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A place for pets: An interview with Roberta Beach of Silverwalk Hounds Sanctuary (08/04/14)
For many of us, our pets are our best friends, and have been for years. Unfortunately, some circumstances demand that we part ways with our furry pals sooner than expected. Roberta Beach of Silverwalk Hounds Sanctuary has helped many a pet owner through this situation. Here, she explains how to make sure your pet will always have a home...
Cooking has been rendered optional for many, but there are some skills every cook should have (08/04/14)
Processed and convenience foods and shortcut cooking methods have become so entrenched in our culinary culture, it's easy to forget just how much we have forgotten about real cooking. But cooking instructor Darina Allen knows all too well. ...
A photographer who has seen it all: David Warren uses his camera for career and hobby (08/04/14)
While David Warren has always had in interest in photography, his first photos were ones that, for some, would be hard to take. After graduating from Southeast Missouri State University, Warren, who is originally from Granite City, Illinois, became a police officer in 1978. Then, in 1979, he was asked to become a crime scene photographer for the force...
The incurable collector: Jerry Beck has restored 31 vintage cars (08/04/14)
The 1959 Cadillac sitting in Jerry Beck's garage is a long, silver, broad-fendered beauty. Vintage Americana with tailfins. Of his 31-car collection, it's Beck's favorite; as far as cars go, she's the total package. But Beck envisions something more ... a retro minibike, or maybe some antique bowling shoes. The cherry on top...
Cape Girardeau support group available for those recovering from brain injuries (08/04/14)
Liz Schott was only 15 when she was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation. She had two successful surgeries to shrink the mass in her brain, but during the third surgery, she suffered a stroke. She survived and learned to walk, talk, feed and dress herself all over again. Now 28, Liz still has some paralysis on her left side and short-term memory loss, but she's striving to improve...
Five 'cool' things to do this summer in Southeast Missouri (07/07/14)
1. Hang out at the bookstore or library. I don't know about you, but most times when I go to the bookstore or library, I'm in a hurry to find the specific book I'm looking for and be on my merry way. But when I have the chance, it's so relaxing to take my time to browse new titles, flip through the magazines, maybe even see what CDs and DVDs are available. ...
Show your green side: Healthy vegetable sides for your summer barbecue season (07/07/14)
Burgers? Check. Brats? Check. Potato salad, baked beans and potato chips? Check, check, check. We're well into cookout season in Southeast Missouri, and every family has its favorite dishes. Just be sure your smorgasbord comes with a side of something healthy, too. Here are three ideas for nutritious -- and delicious! -- sides for your next get-together:...
National Civil Rights Museum reopens after renovations (07/07/14)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- One of the first exhibits visitors see at the newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis displays statues of shackled and branded black men, sitting in a line with knees near their chins, on the deck of a creaking slave ship headed across an ocean...
On the road again: Marc and Becky Fulgham log thousands of miles on their motorcycle, with goal of touring all 50 states (07/07/14)
Marc Fulgham has had a motorcycle since he was 14. His wife, Becky, had never been on a motorcycle before she met him. "I was a bad influence," he teases. The pair were in college, and she was no match for his rakish allure. More than 37 years later, hopping on their Honda Gold Wing touring bike is still one of their favorite activities. They put in about 15,000 miles per summer in pursuit of their ultimate goal: ride in all 50 states...
First pitch into retirement: Lavern Wachter retires after 38 years of teaching, and celebrates in a big way (07/07/14)
After teaching school for 38 years, Lavern Wachter is retiring from St. Paul Lutheran School in Jackson in a big way: She threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on June 13 at Busch Stadium...
Bargains for boomers: As the last baby boomers turn 50 this year, discounts kick in (07/07/14)
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- The last of the baby boomers turn 50 this year, and if they want to cry into their beer about getting older, at least they can now buy it at a discount. That's because the first of the so-called senior discounts kick in at age 50, generally along with an AARP card...
Know your dog park etiquette (06/02/14)
Let's face it, dogs are a part of the family. We live with them, we work with them, we have fun with them, so why not give them the same opportunities for activity and fun like we give ourselves and our kids? To keep your pet happy, healthy and safe, you need to find activities to keep them active and engaged. One fun activity is the dog park in Cape Girardeau...
How to make smart buys for a successful garden (06/02/14)
Garden centers, with their vast collections of plant colors, sizes and shapes, can be intimidating to inexperienced buyers. But you can become a discerning purchaser with a little homework and by quizzing the salespeople as you shop...
All in the family: Whitaker's Hardware has been a family business since 1905 (06/02/14)
You might say Ron Whitaker has the hardware store business in his blood. "My grandfather, Reece Whitaker, opened Whitaker's Hardware Store in Rector, Arkansas, in 1905," he says. The store stayed open in Rector until 1934 when the family relocated to Portageville, Missouri...
Once upon a family history: Siblings compile, publish family history for patriarch Wilbert Welker (06/02/14)
Ask Wilbert Welker about his life and he'll grin and say that, "A lot of the time, I don't know how I got from where I was to where I'm at." Which isn't exactly true. He remembers. He likes to tell stories, too, but with 94 years to pick from, where do you start?...
Train your brain: Playing games keeps the mind active and socially engaged (06/02/14)
Health care professionals agree that just as we exercise our bodies to stay fit, we should exercise our brains to keep them sharp. The good news is, exercising the brain is fun! Board games, card games, bingo, trivia, computer games, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and drawing are just a few of the ways to give the brain a good workout...
Ste. Genevieve Garden Walk and Plant Sale set for May 17 and 18 (05/05/14)
Nothing says "Hello, spring!" like a beautiful garden! Garden and plant enthusiasts have an opportunity to see approximately 20 spectacular gardens during the Ste. Genevieve Garden Walk and Plant Sale sponsored by the Ste. Genevieve Master Gardeners...
Hoover Center provides day programs, social interaction for senior adults (05/05/14)
For senior citizens who want to remain independent and active while continuing to live in their own homes -- but still need some daily assistance and enjoy social interaction -- The Hoover Center in Cape Girardeau is a great resource. The adult day program is licensed through the state of Missouri...
'Birthday Cart ladies' distribute free books to children at Blanchard Elementary (05/05/14)
Teachers Donna Sanders and Karen Gibbar worked together for 14 years, and when they retired at the same time from Blanchard Elementary School, they knew they'd miss their school, co-workers and students. So when the school librarian asked if they'd be willing to deliver free books to students on their birthdays, the new retirees were happy to help with the project. ...
Local women make potato jewelry to fund startup church in El Salvador (05/05/14)
When most people see a potato, they see a food in the vegetable group. When Jo Ann Hahs of Daisy and Linda Freeman of Oak Ridge see a potato, they see more. Not only do they see potential for handmade jewelry, but they see a way to bring a place of worship to people in need...
Local services available to help caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease (05/05/14)
Each year, about 15.5 million Americans provide 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease, according to statistics from the Alzheimer's Association. Sixty percent of Alzheimer's caregivers rate their emotional stress as high, and about a third suffer from depression...
5 free things to do in St. Louis (04/07/14)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis is turning 250 this year, and visitors who want to join in the celebration can find plenty to do without spending a dime. The Gateway City was founded by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau on Feb. ...
Runaway cats won't go far, but may be hard to find (04/07/14)
LOS ANGELES -- If a scared dog bolts from home, it's likely to run as fast and far as it can. But if a house cat panics, it's more likely to slink away and stop at the first good hiding place it finds. Because the getaway is so different, the search has to be, too, said Nancy Peterson, cat programs manager for the Humane Society of the United States and a registered veterinarian technician...
Kevin Sharp has been training dogs most of his life, including K-9 search and rescue (04/07/14)
Kevin Sharp has been training dogs as a hobby since he was 19 years old. "I wanted to be a professional dog trainer, but I just never followed through," he says. His love of dogs is what led him to eventually become a volunteer who trains local K-9 search and rescue units...
Joan Spencer Slaughter publishes novel more than 25 years in the making (04/07/14)
Joan Spencer Slaughter expresses herself best on paper. She's kept diaries and travel journals for as long as she can remember. In school, she prayed for essay questions on exams because she knew she'd ace any test that involved writing. As an adult, she wrote freelance nonfiction pieces for newspapers and magazines...
Mind your meds: Make sure medications are stored, used and disposed of properly (04/07/14)
A recent data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that almost 50 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug per month. "Many of us keep multiple medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, in the house," says JeQuithia Sims, pharmacy technician program chair at Everest College in Arlington, Texas. "But when stored or consumed incorrectly, medication can cause unexpected consequences."...
Local groups meet to socialize, play sports and get a workout (03/03/14)
Bill Guth didn't expect basketball to become a lifetime sport for him. When he was in his 40s, he hoped he'd still be playing in his 50s. When he reached his 50s, he thought it would be great if he could play until he was in his 60s. Now in his early 70s, Bill says he just hopes to play again next week...
Lillian Martin guides children toward success (03/03/14)
It was a love for children and experiences in her own background that called Lillian Martin Rush to begin a career at Head Start that ended up lasting 29 years. Head Start is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families...
What you leave behind: Tips on drawing up a will and distributing your assets (03/03/14)
There are plenty of big decisions involved in creating a will and estate plan, ranging from how to distribute your assets to providing instructions for your legal guardian. Susan Layton, an attorney with Layton & Southard LLC in Cape Girardeau, says a will is usually planned between a husband wife with assistance from an estate planning attorney. ...
Planning for the future with Charley Tinsley, owner/broker of Thomas Insurance Group (03/03/14)
TBY: First, let's talk about you: Where did you grow up? What's your educational and career background? Charley Tinsley: I grew up in Charleston, Mo., and lived there until June 2012. I graduated from Charleston High School and worked on our family farm until I went to work for an insurance company as an agent in Charleston. ...
Government plan aims to keep older drivers safe on road (02/03/14)
Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Silver could take on a whole new meaning when it comes to car shopping. With more older drivers on the road, the federal government is contemplating a "silver car" rating system that will help identify which cars better protect elderly drivers and passengers in a crash...
Creative projects for passing down memories (02/03/14)
Debbie Corrigan will turn 55 this year. A baby boomer with children and grandchildren, she loves researching her family history. Last year, Corrigan, of Winchester, Va., wanted to create something permanent out of her research -- a tangible representation of her family tree that could hang on a living room wall. But nothing she found was quite right...
Love always: Couples share how they met and fell in love, and their secrets to a long, happy marriage (02/03/14)
50 years Clif and Sally Crosnoe Married Aug. 31, 1963 Clif and Sally Crosnoe met at Lake Wappapello and started dating soon after. Clif was almost 21 and had just gotten out of the Navy; Sally was only 16. "It was one of those things where I had to go and meet her parents and get accepted, and rightly so, because I was almost five years older than she was," Clif recalls. ...
