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Tip your cap to undaunted mushroom foragers

SHARON — When it comes to mushroom scavenging, “when in doubt, throw it out,” according to Dave Paton, who led the wild mushroom workshop and walk at the Sharon Audubon Center on Sunday, July 16. 
This was the third mushroom walk held this year. The first one was held in spring (when morels were appearing in local forests); the walk was so popular that  the additional walks were scheduled.
Paton said he has been fascinated by mushrooms since his days as a childhood camper at the center. 

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Fight dementia: stay in school, study says

Americans in the United States are fortunate to live in a country where graduating from high school is considered the norm. It’s widely believed that a high school diploma brings with it significant social and economic benefits.
It turns out there’s also at least one major health benefit that comes with the diploma. A study done by  researchers at Boston University School of Medicine and their colleagues found that Americans who graduated from high school are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

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Benediction of the butterflies at Day of Remembrance

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Everything you ever wanted to know about bug spray (and then some): Part 4

Part 4
Over the past few weeks, our health page has focused on the pros and cons of different bug repellents, including those made with DEET, PMD and picaridin. 
While I was researching all those products, I collected a number of interesting random bug-related hints and tips that I’d like to share with you.

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There she goes again …

This week’s featured fruit/vegetable is not a banana, although it looks like one. It’s a little shadowy, in fact, as an edible entity. It’s not really a fruit. It’s not really a vegetable. It was not the model for Andy Warhol’s cover of “The Velvet Underground & Nico,” but it looks like it could be.

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Oat milk gives coffee a creamy boost

Yesterday, I noted the rich, thick foam and exceptionally beautiful leaf design that Lucas, the barista and manager at Provisions at The White Hart inn, had made for my friend Cybele’s latte.
“It’s oat milk,” they both told me.
I generally shun non-milk products because they look watery and I’m afraid I won’t like the taste (I’m not the adventurous eater that some people think I am). This oat milk thing is clearly in a different category.
“It tastes good,” Cybele promised.

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Some play best who watch and cheer: a guide to cricket

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Everything you ever wanted to know about bug spray (and then some): Part 3

Part 3
 
For the past two weeks, the health page has focused on the major bug repellents and which are the most effective. DEET is considered to be the one that works the best; but not everyone wants to use DEET products (myself included).
We talked about essential oils as an alternative, including one called PMD that is made from the oil of lemon eucalpytus trees and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It smells good, it works well, it’s pretty safe (definitely do not drink this one, though).

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Home delivered meals

DUTCHESS COUNTY— The Home Delivered Meals Program provides hot, nutritious midday meals to senior citizen residents of Dutchess County who live in their own homes but are unable to cook, shop or prepare meals for themselves. 
The program operates Monday through Thursday throughout the county, with recipients receiving frozen and shelf-stable meals for other days.   
Office for the Aging (OFA) staff and volunteers prepare and deliver the midday meals to approximately 330 qualified homebound seniors.  

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Fighting the senior loneliness epidemic

DUTCHESS COUNTY— There are no hard-and-fast numbers on the number of Dutchess County seniors affected by loneliness. Loneliness is hard to measure because the experience of being lonely is a subjective emotional state. 
Many socially active seniors nonetheless crave deeper meaning in their connections, while other seniors prefer to be alone. Still, studies have repeatedly shown that loneliness is a key factor in health problems ranging from high blood pressure to dementia, along with higher rates of smoking, alcoholism and inactivity. 

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