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Insurers and providers wrestle over how much telehealth should cost

Ansel Armstrong had just found a psychologist when COVID-19 turned the world upside down, forcing in-person care to go remote. So video sessions replaced a 40-minute drive between Lawrence and Topeka. “I love how much it frees up my schedule,” Armstrong said. It eased the process in other ...

RunStrong program helps teen achieve his athletic goals

Jake Loos first fell in love with running when watching his older brother John run for Free State High School cross country and track. As the youngest of three boys and the son of an avid runner, Jake has grown up watching the positive impact that running can have both physically and mentally. ...

National Minority Health Month aims to address equity issues

April is National Minority Health Month, a time to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations. This is also a time to encourage action through health education, early detection and reduce complications from diseases. Erica Hill, LMH ...

Always invaluable, volunteers have been especially so this year

Every April, the Senior Resource Center reaches out to its volunteers to recognize National Volunteer Month and thank them for their service. Like many critical social services agencies in the community, the extended reach of the SRC across Douglas County has always relied on the hundreds of ...

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Garden Variety: Add mint to your garden this year

Mint is a longtime garden favorite in the Midwest that is chosen for its culinary value and hardiness. Although common, this perennial herb deserves attention and a place in every garden. If you already grow mint, consider adding a new flavor this year. If mint is new to you, try a few ...

Garden Variety: Start now to grow your own sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are unique in the gardening world in the way they are started and planted. While most vegetable crops are planted from seed or rooted transplants, sweet potatoes are planted from bareroot sprouts called slips. Starting your own slips is an easy project that is also fun and ...

Garden Variety: The time is right for growing onions

Onions are a staple in many U.S. households and are easy to grow in the Midwest with proper timing and a little knowledge of planting methods. Give them a try this year, or use these tips to improve production if you have tried them in the past. Plan to plant anytime from now to late April in ...

Owners of 19th century Pinckney home attracted to its character, history

Though Carl Edwards had always admired the home he and his husband now own, he didn’t like the way its then-green paint concealed the building among the trees in the front yard. “The house just sunk back into the darkness,” he said. But now, the brick home with its blue paint, red ...

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CRAVE: Spring season provides abundance of produce for fresh recipes

Agliata is an Italian garlic sauce. This is a surprisingly delicious way to enjoy vegetables. The grilling gives the radicchio and zucchini a luscious smoky flavor and sweetness that pair perfectly with the tangy sauce. Serve the vegetables with grilled chicken, steak or fish. For a vegetarian ...

CRAVE: Seasonal produce makes spring dishes sing

Sometimes the joy of food can get lost in the nuances of nutrition. Over the past few years, a lot of information has come out on the value of phytonutrients in colorful vegetables and fruit. The fact is that all colorful food straight from nature is loaded with antioxidants and ...

Crave: Radishes take center stage in these dishes

Radishes are at their peak in the spring. Here are two great ways to highlight their flavor and texture. Chicken Thighs With Sautéed Radishes This dish works as a lunch salad or as a light and healthy dinner entrée. Yields 4 servings. Ingredients: 1 1⁄4 pounds boneless, skinless ...

Crave: 3 dishes to make as the weather warms up

With the weather getting warmer, it’s the perfect time to enjoy seasonal produce, like asparagus, and other classic springtime fare, like lamb. Here’s a meal that makes the most of the season’s bounty. Asparagus With Honey Garlic Sauce Yields 4 servings. Ingredients: 1 pound fresh ...

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Spirits: Mint juleps steeped in American social, political history

I’m sure most of us have heard of the mint julep, a bourbon-based cocktail associated with the American South and the Kentucky Derby. During the Civil War and up until 1920s, the mint julep was the drink of choice and Tom Bullock made one of the best around. Born in 1872, Bullock was the son ...

Garden Variety: How bitter cold affects plants — and pests

The bitter cold that accompanied recent winter storms in the Lawrence area will likely have long-lasting effects on certain trees and landscape plantings. And while many gardeners think the silver lining of the cold is a decrease in insect and mite populations, the actual effect is difficult ...

Local History: Was local artist Adam Rohe a forgotten Stan Herd?

One of Lawrence’s most famous artists is Stan Herd. Originally born in Protection, he’s done crop and earthwork art around the world, and his ingenious use of nature has delighted viewers. It has always seemed appropriate to me that he is following in the footsteps of Adam Rohe, an ...

Garden Variety: Should you remove vines from trees?

English ivy, Virginia creeper and other perennial vines are sometimes found growing up the trunks of trees in landscapes and wooded areas. They are more obvious in winter months than other times of year because of the lack of greenery on affected trees. Most experts recommend removing vines ...