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Even short doses of outdoor time can provide benefits

Columnist Herb Broda shares his view on drive-thrus and getting outside for exercise.

Personally I’d like to have a much more diverse local population

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his view on immigration and his desire to learn foreign recipes.

Put things to use instead of dropping them in the trash

Columnist Karen Wilson shares how she reuses items in her household to save money and help the planet.

‘Once’ is like nothing you’ve seen before

Writer Scott Daniels gives a review of "Once," the musical, which will come to the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center.

Irish immigration to America was to our great gain

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses St. Patrick's Day and the history of Irish immigration to America.

Bluebird of happiness

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses bird conservation efforts with bald eagles and bluebirds.

Incomplete recipes must be the reason

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his belief that incomplete recipes must be the reason why some dishes do not turn out like the original.

Like birds in coal mines, their deaths warn us of our own fragility

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses two female scientists and writers who had an impact on her life.

You are really never as good as you’d like to think you are

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his belief in staying motivated to keep cooking and improving even when others seem far better in the dishes they make.

Pork doesn’t have to taste like a leather coaster

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses pork and whether or not it has to be cooked well-done.

Plastic bags are bad for more than just the environment

"Better Days" columnist Teri Stein discusses an unfortunate event about losing a wedding ring diamond while grocery shopping.

Learning is a lifelong thing

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses her view on learning as a lifelong process.

Fondue lends itself to good conversation

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses fondue and the various ways to prepare it.

Assault of the Ohio River: Waste dump or drinking water?

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses the Ohio River and her view on industrial waste from fracking.

Romantic notions about Valentine’s Day can be squashed like the February stink bugs if you look too closely

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses notions about Valentine's Day and gives the history of the holiday.

Community thanked for their generosity

In this letter to the editor Christy Bloom thanks the community for its support of Operation Christmas Child.

Annual campaign still seeks community support

Guest columnist Robin Waltz discusses the campaign for United Way of Tuscarawas County and requests aid to finish strong.

The nuclear option: Is it really the right option?

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses nuclear energy and alternative energy sources.

Somehow I feel cheated by what adulthood turned out to be

Columnist Scott Daniels recalls a restaurant from his past and discusses how his expectations of adulthood have been betrayed.

Wood-boring beetle devastates ash trees in region

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses invasive species and how they affect trees and forests.

Sometimes a change of pace rekindles your enthusiasm

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses strategies for setting goals and meeting them.

My December impulse purchase is staring me down in January

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses ways to use leftover candy canes after the holidays.

Wood-boring beetle devastates ash trees in region

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses invasive species and how they affect trees and forests.

Broadway's '42nd Street' sets up at the Performing Arts Center

Freelance writer and columnist Scott Daniels gives a review of "42nd Street," which is coming to the Kent State University Performing Arts Center in New Philadelphia.

Spicy shrimp from a copycat recipe

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses copycat recipes and an attempt he made at a copycat shrimp recipe.

You never really know if you’re doing them right unless you taste the real thing

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses some recipes associated with New Orleans and Mardi Gras.

The millennials have put their culinary foot down on tradition

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses the tradition of pork and sauerkraut on New Year's.

Make a resolution for the planet

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses astronauts and how their view of our planet from space affected their beliefs.

A Very Electric Christmas by Lightwire Theater gets positive review

Teri Stein gives a review of a recent show at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas.

Winter is no reason to stay indoors

Columnist Herb Broda discusses outdoor activities that are available in the winter.

Cookies are still a Christmas tradition in my family

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses a family tradition of making cookies.

The paradox of Christmas should be our inspiration

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh discusses his belief in helping others, especially during the Christmas season.

Mannheim Steamroller: Perfect except for one thing

Teri Stein gives a review of the Mannheim Steamroller performance on Dec. 15 at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia.

Don’t make Christmas a shopping frenzy

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses her belief on materialism and Christmas.

The holidays will naturally have a different flavor each year

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses Christmas habits.

Fruitcakes: The stuff of legends

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses fruit cake and plumb pudding.

I lost sight of the caveat about being careful

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses safety in the kitchen.

Life’s river flows in you and me

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh shares a tale of inter-related events that led him to a home with a girl playing piano.

Sugar is wreaking havoc on our health

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses sugar and its effects on health.

A raw oyster is an absolute culinary delight

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses ways to prepare and eat oysters.

A day of birding along Lake Erie from Toledo to Huron

Columnist Bruce Glick discusses some birding he did around Lake Erie.

Not all recipes should include peanuts

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his thoughts on peanuts in recipes.

Stopping the spread of false information is certainly a good start

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses false information and the purpose of news media.

Outdoor gifts send a message you value outdoor experiences

Columnist Herb Broda discusses various items to get children for outdoor activities.

Cotton replaced hemp in the world of fiber by chemical giant Dupont

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses cotton, organic cotton and hemp.

Be on guard against a lack of gratitude for everyday gifts

Columnist Scott Daniels speaks about being thankful for everyday things.

