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Roadside Memorial Grows In Homeowner’s Front Yard

DEAR ABBY: I need some help. A terrible car accident happened in front of my house a few months ago that resulted in the death of a husband and father. The family comes out every Sunday to place flowers at the accident site, which is my front yard. At first, I had no problem with them ...

So Good, It’s a Scam!

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about fake online companies. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: Well, I’ve learned my lesson! I love a particular product line of handbags and came across an online company that I thought was an ‘outlet’ for these designer bags. The website was identical ...

Library Heading On Road

The Ohio County Public Library’s popular Lunch With Books series has expanded beyond the traditional speaking format into lively multimedia presentations. Lunch with Books it taking one such program “on the road,” actually just down the street, specifically to West Virginia Independence ...

Marbles Still Attract Children and Collectors

As I put my little grandson’s winter coat on him the other day, I checked his pocket and discovered two marbles, one big (shooter size) and the other smaller. Both looked like vintage cat’s eye models. It seems marbles remain treasured by little boys today. And why not! These pretty ...

Lynch Syndrome Could Link Family Cancer

DEAR DR. ROACH: On my mother’s side of the family, all four sisters out of seven children were diagnosed with cancer and have died from the disease. Their ages at the time they passed ranged between 60 and 70, and the type of cancer was different for each of them (lung, gallbladder, uterus ...

Blind Date Begins Love Story That Has Lasted for 55 Years

DEAR ABBY: I met my lady on a blind date many years ago. When I knocked on the door, it opened and this beautiful girl was standing there. Thinking I could never be so lucky, I asked, “Is your sister home?” No. She was my date. We dated for a few months, fell in love and got married. We ...

Niece Suspects Elderly Aunt Is Being Isolated By Her Son

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have an elderly (90-plus) aunt who lives with her son in a town about four hours away. She corresponds by letter with us regularly, and we always write back. However, it has become apparent that she’s not receiving our letters because she doesn’t make any ...

Kidney Function Expected to Wane With Age

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 75-year-old male, 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing 123 pounds with a blood pressure of 110/60. The only known ailment I have is hypothyroidism, which is being treated. I recently began seeing a new primary care physician who ordered a series of bloodwork. The bloodwork ...

The Size Of the Pie

Dear Heloise: Could you explain how PIE PLATES ARE MEASURED? I have some 9-inch pie plates, but they are definitely different sizes. Some have deeply angled sides, and some are not so steep. There’s a difference in depth, too. — Mary Ann A., Omaha, Neb. Mary Ann, a pie plate should be ...

Mom Fears Teenage Dating Drama Will Lead to Principal’s Office

DEAR ABBY: I’ve got a new one for you. My beautiful 16-year-old daughter was interested in a boy her age from school. He was interested in her, too. He told her he wanted to date her, but that he is “polyamorous” and would be dating many girls simultaneously. She told him he’s too young ...

Is a Home DNA Test Legit?

Dear Heloise: What about these HOME DNA TESTS I see advertised? Can they really tell me about my ancestors and health risks I may incur? — Carol in Montana Carol, once you supply a saliva sample, these kits purport to identify where your family originated from (your ancestry) and what ...

Brother’s Hair-Trigger Temper Makes Get-Togethers Tense

DEAR ABBY: A year ago, my brother “Leon” had a nervous breakdown at work due to a co-worker constantly harassing him. He’s currently under the care of a therapist through his workplace and has not worked for a year. Recently, at a family get-together, I asked him a question about his ...

Mise Seeks Award

Wheeling native Justin Mise is among the artists and bands vying for a nomination in the 18th annual Independent Music Awards. He described the awards program as an “influential platform for established and emerging artists from around the globe.” It includes more than 100 album, extended ...

Spinal Cord Stimulator May be Option for Severe Back Pain

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 83-year-old African American female who is contemplating having a neurostimulator implanted in my back. I am a noninsulin diabetic, and my last A1C was 6.7. I had a laminectomy with fusion 15 years ago. I have researched the procedure and found many cons as opposed to ...

Teen in Sketchy Situation Resists Efforts to Help Her

DEAR ABBY: My 15-year-old granddaughter has lived for the past several years in an environment with adults who have done drugs, can’t or won’t keep a job and are in and out of jail. I want her to have a better life, and I try to explain what a responsible adult life looks like. But when I ...

Influenza and Influenza-like Illness Manners

Every influenza (flu) season is predictably unpredictable, with the current one a prime example, thanks to an unexpected virus strain becoming predominate early on in this flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the influenza B strain is currently the most ...

Shower Guest Questions Need For Giving Bride A Second Gift

DEAR ABBY: My niece on my husband’s side was engaged to be married two years ago. There was a bridal shower, and everyone gave gifts or gift cards. Two weeks after the shower, the wedding was canceled because of the groom-to-be’s infidelities. The shower gifts and gift cards were never ...

Lengthy Battle With Cellulitis Deserves Another Look

DEAR DR ROACH: I am having a serious, lengthy battle with cellulitis on my lower leg. For nearly three months, nothing any doctor has recommended or prescribed has worked. The inflammation and skin discoloration have not abated even with three days of intravenous injections of antibiotics and ...

Pies and Peels

Dear Heloise: To prevent a filled pie from BUBBLING OVER onto the oven, just roll out the bottom crust a little larger than the pie plate. Pour in the desired filling mixture. Now bring the edge up over the filling/mixture, but only the edges. It’s not as pretty as the crimped edge, but hey, ...

Man Facing Second Divorce Mulls Reunion With First Wife

DEAR ABBY: I was married to a wonderful, beautiful woman when we were much younger. We got married because of an unplanned pregnancy. After some years, we both had grown in different directions, and we divorced. We remained friends even after I remarried. I’m now in the early stages of my ...