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With age comes practicality

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses how his perspective on St. Patrick's Day has changed since college.

Creaky floors warned that someone was coming

Columnist Laura Moore discusses a house she used to live in and her love for it.

‘Once’ is like nothing you’ve seen before

Writer Scott Daniels gives a review of "Once," the musical, which will come to the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center.

Reader encourages cancer screening

In this letter to the editor Pam Manges discusses cancer and early detection through getting tested.

Baseball only needs to appeal to baseball fans

Columnist Bryan Schaaf shares his view on changing rules in sports to try to appeal to more viewers.

Keeping a house happy is worth whatever effort required

Columnist Laura Moore discusses her belief in doing whatever is necessary to keep a house happy.

We will go far with a little imagination

Columnist Kyle Snyder discusses his love for imagination and his belief in using one's imagination in everyday life.

Parents of millennials: You did this

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses millennials and where he believes they learned certain behaviors.

Skunk lore and remedies are everywhere

Columnist Laura Moore discusses some concerns about skunks and some skunk stories.

Winter offers up naked trees and maple syrup

Columnist Herb Broda discusses maple syrup and observing trees in the winter months.

Only folks with dogs will understand our dilemma

Columnist Laura Moore discusses her dogs and their vigilant desire to protect the home.

Our hardships encourage others not to give up

Columnist Kyle Snyder discusses his belief for why God allows certain things to happen.

We prefer lilacs to skunks as a harbinger of spring

Columnist Laura Moore discusses an unwanted guest that has invaded her backyard.

A year considered by many as the greatest in sports: But was it real?

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses his skepticism at the dramatic finishes to all the major sporting events of this last year.

The new kitchens and baths are too large

Columnist Laura Moore discusses her view on large kitchens and bathrooms.

Given that we’re in the winter months in Ohio, you should expect snow

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses snow in Ohio and people's reactions to how the city tends to the snow-covered roads.

Our house gets dusted when we can write our names on flat surfaces

Columnist Laura Moore discusses her ongoing battle with dust in her home.

It is time to listen and learn from each other

Columnist Kyle Snyder discusses his belief in less talking and more listening.

We’re not smart enough for a smart thermostat

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the thermostat battles that go on in her home.

If you don’t like the result, then get better next time

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses his view on the recent protests and demonstrations.

Somehow I feel cheated by what adulthood turned out to be

Columnist Scott Daniels recalls a restaurant from his past and discusses how his expectations of adulthood have been betrayed.

Reader opposes donation

In this letter to the editor Dennis Lipp disagrees with a church's support of Planned Parenthood.

The winter silence can be calming

Columnist Herb Broda discusses quiet time spent outside in the winter.

Snow is like a fancy hat for our house

Columnist Laura Moore discusses her view on how snow decorates a house.

My December impulse purchase is staring me down in January

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses ways to use leftover candy canes after the holidays.

Let’s be honest about working out

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses his view on working out.

A nervous abode will need attention

Columnist Laura Moore discusses wiring and electrical work in homes.

Spicy shrimp from a modified copycat recipe

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses copycat recipes and an attempt he made at a copycat shrimp recipe.

Broadway's '42nd Street' sets up at the Performing Arts Center

Freelance writer and columnist Scott Daniels gives a review of "42nd Street," which is coming to the Kent State University Performing Arts Center in New Philadelphia.

Let’s turn our New Year’s resolutions into New Year’s commitments

Columnist Kyle Snyder discusses New Year's resolutions and his perspective on commitment.

Being stuck at home — with nowhere to be, and nothing looming in the near future — was something strangely new

Columnist Bryan Schaaf shares how a series of illness in the family turned into a blessing.

Every winter our house has the same request: She wants a fireplace

Columnist Laura Moore discusses her desire to have a fireplace in her home.

The spirit of Christmas should happen every day

Columnist Kyle Snyder discusses his belief that Christmas should happen every day by people helping others.

Any warm-blooded creature that approaches is welcome

Columnist Laura Moore discusses what creatures are welcome in and around her home and what creatures are not.

2016 was the year we lost our collective minds

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses his view on 2016 and his hope for 2017.

The millennials have put their culinary foot down on tradition

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses the tradition of pork and sauerkraut on New Year's.

Make a resolution for the planet

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses astronauts and how their view of our planet from space affected their beliefs.

Christmas brings back fond memories

Columnist Kyle Snyder shares some of his favorite Christmas memories.