As we wrap up one set of activities, we can look forward to the ones on the way

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses priorities as the season changes from fall to winter.

Real Irish coffee is the perfect after-dinner dessert

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses Irish coffee as a dessert.

Trustees urge voters to support Issue 23

In this letter to the editor the Sugarcreek Township trustees ask voters to pass Issue 23.

Stand up to fracking in the Wayne National Forest

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses her view on fracking and the upcoming auction of land in Wayne National Forest.

A steak for 6 isn’t meant for 1 person

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses ways to eat steak while being practical and not spending too much.

Vienna cuisine takes cues from hearty German fare

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses Vienna cuisine and shares a recipe.

Autumn is an appropriate metaphor for life

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh believes autumn can be a picture of life.

The top five aerobically fit countries might surprise you

Columnist Herb Broda discusses possible problems with not going outside and pumpkins in October.

The small things we overlook can be very important

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses things in nature that seem small but have great value.

Greek chicken stew is delicious even if it’s not Greek

Columnist Scott Daniels shares a recipe that may or may not be Greek.

Seriously? Regular season football over playoff baseball?

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses his anger at ESPN for covering regular season football over the Indian's victory in playoff baseball.

Without integrity nothing else matters

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses integrity and the upcoming presidential election.

A good time for a chilly house and some braised pork

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his preference to keep the windows open in the fall and shares a recipe.

Remembering the Mountain Keeper

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses an anti-mountain top mining activist that influenced her.

Winter cheese? What is winter cheese?

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses winter cheese, which came to his attention during a reunion.

Variations in chili are endless

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses chili and its endless possibilities.

I love what the Cleveland Indians are doing

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses the Cleveland Indians making the playoffs.

Standing up for Standing Rock water warriors

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses a pipeline that is being protested by Native Americans.

I keep thinking of all the soups I want to get simmering in fall

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses soups and shares a recipe.

Winning with a conscience should always be present

Columnist Bryan Schaaf talks about how there is a right way to win and a wrong way to win.

Band nails the sound of Journey during its 1980s fame

Scott Daniels gives a review of Resurrection - A Journey Tribute, who performed at Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center.

Americans are guarded by people who want to suck the fun out of life

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses The French Paradox in terms of diet and culture.

Finding peace of mind in everyday life

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses ways to prioritize daily living for peace of mind.

Education isn’t always about a degree

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses ginseng harvesting and two mentors who she met along her journey to get her doctorate.

I’ll make scones if this endless hot summer ever ends

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses the heat of this summer and a recipe for making scones.

The mouse caper unfolds at the Stein house

Columnist Teri Stein tells the story of a battle for home ownership between her and some invading mice.

The days of AAA planned trips are waning

Columnist Scott Daniels talks about childhood vacations and a fading hotel chain that was popular at the time.

Bats prefer a log home to their own bat house

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses the bats that have taken residence outside her home and various details about bats.

Butter or margarine: The internet is groaning under the weight of arguments

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses the history of butter and margarine and the differences between the two.

Make friends with a gardener and try zucchini

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses the various ways to use zucchini with all the abundance that comes this time of year.

I very much prefer an even pace with things in proper order

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses ways to prioritize household responsibilities when setbacks put a person behind.

With temperatures in the 90s every slogging day, who wants to be outside?

Columnist Scott Daniels talks about the potential to lose weight in the summer through outdoor activity but how this summer has been different due to the heat.

Observe the dazzling Perseids meteor shower and take time to appreciate our planet earth

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses the Perseids meteor shower that will happen from Aug. 11 through Aug. 13.

Democracy hijacked at DNC

Columnist Randi Pokladnik explains her experience and treatment as a Bernie Sanders' delegate at the Democratic National Convention.

Find a farmers’ market you like and enjoy the blessings of home

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses the benefits of fresh produce and suggests visiting a local farmers' market

Why climate change should be a number one priority in our lives

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses climate change.

A small amount of vanilla goes a long way

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses the value of pure vanilla.

I found a lot of conversations began, ‘Do you remember the time…?’

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his latest high school reunion and whether his kids will bother with such events.

How to avoid a toxic kitchen

Columnist Randi Pokladnic discusses various types of cookware that are healthy to cook food in as opposed to plastic for cooking and storage.

Investing in the future involves more than just financial planning

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses planning for the future by investing time in teaching one's children to be responsible.

Some ingredients have a reputation for being pretentious

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses the reasons for using different kinds of salt, pepper and other ingredients in recipes.

I looked like someone’s embarrassing uncle

Columnist Scott Daniels confides a serious problem that he has: messy eating.

Why did we buy all this stuff in the first place?

Columnist Randy Pokladnik talks about materialism and the idea of being a minimalist.

Coincidence calls for patriotic shivers

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses some history concerning Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the Fourth of July. He also gives out a recipe connected to his story.

Important things LeBron taught us

Mary Ann Lauber discusses lessons that can be learned from LeBron James during his performance in game seven in this letter to the editor.