Dialysis 101: What to expect and how to cope with dialysis (02/03/14)
More than 26 million Americans have kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation, and about 430,000 Americans with end-stage renal disease require dialysis. While our two kidneys are vital in removing waste and extra fluids from the bloodstream, we can actually get by with only one kidney, or even an artificial "kidney" used in dialysis treatment...
Don Greenwood known for his art, music and support of downtown Cape (02/03/14)
Local artist and musician Don Greenwood says he came to reside in Cape Girardeau quite by accident. "I'm originally from New Orleans and my family moved around quite a bit," he says. He attended junior college in Kansas City, Mo., before going to work for the Hallmark Co. there. In October 1966, Greenwood moved to Cape Girardeau to take a job with American Greetings, which had opened an office here...
Cairo's Magnolia Manor provides glimpse of the past, luxurious living (01/06/14)
It takes less than an hour to travel from Cape Girardeau to Cairo, Ill. But when you step inside Cairo's Magnolia Manor, you'll feel as if you've traveled more than 100 years back in time. Charles Galigher designed the four-story, 14-room Victorian home and built it over a three-year period from 1869 to 1872 with the help of his sons, Frank, Albert and Charles Frederick (C. Fred)...
Seasonal affective disorder could have you feeling down this winter (01/06/14)
Editor's note: This story originally appeared in the November issue of Flourish magazine, also published by the Southeast Missourian. You're not imagining it: The cold and darkness of winter can bring you down in the dumps, even resulting in a type of depression called seasonal affective disorder...
Pat Smart of Cape Girardeau helps build floats for the annual Rose Parade (01/06/14)
For Pat Smart, winter doesn't settle down after the excitement of the holidays. Just two days after Christmas, she flies to California to help build floats for the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. "You just go up to a float and ask if they need any help, and they'll say 'Yes, get on up here,'" she says. "There's really so much to do. You can tell just by looking at it."...
West Side Camera owner David Baird has passion for photography, and much more (01/06/14)
David Baird is a man with many interests, talents and hobbies. One of his lifelong passions is photography, and he and his business partner, Jeremy Griffin, have owned and operated West Side Camera in Cape Girardeau for the past two years...
Where to see the holiday spirit in Southeast Missouri (12/02/13)
HOLIDAY OF LIGHTS DISPLAY Load up the car, crank up the carols and cruise through Cape County Park North to enjoy the Holiday of Lights Display. A Christmas tradition since 1987, Cape County Park North transforms into a dazzling light display each holiday season. ...
Authors Bill and Sharon Hopkins are 'The Deadly Duo' of Marble Hill, Mo. (12/02/13)
Bill and Sharon Hopkins of Marble Hill, Mo., are a happily married couple with busy careers and a variety of interests and pastimes. But a passion they both share is a love of writing murder mysteries. "Bill has always been a writer and has written short stories, horror and science fiction," says Sharon. "But he wanted to try writing a mystery novel. I decided that I wanted to try doing that as well."...
The faces of a century (12/02/13)
As we close in on the end of 2013, it's hard to image that only 100 years ago, women did not yet have the right to vote. The zipper, the moving assembly line and the crossword puzzle were bright new inventions, but not every home had running water or electricity. ...
Plowshares Sale supports artisans in developing countries (11/04/13)
The Plowshares Sale at Abbey Road Christian Church isn't your typical arts and crafts fair. Yes, all the items are handcrafted and unique, but in this case, they are all made by artisans in developing nations. The sale is an outpost of Plowsharing Crafts, a not-for-profit organization established in St. Louis in 1985 as a ministry of the St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship...
Enjoy fresh air and sunshine, even in the cold winter months (11/04/13)
The cold months may be upon us in Southeast Missouri, but that's no reason to stay inside all winter. Parks and natural areas are open year-round, and you may be missing out on some beautiful scenery. "It's great to spend time outside even when it's cold because you'll see our outdoor world through a whole different lens than in the warmer months," says Candice Davis, media specialist with the Missouri Department of Conservation in Cape Girardeau. ...
Get smart: A seniors' guide to shopping for a smartphone (11/04/13)
Gone are the days when we would go to the telephone company, set up a landline at our house and leave it at that. In fact, more and more seniors are making the switch from a basic cellphone to a smartphone complete with Internet, texting, a high-quality camera, apps and more, says Andrea Shovan, a salesperson at JCS Wireless in Cape Girardeau...
Retired Teachers Association meets to volunteer, socialize and stay updated on retirement issues (11/04/13)
For teachers still active in the classroom, and those who are retired and are interested in protecting their retirement, the Missouri Retired Teachers Association is available. The MRTA, which was organized in 1960, is the only educational organization in Missouri that is working exclusively for retired school personnel. MRTA works actively with government entities for beneficial legislation for educators...
Hairdresser Carolyn Rouviere has 52 years' worth of beauty shop memories with client Barb Rust (11/04/13)
When Barb Rust and Carolyn Rouviere met more than 50 years ago, the world was a different place -- and so was the beauty shop. Carolyn was just a teenager in beauty school when she began styling Barb's hair, and Barb was a young wife and a mother of three boys. In the 52 years since then, the women have developed a good friendship, not to mention a stockpile of memories about their adventures in haircare...
After losing granddaughter to cancer, Mary Miller raises funds, awareness about childhood cancer (10/21/13)
A little more than two years ago, Mary Miller went through a tragedy that no grandmother wants to face. She and her husband, Brian, lost their granddaughter, Abby Jensen, to brain cancer. But instead of letting their grief consume them, Mary and her family have devoted themselves to raising awareness and doing fundraising for childhood cancer...
Flight of a lifetime: Four locals ride with the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (10/21/13)
Darryl Fisher says he has two passions in life: seniors and airplanes. The Carson City, Nev., resident has worked in the senior living and retirement business for years, and in 2011, he founded the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, where he travels nationwide with a 1942 Boeing Stearman plane used for training during World War II and offers free flights to seniors and veterans...
Traveling up the Missouri River (09/03/13)
In the spring, TBY published my reply to the question: "What's on your bucket list?" My goal was to travel the Missouri River to its headwaters and step across it. When I got home later in the day that my comment was published, I had a message from a Kelso reader who gently informed me that the Mighty MO. is about 60 feet across at its headwaters because it begins at the confluence of three rivers...
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome range from annoying to painful to disabling (09/03/13)
If you often feel the need to "shake out" the tingling, numbness or pain in your hands and wrists, it may be time to have a conversation with your doctor about carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Kyle Colle, a neurosurgeon at Regional Brain and Spine in Cape Girardeau, says no one is immune to the symptoms, but they are more common in people who do a lot of repetitive motions with their hands, such as typists, mechanics and factory workers...
Bonnie Poythress finds vintage furniture and restores it with a fresh twist (09/03/13)
For Bonnie Poythress, a successful shopping trip is one where she arrives home with an assortment of secondhand furniture finagled into the back of her car. Be it dirty, broken or just plain ugly, Bonnie has a plan for every piece she brings home: to clean it, restore it and sell it...
Melanie Wissore draws energy from her second career as business owner, cheerleading coach (09/03/13)
When most people reach the age where they start counting down the years until retirement, Melanie Wissore took a career plunge. She quit her teaching job at Meadow Heights, where she had also coached cheerleading for years, and opened her own business, Athletes Plus, a cheer gym that specializes in competitive all-star teams as well as recreational teams and a special needs team...
Quiet, please: New products keep it down a bit (08/05/13)
Homeowner Christine Igot knows one thing for sure. "I will not have a fridge in my kitchen ever again," she says firmly. In the new house she's building, in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, the 51-year-old is putting the refrigerator in a pantry off the kitchen and will double insulate the walls. Why? All that noise, noise, noise...
Surprising ways older drivers can stay safer on the road (08/05/13)
For baby boomers and beyond, a lot has changed since they first received their driver's license, from car technology and traffic rules, to even road conditions. Many older drivers are taking a proactive approach to staying safe on the road. ...
Grandparent scam continues to trick people out of money (08/05/13)
Imagine being woken by a phone call in the middle of the night. It's your crying grandchild, who is asking for money because of an accident. Of course you want to help your loved one, so you do whatever you can in this emergency situation. You open your wallet without hesitation...
Town of Pocahontas marks 155 years (08/05/13)
Ever tried putting 155 candles on a cake? That's what the residents of Pocahontas will be doing as 2013 marks the town's birthday. Pocahontas is surrounded by picturesque rolling hills in Northern Cape Girardeau County, approximately nine miles north of Jackson. Farms and homes dot the scenic hillsides in this unique part of the heartland less than 10 miles from the Mississippi River...
Senior Games set for Aug. 21 to 24 in Perryville (08/05/13)
The 14th annual Southeast Missouri Senior Games in Perryville, Mo., are set for Aug. 21 to 24, and event organizers promise a good time for athletes as well as spectators. "The great thing about watching the Senior Games is seeing their motivation and watching them have that interaction," says Chad Unterreiner, league and fitness coordinator at the Perry Park Center, where most events will be held. "It's all for fun, but there's a competitive nature to it."...
Dodi Conrad 'paints the town' in Bollinger County (08/05/13)
Dodi Conrad always loved art, but it wasn't until middle age that she began taking classes. In fact, she became so accomplished as an artist that the former cosmetologist painted a whole new career for herself. She now has a gallery in her Marble Hill, Mo., home, teaches classes and completes work on commission...
'Strawberry Ridge' writer-director talks about River City Players' new show (07/01/13)
Roseanna Whitlow-Greenwood has been involved with the River City Players, Cape Girardeau's community theater group, for more than 10 years. When the players take the stage for their next performance at the end of the month, Whitlow-Greenwood will have played a major role (offstage): She wrote the play and is serving as the production's director. Here, she talks about "Strawberry Ridge" and taking it from her head to the stage:...
A look at cataracts and how they're treated (07/01/13)
Cataracts are something we all go through sooner or later - here's a breakdown of what they are and how they're treated. What exactly are cataracts? Cataracts are when the intraocular lens -- normally clear -- becomes cloudy or opaque. "The (intraocular) lenses serve to filter light rays as they pass through the eye. After time, these lenses become cloudy and non-translucent, which we then call cataracts," explains Dr. Kory P. Thoma of Leet EyeCare in Cape Girardeau...
