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The ladies of the Happy Bookers book discussion club gather around a table at The Coffee House in Greenville the first Tuesday of each month. Each member takes a turn informally leading the discussion. (Courtesy photos)

S.H.E.: Local club makes winter months more enjoyable with table talk on books

The Happy Bookers were meeting at the popular coffee bean hub in Greenville to discuss “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry,” by Gabrielle Zevin. Gathering together one Tuesday every month (except January), the women catch up on each other’s lives over hot coffee and tea. During this informal get-together, a different woman oversees the discussion each meeting.

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S.H.E.: Holidays mean budget crunch on beauty luxuries

With Christmas shopping heating up, you have to tighten up the budget for things like getting your nails and hair done or for that massage you always like to spoil yourself with every now and then. So with budget control in mind, it is now time to look for do-it-yourself beauty needs.

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S.H.E.: Facing the first of many ‘lasts’

As this month comes to a close, I face another “last” moment. Watching the last high school football game in which my son, Alec, who is a senior, will play.

A firefighter sprays a stream of water on a roof fire at a home on Derby Lake. The fire is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Lightning strike sparks Derby Lake house fire; 2 firefighters injured

It started with a loud boom and then a plume of smoke drifting out over Derby Lake. According to neighbors, it was the loudest lightning strike they had ever heard and it was enough to spark flames on the roof of a home occupied by Woody and Mary Ely, an elderly couple who were sitting down having breakfast Monday morning when the strike hit.

Vestaburg’s Luverne Dickinson Adamson with her 160-pound Great Pyrenees, Zeus, on one of their many walks.

Vestaburg woman gets new lease on life, control of diabetes with CHIP program

Not long ago, Luverne Dickinson Adamson, 59, of Vestaburg, began her day with a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, fried potatoes, toast with butter and coffee with creamer and artificial sweetener. She enjoyed traditional American foods — cheeseburgers, fries, coney dogs with all the fixings, and onion rings — and frequently ate out on weekends. Dinner often included salad soaked in creamy ranch dressing, steak or a chicken fillet, a hot vegetable and a baked potato smothered in butter and sour cream.

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Video: 4-for-20: Chicken stir-fry

4-20 Season 2 episode 1 from Michael Bee on Vimeo. Nothing is easier than making a chicken stir-fry my way. First, gather the money from the roomies and run to the store and buy your chicken, stir-fry vegetable mix, green onion, rice and stir-fry sauce. I got all my stuff for under $20. Read the [...]

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HEALTH and WELLNESS: Taking preventative measures one bite at a time

There are a multitude of cancer diagnoses everyday. Various forms can be linked genetically, others are caused by environmental factors and some are due to certain behaviors and habits. United Lifestyles registered dietitian Renee DeFrang uses her expertise to both work with cancer patients and others who are looking to improve their quality of life and prevent certain illnesses.

Emma Fowler, 12, of Greenville, holds up necklaces of beads, which each bead represented a feat in her recovery of Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

HEALTH and WELLNESS: Cancer — Stories of survival

The sound of glass breaking somewhere downstairs when you’re tucked safely into a 3 a.m. bed; the low growl of an unseen dog on a dark summer’s night; unexpected knocking from beneath your car’s hood when you’re miles from home. All these qualify as scary noises. But the scariest noise of all, the one most people fear above all else, may be summed up in three words: “You have cancer.”

Organizers of the Mom Prom and owners of Tiny Toes Boutique in Stanton are Jesica Scott, at left, and Milessa Scott.

S.H.E.: April 28 Mom Prom raises money to help juvenile diabetes

Ladies from the area are getting together and donning their prom, bridesmaid and wedding duds to raise money for a great cause.
The inaugural Mom Prom is from 8 p.m. to midnight at The Brickyard Bar & Grill in Stanton Saturday, April 28. The event benefits juvenile diabetes.

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S.H.E.: Do American parents ‘care’ too much?

I recently read the book, “Bringing up Bèbè,” by Pamela Druckerman. The book is the latest in the genre of multicultural parenting. This seems to be the answer to everyone’s parenting problems: Find a culture, glean the good and move on to the next part of the world.