Money

    Finances key to post-recession couples

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    SYCAMORE, Ill. — When Brittani Click first met her fiancé, Matt Holliday, she wouldn’t have called herself a responsible saver.

    But after frequent financial talks and with a little less than two months left to go before saying “I do,” Click has learned from her future husband’s frugal ways.

    “He’s very responsible in a way that’s made me responsible,” said Click, 21.

Health

Have you heard? Hearing tests recommended for people over 65

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A funny thing happens as we get older: the junk mail that arrives to our homes changes. We hit 50 and every next piece of mail suggests a subscription to AARP; a decade later, the mailbox is screaming with ads for hearing screenings.

All marketing aside, the latter comes about with good reason: according to physicians, men and women in their 60s should consider getting a hearing assessment.

“People over age 65 should get a baseline hearing test just to see where they are,” advises Dr. Heather Miller, United Hospital System audiologist.

Food

10 things to do with all those tomatoes

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There’s that day in late summer when you find the first truly ripe tomato in your garden. Maybe you pop it into your mouth right there, and think, with a satisfied sigh, “Wow.”

Then there’s that day a few weeks later when you find 127 more ripe tomatoes in your garden. Maybe you stand there, and think, with an overwhelmed sigh, “Wow.”

Yes, it’s that time of year — the time when ambitiously planned gardens suddenly start producing way too many tomatoes. Here’s a quick list of 10 ideas on how to make sure they don’t go to waste:

Your Home

    Wooden it be lovely?

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    Working with wood comes naturally to New York interior designer Dan Faires. He grew up in an old farmhouse and has been developing his carpentry skills for much of his life.

    So in any house or apartment he occupies, he finds creative ways to decorate with this natural material. To rehab an apartment in Arkansas recently, he covered the dark pine floor with coats of glossy white paint, instantly brightening the room and making it seem larger.

    But many homeowners have no experience working with wood, so they don’t realize, Faires says, how easy it is to make a home more beautiful by improving the existing wood or creatively adding new wood to walls, floors and even ceilings.

Faith

    The Maker’s Place

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    PITTSBURGH — The triplex of row houses in the city was notorious for its active crack scene before the Rev. John Wallace’s church bought it in 2005 and renovated it.

    Today, the triplex is, among other things, The Maker’s Place, a hub of production for middle and high school students in the Oasis Project.

    Oasis was created last year as an outgrowth of after-school programs that began three years before. An arm of the Bible Center Church, Oasis encourages community development with a focus on youth being the drivers of their own economic development.

Life

    Stop, look, listen

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    There has been a lot of talk about homelessness in Kenosha lately. Megan Jekot wants that talk to become a conversation.

    Like the conversation with 20-year-old Talevikin Peebles, whose family dynamics have rendered him homeless for the past four months.

    Or the conversation with Joeseph Herman, intermittently homeless for 13 of his 29 years.

Books

    Summer isn’t over until young adults read these books

    You know summertime is going by fast, especially when you see back-to-school ads and merchandise in stores reminding you that summer vacation is almost over. If you haven’t done your summer reading yet, and are looking for some books to read on one of those lazy summer afternoons, let me suggest a few young adult books worth checking out.

    “Two Way Street” written by Laren Barnholdt is a predictable teen first romance about two very relatable characters, Jordan and Courtney. In the book, the two have to decide if they can get over their secrets of the past and move on to beginning a new future together. Courtney is not happy about having to drive to college with her ex-boyfriend (Jordan) and decides she will try to ignore him as much as possible on this painful trip. Their relationship is revealed in a storyline that alternates between narrators allowing the reader to see things from both sides and Jordan’s and Courtney’s perspective. This book is hard to put down and has many twists and turns that will keep you captivated to the very end.

    “Stolen” by Lucy Christopher is an action thriller tale of survival. It is an incredible story about a 16-year-old girl named Gemma, who gets kidnapped from a Bangkok airport. Ty had been stalking Gemma for several years prior to the abduction and steals her away to a home he has made in the middle of a desert. As the story unfolds, readers will find that Ty is a very troubled person and at times might find it hard sympathizing with him. The book provides interesting insight into the mind of a kidnapping victim, and it is written in the form of a letter the victim is writing to her abductor after the fact. This is an emotional, thought-provoking read, as it explores many kinds of fear and forms of love that will really make you think long after you finish the book.

Travel

    Rock on! Clear Lake, Iowa, remembers Buddy, Ritchie and The Big Bopper

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    The half-mile walk between northern Iowa cornfields leads to a pinwheel of copper Jell-O molds and, lower to the ground, stainless steel cutouts of a guitar and a pair of wings.

    People who make this fence-line trek tend to leave a little something behind: loose change, notes, scarves, ribbons, flags, beads, needlepoint, necklaces, flowers.

    The setting is Iowa-modest: tidy, discreet, respectful, straightforward. The location is no secret, but neither is it announced with billboards or banners. Little besides the grassy pathway seems to interfere with the farmland landscape.




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