Canine Cruisers meet to walk their dogs, socialize (07/01/13)
All dogs need three things: Exercise, walks and mental stimulation, says Stacy Busch-Heisserer, owner of Busch Pet Products in Cape Girardeau. The same could be said for humans -- and that's why the Cape Canine Cruisers meet on Saturday mornings to socialize and walk their dogs as a group...
Ken Swearengin, director of the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, serves those who have served (07/01/13)
For Ken Swearengin, working for a veterans' cemetery is "a time-honored tradition" and a rare opportunity to serve those who serve our country. Swearengin is director for the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield, Mo., where he oversees general operations and services and determines eligibility for internment at the cemetery. One of the most important aspects of his job, he said, is to see that everything is conducted "in a dignified and honorable manner."...
The Great Race road rally will bring vintage cars to Cape Girardeau (06/04/13)
If you ask Danny Essner, downtown Cape Girardeau is the place to be June 25. That's the day hundreds of vintage cars will rumble into town on the fourth leg of The Great Race, a cross-country road rally. "The Great Race is billed as the premiere vintage car road rally in the world," says Essner, who as a member of the River City Rodders helped bring the race to Cape Girardeau. ...
Raise a glass of red wine to heart health (06/04/13)
An apple, sure, but can a glass of red wine a day also keep the doctor away? Red wine is touted as heart healthy, so we went to local experts to check it out. Here's what Janet Anders, wellness dietitian at Fitness Plus, and Raina Childers, nutritional services coordinator at HealthPoint Fitness, had to say:...
For photography buff Wayne McPherson, local baseball players are like family (06/04/13)
Wayne and Joan McPherson run on a tight schedule during baseball season. That's because they attend most of the Southeast Missouri State University baseball games, both home and away, as well as many of the Plaza Tire Capahas' baseball games...
At Watkins Wildlife Rehab, John and Carolyn Watkins care for wild animals that have been sick, injured or orphaned (06/03/13)
It takes a special kind of person to care what happens to an injured coyote or a family of orphaned possums. For 46 years, Carolyn Watkins and her husband John have been caring for sick, injured and orphaned wild animals until they're ready to be released to their natural habitats...
Dogged by pricey pet care? Consider these cost-cutting tips for pet owners (05/07/13)
These days, everyone is searching for ways to save money and stretch budgets. Consumer experts advise people to sniff out deeper discounts, saving opportunities and additional ways to cut costs. For pet owners, it can feel challenging to cut costs without compromising on care. Being vigilant is key, according to pet expert Charlotte Reed...
Suppress the sneeze: Tips to help prep your home for allergy season (05/07/13)
The season of sneezing has made its annual return and that can only mean one thing for homeowners: preventative cleaning measures. Especially true for allergy and asthma sufferers, there is no better time to get a head start on prepping your home against unwanted allergens than the early weeks of spring...
NOW READ THIS: 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' (05/07/13)
"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" was written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. The story opens in 1946 London as England emerges from the shadow and destruction of World War II. The novel's protagonist, Juliet Ashton, is the author of a series of popular humorous articles who now longs for a serious subject she can write about...
DELICIOUS READING: Are you ready for some 'family fun?' (05/07/13)
Bob and I have had our share of subscriptions to magazines tailored to households with little ones (Parents, Parenting, Cookie), but our favorite is Family Fun. Instead of focusing on the individuals in the family, it focuses on the whole family -- even grandparents! There is no space devoted to baby milestones. ...
Good thoughts (05/07/13)
As I look outside the window on this rainy day, I am searching my mind for what to write. Usually, I have a subject in mind, and a portion of the total ensconced in my mind. Not this time -- until it occurred to me that one of my favorite ideas wanted to be out of my mind and onto paper. So if I have written these words before, it is because they remind me of sermons I have heard before, or words from church, or reading poetry, reading from the Bible, etc...
Spring for a healthy you (05/07/13)
The flowers are blooming, the temperatures are rising - and Cape Girardeau is in a healthy mindset. Check out these local health events and resources geared toward boomers and beyond:
Art on the wire: Dodie Eisenhauer and her daughter create wire art and jewelry, and this year, they began making it for the Smithsonian Institution (05/07/13)
A local woman is out to make her craft shop "one of the most interesting handcrafted businesses in Missouri." Dodie Eisenhauer, owner of Village Designs, has been creating wire art since 1985. She began with wire mesh, she explained, then began to experiment...
Planting opportunity: Bill Dunn isn't afraid to get his hands dirty for the sake of downtown Cape (05/07/13)
Bill Dunn's garden is green in more way than one. His Scholarship Garden in downtown Cape grows vegetables and herbs, and the proceeds make "green" in scholarship dollars for students at Southeast Missouri State University. ...
Exploring America: Mississippi steamboat cruises take travelers through the heartland of history (05/07/13)
They say that travel is about the journey, not the destination. While there's plenty of room to argue that destinations really do matter, there's no disputing that going on a journey is one of the most enriching experiences you can have. ...
Man's best friend (05/07/13)
As the March breeze blew a single goose feather across the winter-brown yard, the wing remnant became her temporary fixation. Two-year old Abbie, a chocolate Lab, lurched forward and nipped at the primary feather, twisting her head at the same time. ...
The five money habits that can help you find true wealth (05/07/13)
When did money get so complicated? From spending and charity to saving and investing, it's hard to know exactly what to do with your finances. Cut through the confusion and consider five smart ways you can use your money to your advantage today...
AGE SPOTS: What is an opt-out doctor? (05/07/13)
We have been hearing from a few seniors who are concerned that their doctors may soon no longer accept Medicare because of the changes happening in the law. I thought the following article might offer some information in which you might be interested...
Make aging well part of your life plan (03/04/13)
By Lindsey Romain ~ CTW Features Retirement is idealized as a time of relaxation, reserved for fun and loved ones after all the hard work is done. And many seniors embrace the sunny notion. According to a survey done by the National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare and USA Today, most older Americans expect better times ahead...
9 smart questions estate planners wish you would ask (03/04/13)
No question is a dumb question when it comes to your estate, but if these queries are on your mind, you may be ahead of the curve. We talked to the experts to find out what you should ask to avoid common pitfalls in estate planning. 1. What are the limitations of my will? Do I need a trust?...
5 ways to improve your fiscal future now (03/04/13)
By Nanette Wiser ~ CTW Features Don't let economic bad news and dwindling assets prevent you from adopting a smart financial strategy. Make a plan, investment professionals advise, and stick with it. Start fresh, no guilt: If you've made mistakes with money in the past, put it behind you. Focus on a secure financial future by embracing these ideas:...
Simple ways to help ease arthritis pain at home (03/04/13)
By BrandPoint Content About one out of every five American adults has been diagnosed with arthritis, and it is the most common cause of disability in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, the CDC estimates that the number of people with arthritis will increase to 67 million by 2030. The pain and stiffness caused by arthritis -- and the high cost of arthritis medications -- prompt many people to seek effective home therapies...
Barb Bailey raises goats and makes soap from their milk (03/04/13)
Barb Bailey and her husband, Tony, both grew up on farms in Missouri -- she in Cape Girardeau County and he in Texas County. Though they lived in Cape Girardeau for awhile, they always planned to move back to the country someday. They settled in Bollinger County in 1998 and soon took up a number of new pursuits. First came the rabbits. Then the chickens. Then the goats. And, of course, the cats and dogs...
Helping young talent showcase their skills with a First Friday Music Variety Show (03/04/13)
Steve Hornbeak, a native of Southern Illinois, always knew he wanted music to be his career. What he couldn't have known is where it would take him -- all over the world touring with Lee Greenwood, Faith Hill and Richard Marx, among others. Though he still tours with Marx, doing about 40 shows a year, Hornbeak has returned to his Southern Illinois roots, opening a studio in Anna, Ill., and helping young, local talent pursue their own music dreams...
Continuing education programs explore our region's past (03/04/13)
The New Madrid earthquake happened more than 200 years ago, but its effects can still be seen on the physical landscape around New Madrid, Mo. This month, Dr. Frank Nickell and Julie Grueneberg will lead a tour, "Looking for the New Madrid Fault," focusing on the area...
Pet-friendly places in Cape Girardeau (02/04/13)
By Robyn Gautschy ~ Treats! > Many banks, including First State Community Bank, give treats to pets at the drive-thru window. > Stop by Andy's Frozen Custard for dessert, and a free doggie cone, too. Pets welcome in outdoor seating areas: > Beef O'Brady's...
Don't forget: Anyone receiving federal benefits must switch to electronic payments by March 1 (02/04/13)
The federal government is phasing out paper checks, and anyone who receives Social Security, veterans benefits, railroad pensions and federal disability payments will need to switch to direct deposit by March 1. You have two options for making the switch: direct deposit or a debit card. ...
Bob and Donna Davenport of Cape Girardeau reconnected, married after 50th high school reunion (02/04/13)
By Lori Trepasso Bob and Donna Davenport's love story sounds like the storyline from a good movie. They were classmates at East Alton/Wood River Community High School and graduated from a class of about 200 students in 1950. "I knew of Bob (in high school) but he ignored me," teases Donna...
Flu season: Simple ways to protect yourself and others (02/04/13)
By Heather Collier The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said this could be the worst flu season since 2009, and we haven't even reached the typical peak of the season, which often comes in January or February. According to the CDC, by Jan. 11, flu activity was high across most of the United States. Based on past experience, it's likely that flu activity will continue for some time...
Downsizing to an apartment? Here's what you need to know about renters insurance (02/04/13)
Many seniors eventually downsize from a large home to a low-maintenance apartment, condo or duplex. You may have fewer belongings after downsizing, but you still need to make sure they're insured. In fact, Angie Umfleet of Chap Arnold Insurance in Cape Girardeau says anyone who has personal belongings should also have a renters policy...
Movie of the month: "Safe Haven" (02/04/13)
Release date: Feb. 14 February may be a month associated with love, but it's hard to tell based on what Hollywood's offering. There's plenty of action (Bruce Willis returns for another "Die Hard" film), horror and teenager fare, but little romance. The lone exception is "Safe Haven," our movie of the month. It's based on a book by Nicholas Sparks, so you know it will tug on the heartstrings...
Don't forget to take extra precautions for pets in the cold winter weather (02/04/13)
BrandPoint Content Winter is in full swing, and the cold, wet weather is no fun for your pets, either. Chicago veterinarian Dr. Shelly Rubin is well acquainted with the dramatic temperature swings of the Midwest, and how to help pets and owners cope with them. Here is his list of wintertime do's and don'ts for pet owners:...
Got deer? If you think your yard is out of the woods since summer's over, think again (02/04/13)
BrandPoint Content Deer are beautiful, graceful animals -- but when it comes to where deer decide to dine, most of us don't want them outside our windows foraging through our foliage. These creatures also come with the destruction our well-cared-for yards and gardens...
