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Gardening after 50 is golden with right tools

The right tools and techniques can make gardening after 50 golden, says University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist Todd Lorenz. Gardening after 50 should not be “trowel and error,” he says. Lorenz and Missouri AgrAbility Program state director Karen Funkenbusch suggest ways gardeners can use ergonomics to prevent muscle and joint pain. Ergonomics is the

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Forced bulbs bring spring color inside for winter

Fall is here, and already we are looking forward to spring. But why not bring a bit of spring indoors during the winter? An excellent way to do this is by forcing spring-blooming bulbs into bloom in midwinter according to Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension Common bulbs used for forcing are

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Candidates sought for 2017 Cedar County Extension Council Election

Nominations are being accepted for the January 2017 election to the Cedar County University of Missouri Extension Council. “The council is seeking people from all walks of life who are interested in education and the progress of our community,” says Nedra Fox. “Serving on the Extension council is a great way to help make our

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Missouri Chamber honors Rep. Love

Rep. Warren Love is being recognized by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a 2016 member of the 100% Club.  The 100% Club is awarded to a select group of legislators who have maintained a 100 percent voting record on priority business issues during the 2016 legislative session.    “I would like to

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Capitol Perspectives: Random campaign thoughts

by Phill Brooks Missouri is in the middle of one of the most unusual fall election periods I’ve covered. Step back from the daily campaign rhetoric and look at the broader picture. It’s a fascinating landscape with the potential of historic ramifications as the year winds down. One element of that landscape involves the recent

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Missouri’s fall foliage is about to burst into its full glory

Colors usually peak around the third weekend of October, but Mother Nature is a woman of mystery. “It’s always questionable until the last minute what will happen,” said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. “Fall color is like Christmas morning. You don’t know if you are going to get an orange or a lump

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Pumpkin: jack-o’-lantern of all trades

This fall millions of Americans will make an annual pilgrimage to a retail outlet to purchase a vegetable that, unfortunately, they are very unlikely to eat, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. While many people throughout the world use pumpkin as a staple in their diet, in the United States this colorful member

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Savvy Senior®

Flue vaccines designed specifically for seniors Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any specific flu shots that are better suited for seniors? I just turned 65 and would like to find out what’s recommended and how Medicare covers it. Semi-Healthy Senior Dear Semi-Healthy, There are actually two different flu vaccines available this year that are designed

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A silent health risk every woman should know about

Silent strokes, ones that happen in your brain without you even knowing, can lead to full-blown strokes as well as cognitive impairment and dementia. The most common depiction of a stroke is a person unable to move on one side of their body with slurred speech, but studies show that many stroke victims had silent

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A four-point plan for joint health

Keep on cruising with a regular maintenance schedule for your joints Whether it’s a brand-new Bentley or a classic 1970 Mustang, most people have a car they dream about. If they’re lucky enough to own it someday, you better believe they’re going to take care of it. Regular maintenance is an essential part of keeping

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