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Dear Readers: Is your dog around other dogs quite a bit? He could be exposed to kennel cough. Highly contagious, kennel cough is a lung disease; your dog will have a terrible “honking” cough, no appetite, a runny nose, no energy and a fever.

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The air temperatures are cool, and the soil is still warm. This allows the roots to grow quickly and become established, and at the same time the cooler air temperatures prevent too much leaf and branch growth. This combination makes a plant become established very quickly in the landscape.

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Dear Annie: My husband and I have become friends with another couple from church. They are very nice, but the wife is extremely controlling. My husband and I don’t feel as if they even know us, because the wife always interrupts and talks at me and in my face. We have tried to back off of th…

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Dear Annie: I wrote to you several months ago. I’m “Trapped by Parents.” I have a disability that has caused me to have great difficulty in both obtaining and retaining jobs.

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Dear Heloise: I’ve discovered the power of microfiber towels! In the dryer, they attract every kind of lint and tiny particle imaginable.

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Dear Heloise: How long does ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR last in the refrigerator? I’ve had it in the refrigerator one year. Is it still good to use?

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Dear Annie: I am writing to you about the adult son of a friend of mine. This young man, “Dwayne,” has had a bad couple of years. He was kicked out of the military, divorced and had terrible child custody problems. My friend loves her son very much, but he is rather lazy. He has had several …

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Dear Heloise: Here are my pet peeves:

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It was 1933 and the Great Depression was still holding sway on the untold millions of people who were living from hand to mouth and I had turned 8. Eight was a hard age and I was small for my age so I was occasionally bullied. I was really paying attention to what was going on around me and …

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Dear Annie: My father has late-stage Alzheimer’s and is in a nursing home. Do I send an invitation addressed to my dad and mom, my mom alone or my mom plus one? I want to acknowledge the fact that he is still alive, but I don’t want to act as if I have my head stuck in the ground. I’m more i…

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Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about people who choose to remain childless:

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How many times have you heard somebody asked you “Did you wake up in the wrong side of the bed this morning?” While some mornings are better than others, some mornings are downright bad that you just want a rewind and start over again. I got to thinking that if I believe that I own my emotio…

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Dear Annie: My husband has adult children from his first wife. My new daughter-in-law has become quite vocal about jewelry items that I wear. Lately, she’s been commenting on a diamond ring, and it’s the second time she’s made remarks at family gatherings about it, saying, “I want that ring!”

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is launching six new Cuisine Trails aimed at boosting tourism across a three-county area in the North Country.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Justin Webb moved to Knoxville five years ago with nothing more than a Spider-Man suit and a car payment. He soon went from being homeless to owning multiple vehicles modeled after movies, including a “Scooby-Doo” Mystery Machine and a “Jurassic Park” Jeep.

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Dear Annie: I have a question and hope your advice will make me see the light. I have been dating and living with my boyfriend off and on for 12 years. We currently are living together. I have left a couple of times throughout the course of the 12 years because he was on dating sites and I f…

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If you are not familiar with a paper white narcissus, it is related to the daffodil. The plant grows 12 to 18 inches tall with dark green leaves and a decorative white, star-like flower which is known for its scent. Forcing a paper white narcissus to bloom during the holidays has always been…

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Dear Annie: I was widowed two years ago. I joined a group last year that gets out and does things together. About 10 months ago, I started dating one of the guys in the group. We are both in our 60s. In the beginning, he called and asked me to dinner and other activities. Now, when I am runn…