Some popular tourist spots are better to visit when it's cold at home (01/07/13)
Birds have it right. When winter blows in with colder temperatures, snow and ice, our feathered friends head south to sunnier climes. We talked to local travel agencies about the best destinations for the winter. Many of them may be too hot and humid (really, don't we get enough of that here?) to visit in the summer, but are just right for January and February travel...
Tips for spending quality time with your grandchildren (01/07/13)
So you've got the grandkids for the day, but you can't get them to put down the iPhone or step away from the video game. Today's kids are often so plugged into their technology, it takes extra effort to engage their attention. So, we've put together some ideas for making the most of your time with them:...
TBY movie of the month: "Quartet" (01/07/13)
January isn't known for highbrow movie releases. Most of this month's offerings fall into the horror or action genres. "Quartet" is the exception, and its light comedy may be just what the doctor ordered for a post-holidays slump. The film is Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut, and he's stacked the deck with a who's who of British including Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon and Billy Connolly. ...
The nominees are... A look at some of the films that could win gold this award season (01/07/13)
The Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild announced nominees for their awards in December. They're often indicators of who will be on the list for Academy Award nominations, which will be announced Jan. 10. Here's a look at the Globes' 10 best picture nominees, so you can get caught up with voters before the awards are handed out...
Financial habits to adopt this year (01/07/13)
It's never too late to change your financial habits for the better. Here are eight things to keep in mind for 2013 and beyond: 1Meet with your financial adviser each year for a thorough review of your investments. "Though we recommend always investing for the long term, it's important to address mistakes quickly," notes Cheryl Mothes, a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Jackson. ...
Marlene Lindman has been collecting jewelry and giving it new life for more than 40 years (01/07/13)
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but the sparkle of a vintage rhinestone brooch is what really speaks to Marlene Lindman. When Lindman was a child, all of her aunts on her dad's side of the family had Styrofoam Christmas tree forms bedecked in brooches, beads and other jewelry box treasures. She distinctly remembers admiring the glint of the votive candles on the jewelry tree at her Aunt Ruth's house, and from then on, says Lindman, "I was just sucked into vintage jewelry."...
Retiree, Vietnam veteran James Baylor returns to college for his degree (01/07/13)
When 65-year-old James Baylor retired from the City of Cape Girardeau's wastewater plant in July, he didn't choose to live the life of a leisurely retiree. Instead, he returned to college at Southeast Missouri State University, where he had first attended more than 40 years ago...
Group fitness classes combine fun with senior-friendly exercises (01/07/13)
Sticking to an exercise routine is tough, but it's a little easier when you exercise with a group -- especially when classmates notice when you've missed a class. Cape Girardeau has a number of senior-friendly group exercise classes, where the social aspect is almost as important as the physical exercise...
Tips on starting your genealogy journey (01/07/13)
Genealogy research, the study of the descent of a person's ancestors, has become a popular subject to study. But, where do you begin? "Learn as much as you can about yourself," says Bill Eddleman, president of the Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society. "Research birth certificates and marriage licenses of family members and interview older family members. People tend to put off doing this and then the family member is no longer with them and that information is lost."...
Healthy holiday recipes suitable for a diabetic diet (12/03/12)
Ingredients: • 2 tablespoons reduced-calorie margarine • 1/2 cup egg substitute • 1 can (12-ounce) evaporated skim milk • 1 can (15-ounce) pumpkin • 1/2 cup low-fat Bisquick baking mix • 3/4 cup Splenda • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice...
CDC recommends anyone born from 1945 to 1965 get tested for chronic hepatitis C (12/03/12)
This year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began recommending that baby boomers be tested for hepatitis C. The disease has few, if any, symptoms, and those infected can live with hepatitis C for decades without even knowing it. "Not just seniors, but for any individual, it can be very serious disease to have," says Jane Wernsman, director of the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center. ...
Anyone receiving federal benefits must switch to electronic payments by March 1 (12/03/12)
If you don't already receive your Social Security checks electronically, now is the time to make the change. The federal government is phasing out paper checks, and anyone who receives Social Security, veterans benefits, railroad pensions and federal disability payments will need to switch to direct deposit by March 1. The only exceptions are for beneficiaries ages 90 and older, and for some people living in extremely remote areas...
Glen and Martha Harmon travel with the Red Cross to help with disaster recovery (12/03/12)
Glen and Martha Harmon of Puxico, Mo., have seen their share of natural disasters. Since becoming Red Cross volunteers in 2005, they have been through hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, Rita and Isaac. They also helped out during the Missouri flooding in 2011...
Donald Robison was named a Missouri Older Worker of the Year (12/03/12)
By Lori Trepasso Working hard just comes naturally to Donald Robison. Whether he's on the job at Schnucks or at home with his wife, Dorothy, Robison always has some sort of project going. "I'm always working on something," says Robison, who is 76 years old...
How to protect skin during the winter, and what products really do the trick (11/05/12)
While crisp, cool weather may leave a healthy-looking rosy glow on cheeks, colder seasons can be harsh on skin. Extreme changes and inclement weather during the fall and winter can leave skin dry, chapped and cracked. Itching and dryness are, without question, the biggest concerns among senior patients, says Dr. Charles Moon of Advanced Dermatology in Cape Girardeau...
Election 2012: A guide to making your vote count (11/05/12)
USA Today poll indicates more than 3.2 million Americans with disabilities feel "sidelined" on Election Day, and voter turnout is 11 percent lower among people with disabilities than with those who are not disabled. "There has been, historically, a motivation gap by eligible voters with disabilities due to social isolation and a total disinterest in politics," says Miki Gudermuth, executive director of the SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence. ...
Betty Glastetter is well-known for her handmade doll clothes (11/05/12)
What started out as a hobby has turned into quite a booming business for Betty Glastetter of Oran, Mo. Glastetter, who is 73, worked as a sewing machine operator for Thorngate in Chaffee, Mo., for more than 24 years. "I'd probably still be there if they hadn't closed down," says Glastetter...
Get a jump-start on holiday shopping at four local arts and crafts shows (11/05/12)
Black Friday is traditionally thought of as the start of the Christmas shopping season, but savvy shoppers have a chance to cross a lot of gifts off their list the weekend before Thanksgiving. On Nov. 17 and 18, Cape Girardeau will be home to arts and craft fairs featuring hundreds of vendors, offering everything from handmade jewelry to home goods and homemade jellies...
Easy ways to save money on food during the holidays (10/01/12)
Let's face it: In America, food is a main attraction at any social gathering. Now, food prices are on the rise nationwide -- just in time for tailgate parties, holiday get-togethers and potlucks. Rhonda Bramlett, a nutritionist at the Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging, says higher food costs, as well as gas prices, are a concern for seniors, especially during the holidays. Here are some tips on how to be generous while keeping your grocery bill in check:...
Grandparents show spirit to support athletes, teams (10/01/12)
Decked out in school colors, they root for their favorite players from the sideline. They're cheerleaders, but they're not the teen girls in matching uniforms. For some local athletes, their grandparents are their biggest fans. "I want to support her," Carol Callis says of her granddaughter Callie, a sophomore on Central High School's volleyball team. ...
Local events dedicated to ghosts and ghouls (10/01/12)
Halloween isn't just for trick-or-treaters and kids in costume. This month, there are several events dedicated to ghosts, ghouls and spooky stories. All of the events are family friendly, but you may want to check with individual event organizers before taking young children along; for example, New Madrid's ghost tours are not recommended for children younger than 10...
Richard Cornwell has volunteered more than 4,000 hours of service at Southeast Hospital (10/01/12)
When Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder presented Richard Cornwell with the Governor's Veterans Service Award in July, Cornwell was caught off-guard. "I have no idea why I was chosen for the award," he says. "It came as a total surprise." Cornwell was chosen for the award because of his heart for service. In fewer than four years, he has volunteered more than 4,000 hours of service at Southeast Hospital...
Twin sisters celebrate their golden anniversaries together (10/01/12)
When a bride heads down the aisle toward her soon-to-be husband, she has a thousand things running through her mind, but she probably isn't thinking about how she and her husband will spend their 50th wedding anniversary. What a monumental milestone for any married couple to achieve: 50 years together in wedded harmony...
Foot care tips to keep you moving into your golden years (10/01/12)
Just a few decades ago, the phrase "granny shoes" implied a tragic lack of coolness and that the wearer had allowed comfort to trump style in their slow shuffle toward getting old. Footwear is no longer dictated by age, but rather by the activity level and fashion sense of the wearer...
Randy Barnhouse makes a hobby of diving for treasures and sunken ships (09/04/12)
To some, diving for sunken treasure in the sea sounds like the stuff of mysterious novels or movies. But to Randy Barnhouse, sunken treasure diving is a passion that he has pursued for nearly 30 years. "I always liked swimming and being around lakes, rivers and streams," says Barnhouse. ...
Welcome home, soldiers! Poplar Bluff VA to host celebration honoring all veterans (09/04/12)
What started as a small celebration to honor young veterans has expanded to include all American soldiers. The fifth annual Welcome Home Celebration will be Saturday, Sept. 29, at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. The event is free and open to all...
Linda Nash publishes book about Cape Girardeau's founder (09/04/12)
Linda Clark Nash's interest in Pierre de Lorimier, the founder of Cape Girardeau, started early in her life. "When I was a sixth-grade baby boomer student, I was bussed from Alma Schrader school to Lorimier school (which is now city hall) because of overcrowding," says Nash. "That's where my interest in Lorimier really began."...
River Tales Classic Car Show brings old cars, crowds to downtown Cape (09/04/12)
For Danny Essner, a founder of the River City Rodders car club, classic cars are about nostalgia. "Old cars are primarily a hobby for older guys," he says. "We started out when we were in our 20s, and we've kind of evolved. We're trying to relive our youth. Now we have the money (to spend on cars) we wanted to have when we were younger."...
Lang Jewelry store to close after 96 years in business (09/04/12)
Roger and Judith Anne Lang have mixed emotions about deciding to close a family jewelry business that has operated in the same location for the past 96 years. "It's very bittersweet," says Judith Anne. "On one hand, we're ready to retire and enjoy life. But, on the other hand, we will miss our customers, as many of them have become dear friends over the years."...
How to find a cellphone that's right for you (08/06/12)
With most cellphones these days, you can take a picture, text it to your friends, email it to family and post it for the world to see on Facebook or Twitter. And, surprise, you can also make a phone call -- you can even videoconference. The various options can get overwhelming, especially if you want a phone to just be a, well, phone -- something people can call you on and you can use to call them. You're in luck: all the major cellular carriers offer no-frill cellphones...