‘Work’ is the only way to describe how honey is made

Columnist Scott Daniels explains the various uses for honey and the importance of preserving the honey bee.

I admit I have neglected the garden too much

Columnist Kyle Valentini discusses her experience with gardening this year and her daughter's orchestra concert.

The next resource wars will be over water

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses a recent decision on radiation allowed in water.

Regionally odd name for green peppers apparent to me for the oddity it is

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses a term in vegetables that is common for some in regional areas of Ohio but odd for most.

Time with your kids at home goes quickly: Savor it

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses ways to discipline and structure children during the summer season.

Yes, you can eat cicadas

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his recent finding that cicadas can be eaten in many various ways.

Be patient, this can’t last forever

Columnist Kyle Valentini discusses her enjoyment of the cicada's emergence.

A life full of rocks: Rock hounds love collecting rocks

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses her sister's passion for collecting various types of rocks.

Baked apple pancakes from Germany were worth searching for

Columnist Scott Daniels talks about how a movie helped him find the recipe for baked apple pancakes.

Avacados will mess you up every time

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses ways to test an avocado for ripeness and a recipe for guacamole.

Avacados will mess you up every time

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses ways to test an avocado for ripeness and a recipe for guacamole.

By the 1970s, American beer bore little resemblance to its pre-prohibition ancestors

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses how beer quality dropped after Prohibition, but now there is variety in regional craft brews where quality can be found.

Cleaning up an environmental mess after the fact is not sustainable

Columnist Kyle Valentini discusses the damage that mining and other forms of pollution have caused to the watershed. She commends some of the organizations that are helping on these matters but encourages people to stop the damage proactively.

Time for spring pantry preparation

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses tips for food inventory, food usage and harvest.

Time for spring pantry preparation

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses tips for food inventory, food usage and harvest.

Spring cleaning is possible without all the chemicals

According to columnist Randi Pokladnik, it is great to be clean but not at the expense of your family's health.

I have enough guilt in my life without being blamed for the changing climate of a whole planet

A nonstick skillet and large and small sauce pans with lids for less than $30? Columnist Scott Daniels says he really should have known better.

With so many people writing and blogging about cooking and recipes I have to wonder

There are plenty of good recipes to be found on the Internet, but columnist Scott Daniels suggests using common sense when deciding whether to try them.

Operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana

What you should know about the ramifications of driving under the influence of marijuana.

Trashing Mother Nature is never a good idea

Columnist Randi Pokladnik wonders why, in such a beautiful place, people feel it is acceptable to throw their trash away on the ground and in bodies of water.

Country air has its own charm and appeal

The smell of top-dressed fileds in spring reminds columnist Kyle Valentini about growing up on the edge of town where she could smell "country air" a couple times a year.

How to downsize your stuff before a move

How to downsize your belongings for a move into a smaller home.

So why are you waiting? Pull your kids outside

Spring is an opportune time to teach kids about nature.

Practical steps are being taken to reduce sexual assault

In this letter to the editor, a reader writes, "Sexual violence happens in Tuscarawas County, and it takes our community working together to address this issue."

The man you’d imagine when reading his material is the same man when you meet him in person

Columnist Bryan Schaaf met plenty of professional athletes when he was a sports writer. One person who impressed him wasn't an athlete but rather a fellow journalist.

The man you’d imagine when reading his material is the same man when you meet him in person

Columnist Bryan Schaaf met plenty of professional athletes when he was a sports writer. One person who impressed him wasn't an athlete but rather a fellow journalist.

Ideally lobster should be purchased on the way to the pot

Columnist Scott Daniels shares tips on cooking lobster at home.

When it pays to take Social Security early

Here are some scenarios where it may make sense for you to collect early.

Runners desire to be a little bit faster, a little bit thinner or a little bit healthier

While the weather was less than cooperative, that didn't stop the dedicated runners who participated in the ninth annual Run for Home last weekend.

Each step down the chain gets more painful to endure

Symbolically, Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl were to Gen Xers what the Beatles, Stones, Timothy Leary, Owlsey Stanley and Ken Kesey were to boomers. They represented a counter culture most of us never knew existed.

Some cooked vegetables can be eaten without utensils

Artichokes are typically eaten without utensils. Turns out edamame can be as well, and it is socially acceptable to do so.

What you should know about firearms in Ohio

This week Law You Can Use covers laws concerning firearms in Ohio, many of which have changed with the passage of Am. Sub. H.B. 234 more than a year ago.

Important booster shots for seniors

Most people think that vaccinations are just for kids, but adults, especially seniors who tend to have weaker immune systems, need their shots too.

Nuts are a better choice for snacking and come with numerous health benefits

Columnist Scott Daniels says skip the chips and opt for nuts for a healthier snack as you try to shed the weight you put on this winter.

Solar panels are affordable for many middle-income families

Solar power is more affordable than ever, but some states, including Ohio, are not embracing the potential for a clean-energy future.



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