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Lifestyle Columns

Antiques & Collecting: ‘Punkah’ was early form of air conditioning

Can you guess what this unfamiliar antique was used for? It is 40 inches high and 35 inches wide and probably made of Southern Yellow Pine. It is called a “punkah.” It was made in the early 19th century and used with the help of a man called a “punkah wallah” who pulled a cord to make ...

Off the Shelf: Bravery unlimited

Full disclosure here…If you are hoping for light, easy reading, the following books would not be your choice. But, if you enjoy fascinating, unbelievable true accounts of courage and bravery during World War II, then read on for a few books about average people doing extraordinary things to ...

Family Living Focus: September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month

The Challenges of Falls Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle ...

Antiques & Collecting: Brownies comic characters made popular toys

Comic characters are often used as models for toys, because they are already favorites of children. One group of toys was based on children’s books by Palmer Cox (1840-1924), an author who was born in Quebec, Canada, and lived in Panama and San Francisco as a railroad contractor and ...

Off the Shelf: Join us at the library

September is one of my favorite times of year. Autumn is just around the corner. I love the cool crisp air, the falling of leaves, and the changing of colors. It makes for a magical time before the blitz of winter’s arrival. As we begin the last quarter of the year, it’s a time to ponder ...

Park & Rec Report

Rec Center Fitness Center and two racquetball courts are open! All other portions of the building remain closed until sometime in September. Hours are Monday through Friday 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional hours will be added when the rest of the ...