Nursing homes, hospitals welcome therapy pets - and their humans (08/06/12)
Joyce Stacy, social services coordinator at Chateau Girardeau, brings her golden retriever Buddy to work every day, but gobbling up treats isn't the only thing he does all day (though it's true that many residents keep treats for him). "Buddy has encouraged residents to do therapy they didn't want to do and take medicine they didn't want to take. He lifts their spirits," says Stacy...
Doug Austin is proud of Cape Girardeau and wants other to be as well (08/06/12)
Doug Austin is definitely one of Cape Girardeau's biggest fans and supporters. Since he and his wife Fran moved back to Cape in 2000, he even signs every email, "It sure is great to live in Cape!" "When I retired in 2000 in Oklahoma City, we could have moved anywhere we wanted," says Austin. "We had always planned on returning to Cape Girardeau because it is the place that we wanted to be."...
Larry Simon keeps busy with refinishing business and other lifelong hobbies (08/06/12)
Larry Simon, who's been refinishing furniture since he was a teenager, has turned his lifelong hobby into a part-time business. "I'd work on old trunks and things off and on when I had the time," says Simon. In March 2003, Simon retired from his job as a supervising engineer at Ameren, where he had worked for 33 years. A few months later, in August, he opened LCS Refinishing LLC, a business that he operates out of his Oriole, Mo., home...
20th annual BBQ Fest brings food, music and competition together (08/06/12)
Good food, good music and good fun. That's what's on the menu for the Cape Girardeau Jaycees 20th annual Cape BBQ Fest on Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 at Arena Park. "The most popular part is on Friday night," says event chairman Robbie Guard. "You've got all these teams from all different areas. We get a lot of teams from the surrounding area and Cape Girardeau. A lot of people know people on a team, so they go out and socialize and have fun."...
Judy Cureton has been all over the world and enjoyed the view - from her bicycle (07/02/12)
Not many can say they spent a birthday biking through the mountains of Bhutan, but that's exactly what Judy Cureton did in April, when she turned 74. In fact, the trip to Bhutan completed her goal of biking on every continent not covered by ice. "When I heard about this ride in Bhutan I checked it out and decided that was my Asia tour. ...
Tips for lowering your cooling costs in the heat of summer (07/02/12)
As summer heats up, air conditioning bills can rapidly rise. As homeowners feel the heat, many are looking for ways to save money and stay cool. "In a home, about 60 percent of your utility bill is for air conditioning," says Chris Janet, division manager of sales and services for Dutch Enterprises...
Overweight, obesity cause problems for our pets, too (07/02/12)
The causes of obesity in pets are similar to those in humans: Overeating and lack of exercise. Dr. Wanda Pipkin, a veterinarian at Deer Ridge Animal Hospital in Jackson, said according to a study done by the American Veterinary Medical Association, 54 to 56 percent of dogs and cats are overweight or obese. Out of these numbers, 20 percent of dogs are obese and 22 percent of cats are obese...
Bill Anderson, aka Cousin Carl, talks about his career (07/02/12)
Bill Anderson is a fixture on Southeast Missouri's airwaves. If you don't know his name, you probably know his voice and his famous Cousin Carl character. Anderson has worked in radio since high school, eventually buying his own station: KWKZ 106.1. ...
Shingles: What you need to know about avoiding and treating the shingles virus (07/02/12)
A person can acquire the herpes zoster virus -- more commonly known as shingles -- after getting chickenpox as a child. Research suggests that about 50 percent of people who live to age 85 will have at least one episode of shingles in their lifetime, says Dr. Cheree Wheeler-Duke, a primary care physician at Southeast Primary Care in Cape Girardeau...
Reverse mortgages are one source of income after retirement (06/04/12)
At this point in your life, you've probably already paid off your home mortgage or are close to it. If you've reached this stage and wish you had some of that money available for other expenses, a reverse mortgage might be an option. With a regular mortgage, you borrow money to buy a house, then make monthly payments and watch the balance go down. A reverse mortgage is just the opposite: You receive payments from the lender, and your balance goes up...
Places to learn arts and crafts in Cape Girardeau (06/04/12)
Ever find yourself saying, "I wish I had a talent," or "I'm terrible with arts and crafts?" Wish no more. Whether you're just beginning or a little more advanced, several Cape Girardeau shops provide opportunities to flex your creative muscles. Creative Ewe Pottery...
The Red Hat Society is a way of life for members of all ages (06/04/12)
We've all seen them. Groups of ladies "of a certain age" donning bright red hats and purple clothing. They pop up at restaurants, concerts and shopping malls, among other places. We've also seen the Red Hat merchandise, from lapel pins to Christmas ornaments to luggage tags, for sale in boutiques and catalogs...
Senior centers have a constant -and critical - need for volunteers (06/04/12)
Your local senior center is more than a place to have lunch. It's a place to share stories and memories, talk current events and get to know your peers. Whether you come to eat or hang out all afternoon, senior centers have plenty of hands-on activities: A weekly craft group makes table decorations to brighten the center's dining room, and a quilting group makes quilts that are raffled off at fundraisers. ...
Cape River Heritage Museum houses links to Southeast Missouri history (06/04/12)
The building that houses the Cape River Heritage Museum is a piece of history itself. "The building used to be a police and fire station," says John Holcomb, president of the museum's board. "It was built in 1908 and used until the police moved to a new station at Sprigg and Independence (streets)."...
Talking to doctor, pharmacist important before taking supplements, vitamins (06/04/12)
Some claim to make you look and feel younger. Others boast of improving health, spurring weight loss or leading to a longer life. The supplement and vitamin aisle can be an overwhelming place. Pharmacists Abe Funk of John's Pharmacy and Kevin Wood of Broadway Prescription Shop offer some tips for finding the right vitamins and supplements...
Take proper precautions for summer cookouts (05/07/12)
Summer kicks off later this month with Memorial Day weekend. For most people, that means cookouts or picnics with family and friends. But there's one party guest you don't want to make an appearance: Bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year an estimated 30 million food poisonings occur in the United States; more than half of those cases are the result of unsafe food handling practices at home...
Gray, white hair is a crowning glory for some, a workplace conundrum for others (05/07/12)
Jeanne Thompson began going gray at 23. She colored her hair for years as she worked her way into management at a large Boston-area financial services company, then gave up the dye for good about a year ago. The earth didn't shake, and the 44-year-old Thompson was promoted to top management the following year...
5 things to know when shopping for a TV (05/07/12)
So your TV finally breaks down after years of faithful service. Replacing it can be overwhelming, especially with all the new technology out there and the fact that you haven't had to shop for a TV lately. Brush up on the basics and know what questions to ask with these tips from local salesmen:1. ...
Joyce Penny is a 2012 Hero of Hope with the American Cancer Society (05/07/12)
Joyce Penny relays because she doesn't want her children and grandchildren to hear the word "cancer" from their doctor. But she doesn't just "Relay for Life" -- she leads teams for the American Cancer Society fundraiser, raises funds on her own and tells everyone she knows what a difference the organization can make for them. A four-year survivor of cancer, she's also participating in a clinical trial and is a 2012 Hero of Hope in the ACS High Plains Division...
Downtown Home and Garden Tour gives visitors a glimpse of downtown living (05/07/12)
Downtown Cape Girardeau isn't just a destination for people wanting to shop and play. It's also a good place to live, which Old Town Cape hopes to showcase with the third annual Downtown Historic Home and Garden Tour. Dr. Lisa Bertrand, an Old Town Cape volunteer, has organized the tour each year. Bertrand and her husband are originally from Cape, but moved away for 20 years before coming back to the area...
Writing has always come naturally to local author Barbara Mack (05/07/12)
Writing is something that has always come naturally to Cape Girardeau author Barbara Mack. "I wrote my first story when I was only 4 or 5 years old, and had my first poem published for $10 when I was 11 years old," says Mack. "I always knew that I wanted to be a writer."...
Dorothy Miles has traveled the world, flown airplanes and remained active in the community (04/02/12)
Most of us have been to a number of the 50 United States. Many have even made a few trips abroad. But few people are as well traveled as Dorothy Miles. This centenarian has visited all 50 states, as well as 185 countries and all seven continents. "My husband Paul and I were never able to have children," says Dorothy. "If we had, we would have stayed at home and raised them and educated them like everyone else. But since that didn't happen, our lives took a different path."...
Married 42 years, Matt and Marsha Elfrink still enjoy crafting together (04/02/12)
It's 1970, and Matt Elfrink is sitting in the back row of his art class at Southeast Missouri State University, just like he always does. It's business as usual until Marsha, the girl who always sits in the front row, spills an entire bottle of Gesso on the desks and floor...
Notre Dame students preparing for 1950s-era musical (04/02/12)
If your fondest memories are from the days of saddle shoes, rock 'n' roll and "The Ed Sullivan Show," you'll want to see Notre Dame Regional High School's "Bye Bye Birdie" production this month. "Our music teacher has wanted to do it for a long time, and we felt like we had talent that matched the production and performance needs this year," says director Cynthia King...
Biking is a fun, healthy activity for all ages (04/02/12)
Spring has sprung in Southeast Missouri, bringing with it warm days and plenty of sunshine. It's the perfect time to go ride a bike. Bonus: It is also really good for your health -- body and mind. "It's a low-impact aerobic activity," says John Dodd, owner of Cyclewerx in Cape Girardeau. "So as opposed to jogging or something, it's easy on the joints."...
Mississippi Valley River Scenic Drive brings nature, history, communities together (04/02/12)
About 22 years ago, Estelle Wood had an idea. She took it to Dr. Frank Nickell and other faculty members in the history department at Southeast Missouri State University, and the Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive was born. "We have a wonderful landscape, a lot of historical buildings, churches and places of interest," says Wood, who still coordinates the drive each year...
AARP workshop tells how to make your home safe and reduce injuries (04/02/12)
You can't prevent all accidents, but there are ways to make your home safe, lessening the chance of an injury at home. On March 7, AARP Missouri state director Craig Eichelman visited Cape Girardeau to discuss small changes we all can make in order to live independently for as long as possible...
Annual exams, diet, lifestyle changes key to continued vision health (03/05/12)
According to Eye on the Boomer, a recent survey by the Ocular Nutrition Society, almost as many baby boomers say they worry about losing their vision as those who say they worry about having heart disease or cancer. What's more, 78 percent of those surveyed ranked vision as the most important of the five senses. ...
