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If it looks like a pumpkin, you can call it a pumpkin

Friends have complimented me on my pumpkins, but are these things I’ve grown really pumpkins? Sure, they are round and orange and fluted. But look again: There’s more than a hint of red in their skins, and their shape is more akin to a doughnut than to a basketball. But yes, they are ...

Nathan Littauer Hospital

Oct. 18 Discharges Kimberly J. Berry of Gloversville. Meagan E. Fleszar of Gloversville. Births Meagan Fleszar and Austin Syzdek of Gloversville, a girl at 3:10 p.m. Oct. 19 Admissions Cheyenne DaCorsi of Northville. Geneva S. Tonn of Johnstown. Discharges Joan Casler of ...

Your Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’re about to get into something new and special. When you‘re passionate about a thing, you apply yourself until you can learn it, do it, claim it, proclaim it, improve it, share it and then go deeper. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There will be a decision to ...

Taking the home-buying plunge young: 20-somethings weigh in

Buying a home can be daunting, especially if you’re young. Twenty-somethings (many of them new to saving and some carrying student-loan debt) can be intimidated by the sheer amount of money and paperwork involved in home-buying. And there’s a vast amount of conflicting information ...

Dear Teacher

Question: Many of the teachers in our kids’ elementary school have banned fidget spinners. What about kids who use them to calm themselves? — No Spinners Answer: Just in case someone does not know what a fidget spinner is, it is a gadget with three weighted prongs that spin. This is not ...

Ask Heloise

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about the grieving process when you lose a pet. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: We recently had to have our beautiful 17-year-old black Lab put to sleep due to kidney disease. I can’t even begin to explain the grief and pain we feel at the loss of ...

Adult caregivers undertrained, overwhelmed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adults in the United States who are providing long-term care for aging relatives and friends have little training for their stressful roles, but plenty of commitment, according to a poll. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey finds that ...

College enshrines healthy living

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Pledges by college students to eschew drugs and alcohol are old hat. Now they’re meditating, working out, practicing yoga, eating healthfully, and at least one school, the University of Vermont, it has become a bona fide lifestyle. In UVM’s Wellness Environment, ...

Phelps featured in anxiety documentary

NEW YORK (AP) — A new documentary about anxiety argues that everyone to some extent suffers from stress, nerves and social fear. And, to make their point, the filmmakers have enlisted as Exhibit A the most decorated Olympian in history. Michael Phelps appears in “Angst” to share his ...

Nathan Littauer

Oct. 4 Admissions Diana Ackerknecht of Johnstown. Mickey Angel of Johnstown. Maureen Finke of Esperance, Schoharie County. Jessica Hermann of Broadalbin. Discharges Beverly F. Snyder of Gloversville. Births Jessica and Derek Hermann of Broadalbin, a girl at 4:57 p.m. Johnna ...

Move over great pumpkin!

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island grower is first in the world to achieve a trifecta in the hobby of growing gargantuan foods: world records for heaviest pumpkin, longest long gourd and now, heaviest squash. After previously breaking two records, Joe Jutras got his third during the ...

Hostess introduces Molten Lava Ding Dongs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Expanding its presence in the frozen foods aisle, Hostess Brands, LLC today announced the introduction of Molten Lava Ding Dongs®: chocolate-coated snack cakes filled with a rich chocolate creme, and ready-to-eat after just 20 seconds in the microwave. The launch ...

Smartweed packs quite a pretty punch

By LEE REICH The Associated Press I paused my shoveling of horse manure the other day to rest my eyes on a most attractive plant growing at the edge of the pile. This semi-vining plant had swollen, slightly reddish joints — almost like knees — to which were clasped lush, lance-shaped ...

Naturalistic meets futuristic design

NEW YORK (AP) — The first U.S. museum exhibit devoted solely to the experimental and futuristic work of Dutch design studio Joris Laarman Lab is now on view at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum here. The works — mainly furniture, along with an unusual radiator and a newly ...

Halloween costumes fun for fido, family

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a trick-or-treating tradition: Dump the night’s candy haul onto the living room floor to pick out the gems, or do some horse trading with siblings or friends. The excitement — and sugar rush — may leave humans unaware that all that candy might just be lethal for ...

Celebs recall fave Halloween costumes

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to Halloween, you’re either a hardcore fan or not so much. You can go ahead and count Dua Lipa in, along with other celebrities who shared their favorite memories of the dress-up holiday. “Me and my band have actually planned to do our show in Stockholm in ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I met my boyfriend, “Tyler,” almost six years ago. For the past two years, I’ve been wondering whether he truly loves me. There is very little physical contact between us. We’re intimate maybe once a year. If I try to touch him at night, he pulls away, even if my foot just ...

Your Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The one who owns the problem is in the best position — a position to fix it, change things, move the plot forward. The one who passes the blame is powerless to do any of that. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There are things you do because you want to, but today those ...

Dear Teacher

By MARGE EBERTS and PEGGY GISLER Question: My son has a college admissions interview scheduled. What are some questions he should anticipate answering? — Be Prepared Answer: No matter how personable your son is, it is quite important that he think about questions that the interviewer ...

Ask Heloise

Dear Readers: Today’s Sound Off is about airfares offered in an ad, and what it really takes to get those fares: — Heloise “Dear Heloise: I’ve lost all patience with travel websites that advertise round-trip airfares at significant savings. The problem: You never can actually find ...