Health

Ask The Doctors: Blocked eustachian tubes can cause problems

Q: My hearing loss is related to my Eustachian tubes: They stay closed. I can open them and improve my hearing by holding my nose and blowing, but the effect lasts only a short time. Hearing aids don't help. What can I do?A: First, let's consider …

Health Take-Away: Take responsibility of your own health with these tips

As concerns swirl around the future of healthcare coverage in this country, there's a tendency to think that our personal health revolves largely around doctor's appointments, runs to the pharmacy and an occasional trip to the hospital. But the …

ASK THE DOCTORS: Bladder pain's origins remain a mystery

Q: What can be done about interstitial cystitis, or bladder pain syndrome? I'm told there's no cause or cure, and that some doctors don't even believe it exists.
Food

Robin Anish: Become a picky produce shopper with these tips

I'm a discriminating produce shopper. I sniff, squeeze, inspect, hoist and often reject. Actually, persnickety better describes my behavior. I notice other shoppers just grabbing handfuls of string beans and tossing them into a bag and buying them …

Guinness Cake: Pour yourself a stout - for baking

With annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations cropping up across the globe this Friday, revelers in both homes and businesses are preparing Irish-themed meals and stocking up on a staple of the day: Irish beer, particularly the signature Celtic brew, …

Serve a rustic, hearty St. Patrick's Day dish

St. Patrick's Day traditions in the United States run deep. We eat corned beef and cabbage, we drink green beer, and we shame our co-workers into wearing green sweaters to the office. If you're looking for a change of pace this year (except for the …
Outdoors
Stargazers: Realm of the Galaxies is a stunning sight

After the moon sets this week, get away from bright city lights and take a gander at a pristine rural sky.If you do this, I recommend you sit back, relax and think about what lies before you. Every light you see in the heavens is a distant sun many …

Thom Smith: Pigeons seem to be on a decline in the region

Thom Smith | Naturewatch: Flocks of cardinals at feeders not that uncommon

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal; It's spring! Time to start gardening chores

Thom Smith | Naturewatch: Robin Redbreast and his love of slimy aliens

Entertainment
Restoring cabinet veneer may take more than elbow grease

Q: My kitchen cabinets have a veneer that has rotted from moisture in certain places. How can I restore the cabinet panels to their original finish?A: If indeed it is a veneer issue — and there is some doubt about that among several …

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Tricks to save money on your property taxes

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