Ervin Belcher finds pleasure in building homes for others (03/05/12)
While some people dread facing the day-to-day drudgery of their jobs, Ervin Belcher, a local builder and craftsman, can't wait to get started at his. "I wake up every day and start planning what I'm going to do at work that day," says Belcher. "I love getting started on an idea and seeing it through until it's complete. I really love what I do."...
Retired professor and career pianist to give free recital March 18 (03/05/12)
Dr. John Shelton started taking piano lessons in first grade -- at the urging of his piano teacher, he says. Turns out, he enjoyed music so much that he made a career of it. He earned his master's degree in piano and a doctorate in music education, then taught piano at Southeast Missouri State University for 36 years. Since retiring in 1998 and moving to Chateau Girardeau, Shelton is still in demand as an accompanist and choir director...
Six tips for cutting debt (03/05/12)
Thirteen-point-eight trillion dollars is a mighty big sum. Yet, for years, we hardly noticed it. Now it's commanding our attention. From 2000 to 2008, Americans doubled the amount of mortgage and consumer debt they held, until it came to $13.8 trillion, according to the U.S. ...
AROUND THE BEND (03/05/12)
Day 10: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 No early start for us today. Last night's camp was in the mud above the riprapped river bank. We had to wait for daylight to get the kayaks back over the riprap on our driftwood skids. Besides being slick with mud, the boulders also have exposed wire cable and rebar to trip over. We had the same things to contend with at tonight's campsite. We are now 17 miles from Mile Zero...
Surviving Valentine's Day single (02/06/12)
Valentine's Day is a day for love and romance -- a notion only made more clear by the abundance of chocolate hearts, flowers, and red and pink paraphernalia filling store shelves this time of year. But for those without a partner, no matter their age, the day can lead to feelings of loneliness and sadness. The solution, tempting as it may be, isn't curling up on the couch with a sappy movie and a tub of Ben and Jerry's...
Calories burned doing everyday activities add up (02/06/12)
Now that we've made it into the New Year, most of us are hoping to lose the excess weight that we gained over the holidays and get in overall better physical condition. Did you know that there are ways to burn calories and build strength while you are doing routine daily chores and activities?...
Scott City woman hosts 'baby shower' for her 65th birthday (02/06/12)
Brenda Moyers had a birthday party Jan. 14, but she didn't receive any gifts. Instead, she asked her friends to bring baby gifts to donate to Birthright in Cape Girardeau. "The girls wanted to do something for my birthday and I said, 'I don't mind doing something, but there will be absolutely no gifts,'" says Moyers, who turned 65 on Jan. 10. "We're to the point in our lives where we really don't need anything else. We're very blessed. To exchange gifts for the unborn is just a wonderful thing."...
Tax time: Where to get free or low-cost tax help this year (02/06/12)
AARP Foundation/IRS Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) -- Tax assistance for low- to moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and up. CAPE GIRARDEAU Cape Girardeau Public Library 711 N. Clark St. 573-334-5279 Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m...
Cindy Durbin has lost 280 pounds, changing her life and health for the better (02/06/12)
Cindy Durbin says her weight has been an issue since childhood. She grew up on a farm where each meal included meat, potatoes and bread, and she was expected to clean her plate every time. Durbin ate every bite, then hid more food in her bedroom because she got hungry later -- and she didn't want her parents to know how much she was really eating...
Master Gardener program encourages members to give back to community (02/06/12)
Verla Carr of Jackson liked gardening and wanted to do more for the community. So, in 2003, she joined the Master Gardener program. "I heard it was a great program," says Carr, who is president of the Cape County Master Gardeners. "I am so passionate about gardening. And I met a whole other group of people who have become dearest friends. It was really a win-win situation for me."...
What should be on every animal's 'do not eat' list (02/06/12)
Those Valentine's Day chocolates may be a tasty treat for you, and even contain healthy antioxidants -- but they're toxic to your pet's red blood cells and may even cause neurological damage. "With dogs ... one of the most common things I hear is that 'I turned my back and he jumped on the table and got the chocolate,'" says Dr. ...
Planning for financial security with an annuity or longevity insurance (02/06/12)
Life expectancy is rising in the U.S., meaning financial planning is taking on even more importance. For a reasonably healthy 65-year-old couple, chances are 63 percent that one of them will live until age 90 and 14 percent that one will make it to 100, according to the Society of Actuaries. They need to ensure that their money doesn't run out before then...
Hot soup recipes for cold winter nights (01/03/12)
Zesty tomato soup Submitted by Janet Anders, registered licensed dietitian at Fitness Plus (via www.chosemyplate.gov) Ingredients 1 can (14.5 ounces) no salt-added diced tomatoes 1 cup roasted red peppers, drained 1 cup evaporated milk, fat-free...
How and where to find the best deals this year (01/03/12)
Christmas items. Almost every store will have its Christmas goods discounted 50 percent or more after Christmas, says Sandi Williams, a Cape Girardeau mom of four and avid couponer. Some make huge markdowns even in the days before Christmas. "That's a great deal, so I stock up on everything I need for the next year the day after Christmas," says Williams...
Meet the adult volunteers behind Central Junior High's famous musicals (01/03/12)
For more than 20 years, Mike Dumey has been known for spearheading awesome student musicals in Cape Girardeau. But the stage choir teacher at Central Junior High School says none of that would be possible without the help of his adult volunteers. Some of them -- including Pat Renard, Mimi Higgins and Dumey's father, Ralph -- have been there from the beginning, when Dumey started out at Schultz School...
Around the bend Vicksburg, Miss., to Mile Zero (01/03/12)
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009 Well, we didn't meet any alligators last night, but I did take a mental inventory of all the logs laying around our tents before turning in. Each time I got up during the night, I took notice of the number and location of the logs before stepping out of the tent. This ol' Missouri boy didn't come all this way to wind up seeing the end of this river from inside a gator's belly!...
Sundays at Three series brings chamber music to Cape Girardeau (01/03/12)
When violinist Dr. Brandon Christensen joined the faculty of Southeast Missouri State University, there was something missing in his eyes: a professional concert series. "I saw that the university was offering a tremendous number of concerts," Christensen says, "but everything tended to be student-related. There was a niche to be filled."...
Tips for reaching weight, cholesterol and blood pressure goals in 2012 (01/03/12)
If "get healthier" was on your list of new year resolutions, we've got some tips to help you. Numbers -- weight, cholesterol, blood pressure -- often are indicators of health. Here are some ways to lower those numbers in 2012. The good news: Lowering one, often leads to the others going down, too...
Downsizing your home with ease (01/03/12)
Your kids have grown up and moved out, and you and your spouse are feeling like you have more house than you need. Should you consider downsizing? Glenda Quinn, owner of Smooth Moves by Glenda, a Cape Girardeau company that assists seniors in the relocating process, recommends that the first thing you should do is sit down with your accountant, spouse or a trusted family member and decide what you can afford...
Tips for winter travel (01/03/12)
Though summer seems synonymous with vacations, winter can be a great time to travel. For one thing, you can escape the winter chill in Southeast Missouri for a few days, or more if you like. It can also be more affordable to travel in winter, with hotels and resorts offering off-season deals and prices...
Around the Bend Vicksburg, Miss., to Mile Zero: Day seven (12/05/11)
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 Just before my alarm went off this morning I heard some noise near the kayaks. Peeking out from my tent, I could barely make out the silhouette of a man setting up his fishing poles along the bank. His name was Thomas Sanders, a carpenter by trade, a dedicated catfisherman by choice. ...
Model planes a fun hobby for 'kids' of all ages (12/05/11)
Model airplanes aren't just for kids. In the Southeast Missouri Modelers Association, small-scale pilots of all ages gather to fly planes big and small, and to teach the trade to others. "I joke about it, but it's true -- we have kids in there from age 8 to 80. ...
A good night's sleep is important for general health, mental well-being (12/05/11)
Many animals hibernate in winter, sleeping through the cold, dreary months. Unfortunately, that's not an option for us two-legged mammals. But getting a good night's sleep is important to maintain general health. "If you don't get good sleep, your concentration, memory, strength and ability to function are decreased," says Dr. Musa A. Wadi of Southeast Pulmonology and medical director of SoutheasHEALTH's Sleep Center. "You'll not be as functional as someone who has adequate sleep."...
Greyhound Pets of America seeks to place retired racing dogs with caring families (12/05/11)
Most people think of greyhounds as a lean, speedy animal that runs around a dog track or, more commonly, as the dog pictured on the side of a popular bus company. Not many people think of a greyhound dog as a pet. Greyhound Pets of America (GPA) is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding responsible, loving homes for retired racing greyhounds. ...
Annual Christmas Country Church Tour set for Dec. 15 and 16 (12/05/11)
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Local photographer Aaron Horrell finds inspiration in nature (11/07/11)
Most people wouldn't think of a cold, rainy morning as a great time to go out and take pictures. But that's exactly the kind of morning local artist Aaron Horrell looks for when he heads out to photograph various creatures in nature...
Dr. William Mapes celebrates the 100th anniversary of naval aviation (11/07/11)
Dr. William Mapes spent six years in the Air Force and 28 years in the Navy Reserves. When the Cape Girardeau dentist retired and sold his practice in 2004, he bought a condo near Pensacola, Fla., known as "the cradle of naval aviation." It wasn't long before Mapes took a special interest in naval aviation history, and especially its 100th anniversary this year...
International ministry helps provide wheelchairs to people in need (11/07/11)
Chances are you will need to use a wheelchair at some point in your life, even if only temporarily. If you live in America, you can easily find a wheelchair in any number of sizes, colors and styles. If you live somewhere like Romania or the Dominican Republic, it's not that simple. A wheelchair can cost an entire year's wages -- a cost so prohibitive that you might be stuck crawling or relying on others to carry you...
Around the bend Vicksburg, Miss., to Mile Zero: Day six (11/07/11)
Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 Today was another almost completely rain-free day. A passing thunderstorm around 1530 blocked the hot sun and brought a welcomed cooling breeze with a few strong gusts. A light rain fell long enough to cool us but not soak us...
Counseling can help seniors with many life situations (10/03/11)
If the cold, dreary days of fall bring you down in the dumps, you're not alone. Seasonal affective disorder, likely due to a lack of vitamin D-boosting sunshine, is quite common. Whether you've been feeling sad and lonely for several weeks or several months, counseling might be just what you need...
Autumn in Southeast Missouri: Tips for finding the best fall colors (10/03/11)
The hot topic of discussion is, "Where's the best place to see fall colors?" My snarky response would be, "Any place with trees!" While it's easy to find fall foliage in almost any direction, the river hills north of Cape Girardeau put on a good show and are only a short drive away. Here is a suggested tour following the backroads of northern Cape Girardeau and eastern Perry counties:...
