veggies right when you bring them in from the garden. Some of these preparations go against what you might typically read about food storage, but they work. Fill Up the Sink Lettuces and other leafy greens will store for weeks if you soak them for twenty minutes in a sink or bowl full of water. Give them room to fl oat around and stir them every once in a while. Soil and grime will sink to the bottom, and…
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