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CLINTON — Tom Tegeler and Sandy Tegeler were top Clinton Duplicate Bridge Club winners recently at Bickford Cottage. Mary Duhr and Phyllis Morris were second; Georgia Parks and Norma McDonnell, third; John Mulholland and Judy Doughty, fourth; James Carey and John Carlin, fifth; Carol Hill an…

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MORRISON, Ill. — The Morrison Musical Theater Association is celebrating Christmas in July (almost) with some tunes from the past in this summer’s production of "The 1940’s Radio Hour."

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  • By MARY ESCH Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — How much is that maltipoo in the window? It could end up costing twice what it says on the price tag if the buyer is enticed into signing a pet leasing contract.

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MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Timber Lake Playhouse will open the 2018 Concert Series on May 25 with "Reba...And Friends." From “Fancy” to “Is There Life Out There,” Reba McEntire is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She began her career in the music industry as a high sc…

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  • By DEAN FOSDICK Associated Press

Food safety often is cited as the primary reason why people grow their own edibles, but that's frequently an illusion. Food-borne illnesses are almost as likely to be caused by homegrown produce as by fresh foods acquired elsewhere.

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  • By David and Kay Scott CNHI Travel Writers

Giant sequoias, spectacular waterfalls, alpine tundra, plus arguably the world’s most beautiful valley combine to make California’s Yosemite National Park one of our country’s most popular vacation destinations.

WALCOTT — The American/Schleswig-Holstein Heritage Society quarterly meeting will be 1:30 p.m. May 20 at the Walcott American Legion, 121 W. Bryant St., Walcott.

CLINTON — Mercy Medical Center will offer a new session of the community health education program designed to improve overall health and wellness.

CLINTON — The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a set of two free educational programs for the general public in Mercy North Hospital’s Conference Room A, 1410 N. Fourth St., on May 15 and May 22.

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  • By KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press

One of the amazing things about Italian food (besides it being, you know, Italian food) is that the best dishes are often so completely, refreshingly simple. Like, four-ingredients simple. (No, we don’t count olive oil and salt. Or water. Or air.)

  • By Sarah Saionz Hy-Vee registered dietitian

When shopping for breakfast items pancake mix, frozen waffles, granola — not all products are created equal. If you or your family are trying to eat a little better, here’s a few things to look for on the label.

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  • By David and Kay Scott CNHI Travel Writers

Are you wasting away your retirement years playing solitaire and watching TV game shows? Perhaps spending several hours a day loafing with other retirees while talking about old times and how America’s youths are circling the drain?

  • By KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press

A rolled chicken breast may look la-di-da fancy, but it’s really super-easy to pull off with a tiny bit of patience. And this particular version rewards you with bacon and melted cheese.

CLINTON — Tri-S Women’s Club met at McKinley Street Taverne on April 4. Norma McDonnell was the hostess. A program about the history of Springdale Cemetery was given by Jan Hansen, Clinton County Historical Society. Jan also answered member questions about the known history of the Spirituali…

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  • By SARA MOULTON Associated Press

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's defeat of the French army in a battle on that date — May 5 — in 1862. The holiday also happens to coincide with the start of the season for fresh tomatillos. Green Pozole with Chicken, a traditional, stew-y Mexican soup — based on a tomatillo sal…

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  • By SARA MOULTON Associated Press

This recipe celebrates one of the first — and sweetest — harbingers of spring: local strawberries. Sure, the supermarket offers strawberries all year 'round, but the gems that are grown locally and show up in season boast way more flavor than their cousins from the other side of the world. W…

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  • By KRISTEN DE GROOT Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Museum of the American Revolution is a year old this month and officials say it has landed a decisive victory in capturing tourists' attention in a city with lots of revolutionary competition.

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  • By Kay and David Scott CNHI Travel Writers

During a mid-March road trip through central Florida, we stopped in Lakeland for a visit to Florida Southern College.

MORRISON, Ill. — As part of the Lifelong Learning Series, the Friends of Odell Public Library will present John Park, dietitian at CGH, on April 16.

  • By SARA MOULTON Associated Press

Spaghetti squash is a large round squash that forms spaghettilike strands when it’s cooked. Its texture is crisp, its taste is mild, and it can indeed replace spaghetti in the recipe of your choice. This is especially good news if you’re searching for an alternative to pasta, either because …

FULTON, Ill. — The Volunteer Educators at the Windmill Cultural Center in Fulton are inviting the public to attend the next program of the season.

CLINTON — Wild Rose Casino & Resort announces Rock Pig and Shyster will perform a reunion concert in the Oakwood Grand Ballroom on May 26. Performance time is scheduled for 8 p.m. to midnight.

  • Gabi Redford Kaiser Health News

Nancy Delano, 80, of Denver has no plans to slow down anytime soon. She still drives to movies, plays and dinners out with friends. A retired elder care nurse who lives alone, she also knows that “when you reach a certain age, emergencies can happen fast.” So, when her son, Tom Rogers, talke…

  • Liz weston NerdWallet

If you want money advice you can trust, your best bet is to hire a fee-only financial planner. The trick is finding a planner who’s willing to be hired for a reasonable fee.

CLINTON — In 1960, a group of mothers got together over coffee and decided there were not enough opportunities for their children who were developmentally and physically challenged.

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  • By SARA MOULTON Associated Press

With spring — and Easter — upon us, I offer a dish guaranteed to spruce up a seasonal brunch. It may look complicated, but it really couldn’t be simpler. The only hump to get over is fear of phyllo (also spelled filo), a pastry dough that originated in Turkey and that’s popular today in Turk…

  • By SARA MOULTON Associated Press

Here’s a salad fit to join the lineup for your fanciest dinner or holiday meal. Each of the ingredients brings its own unique taste and texture to the mix, but the standout is the praline. A hard candy typically consisting of sugar and nuts, praline was invented in the 17th century by the Fr…

  • By KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press

No matter how many dazzling things we have the good fortune to eat in our lives, we often remember the simplest meals with as much power and affection as the fanciest. A humble, pureed vegetable soup is among those particular pleasures. Also, Proustian prose aside, if you’re feeling lazy, yo…

  • By SARA MOULTON Associated Press

With spring just down the road, you’ve likely already figured out the main dish for the feast accompanying whichever of the two big seasonal holidays — Easter or Passover — you celebrate. Leg of lamb and glazed ham are Easter favorites. Braised brisket or roast chicken land on many Passover …

  • By LIZ WESTON NerdWallet

Medicare provides basic health care to one out of six Americans, most of them 65 and older. Even people decades away from retirement, though, should be concerned about Congress meddling with the program.

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MAQUOKETA — The Magic of David Casas will be presented Friday, March 16, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa.

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  • By LESLIE RENKEN (Peoria) Journal Star

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Crocheting a pair of tiny red hats offered Annessa Wilcoxon a chance to bring attention to an issue that's as close as her 12-year-old daughter's heart.

CLINTON — Pastor Mark S. Luepke has accepted the call to serve Zion Lutheran Church and began his work there Feb. 7. His first services were Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14.

CAMANCHE — RE/MAX Elite cc announces that Realtor Joy Jensen has joined the real estate franchise. Jensen holds real estate licenses in both Iowa and Illinois and previously worked at another real estate agency.

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