My dream is a dedicated guest room with actual room for a guest

Columnist Laura Moore discusses her desire to have a dedicated guest room in her home.

For me and many like me, it’s about what we’re not doing

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses the benefits of Christmas break for both teachers and parents.

Winter is no reason to stay indoors

Columnist Herb Broda discusses outdoor activities that are available in the winter.

Cookies are still a Christmas tradition in my family

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses a family tradition of making cookies.

Christmas is the time to honor Christ

Columnist Kyle Snyder discusses the meaning of Christmas.

Houses love to get dressed up for a party

Columnist Laura Moore discusses house parties.

Don’t make Christmas a shopping frenzy

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses her belief on materialism and Christmas.

Fruitcakes: The stuff of legends

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses fruit cake and plumb pudding.

My plans for the shed include plumbing, lighting and a trellis

Columnist Laura Moore discusses her plans with the shed.

I lost sight of the caveat about being careful

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses safety in the kitchen.

Helping another this Christmas season

Columnist Kyle Snyder discusses giving during the Christmas season.

This is the season to listen

Columnist Kyle Snyder discusses his view on listening and caring during the Christmas season.

Your house will survive if you don’t dust

Columnist Laura Moore discusses her view on dusting.

Tradition is part of what makes this time of year special

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses Christmas music and the traditions of the season.

Sugar is wreaking havoc on our health

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses sugar and its effects on health.

A raw oyster is an absolute culinary delight

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses ways to prepare and eat oysters.

Just because we feel defeated, doesn’t mean we are

Columnist Kyle Synder discusses his desire to be a writer and his belief in perseverance in times of defeat.

Not all recipes should include peanuts

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his thoughts on peanuts in recipes.

Stopping the spread of false information is certainly a good start

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses false information and the purpose of news media.

Our house is demanding and wants that open space kept tidy

Columnist Laura Moore discusses open plans in homes and their downside.

Outdoor gifts send a message you value outdoor experiences

Columnist Herb Broda discusses various items to get children for outdoor activities.

Cotton replaced hemp in the world of fiber by chemical giant Dupont

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses cotton, organic cotton and hemp.

Be on guard against a lack of gratitude for everyday gifts

Columnist Scott Daniels speaks about being thankful for everyday things.

Why are you still wearing a mask?

Columnist Kyle Snyder discusses his belief in being open with those close to us rather than wearing a mask.

NaNoWriMo coverage welcomed by local writer

In this letter to the editor a local writer expresses his gratitude to the Bargain Hunter for its recent NaNoWriMo article.

Fall must be celebrated with porch pumpkins

Columnist Laura Moore discusses a situation at her home with her fall pumpkin decoration.

The older you are, the more perspective you get

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses the presidential election.

Real Irish coffee is the perfect after-dinner dessert

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses Irish coffee as a dessert.

If it’s larger than you, do what it wants

Columnist Laura Moore discusses a dilemma with large recycling bins

Stand up to fracking in the Wayne National Forest

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses her view on fracking and the upcoming auction of land in Wayne National Forest.

A steak for 6 isn’t meant for 1 person

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses ways to eat steak while being practical and not spending too much.

We’re happy our house likes coexisting with nature’s creatures

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the various creatures that coexist with her home.

Vienna cuisine takes cues from hearty German fare

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses Vienna cuisine and shares a recipe.

The top five aerobically fit countries might surprise you

Columnist Herb Broda discusses possible problems with not going outside and pumpkins in October.

Getting the house ready for winter

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the work around the home that fall brings and preparation for the winter.

Seriously? Regular season football over playoff baseball?

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses his anger at ESPN for covering regular season football over the Indian's victory in playoff baseball.

Not every house wants pets

Columnist Laura Moore discusses pets in the home.

Without integrity nothing else matters

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses integrity and the upcoming presidential election.

Support improvement levy

In this letter to the editor Rob Delane asks residents of the Wayne County Joint Vocational School District to approve a permanent improvement levy.

House laps help keep the inside of homes clean

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the benefits of having a deck or porch.

Remembering the Mountain Keeper

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses an anti-mountain top mining activist that influenced her.

Winter cheese? What is winter cheese?

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses winter cheese, which came to his attention during a reunion.

Palliative care offers support for families

In this letter to the editor Pam Manges discusses a bill pending in Congress concerning palliative care.

Paint or paper: Choices that often lead to work

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the choice of paint or paper for home walls.

I love what the Cleveland Indians are doing

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses the Cleveland Indians making the playoffs.

