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Today's Features

  • C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    Nolan Sassard has done a lot of traveling in his life, a great deal of it covering the central Florida area. It’s surprising considering his pace has not slackened, even though on July 27 — that’s today — he will turn 90.

     

    “I just don’t like to sit at home,” Sassard said insistently. “I’m not going to sit in the house 24 hours a day.”

  • Associated Press

    NEW YORK - Group tours sound easy: Choose a destination and the tour company plans your trip, delivering you to hotels, restaurants and attractions. You don’t have to Google or organize a thing. But how do you find the right tour to begin with, one that fits your age, activity levels and preferences for lodging, dining and sightseeing?

    And, so what’s the difference between the $2,000 tour and the $8,000 tour to the same place, the same week?

  • Just when you think there’s nothing new under the sun, something new comes along.

    There's a new field of psychology called "wantology." It's an actual field of expertise where "wantologists" help people discern or define their wants and desires and then help them work out a plan to achieve them.

    That's what I want — a wantologist!

  • Still ‘spreading simplicity’

    Lovina Eicher has decided to no longer write The Amish Cook column. I wish her well in life’s challenges and opportunities ahead and feel blessed to have spent so much wonderful time with the Eichers.

  • Still ‘spreading simplicity’

    Lovina Eicher has decided to no longer write The Amish Cook column. I wish her well in life’s challenges and opportunities ahead and feel blessed to have spent so much wonderful time with the Eichers.

  • Few will reveal it, but you are not alone if you are somewhat intimidated by wine.

    Watch that woman there twirling and sniffing and blabbing about the first growths in France. She is insufferable; she wants to dazzle the world with her expert knowledge, while at the same moment the frazzled novice is standing around asking, “Is there any sweet wine on your table?”

  • Few will reveal it, but you are not alone if you are somewhat intimidated by wine.

    Watch that woman there twirling and sniffing and blabbing about the first growths in France. She is insufferable; she wants to dazzle the world with her expert knowledge, while at the same moment the frazzled novice is standing around asking, “Is there any sweet wine on your table?”

  • Got scallops? The Boathouse Restaurant in Crystal River will prepare them to your taste.

    Got kids? The Boathouse has launched its Inspiration Station playground and old-fashioned soda fountain just for them.

    Got a hankering for tasty dishes at affordable prices? Check out the Boathouse menu.

  • Got scallops? The Boathouse Restaurant in Crystal River will prepare them to your taste.

    Got kids? The Boathouse has launched its Inspiration Station playground and old-fashioned soda fountain just for them.

    Got a hankering for tasty dishes at affordable prices? Check out the Boathouse menu.

  • In the good old summertime, when the thermometer is pushing 94 degrees, you have to find a way to stay cool and calm.

    A really good antidote to the heat is taking a break with a good book under a shady tree or in blessed air-conditioning.

    Freeze some fresh grapes, and when the icy fruit is ready, arrange the grapes on a plate with a chunk of your favorite cheese (I like Havarti, Gouda or Cheddar) and maybe some crackers or chips for a salty edge.