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Helping hands and more for seniors

WINSTED — Eighteen organizations and businesses took part in a healthy aging fair at the Blanche McCarthy Winsted Senior Center in Winsted on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
Participants were able to get free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, learn about resources available to them, and even take part in a fitness and dance class.

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Remembering the good old days

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Plum delicious

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with plums for most of my life. I want to enjoy them; a good plum is divine. But the skin is so often so sour that it ruins the fun for me; and (as with peaches), many supermarket plums never quite ripen to that exquisite place where the fruit is perfectly soft and deliciously sweet. 

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No need to overcook your corn

I ran into my friend Eric yesterday and had to apologize that I haven’t been to his restaurant in Salisbury lately but, really, who wants to eat out in the Northwest Corner in Connecticut when there is so much incredible fresh produce in the backyard garden and at the local farm stand? 
Even people who don’t like to cook or prepare their own meals should be eating at home. It’s late August. 

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Services for seniors seeking assistance and company

Billed as “a social on being social,” a luncheon on Thursday, July 27, drew more than 20 seniors to St. Joseph’s Church in North Canaan to hear about the dangers of loneliness and the availability of local resources to help. 
The program was sponsored by the Northwest Corner Triad, begun in 1996 as a partnership between seniors, community groups, law enforcement and businesses. The intent of the group is to promote the safety and independence of senior citizens. 

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How to help your LGBTQ-plus family

So your child just came out to you as one of the many LGBTQ+ identities. You’ve never experienced this type of situation before. Where do you go from here? What can you do to help your child live comfortably?
There are two common mental health disorders that solely impact the LGBTQ+ community: internalized homophobia and/or transphobia and gender dysphoria.

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Yoga for the mind and body at Be Well

NORTH CANAAN — Tucked quietly away on Main Street, in between Pop’s Diner and the hobby shop, is a small storefront with a discreet sign on the door that says, “Be Well.”

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The nectar of the 2017 peaches: simply divine

Many, many years ago when I was pregnant with my peachy little daughter, Kate, I found myself craving peaches the way that some women (in myth) crave pickles and ice cream. It was all I wanted to eat. 
I’m  not sure what nutrient my body was craving. Perhaps it was all the vitamin A and the beta carotene. Perhaps it was the fiber. Maybe it was the sweet juiciness of what were, in that particular year, particularly delicious peaches.

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‘Sharon Cooks’ cookbook debuts at Hotchkiss Library author signing

Surprising bit of pork trivia: The cut that is known as the butt actually comes from the shoulder (which reminds me of a common expression used when people are perennially confused and are said to not know their, umm, their butt from their elbow).
Pork butt got its name, according to Wikipedia, because butchers used to put the “cheaper” cuts such as the ham and the shoulder into butts or barrels to transport them from place to place. I guess the tenderloins got to travel by coach or something.

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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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