Goldenrod is a dazzling introduction to autumn

Columnist Herb Broda discusses goldenrod and some natural playgrounds.

Our house was somewhere between melancholy and angry when we moved in

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the reactions an angry house will give its owners.

Winning with a conscience should always be present

Columnist Bryan Schaaf talks about how there is a right way to win and a wrong way to win.

But this summer, despite my best efforts, it finally happened

Columnist Bryan Schaaf talks about his son's choice to play football.

Backyard critters bring excitement to homes

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the various critters that dwell around her home.

Unclad windows are acceptable as long as they overlook something interesting

Columnist Laura Moore discusses various details about windows on houses.

I don’t think his methods were appropriate, but he got us talking

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses the recent decision of Colin Kaepernick to not stand for the national anthem.

Front porches are a good way to get to know your neighbors

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the positive things front porches bring to homes and communities.

Resident supports Jim Renacci

In this letter to the editor Derek Ballinger of Wooster expresses his support of congressman Jim Renacci.

If you want to find out what a person is truly like, observe how they behave in parking lots

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses how to observe a person's parking lot behavior to judge character.

A New England haunting

Columnist Laura Moore discusses a haunted landing in a house owned by some friends.

There’s still a segment of Bambi-on-Ice drivers out there, but that’s to be expected

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses the roundabout that was constructed for Wooster's traffic.

House lights are meant to turn on and off

Columnist Laura Moore discusses a house with a strange lighting problem.

Unstructured outdoor play relieves stress

Columnist Herb Broda discusses the various reasons to provide children with unstructured outdoor play.

Alex Rodriguez is a really unlikable guy

Columnist Brian Schaaf discusses his reasoning for why he believes Alex Rodriguez will not make the Hall of Fame.

Dust wars: An exercise in futility

Columnist Laura Moore discusses dust in her house and her hope for an automatic duster.

Houseomaniacs can’t just stop with one house

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the jealous reaction of houses that find out about their owners dabbling in multiple properties.

All I do in the month of August is squint, sweat and swear

Columnist Bryan Schaaf expresses his anger at the heat and his desire for August to be over.

Democracy hijacked at DNC

Columnist Randi Pokladnik explains her experience and treatment as a Bernie Sanders' delegate at the Democratic National Convention.

Why climate change should be a number one priority in our lives

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses climate change.

Building trust takes time and effort in any relationship

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the need to build trust with insecure houses by meeting needs.

Garden Tour a success for local organization

In this letter to the editor Eleanor Runyan thanks the community for a successful Holmes County Friends and Neighbors of OneEighty Garden Tour.

Mothing is a great summer activity for families

Columnist Herb Broda discusses how to observe moths, be a citizen scientist and National Moth Week.

The last thing we need right now is for this place to throw a tantrum

Columnist Laura Moore discusses how houses like to hide things such as leaky pipes and how this lack of honesty in houses can be costly.

‘The Dancing Years:’ Only the 2nd fully staged American production

Ellen Pill gives her review of Ohio Light Opera's "The Dancing Years."

Ohio Light Opera’s ‘La Vie Parisienne’ c’est magnifique

Ellen Pill gives her review of Ohio Light Opera's performance of "La Vie Parisienne."

OLO’s ‘Have a Heart’ receives rave reviews

Ellen Pill gives her review of Ohio Light Opera's production, "Have a Heart."

First year of college dulled by fears of sexual assault

In this letter to the editor Sarah Kline discusses her fear of a growing problem in colleges: sexual assault.

Clean floors require a lot of work for we house dwellers

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the hard work behind cleaning floors and the different fads that come and go in household flooring.

I’m not disappointed to pack up the kids and get out of Ohio during RNC

Columnist Bryan Shaaf discusses the Republican National Convention and the protestors that will come against it.

A tree affair can be a costly relationship for houses

Columnist Laura Moore discusses a toxic relationship that her house has developed with a nearby tree.

Nowhere to hide: I looked like someone’s embarrassing uncle

Columnist Scott Daniels confides a serious problem that he has: messy eating.

Why did we buy all this stuff in the first place?

Columnist Randy Pokladnik talks about materialism and the idea of being a minimalist.

Summit set the stage for women’s sports and much more

Columnist Bryan Schaaf talks about Pat Summit, a women's basketball coach who did much more than coach basketball.

House flipping: Resurrecting trash into treasure

Columnist Laura Moore talks about a neglected house that her friend recently resurrected.

