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The year 1951 marked four milestone events in American history. Gen. Douglas MacArthur retired with his “Old soldiers never die” speech. Color TV was introduced. Yours truly was born. And the finest screen version of A Christmas Carol came out.

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I’m always on the lookout for new ways to cook winter squash, and the other day I found one. It was a recipe for coconut butternut squash. The only problem was, it was in a recipe book for one of those new pressure cookers, something I don’t own. But actually, that wasn’t really a problem be…

A couple of years ago, I wrote a column on strange, but true facts about Thanksgiving. A number of readers have asked me to reprint that column, so here it is, with some new additions.

Since the paper comes out early this week, it’s still not too late to try out a new Thanksgiving recipe. Here’s one I made last night for a dinner side: Roasted Brussels Sprouts Gratin.

Happy, happy, happy dog! And her name is “Happy.” Happy is a 5-year-old Beagle/Hound mix who is super friendly with people and other dogs. She has a permanent injury to the upper part of her right front leg due to porcupine quills that we’re not removed in a timely manner. The injury has slo…

There are amazing things in this world which are not a part of our traditional American experience. The Haenyeo Women Divers of Jeju Island are women divers in Korea who support their families by diving in the ocean to gather food without oxygen tanks in all kinds of weather. Their husbands …

OK. It’s time for some Thanksgiving recipes. And this year, I decided to tackle side dishes. That’s both easy, because there are so many great ones, and hard, because there are so many great ones. I mean, how to choose?

Chubbs is looking for someone to cuddle up with and enjoy his loving company. He is a domestic short hair and approximately 8 weeks old. Perhaps you will provide him with a forever home? Call the shelter if interested in Chubbs at 861-5395.

Six years ago, I wrote a column about a very special Thanksgiving. What made it special was that I was able to spend it with my 93-year-old mother, Hazel.

I love crisps. Not crackers, though, like they call them in England and Ireland. I mean those fruit desserts that you can make and bake just like that, for an easy and delicious ending to any meal.

As I write this, today is Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Lately I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what that means, because to most of us, it’s just another holiday that makes us stop, for a brief moment, to acknowledge the men and women who served and are serving our country. We pause to thank th…

Laurel Mack’s youngest daughter Ellie, 15 years old, perfect beyond comparison and loved by everyone, is just days from summer vacation. Then she was gone.

While there is always disagreement while working through the budget process, this year the discord was nearly unprecedented, did not protect the interests of our residents, and is dangerous to the long-term health of our state’s economy.

Annie needs a home. She is at the shelter anxiously waiting for that special person to take her home and play with her. She simply loves running around and a nice walk afterwards. Annie is a one-year old spayed female who is very energetic and loving. Perhaps you will provide her with a fore…