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Robert Shramek has watched Lincoln County Fire Protection District 1 grow from the moment full-time firefighters were hired in 1999, when he was the fourth person added.

If you’ve ever worked in an office, you’ve probably heard the word “ergonomic” tossed around a time or two.  It simply means that something is designed to prevent injuries, such as carpel tunnel, scoliosis and other posture-related ailments. These specially designed tools give a greater rang…

“Ballroom dancing” conjures images of extravagant gowns and jewel encrusted tiaras reminiscent of 15th century Europe.  While this was a sport for Europe’s elite aristocrats, it’s since become a favorite American pastime.  

Nutrition is important for all ages, including older adults.  It is well established that a healthy, balanced diet reduces the risk of health problems and hospitalizations.  But changes take place as we age that can make it difficult to make smart food choices. 

Meeting new people, nurturing a personal interest and supplementing your income are just a few of the reasons a part-time job could be a nice addition to your daily lifestyle.  Of course, different jobs require different physical and intellectual skill sets.  So think about what you’re looki…

The brain is a complex organ responsible for controlling many different bodily functions. When working at optimal capacity, the brain is a wonder to behold. When illness or trauma affects the brain, various parts of the body may not work as they should.

If you’ve been to New York City, you’ve probably seen the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Statue of Liberty, the Staten Island Ferry and the Grand Central Terminal.  But there are new additions and some overlooked oldies you should visit while you’re there!

Medication management is an important issue for seniors and their families. Failure to properly manage medications can threaten the lives of seniors, highlighting the emphasis families must place on ensuring seniors take their medications in strict adherence to their physicians’ instructions.

Writing is a relaxing activity that stimulates the mind and helps prevent memory loss.  It’s also a great way to document and preserve your lineage.  If you don’t have a computer or just prefer to write by hand, purchase a large, durable journal or tape recorder.  Try to write at least once …

This quote embodies the message of cognitive-behavioral therapy.  While the name is a bit of a mouthful, the concept is simple.  

Just because spring and summer are over doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! Here are some great outdoor activities to keep you and the family active this fall:

Retirement comes at different ages for everyone. For some, it’s planned and anticipated years in advance. For others, it comes on suddenly due to changes in the workplace. In any event, the likelihood that one partner in a relationship will retire before the other is a very real one. Being c…

So far, the articles in this week’s cancer awareness section have focused on individuals in the Elsberry area who are currently struggling with cancer, or who have recently beaten it.

Tiffani Rockwell-Fomera was used to seizures, as she had suffered greatly from them until she was in the fifth grade, so the episode that she experienced on August 8, 2018 while getting ready to leave for work was at first nothing new.

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Digging your hands into fresh, rich soil as you transplant seedlings you started yourself is an exciting experience.  “Some people say that gardening is back-breaking,” says Master Gardener Jane Hirling.  “It does take stamina to achieve the results you are looking for, but it can also be an…

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If you’re the caregiver of a chronically ill loved one, research indicates your quality of life is worse than your partner’s. That’s no surprise to the millions of Americans who find themselves thrown into a role for which they were unprepared for. But there are things you can do to ease str…

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Freezers are often unsung heroes of kitchens. Too often foods enter a freezer only to be forgotten before being exhumed from blocks of ice and discarded months later. But putting the freezer to better use can improve the way people eat and add to the flavor of the foods they enjoy.