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National Influenza Vaccination Week was observed on Dec. 1 through Dec. 7 this year. Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease which affects the lungs and can lead to serious illness, including pneumonia. Even healthy people can get sick enough to miss work or school for a significant amount o…

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Setting up a display is one of many outreach activities FAIRHOPE Hospice and Palliative Care utilizes to let both professionals and the general public meet our staff and get a better understanding of what we do.

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Each year, we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

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The average American will spend $920 on Christmas gifts this year reaching a total of more than $1 trillion in holiday spending. Eight percent said they would spend nothing, and three percent said they were unsure. Twenty-nine percent expected their gift spending to be between $100 and $499,…

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I have much to be thankful for. I am a strong advocate and overall supporter of thankfulness. When the kids were younger we even had a gratitude wall in our kitchen where we listed the many things we had to be grateful for – things we call blessings. I believe thankfulness should be a part o…

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I don’t remember how old I was when I thoroughly embarrassed my mother and probably ignited the fires of gossip throughout the quiet little community of West Logan. I know I hadn’t started school, so I was probably between ages four and five.

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LOGAN — 2019 is coming to an end, and it is always a busy time of the year at Hocking Valley Community Hospital. It amazes me how fast the end of each year approaches. When you were growing up, your grandparents would always say “the older you get, the faster time goes.”

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I first wrote about DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in September of 2017, but it still seems to me that no one knows what to do about that program which allows certain young aliens to stay in the United States in spite of their illegal status. We have become so politically corr…

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“Keeping a diary is one of the few things that a farmer can do to ensure that his legacy goes on, for the land soon forgets his footsteps." The New Farmer’s Dictionary – 1st Edition

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Most Ohioans can get access to a steady, fast internet connection at work or home. Unfortunately, for Ohioans living outside our big urban areas, broadband access can be hard to come by. This lack of access creates problems every day.

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Dear Rusty:{/strong} I’m 67 and have been collecting Social Security for a couple of years now but I want to increase my benefit. Will you please explain what Social Security’s Form SSA-521 is for? Would it benefit me as a retiree to be able to gain more on my monthly benefits? Where and how…

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I think in every country around the world there is a traditional food for each holiday. In the United States, for example, the Fourth of July is associated with hot dogs and hamburgers. The Fourth, like most of the other holidays, has other activities and traditions associated with it.

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Today’s world is full of distractions. With the never-ending bombardment of bad news on television and social media, it is all too easy to lose sight of life’s many blessings. This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to join me in turning off those distractions, even if only for a short time, and …