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Monarch butterflies tagged with stickers in Chicago garden

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CHICAGO — Near the driving range in Chicago’s Lakeview area, a faint but sweet smell floats in the air. One can follow it to a collection of beds where flowers sprout, surrounding a community garden in which vegetables and herbs grow.

Living with Children: How to lead as a parent

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A mother recently asked my advice concerning a discipline problem she was having with one of her children. I asked her to define the word discipline.

$2.8M endowment to fund Dearborn Dolly Parton Imagination Library

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DEARBORN, Mich. — “Maybe one of our future mayors is a 4-year-old who reads ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and thinks to herself that the Big Bad Wolf would be an amazing code enforcement officer,” Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammound said, announcing a new partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library on Tuesday.

Ex-etiquette: Ask for help

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Q. I feel stupid saying, “Breaking up is hard to do,” but it is! My kids come home from their dad’s, and it seems like nothing is good enough. He has more TV channels. He has a bigger house. He has a swimming pool. I’m working as hard as I can to make things nice for the kids, but it seems everything at their dad’s is better. He knows how difficult it is for me, but it doesn’t seem to matter. I think he likes that the kids prefer his home. I need help and I don’t know what to do. What’s good ex-etiquette?

Quick Fix: Avocado cubes give these beef tacos fresh, creamy texture

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Adding thin slices of steak to a taco makes a tasty and quick home-cooked weeknight meal. You can serve these tacos flat, and each person can make and fold their own. Or, if you like, you can serve them in a taco holder. If you don’t have one, bend aluminum foil into a taco holder shape and use that instead. Adding avocado cubes to the tacos gives them a fresh and creamy texture.

On Nutrition: What to do with leftovers

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I am aware that some people, for one reason or another, do not eat leftovers. That would not be our household, even before these days of high food prices.

Colon: Suicide rates among our communities

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While we are concluding September’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month for 2022, the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin Counties is continually working to prevent suicide. The Board funds many local resources and initiatives for suicide prevention.

Prostate cancer: screening and treatment

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Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. While many prostate cancers grow slowly and remain localized, other types are aggressive and spread quickly. That’s why Dr. Carlos Vargas, a Mayo Clinic radiation oncologist encourages regular screening. He says the goal of screening is to detect prostate cancer early, when it’s still confined to the prostate gland and has the best chance for successful treatment.

Featured events coming up in the Lima region

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Manhattan Shorts Film Festival

Bluffton Fall Festival returns after two-year pause

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BLUFFTON — The days are becoming noticeably shorter. The leaves are showing signs of fall colors and football is in full swing.