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Still time to use pumpkins for food or decorations

Halloween is just a few days away and that means Thanksgiving is coming so pumpkins are still abundant and a good consideration for mealtime. “There are many tasty ways to use your uncarved pumpkin,” said Dr. Pam Duitsman, nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Cooking a pumpkin For starters, pumpkin is

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Double your gardening pleasure with a cool-season garden

Recent weeks of mild temperatures remind gardeners that it is time to plant cool-season vegetables, said University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist David Trinklein. Warm days and cool nights make conditions ripe for a second round of produce that is often sweeter and more flavorful than spring’s crop. Succession gardening, when one crop is harvested

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Discover Nature: Spiders Ballooning

by Trevor Harris Discover Nature (Missouri Department of Conservation) Heads-up! When you are out discovering nature this week, watch for spiders using the breeze to spin webs. Spiders have glands that produce liquid silk, and spinnerets near their abdomens weave many strands together to form a thread that is both strong and elastic. Spiders use

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Plant Mums Fall or Spring

Chrysanthemums (mums) are one of the most popular fall perennials for the garden because they have a glorious range of colors, a stunning display, and a long lasting show according to Kelly McGowan, horticulture educator, University of Missouri Extension. “There are scores of different cultivars of garden chrysanthemums from which to choose. Each year new

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Mulching best way to deal with falling leaves

The time-honored ritual of raking leaves during the fall months is a chore many homeowners would like to avoid. In fact, there are several ways of putting leaves to better use in a yard according to Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “From an ecological point, the best way to deal with

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Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist

After months of sticky heat and humidity, it’s time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the change in

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2017-2018 Missouri aeronautical chart available

Missouri’s latest aeronautical chart is now available to pilots and other aviation enthusiasts.  The 2017-2018 Missouri Aeronautical Chart is produced by the Missouri Department of Transportation as a planning tool for pilots and users of Missouri’s aviation system. It is available at no charge. Standard features include airport and navigation data, communication frequencies, a guide

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Marketbasket survey shows drop in MO retail food prices

Missouri shoppers fare better in the annual American Farm Bureau (AFBF) Harvest Marketbasket survey than consumers across the country. Overall, Missouri prices on 16 food items came in lower than the national average by $2.83. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more

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Senate passes Hartzler’s bill to give disaster victims the help they need

The U.S. Senate passed the FEMA Relief Improvement Act (H.R. 1117), sponsored by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO.), to increase the reliability of FEMA’s services during disasters. Hartzler’s bill ensures disaster victims receive better guidance, more accurate information and greater certainty from FEMA during emergencies. The legislation now heads to the dresident’s desk. “A family who

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Love note from Jeff City

Greetings, My Fellow Missourians My wife, Marla, and I were blessed on Sunday to attend the 125th Anniversary Celebration of New Hope United Methodist Church in Edwards.  The original church was constructed in 1892 with free labor.  There have been many loving additions and expansions; and just recently, they doubled the fellowship hall area with

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