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2012 NICHE SURVEY: What we learn from our annual survey
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DAVID ARKIN: Holland Sentinel's 1A app teaser effective
FALL BOOMERS: DIY tips on refinishing furniture, Canadian travel ideas and recipes to make a weekday morning breakfast for two special.
9/11 ANNIVERSARY SECTION: An eight-page section, callouts, house ads and more
BUCKET LIST CALLOUT: What's on readers' "bucket lists"?
BACK TO SCHOOL PAGE: Clothing trends
BACK TO SCHOOL TAB: Tips for kids heading to elementary school through college
LITTLE LEAGUE PHOTOS CALLOUT
HOME HELP: Backyard entertaining -- weekly Home Help with items on backyard entertaining tips, creating a garden oasis, new green standards for LEGO and more. By GHNS
OUTDOOR KITCHENS: How big of an investment is an outdoor kitchen? - Like any major upgrade, an outdoor kitchen could be a simple affair that costs a couple grand or it could easily run into six figures. When deciding how much to invest in an outdoor kitchen, consider how you will use the space and how often it will be used, and how long you plan to live at your current location. Each of these factors will help determine the size and scope of your project. Here are some of the more specific factors to consider when budgeting for a new outdoor kitchen. By Steve Graham, Hometalk.com.
LOST IN SUBURBIA: Survival of the fishest - Anyone who has ever read one of my columns knows that we have a problem in our house keeping fish alive. Having gone through one Vladamir, two Luigis, a Jacques, a Wolfgang, Morgan Stanley, Curly, Moe, and about 10 goldfish named Larry, I had come to the sad conclusion that for some reason, we did not have an environment that was hospitable to fish. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS columnist.
THE BEER NUT: After an Epic (Brewing Co.) beer - Like many stateside beer fans, I discovered New Zealand's Epic Brewing Company through the "Brew Masters" television show. By Norman Miller, MetroWest, Mass.
TRADING POST: Fresh Fruit Pizza and Fruit Salsa -- A fruit pizza is a tasty way to showcase summer fruits. This version is from Beverly Bordner of Bartonville, Ill. Kathryn Rem/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)
DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Hospitals are changing with the times -- Hospitals aren't what they use to be. Today, they are much more user-friendly. They are vying for your patronage. Hospitals are big businesses, and most of them are run like one. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
DR. JEFF HERSH: Bedwetting issue is quite common -- Q: My 8-year-old son is still wetting the bed at night every now and then. Should he see a specialist? MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
MEDITATION: How can mindfulness improve your health? -- A Harvard study on the effects of meditation on blood pressure showed that meditating for 20 minutes twice a day lowered blood pressure in a test group. Other studies have shown that meditation can be used to reduce physical and emotional symptoms related to stress. Bridget Rolens/ Be Healthy Springfield (Ill.)
SOLDIER DONATES ORGANS: Soldier's organ donation leads to mom's lasting friendships -- Christine Smith’s son, the late Specialist Jack Gallaher, died in a shooting accident four years ago while serving in the Army at Fort Lewis, Wash. But for Christine, her son lives on in Steve Charest. Chris Wetterich/ State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.)
SUDOKU: Sudoku puzzles 1128-1162 (August puzzles) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include watching "Captain America: The First Avenger," celebrating Hot Enough For Ya Day, watching the Tour de France and more.
* Localization tip: Swap out any of these items for any big local events, and list any “cool” spots for Hot Enough For Ya Day.
BRITT CARTOON: Brutal heat wave. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.
EDITORIAL: Balanced budget amendment just another gimmick - One of the despicable things about politics is when lawmakers do stuff just for show, usually to pander to some perceived political base, with no real intention of anything coming of it. That pretty much sums up the U.S. House of Representatives' effort to try to get a balanced budget amendment added to the U.S. Constitution. By Peoria, Ill.
BENJAMIN WACHS: Untie school funding, jobs, from test scores - High-stakes standardized testing isn’t the cure, it’s the disease. It drives everything that can’t be graded by machine out of the classroom. By Benjamin Wachs, Messenger Post, N.Y.
DAVE RAMSEY: Adopted teen needs love, not items - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on adoption; what’s better to pay off, college or the house; and pre-nups. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS columnist.
MAKING CENTS: Don't forget to review your beneficiaries - Choosing a beneficiary is another one of those things that you frequently forget about until there is a problem. Unfortunately, if you have a problem, it may be too late to change the beneficiary to help you. By John P. Napolitano, The Patriot Ledger.
CHECKOUT LANE: Know the square footage of your room before buying an air conditioner - This year's cool start to the summer had at least one positive side effect for consumers: Air conditioners are widely available in local appliance stores. Taylor Plott, a salesman at Hancock TV and Appliance in Quincy, Mass., said plenty of models are still in stock. By Alex Spanko, The Patriot Ledger.
* Localization tips: Add local stocking info and add or swap out quotes and tips from local AC experts.
WORLD CUP COLUMN: Further Review: World Cup final lives up to the hype - The Women’s World Cup final did not disappoint. Sunday’s nailbiter went down to a 3-1 decision on penalty kicks after the United States allowed Japan to rally twice in a 2-2 tie. By Michael Tortorich, Gonzales, La.
National budget 7.20.11
GateHouse News Service National Budget