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This week at the WCA…

This column will discuss upcoming events happening at the new Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College. In addition to gallery exhibitions, concert listings and reviews, lectures and dance and theater productions, you will be able to learn more about the arts faculty at the college. More information on the WCA can always be… Continue Reading

Scoop your lemonade

Just a small scoop of this rich, tart and tangy dessert will make the end of the meal the best part. And dessert doesn’t get much easier than this. You will need an ice cream freezer and three simple ingredients for this simple chiller. To mix: In a medium mixing bowl, combine 4 cups whipping cream,… Continue Reading

Word confusion strikes again in world of couponing

Most of the time, using coupons is easy — simply read the wording on a coupon to find out for what product the coupon is valid. However, my readers have been adept at spotting unusual or questionable wording on coupons lately, and here’s another batch of reader email sharing what they’re seeing on their coupons:… Continue Reading

Nutrition buzz words — Dietary nitrates

Dietary nitrates may provide many health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and improving athletic performance. This is most likely achieved through the process of converting dietary inorganic nitrates to inorganic nitrites in the digestive tract, and then to nitric oxide in the blood stream. Nitric oxide helps improve oxygen delivery to your brain, heart and… Continue Reading

Spotting fires a lonely, isolated job

Spotting fires a lonely, isolated job

One hundred six years ago this month, 1,736 wildfires burned more than three million acres of private and federal land in the West. Several small towns were destroyed and at least 85 people were killed. Smoke from the fires reached New England and traveled all the way to Greenland. Nationally in 1910, wildfires consumed more… Continue Reading

More s’mores

This is the perfect summertime treat that feeds a crowd. And, you don’t need a campfire. The squares are great served at room temperature or you could pop the pan into a warm (250 degree) oven for 1 or 2 minutes just until the chocolate softens. Sheet pan s’mores 1 (14.4-oz.) box graham crackers, lightly… Continue Reading

Go back to school shopping without breaking the bank

It’s hard to believe, but back-to-school time is right around the corner. As our family prepares, I’m also enjoying some of my favorite stock-up sales of the year on school supplies. It’s easy to get great deals on everything from scissors to binders to notebooks by watching sales and shopping the lowest-priced items. Almost every… Continue Reading

Look for the evidence

With easy access to information comes easy access to misinformation. How does anyone figure out what is fact versus hype? We live in a world where pseudoscience inundates our lives in the form of catchy memes from the latest guru suggesting the latest and greatest way to stay healthy. We hear that coffee will keep… Continue Reading

Eliminating all the big clutter in our lives

A couple months ago I accidentally made a new and fairly significant lifestyle choice.  I was looking for something — I don’t even remember what it was now — and I found it in a dark corner of a basement closet.  In the process of looking for this object that I obviously don’t care a great… Continue Reading

Window leaks likely caused by improper installation

Window leaks likely caused by improper installation

 Our semi-contemporary house has cathedral ceilings on most of the roof. The original roof was replaced in 2005. It was a clean re-roofing job. The decking was found to be in good condition, except for some loose nails. Owens Corning 50-year architectural shingles were selected, with added attic ridge vents. Ice and water shield was… Continue Reading

Taking kids into the outdoors

Taking kids into the outdoors

This past weekend I had the pleasure of seeing so many families enjoy the Bighorn Mountains during the Antelope Butte Summer Festival. The ski area was crawling with little kids who were hiking, speeding past on their bikes or playing in the creek. During many conversations with festival-goers I heard variations of “we don’t get… Continue Reading

Summer in Sheridan full of fun

You know it’s summer when… It is not difficult to notice the influx of big RVs and camp trailers and other out-of-state licensed vehicles on the interstate, rolling down Main Street and ensconced in the Wally World parking lot and realize that it is summer in Wyoming. Granted we are more likely to focus on… Continue Reading

Versatile zucchini

Zucchini is about as versatile a vegetable as there is; able to be made into savory pancakes and moist, delicious brownies. Zucchini Pancakes with Creamy Dill Sauce 1 cup buttermilk, divided 1/2 cup sour cream 3 tablespoons dill, chopped 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions 1 teaspoons lemon juice, plus more as needed 4 small zucchini,… Continue Reading

The upsides of home owner’s associations

Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared some email from readers regarding homeowner’s associations. While many readers were quick to point out what they didn’t like about HOAs, others wrote to share the upsides of living in a community where everyone has agreed to abide by the same rules. “Dear Jill, I personally have served… Continue Reading

ACCESS YES opening land for Wyoming sportsmen

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department offers several different types of access for hunting and fishing. The Department maintains approximately 413,000 acres of land under deed, lease or agreement.  These areas include access to nearly 225 miles of streams, more than 21,000 lake surface acres and more than 148 miles of road rights-of-way. These areas… Continue Reading

Lemon twists

Throughout history, lemons have played an important part in adding depth to regional cooking or made into lemonade or marinades; lemon are multitaskers. Other ideas: • Air fresheners — simmer slices of lemon and a few whole cloves in a pan of water help remove food odors. • Vegetable enhancers —Toss lemon peel with vegetables… Continue Reading

Health Watch: The straight facts about osteoporosis

Bones are active tissue, which means they constantly break down and rebuild themselves. With osteoporosis, however, the regeneration of new bone does not keep up with the bone that has broken down. Over time, bone quality and strength degenerates. Bones become weak and brittle, leaving one more susceptible to a fracture (broken bone.) In fact… Continue Reading

These boots are made for walkin’

These boots are made for walkin’

Yee-haw! For many Sheridan locals, Rodeo Week means hosting a group of out-of-town friends and family. With guests of all ages, it’s fun to get creative and show off some of the wonderful summer activities Sheridan has to offer. With weather like this and several great hiking options close to town, many people choose to… Continue Reading

Not all stories end happily … and that’s good!

Recently, my wife and I took our two young boys on our first Disneyland vacation.  For those of you that have not been there, Disney’s imagineers have created several rides that allow riders to “live through” the Disney adaptations of many storybook adventures.  To pass the time while waiting in line for one of these… Continue Reading

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