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A matter of health

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”— Buddha“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”— Ingrid BergmanCentral Ohio is in the midst of its biggest mumps outbreak this century and the largest mumps outbreak in the U.S. in five years. As of my writing this on Wednesday evening, more than 230 cases had ...

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Lacey’s star shines brightly

Nearly two years have passed since I began writing this column. Many people have been quoted, but no one I have ever referenced has died, at least to my knowledge. That is until last Tuesday night, April 8. Eight-year-old Lacey Holsworth, the focus of my column two weeks ago of April 2, is gone. She lost her two-year battle with Neuroblastoma after becoming a beloved mascot of the Michigan State University basketball team and center Adreian Payne’s inspiration for achieving athletic gre...

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Vesto Slipher measures the universe

When many stargazers first look at galaxies in telescopes, they are bitterly disappointed. “Is this what I paid $500 for?” they ask. “A smudge, a gol-danged fuzz ball?”The view of galaxies that we get in our small telescopes would be the envy of professional astronomers just 200 years ago. A telescope with an eight-inch-diameter mirror gives views of galaxies that surpass what could be seen by high-powered ‘scopes just a short time ago.As te...

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Demystifying credit scores

One of the few positive outcomes of the 2008 financial crisis was that it helped shine a light on the importance of understanding and staying on top of your credit profile. Along with that heightened visibility, however, has come a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding — particularly around the all-important credit score.“The consequences of not maintaining a sound credit score can be very costly,” says Anthony Sprauve, senior consumer credit specialist at ...

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National service: Strengthening Ohio’s communities

Five years ago in March — during the height of the economic downturn — Democrats and Republicans came together to invest in a bedrock of the American spirit: serving others.Five years later and Ohioans have truly exemplified what it means to serve. Ten Thousand Ohioans work to improve their local communities by serving at one of our state’s 1500 national service locations, made possible by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

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Ohio law brings victim access

“Man can live about 40 days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but for only one second without hope.”— Charles Darwin“Through humor you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. Once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.”— Bill CosbyAs one of the funniest peop...

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Sexual assault permeates society

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month.Sexual assault and child abuse affects every part of our communities. Approximately 1 in 10 children experience child sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. In up to 90 percent of all child sexual abuse cases, the child knew the offender. Studies show that an estimated 12.1 million women have been raped in the United States, with a sexual assault occurring every two minutes.During this month, HelpLine o...

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Organ donation can provide a timeless gift

To the editor:April is Donate Life Month.This is the 10th year that I have had a connection to organ donation. My daughter passed away 10 years ago this month from a brain aneurysm. Because she had told them at the License Bureau that she wanted to be an organ donor and had also told her family, we were able to honor her wishes.

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A rampage of terror at Fort Hood

Most Sunday evenings I start assessing that week’s news events for potential worthy subjects to highlight in this column. Sometimes there are sparse choices. Other weeks offer a plethora of events, which makes the decision more difficult. This was a week of overabundance with the question of which story deserves first focus.There is the ongoing South African murder trial of Oscar Pistorius for the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp, from a stormy three-month relationship betwe...

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Polaris, the Lodestone

Polaris, the North Star, has been the most important star in the sky to humans since they first looked up at the heavens. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the brightest in the heavens. (It’s 49th on the list.)We prize it above all others because of its steadfastness. In a world of constant change, we seek an anchor to secure us against the ever-shifting seas of life. Polaris is a starry lodestone that always keeps its northerly position in the sky.Other stars ...

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When secrecy and surveillance trump the rule of law

“The Secret Government is an interlocking network of official functionaries, spies, mercenaries, ex-generals, profiteers and superpatriots, who, for a variety of motives, operate outside the legitimate institutions of government. Presidents have turned to them when they can’t win the support of the Congress or the people, creating that unsupervised power so feared by the framers of our Constitution…”—Journalist Bill Moyers (1988)Question: How ...

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Ohio law addresses oil and gas well waste

When someone installs an oil and gas well on my property, is there any waste? If so, what kind?

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Exercise: Ways to get moving

Spring is here and it is time to get up and get moving! Here are some fun ways to get some exercise in your day.• Get up 30 minutes early each morning, and take a brisk walk to start your day.• Hand-wash your car; it will save you money and cost you calories.• Do household chores or projects, such as mopping the kitchen floor, while watching television; avoid the couch potato syndrome.• Walk to do errands that are only a few ...

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DCDL available to help with variety of resources

It seems as though spring has finally sprung in Delaware (though I’m not saying that too loudly!), and you may be getting ready to tackle some spring projects. The Delaware County District Library is always here to help you, with a variety of resources, from our knowledgeable and skilled librarians to books and DVD’s and authoritative, up-to-date subscription databases.

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Pruning fruit trees

Fruit trees need to be pruned throughout their lives, and it helps to get a young tree off to a good start by pruning it as soon as it is planted. This helps to establish the basic framework of the tree. Cut away any dead or damaged limbs and those branches growing vertically. If the new planting is a whip or branchless tree, cut it just above a bud at a height of 30 inches. Each following year, continue to prune in late winter or early spring while the tree is still dormant. Do not prune bef...

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