Around the bend Vicksburg, Miss., to Mile Zero: Day five (10/03/11)
__Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009__
Today was as good as yesterday was bad. The morning started with the usual low ominous clouds we had seen every day. By 1000 the sky had cleared and the sun came out. We had no wind, so it was quite hot. ...
Program aims to safely dispose of unused medications, curb drug abuse (10/03/11)
Chances are good there's some expired or unneeded prescription medication hiding in the back of your medicine cabinet or kitchen drawer. And with prescription drug abuse on the rise, the Drug Enforcement Administration is seeking to get unused pills out of homes and dispose of them safely with a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 29...
Around the bend Vicksburg, Miss., to Mile Zero: Days three and four (09/08/11)
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 Day three (continued from the August issue of TBY) Our camp tonight is at mile 304, just above the ferryboat that serves the employees of Louisiana's Angola State Prison Farm. After we made camp and finished eating supper, Danny got restless and paddled down to the landing. ...
Local museums join forces for quilt tour (09/08/11)
A light bulb came on for Cathy Stoverink, a self-proclaimed quilt lover, last year when the River Heritage Quilter's Guild was planning its quilt show. "I thought, 'you know, we have some 100-year-old gorgeous quilts here at the Oliver House; why don't we have some folks come through?" Stoverink says...
Why falls happen and how to prevent them (09/08/11)
For many seniors, a fall means more than tripping on the sidewalk and getting a skinned knee. Age also brings changes in balance, vision, reaction time, strength and flexibility, and mental clarity. Some medications have side effects that can further increase the risk of falling...
Southern Illinois funeral director marks 50 years in business (09/08/11)
When Bill Crain says he grew up in the funeral business, he means it literally. "My first several years growing up, our family home was a funeral home," he says. "I grew up in that circumstance, to the extent that our living room was the chapel. It was a small town, and nobody thought that was odd. I didn't think it was odd, either. It was the only thing I was used to."...
Joint effort: Replacements becoming more popular (08/01/11)
More boomers are staying active with joint replacements
Logging history: A look at the Armstrong home (08/01/11)
Carl and Connie Armstrong live in a log cabin built by some of the first settlers in Cape Girardeau
The volunteer route: Some use vacations to help others (08/01/11)
Volunteering on vacation is one way to teach valuable life lessons and learn about another culture
Around the bend Vicksburg, Miss., to Mile Zero: Day three (08/01/11)
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 Today was our wettest day yet! It started out looking pretty promising, with a starry sky before daybreak and a blue sky in the west as the sun rose. After about an hour of paddling, we watched the tall white cumulus clouds start stacking up in the west. ...
The sunscreen factor: New guidelines set for sun protection products (08/01/11)
The FDA has established new, easier-to-understand sunscreen labels starting next summer
Around the bend: Vicksburg, Miss., to Mile Zero: Day two (07/06/11)
Monday, Sept. 21, 2009 Our day started at 0500 this morning because Danny thought it was 0600. We were on the water by 0730. We think we missed seeing our first gator as we paddled away from camp this morning. We were joking about a passing log on our right looking so much like an alligator when we heard a loud splash at the edge of the water on our left. ...
Moving through the years: Local Progressive Club marks 50 years (07/06/11)
In 1961, high school friends Shirley Beggs, Dorothy Penzel and Mary Talley started a club to learn all the things they'd need to know as young wives and mothers -- cooking and cleaning, decorating and sewing, and raising a family. Fifty years later, the three charter members of the Progressive Club have raised their children, retired and become proud grandmothers...
Living with Parkinson's: Symptoms and treatment of this mysterious - but not life-ending - disease (07/06/11)
Parkinson's disease has some worrisome symptoms, like tremors and stiffness, but doctors say this common neurological disease is easy to treat and far from the end of the world. Remember that actor Michael J. Fox has had the disease for 20 years and pro boxer Muhammad Ali has lived with Parkinson's since 1984 -- both have continued to be active and successful public figures...
Second time around: Local group offers support for grandparents raising grandchildren (07/06/11)
At Jackson Senior High School's commencement ceremony, the administration repeatedly referred to the graduates' parents and grandparents. This wasn't just a nice way to include the extended family attending the event; it was also a way to include the grandparents who had raised the young men and women about to march across the stage with diplomas...
Around the bend Vicksburg, Miss., to Mile Zero (06/06/11)
Day one -- Sept. 20, 2009 -- part II Saturday night, back in Vicksburg, we all went out for Chinese before Danny and I left Sunday morning. I had told Marla a little about my concerns on this last leg and that I was feeling more anxious than I had since that very first day back at Lake Itasca. ...
Blossoming blooms: Longtime gardener Dave Niswonger is known for his hybrid creations (06/06/11)
Dave Niswonger caught a case of the green thumb when he was not much bigger than a bean sprout. By the time he was 6, he was growing his own tomatoes. Some 80 years and thousands of flowers later, the Cape Girardeau gardener is still growing plants, a hybridizing master of scores of blooms of his own creation...
Compatible companions Senior pets are a great match for senior animal-lovers (06/06/11)
An elderly Cape Girardeau widower and a mature miniature dachshund; it was friendship at first sight for a man and a dog who each needed companionship. The octogenarian had no one to care for. His wife had passed away several years before, and the couple's dog had since died...
How to feel 10 years younger: Age really is just a number - if you live your life right (06/06/11)
What's the secret to feeling younger? TBY asked for advice on how to look great, feel happy and stay healthy, year after year. The answer, it seems, is to keep moving forward and don't think about your age. Get moving...
Say what? How to preserve and protect your hearing (06/06/11)
Hearing loss is like any other health issue, says Joyce Hill Cooley, manager of Miracle Ear locations in Cape Girardeau, Perryville, Jackson, Ste. Genevieve and Farmington, Mo. It requires preventive care and, eventually, treatment. And the sooner we take care of it, the better...
Kick off summer grilling season with these unique burger recipes (05/05/11)
Missouri sirloin and blue cheese burger Submitted by Tom Harte This recipe adapted from Marcel Desaulniers' book "The Burger Meisters," a collection of burger recipes from America's best chefs, and was developed by Bill Cardwell of St. Louis restaurant fame. I have doubled the amount of blue cheese originally called for. Cardwell's serves the burger on cornmeal black pepper bread...
The big 6-5: The oldest baby boomers are turning 65 this year (05/05/11)
Dr. Anthony J. Keele, a certified anti-aging medical specialist in Cape Girardeau, says heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes are some of the biggest health concerns for the baby boomer generation -- but individuals can drastically lower their risk by exercise, healthy eating and weight loss...
Puzzling artwork: Making framed art from puzzles helps nursing home residents (05/05/11)
@TBY - Body Copy:By Alma Bradshaw It may require a stretch of one's imagination to envision hundreds of small, intricate puzzle pieces laying on a table as a piece of framed artwork decorating the walls of the southeast ground floor assisted living wing of the the Chateau Girardeau Retirement Community. Seeing is believing as one enters this particular wing to be confronted with these unusual and lovely pictures...
Do you scuba? Scuba diving is one sport where age won't hold you back (04/04/11)
For a landlocked state, Missouri has a surprising number of scuba divers. TBY chatted with five local scuba divers about how they dived into the hobby -- and why it's a sport anyone can enjoy.
Tea and toast: Malnutrition is a growing problem among older adults (04/04/11)
While 34 percent of American adults are battling obesity and its ensuing diseases, many seniors are facing another food-related problem: malnutrition. The American Journal of Nursing reported in 2005 that an estimated 20 to 60 percent of elderly home-care patients are malnourished or will be soon; the estimate rises to 85 percent in nursing homes. ...
Around the bend Vicksburg, Miss., to Mile Zero (04/04/11)
Day one -- Sept. 20, 2009 After a poor night's sleep at the Vicksburg Super 8, one of the worst we have ever stayed in, Marla, Danny, Colleen and I had a good breakfast at Cracker Barrel. I, of course, had my favorite pecan pancakes. ...
Living history: The local Civil War Roundtable includes members with a variety of interests (04/04/11)
In the fall of 1993, Dr. Frank Nickell gathered a small group together at the Center for Regional History with the purpose of organizing the Civil War Roundtable. There are many similar groups throughout the country -- folks who gather together to study the Civil War and generate interest in local war sites and history. ...
Around the bend Memphis, Tenn., to Vicksburg, Miss. - Part VI (03/07/11)
Day eight -- Oct. 25, 2008 My foam rubber footies worked really well last night. I had warm feet all night for the first time this week! Why didn't I think of that seven days ago? The coyotes gave us quite a concert early this morning. ...
Estate Planning Guide 2011: Where there's a will, there's a way (03/07/11)
In the movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," as the children line up to sign a suspicious looking contract, little Mike Teavee comments, "Saw this in a movie once. Guy signed his wife's insurance policy. Then he bumped her off." Wonka responds, "Clever."...
Estate Planning Guide 2011: What you need to know about insurance in your golden years (03/07/11)
Life insurance Most people, by the time they're ready to retire, have already paid off their cars, home and children's college tuition. For that reason, Mike Tomlin of Senior Healthcare Benefits Services in Jackson believes most seniors can pare down or eliminate their life insurance policies...
Muscle Walk 2011: Registration is open for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual fundraiser (03/07/11)
It costs $74 per minute of research for muscular dystrophy, a severely disabling condition with no prevention and no cure, and affecting people of all ages. On March 19, the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Cape Girardeau will host its annual Heartland Muscle Walk to raise funds and awareness about the 40-plus types of muscular dystrophy...
Estate Planning Guide: An explanation of charitable giving plans (03/07/11)
Beneficiary on an IRA or 401k This is one of the simplest ways to create a charitable giving plan, says Tim Domian, financial adviser with Edward Jones in Cape Girardeau. With this option, you're simply naming a charity as the beneficiary on your IRA or 401k retirement plan. You can also change your mind at a later date...
Healthwatch: Dealing with diabetic neuropathy (03/07/11)
You know that "pins and needles" feeling you get after your foot falls asleep? Imagine having that feeling all the time, along with a burning sensation, and possibly numbness and loss of balance -- and no way to relieve it. For some diabetics, this is the daily reality of living with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, an irreversible complication of diabetes...
Health checkup: Pain and fatigue may be signs of fibromyalgia (03/07/11)
Five years ago, Angela Martin of Cape Girardeau couldn't keep up in her daily life, and she didn't know why. "I had pain all over my body, and I had migraines and fatigue. I could take a two-hour nap in the afternoon and still go to sleep at night, but I never felt rested," says Martin, now 47. ...
