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Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of APPLAUSE. Recently we had a minor emergency at a park in the city. My daughter broke her arm and we needed some help to get her to the ER. Fortunately, a few adults were on hand. ...

Back to square one

Sometimes, when going about the daily bustle, it can be easy to forget what’s really important. We get lost in the weeds, can’t see the forest for the trees, or any of a hundred other phrases that have been coined to say the same thing. In those times, it can be helpful to recenter and ...

Dear Annie: A family divided

Dear Annie: My wife, “Jill,” and I have been married for seven years, together for nine. When we first met, my wife’s daughter, husband and children lived with her, and I lived in another city with my two sons who are mentally challenged. We dated for two years and finally married on ...

Kovel’s Antiques: Butter prints can be difficult to identify

It isn’t easy to recognize some wood pieces with deeply carved designs. Unlike today’s familiar decorating stamping tools, it wasn’t pressed into ink and used to print on fabric or paper; it is a butter print. Nineteenth-century farm families made their own butter, shaped it in molds, ...

Not getting what I give

Dear Annie: I’ve always been the one who puts everyone first. I always do my best to make sure that when it’s my kids’ or husband’s birthday, I decorate the living room and dining room for them. I spend months searching for that special gift, finding that thing that they didn’t know ...

Many meds in combination make a complicated BP treatment

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 77-year-old male. I’m 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weigh 145 pounds, with difficult-to-control high blood pressure. For many years I had a blood pressure reading around 140/80 with no medicines. Last year I had a very severe headache, and I thought it might be a ...