Coincidence calls for patriotic shivers

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses some history concerning Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the Fourth of July. He also gives out a recipe connected to his story.

A Grinch heart grows three sizes

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses his view on LeBron James' reaction to Cleveland's championship victory.

Busyness has become the norm

Columnist Herb Broda talks about some local areas that provide outdoor fun for families and the benefits of being outside in nature.

‘Work’ is the only way to describe how honey is made

Columnist Scott Daniels explains the various uses for honey and the importance of preserving the honey bee.

The house of dreams

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the details of her dream house.

I admit I have neglected the garden too much

Columnist Kyle Valentini discusses her experience with gardening this year and her daughter's orchestra concert.

The next resource wars will be over water

Columnist Randi Pokladnik discusses a recent decision on radiation allowed in water.

No legislation is gong to fix pure evil

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses the recent shooting in Orlando and his view on the various responses, both political and social.

The phantom of the attic

Columnist Laura Moore tells about her childhood in a spooky, old house.

Regionally odd name for green peppers apparent to me for the oddity it is

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses a term in vegetables that is common for some in regional areas of Ohio but odd for most.

Time with your kids at home goes quickly: Savor it

Columnist Karen Wilson discusses ways to discipline and structure children during the summer season.

On aging, Ali and an acute sense of awareness

Columnist Mike Dewey discusses a conversation with his wife about aging and the death of Ali.

Yes, you can eat cicadas

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses his recent finding that cicadas can be eaten in many various ways.

And the wall came tumbling down

Columnist Laura Moore discusses a disaster that took place due to the improper use of wall studs.

Be patient, this can’t last forever

Columnist Kyle Valentini discusses her enjoyment of the cicada's emergence.

Let's be real, 4-year-olds are capable of understanding consequences

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses the shooting of the silverback gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo and his opinion about the underlying problem.

Baked apple pancakes from Germany were worth searching for

Columnist Scott Daniels talks about how a movie helped him find the recipe for baked apple pancakes.

My guide for graduates on how to properly jump into the real world

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses advice for graduating seniors on transitioning effectively into life.

British houses and their American cousins are very similar in two ways: both are expensive and both are demanding

Columnist Laura Moore discusses some differences between American homes and British homes.

For one brief month our living room lived the formal, elegant life

Columnist Laura Moore discusses the downside to owning a white couch through her previous experience with one.

The real kings of Cleveland don’t play on a basketball court

Columnist Bryan Schaaf discusses the various food establishments in Cleveland and how he believes they are wrongly in the shadow of Cleveland sports.

The 17-year cicadas are about to emerge

Columnist Herb Broda discusses the coming event of the 17-year cicadas.

By the 1970s, American beer bore little resemblance to its pre-prohibition ancestors

Columnist Scott Daniels discusses how beer quality dropped after Prohibition, but now there is variety in regional craft brews where quality can be found.

Cleaning up an environmental mess after the fact is not sustainable

Columnist Kyle Valentini discusses the damage that mining and other forms of pollution have caused to the watershed. She commends some of the organizations that are helping on these matters but encourages people to stop the damage proactively.

May is for the birds, which is a very good thing

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh shares his thoughts on springtime's returning birds.

Every house can accurately judge its caregiver’s dedication by the state of baseboards

While columnist Laura Moore is in Great Britain, her taller half takes on a baseboard-cleaning project.

Buckle up, friends: The ride’s going to be ugly

Well, we've got about 100 days until America chooses its 45th president, and columnist Mike Dewey has some advice on the best way to survive what promises to be a "disgraceful, disgusting and demeaning excuse for a campaign."

Spring cleaning is possible without all the chemicals

According to columnist Randi Pokladnik, it is great to be clean but not at the expense of your family's health.

Long-range planning isn’t my forte, and if you need proof of such things, just ask my wife or my boss

When I started writing this column about a year and a half ago, getting used to the lag in time from the day it’s written until it’s actually published was something of a struggle.

I have enough guilt in my life without being blamed for the changing climate of a whole planet

A nonstick skillet and large and small sauce pans with lids for less than $30? Columnist Scott Daniels says he really should have known better.

Remembering Mom: Thoughts knowing on the unknowable

Death is a fact of life, as everyone past infancy understands. This week, though, columnist Mike Dewey challenges his loyal readers to make a decision on the inevitable: Would you want to know when and where?

The only way our roof gets any attention is if it is wounded or dying

The way columnist Laura Moore sees it, as long as roofs do their job, they are pretty much ignored.