Now read this: "Together Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place" (02/07/11)
The Cape Girardeau Public Library's adult services coordinator Paula Fetherston recommends you read "Together Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place" by Susan Wittig Albert. Susan Albert may be better known for her herbal mysteries featuring China Bayles as the lawyer turned herb shop owner and amateur sleuth, the latest of which is Holly Blues. ...
Around the bend Memphis, Tenn., to Vicksburg, Miss. - Part V (02/07/11)
Dave Hardesty continues a day-by-day account of his Mississippi River kayaking trip, an adventure shared with his friend Danny Rees.
Local woman remembers brush with stardom (02/07/11)
It's the sort of scenario a TV scriptwriter couldn't come up with. A "girl from Morley, Mo.," as Sue Vogelsanger calls herself, has a connection to Hollywood legend Carol Burnett. Vogelsanger writes a weekly column for The Banner Press called "Just Talkin." In the 1960s when she and her husband Elbert "Sonny" Vogelsanger were living in Cocoa Beach, Fla., Sue wrote a song she called "Just Talkin."...
Staying strong: Program helps local seniors stay fit (02/07/11)
Mary Klaproth diligently walks five days a week. She's a regular at her aerobics class. And now, for the second year in a row, the 70-year-old Jackson woman is participating in the University of Missouri Extension's Stay Strong, Stay Healthy strength training program...
Silver-haired dedication: Silver Haired Legislature advocates for seniors in Jefferson City (02/07/11)
They might not be household names, but these seniors pack a powerful punch among Missouri lawmakers. Serving as a voice for older Missourians, the Silver Haired Legislature has influenced legislation addressing everything from elder abuse to pharmaceuticals to funding for home-delivered meals...
Mountaineer music: An interview with Dan William Peek, author of "Live! At the Ozark Opry" (01/03/11)
Dan William Peek, a Columbia, Mo., resident, wrote about the long-running Ozark Opry where many local musicians performed.
Around the bend Memphis, Tenn., to Vicksburg, Miss. - Part VI (01/03/11)
Dave Hardesty continues a day-by-day account of his Mississippi River kayaking trip, an adventure shared with his friend Danny Rees.
Battling ALS: Doctors discuss treatment options for rare disease (01/03/11)
Neurologist Dr. Robert Gardner has one patient with minor hand and foot weakness. He has another patient with shortness of breath who needs a scooter for mobility and has a number of needs at home, too. Both have been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, but they're at different stages and need different levels of treatment...
Caring decisions: The Missouri End-of-Life Coalition helps people make important care decisions (01/03/11)
When Susie Pekios thinks of her last moments on earth, she envisions herself looking out the French doors of her condo with her massage therapist on call, brownies baking in the oven, and a cold glass of Pepsi -- real, not diet -- in her hand. ...
Dental duty: Local woman invents, markets toothbrush for long-term care patients (01/01/11)
As a former dental assistant, Mary Prince of Jackson has always been interested in oral hygiene. When she noticed declining oral health among her nursing home patients, she invented the Plak-Vac, a suction toothbrush designed for long-term care patients who can no longer brush their own teeth...
Fun for all: Dot Myers of Perry Oaks was recently named 'Activity Director of the Year' (12/06/10)
Not many adults can say they're still working their first job -- and that they still love it -- but Dot Myers can say it with confidence. In fact, she's worked at Perry Oaks Nursing and Rehab for 35 years, and was recently named "Activity Director of the Year" for 2010 by the Activity Directors Association of Missouri (ADAM)...
Rounding up the ringers: Local church bell choirs practice year-round (12/06/10)
Have you "heard the bells on Christmas Day?" Handbell choirs are a long-cherished holiday tradition, but local churches practice and perform year-round. "We've got members who have been playing for a long, long time in the same choir," says Crystal Burress, who directs the 12-member bell choir at New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson. ...
Book review: 'Big Stone Gap' gives tale of mountain life (12/06/10)
The Cape Girardeau Public Library's adult services coordinator Paula Fetherston, recommends you read "Big Stone Gap" by Adriana Trigiani. "Big Stone Gap is the first in a series of four novels set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. ...
Pets on the go: Staff writer shares a first hand account of volunteering at the Humane Society (12/06/10)
It's the day before Halloween, and Albert the tiny black poodle couldn't look cuter prancing around the mall in his pumpkin costume. He's not my dog, but I love him to pieces. He's up for adoption at the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau, and I hope the busy shoppers will stop to meet Albert -- or any of the dogs at today's mobile adoption event. ...
Home for the holidays: Socializing important for nursing home residents (12/06/10)
Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays, For no matter how far away you roam - When you long for the sunshine of a friendly gaze, For the holidays - you can't beat home, sweet home! Being home for the holidays takes on new meaning for residents in assisted care centers. ...
Around the bend Memphis, Tenn., to Vicksburg, Miss. - Part V (11/01/10)
Dave Hardesty continues a day-by-day account of his Mississippi River kayaking trip, an adventure shared with his friend Danny Rees.
Celebrating with pets: Holidays can be stressful for furry friends (11/01/10)
The holiday season is just around the corner, and you're probably already decorating, hosting dinner parties and reserving a spot for Fido or Fluffy at the pet kennel. Holidays may be fun for you, but it's likely a stressful time for your furry friends...
Riding the Rockies: Local man participates in large-scale charity motorcycle ride (11/01/10)
If you've ever wondered what's on the other side of that hill -- that hill deep in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, inaccessible to most vehicles -- Ron Keller can tell you. ...
Memory matters: Local woman advocates in Washington for needs of older adults (11/01/10)
Carol Dippold has worked one-on-one with seniors at Cape Girardeau's Lutheran Family and Children's Services office for over 20 years. Last month, she took that experience to Capitol Hill, as she and others representing the elder care work force met with legislators to speak about the needs of older adults. Dippold was invited to the conference by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, with which LFCS is affiliated, and she was one of only four in Missouri to attend...
Financial wake-up call: Recession affects baby boomers' money habits, say financial advisers (11/01/10)
What's your biggest fear? If you're like most Americans -- 61 percent, according to a 2010 study by Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America -- you're more afraid of outliving your assets than you are of dying. ...
Around the bend: Memphis, Tenn., to Vicksburg, Miss. - Part IV (10/04/10)
Dave Hardesty continues a day-by-day account of his Mississippi River kayaking trip, an adventure shared with his friend Danny Rees.
Now read this... 'The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette' and more biographical fiction (10/04/10)
My undergraduate degree is in history and, although I am not good at remembering dates, I do love to read about life in different periods of history and especially how the customs of the day were reflected in the lives of the women. "The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette" by Carolly Erickson takes place in Europe in the late 1700s...
Got a candy craving? Local diabetes experts offer tips to enjoy a healthy Halloween (10/04/10)
Dr. Phenu Zachariah's favorite holiday is Halloween -- and as the newest endocrinologist at Cape Diabetes and Endocrinology, he knows how diabetics can enjoy this candy-crazed holiday, too. "They can enjoy sweets, they can have cake at a party, they can have Halloween treats -- it's just the planning that is different from a diabetic to a nondiabetic person," says Zachariah. ...
Grow your own: Consider the other dogwood, Kousa (10/04/10)
The soft, pinkish red of Kousa dogwood fruits, some still hanging on trees, does hint at luscious flavor. Some people see their shape as something like a combination of strawberry and raspberry, which adds to the appeal. But doesn't that shape -- a studded sphere -- look more like a medieval weapon than a strawberry or raspberry? Yes, the fruits are edible, but they aren't very palatable. They have a rubbery skin over mealy, just slightly sweet flesh...
Protecting the elderly: Southeast Missouri group forms to better address elder abuse (10/04/10)
Law enforcement officials are trained to identify situations of theft, assault and domestic violence, but when it comes to elder abuse, the situation is a bit more complicated. "It's usually family-based abuse," says Branden Caid, detective sergeant with the Scott County Sheriff's Department. ...
Taste test: A soup recipe to usher in cooler weather (10/04/10)
No time to soak and boil dried chickpeas? Shave some time off this recipe by using canned chickpeas. Just be sure to rinse them well in a mesh strainer. Canned beans can be very salty, which could throw off the flavor of the soup...
The rose rustlers: Giving heritage roses new life in modern gardens (09/06/10)
Mike Shoup is a self-described "rose rustler," but that doesn't make him an outlaw. He rides herd on the many old garden roses growing wild in the countryside, corralling stray and neglected blooms to display in new settings. "Generally when you think of a rose rustler, you conjure up an image of a Texan wearing a black outfit, astride a black horse and with a shovel on his shoulder pillaging roses from out-of-the-way places," said Shoup, owner of the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, Texas. ...
Now read this... 'This Time Together' (09/06/10)
Cape Girardeau Public Library adult services coordinator Paula Fetherston recommends Carol Burnett's autobiography "This Time Together." I cannot think of anyone who does not like Carol Burnett. From the early 1960s when we saw her as part of the comedic cast on "The Garry Moore Show" and then, of course, as she had us in stitches each week on her own variety show, she has been like a sister, or at the leas a good friend...
Dog blessed: Roberta Beach returns the favor after a dog helped her through hard times (09/06/10)
As Roberta Beach recovered from a fourth cancer surgery, a friend came to live with her and changed her life. The friend, a beagle mix named Oliver, came home with Beach at the suggestion of her mother, who said she thought the dog might help her daughter's recovery...
Around the bend Memphis, Tenn., to Vicksburg, Miss. - Part III (09/06/10)
Dave Hardesty continues a day-by-day account of his Mississippi River kayaking trip, an adventure shared with his friend Danny Rees.
SEMO District Fair 2010: The best free events at this year's fair (09/06/10)
This year, the SEMO District Fair is brimming with more free events than ever -- at least 25, says longtime fair director Pete Poe. "You could go to the fair every day and still not see all the free things," says Poe. "I'm looking forward to the entire eight days. We have a great lineup of entertainment."...
The Avon lady: Naomi Crain recently marked 58 years of selling Avon products (09/06/10)
Naomi Crain remembers visiting her aunt's house as a child, sneaking away from her mother's supervision, and smearing rouge all over her face. Now 87, the Cape Girardeau woman has learned more subtle makeup techniques and has been selling Avon makeup for 58 years...
Around the bend Memphis to Vicksburg: Part II (08/02/10)
Day two Oct. 19, 2008 The temperature last night was 49 degrees, as predicted, but that was the coldest 49 degrees I've ever tried to sleep in! My feet were so cold I finally put them in an empty dry bag hoping to retain some body heat. It worked pretty well except for a little condensation...