The real story of Leicester, at least as far as recent history, started 2 seasons ago

If you care at all about athletics and competition, you need to know the story of newly crowned English Premier League champion Leicester City.

With so many people writing and blogging about cooking and recipes I have to wonder

There are plenty of good recipes to be found on the Internet, but columnist Scott Daniels suggests using common sense when deciding whether to try them.

A mother who still watches over me

Bruce Stambaugh writes on his love for his mother and her love for him.

How to replace vital documents that are lost or stolen

While it might seem overwhelming, knowing how to replace vital documents can save you headaches later.

This recent flap involving the face of our $20 bill truly amazes me

Whether it's the Confederate flag, debating using restrooms that match a specific gender or a professional athlete being ridiculed for simply stating his faith, these are incredibly maddening times in which we live according to columnist Bryan Schaaf.

Operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana

What you should know about the ramifications of driving under the influence of marijuana.

For some houses it is too little too late

Columnist Laura Moore tells the tragic tale of a house who resisted modernization.

Country air has its own charm and appeal

The smell of top-dressed fileds in spring reminds columnist Kyle Valentini about growing up on the edge of town where she could smell "country air" a couple times a year.

How to downsize your stuff before a move

How to downsize your belongings for a move into a smaller home.

We have come to this conclusion: Our children want our house

Columnist Laura Moore laments on the trend of adult children moving back in with Mom and Dad.

We often overlook some of the ways trees contribute to quality of life

This month columnist Herb Broda reminds us about the importance of trees and how they help increase the quality of life for people and wildlife.

If it’s green, let it grow and call it grass

Columnist Laura Moore's neighbor lets her taller half in on an age-old secret of perfect lawns.

The man you’d imagine when reading his material is the same man when you meet him in person

Columnist Bryan Schaaf met plenty of professional athletes when he was a sports writer. One person who impressed him wasn't an athlete but rather a fellow journalist.

The man you’d imagine when reading his material is the same man when you meet him in person

Columnist Bryan Schaaf met plenty of professional athletes when he was a sports writer. One person who impressed him wasn't an athlete but rather a fellow journalist.

Ideally lobster should be purchased on the way to the pot

Columnist Scott Daniels shares tips on cooking lobster at home.

When it pays to take Social Security early

Here are some scenarios where it may make sense for you to collect early.

When can a city be sued for personal injury?

Chapter 2744 of the Ohio Revised Code contains the Political Subdivision Tort Liability Act, which governs when a political subdivision or political subdivision employee may be held liable for injuries.

We are all closer than we think

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh writes that most folks have more in common than they think.

Auto insurance discounts for older drivers

Get information on auto insurance discounts for seniors.

Rising to the forefront: submetering

What you should know about submetering in Ohio.

Anger is 1 of the 7 deadlies for a good reason

Though he'd rather be known as a lover, Mike Dewey has a history as a fighter; but it's pretty much a brief and rather regrettable chapter of his life.

Each step down the chain gets more painful to endure

Symbolically, Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl were to Gen Xers what the Beatles, Stones, Timothy Leary, Owlsey Stanley and Ken Kesey were to boomers. They represented a counter culture most of us never knew existed.

Just seeing ‘active shooter’ written makes me want to hug my children

Columnist Bryan Schaaf writes about the troubling increase of active shooter scenarios.

Enjoying my own secret winter garden

Bruce Stambaugh writes on exploring the greenway on Amelia Island in Florida.

Every house should be outfitted with a ‘collecting closet’

Closets are a more recent addition to homes and generally serve as places to store junk.

What you should know about firearms in Ohio

This week Law You Can Use covers laws concerning firearms in Ohio, many of which have changed with the passage of Am. Sub. H.B. 234 more than a year ago.

Important booster shots for seniors

Most people think that vaccinations are just for kids, but adults, especially seniors who tend to have weaker immune systems, need their shots too.

Nuts are a better choice for snacking and come with numerous health benefits

Columnist Scott Daniels says skip the chips and opt for nuts for a healthier snack as you try to shed the weight you put on this winter.

Meet the Eddie-Ettes, the always best part of us all

As spring begins, and, with it, baseball season, Mike Dewey remembers what it was like to play every summer from 1962 to 2000, focusing his attention on a group of fans that was unlike any other.

We just want to sit and watch the flower buds open

Columnist Laura Moore loses motivation to complete her spring cleaning.

Words I would never use, except now, of course

Columnist Bruce Stambaugh utilizes his wide vocabulary.



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